Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

CLICKING WITH THE AUDIENCE | The Ventura Music Festival stays on track with Music Connects

PICTURED: Adaawe, from left: Monique Afenjar, Bridget Graham, Dez “The Pharoah,” Anindo Marshall, Joselyn Wilkinson and Phylliss Bailey Brooks. Photo courtesy of Joselyn Wilkinson by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer It is unfortunate, if inevitable, that music lovers will be unable to attend Tea and Trumpets, Cabaret, the Rising Stars concert or any of the other performances that make up the annual Ventura Music Festival. But in the spirit of the times, the shows will go on — and they will all be a simple mouse click away. The Ventura Music Festival has brought the artists online as part...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Wild life

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness Directed by: Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode Starring: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Bhagavan Antle, John Finlay Rated TV-MA 5 hrs., 17 min. (8 episodes) From the start, Tiger King is a bumpy ATV ride into the outlandish: exotic animals, misfits, magic, reality television, feuds, rivalries, Hollywood, gun culture and PETA — and that’s just the first episode. Centering on the story of one Joe Exotic — aka the Tiger King — this true-crime documentary series on Netflix delves into the world of big cat collectors and roadside zoos,...

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5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE | Quarantiki time

PICTURED: B.I.R.D. Ration Kit and a mason jar of Blue Hawaiian. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer VenTiki Lounge and Lanai 701 E. Main St., Ventura 805-667-8887 $6-$140 There are a lot of things I miss while staying safe at home, and chief among them is happy hour at VenTiki Lounge and Lanai in Downtown Ventura. Easily one of the most popular and recognizable spots in Ventura County — and possibly Southern California; I’ve run into more out-of-towners here than I can count — it’s known for its tropical hipster ambience that calls back to the glory days...

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THE GALLERY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND | Local art institutions bring virtual tours, online art classes and other creative experiences to an electronic device near you

PICTURED: Take a virtual tour of Collectors Choice at Studio Channel Islands’ Blackboard Gallery.   by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Museums and galleries — like every other non-essential institution or business — are closed for the time being. But make no mistake: Artists are still making art, musicians are still playing songs and creative professionals across the spectrum are finding ways to engage the community, albeit from a distance. More and more, our electronic devices have become lifelines to the outside world — as tools for work and education, ways to connect with friends and loved ones, vectors for entertainment...

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Simply Good

PICTURED: The Stoke Bowl from Palm and Boy — served in a compostable bioplastic container. Photo by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Palm and Boy Coffee and Acai 451 E. Main St., #8, Ventura 805667-9201 $3-11 A few weeks before everything changed, my sister was in town and we enjoyed a leisurely morning at Palm and Boy in Downtown Ventura. The air was cool and soft, the city was still quiet and El Jardin Courtyard, with its arched entrance, red brick sidewalk and charming storefronts, made for a picturesque location for coffee and conversation....

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