Author: VCR Staff

ON EXHIBIT | VCAC’s Reflect 2020

PICTURED: “Tree of Life,” Belen Islas by Marina Dunbar The Ventura County Arts Council continues to bring inspiration in the midst of hardship as it presents its second COVID-compliant exhibition, Reflect 2020. Four storefront windows in Ventura each showcase a piece designed to reflect on both the trauma and triumphs of an unpredictable year. At the center of this exhibition is a downloadable treasure hunt where participants are invited to think more deeply about the artwork that they see and how it may be applicable to their own experiences. Art has always been both a means and a reflection of...

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ADVICE GODDESS | May 6, 2021

Dear In Headlights I’m a girl in my 20s. I recently started dating a guy I’m falling in love with. He invited me to a party to meet his friends, and I’m nervous. He’s “objectively” more attractive than I am (6-foot-2, brawny, and incredibly handsome) and very successful. I’m attractive, but I see the looks women give him, and I can’t help but feel his friends will question why he’s interested in me. I’m thinking of backing out of the party, but maybe I should back out of dating him entirely, given the pressure.  —Freaking The other guests are...

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MUSIC NOTES | Music Freqs resumes jam night, drum students earn scholarships and more

PICTURED: Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Director Kevin Wallace, who records music under the name Virgil, has released his latest album, Waiting Home. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com Jam nights return to Music Freqs Music Freqs in Camarillo is getting back in the action, offering its first jam night in over a year on Thursday, May 27, 7-8 p.m.  The Camarillo-based institution formerly known as Rock City Studios was founded in 2008 to support the local music industry through recordings, music lessons, instrument sales and live music. One of the few all-ages venues in Ventura County, it...

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ADVICE GODDESS | April 29, 2021

Life In The Fastened Lane I’ve been with my boyfriend for a year, and I love him, but I also love my independence. I need alone time, meaning space from him and everybody. He wants to spend every minute together and seems to need constant closeness to feel okay. Is this a bad sign — on his part or mine? Should I want to spend every second with him?  — Confused The sort of relationship where the partners are never apart tends to be a good thing for only one of them: the tapeworm. Chances are your boyfriend’s preference for...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | April 29, 2021

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of April 29 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny   ARIES (March 21-April 19): Poet Allen Ginsberg despairingly noted that many people want MORE MORE MORE LIFE, but they go awry because they allow their desire for MORE MORE MORE LIFE to fixate on material things — machines, possessions, gizmos, and status symbols. Ginsberg revered different kinds of longings: for good feelings, meaningful experiences, soulful breakthroughs, deep awareness, and all kinds of love. In accordance with astrological potentials, Aries, I’m giving you the go-ahead in the coming weeks to be extra greedy for the stuff in...

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