Author: Emily Dodi

ON EXHIBIT | Influential graffiti artist Kelly “RISK” Graval at CMATO

“For the Greater Good.” The phrase looms large on a wall in the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). The words were chosen by Kelly “RISK” Graval, the artist whose works are on display through Sept. 4. The phrase is inscribed above a painting entitled, “Buddha and the Monarchs,” in which the Buddha sits serenely, awash in brilliant color and surrounded by butterflies. Look more closely and you will see that above the Buddha’s head is a ring of skulls. Also in the painting is an excerpt from Psalm 23, representing a confluence of traditions and beliefs. The...

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ON WITH THE NEW | Curtains up for new theater companies in Ventura County

“It’s risky,” Tom Eubanks says of the theater. He should know. A writer and director, Eubanks has been a figure in the Ventura County theater community for decades. “It changes every time you do it. That’s what I like about it. I like the risk factor.” His latest project is the Beacon Theater Company, which he recently founded with Steve Grumette, Anna Kotula and Howard Leader, themselves seasoned members of the theater community. With all the risks involved — and maybe even a little bit because of them — they are diving in with “the insidious intention of creating...

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ON STAGE | Casa Valentina at the Santa Paula Theater Center

Welcome to Casa Valentina, a quaint little resort in the Catskills. The year is 1962 and, as the city swelters, weary New Yorkers make their way to the mountains to cool off. The men who travel to Casa Valentina, however, are looking for more than a respite from the heat. In a sense the men are going home to breathe free and be themselves — as women. This is the setting of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-nominated play, onstage at the Santa Paula Theater Center through July 28. Casa Valentina is based on an actual place in the Catskills called the...

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MODS AND MONARCHS, SKIRTS AND SWORDS | 23rd Annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival kicks off this weekend at CLU

Kingsmen Park, on the campus of California Lutheran University, will soon be home to political intrigue á la the 14th century, as well as deceptive lovers, swordplay and . . . miniskirts. Get out your picnic baskets and chill the wine, because the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens Friday, June 28. This year, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Richard II take to the outdoor stage. A comedy and a history, respectively, they’re sure to delight Shakespeare enthusiasts and create new fans by summer’s end. First up is The Merry Wives of Windsor, which the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company set in...

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ONSTAGE | Vanities at Elite Theatre Company

For good or for bad, change is certain. Jack Heifner’s Vanities, onstage through July 7 at the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard, knows this in its bones. The play’s characters learn it the hard way. This makes Vanities a bittersweet look at how people and friendships evolve over time . . . whether they like it or not.  Director Kimberly Demmary and the cast create a worthy production that embraces the joys and expectations, the resentments and harsh realities that Vanities skillfully spools together across a decade in the friendship of three young women.  It all begins in 1963,...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  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
  4. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  5. ‘Fuenteovejuna,’ or ‘Like Sheep to Water…’

    November 14 @ 8:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm
  6. DigiMarCon World 2019 – Digital Marketing Conference

    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
  9. An Evening of Symphonic Music

    November 22 @ 7:30 pm
  10. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    November 25 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am