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Carpenter Performing Arts Center Events

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wit and Wisdom Series

Sandra Bernhard - Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast

Saturday, September 16 at 8pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

Famous for her hilarious insights and outspoken views, Sandra Bernhard takes us on a cross-country journey to find the soul of America through the back roads and byways on a gas station map. A new show fusing comedy, rock ‘n roll, political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret, Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast is a wild ride to all the places you forgot, but long to remember. Featuring a live performance by her band the Sandyland Squad.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Cabaret Series

Michael Kaeshammer

Wednesday-Thursday, September 27-28 at 7pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets may be purchased with or without dinner

Combining elements of jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and more, Kaeshammer has earned a loyal international following as a vocalist and piano virtuoso—an eloquent, seductive and engaging performer! Dinner menu includes Grilled Tri Tip with Cabernet Plum Sauce and Scalloped Potatoes.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Sunday, October 1 at 2pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura alive and well. After 15 years together, the SHO is the tightest salsa band working today! These 13 world-class musicians and vocalists bring an authentic, musically precise, fresh and exciting take on the music. The two-time Grammy Award winners have had each of their four releases nominated for a Grammy!

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series

Jessica Lang Dance

Saturday, October 7 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

"Be an early witness to Lang's genius," proclaims OC Weekly of Jessica Lang. The award-winning choreographer and artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and classical ballet vocabulary into artfully crafted, emotionally riveting, contemporary works. Lang's New York-based dance company immerses audiences in the powerful beauty of movement and music.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Cabaret Series

René Marie

Wednesday-Thursday, November 8-9 at 7pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets may be purchased with or without dinner

2016 Grammy Award-nominated René Marie's style is rooted in Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and Eartha Kitt. Her soul-stirring music and personal story will captivate you and affirm the power of the human spirit. Dinner menu includes Baked Cod with lemon butter caper sauce and vegetable rife pilaf.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series

NW Dance Project Woolf Papers

Saturday, November 11 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

Founded by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Sarah Slipper, NW Dance Project is “one of America’s hottest dance companies” (WE Vancouver). Known for its “cutting edge contemporary work” (Portland Tribune), this Oregon-based dance company brings an all- original repertory to its Carpenter Center debut. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Slipper’s reinvention of the classic novel is an outstanding model of contemporary dance—provocative, theatrical, and deeply moving.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

The Doo Wop Project

Sunday, November 12 at 2pm        
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

From the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today, The Doo Wop Project takes us on a journey from the Belmonts through Smokey Robinson, all the way to Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring stars of Broadway hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the DWP reimagines some of the greatest music in American history!

WOW! Series

MOMIX: Opus Cactus

Saturday, November 18 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

With his thrillingly talented company of dancer-illusionists, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton conjures a fantasy world of visual splendor using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. Filled with fresh energy and fun surprises, Opus Cactus brings the American Southwest to life with blazing images of cactuses, slithering lizards, and fire dancers—a dynamic multimedia experience you won't forget!

Carpenter Performing Arts Center presents

Hansel and Gretel, A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat

Saturday, November 25 at 1pm and 4pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

In this brand new all-ages rock musical, the beloved Grimm Brothers tale is brought to life with a rock and roll score by Grammy-nominated songwriter Justin Roberts and set amidst an animated wonderland inspired by the whimsy of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. This sparkling fable is wicked fun for the whole family!

Carpenter Performing Arts Center presents

Capitol Steps: Orange is the New Barack

Saturday, January 13 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

The Capitol Steps return with hot off the press political satire and hilarious song parodies that take aim at all the outrageous goings-on—from Congress to the White House and other political hot spots! Their trademark no-holds-barred approach to the headlines of the day in song and sketch is guaranteed to keep both sides of the aisle laughing, bringing down the House…and Senate!

Dance Series

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Saturday, January 20 at 8pm and Sunday, January 21 at 2pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

Join us for what will be the funniest couple of hours you’ll ever have at the ballet, as the “Trocks” return to Carpenter Center after five sold-out appearances! The “ballerinas” of this all-male company bring hilarity and awe with a unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy—along with pieces that show off the performers’ impressive dance abilities.

Wit and Wisdom Series

An Evening with Jeffrey Toobin

Saturday, January 27 at 8pm               
Carpenter Performing Center
Ticket prices vary

A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is an unbiased, deeply analytic (and often very funny) expert on American law, politics and media. Toobin gives us an unparalleled view into the inner workings of the Supreme Court and its influence, as well as insight into how our recent elections will shape the court and, in turn, the nation. Don’t miss Toobin as he deftly deconstructs some of the most provocative and important events of our time.

Cabaret Series

Mandy Harvey

Wednesday-Thursday, January 31-February 1 at 7pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets may be purchased with or without dinner

Harvey returns with a brand new show, her incredible voice adding to her message as she weaves her magic through a songbook that glides from breathy jazz standards to growling blues to inspiring originals. Dinner menu includes Chicken Dijon and garlic mashed potatoes.