Author: Emily Dodi

CREATIVE TYPES | Metal artist Elaine Unzicker

PICTURED: Artist Elaine Unzicker with her Authentic Metal Lace™ apparel, made from chain mail. Photo by Kristan Altimus by Emily Dodi “What you do matters. What you don’t do matters,” says Elaine Unzicker, the award-winning Ojai-based artist known for her intricate, wearable works of metal art. Unzicker’s work has been featured in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and on fashion show runways.  “I think art can help in small ways”  Deeply rooted in feminine energy and often inspired by feminine mythology, Unzicker’s work is celebrated for its embodiment of strength and beauty. She harnessed...

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ON THE BOOKSHELF | Great reads from local authors

by Emily Dodi  This has been a summer like no other. The Ventura County Fair, music festivals, camps and summer getaways have been canceled or modified in response to COVID-19. One summer tradition continues, thankfully, and that is the joy of diving into a good book. Summer days may be waning, but there has never been a better time for some escapist summer reading.  A few local authors and several online author events have just the thing to take your mind off, well, everything.  How about a voyage to Iceland for starters? The Museum of Whales You Will Never...

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ON STAGE . . . AT HOME | The curtain rises online for local theater productions

PICTURED: Cast of Electric Barrier. Top row, from left: Juno Azuz Zacher, Zoe Alaniz, Jadzia Winter, Wesley R. Umali. Middle: Emma Garcia, Asher Mitchell, Taetum Naumes, Ella Pickrel. Bottom: Arriana Rodriguez, Quincy McArthur, Kailey Claycamp and Mariah Gruber Screen grab by Hayley Silvers by Emily Dodi The news of theater’s demise has been circulating for centuries. There were actual dark spots, to be sure. Namely the Dark Ages. Yet theater adapted and came back. Every single time. Not even the plague (the one that ravaged the world during Shakespeare’s time, that is) could kill it.  So here we are...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Short, not-so-sweet comedies re-emerge on Hulu

PICTURED: Getting On by Emily Dodi  Of all the streaming content to choose from, why would I suggest checking out two short-lived comedies that ended their runs years ago? The main reason is that when they’re good, Getting On and The Comedians are really, really good. Bingeing won’t eat up an entire weekend, and both scratch that much-needed itch of wanting to laugh in a not-so-lighthearted way. Times such as these call for vinegar . . . but not too much. What is needed is delicious, gleeful laughter. Cue Getting Onand The Comedians. You know you’re in rare TV...

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Creativity in the time of COVID-19 | A variety of resources are available to help artists pursue their passions during the pandemic

Photo Caption: “Art with a Heart” by Jennifer Abundiz of Channel Islands High School will be one of many works of student art in the Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibition online gallery hosted by Channel Islands Maritime Museum through April 30. by Emily Dodi  Artists are a hardy lot. They are actors, musicians, fine artists, graphic designers, writers, and other creatives who make their living by pursuing their passions. They are not strangers to struggle, even in the best of times. But these are anything but the best of times. The onset of COVID-19 has pressed a...

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