ROLE OF A LIFETIME | Three local theater companies see women taking the helm as artistic director

PICTURED:  Angela DeCicco (The Elite, left), Jessi May Stevenson (Santa Paula Theater Center) and Tracey Williams Sutton (Ojai Art Center Theater) take center stage as artistic director of their respective theater companies. Photo by Chris Mortenson by Emily Dodi Three of Ventura’s finest actors have taken on the role of a lifetime as artistic director. Angela DeCicco has taken the reins at The Elite in Oxnard, Jessi May Stevenson at Santa Paula Theater Center, and Tracey Williams Sutton at the Ojai Art Center Theater.   “It’s an honor,” says Sutton, although she adds that it’s a shame that the appointment...

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JUNE 7 ELECTION SPOTLIGHT | Several Ventura County offices will be on the ballot

PICTURED: Jeff Hargleroad speaking to voters. Photo submitted by Alex Wilson An unusual feature of Ventura County’s June 7 primary election this year is the number of competitive races for countywide offices. Turnover is typically infrequent for the positions of Assessor, Auditor- Controller, County Clerk and Recorder, District Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer-Tax Collector.  The only incumbent running unopposed this year is Auditor-Controller Jeffery Burgh, while the other five countywide races have more than one candidate on the campaign trail. The sheriff and DA races were covered in the May 5 Ventura County Reporter. This week we’re taking a look...

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BOOTS ON THE BEACH | KHAY Fest makes a comeback at Surfer’s Point on May 22

PICTURED: Tenille Arts. Photo submitted by Mike Nelson Funny how quickly some things — even major concerts — can come together. Like four months ago, when Cumulus Media regional vice president and KHAY-FM market manager Sommer Frisk and CBF Productions founder and CEO Vincenzo Giammanco were chatting in downtown Ventura about joining forces to resume the KHAY Fest of country music, idled for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic. “You know what?” Frisk finally said. “Let’s just do it. Ventura County is ready for it.” Indeed it is, based on strong advance ticket sales for the May 22 event...

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ON EXHIBIT | Lynn Hanson and John Robertson at The Santa Paula Art Museum

PICTURED: Lynn Hanson, “Hazard Canyon” by Emily Dodi  The Santa Paula Art Museum is the perfect place to lose yourself in the beauty and power of art. On view now through July 10 are two concurrent exhibits, Fieldnotes by Lynn Hanson and A Narrative by John Robertson. Highly personal and equally powerful, the exhibits span 30 years of the artists’ work. They couldn’t be more different, yet the exhibits give the viewer the sense of being in the company of kindred spirits. It is not surprising that the artists are a married couple.  “Hanson and Robertson are a generous...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Winchester’s Grill and Saloon celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 21.

PICTURED: Winchester’s Grill and Saloon celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 21. Photo submitted by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Winchester’s Grill and Saloon 632 E. Main St., Ventura 805-653-7446 J.R. Ford opened his now-iconic steakhouse with business partner Sam Book  in Downtown Ventura almost exactly 25 years ago, on May 21, 1997. The restaurant will be holding a celebration for its quarter century of success this weekend – Saturday, May 21, 2022 – with live music all day, plus drink specials and giveaways. The event will also support local nonprofit Music and Art for Youth. Ford shared...

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