Favorites 06.02.22 | Art, Theater & Culture

Curtain up

Youth Orchestra Salinas is not just a music program for young people. It’s a way of life. The non-profit organization has a mission of broad social change at the community level. It is inspired by El Sistema, a state-funded music education program that began in Venezuela in 1975, and which offers a concept that extends musical training to young people who cannot otherwise afford it. – lessons, instruments – to teach life skills that apply far beyond the stage. Think discipline, collaboration, accountability to your peers. That’s the big picture, but most things happen in small ways – practicing scales, repeating a song over and over. The big picture of these little exercises is this spring concert, which is open to the public and has the theme “Music from around the world”. Expect folk music from the Americas and works by classical giants like Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. And expect the kids on stage to be equipped not just to make music, but to change the world. [SR]

7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Fox Theatre, 241 S Main St, Salinas. Free; donations appreciated. RSVP required at yosal.org/concert. 756-5335.


Ready to roll up your sleeves and let someone else get to work? Ink at the Bay Tattoo Festival is back at Monterey Fairgrounds. Over 100 of the best tattoo artists in the world are at your disposal for an almost uninterrupted tattoo. Men and women with skin art to show smile and bare it. But if you think this three-day festival is only for those with a blank slate somewhere on their body or shy wannabes taking the first step, consider all that’s on offer. There are bands, Aztec dancers, face painting, a youth art contest, food vendors, crafts, a Sunday car show and more. Don’t miss artists like Lujan & Militia of Love or La Creacion. Don’t miss the pin-up contest, especially if you yearn for the glory days of Glenn Miller and bomber nose art. So go for the party or the art. Either way, you can get a tattoo to fit in. [DF]

3-5 p.m. Friday, June 3; 11am-10pm Saturday 4 June; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. $22 to $70; free/10 years and under. 444-8910, bit.ly/TattooFest2022.

laugh it off

They say that laughter is the best medicine. With all that going on (*gestures wide at national and international news*), it may seem difficult, and perhaps indulgent, to laugh. But we recommend you try it anyway – it will be refreshing and energizing. Monterey Comedy Improv teams up with the Forest Theater Guild for Comedy in the Forest – think Whose is it anyway, with local talent. On-stage improv masters will use input from the audience and one or two volunteers to create entertaining and fun scenes for everyone (16+). Laugh a little. [TCL]

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Forest Theatre, Mountain View and Santa Rita, Carmel. $22/general admission; $12/student. bpt.me/5458769.

ninja warriors

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For those who like to push their bodies to their physical limits, the Spartan Race is for you, and this weekend it’s taking place at Toro Park. On Saturday, the race series will host the Spartan Super (10 kilometres) starting in the morning and continuing into the afternoon. Sunday is time for the signature race: the Spartan Sprint, a 5 kilometer challenge. Those who brave the Super will have to overcome 25 obstacles on their way, while on the Sprint there will be 20. Either way, Toro’s trails will present the challenge of steep climbs in altitude, and the obstacles ahead will leave the runners guess. and, perhaps, humiliated. Prices vary with each race depending on start time – the earlier, the more expensive (and competitive) – and there are also races on both days for children aged 4 to 14 where they can, depending Spartan’s website, “Run, jump, and smash their way through obstacles, just like adults. Sounds like good training for the future. [DS]

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5. Toro Park, 501 Highway 68, Salinas. $96 to $147. spartanrace.uk/en/race/detail/7565/overview.

drum and dance

The sixth annual Palenke Arts Festival returns in person to Laguna Grande Park in Seaside to celebrate local creativity and community. Palenke, a local multicultural arts organization, invites all attendees to experience student and professional performances, children’s art activities, live art demonstrations by local artist Paul Richmond, MY Museum’s Wheelie Mobilee, vendors food and community stalls. Featured artists this year are the group Orquesta Rumba Café with cumbia, salsa and merengue music, led by Hugo Barragán; Aztec dancers Calpulli Tonalehqueh; and Congolese singer-songwriter Elie Mabanza. Palenke will also present its Afro-Caribbean percussion programme, conducted by Javier Muniz; Danza Folklórica Nueva Estampa; the dance team and choir of Palenke Arts; and the Latin Jazz Combo led by Paul Contos. Bring your family and friends and dance to new or very familiar music. [AP]

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Laguna Grande Park, Canyon Del Rey Boulavard in front of City Hall, seaside. Free. palenkearts.com.

jazz flute

Kenny Stahl can’t pull his jazz flute out of his suit sleeve and parade across bar tables and proclaim “Aqualung!” like Ron Burgundy did in Presenter, providing arguably the most famous display of the instrument in the last 20 years. However, Stahl would maintain a remarkable tempo with his band, string together intricate phrasing and extended solos, rekindling memories of another famous jazz flautist – perhaps the quintessential jazz flautist – Herbie Mann. Stahl’s playing has earned him criticism in DownBeat Magazine and features in the San Francisco Examiner. Now he brings his talents to Seaside’s Deja Blue, which has offered its stage to many local and longtime jazz talents since its opening. [CN]

6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. No cover. Deja Blue, 500 Broadway Ave, Seaside. 383-2553.

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