Monday, March 14, 2011

Jimmy Tingle in Lynn on Friday, March 18th

Jocelyn Almy-Testa and Don White have paired up to bring Jimmy Tingle to town over at St. Stephens church on the Lynn Commons. Press Release below! Exciting stuff.

Jimmy Tingle Plays Inaugural
Lynn Community Coffee House Show
Friday March 18, 8PM at St. Stephen’s Church, Lynn

LYNN MA – Jimmy Tingle won’t be on his home turf when he plays the Lynn Community Coffee House March 18 at 8PM, but he will be on familiar ground. The Cambridge native comedian, noted for his appearances on 60 Minutes II and HBO, is a community-minded guy, and this is a community-minded show.

Organized by Lynn native Don White, Jocelyn Almy-Testa of Lynn’s The Little Gallery Under the Stairs, and Reverend Jane Gould of St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church, the Lynn Community Coffee House will provide outreach to the Lynn community. Local artists will hang their work in the space, local organizations have been invited to display their literature, and there will be a silent auction to benefit ECCO, which helps to create jobs for the city's youth.

“I’m thrilled I’m going to be there,” says Tingle. “I’m going to be funny. I’m going to be smart. As they say in Boston, I’m going to be wicked funny. Wicked funny and wicked smaht.”

Tingle ran Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway Theater for five years in Somerville, and he knows what a good venue or show can do for the local economy. “It helps the performers, it helps the local community, it helps the church, it helps all the people who benefit from the church, and it helps the local economy in a big way,” he says. “For every one dollar that is spent on an entertainment ticket, three dollars is spent in the surrounding neighborhood.”

Almy-Testa agrees, and would like to see an arts scene develop in Lynn to help improve the community’s quality of life. “I think events like this, and also other things going on in the city, like The Lynn Auditorium programming, events being held at LynnArts, Walnut Street, and Arts After Hours, are all contributing to an environment in which people see Lynn as a place to go to have meaningful experiences, and quality entertainment options,” she says. “It helps commerce, helps our quality of life, gives people a chance to enjoy themselves, and overall brings the community together in a positive way.”

“We want the event to highlight all of the wonderful things going on in Lynn,” she adds. “Any organization can send us information about what they have going on in the city, and we will highlight them at the event, and on our website.”

The silent auction and a tour of the church begin at 7PM. Reverend Jane will conduct the tour, which features some of the oldest Tiffany windows still intact in the US. Hair of the Dog Party at Turbine Wine Bar, 56 Central Square, after the show. Tickets available in advance through the TLGUTS Web site.

Jimmy Tingle Live
Lynn Community Coffee House
Friday, March 18 8PM
St. Stephen’s Church
74 South Common Street
Lynn, Massachusetts 01902
Tickets: $20

Jimmy Tingle
St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church
The Little Gallery Under the Stairs

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