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This week: 

The Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Department opens its 2014-2015 season this weekend with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic American musical OKLAHOMA! July 17–27 at Monterey Peninsula College. Tickets from the MPC Theatre Box Office (831-646-4213) or online at www.mpctheatre.com.

The Odd Family Barn Dance and Potluck supper returns to the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange this Friday, July 18 at 6:00. Dancing from 7:00–8:30 PM. Experienced dance teacher, Andy Wilson, will call dances for all. Live music featuring Deby Benton Grosjean on fiddle, Ken Clarkson on banjo, Joni Davies on guitar, Jim Davies on string bass, and a host of Deby's fiddle students The Ginormous String Band will put up a wall of sound when they all play together for a few dances. Children welcome.
1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.  Contact andy@andywilsondancecaller.com

Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2014 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the internationally-renowned high school all-star big band, will perform two West Coast shows prior to their departure for a two-week your of Japan. On Saturday, July 19 at Cal State Monterey Bay’s World Theater in Seaside at 7:00 pm. The show is part of CSU Summer Arts’ system-wide program of concerts, theatre productions, dance performances, and lectures. Tickets: 831-262-2714 or www.csusummerarts.org. On Sunday, July 20, the orchestra will perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco, at 3 pm. Tickets :  415-655-5600 or visiting www.yoshis.com.

Seven-time GRAMMY-nominated composer and pianist Omar Sosa and the New AfroCuban Quartet perform at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz on Monday, July 21 at 7:00. For information, visit www.kuumbwajazz.org or call 831-425-5299

How to Survive a Poison Apple is an electric, one-woman storyscape about transforming poison into medicine. Written and Performed by Mindy Dillard with Eric McEuen on ambient electric guitar. At 418 Front Street, Santa Cruz. Thursday, July 17 (6pm), Friday, July 18 (8:30pm), and Saturday, July 19 (5pm). Singer-songwriter and eating disorder survivor Mindy Dillard weaves an electric musical storyscape from her experiences with anorexia and body dysmorphia. Inspired by Carl Jung and the writings of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Dillard conjures layered soundscapes with loops and samples, original songs and tender, funny, non-linear storytelling. Dillard is a princess caught in a hall of mirrors perpetuated by the media and society. Witness her navigation of the cultural expectations force-fed into every woman and girl about body image, self-worth and finding a mate. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to the Santa Cruz-based holistic health and recovery center specializing in eating disorder treatment, The Lotus Collaborative. SUITABLE FOR FAMILY AUDIENCES (Psychologically intense themes, best suited for ages 9 and up).

And Continuing

Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey presents a stage production of George Orwell’s "1984" adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E Hall, Jr., and William A Miles, Jr. 1984 plays through July 26, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM for 6 shows only. With surveillance cameras and spies in the cities, there is nowhere to hide. Winston and Julia, two citizens of the post-modern day police state called Oceania where every human action is scrutinized, fight the odds and the Party to attempt an illegal love affair. Playing at 320 HOFFMAN Avenue, Monterey. Tickets at www.PaperWing.com

Michael McGushin directs Cabrillo Stage’s production of the Sondheim review Putting It Together. Through Sunday, July 20 in the Samper Recital Hall at Cabrillo College in Aptos. The show takes various songs by composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and gives them a new storyline in which a party thrown by a wealthy, older married couple involves a younger man, a frisky maid and a comedic commentator. The entangled relationships between the five guests confront the complexities that make up modern relationships. The production includes songs from Sondheim's original musicals and films including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, and Sweeney Todd. Tickets and information at cabrillostage.com

Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Kirsten Brandt and As You Like It directed by Mark Rucker continue through August 10. PLUS: two performances of the Fringe Show: The Beard of Avon directed by Steve Boyle (July 29 and August 5 only. Tickets and information online at http://www.santacruzshakespeare.org/

32 different performing groups come to Santa Cruz for the third annual Santa Cruz Fringe Festival through Saturday, July 19, with 150 performances in venues all over Santa Cruz. There’s theater, dance, comedy, magic, shadow theater, musical theater, performance art, improv, and burlesque, so you can dabble in the familiar and explore new kinds of live art. Complete schedule and details at www.scfringe.com

Coming up next week and beyond:

Epiphone, Guitars not Guns, and Musicscool present "Destroy the Night" a tribute to the Music of The Doors and Led Zeppelin featuring James Durbin at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz on Friday, July 25. Doors open at 7:15. Two great groups who were formed in the late 60s, Led Zeppelin and the Doors, by one great new group with local roots in an imaginary time tunnel to a 60s/70s psychedelic rock concert! James Durbin, Guitarist/keyboardist and Musicscool founder Dale Ockerman of White Album Ensemble. James will be joined by Dale Ockerman and other Musicscool alumni (Ty Wallace, Jesse Holsapple, Will McDougall, and Caleb Larsen) to do a hometown concert of Doors and Led Zeppelin music for an awesome Fillmore-Style "Double Bill." A portion of profits will benefit Musicscool Scholarships Fund (of which James was the first recipient), and Guitars not Guns, a non-profit, pro-youth music, anti-violence program. Epiphone has generously donated two fine guitars, which will be autographed and raffled at intermission. Come and wear your trippiest "Summer Of Love" attire for a summertime Friday night bash in the spirit of the Fillmore or Avalon concerts! Tickets: www.ticketweb.com

Lionel Bart’s classic musical Oliver!, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, opens at Cabrillo Stage in Aptos on July 25 for a 4-week run. Songs include Enjoy the pathos and drama, while delighting in such musical theatre classics as "Food, Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "Where is Love?," "Consider Yourself," "As Long As He Needs Me," and "Reviewing the Situation." Tickets and information at cabrillostage.com

World-renowned Arabic accordionist and singer Elias Lammam, originally from Lebanon and now resident of Santa Cruz, directs the Elias Lammam Trio, performing classic, popular, and original Arabic music on July 26 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. 7:30 pm. With guests Tareq Rantisi and the Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble. A concert of popular and original Arabic music performed by the Elias Lammam Trio, directed by Elias Lammam of Lebanon, with special guest Tareq Rantisi of Boston. The Santa Cruz Arabic Music Ensemble will open the show. Tickets:  http://EliasLammamKJC.brownpapertickets.com

A gala staged reading of Philip Slater’s off-beat comedy Shadowed, the play he wanted to share with Santa Cruz before he died last year. Tickets at the door. All-star cast directed by Gerry Gerringer. August 2 at 8 PM. one night only at Center Stage, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz.

SpectorDance presents its Choreographer’s Showcase featuring cutting edge Choreographers from around the globe. Featured Choreographers: Katrina Amerine – Pasadena, CA, Jahnna Biddle – Monterey/Los Angeles, CA, Marika Brussel – San Francisco, CA, Jacqueline Cousineau – France, Mads Eriksen – San Jose, CA, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre – Pasadena, CA, Mark Foehringer – San Francisco, CA, Cristina Goletti – Italy, Erica Klein – Monterey/Los Angeles, CA, Jenn Logan – Pasadena, CA, Matthew Nelson – Santa Barbara, CA. The SpectorDance Choreographer's Showcase brings an eclectic mix of choreographers together for a dance event that is always an audience favorite. Saturday, August 2 at 8:00 pm and Sunday August 3 at 2:00 pm,at Spector Dance, 3343 Paul Davis Drive, in Marina. For information and tickets: 831-384-1050 and www.spectordance.org

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe presents its 55th season with RIPPLE EFFECT, a musical comedic tale of intersecting lives and cultures that reflect the familiar neighborhood tensions polarizing San Franciscans today. Two shows: Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 outdoors at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz. 2:30 pm music, 3:00 pm show. Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Evictions, Google Glass wearing nouveau riche, The War on the Poor. What is The City coming to: http://www.sfmt.org


Auditions for Youth Music Monterey County’s Junior Youth and Honors Orchestra, Chamber Players, Brass Ensemble & Woodwind Ensembles. Wednesday, August 20, 3:30 PM-8:30 PM, by appointment only. Auditions held in the Music Building at Monterey High School, 700 Pacific St. in Monterey. Register online at: http://www.youthmusicmonterey.org/joinymmc.php. For more info: 831.375.1992 or email office@youthmusicmonterey.org


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