Live Music: Craig Cardiff and Jessica le Jeaune

Thursday, January 5, 7:30pm

The Venue, Seaside 

$18-$20

Drawing comparisons to the rom com movie-turned-musical Once, Craig Cardiff blends raspy, subtly celtic-sounding vocals with acoustic guitar. Peninsula native and singer/songwriter Jessica le Jeaune will open for Cardiff, plus there will be an Asian-themed potluck. This cozy show will surely warm you up after a rainy start to the week. 

(Photo courtesy of craigcardiff.com)

First Fridays

Friday, January 6, times vary

Salinas and Pacific Grove

Free

Celebrate the first Friday of the year (and keep coming every month) in Salinas (5-8pm) and Pacific Grove (6-9pm). Local artists and musicians will show off their talents, businesses will stay open, and neighbors will be out in good spirits. Whether you want to try some new food, hear music, or just walk around, this is always a great way to kick off a weekend. 

Ray Magsalay Retrospective Reception

Friday, January 6, 7-9pm

Pacific Grove Art Center

Free

Ray Magsalay’s assemblages, made from found objects, have been described as everything from whimsical to foreboding. You may recognize the PG artist from his bonsai workshops, and his sculptures for his use of toys and other memory-invoking materials. Join Magsalay and fellow community members in celebrating a half century of his work. 

Live Music: Bernie and the Wolf

Friday, January 6, 8pm

East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey

Free

Hear indie rock with your coffee or beer on Friday night with this Chicago-based duo. The band got its start in Marina and is back to celebrate their new album, Catch Some

Live Music: Russian Money

Saturday, January 7, 10pm

Fernwood Inn, Big Sur

Free

For those in Big Sur, stop by the Fernwood Inn for blues/rock/soul from this California-based band. They’ve opened for acts including Billy Bob Thornton and country star Craig Morgan. 

(Photo courtesy of smugmug.com)

Three Kings Day with Sweet Elena’s

Saturday, January 7, 2pm

Sweet Elena’s Bakery, Seaside

$10 adults, $5 children

Dia de los Reyes celebrates the story of the three men who traveled across the desert to visit Jesus upon his birth. It’s tradition to celebrate by hiding a tiny baby doll inside sweet bread and then competing to not be the one to find the doll. Join the crew at Sweet Elena’s with a day of cake, baking, champagne, and hot cocoa, plus a twist: a prize and reprieve from baking duties for the person who finds the doll. P.S… Have you eaten a veggie galette from Sweet Elena’s? Stop by any day of the week and snag one - they are fantastic.  

(Photo courtesy of thesmartkitchenblog.com)

Photography Discussion and Opening: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Saturday, January 7, 4-7pm

Center For Photographic Art, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Free

This exhibition, curated by Carol Henry, explores the idea of women putting men in front of the camera, with 12 renowned female photographers’ images of men. Hear a panel discussion featuring four of the exhibiting artists at 4pm with a reception at 5. 

Live Music: Dan Freschette and Kiki Wow

Saturday, January 7, 6-9pm

Trailside Cafe & Beer Garden, Carmel Valley

Free

These two singer-songwriters will brighten up your evening with folk, bluegrass, and more at the Trailside Cafe. Arrive early for happy hour from 4-6, or grab dinner while you listen. 

Fashion Month at Cat’s Meow

Saturday, January 7, 7-9pm

Cat’s Meow Fashion, Monterey

$10

Teens, fashionistas, and style-enthusiasts of any age will want to check out the beginning of vintage supplier Cat’s Meow’s fashion month this weekend. Starting with a hairstyling demo on Saturday night, followed by events including a documentary screening and makeup demonstration each weekend in January.