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Friday Giveaway: A Magical Night Out with Naked Magic Show

June 24, 2016

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Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA the world’s boldest and cheekiest night of magic is coming to Charlotte! We’re giving you a chance to win 4 tickets to the opening performance of The Naked Magic Show along with a $25 gift card to Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. You and three of your besties can grab dinner at Rock Bottom before heading to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square to catch a glimpse of some rock bottoms on stage!

The_NakedMagic-Show-1000The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”.

This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. This show proves that good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants.

So get your gal- or guy-friends together, get your tickets and prepare to get an eyeful at the hottest show in town August 4 at 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.!

Please note: 18+ only. Includes coarse language, sexual references and nudity.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: 

Tell us why you think you should have the chance to see these two magicians wave their wands by emailing marketing2@ncbpac.org. Use the subject line: Magic Show Giveaway! A winner will be chosen on Tuesday, June 28 at noon and notified by email.

The Blumenthal Buzz: A New Home for Our Blog!

June 22, 2016

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Starting next Monday, June 27, our blog will switch over to the main Blumenthal website. The Blumenthal Buzz will be your news hub for everything Blumenthal!

Screenshot (63)Do you love behind-the-scenes looks at your favorite performers? Looking to break the monotony of internet cat videos with featured recordings of musical numbers and exclusive interviews? Want info about our upcoming PNC Broadway Lights series? It’s now all in one place!

Keep up with the exciting things happening at Blumenthal by bookmarking BlumenthalArts.org/Blog, and look out for our new blog posts (there may even be a giveaway coming your way)!

You Can Inspire a Love of the Arts for the Next Generation

June 21, 2016

Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could tap your heels three times, chant “There’s no place like Blumenthal!” and find yourself sitting in the audience right as the curtain rises? For many children who may never have seen a live performance, this would be a dream come true. The Arts for All program is working to raise $10,000 in 10,000 minutes to help send 1,100 students to an upcoming performance of The Wizard of Oz. Blumenthal’s Vice President of Development Cindy Rice has a message about the magic of theatre – and how YOU can spread that magic to children in the community:

I love musical theater and always have. Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Leslie Ann Warren was an annual television favorite when I was a child. But I was truly smitten after seeing my first live performance – South Pacific – as a nine year old.

The difference between seeing a movie musical and experiencing a live Broadway musical on tour is a bit like the difference between eating a Little Debbie brownie versus the explosion of flavors in an Amélie’s salted caramel brownie. The latter is about 10,000 times better. It’s the intensity of the experience. We want to provide 1,100 students the opportunity to feel that intensity (the show, not the brownie).

Photo by Daniel Coston

Photo by Daniel Coston

To do that, we need your help to raise $10,000 in 10,000 minutes. That’s all we need to receive a match of $10,000 from Myers Park United Methodist Church (and a couple awesome families) to purchase the remaining 1,100 tickets for Freedom School scholars to see The Wizard of Oz. A gift of $10 helps. A gift of $65 buys one ticket. A gift of $650 buys 10! Every gift matters regardless of its size.

We believe all children need intense arts experiences that inspire but many families don’t have the resources to provide them. That’s where our arts access program, Arts for All, comes in. Arts for All helps close the “enrichment gap” that is often a result of socio-economic status. We believe exposure to cultural opportunities – intense experiences that inspire – makes a real difference over a child’s life.

Our goal is to yield higher aspirations, better students, and kids who see the world as a friendlier, more positive place. Plus, we hope to provide joy along the way. You can help – click here.

– Cindy Rice

Looking Ahead: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host This Saturday!

June 20, 2016

What do you get when you put two dancers and a radio host together onstage? A lively night of story-telling through speech and movement sure to bring laughs to your weekend. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host comes to Charlotte THIS Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m.

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Ira Glass, host of “This American Life,” worked with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to create a show that combines dance and radio, art forms that “have no business being together,”he says. Since its first run in 2013 at Carnegie Hall, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host has become a raucous hit with audiences.

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host comes to Belk Theater June 25!The show includes radio interviews re-staged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass.

“I think it’s still blowing Ira’s mind to see some of the radio pieces remade this way, with props and costume changes and lighting cues,” says Bass.

Barnes adds that combining these art forms led to a show unlike anything she’s ever choreographed before.

As the title indicates, the show is in three acts. Act one is about the job of being a performer. Act two looks at falling in love and what it means to stay in love. Act three shows nothing lasts forever. “People who like ‘This American Life’ will probably like this,” says Glass “because it’s just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories.”

The performance is one night only, so buy your tickets and dance your way over to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Saturday night. You won’t want to miss out on this unique show!

Friday Giveaway: Enter to Win an If/Then Prize Pack!

June 17, 2016

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The musical If/Then featuring Jackie Burns, Anthony Rapp, Tamyra Gray and Matthew Hydzik is coming to Belk Theater next month as part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights! To celebrate, we’re giving away the original Broadway cast recording, – featuring Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp – and a mouse pad!

If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow.

With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical” (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

Don’t ask yourself ‘what if…?’ – buy your tickets here and check out these awesome prizes!

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win this week’s Friday Giveaway by emailing us why you want to win the prize pack at marketing2@ncbpac.org. Use the subject line: If/Then Giveaway! PLEASE NOTE: The items must be picked up from Spirit Square in uptown (345 N. College St.) and will not be mailed. A winner will be selected at noon on Tuesday, June 21, and notified via email.

The Music Men – Five New Concerts On Sale Now!

June 15, 2016

Have you heard who’s coming to Charlotte? Blumenthal has a diverse concert line-up sure to satisfy any kind of music-lover. Here’s the low-down on five recently announced shows that you do not want to miss!

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Genre: Traditional American roots music and bluegrass.

Artist Fun Fact: Each of the four members of the band plays at least one instrument. Dave Wilson plays guitar, John Teer masters mandolin and fiddle, Chandler Holt is on banjo and Greg Readling plucks the bass.

What You Should Listen To: “The Carolinian”

When: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, 8 p.m.

Where: McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

 

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Genre: Melodious folk.

Artist Fun Fact: McCutcheon is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, including the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer.

What You Should Listen To: “Mail Myself to You.”

When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 8 p.m.

Where: Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

 

Griffin House 

Genre: Indie rock Americana.

Artist Fun Fact: He discovered his natural talent for singing after landing a role in a musical in high school.

What You Should Listen To: “The Guy that Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind.”

When: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 8 p.m.

Where: Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

 

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Genre: Brass band mixed with doses of hip hop, soul and funk.

Artist Fun Fact: HBE keeps it all in the family; they are all brothers! The documentary Brothers Hypnotic explores their music, work ethic, life and experience of being raised by their jazz legend father Phil Cohran.

What You Should Listen To: “War.”

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Where: McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

 

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Genre: Jazz guitar

Artist Fun Fact: The 20-time Grammy winner was recently inducted into DownBeat Magazine’s Hall of Fame as its youngest member.

What You Should Listen To: “Are You Going With Me?”

When: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts.

Check out all of our upcoming shows at BlumenthalArts.org!

Tuesday Tune: “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae

June 14, 2016
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Don’t miss Delta Rae on July 2 at 8 pm!

Since the release of their debut album “Carry The Fire” in the summer of 2012 and 2013’s follow-up EP “Chasing Twisters,” Delta Rae has been profiled everywhere from NPR and Time to Forbes. Rolling Stone proclaimed that “if Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae.” VH1 hand selected them for their “You Oughta Know” Artist Of The Month program, and they performed not once, but twice on both “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Conan.”

Live shows are where Delta Rae truly flourish, having spent the last year and a half playing to sold out venues from coast to coast, even sharing the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama when they performed during a Democratic rally at UNC Chapel Hill. They’ve played pretty much every festival under the sun, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Voodoo.

Watch Delta Rae’s sultry performance of their breakout hit “Bottom of the River” from their first album.

You can catch the boot-stomping group live on July 2 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square! Tickets are available here, and prices begin at only $15.50.

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