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This week: 

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.

Grammy nominee singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins performs at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on Sunday, October 26. Max Gomez opening. 8 pm. Tickets at www.ticketweb.com and Tomboy store, 1207 Soquel Ave. More info at: www.riotheatre.com


And Continuing

Mountain Community Theater presents the final weekend of 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:

Monterey Peninsula College Theatre presents the stage version of Dracula playing October 30 through November 9 at MPC. The play is based on the 1924 stage adaptation by Hamilton Deane of Bram Stoker’s novel. First produced in England, the play was revised for American audiences by John L. Balderston in 1927 when it moved to Broadway. This was the production that starred Bela Lugosi in his first major English-speaking role, which he reprised in the 1931 Universal film, also based on the Deane-Balderston stage version. Tickets at the MPC Theatre Box Office (831-646-4213) and online at www.mpctheatre.com

The Western Stage in Salinas presents the comedy Harvey, about a man and his invisible friend: a giant rabbit named Harvey. It opens at the Hartnell College Studio Theater on October 31 (through November 23). Tickets at westernstage.com

Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz presents four-time Grammy nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson 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. Friday, 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

Jewell Theater presents Enter the Guardsman, a Musical Fantasy. Music by Craig Bohmler Lyrics by Marion Adler. Book by Scott Wentworth. Based on "The Guardsman" by Ferenc Molnar. Directed by Art Manke. After six months of marriage the bloom is off the rose for a pair of world-renowned actors and what was thrilling has already become routine. Cue the anonymous roses, the amorous letters and... enter the Guardsman—her secret fantasy, his greatest fear. In the timeless world of "back stage," we see an intimate and witty musical about romance, truth-telling and keeping your performance fresh in the long run. November 6-30 at Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz. jeweltheatre.net

Youth Music Monterey County presents “Solemnity & Serenity” with Music Director and 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 in mid-November for Eye Music, a 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 ont he 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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