Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

STAYING QOOL UNDER QUARANTINE | Little Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage 

PICTURED: Van Zandt in the studio for his Underground Garage radio show. by L. Kent Wolgamott Stuck in his New York apartment, Little Steven Van Zandt decided he’d dig back through the archives of his weekly “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” syndicated radio program and create something special for those who are laboring under the coronavirus quarantine. He called the new program “The Qoolest Quarantine Qollection” and found a host — “Trenton Quarantino,” another of his many alter egos. “I’m thinking everybody’s home, everybody’s trapped at home, let’s give them some extra special content,” Van Zandt said in a late-April phone interview....

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IN GOOD TASTE | Great deals on Tap

PICTURED: Social Tap’s Taco Bar, clockwise from top left: Short rib barbacoa, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, rice, beans and flour tortillas. (Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer) by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Social Tap 1105 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura 805-667-8485 $4-45 One drawback to being safe at home is being tired of your own cooking. I am therefore grateful that takeout continues to be available, and I am especially appreciative of institutions such as Social Tap, which has created some great meal deals aimed at those wanting to indulge on a budget.  Social Tap’s limited to-go menu still has...

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KINDNESS CORNER | Pilots thank healthcare workers with flyover

Pictured: Aircraft fly in synchronized formation over St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard on April 25. Photo courtesy of Dignity Health by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Four aircraft took to the skies on the morning of Saturday, April 25, to send a very special message of thanks to the healthcare team at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Performing a synchronized flyover, the pilots — some of whom are military veterans — offered up a high-flying nod to the doctors, nurses and other medical staff seeing to the needs of patients amidst the coronavirus pandemic.  “This...

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CALLING ALL LOCAL MUSICIANS | Ventura Music Festival wants you to be part of Music Connects

PICTURED: Bridget Graham of Adaawe. Photo by Taso Papadakis The Ventura Music Festival searches far and wide to create an exciting musical lineup year after year. Talent has come from all over: Europe, Asia, Central and South America. In 2020, the VMF hopes to expand its offerings with more homegrown artists. “Ventura County is full of great local talent!” Executive Director Susan Scott exclaims. “We would love for [local artists] to send in their submissions.” What she’s looking for: A personal message — “Do a video of yourself talking to us and your audience” — and a link to...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Laugh at first bite

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   What We Do in the Shadows Created by Jemaine Clement Starring: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch Rated TV-MA Back for Season 2 is What We Do in the Shadows, the FX comedy-horror series (also available on Hulu) about a trio of vampires just trying to get by in Staten Island. Ottoman soldier Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Romani Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and her English nobleman husband, Laszlo (Matt Berry), continue to navigate the mundane and mystical alike with the same absurdly hilarious results that delighted fans when it debuted...

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