Author: Emily Dodi

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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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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  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Artist in Residence: Delesprie

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
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    November 19 @ 11:00 am - November 21 @ 3:00 pm
  7. International Education Week

    November 20 @ 6:00 pm - November 21 @ 11:30 am
  8. Faculty Recital: Yoshika Masuda

    November 20 @ 7:30 pm
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    November 22 @ 7:30 pm
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    November 25 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am