This weekend, nearly every movie theater in Monterey will show scenes from the deep blue sea during the BLUE Ocean Film Festival. BLUE started on Wednesday and will show well over 70 films over the course of the festival. Films include: The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures, We Love Sharks, In the Eye of the Whale, One Ocean: Mysteries of the Deep, and many, many more. There's also panels and workshops on diving, ocean policy, marine medicine, ocean photography, plastic pollution, the Gulf oil spill, and more. If you haven't bought your passes yet, single-day passes ($45) will get you into all films for the day, all filmmaker Q&As, and all Conservation seminars. See the full schedule and buy passes at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival website.
See highlights from opening day in this video:
Get a guided tour of the history of Monterey County's resorts at the Naval Postgraduate School. Just over a hundred years ago, Pebble Beach was a hunting area for guests at the Del Monte Hotel. The Del Monte, which was as legendary a resort then as Pebble Beach is now, was taken over by the U.S. Navy as a training facility during World War II; much of the resort's former property in Monterey is now part of the Naval Postgraduate School. Peek into the ultra-luxe world of the pre-World War II resort with a rare tour of the Naval Postgraduate School led by Special Collections Manager and all-around encyclopedia of Monterey-area information John Sanders. The Monterey Museum of Art's Friends of the Museum co-hosts this tour. You'll see art by Salvador Dali, Jo Mora, Francis McComas, as well as the magnificent building designed by Lewis Hobart, which has been well preserved by NPS. You must have advanced clearance to enter the NPS grounds, so reserve now by calling 831-372-5477 x110. 5pm, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, $25.
Jazz guitarist Steve Ezzo performs tonight at the Carmel Plaza's Jazz on the Plaza. Enjoy wine from Carmel Road Winery, food from Bistro Beaujolais, and great music. 5-7pm, Ocean Ave. and Mission St., Carmel-by-the-Sea. $5.
Celebrate happy hour at Schooners Bistro on the Bay with a great view of Monterey Bay and live music from the Money Band. 5:30pm, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
The Pacific Repertory Theater's production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory continues 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 $35 ($26 for seniors; $15 for students, teacher and military; $7 for children) and can be purchased on the PacRep website.
Washington State indie rockers The Cat from Hue play songs which mix a dash of the Dead, a dollop of Modest Mouse, a teaspoon full of funk and even a pinch of the stuff George Harrison wrote for the Beatles into that quintessential Pacific Northwest indie sound. They're touring with Candysound, who have been described as "combination of Beck, The Black Keys, and Lou Reed" and have clearly been influenced by fellow Bellingham, Washington band Death Cab for Cutie. Local indie rockers The Trees open as their tour hits Jose's Lounge Underground tonight. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5.
Enjoy the great weather with a light hike through Garland Ranch Regional Park. The guide-led "Garland's Lower Trails Hike" will take you on a 3-mile tour of some beautiful parts of the park, including the Waterfall Trail. Best of all: no thigh-burning hills required. Bring water and a snack. 9am-11am; meet at Garland Visitor Center, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Free; register online under "Free Guided Hikes."
Didn't get enough of classic cars during Monterey Auto Week? Head on down to Custom House Plaza for the Mopars by the Bay car show. (Mopars, for the uninitiated, means any car made by Chrysler, including Dodge, Plymouth and DeSoto vehicles.) Expect to see tons of gorgeous, tricked-out cars, with an emphasis on muscle cars. 10am-4pm, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free.
You've got two chances today to sing along with the Oompa Loompa song at the Pacific Repertory Theater's production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. 2pm and 7:30pm, Outdoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $35 ($26 for seniors; $15 for students, teacher and military; $7 for children) and can be purchased on the PacRep website.
South African band Overtone, most recently heard on the Invictus soundtrack, comes to the Sunset Center to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Carmel Youth Center. This special benefit concert raises money for the Carmel Youth Center. VIP tickets include a 6pm pre-concert reception featuring local food and wine. 8pm, San Carlos St. and 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $125 for VIPs, $75 and $50 for everyone else, and can be purchased at the official Sunset Center website.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Evenings by the Bay tonight features Monterey Jazz Festival student combos, as well as the usual special programs, special events, wine, snacks and light crowds. 6-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Included in admission fee.
Folk legend Dan Bern has been called a latter-day Woodie Guthrie or Bob Dylan. Folk/power-pop band Constant Rotation wear their Woodie Guthrie and Bob Dylan influences on their sleeves. Both acts play tonight at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. 7pm, Henry Miller Library, Highway One in Big Sur. $15; tickets are available online.
Monterey County's favorite reggae band, Jonah and the Whalewatchers, bring the fun to Bullwacker's tonight. 8pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Reno metal act Dirt Communion feature in a metal showcase at Jose's, alongside local loud and proud favorites Pride Subject and Santa Cruz's Thirty9FingerS. 9pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey.
If you wish you'd gotten to see Janis Joplin play with the Grateful Dead (maybe with a bit of Tori Amos thrown in), then don't miss Sarah McCoy and the Zippidy Yeah's. 9pm, Fernwood Resort, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
This county has many celebrations of sea otters; today, Marina celebrates the CSUMB Otter. CSUMB students can take a free shuttle from the Student Center to downtown Marina for live entertainment, food, a farmer's market and more. Don't worry, locals and visitors: you're invited, too. 10am-8pm, Reservation Road and Vista Del Camino Road, Marina.
If you've got a dinosaur-obsessed kid, don't miss the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History's Dinosaur Day. They'll get to participate in hands-on science activities and arts and crafts and learn from speakers about fossils and dinosaurs. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Free.
Local hard-bop jazz favorites Along Came Betty might even make the redwoods bop along today as they play the patio at the Big Sur River Inn. 1pm-5pm, Big Sur River Inn, Highway One, Big Sur. No cover.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Forest Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The party begins at 3:30pm at Devendorf Park in downtown Carmel. Shortly thereafter, join vintage cars and Carmel-by-the-Sea notables in a grand procession from Devendorf Park to the Forest Theater. At 5pm at the Forest Theater, enjoy live performances and historical reenactments, plus free hot dogs, beverages and birthday cake (or buy a $5 commemorative wine glass and enjoy some wine). Plus, it's all free! 3:30pm, Devendorf Park and Forest Theater, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free.
Jazz musician Gary Meek is known for playing diverse styles of jazz on a wide range of instruments including alto and tenor sax and flute. He appears tonight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Evenings by the Bay. 6-8pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Included in admission fee.