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This week: 

Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Department opens their season with the Broadway musical Sweet Charity, featuring numbers including Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Book by Neil Simon. Directed by Gary Bolen. July 2-19. Tickets available from the MPC Theatre Box Office (831-646-4213) or online at www.mpctheatre.com

Santa Cruz Shakespeare returns to the Festival Glen at UC Santa Cruz this summer with three outdoor productions, starting with the romantic Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing, opening Friday, July 3; followed by David Ives’s modern adaptation of the 17th-century farce, The Liar, opening July 24; and Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, opening August 7. Plus the Fringe production with four performances of the wickedly festive comedy The Rover, starting August 18. Tickets and information at www.santacruzshakespeare.org.

Pianist Caili O'Doherty is representative of the current generation of jazz musicians-informed by tradition but not chained to the past. The native Portlander, now based in New York City, comes to Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz on Thursday, July 9 for an all-ages show at 7:00 pm. She has received the Young Jazz Composer Award from the ASCAP Foundation and awards in performance and composition from DownBeat magazine. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a member of the Berklee Global Institute, she has performed with jazz luminaries Joe Lovano and Teri Lynne Carrington. O'Doherty's quartet features tenor saxophonist and Santa Cruz native Ben Flocks, bassist Zach Brown, and drummer Cory Cox performing music from her debut recording, Padme. Details at kuumbwajazz.org

Comedian/ musician Richard Stockton celebrates the baby boomer generation with boomer standup comedy and boomer tunes at The Safari Club in Monterey on Thursday, July 9 at 7 PM, 1425 Munras Avenue in the Bay Park Hotel, Monterey.  Details at www.RichardStockton.com

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater presents “Swann’s Way” published in 1913 and Part 1 of Volume 1 of Marcel Proust’s seven-volume opus, “Remembrance of Things Past.” Proust’s deeply detailed sensory renditions of nature and human motives remain unrivaled in literature. Please join us for a delightful hour listening to passages from his magnificent prose. Readers include:  April Bennett, Jessica Buckley, John Chandler, Lisa Hadley, Frank Widman, and Jaye Wolfe, who also directs. Performances are at 7 pm on Thursday, July 9, Scotts Valley Library and Wednesday, July 15, Santa Cruz Main Library.  Performances are free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated.

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Locally owned Paper Wing Theatre Company announces its 2nd Annual Summer Play Reading Series 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

Coming up:

A blend of Giant Puppet Theatre, Performance Art, and Adventure Fantasy, Dr. Mecurio’s Mythical Marvels and Bestiary is a family friendly performance from the newly formed Carmel Puppetry Institute. The plot revolves around snake oil salesmen Dr. Elphias Mecurio, and his motley crew of steampunk pirates, as they search for the last four remaining Dragons in existence. An original piece from award-winning puppetry artist Ricki Vincent whose work takes the oldest of performance art forms out of its traditional role in "children’s theatre", and presents it in a way that appeals to audiences of every age -- from youngster to oldster. Proceeds from the event will benefit the charitable programs of the Carmel Puppetry Institute and Pacific Repertory Theatre, who is co-sponsoring the production. Dr. Mecurio’s Mythical Marvels and Bestiary, featuring unique life size puppets, runs Thursday thru Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm, July 9–19 at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets online at PacRep.org or through the box-office at 831-622-0100, located on Monte Verde St., between 8th & 9th Aves, in Carmel-by-the-Sea. https://www.facebook.com/DrMecurios

Paper Wing Theatre presents Pan by Amanda Platsis. 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. A new, modern take on the old classic. *Some content may be unsuitable for very young children. Playing at Paper Wing Theatre HOFFMAN, July 10-August 8, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets at the door or online at www.PaperWing.com. For more information, Call 831-905-5684. Paper Wing Theatre Hoffman is located at 320 Hoffman Ave @Lighthouse in New Monterey.

Cabrillo Stage presents Schoolhouse Rock Live, the stage production based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series 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. July 10-August 8. Tickets online at cabrillostage.com and the Cabrillo Box Office.

The Santa Cruz Regional All-Day Sacred Harp Singing will take place on July 11 from 10am- 4pm at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz. Admission is free and open to singers of all levels, with no experience necessary. Loaner songbooks are available. A potluck “dinner on the grounds” will be held mid-day, and local singers are asked to bring a dish to share. Sacred Harp singing is a uniquely American tradition with rousing four part harmonies sung with gusto and verve. Songs are taken from the classic American songbook, The Sacred Harp, which includes songs from colonial times to the present, and has roots in folk music and the rural singing schools of early America.  The notes in the book are of different shapes according to the pitches they represent, as an aid to sight-singing. Although the words are Christian hymn texts, this gathering is a non-denominational, inclusive event with an emphasis on musical enjoyment and community. More information www.communitymusicschool.org.

Santa Cruz Irish music group The Crooked Road Céilí Band invites you to their second community Irish dance party at the Felton Trout Farm Inn.  8:00 pm to midnight Saturday, July 11. An all-ages event, full dinner menu and bar. Bring the whole family for an afternoon swim in the Trout Farm pool and stay into the evening for a lovely summer supper and a bit o' the pure drop! Live Irish music featuring double fiddles, hammered dulcimer, tenor banjo, concertina, Irish flute, and guitar for stompin' Irish dancing! No partner necessary, easy to learn dance instruction is presented by San Francisco's Michael Murphy! It is highly recommended that you make dinner reservations early: (831) 335-4317

Summer Arts at Cal State Monterey Bay presents CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater on Monday, July 13 at 7:00pm at the World Theatre (Sixth Avenue and A Street on the CSUMB Campus) Featuring the group's highly acclaimed work Full Still Hungry, which brings together salsa, Afro-Cuban, urban, and contemporary dance-theater to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work about food and consumption. www.csusummerarts.org

Sound Energy Healing Concert with Diáne Mandle on Sunday, July 19 at 7:00 at the CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING, 522 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove. Singing Bowls: A Concert for Your Soul. Internationally recognized, Diáne Mandle, will take us on an intense, transformational sound immersion with Tibetan bowls, bells, planetary gong, and percussion. For tickets call 831.372.2971 or visit The Mindshop at 522 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove http://www.soundenergyhealing.com/

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music returns to Santa Cruz for performances and events August 2-16 at the Santa Cruz Civic and at Mission San Juan Bautista. Details online at http://cabrillomusic.org.

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 

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.


THE SECRET AFFAIRS OF MILDRED WILD at Mountain Community Theater. Mountain Community Theater announces auditions for The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, which is the 4th show of the 2015 season. This madcap, quirky comedy blends poignance, fantasy and offbeat hilarity in detailing the exploits of its wonderfully wacky heroine, and was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Zindel. AUDITION INFORMATION: Monday, July 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Tuesday, July 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Park Hall, Ben Lomond. All roles are open. Please visit the website for more information: http://mctshows.org/auditions/

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