You can probably name a few right off the top of your head: Hairspray, Billy Elliot, The Producers, Sunset Boulevard. The list of stage musicals based on films goes on. Why this propensity to give films a second act on stage? And why are they almost always turned into musicals, whether they started out that way or not? Maybe we can’t get enough of a good thing. (Or, in the case of a few that shall remain nameless, we’re gluttons for punishment.) Currently onstage in Ventura County are at least two musicals based on popular movies. Young Frankenstein is...Read More
Author: Emily Dodi
The Museum of Ventura County is feeling the love. It is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the time when nearly 100,000 activists, artists, musicians and writers converged in San Francisco and sparked a revolution, with exhibits and events that highlight the influence that 1967 (and the flower-power era that followed) had on Ventura County. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out is a “community-based pop-up exhibit” of authentic artifacts belonging to Ventura County residents. Iconic clothes, posters, photographs, books, album covers and more reflect what the Summer of Love was like, Ventura-style. One of the most...Read More
Celebrating its 21st season, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival is in full regalia at Kingsmen Park in Thousands Oaks. This summer, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, Cal Lutheran’s professional theater company, plays host to four noblemen who make a frustrating pact, and a ruler with unfortunate taste in friends. The productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Julius Caesar are just parts of the programming that the Kingsmen have in store. The debut of Love’s Labour’s Lost kicked off a summer of Shakespeare that also includes camps, apprenticeships, educational outreach programs for area schools, staged readings, showcases and more. Judging from the...Read More
Something was different at the Santa Paula Theater Center. The welcome was warm, but subdued. There was no pre-show greeting, just a reminder to turn off cell phones and a mention of how to escape, er, exit in case of emergency. There was something foreboding in the air. The keen observer could spot splatters of white on the wall and mutilated feathers in the corner. The audience quietly took their seats and waited. And then it struck. Darkness, followed by the sound of wings. The flutter of birds all around, growing into a frenzy of screeching, squawking and smashing...Read More
If you’re lucky, every once in a while you get to spend an evening with great artists. You enjoy an up-close look at their work, and learn about their philosophy, inspirations and struggles. You get insight into what their work means to them. If you’re really lucky, you get to talk to them about your own work. The Ojai Photo Club turns this rare opportunity into a regular event. Once a month the club hosts a free presentation that’s open to the public. In the past the club has hosted talks by rock ’n’ roll photographer Guy Webster, documentary...Read More
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