Old Monterey District Blog

The City of Monterey has announced some road closures in Downtown Old Monterey August 9-18 as a result of Monterey Car Week 2019. Below is a list of closures directly affecting Old Monterey. View all Monterey Car Week road closures throughout the city here.

Friday, August 9
Alvarado Street closed between Franklin Street and Del Monte Ave, 3pm-8pm

August 10-15 & August 18-21
Del Monte Ave between Washington St and Alvarado St will be down to two lanes

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As many of you know, the Joseph Boston Store, located at 210 Olivier Street in Old Monterey, is dedicated to supporting our local artisans. Wendy Towner and Francisco Aguilera, the husband and wife team behind one of our vendors, The Honey Ladies, were selling their wares at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when they were tragically shot. They received extensive injuries and are facing many hardships ahead.

The Joseph Boston Store is honored to carry The Honey Ladies' honey and beeswax candles. Their products are made locally by bees saved from extermination. When unwanted hives are found, the Honey Ladies safely relocate them to farms where they can feed on wildflowers and they can harvest the honey. Each jar of honey helps save more hives.

The Joseph Boston Store, run by the Historic Garden League, is taking donations to help Wendy and Francisco with medical expenses. Anyone who comes in and makes a donation will receive a free Honey Ladies honey stick. In addition, The Historic Garden League will donate all proceeds from the sale of Honey Ladies products to Wendy and Francisco's Go Fund Me campaign to cover medical bills, modifications to their home for wheelchair accessibility, and lost income during their long period of recovery.

In partnership with Monterey Bay Food Tours, The Boston Store will be offering honey tastings on these dates at our shop at 210 Olivier Street, 11am-3pm:
Friday, August 9
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 17
Friday, August 23

For updates on Wendy and Francisco and to contribute to their Go Fund Me campaign, please click here.

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, August 2-8, 2019. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE
Daily at 3pm

Pamela B. Green's energetic documentary about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Watch the trailer.

MAIDEN
Weekdays at 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11:30am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7pm

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy's inspirational dream was opposed on all sides, but she refused to give up. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men. Watch the trailer.

MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE
Weekdays at 2pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11:45am, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm

This documentary begins on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers, and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait into an idyllic 1960s bohemia. Watch the trailer.

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE
Daily at 2:30pm, 7:15pm

After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, a timid bookkeeper, Casey, joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and a hardcore brown belt student, Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Watch the trailer.

WILD ROSE
Daily at 2:45pm, 7pm

Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville....Read More

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MYO Frozen Yogurt invites you to come down to our Downtown Old Monterey location and try out a classic summer combo we're calling Orange Creamsicle. Here at the shop, combine orange splash sorbet, vanilla frozen yogurt, our white chocolate sauce, white chocolate chips, and finish it all off with whipped cream. Our staff agrees: it's delicious! Visit us at 491 Alvarado Street in Monterey.

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Do you have a birthday coming up? Host your party at Bull & Bear Whiskey Bar and Taphouse! For groups of 8 or more, we highly recommend inquiring ahead of time to make sure we can accommodate you. Reserve a table or a room; it's easy to make an inquiry through our website. Bull and Bear is located at 479 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Bug Out at Cult Taco

Posted on July 29th, 2019 by Cult Taco

Bug Out! Cult Taco presents an adventurous food lover's dream taco. It features fresh sliced avocado topped with toasted chapulines (grasshoppers), sal de gusano (agave worm), and chicatana (flying ant) salsa all on a cricket flour tortilla. It’s absolutely delicious and features some of the world's most sustainable proteins! Come visit us and try it - we're at 481 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter. Maybe on Monday is proud to announce that we're now adding exotic teas, herbs, and teapots to our collection. Please stop by the shop 251-B Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey for your own cup of delicious and join us in an adventure of tea tastings!

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In addition to great wine, Puma Road at Portola Plaza also have an excellent assortment of oils to spice up that charcuterie plate you’re putting together. Our selection includes balsamic and herb olive oil, habanero tequila oil, and black truffle oil. Visit us at 281 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey to see what's available.

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Are you ready for some football? Sunday Football & Breakfast is back at Peter B’s Brewpub, September 8 - December 29, 2019. Watch your favorite teams at Peter B’s on our 18 HDTVs while enjoying breakfast and Peter B’s drink specials including:

$5 Mimosa or Pint (excludes Imperial & Specialty Ales)
$6 Bloody Mary
$9 Tito’s Brewer Bloody Mary
$8 Breakfast Entrees, 9:30am-11am

Peter B’s daily happy hour runs 4pm-6:30pm and late night happy hour on Sundays runs 9:30pm-10:30pm. Visit us at 2 Portola Plaza in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Below are the showtimes for Osio Theater, July 26 - August 1, 2019. Osio, a nonprofit movie theater dedicated to independent, foreign, and art films, is located at 350 Alvarado Street in Old Monterey. Purchase advance tickets on our website.

MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE
Weekdays at 2pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun at 11:45am, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm

This documentary begins on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers, and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait into an idyllic 1960s bohemia. Watch the trailer.

THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
Fri, Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs at 1:45pm, 6:30pm
Mon at 1:45pm

Pierre-Paul Daoust, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy, is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a holdup gone terribly wrong, leaving two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground. Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma: leave empty handed, or take the money and run? Watch the trailer.

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE
Daily at 2:30pm, 7:15pm

After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, a timid bookkeeper, Casey, joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and a hardcore brown belt student, Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Watch the trailer.

WILD ROSE
Weekdays at 2:45pm, 7:30pm
Sat & Sun at 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 7:30pm

Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Rose's mother, on the other hand, has had a bellyful of her worthless nonsense. Forced to take strict responsibility, Rose gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house. Watch the trailer.

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM
Weekdays at 6pm
Sat & Sun at 12:30pm, 6pm

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works, and the powerful...Read More

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