Thursday, March 09, 2023
Wednesday, March 08, 2023
Tuesday, March 07, 2023

It’s the second year the Watsonville Film Festival (March 3-12) is extending its tentacles to Seaside, specifically Palenke Arts, with whom it shares many values and “mutual respect,” says Consuelo Alba, one of the festival's co-founders.

Friday, March 03, 2023

On Friday, Feb. 17, Salinas-born illustrator Rick Law posted on Twitter that he is “sad to hear that it sounds like Salinas Valley Comic Con in my hometown of Salinas is not to be again.” Law, best known for his career with Disney, wrote that he “had discussions to appear at the next event, …

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Arts Council for Monterey County—in partnership with Urban Word, a New York City-headquartered youth program that fosters creative writing, poetry, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop—is launching the Monterey County Youth Poet Laureate program. On Monday, January 23, the C…

Sunday, January 22, 2023
Thursday, January 05, 2023
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Friday, October 28, 2022

Steve Copeland is a comic, clown and circus host, working with fellow performer Ryan Combs for almost 15 years. The pair are touring with Paranormal Cirque, an unusual big top spectacle in that its purpose is—in part—to startle audiences, or as he says, “to scare the pants off you.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Friday, September 23, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022

Tonight, Aug. 12, is the opening night of The Testament of Mary in the interpretation of actress/playwright Jane Press, directed by Maryann Schaupp Rousseau. This one-woman show, served in the tiny magical box of the Carl Cherry Center’s theater, is a lovely treat audiences will not regret. 

Friday, August 05, 2022
Thursday, August 04, 2022
Friday, July 22, 2022
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Tuesday, May 03, 2022

We don’t typically write about Santa Cruz bands but we have a dual pretext to do so in the case of Smoke Chaser, a newly formed collaboration of singer-songwriter Ryan Masters (vocals, rhythm guitar), guitarist Jon Spivak and the drummer Eric Satzman that also happens to include a Pacific Gr…

Monday, April 04, 2022

Every collection has its beginning. There is always an element of coincidence and luck, but great collections are born out of years of systematic decisions, relentless pursuit and meticulous order. There is also the will and a skill to impose order, a talent not uncommon among lawyers. Here’…

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Friday, March 18, 2022

The life and works of one of our biggest local literary stars, Scotland-born writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) will be discussed on Monday March 21, followed by a cup of tea. Join famed Stevenson historian, Santa Rosa-based Roger G. Swearingen, and the Carmel Woman's Club in a litera…

Tuesday, March 08, 2022
Monday, March 07, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Last week I invited the community (and myself) to a new movie starring Channing Tatum titled Dog, which—in my naivete—I hastily interpreted as a goofy comedy at best (think 21 Jump Street) and a family-friendly tearjerker such as Lassie, at worst. I mean, how bad it can be, right? I thought …

Monday, February 14, 2022

Channing Tatum driving along Big Sur’s coastline in a new movie Dog from MGM that hits theaters Friday, Feb. 18 is a pretty universal post-Valentine’s Day treat or just a casual feel-good comedy. The movie is a perfect eye candy (the cutest guy, the cutest dog, the cutest ocean), but it will…

Friday, February 11, 2022
Friday, January 07, 2022
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

UPDATE: Walt DeFaria was seriously injured after being hit by a car on Dec. 31, a couple of days after this interview was conducted. He is in stable condition at Natividad hospital, where he was treated in the trauma center and doctors predict a four- to six-week stay. He is now undergoing r…

Friday, December 10, 2021
Thursday, December 02, 2021

Artists Ink., a nonprofit arts organization based in East Salinas, and Teatro Xochitl Ollin, a group of young storytellers within Artists Ink., are preparing for auditions and the production of a short film titled East Side Cenicienta, a modern take on Cinderella based in the community of th…

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Friday, October 08, 2021

Making art can be a slow, deliberate process, but hanging it can sometimes be a frantic, last-minute effort. At the art hub The Shop in Monterey on Friday afternoon, Sea Sevilla was busy getting the finishing touches on her one-woman show, The Animal Kingdom, that's about to open imminently—…

Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Friday, August 06, 2021
Thursday, August 05, 2021

After severe budget cuts, library services in Monterey are making a comeback. The Monterey Public Library has recently relaunched its bookmobile and has brought back a former librarian, Orquidea Olvera, to lead the way.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021