It's here! The Off Center Festival is in full swing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, presenting fresh works for adventurous audiences. This isn't the Orange County your grandma blogs about. Check out all the contemporary theater and music happening now through February 2, 2014.
The 2014 Off Center Festival events include:
Sekou Sundiata's blessing the boats - the remix
January 23, 24, 25 & 26 at 8:00 p.m. - Founders Hall
A re-imagining of poet and performance artist Sekou Sundiata's acclaimed solo theater work about his emotional and profound struggle with kidney failure becomes an inspiring story of hope, compassion and wonder told through language, music and visual projections.
POP: Party on the Plaza
January 24 at 6:00 p.m. - Arts Plaza
A free concert to kick-off the festival, featuring Little Willie G. - the original voice of Thee Midniters, La Santa Cecilia and Culture Clash.
Die Roten Punkte: Super Musician
January 24 & 25 at 8:30 p.m. - Samueli Theater
Berlin's prince and princess of indie rock are a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones.
Edgar Oliver: Helen and Edgar
January 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30pm - Studio Performance Space
Playwright, poet and performer Edgar Oliver alternately tickles and terrifies in this real-life Southern Gothic tale, the utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving account of his childhood in a decaying Savannah mansion ruled by an eccentric artist mother.
Culture Clash: Keep Culture and Clash On
January 30, 31 & February 1 at 8:00 p.m., February 2 at 3:00 p.m - Founders Hall
The nation's most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe premieres a new work celebrating 30 years of outrageous satire.
Rinde Eckert : Becoming ...Unusual: The Education of an Eclectic
January 31 & February 1 at 8:30 p.m. - Samueli Theater
With a virtuosic command of gesture and language Rinde Eckert has been at the forefront of contemporary performance art since the early 1980s, creating evocative and haunting pieces that have pushed at the edges of recognized theatrical form.
Phil Soltanoff: LA Party
January 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. - Studio Performance Space
A fanatical vegan slides off the wagon one night, falling head-first into a wild LA bender. The story collides with live video in which six performers produce a compelling composite human being. A charming soup-çon from the celebrated Phil Soltanoff whose acclaimed works are a playful melding of theatre, visual art, dance and new cirque.
Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet
February 1 at 9:30 p.m - Founders Hall
Southern California trumpet virtuoso Castellanos leads his acclaimed quintet in a concert to close the 2014 Off Center Festival in swinging style.
Off Center Lounge
January 23 - 26 and January 31 - February 2 - Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
The Off Center Festival isn't over when the curtain goes down! After the performances, audiences can join the artists to mix and mingle in Leatherby's Cafe Rouge.
About the sponsor:
Segerstrom Center for the Arts exists to present a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. They believe that experiencing the best in the performing arts adds meaningfully to the quality of life in the community and are committed to providing an unsurpassed attendance experience. In conjunction with its artistic mission, Segerstrom Center is also entrusted with stewardship of its world class facilities which provide the performance base for its resident companies.