Author: Emily Dodi

CULTURAL LENS | Lewis Watts at the Ojai Photo Club

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...

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OUT OF THE BOX | In The Handmaid’s Tale, the fear is real

If you want to lie awake at night, forget TV’s go-to boogeymen: the undead, aliens or beasts from another realm. Instead, ponder the horrors that play out in The Handmaid’s Tale. The outstanding Hulu original series proves that imaginary monsters have all the fright cred of a kitten compared to what humans can do — and have done — to each other. Margaret Atwood, the author of the dystopian novel upon which the series is based, knows this well. In a recent piece in the New York Times, Atwood wrote, “One of my rules was that I would not...

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DEFYING GRAVITY | The Aerial Studio’s Spring Showcase promises magic, mischief and high-flying adventure

It might be the year 2017, but for a few hours over the weekend it will be the 1930s. The Aerial Studio in Ventura will be transformed into Mister Mey Hem’s Magic Factory, a fantastical world filled with mischief, magic and hope rolled into an amazing performance. The Spring Showcase will feature the studio’s kids and teen troupe performing on the silks, trapeze, trampoline wall, Spanish web (a vertical hanging rope) and aerial cube, as well as doing dance, acrobatic and circus routines. In short, they’ll be sharing an amazingly good time while showing off some fierce skills. The...

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SETTING THE STAGE | Playhouse 101 debuts in Agoura Hills

There’s a new light shining in Agoura Hills: Playhouse 101, a brand-new theater that launched its inaugural season on April 28. At a time when there is plenty of fear circulating about the demise of the arts, Playhouse 101 is proof that public love for them remains strong. Strong enough to create a theater on the sheer momentum of word of mouth. “It’s amazing how much has happened in so little time,” says Jeff Wallach, founder and producing artistic director. “There was no advertising, no [official] launch, just word of mouth power.” Playhouse 101 went from being a wonderful...

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CHILD’S PLAY | Ojai Youth Opera brings high drama to Libbey Bowl

Opera isn’t known for being kid-friendly. There’s the high drama, not to mention all the lust, death and countless jilted lovers. There are classics like Mozart’s The Magic Flute that are suitable for young audiences, but not many. Still, Rebecca Comerford didn’t have far to look when selecting an opera for Ojai Youth Opera’s first full-scale production. As the founder and director of OYO, Comerford wanted a socially relevant, age-appropriate opera that would serve the company’s mission of creating transformative experiences for performers and audiences alike. Brundibár by Czech composer Hans Krása stood out. Brundibár tells the story of...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  2. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

    May 26 @ 8:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Shakespeare: A Celebration

    June 9 - September 28
  4. Northwest Boychoir Concert

    June 21 @ 7:00 pm - July 11 @ 9:30 pm
  5. Ricky Burrus Veteran’s Memorial Ride

    June 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm