Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

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 nshaffer@timespublications.com 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 nshaffer@timespublications.com   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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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 nshaffer@timespublications.com 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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