Here come the Pixies … and Jimmy Webb and Leo Kottke …

If you haven’t gotten yet to experience Cabrillo Stage’s “Hairspray,” Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s new season or the Cabrillo Music Festival, then do so immediately, because as all poets labor to tell us, time passes without remorse and what’s here today will go poof tomorrow.

Still, even as summer dies — excuse me, reaches late middle age — there’s plenty to look forward to on the horizon for your live-entertainment needs.

Intriguing new shows just announced includes the Pixies at the Santa Cruz Civic in November. The Pixies — along with Husker Du, the Smiths, the Replacements and others — are compelling proof that there was a hipster music alternative back in the 1980s. The great alt-rock band, featuring Black Francis and Kim Deal, thrilled critics with their 1989 album “Doolittle” and it’s in the name of revisiting “Doolittle” that the band will be touring this fall, playing the album in its entirety.

Other notable dates in coming months include the underappreciated singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, playing Sept. 28 at the Kuumbwa. Webb became famous for all those songs Glen Campbell recorded with city names in the titles — “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman” — but he also wrote the infamous “MacArthur Park.”

The distinctive guitarist Leo Kottke plays the Rio in December. The legendary McCoy Tyner plays the Kuumbwa Oct. 15. Local jazz legend Lile Cruse will be honored, also at the Kuumbwa in October. Plus Hank Williams III, Branford Marsalis, Oregon and Dave Alvin.

For literary types, the local bookstores will be welcoming Laurie R. King, Charles “Cold Mountain” Frazier, Calvin Trillin and Jeremy Rifken.

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