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Summer on the Boards

The best of the season's theater and performing-arts specials

Bel Canto Opera Series
The South Valley Opera presents "Elixir of Love," to be enjoyed while savoring fine wines. June 8; 7pm; $35. Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main St, Morgan Hill (408/779-2145).

Bizet's dark and passionate tale about a gypsy girl who seduces the young soldier Don Jose, then casts him aside for a new lover--with fatal results. Presented by Merola Opera Company. Aug 8­10; 7pm; $20­$80. Villa Montalvo, Saratoga (408/961-5846).

Don Giovanni
The South Valley Opera presents the classic piece. Aug 1; 7pm; $35. Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main St, Morgan Hill (408/779-2145).

Downtown Arts Series
Abkeza Arts and Film Institute (July 10­11), South Bay Guitar Society (July 12), Alegria de San José (July 13), Mostly Irish Theatre Company (July 18­19), Casa de la Cultura Mexica (July 20), Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene (July 25­26), Musica de Aztlan (July 27) and San Jose Minority Artists Guild (Aug 1­3). All performances at The Stage, 490 S. First St., San Jose (408/283-7142).

Ethnic Dance Festival
The annual season of international dance and music continues with over 38 soloist and companies performing pieces under the themes "Dance Odyssey," "Torchbearers and Innovators" and "It's the Feet!" June 13­29. $23/$18/$15. Palace of Fine Arts, 3330 Lyon St, San Francisco (415/392-4400).

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
San Jose Repertory Theatre performs a comic variety show written by Neil Simon. May 18­June 15. Montgomery Theater, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose (408/291-2255).

Limón West
The San Jose dance project presents its final offering for its third season with "Journey Through the Labyrinth," a choreographic tribute to Jose Limón's life. May 15­16; 7pm; $10­$25. University Theater, San Jose State University, Fifth and San Fernando streets, San Jose (408/924-4555).

Madama Butterfly
Opera San José performs selections from Puccini. May 18; 4pm; $50. Hakone Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/741-4994).

The Magic Flute
West Bay Opera presents the famous Mozart work. May 23­June 1; $30; Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto (415/424-9999).

Me and My Girl
The American Musical Theatre of San Jose presents the comical and romantic musical. May 16­June 1; $28­$48. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose (408/998-BASS).

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare at the Beach presents Shakespeare's comedy of magic and passion. Aug 15­Oct 12. $16/$12/$10. Outdoor Theatre, 15 Calle Del Mar, Stinson Beach (415/868-9500).

Performing Arts Summer Series
Aug. 7­8: Arte Flamenco de San Jose's Andulsian Nights. Aug 9: The Asian Heritage Council presents Asian music and dance. Aug. 15­16: Kaisahan of San Jose presents Zen and Now. Aug 17: Aztlan Academy presents Fiesta Mexicana XXV (2pm). Aug 22: Shri Karupa Dance Foundation presents Krishna--The Dark Lord. Aug 23: Mexican Heritage Corp of San Jose presents comedian Rick Najera. Aug 24: Rainbow Pride Performing Arts presents the Rainbow Women's chorus (2pm). Aug 28: MACLA presents comedian Paul Rodriguez (7pm and 10pm). Aug. 29­30: San Jose Jazz Society and Flamenco de San Jose. All performances at 8pm (unless otherwise noted) the Montgomery Theater, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose (408/293-5530).

Theatre in the Mountains presents its spring musical based on the Charles Dickens novel. May 17­25; $10/$8/$6. Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Rd, Los Gatos (408/353-9999).

Opera in the Park Live!
Opera San José performs "Opera for Everyone." May 25; 3pm; free. Guadalupe Park, West San Carlos Street and Woz Way, San Jose (408/437-4450).

The classical Indian dance ballet addresses the purpose of mankind. May 3; 6:30pm; $25/$10/$8. West Valley Community College Theater, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga (408/261-2999).

The Secret Garden
The San Jose Children's Musical Theater presents the best-loved children's story. May 8­11. Montgomery Theater, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose (408/288-5437).

Shakespeare in the Park
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents Much Ado About Nothing directed by Albert Takazauckas. July 25; 7:30pm; free. Also July 26­27, Aug 1­3, 8­10. Memorial Park, Cupertino (800/978-PLAY).

Shakespeare Santa Cruz
The professional summer theater festival celebrates its 16th season with productions of Alexander Ostrovsky's The Forest and Shakespeare's Richard III and As You Like It. July 17­Aug 31. Performing Arts Center, UC­Santa Cruz (408/459-3160).

Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare's tale of a fiery Italian battle of the sexes. May 30­June 28; $16/$10. Shakespeare at the Beach Outdoor Theatre, 15 Calle Del Mar, Stinson Beach (415/868-9500).

Uncommon Players
Shakespeare at the Beach presents Dakin Matthews' celebration of Shakespeare. July 11­July 27; $16/$12/$10. Outdoor Theatre, 15 Calle Del Mar, Stinson Beach (415/868-9500).

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From the May 1-7, 1997 issue of Metro

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