Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

PUBLIC SPECTACLE | Shatteringly beautiful

The pop-up exhibition Social Fiction took place at Studio Channel Islands’ Blackboard Gallery last week, and featured “pieces of thought, verve and community” made by artists facing “adversity in a broken system,” whose multimedia works gave voice to the marginalized and challenged the oppressive status quo. The mesmerizing highlight was the installation “Nonbinary” by Los Angeles artist Kevin Hallagan, whose cloud of broken mirrors reflected images of masculinity and femininity throughout the gallery — a beautiful and provocative invitation to shatter societal...

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NIGHT MOVES | Stealing the spotlight

The Hubcap Stealers brought their “outlaw roots ’n’ roll” to MadeWest Brewing Company on Saturday, May 6. The Ventura-based father and son duo — Neal Sowers on guitar and Ian Sowers on drums — kept the crowd entertained with their original, gritty sound and Neal’s earthy vocals, which patrons washed down along with their porters, pales and IPAs. Local brews, homegrown tunes . . . it’s a match made in...

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Gunning for appetites at Winchester’s

Winchester’s Grill and Saloon 632 E. Main St., Ventura 653-7446  http://winchestersgrill.com $11-30 For 20 years Winchester’s Grill and Saloon in Downtown Ventura has managed to hold on while eateries around it (notably Chicago for Ribs, Fuji Sushi and the short-lived Ragsdale) have come and gone. That’s a feat worth celebrating, and judging from the crowds at the restaurant’s weekend-long anniversary festivities in late April, locals agree. While the live bands and cornhole tournament were a nice touch, however, not everyone was there for the music and games: Plenty of people were saddling up for some of Winchester’s food and...

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DANCING AROUND THE QUESTION | Aloft presents “Is It Art?” at the Museum of Ventura County

Contemporary dance company Aloft Dance Theatre is getting into the groove this spring with a special performance at the Museum of Ventura County. On Thursday, May 4, Aloft will present “Is It Art?” — an eclectic program of movement and drama that challenges as much as it entertains. “I have no interest in a typical dance concert,” says Pamela Pilkenton, dancer and founding director of NAMBA Performing Arts Space, the resident home of Aloft. There’s very little that’s typical about this performance. Choreographed by Devin Fulton (who, like Pilkenton, is a veteran of the Plexus Dance Theater) with a...

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PUBLIC SPECTACLE | Strawberry Surprise

Five-year-old Fatima Ponce was named the winner of the 34th Annual California Strawberry Festival Youth Art Design Contest last week, and the kindergartner celebrated with her classmates at Hathaway Elementary School in Oxnard. Festival organizers and Superintendent of Hueneme Schools Christine Walker surprised the students with a strawberry cupcake party and presented Ponce with a $100 gift certificate, a t-shirt featuring her design and tickets for the entire family to attend the May 20-21 festival. Ponce was chosen from among 951 entries, and her winning design will be prominently featured at the festival for all to...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Toastmasters Public Speaking “Speechcraft Workshop”

    February 6 @ 7:00 pm - May 22 @ 8:45 pm
  2. Scandinavian Festival

    April 1 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  4. “Higher Ground- the Paintings of Linda Harmon”

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  5. GARDEN OF INNOCENCE BY THE SEA | Memorial service for Baby Pamela Sarah

    May 13 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm