Sunday, April 26, 5 pm
$12 adults, free for children 12 and under
For 35 years, men from all over Marin County and San Francisco have come together to enjoy the camaraderie of singing as a chorus. This special concert showcases music from well-loved Broadway musicals, including South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, and West Side Story, as well as the more recent productions Rent, Spamalot, Pippin, and Jersey Boys. Joining the men on stage are the SF Glee Kids and a host of professional singers from San Francisco. Lovers of Broadway tunes: This is a concert for you!
Tuesday, April 28, 8 pm
$85.50, $65.50 & $45.50
At the age of 73 the veteran singer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ producer/ bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. It almost goes without saying that Merle Haggard is widely regarded as country music's greatest living recording artist. A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he's consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment.
Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 #1 country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame; been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat; as well as the only man to be invited to perform at the White House and invited to serve time in San Quentin Penitentiary.
Merle Haggard's turbulent and ultimately triumphant life has been full of surprises. The son of parents who'd fled the ravages of the Oklahoma dust bowl, he was born in a converted boxcar in Oildale, California on April 6. 1937. His father died when Merle was nine, and he spent his adolescence following his restless urges, hitting the road and riding the rails. He was also incarcerated in—and escaped from—a series of juvenile institutions, and his troubles with the law culminated in a botched robbery attempt that won the 20-year-old Haggard a three-year stretch in San Quentin.
His prison experiences led Haggard—who'd begun playing guitar at the age of 12 and worshipped Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams—to take stock of his life and decide to pursue a career in music. Upon his 1962 release, he became a fixture on Bakersfield, California's thriving country music scene, working manual labor jobs by day and playing local clubs by night. A string of singles for the local Tally label led to a deal with Capitol Records, and in 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "Branded Man," "Sing Me Back Home," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "Mama Tried,” "Hungry Eyes," "Silver Wings," "Workin' Man Blues," "The Fightin' Side of Me," "If We Make It Through December" and the much-misunderstood "Okie From Muskogee."
Those classics found Haggard honoring country-music traditions while drawing upon a broad range of jazz, blues, and folk influences, while his vivid, emotionally nuanced lyrics poignantly chronicled the dreams and heartbreaks of common people, as well as his own harsh life experiences.
Friday, May 1, 7 pm
$18 adults, $14 children (2-12)
Join PAAM for their Annual AVDC Showcase! Featuring teams from PAAM’s resident Alta Vista Dance Company, presenting competitive routines in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, and Musical Theater.
Sunday, May 3, 10:30, 12:30, 3 & 4
$18 adults, $14 children (12 and under)
Limit of 4 tickets per performance
Children under 2 not admitted
Performing Arts Academy of Marin’s Annual Conservatory Showcase
This annual showcase features PAAM’s Conservatory students performing dance routines in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, acro, theater styles, and ballet, as well as favorite pieces from musical theater. Also featuring competitive routines by the Alta Vista Dance Company, PAAM’s resident dance company. PAAM’s Conservatory provides students and performers with comprehensive theater and dance programs.
Sunday, May 3, 3 pm
$45, $35, $25
Premium Seats $60
Students (20 and under) $20
Our fantastically popular annual celebration of the history of the Broadway musical returns with an all-new show! Direct from New York, Neil Berg’s 105 Years of Broadway features five of Broadway’s finest stars singing hit songs from classic shows like My Fair Lady and South Pacific, groundbreaking songs from West Side Story and Chicago, and the biggest hits from current blockbusters like Jersey Boys and Wicked. If you love Broadway musicals, this is your must-see event of the season! Featuring Rob Evan (Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, Little Shop of Horrors), Jeannette Bayardelle (Dreamgirls,Caroline, or Change), Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, CATS), and Rita Harvey (Phantom of the Opera).
Friday, May 8, 8 pm
Saturday, May 9, 8 pm
$15 Seniors 60+ and Students, 13-18,
$5 Children 12 and under
Director Mark Penn, in his third Mayflower Chorus season, touches all the right chords in bringing out the group’s full musicality and exuberance. Enjoy a wide variety of music themed around the beauty and familiarity of “Songs of the People,” enlivened by narratives and staging surprises. The powerful 40-voice chorus, soloists, duets, and ensembles vary the mood and sound texture. The keyboard mastery of David Manley and an instrumental ensemble enrich the experience. The chorus continues to build on the joy and beauty of singing that began at a San Rafael pub 34 years ago. Read more at mayflowerchorus.org.
Sunday, May 10, 3 pm
$60, $45, $35, $25, $20 students (20 and under)
(No student discount at the $60 level.)
Champagne brunch: $36 adults, $19 children (12 and under)
Mother’s Day with Deana Martin—A Tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra
Join us for a special Mother’s Day champagne brunch at the Embassy Suites San Rafael, followed by a performance by Deana Martin in our theater. Martin, an influential American singer, actor, and performer, is the very proud daughter of the iconic entertainer Dean Martin.
Performing such classic hits as It Had to Be You, Strangers in the Night, Mack the Knife, and more, this special tribute concert is one not to be missed. Martin will take us on a musical journey honoring her father and his Rat Pack cronies and woo us with stories of her days with “Uncle Frank,” Sammy Davis Jr. and the others.
$29.50/$34.50 at the door
$65 VIP (includes best seats, signed copy of the CD, and a meet and greet after the performance)
students (20 and under) $20
Bodhi: Peace Is Now with an all-star band of musicians and singers
The national CD release concert for Peace Is Now promises to be an enchanted evening of long-form chant with a large chorus and more than 20 musicians, all of them stars in their own right. The melody, “peace is now,” becomes a choral mantra, played through a wide variety of musical styles such as folk, jazz, rock, reggae, gospel, and more, all brilliantly woven together, to deliver a vision of peace in the world. The album itself includes the talents of 35 musicians from various genres with one message: affirming a world of peace. Under Bodhi’s skillful direction, many voices and instruments unite to sing and perform as one. Best known for his exquisite flute work, Bodhi is equally at home on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, which add to the magic of this heartfelt recording.
Saturday, May 16, 8 pm
$60, $39.50, $32.50
For more than three decades, Harmony Sweepstakes has been delighting Marin audiences. Today it’s the county’s longest-running music festival and certainly one of its most popular. Begun in San Rafael in 1984, the event is the leading showcase for vocal harmony groups nationwide; winners of the seven regional competitions from around the country fly to San Francisco to compete in the national finals. From vocal jazz to doo-wop, barbershop to pop, and all styles in between, you will be amazed at the versatility of the human voice on display in this exhilarating evening of vocal harmony singing.
Sunday, May 17, Noon & 2 pm
Love2Dance Little Feet/Mini/All-Star Performance “DanceTube”
Love2Dance showcases its youngest dancers (ages 2 to 6) as well as the studio’s nationally ranked competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars. Dancing to a wide variety of popular kids’ songs, this fun and entertaining performance will feature ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. The Little Feet dancers will warm your heart and make you smile. Read more at www.love2dance.biz
Sunday, May 17 at 2pm.
$20 Children 12 & under
$20 Seniors 65 & over
Join the Just Dance Academy for their annual grand year-end spring performance. Audiences will enjoy an abbreviated classical ballet production of Cinderella, complete with stunning costumes and original choreography. Following the ballet, the junior and senior dance programs present jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and Bollywood. Productions include a Janet Jackson tribute and a rock and roll girls tribute. A wonderful family dance event for all ages. Read more at www.justdance.biz.
Love2Dance presents the sounds of today. The Love2Dance cast performs a variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, contemporary, acrobatics, ballet, and lyrical to hits of all genres, including popular hip-hop, country, top 40, and classical. Love2Dance, located in Novato, is a positive, upbeat dance studio with more than 300 students from around the Bay Area. The entertaining show promises to be a great time for the entire family, as the Love2Dance All-Stars perform their award-winning routines and the Dancing Dads bring the house down. Read more at www.love2dance.biz
Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm
$100, $70, $40
Singing sensation Celtic Woman brings their 2014 North American Tour to The Marin Center. Under the distinct musical direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs including the return of fan favorites “You Raise Me Up,” “Orinoco Flow” and many more, all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Celtic Woman as you’ve never seen them before.
This wonderful whimsical show is funny, provocative and endearing about chance meetings, secret loves, and the everyday up’s and downs of men and women meeting and falling in and out of love. It is several heartfelt stories of loves lost and found, but always speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity to love again, and again and yet again. You will laugh, and you might cry, but you will rejoice in all the experiences love can bring.
Sunday, May 31, 11am and 1:30pm
Join Miss Sara’s young dancers, aged 3 to 10, for their annual spring recital featuring original choreography and custom costumes.
$55 Advanced, $65 Day of the Event
The Breastfest is a unique fundraiser in that it is organized 100% by volunteers and 100% of the proceeds goes directly to low-income women who are battling cancer right now. These women are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends and they are truly grateful for your support.
For our 15th year of fundraising, The Breastfest beer festival has a new location back in beautiful Marin County at the Marin Center on the Fairground Island. The fundraiser will feature endless eats and bottomless cups at no additional charge. Sip beers from 38 of the best California Breweries while listening to live music and supporting a great charitable cause.
All the Proceeds from the popular event will benefit Oakland’s Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, an award-winning non-profit women’s health provider. A pillar of low-income medical care in the Bay Area, Charlotte Maxwell has supported and saved thousands of lives by providing complementary integrative treatments for low-income women with cancer for 25 years.
A free-of-charge clinic that specializes in complete care for those who need it most, the clinic’s innovative comprehensive care model supports women medically and financially during treatment, giving a safety net that allows for full recovery.
We've partnered with Lyft to get you to and from the Breastest safely. Get affordable rides within minutes after downloading the mobile app.If you’re new to Lyft, sign up with the promo code BREASTFEST for a free first ride up to $20. Once you download the app, create an account and enter the code in the ‘Payment’ section.Drink responsively and designate a drive or arrange a lift with LYFT!
We hope to see you at the Breastfest; it’s a good time for a great cause!
Friday, November 6, 8 pm
$49.50, $39.50, $29.50 Premium Seats $59
Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Greg Proops, Joel Murray Ryan Stiles, and Jeff B. Davis leave their audiences gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Everyone is amazed at how quickly they make it up and crowds of all ages are astounded at the incredidle improvised song lyrics Jeff Davis improvise and sing.