The celebrated all-male “drag ballet corps” brings an evening of hilarity and awe back to SLO with its unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy, along with true pieces designed to show off the performers’ impressive dance abilities. As The Telegraph explained: “The extraordinary skill of the Trocks proves that to undo ballet, one must first be able to do ballet.” “The Trocks are a guaranteed hoot for people who know nothing of ballet and an absolute must for those who think they know the originals.” — The Sydney Star Observer
Every first Friday, hundreds of visitors converge on downtown SLO to see new art exhibits and add to their growing collections. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s SLO’s favorite night of the month to celebrate art for free! Though many shops are open earlier, Art After Dark officially starts at 6pm and runs to 9pm. On a typical Art After Dark, over 20 galleries and non-traditional art venues (think restaurants, boutiques, and salons) spotlight the best of established and emerging local artists. They sometimes also feature the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Expect sore feet and creative juices to be flowing from 6 to 9pm on the first Friday of the month.
3/6:Phyllis’ Musical Revue
BE HAPPY…DREAM BIG!
Join us at the Alex Madonna Expo Center for another lively variety show and the latest fashions from My Favorite Things Boutique. Enjoy a delicious Madonna Inn meal and bid on a wide variety of silent auction items. Have a fantastic time with friends while supporting services for victims of intimate partner violence and child abuse in our local community! Tickets are on sale now and going quickly!
To purchase tickets for this year’s show on March 6 & 7, 2015 call the Madonna Inn Boutique at 784-2441 or email email@example.com.
Variety is the spice of life, and the SLOIFF is proud to embrace that philosophy in its programming. From cutting edge documentaries to tried and true cinema classics, the SLOIFF celebrates film on the ‘big screen’ by offering something for everyone. Experience HOLLYWOOD & VINES EVENTS that pair excellent local wines with film classics. Or the RED CARPET EVENTS, where we welcome celebrities from Hollywood filmmakers to action sports legends.
Enjoy premieres of INDEPENDENT FILMS – films that you may not have a chance to see anywhere else. Filmmakers from all over the world attend the Festival and offer informative Q & A sessions after the screening of their films.
The University Jazz Bands present concerts in Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall at the Performing Arts Center that showcase traditional, contemporary, and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly.
Broadway’s new Nice Work If You Can Get It is a sparkling, madcap tale that combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic! Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”
“Who could ask for anything more!” — New York Magazine
Join the wonderful ladies of the Canzona Women’s Ensemble for an afternoon of beautiful melodies. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $10 for students.
3/15:MET Live in HD: La Donna del Lago
Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti. ENCORE
Sponsored by Francesca Fairbrother & Barbara Murphy
Join a City Ranger for hikes at beautiful, local open spaces, and learn about geology, vegetation and wildlife. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Hike duration varies with group. For more information or to schedule a group hike, call 781-7302. Schedule: Stenner Springs @ end of Stenner Rd. All ages. Sun Jan 4 1pm. FREE. Reservoir Canyon. All ages. Sun Feb 8 1pm. FREE. Cerro San Luis. All ages. Sun Mar 15 1pm. FREE. Froom Ranch @ Home Depot Lot. All ages. Sun Apr 19 1pm. FREE. Johnson Ranch. All ages. Sun May 10 1pm. FREE.
Broadway’s multimedia spectacular is a stunning musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. This note-for-note theatrical event is filled with classic Beatles hits, such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude,” and so many more. (This is a high volume performance)
“The next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” — The Denver Post “A two-hour homage to pop music’s most brilliant gem.” — Los Angeles Times
Sponsored by Sheila Tiber, Dr. Elaine K. Yin – Central Coast OB/GYN
Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli pay homage to Nat King Cole, whose smoky, smooth vocals spawned a long string of solid hits, starting with “Straighten Up and Fly Right” in 1943. Current jazz giants Lewis and Pizzarelli have crafted a tribute to the titan of 1950s vocal pop, his hits (“Unforgettable,” “Smile,” “Nature Boy,” “Route 66″), and those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers. Pre-show lecture scheduled
Having toured with Elton John and collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among other popular artists, these two Croatian cellists have achieved sensational international success by taking the instrument to a new level. Their innovative, passionate style breaks down the boundaries between different genres of music – from classical and film music to pop and rock, re-imagining the music for the cello.
“Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the ‘60s…”— Elton John
Sponsored by Arthur & Joyce Duarte
3/21:Great Works of Art
Music to depict great graphic art, including “Two Night Canvasses” by Camphouse, “Impressionist Prints” by Forte, and the “Great Gate of Kiev” by Mussorgsky. The Cuesta Wind Ensemble is featured as well.
Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to “Tuxedo Junction and get “In the Mood” to hear a “Moonlight Serenade” performed by a 13-piece Big Band and a half dozen singer-dancers wigh some hot boogie woogie! In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters and big band greats of the ’40s. Complete with period costumes and choreography, In The Mood celebrates America’s greatest generation that listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era.
The Boston Globe has described them as “the hottest group in the Celtic realm!” For more than 25 years, Altan has been one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music on the world stage and remains a favorite of Central Coast Celtic lovers.
Featuring special guest: Liz Carroll (fiddler)
“Altan continues to be one of the Celtic world’s great treasures, gifted with a front line that is a sheer powerhouse.” — Los Angeles Times