Conductor marks 20th year leading chorale ensembles
Wyant Morton conducting a Homecoming Choral Concert.
Wyant Morton conducting a Homecoming Choral Concert.
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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Choir and Women’s Chorale will open their season with an eclectic Homecoming Choral Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Samuelson Chapel.

Wyant Morton, who is celebrating his 20th year leading the ensembles, will conduct. The chair of the music department has conducted the CLU Choir for performances at the Lincoln Center and in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

The Women's Chorale will open with "Gloryland," consisting of early American music from the rural South arranged for voices, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. This exciting music includes folk songs, ballads, revival songs, spirituals and gospel hymns.

The CLU Choir will then take the stage to perform a program including works for double choir and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Javier Busto, Adolphus Hailstork, Howard Helvey and Morten Lauridsen.

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

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

 


 

Written by Michele Pracy, Ojai Valley Museum Director

The final exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum in 2011 is the annual “Museum Selects” juried show entitled “Ojai Celebrates Art IV.” The exhibit runs October 13 through December 31, 2011. The Award Ceremony will be held in the rotating gallery at the museum from 4 to 5 pm on Ojai Day, October 15. Museum entrance and the ceremony will be free and open to the public during Ojai Day.

Three illustrious judges have been invited to determine the awards for first, second, and third places from the artwork that has been selected by an in house, Ojai Valley Museum committee. The judges selecting the prizewinners for OCA IV are: Anca Colbert, art world professional; Theodore Gall, international sculptor; William Hendricks, professional photographer/professor.

The three will bring their special expertise to the award selection process, but will also look at the exhibit as a whole and not concentrate on only their own medium or technique. Their collective, expert understanding of the art world, contemporary art and artists, and standards of excellence will be the collaborative, deciding factors.

Anca Colbert is an Ojai resident. Her consulting firm, “Art Advisory Services,” assists visual artists, collectors, museums, and galleries by providing them informed guidance and practical solutions. She has had her own retail galleries in Los Angeles, continues as an agent for individual artists, appraises collections and advises on sales and/or insurance. Recently, Colbert has been writing a regular column in the Ojai Quarterly magazine. Her perspective as judge of OCA IV is from a sophisticated awareness, and with an international perspective, of the contemporary art world and art market.

Theodore Gall is a sculptor of international and national acclaim, who also lives and works in Ojai. Gall is represented by several galleries and has been commissioned to create site-specific sculpture across the country and abroad for private collectors and public spaces. A large public sculpture of a running stallion, cut from self-rusting steel, can be seen at the entrance to Rotary Park in Ojai. Gall brings his art business acumen to the judging process, his marketing skills as an individual artist, and his appreciation for exhibition venues as opportunity for exposure.

William Hendricks is a Ventura based fine art photographer. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, author of several limited edition “artist’s” books, professor of photography at Ventura College and a world traveler who has had his photographs published in Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, People Magazine, and numerous other publications. Hendricks has made many trips to Cuba as a journalist and teacher. His recent work, ‘Icons & Revolution,” examines the evolution of this communist nation. Hendricks’ approach to the OVA IV exhibition includes a finely tuned “eye” for what is fresh, well executed and shows promise for a bright future for the artist.

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.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/

 


 

Camarillo, CA. – The Performing Arts department at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will be hosting a concert featuring Orquesta Charangoa on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 at the CI campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Salsa Lessons will take place prior to the concert in Malibu Hall 120 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Orquesta Charangoa is the most authentic and elegant Cuban Charangoa group in Southern California. The style called Charanga includes flute, violins, vocals, and the Cuban rhythm section that will make you dance. Leader/flutist Fay Roberts traveled twice to Cuban in 1997 to study with legendary flutist/composer Richard Egues (from Orq. Aragon and who wrote "El Bodeguero"). Egues entrusted Fay with several of his musical compositions and asked her to start an ensemble in Los Angeles to help keep his music alive. Since then Orquesta Charangoa has performed traditional and modern Cuban music in some of the southlands top venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grand Performances at the Water Court, Hollywood Palladium, Conga Room, and numerous festivals, including the Oxnard Salsa Festival.

Charangoa's latest CD "Lo Que Quiero es Charangoa" was released in July 2011 to critical acclaim. It is available at iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Amoeba Hollywood, Descarga.com and elwatusi.com.

Limited parking is available on campus. A daily permit is $6. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact 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.

 


 
NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: In 1927, the Presbyterians purchased a lot on the northeast corner of Foothill Road and Aliso Street with the intention of building a larger church in the new mission revival style.  They hired architect Carlton Winslow, who had worked with Bertram Goodhue on the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego.  The new Presbyterian Church was dedicated on November 23, 1930.
NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: In 1927, the Presbyterians purchased a lot on the northeast corner of Foothill Road and Aliso Street with the intention of building a larger church in the new mission revival style. They hired architect Carlton Winslow, who had worked with Bertram Goodhue on the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego. The new Presbyterian Church was dedicated on November 23, 1930.
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OJAI STATE BANK: This remarkable building, with its classical columns, was constructed in 1910 and retained that name until it was purchased by the Bank of Italy in 1927 (subsequently, the Bank of America).  Even while the businesses of the town of Nordhoff had the appearance of any frontier western town, with wooden false fronts, this elegant building stood facing them across the street.  It was razed in 1960.
OJAI STATE BANK: This remarkable building, with its classical columns, was constructed in 1910 and retained that name until it was purchased by the Bank of Italy in 1927 (subsequently, the Bank of America). Even while the businesses of the town of Nordhoff had the appearance of any frontier western town, with wooden false fronts, this elegant building stood facing them across the street. It was razed in 1960.
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THE PLEIADES OR OJAI TAJ MAHAL: John Roine’s “The Pleiades.”  Known locally as the “Taj Mahal”, The Pleiades was created in 1930 by Edward Martin, a priest at Ojai’s Liberal Catholic Church.  Martin dedicated it to Krishnamurti, who he hoped would form a bond with him over the building.  Krishnamurti never responded, although he is purported to have driven by during at least one full moon.  John Roine designed the building and Martin’s wife named it “The Pleiades”.
THE PLEIADES OR OJAI TAJ MAHAL: John Roine’s “The Pleiades.” Known locally as the “Taj Mahal”, The Pleiades was created in 1930 by Edward Martin, a priest at Ojai’s Liberal Catholic Church. Martin dedicated it to Krishnamurti, who he hoped would form a bond with him over the building. Krishnamurti never responded, although he is purported to have driven by during at least one full moon. John Roine designed the building and Martin’s wife named it “The Pleiades”.
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The Ojai Valley Museum is hosting a Sunday afternoon PowerPoint presentation, October 16th, on The History of Ojai Architecture as part of its ongoing “Town Talks” series. The talk is dedicated to Ojai architect David Bury, who contributed his architectural talents and his leadership skills to preserving Ojai’s architectural legacy.

Narrating this fascinating slide show will be Craig Walker, son of mid-century modern architect Rodney Walker and former board member of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. Walker will trace the development of Ojai architecture from 1874 until the present. His talk will bring to life Ojai’s remarkable collection of artistic buildings and the architects who created them. The valley has a rich legacy of architecture that goes far beyond Mead & Requa’s masterpieces of Mission-Revival style that form the downtown business district. Many other famous architects have left their mark on Ojai, including Richard Neutra, Greene & Greene, Maynard Lyndon, Wallace Neff, George Washington Smith, Jerrold Loebl, J. Cleveland Cady, Norman Marsh, Arthur B. Benton, Robert Stacy-Judd, Paul Revere Williams, Carleton Winslow, Julia Morgan, Charles Moore, and J.R. Davidson.

Talented local architects such as Zelma Wilson, Austen Pierpont, David Bury, Roy Wilson, Rodney Walker, Marc Whitman, Chalfant Head, Fred Hummel, Jr., and John Roine have contributed much to Ojai’s outstanding architecture.

After the presentation, Walker will sign copies of the Ojai Valley Museum publication entitled: Ojai: A Postcard History. Walker was a co-author of the book with two other writers. Copies will be available for purchase at the museum or attendees may bring their own.

The presentation will be held in the Ojai Museum Gallery from 2 - 4 pm. Admission is free for museum members, and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are advised. Call the museum at 640-1390 to reserve or for additional information. Visit the museum website at: http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org and their new adjunct history site at www.ojaihistory.com.

 


 
Second Phase of Irvine Foundation’s Arts Regional Initiative Continues Commitment to Leading Regional Arts Institutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The James Irvine Foundation today announced $3.7 million in grants to 13 arts institutions in the Central Coast that are committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. The organizations selected this year for the Arts Regional Initiative are planning to use the grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities. While each institution is developing specific plans, initiative participants are implementing operational changes to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences and deepen their relationships with existing audiences.

“These Central Coast arts organizations are vital anchor institutions within their communities and provide an array of important opportunities for people to engage with the arts,” noted Josephine Ramirez, Arts Program Director for the Irvine Foundation. “These grants represent our continued commitment to them as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences.”

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts. The grants will be awarded over three years and grantees will share resources, best practices and lessons learned. A complete list of grantees follows:

Organization
City
Grant Amount

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Santa Cruz
$275,000

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz
$300,000

Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey
$300,000

Monterey Museum Of Art
Monterey
$300,000

Museum of Ventura County
Ventura
$300,000

National Steinbeck Center
Salinas
$300,000

Ojai Music Festival
Ojai
$325,000

Rubicon Theatre
Ventura
$350,000

San Luis Obispo Art Center
San Luis Obispo
$225,000

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
Santa Barbara
$250,000

Opera Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
$225,000

Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association
Santa Barbara
$275,000

State Street Ballet
Santa Barbara
$300,000

Irvine launched phase one of the Arts Regional Initiative in 2006 with support for organizations in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties. The initiative supported arts organizations in the Central Valley in 2007 and the Central Coast in 2008. Phase two of the initiative was launched in 2009 with a return to leading arts organizations located in Southern California and for Central Valley organizations in 2010. Of the current round of 13 Central Coast grantees, 11 participated in phase one of the initiative and two are new to the initiative (Monterey Jazz Festival and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum).

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $65 million in 2010 for the people of California.

For more information about the Irvine Foundation, please visit our Web site at www.irvine.org.

 
Paintings by Steve Cook

Recent paintings by Steve Cook in a wide range of subjects and sizes will be on exhibit Oct. 11-Nov. 5 in “Riding the Planet, Volume III,” a solo show at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

Many of Cook’s plein-air interpretations of local views and scenes from his travels will be featured, plus works created in his Pierpont Beach studio. One wall will hold a selection of 8x10 oil paintings by the longtime resident and lifelong surfer, who describes his style as “painterly photorealism.”

There will be two opportunities to meet and talk with the artist: an opening reception 4-7 p.m. Oct. 15 and from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 during the city’s First Friday event. The gallery of the nonprofit co-op artists’ group is at 700 E. Santa Clara St. and its hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

“My favorite views are of the beauty of California and the relationship between man and nature in that environment,” says Cook, who has lived with wife Carol in Ventura for 34 years. Chosen subjects for his colorful compositions range from seascapes and landscapes to images of the surfing culture, old buildings and cars, gardens, and the people who live in all these arenas. Examples can be found on his website, http://www.stevecookfineart.com.

For more information about the Buenaventura Art Association and its galleries downtown and at Ventura Harbor Village, call 648-1235.

 
University Symphony to perform Haydn, Puccini

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s Founders Day Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Samuelson Chapel.

The University Symphony will present “Symphonies and Chrysanthemums” under the direction of veteran faculty member Daniel Geeting.

The program will include Haydn’s last symphonic piece, Symphony No. 104, which was dedicated to the place where it was composed, London. The 50-piece orchestra will also perform Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel’s Movement for Orchestra, a virtual compendium of 20th-century tonal composition techniques, and Puccini’s endearing “Crisantemi” (Chrysanthemums), a little-known piece originally written for string quartet but expanded to orchestral string section.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen and Mountclef Boulevard.

Former CLU President Jerry Miller and his wife, Margaret, are sponsoring the free concert. Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.

 

Ventura, CA – Best known for its cozy, beachside atmosphere, Ventura bursts with activity during the holiday season, inviting visitors and locals alike to enjoy a full calendar of special events, musical performances and holiday happenings. The following are a number of activities scheduled in Ventura for this holiday season:

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

On the evening of Saturday, December 3rd, gather around to celebrate the lighting of a towering pine tree planted in the late 19th century at the Mission in Downtown Ventura. Along with caroling by local church groups, it’s rumored that Santa Claus will ride into Downtown Ventura on a fire engine to greet the children. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 805.641.1090 or visit www.downtownventura.com.

Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Street Fair
On Saturday, December 3rd, the day’s festivities kick off with a Street Fair on Main Street featuring holiday vendors and live entertainment. As the sun begins to set, wine enthusiasts are invited to explore Downtown Ventura one sip at a time. Participants in the self-guided tour can sample fine wines and delicious appetizers. Times and ticket information to be announced. More information and tickets will be available at www.venturawinterwinewalk.com or by calling (805) 765-4294.

Small Images and Ornament Competition at the Harbor Gallery

For the art-lovers on your holiday gift list, visit the Harbor Gallery, which is selling mini versions of their prints. At 14 inches or smaller, these pieces are affordable and make the perfect gift. They are available at the Harbor Village Gallery from November 16th, 2011 to January 1st, 2012 and at the Buenaventura Gallery from November 8th, 2011 to January 7th, 2012. Plus, the Harbor Gallery’s Artisan Store will feature gifts and packaging made just for the holidays. See www.HarborVillageGallery.com or call (805) 644-2750 for more information.

Holiday Parade of Lights, Ventura Harbor

This two-day celebration set for Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th, marks the 35th anniversary of this fun filled occasion. During Saturday evening’s lighted boat parade, themed “California Dreamin,’” guests can expect to see boats decorated to the tune of the Golden State’s iconic attractions and personalities, beach and surf culture, history and symbols. The parade commences at 7 p.m. and is followed by a fireworks display. There will be a family carnival where little ones can ride the antique carousel and visit Santa. The event is free to the public and free parking is provided. For more information, call (805) 477-0470 or visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.

Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Carnival

Rediscover the joy of holiday shopping while wondering through a festive seaside village at the popular Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Carnival held Saturday, December 17th from Noon to 5 p.m. Highlights include faux snowfall every 15 minutes, a full carnival with rides and games, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, two live reindeer, fudge tastings, Dickenson carolers, a strolling toy soldier band, ice sculpting demonstrations and much more. Admission is free. For more information, call (805) 477-0470 or visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.

Chanukah Festival at the Harbor

The Chabad Jewish Centers of Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo will hold their annual Chanukah Festival on December 25th, from 3-5 pm, at the Ventura Harbor. Enjoy live music, hot Latkes and a Judaica boutique. To top off the celebration, behold a lighting ceremony of a giant 20 foot Menorah. Made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Ventura County, the festival is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call (805) 382–4770 or visit www.chabadventura.com.

California-Style Sleigh Rides
Hop on board the good ship Dreamer for a holiday sleigh ride – California style! Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura harbor from December 4th to December 31st and enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes and casting picturesque reflections in the nighttime waters. Cruise every night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions, such as “reindeer milk” (an adult beverage with a secret recipe) and hot chocolate. Cruises cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 2-12 years old. Call (805) 642-7753 or visit www.venturaboatrentals.com for more information.

Victorian Holiday Boutique at the Dudley House

Celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The boutique features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles, homemade candies, and a tearoom with silent auction, refreshments, bargain items and a kids’ craft table. The event will be held the weekends of November 26-27, December 3-5, and December 10-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Dudley House is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood Street. See www.dudleyhouse.org for more information.

Holiday Caroling Cruise and Parade of Lights Cruise
Ride and sing with ISLAND PACKERS aboard the 64’ catamaran “Island Adventure” which departs from 1691 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. Tours depart at 6:30 p.m. and return about 7:30 p.m. on the nights of December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22. Enjoy the harbor lights and the decorated boats in the marinas and Harbor Village while singing holiday songs with the crew and passengers. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for children. Hot and cold beverages and snacks are available for purchase. In addition, Island Packers is also offering a special cruise for the annual Ventura Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 17, so visitors who don’t have to have their own boat can to be part of the parade. Departure is at 6:30 p.m., followed by two laps around the harbor, and returning at 8:45 p.m. Fare is $32 for adults, $29 for seniors and $22 for children. For reservations, call Island Packers at (805) 642-1393 or visit www.islandpackers.com.

Olivas Adobe Candlelight Tours
On Sunday, December 11th, discover how the holidays were celebrated on Rancho San Miguel in Old California. Costumed guides lead small group tours into the Adobe courtyard to observe vignettes of how the Olivas family prepared for its holiday celebration in the 1860s. Enjoy costumed historical skits, live entertainment and refreshments. Tours take place every hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 805-658-4726 for reservations.

Dinner with Santa Trains

Gather the family for a dinner hosted by Santa Claus! On Friday, December 9th and 16th, the Fillmore & Western Railroad Co. will be inviting young and old to this memorable holiday occasion. On the train, have your “wish lists” ready to discuss with Santa as well as an opportunity for a picture with him. Costs, which include the train ride and dinner, run $47 for adults and $26 for children 2-12. Children under the age of 2 are free, but required to sit on the lap and no meal is included. Trains depart at 5:30 p.m. This event is by reservation only and can be made by calling (800) 773-8724 or visiting www.fwry.com.

Christmas Tree Holiday Train and The North Pole Express

Every Saturday and Sunday from November 26th to December 11th, visitors and locals alike are invited to hop onboard Fillmore & Western’s Christmas Tree Train and chug through Ventura County’s picturesque Heritage Valley on the way to select and cut down their own Christmas tree. Trains depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the rides cost $24 for adults, $22 for seniors 60+, $14 for kids 4-12, $10 for kids 2-3 and kids under 2 are free on lap.

Children will delight in storytellers dressed as elves and the chocolate milk and cookies, while the North Pole Express journeys to the “North Pole” to “pick up Santa.” The North Pole Express runs from November 26th to December 26th. Call reservations or check the website for departure and return times. Tickets cost $29 for adults, $19 for kids 2-12 and kids under 2 are free on lap. Call (800) 773-8724 or visit www.fwry.com for reservations or more information.

For information on Ventura accommodations and attractions, visit www.ventura-usa.com or phone (800) 483-6214. The Ventura Visitors Center, located at 101 S. California Street in downtown Ventura, is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A non-profit organization, the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau enhances tourism and the economy by positioning the City of Ventura as a visitor and conference destination.

 
Production is first of two Tennessee Williams plays

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present the first of two Tennessee Williams plays this season from Oct. 27 through Nov. 6.

Shows of the Fall Mainstage Production of “Summer and Smoke” are slated for 8 p.m. Oct. 27, 29 and 30 and Nov. 3, 4 and 5 in the Preus-Brandt Forum. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

Set in Glorious Hill, Miss., the play centers on the spiritual/sexual romance that nearly blossoms between a high-strung, unmarried minister’s daughter named Alma Winemiller and a wild, undisciplined young doctor named John Buchanan Jr. who grew up next door. She is refined and identifies with the Gothic cathedral “reaching up to something beyond attainment,” while Buchanan is a sensualist.

Susan Angelo, a lecturer in CLU’s Theatre Arts Department, directs the production. Angelo has also directed plays for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the professional theater company of CLU.

CLU will present Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer” from Nov. 10 through 20.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Admission is $10. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 805-493-3415.

 
Rhonda Saunders prosecuted Spielberg, Paltrow cases

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An expert in stalking and workplace violence will speak at California Lutheran University from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Rhonda Saunders with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will present “Personal Safety in Diverse Social Contexts: Legal Responses to Stalking and Harassment” in Lundring Events Center. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Saunders, who has served as a criminal prosecutor for 25 years, is an internationally recognized expert in stalking, workplace violence and criminal threats. She established the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team for the L.A. District Attorney’s Office and the L.A. Stalking Task Force.

Although Saunders is well known for successfully prosecuting people who stalked or threatened Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anna Nicole Smith, more cases involve ordinary love affairs gone awry than celebrities. Studies have found that between 50 and 60 percent of women who have been physically abused were stalked by their former partners following the breakup of a relationship. Stalking can occur in the workplace, online and in other settings. Four out of five stalking victims are women.

Saunders revised sections of California’s Stalking Law Penal Code so that law enforcement and the courts can better protect victims. She has lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement and victim advocacy groups in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. In 2005, the German government invited her to lecture at the country’s first Stalking Symposium. She also has been featured as an expert on many television shows including “Today,” “Dr. Phil” and the “Nancy Grace Show.” She received her doctorate in law from the University of Southern California Law School.

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

CLU’s Department of Criminal Justice and Center for Equality and Justice are sponsoring the free presentation. For more information, contact Bob Meadows at 805-493-3484 or meadows@callutheran.edu, or Herb Gooch at 805-493-3348 or gooch@callutheran.edu.

 

SANTA PAULA, CA – The 18th Annual De Colores Art Show will open at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, on Saturday, October 15th with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Students of all ages are free. Delicious appetizers will be provided by La Cabana Restaurant and music provided by "Chato Rios and his Trio Los Principes.

The first De Colores Art Show was created in March 1995 in Santa Paula by artist/musician and activist, Xavier Montes. For the last 18 years, Xavier has presented contemporary art created by Latinos which expresses the Latino experience, culture and history in its traditions, pain and sorrow, and controversies through art. After much consideration, Xavier has decided that this will be the final De Colores Art Show. He will continue to set his sights on other projects that involve art, music and culture in our community.

The art show will feature over 40 paintings and sculptures by Southern California artists. The mission of the De Colores Art Show is to bring together the community of professional artists, promote Santa Paula, to recognize diversity, and to remember the plight of the farm worker.

An important inspiration for the De Colores Art Show was the work of Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta. It was their commitment to the improvement of the lives of the campesino or the migrant worker. In addition, Mr. Montes seeks to generate community involvement with local citizens and motivate young aspiring artists.

The De Colores Art Show is sponsored by Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, Amigos 805, La Cabana Restaurant and DIVA tu!

The exhibit will run until January 29th, 2012 and may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. For more information call 805-525-5554 or email info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.

 
"Tropical Breeze" By Wana Klasen.
"Tropical Breeze" By Wana Klasen.
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Wana Klasen's original art work is on exhibit at Four Brix Winery located at 2290 Eastman in Ventura .The winery is open to the public on Fridays from 4-8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5PM. Tasting of four delicious selections of wine is available for $10.00.

Wana will be present at the winery on the next three Fridays of October to talk about her art work , and enjoy spending time with guests.

 
Blue Lagoon by Laurie McKnett, Award of Excellence in Landscape Painting, Annual Ventura College Art Student Exhibition.
Blue Lagoon by Laurie McKnett, Award of Excellence in Landscape Painting, Annual Ventura College Art Student Exhibition.
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Enjoy scenic Ventura County through the paintings and drawings of Ventura College students and Professor Dorothy Orr at the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula from November 1 through December 30. This exhibit will include Plein Air and Partial Plein Air works by students enrolled in Watercolor Painting, Ink Techniques and Landscape Painting classes.

Before there were cameras, artists worked on location. En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and specifically is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Many notable artists including Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and local Douglas Shively loved working in this manner. The plein air artist seeks to capture the atmosphere and essence of a location in an ever-changing natural light environment. Plein Air art works are started and finished on location. Partial Plein Air images are started and taken to a point of near completion on location, and then finished in the studio with focus on compositional adjustments and detail refinements.

Over thirty students, residents of Ventura County, will have art works featured on the Douglas Shively Memorial Wall for the duration of the show. Five included exhibitors were honored with awards at the Annual Ventura College Student Art Exhibition, 2011. The community is invited to meet the artists at a reception scheduled Thursday, November 10, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Additional works will be available for viewing and sale at the reception only.

The Blanchard Community Library is located at 119 N. Eighth Street. Regular hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8:00 pm, Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Library is closed Friday, Sunday and holidays.

