Thursday, September 12, 2002
HYDEUS KIATTA WITH ALONG CAME BETTY The original compositions of the acclaimed, eclectic Bay Area singer-songwriter Hydeus Kiatta embrace jazz, R&B, folk and world music-sometimes at once. Along Came Betty-Biff Smith on sax, Patrick Tregenza on drums, Brian Stock on trumpet and Pete Lips on bass-is a Peninsula-based hard-bop outfit. The combination is sure to create sparks of assorted hues.
8PM. MORGAN''S COFFEE AND TEA, 498 WASHINGTON ST., MONTEREY. $10. 373-5601.
IT''S A BEAUTIFUL DAY Way before Bono wrapped his mighty vox around the phrase "it''s a beautiful day," another ballsy singer named David LaFlamme was filling arenas with heroic anthems. Back in 1970, his band of that name (remembered for its immortal hit White Bird) was an inventor of the grandiloquent, psychedelic neo-classical rock that became one hallmark of the era. A former symphony violinist, LaFlamme had the discipline and chops to pull this off with more flair than most. With various players over the years, he has managed to keep the band alive, to the delight of a core group of worshipful fans that grows through shows like tonight''s.
9PM. SLY MCFLY''S, 700 CANNERY ROW, MONTEREY. 649-8050.
TheWhole World In Your Ears
MONTEREY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL This is the festival''s sixth season of bringing nifty musicians from all over the world to your backyard. The theme is "Global Consciousness," and will feature musicians from Cuba, Norway, Pakistan, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Vietnam and more. (See story pg. 25.)
8PM, CONTINUES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. $15 ADVANCE, $20 AT THE DOOR FOR EVENING CONCERTS; AFTERNOON CONCERTS FREE. VARIED LOCATIONS IN MONTEREY. 622-9060 OR WWW.MONTEREYWORLDMUSIC.ORG FOR DETAILS.
Swords, Uzis, Guns and Roses
HENRY V Pacific Repertory Theatre continues its slog through Shakespeare''s history plays with Henry V, opening Saturday at the Golden Bough. The story of England''s 15th-century battles for the crown, this play and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, all playing in rep on the same stage, are the most performed of Shakespeare''s histories because, quite frankly, they''re the most exciting and most accessible. As mounted by Pac Rep, they''re lots of fun to watch, and the time travel gambit brings a fresh light to the story, even though some might wince at the golfing and billiards. Shakespeare wrote for the masses, not the elite, as Pac Rep has been trying its best to remind us over the years. Don''t be afraid of Old Will-if network TV doesn''t scare you, why should he? A handy trick is to check out the plot summaries ahead of time at www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare. That''ll clear up all those forsooths.
7:30PM. GOLDEN BOUGH THEATRE, MONTEVERDE AND EIGHTH, CARMEL. $5-$27. (HALF-PRICE PREVIEW FRI. 7:30PM.) 622-0100.
CouldYou Shift That Adobe A Little To The Left?
OLD MONTEREY FINE ARTS PLEIN ART PAINTING AND ART PROMENADE Besides having the longest name of any local event, this first venture into the world of outdoor, on-the-spot art by the Old Monterey Business Association will bring artists from throughout the county into the streets of downtown Monterey for a day of "paint what you see." Visitors are invited to stroll among the easels, watching the artists paint their impressions of the historic adobes, the historic gardens, the historic street people and the historic tourists. Whoa, don''t knock over that canvas! On Sunday, the paintings created the day before will be displayed for judging, then they''re all up for sale. A special People''s Award of $150 goes to the painting you, the public, judge as your favorite.
ALL DAY TODAY, 10AM-1PM SUNDAY. IN AND AROUND DOWNTOWN MONTEREY. FREE. FOR DETAILS CALL 655-8070.
MoveOver, Billie and Sarah
SEASIDE JAZZ ART SHOW The ladies and gents of Seaside don their best duds every year for the Jazz Art Show, an evening of music and art that honors local artists and art promoters, and awards $1,000 college scholarships to two deserving culturally-minded kids. On stage tonight is jazz great Marlena Shaw, a true original who blurs the line between jazz, soul, rock, pop and R&B. After debuting at Harlem''s Apollo Theater at the age of 10, Shaw spent four years singing with Count Basie''s band in the late 1960s, and has recorded more than a dozen albums over the past three decades. The critics call her sassy, hot, explosive and radiant-she''s sure to be all of that tonight. Along with Marlena, there will be a silent auction, wine, hors d''oeuvres, and a display of a juried art exhibition sponsored by Seaside City Hall, plus performing arts scholarships will be presented to Santa Catalina senior Antonette Balesteri and RLS senior Catherine Stuart. Way to go, girls!
6:30PM. OLDEMEYER CENTER, 986 HILBY ST., SEASIDE. $25 ADVANCE, $30 AT THE DOOR. ATTIRE IS SEMI-FORMAL. 899-6805.
IfIt Hurts, It Must Be Good For You
POETRY AS PRAYER The best poetry strips a topic to its bare essence, revealing naked truths. That''s exactly what the poems in Ellen Bass'' newest collection, 2001''s Mules of Love, do. The road to truth that Bass takes is very personal. There''s an aching melancholy of loss that frames the love and beauty in many of the works by the Santa Cruz poet who reads from her book and discusses "Poetry as Prayer" at the Pine Inn today. In "For My Daughter On Her Twenty First Birthday," Bass writes, "They pulled you from me like a cork/and all the love flowed out. I adored you/with the squandering passion of spring/that shoots green from every pore " And in "Jack Gottlieb''s In Love," a poem about a childhood friend''s 86-year-old father, she writes, "Comes love./And all the cells in Jack''s old organs stir./The heart, which had been ready to kick back/and call it a day, signs on for another stint./The blood careens through the crusted arteries/like a teenage skateboarder. He kisses/each separate knob of her spine, the shallow basin/of her belly, her balding pudendum-crowning it/like a queen..." As Bass reveals the world in her words, we see it with our own souls.
1PM. PINE INN, OCEAN AVE., BETWEEN LINCOLN AND MONTE VERDE, CARMEL. FREE. 624-1813, 624-5725.
With Something To Say
BEHIND THE BROKEN WORDS Actors Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe, whose combined film and television credits and awards stretch from here to...someplace very far away, tour 20th-century literature in "Behind the Broken Words." The performance includes comedic and dramatic sketches (from Giradoux, Ferlinghetti and others), as well as solo poetry readings from a host of poets including William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Richard Wright and e.e. cummings. Zerbe first penned and performed the work in the early ''70s, then revived the work in 1996. Since then, the two actors have toured the show to more than 90 theaters across the country, gathering accolades all along the way.
4PM. WORLD THEATER, SIXTH AVE., CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MONTEREY BAY, SEASIDE. $25/GENERAL; $10/CSUMB STUDENTS. 582-4580.
TOMATOFEST Seeds smuggled from Russia, plants tended in secret locations and handed down through generations. Tomatoes are so riddled with a dark past and so hip they have their own lingo now. Listen to the purple prose TomatoFest founder Gary Ibsen uses to describe the new "Julia Childs" tomato, which will be presented to the doyenne of the kitchen at the Fest on the occasion of her 90th birthday: "This tomato isn''t for sissies... it has more than enough acidity and earthy nuances to balance its sweet, fruity flavors." This year''s TomatoFest, as usual, offers up over 400 varieties of heirloom tomatoes in a mouth-watering array of hues and stripes to be popped in the mouth plain, dunked in pedigreed olive oil, bitten into with cheese, folded into bread. Few fruits inspire the imagination like this one does, so TomatoFest is bound to be much more than a gustatory experience. And with Childs there, it''s a little extra special this year.
12:30-4:30PM. QUAIL LODGE RESORT, 8205 VALLEY GREENS DR., CARMEL. $75. TOMATOFEST.COM OR (888) 989-8171.
EL GRITO FESTIVAL Contrary to popular belief, Mexico''s equivalent of the Fourth of July isn''t el Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 1862). The real celebration of Mexican independence dates back even further, to Sept. 16, 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bell and sounded El Grito de la Independencia (the cry for independence), sparking the people of Mexico into a 10-year war for freedom. Patriots and ex-patriots alike will celebrate the Mexican holiday today, beginning at noon with the traditional El Grito cry from the Consul General of Mexico. The all-day, alcohol-free festival continues with live entertainment and vendor booths featuring traditional Mexican food, crafts and art.
NOON TO 5PM. EAST ALISAL ST., BETWEEN MADEIRA AND FELICE STREETS, SALINAS. FREE. 757-1251.
Fugue and Far Between
TON KOOPMAN AND TINI MATHOT To die-hard Baroque fans, seeing these two at tonight''s harpsichord concert is way better than getting seated at the table next to Brad and Jennifer. Dutch-born Koopman is a demigod of the harpsichord, the last word on period keyboard performance, and is working on a massive project: the recording of all of Bach''s cantatas. Tonight he and wife Mathot, a stellar and in-demand harpsichordist in her own right, perform what was once believed to be Bach''s final work, The Art of the Fugue. The history of the complex, winding, mathematical piece with its taut intellectualism and endless, emotion-evoking contrapuntal themes is debatable, but on one thing the experts agree: Koopman and Mathot know how to coax life from their instruments and from works of almost clinical difficulty.
8:30PM. CARMEL MISSION BASILICA, RIO RD., CARMEL. $30. 624-1521.
Pretty In Pink (Ribbons)
FASHION TARGETS BREAST CANCER A year ago at this time, breast cancer survivors and doctors were eagerly awaiting groundbreaking on the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula''s state-of-the art Breast Care Facility, two years in the making. Now, their dream has actual walls, M.D.s and patients. But the battle''s not over yet. So grab your Saks card and do your part to help a very worthy cause. Saks Fifth Avenue in Carmel and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer will host the fourth annual charity-shopping weekend to benefit CHOMP''s Breast Care Center. A launch party tonight kicks off the event, with entertainment, tasty treats from more than 20 local restaurants and 15 wineries, and, of course, lots of shopping. All ticket sale proceeds, and 2 percent of all Saks sales benefit the Center. Last year the gala and shopping extravaganza raised more than $35,000.
6-9PM. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, CARMEL PLAZA. $65. 625-4506 TO PURCHASE TICKETS.