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.

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Lakewold Garden’s Susan Warner

Bringing art, music, and nature together, Susan Warner, executive director of Lakewold Gardens, is continuing a lifelong journey creating programs and building experiences based on collections that create conversations about important social and environmental issues. She has pioneered and presented many new programs and initiatives which have transformed the cultural landscape of South Puget Sound while also providing spaces for diverse voices and perspectives.

Warner, who is a founding staff member of the Museum of Glass, also continues to advise the Museum on a variety of education initiatives including the recently launched Junior Curator Academy. In-person or virtually, middle school students from the local area learn from subject matter experts as they explore the creative process, influences, and materials used in individual works of art.

This program, like Warner’s many other exhibitions and programs, builds on the art history philosophy called deconstruction. First used by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1970s, deconstruction is a form of criticism that asserts that there is not one single intrinsic meaning to be found in an artwork, but rather many, and often these can be conflicting. She sees this as an essential part of the power that collections have to stimulate conversations.

While not a collection of artwork, Lakewold Gardens has an extensive collection of plants which includes over 800 species of rhododendrons and 30 Japanese maples. Warner’s leadership at Lakewold Gardens combines her wealth of professional education and curatorial experience with her personal passion for gardening. She wants South Sound residents to consider Lakewold Gardens as “a garden for all” because many people in our community do not have access to a private garden as well as the healing power that can be found through a connection with nature.

The Gardens took on even more significance over the past year during the pandemic. “Having a place where you can go and be safe while enjoying nature has been scientifically proven to help people,” noted Warner. “We’ve been intentional in reaching out to invite the community to the gardens through virtual events like Black Splendor, which showcased local Black musical artists, and partnerships with local organizations like MusicWorks4Veterans and Write 253.”

One upcoming event that she is excited about is the installation celebrating the winter solstice. Multimedia artist Sam Stubblefield will fill the garden with sound and light in a preview of Winter Solstice Lights from November 19-28. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Gardens in a whole new way as art, music and nature intertwine in this unique and creative event.

For Additional Information
lakewoldgardens.org

HILLARY RYAN