Author: VCR Staff

ALL MIXED UP | 311 is ready to rock

PICTURED: 311 plays two shows for Concerts in Your Car on Nov. 14. Photo submitted by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski christina@timespublications.com Singer Nick Hexum looks at the COVID-19 pandemic as a glass half full. His band, 311, hasn’t been able to perform since February, but the break has had its own benefits.  “I have three children — all elementary school age,” Hexum says. “What’s been really cool about it is I know I’m the one who taught my now-6-year-old daughter to read this year. I taught her to ride a bike. Because of this extended time, I’m the guy who taught...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | Nov. 5, 2020

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of November 5 © Copyright 2020  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries poet Charles Baudelaire championed the privilege and luxury of changing one’s mind. He thought it was natural and healthy to always keep evolving beyond one’s previous beliefs and attitudes, even if that meant one might seem inconsistent or irrational. “It is lamentable,” he once proclaimed, “that, among the Rights of Human Beings, the right to contradict oneself has been disregarded.” I bring these thoughts to your attention, dear Aries, so that you will feel at peace with the prospect of outgrowing rules,...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Nov. 5, 2020

Fickle-Down Economics I’m a 29-year-old straight woman. I recently came to the odd conclusion that I have no idea what I want in a man. Over the past few years, I’ve been dating a variety of guys and hoping they’ll be right for me, and it’s not working. Some turn out to be nice guys, but some turn out to be jerks. One turned out to be a truly terrible person, but in hindsight, all were obviously wrong for me. In each case, the underlying problems were always there, but I didn’t identify them until things blew up months...

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“WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT” | Filmmaker Arcelia Martinez hopes to address mental health through the Esperanza Project

PICTURED: Arcelia Martinez (third from left) with key grip Arturo Reyes, director of photography George Ortega and boom operator Johnathan Portillo during the filming of Isabel mi historia (2018). Photo courtesy of Arcelia Martinez by Alex Wilson An Oxnard filmmaker hopes to raise awareness about mental health issues facing teenage Latinas, which she believes are swept under the carpet all too often. Arcelia Martinez was recently named “Artist in Residence” with the Oxnard Performing Arts Center to launch the effort called “The Esperanza Project.” It will culminate in the creation of a documentary film next spring, telling stories of...

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SAFELY SPIRITED | COVID-compliant celebrations liven up Ventura County this weekend

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nshaffer@timespublications.com One thing can be said about this pandemic: It has forced event organizers to get creative. From GhostWalk’s all-virtual GhostWatch to drive-in concerts and performances to custom designed treats, people across the county have set out to prove that there’s more than one way to party. Fear not, Ventura County: This weekend is full of fun activities in celebration of fall, Halloween and Día de Los Muertos. The High Street Broadcast Audio Theater Ongoing hsbaudio.com The High Street Broadcast (HSB) has been bringing vintage-style radio shows to stage and airwaves since 2007. Original...

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