WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF WINDHAM HILL’S WINTER SOLSTICE AND GOD IS A SCOTTISH DRAG QUEEN: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL THIS MONTH

 

 

 

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS
THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF WINDHAM HILL’S WINTER SOLSTICE AND 
GOD IS A SCOTTISH DRAG QUEEN: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL THIS MONTH

 

(OLYMPIA, WA, November 22, 2021) The Washington Center for the Performing Arts continues the 21-22 Season with Holiday offerings in December.

December 1 at 7:30pm Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. You won’t want to miss The 35th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice featuring Barbara Higbie, Todd Boston, and Mia Pixley! Singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie; guitarist Todd Boston; and cellist Mia Pixley come together to lead this joyous holiday concert.

GRAMMY-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie’s solo work has made the top ten lists of the Washington Post and Performing Songwriter magazine. The most recent of her six solo releases, Scenes from Life, was recorded in 2014 at Lucas lm’s Skywalker Sound. In addition to being the first female instrumentalist on the Windham Hill label, Higbie has appeared with musicians as di erent as Santana, Bonnie Raitt, the Kronos Quartet, Milton Nascimento, and Spyro Gyra, recording on over 100 CDs. In 2011, Barbara was the first-ever artist-in-residence at the prestigious Jazz Club Yoshi’s.

 

Todd Boston is a Composer, Producer and Billboard Top Ten Guitarist/Multi-Instrumentalist. He has spent over 30 years studying and cultivating a deep relationship to sound and the power of music as a tool for personal transformation and growth. He is an international touring artist and has shared his music at festivals, performing arts theaters, yoga studios, and other venues around the world. His album ONE (Billboard Top Ten New Age, 2017 ZMR Awards Nominee) and Touched by the Sun (2012 ZMR Best Acoustic Album, Produced by Grammy Winner Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records) have been featured on radio and TV (Discovery, PBS) worldwide and received recognition and awards globally. Todd’s unique sound blends percussive and melodic finger-style guitar with Indian ragas and
world music influences. In addition to guitar Todd performs on a mesmerizing custom handmade style of bamboo flute as well as various percussion and world instruments.

Cellist, singer- songwriter, and composer Mia Pixley is a recent graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mia and her cello have collaborated in award winning New York City Off-Broadway theater productions, film, and performance art compositions. Last year, she recorded cello on Fantastic Negrito’s second GRAMMY award winning album, “Please Don’t be Dead”, which won Best Contemporary Blues. Most recently, she had the honor of playing cello on Barbara Higbie’s beautiful album, “Resonance”. In 2018, Mia released her positively reviewed debut EP, “Inside Under”, through her previous musical alias Baeilou. She is set to release a music and visual art collaboration titled, “Spar Suite”, which explores experiences of loss, mourning, and peace

 

December 3 at 7:30pm God, dressed in an all new holiday power suit, returns to set the record straight and expound on everything from the beginnings of Christmas with Yule, Saturnalia and Winter Solstice, to holiday foods, Christmas carols, Star Wars, the true story of the Nativity, and even Tiny Tim! God is a Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas Special blends together the nostalgia of holidays gone by, a hilarious and laugh-out-loud look at the holidays of today and a heartwarming and perfectly sweet peek at holidays yet to come! The Christmas Special has become the most popular show of the entire series and is an absolute must see! You will never look at Egg Nog the same way again!

Mike Delamont is a critically acclaimed performer and comedian from the west coast. As a stand up comedian Mike has appeared on CBC’s The Debaters & Laugh Out Loud, SiriusXM’s Top Comic, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, and at the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He is best known for his one man God Is A Scottish Drag Queen series which has sold out major theatres across North America for the past decade.

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 Saturday 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/

CONTACT: 
TINEKE RAAK, MARKETING & SALES DIRECTOR
512 WASHINGTON ST SE OLYMPIA, WA 98501
360-753-8585 ex. 100

 

 O Christmas Tea

Together again in the theatre! The holiday tradition brimming with joy and laughter returns to Olympia.

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

OLYMPIA, WA – Oct 12 2021: The holiday season is fast approaching and, after nearly two full years away from the stage, beloved British comedy duo James and Jamesy are back with O Christmas Tea. Whether it’s with friends, family, loved ones, or on your own, an evening spent in the theatre with James and Jamesy is sure to be an evening you will never forget.

The shows will be held:

●        Friday, November 26th at 7.30pm, Washington Center for the Performing Arts

O Christmas Tea is a rolicking holiday spectacular that’s ideal for fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss. James and Jamesy have delighted audiences for decades with their unique take on traditional British comedy and they’re excited to make their eagerly awaited return to the stages.

“After 20 months away from the stage, we are beside ourselves —  both literally and metaphorically — to be reunited with our audiences, many of whom have become like extended family over the festive season, and to again feel the buzz that only the magic of live theatre can bring,” explained Aaron Malkin (James), the taller, less-hirsute half of the award-winning duo.

The time away, due to pandemic restrictions on live entertainment, has reinforced not only the passion the duo has for its shows, but also the importance that humour plays in our lives.

“We are so excited to once again be able to bring friends and family together, especially now – more than ever – we are reminded to dream big, embrace imagination, and celebrate a childlike excitement for merriment,” added Alastair Knowles (Jamesy), the eccentric half of the award-winning duo. “There are definitely going to be some surprises for our regular audiences, with whom we’re thrilled to reconnect this season.”

O Christmas Tea is rich with wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements reminiscent of classic British pantomimes. However, it is James & Jamesy’s boundless imagination and endearing chemistry that creates the extraordinary magic of this unique festive experience.

During the action-packed production, a Christmas wish for tea is surprisingly fulfilled in titanic proportions. As the world floods with tea, our duo must find innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat as they try to make their way back home.

Already a festive tradition for thousands of theatre-goers, this year the O Christmas Tea tour is brighter than ever, with dates across the Pacific Northwest including four dates across Washington State – Olympia, Edmonds, Seattle, and Bellingham – offering both long-time fans and those new to the James and Jamesy experience a chance to enjoy the festive production.

Grab your teacups!

Event Listing Details:

                            O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy                         

Showtime:          November 26 at 7.30pm

Venue:                 Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA

Tickets:                jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea or  ($19-$44)