walk in the woods
The Blue Zones project, which seeks to inspire residents to make healthier choices in their lives, concludes its “Get Moving Series” with a guided hike through Jacks Peak County Park, a beautiful forest of lichen-covered hills where the sounds of the outside world disappear. The four-mile hike, which offers beautiful views of southern Monterey Bay, begins at 8:30 a.m. and loops the Lower Ridge, Coffeeberry, and Rhus trails together (blue areas will send hiking tips two days before). It’s a perfect way to start a weekend. [DS]
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday August 20. Jacks Peak Park, 25020 Jacks Peak Park Road, Monterey. Free. Sign up at bit.ly/jackspeakhike.
Austin-based singer-songwriter Shakey Graves’ pleasantly danceable vibes might at first glance seem just plain pleasant. But Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s stage name) is a risk taker. His sound cuts across classic genres, as does his look – while he started out playing a more folksy sound and always wearing a cowboy hat, he’s been amped up from his lo-fi origins to get a full band and a slightly more refined sound. his last album, Can’t wake up. But evolving is part of his formula as a musician and performer: “To get your head above water, you have to have an identity. I wore a cowboy hat and played the suitcase drum,” he said. Mockingbird Magazine. “There are tons of people who still imagine me as that guy, because that’s the only thing they’ve seen. I did something I want to listen to. We did too. [SR]
8 p.m. Saturday August 20. Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. $30 to $55. 649-1070, goldenstatetheatre.com.
This week is your last chance to see Corrine Whitaker: Digital Mental Landscapes, a must-see exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art which is on display until August 21. The pieces on display look like the art of a mind freed from the confines of the physical world – as if the electricity between the folds of the brain had been captured in a frame. They are psychedelic, layered, chaotic and digital. The 87-year-old artist, Corrine Whitaker, is a pioneer in the world of digital art who began exploring art using personal computers as early as the 1980s. In 1994, she founded the online art magazine Digital Giraffe, the same year she visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to give what is considered the first digital art lecture. She has been one of the medium’s leading voices ever since, and her exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art is not to be missed. [CN]
The exhibition ends on Sunday August 21. Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific St., Monterey. $15/adult; free/students, children under 18 and active military. 372-5477, montereyart.org.
Driving the wrong way – usually not a good idea. Now if you’re about to come back with “it’s never a good idea”, wait a moment. What if, say, the drivers of a 1960 Cooper Mini or a 1925 Bugatti or even a modern Tesla crossed their bearings at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and started heading towards at the top the corkscrew ? It’s a good idea. And anyone can see it coming. To conclude the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the track organizes a community day and a hill climb. Dozens of cars will climb the steep and winding hill in a timed test. This is a first for the famous stretch of asphalt. And that’s not all. There’s music (which you can probably hear during breaks between climb sessions, if not), food trucks, a ferris wheel, and other entertainment, starting with the morning coffee. It’s billed as a community day, a little treat for classic car owners and anyone who just wants to hang out, have a picnic and cheer on the blown joints. [DF]
7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday August 21. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. $35; free/15 and under, all arriving before 7:30 am. www.weathertechraceway.com.
Since opening in 2021, Links Golf Club in Carmel has been at the center of the action with a busy weekly schedule. Yes, there is mock golf, but other than that, Thursdays are for quizzes, and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are increasingly popular with karaoke fans. It’s a place where sports and gaming fans can practice their swing, or rest, grab a bite and sing along – or watch a friend be destroyed by their own fondness for Justin Bieber. While waiting to perform Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”—because why not—sample a selection of beers, wines, and bar food. There are also margaritas if you need liquid courage. [AP]
8pm-11pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for karaoke. Links Golf Club, Ocean and Mission (at Carmel Plaza), Carmel. Free. 250-7816, linksclubgolf.com.
Texas-based Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real hit the road again with their latest album, A few stars apart, released in 2021 and celebrated at No. 1 on the Americana Albums Chart for seven weeks. “This revamped spring tour is all about letting loose and having fun,” Nelson wrote. “I hope everyone is ready to dance and fully embrace the shared joy of live music once again.” POTR is made up of Lukas Nelson (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion, tambourine), Corey McCormick (bass), Tato Melgar (percussion) and Logan Metz (piano). Since their debut over ten years ago, the group has toured the world, sometimes serving as a road band for Neil Young. Nelson also co-produced the 2018s music A star is born film, appeared in film with the band and won a BAFTA for Best Original Score and a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, A few stars apart is “a testament to the search for a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart,” according to a press release. This performance celebrates the band’s entire catalog of songs. [AP]
8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23. Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. $39 to $69. 649-1070, goldenstatetheatre.com.
Ferris Bueller’s day off is both contemporary and timeless. It came out in 1986 during what some have dubbed the “Me-First” decade and for sure, Ferris Bueller is very “me-first” in his quest for a fun time. But Ferris also loves his friends, making the film a sweet, timeless story about friendship and making the most of life even in the face of difficult circumstances. If you haven’t seen this hilarious classic John Hughes film that serves as the director’s love letter to Chicago, it’s worth a watch. For those who’ve seen it, it’s the kind of movie you can watch over and over again, reveling in Ferris’ tricks and schemes. Celebrate his only day off by taking the night off to watch Ferris Buller featuring a young Matthew Broderick under the stars at the Outdoor Forest Theatre. [PM]