Colin Quinn, Robert Irvine, THREE PHANTOMS and More Set for Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in 2014
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts rings in the New Year with performances in comedy, cooking, and music in the newly renovated Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa). The 2013-2014 season continues with a line-up of renowned comedians, including Colin Quinn's Unconstitutional (tonight, January 16), Larry the Cable Guy (January 29) and Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again (February 15). The star of TV's Restaurant: Impossible will cook up an entertaining evening in Robert Irvine Live! (January 17), while a legend of romance, Engelbert Humperdinck (February 9), and legends of rock, Chicago (February 11), perform just in time for Valentine's Day. Additionally, the 9th season of the Symphony Pops Series continues with Three Phantoms in Concert on February 23.
Since its reopening in August, after a $2.8 million renovation, the Ruth Finley Person Theater has showcased a variety of talent from Patti LaBelle to Lewis Black to Dave Chappelle to The Beach Boys. Tickets for 2014 performances are available at wellsfargocenterarts.org, by calling 707.546.3600, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts box office (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa).
JE Media presents
Psychic Medium John Edward
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. ? Tickets: $94/$74/$54
Tap into the afterlife with John Edward, who for 20 years has helped thousands with his uncanny ability to communicate with those who have died. Internationally renowned, Edward brings a fresh, honest and thought-provoking attitude to the world of psychic phenomena. Reserve your seats early for this very intimate evening which plays to sold out crowds year-after-year-it will leave you with a whole new outlook on life...and death!
Colin Quinn's Unconstitutional
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8 p.m. ? Tickets: $37 ? East Auditorium
In his new solo show, popular stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Colin Quinn tackles 226 years of American history in 70 hilarious minutes. Beginning with the U.S. Constitution's preamble and going through the various amendments, Quinn takes apart the individual freedoms granted in the four page (!) document and delves into such subjects as political correctness, class status and the judicial system. He also looks at the evolution of politics and political leaders, media outlets, popular celebrities, U.S. Presidents and why the Kardashians are the perfect embodiment of the American Dream.
Robert Irvine Live!
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. ? Tickets: $55/$40
Part of the Bellwether Farms Culinary Series
Are you ready to experience the impossible? Join us for Robert Irvine LIVE-a high energy, multimedia and multi-sensory theatrical experience. Multiple cameras on the stage provide a close-up view of the master at his craft with music and video content combining seamlessly with cooking to provide an experience unlike any other. In each segment, Chef Irvine will face a new and unique culinary challenge in an interactive show that provides ample opportunities for audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of Irvine's popular TV shows "Dinner: Impossible" and "Restaurant: Impossible."
Larry the Cable Guy
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. ? Tickets: $60
Multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country, Larry the Cable Guy returns to Santa Rosa for the first time since 2009! A multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country, Larry has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. He has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry's signature catchphrase, and has donated more than 7 million dollars to various charities.
Irish Rovers: Farewell to Rovin' Tour
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8 p.m. ? Tickets: $38/$28
Pre-show discussion at 7 p.m.
For more than four decades, The Irish Rovers stand as one of the original and leading international ambassadors of Irish music by charming and entertaining audiences with their exciting stage shows and masterful story-telling. Their joyous anthems of good cheer and revelry have connected with generations of fans around the world. They have hosted three award-winning television series and topped the music charts with nearly 50 years of international recordings and concert touring. From rousing Irish drinking songs to moving ballads, The Rovers will have you clapping and raising your voice to such hits as "The Unicorn", "Wasn't That A Party," "The Orange and the Green," "Whiskey on a Sunday," "Lily The Pink," and "The Black Velvet Band."
Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series
Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3 p.m. ? Tickets: Children $16 Adults $21
The cast of performers and dogs in the Stunt Dog Experience will delight audiences of all ages, with high energy excitement from beginning to end. During Stunt Dog Experience you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs - amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and more! Every show includes interactive crowd participation, and includes "showdowns" that will be judged and won by audience applause. From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the Stunt Dog triathlon, weave pole challenges, to the famous high-jumping phenomenon, you will witness the most athletic and talented dogs in the world.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. ? Tickets: $65/$45
For more than four decades, Engelbert Humperdinck has shared a legacy of love with fans of every age, on every continent. Bring your valentine for an evening of romantic music, as Engelbert sings his hits including "After the Lovin'," "The Last Waltz," "Spanish Eyes," and "Release Me." Romance serves as the core of Engelbert Humperdinck's music and lasting success. He knows how to pick songs with eternal themes of love and longing, and lovers always want to hear them sung.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. ? Tickets: $100/$80
Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. In Billboard Magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Top 10 singles including "Wishing You Were Here," "Call On Me," "If You Leave Me Now" and "You're The Inspiration" to name a few.
Currently recording new songs, Chicago just released "Somethin' Comin,' I Know." From the Signature Sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-classic songs, this band's concerts are celebrations.
Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. ? Tickets: $32
In support of the release of her latest special "Madigan Again," Kathleen Madigan is bringing new material about time spent with her Irish Catholic Midwest family, touring Afghanistan, her unparalleled love of John Denver, and the Lunesta butterfly, to audiences across the country.
Over her 25 year career Kathleen Madigan has won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian," the Phyllis Diller award for "Best Female Comedian" and has performed on two USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Kathleen is the only comedian in the history of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" to go unchallenged by any other comedian. A favorite on nationally syndicated radio shows such as the "The Bob and Tom Show" and "The Stephanie Miller Show," Kathleen is in constant rotation on SIRIUS-XM Radio and she is repeatedly voted the #1 audience favorite by listeners.
Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series
Stuart Little by Dallas Children's Theatre Company
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. ? Tickets: $17 Adults/$12 Children
Stuart Little tells the surprising story of a most unusual mouse who happens to be born into an ordinary New York family. In no time at all, his life becomes a series of adventures and misadventures with a variety of colorful characters, including his best friend Margalo the bird and the not-so-friendly Snowbell the malevolent family cat.
After several escapades at home, Stuart must leave his family behind to go on his most thrilling adventure of all - to see the country and help find Margalo. Along the way, he encounters a variety of exciting situations that test his spirit. All the charm, wisdom, and joy of E. B. White's classic novel are brought to life as the mild-mannered Stuart learns to survive in his super-sized world of humans and discovers the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship.
Symphony Pops Series
Three Phantoms in Concert
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3 p.m. ? Tickets: $80/$61/$50/$37
The best of the Broadway tunes written for tenor, performed by the best Broadway leading men: that's the formula for this winning revue. Featuring the Santa Rosa Symphony with Broadway tenors Mark Jacoby, Gary Mauer and Ted Keegan whose credits each include the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sensation "The Phantom of the Opera," enjoy favorites from "LES MISERABLES," "Miss Saigon," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Guys and Dolls," and more!
FREE PRE-CONCERT TALKS: Join Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz one hour prior to every concert for a discussion of the afternoon's concert, along with personal anecdotes and memories from his storied career working on Broadway and with Liza Minelli, Henry Mancini, and Marvin Hamlisch among many others.
Tickets for 2014 performances are available at wellsfargocenterarts.org, by calling 707.546.3600, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts box office (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa).
About Wells Fargo Center for the Arts: A 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and events center, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular civic events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California's top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 100 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 30,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission - to enrich, educate, and entertain. www.wellsfargocenterarts.org