Photos (top to bottom, clockwise): Airshow Salinas, Fri-Sat; How to Meditate, Sun; The Uninvited, Thurs; PG Butterfly Parade, Sat.
Thursday, October 3, 2002
THE UNINVITED FAREWELL TOUR It's a sad day for fans of the alternapunks who blessed us with "Too High for the Supermarket" and later gave us, when they grew up, the thoughtful offerings of 2001's Malltopia. Their high energy and good stoney vibes summed up what was best about the late '90s music scene. But all good things must end. As the Uninvited's own web site says, "After 14 years, 7 albums, 2,254 live performances, 400,000 miles, 23 guitars, 4 drummers, 1 keyboard player, 2 bass players, 3 managers, 1 harmonica player, 5 weddings and 4 children, The Uninvited is calling it quits when our commitments end in November." We don't know why, and we don't know what they'll do next, but we do know one thing: we're lucky to get them here tonight. [TRH]
Call for time. Doc Rickett's Lab, 180 E. Franklin, Monterey. Free. 649-4241.
Drink, Drink and Be Merry
CARMEL VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL Drinks lots of wine and feel good about yourself. No, not that kind of feel good. The tingly, warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from helping others. Okay, the wine helps, too. Carmel Valley celebrates its elegant, estate-crafted wines with a three-day festival. On Friday, visit Bernardus, Durney/Heller, Joullian and Talbott at their tasting rooms. Chateau Christina, Galante, Georis and Parsonage Village will be pouring at the Georis Winery Tasting Room gardens. On Saturday, winemakers will pour samples of their best wine and high-rollers can collect a one-of-a-kind, six-case lot offering at the quarter barrel wine auction, with food by local restaurants. On Sunday, wines from Bernardus, Chateau Christina, Durney/Heller, Galante, Georis, Joullian, Parsonage Village Vineyard and Talbott will be on tap. The Corkscrew and Casanova restaurants will provide gourmet eats, and collectable, large-format bottles and special vintages will be auctioned. So drink up. It's your civic duty--and proceeds benefit the Carmel Valley Community Center. [JL]
6-8pm, Friday. $30 admission includes wine and appetizers. Tickets available at participating wineries. 6-9pm, Saturday. $50. 11am-5pm, Sunday. $60. Limited tickets available for Saturday and Sunday. To order, call 659-1050 or visit www.carmelvalleywinefestival.com.
AIRSHOW SALINAS The obvious, or not so obvious question is if an aircraft is invisible and it flies over Salinas, will you be able to see it? Someone has to be able to see a stealth fighter, namely the pilot and the guy who fills it up with gas. Well, of course you can see it and chances are you'll see a lot of other cool machines at the California International Airshow Salinas this weekend. Besides a visit from a bat-shaped F-117A stealth fighter there will be an aerobatic performance by the storied Blue Angels, various other civilian stunt flyers, a jet-powered semi that flies across the earth as well as about 100 other aircraft parked on the tarmac for your inspection. The event raises money for charity. [AS]
Fri-Sun, various times. Tickets cost $9 to $21 depending on age, seating and day of show. Children under age 5 are free. For information call 754-1983 or visit www.salinasairshow.com.
RHYTHMTOWN JIVE Rave-ups preceded raves by half a century, and preceded rock 'n' roll itself by a decade. These dance parties featured the music of guys like Louie Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Clyde McPhatter and Smiley Lewis--rhythm and blues with an attitude and a horn section. Only recently this ouvre has been given a name: American roots dance music. For a while, one of the premier proponents of this sound was a band called Five Guys named Mo (for the record, there were six of them, not all of them were guys, and none of them were named Mo.) This is pretty much that band, here for the first time and determined to get things jumpin'. [AG]
9pm. Sly McFly's, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. 649-8050.
