Paint Ventura’s 3rd all-media plein air event featuring a weekend of local Artists Creating, Teaching and Selling in Downtown Ventura on April 28th and 29th. Paint Ventura is a free event that will be held from 10am- 5pm on Saturday, April 28th on Main St and 11am-5pm on Sunday, April 29th in Red Brick Gallery in Downtown Ventura. Over 60 plein air Painters will be creating, 50 Art booths selling and teaching, as well as live music and dance performances on the 300 block of Main St and in the Mini Park.

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Made popular in France and England in the 19th century, plein air style became popular in California in the early 20th century with several groups residing in Ventura. Ventura’s pleasant climate and natural beauty has influenced many groups to adventure to our beaches and hillsides for inspiration in their creating Today the plein air movement continues to thrive in our area. We invite artists, art appreciators, and the artistically curious to join Ventura’s creative producers as they visually explore and interact with the artists in historic Downtown Ventura.

Saturday, April 28th 10-5pm – Paint out and Art Fair on Main St between Oak and Palm in Downtown Ventura will be closed and the festival will be both in the street and in the mini park. 60+ plein air Painters will be creating original local paintings in the mini Park on the 300 block of Main St, the public is welcome to watch the artists create and talk to them throughout the day. 50 fine artisans will be participating in an art fair where they will be creating art, selling their pieces and conducting workshops. Live entertainment by several local acoustic musicians and a local folk dancing group will provide entertainment throughout the day.

Sunday, April 29th 11am-5pm- Easel Show and People’s Choice Judging at Red Brick Gallery 315 E. Main St. The public is encouraged to join the plein air painters at Red Brick Gallery to see the finished pieces, pick their favorites and help the artists win one of 12 different people’s choice awards. You can also purchase one of the many local scenes created over the weekend.

Sessions with different instructors will be held over the day in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and photography. Outdoor workshops will be held for all skill levels in the variety of mediums, check our web-site for prices and descriptions. The public is encouraged to watch the artists at work and seek out a new creative side of their own.

When: 10am- 5pm Saturday, April 28th and 11am- 5pm, April 29th

Where: Downtown Ventura

Free! To the Public

For more information please contact Jen and Phyllis at Red Brick Gallery 315 E. Main St Ventura 805-643-6400

For more information please check the web-site and FaceBook page Paint Ventura has been created by Jen and Phyllis and Red Brick Gallery in downtown Ventura 805-643-6400.


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Ventura Baroque Presents The Baroque Chamber Players in the Heritage Square Chapel Hall, 731 No 'A' Street, Oxnard, on Sunday 29th of April at 4:30 PM, in a Grand Baroque Concerto Event with all Soloists and String Chamber Ensemble on a program of works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian BAch and Antonio Vivaldi.
There will be an ample Free Parking, in and around the square. Also we will serve Free Refreshments at the end of the event.

A Donation of $20 at the door is kindly suggested to the assistance.

Please Call(805)827-8722 - email: and on the web:


the inaugural exhibition in the annual Art Faculty Dialogues Series

Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Art Program is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of its annual Art Faculty Dialogues Series featuring works by Liz King, Associate Professor of Art. “Visual Symphonies, Digital Narratives,” will be on view in the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery April 2 - May 20, 2012. A free public reception and artist presentation will be held on Thursday, April 19, 4:30 - 6pm.

The Art Faculty Dialogues Series is an annual exhibition held during the spring semester, which showcases the work of art faculty and exposes in innovative ways the individuals, sources, and factors that fuel their creativity and influence their art.

“Visual Symphonies, Digital Narratives,” includes drawings, prints and digital media works which explore
diverse issues ranging from the human condition to the links between art and science in what the artist calls an
“experimental artistic framework.” Vacillating between rigorous, objective research and an intense, personal
involvement, King has developed a novel visual lexicon of sinuous lines, irregular patterns, and biomorphic
shapes interrupted by subtle, yet recognizable signs that form a magical realm and generate a contemplative

King has shown her art in numerous juried exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including at
the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Val du Grace Gallery, Paris, France, Santa Barbara Printmakers, Ojai
Center for the Arts, and on the CI campus in Napa Hall and the Broome Gallery.

