Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

PASSING THE PALETTE | Mentors foster Ojai’s next generation of artists

Calling all young artists! The Arts/Ojai Artists Mentor Program is accepting applications for its 2017 internships, and it’s an opportunity not to be missed. The program pairs established, working artists with high school students for one-on-one interaction throughout the summer months, culminating in a student exhibition at the conclusion of the internship. “We intended this program as a way of furthering the impact of the arts in Ojai and particularly to connect with the youth in Ojai,” explains Michael Addison, Ojai arts commissioner. Funded by the city of Ojai and the Ojai Education Foundation, the program is open to...

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MUSIC NOTES | Bands and songwriters wanted for local competitions

Soundtrack to Social Activism Attention, activist songwriters! The Rubicon Theatre Company and nonprofit creative production group Music2Life are holding a call for entries for the Music for Changing Times National Songwriting Competition. Open to new and emerging artists in all genres, the competition seeks original work that showcases musicianship, lyrical elegance and clarity of theme and storytelling, with a special award given to the best song for and about social change. Cash prizes (from $1,000 to $5,000) and the opportunity to perform will be awarded to winning entries. “Hopefully it will be a way of encouraging young people to...

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READY, SET, PAINT! | Oxnard native attempts to break a Guinness world record

If an artist applies paint to canvas, but there’s nobody around to see it, did it happen? Not according to Guinness World Records. Antonio Acosta set out to break the Guinness world record for longest painting marathon on Friday, March 17 — and according to him, he accomplished his goal. But the 40-year-old Oxnard artist met with a few snags during his 72-hour painting extravaganza. A power outage resulted in the cameras used to document his work going offline for 38 minutes, and the witness called in to corroborate those unrecorded minutes never showed. “For 38 minutes I could...

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NIGHT MOVES | Live at Discovery

Allman Brothers tribute band Live at the Fillmore jammed in Ventura on Friday night, bringing the southern rock of Gregg and Duane Allman and the rest of the original lineup to Discovery. Highlights of the show included “Ramblin’ Man,” the melodic “Melissa” and, of course, a full-bore extended version of “Whipping Post” — proving once again that the classics are classic for a...

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¡Ay Chihuahua! | Mariachi musical brings family history and the immigrant experience to Oxnard College

The influence of Lin-Manuel Miranda seems to know no bounds. The New York actor, composer and writer, toast of both Broadway and Hollywood, winner of an Emmy, Tony and even a Pulitzer, has no doubt influenced millions of fans and theater-lovers across the globe. One of those is local film and digital media producer Miguel Orozco. “Seven years ago I went to a play by Lin-Manuel Miranda — In the Heights,” Orozco recalls. “I didn’t have a lot of experience with theater growing up. But it really hit me. I stored that experience away.” Orozco is the founder of...

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