Author: rwilson@timespublications.com

THE NEW HOT SPOTS | Oxnard Taco Trail

PICTURED: Cabo Seafood Grill serves up a variety of tacos. Photo by Alex Wilson by Alex Wilson Oxnard Taco Trail visitoxnard.com/blog/best-places-tacos-oxnard/ Arturo Garcia has served countless tacos at Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina since opening the popular Oxnard restaurant 25 years ago. Some of his newest customers found his restaurant after it was included on the “Oxnard Taco Trail” created by Visit Oxnard, an organization working to attract tourists to the city. While fresh, locally sourced seafood dishes and guacamole prepared right at the table are specialties of the restaurant, it’s one of his taco recipes that have also...

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JAVIER BÁTIZ | Mexico’s El Padre of Rock y Blues comes to Ventura

PICTURED: Javier Bátiz brings blues to NAMBA Performing Arts Space in Ventura on April 29. Submitted Photo by Mike Nelson Many successful musicians speak of their musical ability as a gift they’ve received from God. Some go so far as to call it a privilege. But for Javier Bátiz — now into his seventh decade of professional music-making — his ability to play his instrument as few have ever done represents something more. “I was born with a rare challenge,” says the Tijuana-born blues guitarist who will perform April 29 at NAMBA Performing Arts Space in Ventura. “The way I...

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE | MOMIX’s Alice promises to be a surreal and dreamy spectacle

PICTURED: MOMIX dancers inhabit a dreamlike world. Photo by Sharen Bradford by Madeline Nathaus The internationally renowned dance-illusionist group MOMIX is coming to the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks on April 29 with their newest surrealist show Alice. “It’s a day for exploring one’s rabbit hole,” said Moses Pendleton, founder and artistic director of MOMIX. “I hope everybody is willing to take a little bit of a chance and make the plunge.” The show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $35, which can be bought online at bapacthousandoaks.com or at the venue before...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | April 28, 2022

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): I recommend you adopt a limitation that will enable you to claim more freedom. For example, you could de-emphasize your involvement with a lukewarm dream so as to liberate time and energy for a passionate dream. Or you could minimize your fascination with a certain negative emotion to make more room for invigorating emotions. Any other ideas? You’re in a phase when increased discipline and discernment can be liberating. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Imagining anything is the first step toward creating it,” wrote author and activist Gloria Steinem. “Believing...

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PRESERVING A COMMUNITY TREASURE | VLT kicks off Harmon Canyon fundraising campaign on Earth Day

PICTURED: Ventura Land Trust Executive Director Melissa Baffa watches the ribbon fall. Photo by Alex Wilson by Alex Wilson rwilson@timespublications.com When leaders of the Ventura Land Trust opened Harmon Canyon Preserve to the public in June 2020, it was just the diversion people needed at that point in the pandemic. Hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers flocked to the 2,123-acre nature preserve near Foothill and Kimball roads, including many who preferred indoor activities before COVID forced them to seek out safer ways to recreate. But while the preserve was officially open, social distancing requirements at the time made it...

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