Monterey County Local News: Art, Culture & Media


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Image caption: A 1911 production of “Twelfth Night” at the Forest Theater.
Arts History

Performing arts centers, galleries, theater troupes, music festivals—here are 20 reasons why the Monterey Bay is a haven for arts lovers.

Image caption: Like ripples in a pond, the hip impulse moved through Santa Cruz and beyond, and continues across generations.
How Did Santa Cruz Get So Hip?

Looking back at the Sixties and Seventies in Santa Cruz

Image caption: 17-Mile Drive, just one of the many stunning visuals in Monterey County.
Dive Back into Arts and Culture

Here's a clickable guide to local artists, indie bookstores and fun events to kick-start your post-pandemic adventures.

Image caption: California's library system dates back 171 years.
How Cool Are Libraries?

California has gone from one library to more than 1,100 in the last 171 years.

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07/08/2024
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The Arts Council for Monterey County has announced that it has awarded $110,520 in Arts and Cultural Impact Grants to 23 local arts organizations and nonprofit organizations with art programs.

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07/05/2024
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The Arts Council for Monterey County announced the 2024 Champions of the Arts awardees. These five extraordinary local individuals will be recognized at Arts4MC's Annual Champions of the Arts Awards Breakfast on Friday, Aug. 9.

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07/02/2024
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It’s hard to keep up with new galleries that are always popping up in Monterey County. Today we are bringing to your attention three new galleries you may visit whenever you have a chance.

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06/19/2024
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The anticipated opening of the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel, the primary performance venue for the Pacific Repertory Theatre, has moved to late August.

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06/12/2024
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Members and friends of the nonprofit group King City in Bloom gathered Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the new mural at 122 N. Second St., across from the Hartnell College campus.

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05/30/2024
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Arts organization leaders in Monterey County were alarmed by the proposed California state budget for 2024-25, which recommends cutting funding to the California Arts Council by 58 percent, or $10 million.

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05/28/2024
Image for display with article titled After 40 Years in Darkness, the Four-Part Endomosaic Mural by Emile Norman Finally Sees Daylight.

On Friday, May 24, Monterey History and Art Association President Gary Spradlin, along with Emile Norman Charitable Trust trustee Marc Del Piero, Monterey Library and Museums Director Brian Edwards and a couple of helpers, gathered on Tyler Street in Monterey with drills and hammers in their hands.

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05/22/2024
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Nearly 40,000 people attended the 80th Annual Salinas Valley Fair over the course of its four-day celebration in South Monterey County last week.

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05/04/2024
More than half of the U.S. House supports a bill to extend the funds, but it can’t get out of committee.

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05/02/2024
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Filmmaker Gloria MorĂĄn discusses her film, Unique Ladies about an all-female lowrider club in San Diego. Her screening is part of a five-day Cinco de Mayo celebration in Watsonville of lowrider culture.

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05/01/2024
Image for display with article titled Guitars Not Guns Makes Historic Donation of 200 Guitars to South Monterey County Schools

The Monterey County Chapter of Guitars Not Guns, in conjunction with the Monterey County Office of Education, distributed 200 Keith Urban Yamaha Guitars, along with Gator guitar cases, to 10 school districts in South Monterey County on April 22.

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04/26/2024
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After a competitive selection process, the Arts Council for Monterey County has announced Maram Haddad as the 2024-25 Monterey County Youth Poet Laureate.

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04/17/2024
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Pacific Repertory Theatre amended its Golden Bough Theatre renovation project, resolving all existing issues in front of the Carmel Planning Commission on March 13.

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04/15/2024
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Applications are closing soon for an Individual Artists Grant through the Arts Council for Monterey County (Arts4MC).

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04/15/2024
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The upcoming 87th Carmel Bach Festival is rolling out on June 13 and runs until June 27.

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04/08/2024
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White Sky, Falling Dragon is a play in two acts by playwright, and Director, Steve “Spike” Wong. The play runs April 19 through May 5.

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04/06/2024
I thought my journalism and others’ could change policy, perhaps even inspire a New Deal-style response equal to the challenge. Such was my naivetĂ©.

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04/04/2024
Image for display with article titled Mee Memorial Healthcare System Reveals Vibrant Mural in King City

Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) has announced a new mural in King City with artists Paul Richmond and Brenda Scettrini-Saglio, who designed the scene located at 809 Broadway St., facing Canal Street.

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04/02/2024
It quickly became clear that Elon Musk’s SpaceX was responsible for the show. The lights were a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 new Starlink satellites into orbit. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 7:30 p.m., and it’s trail was visible from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park.
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