BATH — Christine Lavin returns to the Chocolate Church Arts Center on Friday, Nov.18 at 7:30 p.m. Comedian and musician Don White will join the legendary singer-songwriter and comedian Christine Lavin for an evening of their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy.

Christine’s poignant lyrics and music, audience banter, and glow-in-the-dark baton-twirling come together to form a brilliant roller coaster ride of a presentation. Don White is one of the funniest and insightful performers on the scene today, equally at home with side splitting insights and heart wrenching songs.

Don and Christine are very much what they appear to be on stage: goodhearted people who use their abundant talents to show us how much we have in common. The comedy of Christine Lavin and Don White always has a warm shimmer of community beneath the silliness. Their exploits remind the audience that we are all wary acrobats in the great human circus.

Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka), Lavin quickly established herself as an entertainment tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in her genre.

Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine is championing. “He’s such an original; I call him sometimes a ‘blue collar intellectual,’” Lavin says. “Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time.”

“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”

Audiences are looking for something fun, fresh, smart, and intriguing as well as thoughtful: “On the Funny Side of the Street” does just that. Lavin and White encapsulate all that’s best about the American folk scene: heart-breaking one moment and laugh-out-loud funny the next, delivering an evening of comedy and song that peers into more facets of experience, individual and national alike, than one would think possible.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 door for this 7:30 p.m. show at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, located at 804 Washington St. Purchase tickets by calling the box office 207-442-8455 or purchase online www.chocolatechurcharts.org


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