Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

ROUTE 91 VICTIM BENEFIT CONCERT | Rock City Studios, local music community come together for fundraiser show

On Friday, Oct. 20, Camarillo-based Rock City Studios (RCS) will host a special benefit concert for two local victims injured in the shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. Dirty Rice, No Advisory and Once a Wolf are scheduled to perform, and a variety of items — including music lessons, autographed clothing, gift cards, merchandise provided by Trent Reznor and Linkin Park and much more — will be auctioned off. All proceeds will benefit Christina Kitcat of Calabasas and Savannah Sanchez of Oxnard. “Seeing the events that took place in Las...

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EARTHSHATTERING | A local’s story of many earthquakes and the shifting Americas

Planet Earth is constantly moving, spinning, spitting, twisting, spewing, smoking and more. Mother Earth has a mind of her own, and what with all the hurricanes, floods and earthquakes of late, she doesn’t seem to have a problem expressing her wrath and fury. Here, in California, we live in the land of earthquakes or terremotos, as they are called in Central and South America. The wrath of Mother Earth’s fury confronts with your own mortality. Six degrees of separation Most recently, a 7.3 temblor with an epicenter south of Mexico City put the kibosh on a south-of-the-border trip. Although...

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NIGHT MOVES | The best Medicine

Local favorite Medicine Hat gave a performance on Saturday night at VinTura Tasting Room in Downtown Ventura. The dynamic duo of Robert Ramirez and Michelle Votrian presented an all-acoustic show, letting Votrian’s resonant vocals and rich harmonies with Ramirez shine through. A mix of covers (including a touching tribute to Tom Petty and an earthy rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman”) and original material from the Whiskey and Waves album and a soon-to-be-released EP hit all the right notes for a post-ArtWalk wind-down. Medicine Hat’s blend of rock, roots and country proved to be a solid prescription for...

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VC STANDARD TIME | Local institutions take inspiration from the Getty Museum to celebrate Latinx art in Ventura County

Last year, the Getty Museum kicked off a bold initiative intended to highlight the work of Latin American artists in Southern California. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an ambitious project “exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles,” as the website states. The collaborative effort involves dozens of galleries and museums across the Southland, but didn’t stop at the Los Angeles County border. The culmination of this work is the mass of exhibitions opening up on Sept. 15 — the traditional start of Hispanic Heritage Month — from San Diego to Santa Barbara, examining any and...

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MARIBEL HERNANDEZ | ArtWalk Ventura 2017 Artist of Distinction

Birds figure largely in the work of Maribel Hernandez. The Ventura artist used to watch flocks of them swooping and swaying through the sky as one, and was mesmerized by their grace and fluidity. “When I was a little girl . . . every afternoon I went to see the birds,” she recalls. “The waves, the thousands and thousands. I referred to them as un océano de pájaros — literally an ocean of birds.” She has created a flock of her own, currently nesting in her studio at Bell Arts Factory. These ceramic birds will form part of a...

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  1. Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

    September 8 @ 12:30 pm - December 8 @ 1:30 pm
  2. Rubicon Theatre Company’s Fall Acting Classes

    September 25 @ 4:00 pm - November 11 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Vulnerability inVisibility

    October 5 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 8:00 pm
  4. World War I and America

    October 11 @ 8:00 pm - November 14 @ 10:00 pm
  5. Theatre Arts Student Black Box

    October 19 @ 8:00 pm - October 22 @ 10:00 pm