“The Illusion” by Pierre Corneille (freely adapted by Tony Kushner): This seventeenth century melodrama centers on the philosophical ethos of love and suffering, and takes on a cavernous, comedic façade. Tony Kushner’s adaptation reinvigorates old-world lyricism with contemporary ruminations on one lawyer’s journey to reconnect with his estranged son. Free for UCSC undergrads with ID.

Nov. 16–18, shows Friday/Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m.

UCSC Theater Arts Experimental Theater



KRS-One: South Bronx trailblazer and solo rapper since 1993, “The Teacha” dictates old-school style in a rousing invocation of contemporary commentary and masonic percussion, breathing life into the musical manifesto of Boogie Down Productions and its B-boy curators. KRS holds true to a sonic treatise on rhyme and punishment that altogether pummels the tympanic threshold into a boom-bap scrap with the ghosts of hip-hop’s past.

$20 in advance, $25 at door.

Nov. 18, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

The Catalyst


The Original Wailers: Lead guitarist Al Anderson, formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers, gives modern reggae the forever-living, all-singing touch, wearing a pioneering Caribbean outfit that hardly pales in comparison to the Marley suit. Anderson and company fan the flames of the roots reggae performing golden-age nuggets from decades past and a harvest of neoclassical musings fit for the Rastafarian catalog. $18 in advance, $20 at door.

Nov. 19, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Moe’s Alley, 21+



Rainbow Theater Fall 2012 Season: The Rainbow Theater wraps up its nineteenth season with its final showings of The Fifth Element production “Breath Boom,” lifting heavyweight issues of suicide, rape, AIDS, the prison industrial complex and gang culture into the spotlight for a poignant look into multicultural identity. Admission for students is free with a valid UCSC ID.

Nov. 16–18, doors at 6:30 p.m., shows at 7 p.m. UCSC Stevenson College Event Center