Ladies of Laughter at the Washington Center

This fest of funny femmes returns to the Center as the Ladies of Laughter comedy event has been a patron favorite with rave reviews! Expect big laughs, big fun, and a memorable night out. Back by popular demand, Karen Rontowski, will be returning to the mainstage! Karen Rontowski’s fast-paced, quirky and charmingly optimistic comedy has been featured in clubs, TV, radio, and at corporate events all around the world.

Karen uniquely blends comedy with her experience as a paranormal investigator, tarot and reiki master. She is fascinated with the “afterlife” is convinced she will someday have a near death experience because, “I never finish anything.” Karen has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sirius Satellite Radio, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.com, Live at Gotham, Comedy Central and Mysteries of the Unexplained.

We are welcoming Stephanie Blum who was the Ladies of Laughter National Winner from the 2012 Finale at Madison Square Garden. Stephanie is a former school psychologist from Brooklyn who began her comedy career after winning New York’s Funniest Teacher contest. This ‘apathetic mom-next-door’ has trademarked laziness and procrastination. She is sarcastic, hilarious and universally adored by audiences. She has performed in clubs, colleges, festivals and casinos all around the country. You may have seen Stephanie on one or more of her many television appearances: HBO’s Comedy Minutes, Country Music Television’s Funniest Videos, Star Search on CBS, The Marie Osmond Show for Hallmark Channel, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, #WhatSheSaid on TLC, and Babies Behaving Badly on Discovery Family Channel.

We are also welcoming Sarah Perry who is the 2021 Ladies of Laughter Professional Virtual Stand-Up runner-up. Sarah is a Chicago-based national touring comedian and writer whose fearless delivery and subject matter is highly relatable and resoundingly funny. A graduate of Columbia College and The Second City Conservatory, Sarah gained Internet attention when Laugh Factory Hollywood posted videos of her stand-up online, racking up a total of over 4.3 million views on Instagram and Youtube.

For ticketing questions or more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586

An Evening With Judy Collins

February 25 at 7:30pm An Evening with Judy Collins – Judy Collins has long inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 55-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Pick 3 and save 20%! The Washington Center is offering 20% off when you pick 3 shows. More info at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/specialoffers

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performance venue with a mission to inspire audiences and artists of all ages through live performances, enriching the vibrancy of our community.

For more information please contact:

Tineke Raak, Marketing and Sales Director

marketingdirector@washingtoncenter.org

Box Office Information:

·        Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

·        For ticketing questions or more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.

·        The Center requires proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test from a lab to enter the venue. Details on the current COVID protocols can be found here: https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events-tickets/plan-your-visit/

 

2021-2022 Calendar of Events:  https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events/month/

 

Richard Thompson Guitar Solo

February 16 at 7:30pm The influence of Richard Thompson can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney, and David Byrne has covered his music. Thompson picks up his guitar for this solo performance and emotions echo through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, and impassioned guitar picking. Powered by evocative song craft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its“100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

 

Richard Thompson will perform live

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Richard Thompson’s influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music. Thompson picks up his guitar for this solo performance and emotions echo through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, and impassioned picking. Powered by evocative song craft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

Washington Center hosts the Olympia Dance Festival! 

The Washington Center and Ballet Northwest are thrilled to announce the return of Olympia Dance Festival on March 5 at 7:00pm. This will be the 12th Olympia Dance Festival bringing together over 200 performers with dance groups participating from Seattle, Gig Harbor, Renton, Burien, Vancouver and Thurston County. These top dance groups will perform a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, Irish, Chinese, Middle Eastern and more. “After taking a year off in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are thrilled Olympia Dance Festival is returning to the stage of the Washington Center,” says Ballet Northwest Artistic Director Ken Johnson. “This year’s festival will be our biggest yet, and will be an amazing celebration of artistry, technique, diversity, and resilience by these amazing dancers.”

This year the festival will feature guest artists Adji Cissoko & Shuaib Elhassan. Cissoko and Elhassan are dancers with the world-renowned LINES Ballet of San Francisco. They will be performing a contemporary duet by famed choreographer Alonzo King. 

Participating dance groups include:
Ballet Northwest

Debbi’s Dance Etc.

Fang Fei Dance

Haley Prendergast School of Irish Dance

Harbor Dance and Performance Center
Inspired to Move Dance Academy

Johansen Olympia Dance Center

Mas Uda Dancers & Friends

Momentum Dance Academy
Northwest Performing Arts Alliance

Random Acts of Dance Collective
South Sound Dance

Spotlight Dance Center

Studio West Dance Theatre

Tina’s Dance Studios

For ticketing questions or more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.

The Center requires proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test to enter the venue. Details on the current COVID protocols can be found here: www.washingtoncenter.org/events-tickets/plan-your-visit/

Black Box Jazz Series

February 11 at 8:00pm Jazz musicians Max Hatt and Edda Glass have “an incomparable spook” and a “unique sound” (Nashville Scene, NPR’s Larry Groce) — a swoon- inducing soundscape of voice and guitar that is both epic and intimate, making one feel “both lost and found” (NewYorkTheaterGuide.com). They have been heard on NPR, PBS, NYC’s Lincoln Center, DC’s Kennedy Center. Our Black Box Jazz Series offers intimate cabaret-style evenings featuring talented musicians from around the region. Jazz lovers will enjoy the diverse sounds and styles showcasing all original compositions. All ages are welcome!

Pick 3 and save 20%! The Washington Center is offering 20% off when you pick 3 shows. More info at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/specialoffers

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performance venue with a mission to inspire audiences and artists of all ages through live performances, enriching the vibrancy of our community.

For more information please contact:

Tineke Raak, Marketing and Sales Director

marketingdirector@washingtoncenter.org

Box Office Information:

·        Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

·        For ticketing questions or more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.

·        The Center requires proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test from a lab to enter the venue. Details on the current COVID protocols can be found here: https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events-tickets/plan-your-visit/

 

2021-2022 Calendar of Events:  https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events/month/

 

Ensemble Mik Nawooj

(OLYMPIA, WA, January 17, 2022) Laughter and music are coming to the Center in February. Starting with Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s unique blend of hip-hop and classical, the Center has something for everyone this month. Richard Thompson, Comedy Underground, An Evening with Judy Collins, and hilarity from The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour.

February 3 at 7:30pm Led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates Meta Music by sampling principles of both hip-hop and classical. Executed with MC/lyricist Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums, and bass, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of the Western European concert music aesthetic. The result is seamless tête-à-tête with “textures swimming through the sound…like the world’s fastest ping-pong game” (Pitchfork) and is considered the “cutting edge of hip-hop” (Huffington Post).

ick 3 and save 20%! The Washington Center is offering 20% off when you pick 3 shows. More info at https://www.washingtoncenter.org/specialoffers

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performance venue with a mission to inspire audiences and artists of all ages through live performances, enriching the vibrancy of our community.

For more information please contact:

Tineke Raak, Marketing and Sales Director

marketingdirector@washingtoncenter.org

Box Office Information:

·        Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

·        For ticketing questions or more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.

·        The Center requires proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test from a lab to enter the venue. Details on the current COVID protocols can be found here: https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events-tickets/plan-your-visit/

 

2021-2022 Calendar of Events:  https://www.washingtoncenter.org/events/month/

 

 

Pink Martini

January 24 at 7:30pm “Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” — Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist Pink Martini’s “little orchestra” draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ’50s and crosses genres to make an eclectic, modern sound. Their arrangements of Latin music, jazz, cabaret and cinema scores come together in a sound that defies categorization, but is guaranteed to get the audience up out of their seats and dancing in the aisles. This concert will include popular favorites from the band’s 25 year career as well as songs from their latest release, Je dis oui!, taking the audience on a musical trip around the world from France to Iran, Armenia to South Africa and more.

Black Box Jazz Series

CONTACT: 
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January 21 at 8:00pm From the charm of the cha-cha-cha to the depth of AfroCuban rhythms, Clave Gringa presents a broad spectrum of Cuban music; original engaging compositions by Ann Reynolds as well as Cuban classics. Our Black Box Jazz Series offers intimate cabaret-style evenings featuring talented musicians from around the region. Jazz lovers will enjoy the diverse sounds and styles showcasing all original compositions.

Comedy Underground

January 20 at 7:30pm Need a good laugh? Our signature comedy series means good times with friends or a unique date night. This month’s Comedy Underground features Sterling Scott with Jaren George and Emcee Amanda Arnold! The stand-up you love, in the intimacy of the Black Box! Recommended for ages 18+