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Salsa With Extra Magic This Weekend at Black Rock


There will be dancing and magic in Germantown this weekend, as residents are invited to dance the night way on Friday and witness the amazing on Saturday and Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts.

Friday, Oct. 3, Black Rock will host a Salsa and Bachata Dance Party beginning at 7:30 pm. Hit the floor in a 45-minute dance lesson followed by a dance party. What better chance to learn new moves, get exercise and listen to live music while you socialize and have fun. Black Rock has expanded its Dance Party series to include swing and Latin Dance on a regular monthly schedule this Fall. No need for a partner. Individuals and couples of all ages welcome. Tickets are $18.

And on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct 5. Black Rock Center welcomes Spencers: Theatre of Illusion. This not your run-of-the-mill magic show, and the Spencers are not your typical magicians. They carry a lot of equipment in their 65-foot customized truck and trailer, but a rabbit and a top hat are not in the inventory.

This exciting production is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. By blending the theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert, the Spencers take their audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility and back again. Audience members don’t simply watch the show; they are invited to participate in the magic. Using magic much like a storyteller uses words; this family-friendly production runs the gamut of emotions.

The Saturday, Oct. 4 show has a 7:30 pm start time and tickets are $26. The Sunday show is a special one-hour family show that will begin at 3:00 pm and tickets are $22. Tickets are available at the Black Rock box office or online.

Black Rock will host Hocus Focus Workshops, which are free magic workshops for individuals on the autism spectrum this Sat. October 4 at 9:30 am for ages 8-15, 11:00 am for ages 16 and older.

In two weeks, comedy returns to Black Rock with “An Evening with Groucho Marx.” The two-act comedy will be at Black Rock Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 pm.

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London-acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity.The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. Tickets are $32 and are available at the Black Rock box office or online.