Thursday, Jan. 11 Brain Space How does the built environment impact our mental experience of the world—and vice versa? What’s the cognitive impact of the way in which buildings are designed? These questions, and others like them, exist at the intersection of architecture and neuroscience. And if they’re interesting to you, you’ll want to tune into this upcoming lecture. Neuroscientist Michael A. Arbib joins the Carmel Public Library Foundation for a community night lecture and conversation at Carpenter Hall to talk about his 2021 book When Brains Meet Buildings. There will be time for an audience Q&A after the presentation so that you can ask your own questions of the expert. [TCL] 7pm Thursday, Jan. 11. Carpenter Hall at the Sunset Center, San Carlos Street and 9th Avenue, Carmel. Free ($10 suggested donation to benefit Carmel Public Library). carmelpubliclibraryfoundation.org. Thursday, Jan. 11- Sunday, Jan. 14 Swing State The Monterey Swing Fest is more than a celebration of swing dancing, but it is indeed that. Founded in 1994, the event was revolutionary in carving a new path for the aesthetic and social structure of a swing dance festival, and that legacy continues in the 31st iteration, coming to Monterey this weekend. Days are packed with bootcamps and workshops to finetune your skills. There is plenty of competition from a high kick contest to swing dancing championships at various skill levels, from novice to master. And there’s an invitation to the community at large to observe and soak it all in. Each night concludes with a DJ providing tunes until late night (or the next morning) so you can just let loose, no leader required—and a note that leaders may be of any gender; this is, first and foremost, about sharing the love of dancing with anyone and everyone. [SR] 11am-11pm Thursday, Jan. 11-Sunday, Jan. 14; late-night dancing after each day’s program. Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. $189/full weekend pass; $155/student or international attendee; $75/youth under age 18; $75/ spectator pass; $20-$100 packages for one event of one day. info@montereyswing.com, montereyswing.com. 20 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY january 11-17, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Helen MAcKinlAy Cosmogonies: Creation Myths is the title of an exhibit by Helen MacKinlay in the Pacific Grove Art Center’s Annand Gallery. The above painting is titled “Salinas Creation Myth.” Cosmogonies are stories invented by ancient peoples to explain the origin of their cultures. These creation myths show how chaos became order and how their ancestors came into this world. MacKinlay is a Pebble Beach painter, photographer, printmaker and poet. On display until Feb. 22. [AP] 11-17 january HOT PICKS To see more local events, and add your own, visit calendar.montereycountyweekly.com Courtesy of Pacific Grove Art Center Keith Lindberg VISUALS Keith Lindberg Sometimes, the title of an art piece is its essential element. The above painting by Keith Lindberg is titled “Kitchen Table.” This piece is part of the Carmel Art Association’s All Members Show. This show features new artworks from all 80 current CAA artist members, from stunning paintings to captivating sculptures. Lindberg has been living and working in Carmel for over 40 years. On his website, the artist wrote: “I’m always working on total format, the balance of color and value: the proportion of it, the clarity of how it comes together, how one color meets another and where the value change takes place. I never really solve it, but I try.” The opening reception takes place from 4-7pm on Saturday, Jan. 13. The exhibit closes on Monday, Feb. 5. [AP] Acoustic bluegrass group Special Consensus has been nominated twice for the “Best Bluegrass Album of the Year” Grammy Award—they play the Otter Opry on Friday, Jan. 12. Courtesy of Special Consensus The Emmy-winning film Free At Last - Martin Luther King, Jr. premiered in April 1968, days after King’s assassination. See it Sunday at Monterey History and Art.