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Steel Magnolias

FEBRUARY 25 – 26 AND MARCH 4 – 5 @ 7:30 PM FEBRUARY 27 AND MARCH 6 @ 2 PM GRAND OPERA HOUSE ( 135 W 8 TH ST ) Follow the lives of strong Southern women in northwest Louisiana in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling . You may be familiar with the 1989 film that was based off the play . Now , you can see the performance on the Grand Opera House stage on Feb . 25 – 26 and March 4 – 5 at 7:30 p . m . and Feb . 27 and March 6 at 2 p . m .
At Truvy ’ s beauty shop , the women are all sass and brass . Anybody who ’ s anybody is a regular there . Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers , six Southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin . But those bonds are about to be tested when M ’ Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event . Infused with heart and humor ,
Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love , loss , and enduring friendship .
Tickets are $ 23 for adults and $ 15 for children under 18 . Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office , by calling 563-588-1305 , or at TheGrandOperaHouse . com . •

Bob Saget

FRIDAY , MARCH 4 @ 7 AND 9:30 PM DIAMOND JO CASINO MISSISSIPPI MOON BAR ( 301 BELL ST ) Diamond Jo Casino ’ s Mississippi Moon Bar gears up for a night of comedy with Bob Saget on Friday , March 4 with two shows at 7 and 9:30 p . m .
Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows , including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced ( Full House and America ’ s Funniest Home Videos ) but he ’ s also an out of his mind , Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian for over 30 years . From directing MGM ’ s cult favorite feature film Dirty
Work , to starring on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone , Bob Saget shows no signs of stopping . Ever .
Last fall , Bob performed at Dave Chappelle ’ s Summer Camp , and he performed as Squiggly Monster on The Masked Singer . He recently wrapped shooting the dark comedy film , Blue Iguana , in the Cayman Islands .
Bob is overjoyed to be back on his stand-up tour with over an hour of new material . Catch him at the Mississippi Moon Bar this March !
All shows are 21 +. For tickets and more information , call Diamond Jo Casino at 563-690-4800 or visit MoonBarRocks . com . •

Paula Poundstone

FRIDAY , MARCH 11 @ 7:30 FIVE FLAGS THEATER ( 405 MAIN ST ) Pioneering stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone brings her smart , observational humor and a spontaneous wit to the Five Flags Theater on Friday , March 11 at 7:30 p . m .
With accolades reaching back to the late 1980s , Poundstone continues to receive acclaim for her comedy specials , books , and regular appearances on NPR ’ s news quiz show Wait , Wait … Don ’ t Tell Me !. Time magazine , in the March 2020 “ Best of ” issue , listed Paula ’ s HBO special , Cats , Cops and Stuff as one of “ the 5 funniest stand-up specials ever .” Paula can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast , Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and as a regular panelist on Wait Wait … Don ’ t Tell Me ! Also an author , Paula ’ s second book , The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness , was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor , the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States . The audiobook was one of five finalists for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award .
Paula tours regularly , appearing on stage with a stool , a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi . In a review for The Boston Globe of Paula ’ s performance , Nick Zaino III wrote : “ Poundstone has one of comedy ’ s most nimble and disarming comic imaginations . She improvises with the crowd like a jazz musician , swinging in unexpected directions without a plan , without a net — there ’ s a
disarming ease in her craft , an immediate sense that she ’ s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong .”
Paula was the first woman to perform stand-up and host the White House Correspondents ’ Dinner , sharing the dais with the then President of the United States . She has starred in several HBO specials , including Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard , marking the first time the university allowed its name to be used in the title of a television show . Her live coverage of the 1992 Democratic National convention for The Late Show with Jay Leno was so memorable that she ended up doing the Republican Convention and the Presidential Inaugural as well . In 1994 , the 46 th EMMY Awards followed with an invitation for Paula to do stand-up on the show , but she insisted on doing live behind-thescenes coverage instead . The producers were so dubious about her decision , unheard of at the time , they cut Paula to one spot . After she filed the first one , they asked her to do three more . Her performance was reviewed as “ career making .”
Paula just released a new album , Paula Poundstone Goes to College ( For One Night ). She is the winner of an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic and has accumulated a list of other awards and accolades too long to mention . She continues to be recognized in innumerable lists , documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential stand-up comedians of our time .
Tickets are $ 36 –$ 44 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster . com and Five Flags Center box office . For more information , call 563-589-4254 or visit FiveFlagsCenter . com . •
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