Author: Emily Dodi

ON EXHIBIT | Santa Paula’s Treasured Architecture at the Agriculture Museum

“I hear it’s haunted.”  Standing in front of a photograph of Santa Paula’s Glen Tavern Inn, Elena Waller, the manager of the Agriculture Museum, laughs in response. “Yes,” she says. “That’s one of the first things that people say when they see the Glen Tavern . . . but a lot of people don’t know that it was a Tokyo International College at one point. It has gone through many, many stages. In fact, Rin Tin Tin (the canine movie idol of the 1920s and 1930s) actually used to stay there quite a bit and I’ve also heard that...

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ON STAGE | The Crucible at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

Here’s to the brave who wrestle with giants: the seminal works of American theater. They are an intimidating lot, and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible may be one of the most daunting. Kudos to the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse for putting up a fine production that honors the work and makes it their own.  Set during the 1692-93 Salem witch trials, Miller’s brilliant play is an allegory for McCarthyism and all the destruction and panic it set loose upon the United States in the middle of the last century. Yet here we are, in another particular moment in history, and The...

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PAIN, POWER AND POETRY | Ventura poet Marsha De La O breaks the silence around trauma in newest collection

“It just so happens that the first recorded poem was written by a woman,” says the celebrated local poet Marsha De La O, with more than a hint of sisterly pride. De La O was discussing Every Ravening Thing, her new collection of poetry, when the conversation shifted to Enheduanna, a high priestess of Ancient Sumeria and the earliest known poet in history. De La O was drawn to Enheduanna’s works as well as to her personal history of abuse and imprisonment. De La O, whose own poetry is filled with powerful images of nature, was drawn to Enheduanna’s...

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ON STAGE | Mulholland Dr. via Sesame Street: Fuddy Meers at the Rubicon Theatre Company

“A cross between Sesame Street and David Lynch,” is how one Rubicon Theatre Company actor described Fuddy Meers. David Lindsay-Abaire’s work features an amnesiac woman who wakes up each morning with no memory of anyone or anything in her life. It’s an apt description of this very funny, often frenetic and surprisingly touching play, now at the Rubicon. When we meet Claire (the wonderful Precious Chong) she is being awakened by her husband, Richard, portrayed with complexity and comedic verve by Joseph Fuqua. With remarkable patience, sprinkled with a hint of exasperation, Richard goes through the paces of reminding...

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Homespun | The deliberately fluid freak folk of Towse

Towse is many things.  “It’s an old word with origins in the British Isles,” says Ojai-based musician Grace Fellows. “It has a few meanings, but mainly tough or the ridge of a hill.”  It is also Towse, a pop music collective led by Fellows.  Fluid Dynamics “I originally chose the name because of the influence that British Isles folk music has had on me as a musician and because I liked how it feels strong and soft at the same time,” says Fellows. She adds that she was “specifically looking for a name that could work for a group...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

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

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

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

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  6. Engage & Enlighten event features United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye

    August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  7. Dancer’s Body Barre

    August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups

    August 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  10. Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 18th Annual Open Studios Tour!

    August 30 @ 5:00 pm - September 2 @ 2:00 pm