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An Evening with Andrew Dahl-Bredine, at the Center for the Arts

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts will host the award-winning singer-songwriter and folk troubadour Andrew Dahl-Bredine for one evening of pure music listening bliss in the Breaks Black Box Theatre on Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.

The second youngest of seven kids in a family who is blessed with uncanny musical talents, Andrew rebelled until the age of 22 when he finally picked up a guitar alongside a college friend. Within a month, he was playing the instrument, bouncing back and forth between traditional pop guitar styles and Spanish flamenco, and the celebration of music started a fire inside him.

In 2010, Andrew won the Tucson MyStudio songwriting contest with his original song “Navigate.” A year later, he won the prestigious Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. In his short career, Andrew has produced five solo albums in five years, of mostly original music, including one Spanish/Portuguese-language CD entitled “Presente.” He composed the musical score for the independent film “Dust Falls.” In addition, he is the bandleader for New Mexico-based World Music band Compas, and also for The Village Drum West-African drumming group.

Andrew hails from Silver City, N.M., but brings us music from around the world. He has lived in Spain, Brazil, Egypt and India, and throughout his travels he has studied and mastered the spoken language as well as the language of music. Andrew sings and speaks in English, Portuguese and Spanish. He plays the guitar, cavaquino (a little Brazilian guitar), mbira (a Zimbabwean thumb-piano), West African djembe and dunun drums, berimbau (an ancient Afro-Brazilian gourd-bow instrument), the east Indian tabla drums, and, as he says with his mischievous smile, “a ton of other ethnic percussion instruments.”

His music is inspired by Brazilian songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, the traditional music of Zimbabwe and classical Indian music.

“And kids,”  he says, laughing. “My music is very much inspired by kids. And Silence.”

The evening of Oct. 7 will delight and amaze all music enthusiasts who experience the raw, natural talent of Andrew Dahl-Bredine, but equally inspiring is the life force of the man himself. Father of 3-year-old Grace, and a teacher of Brazilian Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian musical/ritual martial art in local high school and elementary schools, Andrew spends much of his energy celebrating life.

His spirit is truly contagious. 

Join Andrew at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 for “An Evening with Andrew.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Call 731-7469 or go to our website www.pagosacenter.org to secure your seat.

Open call to artists

With the Thingamajig Theatre Company’s October production of “The Turn of the Screw,” by Jefferey Hatcher (adapted from the Henry James novella), will be the art show “The Art of Writing.” The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is issuing an open call to artists to submit works on Oct. 2 from 2-6 p.m.  The pieces must be removed on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The gallery is encouraging poets, songwriters and storytellers to make their written word “hang ready.” Books of works are also encouraged for submission. Painters, sculptors and potters are encouraged to bring pieces that use words or that are inspired by written works. The show will run from Oct. 7- Nov. 9.

Kids theatre class

The Thingamajig Theatre Company’s Whatchamawhozit’s Children’s Program is offering an acting class, where kids will rehearse for a public performance of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The class cost is $100 and is appropriate for kids ages 7-12. The class offers two sessions: one from 2-3:30 p.m. and the other from 3:30-5 p.m. every Friday from Sept. 23 to Dec. 2, with the final performances on Dec. 10-11.

During the 10-week class, kids will hone their acting skills in a fun environment through a variety of acting games. The class will be taught by Laura Moore, who has years of experience teaching and acting in children’s theatre.

For more information on the class, or to register, call Laura Moore at 507-0408 or e-mail her at laura@pagosacenter.org.

Thingamajig seeks donors

The Thingamajig Theatre is happy to announce that many people from Pagosa have taken the opportunity to help raise matching funds for the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado’s generous offer of a challenge grant.

We truly appreciate the support that Pagosa has shown to assist us with producing our October show, “The Turn of the Screw” — a poetic piece based on a Henry James novella that follows a governess to the lonely English manor of Bly. It is a literary masterpiece told in true storyteller fashion that will leave you with chills, questions and a hot discussion for the car ride home.

There are still more funds available from the Gay & Lesbian Fund to help you double your donation dollars. It’s easy: Your donation will be matched from the Gay & Lesbian Fund, doubling your dollars! And don’t stop there: please help spread the word. Tell five friends how important Thingamajig Theatre Company’s work is and how they can double their dollars by making a donation by mailing a check to 2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

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