A little corner of Simi Valley has been transformed into The World of da Vinci. On display, through Sept. 8 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum are working models of some of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest inventions, as well as digitalized restorations of some of his most famous paintings. Melissa Giller of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute explains that the foundation routinely surveys guests to find out what exhibits they would most like to see. Da Vinci stood out by “leaps and bounds.” The foundation reached out to the Leonardo3 Museum in Milan, whose The...Read More
Author: Emily Dodi
“For the Greater Good.” The phrase looms large on a wall in the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). The words were chosen by Kelly “RISK” Graval, the artist whose works are on display through Sept. 4. The phrase is inscribed above a painting entitled, “Buddha and the Monarchs,” in which the Buddha sits serenely, awash in brilliant color and surrounded by butterflies. Look more closely and you will see that above the Buddha’s head is a ring of skulls. Also in the painting is an excerpt from Psalm 23, representing a confluence of traditions and beliefs. The...Read More
“It’s risky,” Tom Eubanks says of the theater. He should know. A writer and director, Eubanks has been a figure in the Ventura County theater community for decades. “It changes every time you do it. That’s what I like about it. I like the risk factor.” His latest project is the Beacon Theater Company, which he recently founded with Steve Grumette, Anna Kotula and Howard Leader, themselves seasoned members of the theater community. With all the risks involved — and maybe even a little bit because of them — they are diving in with “the insidious intention of creating...Read More
Welcome to Casa Valentina, a quaint little resort in the Catskills. The year is 1962 and, as the city swelters, weary New Yorkers make their way to the mountains to cool off. The men who travel to Casa Valentina, however, are looking for more than a respite from the heat. In a sense the men are going home to breathe free and be themselves — as women. This is the setting of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-nominated play, onstage at the Santa Paula Theater Center through July 28. Casa Valentina is based on an actual place in the Catskills called the...Read More
MODS AND MONARCHS, SKIRTS AND SWORDS | 23rd Annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival kicks off this weekend at CLU
Kingsmen Park, on the campus of California Lutheran University, will soon be home to political intrigue á la the 14th century, as well as deceptive lovers, swordplay and . . . miniskirts. Get out your picnic baskets and chill the wine, because the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens Friday, June 28. This year, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Richard II take to the outdoor stage. A comedy and a history, respectively, they’re sure to delight Shakespeare enthusiasts and create new fans by summer’s end. First up is The Merry Wives of Windsor, which the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company set in...Read More
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