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    July 2019

    Comedian, author, lecturer, host, and actress Paula Poundstone returns to Walla Walla to perform at Gesa Power House Theatre for two nights on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit. She is also a popular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

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    Comedian, author, lecturer, host, and actress Paula Poundstone returns to Walla Walla to perform at Gesa Power House Theatre for two nights on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit. She is also a popular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

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    August 2019

    Menopause The Musical is a joyous celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Four women meet in a New York department store at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra…and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex, and more! This hilarious musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

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    “Phoenix, Oregon” is a new film that takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at midlife. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

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    September 2019

    When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new Royal Shakespeare Company production. Filmed live and rebroadcast to theaters.

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    The Northwest Theater Project presents the live theatrical premiere production of “Cultivating the Queen” on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre. “Cultivating the Queen” is an irreverent and comical examination of the female bawdy politic, in which a secret society investigates how Queen Elizabeth I was able to maintain power in a man’s world. Drawing on text from Shakespeare’s canon, this new play looks at the complications faced by women in power.

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    Jugglemania has been performed in 30 countries, during NBA half-time shows, as an opener for Weird Al Yankovich, and been Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution. JuggleMania’s Rhys Thomas is highly respected in the juggling world. He has been honored with command performances for the International Jugglers Association in the USA, The European Juggling Convention in Denmark and The Daidogei Street Performers’ World Cup in Japan.

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    Celebrated pianist George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wonder.

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    Celebrated pianist George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wonder.

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    October 2019

    Fifty Shades of Men is a Las Vegas-style male revue show combining music, dance, and sensual theatrics featuring five physically-perfect male dancers. This show will drive the audience wild through fast-paced and disarmingly sexy choreographed routines. Ladies Night never looked better! A perfect way to spend a bachelorette party, birthday, or just a fun night out on the town.

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    Red Grammer is one of the premier entertainers of children and families in the world. Described by Parent’s Magazine as “the best voice in children’s music” Red has set the gold standard for writing and performing music that playfully reconnects us with the best in ourselves.

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    Pink Floyd tribute band Pigs on the Wing returns to Gesa Power House Theatre with a new concert experience on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. The new Pigs on the Wing concert will feature a full performance of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album “Animals” and a second full set highlighting Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters-era catalog.

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    For the fourth year in a row, Walla Walla celebrities will take to the stage at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 12 at 7:00 p.m. for the annual “Dancing with the W2 Stars” fundraising event for Valley Residential Services. Local participants will be paired with professional dancers and have a week of rehearsals to learn a ballroom dance routine before the live performance and a judging panel.

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    Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.

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    November 2019

    Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger… and retribution! Mozart’s engaging masterpiece follows Don Giovanni (Erwin Schrott), the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. The opera is renowned for its ever-shifting portrayals of complex characters, fast-moving action and mix of the comic and the heartfelt. A cast of international singers – both familiar and making Royal Opera debuts – under conductor Hartmut Haenchen perform the glorious arias and ensembles of this opera favorite.

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    Leapin’ Louie is a comedy cowboy entertainer who performs world-class lasso and whip tricks, juggling, high unicycle and other stunts. He has performed  in every kind of venue for 25 years and in 31 different countries around the world.

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    Royal Opera favorite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

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