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Feb. 25 Open Access is a...


Creation is unpredictable. It’s a non-linear process. Filmmakers, poets, visual artists often set out on a new body of work without knowing quite what’s coming. What is it like to navigate that uncertainty? 

At our Lucas Artists Program, artists of all disciplines work in their studios on the quiet hillside. They have had experiences of creations that snuck up on them, films that took an unexpected turn, poems that wanted to be maps, characters that changed their minds, and paths that refused to be taken. 

Join us for an Open Access event on Monday, February 25 at 7pm: Surprise! Screenwriter, producer, and director Joie Lee, visual artist Zeinab Alhashemi, and poet Simon Pettet will share their own stories of surprise in the creative process.


Open Select Nights Through March 17, 2019: 
Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light 

Sun, February 10, 3pm:
The Saint Michael Trio:
Child Prodigies!   

Wed, February 13 &
Tue, February 19, 6pm:
Night Photography

Wed, February 20, 7pm:
Artists on Light and Public Space

Year Round:
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

For questions or to order tickets over the phone, call the Box Office: 

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

Last Chance Concert Tickets!

Banda Magda

Time is running out to get tickets to two of our exciting February Carriage House Theatre concerts! These shows take place in our intimate, indoor venue, so not only will you not have to worry about the weather, but you'll be seeing the performers up close and personal -- there's also not a bad seat in the house!

Join us on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30pm as fusion jazz superstars the Yellowjackets take the stage. Two-time Grammy winners, they were hailed by JazzTimes as a “perfectly combustible electric-acoustic outfit whose smart, often challenging and unpredictable compositions draw from fusion, post-bop, and contemporary jazz.”

On Saturday, February 23 at 8pm, don't miss out on one of the most innovative groups on the world music scene: Banda Magda.

Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda (pictured above) moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics, and world melodies sung in six languages.

Mixing, Mingling, and Munro

Mix & Mingle at Montalvo

If you're a young professional between the ages of 21 and 40, you're invited to a one-of-a-kind Mix & Mingle at Montalvo on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30pm-9pm.

Enjoy tasty bites, wine, and beer as you engage in art-making activities in the historic Villa and network with fellow young professionals. Plus, you’ll get access to areas of the house that are usually closed to the public. Next, set out to wander through our stunning outdoor nighttime exhibition, Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light

This evening is co-presented by SVOSJMA Young Professionals, and Silicon Valley Young Professionals; members of these groups can come for FREE (regular price admission: $15). Please contact your organization to receive instructions on registering. 

All tickets include on-site VIP parking for the event. Be sure to join the event on Facebook and share it with your friends and colleagues!

Photo Credits: Ron Leckie / Courtesy Banda Magda / Gege Xu

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