The Ventura County Concert Band golden anniversary concert season concludes with Fab Flashbacks and Timeless Tunes, conducted by Ms. Julie Judd. The concert features a wide variety of entertaining and enriching music, fun for the whole family. Sunday, June 1st, 3:00 p.m., in the Ventura High School Auditorium located at 2 N. Catalina in Ventura. Free.

 

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WHAT: Ventura Potters' Guild presents: Victoria Littlejohn Mullins...Potters Wheel demonstration
WHERE: Ventura Senior Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
WHEN: Monday, May 19, 2014
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8pm
Contact: Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer
805-985-5038

The Ventura County Pottery Gallery is proud to present California potter Victoria Littlejohn Mullins at their members meeting Monday May 19th. She will share her throwing techniques and other secrets with members and the community.

"Vikki" studied ceramics at U.S.C. from 1958 till 1962 at which time she earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in ceramics and secondary teaching credentials. She was privileged to study pottery with Carlton Ball, Susan H Petersen, Peter Voulkos and Marguerite Wildenhain. From 1962 - 1964 she was a studio assistant for local artist Tom McMillin.

After teaching High School and ceramics for two years, Victoria decided to open her own business and in 1964 ‘Victoria Littlejohn Ceramics’ was launched. For the next 46 years she was a “pottery making machine” turning out literally thousands of pots including a production line of ceramic trivets which were sold nationwide in galleries and store internationally. Her production pottery studio was in Oregon. Littlejohn is still a well known name whose work is sought by collectors world wide.

In 2011 she was commissioned to design some pottery for the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts involving the use of terracotta clay. She says “It was a shocking experience because it was like starting pottery all over again.” After two years of this struggle she started to achieve some desirable results. Recently Littlejohn has created center pieces wired for light that were inspired from the thorny colorful cactus plant and flowers. She joined the VCPG in 2010.

Littlejohn now resides in Summerland.

Free. All are welcome!

 


 
Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Presentation by Brooks Institute instructor Greg Cooper on mobile media
Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Ojai Photo Club’s May meeting with a presentation on mobile media (i phones and the like). Jpgs are all phone photos by Greg Cooper (untitled).

Brooks Institute Visual Journalism instructor Greg Cooper returns to the Ojai Photography Club as our May presenter and guest judge. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, Tuesday May 20, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Cooper will present on aspects of Mobile Media (iPhone and other mobile phones) and critique member photographs. His presentation will focus on the basics of making professional-quality photographs and capture video/audio all with a smart phone and a minimal amount of additional equipment. This presentation is beneficial to those new to using a smart phone for photography all the way to those who already make great images but are looking to improve.

Cooper earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Ventura Community College in 1991 and a BA from Western Kentucky University in 1996, with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology. Cooper is a native of Ojai. During his time in junior college, he worked as a staff photographer for the Ojai Valley News.

After leaving Western Kentucky, Cooper returned to Southern California and joined the Ventura County Star, where he worked his way up to assistant photo editor. The Columbus Dispatch then lured him away to become its Sunday photo editor. Three years later, Cooper again returned to Ventura County. This time he pursued his Masters Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. While at Brooks he did his master’s thesis on the future of digital photography at newspapers: “Still Photography at Newspapers: Its Uncertain Future as a Medium.” He has been teaching at Brooks Institute in the Visual Journalism program as a full time faculty member since 2003.

Cooper recently added video and Web design to his areas of expertise. A graduate of the Platypus Workshop and Apple certified in Final Cut Pro, Cooper continues to tell stories in a variety of media, including the iPhone.

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 is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 


 

What: Ventura County Potters' Guild Annual Show and Dinner Plate Competition
When: June 14, 15, 2014
Saturday 10 - 6 pm
Sunday 9 - 5 pm
Where: Libbey Park, downtown Ojai

The Ventura County Potters’ Guild – Southern California’s oldest collective of ceramic artists is made up of professional and recreational potters and ceramists; instructors from local high schools and colleges; as well as people with a passion for ceramics. The VCPG began with ten Ventura area potters who came together in 1957 to form a potters’ guild in affiliation with the Arts and Crafts Association. They chose Ventura College ceramics instructor, William Winterbourne, to lead the group as “master potter” and pledged themselves to maintain high professional standards and to provide to the public examples of contemporary pottery through exhibits and local sales.

