Play to highlight notable but overlooked African American figures in history

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the community to celebrate Black History Month with “Portraits of Courage: African Americans You Wish You Had Known.” The theatrical piece examines six notable but often overlooked African Americans and their contributions to American history. The free performance will take place Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus.

“Portraits of Courage” is an original two-person play presented by Will & Company, a Los Angeles-based theatre ensemble that tours the nation. Founded in 1988 as a troupe dedicated to making Shakespeare accessible to underrepresented communities, the group has expanded its work to new educational and historical plays.

Artistic Director Colin Cox created “Portraits of Courage” to help bring recognition to a few notable African Americans who are often absent from the history books. One woman and one man portray characters such as Col. Charles Young, the first African American to attain the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and Madam C.J. Walker, the nation’s first self-made African American female millionaire.

Limited parking on campus is available with the purchase of a $6 daily permit. Please follow signs to the parking permit dispenser. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo, with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI VISTA bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Jennifer Chapman, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 805-437-3243 or jennifer.chapman@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 


 

Ventura College Theatre Arts Department is proud to present its spring 2012 Student One Act Play Festival featuring four short one-act plays, The Wedding Story, The Fourth Wall, Smokes Scenes, and Drugs are Bad. In The Wedding Story, a brave narrator attempts to tell the “perfect” wedding story while being interrupted repeatedly by the bride and groom revealing the “real” story. The Fourth Wall explores what a play might look like if the actors’ mistakes were actually part of the script. Smoke Scenes brings together two clever actors who decide to conceptualize smoke 50 different ways in 10 minutes, and Drugs Are Bad shows how two parents deftly influence their son’s behavior. All four plays will be presented at each performance. The Festival showcases the writing, performance, and production skills of numerous Ventura College Theatre students.

A free preview performance will be presented on Thursday evening, February 2, at 8 p.m., followed by performances on February 3-4 at 8 p.m., February 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on February 12 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in the Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura. Tickets: $7 General Admission, $5 Students/Staff/Seniors. Tickets available at the door only. For more information, contact Judy Garey, Ventura College Theatre Arts Department, email jgarey@vcccd.edu or telephone (805) 654-6400 (ext. 3236).

 


 
Reel Justice Film Series moves off campus

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will take its popular Reel Justice Film Series off campus for the first time, screening a documentary at Oxnard College about children attempting to immigrate to the United States.

The award-winning “Which Way Home” will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the college’s Performing Arts Center. A reception will begin at 6 p.m.

At 8 p.m., experts will discuss the experiences and needs of undocumented immigrants, particularly children. The panelists are Alicia Flores, executive director of La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth and Family Center in Oxnard, immigration attorney Vanessa Frank-Garcia, CLU political science professor José Marichal, and Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios, director for California State Assembly District 35.

The presentation will be in Spanish. English translation headsets will be available.

The free event is designed to bring attention to the challenges faced by young immigrants and to provide an opportunity for community members, local leaders and experts to share their experiences with immigration issues.

Presented by CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, the film series examines the themes of equality and social justice. “Which Way Home” was featured on the CLU campus in November. The Oxnard screening is co-sponsored by the McCune Foundation and the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy.

“Which Way Home” shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to cross the border.

The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Director Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year-old Hondurans desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota; Jose, a 10-year-old Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family.

“Which Way Home” received the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize and a nomination for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

Oxnard College is located at 4000 S. Rose Ave.

For more information, contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3693.

 

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Lucrezia Borgia
Lucrezia Borgia
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A newly created historical figure by artist and historian George Stuart will join Renaissance and Reformation: George Stuart Historical Figures®, on exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County from February 7 through May 20. The figure of Machiavelli will be added after its March 6 unveiling at the first of three accompanying George Stuart monologues held at 3:00 p.m. The other monologues are April 3 and May 1.

The ¼ life-size sculptural figures are renowned for their expressiveness and intricately detailed costumes. Among the 28 on exhibit are Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia, Lorenzo de Medici, Popes Alexander VI and Leo X, Martin Luther, John Calvin, St. Ignatius de Loyola, Teresa of Avila, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Mary Stuart. A life-size costume of Juan Borgia, created by Robert Lamarche of Ojai, will be included as well. The exhibition covers the 15 and 16th centuries, which brought remarkable change to Europe, including the Renaissance flowering of the arts and sciences, the religious Reformation, and competition among its rulers to control not only their continent, but the New World.

The three Tuesday monologues by artist and historian George Stuart are at the new time of 3:00 p.m. The High Renaissance is March 6, Christendom Divided on April 3, and The Wars of Religion on May 1. At the March 6 monologue, the figure of Machiavelli will be unveiled to join the exhibition. Admission to each monologue is $15 for general public, $10 for museum members. Pre-paid reservations for all three monologues are discounted by $5 (general public $40 for all three monologues, museum members $25). For reservations call (805) 653.0323 x 7.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 


 
Professor Jack Reilly is among the artists noted for shaping L.A.’s art scene

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce “Paintings – The Basic Object,” an exhibition of work by Art program chair Jack Reilly, sponsored by The J. Paul Getty Trust’s Pacific Standard Time, an exploration of the Los Angeles art scene and the people who helped shape it.

The exhibition runs Jan. 26 through Feb. 17 at the Bleicher Gallery, La Brea in Los Angeles. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 7 - 9 p.m.

The exhibition highlights Reilly’s role as one of the key players in the controversial movement called “Abstract Illusionism,” which brought him to prominence and critical acclaim in the 1970s. The movement challenged the notion of abstract art as exclusive from illusory representations of space and volume.

Reilly’s latest exhibition showcases geometric-shaped canvases with thousands of abstract brushstrokes of metallic paint that appear to have been sliced, cobbled together and reconstructed into three-dimensional structures. The works call to mind Reilly’s past experiments shaping canvas and blurring the line between sculpture and painting, modernism, pre-modernism and post-modernism. They will be presented along with historical works from his collection.

Reilly's work is exhibited in internationally in galleries and museums and is included in numerous public and private collections. He has executed major public-art commissions for the County of San Diego and American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport, and his paintings were included in the collections of such notables as Fred and Marcia Weisman, Steve Martin, and Daniel Melnick. His contributions to art have also been noted in books including “American Art Now,” “Inside the L.A. Artist,” and “Introduction to Design.”

The Bleicher Gallery is located at 355 N. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles. For more information on the exhibition and the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, visit http://www.labrea.bgartdealings.com/artists-3/pacific-standard-time-art-... and http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/galleries.

To view Reilly’s work, visit http://jackreilly.com. For additional information on CI’s Art Program, visit http://art.csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 

For those who are not familiar, the art show started in 1936 with a display in the small Chamber of Commerce office on the Mill St. side of the Citizens State Bank building. It was so well received that in 1937 it became a full fledged judged show with the Chamber buying the winning oil painting as a gift to the City of Santa Paula, starting an art collection that over the years has grown to over 300 pieces - in 5 different venues.

The entries will be accepted from 12 to 8 p.m. on March 8 and March 10 from 10 to 2 p.m. The official opening of the show will be 12 p.m. Tuesday March 13th.

As in most recent years it will be held in the Blanchard Community Library at 119 No. 8th. St., Santa Paula.

Membership in the society is not necessary and the public is invited to participate. The entry forms are available at Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. 8th. St., the Chamber of Commerce office, corner of 10th and Santa Barbara Sts. in the old SP R/R Depot, the SP Times office, Main st., Buenaventura Art Assn. both locations, Studio Gallery, 2741 S. Victoria Ave. (near the old Maritime Museum) or from a Society member at our gallery from noon to 3:00 in the depot.. For copies of the prospectus (which also contains 2 entry forms) and more information about the Art Society - it is suggested that you go to WWW.thespsa.com. Another option is to call 525-1104

The public will be invited to the Awards Reception at the library on March 24th from 3 to 7 p.m. with light refreshments, music and further discussion of the show from 5 p.m.

 
The Koles
The Koles
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The Koles in Concert at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Theater with special guest, John Batdorf. Simi Valley, California - Saturday, February 18th, 7:00pm

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is proud to present “The Koles.” The Koles are a Simi Valley based folk pop group whose original songs, stunning vocal arrangements and, wonderfully engaging personas captivate audiences. Influenced by the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and the harmony of the Manhattan Transfer, the Koles challenge modern day pop with their musically stimulating offerings. The songwriting is deep and heartfelt and the nationally syndicated public radio show “Art of the Song” dedicated an hour long program to the critically acclaimed album “ONE DAY”, calling it “Brilliant”. The Koles are also pleased to announce that 21 year old wunderkind, Wyatt Stone, has joined the band. Wyatt toured the world for 4 years with Rickie Lee Jones and is an amazing multi- instrumentalist.

Though the Koles are relaxed and positive, they rock, they roll, and move audiences to tears while injecting hilarious moments throughout their show. Their performances warranted them recognition in Music Connection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Live Indies in the USA. Steve Brogden, President FAR West / Folk Alliance says: “Two thing stand out. First is the songwriting. Then there are those voices...”

The Koles are excited to be releasing & debuting songs from their new CD, “Odds & Ends” at the Cultural Arts Center.

For music and video, visit www.thekolesmusic.com

Also appearing, special guest, John Batdorf. John began his career during the 1970’s as a member of Atlantic recording artists, Batdorf & Rodney. When you hear John sing live for the first time, you’ll understand why his music has meant so much to his fans that have spanned nearly four decades. John was recently inducted into the Las Vegas “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.” He has just released his CD “One Last Wish’” to rave reviews. John’s music can be explored at www.johnbatdorfmusic.com.

Catch a performance of The Koles in an intimate concert setting at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on February 18th. Tickets can be purchased at the SVCAC box office by calling (805) 583-7900. Visit the theater on the web at www.simi-arts.org.

Adults $22.00, Students’seniors$18.00, Children $16.00
3050 Los Angeles Avenue.
Simi Valley, California
93065
Contact: Bill Kole
For interviews with the Koles
info@arlenekole.com
Ph: 805 520-9336

 
Conejo Pops Orchestra, Nancy Osborne perform
Vocalist Nancy Osborne
Vocalist Nancy Osborne

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The annual concert of big band music and love songs celebrating Valentine’s Day will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at California Lutheran University.

“A Valentine Concert: Elmer Ramsey, His Trumpet and Orchestra” will be presented in Samuelson Chapel. Ramsey and the Conejo Pops Orchestra will perform music from great artists of the big band era, including Artie Shaw, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie. The program also includes endearing love songs from World War II.

Dynamic vocalist Nancy Osborne will perform. The Westlake Village resident has performed with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Tex Beneke and Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni, with whom she made two CDs and a DVD, and as a television and film actor. Osborne also produced her own 17-piece big band CD, “Hot Swing, Cool Jazz.”

Also featured will be Camarillo vocalist Damian Gravino, a veteran of local musical theater productions who played Daddy Warbucks in last year’s Camarillo Community Theatre production of “Annie.”

Daniel Geeting, a member of the CLU music faculty since 1984, will be featured on clarinet. He has performed extensively as a recitalist, played on movie and television soundtracks, and recorded two CDs featuring the clarinet works of major English composers.

Ramsey, a CLU professor emeritus of music, began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 14, and three years later had his own ’40s-style big band on a Washington radio station. Many members of his orchestra are CLU alumni and have also performed with Harry James, Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke orchestras.

Admission is $10 for students and $20 for others.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu/music.

 
Artist Douglas Shively
Artist Douglas Shively

SANTA PAULA, CA – A retrospective exhibit of works by beloved Santa Paula artist Douglas Shively will open at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, on Saturday, February 4, 2012 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. For more information please call the Museum at 805-525-5554 or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

A Santa Paula resident for nearly a century, Douglas Shively contributed to the community as a banker and a rancher, but was best known as a California Impressionist with a talent for graceful and vivid landscapes. As an artist, Douglas was largely self-taught. Although he took formal studio courses, he felt he learned most by working with George Otis, Paul Sample, Ralph Holmes, Robert Clunie, Jessie Arms and Cornelis Botke and other significant landscape painters of the 1930s,‘40s and ‘50s.

As a skillful colorist, Shively’s landscapes appear natural and dramatically vivid. While he took many painting trips abroad, the vast majority of his paintings were done locally. His favorite haunts: Morro Bay, Point Lobos, Rincon, and other sites along the California coast, the Ventura County foothills, backcountry and valleys, local landmarks and many scenes of beautiful sycamores. His work was so esteemed that between 1932 and 1985 he sold nearly a thousand paintings, many of which presently exist in local private and public collections.

“Douglas Shively was a very important asset to our Community, as a citizen, an artist and a banker”, said Jennifer Heighton, Executive Director of the Museum. “It has been an honor to work with his family and other collectors on the exhibit”. When notice of the exhibit went out to the public, Heighton received many phone calls and saw many, many beautiful paintings that are held in private collections all over Ventura County. “While it was difficult to narrow down the selection of paintings to be on exhibit, I decided to focus on the more unusual Shively paintings, that have rarely, if ever, been seen”. Heighton said there will be around 65 paintings on exhibit.

The exhibit will run until June 17th, 2012, and may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

 

Nan Kane (CSUCI), Shabnam Farahani (Ventura College) and Hanna McMaster (Moorpark College) have a few things in common: they are artists, they are pursuing art degrees, and they are winners from Buenaventura Art Association’s “Collegiate Competition Exhibit” from 2011. One of their prizes, in addition to scholarship money and free membership to Buenaventura Art Association is a show, paid for by Buenaventura Art Association at the Harbor Village Gallery. Their exhibit, “Kane Farahani McMaster” will be at the Harbor Village Gallery from February 8 through March 5, 2012 with their artist reception on Friday, February 10 from 5 – 8pm.

The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr. in the Ventura Harbor Village next to the Main Lawn. Open everyday except Tuesday from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit their either website at www.harborvillagegallery.com or www.buenaventuragallery.org.

 

Buenaventura Art Association’s 26th Annual Open Competition brought entries from all over Ventura County. Juror Gary Lang, Ojai artist and adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University said he could have curated ten exhibits from all the wonderful entries he received.

Jack Halbert of Ventura won “Best of Show” for his “On the Midway” oil painting. The prizes in two-dimensional works are as follows: 1st Place, Horatio Martinez, for his drawing “Rosario Girl”;” 2nd Place, Kathy Ikerd (Santa Paula) for her acrylic painting “Evening Glow;” 3rd Place, Michael Rohde (Newbury Park) for his tapestry “House & Blue Ikat;” Honorable Mention, Steve Cook (Ventura) for his oil painting, “Lord Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz.” The prizes in three-dimensional works are as follows: 1st Place, Bob Privitt (Thousand Oaks) for his “Bullet Blasted Traingle” sculpture; 2nd Place, Todd Collart (Ventura) for his metal assemblage piece “Land Rover;” 3rd Place, David Blackburn for “True Love” his sculptural marble and exotic wood jewelry box; and Honorable Mention, John Parker (Camarillo) for his “Sustained by the Wind” Maple Wood piece.

Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

 
CLU hosts free community events Feb. 11-12

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A Kansas City organist and teacher is presenting a free concert and master class at California Lutheran University.

