It's officially February, and from Rufus Wainwright to a Super Bowl watch party, there's something for everyone this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula. 


Speaker: Economist Joel Magnuson

Thursday, February 2, 6pm

Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McGowan 100

Free

Magnuson will discuss his new book, From Greed to Well Being: A Buddhist Approach to Resolving Our Economic and Financial Crisis. He focuses on grassroots-based, ecologically sound institution building as a way to empower communities and has written several books on the subject of changing the US economy. 

Madagascar Live: A Musical Adventure

Thursday, February 2, 7:30pm

Golden Bough Theater, Carmel

$8-$20

Based on the film, Pacific Reparatory Theater’s production of the story of a group of animals’ escape from a New York City zoo will charm kids and adults alike. With humor, dancing, and familiar songs, the play will continue throughout the month of February, but catch the first two shows for discounted ticket prices. 

(Photo courtesy of lifeisinthesmallthings.com)

Gallery Night Reception at Pacific Grove Art Center

Friday, February 3, 7-9pm

Pacific Grove Art Center

Free

Celebrate the current exhibition at Pacific Grove Art Center, featuring the work of Steve Zmak, Susann E. Cate Lynn, members of the California Society of Printmakers, the students of Julie Heiman, and Ray Magsalay. The Ben Anderson Trio will liven up the evening with original R&B tunes. 

Mirth-O-Matics Improv Troupe

Friday, February 3, 7:30pm

Carl Cherry Center, Carmel

$20

Catch this Monterey County comedy group on Friday for an unpredictable night of laughs. Audience-prompted skits, unusual combinations of characters, and silly props will set the stage.  

Benefit Concert for Syria

Friday, February 3, 7:30-10pm

Unitarian Universalist Church, Carmel

Suggested donations $10 and up

The Monterey Peace and Justice Center, the Monterey Peninsula Friends Center, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom are joining together to raise money for the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation’s humanitarian efforts in the wake of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Harpist Amy Krupski, flautist and mandolin player Kenny Stahl, storyteller Dina Stansbury, Jackson Stock and Friends, and the Ukulele Songbirds will be among groups providing entertainment for the evening. 

(Photo courtesy of barnimages.com)

Latin Jazz Collective with John Narva CD Release Party

Friday, February 3, 7:30pm

Planet Gemini, Monterey

$10-$15

The Central Coast Afro-Caribbean group will release its first CD Friday after seven years of entertaining locally. Join in for high-energy mambo, cha cha, and son montuno, with plenty of dancing. 

Rufus Wainwright

Friday, February 3, 8-10pm

Sunset Center Theater, Carmel

$49-$69

Wainwright’s current show promises to be a multi-genre exploration of his recent projects, including a commission by the San Francisco Symphony. “Five Shakespeare Sonnets” is a five-movement song cycle that combines orchestra and voice with the words of the sonnets. With partners on his new record including Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and actors Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, and William Shatner, it is sure to be a unique experience. 

(Photo courtesy of chicagomag.com)

Artist Talk: Steve Zmak

Saturday, February 4, 1pm

Pacific Grove Art Center

Free

Steve Zmak will discuss the technical and conceptual basis for his collection, “Expressions of Infinity.” Learn about science fiction, narrative, photography, and their intersection with a chance to ask questions of the artist. 

Pigskin Palooza

Sunday, February 5, 2pm-close

Peter B’s Brewpub, Monterey

$45-$60

Peter B’s second annual Super Bowl party promises to be an extravaganza of food and drink as the Patriots and Falcons face off on Sunday. If you’re looking to take the work out of having a party, head over for an all-you-can-eat buffet, drink specials, raffle prizes, and craft beer. 

Farmer’s Markets

Daily, Locations vary

Let’s face it, the holiday season is officially over. If your eating habits have been more dessert-centric than produce-focused lately, check out this schedule of farmer’s markets in the area and stock up on veggies for the week. Between each of the communities in the Monterey Bay area, there’s a market almost every day. If your spring and summer go-tos are closed for the winter, take the opportunity to try out a different location this week.