Author: Alan Sculley

FAR OUT | Tech N9ne and Planet Pyune come into Ventura’s orbit on Oct. 27

Back in early 2017, Tech N9ne had what sounded like a pretty far-out idea for his next album, to be called Planet. In an interview at that time with this writer, he said that he wanted the album to be made up of a single piece of music inspired by Billy Joel’s epic song, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” That idea fell by the wayside, but Tech N9ne still pursued a far-out idea for his newly released album, Planet — creating his own world, which he calls Planet Pyune (Peaceful Youth Unit Neutralizing Earth), where one can escape from...

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PATRIOTIC PROTEST | Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya discusses politics, gun violence and not pulling punches on Kult 45

Otep Shamaya had never been shy about expressing her opinions in songs she wrote for Otep over the course of her Los Angeles band’s previous seven albums. In 2016’s Generation Doom, for instance, she tackled climate change, ISIS and, on the song “Equal Rights, Equal Lefts,” homophobia. Shamaya delivered a sharp rebuke to a man who took issue with her being gay, summing up the encounter with “He called me a dyke. I called him an ambulance.” But Shamaya, in a mid-July phone interview conducted between stops on the band’s Fire and Fury summer tour, said that even her...

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WARPED OUT | Vans Warped Tour, coming to Ventura this weekend, takes its last lap in 2018

Kevin Lyman is approaching this summer’s 24th edition of the Warped Tour thinking about something that never needed to enter his thoughts during most of the years he’s organized and overseen this tour. He’s thinking about his life without the Warped Tour. Last fall, Lyman announced that 2018 would be the last year for Warped as a traveling festival visiting cities coast to coast. It’s the end of an era in the concert world. Warped wasn’t the first traveling festival — Lyman, before launching Warped, worked for three years on Lollapalooza when it was breaking ground. But it is...

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SONGS IN THE KEY OF X | X Ambassadors come to the Ventura Theater

X Ambassadors fans have gone almost three years since the release of VHS, the album that thrust the group from Ithaca, New York, into the pop spotlight behind the hits “Renegade,” “Jungle” and “Unsteady.” But by no means have fans been left empty-handed while waiting for a follow-up album: The group has released six singles over the past year. It’s an interesting approach to following up a breakthrough hit album. And this may be the wave of the future, especially for major label acts, with new music being first parceled out in a series of singles, while the new...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  3. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Mariachi Ensemble Concert

    December 11 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Light Up A Life – Ojai

    December 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Guest Artist’s Reception

    December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  7. Jazz Collective

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm
  8. Footworks Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 14-15 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center

    December 14 - December 15
  9. Humane Society of Ventura County Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Marketplace

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  10. 54th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

    December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm