26 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY march 7-13, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Bayless in her poem “Atmosphere” describes a local sunrise, and the splendor immediately plays in the mind: “Near-dawn daylight paints muted colors/ flaunts pastel pink and peach/ nimbostratus streaks in the east/glitters oak leaf edges.” Here’s an opportunity to hear more of Bayless’ poems out loud, as she and fellow poet Dion O’Reilly read as part of the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium, which meets the second Saturday of each month. Bayless has written four collections of poetry and serves as an associate editor for the Monterey Poetry Review. O’Reilly’s debut collection, Ghost Dogs in 2020, and her second book, Sadness of the Apex Predator, just released, have both received accolades. [PM] 5:30pm Saturday, March 9. Pacific Grove Public Library, 550 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 648-5760, kent.leatham.poet@ gmail.com. A DIFFERENT LENS Memories may fade and landscapes change with time, but photographs freeze a unique moment in time. During the Carmel Art Walk, when art galleries and studios open their doors for the public to enjoy an array of art, Weston Gallery hosts a drop-in book-signing called A spiritual journey of Tibet and Yosemite through the lenses of Kenneth Parker & William Neill. Both artists are renowned photographers who spent decades documenting their surroundings. Parker captured the Tibetan Mustang region and its cultural heritage while Neill shares his personal collection that captures Yosemite’s essence. Weston Gallery also has an exhibition dedicated to the photographers’ artwork, which will be open through May. [CJ] 4-7pm Saturday, March 9. Weston Gallery, 6th Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln, Carmel. Free. 624-4453, westongallery.com. Sunday, March 10 Oh hey, monterey Bae The theatrical team at Paper Wing Theatre is dead serious about having fun, and perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than their drag brunch shows. Don some sequins, indulge in the brunch spread (including bottomless mimosas) and prepare for fabulous drag queens to entertain you and make you laugh. If you can get it together to do your hair before noon, do it—this is in no small part a celebration of style, and audience participation is, naturally, expected. [SR] Noon Sunday, March 10. Paper Wing Theatre, 711 Cannery Row, Suite I, Monterey. $39. 905-5684, paperwing.com. Wednesday, March 13 L.A. Story Propelled by a critically acclaimed lead performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, All About Nina follows a New York stand-up comedian (Nina) who’s struggled with relationships as she leaves the Big Apple to take her career to L.A., where she meets a man (Common, playing Rafe) who is both handsome and nice, and who’s taken a shine to her. But Nina has some demons and skeletons in her closet, and drama ensues—that’s how Hollywood rolls. The Sunset Center is hosting a free screening of the 2018 film, a chance to Netflix and chill on a much bigger screen. It should be a laugh and cry kind of night for those prone to do either. [DS] 7pm Wednesday, March 13. Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel. Free. 620-2048, sunsetcenter.org. Hot Picks by Erik Chalhoub, Dave Faries, Celia Jiménez, Pam Marino, Agata Pope˛da, Sara Rubin and David Schmalz. Send ideas to calendar@mcweekly.com HOT PICKS A Good Book Need to find the right book? Brian Edwards is your guy. Have a question about an obscure piece of Monterey’s history? He’s also the one you want. Edwards is Monterey’s library and museums director, and he’ll join the Weekly’s Pam Marino for a conversation in this month’s installation of Mic’d Up at The Press Club. Libraries run in Edwards’ blood—his mother worked as a librarian and storyteller. He got his first job in a library in 1999 in Alameda, shelving books and making sure they were in the right places. In August 2022, Edwards became Monterey’s library director. Hear what he’s been up to since then and get a read on his future plans for the library. He also responds to audience questions. [EC] 12:30pm Thursday, March 7. The Press Club, 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Free. 9013900. Friday, March 8 Pivotal Time Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo is a New York-based writer and community builder. She is passionate about women’s rights, social justice and personal development. Soobroydoo is a guest at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies for International Women’s Day, and discusses community action and women in leadership. She delves into the methods and experiences necessary for effective women’s activism and how to nurture women’s leadership. This include topics such as volunteering, authenticity, as well as changing mindsets and narratives. [AP] 5:30-7pm Friday, March 8. Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McCone Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce St., Monterey. Free. 647-4123, middlebury.edu/institute. Friday, March 8-Saturday, March 9 Ice Passages Disney Frozen Jr. is a musical stage adaptation of a Broadway stage adaptation of Hollywood’s top grossing animated movie, ever. Instead of melting down the plot, however, the children’s version is block solid—a journey through the icy wilds of Arendelle where, in the end, the love caged within warms and is set free. The musical includes all the favorite tunes that sent shivers through audiences, such as “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” “Love is an Open Door” and “Let it Go.” And it works all the better because only children and scriptwriters could look at a frozen landscape of snow and icicles and think, “This is wonderful.” But really, when Frozen Jr. is on a nice warm stage, even adults get the chills. [DF] 7pm Thursdays and Fridays, 2pm and 7pm Saturdays, March 8-16. ARIEL Theatrical, 320 Main St., Salinas. $16; $14/students, military; $12/children 3-12; Free/children under 3. 775-0976, arieltheatrical.org. Saturday, March 9 Poets and they Know It One of the wondrous things about poets is how they can voice great truths or describe great beauty with just a few words. Carmel Valley poet Laura Photographer Kenneth Parker posing in front of his photos from Tibet at the Monterey Museum of Art in October 2023. He signs copies of his monumental photobook, Tibetan Mustang. A Cultural Renaissance, co-written with Luigi Fieni. Daniel Dreifuss Monterey’s librarian in chief and museums director, Brian Edwards, admiring the Baby Flyer, the Western Flyer’s skiff. He is the guest at the Weekly’s Mic’d Up series for March. Daniel Dreifuss