There's plenty of live music to go around this weekend, so get out and enjoy artists both local and visiting. And if Valentine's day has put you on the hunt for more chocolate, be sure to head to the Monterey Public Library on Friday night. 

Live Music: Lissie

Thursday, February 16, 6-10pm

Folktale Winery, Carmel Valley


L.A.-based singer Lissie has toured with Lenny Kravitz and Ray LaMontagne, and this weekend she’ll spend an evening at Folktale in Carmel Valley. Enjoy her country/rock/folk while you sip on a glass of complimentary Folktale wine. Beer and food from Tarpy’s Roadhouse will be available for purchase. 

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Comedy: Brian Regan

Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm

Golden State Theater, Monterey


Comedian Brian Regan’s observational humor has earned him accolades from Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chris Rock. Sarcastic and self-depreciating, Regan is sure to make fans laugh in Monterey this Thursday. His routine is profanity-free, so this could be a good pick for sensitive ears. 

Lecture: Consulate General of Mexico

Friday, February 17, 5pm

Middlebury Institute of International Studies, CNS Building


MIIS will mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America with Ambassador Joel Hernandez, Director-General for the UN in Mexico. Hernandez will speak on the topic with refreshments and a meet-and-greet opportunity to follow. 

Artist Talk: Holly Roberts

Friday, February 17, 6:30pm

Center for Photographic Art, Carmel

Free for CPA members, $10 non-members

Holly Roberts’ work combines photography, paint, and collage to create abstract portraits. A National Endowment for the Arts award winner, Roberts draws on her experience living and growing up in the Southwest and asks questions about identity and the self through her work. Hear more about her process this weekend during her talk and slideshow at the CPA. 

Friends of the Library’s 12th Annual Chocolate and Wine Tasting Benefit

Friday, February 17, 7-9pm

Monterey Public Library


Support a local library and enjoy a couple of the best things in life: chocolate (in fountain form, among others) and wine. If that’s not enough, everything from cake and mole to beer, a silent auction, and live music will round out the evening. Grab tickets in advance or at the door and know that all proceeds go to the Monterey Public Library.   

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Monterey Symphony Concert

Friday, February 17, 7:30pm

Sherwood Hall, Salinas

Saturday, February 18, 8pm and Sunday, February 19, 3pm

Sunset Center, Carmel


The third program of the Monterey Symphony’s season will feature works by Beethoven, Sibelius, and Brahms. Violinist Sergej Krylov’s performance is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major is always an audience favorite. With performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Salinas and Carmel, you can be sure to find a time to go. 

Live Music: Francesco Attesti and Matteo Galli

Saturday, February 18, 6:30pm

Carmel Mission


Francesco Attesti and Matteo Galli bring a piano and organ duo concert to Carmel on Saturday. With arrangements from composers including Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert and Frédéric Chopin, and George Gershwin, it’s sure to be an interesting show. Proceeds benefit the Hartnell College Foundation to support the arts at Hartnell. For a preview, check out their transcription of Verdi’s “Requiem” here

Live Music: Natalie D-Napoleon

Saturday, February 18, 7pm

East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey

No cover

After starting out with bands in Australia, Santa Barbara-based Natalie D-Napoleon has started a solo career with the recent release of an album, Leaving Me Dry. Folk and country sounds feature heavily in her music, with banjo, mandolin, piano, and cello backing up her vocals. Stop by East Village on Saturday night for a drink and some tunes. 

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Big Little Lies Debut Party

Sunday, February 19, 5pm

Carmel Mission Inn


The Monterey County Film Commission will host a screening party for the debut of the HBO series Big Little Lies, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. Set on the Monterey Peninsula, the drama/comedy centers on the lives of several mothers whose lives take a dark turn. Join local vendors, extras, and crew members to celebrate and spot your favorite Monterey locales throughout the show.