According to the weather reports, the sun will show its face just in time for this January weekend! Get out and enjoy the good weather with these events.
Taste unique Italian wines from winemaker Luciano Landi, who also acts as a guest sommelier at Cantinetta Luca in Carmel-by-the-Sea tonight. Call 831-625-6500 to reserve. Yuji Tojo backs his ethereally romantic voice with flamenco-influenced guitar. Al James is known throughout the area for his funky, soulful singing. Can't imagine what the two would sound like together? Head over to Bullwacker's on Cannery Row, as the two blend their styles for a whole that's way more than the sum of its parts. 8:30 pm, no cover.
Local speed metal band Blood Print hold their big CD release party tonight at Jose's on Wave Street in Monterey. Sacramento's Sexciety, VX36 and San Jose's 3Lunas join them for a show so loud it'll probably wake up the penguins at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 21+, 9 pm, $5 cover.
Icelandic violinist Judith Ingolfsson (shown above performing Beethoven Sonata No. 10 in G Major) made her solo orchestral debut when she was only eight. She performs with the Monterey Symphony this weekend in Salinas and Carmel. The program includes Barber's Violin Concerto, Rossini's La Scala di Seta Overture, and Beethoven's First Symphony. Today, watch the final rehearsal at Sherwood Hall in Salinas at 2pm for only $15, or see the first performance at 7 pm - tickets are $20 and $39. Head to the Big Sur River Inn for a night of deeply emotional acoustic folk from singer-songwriter Rose Merrill. 7-10pm, no cover.
85-year-old classical pianist Menahem Pressler performs at Carmel-by-the-Sea's Sunset Center tonight with the American String Quartet. The program includes Beethoven's Quartet in G Major, Op 18, No. 2; Prokofiev's Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92, and Dvorák's Quintet in A Major for piano and strings, Op. 81. 8pm; tickets are $30, $47, $57 and $61.
Shake your booty in Big Sur with Santa Cruz Afro-funksters Danjuma and Onola at Fernwood Tavern. 9pm, no cover. Santa Barbara's Fighting Chance sound like Sublime might have if they'd been fronted by Greg Graffin of Bad Religion. San Francisco's Monsters Are Not Myths sound like a low-fi blend of Wilco and the Old 97's. Together they
fight crime rock Jose's on Wave Street in Monterey tonight. Salinas indie act Bon Vivant opens. 9pm, $5.
Judith Ingolfsson and the Monterey Symphony bring their great program of Barber's Violin Concerto, Rossini's La Scala di Seta Overture, and Beethoven's First Symphony to the Sunset Center in Carmel for a 3 pm performance. Tickets are $48, $55, $65 and $69; buy them at the Monterey Symphony website.