Thursday, March 27, 2003
Razzle Dazzle 'Em
A TASTE OF MONTEREY It's that time of year again--time for the third annual All that Jazz! A Taste of Old Monterey! Food and wine enthusiasts (wait, doesn't that describe the whole Peninsula?) will enjoy tastes from the best restaurants in downtown Monterey, and wine tasting from premier local vintners. Sonny G! will play jazz, and revelers will also enjoy a silent auction including gift certificates and baskets of goodies from Old Monterey shops and restaurants, overnight accommodations, professional services, beauty services and more. No word yet as to whether or not Richard Gere will make a tap dancing appearance.
5-8:30pm. De Anza Ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $35. 655-8070.
MPC DANCE PERFORMANCE In the first act of CABARETango, an original work by choreographer Jacquie Boomer-Adams, performers set the scene of a cabaret/ nightclub for a night of tango and song. Raucous antics and romantic interludes ensue. The performance showcases choreography by Boomer-Adams and Dawn Sare with musical direction by John Anderson--all instructors at Monterey Peninsula College. The first act features dancer Chie Umezawa who comes to MPC from the Martha Graham Company II in New York, and the second act stars Fernando Filippelli, a well-known Argentine Tango instructor, who performs with some of his students. Musical guest include local favorites Art Schuler and Mike Marotta, Jr. Professional dancers Jane De Lay, Deanna Ross and Joe Pikalek also perform. The peformances run through Sunday.
Fri-Sat, 8pm. Sun, 2pm. Morgan Stock Stage, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. $22/general; $18/seniors; $10/MPC students and kids 12 and younger. Tickets are available in Carmel at Pilgrim's Way Books and Thunderbird Books; in Monterey at Bay Books; in Pacific Grove at Bookmark and Book Works; in Salinas at Gadsby's Music and Walden Books in Northridge Shopping Center. Tickets will also be available at the door one-half hour before the performance time. 646-4220.
Photos With a Conscience
STEVE ZMAK PHOTO EXHIBIT With black-and-white images of the California landscape from the Russian River Valley to Monterey to Malibu, Steve Zmak manages to transform nature into something surreal and intensely beautiful. Light filtering through live oaks on Fort Ord create a vibrant, almost 3-D image; a sea star on Andrew Molera Beach is arced to resemble a dinosaur. Zmak's vision is to present an ideal of California, unblemished by humans. A portion of his profits are donated to enviornmental groups. This exhibit will be one-day only, but if you miss it, some of Zmak's prints will soon hang at the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company, at 246 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel.
5-8pm. Centerfor, 187 El Dorado St., Monterey. 883-4459.
ALBERT PALEY ART OPENING He's internationally recognized as a master of forged steel and glass sculpture, has completed more than 40 architectural works, including one for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur has one of the largest collections of his art outside New York (see story pg. 27). Meet Albert Paley today at the opening of his new exhibit, and take a tour of the art led by the man who created it.
2pm walk-through with Paley, reception follows. Hawthorne Gallery, 48485 Highway One in Big Sur (opposite Nepenthe). Call for reservations: 667-3200.
Master Your Qi
QIGONG WORKSHOP Tibetan Qigong has been around for about 8,000 years. The ancient art concerns itself with the focusing and pooling of energy for health and growth. Zi Sheng Wang, a 70-something Tibetan Buddhist Tibetan Qigong master, has studied for over six decades. Each year he returns to Tibet to study with his master, and then returns to the US to bring the empowering and healing qualities of Qigong here before the art dies out. Wang comes down for one day only to teach and heal through the International Tibetan Qigong Association, based in San Francisco. This is a unique opportunity to learn an ancient art from a master.
8am Qigong Energy Session; 1pm Workshop. Doubletree Hotel, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $25/morning, $80/afternoon. 415-982-5303.
EDWARD JARVIS Okay, he probably has better things to write about than his spine-cracking job. Edward Jarvis is, however, a licensed chiropractor, and a published poet, two things that do not usually go so neatly together. His poetry attempts to explore the nature and elegance of life. The Whitney Latham Lechich Reading Series presents Jarvis as part of its poetry series, sponsored by the city of Pacific Grove and Bookworks.
7pm. Bookworks, 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 372-2242.
The Soul of Jazz
MARY STALLINGS QUARTET This San Francisco-based jazz chanteuse, a one-time running-mate of players like Dizzy Gillespe and Count Basie, is reappearing on the scene after a long absence. For this gig she is joined by premier pianist Larry Luckovich and the exciting brass-man Modesto Briseno.
7:30pm. The Jazz and Blues Company, 236 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. $50 (students under 18, half price). BYOB. 624-6431.
Flock to Me
BRINGING THE CONDORS HOME Although they aren't quite as common as crows, the once gravely endangered California Condor has made a comeback from the edge of total obliteration. Although two birds were lost recently, there are some 22 condors in Big Sur, 43 in all of California and 70 in the wild. To celebrate a new exhibit about the condor, and the rebound of this massive soaring bird, there will be a little party at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Setting the pace of the evening will be a band of local women, Rio Beleza, who play Brazilian samba music. A lecture series is also planned as the exhibit will be up until August 31.
7pm. 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 455-9514.
OTTER BAY BLUES CLASSIC Hosted by CSU Monterey Bay, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, and the Fort Ord Alumni Association, a trio of jazz artists will create soul-pleasing, danceable tunes designed to resonate and uplift. Known as the "Lioness of the Blues," Sista Monica, winner of last year's "Artist of the Year" award at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, provides an enticing performance that will have your weary soul lofting over the notes over her multi-layered contralto voice. Newcomers and 2002 Battle of the Blues Bands performers Karen Tyler and Shane Dwight, will provide dynamic vocals and guitar. Tyler, described as "sweltering hot one minute, and cool as a mint julep the next," has recently moved to the Central Coast, and will be giving one of her first Monterey performances. Dwight's ready to bring down the house with his rocking blues style, and high-charged guitar. [BW]
2pm-5pm. $20/$10 students. University Center Ballroom, Sixth Avenue, Seaside. 582-3653.
Sing Us A Song
JEFFREY FOUCAULT AND BETH AMSEL Touring the West Coast of the US has Jeffrey Foucault and Beth Amsel excited. Both are talented singer/songwriters with their own individual styles, so seeing them on tour together opening for one another is a real treat. Foucault describes his music as "somewhere between folk and country-blues," and cites Tom Waits and Greg Brown as influences. He's been touring for a year and a half, earning praise all over the country. Amsel's husky alto glides over her songs, warming the listener. She says, "There is no universal message to my songs, but I have heard from people who feel, when listening to them, that they are not alone in their feelings, and that human experience, even when ugly and uncomfortable, is rather amazing." It's a good message in a difficult time, and delivered with great beauty.
9pm. Ocean Thunder, 214 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. Free. 643-9169.
A Loaf Of Bread, A Jug Of Wine...
LECTURE ON BOHEMIANS The Peninsula was not always such a haven for golfers and retirees. Not that long ago, was a bounty of artists, writers and poets, the so-called bohemians who lived among the pines and cypress trees, drinking wine and living like, well, bohemians. Among the figures setting the local Bohemian pace were Bruce Ariss, Jules Tavernier, August Gay and Charles Rollo Peters. Kent Seavey, a local historian will provide a slide show presentation of the days when you might run into a muse at the post office.
10:30am and 2:30pm. Harrison Memorial Library, Park Branch at Mission and Sixth in Carmel. 624-1615.
School of Fashion
CARMEL VALLEY WOMEN'S CLUB SPRING FLING Food, shopping, and the latest fashions merge in an event designed to raise money for college-bound Carmel Valley girls, and women going back to school. Erin Clark of KSBW will preside over the ceremonies while former Carmel mayor Ken White runs the silent and live auctions. Items to bid on include cocktail parties, luncheons, wine from local vineyards, restaurant dinners and golf packages. Lunch will be served at noon while the fashion show provides stylish entertainment. At last year's event, $7000 was raised for college scholarships.The Carmel Valley Woman's club also uses proceeds to benefit local charities like the Carmel Valley fire station, senior's project, and Boys and Girls Club.
11:30am-3pm. Carmel Valley Ranch Ballroom, One Old Ranch Road, Carmel Valley. $32, Call for reservations by 3/31 at 659-2809.