Author: Emily Dodi

GIRL POWER | Girls with Guitars help Rock the Wish in Ojai

Pictured from left: From left: Cindy Kalmenson, Natalie Gelman and Patricia Avis Cardinali “All right, girl, come on, show us your stuff,” says Cindy Kalmenson, remembering the early days of Girls with Guitars. It was the mid-1990s and she had moved to Nashville from her native California.“I started going to all these writers’ nights and there you’d meet a lot of people coming to do just three songs in a round.” Kalmenson asked some of her fellow female singer-songwriters to join her onstage as Girls with Guitars.  “I was just inspired by them and apparently they were a little...

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ON STAGE: Fractured Actors present The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

PICTURED: Time and Again, from left: Greg Howland, Kathleen Green, Susan Howland, Benjamin Wilson, Ben Downing, Ariana Guerrero, Jennifer Hermann and Shannon McNally Ham. Lying down: Anthony Contreras. Photo courtesy of Fractured Actors   From the street it looks like any other industrial building, but go around back and there’s a door to another place and time. Welcome to Sweet Jay’s Roadhouse, otherwise known as the second annual Speakeasy Project presented by the Fractured Actors Theater Company. This year, the Suite J Theater is decked out like an American roadhouse — a honky-tonk complete with old time photos, vinyl...

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RENAISSANCE MAN | The genius of Leonardo da Vinci on display at the Ronald Reagan Library

A little corner of Simi Valley has been transformed into The World of da Vinci. On display, through Sept. 8 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum are working models of some of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest inventions, as well as digitalized restorations of some of his most famous paintings. Melissa Giller of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute explains that the foundation routinely surveys guests to find out what exhibits they would most like to see. Da Vinci stood out by “leaps and bounds.” The foundation reached out to the Leonardo3 Museum in Milan, whose The...

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ON EXHIBIT | Influential graffiti artist Kelly “RISK” Graval at CMATO

“For the Greater Good.” The phrase looms large on a wall in the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). The words were chosen by Kelly “RISK” Graval, the artist whose works are on display through Sept. 4. The phrase is inscribed above a painting entitled, “Buddha and the Monarchs,” in which the Buddha sits serenely, awash in brilliant color and surrounded by butterflies. Look more closely and you will see that above the Buddha’s head is a ring of skulls. Also in the painting is an excerpt from Psalm 23, representing a confluence of traditions and beliefs. The...

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ON WITH THE NEW | Curtains up for new theater companies in Ventura County

“It’s risky,” Tom Eubanks says of the theater. He should know. A writer and director, Eubanks has been a figure in the Ventura County theater community for decades. “It changes every time you do it. That’s what I like about it. I like the risk factor.” His latest project is the Beacon Theater Company, which he recently founded with Steve Grumette, Anna Kotula and Howard Leader, themselves seasoned members of the theater community. With all the risks involved — and maybe even a little bit because of them — they are diving in with “the insidious intention of creating...

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  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Loni Love Headlines Levity Live

    September 20 @ 7:30 pm - September 22 @ 9:00 pm
  3. 2019 Quilt Rooms and Gardens Tour

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  4. 3rd Annual Southeast Ventura County YMCA Reach For The Stars Gala

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Premiere Party for “Beyond Function: Fiber, Wood and Clay”

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Fundraiser for Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute (CIMWI)

    September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  7. Oxnard National Drive Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase

    September 22 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  8. Chamber On The Mountain presents Tomer Gewirtzman, Pianist

    September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    September 23 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  10. Dancer’s Body Barre

    September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm