Author: VCR Staff

RECREATION | Best of Ventura County 2020

Ventura Makos, Best Surf School With a team of expert surfers, a tried-and-true program and an Aloha Spirit, this beloved institution has helped even the most inexperienced landlubbers hang 10. But surf classes (for all ages!) are just one of the many services Ventura Makos offers. Surf teams, surf camps, surf therapy and specialized offerings for corporate and group events enable anyone and everyone to get wet and appreciate the unique communion with nature that surfing can provide. Photo by @mattkolo Billiards 1ST PLACE Stiix  2520 E. Main St., Ventura 805-641-2020, READER RECOMMENDATIONS Victoria Pub 1413 S. Victoria...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of November 19 © Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Back in 1974, poet Allen Ginsberg and his “spirit wife,” Aries poet Anne Waldman, were roommates at the newly established Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The school’s founder asked these two luminaries to create a poetics program, and thus was born the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Waldman described its ruling principle to be the “outrider” tradition, with a mandate to explore all that was iconoclastic, freethinking, and irreverent. The goal of teachers and students alike was to avoid safe and predictable...

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FOOD AND DRINK | Best of Ventura County 2020

VenTiki Lounge and Lanai, Best Craft Cocktails Walking into VenTiki, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into a Shag painting. But there’s more to Ventura’s famed tiki bar than its remarkable midcentury looks. The drinks are strong, but inventive and beautifully balanced; the servers are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable; and the list of premium rums would put Trader Vic himself to shame. This is no mere vintage bar, but a reverent homage to tiki culture par excellence. Photo by @deeelizious Bakery 1ST PLACE Bread Basket 83 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo 805-482-1337, READER RECOMMENDATIONS Cafe Ficelle...

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ENTERTAINMENT | Best of Ventura County 2020

Concerts in Your Car, Best Drive-In Event There was a time when the drive-in was a relic of a simpler, less advanced time — enjoyable for its old-fashioned charm and (for those of us old enough to remember) perhaps a bit of nostalgia. Thanks to a certain virus, something old feels new again. Vincenzo Giammanco of CBF Productions was one of the first to see the potential of outdoor concerts as alternatives to indoor entertainment venues that have been shuttered since March. For his Concerts in Your Car series, he built a massive, state-of-the-art stage at the Ventura County...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Nov. 19, 2020

Apt. 201B Or Not To Be My boyfriend and I have been together for two years, and my lease is up in a few months. I was thinking about asking him if he wants to live together. When is the right time to move in with someone, and how do you know whether that’s even a good idea?  — Housing Crisis There are people you can share a home with who do not do a slew of annoying things, and they’re those who are continuing their tenure on our planet in an urn.  As a failed romantic (aka human-nature realist),...

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