Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum Readies Performances for Fall

PULLMAN, Wash. — Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum opens its fall series with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Washington State University.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is regarded as South Africa’s cultural emissaries at home and around the world. The 10-member group was first introduced to American audiences with Paul Simon on the “Graceland” album.

Returning to Beasley, San Francisco’s Western Opera Theater will perform “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Mozart’s tale of love and fidelity, at 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

At 8 p.m. Nov. 2, Festival Dance and Performing Arts presents “Caution: Men At Work Tap” as a Dad’s Weekend offering. The energetic combination of techno music, musical theater and nonstop tap dancing follows the tradition of “Stomp” and “Tap Dogs.”

Comedian D.L. Hughley also is performing Dad’s Weekend at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Hughley is seen on TV’s “The Hughleys,” nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series. It was also ABC’s highest-rated new show.

Dark Star Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. The orchestra re-creates actual Grateful Dead concerts song for song, live on stage. The show date to be re-created is kept a secret right up until the performance.

The series ends on Dec. 9 with Festival Dance and Performing Art’s “The Nutcracker” at 3 and 7 p.m. Performed by the Eugene Ballet Company, the holiday tradition captures the best of the imagination as it tells the tale of the magical Kingdom of Sweets.

Ticket information is available by calling 1-800-325-SEAT, 509/335-1514 or, for Festival Dance and Performing Arts offerings, 208/883-DANS (3267).