Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

ARTS BRIEFS | Moves, renovations, auditions and other news in Ventura County art and culture

On the MoveThe Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard is preparing to move into a brand new space, two miles down the road from its current location on Statham Blvd. The move will take place at the end of August, with the new location and re-opening date to be announced soon. In the meantime, the museum is trying to lighten its load, and will be holding a garage sale Aug. 17-18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. The museum’s new home is smaller, and thus will no longer be able to accommodate the large, elaborate model train display owned and operated...

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Mixed heritage leads to delicious cuisine

  Mestiza Kitchen2855 Johnson Drive,$3-15 Savory noodles, crispy spring rolls, grilled meats, inventive burgers, even baked goods . . . all freshly prepared and given a distinctly Filipino twist. That’s what you’ll find at the aptly named Mestiza Kitchen in Ventura, and it’s been a hit for the fast-casual eatery. Malaking Combo: Lumpia on top of imperial noodles with chicken skewers and chicken adobo sliders. Pastry shelf at Mestiza. Inside Mestiza Wing Plate, which featured chicken wings in a sticky glaze made from soy, vinegar, ginger and garlic, was a big hit. Fresh and delicious cantaloupe juice. Ube,...

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NIGHT MOVES | Highlights from the 25th Annual Ventura Music Festival

For 25 years, the Ventura Music Festival has presented a stellar collection of concerts for the enjoyment of music lovers throughout the county. This year was no exception. In 2019, VMF offered up an impressive lineup of singers and musicians across several genres, from classical guitar to jazz piano to Latin fusion to the uniquely Southern musical style known as Gullah. Here are a few highlights from VMF’s sparkling silver anniversary. The Summit at the 2019 Ventura Music Festival. Photo by Linda Peterson Rastrelli Quartet at the 2019 Ventura Music Festival. Photo by Derek Gulden Ranky Tanky at the...

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Southern exposure

Ventura BBQ Co.2810 Harbor Blvd., #B-11,$5-24 Barbecue is beloved by Americans across the nation, in all its myriad forms and traditions. But at its heart, it is a Southern specialty. Ventura BBQ Co. — headquartered in Oxnard but with food trucks across the county — has made a mission out of bringing this delectable culinary artform from the Deep South to Southern California, and Ventura County is all the richer for it. Pulled pork sandwich — tender, smoky, rich hunks of meat, cooked “low and slow” for over 12 hours, served on a nice, soft brioche bun with...

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MUSIC NOTES: Anniversary, the taste of Nardcore and venue change

Congratulations to…Jodi Farrell, who has been operating her music studio in Midtown Ventura for 25 years this summer. The talented chanteuse and guitarist has helped numerous local musicians find their voice, learn a thing about keys and strings and expand their musicianship. Her clientele includes local luminaries Sharon Hendrix, Karyn 805, Francesca Garofoli (of Right Amount of Wrong) Guy Martin, Alastair Greene and Tommy Marsh. And with more than two decades in the business, Farrell’s had the opportunity to help a new generation — including children of former students. Farrell still performs as well, and can be found gigging...

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