March 28, 2015
“Tulips” by Jessie Arms Botke, oil on board, 12” x 16”
“Tulips” by Jessie Arms Botke, oil on board, 12” x 16”
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“Foothill Ranch” by Cornelis Botke, 1936, etching on paper, 7.5” x 9.5”
“Foothill Ranch” by Cornelis Botke, 1936, etching on paper, 7.5” x 9.5”
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“Lake Casitas” by Tony Jankowski, oil on board, 11” x 14”
“Lake Casitas” by Tony Jankowski, oil on board, 11” x 14”
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SANTA PAULA, CA – On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host its Fifth Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction with works by early twentieth century California artists like Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke and Douglas Shively highlighting the event. The silent auction begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the auction is $15.00 for members of the Museum and $20.00 for the general public.

Over 70 works of art, ranging from stunning oil and watercolor paintings to decorative glass, pottery, porcelain and prints, will be up for bid. Contemporary plein air works by renowned local artists like Karl Dempwolf, William Dorsey, Tony Jankowski, George Lockwood and Gail Pidduck will complement the more historic offerings. To see a complete catalog of all of the items available in the auction, please visit www.SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org/auction.html.

The annual Santa Paula Art Museum auction is a very special opportunity to add to one’s own art collection. Guests will also experience the thrill and fun of a live auction, announced this year by professional auctioneer Mr. John Eubanks of California Auctioneers. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center and its programs.

The event is graciously supported by sponsors Bank of the Sierra, Calavo Growers, Limoneira Company, Mupu Grill, Rotary Club of Santa Paula and Santa Paula Community Bank. The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact us by calling (805) 525-5554 or email info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 


 
Peace Love - David Baker Photographer
Peace Love - David Baker Photographer
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As the Crow Flies - Richard Shirley Photographer
As the Crow Flies - Richard Shirley Photographer
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Browsing At Barts - David Baker Photographer
Browsing At Barts - David Baker Photographer
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Quit Squawkin’ I’m Drivin’ - Richard Shirley Photographer
Quit Squawkin’ I’m Drivin’ - Richard Shirley Photographer
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Homage to Chumash - Richard Shirley Photographer
Homage to Chumash - Richard Shirley Photographer
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Kayla - David Baker Photographer
Kayla - David Baker Photographer
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Last Flight Home - Richard Shirley Photographer
Last Flight Home - Richard Shirley Photographer
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Mattie - David Baker Photographer
Mattie - David Baker Photographer
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No Hunting Wabbits - Richard Shirley Photographer
No Hunting Wabbits - Richard Shirley Photographer
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“Here And Gone” photography exhibit opens at Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA, on March 30, 2015 with a run through May 1.The public is invited to the opening reception on April 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”Anon– Irish Headstone

This exhibit celebrates a friendship between two artists, so strong that the death of one does not diminish but strengthens their bond. David Baker and Richard Shirley met in November of 2013 at the Ojai Photo Club, and they immediately connected with their mutual passion for photography. Throughout the next year, whenever you saw one, the other was sure to be nearby. Although their photographic interests and genres were very different, each was an advisor, critic and faithful follower of the other’s work for the brief time they had together.

In Baker’s words, “Richard asked me to exhibit with him at the Ojai Community Bank. He was so excited he would be able to share his collage images, which he called “eclectographs,” with the public. Shortly after that he started to have problems with his heart. When he was hospitalized he told me to go ahead without him and do the exhibit by myself. I told him that he would be fine and we would continue with our plans to exhibit together. Within a few days my good friend was GONE and I was HERE.

“The loss was so disabling for me, but when a good mutual friend, Brian Berman, suggested that I go ahead with the exhibit as if he was still here, I thought, ‘Why not?’ This exhibit has given me the strength to pass through the grief and into acceptance of his passing with increased love for my good friend. I am HERE and he is GONE, but only physically. He is here in my heart and that will never change. Enjoy his work, his passion, and his wonderful ability to show us who Richard Shirley is. His spirit will be at the exhibit every day.”

Richard Shirley (1947 – 2015) was a master of photographic collage. His stunning imagery is reflected in his personal artist statement, “I believe my art mirrors the spirit of my being. I assemble ancient imagery, transcending time - stained walls, archival deeds, torn stamps, ruffled feathers, canyon rocks, painted objects and surfaces - all creations in my own visual space, colors and brush strokes.”

Shirley was educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in graphic design and a minor in sculpture. Before retiring to Ojai, he was a professional director and producer with his own film production company, Richard Shirley, Inc., and produced over 500 national commercials; including the well-known 9 Lives “Morris the Cat" campaign. He was a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Canton Art Institute, the Ojai Art Center and an active member of the Ojai Photo Club. More information and images are available for viewing at: richardshirley.com

David Baker is internationally known for his creative website and graphic designs. He is best known in the United States as the designer of websites for the 1995 Academy Awards, Super Bowl XXX, Microsoft Windows NT site, and the California State Legislature.

He was founder and President of Real Time Computer Science, the first firm to install Intel’s iRMX Multitasking opening system on the IBM Personal Computer. Later, he founded Beverly Hills Software, an internationally known website design firm. He has served as Director of Development for Symantec/Peter Norton and as Computer Architecture Specialist at Intel Corporation.

Now semi retired, Baker enjoys doing photography his way. He was recently selected as new chair of the Photography Branch at the Ojai Art Center and web architect/designer for the center’s Theater Branch. He is an Ojai Film Festival Board Member and member of the Ojai Photography Club. Visit his website for images and extended information: ojaiimages.com

 


 

The Ventura County Concert Band (VCCB) presents "Young at Heart", a free concert, brimming with beautiful pieces selected to delight music lovers of all ages. You will hear a wide variety, from timeless treasures such as Frank Sinatra, a whimsical musical ballet written for band, favorite fun marches, rousing ragtime, and even newer pieces, such as fanciful fairy-tale music from "Into the Woods". VCCB concerts are entertaining, interactive, and enriching for the whole family. Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3:00pm at the Ventura High School Auditorium located at 2 N. Catalina, Ventura. Doors open at 2:30pm. FREE. For more information, contact call (805) 289-7925.

http://www.facebook.com/VenturaCountyConcertBand

 


 

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands' (CI) Performing Arts program sets this classic Shakespearian love triangle in the swinging seventies, keeping Shakespeare's language but adding a modern twist or two.

The production is staged by CI faculty and students, including direction by Catherine Scott Burriss, musical direction by Craig Bickel, choreography by Heather Castillo, and performances by CI students from several majors.

Seven performances will be held in Malibu Hall 140 at the CI campus. Evening performances will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28, and Wednesday through Friday, April 1-3. One matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Full of disguise, mistaken identity, love, folly, and music, Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" finds a shipwrecked Viola in a strange new land, Illyria. Presuming her brother to be lost at sea, Viola seeks safety in disguise as "Cesario," a male alter ego that she assumes when she takes a job as servant to Duke Orsino, ruler of Illyria. Viola, as "Cesario," is ordered by the love-sick Duke to deliver his messages of love to the uninterested Olivia. The messages of love work, but not in the Duke's favor; Olivia falls in love with the messenger, "Cesario,"—really Viola—who in turn has secretly fallen in love with the duke. To add to the hilarity of mistaken identities, Viola's identical twin brother, Sebastian, arrives in Illyria and becomes mistaken for Cesario, before everything is finally resolved into a happy ending for (almost) everyone.

Tickets are free for CI students, $5 for all other students, $10 for CI faculty and staff, and $15 for the public. To purchase tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or visit http://performingarts.csuci.edu/events.html. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash. Seating is limited, so advance purchase or reservations are recommended.

Limited complimentary parking is available on campus in designated spaces only. Upon arriving at the campus, please follow event parking signs. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email accomodations@csuci.edu as soon as possible, but no later than 10 business days before the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

For additional information, contact Edward Padilla, at 805-437-3517 or edward.padilla@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world's largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 


 

The Ventura County Potters' Guild welcomes Ojai ceramic artists and residents Sandra Torres and Christopher Bates.

Originally trained as an architect Sandra Torres progressivel transferred her creative outlet to clay work. Her journey spans from an experimental studio in Mexico City to workshops in Southern California and extensive traveling in China and Mexico. She had a apprenticeship in Belgium and and artist residency at ICSHU in Hungary. Her work explores the effect of small but significant variations of shape, size and patterns. Sandra will focus on her journey from hand building/throwing to slip casting.

Christopher Bates has been an Associate Professor in the Art Department of Santa Barbara City College since 1997. He has a Master of Fine Arts, Ceramic Art, from New York State College of Ceramics, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, CA. He is Chairman of the Atkinson Gallery Sub-Committee. He teaches beginning to advanced ceramics.

He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Including California, Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota and Ohio. His teaching experience includes the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Tulane University, New Orleans, Columbus College of Art Design, Ohio State University, Columbus and California State University, Long Beach. Christopher will be speaking about his work trajectory.

A power point presentation will be presented.

The public is welcome to attend.

WHAT: Ventura County Potters' Guild presents: Ceramists Sandra Torres and Christopher Bates
WHERE: The Ventura Avenue Adult Center
550 N Ventura Avenue
Ventura, 805 648-3035
WHEN: Monday, March 23, 2015
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 7:45 pm

 
“Foothill Ranch” by Cornelis Botke, 1936, etching on paper, 7.5” x 9.5”.
“Foothill Ranch” by Cornelis Botke, 1936, etching on paper, 7.5” x 9.5”.
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March 28, 2015
“Lake Casitas” by Tony Jankowski, oil on board, 11” x 14”.
“Lake Casitas” by Tony Jankowski, oil on board, 11” x 14”.
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“Tulips” by Jessie Arms Botke, oil on board, 12” x 16”.
“Tulips” by Jessie Arms Botke, oil on board, 12” x 16”.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host its Fifth Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction with works by early twentieth century California artists like Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke and Douglas Shively highlighting the event. The silent auction begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the live auction at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the auction is $15.00 for members of the Museum and $20.00 for the general public.

Over 70 works of art, ranging from stunning oil and watercolor paintings to decorative glass, pottery, porcelain and prints, will be up for bid. Contemporary plein air works by renowned local artists like Karl Dempwolf, William Dorsey, Tony Jankowski, George Lockwood and Gail Pidduck will complement the more historic offerings. To see a complete catalog of all of the items available in the auction, please visit www.SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org/auction.html.

The annual Santa Paula Art Museum auction is a very special opportunity to add to one’s own art collection. Guests will also experience the thrill and fun of a live auction, announced this year by professional auctioneer Mr. John Eubanks of California Auctioneers. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center and its programs.

The event is graciously supported by sponsors Bank of the Sierra, Calavo Growers, Limoneira Company, Mupu Grill, Rotary Club of Santa Paula and Santa Paula Community Bank. The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. Contact us by calling (805) 525-5554 or email info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

Now showing through Wednesday Apr. 8th.
BLANCHARD COMMUNITY LIBRARY
119 No. 8th St.
Open hours - Mon. Tues. & Thurs. 12-8 p.m.
Wed. 10-6 p.m. Sat. 10-2
Awards Reception at the library from 3 to 7 p.m.
Saturday March 21st.
Questions call 525-1104 or 298-4609

 
Cambodia. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Cambodia. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Vietnam. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Vietnam. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Vietnam. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Vietnam. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Vietnam. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Vietnam. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Old Woman. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Old Woman. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Monk, Cambodia. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Monk, Cambodia. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Buddhist Boy, Cambodia. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
Buddhist Boy, Cambodia. By Photographer Maureen Clark.
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Join us for “Capturing Our World: Travel Portraits” with Ojai photographer Maureen Clark at the Tuesday, March 17 meeting of the Ojai Photo Club. The presentation begins at 7:00 pmat Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana St., Ojai, CA.

Clark will present images from a recent trip to South East Asia and will share information about capturing travel portraits, to include: Utilizing available light, choosing backgroundsand environments, engaging subjects for the image, finding stories related to the image, awareness of cultural sensitivity, suggestions for photographic gear and more. After the presentation she will review member submissions.

Clark’s career in photography began early in high school years when an instructor recognized her uniquephotographic sense of composition and style and encouraged her to pursue this talent. She is a multi-faceted and multi-genre photographer with an ongoing high interest in travel related photography.Her images are in private homes and have been exhibited in art galleries and used in various magazine publications. Clark images adorn the sets of several contemporary television shows and have been used by stock photo agencies. Full biographical information and her portfolio can be found on her website: http://www.maureenclarkphotography.com

In Clark’s own words, “I love photographs . . . I love that little window into someone’s world. I love to take that journey, to go back in time, relive that moment, travel to a place I’ve never been, and to witness a moment that is now a memory. As a photographer, I get to preserve that moment and communicate the love and appreciation for the beauty around me through my photographs, and to me, that’s one of the greatest pleasures in life. It’s my passion and an honor.”

Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are welcome to attend.

The club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for critique. More information on the club is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 3/8/15 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. The public is invited to play, listen and dance to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Free admission and parking, refreshments available. calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.

 
Performer to give presentation at Cal Lutheran
Raoul Wallenberg
Raoul Wallenberg

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A Swedish diplomat who saved about 100,000 Jews during the Holocaust will be the subject of a Scandinavian Lecture Series presentation at California Lutheran University on Sunday, March 22.

Writer and performer Corinne Copnick of Los Angeles will present “Forever Remembering Raoul Wallenberg: Moral Courage in a Time of Darkness” at 2 p.m. in Lundring Events Center.

Wallenberg has been honored all over the world but remains a mystery. Memorials, including a Los Angeles statue rededicated in 2013, testify to his heroism. Public spaces and societies have been named in his honor. Countries that have made him an honorary citizen include the United States, where he was posthumously awarded a Congressional Medal in 2012. In Israel, he is numbered as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Still, the motivation for his heroic actions and the details of his demise are not fully known. He disappeared in 1945 after being arrested by Soviet authorities and was reported to have died two years later in prison at the age of 34. Copnick will tell Wallenberg’s story and delve into such mysteries as whether he was a CIA agent.

Copnick, the presenter, has had a career in the arts that has spanned radio, television, film and stage. She plans to adapt these talents to her new role as a rabbi after she is ordained in May.

She received the Canadian Commemorative Medal in 1992 in recognition of her substantial contribution to Canada, and the Montreal Section of the National Council of Jewish Women honored her in 1998 as a woman of distinction. Her most recent book, ”Cryo Kid: Drawing a New Map,” was a finalist in the 2009 national Indie Awards of Excellence. Her play “In the Quiet of a Saturday Night” was presented for national Canada Book Week in Toronto.

Copnick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and specialized in developmental drama during her graduate studies. A recipient of various grants and awards, the Montreal native served as resident writer at the Leighton Artists’ Colony at the Banff Centre. She coordinated a Toronto exhibition of Jewish art treasures from Yugoslavia in collaboration with the Central Museum of Zagreb and the Jewish Museum of Belgrade.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and the Cal Lutheran History Department are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Howard Rockstad at 805-497-3717.

 

Monday, March 9th, 7 p.m.
In the GalleryRoom

Poets and actors are gathering to read their favorite limericks. You are invited to step out and laugh to your heart’s content.

Refreshments provided.

 
Aaron Perrine’s music will be played at Cal Lutheran
Aaron Perrine
Aaron Perrine

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The 13th annual New Music Concert, featuring composer Aaron Perrine, will be presented at California Lutheran University on Saturday, March 21.

The award-winning composer will be present as the University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael Hart, will perform his music at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel.

The program will include “Pale Blue on Deep,” winner of the prestigious 2013 American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award, “Inner Sanctum,” “April,” and “Only Light.” Alto sax player Nicole Hovland and pianist Eric Kinsley, a Cal Lutheran faculty member, will perform “Flow.”

A rising star among composers, Perrine has had his works performed throughout the United States. They were featured at the 80th Annual American Bandmasters Convention, the 2012 World Saxophone Congress, the 2014 North Central College Band Directors National Association Conference and the 2014 Midwest Clinic in Chicago Illinois. Most recently, the 2015 California All-State Wind Ensemble performed his music. One of his compositions, “April,” was a finalist in the first Frank Ticheli Composition Contest, a JW Pepper Editors’ Choice and a featured composition in “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 7.”

Perrine is an assistant professor of music at Cornell College in Iowa. He teaches theory, composition and music education.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in trombone performance and music education with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2002. While an undergraduate, he received the Edna Murphy Morrison Award, Daisy Hansen Award, Chancellor’s Award and multiple awards in composition from the Minnesota Educators Association. He holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in composition from the University of Iowa.

Donations will be accepted.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.

 
‘Rules of Engagement’ star to speak at Cal Lutheran
Patrick Warburton
Patrick Warburton

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Actor Patrick Warburton of Santa Rosa Valley will discuss his career during the next session in California Lutheran University’s “Conversations With …” series.

The star of the long-running TV comedy “Rules of Engagement” will answer questions starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus. Actor, writer and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at Cal Lutheran, will moderate the informal one-hour discussion on the craft of acting. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

Many came to know Warburton as Jerry’s mechanic and Elaine's on-again, off-again boyfriend David Puddy in “Seinfeld.” He appeared in the popular sitcom from 1995 until the series ended in 1998. In 2007, he brought his deadpan comedy skills to his starring role as Jeff Bingham in “Rules of Engagement” on CBS. The series ended in 2013.

Warburton has lent his distinctive deep, monotone voice to many animated shows including "Family Guy," "The Venture Bros.," “Hercules,” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.” He voiced a sorceress’ thuggish assistant in the 2000 film “The Emperor’s New Groove.” Other animated movies featuring his voice include “Home on the Range,” “Chicken Little,” “The Wild” and “Bee Movie.”

Born in New Jersey, Warburton moved to Huntington Beach when he was 3 and grew up there with his three sisters. His mother, Barbara Lord, is an actress, and his father, John Warburton, is an orthopedic surgeon. Warburton, a former Bugle Boy model, briefly attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa before leaving to pursue an acting career.

He landed guest spots on shows such as “Murphy Brown,” “Designing Women” and “Quantum Leap” and a recurring role on the short-lived Dave Barry sitcom “Dave’s World” before appearing on “Seinfeld.” After “Seinfeld,” Warburton went on to play a recurring role on News Radio. From 2001 to 2002, he starred as a superhero on the short-lived Fox live-action show "The Tick."He also appeared in the movies “Men in Black 2” in 2002 and “Ted” in 2012.

Warburton has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1991. They have four children.

The free “Conversations With …” talks provide theater arts students and other aspiring actors with advice from professionals. They take the approach laid out in Flanagan’s book, “One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide,” which explains how to make it in the business of acting while staying sane and focused.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located at 135 Chapel Lane. For more information, call 805-493-3415 or email info@westlakeactingstudio.com.

 
Writer chronicled his coming-of-age in 2014 book
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An award-winning poet, editor and educator will appear at California Lutheran University as part of the free Guest Writer Series on Wednesday, March 18.

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum will share and discuss his poetry at 4 p.m. in William Rolland Gallery. A reception will follow the presentation.

McFadyen-Ketchum’s first book of poems, “Ghost Gear,” was released in 2014 and was a finalist for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. “Ghost Gear” chronicles the poet’s coming-of-age in a working-class neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee. The poems of an urban life are joined by verses inspired by tales told by his father, who took his children to explore the natural world surrounding the city and regaled them with stories of his own childhood.

The writer’s edited anthology, “Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days,” was released in 2012. McFadyen-Ketchum is series editor of the “Floodgate Poetry Series: Three Chapbooks by Three Poets in a Single Volume,” editor of “Warning! Poems May be Longer Than They Appear: An Anthology of LongISH Poems” and “Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days.” He is founder and managing editor of PoemoftheWeek.org.

McFadyen-Ketchum is acquisitions editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books and contributing editor for The Southern Indiana Review. He is also a freelance editor, writing coach and instructor of creative writing and English at the University of Colorado Boulder.

His poems, reviews, interviews and podcasts have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle,
The Southern Poetry Anthology, Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Blackbird, InsideHigherEd.com, Hayden’s Ferry Review and other journals.

McFadyen-Ketchum received an honors degree in English from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in creative writing/poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He founded The Little Grassy Literary Festival, which brings contemporary writers to SIUC each spring. In 2009, he received the university’s Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award from the English and Writing Studies departments.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contact Jacqueline Lyons at 805-493-3825 or jlyons@callutheran.edu.

 

Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015— Her hands may be calloused, her face lined, but something divine dwells inside every woman, according to internationally renowned artist Isabel Martinez.

An upcoming exhibit in the Napa Gallery at CSU Channel Islands (CI) called "Isabel Martinez: Un diálogo en arte y cultura" celebrates everyday women in Mexico by painting them as manifestations of divine beings.

"Everybody has gods and goddesses inside," Martinez said.

Martinez integrates cultural and historical elements from her native Mexico in her work such as painting "mestiza" (mixed race) women as manifestations of the Virgin of Guadalupe; the Aztec fertility goddess "Coatlicue;" and as a female sage or folk healer called a "curandera."

Martinez also uses the shape of the cross in her work "not as a religious icon," she said, "but as a universal symbol that represents human beings and spirituality."

Martinez is a graduate from La Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, in Mexico City as well as California State University, Los Angeles.

Running on the "Grad Wall" concurrently with Martinez's exhibit is CI art major Erik Larson's show "School Lunches With Protein."

Larson, 22, a native of Orange County, uses images that may disturb some people in his mixed-media pieces, such as dictators or Confederate flags.

"My end goal is to make people think about how art can make a difference, and how even if it's the darkest of topics, it is still something amazing to look at," Larson said. "It is not impossible to take something tragic and turn it into something that will make people feel happy."

The exhibits will run from March 5 through March 29 with an opening reception Thurs., March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Napa Art Gallery at CSU Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo.

For additional information, call 805-437-2772 or click on: http://art.csuci.edu/gallery.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world's largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 
California Lutheran University Symphony
California Lutheran University Symphony
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Eclectic concert program will be presented March 13

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Symphony will present its final concert of the 2014-2015 year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in Samuelson Chapel.

The University Symphony will present an eclectic concert with a complete performance of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished,” a project that spanned the academic year.

Also on the program will be Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question” for winds and strings,and a concert arrangement by Jerry Brubaker of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s suite from the 1940 Academy Award–nominated film “The Sea Hawk.”

Veteran faculty member Daniel Geeting will direct.

One of the first ensembles established at the founding of Cal Lutheran, the University Symphony is an ensemble of about 50 members that performs several times each year and has a diverse repertory ranging from the latest in contemporary composition to standards of the symphonic repertory. While the symphony is an integral part of the program for music majors and minors, it is open to all Cal Lutheran students and also includes community members.

Donations will be accepted.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.

 
Ulrich Mühe as Capt. Gerd Wiesler
Ulrich Mühe as Capt. Gerd Wiesler
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Screening part of Cal Lutheran international series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s International Film Series will continue with a free screening of the Oscar-winning German film “The Lives of Others” on Thursday, March 12.

The 2006 film written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck will be shown with subtitles at 7 p.m. in Richter Hall on the Thousand Oaks campus.

A political thriller and human drama, “The Lives of Others” begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall, and continues to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. The film traces the gradual disillusionment of Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a highly skilled officer with the official state security service known as Stasi. The ruthless system of control and surveillance relied on a vast network of informers that at one time numbered 200,000 out of a population of 17 million. Their goal is to know everything about “the lives of others.” Wiesler’s mission is to spy on the celebrated writer Georg Dreyman and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland.

“The Lives of Others,” which marked von Donnersmarck’s feature film debut, won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after winning seven Deutscher Filmpreis awards.

Released 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the East German socialist state, it was the first noticeable drama film about the subject after a series of comedies such as “Goodbye, Lenin!” and “Sonnenallee.” The film’s authenticity was considered notable, given that the director grew up outside of East Germany and was only 16 when the Berlin Wall fell.

Richter Hall is in the Ahmanson Science Center, which is located south of Memorial Parkway and east of Pioneer Avenue.

The film festival, sponsored by the Department of Languages and Cultures with support from Pearson Library, will continue with the French film “Mood Indigo” on April 15.

For more information, contact Walter Stewart at 805-493-3436 or stewart@callutheran.edu.

 
Michael Franzese will share his story at Cal Lutheran
Michael Franzese
Michael Franzese

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A former New York mob boss will share his story of transformation at California Lutheran University on Thursday, March 12.

Michael Franzese will present “Former Mob Boss and Prison Inmate Turns to Faith” at 7 p.m. in Lundring Events Center on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. He became a crew captain, and his scheme to avoid taxes on wholesale gasoline sales netted him and the organization $3 million a week or more in the early 1980s. In 1986, Fortune magazine listed Franzese as 18th on its list of “The Fifty Biggest Mafia Bosses.”

Indicted in 1985, Franzese spent three years in federal prison in the late 1980s for racketeering and tax conspiracy. While in prison, he began reading the Bible and decided to leave the Mafia. After moving to Los Angeles County, he was arrested for tax fraud and did another stint in prison for the parole violation from 1991 to 1994.

Franzese’s first book, “Quitting the Mob,” was written with Dary Matera and published in 1993. He updated and expanded the story of his life and how he changed paths after falling in love and becoming a Christian in his 2003 autobiography “Blood Covenant.” He also wrote “I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse: Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss” and “The Good, the Bad and the Forgiven,” which were both published in 2009. Copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event.

He now travels around the country speaking to at-risk youths, athletes and business executives about his story and encouraging them to make positive changes in their lives. Franzese has appeared widely in the media, including Life magazine, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, GQ, the “Today” Show, Fox News, Fortune magazine, “48 Hours” and “NBC Nightly News.”

In October, Franzese released the autobiographical film “God the Father,” whose title is a play on that of the classic film “The Godfather.” The film uses animation, reenactments and news clips to illustrate Franzese’s ascent to the top of the mob ranks, his fall and his religious conversion.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Criminal Justice, Office of Campus Ministry and Young Life College club are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Robert Meadows at 805-493-3484 or Helen Lim at 805-493-3550.

 
John Palmer covered top stories for 4 decades at NBC
John Palmer
John Palmer

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The daughter of late NBC correspondent and news anchor John Palmer will discuss her father’s memoir and her own career as a “Today” show producer at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at California Lutheran University.

The free public event featuring Molly Palmer will be held in Ullman Commons 100/101 on the Thousand Oaks campus. Jannette Jauregui, an adjunct member of the Communication Department faculty, will moderate the discussion. Newsreel highlights from both journalists’ careers will be shown.

Molly Palmer will discuss her father's memoir, “Newscatcher,” which was released posthumously in October. The book includes stories about Palmer growing up in Tennessee and the path that led to his four-decade career in TV news. He died at the age of 77 in 2013.

John Palmer worked for NBC from 1962 to 1990 and from 1994 until his retirement in 2002. He served as news anchor on “Today” from 1982 to 1989. He reported on some of history's most memorable moments including the early days of the civil rights movement, crime and politics in the streets of Chicago and New York City, turmoil in the Middle East, the Challenger disaster, the aftermath of 9/11 and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. As an NBC News White House correspondent, he covered presidential politics from the Jimmy Carter administration through George W. Bush’s first years in office. He broke the news of the Carter administration’s failed attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran and received the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage for his reporting on the story.

Molly Palmer is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has worked for the Los Angeles bureau of “Today” since 2006. She has covered a wide range of stories for “Today” including the 2015 Super Bowl, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the 2007 California wildfires that prompted the largest evacuation in state history. She helped produce Matt Lauer's exclusive interview with Jermaine Jackson at Neverland ranch days after Michael Jackson's death in 2009. She covered the 2011 shooting that severely wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others, and booked several eyewitnesses who contributed to the breaking news coverage on “Today” just hours after the tragic movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.She has produced a number of celebrity interviews for “Today” including Savannah Guthrie's recent visit with Idina Menzel ahead of her Super Bowl performance, a Maria Shriver interview with Rob Lowe, and Natalie Morales' 2014 interview with Barbra Streisand about heart disease. She also covers the Golden Globes, Oscars and Emmy awards each year.

Ullman Commons is located at 101 Memorial Parkway. For more information, contact Jauregui at jjauregui81@gmail.com.

 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet on Sunday 2/22/15 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. The public is invited to play, listen and dance to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Free admission and parking, refreshments available. calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.