Author: Emily Dodi

ON EXHIBIT | Femmes Photo Fest in Thousand Oaks

Christopher Broughton, director of Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks, gives a tour of the gallery’s current exhibition, L’Optique Féminine, and stops in front of “In the Box” (1962), a photograph of a nude woman lying in a box. Broughton tells the story of when photographer Ruth Bernhard showed the photograph to some of her friends. They assumed the photograph had been taken by a male photographer and were outraged. In their eyes, it was an example of a woman being objectified by a male artist. When Bernhard told them that she had taken the photograph, they were shocked....

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ON STAGE | Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company’s Patience

Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company offers a pleasant respite from the worries of the world with its production of Patience, onstage at Theatre on the Hill in Thousand Oaks. While it evokes the past, the Gilbert and Sullivan musical manages to hold up a mirror to our current obsession with celebrity. Patience takes place during the Aesthetic Movement of the late 1800s, when art and literature favored the beautiful and aesthetically pleasing over realism. Artists, writers, poets and others pursued “art for art’s sake” in reaction to the strict, conservative morals of Victorian society. Aesthetes valued creative...

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SPECTACULAR SIDESHOWS | Small but mighty second stages are incubators for new, experimental and edgier works

When it comes to live theater, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little on the side. Even the most devoted theater fan, the loyal subscriber who never misses a main-stage production, sometimes feels the need for something new and exciting. Something a little wicked, even. Then there are those long-ago loves, not seen in years, that reappear and pull you in again. Truth is, giving in to the impulse is good for you and great for theater. It only strengthens your love. Works in progress and new plays that aren’t quite right for a main stage, whether because of...

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ON EXHIBIT | Neon meets nature at Ojai’s Porch Gallery

Ojai is all aglow. The source of illumination is Article 16: Selected Works by Lisa Schulte at Porch Gallery. The title is a mischievous wink at an Ojai city ordinance that outlaws neon signs and architectural elements with the exception of a two-foot-square OPEN sign. When told about the law, Schulte’s response is a playful, “Let’s rock this town.” (Note: you can’t spell “article” without “art.”) Schulte is the best kind of outlaw, thumbing her nose at the notion that neon has any boundaries at all. In Schulte’s most recent work, glowing white neon is displayed with pieces of...

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THAT’S THE TICKET | Coming to Ventura County stages this season

Feel like having a good cry? A good laugh? Or maybe you crave a dose of glamour? Whatever you desire, local stages are happy to oblige. From Thousand Oaks to Ojai, we’re lucky to live where meaningful, entertaining and enlivening live theater is at our feet. All you have to do is pick a show or two (or more, if you’re so inclined) and let yourself go. Here’s just a sampling of what’s coming up.  Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents I Do! I Do!, a musical that follows a pair of newlyweds from the wedding day to their last days in...

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  1. Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

    September 8 @ 12:30 pm - December 8 @ 1:30 pm
  2. Rubicon Theatre Company’s Fall Acting Classes

    September 25 @ 4:00 pm - November 11 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Vulnerability inVisibility

    October 5 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 8:00 pm
  4. World War I and America

    October 11 @ 8:00 pm - November 14 @ 10:00 pm
  5. Theatre Arts Student Black Box

    October 19 @ 8:00 pm - October 22 @ 10:00 pm