Author: Dane Edmondson

TOP PICK | Flatpicking champion Tyler Grant headlines Caravan to WonderGrass Festival

Flatpicking, one of the hallmarks of bluegrass music, requires both patience and precision. There are many flatpickers in the world of Americana . . . but not all are created equal, and few can be said to have mastered this distinctive style of guitar playing. Lucky for Ventura County music lovers, one of the best will be coming to Ojai this weekend. National flatpicking champion Tyler Grant and his bourgeoning band, Grant Farm, will perform multiple shows at the Deer Lodge and this year’s Caravan to WonderGrass festival. Starting his professional musical journey in Southern California, Grant attended CalArts,...

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TRIAL BY FIRE | Local reflects on losing everything and building a new life

The recurring nightmare always opened with the same scene: I am standing on the deck of my childhood home in Big Sur, looking out upon the western edge of North America, frozen in terror. I have no recollection of how I end up there, but the pungent punch of smoke to my face quickly eradicates any subconscious semantics. I gaze downward on the forested canyon that extends out to the Pacific Ocean, taking one last notice of the redwoods, oaks and madrones, their various shades of green and brown blotted together as if a Bob Ross painting had come to...

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Something for everyone

The Nest 401 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai 798-9035 $6-$20 When I first discovered the name of the new restaurant opening in downtown Ojai, The Nest, I was honestly skeptical. Call it prideful localism, but I immediately thought, “Oh no, here’s another one trying to capitalize on the town’s now nationally recognized name, and they don’t even know what it means!” (While some have claimed Ojai means “nest,” it has been confirmed that the correct translation is “moon” in the native Chumash language.) Wow, was I ever wrong … and the backstory turns out to be a sweet one of...

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ONCE MORE WITH FEELING | Dave Mason’s Alone Together Again tour comes to Libbey Bowl

Dave Mason is coming home . . . in a manner of speaking. The iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist who founded Traffic and helped define the classic rock genre is currently in the midst of his much-lauded tour, Alone Together Again. And on Sept. 23 he’s bringing it to Ojai, where Mason lived for many years and where he still has strong ties. “I discovered Ojai basically as soon as I came over to the States in 1969,” Mason recollects. “I drove up with a friend and it was really a nice little town. The funny thing is, it...

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Liqueurs and tapas and beers, oh my!

Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery 457 E. Ojai Ave 640-7987 $5-$34 Catch yourself strolling down “Main Street” Ojai during the siesta hours of the day and the sidewalk may appear to glow with a golden hue, almost suggesting, dare I say it, a yellow brick road. Follow this playful path and it will lead to one of the valley’s hippest hangouts, Azu, a hybrid restaurant inspired by the Mediterranean approach to dining. It has long been a landing pad for locals and celebrities alike to take an extended break from window-shopping or the summer heat and appreciate...

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  1. Convergencia/Convergence

    November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Biomythography: Currency Exchange

    November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

    December 6 @ 7:00 pm - December 23 @ 9:00 pm
  4. Island Packers Announces Cruises for 2017, Including Holidays

    December 8 @ 6:30 pm - December 23 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Tall Ship to Visit Channel Islands Harbor in December

    December 16 @ 10:00 am - December 19 @ 5:00 pm