Katona Twins Guitar Duo
Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents the Katona Twins, Peter and Zoltan, Hungarian-born guitarists who have set new standards for classical guitar performance, with renditions of J. S. Bach, de Falla, Rodrigo and Piazzolla.
Ag Forum Luncheon Series
The Monterey County wine industry comes under the spotlight in this last of a series of luncheons at the National Steinbeck Center. This month's topic: "Napa Vision - When do we get there? Do we want to go?", featuring experts from the Napa/Sonoma wine regions.
An Acoustic Evening with Los Lobos
Any band that can mix up music from Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B and blues, as well as traditional Mexican songs from their East L. A. roots, deserves to survive. Los Lobos does more than survive: they continue to thrive, on high-energy music that comes across brilliantly in this special acoustic concert.
Silent Surrealism: Films + Music
The Hot Club of San Francisco presents an evening of silent surrealist films scored with live gypsy jazz. Films by James Sibley Watson, Harold Shaw and Charlie Bowers are accompanied by tunes by Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and more.
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.
Michael Frayn's hilarious farce rolls a play-within-a-play to devastating effect. It has packed houses in London's West End and on Broadway; it plays here at the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC.
David Henry Hwang's controversial play won three Tonys as well as a host of other awards. It recounts the bizarre true story of a French diplomat and his complex love affair with a Chinese opera star in the 1960s, managing to be witty while wise about the West's relationship to the mysterious East.
March 4-June 5
My California: Views from the Golden State
This juried exhibition, chaired by Nathan Oliveira, presents the best two-dimensional artworks chosen from close to six hundred entries, in media ranging from oils to watercolors and photography. Opening reception March 4, 5-7pm.
Carmel (6-7), Salinas (8)
Music Director Max Bragado Darman leads the orchestra in Mozarts Overture to The Magic Flute, Beethovens Symphony No.8 in F major, Greigs Piano Concerto in A minor (with guest artist Oxana Yablonskaya at the piano), and Schuberts great Unfinished symphony No. 8.
Colton Hall 156th Birthday
Birthday celebration of one of Monterey's most historic buildings. Free and open to the public, 2-4pm.
Chamber Music in Colton Hall
Enjoy an evening of chamber music at Colton Hall, with the period-perfect duets of Kim Angelis and Josef, on violin and guitar. Reservations required as space in this historic venue is limited.
The next generation of Japanese dance theater makes its way across the Pacific to California's Central Coast, as Leni-Basso Ensemble brings its multi-media theater performance to the World Theater.
Vienna Choir Boys
The Carmel Music Society presents the world-renowned Vienna Choir Boys, latest representatives of a noble tradition stretching back to the 15th century, at Sunset Center.
Harold Lloyd's classic 1922 silent comedy gets a special one-night-only showing - accompanied by a live orchestra - in Monterey's newly refurbished Golden State Theatre, built in 1926.
Big Sur Fiction Writers Workshop
If you have a finished or near-finished mss and are ready to prepare for publication, this workshop, set among Big Sur's redwoods, might just be your cup of tea. Reservations essential as space is limited.
Lily Tomlin Live
Squeezing in Carmel between appearances in Los Angeles and The West Wing, Lily Tomlin - soon to be declared a national, international, and universal treasure - continues her search for signs of intelligent life in the universe.
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National Marine Sanctuary Annual Symposium
Special annual symposium features speakers from MBARI, Moss Landing Research Station, and more. This years event focuses on 'Tracking the Health of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.'
Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass
Salinas (12), Monterey (13)
Franz Joseph Haydn composed the Missa in angustiis, the 'Mass in time of fear,' in 1798. The Camerata Singers perform it with orchestra and soloists; the concert in Monterey is at the historic San Carlos Cathedral.
Indian Arts and Crafts Show
Discover a diverse array of Native American crafts, displayed by the artists and artisans themselves in many cases.
Three Cheers for the Irish!
Bring the whole family to MaryLee Sunseri's cheery salute to St Paddy's Day, with Irish folksongs and fireside tales, at the Indoor Forest Theater.
Indians Indians: Robert Mirabal
Robert Mirabal is one of Native America's most dynamic performers, mesmerizing audiences through songs and stories. Indians Indians is his latest work, exploring his tribal roots with heartfelt and humorous stories, songs and music.
March 16-April 26
Stones in His Pockets
This theatrical tour-de-force turns two actors into more than 20 characters. The setting: a rural Irish village as a Hollywood film crew descends and their tranquility is sent packing, with starlets, director and extras crowding the local pub.
Robinson Jeffers and the Irish Epic
Taelen Thomas brings his gift for interpreting the creative soul of authors long gone to a special one-night performance devoted to Robinson Jeffers, the enigmatic poet whose epic ballads recall the bards of Ireland. At the History Theater (Stanton Center, adjoining the Maritime Museum of Monterey).
Possessed of the rare talent for both opera and sacred song, soprano Anja Strauss appears in concert at Sunset Center, presented by the Mozart Society.
March 18-May 8
Tel: 831-649-2332 or 831-372-1373
Gilbert and Sullivan's jolly romp through Victorian-age Imperial Japan owes little to reality and lots to hilarity. Will Nanki-Poo win the hand of the lovely Yum-Yum? Or will the Lord High Executioner be forced to make the punishment fit the crime?
Brunch with the Bunny
Tots through 10-year-olds are invited to brunch with the Easter Bunny, with story-telling, crafts and a grand finale egg hunt.
48th Annual Cuttings Day
Plant a little bit of Monterey in your own garden: gardening buffs are invited to exchange softwood cutting materials, seedling plants, bulbs, potted plants, etc. The Parks Division will have free seedling trees available for the public. Participants are encouraged to bring cuttings and plants for the exchange.
The Swingle Singers
The eight lively singers who form the current edition of the Swingle Singers carry a 35+-year history with grace and aplomb, delivering a concert program of crystal-toned music from Bach to Berio and back again.
Arbor Day & EggFest
The City of Seaside is hosting a two-for-one spring event, combining its annual EggFest for Easter with an Arbor Day celebration that features tree give-aways for residents plus information booths staffed by tree and plant experts. 11am-1pm at Oldemeyer Center.
Eggstravaganza Breakfast with the Bunny
The 8th annual Spring Celebration takes place in Devendorf Park on Carmel's Ocean Avenue, 8:30am to noon.
Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny has done an eggspert job of hiding candy eggs on Bear Mountain, but Roaring Camp Railroad can transport your family of egg-hunters deep into a redwood forest to find them! Advance reservations recommended.
March 30-April 3
Pebble Beach Spring Horse Show
Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and other classes.
Carmel Kite Festival
Register your kite (home-made or commercially made) at noon for judging at 1:00pm, down on the silver sands of Carmel's beach (foot of 8th Avenue). Prizes awarded in several categories and age groups.