Carpenter Performing Arts Center


Wit & Wisdom Series

The Wit & Wisdom Series invites leading authors, comedians, and speakers to the Carpenter Center stage for engaging stories, hilarious insights, and illuminating discussions that broaden our appreciation of the world.

Tickets to individual shows may still be available. Click a show below to learn more.


Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard

Quick Sand

Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 8pm

The actress, comedian, singer and radio talk-show host Sandra Bernhard tells it like it is—riffing on politics, family, entertainment and everything in-between. Bernhard’s hilarious new show “Quick Sand” is a mélange of musings, music, and whimsy, “never boring, j’adoring,” is her motto. Covering the outrageous, quotidian, and glamorous, Sandy is “a brief respite from the endless madness of the ever more stressful news of the world.” (Time Out NY). Backed by the Sandyland Squad Band.

Jad Abumrad

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad

The Miracle of Indoor Plumbing

Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 8pm

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of the award-winning public radio program Radiolab—his popular podcast is second only to This American Life. A journalist and composer, Abumrad orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects to draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics such as the nature of numbers or the evolution of altruism. Join Jad in an immersive evening of music, video and storytelling, and discover the hidden ingredients key to the stories that inspire, change and connect us all.

An Evening with Anne Lamott

An Evening with Anne Lamott

Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 8pm

“Every writer, truth-seeker, parent, and activist I know is in love with one or more books by Anne Lamott.”
– Gloria Steinem

Utterly disarming and laugh-out-loud funny, author Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects with self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty. With wisdom and forthrightness, she is “a writer who has perfected the art of saying the unsayable,” The New York Times. In this evening, Anne Lamott lifts, comforts and inspires—all while keeping us laughing.