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The 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival takes place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. September 19-21. Over 500 artists will be performing on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world's best jazz. Voted “World's Best Jazz Festival” by the readers of JazzTimes Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2013, the Monterey Jazz Festival offers films, conversations with the Festival's stars, exhibitions, food and beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and 8 stages of live jazz entertainment spread throughout the grounds. Details and tickets at www.montereyjazzfestival.org/info
The LEGACY project of The Western Stage & Hartnell College presents a staged reading of five new short plays written by members of The Fifth Age Playwrights. 2:00 p.m. on September 20 and 21 at Hartnell College in Salinas (in The Performing Arts Center, Choral Room K-125). Performing are long-time Monterey favorite actors and members of the Legacy Players including: Michael Robbins, Rita Carratello, Philip Pearce, Susan Keenan, Lynne Pearlman, Mary Clever da Silva, and Harvey Landa. Admission is free.
The Irish Curse by Martin Casella continues at Paper Wing FREMONT in Monterey on through Sept. 27. Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. This wicked, rollicking, and very funny new play tackles the obsession with body image and unmasks the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex, relationships, and social status. Tickets at www.PaperWing.com or at the door. Call 831-905-5684 for more info.
Paper Wing Theatre presents a feel good musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes" created by Roger Bean. Playing through September 27. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and SUNDAY matinees at 2PM. It is the 1958 Springfield High School senior prom, and four teenage girls who are the school’s “trophy-winning” song leaders are asked to step in as the entertainment. They are replacing the boys’ glee club, the Crooning Crab Cakes, whose lead singer was caught smoking behind the girls’ locker room and suspended from school. As they sing and dance to popular songs of the 1950s, tension between two of the girls, Betty Jean and Cindy Lou, increases. They fight about a boy, but eventually make-up as the other girls, Missy and Suzy, also sing about their loves. Act One culminates with the vote for the “Queen of Your Dreams,” the prom queen. Act Two takes place ten years later, at the girls’ ten year reunion. The girls have again been asked to provide the entertainment. Suzy, Missy, and Betty Jean stayed in Springfield after high school, while Cindy Lou went to Hollywood before coming back to Springfield. Each of the girls tells the story of the man in her life and what has happened since high school. The evening ends as magically as it began. Directed by Kate Faber and Choreography by Taylor Young. Tickets online at www.PaperWing.com or at the door.
The 1958 play The Arsonists, by Max Frisch, comes to the Western Stage in Salinas through October 4. This mysterious, frightening, and thoughtful play shows us how easily normal people can be taken in by evil. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2:00pm. http://westernstage.com
Coming up next week and beyond:
The Philip Glass Center’s annual Days and Nights Festival takes place September 25-28 in Big Sur and Carmel and features music, poetry, film, and spoken word. Details online at http://philipglasscenter.org/tickets/.
Santa Cruz Players present the third annual Storytelling Festival on September 27. Family show at 2:00. Evening performance at 7:00 on the Outdoor Stage at the Branciforte Small Schools campus in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival in partnership with the Small Schools are committed to weaving community together through the art of storytelling, live music, and people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com. Info at santacruzstorytellingfestival.com
Mountain Community Theater presents the area premiere of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Opening at Park Hall in Ben Lomond on Friday, October 3 and running through Saturday, October 25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Oct. 12 & 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.
Song Nelson, Choreographer-in-Residence at The 418 Project in Santa Cruz, presents MATRILINEART, self-portraits from the Milky Way. This multimedia performance paints a comedic yet poignant self-portrait of the unique inspirations and peculiar circumstances a woman faces as she attempts to integrate motherhood and creative practice. The show features paintings by Marie Haughton Spaeth (Song’s great-grandmother), whose self-portraits of her babies breastfeeding baffled the art world over 100 years ago. Speath’s legacy is revealed in the art of four generations of daughters to follow: Janet De Martelly, Taya Nelson, Jandy Bergmann, Siena Nelson, Lila Nelson, Eden Nelson and Song’s own daughters all share the stage. In a galactic whirl of art, song, dance and word, Song borrows bittersweet truth from ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings.' Guest Artists and Collaborators include: Cynthia Strauss, Caitlin Johnston, Isa Stead, Miranda Janeschild, Shelly Adams-Stryker and Patrice Wallace. October 4 and 5 — Saturday 6pm and Sunday 4pm at The 418 Project, 418 Front St. Santa Cruz. Tickets at eventbrite.com. More info: songnelson.net
The Santa Cruz County Symphony performs music by Bernstein, Adès, and Mozart featuring Daniel Stewart, conductor, and Nicolas Hodges, pianist. Saturday, October 4 at 8:00 pm Pre-Concert Talk - 7:00 pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium at 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz and Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm Pre-Concert Talk - 1:00 pm at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets at santacruztickets.com. Details at www.SantaCruzSymphony.org
Jeff Traugott Guitars announces a jazz concert with New West Guitar Group featuring singer Sara Gazarek on Saturday, October 18. One show at 7:30pm at Kuumbwa Jazz, 320 Cedar Street in Downtown Santa Cruz. Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith, and Jeff Stein, New West will be presenting an all-acoustic show playing guitars made by Santa Cruz luthier Jeff Traugott. They will be collaborating with jazz singer Sara Gazarek for an evening of popular standards and original works. Ticket information is available at (831) 426-2313 or brownpapertickets.com.
If your PERFORMING ARTS organization has an upcoming event which might interest KUSP's listening audience, please send a BRIEF press release or SHORT public service announcement to: performing at kusp dot org
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KUSP Performing Arts Calendar 203 8th Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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