The Dixieland Monterey Festival is three days straight of great, traditional jazz and swing at the Monterey Conference Center and Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. Today's live performances, on eight stages, run from 11:30 am through 10:30 pm and include the bands Titan Hot 7, Flambeau, B.E.D., Sweet Thursday Jazz Band, Vaché-Cocuzzi Quintet. Day badges are $40; all-weekend badges are $90. For the full listing, tickets and more information, see the official Dixieland Monterey website.
The Salinas First Fridays Art Walk has a number of new venues as well as the old standbys. In addition to the aforementioned art, there's live performances as well as the occasional free food and drink. It's family-friendly, fun, and free. 5-8pm, 100-300 blocks of Main Street and surrounding areas, Salinas.
Central Coast favorite rockers Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints bring their Tom Petty-meets-The Byrds sound to the Turf Club at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for the March Hare at the Fair Dance Party. 21+. Includes a no-host bar and appetizers. 8 pm, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. $10 at the door, $8 in advance and $5 for those with military ID.
The Smuin Ballet returns to the Sunset Center in Carmel. The program includes a world premiere of a new ballet by choreographer Amy Seiwert (see rehearsal video above), Michael Smuin's Medea and the Sinatra-inspired "Fly Me to the Moon." 8 pm, San Carlos St. at 9th Avenue. $40 and $55; tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Local (and, unusually for the genre, female-heavy) hard rockers Granted Earth hold a CD release party tonight at Jose's Underground Lounge that is guaranteed to be loud, rowdy and fun. Joining in the decibel-heavy celebration are the headbang-worthy Pride Subject, industrial-metallers Spacehooker and San Francisco speed metal act We Be the Echo. 9pm, 638 Wave Street Monterey, $5.
Take a 2-3 hour hike along Garzas Creek and back exploring the "Fabulous Ferns and Flowers" of Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley. This free hike is 3.3 miles with an elevation gain of about 530 feet. It's limited to 15 people; register online at the official MPRPD registration page under "Free Hikes."
Dixieland Monterey continues with live performances from the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Blue Street Jazz Band, Big Tiny Little Trio, The Midiri Brothers Sextet and more; see the full schedule here. 10am-11pm, Monterey Convention Center and Portola Plaza. Day badges are $55 and weekend badges are $90.
If you missed the Smuin Ballet at the Sunset Center on Friday night, you have two more chances today; the dancers repeat the program at 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $40 and $55 and can be purchased online or at the box office.
Brisbane powerpop outfit Grand Atlantic (covering Beyonce's Single Ladies above) have made a splash on Australia's alternative radio network Triple J. Their diverse sound has been compared to everything from Swervedriver to Oasis to the Smashing Pumpkins. Tonight, they land at Jose's Underground Lounge on their way to SXSW in Austin. They're joined by Portland folkie Peter Kasen plays intricate guitar riffs behind heart-wrenching vocals, and San Francisco folk-rocker Deborah Crooks, who's been compared to the Cowboy Junkies and Chrissie Hynde. This sounds like one of those bills where, five years from now, you'll see them on the Grammys and say, "I saw them when they played at Jose's." 9 pm, 638 Wave Street Monterey, $5.
Dixieland Monterey concludes with live performances from Taking Stock with Jackson, Yve Evans, We3, Ivory & Gold, Big Mama Sue Quartet and more; see the full schedule here. 9am-4:30pm, Monterey Convention Center and Portola Plaza. Day badges are $40. The Monterey Museum of Art and Reader's Theater present two one-act plays by "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie. Reader's Theater uses no sets, costumes or memorization and uses scripts openly during the performances. 1:30 pm, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, included in admission fee.
Watch the Oscars with like-minded cinephiles and actress Barbara Eden at the What A Night! Gala at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. The black-tie gala includes a red-carpet entry, champagne, hors-d'oeuvres, sit-down dinner, wine, and a silent auction. The Oscars will be shown on two big screens. 4:30 pm, $195 per person or $185 for members of the Reel Friends of the Film Commission.