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Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

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Located in the heart of Downtown West Chester, PA, the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center serves as a local venue for live performance, film, education, life, and culture. With eight resident companies, three seperate performance spaces, and over 50 performing arts organizations within a 10-mile radius, Uptown! has quickly become a thriving part of the downtown community. Visit Uptown's about page for more information. See a video tour here!

The Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is located at 226 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Call 610-356-ARTS(2787) or e-mail info@uptownwestchester.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Register here for the West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts Fall Classes!

OPERA TUTTI CABARET   
Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 3:00pm | Ticket Information
Sunday, November 25, 2018 | "Americana 2 - Celebrating Home & Family"
Opera Tutti Cabaret brings a different theme to Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center each month!

SPEAKER SERIES: MICHAEL DIBERARDINIS
LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: PAST & FUTURE
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
As Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, Mike DeBerardinis will discuss the roles in which big cities play in protecting the values of justice, equality, and opportunity in American life.

JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR: V. SHAYNE FREDERICK & ELLA GAHNT
Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Pianist, vocalist, aranger, and musical director V. Shayne Frederick is joined by vocalist Ella Gahnt for this duo you don't want to miss!

BACK IN BUSINESS featuring FRANK BEY
Friday, September 21, 2018 | 8pm | Ticket Information
Special performance and CD launch of Nola Blue recording artist Frank Bey - plus a special chance to appear in his feature documentary "Ask me How I Feel."

THE SUMMER CLUB SINGS THE SOUNDS OF SINATRA
Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 7pm | Ticket Information
This swinging evening of singing, dancing, and fun features Jeff Coon, along with some of his most talented and entertaining friends from Philly and NYC - along with an incredible 17-piece, live big band.

DUELING PIANOS
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | Ticket Information
Friday, November 23, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Enjoy an interactive experience at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center with dueling pianos! Grab the whole family and join in on the fun.

BETTER THAN BACON: INTERACTIVE IMPROV COMEDY
Friday, September 28, 2018 | 7:30pm | Ticket Information
Saturday, November 24, 2018 | 7:30pm
Enjoy completely unscripted inprovisational games, all driven by the audience's suggestions & interactions. Every word is made up on the spot, so you'll never see the same show twice!

JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR: TRUMPETER JOSH LAWRENCE & QUARTET present "CONTRAST"
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter and composter whose ensemble "Color Theory" was dubbed "an all-star outfit" by The New York Times.

RTC presents EVITA
October 12-28, 2018 | Ticket Information
Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, this world-renowned musical features a soaring score by Andrew Lloyd Webber as you follow the journey of ambitious 16-year-old Eva Peron. Recommended for ages 12+.

SPEAKER SERIES: VIRGINIA TECH - A SURVIVOR'S PERSPECTIVE on TRAUMA & RECOVERY with LISA HAMP
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Lisa Hamp shares her first-hand testimony of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and her recovery journey afterwards. Lisa discusses the impacts of trauma, the aftermath of mass violence, and how we can better prepare for and mitigate the active shooter threat.

CLASSIC MOVIE MONDAY: HALLOWEEN STYLE!
Monday, October 29, 2018 | 7pm | Ticket Information
Get in the Halloween spirit by watching "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on the big screen at Uptown!

"50S COME ALIVE DOO WOP CONCERT"
Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 7pm | Ticket Information
Join the Wizard's lead singer, Joel Katz, as he sings with his new group, Joel and The Dynamics.

JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR: SOULFUL JAZZ VOCALIST SHERRY WILSON BUTLER & THE AARON GRAVES TRIO
Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Stand up, sit down, clap your hands, and experience this passionate, & spirit filled woman interpreting upbeat contemporary jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel.

SPEAKER SERIES: TRUMP at MID-TERM with MATT KERBEL
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Political analyst and commentator Matt Kerbel will make sense of the results of the mid-term election and discuss how they will shape politics for the remainder of the decade.

