Artifacts 06.30.16

The Pacific Grove Art Center's gala art opening takes place 7-9pm Friday, July 1.

  • This Thursday, June 30, at 6:45pm, Janice Rocke’s literary reading event at Juice n’ Java in Pacific Grove called Curated Words features CSU Monterey Bay creative writing associate professor (and co-director of its Creative Writing and Social Action Program) Deb Busman, whose words can wield humor, honesty, compassion and straight fire. She’s joined by a lineup of out-of-town and local writers. 521-0375.
  • Sally Russell’s fourth – through eighth-grade art students at Stevenson School are showing 60 portraits done in Picasso’s cubist mode at the Monterey Regional Airport’s Youth Exhibitions space. They are, as one arts aficionado put it, “kinda wonderful.” See it any time. The airport never closes. 624-7910.
  • Local author Edward Moncrief has published a historical literary novel called Raising the Blackbirds, in which, Kirkus Reviews says, he “deftly braids a complex history with a fictional dramatization.” It follows Sixto Torres, a farmworker who, according to consulting editor Alan Rinzler, “leads his family and entire community in a fight against exploitation, injustice and racism during the Cesar Chavez era.” Check the website,, for updates.
  • For all you P.G.-o-philes, BookWorks has published a limited edition, full-color picture book called Pacific Grove Architecture & Anecdotes, focused on the town’s picturesque architecture and attractions. Owners Margot Tegtmeier and Nell Flattery Carlson published it with a little help from their friends. 372-2242,
  • Seaside art conspirator Sandra Gray shares news of creatively inclined classes bundled under the umbrella of the Seaside Art Academy at the Seaside Education Center for high schoolers ages 13-18. They run every Saturday, July 9 to Dec. 10, 1-4pm, and engage youngsters in large-scale projects, tiny art, mixed media, 3D sculpture, revamp and art gallery management. Each class is $30 for Seaside residents, $35 for those from other parts of the world. And the poster, a Pop Art-like collage of random retro images, is pretty fly. 899-6811.
  • Witness the power of theater. Or at least record-breaking theater. President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency,Hillary Clinton, have both taken to enticing voters to help her campaign by dangling a chance to win theater tickets to Hamilton. One email has an animated gif of the President and First Lady extolling the “musical about the miracle that is America.”

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