24 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY June 27-July 3, 2024 www.montereycountynow.com this, of course, from the Disney classic 101 Dalmations. Now ARIEL Theatrical brings the fur-raising adventure Disney’s 101 Dalmations KIDS! to the stage. The actors are ages 6-16 (maybe younger, if they are dogs) and the production is short, sweet and a whole lot of fun. The play is part of ARIEL’s summer theater camp for kids. [DF] 7pm Friday; 2pm, 7pm Saturday, June 28-29. Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main St., Salinas. $12; $11/students, teachers, military; $10 children 3-10; free/3 and under. 775-0976, arieltheatrical.org. Saturday, June 29 sound of stone Soul and R&B singer-songwriter Allen Stone started singing at 3 years old at the church in Washington State where his father was a minister, and by the time he was 14, he added guitar playing into the mix. The YouTube video of Stone’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert, which was recorded February 2020 right before the world was upended, gives a great sense for his conversational style, empathy and highlights the dulcet tones of his voice. Stone and his band are making a tour stop in Monterey June 29 for a show at Golden State. It promises to deliver good vibes and very chill music. [DS] 7pm Saturday, June 29. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. $37.50-$62.50; $142.50- $291.50/VIP packages. goldenstatetheatre.com/shows/allen-stone. Sunday, June 30 In the Mall Northridge Mall in Salinas is celebrating 50 years, so it’s a perfect time to reminisce about the businesses whose time has passed. For those of us who grew up in the 1990s, Toys R’ Us was the place to be, and a trip to the store was a weekend activity that was something to look forward to while sitting in class every weekday in elementary school. Remember buying Nintendo 64 video games with allowance money? To celebrate the golden anniversary, the mall will transform with a walk through the decades, highlighting the best fashion and music of the time periods, as well as feature performances by the Circus Caballero troupe and other family-friendly activities. It’s also a great time to look into the future—Dave and Buster’s, Burlington and more are planned to open in the former Sears building, with Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers set to be built next door. [EC] 11am-4pm Sunday, June 30. Northridge Mall, 796 Northridge Drive, Salinas. Free. shopnorthridge-mall.com. MENTAL CARE The Lighthouse author event is back with novelists Anastasia Zadeik and JJ Elliott. Zadeik debuted with The Other Side of Nothing in May, a novel that touches on depression, loss, suicide and second chances. Elliot is a bestselling and award-winning author of the novel There Are No Rules for This, a story about an unexpected suicide and the impact it left behind. Zadeik and Elliott will talk about portrayals in fiction of how people experience and navigate mental illness, and what it reflects about real life. Society more than ever is talking about mental health and bringing awareness to suicide, when suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers— authenticity in literature might just be able to help. [CJ] 6:30-8pm Sunday, June 30. BookWorks, 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove; or via Zoom. $40-$50. tothelighthouse.net/events. Hot Picks by Erik Chalhoub, Dave Faries, Celia Jiménez, Pam Marino, Agata Pope˛da, Sara Rubin and David Schmalz. Send ideas to calendar@montereycountynow.com HOT PICKS Friday, June 28 Colorful tasting Brushes, paint and wine are a great combo to test your art skills at the National Steinbeck Center. It’s a night to spend among new friends, old friends or family members. With each sip of wine and brush stroke you are closer to a beautiful painting you can hang on the wall…or hide in the closet. The idea is not about becoming the next Vincent van Gogh; it is about having fun. The paint and sip evening is led by teacher Bunny of Illusion of Perfection. To add to the fun, a prize drawing gives attendees a chance to win museum passes, a gift basket and more wine. [CJ] 6-9pm Friday, June 28. National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. $40/members; $50/nonmembers. 775-4721, steinbeck.org. London Calling In an essay for the Library of Congress, Cary O’Dell noted that “When you listen to Julie London, suddenly the room is dark and smoke-filled.” That’s pretty sultry stuff for an august library housing some of the nation’s most significant works. But keep in mind that London’s first single, “Cry Me A River,” which she recorded with guitar player Barney Kessel, is part of the National Registry. Pamela and Bruce Forman recreate London’s visceral, defiant, come-hither purr and Kessel’s accompaniment on this and other standards in “Cry Me A River: The Julie London & Barney Kessel Show.” There’s a no-host bar, but visit before things go dim and you’re caught up in Forman’s channeling of the legendary singer. [DF] 7pm Friday, June 28. Carmel Valley Lodge, 8 Ford Road, Carmel Valley. $49. 659-2261, valleylodge.com. Harping On It Destiny Muhammad calls herself a “sound sculptress” and a “harpist from the hood,” and declares her genre of music as “Celtic to Coltrane.” She describes the genre as “cool and eclectic with a feel of jazz and storytelling to round out the sonic experience.” That summarizes Muhammad’s music precisely: It is definitely very cool and very eclectic. For jazz aficionados who appreciate the moment seemingly discordant notes suddenly coalesce into something harmonious and melodic, Muhammad’s harp playing and soulful vocals will delight. No wonder—she draws upon the inspiration of jazz harp legends Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. Muhammad is joined by Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums and Arthur “Chico & the FAM” Lopez on bass to make the Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio, billed as a band that “turns every piece into a soulful adventure.” [PM] 7:30-9pm Friday, June 28. Wave Street Studios, 774 Wave St., Monterey. $40/in advance; $60/at the door. 655-2010, bit.ly/ dmuhammadtix. Friday, June 28-Saturday, June 29 Spots Light In the long list of nefarious characters, Cruella de Vil ranks near the top. The Mad Hatter? Mr. Applegate? They hardly qualify as villians by comparison—and Mr. Applegate is the Devil himself. It takes 101 dogs, plus a cast of good guys, to defeat her evil intention. You know Harpist and singer Destiny Muhammad comes from Compton, known more for its rap than harp music. This former barbershop owner now plays with the best local symphonies. Kim3rd EYE To be, or not to be? That is one question New Canon Theatre Co.’s production of Hamlet is asking. The Shakespeare classic also asks: “Who’s there?” You can be, if you attend. Glen McDowell Photography