There's too little weekend to do all the awesome things in our list.
The Golden State Theatre's amazing Golden State Film Festival continues. If you haven't stopped by yet, you are really missing out. Tonight, Tilda Swinton stars in Julia at 4pm, The Girl from Monaco has its Monterey premiere at 6:30pm, and the documentary New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art has its world premiere after a talk with the director and featured artists at 9pm. Buy tickets online or at the box office. Go hiking and stargazing at Pinnacles National Monument. Hartnell College professors will lead a hike on the Balconies Trail from 5:30 to 7:30.
Then, as you nosh on the picnic food you were clever enough to pack (or subsist on a couple of old McDonalds french fries you found on the floor of your car), more professors, armed with telescopes, will introduce you to the wonder of the starry skies. $5. Call 831-389-4486 x243 to reserve, as space is limited.
Get a sneak peek at the Monterey Museum of Art's new exhibit, 50/fifty, at the picturesque La Mirada location from 6-8pm. It's free for members and $10 for non-members. (And no, being their Facebook fan is not the same as being a member!) The Sunset Center presents an elegant evening of chamber music with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at 8pm.
Hip-hop artists Euthanasia play their first Wave Street Studios gig at 9 pm. It's an indie-folk evening at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, with psychedelic soul outfit White Magic, unique female vocalist Glasser and laid back rock/bluegrass band Big Search. Tickets are $12; the show starts at 9 pm.
The Mud Run at CSUMB is sold out, but you can still head up there and watch folks get down and dirty as they run up hills, dive over obstacles, and face-plant in knee-deep mud. Starts at 9am at Freeman Stadium. Bring your cameras and point us at the YouTube links. Enjoy the beauty of spring in Carmel Valley with one of the hikes through Garland Ranch Regional Park hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. The Wonderful Wildflowers hike starts at 9am; it's three miles long and has a 600 foot elevation gain.
The Tremendous Redwood Trees walk is 5.5 miles long with a 230-foot elevation gain, starts at 10 am, and requires you to brown-bag lunch. Pre-register online if you plan to attend.
If you think model ships are cool - and who doesn't? - then sail on over to the Monterey Maritime and History Museum, where the Society of Miniature Ship Collectors is holding a Miniature Ship Model Exhibition. The Golden State Film Festival continues. The rare 1939 animated feature Gulliver's Travels shows at 10am. Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha, The Shadow Warrior begins at 11:30am.
Environmental documentary Earth Days has its Monterey premiere at 3pm. Director Monty Miranda and actor Bryan Phelan will introduce their buzzy new indie film, Skills Like This at its 7pm Monterey premiere. And, for those who prefer the highbrow classics, Aliens shows at 10pm. (Hey, it won two Oscars!) Buy tickets online or at the box office.
It's Community Day at Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada! Monterey County residents and visitors get in free. Poke around the 50/fifty exhibit while the kids make postcards at the art activity area. Jazz vocalist Allan Harris sings Nat King Cole at the Sunset Center at 8pm. It's a night of gentle folk music at Fernwood with The Beatles's and Marie Sioux. Tickets are $12, and the show starts at 9pm.
It's a sad day for Monterey as the Golden State Film Festival wraps up. At 1:30pm, meet director Irvin Kershner, who presents the best Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back. Director Andy Abrahams Wilson introduces the Monterey premiere of his Lyme disease documentary Under Our Skin at 4pm. The yoga documentary Enlighten Up! takes its first Monterey bow at 6:30pm. At 8:30pm, Irvin Kershner holds a Q&A before another showing of The Empire Strikes Back.
Enjoy the poetry of Edgar Lee Master at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada, where The Listening Place presents selections from Spoon River Anthology at 1:30pm. Free for members, $5 for non-members. As always, there's so much more to do than we can fit in here. Head on over to the Monterey County Weekly calendar section for more ideas.