Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
May
31
4:30 PM16:30

Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

May 31st - Painted Rocks: Decorate three rocks that you can keep in the house or hide around the city! 

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

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*ASAHL presents "Josiah: The Story that Sparked the Civil War"
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

*ASAHL presents "Josiah: The Story that Sparked the Civil War"

*This event is presented by the Association for the Study of African Live and History (ASALH) Hampton Roads Branch, not by Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. For more details and questions, please contact Aubrey Perry-Williams. (Contact information listed below)  

The Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH will be hosting a public free screening of Josiah, a documentary that traces Josiah Henson's harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada. 

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To accompany the documentary and to be released simultaneously is the definitive biography of Josiah Henson's life, The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story that Sparked the Civil War, by author and documentarian, Jared A. Brock. The book delivers the full narrative of a great man's great life - a life that symbolized the definitive triumph of the human spirit over the brutality of slavery. In this excellent biography, Brock chronicles Henson's 41 years in bondage, his eventual escape to freedom, and his rise as a great preacher and orator who used his freedom to uplift his fellow man for the entirety of his life.

With both the book and the film, Brock has created a comprehensive portrait that restores a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history - a hero whose life speaks of a love of humanity and invites us to follow in his steps. 

Watch the trailer and get more information at josiahhenson.com

To schedule an interview with Jared A. Brock (director of Josiah & author of The Road to Dawn), please contact Brooke Parsons at brook.parsons@hbgusa.com or (212) 364-0683

For more information about the local Josiah screening, please contact the event organizer, Audrey Perry-Williams, President of the Hampton Roads Branch ASALH, at 757-303-6170 or via email at lvwitch1@aol.com.

 

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**Black Music Month Concert at King Lincoln Park!
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

**Black Music Month Concert at King Lincoln Park!

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The Annual Black Music Month Concert is going to be celebrated at King Lincoln Park this year, in conjunction with King Lincoln Park Day! Join us at 600 Jefferson Avenue on June 2nd for a day of fun, highlighted by our Black Music Month Concert. We're bringing the party to the festival with the incredible, Rare Essence! Bring the whole family out to enjoy some fun Go-Go music and the best part is, it's absolutely free! 

King Lincoln Park Day is brought to you by The City of Newport News (Special Events and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Departments). For more information on the Festival, please click here!

 

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Blacker the Berry: Gallery Reception
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Blacker the Berry: Gallery Reception

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"Blacker the Berry” primarily explores the strength and beauty of the black woman through the physical form using mostly black and white portraiture accented by surprising hints of color and radiant gold-leaf appliqué. Artist Ray Johnson calls upon the most important women in his life including his mother, wife, and daughter as inspiration for these incredible works. In this exhibit, Johnson has pushed himself even further to include men and images of anyone who strikes a feeling within him. 

As Johnson states “I want people to see themselves in the art. I want them to feel… the story within it.”

Join us in our Newport News Community Gallery on June 6th for the celebration of this exhibit, featuring the beautiful and powerful work of Ramon Johnson. Meet Ray and learn more about his creative process and his artwork. This event is free and open to the public.

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Becoming Queen: Growing Up Fearless, Conscious & Fragile
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Becoming Queen: Growing Up Fearless, Conscious & Fragile

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Adapted from her memoir 'Dramas From a Bald Head Queen', Nina Brewton's 'Becoming Queen' examines her lived experiences as a Black girl growing up in Wichita, Kansas. Sharing stories that weave her family's discord and triumphs with her burgeoning love and appreciation for hip hop, Nina's coming of age takes audiences through a minefield that she must tread carefully and often.

Tickets are $10 and are available now.

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Summer Movie Series - Despicable Me 3
Jun
19
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Despicable Me 3

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Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.


The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

June 26th – Coco
July 3rd – The Nut Job 2: Nutty By nature
July 10th – The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 17th – Early Man
July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2018 AND will LAST FOR 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Workshops
June 23, 2018 - ChaVonne Whisonant
July 21, 2018 - Juliette Marshall
August 11, 2018 - Juliette Marshall
September 29, 2018 - TBD
October 20, 2018 - ChaVonne Whisonant
****November 3, 2018 - Virginia Coleman - BEGINS AT NOON
December 15, 2018 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Summer Movie Series - Coco
Jun
26
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Coco

Synopsis

A boy journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse.


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

July 3rd – The Nut Job 2: Nutty By nature
July 10th – The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 17th – Early Man
July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
Jun
28
4:30 PM16:30

Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

June 28th - Sticky Slime: Test your chemistry skills in making some sticky slime and a handmade box to carry it!

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

 CLICK HERE!

 

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Six Dollar Saturday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

Six Dollar Saturday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

June 30th - Small Glass Candles: Add light and warmth to your space with these small, handmade candles. Keep them for yourself or give them away as a gift

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

 CLICK HERE!

 

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Summer Movie Series - The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
Jul
3
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Synopsis

Animal pals attempt to destroy a gaudy amusement park that's replaced their beloved home.


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the rest of the line-up below!


July 10th – The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 17th – Early Man
July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Summer Movie Series - The Lego Ninjago Movie
Jul
10
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - The Lego Ninjago Movie

Synopsis

High-school students moonlight as ninjas, and fight to defend their island of Ninjago.


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

June 19th – Despicable Me 3
June 26th – Coco
July 3rd – The Nut Job 2: Nutty By nature
July 10th – The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 17th – Early Man
July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Summer Movie Series - Early Man
Jul
17
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Early Man

Synopsis

A prehistoric tribe clash with foreign invaders, which leads to a monumental game of soccer.


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!


July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Hidden Gems Dance Series: Sapphire
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Sapphire

Join us for the fifth installment of the dance series dedicated to celebrating the 100th birthday of Newport News's own, Pearl Bailey. The conceptual focus of this night of dance is the sapphire. With its dazzling cobalt hue, choreographers were challenged with imagining a performance centered around the precious stone. We are very excited to present their creations in honor of our own hidden gem, Pearl. 

The tickets are $10 and can be purchased below. 

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2018 AND MAY 4TH 2019. HER WORKSHOPS LAST FOR 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Dates
August 11, 2018 - Juliette Marshall
September 29, 2018 - TBD
October 20, 2018 - ChaVonne Whisonant
****November 3, 2018 - Virginia Coleman - BEGINS AT NOON
December 15, 2018 - Anthony Wardrett
January 12, 2019 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Summer Movie Series - Spark: A Space Tail
Jul
24
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Spark: A Space Tail

Synopsis

A teen monkey pledges to defeat a warlord who destroyed his home planet and wiped out his family. With the help of his friends, a brilliant warthog and a tough-as-nails fox, he sets out to stop the supervillain before he unleashes the power of a monster.


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
Jul
26
4:30 PM16:30

Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

July 26th - Fluffy Slime: Put your science skills to work by making some fluffy slime and a box to carry it!

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

 CLICK HERE!

 

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Six Dollar Saturday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Six Dollar Saturday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

July 28th - Fidget Spinners: Learn how to make three different designs of this spinning novelty item!

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

 CLICK HERE!

 

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Summer Movie Series - Sherlock Gnomes
Jul
31
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Sherlock Gnomes

Synopsis

When garden decor starts going missing, Gnomeo and Juliet ask Sherlock Gnomes to take the case. This colorful crew of lawn ornaments must traverse London to save their fellow decorations from being smashed.


The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Summer Movie Series - Smurfs: The Lost Village
Aug
7
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Smurfs: The Lost Village

Synopsis

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

June 19th – Despicable Me 3
June 26th – Coco
July 3rd – The Nut Job 2: Nutty By nature
July 10th – The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 17th – Early Man
July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2018 AND MAY 4TH 2019. HER WORKSHOPS LAST FOR 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Dates
August 11, 2018 - Juliette Marshall
September 29, 2018 - TBD
October 20, 2018 - ChaVonne Whisonant
****November 3, 2018 - Virginia Coleman - BEGINS AT NOON
December 15, 2018 - Anthony Wardrett
January 12, 2019 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Summer Movie Series - Deep
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - Deep

Synopsis

A young octopus and his pals embark on a journey across the ocean to find a new home after their habitat is destroyed. Along the way, they make new friends and encounter dangerous predators.


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The annual summer movie series is back with more family-friendly favorites. Join us on Tuesdays at 2:00PM for free film screenings. Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! Check out the line-up below!

June 19th – Despicable Me 3
June 26th – Coco
July 3rd – The Nut Job 2: Nutty By nature
July 10th – The Lego Ninjago Movie
July 17th – Early Man
July 24th – Spark: A Space Tail
July 31st – Sherlock Gnomes
August 7th – Smurfs: The Lost Village
August 14th – Deep
August 21st – A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

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Summer Movie Series - A Wrinkle In Time (2018)
Aug
21
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Movie Series - A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

Synopsis

Meg meets three supernatural beings who transport her through the universe to rescue her father, who mysteriously disappeared and is being held captive by an evil force.


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The annual summer movie series is coming to an end. Join us on this final Tuesday at 2:00PM for a free film screening of A Wrinkle in Time (2018). Free admission ages 7-17. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanies by an adult or older sibling. No RSVP required! 

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Six Dollar Saturday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Six Dollar Saturday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

August 25th - Bath Bombs: Create your own fizzy bath bomb to use for yourself or to give as a gift!

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

 CLICK HERE!

 

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Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop
Aug
30
4:30 PM16:30

Thrifty Thursday - Let's Get Crafty! Arts'N'Craft Workshop

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Enjoy fun D.I.Y. projects without worrying about buying all of the materials! Let your creativity shine and take home your own handmade artwork. These workshops are intended for ages 7+ but children as young as 3 can participate.

August 30th - Yarn Letter Decor: Create your own letter decor with a large wooden letter and colored yarn! EARLY REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (for supplies). No same-day registration will be permitted for this workshop. 

For more information on

"Lets Get Crafty: Arts'N'Craft Workshops"

 CLICK HERE!

 

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2018 AND MAY 4TH 2019. HER WORKSHOPS LAST FOR 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Dates

October 20, 2018 - ChaVonne Whisonant
****November 3, 2018 - Virginia Coleman - BEGINS AT NOON
December 15, 2018 - Anthony Wardrett
January 12, 2019 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2018 AND MAY 4TH 2019. HER WORKSHOPS LAST FOR 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Dates

****November 3, 2018 - Virginia Coleman - BEGINS AT NOON
December 15, 2018 - Anthony Wardrett
January 12, 2019 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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*THIS WORKSHOP BEGINS AT NOON!*

Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2018 AND MAY 4TH 2019. HER WORKSHOPS LAST FOR 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Dates

December 15, 2018 - Anthony Wardrett
January 12, 2019 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday
Dec
15
2:00 PM14:00

Canvas Café - Paint and Sip Saturday

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Relax and unwind at the Canvas Café, the Saturday paint-and-sip tea parties at Downing-Gross! Follow some of your favorite local artists as they lead you in creating your very own masterpieces. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee out of your free Downing-Gross mug. And you can take your masterpiece home to hang on your walls or to give as a gift to someone you care for. 
Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $27 per person. This includes supplies, the complimentary coffee and tea, and a Downing-Gross mug (while supplies last). ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM EXCEPT FOR THE WORKSHOPS WITH VIRGINIA COLEMAN. HER NEXT WORKSHOP IS ON MAY 4TH 2019 AND WILL LAST 3.5 HOURS. 
 

Upcoming Dates

January 12, 2019 - Anthony Wardrett
 

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Hidden Gems Dance Series: Emerald
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Emerald

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Join us for the fourth installment of the dance series dedicated to celebrating the 100th birthday of Newport News's own, Pearl Bailey. The conceptual focus of this night of dance is the emerald. With its viridescent hue, Kim Kerns was challenged with imagining a performance centered around the precious stone. We are very excited to present her creation, performed by Dienamik Force Dance Team, in honor of our own hidden gem, Pearl. 

The tickets are $10 and can be purchased below. 

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Hilton Elementary School Art Show Reception
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Hilton Elementary School Art Show Reception

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Come one, come all! 
The Hilton Elementary School Art Exhibit will be on display from May 17th until May 24th, 2018. It is located in the Newport News Community Gallery at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. The opening reception will be held on May 17th at 6:30 PM. 

Check out our "fan mail" station at the art show! Write a compliment to someone about their artwork and the "mail" will be delivered after the show! 

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association.

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Teens With A Purpose - 2018 Slam Fest
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Teens With A Purpose - 2018 Slam Fest

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Teens With a Purpose is pleased to enter its tenth year of collaboration with Youth Speaks Inc. and Brave New Voices, as seen on HBO, as we present to Southeastern Virginia the 2018 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Competition Season and Festival.

The Festival, now in its 10th year, has become a much anticipated experience, a festival of competitive performance poetry that blends written tradition with lyricism, positive music and stage acumen in a way that profoundly affects and entertains youth and audiences of all kinds. Here young poets fearlessly tell their stories, in their own words to be shared with their generation and the community at-large. They meet students from different cities and with different background who come together to share their mutual love for the art form - spoken word POETRY.

Each year teens come together in this Olympic style competition. The six finalists qualify to represent all of Hampton Roads at Brave New Voices, the world’s largest youth poetry festival and event. BNV brings together youth poets from 50 states and countries like South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland and England. The competition take place this year in Houston, July 18th - 22nd.

2018 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Competition Season & Festival Events:

  • Hear This! Regional Youth Poetry Festival with Workshop - Sat. March 31st 3pm to 7pm at I.C Norcom H.S. 
  • Slover Library, Norfolk, - Wed. April 4th 6pm to 8pm Youth Poet Laureate
  •  Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach - Fri. April 13th 6pm to 9pm Middle School Event
  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk – Sat. April, 21st 12pm to 4pm Qualifying Slam
  • Downing-Gross Cultural Art Center, Newport News - Sat. April 28th, 4pm to 7pm Finals
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Part II - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jennifer Holliday
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Part II - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jennifer Holliday

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For 20 years, the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival has brought a plethora of amazing artists to the city of Newport News. To mark this monumental milestone in honoring the legacy of our "First Lady of Song", we are proud to present two unforgettable concerts with iconic figures in Jazz music. 

On Friday, April 20th, join us at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for an amazing night with Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist, Jane Monheit. Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald herself, you can hear the emotion in Jane's soul-stirring voice. Opening for the evening is singer/songwriter and Richmond-native, Jon Bibbs.

On April 27th, we bring to you the legendary Jennifer Holliday. She catapulted to stardom 35 years ago in the smash Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, with her show-stopping performance as Effie "Melody" White, the iconic role which garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in A Musical.  She was discovered at age 17 while singing in her church choir in Houston, Texas by dancer Jamie Patterson, who persuaded her to move to New York City, where she made her Broadway debut in Vinnette Carroll's Your Arms Too Short To Box With God as a featured soloist.  Beyond Broadway, Ms. Holliday appeared as Lisa Knowles on the Fox TV dramedy, Ally McBeal.  She has also enjoyed a successful recording career, winning Grammy® Awards for her mesmerizing performances of "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going” (1982) and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” (1985).  Ms. Holliday has also received rave reviews for her first album in two decades, The Song Is You (2014).

You can see both of these women of jazz this year for the 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival. Now offering a combo pack to see both shows for a discounted price. The Combo Pack is only available when purchased over the phone (757-247-8950) or in-person at the box office. It cannot be purchased online.

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Part I - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jane Monheit featuring Jon Bibbs
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Part I - The 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival with Jane Monheit featuring Jon Bibbs

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For 20 years, the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival has brought a plethora of amazing artists to the city of Newport News. To mark this monumental milestone in honoring the legacy of our "First Lady of Song", we are proud to present two unforgettable concerts with iconic figures in Jazz music. 

On Friday, April 20th, join us at the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for an amazing night with Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist, Jane Monheit. Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald herself, you can hear the emotion in Jane's soul-stirring voice. Opening for the evening is singer/songwriter and Richmond-native, Jon Bibbs.

On April 27th, we bring to you the legendary Jennifer Holliday. She catapulted to stardom 35 years ago in the smash Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, with her show-stopping performance as Effie "Melody" White, the iconic role which garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in A Musical.  She was discovered at age 17 while singing in her church choir in Houston, Texas by dancer Jamie Patterson, who persuaded her to move to New York City, where she made her Broadway debut in Vinnette Carroll's Your Arms Too Short To Box With God as a featured soloist.  Beyond Broadway, Ms. Holliday appeared as Lisa Knowles on the Fox TV dramedy, Ally McBeal.  She has also enjoyed a successful recording career, winning Grammy® Awards for her mesmerizing performances of "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going” (1982) and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” (1985).  Ms. Holliday has also received rave reviews for her first album in two decades, The Song Is You (2014).

You can see both of these women of jazz this year for the 20th Annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival. Now offering a combo pack to see both shows for a discounted price. The Combo Pack is only available when purchased over the phone (757-247-8950) or in-person at the box office. It cannot be purchased online.

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Hidden Gems : Gallery Reception
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Hidden Gems : Gallery Reception

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“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

The young photographers of Point, Aim, & Shoot Studios are proud to present an exhibit dedicated to finding the quietly beautiful parts of Newport News. Join us on April 6th at 6:00 PM for the gallery reception, where you can meet the young photographers, learn more about their work and enjoy the wonder of our city. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Rhyme Time! Adventures in Poetry
Apr
4
2:00 PM14:00

Rhyme Time! Adventures in Poetry

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Rhyme Time! Adventures in Poetry presented by Bright Star Children's Theatre

Best for Grades 3rd-8th

Join our duo of traveling actors, Lenny and Mabel – “The Greatest Actors in the World” – as they share their favorite poetry selections. From the mysterious origins of nursery rhymes to the homespun wisdom of folk poetry; from the lofty language of Shakespeare to the spoken word of modern times, this show is a perfect selection for National Poetry Month! Lenny and Mabel will capture the audience’s imagination while celebrating the magic of words!

Tickets are only $5 and are available now! 

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Young Lady You Are - Girls Empowerment Conference
Mar
31
12:45 PM12:45

Young Lady You Are - Girls Empowerment Conference

Sponsored by

Lions Bridge Financial Advisors

 

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Young Lady You Are is an event geared towards girls ages 12-17 in which they will explore the cultural and educational opportunities that their community has to offer. The goal of this program is to expose the young ladies of our community to creative and cultural avenues that will enhance their outlook on life, equip them to face opposition in a positive way, and become better women with bright, successful futures.

The event will feature an introductory activity followed by three, hour-long workshops. There is a dance workshop lead by Dreams in Motion Studio Owner and choreographer, Liza Infanzon-Smith. Local designer, Erika Randolph will lead a fashion/vision board workshop and a culinary arts workshop will be led by owner of Deliciously Done, Danielle Williams. The day will culminate in a presentation including a keynote address from motivational speaker, life coach, and children’s book author, Florenza Denise Lee. It will also include a panel discussion, and a performance from local poet Glo-Shines.

YLYA seeks to cultivate and nourish a warm, vibrant, supportive, convivial, and creative atmosphere for these young women to liberate their creativity and imagination at DGCAC, one of Newport News’s own “Hidden Gems”. They will be experience a network of both local and national creative talent that exposes feasible avenues to express themselves in successful ways- ways which would have otherwise remained “hidden” to them.

The registration deadline is March 26th, 2018. To view the women participating in this event, click here!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. ALL ATTENDEES HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL CONTAINING THE FULL REGISTRATION FORM ON MONDAY, MARCH 26th. 

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Pearl 100 starring Nina Brewton
Mar
29
4:30 PM16:30

Pearl 100 starring Nina Brewton

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In 1918, a legend was born in Newport News, Virginia. On her 100th birthday, March 29th, we celebrate her legacy. Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center brings you Pearl 100 starring poet, author, and vocalist Nina Brewton. Join us in memorializing this iconic woman of American history in her birthplace. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is recommended and available here.

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Creative Spray - Gallery Reception
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Spray - Gallery Reception

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Come and experience the other-worldly artwork of artist J. Ortiz, who will create an experience for the audience that stimulates the senses. Ortiz will recreate “the artist at work” while the viewer explores his celestial and abstract creations made from a variety of media to include spray paint and acrylics, made with unconventional materials and techniques. 

Creative Spray opens on March 24th with an opening reception from 7-9 PM in the Newport News Community Gallery at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Come out and enjoy the work of J Ortiz and be inspired to create. On display March 24th-30th.

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The Saga of Faith Mission - Panel Discussion
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

The Saga of Faith Mission - Panel Discussion

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The Saga of Faith Mission is a panel discussion exploring the preservation of important local black history and the role of religion in folk art through the story of Anderson Johnson.

The panel will include the original members of the Committee to save the Faith Mission, as well as those who knew Elder Anderson Johnson himself and collected his artwork. Also included will be the co-curator of our permanent exhibit "Working in the Spirit: The Visionary Art & Life of Elder Anderson Johnson 1915-1998", who will shed light on how to curate a space meant to re-create the sensory experience of entering Johnson's Faith Mission.

The discussion will be preceded by the introduction of prolific Folk artist Everna Lee Taylor who will display in our Foyer Gallery from February 1-March 31, 2018.

The afternoon will be concluded with a Q&A and reception. RSVP is recommended. 

For more information on the panelists and others who will be a part of this event, click here. 

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Hidden Gems Dance Series: Pearl
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Hidden Gems Dance Series: Pearl

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Join us for the third installment of the dance series dedicated to celebrating the 100th birthday of Newport News's own, Pearl Bailey. The conceptual focus of this night of dance is the pearl. With its opalescent luster, the choreographer was challenged with imagining a performance centered around the precious stone. We are very excited to present their creation in honor of our own hidden gem, Pearl. 

The tickets are $10 and can be purchased below. 

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CANCELLED - Taylor McFerrin ft. Chantae Cann - 3Sixty Concert Series
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

CANCELLED - Taylor McFerrin ft. Chantae Cann - 3Sixty Concert Series

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Unfortunately, the 3Sixty Concert scheduled for March 10th with Taylor McFerrin and Chantae Cann has been cancelled. Refunds will be given to those who have purchased a ticket to this event and the promotional contest  has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your continued
support. 

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The 4th Annual "Ladies In Red" Concert & Award Show
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

The 4th Annual "Ladies In Red" Concert & Award Show

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Myra Smith presents the 4th Annual My Sister's Keeper: Ladies in Red Concert and Award Show. The event will celebrate women in Hampton Roads who have made a positive impact on those around them. The event will begin with a red carpet reception at 6:00 PM and the on-stage performance will begin at 7:00. Tickets are $15.

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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Throughout February 2018, Downing-Gross brings you "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" as you have never seen it before! Journey with us into a world of wonder and pure imagination. Bring the entire family for an unforgettable show featuring the iconic characters that we all know and love. Tickets are only $10 and are available now!

 

Directed by Michelle Gilliam · Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley · Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald · Based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl · Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with music theater international (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by mti. www.mtishows.com

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