26 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY october 19-25, 2023 www.montereycountyweekly.com Send ideas to calendar@mcweekly.com HOT PICKS Keith Greeninger (left) is a fourth-generation Northern Californian singer-songwriter, currently based in the Santa Cruz mountains. He plays a show for Seaside’s Palenke Arts with the guitarist Nina Gerber (right). Lynn Woodward Fire & Grace (guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga) return to the Henry Miller Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 21, this time accompanied by a special guest from Ireland, Éilis Kennedy. Courtesy of William Coulter even as you are doubled up in hysterics. So we can’t tell you what you are in for, except that it’s bound to be very funny. [DF] 7-9pm Saturday, Oct. 21. Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $20-$30. 372-2608, comedyvarietyshowcase.com. Irish Fire Fire & Grace (guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga) return to Big Sur, this time accompanied by special guest from Ireland, Éilis Kennedy, adding the rich Irish tradition to their already impressive repertoire. Ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, Fire & Grace are no strangers to the area. Kennedy was raised in Baile an Mhúraigh in West Kerry, the second-youngest of eight children born to parents who passed on a lifelong interest in the poetry and songs of that region. Kennedy recorded her first solo album, Time to Sail (2000), with Coulter and it gained her widespread critical acclaim. This acoustic concert will be held indoors in the intimate bookstore space. [AP] 7:30pm (doors 7pm) Saturday, Oct. 21. Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Highway 1, Big Sur. $40. 667-2574, henrymiller.org. Sing Song Palenke Arts presents award-winning singer-songwriter Keith Greeninger in concert with virtuoso guitarist Nina Gerber. Greeninger is a singer and performer whose writing has been deeply influenced by his work with Native American and Latin cultures. His songs cut an honest, hard-worn path to places of simple truth about good people holding on to hope and instinct in a world that often tries to strip these things away. Gerber started her music career playing alongside the now iconic Kate Wolf and has gone on to perform, record and produce for many of the country’s finest singer-songwriters. After carving a career out of what some might call the shadows, Gerber is at last beginning to come into the light. Her first album as a leader, Not Before Noon, follows two decades which brought her to prominence without ever placing her name on the front of an album cover. [AP] 7:30-9:30pm Saturday, Oct. 21. International School of Monterey, 1720 Yosemite St., Seaside. $25; RSVP at bit.ly/45sUeeQ. 8999909, palenkearts.com. Wednesday, Oct. 25 A Howling Good Time For those who cannot get enough of celebrating the spookiest day of the year, here’s another way to extend the party by getting a head start: Paper Wing Theatre’s Halloween Karaoke Night. Come dressed in your best disguise for a competitive costume contest and be ready to croon—no worries if your singing is startling, the scarier the better. Which song to choose? Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?” The Addams Family theme? “Witchy Woman” by the Eagles? Or maybe the campy Chipmunks tune “Witch Doctor?” So many possibilities for screeching one out. Hungry and thirsty? Feast on $2 tacos and wash them down with $5 beers. It’ll be creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, but (unlike the Addams Family) not all together ooky. Just a frightfully fun time. [PM] 8-11pm Wednesday, Oct. 25. Paper Wing Theatre, 711 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free. 905-5684, paperwing.com. Hot Picks by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Dave Faries, Celia Jiménez, Pam Marino, Rey Mashayekhi, Agata Pop˛eda, Sara Rubin and David Schmalz. Minestrone Music Sicily native Peppino D’Agostino has won admirers the world over for his smooth, soulful, intricate ways with the acoustic guitar. After moving to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, he started out busking at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (and still calls that other, larger Bay Area his home); by 2016, his renowned fingerstylings prompted Monterey Bay Aquarium to commission D’Agostino for a 15-minute original score for its auditorium program. In the meantime, his talents took him far from Fisherman’s Wharf to clubs, concert halls and festivals around the globe, winning him plaudits from fans and critics alike. This modern great is back in the smaller, better Bay Area this week for a concert presented by Carmel Guitar Society in conjunction with SandBox. [RM] 7-8:30pm Friday, Oct. 20. SandBox, 440 Ortiz Ave., Sand City. $40; $30/students and military. sandboxsandcity.com. Friday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 22 T-Riffic The weekend outlook includes smoke, unheard of traffic and plenty of pain. Bleak? Just the opposite, in fact. Gridlife drops in on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, Oct. 20-22, bringing some of the world’s top drivers performing freestyle drift sessions (causing billows of tire smoke), almost constant on-track racing and a lineup of music headlined by we’ve-lost-track-of-the-number Grammy winner T-Pain, and a lot more. “How could there be more?” We hear you wonder. But trust us: a midway with retro arcade games and simulators, DJs like Umami and White Mike, karaoke, a concours of hip cars from the 1980s onward, an attempt by Pike’s Peak veteran Robin Shute to break the Laguna Seca track record, social media influencers everywhere and one big, unconfirmed rumor. And the party goes on into the night. It’s the first time this festival of youth car culture, music and fun has visited the West Coast. Oh, yeah. The rumor. Unconfirmed, but T-Pain may drop a new single. [DF] All day Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Highway 68, Salinas. $55-$115; $175 VIP. 242-8200, grid.life. Saturday, Oct. 21 Unknown Fun Here’s what is fundamentally wrong with improv: It is not possible for us to let you know in advance what will happen on stage. Will there be plot twists? Surely, but for the moment, there’s not a plot to bend even a little. Laughter? Absolutely. You’ll be floored—but by what? An unexpected punchline? A bit of slapstick? The actors can’t even tell you, not until they do it. That said, here’s what is so very right about Comedy Variety Showcase’s new Controlled Chaos Improv show: Maria Dawson and her cast of local cut-ups deliver lively, quick-hitting skits with just enough truth to give you pause, Courtesy of Nina Gerber