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Even Scarecrows Need Friends

The goal of the Cambria Scarecrow Festival (CSF) for this October is to put a scarecrow in front of every business in Cambria and San Simeon.

     With this in mind, the CSF just announced a new giving program.  CSF has combined the Friends Program for local businesses with the former scarecrow rental program.  Now, when a donation is made to the Friends Program, the business owner will get to choose from a selection of scarecrows to put in front of the business based on the level of giving–at no additional cost.  Donations to the Cambria Scarecrow Festival can be made at:  cambriascarecrows.com/donate.

     In mid-August, photos and descriptions of all available scarecrows will be uploaded to the CSF website so that a favorite scarecrow can be reserved.  The earlier the donation, the better CSF can gauge how many scarecrows will be needed. 

     It is not only businesses that can be part of the Friends Program, however.  Anyone who would like to support the Cambria Scarecrow Festival can donate.  This entertaining and creative Festival cannot come to our community without funding, and the Friends Program helps provide that funding.  To past friends and those who have yet to become friends, any support is appreciated.

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It’s Only a Play by Terrence McNally at CCAT!

This weekend, the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre (CCAT) presents a staged reading of Terrence McNally’s hilarious hit It’s Only A Play.  Revived on Broadway in 2014, the play starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, as well as a full cast of Broadway favorites such as Stockard Channing and F. Murray Abraham. 

     It’s Only A Play is full of zingers aimed at Broadway itself, poking fun of everyone involved, especially the critics. It takes place upstairs at a glamourous opening night party, while the guests await the first reviews of a new play.  Entertainment Weekly stated, “It’s Only a Play is a poison-pen mash note to New York theater, at once gleefully bitchy and affectionate.” 

     The staged reading is being directed by Lisa Woske.  Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, May 13 and 14, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available online (CambriaArts.org) and at the door.  All seats are reserved.  CCAT is located at 1350 Main Street.  For more details, visit the website at:  CambriaArts.org.

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Famous Jazz Artist Series Presents Two American Jazz Greats May 22

Seven-string guitarist Ron Escheté together with bassist Luther Hughes will join the Famous Jazz Artist Series producers vibraphonist Charlie and vocalist Sandi Shoemake for two performances on Sunday, May 22, at The Harmony Café (824 Main Street).  The matinée will start at 3:00 p.m. and the evening performance at 5:00 p.m.  

     An educator since the early 1970s, Ron Escheté has performed with the likes of Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, and Diana Krall.  Bassist Luther Hughes has played with some of the biggest names in jazz in a career spanning over 40 years, including jazz legends Gene Harris, Mundell Lowe, Joe Henderson, Carmen MacRae, Horace Silver, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson, Hampton Hawes, Herb Geller, Diana Krall, and Michael Feinstein.  

     Tickets for each performance are $25 with an additional food and beverage minimum of $10.  Reservations are a must, judging from the sellout crowd who enjoyed the May 8 tribute to the music of Cole Porter.  Call (805-935-9007) or e-mail (charlie@talsanmusic.com) early to assure a seat.

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Entanglements III to Open at the CCA Gallery on Saturday

The Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce the Gallery’s next show, Entanglements III, opening Saturday, May 7.  This exhibit will showcase innovative fiber and textile art rooted in traditional fiber processes, structure, and material.  The show will run through Sunday, June 26. 

    The public is invited to the Entanglements III opening reception at the Gallery (1350 Main Street) from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, the day of the opening.  In addition to wonderful fiber art, the event will feature music, food, and drink.  As always, CCA will adhere to the latest County guidelines regarding Covid-19.  Please check the CCA website (cambriaarts.org) for more details.

    Entanglements has been a popular exhibit in the past.  The Gallery is thrilled to have fiber artists from all along the Central Coast participate in this third show that gives attendees an opportunity to broaden their connection with another medium.  The Gallery will be exhibiting the best of contemporary and traditional fiber art that reflects a wide range of textile creations.

     The show also will be opening virtually on the CCA website (cambriaarts.org/gallery-exhibits/) at 11:00 a.m. on May 7.   The Gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Be a Part of the Show!

After a two-year postponement of local summer musicals, preparations now are underway for what will surely be this summer’s smash hit Cambria the Musical, written by Cambria Chorale duo Ed and Linda Hughes.  The musical will be performed at the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre (1350 Main Street).  Performances will run from June 24 through July 10. 

     The musical is based on a true story about the history of Cambria and the George Lull House on Main Street.  George Lull was a wealthy and successful owner of a mercantile in the early days of Cambria.  The original home, located on what is now the Bluebird Inn property, has a storied past.

     The production is in need of singers, especially three or four women with strong voices to play a variety of characters and handle many of the vocals.  In addition, a second lead role is open for an actress in her 20s or 30s.  Other important elements for which the production currently is searching are a stage manager (will train if necessary) and a costume coordinator.  If any of these positions look intriguing, please email Artistic Director Jill Turnbow for more information at:  CCATJill@gmail.com.  Come join in the production that is sure to be entertaining.

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New Library Art Installation Features Paintings by Lori Slater

The most recent library art show by artist Lori Slater features an eclectic group of watercolors, oil, and acrylics that she has painted over the last decade.  Slater, who grew up in San Jose, began drawing and painting at an early age.  She attended San Francisco’s Academy of Art in 1975 and continued her art and humanity studies, earning a B.A. at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1980.  In 1979 the artist began selling her paintings at outdoor art shows such as Mill Valley Art Festival, the Santa Barbara Sunday Art Show, and Beverly Hills’ Affaire in the Gardens, and has continued to do so for 40 years.  She occasionally shows her work in galleries and public spaces.  Slater is a long-time resident of Cambria and has lived here since 1992. 

     This current collection does not have a theme or show an evolution of work but rather portrays a state of mind that could be understood as “subject abstracted”.  Slater’s works use architecture and nature for their formal possibilities, moving between formalism, abstraction, and surrealism that satisfies the artist’s expressive needs.  The combination of shapes, color, and value create a mood.  Slater’s work has been described as “…mysterious narratives…with common objects playing unusual roles, offering tales of strange journeys.”  Slater states, “The unusual richness of my work is achieved through glazing or layering the paint.” 

     Slater’s exhibit is on display through Tuesday, May 31.  The Cambria Library is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 1043 Main Street. 

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Cambria Community Chorale Will Present the Joy of Singing

The Cambria Community Chorale (CCC) wishes to keep the community aware of its progress in making its way back to the stage.  Two June dates have been chosen for the upcoming performances.  Although some details have yet to be ironed out, more information on the upcoming event is now available.

     “Joy of Singing” will be the Spring/Summer theme for the June concerts.  Director Ed Hughes has chosen a variety of styles in the upcoming songbook and has brought together some familiar Americana folk melodies, a soulful selection or two, and also an extended medley from the music of “Grease.”   Chorale members believe this selection will bring joy, touch hearts, and soothe souls.

     The upcoming concert dates are two Sundays, June 12 and 19, at 2:00 p.m.  The concert venue is the sanctuary at the Cambria Community Presbyterian Church, (2250 Yorkshire Drive).  Tickets are $20 for adults, and children are free.  Tickets will be available for purchase from a Chorale member beginning on Thursday, April 28.     Tickets also will be available for purchase at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.  Details about online ticketing sources will follow shortly.

     More information can be found on the CCC website at: cambriachorale.org/index.html and on social media platforms.  Plan on sharing with the Chorale in June for the “Joy of Singing!”