Sweet Sounds of Christmas — WW Choral Society Concert
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Sweet Sounds of Christmas — WW Choral Society Concert

The "Sweet Sounds of Christmas" concert will celebrate the magic of holiday music and feature performances of "I Wish You Christmas" by John Rutter, "Feliz Navidad", "African Noel", "A Holiday Suite" by local composer Perry Jones, and many other favorites.

Joining the Choral Society on stage will be the Sharpstein Elementary School Choir directed by Lori Parnicky.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland — Royal Ballet
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland — Royal Ballet

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

Christopher Wheeldon’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

This screening runs approximately 2 hours 50 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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Walla Walla Alternative Gift Fair 2017
Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Walla Walla Alternative Gift Fair 2017

Visit with representatives from participating non-profit organizations from our community to discover more about the work that they do. Learn how a donation, symbolic of their efforts, can bring the true spirit of the holidays alive! Make a gift donation to a cause of your choice in honor of friends or loved ones and receive an attractive card with a description of the gift to present to your recipient(s).

The fair this year features live music by local musicians Glenn Morrison & Jimmye Turner! A bake sale, raffle, hot beverages and free crafts round out the offerings. Drop on by to join in the fun!

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Holiday Parade of Lights
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Parade of Lights

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is pleased to present the 22nd Annual Macy's Holiday Parade of Lights. Always held on the first Saturday in December, this event features a huge variety of lighted entries and thousands of spectators who help herald in the start of the holiday shopping season.

The parade begins promptly at 6 pm at the corner of Alder and Fifth Street. The parade travels east on Alder to Palouse, Palouse to Main Street, and Main Street to Fifth. The Jolly Old Elf Himself, SANTA CLAUS, will bring the parade to a close as he makes his way into Downtown Walla Walla.

Interested in participating in the parade? There is no longer a fee to participate, so click the link to sign up below!

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A Seussified Christmas Carol
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

A Seussified Christmas Carol

A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Charles Dickens' most beloved Christmas story performed in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story. 

A small troupe of local actors performs all the parts with multiple costume changes.

This Little Watts production is suitable for all ages but targets ages 10 and under. The performance runs about 45 minutes with photo opportunities with the characters afterward.

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A Seussified Christmas Carol
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

A Seussified Christmas Carol

A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Charles Dickens' most beloved Christmas story performed in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story. 

A small troupe of local actors performs all the parts with multiple costume changes.

This Little Watts production is suitable for all ages but targets ages 10 and under. The performance runs about 45 minutes with photo opportunities with the characters afterward.

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A Celtic Christmas with Affiniti
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

A Celtic Christmas with Affiniti

Ireland’s foremost Celtic classical trio Affinití returns to Gesa Power House Theatre for their annual Christmas show that is well loved by the community and sells out every year. Howard Crosby, nephew of the legendary Bing Crosby, joins them on their annual Christmas Tour.

Affinití are a trio of classically trained musicians: soprano Emer Barry, harpist Aisling Ennis, and violinist Mary McCague, each with a graduate degree in Music Performance. Their “crossover” style is a blend of classical, rock, and Celtic music style. They have performed together and solo for Josh Ritter, Michael Buble, Disney, and more.

Join Affinití and Howard Crosby for an unforgettable evening that will lift your spirits!

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'Tis the Season in the Valley — Holiday Concert with Gary Hemenway & Mark Brown
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

'Tis the Season in the Valley — Holiday Concert with Gary Hemenway & Mark Brown

Gary Hemenway & Mark Brown's 'Tis the Season in the Valley holiday concert will be Saturday, December 16th at 7pm at The Gesa Powerhouse Theatre.  All proceeds of this concert go to the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.  Tickets will be for sale soon on The Gesa Powerhouse Theatre website.

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The Nutcracker — Royal Ballet
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Nutcracker — Royal Ballet

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. This screening runs approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students/Youth) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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Ferrari 312B
Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Ferrari 312B

Ferarri 312B is the sensational story of one of the most ground-breaking, beautiful Ferraris ever made, featuring contributions from some of the most legendary drivers in the sport’s history, including Niki Lauda, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Gerhard Berger & Damon Hill, as they pay tribute to a unique car that changed the landscape of F1 forever.

Even 46 years after its last appearance on track, the Ferrari 312B, the car that left its mark on the history of the biggest racing team ever, as well as in the hearts of many, finds new life through the passion of an ex F1 driver who entrusted its comeback to the man who first designed it, Mauro Forghieri, with the aim of racing it once more on the Montecarlo circuit.

This film is unrated and runs approximately 85 minutes. The film is in English & Italian w/English subtitles.

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Big Sonia
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Big Sonia

Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. 

For years, Sonia Warshawski (91) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she's confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. Ironically, Sonia’s shop is the last open business in an otherwise desolate Kansas City mall, but it contains enough color and liveliness to make up for the entire empty complex. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces.

"Big Sonia" explores what it means to be a survivor and how inter-generational trauma affects families and generations. 

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Live Cinema: "Rigoletto"
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Live Cinema: "Rigoletto"

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production of "Rigoletto" for The Royal Opera.

Rigoletto, the court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect.

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it — the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler — but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

This screening runs approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

NOTE: "Rigoletto" is sung in Italian with English subtitles. 

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Tosca — The Royal Opera
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Tosca — The Royal Opera

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas.

Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

This screening runs approximately 3 hours including two intervals and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

NOTE: Tosca is sung in Italian with English subtitles. 

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Mandy Harvey in Concert
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Mandy Harvey in Concert

Mandy Harvey is a deaf American singer-songwriter who received Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer in the most recent season of "America's Got Talent". Harvey lost her residual hearing due to a connective tissue disorder at age eighteen. She left the Vocal Music Education program at Colorado State University, and pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver (Top 100 Jazz venues in the world).

Mandy Harvey's Golden Buzzer moment on "America's Got Talent" has over 25 million views, CNN’s Great Big Story captured over 10 million hits on social media, Burt’s Bees signed her up for their “Remarkable Women” campaign, NBC Nightly News profiled her, and she has started performing at the world’s most prestigious clubs, concert stages, and festivals.

“From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz standard to growling blues…. At show’s end, the audience is on its feet. Some know the secret. Harvey has not heard any of it – not the applause, not the talent of the musicians who shared the stage, not her own incredible voice.”

—  Los Angeles Times

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Twelfth Night — Royal Shakespeare Company
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Twelfth Night — Royal Shakespeare Company

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love — hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) "Love’s Labour’s Lost" and "Much Ado About Nothing" (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time."

This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

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Live Cinema: The Winter's Tale
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Live Cinema: The Winter's Tale

Christopher Wheeldon, an Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s romance in 2014. The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.

The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret — and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

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Live Cinema — Carmen
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Live Cinema — Carmen

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form — numbers such as the "Habanera" and the "Toreador Song" have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

Carmen is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

This screening runs approximately 3 hours 20 minutes including one intermission and an onscreen introduction.

NOTE: Carmen is sung in French with English surtitles. 

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Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton

Founding members of The Be Good Tanyas, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton have joined musical forces once again. Wildflower Blues, the gorgeous new album by Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, began with a phone call between two friends. The two hadn’t played together in years, but still shared a strong musical and personal connection. 

This is an all ages event. Tickets are $12. Wines will be available by the glass and bottle. As always, cheese and charcuterie will be available.

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Macbeth — The Rude Mechanicals
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Macbeth — The Rude Mechanicals

On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. And so begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Macbeth and his Lady fall prey to a soul-corroding guilt as they desperately try and cling to the defiled crown.

The Rude Mechanicals is a theater company in southeastern Washington state, dedicated to the production of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired plays.

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Veterans Day Parade
Nov
11
11:11 AM11:11

Veterans Day Parade

Please join us in historic Downtown Walla Walla as we honor our Veterans Saturday November 11th at 11am. The 2017 Veterans Day Parade is presented by the cities of Walla Walla and College Place, Walla Walla County, Port of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Union Bulletin and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.

The parade will begin promptly at 11am on Alder and Fifth Street. The parade will travel east to Palouse Street, Palouse to Main Street, and down to Fifth Street. It is requested that if you are parked in this zone, to refrain from moving your vehicle during the parade.

For more information, please contact us at 509-529-8755 or click below to join the parade.

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La Boheme — Royal Opera
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

La Boheme — Royal Opera

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting.

Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.This screening runs approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including one intermission and an onscreen introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

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Walla Walla Symphony: Jazz It Up
Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Walla Walla Symphony: Jazz It Up

Children and families will become musicians, experience the excitement of conducting and even help compose a song! Get ready for a rich and interactive lesson that culminates in beat boxing and “Everything is Awesome.” Event features jazz artists Clairdee, jazz vocalist; Ken French, piano; Dave Captein, bass; and Gary Hobbs, drums.

Admission by donation (suggested $5/person, $10/family).

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Mr. Whitman — Benefit for Blue Mountain Action Council Backpack Program
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Mr. Whitman — Benefit for Blue Mountain Action Council Backpack Program

Mr. Whitman is an annual fundraiser that is organized by the dedicated women of the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and fulfilled by the donation of time and effort of the students and faculty on Whitman campus and of course, the Walla Walla community.

Students at Whitman College believe access to fresh, nutritious food is a human right, and we are passionate about advancing that belief within our community. Through the donated time and effort of seven men on campus, they and their teams will compete over the course of three months to raise the most money through hosting events and fundraisers to be crowned Mr. Whitman.

Along with their hard work and the generous donations and sponsorships from the community, we will make a lasting impact through battling food insecurity among students in our community.  

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Coriolanus — Royal Shakespeare Company
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Coriolanus — Royal Shakespeare Company

This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, "Coriolanus" transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu ("One Night in Miami") take on the title role.

General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) + Costume Contest
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Night of the Living Dead (1968) + Costume Contest

Too old for trick-or-treating? Still, love to dress up? Like horror films?

Gesa Power House Theatre will screen a classic horror film, followed by a costume contest and after party this Halloween.

George R. Romero’s 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” is a cult classic credited with popularizing the concept of “zombies” as we think of them today. It was criticized at the time for its explicitly gory special effects and ushered in a new wave of “splatter” horror films. The film’s plot follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from flesh-eating monsters — the dead come back to life.

Costumes will be judged following the screening at approximately 8:45 p.m. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Costume, Funniest, Most Original, and Sexiest. Anyone in costume will receive drink discounts all night.

Stay for an After Party at the Electric Lounge.

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Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Oct
31
3:00 PM15:00

Downtown Trick-or-Treat

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Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses, and superheroes! Join us for the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat presented by our good friends at Les Schwab Tire Centers.Les Schwab will be providing free bags and a photo booth for participants. There will also be carnival games on Alder Street between First and Colville Streets hosted by Williams Team Homes. We can't wait to see you there!

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The Villalobos Brothers
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Villalobos Brothers

The Villalobos Brothers are acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles, performing high-octane Mexican fiddling. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. They deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener.

In 2013 The Villalobos Brothers performed at Cumbre Tajin, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, where they shared the stage with Regina Spector, Pet Shop Boys and Los Tigres del Norte. Later that year, they became the Ultimate winners of the “2013 Battle of the Boroughs”, one of National Public Radio’s flagship competitions in New York City.

They were the first Mexican band ever to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC, as featured guest artists, adding this historic venue to an already impressive list of credits that includes the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre in Broadway, The Miller Stage in Milwaukee, The Ford Theatres in Hollywood, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana.

The Villalobos Brothers have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians and Grammy winners, including Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dan Zanes, Jay Rodriguez, Pierre Boulez, Dolly Parton and Eddie Palmieri.

The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez sing and play guitar and accordion after a day’s work. They took up the violin as children and soon learned to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano.

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Downtown Farmers Market
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Downtown Farmers Market

Join us for the Downtown Farmers Market. You'll find fresh cut flowers, flower baskets, beautifully crafted artisan items, and of course local produce. 

