Author: Emily Dodi

FOR THE AVENUE | Va Por La Avenida kicks off Oct. 19

“Let’s do it for the Avenue,” says Maribel Hernandez, general manager of Bell Arts Factory. Hernandez is translating the meaning and sentiment of Va Por La Avenida, a new bilingual community event series that “celebrates the residents, artists and businesses that make up Ventura Avenue.” Hosted by Bell Arts Factory and the Westside Community Development Corporation, the free eight-event series will be held over the next two years. The first theme is Ofrenda, which kicks off on Oct. 19 at noon. Just in time to prepare for Diá de los Muertos, Ofrenda (“offering”) is inspired by the traditional Mexican...

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ON STAGE | California Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice at the Elite Theatre

PICTURED: Alan Waserman and Victoria Saitz star as Shylock and Jessica in the California Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merchant of Venice. Photo by Mike Marsalisi It’s complicated. That is an understatement when it comes to The Merchant of Venice, one of William Shakespeare’s most hotly debated plays. It raises questions about anti-Semitism, mercy, justice and loyalty, then leaves us to answer them for ourselves. Onstage at the Elite Theatre through Nov. 3 is the California Shakespeare Company’s lively, minimalist production of the Shakespearean tragicomedy. Under the direction of William H. Fisher, the actors do a fine job of...

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ON EXHIBIT | Time traveling through the decades in Downtown Ventura

by Emily Dodi  It’s not easy to escape the stress and trappings of our modern world, so here’s a suggestion: Try a bit of time travel. Two current exhibits make it hard to say no. California Cool: Mid-century Modernism on the Central Coast, on display at the Museum of Ventura County through Feb. 21, is described as an exploration of the “popular design movement in interior and graphic design, architecture and urban development from 1945 to 1965.” What it feels like is stepping into the lives of some incredibly cool, immensely talented people. You wouldn’t be surprised if Mad...

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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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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