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Memoir: Portrait of a Moment


March 10 - April 18
Washington Center Gallery

What is a memory but a poetic self-telling, a humble account, or extravagant tale? How you remember the past reflects how you create the present. Come reminisce with us and experience the memoirs of select artists.

Gallery Hours: 12pm-4pm on Fridays, by appointment or drop-by Tuesday - Thursday. Please check in with the WCPA Administrative office upon arrival.


Orphan Train

April 4 - 20, 2014
Washington Center Black Box

The play tells the story of nine orphans on an "orphan train" that left New York City on May 28, 1914. The train travels to Midwestern towns in search of homes, any homes, anywhere for the orphaned and unwanted children.  The lonesome whistle wails as the train chugs between encounters of anxiety, laughter, wistfulness, rejection and acceptance. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable, heart-warming surprise. 

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AMERICA’S MUSIC: Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

Friday, April 11 at 6:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

America’s Music uses documentary films and texts to engage the public in a study of the history of some of America’s most enduring popular music. The series consists of six sessions, each built around a different genre of American popular music.  Each session features either a complete documentary film, or excerpts from longer documentaries, to provide the basis for scholar-led discussion. Broadway and Tin Pan Alley is the second session in the series.

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Sing for the Cure: Benefit for Breast Cancer

Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 PM
Washington Center Main Stage

This song cycle is a hopeful, heartfelt and sometimes humorous tribute to breast cancer survivors and all who have been touched by this disease. Masterworks is joined by actors from Olympia Family Theater in bringing stories to life.

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Girls Night Out!


Pink Martini with Special Guest The von Trapps

A Washington Center Presented Event

April 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM
The Washington Center Main Stage

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old- fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, Thomas Lauderdale of Portland, Oregon, founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994.  Featuring 10-12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world.  The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, an the original cast of Sesame Street.  In January 2012 bandleader Thomas Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the legendary Phyllis Diller. The new album, titled Get Happy, was released in Fall 2013 and features singers China Forbes and Storm Large along with special guests Rufus Wainwright, The von Trapps & Ari Shapiro.

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