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Week Five :: July 24–31

The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center

  • The art of comedy is deeply personal, requiring artists and creators to tap into their own experience to hone a unique, resonant and authentic voice.
  • In this week, we examine how comedians working in an array of genres, media and styles have found their voices, developed their voices and mobilized their voices to communicate with audiences in impactful — and entertaining — ways.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Authentic Comedic Voice: Truth Born of Struggle

What we expect from the Art of Comedy is something silly, foolish, witty, or an unexpected twist or deviation from expected reality. It has been posited, however, that authentic comedic articulation, while producing laughter and hilarity, frequently arises out of struggle, out of pathos and the need to speak truth. “We laugh because it’s funny; we laugh – or cry – because it’s true.” In this week we invite the voices of the healers who make us laugh.

  • Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 10:45am EDT

    Rev. Frank A. Thomas

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    Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD., currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Improvising: New Photographs by Julie Blackmon

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    July 25–August 26 | Improvising features new work by Julie Blackmon, a photographer from Springfield Missouri. Her photographs are inspired by her experiences of growing up in a large family, her current role as both photographer and mother, the timelessness of family dynamics...



    Location: Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery

     

  • Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 02:30pm EDT

    A Massey Organ Movie: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush”

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    Celebrated as Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork, this 1925 comedy film stars Chaplin in his Little Tramp character. This heartwarming silent film will be music to your ears with a score created and performed live by organist Joshua Stafford.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 26, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Frank A. Thomas

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    Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD., currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 26, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Michael Krasny

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    Michael Krasny Ph.D. is well-known and well-loved for his signature and captivating sense of humor, a gift that has defined and blessed his illustrious career.  He is delighted to be leading the Interfaith Week’s focus on Laughter as Healing.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 26, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Alumni All-Star Ballet Gala

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    Curated by Sasha Janes, Artistic Advisor for Chautauqua Dance, the annual Alumni All-Star Ballet Gala serves as a celebration of the exceptional talent consistently produced by the Chautauqua School of Dance. Artists from top-tier national companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Frank A. Thomas

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    Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD., currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Leighann Lord

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    Leighann Lord has been a stand-up comedian for 25 years (she says she started when was 10), and Comedy has literally taken her around the world and back again, from Baghdad to Brooklyn (she just kids about Brooklyn, ‘cause she really can’t afford to live in Brooklyn), but she IS coming to Chautauqua!



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Apollo’s Fire: Love in Venice

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    GRAMMY-winning orchestra Apollo's Fire and Jeannette Sorrell make their long-awaited return to Chautauqua! This program of Venetian treats includes fiery concertos by Vivaldi, as well as gorgeous songs by Monteverdi.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Frank A. Thomas

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    Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD., currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Benji Lovitt

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    Since immigrating to Israel in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has delivered standup performances and cultural presentations for audiences in countries including the United States, Israel, South Africa, Australia, England, and more. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Pour Spill Drip Stain

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    July 28–August 27 | This vibrant exhibition in the Main gallery of Strohl Art Center, highlights surface and fluidity as both technique and inspiration. Multi colored paintings, encaustics, works on paper, and ceramics will be shown together creating a symmetry of styles by six nationally recognized contemporary artists.



    Location: Strohl Art Center/Main Gallery

     

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Frank A. Thomas

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    Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD., currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 30, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Frank A. Thomas

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    Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD., currently serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 30, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Straight No Chaser

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    Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music.



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