Author: Emily Savage

A SMALL FIX | Tiny houses could have big impact locally if they find a place to land

Douglas Messmer is an affable, joke-cracking 51-year-old retired Navy chief petty officer who lives in an 8-foot by 24-foot home he built himself. His tiny house, a.k.a. “Better Days,” has French doors, 11 windows and a spectacular circular porthole in the center that opens to sunshine and the fresh air. “I’m retired and just felt it was that time in my life to buy my first house,” says Messmer. “I came across tiny houses online and just really liked the idea of it, being able to build something of your own — and to be debt-free without mortgage payments.”...

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SANTA PAULA GETS THE GIGGLES | Laughter reigns at the Glen Tavern Inn’s new comedy showcase

A raucous, jovial crowd cackling to the delight of local and touring comedians — it’s Giggles comedy night at the Glen Tavern Inn and the place is packed. Most of the crowd is seated in rows of chairs, while a few scattered others mill about near the back, clinking beers. They range in age from 30-somethings to a notable 81-year-old local. And they seem to have come to let off some steam on a warm Friday night. Probably better-known for its ghost-filled history, thanks to the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures, the former speakeasy and Hollywood getaway is a...

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ROCKIN’ THE RANCH | Tiny Porch Concerts at the Peter Strauss Ranch

Picture this: It’s a warm summer evening in the Conejo Valley and you’re watching original live music performed by local and touring bluegrass, indie, and Americana acts in rustic surroundings under giant oak trees in an outdoor amphitheater. Oh, and the whole evening is free. Original live music in the Conejo Valley is precisely what business partners Janna Williams and Mike Corridori envisioned when they dreamed up the nonprofit Tiny Porch Concerts series, with the important added bonus of a partnership with the National Parks Service, Williams says. The five-concert series, now in its second year, will run monthly...

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HOMESPUN | Noodling around with Wonton Soup

Backyards and bathtubs “Fuzzy, surfy, punkish” Ventura County-based trio Wonton Soup will play just about anywhere — libraries, backyards, even a bathroom if asked. The plucky group, formed in 2013 and in its current iteration of guitarist Tyger Hernandez, bassist Michael Williams and drummer Eric Williams (no relation) since 2014, just wants to show people a good time. “We play everywhere — we like to play any place we can,” says Hernandez of Camarillo. “We don’t care, as long as there’s people.” Case in point: Their next show is April 22 in a backyard in the Inland Empire. In...

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MEET THE UNDERGROUND | Revolving underground club night brings experimental machinist Author & Punisher

Club Fallout, a burgeoning local industrial night, is one of four uniquely subversive underground club nights that Oxnard-based promoter/producer/DJ Jacob Gonzales organizes in Ventura County. The 29-year-old pied piper of underground sound throws a variety of events with live touring and local bands, DJs and full thematic décor at unexpected venues such as El Miramar Nightclub Dining and Dancing in Oxnard. “I do these clubs once a month and rotate them out,” Gonzales explains. “That way I keep it fresh.” The four club nights under the Club Fallout umbrella are the original Fallout, which is mostly industrial music (an...

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