If you're going into classic car withdrawal, there's two great classic car events this weekend, one of which is held at a location where civilians rarely go. Plus, don't miss the Monterey County Studio Artists Tour, a great animation festival, wine events and plenty of great live music. Friday "Hot Cars Cool Nights" is your first destination for an emergency classic car infusion. Pre-1973 classic cars will line Echo Avenue between Fremont and Del Monte in Seaside. Enjoy DJ'd music, food vendors, a raffle and more. 4pm, Echo Avenue between Fremont and Del Monte, Seaside. Free. Award-winning children's author Kathryn Otoshi discusses her work tonight at a very grown up event, the Meet the Authors Series at the National Steinbeck Center. Sip wine, beer and cocktails, enjoy appetizers and listen as the author discusses her process in writing the books "One," "Zero," "Simon and the Sock Monster" and more. 6:30pm, One Main Street, Salinas. Event included in admission fee. Get an inside look at what a winemaker does at Chateau Julien's Harvest Wine Dinner. Watch as ten tons of grapes get crushed and prepared for aging; then eat a family-style dinner in the wine cellar. 7pm, 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. $95 for non-members, $75 for members; reserve online. Performance-art-cum-agit-pop act The Burning of Rome have gotten big buzz down in San Diego hosting outrageously theatrical warehouse parties. Tonight they team up with March Into Paris, a band whose name has a similar vibe but whose sound is more like an Amy Lee-fronted Mars Volta, and LA powerpop outfit Brightmillion at Jose's Lounge Underground. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5. Saturday The Monterey Bay Aquarium celebrates what is arguably the most adorable creature inside its walls, the otter, with Otter Days. Join researchers in spotting otters on Monterey Bay, compete in the game-show style "You Otter Know," taste sustainable seafood and other cuisine, learn about otters from aquarists and animal behavior experts, and win prizes if you wear an official Otter Days T-shirt (see this link for a downloadable iron-on.) Reserve a special behind-the-scenes tour online for an additional $12 ($10 for members). 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Included in admission fee. Learn all about rare gems, fossils and more at the 51st Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society Gem Show at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Print this flyer for $1 off admission. 10am-6pm, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $3.50 for adults; each child accompanied by an adult is free. Today's a rare opportunity for the public to get on the grounds of the Presidio of Monterey as the Presidio hosts "Operation Rising Star and Classic Car Show." Operation Rising Star is an American Idol-type event starring members of the military; the classic car show features 300 pre-1980 cars. There will be door prizes, live music from Operation Rising Star contestants, kids' games and food vendors. 11am-5pm, Presidio of Monterey. Free to attend. The Monterey County Artists Studio Tour is still going strong after 21 years. 63 artists around the county, from Moss Landing and Prunedale to Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands and everywhere in between, will throw open their doors and reveal their studios and their process to the world. See the website for maps and a full list of artists. 11am-5pm, throughout Monterey County. Free. The foodiest of foodies are flocking to Quail Lodge Golf Club for Harvest Farm to Table, featuring local foods, over 200 wines, a beer garden, a farmer's market, cooking demos, and great music from WAR. 12:30pm-4pm, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. Tickets start at $85 per day and are available online. Local artist Robynn Smith, the focus of this season's "MontereyNOW" exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art, combines painting, drawing and printmaking to create her works. Today at the Monterey Museum of Art Pacific Street, she'll discuss her work and her process. 3pm, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. Included in admission fee. See two hours of animation, ranging from comedy to experimental, documentary to sci fi and more, at Manifest: Monterey Animation Festival at the Cannery Row IMAX. 6:30pm, 640 Wave St., Monterey. $9 in advance, $12 at the door, $8 for students, seniors and military. Buy tickets at the Manifest website. Sacramento rock/reggae jam band ZuhG brings the fun to Big Sur's Fernwood Tavern. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur, no cover. It's no surprise singer-songwriter Reggie Ginn is playing the official Twilight convention in Sacramento; her passionate vocals and the heavy piano on her songs evoke Evanescence comparisons. Catch her along with mysterious tour-mates Dear Left Brain, local folkie favorite Bernadette Conant, Bedhead Beauties, and Jesse Owens at Jose's Lounge Underground. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5. Sunday The cuteness continues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Otter Days. Taste sustainable seafood and other cuisine, learn about otters from aquarists and animal behavior experts, try your hand at otter spotting and "You Otter Know" and win prizes if you wear an official Otter Days T-shirt (see this link for a downloadable iron-on.) Reserve a special behind-the-scenes tour online for an additional $12 ($10 for members). 10am-6pm, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Included in admission fee. The 51st Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society Gem Show continues at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Print this flyer for $1 off admission. 10am-5pm, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $3.50 for adults; each child accompanied by an adult is free. Enjoy great food, great activities and live music from the Chicano All Stars at the 46th Carmel Mission Fiesta. The event in the Carmel Mission courtyard features arts and crafts booths, kids' games, and a raffle for $1,000. 11am-5pm, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel. Free. At Science Sunday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, learn why living things glow with hands on science activities, arts and crafts and speakers on the topic. 11am-3pm, 165 Forest Ave. Free, but donations are appreciated. The Monterey County Artists Studio Tour continues at locations throughout Monterey County. See the website for maps and a full list of artists. 11am-5pm, throughout Monterey County. Free. Harvest Farm to Table continues at Quail Lodge Golf Club. You've got another three and a half hours to fill up on local foods, over 200 wines and great beer. Buy produce to take home at the farmer's market, learn something from the cooking demos, and sing along to The Gin Blossoms' "Hey Jealousy." 12:30pm-4pm, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. Tickets start at $85 per day and are available online. Swedish folk/psychedelic rock band Dungen play tonight under the redwoods at the Henry Miller Library. LA's political psychedelic rockers The Entrance Band and the Bay Area's Lumerians open. 7pm, Highway One in Big Sur. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.
This weekend's top events: September 24-26
Posted on: Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:07 PM by Nicole Gustas