Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

H GALLERY WELCOMES NEW CURATOR | Contemporary art space to host networking event

PICTURED: Nova Clite and Andi Schoenbaum at H Gallery. Photo courtesy of Andi Schoenbaum   by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer H Gallery + Studios is getting into a new groove for 2020. Following the departure of Yessica Torres, who opened a new gallery space in Downtown Los Angeles, the Midtown Ventura creative space (which, despite an error published in “Arts Briefs” in the Jan. 2 issue, has not closed) has a new curator in Ute Culemann-Ritke. She will debut her first show in February. Currently on the walls in the contemporary art gallery are works by resident artists who...

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Garden of delights in Camarillo

PICTURED: Chicken pot stickers from Sesame Garden. Photo by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Sesame Garden Chinese Cuisine 1775 E. Daily Drive, Unit G, Camarillo 805-383-8018 camarillosesamegarden.com $3-$17 Good Chinese food can be hard to come by. Too many places aim for efficiency over quality, with quickly prepared, overcooked cuisine that manages — despite ample grease and excessive amounts of sauce — to lack something in the flavor department. When I found myself in Camarillo Plaza on a weekday afternoon looking for a bite, Sesame Garden was, admittedly, not my first choice. But it was close to 3 p.m., a...

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ARTS BRIEFS | News and more from the Ventura County art scene

PICTURED: Sylvia White at her new gallery in Agoura Hills. Coming Attractions Ojai ACT will offer a free preview of its 2020 season on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center. Songs, drama and comedy excerpts from upcoming productions will be followed by light refreshments. The season begins Jan. 24 with Shirley Valentine. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org. Opportunities The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is accepting submissions of art by young artists, grades 6-12, for the show Hang With the Best 20/20, on exhibit Jan. 17-Feb. 12 at the Hillcrest Galleria in the Hillcrest...

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW | Local stories with impact in 2019

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer and Kimberly Rivers January We kicked 2019 off with a road trip of sorts in a fun interview with a retired teacher who now spends his days traveling the nation solo by motorcycle. Church leaders discussed spiritual and emotional exhaustion — particularly relevant in the face of Ventura County’s numerous natural disasters as well as the November 2018 Borderline shooting. The wonders of the queen bee and living underwater were both explored in in-depth features. February The decline in school enrollment countywide was a hot topic in February, as were concerns over a report...

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PLANET CAMARILLO | Heroics in hacking

Pictured: Kalea Gin, Sofia Ieraci and Matthew Omidghaemi of Westlake High School — aka Team Turtle — were the overall winners of the 2019 Hackathon by the Sea. Photo courtesy of  the Ventura County Office of Education by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer The third annual Hackathon by the Sea took place Dec. 6-7 at the Ventura County Office of Education’s Conference and Educational Services Center in Camarillo. The overnight coding event, open to all Ventura County high school students in grades 9 through 12, brought in 157 participants from across the county. Students worked in teams to design and code...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary – Open Recruitment for Advisory Council Seats

    December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  3. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  4. WinterFest Dog Show

    January 17 - January 19
  5. Two-day Art Workshop

    January 18 @ 10:00 am - January 19 @ 5:00 pm
  6. CHANNEL ISLANDS MARINE AND WILDLIFE INSTITUTE (CIMWI) FINS & FLIPPERS AND FUN 5K Run or Walk plus Kiddie 1k

    January 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  7. Rev. Karen’s First Mid-Month Devotional Retreat of the Decade: We Begin Again!

    January 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  8. Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

    January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  10. Grease Sing-Along

    January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm