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Barenaked Ladies

Thursday October 11th

Whether they’re doing a mash-up of rap hits, complete with questionable ‘80s choreography, or leading a sing-along of “If I Had $1,000,000,” Barenaked Ladies has always been a must-see live band. Their quirky sense of humor, harmonies that Paul McCartney is on record as envying, and feel-good grooves make for a perfect night of music (probably why “Brian Wilson” was once covered live by none other than Brian Wilson.)

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Friday October 26th

Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss her upcoming new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times (releasing Sept. 18, 2018) which is a culmination of five decades of work in presidential history.

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Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances With special guests Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin

Tuesday November 6th

He is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. Wilson’s remarkable journey began in a modest Hawthorne, California home that was filled with music. His mom and dad both played piano, and as a young “boy soprano,” Brian’s vocal gift was immediately evident. He had also started singing harmonies…literally “in their room”…with his two younger brothers (Dennis and Carl). As a teen in the 1950s, he became obsessed with the harmonic blend of groups like the Four Freshmen, and then, in the early 1960s, inspired to combine multi-part vocal harmony with the rock rhythms of Chuck Berry, Brian found his place in the musical sun. He was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever... nine consecutive “gold” albums that featured such classics as "Surfer Girl," “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” "Fun, Fun, Fun," “Help Me Rhonda” and "California Girls"...just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Brian co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed on with his family band, the Beach Boys. The first was Pet Sounds; the emotional autobiography of its 23-year old “auteur,” it is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums ever made. In the process of bringing it to life, its composer, arranger and producer (that is, Mr. Wilson) rewrote all the rules of what a record could be; as one observer noted, its release was “Independence Day” for rock ‘n’ roll. Primarily working with a new collaborator (lyricist and songwriter Tony Asher), the album featured a dozen originals (including two astounding instrumentals); Pet Sounds was a musical canvas as boundless as Brian’s heart. (Ironically, when you hear the lost innocence in the wail of “Caroline No,” you realize that Pet Sounds not only heals our broken heart but Brian’s too.) On the charts in America, the album reached #10 and featured four hit singles (including two Top 10 hits, a reworking of the folk standard “Sloop John B” [#3] and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” [#8] as well as two others that cracked the Top 40---“God Only Knows” and “Caroline No”). The former is considered by many, including Sir Paul McCartney, to be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded; the latter was released as a solo single under the name “Brian Wilson”. (NOTE: It would be twenty years before there would be another Brian Wilson solo single.) If you’ve seen Brian in concert, you’ve already witnessed the magic and the celebration. If you’ve heard his records, you know why he’s been called the Mozart of Rock, the Gershwin of his generation. In a culture where trends change overnight, Wilson has gone the distance. It’s been said that if music is math, then Wilson just might be Einstein. But no comparisons are really necessary; he’s Brian Wilson, an American composer, arranger and producer whose work has proved to be as powerful as faith, as timeless as love and as heartfelt as mercy.

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Jersey Boys

Tuesday November 27th

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard...and the radio just couldn’t get enough. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

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Nat “King” Cole Tribute with Holiday Favorites Gregory Porter with Orchestra

Tuesday December 4th

Soulful jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter kicks off the holiday season by paying tribute to one of the all-time greats. Porter’s “thrilling presence” (New York Times) has won over audiences and Grammy® voters, and now he’ll fill the theatre with selections from Nat King Cole & Me, his recent album. He’ll also treat the audience to some of his holiday favorites.

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Evita The Tony Award®-Winning BEST MUSICAL.

Monday January 28th

From Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the geniuses behind PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CATS and, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, EVITA captures musical gold with its Grammy® Award-winning score.EVITA combines Latin music, pop, jazz, and musical theatre styles that have captivated audiences for more than 40 years.

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Breakfast At Tiffany's In Concert with Full Orchestra

Saturday February 16th

Truman Capote’s best-selling novella comes to life on the big screen accompanied by a full symphony orchestra as CineConcerts brings you Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Concert! Audrey Hepburn dazzles in her legendary role as the deliciously eccentric Holly Golightly, a New York City socialite determined to marry a millionaire. Relive Henry Mancini’s legendary score, including the beautiful Oscar® and Grammy® winning song Moon River, performed live to Audrey Hepburn’s original vocals.

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Cinderella The Tony Award®-Winning Broadway Musical

Tuesday March 5th

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

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Steve Martin & Martin Short

Saturday March 9th

Expect an evening of nonstop laughs with these big-screen funnymen and SNL co-stars, as they reunite for an unforgettable evening that includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and more. The duo recently released a comedy special on Netflix.In this special performance Steve Martin and Martin Short recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented through a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Tuesday April 2nd

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel around the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

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Rock of Ages Broadway’s Best Party - Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour!

Tuesday April 9th

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel The Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

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