Author: Chris O'Neal

THE SOUND OF PEACE | Yuval Ron breaks down barriers with his ensemble

PICTURED: Yuval Ron brings music of the Middle East to California Lutheran University next week. Photo by Jorge Vismara Yuval Ron knows that the world is going through turbulent times. With his ensemble, Ron is attempting to build a bridge between cultures that appear worlds apart but are, in fact, torn from the same cloth. The Yuval Ron Ensemble will bring its Concert for Unity to California Lutheran University on Tuesday, Oct. 15, featuring an eclectic, diverse cast of musicians from multiple faiths that have performed worldwide. The performance includes sacred music pulled from Judaism, Sufism and early Christianity...

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SOUL CONNECTION | Eclectic number Atmasandhi brings Indian fusion to Ventura

PICTURED: Atmasandhi, from left: Sam Ortolano, Kamini Natarajan and Manohar Gurung by Chris O’Neal From a young age, Kamini Natarajan wanted to bring her love for classical Indian music to the world. With an idea floating in her mind, Natarajan founded Atmasandhi, a collective of like-minded musicians making a unique, diverse sound pulling from many influences and backgrounds. Along with her vocals, Natarajan also plays the Harmonium, a small organ-like instrument. Guitarist Sam Ortolano and percussionist Manohar Gurung join her in Atmasandhi. The group will perform on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Namba Performing Arts Space in Ventura. Natarajan...

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE | Sight + Sound Film Festival promises multi-sensory experience in Oxnard

PICTURED: Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Cuba A film festival in Oxnard next weekend will feature more than just films, as organizers promise a feast for all senses. The inaugural Sight + Sound Film Festival, dubbed “a cinematic experience for the senses,” will feature dozens of films from around the world alongside workshops, activities and curated events with food and music. The festival begins on Friday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (the PACC). Dozens of films, both locally produced and international, will be screened, but what makes...

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HOMESPUN | Oxnard electro-rock group Astreyas reaches for the stars

In an empty room formerly occupied by patients of the Camarillo State Hospital in Camarillo, Christopher Yanez and Lizett Evangelista gaze through closed windows, pace and twirl around the empty floor, and fade in and out of existence. The pair make up Astreyas, an electronic-infused rock outfit from Oxnard, and this is the video for their debut single, “Anomaly.” Long Live Analog Yanez and Evangelista created Astreyas in 2018 when the pair’s interests crossed paths. Yanez, who had previously appeared in various shoegaze-tinged bands ala My Bloody Valentine, met Evangelista when she approached him about helping her find a...

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TO THE MOON AND BACK | Ventura County astronomers look to the skies on 50th anniversary of moon landing

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on the moon. As they touched down on the lunar surface, Armstrong famously delivered words that would echo through the ages: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty years later, on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, celebrations are being held around the world, including in Moorpark, where organizers are hoping to rekindle the awe of the moment. On Saturday, July 20, the Ventura County Astronomical Society (VCAS) will host an Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  3. Artist in Residence: Delesprie

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  4. The Innovative Vision of Poet Dana Gioia: American Poetry and Public Life

    October 23 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Career Education Programs Open House

    October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  6. Drum Night

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. NOAA seeks public comment on updating management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Photography Exhibition: A Tree Grows In & On the Margins


    October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  9. ‘The Wolves’

    October 24 @ 8:00 pm - October 27 @ 2:00 pm
  10. Cocina Sin Fronteras Hosts Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk

    October 26 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am