Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The show must go on, the saying goes. At Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel, it won't go on next season due to concerns around Covid-19.
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
For what would have been its 75th season, Monterey Symphony announced on July 6th, that their 2020-2021 performances will be shifted an entire year. The announcement comes on the heels of an another, in which the Symphony stated they were able to pay their musicians for missed work because o…
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
When I walked into the Seaside headquarters of Monterey County Weekly 13 years ago, to apply for a job as a writer, a loud rap song was bumping through the lobby. I asked the office manager, Linda Maceira, what that was about. She said it was “Hip-Hop Thursday.” Right then I knew I had to wo…
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Piglet racing, corn dogs, petting zoos and rides. The Monterey County Fair is one of the showcases that brings these things together on the Peninsula, for a few days every year. This year will be the exception.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Paper Wing Theatre does big musical numbers, small productions with edgy plays, play-reading festivals featuring new works—the gamut. It's long occupied a building on Hoffman Avenue in New Monterey, which is slated to become apartments. That meant goodbye after 30-plus years as a performing …
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
It's not just private businesses that have been champing at the bit to reopen. Included in Gov. Gavin Newsom's reopening phase 2.5, along with dine-in restaurants and barbershops, are libraries, which are allowed to reopen for curbside pickup.
Over 100 years ago, artists and other creatives were drawn to the tiny town of Carmel-by-the-Sea as a place of rest and inspiration. Back then it was word-of-mouth that spread the village's reputation far and wide. Today, it's Instagram.
Monday, May 25, 2020
War is hell. Watching beautifully made movies about war is not. Here are some of our favorite war films, TV miniseries and books to keep you enthralled—a fews steps back from the frontline—until Veteran’s Day in November.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
The show will not go on this year.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
There will not be customary parades or communal festivities for Cinco de Mayo this year due to Covid-19, but it's still an opportunity for a history lesson—and to drink a celebratory margarita.
Sunday, May 03, 2020
As we brace for another month of sheltering in place, maybe it's finally a good time to hit the stack of books you promised yourself you'd read during this time but haven't touched. OK, maybe that's just some of us, and you desperately need some new reading material. Public libraries have a …
Monday, April 27, 2020
Over 85 years, since it was founded, the Carmel Bach Festival has put on concerts big and small. There are choral ensembles in churches, contemporary compositions in the Sunset Center, intimate quartets in smaller venues. They've put on acclaimed masterworks and world premiers. And they've o…
Thursday, April 09, 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that we wear masks if we leave our homes to be out in public. Medical facilities need all the N95 and surgical masks available, so for the rest of us, homemade it is. Below are two easy options for making a mask from what you have on h…
Sunday, March 08, 2020
The Elephant Conservation Act of 1988 was an effort by the U.S. government to protect a vanishing species across the planet. The law created funding mechanisms to support African elephant conservation and research project, also established criminal and civil penalties for the import or expor…
Friday, March 06, 2020
The narrator in Another Morning, the sixth collection of poetry from longtime Monterey County artist, musician, and writer William Minor, 84, speaks with authority from what Shakespeare calls that “time of year thou mayst in me behold.” The poems are celebrations of a long, vibrant life at i…
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Kevin Willmott grew up in the small town of Junction City, Kansas, and came of age in the movie theater during the golden age of 1970s films. In his own film career as a writer and director (greatly influenced by fellow Kansan, Gordon Parks), he’s made many independent films including the sl…
Thursday, February 13, 2020
1. Death of a Gangster Murder Mystery—Folktale Winery, Friday
Thursday, February 06, 2020
1. AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am—Pebble Beach, Friday-Sunday
Thursday, January 30, 2020
1. North American Indian photographic plates—Curtis Gallery, Friday
Thursday, January 23, 2020
1. Beyond Glory—Pink Flamingo Theater, Friday-Saturday
Thursday, January 09, 2020
1. Rock Legends Tribute Concert—Golden Bough Theatre, Friday-Sunday
Thursday, January 02, 2020
1. Ice Skating by the Bay—Custom House Plaza, Friday-Sunday
Friday, December 20, 2019
1. Comedian Liza Treyger—Friday, Studio 105
Thursday, December 12, 2019
1. Christmas on the Wharf—Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Friday-Sunday
Friday, December 06, 2019
1. Christmas on the Wharf—Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Friday-Sunday
Thursday, November 28, 2019
1. Holiday Tree Lighting—Cannery Row, Friday
Friday, November 22, 2019
1. Joanna Newsom—Sunset Center, Friday
Friday, November 15, 2019
The writer Rebecca Solnit has a way of writing essays that are of the moment, but then the moment of their relevance rises again. She's published more than 20 books, including anthologies of those essays, Hope in the Dark among them.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
1. Robert Cray—Golden State Theatre, Friday
Friday, November 08, 2019
1. Amy Obenski—East Village Coffee Lounge, Friday
Friday, November 01, 2019
CSU Monterey Bay is beginning to look more like a college campus and less like a former military base, thanks in large part to the new College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences building, which opened this semester. A ribbon-cutting on Oct. 11 marked the official grand opening for the b…
1. Monterey Plays—Carl Cherry Center, Friday-Saturday
Friday, October 25, 2019
1. International Documentary Film Festival—Osio Theater, Friday-Saturday
Friday, October 18, 2019
1. Raise Hell: The Life and Time of Molly Ivins—Osio Theater, Friday-Sunday
Thursday, October 10, 2019
1. B & The Hives—Henry Miller Library, Friday
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Over Labor Day weekend, the 2019 Monterey County Fair offered all of the classics—lots of fried food on offer; performances, including the Macias Family acrobats on tour from Mexico; lots of carnival games with stuffed animals as prizes; spinning rides that lit up the night sky; kids' activi…
Sunday, September 01, 2019
Kevin Atlas, a former Division 1 basketball star from Pleasanton, California, is on a mission to make the world a better place.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
As the tents come down and car haulers turn their tail lights on Monterey County, the results are starting to filter in. And—as always—there are winners and losers.
Friday, August 16, 2019
“I ask that question, too.”
Monday, July 22, 2019
The Season 2 finale of Big Little Lies was the complete opposite in suspense and drama from its Season 1 predecessor. The one bright spot: At least this slow-moving season is over.
Friday, July 19, 2019
As the audience forms in this parking lot, a misty drizzle forms in the air. Thursday night’s showing of La Cortina de la Lechuga, the latest play written and directed by Cristal Gonzalez, is performed outdoors at El Cerritos Townhomes in Castroville.
Monday, July 15, 2019
The once plain, white wall on the side of a Fremont Boulevard building is now home to a large humpback whale.
Seaside’s 73rd annual Obon Festival—a centuries old Japanese festival to honor the dead—was an awesome amalgam of community, culture and food. Parking was scarce around the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, but that didn’t stop the community from coming out in droves, an estimated 3,000 or…
With just one episode to go before Season 2 wraps, the Monterey Five are gearing up for their final showdown with calculating mother-in-law/grandma/meddler Mary Louise Wright (Meryl Streep). (A note: spoilers for episode six follow.)
Monday, July 08, 2019
Between marriage counseling, visions of drowning and legal custody battles, episode five of Big Little Lies shows how fragile the central lie—about how Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgård) died—remains for the Monterey Five. (A note: Spoiler alerts for episode five follow.)
Friday, July 05, 2019
Mark Arax, of Fresno, worked for a long time as an investigative reporter for the L.A. Times, until he had a falling out over his story about the Armenian Genocide (his father’s family is Armenian). He’s punctuated his career with a series of books that explore different aspects of California.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
The Monterey Five are breaking into pieces and using dress-up parties as a band-aid to cover a much bigger problem in Sunday’s episode of Big Little Lies.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Graphic novelist Khalid Hussein tends to tackle heavy political content in his work. In The Case for Revolution, his graphic novel adaptation of Dennis Loo’s Globalization and the Demolition of Society, the subject revolves around “the historical and ideological development and underpinnings…
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Sunday’s episode 3 of Big Little Lies builds up all of the drama so far this season to a climax of cover-ups, lies, loose ends and drama that may seem like the end of the world for the Monterey Five. It’s also a big week for Meryl Streep’s character, Mary Louise, who is new this season and a…
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
When Ann Hampton Callaway steps onstage in Studio 105 this weekend, it will mark the completion of a trek which began last January, when nasty weather forced numerous flight cancellations that preempted her arrival for a scheduled gig here.