Author: Tim Pompey

THE BLUES EVANGELIST | Harmonica master Harpdog Brown coming to Ventura

If you think blues music is just about crying your heart out ’cause your love done done you wrong, then meet Canadian harmonica player Harpdog Brown, the blues master coming to the Hong Kong Inn on Friday, December 8. He’s coming to play music . . .  and more. “I feel like a missionary taking it to the people,” he stated, “because it is a healthy distraction, and I’ve realized that while I am being a healthy distraction for others, I’m even being a healthy distraction for myself.” From his viewpoint, whether you hear the blues or play the...

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MUSIC NOTES | Ventura Music Festival launches Community Music Pilot

All good seniors searching for entertainment, look no further than the Ventura Music Festival’s new outreach program, Community Music Pilot (CMP). Funded by the Elaine and Albert Borchard Foundation, the CMP provides free live concerts to seniors and other members of the community for whom access to music is limited. Launched in November, performances are being scheduled in senior facilities across the county. Cellist Virginia Kron opened with a concert at Gables of Ojai. Classical pianist Miriam Arichea and bluegrass artists Phil Salazar and Gene Rubin also performed concerts for San Buenaventura Housing Authority. Noted Ventura County jazz percussionist...

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COCO | Pixar crosses the border

Coco Directed by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gale García Bernal, Renée Victor Rated PG for thematic elements 1 hr. 49 min. Pixar’s Coco does something unique. Out of the studio’s 19 films, it’s the first to completely immerse a story in a Latino setting. Taking its cue from The Book of Life (2014), Coco travels south of the border and applies its wizardry to the color and passion of a small Mexican village called Saint Cecilia and its otherworldly counterpart, the land of the dead. Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) and his family are close-knit. From great-grandma to...

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WONDER | Heartwarming film occupies a happy space

Wonder Directed by: Stephen Chbosky Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts Rated PG for thematic elements, including bullying, and some mild language 1 hr. 53 min. It’s rare that I go see lighthearted movies. I’m more of a dark alley kind of guy. But Wonder occupies a different space, that area between cheer and sorrow where some very legitimate questions are asked: What’s the relationship between dreams and friendships? Who among us doesn’t have flaws that have to be overcome? And who accomplishes their goals in life simply by themselves? Wonder is not just about a young boy...

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LOVING VINCENT | Handcrafted film animates Van Gogh

Loving Vincent Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman Starring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking 1 hr. 34 min. I came across this film by accident. Maybe divine accident, if you believe in that sort of stuff. A film with 65,000 frames handcrafted by 125 classically trained artists. Could this type of animated feature be possible? I had to go see for myself. Polish and British artists Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have created a genuine Van Gogh mystery using his own style and paintings as a backdrop...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Convergencia/Convergence

    November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Biomythography: Currency Exchange

    November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

    December 6 @ 7:00 pm - December 23 @ 9:00 pm
  4. Island Packers Announces Cruises for 2017, Including Holidays

    December 8 @ 6:30 pm - December 23 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Tall Ship to Visit Channel Islands Harbor in December

    December 16 @ 10:00 am - December 19 @ 5:00 pm