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Front Row Fridays

The second Friday of each month, come take a journey through different genres in the performing arts! Enjoy performance from top talent from the region and beyond, with artists offering insights into their world during these engaging, free events.  All programs are free to attend, and seating for programs in the Schulman Auditorium is first come, first served.

Previous Front Row Fridays

Friday, March 13, 2020, 7 p.m.

Front Row Fridays: Alex Dang!- Poet, Speaker, Educator

Alex Dang started performing poetry at the age of 17 and hasn’t slowed down since. He has been on the Portland Poetry Slam nationals team in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, making him the only Asian-American poet in Portland’s history to be on the team four years in a row. Alex has earned his way to becoming the Eugene Poetry Grand Slam Champion in 2014, 2015, and again in 2017. He has been a TEDx speaker for both University of Oregon and Reno, Nevada. His work has been featured on HuffingtonPost, UpWorthy, and EverydayFeminism and has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube. Alex has performed in over 50 cities, 30 states, and wants to know what your favorite food is.


Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

Front Row Fridays: Ken Waldman & The Secret Visitors, featuring Bill Bradbury 

Ken Waldman, Alaskan fiddler and poet, has released nine CDs that mix old-time Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Since 1995 he’s toured full-time, performing at some of the nation’s leading universities, festivals, arts centers, and clubs. Come see him in Carlsbad. Accompanists include CSUSM Music Professor, Bill Bradbury.

Reception and Guest Artist Meet and Greet, Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Enjoy the Ansel Adams: Early Works exhibit in the Cannon Art Gallery and get to know Ken Waldman, Carlsbad’s first performing artist in residence during a reception with meet-and-greet at 6 p.m.

Come early and visit Ansel Adams: Early Works, exhibiting at the William D. Cannon Gallery.


Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, 7 p.m. 

Front Row Fridays: The Corvelles

The Corvelles are a high energy show band that features lots of talent - three girls up front, a full rhythm section and horns! Together they provide a dynamic Motown revue that includes songs from the 60's girl groups such as The Shirelles, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas and The Supremes. The Corvelles show is a sensation, and audiences of all ages will enjoy and remember long after the night is over.


Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, 7 p.m. 

Front Row Fridays: Missy Andersen & Her One Man Band

Missy Andersen and her accompanist/husband, Heine Andersen, love what they do. Keeping a heavy touring schedule, the tenacious twosome performs as a duo which showcases the couple’s individual and combined talents. In the absence of other instruments, listeners find a greater appreciation for Missy’s gospel-tinged vocals and Heine’s Blues & Americana inspired guitar work.


Performing arts programs are generously funded by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation's Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.