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
Brian Edwards has been in the library business since 1999, when he started in his local library in Alameda, shelving books. He was into arts as a youngster, and librarian streak runs in the family—his mother was a librarian and a storyteller. She was laid off during funding shifts in the 90s…
Thursday, August 04, 2022
The bloody tragedy of Macbeth, first performed in 1606, was reportedly riddled with real-life tragedy. An actor died unexpectedly, so playwright William Shakespeare himself was tapped to fill in on stage. A prop mishap, in which a real dagger was used onstage rather than a fake, led to anoth…
Friday, July 22, 2022
Pacific Grove native Peter Gunn has been a well known skater in Monterey County, Southern California and Pacific Northwest, as well as a skilled skate park builder sought after around the world. Gunn had a bad crash on Thursday, June 23 while skating, and suffered acute head trauma.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
The California Roots Music and Art Festival returned to the Monterey County Fairgrounds in full force over the May 26-29 weekend for the first time since 2019. The festival, which stakes its reputation on facilitating a certain carefree, all-loving California atmosphere, offered four days of…
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
The power of a movie franchise is set on the premise of familiarity. Each film, part and sequel comforts viewers with full-immersion into a universe they know through and through, a universe seemingly forever expanding.
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
There was more than one will written by musician and music video pioneer Michael Nesmith, who came to fame in the 1960s as one of The Monkees rock group and died at his Carmel Valley home on Dec. 10, 2021. One handwritten will from 2014 was submitted to Monterey County Superior Court in Dece…
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…
There is a nation-wide effort to get more poetry, diverse and anti-racist books into the hands of young people around the United States.
Tuesday, March 08, 2022
Urban Arts Collaborative at Salinas is now showing “Soul Food,” a solo exhibit of artwork by Salinas cook-turned-artist Alejandro Pio.
Monday, March 07, 2022
There are many apples in Watsonville but this one is special. We are talking about a brand-new mural in Taylor’s Alley, where—in addition—seven existing murals have been restored.
Monday, February 28, 2022
The city of Carmel and Pacific Repertory Theatre are set to sign a lease agreement for the management of the historic city-owned Forest Theater if City Council approves at a meeting tomorrow, March 1.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Steve-O has suffered through some punishing stunts. Think firecrackers blasting where the sun doesn't shine, nether regions stapled or slammed with a baseball bat. But the Jackass star sets firm limits.
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
Salinas locals are thrilled to hear that one of their own, Palma High School graduate, cartoonist, director and writer Mike Rianda, might win an Oscar for best animated film next month. The Mitchells vs. The Machines, nominated on Feb. 8, is based on his Salinas childhood. It's available now…
Friday, January 07, 2022
Pat Hathaway spent his life taking and collecting photographs, and his historical photo collection includes over 80,000 images from different parts of the Central Coast, documenting daily life and big events, including things the opening of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the bridges of Cannery R…
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
Michael Nesmith, musician, television idol, video pioneer and Grammy award winner, died at his Carmel Valley home this morning. He was 78.
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
Kathleen Madigan is funny.
Founded in 1986 and made up of local theater producers, actors and technicians, Monterey County Theatre Alliance held its annual meeting Nov. 28 on Zoom, its main stage since Covid. The nonprofit has been addressing the pandemic with a program of Zoom readings and performances and focused on…
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Anyone can pull together a few hundred historic race cars, call in food trucks and invite a dozen or so winemakers to pour their wares—if they are well-connected, that is.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
As you might know by now, sci-fi author Frank Herbert’s grandson, Byron Merritt, lives in Marina. Now, does he live in Marina because of the famous Marina dunes? This intriguing question was posed by my newsroom colleague Christopher Neely, and before I got an answer from Mr. Merritt, I did …
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
The 11th annual Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations put the local LGBTQ+ community in the spotlight on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Central Park in Salinas. Supporters came out to celebrate Pride with informational booths, games, painting, food and performances, including a fabulous drag show. Perform…
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
With almost a half century of performances under her belt, Patti Smith still commands a stage. Whether she is screaming into a mic, spitting on the floor and forcing the crowd to their feet during her punk rock ballads, or painting a reflective mood as she spills out one of her poems, Smith …
Sunday, August 15, 2021
William Giles, born in 1934, was one of the first practitioners of manipulated polaroid—a radical attack on photography as mimesis. He studied and worked with many known photographers including Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lang and others. His photographs document the civil rights move…
Friday, August 06, 2021
Guess what? It's Car Week. And there will be 20-plus events around town for the next ten days. Here are a few of the Weekly's highlights.
It was a windy afternoon in Sand City so the unveiling of the new ground mural in the Art Park on Thursday, Aug. 5, was purely symbolic.
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
Pacific Grove-based writer Alka Joshi released her debut novel, The Henna Artist, in the beginning of 2020, just at the outset of Covid-19. She admits that last year, locked at home, she felt more hopeful and connected than ever because she had a chance to talk to over 6,000 people on Zoom. …
Thursday, July 29, 2021
The nonprofit Asian Cultural Experience, aka ACE, was founded in 2007 with the goal of preserving the history of Salinas’ Chinatown. Like many Chinatowns found around the world, this one, sandwiched between East Rossi and East Market streets, was where migrant laborers could find a place to …
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
A visit of Chicago-based PARA.MAR Dance Theatre successfully marked the first session of the Carmel Dance Festival and felt like an inaugural dance for those who gathered.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
To say that the Monterey Jazz Festival was missed during shelter-in-place might be an understatement. Tickets became available for sale to the general public for the 64th MJF on July 16, and four days later, they ran out. Per a press release, they officially sold out Tuesday, July 20.
After a turbulent few years, changes in leadership and a pandemic closure, things finally start looking good for the Monterey Museum of Arts.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Ch...ch...ch...changes are happening at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. If you haven't already dropped by, they have a new exhibit that bridges the museum's extensive collection with local history and science of the climate crisis they're calling Changes. The museum is also open…
Saturday, July 03, 2021
It's a long and winding journey for the American Tin Cannery building in Pacific Grove to become a hotel, and along the way tenants are leaving. The popular anchor restaurant, First Awakenings, relocated just up the street to David Avenue in Monterey this spring. Next, the ArtWorks @ Pacific…
Thursday, July 01, 2021
You can add the Sunset Center to the fast-growing list of venues poised to reopen. On Wednesday, the iconic Carmel concert hall announced a diverse 2021-2022 season of its own Sunset Presents offerings, with music, theater, dance, and comedy all represented in its first season back since the…
Friday, June 25, 2021
Live music is making a full comeback in all kinds of ways. Including alongside a glass of wine. Puma Road's tasting room has several musical acts scheduled including John Vicino playing on June 25 and Linda Arceo on June 26. Performances are from 5-7pm. The Puma Road Tasting Room is located …
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
The future of an 80,000-plus photo collection that documents local history that was archived by the late Pat Hathaway may have become a little less murky.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Ray Beshoff says he's already done the hard part of getting a pro soccer team to come to Monterey County—getting the United Soccer League to sign off on adding a local team.
Friday, June 11, 2021
This Saturday is record store day. Celebrate with Recycled Records (504 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey). They're participating on June 12 and July 17 with a new vinyl release each day. Are you really even cool if you don't like vinyl? Visit their Facebook for updates or give them a ring at 375-54…
Friday, June 04, 2021
Fire up the kiln, Monterey GlassWorks is opening their giant garage door to reveal the inner-workings of their glassblowing studio. On June 5 starting at 3pmvisitors can drop by, bring a beer, nosh on some appetizers and watch glass blowers at work, including artists-in-residence Aya Oki and…
Friday, May 21, 2021
California will officially reopen on June 15. But until then, there are still plenty of virtual experiences to enjoy from the comfort of your desk, err, couch.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Now that your tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the National Steinbeck Center have been booked, here are few more virtual and in-person events to fill your free time.
Friday, May 07, 2021
No excuses. Whether you’re staying home for the foreseeable future, or ready to stretch your legs and explore the real world again, the world of arts and culture in Monterey County is accessible to all. Here’s just a few events to look forward to this weekend, and beyond.