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 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'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

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

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


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

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 or call the Agriculture Museum at


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 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

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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


The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email


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. 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 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


Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or for more information.

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 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.


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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 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

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.

Show includes photos, paintings, drawings, ceramics

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University will run from April 25 through May 18 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art.

An opening reception for “Senior Art Exhibit 2014” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and an artists’ talk will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2.

Sally Gilles from Montrose is exhibiting her portrait, sports and concert photography.

Deanna Hernandez, an Oxnard resident who also majored in psychology and plans to become a therapist, is showing watercolors inspired by horror and fantasy makeup.

Kelli Miller of Valencia, who minored in business and plans to work in commercial art, will exhibit abstract landscapes created on the computer.

Harold Muliadi of Thousand Oaks works with graphite and charcoal drawing and oil painting as well as digital painting in Photoshop.

San Jose resident Alexandra Nadell, a dancer who finds art in movement, works with digital media emphasizing character design and story development.

Rebekah Peterson, a Juneau, Alaska, resident who is also majoring in mathematics, is exhibiting wheel-thrown and hand-altered ceramics.

Allison Rapp of Palmdale has created oil paintings that focus on gender and how the genders have been portrayed in historical art pieces.

Carlie Schaler of Lakewood, Wash., finds inspiration for her drawings in organic forms found in nature and the intricacy of lines.

Stacy Stearns of Granada Hills works with traditional media such as watercolor and graphite as well as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Nicole Valentine, a Walnut Creek resident who will pursue a master’s degree in art at Studio Escalier in France, painted subjects with animalistic traits in oils.

The Ann Peppers Foundation Arts Education Series, CLU’s Art Department and the William Rolland Gallery are sponsoring the free exhibit and events.

The gallery is located at 160 Overton Court in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment. For more information, contact Rachel Schmid at 805-493-3697 or or visit


Backstage at SPTC (Santa Paula Theater Center), announces auditions for Playzapoppin! (a collection of short one act plays). Most roles are open, with those that are precast are noted below. Many actors will also have the opportunity to be cast in more than one play.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th Street. No appointment necessary and no need to bring a head shot. Auditions will consist of readings from the scripts. The sides may be found on the website at, and will also be available at the audition. If you have further questions, email Please do not call the box office.

Run Dates: Three consecutive weekends beginning Friday, May 30, and closing Sunday, June 15, nine performances total with a special Thursday performance on June 5. No performance Saturday, June 7. Rehearsals will commence shortly after being cast.

If you wish to read a full script, please request which scripts you would like from and they will be emailed to you. Full scripts will also be available at the auditions.

NEW YEAR'S EVE (Dramady) 10 minutes
A crotchety retirement home resident reflects on past New Year's Eves and laments the currently planned festivities. A young female caregiver attempts to see his point of view.
MR. HOLLINS: (Precast)
LAURA: A caretaker at the retirement home. (F, 20’s to 30’s):

HOLIDAY TREE (Dramady) 10 minutes
A woman is summoned to her estranged mother's home after a neighbor discovers the older woman trimming the Christmas tree in July.
LUCY: (F, 60’s) Elegant, vigorous.
ANNA: (F, 30’s-50’s) Lucy’s daughter.

SAVER (Drama) 10 minutes
A couple stumble over a trunk containing objects collected over the years by the man's father.
DAVID: (M, 30’s+) Married to Tina, has a father (Arthur) that is in early stages of Alzheimer’s.
TINA: (F, late 30’s) Married to David.
ARTHUR: (M, 30’s) Plays in two eras, the one from his salad days and the one in the present, where he is aged.
IRENE: (F, 30’s) In the prime of her life and in love with Arthur.

Three co-workers speculate on various scenarios to explain why a peer was promoted over them.
MIKE: (M) Any age, any race.
ADAM: (M) Any age, any race.
POLLY: (F) Any age, any race.
LEWIS: (M) Any age, any race.
NANC Y: (F) Any age, any race.

LOVELY LITTLE LIFE (Drama) 10 minutes
A couple reflect on the life they've shared together.
KITTY: (F, 50’s+), grew up in Urbana Illinois.
ELEANOR: (F, 50’s+), lived in Los Angeles all her life.
PERSON (CHAMELEON): (F/M, any age)

ALBERT EINSTEIN'S BRAIN (Comedy) 10 minutes
The things you can find on eBay... and the spouses who rain on your parade.
JAKE: (Precast)
LESLIE: (Precast)

ALL THE ANSWERS (Comedy) 10 minutes
Before entering Heaven, a man is eager to have all his questions answered.
ISABELLE: (F, 16 or so) Trapped after death and a bit impatient.
JOE: (M, 40’s) Eager to find out life’s mysteries, but not too focused.

QUITTING TIME (Dramady) 15 minutes
Two women at wedding reception discover they have something in common regarding a certain man.
ANNA: (F, 30’s) A woman with a live connection.
SARAH: (F, 30’s) A woman who has severed ties with that formerly live connection.

JUST DESSERTS (Comedy) 10 minutes
A plan is set in motion to discover the culprit who is stealing lunch items from the workplace refrigerator.
JOYCE: (F, 20’s+)
EVAN: (F, 20’s+)
BECKY: (F, 20’s+)
KRIS/CHRIS: (F/M, 20’s+

Event proceeds to benefit Ventura County’s FOOD Share

OXNARD, CA - The first annual Hamburgers & Hops Music Festival will kick off on Saturday, May 3, at The Collection at Riverpark.

From 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the family-friendly event invites patrons to nosh on a mouthwatering assortment of hamburgers, as well as gourmet and fusion sliders. Event-goers age 21 and over may elect to pair these delicious offerings with refreshing “hops” from local craft breweries.

Local music acts Sayed Sabrina, Grilled Cheese Soundwich and The Bomb will lead the live entertainment lineup, featuring a variety of musical genres such as Blues, Funk and Top 40.

General admission will be $10 per person; kids 12 and under are free. Guests age 21 and over will have the opportunity to indulge in the Sliders and Suds Package, which may be purchased online only and priced at $30. The package includes three gourmet sliders, a souvenir pint glass, and an ice cold craft beer.

Proceeds from the inaugural event will go to Ventura County’s FOOD Share that feeds more than 74,500 hunger insecure individuals per month. Hamburgers & Hops has been created by the producers of the Legendary California Beer Festival, and last summer’s Tequila and Taco Music Festival which also benefitted the regional food bank.

“We are so grateful to have been selected as a partner for this unforgettable event,” said Bonnie Weigel, president and CEO of FOOD Share. “The Hamburger & Hops team have shown great compassion for the community we serve, generating funds to support FOOD Share’s mission, as well as the opportunity to raise awareness on this interminable need to help our hungry friends and neighbors in Ventura County.”

Tickets for Hamburger & Hops Music Festival can be purchased in advance at, and are encouraged to use the promotional code FOODSHARE to ensure a portion of their purchase goes directly to FOOD Share.

About FOOD Share:
More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 160 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: KIDS Share, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, ART Share, FARM Share and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo from the exhibit by Maxine Nelson of Simi Valley
Photo from the exhibit by Maxine Nelson of Simi Valley
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Students will also share Google Glass, drone work

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The CLUFest 2014 exhibit will showcase California Lutheran University students’ best multimedia creations and experimentation with Google Glass and a camera-carrying drone hovercraft.

“Journey Through Color” will be on display from April 25 through May 17 in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. CLUFest recognizes the university’s most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists.

A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4. The event will feature demonstrations of student experimentation with Google Glass and a drone hovercraft with a GoPro camera attachment. CLU is a test site for Google Glass, a wearable computer similar to a pair of glasses that displays and projects images and video and communicates with the Internet through voice commands.

Additional drone and Google Glass demonstrations will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, and 11 a.m. Saturday May 10.

CLUFest 2014 will also include sections on 3-D printing and infographics and a miniature theater showing student films and interactive media.

The planning committee for “Journey Through Color” includes multimedia students under the direction of faculty members Barry Burns and Tim Hengst. Project managers are Gustavo Youngberg from Sun Valley and Kevin Tanner from Santa Clarita. Design coordinators are Amanda Johnson from Van Nuys and Jennifer Charles-Funk from Las Vegas. Heather Garcia from Burbank and Taylor Guyette from Oxnard are the Web designers. Others on the production team are Jared Beeson of Palo Alto, Brandon Comer and Ottilie Yee of Phoenix, Giselle Fernandez of Oxnard, Jacob Gibson of Flagstaff, Ariz., Maxine Nelson of Simi Valley, Kayla Peralta of Murrieta, Eric Renn of Beaverton, Ore., and Austin Wollitz of San Diego.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

The Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, contact Tim Hengst at 805-493-3241 or


Camarillo, CA - The Art program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present “Choose Your Own Adventure: An Exploration of Storytelling Through Digital Art” at the CI Palm Gallery in Old Town Camarillo. The student group exhibition spotlighting narrative imagery will be on display Tuesday, April 8, through Friday, April 25. The public is invited to a free reception with the artists on Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

This exhibition features the works of Katherine McAllister, Daisy Cruz, Ryan Alexander, and Elizabeth Gottleib. Its theme was instigated by the exhibition’s curator, Katherine McAllister, who instructed the artists to “create a story that goes along with the pieces you create.” Each artist approached the theme from a variety of different ways, from fantasy illustration to digital art and from cartoons to photography.

The CI Palm Gallery is located at 92 Palm Avenue, 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. For more information, visit, or contact the Art program at 805-437-2772 or

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.


Buenaventura Art Association’s resident artists will break their Harbor Village Gallery studio confines and fill the walls as well for an April 16-May 12 show they’re calling 5 Points of View.

It will feature the creative perspectives of Tasia Erickson, W. Mark Hafeman, Sparkle Taylor, Frank “Kimo” Mitchell and Illona Battaglia Aguayo, all longtime artists currently working in HVG’s studios. They will greet visitors and discuss their works at an opening reception 3-7 p.m. April 19 in the Ventura Harbor gallery.

“This is a collective effort and each of us is giving a view of the world as we see it,” said Hafeman. “There is a similarity of viewpoints in that we each express joy in the process of making our art and this comes through in our work.”

As the title promises, each brings a unique approach to making art in a variety of media. Erickson uses pastels on sandpaper to depict her scenes, “landscapes and one dancer for this show.” Hafeman creates impressionistic plein-air paintings using oils on canvas or canvas board and watercolors on paper.

Hawaii-born Mitchell taps his island heritage to paint fanciful views with acrylics on canvas, canvas board and palm fronds and to sculpt small figurines called tikis. Taylor will show mostly plein-air oil paintings with some acrylic, watercolor and mixed-media works.

Battaglia Aguayo will offer painted three-dimensional wood and Plexiglas constructions from her series On View, some never-shown pieces depicting common phrases that use the word view.

“Do not come to this show with a ‘Narrow View’ or ‘One-sided View’ of art,” she said. “Come willing to have a ‘Change of View.’ ”

Because the five artists work at Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor Village, a visit to the gallery is a great way to see their studio displays before the larger show opens April 16. Harbor Village Gallery is open noon-6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.

For more about this exhibit or the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association and its programs, call 648-1235 or visit the website


The author of the book “The Poem of Life” describes himself as Jose Mendoza “The Gardener,” which is true. But Mendoza is also a poet, and will sign his new book and share his poetry and thoughts about gratitude on Thursday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Singer-songwriters DJ Harper and Scott Wojahn will also perform their music during the event. A $5 donation is suggested. Books will be for available for sale and signing.

Mendoza, a Ventura County resident will discuss what he learned by asking himself a simple question: was I born to be just a gardener? Inspired by the many people he says showed him kindness throughout his life, Mendoza began making notes that took the shape of poetry. The recently published “The Poem of Life” contains many of these, which he hopes will inspire others. Call 805-383-1368 or visit for any questions about the event.

At just age 14, Mendoza fled alone from his native Guatemala to the United States, where he was granted political asylum. Throughout his journey to here, Mendoza says he was helped and supported by strangers. Today he owns his own gardening business and continues to write poetry, adding to a collection of more than 150 poems.

Scott Wojahn is a composer, producer, arranger and singer-songwriter. He is one half of Wojahn Bros. Music in Santa Monica, which specializes in commercials and television, and has created award winning original music for branding national and global companies.

DJ Harper is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. DJ began singing in the studios as a child on films such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Peter Pan, and has since appeared in television shows such as Glee. He is recent graduate in composition from UCLA.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center is at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. As many as 40 resident artist studios behind the gallery are open to the public every First Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery and offices are open Tuesday 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday 11:00 - 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 3:00.

Animal ethics expert to speak at CLU on April 15
Charles Camosy
Charles Camosy

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An animal ethics expert will discuss whether Christians should be vegetarians at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at California Lutheran University.

Charles Camosy, an assistant professor of theology at Fordham University in New York, will explore how Christian ethics relates to violence against animals during the free presentation in Lundring Events Center.

Camosy argues that many Christians misunderstand their tradition when deciding what people owe animals. Christian principles like nonviolence, concern for the vulnerable, stewardship for God’s creation and rejection of consumerism have dramatic implications for the treatment of animals.

He contends that the issue transcends American secular politics. While animal rights often come from a liberal point of view, conservative pro-life advocates are beginning to embrace nonviolence toward animals. In his 2013 book “For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action,” Camosy tries to bridge the gap between social justice liberals and pro-life conservatives by examining how people might support the vulnerable.

Camosy’s other books are “Too Expensive to Treat? Finitude, Tragedy, and the Neonatal ICU” and “Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization.” His research interests include bioethics, Catholic social teaching, moral anthropology and the intersection of Christian and secular ethics. He is the founder and co-director of the Catholic Conversation Project, an editor and contributor for, and a member of an international working group exploring how Catholicism, Islam and secular liberalism can interact productively on difficult ethical issues.

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

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at or 805-493-3693.