Kent, Wash. – June 1, 2006 – The Kent Arts Commission is proud to announce its 2006-2007 Spotlight Series performing arts season. The season, which begins in September and runs through April 2007, features music, theater, dance and family performances from around the world. Of the 14 shows, half are making their Kent debuts. The other half are some of the most popular performances in Spotlight Series history, back by overwhelming demand. From nostalgic 1940’s tunes to South African harmonies, from ancient Chinese acrobatics to all-American blues, from Hawaiian guitar melodies to the rich tradition of country western music and more, Spotlight Series delivers entertainment that both reflects and enriches the Kent community.

2006-2007 SPOTLIGHT SERIES AT A GLANCE

Saturday, September 30 The Big Band Broadcast

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m. Step back in time and experience a 1940’s big band concert as it would have been broadcast “live to air.”

Saturday, October 7 Lingo dancetheater “Relatively Real”

Kent-Meridian PAC, 7:30 p.m. Set in an atmosphere of mystery and transformation, with a haunting original score and animation, this contemporary dance piece explores who we think we are and how others perceive us.

Saturday, October 21 Jesse Cook

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m. This rhumba flamenco guitar master fuses age-old traditions with a host of world influences, including music from Spain, Cuba, Egypt, France and Brazil.

Saturday, December 2 Keola Beamer’s Ki Ho’alu Christmas

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m. This master slack key guitarist is joined with hula dancer Moanalani Beamer, guitarist John Keawe and chanter Charles Ka’upu for an evening of holiday music and memories of Christmases in Hawaii.

Sunday, December 10 Magical Strings 20th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert

Kent-Meridian PAC, 3 p.m. Celtic music, Irish dancing, storytelling and more.

Friday, January 12 The Peking Acrobats

Kentwood PAC, 8 p.m. Elite acrobats from China transform ancient traditions of agility and grace into a modern-day kaleidoscope of entertainment.

Sunday, January 21 Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Kentwood PAC, 7:30 p.m. This ten-member vocal ensemble combines the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South Africa with the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music.

Saturday, February 3 Charlie Musselwhite

Kent-Meridian PAC, 7:30 p.m. This Harmonica wizard and vocalist’s version of the blues is tinged with rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and soul.

Friday, February 9 Wylie & the Wild West

Kentwood PAC, 8 p.m. Wylie is the consummate cowboy singer; his infectious blend of western swing, classic country, cowboy, and folk music is served up with a healthy helping of rock’n’roll energy.

Wednesday, February 14 Tangoheart

Kent-Meridian PAC, 7:30 p.m. The beautiful and sensuous art form of tango is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Tango’s moving music and provocative dance evoke powerful images of romance, passion and longing.

Friday, March 9 Karla Bonoff

Kentwood PAC, 8 p.m. Bonoff’s anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy have been touching souls for decades. This concert features an engaging repertoire of her many million-selling songs.

Saturday, March 10 Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “The Pied Piper”

Glenridge Elementary, 3 & 7 p.m. Local students team up with professional actors to bring this charming story to life.

Saturday, March 24 Reilly & Maloney

Kent-Meridian PAC, 7:30 p.m. The most endearing duo ever to grace the West coast folk scene, Ginny Reilly and David Maloney, are together again delivering their signature brand of acoustic, contemporary folk.

Saturday, April 7 Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets “Animalia”

Kent-Meridian PAC, 2 p.m. Explore the world of animals through movement, music and visually stunning puppetry.

Kentwood PAC: Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center, 25800 164th Ave. SE, Covington

Kent-Meridian PAC: Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center, 10020 SE 256th St., Kent

Glenridge Elementary, 19405 120th Ave. SE, Renton

Tickets for all Spotlight Series performances are available beginning July 17 at the Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent, or by phone with a Visa or Mastercard during business hours at (253) 856-5050. Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services and partially sponsored by 4Culture, WESTAF and a variety of business and individual sponsors. For information call (253) 856-5050 or visit www.kentarts.com.

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