Flynn Center Announces Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marc Maron, and Upright Citizens Brigade
The Flynn Center is a full-service home for the performing arts in the region; offers a wide range of cultural and educational experiences; and nurtures the creative development of performing artists. Upcoming productions include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marc Maron, and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Friday, March 10, 8 pm
Very few artists evoke a feeling of place as remarkably as Ladysmith Black Mambazo in conjuring the moods of their native South Africa. Their voices soar, quake, and hum in an enchanting chorus of rich brilliance, simultaneously haunting and elating. Assembled in the early '60s by leader Joseph Shabalala, the group shot to international fame for their singing on Paul Simon's seminal 1986 album, Graceland. In a career that's produced over 50 albums, Ladysmith have won four Grammy Awards and have been nominated for 16, including a 2016 nomination for Best World Music Album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo last performed at the Flynn in 2013, when the group celebrated their 50th anniversary together.
Sunday, March 12, 7 pm
Comedian; podcast revolutionary; TV writer and producer; author. The multifaceted Marc Maron sky-rocketed to household-name status almost immediately following the 2009 launch of WTF with Marc Maron, his renegade podcast recorded in his Los Angeles garage. Maron's word-of-mouth notoriety is inseparable from his genius as a conversationalist and improviser. In his podcast and in Maron, his IFC television series, the off-the-cuff funnyman draws on his tenure as a stand-up comic by embracing spontaneity to summon the unfiltered, authentic, and, quite often, brutally honest-all ingredients for brilliant comedic storytelling. WTF interviewees ranging from Robin Williams to President Obama have sat for sessions in Maron's garage, laying themselves bare for the host's regular mix of congenial bonhomie, incisive inquisition, and smart, subversive humor.
Upright Citizens Brigade
Friday, March 31, 7 & 9:30 pm
Saturday, April 1, 7 & 9:30 pm
UCB TourCo is the touring branch of the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters in New York and Los Angeles that brings the best improv comedians to new audiences all around the country. The UCB Theatre-founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh-has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. From TV shows like Broad City, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to films such as Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and The Heat, their performers are everywhere. Their comics have also gone on to the writing rooms of Key and Peele, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Inside Amy Schumer, and many more.
The Flynn provides a well-equipped and managed home for the arts and services that include a box office, ushers (Flynn Spirits), concessions, and professional crew. While educational studios primarily serve the Flynn's own education programs, the Flynn provides a performance venue for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Lyric Theatre, and Vermont Stage Company, as well as the UVM Lane Series, and many local and touring groups. The quality of facilities and services attracts leading concert promoters and major events in Burlington.