Get out and try that restaurant you have been salivating over during California Restaurant Month! All month long participating Monterey County restaurants offer epic discounts and delectable prix-fix menus. January 1-31. Various Restaurants in Monterey County. Head over the Paper Wing Theatre in New Monterey and catch a performance of Avenue Q. This hilarious (and adult) spoof on Sesame Street is the winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for best musical, best book and best score so you know it’s going to be a hoot! Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. $22-$25.
Menopause The Musical is coming to Salinas! Bring your gal pals for a night out at the Steinbeck Institute of Arts with this hysterical musical parody. 7pm, 940 N. Main Street, Salinas. $45-$115. Talented violinist Tim Fain presents “Portals: Multimedia Exploration of Longing in a Digital Age” at the Sunset Center tonight. This young musician interweaves films by Kate Hackett, dance films choreographed by Black Swan‘s Benjamin Millepied, and the words of Leonard Cohen in this unique production. 8pm, San Carlos and Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $36-$51.
Get out of the house and take a drawing course at the Monterey Museum of Art led by landscape artist Ann Thiermann. She will teach you how to master skills in color, perspective, light and space. 10am-12:30pm, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. $35. Chris Lynch and the Marty O'Reilly Trio come to Fernwood Tavern tonight for some folksy tunes. 9pm, 47200 Highway One, Big Sur. Free event.
Get moving with guides from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District. This morning hikers will set out on Gregg’s Hill and Vista Lobos Trails for epic views of the Monterey Peninsula, including Point Lobos. The six mile hike is expected to last 4 hours. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring water, snacks and lunch. 9am, Palo Corona Barn. Free event. Interested in Monterey’s unique history? Stop in the Museum of Monterey near Fisherman’s Wharf for a short 27 minute documentary about the San Antonio de Padua Mission located in Monterey’s backyard, Jolon. “An Island in Time” displays various interviews from archeologists and art preservationists knowledgeable in the mission’s rich history. 1pm-5pm, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free event. The Carmel Music Society presents the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra this afternoon at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Don’t miss this classical set which will feature Vivaldi's Four Seasons and more on period instruments! 3pm, San Carlos and Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $48-$60.