Thursday, September 7, 2000
"The Bounds of Discovery" is Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern''s second two-man show. They got famous with "Two Guys Dancing About Math," which has toured nonstop since its debut in 1990. "Bounds" merges the duo''s highly physical choreography with wordplay, imagery and audience participation to create a strange and striking performance about the nature of the scientific imagination.
Shows are Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm at Cabrillo College Theater in Aptos. Cost $10 clams at the door, $12 in advance. Call the Cabrillo box office for tickets, 479-6331.
You know the Monterey Peninsula is deep into festival season when you get a press release touting the Home Organ and Keyboard Festival and you don''t even blink. More than 500 organ lovers--and we''re not talking kidneys here--are expected to attend the 41st annual Home Organ festival for a jubilee of concerts, master classes and open showrooms. The event is Sept. 11-14, at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. For more information visit www.hof.org.
Knowledge Is Powerful
September is Literacy Month in Monterey County, and three local institutions--the Salinas Public Library, Monterey County Free Libraries and Salinas Adult School--have launched a new program called Workforce Literacy Project.
The remarkable program was designed to meet the needs of on-the-job reading and writing challenges faced by local workers. Tutor-volunteers are being recruited now for the program''s six-hour training sessions, conducted at local libraries. After being matched with their students, tutors will receive supplemental training from Salinas Adult School.
If you would like to learn more or wish to volunteer, call 888-434-6700.
Great Galloping Grapes of Wrath
A new documentary called Great Books: The Grapes of Wrath, airs on The Learning Channel in mid-September, but those who want a sneak peak are invited to attend a screening of the film at the National Steinbeck Center this weekend.
Great Books, produced by the Cronkite Ward Company for the Discovery Networks, reexamines Steinbeck''s classic and the Joad family''s migration to California. After the screening, author Gerald Haslam (who is interviewed in the film), producer Ricki Green, and Dr. Susan Shillinglaw, director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at SJSU, will host a Q&A.
The event is Sunday, Sept. 10, 3:30pm, at the National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas. It''s free with paid admission to the Steinbeck Center. No-host reception to follow. For more information, call 775-4730.
Spector Goes To the Big Apple
Several members of Monterey''s very own SpectorDance company have been invited to participate in DanceNow Downtown, a New York City festival of 150 new choreographic works. SpectorDance will be performing "Harvest Gypsies," an original piece inspired by Grapes of Wrath, this Saturday at the Joyce Soho Theater. Fran Spector Atkins and collaborator William Roden created the work, which integrates dance with music, historic photographs and text. SpectorDance performed the work in May at the CSUMB World Theater, and in August at the Steinbeck Festival.