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Santa Cruz Dance presents Stockings, A Holiday Cabaret bringing together some of the area’s favorite dancers, musicians, and other creatures of debauchery for a fun, sexy evening of inspired titillation to benefit Motion Pacific Studios scholarship program. December 5, 6, 7 at 8:00pm at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz. www.MotionPacific.com
The Cabrillo College Dance Department presents its annual winter concert, featuring new choreography by faculty, guests, and student artists. Cabrillo dancers will perform in an exciting mix of contemporary techniques and styles, from popping and locking to post-modern physical theatre. Dancers from all over Santa Cruz County join together to celebrate the diversity of dance at Cabrillo College. This year’s concert features world premieres by guest choreographers Robert Kelley (Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre), Damara Ganley (Joe Goode Performance Group/Project Bandaloop), and Melissa C. Wiley (Flex Dance Company). Cabrillo faculty member Amy Farhood-Sterling brings together students from her Watsonville and Aptos classes in her exciting Salsa extravaganzas. Hip Hop choreographer, and new faculty member, Cassandra Owen, is challenging Cabrillo students to up their game in a fast-paced new work. Other faculty choreographers include Rhonda Martyn, Sharon Took-Zozaya, and Winter Dance Concert co-producers David King and Cid Pearlman. Friday & Saturday, Dec 6 & 7 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, Dec 8 at 2:00 PM at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets at www.cabrillovapa.com or 831-479-6154
The Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus begins the holiday season with Music for the Feast of Christmas, conducted by Cheryl Anderson. The concert will feature Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat, scored for chamber orchestra of strings, flutes, oboes, trumpets, percussion, and continuo, and 5-voice setting (SSATB), with solos. The program also features the Singing Heart by Bob Chicott, (formerly with the King's Singers), and a contemporary arrangement of Amazing Grace by Roger Ames. Friday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday the December 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. Advance tickets are available online at Vendini.com, or at the door. Email email@example.com or call 831-479-6154 for more details.
The UC Santa Cruz Concert Choir, conducted by Nathaniel Berman, presents Mystery and Wonder, a program of a cappella motets for Advent and Christmas with works by Victoria, Poulenc, Pärt, Lauridsen, and others. Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm at the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets at santacruztickets.com, the UCSC Ticket Office, and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium box office.
The Santa Cruz County Symphony presents its 28th year of its Home Tour, "Home for the Holidays" on December 7-8. These five homes are sure to delight, amaze, or inspire you. Be sure to visit our popular Holiday Gift Boutique at the Casa du Soleil Aptos home, where you can enjoy refreshments while you do some holiday shopping. We hope you enjoy this two-day self-guided tour. All proceeds from this event benefit the Santa Cruz County Symphony. For more information and tickets please call Mary Ann Orr at (831) 427-0760.
Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, the Santa Cruz Chamber Strings, and Cabrillo Youth Strings perform together on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm at Aptos High School Performing Arts Center. More details on the Youth Symphony website… www.sccys.org
Bay Area Flamenco presents a flamenco holiday celebration Zambomba Gitana!. A joyful evening of dance and music, featuring a cast of Gypsy flamenco artists from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, including Jose Gálvez, El Pele de los Reyes, María Bermúdez, Angelita Agujetas, Kina Méndez, Antonio de Jerez and Luis de la Tota. Families are encouraged to attend; the mood will be welcoming and festive. Show begins at 6pm on Sunday, December 8 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. "Paella Party on the Patio" beginning at 5pm. Tickets: www.bayareaflamenco.org, Info: 510-444-2820
Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents Charles Dickens’ Bleak House: Jo, the Crossing Sweeper. Selected passages will form a coherent narrative focusing on the indifference of all institutions of Victorian society to the plight of its poorest and most vulnerable members. Readers for the evening will be popular local actors Megan Parlé, Frank Widman, Martha Rabin, Jessica Buckley, and Jaye Wolfe. This presentation is directed by Edwin Eigner, actor, former professor of English literature, and a founder of the Dickens Universe who will also be a reader. Performances will be at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 10, Santa Cruz Main Library; and Thursday, December 12, Scotts Valley Library. The event is free but donations are welcome and appreciated.
It’s a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play, based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie plays at the UC Santa Cruz Mainstage and runs through Sunday, December 8. Nine actors perform dozens of characters from the beloved 1946 Frank Capra movie — all in the style of a live 1940s radio broadcast. Complete with amusing jingles and classic sound effects produced right on stage, the play has become an annual favorite in cities across America. Written by Joe Landry. Directed by Nancy Carlin who staged last year's production of "Honk!" The annual holiday show is a co-production of Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the UCSC Theater Arts Department. Tickets at santacruztickets.com
Mountain Community Theater’s production of the stage play It’s a Wonderful Life continues at Park Hall in Ben Lomond through December 15. Based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern. Directed by Daria Troxell. Tickets and details online at mctshows.org.
Paper Wing Theatre presents the play Bob's Holiday Office Party by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk. This wonderfully irreverent holiday play is making its Northern California premiere at Paper Wing! It’s Christmas in Neuterburg, Iowa, and time for insurance agent Bob Finhead's annual Christmas party. Anything can happen as Bob's nutty neighbors and eccentric clients gather to celebrate in his tiny office. Join the Mayor, Sheriff Joe, the twin farmer sisters, the town floozy, and Marty, the local stoner, for this hilarious comedy that will have you roaring with laughter! Bob’s Holiday Office Party has been performed in Los Angeles every December for 17 years. The Los Angeles Times calls it "devastatingly funny." Back Stage West says "it’s riotously funny…a tour de farce." Through December 21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets available at the door or online at www.PaperWing.com
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Join Driftwood Consort for an evening of music played on baroque flutes with harpsichord and viola da gamba (a cello-like instrument). Performing are Lars Johannesson and Alissa Roedig (baroque flutes), Roy Whelden (viola da gamba) and Jonathan Salzedo (harpsichord). Saturday, December 14 at 7pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (9850 Monroe Avenue, Aptos). Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/524245 or at the door from 6pm onwards. Driftwood Consort is an ensemble with a passion for performing music from the Renaissance through Romantic period on period instruments. Under the artistic direction of Lars Johannesson and Alissa Roedig, the ensemble brings together musicians from the greater Bay Area who play with groups ranging from Monterey to Berkeley and beyond. Driftwood Consort presents concerts played on period instruments at venues in Santa Cruz County with some repeat concerts in the Bay Area. www.driftwoodconsort.org, or 831-706-8408.
Award-winning young pianist Tyler Hayford performs a concert benefit for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines on December 15 at Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street at 4:30pm. Free will donations.
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker ballet performed with a live orchestra at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on December 20, 21, and 22, with evening and matinee performances. Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 4:30 pm. Special treats at 11:30 before both 1:00 pm performances! Tickets and information at scbt.org and santacruztickets.com.
The Santa Cruz Chorale invites you to Christmas with the Chorale!, a concert of seasonal music from around the world, including traditional carols from France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Ukraine, and others. Led by Artistic Director Christian Grube, the Chorale performs repertoire including the music of Josquin des Pres, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, and many others. Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 pm at Holy Cross Church, 123 High Street, Santa Cruz. Tickets at www.santacruzchorale.org or by calling 831-427-8023.
Pacific Voices Choir presents their 20th annual winter concert "Seasons Ever Turning" Saturday, December 21, at 7:00 PM, at Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational Church), 900 High Street in Santa Cruz. Under the leadership of conductor Dr. Sean Boulware and held on the winter solstice, this musical offering gives voice to the evolving seasons of life. A public reception to celebrate the anniversary season will follow the concert. Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com.
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