Interested in being a vendor at the Downtown Farmers Market? Vendor spots are still available. Please contact our Market Manager Shane Laib at 509.529.8755 or shane@downtownwallawalla.com. The market continues through October.

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Raptors of the Region
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Raptors of the Region

Barn owls are an elusive and fascinating bird of prey. While barn owls are found around the world, many areas are experiencing a severe decline due to urban sprawl, habitat destruction and the use of agricultural poisons and pesticides. One way to encourage their population growth is through the installation of nest boxes on property— a current project of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society. 

On this excursion, we will visit Welcome Table Farm to see an active nesting box and learn more about the program from Chris Howard of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society. 

After, we will hear from Lynn Tompkins, Executive Director of Blue Mountain Wildlife, Lynn has helped rehabilitate sick and injured birds for over 30 years. In this lecture, you will meet some of their resident raptors. Lynn will share their life histories, their role in a healthy environment, and our role in helping to maintain a harmonious coexistence with our native wildlife.

Lynn will also discuss the harmful effects of lead ammunition on our regional raptors, in particular bald eagles. Bald eagles are America’s pride and joy. However, our beloved bird is treated better as a symbol than as a species.

Today, 10-15% of bald eagles die in the first year because of lead poisoning. Last year alone, sixteen bald eagles were tested for lead poisoning by Blue Mountain Wildlife. Lynn will share ways in which we can reduce the harm and help.

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The Magic Flute — Royal Opera
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Magic Flute — Royal Opera

This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens. Mozart’s glorious opera "The Magic Flute" is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. 

This screening runs about 3 hours 10 minutes including one intermission and a 15-minute introduction. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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Fea & Bruiser Queen
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Fea & Bruiser Queen

Join us for a glorious evening of Rock and Wine! This show is all ages and no cover! Wines by the glass and bottle specials. Happy hour cheese and charcuterie available for purchase!

Fea is the continued ferocity of Girl In A Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva, joined by lead vocalist Letty Martinez and guitarist Aaron Magana. Their melodic brand of riot grrrl chicana punk immediately caught the ear of many iconic collaborators, such as Joan Jett who signed them to Blackheart Records.

Garage Pop Rock N Roll duo Bruiser Queen (St. Louis, MO) blend 21st Century punk stomp with 60’s girl group shimmy. Morgan Nusbaum’s vocals & guitar arrive on stage like a Riot Grrrl but bop to the beat of Jason Potter’s huge, dark drumming.

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Game Sold Not Told — Rap Concert
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

Game Sold Not Told — Rap Concert

Grammy Award-winning artist Layzie Bone from the platinum group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will launch “The Game Sold Not Told” tour in conjunction with Mo Thug Family & Capo Music in Walla Walla. Artists headlining this tour include: D Rado, Stewdeez, M-Burb, Lil Wiley, Phifty Caliber, Agallah Don Bishop, and other guest performers. This concert is recommended for ages 18 and up.

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Fall Furr Ball 2017
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Furr Ball 2017

Join us for a barking good time at the 2017 Fall Furr Ball, a benefit for Blue Mountain Humane Society!

This year's event will feature a sparkling wine entrance, buffet dinner by Andrae's Kitchen and table wine generously donated by Waterbrook Winery, live and silent auctions, gaming, and dancing to Dancehall Days band!

Tickets are $60.00 per person. Reserved Tables for eight guests are available for $600.00 and includes two bottles of wine, logo recognition on the table and in the program and emcee recognition.

Get tickets, reserve tables and get all the details online or by coming to the shelter!

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Dia de los Muertos
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Dia de los Muertos

A street festival for the entire family, filled with FREE activities, music, dance, and theater.
Un festival popular y gratuito para toda la familia con actividades, música, danza y teatro.
 

Processional/Procesión

Saturday, October 21 — 4:30 pm

  • Starts at First Congregational Church and continues down Main Street
  • Comienza en la Primera Iglesia Congregacional y continúa por Main Street

 

Concert/Concierto

Saturday, October 21 — 4:30 pm

 

Festival

Sunday, October 22 — 11 am to 4:30 pm

  • FREE art activities, music, dance, and theater.
  • Actividades GRATUITAS de arte, música, danza y teatro.
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Downtown Farmers Market
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Downtown Farmers Market

Join us for the Downtown Farmers Market. You'll find fresh cut flowers, flower baskets, beautifully crafted artisan items, and of course local produce. 

