Don’t look now, but the ultimate battle for good and evil has just taken place in Ojai. The good news is, we’re still here. Keep your fingers crossed. This according to Ojai filmmaker Ryan A. Nichols, whose short feature film Loved Ones was recently completed and will soon be making the rounds at film festivals across the U.S. Nichols, a Camarillo native, graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in commercial and narrative film studies from the former Brooks Film Institute. After receiving his degree, he moved to Boston and did editing for automotive and other types of commercials. In...Read More
Author: Tim Pompey
When you think of a world-class orchestra, you think big sound, classical music. But add a tiny word, a phrase like “pops,” and anything becomes possible. At least that’s the goal of Ojai Pops Orchestra director Stan Weiss. Weiss. Anybody from the 1960s and onward recognize that name? That’s right. Scott is the son of Larry Weiss, longtime music director at Ventura High School. Weiss’ father would be proud of his son’s musical accomplishments. He has played trumpet for many orchestras and jazz bands. He also grew up playing with Phil Salazar, world-class fiddler and Frank Salazar’s son. Frank,...Read More
Die Laughing Directed by: Bob Golub Starring: Bob Golub, Mike Ivy, Sarah Rosenberg, Randy Lubas 1 hr. 19 min. Meet Bob Golub. Meet Bob Golub. No, this is not a misprint. There are two Bob Golubs — one a comedian, known as the Polish Madman, and the other a film version of a standup comic and serial killer. Which one is the real Bob? In his new independent film Die Laughing, they’re actually the same man. Golub directs and writes this horror comedy, and also serves in the lead role. He even uses some of his standup comedy video...Read More
mother! Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language 2 hrs. 1 min. Yikes! That’s my one-word description for director Darren Aronofsky’s new allegorical film, mother! No, I didn’t misspell this. It’s his title, but the spelling, along with a cast of nameless characters, should give you a clue as to what we’re dealing with here; mother! is intended to send a message to Earthlings. The question is, what message? In all of Aronofsky’s films, there’s a level of ambiguity that allows...Read More
Stories. Wine. Dinner. On a cool September evening, the Townies Block Party, sponsored by Ojai’s Kim Maxwell Studio and the Townies Podcast, is returning for an encore. Launched by Maxwell in March, her block parties are the culmination of four years of hard work developing a Townies podcast that has been described by one reviewer as “Prairie Home Companion high on fermented Pixie tangerines.” Maxwell believes her podcast appeals to audiophiles who love a good story. “The inspiration for the block party is the same as the inspiration for the podcast itself,” she explained. “I feel a real need...Read More
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