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Last weekend for ‘Sylvia’ at center for the arts

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents the incredibly popular dog lover’s comedy Sylvia for the final weekend. It plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 731-SHOW or going to www.pagosacenter.org. 

Have you ever sat around a living room telling your friends hilarious stories from your life, giving in to slight exaggerations about the characters in the story and the choices you made?  Well, this is the charming way that the story of Sylvia is told.  Greg and Kate have moved into New York City  after raising their kids in the suburbs, Kate is excited about her new career and orderly life and Greg is looking for something “real” to connect him to living  He finds Sylvia, a hairy, slobbery, lovable, sassy, back-talking pooch in the park and brings him home to his wife.  The story unfolds as Kate and Greg show the audience the delights and disasters that come with owning a dog, including the hilarious encounters with the other seemingly ridiculous people that found themselves involved with the story of Sylvia.  The characters that Greg and Kate share with their audience are the ambiguous pop psychologist, marriage counselor, Leslie, a high society acquaintance from Kate’s days at Vassar, and the know-it-all dog owner that Greg meets at the dog park.  This show is selling fast and reservations are highly recommended for the final weekend.

Andrei Engelman in the gallery

The Center for the Arts has the honor of hosting 12 pieces of work that are sure to delight art patrons from the delightful and talented artist Andrei Engelman from now until Oct. 1. 

Andrei  was born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (former USSR) in 1967. He worked in a variety of professions, including television advertising, before he began to paint full- time in 2000. Although he has been painting for as long as he can remember, Andrei never formally studied art. He met his American wife in Kyrgyzstan in 2002 and they have lived in several different cities around the world. Currently they live in The Hague, Netherlands. Andrei’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. His work is also in private collections in numerous countries. 

 “My paintings use mixed media — wool, yarn, felt, canvas, and oil paint. I have been working in this particular style for more than seven years. While I call my style ‘ethno- symbolic naivism,’ I have no particular ethnicity or nation in mind. Nor do the symbols represent a particular religion. I seek to convey an international ethnicity and to incorporate symbols that reflect broader principles of movement, energy, and the universe. The subjects of my paintings are quite simple and understandable. My work is interior art — to be precise, interior painting — because it is light, cozy, and homey. I believe that in life there is always room for joy and love. My fairy tale, child’s world reminds us that the world is wonderful, kind, and simple, but not stupid.”

Kids Summer Camp

Thursday, July 21. at 5:30 p.m. Whatchamawhozit’s Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s “The Jungle Book!”

The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, “The Jungle Book” is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 731-SHOW.

Rhythm and Rhymes on Friday

On July 22 at 7 p.m. take a journey of mind, body and soul. Enjoy an evening of music, poetry and visual art featuring Dave the Poet and Harvey Schwartz along with special guests Betty Slade and aerial artist Sariah Ellsmore. Tickets are $15. and can be purchased at www.pagosacenter.org, by phone at 731-SHOW or at the door.

Stand up comedy

Saturday, July 23, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts brings the City Comedy Club to Pagosa Springs. One of Denver’s hottest comedians, Jolly Demis, will be on stage for a one-time performance. Beer, wine and margaritas will be available for purchase.

The show starts at 9 p.m. sharp with doors opening at 8:30.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at Chamber of Commerce, Hart Construction, Pagosa Center for the Arts, 1st Southwest Bank and online at www.pagosacenter.org.

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