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This Week:

UC Santa Cruz's annual student dance showcase: Random with a Purpose revs up Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the UCSC Mainstage Theater. Showcasing the wealth of talented and versatile dancers on campus, this year's Random with a Purpose presents two seamlessly interwoven acts of student choreography in styles such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Breaking, and Bhangra. Tickets at santacruztickets.com and at the door.

The Second Annual Carrie's Dream Dance Scholarship Showcase and Auction is set for Sunday, February 21 with performances at 1:00pm & 5:00pm at the Aptos High School Performing Arts Center. The dance event offers over 150 young dancers a chance to perform and dazzle the audience, while raising funds for local dance scholarships. For tickets and information visit: www.CarriesDream.org

Jewell Theater of Santa Cruz stages the 1925 Noël Coward farce Fallen Angels at the intimate Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. It's directed by Art Manke, who many will remember as the director of past Jewell comedies, including What the Butler Saw and Enter the Guardman. Fallen Angels plays through Sunday, February 21. Tickets and performance details at jeweltheatre.net.

Celebrate Piano Ensemble! offers their 15th anniversary benefit concert Sunday, February 21 at 2pm at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. An hour of piano ensemble music spanning centuries played on two matched grand pianos in one of the best acoustic halls of Monterey Bay. Local professional pianist/teachers and friends will play music by Mussorgksy, Brahms, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Chabrier, and Bizet. Donations benefit the Josephine Alvarado Memorial Bach Scholarship and Talent Bank Scholarships. For more information, call 831-338-1214 or write to nicki@baymoon.com.

Coming Up:

Comedian Tim Lee is a former Santa Cruz resident who currently appears on the television shows Beasts Behaving Badly on Discovery Family and How Do They Do It on Discovery Science. He is a comedian with a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution who has become a sensation selling out shows from Boston to Melbourne. The show is a creative blend of stand up comedy and science. The NY Times calls it "very cerebral comedy" and the Boston Phoenix says "Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin." Friday, February 26 at 8PM at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz.

The UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts Department present the theatrical production Marqués - a narco "Macbeth" by Stephen Richter and Mónica Andrade. UC Santa Cruz alumnus Erik Pearson directs Marqués, a high-octane adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of love, betrayal, murder, and madness, set in the world of Mexico's warring narcocartels. An architect and his wife fight for their survival in a deadly game of kings, witches, and kingpins in the land where no good deed goes unpunished. Post-performance talk-backs after both Saturday performances. Limited seating. Details at arts.ucsc.edu. February 26–March 6, Experimental Theater, Theater Arts Center at UC Santa Cruz.

Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center presents dawsondancesf and Micha Scott's Empire at Winter Dance Fest next Saturday, February 27 at 7:30pm at the NEW Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. An evening of high octane, tour de force dance with San Francisco choreographer and former Lines Ballet dancer Gregory Dawson and Santa Cruz choreographer and former Garth Fagan soloist Micha Scott. The performance features the Santa Cruz premiere of Dent-Drop-Bend from dawsondancesf. This triptych is a mesmerizing journey that explores the fantastic athleticism of Dawson's artists. Each movement is a testament to the company's vision of breaking down barriers placed on classical ballet and bringing to light the embodiment of strength and beauty. TanneryWinterDanceFest.eventbrite.com, http://www.tanneryworlddance.com/

The first ragtime music festival in Santa Cruz is being held February 27-28. Seven different venues in downtown Santa Cruz will feature more than two dozen of the world's finest ragtime and early jazz musicians, with dancing at the Vets Hall, ragtime piano on Pacific Ave., and Saturday and Sunday evening concerts at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. More information at www.santacruzragtime.com.

Two-violin powerhouse, String Noise, plays selections from their new album "The Book of Strange Positions," to include punk rock covers of Bad Brains, The Violent Femmes, and more by composer Eric Lyon, as well as Stockhausen, Scelsi, Andrew C. Smith, and Bernhard Lang. Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m. at the Radius Gallery, 1050 River St. #127, Santa Cruz. Presented by Indexical. indexical.org/events.

Swami Beyondanada comes to the Inner Light Center in Soquel. From high in the forbidden mountains of the Humorlayas comes the magnificent SWAMI BEYONDANANDA to March Forth 4 Bernie. SWAMI has consulted his oracles and popsicles, has delved into the mysteries of the Oy Vey-dics and has decided that 'ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.' We must take back our country from the Coke Brothers and other zillionaires. The great SWAMI will fill the sanctuary at the Inner Light Center with humor and wisdom of the ages on March 4 at 7 pm. Tickets at swami.brownpapertickets.com

RUMI ON STAGE is a theatrical event–a concert of story and poetry, musicians and costume, actors and dancers, masks and puppets—presenting the work of the great 13th-century Persian mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. Performances at the Center Stage, 1001 Center Street in Santa Cruz during the first three weekends in March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, and 18, 19, 20. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.com or at the door

The Santa Cruz Chamber Players present the Kreutzer Sonata: Beethoven, the Tolstoys and Posterity, a Music-Theater piece featuring music by Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Ernst. Ivan Rosenblum, artistic director, piano, and writer; Shannon Delaney, violin; actors Julie James and Shaun Carroll. Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos.

The Santa Cruz Symphony performs "Beethoven and the Beatles," its Family Concert, on March 6 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium starting at 2:00 PM. The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony will play alongside their professional Santa Cruz Symphony counterparts with guest narrator Mike Ryan of Santa Cruz Shakespeare, along with members of Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Cabrillo Youth Chorus, Cabrillo Chorale, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Honors Band. santacruzsymphony.org for more information.

New Music Works presents pianist Sarah Cahill, on Sunday, March 6, 3PM, at Peace United Church, in Santa Cruz. Cahill "the doyenne of contemporary keyboard music" will perform in a concert titled "Angel's Steps", an exploration of experimental and adventurous 20th century music. Sarah was recently called "a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde" by The New York Times and has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. She will perform pieces by 10 composers, including Bay Area favorite Lou Harrison. Ticket info at newmusicworks.org


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