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January 2002  

Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Variety of candlelight musical concerts in historic Colton Hall.

January 17-21
Monterey SwingFest
Monterey: 805-937-1574
Dance workshops feature past and present world and national champions; open dancing until 5am. Presented by Central Coast Swing Dance.

January 18
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
David Gordon presents a special musical lecture on Mozart.

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January 20-22
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Director Kate Tamarkin leads the orchestra in Wagner's Overture to "The Flying Dutchman"; Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral."

January 25
Bravissima 2002 - Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
'The Grand Tour,' performed by Tafelmusik, Canada's renowned Baroque ensemble, features Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann.

February 2002  

February TBA
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Variety of candlelight musical concerts in historic Colton Hall.

February 1-March 11
Friends of Steinbeck Exhibition
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Exhibit of artwork by friends of John Steinbeck, including paintings, drawings and writing, in the Monterey Conference Center's Alvarado Gallery.

February 1-Labor Day
"Steinbeck & Ricketts: A Friendship Celebrated" at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey: 831-648-4800
A new exhibit highlighting the profound friendship between Steinbeck and innovative marine biologist Ricketts.

February 7
ODC San Francisco
Monterey: 831-582-4580
One of California's most distinguished modern dance companies, known worldwide for its virtuoso technique, athleticism, and witty choreography.

February 9
A Day of Romance in Old Monterey
Monterey: 831-647-6204
Living History presentations at Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, Diaz Adobe and the Sherman Quarters. Featuring romantic stories presented by historic characters from 19th century Monterey. Food, music and period dancers.

February 11-March 3
Steinbeck & Hollywood Exhibition
Carmel: 831-624-8886
Exhibit of movie memorabilia and ephemera focussing on films written by or derived from John Steinbeck's works. In the Thunderbird Bookshop's cafe.

February 15
Love at the Aquarium Island Dance Party
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Dance 'under water' in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to a progressive mix of island grooves, including reggae, calypso, salsa, mambo, and R&B, hosted by mix-master radio personality Sandy Shore.

February 15
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
The Bellemeade Trio - clarinet, viola and piano - perform at Carmel Presbyterian Church.

February 16
Bravissima 2002 - Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
A lighthearted program of 'Songs of Venus and Mars,' featuring mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin and bass-baritone Daniel Lichti, at the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach.

February 16
Brush Creativity Workshop
Carmel: 831-624-7491
Kazuaki Tanahashi presents a full-day workshop exploring creativity and East Asian brushwork at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts.

February 18-20
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Special concert celebrating Steinbeck's Centennial. In addition to Copland's Old American Songs and score for The Red Pony, a newly commissioned work by Allen Shawn, featuring Clayton Brainerd, bass-baritone, singing Jamaica Kincaid's libretto.

February 21
A Slice of Rice, Frijoles & Greens
Monterey: 831-582-4580
A feast of song and story that provides vivid insight into the Asian, Latina, African and Deaf American experiences, taking audiences beyond cultural borders.

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February 21
Third Thursday at MMA
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Free, early evening opening at the Monterey Museum of Art, featuring live music, refreshments and wine (for purchase).

February 21-April 14
The Little Shop of Horrors
Carmel: 831-622-0100
This deliciously macabre musical, featuring a meek florist and a man-eating plant bent on world domination, opens Pacific Repertory Theater's 20th Anniversary season. Golden Bough Theater.

February 21
Sweet Thursday on Cannery Row
Monterey: 831-372-8512
Afternoon book-signing with the editors of America and Americans Centennial Edition, plus evening talk on "The Origins of the Monterey Fishing Industry" at the Hopkins Marine Station Auditorium.

February 21
Steinbeck Biography Reconsidered
Monterey: 831-646-3949
Monterey Public Library presents Jackson Benson, author of The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, talking about the difficulties of writing about Steinbeck's life.

February 23
Steinbeck's 100th Birthday Celebrations
Salinas: 831-796-3833
Join a hometown celebration as Salinas remembers the life and works of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Open House at The Steinbeck House, readings from his books at the National Steinbeck Center, and other special events.

February 24
Songs from Mama's Table
Monterey: 831-582-4580
Two women's singing groupsLinda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and Kitkaexplore different a capella traditions: the history of African American music, and the dissonances of Eastern European vocalization.

February 24
Virginia Mayhew Quartet
Monterey: 831-624-7404
Popular saxophonist Virginia Mayhew brings her New York band to the Peninsula for an afternoon of original jazz.

February 24
Steinbeck & Monterey Peninsula Artists
Monterey: 831-372-5477
John Steinbeck knew and socialized with local artists; this slide-lecture explores the relationships and the artwork.

February 24
The Unknown Dorothea Lange
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Elizabeth Partridge, author of Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, and photo curator Drew Johnson, explore Lange's work with slide illustration.

February 25
Steinbeck Birthday Celebration At The National Steinbeck Center
Salinas: 831-796-3833
Proclamations, birthday cake and music honor Salinas' most famous native son.

February 27
Steinbeck's 100th Birthday Party
Monterey: 831-648-8132
A party in honor of Steinbeck's 100th birthday at the Monterey Conference Center, sponsored by the Cannery Row Foundation and the City of Monterey. Leon Panetta, keynote speaker; invited guests include Steinbeck's son, Thom. Free, 6-10pm.

March 2002  

MPC Theatre Company Season 2002
Monterey: 831-646-4213
A myriad of award-winning dramatic and comedic works performed throughout the season.

Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Variety of candlelight musical concerts in historic Colton Hall.

March 1-3
Dixieland Monterey
Monterey: 831-443-5260
Hotline: 888-349-6879
Three days of Dixieland and Swing in various venues in Monterey and along Fisherman's Wharf. Featuring top national jazz bands, local youth bands and more.

March 1-17
"The Odd Couple"
Monterey: 831-646-4213
MPC's Morgan Stock Theater Arts stage presents Neil Simon's brilliant comedy, directed by Peter DeBono.

March 1-April 18
"These Things I Have Seen" exhibition
Salinas: 831-751-1777
Photographer Phillip Colasanti opens an exhibition of unusual infra-red black and white photographs at Sasoontsi Gallery. Everyone welcome at the artist's reception, March 1, 5:00-8:30pm.

March 3
Artists on the Mesa
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Talk on regional artists by Lila Staples of the Central Coast Regional Art Project, CSUMB.

March 6-April 14
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You
Monterey: 831-622-0100
Christopher Durang's wicked play features Mindy Stock as the irrepressible Sister Mary I. "Biting, irreverent satire;" at the Circle Theater.

March 7
Mahalia: A Gospel Musical
Monterey: 831-582-4580
A joyous celebration of one of the world's greatest gospel singers: Mahalia Jackson. Moving, exuberant, and often wildly funny, this production presents a woman of spirit, talent and great faith.

March 7-April 4
Carmel Art Association March Show
Carmel: 831-624-6176
Carol Parker presents her first solo show at Carmel Art Association since 1998, entitled "On the Rocks." The Gallery Showcase features R. R. Hewitt, Andrea Johnson and Jeff Daniel Smith. Opening reception March 9, 6-8pm.

Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
The Amadeus Triopiano, violin, cellogives a "civilized polish to chamber music at its best." Performing at Carmel Presbyterian Church.

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March 8
March 8-April 28
Monterey: 831-649-2332
That heartwarming, mop-haired orphan, little Annie, returns to the stage of the Wharf Theater. Weekends only.

March 8-through mid-May
"Panama Root Canalor, Teddy Bear to the Rescue"
Monterey: 831-655-4992
Cheers for the hero, hisses for the villains, and belly-laughs all around, at this all-new vaudeville comedy put on by the Barbary Coast Theater Players.

March 9
First Person Accounts of Steinbeck
Monterey: 831-775-4724
Selected oral histories from the National Steinbeck Center's archives reveal the shy youth, the rowdy boomtime companion, the intellectual colleague.

March 13
Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company
Monterey: 831-582-4580
Elegant, sensual, and captivating, melding ancient Chinese forms with modern dance, bridging ancient court dances to contemporary ballet.

March 15
Miro String Quartet
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
Performing at First Methodist United Church, Sunset at 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove.

March 17-19
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Bernard Rubenstein is guest conductor, leading the orchestra in Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, and Panufnik's Tragic Overture.

March 22
Bravissima 2002 - Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
The trio of Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, Wolfgang Basch, trumpet, and John Butt, organ, present 'Angels in the Mission' at the Carmel Mission Basilica.

March 23
Country Joe McDonald Concert
Salinas: 831-775-4724
In honor of Dorothea Lange, a special concert of blues, folk and Dust-Bowl-era music, entitled "Makin' the Best of Hard Times Music".

March 24
Oscar Night Gala
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Monterey: 831-646-0910
[email protected]
A glamorous evening celebrating the Academy Awards. Dinner plus big screen telecast.

April 2002  

April 5
Taste of Old Monterey - and All that Jazz!
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Food and live jazz, Monterey County wines and a fun-filled epicurean extravaganza of downtown's international delights.

April 6
Wildflower Photos of Nancy Benham
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
Retrospective of Nancy Benham's wildflower photographs, from the museum's permanent collection.

April 7
Kate Carew: Painter and Celebrity Caricaturist
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Talk by Stephen Hauk and Christine Chambers, on Kate Carew's life and times.

April 7-9
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Kate Tamarkin conducts Ives' Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting", trumpet concertos by Molter and Hummel, and Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485.

April 8
Jellies: Living Art
Monterey: 831-648-4800
Perhaps the most spectacular display of jellies from around the world, accompanied by human-made artworks (including David Hockney), dance and music. Continues through 2002.

April 13
Mozart Piano Quartet
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
Closing performance in the 2001-02 Chamber Music Monterey Bay series.

April 13-May 26
Mummified Deer
Salinas: 831-623-2444
This play by Luis Valdez, performed by El Theatro Campesnio, tells the story of a woman whose life spanned nearly a century of Mexican and Californian history.

April 19
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
A rare performance on a glass armonica, by Dennis James and ensemble.

April 19-21
41st Annual Wildflower Show
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the California Native Plant Society, introduce you to 600 native wildflowers through talks, walks, and photographs.

April 19-May 19
Carmel: 831-624-1531
Ever wonder what Jocasta thought about Oedipus? This world-premiere of Sandra Perlman's dramatic take on the legend of Oedipus offers the unusual viewpoint of the wifeand mother of the tragic hero. At Carmel's Indoor Forest Theater.

April 20
Multiculturalism in Steinbeck
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Discover the threads of many different cultures in John Steinbeck's work with a lively multicultural fair at the National Steinbeck Center.

April 20
Bravissima 2002 - Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
Magnificat, an early music ensemble specializing in the Baroque, performs the Cozzolani Vespers at the Carmel Mission Basilica.

