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Chanting & Chocolate

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September 2019 - May 2020

You are invited to “Chanting and Chocolate in Chester County,” a program sponsored by the Lasko Family Foundation. Open to everyone, teens and up, there will be no religious teaching or prayer, simply old and new melodies of uplifting chanting that brings clarity to the mind and expansiveness to the heart.

The evening is dedicated to offering chanting as a form of meditation and ecstatic prayer on the path of the heart.  No prior knowledge of singing, or chanting required.

Facilitated by Rabbi Elyse Seidner-Joseph, people of all faiths or of no faith are welcome to experience the heart-opening potential of chanting. And then there’s the chocolate!

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Uptown presents

Bee Gees Gold

featuring John Acosta

Sunday, January 26, 2020 7:00pm

Join us as we welcome Bee Gees Gold to Uptown! John Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is with a zest for detail, like no other.

From the look to the falsetto you will close your eyes and say, "It's Barry!" John Acosta’s Bee Gees Gold tribute Is the ultimate salute, and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN!

With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry) , Daryll Borges (Robin) , Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb.  Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60's to the late 70's, with their unique falsettos that made them legends.

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Dueling Pianos

Show Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Tickets $17 advance $20 door

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020
Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
Thursday, Apr 30, 2020
Thursday, May, 28, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Thursday, Aug 27, 2020
Thursday, Sept 24, 2020
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020
Thursday, Nov 19, 2020
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020

Dueling Pianos at Uptown! features a new duo of talented and entertaining pianists every month. Audience driven, it's never the same show twice!

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Oscar Nominated
Short Films 2020

Animated & Live Action Categories

Saturday, February 1, 2019 3:00pm
Running Time: 3 hours

Back again, and better than ever! This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

Animated Shorts 
(Running Time: 83 minutes)

Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry, USA, 7 min.
Dcera (Daughter) – Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 15 min.
Memorable – Bruno Collet, France, 12 min.
Sister – Siqi Song, China/USA, 8 min.
Kitbull – Rosana Sullivan, USA, 9 min.

PLUS A SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS:
Henrietta Bulkowski – USA, 16 min. (featuring the voices of Chris Cooper and Ann Dowd!)
The Bird and the Whale – Ireland, 6 min.
Hors Piste – France, 5 min.

Live Action Shorts
(Running Time: 104 minutes)

A Sister – Delphine Girard, Belgium, 16 min.
Brotherhood – Meryan Joobeur, Tunisia, 25 min.

The Neighbors’ Window – Marshall Curry, USA, 20 min.
Saria – Bryan Buckley, USA, 23 min.
Nefta Football Club – Yves Piat, Tunisia/France, 17 min.

For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 31st. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9th.

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Oscar Nominated
Short Films 2020

Documentary Category 

Sunday, February 2, 2020 3:00pm
Running Time: 2.5 hours

Back again, and better than ever! This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
(to be offered as one program of 160 minutes)

Life Overtakes Me - John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Sweden/USA, 39 min.
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl) - Carol Dysinger, UK, 39 min.

In the Absence - Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea, 28 min.
Walk Run Cha-Cha - Laura Nix, USA, 21 min.
St. Louis Superman - Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, USA, 28 min.

For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 31st. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9th.

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The Music of Elton John

featuring John Grecia

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 7:30pm

The Music of Elton John ft. John Grecia - Live at Uptown!

By popular demand - West Chester's favorite, John Grecia, and his band are back at Uptown! This time, he’ll be performing all of your favorite Elton John songs, from "Your Song", to "Bennie and the Jets", and everything in between.

Come and share an evening packed with the timeless songs of this amazing piano icon!

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Opera tutti presents

The True Story of Cinderella

by Warren Martin

Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 3:00pm
Running time 60 mins

Take an operatic romp through this slightly fractured fairy tale!

Performed annually to an almost cult following at Westminster Choir College, The True Story of Cinderella is a comic, oratorio style, mini opera. The composer, the late Warren Martin was a beloved professor at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. 

The cast is comprised of 12 singers, one narrator and a pianist. West Chester is well represented in our talented cast!  Starring our own Catherine Friedman as Cinderella!

