Author: VCR Staff

PHOTO CONTEST 2021 | Our pandemic year

Introduction by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer, 2020 was a mood. The pandemic, masks, hand sanitizer, Black Lives Matter, protests over the Junipero Serra statue in front of Ventura City Hall, closures, the business of living moving outside, online or indoors but with a whole host of safety precautions . . . all on top of a contentious election year. There’s never been anything quite like the chaos and surreality of the past 12 months. And you guys captured the year in all its vexing, confusing, absurd and, at times, even beautiful moments. We proudly present our favorite submissions...

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ARTS BRIEFS | Norman Kirk, Ojai Film Festival, Mail Art and more

PICTURED: A landscape by Norman Kirk. Photo courtesy of Buenaventura Art Association by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Norman Kirk: 1924-2021 Renowned watercolor painter and beloved Ventura College teacher Norman Kirk passed away on Jan. 15 at the age of 96.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 20, 1924, Kirk served in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Philippines during World War II. He was in California at the time of his discharge and lived in Los Angeles, studying at the Los Angeles Art Center School of Design, UCLA and Chouinards before moving to Ventura County in the 1970s....

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TAJ MAHAL STREAMS HIS ROOTS | BAPAC brings the blues legend’s concert series to local audiences

PICTURED: Taj Mahal hosts a live-streamed concert series brought to Ventura County audiences by the Bank of America Performing Arts Center. by Tim Pompey The term “legend” is often bandied about, especially in the music world, but there is no doubt that it applies to 78-year-old Taj Mahal, who continues to explore blues and its variations well into his golden years. “I just want to be able to make the music that I’m hearing come to me — and that’s what I did,” said Mahal. “When I say, ‘I did,’ I’m not coming from the ego. The music...

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OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS SMART CHARGING SYSTEM | New electric buses and chargers in Oxnard

PICTURED: Electric buses charging in Oxnard.  by Kimberly Rivers Ocean View School District in Oxnard has received grant funding and rebates for four all-electric buses and to fund a smart charging system from The Mobility House, headquartered in Munich with offices in Silicon Valley.  The Mobility House (TMH) smart charging system, ChargePilot, allows flexibility in managing the charging of the district’s new fleet of four all-electric buses at the four new charging stations recently installed.  “This groundbreaking project for the district marks a notable milestone on our journey to electrify our entire school bus fleet and reduce pollution...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | March 18, 2021

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of March 18 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Poet Ocean Vuong speaks of the Hawaiian word kipuka. It refers to a patch of earth that doesn’t get covered with lava when an active volcano exudes its molten material. “Before the lava descended,” Vuong writes, “that piece of land was insignificant, just another scrap in an endless mass of green.” But now that piece of land is special, having endured. I encourage you to identify your metaphorical equivalent of kipuka, Aries. It’s an excellent time to celebrate the power and luck and...

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