Local performing troupe appearing at NBA All-Star weekend


A local performing troupe is making their way to the big stage this weekend. They got a last minute call to perform center court during the NBA All-Star weekend. 

In a garage tucked deep in Tijeras, 12 performers practice their interactive art and music touring show. 

“We’re an internationally touring show that performs many different arts on one stage,” said Laurie Francis, a performer with Artrageous. 

Artrageous is a team of vocalists, painters, dancers and even puppeteers. 

“We do life-size puppetry, we think we’re funny,” said Francis. 

The performing troupe started in Vancouver back in the ’80s. 

“Went on a tour in the states as street performers and ran out of money in New Mexico,” said Francis. 

In the ’90s, they began touring the United States as a band called the Pink Flamingos. Artrageous followed shortly after. 

Now after years of touring around the world, they’re getting a huge opportunity. 

“We have been commissioned by the NBA All-Stars to do some portraits of some pretty amazing people,” said Francis. 

They’ll be performing center court this Saturday at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the NBA All-Star weekend. 

They’ll be painting three 6-by-6-foot portraits of NBA All-Stars, and they only have four and a half minutes to complete their masterpiece. 

“We have to move at lightning speed,” said Francis. 

They couldn’t reveal which NBA All-Stars they’ll be painting on Saturday—that will be a surprise. The NBA All-Star game is on Sunday in a different arena. 

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