Sunday Feb 15 8pm Lynn Manning and Christa Couture at Chan Centre

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LYNN MANNING PERFORMS WEIGHTS
WITH OPENING ACT SINGER SONGWRITER CHRISTA COUTURE and her BAND

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2009, 8PM
CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
6265 Crescent Road. University of British Columbia. Vancouver. BC
Wheelchair accessible venue. American Sign Language, Captioning in Real Time,
and Infrared Hearing System available. Tickets $16 -$22

For one night only, Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture (formerly Society for
Disability Arts and Culture), the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC,
and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, present Lynn Manning’s WEIGHTS, with
opening act musician Christa Couture.

LYNN MANNING PERFORMS WEIGHTS
Lynn Manning, young, gifted and black, was blinded in a bar fight at age 23.
That didn’t stop him from becoming a highly acclaimed writer, actor and athlete.

With a deft touch Manning brings to life his childhood in South Central LA in
the 1960s. Distilling the violence and racism of poverty, to give us poetry.
“Weights mixes up the chronology of his full-to-bursting life, blending
childhood incidents with the events leading up to the shooting and, with the
subsequent, often disarmingly funny, adjustment to blindness. (The white cane,
he says, proved “a magnet for religious weirdos of every denomination.”)” –
Michael Phillips. Times Theater Critic, LA Times.

The original production of WEIGHTS garnered three NAACP Theater awards,
including Best Actor for Lynn. He has since performed WEIGHTS around the
world, written and performed other full-length work, appeared in TV series and
commercials.

While studying fine arts, he became Blind Judo Champion of the World, and has
represented the USA at the Paralympics. In 1996 he co-founded Watts Village
Theater Company with Quentin Drew, dedicated to the development and production
of works relevant to Watts. Manning is President of the Firehouse Theater
Company, involving disabled artists in all aspects of theatre.

“Manning is the real thing, a writer of clarity, finesse and overriding
humanity. His story vaults back and forth in time, splicing surrealism and
realism, humorous banter and fiercely poetic outbursts into a sweeping
autobiographical sampling.” – Los Angeles Times

http://www.lynnmanning.com/index.htm

CHRISTA COUTURE SINGER SONGWRITER and her BAND
The show opens with BC singer/songwriter Christa Couture, whose intimate
singing style makes you feel you’ve discovered a wonderful secret. Couture is
armed with an attention grabbing mezzo-soprano and a quick-witted, poignant
turn-of-phrase, (with) “her guitar make an almost holy sound” (UWO Gazette,
London). Christa won Best Folk Acoustic Album at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal
Music Awards, for her second album The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker.

“With a wide-eyed and inviting tenderness” (Edmonton Sun), this adolescent
cancer survivor speaks honestly about illness, being an amputee, loss,
uncertainty, kissing boys, and girls, on her debut album, the critically
acclaimed Fell Out of Oz.

“The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker are not opposites,” she says of her
second album’s archetypal title characters. “It’s not happy or sad, it’s the
space between. It’s that you can’t choose one – love and celebration – without
accepting the other, the loss and heartache”.

Couture was born with music in her blood. Her mother sang in sixties folk trio
“The Cellar Dwellers” (and still performs music today) while her
Native-American father performed ceremonial music his whole life. After
writing performing and studying musical theatre, Couture left her Edmonton
home at age 21 for the bright lights of Vancouver, and later London, England.

“Christa’s material creates a consistent, bewitching mood with the
closely-mic’ed, whispery delivery of Jewel and the lyrical meter of Tori Amos”.
– Chris Twomey, Tandem Toronto

http://www.christacouture.com/about.html

For mature audiences

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2009, 8PM
CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
6265 Crescent Road. University of British Columbia. Vancouver. BC

TICKETS
Tickets from the Chan Centre directly (in person only)
Students/Fixed Income $16.00
Adults $22.00
Group of 10 $18.00
Ticket Office Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Day of Show: 12:00 pm to End of Intermission
Info: www.chancentre.com.

or Ticketmaster.ca, 604.280.3311, or http://www.ticketmaster.ca
Service charges apply.

ACCESSIBILITY AT CHAN CENTRE EVENT

Driving Directions, Parking, Public Transport to Chan Center:
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venue/139280?tm_link=edp_Venue_Directions

Nearest Parking
Rose Garden Parkade, north end of the Main Mall. Located on the south side of
North West Marine Drive, underneath the Rose Garden and Flag Pole Plaza.

Accessible Seating:
The Chan Centre is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair
and companion seats are beside each other. The seats in the orchestra level
right side are easily accessible and the left side is easily accessible as
well, but a little further away. Dress boxes 5 and 15 are also available,
there is elevator access on the left hand side of the house. Wheelchair
seating is limited; please be sure to reserve when purchasing tickets.

Hearing Devices:
Infrared Hearing System headsets are available, free of charge, for the
hearing impaired. Please contact the Chan Center’s Customer Service Department
at 604.822.9197 to make arrangements or for additional details.

American Sign Language and CART Captioning
Kickstart and the Chan Centre will be providing both CART Captioning and
American Sign Language interpretation of the performance.

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Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture
info@kickstart-arts.ca
604.292.1296 (leave message)

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