Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

ARTS & CULTURE WJP Studios A husband-wife team runs this Cannery Row art studio/gallery. Will Pettee creates figurative sculptures and custom bronze portraits with detail and emotion. Karen Pettee photographs nature’s beauty, including seascapes, sunsets, waterfalls and forests. 700 Cannery Row, Suite MM, Monterey. (831) 717-4205, Youth Arts Collective This nonprofit organization equips and cultivates young artists, and exhibits their powerful potential in a variety of large and fun group shows with artwork by high school-aged and early college students and teachers. Openings are a chance to see the young artists and their mentors at work. Their art is available for sale. 472 Calle Principal, Monterey. (831) 3759922, Zantman Gallery This gallery’s 62 years makes it Carmel’s longest-lived commercial gallery. Its central and spacious location and bold displays make it a quintessential Carmel spot and its deep roster of artists proffers many styles. San Carlos between Ocean and 7th, Carmel. (831) 624-8314, THEATERS AND THEATER COMPANIES ARIEL Theatrical This company teaches children and teens theater to build character, literally. Their plays happen to also be charming entertainment that introduces many kids and families to the theater tradition, including plays like Wizard of Oz and Narnia. 320 Main St., Salinas. (831) 775-0976, Forest Theater One of the oldest remaining outdoor theaters west of the Rockies, the 100-plus-year-old amphitheater stage is framed by towering pine trees providing a backdrop for plays, musicals, films, special performances and events. The venue is under the professional management vision of Pacific Repertory Theatre’s. Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel. (831) 6261681, Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Company For over 60 years, MPC Theatre has produced classic and contemporary comedy, drama and large summer musicals. Expect fresh takes on classic plays (think Lysistrata with Lizzo tunes) and fresh, new plays. In addition to students, the college welcomes volunteers, non-theater students, and the acting community at large to participate in its bigger Main Stage shows, and hosts more intimate productions in the compact Studio Theater. 980 Fremont Blvd., Monterey. (831) 646-4213, New Canon Theatre Company This nonprofit theater company was established in 2022 with a two-fold mission: to perform classics as they’ve never been seen before; and to celebrate the new by staging the works of emerging playwrights. The company, which does not have a permanent home, staged its inaugural Shakespeare show in a bar and has kept up with that tradition. (831) 238-0242, Pacific Repertory Theatre This professional theater company presents contemporary and classic productions in the intimate, wraparound Circle Theatre, while the historic Golden Bough Playhouse main stage handles big, fun musicals, comedies and children’s theater. There is also the outdoor Forest Theater. Look for everything from Waiting for Godot to The Little Mermaid and everything in between. Monte Verde and Casanova between 8th and 9th, Carmel. (831) 622-0100, Paper Wing Theatre & Supper Club This independent community theater company stages edgy plays often spiked with adult humor, musicals and comedies. There’s also standup comedy and burlesque performances. The drag brunch has also been a hit. The unconventional crew adopted a new business model, relocating to a stage with an adjacent kitchen so it’s possible to serve up meals along with live performances. 711 Cannery Row, Suite I, Monterey. (831) 905-5684, The Western Stage Western Stage’s 3/4 thrust Studio Theater allows wraparound viewing of classic, contemporary and challenging stuff, like adaptations of John Steinbeck novels and their youthful and seriously good 2x4BASH summer fare. The big Mainstage Theater gets lavishly produced musicals and similarly big shows. Hartnell College, 411 Central Ave., Building K, Salinas. (831) 755-6816, PERFORMANCE VENUES AND ORGANIZATIONS Arts Council for Monterey County The mission of the Arts Council for Monterey County (Arts4MC) is to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts. The nonprofit highlights and connects artists, sponsors initiatives and monitors the art pulse of the county (and also provides artist studio 128 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 FRIDAY, JULY 7 AT 7:30PM Music by: Clarke, Spohr, Golijov, Debussy FRIDAY, JULY 14 AT 7:30PM Music by: Beach, Auerbach, Schumann, and Brahms FreshTraditio : Hop t Hop Brahm Hor Tri FRIDAY, JULY 7 AT 7:30PM Music by: Clarke, Spohr, Golijov, Debussy FRIDAY, JULY 14 AT 7:30PM Music by: Beach, Auerbach, Schumann, and Brahms FreshTraditio : Hop t Hop Brahm Hor Tri CarmelBachFest_1-3h_VG23_DG.indd 1 6/13/23 3:34 PM