Fluttering Baby Beauties
PACIFIC GROVE BUTTERFLY PARADE Every autumn, the monarch butterflies east of the Rockies migrate from Canada to their winter home in Mexico, and sometime this month millions--no, gadzillions--of them make a pit-stop in a small park in Pacific Grove. To do homage to those winged visitors, the P.G. Unified School District has for 63 years mounted a butterfly parade, where kids dressed like flying monarchs march up and down the streets of The Last Hometown. Pretty cute, huh? Actually it's just the kindergarten kids displaying the full butterfly get-up, while grades 1-5 dress in other appropriately autumnal costumes. The parade starts at 10:30am in front of Robert Down Elementary School, winds its way down to Lighthouse, across to 17th St., up to Pine and back to the school, where a bazaar offering food, entertainment and used school items for sale (anyone want an old computer? How about a tiny desk?) raises funds for the school district. [SF]
10:30am parade, bazaar until 4pm. Robert Down Elementary School, Pine at Fountain, Pacific Grove. Free.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
STEINBECK GOES TO WAR The long, long Steinbeck Centennial Year celebration winds down today at the National Steinbeck Center with the final program in the center's look at the author's wide-ranging legacy. Today the focus is Steinbeck's connection to World War II, where the young John served as war correspondent and sometimes flak for both the U.S. military and Stalinist Russia (we were friends back then). The day begins with a rare showing of the 1943 film The Moon is Down, based on Steinbeck's book about the Norwegian resistance movement which was circulated clandestinely during the war throughout the Norwegian underground. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion of the film, the book, Steinbeck's depiction of the Norwegian resistance, and the Norwegian character in general (what makes them eat lutefisk, for example). Panelists include Olav R. Crone Aamot, a retired lieutenant colonel and member of the Norwegian "Milog" during World War II, and Anita Mason of the Sons of Norway, who will not only appear in traditional Norwegian costume, but will display miniature models of Norwegian architecture. [SF]
1pm. National Steinbeck Center, One Main St., Salinas. $10 general, $5 members. 796-3833, or www.steinbeck.org.
Not a Brooke Shields Movie
ENDLESS SUMMER The Friends of Moss Landing Marine Labs really know how to party, and their fifth annual Endless Summer Celebration on the hillside of MLMA promises to be no exception. Featuring a silent auction for amazing booty, such as a one night stay for two at Spanish Bay, private wine tasting for 30 at Byington Vineyards, and a number of other really cool stuff (surfing lessons, free dinners at the County's finest, golf lessons, bushel of oysters). Not only is this event for a good cause, it's terribly posh while managing to be a blast. [KF]
7pm. Moss Landing Marine Labs, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. $35 Members, $45 non-members. RSVP. 771-4100.
Help Moss Landing Recover
MOSS LANDING FIRE FUNDRAISER On Aug. 3, a devastating fire ripped through the small, locally-owned shops of Moss Landing. Already hurting from the economic downturn, shop owners are now at their wits' ends. Today and Sunday, the Moss Landing community will celebrate a new beginning for those merchants with two days of a farmers market, art and music festival, as well a raffle for goodies generously donated by well-wishing friends. [SF]
11am-5pm. The Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing and Sandholdt roads, Moss Landing (by the one-lane bridge). 633-5843.
Meet Your Inner Self, Buddhist-Style
HOW TO MEDITATE Ever want to learn how to meditate, not from some trashy paperback they sell at the supermarket checkout stand, but from a real Ch'an (Zen) Buddhist master? Let Abbot Juji Sunim of the Sambosa Korean Buddhist Temple in Carmel Valley be your guide in an afternoon of blissful--yet purposeful--relaxation, complete with bronze bells and fabulous Valley views. The Abbot will present a talk, demonstration and practice exercises designed to open the gates to Buddhist meditation for neophytes and practitioners looking to learn more. And this is not your standard Ch'an Buddhist abbot, neither--Juji Sunim got a degree in architecture before he became a monk. Maybe that's why the meditation hall is so lovely. [SF]
2-4:30pm. Sambosa Korean Buddhist Temple, 28110 Robinson Canyon Rd., Carmel Valley. Free, but all donations will help provide breakfast for 3,200 exiled Tibetan monks at Sera Jey Monastery in southern India. Space is extremely limited, call for reservations 373-8013.
WhatDo You Get When You Mix Celtic With Shaker Music?
COUTER/PHILLIPS ENSEMBLE The Coulter/Phillips Ensemble, with its all-star lineup of Monterey Bay musicians, opens the ninth season of the Lovejoy Concert Series at the Unitarian Universalist this afternoon. Featuring guitarist Barry Coulter, Barry Phillips on cello and tabla, Shelley Phillips on harp and woodwinds, and fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, the group will present a program that combines Celtic and Shaker music. Collectively, these musicians have recorded on 10 albums for the Gourd Music label, including a trio of albums (Simple Gifts, Tree of Life and Music on the Mountain) devoted exclusively to Shaker music. Expect an afternoon of elegantly simple yet lively acoustic music. [CT]
3pm. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel. $15/adults; $7.50 students; free for 12 and under. 625-5633.
Loco en la Cabeza
LATINOS LOCOS COMEDY TOUR Hilarious Latino performers make this show (all in English) a big draw for crowds nationwide. Hosted by Jil-Michele Melean of Mad TV, and featuring Carlos Oscar, and Luke Torres of Que Locos, it explores the lives of Latinos in American society with humor and skill. It's hard to know what to expect when such funny performers are giving their all, so this show should be a fall-out-of-your-seat-laughing sort of experience. [KF]
8pm. Hyatt Grand Regency Ballroom, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. General seating $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door; Reserved table $37.50, $40 door. 643-9169.
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