Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16 Past in Present A few years in the making, Monterey State Historic Park is offering a range of one-off tours to celebrate California State Parks Week, highlighting the unique history of Monterey’s storied past. The 90-minute garden tour, which launches from the Custom House at 12:30pm on June 14 and 16, takes attendees through the various gardens around Monterey’s historic adobes which, while just right downtown, are often hidden from sight. And at 12:30pm on June 13 and 15, also launching from the Custom House, is an arts and literature tour that showcases some of the stunning paintings by local artists from decades ago that are rarely viewable to the public—the highlight will be the tour’s culmination at the Casa Soberanes, which is typically only open to the public during Christmas at the Adobes, and which houses several paintings. Also, on June 15 from 11am-3pm is a craft day at the Pacific House Museum, where attendees can learn to make candles and go home with one of their own. It’s a chance to celebrate our rich local history, and it’s all free. [DS] 12:30pm Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16. Tours start at the Custom House, 1 Custom House Plaza. Free. parks.ca.gov. Friday, June 14 HOMAGE TO BILLIE New Canon Theatre Co. is opening its new season. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, written by Lanie Robertson, tells the story of the last months of Billie Holiday. In a seedy underground bar in Philadelphia in 1959, she is giving one of her final performances before her tragic and untimely death four months later. Featuring iconic numbers such as “Easy Livin,” “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” and many, many more, the evening is interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences about Holiday’s life and work, creating a riveting portrait of the jazz legend and her music. Starring Malinda DeRouen as Billie Holiday, and John Wineglass as Jimmy Powers. [AP] 7:30pm Fridays, 2pm Saturdays and Sundays, June 14-23. Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel. $35. newcanontheatre.org. 22 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY june 13-19, 2024 www.montereycountynow.com Jill Casty In recent years, working mainly in Italy, Mexico and California, Jill Casty focused on unique sculptures with ensembles of brilliant, colorful fused glass and various metals. Earlier, in the U.S., her career focused on the creation of large-scale works for public places, both civic and commercial. Working again in California, she now explores new ventures in both the public and personal art worlds. The above piece is titled “A Moment’s Splendor.” Casty does glass sculptures and public art, most of it in hypnotic colors. “Wall sculpture with elements that can mysteriously be seen as both exploding and coming together as in the beginning of a new day,” she wrote in an artist’s statement about her newest pieces. “And the beginnings of a series of stand-alone glass forms with delicious jewellike transparent backgrounds and images from the natural world.” To see more of her work, visit jillcastyglassart.com. [AP] 13-19 june HOT PICKS To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountynow.com Jill Casty Lynn Butler VISUALS Lynn Butler Monterey County Historical Society presents Lynn Butler’s exhibition Flames Against the Dark: Saving America’s Sacred Sites. The exhibit can be seen in the historic Lagunita Schoolhouse at the Boronda Adobe History Center now through July 3. It records Butler’s decades-long passion in chronicling the tribal lifestyles, lands and rituals of America’s Indigenous peoples, including in Monterey County. Additionally, limited-edition prints as well as her book, with the same title as the exhibit, are for sale. “I try to capture the sense of time passing,” she wrote on her website. ”I hope that the photographs will be a reminder that we are on the edge of a century in which the fate of many life forms, including our own, will be determined, and the decision of whether to save or relinquish landscapes such as these will be of increasing urgency.” [AP] River Voices is an Americana-influenced band with ballads and straight-ahead rockers. It includes Linda Arceo (vocals, acoustic guitar), Rory Glass (bass), Laurel Thomsen (violin), John Nava (drums) and Sam Nilssen (electric guitar). courtesy of River Voices Father’s Day is still less popular than Mother’s Day, but many restaurants acknowledge it with special deals. And then there’s the annual fun on the Wharf.