Marilyn Kamp, a teacher in Salinas, says she “personally purchased 400 tickets” in order to bring the movie Not Today to Maya Cinemas (153 Main St., Salinas, 757-6292), which premieres this Friday. It tells the story of 20-year-old Caden Welles, living it up in India in a lifestyle that doesn’t harbor enough compassion to help a starving man and the little girl Caden encounters. But he finds conscience a powerful force when it compels him to search for the little girl, a journey that brings him to the dark and ugly world of human trafficking. This is Kamp putting her money where her conscience is. See the trailer at

• If laughter is the best medicine, how much would you pay for this cure? Gerry Orton suggests $10. For that, you can participate in their Saturday (through Dec. 28) Tickle the Grey Matter improv workshops at Pacific Grove Christian Church (442 Central Ave., Pacific Grove). It’s free for first-timers; 394-3031, for more.

• On Sunday, 4-7pm, Johnny’s Garden at The Barnyard is hosting a group art show of works by Katherine Moore, Mike Gamero and Johnny himself. It will be stocked with live music and appetizers. for more.

• The Independent Photographers invite all levels of photo hounds to meet 7pm Monday and “share prints and ideas” at Outcalt Chapel of the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula (4590 Carmel Valley Road, 915-0037). This communion is free.

• Local jazz cats are meeting to jam at Cibo Ristorante (301 Alvarado St., Monterey, 649-8151) 3:30-6:30pm this Sunday in tribute to Donald Stewart, credited as “probably one of the greatest jazz music fans and aficionados on the West Coast.” For years he sat at the bar at the Hyatt’s Fireside Lounge to film the jazz jams there and upload them to YouTube for others to savor. Guitarist Calvin Keys, bassist and vocalist Nat Johnson, drummer David Morwood and co-host Lee Durley anchor the open jam and invite their musician friends to throw down.

• The Monterey Museum of Art (559 Pacific St., Monterey, 372-5477 x109) surrounds families with art activities 1-4pm Sunday as part of their Free Family Day. Choose among sand painting, sketching with colored pencils, making crayon resist landscapes, using block prints, building a Zen garden with sand and stones, folding origami, listening to stories of the sea and Japanese folktales, and searching for hidden pictures in a scavenger hunt. It’s all inspired by and connected to their current exhibits Return to the Sea, Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto, Hanga Reinvented: The Creative Print, and Monterey Now: Luca Blok. for more.

Dixieland Monterey seeks donations of tax-deductible “abandoned instruments” to pair up with needy students, an endeavor they say got Esperanza Spalding on course to do music. They’ll even pick up. 659-0436 or

Walter Ryce has been an arts writer, calendar editor, culture columnist, sometime photographer, and one-time web content coordinator for the Monterey County Weekly. He began working at the paper, which is based in his hometown of Seaside, in 2007.

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