Gränges Fun Nights
Platinum Sponsor Gränges Americas sponsors Gränges Fun Nights with a four exciting events! Each event brings world class performers to downtown for Monster Nights: Newport’s Downtown Entertainment Series. These fun for the whole family shows will delight old and young. Make plans to bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the fun.
Think of the show “Whose Line is it Anyway” and you’ll get what THEY Improv does. Getting people to laugh and have a good time would always seem like a good idea. THEY have earned a reputation for creating humor on the spot and getting audiences to bond with one another over the shared experience as well as to have workshops teaching a variety of skills enhanced through improvisation. THEY improv provides improv comedy, game shows and murder mystery dinners for entertainment options.
Galen grew up in a small town in Northwest Arkansas. Even as a kid, he had a fascination with manipulating objects, whether it was action figures or pik-up stiks. After graduating high school he moved to Fayetteville, AR, to attend college at University of Arkansas. He learned to juggle from his father-in-law, Joel Henderson, in 2000. Once he actually learned how to juggle, he took to it immediately, often spending more than eight hours a day practicing. He spends his time hanging out with his wife Jennifer and his daughter Gretchen, who is already attempting to make objects jump through hoops.
We are a performance art juggling group based in Fayetteville, AR. Our work focuses on using object manipulation to create temporary works of art in the form of sand paintings and kinetic sculptures. For us, juggling is a state of arrested decay: a pattern woven through time and space that is constantly falling apart only to be rebuilt in the same moment. The Institute of Jugglology uses innovative juggling props filled with colored sand to create large sand paintings. The throws and catches of the juggling patterns trace vibrant lines through the air. Slowly, a fragile work of art appears on the ground constantly in danger of being destroyed by the very juggling props that create it. They have appeared all over North America in many venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, El Paso Museum of Art, and Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. They have opened for Cake, Peter Frampton, and Blues Traveler. The Institute has been Awarded the Northwest Arkansas Entertainer of the Year award for three years in a row and in 2014 won the world juggling championships judged by the International Jugglers’ Association.
“Ellisa Sun is a force of nature.” (KFOG) She cuts out her heart and leaves it on the stage—which is why she never wears white.
Currently on her first national tour, Ellisa is showing she has what it takes to make it on her own. Just a guitar, a 30-foot RV, and an insatiable desire to perform. Raised in Los Angeles, Ellisa migrated north and found a home in San Francisco’s creative scene, where she wrangled a seven-piece band to play her music. Her sound is honest and textured, combining elements of jazz, soul, and pop.
Ellisa self-produced her debut album Moon & Sun in 2017 to critical acclaim. SF Weekly called the first single, Unravel “as near to perfect as any song could be” and “damn gorgeous.” Ellisa self-released her 2nd album—the Just a Little More EP—in September 2018. With support from her talented bandmates, the 5-track EP boasts a one-of-a-kind, edgy sound that “takes listeners on a trip across all spectrums of love” (WomenCrushMusic) and is “too much of an original to fit into one box” (The Bay Bridged).
Since releasing her album, Ellisa has ventured out on a year-long national tour. Living full-time out of their Winnebago, she and her partner Ken are taking the music directly to the people. Ellisa and her guitar have also earned frequent flyer miles in Japan and South America.
At The Yarn, we believe in the power of story to amplify voices, build understanding, and create space for human connection. During these highly divided times, we think its essential to strive towards connection. We believe that stories have the power to do just that. Our productions are theme-based, centering on social issues that affect us all. Our storytellers have a distinct perspective to share in an effort to shine a light on and bring humanity to these issues. We believe that everyone has a story to tell and are eager to create a platform to amplify the voices of those who strive to evoke empathy, connection and greater understanding from our audiences. At The Yarn, we value the respect, humanity and dignity of all people and commit to produce shows that exemplify these values.