• Warren Chang is known for his interior portraits and outdoor paintings of fieldworkers. On Thursday, 6-7:30pm, he’ll explore emotion, history and agriculture in art with Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau executive director Jess Brown, Monterey Museum of Art executive director Charlotte Eyerman, and publisher John Fleskes at MMA-La Mirada.

• It’s not monarch butterfly overwintering season, but butterflies of luminous color have been spotted throughout Pacific Grove for weeks. These are the hand-painted art variety, which have been affixed to light poles, beautifying the place. Well the 41 butterflies are migrating. Into the Pacific Grove Art Center. They’ll congregate 7:30-9pm this Friday during a free public gala with drinks, apps and music, at which time they can be bid on in a silent auction to benefit the art center. www.facebook.com/downtownpacificgrove.

• The Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Association and Monterey Bay Fisheries historian Tim Thomas are teaming up on the latest Wharf Walk, 10am-12pm this Saturday, with a focus on humpback whales. $20 for adults. 521-3304.

• If you are a teenager (and you’re reading this, pat yourself on the back for your inquisitive mind and fidelity to reading print) or if you know one with artistic ability, on Tuesday, Focus for Teens starts an eight-week after-school art sessions at Pacific Grove Art Center with artist Dante Rondo. It costs $130, so the creative direction doesn’t come cheap, but with the decimation of art from public schools, we’re kind of on our own for now. 626-4259.

• Susan Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University and scholar-in-residence at the National Steinbeck Center, is a learned interpreter of Steinbeck and his work. On Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm at Monterey Peninsula College’s Lecture Forum 103, as part of the Gentrain lecture series, she talks about “A Symphony of Words: Steinbeck’s Layered Sense of Place.” Email conductor@gentrain.org for more.

• Applications are being accepted now til April 30 for the Monterey County Theatre Alliance’s Theatre Arts Scholarship for 2015 for high school grads or community college students who intend to study theater arts, which is roiling with ideas, play, identity and energy. Go to www.MCTAlive.com.

• For some of the freshest and newest arts and culture happenings, within and without Monterey County, check out my twitter at @WalterRyce.

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