• The Monterey Peace and Justice Center lends its activated space to an exhibition of art and stories in a show titled History, Voices, Memory: Selected Readings and Portraits from CSUMB’s Oral History and Community Memory Archive. Every year OHCMA students and faculty conduct interviews about various facets of local communities. For this exhibit, it was “Seaside Voices” and “LGBTQ Community of Monterey County,” and the students will read excerpts from the oral histories they gleaned from those communities and a combo art show/reading that opens 6-8pm Friday, June 14. The show runs through August. klafollette@csumb.edu, csumb.edu/hcom.
  • “What better way to shed the serious business of the world than with musical theater?” That’s a call to action to buy tickets to Voices of Monterey Bay’s June 28 fundraiser performance night of the musical Newsies at PacRep in Carmel. Those tix ($40/adult, $25/kids 12 and under) must be purchased by this Friday, June 14, and also nets you a pre-party with journalists, and a performance by Cello John. vomb.org.
  • There was some notable news coming out of the Tony Awards on Monday: Ali Stroker has become the first person who uses a wheelchair to win one. It was for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said from the stage with her award. “You are!” Congratulations Ali.
  • Save the date. Monterey Comedy Improv is moving to the theater of the Dali Expo. It was a spontaneous decision. They promise to channel the spirit of Salvador Dali and hit TV showWhose Line Is It Anyway? Their first performance is 7:30pm Saturday, June 29. $15-$20. thedaliexpo.com.
  • Moon Gate Plaza sounds like it could be related to one of the new commercial space flights, but it’s actually much more grounded than that. It’s an affordable housing development under construction in Salinas’ Chinatown by MidPen Housing. According to artist, writer and educatorMelissa Smedley, part of its space will be set aside for artists, including studio space, a demo kitchen and gallery for Urban Arts Collaborative, an art and performance center directed byAngelica Muro and Dionicio Mendoza of CSUMB’s Visual and Public Arts Department, and an office and gallery space for the Asian Cultural Experience. midpen-housing.org.

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