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January 2003  

January 1 through March 15
Ansel Adams: Inspiration and Influence
Salinas: 831-775-4724
This exhibition, on loan from the Oakland Museum of California, adds a new perspective to the Adams' work by placing his work in the context of the photographers who influenced him, the photographers who were his contemporaries, and his many students.

January 1 through April 27
Edges and Intersections: Ansel Adams in Yosemite
Salinas: 831-775-4724
This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Adam?s birth and 100 years of the Best?s Studios, which evolved into the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. Original oil paintings by Harry Cassie Best, original fine photographs, and memorabilia from the Adams/Best family collections are included in the exhibition.

January 9
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Katie Clare Mazzeo and Penny Hana perform in a candlelight musical concert in historic Colton Hall.

January 16-20
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 - February 23
Through Each Others Eyes
Monterey: 831-372-7591
Collaborative exhibit between All Saints' Episcopal Day School, Carmel Valley, and the Boys and Girls Club of Seaside.

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January 19-21
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Director Kate Tamarkin leads the orchestra in Borodin's "Nocturne," Panufnik's "Sinfonia Sacra," and Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.

January 25-April 20
Passion and Precision
Monterey: 831-372-7591
More than 100 images from the collection of Margaret W. Weston, focussing on outstanding European photographs from the 1840s to the 1870s and great American pictures from the early 20th century. Opening day gallery talk at 2pm with Denise Bethel, VP Sotheby's Photographs Dept.

January 26
A Son's Perspective on Ansel Adams
Salinas: 831-775-4724
Complementing the two superb Ansel Adams exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center is this slide-illustrated talk by Dr. Michael Adams, son of the noted photographer. Personal family stories, anecdotes about famous photographs, and a panel discussion about Adams's legacy.

January 26
Carmel: 831-624-2046
An unusual and brilliant Early Music ensemble from Europe, featuring two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. Music by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

January 31
Youth Arts Collective Exhibition
Monterey: 831-646-3858
Special exhibit of young Monterey artists in the Alvarado Gallery of the Monterey Conference Center.

February 2003  

February 1
Kronos Quartet
Monterey: 831-582-4580
Sneak preview performance of the evening-length, multidisciplinary composition Visual Music, celebrating the 30th anniversary season of the Kronos Quartet. The specially commissioned piece honors seminal artists whose creative voices inspired and influenced Kronos over the years.

February 4
"Winslow Homer: Master of Watercolor"
Monterey: 831-646-3949
Winslow Homer loved fly-fishing, and while he pursued his hobby, he captured the light, water and tranquillity of the sport in Quebec, the Adirondacks, and Florida. Learn more in this illustrated lecture by watercolorist Robin Domiter.

February 8
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 9
Bravissima 2003 - Ars Nova
Carmel: 831-624-2046
The winter program of the Carmel Bach Festival continues with Ars Nova, a 12-voice, award-winning vocal group from Denmark. The program mixes music by 15th-century and modern masters.

February 14-March 16
Black Comedy
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
Magic Circle Center opens its 2003 theatrical season with Peter (Equus, Amadeus) Shaffer's hilarious look at the antics of a group of characters feeling their way around a pitch black room--although the stage is, of course, actually flooded with light.

February 15
"Renaissance Man of Cannery Row"
Monterey: 831-646-3949
Katie Rodger presents a slide-illustrated lecture on the innovative marine biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts, illuminating the life and work of a man central to the development of scientific and literary thought in the 20th century.

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February 16-19
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
An evening of opera, with Kate Tamarkin conducting. Duets include "Un bel di" from Madama Butterfly, "Mi chiamano Mimi," from La Bohème, plus the Overture to Verdi's Luisa Miller.

February 19
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Flutist Kenny Stahl weaves musical magic in a candlelight concert in historic Colton Hall.

February 20
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 20-March 9
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theater presents Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of Euripides' tragic masterpiece, directed by six-time Obie winner Joseph Chaikin.

February 21
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
Rosetti String Quartet - Concert series devoted to the music and period of Mozart.

February 22
Steinbeck's Birthday Celebrations
Salinas: 831-775-4721
Join a hometown celebration as Salinas remembers the life and works of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Special programs including "Rain of Gold" preview.

February 25-March 30
Carmel: 831-622-0100
David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play receives its Central Coast premiere at the Circle Theater. Inspired by the real-life mathematical genius John Nash, Proof explores the relationships between a brilliant father-daughter pair of mathematicians, who may also share a history of mental instability.

March 2003  

March 1-2
Art on the Plaza
Monterey: 831-625-0931
Fine contemporary arts and crafts, including raku, glass, wood, and 'wearable art,' fill Monterey's Custom House Plaza (10am-5pm), sponsored by the Carmel Art Guild.

March 1-31
"Thinking Out Loud"
Carmel: 831-624-7491
Exhibition of artwork by teenage artists, on display at the Carl Cherry Center, Carmel; opening reception Saturday 2-4pm.

March 2
Slavyanka Men's Russian Chorus
Carmel: 831-625-5633
An outstanding, 20-voice Russian chorus from San Francisco, Slavyanka performs a cappella works by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and others.

March 7
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
Altenberg Piano Trio - Concert series devoted to the music and period of Mozart.

March 7-9
Dixieland Monterey
Monterey: 831-443-5260
Hotline: 888-349-6879
Three days of top-notch Dixieland and Swing in various venues in downtown Monterey. Featuring top national jazz bands, local youth bands, the Diva Show, gospel Sunday morning, and more.

March 7-23
A Thousand Clowns
Monterey: 831-646-4213
MPC Theatre Company opens its 2003 season with this heartwarming comedy.

March 7-30
The Way of the World
Monterey: 831-624-1531
Staff Players Repertory Company presents William Congreve's "unequalled and unapproached masterpiece of English comedy", a merry dance of lovers true and thwarted, rich folks' foibles, and more plot twists than "Dynasty".

March 8
Distant Oaks
Carmel: 831-624-1813
This Celtic-accented trio performs the music of Ireland and Scotland, plus selections from Una Jeffers's songbook, in a program entitled "Up in the Mornin' Early." Presented by Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation at the Sunset Center, Carmel.

March 8-9
Glimpses of Heaven
Pacific Grove and Salinas: 831-642-2701
Monterey's Camerata Singers explore musical expressions of heaven in works by Bach (Stabat Mater), Bach (Komm Susser Tod) and Fissinger (Lux Aeterna).

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March 12
Turtle Island String Quartet
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
This trend-setting quartet blends European classical instrumentation with "American vernacular" music. Turtle Island's diverse repertoire explores folk, jazz, bluegrass, R&B, new age and more.

March 14 - May 11
HMS Pinafore
Monterey: 831-649-2332
Give three cheers and one cheer more, for Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, as it enlivens the spring season of the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. Friday-Saturday-Sunday only, no shows April 18-20.

March 15
Bravissima: Rebel
Carmel: 831-624-2046
Rebel is a New York-based, Early Music ensemble; their performance in Carmel features the spectacular bass singer Curtis Streetman, in a program entitled De Profundis.

March 16-17
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Jean Louis Steuerman is guest conductor, leading the orchestra from the piano; concert features two pieces by Finzi, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor.

March 17
Chamber Music Series
Monterey: 831-646-5640
Celebrate St Patrick's Day with a candlelight concert in historic Colton Hall, featuring the Celtic ensemble Heartstrings.

March 21
Vega String Quartet
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
This dazzling quartet of four, young, Chinese-born musicians plays Mozart's K.575, and string quartets by Shostakovich and Debussy. "Rare star quality... distinctive."

March 23
Oscar Night Gala
Monterey: 831-646-0910
[email protected]
A glamorous evening celebrating the Academy Awards. Dinner plus big screen telecast.

March 28-29
The Velveteen Rabbit
Salinas: 831-775-0976
Ariel Theatrical Co. presents the beloved children's taleof a toy rabbit whose greatest dream is to become Real to the lad who owns him. (Also in April.)

April 2003  

April 4-5, 11-12
The Velveteen Rabbit
Salinas: 831-775-0976
Ariel Theatrical Co. presents the beloved children's tale of a toy rabbit whose greatest dream is to become Real to the lad who owns him.

April 4 - May 11
HMS Pinafore
Monterey: 831-649-2332
Give three cheers and one cheer more, for Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, as it enlivens the spring season of the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. Friday-Saturday-Sunday only, no shows April 18-20.

April 11
Wildlife Photo Workshop
Moss Landing: 831-633-5555
Explore Elkhorn Slough by boat, accompanied by a knowledgeable wildlife photographer who can help improve your own photo skills.

April 11-13
A Midsummer Night's Dream
CSUMB: 831-582-4580
Shakespeare's deliriously happy dream in the Forest of Arden, presented by CSUMB's Institute of Teledramatic Arts and Technology in partnership with Pacific Repertory Theater.

April 11
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
Closing performance in the 2002-03 Chamber Music Monterey Bay series welcomes this electrifying piano trio, praised for its "high-powered" playing. The ensemble was just named Musical America's 2002 Ensemble of the Year.

April 13
Wine and Art Festival
Carmel Valley: 831-624-2600
Local artists display their most treasured works, from ceramics to oils, throughout the cobblestone garden courtyard.

April 13-15
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Kate Tamarkin conducts the orchestra and Symphony Chorus in Vaughan-Williams’ "Serenade to Music," and Poulenc’s "Gloria." Plus the grand symphonic sweep of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36.

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April 19
Margaret Hoehn Poetry Reading
Carmel: 831-624-1813
The winner of the 2002 Robinson Jeffers Tor House prize for poetry reads from Jeffers's works and her own winning poems, in the parlour of Tor House.

April 25
Mozart Society of California
Carmel: 831-625-3637
Daniel Weeks (tenor) performs in this concert series devoted to the music and period of Mozart.

April 25-May 25
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
Magic Circle Center takes on Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the fiercely intelligent and independent poetry professor Vivian Bearing and her not-so-poetical battle with cancer.

April 26
Fifth Annual Heritage Music Festival
Monterey: 831-582-4580
A celebration of diverse musical traditions and cultural heritage.

April 26-27
Spring Arts and Crafts Fair
Monterey: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

April TBA
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 TBA
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.

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.

May 2003  

May 1
Chitresh Das Dance Company
CSUMB: 831-582-4085
Kathak, the classical dance of Northern India, combines intense rhythms, fast footwork, and lavish costumes. The dancers of Chitresh Das bring a lively understanding of this unusual art to audiences around the world.

May 1-25
Monterey County Youth Arts Festival
Tel: 831-372-5477
The Monterey Museum of Art's 10th annual celebration of artwork by the county's children and teens.

May 2-4
Big Sur Jazz Festival
Big Sur: 831-667-1530
An up-and-coming jazz festival that takes place in and around Big Sur.

May 3-4
I Cantori di Carmel with Ensemble Monterey
Carmel: 831-644-8012
Spring concert of I Cantori, one of the area's finest choirs.

May 3-August 31
Steel and Stone
Tel: 831-372-5477
Contemporary sculpture by Monterey artist Stefani Esta, using steel and stone to explore momentum and flow.

May 4
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 painting in the gardens. Photography allowed this day only.

May 4
Month of Sundays at La Mirada
Monterey: 831-372-5477
This special month kicks off with a youth concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Jane and Justin Dart Wing.

May 4
Spring Concert
CSUMB: 831-582-4085
The Cal State University Monterey Bay Gospel Choir and jazz big band present a free spring concert.

May 4
Organ and Classic Brass
Carmel: 831-624-7404
Last in the Lovejoy concert series for 2002-03: organ virtuoso Rebecca Hathaway Nelson joins forces with Classic Brass to present a program featuring Gabrieli, Purcell, Handel and Rimsky-Korsakov.

May 7
Perla Battala
CSUMB: 831-582-4085
The soaring voice of Perla Batalla is "an epiphany;" "it caresses with its harmonies and gentle rhythms..." as the Los Angeles Times described it.

May 7
Emanuel Ax
Carmel: 831-625-9938
One of the world's greatest virtuoso pianists, Emanuel Ax is celebrated for the exceptional depth and spontaneity of his performances. Book early: this is sure to sell out!

May 9-25
Gotta Dance!
Monterey: 831-646-4213
MPC Theater Company limbers up its legs for a high-stepping production dedicated to the show-stopping dance numbers of great musicals.

May 11
Month of Sundays at La Mirada
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Celebrate Mother's Day with a special brunch at the La Mirada Art Gallery; reservations required.

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May 14
"Letters to a Love Unsung"
Monterey: 831-646-3477
Actress/singer/author Ana Luca performs a cycle of love songs in Spanish and English.

May 16-18
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-ongoing
California Photography: The Monterey Legacy
Tel: 831-372-5477
Drawing on the Monterey Art Museum's extensive holdings, this long-term exhibition presents works by California artists including Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and others.

May 17
Cooper-Molera Historic Garden Sale
Tel: 831-649-7118
This is the only time (9am-1pm) during the year to purchase plants grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Cooper-Molera historic garden. Don't miss the heritage roses from "Mrs. Cooper's Garden."

May 17
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Lab Tours
Tel: 831-372-8512
Once a year opportunity to tour the lab of Ed "Doc" Ricketts, revolutionary marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck, on Cannery Row. Reservations strongly recommended for hourly tours (10am-4pm), $15 donation.

May 18
"The Golden Vessel"
Carmel: 831-624-1813
Actress Marion Eaton gives voice to the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who was a frequent visitor to Tor House, home of poet Robinson Jeffers. Presented at Monterey Public Library.

May 18
Month of Sundays at La Mirada
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Take a cocktail-hour tour of La Mirada's Dart Wing with a glass of Champagne in hand.

May 18-19
Monterey Symphony
Carmel: 831-624-8511
Kate Tamarkin conducts Ravel’s "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Vivaldi’s Concerto in G major for Two Guitars, and the sparkling 1919 version of the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky.

May 24-25
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 and Latin music, arts, crafts, filling Alvarado Street in Old Monterey.

May 24-June 1
Monterey Dance Week
Tel: 831-384-1050
A dancer's dream week of master classes and performances in a range of dance disciplines: choreography, ballet (Holly Morrow, Lawrence Pech, and others), modern (Taylor technique with Mary Cochran), jazz, and fusion.

May 25
Family Sunday in Oldest Monterey
Monterey: 831-372-5477
Take a walking tour of the "Hidden Adobe", explore the Museum on Wheels, and enjoy live entertainment for all the family, at La Mirada Art Gallery.

May 29-July 6
The Buddy Holly Story
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theatre presents the lively musical biography of the man who changed the face of rock and roll.

May 30-June 22
Prelude to a Kiss
Salinas: 831-755-6816
A charming and magical fantasy that explores the nature of personality and the power of love. 1990 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Play, by Craig Lucas.

May 31
California Cowboy Show
Carmel Valley: 831-624-9611
Come on down to enjoy cowboy music and poetry, tasty hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary glass of wine and a silent auction.

June 2003  

June 4-July 2
The Weir
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theatre presents Conor McPherson's spellbinding drama about a mysterious stranger who spins increasingly spooky and distressing tales to the regulars of a rural Irish pub.

June 4 - July 30
Films in the Forest Series
Tel: 831-622-0100
Catch classic movies like It Happened One Night, The Pink Panther and Dinner at Eight in the spacious open-air Outdoor Forest Theater. Visit the website for dates.

June 7-August 31
Joseph Raphael: American Expatriate
Tel: 831-372-5477
Exhibition of the Impressionist-style paintings of Californian artist Joseph Raphael, who spent most of his life living and working in Europe. From the collection of Oscar and Trudy Lemer.

June 8
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 10-August 31
Treasured Moments: Here Comes the Bride
Tel: 831-372-2608, xtn 11
Bridal gowns and trousseaux items from a century of Californian history are displayed at the Perry-Downer House Costume Galleries, presented by the Monterey History and Art Association.

June 18
Gypsy Inspirations
Monterey: 831-646-3949
Blaze a melodic trail thorugh the territories of classical, folk and world music with violinist Kim Angelis.

June 19-July 6
Monterey: 831-646-4213
MPC Theatre Company presents a revival of this joyous rendition of the gospels.

June 20-August 11
Johnson Family Exhibition
Monterey: 831-646-3858
Collection of works by the Johnson family, showing in the Alvarado Gallery of the Monterey Conference Center.

June 21
14th Annual Art and 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.

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June 21
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 21-July 13
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Salinas: 831-755-6816
One of the earliest Stephen Sondheim musicals, with a hilarious book by Bert Shevelove and Larry ("M*A*S*H") Gelbart, Forum sends classical Rome spinning like madly lascivious top. If you missed Nathan Lane's Broadway revival in the 1990s, don't miss this one!

June 22
Greg Adams/Sunnie Paxson in Concert
Tel: 831-649-1223
The 2003 Concerts By The Bay annual jazz series opens at the Monterey Hyatt Regency with Greg Adams and Sunnie Paxson.

June 26 - July 26
Tel: 831-626-0772
Where better than open-air Outdoor Forest Theater to search for the mythical Scottish Highlands village created by Lerner and Lowe? Who else could weave bagpipes and flings with classics like "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Heather on the Hill"?

June 26 - July 30
Historic Theater Exhibit
Tel: 831-624-4447
Relive the historic moments of Carmel's Golden Bough and Forest theaters in this exhibit of vintage posters, playbills and memorabilia, at First Murphy House.

June 27-29
Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Monterey: 831-394-2652
Three stages of matchless blues and R&B. This year's line-up leads off with The Temptations and Average White Band, moves on to Lou Rawls and Barbara Morrison, coming to a fantastic conclusion on Sunday with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Al Green.

June 27-July 27
Over the River and Through the Woods
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
A little corner of Hoboken comes to Carmel with Magic Circle Center's production of Joe diPietro's play about the bonds of family, and what happens when the younger generation sets out to loosen them.

June 28-29
Arts and Crafts Festival of Pacific Repertory Theatre
Monterey: 831-622-1100
Opening weekend of TheatreFest features Custom House Plaza filled with beautiful art and handsomely made crafts.

June 28-July 20 (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 2003  

July 4
Living History Day in Old Monterey
Tel: 831-647-6204
Travel back in time and find out what life was like in the 1840s. At the historic Cooper-Molera Adobe you will meet a gardener, cook, rancher, soldier and more. Or, try your hand at bowling. Activities and fun for all ages.

July 5-August 31
Monterey: 831-649-2332
Oh what a beautiful morning! at the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater, on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, as it presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical. Friday-Saturday-Sunday only.

July 11-August 3
Ah Wilderness!
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Eugene O'Neill's poignant and tender-hearted drama about growing up in small-town America.

July 12
Charles Anderson and Company C
Tel: 831-384-1050
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: contemporary ballet.

July 13
Summer Jamboree
Carmel Valley: 831-624-2600
Chateau Julien's day of non-stop music, endless gaiety, terrific food and great wine discounts. br>
July 16 - August 20 (Wednesdays only)
Musical Marketplace
Monterey: 831-373-2705
Wednesday evenings through high summer, enjoy live music and benefit food-and-wine tastings at Monterey's Del Monte Center, 5:30-8pm.

July 19
Chaddick Dance Co.
Tel: 831-384-1050
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: Limon-based modern.

July 19
Rock and Art Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-899-1007
A laid-back day around the Garden Stage in the Monterey County Fairgrounds, celebrating rock-n-roll through music and artworks.

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July 19-20
Monterey Bay TheatreFest and Art Festival
Monterey: 831-622-0100
Closing events of the family-theater festival with Fairy Tales and historical reenactments.

July 19-August 10
66th Carmel Bach Festival
Carmel: 831-624-2046
America's preeminent festival of Baroque music will celebrate its 66th season with 100 musicians from around the world, performing in venues including newly renovated Sunset Center, Carmel Mission Basilica and the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach.

July 20
Norman Brown in Concert
Monterey: 831-649-1223
Concerts By The Bay annual jazz series at the Monterey Hyatt Regency presents Norman Brown, with vocalist Laura Chandler in support.

July 20
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 24-26
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 at Laguna Seca Recreation Area.

July 26
Savage Dance Co.
Tel: 831-384-1050
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: jazz.

July 27
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 over 200 dealers from all over the West Coast.

July TBA
Obon Festival
Monterey: 831-394-0119
Held at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. Includes bonsai and flower arranging demonstrations, a taiko drumming performance, traditional Japanese dance, an Obon service and food.

August 2003  

August 2
Moving Arts Dance Company
Tel: 831-384-1050
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: contemporary.

August 2-3
6th 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 and crafts, delicious food, and activities for children. Held in Custom House Plaza.

August 2-3
Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
Monterey: 831-899-3864
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 7-10
23rd Annual Steinbeck Festival
Salinas: 831-796-3833 ext 204
Four days of films, speakers, panels, theater, and bus or walking tours, all celebrating John Steinbeck, most famous son of Salinas.

August 7-24
The Rocky Horror Show
Monterey: 831-646-4213
MPC Theatre Company translates that highly camp big-screen favorite to the stage for a "phantastical musical celebration of the outrageous."

August 7-October 11
"Henry VI - Part 1"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
The third year of Pacific Repertory Theatre's "Royal Blood" Shakespeare festival opens with Henry VI, Part One. In repertory at the Circle Theater.

August 8-24
Rain of Gold
Salinas: 831-755-6816
World premiere of Victor Vilasenor's Rain of Gold; the author has been hailed as a worthy successor to the traditions of John Steinbeck.

August 10
Stacey Printz Dance
Tel: 831-384-1050
Central Coast Summer Fest of Dance offers five Saturdays of great dance, for dancers and spectators. Master classes followed by performances at 8pm. Today: hip-hop, jazz, modern fusion.

August 14-October 12
"Henry VI - Part Two"
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Pacific Repertory Theatre's Shakespeare festival, Royal Blood: Rise and Fall of Kings, presents Henry VI, Part Two, in repertory with Part One.

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August 15-November 3
Douglas Steakley
Monterey: 831-646-3858
One-man show by renowned local artist Doug Steakley, in the Alvarado Gallery of the Monterey Conference Center.

August 21-September 21
The Wizard of Oz
Carmel: 831-622-0100
Dance off to see that wonderful Wizard of Oz with Pacific Repertory's delightful adaptation of the classic film, directed by Walt deFaria and presented under the stars in the oldest amphitheater west of the Rockies, the Outdoor Forest Theater.

August 22-September 20
Anton in Show Business
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Jane Martin's biting satire takes some devastatingly funny swipes at actresses, actors and the world of the "theahtah".

August 22-September 21
The Housekeeper
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
You'll be laughing out loud at Magic Circle Center's production of James Prideaux's comedic tale of romantic misadventure. Can a man truly fall in love with his housekeeper, especially when what she does best is drive him mad?

August 23-24
Old Monterey Plein Air Painting and Art Promenade
Monterey: 831-655-8070
Saturday sees painters 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.

