Not all of it was pretty, but we made it through. Let’s look back at the year that was in Monterey County arts and culture coverage, to celebrate, to learn, and to do it even better next year.
At the start of 2016, I was asked to try something new with my Artifacts column, as opposed to its usual tidbits, shout-outs and reflections. So I wrote a short bio, ruminated on the MLK Jr. march in Seaside, and talked about editing the Weekly’s A&E Calendar for six years. Then I was asked to go back to the tidbits. “Fail again. Fail better,” said Samuel Beckett.
Voices of Change is a book of stories by local activists and peaceniks from the front lines of social justice. It names names in its accounts of law enforcement and politicians, adversaries and allies, momentous events and protracted battles, victories and failures. It sounds really useful now, doesn’t it?
A Q&A with the executive producer of Serial, the hot podcast that was supposed to reignite longform, enterprise, narrative journalism. Then fake news spread like brushfire across Facebook. In June, a judge granted Adnan Sayed a new trial.
You may or may not know this, but Marielle Argueza has been your A&E Calendar editor this year and will be into the future. I hope you’ve enjoyed her curation. I know I have.
Among many, we said goodbye to David Bowie, Muhammed Ali, Gwen Ifill, Leonard Cohen and, most poignantly for many, Prince. Another reason why 2016 is a year that will live in infamy.
Our 831 stories focus on people and the things they do that give Monterey County an extra dose of flavor, like this feature about an art gallery inconspicuously tucked away in Northridge Mall.
This one got a lot of play. Should babies or toddlers be brought to classical music concerts? If you believe they should, isn’t that being rude to the reverie of grown-ups? And if you believe they shouldn’t, what have you got against babies and the future of classical music?
A literal tour that considered everything from the projection on all the screens to the website to the bird poop on the walkway. The Weekly also took a look-see inside the new Dali 17 museum and the reopened Forest Theater, BTW.
Movie reviews like this one can give attention to a small film we think deserves an audience. Though based on actual events during World War II in Poland, this film’s lessons reverberate in conflicts from Rwanda to Syria.
A peek at the Carmel Libraries book sale • Aug. 11
A photo blog allows pictures to carry the gist of a story as well as the details. This one surveyed some of the finds at this book sale, including graphic novels, collectible books, acres of thrillers, poetry by Sappho and Rumi, and Matt Dillon’s book on tape of Kerouac’s On the Road.
We like us a good film festival. In addition to this import from Mexico, we covered everything from the Carmel International Film Festival to the Banff Mountain Film Festival to the United Nations Association Monterey Bay Annual International Documentary Film Festival (which needs a short nickname).
After igniting the jazz world, and fresh off a world tour, Washington talked to the Weekly before debuting at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Both artists spoke to the Weekly prior to their Days and Nights Festival visit, went to CSU Monterey Bay to address students (then Glass picked up a National Medal of Arts from President Obama), they unleashed profound and intimate music and poems at Sunset Center, met and mingled with fans, and were the same humble beings the whole time.
This print story served as a teaser to an event that readers could attend. Most of our A&E stories do that. But it also served notice that there was lots more of this interview with an important activist on the Weekly’s website, titled “The rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, as told by Mel Mason.”
The saga started with a print story that the Grand Russian Ballet was coming to Salinas’ Fox Theater to perform Swan Lake. That was followed by a Squid Fry column titled “Off Pointe” about the event’s long lines and confusing seating. In response, a letter to the editor: “They weren’t the Bolshoi, the costumes were well worn and it was recorded music, but still, what a thing to see.” That is a nice lifecycle to any story.