Uptown! 2017 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

Are you making a list and checking it twice? Uptown! has gifts for everyone on your list, naughty or nice. Our gifts of experience will be warmly received, easily shared and long remembered. Stop in, call or go online for easy shopping the Uptown! way.


For Adults who enjoy an epic Party, reserve seats for the dazzling Diamonds & Denim New Year’s Eve Gala”. Give tickets as gifts and include one for yourself as well. You will see two shows, enjoy an open bar, dine on dinner-size hors d’oeuvres and dance on the main stage. You can enter diamond themed raffles, bid on West Chester themed dinner & show packages and toast the New Year in glittering style. Last year’s NYE Gala, #CelebrationoftheCentury, sold out, so get your tickets early.

For those who love New York quality theater right here in West Chester, tickets to see The Resident Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol: A LIVE Radio Play” will mean so much more than another gadget. Appropriate for all over the age of 5, The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, with six actors bringing dozens of characters to life, vintage commercials and live sound effects. Seats are available for evening and matinee performances through December 31. Tickets are also available for RTC’s spring musical production of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” and subscription discounts for both are available.

For those who would relish a uniquely Artful Performance and Flamenco, Uptown!s Latin Series presents “Azul, The Story of Pablo Picasso” in March. Interweaving live flamenco music and dance, it is a dramatic canvas of Picasso’s thoughts, doubts, actions and torments that drove him to paint in blue.

For Music Lovers, give tickets to share their favorite genre with like-minded audiences, or gift certificates in any amount to let them choose the shows of their choice. For Jazz Lovers, we’ve got Jazz every 3rd Thursday, and these Jazz Cocktail Hours typically sell out.

“Kiss the Sky” in January and “Live at the Fillmore” in February are just the tickets for Classic Rock and Roll Fans. Tribute bands for Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers are sure to please. In March, World Cafe Live presents 1970s singer-songwriter folk-pop artist Tom Rush at Uptown!

More music in January, Holy Matrimony returns with a unique expression of praise and worship that blends Pop and Gospel. If you have fans of Opera on your list, you’ll want to consider Opera Tutti, with a new theme almost every month of the year, beginning with a cabaret they call “That’s Italian”. Doo Wop lovers can plan ahead on June performances of Soul Harmony: The Story of Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til and the Orioles and Extreme Doo Wop Acappella Concert.

For those who Love to Laugh, Better Than Bacon is a great choice, especially for folks who enjoy an interactive performance that is never the same twice. Their Improv Comedy show is scheduled every other month starting in January.

For those who Love to Learn, the Uptown! Speakers Series offers enlightening presentations monthly, beginning with WHYY’s Laura Benshoff in January and Victoria Wyeth in February.


For aspiring actors, comedians or playwrights, show how much you believe in their talents with prepaid classes or Uptown! gift certificates. For dramatic Youth, West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts offers classes all year as well as summer camps. Register your rising stars for winter classes that begin in January or purchase gift certificates toward 2018 summer camps. For young at heart Adults, purchase Acting, Imrov or Playwriting classes or gift certificates toward private coaching with theater professionals at WCStudio.


Consider Uptown! Gift Certificates for maximum flexibility, so that recipients may choose the shows that fit their schedule. No guesswork on your part. Just decide a dollar amount.


For those who want to be in the know, an Uptown! Membership is the perfect option. Memberships are available at many levels, beginning with priority notification of upcoming events, discounts at local businesses and 10% off in the Uptown! bar.


We are grateful for every event you attend and every time you share your enthusiasm for Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Your patronage has contributed to an amazing first year and we look forward to many more. So, Thank You for considering Uptown! for gifts of experience because,

the best gifts in life are not Things.