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This week: 

Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond leads off its 33rd season with Damn Yankees, the Tony Award-winning musical about love, baseball, and the Devil. Directed by Peter Gelblum, with musical direction by Steve Abrams, and choreography by Shannon Marie Kerr. Joe Boyd sells his soul to the Devil to become the greatest baseball player of all time and carry his Washington Senators to the pennant, but then realizes how much he misses his wife's love. Will he go back, or will he succumb to the temptations of fame, glory, and the charms of the devil's luscious assistant, Lola? Opening Friday at Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond, and running through April 19, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets: www.mctshows.org.

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents In Concert featuring ballet accompanied live by musicians Nancy LeVan and Bill Walker and Watsonville Taiko. The theatre's annual mixed-repertory concert features "Every Little Thing You Try", a new collaboration with local musicians/songwriters Nancy LeVan and Bill Walker with award-winning resident choreographer Robert Kelley and "Cadence and 1", a new creation by guest choreographer Eva Stone to music composed by Ikuyo Conant and played live by Watsonville Taiko. Plus the revival of Debra Pearse Rogo's hauntingly beautiful "La Volonta" to music by Felix Mendelssohn and performances by the Junior and Petite Company dancers. Two performances on Saturday, March 28. 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Cabrillo College Crocker Theater in Aptos. www.scbt.org

The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series presents Armenian pianist Raffi Besalyan performing Gershwin's original piano solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin's Piano Preludes, and other works by Russian composers including Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux. Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 pm at Peace United Church, 900 High St. in Santa Cruz. For tickets and information visit www.distinguishedartists.org or call 831-539-0000.

The Frogman Experience presents the Celebration of Life Party at the Tannery Art Bar & Cafe, March 28 from 8-10pm. A theatrical production involving a live band and performance artists. “Full experience of a frog pond Eucalyptus trees, swamp-like props, full costume, 3-piece funk band.” The Frogman Experience began as a three-man band and has evolved into a theatrical performance involving a group of characters that continues to grow. The set of all original songs guides the audience through a story of adventure, light vs. dark, personal growth, and all of the lessons in between. This performance is portrayed as fun and light-hearted, yet has an underlying layer of significant and serious change. The inspiration for the story is derived from real life experiences of the group but instead of people in a city, the tale is told by animals in the forest, reinforcing the importance of our connection to nature.  The Frogman Experience is a team of conscientious friends that wish to inspire positive thought and laughter while raising awareness and spreading good vibrations.

The Santa Cruz Chamber Players present "Classical and All That Jazz" on Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m and Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr., Aptos. Music by Marais, Beethoven, Schumann, Piazzolla, Schulhoff, Scriabin, Richard Rodgers and Nicolai Kapustin. With Ivan Rosenblum, Pianist and Artistic Directo; Kathleen Purcell, Flutist; andd Kristin Garbeff, Cellist. Information at 831 425-3149 and www.scchamberplayers.org

Direct from Spain, three of the most outstanding female flamenco artists on today's scene bring the 10th Anniversary of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival / Festival Flamenco Gitano to Santa Cruz with their premiere of ¡Flamencas!. Featuring singer Esperanza Fernandez and dancers Concha Vargas and Gema Moneo. Sunday, March 29 at 7:00 pm in the Crocker Theater, Cabrillo College in Aptos. Together they represent the past, present, and future of Gypsy flamenco. With their intense female energy and telluric chemistry, dancers Concha Vargas and Gema Moneo and singer Esperanza Fernández will present a thrilling evening of flamenco puro. Joined by an ensemble of top flamenco singers, guitarists and percussionists from Spain, this will be an unforgettable evening and a unique opportunity to witness genuine flamenco as it rarely seen outside of Gypsy family gatherings, weddings and grassroots community events. Tickets at Cabrillo College Box Office or online at http://www.bayareaflamencofestival.org

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Zakir Hussain, the foremost exponent of India's tabla drumming tradition. The Grammy award-winning Hussain is revered in both classical Indian music and world music circles for his collaborations with a variety of influential musicians including George Harrison, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Mickey Hart, and Van Morrison. And now, with the groundbreaking 9-piece Celtic Connections, made up of master musicians from India and Scotland, he sets the stage for an exciting evening of cultural bending and blending, fusing the traditions of Indian and Celtic music. Tuesday, March 31 at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 7:30 PM. Tickets at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online http://www.kuumbwajazz.org; info 831-427-2227

The acclaimed Delphi Trio, UC Santa Cruz Artists in Residence, will premiere works by UCSC graduate students and perform works by Sarang Kim, Pablo Rubio-Vargas, William Bolcom, Pierre Jalbert, Max Stoffregen, and David Cope. Featuring Liana Bérubé (violin), Michelle Kwon (violoncello), Jeffrey LaDeur (piano). April in Santa Cruz: Festival of Contemporary Music. Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30pm in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Details at aprilin.ucsc.edu.

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Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Department’s stage production of The Jungle Book continues this week. Adapted by Monica Flory and based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Directed by Gary Bolen. Through March 29. Tickets for The Jungle Book are available from the MPC Theatre Box Office (831-646-4213) or online at www.mpctheatre.com

The stage production of DANGEROUS LIAISONS, an original stage adaptation by Koly McBride and LJ Brewer. Through April 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm at Paper Wing Theatre Hoffman in Monterey. Tickets at PaperWing.com or 831-905-5684

Coming up:

The African American Theater Arts Troupe & Rainbow Theater at UC Santa Cruz presents: the 2nd Annual Multicultural Theater Workshop Series starting on Saturday, April 4. UCSC’s Stevenson Event Center from 10:30am-3:30pm. This dynamic workshop series will include workshops that explore topics such as Guerilla Theater, Musical Theater, Poetry and the Body, as well as Bollywood Dance. Thanks to sponsors such as Measure 49 and David E. Quan, this series will provide an informative and interactive experience for everyone who participates. These workshops will be by RSVP with limited space, be sure to sign up at CADRC.org to secure a place in this transformative series. RSVP required. Sign up at CADRC.org Contact Donald Williams (831) 459-1861; CulturalArtsandDiversity@gmail.com

Tandy Beal & Company presents Micha Scott Dances!, a brand new, interactive family concert with choreography created by Micha Scott. This program features a company of five professional dancers who live, teach, and perform right here in the Santa Cruz area. The focus of this high-energy show is to provide the audience a glimpse into the inner workings of dance creation. Through the genre of modern dance, audience members explore the tools dancers use to create their art form. At the Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00am as part of Tandy Beal & Company's First Saturday Family Concert Series. Tickets online at michascott.brownpapertickets.com

New Music Works presents “Pacific Premieres"-- New Chamber Music From The Pacific Rim and Beyond, with U.S. premieres by Hyo-shin Na and Jack Body, music by Margaret Brouwer, and more. PRE-concert Composer–Performer Panel Discussion at 7pm. Concert on Saturday, April 4, at 8PM, Cabrillo College's  Barbara Samper Recital Hall in Aptos. Tickets at www.newmusicworks.org

Drawing on an extraordinary roster of Bay Area musicians, sfSound Group, along with students and faculty from UC Santa Cruz, perform graduate student works and the “complete” guitar music of James Tenney. Friday, April 10 in the April in Santa Cruz Festival of Contemporary Music. 7:30pm in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Details at aprilin.ucsc.edu.

UCSC’s April in Santa Cruz Festival of Contemporary Music winds up on Friday April 24 With Hesterian Musicism. With guest artists Gamin Hyosun Kang (piri, taepyeongso & saenghwang ), Oasis Lee (pipa & voice), Mandjou Kone (dance), I-Wen Wang (piano), Motoko Honda (piano), India Cooke (violin), David Smith (bass), Bill Johnson (trumpet), Maruyi Hughes (poet), Drew Detweiler (digital video), Nanaiya Hester (synthesizer), Salif Kone (percussion), Karlton Hester (flutes, saxophones), Khai Nguyen (dramatic scene director), Kelly Rafferty (actor). Features the world premiere of Karlton Hester’s “Suite Musicism” for piano and electronic accompaniment and other new electroacoustic compositions. Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Details at aprilin.ucsc.edu.

The Ariose Singers present musical settings of poetry with works by Thomas Morley, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Jean Sibelius. Juhani Komulainen's "Four Ballads of Shakespeare" and Einojahnni Rautavarra's "Suite de Lorca" showcase the modern Finnish approach to two well-known poets. Other settings include "i am not yours" by Z. Randall Stroope, and "Vita De La Mia" by William Hawley. Drew Lewis, Director. Irene Herrmann, piano. Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. At Resurrection Church 7600 Soquel Dr. in Aptos. Tickets available at the door or online at Brown Paper.

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Grammy Award-winning vocalist  Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 PM. Since 1989, Rolling Stones fans began taking notice of Lisa Fischer when she took over the spotlight from Mick Jagger and owned the stage during their Gimme Shelter duet. The powerful chanteuse also gained notoriety as one of the featured performers in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Her Grammy award-winning vocals have been featured with Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Sting, and many other major artists. Fischer’s performance at last year's Monterey Jazz Festival was a show-stopping delight. And now you can hear Fischer's electrifying voice upfront – where she belongs – belting out her own tunes, plus a few ethno/funk/R&B/prog-jazz-rock renditions of her favorite Stones songs as well. kuumbwajazz.org.

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