Friday, Oct. 20 Bye Bye Bye Bye Bye Birdie, a musical send-up of fame and fandom culture set in 1958 (the Elvis Presley era) first opened on Broadway on April 14, 1960 at the Martin Beck Theatre. It played for over a year (607 performances) and won four Tony Awards. The New York Daily News called it “the funniest, most captivating, and most expert musical comedy one could hope to see.” Got your attention yet? Good. Santa Catalina School’s rendition of this classic opens Friday, Oct. 20, with subsequent performances Oct. 27-29. Go see young thespians playing teenagers from the town of Sweet Apple (and America) bid a fond farewell to rockstar Conrad Birdie. There are a lot of captivating layers there. [TCL] 12:45pm Friday, Oct. 20. Santa Catalina School, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey. $10-$15. santacatalina.org/upperschool/academics/arts/theatre/tickets. A Lot Of Luck In childhood, Miguel Hernandez’s life was far removed from the halls of justice. Growing up in a poor family, one of nine children, Hernandez started kindergarten in Fresno knowing not a word of English, just Spanish—he came to dread public speaking from an early age. His family struggled, and was evicted multiple times; he changed schools and starting at age 8, worked on the weekends as a farmworker. This backstory is material only because Hernandez does not let it dominate his life story— instead, the retired defense attorney, who testified for 45 years before judges and juries, views his trajectory as a series of lucky breaks. During the Vietnam War he enlisted in the Air Force; the G.I. Bill enabled him to attend law school. The rest…well you can read about it in Hernandez’s memoir, The Lucky Lawyer: Dreams of Hope and Justice. As a defense attorney, Hernandez came to help defendants change their lives and prospects in the world. This book is his chance to share his own journey—whether it’s “luck” or something else that deserves the credit, well that’s up to the reader to decide. Learn more (and buy the book) at this signing event. [SR] 6:30pm Friday, Oct. 20. National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Free. 757-3925, jevinh@gmail.com. 24 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY october 19-25, 2023 www.montereycountyweekly.com Gordon Mortensen Born in Idaho and raised in Utah, Gordon Mortensen began his education as an artist by accident. In 1978 Mortensen formed his first graphic design studio in Santa Barbara, then moved the business to Palo Alto to take advantage of the rapidly expanding Silicon Valley economy. In 2016, he decided it was time to fully reengage his passion to become an abstract painter. He closed his design business and officially launched his painting career. Since that time he has had many exhibitions of his work in California, including one currently on display through Oct. 26 at the Pacific Grove Art Center in Pacific Grove. The above piece is titled “Waveform No. 3,” part of the exhibit Conversations with Chaos. “Chaos is texture, a primary component in all of my paintings,” Mortensen wrote in an artist statement. “When the chaos is satisfactory, I proceed.” [AP] 19-25 october HOT PICKS To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountyweekly.com Courtesy of Pacific Grove Art Center Courtesy of Carmel Art Association VISUALS Melissa Lofton It is not the first time the Weekly is presenting Big Sur’s Melissa Lofton in this section, but it was impossible to ignore her image of an owl and pussycat on a midnight boat trip. This mixedmedia piece is part of Mythic II exhibit, on display throughout October at Carmel Art Association. Lofton led the group of artists participating in an artistic challenge—transcending time and space, weaving together characters from global myths, legends, and folklore. Lofton is a skilled abstract and landscape painter, but she is also fascinated with the possibility of painting a more subjective inner world: dreams, thoughts, the qualities and feelings of living on Earth. [AP] T-Pain is a Grammy Award-winning performer who also enjoys drifting, the art of powersliding a car. He—and the rest of us—get to enjoy both this weekend as T-Pain headlines the music lineup of the unique car and culture festival at Laguna Seca. Gridlife Peppino D’Agostino, star acoustic guitar player, started his career in the U.S. busking at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. He plays at Sand City’s SandBox this Friday, Oct. 20. Jarek Pepkowski