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June 2017

Layne Littlepage in “Musical Comedy!”

June 9 - July 2 /

Internationally acclaimed performer Layne Littlepage returns to the Carl Cherry Center’s stage with the premiere of “Musical Comedy!” — the show that puts the comedy back in musical.  Layne will be performing with Barney Hulse on piano and special guest Cliff Berry.

From music hall to cabaret to contemporary Broadway—musical fun and humor from both sides of the Atlantic. The show includes songs by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann, Anna Russell, Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Dietz and Schwartz, Goldrich and Heisler, and material of the great British comediennes Joyce Grenfell, Patricia Routledge and Beatrice Lillie.

A performance to delight and amuse. Don’t miss this unique and hilarious show!

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm , Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25, available through or by calling (831) 229-3137. 

“Meaning Made Visible”

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - August 4 @ 5:00 pm /
  • Meaning Made Visible, a three-person exhibit exploring varied approaches toward nonobjective painting, opens Friday, June 30th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 30th. The event is free and open to the public.

    This exhibition explores the diverse approaches to nonobjective art from three varied perspectives. From the contemplative canvases of Paul Seftel to the forceful brushwork of Linda Simmel and the enigmatic spatial forms of Rebecca Koury. The variety of materials and techniques included in this presentation testifies to nonobjective painting’s enduring potential as a form of artistic expression.

    The exhibit can be seen Wednesday through Friday from 11 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m. or by appointment through August 4th. The Carl Cherry Center is located at the corners of Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. Information: (831) 624-7491.

    Image: “Autumn Winds” – Rebecca Koury

    July 2017

    Feleboga: Norwegian Folk Music

    July 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / / $15

    The Oslo-based folk trio Feleboga will perform Thursday, July 6th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. Feleboga repertoire includes American old-time fiddle tunes and ballads as well as different genres of traditional Norwegian tunes.

    Hans-Hinrich Thedens, Elizabeth Gaver and Mattias Thedens perform older, intricate listening pieces (lyderlåter) and dance tunes (slåtter) for solo hardingfele, to the newer gammeldans tunes (waltz, reinlender, polka) for hardingfele or violins and guitar. Feleboga has performed and taught in Norway, Germany, Poland, Iceland, Thailand, and the US (Minnesota, Indiana, New York, Washington D.C.)

    Tickets are $15.00, available through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (831) 624-7491.

    About Feleboga:

    Hans-Hinrich Thedens received his doctoral degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Oslo, writing his dissertation about hardingfele spelemann Salve Austenå and his repertoire. He is the director of the Norwegian Folk Music Collection at the National Library in Oslo and is involved in several research projects. During a sabbatical to Tennessee in 2004, Hans-Hinrich took up the banjo and has since taken part in courses with several leading old-time musicians. He was a member of the country and western band, The Oklahoma Lonestar Heartbreak Institute, in Hamburg and of Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag, pioneering contemporary arrangements of Norwegian folk music.

    Elizabeth Gaver plays early stringed instruments and has performed and recorded extensively with the medieval ensemble, Sequentia (Paris). She is also a member of Ulv, Pro Musica Antiqua, Oslo, and Modus and has performed with several baroque ensembles. Elizabeth often plays for the Telemark Dance Club in Oslo and at the Norwegian Folk Museum. She founded Solveien Spelemannslag, a folk music group for children, at the Nordstrand Steiner School. Elizabeth has learned old-time fiddling from players in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.

    Mattias Thedens has played fiddle for six years and has learned from several well-known American and Irish fiddlers. In summer 2014 he was awarded the Ralph Blizzard scholarship at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina. In addition, Mattias plays hardingfele and has learned tunes from archive recordings as well as from young performers in Norway. Mattias has danced Norwegian traditional dances since he was four and performed with Feleboga since he was five. He has just finished tenth grade and will start high school in the fall.

    Jazz at The Cherry Presents Bruce Forman’s Junkyard Duo

    July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm /
  • / $25

    Bruce Forman’s Junkyard Duo

    Join us in welcoming Bruce Forman back to The Cherry for an encore performance on Friday, July 7th at 5:00pm. This past May, his one-man stage play “The Red Guitar” was a sold-out hit.  This time around, scavenging music from the edge of sound, his Junkyard Duo will use unique instrumentation and exotic sounds to create a spontaneous and intimate exploration of styles and approaches. Partnering with Bruce for this show is Jake Reed–drummer, percussionist and soundscaper extraordiaire! Hobo chic at its utmost!

    About Bruce Forman

    Bruce Forman’s guitar style has been an important part of the international jazz scene for more than three decades. He has been featured as leader as well as sideman at many of the most prestigious festivals and concert venues throughout the world. His numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Barney Kessel, Roger Kellaway, Richie Cole, and countless others. Known for swinging bop-style phrasing and inventive harmonizations, his ability to work in a variety of settings keeps him in constant demand. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning film, Million Dollar Baby.

    Forman’s life and musical journey provide an American saga that is still in full swing. His Texas origins, early career in San Francisco and New York, and years on the road all contribute to the unique and highly personal vision he demonstrates today. Deep immersion in American culture inspires him to contribute to the traditions he drew from. Cow Bop’s “road challenges” down historic byways like Route 66; original works like The Red Guitar; JazzMasters Workshop — these are only the latest answers to the endless question that underlies Bruce Forman’s creativity. His music and life reflect every step of his journey, and demonstrate the awareness of an artist who’s very much at home in the world, and at the top of his form.

     One performance only: Friday, July 7th,  from 5:00PM –  7:00PM. The $25 ticket price includes wine and light fare.  Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (831) 624-7491.

    This performance is sponsored in part by Morgan Winery.

    An Afternoon with Steve Ross AND An Evening with Steve Ross


    Cabaret-by-the-Sea is proud to present internationally-acclaimed cabaret performer Steve Ross, coming to the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts for two performances on Wednesday, July 12th. For his Carmel debut, Ross has selected an eclectic mix of favorites, including songs by Ira and George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Noel Coward and more. A question and answer period will follow the matinee performance.

    About Steve Ross

    “Crown Prince of New York Cabaret,” Steve Ross rose to fame in the late 1970’s following long runs as a singer/pianist for Ted Hook’s Backstage and the legendary Algonquin Hotel. He has spent the ensuing decades entertaining in smart clubs and swank parties the world over; from Broadway to the Ritz in London, Crillon in Paris, Imperial Hotel Tokyo and back to Carnegie Hall. New York Times critic Stephen Holden described Ross as, “the personification of the bygone dream world that his music summons.”

    Please join us for music, merriment and memories. Wednesday, July 12th  at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Tickets in advance are $25.00.

    Tickets for “An Afternoon with Steve Ross”  at 2:00PM are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

    Tickets for “An Evening  with Steve Ross” at 7:00PM are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

    Tickets for both shows are also available by calling Cabaret-by-the-Sea at (646) 298-4772. The day of the performance, tickets will be $30.00 at the door (cash only please).

    Composers at The Cherry

    July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm /
  • / $80.00

    Sit back and let some of Monterey County’s most eloquent composers guide you through the glories and mysteries of their creative process. Join us as acclaimed local composers Gaston and Nico Georis, John Wineglass, Mark Mancina, and Alan Silvestri share the backstories, insights and highlights of their musical careers.

    $80 per person. available through Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket price includes wine and light fare. All proceeds benefit the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts.

    Information: (831) 624-7491.

    This event is sponsored by Pescadero Mexican Restaurant, Carmel.

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