Author: Leslie Westbrook

Fresh and healthy in Port Hueneme

Body Fuel Bistro 599 W. Channel Islands Blvd. Port Hueneme $8-12 228-1554  I was pumped to try Body Fuel Bistro — tucked into Mandalay Village Marketplace, a strip shopping mall on Channel Islands Boulevard — after a workout with my physical therapist for a lingering injury. Others, it seemed, had the same notion, as many in line at the bright, clean, black-and-white establishment were also wearing sweats or workout gear. A line formed quickly behind me when I arrived at 12:30 and included a really cute guy wearing a baseball hat backwards, an apparent “regular” (his cap on...

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OLÉ! | New West Symphony kicks off the 2017-18 season with flamenco, tango and three conductor semifinalists

Sunday afternoons at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center should prove quite exhilarating this musical season, thanks to the announcement of the New West Symphony programming for the 2017-18 season. Listeners will enjoy a sampling of the orchestra’s potential new maestro or maestra, along with additional stellar guest conductors. Those who prefer or who live closer to the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center can book Saturday evening seats there. The orchestra’s muy caliente “Grand Season Opening” kicks off on Oct. 7-8 with a tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month. The program includes three works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla: the sublime...

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Flavors of Mexico with a California twist

La Cosecha Modern Cocina 450 E Harbor Blvd., Ventura 652-5151 $6-23 Hotel dining can run the gamut from fun to surprising, disappointing and more. I like hotel dining in my hometown because it makes me feel as if I am on staycation/eatcation. A sashay to the Crowne Plaza is great for people-watching. In the case of the beachfront high-rise hotel this usually includes bathing suits, surfboards and business suits. Staff members, trained to cater to tourists (happy/grumpy/demanding), are usually cheerful and helpful, which indeed they are at La Cosecha, the “rebranded” Mexican restaurant under the direction of Chef...

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Fresh from the sea

Fishermen’s Catch Fish Market & Grill 1185 Victoria Ave. Oxnard 985-6200 $3.50-$45 (lobster)/market price “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin….” — George Gershwin, “Summertime” Whenever summer “rolls” around, I get a hankering to splurge for a lobster roll or an entire Maine lobster to remind me of the summer I visited the state known as “Vacationland” long, long ago. Two friends and I devoured something insane like 39 lobsters at a Yankee Fourth of July party, where the lobster pot never stopped boiling and we all sang songs around the piano. (I prefer the sweeter...

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SHOW US THE MELODY | The Ventura Music Festival is full of surprises

Many years ago, Anne Davison, the wife of jazz cornet player “Wild Bill” Davison (1906-1989), used to wear a large button that read: “Show Me the Melody.” Methinks she’d be mighty pleased with the programming of this year’s Ventura Music Festival. The 2017 version, “An American Season,” runs over two weekends with a range of musical styles presented in nine concerts in a variety of locations that include the Olivas Adobe, Ventura College Performing Arts Center, Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Pierpont Inn and even cozy Squashed Grapes, where student jazz competition winners will perform. Ojai talent appears in the...

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  1. Convergencia/Convergence

    November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Biomythography: Currency Exchange

    November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

    December 6 @ 7:00 pm - December 23 @ 9:00 pm
  4. Island Packers Announces Cruises for 2017, Including Holidays

    December 8 @ 6:30 pm - December 23 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Tall Ship to Visit Channel Islands Harbor in December

    December 16 @ 10:00 am - December 19 @ 5:00 pm