Songs as joyful as they are subversive...

Added THU, APR 14TH 2016

Whoa, Nellie!
Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay performs April 22

Nellie McKay


“Songs as joyful as they are subversive”
                                           —The Washington Post

There is no other contemporary artist—let alone one so at home with jazz, pop, and torchlight standards—who so lethally combines the serious and the hilarious as Nellie McKay. Don't miss your chance to catch her in a rare West Coast appearance at Montalvo on Friday, April 22, at 8pm!

Featuring quick wit, keen insights, and brilliant musicality, McKay's songs have been featured in both movies and TV series.
As adept on the ukulele as on the piano, she has been delighting New York audiences for years at cabaret venues including the Spiegeltent, Feinstein's 54 Below, and Joe's Pub. In 2006, she made her highly acclaimed Broadway debut as Polly Peachum in Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera

Click below to purchase your tickets today, or call our box office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Want to hear more from Nellie? Click here for a fascinating interview on NPR Music, and check out her Tiny Desk Concert through the video link below!

April 14, 2016

Montalvo is a member-supported
non-profit organization
dedicated to the arts.

Make masks, duel, and eat tacos
Mask Salon & Open Studio

On Saturday, April 16, from 2-4pm, join Lucas Artist Fellows We Players for a fun afternoon Mask Salon and Open Studio in our charming outdoor Creekside Studio space.

You'll explore the rich artistic tradition of mask-making through a series of hands-on activities and come away with a unique mask of your own.

We Players' stage fighting expert will also teach the basics of swordfighting to anyone who's feeling up to the task!

Enjoy a taco!

Enjoy a beer or glass of wine at this casual workshop, and don't forget to get a delicious taco plate served up fresh to order. Chat with the artists as you create your mask, and learn how they stage site-specific performances around the Bay Area (including Romeo & Juliet at Montalvo this October). You'll even get a peek inside their studio space to see what they're working on now.

Tickets to this special Open Access event are just $10, or free for Montalvo members. Click below to purchase yours today (members, RSVP through Chris Wilcox at 408-961-5849).


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Meeting Maupin
Join the author for a conversation April 24
Armistead Maupin

Hailed as having "invented San Francisco" through his iconic Tales of the City series, internationally bestselling author Armistead Maupin comes to Montalvo on on Sunday, April 24, at 3pm, for a fascinating and evocative conversation with Katherine Maxfield about his life in literature, theater, and music.

Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tales of the City went on to blaze a trail through popular culture—from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries. Maupin’s other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener—which became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams.

After the talk, join us for an intimate reception in the historic Villa—your opportunity to meet and mingle with the author and purchase books. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will also be available. 

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at a glance:

Thu, April 14, 7:30pm

Fri, April 15, 8pm
The Swingles 

Sat, April 16, 11:30am
Floral Design: Spring Branches & Buds 

Sat, April 16, 2pm
Open Access: Un-Masked—Mask Salon & Open Studios with We Players

Sun, April 17, 3pm
The Saint Michael Trio: Delineating Brahms 

By Appointment:

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours



On view through May 29:
James Gouldthorpe's Particles: A Painting in Ten Chapters



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