Historically the VCPG has held two pottery sales each year--one in the Fall/Holiday Season and one in the spring in conjunction with the Ojai Music Festival. This year’s spring sale on June 14 & 15 in Libbey Park, Ojai will be our 55th anniversary of celebrating harmony in fine music and fine ceramics.

In July 2010 the VCPG opened its first full-time gallery located in Ventura Harbor at 1567 Spinnaker Drive #105. The gallery is made up of more than twenty juried VCPG members who take turns working shifts and selling their wares.

Proceeds from pottery sold at guild events make possible demonstrations, workshops, a lending library of books and videos, scholarships to local ceramic students, as well as presentations by recognized artists and specialists in many different aspects of ceramics. Monthly meetings are held the 4th Monday evening of each month from September to May and feature guest speakers who present information or demonstrations in his or her field of expertise; anyone interested in pottery is welcome to attend.

Since its creation 57 years ago to promote the art and craft of ceramics in the community and to provide a forum for local potters to share their experiences and knowledge of clay, the VCPG has become a non-profit organization, promoting interest in pottery making and appreciation of the ceramic arts. The Guild has grown from the original 10 to more than 135 members and has expanded beyond Ventura to represent much of southern and central California. Some notable past members include: Daisy Hassall, Otto & Vivika Heino, Frank Noyes, Jessica Prescott and William Winterbourne.

 


 
"Spring Whimsy" Through May 31, 2014

The Ventura County Potters' Guild Gallery is proud to welcome Roe Estep as their newest addition to their Ventura Harbor gallery location and featured artist for the month of May. Estep was born on the east coast and spent most of her formative years there before moving to California in 1970.She has always pursued and actively practices the arts, whether it be music, poetry, or working with wood. For the past 9 years clay has been her driving passion. She finds nature the greatest inspiration for creating; it always helps in the process of giving a piece of work its life. Multi petaled flowers with colorful glazes adorn many of works. Most of her free time is spent in her backyard where her creativity flourishes. "It’s always a joy to make pieces that connect with people and have them enjoy the creation as much as I do in making it”. Shape, color, and ones vision of what they see is all part of artistic expression and she hopes to convey that in her work.
A reception will be held Friday, May 9th, 5- 7 pm. Roe will also greet visitors on May 11, 12 and 25th from 2:30 - 6 pm

Gallery artists are from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and including Ojai Valley.

 
One night only event juried by industry professionals showcases the best in CI student film and animation

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) announces the Third Annual Film & Animation Screening, a juried event showcasing the top films and animations created by CI students. The free public screening will be held Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus.

The event features films and animations from art students in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. Works range from short films and documentaries to 3D computer animations, motion graphics, stop motion, and traditional 2D animation.

The doors open at 6 p.m. Prior to the screening, guests may enjoy complimentary popcorn, cotton candy and other movie treats, and hobnob with the artists.

The event culminates in an awards ceremony honoring the top student entries, including the prestigious Best in Show Award. Winners are judged and selected by a jury composed of film, television and animation industry professionals. Audience members will also have the opportunity to select their favorite work for the Audience Choice Award.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Once on campus, follow signs to the screening in Malibu Hall. 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 CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only 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. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information, contact Aldo Figueroa at aldo.figueroa@csuci.edu, or the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772 or art@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.

 

Camarillo, CA - Elementary school children from throughout the Pleasant Valley School District will join the CSU Channel Islands (CI) Choir in an internationally themed spring concert for the public. “Songs from Around the World” will unite the voices of the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Chorus for one performance on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Admission is free, but a $20 donation is suggested to help support the PVSD Chorus.

The third, fourth and fifth grade students of PVSD Chorus practice each week after school, pursuing musical education that is no longer provided directly by the school district due to reduced funding. Their rehearsals culminate in a performance with the Channel Islands Choir, which is their sponsor. Their annual concert this year will focus on folk songs from around the world.

“We're so pleased that this program, funded by donations from the Channel Islands Choir, is able to help fill the gap in vocal music education that exists in the public school system today,” said Lisa Barra, instructor for the PVSD Chorus.

“We’re thrilled to share the stage with these young performers and play a role in their musical education,” said Dr. KuanFen Liu, Artistic Director for the Channel Islands Choir and Performing Arts faculty member at CI. “Music is an integral part of a well-rounded education that boosts students’ success in all areas of their life. It nurtures teamwork, self-discipline, confidence, and emotional IQ, and is one of the few subjects that uses both sides of the brain.”

The music sung by the Channel Islands Choir will complement the PVSD chorus' international theme, with pieces ranging from English madrigals to Canadian nature tunes and Taiwanese folk songs.

“This concert showcases how well the human voice can adapt to the different cultural influences, tones and requirements of each piece,” Liu said. “I'm particularly delighted that the choir is presenting two well-known folk tunes from Taiwan, my home country. In the Taiwanese culture, love and affection are expressed in a manner that’s intense but also much more reserved, which is a departure from today’s pop culture.”

Visit www.cicachoir.org, or contact Nina Ruhland at egruhland@aol.com or 805-914-4589, for more information.

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.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present “Renderings: Recent Oil Paintings by Kate Martin” at the CI Palm Gallery, Monday, May 5, through Wednesday, Aug. 20. A free, public reception with the artist will be held Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Martin's minimalist oil paintings are renderings of precious items from nature collected on her long morning walks around Lake Casitas in Ojai. In her latest series of paintings, the CI art faculty member captures objects such as hummingbird nests, honeycomb, fungi, leaves and seedpods.

"After the fires of Montecito, I found a burnt charred piece of wood with four different types of fungi starting to grow from the dead wood,” Martin recalled. “At first, I was struck by the sheer beauty of the fungi and the wonderful trumpet shapes in hues of light green and blue. Then, I was enchanted by the rejuvenation capabilities of this supposedly dead wood. This was one heroic little piece of wood revealing the restorative side of nature and giving hope. This set me off on a new direction wanting to paint small treasures found in nature."

The CI Palm Gallery is located at 92 Palm Avenue, Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday. For further information call 805-437-2772 or email art@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.

 
Program Director Xavier Montes with three of his talented Strings Program students.
Program Director Xavier Montes with three of his talented Strings Program students.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – Celebrate Mother’s Day early with a traditional afternoon tea at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Tea will be served on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and all proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Strings Music Program. Guests will enjoy a delicious variety of teas, tea sandwiches, spring salad and scones, plus a performance by Strings Program students led by accomplished artist and musician Xavier Montes. Admission to the tea is $15.00.

The Strings Program, established at the Museum in 2012, offers free weekly music lessons to local youth, encourages music appreciation and self-expression, and provides a creative outlet in an inspiring environment. Program Director Xavier Montes, a Santa Paula native, has always had a deep interest and commitment to local youth and the benefits they can derive through art and musical expression.

Guests are invited to dress for tea, and ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite dress hat. Door prizes will be awarded for best traditional hat, best silly hat, and most flamboyant hat. Reservations for tea are helpful, but are not required. This event is graciously sponsored by Loose Caboose, Trader Joe’s and Vons.

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.

 
2014 Annual Photography Exhibit judges Sharon Butler, Kent Butler and Sergio Aragonés.
2014 Annual Photography Exhibit judges Sharon Butler, Kent Butler and Sergio Aragonés.
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Ojai, CA - The Photography Branch of The Ojai Center for the Arts has announced the 2014 Annual Photography Exhibit judges. They are Sharon Butler, Kent Butler and Sergio Aragonés.

They are all very well known and respected artists living in Ojai. This year we break from tradition as our judges are not full time photographers. The judges are experienced artists and were selected as their understanding and appreciation of light, gesture and color is well known and clearly demonstrated in their body of work.

Sharon Butler
Sharon has had a lifelong interest in, and love for, African and American Indian art, as well as an ongoing fascination in the Japanese and Chinese cultures. Sharon's work is influenced by her African childhood, as is her ongoing fascination with native form, design, and color.Sharon has worked in all mediums, but most prefers acrylics with which she can obtain a three-dimensional effect, a signature technique for which she is most well known. She also incorporates leather and authentic materials in her art to create the illusion of where one medium begins and where one ends. Sharon's work is represented Internationally as well as in The United States. During her career, Sharon has won numerous awards for her work, which is recognized for its unique style. Sharon now resides in Ojai, California, a location from which she draws inspiration, and where she feels she can perfect her skills.

You can see some of Sharon's beautiful art at http://www.butlersarts.com/Sharon's/Sharon.html

Kent Butler
Kent’s paintings have won numerous awards and are represented in private collections throughout the United States. His attention to detail, coupled with his inherent interest in the Western motif and American art, has led to his involvement in many related Western architectural design projects and murals. Born in Gunnison, Utah in 1944, Kent Butler developed a natural interest in nature as well as the American West. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t drawing anything and everything that caught his eye, during his formative years. Kent began his formal art training at age 19 at the University of Utah. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. Kent now lives in Ojai, California, a setting of great natural beauty, which Kent feels is the perfect place to focus and sharpen his talent, and to pursue an already highly successful career in the art world. Kent is known for his unique and expressive use of color, as well as his black and white drawings. Kent is available for commission portrait subjects including family, friends, and pets.

You can see more of Kent's art at http://www.butlersarts.com/kent.html

Sergio Aragonès
Sergio Aragonés is said to be the fastest cartoonist in the world today. He is certainly the most honored, having won every major award in the field, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.

In 1962, he decided to try his luck in America, and arrived in New York with only twenty dollars and a folder bulging with his cartoon work. At first, work was slow in coming and what he did sell didn’t pay very well, forcing him to work as a singer/poet in Greenwich Village restaurants and to pick up other odd jobs. Things changed when he mustered the courage to approach the top market for silly pictures, Mad Magazine. Embarrassed by his halting English, he went to their office and asked for Antonio Prohias, the Cuban refugee who drew their popular “Spy Vs. Spy” feature. Sergio figured that Prohias could translate for him, but he figured wrong: Prohias, though thrilled to meet a fellow Hispanic cartoonist, spoke even less English than Sergio. He did, however, introduce his new “brother” about, and the Mad editors liked what they saw.

Sergio’s first contribution — “A Mad Look at the U.S. Space Effort” — appeared in Mad #76, cover-dated January of 1963. For that same issue, he also contributed the cover gag (the first of many) and his first “Marginal Thinking” cartoons to be printed in the magazine’s margins. He has since appeared in every issue of Mad except for one (the post office screwed up) and has done thousands of his unique pantomime cartoons. He also produced 16 best-selling original Mad paperback books.

In the early eighties, Sergio teamed with wordsmith Mark Evanier to bring forth the adventures of Groo the Wanderer. Groo quickly became one of the longest-running “creator-owned” comic book properties, outlasting many of the companies that published it. Together, Sergio and Mark have also produced other comics, including Fanboy, Boogeyman, Magnor, Blair Witch? and an acclaimed series in which together, they trash famous characters: Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel, Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC, and Sergio Aragonés Stomps Star Wars. For their comic book work, they have received multiple Eisner awards. Sergio has also “soloed” with two all-pantomime series, Actions Speak and Louder Than Words and on his new comic from Bongo, Sergio Aragonés Funnies.

His artwork has appeared on hundreds of advertisements and editorial features, and his animation has been featured on numerous TV shows, including The Shirley MacLaine Special, The Cher Special, The Half-Hour Comedy Hour and Dick Clark’s TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes.

You can learn more about Sergio at http://www.sergioaragones.com/

2014 Annual Photography Exhibit - The Ojai Center for the Arts

The exhibit will be at the Ojai Center for the Arts from June 7th through July 9th. There will be an artists reception Sunday June 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. Complete information can be found at http://www.ojaiacphoto.org

 
Jay the Goatsmaller
Jay the Goatsmaller
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Sunday May 4, 2014

Animal lovers of all ages are invited to the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula to enjoy a free “Farm Animal Fair,” from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Members of the Future Farmers of America from Santa Paula High School, along with their FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, Alex Flores, will bring young animals to the Museum’s back lot. They will answer questions and explain the details of caring for the animals. Animals expected at the Farm Animal Fair are swine (pigs), cattle, sheep and goats. All the FFA students are studying animal husbandry. They raise their animals for three to ten months, depending on the type of animal, and take them to be judged at the Ventura County Fair in August.

