What: "In Your Own Backyard" series
Where: Holman Ranch Tasting Room, located, 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
When: 6p.m. Thursday, April 12
This series invites local chefs to host a cooking demonstration, pairing wines with local produce. Elena Salsedo, owner of Sweet Elena's, heads up this edition. $25. 659-2640.
What: Readers Theater with Lee Brady
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel
When: 1-4p.m. Thursday, April 12
Monterey Peninsula College instructor Lee Brady leads this social workshop for actors, playwrights and audience members who love theater and want to talk about it. Free. Registration required through Monterey Peninsula College. 869-0860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: "Roe Sham Bow" art exhibit opening
Where: The Alternative Cafe, 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
When: 7p.m. Friday, April 13
Artists Hans Magden, Mytchell Mead and Bryan David Zittlow head up this month's Alternative Cafe exhibit. Mead works with metals. Magden specializes in expressionism and abstract painting. Salinas artist Zitlow recently rediscovered his love for art through a camera lens. Free. All ages. Visit www.TheAlternativeCafe.com.
What: Exhibition openings for Warren Chang, Namgui Chang and others
Where: The Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove
When: Opening reception 7p.m. Friday, April 13
Noted realist painter and Pacific Grove High School graduate Warren Chang opens an exhibit along with his father Namgui Chang at the Pacific Grove Art Center. It is the first retrospective for the acclaimed painter, as well as the largest collection of his paintings ever exhibited.
What: John "Broadway" Tucker in concert
Where: Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, 499 Wave St. at McCllelan Avenue, Monterey.
When: 8p.m. Friday, April 13
John "Broadway" Tucker is joined by guitarist Bill Haines and bassist Bill Sullivan for a bare bones acoustic set, featuring tributes to Muddy Waters as well as original compositions. $5 cover. Visit Facebook.com/ pierceranchvineyards.
What: Good Old Days Music Festival
Where: Downtown Pacific Grove
When: 7:30a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 9a.m.- 5p.m. Sunday, April 15
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What: Bill Evans' "Banjo in America"
Where: Magic Circle Theater, 8 El Caminito Road, Carmel Valley
When: 7:30p.m. Saturday, April 14
Bill Evans has been dubbed one of the best banjo pickers on the planet. Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs music from the 1700s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments.
What: This ... Is ... NOW! performance salon
Where: Dance Studio 102, at Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey
When: 7-9p.m. Saturday, April 14
A forum for sharing creative endeavors, works-in-progress and collaborations of local dancers, musicians, actors, poets, visual and multimedia artists. To participate in a five-minute open-mic spot, arrive by 6:45p.m. and complete a performer-information form. Free. 644-9613.
What: Illuminating Creativity: A Lecture by John Paul Caponigro
Where: Woman's Club, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel
Internationally renowned photographer John Paul Caponigro hosts a lecture exploring creative enhancement through diverse means, beyond photography. His talks have been well received at places like MIT and the TEDx conference. $5 members, $20 general. 625-5181.
What: "Quilts by the Bay" 34th annual Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild Quilt Show
Where: Chautauqua Hall, corner of 14th Street and Central Avenue, Pacific Grove
When: 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat-Sun, April 14-15
Quilts, quilts, quilts! The Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild's annual show celebrates its 34th anniversary. More than 125 large quilts will be on display. Guild members showcase challenge work in various categories of quilting. Special miniature quilts designed by local artists also on display. $7 general; 12 and under free. Visit www.mpqg.org.
What: Earth Day Marina
Where: Locke Paddon Wetland Community Park, Reservation Road and Seaside Circle, Marina
When: 9a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, April 14
Marina's sixth annual park beautification project invites locals to help out. Featuring music, craft activities, information booths and more. To volunteer, call 582-3687. For information, see c4smarina.weebly.com/ earth-day-marina.html.
What: Monterey Peninsula College Asian Student Association's Culture Show
Where: The Music Hall at Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey
When: 7:30-9:30p.m. Saturday, April 14,
The purpose of this event is to maintain cultural enrichments among local communities in Monterey County. Free. 646Ð4154, email@example.com.
What: Monterey String Quartet presents "MSQ Plugged"
Where: Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
When: 7p.m. Sunday, April 15
The Monterey String Quartet gets down to the sounds of Queen, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Performing classic rock songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Layla" as well as modern hits — "Rolling in the Deep" and "I'm Yours" — the quartet will liven up Hidden Valley for a fun detour from their normal repertoire. $10. $5 for students. 626-9007.
What: Youth Orchestra of Salinas students and teachers in concert
Where: The Unitarian Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel
When: 3-5p.m. Sunday, April 15
Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL) is the nonprofit music program based on the Venezuelan musical education program El Sistema. YOSAL students and teachers will perform, including YOSAL teachers Camilo Ortiz and Steve Ettinger. Proceeds benefit YOSAL. $12-$15. 624-7404, www.yosal.org.
What: Book discussion of "Farewell to Manzanar" with author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Where: The Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey
When: 4-5:30p.m. Monday, April 16
Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from its home and sent to live at Manzanar with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. The book was adapted into a 1976 made-for-TV film. Free. 646-3933, www.monterey.org/library.
What: Central Coast Writers meeting
Where: Bay Park Hotel, 1425 Munras Ave., Monterey
When: 6:30p.m. Tuesday, April 17
Author Zoe FizGerald Carter presents "Fact versus Fiction: The Joys and Pitfalls of Writing Memoir" at the Central Coast Writers April meeting. Carter's book "Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Story of Love, Loss and Letting Go," tells the story of the author's mother, who decided to "end things" rather than live with Parkinson's disease. Free. Pre-meeting dinner is $15. Visit www.centralcoastwriters.org.