Author: Emily Dodi

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...

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ONSTAGE | Vanities at Elite Theatre Company

For good or for bad, change is certain. Jack Heifner’s Vanities, onstage through July 7 at the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard, knows this in its bones. The play’s characters learn it the hard way. This makes Vanities a bittersweet look at how people and friendships evolve over time . . . whether they like it or not.  Director Kimberly Demmary and the cast create a worthy production that embraces the joys and expectations, the resentments and harsh realities that Vanities skillfully spools together across a decade in the friendship of three young women.  It all begins in 1963,...

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SCULPTING A LEGACY | Artist Michael O’Kelly designs bronze statue to honor Miriam Schwab

“I’m excited because it’s great to do substantial public art in the town you live in,” says Michael O’Kelly. The local artist has been commissioned to create a sculpture in honor of Miriam Schwab, the philanthropist who left a multimillion dollar endowment for Ventura College’s music and aquatics departments. “People need to know about someone like Miriam,” O’Kelly says, adding that the endowment is “huge.” “It means a whole bunch of kids will have instruments that may not have been able to afford instruments. They’ll have opportunities they never had before. To me the sculpture is very important. First...

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ON STAGE | Playzapalooza! at the Santa Paula Theater Center

Sometimes the appetite calls for small bites, like the collection of one-act plays on offer during Playzapalooza! 2019 at the Santa Paula Theater Center through June 9. The eight plays, each running about 15 minutes apiece, range from the poignant to the absurd. Some works give us more to chew on than others, but together they offer a refreshing evening of theater, set in the intimate space of SPTC’s Backstage.  There isn’t an obvious theme to the plays other than that most are written by California playwrights. The overriding sense, however, is that humans are complicated. We’re funny “haha”...

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UNPACKING A MOVEMENT | Women Beyond Borders — the play, the art, the organization — comes to Ventura

“What would happen if all women told the truth about their life? The world would split open.” “That’s what happened that night,” Lorraine Serena said after seeing Women Beyond Borders for the first time. She was quoting a line from the world premiere play, inspired by the international art project of the same name, which Serena founded with a group of fellow women artists almost 30 years ago. The seismic event, happening onstage at the Rubicon Theatre through June 2, gets its considerable power from the fiercely honest stories and works of art created by women from around the...

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  1. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  9. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  10. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm