SKyPAC Announces 2014-2015 Season

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SKyPAC is proud to announce its upcoming 2014- 2015 Season! The Broadway Series ramps up with four favorites: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, the acclaimed 2011 Tony® Award winner for Best Revival; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a mega blockbuster and family favorite; Sister Act, 2011 Tony® Award nominee for Best Musical, and a holy and side-splitting romp; Flashdance,whose sizzling heat will make you feel like a maniac!Season_cover

The Director’s Series package builds upon the Broadway experience with these fabulous shows: The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas; Smokey Joe’s Café, featuring the Coasters; I Love Lucy Live on Stage;and the astonishing live art ensemble of The Three Painters!

Still want more? SKyPAC will deliver four extra add-on performances: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™, the beloved stop-motion animation classic celebrating its 50th anniversary; a return engagement of the ultimate holiday tradition Mannheim Steamroller Christmas; furry four-legged fun with Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre; and an epic concert with The Pink Floyd Experience.

Season ticket holders are the heart and soul of every performing arts center. By becoming a Series Subscriber, you will receive exclusive benefits which include discounted ticket prices, no exchange fees, and a payment plan option. Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase and exchange tickets prior to public on-sale dates. One of the best parts of having SKyPAC in this area is the opportunity to make special memories with special people all year long! Be a subscriber and become a memory maker today!

“I’m thrilled about our 2014-2015 Season and I hope you are too,” states Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr. “This is an exciting time for SKyPAC. Please help us make this year, and every year, a great success for our community.”

Season subscriptions are available now! Begin your SKyPAC experience and click below to become a subscriber this 2014-2015 season!

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More information is available online at www.theskypac.com, by phone at (270) 904-1880 or at the SKyPAC ticket office located at 601 College Avenue, Bowling Green, KY. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COUNTRY STAR JOSH TURNER SET TO PERFORM AT SKyPAC

JoshTurner_Banner_Web_goldSKyPAC announces the return of the Sounds of Independence, August 29, 2014, as Country performer Josh Turner rolls into Bowling Green with his Roughstock and Rambler Tour. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations; Turner has JoshTurner_SquarePoster3sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits. His song, “All Over Me,” from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.

“It’s an electrifying time at SKyPAC and we are delighted with our partnership with Independence Bank,” states Jan Allan Zarr, Executive Director of SKyPAC. “This concert is an enduring testament of the continued spirit both SKyPAC and Independence Bank have, in bringing to Bowling Green and the surrounding communities, quality entertainment. “

Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, on June 12, 2012 which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The debut single, “Time is Love” was #1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. The Associated Press says, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.” Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, inducted in 2007.

“With the success of last year’s Sounds of Independence Music Festival and our partnership with SKyPAC, we are excited about this event and what it means for our community,” says Brad Howard, President of Independence Bank. “We hope the support from this event will continue to attract and favor SKyPAC and downtown Bowling Green.”

Tickets go on-sale May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am. They may be purchased at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, online at TheSKyPAC.com or by phone at 270-904-1880.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com

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About SKyPAC

SKyPAC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, oversees the administration of the SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center facilities and programs. SKyPAC is a multi-use facility located in downtown Bowling Green, KY and has become a premier center for entertainment.

The SKyPAC facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art auditorium that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky & Kentucky Stages; The Renshaw Education Center which houses the Carol Wedge Studio Theater – a flexible 2,600 sq. ft. space for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls/classrooms; a children’s art gallery and a main gallery. The Capitol Arts Center provides a 750-seat auditorium and two art galleries, the Houchens Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery.  For more information, visit TheSKyPAC.com or call (270) 904-5000.

 About Independence Bank

Independence Bank is a regional community bank with 19 locations in 9 counties in western Kentucky – Calloway, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, McLean, Warren and Webster counties, with assets of $1.4 billion. For more information, visit 1776bank.com

Bowling Green’s first COLOR VIBE 5K partners with SKyPAC June 7, 2014 at Beech Bend Amusement Park & Waterpark

bowlinggreenThe Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) is thrilled to be the partnering non-profit organization for the first Color Vibe 5K in Bowling Green. The run is scheduled for 9:00 am, June 7, 2014, at Beech Bend Amusement Park & Waterpark. For every registered participant, Color Vibe will donate a portion of the funds to help support SKyPAC’s efforts in providing educational programming and exceptional arts experiences to everyone. Color Vibe’s goal is to sign up between 3,000 and 4,000 participants and SKyPAC is assisting in spreading the word. Participants will be blasted at every color station throughout the 5K run with non-toxic colored cornstarch, so be sure to wear white. Not a runner?  No problem. You can walk, hop, or skip with us!  Register today to receive $5 OFF when you use the SKYPAC flyerpromo code VIBE2014 at http://thecolorvibe.com/bowlinggreen, and get ready to experience a rainbow of color.  SKyPAC is proud to also be partnering with local restaurants Mr. B’s and Stakz, which will both be offering promotional discounts to participants who visit after the event wearing their Color Vibe 5K T-shirts.

All Color Vibe participants who come to Beech Bend Amusement Park and Waterpark on June 7, 2014 with their Color Vibe race t-shirt will receive one (1) half off (50% off) coupon for admission to the park. This coupon is valid for one (1) half-price entry during the 2014 operating season. Not to be combined with other offers.

COLOR VIBE 5K is not just a fun activity for the whole family, but a seriously unique experience. Get ready for the most colorful fun filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! Sign up fast, because spots are filling quickly and we have a limited number of shirts available. So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you’ll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K.

Download the SKYPAC flyer and help us spread the word!

 

 

The Arts Have the Power to Transform Whole Communities

Written By: Jan Allan Zarr, SKyPAC Executive Director/CEO

This is evident in how well designed programs in the arts have boosted academic achievement and nurtured the development of well-rounded students and the community within. Playwright, Wendy Wasserstein stated “The arts reflect profoundly the most democratic credo, the belief in an individual vision or voice… The arts’ belief in potential gives each of us — both audience and creator — pride in our society’s ability to nurture individuals.”

The commonality that statement brings is the value and belief that the Arts are important to us, to our lives and to our community. The Arts inspire creativity in each of us individually; however, they breathe life into our communities. What we know to be true, throughout history, is that the Arts — all of them, evolve and reinforce beliefs and values in all societies. The Arts draw out from each of us the creativity from within to explore the possibilities as a whole. The Arts challenge, inspire, and change people because audiences are encouraged to answer questions about life, the world and the legacies they are creating.

The role of the heart of an Arts Center should be to create transformational art education opportunities for students of all ages in the community. An Arts Centers purpose is to capture the essence of the community, through multi-media experiences that communicate, educate and transcend ethnic cultures. The Arts Center should openly teach us that we are inherent sources of innovation and that we can dramatically contribute to a community just by discovering what we create best-and then doing it! It does not have to be great theatre, dance, or a masterful painting-a child exposed to the Arts learns skills in creativity and self-expression that might just lead him/her to develop a new vaccine or a ground-breaking world policy that leads to a more peaceful planet. The Arts are not superfluous to society; they are an underestimated force that is moving it forward, therefore the Arts Center needs to become the core of that force within the community. When one visits an Arts Center either for an art exhibit or for a performance they should feel awake, alive, and lucky to be there.

One should also look at how our community values its partnerships in the Arts. The value of the Arts to the community is a very personal statement. It means something different to each of us. For me it means working together to leverage limited resources, broaden inclusion, increase accessibility, and provide opportunities for everyone at a collaboration level in making a difference for all involved. The value comes by showing empowerment and enriching the lives of those that are served and by strengthening the community in which we live. Another value in partnerships is that they foster and create sustainable relationships within the broader community. A Community partnership approach sparks networks that allow participants to better realize common goals. These connections form pathways for knowing and sharing social, cultural, and material capital through community building that supports personal, social and institutional change.

Former President John F. Kennedy stated, “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her.”

SKyPAC Voted Best Local Performing Arts Site in Kentucky

Bowling Green, KY (April 1, 2014) –Since opening its doors in 2012, the Southern

From Kentucky Living Magazine

Kentucky Performing Arts Center has hosted a wide variety of top acts from Seinfeld to Willie Nelson. According to a poll taken by Kentucky Living, the state has noticed, naming SKyPAC, the Best Local Performing Arts Site in Kentucky for the “2014 Best of Kentucky” contest.

The annual survey asked subscribers of Kentucky Living magazine to rate the best of in a variety of categories that include top vacation spots to the best flea market stops across the state and even the best non-franchise barbecue sauce. SKyPAC shares the top spot for the Local Performing Arts Site with The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

“It is a complete honor to have Kentuckians recognize SKyPAC as one of their favorites, said Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr. “This is a designation that could not have been achieved without the faithful support of our patrons and donors. What a great reward for doing our best to live the vision of all of those who dreamed SKyPAC into reality and continue to serve community.”

Ever since the hall opened in the spring of 2012, with an unforgettable intimate performance by Vince Gill, SKyPAC has drawn top-notch talent to the region, offering a mixed bag of entertainment—from the closing performance of the musical “CATS” of its 30th anniversary US tour to a sold out concert of Kenny Loggins.  Planning for the 2014-2015 season is underway and is expected to provide great entertainment options for the entire family.

Visit Kentucky Living magazine online to see the full listing of winners: http://www.kentuckyliving.com/travel/features/2014-best-in-kentucky#

Free and Fun for EveryONE!

It’s time to celebrate!  You’re invited to an afternoon of family entertainment at the third annual SKyPAC Community Day, sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company.  Make sure to block Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm on your calendar as a FREE and FUN for EveryONE event.

Performances by local musicians, art demonstrations, hands on activities, art exhibits, a scavenger hunt, SKyPAC SNAP SHOOT with props, visits from the Hot Rods Mascots and WKU’s Big Red will make it a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

This year’s genres are many, including a capella, blues, classic rock, country, gospel and jazz.  Join us for any, or all, of the performances below…

SKyPAC – Main Stage

1pm – 1:15pm – Boys & Girls Club’s Glee Club singing “My Old Kentucky Home” and the National Anthem, followed by a warm welcome from SKyPAC’s new Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr
1:15pm – 2pm – BGHS A CaPurples
2:15pm – 3pm – John Edmonds
3:15 pm – 4pm – The Pennyrilers
4:15pm – 5pm – Shady Jake & the Upsetters

SKyPAC – Studio Theater

1:15pm – 1:45pm – Shake Rag Blues
2pm – 2:30pm – Step Brothers
2:45pm – 3:15pm – Skip Cleavinger
3:30pm – 4pm – Jumping Jaguars
4:15pm – 5pm – Johnny Thompson & Friends

Experience local and regional artist demonstrations by Sock Monkey Artist, Juannie Kronenburger;  pop artist, Nick Mantlo; Pyrography (wood burning) artist, Paul Burhmester; wood carver, Dr. Robert Goodwin; and photographer, Bart Britt.  Not only will they have their artwork on display, but will be creating throughout the afternoon. Spend some time observing their craft or chat with them to find out about their motivation and processes.  Perhaps they will leave you so inspired that you will want to create your own masterpieces.

In addition, SKyPAC, with the help of local art educators, will offer children’s art Photo Credit: Alison Houkactivities where kids can create their own work of art, offering both learning opportunities and creative expression while having fun.

Do you like looking for things?  Find architectural and Kentucky facts related to SKyPAC’s building features located throughout the Lobby, Main and Children’s Galleries.   Identify all of the items, collect all of the gold stars and win a prize.

With all of this going on, you will probably get hungry.  Pack a picnic lunch or better yet, visit one of the food vendors – Rapid Rick’s and Froggy’s Food Truck – that will be on-site.  Once you have your grub, grab some space on the corner, grassy knoll, enjoy the spring weather and have a ball.

Whether for only an hour or for the whole event, just come because it is time to celebrate!  We’ll have random drawings throughout the day for tickets to SKyPAC, and gift certificate to local businesses.

Remember Community Day, sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company is FREE and FUN for EveryONE on Sunday, April 13th from 1PM to 5PM at SKyPACWe just don’t entertain…we change lives!!!

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The Time Jumpers featuring Dawn Sears, Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) announces that The Time The Time Jumpers Jumpers featuring Dawn Sears, Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green will be performing on SKyPAC’s main stage March 25, 2014. Tickets are available online at TheSKyPAC.com, by phone 270-904-1880 or at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, 601 College Street, Bowling Green, KY.

Vince Gill, 20-time Grammy winner and 1564_TimeJumpers_SOKY_QrtV_Admember of the Country Music Hall of Fame returns to SKyPAC as a member of The Time Jumpers. Gill opened SKyPAC with his sold out performance opening night, March 10, 2012. “Ranger Doug” Green is also making his second appearance at SKyPAC. He is a member of the group Riders in The Sky, who performed at SKyPAC in June 2012.

Tap any member of The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville in 1998 by an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds. But that’s what happened.

The Time Jumpers—the band’s new and first album for Rounder Records—is also the group’s first studio project. Their live album—Jumpin’ Time, released in 2007—earned them two Grammy nominations and a high-profile segment on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 11 members, each a master of his (and, in one case, her) instrument. Alphabetically—which is the only diplomatic way to present such a group of evenly matched talent—they are Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Dawn Sears (vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals).(thetimejumpers.com)