Arts In Focus Series
Since the inaugural Arts In FOCUS Series in 1967, many world renowned artists, individuals, musicians, and shows have graced the stage of the Clemens Fine Arts Center. Award-winning performances range from innovative dance from Lulu Washington Dance to gospel icon Mavis Staples, and Broadway musicals such as Porgy & Bess and ‘Swonderful. Each season brings a distinct theatre experience to West Kentucky Community & Technical College and the surrounding Paducah community.
Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, S.C. - based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 AT 7:30 PM
The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with hilarious, award-winning performances. Their combination of comedy, dexterity, danger, and hilarity has audiences on their feet all across the globe. The Passing Zone saves the world from boredom and the mundane by putting themselves at risk for your amusement! Save the date, because there’s nothing more important than saving the world!
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. Her honeyed vocals were featured on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. She has collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz.