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This week: 

Ensemble Nova and special musical guests perform in the opening concert of UC Santa Cruz’s “April in Santa Cruz” festival of contemporary music on Friday, April 4. The festival features six concerts through April 18. Nicole Paiement directs a diverse concert featuring music of UC Santa Cruz Professor Karlton Hester and world premieres of works by Sarang Kim and Pablo Rubio-Vargas, with a new solo work by Andre Marquetti premiered by percussionist Daniel Steffey. Tod Brody, Larry Polansky, and Scot Siler present Lois Vierk’s Io. Concert at 7:30 PM in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Information at arts.ucsc.edu/events.

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre performs in concert at Cabrillo College's Crocker Theater, performing favorite classical works and ballet with decidedly modern twists. The annual mixed-repertory concert features the long-awaited revival of Philip Jerry's poignant "Our Town," a premiere by award-winning resident choreographer Robert Kelley, a commissioned piece by guest choreographer Ilana Goldman, plus the classically beautiful Entrance of the Shades from "La Bayadere" -- including a special collaboration with Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band. Performances at 1:00 and 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 5. For tickets, go to www.cabrillovapa.com. Or call 479-6154.

Singer and harpist Jesse Autumn performs at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center this Sunday, April 6 at 7:00 PM when she be recording her first full-length live album. Jesse’s soaring voice and piano-driven chamber/pop ballads will be joined this time by an ensemble of lush strings and horns, arranged by longtime collaborator, the amazing cellist and Grammy Award-winning producer Barry Phillips. Special guests include violinist Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3, Estradasphere, Gyan Riley Trio), violist Chad Kaltinger (San Francisco Quartet, Santa Cruz Symphony), trumpeter Mike Rawlinson (Grandad Coyote, New Cadence) and more. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. More information: 831-426-6060

And Continuing:

Paper Wing Theater in Monterey invites you to join the Soggy Bottom Boys for "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? A Live Musical Tribute!" (Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM) through April 12 at Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. Ullyses Everett McGill, sick of breaking rocks in the heat of a Mississippi summer, escapes with his two dim accomplices, Delmar and Pete. Trying to reclaim a buried treasure before its lost forever underneath a lake, the three make their way to Everett's homestead. Along the way, they meet a contriving one-eyed Bible salesman, a blind prophet, a trio of sexy sirens, and a man who sold his soul to the devil. In their race to reach the treasure before it's flooded, they end up crashing a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob, help a sensitive Baby Face Nelson rob three banks in two hours, and even have enough time to put out a best-selling record as The Soggy Bottom Boys. Ticket information at www.PaperWing.com

The comedy The Lyons by Nicky Silver opens at Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey
on Friday (playing through April 19). Ben Lyons is at the end of his life and just wants to die peacefully. However, his family gathers around him, refusing to allow him to do so. The play received nominations for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play and nominations for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play. Tickets and details at www.PaperWing.com

Coming up next week and beyond:

Poetic Justice Project’s In the Kitchen With a Knife is an interactive murder mystery that puts audiences in prison and asks them to decide which of three men killed their kitchen co-worker. There are three possible endings, but only one performance only in Santa Cruz: Friday, April 11, 7 pm, Calvary Episcopal Church, 532 Center St. Tickets at EventBrite.com: SantaCruzPJP.Eventbrite.com, or ph. 831-607-8952 for more info. For more information, visit williamjamesassociation.org, poeticjusticeproject.org or find Poetic Justice Project on Facebook.

Cabrillo College’s Theatre Arts Department presents Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, playing April 18 – May 4 in the intimate Cabrillo Black Box Theater. There will be a special student performance on Friday, April 25 at 10:00 AM. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone, the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love in the Forest of Arden. Cabrillo College Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets:  831-479-6154 or www.cabrillovapa.com

SpectorDance in Marina presents an evening of dance and live acoustic folk music from Boston’s Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons from “Annalivia.” Featured work will be “Figures in the Dust” inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in honor of the 75th anniversary of the novel. Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at SpectorDance, 3343 Paul Davis Drive in Marina. Tickets available by calling 831-384-1050 or online www.brownpapertickets.com

The Santa Cruz Chamber Players perform Bohemian Soul: Nationalism Inspired by Folk Music on Saturday, April 26 at 8 pm and Sunday, April 27, 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Music by Janacek, Kodaly, Martinu, and Smetana. Performed by Rebecca Jackson, artistic director and violin, Sarah Rommel, cello, Christine McLeavey Payne, piano. Tickets online at scchamberplayers.org


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