Tulsa PAC Continues 40-Year Celebration in January

PAW PATROL LIVE: It’s a race to the rescue as Ryder, Marshall, Chase, Skye and all the Paw Patrol gang head to the Chapman Music Hall Jan. 28-29 for a fun-filled show for all ages. The show focuses on a boy who leads a pack of rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol. Each dog has a specific set of skills based on a real-life profession.

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It’s a new year, and with it comes the excitement and spectacle of celebrating 40 years of entertainment at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Here’s what is coming in January:

The new year begins with Tulsa Town Hall speaker Luis Alberto Urrea, a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the best-selling author of 16 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges not borders.” Nearly 100 cities and colleges have chosen his books Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter for One Book community reading programs.

The lecture will be Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m. in Chapman Music Hall.

Tulsa Symphony Classics continues its winning season with Beethoven’s 4th Symphony. Inspiration can come from anything, anywhere, at any time.

Mendelssohn, a lover of nature, found inspiration in the natural acoustics of a sea cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland for “The Hebrides.” The idea for Ravel’s “Le tombeau de Couperin” came forth on a battlefield in World War I, and the Hungarian musical style of his “Tzigane” came after hearing a private concert by a talented Hungarian violinist. Catching his breath before returning to the heroic struggles of his Fifth Symphony, Beethoven found inspiration for his illuminating Symphony No. 4 while retiring in the country estate of a devoted admirer. Daniel Hege conducts this concert, which features violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza. The concert is Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. in Chapman Music Hall.

Returning to Tulsa is Men Are From Mars; Women Are From Venus-Live!, presented by Celebrity Attractions, Jan. 20-21 in the John H. Williams Theatre. This Off-Broadway comedy hit is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up based on The New York Times best-selling book by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show is a light-hearted look at the differences between men and women within relationships. Star of the show is Amadeo Fusca, who currently performs on the Upright Citizens Brigade Maude House Sketch Comedy team Hot Bird. In 2013, he won the legendary Friars Club “So You Think You Can Roast?” competition, beating out 55 comedians. As the winner, Fusca got to help Sarah Silverman, Bob Saget, Amy Schumer and other comedians roast actor Jack Black. Fusco has also appeared in the TV series “Boardwalk Empire,” “Marvel’s Daredevil” and “As The World Turns.” He had a supporting role in the feature film “A New York Heartbeat.”

On Jan. 22, Choregus Productions proudly presents Nathan Gunn at 3 p.m. in the John H. Williams Theatre. Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. He has appeared in internationally-renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. His many roles include the title roles in “Billy Budd,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and “Hamlet.” Also a distinguished concert performer, Gunn has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Gunn’s wife, pianist Julie Gunn, will accompany him in this recital of opera and pop favorites.

Pirates, mermaids and magic all come together for Theatre Tulsa’s presentation of Peter and the Starcatcher. This swashbuckling grown-up prequel to “Peter Pan” upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Based on the 2006 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, the play won five Tony Awards in 2012. The play runs Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 2-5 in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.

Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is sure to delight audiences young and young at heart Jan. 28-29 in Chapman Music Hall. Patrol is on a roll with its first-ever live tour.

It’s the day of the Super Adventure Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to help. The pups share many lessons for all ages as they make heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Patrol is a Canadian animated TV series that debuted on Nickelodeon in 2013. The show focuses on a boy named Ryder who leads a pack of rescue dogs known as the Patrol. Each dog has a specific set of skills based on a real-life profession.

In the Gallery Jan. 6-29, check out the exhibit by Tulsa Glassblowing School, which will present an array of works inspired by Theatre Tulsa’s performances of “Peter And The Starcatcher.” Located in the Brady Arts District, Tulsa Glassblowing School was founded in 2007 and provides an open-access hotshop and kiln studio, offering unique experiences for anyone interested in the beauty of glass art. From the novice to the skilled glass artist, provides an outlet for creativity, teamwork and self-expression.

Tickets for all events are available by calling the Tulsa ticket office at 918-596-7111 or online at TulsaPAC.com. Town Hall is available by subscription only.

Updated 12-28-2016

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