The music of West End Celebration echoes as brightly as ever, but WEC media director Rebecca Riddell says, “We’re working to include all the arts.”
More than 100 artists and artisans will staff their booths all day Saturday and Sunday, including Sam Hisey of Carmel, who is bringing her graffiti stencils on plywood of famous characters like Prince, Frida Khalo and Mighty Mouse.
“I stay away from politics,” she says. “I’m not so serious. My art is my escape.”
Along with artist vendors like Hisey, the fest is spiked with arts happenings.
Michael Nesmith, former Monkee and music video innovator who created his groundbreaking video work Elephant Parts in Sand City, is doing a free talk, Q&A, signing of his book Infinite Tuesday, and screening of his film Rio, 5:30-8pm Friday, Aug. 25, at The Independent.
That program is introduced by the Henry Miller Library, which, in addition to its new Carmel satellite, is establishing another outpost in Sand City – just for this weekend – set up in The Independent.
They’re bringing a curated selection of photographs, music, books, film and video clips related to Nesmith.
“The ambition would be to recreate the bedroom of a 16-year-old fan of Michael Nesmith,” says Henry Miller Library Director Magnus Toren.
Big Brother & the Holding Company (see story, p. 32) aren’t the only ones repping the 50th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival and the Summer of Love. Across the street from the main stage, the Carroll Building (a blue warehouse) will be in a time warp.
Monterey Pop Festival photographers Fred Arellano and Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal will be there with photos and books to sign. D.A. Pennebaker’s film Monterey Pop will screen at noon and 3pm both days, with a psychedelic light show by Bob Pacelli. Illusions of Grandeur are turning the industrial space into a ’60s lounge and Cat’s Meow is dressing up live models in ’60s garb and gear.
Paper Wing Theatre is again putting in work on their Lady Hull Stage with spoken word by high schooler Johnny Rome, and poet and playwright Heather Flescher; a one-man Romeo and Juliet from Second City alumni Shelby Bond; and students from Seaside High School’s Dramatic Arts Program, led by teacher River Navaille (see story, p. 20).
And all weekend, Sand City artists will leave their doors wide open for visitors to come in, snoop around and talk shop – or, talk studio – and change gears from the frenzy of the big festival outside to a smaller, quieter experience inside. West End’s got it all.
West End Celebration runs 5:30-8pm Fri (Michael Nesmith), 11am-6pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Aug. 25-27, at various locations in Sand City. Free. westendcelebration.com.