"Hope Street"
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Hilda Kilpatrick is a visual storyteller. Her new body of work, titled “Hope”, is a pictorial narrative that reflects the artist’s interpretation of the sentiment. Light-hearted in concept, Kilpatrick’s new paintings will be featured in a solo exhibit at the Buenaventura Gallery from March 29 to April 23, 2011. Opening reception is Saturday, April 2 from 4-7pm.

The inspiration in Kilpatrick’s subject matter derives from the notion that her scenery may be drastically different in a few years, or gone altogether. Environmental changes, overpopulation, urban growth—are but a few factors that attract the artist to capture the current landscape.

Her characteristic loose brushwork, warmth-infused surfaces and fresh painterly approach are evident in this new body of work. Yet, Kilpatrick’s impressionistic new series incorporates some new elements---figures, cars, signs, animals—which create the aspect of the narrative.

She has shown her work at the Museum of Ventura County, City of Ventura Mayor’s Office, been honored with the City of Ventura 2007-08 Artist Fellowship; se was awarded the Founders and People’s Choice at the 70th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show and has been featured in national publications such as SkyWest Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

This is her third solo show with Buenaventura Art Association.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara Street , Ventura , CA 93001 . Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. (805) 648-1235 or visit www.buenaventuragallery.org.


April 16, 2011

Fine art and delicious fare highlight this Spring’s Art Alfresco Invitational Exhibition and Art Sale, presented by the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, April 16, from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Stroll through the easels and sculpture of thirty of the region’s finest artists, exhibiting and selling their work in the museum’s plaza and Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion. Admission is $20 per person, and includes food samplings from local purveyors and entry to all museum galleries. A portion of the proceeds from each artwork sold will support museum programs. To make reservations, call (805) 653-0323 x 304.

Artists participating in the invitational include Catherine Day Barroca, Virginia Beale, Kitty Botke, Sherri Cassell, Michele Chapin, Gayel Childress, Roger Conrad, Raymond Cuevas, Steven Curry, Bill Dewey, JoAnne Duby, Fran Elson, Gail Faulkner, Maribel Hernandez, Dan Holmes, Norman Kirk, John Nichols, Susan Petty, Chris Provenzano, Roxie Ray, Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Larissa Strauss, Arline Tepper, Andrea Vargas-Mendoza, Susan Vogel, Laura Wambsgans and Hiroko Yoshimoto.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.


His specialty is science fiction, comic book characters
Doug Jones
Doug Jones

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - Actor Doug Jones will talk to California Lutheran University students and the community at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, as part of the “Conversations With … “ series.

The second in a 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.

The youngest of four brothers, Jones grew up in Indianapolis, Ind., and studied theatre, mime and contortionism at Ball State University. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985, and has not been out of work since.

Jones is best known for his work under heavy makeup and prosthetics playing science fiction and comic book characters. His performance as Abe Sapien in “Hellboy” brought him to prominence and he went on to play Pan in the “Pan's Labyrinth.” He also portrayed the Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and Abe Sapien, the Angel of Death and the Chamberlain in “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” He also had roles in “Doom,” “The Benchwarmers” and “Lady in the Water.”

His most satisfying performance to date was a starring role written for him in the independent film “My Name is Jerry.” The movie won numerous awards and Jones earned a Best Actor award at the 3rd Strasbourg International Film Festival in 2010.

Jones has also acted in many commercials, television series including “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Criminal Minds,” and music videos with the likes of Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marilyn Manson. He has done extensive voice work, including the role as Abe Sapien in the “Hellboy” animated series, on the indie short movie “Rise,” and in the animated movie “Quantum Quest - A Cassini Space Odyssey.” He and his wife also mentor young people who are beginning their careers in the business.

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.

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 dramadpt@callutheran.edu.


Proceeds from the Gold Dust Gala are used for breast cancer detection and treatment, cervical cancer screening and vaccines, and needed diagnostic equipment benefitting women in our community who lack access to life-saving exams

Ventura, CA. - Little Texas, “America’s Favorite Rockin’ Country Band,” whose 12 Billboard Top 20 singles include “My Love,” a No. 1 hit in 1993, as well as the catchy anthem of the Lone Star State, “God Blessed Texas,” will headline the 21st annual Gold Dust Gala at Ventura County Fairgrounds in the San Miguel Hall on Saturday, April 16.

The Gold Dust Gala, sponsored by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, a silent auction, raffle and tribute tree where you can honor a loved one. A dinner featuring a variety of fine Italian cuisine and dancing will follow at 6:30 p.m., with Little Texas taking the stage at 8:30 p.m.

For more information please visit www.golddustgala.org. Tickets and sponsorship packages may be purchased online at www.golddustgala.org or call the Foundation office at 805-667-2881.

Proceeds from the Gold Dust Gala are used for breast cancer detection and treatment, cervical cancer screening and vaccines, and needed diagnostic equipment benefitting women in our community who lack access to life-saving exams. These services are provided by Community Memorial Health System.

In 2010, CMHS’s Healthy Women’s Program also sponsored five free public breast cancer screening days that assisted 154 women. Also, last year, 127 women received breast cancer treatments ranging from mammography exams to biopsies and surgical interventions at the Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital. Another 43 women received cervical cancer screenings and vaccines.

Formed in 1988, Little Texas enjoyed its greatest success in the 1990s with a string of Top 10 hits. In addition to “My Love” and “God Blessed Texas,” they include: “What Might Have Been,” No. 2 in 1993; “Amy’s Back in Austin,” No. 4 in 1995; “You and Forever Me,” No. 5 in 1992; “Kick A Little,” No. 5 in 1992; “Life Goes On,” No. 5 in 1995; and “Some Guys Have All the Love,” No. 8 in 1992.

Little Texas also was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for “Amy’s Back in Austin” in the “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group” category.

Little Texas disbanded in 1997 but four of its five members - Duane Propes, Del Gray, Porter Howell and Dwayne O’Brien - reunited in 2004.

Duane Propes (bass guitar), Del Gray (drums), Porter Howell (lead guitar and lead vocals), and Dwayne O'Brien (rhythm guitar and background vocals) decided to reunite Little Texas in 2004. In 2007, the band released a live album, “The Very Best of Little Texas: Live and Loud.” The live album was followed one month later by the studio album “Missing Years” that has produced three singles – “Missing Years,” “Your Woman” and “Party Life.”

About CMH
Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.



Ojai, CA -- The Ojai Visitors Bureau (OVB) invites both amateur and professional photographers to participate in an online photo contest entitled “Destination Ojai: Through Your Lens” to capture Ojai's unique attributes, attractions and activities that make it a desirable destination. Categories for photo submission include:

· CULINARY - Ojai dining, wine tasting, farmers market, and other culinary experiences

· EVENTS - Ojai special events and signature festivals

· RECREATION - Outdoor recreation in the Ojai Valley

· PLACES TO GO – Interesting businesses, spas, shops and historic places

· ARTS - Ojai arts and culture including galleries, theatre, museums, exhibits

· SCENIC BEAUTY – Vistas, hiking trails, back country, mountains, landscape

The Grand Prize winner will receive a $300 Ojai fun package including a $125 gift certificate to The Day Spa of Ojai, $75 gift certificate to Suzanne’s Cuisine, a $50 gift certificate at Feast Bistro and a $50 gift certificate to the Ojai Art Center. First place winners in each of the six categories will receive a $15 gift certificate to Knead Bakery and an Ojai calendar from Made in Ojai. Winning images and other favorite photos may also be featured with photo credit in marketing collateral for Ojai including website, advertisements, brochures and photo galleries.

The deadline for the photo contest is April 15, 2011. Contest details and online submissions are available at www.ojaivisitors.com . For more information call Ryan Curran White at the Ojai Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OJAI-NOW.


2010 Awesome Art Winners. Photo by Les Dublin.
2010 Awesome Art Winners. Photo by Les Dublin.
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Thursday, March 10 - Sunday, April 17, 2011
2010 Awesome Art Reception. Photo by Les Dublin.
2010 Awesome Art Reception. Photo by Les Dublin.
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2010 Awesome Art Reception. Photo by Les Dublin.
2010 Awesome Art Reception. Photo by Les Dublin.
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"Old Soul” - 2010 First Place in Painting by Laura Tisserand and Luke Jackson. Photo by Les Dublin.
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“Untitled” Assemblage – 2010 Best of Show by Lily Mays. Photo by Les Dublin.
“Untitled” Assemblage – 2010 Best of Show by Lily Mays. Photo by Les Dublin.
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Awesome Art 2010 Photographic Entry Wall. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Awesome Art 2010 Photographic Entry Wall. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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2010 Awesome Art, Students at Reception. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
2010 Awesome Art, Students at Reception. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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Reception and Awards: Thursday, March 10, 4 – 6 p.m.

