Music, dance, children's theatre, and Yuletide all coming up!

Added THU, OCT 25TH 2012

Interactive performance
by Nina Waisman:
Body Envelope, November 8
Dancer Natalie Metzger in Nina Waisman's Body Envelope
Dancer Natalie Metzger in 
Nina Waisman's Body Envelope

On Thursday, November 8, at 7pm, don't miss visual artist Nina Waisman as she presents an evening of performance and interactive sound work in the historic Villa entitled Body Envelope. Admission is FREE!


This unique work consists of a beautifully designed chandelier suspended in the Main Hall of Montalvo's historic Villa: translucent tubes, wires, and sensors hang from ceiling to floor, creating an amoeba-like envelope large enough for a body to move inside. As visitors pass through the installation, they are surrounded by a variety of sounds and textures. 


The piece will be activated through a special dance performance developed with several influencial artists, including dancer Mariah Maloney, dancer/choreographer Flora Wiegmann, choreographer/filmmaker Natalie Metzger, and others.


Waisman and the rest of the production team will host a Q&A after the performance, which is part of the ZERO1 Biennial's 9 Evenings program. Don't miss it!



Unforgettable concert experiences at Montalvo!


Nellie McKay
Nellie McKay performed during the blackout!

When the power went out in our whole neighborhood this past Sunday just before Nellie McKay was set to perform, we thought we might have to cancel the show.


Fortunately, Nellie was up for a challenge! She performed a lovely candle-lit set in the intimate Carriage House Theatre, much to the delight of the audience. Thanks to everyone who stuck it out in the dark for a truly memorable concert!


We've got plenty more great concerts coming up that you won't want to miss: master pianist Jon Kimura Parker performs his own arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring this Sunday, October 28, at 7:30pm; the J.C. Smith Band and special guests present a musical tribute to blues legends on Saturday, November 10, at 7:30pm; and Peppino D'Agostino & David Tanenbaum present The Pacific Guitar Ensemble on Sunday, November 11, at 7:30pm. And the good news is: we expect the power to be on for all of these performances!


Purchase tickets to these and other shows online anytime or through the Montalvo Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

J.C. Smith
The J.C. Smith Band is "one of the top blues acts in the Bay Area" (Metro). They perform Nov 10 with Eddie Shaw, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Vaan Shaw, Steve Lucky, Carmen Gettet, Sid Morris, and Mitch Woods.



at a glance:


Thu, October 25, 7:30pm

John Mayall (SOLD OUT!) 


Sat, October 27, 8pm

The Reduced Shakespeare Company's Complete History of America (abridged): Special Election Edition (Limited availability!) 


Sun, October 28, 7:30pm

Jon Kimura Parker 


Fri, November 2, 7:30pm

Those We Love Most: Lee Woodruff reading & book signing 


Sat, November 3, 11:30am

Harry the Dirty Dog 


Thu, November 8, 7pm

Body Envelope by Nina Waisman 


Sat, November 10, 7:30pm

The J.C. Smith Band & special guests present a Musical Tribute to Blues Masters 


November 9, 10, &11, 2pm

Holiday Champagne High Teas


Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours



In the Project Space Gallery

Thurs-Sun 11am-3pm, free admission


Opens October 26

Ruth Boerefijn & Bia Gayotto: In and Out of Place. Final Friday Artists' Talk at 6pm; Opening Reception 7-10pm


Harry the Dirty Dog

coming to life in a

family performance

Harry the Dirty Dog

Join us on Saturday, November 3, at 11am, for our next wonderful Family Theatre performance: Harry the Dirty Dog!


In this charming adaptation of Gene Zion's classic book, Harry's insistence on avoiding bath time turns him from a white dog with brown spots into a brown dog with white spots. Gradually, he becomes unrecognizable to his beloved family. This performance, great for children and parents, will have you roaring with laughter while teaching your kids lessons along the way!


Harry the Dirty Dog is presented by the nonprofit California Theatre Center, whose goal is to offer a positive atmosphere in which young people can gain an appreciation and love of the arts. Tickets are available through the Montalvo Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.


Hicklebee'sPurchase the books that inspired the shows! Our friends at Hicklebee's bookstore will be at each of our Family Theatre performances (Click here for the full calendar), offering books for sale so that your child can experience these stories again and again.


Yuletide at Montalvo:

because it's never too early

to think about the Holidays!



The cold weather has arrived and November is right around the corner, which means the holidays are almost here!


Celebrate the season with the Montalvo Service Group's annual Yuletide events: Holiday Champagne High Teas (2pm, November 9, 10, and 11); a Marketplace Preview Party (5:30pm, November 15); and the popular two-day Yuletide Marketplace (9:30am-3pm, November 16-17).


Champagne High Tea
Festive table settings at Champagne High Tea.

Champagne High Teas offer delicate sandwiches, pastries, and teas in the charming setting of the historic Villa. These delightful afternoon gatherings sell out every year, so make your reservations in advance!


The Marketplace Preview Party will feature wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to begin your holiday shopping early! Tickets are $40.


The Yuletide Marketplace features unique, locally-made gifts including clothing, jewelry, art, and specialty foods. On Friday, November 16, from 11am-1pm, San Jose Mercury News columnist Steve Yvaska will be on hand to do antique appraisals. A bistro and cafe will also be open, so spend the day! 


Reservations for Tea and the Preview Party can be made by calling 408-961-5823 or by email.


If you love TV game shows,

come on down!

The Game Show Show!


You could be the next contestant on "The Game Show Show!", the fabulous new musical at The Retro Dome (San Jose's newest and grooviest performing arts center) that celebrates '50s and '60s TV game shows. 


Our friends at The Retro Dome have created a new "retro" stage show that features guests from the live studio audience as players in the on-stage game! If you love TV game shows like $64,000 Question, Twenty One and Match Game, you'll love "The Game Show Show!" Tickets are on sale now - and as a special offer, Montalvo email subscribers can enjoy 25% off tickets with this special Members Only code: 25MONTALVO.


Click here for tickets and information. Thanks for playing!




Montalvo Box Office:


Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm


Tickets available online via Ticketmaster


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