Social Sundays at La Mirada
Fine art mixes and mingles with live music and tasty hors doeuvres at Monterey Museum of Arts La Mirada Gallery during these quarterly special Sundays.
Jeffers Tor House Garden Party
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.
Pilobolus Dance Company
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.
History Authors Roundtable
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.
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.
Wine and Art Walk
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!
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Shakespeares 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.
Guys and Dolls
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.
CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside
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.
12th Annual Carmel Art Festival
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.
Covenant of Light Premiere
Ensemble Monterey presents the world premiere of Covenant of Light by West Coast composer and musician Stephen Tosh.
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"Tales of the Sea"
Mariners' yarns, spun by master storyteller Taelen Thomas, at the History Theater in the Stanton Center at the Maritime Museum of Monterey.
I Cantori di Carmel Spring Concert
Pacific Grove (15), Carmel (16)
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
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
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!
Poems, Prayers, Devotions
Salinas (20), Monterey (21), Jolon (22)
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.
Carmel (22-23), Salinas (24)
Max Bragado-Darman conducts Glucks Overture to Iphigenie in Aulis, Mendelssohns Symphony No.5 in D major, the "Reformation," and Bruckners Te Deum
David Mamet's "Boston Marriage"
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
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.
Anais Nin Video Diary Festival
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.
Ed Ricketts Symposium: Life, Philosophy, Science
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.
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
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
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.