Thursday, June 27 Paws Cause When someone invites you to a “pawty,” it’s certain there is an animal theme. But when the crack real estate agents from Coldwell Banker’s The Heinrich Team use the playful word, they are not just being cute. There is a cause behind it—in this case, the third annual Pawty benefits the local nonprofit Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. The event, which involves food, wine, mingling and The Heinrich Team’s own mascot dogs, Puddin’ and Delta, will help Peace of Mind continue their mission of finding new homes for dogs whose best human friends can no longer care for them. Hofsas House plays host to this worthy pawty. So don’t sit, but do get down. [DF] 5-7pm Thursday, June 27. Hofsas House, San Carlos Street at Camino Del Monte, Carmel. $50. 747-7455, eventbrite.com. Thursday, June 27- Sunday, June 30 NEW HaMLET “The great George Bernard Shaw once wrote of the ‘innumerable volumes of nonsense written about the meaning of Hamlet,’” says J. Matthew Gordon, founding artistic director of New Canon Theatre Co. “One could theorize that due to the play’s unquantifiable depth, we—as reader, occasional scholar and, most importantly, audience to these five acts, are adrift in a sea of questions that try to expose what this great work aims ‘to be, or not to be.’” Get ready to hear live original music, outdoors under the stars, while sipping on Blue Fox Cellars’ curated wine list and taking in the big questions Hamlet poses, with a fresh sensibility. Preview night is Thursday, June 27 and opening night is June 28, followed by a ticketed reception. [AP] 7:30pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays, June 27-July 14. Blue Fox Cellars, 25 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley. $48; $38/ seniors, teachers, military; $15/students. 275-1441, newcanontheatre.org. 22 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY June 27-July 3, 2024 www.montereycountynow.com PALENKE People The nonprofit Palenke Arts has a new home (at 530 Elm Ave., Seaside) and of course, it opened with artwork already on the walls. Executive Director Juan Sánchez approached local portrait photographer Renée Marchelle with an idea: Could she capture the faces of the artistic community— students and instructors—that make up Palenke Arts? The resulting exhibit is a collection of 81 portraits, titled Faces of Palenke. Marchelle offered a few sign-up times and had some very busy days, allowing just three minutes per portrait session. For each, she operates the same way. “I give the same speech to everybody who gets in front of my camera: ‘It’s just me and you hanging out, talking, I just happen to have my camera with me. I will take pictures while we chat, but feel free to just chill,’” Marchelle says. “I give that speech to everybody, from 4-year-olds to people who have walked runway shows for designer brands.” The result is rows upon rows of framed color portraits, some stern and some smiling, but all looking very natural and very much themselves. [SR] HOT PICKS JUNE 27–JULY3 To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountynow.com RENEE FLANDERS BILL WHYMAN VISUALS WILLIAM WYMAN Monterey artist William Wyman gives the world a first look at his painting, photography and sculpting over the last 45 years. He decided to do it only now, as a 75 year old. You can see a sixminute documentary, Art of Art, that shows a lot of his works, on YouTube at bit.ly/WilliamWyman. Wyman captures landscapes with moving clouds, sunsets, blue skies and meadows full of flowers; he also photographs the streets of San Francisco. In three dimensions, Wyman’s sculptures are made of local redwood. He also has been painting, mostly colorful abstract pieces, since he was in his 30s, without ever taking a class. “My main drive at the beginning was telling myself stories,” he says. “I came to art after a crisis in my life. Everybody has art inside.” [AP] The streets of Monterey will be draped in red, white and blue when the annual Fourth of July parade rolls (and rides and walks) around downtown on Thursday, July 4 (of course). The event draws a large crowd. Sheldon Chang and OMBA Staff Soul and R&B artist Allen Stone is a Washington native with a voice that’s reminiscent of the likes of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. KELSEE BECKER