Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

PUBLIC SPECTACLE | Parked Car Comedy at the PACC

PICTURED: Robert Zapata performs on Aug. 1, 2020, during Parked Car Comedy at the PACC. Photo courtesy of Adriana Clark by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer The parking lot of the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center was packed on Saturday, Aug. 1, with hundreds of people coming out for drive-in entertainment courtesy of Parked Car Comedy. The series, co-presented by The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills and Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, offers live standup from top talent, and last weekend’s show featured Jerry Garcia, Robert Zapata, Rene Vaca and Jesus Sepulveda. Judging from the laughter that could be...

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LETTERS | August 2020

Aug. 6, 2020 County will not benefit from environmental “streamlining” The EIR [Environmental Impact Report] will be certified by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors because our analysis is complete and all steps to conclude the EIR process will be done. [“2040 General Plan heads to Supervisors,” July 30, 2020.] However, because our Climate Action Plan does not contain enough quantifiable measures to achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, the CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act] process for future development projects cannot use the certified EIR for streamlining meaning each project will need to complete their GHG analysis using state...

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NAMBA AND CHILL | Local music and more now available on NAMBA TV

PICTURED: Julia Campbell Namba, co-founder of NAMBA Performing Arts Space, shares the story of her husband Ben Namba in a spot for NAMBA TV. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo DeStefano by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer A new source of entertainment is springing up to fill the void left by the closing of stages, movie theaters and concert venues. And like much of the content we’re consuming right now, it’s coming at us from the small screen. NAMBA TV is the latest endeavor from the NAMBA Performing Arts Space in Downtown Ventura. The intimate venue was known prior to the...

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NIGHT MOVES | Fully-Charmed Night

PICTURED: Stephan Jenkins, Alex LeCavalier and Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind perform at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on July 25, 2020. Photo by Mark Webb for Allure Entertainment by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On July 25, the Ventura County Fairgrounds hosted one of its biggest concerts of the summer, welcoming alt-rock outfit Third Eye Blind to the stage for the Concerts in Your Car series. Lead singer and guitarist Stephan Jenkins, guitarist Krzy Reid, bassist Alex LeCavalier, drummer Brad Hargreaves and keyboardist/guitarist Colin CreeV came together to sing some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Jumper,” “Semi-Charmed...

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TRUE BLUE | Doc Ventura’s “Delta by the Beach” brings the blues tradition to NAMBA TV

PICTURED: Eddie Layman, Doc Ventura and Milo Sledge perform for NAMBA TV’s “Delta by the Beach.” Photo courtesy of Doc Ventura by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Feeling blue? Here’s a musical event to tap into that frame of mind — and possibly gain some perspective along the way. NAMBA TV (a production of the NAMBA Performing Arts Space in Downtown Ventura; see our story in Art+Culture) will premier a very special show this weekend. “Delta by the Beach,” presented by and starring local blues artist Doc Ventura and featuring Milo Sledge and Eddie Layman, will be a two-hour...

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