Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

ARTS BRIEFS | A roundup of news in the Ventura County art world

Ventura County lost one of its literary treasures when poet Jackson Wheeler died earlier this month after a battle with brain cancer. Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains, he had a Southerner’s love and affinity for the rhythm of words that made him an especially gifted and inspiring poet. His body of work covered many topics — the rural South, homosexuality, the AIDS epidemic and even everyday life in Ventura County — with tremendous depth and sensitivity. He was a frequent contributor to the literary journals Askew and Solo (he co-edited the latter for many years) and a...

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STORM WARNING | Bold, beautiful, boisterous Storm Large descends on Ventura County

“I’m like a big, crazy mess,” Storm Large says to describe herself. “I live up to my name. . . . But I have a very strong voice.”  If there’s one thing that can be said about the musician and entertainer (whose name, by the way, is not a moniker), it’s that she holds nothing back. Witty, irreverent and refreshingly unguarded, she’s as open about her struggles in her personal life as she is about the many paths she has traveled as an entertainer. But of course, there’s a lot more to be said about this one-woman force of...

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MUSIC NOTES | Ventura County Fair music lineup announced

The Ventura County Fair won’t be here until August, but organizers have been hard at work scheduling the music lineup for the 11-day event. The Grandstand Entertainment Series is always a major highlight, and as in year’s past, the mix includes something for everyone. Pop nostalgia by the decades seems to be the theme for the fair’s first week. The dream of the ’90s (and early-aughts) will be alive when Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray both take the stage on Thursday, Aug. 3. The heart of rock and roll still beats for 1980s hitmakers Huey Lewis and the News...

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ROCK ON | National gem and mineral convention comes to Ventura

There are around 600 gemological and mineral societies across the United States, mostly local groups of amateur geologists and paleontologists, jewelers and other “rockhounds” who gather together to share specimens, collect together and so on. Regional and local gem shows happen throughout the year. But the big granddaddy of them all is one massive rock-out known as the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies-American Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show and Convention. It’s an enormous mouthful, and an equally large occasion for the many gem and mineral societies that come from all over to attend. The 2017 CFMS-AFMS Show — playfully...

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The hottest celebration on the lake

Ojai Wine Festival Lake Casitas Recreation Area Wadleigh Arm Event Area 11093 Santa Ana Road, Ventura Sunday, June 11, noon-4 p.m. 648-4881 or With over 60 wineries and some of the area’s best restaurants dishing up gourmet fare, the Ojai Wine Festival is the place to be for foodies and wine connoisseurs. Beautiful Lake Casitas is the setting for the annual celebration put on by the Rotary of Ojai West, and this year is expected to be bigger, and better, than ever. “The VIP lounge is much larger now,” says Angela May, the festival’s executive director. “It seats...

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  1. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm

    May 26 @ 8:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Shakespeare: A Celebration

    June 9 - September 28
  4. Northwest Boychoir Concert

    June 21 @ 7:00 pm - July 11 @ 9:30 pm
  5. Ricky Burrus Veteran’s Memorial Ride

    June 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm