Author: Emily Savage

WHAT A “HOOT!” | Songmakers brings together acoustic music enthusiasts from across the county

Steve Berman can attribute his lifelong love of harmonica to Woodstock 1969. On the way back from the legendary hippie festival to his hometown of Detroit, he waited on the side of dusty roads learning the harmonica while hitchhiking. Some five decades later, the now-retired UCLA neuroscientist plays harmonica a few times a week in welcoming homes, surrounded by fellow musicians at events dubbed “Hoots” or “Song Circles.” Berman is the president of Songmakers, a multi-county, Southern California-based nonprofit made up of mostly acoustic music-makers. “Music for me has always been a participatory event,” says Berman. “When we went...

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HILARITY ENSUES | The Ventura Comedy Festival kicks off Aug. 1

The sixth annual Ventura Comedy Festival — which takes place Aug. 1 through 7 at six locations across town — has a few tricks up its sleeve. Along with the popular annual comedy competition featuring 105 comedians battling it out for a cash prize and goodies, there also will be big names like The Jamie Kennedy Experiment star Jamie Kennedy, an app that allows comedy showgoers to vote on their favorite acts (more on that later) and, for the first time ever, a Miss Comedy Universe showcase. For the latter, festival organizer Randy Lubas hand-picked hilarious female stand-ups from...

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JOURNEY OF EXPRESSION|Oxnard’s Levity Live Comedy Club kicks off with Marlon Wayans 

Say the name Marlon Wayans and everyone has a different point of reference. Perhaps you most remember the handsome 43-year-old comedian-actor-producer from the Scary Movie franchise with his brother Shawn or their 1990s TV show The Wayans Bros. Or you may recall his dramatic turn in 2000’s deeply disturbing Requiem for a Dream with a shudder. Wayans, however, says the characters he’s played that people most want to come up and talk to him about are Shorty Meeks from Scary Movie, Loc Dog from Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

    August 23 @ 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. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

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

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

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

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

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

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  10. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

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