Student Ryan Alexander is first solo artist to exhibit in new Grad Wall Gallery showcasing outstanding CI senior artists

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce Crude Spirits: Oil and Awareness, the first solo student exhibition to appear at the University’s new Grad Wall Gallery in Napa Hall, Room 1154, on the CI campus.

Created by CI senior Ryan Alexander, Crude Spirits examines the consequences of fossil fuel use in modern society. Using photography and illustration to create a chilling metaphor, Alexander places the viewer in a world inhabited by the specter of oil dependency and its inherent effect on the environment.

Crude Spirits will run from Thursday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Nov. 1, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

The Grad Wall is a new exhibition space intended to show off the work of some of the Art Program’s finest graduating seniors. Each semester, CI Art Program faculty members nominate the top students in their respective medium. The final three solo exhibiting artists are chosen through a lottery system. Grad Wall exhibitions will run concurrently with the shows in Napa Hall's main gallery.

The Grad Wall is located in Napa Hall, Room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772, email, or visit

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 The Portrait Gallery Show, an exhibition of contemporary portraiture by CI students and faculty. The show runs Thursday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Nov. 1, in the CI Exhibitions Gallery, located at 92 Palm Dr. in Old Town Camarillo. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition showcases a wide array of works in two- and three-dimensional and digital media.

CI Exhibitions, Camarillo (also known as the "Palm Gallery") is a cultural outreach partnership between CI’s Art Program and Camarillo dentist Dr. Michael Czubiak, who has provided a gallery space in his building in historic Old Town Camarillo. In addition to affording CI students the opportunity to exhibit their art, the gallery also presents curated shows of regional artists – allowing the campus and surrounding community to come together in the appreciation of art.

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.


Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water and The Wal-Mart Effect to be featured guest

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome best-selling author Charles Fishman for the Ninth Annual Campus Reading Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon.

The Campus Reading Celebration is an annual event that unites the campus, community and notable authors in a shared intellectual experience. Fishman’s latest book, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, was selected by CI students, faculty and staff as this year’s Campus Reading Celebration book. Heralded by Publishers Weekly as “an engrossing, globe-trotting narrative [and] a comprehensive, remarkably readable panorama of our dependence on – and responsibilities to – a priceless resource,” the book brilliantly explores our strange and complex relationship to water, redefining how we look at our most essential and misunderstood resource. Fishman’s previous book, the New York Times best-seller The Wal-Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal-Mart’s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal-Mart’s impact on our economy and on how we live. The Economist named it a “Book of the Year.” Fishman is also an award-winning investigative journalist who has written for Fast Company, National Geographic, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel and the Raleigh News & Observer.

The event will include Fishman’s presentation, a Q&A session with the audience, a book signing, and a light reception. Registration is required online at Admission is free for CI students, faculty and staff; $5 for all other students; and $10 for the public. Copies of Fishman’s book will be available for sale and signing at the event and in advance at the Cove Bookstore on the CI campus.

In addition to his presentation on the 10th, Fishman plans to join students from CI’s Environmental Science & Resource Management program on Wednesday, Oct. 9, as they tour Oxnard’s Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) and discuss water conservation and management.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in the designated parking lot on campus. Free parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink/Lewis Road parking lot with bus service to and from the campus. In order to waive bus fares, riders should present their event registration confirmation when boarding the CI Vista Bus; otherwise, the cash-only bus fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at:

For additional information, visit or contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 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.



The regular meeting of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts will be held on Sunday October 13th, at the Rail Road Depot Gallery of the society on the corner of Santa Barbara and 10th Streets. The gathering will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4. After the welcoming by President Kaye Ford the demonstration artist will be inspiring the attendees to use common place objects to create surprising results. The artist, Gerald Zwerz, will be using Aqua Media to produce his desired results...

Light refreshments will be served and as usual guests are always welcome.


“The Paycheck” photo by Rick Nahmias, 2012.
“The Paycheck” photo by Rick Nahmias, 2012.
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On Saturday, October 19, 2013, photographer Rick Nahmias will speak at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum at 2:30 p.m. about the creative journey behind his featured exhibition, “The Migrant Project.” He will explain how creating the exhibition led to him founding Southern California’s largest volunteer-powered, harvesting-for-the-hungry organization: Food Forward. This is the last public engagement of the exhibition, which began in the labor camps of Ventura County. It is composed of forty photographs and bilingual text, and was awarded a United States Congressional Citation of Merit. Food Forward rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste, and connects this abundance with people in need. Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of individuals in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been fed. Admission to the talk is $5 and reservations can be made by calling the Agriculture Museum at (805) 525-3100.

Nahmias’ talk will be followed at 3:30 by a reception with the artist. 100% of net proceeds from the reception will support Food Forward’s Ventura County-based anti-hunger programs. Tickets for the reception are $45 and include Rick Nahmias’ talk, the opportunity to meet the artist, refreshments and a signed copy of Nahmias’ award-winning book, “The Migrant Project.” Purchase tickets for the reception online at

Visitors may attend just the talk at 2:30, both the talk and the reception, or just the reception. Those who wish to only attend the talk should call the Agriculture Museum. Those who wish to attend the reception must purchase tickets online.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children ages 6-17. Free for Museum of Ventura County members and children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sunday of every month is free general admission to the public. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.


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"Sounds of the Unseen," a charcoal drawing by Scott Kiche.
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Show featuring 8 well-known artists opens Oct. 10

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Drawings capturing the essence of Southern California will be on display in California Lutheran University’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture in October and November.

Eight well-known artists were asked to submit drawings of the people, places and culture that make this an extraordinary place to live for “Southland: Drawings from Southern California.” The works will be on exhibit from Thursday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 16. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The dynamic and versatile medium of drawing allows for great speed but also detailed, careful study. The exhibited works by Justin Bua, Kathiucia Dias, Sean Ghobad, Scott Kiche, Luis Peña, Kate Wolfgang Savage, Mia Tavonatti and Aihua Zhou range from quiet little landscape studies to large multimedia creations.

Bua is internationally known for his best-selling fine art posters, particularly “The DJ.” He wrote graffiti and performed as a break dancer in high school and now speaks about art and the hip-hop movement.

Dias, who was born in Brazil, will have 9 pen-and-ink drawings in the show. She paints and draws portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

A young, up-and-coming Los Angeles artist, Ghobad incorporates street style, keen observation and brisk technique in his drawings.

A Guatemalan immigrant living in Northridge, Kiche is largely self-taught but studied at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art when he was 13. He focuses on figures, portraits and still life in traditional realism and surrealism styles.

Peña is an Oxnard resident and former Marine Corps machine-gunner who graduated from CLU with bachelor’s degrees in art and Spanish in 2012. The son of immigrant farmworkers, he explores his Mixtec origins in his work.

Savage paints landscapes, objects and people that reflect her fascination with nature and her love of simplicity.

An acclaimed Newport Beach artist, Tavonatti creates monumental oil paintings as well as book illustrations and intricate stained glass mosaics.

Zhou, a Beijing-born Newbury Park resident, graduated from CLU in 2011. In addition to drawing, she sculpts representational and figurative works.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, visit or call curator Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716.


Phil Harvey. Photo by Sally Carless.
Phil Harvey. Photo by Sally Carless.

The Ojai City Gallery is proud to present a collection of the works of iconic photographer, Phil Harvey, at City Hall from September 16 through November 15. A community reception will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the City Hall Chambers. Now in his nineties, this is a perfect chance to meet and shake the hand of one of Ojai's "Living Treasures," a well-deserved award bestowed upon Harvey by the Rotary Club in 2010.

When I visited Harvey last month to talk about his exhibition, he brought out photo after photo that beautifully captured the "Mystique of Ojai" -- the name he's given to a collection of a dozen such memorable images reproduced in postcard format and on sale at several local businesses.

This exhibition of Harvey images is unique. In addition to the well-known shot of the post office tower with its pergola arches silhouetted against a fiery winter sky, there are tranquil scenes from around Ojai and even Harvey's backyard. Others are from the starkly beautiful and hard-to-get-to Palouse agricultural areas of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Still others are diverse departures including a haunting image from Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley. Five major images have been graciously loaned for the exhibit from Rabo Bank, Ojai Branch.

Harvey has photographed nature for over twenty years. He has pursued the sun, the moon, and the light of early morning and evening - often referred to as "the golden light." Says Harvey, "I usually shoot before ten or after four - that is when the light gives the image the most impact."

Harvey, like many others, was drawn to Ojai to hear Krishnamurti. He fell in love with the valley's quiet serenity and beauty and stayed, becoming involved with community life from the outset. On the advice of John Bauer, Ojai Festival founder, he studied singing and performed as a gifted baritone soloist in local theater productions, television and movies. He founded the Ojai Community Chorus in 1987. All the while, Harvey dabbled in two-dimensional art, using watercolor and pastels. This led to his passion for photography. He bought a camera and taught himself by reading "a lot of books." In 1984 he founded the The Ojai Camera Club. This group continues today as the Ojai Photography Club.

Harvey has garnered just about every award one can imagine. In 1984, he won the Ventura County Fair theme with a photo of an Olympic torchbearer crossing the 101 freeway at the Las Posas exit; he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts by the City in 2003; and he served as Grand Marshall of the Ojai 2004 Fourth of July Parade.

The Harvey exhibition is open to the public during regular City Hall business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, September 16through Friday, November 15. Ojai City Hall is located at
401 So. Ventura Street.

Ojai Valley artists interested in showing at the City Gallery may send their name, e-mail, phone number, short biography and jpg samples of their work to Christine Golden ( or Mimi Moore
( Arts Commission meetings are held at 6:30 pm every third Thursday of the month and are open to the public.

Sarah Vap received 2013 NEA fellowship in poetry
Sarah Vap
Sarah Vap

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Award-winning poet Sarah Vap of Santa Monica will read and discuss her work at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Roth Nelson Room at California Lutheran University.

Vap will read from her book “Arco Iris” during her free talk, which is titled “We had decided to travel.” Released in November, the collection of poems documenting her travel through South America was one of five books of poetry selected for Library Journal’s Best of 2012 list.

She is a 2013 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Her first book, “Dummy Fire,” was published as the winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Saturnalia also published her third book, “Faulkner’s Rosary,” in 2010. Her second book, “American Spikenard,” was published as a 2006 winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Noemi Press released her most recent book, “End of the Sentimental Journey,” in April.

Vap studied English and American literature at Brown University, received a master’s degree in fine arts from Arizona State University and is working on a doctorate at the University of Southern California. She has taught poetry and literature at Arizona State and USC and creative writing to children in public schools.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard near Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus.

For more information, contact assistant professor of English Jacqueline Lyons at

Free movie screening

The documentary film Rock ‘n’ Roll Made in Mexico – From Evolution to Revolution will be shown in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 5pm.

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Made in Mexico – From Evolution to Revolution” is directed by filmmaker Lance Miccio and produced by drummer, Fito de la Parra of the blues/rock/boogie band Canned Heat. The film tells the story of rock and roll in Mexico through those who lived it, including Fito de la Parra and musicians such as Javier Batiz (who influenced a young Tijuana guitarist named Carlos Santana); Alex Lora and Lalo Toral from El Tri; Johnny Ortega of Los Hooligans and many others. The story covers Mexico’s early days of rock ‘n’ roll played in cafés and yard parties, through the severe oppression that plagued Mexican rockers and the country, eventually resulting in illegalization of rock and roll after the notorious Avandaro concert, also known as the Mexican Woodstock.

