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This week: 

El Teatro Campesino returns with its biennial spectacle of live music, theater, and Aztec dance, “La Virgen del Tepeyac.” This special Christmas offering, adapted by Luis Valdez, dramatizes the four apparitions of Our lady of Guadalupe to the Indian messenger Juan Diego in 1531 in a joyous re-enactment of the miraculous events that inspired the religious rebirth of indigenous Mexico. Presented in Spanish with staging and a message that transcend language, the show opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Sunday, December 21. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm and 7:30pm at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista. http://virgen.brownpapertickets.com 1-800-838-3006. Group sales (831) 623-2444.

Slam poetry, tent revival, storytelling and shamanism all come together for Lord Buckley Live: The History of Hip!  A one-man show by comedian Noel B. Murphy who recreates the stage act of the legendary Lord Buckley and visits the Jazz age. Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 pm at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. Best known as the Inventor of Jazz-Hip spoken word, Richard ‘Lord’ Buckley was a visionary comedian, who ruled the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s with the Hip style the whole country would later embrace. Jonathan Winters and Lenny Bruce ignited their careers on his inspiration. Buckley punctuated his monologues with scat and vocal effects and Jazz-ified historical and legendary events. Murphy first performed in the jazz-hip tradition at 10 years old for Harvard University faculty under the mentorship of Master Storyteller Brother Blue and now continues a further exploration into the jazz age- live on stage. More info: 831-238-1234, brownpapertickets.com

Start your holiday season laughing at the First Annual Tumbleweed Comedy Benefit, a night of comedy, music, and fundraiser with comedian Collin Moulton and musician Bonny Getz. Collin is one of the most fun, personable, and sought-after headliners today. Recently, he had his own half hour comedy stand-up special on Showtime, a featured spot on Nickelodeon, and has been touring constantly for 15 years. A former Central Coast resident, Collin comes back to perform locally for charity. Pregnant Mare Rescue Foundation (pregnantmarerescue.org) and Gracie’s Pet Food Pantry, two local, all volunteer non-profits. Santa Cruz-based singer-songwriter Bonny Getz inspires and delights by weaving myth, metaphor and magic into her songs. Heartfelt lyrics wrapped in vintage-country, modern-folk melodies embody Bonny's signature style of hybrid-Americana, delivered in soulful tones by this petite songstress. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00pm. 18 years and older. 831-233-8168 or gracies@graciespetfoodpantry@gmail.com  Info at graciespetfoodpantry.org

And Continuing:

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. Through November 30 at Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz. jeweltheatre.net

The Western Stage in Salinas presents the holiday favorite A Christmas Story: The Musical brings all the festive cheer audiences could ever need -- without the risk of shooting their eyes out -- to the main stage through December 13. Since the film version (based on the short stories of Jean Shepard) premiered in 1983, A Christmas Story has joined the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street as one of staples of the holiday season. Take this classic story and add musical numbers like “A Major Award,” “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” and “Up on Santa’s Lap” and you’ll have a holiday treat perfect for the entire family. A Christmas Story: The Musical, adapted by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, premiered at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in 2009 and was further developed at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle before going to Broadway in 2012. At the Western Stage at Hartnell College. www.westernstage.com or at the box office 831-755-6816

Coming up next week and beyond:

Paper Wing Theatre presents "Twelfth Night or What You Will" by William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a hilarious comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. The play focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Viola (who is disguised as a boy), and Sebastian in turn falling in love with Olivia. This is the bard’s finest comedy and an anthem to the restorative power of love! December 12–January 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. At Paper Wing Theatre, HOFFMAN. Tickets online at www.PaperWing.com or at the Box Office.

SpectorDance in Marina presents its Holiday Performance and Auction. The program features T’was the Night Before Christmas and Beatles Remembered. December 12-13-14. Beatles Remembered is a work inspired by the music of the Beatles, who changed not only rock and roll, but the face of all music. This beloved group of musicians reflects the spirit of the 1960's and 70's with their timeless messages and melodies. This playful and poignant piece merges hip-hop, jazz and ballet. T’was the Night Before Christmas is a dance work is inspired by beloved holiday poem by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828) with a selection of music by Andy Williams, Tchaikovsky, Ibert, Debussy, Saint Saens, John Zorn, and Mozart. This work, danced by children and adults together, reminds us all to believe in the magic of life, the joy of giving, and the miracle of each step forward. Friday & Saturday December 12 and 13 at 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday December 13 and 14 at 2 pm at SpectorDance, 3343 Paul Davis Drive, in Marina. 831-384-1050 or online www.brownpapertickets.com

The women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, has announced dates for its annual WINTERSONGS tour; they will perform at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz on Saturday, December 13 at 8 PM. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com, 800-838-3006

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents Beloved Christmas Stories, an hour of poetry and prose including A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Gift of the Magi, and poems by Robert Frost and Ogden Nash. Directed by Susan Forrest, the readers include Sarah Albertson, Lauren Crux, Martha Rabin, Suzanne Schrag, and several students from West Performing Arts. Performances: Tuesday, December 16, 7 pm, Scotts Valley Library; and Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, Broadway Playhouse.  Performances are free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated.  All donations on Dec. 17 will benefit the WEST Performing Arts scholarship program.

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents its annual holiday production of The Nutcracker, December 19-21, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The production, now celebrating its 12th year, has become a beloved Santa Cruz tradition with over 70 dancers, a live 51-piece orchestra conducted by Pamela Martin, and special guest stars. Friday, Dec 19 at 8:00 PM (starring Lauryn Winterhalder); Saturday, Dec 20 at 1 PM & 4:30 PM (starring Melody Mennite Walsh); Sunday, Dec 21 at 1 PM & 4:30 PM (starring Melody Mennite Walsh) “Nutcracker Sweet Treats” available prior to 1:00 PM performances only. Additional charge with any ticket purchase. Please arrive at the Civic by 11:30 AM. 831-420-5260 or www.santacruztickets.com

Paper Wing Theatre FREMONT presents An Evening With Mr. Johnson, a comedy by Michael Matteo. Ed is all alone on New Year's Eve, having been dumped by his fiance for cheating. As he contemplates his lonely future, he realizes that it isn't him; it is his selfish 'Mr. Johnson' calling the shots. And Mr. Johnson isn't going to take the blame without a thoroughly hilarious explanation! Starring Lj Brewer, Koly McBride, and Michael Alliman as Mr. Johnson. December 19 through January 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM at Paper Wing Theatre FREMONT, 2115 N. Fremont, Monterey
Tickets and info at www.PaperWing.com.

A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve! First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event! Our theme for First Night Monterey 2015 is "SeaChanges, the Seaquel." FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. A creation of activities, colors, lights, musical entertainment and performances unfolds on New Year's Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey. December 31 from 3pm-Midnight. www.firstnightmonterey.org


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.98.96.996


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