Lots of reasons to leave the house

Published 10:23 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

With the holidays behind us and Suffolk skies expected to look bleak much of the time between now and the first day of spring, it can be hard to keep your spirits up as the long winter nights and short, cold days work to grind you down.

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts has some ideas, though, that might give you a reason to leave the house and venture out into public sometime before the first day of spring.

Call the box office at 923-2900 for more information or tickets to each event.

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Lady Bumbleton’s Holiday Ball

7:30 p.m. Jan. 8

A unique, historical, theatrical dance event, where attendees have the chance to enjoy the dances of the Regency Era – the time of Jane Austen, Napoleon and the War of 1812. Many will come costumed in period clothes, though it is not required. There will be characters and scenes weaving the evening together. Light refreshments will be served. It will be a splendid time for experienced dancers and even for those who only dance a couple dances throughout the evening. (No dance partner or dance experience are required.) A dance “walkthrough” on the day of the event, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., is complimentary with $25 dance admission).

The Gizmo Guys, Comedy Jugglers

2 p.m. Jan. 15

Performing as the Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. They work in a great variety of venues including theaters, corporate functions of all types, cruise ships. You name it, they’ve done it. Sure, they’ve made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions and taught at top circus schools. But what makes their act so appealing is their unique combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys’ rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires laughter in audience members of all ages.

Clay Jenkinson is Meriwether Lewis

8 p.m. Jan. 28

Clay Jenkinson is the nation’s leading first-person interpreter of Capt. Meriwether Lewis. He is the director of The Dakota Institute and host of cultural tours throughout the homeland of Lewis & Clark. In addition, he is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Thomas Jefferson Hour.” Meriwether Lewis was born within sight of Monticello in 1774. He served in the United States Army in the Ohio River country. In 1804, with his friend William Clark, he led the most successful exploration of American history, a voyage of discovery that made Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea principle figures in American mythology.

Mark Nizer’s New 3-D Show

2 p.m. Feb. 5

Mark Nizer uses technology, video, 3-D, juggling, music and humor to create a unique and amazing evening. His invention of new juggling tricks and juggling technologies, combined with his quick wit have set him apart from his peers. Imagine four lasers being juggled at 1,000 rpm, with the spinning laser beams dancing just above the audience’s heads. Whether it’s five table tennis balls being launched 20 feet into the air by his mouth or juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16 pound bowling ball, you’ll never know what is possible until you see for yourself.

An Evening of Opera and Broadway

8 p.m. Feb. 12

Sung by world-class young artists, An Evening of Opera and Broadway features soaring opera arias and your favorite Broadway melodies from the world’s greatest composers. Presented cabaret style in the Taylor Ballroom, complementary coffee and sweets will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Various times, March 5-13

The team that brought us “Cats,” Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, recreates the timeless biblical story of Joseph and the Many-Colored Coat, but in a way that will amuse and amaze. The Suffolk Players Community Theatre’s third musical features unforgettable songs like “Any Dream Will Do.” It’s glitzy, it’s hilarious, and it will change how you think about Joseph, his dreams and that famous coat.

Einstein: The Practical Bohemian

8 p.m. March 19

The genius of Albert Einstein is well known. However, many people know little about the man behind the genius. Actor Ed Metzger has depicted the eccentric Einstein at major theaters throughout the country since 1978. He creates a stirring portrait of this great scientist, who was known, on occasion, to ask directions to his own home. Metzger is the only actor to have The Einstein family’s official endorsement. From the crazy white hair to the thrift store-style clothes and sneakers without socks, Metzger’s personification of the world’s most beloved physicist reveals a philosopher, a pacifist, a comedian and a troubled father. Speaking of the role he created for himself, Metzger says, “Every once in a while, there comes along a role that fits like a glove, and you don’t know why.”