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Created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1987, the Monterey County Film Commission assists with film production in the area, helping boost the local economy through jobs and education related to film and media.

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Makerspace Only Guaranteed Through May


The Makerspace is one of the most popular destinations for students to visit on the CSUMB campus, yet each year they face funding challenges.

The Star of His Own Film


Actor Pepe Serna is not a household name. Yet he’s appeared in more than 100 films and 300 TV shows—a career chronicled in “Life is Art,” a 2022 documentary featured during the opening event of the Watsonville Film Festival on March 3.

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After going dark for over 30 years, California’s First Theatre is on the cusp of reopening.

Over 175 years ago, in 1846, English sailor Jack Swan cobbled a house together a little up the hill from the Custom House in Monterey, using pieces of lumber gathered from a shipwreck. A year later he attached an adobe…

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The Arts Council for Monterey County is moving, leaving space for artists behind.

The Arts Council for Monterey County shared exciting news on Friday, March 3: The nonprofit's headquarters moved to Monterey, freeing up its Seaside office for conversion into affordable studio spaces for emerging artists.

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Salinas Valley Comic Con appears to be another victim of Covid.

On Friday, Feb. 17, Salinas-born illustrator Rick Law posted on Twitter that he is “sad to hear that it sounds like Salinas Valley Comic Con in my hometown of Salinas is not to be again.” Law, best known for his…

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Arts Council for Monterey County launches Youth Poet Laureate program

MONTEREY COUNTY — Arts Council for Monterey County in partnership with Urban Word celebrates local youth poets with the opportunity to serve as the Monterey County Youth Poet Laureate.  Youth poets must submit five original poems for adjudication to determine …

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Artistic Director Tim Jackson is preparing to say a grateful farewell to the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Tim Jackson announced today, Jan. 31, that he will be stepping down as the artistic director of Monterey Jazz Festival. A national search to fill his big boots has already begun.

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Monterey County Youth Poet Laureate, please stand up.

The Arts Council for Monterey County—in partnership with Urban Word, a New York City-headquartered youth program that fosters creative writing, poetry, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop—is launching the Monterey County Youth Poet Laureate program. On Monday, January 23,…

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Meet the 2023 Monterey Jazz Festival artist-in-residence, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin.

Lakecia Benjamin has been selected as the 2023 Monterey Jazz Festival artist-in-residence. Benjamin, 31, is a jazz, funk, and R&B saxophonist from the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Image caption: From its earliest days, Hollywood has reigned as California's most glamorous industry.
Hooray For Hollywood: All About California’s Most Glamorous Industry

From its early days of hard-charging, Jewish immigrant moguls to today's domination by megacorporations, here's how Hollywood continues to hold its place as one of California's most important industries.

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Monterey County radio station signs deal to reach 30 million listeners

GREENFIELD — Monterey County internet radio station The Barrel of Rock, through a deal with its distributor LIVE365, has signed an agreement with the subscription service TuneIn On Air. This agreement will allow The Barrel of Rock to expand its …

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