 

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Uptown! presents

The Linda Ronstadt Experience

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020  7:30pm
Running Time: approx 90 mins

American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh creates a stunning portrayal of Linda Ronstadt in the prime of her career. Supported by a superb backing band, Tristan’s formidable vocal talent and stage presence will transport you a time when Linda Ronstadt ruled the airwaves as one of the most popular female vocalists in music history.

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Jazz Cocktail Hour presents

An Evening of Love Songs

featuring Laurin Talese & Quartet

Friday, Feb 14, 2020 8:00pm
Running Time: 2 HRS

Join us Valentine’s Day with international award winning vocalist Laurin Talese and her Quartet for an evening of love songs, including Someone To Watch Over Me, Cry Me A River, and When I Fall In Love.

Laurin will pay tribute to Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson, and will sing selections from her CD Gorgeous Chaos.

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World Cafe Live & Uptown! presents

Live at the Fillmore

The Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band

Saturday, February 15, 2018 8pm

Live at The Fillmore has become the most popular and best known tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band. Great attention is paid to recreating the music with an unparalleled degree of authenticity. The band has been chosen as featured performer on next year’s Time Life Southern Rock Cruise and received rave reviews for their Spring 2017 performance on national TV as part of Axs TV’s World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.

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Marc Cohn

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020
7:00pm

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.

Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak.

*Tickets may be available through Ticket Master

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Uptown! Speaker Series presents

Ray Didinger

Eagles 2019 Season: An Insider's Perspective

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:30pm

Ray Didinger won six Emmy Awards as a producer and writer with NFL Films. He is the author of 12 books on sports, including three recent bestsellers: The Eagles Encyclopedia: Champions Edition, One Last Read, and The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies.

A 1968 graduate of Temple University, and a member of Temple’s School of Communications Hall of Fame, Didinger wrote for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for more than 30 years. More recently, he authored the autobiographical play Tommy and Me, produced by Theatre Exile in Philadelphia.

Didinger was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished coverage of pro football, and his name was added to the writers' honor roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Didinger is a host on 94WIP sports talk radio in Philadelphia, and appears on NBC Sports Philadelphia as the primary analyst on Eagles Pre-Game Live and Post-Game Live. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Uptown! presents

Kenny Rogerson Comedy

with opener Max Dolcelli

Friday, February 21, 2020 8:00pm
Running Time: 105 mins.

Fresh off his second nationwide “Rescue Me Comedy Tour” with Denis Leary, Kenny is a favorite in clubs, theaters and on the large and small screen. You may have seen him as “Kevin the Biker Fireman” on F/X’s hit show “Rescue Me” starring Denis Leary and as “Pat the Cop” on ABC’s “It’s All Relative” with Lenny Clarke. He has also made numerous other television appearances on such shows as NBC’s , “Late night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Comics Come Home” for Comedy Central and Showtime’s “A Pair of Jokes” just to name a few. Rogerson has also appeared at The Chicago Comedy Festival and TBS’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

MAX DOLCELLI has been in comedy for over 30 years, making people laugh in Las Vegas & Atlantic City, local comedy clubs, and major cruise lines. He has opened for many legendary entertainers including Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and Ray Romano, along with several appearances on TV and morning talk shows. No matter the venue, “Max's animated onstage presence and sharp material get the audience on board for a wild ride.”

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Windish Music presents

Sounds of the Caribbean

WCU Latin Jazz & Steel Drum Ensembles ft. Juan & Cristina Álamo and Kristian Paradis

Saturday, February 22, 2020 7:30pm
Running Time: 90 mins

Take the chill off with a concert of Afro-Caribbean music and steel drums! Enjoy the West Chester University Wells School of Music Latin Jazz Ensemble and Steel Pan Band, featuring percussionist Juan Alamo, vocalist Cristina Alamo, and steel pan artist Kristian Paradis.

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Uptown! presents

Stephanie Phillips

Friday, February 28, 2020 7:30pm

Stephanie Phillips has been singing, playing guitar, and writing music from an early age. She has performed all over the United States, including many clubs in New York City such as the SpeakEasy and the Village Gate. Opening for Emmy Lou Harris in Lenox, MA in the early 1990's was a highlight of Stephanie's career. Performing at Uptown! has been a goal since Stephanie was on the ground floor of the effort to transform it from the armory to the grand theater it is today.

Stephanie describes her music as "progressive folk", taking her inspiration from giants such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, and Dan Fogelberg. Her latest CD, entitled "What Have I Lost?” has just released this month. She lives in West Chester, PA and her daughters attend college at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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Mid-Winter Pops! with the

Chester County Youth Orchestra

Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:00pm
Running Time: 90 mins

The Chester County Youth Orchestra is proud to present its Fourth Annual Mid-Winter Pops! Concert. The orchestra will perform music from stage and screen, including music from the movies and more!

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Uptown! presents

The Opus One Dance Project

Friday, March 6, 2020 7:00pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:00pm
Sunday, March 8, 2020 12:00pm

Every year the Opus 1 Dance Project brings together an amazing and diverse group of professional dancers and students in the tri/state area. Some of our dancers have used Opus as a stepping stone on their way to prestigious full-time performing careers with major companies such as The Martha Graham Company, Bill T. Jones and Mark Morris. Many of our dancers work as dance teachers, own their own studios or teach in the public and private school system in addition to many interesting and rewarding careers such as a tenured professor of Anthropology at West Chester University. Opus is a way for them to stay in touch with the performing arts community.

The students in our project are from the many studios where our company members teach or own.
Our mission for these aspiring dancers is to give them the dance concert experience by creating individual group pieces as well as integrating them in sections from our company pieces.

One of the pieces that we are excited about bringing to “Uptown” is “Parla mi d’amore”. A celebration of Italian love songs.

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Uptown! presents

TUSK

Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:00pm
Running Time: 100 mins

Tusk is the number one Tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none. No fancy tricks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating.

Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, Tusk leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

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Better Than Bacon:
Improv Comedy

All shows are Fridays at 7:30pm

January 10, 2020
March 13, 2020
May 8, 2020
July 17, 2020
September 18, 2020

Better Than Bacon performs in completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by YOUR suggestions and interactions. Every word and every action is completely made up on-the-spot...it is never the same show twice!

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WC Studio for the Performing Arts at Uptown! presents

Third Annual Future Stars Gala 

Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:00pm

The Future Stars Gala will feature performances by the Uptown Singers, West Chester Studio Singers, Broadway Kids Cabaret and Broadway Kiddos.

In addition, our guests are invited to enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch provided by our local community partners, wine and beer, coffee and dessert, a 50/50 raffle and an amazing silent auction.

While you mingle, bid and submit your raffles, children are invited to join our performers in the lower level green room from 1:00 - 1:45 to play theater games, hang out and see how performers prepare before a big show!

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Alejandro Escovedo

featuring Don Antonio & Alex Ruiz

Performing songs from The Crossing, en Español

Sunday, April 19, 2020 7:00pm

Crossing borders, jumping barriers, taking risks, betting it all: that’s the path Alejandro Escovedo has been taking in his lifelong search for the heart of rock and roll.

Alejandro’s new album, The Crossing (YepRoc Records, September 14) is about that journey: searching, but not necessarily finding, eyes and ears open all the way. It is his first for Yep Roc Records and his first ever recorded in Europe. “This says more about me than any of my records without it being a record about me,” Alejandro says.

The Crossing tells the tale of two boys, one from Mexico, one from Italy, who meet in Texas to chase their American rock and roll dreams. They discover a not-so-welcoming, very different place from the Promised Land they imagined, with cameos from the likes of Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Joe Ely and James Williamson of the Stooges to show the boys the way.

It was recorded in an Italian farmhouse near Mogdliana and features his collaborator and co-songwriter Don Antonio with his band whom will be backing and opening for Alejandro. Don Antonio has backed numerous American acts in Europe but this will be their first ever tour of the US.

Escovedo’s trailblazing career began with The Nuns, San Francisco's famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992's acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine's ‘Artist of the Decade’ Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two. His last album Burn Something Beautiful was co-produced, written and recorded with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. Alejandro worked with producing legend Tony Visconti (David Bowie/T-Rex) on Real Animal and Street Songs of Love; he has previously worked with Chuck Prophet, John Cale, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen. Now Hepatitis C free, Alejandro serves as a spokesperson for the Prevent Cancer Foundation “Think About the Link” campaign about the link between viruses and Hep C. As an official showcasing artist, the Alejandro Escovedo Band with Don Antonio will debut The Crossing at the Americana Music Association Festival 2018 at the Americana Music Stage, hosted by WMOT Roots Radio, NPR Music and World Cafe.

"You just do your good work, and people care," Alejandro says. "I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason."

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Magical Mystery Doors

A Tribute Reimagining - Led Zeppelin, The Doors, & The Beatles

Thursday, April 23, 2020 
Running Time: 2.5 hrs

Magical Mystery Doors is a tribute act that blends and layers the music of three legendary bands to create something new and unique for music fans everywhere.

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors. These three iconic groups have changed the face of music as we know it. Their songs have become part of our history. Their melodies have moved people everywhere to “Come Together” in their love of music. Patrons attending a Magical Mystery Doors performance can expect to hear timeless tunes from each of these historic bands over the course of the night. The songs you know, the songs you love, the songs you sing at the top of your lungs!

Throughout the show, Magical Mystery Doors combines some of these classic compositions in ways that surprise and delight audiences time and time again. The melody from The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You” laying atop Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop.” The pounding beat of Zep’s “When The Levee Breaks” coupled with the serene strumming of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” The thematic sequence of The Rain Song – Riders On The Storm – Here Comes The Sun. These rare arrangements take crowds on an unexpected and exhilarating journey “Over The Hills And Far Away.”

Magical Mystery Doors also enhances the audience experience with a captivating visual presentation. Modern video screens and a stunning array of lighting allow this act to create an environment where the music comes to life. Fans young and old can “Break On Through” their daily distractions in this immersive and mesmerizing show.

Come take a step through the “Magical Mystery Doors” for a night you won’t soon forget!

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Uptown! presents

Capitol Steps

Tuesday, June 2, 2019 7:30pm
Running Time: 90 mins

The Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe, The Capitol Steps, began as a group of Senate staffers who have elevated political satire to an art form. The troupe will help launch the election season with a new show of musical and political comedy. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat: neither side is safe from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy!

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Uptown! presents

Let's Hang On

America's #1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show

Friday, June 12, 2020 8:00pm

Let’s Hang On has established itself as America’s preeminent Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute group by combining spot-on vocals and crisp choreography with a genuine ability to entertain an audience. Its performers respectfully pay tribute to all these classic “Seasons” details while also saluting to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This powerhouse group will perform all of the Frankie Valli mega hits including: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, December of 1963 and Who Loves You!

Let’s Hang On combines 4 amazing performers with an energized 4 piece band and has been performing to sold-out venues from coast to coast for over a decade. They have done 1,000 plus shows from New York to Hawaii, and from Florida to Canada. They continue to perform for groups as intimate as 150 to audiences as large as 5,000. Many of these dates are return engagements and sell out again and again . . . including 6 sold out appearance in Las Vegas!

Let’s Hang On continues to work passionately to live up to their well-deserved title: America’s #1 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute show.

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The Chuck Anderson Trio

Saturday, June 13, 2020 7:30pm
Running Time: 105 mins

From up tempo modal compositions to bossas and sambas to jazz waltzes and ballads to blues and beyond, performances strike an audience friendly blend of highly contagious music that finds the perfect line between art and commercially viable jazz. The music is progressive, varied and memorable.

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Uptown! presents

CASH UNCHAINED

The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute

Saturday, June 20, 2020 8:00pm

Take a journey back in time to the life and music of "The Man in Black" performed by Cash Unchained.

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World Cafe Live & Uptown! presents

Echoes, The American Pink Floyd

Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:00PM

Spend an amazing evening with Echoes, the American Pink Floyd, North America's number one Pink Floyd tribute, as they perform five complete album sides from some of Pink Floyd's best selling albums of all time! With 10 musicians, a dedicated light and laser show and over 2 hours of very Floydian video content, you'll be transported back to the Golden Age of Prog Rock and see why Echoes is rated number one again and again by Pink Floyd fans everywhere.

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