Check out the Pacific Grove art scene at the Pacific Grove Wine, Art and Music Walk. Shops and galleries throughout Pacific Grove will be open; stop at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce at Forest and Central to pick up a free map. 6pm-9pm, free. The country's only chanterelle mushroom festival, the Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off, kicks off tonight with a reception at the Big Sur Lodge at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Entertainment includes fire dancing by BiG SuRCuS. 6-9pm, $40. Buy tickets at the official Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off website. The flamenco-influenced Yuji Tojo and the funky, soulful Al James Power Trio once again join forces at Bullwacker’s on Cannery Row for an aurally addictive evening. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Bon Iver or Conor Oberst fans will want to catch indie folksters Every Atlas, Santa Cruz folkie El Chon and angsty folk music act The Broads at Jose's Lounge Underground tonight. 9pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey.
The Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off continues with a sold-out FUNgus Hunt and Identification Seminar at 9am, the big Chanterelle Cook-Off ($40) at the Big Sur Lodge at 1pm , and the delectable Awards Dinner ($100) at the Big Sur Lodge at 7:30pm. Buy tickets at the official Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off website. In honor of John Steinbeck's birthday, the National Steinbeck Center hosts the Steinbeck Birthday Celebration. SpectorDance Company will perform two dance media pieces based on John Steinbeck's work beginning at 10am, as well as performances by the Mission Park School Choir and the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts Folkloric Dance Company with Ramon Silva. Abdoulaye Diallo leads an African dance and drumming workshop. There will also be appearances from VFX Supervisor and Animation Director Daniel Jeannette (Where the Wild Things Are) and author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi. All events are included in the price of admission. It's also a pay-what-you-can day for Monterey County residents. One Main Street, Salinas. 10am-5pm. Leave the dogs at home for the East of Eden Cat Show at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Watch as both pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats and kittens compete for titles in eight categories. 10am-4pm, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, free for children 3 and under. Sara McCoy returns like an acoustic second coming of Janis Joplin to Bullwackers. 9pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover. Santa Cruz jam band Our Satori bring a Jack Johnson-esque vibe to Fernwood Resort on Highway One in Big Sur. 9pm, no cover. Low-fi San Francisco act Commissure have been compared to Mogwai. Tokyo Raid sound like early Interpol on speed. Local singer/songwriter James Meder plays ethereal, emotional folk. The Dreamer and the Sleeper play sweet,, upbeat acoustic pop. Is it an interesting bill? You bet. Catch it at Jose's tonight. 9pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey. 21+, $5.
The Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off concludes with a fabulous Chanterelle Brunch at Fernwood Resort's Redwood Grill. Brunch starts at 10am and is limited to 40 people. Order your $25 ticket at the Buy tickets at the official Big Sur Chanterelle Festival and Cook-Off website. Two-time Tony award winner Christine Ebersole is a singing/dancing/acting sensation. A recent New York Times review of her current show began, "Christine Ebersole materialized like a goddess formed out of the ectoplasm in screwball heaven..." and just got more effusive from there. Another review said her "almost unparalleled versatility is perfectly showcased in her sublime new cabaret show." See for yourself when the "screwball goddess" materializes at Carmel's Sunset Center tonight. 7pm, San Carlos at 9th St. Tickets are $37, $44 and $51 and are available on the official Sunset Center website.