Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

ON EXHIBIT | Arte Forastero at the Museum of Ventura County and the Ventura Botanical Gardens

PICTURED: Bob Privitt’s “Captured Semisphere” (left) and “Colorspace Plaza” by Carlos Grasso, two works on display in the courtyard of the Museum of Ventura County. Photo by Jonathon McGee/Museum of Ventura County by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   During the pandemic, we’re taking everything outside. Dining. Music. Movies. Haircuts. It’s only natural, then, that galleries and museums would do the same. Because while viewing pretty pictures online is a perfectly lovely way to consume art, there’s nothing quite like seeing the real thing, in real life, up close and personal. Now through November, art lovers can enjoy recent...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Poultry in motion

PICTURED: Country Benedict with poached eggs, sausage patties and mushrooms smothered in rich hollandaise sauce; hash browns on the side. Photo by Dean Johnson   by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   The Galloping Hen 305 Borchard Drive, Ventura 805-653-0410 $3-13 The Galloping Hen has taken up the corner spot in the shopping center near Big Lots for as long as I have been in Ventura — back before there was a Big Lots, come to think of it, and predating BierBrats and Tomahawk Barbershop by years. Just a humble little place, open for breakfast and lunch, serving...

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PICTURED: “We Love You California!” by Lysa Ashley. Photo courtesy of Susan Bejeckian Every September, sidewalks, patios and open spaces around Ventura Harbor Village burst into color thanks to the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival. Dozens of artists show up with their pastels, sun hats, umbrellas and kneepads, spending hours crafting their extraordinary murals while visitors look on. There’s usually live music, craft vendors and sidewalk spots for “rent” where attendees can make their own art. COVID-19 put the kibosh on this year’s festival, but the Village found a way to bring a touch of the creative spirit...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Everyone counts in the city of Santa Paula

by Dan Singer The city of Santa Paula, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce and several  other community organizations have partnered to encourage every person living in Santa Paula  to be counted as part of the 2020 United States Census. The SPCounts initiative aims to ensure  that the city is not undercounted, as it has historically been in previous Census years. To date,  72.9 percent of Santa Paula households have responded to the Census. The remaining households are  encouraged to respond before the September 30, 2020 Census response deadline.  “It is more essential now than ever that we provide an...

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After Dark

AFTER DARK LIVE AND ONLINE Most entertainment continues to be virtual, but there are a few exceptions. If you have something related to nightlife — online or otherwise — please email Take care, be well and SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! PICTURED: L.A. jazz quartet Citizen Kitten performs creative covers of pop favorites on NAMBA TV, available to stream now at Photo by Arturo Everitt THURSDAY, 9/17 Comedy Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center: Havana Nights live band and comedy show, 7-10 p.m.  Online The Canyon (Agoura Hills): Live broadcast of Hollywood U2 (U2 tribute), 7-8:30 p.m. Gary...

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