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April 20
Demo Day for Painters
Carmel: 831-624-6176
Nine artists bring their paints and easels to the Carmel Art Association's galleries and garden, for demonstrations in painting in oils and watercolors.

April 20-May 19
The Laramie Project
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
Moises Kaufman's play (also produced as an HBO television special in March) is a dramatic response to the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Eight actors of the Magic Circle Center theater company portray the 77 characters who express reactions ranging from sorrow to shock to anger. Not suitable for children.

April 20-28
Ghost in the Box!
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Put a Little League baseball team, two wacky crooks, and a host of celebrity ghosts into a haunted house, add a few songs and dances, and you have Pacific Repertory's latest School of Dramatic Arts presentation.

April 21
Wine & Art Festival
Carmel Valley: 831-624-2600
Local artists display their most treasured works, from ceramics to oils, throughout the cobblestone garden courtyard.

April 24
Lula Washington Dance Theater
Monterey: 831-582-4580
This dance company presents powerful portraits of the African-American experience, past and present, set to jazz, blues, gospel, hip-hop, and Afro-Caribbean music. "Full of fire and passion."

April 26-27, May 3-4
Alice in Concert
Salinas: 831-775-0976
Enchanting program for families, adapted by Elizabeth Swados from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass..

April TBA
International Day
Monterey: 831-656-2186
Over 35 countries are represented at this event celebrating cultural diversity at the Naval Postgraduate School. Includes food booths, cultural demonstrations and live entertainment. Open to the public, free admission.

April 27
"The Pastures of Heaven"The Paintings of David Ligare
Salinas: 831-775-4724
New exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center, a visual representation of how the landscape influenced Steinbeck's writings. Continues through August 4.

April 27
History Fest Monterey
Monterey: 831-372-2608
A celebration of Monterey's history, including an adobe tour, children's programs, lectures, musical entertainment and more. Sponsored by Monterey History and Art Association, CA State Historic Parks and the City of Monterey.

April 27
Fourth Annual Heritage Music Festival
Monterey: 831-582-4580
A celebration of diverse musical traditions and cultural heritage.

April 27-28
Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
Monterey: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts & crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, plus food, drink and family entertainment.

April 28
Dia de los Ninos
Monterey: 831-648-4888
In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, children are admitted free to a delightful day of music, storytelling, dance and more, all in the setting of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

May 2002  

May 2
Omar Sosa Lecture-Demonstration
Seaside: 831-582-4085
Jazz pianist Omar Sosa presents a two-hour lecture demonstration at California State University at Monterey Bay.

May 2-19
Salinas: 831-675-0521
The Paper Wing Theatre Company presents Dan Goggins' 1996 musical comedy, an irreverent, irrepressible, and highly improbable look at convent life.

May 2-June 5
Carmel Art Association May Shows
Carmel: 831-624-6176
Julie Smith, a Pacific Grove artist, presents new works in her solo show "Du Noir au Blanc".

May 3-5
Big Sur Jazz Festival
Big Sur: 831-667-1530
An up-and-coming jazz festival that takes place in and around Big Sur. This year's line-up includes the Brad Mehldau Trio, the Russell Malone Quartet, the Omar Sosa Septet, and others.

May 4-5
I Cantori di Carmel with Ensemble Monterey
Carmel: 831-644-8012
The program, entitled "With Harmony of Spirit," features Haydn's Missa Solemnis in B" and the premiere of the celebratory anthem "We Will Sing in the Spirit".

May 4-5
18th Annual American Indian & World Cultures Festival
San Juan Bautista: 831-623-2379
A living prayer for world friendship and peace. Fun celebration of diverse cultures, with international artists, dance groups, storytellers, foods, fashions, and activities for all ages.

May 5
Lovejoy Concert Series
Carmel: 831-624-7404
Songs of the Heart featuring David Gordon, tenor, and Daniel Lockert, piano, performing romantic arias and classical art songs.

May 5
80 Years Ago on the Mesa
Monterey: 831-372-5477
"J. C. Anthony recreates Monterey's first Spanish town," presented by Julianne Burton-Carvajal, a professor at UC Santa Cruz.

May 5
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Carmel: 831-624-1813
Annual Garden Party (2:00-5:00pm) offers afternoon tea, silent auction and gifts for sale. Live music (songs from Una Jeffers's songbook) serenades the artists from Galerie Plein Aire painting in the gardens. Photography allowed this day only.

May 5
Spring Concert
Seaside: 831-582-4085
The Cal State University Monterey Bay Gospel Choir and jazz band present a free spring concert.

May 6-7
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Spring Concert
Carmel: 831-645-4728
This high-spirited community chorus performs an entertaining program of popular music from famous composers past and present. 8:00pm at the Carmel Mission.

May 6-7
Circus Chimera
Soledad: 888-ONE-RING
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease... And perform dazzling tumbling, contortion and balancing acts in this one-ring, no-animal circus.

May 8
Lila Downs
Monterey: 831-582-4580
This superb Mexican singer lends her powerful, sultry voice to boleros and rancheros, indigenous Indian songs, and American jazz.

May 10-June 3
Celebrating Plein Aire
Pacific Grove: 831-373-8888
Paintings created in the open air, by award-winning Art House artist-members.

May 10-June 3
Preservation Month Photo Exhibit
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Photos from past to present on display at the Alvarado Gallery in the Monterey Conference Center.

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May 10-June 30
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Salinas: 831-755-6816
America's brilliant comic playwright, Neil Simon, revises the golden age of television comedy. Among the not-so-subtly-disguised characters are Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and the great Sid Caesar. In repertory at The Western Stage's Studio Theater.

May 10-12
Circus Chimera
Seaside: 888-ONE-RING
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease... And perform dazzling tumbling, contortion and balancing acts in this one-ring, no-animal circus.

May 11
Steinbeck & Broadway
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Centennial Series lecture on Steinbeck's connections to Broadway.

May 17-18
Springtime at La Mirada
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Delicious food, guest speakers, and bountiful rose gardens enhance these two days in which local artists display and sell their works.

May 17-19
Carmel Art Festival
Carmel: 831-626-1766
Gallery events, lectures, receptions and demonstrations at 43 art galleries and a Plein Air Painting competition. Outdoor art show at Devendorf Park featuring bronze, glass, stone, marbles and acrylic sculpture.

May 17-19
Bentley Brothers Circus
Monterey: 831-372-5863
Fun-filled circus comes to the Monterey Fairgrounds, with shows in the afternoon and early evening; under-12s admitted free.

May 18
Historic Homes and Secret Gardens of the Monterey Mesa
Monterey: 831-372-5477
A self-guided walking tour, 10 am to 4 pm, sponsored by the Monterey Museum of Art.

May 18
Barry LopezReflections on the Landscape
Monterey: 831-422-9390
Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Light and Action in the Caribbean, reads from his works in a special benefit for Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough.

May 19-21
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Kate Tamarkin conducts Verdi's Overture to Nabucco; Bernstein's Chichester Psalms; and Brahms'Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73.

May 23
Watercolor Demonstration
Pacific Grove: 831-373-8888
Artist Bill Fravel demonstrates watercolor technique in the gallery's garden (weather permitting!).

May 25-26
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
Monterey: 831-655-8070
A Memorial Day red-white-and blue festival, with live blues, rock & Latin music, arts, crafts, fill Custom House Plaza and Alvarado St.

May 25-June 28
The Diary of Anne Frank
Salinas: 831-755-6816
A new adaptation (including material kept private by Anne Frank's father until his death) by Wendy Kesselman, of the play by Goodrich & Hackett. In repertory at The Western Stage's Studio Theater.

May 26-June 1
Monterey Dance Week
Marina: 831-384-1050
A week-long series of master classes and discussions presented by SpectorDance studios. Teachers include Mel Wong (Cunningham technique), Rodolphe Cassande of Smuin Ballet (ballet and pointe), Mary Cochrane (Paul Taylor technique), and Charles Anderson of Moving Arts Dance Company (ballet). Call for schedule.

May 31
Charles Anderson / Moving Arts Dance Company
Marina: 831-384-1050
First of two performances culminating Monterey Dance Week, a series of master classes and discussions presented by SpectorDance studios.

May 31-June 30
The Elephant Man
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theatre presents Bernard Pomerance's poignant drama about the power of human dignity. At the Golden Bough Theater.

June 2002  

June TBA
Symphony at Quail Meadows
Carmel: 831-624-8511
A free outdoor concert by the Monterey County Symphony. Open 11:00am, concert at 1:00pm.

June 1
California Cowboy Show
Carmel Valley: 831-624-9611
Come on down to enjoy cowboy music & poetry, tasty hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary glass of wine and a silent auction.

June 1
Monterey Music Celebration
Monterey: 831-277-4519
Live music from ten bands (reggae, blues, Cuban, jazz and more) fills the air at the Garden Stage of the Monterey Fairgrounds.

June 1
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
Marina: 831-384-1050
Second of two performances culminating Monterey Dance Week, a series of master classes and discussions presented by SpectorDance studios.

June 8-9
Steinbeck's Roots in the West
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Take a morning tour of Robinson Jeffers Tor House in Carmel, then head for the National Steinbeck Center for the afternoon panel discussion on Western influences on Steinbeck's writing. At 4pm on June 9, take a guided tour of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur.

June 8
Western Festival
San Ardo: 831-627-2463
Step back in time to the Old West at this down-home event at Paris Valley Ranch. BBQ, live music, and Western crafts, including quilters, leathersmiths, photographers and more.

June 9
Mission San Antonio Fiesta
Jolon-Hunter Ligget Base: 831-385-4478
Fiesta Mass at 11am with choir and distribution of St. Anthony's bread followed by a BBQ, games and live music.

June 11-July 13
Molly Sweeney
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theatre presents Irish playwright Brian Friel's dark-toned drama illuminated by tender beauty and sensitive characterizations. At the Circle Theater.

June 15
Concerts By The Bay
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Popular annual jazz concert series moves to the Hyatt Regency Monterey in 2002. First concert: Guitars & Saxes, featuring Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill, Marc Antoine.

June 15
13th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Carmel: 831-624-8886
Taste the wines of local wineries, stroll the gardens and visit exhibiting local artists, listen to live music and sample food.

June 15-September 1
In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists
Monterey: 831-372-5477
California-based American painters especially those who studied with the great Impressionist masters are highlighted in this superb exhibition. The paintings are of European and American subjects; featured painters include E. Charlton Fortune, Alson Clark, Jules Page, and William Ristchel.

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June 21-23
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey: 831-394-2652
The 2002 line-up for Northern California's premier blues event has now been announced, and it's sensational. Taj Mahal, Roomful of Blues, John Mayall, the O'Jays, and many more are featured on three main stages over three days.

June 21-26
Tall Ship "Guayas"
The Ecuadorean Navy pays a call on Monterey with the training ship "Guayas". Don't miss her arrival early Friday morning, with the cadets "manning the yards", the historic Custom House reenactment on Saturday morning, or the ship's own salsa band's street concerts!

June 21-July 7
A Grand Night for Singing
Monterey: 831-646-4213
Laura Akard directs this lively tribute to the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

June 22-July 13
Some Enchanted Evening
Salinas: 831-755-6816
The Western Stage opens its Main Stage Summer 2002 schedule with a musical revue devoted to the wonderful songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

June 22
Hidden Gardens Tour
Big Sur: 831-667-1530
Musicians and artists are scattered throughout beautiful home gardens in Big Sur. Garden market at Captain Cooper School offers handicrafts and special items to make your garden special.

June 29
Concerts By The Bay
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Popular annual jazz concert series moves to the Hyatt Regency Monterey in 2002. Second concert: Boney James and special guests.

June 29-30
Arts & Crafts Festival of the Pacific Repertory Theatre
Monterey: 831-622-1100
Opening weekend of TheatreFest features Custom House Plaza filled with beautiful art and handsomely made crafts.

June 29-July 21 (weekends)
Monterey Bay TheatreFest
Monterey: 831-622-0100
Open-air theater festival with Fairy Tales, historical reenactments, and "the Human Chess Game" on the waterfront.

July 2002  

July through September
Galante Vineyards Summer Sounds Concert
Carmel Valley: 1-800-GALANTE
Much more than an ordinary concert! Enjoy the sounds of a well-known artist, take in spectacular views, dance on a rose petal dance floor & drink wine!

July 5-August 25
The Mikado
Monterey: 831-649-2332
Gilbert & Sullivan's mischievous light opera tells the tale of star-crossed lovers Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum, the interference of Pooh-Bah, and the wistful Lord High Executioner.

July 6-29
California Summer Music
Pebble Beach: 415-753-8920
Three weeks of free afternoon and evening concerts in beautiful Pebble Beach. Located on Robert Louis Stevenson campus. The season's highlights include a recital by Abel-Steinberg Duo, guest artist masterclasses with pianist Hans Boepple and cellist David Finckel, and a concert featuring works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. (Complete Schedule)

July 11
Eldon Dedini Slide Lecture
Carmel: 831-624-6176
Carmel Art Association presents one of Carmel's favorite cartoonists, with a lecture and slide show of his work at 7pm.

July 12-14
St Mary's-by-the-Sea Annual Antiques Show and Sale
Pacific Grove: 831-372-8583
Fine silver, estate jewelry, period clothing, paintings, prints, sculpture, toys, furniture, and much more, offered by 28 California antiques dealers. Lunch and snacks available.

July 13-August 4
Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
The world-class Carmel Bach Festival will present its three-week concert series in a variety of inviting venues for the 2002 season, including Carmel Mission Basilica and the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach.

July 19-22
Tall Ship "Batkivshchyna"
This sleek schooner, a good-will ambassador from the Ukraine, ties up at Fisherman's Wharf for a weekend of tours and festivities.

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July 19-August 4
Of Mice and Men
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Steinbeck's classic novel, adapted for the stage and performed by The Western Stage. Part of the Annual Steinbeck Festival in August.

July 20
Steinbeck's Tidepool
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Steinbeck and The Sea of Cortez, a slide presentation by Steve Webster, senior marine biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with dramatic readings by The Western Stage.

July 20-21
Monterey Bay TheatreFest & Art Festival
Monterey: 831-622-0100
Closing events of the family-theater festival with Fairy Tales and historical reenactments.

July 21
Steinbeck's Tidepool Part 2
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Special tours of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve on foot and by pontoon boat; part of the Steinbeck Centennial program.

July 21
Concerts By The Bay
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Popular annual jazz concert series moves to the Hyatt Regency Monterey in 2002. Third concert: George Benson with special guest Shelia E.

July 21
Musical Saw Festival
Felton: 831-335-4484
Musicians and listeners are invited to workshops, jam sessions and open mic sessions featuring performances of musical saws and folk instruments from around the world.

July 25-27
Spirit West Coast
Monterey: 831-443-5399
Spirit West Coast is the premier annual Christian music festival on the West Coast. Enjoy over 60 performers, camping and activities for all ages.

July 28
Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
Moss Landing: 831-633-4501
Stroll through this historic fishing village to browse through thousands of antiques and collectibles brought here by dealers from all over the West Coast.

August 2002  

August 1-4
22nd Annual Steinbeck Festival
Salinas: 831-796-3833 ext 204
In the centennial year, the festival is set to explore "Steinbeck's Legacy." Speakers, panels, films, theater, bus and walking tours.

August 3
Concerts By The Bay
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Popular annual jazz concert series moves to the Hyatt Regency Monterey in 2002. Fourth concert: Dave Koz and Friends.

August 3-4
5th Annual Turkish Festival
Monterey: 831-655-7509
A celebration of Turkish culture and arts, featuring live music and folk dances, dance workshops, belly dancing, arts & crafts, delicious food, and activities for children. Held in Custom House Plaza.

August 3-4
Annual Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Monterey: 831-633-4444
A festival celebrating Scottish and Irish traditions and culture. Featuring a Celtic concert, clans, food, entertainment and competitions in dancing, bagpipe bands and athletics.

