Thursday, Feb. 8 Mozart, the Influencer Musikiwest presents another evening of music by the greatest “influencer” of all time—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This concert features Jessie Fellows, Katie Kadarauch and Musikiwest’s artistic director, Michelle Djokic. Opening is Bohuslav Martinu’s “Three Madrigals” and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Intermezzo.” The main course is Mozart’s “Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563,” for string trio—and it’s one of the greatest string trios ever composed. [AP] 7pm Thursday, Feb. 8. SandBox, 440 Ortiz Ave., Sand City. $25-$40; a few free tickets are available—request one by emailing sandboxsandcity@gmail.com. sandboxsandcity.com. Shake Down Carmel-by–the-Sea and New Orleans could hardly have less in common, but on Feb. 8, with Mardi Gras in full swing, they’ll both share one more thing besides delicious, French-inspired cuisine: sounds that have been described as “musical gumbo.” Swinging through the Sunset Center are the Dirty Dozen Brass Band—whose sounds mix bebop, jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and soul—who have produced 12 studio albums and toured with acts across the spectrum, from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic. Also in the musical mix this evening are Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, a band formed in 1985 comprised of members of a South Louisiana family keeping the music of their Creole heritage alive. It’s the Mardi Gras Mambo, a night to put on your dancing shoes and shake things up like the Bohemians of Carmel a century ago, such that they ever existed. You can pretend either way. [DS] 24 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY february 8-14, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Marti Mulford Youth Arts The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County are proud to announce the Marti Mulford Youth Arts Exhibit, which is being showcased at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside until Thursday, Feb. 22. This year’s exhibit features artwork in various mediums, from acrylic paintings to watercolors, reflecting the creative spirit of young artists. For over two decades, the annual art exhibit has been a cherished tradition of the club, providing a platform for young artists to shine. It showcases artwork from club members ages 6-18 and is collected from the Salinas and Seaside clubhouses, as well as the Virtual Clubhouse. The above image, “By The Mountain,” was created by 11-year-old Aiden B. [AP] 8-14 february HOT PICKS To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountyweekly.com courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County Brian Nicholson VISUALS Ashley Bennett-StodDard “Guardian of Spring” is the name of one of the four goddesses of the four seasons by Ashley BennettStoddard, an artist and, until recently, the owner of now-closed Bennett Sculpture gallery in Carmel. Having more time on her hands, Bennett-Stoddard has been concentrating more on her art—these days it’s a series of giant sculptures, towering at 15 to 18 feet tall. They are currently installed in the four roundabouts at Legacy Mountain Estates in Huntsville, Utah, as shown above. It’s far from home, but a fitting setting for Bennett-Stoddard, who is interested in public art. Many of her family members are sculptors. You can read more and view works virtually at bennettsculpturecarmel. com. [AP] The Dirty Dozen Brass Band brings a little bit of New Orleans spirit and sound to the stage of Sunset Center on Thursday, Feb. 8. chris monaghan Calling all aspiring cartographers to imagine a fantasy world, and then record its geography in a workshop titled “World Mapmaking” at the P.G. Public Library. seamartini Bestselling author Tessa Bailey offers readers a peek inside her new “hot sports romance duology with a rom-com” in a talk hosted by Salinas Public Library. CityHeadshots