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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Seventh grader Michael Kawa\’s poem is about the official face he shows the world. \”My mask helps me when I am scared and when I am embarrassed,\” he writes. \”My mask tells me to act like someone else when I want to act like myself. My mask tells me I should go on the Big Dipper roller coaster when I really want to go on the little rides. My mask hides me from girls and fights. My mask hides my mad mind.\” Now I invite you to write about your own mask, Aries. It\’s the perfect time to take inventory of your persona–the official face you show the world–and to make changes to get it into closer alignment with the person you actually are in your depths. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The Season of Dreams begins now. While you\’re sleeping, you\’ll be working harder than usual as you dive deeper into your subconscious mind in quest of mythic stories that can transform your waking life. Here\’s a list of some of the dream themes you might encounter, along with possible interpretations. Dreams of the circus coming to town mean that maybe you should indulge a barely acknowledged need to do something that seems out of character. Dreams of having a picnic in a tree house may mean you\’d benefit from not having your feet planted...Read More
WU MAN Jan. 25, 8 p.m. A master of the ancient Chinese lute and a star of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road tours and recordings, Wu Man was granted the first master’s degree in pipa from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Her dramatic, powerful playing is at home with traditional Chinese music as well as contemporary work by artists like Lou Harrison and Tan Dun. She will be accompanied by a percussionist and perform “Ancient Dances,” a fascinating exploration of Chinese calligraphy in music and video. $30 general, $17 students. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3535. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. LORI LIPMAN BROWN Jan. 23, 7 p.m. The Ventura Chapter of Atheists United presents a talk by Lori Lipman Brown, the first director and lobbyist of the Secular Coalition for America, at the Underground Café. Free. 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 644-0064. ALL BREED DOG SHOW Jan. 19-22, 8a.m. The Ventura County Dog Fanciers invite you to their annual AKC sanctioned show. The Winterfest Cluster includes specialty clubs Jan. 19; Simi Valley Kennel Club, Jan. 20; San Fernando Kennel Club, Jan. 21,; and the Ventura County Dog Fanciers, Jan. 22. Group judging begins 2pm. Free. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 485-7951. Special Events FREE FONDUE The Melting Pot of Thousand Oaks is celebrating its one year anniversary by giving away free fondue for...Read More
Giant Drag One guy, one girl with a potty mouth, and a bunch of simple, dreamy and occasionally rough tunes about their gay friends, sweet riff, pretty little neighbors: What is there not to like about Giant Drag? The Los Angeles-based duo got lifted out of the local indie scene by its debut, full-length, Hearts & Unicorns, which earned widespread praise and next-big-thing whisperings when it was released last year. The creation of singer-guitarist Annie Hardy, the band takes a laissez-faire approach to songwriting, approaching their music with a seemingly blasé attitude that allows the tunes to just kind of take shape on their own. The result is a powerful sound that evokes My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana in equal measure. Hardy’s voice recalls a wide swath of female antiheroes, from Kim Deal to Mazzy Star. And she talks a lot of shit. Again, what’s not to like? See if you can find something when the buzz band performs at the Troubadour on Jan. 22 — they probably wouldn’t care even if you...Read More
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