Author: Emily Dodi

ON STAGE | The Revolutionists at Santa Paula Theater Center

PICTURED: Rosie Gordon (Charlotte Corday), Sarah Broughton (Olympe de Gouges), Aileen-Marie Scott (Marie Antoinette) and Juliana Acosta (Marianne Angelle). Photo by Brian Stethem by Emily Dodi There is a lot to love about The Revolutionists, onstage at Santa Paula Theater Center through March 15. There is also much to talk about after the curtain and the guillotine fall. This is a play about the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, after all. Paris, 1793, to be exact, and people will lose their heads. Not graphically portrayed onstage, thankfully. Although the giant omnipresent guillotine never lets us forget that the threat...

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ON STAGE | Shirley Valentine at Ojai Art Center Theater

PICTURED: Anna Kotula stars in Ojai ACT’s Shirley Valentine. Photo by Stephen Adams by Emily Dodi Some plays leave you laughing. Some leave you crying. Others just leave you. Shirley Valentine stays with you, especially if you are of a certain age. Willy Russell’s Tony-nominated play, onstage at the Ojai Art Center Theater through Feb. 16, is most certainly funny and heartfelt, but it’s the journey of its one character that stays with you, leaving you to wonder . . . what if?  As described in the production notes, Shirley’s voyage is in “finding the courage to live an independent...

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ON STAGE | Bloomsday at The Elite

PICTURED: Linda Livingston as Cait and Chandra Bond as Caithleen in Bloomsday. Photo by Tom Mueller by Emily Dodi  Transport Theatre lives up to its name with its production of Bloomsday, onstage through Feb. 2 at The Elite in Oxnard. The endearing cast sweeps us away to Dublin, Ireland, on a years-long journey that takes place on a single day.  That day is June 16, otherwise known as Bloomsday. It is so named in honor of Leopold Bloom, the character in James Joyce’s Ulysses who walks through Dublin on June 16, 1904, visiting various places and meeting a host...

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MOVING TRIBUTE | Ventura College to unveil statue honoring Miriam Schwab

Pictured: Close up of “Stepping Out.” Photo courtesy of Michael O’Kelly   by Emily Dodi One of Ventura’s greatest benefactors will receive a special thank you this weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 25, the statue honoring Miriam Schwab will be unveiled in front of the Ventura College Performing Arts Center. An avid supporter of the college and a beloved presence on campus, Schwab played violin for the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra for years and enjoyed exercising in the college’s swimming pool. When she passed away in 2017, Schwab left a $12 million dollar endowment for Ventura College’s music and aquatics...

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CATCH THEM WHILE YOU CAN | Chamber on the Mountain presents sensational guitar duo Grigoryan Brothers

PICTURED: Leonard and Slava Grigoryan bring classical guitar virtuosity to the Logan House on Sunday. Photo by Simon Shiff by Emily Dodi “They are really, really exceptional,” says Heidi Lehwalder, the founder and artistic director of Chamber on the Mountain and one of the most acclaimed harpists in the world. Lehwalder is talking about Grigoryan Brothers, “Australia’s finest guitar duo.” On Jan. 19, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are kicking off Chamber on the Mountain’s seventh season at the Logan House, located at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. The Adelaide Review wrote that “the Grigoryan Brothers’ name is...

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  1. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  2. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm

    February 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. Valentina: A performance by Ballet Nepantla

    February 17 @ 7:00 pm
  6. Harold Stoner Clark Lectures

    February 18 @ 4:00 pm
  7. The Death of Civility: On the Birth of Interreligious Rituals of Resistance

    February 19 @ 6:30 pm
  8. The NPR Politics Podcast Live: The Road to 2020

    February 19 @ 7:30 pm
  9. Artist’s Reception at Third Friday Event

    February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  10. 2nd Annual FCancer Race

    February 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am