Don't Miss Out! Art and SETI, Great Jazz, Visual Storytelling

Added THU, APR 26TH 2018

Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter
Last Chance to Explore Life Beyond Earth
Life Beyond Earth

It's your last chance to get tickets to see SETI Artist-in-Residence and acclaimed musician Felipe Pérez Santiago in a lively evening of conversation and performance tomorrow (Friday, April 27 at 7pm): discover Life Beyond Earth -- an Open Access event that explores the possibilities of intelligent life in the universe.

The event will feature Santiago, SETI Institute President Bill Diamond, Program Director Charles Lindsay, scientist Dr. Jill Tarter, Lucas Artists Fellow Jen Bervin, and Montalvo's Lucas Artists Program Curator Donna Conwell. The panel will look at the exciting potential for creative synergy when artists and scientists come together to exchange ideas; 
in addition, Santiago will also share excerpts from his ambitious live musical project "Earthling," which he is developing in partnership with Tarter.

Want to mingle before the program? Come early and enjoy cocktails prepared by a mixologist courtesy of Mezcal Meteoro, plus delicious tacos from Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile!


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May 22: Three Jazz Greats Walk Into a Room...
Threadgill - Iyer - Prieto Trio


Don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see three of today's most astonishing jazz musicians making their West Coast debut as a trio at Montalvo: the Threadgill - Iyer - Prieto Trio will take the stage in our intimate Carriage House Theatre on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30pm.

Time Out New York
calls Vijay Iyer "trailblazing…one of his generation’s brightest jazz luminaries." A 2013 MacArthur Genius, Grammy-nominated composer/pianist, and Downbeat Magazine Artist of the Year, Iyer is also Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.

Henry Threadgill has been hailed by The New York Times as "perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation." A former Montalvo Lucas Artists Fellow, Threadgill is a 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winner, one of only three jazz musicians to have ever received that prestigious award (along with Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman). 
Cuban-born percussionist Dafnis Prieto is also a composer, bandleader, educator, and 2011 MacArthur Genius. His revolutionary drumming techniques have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally -- and garnered him a Grammy nomination.


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Get Kinetic with Tell it! Move it!
Tell It! Move It! with Eth-Noh-Tec

This coming Monday (Monday, April 30 from 4-6pm ), kinetic storytelling duo Eth-Noh-Tec will host a workshop called Tell It! Move It! -- a fun-filled evening that will get your creative juices flowing and take you from page to stage.

Whether you want to investigate different approaches to storytelling or you are a teacher who wants to use storytelling techniques in the classroom, this workshop is an excellent place to start. Together, we will explore the use of drama, creative group play, imaginative theater games, rhythm and musicality, and more. Have a favorite folk tale you wish to perform? Bring it along!

This lively and educational workshop is only $15 -- so get moving and grab your tickets!

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Montalvo Donors Love a Good Party
Donor Appreciation Party

One of the perks of supporting Montalvo is the opportunity to be invited to our exclusive Donor Appreciation Parties. An upcoming one will take place at the private home of a generous donor on Wednesday, May 9 and will include wine tastings, appetizers, entertainment, and the chance to meet like-minded folks who appreciate and support the arts!

To receive an exclusive invitation to this soirée, you must be a Director's Circle donor at the $2,500+ level and above. Unable to give at this level? Lower-level donors also receive amazing perks. Visit our website to see a list of all of our benefits.

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For questions or to order tickets over the phone, call the Box Office:
408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Fri, April 27, 7pm: Open Access: Life Beyond Earth
Mon, April 30, 9:30am & 11:30am: 
The Red Altar Project SOLD OUT!
Mon, April 30, 4pm: 
Tell It! Move It!
Wed, May 2, 11:30am: 
Joyce Maynard
Sun, May 6, 3pm: 
The Saint Michael Trio: Celebrating Mendelssohn
Thu, May 10, 9:30 & 11:30am: 
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site SOLD OUT!
Thu, May 10, 7:30pm: 
Shaun Hopper
By Appointment: Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours
Now on sale: Summer Camps

Image Credits: NZ / courtesy SETI / Bahara Emami

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