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  • 13
  • May2019

Uptown! Announces New Board Leadership

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance (UEA) is pleased to announce a new slate of officers and three new members on their Board of Directors, approved at their recent Annual Meeting. The organization continues tooperate Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester, PA as a theater for live performance, education and film, though the community knows both […]

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  • 14
  • Dec2018

Gift Guide 2019

GIFTS OF EXPERIENCE Uptown!s gifts of experience will be warmly received, easily shared and long remembered. Please stop in at 226 N High St, call (610) 356-ARTS(2787) or go online for easy one-stop shopping: UptownWestChester.org 🎁 GIFT CERTIFICATES Consider Uptown! Gift Certificates for maximum flexibility! Recipients choose the shows that fit their schedule; you just decide the dollar amount. […]

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  • 29
  • Sep2018

ANGELA SCULLY TO RETIRE

OUR FIRST DIRECTOR HAS SET US ON A PATH FOR SUCCESS! Angela Scully, Executive Director of Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, will retire from the theater at the end of this year. Please join us in sharing our gratitude and good wishes. We hope she’ll have a little more time to paint and travel. “Angela has been […]

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  • 22
  • May2018

Membership means Access!

Uptown! Membership is the best way to show your support for the Arts in our Community while enjoying exclusive Benefits. Membership means Access! Uptown! Members at every level get news about upcoming shows before the general public through exclusive email newsletters. Members at the “Star” level also get first chance to reserve the best seats […]

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  • 01
  • Apr2018

Uptown! Elects New Board Members

Changes in Board of Directors at Uptown! The Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Board of Directors elected new members at their March meeting. Leadership, passion, dedication, and commitment from many community members and organizations drives Uptown!s success in fundraising, programming, marketing and administration. Their Board continues to represent the experience and expertise needed to continue to fulfill […]

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  • 07
  • Feb2018

AZUL: The Story of Picasso’s Blue Period in Music and Dance at Uptown! for One Show Only

Why did Pablo Picasso choose a moody, monochromatic blue palette as he began his famous career? This new, creative production by Writer and Director Tanaquil Márquez will tell how and why Picasso’s Blue Period evolved. Presented by Yajaira Paredes Productions and La Fábrica Theater as part of Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center’s Latin Series, the […]

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  • 24
  • Jan2018

Chosen Dance’s Hip Hop Evvolution

Chosen Dance Company returns to Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center with another exciting performance. Their Fall show was so popular and compelling, it is easy to see why the group is eager to return and Uptown! is glad to have them back. Evvolution is the story of Hip Hop dance in America 2.0, an upgrade […]

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  • 11
  • Jan2018

World Cafe Live & Uptown! Partnership

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center and World Cafe Live are pleased to announce an entertainment partnership, bringing classic artists to West Chester, PA’s new theater. Following their remarkable first year, Uptown! caught the attention of World Cafe Live promoters as the ideal venue to serve up world class concerts to patrons west of Philadelphia and […]

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  • 05
  • Dec2017

Diamonds & Denim New Year’s Eve Gala 2017 FAQ

Diamonds & Denim New Year’s Eve Gala 2017 FAQ #PartyoftheYearWC  #UptownNYE2017 It’s time to celebrate! Not just the end of one calendar year and beginning of another. Uptown! Is planning a party to celebrate 15,000 tickets sold in its first year of operations.  Please join us! We hope the following will answer your Gala questions, […]

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  • 28
  • Nov2017

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. TICKETS For Adults who enjoy an epic Party, reserve seats […]

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  • 08
  • Nov2017

Flamenco Returns!

“Carmen en Flamenco” Friday, November 17, 8:00PM It is no wonder people flock to see live Flamenco performances. Men and women of all backgrounds appreciate this unique dance of passion and courtship that expresses emotions from deep sadness to pure joy. Flamenco is a complex, physically demanding artform including castanets and fans, hand-clapping, foot-stamping and […]

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  • 10
  • Oct2017

Next to Normal Rave Reviews!

Rave Reviews for RTC’s Opening Night performance of Next to Normal Uptown! Entertainment Alliance member and advocate, Rob Telthorster, attended the opening night performance of  Next to Normal and gathered unsolicited comments from other patrons during intermission and after-show gatherings. He was kind enough to wrap them up in a nice narrative that might appear […]

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  • 19
  • Sep2017

Fourth Annual Uptown! Vocal Challenge

Audiences and contestants alike will remember the Singer/ Songwriter Competition from years past. We have changed the format this year to make it possible for even more talented singers to experience the thrill of singing on the new stage in front of a live audience. It is an all day event, Saturday, October 21, 2017, […]

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  • 01
  • Aug2017

Summer Internship

My Uptown! Internship Experience Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is a successful non-profit organization that offers beneficial programs, beatiful venues and diverse job opportunities. My name is Marsaude Edwards, and this summer I was a marketing intern at Uptown! Entertainment Alliance. My internship at Uptown! provided me with significant marketing experience. I also became more proficient in […]

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  • 16
  • Jul2017

RTC Calendar

  • 25
  • Apr2017

A Little River Horse History

Uptown’s Bar is pleased to serve River Horse beer!! River Horse brewing was started in 1996 by three brothers who really enjoyed homebrewing.  Our original location was in Lambertville, NJ right across the bridge from New Hope, PA.  People often still associate us with that location because many people would walk around New Hope, or […]

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  • 03
  • Mar2017

Opera for All!!

West Chester now has top-notch opera right here in our own back yard. Soloist Heidi Starr is now hosting Opera Tutti, Opera for all at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Please join us at the new theater for her first installation of Opera Tutti Cabaret next Sunday, March 12th at 2pm.  Joining Heidi will […]

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  • 07
  • Feb2017

From RTC’s Artistic Director

The Resident Theatre Company is bringing New York Theatre to West Chester!  The Resident Theatre Company is bringing one of the funniest comedies of all time in the new Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot racked up 14 TONY nominations including Best Musical. […]

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  • 29
  • Nov2016

Become a Member at Uptown!

We’re getting closer each day to opening the doors to our new theater! If you haven’t heard yet, let us share the good news with you: memberships with Uptown! at the Knauer Performing Arts Center are now available. Our team has worked hard to create a program that caters to YOU!  As a Member, you […]

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  • 27
  • Oct2016

Original Uptown! Goals

When it became clear that Uptown was going to be able to purchase the West Chester Armory, we started the process to interview architects with experience in theater design. We also formed a team of theater experts to get their perspective about what they hoped to see as one of the performing artists at the […]

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  • 13
  • Sep2016

What’s Happening this Fall at Uptown!

Things are warming up at Uptown! as we approach opening date of the theater!  Until then, we’ve got a packed schedule, guaranteed to entertain you and liven up your Thursday nights this fall. Check out the continuation of the Jazz Cocktail Hour hosted by Sara Michaels and the much-loved Broadway in the Borough presented by […]

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  • 30
  • Aug2016

UPTOWN!’s New Year’s Eve Grand Opening Gala

Members of the Gala Committee                                                                                            photo:Christie Green Photography UPTOWN! will be […]

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  • 08
  • Aug2016

Construction Update on our New Theater

Bancroft Construction Company has been busy and is hard at work making progress on renovations.  This summer has been a hot one, but air conditioning units will be installed shortly. Laminate flooring, paneling, and walls added over the years to define offices and hallways have been removed, returning the Armory to its original 1916 state.  […]

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  • 31
  • May2016

In Case You Missed It

We’ve broken ground at the Armory! It’s official we are making physical progress for our new theater at the Armory. Construction, managed by Bancroft Construction Company, is expected to take about nine months before culminating in our first celebration as part of a New Year’s Eve Gala. Last Wednesday’s event played host to members of […]

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  • 09
  • May2016

A Last Look at the Armory

Have you heard? The vision of bringing a theater to West Chester is fast becoming reality.  With construction starting this week, we invite you to join us for a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday May 18th at 5:30pm.  Bring your family out to this free event and join us for this unique opportunity to celebrate bringing […]

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  • 26
  • Apr2016

Songwriter Links

Please take a moment to check out our top three winners: Steve Rhoads, First Place www.Facebook.com/MayfieldRhoads Greg Thomas, Second Place http://www.listentogregthomas.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3BWfjui1J_vXUodbg Autumn Walden, Third Place http://kickingdowndoorsband.com/ https://www.youtube.com/c/Kickingdowndoorsband  

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  • 18
  • Apr2016

Songwriter Winners

Uptown! is happy to say that our Third Annual Songwriter Competition was a hit! Our judges narrowed down many great local artists to five singers for our live show at Sprout Music Collective. They were:  Anna Kerstetter, Steve Rhoads, Autumn Walden, Greg Thomas, and Tyneisha Menginie. Each of our performers performed three original songs and […]

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  • 14
  • Mar2016

Still time for the Singer/Songwriter Contest

The door is still open! You still have time to sign up for Uptown! Entertainment Alliance’s Third Annual Songwriting Competition. We are so happy to be hosting this event for the third time, showcasing local artists. Here is your chance to have your original work seen by high-profile music industry professionals. Entering the competition is […]

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  • 28
  • Feb2016

Sprout Music Collective

It’s official: Uptown! Entertainment Alliance has partnered with Sprout Music Collective for all of our monthly events. While we continue to make progress at the Armory, all of the events that you have come to know and love can now be conveniently found at Sprout Music Collective in West Chester, located at 130 E Prescott […]

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  • 22
  • Feb2016

Program Line Up!!

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Continues Successful Performance Series at Sprout Music Collective Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is singing and swinging into 2016 with a continuation of its successful Program Series that is scheduled to take place on Thursday evenings from March through June. These casual, popular events are held at Sprout Music Collective, 130 E. Prescott Alley, […]

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  • 01
  • Feb2016

The Future Theater

After officially buying the Armory on High Street in West Chester, PA in December 2015, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is happy to announce it’s ongoing progress. As of now we are currently in the procurement and bid phase of renovations. Physical renovations are expected to begin in April of this year. After that, we are off […]

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  • 02
  • Dec2015

Welcome Katherine!

Hi all, my name is Katherine Cromleigh and I am the newest addition to Uptown! Entertainment Alliance (UEA), as the administrator. Graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in December 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in history, I am looking to lend a hand to the ambitious group of people who lead UEA.  I am […]

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  • 27
  • Oct2015

Seussical the Musical

Limelight Kicks Off Professional Theatre in West Chester West Chester, PA., September 23, 2015, – Limelight Performing Arts Center, West Chester, just opened it’s doors a year ago this October. In this short period of time, Limelight has produced five children’s musicals in it’s black box theatre and just announced it’s very first adult professional production — […]

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  • 30
  • Sep2015

All about Jazz!

This month’s ‘Up In Town’ written by Rob Telthorster Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Monthly Jazz Cocktail Hour I’m compelled to write this because, after seeing my eighth show, I realize too many music lovers have been missing out on some first-class performances. I keep going to the shows because they are that enjoyable. These are just […]

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  • 21
  • Apr2015

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance Receives Significant Donation from Univest Corporation

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance (UEA) has received a $100,000 contribution from Univest Corporation in support of its efforts to purchase, preserve and transform the National Guard Armory in West Chester as a theater for film and live performance.  In recognition of this very generous donation the upstairs rehearsal and events space in the new theater will […]

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  • 13
  • Feb2015

Past, present complement each other at former armory

Past, present complement each other at former armory

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  • 04
  • Jan2015

Year in Review & Looking Ahead

2014 was an eventful year for Uptown! We were present at the Chester County Restaurant Festival, the West Chester Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Chester and several other local events.  Our annual Gala Fundraiser was held at Winterthur on October 11 and offered a Vintage Hollywood theme. The evening was well […]

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  • 14
  • Nov2014

What We’ve Been up To

Well, it has been quite a month (or so) for Uptown! In the past five weeks, we hosted a very successful Gala on October 11th at Winterthur, generating over $80,000, thanks to our generous sponsors, volunteers, including The Friars & Abbeys from West Chester University (WCU), and staff. The Jazz Cocktail Hour series featured a […]

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  • 05
  • Oct2014

Upcoming Weekend Events

Hi, I’m Tom Wang. Currently, I’m volunteering on a sub-committee that’s planning the annual gala for Uptown! Entertainment Alliance (UEA). The gala will be held THIS Saturday, October 11th, at The Winterthur Museum & Garden in Delaware. The theme of the evening is Vintage Hollywood.  From 7 – 11 PM, we’ll feature live music with […]

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  • 11
  • Sep2014

It’s Gala Time!

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is thrilled to present our Third Annual Red Carpet Gala, continuing efforts to bring a theater to West Chester.  Like the previous two galas, this year’s event will include food and festivities of a top-shelf variety. It will be held on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 7 PM – 11 PM at […]

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  • 25
  • Aug2014

A Review of Mason Porter

Last Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending a concert staged by UEA. The event was headlined by the band, Mason Porter (http://masonporter.com/home/) and the nearly 90 minute show was sold out. Mason Porter is an extremely versatile trio made up of Paul Wilkinson on acoustic guitar, Joe D’Amico on mandolin and Tim Celfo (a neighbor of mine) […]

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  • 14
  • Jul2014

A Night of American Roots Music with Mason Porter.

Uptown! is proud to be able to bring a little culture to downtown West Chester. Not many things tell us as much about any given culture as its folk music. And not many bands perform American folk music with authenticity, creativity and passion like Mason Porter!  Experience a powerful performance of both fantastic original songs […]

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  • 02
  • Jun2014

Presenting: The Jazz Cocktail Hour Series

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance features “Women of Jazz” in a new series of Jazz concerts beginning Thursday June 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 121 Market Street, West Chester.  These cocktail hour concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 for socializing; patrons will also be able to purchase cocktails and […]

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  • 29
  • Apr2014

First Friday Film Series begins this Friday, May 2nd

I am so excited that Uptown! is ready to launch its first film series this week.  I love watching films, so it is important to me that West Chester gets a venue again for now that the old Warner Theater is a hotel!  I joined the Film Committee to get involved in the early planning […]

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  • 15
  • Apr2014

Swinging into Spring with new First Friday Film Series

Furthering its mission to bring live theater, music, dance and film to the heart of West Chester, the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance announces its new First Friday Film Series beginning on May 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 110 W. Market Street, West Chester. The series is planned to coincide with West Chester’s First […]

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  • 17
  • Mar2014

The Results Are In!

Charrette (pronounced shu-ret) is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.  The purpose of a charrette is to give all the participants the information to make good decisions during the planning process. Last December, UEA in partnership with West Chester Business Improvement District (BID), commissioned a feasibility […]

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  • 13
  • Feb2014

Art Happens

Last week, Governor Corbett and President Obama declared Chester County a disaster area. I thought my kids would never get back to school. Local businesses remained closed for several days. Some of the Borough’s most majestic trees have fallen. If you own a generator, I am sure you made many new friends. Yet, though the […]

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  • 24
  • Jan2014

A New Year and New Steps Closer to our Goal

January brings a lot of new beginnings, for me this year, it also brings an end. After three adventurous years serving my community as the President of the Board of Uptown! Entertainment Alliance and moving into the role of Committee Chair. I am passing the honor of serving as President on to Tom McEvoy, who […]

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  • 31
  • Dec2013

Daily Local News Article on Creating a Theater in the West Chester Armory

http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20131229/year-end-wc-armory-purchased-for-arts-center For the record Uptown! Entertainment Alliance has not YET purchased the Armory building but has the right of first refusal for the building.  Negotiations to purchase are underway.

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  • 31
  • Dec2013

Visioning for the Armory as a Theater

In early December, members of the Board of the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance (UEA) had an opportunity to participate in an afternoon visioning and strategy session sponsored by the Business Improvement District and the Pennsylvania Downtown Association.    The goal of our work together was to focus on what a completed theater in downtown West Chester would […]

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  • 20
  • Dec2013

Welcome to our Blog!

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