Hot Picks 11.25.21 | Art, theater and culture
Sweat before eating
If Thanksgiving doesn’t involve enough exercise for you, or if you want to get some vitamin D and get some extra energy or burn some calories before the big feast, you can sign up for the Monterey Bay Moves Thanksgiving bootcamp. Participants will do circuit training with cardio, weights, core workout, and stretching. [CJ]
8:30 am-9:45am Thursday, November 25. Century Theater Marina Plaza, 100 10th St., Marina. 6 years and over. Dress in layers and bring a mat. To free. To register, visit montereybaymoves.com/horary.
Discs and Leftovers
Hanging out in a record store is all about the hunt, flipping through albums in the hope of finding a piece of vinyl gold. But Record Store Day, the biannual celebration of the music industry’s unique record releases, allows us to rest our thumbs and put our stamina to the test. Extremists are notorious for queuing hours before stores open. This year will be the fashion of the day as Record Store Day aligns with Black Friday, the other endurance and patience test of a retail party. Most record stores participate in vacations, but not all receive all outings. Be sure to call local stores ahead of time and check what kind of transportation they expect. [CN]
Friday November 26. See the full list of outings on bit.ly/RSDBlackFriday2021.
Christmas on the line
The annual Christmas tree lighting on Cannery Row is back this year, with a (socially distant) Santa Claus leading the way. The tree at Steinbeck Plaza will twinkle and shine with Monterey Bay as a backdrop, while Santa Claus greets guests from the balcony overlooking the stage. All Cannery Row will be decorated with Christmas decorations, perfect for a seasonal stroll. [PM]
5-7 p.m. Friday November 26. Tree lighting begins at 5:45 p.m. To free. Steinbeck Plaza, corner of Cannery Row and Prescott Avenue, Monterey. canneryrow.com.
The beloved Big Sur Harvest Craft Fair returns this Thanksgiving weekend after a pandemic year off – due to the delay, the festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Many local artisans showcasing jewelry, handmade clothing, Moroccan rugs, knitted hats and scarves, paintings, photos and more will be familiar faces if you’ve been to them before, although the organizer Jenny Buckland admits it will be a little bit smaller time around. Nonetheless, the fair is a great place to support local artists (as well as the Grange Hall itself, one of Big Sur’s only gathering places), shop for fun holiday gifts, and catch up with friends and neighbors. “It will be fun and I’m really happy to see it happen,” Buckland said. [TCL]
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November. Big Sur Grange Hall, Highway 1. instagram.com/bigsurcraftfair. Contact [email protected] for more information and directions.
All about art
It takes the idea of Small Business Saturday a step further – it’s a celebration of local artists, local winemakers, and the connective tissue that makes local artisans thrive. Hint: this connective tissue is you, members of the community. This 14th annual Carmel Valley Village Art and Wine Walk provides an opportunity to shop for local produce and sip local wines, as well as reconnect with friends and neighbors. A gift fair takes place from 11 am to 3 pm; an art reception and outdoor painting experience with live music by jazz guitarist Bruce Forman will follow from 3:30 pm to 6 pm; and at 5:30 p.m., listen to a presentation from Jason Reisig, Animation Director at Mindshow, who talks about career paths in animation. Overall, it’s a celebration of local creativity. [SR]
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 27. Blue Fox Cellars, 25 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley. To free; wine by the glass. 659-2441, cvartassoc.org.
The Nutcracker of Salinas
Jeanne Robinson Dance Arts Monterey County Ballet opens the holiday season with their annual take on Nutcracker. The story features Clara’s nightmare of the Rat King turning into a dream of traveling to the Candy Kingdom. The man who sends Clara on her journey is Dr. Drosselmeyer, a magical toy maker who brings life-size dancing dolls to his niece and nephew at their annual Christmas party. Drosselmeyer gives his niece a Nutcracker doll, and in her dreams she transforms into a prince. The Elf Queen and her special Elves lead Clara through her dream with her prince to meet the Sugar Plum fairy. The queen of the elves for Nutcracker 2021 is Molly Flanagan, 17, a senior at Salinas High School. Flanagan has been dancing with Jeanne Robinson Dance Arts for 15 years. [AP]
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday November 27; 2 p.m. Sunday November 28. Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main. Saint, Salinas. $ 25 / adult; $ 15 / child. Tickets available in advance or at the door. 422-2719, jeannerobinsonancearts.com.
Eight nights, 11 films
The Jewish Festival of Lights is usually celebrated with literal light by lighting candles in a menorah. But here’s a new way to celebrate: let the screen shine on different subjects. This 11-film festival invites viewers to watch new films, released every day during the eight-day vacation, from the comfort of their homes. It’s like an international DIY Jewish film festival, with films like The broken candle, a nine-minute animated feature film about Hanukkah candles; Xueta Island, a documentary on the families of the island of Mallorca who are said to be the descendants of people who renounced their Judaism during the Spanish Inquisition; and Kiss me kosher, an Israeli-German love story. Locally, this festival is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel and its Carmel Jewish Film Festival. [SR]
Opens at 3 p.m. on Sunday November 28; films visible until December 11. $ 36. 624-2015, hanukkahfilmfestival.com, carmeljff.org.
With a global pandemic emerging from China and a racist former US president stoking the fires of hatred, discrimination and violence against members of the Asian-American community and Pacific Islanders has increased. In response, a CSU Monterey Bay faculty cooperative called Building Community Through Dialogue is hosting a virtual panel discussion, “Keeping it Real: Affirming the Asian American Community by Building Bridges and Making Connections.” The keynote speaker is Professor Russell Jeung of San Francisco State University, named one of the Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021 for co-founding the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate. The research of three CSUMB faculty members will also be presented: Jennifer Kuan, Phuong Nguyen and Angie Tran. The panel will include Kathy Biala, Acting Mayor of Marina, and Laurel Lee-Alexander of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. [PM]