The Ojai Music Festival announced a typically fresh and daring lineup for this year which will include the West Coast premier of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, an 80-minute percussion piece featuring 45 percussionists and three piccolo players who will be stationed throughout Libbey Park. The Festival opens June 7 and concludes June 10. Also making the lovely Libbey Bowl its home this summer is the newly formed Pacific Shores Philharmonic, conducted by Burns Taft, which will present six concerts there for its inaugural season. The program features family-friendly contemporary compositions and movie scores as well as traditional classical selections including Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

Rubicon Theatre Company received a Drama Desk Award nomination for “Outstanding Musical Revue” for the Off-Broadway run at 59E59 in New York last summer.  Rubicon alum (tick…tick…BOOM!) and Ventura native Andrew Samonsky was also nominated in the “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical” category for his role in Queen of the Mist. Rubicon is planning to employ lots of local talent and forge local partnerships with its 2012-2013 season “Our Town/Your Theatre” to celebrate 15 years in Ventura. Upcoming productions include Pal Joey and an encore of its wildly successful Lonesome Traveler.  Yet another exciting development for Rubicon is its introduction to Santa Barbara audiences. This month for the first time, it staged a production at the Lobero Theatre.

Transport Theatre Company announced its 2012 season to be staged at its new home at the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio.  Founded in 2006 by Linda Livingston and John Proctor, Transport Theatre Company will produce An Evening of One Acts by Harold Pinter beginning May 25 — one of which will be directed by Livingston and another starring her—with an exciting collection of plays to follow through summer and fall.

ArtSlant Los Angeles awarded artist Paul Benavidez second place for his painting  “M-2, Transformation” which he completed during his third semester at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Loosely modeled after Oxnard’s ArtPub,  brainchild of Tracy Hudak, Pistol Productions launched Art Night at The Tavern in Ventura earlier this week. The happy hour for people involved in the local art scene to network, will return to the venue every third Tuesday at 6 p.m. Oxnard’s Art Pub takes place on every second Tuesday at Sugar Beets restaurant.

This weekend Ventura will be host to a slew of film and television music supervisors for the Durango Songwriters Film and TV Showcase. From the same people who produce the Durango Songwriters Showcase, it’s an insider industry event that probably won’t do much for local musicians and songwriters (registration is $2,000), but does have the potential to become something that city stakeholders’ daydreams are made of should organizers find themselves enamored of downtown Ventura.

Ventura County lost two treasures recently: Douglas Malcolm Spaulding and Dorothea Grossman. Spaulding, who was very active in the local arts community was known for his giftedness in a variety of mediums including sculpture, drawing, painting and writing.  His contributions are documented in the Focus on the Masters’ archives.  His memorial service was at Ventura City Hall in April. The highly regarded and widely published poet Dorothea Grossman died last week.  The word most commonly used to describe her was “delightful” as she was known to have a wicked sense of humor.  At press time, a date for services had not yet been announced, but there will be a memorial reading at the Artists Union Gallery in Ventura on Tuesday, July 10.



The City of Ventura Cultural Funding Program: A total of $90,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to Ventura-based nonprofit arts organizations. Grants range from $3,000 to $20,000. Grant applications are due July 6. For an application, go to

Ventura County Civil Alliance Compact for a Sustainable Ventura County: High school students and young professionals are invited to submit an original song that exemplifies the principles of environmental sustainability. Winners will be chosen to perform at an event at Zoey’s Café on June 13. Submissions in MP3 format or YouTube link are due June 1. Send to