When planning a new season, performing arts organizations must walk a narrow path, offering new and exciting artists and events while maintaining traditional values and continuing to appeal to those who have supported past presentations. Darke County Center for the Arts must use diverse methods to meet the needs, hopes, and likes of local citizens and to fulfill its mission of cultural enrichment for our community. And DCCA’s upcoming 2014-2015 season, rooted in tradition but taking wing with new possibilities, certainly provides diversity.
In addition to the Artists Series, Family Theatre Series, Arts In Education programs, and Coffee House Series already chronicled here, DCCA’s presentations next year will for the first time, and in response to numerous requests, include a stand-up comedian performing at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. On Nov. 15, Dan St. Paul, who’s routine “The First Baseball Game” is one of the most popular ever presented on radio’s syndicated Bob and Tom Show, will have audiences laughing at “What’s Funny After Fifty,” a show focusing on parenting, changing perspectives, and aging. The Los Angeles Theater and Entertainment Review wrote that “Dan’s show appeals to audiences of all ages… what sets Dan apart is that he doesn’t just tell jokes, but rather creates a series of comedic events.”
For several years, “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” has been one of DCCA’s most popular FUNdraisers; and Montage Cafe will once again host the festive wine-tasting party on Jan. 16, providing the perfect antidote to the cold chill of winter. But a new twist to the fun will be added on Oct. 31, when “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco” featuring the great Terrance Simien enters the mix. Yes, that’s right – zydeco icon Terrance Simien will perform in Greenville on Halloween – how awesome is that!
Zydeco is rooted in Louisiana’s gumbo of cultures, and not only defines the music of Louisiana but also affects the musical landscape of the nation. The famous New Orleans slogan “Let the good times roll!” was inspired by this infectious, inviting musical form. So, wear Mardi Gras beads, don a Halloween costume, or just come as yourself, but don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to see and hear two-time Grammy-winning zydeco king Terrance Simien perform in an intimate setting right here in our community. Seriously folks - order your tickets soon, because this event will sell out quickly.
And in anticipation of Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s “A Night at the Oscars” program showcasing Academy Award winning music, DCCA is inaugurating another family-friendly event honoring its Roots and Wings theme; DCCA will present a delightful classic movie containing its own Oscar-nominated song. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on the children’s book written by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, will take flight once again at St. Clair Memorial Hall March 22.
And then, of course, DCCA’s “Barbecue and Blues” happens tonight at Turtle Creek Golf Course, the Ghost Walk is planned for the weekend before Halloween, and Irish Wave will celebrate Irish music, food and a variety of Ohio craft beers on March 13. Cultural enrichment can be diverse and fun-filled, a fact that DCCA demonstrates time after time and year after year. To reserve your place at these exciting events, contact DCCA at 547-0908 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available online at www.centerforarts.net.
Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at email@example.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.