Author: Mike Nelson

LADY PLAYS THE BLUES | Acclaimed blues guitarist Debbie Davies headlines at Hong Kong Inn

Want to be an acclaimed blues guitarist? Watch The Beatles on Ed Sullivan at age 11. Bug your rock ’n’ roll-loathing parents for an electric guitar, but settle for an acoustic and learn it. Fall in love with the music of blues legends. Wait tables until you can afford to buy your first electric. Collect blues records and read every blues magazine article you can find. And don’t worry about little obstacles like being female in a male-dominated arena. Your talent, desire and commitment to excellence will make the difference. Debbie Davies has done all of that, and more,...

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SKEWERING STEREOTYPES | CLU presents satirical play The Colored Museum during Black History Month

As a relatively new resident of Thousand Oaks (seven years) and one of its relatively few African American residents, Saundra McClain appreciates the Conejo Valley community’s more relaxed, comfortable ambience. “I love living here,” says the Philadelphia-born actress and director. “But it’s also true that people here are not used to having blacks in their community.” Still, it was a bit of a shock when a year ago — soon after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president — McClain heard herself called “the N word” by someone in a car passing by as she stepped out of a...

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CREATIVE TYPES | Jason Love: A lean, clean, jokin’ machine

Clean comedy — an oxymoron? Not when you’re Jason Love, a homegrown stand-up comedian who regularly makes people laugh by avoiding the kind of language (and subject matter) that many in his line of work can’t (and won’t) live without. “The number one comment from audiences that I get is, ‘It’s refreshing that you didn’t ‘go there’ just for a cheap laugh,” says the 30-ish Ventura resident, who, accompanied by his guitar, offers wry, often self-deprecating observations about society and himself. “I find humor in my shortcomings, in what is embarassing to me, and I’m able to make it...

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