Author: Emily Dodi

ON EXHIBIT | Legacy and continuum at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

Whatever emotions you’ve been feeling lately, chances are you could use a little peace, art and inspiration right about now. Good news: They await you in spades at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai. Currently, the Center is hosting exhibits through Dec. 24 that spotlight emerging California ceramists as well as well-established artists from abroad. Skin Deep features the work of three ceramic sculptors from LaBorne, France. Fabienne Claesen’s human figures stand like “ancestral trees” that represent the “challenges of life.” Yet Claesen has imbued in them a gentleness that resonates through their gruff exterior. Arranged...

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OPERA FOR EVERYONE | Opera by the Glass makes the classic art form accessible to contemporary audiences

You love opera. You just might not know it yet. Maybe you think opera is a stuffy affair, affordable only for well-to-do, dressed-up patrons who sit through five-hour performances held in grand opera houses, starring women wearing Viking hats. Well, you would be partially right, but times are changing. Opera by the Glass, an exciting new artists’ collective in Ventura County, is offering a new way to experience opera that’s immersive, intimate, affordable and casual. Inspired by NYC Loft Opera, which performs in unconventional places like lofts and warehouses, Opera by the Glass will make its debut at the...

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ON STAGE | Curtains at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is having a lot of fun these days. Its production of Curtains, a “backstage mystery musical comedy,” is filled with humor (sometimes silly, sometimes bawdy), lots of song-and-dance numbers and a host of colorful characters. Rick Steinberg directs a high-energy cast that has great chemistry in bringing this musical-behind-a-musical to life. Curtains takes place behind the scenes of a faltering, Broadway-bound musical. The year is 1959. The show is Robbin’ Hood. And the leading lady is awful. And dead. Played with great comic timing by Priscilla Losey, the terrible diva is murdered onstage as she takes...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Stranger Things: steeped in nostalgia, yet wholly original

If you want to know what happens on Stranger Things, you won’t get the skinny here. This is a strictly no-spoiler zone. To give anything away about the hit Netflix series would mean taking something away from the viewer. Every genius revelation, jolt and deep well of emotion deserves to be experienced firsthand. Stranger Things does what every sci-fi TV series and film has ever strived to do: It brings out the 12-year-old in us. Not the 12-year-old of today, but the 12-year-old of 1983, when the series takes place. That kid who fell in love with the movies...

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ON EXHIBIT | Material Culture at CLU’s William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

“What were you wearing?” It’s a simple question. Except that it’s not. Most women recognize it for what it is: a thinly veiled accusation that a victim brought an act of sexual assault upon herself by the type of clothes she had on. Katherine Cambareri confronts the question in her series of photographs — bluntly titled “Well, What Were You Wearing?” — that are part of Material Culture, on exhibit through Oct. 29 at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University. Cambareri’s photographs of sneakers, T-shirts and other ordinary clothing are not especially profound. When...

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