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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit opens BPAC season

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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will play the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Aug. 24.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will kick off the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s 2017-18 season on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Opening the night is special guest Amanda Shires and her band.

The concert is locally sponsored by Wade, Inc.

Amanda Shires

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell and his mighty band, The 400 Unit, are on a U.S. tour following the release of their highly anticipated new album “The Nashville Sound” on June 16. The album is the followup to 2015’s critically-acclaimed “Something More Than Free,” which won two Grammy Awards and two Americana Music Association Awards.

Isbell has become one of the most respected songwriters of this era, and when he steps onto the stage with the mighty 400 Unit, they become one of the strongest live acts on the road today, captivating audiences worldwide. The 400 Unit features Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

In March, tickets for a five-night run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October sold out in just two hours. Tickets to their Mississippi Delta performance are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or by contacting the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

BPAC unveils 2017-18 season

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University recently released its 2017-18 season. The new lineup features a total of 23 performances across four series: the Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; and the School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students and educators.

There will be 11 performances on the Main Stage lineup. This year, the season begins on Aug. 24 with GRAMMY award-winning Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with special guest Amanda Shires, sponsored by Wade Inc. One of the most recognizable voices in country music Tracy Lawrence will play on Sept. 21, sponsored by Robinson Electric. On Oct. 3, the Aaron Neville Duo will tell it like it is in a concert sponsored by Delta State’s International Conference on the Blues. On Oct. 19, the singer-songwriter siblings Brothers Osborne, who have won “Vocal Duo of the year” at the ACM and CMA awards, will perform live in concert. On Nov. 2, the talented dancers of Ailey II of New York will capture audiences in a performance funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This year’s holiday program is Red and Green, a family-friendly tap extravaganza by the world-renowned dancers of Rhythmic Circus and their swingin’ seven-piece band.

A brand new production of The Sound of Music begins the 2018 schedule on Jan. 25, sponsored by Guaranty Bank and Trust. On Feb. 6, Aquila Theatre brings to life Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. The five-time GRAMMY award winner Michael McDonald will perform on Feb. 22, sponsored by Cannon Motors. The 20th anniversary tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical RENT comes to the Mississippi Delta on March 1. The Main Stage season will conclude with the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA on April 17, sponsored by Planters Bank. The 2017-18 season’s producing partner is Bolivar Medical Center.

The Family Series features two performances appropriate for all ages. Don’t miss the latest theatrical sensation B – The Underwater Bubble Show, an interactive performance that appeals to children and adults alike on Nov. 16. On March 6, the internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO present Drum Heart, an energetic and unforgettable production.

The new Recital Hall series will begin on Nov. 14 with the Attaca Quartet who celebrate the timeless beauty of the string quartet. On April 12, New York-based brass quartet The Westerlies will explore jazz, roots and chamber music.

The School-Time Matinee Series will feature “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey” sponsored by AT&T on Sept. 27; “How I Became a Pirate” sponsored by Walmart on Oct. 16; a matinee performance by Ailey II on Nov. 2 is funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the NEA; “A Garfield Christmas” sponsored by Heidi’s on Dec. 6; “Go, Dog. Go!” on Jan. 19 sponsored by Monsanto; a special daytime performance of “Hamlet” on Feb. 7; “Petra and the Wolf” sponsored by Entergy on Feb. 20; and “My Father’s Dragon” on April 5.

Tickets are now on sale to all public performances. More information on all performances, including videos, can be found at www.bolognapac.com. To purchase tickets, learn about becoming an Annual Member, for information on group tickets, or any other questions, call 662-846-4625.

Countdown to CORE Arts camp

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Only seven spots remain at CORE Arts camp, a two-week residential performing and visual arts camp for youth aged 12-18, held on campus at Delta State University.

CORE Arts Camp, part of the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, is a camp where young and emerging artists take classes in multiple artistic disciplines, all in preparation for final showcases that are free and open to the public.The camp begins June 4, and the last day to apply for admission is May 26.

Classes at CORE Arts 2017 include: contemporary dance, web series production, mixed-media portraiture, class voice, ceramics, audition-preparation workshops, and many more.

Students will have the opportunity to build their own schedules and take classes led by artistic professionals, including several professors from the Delta State University Department of Art. They will visit the recently renovated Wiley Planetarium on campus and take a field trip to Memphis to see a local production of “Aida,” a Tony Award-winning musical. Campus events include scavenger hunts and cookouts, movies shown on the big screen at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, and the camp-wide talent show.

For more information about CORE Arts Camp, contact Cade Holder at the Arts Education Office at 662-846-4844, or visit bolognapac.com. Spots are also available for PLUS Camp, a day camp for 5-11-year-olds that will take place July 17-22.

Summer Movie Series returning to BPAC

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For the fifth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University will screen new releases of major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre.

All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and candy concessions are available for purchase with cash only.

First up in the series is Disney’s 2017 hit film “Beauty and the Beast” on June 6. There will be two showtimes at 10 a.m. and 7  p.m. The live adaptation of the fairy tale stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, and is rated PG.

The new “Power Rangers” will play at 7 p.m. on June 13. “Power Rangers” tells the story of five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary to save the day. Based on the hit TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” the superhero film is rated PG-13.

On June 27, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The animated feature film finds the Smurfs in a new adventure through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” stars the voice talents of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Julia Roberts, and many others.

Finally, Disneynature’s “Born in China,” rated PG, will be shown on July 11 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, follow the adventures of three animal families in China — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning imagery, Disneynature brings the natural world to the big screen as never before, taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China.

For more information, to see film trailers or buy tickets, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.

“Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” coming to BPAC

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Mike Wiley will perform his one-actor drama in a free community performance on April 4.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center will host a special evening of theatre and conversation on April 4 at 7 p.m. when documentary theater playwright and actor Mike Wiley will bring his performance “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” to the stage.

The performance is co-presented by the BPAC and Delta State University’s Winning the Race Conference, and is funded in part by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. The one-actor, multiple-character original drama will be 90 minutes long, with a post performance discussion with Wiley.

The event is free and open to the public, and all advanced tickets have already sold out. All advanced ticketholders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. in order to have a guaranteed seat. At 6:50 p.m., all remaining seats will be made available to the public, first come, first serve.

For more information, contact the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.