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Children’s Performing Arts Series opens January 18

The 2014 season of the Children’s Performing Arts Series, presented by MOM Magazine, opens at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, January 18, 2014, with a performance in English and Spanish by Grupo Condor, Legends of Mexico.  Admission is free.

Grupo Condor is a touring folk music ensemble that embodies traditional musical styles throughout Spanish-speaking America.  The group’s concerts and school programs focus on the blend of Spanish, African, and Native American influences that comprise the music and create a multicultural art form.

Additional artists are scheduled through mid-March, all at LBCC:

  • February 1 – Oregon Shadow Theater performs “Jack and the Dragon.”  Oregon Shadow Theater, based in Portland, specializes in shadow puppetry in productions that are noted for exquisite colorful puppets, live music and sound effects, and good humor.  They have performed across the United States and Canada.
  • February 15 – Comedy juggler Alex Zerbe, who has been voted Seattle’s Funniest Pop Comic. His show is an array of stunts, physical comedy, and audience participation.  Described as a human cartoon, Zerbe’s show includes such maneuvers as mouth-juggling ping pong balls, chopping celery with a thrown playing card, silly dancing, and funny raps.  He has appeared on “America’s Got Talent!,” “Last Comic Standing,” and is a hacky-sack world champion.
  • March 1 – Border Collie International, a performing canine team of rescued dogs that perform world-class Frisbee tricks, play football, basketball, baseball, and soccer.  The team is based in Corvallis and has been performing since 1994.
  • March 15 – Wild Wonders Exotic Animals.  Based in Carlsbad, California, Wild Wonders animals come from educational facilities, were confiscated or owner-relinquished illegal pets, or are non-releasable native wildlife that have become creature-teachers.  Wild Wonders presents programs at schools, hospitals, and other venues to teach people about animals and conservation.

Each performance begins at 10:00 a.m.  Border Collies International will perform in the gym at LBCC; all other shows will be in the Forum.

The Children’s Performing Arts Series is coordinated by Albany Parks & Recreation and sponsored by Oregon Freeze Dry, H&R Block, IBEW #280, KGAL-KSHO, KRKT, KLOO, Linn-Benton Community College, Phoenix Inn Suites, Portland & Western Railroad, Target, AFSCME Local 2909—City of Albany Employees, Greater Albany Rotary Club, Kristi Crawford Photography, Lassen RV, Linn County Cultural Trust, Linn Veterinary Hospital, Red Robin, Republic Services, river view FAMILY EYECARE, and Selmet, Inc.

About the Series

The Children's Performing Arts Series was created in 1987 to enrich the lives of school-aged children by bringing performers and artisans to the Albany area. As school funding becomes tighter, it is more important than ever that our children have an opportunity to experience arts and music. For more than 20 years, the Albany Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with local businesses to make these performances a reality in area schools and free Saturday performance.