Thursday, May 23, 2002
Kids Love A Circus; Animals Not As "Wild" About The Idea
BENTLEY BROS. CIRCUS The folks over at the Bentley Bros. Circus headquarters in Myakka City, Fla., assure us that all the circus animals indentured for any Bentley Bros. production are well cared for. If that''s enough for you, go check out the show at the Salinas Sports Complex this weekend. The traveling menagerie features the standard elephants (Indian and African) doing elephant tricks as well as a "carnivorous liger," a cross between a lion and a tiger. If such a creatures doesn''t arouse curiosity, a man named Bob Moyer threatens to commit a "death-defying act" with said liger. The event is billed as a "European-Style" circus, though headquarters was not able to clarify what that means.
Multiple shows per day May 24 to May 27 at the Salinas Sports Complex. $12 adults/$6 kids. Call (888) 944-SHOW for more information.
We Knew Them When
CSUMB CAPSTONE FESTIVAL One of the hallmarks of CSUMB''s progressive curriculum is the Capstone Project, which allows students in their senior year to follow original ideas from conception through completion. The Capstones emerging from the Teledramatic Arts and Technology program are among the most innovative and interesting to a general audience, and tonight everyone is invited for an evening of videos, documentaries, radio and theater by talented students. One of the highlights is a 15-minute documentary on teen pregnancy by Esther Rosales titled "If I Could Do It Again." Additionally, from 9am to 9pm the work of the students in the visual and public art program will be on display in Buildings 71 and 72, with a reception at 2pm.
6pm. CSUMB World Theater, Sixth Ave, Seaside. Free. 582-4512.
UNDER_SCORE AND ARLO CSUMB''s favorite alt-rock grads take the stage once again, fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Nikki Anderson. Her soulful voice and performance behind the mic set the hook, and the band''s rhythm section-Matt Brown on drums and Dale Hameister on bass-reel ''em in. With James Sanderson and Lake Sachtleben on guitars, this fivesome''s discovered the perfect recipe for bar-band success, which may explain why under_score''s charging past local-favorite status into rockstardom and beyond. They play an eclectic mix of original rock with a few covers thrown in for good measure-Blink 182 to Weezer and Missing Persons.
9pm. Blue Fin Cafe and Billiards, 685 Cannery Row, Monterey. Call for price. 375-7000.
LionsYoung and Old
CARMEL JAZZ FEST This is a don''t-miss event for jazz lovers: Jimmy Smith is the all-time king of the Hammond B-3 organ; Roy Hargrove lives up to all the hype about how he''s the hottest young trumpeter on the jazz scene; and Milton Fletcher, recent graduate of Monterey High, is becoming a nationally recognized phenom. When all three of them hit town on the same weekend, it''s nothing less than an extended holiday for fans of the American art form.
MiltonFletcher Quartet: 7:30pm Friday, $15; Roy Hargrove Quintet: 7:30pm Saturday, $50; Jimmy Smith Quartet: 7:30pm Monday, $50. The Jazz and Blues Company, Crossroads Shopping Center, Highway One at Rio Road. BYOB. 624-6431.
Hot TownRED WHITE & A LITTLE BLUES FESTIVAL Everyone knows that one of the signs of summer is the street fair-the booths with batik dresses, the Thai chicken sticks smoking on the grill, the blues reverberating through the streets. Today''s fest kicks off the street fair season with a lineup of local favorite musicians whose inclinations range from Latin to blues. Saturday at the Custom House Stage, starting at 11 and changing every two hours, are Sambada, the John Sherry Band and the Cachagua Playboys (pictured this page), while on the lower Alvarado Stage John "Broadway" Tucker dominates from noon until 4pm. Sunday it''s the Chicano All-Stars, Kaye Bohler and Terry Hiatt (also pictured) at the Custom House and Red Beans and Rice on Alvarado. After this we can surely say summer''s really arrived.
11am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday. Custom House Plaza and Alvarado, downtown Monterey. Free.
Rave, Big Sur Style
HENRY MILLER LIBRARY CELEBRATION Looks like the natives are getting restless. As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, the Big Sur Henry Miller Library throws open the lawn to an authentic hippie-fest, with drumming, jazz and "maidens dancing on the lawn." We all know what that means-the Big Sur Natives going wild, this time to the exuberant jazz of the This and That Quartet. Sunday the groove-in continues with a day-long open mic luring singers, dancers, poets and musicians to the stage.
2pm, Saturday and Sunday. Henry Miller Library, Hwy 1 1/4 mile north of Nepenthe, Big Sur. $10 Saturday/Free Sunday. 667-2574.
Powerto The People
PEOPLE''S CHOICE WINE TASTING AWARDS Back in the dark ages, when the powers that were stripped Muhammad Ali of his boxing titles, he and everyone around knew that he was still the Champ. He became known as The People''s Choice. Nowadays, so-called experts rate everything from athletes to restaurants, bestowing subjective titles upon willing recipients. Well, today at A Taste of Monterey in Cannery Row, you, the people, can choose your champion from among 18 Monterey County chardonnays priced under 20 dollars. The wines will be tasted blind (or until you''re blind) and winners will be unveiled that evening. The top three will be crowned The People''s Choice. The event promises to be fun-filled, educational and empowering. Admission is about the cost of a few glasses of wine at any restaurant in town.
6pm. A Taste of Monterey, 700 Cannery Row. $25. 751-1980 ext.10.
Rodolfoand Mimi Up in The Garret
LA BOHÈME A painter, a writer, a philosopher and a musician are crowded into a drafty attic. It''s Christmas Eve in Paris way back when. A parrot dies. Is it the set-up for a joke? No, it''s the opening scene of Puccini''s popular four-act opera La Bohème. Presented in Carmel Valley at Hidden Valley''s 300-seat theater in the round, this production will feature players touted as "some of America''s finest young singers." Take a summer evening and enjoy this tale of love and loss in not-so-gay old Paree. Though La Bohème is often performed in Italian, this production will be delivered in English.
8pm May 25, 27, 29 and 31. One show Sunday, June 2, at 2pm. Hidden Valley Music Seminar, located at Carmel Valley and Ford Roads, Carmel Valley. $40. 659-3115.
Diary of A Young Girl
DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Anne Frank received a red-and-white-plaid diary from her parents as a gift for her 13th birthday, June 12, 1942. Anne, a German Jewish girl whose family had moved to Amsterdam to escape the Nazis, started writing immediately. "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support," Anne wrote in her first diary entry on June 12. Less than a month later, Anne and her parents, her sister and another family went into hiding in the back of a warehouse. Anne''s final diary entry is dated August 1, 1944. Three days later, the people hiding in the warehouse were arrested and sent to the camps. A secretary working in the building found Anne''s diary and kept it hidden in a desk drawer. After the war, she gave it to Anne''s father, Otto Frank. Of the two families hiding in the warehouse, he was the only survivor. Today the Western Stage performs Anne Frank''s story and that of her family, revised and with new material added by noted playwright Wendy Kesselman.
8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday. Studio Theater in the Performing Arts Building, 156 Homestead, Salinas. $17/$14/$12. 755-6816 for tickets and schedule.
MONTEREY DANCE WEEK SpectorDance has been planning this shindig for a long time. An array of talented teachers and performers, including onetime members of the San Francisco Ballet, Merce Cunningham Co., Paul Taylor Co. and New York City Ballet, are spending a week at the new Marina dance studio teaching master classes in ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance and giving lectures to the public. Ronnie Reddick, a hip hop dancer and choreographer who has worked with Paula Abdul and MC Hammer, is among them, and will be performing in the Emerging Choreographers Showcase on Saturday, June 1. On Friday, May 31, a bevy of performances by Charles Anderson, Tandy Beal, Moving Arts Dance and Mel Wong will showcase innovation in choreography and skill in dance. For story, see page 30.
Sunday, May 26-Saturday, June 1. Master class and lecture times vary. Performance May 31, 7:30pm. Emerging Choreographers Showcase Saturday, June 1, 7:30pm. $10-$25 performances; master classes $15/$20. www.spectordance.org for schedule. 384-1050.