Thursday, July 17, 2003
Don't Need No Stinkin' Sidemen
SIDE MAN AND STINKING BADGES OPEN Tonight, Unicorn Theater opens Warren Leight's Side Man, Tony Award winner for best new play of 1999. Side Man follows the son of a troubled New York City jazz musician through three decades of addiction, popular music, and lost love. Directed by Carey Crockett, this Carl Cherry Center production features Robert Colter, Teresa Del Piero and James Brady. On Saturday night, El Teatro Campesino opens Luis Valdez's powerful tale of middle-class Mexican American life in 1980s East Los Angeles, I Don't Have To Show You No Stinking Badges. It's been previewing for more than a week, but tonight's the official opening of what many consider Valdez's signature piece. [SF]
Side Man plays Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm at the Carl Cherry Center, Guadalupe at 4th, Carmel, 649-0259; Badges plays Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm at El Teatro Campesino Playhouse, 705 Fourth St., San Juan Bautista, 623-2444.
FILIPINO FESTIVAL If you know what any of these words mean, you're ahead of us: halohalo, lechon, lumpia, pancit, adobo. Got any guesses? It's food from the Philippine Islands. All those treats, as well as an entire day of ethnic dancing and music are planned for this year's Central Coast Filipino Festival, the 10th annual. There will also be booths and exhibits on culture and other topics. Proceeds from this event go to youth/adult partnerships for community development programs. [AS]
10am-7pm. 100 Block of Main Street in Oldtown Salinas, in front of the National Steinbeck Center. Free. 449-1441.
BACH FESTIVAL The best in live Baroque music plays during the Carmel festival's 65th season, which opens tonight and runs through August 10. This year the Bach Fest returns to the fully renovated Sunset Theater. Highlights include classical symphonies and Baroque string concertos at sunset, candlelight concerts at Carmel Mission Basilica, free family concerts and twilight concerts at Church in the Forest among others. See story page 26. [JL]
For complete schedule and to buy tickets, check out www.bachfestival.org or call 624-2046.
Tattoos, Art, and Rock and Roll
MONTEREY ROCK & ART FESTIVAL The latest installment of Monterey's rock festival returns with a healthy dose of local talent. The diverse roster of 34 bands will satisfy everyone from classic rockers to hip hoppers--and provides the perfect excuse to get that long-wanted tattoo. All this for only ten bucks. See story, page 32. [ST]
Noon. Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd., Monterey. $10/advance, $15/door. 899-1007 or montereyrockandart.com.
THE MERMEN AT FERNWOOD The Ventures. Dick Dale. The Mermen. San Francisco's Mermen are the new breed of surf guitar music. The band's 2000 album, The Amazing California Health and Happiness Road Show, expands on surf music's effects-soaked, guitar-laden instrumentals. Guitarist Jim Thomas will set this roadhouse in the redwoods on fire. [ST]
9pm. Fernwood Bar, 25 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Free. 667-2422.
DANZAS ADITI IN BIG SUR Aditi, a Sanskrit word, means creative abundance. Kinda like Big Sur. So it's fitting that the Aditi Foundation's third annual "Danzas" will take place here. Directed by dancer-choreographer, Alicia Morena-de Palma, the multicultural dance program, "Character to Classical" will present resident Monterey County artists and their guests performing Middle Eastern, Greek, Chinese, East Indian, Spanish, Eastern European, American Tap and fusion dances by the Big Sur Natives. Guests are encouraged to bring beach blankets and lawn chairs, and to carpool. Big Sur Coast Food with international fare will be available, as well as Aditi info booths and cultural souvenirs. Donations will go to the student scholarship fund for ethnic dance education and the sustainability of cultural arts heritage countywide. [JL]
1-4pm. Henry Miller Library, Highway 1, Big Sur. $8. 625-2857.
NORMAN BROWN CONCERT Tired from late nights watching reality television? Smooth jazz guitarist Norman Brown sounds like the perfect soundtrack for winding down. Laura Chandler, a multi-instrumentalist who dabbles in jazz, folk and alternative music, will join Brown, who just took home a Grammy for his latest release, Just Chillin'. [ST]
7pm. Monterey Hyatt, 1 Old Golf Course Rd., Monterey. $35/general, $55/reserved and $75/premium reserved. 649-1223.
FOLK MUSIC CONCERT The lady working twelve hours a day at your local fast food restaurant and the homeless guy at the bar with all the best stories are the sort of people that Los Gatos based songwriter Chuck McCabe sings about on his new CD, Bad Gravity Day. McCabe, who won the 2001 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, is able to create a sturdy picture of poverty-stricken Americans with a few lines of lyrics and a couple strums on his acoustic guitar. McCabe will be joined by folksinger Mary McCaslin, who is known for her unique versions of the Beatle's "Blackbird" and the Who's "Pinball Wizard," and Meridian Green, daughter of folk legend Bob Gibson. [ST]
7pm. Christian Church of Pacific Grove, 422 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. $15. 372-0363.
Light 'Em Up
FEAST OF LANTERNS For nearly 100 years now, Pacific Grove has celebrated the Feast of Lanterns, a tradition that began in 1905 as a wrap-up for the Methodist Chautauqua Assembly. For six days the little village by the sea will be awash in colorful lantern glow and humming with family frolic. All through the week a full slate of summer fun is planned, from today's track meet at Pacific Grove High to the traditional pageant and boat parade at Lovers Point on Saturday night. An ice cream social follows on Sunday. Can't get much more Old-Timey than that. [AS]
Opening ceremony begins at 1pm, Wednesday, at Chautauqua Hall in downtown Pacific Grove. For more information consult www.feast-of-lanterns.org or call 649-8737.