Author: VCR Staff

ADVICE GODDESS | Jan. 13, 2022

Needy Gonzales I’ve saved some of your columns about how women evolved to seek successful men who seem commitment-minded (more likely to stick around and provide). I’ve noticed that women in pop culture (movies and books I’ve read) constantly choose the bad boy (the “jerk”) over the guy next door (the “nice guy”). This doesn’t seem to make sense, given a woman’s evolutionary desire to find a mate who a) won’t leave her and b) will provide for her offspring. Do the “jerks” get the girl, or does it just seem that way?  —Curious Though some women go through...

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ON EXHIBIT | One Man – One Woman Artist: Paul Whitehead/Trisha van Cleef

PICTURED: Paul Whitehead (left) and his alter ego Trisha van Cleef with their respective artwork. Photo submitted by Emily Dodi Over the years, much has been written about the famous artist Paul Whitehead, known for his iconic album cover art as well as for being the original art director of Time Out magazine and the creator of the first drive-through art gallery in Los Angeles. Among his numerous accolades, Whitehead also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest mural in the world. So, it is with great pleasure to write that Whitehead’s latest project is taking place in a...

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FINGER-PICKIN’ GREATS | Tommy Emmanuel and Mike Dawes headline Jan. 20 concert in Oxnard

PICTURED: Mike Dawes (left) and Tommy Emmanuel will perform together at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Jan. 20, 2022. The concert is presented by Ventura Music Festival. Photo submitted by Mike Nelson What motivates guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel to keep playing, performing and touring? “I’m just trying to get good at it,” chuckles the Australian-born, Nashville-based, Grammy-nominated guitarist who is scheduled to perform with his friend and fellow guitar maestro Mike Dawes on Jan. 20 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, a Ventura Music Festival (VMF) presentation. “Actually,” continues Emmanuel, “I just feel very grateful to have found...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Vintage victuals

PICTURED: Doin’ the dip with Roxsbury Deli’s roast beef dip sandwich and homemade au jus. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer  by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Roxsbury Deli and Grill 443 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme 805-985-2504 $5-20 Classics become classic for a reason: Expectations are met to a tee with uncompromising quality. And when it comes to a classic diner, customers expect simple but well-prepared American cuisine (generally of the midcentury variety), vinyl booths, a long counter and an efficient, no-nonsense staff that keeps the coffee pouring. Roxsbury Deli and Grill is all this and more. From...

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ON THE BOOKSHELF | The Invisible String series by Patrice Karst

by Madeline Nathaus With mandated lockdowns and self-quarantines becoming the norm again across the world due to COVID-19, it’s times like these we all need a reminder that we are never truly alone.  One reminder comes in the form of a children’s book, The Invisible String. A bestseller and one of Amazon’s top books dealing with grief, with millions of copies sold, is by none other than Ventura local Patrice Karst, 62. “The invisible string is real,” Karst said. “Yes, I wrote it as a children’s book because I knew that was the way to get the message out...

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