Author: Karen Lindell

ON EXHIBIT | A World of Nativities at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery

A manger is the cradle of choice for the little Lord Jesus to lay down his sweet head. What that biblical baby bed is made of, however, can be the stuff of artistic imagination. Pencils, for instance. Jesus snoozing on a bed of yellow pencils, watched over by his mom, dad, shepherds and wise guys, is one of many variations on the famed biblical birth scene featured in A World of Nativities. The free exhibit, in its fourth year at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in Newbury Park, includes more than 400 nativity scenes from around the world. The...

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HOCUS-POCUS | Champions of Magic to appear in Thousand Oaks

Ordinary things labeled “magic” become extraordinary: flutes, carpets, markers, school buses, Orlando. Throw in the word “champions,” and the concept inspires even more amazement. Champions of Magic, starring five U.K. magicians who are indeed all-stars of their art/craft/wizardry, will astonish audiences — not with buses or carpets, but with birds and giant industrial fans — during a performance Nov. 10 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The traveling show, in the U.S. for the first time, played to sold-out crowds in Great Britain. “Champions” is a mix of magical styles: mind-reading by Alex McAleer, large-scale illusions by duo...

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ORAL TRADITION | The Ojai Storytelling Festival returns in September

“No, no! The adventures first; explanations take such a dreadful time.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Nothing ruins a story like excess exegesis. Bring on the oral storytellers, who aren’t burdened with reciting scholarly footnotes. The 17th Ojai Storytelling Festival, after taking a year off while founder Brian Bemel lived in Spain to learn Spanish (ask him to share his adventures), has returned. Several storytellers who make a career out of their narrative skills, without pontificating, will keep audiences chuckling, weeping and pondering from Sept. 7 to 10. Any lessons learned tend to wind themselves into hearts rather...

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STEWARD OF THE ARTS | Teri Mettala’s 37 years at the Ojai Art Center

The people of Ojai have shared a one-of-a-kind insurance policy since 1939: a building at 113 S. Montgomery St. called the Ojai Art Center. During the dedication ceremony for the Community Art Center of the Ojai Valley (the center’s original name) nearly 80 years ago, founding member Charles Butler told attendees, “You, who have made this center possible, must keep it alive, vital and a force for good. This is a permanent insurance policy you have written for yourselves — an insurance against the improper use of leisure time.” The policy’s current steward is Teri Mettala, executive director of...

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CRAZY STYLE | Oxnard designer Robert Quiroz finds success with Fifty150

The California Welfare and Institutions Code likely ranks low on a list of inspiring reading material. Yet a section of the code’s legalese has inspired a line of Oxnard-based street apparel: the Fifty150 Brand. Section 5150 (pronounced “fifty-one-fifty”) of the code refers to the involuntary psychiatric hold placed on mentally ill people in California. Robert Quiroz, founder of Fifty150, a downtown Oxnard clothing store and online retailer, is redefining the term and its association with “crazy.” “The message is about being crazy chasing your dreams and overcoming obstacles,” Quiroz said. “It’s about being passionate.” Actor-comedian George Lopez has given...

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    November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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