Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

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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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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SARAH JENKS FLESHER JUST WANTS TO HAVE FUN | Color, comedy and joy inform the work of the 2019 ArtWalk Ventura Artist of Distinction

PHOTOS BY CECILIA ORTIZ Sarah Jenks Flesher is no stand-up comic, but her art often elicits laughter. There’s a sense of humor to much of her work, from rotund papier-mâché birds in a rainbow of hues to towering sculptures with fantastical elements to playfully decorated instruments to goddess paintings that seem equal parts cartoon and consecrated. It’s all very colorful, and brimming with life and levity. “I’m just having fun,” says the 63-year-old artist, recognized this year as the 2019 ArtWalk Ventura Artist of Distinction. “That’s my main thing. I like to make people laugh. Kind of irreverent.” Folk...

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BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY | Mural project celebrates past, present and future of La Colonia

PICTURED: Jennifer Lopez paints a new mural. Photo by Marcos Ruelas “By the community, for the community,” is the promise and spirit of the Youth Summer Mural Program presented by the Oxnard Housing Authority Resident Services. The program brings together local youths and artistic mentors to create murals in the La Colonia neighborhood of Oxnard that celebrate the culture, history and future of the area. The third and fourth installments of the program are now complete and ready to view. (The first mural, “Familia y Comunidad,” was created in 2017. The second, “Tree of Life,” was completed in 2018.)...

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  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

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

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  4. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Ventura County Economic Forecast Conference

    November 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities

    November 14 @ 6:30 pm
  7. ‘Fuenteovejuna,’ or ‘Like Sheep to Water…’

    November 14 @ 8:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm
  8. Faculty Recital: Micah Wright

    November 15 @ 7:30 pm
  9. Ojai Herbal Symposium: The Wisdom of the Body

    November 16 - November 17
  10. Free Clothing Swap!

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm