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Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Shmuel Thaler

Playing Around: UCSC's outdoor Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen plays host to the area's summer ode to the Bard, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, just one of the season's many cultural, musical and theatrical offerings.



May

Thursday, May 29

Chautauqua
The annual showcase of diverse student-directed and written theater returns. May 29-June 1, 5:30 and 7:30pm. $4. Performing Arts Center, UCSC (459-2159).

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
Professor Kathy Foley directs an adaptation of Jeanne Houston's chronicle of Japanese internment and a version of Belle Yang's Baba and Odyssey of a Manchurian. 8pm. $9/$8/$6/$5. Barn Theater, UCSC (459-2159).


Friday, May 30

Chautauqua
See May 29.

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29.

Groupo Folklórico
The local Mexican folkloric dance troupe presents its annual showcase. May 30-31, 8pm. $10/$7/$5. Performing Arts Main Stage, UCSC (459-2159).

Circus Catti
A three-ring circus complete with acrobatics, stilt walkers, trapeze artists, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. 4:30 and 8pm. May 31, 2 and 7pm. June 1, 1 and 7pm. $10/$9/$8. SC County Fairgrounds, Watsonville (714/730-9033).


Saturday, May 31

Chautauqua
See May 29.

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29.

Sisters of the Visitation
Francois Deniaenne's comic opera about the secret goings-on within a convent. May 31-June 1, 8pm. $10/$8/$5. Recital Hall, UCSC (459-2159).

Circle Trail Day
20 separate but interconnected events including a 10K run, EcoThon, walks, river paddles and more to advance ecological lifestyles and ecotourism. 7:30am-5pm. $150 (EcoThon teams)/$27 (10K fee)/free. Locations throughout Santa Cruz (426-8810).

KUSP Live Radio Auction
The celebrated radio auction kicks off a nine-day buying frenzy, including fine wines, adventurous trips, art pieces and so much more. noon-9pm. McPherson Center, 705 Front St, SC (476-2800).

Vintner's Festival
Santa Cruz Mountain wineries provide a marriage of food and wine, tours, art and music at various locations throughout Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. May 31-June 1, June 7-8 11am-5pm. $15 for both weekends. Call 479-9463.




June

Sunday, June 1

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29. 3pm.

The Hollow Crown
Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year Paul Whitworth takes a look at the kings and queens of England seen through the eyes of their contemporaries. 7pm. Free. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos (462-8300).

Knights of the Road
The Soquel High School Booster Club hosts a classic car show, with a raffle, DJ, dance contest, vendors and oodles of choice autos. 10am-3pm. Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel (429-3918).

Pride Parade
A street party for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, with speakers, food, booths and more. Noon. Free. Parade on Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz (425-LGBC).


Tuesday, June 3

Sonia Gariaeff
A senior recital of vocal works by Brahms, Mozart, Debussy and Thea Musgrave. 8pm. Free. Recital Hall, UCSC (459-2159).


Wednesday, June 4

Ben Blechman
A concert of unaccompanied violin works by J.S. Bach and Ysaye, and Brahm's first string quartet with guest artists. 8pm. Free. Recital Hall, UCSC (459-ARTS).


Thursday, June 5

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29.

A Psycho-Sexual Incantation
The Knucklehead Spoken Word Tour features Peter Gault and Amy Rachelle in a literary, musical and performance art maze. 8pm. $7. Actors' Theatre, 1001 Center St, SC (425-7529).


Friday, June 6

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29.

Into Another Realm
Fifteen choreographers from San Francisco, Davis, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Ecuador offer a unique mix of solo and group productions. June 6-7, 13-14. 8pm. $10. Santa Cruz Dance Gallery, 418 Front St, SC (457-1448).

University Concert Choir
An informal concert of spring and summer songs conducted by Margaret Kvamme. 8pm. $5/$3. Recital Hall, UCSC (459-2159).


Saturday, June 7

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29.

Into Another Realm
See June 6.

Gay & Lesbian Chorus
The choir performs everything from classical songs to Broadway hits emphasizing gay and lesbian composers. 8pm. $7-$18. First Congregational Church, 900 High St, SC (662-8790).

Kazuko Hara Mockett
A recital featuring songs by Franz Schubert in celebration of the composer's 200th birthday. 8pm. $3. Recital Hall, UCSC (459-ARTS).

Music of the American Shakers
Shelley Phillips, Lars Johannesson and Debra Spencer take on the music of the 19th-century religious sect. 8pm. $10/$8. Holy Cross Mission Adobe Chapel, 144 School St, SC (426-9155).

World One Festival
Sounds from the emerging world culture. Robert Tree Cody, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Laura Love Band, Los Lobos, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Conjunto Céspedes, Klezmatics, Fourth World. 1:30am-midnight. $99/$33/$22. Aslo June 8. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey (655-1094).

Cement Ship Festival
Celebrate the WWI-era cement ship, its ballroom, arcade, restaurant and fountain at this fourth annual event with music by Banjos by the Bay, dances, games and stories. 11am-5pm. Seacliff State Beach, Seacliff exit off Hwy 1, Aptos (685-6444).

Strawberry Festival
Raffles, games, food and entertainment all in celebration of one of the world's sweetest berries. 11am-5pm. Free. Walnut Ave. Women's Center, 303 Walnut Ave, SC (426-3062).


Sunday, June 8

Farewell to Manzanar/Baba/Flight of the Monkey King
See May 29.

Into Another Realm
See June 6.

Avant Garden Party
New Music Works and a host of musical greats pay tribute to composer Lou Harrison on the eve of his 80th birthday. 2pm. $40/$25. Lemon Yellow Farm, 111 Vine Hill Rd, SC (427-2225).

Cartoon Jazz
The UCSC Jazz Ensemble and Little Big Ban end their performance season with a fun and unique concert featuring the quirky cartoon music of composer Raymond Scott. 8pm. $8/$5/$3. Recital Hall, UCSC (459-2159).

World One Festival
Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience, GS Sachdev, Hamza El-Din, Vasen, Steeleye Span and Mari Boine Band. 11:30am-midnight. $99/$33/$22. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey (655-1094).


Saturday, June 14

Into Another Realm
See June 6.

Bat Night
Bat aficionado Morgan Venable introduces one and all to the night creatures through a slide show and live appearance. 7:30-9pm. $1. Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton (462-8300).

Juneteenth Celebration
A celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation features food, crafts, music and speakers. noon-5pm. Free. Laurel Park, Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz (429-3504).


Sunday, June 15

Pops for Pops
The Santa Cruz County Symphony pats the backs of dads everywhere with its annual Father's Day concert in the park. 2pm. Free. Henry Cowell State Park, Felton (462-0553).

Art on the Wharf
Roger Eddy and India w/Straightahead provide the musical backdrop as 30 artists display their original works. 9:30am-5:30pm. Free. Santa Cruz Wharf, SC (429-3477).


Tuesday, June 17

Zoo at Sunset
A staged reading of Phil Slater's play directed by Meg Harlor. June 17-18, 8pm. $3. Actors' Theatre, 1001 Center St, SC (425-7529).


Thursday, June 18

Zoo at Sunset
See June 18.


Friday, June 20

The Barber of Seville
Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company presents Rossini's classic opera. 8pm. $25. Through July 13. Capitola Theater, 120 Monterey Ave, Capitola (475-3518).

Surf Solstice Slam Festival
West Coast poets converge on Santa Cruz for three days of slamming, readings and performances. Tonight a Full Moon Poetry Beach Bonfire. Sunset-10pm. Call for complete times and locations (335-3991).


Saturday, June 21

The Barber of Seville
See June 20.

The Best of Friends
West Abbey Productions kicks off its 16th season with a summer production of a three-person play adapted from the letters and writings of George Bernard Shaw. June 21-July 20. MAH, 705 Front St, SC (335-7906).

A Bicentennial Celebration
A celebration of monumental proportions honors the 200th birthday of Mission San Juan Bautista and its surrounding town with a fiesta, parade, music, speakers and dancing. June 21-22, 11am. Throughout San Juan Bautista (623-2127).

Japanese Cultural Fair
A celebration of the art, crafts, cuisine and culture of Japan, along with Watsonville Taiko, the Okinawa Dance Academy and more. 11:30am-6pm. Free. Mission Plaza, 144 School St, SC (429-3778).

Surf Solstice Slam Festival
June 21: Multidimensional Poetry. 11am-5pm. Duck Island, San Lorenzo Park. CyberSlam. 8pm. Kuumbwa, 320-2 Cedar St, SC. Call for complete times and locations (335-3991).

Woodies on the Wharf
More than 100 pre-1950s "woodie" cars line the wharf for a celebration of the wood-rimmed autos. 10am-3pm. Free. Santa Cruz Wharf, SC (429-3477).


Sunday, June 22

The Barber of Seville
See June 20. 3pm.

Discovery Walk
A leisurely exploration of the flora and fauna that call Quail Hollow home. 9:30-11am. Free. Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton (335-9348).

Surf Solstice Slam Festival
Outdoor open readings. Call for complete times and locations (335-3991).


Monday, June 23

1907 Nights
Enjoy all the fun of the Boardwalk when all rides are only 50 cents each. Mondays and Tuesdays through August 26. 5pm. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).


Thursday, June 26

Pride and Prejudice
Easy Street Theatre Company presents an adaptation of Jane Austen's sentimental comedy/drama directed by Becky Wilding. 7pm. $15/$14. Through June 29. Actors' Theatre, 1001 Center St, SC (458-3614).


Friday, June 27

Summertime, Summer Nights
The summer concert series features hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s on Friday nights at 6:30 and 8:30pm through August 29. Jefferson Starship kicks off the series tonight. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).

The Barber of Seville
See June 20.

Pride and Prejudice
See June 26.

Eric Vormanns
The West African healer takes a look at maintaining spiritual integrity in the midst of personal challenge. 7pm. $10. Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, SC (426-8893).


Saturday, June 28

Monterey Bay Blues Festival
BJ Sharp, Frankie Lee, Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, Luther Allison, Barbera Morrison, Tommy Castro and Clarence Carter. 10:30am. $15/$12. Also June 29. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey (394-2652).

The Barber of Seville
See June 20.

Pride and Prejudice
See June 26. 2 and 7pm.

Olive Oil Tasting
Sample some of the finest in the world's olive oil and vinegar. 11am-5pm. Free. Jones & Bones, 621 Capitola Ave, Capitola (462-0521).

Roller Derby
The Santa Cruz Royal Rollers, the area's only roller derby team, straps on its skates and gets down and dirty against the Los Angeles Turbos. 7:30pm. $10/$5. Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, SC (292-7783).


Sunday, June 29

Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Gospel Hummingbirds, Chris Cain, Arthur Adams & the BB King All-star Band, Billy Branch and Etta James. 10:30am. $15/$12. Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey (394-2652).

The Barber of Seville
See June 20.

Pride and Prejudice
See June 26. 2 and 7pm.

Summer Music Picnic
The three-time series kicks off with an Italian country picnic and old- world musicians. 1-3pm. $15. Also July 20 and August 17. Hallcrest Vineyards, 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton (335-4441).




July

Friday, July 4

The Drifters
Spend some time under the boardwalk with this classic, smooth-sailing band. 6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).

Music in the Mountains
Enjoy live country music in the meadowlands. July 4-6, 9am-5pm. Free admission. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd, Felton (335-4484).

Firecracker 10K Race
The race through Pogonip is the most scenic and challenging course in Santa Cruz. 8:30am. $20/$16. Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz (429-3477).

4th of July Celebration
Live music, children's entertainment, exhibits, food, drink and fun for the whole family in honor of our nation's birthday. 11am-5:30pm. Free. Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz (429-3477).

Old-Fashioned Picnic
Step back in time for a day of 4th fun with hand-cranked ice cream, crafts, a cake walk and more. 11am. $6. Wilder Ranch, 1401 Coast Rd, SC (426-0505).

World's Shortest Parade
Celebrate Independence Day with a parade followed by a family day in the park. 10am-4pm. $2. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos (688-1467).


Saturday, July 5

Bobby Valentino
Dine under the stars with the cuisine of Tarpy's Roadhouse, then a cut a night-time rug to the jazz and Western swing sounds of Valentino. 6pm. Cachugua Community Center, Carmel (800/GALANTE).

Funny Girl
Cabrillo Stage is tickled pink over its summer production of the comedic musical. July 5-Aug 3. $20/$17/$15. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos (479-6154).

Monterey Bay Meltdown
The third annual culinary event offers tantalizing tastings of salsas, spices, sauces and more. Each weekend in July. 11am-5pm. Free. Jones & Bones, 621 Capitola Ave, Capitola (462-0521).


Friday, July 11

Bachmann-Turner Overdrive
Get ready to rock & roll with this blast from the past. 6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).

The Barber of Seville
See June 20.


Saturday, July 12

The Barber of Seville
See June 20.

Monterey Bay Meltdown
Sample flavors from other worlds. 11am-5pm. Free. Jones & Bones, 621 Capitola Ave, Capitola (462-0521).


Sunday, July 13

The Barber of Seville
See June 20. 3pm.


Thursday, July 17

Shakespeare Santa Cruz
The professional summer theater festival celebrates its 16th season, this time under the direction of Paul Whitworth, in productions of Alexander Ostrovsky The Forest and Shakespeare's Richard III and As You Like It. July 17-Aug 31. Performing Arts Center, UCSC (459-3160).


Friday, July 18

Hot & Cool Jazz Festival
Jean Kittrell and the Jazz Incredibles, Igor's Jazz Cowboys, Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz, Cats N' Jammers and more than 10 other jazz bands from around the state perform at locations along the wharf. July 18-20. Call for scheduling and ticket info (662-1912).

The Shirelles
The all-female band hits high notes from an era gone by. 6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).


Saturday, July 19

Hot & Cool Jazz Festival
See July 18.

Monterey Bay Meltdown
The tasting series continues. 11am-5pm. Free. Jones & Bones, 621 Capitola Ave, Capitola (462-0521).

Reptiles
Herpetologist Rick Oliver shares his reptile collection. Children welcome. 10am-1pm. $1. Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton (335-9348).


Sunday, July 20

Hot & Cool Jazz Festival
See July 18.

Musical Saw Players Festival
Musicians play fiddles, musical saws, harmonicas and banjos at this old-time bluegrass festival of fun. 11am. Free admission. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd, Felton (335-4484).

Summer Music Picnic
Jazz and Jambalaya continues the summer series. 1-3pm. $15. Also August 17. Hallcrest Vineyard, 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton (334-4441).

Mountain Bike Race
Another chapter of the sixth annual Wilder Ranch and Gray Whale Ranch Bike Race and Poker/Fun Ride and post-race barbecue, award show and raffle. Registration required. 9am. Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd, SC (429-1840).


Friday, July 25

Three Dog Night
These '60s and '70s favorites play "Joy to the World" and a host of other classic hits. 6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).

Garlic Festival
The 18th annual Garlic Festival features garlic food, wine, arts and crafts and live entertainment. July 25-27, 10am-7pm. $10/$4. Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy (842-1625).


Saturday, July 26

Summer Fat Fry
The 5th annual summer festival of country, blues, folk and bluegrass music including Robert Earl Keen and John Hiatt. July 26-27, 10am. Aptos Village Park, Aptos (338-6784).

Monterey Bay Meltdown
Tempt your tastebuds with offerings of the spicy, the sweet and the delicious. 11am-5pm. Free. Jones & Bones, 621 Capitola Ave, Capitola (462-0521).

Ranch House History Tour
Park docents lead a tour of the historic ranch house. 2:30-3:30pm. Free. Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton (335-9348).


Sunday, July 27

Wharf to Wharf Race
Are you tough enough to take the six-mile challenge from the Santa Cruz Wharf to Capitola? 8:30am. Santa Cruz Wharf, SC (475-2196).


Thursday, July 31

Cabrillo Music Festival
The 1997 season begins its exploration of the influence of jazz on American orchestral music with a pre-season opener and birthday gala for Lou Harrison featuring his works for Gamelan. 7:30pm. $7-$25. Recital Hall, UCSC (426-6966).




August

Friday, August 1

Cabrillo Music Festival
The festival kicks off its 35th season with "Opening Night Boogie" with works by Libby Larsen, Jorge Calandrelli and Leonard Bernstein. 8pm. $7-$25. SC Civic, 307 Church St, SC (426-6966).

Chubby Checker
Come on, baby, and do the twist on the sand at this free summertime concert. 6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).


Saturday, August 2

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
PJ's Oysterbed provides all the Cajun food to accompany the spice of BeauSoleil's zydeco tunes. 3-7pm. Cachagua Community Center, Carmel (800/GALANTE).

Cabrillo Music Festival
The festival continues with "Big Night in America," a series of small operas by Samuel Barber and George Gershwin, and the world premiere of original choreography set to Aaron Copeland's Hear Ye! Hear Ye! 8pm. $7-$25. SC Civic, 307 Church St, SC (426-6966).

Jazz Jam
The Cabrillo Music festivities continue late into the night with a post-concert jam session featuring Eddie Daniels and members of Turtle Island String Quartet and the festival orchestra. 10:30pm. Kuumbwa, 32-2 Cedar St, SC (426-6966).

Cabrillo Music Festival
Art, wine, food and music showcased by locals at this fun-in-the-sun two-day fest of cultural do-gooding. August 2-3, 11am-6pm. Free. Downtown Santa Cruz (429-3779).


Sunday, August 3

Cabrillo Music Festival
The festival presents "A Major, Minor Mystery" with music, an orchestra tour and a hands-on workshop for the kids. 2pm. Free. SC Civic, 307 Church St, SC (426-6966).

Daniels & Turtle Island
Jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels joins The Turtle Island String Quartet for a night of explosive jazz. 8pm. SC Civic, 307 Church St, 426-6966).


Friday, August 8

Music in the Mountains
This CabMuFest benefit features wine, food tasting and chamber music by orchestra members. 6pm. Lemon Yellow Farm, 111 Vine Hill Rd, SC (426-6966).

The Supremes
Mary Wilson joins the classic girl band for a night of Motown. 6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).


Saturday, August 9

Cabrillo Music Festival
The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra performs music by Christopher Rouse, Libby Larsen and Paul Schoenfield. 8pm. $7-$25. SC Civic, 307 Church St, SC (426-6966).

Mountain Man Gathering
Trappers and traders from the American West of the 1830s and '40s set up living history camps among the redwoods. August 9-10, 11am. Free admission. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd, Felton (335-4484).


Sunday, August 10

Cabrillo Music Festival
The festival winds the season down with a grand finale orchestra concert featuring a tribute to festival founder Lou Harrison and music by Carlos Chave and Joseph Schwantner. 4 and 8pm. Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista (426-6966).

Russian-American Festival
Celebrate the Russian heritage in everyone with a day of art, food, crafts and dancing. 10am. Free. Harvey West Park Clubhouse, SC (429-3778).


Friday, August 15

Papa Do Run Run
6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).


Saturday, August 16

Fine Arts Festival
Artwork from 30 local artists, plus food and music. Aug 16-17. Free. Bargetto Winery, 3535 N. Main St, Soquel (475-2258).


Sunday, August 17

Summer Music Picnic
The summer series concludes with Spanish guitar and paella. 1-3pm. $15. Hallcrest Vineyard, 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton (335-4441).


Friday, August 22

Kingsmen
6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7433).


Sunday, August 24

Aloha Races/Polynesian Festival
New and novice paddlers can strut their stuff at a morning of outrigger canoe races, then relax for an afternoon in the tropics with face painting, printmaking, lei-making, dancing and more. Races at 9am, festival at noon. Free. SC Wharf (429-3477).


Friday, August 29

The Drifters
6:30 and 8:30pm. Free. Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, SC (426-7344).


Saturday, August 30

Asleep at the Wheel
Enjoy a Western barbecue, sun, wine and fun while you dance up a storm to Texas swing. 3-7pm. Cachagua Community Center, Carmel (800/GALANTE).

Summer Sampler
Sample some of the year's best events including train robberies, mountain men, Civil War soldiers, country music and traditional 1880s skills and crafts. August 30-Sep 1 11am. Free admission. Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd, Felton (335-4484).


Sunday, August 31

Kuumbwa Birthday
Santa Cruz's legendary jazz center celebrates its birthday with a day in the park along with area musicians and foodies. 1pm. Free. Duck Island Stage, San Lorenzo Park, SC (427-2227).



This three-month cultural calendar was orchestrated and directed by Karen Reardanz.

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