Thursday, March 21 Words on the Run The traditional SUHSD Poetry Slam and Evening of Spoken Word is back in Salinas. Salinas Union High School District students and staff captivate listeners with emotional and inspirational words. Using their voice and writing skills, they bring you into their experiences, struggles and hopes. The event also features special guests, including Monterey Comedy Improv and Monterey County Poet Laureate Rachelle Escamilla. Besides poetic performances, the event includes prizes and giveaways. [CJ] 7-10pm Thursday, March 21. Fox Theater, 241 S. Main St., Salinas, Free. bit.ly/suhsdpoetryslam24. Friday, March 22 Spring into the Rhythm Looking for a colorful fusion of live music? Look no further than Old Capitol Books in downtown Monterey. The Rumba Madre are a three-piece multicultural band that blend flamenco, salsa and tango with a punk influence. Members consist of David “el gallego” Vila Diéguez (guitar, cuban tres, vocals) from Spain, Rubén “el pulpo” Darío Gómez (vocals and guitar) from Colombia, and Benjamín “el Boricua” Alejandro Delgado (bass and backing vocals) from the Bronx. Catch this multilingual band at the fundraiser for Palestine, with local musician El Kallpa from Sensory Tribe. [LH] 8pm Friday, March 22. Old Capitol Books, 482 Alvarado St., Monterey. $10-$15. 747-1322, oldcapitolbooks.com. Saturday, March 23 Art for All Think collecting art is something you need a lot of money to do? Consider following the lead of Armando Durón and his wife Mary Salinas Durón, a middle-class Los Angeles couple who in 1981 began acquiring Chicano artwork. “I decided, as a Chicano, I needed to be engaged in the acquiring of our people’s patrimony,” Armando Durón told the Weekly in January. “I realized that the only thing that lasts any person is their art. That’s how we know the Greeks, the Mayans, a lot of peoples. What survives and who collects that and who interprets that is very import24 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY march 21-27, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com California Dreams The Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Gallery has a new show on display, California Dreams, showing local art from at least 30 local artists. Visitors will enjoy seeing Classic Californian art, modern contemporary art, oils, acrylics, mixed media, photography, prints, ceramics, glass art and jewelry. The MPAF Gallery was actually an old carriage house of the former Tevis Estate and has gone through many changes, but is a historic building and part of Cannery Row’s history. There is still part of an old cannery tank in the parking lot which held fish oil. On display until April 4. The above piece is by Guillermo Wagner Granizo. [AP] 21-27 march HOT PICKS To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountyweekly.com VISUALS Tony KlaAs Klaas Act is the title of a new exhibit at Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center. See the diverse and captivating works of local artist Tony Klaas. From his early influences in the theater to encounters with iconic figures like Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, Klaas’ journey is reflected in his ever-evolving art. Explore his distinct styles over the decades, from surrealism to landscape realism, all bound by his belief in the transformative power of color. Longtime San Francisco resident and celebrated muralist Klaas moved to Carmel in 2011; his gallery is located in Carmel Rancho in Carmel Valley. In addition to murals, Klass does oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, etchings and unique stained glass in vibrant colors. [AP] The Rumba Madre is a Latinx alternative band formed in 2018 in Nashville. The core members are David Vila Diéguez (from Spain), Rubén Darío Gómez (of Colombia) and Benjamín Alejandro Delgado (New York/Puerto Rico). Palamora Rabbi Bob Alper bills himself as the world’s only practicing clergyman who performs stand-up comedy internationally. Sultan Khan courtesy of Salinas Valley Tourism & Visitors Bureau