Author: Alicia Doyle

BUILDING BRIDGES | ARTSpace seeks to bring quality theatre and inclusivity to Simi Valley

PICTURED: Transforming the multi-purpose room at Simi Elementary into the new ARTSpace Black Box Theater. Photo courtesy of Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi by Alicia Doyle alicia@aliciadoyle.com Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi (ARTS), which has produced live theater in Simi Valley since 1995, will present its first season at ARTSpace Black Box Theater, a new 96-seat venue located in the converted multi-purpose room at Simi Elementary School. Starting Jan. 18, the 2020 season will begin with John Steinbeck’s ***Of Mice and Men, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 9....

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ALL THAT JAZZ | Channel Cities Jazz Club keeps on swinging

PICTURED: Ken Lange and dance partner Vicki dance to the Studio C Jazz Band during a Channel Cities Jazz Club event at Golden China Restaruant in Ventura. Photo by Michael Gordon Traditional classic tunes once performed by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin — now revived by Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé and other current talent — can be enjoyed locally during live performances by the Channel Cities Jazz Club. “There’s a group of people that love to hear this music because it’s still very relevant,” said Susan LaCroix, of Oxnard, the club’s vice president. “There are also people who love...

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ON EXHIBIT | A Retrospective Tkachenko and Johnson at Pacific Coast Art

PICTURED: A watercolor landscape by Eugene Tkachenko Born in Yugoslavia in 1934, Eugene Tkachenko and his family escaped World War II as refugees to America after surviving bombings, starvation and loss of loved ones. “They came here with nothing but the clothes on their backs and he became a very successful person through hard work and determination,” said Nancy Smeets, the widow of Tkachenko, who died in 2014. Among his many accomplishments, Tkachenko was a chemical physicist who helped put the rocket on the moon, spoke eight languages, “and he was an amazing artist, too,” Smeets said. Originally working...

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“EVERYONE IS A FIRST RESPONDER” | Moorpark’s Covered 6 provides tactical training for public safety

PICTURED: Julie Bellinder of Ventura enrolled in both the Physical Security Specialist Academy and Carrying Concealed Weapon training course at Covered 6. Photo courtesy of Covered 6 With tragic active shooting incidents occurring on local and national levels — including the shooting at Saugus High School in November that left two students dead — the need to protect ourselves and have the ability to help the injured is greater than ever before. “The world has changed — it’s volatile, it’s uncertain, it’s complex. And the threats have changed, so everyone’s involved. Everyone is a first responder, and everyone can...

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HALL OF CHAMPIONS | Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes a rich athletic legacy

PICTURED: California Lutheran University serves as the home of the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame, where a permanent exhibit featuring some inductee plaques can be seen on the second floor of the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. <em>Photo courtesy of Alicia Doyle and Brian FitzGerald</em> Ventura County is home to some of the greatest athletic talent of all time, including Clarence “Bud” Houser, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in shot put and discus who was a student at Oxnard High, where Houser Field was named in his honor; and track star Mike Larrabee, winner of two gold medals...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary – Open Recruitment for Advisory Council Seats

    December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  3. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  4. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Chair Yoga Class

    January 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  6. On the Basis of Sex Presented by League of Women Voters & Ventura Film Society

    February 1
  7. Peace in Concert

    February 1 @ 3:00 pm
  8. Climate Change and U.S. Militarism

    February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. Living With Diabetes – Free Seminar

    February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  10. Dinner & Art Demonstration

    February 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm