Author: Emily Dodi

MAGIC AND REVELRY | The joy of the season takes center stage in Ventura County this month

PICTURED: Sean Bell, Zachary Edwards, Joshua David Cavanaugh and Adolpho Blaire star in Plaid Tidings at the Rubicon. Photo by Ed Krieger ’Tis the season to take in at least one holiday performance. There’s something to delight everyone and absolutely every reason to make time to see something special onstage, whether it’s The Nutcracker or a family musical or concert. Whether you’re honoring a family tradition or creating a new one, there is simply no better way to revel in the season. Sugar Plum Dreams For many, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and Ventura County is...

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ON STAGE | Fuenteovejuna at California Lutheran University

PICTURED: Bridget De Maria, Katarina Lopez and Maya De La Torre star in CLU’s production of Fuenteovejuna. Photo by Brian Stethem History repeats itself. That’s true, but maybe even truer is that people remain the same. We are as capable now as we’ve always been of incredible acts of courage, just as we’ve always possessed the ability to be cruel.  Fuenteovejuna, onstage through Nov. 24 at California Lutheran University’s Black Box Theatre, shows us just how true that is. Written in 1614 by the Spanish playwright Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio and translated by Curt Columbus, Fuenteovejuna is...

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SWINGING FOR THE FENCES | Amid funding concerns, The Elite goes “all out” for 2020

PICTURED: Bill Walthall, Mike Marsalisi and Stephanie Rice in front of The Elite in Oxnard. Photo by Jen Garcia One of the most thrilling things about live theater is its unpredictability. Every performance is different. Every audience has its own personality. From the moment the house lights go down and the actors take their places, anything can happen.  But sometimes when a theater meets the unpredictability of life — namely the unexpected loss of a rental partner, a sudden dearth of suitable grants and rising production costs — a theater can find itself in danger of closing. The Elite,...

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FEELING THE (LOCAL) LOVE | The Local Love Project Holiday Album supports Ventura County disaster relief

PICTURED: Kelly Zirbes (of Kelly’s Lot) and Doug Pettibone. Photo courtesy of Totally Local VC We could all use a little holiday cheer right about now and The Local Love Project Holiday Album: The Spirit of Giving has come along just in time. Featuring top local musicians performing holiday favorites, the collection is the very embodiment of good will toward all, most specifically those affected by California wildfires. Proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the Local Love Project, a non-profit Ventura County-based disaster relief organization.   Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sugaray Rayford, Kelly’s Lot, Raging Arb...

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ON EXHIBIT | Empathy: Beneath the Surface at CMATO

PICTURED: “Cotton Hoer” (2018) by Hung Liu. “I’ve always wanted to do something on empathy,” says Lynn Farrand, senior curator of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). “But it’s really important to do it now. It is going to be such a tough time for the community.” Farrand, of course, is referring to the first anniversary of the twin tragedies that struck Ventura County, especially Thousand Oaks. On Nov. 7, 2018, the horrific Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting was followed hours later by the outbreak of the devastating Woolsey and Hill fires. But how do you...

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  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. Light Up A Life – Ventura

    December 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. Mariachi Ensemble Concert

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

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

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

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

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

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm