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This week: 

Cabrillo College theatre arts presents Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and the world premiere of Dragon Jaws in repertory April 17-May 3 in the black box Studio Theater at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Information online at cabrillovapa.com

Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Cruz presents the dramatic work Lincoln's Eulogy, a short play written by Dana Bagshaw, directed by Matt Matthews. Saturday, April 18 at 3pm. Based on actual events and commemorating the 150th Anniversary of both the founding of Calvary Episcopal Church and Lincoln's assassination two days later. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. More details at  facebook.com/calvaryepiscopalsantacruz

Snazzy Productions presents The Willis Clan, a family of amazing musicians, dancers, athletes, writers, and artists. Living near Nashville Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new. Saturday, April 18 at 7:30pm at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Tickets available at Snazzyproductions.com

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 online at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1353562)

Jewell Theater’s production of the play Complications from a Fall by Kate Hawley opens April 23 and runs through May 17 at the Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz. Details at JewellTheatre.net.


Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond presents 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? At Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond, and running through Sunday, April 19, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets: www.mctshows.org.

Coming up:

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. 7:30pm at the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Details at aprilin.ucsc.edu.

The Santa Cruz Chorale presents “Viva Vivaldi” a concert dedicated to the music of Antonio Vivaldi. The Chorale, accompanied by the Monterey Bay Sinfonietta, Vlada Volkova-Moran (Organ), and soloists, will perform the central work of the concert: the festive Gloria in D major for choir, orchestra, and soloists. In addition to Laetatus sum and Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, two other joyous and expressive pieces by Vivaldi, the chorale performs the exuberant Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied by Georg Philipp Telemann, and two inspirational motets from the Romantic period, Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré and Verleih uns Frieden by Felix Mendelssohn. Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 pm at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. Tickets at http://www.santacruzchorale.org/tickets or 831-427-8023.

Arts Habitat will present Monterey Peninsula College's Theater Arts Chairman, Gary Bolen, at Arts in Progress (AIP) on Tuesday, April 28 for a presentation entitled Whose Life Was This, Anyway?: An Accidental Career in Performing Arts Leadership. AIP takes place the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Press Club is located at 1123 Fremont Boulevard, in Seaside, just in front of the Monterey County Weekly office building, on the corner of Fremont Blvd. and Williams Ave. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for socializing, eating and drinking; the program runs from 7:30 to 8:30; the last half hour allows time for one on one conversation with the presenters. www.artshabitat.org

The UC Santa Cruz West Javanese and Balinese gamelans, under the direction of Undang Sumarna and Brian Baumbusch, perform with guest artists on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30pm in the Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets at santacruztickets.com and at the door.

The Santa Cruz Symphony with Maestro Daniel Stewart presents “Sacred and Profane”, their season finale featuring Orff’s Carmina Burana, on Saturday, May 9 at 8pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Sunday, May 10, at 2pm at Watsonville’s Mello Center. The Symphony will be joined by the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, soprano Nadine Sierra, tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and baritone John Moore to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  Tickets at 420-5260 or online at SantaCruzSymphony.org.


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