Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

MUSIC MENTOR | Musician and teacher Jodi Farrell helps students find their voice

Jodi Farrell is known to local musicians and music lovers throughout the county. From her Midtown studio she has helped singers, guitarists and pianists find their talents and hone their crafts. As a performer — with her longtime collaborator, Jim Rankin; her current trio, TreCoustics; or the various bands she has joined off and on through more than 30 years of living in Ventura County — she has entertained crowds at many local venues, including the Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, Grapes and Hops and the Wine Rack. And as a teacher at Ventura College (from 2001 to 2012)...

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NIGHT MOVES | Good chemistry

While evening temperatures started to drop, the atmosphere was heating up at Ventura Harbor’s Copa Cubana last Friday night when Bay Area jazz trio Charged Particles performed at the Cuban-themed restaurant. Offering up a heady mix of Latin jazz, standards and its unique fusion sound, the band was tight, sophisticated and playful. Keyboardist Greg Sankovich (sitting in for Murray Low), bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Jon Krosnick showcased their camaraderie as much as their musicianship, gliding through their repertoire like the seasoned professionals they are and joyfully riffing on each other’s improvisations without missing a beat. Not sure if...

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

Camarillo Auditions for Camarillo Skyway Playhouse’s October production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, will take place Aug. 6-10. All roles are open. For more information, and to schedule an audition, contact Producer Michael J. McGraw at Ojai Ventura County mourns the loss of actor, director and Nordhoff High School teacher John C. Slade, who died in a car accident on July 7 on his way home from rehearsals for Julius Caesar, which he was directing for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. A scholarship fund in Slade’s name has been established at Nordhoff High School. For more information, visit...

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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH MUSIC | Ojai fundraiser Winds and Wines supports Flutes Across the World

Next weekend, Ojai’s Topa Mountain Winery will play host to a multicultural event that will please the ear as well as the palate. Winds and Wines takes place on Friday, Aug. 11, and it will feature some of the finest wind musicians in the world. “We have a phenomenal, international, star-studded lineup,” says world musician, composer and educator John Zeretzke. “Some of the most renowned flute players are coming up from Los Angeles.” Musicians slated to perform include Jacob Scesney (sax), Laura Walter (classical flute), Hasan Minawi (Arabic flutes), Martin Espino (flutes of Ancient Mexico), Persian flute master Houman...

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JUST DANCE! | Local cultural entertainers ramp up the sensory experience

Dinner and a movie is the standard date-night lineup, but those craving something a little less conventional might consider some of the entertainment options available at local restaurants. And we’re not talking live music (although that has its appeal, too). Believe it or not, you can experience a night in Rio, or Hawaii, or Santorini without leaving the county limits, thanks to a handful of venues that offer an interactive cultural experience along with their cuisine. Here are a few options for a fun and festive night on the town with an international flavor. Samba Night Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine...

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  1. Shakespeare: A Celebration

    June 9 - September 28
  2. Channel Islands Harbor Fine Art Festival

    August 19 - August 20
  3. Studio Channel Islands hosts KidSTREAM-sponsored Solar Eclipse Event

    August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  4. Ojai Pops Orchestra Concert

    August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Experience the Eclipse 2017

    August 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm