[b]Cosby visits Johnstown[/b]
JOHNSTOWN - One of America's most beloved comedians, Bill Cosby, will come to the Cambria County War Memorial Arena to perform at 7:30 p.m. March 13.
After a wildly successful stand-up career, Cosby broke television's racial barrier with "I Spy," becoming the first African-American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys.
Bill Cosby will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown.
He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004.
Perhaps Cosby's greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is "The Cosby Show," about a close-knit, upper class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family. Time magazine called the show "an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race." "The Cosby Show" dominated the No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise.
Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (America's highest civilian honor), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award.
Tickets range between $35 to $55 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the War Memorial Arena box office or Ticketmaster.com. Charge-by-phone is also available at 800-745-3000.
[b]'Dance' tour helps THON[/b]
UNIVERSITY PARK - "Lord of the Dance, created by Michael Flatley," a blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
The performance will help a Penn State institution this week. Between Feb. 3 and 9, $10 of each "Lord of the Dance" section-one ticket sold will be donated to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, better known as THON.
Flatley created and launched "Lord of the Dance" in the mid-1990s. Today, it sells out arenas and theaters as the world's highest-grossing Irish dance show.
Tickets are $58.25 for a section-one (orchestra and grand tier) seat and $48.25 for a section-two (balcony) seat. The $10 donation offer does not apply to section-two tickets.
Tickets buyers who want to take advantage of the $10-per-ticket contribution for seats in the orchestra and grand tier levels must use the code word "THON" when purchasing by phone or in person. Online purchasers should use the "THON" buyer type to apply the $10 donation.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.cpa.psu.edu, by calling 863-0255 and 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and Bryce Jordan Center.
[b]'Pirate' tale heads to PSU[/b]
UNIVERSITY PARK - Best-selling author Melinda Long's swashbuckling treasure hunt "How I Became a Pirate" comes to the stage in an Omaha Theater Company musical production for children at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium.
Spellbinding storytelling, irresistible songs and bold choreography combine to tell the tale of young Jeremy Jacob and his encounter with Captain Braid Beard.
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $15 for adults, $8 for University Park students and $15 for those ages 18 and younger. Tickets can be puchased online at www.cpa.psu.edu, by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and Bryce Jordan Center.