VENTURA, CA - Members of the Ventura community can listen to live music, learn more about the library’s programs and celebrate at E.P. Foster’s open house on Saturday, March 16.

The event will take place directly after the local parade from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the E.P. Foster Library. This is an event for all ages and a chance for families and friends to learn more about everything the library can offer in the coming months.

There will be live music, food and much to learn during this community get-together. Stations will be set up throughout the library to inform attendees about upcoming programs, ranging from Children’s Summer Reading to Story Time to Open Mic Nights.

“This will be a great time for the community to learn about the exciting programs Foster is offering," said Sara Roberts, Senior City Librarian. “From poetry readings to eAudiobooks, we have a lot to show off.”

Attendees over the age of 18 will have the chance to win a Kindle through a raffle by visiting each station, sponsored by Friends of the Library.

For more information on E.P. Library visit www.vencolibrary.org/locations/epfoster or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/epfosterlibrary.

The mission of the Ventura County Library is to meet the general reading, life-long learning and informational needs of the people of Ventura County, with special focus on children, youth and families. E.P. Foster Library provides books, DVDs, music, programs and more to people of all ages. A free library card can be applied for and used at any Ventura County library location.

 


 
Original play explores the convergence of multiple generations, lives and pivotal moments

Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to “Thresholds,” a world premiere original performance presented by the Performing Arts Program for its sixth annual spring production. The play explores the intersection of multiple generations and lives and the defining moments of change, or thresholds, that connect them.

Five performances will be held at Malibu Hall on the CI campus. Evening performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7; Friday, March 8; Wednesday, March 13; and Thursday, March 14. One matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

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 http://performingarts.csuci.edu/events.html. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

A fitting project for CI’s 10-year anniversary, “Thresholds” brings diverse parts of our community together to chronicle shared histories, celebrate common experiences, and discover new perspectives. “Thresholds” was developed by students from Performing Arts 391 Production, Art 499 Capstone, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), in collaboration with Project Lulu artists Lisa McKhann and Karen Keenan and acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller. The play is directed by Associate Professor of Performing Arts Catherine Scott Burriss and produced by Lecturer of Dance Heather Castillo, with musical direction by Lecturer of Music Craig Bickel.

“Thresholds” is made possible by funding from CI’s Instructionally Related Activities Fund, the Performing Arts Program, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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 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 and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

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 accommodations@csuci.edu as soon as possible, but no later than 10 business days before the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

For additional information, contact Dr. Catherine Scott Burriss, Associate Professor of Performing Arts, at 805-437-3126 or catherine.burriss@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is celebrating 10 years of education, innovation, growth and community enrichment during the 2012/2013 academic year. We salute our faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters, and partners who continue the CI mission of a student-centered education emphasizing international and multicultural perspectives with interdisciplinary and experiential service-oriented learning.

Together, we are solving the problems of today, preparing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, and contributing to the vitality of higher education.

CSU Channel Islands – A Decade of Distinction

 


 
“Elizabeth” by Gail Pidduck, oil on board, Collection of the artist
“Elizabeth” by Gail Pidduck, oil on board, Collection of the artist
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“Untitled” by Marcos Hernandez, pencil on paper, Collection of the artist
“Untitled” by Marcos Hernandez, pencil on paper, Collection of the artist
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SANTA PAULA, CA – Inspired by Rose Frantzen's acclaimed “Portrait of Maquoketa”, two artists in Santa Paula, California decided to take on a similar adventure in their own town, calling it the “Santa Paula Portrait Project”. Photographer John Nichols and painter Gail Pidduck have spent part of the past three years making portraits of the people in their community. Since January of 2011, the two have produced over 60 works which will be on display at the Santa Paula Art Museum from February 23 until June 23, 2013. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for non-members.

Like Frantzen, Nichols and Pidduck desired to capture a collective portrait of a community and of humanity rather than isolated images. “The goal in these portraits,” says Nichols, “is to reveal as much of myself, the artist, as I reveal of the sitter.” The project encouraged both artists to open their hearts to their neighbors and strangers on the streets of Santa Paula, the final product of which illustrates both the ordinary and the extraordinary facets of everyday life in a small town.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Santa Paula Art Museum also invited elementary and high school students to try their hand at a number of art projects in portraiture. Students from Santa Clara Elementary School, including Seamus Arentz, Ull Rosten, Patrick and Gregory Haggard, and Mark Goyette, chose an homage project, a technique of copying an artwork to focus on details and gain a fuller appreciation of its visual qualities. The painting they focused on was “Pamela” by Marjorie Murphy, from the Santa Paula Art Collection.

Jasmin Ruiz and Marcos Hernandez, students from Santa Paula High School, chose to create portraits that capture the physical likeness of a subject, and explore the potential of hand drawing to capture the distinctive character of both the subject and the artist. The students considered not only physical details, but also light and shadow, gesture, pose, and setting in an attempt to represent the individual. These “Student Portrait Projects” will also be unveiled at the opening of the Santa Paula Portrait Project.

Reservations for the opening reception are recommended. Please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.

 


 
8th Annual event changes name, venue anticipating larger audience; proceeds to benefit Moorpark College Foundation and other charities

MOORPARK, CA - The 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival announces this year’s event date and a new location – Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Moorpark College. Tickets are on sale now.

Previously known as the Simi Valley Blues Festival and located at a west Simi Valley county park, the festival now is presented by the new Ventura County Blues Society. It was moved to a venue suitable for larger audiences expected to come see the renowned blues artists scheduled to perform.

Headlining will be the legendary Johnny Rivers, who had nine Top-10 hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including the No. 1 “Poor Side of Town” and the television series theme “Secret Agent Man.” Overall he has sold more than 30 million records.

The festival also will feature Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds; Kenny Neal; Dona Oxford; Preston Smith & the Crocodiles; and Michael John and the Bottom Line. There will be an artist booth for attendees to meet performing artists including the headliners.

“We have an exceptional lineup and expect a big crowd, so early ticket purchases are highly recommended,” said Michael John, president of the Ventura County Blues Society. “We are thrilled with the new venue so more people can come and enjoy the blues while raising needed funds for local charities.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Moorpark College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for scholarships and other college needs, as well as the American Diabetes Association and other local charities.

Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance via event website www.venturacountyblues.com, or by calling the festival hotline at (805) 501-7122. Tickets at the gate will be $30.

Doors open at 10 a.m., musical performances begin at 11 a.m. and last to 7:15 p.m. The festival will feature food and craft vendors, a kids’ area, guitar giveaway and more. Scheduled to emcee is local celebrity Mickey Jones.

The Moorpark College Foundation is pleased to host such a significant musical event at the campus. “Our job is to raise funds as well as awareness for everything that Moorpark College has to offer,” said Elad Goren, Foundation president. “The Ventura County Blues Festival should attract visitors from throughout the region and showcase the campus while raising needed funds for our Foundation and other local charities.”

The Moorpark Kiwanis Club will assist with event parking, and the event also is supported by generous sponsors including Cal State Site-Services, Inc., Guitar Center, Shock Top Belgian White beer, Holiday Inn Express, Welcome to the Neighborhood magazine, Ventura County Star, Simon Productions, DayInSimiValley.com and SimiValleyNightOut.com. Stage provided by Live Sound Professional Sound Reinforcement.

Rivers’ career dates back to the late 1950s and includes the 1960s hits “Poor Side of Town,” “Secret Agent Man” and “Summer Rain.” The singer, guitarist, songwriter and record producer won two Grammy Awards and has 17 Gold records and 29 chart hits.

Savoy Brown is one of the earliest British blues bands, helping to launch the late-‘60s blues revival in Britain and America. The band has been called “legendary,” a “blues-rock institution” and “true innovators” by critics and fans the past 40 years.

Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist known as a modern swamp-blues master. Dona Oxford has performed with legendary performers such as Keith Richards, Bob Weir, Levon Helm, Buddy Guy and Johnnie Johnson.

For the festival schedule, map, tickets or more information please visit www.venturacountuyblues.com or call (805) 501-7122.

 


 
(l-r) Kyle Johnson and Eric Kinsley
(l-r) Kyle Johnson and Eric Kinsley
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CLU faculty concert to close out 2012-2013 series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Two California Lutheran University music faculty members will present a concert of organ duets and works for two organs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Samuelson Chapel.

Kyle Johnson and Eric Kinsley will perform a concerto for two organs by Antonio Soler, an anonymous 18th-century sonata and concertina for two organs, duets by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and a fugue by Mozart. The CLU Honors String Trio will join the organists for two of Mozart’s church sonatas. This is the third and final concert of the Orvil and GloriaFranzen 2012-2013 Organ Program Series.

Johnson is coordinator of chapel music, university organist and music lecturer. Shortly after his arrival in 2010, he founded the CLU Chapel Choir, an ensemble of students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members. His choral anthem “Lamb of God,” dedicated to the chapel choir, was published through Augsburg Fortress. Before coming to CLU, Johnson was director of music and community arts at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago, where he oversaw the church’s efforts to become a center for community building through the arts. He has served on the music faculties of three Midwestern colleges, including University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has presented solo organ recitals in eight states. The Thousand Oaks resident earned a doctorate of musical arts in organ performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College in Kansas.

Kinsley, who teaches piano at CLU, is a performing artist and writer who earned a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a member of the New York Contemporary MusicBand, Pacific Classical Winds and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Harpsichord Society and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation. He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on public radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of the music of John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Miguel del Aguila and others. His book on the innovative chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was released last year.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

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

 


 

California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join fiddlers for an afternoon of listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Bring an instrument and play along. Everyone is invited to our workshop by Smitty West and Julija Zonic to strengthen your voice at 12:30. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information and to find out about upcoming workshops go to calfiddlers.com or call 797-6563.

 
WWI Poster, MVC Collection
WWI Poster, MVC Collection
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Seeing different worlds for the first time
Shelly Foote, Smithsonian Historian
Shelly Foote, Smithsonian Historian

Letters sent home by soldiers during World Wars I and II reveal that service abroad was often an eye-opening experience for Ventura County men. For many, it was the first time they had traveled outside of Southern California. Learn more about their experiences when historian Shelly Foote hosts Letters Home: Wartime Impressions, the latest event in the Second Thursday Gallery Talk series on Thursday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. Visitors attending the talk can also see the museum’s exhibition, When Gardening was Patriotic: Posters of World Wars I & II. Admission to Second Thursday Gallery Talk is included with museum admission and is free for museum members.

Foote, who is the former Assistant Chair of Social History at The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, will share highlights from letters published in local newspapers. A nationally-recognized expert and lecturer on costume history, Foote is a Ventura native who currently volunteers her extensive skills in the Museum of Ventura County’s collections area, and is Chair of the Accessions Committee. She is a past President of the Western Region of the Costume Society of America.

Following the event, visitors are encouraged to walk or drive one block to continue the Second Thursday Gallery Talk experience at the Santa Paula Art Museum at 3:00 p.m. The topic for this month will be Santa Paula Portrait Project. Each museum charges its own general admission and members can attend free at their respective museums. Light refreshments are served and no reservations are necessary. For additional information and monthly schedules for the Second Thursday Gallery Talks: go to www.venturamuseum.org and www.santapaulaartmuseum.org or call the Agriculture Museum at 805-525-3100 and the Art Museum at 805-525-5554. The Agriculture Museum is at 926 Railroad Avenue, and the Santa Paula Art Museum is at 117 N. 10th Street, both in downtown Santa Paula, California. Parking is free at both locations.

 
Saturday, March 23

The Museum of Ventura County begins a year-long observance of its 100-year anniversary on Saturday, March 23 with the opening of two new exhibits, Prized Possessions: A Century of Collecting and Birthday Party!

The festivities begin at 7 PM at the Museum’s Ventura location at 100 E. Main Street. Community members are invited to celebrate the opening with an exclusive preview of the new exhibits, hor d’oeuvres, music and the unveiling of the new Museum cookbook. From 9 to midnight guests can enjoy dancing on the Plaza, adult crafts, signature cocktails, a nacho bar and birthday cake! Admission to the event is $50 per person for the entire evening’s festivities or $20 per person from 9:00 – midnight.

These events mark 100 years since the Museum first opened in 1913 in the newly built Ventura County Courthouse, now Ventura City Hall. Known then as the Pioneer Museum, its collection of artifacts and curios were the legacy of Dr. Cephas Bard, a Pennsylvania doctor who came to Ventura after the Civil War. A compassionate man with wide-ranging interests, Dr. Bard often accepted historical objects in lieu of cash payment for his services including priceless Chumash, Spanish and Mexican-American objects. Dr. Bard’s collection formed the nucleus of the Museum’s current collection. In 1977, the Museum moved to its present location on Ventura’s Main Street, near historic Mission San Buenaventura. In 2011 the Agriculture Museum was opened in Santa Paula to showcase the extensive collection of agricultural objects.

The Museum will continue its centennial celebration throughout 2013, with exhibits on films made in Ventura County, Guy Webster’s celebrity photographs, fashion throughout the century and an exhibit on the history of the Tortilla Flats neighborhood in Ventura, and will include many special events.

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.

 
Jenchi Wu
Jenchi Wu
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Ventura County Potters' Guild is proud to present Jenchi Wu, who will be demonstrating the hand building of a teapot along sharing her ceramics story. She will also be showing a powerpoint presentation of her public installations and other work.

Wu leads the sculpture and ceramics program at Ventura College and has taught widely in
Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Wu has had her work chosen for various public art installations in Santa Barbara.

http://www.jenchiwu.com/About.html
Doors open at 7pm, Monday, February 25, 2013
Talk starts at 8 pm
Refreshments, FREE and open to the community
For more information, call 805-985-5038.

 
Band director will solo in Tuba Concerto movement
Michael Hart
Michael Hart

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a free symphony concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in Samuelson Chapel.

In “The Evolution of a Concert,” the University Symphony will display the progress it has made in the development of the season-long project pieces “Petite Suite” by Claude Debussy, “Elegy in Memoriam” by David Colin Freeman and Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn. As movements are added, the students continue to practice, rehearse and add new levels of sophistication.

The program will include the first movement of the Tuba Concerto by contemporary composer Edward Gregson featuring CLU band director Michael Hart as the soloist. Hart directs CLU’s Wind Ensemble, Chamber Wind Ensemble and Pep Band, and teaches theory and low brass. As a tubist, the Thousand Oaks resident has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and The University of Iowa Symphony Band. He competed at the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference Quartet Competition in Cincinnati and appeared as a tubist and conductor at the 2010 International Tuba Euphonium Conference.

Music professor Daniel Geeting will conduct.

The chapel is 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/music.

 
Photograph by Gary Moss
Photograph by Gary Moss
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Photograph by Gary Moss
Photograph by Gary Moss
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The Ojai Valley Photography Club welcomes Camera Whisperer, Gary Moss, to its February meeting. Moss will lecture and give a digital presentation on “Inspiration.” Highlights will include creating a personal style with one’s photography and the process of producing a unique visual portfolio that has impact and soul. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm, February 19th, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Moss is an accomplished professional photographer and is the Photo Editor of 805 Living magazine. With over 25 years of experience, he has built a solid reputation and amassed a prolific body of work that specializes in travel, food, celebrity portraiture, advertising and editorial photography. His extraordinary way of creating beautiful images from virtually any subject matter puts him in high demand.

Moss’s photographs have always had an editorial look. Most photographers usually shoot in one discipline. His work bridges many disciplines as he easily creates stunning images from a variety of different genres.

Moss’s lectures are extremely informative and enjoyable. He is a photographer, photo editor, educator, mentor and one funny guy whose presentation will appeal to photographers of all skill levels. Visit the Gary Moss website for extended information and images: www.garymossphotography.com/

The Ojai Photography 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. More information about the Ojai Photography Club is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 
“Beach Town USA”, photograph by J.D. Wolff
“Beach Town USA”, photograph by J.D. Wolff
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J.D. Wolff, a Ventura photographer who caught the shutter bug in the early 1970s, will exhibit recent images and a few favorites from his files in a Feb. 26-March 23 solo show at the Buenaventura Art Association’s downtown Ventura gallery called “Day Dreams in Color.”

Landscapes are a focus for Wolff, who often adjusts color and contrast on computer to create the large-scale images he frames. Though his portfolio includes images from all over the United States, Canada and Western Europe, he said this show features primarily landscapes shot in and around Ventura County.

“I prefer printing my photography on canvas, as I often manipulate my images to make them look somewhat like paintings,” he said. “Printing on canvas gives it that extra texture and effect, which I feel most always improves the final product.”

Wolff plans to be on hand to greet visitors 5-8 p.m. March 1 for the First Fridays Ventura Gallery Crawl and some of his local musician friends will provide live music 4-8 p.m., Saturday, March 2 for his artist’s reception. Wolff is also a musician who plays in a duo with his son as well as a quartet with friends.

An uncle introduced him to photography when he was 10 or 11 years old. “He shot hundreds and hundreds of pictures and would display them around his house. He definitely triggered my early interest in photography,” said Wolff, who added he had “several excellent instructors during my high school and college years.” He graduated from CSU Northridge.

“I’m always concerned with having proper composition and good symmetry in my images,” Wolff said, because be believes “it can be the difference between the art in photography versus just taking a photograph of something.”
He won a first place Judges’ Award in photography last year at the Santa Paula Society of the Arts’ 75th annual art and photography show. Examples of his work can be viewed online at jdwolffphotography.com or jdwolff.net.

The Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the BAA’s website at www.buenaventuragallery.org.

 
“Goldfish and Lights”, by Donald Cresswell, voted one of the top images from “Just Photos” 2012.
“Goldfish and Lights”, by Donald Cresswell, voted one of the top images from “Just Photos” 2012.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for its upcoming exhibit on the ground floor of Ventura’s Community Memorial Hospital. Starting March 17, 2013, the exhibit, entitled “Just Photos II,” repeats a theme that was very popular from the art association’s series of Community Memorial exhibits in 2012.
As the name implies, “Just Photos II” is only open to photographs. There is no rule for subject or style, but photographers are cautioned to only submit works that are suitable for the family-friendly environment of the hospital. This is an open competition; Buenaventura Art Association members and non-members may enter their work.

The juror for “Just Photos II” will be Donna Granata, founder and executive director of Focus On the Masters, a Ventura non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and documenting accomplished artists who live and work in Ventura County.

Granata herself is an accomplished photographer whose many portraits of local artists have been exhibited throughout Ventura County. She is also an instructor of photography at Brooks Institute.

No more than 6 entries per artist will be accepted. Entries are only accepted electronically via the online entry system at the Association’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org. Deadline for entries is midnight, Saturday, March 9. Details can be found on the website.

The Buenaventura Art Association owns and operates the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association’s website at www.buenaventuragallery.org.

Community Memorial Hospital is an eight-story, 242-bed nonprofit facility that has become a state-of-the-art regional hospital and health center, providing a vast array of medical services and programs. CMH is located at 147 N. Brent St., Ventura.

 
Photographer: Brian Stethem/CLU
Photographer: Brian Stethem/CLU
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Mother-daughter alumnae provide musical direction

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present its first fully staged opera Thursday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 3, on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Performances of “Dido and Aeneas” are slated for 8 p.m. in Preus-Brandt Forum. The theatre arts and music departments are presenting the opera.

Written by English composer Henry Purcell in 1689, the opera embodies the best in musical writing of its day. In three short acts, which include lively dance numbers, passionate arias and rollicking choruses, it portrays an epic battle between virtue and desire, power and politics, life and death. As Dido, the conflicted queen of Carthage, gives in to her desires, she stands to lose more than her crown.

CLU music lecturer and voice teacher Heidi Valencia Vas directs. Mother-daughter duo Elizabeth and Jessica Helms, both CLU alumnae, are the musical directors. Elizabeth, of Ventura, earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction in 2005 and teaches voice at CLU. Jessica, of Newbury Park, earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2004.

Major players include the following: Melanie Stein, a senior music major from Simi Valley, as Dido; Jessica Butenshon, a seniortheatre arts major/music minor from Astoria, Ore., as Dido’s sister, Belinda; Russell Fletcher, a junior music major from Lakeport, as the Trojan prince Aeneas; and Susannah Ruth, a senior music major from Thousand Oaks, as the sorceress.

Set design and costume design are by drama lecturers Josh Clabaugh and Valerie Miller, respectively, and lighting is by Ben Michaels, a freshman theatre arts major from Redlands. Ashton Williams, a junior theatre arts major from Sparks, Nev., is stage manager.

London-born Purcell has been called the finest and most original composer of his day. He wrote music for many stage productions, but “Dido and Aeneas” is his only opera. As the son of a musician at court, a chorister at the Chapel Royal, and the holder of continuing royal appointments until his death in 1695, Purcell worked in Westminster for three different kings over 25 years. In 1679, he was appointed Organist at Westminster Abbey, a position he retained all his life.

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

Admission is $10. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 805-493-3415.

 

Ventura, CA – With its beautiful beachside location and idyllic climate, Ventura beckons visitors to enjoy a weekend escape during the spring season. From a world renowned music festival to fun for the whole family at the Ventura Harbor Village, there’s never a dull moment in Ventura.

Whale Watching Cruises
December 26 - April 17, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Every year Pacific Gray Whales migrates up to10,000 miles to secluded lagoons in Mexico to breed and bear their young and then journey back to their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. Island Packers invites you to observe these magnificent animals as they pass through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Cruises depart from Ventura Harbor, 1691 Spinnaker Dr. Ste 105B.
http://www.islandpackers.com/

Ventura Music Festival presents celebrated drummer Tito Puente, Jr. and his band
Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m.
The propulsive percussion and raucous rhythm of Latin Jazz dance into town when the Ventura Music Festival presents celebrated drummer Tito Puente, Jr. and his band at this year's Latin Jazz concert. New York-born, South Florida-based Tito Jr. preserves the legacy of his father, the legendary Mambo King, who popularized Afro-Cuban rhythms in the 1950s. Joining Tito Jr. onstage will be the winner of the Ventura Music Festival’s annual Student Jazz Competition. Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to high school students from Southern California. Tickets to Tito Puente, Jr. at the Ventura High School Theater on Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at venturamusicfestival.org, or call (805) 648-3146.

Murder Mystery Dinner “Viva Las Vegas”
Fillmore & Western Railway
February 23, 6:30 p.m.
Step back to the 1960’s and commiserate with familiar characters from “The Rat Pack.” As with all murder mysteries on Fillmore & Western Dinner Theaters you will have your choice of a scrumptious dinner to go along with the “over the top” acting. Be ready to croon with the crooners and be dazzled by the leggy ladies who will entertain you. Tickets are $89 per person, ages 18 and up.
http://www.fwry.com (805) 524-2546

The Ventura Gem Show
March 2 – 3, Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ventura “Golden CONTINUED »

 
“Margaret” by John Nichols, photograph, 12” x 18”, Collection of the artist.
“Margaret” by John Nichols, photograph, 12” x 18”, Collection of the artist.
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“Elizabeth” by Gail Pidduck, oil on board, 12” x 12”, Collection of the artist
“Elizabeth” by Gail Pidduck, oil on board, 12” x 12”, Collection of the artist
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SANTA PAULA, CA – Inspired by Rose Frantzen's acclaimed “Portrait of Maquoketa”, two artists in Santa Paula, California decided to take on a similar adventure in their own town, calling it the “Santa Paula Portrait Project”. Photographer John Nichols and painter Gail Pidduck have spent part of the past two years making portraits of the people in their community. Since January of 2011, the two have produced over 60 works which will be on display at the Santa Paula Art Museum from February 23 until June 23, 2013. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for non-members.

In an email from Rose Frantzen to Gail she wrote, "The wish, that we would endeavor to explore through our creative mediums, this miraculous opportunity of being alive, maybe, by recognizing this gift in the eyes of my neighbor as I realize it in myself." With no outside funding, Nichols and Pidduck decided to spend a good portion of two years working on a project that would not provide any income, but would enrich their lives. For Pidduck, it was the opportunity to sit for a while with her subjects, most of whom she met by chance on Main Street, which taught her that everyone “has an interesting story to tell.”

Like Frantzen, Nichols and Pidduck desired to capture a collective portrait of a community and of humanity rather than isolated images. “The goal in these portraits,” says Nichols, “is to reveal as much of myself, the artist, as I reveal of the sitter.” The project encouraged both artists to open their hearts to their neighbors and strangers on the streets of Santa Paula, the final product of which illustrates both the ordinary and the extraordinary facets of everyday life in a small town.

Reservations for the opening reception are recommended. Please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.

 
Paul L. Maier has 3 written theological thrillers
Paul L. Maier
Paul L. Maier

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A novelist and expert on ancient history will be the keynote speaker at Senior Fest onTuesday, Feb. 26, at California Lutheran University.

Paul L. Maier will discuss “How We Got the Bible” at 9:30 a.m. and “St. Paul and the Spread of Christianity” at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Fest brings Lutherans together for learning, devotions and fellowship to enhance their physical, spiritual, social and intellectual lives. The event, which will include lunch and workshops in addition to the keynote presentations, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a widely published author of both scholarly and popular works. His novels include two historical documentaries, “Pontius Pilate” and “The Flames of Rome,” as well as “A Skeleton in God’s Closet,” a theological thriller that became a number-one national bestseller in religious fiction. Sequels, “More than a Skeleton” and “The Constantine Codex,” followed in 2003 and 2011.

His nonfiction works include “In the Fullness of Time,” a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; “Josephus: The Essential Works,” a new translation and commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and “Eusebius: The Church History,” a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than 5 million of Maier’s books are now in print in 20 languages, as well as more than 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

Maier lectures widely, is frequently featured on radio and television in newspapers, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children’s books and hosted six video seminars dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church and current Christianity.

He was a Fulbright scholar at the universities of Heidelberg, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland, where he studied under famed scholars Karl Barth and Oscar Cullmann. He received his doctorate summa cumlaude from the University of Basel in 1957, becoming the first American student to graduate with highest honors.

The Association of Lutheran Older Adults, an inter-Lutheran movement based in Baltimore, started the Senior Fest events. A group of church leaders formed the organization in the early 1990s to help prepare for the “age wave.”

Registration is $25 until Feb. 18 and $30 after that date. To register, go to http://www.callutheran.edu/seniorfest. For more information, contact Linda LeBlanc in the Church Relations Office at 805-493-3936 or leblanc@callutheran.edu.

 

Learn how to build a raised-bed garden box to make home gardening easier and more productive, when Kevin Genovese gives a demonstration at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on March 3, 2013. The event is on the museum’s monthly Free First Sunday, when all exhibits and events are open free to the public.

Genovese, Operations Director at the Agriculture Museum, will demonstrate the building skills needed to make a garden box, including cutting and attaching lumber. He will share information about rot-protection and provide instructions for attendees to take home.

Raised-bed garden boxes offer advantages to plants and to gardeners. Soil conditions and types can be adjusted as soil is being added and mixed in the beds. Since gardeners walk around the beds and not in them, soil compaction is reduced and drainage is improved. Water, fertilizer, compost and mulch can be applied with greater efficiency and less waste. Due to these optimal growing conditions, plants can be more closely spaced, and will provide more vegetables, fruits and flowers per square foot. And best of all, many gardening chores can be done while sitting on a garden seat next to the raised bed.

Genovese is Operations Director at the Agriculture Museum. He earned his B.A. in history from California State University Channel Islands in 2011.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is open 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. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call the Agriculture Museum at 805-525-3100.

 
"Spa Tower" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
"Spa Tower" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Sacred Chumash" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Locked In A Memory" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"J Is For Joy" Assemblage by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Ancient Chumash" Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Temple of Juno in Sicily" Paper Batik by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Traditional Decorated Eggs" by Bernadette DiPietro
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"Contemporary Decorated Eggs" by Bernadette DiPietro
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The Ojai Valley Museum is offering a new, annual series of Adult Art Classes beginning in February 2013. Collaborating with Ojai artist, Bernadette DiPietro, and using her Blanche Street art space as an adjunct classroom, the museum is able to offer this new enrichment/educational program to the public.

DiPietro, an expert in the art techniques that will be offered, will teach this spring series. She has devised three unique workshops that will cover Paper Batik, Ukrainian Egg Decoration and Assemblage. One does not need to have an art background to take part in the classes.

The February 16th class, “Paper Batik,” is directly related to the museum’s current exhibition “Fiber Art Master Pieces.” In this all day workshop, students will learn the Indonesian technique of wax resist dyeing. They will create contemporary batiks using wax and watercolors on a variety of handmade papers, resulting in a beautiful synthesis of ancient technique and modern art.

The March 9th class, “Ukrainian Egg Decoration,” is scheduled to coincide with the Easter Holiday. For nearly 2000 years people from all over the world have decorated eggs in the spring of the year. Participants in this workshop will learn to decorate eggs in the traditional Ukraine manner, combining the legends, symbols, and designs onto their finished objet ‘d’art.

The April 20th class, “Assemblage” introduces students to an art technique using ‘found objects’ along with photographs, fibers, paints, textiles, collage, and drawings to produce a variety of fantastic illusions. Students will learn to arrange mixed media in new unexpected relationships to one another to tell a story or convey a message.

The instructor of all three workshops, Bernadette DiPietro, has been an Ojai based artist since 1971. She is one of Ojai’s Living Treasures, a founding member of the Ojai Studio Artists collective, author of the book “The ABC’s of Batik,” recipient of the National Outstanding Art Educator Award and is a guest lecturer at University of California campuses in San Diego and Santa Barbara. DiPietro’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries since 1979 and is held in numerous private collections.

The Ojai Valley Museum is delighted to partner with DiPietro to expand its programs to her facility directly across the street. Workshop participants have free parking in the museum’s back courtyard and are given a Guest Pass for free admission to the galleries. In addition to the satellite classroom, DiPietro’s “Working ARTIST Gallery” will be used for museum lecture series, special event presentations, and other types of workshops the museum galleries cannot accommodate.

The Ojai Valley Museum will e-mail a detailed description of each class, with applicable fees, just call (805) 640-1390, ext. 203. Or access the museum facebook page via our website at: www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

Pre-registration of at least one week in advance of the workshop date is required as space is limited to 8 students per class. All registration is taken through the museum by calling the above number.

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, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2012 members, adults - $4.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.

 
“Goldfish and Lights”, by Donald Cresswell, voted one of the top images from “Just Photos” 2012.
“Goldfish and Lights”, by Donald Cresswell, voted one of the top images from “Just Photos” 2012.
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Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for its upcoming exhibit on the ground floor of Ventura’s Community Memorial Hospital. Starting March 17, 2013, the exhibit, entitled “Just Photos II,” repeats a theme that was very popular from the art association’s series of Community Memorial exhibits in 2012.
As the name implies, “Just Photos II” is only open to photographs. There is no rule for subject or style, but photographers are cautioned to only submit works that are suitable for the family-friendly environment of the hospital. This is an open competition; Buenaventura Art Association members and non-members may enter their work. Entries will be juried for acceptance by a panel of BAA artists and hospital administrators.

No more than 6 entries per artist. Entries are only accepted electronically via the online entry system at the Association’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org. Deadline for entries is midnight, Saturday, March 9. Details can be found on the website.

The Buenaventura Art Association owns and operates the Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association’s website at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
Community Memorial Hospital is an eight-story, 242-bed nonprofit facility that has become a state-of-the-art regional hospital and health center, providing a vast array of medical services and programs. CMH is located at 147 N. Brent St., Ventura.