Author: Emily Dodi

OPERA FOR EVERYONE | Opera by the Glass makes the classic art form accessible to contemporary audiences

You love opera. You just might not know it yet. Maybe you think opera is a stuffy affair, affordable only for well-to-do, dressed-up patrons who sit through five-hour performances held in grand opera houses, starring women wearing Viking hats. Well, you would be partially right, but times are changing. Opera by the Glass, an exciting new artists’ collective in Ventura County, is offering a new way to experience opera that’s immersive, intimate, affordable and casual. Inspired by NYC Loft Opera, which performs in unconventional places like lofts and warehouses, Opera by the Glass will make its debut at the...

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ON STAGE | Curtains at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is having a lot of fun these days. Its production of Curtains, a “backstage mystery musical comedy,” is filled with humor (sometimes silly, sometimes bawdy), lots of song-and-dance numbers and a host of colorful characters. Rick Steinberg directs a high-energy cast that has great chemistry in bringing this musical-behind-a-musical to life. Curtains takes place behind the scenes of a faltering, Broadway-bound musical. The year is 1959. The show is Robbin’ Hood. And the leading lady is awful. And dead. Played with great comic timing by Priscilla Losey, the terrible diva is murdered onstage as she takes...

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OUT OF THE BOX | Stranger Things: steeped in nostalgia, yet wholly original

If you want to know what happens on Stranger Things, you won’t get the skinny here. This is a strictly no-spoiler zone. To give anything away about the hit Netflix series would mean taking something away from the viewer. Every genius revelation, jolt and deep well of emotion deserves to be experienced firsthand. Stranger Things does what every sci-fi TV series and film has ever strived to do: It brings out the 12-year-old in us. Not the 12-year-old of today, but the 12-year-old of 1983, when the series takes place. That kid who fell in love with the movies...

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ON EXHIBIT | Material Culture at CLU’s William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

“What were you wearing?” It’s a simple question. Except that it’s not. Most women recognize it for what it is: a thinly veiled accusation that a victim brought an act of sexual assault upon herself by the type of clothes she had on. Katherine Cambareri confronts the question in her series of photographs — bluntly titled “Well, What Were You Wearing?” — that are part of Material Culture, on exhibit through Oct. 29 at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University. Cambareri’s photographs of sneakers, T-shirts and other ordinary clothing are not especially profound. When...

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ON STAGE: The Night Alive at Santa Paula Theater Center

The best plays are often two plays in one: the play that unfolds before our eyes and the one that plays out beneath the surface. The latter is all subtext, shadows and hints that tell us (if we’re paying attention) what’s really going on. The Night Alive by Conor McPherson is such a play. Widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest living playwright, McPherson weaves a story about a man whose life has stalled, until he meets a young woman who threatens to bring everything crashing down around him. Beautifully directed by David Ralphe, the current production of The Night Alive...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  6. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  7. Divas!

    August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  8. Help & Hope for Early Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia

    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  9. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  10. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm