Blumenthal offers $20 tickets to big shows

Stuck at home, trying to save money during this challenging economic time?

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is offering to rescue you with its Entertainment Stimulus Package that went into effect Friday.

No, the center isn't writing checks for $600 (that didn't work so well the first time, did it?), but it is offering select seats to some of the center's biggest productions for the low, low price of $20.

Included in the offer:

“Chicago” (valid Nov. 16-18 shows except Sunday matinee).

“Traces” (valid all shows except Nov. 4-5, 7-8, 14-15).

Duncan Sheik (Nov. 9).

Squonk Opera's “Charlotte: The Opera” (Nov. 21-23).

Soweto Gospel Choir (Nov. 23).

Boys of the Lough (Dec. 4).

Richie Havens (Dec. 5).

Dan Tyminski (Dec. 7).

“Sister's Christmas Catechism” (Dec. 2-4).

“Defending The Caveman” (Dec. 26).

The Claire Lynch Band (Dec. 30).

Daniel Bernard Roumain (Jan. 17).

For tickets, go to, call 704-372-1000 or visit the Belk Theater box office, 130 N. Tryon St.


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