Winner of international competition to perform
Jonathan Ryan
Jonathan Ryan

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The first in a series of concerts celebrating the 20th anniversary of California Lutheran University’s unique pipe organ will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Samuelson Chapel.

Organist Jonathan Ryan will present the Carl Bertram Swanson Honorary Recital as part of the Orville and Gloria Franzen 2011-2012 Organ Program Series.

Ryan won First Prize and the Le Tourneau Prize for the best performance of a newly commissioned work for organ and percussion ensemble in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition. He has also received first prize in major national organ competitions including the 2006 Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, the 2006 John Rodland Scholarship Competition and the Young Professional Division of the 2004 Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition. He won the Audience Prize in the 2004 Miami International Organ Competition.

After studying organ and church music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ryan received a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. He holds the Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists, the guild’s highest professional certification.

The series celebrates 41 years of service by former University Organist Carl Bertram Swanson and the anniversary of the Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in Samuelson Chapel. Created with the chapel in mind by Gottfried Reck under Swanson’s careful watch, the 2,109-pipe organ cost $300,000 and took almost a year to construct. Artisans crafted it from white oak to blend with the chapel furnishings. Huge zinc and copper pipes soar 26 feet vertically, and three tiers of brass Spanish trumpets jut horizontally from the pipes. The console is made of walnut burl with cherry and maple wood stops. The pedals and the keys, both naturals and sharps, are made of rosewood. Paul Petersen donated the organ in memory of his wife, Borghild, whose life was molded by her Lutheran faith.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Donations will be accepted at the free concert. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit


Elizabeth Bathory
Elizabeth Bathory
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Really Awful People Rear Their Ugly Heads In Next George Stuart Exhibition and Monologue

Some of history’s most reviled and frightful people are portrayed in Really Awful People, the George Stuart Historical Figures® exhibit opening September 13 and running through November 13 at the Museum of Ventura County. The ¼ life-size sculptural figures are renowned for their expressiveness and intricately detailed costumes.

The accompanying monologues about history’s evil standouts are among George Stuart’s most popular. Part I will be on Tuesdays, October 4, and Part II will be on Tuesday, November 1, with both presentations at 1:30 p.m. For reservations call (805) 641-1876 ext. 7. Admission for the general public is $15, for museum members $10

Among the legendary personalities Really Awful People highlights are Vlado Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure upon whom Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was based; Jack the Ripper, the unidentified serial killer active in London in late 1888; 15th century Elizabeth Bathory, who according to legend killed 600 virgins in order to bath in their blood to renew her beauty; Roman Emperor Nero; and dictators Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

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. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.


Catch the Wave

Surf’s up at the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, September 11 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., when author Domenic Priore discusses popular surf culture, followed by a record expo by Buffalo Records and music by the Soul Surfers. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for museum members, and includes entry to the museum’s current exhibition Splash! which includes surfboard art. For reservations, call (805) 653-0323 x7.

Domenic Priore, co-author of Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom, will discuss the rise and fall of California’s surfing craze from the 1950s to 1965, its importance as an arts and culture movement, recent revivals and how the ‘60s surf style has re-emerged in today’s underground of surfing. Musical entertainment by the Soul Surfers and the expo and sale by Buffalo Records, will follow the talk.

Copies of Priore’s book, co-authored with Brian Chidester, will be available for purchase in the museum store. A television and documentary writer specializing in sociology, pop culture, and music, Priore has also written the books Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ’n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood; Beatsville; and Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece.

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. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.



The Ojai Valley Museum, for the fourth year, is producing “Ojai Celebrates Art.” Call for Artist entries are open to anyone 18 years of age and older working in any gallery media. An in-house museum committee will select artwork for inclusion from submitted prints, slides or digital media. Deadline for submissions is September 13, 2011. This juried exhibition of fine art has an open theme. The exhibit will run from October 13 to December 31, 2011.

As with last years successful exhibit, there will be cash awards in the amounts of $300, $200 and $100. Three specially invited well-known art professionals will jury the exhibit. The criteria for bestowing the cash awards are stringent and based on quality and excellence of art execution.

An awards and presentation ceremony is organized for Ojai Day, October 15th from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Museum. Admission to the museum and reception will be free to the public on October 15th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to see the exhibit as well as attend the award ceremony.

For additional information call the museum at (805) 640- 1390, extension 203. To access the complete Call for Artist information you may visit the museum website at:

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by Museum Members, Private Donors, Business Sponsors and Underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, and the Rotary Club of Ojai.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2011 members, adults - $4.00, students - 18 and under - $1.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 1 to 4 pm; Saturday, 10 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment.



Museum of Ventura County & 5 Gyres Institute present
Two Events in One Day!
Saturday, August 20
Museum of Ventura County Plaza & Pavilion

Daytime Event
Family Fun • 11 am-5pm
Join professional surfer Mary Osborne as she lends her support for
the 5 Gyres fight against plastic pollution

Come Meet the Plastic Monster!
• Make your own recyclable T-shirt bag!
• Food court • Sponsor booths • Ocean Inspired Arts & Crafts • Art galleries
Admission $5 • Twelve & under FREE

Evening Event
Adult Evening • 7pm-11 pm
Music Headliners
Todd Hannigan from the Heavy 29s with
Roger Keiaho of Rey Fresco, Jessie Siebenberg & Dave Palmer
Zuri Star opens 7:30 • Recycled Plastic Fashion Show
$15 cover charge includes souvenir cup
21 years and over only • Reservations: 805.653.0323 x 7

100 E. Main St., Ventura

“Entre les Murs”
“Entre les Murs”
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Free movies explore integrity, compassion, diversity

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will hold its fifth annual French film festival, a series of free screenings, from Sept. 7 through 30.

The Tournées Festival: French Films on the CLU Campus will feature five movies, which will all start at 7:15 p.m. in Preus-Brandt Forum. They explore the themes of integrity, compassion and diversity. All films are subtitled in English.

“L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours)” - Wednesday, Sept. 7
In this 2009 family drama written and directed by Olivier Assayas and starring Juliette Binoche, two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother’s succession.

“Entre les Murs (The Class)” - Friday, Sept. 9
Winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or at Cannes and directed by Laurent Cantet, the film is based on the best-selling book by teacher François Bégaudeau, who plays himself. As he attempts to teach the French language to his multi-ethnic students, Bégaudeau offers the opportunity and the threat of modern cultural assimilation.

“Welcome” - Friday, Sept. 16
A study of a budding friendship and a look at the perils illegal immigrants face, Philippe Lioret’s 2009 film centers on Bilal, a young Iraqi Kurd who is stuck in Calais, and Simon, a recently divorced swimming teacher. Desperate to join his girlfriend in London, Bilal vows to swim across the English Channel if he must.

“Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks)” - Friday, Sept. 23
In this 2007 film directed by Claude Lelouch, a successful crime novelist is in search of inspiration. A notorious serial killer escapes from prison. A professor disappears. A hairdresser finds herself abandoned on the side of a road by her fiancé, and a passer-by offers to help her. Is there anything to link these apparently unconnected events?

“Séraphine” - Friday, Sept. 30
Winner of seven César Awards, Yolande Moreau is unforgettable as a real-life naïve artist in the title role of Martin Provost’s 2008 film. Moreau plays the painter as no one’s fool and, in several scenes marked by silence, conveys Séraphine’s mental state as utterly inscrutable.

Presented by the French program in CLU’s Department of Languages and Cultures, the free festival is made possible with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation and highbrow entertainment.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive. For more information, contact Karen Renick of the French Department at or go to


VENTURA, CA – Local actors of all ages will have the unique opportunity to audition for a stage performance of Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Pride and Prejudice,” Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road.

The play is a production of Ventura County Community Theatre, in association with Performance Theatre for Young Artists. Austen’s most popular novel, first published in 1813, has been adapted for the stage in a script written by VCCT and PTYA Director Marta Dewey. Most youth parts to be cast are written for 12- to 18-year olds, and adults will perform age-appropriate roles. Performances are planned for November.

“This is a great opportunity for adult and youth actors of all experience levels to bring this literary masterpiece to life,” said Dewey. “It’s rare for a show like this to be performed on a community theater stage.” She said she hopes the show will increase interest in literary classics, especially among young people and in the schools. One of the most acclaimed novels in English literature, “Pride and Prejudice” has stood the test of time, and to date has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide.

Although a drama, the show will feature several “old world” dances and songs. With a humorous slant, “Pride and Prejudice” deals with marriage, manners, morality, education and other issues among England’s 19th-century, land-owning English gentry. The story follows the Bennet family and their five daughters, who fear that when their father dies, their house and property will be inherited by a distant cousin. The family’s future security and happiness depend on the daughters’ marriages to suitable and financially secure husbands, who they are longing to find.

Main characters include Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia; Mr. and Georgiana Darcy; Charles and Caroline Bingley; Mr. Wickham; Mr. Collins; Charlotte and Maria Lucas; Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner; Louisa Hurst; Lady Catherine and Miss de Bourgh; Mrs. Phillips; Mrs. Forster; and Miss Younge.

Actors should prepare a 1-minute monologue to perform for the audition. They will also be asked to do a cold reading from the script. For more information about auditions, “Pride and Prejudice” characters, the plot and the production, go to To schedule an audition appointment, call (805) 653-1962.


On August 20th, at Oxnard’s Skate Park off of Rose Avenue, Arts for Action will present the Sk805. This is a Skate and Arts Competition. The event which features local and professional artists and skaters will include an arts component where artists design blank skate board decks, and a Skate contest. The skate contest will be for 3 age groups (11 and Under, 12-17, and 18 and over) and with 3 categories (Best Trick, Jam Session, Game of Skate). All decks designed for the contest will be auctioned off in support of Arts for Action youth programs. Skaters interested in registering can go to for complete rules and schedule, and artists have until September 14th to complete original decks for auction.

This years event is Sponsored by The McCune Foundation, La Catrina in Ventura, The Police Activities League of Oxnard, Apathy Boards, Bell Arts Factory, One Way Board Shop, Zumiez, Oxnard Graffiti Task Force, 5-Points Skate Shop, Revolution Skate Shop and all individual Donors! Complete rules and schedules can be found at All donations and sponsorship given to this event benefit youth programs at Arts for Action including muralism, dance, and video production. The mission of Arts for Action (A4A) is to build and sustain a movement for social, environmental, and economic justice, arts education and activism, education, and community organizing.

Bathers circa 1950
Bathers circa 1950
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Bathing Suit circa 1929
Bathing Suit circa 1929
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In the 19th century, a trip to the beach promised pleasant breezes, salt water, and picnics, but certainly not surfing, volleyball or bikinis. Learn how seaside attitudes and fashion changed, when the Museum of Ventura County presents Democratizing the Beach: From Therapy to Recreation, by historian Robert C. Ritchie, on Saturday, August 27, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for museum members, and includes entry to all museum galleries. For reservations, call 805-653-0323 x 7.

Dr. Ritchie’s talk illustrates how beach culture shifted during the 19th century from an emphasis on the therapeutic value of seawater to interest in the recreational pleasures of a trip to the shore. He will also look at the changing attitudes about appropriate beach attire. Ritchie’s lecture accompanies the museum’s current Splash! exhibition, which includes historic photographs of Ventura’s 1900s seaside attractions, 1920s and 1960s bathing suits from the museum’s collection, an exploration of 1960s surf culture, and a detailed look back at Ventura’s former Bath House, unique “Tent City” and early Pierpont Bay resort. Ocean inspired work by more than 30 regional artists is also part of the exhibit, which runs through September 18.

Ritchie, whose specialty is early American history, is a senior research scholar with the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, where he recently retired as Director of Research for the Huntington’s W. M. Keck Foundation. Prior to that he was professor of history and associate chancellor at the University of California, San Diego.

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. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.



MEN QUILTING: Quilts Made by Men

Plans are underway for this year’s quilt exhibit at the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula. This year the exhibit will feature quilts made by men.

The exhibit will be on display from Sunday, October 16, 2011 until February 5, 2012.

For more information and entry forms, please contact guest curator, Linda Wilkinson.

959 Loma Vista Place, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Entry deadline: August 30, 2011


Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Choir invites community members, students, faculty and staff to be part of a diverse group with a shared passion for singing. The CI Choir will hold auditions by appointment throughout the month of August. To schedule an audition, contact Professor KuanFen Liu at 805-278-0375 or

Offered as part of the University’s Performing Arts Program, the choir encompasses all ages and musical backgrounds and offers participants the opportunity to perform throughout Ventura County. Community members compose more than two-thirds of the group. The choir covers a wide range of musical selections, from classical arrangements to spirituals and folk songs. Public performances are held each semester.

The choir meets on Monday nights from 7 to 9:50 p.m. in Malibu Hall, Room 140, which is located on Chapel Drive on the CI campus. The first class is Monday, Aug. 29. The fee for community participants is $75 per semester, which includes free campus parking.

Auditions are held twice a year at the start of each semester. Enrolled students do not need to audition, but must sing for the instructor to determine vocal range and placement in the choir.

The choir is led by Professor KuanFen Liu. Liu holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in voice performance from Tunghai University in Taiwan. She has conducted the choir since its inception in 2004.

Visit the choir’s website at for more information.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research.

September 25, 2011

Bees, Bugs & Tractors Star at Opening of Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula
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 beehive and magnified images of bees taken with a scanning electron microscope by artist and photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher. The exhibit also focuses on the threat posed to farmers by the tiny but frightening Asian Citrus Psyllid insect. 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

To receive information about the September 24 Grand Opening Celebration Fundraiser for the Agriculture Museum, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Where is the Agriculture Museum?
A. The Agriculture Museum occupies the historic Mill building adjacent to the Southern Pacific Railroad station in downtown Santa Paula. The Mill was built in 1888 as an agricultural warehouse, and later served as a feed and grain outlet, and an antiques mall.

Q. Is the Agriculture Museum related to the Museum of Ventura County?
A. Yes. The Agriculture Museum will be operated as a satellite of the Museum of Ventura County, which has its main site in Downtown Ventura. Museum members will have membership privileges at both facilities.

Q. Does the Museum of Ventura County own the Mill?
A. No. The 12,000-square-foot building is owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission, which invested $1.86 million in renovations to bring it up to code. The Museum of Ventura County has a 99-year lease to occupy the building at $1 a year. The museum is financially responsible for tenant improvements and all operating and maintenance costs.

Q. How will the Santa Paula and Ventura facilities differ?
A. The main museum in Ventura focuses on exhibits and programs that celebrate, preserve and interpret the art, history and culture of the entire county, the Channel Islands and the surrounding region. The Agriculture Museum will focus exclusively on the county’s agricultural heritage, telling the story of local farming and ranching from the Mission period to the present and beyond.

Q. What types of materials will be on display?
A. The heart of the Agriculture Museum’s collection is a remarkable assemblage of vintage farm equipment and tools amassed over the years by a group of longtime county residents, led by Oxnard farmer Bob Pfeiler. The collection includes tractors, blacksmith anvils, plows, grain drills, bean threshers, orchard wind machines and hand-operated nut hullers. In addition, the museum owns an impressive collection of clothing, periodicals, photographs and other unique artifacts. Containing nearly 1,000 items, the museum’s farm collection is one of the most extensive in the state and ranks as an important national collection.

Q. Will all the farm equipment in the collection be displayed?
A. Not all at one time. Tractors and other implements and tools will rotate through the main display space.

Q. What types of exhibits are planned?
A. The museum will feature both permanent and changing exhibits. Permanent exhibits will focus on broad thematic areas relevant to agriculture, including history, geography, technology, water, labor, economics, and the mechanics of farming. The exhibits will describe how Ventura County’s agricultural roots have shaped the region, describe the role agriculture continues to play in the economy, landscape and culture of the county, and examine the issues and forces that will shape the industry’s future. Many of the exhibits will be interactive, and will incorporate state-of-the-art technology.

Q. What will the first exhibitions be?
A. “Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” will include the museum’s own working beehive and explore the impact of beneficial and destructive insects, including the tiny but threatening Asian Citrus Psyllid. “Challenge and Innovation: Farming in Ventura County” and “New Directions in Agriculture,” will include rare historical photographs and eight tractors from 1914 through 1955.

Q. When will the Agriculture Museum open?
A. The museum is scheduled to open to the public on September 25, 2011.

Q. Will the Agriculture Museum be available to host community events?
A. Yes. Museum directors and staff intend the Agriculture Museum to be an important addition to Ventura County’s burgeoning cultural scene, which includes the nearby California Oil Museum, Santa Paula Art Museum and the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula. Making the facility available for public and private events will increase its value to the community while also generating revenue to help cover the museum’s operating costs.


August is amazing at ventura harbor
Ventura Harbor Village is the coolest place to be in the August summer sun, open 7 days a week with free parking for sea-side shopping, and dining while overlooking boats, access to the Channel Islands National Park, pristine beaches, and ocean excursions. Events through August include live entertainment, Harbor Cruises, 5K Walks, Yoga Classes, Artists in Action, and Car Shows. Ventura Harbor Village always has something for all ages & interests!

Fun on the Water
Laugh while learning aboard Ventura Boat Rentals narrated Harbor Cruises. Located at the Just for Dreamers dock in Ventura Harbor Village, the 40 minute narrated boat rides depart hourly, Noon- 5:00 pm weekends, holidays & select days, 2:00 pm weekdays weather permitting. Rent a kayak, pedal-boat, sail boat, or surf bike to explore the Harbor with family and friends! Visit for Harbor Cruise and rental rates.

For an evening out, join Island Packers Special Summer Cruises and enjoy local musicians performing live while savoring food from Harbor Village restaurants. Themed Dinner Cruises include select dinner, one free beverage, live music and two for one tickets for Ventura Harbor Comedy Club. No host cash beer and wine bar is available for purchase. See the Harbor and the Ventura Keyes on Island Packers “Taste of Ventura Harbor Village” while indulging in light appetizers catered by Spinnaker Steak and Seafood Broiler, The Greek at the Harbor, Milano’s Italian Restaurant, and Andres Wine and Tapas Bar. Visit for scheduled dates, cost, and additional information.

The Great Outdoors
Try Gentle Outdoor Yoga, a 30-minutes class sure to relax the mind and rejuvenate the body, offered Saturdays at 11:00 AM on the Village Main Lawn overlooking the boats in the harbor. Wear comfortable clothing and a mat will be provided if needed no reservations required, $5 to attend, through Labor Day.

Hit the shores at Harbor Cove Beach and enjoy the laid back lifestyle of the Ventura Harbor. Lifeguard services are available now through September 5th, Labor Day, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ample showers and FREE parking are just a few perks of Harbor Cove Beach. Located next to the Harbor Cove Beach is the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center with FREE daily admission from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. With a newly opened tidal pool exhibit located inside the visitor’s center and the recently released Channel Islands movie “A Treasure in the Sea” narrated by Kevin Costner, visitors can learn about the National Park, located right off the banks of our coastline!

Enjoy the scenery for a great cause at the American Cancer Society’s 2nd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk in the Ventura Harbor. Beginning at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 13th teams of walkers will complete a 5k course winding through the Ventura Harbor and promenade and take part in activities before and after the walk.

For more information about the Ventura County Making Strides event call Monica Ward at (805) 644- 4237 or visit

Pet Friendly Fun
Art Night in the Harbor offer patrons a FREE event highlighting local artists throughout the Village, with live music and demonstrations, every third Thursday of the month from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Art Night in the Harbor August 18th has a special focus on pet portraits, and pet photos. Humans and four-legged friends alike enjoy a chance to meet the artists, view art, photo ops, stroll the promenade, shop and enjoy culinary delights on pet friendly patios as the sun sets over the Harbor. For more information, call the Buenaventura Art Association at (805) 644-2750 or (805) 648-1235 or visit

For more pet pampering, take part in Doga, Yoga for Dogs, the last Saturday of every month, at 10:30 am. See this relaxing yoga class go to the dogs August 27, September 24 & October 29. Show your pup some love and zen and learn this unique form of yoga on the Village Main Lawn, cost $5.

Arts Delight
The Harbor Village Gallery hosts Kids’ Creations Sundays through Labor Day Weekend, from Noon – 2:00 pm. Kids' Creations offers FREE crafts & art projects for kids! For more information contact the Harbor Village Gallery at (805)644-2750.

Visit the Ventura Harbor Village for the 3rd annual Arts in the Park, presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, on August 20th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and August 21st from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm! The festivities include fine arts, live music, arts and crafts, "Chalk Art for Charity" benefiting FOOD Share, and student art contest! Call 805-643-7222 for more information.

For musical creativity, head over to the Village Carousel Stage from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sundays through Labor Day Weekend for the Summer Sounds Concert Series. Stop in Harbor restaurants for family fun and live reggae, blues or jazz, on summer nights.

Travelers Treats
Buicks, Oldsmobile, Pontiacs, and GMC Pickups, both vintage and modern, will be on display on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn for car enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy Saturday, August 28th, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm! The Chiefs Along the Channel Car Show is presented by The Channel Islands Chapter of the Pontiac-Oakland Club International includes live music, raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and final award ceremony. For more information and registration forms contact Tom Maloney, President, 805-443-9219. FREE parking and admission for spectators.

For easy access to shopping, dining, and family fun at the Village, catch the summer Ventura Harbor Water Taxi from Marina Park to the Ventura Harbor Village. Sponsored by the Ventura Port District, Ventura Boat Rentals, and Ventura Boatyard, “Toot-Sea” runs on Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am to 7:00 pm through Labor Day Weekend. Cost, $4 adults, $3 kids (11 & under), one-way. For additional pick up on summer weekdays call (805) 498-6682.

Event details are available at or by calling 805-477-0470, ext. 5. Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1575 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001.

August 12, 2011

Make a date to join us for 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the patio at the Ojai Art Center. They’ll be tri-tip sandwiches offered by “Bad Wolf BBQ” and beer, wine and spirits. It will be a fun night of music on a summer’s eve. Songs about Ventura County past.

“Jammin’ at the Art Center”
Ojai Art Center
113 S. Montgomery Street in Ojai
Tickets are $10 with children under 12 free
Call 805 646-0117 for additional information.

The Restless Hillfillies
Sunday, August 7
6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Restless Hillfillies are:
Mary Z. Wilson
Rosie Tower
Karen Orser
Barney Tower
Dan Wilson

“Penny Carnival – A Santa Paula Tradition”

The 40th Annual “Penny Carnival” will be Friday, August 12th 2011 at the Santa Paula Community Center parking lot located at 530 W. Main Street. The Carnival will be held from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Attractions include Games, Prizes, Clowns, Food, Snow Cones, a High Jolly Slide, Jolly Jumper, Dunk Booth, Face Painting, D.J. and much, much more. Bring all your pennies and experience a fun-filled day with your family, children and friends. All proceeds go towards supporting Santa Paula’s Summer Youth Camp program. For additional information please call Nicole Sliger at 933-4226 ext. 351.


Ventura Baroque Presents 'The Baroque Chamber Players' in concert at the HERITAGE SQUARE CHAPEL HALL. 731S 'A' Street, Oxnard on Sunday September 11th, 2011, at 4:30 PM. It is a Free event, with a kind request for as generous donations as possible from the audience. There is an ample

Free Parking in and around the square, refreshments will be served at the end of the event.

Artists have revived figurative painting tradition

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture at California Lutheran University will open its fall season with a show of new romantic figurative paintings from several prominent artists in the Novorealist movement.

An opening reception for the “The New Romantic Figure: Paintings by Michael Lynn Adams, Peter Adams, Jeremy Lipking, Cyn McCurry, Michael Pearce, Tony Pro, Alexey Steele and Mia Tavonatti” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. An artists’ reception is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept.10. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Sept. 30.

The illustrious tradition of figurative painting was almost lost in the 20th century, but a revolutionary revival in the new millennium has produced exceptional artists in Southern California, including those in this group show. Proving that grace and beauty are alive and well in contemporary art, the featured works bring a 21st-century point of view to the Victorian charm, Pre-Raphaelite romance and classical techniques of romantic oil painting.

Lipking, Pro and Steele are the founding members of the Novorealist group. Lipking, of Agoura Hills, has received many awards in the last decade including Best of Show at the Portrait Society of America International Competition in 2006 and first place the following year. Steele, who was born in Ukraine and is now based in Los Angeles, coined the term Novorealism to describe the revolution of new realism that has gained momentum in the last few years. As one critic observed, Steele “pours the old wine of classical art into new bottles of the 21st century.” Pro, an adjunct faculty member at CLU, painted the portrait of the first female member of the California Senate that hangs in the state Capitol and has sold paintings to collectors throughout the world.

Peter Adams has served as the president of the prestigious 3,000-member California Art Club, a leading proponent in the traditional-realist art movement, since 1993. The Los Angeles-born artist is particularly interested in Oriental objects and antiquities and combines Eastern design concepts with a Western sense of depth.

Tavonatti is a Santa Ana artist whose mosaic work won the $100,000 Art Prize in 2011. Her works are in many collections including those of Marriott Resorts and Harrah’s Casinos. Pearce, chair of the CLU art department and an outspoken proponent of traditional painting, creates figurative paintings with alchemical narratives. McCurry, a Texas resident and former artist-in-residence at CLU, paints intimate and autobiographical works that are dominated by feminine themes. Michael Lynn Adams, a CLU alumnus and adjunct faculty member who lives in Woodland Hills, is a well-known member of the California figurative painting community.

The Lois and Allan Friedman Family Foundation and the CLU Art Department are sponsoring the free exhibit.

The Kwan Fong Gallery is in Soiland Humanities Center, which is on the south side of Memorial Parkway at Regent Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call Pearce at (805) 444-7716 or visit

Saturday August 20, 2011

Evening Music Headliners: Todd Hannigan, Roger Keiaho, Jessie Siebenberg, and Dave Palmer

What better time than summer to celebrate the ocean and our concern to keep it clean? Join nonprofits Museum of Ventura County and 5 Gyres Institute on Saturday, August 20, in the museum’s pavilion, plaza and galleries, as they present Summer Splash Festival. Professional surfer and environmentalist Mary Osborne will be in attendance to lend her support to the day and evening fundraiser.

The daytime community event with activities and food court, is from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with $5 general admission, free for accompanying children 12 and under. The adult evening from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. features the music of Todd Hannigan from the Heavy 29s, with Roger Keiaho of Rey Fresco, Jessie Siebenberg, and Dave Palmer. Zuri Star opens at 7:30 p.m. Cover charge for the evening event is $15 and includes a souvenir cup. Space is limited; for reservations call (805) 653-0323 x 7.

During the day, families can enjoy unique arts and crafts activities such as a sand box search and a station where you can create your own recyclable T-shirt bags. Both events include entry to the museum’s galleries of ocean inspired art by more than 30 local artists, and environmentally themed sponsor booths in the plaza.

Proceeds benefit the Museum of Ventura County’s educational programs and exhibits, and the programs of 5 Gyres Institute. The Institute’s goal is to eliminate plastic pollution, which is threatening oceans throughout the world. Their name comes from “gyres,” the massive, rotating ocean whirlpools in which destructive plastic pollution is now accumulating.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323. Go to for more information on the 5 Gyres Institute.

Come Fiddle Around

California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, will meet Sunday, July 24, 1:30 - 4:30 at Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Refreshments available. Parking and admission free. For information call 640-3689, 517-1131, or check our website at

Bring your treasures to the museum

Do you suspect that garage sale find might be more than just a pretty picture? Do you wonder about the value of a family heirloom? Find the answers at Museum of Ventura County’s Appraisal Day, Tuesday, August 30, where you can get a verbal auction estimate of worth from the experts at Bonhams & Butterfields. The event hours are 10:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the museum’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion, 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura.

The cost is $5.00 per item for members and $10 for non-members (memberships will be available for purchase at the door). There is a limit of 5 items per person, although a china piece representing a set is considered one item. Appraisal Day is always well attended, so bring a hat or sunscreen and plan on plenty of time to wait outside. First come, first served; no appointments available.

Estimates are given in the following categories only: Asian art; books and manuscripts; California, American & European paintings; silver; furniture & decorative art; fine jewelry & timepieces; fine prints; African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian (not Native American); and entertainment memorabilia. For further information contact Robin Woodworth, Director of Development at (805) 653-0323 ex 309, or

Proceeds from this event will support the Museum’s education and family programs, and special acquisitions.