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Arts & Culture Events May 2005

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Festivals and Events: May 2005

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May 2005

May 1
Social Sundays at La Mirada
Tel: 831-649-7118
Fine art mixes and mingles with live music and tasty hors d’oeuvres at Monterey Museum of Art’s La Mirada Gallery during these quarterly special Sundays.

May 1
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
Tel: 831-624-1813
Annual Garden Party offers afternoon tea, silent auction and gifts for sale. Live music (songs from Una Jeffers's songbook) serenades artists painting in the gardens. Photography allowed this day only.

May 1
Pilobolus Dance Company
Tel: 831-620-2040
Pilobolus Dance Theater began as a loose arts collective of dancers and choreographers, creating and promoting their own performances. Today, it is one of the prime movers in creative theater arts - and incidentally, one terrific night of modern dance.

May 1
History Authors Roundtable
Tel: 831-646-5640
Monterey-based authors who specialize in history meet with students, scholars and armchair historians to discuss topics in local history, including Fort Ord, Big Sur, Salinas Valley and Monterey, at historic Colton Hall.

May 5-22
Tel: 831-626-1681
You'll be hand-jiving in the aisle by the end of the Forest Theater Guild's rousing rendition of everyone's favorite rock-n-roll musical, when Grease takes over the newly renovated Golden State Theater on Alvarado Street. Thurs-Sun performances.

May 6
Wine and Art Walk
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-649-7118
Take advantage of the long hours of summer daylight by kicking off your weekend strolling between Carmel Valley Village's wineries and art galleries - they'll be open an additional three hours on the first Friday of every month till fall. A nice segue to dinner at a village restaurant!

May 6-22
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tel: 831-646-4213
Shakespeare’s most delicious comedy, set in the magical forest of Arden when King Oberon and Queen Titania of the fairy world are at play, come to the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC.

May 6-22
Guys and Dolls
Tel: 831-675-0521
Grab your favorite 'doll' and take her to Havana, or at least to the Runyonesque world of New York in the 1940s, with a night at Paper Wing Theater's presentation of this favorite musical. Performed in the vintage Fox Theater on Salinas's Main Street. Weekend performances.

May 7
Spring Concert
CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4085
Concert and gospel choirs, plus the CSUMB Jazz Band, perform in a free concert in the newly renovated Music Hall on campus, dedicated to mothers everywhere.

May 12-15
12th Annual Carmel Art Festival
Tel: 831-883-1236
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 14
Covenant of Light Premiere
Tel: 831-620-2040
Ensemble Monterey presents the world premiere of Covenant of Light by West Coast composer and musician Stephen Tosh.

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May 15
"Tales of the Sea"
Tel: 831-372-2608
Mariners' yarns, spun by master storyteller Taelen Thomas, at the History Theater in the Stanton Center at the Maritime Museum of Monterey.

May 15-16
I Cantori di Carmel Spring Concert
Pacific Grove (15), Carmel (16)
Tel: 831-644-8012
This beloved regional choir presents its spring choral concert at two venues, including the historic Carmel Mission Basilica.

May 15 and 22
"My California" Music & Stories
Tel: 831-796-3833
Kids of all ages are welcome to help celebrate the arts and music of California, as part of the National Steinbeck Center's exhibit "My California: Views from the Golden State." On May 15, the day starts with stories for kids K-6, followed by lots of live music; on the 22nd, it's all-music, all-the-time. Both days feature arts and crafts, too.

May 17 - July 30
Films in the Forest
Tel: 831-622-0100
New season of classic films, suitable for the entire family, presented at dusk in the open-air Outdoor Forest Theater. Bring a picnic, a blanket and a sweater!

May 20-22
Poems, Prayers, Devotions
Salinas (20), Monterey (21), Jolon (22)
Tel: 831-642-2701
The Camerata Singers present their spring concert of choral music at three Monterey County venues, including the remote and tranquil Mission San Antonio near Jolon.

May 22-24
Monterey Symphony
Carmel (22-23), Salinas (24)
Tel: 831-624-8511
Max Bragado-Darman conducts Gluck’s Overture to Iphigenie in Aulis, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.5 in D major, the "Reformation," and Bruckner’s Te Deum

May 24
David Mamet's "Boston Marriage"
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2714
The "Show & Tell" series of play-readings at the Henry Miller Library continues with Mamet's droll comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room. Readers include Jani Davis, Jill Jackson; directed by Robin McKee.

May 26-June 18
Zorba the Greek
Tel: 831-626-1681
The plaintive strains of bouzouki meld with joyous free-spirited dances, as Zorba the Greek (Reg Huston) steps from the pages of Nikos Kazantzakis's novel and onto the stage of the Outdoor Forest Theater. Thurs-Sun performances.

May 27-28
Anais Nin Video Diary Festival
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2574
A highly unusual two-day festival dedicated to video diarists, including short features and the West Coast premiere of Egoshooter, a German fictionalized account of one man's video diary.

May 28
Ed Ricketts Symposium: Life, Philosophy, Science
Tel: 831-372-2608
Edward Flanders Ricketts was a remarkable force in the development of marine ecological science. A panel of notable historians, biographers and scientists discuss his philosophical thought and his contributions to marine biology.

May 28-29
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
Tel: 831-655-8070
A Memorial Day red-white-and-blue festival, with live blues, rock and Latin music from 11am-4pm, arts, crafts, and more, all filling Monterey's Alvarado Street.

May 29-September 4
Steinbeck House Tours
Tel: 831-424-2735
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between May 27 and September 4. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.

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