The Jan. 23 schedule for North Carolina's Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is up in the air -- literally. Fred Garbo's Inflatable Theatre Co. takes the Belk Theatre stage for an afternoon of blow-up shapes with which the performers can bounce, juggle and cavort.
Garbo, a "pneumatic wizard," and Brazillian ballerina Daielma Santos star. Among the characters are Puff the Air-Dale and Fred Zeplin, the Inflatable Man.
Garbo appeared in the Broadway musical Barnum and has worked the insides of Barkley the Dog on TV's "Sesame Street." His show played under the title "Air Time" when it ran at off-Broadway's family-oriented New Victory Theatre in March 1998.
For tickets ($5-$10) and information on Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre Co. at the Belk, 130 North Tryon Street, call (704) 372-1000.
-- By David Lefkowitz