Sunday, May 4 is the first Sunday of the month. Free admission to the Agriculture Museum is offered every first Sunday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special activities take place on Free First Sundays, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the following summer exhibitions at the Museum: “Growing Up Growing Beans: Remembering Ventura County Limas,” “While the Sun Shines: Horse-Powered Haymaking,” and “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots from A – Z.”

The Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula, across the tracks from the Santa Paula Depot. For more information: (805) 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call the Agriculture Museum at
805-525-3100.

 
Shakespeare in the Park with Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival

The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for the annual Shakespeare in the Park series. This year’s production is Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s latest plays and one that is rarely produced. Some reference the play as having Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, with scenes and theatrical conventions from many of his earlier plays.

This is fifth season at the new location at the Rivendale site in Towsley canyon, and the second year as the renamed LA SummerFest. SCSF received a grant to buy a new stage for the festival. This year is also an expanded festival with concerts, musicals and special events

Auditions are Saturday, May 17th between 10 am – 4 pm. Auditions are by appointment only. Actors are asked to submit a picture and resume to casting@scshakespearefest.org. Actors will receive a confirmation with their audition time and location. Actors are asked to prepare a two-minute Shakespearean monologue for the auditions. All roles are open. Preferences to actors with theatrical training and experience, experience with Shakespearean text, and experience performing in an outdoor venue. There will be some double casting and possible cross-casting.

This year’s production is directed by Erin McBride Africa and assistant director Luck Hari.

The Shakespeare in the Park series is part of the LA SummerFest, an eclectic theatre and music festival serving the entire North Los Angeles County region. For more information and a complete schedule of events please visit www.LASummerFest.org.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and all its programs
visit www.scshakespeafest.org

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Dan Geeting directing the University Symphony
Dan Geeting directing the University Symphony
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May 9th program features Beethoven, Dvorak, Verdi, Vivaldi

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University symphony orchestra will present its final concert of the 2013-2014 year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Samuelson Chapel.

The University Symphony will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, featuring biochemistry major Derek Andrzejewski of Thousand Oaks and biology major Sam Grandfield of Newbury Park. The orchestra will give a repeat performance of the Verdi “La Forza del Destino” overture that it presented at its fall concert. The program will conclude with Dvorak’s rarely heard Nocturno in B major for String Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, Opus 21.

Veteran faculty member Daniel Geeting will direct.

One of the first ensembles established at the founding of CLU, the University Symphony is an ensemble of about 50 members that performs several times each semester 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 CLU 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.

 

WHERE: Ventura Senior Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2014
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8 pm
Contact: Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer 805-985-5038

Ventura County Potters' Guild has invited an aspiring young ceramist from CSUCI, Han Haley Nguyen, to come and share her work and inspirations to the ceramics community.

Born in Vietnam, Han immigrated to the United States at a young age. The repositioning of the self and of the works reflects the sense of displacement and tensions within Asian communities. As the work exists in various spaces and her self-representation shifts, the body of work embraces and recognizes the heterogeneous nature of Asian American experiences.

Re-imagining, an installation at CSUCI, is inspired by the creation story of the Vietnamese people who are descendants of dragons and a celestial deity. The porcelain forms reference Lo Lu ware in the province of Binh Duong in Vietnam, where Han researched traditional ceramic techniques. They are thrown and sliced to form a dragon that flows between two cultures separated by a vast sea.

Han will give a presentation about how her trans-cultural and migratory experiences led her body of work to constantly evolve and explore the adaptable nature of both her identity and physical ceramics works. She will also be discussing her upcoming shows, exhibitions, and her travel to NCECA and Japan. She will be showcasing some of her work Red Dragons, Mot Cot Temple, and Buddhist Stupa alongside with the presentation.

Free. All are welcome!

 

CA State Old Time Fiddlers will meet Sunday 4/27/14 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. We will be playing, listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. Free admission and parking, refreshments available. calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.

 
Roger Conrad - 1st Place 2013 Exhibit.
Roger Conrad - 1st Place 2013 Exhibit.
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Les Dublin - Honorable Mention 2013 Exhibit.
Les Dublin - Honorable Mention 2013 Exhibit.
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Ojai, California - The Photography Branch of The Ojai Center for the Arts is looking for a few good photographers to participate in their 2014 Annual Exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Ojai Center for the Arts from June 7th through July 9th. There will be an artists reception Sunday June 8th from 1 to 3 p.m.

This years juried exhibit theme is “Long Lasting: As we celebrate our 75th anniversary of The Ojai Center for the Arts we consider all the things are long lasting. There are images all around us that prove that certain things on planet have been here from the very beginning, but so many things are in danger of disappearing and becoming extinct. We ware asking for submissions that consider the beauty of longevity and all that includes. Include life, love & our home on earth and let your images show us that feeling."

Cash awards will be given for first , second and third place winners in the amounts of $150, $100 and $75.

Entry forms and fees must be submitted at the Art Center on Thursday, June 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Friday, June 6 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Non-selected work must be picked up Friday, June 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Art Center membership is required to have work exhibited. A temporary one- month membership is available for $10. All work must have been done within the last two years and be priced for sale. The Art Center will handle all sales, including sales tax. A 30% commission will be charged based on sale prices.

All work must meet professional presentation standards and be securely wired for hanging. To accommodate exhibition constraints, frame width must be at
least 11 inches for single images and no greater than 30 inches for multiple images. Metal infused prints can be submitted without frame but must have a
professional rigid back frame with either wire or keyhole hanger. No sawtooth hangers. Works previously shown in the Art Center Galleries will not be accepted.

Additional information can be found on the Photography Branch website at www.ojaiacphoto.org. You can download the submission ford there in in the lobby of the Art Center.

You may also contact David Baker, Photography Branch Chair, at 805-558-6460 text or call or at info@ojaiacphoto.org.

 
Program Director Xavier Montes with three of his talented Strings Program students.
Program Director Xavier Montes with three of his talented Strings Program students.
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SANTA PAULA, CA – Celebrate Mother’s Day early with a traditional afternoon tea at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Tea will be served on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and all proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Strings Music Program. Guests will enjoy a delicious variety of teas, tea sandwiches, spring salad and scones, plus a performance by Strings Program students led by accomplished artist and musician Xavier Montes. Admission to the tea is $15.00.

The Strings Program, established at the Museum in 2012, offers free weekly music lessons to local youth, encourages music appreciation and self-expression, and provides a creative outlet in an inspiring environment. Program Director Xavier Montes, a Santa Paula native, has always had a deep interest and commitment to local youth and the benefits they can derive through art and musical expression.

Guests are invited to dress for tea, and ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite dress hat. Door prizes will be awarded for best traditional hat, best silly hat, and most flamboyant hat. Reservations for tea are helpful, but are not required. This event is graciously sponsored by Loose Caboose, Trader Joe’s and Vons.

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.

 
Poster for "Chicken with Plums"
Poster for "Chicken with Plums"
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‘Chicken with Plums’ tells story of violinist in Tehran

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 14, 2014) The first season of California Lutheran University’s International Film Series will conclude with a free screening of the French film “Chicken with Plums” on April 30 at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14.

“Chicken with Plums,” a 2011 film starring Mathieu Amalric, will be shown at 7 p.m.

Set in Tehran in 1958, the film tells the story of a famous musician whose prized violin has been ruined. Since the instrument broke, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. He plunges into deep reveries that take him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azraël, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle come together, the secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love that inspired his genius and his music.

Written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the film explores the complexities of the world and the mysteries of the human soul. Like real life, the film jumps from dramatic to comic to heartbreaking. What interests the viewer is not whether Nasser will die nor how, but why. It is rated PG-13.

“Chicken with Plums” won the Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize and was nominated for Best Film at the Ghent International Film Festival. Satrapi and Paronnaud previously worked together on the 2007 animated film “Persepolis,” which was based on Satrapi’s graphic novel about growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. “Persepolis” won numerous awards including the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and César Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best First Film. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best Animated Film.

Known for his roles in “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Munich” and the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” Amalric is currently appearing in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He is the winner of multiple awards including three Césars, a Lumière and an Étoile d’or.

CLU’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the event with a grant from the CLU Community Leaders Association. Inspired by the six-year success of the university’s French Film Festival, faculty members replaced the event with the international festival this year.

Muvico is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

For more information, contact Karen Renick at renick@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3434.

 
CLU will host free discussion and screening April 28
Tom Holland
Tom Holland

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A free California Lutheran University event exploring the psychology of fright will include a discussion with leading horror movie writer and director Tom Holland and a screening of his recently released collection of shorts.

“Oh, the Horror: The Psychology of Fright” will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Preus-Brandt Forum as part of the university’s Festival of Scholars and Reel Madness Film Series.

Holland, who wrote and directed the genre classic “Fright Night,” will join Michael Gerson, an assistant professor in CLU’s Graduate School of Psychology, and Herb Gooch, a political science professor with an interest in film, for a panel discussion on why people love to be frightened.

They will screen “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales,” which was released in November on FEARnet and became available on DVD in March. In the macabre assortment of stories, a new drug offers users a glimpse of the future with beastly consequences, a murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone and a jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. Free popcorn will be served.

Holland has made several classic horror films. Released in 1985, “Fright Night” chronicles a teen’s fight for survival against a vampire who moves in next door. He also wrote and directed “Child’s Play.” With the 1988 film, Holland created a pop culture icon in Chucky, a toy doll that becomes possessed with the spirit of a serial killer.

He also wrote and directed screamer favorites “Psycho II” of 1983 and Stephen King’s “Thinner” of 1996. His first feature film script was for the 1982 release “The Beast Within.” He also wrote the screenplay for the 1984 film “Cloak and Dagger.”

Holland wrote and directed the 1995 TV miniseries “The Langoliers,” which is based on King’s novella, and directed the 1990 TV thriller “The Stranger Within.” Other television credits include episodes of “Tales From the Crypt” and “Amazing Stories.” He co-founded Dead Rabbit Films in 2009.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located at 135 Chapel Lane south of Olsen Road between Moountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive.

For more information, contact Gerson at 805-493-3773 or mjgerson@callutheran.edu.

 
Nolan Monsibay as Moritz. Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU
Nolan Monsibay as Moritz. Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU
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‘Spring Awakening’ received 8 Tony Awards in 2007

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Music and Theatre Arts departments will present the edgy rock musical "Spring Awakening" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

The Tony Award-winning production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 25 through May 4 in the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre.

“Spring Awakening,” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2007, is based on a controversial 1891 German play. The musical portrays teen sexual awakening and deals with suicide, abortion and abuse, both sexual and physical. It is for adult audiences only due to explicit sexual situations and language.

“It is perhaps the boldest play we’ve done at CLU in terms of material,” said director Ken Gardner. “The essential problem in it is that children are treated more like possessions than family and parents simply don't communicate or connect with them, much like the infamous ‘generation gap.’“

Music is by Duncan Sheik, who won the Tony for Best Original Score, and the book and lyrics are by Steven Sater, who received the Tony for Best Book of a Musical.

Several CLU departments have contributed to the production or incorporated it into their curricula. Alan Goodwin, director of counseling services, is conducting workshops with cast and audiences. An undergraduate marketing class developed the marketing plan, a graphic design class created the poster and David Nelson, an assistant professor of history, provided historical background. A theater literature class is reading the original play and will compare it with the musical.

Three students lead a cast of 18. Brenden MacDonald, a psychology major from Simi Valley, will play the fearless, dreamy Melchior, who doesn’t believe in anything. Nolan Monsibay, a music major from Burbank, will play his troubled friend, Moritz. Samantha Winters, a history major from Ventura, will play the beautiful Wendla, who has questions about her body that her mother dismisses.

Heidi Vas is vocal director and Jeff Wallach is choreographer. Eric Kinsley is accompanist and will conduct the band, which includes students and outside musicians.

CLU’s accomplished Theatre Arts Department has been invited to stage its plays at the prestigious Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for three years in a row.

The forum is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Civic Arts Plaza Box Office at 805-449-2787. For information, call 805-493-3415.