FISHY BUSINESS | Proposed rockfish regulations send shock waves through local sportfishing industry 

PICTURED: Rex, 6, proudly displays a fish. Photo by Franklin Murphy by Alex Wilson Franklin Murphy is teaching his two young sons to fish from the family’s boat, Sea Gal, a 24-foot Sea Ray built in 1979 and specially outfitted for family fishing trips along the Ventura County coastline.  “When we catch a big fish, seeing their face is priceless,” Murphy said. The Ventura family especially enjoys catching rockfish that live in rugged areas near the shore, and are typically less challenging for kids to catch compared to larger fish that swim in the open ocean like yellowtail....

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DARK DESERT HIGHWAY | Fractured Actors returns to Sweet Jay’s with odd tales from the Southwest . . . and beyond

PICTURED, from left: Emma Bangs, Amber Hair, Magnolia Fife and Rita Nobile in Window Dressing, part of the Speakeasy Project’s 2022 mini-festival, Area 22. Photo courtesy of Jeff Ham. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer In 2018, Fractured Actors brought something new to the local theater landscape: The Speakeasy Project, which married dinner theater and live music with original plays and the occasional variety act. The first one was aptly inspired by scenes and characters from the Prohibition era, while the 2019 follow-up was set in a roadhouse. The audience sat around small tables with tablecloths and candles, nightclub style....

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IN GOOD TASTE | The easy-going sibling

PICTURED: Chicken club wrap served with chips. Photo by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On the Alley at Brophy Bros. 1559 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura Harbor 805-413-4367 $6-20 Brophy Bros. at Ventura Harbor is a favorite for locals and tourists alike, thanks to its quality cocktails, fresh seafood and covered patio with beautiful views. Popularity comes at a price, however: Expect to wait for a table, especially if you plan to dine on a weekend, and pay over $25 for select (not all) entrees. Which is where its newly opened sister eatery, On the Alley,...

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“THE BEST OF VENTURA COUNTY” | Anacapa Island featured on new county flag

PICTURED: by Alex Wilson A new flag representing Ventura County features shimmering ocean waters illuminated by a sunset over Anacapa Island’s iconic arch and a seagull flying overhead. The design approved by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors July 26 is similar to one chosen for a new county seal in May following a public competition. Officials said that 79 entries were submitted along with nearly 16,000 comments on the design.  Supervisor Linda Parks (Dist. 2) put the flag design on the agenda and was happy to see it approved. “It was the most popular by far, and...

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“THERE’S NO PHONING IT IN” | She Wants Revenge finds its motive

PICTURED: Justin Warfield (left) and Adam Bravin of She Wants Revenge, coming to Ventura Music Hall on Aug. 27. Photo submitted by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin take She Wants Revenge back to the stage this August, it will be done in the most intentional, thoughtful way possible.  That motivation is courtesy of the arts industry’s pandemic pause. “We’ve had the time and desire to really make sure that we’re putting a lot into it and it’s very considerate,” Warfield says. “I think when you’re on tour, you’re just quite busy: ‘We should play these...

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