To do 08.05.21 | Art, theater and culture
It’s officially Car Week – a bit of an abusive term since the event lasts ten days. I know some locals have dubbed it “hell week”; others become giddy with excitement at the thought of flashy cars and flashier events.
At a July 27 media roundtable hosted by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau that included a group of local events, it was hoped this year’s Auto Week signaled good things to come, which we loved. or not the actual location of the event. MCCVB officials believe Car Week 2021 will be as good as 2019 in terms of economic impact.
The sabbatical year also gave rise to some serious conversations about the negative impacts of tourism and how best to mitigate them when the local economy depends so heavily on it. I was heartened to see event planners and the MCCVB encouraging people to do small, sustainable things like bringing their own water bottles, not using plastic straws, and practicing energy efficiency.
It’s a balancing act to live with tourism. But there is reason to be excited that the regional powers that be are trying to bring out all the benefits of this industry, while alleviating some of the challenges. – Marielle Argueza
PARTICIPATE or AVOID: Car Week.
Whether you’re in it or not, the reality is that Car Week is an annual thing. The visitors’ office and the county have beefed up their resources for both camps, creating easy and accessible interactive maps and text alerts. The events last from August 5 to 15. The festivities kick off with Concours in Pasadera on Thursday August 5th. The popular classic car parade takes place the next day on Alvarado Street in Monterey with the kickoff of Monterey Car Week. It is marked by the crowning of car week, the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach on Sunday, August 15. If that doesn’t mean anything to you but more traffic on the roads, it’s worth keeping up with the progress anyway, so you can plan ahead. Go to seemonterey.com to find interactive maps or send “CARWEEK” to 888777 to get traffic and safety updates straight to your phone.
BE: One with the community.
There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the region this week. Carmel Valley Fiesta, which includes a barbecue, shows, dog show and more at Garland Ranch, runs from Friday August 5 through Sunday August 7. All proceeds from the vendors go to Carmel Valley Kiwanis, who put the money in scholarships for local students. Visit cvkclub.org to learn more. Next, the Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival descends into the Old Town, offering attendees local wine and food, as well as live entertainment offered by the Money Band. Tickets cost $ 55 in advance or $ 65 per day. Visit salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com for more details. Or keep things small and head to the Pacific Grove First Friday Art Walk (Lighthouse Avenue and surrounding streets) on August 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information on facebook.com/1stFridayPacificGrove.
GIVE: a standing ovation.
Theatrical productions are back, with theater companies and groups once again showing the diversity of the dramatic arts. Aug 6 – Sep 7, 19 PacRep taps into all the emotional wisdom and comedy of DreamWorks Shrek at the Outdoor Forest Theater (Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel, pacrep.org). The western scene of Salinas (411 Central Ave., Salinas), meanwhile, delves deeply into the psychology of a Simpsoncharacter with Mr. Burns, a post-electric piece (westernstage.com/mrburns). It runs until August 15. On the Little Stage in the Woods, the Henry Miller Library hosts the acrobatics, fire-spinning and dance styles of BiG SuRCuS’s Cauldron Cabaret on Saturday August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 50 to $ 450. Visit henrymiller.org for more information.