For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Reopens at Full Capacity with 25 new
Arts & Entertainment Performances
Upcoming events ● August 2021 – June 2021

Tickets on sale Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

SANTA ROSA, CA (May 27, 2021) – Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced its plan for reopening. Although technically the LBC was never closed — hosting drive-in movies, virtual programs, and being utilized as a vaccination site, the Ruth Finely Person Theater has been dark for nearly 16 months. LBC is gearing up to bring back live arts & entertainment in a safe and responsible manner, following state and local guidelines. “We want to ensure that we reopen safely, as the health of our patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. However, we’ll need the support and patience of our community as we navigate and adapt to the evolving state and county guidelines,” says President & CEO, Rick Nowlin.

In a statement made in early May, Nowlin acknowledged that “As a nonprofit arts organization, it is not financially feasible to have performances in the main theater until we are able to operate at full capacity.” The LBC will be following state and local guidelines for operating; however, due to the rapidly changing guidelines from the state, we are unable to guarantee what the exact protocols may be by the end of August at the time of this announcement. Patrons should expect changes in health and safety protocols, the most restrictive may be the requirement to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result, and when not eating or drinking, wearing a mask. We are asking patrons to check our website or contact our Ticket Office for the most up-to-date processes.
The LBC will also be implementing additional safety measures including increased ventilation and air filtration, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, options for a touchless experience, and limited concessions until guidelines change.

The LBC Ticket Office has been operating remotely since the shut-down but on June 1, will officially reopen to the public just in time for their first on sale for in-person events. LBC continues to provide compelling content to engage its audiences, launching 25 new arts & entertainment performances in various genres including music, dance, speakers, and more. “For the past year, we have been postponing or cancelling shows. We are beyond excited to bring back the music, bring back the arts, and the energy of that shared experience that only live performance can create,” says Director of Programming, Anita Wiglesworth.

The first concert will be the rescheduled performance of Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops: Remember When Rock was Young – the Elton John Tribute on August 29.

Additional programs include: Comedy favorites San Francisco Comedy Competition, Randy Rainbow, Lewis Black, Bianca del Rio, and Tape Face; conversations with the incomparable Fran Lebowitz, award-winning chef Yotam Ottolenghi, John Edward and Poet Laureate Billy Collins; the inspiring music of Black Violin, Pink Martini, Dave Koz, Chicago, Vintage Trouble, and Postmodern Jukebox; the stunning movements of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Ailey II, and so much more.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the Center’s ticket office at 707.546.3600 Tuesday through Sunday, 10am – 6pm or online at 24/7 and starting on June 1 – in-person.


About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.

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