Sakura Ojai 219 E. Matilija St., Ojai 646-8777 $3.50-$30 There are many outstanding ancient Asian proverbs, from Confucius all the way down to fortune cookie philosophy (even if the latter was conceptualized in San Francisco). Two of my favorites happen to hail from Japanese culture; “A fish gets bigger when it swims away” and “Never order sushi in the desert.” OK, that second one I made up, but it sticks all the same. That is, unless you happen to wander in to Ojai’s little Ginsu slice of Okinawa known as Sakura, a first-rate sushi and teppanyaki haven. Albacore sashimiSteamed...Read More
Author: Dane Edmondson
The Saloon Ventura 456 E. Main St. Ventura 667-8550 $7-$22 Whenever one walks into a restaurant and the first sound is the weighty Bonzo drum beat of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks,” it’s often a palatable omen. Such was true during a recent patronage session I had at The Saloon, one of my very favorite downtown Ventura hangouts. From the moment I first moseyed on in three years ago and saw the Old West time warp ambience, I was sold, and it quickly became my go-to for a beat-the-heat brew in between thrift store rummaging. My only discrepancy...Read More
For such a relatively small mass of land, Ireland has produced an abundance of larger-than-life storytellers. Whether it be poets, playwrights, painters or even power ballad-producing post-punk prodigies, the Emerald Isle has always cast a beautifully somber shine on the creative process. For all of my hours spent immersed in the literature of the Land of Saints and Scholars, in my heart it is the music that has always brought me to the highest, and sometimes lowest, places. Tales of love and heartache set to the rhythmic stringed sway of a waltz, or power chords instigating hearty cheers and...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
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