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This week: 

The youth theater company All About Theatre presents the stage musical Thoroughly Modern Millie opening Friday at the Louden Nelson Theater in downtown Santa Cruz. The cast, aged 8-13, will perform for two weekends: January 16-17 and 22-23-24 in matinee and evening shows. For more information about All About Theatre and its programs call (831) 345-6340 or go online http://www.allabouttheatre.org.

Cabrillo Stage’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical satire Urinetown, plays through Sunday, January 18. Urinetown is a smartly crafted, moral tale that is particularly relevant today. It satirizes the legal system, municipal politics, and corporate mismanagement. This winner of three TONY Awards is filled with songs that range in style from Tin Pan Alley to Gospel to Pop and is overflowing with laugh-out-loud moment. At the Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre in Aptos. Tickets and info at cabrillostage.com

Kuumbwa Jazz welcomes jazz organist Brian Charette and his Trio on Monday, January 19 at 7:00 pm. With Grammy nominations and a Hammond endorsement already to his name, organist Brian Charette has also just been named the winner of DownBeat Magazine Critic's Poll in the "Rising Star: Organ" category. Cutting his teeth with rock and pop stars as Paul Simon and Cyndi Lauper, Charette released his latest album, Good Tipper, in 2014, highlighting his lyrical and buoyant original material alongside funky and fun covers delivered in a classic organ trio format. His live trio features Will Bernard on guitar and Andy Sanesi on drums. Details at kuumbwajazz.org


Santa Cruz County Actors’ Theatre presents the 20th Annual 8 Tens @ Eight Short Play Festival, playing through February 8 at the Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz. This year there are so many plays, they are divided into two programs. Wednesday-Saturdays @ 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday Matinees @ 3 PM. Center Street Theater, 1001 Center Street, Downtown Santa Cruz. www.sccat.org for a full calendar of  “A” and “B” show performances. Single tickets and packages for any two performances to see all the plays. www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006 for 2-night package special.

Coming up:

You've seen them at fairs and festivals all over the U.S., and now they are coming to Paper Wing’s Hoffman Theater in Monterey! Two comedians with two styles that will have you howling with laughter! Shelby Bond, recently back from his UK tour; and the incomparable Variety Comedian sensation Brian Howard (aka Broon). Friday, Jan. 23 at 8PM, Saturday, January 24 at 4PM and 8PM. Tickets at www.PaperWing.com.

Planet Cruz Comedy presents the Boomer Humor Trio, featuring comedians Will Durst, Dan St. Paul, and Richard Stockton. Saturday, January 24 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. 7:30 PM. This is a night of great standup about the generation that changed everything. Tickets online at www.PlanetCruzComedy.com.

The Santa Cruz County Symphony with Maestro Daniel Stewart presents “The Muse” on Saturday, January 24, at 8:00pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Sunday, January 25, 2:00pm at Watsonville’s Mello Center. The concert features Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Stravinksy’s Apollon Musagète, and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Tickets at 420-5260 or online at SantaCruzSymphony.org

Benefit concert supporting the international humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders. Sunday, January 25 at 5pm at Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street in Santa Cruz. Featuring local musicians, pianist Jevon Gegg-Mitchell and flutist Dorothy Bowers Wu, and featuring San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty member, guitarist Ross Thompson. The concert will include chamber music and solo works by Vivaldi and J.S. Bach. Admission is free, donations are accepted.

The Chamber Folk Music group The Bee Eaters come to St. John's Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr. in Aptos. The trio performs on hammered dulcimer, fiddle and cello.  “The Bee Eaters combine chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness. -The Boston Globe. Friday, January 30 at 7:30 PM. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/1155782

Tandy Beal and Company celebrates 40 years of dance with 40 Odd Moves: Solos and Other Entertainments! January 30-February 1. Beal’s first local solo concert in 10 years features a mix of theatrical works from the present and past in collaboration with composer Jon Scoville. Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 at 7:30PM and Sunday, February 1 at 2PM at the Cabrillo Crocker Theatre in Aptos. Tickets at www.cabrillovapa.com or www.tandybeal.com. Opening night Gold Circle tickets include admission to TBC’s 40th Anniversary reception.

The UC Santa Cruz Music Department shows off four of its faculty artists with One Night Only, a showcase concert featuring music by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), as well as traditional Celtic folk music. Violinist Roy Malan and faculty pianist Maria Ezerova open the program with Schubert's Sonata in A major, D.574, op. 162. Richard Roper, trumpet, performs de Falla's Canciones Populares Españolas with pianist Elizabeth Poole. Guitarist William Coulter, performing with the trio One Lane Bridge, fusing folk styles from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Spain with modern influences. Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 PM in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets on sale at santacruztickets.com. Details at arts.ucsc.edu

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents Analyzing Absurdity Redux, an hour of poetry and prose that makes you laugh out loud. Co-directed by Rita Wadsworth and Stuart Serman, the readers are Carolyn Hyatt, Mindy Pedlar, Rita Wadsworth, Stuart Serman, Jackson Wolfe, and Megan Parlé. Performances at 7 pm: Thursday, February 12 in the Scotts Valley Library, and Wednesday, February 18 at the Santa Cruz Main Library. Both performances are free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated.


Planning is underway for the 2015 Redwood Mountain Faire at Roaring Camp on the weekend of May 30 and 31. Musicians and artists can apply now for consideration at www.redwoodmountainfaire.com. A stellar lineup of top local and regional musical acts, combined with the relaxed family-friendly atmosphere on the open meadow has made the annual Faire a treasured not-to-be-missed event.

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