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April 1, 2023

Calendar Picks: Open Studios, Flamenco, theater on tap

In the mood for arts? You don’t have to go far this weekend. The following are some of the events happening in San Benito County in the coming days:
‘The Grunch’ opens
San Benito Stage Company is presenting The Grunch starting at 7 p.m. Friday. According to the local organization: Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail?
The show runs through April 28 on Fridays (7 p.m.), Saturdays (7 p.m.) and Sundays (2 p.m.).

  • Single Ticket (advance or at the door): $ 16.00
  • Senior/Student/Child: $ 13.00
  • Four tickets (advance sales only): $ 48.00

Library book sale
The Friends of the San Benito County Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at the San Benito County Free Library. For more information, call 831-205-1373.
Open Studios Art Tour
Local residents, students and visitors are invited to participate in a self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout San Benito County during the San Benito County Arts Council’s annual Open Studios Art Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and April 15.
This year’s tour features 29 local artists and artisans and showcases works in painting, photography, pottery and ceramics, stained-glass, jewelry and more! Open Studios is a great way for locals and out of town visitors to meet the artists, view and purchase original works of art, learn more about the processes of art-making and enjoy a scenic tour throughout San Benito County.
A free map of the artists’ studios and the artist directory can be downloaded online at sanbenitoarts.org. Maps are also available at ARTspace at 240 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister or at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. Please call (831) 636-2787 or email [email protected] for more information.
2018 Open Studios Artists: Allison Barnes, Anastasia Newman, Carol Sheilds, Christine West, Cindy Couling, Claudia Harden, Clay Peer, Dustin Kinsley, Dylan Sandstrom, Eric Tapley, Gayle Sleznick, Jane Rekedal, Judith Ogus, Kathleen Sheridan, Kati Damore, Kent Child, Laurie Tholen, Linda Jan Wynne, Louise Roy, Margie Minogue, Marisa Duran, Michaela Graves, Pati-Hughes-Fudge, Rhoda Bloom, Sally Diggory, SanDee Adams, Susan Worley, Sylas Jumper, and Trudi Burney
Open Studios is made possible by the California Arts Council, Aromas Hills Artisans, Sally Street Studios, Jane Rekedal Pottery, Gayle Sleznick and Andrea McCann.
Flamenco guitarist
Award-Winning Flamenco Guitarist José Antonio Rodríguez from Spain scheduled a concert at Gavilan College as part of his North American tour.
Who: Straight from his sold out New York City performance, one of Spain’s leading flamenco guitarists José Antonio Rodríguez will be making a special appearance at Gavilan College’s Gilroy Campus. The Córdoba’s award-winning musician is a remarkable guitarist acclaimed for his powerful and evocative renditions of contemporary flamenco. Rodríguez has composed music for orchestras and dance companies, participated in major projects with Paco de Lucía and Alejandro Sanz, and appeared in Carlos Saura’s Flamenco. His recent CD, Adiós Muchachos, was declared by Spain’s El País newspaper to be the best flamenco album of 2016. For this program, he will be accompanied by Patricio Cámara (percussion, vocal) and Paco Peña (bass).
What: José Antonio Rodríguez Trio Concert
Where: Gavilan College Theater at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM
How: Tickets available at the Gavilan College Bookstore, BookSmart in Morgan Hill, Porcella’s Music in Gilroy, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3382556, and at the door.
Cost: General Admission $15; Students and Seniors $10
For more information, please call 408-848-4794.
T Sisters at the Grange
The Aromas Grange Hall has announced the T Sisters are performing in April at the venue.
The Grange announcement reads as follows:
Oakland, California’s very own T Sisters return for a third year to our beloved 104-year-old historic Aromas Grange Hall to grace us with their presence and their beautiful harmonies. Erika, Chloe and Rachel (all real sisters) are looking forward to coming back to one of the venues that helped launch their careers just three short years ago. Their previous Grange Hall appearances were both sellouts so purchase your tickets early! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (subject to availability).
Doors will open at 3:30 pm. Show starts at 4:30 pm. Come early and feast on the Grange’s famous Roast Chicken Dinner for $10 with a Vegetarian option for $8.
Get your tickets at the Aromas Grange Breakfast on February 25th, at Marshall’s Market in Aromas, or through Brown Paper Tickets.com.


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