It's another jam-packed weekend of stuff to do! Here are our hot picks.


Today is the 20th, which means it's free admission for locals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Remember, everyone, free admission for locals is only on the 20th. Mark your calendars for the rest of the year through their October anniversary weekend! (Thanks to Hank Armstrong at the Aquarium for pointing out our error!) Chateau Coralini rolls out the red carpet with the opening night of their weekly Friday "Uncork and Unwind" event, a mix of live jazz, fantastic wine tasting and delectable hors d'oeuvres. 5:30-8 pm. Free this week; future weeks will be $25 per person.

The Golden State Theatre in Monterey has pulled out all the stops for their Golden State Film Festival, which opens tonight. The festivities begin with a reception with Peter Bogdanovich at 6 pm, a talk by Bogdanovich at 7:30 pm, and a screening of Bogdanovich's landmark film The Last Picture Show at 9 pm. $35 for Bogdanovich's talk plus the screening; attend the reception with a $120 VIP pass, which gives access to all movies, lectures and the opening reception.

Buy tickets online or at the box office.

If you never got to see the Beatles in 1964, enter a time machine tonight with 1964 at the Sunset Center. This Beatles tribute band recreates the band's performance circa 1964 using period hairstyles, instruments, and even authentic banter the Beatles used on stage. 8pm; tickets are $52 and $47. Big Sur's rock band Wandering Minds brings original rock and roll to Wave Street Studios at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10.


The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District will teach you how to get that perfect picture of a wildflower. "Seeing Close-Up: The Art of Wildflower Macro photography" is at Garland Ranch Regional Park Museum and runs from 9 am to 6 pm. $125.

Sign up online.

Take a spectacular guided Redwood Canyon Hike in Carmel Valley. The wildflowers are blooming! The hike is 3.4 miles with a 530-foot elevation change. 9 am to noon. Bring water. Free. Sign up and get directions online. If you think a 530-foot elevation gain is wimpy, head over to Garland Ranch for the Snively's Ridge Wildflower Hike. This 4.5-mile hike has an elevation gain of 1,600 feet, and what little breath you have left will be taken away by the view from the top of Snively's Ridge. 10 am to 3 pm. Bring water. Free. Sign up and get directions online.

Help restore Palo Corona Regional Park to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, and get a preview of a park that few get to see. The park entrance is just south of the Carmel River on Highway 1. 9:30am-noon, free. Wear heavy gloves and clothes suitable for outdoor work. Sign up online. It's another outstanding lineup at the Golden State Film Festival.

At 10 am, surreal animator Bill Plympton introduces a lineup of classic cartoons from Fleischer Bros. Studios, starring Popeye, Betty Boop, and Superman. Tickets are $10. At noon, The Wall Street Journal's star film critic, Joe Morgenstern, introduces Jonathan Demme's Melvin and Howard. Tickets are $10. Bill Plympton returns at 4:15 pm to introduce the Monterey premiere of his full-length feature Idiots and Angels, as well as a collection of his short pieces. Tickets are $15.

At 7 pm, noted director/producer James Ivory will appear, discussing and showing footage from his recent film The City of Your Final Destination, and introducing his feature The Golden Bowl, based on the Henry James novel. Tickets are $25.

Burgeoning poets should call the Monterey Public library at 646-3949 to sign up for a Poetry Writing Workshop with Patrice Vecchione. It's free and will prevent you from cursing the world with verses like And let young and old on this her Jubilee be glad,/And cry, "Long Live our Queen!" and don't be sad. Cellist Asier Polo lights up the stage at Sherwood Hall with the Monterey Symphony. Performances are at 3 and 8 pm, and the lineup includes Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6. Support local theater at 6 pm at PacRep's annual gala at the Monterey Marriott Hotel. The $100 ticket price gets you a jaw-dropping view from the Ferrante Room at the top of the Marriott, dinner, the PacRep auction, and that warm fuzzy feeling from helping out local arts.

Beatlemania returns to Carmel with 1964 at the Sunset Center. It's like taking a trip back to 1964. 8pm; tickets are $52 and $47. Hear live, straight-ahead jazz with Along Came Betty at Wave Street Studios at 8 pm. Tickets are $15. Santa Cruz's neo-psychedelic outfit Byron Space Circus plays Fernwood Resort's Spring Equinox party at 9 pm.


It's another jam-packed day at the Golden State Film Festival. Director Alexander Payne appears at 2pm to discuss past films including Sideways and About Schmidt, as well as his upcoming film A Fork in the Road. Payne's Citizen Ruth shows immediately after, and his 1999 film Election shows at 4pm. Both films, plus Payne's talk, are $20.

The evening shows dig into the archives for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 7pm ($5) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at 9:45pm ($5). The Monterey Symphony brings cellist Asier Polo to Carmel for a 3pm performance at the Sunset Center. The lineup includes Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6. Classic jazz ensemble Patt Casion and I.O.C. appear at Wave Street Studios with a combination of traditional and original music.

The tunes start at 7pm. Tickets are $20. These listings are just the tip of the activity iceberg! Get a full rundown of weekend events at the Monterey County Weekly's website.

For a full schedule of the Golden State Film Festival, which runs until the 29th, see their website.