Sespe Players are holding auditions for a new melodrama! The Hare Raising Saga of Hidden Valley or Don't Mess with Tess(working title). Adults and kids. Sept 13 & 14 at the Historic Depot on Main St. Fillmore; 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Production dates are Nov 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13.


Eric Kinsley, Melissa Phelps and Daniel Geeting.
Eric Kinsley, Melissa Phelps and Daniel Geeting.
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September 25, 2011 recital features the music Milhaud, Mozart, Williams

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Three California Lutheran University music faculty members will present a chamber music recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in Samuelson Chapel.

The Faculty Artists Recital will feature clarinetist Daniel Geeting, violinist Melissa Phelps and pianist Eric Kinsley. The program will include Darius Milhaud’s “Caprice,” John Williams’ “Viktor’s Tale” from the motion picture “The Terminal” and Mozart’s popular “Trio VII” in E Flat Major for clarinet, viola and piano, which may have been composed in “der Kegelstatt,” a bowling alley. They will also perform the rarely heard Sonata, Opus 128 by 20th-century Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Geeting, who joined the CLU faculty in 1984, has performed extensively as a recitalist, played on movie and television soundtracks and recorded two CDs featuring the clarinet works of major English composers. Phelps, who appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 10, has performed with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti and The Moody Blues. Kinsley has performed and lectured in venues including the Getty Center, the Huntington Library and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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


Funeral of Ventura Rivas Sanchez, Bardsdale Cemetery, 1931
Funeral of Ventura Rivas Sanchez, Bardsdale Cemetery, 1931
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Museum’s Fall Exhibits Explore the Serious Side of Life

Four fall exhibitions, alternately exploring a century of death, supernatural mysteries, gloomy ideas, dark humor, and 1880s photographic techniques, open Saturday, October 1, at the Museum of Ventura County. The Party to Die For reception with food and music is on Friday, September 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for museum members.

Departures: A Century of Death & Dying In Ventura County (October 1 –November 27) examines the culture and rituals of death and dying, from the turn of the century through contemporary times. The exhibit traces how we have memorialized and cared for the departed and how our private and public rituals have evolved. Including Victorian mourning clothes and jewelry, historical photographs and funeral home artifacts, the exhibit progresses into the modern day death care industry and today’s culture of personalized funerals with artistic urns and personal videography.

In the Light of Blue: New Works by Luther Gerlach (October 1- November 27) features photographs taken with small to mammoth glass plate cameras, using the wet plate collodion process. Gerlach specializes in creating contemporary, handmade images with cameras and processes originally used during the first fifty years of photography. He will give a demonstration of his work and a historic and technical overview of early photographic processes, on Sunday, October 16, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the museum. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for museum members. For reservations call 805-653-0323 x 7.

Ventura County Myths and Urban Legends (October 1-November 27) comes just in time for Halloween, with our favorite frightening tales of unexplained and mysterious events recreated by local artists. Visitors can read the scary stories, see the art, and write about their own supernatural experiences at various stations throughout the gallery. Artists interpreting the myths and legends include Len Burge, Richard Flores, Maribel Hernandez, Claudia Pardo, Amadeo Perez, Susan Seaberry, Andrea Vargas, and Kay Zetlmaier.

On the Dark Side (October 1 – November 20) also opens at an appropriate time of year, featuring artists who find inspiration in gloomy places and somber ideas, or who glean meaning, beauty and humor from decay, chaos and trash. The group exhibition includes paintings by Briana Bainbridge and Anna Karakalou; sculpture by Theodore Gall; assemblages by Marcelino Jimenez, Leslie McQuaide and Sean Tully; and mixed media surfboards by Aris Mikelatos and Timothy Williams.

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


Free concert features Beethoven, Ades, Bartok

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The renowned Emerson String Quartet will present a free concert in California Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

With an incomparable list of achievements over three decades, the group stands alone in the history of string quartets. Of its nine Grammy Awards, two are for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group. The quartet also has collected three Gramophone Awards and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

The quartet has an international reputation for groundbreaking projects, including cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals, from New York to London and Vienna. Though dedicated to the performance of classical repertoire, the group has also demonstrated a commitment to the commissioning and performance of 20th- and 21st-century music, including more than 20 important commissions and world premieres.

The quartet’s debut album for Sony Classical, “Mozart's Prussian Quartets K. 575, K. 589 and K. 590,” will be released in October to coincide with a series of concerts at Wigmore Hall in London and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. In 2011-2012, its 35th season as an ensemble, the Emerson is performing extensively throughout North America and Europe. The Emerson also continues its residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, now in its 32nd season.

Formed in 1976, the New York City-based quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer alternate in the first chair position and are joined by violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel.

At CLU, the quartet will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven‘s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135, Thomas Ades’ 2010 piece “The Four Quarters” and Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No. 5.

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

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the free concert. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit


Molly Hagan to provide advice to aspiring actors
Molly Hagan
Molly Hagan

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Actress Molly Hagan will talk to California Lutheran University students and the community from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, as part of the “Conversations With …“ series.

The first in the 2011-2012 series of informal discussions with actors on their craft will be held in the Preus-Brandt Forum on the Thousand Oaks campus. Actor, writer and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at CLU, will be the moderator for a one-hour talk followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Hagan most recently played a CIA agent named Ms. Lurkin on episodes of the CBS television series “Chaos,” which debuted in spring. She was a series regular on “The Nutt House,” “Unfabulous” and “Herman’s Head” and has appeared on other television shows including “Monk,” “Cold Case” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Through the years, she has had roles in movies including “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Ringmaster,” “Election,” “The Lucky Ones” and the soon-to-be-released “Red State.” The acting veteran has worked with many Hollywood directors including Blake Edwards, Alexander Payne and Kevin Smith.

Flanagan, a 24-year veteran in the industry, has appeared in 10 movies and more than 100 TV shows. He also lectures for acting programs throughout the country.

Flanagan’s 2007 book, “One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide,” explains how to make it in the business of acting while staying sane and focused. The “Conversations With …” talks at CLU take the same approach, providing theatre arts students and other aspiring actors with advice from professionals. The inaugural 2010-2011 series featured Melissa Gilbert, Jack McGee and Doug Jones.

Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the CLU Theatre Arts Department.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, call 805-493-3415 or e-mail



Ventura, CA – While most of the country gears up for chilly weather in the fall, Californians can enjoy the outdoors for months after Labor Day. From beachside festivals to wine galas under the stars, Ventura coaxes visitors and residents into taking an extended summer vacation.

The Aloha Beach Festival returns to Ventura’s newly restored Promenade Park to share the spirit of Aloha (think oneness with nature and brotherly love) through Polynesian and hula dance, music, delicious Hawaiian and Thai food, a beer garden, and beach activities that are thrilling for both spectators and participants. Highlights include the Aloha Longboard Classic, in which competitors have fun while demonstrating their unique style; a “Frisbee Disc Dogs” demo in which dogs and their trainers wow the crowds with creative tricks; a paddle board race; and Hawaiian arts and crafts vendors. The festival takes place the weekend of September 10 and 11, beginning at 9 a.m., (805) 200-8674.

The California Beer Festival returns to Ventura at beautiful Mission Park on September 17 and18. Saturday’s event, Craft Beer Heaven, encourages beer lovers to expand their horizons with over 100 brews on tap to sample from over 70 different breweries, delicious food and six live bands. Sunday is all about Blues, Brew and BBQ : along with good eats, there will be craft beer on tap for purchase and three of the biggest names in the California Blues scene are expected to take the stage: Chris Cain, Coco Montoya and Tommy Castro. Proceeds benefit the Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center (DARC) and the Gen Giammanco Foundation, supporting student athletes. Hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $45 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday.

The California Street Longboard Classic celebrates a quarter century of surf stoke, making it the longest running surfing contest in Ventura County. The contest, which is about camaraderie and fun above all, attracts some of the best surfers in the state. Vendors will sell clothing and jewelry, and on Saturday night all are welcome to a party featuring the Soul Surfers band at Yolie’s Fresh Mexican Grill. The fun happens the weekend of September 17-18 at Surfer's Point.

Ink for a Cause is a three-day, family-friendly tattoo convention advocating generosity through body art. A portion of proceeds will go to the Best Day Foundation, helping special-needs children build confidence through safe and fun adventure activities. Aside from featuring a hundred tattoo artists and their work, the event is essentially a living, breathing art exhibition, with fine art, seminars, contests, a kids’ arts and crafts corner and live bands. The event takes place on September 16-18 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 for one day or $5 with Military ID; $25 for a Weekend Pass and $5 for Kids 12 and under; available at the gate or in advance at Toxic Apparel on Main St., Ventura., (805) 607-2420.

Pier Under the Stars is Ventura's premiere annual food and wine benefit for the preservation of the historic Ventura Pier. The 18th annual event, which typically draws over 800 people to the beloved 139-year-old pier, will take place Saturday, October 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Over 50 local businesses provide some of the best food and spirits in the county. Guests can sip, dance to live music, and mingle for a great cause. General admission is $60 and a limited amount of VIP tickets are available for $100. Tickets are available at the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, located at 101 S California Street., (805) 797-7544.

Based on an Old-World tradition dating back to 1314, The Highland Games celebrates Celtic heritage. Men in kilts demonstrate feats of strength and cunning, lads and lasses show off their best footwork in highland and country dancing, talented fiddlers compete for prizes, contemporary Scottish bands perform, and much, much more. The bagpipes come out October 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Tickets are priced at $14 to $22 for adults, $12 to $20 for seniors and military, and $3-6 for kids., (818) 886-4968.

The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show is the largest show of its kind on the West Coast. Children can enjoy arts and crafts activities and pose for photos with costumed festival participants, while adults indulge in a variety of gourmet food and enjoy live entertainment. The festival will take place October 14-16 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors over 62, $4 for young adults, kids 12 and under are free., (415) 447-3205.

At the Ponies by the Sea Mustang Car Show, proud Mustang owners can enter their cars for a “people’s choice” contest with a trophy award and a year’s bragging rights. Guests can participate in raffles and enjoy 50’s music while admiring the speedy cars, then stroll about the Ventura Harbor Village and get a bite to eat. The show takes place on Sunday, October 16 from 7 a.m. to 3 .pm. on the grass at Ventura Harbor Village.

The first annual Ventura Comedy Festival features 28 comedy shows throughout seven different venues in Ventura, including The Majestic Theatre, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ventura Comedy Club and The Greek at the Harbor. Produced by comedian Randy Lubas, guests will enjoy the comedic stylings of Louie Anderson, Jeff Garcia, and “The Lovemaster” Craig Shoemaker. Comedians will compete for the title of the “Funniest Person in Ventura” and an audition for a spot on the David Letterman Show will be held. The festival takes place November 11-13. Tickets and more information:, (805) 644-1500.

A recent national Gallup poll placed Ventura in the “Top Ten Happiest Cities in America.” For information on Ventura accommodations and attractions, visit or phone 800-483-6215. 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. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 17 & 18

If you want to attend a free fun family event, come to the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival on September 17 & 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes at Thousand Oaks.

If you’re an art enthusiast, we have paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and more. If you’re a child, we have murals to make, pizza boxes to decorate and symphonic instruments to play. If you want to see an artist create a unique design, we have art demonstrations.

Wyland, 2011 Honorary Chair and acclaimed wildlife artist and conservationist, will be at the Festival on Saturday, September 17 from Noon - 2 p.m. He will sign copies of his book and work with the children in the Children’s Art Experience from 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Joining Wyland will be last year’s Honorary Chair Scott Medlock, one of America's foremost artists in the sports world.

Entertainers will perform on two stages throughout the weekend including:

Conejo Players Ballet Folklorico

Cindy Alonge Rock Nation

Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra Cabrillo Music Theatre

California Dance Theatre Moorpark College Jazz Band

Conejo Valley Shakespeare Society Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Co.

Excerpts from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be onstage periodically throughout the day. And at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a special “Happening” that you don’t want to miss!

The Grilled Cheese Truck and Lake Street Creamery gourmet trucks will be on site from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday; Frysmith and Sweet E’s Bake Shop on Sunday. Wine tasting will be open from 1-5 p.m., with wines provided by Wades Wines.

Raffle prizes include a signed framed lithograph from Wyland commemorating the 2008 Olympics, entitled “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” an original stainless steel sculpture from BiJian Fan, an original painting in production from Lynn Gertanbach, and the ever popular theatre and dinner tickets.

For more information and live performance schedules visit the Arts Festival website at . For more information on Wyland, visit and for more information on Medlock, visit


Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced the first exhibition of the fall semester featuring two nationally recognized Magic Realism painters whose artwork will be on exhibit Sept 1-30 in the Napa Hall Art Gallery located on the campus. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition will feature a selection of artwork by Phyllis Davidson entitled “Shelf Life,” as a series of paintings that explores cupboards, cabinets, shelves and drawers; their diverse and sundry contents and the myriad of memories they evoke. Davidson's work is widely exhibited throughout the United States.

Paintings by Douglas Sutherland, “The Afterworks” will also be on exhibit. It is the emphasis on symbolic meaning that Sutherland strives to maintain in these paintings. The objects and images grouped together are meant to convey personal, cultural, and historical narratives. Their interpretation is meant to be on an individual basis with the exception of some direct and obvious references. Sutherland's paintings are widely exhibited throughout the United States.

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. Napa Hall Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information contact the Art Program at 805-437-8570 or

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

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
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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.