Author: Emily Dodi

JACQUI BURGE, DESK YOGI | Fitness expert provides wellness opportunities for anyone, anywhere, anytime

PICTURED: Jacqui Burge working with a client. Photo submitted by Emily Dodi Jacqui Burge would love five minutes of your time. Burge is the founder and CEO of Desk Yogi, a website featuring quick videos designed to help ease the toll that work life can have on our bodies, minds and overall wellness. “People think, ‘Oh, five minutes aren’t going to do anything,’” says Burge, sitting in her Ojai office with her dog, a rescued boxer named Bumper, dozing at her feet. “You’d be amazed at what five minutes will do. How much better you’ll feel [especially] if you...

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DUET OF REMEMBRANCE | New West Symphony remembers the Holocaust through its two-part concert series

PICTURED: The Los Robles Children’s Choir will perform Brundibár during New West Symphony’s Dreams concert. Photo submitted  by Emily Dodi New West Symphony (NWS) presents Duet of Remembrance, a two-concert package dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. “Everyone is part of the continuation of the story. It’s really important,” says Music Director Michael Christie. “It’s amazing, the number of direct survivors and family of survivors who live in Ventura. The history of people’s experiences just within our own community is so moving. We are hoping we can...

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ON THE BOOKSHELF | William Horstick’s An Odd Collection of Strange Reflections

by Emily Dodi Some projects are a labor of love. Photographer William Horstick’s latest book is definitely that, but it is also so much more. Creating An Odd Collection of Strange Reflections served as therapy for Horstick while he was batting Stage 4 melanoma. The book is also a way for him to give to others fighting cancer. “The idea for An Odd Collection of Strange Reflections came about due to my mental breakdown over hearing the news: ‘You have cancer. Not sure what type yet, but it’s cancer.’ I decided later that day to make this book and...

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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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