The Center for the Arts and Chris Perondi, the “Stunt Dog Guy”
™ Present The Stunt Dog Experience ™
The Center for the Arts is brings The Stunt Dog Experience ™ to the Veterans Auditorium in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019.
Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog GuyTM and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! Director Chris Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. He has produced over 9,000 shows in his career. Over 4,500 have been stage shows for performing arts theaters and for major theme parks including Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags of America.
The Stunt Dog GuyTM has a cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages. He guarantees high-energy excitement from beginning to end. During this “Stunt Dog Experience” you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.
The show is one-of-a-kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay & neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.
Don’t forget “Diggy the Dog” the human sized canine mascot! Diggy is always trying to be a part of the show in some silly way. He will try to convince everyone that he is the real star of the show. During the process you will laugh as he tries his paws at jumping rope like the four legged stars. He will also beg to do Perondi’s famous daredevil stunt. Can Diggy jump as high as the four-legged stunt dog? You will soon find out!
Every show also includes interactive crowd participation. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! Audience members will chant “Higher” and “Dog gone fun!” and be involved in the excitement of the production. The audience will even be split into two teams and everyone will cheer on their team of dogs during the “Golden Bone Showdown”. The trick dog challenge will be judged and won by audience applause; and the athletic challenges will be won based on speed, accuracy, and leaping ability. From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the three sport “Stunt Dog Triathlon”, and weave pole racing, to the famous high-jumping phenomenon. You will be blown away by the most agile dogs in the world!
These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Queen Latifah show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, worldwide during the annual Rose Parade, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines across the country. The Stunt Dog GuyTM truly delivers a theater masterpiece.
The Center for the Arts presents “Stunt Dog Experience” at the Veterans Auditorium on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019. There is a matinee at 1:00 p.m. and an evening show at 7:00 p.m. Doors open one hour before each show. Tickets are available online at thecenterforthearts.org and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Discounted tickets available for children 13 and under.
WHAT: Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience ™
WHEN: Two Shows on Friday, November 22nd at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial Building S Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: The Stunt Dog team includes Chris Perondi, wife Suhey Perondi, son Anthony Perondi.
ADMISSION: Youth $15 (children 13 and under) / Members $25 / Public $30
Storm Large to perform in Grass Valley on Sunday, December 8th
Storm Large is a musician, actor, playwright, and author. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.
Storm spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last-minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before she had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was soon to be launched onto the international stage.
In the 18-19 season, Storm performed her one-woman autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough at La Jolla Music Society and Portland Center Stage, celebrating the show’s ten-year anniversary. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Philly Pops, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Maryland Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Houston Symphony, New York Pops, and the Louisville Orchestra, with whom she recorded the 2017 album All In. Storm continues to tour concert halls across the country with her band Le Bonheur and as a special guest on Michael Feinstein’s Shaken & Stirred tour.
“Flying undeservedly under the radar, Storm Large and her band, Le Bonheur, delivered a bold and memorable set of songs that you would be highly unlikely to hear anywhere else from the same singer in the same show . . . All the musical passion and emotion that remains dammed up just behind the round eyeglasses of Abrams, who plays brilliantly but with reserve and stillness, finds its channel in Large, who dramatically interprets classic jazz, rock, and punk songs with her body, her eyes, her devilish smile, and a truly remarkable voice.” Louisville.com
Storm made her debut as a guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.
Storm’s music memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.
In the fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur released a record designed to capture their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Entitled simply Le Bonheur and released on Pink Martini’s Heinz Records, the recording is a collection of tortured and titillating love songs: beautiful, familiar, yet twisted … much like the lady herself. “She is an intoxicating and unmissable cocktail of power and vulnerability.” − The Times (UK)
Storm Large will be performing at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium downtown Grass Valley as a part of The Center OnTheGo. Tickets and additional information can be found online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or by visiting the box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.
WHAT: Storm Large Live at The Center for the Arts
WHEN: Sunday, December 8th, 2019 – Doors open 6:30pm – Show at 7:30pm
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, S Auburn St. Grass Valley, Ca 95945
WHO: Storm Large
ADMISSION:$30-$60 Members, $35-$65 Regular http://bit.ly/191208-StormLarge
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/storm-large/
The Mark O’Connor Band Brings Appalachia to Nevada County for A Special Holiday Show
Grammy winner Mark O’Connor blends American fiddling with French jazz into a new American classical music. An Appalachian Christmas is a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and other traditional American music. See the music from An Appalachian Christmas performed live at Foothills Event Center on Saturday, December 14th at 8pm as a part of The Center for the Arts, Center OnTheGo series.
O’Connor says, “Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country featuring more diverse styles of American music than just about anywhere.”
A cultural diplomat and author of the O’Connor Method, his score “Fiddle Concerto” has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. His new band is the product of Mark O’Connor’s imagination – one that has served him well over the course of his four-decade professional career. Their very first performance took place at the legendary Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas in 2015, the same event where Mark won national competitions on three instruments as a young teenager. In 2017 – less than a year and a half later – the new band took home the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut recording, Coming Home. Their recently released Mark O’Connor Band A Musical Legacy, is a stunning showcase of their most exciting concert and festival material to date. Recorded live in concert, the album captures the band on the heels of a packed first couple of years on the road, during which they had honed their sound and risen to an even higher level of cohesion and expressiveness.
The Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor Band performs Country, Progressive Bluegrass, Acoustic Pop, Indie Folk, and Americana. Iconic fiddler Mark O’Connor, puts on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. The band includes Mark’s family members; Maggie O’Connor – fiddle, Forrest O’Connor – mandolin and vocals and Kate Lee – fiddle and vocals. Rounding out the band is National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart and Michael Rinne playing upright bass.
The Center for the Arts presents An Appalachian Christmas on Saturday, December 14th at Foothills Event Center. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. This show is sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames of Grass Valley. Tickets are available online at thecenterforthearts.org, by calling 530-274-8384, and at the box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.
WHAT: Mark O’Connor Band – An Appalachian Christmas
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2020 – Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm
WHERE: Foothills Event Center 400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: Mark O’Connor Band
ADMISSION: $55 Members, $60 Regular http://bit.ly/191214-MarkOConnor
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: thecenterforthearts.org 530-274-8384.
Irish Christmas in America Show in Grass Valley
The Center for the Arts OnTheGo presents Irish Christmas in America on Friday, December 20th at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for a special 1:00 pm matinee show.
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 15th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2019 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.
This family-friendly performance features Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes, and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Catch a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland take you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2019.
The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Méabh Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan, and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”
The group’s latest album is called “Last Night in Chicago.” It’s a live album from a couple of recent Christmas tours and is available on Bandcamp.com.
A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season. Tickets are available at thecenterforthearts.org and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.
This show is a part of The Center’s OnTheGo series and will be held at the Amaral Building at Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Concessions will be provided by The Ham Stand. This is a 1:00 pm matinee performance and the doors will open at noon.
WHAT: Irish Christmas in America the Show
WHEN: Friday, December 20th 2019 1:00 pm Show, Doors open at noon.
WHERE: Amaral Center at The Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Rd. Grass Valley, CA
WHO: The Center for the Arts Presents Irish Christmas in America
ADMISSION: $15 Student 12 & Under, $35 Members, $45 Regular http://bit.ly/19220-IrishChristmas
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: thecenterforthearts.org 530-274-8384.
Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.