Author: VCR Staff

ASPIRING TO NEW Heights | Emotional, upbeat film recalls old Hollywood 

PICTURED: Jimmy Smits (center) as Kevin Rosario in Warner Bros. Pictures’ In the Heights,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Macall Polay. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.  by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski In the Heights stars Olga Merediz and Jimmy Smits say their musical masterpiece is the perfect anecdote to a rough 18 months. “It’s balanced with emotional and deep moments, but there’s a lot of happiness and joy,” says Merediz, who plays the matriarch Abuela Claudia. “The musical numbers are just right. The music cuts right through to you and Jon Chu has done...

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RIPE FOR FRAUD? | The challenges of keeping locally grown products in Certified Farmers Markets

  by Kimberly Rivers Ventura County loves it’s Certified Farmers Markets (CFM). These community markets provide a direct link between the grower and the consumer. On the designated market day, a local parking lot is transformed by bustling farmers setting up tables and booths, from which they sell fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, eggs, and any number of locally grown products. There are no middlemen, grocery stores or distribution chains.  There are also no size, packaging or label requirements. But there is one very important requirement for farmers market sellers: They must have grown and produced what they...

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THE WORLD ON THE BIG SCREEN | The Oxnard Film Society returns to in-theater screenings on June 7

PICTURED: Haiffa al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate will be screened June 7 at Plaza Cinemas 14 in Oxnard. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer “After 14-15 months, we’re finally back on!” George Sandoval, founder and executive director of the Oxnard Film Society, has been looking forward to the day when he can once again offer world cinema to movie lovers on the big screen. After more than a year of streaming foreign and independent films online, Plaza Cinemas 14 in downtown Oxnard is open for business, and OFS will return to its usual slot: the first and third Monday of the...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Simply stellar sandwiches

PICTURED: The Stuffer with ham, turkey and roast beef on a ciabatta hoagie roll. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   Ventura Sandwich Company 2700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura 805-641-1915 $2-15 In a world where there seems to be a Subway, Jersey Mike’s or Panera on every corner, it can be hard for a locally owned sandwich shop to stand out. Ventura Sandwich Company, however, has made it look effortless. And it’s not just the Boar’s Head that has made this Midtown Ventura institution famous in the 805 — although layering up those premium deli meats and cheeses...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of June 3 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): “There is ecstasy in paying attention,” writes Aries author Anne Lamott. That’s always true for everyone, but it’s extra true for you Aries people. And it will be extra ultra especially true for you during the next 20 days. I hope you will dedicate yourself to celebrating and upgrading your perceptual abilities. I hope you will resolve to see and register everything just as it is in the present moment, fresh and unprecedented, not as it was in the past or will be...

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