Author: Kimberly Rivers

PURPLE IS THE NEW PARTY | We still need heroes

by Paul Moomjean Cinema, in many ways, is both a projection of our current ethos and a vessel to look at our past and where our future is going. In the 1950s the heroes were found in westerns. Lone gunmen traveling vast and empty dusty canvases in pursuit of evil doers. In a post-Hitler world with the Cold War raging, Americans wanted to see men of valor. Today, it’s the men and women birthed from comic books. So, when the film director icon Martin Scorsese came out belittling the Marvel films, what he seemed to miss is that...

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HAPPENINGS | Nov. 21-28, 2019

SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING | FREE community meals for those in need. Wednesday, Nov. 27: THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON 11:45 a.m. Entertainment at 1 p.m. Modest donations requested ($3-$6.50), but no one turned away. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Avenue, Moorpark.  THANKSGIVING BANQUET 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. A FREE meal for all in need. Turkey and all the fixins. Ventura County Rescue Mission, 234 East Sixth Street, Oxnard. Info call: 805-487-1234 THANKSGIVING DINNER Three seatings, 4:45 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. FREE but reservations required by calling 805-583-6363. A community meal provided by the Simi Valley Council on...

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A “ROTTEN” MARKET | Ventura renters respond to string of evictions

Pictured: Angelina Soll, with her 9-month-old baby, Jasper, stands in front of their home in Midtown Ventura, in a building where all tenants have been given 60-day notices to move out. Photo by Jesse Soll (Note: online correction notes nine month old baby) by Kimberly Rivers “On Oct. 15, my husband and I received our eviction notice that we had 60 days to vacate the property,” said Lauren Smith. She and her husband have lived in the Midtown Ventura apartment for 14 years. There are five units in the building, and a big fig tree in front. They...

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VENTURA SWARMED BY QUAKES | No bigger chance of a big one

by Kimberly Rivers A cluster of earthquakes, called a swarm, rumbled through the city of Ventura last week, causing locals to wonder if a big one could be coming. “Ventura[‘s] activity is an earthquake swarm. That means no one quake is so much bigger than the others that it can be called the main shock,” tweeted Dr. Lucy Jones on Nov. 8 in the midst of the swarm. Jones is a seismologist who has served as a research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of CalTech since 1984. “Swarms are common . . . [and] are not more likely...

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IN BRIEF | Nov. 14, 2019

by Kimberly Rivers Zaragoza announces bid for mayor Current Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, in a statement dated Nov. 6, 2019, announced his candidacy for mayor for the city of Oxnard. He is termed out of his supervisor seat and said he wants to “continue serving the residents of Oxnard.” Wrongful death case filed in Ojai crosswalk fatality The city of Ojai, California Department of Transportation and Ventura County are all named in a wrongful death suit filed on Oct. 21, 2019, in Ventura County Superior Court, related to the death of Edith Rubaloff of Ojai. On Easter Sunday,...

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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
  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. An Evening of Symphonic Music

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

    November 25 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  8. Dancer’s Body Barre

    November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  9. Conejo Valley YMCA’s 15th Annual “Turkey Day Dash”

    November 28 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
  10. Santa paws – Ojai

    December 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm