Central Coast events: Bizet, Alton Brown, John Fogerty

The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)October 2, 2013 

Some of entertainment's most enticing voices can be heard at Central Coast venues this fall.Here are just some of the acts coming to San Luis Obispo County in October:

Outdoor adventure movies

Spanos Theatre, Oct. 6-7 ($20 to $21, $10 for seniors, students and children)

If you're a fan of the great outdoors, these films are for you.

"Reveal the Path," screening Sunday, follows fearless cyclists Matthew Lee and Kurt Refsnider as they explore Morocco, Scotland and other stunning locales. And screening Monday is "Reel Rock 8," about climbers tackling such challenging locations as Antarctica and Mt. Everest.

Proceeds from the screenings benefit SLO Op Climbing, a nonprofit bouldering gym.

Keola Beamer

Spanos Theatre, Oct. 11 ($39.20 to $48)

As the descendant of Hawaiian cultural and political royalty, acclaimed slack key guitarist Keola Beamer believes in remaining true to his roots. At the same time, he also enjoys mixing it up musically.

Beamer's latest show — "Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)" — finds the composer of "Honolulu City Lights" backed by Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and his wife, hula master Moanalani Beamer.


Cohan Center, Cal Poly, Oct. 12-13 ($10 to $75)

San Luis Obispo comes together this fall to bring Georges Bizet's beloved opera about a wild Gypsy woman to life.

This full-scale production, which stars Karen Mushegain in the title role, features an unprecedented collaboration between Opera San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast Children's Choir, Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo, Cuesta College Concert Choir and San Luis Obispo Symphony.

"Carmen" will be performed in French with projected English translation.

Dark Star Orchestra

Cohan Center, Cal Poly, Oct. 14 ($18 to $35)

Calling all Deadheads: Here's your chance to see the Grateful Dead in concert one last time. Well, sort of.

Tribute band Dark Star Orchestra draws on the Dead's vast catalog — as well as more than 2,500 Grateful Dead concerts over 30 years of touring — to create a historically accurate homage to the masters of improvisational rock.

Alton Brown: The Edible Inevitable Tour

Cohan Center, Cal Poly, Oct. 26 ($32.60 to $125)

As the witty, knowledgeable creator of "Good Eats," Alton Brown turned an ordinary kitchen into a culinary science lab. This fall, he'll transform the Cohan Center stage into a messy multimedia arena complete with live music and lots of audience interaction.

Come watch Brown, whose TV credits include "Iron Chef America" and the new "Cutthroat Kitchen," dish out delicious food and fascinating facts.

"The Complete History of America (Abridged)"

The Spot, through Oct. 20 ($15 to $20)

From the crazed minds behind "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" comes this fast-paced take on our nation's past.

"The Complete History of America (Abridged)" is a 90-minute roller coaster ride through 600 years, touching on everything from George Washington to Watergate. See the show that the Boston Globe describes as "what 'The Daily Show' might be like if it were hosted by the Marx Brothers."

John Fogerty

Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Oct. 11 ($48.50 to $98.50)

Despite his status as the frontman of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty wasn't "Born on the Bayou." In fact, he and his bandmates hailed from the Bay Area.

Of course, that didn't stop them from evoking the swampy South with songs like "Proud Mary" and "Suzie Q."

Fogerty, who first went solo in the 1970s, is touring in support of his newest album, "Wrote a Song for Everyone."

More fall events

-- "The Weir," Pewter Plough Playhouse, through Oct 27. Five friends in an Irish pub spin stories about faeries, ghosts and spirits in this haunting play. ($15 to $25)

-- Central Coast Follies, Clark Center, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday. This year's theme, "Heroes, Villains and Other Fairytales," is sure to delight audiences of all ages. ($25 to $29)

-- Classics in the Cohan, Cohan Center, Saturday. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers joins the San Luis Obispo Symphony for an evening of works by Russian composers Sergei Prokofiev and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. (TBA)

-- Masters of Bluegrass, Cohan Center, Sunday. Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury will share their combined two centuries of musical experience with concertgoers. ($26 to $48)

-- Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Tuesday. Join the former "Saturday Night Live" star and his bluegrass band as they perform with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. ($38.50 to $88.50)

-- The Dunwells, Spanos Theatre, Oct. 12. Central Coast audiences may recognize these British roots rockers from the time they opened for Los Lonely Boys at the Cohan Center in February 2012. ($30 to $38)

-- "Independence," San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, Oct. 18 through Nov. 10. Three sisters explore their relationship with their mentally unstable mother in this award-winning drama by the author of "A Walk in the Woods." ($15 to $25)

-- World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, Clark Center, Oct. 19. Gregory Popovich presents a fun, family-friendly show featuring his performing pets, which include 15 cats, 10 dogs and four geese. ($25 to $39)

-- Ying Quartet, Spanos Theatre, Oct. 19. This brazen, brilliant chamber music group will perform string quartets by Ludwig Van Beethoven. It's the latest concert in the six-part Beethoven Cycle series. ($38.40 to $47)

-- Cal Poly Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase Concert, Cohan Center, Oct. 25. Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller emcees performances by university groups. ($12 to $14, $9 seniors and students)

-- Joe Craven, Spanos Theatre, Oct. 25. Live Oak Music Festival attendees will recognize this multi-instrumentalist, who specializes in free-wheeling folk, world and roots music. ($17.60 to $22)

-- Joe Satriani, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Oct. 25. This Grammy-nominated guitarist, who performs with Living Colour, is a master of the ax. ($38.50 to $68.50)

-- Empire of the Sun, Avila Beach Golf Resort, Oct. 26. Known for elaborate costumes and highly theatrical stage shows, the electronic dance duo from Australia is making its outdoor debut. ($30 to $100)

-- An Evening with The Moody Blues, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Oct. 29. As their song "Nights in White Satin" demonstrates, this English band is known for blending psychedelic rock and classical music. ($38.50 to $88.50)


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