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This week: 

Jeff Traugott Guitars presents a jazz concert with New Guitar Group featuring singer Sara Gazarek on Saturday, October 18. One show at 7:30pm at Kuumbwa Jazz, 320 Cedar Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith, and Jeff Stein, New West will be presenting an all-acoustic show playing guitars made by Santa Cruz luthier Jeff Traugott. They will be collaborating with jazz singer Sara Gazarek for an evening of popular standards and original works. Ticket information is available at (831) 426-2313 or brownpapertickets.com.

The Performing Arts Series at the World Theater at Cal State University Monterey Bay presents the stage play Valley of the Heart, written and directed by Luis Valdez. It is a love story, rooted in historical events set in the fertile Santa Clara Valley near San José, California, known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" in 1941, and is present day Silicon Valley. Saturday, October 18 at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 19 at 2:00pm at the World Theater at CSUMB, 100 Campus Center, Building 28, Seaside. Info: 831.582.4580. Tickets at the World Theater Box Office.

Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca won worldwide recognition when he replaced the late Rubén González as pianist with the famed Buena Vista Social Club. He ended up becoming the star of the show. An innovative and charismatic player, Fonseca takes traditional African, Brazilian and Cuban music alongside a vibrant, panoramic mix of whistle-able tunes and euphoric improvising. From his debut performance at the Havana Jazz Festival at the age of 15 to his recently released CD YO, Fonseca has collaborated with the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Bebo and Chucho Valdes and Omara Portuondo (whose album with Fonseca won a Latin Grammy). Fonseca performs Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Info at kuumbwajazz.org.

And Continuing

Mountain Community Theater presents Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." At Park Hall in Ben Lomond through Saturday, October 25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinee Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Renowned MCT veterans, Kathie Kratochvil (Director), and Arindam Krishna Das (Musical Director), lead the production. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey presents "The Rocky Horror Show" by Richard O'Brien, Starring Lj Brewer. Live on stage through November 1. Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, MIDNIGHT shows every Saturday. Featuring TWO Shows on Halloween: at 8PM and Midnight with Rocky Horror costume contest before Halloween shows! PLAYING AT 320 Hoffman Avenue in Monterey. Tickets online at www.PaperWing.com or at the door.

Monterey's Paper Wing Theater presents "Belladonna's Room of Mysterious Mysteries" a Live Puppet Experience. Created by Ricki Vincent and Presented by The Puppet Up Company. Playing through November 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 and 8PM. Blacklight, Shadow, Table Top, Bunraku, and Body Puppetry make this show a new Halloween tradition. A little Spirit Room, a little Burlesque, and a whole lot of fun. Language and subject matter make this show too much for the little ones and is PG 13. Come experience the newest theatre style on the Peninsula! 2115 North Fremont St. Monterey. www.PaperWing.com


Coming up next week and beyond:

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents Tabloidia II: Revenge of the Checkout Rags. A performance presentation recounting the weird, the wild, and the just plain zany stories direct from the pages of America's favorite checkout aisle news sources! In the spirit of Halloween, feel free to come as you are... or as you want to be. This show is suitable for children aged 10 and up. Performances are Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Broadway Playhouse, Santa Cruz. This performance is a fundraiser for TOYS for TOTS. The second performance is Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. at The Art Bar & Cafe at the Tannery, Santa Cruz. The event is free but donations are welcome.

The Monterey County Composers Forum will present “Dreamscapes”, a concert of original compositions, at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. The concert will feature works for flute, piano, violin, cello, guitar and voice written by local composers, Dana Abbott, Jon Barron, Steve Ettinger, Paula Kaiser, Mary Lesher, Phil Mercurio, David Price, Julie Roseman, Dale Victorine and Rick Yramategui. A reception will follow. Donations will also be accepted to benefit the campaign to build a Dobson Pipe Organ at St. Dunstan’s in Carmel Valley. Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 pm. For more information, contact Steve Ettinger at 385-0973 or at dallapiccolo@msn.com.

Kuumbwa Jazz presents vocalist Karrin Allyson Trio on Monday, November 3, 7:00 PM. Allyson sails through musical genres as easily as a chameleon changes colors. From the Great American songbook to Brazilian jazz melodies, pop music selections, and the innovations of American jazz composers Coltrane, Ellington, and Monk, the four-time Grammy nominee handles it all with effortless aplomb. Not only is she a captivating, critically acclaimed vocalist, she is also a talented pianist and composer with fourteen albums to her name. Allyson sings with heart, intelligence and warmth, not just singing a lyric, but telling you her story. Details at kuumbwajazz.org.

A new play asks whether technology makes us less than human… or something more? Birth of Stars is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary stage production conceived and executed by a team of UC Santa Cruz scholars and artists, including Michael Chemers, professor of Theater Arts and director of the Digital Arts and New Media Program (DANM), and Mark Krumholz, professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Directed by Joan Raspo, DANM MFA candidate. November 7–16 in the Experimental Theater, Theater Arts Center at UC Santa Cruz. 7:30pm curtain (Sundays at 3:00pm). Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets at santacruztickets.com

Youth Music Monterey County presents “Solemnity & Serenity” with Music Director & Conductor FARKHAD KHUDYEV directing the JUNIOR YOUTH & HONORS ORCHESTRAS. Musical Highlights Include: Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah, Bacchanalia; Brahms: Academic Festival Overture; Shostakovich: Festive Overture; Schubert: Rosamunde incidental music, Ballet music No. 1 & Entr'acte no. 3 Andantino. Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 PM at Sunset Center in Carmel. Tickets at www.youthmusicmonterey.org, 831.375.1992, and at the door.

The UC Santa Cruz Arts Division presents Eye Music: A Festival of American Sign Language Poetry and Performance. November 12–15 with events at UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). Nationally acclaimed Deaf poets and performing artists will visit UC Santa Cruz for this 4-day festival of poetry created and performed in American Sign Language (ASL). The festival will feature sign poetry, storytelling, and performance by some of the most accomplished practitioners of ASL performance. The Eye Music Festival is designed for all audiences: all presentations will be interpreted and are accessible to Deaf and non-Deaf audiences. Information online at ASLfestival.ucsc.edu 


The Cabrillo Youth Strings Chamber Music Program will begin on Friday, October 31 at 4:15pm and consecutive Fridays until December 5, at the Music Building, VAPA5000 at Cabrillo College.  Interested students may contact Nancy Kvam, Chamber Music Coordinator at 426-6443 or nkvammen@gmail.com. There will be a Chamber Music Recital on Friday, December 5, 7:00 p.m., Cabrillo’s Samper Recital Recital.

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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