While much of the country may be shivering this weekend, here in Monterey County we'll enjoy sunny days and temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s. Isn't January grand? Make sure to send friends and family back East some no-snow photos of yourself on your way to one of these great events.
Watch the West Coast's top swing dancers compete and learn to cut a rug yourself at Monterey Swingfest at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. There's social dancing, dance competitions, workshops and more, plus free basic swing classes from 10am-noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Events run from 9am until well past midnight. Registration at the door is $145 for adults and $75 for juniors for the full weekend. Less expensive day, evening and spectator passes are available at the door.
Pacific Repertory Theater presents the School of Dramatic Arts' production of the hit jukebox musical All Shook Up, in which Elvis' great music meets an updated version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday. Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Friday and Saturday's tickets are $38, with discounts for seniors, military, students and teachers, and children. Sunday's tickets are $34, with discounts for seniors, military, students and teachers, and children.
Bang your head at tonight's metal showcase at Jose's, featuring local favorites Gorphyryac, Gods in Graves, Bael Kultus and Praetorean. 9pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey. $5.
The Monterey Museum of Art gives locals and visitors a late holiday gift: free admission! Today, visit the Monterey Museum of Art's La Mirada branch for free and view the ground-breaking work of contemporary artist Ingrid Calame. Bring the family; there will be art-based activities for kids. 11am-5pm, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Free!
Emotional country-folk rockers Cave Country emphasize vocal harmonies. Their West Coast tour touches down tonight at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur. Heartfelt Big Sur country-folk singer Levi Strom opens. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Tongue-in-cheek party band A Band of Ninjas turn the London Bridge Pub into a booty-shakin' destination. 9:30pm, Wharf No. 2, Monterey. No cover.
Brides-to-be — and the grooms-to-be that can be pulled away from the Seahawks/Bears game — can do one-stop wedding shopping and planning at the "A Day to Remember" Bridal Show. Over 100 wedding professionals will answer questions. Attendees can also attend information seminars on wedding plannings, watch weddingwear fashion shows, and win great prizes. The first 50 brides win a free gift! 11am-4pm, Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza, Monterey. $10; brides get in free with two paying guests (such as Groom and Mom).
Cellist Lynn Harrell and pianist Jon Kimura Parker perform an excellent program featuring Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms today at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 3pm, Sunset Center, San Carlos between 8th and 9th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets range from $40-60 and are available at the door.