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This week: 

The chamber folk music group The Bee Eaters come to St. John's Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr. in Aptos. The trio performs on hammered dulcimer, fiddle and cello.  “The Bee Eaters combine chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness. -The Boston Globe. Friday, January 30 at 7:30 PM. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/1155782

Tandy Beal and Company celebrates 40 years of dance with 40 Odd Moves: Solos and Other Entertainments! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Beal’s first local solo concert in 10 years features a mix of theatrical works from the present and past in collaboration with composer Jon Scoville. Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 at 7:30PM and Sunday, February 1 at 2PM at the Cabrillo Crocker Theatre in Aptos. Opening night Gold Circle tickets include admission to TBC’s 40th Anniversary reception. Tickets at www.cabrillovapa.com or www.tandybeal.com.

The UC Santa Cruz Music Department shows off four faculty artists with One Night Only, a showcase concert featuring music by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), as well as traditional Celtic folk music. Violinist Roy Malan and faculty pianist Maria Ezerova open the program with Schubert's Sonata in A major, D.574, op. 162. Richard Roper, trumpet, performs de Falla's Canciones Populares Españolas with pianist Elizabeth Poole. Guitarist William Coulter, performing with the trio One Lane Bridge, fusing folk styles from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Spain with modern influences. Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 PM in the Music Center Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz. Tickets on sale at santacruztickets.com. Details at arts.ucsc.edu


The 8 Tens @ Eight Short Play Festival at the Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz continues through February 8. This year there are so many plays, they are divided into two programs. Wednesday-Saturdays @ 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday Matinees @ 3 PM. Center Street Theater, 1001 Center Street, Downtown Santa Cruz. www.sccat.org for a full calendar of  “A” and “B” show performances. Single tickets and packages for any two performances to see all the plays. www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006 for 2-night package special.

Coming up:

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy-nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to preserve and share the rich musical traditions from the African diaspora. Their music is entrenched in the Deep South and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins. The Cultural Heritage Choir, is world renowned for their breathtaking performances and commitment to authenticity. Through stick, song, dance and story, the Cultural Heritage Choir transports the audience to a place in time when the seeds of American popular music were just being sown by the "involuntary immigrants" from Africa's western regions. Featuring Linda Tillery, Rhonda Benin, Tamala Brown, Elouise Burrell, and Bryan Dyer. Saturday, February 7 at 11:00AM at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com

LIBERACE is a one-man musical biography of one of the most famously flamboyant entertainers of our time — performed in piano and song by Jon Mark Hurley. A non-stop marathon of witty anecdotes and piano arrangements based on the brilliant career of Wladziu Valentino Liberace, otherwise known as Liberace. Written and produced in cooperation with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, this funny yet tender journey spans years of fame and great fortune with times of travail and heartbreak as child virtuoso becomes an international star. Amid more than thirty musical compositions, the sly humor of this ground-breaking entertainer shines through as he becomes “Mr. Showmanship.” Directed by Susan Stuart. Saturday, February 7 at 8pm and Sunday, February 8 at 2pm at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz. Tickets and info at www.jonmarkhurley.com

Youth Music Monterey County presents Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras with and guest musicians from Youth Orchestra Salinas. Music Director and Conductor Farkhad Khudyev. Featuring the 2014-15 Honors Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner Ari Freedman performing Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, 1st movement Allegro moderato. Musical Highlights include Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5; Albeniz: Sevilla; Holst-Leidig: Jupiter of Jollity (with musicians from YOSAL). Sunday, February 8 at 2:00 PM at Sunset Center San Carlos St. at Ninth, Carmel. www.youthmusicmonterey.org

The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest for youth from Aptos High and St. Francis High School will take place on Monday, February 9 at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street, Suite 100. Come cheer on your favorite performers and find out who will advance to the state finals in Sacramento and win prizes and money for themselves and their schools. Hosted by Magdalena Montagne.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents Analyzing Absurdity Redux, an hour of poetry and prose that makes you laugh out loud. Co-directed by Rita Wadsworth and Stuart Serman, the readers are Carolyn Hyatt, Mindy Pedlar, Rita Wadsworth, Stuart Serman, Jackson Wolfe, and Megan Parlé. Performances at 7 pm: Thursday, February 12 in the Scotts Valley Library, and Wednesday, February 18 at the Santa Cruz Main Library. Both performances are free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated.

Audiences of all ages are invited to two free matinee performances of the one-act opera My Head is Full of Colors by Santa Cruz composer and UCSC alumnus Chris Pratorius, with libretto by professor Nicole Paiement. Based on the children's book by Catherine Friend. Maria awakes one morning to find her normally plain brown hair replaced by all the colors of the rainbow! Her head is "full of colors," and on this day she draws and paints like never before. Each day she wakes up with something unexpected on her head and experiences the world in new and different ways. Her father welcomes her surprising appearance with loving arms and fascinated observation. My Head is Full of Colors is a life-affirming self esteem lesson that ignites imagination and reflects the joys of life and learning. Two performances: 11:00AM and 1:00PM on Saturday, February 14 in the Music Center Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz. Doors open 30 minutes before each curtain time. No tickets required.

New Music Works presents Sarah Cahill in a matinee piano concert featuring modern-day keyboard serenades. One of the foremost interpreters of contemporary keyboard repertoire, Cahill has performed in Santa Cruz at the Festival of New Music and recorded two albums “Mamoru Fujieda's Patterns of Plants” and “A Sweeter Music,“ at UCSC studios. Her performance selections will include: Shade Studies (2014), Samuel Carl Adams, Valentine Waltzes, George Antheil Feuerklavier, Luciano Berio Pleasant Dreaming, Philip Collins selected Preludes, Ruth Crawford, Trumpet of Angus Og by Henry Cowell Patterns of Plants (selections) by Mamoru Fujieda Dance for Lisa Karon (1938) and Largo Ostinato, Lou Harrison RCSC, Annea Lockwood St. Petersburg Waltz, Meredith Monk B’midbar (selections), Larry Polansky, Fourth Pentagram (selections) (1925), Dane Rudhyar. Sunday, February 15, 3pm at Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/804140 Info: newmusicworks.org

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the foremost exponent of India's tabla drumming tradition. Formed in the early '60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don’t lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. Friday, March 13 at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 7:30 PM. Tickets at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online http://www.kuumbwajazz.org; info 831-427-2227

Kuumbwa Jazz presents Zakir Hussain, the foremost exponent of India's tabla drumming tradition. The Grammy award-winning Hussain is revered in both classical Indian music and world music circles for his collaborations with a variety of influential musicians including George Harrison, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Mickey Hart, and Van Morrison. And now, with the groundbreaking 9-piece Celtic Connections, made up of master musicians from India and Scotland, he sets the stage for an exciting evening of cultural bending and blending, fusing the traditions of Indian and Celtic music. Tuesday, March 31 at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 7:30 PM. Tickets at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online http://www.kuumbwajazz.org; info 831-427-2227

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