Author: Chris O'Neal

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE | Sight + Sound Film Festival promises multi-sensory experience in Oxnard

PICTURED: Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Cuba A film festival in Oxnard next weekend will feature more than just films, as organizers promise a feast for all senses. The inaugural Sight + Sound Film Festival, dubbed “a cinematic experience for the senses,” will feature dozens of films from around the world alongside workshops, activities and curated events with food and music. The festival begins on Friday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (the PACC). Dozens of films, both locally produced and international, will be screened, but what makes...

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HOMESPUN | Oxnard electro-rock group Astreyas reaches for the stars

In an empty room formerly occupied by patients of the Camarillo State Hospital in Camarillo, Christopher Yanez and Lizett Evangelista gaze through closed windows, pace and twirl around the empty floor, and fade in and out of existence. The pair make up Astreyas, an electronic-infused rock outfit from Oxnard, and this is the video for their debut single, “Anomaly.” Long Live Analog Yanez and Evangelista created Astreyas in 2018 when the pair’s interests crossed paths. Yanez, who had previously appeared in various shoegaze-tinged bands ala My Bloody Valentine, met Evangelista when she approached him about helping her find a...

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TO THE MOON AND BACK | Ventura County astronomers look to the skies on 50th anniversary of moon landing

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on the moon. As they touched down on the lunar surface, Armstrong famously delivered words that would echo through the ages: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty years later, on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, celebrations are being held around the world, including in Moorpark, where organizers are hoping to rekindle the awe of the moment. On Saturday, July 20, the Ventura County Astronomical Society (VCAS) will host an Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary...

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INFINITY AND BEYOND | Andres Salazar hosts gallery of eclectic comic art in Ventura

Andres Salazar has been in a Wild West shootout and he’s careened through space on a fantastic ship piloted by a teddy bear. Now, his grandest task: hosting an art show featuring his varied, hand-painted comic art at Ventura’s WAV Gallery, dubbed Storytelling Through Pictures.  Salazar is the author and artist of the comic series Pariah, Missouri with illustrator Jose Luis Pescador and the children’s series, SpaceBear. His art show runs weekends through Sunday, July 28, and will feature 170 watercolor panels from Pariah, Missouri and original art ranging in style and theme from pop to surreal. “When I’m...

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YOU’VE GOT A PAL IN ME | Police Activities League honors students, has room to grow

Sal Flores is a Ventura native. As a child, he moved from street to street along Ventura Avenue with his family. When he wasn’t packing up, he was running with gangs. It was with his peers that he had his first run-in with the law, and when he was 23, he went to prison.Cuffed at the wrist to his seat on his way to prison in Lancaster, Flores says he made a decision that would shape the years that followed. “I was looking out of the window, looking at a car that looked just like mine,” said Flores. “It...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    September 16 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  3. Conejo Valley Quilters monthly meeting

    September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Dancer’s Body Barre

    September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. 2019 EDU|CAL Annual Symposium

    September 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  7. Loni Love Headlines Levity Live

    September 20 @ 7:30 pm - September 22 @ 9:00 pm
  8. 2019 Quilt Rooms and Gardens Tour

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  9. 3rd Annual Southeast Ventura County YMCA Reach For The Stars Gala

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  10. Premiere Party for “Beyond Function: Fiber, Wood and Clay”

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm