An evening of mystical movement, machines and circus contortionists will mark the final production of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts' 2009-10 season.

An evening of mystical movement, machines and circus contortionists will mark the final production of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts' 2009-10 season.

Cirque Mechanics will perform "Birdhouse Factory" at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the arts center.

The show mixes acrobatics with 20th-century machines that power the circus acts while the performers attempt to build a birdhouse.

All the members of Cirque Mechanics are either former members of Cirque du Soleil, the Pickle Family Circus or the Moscow Circus.

According to the group's Web site, "Birdhouse Factory" was inspired by Mexican artist Diego Rivera's industry murals, illustrations of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg and Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times."

"The show tells the story of assembly-line workers producing humdrum widgets at the H. Rosebud Factory until a disoriented bird creates a mayhem and forever alters their lives and the factory's future," the Web site says.

Julie Kriss, director of constituent relations for the McCoy center, said the "Birdhouse Factory" is family friendly.

"I think we just wanted to really diversify our programming and we through this would be a fun family-oriented event," she said.

When McCoy staff members looked at planning the 2009-10 season, she said they looked to bring in a little of everything.

This season, the center has hosted everything from an award-winning author to the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers during Black History Month in February.

The McCoy center will host its postseason annual fundraiser, the Center Stage Gala, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

Grammy Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti will perform at the event.

Tickets for Cirque Mechanics' April 9 performance are $35 to $45, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Tickets for the event and the May 8 gala are available by calling the box office at 245-4701 or visiting www.mccoycenterforthearts.com.

The center also will collect summer items such as swimwear, beach towels, flip-flops and gently used summer clothes to support the Homeless Families Foundation and the Dowd Center. Those who donate will receive a discount coupon for an upcoming event at the McCoy.

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