Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

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: Concerts in Your Car returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds with Sublime with Rome on Friday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 and 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, 8/5 Live Music Ventura County Fairgrounds: Forever Plaid 30th Anniversary Concert, 8 p.m. ★ THURSDAY, 8/6 Comedy Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center: Parked Car Comedy with Lisa Alvarado and music by Fermin Sifontes...

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ADVENTURE, ROMANCE AND DRAMA | The legacy of the Zoppé Family Circus 

PICTURED: Giovanni Zoppé, circus clown and director of the Zoppé Family Circus. The circus comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds for a series of drive-in engagements July 31-Aug. 2. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   The circus is coming to town! And even without the traditional big top, this group of aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, equestrians and clowns will be pulling out all the stops to make sure audiences are entertained . . . even from their cars. “This is an experiment for us,” says Giovanni Zoppé, director of Zoppé Family Circus, which has partnered with CBF Productions to...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Industrial eats in Oxnard

PICTURED: Barbecue chicken sandwich from Pacific Cafe; onion rings on the side. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Pacific Cafe 1661 Pacific Ave., #11, Oxnard 805-486-2323 $5-15 It never ceases to amaze me when a gem of a restaurant can be found in the most unlikely of places — in this instance, an industrial park off of Rose Avenue in Oxnard. Pacific Cafe (named for the street on which it resides) is easy to miss. It’s buried amidst a maze of identical industrial parks, far from the madding crowd and not likely to...

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LETTERS | July 2020

JULY 30, 2020 Government conscience   While most of the country is modifying its police departments to conform with new and fair officer behavioral guidelines, Ventura county (Oxnard) pretends it is immune to police racial violence, abuse and murder of innocent individuals.  The fact we disregard racism doesn’t mean it is non-existent.   The murder of Alfonso Limon and the “No Warning Shots” policy implemented by police chief Jeri Williams toward Hispanics was not only ignored by our city council, Williams was congratulated  by Mayor Flynn for her excellent work.   Flynn’s favorite city project was the two gang...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Taking a chance at Lucky Thai

PICTURED: Clockwise from top: Pad Thai with shrimp, spicy eggplant with tofu and ribeye green curry. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   Lucky Thai Restaurant 1141 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura 805-444-4563 $3-$19 Satay, pad Thai, curry . . . these are a few of my favorite things. Lucky for me, Lucky Thai in Ventura serves all this and more — and operates its own delivery service within the city of Ventura as well. Yes, there’s a modest fee (which increases the farther you get from the restaurant’s Pierpont location), but it’s a small...

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