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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The newest film from writer and director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom): THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for anenormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

SHOWTIMES:

Friday April 18 – Thursday April 24

2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:25

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Stephen Bennett Concert

StephenBennett Court Square TheaterStephen Bennett is an extraordinary musician, an acknowledged master of the harp guitar, a challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of astounding sensitivity. The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association calls him “the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar”…

Stephen has traveled the world and performed with the best. From California to Maine, Texas to Tennessee, as well as around Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, Stephen has played all sorts of venues and events. He has released 20 recordings of music, along with a couple of DVDs, books and other instructional materials – and he’s always working on something new! The testimony of those who hear Stephen is that his work is the product of both mind and heart, intellectually challenging and emotionally satisfying – – and it is deeply personal, even as it is universal. Listeners have a feeling that they have stepped into the world of the musician, and for a short moment in time, there are only the two of them there. Says one reviewer: “With his ear near the body of the harp guitar, Mr. Bennett gave the impression of a father cradling a newborn baby . . . His performance was imbued with heart and grace.”

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PERFORMANCE:

Friday, April 25 @ 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$15 in advance, $18 at the door

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United Nations of Comedy present Squeaky Clean Comedy Tour

 

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The Squeaky Clean Comedy Tour comes to Court Square Theater in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg on Saturday, April 26. The idea behind the tour is to provide a performance the entire family can attend. The headliner is award-winning Comedian of the Year, Rich Praytor, as seen on Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, and other national programming.

Rich Praytor is the recipient of the American Gospel Music Award for Comedian of the Year. He’s an author, speaker, filmmaker and all around nice guy. Rich had to break down barriers by performing clean material in some of the nation’s toughest comedy venues. A difficult task to accomplish, he has become one of the most sought after comedians on the circuit. He’s performed with the likes of Dane Cook, Pablo Francisco, Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Griffith, Brian Regan and many more.

PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$20 for adults

$15 for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Due to overwhelming demand, we’re bringing back this classic cult film for three screenings!

Sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf ) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien) . Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named ”Rocky.”

For this sci-fi, campy musical there will be prop bags for sale, a costume contest, and MCs to host your viewing!

SHOWTIMES:

Mon. April 28, Wed. April 30, & Fri. May 2

9:30 PM

TICKETS:

$9.50

$8.50 for seniors & students with ID

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Sierra Hull

sierrahull Court Square Theater“I can’t say enough about Sierra Hull…Sierra is truly a beautiful and talented gift to this world, so special and unique. Daybreak is an awakening.” - Dolly Parton

Sierra Hull began playing the mandolin at the age of eight and put out the album Angel Mountain at age 10. Hull was soon playing jam sessions with other musicians in her family, and by 2001 she was entering local talent contests

. At age 11 she was mentored and befriended by Alison Krauss, herself once a child prodigy on the fiddle. Hull and Krauss, along with Dan Tyminski, performed at the White House on November 21, 2011.

The evidence of Sierra’s uncommon maturity—musical and personal (one might say she embodies the perfect balance of humility and capability)—has been there all along, and won her formidable fans: by age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder was expressing interest; first Ron Block and now Barry Bales have served as co-producers, and her studio bands have featured the cream of the contemporary bluegrass crop—Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs and Bryan Sutton this time, alongside members of Sierra’s own crack band Highway 111. Then there’s the fact that Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician; her choice to accept it, to delay her dream of hitting the road full-time after high school in favor of expanding her musical worldview, was hardly a light one.

If ever the “child prodigy” label did Sierra justice, its usefulness has completely fallen away and a distinctive new identity emerged. What you hear onDaybreak is one of bluegrass’s few full-fledged virtuosic instrumentalist/singer/songwriters, and one who’s gracefully grown into her gifts. While her mandolin playing has always possessed clarity and fleet-fingered precision, here she attacks her solos with newfound spontaneity and depth of feeling; she calls it “playing with a point to prove.” Her singing— always straight and true—has more heartfelt power behind it, to results Bales describes, simply, as “doing the songs justice.”

Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. But as a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Prayer Breakfast. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.”

PERFORMANCE:

Thursday, May 8 @ 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$18 in advance, $23 at the door

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Spring Cabaret featuring The Judy Chops

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Join us for a sexy night of fun with The Judy Chops! Our hostess/Mc Mab will introduce you to a range of acts from tantalizing burlesque featuring Oo La Loflin & many more to local strong man Rusty Bolts as well as her own sideshow spectacle. There will be a pinup contest with prizes so ladies come dressed in your best pinup style clothing! This is the third installment of Cabaret entertainment from Skullhand Productions at Court Square Theater. We look forward to seeing you!

PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$10 in advance

$15 at the door

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John McCutcheon Concert

“The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”
— Johnny Cash

“He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.”
— Washington Post

bio JOMC Freight Court Square TheaterJohn McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

The Washington Post described John as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man,” a moniker flawed only by its understatement. “Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player…” (Dallas Morning News). Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, John is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. He is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one.

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace…,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.”

PERFORMANCE:

Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$20 in advance

$24 at the door

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Barefoot Puppet Theater presents “Little Bread Hen”

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This is a VERY funny show. We previously performed it at Wolf trap’s Theatre in the Woods to huge audiences. This is a hilarious retelling of the classic “The Little Red Hen.” In our version, you’ll find out how the chicken learned to bake bread AND you will learn the real reason behind why the other animals won’t help (one of the other hens spreads the story that The Little Red Hen is planning on baking FRED the dog instead of BREAD. And, yes, ten-year olds enjoy the show, too! (As do adults!)

Little Bread Hen is an original work by the Barefoot Puppet Theatre, which brings world folktales, classic tales with a twist, and original stories with scripts that are imaginative, well researched, and fun to children and family audiences in theatres, schools, libraries, children’s museums and more. Heidi Ruggbegan Barefoot Puppet Theatre in 1997, building shows and puppets out of her basement. Encouraged by rave reviews (and a loving husband who purchased power tools), the shows have kept growing and growing ever since. Heidi designs and builds all the puppets and works in concert with her husband building the unique sets. They now tour in an ever-widening radius throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with their daughters, Thea and Tegwyn.

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, July 4

11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM

TICKETS:

$5 for everyone over age 3

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An Evening with Ellis Paul

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“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an Artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential of his music.” - New York Times

Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays. Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.

With 16 CDs, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and multi-platinum band Sugarland, among others.

http://www.ellispaul.com

PERFORMANCE:

Friday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Songwriters in the Round featuring Trent Wagler, Sarah Siskind, & Scott Miller

Join us for an intimate evening with three accomplished singer/songwriters on stage together sharing their songs and the stories behind them.

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Trent Wagler

Trent is the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Steel Wheels. The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. The Steel Wheels also host the annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival in July at Natural Chimneys Park in Mt Solon, VA.

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Sarah Siskind

“Sarah Siskind is one of very few songwriters that is a true student of American music. Her lexicon is incredible and her voice…well, she’s a teacher.” – Bon Iver

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“She continues to be one of my favorite singers and songwriters. She absolutely knocks me out.” – Bonnie Raitt

“One of our favorite singers storming SXSW this year.” (2012) – TIME Magazine

Sarah Siskind has been called “the best female singer/songwriter in America today” (Steve Binder, legendary TV director/producer) and “an artist you must hear now” by Spin Magazine. She has toured with Bon Iver (he has also famously covered her “Lovin’s For Fools”) and The Swell Season, had songs recorded by Alison Krauss (the GRAMMY nominated “Simple Love”), Madi Diaz and many more. Armed with a striking vocal style and solid guitar-work, mostly on her beloved vintage electric Gibson, Sarah is a regular NPR performer with features on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, World Cafe with David Dye, All Songs Considered, Song Of The Day and most recently NPR’s Mountain Stage.

www.sarahsiskind.com

Scott Miller

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Combining the emotional honesty and intelligence of a singer/songwriter with the swagger and enthusiasm of a rock & roller, Virginia-bred Scott Miller first made a name for himself as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with the superb pop/rock band The V-Roys, before establishing himself as a solo artist to watch on his first album with his ad hoc group The Commonwealths, Thus Always to Tyrants.  His latest release, 2012′s CoDependents, is a duo project with fiddle player Rayna Gellert.

www.thescottmiller.com

PERFORMANCE:

Thursday, October 30

8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Oh Brothers! A Special Night of Traditional Bluegrass with The Bluegrass Brothers and The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run

Join us for an evening with two of the mid-Atlantic region’s finest traditional bluegrass ensembles.
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The Bluegrass Brothers are a high energy bluegrass band and a must see show for a traditional bluegrass delight! They have all grown up in bluegrass music families in Southwest Virginia and it is evident very soon after they hit the stage. They have made many musical accomplishments over numerous years, and their vocals and musicianship are second to none. The Bluegrass Brothers are one of the finest bluegrass shows in the country, and they are friendly country folk. They perform from coast to coast and in a most soulful, heartfelt manner. They have earned fans from several countries and everybody says: “We want The Bluegrass Brothers back next year!”

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The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run offer a straight-ahead bluegrass experience! Based in Maryland near the bluegrass hotbeds of Baltimore and Washington DC, the band is heavily influenced by the sounds of Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Johnson Mountain Boys and Del McCoury; a regular traditional Bluegrass 101 course of study. While some of the members look young, they started early…and they definitely capture the vibe of the masters as they play throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 Pm

TICKETS:

$18 in advance, $22 at the door

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For many years now, Court Square Theater presents a country, honky tonk, swingin’ extravaganza of musical friends collaborating to bring to life classic songs from the real roots of country music. GRAMMY® winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer host the evening with IBMA Female vocalist of the year, Claire Lynch, and Prairie Home Companion regulars, Robin & Linda Williams. Add to that a fabulous band and you’ve got a great country show – one that sells out every year!

HANK WILLIAMS was a consummate country songwriter, with hits that included “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “The Lovesick Blues” and “Jambalaya”. He died at the age of 29, on New Year’s 1953, leaving behind a legacy of songs and performances that will not be forgotten. In the six years of his recording career, Hank Williams songs created the definition of the perfect country song. This popular show brings together an all-star cast of friends who get together just once a year to celebrate the songs of a country music idol.

PERFORMANCE:

Saturday, December 27 at 8:00 PM

TICKETS:

$24 in advance

$28 at the door

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