Interested in being a vendor at the Downtown Farmers Market? Vendor spots are still available. Please contact our Market Manager Shane Laib at 509.529.8755 or shane@downtownwallawalla.com. The market continues through October.

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Connect: Collegiate Pop-In Exhibition
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Connect: Collegiate Pop-In Exhibition

Connect with college students during their Pop-In Exhibition at Studio Articolore. The opening reception presents an opportunity to chat with each artist regarding their works and what they are pursuing in education from local Walla Walla colleges. This second annual event is lively complete with a movement of ideas capturing the visual arts.

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Downtown Farmers Market
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Downtown Farmers Market

Join us for the Downtown Farmers Market. You'll find fresh cut flowers, flower baskets, beautifully crafted artisan items, and of course local produce. 

Interested in being a vendor at the Downtown Farmers Market? Vendor spots are still available. Please contact our Market Manager Shane Laib at 509.529.8755 or shane@downtownwallawalla.com. The market continues through October.

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Documentary Film: Food Evolution
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Documentary Film: Food Evolution

Narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, "Food Evolution" wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time - the controvery surrounding GMOs and food. Academy Award-nominated directo Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town) travels from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda, to the cornfields of Iowa in search of the truth.

“Food Evolution” shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis. How do we ensure that our food supply is safe, and that everyone has enough to eat? How do we feed the world while also protecting the planet? Has genetic engineering increased or decreased pesticide use? Are GMO foods bad for your health? And, most importantly, what data, evidence and sources are we using to approach these important questions?

While the passionate advocates in the film are all concerned with the stewardship of safe, nutritious food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth have pit them against each other, rendering the very subject of food itself into an ideological battleground.

Enlisting subject matter experts as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold documentary separates the hype and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions.

"Food Evolution" was commissioned and funded by The Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific society of more than 17,000 members from around the world.

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Second Annual Dancing with the W2 Stars
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Second Annual Dancing with the W2 Stars

A new group of Walla Walla celebrities takes to the stage for the second annual “Dancing with the W2 Stars." Local participants will be paired with professional dancers and have a week of rehearsals to learn a ballroom dance routine before the live performance and a judging panel.

In addition to seeing the Walla Walla Stars dance, the professionals teaching the stars will perform excerpts from their award-winning showcase “Ballroom Fever”. Audiences can expect to see breath-taking lifts, hundreds of costumes, theatrical storylines, and a variety of ballroom dance styles, from the sexy Cuban Salsa to the energetic American Swing to the elegant Viennese Waltz.

The professional dance ensemble are members of the United States National Formation Championship company in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing, and their company tours internationally, with more than 100 performances each year.

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Sausage Fest 2017 — Whiskey Creek Band
Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

Sausage Fest 2017 — Whiskey Creek Band

For kids: Bounce Houses, Dart Throw, Baseball Throw, Ring Toss, Face Painting, Feed the Elephant, Crazy String Chaos, Football Throw, Duck Pond, Pumpkin Pick, Plunko, Bean Bag Toss, Gizmos & Gadgets, Engraving, Face Painting, Wiffle Ball Toss and much more!!

For Adults: Beer Garden, Live Music, Desales Football Game, and Bingo. Live Music with the Whiskey Creek Band.

Food: Spicy, Italian, and German Sausages, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Tamales, Salads, Strawberry Shortcake, Dilly Bars, and Popcorn. 

Wineries: Va Piano Vineyards, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Gramercy Cellars, 
Doubleback Winery, Pepper Bridge Winery, Ardor Cellars, Morell Wines, Walla Walla Vinters, aMaurice Cellars, Gifford Hirlinger Winery, Skylite Cellars, and Revelry Vintners. 

Brewery: Burwood Brewing Company and Grixsen Brewing Company.

Cider: Blue Mountain Cider Company.

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