Enjoy an evening of great jazz standards of the 20th century with the Jazz duo of trumpeter and singer Jimmy Leach performing with jazz guitarist Michael Hyde on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.
With a lyrical tenor voice and flawless trumpet technique, Jimmy brings to life the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael. Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome kern. As a jazz singer and trumpeter, Jimmy has performed at Disney World, Opryland, and around the world on Holland American Line ships. Guitarist Michael Hyde has been an active performer and educator in West Michigan for over 30 years.
Enjoy an evening of folk rock / acoustic rock music with Marty Miles on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.
With a serious nod to the 60’s folk/rock revolution and an eclectic conspiracy between acoustic and electric guitars encouraged by coltish pots-and-pans of percussion, the Marty Miles Band is simultaneously divergent and classic. Guided by the smooth vocals and lyric songwriting of front man, Marty Miles, an audience can expect a musical journey through the human condition – the question of disenchantment, the crossroads of doubt, a point of faith, a moment of whimsy, a tenuous hope.
Marty Miles is much more than your basic singer, guitarist, and songwriter type. A consummate entertainer - a modern troubadour in the purest sense – he pulls you in. The influence of artists such as Larry Norman, The Beatles, Dan Fogelberg, Ryan Adams, Mat Kearney, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp and others can often be heard in his own original tunes as he musically explores the landscape of this thing called Life.
A veteran performer, Marty Miles has been an independent musician since before the term “indie” became a consumer catchword. Mondo Audio, The Eclectic Acoustic Ensemble and Aunt Melby’s Peanut Butter Jar were a few of his previous band expressions, even as he continued to sustain an ongoing schedule of solo gigs. He has had the privilege of opening shows for the likes of John Michael Talbot, Barry McGuire, Honeytree and Andrae Crouch.
Expect to hear music from his most recent CD, Folk/Rock Adventures (available on iTunes & CD Baby), as well as his other albums and maybe a few surprise covers.
His music has taken him all over the United States and as far away as Uganda, Africa. In March of 2008 he returned from a couple years of living and performing in Portugal. Currently Northern Indiana is home base for his busy gig schedule. Also, find him on the web at www.reverbnation.com/martymiles
A PBS documentary titled Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace will be shown at the Box Factory for the Arts on Friday, February 19th at 7 pm. A $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door.
Famous for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm. The documentary follows the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time. Kehinde casts his models on the streets of New York and then enlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The film traces the artist's process from concept to canvas as he reveals to us another side of black femininity.
The Box Factory for the Arts is pleased to present acoustic 12-string guitarist Neil Jacobs on February 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Neil draws inspiration from adventures and improbable life experiences, he shares amazing stories and humorous anecdotes while performing breathtaking compositions.
Neil's performances feature music diverse as Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra. Neil will be touring and promoting his seventh CD release, "The Peasant Sabbatical." Featuring music influenced by travels with the Gypsies of Spain, refugee camps during the Balkan Wars, surreal "cowboy" TV specials in the Soviet Bloc, and Saturday morning “Cartoon Classics”, Neil pushes the limits of this traditional folk instrument while forging Gypsy, Celtic, Balkan, and Classical influences into new American music.
The Box Factory Theatre Company, presents “The Laramie Project” which is sponsored by the PRIDE network of Whirlpool Corporation, and is being directed by Carole Catherine. Performance dates are Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13th at 2 p.m.
The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, is a result of hundreds of interviews done in Laramie, Wyoming after the savage killing of Matthew Shepard. Shepard is the young gay man whose brutal murder in 1998 has symbolized America's struggle with intolerance. The powerful play, with support from the Matthew Shepard Foundation, features eleven actors playing over 60 characters, portraying the honest perspectives of both friends and strangers in the community. There will be a talk-back with audiences and Out Center representatives after each performance. This material may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Christine Sloan, Lloyd Bolick, Anthony Hernandez, Laura Goos, Nicole Beltz, Max Beltz, Pamela Walker, Gregg Rizzo, Barbara Simpson, Hannah Wallsten, Olivia Russell.
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