Black Box Events 11/12



September 29, 2011 - 7:30pm
Minton Sparks

$20 Adults/$10 Students    

 What will you experience at this show? Here's a video of Minton!





In April, 2007, Minton Sparks released her first book of poems with performance DVD, Desperate Ransom (Westbow Press), sharing her memories of growing up in small town Tennessee. Sparks’ family may not walk the straight and narrow, but they’re guaranteed to walk straight into the audience’s heart and linger, leaving all with something essential to ponder. Her first novel, White Lightning (Westbow Press), published in April, 2008, is in a category of one, fusing. In the past two years, Grammy-nominated Sparks was featured nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered and internationally on the BBC’s Bob Harris Show.


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October 14, 2011 - 7:30pm
Duo Clarion

$20 Adults/$10 Students    

Here's a sample performance













Duo Clarion pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.”

Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. Burrow has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the globe. The European press has said that

Burrow performs with “brilliant technique and tonal beauty mixed with an expressive ferocity.”

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October 29, 2011 - 7:30pm
Crosswinds Trio

$20 Adults/$10 Students         

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Crosswinds Trio presents a unique sound in chamber music. Gary Ross (trumpet), Lawrence Kursar (horn) and Michael Toth (piano) draw on their diverse musical backgrounds and experiences from the orchestral stage, the jazz club, and the recital hall to create a refreshing sound. With over 200 innovative arrangements for this distinct combination of trumpet, horn, and piano Mr. Ross and Mr. Kursar have established a previously unexplored musical genre.


November 12, 2011 - 2pm
Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels and Wondertales

$15 Adults/$5 Students         













Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels and Wondertales, is an eye-popping visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances have dazzled audiences for almost thirty years. His one-man extravaganza combines his breathtaking handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder, outlandish stilt dancing and a physical repertoire that ranges from the madcap to the sublime. The result is a “moving sculpture.”  And whether he’s high kicking on giant legs, animating one of his magical creations or quite literally “leaning on air,” the unending enthusiasm of this masked marvel captivates both young and old.


January 14, 2012 - 2pm & 7:30pm
Andy Offutt Irwin: Kid Entrapment (2pm) & Book Every Saturday For A Funeral (7:30pm)

$15 Adults/$5 Students (2pm)       

$20 Adults/$10 Students (7:30pm) 

Single tickets will go on sale on December 14, 2011

 Learn about Andy's Aunt Marguerite


Some people have inner-kids. Andy Offutt Irwin has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. People are drawn to him like magnets to a refrigerator. And inside, it’s all Mountain Dew and Jolt Cola. A native of Covington, GA, Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more; some of his talents are hard to categorize.

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January 27, 2012 - 7:30pm
Barry Smith: Every Job I've Ever Had

$20 Adults/$10 Students         
Single tickets will go on sale on December 12, 2011 


 Here's a preview of his show!


Writer/performer Barry Smith isn’t exactly what you'd call "ambitious" when it comes to careers. He’s managed to get by on a lifetime of odd jobs - some more odd than others. Journey through the ups, the downs, and the humorous employment consequences (and rewards!) of a life spent following one’s bliss in this solo multimedia comedy.


“Think Spalding Gray and David Sedaris with a whole lot of audio and visual aids…” - The Aspen Times


“Smith cleverly employs technology to elevate the art of monologue.” Vancouver Sun

“Every Job I’ve Ever Had is a funny, touching, and moving look at being a seeker and a wanderer in a world where one’s work defines one’s self.” - King’s River Life Magazine

“Smith’s delivery is fantastic – he’s quick, dryly comical, and most importantly, authentic.” CBC Winnipeg


“Smith is an energetic and versatile raconteur whipsawing between calm explication and the fiery cadences of a Delta preacher as the situation demands.” New York Magazine




February 11, 2012 - 7:30pm
An Evening With Blues Master Scott Ainslie

$20 Adults/$10 Students    
Single tickets will go on sale on January 11, 2012 



 Here's a sample!


A fine performer and artist-educator, Scott Ainslie came of age during the Civil Rights era in Virginia. His work reflects his reverence and affection for both African and American culture and music, and demonstrates how much we – as Americans - have in common. Scott is a Phi Beta Kappa and honor graduate of Washington & Lee University. His 5th CD called Thunder’s Mouth is just completed.


