Theater, piano, and magic are a few forms of entertainment you'll find on the peninsula this weekend. Get out and enjoy! 

A Life in the Theatre

Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 22, 2pm

Carl Cherry Center, Carmel

$20

A benefit for the Monterey County Theater Alliance, this week-only show explores the relationship between a father and son, both actors. As one’s career wanes, the other’s is just beginning, and they must navigate their relationship. It may sound serious, but this play is also a comedy- sure to appeal to a variety of audiences. 

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Machiavelli the Musical

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm

Monterey Peninsula College

Free

Theater is the theme of the weekend - if you just can’t get enough, head over to Monterey for a musical promising both history lesson and entertainment. While only the first scene will be performed, period costumes and and music will not be in short supply. 

Lisa Taylor Band

Friday, January 20, 9pm-12am

Cannery Row Brewing Company, Monterey

No Cover

After a show, stop by Cannery Row to hear Peninsula resident Lisa Taylor. A professional singer since age 10, Taylor hails from Hawaii but has called the Monterey Bay area home for the past six years. Her voice has been praised by the LA Weekly as a “mean set of pipes.” 

Salinas Local History Conference

Saturday, January 21, 9am-12pm

St. Angar’s Lutheran Church

Free (18+)

Join community members, teachers, and students interested in the 149-year history of Salinas for a morning of lectures and discussions. Keynote speaker Meghan O’Donnell is a lecturer in the Division of Humanities & Communication at CSUMB and focuses many of her courses on the evolution of American identity. Her speech will focus on the early history of Salinas, while other discussions will move closer to the present day. 

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Spotlight Tours at Monterey Museum of Art

Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 1-2pm

Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Street

Start your afternoon with a tour and discussion of works of art from the museum’s permanent collection with docent Ellen Maupin. You’ll be sure to get a better understanding for and appreciation of works both familiar and new. 

Mike Super: Magic and Illusion

Saturday, January 21, 8pm

Sunset Center, Carmel

$39-$59

America’s Got Talent season 9 finalist Mike Super will astound kids and adults alike with illusions that have made him a TV star. His brand of magic involves mind reading and logic-defying tricks that have had stars from Ellen Degeneres to fellow magician Criss Angel applauding. 

Pianist Man-ling Bai

Sunday, January 22, 3pm

Sunset Center, Carmel

Free

Winner of the Carmel Music Society’s biennial piano competition will play a program of Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Ravel, and Kapustin, as well as an improvised piece based on a selection of music from an audience member. Both a pianist and a composer, Man-ling has performed throughout the U.S. and her native Taiwan. 

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Rancho Cielo Culinary Roundup

Sunday, January 22, 5-8pm

Monterey Plaza Hotel

$165

Don your best western wear for the eighth annual Culinary Roundup, hosted by Rancho Cielo. The event benefits the organization’s Drummond Culinary Academy Program, which provides vocational training for at-risk youth. Local wines, guest chefs, raffles, and a live auction will make the event a night not to miss.