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March 2018

The Meaning of Life & Other Stuff

March 9 @ 7:30 pm - March 25 @ 2:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
$25

The Meaning of Life & Other Stuff, a new play about life, love and laughter written and directed by Tom Parks, opens March 9th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel. Four seasoned actors will play 12 different roles; finding humor and pathos in this crazy, mixed up world. The Meaning of Life opens March 9th, and will run through March 25th, 2018.  Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30PM; Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. Tickets are $25. For tickets…

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April 2018

“Jeanne’s Kitchen” Art Meets Food at the Cherry Center

April 6 @ 5:00 pm - May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Jeanne’s Kitchen, an exhibit devoted to food and cuisine, will be served-up April 6th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. The show will open with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will feature painting, sculpture and photography that examines our multifaceted relationship with food. While eating is generally a mundane daily routine, the exhibition considers how we find our food, with whom we consume it, and what meaning is created…

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Dick Whittington – Jazz At The Cherry

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
$15

Celebrated jazz pianist, Dick Whittington, will be performing in our gallery on Sunday, April 8th, from 3:00-5:00pm, as part of our ongoing Jazz At The Cherry series.  Whittington, a long-time Big Sur resident, began his career in Los Angeles in the 1950s, playing with such jazz notables as Dexter Gordon, Bobby Hutcherson, and Sonny Criss.  After relocating to Berkeley in the 1960s, he performed with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, James Moody, Anita O’Day, Mel Torme, Bobby McFerrin and many others. He was co-founder of…

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Monterey Comedy Improv

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Tragedy, comedy, or contemporary culture?  It makes no difference to the Monterey Comedy Improv, who perform 7:30p.m., Friday, April 13th, at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel. The troupe will take suggestions from the audience on a wide range of subjects to create a series of scenes and skits using whatever props are at hand. Scenes might include star-crossed lovers, sword fights, turkeys, politicians, rhyming couplets, disguises, and asides from the audience. Monterey Comedy Improv  have gained quite…

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My Mother’s Keeper

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - May 27 @ 2:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

My Mother's Keeper, a play written by Jane Press and directed by Robin McKee,  moves fluidly back and forth between 1914 and the present. Taking place within the memories of four generations of women in a show business family. Looking through the lens of the mother-daughter relationship dynamic. My Mother's Keeper is an examination of our matriarchal inheritance, with all its inherent – and inherited – blessings and curses.  It is a moving, sometimes very funny, sometimes disturbing, ultimately healing work. My…

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Robert Campbell High School Poetry Contest 2018

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

25TH ANNUAL ROBERT CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL POETRY AWARDS Robert Campbell High School Poetry Awards Ceremony               The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Robert Campbell Monterey High School Poetry Awards. The contest is presented in conjunction with  Thinking Out Loud, a series of programs devoted to high school arts and poetry.  An awards ceremony honoring the student poets will be held at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, at the Monterey Public Library on Pacific…

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May 2018

Exhibition: The Fire in the Wood

May 18 @ 5:00 pm - June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

The Fire in the Wood, an exhibit exploring the life and art of the legendary Big Sur sculptor Edmond Kara, opens Friday, May 18th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts with a reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Considered one of Big Sur’s most illustrious and secretive artists, Edmund Kara started his career in the wardrobe and costume departments of Universal and Paramount Studios during the 1950s, later becoming a clothing designer…

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June 2018

“The Fire in the Wood”

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - June 10 @ 2:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
$20

The Fire in the Wood, an original play presented by the Unicorn Theatre, will open a six performance run on Friday, June 1st, at the Cherry Hall Theater, Carmel. Written by Peter Thabit Jones and directed by Carey Crockett, the play looks into the life and influence of artist and sculptor Edmund Kara. The production portrays Edmund's relationship to his art and to the dramatic Big Sur Coast. Edmund, the sculptor of the Phoenix Bird at Nepenthe and the bust of Elizabeth Taylor for the…

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Paul Contos & Friends

June 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
$25

Jazz At The Cherry is proud to present Monterey Jazz Festival educators and performing artists Paul Contos, and father and son duo, Bob and Kyle Athayde, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 3:00-5:00pm. Contos has been with the MJF since 1984 and has been their Director of Education since 2011.  He received Down Beat Magazine’s “Jazz Education Achievement Award” in 2017 and was also honored by the Arts Council for Monterey County as a “Champion Arts Educator” in 2015. An outstanding saxophone and flute…

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Celebrating the Cherry 2018 – Annual Fundraiser June 23rd

June 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Celebrating the Cherry, our annual summer fundraiser, will be held at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts on June 23rd, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Monies raised will help us continue to provide quality artistic, educational and cultural programs for the residents of Monterey County. The evening will feature food and wine, nonstop entertainment, and photos highlighting the Cherry Center's 70 year history in Carmel-by-the-Sea.This year we are honoring Professor Emeritus Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Monterey Peninsula College, and Art Curator Amy Essick, Montage Health/Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, for…

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