March 10, 2012 - 2pm & 7:30pm
The Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts (2pm) & Life in Motion (7:30pm)

$15 Adults/$5 Students (2pm)       


$20 Adults/$10 Students (7:30pm) 
Single tickets will go on sale on February 10, 2012 


Watch how The Cashore Marionettes bring art to life! 


The Cashore Marionettes are unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. The internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others. The afternoon program, Simple Gifts, is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland.

Robbi Kumalo (Drum photo)

April 28, 2012 - 2pm
Robbi K: Osebo's Drum

$15 Adults/$5 Students     
Single tickets will go on sale on March 28, 2012 










As an award-winning storyteller and trained Lincoln Center for Aesthetic Education Teaching Artist, Robbi K spirit is clearly contagious, and the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with Osebo’s Drum. Drumming, movement, singing and chanting set the scene for Robbi to unfold this amusing traditional tale of the little turtle that outwits the fierce leopard and is rewarded with a shell. Check it out at


May 10, 2012 - 7:30pm
Catie Curtis

$20 Adults/$10 Students     
Single tickets will go on sale on April 10, 2012 



In the fall of 2008 Catie Curtis released the critically acclaimed Sweet Life (her ninth recording), an album dedicated to Lynne Ramsdell, the neighbor who gifted a 15-year old Curtis with her first guitar and traced out the first steps of Curtis’ life path. Throughout the fall of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 Curtis toured Sweet Life, and in January 2009 performed at the Human Rights Campaign’s official Obama inaugural ball beside LGBT icons Melissa Etheridge and Rufus Wainwright.


Black Box Events 12/13


September 29, 2012 - 2pm
Mallarmé Chamber Players - Classical Revolution

$18 Adult/$18 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on August 29, 2012

Classical Revolution will feature classic chamber music, the work of bassist/composer Rick Robinson, and unique string arrangements of jazz standards.  Here's an excerpt from their newest CD, Songs for the Soul!

The Mallarmé Chamber Players is a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina. Created in 1984, the ensemble's name comes from Stéphane Mallarmé, the 19th century French poet and philosopher who believed that true art is created through a unity of music, dance, literature and the visual arts.  Mallarmé Chamber Players performs programs that are distinctive and diverse. Being able to present great music in an intimate setting gives them the ability to bring audiences closer and makes for a unique concert experience.


October 13, 2012 - 2pm
Allan Wolf

$18 Adult/$8 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on September 13, 2012


Here's Allan singing the Haiku Song!




Award-winning author Allan Wolf is a poet, performer and educator who performs poetry from memory with a theatrical flair and - while almost never standing still - in the tradition of Appalachian storytellers. From the moment he steps onstage, Allan's lifelong passion for words and high-energy, highly-active performance are contagious. He is always ready to spin out a stanza or two, often with great comic wit and wry wisdom...and maybe a guitar riff as well. For all ages!


January 19, 2013 - 7:30pm
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

$18 Adult/$18 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on December 3, 2012

Recording session for the song "Junio" on their upcoming album Walking Home 

After touring extensively with the John Jorgenson Quintet, native Argentinean Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a guitar virtuoso, forging his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. While heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, Bergara’s sound exists in a way that very little music does. He lavishes such care on every phrase... built each arrangement with such lapidary precision... and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving.


March 28, 2013 - 7:30pm
Glenis Redmond

$18 Adult/$18 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on February 28, 2013         

What to hear Glenis perform?  Listen to "What My Hand Say" 


Glenis Redmond's love of words has carried her across the country for almost 20 years, as a performance poet and teacher whose mission is to bring poetry to the masses. Though steeped in Afro-Carolinian roots, Glenis speaks in a universal language of love, celebration, sorrow, loss and always...hope. Her verse and stage or classroom delivery uplift all kinds of families, cultures, and communities.  At widely diverse venues across the country ranging from universities, festivals, conferences, prisons, theaters and libraries to performing arts centers and K-12 schools, Glenis is a gentle teacher as she brings the "page to the stage," encouraging others to find their voice. Her poems and delivery can alternately soothe or move listeners to action and often evoke a deep, very personal response from her audiences, young and old, as they pick up pens to travel their own poetic roads.

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April 27, 2013 - 2pm
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

$18 Adult/$8 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on March 27, 2013

Here are excerpts from a few of Mike Wiley's performances!     

A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Witness the hopeless humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field and became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Meet Jackie’s compatriots fighting the same battles between the end zones, inside the ring and around the track  A Game Apart is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication, perseverance and leadership.