Artifacts 03.14.19

Center for Photographic Art executive director Brian Taylor (pictured) describes Richard Tuschman’s work as “beautifully lit” and “technically masterful.”

  • Last Saturday, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District invited kids and families to attend a fair devoted to projects and demos in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School of the Arts. There were Cubelet bluetooth blocks robots in the former library, Harry Potter wand-making, Legos and stomp rockets under the veranda, and a slime-making dance club in a classroom. You heard right. A slime-making dance club. It rained that day, but that didn’t put a damper on the festivities. What did was that many of the demonstrators broke down their tables and packed up 45 minutes before the fair was advertised to end (2pm). They blamed the rain, but because the activities were inside or underneath shelter, that seemed like an underwhelming reason to pull the rug out from under kids and families enjoying the event. That part needed improvement; the rest was honor roll-worthy. mpusd.net.
  • ReAlisal: Stories from East Salinas, a play gleaned from the community by Luis “Xago” Juarezof Baktun 12, is going to be read by the students of Artists Ink Ensemble 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, March 15-17, at Alisal High School’s Mullins Theater. It’s a deep immersion into East Salinas lives and culture. xago@baktun12.com.
  • The Monterey Museum of Art has given itself (and the art-going public) a gift for its 60th year: two works by famous artist Judy Chicago. They are “In My Mother’s House” and “Emblem,” both early works. Those and other of the museum’s new acquisitions will be revealed starting Friday, March 15. montereyart.org.
  • You might know Carl Alasko as the co-creator of a musical about political philosopherNiccolo Machiavelli. Or you might know him as the proprietor of Pacific Grove’s beloved Italian restaurant il vecchio. Here’s another side of the Renaissance man: Alasko is launching a lecture on the “psychology of blame,” which he deems is our most destructive emotional behavior. (My vote is for hate, but that’s just me.) They take place at il vecchio, 1:30-3pm on Sundays, March 17-31, free and open to the public. Don’t blame me if you miss them. 324-4282.
  • There are only 10 slots for the Marina Branch Library’s Teen Photography Camp, which runs March 25-29. So hurry up and shoot your shot (meaning, register by March 15) because it’s free for youth 12-18, utilizes digital cameras, is taught by professional photographer Tiffany Walker, and will result in a portfolio and art show at the end. 883-7507.

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