Thursday, November 14, 2002
Poetry For The People
LOVE AND REVOLUTION: THE POETRY OF INSURRECTION It''s got a romantic title, certainly. Moreover, the speakers are reading their own works (how vulnerable!) as well as the works of Pablo Neruda, W.B. Yeats, Langston Hughes and Barbara Kingsolver, among others (how venerable!). Readers and poets include Seaside activist Mel Mason, attorney Michael Stamp, Bill Monning of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Chicana writer and CSUMB professor Diana Garcia. Poetry ranges from the very personal to the political, with varying style and tone.
7:30pm. Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. $8. 624-7491.
Music To Soar By
ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET The praise for this San Francisco-based ensemble could hardly be more enthusiastic. Over and over again, critics proclaim the quality of their timbre and lyricism, and more than one term the sound European. Though that may lead some readers to wonder what, precisely, that means, one thing is true and easy enough to understand: the Alexander String Quartet plays with exceptional sweetness, subtlety and passion. Tonight they perform pieces by Haydn, Janocek and Beethoven, their specialty; in 1985, when the quartet won the London International Competition, the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin declared it "unbelievably good Beethoven... There was absolutely nothing that was missing!"
8pm. Pacific Grove United Methodist Church, Sunset and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove. $25. 625-2212.
Film To Heal By
FLORA AND THE LAUGHING RIVER When Kira Corser heard that her friend''s three-year-old daughter had come down with leukemia, Corser-a cancer survivor herself-hunted around for an age-appropriate relaxation video to give the child. Finding nothing, she decided to make one herself, using local actors and musicians. Corser describes Flora and the Laughing River as a "45-minute video fairy tale that uses relaxing breathing and imagination for stress reduction, pain relief, anger management and wellness." Apparently there''s little or nothing like it around for hospitals and parents of ill children, and it will be shown today for the first time, accompanied by two college students who will use art and performance healing techniques to work with children attending the event. A holiday art show by Corser will also be on display. The evening is part of the Wellness for Children Project, which works with children and families under stress.
6-9pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel. Free, children welcome. 624-7404.
From Yosemite To Carmel
ANSEL ADAMS BLOW-OUT EXHIBITION February 1902 was quite a time hereabouts, being the month when both writer John Steinbeck and photographer Ansel Adams drew their first tiny breaths. And now, 100 years later, we''ve been inundated with local art exhibits celebrating both men''s gargantuan contributions to American cultural history. The two-header opening today at the National Steinbeck Center should be the last of the year, and it''s certainly the most huge. Ansel Adams: Inspiration and Influence, on loan from the Oakland Museum, examines Adams''s work in the context of photographers working around him, pairing many of his photographs which those by artists who influenced him; Edges and Intersections: Ansel Adams in Yosemite includes photographs of Yosemite by Adams along with oil paintings by Harry Cassie Best, who opened a small studio at Yosemite the year Adams was born. Drew Heath Johnson, photography curator at the Oakland Museum, presents a slide show.
5:30-7:30pm. National Steinbeck Center, One Main St., Salinas. $5/free for members. 775-4730.
C''mon Now, Blow Out Those Candles
CULTURAL COUNCIL BIRTHDAY PARTY This is more than just a party for the Monterey County Cultural Council''s 20th anniversary-it''s a plea for more muscle for the Professional Artists in the School program, a council-sponsored project that supplements our children''s decimated public school arts curriculum, while employing a goodly number of cash-strapped artists and actors. But back to today''s party, which will feature all kinds of artistic-type fun. Wines donated by Ventana, Chateau Julien and Jekel, hors d''oeuvres served by Dance Kids of Monterey, music by Monterey Amigos and Dixieland Monterey''s Sweet Thursday Jazz Band, and some pretty fancy birthday cakes by Layers. A highlight of the evening is an auction of sculptured boxes created and donated by more than a dozen local artists, along with a high-end raffle (how about a cooking class for two with Lincoln Court''s Wendy Brodie?).
6-8pm. Carmel Art Association Gallery, Dolores between 5th and 6th, Carmel. $30. 622-9060 or at the door.
AMERICAN INDIAN ART MARKET Handcrafted goods have a different feel than those that are manufactured in bulk by a cold, unfeeling machine. Purchasing jewelry, or soap, or a wall hanging, and knowing it was made by hand makes you realize that you now own something unique, ever-so-slightly different than the next trinket on a crafter''s shelf. This event features everything from masks to flutes to jewelry, made by crafters from the Navajo, Cherokee, and Hopi tribes, to name only a few. Beautiful and unique gifts just in time for Christmas.
Bitter, Bitter Rivals
55th ANNUAL SHOE GAME If you''re a Padre, then this weekend you''ve got to go back to school. Graduates of Carmel High School will gather for an all-class reunion, lunch, pep rally, and the perennially contentious football game, as well as a post-game reception at the Carmel Mission Inn. The Shoe Game is the 55-year-old gridiron rivalry between Carmel High School and Pacific Grove High; the aforementioned shoe is real, and it passes back and forth between the schools, depending on who wins-kind of like a mini-World Cup. When the game is over Carmel alum are welcome to tour the school and see how it''s changed since the good old days. PG alum, guess you''re on your own.
2pm kick-off. Carmel High School field, Highway One at Ocean Ave., Carmel. $5/kids are less. Carmel alum, 11am rally and lunch, $10. The Fifth Quarter party will be held at the Carmel Mission Inn. For more information on alumni events, visit www.carmelhighalumni.org.
Eight Feet, Long and Dancin''
THE JOINT CHIEFS These veteran San Jose players have been making a name for themselves with regular gigs throughout the Bay Area and Tahoe-delivering an edgy, smart brand of funk-suffused with everything from old school R&B to new school acid jazz. They wowed the crowd recently at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, and tonight, they come to Sly''s for the first time. (See story, page 40.)
9pm; Sly McFly''s. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. 649-8050.
Night Before Christmas
JAN BRETT No one draws Christmas like Jan Brett. The best-selling children''s author and illustrator known for her whimsical winter scenes visits Monterey today. She''ll sign and read from her newest Christmas tale, Who''s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? It tells the story of a Norwegian boy named Kyri and his father, who are determined to save their Christmas Eve feast from the mischievous trolls. These aren''t the smartest trolls-they mistake Kyri''s pet polar bear for a kitty-so we''re pretty confident that this story has a happy ending. Brett''s books are original and funny, her illustrations are magical, and her visit promises to be wonderland for the whole family.
4-6pm. Waldenbooks, 222 Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey. Free.
CYRIL PAHINUI AND PATRICK LANDEZA Slack key lovers, hookie-players and tongue-twister-sayers get a treat when these two finger-picking masters bring a midday show to CSUMB. Oahu-born Cyril Pahinui, son of the great Gabby Pahinui and a laureled ki ho alu player in his own right, joins-deep breath here-Patrick Kahakauwila Kamaholelani Landeza to play two hours'' worth of the gorgeous, mellow, ethereal music known as slack key guitar. In a sense it''s old Hawaii meets new; Oahu-born Pahinui is practically an elder statesman of the art form, whereas Berkeley-based Landeza, whose parents left the islands for the mainland in the 1950s, is one of the newer generation of slack key players and a denizen of the displaced tribe of islanders who are flocking to the Bay Area. No better way to get a dose of aloha. 10am. CSUMB Music Hall, Sixth Ave., Marina. Free. 582-3009.