August 24
Savor Monterey Peninsula
Carmel Valley: 831-648-5356
Evening event held at Chateau Julien Wine Estate, with live music, silent auction, food and wine. Call for tickets.

August 24
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 30-31
Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Fest
Monterey: 831-394-8047
Reggae crowds enjoy the gentle music, ethnic arts and crafts from around the world, and authentic Caribbean food.

August 30-31
19th 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.

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.

September 2003  

September 6-7
Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Monterey: 831-649-6544
Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, plus delicious Italian food.

September 11-October 12
Hay Fever
Carmel: 831-622-0100
"We're a beastly family and I hate us!" Sid Cato directs as Pacific Repertory Theater revives one of Noel Coward's wittiest comedies at the Golden Bough Theater.

September 12-October 31
Artists Equity Studio Tour Exhibition
Salinas: 831-754-ARTS
Prelude to the Artists Studio Tour at the end of the month, the exhibition at Pacific Grove Art Center features the work of dozens of local artists.

September 13
Galante Vineyards Day of Wine and Roses
Carmel Valley: 800-GALANTE
Enjoy great wine while you dance on rose petals at Galante Vineyards.

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 13-October 5
Salinas: 831-755-6816
The bad old days of Weimar Germany form the backdrop to the doomed romance of Sally Bowles, a cabaret chanteuse and a young American writer, Clifford Bradshaw, both enthralled and horrified by the decadence of Berlin.

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September 13-November 9
Juried All-Media Exhibition
Tel: 831-372-5477
Monterey Museum of Art's biennial juried exhibition of recent work by artists from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.

September 13-December 31
Geography of Memory: Selected Works of Hung Liu
Tel: 831-372-5477
First in a series of four exhibits entitled The Californias: Geographies of Memory, this is an exhibit of paintings by contemporary Bay Area artist Hung Liu.

September 19-21
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey: 925-275-9255
The Arena and Grounds Stages line-up has been announced for 2003, and every minute packs a wallop. Look for such guitar stars as John McLaughlin and Ralph Towner, vocalists Jon Hendricks, The Neville Brothers, and Nnenna Freelon, and world-class bands including The Crusaders, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Herbie Hancock Quartet.

September 25-October 12
The Taming of the Shrew
Carmel: 831-622-0100
No one ever accused Shakespeare of being politically correct, especially in his rollicking comedy of the virago Katherina who is 'tamed' at the hand of her wily new husband, Petruchio, during its run at Pacific Repertory Theater.

September 28-29
15th Annual Artists Studio Tour
Peninsula and Carmel Valley: 831-754-ARTS
Self-guided tour of more than 70 local artists' studios throughout the county open to the public for this Artists Equity sponsored event. See also October 4-5.

September 28
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.

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

October 2003  

October 2-19
Blood Sugar
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
A new play, written and performed by Sue Gaetzman, presented at Magic Circle Center.

October 3-November 2
A Doll's House
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Henrik Ibsen's play laid one of the cornerstones of modern drama, telling a tale of tragedy through the lives of ordinary people, in this case charming headstrong Nora and her indulgent, foolish husband, Torvald.

October 4-5
15th Annual Artists Studio Tour
North County and Salinas Valley: 831-754-ARTS
Self-guided tour of more than 70 local artists' studios throughout the county open to the public for this Artists Equity sponsored event.

October 5
Historic Home Tour
Pacific Grove: 831-373-3304
Tour of select Victorian homes, bed and breakfast inns, churches and the Pt. Pinos lighthouse. Costumed docents provide histories at each location.

October 10-12
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Carmel: 831-624-1813
[email protected]
Annual event includes re-enactments, special readings, speakers, theatre, music, benefit luncheon, sunset celebration, guided beach walks and more, all celebrating the life and works of early 20th century poet Robinson Jeffers.