August 3-September 7
"Rare Places in a Rare Light"
Monterey: 831-375-7215
A new exhibition of dramatic, color landscape photographs by California photographer Robert Turner will be on display from July 27. Artist's reception at the gallery on Cannery Row August 3 (6-9pm); Turner speaks there as part of the Photographers' Series on August 15 (6-8pm).

August 8-September 4
75th Anniversary Exhibition
Carmel: 831-624-6176
Carmel Art Association celebrates its 75th anniversary by showing one painting each by 75 of its distinguished members, past and present. Opening reception: August 10, 6-8pm.

August 9-25
Monterey: 831-646-4213
Dust off your poodle skirt and slick back your hair: Grease, one of America's best-loved musicals, comes to the Morgan Stock Stage in Monterey.

August 9-October 13
"Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
The second year of Pacific Repertory Theater's "Royal Blood" Shakespeare festival opens with Henry IV, Part One. In repertory at the Golden Bough Theater.

August 11
Concerts By The Bay
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Popular annual jazz concert series moves to the Hyatt Regency Monterey in 2002. Fifth concert: An Intimate Evening with Michael McDonald.

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August 15-September 8
"The Other Side of the Glass"
Pacific Grove: 831-373-8888
Jean Woodruff presents 25 new paintings representing her restless inner and outer journeys, at Art House Gallery. Artist's reception August 16, 7-9pm.

August 16-October 13
"Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theater's Shakespeare festival presents Henry IV, Part Two, in repertory with Part One. August 17
Watercolor Demonstration
Pacific Grove: 831-373-8888
Art House artist Bill Fravel demonstrates watercolor technique in the gallery's garden; free, 2pm.

August 22-September 22
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory's summer musical, Lionel Bart's Oliver!, is presented under the stars in the oldest amphitheater west of the Rockies.

August 23-October 13
The Philadelphia Story
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Spend a delightful evening with Philip Barry's witty, sophisticated drawing room comedy, most famous in its film adaptation starring Katherine Hepburn. In repertory at The Western Stage's Studio Theater.

August 24
Concerts By The Bay
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Popular annual jazz concert series moves to the Hyatt Regency Monterey in 2002. Final concert: Fourplay with special guests.

August 25
Jewish Food Festival
Carmel Valley: 831-625-5460
A celebration of Jewish foods like latkes and bialys, strudel and kugelhopf, plus Jewish culture: Klezmer music, crafts, cooking demos, folk dancing, art exhibits, more.

August 27
Paul Taylor Dance Company
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
A dominant force in modern dance for more than four decades, Taylor's imaginative choreography melds with an innate musicality that elevates even his simplest dances. Brilliant dancers bring his ideas to life.

August 31
Island Dance Party
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Dance amid the displays of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the beat of San Francisco salsa band Orchestra d'Soul.

August 31 - September 1
Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Fest
Monterey: 831-394-6534
Reggae crowds enjoy the gentle music, ethnic arts and crafts from around the world, and authentic Island food.

August 31 - September 1
15th Annual Greek Festival
Monterey: 831-424-4434 An ethnic festival featuring authentic Greek food, live music, traditional dancing, a taverna and crafts.

August 31 - September 1
18th Annual California Indian Market
San Juan Bautista: 831-623-2379
A traditional gathering of the indigenous peoples and cultures of Turtle Island. Featuring American Indian artists, dance groups, drums, storytellers, foods and fashions.

September 2002  

September 1
2002 Galante Vineyards Summer Sounds Benefit Concert
Carmel Valley: 800-GALANTE
Enjoy great wine while you dance on rose petals at Galante Vineyards and listen to the music of singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith.

September TBA
Concert on the Green
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Concerts on the lawn in front of Colton Hall Museum.

September TBA
43rd Annual Home Organ/Keyboard Festival
Pacific Grove: 916-721-6127
World-class artists give four daily concerts on latest-technology instruments; also workshops, camaraderie, parties, dancing and more.

September 7-8
Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Monterey: 831-649-6544
Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, plus delicious Italian food.

September 7-October 6
Come Back, Little Sheba
Salinas: 831-755-6816
William Inge's acerbic, at times emotionally wrenching, drama explores the mores of the 1950s. In repertory at The Western Stage's Studio Theater.

September 7-October 6
The Crucible
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Arthur Miller's drama won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953. His retelling of the Salem witch trials found moral echoes in the madness of McCarthyism. In repertory at The Western Stage's Studio Theater.

September 13-15
World Music Festival
Monterey: 831-622-9595
Founded to promote cultural understanding through music, this year's joyous festival brings musicians from India, France, Sweden, North Africa and Mali to Monterey's Custom House Plaza.

September 14-15
Old Monterey Sidewalk Art Promenade
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Sidewalk art show and sale on Alvarado Street. Hand-crafted ceramics, paintings and sculpture. New this year: a plein-air painting competition, with artists painting all around Old Monterey.

September 14-October 13
"Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theater's Shakespeare festival concludes its second year with Henry V, in repertory with Henry IV, Parts One and Two.

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September 15
Behind the Broken Words
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
This celebration of 20th-century poetry, drama and comedy unites Emmy award-winners Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe on stage at the World Theater. Listen for the tributes to W. B. Yeats and e. e. cummings among others.

September 17
Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot
Carmel: 831- 624-2046
Opening performance in the Carmel Bach Festival's winter Bravissima series, held at Carmel Mission Basilica, features Bach's Art of the Fugue performed by two of the most accomplished Early Music harpsichordists in the world.

September 20-22
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey: 925-275-9255
2002 marks the 45th anniversary of this world-class festival. To help celebrate, the 500 musicians performing include: the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Etta James, The Heath Brothers, Charlie Haden, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis, and many many more. Jazz clinics, artwork, photography, and films; order tickets now.

September 21
Medieval Tales: Their Influence on Steinbeck's Writings
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Scholars discuss the fascination medieval romances held for John Steinbeck.

September 21-November 17
These Rare Lands
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
Large format, panoramic photographs by Stan Jorstad celebrate the scenic beauty of America's parks, monuments and battlefields. Traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

September 27-October 12
The Merchant of Venice
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Shakespeare's controversial comedy pairs the light-hearted playfulness of a reluctant wooing with the sharp vengeance of "the pound of flesh." In repertory at Pacific Repertory Theater.

September 28-29
14th Annual Artists Studio Tour
Carmel: 831-372-8471
Self-guided tour of more than 70 local artists' studios throughout the county open to the public for this Artists Equity sponsored event. Request a free map by emailing [email protected].

September 28-October 19
Salinas: 831-755-6816
The Western Stage presents the granddaddy of all rock musicalsThe Who's Tommyon its Main Stage.

September 29
Carmel Mission Fiesta
Carmel: 831-624-8322
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.

October 2002  

October TBA
Ensemble Monterey
Monterey: 831-372-4523
Concert season of Ensemble Monterey opens in early October.

October TBA
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
Opening performance of the 2002-2003 concert season. Call for details.

October 1
Stewart Goodyear
Carmel: 831-625-9938
This 24-year-old pianist from Toronto is a rising star on the concert platform, playing with "intellectual intensity and coltish energy," to open the Carmel Music Society season.

October 4-November 3
Dia de los Muertos Altars
Salinas: 831-775-4737
The National Steinbeck Center honors the Mexican custom of honoring one's deceased forebears with festively decorated altars, with a display of community and personal altars.

October 5
"Steinbeck Goes to War"
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Two events exploring John Steinbeck's time as a war correspondent. On October 5, the National Steinbeck Center will show the film The Moon is Down, and a panel of Scandinavians who participated in the Resistance movement of WWII will discuss the war. On an October date TBA, join a guided walk through the Presidio Museum.

October 6
Historic Home Tour
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3304
Tour of select Victorian homes, bed & breakfast inns, churches and the Pt. Piños lighthouse. Costumed docents provide histories at each location.

October 6
Coulter/Phillips Ensemble
Carmel: 831-625-5633
First in the Lovejoy Concert Series: a delightful program of Celtic and Early American music, guaranteed to 'make your heart smile.'

October 11-27
Born Yesterday
Monterey: 831-646-4213
Garson Kanin's snappy and beguiling comedy, set in a Washington, DC, where senators are for sale and dames develop brains, opens at the Morgan Stock Stage in Monterey.

October 12-13
9th Annual Old Monterey Seafood & Music Festival
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Fresh seafood, live music and crafts, all around Custom House Plaza and Alvarado Street.

October 12-13
6th Annual Indian Summer Music Fest
Carmel Valley: 831-649-1223
A celebration of autumn at Quail Lodge, with gourmet foods and wine, plus great music.

October 12-13
1880s Harvest Festival
Felton: 831-335-4484
Skills and crafts of a simpler time are presented: spinning, weaving, candle making, pumpkin carvingplus: see entries to Roaring Camp's annual scarecrow contest or make and take home your own scarecrow.

October 13-15
Monterey Symphony
Pacific Grove and Salinas: 831-624-8511
Pianist Oliver Kern joins the symphony for the opening of the 2002-2003 season, with Kate Tamarkin conducting. Program includes Berlioz's Le Corsaire, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op 64.

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October 16
An Evening with Frida Kahlo
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
A multimedia performance celebrating the life and art of Frida Kahlo through songs and imagery.

October 16-27
California Performing Arts Festival
Monterey: 831-642-9040
Presenting more than 35 different music, dance and theatre performances - as well as a few surprises - in over 15 different venues in and around Carmel.

October 17-27
Monterey: 831-642-9040
CPAF presents prize-winning actor Ron Campbell in this one-man show about an actor whose portrayal of Shakespeare's villainous Venetian has just been cancelled in the face of audience protests that it is anti-Semitic. Call for dates and times.

October 19
Ballet Stars of Moscow
Monterey: 831-642-9040
A gala evening of classical ballet, presented at CSUMB's World Theater, directed by Bolshoi Ballet Master Shamil Yagudin. Young soloists from the Bolshoi, the Moscow Classical Ballet and the Stanislavsky Theatre Ballet team up to perform world-class dance.

October 22
New Century Sax Quartet
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
Chamber Music Monterey Bay opens its concert series with the lively notes of saxophones zipping their way through Bach's Art of the Fugue.

October 24
Ethos Percussion Group
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
Percussion instruments from around the globe make their appearance in performances by Ethos. A special feature of this one-night-only concert: the Missa Luba Mass, sung in Congolese.

October 30
Ronald K. Brown / Evidence
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
One of America's hottest new choreographers brings his distinctive, high-energy dances to the World Theater. Merging ballet, African dance, even hip-hop, Brown also adds the spoken word to his programs.

November 2002  

November TBA
Magic Circle Center Theater
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
Monterey County Theater Alliance
Magic Circle Center presents a fall/winter series of plays; call for more information.

November 1-2
Monterey Bay Film Festival
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
Discover independent release films and videos that explore our cultures, our relationships, and the world around us. Three separate sessionsof programs, each including films dealing with social issues, environmental concerns and cultural celebrations.

November 6
Sharon Isbin
Carmel: 831-625-9938
One of the great classical guitarists, first to win a Grammy in 28 years, Sharon Isbin's performances are "all raw emotion, dazzling technique, and a kaleidoscope of tonal colors."

November 8-9
Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
A one-act play by Joseph Wallace: the Bard's Hamlet is converted into a farce so hysterical, you'll never read the classic the same way again.

November 10-12
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
Pacific Grove and Salinas: 831-624-8511
The second in the 2002-2003 concert series features Howard Zhang, violin, performing the Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Bruch, the Violin romance No. 2 by Beethoven; the orchestra plays Weber's Overture to Euryanthe and Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D major, the Prague.

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November 15
Alexander String Quartet
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
Concert series presented by Chamber Music Monterey Bay continues with string quartet performances of Haydn's Op. 76, no. 3; Janacek's no. 1; and Beethoven's Op. 59, no. 3.

November 21-24
Flatfish Blues
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
Written by Will Shepard and Bruce Grindal, and based on Grindal's short story, Redneck Girl.

November 22-December 14
A Christmas Carol
Salinas: 831-755-6816
The Main Stage at The Western Stage, Salinas, is transformed to merrie olde England with their adaptation of Charles Dickens' winter classic.

November 23
Homecrafters' Marketplace
Carmel: 831-626-1255
A juried show of the creations made by artists and craftspeople in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Superb Christmas shopping!

November-December TBA
Ariel Children's Theater
Salinas: 831-775-0976
Families and friends enjoy Ariel Theater's winter season of plays and musicals.

November 30-March 2, 2003
Endangered Cultures: Portraits from Tribal New Guinea
Pacific Grove: 831-648-5716
A photographic exhibit focusing on the beauty and complexity of tribal adornment in New Guinea's highlandsan island containing over 1200 languages.

December 2002  

December TBA
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Christmas Concert
Carmel: 831-645-4728
With four decades of tradition, this inspired community choral group performs a Christmas program at Carmel Mission Basilica.

December TBA
Wharf Theater
Monterey: 831-649-2332
The Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater on Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, presents its annual holiday musical extravaganza.

December 1
Lovejoy Winter Concert
Carmel: 831-625-5633
The Broadway Classics Ensemble (piano, soprano, tenor and baritone) presents a midwinter's eve program ranging from the quietly moving music of Gustav Holst to sparkling international carols.

December 4-8
Streets of Bethlehem
Salinas: 831-422-9872
A living history interactive experience. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and even live animals help bring this Christmas story to life.

December 6
Carmel: 831- 624-2046
The Carmel Bach Festival's winter Bravissima series presents Convivium, a violin-cello-harpsichord trio, performing romantic holiday music by Bach, Gabrieli, Marais, and others. At All Saints Church, Carmel.

December 6-22
Merry Christmas, George Bailey
Monterey: 831-646-4213
Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life as first presented by the Lux Radio Theater in 1949.

December 7- 8
Monterey Peninsula Choral Society Christmas Concert
Carmel: 831-645-4728
With four decades of tradition, this inspired community choral group performs a Christmas program at Carmel Mission Basilica.

December 12 & 14
Christmas in the Adobes
Monterey: 831-649-7118
Experience beautiful Monterey historic buildings illuminated by candlelight and enhanced with period decorations, musical entertainment, costumed volunteers and refreshments.

December 13
La Posada
Monterey: 831-646-3866
A traditional Christmas candlelight parade led by Joseph and Mary, with participants singing Spanish and English Christmas carols. A piñata party and refreshments follow.

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December 13-14
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
Ntozake Shange's unforgettable collage of the trials and triumphs of Black women throughout the course of their lives.

December 13-15
Monterey Quadricentennial History Weekend
Monterey: 831-657-6407
Discover Monterey's 400 years of history in this weekend-long event. Talks by local notable historians, guided walks of Old Monterey, the premiere of a new commission by Burning River Brass Ensemble for Carmel Music Society, and a reenactment of Sebastian Vizcaino's landing and the first Mass in Monterey.

December 13-15
4th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
Monterey: 559-749-0420
The best cowboy poets and balladeers are featured in a three day weekend event also showcasing western artists and gear makers.

December 14
Burning River Brass Ensemble
Pacific Grove: 831-625-9938
Burning River Brass Ensemble is composed of one dozen top instrumentalists. This special concert debuts a new composition by Tony Di Lorenzo, commemorating Monterey's Quadricentennial.

December 14-15
I Cantori di Carmel Winter Concert
Carmel: 831-655-0869
Come celebrate Christmas and winter solstice with sacred choral music ringing through the lovely historic Carmel Mission.

December 15, 18-19
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Two special candlelight concerts, at St Benedict Church, Hollister, and the resplendent Carmel Mission Basilica. Festive holiday music for orchestra and chorus. These concerts sell out quickly. Call for reservations: no tickets sold at the door.

December 31
First Night Monterey
Monterey: 831-373-4778
Celebration of New Year's Eve through the arts. Music, dances, poetry, special installations and exhibits from 2pm to midnight indoors and out throughout historic downtown Monterey. Alcohol-free event for the entire family.

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