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Mondavi adds Costello, Sedaris and Pilobolus

The Pilobolus Dance Theatre will open its world of movement to Jackson Hall audiences on Sunday, Feb. 24. Known for their unique style involving bodily entanglement and limb-bending contortions, Pilobolus has been popular with audiences at the Mondavi Center in the past, most recently in 2009. Courtesy photo

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From page A1 | June 28, 2012 |

Three acts that have acquired a local following over the past 10 years — singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, author and humorist David Sedaris, and the acrobatic, visually imaginative Pilobolus Dance Theatre — will return to the Mondavi Center as “just added” events during the 2012-13 season.

Costello will present another intimate solo perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets are $35 to $65. His previous appearance at Mondavi was a well-attended solo show in April 2010.

Performances by this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer are prized by fans, with material ranging from new songs to hits spanning a career of 30-plus years, often including one or two songs from as far back as his 1977 debut album “My Aim Is True.”

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists, reflecting his wide range of musical styles. These include George Jones, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, No Doubt and his wife Diana Krall, to name a few.

Sedaris returns to Jackson Hall on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $49. Sedaris drew a sold-out crowd for his April 2011 Mondavi Center appearance.

His career was launched in 1992 when NPR broadcast his sardonic essay “The SantaLand Diaries,” describing his experience as an “elf” working in a department store during the holiday season. Several books by Sedaris subsequently have made the best-seller list, and he also is popular as a speaker/humorist on the lecture circuit.

A master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today, Sedaris slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness with great skill.

In their zany cut-up fashion, Pilobolus Dance Theatre will open their world of movement to Jackson Hall audiences on Sunday, Feb. 24, at at the family-friendly hour of 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $49.

Known for their unique style involving bodily entanglement and limb-bending contortions, Pilobolus has been popular with audiences at the Mondavi Center in the past — most recently in 2009 — and also appeared locally under the banner of the UC Davis Presents program prior to the Mondavi Center’s opening in 2002.

This highly unusual dance company, which recently marked its 40th anniversary, continues to be a deeply committed collaborative effort with three artistic directors and more than 25 full- and part-time dancers contributing to one of the most popular and varied bodies of work in the field.

“Just added” events augment the Mondavi Center’s 2012-13 season of performances featuring the best in classical music, dance, speakers, jazz, film and cultural programs.

Tickets for these three performances went on sale Monday to Mondavi Center subscribers and will go on sale to the general public on Sunday. Tickets and information are available at the Mondavi Center ticket office, online at mondaviarts.org and by calling (530) 754-2787.

Subscriptions for the coming season are on sale now at (530) 754-2787 and at mondaviarts.org. Single tickets for all other 2012-13 performances will go on sale Aug. 10.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8055.

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