October 10-12
12th Annual Jade Festival
Big Sur
Tel: 831-394-8315
Of all the secrets of Big Sur, its rare and lovely jade may be the best kept. Discover jade, gems, wood and stone at this weekend festival, held at Pacific Valley School, 65 miles south of Monterey, 35 miles north of Hearst Castle.

October 11-12
9th Annual Old Monterey Seafood and 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.

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

October 12-14
Monterey Symphony
Carmel and Salinas: 831-624-8511
The opening of the 2003-2004 season brings the Symphony back to the newly renovated Sunset Center in Carmel, with Kate Tamarkin conducting Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Op.92, Copland's Clarinet Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Op.35.

October 25-November 16
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Salinas: 831-755-6816
Anyone who has attempted to clawed their way up the corporate ladder should recognize the scheming CEO, the coddled nephew of the boss, the seductive secretary, all parodied in this brilliant musical comedy.

October 31
Wild Things Nighttime Tour
Monterey: 831-455-3180
Enjoy a unique Halloween tour through Wild Things animal facility. Stroll through decorated grounds, while costumed tour guides tell myths about exotic wild animals. Refreshments follow with a photo opportunity with "spooky" Halloween animals.

October 31
Halloween Bal Masque
Big Sur: 831-667-2345
Come to dine and dance beneath the moon on the terrace of Nepenthe, one of Big Sur's signature dining spots, at the annual masked costume party. Proceeds benefit the Big Sur fire service.

October TBA
The Glass Menagerie
Monterey: 831-646-4213
MPC Theatre Company presents Tennessee Williams's moving and masterful drama.

October TBA
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 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.

November 2003  

November 1
4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Procession
Salinas: 831-775-4737
This is the Mexican 'Day of the Dead,' for honoring one's deceased friends and family. Parade and dancing on Salinas's Main Street, ending at the National Steinbeck Center.

November 1-2
Monterey Bay Holiday Gift Fair
Monterey: 831-622-0700
Original hand-made arts and crafts exhibition and sale. All artists on-site, as well as food, drink and family entertainment.

November 14-December 14
The Dining Room
Carmel Valley: 831-659-1108
A tour de force for the performers, A. R. Gurney’s play is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes--some funny, some touching, some rueful--which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. At Carmel Valley’s Magic Circle Center.

November 14-February 14, 2004
"The Studio of Jo Mora"
Tel: 831-372-2608, ext 11
Jo Mora was one of California's most versatile artists: a painter, illustrator of his own books, a sculptor whose most famous work is the bronze and marble sarcophagus of Father Serra in Carmel Mission. Explore a recreation of his studio at the Maritime Museum of Monterey, or attend a lecture planned for the exhibition.

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November 16-18
Monterey Symphony
Carmel and Salinas: 831-624-8511
Kate Tamarkin conducts Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, Op.80, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World," and Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor with Dubravka Tomsic featured at the keyboard.

November 22
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 TBA
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 TBA
Bravissima Concert Series
Carmel: 831-625-9938
The Carmel Bach Festival continues into winter months with a program of concerts and recitals.

November TBA
Lovejoy Concert Series
Carmel: 831-624-7404
Winter season of chamber concerts.

November TBA
Chamber Music Monterey Bay
Pacific Grove: 831-625-2212
Concert series presented by Chamber Music Monterey Bay continues in November.

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

December 2003  

December 1-20
A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley
Salinas: 831-755-6816
The Western Stage, Salinas, presents Israel Horowitz's adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale recounting the spiritual awakening of the miserable, miserly, chilly-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge.

December 3-7
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 5-7
4th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and 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 11 & 13
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 12
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.

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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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
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 TBA
Lovejoy Winter Concert
Carmel: 831-625-5633
The Lovejoy concert series presents a midwinter's eve program ranging from the quietly moving to sparkling international carols.

December TBA
Carmel Music Society
Pacific Grove: 831-625-9938
Concert season presented by the Carmel Music Society continues in December.

December TBA
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 TBA
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.

 On-Going Exhibitions