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This week: 

Community Music School of Santa Cruz presents champion dulcimer player Erin Mae of Wichita, Kansas, at the annual Redwood Dulcimer Day, which culminates on Saturday evening with a concert at 8:00. Erin, who won the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships in 2004 at age 17, is virtuoso flat-picker; she is known for both technical proficiency and deep musical expression. As a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor she is passionate about sharing music that lifts the spirit and heals the soul. An opening set will feature dulcimer luminaries including Neal Hellman, Steve Eulberg, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, and Laura Devine. All performers are on the faculty of the 15th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day taking place earlier on Saturday at the same location. Redwood Dulcimer Day is one of only a few major dulcimer gatherings in the Western U.S. and attracts players from all over California and beyond. Saturday, August 1 at 8PM at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive in Scotts Valley. For more information on the Redwood Dulcimer Day concert and workshops, visit http://communitymusicschool.org/dulcimer_day/

SpectorDance offers its semi-annual Choreographer's Showcase, Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 pm and Sunday August 2 at 2:00 pm featuring cutting edge choreographers from around the globe. See world-class dance in their state of the art venue on the Monterey Peninsula. This event brings an eclectic mix of choreographers together to share their innovative and original works. At SpectorDance, 3343 Paul Davis Drive in Marina. For information and tickets 831-384-1050 or www.spectordance.org.

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and maestra Marin Alsop welcome you for performances and events starting this Sunday, August 2 with open rehearsals. Festival runs August 2-16 at the Santa Cruz Civic and at Mission San Juan Bautista. Complete schedule online at http://cabrillomusic.org.


The Western Stage stages the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, playing through this Saturday. In the Mainstage Theater at 411 Central Ave. at Hartnell College in Salinas. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Details at westernstage.com.

Paper Wing Theatre’s production of Pan by Amanda Platsis. A modern take on the classic story of Peter Pan introducing, teenage Jane Darling, the daughter of Wendy. It's a new Neverland, and Jane Darling, teenage daughter of Wendy, has never seen anything quite like it! She's a very long way from home, spirited away by a dark fairy and a couple of no-good pirates. Now she has to make her way across this fantastic place to rescue her brother, who was kidnapped by the menacing Captain Hook. With the help of a very rambunctious band of Lost Boys and the incredibly heroic yet distracted Peter Pan, she must brave mermaids, fairies, giant reptiles and wandering flower children **Some content may be unsuitable for very young children.** Playing at Paper Wing Theatre HOFFMAN, through August 8, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets at the door or online at www.PaperWing.com. Information at 831-905-5684. Paper Wing Theatre Hoffman is located at 320 Hoffman Ave at Lighthouse in New Monterey.

Schoolhouse Rock Live, the stage production based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970's educational Saturday morning animated TV show that taught history, grammar, math, and more through catchy hits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” and “Three is a Magic Number”. Under the direction of Andrew Ceglio and in partnership with Spotlight Youth Conservatory, Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is anxious about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Runs through August 8 at the Crocker Theater at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Tickets online at cabrillostage.com and the Cabrillo Box Office.

Locally owned Paper Wing Theatre Company’s 2nd Annual Summer Play Reading Series is happening at its intimate Paper Wing Theatre FREMONT, located at 2115 N. Fremont Street in Monterey. Featuring 14 unproduced plays written by California playwrights. With one rehearsal, the cast familiarizes themselves with the roles and they briefly work with a director. The following day, Sunday, the cast sits in a semicircle dressed in black to dramatically read the dialogue with minimal dramatic direction. The playwrights get a chance to hear their work performed by talented actors on a stage and the audience is invited to participate by offering their feedback. Shows run every Sunday from through August 9. Two readings per day: 3:00pm and 6:00pm. Tickets and information at www.PaperWing.com

The musical Mary Poppins flies through Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theater in Aptos until August 16. Directed and choreographed by Janie Scott, this stage adaptation of the beloved film is sure to mesmerize audiences with clever design and a few sky-high surprises. July 24-Aug 16 - Discount Family Night July 31st. Tickets online at cabrillostage.com and at the Cabrillo Box Office Thurs-Sat 12pm-6pm, 831-479-6154.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing and the 17th-century farce, The Liar, continue in the Glen at UC Santa Cruz. Shakespeare’s Macbeth, opens August 7. Plus the Fringe production with four performances of the wickedly festive comedy The Rover, starts on August 18. Tickets and information at www.santacruzshakespeare.org.

Coming up:

On Sundays, the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur hosts some of the country's most accomplished authors, artists, journalists, and thinkers in its new "Under the Persimmon Tree" series! On Sunday, August 9 Susan Shillinglaw, author and scholar; dramatist Taelen Thomas; and musician Steve Mortenson, explore the life and legacy of John Steinbeck. Tickets at eventbrite.com.

Award-winning jazz pianist Danny Green and local legend Harvey Wainapel team up at Don Quixote’s Music Hall on Sunday, August 9 for an intimate and captivating performance of original music and Brazilian jazz classics. Hailed as “one of the important up-and-comers on the scene today” by All About Jazz, Green is one of Southern California’s most prolific and talented jazz pianists. Joined by bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, this virtuosic group is on tour promoting their highly acclaimed album After the Calm.  A supremely eloquent clarinetist and a saxophonist of unusual presence and power, saxophonist Wainapel is a truly ambidextrous artist who has delved deeply into the vast and variegated traditions of jazz and Brazilian music. Show begins at 7 pm. http://donquixotesmusic.info 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents Weekend with ShakespeareAugust 14 & 15. This two-day event features leading Shakespeare scholars and theater artists who share their insights through lectures, demonstrations, and discussions. Weekend with Shakespeare offers two options for purchase: a lecture-only package, which allows you to purchase and see the plays on your own schedule; or as a package that includes Premium seating at all three productions over the conference weekend and participation in a post-show discussion with the actors all at a discounted price. More information about Weekend with Shakespeare, including this year's presenters, go to https://www.santacruzshakespeare.org/community-events/

The Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men present a Tribute to The Everly Brothers at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Friday, August 28 at 8:00pm. The Coffis Brothers (Jamie Coffis, Kellen Coffis, Henry Chadwick, Aidan Collins, Kyle Poppen) will play a set of original songs followed by a full set of Everly Brothers songs at the intimate Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1850276

Single Day Arena and Grounds Tickets for the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18–20 are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at montereyjazzfestival.org or by calling 888.248.6499. The Festival features 500 artists, and nearly 100 performances from iconic and emerging jazz artists, educational events, conversations, and exhibits on eight stages, for 30 hours of live music spanning two days and three nights, accompanied by an array of 75 vendors selling international cuisine and merchandise on the oak-studded 20 acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. The full lineup for the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival can be found on montereyjazzfestival.org.

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