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A Midwinter Nights Dream with Jackson Gillman

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A Midwinter Nights Dream with Jackson Gillman

Time: February 2, 2014 from 2:30pm to 4:15pm
Location: 34 Hubbard Street, Concord
Street: 34 Hubbard Street
City/Town: Concord MA
Website or Map: http://www.hubbardstreetmusic…
Event Type: house, concert
Organized By: Liza Carter
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2014

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While February 2nd is simply Groundhog Day here, it is a sacred day in many cultures, sometimes referred to as Imbolc, St. Brigids Day, or Candlemas. This year, it also happens to be the date of an even larger celebration, albeit a less peaceful battle of titans: The Super Bowl! Please consider another way to observe the exact middle of winter, or perhaps a colorful way to precede the 6:30 kick-off…

In honor of Groundhog Day, Jackson Gillman will regale us with A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream. Is it a groundhog or Jackson who allegedly goes on a walkabout tracking an otter, ends up airborne after a terrifying slide, plunges into icy water, somehow survives hypothermia and dances under the Northern Lights with an angel? Jackson swears that much of these winter escapades are true-life. Gather round for a fantastical ride, and intriguing fun trying to divine fact from fiction.

Before the second-half feature, we’ll get a sense of why Jackson was dubbed the “Stand-Up Chameleon” over thirty years ago. An opening set will include some comic sketches, seasonal songs, parodies and originals. Perhaps some short tales that have brought him to the finals in four of the five years of MassMouth story slams (Boston’s version of The Moth). He has been the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center three times, and four times featured at the National Storytelling Festival in TN. The afternoon concert is geared for adults, but would also be enjoyed by older children.

Seats are $15/$8 suggested donation for adults and student/limited income. (scroll down for tickets reservations). Please save your seat in advance with the suggested donation on the website. Reservations will be emailed to you automatically. Walk-ins also welcome, but advanced reservation greatly preferred in order to arrange seating.

NOTE FROM LIZA: Jackson was a classmate of mine at the College of the Atlantic where he used to perform at a local dinner/theatre restaurant. I’ll never forget watching him reduce a roomful of patrons to hysterical laughter simply by reading the police log of the Bar Harbor Times! It will be a total treat to hear him perform in an intimate setting. There can be no possible better way to celebrate Groundhog Day!


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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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