Author: Emily Dodi

ON EXHIBIT | Navigating cultural and personal borderlands at CLU’s Kwan Fong and William Rolland galleries

California Lutheran University plays host to two exhibitions that transport viewers to faraway places while making them feel right at home. Blue Like Me at the William Rolland Gallery features work by Siona Benjamin, an Indian-born artist based in New Jersey. In the nearby Kwan Fong Gallery is Time Traveler: Compass by Rotem Reshef, an abstract action painter who works in Tel Aviv and New York. Blue Like Me, William Rolland Gallery “It is nice to be reminded of shared aspects of humanity,” says Rachel Schmid, curator of Blue Like Me. “[I] was drawn to the way [Benjamin’s] work...

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ON STAGE | West Side Story at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Silence your cell phones (whatever they are) because it’s the late 1950s and this is Hell’s Kitchen. The streets of New York City belong to two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, and their feud is about to reach a fever pitch. Sit back, or rather perch yourself on the edge of your seat, as the Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi’s production of West Side Story rumbles to life at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. You’re drawn in as soon as you hear the familiar sound of finger snapping and Leonard Bernstein’s refrain, signaling the arrival of...

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ON STAGE | Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

We’ve all been there. A wedding, hopefully not our own, that we wished we could escape. That feeling is only heightened when one is dressed in chiffon. In Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, now at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse through March 4, a group of disgruntled bridesmaids find a sanctuary of sorts in an upstairs bedroom while their frenemy’s over-the-top wedding reception rages outside. Academy Award-winning writer, director and producer Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under, American Beauty and, most recently, HBO’s Here and Now) wrote the play in 1993, setting it in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the early...

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WRITERS TALK | Local authors share thoughts on writing, making time and inspiration

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the E.P. Foster Public Library will host a special author event. Four Local Authors on Writing and Their New Works will feature Maryann Ridini Spencer, James Francis Gray, Mike Kennedy and Sheila Lowe in conversation about their work, their process and the ins and outs of getting published. After talking a bit about their work, the authors will open up the discussion to audience questions. The conversation is likely to unfold like a good book. “This is a fun group,” Ridini Spencer says of the authors she’s gathered for the free public event. Each author...

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC | Theater, dance and orchestra come together in Thousand Oaks

This Valentine’s Day weekend, lovers of music, dance and musical theater can be swept off their feet by the three resident companies of the Thousand Oaks Civics Art Plaza. On Feb. 10, 5-Star Theatricals, New West Symphony and the Pacific Festival Ballet will perform together for the first time to present Music of the Night: Love Changes Everything, a joint concert featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “We’ve deliberately scheduled the performance for Valentine’s Day weekend as a way to share our love for the beauty of the performing arts with all of our...

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  1. Exciting Dance and Drum Classes

    January 8 - March 31
  2. Fashion Photography Exhibit to Support Fire Relief

    January 13 @ 5:00 pm - April 8 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Lunchtime Organ Recital Serie

    January 19 @ 12:30 pm - April 13 @ 1:00 pm
  4. History Lecture Series: Collapse

    February 7 @ 7:00 pm - April 11 @ 9:00 pm
  5. Rotem Reshef: Time Traveler

    February 15 @ 8:00 am - April 5 @ 8:00 pm