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October 28, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre brings back Clean Comedy Night in November

Laughing Redhead Studio returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre with Clean Comedy Night 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Comedians Thor Ramsey and Jenn Doucette are the featured performers.

Ramsey began his comedy career playing the basement lounge of a Ramada Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. Since he’d reached “the pinnacle of showbiz in Des Moines,” he moved to Chicago and soon was working full time at many of the major comedy clubs around the country. He is best known for the hit comedy DVD “Thou Shalt Laugh” and as host of the comedy series “Bananas.” He recently has published his first book, “A Comedian’s Guide to Theology.”

Doucette is the mother and caregiver of three children, six chickens, one hamster, one cat and two Beta fish named Gary and Larry. A stand-up comic by night and a free-lance writer by day, Jenn is the author of “The Velveteen Mommy” (NavPress, 2005) and “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like These” (Harvest House, 2007). Hailing from the Seattle area and ever true to her germaphobic nature, Jenn’s comedy is squeaky clean and guaranteed to be 100 percent nontoxic to the environment. All seats $15.

The Kimball Theatre’s live performances continue with a lineup of concerts. The College of William and Mary Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo performs in concert Sunday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The William and Mary Jazz Ensemble is composed of music and non–music majors from the college. The ensemble performs a variety of styles ranging from the standard Big Band charts of old to popular songs of today. The ensemble will be joined by the William and Mary Jazz Combo, under the direction of Harris Simon. Cost for general admission is $8 and seniors and students is $5.

Celebrate International Education Week with an evening of international music and dance, featuring student groups from the College of William and Mary 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Enjoy a showcase of performances including Irish dance, Korean dance, Latin dance, Swing dance, and Vietnamese dance. Cost for general admission is $5, with a William and Mary ID is $3 and children under 10 are free.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks: Subscription Concert #2 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 19. Works by Sibelius, Mozart, Colin McPhee and Beethoven will be featured. Cost is $30 and $42. Tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia by calling (757) 229-9857.

Virginia’s very own funk soul tribute artist, Brandon Wilson, takes the stage to perform songs from his debut solo release “Finding Home” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. He blurs the boundaries of genre, infusing elements of jazz, urban contemporary, neo-soul and roots reggae to bring a style as unique as the artist himself. His rich and raspy vocals have been likened to those of Otis Redding, George Clinton and Anthony Hamilton. Gaining international attention, his songs are truly original and testimonials to the life and times of this Williamsburg native. All seats are $15.

Guests can experience performances from the 18th-century stage. Before the circus and vaudeville, there was the grand medley. A Grand Medley of Entertainments was the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 7, 15, 22 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Colonial Performance Ticket in November is $12 and in December is $15.

Presented in Williamsburg by the American Company of Comedians, Wit’s Last Stake returns Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Dec. 4 and 18 at 8 p.m. with beautiful costumes, elaborate wigs and the magic of the old colonial playhouse. The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790 can be seen Dec. 11, 23 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Colonial Performance Ticket is $12 Nov. 6, 13, and 20 and $15 Nov. 27-Dec. 27.

During Conversations with a Founding Father, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette played crucial roles in the founding of the American republic. They were all sons of Liberty and part-time residents of Williamsburg. Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Card will gain admission to this program.

Our 1st First Lady Remembers features Martha Washington reflecting on her long life after her husband’s retirement from the presidency. Nov. 2 and 16 at 11:30 a.m. and Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m. General admission is $5, seniors/students $4.

Dean Shostak’s ability to combine music, history, art and science makes his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert can be heard Nov. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 19 and 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. He showcases classical and traditional music from around the world on glass armonica, Japanese glass violin, English glass handbells, French cristal baschet and the 1823 American glass grand harmonicon. All seats are $7.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 4-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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