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. The Art Gallery in the Broome Library is
located on the second floor. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday
10a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information contact the Art Program, at 805-437-8570
or 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.



On Sunday, March 4, 2012, a lucky family attending a performance of It’s Magic! at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Fred Kavli Theatre was surprised when they walked through the lobby doors. They were welcomed and congratulated by City Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Bill-de la Pena, who informed them that one of their tickets was the Civic Arts Plaza’s five millionth. The Plaza’s two theatres opened 18 years ago in October 1994, and have now hosted over 5 million patrons. Richard and Debbie Kahn and their two children were brought up on stage at curtain time as Mayor Pro Tem Bill-de la Pena presented them with more congratulations and a gift basket. The gift included tickets to upcoming performances, as well as tickets and a gift card to the Lakes shopping center valued at over $1,200.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Bank of America Performing Arts Center is one of the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is funded through a unique public/private partnership between the City of Thousand Oaks and the Alliance for the Arts, the official non-profit fundraising arm of the Civic Arts Plaza. Approximately 275,000 patrons attend more than 300 performances annually.

For more information about the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza call 805-449-ARTS (2787) or visit


The Ojai Photography Club welcomes photographer Peter D’Aprix to its March 20 meeting at 7:00 PM, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

An Ojai and Provence based professional photographer and publisher, D’Aprix’s expertise in photojournalism and commercial food, real estate, product, and travel imagery has earned him an enviable client roster, as well as publication in media all over the world.

While the human eye can resolve detail over a very wide spectrum of bright and dark, photography has historically been limited to a much more narrow range. D’Aprix will discuss digital photography’s unprecedented capability to expand the dynamic range of a photograph (the gradation of tones from darkest to lightest). His presentation will cover the techniques for expanding a photograph’s dynamic range – including the essential technique of pre-visualizing the final product while capturing the original images. After his presentation, D’Aprix will critique images submitted by club members. Please visit these D’Aprix websites for extended information and images: and

The Ojai Photo Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Visitors are always welcome, but only members may submit images for critique. For additional club information, please visit


SANTA PAULA, CA – Become an Arctic explorer at the City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum by discovering “Polar View: A Look at Our Changing Arctic”, an original and interactive exhibit premiering March 18 and open through June 24, 2012 (1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula 93060, Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth (6-17) $1). Experience the sights and sounds of the Arctic in this multi-dimensional exhibit which includes icebergs, interactive displays, a life-size polar bear model and historic Inuit artifacts!

“The Museum’s largest gallery will essentially be transformed into the Arctic Circle as we have recreated many aspects of the Arctic environment. For those of us who may never have a chance to visit the real thing, the exhibit provides a wonderful opportunity to experience Arctic life only a few miles from home”, explains Museum Director, Jeanne Orcutt. Visitors can learn about the native peoples and culture, Arctic wildlife, sea ice, and how this most mysterious region on Earth is transforming.

In addition to stunning photographic imagery and the latest scientific data on Arctic change, the Museum will be filled with the sounds of Arctic life, both human and wild, making “Polar View” a complete experience. Home to millions of people and animals, the Arctic Circle is a severe but beautiful habitat, which must be adapted to in order to survive. Learn if you have what it takes to be an Arctic explorer at the California Oil Museum.

WHO: The City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum

WHAT: Polar View: A Look at Our Changing Arctic, an interactive exhibit

WHEN: March 18 through June 24, 2012 (Museum hours: Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM)

WHERE: 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (Museum admission: $4.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors, $1.00 Youth (6-17))

WHY: To experience what life is like in the Arctic Circle


The Gizmo Guys master jugglers bring their high-energy performance to the Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion on Saturday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Known for their humor as well as technique, The Gizmo Guys tour worldwide, having, appeared in more than 2,500 live performances. Admission to The Gizmo Guys event at the Museum of Ventura County is $15 for adults, $10 for children and includes admission to all galleries before and after the performance, until 5:00 p.m. Museum members’ price is $10, and $5 for children. The performance is best for adults and children ages four and older. Seating is limited. Paid reservations should be made at (805) 653-0323 x 7.

New York residents Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker formed The Gizmo Guys in 1987,and.have taught juggling at the French and Canadian National Circus Schools. Jacobs was a co-founder of the comedy group Slap Happy, instructed at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College, and won an International Jugglers Association Solo Championship. Felker performed with The Harlem Globetrotters and later settled and performed extensively in Europe. Prior to The Gizmo Guys, Felker was half of the Dynamotion Jugglers duo.

The Gizmo Guys is the second in the Museum of Ventura County’s new Family Fun At The Museum series of live performances. 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.

Photograhp by Roger Conrad.
Photograhp by Roger Conrad.
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On Sunday, March 11th, the Ojai Valley Museum will host their first TOWN TALK of 2012. The title of the enrichment program is “Glass as Art,” and is organized in conjunction with the current exhibition “American Glass Works,” which closes April 1.

The purpose of the afternoon’s panel discussion is to explore, with five of the seven exhibiting artists in the show, glass as an art medium and why the artists prefer working in this material. The Ojai, Ventura, and Oak View based artist panel includes: Brian Berman, Robert Eyberg, Doug Lochner, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Michael Zelcer.

Michele Ellis Pracy, Museum Director and Curator of “American Glass Works,” will be the moderator. Her questions will create dialog among the artist panelists, as well as allow each artist a voice about the work they create. The program will begin at 2 p.m., and then conclude at 3:30 p.m., after which artists and audience can visit the exhibit for more personalized questions about pieces in the show.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Check, cash or credit cards accepted. For more information or to reserve your place call: 805 640-1390, ext. 203. 2011 Museum Members – Free and Non-Members - $8.

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.

Payment accepted by check, cash or credit card.

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Program features continuous rotation of music

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present itssecond annual PRISM Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in Samuelson Chapel.

A continuous rotation of music will allow the audience to hear the complete spectrum of wind and percussion music during the concert.

The varied program will feature performances by the University Wind Ensemble, the Chamber Winds Ensemble, the CLU Trombone and Euphonium Choir, and the CLU Saxophone Quartet. Michael Hart, CLU’s director of bands, will conduct.

The concert will open with David Maslanka’s powerful fanfare “Mother Earth.” The Chamber Winds Ensemble will perform Mozart’s famous Serenade No. 12 in C minor K. 388 and the Trombone and Euphonium Choir will perform “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl. The Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of works including the “Candide Suite” by Leonard Bernstein, “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger and the “Andante” from Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1. The concert will close with Aaron Copland’s beautiful “The Promise of Living” from “The Tender Land.”

Donations will be accepted.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

Wyant Morton directing CLU Choir
Wyant Morton directing CLU Choir
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Performances begin and end in Thousand Oaks

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Choir will open and close its 2012 Spring Concert Tour with performances in Thousand Oaks.

The choir will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Ascension Lutheran Church and at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel. From March 31 through April 5, the choir will present sixconcerts throughout California and Arizona.

The varied program will include music by 17th-century German composer Johann Pachelbel and contemporary American composers HowardHelvey, Adolphus Hailstork, Morten Lauridsen and Pulitzer Prize-winner DavidLang. CLU senior Ryan Townsend Strand, a music major from Minnetonka, Minn., will conduct the premiere performances of his composition, “A Sunrise.” The program will conclude with hymns, carols, spirituals and gospel songs.

Junior theatre arts major Jessica Butenshon of Astoria, Ore., and sophomore theatre arts major Sarah de la Garrigue of Agoura Hills are the featured soloists.

Wyant Morton, chair of the music department, will conduct the 54-voice choir. Morton is entering his 20th year as the choir’s conductor, a position held by only two others in the choir’s 50-year history.

The CLU Choir is the university’s premier choral ensemble. It has toured throughout the United States and last year performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. International tours have included performances in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The choir has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and Coventry and York Minster cathedrals in England.

The choir has earned a reputation for its commitment to performing the finest in choral literature from all eras in the original languages. While dedicated to performing works that represent the university’s Lutheran heritage, the choir also embraces innovative new music and songs that express a multicultural perspective.

While several choir members are music majors, the ensemble reflects the diverse interests and disciplines of the student body.

The CLU Women’s Chorale will join the choir for the CLU concert.

All of the concerts are free. Donations will be accepted.

Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive. Samuelson Chapel is south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.

For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

“Succulents and Lemons” watercolor on paper, 11” x 14”, by Gail Faulkner.
“Succulents and Lemons” watercolor on paper, 11” x 14”, by Gail Faulkner.
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Her muse is a stickler for accuracy, says Ventura artist Gail Faulkner, which is why her upcoming solo show at the Buenaventura Gallery is titled “Every Little Detail.”

Faulkner paints crisp watercolor still life that she composes from the fruits of nature and her own eclectic collection of baskets and other containers. Examples of her meticulous work will be on display March 27-April 21 at the downtown Ventura gallery. An opening reception will be 4-7 p.m. March 31.

She took art courses throughout school, Faulkner says, but put art aside for a career in the medical field. In her 30s, she left that to again pursue her love of art at the Philadelphia College of Art and at Sanski Art Center in Haddonfield, N.J. She moved to California, took more art studies at UCLA, and began a successful second career as a graphic designer.

Faulkner found her passion for watercolors rather recently at painting workshops, studying over the past eight years with such accomplished artists and teachers as Norman Kirk and Paul Jackson, and has been painting in earnest about five years. In that short time, she’s collected numerous awards, including first place in watercolors three times running at the Santa Paula Society for the Arts’ annual show.

Capturing minute details and rendering light and shadow are favorite parts of her creative process, Faulkner says, but also the most challenging. She “paints tight,” she says, and though she earlier fought the tendency, now realizes it’s hers. Many paintings are of objects placed on highly reflective tables, which doubles the challenges.

Faulkner’s realistic tableaux will be exhibited at the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit their website at


The two boys: Catcher is John Ferraro, batter is Jack Wolff

The two pointers are Theresa Wegher-Thompson and Guillermo Rodriguez-Rivas, and the one in the middle is Jack Wolff

The boy dancing is Douglass Shao the girl playing ball is Katlin Hughes. 

Photos by Victoria Sayeg
The two boys: Catcher is John Ferraro, batter is Jack Wolff The two pointers are Theresa Wegher-Thompson and Guillermo Rodriguez-Rivas, and the one in the middle is Jack Wolff The boy dancing is Douglass Shao the girl playing ball is Katlin Hughes. Photos by Victoria Sayeg
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(l-r) Kaitlin Gates, Lauren Alexander, Deanna Bitterly, and trophy holder Caris Kozak.
(l-r) Kaitlin Gates, Lauren Alexander, Deanna Bitterly, and trophy holder Caris Kozak.
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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Audiences are about to find out the story of Cinderella’s long-lost twin brother Bob when Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players present TWINDERELLA. Four performances only will be held on March 17 & 24 at 1:00 and 3:00 PM in the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

The Hillcrest Players is an opportunity for young people ages 7 to 14 to perform one-act plays for a short run. “About a year ago, I read Twinderella for the first time and loved the ridiculous mix of fairy tale and modern living,” says Director Barbara Wegher-Thompson. “I always look forward to the energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and talent that the casts bring to these ridiculously funny scripts. The process is always a joy and the product is always something the kids can be proud of.”

Generally Hillcrest Players perform on another company’s set; this time sharing the stage with GILBERT & SULLIVANS’ UTOPIA, LIMITED, a show that takes place on an island. They looked into tropical titles, but the selection was slim so they chose to go for a really strong and fun title and work out the set design later. “Hillcrest Players shows are fun and silly anyway; our excited audiences suspend reality enough to believe unabashedly in enchanted guinea pigs and running bases in glass footwear, what’s adding a pair of thrones to some sand dunes?” says Assistant Director Victoria Sayeg.

Twinderella, by Charlie Lovett, is the winner of the 2004 Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. Who knew that Cinderella and Bob have been living in the same kingdom and with different wicked stepfamilies! While Cinderella is being made to rotate tires and polish bowling trophies, Bob's evil stepfather and cruel stepbrothers force him to make dried herb wreaths and organize their sock drawers. Thank goodness that Linda the UPS Lady arrives with invitations from the Kingdom of Wychwood-under-Ooze; however, Cinderella and Bob are both forbidden to attend the festivities. What fairytale would be complete without both a Fairy Godmother and Godfather, two enchanted guinea pigs and a lot of luck? Audience members will also be surprised with a kingdom-wide baseball game, a princess’ birthday ball and find out who hits the game-winning home run!

TWINDERELLA is produced by Scott Buchanan. “We have an incredible parent volunteer, Karen Togno, who is beginning to turn two pretty young ladies into New Jersey guinea pigs,” says Buchanan. “If you’re wondering what, exactly, that looks like… so am I.”

The cast of 26 is comprised of young performers from the greater Conejo Valley. Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production. The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline.

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased by calling 805-381-2747 or at There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more.

The Young Artists Ensemble will complete its 31st Family Theatre Season, with THE NEVERENDING STORY, May 4 – 20, 2012. The company has received many accolades in the past 31 years including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. Most recently, it received Best Innovative Program 2011, Large District from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. Its annual Teen Summer Musical is held at the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum, at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

WHAT: TWINDERELLA – We've all heard the story of Cinderella a thousand times, but we've never heard about Bob, her long lost twin brother! On the night that Cinderella crashes Princess Petunia's birthday ball, Bob has similar designs on Prince Percy's kingdom-wide baseball game. When the two strangers disappear at midnight, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

WHEN: Performances: March 17 & 24, 2012:
Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm and 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 at 1:00pm and 3:00 pm

WHERE: Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA

HOW: (805) 381-1246 or

TICKETS: Reserved: $10

Groups of ten or more receive a discount of 10% if purchased in a single transaction

OTHER: Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246. Assisted Listening devices available in the Box Office.


"silhouette i" by Wana Klasen, mixed media on canvas. Exhibit runs through may 5, 2012 at i capelli salon 1920 east main street Ventura, California. Please join us for a reception Saturday March 17, 2012 at 6:00-8:00 pm.
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Polito best known for roles in Coen brothers’ films
Jon Polito
Jon Polito

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Actor Jon Polito will talk to California Lutheran University students and community members from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, as part of the “Conversations With …” series.

The informal discussion on the craft of acting will be held in the Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus. Actor, writer and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at CLU, will be the moderator for a one-hour talk followed by aquestion-and-answer session with the audience.

A veteran of more than 100 films, Polito is most recognized from his film work with the Coen brothers including roles in “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Lebowski” and “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” He also appeared in “The Crow,” “The Tailor of Panama,” “Big Nothing,” “Death of a Salesman,” “The Freshman” and the 2007 blockbuster “American Gangster.”

Polito, who is in remission from cancer, has also appeared in more than 50 television shows. He was a series regular on the critically acclaimed “Homicide, Life on the Street,” Michael Mann’s “Crime Story,” Syfy’s “The Chronicle” and Steven Bochco’s “Raising The Bar.” Notable guest-starring roles include the befuddled landlord Sylvio on “Seinfield” and his only role as a woman, Rhonda on “The Chris Isaak Show.”

He starred on Broadway with Faye Dunaway in “Curse of an Aching Heart” and with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich in the 1985 Tony award-winning revival of “Death Of a Salesman.” Politoreceived the Best Actor OBIE Award in 1980 for his work in five very different off-Broadway performances and the Maverick Spirit Award at the 2005 Cinequest Film Festival for outstanding achievement in film and television in recognition of his full body of work.

The “Conversations With …” talks provide theater arts students and other aspiring actors with advice from professionals. They take the approach laid out in Flanagan’s book, “One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide,” which explains how to make it in the business of acting while staying sane and focused.

Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the CLU Theatre Arts Department.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. For more information, call 805-493-3415 or email

Picking Crew, Limoneira Ranch, 1905.
Picking Crew, Limoneira Ranch, 1905.
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How Green Is Our Valley?

Ten years of research by historians Judy Triem and Mitch Stone helped make the Santa Clara Valley eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the valley on Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m., when they share their findings at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The presentation will illustrate how the Santa Clara Valley is a visual record of the evolution of agriculture in Ventura County, from dry farming to citriculture and beyond. Triem and Stone will focus on the architecture of farmhouses, barns and outbuildings, as well as row crops, orchards and water features, all of which serve to explain and define the cultural landscape.

The talk is included in the price of museum general admission; museum members are free. Seating is limited; call (805) 525-3100 for reservations. Copies of the Easton Press book, “The Santa Clara Valley of Ventura County,” for which Judy Triem wrote the history, will be available for purchase.

Historians Triem and Stone have worked extensively in Ventura County and are principals in San Buenaventura Research Associates, which specializes in historic resources evaluations for compliance with state and federal environmental requirements, and the production of historic property surveys and documents to support historic preservation planning.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown, near the Depot and next to the railroad tracks. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. On first Sundays of the month, general admission is always free. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.


Sade Champagne Presents:
Ventura County’s 3rd Annual Rising Star Dance Competition

Date: Saturday March 10th, 2012
Show Time: 6:30pm
$10 per person, all ages show

Location: Buena High School Auditorium
5670 Telegraph Road
Ventura, California 93003

Charity Supporting:
Destined to Live the Good Life Children’s Orphanage
Official Spokesperson: Sade Champagne
501 (C) (3) Nonprofit Organization

Celebrity Guests Co-Hosts: Adam Whittington & Madisen Hill

Celebrity Guest Judges Include: Drew Seeley, Temara Melek, Sir Charles, Tammy Fey, & Nesa Kovacs

Official Facebook Page Invite:

-Sade Champagne
Twitter: @SadeChampagne

Exhibit showcases the best student works

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The CLUFest 2012 Multimedia Showcase slated from March 17 through April 14 will feature the best in digital and interactive media created by California Lutheran University students.

“Multimedia is the Future” is the theme for this year’s CLUFest presented in Soiland Humanities Center. The show features works in graphic design, photography, animation, visual effects, interactive design and digital cinema selected from the portfolios of multimedia majors.

The center is located on the south side of Memorial Parkway at Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondaythrough Saturday.

The Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information,contact Tim Hengst at 805-493-3241 or


SANTA PAULA, CA – Then and Now: A Look Back at the Santa Paula Art Show opens at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, on Saturday, March 3, 2012 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. For more information please call the Museum at 805-525-5554 or email

With the approach of the 75th anniversary of the famous Santa Paula Art Show (which opens at the Blanchard Community Library on March 13, 2012), the Museum is opening Then and Now: A Look Back at the Santa Paula Art Show. It is a juried art show set to emulate the very first Santa Paula Art Show which had a stipulation that all of the works submitted be of subject matter within an 8 mile radius of Santa Paula. There will be exploration of what in our local landscape has changed and what has stayed the same. “We had an overwhelming response from artists far and wide”, said Jennifer Heighton, Executive Director and Curator at the Museum. “Over 100 artworks were carefully juried by the Museum’s curatorial staff. I think our visitors will love the exhibit, there are some really beautiful and fascinating pieces”. There will be approximately 40 pieces hanging in the exhibit which will be featured in the Douglas Shively Memorial Gallery. All artworks will be for sale and proceeds will directly benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula Collection. Containing over 300 pieces, among the collection’s most famous artists are the works of the Botkes, both Jessie Arms and Cornelis. Some of the other represented plein air artists are Robert Clunie, Al Dempster, Ralph Holmes, Paul Lauritz, Emil Kosa, Jr., Douglas Shively and Milford Zornes. The valuable assemblage represents the accumulation of award winning entries in the Santa Paula Art Show which began in 1937. It remains the oldest juried show in California and the Collection is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in the state. Also featured are rotating exhibits of contemporary and local artists. Through the generous support of the Limoneira Company we occupy their historic 10th Street Building. The classic two-story structure was designed by famed local architect Roy Wilson, Sr. and was built in 1924. It was designed to accommodate Limoneira’s headquarters.

The exhibit will run until July 8th, 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.

HeidiValencia Vas to release second album in spring
Valencia Vas
Valencia Vas

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Soprano Heidi Valencia Vas will present a free concert of Latin-inspired works at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in California Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel.

Vas, whose second album is due out this spring, will sing “Chants d’Auvergne” by Joseph Canteloube. Though these pieces are inspired by the folk music of a French province, the language and themes exhibit Spanish influence. Since they are normally performed with a symphony orchestra, this will be a rare opportunity to hear them in an intimate setting.

Thesoprano, who likes to push the boundaries of her vocal classification, also will present the “Siete Canciones,” a traditionally mezzo-soprano song set by Manuel de Falla, as well as an aria written by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Vas will be accompanied by Liz Helms on piano and Edward Trybek on guitar.

In addition to her opera, recital and oratorio credits, the versatile performer and CLU adjunct faculty member has been featured in summer stock and regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions. She has been a featured soloist with The Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and made guest appearances with many groups including the New Rochelle Opera, the Palm Springs Opera Guild and the Masterworks Chorale.

Vas studied dramatic acting and speech at Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York City. She earned music degrees at Westminster Choir College and the University of Southern California, where she also taught.

She released her debut album, “Reflections,” which was recorded with the Budapest Symphony, in 2007. That summer her first single was a top-10 hit on the ACQB adult contemporary chart.

Vas currently tours with her ensemble, teaches voice and sings with Areté Vocal Ensemble, a professional ensemble in residence at CLU. She is the co-founding director of the CLU Summer Vocal Institute and music director at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks.

Donations will be accepted.

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


Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio is pleased to announce that they are presenting Transport Theatre Company’s upcoming 2012 season on the main stage at OYES. Founded in 2006 by Linda Livingston and John Proctor, Transport Theatre Company will be producing three shows beginning in May with An Evening of One Acts by Harold Pinter.

The Dumb Waiter, directed by Livingston, and The Lover, directed by Taylor Kasch, will open on Friday, May 25th, and run for three consecutive weekends, closing on Sunday, June 10th. Livingston, who earned an Ovation Nomination in 2007 for her portrayal of Dr. Vivian Bearing in the Pulitzer Prize winning Wit, will also star in The Lover.

In August, Transport Theatre will produce The Provoked Wife, a Restoration era comedy of manners by seventeenth century British playwright John Vanbrugh. The Provoked Wife will be directed by Rick Kuhlman and open on Friday, August 10th , and run through Sunday, August 26th.

The final production of Transport Theatre’s 2012 season will be the musical parody Judy’s Scary Little Christmas, by James Webber and David Church with music by Joe Patrick Ward. Opening on Friday, December 7th , Judy’s Scary Little Christmas will run through Sunday, December 23rd.

Season subscriptions to Transport Theatre’s 2012 season are available now, and single show tickets to An Evening of One Acts by Harold Pinter will go on sale beginning in April. For more information on subscribing to Transport Theatre Company’s 2012 season, call the offices at Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio at 805-646-4300.