Thursday, October 23, 2003
Jam, Jive And EverythingAIN'T MISBEHAVIN The hit musical that took Broadway by storm is set to get toes tappin' in Monterey, for one night only. In 1978, Ain't Misbehavin' won the Tony for Best Musical and ran for 1,604 performances. Twenty-five years later, Vivan Jett from the original Broadway cast returns to the cast of five--two men and three women--as they perform swingin' songs from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, associated with jazz legend Fats Waller, one of the few African Americans of his time to cross the racial barrier and make it big-time into the white entertainment industry. The performance features some of Waller's greatest hits, including "Honeysuckle Rose," "This Joint is Jumping," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and "Mean to Me." [JL]
8pm. Monterey Conference Center's Steinbeck Forum, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $39-49. (925) 798-1300.
Our Dark Places
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL The local Amnesty International Club at the Monterey Institute of International Studies hosts a two-day Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival. The films featured in this event are meant to give exposure to conditions in areas of the world where human rights abuses are routine but seldom acknowledged. The first two films, Rana's Wedding and Scenes From an Endless War are shown tonight. Rana's Wedding, shot entirely on location in occupied and barricaded East Jerusalem and Ramallah, is the story of a Palestinian girl who resists her forced marriage, and Scenes From an Endless War is just that, a documentary on globalization, American policies and the "war against terrorism." Two more films, Dans, Grozny, Dans, the story of a traditional youth dance troupe in war-torn Chechnya and State of Denial, an examination of the South African AIDS epidemic, will be shown on Saturday. [MDB]
6:30pm, Friday and Saturday. Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building, 449 Pierce St., Monterey. Free. 647-4100.
CARMEL FOOD AND ART STROLL BENEFIT It's billed as the best way to enjoy Carmel in the fall, and get your cultural fix too. Changing Seasons, a new art, wine, and food event, offers passport holders entrance to 18 different Carmel art galleries, tastes of food and wine, and the opportunity to bid on a work of art at each gallery. Proceeds from the auctions benefit the Carmel Youth Center, a hip after-school hangout that keeps kids off the mean streets of Carmel. But seriously. Good cause, good food, good art, and the chance to win dinner for four at Casanova Restaurant. That's worth the passport price alone. [BW]
Friday, noon-5:30pm; Saturday, 10am-5:30pm; Sunday, 11am-2pm. $25/passport for all weekend. 624-9035 to purchase passports.
ARDEN'S GARDEN A lot of people spend their whole lives trying to get on television. If you are one of those people, here's your chance. KPIG deejay Arden Eaton is inviting the public to tapings of her cable channel music show, "Arden's Garden." The hour-long show features performances by regional roots music acts. This month, Wig Salad, a Bay Area Latin, funk and jazz band, will play and answer questions from the studio audience. There are only 80 seats available, so reserve a spot as soon as you can. [ST]
6:30pm/doors open, 7pm/show begins. Community Media Center, 2200 Garden Rd., Monterey. Donation suggested. 372-6480.
Big Day, Little Town
CARMEL'S 87th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION It's Carmel's big day and you're invited to the party. The event kicks off with a Halloween parade down Ocean Avenue led by the Wells Fargo Stagecoach (banks, ooh scary). After winding through the streets, the parade finally makes its way to the newly renovated Sunset Center, where a barbecue lunch is held. Live music accompanies the celebration and there will be plenty of birthday cake and ice cream for everyone. Conveniently, the Sunset Center is holding an open house to show off. Live entertainment and free refreshments will be provided. For (at least) 87 years, Carmel has offered a beautiful coastline and other things that both retirees and bohemians love. Here's to 87 more. [NP]
Parade begins at 11am at San Carlos and 7th, Carmel. Sunset open house, noon-4:40pm Saturday and Sunday. $10/adults, kids 12 and under/free. 620-2020.
FAMILY FOSSIL FUN DAY In case you haven't tried it lately, digging a hole in the backyard and finding an old bottle or broken plate can be quite a thrill, even if it's just somebody's trash from 1946. For those who become paleontologists and archaeologists, that thrill makes for a lifetime of work as they spend years out in the desert scraping sand for donkey jaws and such. See what it's all about at this fun event at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. If you have a fossil and you're not too sure what it is, bring it in and someone will tell you. There will be demonstrations on how fossils happen, fossil mold making class, and chances for the kids to pretend digging up buried treasure. The event is tied in with a current show of fossil collector Pat Antonio's life work, which lasts until March 7. [AS]
1-4pm. Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Central and Forest Avenues, Pacific Grove. Free. 648-5716, or www.pgmuseum.org.
MARK LEVY Bay Area musician and teacher Mark Levy presents the history of klezmer music tonight, from vintage audio and video recordings of early 20th-century bands, through the present. Levy is a singer and lecturer specializing in older Judaic folk music, and Jewish music history in general, and has just released his fourth album, Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl: Yiddish Work Songs. He'll share anecdotes about some of the guiding lights of this musical form, and show off his own musical talents as well. [SF]
7:30pm. Temple Beth El, 1212 Riker St., Salinas. $5, children free. 424-9151.
CAMERATA SINGERS FUNDRAISER Food. Music. Shopping. And a stroll through Monterey's Stanton Maritime Museum, all rolled into one afternoon. The Camerata Singers, a group that over the past 20 years has been the only choir to perform through all of Monterey County, has their annual fundraiser this afternoon, where guests can learn more about choral music, bid on silent auction items, and walk through the Maritime Museum's four centuries of artifacts from time of the "Spanish conquistadors, the Portugese whalers, Chinese squid fishermen, Japanese abalone divers, and Italian sardine fisherman," up until the present. [BW]
4-6pm. Stanton Maritime Museum, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $35. 642-2701.
Stuff To Do in an Unlikely Place
MOSS LANDING VILLAGE FESTIVAL Believe it or not, Moss Landing is actually a town. It even consists of more than a power plant, a harbor and a restaurant or two. For those of you who've never had a chance (or desire) to visit this quiet little fishing village, now's your opportunity. Enjoy live music by Broken English, a 10-piece salsa band. Meander through the numerous antique shops and sidewalk sales that present tons of collectibles, antiques and art. And, like most public events, there will be lots and lots of food. So, what's the catch? Well, the Moss Landing Village Festival is a benefit for Monterey Bay Youth, a nonprofit organization that funds field trips for kids to see Elkhorn Slough. Donations will be accepted around town. [NP]
11am-5pm. Meet in front of Haute Enchilada Art Cafe, corner of Sandholdt Road and Moss Landing Drive, Moss Landing. 633-5843.
Have a Swill Time
MONTEREY BEER FESTIVAL Not too long ago, Breakwater Cove was occupied by a somewhat belligerent gang of sea lions. They would take over large open spaces and entire boats, lie around, cavort and barf all over the place. This weekend, this same area will be the site of a beer festival featuring precious nectar from some pretty darn good breweries, such as Pabst, Spaten, Chimay and local breweries like English Ales of Marina, Monterey Coast Brewery, Coast Range and Seabright. And if you don't believe that beer, that wonderful liquid bread, provides all the nourishment needed, there will also be food. Music by Erhman Hall, Karma and the Cachagua Playboys. The event is a fundraiser for Fisherman's Alliance of California, an advocacy group for those who make their living on the water. (See story, p. 47) [AS]
Noon-5pm. Breakwater Cove/Monterey Bay Boatworks, 32 Cannery Row, Monterey. $20, beer included. Kids under 12/free, $5/under 21 (no beer of course). No dogs. 373-2843.
WYNTON MARSALIS SEPTET It's a wonder that Wynton Marsalis can find the bathroom in his own home with all his awards lying around. The trumpet player has won eight Grammy awards, a Peabody award, the Grand Prix du Disque award of France, the Edison award of the Netherlands, and a Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio on slavery. (Just imagine what would happen if all the Marsalis musical family dropped by with their awards.) Enjoy a living legend of jazz at the newly restored Sunset Center. (See story p. 30.) [ST]
7pm and 9:30pm. Sunset Center, San Carlos between 8th and 9th, Carmel. $25/back balcony, $45/front balcony and rear floor, $65/orchestra seats. (925) 275-9255.
All In the Family
ELIZA GILKYSON Music is in songwriter Eliza Gilkyson's blood. Her father is Terry Gilkyson, the folksinger who wrote "Greenfield," "Marianne" and "The Bare Necessities" from Disney's The Jungle Book. Her brother is Tony Gilkyson, a former member of the Los Angeles punk band, X. Eliza broke through with 1987's atmospheric Pilgrims, and now she is riding high from the critical success of her 2002 album, Lost and Found. Catch her tonight in Carmel Valley. [ST]
6pm/doors open, 6:30pm/show begins. Hidden Valley Theater, Carmel Valley and Ford roads, Carmel Valley. $18/advance, $20/door. 625-1229.
Strength Through Spirit
ALTAR SHOW AND SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL In dozens of spiritually minded communities worldwide, altars are built to honor many things, such as lost loved ones, deities, seasonal changes, and joyous celebrations. The second annual exhibit and sacred arts festival in Carmel inspires the same warmth, reverence and community-building hope, starting tonight with the opening ceremony and blessing, and a slideshow of sacred sites around the world by yoga teacher and photographer David Cushing Fuess. Continuing through the long Halloween weekend (10/30-11/2) will be a magical array of interfaith discussions, sacred music and stories, and of course, altars and art on display. [CC]
Wednesday 6-8pm, opening and blessing; 8pm photography. Most events are free but donations are welcome. All Saints Episcopal Church, Dolores and 9th, Carmel. For details on events next weekend, call 624-3883, ext. 18.