Looking Ahead: Great Music and Comedy All Week!
Don’t miss out on this full week of entertainment! Whether you’re looking for multi-platinum selling artists, hilarious comics or Flamenco guitarists, Blumenthal has an event for you! This week’s entertainment will include winners from NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series, “Last Comic Standing,” singer-songwriter Ben Folds, Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete History of Comedy, and Flamenco guitarist Paco Pena’s newest show, Flamencura. Check out the details for each event below!
Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. – Belk Theater
Multiplatinum selling singer-songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to have a very successful solo career, recording multiple studio albums, a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances, a remix record, music for film and TV, as well as numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner. Ben has continued his global symphony performance quest, recently recording a new album that features the concerto along with a host of new songs that overlap pop and classical worlds with a fresh, exciting sound he has dubbed “chamber rock.”
Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. – Knight Theater
The lively laugh fest searches for the funniest comic in the country with the top 100 comics in America competing for the top spots. The funniest of all take the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing,” winning a prize package that includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by Universal Television, plus the top spot on this LIVE tour.
Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Booth Playhouse
From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes
As one would expect in an examination of the History of Comedy, the show contains occasional strong language and sexual innuendo.
Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. – Knight Theater
Paco’s newest show, Flamencura, explores that elusive state at the core of the art of flamenco. Art in all its forms has the potential of creating alchemy between an interpreter and the audience, transporting them into a mysterious level of emotion; a red-hot status capable of making them abandon any concern about who or where they are and just immerse themselves in the experience they cannot describe. Artists will use all the ingredients available to them from their musical discipline: modal zones, razor-sharp rhythmic patterns, spontaneity, which is vital for the music to “live.” Flamenco performers never talk about it; nevertheless they are always in pursuit of the inspiration that will allow them to get there, reaching total involvement in the art and deep communion with the audience.”