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    January 2022

    The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival – 2022 Winter Festival will conclude with a Festival Series concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature the string trio BLUE…RED…GREEN by Carman Moore, a brief gem by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and the 3rd Sonata for Violin and Piano by George Enescu. Tickets are available through the WWCMF website.

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    Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, “Aviva,” directed by Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans”), is cutting edge cinema which captures a restless and changing world where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.

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    “Vincent” (live theatre) January 21 - January 22

    “Vincent” is a one-man play written by Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek”) and stars Jean-Michel Richaud, who has performed this show for more than five years on an International tour spanning three continents. The play is set just after the death of little-known painter Vincent Van Gogh. Richaud plays Vincent’s brother, Theo, as he takes the stage in a rented lecture hall to dispel rumors and set the record straight.

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    Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis. Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

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    February 2022

    In 1993, the voters of Washington State allowed a law to pass that sent children to prison for life as “irredeemable”. What has this legacy of captivity done to them, and to their communities?

    Since I Been Down is told by the people who have lived these conditions, unravels intimate stories from interviews brought to life through archival footage, cinema verité discussions, masquerade, and dance, unravelling why children commit violent crime and how these children – now adults – are breaking free from their fate by creating a model of justice that is transforming their lives, our humanity and a quality of life for all our children. Free admission.

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    Fresh off of his star-making run as a semi-finalist on the 2021 season of America’s Got Talent where he revealed never before known information about Sofia Vegara’s engagement among other “wow” moments, Peter Antoniou is on his first US tour, giving the public, and Walla Walla, a chance to experience what they saw on television for themselves!

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    Into the romantic world of an idealistic painter Cavaradossi and his sensuous lover Tosca comes the malevolence of Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, with fatal results. Elena Stikina, Bryan Hymel and Alexey Markov bring to life one of the best loved operas in The Royal Opera repertory: Puccini’s Tosca. From the demonic chords with which it famously begins to the violent twist of the opera’s shock ending, the tension never lets up for a moment. Love and evil come – thrillingly – face to face in Jonathan Kent’s intense production.

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    TAKE3 (concert) February 11

    With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio, TAKE3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock-star charisma. Known for their infectious and down to earth onstage personalities, this threesome leaves their indelible mark on captivated crowds around the country performing their arrangements of top pop hits, Americana, and classical favorites.

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    The Adventures of Alice February 23 - February 25

    The Adventures of Alice is a topsy-turvy dance production featuring original choreography by Jennifer and Justine Clark, Nancy Wells, and Grace Danielson. Talented dancers from the Wala Walla Dance Company will be performing jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and hip hop. Come see the joy of dance with ages 4 to pre-professional dancers – a family show with amazing Walla Walla youth.

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    As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show Phenomenon, Mike Super is the only magician in history to win a live magic competition on prime time US network television and was voted America’s Favorite Mystifier! Through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the “trick.” Mike was also a top finalist on NBC’s #1 rated summer series America’s Got Talent!

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    March 2022

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the 2021 short documentary film “Takeover” on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. “Takeover” takes place during the twelve historic hours on July 14, 1970, in which fifty members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, drove out their administrative staff, barricaded entrances and windows, and made their cries for decent healthcare known to the world.

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    Actress Cat LaCohie will teach a “Fire Eating” class at Land Title Plaza in downtown Walla Walla on Friday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m. Cat is a multi-talented, international burlesque performer who specializes in fire-eating, glass-walking, aerial hoop, and magic.

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    Actress Cat LaCohie will teach an “Intro to Burlesque” class on the main stage of Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. Cat is a multi-talented, international burlesque performer who specializes in fire-eating, glass-walking, aerial hoop, and magic.

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    Burlesque, Circus, Comedy, Magic… and a few home truths. British actress Cat LaCohie reveals the truth behind her Burlesque persona, “Vixen DeVille”… inviting you on the journey to revealing your inner Vixen and, in turn, the amazing you! Embrace the freedom to express yourself, be yourself, celebrate yourself, the good, the bad and the wobbly! Guaranteed to leave you entertained and inspired.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Live Cinema screening of The Royal Ballet’s current production of “Romeo and Juliet,” on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. “Romeo and Juliet
     has become a great modern ballet classic of the ballet repertory since its creation by Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan and its premiere in 1965.

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    The Walla Walla Choral Society will perform a “Good Vibrations” concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

    Vibrant, complex, tumultuous, contentious, fabulous, and of course, groovy — all at the same time. That’s the 60’s. The extraordinary variety of cultural tones and nuanced music that was created and performed during this unforgettable decade has had an incalculable impact on our lives.

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    The Walla Walla Choral Society will perform a “Good Vibrations” concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

    Vibrant, complex, tumultuous, contentious, fabulous, and of course, groovy — all at the same time. That’s the 60’s. The extraordinary variety of cultural tones and nuanced music that was created and performed during this unforgettable decade has had an incalculable impact on our lives.

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    The Ladies of Laughter started out as an annual videotape comedy competition in New York to honor a fellow woman in comedy who helped women get their start. Since its inaugural year when the contest went live in a YWCA in New Jersey, The Ladies of Laughter contest has visited national historic theaters and legendary venues, including Caesars and Madison Square Garden. Past participants include Amy Schumer, Tammy Pescatelli, and Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory), and it has steadily become known in the comedy world as a career builder for women in comedy.

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    Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster reprising her Tony Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney, alongside three-time Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family), Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) and beloved West End Legend Gary Wilmot (Chicago).

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    “All Sorts,” a movie about a lonely data entry clerk who stumbles into the world of championship folder filing, is a quirky comedy about finding magic in everyday life. The main character, Diego, played by Eli Vargas (“Arrested Development”), is desperate to find a job, excitement, and even love. New on the job at a strange company, Diego stumbles into an incredibly fast filer named June, played by Greena Park (“The Comedown”), and the two journey through a wildly unexpected office adventure.

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    April 2022

    The Automat is a documentary film about the phenomena of Horn & Hardart, America’s original & most beloved restaurant chain in NYC & Philadelphia. Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, The Automat tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers, entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees – we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Live Cinema screening of The Royal Opera’s current production of “Rigoletto,” on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. Verdi’s thrilling opera pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness. This special anniversary screening (filmed in September 2021) of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851.

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    Ahamefule Joe Oluo’s days are spent at a soul-deadening corporate job and his nights come alive behind a trumpet at Seattle jazz clubs. As he struggles to climb out of the ruins of his broken marriage, Aham has to deal with endless bureaucracy, a boss trying to lead him to the Lord, and his mother who won’t cut ties with his ex. Aham is living with his entire family once again in his sister’s cramped one bedroom apartment. The one person missing from this living situation is Aham’s estranged Nigerian father. His brief reappearance sends the family into a tailspin and a search for meaning. Pressed together in this vise of a home, the family struggles with adult life and the meaning of family.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie presentation of “Seattle Jewish Film Festival Shorts” on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Director of Film Programming Warren Etheredge will curate the best short films from the 2021 and 2022 Seattle Jewish Film Festival for this program. More details to be announced closer to the event.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Seattle Rock Orchestra performing “The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in concert on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. In this concert, Seattle Rock Orchestra takes a deep dive into The Beatles discography, performing two classic 1967 albums, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour”, both renowned for their experimentation, innovation, and ambition in their use of recorded techniques and varies stylistic influences.

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    May 2022

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Seattle Rock Orchestra performing a concert of music by Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Both friends and contemporaries, Cline popularized the “Nashville Sound” and reached new technical and expressive heights in country singing, while Lynn challenged audiences with lyrics that were fearlessly autobiographical and often controversial for the time.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Live Cinema screening of The Royal Opera’s current production of La Traviata, on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. 19th-century Paris is a place of contrasts; glamor and superficiality, love and lust, life and death. Courtesan Violetta sings some of Verdi’s most acclaimed arias including the joyous “Sempre libera,” in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont. Richard Eyre’s production of La Traviata for The Royal Opera recently celebrated 25 years on…

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    June 2022

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the documentary “Charm Circle” on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Oscillating between present day and decades-old home videos, filmmaker Nira Burstein returns to her childhood home—now crumbling from the inside out—to explore the circumstances in which her parents live.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the documentary “Cat Daddies” on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. This award-winning film contains heartwarming portraits of nine unique men navigating the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of their feline friends.

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    July 2022

    “All Ages Show” is a new documentary film about the history of the music scene in Tri-Cities, Washington, that began in the mid-1980s and continues today. While Seattle’s music scene, was changing the world in the early 90s with “grunge,” Tri-Cities had its own thriving music scene inspired by Washington DC Hardcore, a scene that many didn’t think could exist in a smaller community.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Live Cinema screening of The Royal Ballet’s current production of “Swan Lake,” on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. This classic fairytale represents the battle between good and evil, and the attempt of love to conquer all. The magic of the lakes, forests and palaces is brought to life with glittering designs by John Macfarlane and a sublime score by Tchaikovsky.

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