Author: Tim Pompey

SILVER AND BLUE | Kelly’s Lot celebrates 25 years of playing the blues

PICTURED: Kelly’s Lot performs an anniversary show at Ventura Beach Club on Dec. 20. Anyone who makes a living in the music business knows that it’s hard work, long hours, tons of rehearsal and, for most, limited pay. But for the Ventura County- and Los Angeles-based pop, folk and blues band Kelly’s Lot, it’s been 25 years of fun — and they’re still rolling. Talk about a reason to celebrate. Last month the band hit the Mint in Los Angeles to say thank you to its fan base. Now it’s coming to the Ventura Beach Club on Friday, Dec....

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NEW CRUSH | Beloved jazz bar Squashed Grapes returns as The Winery

PICTURED: The Winery owners, from left: Adam Randall, Rick Boyer, Steve Holt and Josh McNutt. Photo by Seth Brandes In case you didn’t hear it through the grapevine, Squashed Grapes is back . . . sort of. Customers who loved the iconic Midtown Ventura winery and music venue waited a long time, but the popular jazz bar has opened its doors and uncorked its bottles once again. It’s operating under a new name, and has a new location — 4746 Market Street (next to Kelly Paper), putting it right in the midst of Ventura’s “Off Market” Tasting Trail. “So,...

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REELIN’ IN THE YEARS | Ojai Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

PICTURED: Yeva by Iranian director Anahid Abad will be screened at this year’s Ojai Film Festival. Twenty years may not seem like a long time, but in the film festival universe, it’s a milestone worth celebrating. Like startups and restaurants, most festivals don’t make it past infancy. “Fewer than five percent of film festivals now functioning have been around as long as we have,” said Steve Grumette, the artistic director of the Ojai Film Festival (OFF). What’s the secret for their success? “One of the things we are very proud of is that we actually run on more than 100...

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Zombie redux

Zombieland: Double Tap Directed by:    Ruben Fleischer Starring:          Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg Rated R for bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content Runtime:         1 hr., 39 mins. Has it been 10 years since the release of the first #Zombieland#? My, time does fly. In the meantime, our four stars have gone on to bigger and better things. Abigail Breslin has seen her career take off. Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg have each been nominated for Oscars. Emma Stone took home a golden boy in 2017. Sigh! How the children have grown. So, with...

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Joaquin Phoenix is no joke

by Tim Pompey tjpompey@gmail.com JOKER DIRECTED BY: Todd Phillips STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images 2 hrs., 2 min. Welcome to a new Batman universe. You thought Heath Ledger was the ultimate Joker? Yeah, me too, until Joaquin Phoenix arrived. Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his 2008 performance, but he was in a supporting role. The new Joker is in practically every frame of this film and he overwhelms the screen. What will Hollywood give him? DC Comics has their name...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary – Open Recruitment for Advisory Council Seats

    December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  3. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  4. WinterFest Dog Show

    January 17 - January 19
  5. Two-day Art Workshop

    January 18 @ 10:00 am - January 19 @ 5:00 pm
  6. CHANNEL ISLANDS MARINE AND WILDLIFE INSTITUTE (CIMWI) FINS & FLIPPERS AND FUN 5K Run or Walk plus Kiddie 1k

    January 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  7. Rev. Karen’s First Mid-Month Devotional Retreat of the Decade: We Begin Again!

    January 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  8. Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Duo

    January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  10. Grease Sing-Along

    January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm