Artifacts - 09.05.13

• Last week you read here a small but potentially significant tip about submitting events to the Arts & Entertainment Calendar, which remains free but subject to editorial discretion. Another piece of that culture roadmap – art galleries, take note – is the Art Openings and Happenings in the A&E Calendar that highlights art exhibits, openings, talks and ongoing shows, with a photo of a representative artwork. It’s free to submit your show for a feature spot. Send the requisite details with a couple of high-resolution photos to or for consideration of what amounts to free publicity.

• The Monterey County Free Libraries has a primal and direct message: “If you can read this, you have a gift to share.” That gift is literacy. They say 25 percent of Monterey County adults read below a 4th-grade level. Think of medicine prescriptions, job applications, safety warnings, civic engagement and, maybe most touching, helping kids with homework. ReadMCFL seeks literacy tutors to devote 2-3 hours a week for at least six months to teach adults (there are 75 on the waiting list). There are two mandatory orientation sessions – 6-8:30pm Monday at Marina Branch and 6-8:30pm Wednesday at Seaside Branch – before the giving of this cherished gift can begin. 883-7597, for info.

• The Lighthouse District is surging with upgrades in infrastructure, promotion and revitalized business giving New Monterey new energy. Count one of these new lights in Lilify (281 Lighthouse Ave., 207-1380), which specializes in the decorative and vintage arts. On Saturday, 12-6pm, they introduce the first solo show by locally groomed artist (and musician) Keith Damron, of multimedia abstract impressionist works on tile, burlap and barn wood. But maybe even more significant in pedigree is Green Chalk Contemporary, a new art space at 616 Lighthouse Ave. (601-0534) dedicated to “dynamic works that resound with content and tension.” Their inaugural exhibition, 6-8pm Saturday, is put together by the folks who brought us Transcendental Vision in Sand City and Joseph Campbell at the Carl Cherry, and enlists 16 artists from diverse cultures.

SpectorDance in Marina (3343 Paul Davis Drive) pairs an open house with movie night. The movies (5:30-7:30pm Saturday), Petrushka, a Russian film about a puppet that comes to life, and NY Export: Opus Jazz, starring cast from the New York City Ballet doing a reinterpretation of Jerome Robbins’ Ballet in Sneakers, sound steeped in dance stuff.

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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