Author: Tim Pompey

“WHATEVER HAPPENS, WE GO THERE” | The many adventures in music making of improvisational jazz band Boom Duo

PICTURED: John Lacques and Noah Thomas of Boom Duo. Photo courtesy of John Lacques by Tim Pompey If you’re looking for rock, R&B, jazz and other forms of dance music, there is no lack of bands in Ventura County to explore. But among all these options, there is only one Boom Duo. Created in 2009 by drummer and percussionist John Lacques and multi-instrumentalist Noah Thomas, the duo’s music is meant to be experienced. It’s like being sonically drenched in water. It’s free-form, experimental and completely improvised. It’s influenced by jazz, Bourbon Street, the streets of Jaipur and the experimentalism...

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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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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

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

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Watercolor on Yupo Workshop

    February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Zlatomir Fung, Cellist with Janice Carissa, Pianist

    March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Dinner & Art Demonstration

    March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Ojai Women’s Fund 2020 Grant Workshop March 3rd

    March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  8. Rent Romus & Heikki Koskinen’s Manala

    March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  9. Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski

    March 5 @ 8:00 am
  10. Eating Healthy with Diabetes Grocery Store Tours FREE

    March 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am