The Oscar-nominated foreign film “The Insult” will kick off the 2019-20 Nicolet Live! season with a showing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Nicolet College Theatre. Admission is free.
9/12/2019 7:28:00 AM Nicolet Live! performing arts series features wide range of events for 2019-20 season
A tasty menu of music, plays, comedy, and film makes up the Nicolet Live! Performing Arts calendar for the upcoming season, with 20 events tailored to a variety of tastes. The always popular series begins in September 2019 and runs through June 2020.
All events will be held in the Nicolet College Theater.
"We have a truly exciting lineup this year," Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall said in a press release. "There's comedy improv from Second City, the a cappella vocal group Tonic Sol Fa, a children's musical, a holiday concert with violinist Randy Sabien, and a host of other events with excellent performers, some of them nationally known. I think almost everyone in the area, including kids, will find something they want to attend."
The award-winning Lebanese film "The Insult" begins the series on Tuesday, Sept. 17. It tells the story of how an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates into a court case that rivets the nation. The film provides a window into Mideast politics and culture that can leave audiences rethinking how they view this part of the world - and ours.
"The Insult" was shown at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where lead Kamel El Basha won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. It was also an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
The film, which is subtitled, will be shown at both 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Following "The Insult," host Elaine Strite will lead a discussion about it and answer questions. Strite lived and worked in the Middle East for 27 years and has a master's degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.
"The film is set in Lebanon and focuses on difficulties between different segments of its population, but in a larger sense the film is about reconciliation," said Strite. "It's about dealing with people as individuals, not caricatures of the group they hail from. Its about the universal values of civility and tolerance, which makes it very relevant to what's going on in the political life of our country right now."
Strite has shown films about the Middle East throughout our region to further understanding of the people and their lives in those countries. "This film and others I've chosen capture aspects of the Middle East that we're rarely exposed to here - that people there are much like us and just want to raise their families successfully and have good lives. Sure, there are cultural differences that may be unfamiliar to us but in the end, the citizens of Middle Eastern countries want what all human beings want."
Other notable performances and events in the Nicolet Live! Performing Arts series include: "The Art of Dining," a comedy presented by the Nicolet Players Nov. 8 to 10 and Nov. 14 to 17. (Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.) The quirky fun begins when Ellen, an accomplished gourmet cook, and her husband Cal, who's mad about Ellen's culinary creations, open a chic new restaurant in their home. The audience is treated to an evening of mayhem as Ellen and the jittery headwaiter Cal struggle to satisfy a group of eccentric diners. You don't need to be a gourmet to enjoy what many critics feel is author Tina Howe's funniest play. Howe's "Pride's Crossing" won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play in 1998. $10 general public and $8 for students and seniors.
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Concert with Randy Sabien, Tuesday, Dec. 10. Join us under the mistletoe for a feast of holiday songs and good cheer with violinist Sabien. Treasured throughout the region for his spirited, inventive style and his mastery of rock, jazz, blues, swing, and funk, Sabien will play both seasonal favorites and his own holiday compositions. $15.
Magnolia North concert, Wednesday, Jan. 8. Rhinelander native Steve Foltz, of the award-winning bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival, created Magnolia North with his wife, Jennifer Middleton, as a platform for their love of good songwriting and each other. The result is a warm Americana mix of country, folk and bluegrass that evokes the landscapes from which this music sprang. $15.
Tonic Sol Fa concert, Saturday, Feb. 1. This Emmy and Grammy Award-winning a cappella group, using only their voices and a tambourine, has become a leading force in the world of vocal music. Based in Minnesota, Tonic Sol Fa is known for its outstanding arrangements and compositions as well as its thrilling vocal performances. The group has been featured in three PBS specials and has sold more than 2 million albums. $20.
The Second City, Saturday, Feb. 15. The Second City returns to break all the comedy rules in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing until it hurts. Starring the next generation of comedy superstars, this is a not-to-be-missed show. $18.
Comedian Tim Cavanagh, Saturday. March 14. Tim has left audiences helpless across the U.S. and Canada with his wildly funny songs and stand-up routines. He makes regular appearances on the syndicated radio program "The Bob and Tom Show" and has also appeared on Comedy Central, ABC-TV, Showtime, and WGN-America. $15.
ArtsPower presents: "Judy Moody and Stink" children's musical, Sunday, March 29. In this spirited play, Judy Moody and Stink take audiences on an uproarious adventure as Judy sets out to seek fame and happiness. Meanwhile, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. It's a story filled with fun, mystery, rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship. For grades K-5. Please note: Starting time is 2 p.m. $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.
"Picnic," a comic drama presented by the Nicolet Players June 5 to 7 and 11 to 14. (Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.) A picnic on Labor Day promises to be the perfect send-off for a long hot summer in a small Kansas town. The community is turned upside down, however, when a charismatic drifter catches the eye of Madge Owens, the prettiest girl in town. Blending gripping drama with bright comedy, this eloquent Pulitzer Prize winner by William Inge explores the lives of Midwesterners in the 1950s, from hopeful widows and an embittered spinster to idealistic teenagers and a restless wanderer. $10 general public, $8 students and seniors.
An Evening with Tom Nelson, Saturday, June 20. Vocalist Tom Nelson, a long-time veteran of Nicolet productions, returns for a musical performance all his own. Since first appearing on the Nicolet stage in 1971 at age 10, Tom has performed with the Three Tenors and the Northwoods Hymn Fest and starred in more than a dozen stage musicals. He will gather some of his favorite musical guests to wrap up our 2019-2020 season. Admission is $10.
All events are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Concessions including beer and wine will be available for purchase prior to most events. To order tickets, visit nicoletlive.com or call (715) 365-4646.
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