Author: VCR Staff

NOW HEAR THIS | New releases by Maximo Park, Joanna Connor, Beth Lee and more

PICTURED: Joanna Connor Photo submitted by Alan Sculley, Last Word Features alanlastword@gmail.com  Here is a new batch of reviews, covering five new albums that may not get enough promotion to move the needle on any mainstream music charts, but deliver plenty of good songs.  Maximo Park Nature Always Wins Maximo Park’s debut album, A Certain Trigger, was nominated for the UK’s Mercury Prize in 2005. Five more albums have followed. Now the band, trimmed from a quartet to a trio after the departure of keyboardist Lukas Wooller, is back with Nature Always Wins, and it signals a new evolution...

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Power to Speak | Kids — and adults — need nature more than ever

PICTURED: Los Padres National Forest by Tom Weisel Exploring public lands and rivers surrounding Ventura helps fuel me through the work week. This has been especially true over the last year. Although we’ve had to spend more time indoors and close to home, Ventura residents are fortunate to have trails and open space nearby.  During the pandemic, when it’s been safe to do so, I’ve led trips with a local Boy Scout troop in the Los Padres National Forest. Here, the kids can remain safely distanced from each other while they play, hike and savor time outdoors. Seeing their excitement...

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EYE FOR BUSINESS | Kate Flynn, Sun & Swell Foods

PICTURED: Bryan and Kate Flynn with daughter Leila. Photo by Ali Beck Sun & Swell: A Zero Waste Organic Grocery Store 2686 Johnson Drive, Suite B, Ventura 858-354-8643 sunandswellfoods.com Are you from Ventura County originally? I spent my childhood in Ohio, then moved to North Carolina for high school.  When did you move to California?  I moved to California from North Carolina to attend University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating from UCSB, I bounced around a bit — I moved to Newport Beach after college for my first job, then I moved to the East Coast to get...

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ADVICE GODDESS | April 22, 2021

Needle In A Bae Stack I am a 31-year-old woman, and I can’t figure out why I’m having such a hard time finding a man. I am attractive (in good shape and considered pretty); have a master’s degree; am successful in a competitive business; and I love to read and talk about news, history, and ideas. I have wonderful friends; I’ve worked hard to resolve my issues; and I do my best to be a kind person. I just want my match: someone who’s smart, highly educated, equally successful or more so, attractive (tall — at least 6-foot-1 —...

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THE GAME IS AFOOT | Clue Live! brings immersive theatre to downtown Ventura

PICTURED: Dr. Orchid in the “study” (Figueroa Street Mall) with the candlestick; Mr. Butler standing by, April 16, 2021. Photo by N. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com There have been enough online and drive-in productions to remind us that theater continues to live and breathe, if not exactly thrive, in these times. Now, as the weather warms up and the much-maligned (but occasionally beneficial) daylight savings time has held darkness at bay for an additional hour, a new theatrical experience is hitting the streets to bring live entertainment to local audiences . . . and make...

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