Director and producer, Miccio and de la Para bring this epic struggle of art against authority full circle from the beginning to today, where contemporary Mexican rockers now thrive on the world stage.

The Back Story: Director Lance Miccio originally intended to make a documentary film about the legendary blues/rock/boogie band Canned Heat and his research led him to Fito de la Parra. By this time in history band founders Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Bob “Bear” Hite and Henry “Sunflower” Vestine had died and the drummer of the classic lineup of Canned Heat, Fito de la Parra assumed leadership of the band and keeper of the band’s legacy. Upon hearing de la Parra’s story of being born in Mexico and playing in early rock bands such as Los Sparks, Los Hooligans, Los Sinners, the Javier Batiz Band and eventually Canned Heat, director Miccio changed direction and focus and made this documentary about early Mexican rock and roll. Fito de la Parra is one of a very small handful of Mexican musicians who played at the Woodstock festival in 1969, Carlos Santana and Luis Gasca of Janis Joplin’s band also come easily to mind.

Fito de la Parra and Lance Miccio will be present for a Question and Answer session after the showing.

The film, free to the public, is being presented by the E.P. Foster Library in association with the Bell Arts Factory. Because of limited seating reservations are necessary. Call (805) 643-1960 for more information.

Ricardo Darin (left) as Roberto and Ignacio Huang as Jun
Ricardo Darin (left) as Roberto and Ignacio Huang as Jun
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Free CLU series begins Oct. 9 with Argentine comedy

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will kick off its new International Film Festival with an award-winning movie that explores cultural differences.

“Un cuento chino (Chinese Take-away)” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14. The Argentine comedy looks at cultural differences through two individuals: a methodical Buenos Aires hardware store owner and a Chinese immigrant searching for his uncle. It is about overcoming prejudice and understanding human nature even when verbal communication seems impossible.

Jun, who speaks only Mandarin, finds himself adrift in the strange city when he learns that his uncle’s house has been sold and the new owner has no forwarding address. Roberto, the grouchy store owner who dislikes people in general, reluctantly shelters the young Chinese immigrant. The film becomes a study of how these two men, neither skilled at communicating without words, infiltrate each other’s lives. Argentine actor Ricardo Darin portrays Roberto and Ignacio Huang plays Jun.

Written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein, the film was the highest grossing non-U.S. film in Argentina in 2011. It won the Golden Marc’Aurelio Award and Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival, and the Argentinian Academy of Films Award for Best Film. The academy also selected Darin as Best Actor and Muriel Santa Ana as Best Supporting Actress.

Borensztein has won numerous awards as a screenwriter and director both in film and television. His 2005 “La Suerte Eestá Echada” won multiple awards including the New Filmmaker Award from the French Critics Society at the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival. Before making features, he was one of Argentina’s most successful and prolific TV producers, directors and writers. In 2000, he won the Konex award as one of the five best directors of the decade.

CLU’s department of languages and cultures and Center for Equality and Justice are sponsoring the free 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.

The series will continue with “Pranzo di ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)” Nov. 13 in CLU’s Lundring Events Center, the Chinese film “Red Cliff” Feb. 5 at Muvico, the German movie “The Experiment” March 5 in Lundring, and the French film “Chicken with Plums” April 30 at Muvico. All screenings begin at 7 p.m.

Muvico is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

For more information, contact Rafaela Fiore Urizar at

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WHAT: Kiln Talk by Harry Berman of Berman Ceramics Arts
WHERE: Ventura Senior Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
WHEN: September 23, 2013
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8 pm

Harry Berman of Berman Ceramic Arts will visit Ventura Potters' Guild members and local ceramists to answer questions pertaining to firing both gas and electric kilns. Harry founded Berman Ceramic Arts, also known as the Cahuenga School of Pottery, almost 40 years ago. It is the most highly recognized school for pottery instruction in the Los Angeles area and a very successful one too. Berman will discuss various kiln and firing problems pottery artists often encounter and discuss solutions that can save time and money.

Free. All are welcome! Refreshments

A Spiritual Collective Festival Restoring the Cultural Beauty of the Chumash

DATE: September 28, 2013
TIME: 10 am - 10 pm
PLACE: 1804 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai (next to the Lumber yard, American Flag Flying)
Cost: Adults $5, Children free

On September 28th, 2013, the SECOND ANNUAL Festival of SUKINANIK’OY, a celebration of bringing Chumash History back to life in Ventura County, will be held at The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai from 10 am to 10 pm. Sukinanik’oy is a Native American word meaning, “to bring back to life”. For the Barbareno/Ventureno band of Mission Indians (BVBMI), this is a day of celebrating the first time land has been returned to the original people of the land in Ventura County.

Artifacts and human remains were unearthed on Saticoy property that was being developed. Respectfully, everything was reburied as preservation for this once long ago culture. An easement was created by the owners and developers to preserve the history and artifacts of the Chumash. The easement totals about 6 acres. This will be the first time any land in the Ventura area has been given back to the native Chumash people.

Local potter friend Larry Carnes, who’s also part Native American of a different tribe, is once again donating his property for this event. . Carnes, a Master Potter and owner of The Pottery Studio in Ojai, was given permission by the local tribal leaders to make sacred spirit stones from clay and glazed with the Chumash designs as a way to preserve these symbols of great respect and spirit. A portion of all sales from this Chumash line of art go to the local BVBMI Tribe who have plans for a NON PROFIT Community Educational and Cultural and Education Center; a native plant habitat, a tribal library and a place of honor for Native American Veterans.

Join artists, Aztec dance performers, local musicians and healers for this amazing collaborative community celebration and project fund raiser as appreciation of the beauty and history of our Valley. Spend the day and participate in the opening and closing ceremonies and blessings. There will be local musicians and Native American dancers, story telling, yoga, a fire ceremony and a silent auction. Please watch for the upcoming listing of the talented artists and schedule of well known performers. Food by Bliss Yogurt of Ojai and Scratch from Ventura, Lori's Ojai Lemonade, and more, will be available for purchase.

For more information call 805 646-6214 or look for entertainment schedules as

Actor portrays painter, archbishop and desperado

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A musical theater production based on the lives of three heroic Latinos will be performed at California Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 5.

A chamber music trio and solo actor will perform “Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones)” at 7 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. The show explores the artistic and political passions of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, the historical figure who some say inspired the character of Zorro.

“Los Valientes” is a production of the Core Ensemble, a musical theater group that has performed throughout the United States and in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the Caribbean. Actor and singer Kevin Melendez will portray Rivera, Romero and Murrieta. The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers. Cellist Ju-Young Lee, pianist Cyrus von Hochstetter and percussionist Michael Parola will perform. Parola recently completed his 20th year as producer, executive director and percussionist of the Core Ensemble.

The performance is part of a 14-state Hispanic Heritage Celebration Tour.

Since its founding in 1993, the ensemble has garnered international recognition for its efforts to commission new works and has been the catalyst in the creation of several works weaving narrative and theater into the chamber music experience. It receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Humanities Council, BankAtlantic Foundation, the A.D. Henderson Foundation and others.

The ensemble has toured throughout the United States with a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces since 1999 and performed “Ain’t I A Woman!” at CLU in 2009 as part of the group’s Women’s History Month tour.

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Eva Ramirez at 805-493-3349 or

Writer is on a crusade to wake people up to ageism
Ashton Applewhite
Ashton Applewhite

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An ageism expert and activist will dispel myths about late life in a talk at California Lutheran University.

Ashton Applewhite will present “This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Samuelson Chapel. Part monologue, part consciousness-raiser, the fierce but funny talk is part of Applewhite’s self-proclaimed “crusade to get people of all ages to wake up to the ageism in and around us, cheer up, and push back.”

Applewhite is an expert on the social, psychological and medical barriers associated with aging. She started writing a blog on the subject in 2007 and is writing a book about people older than 80 in the workforce titled “Staying Vertical: Dispatches from the Old Old on Work and Happiness.”

Her first published work was a collection of jokes published under a pseudonym. The book was the best-selling paperback of 1982 and a series followed. The books were so popular that “Blanche Knott” made publishing history by being the first person to have four books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.

Her first serious work, “Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well,” was published by Harper Collins in 1997. Ms. Magazine called it “rocket fuel for launching new lives.”

Applewhite is on staff at the American Museum of Natural History, where her writings include educational materials for the PBS series “Our Genes, Our Choices.” She is a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families and runs its annual Media Awards for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues. As a contributing editor of the International Electronic and Electrical Engineers’ magazine IEEE Spectrum, she has profiled innovative technologists and written feature articles on such topics as a village in Laos getting Internet access via a bicycle-powered computer.

Since she began writing about aging and ageism in 2007, Applewhite has been a Knight Fellow, a New York Times Fellow, an Age Boom Fellow at the Columbia University School of Journalism and an Information Society Project Fellow at Yale Law School.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and University Village Thousand Oaks are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact the center at or 805-493-3694.

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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Camera Whisperer Gary Moss to its September meeting. Moss will demystify the power of Adobe Lightroom by showing how Library and Develop modules work. He'll highlight what Adobe Lightroom can do for the emerging photographer. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm, September 17th, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Moss is an accomplished professional photographer and is the Photo Editor of 805 Living magazine. With over 25 years of experience, he has built a solid reputation and amassed a prolific body of work that specializes in travel, food, celebrity portraiture, advertising and editorial photography. His extraordinary way of creating beautiful images from virtually any subject matter puts him in high demand.

In addition to his Camera Whisperer workshops, Moss also teaches extension courses for world-renowned Brooks Institute.

Moss’s photographs have always had an editorial look. Most photographers usually shoot in one discipline. His work bridges many disciplines as he easily creates stunning images from a variety of different genres.

Moss’s lectures are extremely informative and enjoyable. He is a photographer, photo editor, educator, mentor and one funny guy whose presentation will appeal to photographers of all skill levels. Visit the Gary Moss website for extended information and images:

The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Visitors are always welcome, but only members may submit images for critique. More information about the Ojai Photography Club is available at:


The fall Oxnard College Literature, Arts & Lecture Series begins September 25, 2013. Sponsored by Oxnard College, all events are held on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building (OCPA), 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033. The October 9 and November 6 events are co-sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from the James Irvine Foundation. The events are free for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Interpreting service is provided for the hearing impaired. Parking is $2.00. For more information, contact Shelley Savren at or 805-986-5800 (x1951).

September 25
Deaf Community Cultural Wealth
In celebration of Deaf Awareness Week, Deaf Studies Professor Flavia Fleischer will explore six capitals of Deaf Community Cultural Wealth, including: linguistic, social, familial, navigational, aspirational and resistant, as examples of how deaf people actively combat oppression not only to survive, but to thrive.

October 2
Mixtec Indigenous Leaders: Models for Mobilizing and Empowering
Maricela Morales, Jessica Arciniega, Arcenio Lopez and Israel Vazquez will comprise a panel to raise awareness of how the Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project addresses the needs and contributions of the Mixtec people in Ventura, highlighting strengths and addressing discrimination.

October 9
Saved by a Poem
Poet and Performer Kim Rosen will deliver poems she has committed to heart by Pablo Neruda, Jalaluddin Rumi, Mary Oliver, Marie Howe and her own original poems, in a performance that offers a dynamic soundscape of music and silence, revealing ancient and modern rhythms that awaken, inspire and heal.

