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This week: 

El Teatro Campesino’s family-friendly outdoor pageant of the Mayan creation story "Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven." Adapted from the Popol Vuh, the sacred creation book of the Quiché Maya, "Heart of Heaven" recounts the creation of the universe and the earth, staged as a pageant with large-scale puppets, original live music, colorful costumes and spirited movement. Performed for free at the San Juan Soccer Field at 100 Nyland Drive in San Juan Bautista over Labor Day weekend: August 30-31 and September 1 at 3pm. For the first time also in Hollister at the city’s downtown Dunne Park on September 6-7 at 3pm.  www.elteatrocampesino.com/

Thursday, September 4, 7:00 PM: Harvey Wainapel  & Amigos Brasileiros come to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Reed man Harvey Wainapel's long love affair with Brazilian music has been unwavering. He has performed extensively with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Jovino Santos Neto, Guinga, and Claudia Villela among many others. Wainapel has explored the length and breadth of Brazil for the past 14 years, and now presents the latest results of his research and encounters in his new CD Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2. Ranging from traditional-style choro to contemporary takes on folkloric rhythms, this CD release concert will feature two special guests from Brazil: pianist Vitor Gonçalves has toured internationally with Maria Bethânia, performs with Anat Cohen, and is the piano "sub" in Hermeto Pascoal's group; drummer/percussionist Cleber Almeida is a member of Banda Mantiqueira and performs with Hamilton de Holanda. Joining them will be bassist Scott Thompson (Chico Pinheiro) and percussionist Brian Rice (Mike Marshall's Choro Famoso), and Harvey on saxes and clarinet. More at kuumbwajazz.org

And Continuing:

The musical West Side Story closes this weekend at the Western Stage at Hartnell College in Salinas. Details at westernstage.com

Bad Panda, a comedic celebration of non-traditional families by Megan Gogerty, continues at the Paper Wing Theater in Monterey. They're the last two pandas on earth. It's mating season. One of them falls in love with a crocodile. Who is gay. And then the baby comes. In this sweet and hilarious celebration of non-traditional families, the animals eat, mate (and mate again!), splash around in identity politics, and love one another as only families can. Through August 30, Friday and Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets available at the door, or online at www.PaperWing.com

Paper Wing Theatre Presents "Salome" by Oscar Wilde. The play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay but to the delight of her mother Herodias, requests the head of Jokanaan (John the Baptist) on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the dance of the seven veils. Directed by Jourdain Barton. Through August 30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM at Paper Wing Theatre, Hoffman - 320 Hoffman Avenue @Lighthouse in New Monterey. Tickets at www.PaperWing.com or at the Box Office. Doors open at 7:30pm

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado plays through August 31 at the Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater in Monterey. Written by W.S. Gilbert and composed by Arthur Sullivan, The Mikado has been delighting audiences across the globe since its premiere in 1885. The pointed satire lampoons political corruption and outrageous social mores—satire that still rings true today. The Mikado boasts some of the most beautiful music in the G & S canon, including such memorable favorites as Three Little Maids, I’ve Got A Little List, and Here’s a how-de-do. “It’s just a fantasy bubble of fun—like Neverland!” says director Gina Welch-Hagen. “There’s always the dark menace underneath of everyone getting beheaded, but it’s all fun, fantasy, and comedy!” Tickets on sale now at wharfmikado.brownpapertickets.com

Coming up next week and beyond:

Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey presents The Dr. Is Out, a puppetry performance created by Ricki Vincent. Two shows on Sunday, September 7, at 6PM and 8PM The Dr. Is Out is a puppetry performance that deals with the final hours of Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The play goes beyond the popular myths associated with Dr. Thompson, choosing to deal with more personal facts of a life filled with fear and loathing. Paper Wing Fremont, 2115 North Fremont Avenue in Monterey. Tickets at the door, or online NOW at www.PaperWing.com

Airto Moreira & Eyedentity perform on Monday, September 8, 7:00 PM at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Brazilian percussion mastermind Airto Moreira has made a mark on improvised music from jazz and Brazilian to fusion and beyond. His arrival on the New York City jazz scene in the late 60s resulted in DownBeat Magazine adding a Percussion Poll to their annual Readers and Critics Polls. Aside from work with Miles Davis during the trumpeter’s influential electric period, Airto was a member of Joe Zawinul’s Weather Report and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever project. His current group, Eyedentity, features his daughter D. Booker on vocals, performing his unique blend of Afro-Brazilian, Samba, funk and jazz. Info at kuumbwajazz.org

The Acrobats of the People's Republic of China tour the world, amazing audiences of all ages and backgrounds with their beautiful costumes, impressive gymnastics, and wonderful choreographic skills all building from a 2,000 year old tradition.  Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the CSUMB World Theater in Seaside.


September 16: Auditions for the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, an all-star ensemble of high school musicians. Band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert on the renowned Kuumbwa Jazz stage. Auditions are open to all high school students who are prepared for an intensive jazz performance group. All positions in the ensemble are open each fall. Please note: Students who audition should have formal training on their instrument/voice as well as experience with jazz improvisation. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz. Advance registration is required to receive an appointment.


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