Artifacts 06.27.19

Graphic novelist Khalid Hussein, former Youth Arts Collective student, shows work and speaks at Old Capitol Books 4pm Saturday, June 29.

  • You’ll have to forgive the Monterey County Film Commission if they’ve gone little overboard with Big Little Lies hoopla. “We cannot tell a big little lie,” they report on their Season 2 premiere party at Monterey Conference Center on June 9. “It was a great time to enjoy big little librations… plus big little bites.” About 450 people showed up for a red carpet and two big screens to watch the Season 2 opener. The only hiccup was a scuffle that resulted in someone being pushed down a flight of steps. I’ll tell you who in seven weeks. 646-0910,
  • The Monterey Public Library is bringing experts from Berkeley-based StoryCenter to run free digital storytelling workshops, 9am-noon and 1-4pm this Sunday, June 30. Participants will create an original poem based on a prompt, then record a -minute version of it, which they turn into a short digital story. Sounds complicated. In a good way. 646-3949,
  • Through a grant from the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival, the Henry Miller Library’s Under the Persimmon Tree series of talks and presentations promises a deep lineup of local people have made an impact in the community, and/or have a history with the coast. The roster includes people like State Sen. Bill Monning, Barbara Bullock-Wilson and others. 3pm Sundays from June 30 to Sept. 15, starting this Sunday with a guy named Bradley Zeve. If you don’t know that name, see p. 6. There’s bound to be coffee, wine and beer.
  • During the month of July, Monterey Public Libraries and Pacific Grove Library, in conjunction with United Way’s Stuff the Bus program, are accepting new items from a school supply list ( to supply needy kids with school supplies, in lieu of your overdue fines. It’s a win-win.
  • As part of their education on the U.S. Constitution, 9,000 Monterey County eighth-graders will be able to see Hamilton in San Francisco. The Dan & Lillian King FoundationHamilton Foundation, SHN Orpheum Theatre, and Monterey Office of Education partnered to bring to life the vision of Marc Del Piero, the man who contacted Lin-Manuel Miranda’s father Luis and started the ball rolling on this dream. Lucky!
  • Do you know any creative local people or entities that deserve a shout-out? Maybe at a swanky gala dinner of 400 well-dressed people? The Arts Council for Monterey County is accepting nominations for the 2020 Champions of the Arts Gala by July 15. That’s happening.

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