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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Film

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Film

Monday, Dec 4, 2023 7PM

$12 Individual, $9 Film Festival members, $10 Students

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool stars Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave and is a true story about what happens when a Hollywood legend discovers romance.

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool.

What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

“Annette Bening is excellent as Gloria Grahame: Imperious, vulnerable, romantic. She and Jamie Bell are tremendous.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Jamie Bell is absolutely riveting. This is definitely Bell’s most memorable performance since ‘Billy Elliot’.”
- Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson Quintet
in Concert

Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 7PM

$30 Advance, $35 Door, $40 Priority seating in first 3 rows

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Come enjoy authentic “Django” Gypsy Jazz at the Old Town Center for the Arts on December 9th at 7:00 PM when the John Jorgenson Quintet takes the stage. This internationally recognized group will show you why they sell out worldwide.

Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his exquisite guitar licks and world-class musicianship, has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Jorgenson is also regularly featured on mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, and as a vocalist. He has garnered recognition for contributing to GRAMMY®-winning and numerous platinum-selling albums.

Jorgenson’s dynamic Quintet and its authentic gypsy jazz - the string-driven swing created by Jean “Django” Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris - is recognized internationally. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds and his quintet has been hailed the “U.S. ambassadors of gypsy jazz.”

Zenprov Comedy

Zenprov Comedy's

Saturday, Dec 16, 2023 7PM

$18 Advance, $20 Door, $25 Priority seating in first 3 rows

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Giggle away any holiday blues with the naughty elves of Zenprov Comedy. “Nothing unites like laughing live together with live audience. With all that is going on the world right now, we’re excited to bring the community together for happy holiday humor,” said Derek Dujardin, the director of Zenprov Comedy. The troupe will perform a sleigh full of new games, including Toy Stories, a short, improvised play with characters inspired by favorite childhood toys.

Collaborating with Zenprov on this show is one of Verde Valley’s favorite musicians, P.K. Gregory. With elements of folk, honky-tonk, and blues and taking on a wide range of subjects from religion to sex to the zombie apocalypse, P.K. Gregory’s songs are funny and profound. P.K. Gregory will perform an opening set and join the troupe as an impromptu raconteur playing off audience suggestions. Zenprov will then enact improvised scenes inspired by P.K. Gregory.

“I am so honored and excited to have P.K. joining us. I have all his albums. He reminds me of a young, slightly twisted Johnny Cash. I can’t wait to hear and improvise off his stories. It’s truly a Christmas miracle!” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy.

“I work with improv troupes from all over the world, and Zenprov is one my favs,” said Jessica Mitolo, Associate Artistic Director at Second City in Chicago. “Since 2020, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching them through a creative renaissance. They are a true ensemble that hits that sweet spot of being silly and insightful. A treat not to be missed.”

If you’ve never been to one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs a mix of fast-paced improvised scenes created in the moment based on audience suggestions and usually one Chicago-style, long-form improv, where scenes and characters interconnect. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or prepared ahead of time, so it’s never the same show twice.

For more than 17 years, Zenprov Comedy has tapped into the rich source material that comes from living in area steeped spiritual seeking, UFOs, vortexes, self-help gurus, psychics, radical vegans and endless roundabouts. Their otherworldly performances are grounded in the fundamentals of rock-solid improv work, inventive satire, and their constant search for grand truths hidden within the great Cosmic Giggle. The super minds of Zenprov Comedy are Derek Dujardin, Shaeri Richards, Shaunn Cochran, Chris Redish, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer, Nathaniel Montgomery, and Mary Carder.

William Eaton

11th Annual
Winter Solstice Concert

Saturday, Dec 23, 2023 7PM

$25 Advance, $28 Door, $30 Priority seating in first 3 rows

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The 11th Annual Old Town Center for the Arts Winter Solstice Concert will feature some of the world’s favorite Christmas melodies, uplifting songs of the spirit, and original songs.

This year’s Solstice Ensemble features harp guitarist William Eaton, flutist Claudia Tulip, violinist Allen Ames, percussionist Logan Turner and special guest Maryanne Kremer-Ames, playing classical guitar.

The Winter Solstice Concert promises to be an evening of diverse musical styles, holiday classics, and a few surprises.

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Gareth Pearson

Gareth Pearson in Concert

Saturday, Feb 3, 2024 7PM

$20 Advance, $23 Door, $25 Priority seating in first 3 rows

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Gareth Pearson is referred to as “The Welsh Tornado” which is particularly appropriate, seeing as this special talent combines fingerstyle pyrotechnics, with explosive lead runs making Pearson one of the most exciting acoustic musicians gigging today.

Gareth has a distinctive style that can be heard through his creative and innovative arrangements which cover a wide spectrum of genres, including country/folk/classical/pop/rock/jazz/swing and bluegrass music, along with his own beautiful and often intricate original compositions. Drawing his playing style initially from influences such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel, he has developed a style that is both inspiring and entertaining.

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