Calling all poets. The National Steinbeck Center and Hartnell College's Steinbeck Chair, poet Lawson Fusao Inada, are seeking 10,000 poems of every description. Poems will be collected in the archive at the Steinbeck Center, and submission is free to poets of all ages and genres.
April Fools Concert
Brace yourself for a fit of giggles at Ensemble Monterey's spring concert. Pieces they'll admit to include Bach's Coffee Cantata, Barney Oldfield's Race for Life from film-maker Mack Sennett's comedy, and the world premiere of Stephen Tosh's Concerto Grosso for Cell Phones, Pagers, Breath Mints & GameBoys.
Don McLean in Concert
His gentle, country-tinged voice is instantly recognizable from platinum-selling hits like "Vincent (Starry, Starry Nights)" and rock's greatest story-song, "American Pie." Don McLean, inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2004, appears in concert at the Sunset Center.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
A dominant force in modern dance for over five decades, Taylors imaginative choreography, rare sense of beauty and superb musicality - not to mention the brilliance of his dancers - are beyond compare.
John Pizzarelli Trio
The Monterey Jazz Festival presents one of the masters of the American songbook in its spring concert series. Pizzarelli's warm, husky voice evokes Nat King Cole, while his guitar artistry matches the great Les Paul.
The sun'll come out... not tomorrow but any weekend in April, as the Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater on Fisherman's Wharf presents Annie!, the sunny musical about America's best-loved orphan.
Bouquets to Monterey
Twenty works of art and artifacts from the Maritime Museum of Monterey will challenge and inspire florists and designers to create floral arrangements that are equally beautiful or intriguing. Lectures about the artifacts and the creative process complement the event.
The Reluctant Dragon
The SRO/Studio Theatre presents Mary Hall Surface's adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's beloved story of a dragon who prefers poetry and tea parties to fire-breathing, and the boy who befriends him.
Clairemont Piano Trio
Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents the first winners of the KLR International Trio Award, an enchanting trio of three very talented young women, in a special matinee performance.
April 13-May 7
Paper Wing Theatre Co. presents Vladimir Nabokov's strange tale of Humbert Humbert and his desperate, fruitless, effort to recreate his first love with the nubile girl - his own step-daughter - that he comes to call "Lolita." (No children under 17 admitted.)
Third Thursday at MMA
Tel: 831-372-5477 ext 12
Enjoy a mellow cocktail hour of art, wine and nibbles at the Monterey Museum of Art, during this free monthly event.
Kurt Elling in Concert
As part of its Next Generation Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival showcases the talents of Kurt Elling, its artist in residence for 2006. Recent reviewers raved: "a musical tour de force, incorporating swing and scat, philosophy and funk, and topped by a heaping dose of vocalese."
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How many harpists can perform as comfortably in jazz nightclubs as on stage at Carnegie Hall, or collaborate as happily with Bobby McFerrin as Luciano Pavarotti and Carly Simon? Only one: Andreas Vollenweider, now in his 25th year composing and performing his unique music.
Next Generation Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on the young up-and-coming musicians that will form the vanguard of jazz music in the coming decades, with a newly expanded event that includes performances and activities. This year's artist-in-residence: Kurt Elling.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
In a timely performance coinciding with the Next Jazz Fest, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at Carmel's Sunset Center. They're the essence of New Orleans trad-jazz: don't miss it!
Salinas (22), Carmel (23-24)
Guest conductor James Paul directs the orchestra in a romantic program including Smetana's Overture to The Bartered Bride, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major with Philippe Bianconi at the keyboard.
Proclaimed by no less an authority than Los Lobos as ready to carry the torch for Los Angeles Chicano community, Quetzal embodies the soul and the struggle at the heart of the Mexican-American legacy.
David Sedaris Live
Sardonic wit and incisive social critique, marbled into one humorous package: that's David Sedaris, NPR humorist and author of Me Talk Pretty One Day. On stage at Carmel's Sunset Center
Old Monterey Plein Air Painting and Art Promenade
On Saturday, see painters of all ages busy at work in the lanes and byways all around Old Monterey. Sunday, the art is on display and for sale following a juried competition.