This weekend's top events: August 20-22
Posted on: Thursday, August 19, 2010 3:56 PM by Nicole Gustas
Friday The Carmel Plaza's Jazz on the Plaza continues with music from popular local jazz trio Andrea's Fault, wine from Parsonage Valley Vineyard, and food from Bistro Beaujolais. 5-7pm, Ocean Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $15. Local party band The Money Band play the Monterey Plaza Summer Concert Series on the patio at Schooners Bistro. Kick back and enjoy the view and the music. 5:30pm, Schooners Bistro, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free. Show off your sportbike at Mazda Raceway Sportbike Night in Oldtown Salinas. Check out the vendors, get restaurant deals, and participate in a $1 raffle benefiting local charities. 6-8pm, 100 Main Street, Salinas. Free. Catch a discount preview of the Pacific Repertory Theater's production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Outdoor Forest Theater. This live production features all the classic music from the movie, such as the Oompa Loompa song, "Pure Imagination" (recently heard in an AT&T ad) and "The Candy Man." 7:30pm, Outdoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students, teacher and military; $7 for children) and can be purchased on the PacRep website. Acoustic soulful rocker Lenny Sales rode his bike from the East Coast to Monterey last year and decided he'd come to stay. Tonight, he plays great soulful acoustic rock with some friends under the band name "My Friend Lenny" at Bullwackers. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Roots rockers Cave Country and Big Sur folk rocker Fernwood in Big Sur. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur, no cover. San Francisco minimalist indie act Callow have been called "dirgelike" — but the reviewer meant that in the best possible sense. They're playing with the more upbeat La Farsa, who inject violins, trumpets, interesting time signatures and a whole lot of fun into what could be a standard rock band. 8pm, Jose's Lounge Underground, 638 Wave Street, Monterey. $5. Saturday The always-artistic Carmel-by-the-Sea shuts down Dolores Street between 5th and 6th today for a "Block Party For the Arts" in celebration of the Carmel Art Association's 83rd birthday. Enjoy live music, dance and theater, art demonstrations and more. 10am-3pm, Dolores St. between 5th and 6th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free. The annual two-day Sand City West End Celebration got even bigger this year with the addition of Los Lobos on Sunday. Today's acts are nothing to sneeze at, either; performing are Population 5, Victory Sweet, Sambada, Forrest Day Band and Persephone's Bees. Plus, there's great wine, great food, great vendors, open artists studios, and it's free to attend — a total deal. 11am-5pm, throughout Sand City. Free. The La Playa Wine Festival features wines from 25 California wineries, including Opus One, Quintessa, Stags Leap, Jordan, Caymus, Rubicon and more. Enjoy perfectly paired appetizers and art from Richard MacDonald as you stroll through the gardens. 2-6pm, La Playa Hotel, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $35. Call 831-624-6476 for tickets. Jazz bassist Pete Lips is known locally for his work with Along Came Betty. Tonight, don't miss his jazz set at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with flutist Kenny Stahl, guitarist Bryce Hall and drummer Patrick Tregenza during "Evenings by the Bay." 6-8pm, Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Included in admission fee. It's opening night for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Outdoor Forest Theater! 7:30pm, Outdoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $38 ($26 for seniors; $20 for students, teacher and military; $7 for children) and can be purchased on the PacRep website. Legendary musician Bob Dylan played the Monterey Folk Festival in 1963, the forerunner to the legendary Monterey Pop Festival, and then played a fundraiser for a Seaside nursery school in 1964 (imagine that!). Today, after 46 years, he returns to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Roots rock band The Dough Rollers open. Incredibly, a few tickets are still available. 8pm, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. Tickets are available online for $70.25. Locals The Wharf Rats play original music with a classic rock vibe. See them tonight at Bullwackers. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Sunnyvale's Neu:Era sound like a low-tech version of late-90s synthpop favorites Wolfsheim, Beborn Beton, Neuroticfish and Fictional. Catch them tonight at Jose's Lounge Underground. 9pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey. $5. Sunday The Sand City West End Celebration continues with performances by Red Beans and Rice, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, and the amazing Los Lobos. Noon-5pm, Ortiz Avenue, Sand City. Free. Missed Andrea's Fault on Friday at Jazz on the Plaza? See them today on the deck of the Big Sur River Inn. 1-5pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover. Catch an afternoon matinee of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Outdoor Forest Theater.2:00pm, Outdoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $38 ($26 for seniors; $20 for students, teacher and military; $7 for children) and can be purchased on the PacRep website. Fantastic jazz trumpeter Dave Hoffman and friends play tonight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Evenings by the Bay. 6-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Included in admission fee. Want to know what's coming out after Sunday? Click here to see our calendar, which has events listed into 2011!