Author: Emily Dodi

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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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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