‘Winterreise’ featured in Oct. 22 CLU concert
Christopher M. Cock
Christopher M. Cock

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - One of Franz Schubert’s most popular compositions will be performed at California Lutheran University at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Tenor Christopher M. Cock, director of choral and vocal activities at Valparaiso University in Indiana, will sing “Winterreise, Opus 89” in Samuelson Chapel. Pianist Nicole Lee will accompany him.

In his brief lifetime, Schubert wrote two of the most significant song cycles, or songs designed to be performed as a sequence, in the history of Western composition: “Die schöne Müllerin” and “Winterreise.” In the year before he died, he gathered a group of his friends to introduce them to the epic cycle “Winterreise.” In response to their cautious reaction to the melancholy mood of this group of songs, Schubert reportedly said, “I like these songs best of all, and you will come to like them, too.” Two hundred years of performance tradition have affirmed Schubert’s view that “Winterreise” would become one of the most performed vocal works of all time.

Cock holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music and is the founder and director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso. He has forged a unique career path, combining the roles of conductor and performer. As a solo artist, his extensive range and communicative performances have established him as a premier lyric tenor. He has received wide acclaim performing the tenor parts of oratorios and Passions in the role of Bach Evangelist in more than 50 shows around the world, including a 2001 appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall both as a soloist and a conductor and many times as a guest artist with the Oregon Bach Festival. He has recently sung with the Florida Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Miami Bach Society, the American Sinfonietta, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Seattle Chamber Singers.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.

 


 
Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
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New documentary examines impact on teen girls

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will screen a new documentary about the effect of media messages on teenage girls at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

“Miss Representation” will be shown in Lundring Events Center as part of the Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice. A panel discussion will follow.

The documentary film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received the Movies Matter Award at the 2011 Maui Film Festival. Oprah Winfrey acquired the broadcast rights and will air it on OWN on Oct. 20.

The provocative film by writer/director Jennifer Siebel Newsom weaves together the stories of teenage girls and interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne and Gloria Steinem to provide an inside look at the media and its message.

The film examines women’s images in TV, movies, journalism and politics. It contends that the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, the mass media, is teaching yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality—and not in her capacity as a leader. This makes it difficult for girls to reach their full potential and for women to obtain leadership positions. As technology advances and regulations decrease, children are seeing more images than ever before.

The 90-minute film provides startling facts and statistics. Fifty-three percent of 13-year-old girls are dissatisfied with their bodies; by age 17, that number increases to 78 percent. About two-thirds of women and girls have an eating disorder. Only 16 percent of films feature women protagonists. Women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population but only 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs and a mere 17 percent of the U.S. Congress. Experts and others in the film encourage people to take small and big steps to bring about change.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free showing. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at 805-493-3693 or sthomas@callutheran.edu.

 


 

Camarillo, CA. - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of “Eclectic Visions”, the annual Art faculty show now on display through Oct. 27 in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The artworks in this exhibition reflect the vast research and vibrant imagination of the artists, expressed in bronze sculptures and conceptual installations, graphic design and paintings, mixed media and video, and photography and ceramics. The mesmerizing works of art expose the multiple concerns, subjects, and issues that preoccupy the CI Art faculty. Current topics, connections with communities and commentaries about the past are among them. Creativity and craft, subtly intertwined in all these works, unify the eclectic visual language to create a compelling conceptual and pictorial narrative.

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. The John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery is located on the second floor. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information contact the Art Program, at 805-437-8570 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.

 


 
"San Cayetano" by Douglas Shively (Collection of the Santa Paula Art Museum)
"San Cayetano" by Douglas Shively (Collection of the Santa Paula Art Museum)
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The Santa Paula Art Museum is excited to announce its preparation for a retrospective featuring Santa Paula’s own Mr. Sycamore, Douglas Shively. It is to open in February, 2012. Douglas was a well known and loved artist who lived and worked here in Santa Paula. We are seeking paintings from the entire span of his artistic career. “We are interested not only in the paintings but stories that might go along with them”, said Jennifer Heighton, Executive Director. If you have a Douglas Shively painting that you find particularly unique and would be willing to loan to the Museum for their exhibition, please call Jennifer Heighton or Julie Cluster at (805) 525-5554 or email to info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.

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.

 


 
Quilts Made By Men

“Men Quilting! Quilts Made by Men” is the theme for the 13th Annual Heritage Valley Festival of Quilts to be on display from October 16, 2011 through February 5, 2012 at the California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main Street, in historic downtown Santa Paula. The exhibit will showcase the talents of male quilters from Los Angeles, Ventura County and as far north as Morro Bay, California. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, October 16 from 1-3 PM. Light refreshments will be served. A short gallery talk by guest curator Linda Wilkinson will be held at 1:30. The California Oil Museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Students (6-17), Free for Members & under 5.

This year the quilts on display are proof that designing and making quilts is not an accomplishment solely of women. Men were quilting professionally in England more than 200 years ago. Quilts constructed by English soldiers were prominently displayed during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In America there have undoubtedly been men who have quilted, but who gained no more recognition than did most of the anonymous women quilters through the years. With the resurgence of the quilt’s popularity since the 1970s, there has been greater notice of men who quilt. Partly because of the art quilt movement, where quilts are displayed on walls instead of hidden in bedrooms; partly because of the tools of the trade, long arm quilting machines, computer guided stitch controls, etc.; and partly because of the internet connecting people of like interests; quilting by men is becoming a small yet significant part of the quilting world.

Don Beld is from Los Angeles and is the founder of the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. He works almost exclusively with 19th Century reproduction fabrics. He is recognized as one of the nation’s experts on quilts made for Civil War soldiers. His quilt in this exhibit is a mosaic floor design adapted from St. Mark’s Duomo in Venice, Italy.

Rob Appell, owner of The Cotton Ball quilt shop in Morro Bay, will have three of his quilts in the exhibit, showcasing his varied interests in surfing, design, science, and protecting endangered species.

Ric Kajikawa, of Los Osos, will also have three quilts in the exhibit. As a retired math teacher, he has sought challenges in drafting and the use of color in his work.

Paul Brauckmann of Newbury Park was inspired to make his quilt “FRAZZLED” by his wife. He decided to take a quilting class taught by Carol Frye at the Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Company and anticipates designing and crafting more in the future.

Scott Godwin from Ventura has enjoyed entering quilts in the Ventura County Fair and two of his fair theme quilts will be on display.

Woody McWaters of Ventura has two of his quilts on display, a Christmas wall hanging and an optical illusion challenge with the title “Entwined”.

Roget Nguyen of Ventura has exhibited his art quilts at the Museum of Ventura County. A number of his innovative pieces will be on display.

Jerry Petersen, co-owner of Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Company, will have his first quilt on exhibit. The basket weave pattern of “The Ties That Bind” reminds him of family interconnections.

Kai Rogers is an eight year old who has just pieced his first quilt. It’s great to have his participation in this exhibit.

Who: Men Quilting! Quilts Made By Men
What: The 13th Annual Heritage Valley Festival of Quilts
Where: The California Oil Museum
When: Opening Reception October 16 at 1:30pm. Exhibit runs until February 5, 2012
Why: Because everyone loves quilts!

Contact: Linda Wilkinson, guest curator, at 525-2774 for more information.

The Museum may be contacted at:

California Oil Museum
1001 E. Main Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-0076
jorcutt@spcity.org

 


 
First CLU talk covers nun, witch and sorceress
Gregory Orfalea
Gregory Orfalea

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - An award-winning author will discuss the Spanish missionary Junipero Serra’s complex relationships with women and American Indians in a two-part series Oct. 18 and Nov. 8 at California Lutheran University.

Gregory Orfalea, who teaches at Westmont College, will present “Serra’s Women: A Bilocating Nun, a Witch and a Sorceress” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. He asserts that women such as Serra’s sister, guiding saints and an Indian sorceress played powerful roles in the life and times of the missionary.

The author will discuss “Serra and the Indians of California: A Hymn or a Horror?” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Orfalea will show that Serra, as a latecomer to the colonial scene, brought a more complex mindset to his relationship with the California Indians than is commonly understood.

Orfalea, who has taught writing at CLU, has written eight books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir, including a 2010 collection of short stories titled “The Man Who Guarded the Bomb.” Scribner plans to release “Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra and the Spanish Encounter with the California Indian” next year.

He has won awards for his writing, including grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the California Arts Council, and has served as a judge for the PEN USA Award and the Arab American Book Award. He was a finalist for the 2010 PEN USA Award in creative nonfiction for “Angeleno Days: An Arab American Writer on Family, Place and Politics.”

Both talks will be held in Lundring Events Center, which is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the free presentations. For more information, contact Amanda Whealon at awhealon@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3918.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced an upcoming exhibition, “The Paper Bag Show” featuring a group of alumni artists at the CI Exhibitions Gallery located in Old Town Camarillo from Oct. 10 through Nov. 3. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A group of recent Art alumni gathered at a local bar to discuss life and work after the spring semester ended. The bar served chips in a paper bag and as it would happen with any starving college student, the chips were gone in the blink of an eye. The paper bag soon began making its way around the table along with a pen, with each artist adding their own spin to it. Thus, “The Paper Bag Show” was born.

The guidelines were simple: use a brown paper bag in some way. This exhibition will feature the end results of one standard ingredient plus a summer to mull it over. Over 20 multi-talented artists will showcase their specialties, running the gamut from traditional painting and sculpture to graphic design and digital media.

The art gallery is located at 92 Palm Drive, Camarillo and is open and free to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-8863 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.

 
Photographer Luther Gerlach Demonstrates Historic Process

Photographer Luther Gerlach will share how he uses the alchemy of the past to create his haunting, contemporary images, at the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, October 16, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Gerlach will demonstrate how to make wet-plate collodion negatives and albumen prints from authentic mammoth glass plate cameras. He will also give a historical and technical overview of this early photographic process, which dates back to the mid 1800s.

Seating is limited to 60 people. Admission is $10, $5 for museum members, and includes entry to all museum galleries, including the exhibition In the Light of Blue: New Works by Luther Gerlach. For reservations call 805-653-0323 x 7.

Gerlach’s use of the wet-plate process and his collection of antique and artist-built mammoth glass plate cameras, reflect a love for what he calls “the truly handmade photographic image.”

Since 2006 Gerlach has given more than 125 on site demonstrations, lectures and workshops in wet plate collodion, albumen, platinum and photo gravure processes at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu. He has instructed at Brooks Institute of Photography and at Art Center in Pasadena, as well as presenting lectures and demonstrations at the Natural History Museum in Santa Barbara, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Westmont College. His work is included in the collections of the Prague National Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and President Barack and Michelle Obama, among others.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 
Irreverent production features puns, silly songs

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University students will present “The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)” Oct. 13 through 16.

Performances of the zany romp through the Old and New Testaments will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Black Box Studio Theatre.

Developed by The Reduced Shakespeare Company, the play features puns, silly songs and irreverent (but not blasphemous) humor. The production flies at breakneck speed and is sure to cause laughter of biblical proportions. The roller coast ride from fig leaves to final judgment tackles such great theological questions as “Did Adam and Eve have navels?,” “Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston?” and “Why isn’t the word phonetic spelled the way it sounds?” Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor wrote the play and Matthew Croke provided additional material.

Martin Gonzalez, a junior theatre arts major from Hesperia, is directing the production. The five-person cast, which portrays 62 characters, features the following: Will Cowles Meyer, a freshman from Spokane, Wash., who has not declared a major; Ally Crocker, a junior theatre arts major from San Diego; Bryana Gable, a junior music major from Fremont; Erik Groth, a junior music major from Newbury Park; and Cooper Smith, a freshman liberal studies major from Trabuco Canyon.

The Black Box Studio Theatre is located in the Theatre Arts Building on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Admission is free. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 805-493-3415.

 
Activities focus on finding the courage to take action
Rosemary Radford Ruether
Rosemary Radford Ruether

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University is hosting a series of social justice events on Friday, Oct. 7, as part of a three-day, three-county conference.

“When the Bush Stops Burning: The Courage to Act for Justice” will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the intersection of faith and social justice, meet others who share their concerns and find the courage to take action.

The CLU events will begin at 9 a.m. with a presentation by members of the CLU Poetry Slam club in Samuelson Chapel.

Rosemary Radford Ruether, a groundbreaking figure in Christian feminist theology, will present “Social Justice as Integral to the Christian Gospel” at 9:30 a.m. A distinguished scholar, teacher and activist in the Catholic Church, she is the Carpenter Emerita Professor of Feminist Theology at Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Georgia Harkness Emerita Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and a visiting professor of feminist theology at Claremont School of Theology. Her many books include “Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology.”

Joerg Rieger, the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, will speak at 11 a.m. on "Empire and Economics: The Difference a Faith Community Makes."

After lunch, activist theologian and writer Ched Myers of Oak View and other panelists will discuss what it means to be actively engaged in working toward justice within their communities. A biblical scholar and educator, Myers has been challenging Christians to engage in peace and justice work and radical discipleship for 30 years.

Participants can then choose from four breakout sessions featuring leaders from Bread for the World, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), the Abundant Table Farm Project and the World Hunger program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) talking about their courage to act.

The other conference activities are on Oct. 8 at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach and on Oct. 9 at Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont and Irvine United Congregational Church. CLU, Bread for the World, Church Women United, CLUE - California, ELCA World Hunger and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are sponsoring the events.

Registration for the CLU activities is $20, with a discounted rate of $15 for seniors. To register, go to http://couragetoact.wordpress.com. For more information, contact Donna Brown in Campus Ministries at 805-493-3228 or dsbrown@callutheran.edu.

 
Invitational Car Show, Documentary Film, & Musical Performance October 9, 2011
Musician Mark Guerrero
Musician Mark Guerrero

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Museum of Ventura County with a stroll through their invitational low rider car show, and a screening of Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East LA, the documentary film by Emmy winning filmmakers Jon and Nancy Wilkman. The event on Sunday, October 9 also includes an expert panel discussion about music of that era, as well as a special performance by musician and songwriter Mark Guerrero, who led the popular East Los Angeles band Mark & the Escorts in the 1960s.

The car show runs from 3:00- 4:30 p.m. and the film screening begins at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for museum members, and also includes entry to all museum galleries. For reservations, call (805) 653-0323 x 7.

Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles is based on the book Land of a Thousand Dances by Tom Waldman and David Reyes, and traces the history of Chicano music in Los Angeles from the legendary Lalo Guerrero to the groups Cannibal and the Headhunters, Tierra and Ozomatli. It tells the story of how generations of young people from the country’s largest Mexican American community created a unique musical voice and used it to express their identity. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, the hour documentary combines the exuberant music with intimate interviews and rare archival photos and film.

A panel discussion will follow the film, and include such notables as the filmmakers Jon and Nancy Wilkman; musician, songwriter and Chicano music historian Mark Guerrero; music producer Max Uballez, formerly of the Romancers; Tom Waldman and David Reyes, noted authorities on Chicano rock and roll and co-authors of Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock and Roll from Southern California.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 

The October 5th meeting is at Faulkner Farms, University of California Hansen Trust 14292 Telegraph Rd, Santa Paula.

Time: 100 pm

The program will be "Make A Salad Garden Bowl", with Janet Foy, Member & Master Gardender.

Cost is $5.00 for materials, payable on arrival.

Plants are available for purchase from the nursery and antiques/misc. items at the Barn for purchase.

Pumpkin refreshments will be served.

Guests are invited, and parking is in the lot off Briggs Road.

Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a shade hat.

 
Greg Williams
Greg Williams

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will present its seventh annual Campus Reading Celebration featuring Dr. Gregory H. Williams, author of Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 in Salon A on the campus. A book-signing will follow Williams’ presentation.

The Campus Reading Celebration provides an annual opportunity for the campus community and public to share in a common intellectual experience. This year’s Campus Reading Celebration book follows the life of Williams, who grew up believing he was white but learned that his father was half black when they moved to his father’s hometown of Muncie, Indiana. In this remarkable memoir, Williams brings us with him as he negotiates the “color line” and brings a vivid contrast between the black and white worlds. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, this book is “heartbreaking and uplifting . . . a searing book about race and prejudice in America . . . brims with insights that only someone who has lived on both sides of the racial divide could gain.”

Williams currently serves as the 27th president of the University of Cincinnati, one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities. He is the author of three published books, the best known of which is Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black. As a result of this autobiography, he has been featured on a number of national programs including “Oprah,” “Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw,” “Larry King Live,” ABC's “Nightline with Ted Koppel” and “Fresh Air with Terri Gross” of National Public Radio.

In 1995, Life on the Color Line was selected as Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times. In 1996, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America named Life on the Color Line an “Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights.” Williams has also written a number of articles and book reviews for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

Reservations are required for this event and can be made online at: http://www.csuci.edu/crc/. Admission for CI students, faculty, and staff is free. The cost for community members is $10 and $5 for non-CI students.

Limited parking is available on campus and is complimentary. Follow signs to designated event parking areas. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station /Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with complimentary shuttle service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI VISTA Bus. 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 Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@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.

 
Gong Yuebin and “Life’s Crossroad”
Gong Yuebin and “Life’s Crossroad”
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Chinese immigrant created eco-themed installations

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An artist who recently emigrated from China will display his powerful installations featuring blackened tree trunks at California Lutheran University from Oct. 6 through Nov. 15.

An opening reception for “Life’s Crossroad: Installations by Gong Yuebin” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture inside Soiland Humanities Center. Yuebin’s work will also be displayed at the flagpoles outside the building.

Yuebin, who lives in Sacramento, created the sculpture installation series in 2010 to express the relationship between people and the earth’s resources, particularly the crossroads at which we find ourselves in preserving natural resources. Struck by the sight of acres of trees in Lake Tahoe that had burned in a forest fire and seeing a connection between them and the casualties of war, he used blackened trunks of large cedar trees to create monumental arrangements that are evocative of stone circles or watching figures.

The installations also reflect Yuebin’s two near-death experiences, one as a child and one as an adult. Born in 1960, Yuebin and his family were forced to work the land in a rural village in Northern China because his parents had been labeled political dissidents. He bonded with nature during a childhood filled with hunger, fear, physical hardship and political persecution. His first brush with death came when he nearly drowned while gathering wild yams that had been washed away by a flood.

Later, Yuebin was able to move to the city and study at art colleges. He taught art at a community college for seven years and participated in shows and competitions. He then put aside fine art for 10 years while working as a commercial art designer. A serious illness, his second near-death experience, prompted him to reconsider his priorities. He decided to immigrate to the United States and return to art. Instead of returning to Chinese-style ink painting, he sought a new medium of expression and began work on installations.

Soiland Humanities Center is on the south side of Memorial Parkway near Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Lois and Allan Friedman Family Foundation and the CLU Art Department are sponsoring the free exhibition. For more information, call Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.

 

Come see inside our hard working beehive, let your kids climb on a vintage tractor, and learn about how food is grown, when the Museum of Ventura County's long awaited Agriculture Museum opens in Santa Paula on Sunday, September 25. Enjoy free admission for the day, docent led tours, and live music by the Lynn Mullins Pickup Band, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Insects: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly features the museum’s own working beehive and macro close-up photographs of bees, taken with a scanning electron microscope by artist and photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher. Visitors can examine bugs with an "EyeClops" microscope, and learn about insects such as the tiny but fierce Asian Citrus Psyllid, which poses a serious threat to the citrus industry.

Eight vintage tractors, dating from 1914 to 1955, are found throughout the building, including one upon which children can sit. The machines are part of a rotating display of the museum’s nationally recognized collection of farm implements. display of the museum’s nationally recognized collection of farm implements.

Permanent exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements, tell the story of Ventura County’s farming and ranching tradition. Starting with Mission times, visitors can trace the county’s evolution into one of the nation’s most productive growing regions, and learn what innovations are in store for an industry that presently employs more than 30,000 county residents.

The realization of more than 40 years of effort and dedication by supporters, the Agriculture Museum is appropriately housed in the landmark 1888 restored Mill building, at 926 Railroad Avenue, beside the railroad tracks and across from the depot in Santa Paula, California's historic downtown.

The museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, and children under 6 free. Membership in the Museum of Ventura County includes free admission to both their Agriculture Museum and the Museum of Ventura County’s primary location at 100 East Main Street in Ventura. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org

To receive information about the September 24 Grand Opening Celebration Fundraiser for the Agriculture Museum, please contact development@venturamuseum.org.

 

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The Seaside Highland Games, already choc-a-block with wonderful things to see and do, is adding new and exciting things to the Highland experience of all who attend! Bagpipe Bands already committed will arrive from all over California and many of the Western States. Premier Highland Dancers by the scores will amaze you from their Amtrak California Stage near the front gate. And the Scottish athletes--the Highland Heavies--will return to the friendly environs of Morgan Arena just at the end of Clan Row. But they will return--not with just their normal feats of strength and agility but with the new LIGHT WEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL held exclusively at Seaside! And if you really believe the "Light Weight" throwers are light-weights, think again! This will be an awesome show featuring the best athletes from around the world.

For those of you who love Sara Goodman's All Breed Herding Dogs demonstrations ( and who doesn't), have no fear as she will be right beside the athletes in her very own "Oceanside Herding Arena!" That end of Clan Row will be one very popular destination. What else is happening there you ask? Well, in addition to our beloved Bydand Forever, the Gordon Highlanders recreators (whose live black powder show occurring in Morgan Arena each day), we are welcoming back Richard Brown's Highlander Warriors whose encampment beside Bydand's will impress you and whose action packed sword demonstrations on the green will send you back to those earlier, wilder days.

On a more "civilized" note, the music wafting in from across the way on the Celtic Rock Stage will be favorites Eric Rigler and his band Bad Haggis. That is not a commentary on either haggis, the Scottish delicacy, or Eric's music which is amazingly GOOD...just a name! Eric brings with him this year a new band (new to us at least) called Anita and the Yanks. You will be pleased to hear the soothing melodies sung by Anita Mansfield and the hard-driving rhythms set up by her band.

Moving back through the more than 80 Clan Society encampments we come to Center Stage where so much action is focused. First is the unfortunate news of our working without Star Performer Alex Beaton this year. Many of you know that Alex was seriously injured in a home accident at the end of July and remains hospitalized but making steady progress as we speak. So serious, however, that the Seaside Games has set up a "Matching Funds" benefit to assist Alex and Linda when this is all over and that is highlighted on our website.

That Center Stage will still be a happening place with the return of perennial favorites, the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh and adding the fantastic musicianship of the Southern California band Sligo Rags. You will not want to miss a beat of their exciting sets. While you are in the area, look for Alex's tent and the wonderful volunteers selling his products led by the dear Helen and Bill Eisenhower.

We cannot leave this area without a mention of Saturday's noontime Grand Parade and Opening Ceremonies. You will see every Clan and moveable organization represented here and to be greeted by our Very Special Guest, The Marquess of Huntly, Chief of the House of Gordon, the "Cock o' the North" himself, Granville Huntly of Aboyne, Scotland who will declare the Games "Officially Open!"

The amazing Wood family performers, "Celtic Spring" will hold forth to their usual record-breaking crowds on their stage in Vendor Building One, just steps away from the very active Children's Glen where we have just added the popular Story Teller Neal McLeod who delights and entertains all ages.

Scottish Country Dancers not just occupy but make come alive their own building, McBride Hall. Our newly "resurrected" Scottish Fiddle Competition (after having been shelved in the State of California for over twelve years) will return as an expanded and popular event for both Saturday and Sunday this year. Premier keyboardist Shauna Pickett-Gordon and National Champion Fiddler Colyn Fischer, who are professionally known as Peat-Fire Flame, will oversee that Competition once again. They will also be in concert together with our Scottish Country Dancers at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Saturday night.

Other than that and a little Gordon "Dinner with the Chief" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for a hundred and fifty, a wedding for two hundred plus extended hours for the Celtic Rock Stage--ALL on Saturday night--things are rocking along as usual! Why not come and take in some of the fun yourself? Call John & Nellie at 818-886-4968 or see seaside-games.com for more information. Come to Seaside and see!!

 

The 2011 Seaside Highland Games will be hosting, as it always does, a wide variety of bagpipe band competitions, dance events plus the ever popular athletic competitions--the amazing "Highland Heavies" tossing their weights and cabers for height, distance and accuracy. All classes of athletes from pros down to rank amateurs will try their hand at throwing the hammer and the weights, putting the stones and turning the caber--that telephone pole shaped instrument (which is not at all tossed or "turned" for distance but for accuracy alone). You will see some of the biggest, the brawniest and most awesome bodies on the planet striving to make this happen. And that brawn combined with an equal amount of skill and technique just may set some records for the old home crowd!
But, a very talented group of athletes will be descending on Seaside this year for a very special competition--a worldwide "invitation only" competition--for the smaller but just as dedicated athletes. The Seaside Games will host the inaugural SAAA Men's Lightweight World Championships featuring the top Highland Games athletes from around the world weighing in at under 200 pounds. Competitors will travel from across the country and around the world to compete in this elite group. Spectators are sure to enjoy watching some of the best pound-for-pound Highland Games athletes in the world compete with their peers.

Competing as they will in the same events as the other classes and professionals, you will be amazed to see what these guys can do. The Lightweights' main sponsor is WZI Inc. from Bakersfield, California who will be debuting a new solar/electric hybrid bike concept vehicle at the this Seaside competition. Border States Electric will also be sponsoring this unique event.

As of publication, the list of entrants includes:
Mark Howe, FL
Jeff Thornton, WA
Luke Hilgers, WI
Mike Berby, VT
Ryan Seckman, AZ
Kevin Rogers, IL
Johnnie Stone, CO
Rich Wilson, CA
Jeff Goodman, CA
Adam Larson, WA
Clayton Funderburke, FL
Pete McGraith, CA
Scott Clark, UK
Robert Henderson, MS
Phil Sansotta, ID

 

September 25, 2011

SANTA PAULA, CA – An intimate concert with the Ventura County group, Gathering, will be held at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Admission to the concert is $20 for Museum members and $25 for non-members.

Gathering, which consists of band members Teddi Cassity, Gregg Cassity, Eric Brown and Bill Bartels, describe themselves as a group of friends, musicians all, who have come together in a gathering to make music from the heart. Rooted in folk, blues, rock and roll, Celtic and American idioms, it is music of lives fully lived, lives impacted by life, and lives finding center and joy.

The concert will feature an acoustic blend of styles, harmonies and genres, mixed to be mesmerizing. According to Museum Director, Jennifer Heighton, “Gathering embodies all of the best qualities of live music: rich sound, a casual attitude, and a feeling of being among friends. Teddi Cassity’s voice in particular will remind you of the soulful female folk musicians of yesterday.”

Bartels, currently the music teacher at Santa Paula’s Little Red School house, encourages everyone to make music, see the world through the lens of music and allow the creativity of music to challenge the hearts and minds of all of us. The band’s relaxed but captivating sound is a perfect complement to the sights of the Museum and concert guests will be able to enjoy both the band and the art currently on exhibit.

The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Reservations for the concert are recommended. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. More information is available by calling the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org

 
Li Jing as Qui Jin
Li Jing as Qui Jin
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Co-producer/director to discuss documentary

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The co-producer/director of a documentary on the “Chinese Joan of Arc” will discuss the film at a free screening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at California Lutheran University.

Rae Chang will talk after “Autumn Gem” is shown in the Preus-Brandt Forum. The hour-long film was produced and directed by Chang and her husband, fellow San Francisco Bay Area Chinese-American filmmaker Adam Tow.

The documentary explores the extraordinary life of Qiu Jin, a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was captured and executed. She became the first female martyr for China’s 1911 Revolution and is celebrated as a national heroine today. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution that ended imperial rule in China.

While Jin is a familiar figure in China, she is largely unknown outside of the country. “Autumn Gem” is the first documentary feature on her in the United States. The 2009 film features scholar interviews, archival materials and scenes adapted from Jin’s original writings. It stars former Chinese martial arts champion and Hollywood stunt actress Li Jing.

“Autumn Gem” has screened at more than 90 venues throughout the world including Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Tribeca Film Center in New York. It was featured at the 10th International Women in Asia Conference at Australia National University in 2010.

Chang, who also served as writer and editor for the film, is an artist and graphic designer. She has worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, sculpture, performance and video. Her work has been presented in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Chinese Culture Center, the Pacific Film Archive and New College of California Gallery. Trained in Chinese martial arts (wushu), she performs with the dance company Facing East Dance and Music.

The Ventura County Chinese American Association, Ventura Chinese School and CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, Languages and Cultures Department and Multicultural and International Programs are sponsoring the event.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, contact Debby Chang at ddchang@callutheran.edu or 818-865-9772.

 

"Being Tim Burton"
Join us for a day trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see what shaped the personal vision of director, writer, producer and artist Tim Burton, known for inventively combining humor, melancholy and fantasy in such films as Edward Scissorhands and
The Nightmare Before Christmas. The exhibition includes more than 700 pieces, including sketches from his time as a Disney animator.
Saturday, October 15 • 10 am - 3:30 pm
$75 • $65 MVC members • RSVP: 805.653.0323 x 305
Ticket price includes transportation and special exhibit admission.

Chinatown, the "Chung King Road" & the Chinese American Museum
Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the Chinese American Museum embodies both a cultural and physical link to the past and a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Saturday, November 12 • 9 am – 3:30 pm
$85 • $75 MVC members • RSVP: 805.653.0323 x 305
Transportation, classic chinese lunch and museum admission are included in price.

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St. • Ventura
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