The Week, July 1-7
EXCEL for Youth, a program of Sonoma State University’s School of Extended Education, has been enriching summer education for students entering fourth-ninth grades for 30 years. Students have built computer games, performed Shakespeare, made movies and assembled giant sculpture. A retrospective exhibition of student work shows at the University Library Art Gallery through July 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $2.50 parking permit required Monday-Friday. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, http://library.sonoma.edu/about/gallery.php.
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library just isn’t as quiet as it used to be, at least not in the Armando Flores Community Room. Join folk-pop-rock singer-songwriter and Parents Choice Award winner James K for a free sing-along concert at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library, 11 a.m. July 5. Part of the Sonoma County Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program Dream Big: READ. All events are free. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park, 584-9121, sonomalibrary.org.
The Spreckels Performing Arts Center sparkles mid-July with alternating performances of classic historical drama “The Lion in Winter” and Vaudeville-style comedy of “Kitchen Kut-Ups Senior Variety Show, Best of 40 Years.”
Main Stage West and The New Spreckels Theatre Company present playwright James Goldman’s medieval family reunion, in which Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionhearted and his brothers vie for political advantage. Plays 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Bette Condiotti Theater (and returns for additional dates July 14-22). Tickets $25 general, $20 seniors/students.
The maturing Kitchen Kut-Ups (ages 50-89) sing, dance and tell jokes old and new for an audience of all ages in the Codding Theater. Saturday, July 7, Tuesday July 10, Thursday July 12 and Saturday July 14, all at 1 p.m. Tickets $15.
Call the Spreckels Box Office, 588-3400, Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m. and one hour before show time. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, rpcity.org.
Hankering to put on a show yourself? Get prepped with summer classes at McGrath’s Performing Arts Academy, Monday-Thursday. Choose from late afternoon and evening classes for children, teens and adults in ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap and contemporary dance; acting, singing and acrobatics. 6620 Redwood Dr., Ste. 2, Rohnert Park, 541-6101, www.mcgrathperformingarts.com.