Author: Karen Lindell

BIDIN’ TIME WITH CHRIS HILLMAN | The Ventura resident and folk-rock legend performs this weekend in Thousand Oaks

Chris Hillman’s kitchen? Burned. His humility? Unscathed. Half of Hillman’s kitchen was destroyed during the recent Thomas Fire. But the Ventura hillsides resident, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and accomplished solo artist who was also a member of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band and other groups, doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. “We lost a little bit of our house, but our neighbors suffered greatly, and it affected everyone,” Hillman said. He heaps praise on firefighters and his resilient neighbors determined to rebuild. In the meantime, displaced while awaiting house repairs, he’s...

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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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    January 8 - March 31
  2. Fashion Photography Exhibit to Support Fire Relief

    January 13 @ 5:00 pm - April 8 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Lunchtime Organ Recital Serie

    January 19 @ 12:30 pm - April 13 @ 1:00 pm
  4. History Lecture Series: Collapse

    February 7 @ 7:00 pm - April 11 @ 9:00 pm
  5. Rotem Reshef: Time Traveler

    February 15 @ 8:00 am - April 5 @ 8:00 pm