Paperback Writer performance highlights new CI course on the Beatles

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to experience one of the nation’s leading Beatles tribute bands during a free outdoor concert, Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., in front of the John Spoor Broome Library on the CI campus.

Paperback Writer, critically acclaimed as one of the country’s most authentic Beatles tribute bands, will take the audience on a trip through the musical years of the world’s most successful and popular rock group of all time.

The concert is being held as part of a new course, The Beatles: Music, Fashion and Culture, offered jointly by CI’s Performing Arts and Art programs. The course explores the music, fashion, films and cultural impact of the most influential band in the history of popular music. It also examines how the Beatles both affected and reflected popular music, society and culture from the 1960s to present day.

The concert exposes the students to an authentic Beatles tribute band experience and also enables them to complete a review of the act as part of a class assignment.

“As students learn about the Beatles, they learn about the history and culture of the 1960s,” said Dr. Paul Murphy, Lecturer in the Music program, who developed the course for CI. “The course exposes students to the evolution and social significance of the music of the Beatles and gives them a greater appreciation for the group’s many innovations and their impact on pop culture worldwide.”

First offered in the fall semester, the course became so popular that CI created two sections for spring. With 80 students currently enrolled, there’s a wait list for future semesters.

“It is a class that no one will regret taking, simply because of how much fun it is,” said Laura Pederson, a senior liberal studies major. “It's not everyday you get to listen to the Beatles songs that have influenced and inspired so many. Dr. Murphy provides great insight into the band through Beatles archive footage that features live performances and interviews.”

In addition to attending twice-weekly lectures, taking exams and writing reports, students in the class have the opportunity to hear directly from special guest artists who worked with the Beatles. During an upcoming class on Thursday, April 5, Laurence Juber, a Grammy award-winning guitarist who toured with Paul McCartney, will perform and speak to the students.

“We are truly lucky to have this course offered at CI,” said Ana Flores-Sierra, a senior nursing student. “The course not only covers each album and song, but also society's reactions to their music and the influence that many songs and albums had on later music.”

“The Beatles have contributed more to our culture and society than we really can possibly grasp,” Pedersen said. “Their music brought people together, young and old. Beatlemania swept America in 1964 and, in reality, it never left.”

There will be very limited complimentary parking on campus. To ensure you are able to find parking, the University encourages guests to carpool or take the CI VISTA bus. The CI VISTA bus, which departs from the Camarillo Metrolink Station will be complimentary to all guests who are attending this event. Please inform the bus driver that you are attending the Beatles Tribute Concert event. For more information regarding the VISTA bus schedule please visit:

For more information on the Paperback Writer tribute concert, contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or

For information on the Beatles course, contact Dr. Paul Murphy, at or 310-804-3581.

To learn more about Paperback Writer, visit

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.


Documentary examines communication barriers

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will show a documentary that follows four diverse children on a journey to become bilingual.

“Speaking in Tongues” will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Lundring Events Center as part of CLU’s Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice. A panel discussion with a faculty member from CLU’s Department of Languages and Cultures, and a former principal, current parent and student from Montalvo Elementary School in Ventura will follow. Montalvo has had a two-way immersion program since 2000.

Attitudes about language reflect much bigger concerns, with language as a metaphor for the barriers that come between neighbors, be they across the street or around the world.

“Speaking in Tongues” by filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider showcases a world where these communication barriers are being addressed. The film features four pioneering families who put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, theirteachers speak mostly in a foreign language.

An African-American boy from public housing learns to read, write and speak Mandarin. A Mexican-American boy, whose parents are not literate in any language, develops professional-level Spanish while mastering English. A Chinese-American girl regains her grandparents’ mother tongue, a language her parents lost through assimilation. A Caucasian teen travels to Beijing to stay with a Mandarin-speaking host family. Their stories reveal the promise of a multilingual America.

However, many Americans warn that the United States is becoming a modern-day Babel and our national identity is at risk. Thirty-one states and some cities have passed laws making English the official language. But in our diverse country and our increasingly international world, is knowing English enough?

Jarmel and Schneider founded PatchWorks Films in 1994. They specialize in films that explore contemporary social issues through intimate character stories. “Speaking in Tongues” is PatchWorks’ third feature documentary.

Lundring Events Center is located in Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, the Graduate School of Education, Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, and the Department of Languages and Cultures are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at or 805-493-3693.


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Caroline Cottom directed Nuclear Freeze Campaign
Caroline Cottom
Caroline Cottom

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A California Lutheran University alumna and former director of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign will talk about the political role of unconditionallove and her experiences in the halls of Congress, the United Nations and the former Soviet Union at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Caroline Cottom will discuss her book “Love Changes Things … Even in the World of Politics,” which will be released April 9, in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel. Light refreshments and a book signing will follow.

Cottom also directed the campaign to end nuclear test explosions in the Nevada desert, an effort involving 75 national organizations that brought an end to U.S. nuclear testing in 1992.

Among the students who enrolled at CLU in its first year, Cottom was chosen as Outstanding Female Student in 1962 and 1964 and was involved in student government, editing the annual, contributing to the literary journal and organizing a service project that included one-fourth of the student body.

After graduating magna [!@#$] laude with a degree in English literature in CLU’s first commencement in 1964, Cottom became a classroom teacher and writer. In 1978, she obtained a doctorate in educational policy and worked with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system as well as Common Cause-Tennessee.

In time, quite unexpectedly, she found herself in Washington, D.C., involved in the politics of nuclear arms control. Led by dreams and a sense of God calling to her, Cottom began building relationships with members of Congress and two U.S. administrations, defense analysts, Soviet officials and others including Al Gore in his roles as U.S. representative, senator and finally vice president. These relationships, which Cottom describes as based on unconditional love, were crucial to the campaign's success. The U.S. signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in 1996.

Since then, Cottom has carried her spiritual-political work to Ecuador, Fiji, Mexico and other countries, creating projects and character-development programs. She received the CLU Alumni Association’s Humanitarian Concerns award in 1989.

CLU’s Master of Public Policy and Administration program and Alumni Relations office are sponsoring the free event.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the ThousandOaks campus.

For more information, contact Rebecca Cardone at or 713-492-4231.


Candlelit walk, talk on male activists planned
Michael Messner
Michael Messner

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A candlelit walk, a Clothesline Project display and a talk on male activists will mark Take Back the Night at California Lutheran University on Friday, April 13.

The activities, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. in Buth Park.

Take Back the Night marches, rallies and events encouraging people to take a stand against sexual violence, particularly incidents involving female victims, have been held around the world for more than 30 years.

Michael Messner, a sociology and gender studies professor at University of SouthernCalifornia, will deliver the keynote address on male activism and gender-based violence. He is conducting a life-history study of two generations of men who have been active in the campaign against gender violence. One group came of age in the 1970s during a time of explosive feminist grassroots activism, and the other is fueling a resurgence of anti-violence activism on college campuses and through media-based campaigns today. The study explores how activists make sense of their anti-violence work and how they have strategized to stop men’s violence within the two different historical contexts.

As part of The Clothesline Project, shirts decorated by women affected by violence will be displayed. The event also will feature student performances and resource tables hosted by community and CLU organizations.

Buth Park is at the corner of Memorial Parkway and Luther Avenue.

CLU’s student club Feminism Is… and Center for Equality and Justice are sponsoring the event. For more information, call 805-493-3694 or email

These are the results of the 75th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show at the Santa Paula Community Library, 119 N. 8th. St., Santa Paula.  The exhibit will continue through April 4th.  Library hours are Mon, Tues, & Thurs. from 12 to 8 p.m.,  Wed. - 10 to 6 p.m. and Sat. from 10 to 2. 
Closed Friday and Sunday.
These are the results of the 75th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show at the Santa Paula Community Library, 119 N. 8th. St., Santa Paula. The exhibit will continue through April 4th. Library hours are Mon, Tues, & Thurs. from 12 to 8 p.m., Wed. - 10 to 6 p.m. and Sat. from 10 to 2. Closed Friday and Sunday.
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Program features cantatas, contemporary music

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Areté Vocal Ensemble will conclude its third season at California Lutheran University with a concert program highlighting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary composers.

“Bach and Beyond, Part II” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Samuelson Chapel.

