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ETC. Photo of the day by Wayne Marien. The photographer titled this image “Odd visions while walking in Jacks Peak County Park.” He made this mask years ago, came upon it while cleaning, and decided he wanted to see it against a different background so he brought it along on a hike for this new temporary perch. Photographed with a Z5, f/11, 1/500 sec, 50mm, ISO 3200. Submit your best horizontal photos. (Please include the location where the photo was taken in the caption.)

Monterey is gearing up for more culture. 

Good afternoon.

Aga Popęda here, a new staff writer at the Weekly covering arts and culture. As a newcomer to Monterey County (and to the Weekly), I would like to introduce myself and share my excitement about this place—I still can’t believe I get to hang out with the ocean on a daily basis.

One of my first assignments is to cover the second annual we.Art mural festival now underway in Sand City. Something seems to be happening there (and I mean something besides the best almond croissants at Sweet Elena’s Bakery—those croissants are filled to think they are cream puffs, but taste too good to even raise the matter with them. Or with Elena, for that matter. And speaking of the best: Today is the last day to make nominations for your favorite sweets in Monterey County Weekly’s annual Best Of Readers’ Poll.)

Sand City has a reputation for being a city of artists and artistic endeavors, but it’s also home to a couple of very big shopping centers. That’s the kind of oddity that stands out to someone new here. 

I’m also arriving as things are changing, and businesses and festivals and events old and new are reopening and popping up. As I’m exploring cultural institutions old and new, I’m going to rely on all of you, our readers, to help guide me to the interesting and exciting makers and doers in the realm of arts & culture. If you have a tip, please reach out. 

Nice to meet you virtually for now, and I look forward to seeing you at concerts, readings and in bakery lines. Please stay in touch!

-Aga Popęda, staff writer, aga@mcweekly.com


Active museums in the U.S. This number, reported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, pre-dates the pandemic when museums were forced to shut down.


End of an era for Bernardus. After 22 years, Chef Cal Stamenov has moved on after helping make the famed Carmel Valley resort’s restaurant, Lucia, a destination. 

Monterey Museum of Art names a new executive director. After nine months as interim leader, Corey Madden has been named as executive director. Madden was chosen unanimously by the museum’s 11-member board. 

Closed for repairs. Because of Highway 1’s new status as a “most beautiful road trip” on an Instagram-pics-per-mile basis, Squid was thinking that perhaps it’d be best to take the old jalopy down the coast for a midnight joyride…

Haiti, misunderstood. This week’s opininon section takes a look at how most mainstream media coverage has relied on old racist tropes in the “deepening spiral” narrative in the wake of the assassination of Jovenel Moïse

What’s next for California’s broadband infrastructure? In a town hall meeting from 1-2pm tomorrow, July 22, local and state lawmakers discuss California’s new broadband bill and what’s next. Watch here.


Melville Tavern Indoor and Patio Dining plus Takeout Mon-Fri 11:30am, Sat & Sun Brunch at 10am. Click for Menu. 643.9525, 484 Washington St, Monterey.

Beach House at Lovers Point Indoor Dining & Takeout Daily 4-8:30pm. Sunset Supper, cocktails & wine. Click for menus/order. 375.2345, 620 Ocean View, PG.

Abalonetti on the Wharf Indoor & Outdoor Dining plus Takeout Everyday 11:30am-8:30pm. Monterey's Best Calamari plus seafood, pasta & more. Click for menus/order. 373.1851

The Sardine Factory Indoor dining nightly, 4:30-9:30pm. Special Early Dinner Menu from 4:30-6pm. Click here for menus, details and reservations or to place a takeout order. 701 Wave Street, Monterey, 831-373-3775

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LOCAL INSPIRATION of the day. Artist Savannah Fuentes is a prolific Flamenco dancer from the Pacific Northwest currently touring with guitarist and singer Diego Amador Jr. She and Amador will perform in Big Sur on Friday, July 23 and Seaside on Saturday, July 24Submit your Local Inspiration (digital art, music, multimedia, video, etc.; please include the medium you’ve used, and note when and where it was created).

The Monterey Jazz Festival sold out four days after tickets went on saleThe festival went virtual last year, and it’s back for 2021 in a (very popular) in-person format. 

Nominate the best clam chowder, the best bartender and the best place to watch the sunset in Monterey County. Our Best Of Readers’ Poll is back, and the nomination period closes today. 

A pianist known for playing in churches switched gears during shelter-in-place, with an entertaining music game. Tim Bennett also has a strong affection for cars.


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What will happen to Needles, California? One of America’s hottest cities is down to one water well. What happens if the taps go dry?
-Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2021

Does CrossFit have a future? After the pandemic and accusations of racism almost destroyed the gym brand, a new owner tries to bring it back.
-The New Yorker, July 20, 2021


In search of the California barbecue tradition. From storied Santa Maria tri-tip on the Central Coast to barbacoa in Los Angeles to hot links in West Oakland, the rules for slow-and-low are constantly rewritten here.

How accurate was your horoscope this week? Check out Brezsny's Astrology to see what predictions for you wrap up today.

We welcome your tips, comments and feedback. 

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