Arts In Focus Series

THE ARTS IN FOCUS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES is our premier series and includes four ticketed performances by international and national touring companies.

Kelsey Waldon

Friday, October 12 at 7:30 PM

Kelsey Waldon, a WKCTC alumnus, returns home from Nashville to open our 2018-19 Arts In Focus season. Since moving to Nashville, she’s released two albums, played with some of music’s biggest names, and toured nationally. Waldon’s traction skyrocketed with the release of her debut LP The Goldmine, which The Fader dubbed as “the brightest country debut of 2014”. By the time I’ve Got A Way hit in 2016, she had established herself as one of Nashville’s founders of the female-pioneered twang revival — a movement that is quickly redefining the modern country music narrative. Since the release of I’ve Got A Way, she’s been busy touring the country. Waldon was born in Ballard County, Kentucky, and raised in Monkey’s Eyebrow.  If one thing is set in stone with Kelsey Waldon, it’s that she does have a way — and it’s straight up from here.

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Steve Wariner

Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 PM

Twenty albums into his five-decade career, Steve Wariner performs solo on the Clemens Fine Arts Center stage. For the first time, Wariner displays the astonishing breadth of his talents on one album All Over The Map. In this album, his fans will hear him like never before. Wariner brings a sense of joy to his music that rings out as an expression that is at once deeply personal, but also universal. Top among Wariner’s collaborators is the late, legendary Merle Haggard. The pair co-wrote heartbreaking, traditional country ballad, When I Still Mattered To You in 1996. Forty years after signing his first record deal with RCA, Wariner’s passion for writing, playing and singing music remains undiminished. As he prepares to release All Over The Map, he urges his fans to do some traveling with him, perhaps over some new musical terrain, as he continues the journey he started so long ago.

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Mavis Staples Photo
February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Mavis sang with family for her first paying gig at Holy Trinity Baptist Church in 1948, moving over time from the gospel circuit to radio and eventually even to stadium shows, collecting a number one hit along the way and adding almost every musical form to her repertoire. She has performed with Bob Dylan, Booker T., Ray Charles, and The Band, among many others, and has had music written for her by everyone from Prince and Nick Cave to Neko Case. "Bring us all together as a people—that's what I hope to do. You can't stop me. You can't break me. I'm too loving," she says.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23 AT 7:30 PM

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings some of the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to new audiences all around the country. Their flagship touring show is a 90-minute, unscripted, and totally improvised performance. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.

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ODC Dance

Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM

ODC Dance company is noted for its fusion of classical and modern techniques and for its collaborations, including with writers Leslie Scalapino and Rinde Eckert; actors Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle and Robin Williams; and visual artists Wayne Thiebaud, John Woodall, and Eleanor Coppola. They will be performing two recent works at the CFAC – What we carry What we keep and Triangulating Euclid. ODC Dance obtained inspiration for Triangulating Euclid from a rare 1648 edition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, perhaps the most influential work in the history of mathematics. This 2015 collaboration brought together choreographers Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kate Weare. The three set out to explore the distance between the 3 choreographers and between the book, the dance concept, and the metaphor. They move from the formal elegance of geometry to its human implication: from triangles to threesomes, from lines to connections, from the page to the heart. Experience the dynamic ODC dance company up close in an exciting range of choreographic styles.

Brenda Way’s What we carry What we keep, a piece inspired by the New York Times review of The Keeper, an exhibition at the New Museum dedicated to the act of preserving objects, memorabilia, and images, and to the passions that inspire this understanding. Prompted by the question “What is it with the relationship between people and things anyway this human drive to have more and more?” Way sent out a questionnaire to research what people around her keep and collect. Their responses triggered phrases and movement vocabulary that formed the architecture of the dance. In it, bodies give shape to memories or become objects to amass, arrange, or be freed from. A vessel for the emotions, habits and relationships we hold onto, the body inevitably serves as the archive of psychosomatic hoarding. Questioning how we are defined and changed by our surroundings, Nelson and Way invite us to ponder the construction of our identity and the possibility of moving beyond the inherent restrictions of our social and cultural make up.

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