This is the innovative professional vocal ensemble’s second of two concerts juxtaposing the timeless cantatas of J.S. Bach with music by contemporary composers. The program pairs Bach’s Cantata #78 “Jesu, der du Meine Seele” for chorus, soloists and orchestra with “I Love to Tell the Story,” a work composed for Areté by New Mexico composer Bradley Ellingboe and scored for chorus, mezzo-soprano solo and viola. Also featured will be the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, who visited the campus in February.

Through the combined power of words and music, an uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté offers audiences a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience. Music Director Wyant Morton conducts.

Admission is $20, $15 for seniors and $10 for students with I.D. Children younger than 12 are free. Tickets are available at the door or online. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Concert to feature standards and lesser-known works

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s popular Jazz Ensemble will present its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Preus-Brandt Forum.

Under the direction of music faculty member Peter Woodford, the CLU Jazz Ensemble will perform popular jazz standards as well as innovative, lesser-known works.

Woodford has been playing guitar professionally for more than 40 years. He has accompanied a long list of musical artists from jazz, classical, rock, pop and country genres. The diverse array includes Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, Natalie Cole, Kenny G., Stan Getz, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Darin, Michael Bolton and dozens more.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Roadbetween Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

Family-friendly event is free for children under 12

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Scandinavian Festival will provide affordable family fun when it returns to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on April 14 and 15.

The annual Scandinavian Festival highlighting the Nordic cultures will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for young and old. An old-time Scandinavian dance will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. April 14.

The festival begins Saturday with an opening ceremony and a colorful parade of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Saami participants in their traditional costumes carrying flags of their Nordic countries. A highlight of the ceremony will be the dedication of a stave church door portal commissioned by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation (SACHF) and created by master woodcarver Phillip Odden. The portal, a scaled copy of the panels on the Borgund Stave Church in Norway, will be set up at the SACHF booth during the festival and on display in the Scandinavian Center after the festival.

Also on display at the festival will be two Norwegian longboats built more than 100 years ago. Mr. Thomas, a traditional faering (four-oar) sports boat built in 1875, and Rein, a six-oar fishing boat built in 1905, were built in Norway from the 1,200-year-old Viking boat design used since the beginning of the Viking Age. Actor Robin Williams sailed on Rein in the 1999 movie “What Dreams May Come.”

The focal point for the festival will be a newly combined entertainment and dining area in Kingsmen Park featuring a stage and booths serving popular Scandinavian delicacies. Forty vendors of Scandinavian handicrafts will sell their wares on the festive Nordic Shopping Avenue.

The festival will offer music ranging from rock to Saami “yoik.” The ABBA Girlz will stage their flashy tribute to the famous Swedish group. Also performing will be the duo Jensen and Bugge, accordionist and master fiddler, and singers Deborah and Garth Phillipsen. Västkustens Spelmanslag will perform for open dancing and veteran fiddler Tim Rued will lecture and play a variety of instruments.

CLU students will help kids make head wreaths, troll puppets, Norwegian fish bags, wooden butter knives and Saami wooden reindeer heads. Adults can try their hands at crafts such as Hardanger and bobbin lace.

Returning to the festival will be the Ravens of Odin Viking Encampment, and Nathan Muus and his Saami Siiddastallan (community gathering).
Admission is free for children 11 and under and $7 for everyone else. Parking is free. CLU is located at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit or email Sandra Grunewald at

A Photography Exhibit at the Ojai Center for the Arts

“REFLECT” is the theme of this year’s Photography Branch exhibition at the Ojai Center for the Arts. This ninth annual juried show will accept images that capture the two prime definitions of the theme—light being reflected from something and/or the more human aspects of the word typified by thinking, pondering, and meditation. We welcome any photographic style including portraiture, landscape, documentary, manipulative, etc. The show opens June 2 and runs through July 3, 2012.

Last year more than 50 works by nearly as many photographers were displayed at the Art Center. This year we expect that more artists will compete to have one or more of their works in the show.

Photographers are invited to submit their work on May 31 or June 1. Detailed submission information can be found on the Photography Branch page at the Art Center website at

There will be a reception Sunday, June 3 from 1 to 3 pm. Refreshments will be served. The Art Center is located in downtown Ojai at 113 South Montgomery Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is free.

CLU professor exposes power of dance in new book
Carla Walter
Carla Walter

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University professor Carla Walter will discuss the hidden power ofdance in advertising at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

The associate professor in the School of Management will present “Dance and Advertising: How Does It Affect You?” in the Roth Nelson Room on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The author of “Black Social Dance in Television Advertising: An Analytical History” will present ways in which consumers, often unknowingly, are affected by dance in advertising. Drawing from her recent book, she will show how dance is used silently through experiences to connect consumers to brands.

Audience members will be encouraged, though not required, to participate in dance to illustrate silent links between movement and affect.

Other books by Walter, who writes under the name of Carla Stalling Huntington, include “Hip Hop Dance: Meanings and Messages” and the soon-to-be-released novel “Vote of No Confidence.” Her research interests include consumer behavior, social marketing and arts management and marketing, especially the fine and performing arts as they relate to cultural studies in advertising. She has been a visiting lecturer at several international institutions including the University of Savoy, Institute of Management in Annecy, France, and the Management Center Innsbruck in Austria.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard near Memorial Parkway.

CLU’s Multicultural and International Programs, School of Management, Campus Diversity Initiative and Pearson Library are sponsoring the free lecture. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at or 805-493-3693.

Original works by local artists to be auctioned to raise funds for music education in the schools

Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Festival in partnership with the arts community will hold a live auction fundraiser of original art created by local talent on the evening of Saturday, March 31 at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Ventura Harbor.

“The Evening of Note” event will feature twelve original works of art, entitled Visions of Screen: Unfolding Art of Twelve Women, each work created and donated by a local female artist on a three-paneled screen. Says Executive Director Cheryl Heitmann, “These amazing artists have created really unique and beautiful pieces, some of them based on music themes, such as the work by Andrea Vargas-Mendoza inspired by Nicole Cabell, Ventura’s own international opera star who will perform for the Festival in May.”

Ms. Cabell will be featured along with a lineup of top classical and jazz artists from around the world in the Festival’s 18th concert season May 3-12.

For the past seven years, Ventura Music Festival has worked with the arts community to present an art exhibition that begins in January, this year at the atrium of Ventura City Hall, followed by display at various locations throughout the city before being auctioned at the Festival’s spring fundraiser.

The funds raised from the event will support Ventura Music Festival’s educational outreach programs in the local schools and youth organizations as well as the production of professional concerts for the public.

“The Roaring ‘20s: a celebration of art, music and good times," is the evening's theme. “This event is always lots of fun and includes a gourmet dinner and live entertainment. Flapper duds and fedoras are optional," says Heitmann.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7:00 p.m. The jazz trio, Coda, will play throughout the evening. The lineup of upcoming performing artists for the May concert season will also be presented.

The event is organized by C-Notes, a volunteer committee of Ventura Music Festival’s Board of Directors.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person. To purchase tickets and for information about proxy or absentee bidding, contact Ventura Music Festival at 648.3146 or go online at

Name of event: “2012 Evening of Note” presented by Ventura Music Festival

Theme: The Roaring '20s, a celebration of art, music and good times!

What: A festive evening of fine dining, jazz entertainment, friends, lots of fun and a live auction of original works of art created by local artists

Purpose: Fundraiser for Ventura Music Festival, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.

Where: Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Ventura Harbor, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Ticket price: $150 per person

To purchase tickets:

For display locations of the works of art until the auction:

Bidding Information: At the event or by absentee or proxy up to March 29 by filling out the form at this link.

For more information: Call (805) 648-3146 or go to:


The thrill and excitement of spring will explode through the beautiful music of your own “Ventura County Concert Band” On Sunday, April 15, at 3:00 in the afternoon,in the Ventura High School Auditorium, join maestro Bruce Colell and his sensational band musicians in a fantastic performance of the greatest band music on the planet.
Everyone in the audience and in the band will CHEER and RAVE about this concert for months to come.
As always, our musical extravaganzas are free to you and to your friends.


The story of tiny Thumbelina, told with shadow puppets, music of the 1960s and ’70s, and Art Nouveau scenic design, is presented Friday evening, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion.

Performed by the Oregon Shadow Theatre, the adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairly tale follows Thumbelina on a journey to the land of the flower fairies, using shadow puppets, live music and narration. Award winning puppeteer Deb Chase creates the shadow images, while Mick Doherty performs live music on the hammer dulcimer, electric guitar, and an assortment of percussion instruments. The performance is intended for adults and children ages four and older.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children and includes entrance to museum galleries before the performance. Museum of Ventura County members’ price is $10, and $5 for children. For reservations, call (805) 653-0323 x 7.
“Thumbelina” is the third in the Museum of Ventura County’s new Family Fun At The Museum series of live performance presentations. The museum is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura, and is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.

Hit Broadway musical runs March 29 through April 7 at CI’s Malibu Hall

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to a groundbreaking, thought-provoking and highly entertaining rendition of the hit Broadway musical “Cabaret.”

Set in a colorful cabaret against the rising terror of Nazi Germany, “Cabaret” is the first musical and the fifth annual spring show to be staged by CI’s Performing Arts Program.

Eight performances will be held at Malibu Hall on the CI campus. Evening performances will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29 – Saturday, March 31, and Thursday, April 5 – Saturday, April 7. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, and Saturday, April 7.

Tickets are free for CI students, $5 for all other students, $10 for CI faculty and staff, and $15 for the public. To purchase tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or visit Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash. Seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended.

“Cabaret” follows the stories of a compelling cast of characters at the Kit Kat Klub, a scene of uninhibited, decadent celebration set against the backdrop of growing Nazi terror in 1930s Berlin.

The production is staged by CI faculty and students, including direction by Catherine Scott Burriss, choreography by Heather Castillo, musical direction by KuanFen Liu and Ted Lucas, scenic design by Rachel Myers, costume design by Regina Rogers, dramaturgy by Bob Mayberry, and performances by CI students from several majors.

The original 1966 Broadway production was directed and produced by Harold Prince and based on a book by Joe Masteroff, a play by John Van Druten, stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Please note that “Cabaret” features adult situations. Audience discretion is advised.

Limited complimentary parking is available on campus in designated spaces only. Upon arriving at the campus, please follow event parking signs. 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 VISTA bus to the campus; the cash only 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

Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email as soon as possible, but no later than 15 business days before the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

For additional information, contact Catherine Burriss, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, at 805-437-3126 or

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.


California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join us for an afternoon of listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music or bring your instrument and play along. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information go to or call 797-6563.

Reception for Wana Klasen, Saturday, March 17, 2012 at i Capelli Salon 1920 East Main Street Ventura California 6PM-8PM. Above,
Reception for Wana Klasen, Saturday, March 17, 2012 at i Capelli Salon 1920 East Main Street Ventura California 6PM-8PM. Above, "Silhouette II" by Wana Klasen.
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Oxnard, CA – Do you have a special non-profit organization that is doing great things and is in need of public support? The Oxnard Salsa Festival invites non profit organizations to participate in the ‘Dancing with Our Community Stars Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser’ taking place during the Oxnard Salsa Festival slated for July 28 & 29, 2012 at Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard.

The dancing contest, now in its 6th year, takes place on Sunday, July 29 at 1 p.m. The Oxnard Salsa Festival seeks non-profit organizations throughout Ventura County who would be interested in participating in the eight week amateur dance competition. Based on the ABC’s hit TV show, ‘Dancing with the Stars,” six community leaders, three men and three women, one from each participating charity, will be paired with some of the region’s top dance instructors to learn salsa routines that they will perform in front of the crowd at the Festival.

“The dance contest provides non-profit organizations with a great opportunity for increased visibility in addition to receiving much-needed funds for their organization,” stated Patty Brown, Coordinator for the dance contest. “Over the years, the dance competition has been quite successful, raising over $200,000 for charities,” she added.

The Oxnard Salsa Festival was launched in 1994 by the Oxnard Downtowners to bring people into the downtown business district to celebrate Oxnard’s multicultural heritage and agricultural roots. The Festival, which celebrates everything salsa … the music, the food & dance, runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 28 & 29, 2012 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets.

To learn more about the ‘Dancing with our Community Stars Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser’ call Patty Brown at 805-607-9495 or email, For Festival information, call 805-247-0197, 800-2-Oxnard, or visit

The preeminent Emerson String Quartet is slated for May 8

Ventura, CA - Ventura Music Festival will present a lineup of top classical and jazz artists to perform May 3-12 for its 18th season at intimate venues throughout Ventura and a family-friendly outdoor setting.

“Artistic excellence is our guide to selecting artists,” says Nuvi Mehta, “Ventura Music Festival consistently brings to Ventura a choice selection of the world’s best classical and jazz music. This season’s array includes career greats as well as rising stars who are winning the top competitions and on their way to outstanding performing careers.”

Slated to appear May 8 at Ventura Missionary Church is the career-distinguished Emerson String Quartet, widely acclaimed the foremost chamber ensemble in the world.

Since its origin in 1976, the Quartet has earned an unparalleled list of achievements, including more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three Gramophone Awards and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, another first for a chamber ensemble.

Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel have been with the group for 33 years. In their signature standing position, they will perform the last quartets of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven for the Festival’s concert.

Each year Ventura Music Festival selects a winner of one of the top international piano competitions for a feature classical piano concert. This year it’s German-born Alexander Schimpf, the 2011 first prize winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, one of the world’s most competitive and remunerative contests.

Twenty-nine year-old Schimpf has risen to prominence over the last few years with a series of prestigious awards and regular appearances at important music centers including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

“Mr. Schimpf is a skilled interpreter of Bach – one of the few artists whose technical excellence allows for Bach’s music to sing through at its purest and most sublime,” says Mehta. Known for his “expressive power and passion” Schimpf will perform Bach, Beethoven and Ravel on May 5 at Ventura Missionary Church.

Fans of Spanish classical guitar will get to hear charismatic virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas on May 11 at Community Presbyterian Church.

Now considered one of the world’s greats, Mr. Villegas, in 2006, captured the Gold Medal at the inaugural Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition. Mr. Villegas has since performed in more than twenty countries on such prominent stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Theater and amassed more than twenty-five international awards. Dubbed “The Soul of the Spanish Guitar,” Villegas will play a program of Bach, Barrios and Rodrigo.

The Festival’s annual afternoon outdoor jazz concert features three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban jazz combo Tiempo Libre, to take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 on the Ventura College Green. “This popular concert is perfect for families who want to picnic together and enjoy the outdoors and fine music at the same time,” says Mehta.

Tiempo Libre’s music is a fiercely intense mix of Latin jazz color and danceable Afro-Cuban rhythms, often combined with classical forms ala their “Bach in Havana” recording. As teen-agers growing up in Havana, the group’s future musicians developed their signature timba sound while secretly listening to American music banned during Cuba’s “Special Period.” The enterprising kids rigged up makeshift radios on rooftops with antennas fashioned out of coat hangers. Tiempo Libre was recently featured on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Opening for Tiempo Libre is up-and-coming jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and his trio. Rodriguez was discovered by producer Quincy Jones a few years ago.

The Festival’s annual “Rising Stars” concert on May 10 features 20-year-old, Julliard-trained violin prodigy, Jourdan Urbach, and 14-year-old, award-winning pianist David Fraley. David Fraley is from Camarillo and was introduced first to Ventura Music Festival’s “Rising Star” concert in 2010. Jourdan Urbach, also a former “Rising Star” performer, has already headlined at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among dozens of other venues, including appearances on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and the “CBS Sunday Morning program.”

Violinist Urbach’s other passion is raising money for pediatric medical research, founding Concerts for a Cure when he was only seven years old. Since then, he has raised $5.1 million for research on children’s neurological disease and on March 6 was honored with the Jefferson “Globe Changer” Award, one of the nation’s highest public service awards.

The Festival will bring classical and jazz genres together in a single concert with saxophonist Federico Mondelci to perform May 4 at Community Presbyterian Church. A powerful performer and master of musical styles ranging from tango to classical, Mr. Mondelci’s Festival “Classical Meets Jazz” program features compositions by Di’Rivera, Creston and Piazzola.

Mondelci has performed regularly in countries all over the globe, such as Germany, Spain, Russia and Japan. In his home country of Italy, he has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras, including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala at La Scala, Milan.

Closing the season will be international opera sensation and native Venturan, Nicole Cabell, who will perform on May 12 in the acoustically-pristine performing arts auditorium of her alma mater, Ventura High School. This will be Cabell’s second Festival performance, the first in 2008 when she sang to a sold-out audience at the same venue.

With her distinctively creamy, lyrical voice, described by the Times of London as “liquid gold,” and by the Chicago Classical Review as “one of the most beautiful soprano voices of our time,” Ms. Cabell, together with tenor Shawn Mathey, will perform works by Mozart, Shubert, Britten and Gershwin.

Ms. Cabell was the 2005 winner of the BBC Cardiff “Singer of the World” competition, the most prestigious competition in the world of voice. Since then she has garnered rave reviews for engagements across the globe from Vienna to Oslo and New York to London, recently performing at the Royal Opera House of London, Oper Köln, Deutsche Oper of Berlin and the New York City Metropolitan Opera.

A unique aspect of the Festival is Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta himself with his highly entertaining and informative pre-concert “What’s the Score?” talks for select events. Maestro Nuvi weaves fascinating anecdotes from the lives of the program’s composers into the history of the period’s music, delivered in his inimitable, eloquent style.

Ventura Music Festival’s 18th Season, May 3-12 Concert Schedule

• Tea & Trumpets with Festival Brass Quintet: 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, Nona’s Courtyard Café, 67 S. California St.

• Federico Mondelci: 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St.

• Alexander Schimpf: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Ventura Missionary church, 500 High Point Drive; “What’s the Score?” 7:15 p.m.

• Tiempo Libre: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, Ventura College Green, 4667Telegraph Rd.

• Emerson String Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Drive; “What’s the Score?” 6:45 p.m.

• Rising Stars, Jourdan Urbach & David Fraley: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10, First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St; “What’s the Score?” 6:45 pm.

• Tea & Trumpets with Festival Brass Quintet: 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, Nona’s Courtyard Café, 67 S. California St.

• Pablo Sáinz Villegas: 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St.

• Nicole Cabell and Shawn Mathey with the Festival Orchestra: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Ventura High Performing Arts Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St.

For more information about the Festival’s performers and to listen to a music clip of each, go to or call (805) 648.3146.

About Ventura Music Festival

Founded in 1994, Ventura Music Festival brings top classical, jazz and Latin Jazz performing artists to Ventura in early May each year. In addition to the May concerts, the Festival presents other concerts and events throughout the year. The Festival stands as one of Ventura County’s signature arts events, attracting 6,000+ concertgoers annually.

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival’s Education Outreach Program presents live performances and interactive instruction to nearly 4,000 local students through “Music in the Schools” presented by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta.

The Ventura Music Festival is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.


In conjunction with the current exhibition, “American Glass Works,” the Ojai Valley Museum will hold a sale of additional glass pieces produced by the regional, exhibiting artists in the show.

The Glass Bazaar will be on Sunday, March 25, between noon and 4 p.m., The museum invites you to come see, shop, and collect glass art and utilitarian objects by Brian Berman, Robert Eyberg, Doug Lochner, Helle Scharling-Todd, Teal Rowe, and Michael Zelcer. This very special sale includes vessels, sculpture, wall reliefs, jewelry, and more. This is a unique opportunity to shop these artist’s works under one roof and all at the same time!

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Call Ojai Valley Museum at: (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, for additional information.

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by Museum Members, Private Donors, Business Sponsors and Underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, and the Rotary Club of Ojai.


A special “Celebrating Moms!” exhibit will be at the Harbor Village Gallery from April 4 – April 30, 2012. All works will be priced at $100 and under for a special someone to purchase for their mom…or maybe even a mom to purchase for herself! Works will include original works of art as well as jewelry framed and ready to be wrapped. A special reception will be Sunday, April from 1 – 4 p.m. with every mom receiving a rose!

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The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr. Suite 117C in the Ventura Harbor Village. Open everyday except Tuesday from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 805-644-2750 or visit for more information.