 
"Heavenly Rays" by Phil Harvey
"Heavenly Rays" by Phil Harvey
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Phil Harvey, one of Ojai’s “Living Treasures,” has been an artist and nature photographer for over thirty years. Phil has an eye for the light of life and he creatively captures the essence of those moments that take our breath away. This gifted photographer expresses this essence in his collection of “Mystique of Ojai” images, which will be on display during Ojai’s annual Art Detour the weekend of October 8 and 9.

Phil founded the Ojai Photography Club in 1984. In honor of Phil and in celebration of the club’s 27 years, several members of the club will be joining Phil in exhibiting their photography. Their exhibit, “Mystique of Ojai Fine Art Photography - Phil Harvey and Friends: Myrna Cambianica, Sally Carless and Kaarina Tienhaara,” will be at Phil’s studio, 302 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai.

The Ojai Art Detour provides the opportunity to visit artists’ studios and galleries of some of Ojai’s accomplished and unique artists. The tour will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th from 10 am until 5 pm. It is free to the public and features more than 50 local artists. The Artist reception will be Saturday October 8th, 6-9pm at Bohemia, 214 W Ojai Avenue, Ojai, and is free to the public.

Ojai Art Detour maps can be found at the Ojai Visitor Center, Studio 201, Bohemia, Ojai House, Made in Ojai, Janis’ Art Workshop, area hotels (hotels week of the tour), and other shops around town. Tour maps can also be picked up the day of the tour at any of the tour studios.

For additional information go to Ojai Photography Club at: http://ojaiphotoclub.com/ and Ojai Art Detour at: www.ojaiartdetour.com/

 
Our Ever-Changing Earth: Earth Science Week at the California Oil Museum
Our Ever-Changing Earth: Earth Science Week at the California Oil Museum

Santa Paula, CA - Come journey through time with the California Oil Museum (1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM) and discover “Our Ever-Changing Earth”! The Museum will be celebrating Earth Science Week 2011 from October 12 through October 23. This year's event will engage the public in actively learning about the varied and interconnected natural processes that shape our planet over time. From the water coming out of our faucets to the monitoring of ground movement, the geosciences are intertwined in our everyday activities.

“Planetary change raises important questions among young people, educators, and the public,” says Ann E. Benbow, Ph.D., AGI’s Director of Education and Outreach. “Earth Science Week 2011 will highlight the important roles that paleontologists, geologists, and other earth scientists play in building understanding of the complex interactions among the earth systems — atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere — over time.”

Earthquakes and volcanoes are but two of the sudden changes that can affect our lives and are vividly displayed in the exhibit. Hands-on activities include a quiz testing earthquake savvy, shake blocks for viewing building resonances, and an experiment with liquefaction! The exhibit will also have visitors thinking about earthquake safety and provide checklists for families to put in place before an earthquake strikes.

October 12 is also National Fossil Day and one wall of the exhibit displays incredible specimens of local fossils and petrified wood from Ventura County, on loan from the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society and Oxnard Gem and Mineral Society. Adding to the display is a touch table of fossils large and small which can be viewed through lenses and microscopes.

California and Ventura County are famous for their natural seeps of oil and gas, both in the ocean and on land. These seeps are important indicators of the rich natural resources below the surface of the Earth and have contributed to our local oil history from the late 1800s to the present. The exhibit’s simulated natural seep shows the diversity of a changing surface and how life adapts to change.

Earth Science Week offers the public opportunities to discover the earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth, so please join us at the Museum this October and bring your budding young scientists! Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the AAPG Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, the National Park Service, ExxonMobil, and ESRI.

WHO: California Oil Museum

WHAT: Earth Science Week Celebration with Hands-on Activities

WHEN: October 12 – 23, 2011(Museum Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM)

WHERE: 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 (Admission: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Youth (6-17) $1, Children under 6 and Members FREE)

WHY: To engage students in discovering the Earth sciences and to remind people that Earth science is all around us.

 
“Coronado Discovers Zuni,” a painting by Carl Oscar Borg that adorned the cover of the January 1931 issue of the Auto Club’s magazine.
“Coronado Discovers Zuni,” a painting by Carl Oscar Borg that adorned the cover of the January 1931 issue of the Auto Club’s magazine.
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Swedish-American created paintings for magazine

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Artists whose works adorned the cover of the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California for more than 50 years will be the subject of the first event in the 2011-2012 Scandinavian Lecture Series at California Lutheran University.

Morgan Yates, corporate archivist for the Auto Club, will present “Autos, Archives and Art” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Roth Nelson Room.

Yates, a regular contributor to Westways, will talk about Swedish-American artist Carl Oscar Borg and others who provided cover art for the Auto Club’s monthly member magazine. The cover art program began in 1928 when editor Phil Townsend Hanna ditched the original plain covers featuring the Auto Club logo in favor of original fine art as part of his plan to expand the magazine’s focus to include travel, the arts and regional culture.

Hanna began presenting works from artists widely recognized for their California painting. To begin, he commissioned a series of 12 landscapes including “Grand Canyon” by Borg. In 1931, Hanna asked Borg to paint a series of scenes from California history featuring Junipero Serra, John Fremont and other notable figures. Born in Sweden in 1879, Borg spent time living with Native Americans and is best known for his paintings of Hopi and Navajo Indians, cowboys and California and Grand Canyon landscapes. He taught at the California Art Institute in Los Angeles and the School of Arts in Santa Barbara. Borg died in Santa Barbara in 1947.

The Westways cover program was scaled back in the 1930s and 1940s, revived in the 1950s and ended in 1981, when photography fully displaced other visual arts on the magazine covers. Today, the corporate archives house more than 250 paintings, collages and assemblages representing the diverse and vibrant art scene of early- and mid-20th century Southern California.

Yates, who has co-curated many AAA-sponsored museum exhibitions, will also touch on the role Westways has played as a chronicler of the history, culture and natural landscape of Southern California for more than 100 years.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard near Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. Following the presentation, a reception will be held at the Scandinavian Center at 26 Faculty Drive, where a collection of Borg’s magazine covers is on display.

The CLU Art Department and the Scandinavian American Cultural & Historical Foundation are sponsoring the free presentation. For more information, contact Anita Londgren at 805-241-1051 or call the Scandinavian Center at 805-241-0391.

 

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced the opening of “Filipinos in Ventura County” photo exhibit to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library Exhibition Hall. The opening program is being sponsored by CI’s John Spoor Broome Library, History Program, Kilusan Pilipino Club, and the Center for Multicultural Engagement. The opening program is free and open to the public.

Speakers for the opening program will be CI President Richard R. Rush; Amy Wallace, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Broome Library; Elnora Kelly Tayag, Outreach Coordinator; Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr., Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, Arizona State University; and Tony Grey, Executive Director, Filipino American Council.

The exhibit will present selections from the new image collection that documents the history of Filipinos in Ventura County dating to the early 1900s and their contributions to the community. Dr. Jose Alamillo, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies for CI’s History Program says, “The “Filipinos in Ventura County” photo collection is an important resource for students and scholars interested in teaching and researching local history and the Filipino American experience.”

The “Filipinos in Ventura County” photo collection was selected to be digitized by the California State Library’s Local History Digital Resources Project. In addition to project grant funding, the California State Library will also feature the digital collection in “Calisphere” and the “Online Archive of California,” both primary source databases that are a consortia of California libraries. Tayag explains, “I am tremendously excited that this grant has given our photo collection, the local Filipino community, and the John Spoor Broome Library state-wide visibility.” Tayag initiated efforts to collect the images for the library and hopes to expand the collection to eventually include oral histories and ephemera.

Wallace explains, “With the Filipino image collection, our Library is creating primary source materials for student research that support CI’s mission of fostering multicultural perspectives and interdisciplinary opportunities for student learning and engagement.”

The project is funded in part by grants from the California Council for the Promotion of History and the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the California State Library’s Local History Digital Resources Project.

Reservations for the opening program can be made by visiting: http://www.library.csuci.edu/about/news/filipino.htm.

Limited parking is available on campus and is complimentary. Follow signs to the designated event parking areas. Parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station /Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo. Riders should board the CI VISTA bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Ellie Tayag, Outreach Coordinator, at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-3140 or elnora.tayag@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.

 
‘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.