Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

The inner space of Brad Pitt

Ad Astra Directed by James Gray Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga Rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language 2 hrs., 2 mins. It’s been more than 50 years since Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey thrilled and baffled moviegoers. Despite years of space travel and mountains of film making, nothing has yet to compare with Kubrick’s achievement. So when Ad Astra (Latin for “to the stars”) comes with heaps of hyperbole, you have to wonder if someone is trying to sell you a plot of swampland in Florida. Well, not quite,...

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RECREATION | Best of Ventura County 2019

ARCADE 1st Place GOLF N’ STUFF, 5555 Walker St., Ventura, 805-644-7131 2nd Place VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 805-477-0470 3rd Place BUENA LANES, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 805-677-7770 BEACH 1st Place VENTURA STATE BEACH 2nd Place SILVER STRAND BEACH 3rd Place SURFERS POINT BIKE TRAIL 1st Place VENTURA RIVER TRAIL 2nd Place VENTURA PIER PROMENADE 3rd Place ARROYO VERDE BOWLING 1st Place BUENA LANES, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 805-677-7770 2nd Place DISCOVERY VENTURA, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805-856-2695 3rd Place HARLEY’S CAMARILLO BOWL, 305 Arneill Road (Pickwick Center), Camarillo, 805-482-0747 CAMPGROUND 1st Place LAKE CASITAS,...

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BEAUTY AND STYLE | Best of Ventura County 2019

BARBER SHOP 1st Place 1927 BARBER SHOP AND SHAVE PARLOR, 1927 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-9177 2nd Place VENTURA BARBER CO., 2040 E. Main St. #C, Ventura, 805-628-3624 3rd Place SMOOTH’S BARBERSHOP, 3737 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-650-7222 BIKINI WAX 1st Place WAX ME!, 4255 E. Main St. #12, 805-850-0532 2nd Place SUGAR JUNKIE BEAUTY LOUNGE 2126 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805-275-9000 3rd Place COASTAL SKIN CARE DAY SPA 28 Poli St., #2c, Ventura, 805-641-2345 BODY PIERCING 1st Place VENTURA TATTOO AND PIERCING, 2094 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3600 2nd Place JIM ANGELO, JIMI’S TATTOOS, 407 E. Port Hueneme Road,...

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SHOPPING | Best of Ventura County 2019

ADULT STORE 1st Place APHRODITE’S LINGERIE & GIFT GALLERY, 477 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-0082 2nd Place THREE STAR BOOKS & NEWS, 434 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-9068 3rd Place TRYSTOLOGY, 434 E. Main St., Suite B, Ventura, 888-801-8952 ANTIQUE STORE 1st Place TIMES REMEMBERED, 467 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3137 2nd Place VINTAGE VENTURA, 2545 E. Main St, Ventura, 805-667-8192 3rd Place ANTIQUE ADVENTURES LLC, 6587 Ventura Blvd., Ventura, 805-815-2400 ART GALLERY 1st Place BELL ARTS FACTORY, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-643-1960 2nd Place BUENAVENTURA ART GALLERY, 432 N Ventura Ave. #30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 3rd Place H...

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Teaching what I do not know

I was recently revisiting the works of Samuel Beckett, one of my favorite authors, when I picked up a factoid about the writer that I hadn’t known before: He quit teaching at Trinity College in Dublin after four short years because “he could not bear teaching others what he did not know himself.” If those of us in academia followed Beckett’s example, there would be very few college professors. This is not because we do not know anything — we know a lot about our subject areas — but because people are inherently bad at predicting the future, largely...

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