Artifacts 06.16.16

"My heart, my soul and my anger are in #Orlando." - Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter of Milk and 8 and Western Stage alumnus, on Twitter.

  • “Are you ready to expand your mind and test your limits of mayhem?” That’s improv comedy troupe Off-the-Cuff Productions asking. They’re inviting folks 18 and older to join them every Thursday, 6-7pm, at Monterey YMCA for lessons in improv by Mirth-O-Matics director Rich Westbrook. Email for more. And, scene!
  • The Unitarian Church of the Monterey Peninsula invites y’all to a showing of the documentary Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation, 7-9pm Thursday. In it, the activist-scholars explore concepts like individualism and meritocracy, privatization and commodification. A film of a conversation… why not? My Dinner With Andre did it. 624-7404, (P.S., the church has just launched a new book discussion program at
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s divers love the annual Zack Bunnell Day of Discovery. It’s a day in which they suit up young people ages 8-14 with disabilities and special needs in scuba gear, and guide them into the watery realm of the tide pool in back of the aquarium. There, the kids can experience and feel the wonder of nature. Even better, it’s actually three days – June 18 and 19, and Aug. 27 – in collaboration with the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Using reclaimed trash as a medium to make repurposed clothes for a fashion show is an idea that’s been recycled more than a few times. But here is a saving grace for the coming (in September) Trashion Show at Corral De Tierra: it benefits the Alliance on Aging, the county’s largest nonprofit provider of services for seniors. That’s what’s up. So find the nearest trash can and search for inspiration. They’ve put out a call for artists and designers. 655-1334.
  • J.W. Winslow, author of the three-part romance and intrigue novel series Mystic Adventures of Big Sur, brings back the adventurous heroine Dyanna Falconer for a fourth installment (of seven planned), titled Belinda. The daughter of a Hollywood character actor, Winslow grew up in proximity to production crews, screenwriters and movie stars, plenty of inspiration for a “captivating and suspenseful tale of murder, intrigue, mystery and passion in settings from the provocative streets of Beverly Hills to the rugged shore and forests of the Big Sur Coast.” You can find the book (which may contain adult situations, if you know what I mean) at local bookstores, and at Whole Foods.

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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