BCPA announces its season line-up

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Ticket for the 2012-13 season at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts are on sale. You can purchase tickets online, or by phone at (810) 299-4130, ext. 0.

This season’s line up includes:

Gordon Lightfoot, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23
$64 for premium seating; $58 for standard seating

Gordon Lightfoot has five Grammy nominations and 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada. In November 1997 he was presented the Governor General’s Award—the highest official Canadian honor, which is conferred on very few, for their international efforts in spreading Canadian culture. Gordon was also honored as a charter member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and most recently was elevated to the “companion” of the Order of Canada (highest level) in December. Lightfoot also was just inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gordon Lightfoot is the author and voice of these and many other timeless songs:  “Early Morning Rain,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” and “Rainy Day People.” Lightfoot’s newest original album, “Harmony,” is his 20th. This stunning collection of new and previously unreleased songs has been highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

The Four Bitchin’ Babes Present:  Mid Life Vices…A Guilt Free Musical Revue™
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets: $30

The trilogy is complete in this celebration of “Whine, Women and Song!”

Mid Life Vices hysterically journals the lives of this Baby Boomer generation. In Babe fashion, the girls (Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Mary Marxer, and Dierdre Flint) use their musical wacky viewfinder to honor the quirks and habits of men and women who (like the Babes) refuse to act their age! Neener, neener, neener in stunning 4-part harmony!

The Verve Pipe in a benefit show for Stiggy’s Dogs
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Tickets: $20 adults; $18 for students, senior citizens and active military; $40 VIP (includes priority seating, pre-show meet-and-greet, hors d’oeuvres, and Stiggy’s Bandana

With sales of 3 million albums worldwide and a reputation for spectacular live performances, The Verve Pipe’s genesis can be traced back to the early ‘90s when lead singer Brian Vander Ark and drummer Donny Brown, members of two rival Michigan bands, joined forces. After the additions of lead guitarist AJ Dunning (later replaced) and keyboard/percussionist Doug Corella, The Verve Pipe released two independent albums. The group quickly garnered a regional following for its textured rock songs distinguished by inventive arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals. This is a return engagement after a rocking performance in March 2011. It’s also a great show that benefits a great cause — Stiggy’s Dogs, Rescuing One to Rescue Another — a win/win for a great night out with friends!

Stiggy’s Dogs transforms shelter dogs into individually trained Psychiatric Service Animals for our military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury at no cost to the veteran. Like guide dogs for the blind, Psychiatric Service Dogs aid people with mental illnesses and traumatic brain injury.

These dogs are taught specific tasks, ranging from reminding veterans to take their medication, waking veterans up from nightmares and directing veterans through large crowds. All of the dogs are rescued. They come from rescue organizations, shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. Stiggy’s Dogs believes that many mixed breed and rescue dogs can make wonderful service dogs and provide a mutually beneficial relationship with a veteran living with PTSD and/or TBI.

Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy
7 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013
Premium seating: $54; standard seating, $48

With more than 30 years of experience, Jim Belushi, an alumnus of Saturday Night Live and Chicago’s famed Second City, brings to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Comedy: Robert Belushi, Megan Grano, Jon Barinholtz, and Brad Morris.

“We are not stand-up comedians. Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our audience: we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on stage with us to add to our performance. It’s less a ‘show’ and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me back to how I started out in comedy – maybe that’s why we have so much fun doing it.”  – Jim Belushi.

For more information, go to the BCPA’s website by clicking here.

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