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Rufus Wainwright Friday, May 11, 8pm Golden State Theatre, Monterey I t's a bit of a mystery why singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright continues to fly under the radar. The multi-hyphenate, who's not just an exquisite singer and exceptional songwriter, is also an actor and writes music for TV, film, opera, theater and ballet. He's released seven original albums, three DVDs, three live albums and has written two operas, one of which will debut this October. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his brilliant "Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall." He's the son of renowned folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, and his daughter Viva Cohen's mother is Leonard Cohen's daughter Lorca. With that kind of pedigree, Wainwright should be a household name, but one suspects he likes flying under the radar and defying expectations. A true original. "Weird Al" Yankovic Thursday, May 17, 8pm Golden State Theatre, Monterey F or a guy who recorded his first hit in the bathroom in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Journalism Department, Weird Al certainly has come a long way. He's now regarded as the foremost song satirist/parodist in the world with numerous hits (many related to food) under his belt. He's been nominated for a Grammy 15 times, winning four, and his latest album "Mandatory Fun," was the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 char t. Now he's embarked on the "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" with Monterey one of the stops. He's foregoing the big, splashy production numbers for a more intimate show that focuses on his original songs, thus the name of the tour. For a comprehensive list of his appearances on TV, cable and the web, go to his website at It's mind-numbingly long and hilar- ious. Quirky comedian Emo Phillips opens. Live in the Vines with Sur Tuesday, May 22, 7pm Folktale Winery, Carmel Valley T he band Sur may not be familiar to local music fans, but the name Zack Arnett and Fire in the Hamptons will prick up some ears. Originally from Monterey, vocalist Zack and Fire made a name for itself with incendiary (pun intended) shows at local clubs and festivals. Now, Zack has embarked on a new musical journey with Sur, a sound developed during a two-month journey in an RV with a makeshift studio in the back. It's grittier and darker than FIH, but still reflective and deeply life-affirming. Also a visual artist, poet, and self-described American medicinal farmer, Zack and Sur have embarked on the Savage Beast tour of California, with this stop at Folktale's popular concert series presented by the winery and KRML Radio. Eats served up by Chef Todd Fisher and his team, and, of course, excellent wines from Folktale. Don't you dare miss this show. California Roots Music and Arts Festival May 25-27 Monterey County Fair and Event Center, Monterey N obody could have predicted that the California Roots Music and Arts Festival, EVERYONE LOVES A LIST, RIGHT? HERE ARE MY PICKS FOR FUN EVENTS WORTH CHECKING OUT IN MONTEREY COUNTY! ADMIT ONE W I T H M A C M C D O N A L D Comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic be performing "The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill- Advised Vanity Tour" on Thursday, May 17 at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey. 90 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8

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