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    December 2018

    Popovich, a fifth generation circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals, has rescued a majority of his performers from shelters all over the country, and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. He is a gold medal winner in Paris France and a special award winner in Monte Carlo. Gregory and his pets were finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” were guests on TV shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, have been featured on Animal Planet and many, many more. Do not miss this opportunity to see this unique family-friendly show featuring this legendary circus entertainer and his furry friends.

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    Ireland’s foremost Celtic classical trio Affinití returns to Gesa Power House Theatre for their annual Christmas show that is well loved by the community and sells out every year. This year’s concert will take place on Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m. Howard Crosby, nephew of the legendary Bing Crosby, joins them on their annual Christmas Tour. This concert is SOLD OUT.

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    Tis the Season – 2018 December 15, 2018

    Gary Hemenway, Mark Brown, and friends come together for a fun evening of holiday music.

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    One of Canada’s busiest comedians, Mike Delamont has appeared on Halifax Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, The Debaters, and tours North American with several one-man comedy shows, including “God is a Scottish Drag Queen” which he performed in Walla Walla earlier this year – a show that has broken comedy festival ticket sales records, and earned Delamont 18 “Best of the Fest” Awards.

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    January 2019

    In this Live Cinema screening of a current Royal Ballet production, choreographer Natalia Makarova brings the 19th-century Russian classic “La Bayadère” to life in her adaptation of Marius Petipa’s original choreography. Highlights include the Kingdom of Shades scene in Act III, a showcase for the corps de ballet as they perform arabesques across the moonlit stage. The cast will feature Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez as Nikiya, Vadim Muntagirov as Solor and Natalia Osipova as Gamzatti.

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    We Three January 19

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents We Three in concert on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. We Three (siblings Joshua, Bethany and Manny) warmed hearts with their unforgettable 2018 America’s Got Talent audition in which they poured all their emotions into an original song, which they dedicated to their late mother, who passed away two years ago after a battle with cancer. They went on to become semi-finalists.

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    Completing the 2019 Winter Fest experience is the Festival Series performance at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Schumann’s masterpiece of melody and invention, the Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47, anchors the program. Also on tap is music for two violins by Hungarian master and WWCMF 2019 Poster Composer, Béla Bartók.

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    Meet at Whitman College, in the Reid Campus Center foyer at 4 p.m. for a peace march. Following the march, there will be a short program at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Refreshments will be provided.

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    Mad Max meets Ancient Greece in Shakespeare’s play of love, war and celebrity. Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences. Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

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    February 2019

    Comedian, author, lecturer, host, and actress Paula Poundstone returns to Walla Walla to perform at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Paula 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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    The world’s most unmistakable voice returns to the big screen when Josh Groban’s Bridges Tour from Madison Square Garden comes to select cinemas nationwide for a spectacular one-night concert event with special guest appearances by Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles.

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    In Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera’s premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

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    March 2019

    Bonjour ya’ll! We’re fixin’ to make you want to dance, march, sing, and shout with the “Music of New Orleans”! This hotbed of American music has produced a plethora of musical styles and favored melodies. I’m sure you’ll be joining in with us on many of these songs.

    Attend our Sunday Matinee at the regular $17 price. Or if that ain’t enough you can up your party game “boo-coo” on Monday Night at 5:30 that includes a pre-funk featuring New Orleans style appetizers and party favors for $25! F’true! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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    Bonjour ya’ll! We’re fixin’ to make you want to dance, march, sing, and shout with the “Music of New Orleans”! This hotbed of American music has produced a plethora of musical styles and favored melodies. I’m sure you’ll be joining in with us on many of these songs.

    Attend our Sunday Matinee at the regular $17 price. Or if that ain’t enough you can up your party game “boo-coo” on Monday Night at 5:30 that includes a pre-funk featuring New Orleans style appetizers and party favors for $25! F’true! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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    The Walla Walla, Touchet and Tucannon basins are home to iconic salmon and steelhead runs in the mid-Columbia River. These basins are currently undergoing large-scale river restoration efforts that impact our community and lifestyle. Please join us for a showing of the River Restoration Northwest 2018 short film series “Stories of Our Watersheds”. The evening provides entertaining, educational, and inspiring stories of river restoration efforts across the United States. River restoration efforts by local organizations will also be displayed in the lobby. Please come meet and discuss possibilities with our local experts. The event is sponsored by River Restoration Northwest, Kooskooskie Commons, and Snake River Salmon Recovery Board.

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    Emily Richman is a comedian, a theatre actor and director, a public speaker, and an ordained minister. She’s still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. She’s 38, so she has plenty of time. Emily grew up in the nuclear hills of Eastern Washington State and somewhere around her mid 20’s realized a dream she never knew she had when she went up her first time at a comedy open mic. She has been hooked ever since. Her comedy tackles her experience as a woman living in a fat body, being single, online dating, and some of life’s more difficult experiences, like medical emergencies, or losing a loved one. Emily finds humor and hope in things that many would be scared to share with a friend, let alone into a microphone. She wants to share her experiences and let you know that you’re not alone. Yes, we’re all really this weird. Isn’t it glorious?

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    Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Giuseppe Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant “Sempre libera” – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing.

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    The five members of Imar have been awarded many top prizes in Celtic music, including nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles. Their sound is mainly traditional Irish music with some contemporary and original compositions. The band were BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners in 2018 and were nominated for “Band of the Year” at the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards.

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    Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Carlos Acosta’s vibrant staging brings together the whole Royal Ballet Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honor of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

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    Seattle Rock Orchestra dives deep into Led Zeppelin’s discography, performing songs from the surprisingly folky Led Zeppelin III, as well songs from the mature heavy rock of Led Zeppelin IV. Featured songs include “Going To California,” “Immigrant Song,” and of course, the one and only: “Stairway to Heaven.”

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    Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Carlos Acosta’s vibrant staging brings together the whole Royal Ballet Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honor of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

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    Sometimes the best solutions to the biggest problems can be found in the most unlikely of places. Meet the beaver believers: five scientists and a sassy, spicy hairdresser, tackling climate change, one stick at a time. “The Beaver Believers” is a documentary film directed by Sarah Koenigsberg of Tensegrity Productions in Walla Walla. Join us for the Walla Walla Premiere screening on Wednesday, March 27.

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    April 2019

    Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning vocal band will take you on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music – performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – completely a cappella.

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    Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic rock group, who are recent winners of the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards. The group offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as an increasing amount of original material. The band has a rocky, rhythmic undertow; layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful vocals. Derina’s vibrant personality takes center stage with humor and storytelling, and the band has built their reputation through high-energy live shows.

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