Author: Mike Nelson

PUBLIC SPECTACLE | “Pietà” unveiled at Mission San Buenaventura

More than 500 years after 24-year-old Michelangelo Buonarroti completed the “Pietà,” a full-scale replica of the Renaissance treasure now rests inside Mission San Buenaventura. The replica — fashioned, like the original, from Carrara marble — is one of only 112 marble replicas worldwide, licensed through the Vatican Observatory Foundation and distributed through ArteDivine S.A. A public unveiling of the sculpture was celebrated during a July 8 prayer service at the historic downtown Mission, attended by 300 people including ArteDivine’s Richard and Esther Stewart of Santa Clarita, and Jacqueline and Brad Hanson, of Arizona, whose donation made acquisition of the...

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Maypole Magick Harbor Cruise offers a call to action

Nothing like the right kind of White House occupant — or the wrong kind, depending on your perception — to arouse one’s civic pride and a call to action. Hence last fall’s Scary Times Sunset Cruise in Santa Barbara, organized by supporters of and benefiting the Diversity Collective of Ventura County, along with Santa Barbara’s Pacific Pride Foundation. And hence, the upcoming Maypole Magick Harbor Cruise in Ventura Harbor, benefiting the DCVC’s Community Resource Center in Ventura. “Donald Trump has re-energized us as activitists,” proclaims Neil Coffman-Grey, the May 5 cruise’s co-organizer and host, who had taken a 19-years-long...

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LADY PLAYS THE BLUES | Acclaimed blues guitarist Debbie Davies headlines at Hong Kong Inn

Want to be an acclaimed blues guitarist? Watch The Beatles on Ed Sullivan at age 11. Bug your rock ’n’ roll-loathing parents for an electric guitar, but settle for an acoustic and learn it. Fall in love with the music of blues legends. Wait tables until you can afford to buy your first electric. Collect blues records and read every blues magazine article you can find. And don’t worry about little obstacles like being female in a male-dominated arena. Your talent, desire and commitment to excellence will make the difference. Debbie Davies has done all of that, and more,...

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SKEWERING STEREOTYPES | CLU presents satirical play The Colored Museum during Black History Month

As a relatively new resident of Thousand Oaks (seven years) and one of its relatively few African American residents, Saundra McClain appreciates the Conejo Valley community’s more relaxed, comfortable ambience. “I love living here,” says the Philadelphia-born actress and director. “But it’s also true that people here are not used to having blacks in their community.” Still, it was a bit of a shock when a year ago — soon after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president — McClain heard herself called “the N word” by someone in a car passing by as she stepped out of a...

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CREATIVE TYPES | Jason Love: A lean, clean, jokin’ machine

Clean comedy — an oxymoron? Not when you’re Jason Love, a homegrown stand-up comedian who regularly makes people laugh by avoiding the kind of language (and subject matter) that many in his line of work can’t (and won’t) live without. “The number one comment from audiences that I get is, ‘It’s refreshing that you didn’t ‘go there’ just for a cheap laugh,” says the 30-ish Ventura resident, who, accompanied by his guitar, offers wry, often self-deprecating observations about society and himself. “I find humor in my shortcomings, in what is embarassing to me, and I’m able to make it...

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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. Ventura County Economic Forecast Conference

    November 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities

    November 14 @ 6:30 pm
  7. ‘Fuenteovejuna,’ or ‘Like Sheep to Water…’

    November 14 @ 8:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm
  8. Faculty Recital: Micah Wright

    November 15 @ 7:30 pm
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    November 16 - November 17
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