John Ditto, music director and organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City for almost 30 years, will lead the organ master class at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Ditto will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the third and final concert in the Orvil and Gloria Franzen 2011-2012 Organ Program Series celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel.

The organist is an associate professor emeritus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he spent 29 years. Previously, he was an associate professor of music at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo.

Ditto earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Drake University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in musical arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. He has served as organist and choirmaster for churches in Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and New York.

The Ventura County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is sponsoring the master class. Organists interested in playing for Ditto may contact CLU’s University Organist Kyle Johnson, who studied with Ditto at the conservatory, at 805-493-3332 or kejohns@callutheran.edu.

Both events will be held in Samuelson Chapel, located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.

 
Century 16
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Rex Kochel’s “Eclectic Adventure Continues” will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from January 31 – Feb. 25 with an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4 – 7 pm. Kochel’s “Eclectic Adventure” includes watercolors, watercolor/collage and some mixed media pieces as well as several drawings.

When asked exactly what “Eclectic Adventure Continues” means, Kochel laughed and commented, “People have wondered if the same artist painted all these paintings because they look so different…it truly is an eclectic adventure.” Kochel continued, “Of course, it can also refer to the fact that a number of the paintings were drawn without looking at the paper: a blind continuous line. This definitely creates interesting details and unusual shapes.” Kochel's interests and approach continues to evolve, as patrons will notice in his exhibit. His eclectic approach and appreciation of diverse styles will no doubt continue throughout his career.

Kochel's evolution as an artist began late in life. As a high school and college athlete (he attended Oregon State University on a basketball scholarship) it was nearly impossible to include art into his course of study. He was well into his 30's when he first enrolled in an art class at Ventura College. Several years later, at the urging of the administration at Ventura High School, Rex agreed to head the Girls' Basketball Program if his teaching assignment included teaching art classes. From that beginning, Rex eventually became a full time art instructor at the high school. Upon retirement in 2004 Rex was commissioned by Remax in Ventura to provide painting (54 in all) for their new office building. In 2005 Rex was juried into the Ojai Studio Artists.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 805-648-1235 or visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

 
Zypora Spaisman
Zypora Spaisman

Discover the funny, poignant, and larger-than-life world of Holocaust survivor and actress Zypora Spaisman, when the Museum of Ventura County presents “Yiddish Theater: A Love Story,” a documentary screening on Thursday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. A question and answer session with filmmaker/producer Ravit Markus follows. Admission is $10, museum members $5, and includes entry to all museum galleries beforehand.

The documentary was shot in real time, during a crucial week when the 84-year-old Spaisman’s theater company was struggling for financial survival despite its excellent critical reviews. The film includes scenes with many of the last remaining stars of the Yiddish stage as well as leading experts from the Yiddish world, including Seymour Rexite, Shifra Lerer, Zalmen Mlotek, Nahma Sandrow and many more. “Yiddish Theater: A Love Story” has been screened at the Jerusalem and the Santa Barbara International Film Festivals, among others.

Spaisman was an actress on the Yiddish stage from an early age in her native Poland. When the Nazis invaded Poland, she and her husband fled toward Russia, but were later sent to a Soviet labor camp. Spaisman used her midwife training to deliver more than 1,000 babies born there. After the war she learned she was the only one in her family to escape death. She continued as an actress, and once in New York, became an important force in the fight to keep Yiddish theater viable in America. She had a long association with the Folksbiene, the nation’s oldest Yiddish speaking theater, where she was executive producer before she left to start her own company, Yiddish Public Theater. During her career she won an Obie Award, a Drama Desk award, and a New York City People’s Choice Award.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 

Backstage at SPTC (Santa Paula Theater Center) announces its third annual production of original one act plays. Full Frontal Humanity opens June 1 and runs through June 17 for eleven performances. Like its predecessors, Acts2Grind and Quills & Keys, Full Frontal Humanity will consist of original one act plays written exclusively by Ventura County residents.

Submission Guidelines
Plays will be considered only from Ventura County residents.
Plays must be previously unproduced and run 10 to 30 minutes in length.
There is no submission fee. Likewise, there is no pay or prize money.
Each writer may submit up to three plays, but no more than 45 pages total.
Submissions will only be accepted electronically. Send pdf or Word files to SPTCBackstage@yahoo.com.
Include a list of characters with any relevant description either on the title page or the 2nd page.
Including a bio or list of credits is optional, however you must include your name, street address and phone number in your email.
Submissions must be received by Friday, March 30, 2012.
Writers will be notified by email prior to April 15 as to the reading panel’s decision.

Important Information

· Backstage at SPTC is a “black box” theater. Plays are simply staged with minimal set pieces, props and set dressing. Think along the lines of simple furniture that can be reconfigured, redressed, or easily moved on and off stage quickly.

· Backstage at SPTC is a forum for new, original works. Strong language and adult situations are common.

· Writers of selected plays are required to sign a release granting rights of performance without monetary compensation including audio and visual recording for promotion and possible sale as a fundraiser.

· Writers of plays selected for production are invited to the opening night performance, along with a guest, and will receive two complimentary tickets to another performance during its run.

Please do not call the SPTC Box Office with questions regarding Full Frontal Humanity. Instead, send your inquiries to SPTCbackstage@yahoo.com. You may also visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org for additional information regarding events.

 
Company to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Much Ado’

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The 16th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will feature performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Much Ado About Nothing” at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

“Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed June 29 through July 1, July 6 through 8, and July 13 through 15. “Romeo and Juliet” will be staged July 20 through 22, July 27 through July 29, and Aug. 3 through 5. All shows begin at 8 p.m. in scenic Kingsmen Park.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company has not performed “Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of young love, since 2000. “Much Ado About Nothing,” one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies, was last presented in 2002. The previous shows were among the most popular in the history of the festival.

Company veterans Kevin P. Kern, artistic director of the Pensacola Shakespeare Festival, and Brett Elliott, associate artistic director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, will return to direct “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Romeo and Juliet,” respectively. Both men have been involved in the festival since its beginning and have directed productions in recent seasons.

The festival is one of the area’s most popular outdoor theatrical events. Visitors are immersed in the Shakespeare experience as the festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater company of California Lutheran University. The nonprofit organization also coordinates apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors, an educational tour program in local schools, and summer theater camps for youth.

General admission is $20 for adults and free for those under 18. For more information, visit http://kingsmenshakespeare.org or call 805-493-3014.

 
“Hilos de la Vida/ Threads of Life”

February 25 – May 27, 2012

The rich textile tradition of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico, is on exhibition February 25 through May 27, when the Museum of Ventura County presents Hilos de la Vida / Threads of Life, featuring woven pieces from the Bii Daüü Zapotec Arts Center. Work by local Zapotec weaver and artist Porfirio Gutierrez of Ventura is also featured. Gutierrez uses traditional methods but applies a more modern interpretation to Zapotec-inspired designs. Included with the exhibit is a demonstration of the techniques of the foot loom and a look at how textiles are used in everyday life.

The opening reception is Friday, February 24th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $5 for the general public, free for museum members, and includes admission to all galleries. For reservations, call (805) 653-0323 x 7.

Established in 2004, the Bii Daüü Zapotec Arts Center is a cooperative dedicated to the production of textiles using only natural dyes and original designs. It makes a commitment to cultural sustainability by teaching young people in Teotitlán del Valle traditional methods, in order to preserve the ancient Zapotec techniques.

Other exhibits opening at the Museum during the same time period include Music before Columbus: the Collection of Luis Perez, featuring Pre-Columbian musical instruments from Mesoamerica, and The White Instruments: Recent Creations by Luis Perez.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
Figures in the Overselo parish church in Sodermanland, Sweden.
Figures in the Overselo parish church in Sodermanland, Sweden.
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Experts will discuss architecture, magic, politics

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The 2011 Nordic Spirit Symposium at California Lutheran University will explore life in the post-Viking era, from architecture to magic to politics.

“After the Vikings - Before the Reformation: Scandinavia in Transition” will be held Feb. 10 and 11 on the Thousand Oaks campus. The public is invited to join in the spirit of a symposium, which blends music, dining and the free exchange of ideas to enhance the pleasure of learning.

Several authorities from the United States and Europe will discuss Nordic culture and religion on Feb. 10 and 11 in the Preus-Brandt Forum.

On Feb. 10, Tracey Sands, a former Ventura County resident who now works for the Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals at the University of Copenhagen, and clothing historian Michelle Nordtorp-Madsen of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota will give presentations. Sands will speak about how saints were called upon in support of various political causes during the contentious period of the Kalmar Union. Nordtorp-Madsen will share images of Scandinavian garments and accessories.

On Feb. 11, Harvard University professor Stephen Mitchell will discuss word magic and its role as a survival tool for those living in early northern Europe.
Other presentations will cover wooden statues, the development of Christian kingdoms from pagan Viking principalities, and the evolution of the construction of Christian churches.

A reception will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Scandinavian Center. The symposium will conclude with dinner and a performance of bassoon, accordion and piano music at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in Lundring Events Center.

CLU and the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation are sponsoring the symposium. Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco, the Norway House Foundation and the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles provided grants.

For prices, schedules and registration, call 805-778-0162 or email seeallan@hotmail.com. Discounts are available until Jan. 19.

 
Public invited to one-man show featuring Dr. King’s best-known speeches

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by attending a performance of the civil rights leader’s most beloved speeches.

Educator/performer Steven Loewenstein will present his one-man show, “Montgomery to Memphis,” Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Loewenstein, a Texas teacher, has traveled the country performing the show for audiences ranging from schools and universities to churches, civic groups and corporations. He takes the audience through the life and times of Dr. King by narrating and dramatically interpreting excerpts of eight powerful speeches over a photo slideshow.

The evening will also feature performances by members of CI’s Usawa Student Union. Their theatrical monologues will honor other important African American leaders who inspired and worked alongside Dr. King in his fight for equality.

Limited parking is available with the purchase of a $6 daily permit. Please follow signs to the parking permit dispenser. Free parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI VISTA bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Jennifer Chapman, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 805-437-3243 or jennifer.chapman@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

 
Free event features music, acrobatics, food

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will host its popular Chinese New celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in Soiland Recreation Center.

The festive event will celebrate the Year of the Dragon, the mightiest of the signs, with a traditional lion dance, Chinese acrobats and gong fu demonstrations. There will be dancing, singing and Chinese music. Authentic Chinese food will be served, vendors will sell items ranging from jewelry to plants, and volunteers will write people’s names in Chinese. The event will also feature exhibits on history and art, including Chinese brush paintings and other works by local artists. Door prizes and traditional red envelopes will be distributed.

China will enter the 4,709th year on Jan. 23. A creature of legend, the dragon is the ultimate symbol of success and happiness. It represents power and wealth and the Chinese are eager to have children during the Year of the Dragon.

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. The holiday lasts 15 days and focuses on bringing good luck for the new year.

According to legend, Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. To protect themselves, villagers put out food to satisfy the Nian. Later, finding that the beast feared the color red, they hung red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. Today, adults give red envelopes, often containing money, to children to symbolize wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Lanterns symbolize the brightness of spring. In dragon and lion dances, a group of dancers parade under elaborately decorated dragon or lion costumes to scare away bad luck.

CLU’s Languages and Cultures Department and Multicultural Programs are sponsoring the free event.

Soiland Recreation Center is located in Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is near the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contact Daniel Lawrence at 805-493-3489 or lawrenc@callutheran.edu.