Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

BIG IN JAPAN | Stalag 13 finds a thriving punk scene on its most recent tour

PICTURED: Stalag 13 at The Pit Bar, Tokyo. Photo courtesy of John Crerar The years can be hard on a band. Interests diverge, personalities clash, lifestyles change and the natural progression of musicianship often alters that particular magic that can bring all the elements together to create something extraordinary. It’s hard enough capturing lightning in a bottle; sustaining it can be next to impossible. It’s no small miracle, then, that Nardcore original Stalag 13 has continued to perform, in one configuration or another, since 1981. And while the band — which today includes original members Blake Cruz (guitar) and...

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Good eats, great views at Ventura Harbor

PICTURED: Mahi mahi tacos with a side of hand-dipped onion rings. Harbor Cove Cafe 1867 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura 805-658-1639 www.facebook.com/harborcovecafe/ $4-20 Waterside dining is one of the great pleasures of living on the coast, and at Ventura Harbor, there are many restaurants where one can enjoy a drink and a meal while watching the boats go by. Harbor Cove Cafe is worthy of inclusion among these options. Next door to the Channel Islands Visitor Center, this casual eatery is set apart from the densely packed Ventura Harbor Village. Boaters, Island Packers excursionists and locals have been frequenting the breakfast...

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AFTER DARK | Oct 10-17, 2019

★ = HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. TO GET YOUR SHOW LISTED IN AFTER DARK, SEND ALL PERTINENT INFORMATION TO NSHAFFER@TIMESPUBLICATIONS.COM NO LATER THAN MONDAY OF THE DESIRED PUBLICATION WEEK. DUE TO THE ERRATIC NATURE OF ENTERTAINMENT BOOKING, INFORMATION CONTAINED HERE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND NOT GUARANTEED. CALL VENUES AHEAD TO CONFIRM. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! Thursday, 10/10 Live Music Bogie’s: The New Experience, 7 p.m. Crown and Anchor: Teresa Russell, 5 p.m. Discovery: Johnny Luv, 8 p.m. Greater Goods: Covenhoven and Mike Doran, 7-9 p.m. MadeWest Brewing (Donlon St.): RJ Bloke, 6-8 p.m. * Thirsty Ox: Solidified, 9 p.m. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club: Gypsy Blues Band (Blue Room), 7-10 p.m. Comedy Levity Live Comedy Club: Nick Colletti, 8 p.m. Oak and Main: Comedy Night with Matt Donaher, 8:30 p.m. * Oxnard College Performing Arts Center: Chicano Secret Service, 6 p.m. * Ventura Harbor Comedy Club: Rainbow Comedy with Jennie McNulty and friends, 7 p.m. DJs Azar’s Sports Bar: DJ Chris, 9 p.m. Star Lounge: DJ Terry, 8 p.m. The Tavern: Get Right DJ, 10 p.m. Open Mic Boatyard: Bluegrass Jam, 5-9 p.m. The Garage: Open Mic with Spencer Golden China: Acoustic Gathering, 6-9 p.m. Keynote: Jam night, 8 p.m. Oak and Main: Beers Brothers Open Mic, 8 p.m. Rock & Roll Pizza: 7-10 p.m. Sandbox: 6-8 p.m. with John Cater Karaoke GiGi’s: 8 p.m. with KJ Steve Luke; free pool Golden China:...

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ALGAL OUTBREAKS, TRAGIC DEATHS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR ACTION

For millions of Americans, there is nothing more enjoyable than going outdoors during the dog days of summer with our canine compatriots. From swimming in cool lakes to hiking America’s backcountry, there is no better companion or copilot for experiencing the joys of nature. Unfortunately, some of those joys are being transformed into hazards. Our warming climate and years of inaction on clean-water protections, however, are making America’s waterways dangerous for dogs and other pets. Toxic algal outbreaks, which are transforming thousands of clean lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watering holes into slimy, green soups.  These algal blooms are more...

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LETTERS | October 2019

Oct. 3, 2019 Pickup popularity I feel fortunate to live in Ventura County; it’s a beautiful place. But one thing I wonder is why many of its residents gravitate towards driving pickup trucks. This concerns me because pickup trucks, like SUVs, are steadily gaining in popularity.  The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the nation, followed by three other pickups. This is bad news for the planet. The transportation sector accounts for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in our state, and pollution near the 101 freeway is often the worst in the county. This number won’t decrease unless consumers change their preferences and start buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.  In a state of almost 40 million people, what people choose to drive, or not to drive, has a huge impact on tailpipe emissions. Pickups might be a desirable short-term choice, but in the long run, are they worth the toll they take on our health and the planet? I think not. Kristen Kessler Ventura Systemic racism I’ve written twice to Congresswoman Julia Brownley asking this question:  “Leaving aside the Mueller Report, the President’s daily obstruction of justice, and all the laws he routinely breaks, … Why aren’t his Human Rights violations, and all the American and International Laws and agreements on refugees and migrants he’s flouting, and the children and adults crammed into verifiably disgraceful and injurious cages...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  3. Artist in Residence: Delesprie

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  4. FREE SCREENING Roll Red Roll with local panel talk back

    October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. The Innovative Vision of Poet Dana Gioia: American Poetry and Public Life

    October 23 @ 4:00 pm
  6. Career Education Programs Open House

    October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  7. Drum Night

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. NOAA seeks public comment on updating management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  9. Photography Exhibition: A Tree Grows In & On the Margins


    October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. ‘The Wolves’

    October 24 @ 8:00 pm - October 27 @ 2:00 pm