October 16
Continuing Dialog: Chronicling the Lives of Artists
Focus on the Masters (FOTM) founder and photographer Donna Granata will present her own photos of artists, coinciding with her exhibition at the Oxnard College McNish Gallery from October 30-December 17, and will share the history of FOTM and importance of the archive to the artistic heritage of Ventura County.

October 23
America: Empire or Umpire, and at What Cost?
Historian Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman (American Umpire, Harvard UP), will challenge the common assertion that the U.S. is a destructive empire – or one in denial – arguing that America has performed the role of umpire since 1776, based on global rules that have gradually earned collective approval.

October 30
Haunted Vacations: Places to Enjoy with Ghosts
In celebration of Halloween, ghost hunter and author Richard Senate will instruct the audience on how to investigate and enjoy ghosts in haunted locations, from the Queen Mary to Virginia City to Hawaii, and will provide a list of places in Ventura County where ghosts can be found from Ojai to Conejo.

November 6
From The Woman Warrior to The Fifth Book of Peace
National Book Award Winner and peace advocate Maxine Hong Kingston will read from her many collections of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including her newest epic poem, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, and her memoir, The Woman Warrior: A Girlhood Among Ghosts, followed by a book signing.

November 13
The Twang of the Banjer: America’s Instrument
Banjoist Chris Cairns will demonstrate the sounds and styles of the banjo in a performance that takes the audience down the historical trail of America’s only original musical instrument, with its barbaric twang, that has inspired a multitude of styles and flavors found throughout the musical world today.

November 20
The Colors of Israel: Many Cultures Reflected in Dance
Educational Director Cecilia Hanono will be joined by dancers from Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, who will demonstrate a tapestry of movement woven from different cultures that comprise Israel, paying homage to the past and bringing us to the contemporary dance and music that represents Israel today.

November 27
“To Thine Own Friends Be True!”
Lead by Oxnard College English Professor Anthony Rodriguez, the students of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society will navigate the perilous waters of friendship in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, revealing how the characters betray each other and themselves when striving to get ahead.


Moorpark, CA — The Moorpark Beer Festival announces its lineup for the 4th annual event will include 35 different brewers serving over 100 beers. This is a large increase from last year's event, which featured 25 breweries.

Lilly Canterbury, Chairman of the Moorpark Beer Festival Committee, had the following remarks, "We are excited to provide so many different options for attendees of the Moorpark Beer Festival. This year's event will bring back the vendors everyone came to enjoy at last year's festival and includes many new brewers for our guests to try."

Brewers include local favorites like Firestone Brewery, Enegren Brewery and Wolf Creek Brewery; National Chains like Fat Tire Ale's New Belgium Brewery and Blue Moon Brewery; and local homebrewers like the Simi Valley Home Brewers. Ninkasi Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery are both traveling to the festival from Oregon.

The following companies will be serving at the 4th Annual Moorpark Beer Festival on October 12, 2013:

• Alaskan Brewing Company
• Angel City Brewery
• Balast Point Brewing Company
• Black Market Brewing Company
• Blue Moon Brewing Company
• Bootleggers Brewery
• Brew Club of Simi Valley
• Cayman Jack Margaritas
• Coronado Brewing Company
• Deschutes Brewery
• Enegren Brewing Company
• Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co
• Fireman’s Brew
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co
• Green Flash Brewing Company
• Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
• Institution Ale Company
• Iron Fist Brewing Co.
• Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
• The Lab Brewing Company
• Lagunitas Brewing Company
• Latis Imports
• New Belgium Brewing
• Ninkasi Brewing Company
• Pabst Brewing Company
• Phestival Barrel House
• Samuel Adams Brewery
• Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
• Stone Brewing Company
• Sundowner Brewery
• Tap It Brewing Company
• Total Beverage Solution
• Twisted Tea
• Ventura’s Surf Brewery
• Wetten Importers
• Wolf Creek Brewing Company

For more information about the breweries serving at the 4th Annual Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival or to purchase tickets, visit

The Moorpark Beer Festival is the annual fundraiser of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club. Started in 2010, the event has become a staple in the Moorpark community calendar and funds the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year. All of the proceeds of the Moorpark Beer Festival will benefit the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which uses the funds to support local schools and community organizations. Last year, the Moorpark Morning Rotary Foundation gave $25,000 in festival profits to 20 local schools and nonprofits.


Performances by the core cast and dancers from the world famous Hemet Ramona Outdoor Play will highlight the sixth annual “Ramona Days”, September 7, 1-6 PM at Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark , Piru, CA. Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 classic California novel, Ramona, will come to life at the “Home of Ramona” as we celebrate all things Ramona. In addition to seeing vignettes from the play (2:00, and 4:00), visitors can watch the 1910 Mary Pickford movie filmed on location at Camulos, view unique memorabilia and historic displays, experience living history and attend historical presentations. Learn the art of flamenco with Linda “La Matadora “Andrade and her performers. There will also be food, music, a used book sale, art and craft sales and demonstrations, original artwork by local artists, museum and garden tours, free children’s activities and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and character for a fun experience. View the 2009 event filmed for Roger Martin’s Out and About series: .

In order to encourage wide community participation, admission fees are reasonable with advance tickets for $7, and gate admission $10. Children aged 12 and under will be free. Advance tickets are now available from our docents, in person at our gift shop, via email, phone, mail, will call, and on-line via our website. Additional event details will be posted at / 805-521-1501 as available. Vendor, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities are also available for this unique event. All proceeds benefit the historical preservation, restoration, and educational efforts of this 501(c) 3 museum. Rancho Camulos is located on HWY 126, 2 miles East of Piru / 10 miles west of the I-5 Newhall Ranch Road exit.

Rancho Camulos Museum Contact Information
5164 East Telegraph Road / P.O. Box 308, Piru CA 93040 / 805-521-1501 /


The Santa Paula Art Museum is excited to announce its preparation for two exhibitions scheduled in 2014. Opening first will be an exhibit of watercolors and woodblocks by Jessie Arms Botke on February 15, 2014 in the main gallery and opening less than a month later an exhibit of Cornelis Botke etchings to open on March 1, 2014 in the Douglas Shively Memorial Gallery. We are seeking paintings, woodblocks and etchings from the entire span of their careers. If you have a Jessie Arms Botke watercolor or woodblock or a Cornelis Botke etching that you would be willing to loan to the Museum for their exhibitions, please call Jennifer Heighton or Julie Cluster at (805) 525-5554 or email to

The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.

(top)(l-r) Hongsik Park, Hillis Johnson and Alyssa Gogesch, (front) Dan Geeting
(top)(l-r) Hongsik Park, Hillis Johnson and Alyssa Gogesch, (front) Dan Geeting
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Free event slated Sept. 20 in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University faculty and students will present a clarinet concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Samuelson Chapel.

Music professor Daniel Geeting will join Graduate School of Education student Alyssa Gogesch of Thousand Oaks, chemistry major Hillis Johnson of Livermore and music and biochemistry major Hongsik Park of Canoga Park in David Kraehenbuehl’s “Variations on a Pavane for Krummhorns” by Hermann Schein and Alfred Uhl’s “Divertimento.” Geeting and faculty pianist Eric Kinsley will perform the “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” by Arnold Bax and the “Concertino” arranged by Gordon Jacob on themes by Giuseppe Tartini.

Geeting has performed extensively, played on soundtracks for motion pictures and television, and recorded clarinet works of major composers. He joined CLU’s music faculty in 1984, and this concert marks the 30th consecutive year that he has performed a clarinet recital concert at the university. Kinsley has performed and lectured in venues including the Getty Center, the Huntington Library and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on Public Radio and television.

Donations will be accepted.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks. Additional parking is available in the lot at the corner of Olsen and Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, please call the Music Department at (805) 493-3306 or visit