PENNSYLVANIA PHILHARMONIC HOLIDAY BRASS
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 7pm | Ticket Information
Begin your holidays on a high note with the seasonal sounds of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic Brass, featuring seasonal standards, Jazz transcriptions, classical selections, and music from beloved movies.

DISNEY'S CHOO-CHOO SOUL with GENEVIEVE!
Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 1pm & 4pm | Ticket Information
Bring the children to sing along, dance, and participate with the crowd as they enjoy hits from Disney Junior!

RTC presents LEND ME A TENOR
December 14-30, 2018 | Ticket Information
With the class and charm of a Kaufman and Hart comedy, and the door-slamming hilarity of a Marx Brothers' classic like Room Service, this high-energy comedy about love and mistaken identity will have you laughing all night long! Recommended for ages 5+.

JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR: THE CARTOON CHRISTMAS TRIO FEATURING CHOIRS FROM LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially "A Charlie Brown Christmas" featuring Grant Youngblood and Hillendale, Pocopson and Unionville Elementary School Choirs.

PUTTIN' ON THE GLITZ: NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION
December 31, 2018 | 7:30pm | Ticket Information
Join the celebration to support Uptown! Enjoy dinner, dancing, and entertainment.

2019

SPEAKER SERIES: GOOD NIGHT LADIES - THE LIFE STORY OF NANCY PENN SMITH HANNUM with CHRISTIANNA HANNUM
Tuesday, January 15, 2018 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Experience the story of legendary horsewoman and one of the world's greatest Masters of Foxhunting in the award-winning documentary that shares the story of Master of Fox Hounds Nancy Penn Smith Hannum.

BETTER THAN BACON: IMPROV COMEDY
Friday, January 18, 2019 | Ticket Information
Friday, March 8, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019
Better Than Bacon performs in completely unscripted improvisational games, which are all driven by your suggestions and interactions. Every word and action is completely made up on-the-spot, so you'll never see the same show twice!

HYPNOTIZING AMERICA with TIM MILLER
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 7:30pm | Ticket Information
International Hypnotist Tim Miller continually creates new, hilarious, fun, and original material in his shows. Members from the audience have the opportunity to volunteer to be hypnotized leading to a show the audience will never forget!

JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR: PAULA JOHNS presents "THE LOOK OF LOVE"
A TRIBUTE TO BURT BACHARACH & DIONNE WARWICK
Friday, February 15, 2019 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Join Uptown! as they recount the relationships between Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Streisand, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Costello and many others.

SPEAKER SERIES: FROM RADICAL HOMEMAKER TO RADICAL ENTREPRENEUR with SHANNON HAYES
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Combining domesticity, love of community, and entrepreneurial fire, Shannon Hayes fueled a world worth living in and hearing about.

SPEAKER SERIES: WHO AM I NOW THAT I'M NOT WHO I WAS? with JULIE MAY
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
Join Julie May and friends in celebration of her life and performance (including songs from 25+ years of performances in the Greater Delaware Valley).

RTC presents DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
March 29-April 21, 2018 | Ticket Information
Sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards! Recommended for ages 10+.

SPEAKER SERIES: THE CHESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION presents SCOTUS IN ACTION
WITH DEAN RODNEY SMOLLA & HON. JUDGE JUAN SANCHEZ
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 6:30pm | Ticket Information
A new edition of one of the highlights of the 2018 season, Dean Rodney Smolla and Judge Juan Sanchez will dramatize a hearing before the US Surpreme Court in a current, controversial and complex case

UPTOWN'S ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH
Sunday, May 12, 2018 | 11am-2pm | Ticket Information
Whether it's a girls day out or mothers joined by their loved ones, Uptown's Mother's Day Jazz Brunch is both delicious and entertaining! Featuring WCU's jazz pianist, Terry Klinefelter and her trio, as well as The Uptown Divas: Rhenda Fearrington, Sharon Sable, and Sara Michaels.

Visit UptownWestChester.org for a complete listing of events and information.

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