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The artsboth lively and plasticflourish in Monterey. Galleries and studio tours showcase the works of artists who have been inspired by the region's scenery and culture. Events throughout the year highlight dance, theater, music, and much more. Overall, visitors find the thriving arts and culture scene of Monterey offers an array of choices to inform and entertain. The Cultural Council for Monterey County has comprehensive listings of arts and cultural events throughout the county. Call them at 831-622-9060.

Before Sunset The Western Stage

Impressions of
Artistic Travel

Rodgers & Hammerstein Together Again

How does a Californian Impressionist painter's painting differ from an ordinary American Impressionist painting? Does it differ at all?

A new exhibition, opening on June 15 at the Monterey Museum of Art, tackles the question head on. In & Out of California: Travel of American Impressionists presents paintings by some of California's finest artists, created as a result of their travels around the state... or around the world. Local artists like E. Charlton Fortune, whose "Before Sunset" is pictured above, found as much inspiration in Europe's glittering harbors as in the bay of Monterey, as much grandeur in the Pacific Palisades as in the Swiss Alps.

The exhibit continues through September 1 at the main Civic Center Gallery, 559 Pacific St, Monterey. Call 831-372-5477 for details, or visit

Two wonderful revues celebrate the classic show tunes of Richard Rodgerswhose Centennial Year this isand Oscar Hammerstein II.

Rodgers and Hammerstein were no ordinary composers: between them, they created the American book musical, complete with distinctive characters, serious themes and plots that did more than connect the songs. Their first joint effort, Oklahoma!, shook the foundations of Broadway; in 17 years, they wrote 11 Tony Award-winning musicals.

Songs from their first collaboration include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "Surrey with the Fringe on Top;" hits from their last include "The Sound of Music" and "Climb Every Mountain." In between, revel in the luscious melodies and teasing lyrics of "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Some Enchanted Evening," "If I Loved You," and "It Might As Well Be Spring." They encapsulate the golden age of Broadway.

Some Enchanted Evening at The Western Stage, Salinas, now through July 13.
A Grand Night for Singing at MPC Theater, Monterey, now through July 7.

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Carmel Named As Top US Arts Destination Carmel-by-the-Sea has been named one of the nation's Top 25 Arts Destinations by AmericanStyle magazine. Readers were asked to list their top choices for arts travel destinations based on the richness and variety of visual arts sites, activities and events. To view what AmericanStyle readers have to say, click here.