Artists’ Ensemble presents ‘Arty-Joke’ Feb. 1-2

Staff Report

Arty-Joke, a variety show benefiting Artists’ Ensemble Theater (AE), is moving downstairs this year. And, for the first time, there will be two performances!

Arty-Joke will take place in the intimate Cheek Theatre, part of the Clark Arts Center at Rockford University. Performances are at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2.

Award-winning vocalist Patte Armato-Lund will host 90 minutes of music and comedy that showcases AE favorites and special guests. One never knows who will show up at Arty-Joke. Plus, AE will share a sneak peak at the 2014-2015 season.

We’ve got an exciting line-up of shows with something for everyone,” promises AE Artistic Director Richard Raether.

Tickets are $30 and all proceeds benefit AE. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the AE box office at (815) 394-5004. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. AE is an Equity professional theater performing at Rockford University.

From the Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014, issue

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