Author: VCR Staff

ARTS BRIEFS | News in art and culture from around the county

PICTURED: Still from Dale Griffiths Stamos’s Entwined.  by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer   New Cultural Affairs Director for T.O. The city of Thousand Oaks has named Jonathan Serret as the city’s new director of cultural affairs. In this role he will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing all operations, programs and services for the Cultural Affairs Department. Serret will also manage art and cultural events and public information for community and cultural activities. Prior to joining the Cultural Affairs Department, Serret was the general manager and deputy cultural affairs director of the Bank of America Performing Arts...

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LIGHTS, MUSIC AND MERRIMENT | Holiday entertainment brings joy to the season

PICTURED: See Holidays in Your Car at the Ventura County Fairgrounds through Jan. 2, 2021. Photo courtesy of CBF Productions   by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer While many holiday traditions have been curtailed this year, there are a few fabulous experiences lighting up the season. Fairgrounds light up for the holidays Holidays in Your Car is being offered at the Ventura County Fairgrounds through Jan. 2. This drive-through light show takes participants on a journey that winds through a winter wonderland of colorful lasers, sparkling displays, holograms and more. All told, there are more than a million lights...

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HOMESPUN | Ventura singer-songwriter Andy Wray

PICTURED: Andy Wray on the beach in Ventura. Photo submitted by Susan Monaghan  At an event showcase for transgender artists four years ago, a young singer-songwriter played a killer set wearing polka-dotted pajama pants. It was the first time he’d ever performed alone.  Andy Wray, who lives in Ventura, said he’d injured himself the night before the show.  “The night before, I wanted to eat pasta, and I ended up . . . it doesn’t make any sense, but I kind of burned my butt with pasta water,” Wray said.  But Anne Blakeley, the event organizer, encouraged him not...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Dec. 3, 2020

Knight Vision My boyfriend is very successful, with a high-profile job in finance. He’s very romantic, and I felt I’d found “the one.” However, he has cheated on previous girlfriends, is unusually protective of his phone around me, and otherwise acts secretively. For example: He began disappearing for three hours on Wednesday nights. He didn’t return any texts, which is unlike him. He claimed he was at “therapy,” forgetting he’d told me he instead uses life coaches at his job. Another example: I stopped over one morning and saw remains of a pizza and a dainty box of sparkly...

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PHOTOVOICE | Capturing the big picture of community health

PICTURED: “Field Worker” by Jacqueline Cortez, taken of the fields near Oxnard High School. by Mike Nelson What’s a picture worth? A thousand words? A million? Better yet, how about an instrument for social change? So discovered Jacqueline Cortez, a 17-year-old student at Oxnard College, who spent part of her 2019-20 senior year at Channel Islands High School involved in an eight-week project that opened her eyes — and, she believes, the community’s — to a safety issue of which she was previously unaware.  All because of a photo she took of farmworkers in the fields near Oxnard High School,...

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