Special Enrichment Event: Sergio Aragonés, Book Signing & Gallery Talk:
Sunday, April 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

2011 marks the 10th consecutive year that the annual student art exhibit, “AWESOME ART,” will be mounted in the changing gallery at the Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, California. The exhibition runs March 10 through April 17, 2011 and showcases upper level student artwork from Nordhoff High, Thacher, Besant Hill, Ojai Valley School, Villanova, and Oak Grove schools.

On average, the “AWESOME ART” group exhibition features 150 works of art, including ceramics, sculpture, drawings, paintings, photography, graphic design, digital, and mixed media pieces. Please note that many of the artworks are available for sale. This is an opportune time to collect new talent, purchase a special & affordable original gift, and support the Ojai Valley Museum programs.

In addition to museum exposure for the burgeoning Ojai student artists, the AWESOME ART show is an award opportunity for the participants. Every year since 2005, siblings Karen O’Neill and Michael Burgos have granted monetary awards to selected exhibiting students in memory of their mother, Marion E. Smith. Mrs. Smith was a longtime Ojai resident, an Ojai Valley Museum docent and a youth art supporter. The monetary awards, given in her name, are for merit and scholarship. The judges of “AWESOME ART, 2011” are Donna Granata (Photography/Digital Art), Larry Carnes (Ceramics), and Tom Hardcastle (Painting and Drawing).

The Award Reception will be held Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Ojai Valley Museum between 4 and 6 p.m. This special event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please remember exhibited work is available for purchase, and that donations to the Museum are always welcome.

A special community outreach event for this exhibit features local Ojai resident and world famous cartoonist, Sergio Aragonés, whose presentations always attract students, visitors and aficionados! He will have a book signing for his recent publication, “Mad’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés,” and give a gallery talk on Sunday, April 10th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the museum’s rotating gallery.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m. Specials tours can be arranged for Wednesdays.

Adult admission is $4.00. The O’Neill and Burgos grant also allows free admission to all students visiting the exhibit as well as to the Sergio Aragonés Book Signing/Gallery Talk event on April 10th.

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

CLU Choir
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Performances will conclude with home concert

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - The California Lutheran University Choir is embarking on a tour that will begin at Carnegie Hall and end with a performance on campus.

The varied program will include music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Vaclav Nelybel, William Hawley, David Dickau and CLU faculty member Mark Spraggins. The concert will conclude with spirituals, gospel songs and crossover pop arrangements of music by U2, Annie Lennox and Dolly Parton. Wyant Morton, chair of the music department, will conduct the 77-voice choir.

For the home concert, the CLU Women’s Chorale will join the choir and the CLU Honors Quintet will perform instrumental music.

The CLU Choir is the university’s premiere choral ensemble. It has performed tours throughout the United States and in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The choir has earned a reputation for its commitment to performing the finest in choral literature from all eras in the original languages. While dedicated to performing works that represent the university's Lutheran heritage, the choir also embraces innovative new music and multicultural pieces.

The 2011 Concert Tour includes the following performances:

· 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Carnegie Hall in New York, N.Y. The CLU Choir is part of a program headlined by the Masterworks Festival Chorus and the National Festival Chorus. Tickets are available at http://www.carnegiehall.org.

· 8 p.m. Monday, March 14, at Stretansky Concert Hall at Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, Pa.

· 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 Trinity Place, Greenville, Pa.

· 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield, N.J.

· 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, Md.

· 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Samuelson Chapel at CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road,
Thousand Oaks, Calif.

For more information, call the Music Department at (805) 493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu/choirtour.


The Ventura County and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will meet Sunday, March 20, at noon at Ventura College, Building B, in the cafeteria. The NAWCC is a nonprofit organization whose members include hobbyists, collectors, and professionals. The common bond is a fascination with the art and science of timekeeping and timepieces. You can learn more about the NAWCC at www.nawcc.org. And more about Chapter 190 at www.nawcc-ch190.com

Everyone interested in watches and clocks, (modern or antique), is invited to visit and join our chapter. Members of the public are also invited to attend. There is a three dollar admission charge. Watches and clocks will be on display. There will be a mart followed by an informational meeting and a program.

This month’s program on March 20 will begin at 1:15 PM and is entitled “Santa Barbara's Time Piece takes its place in the History of American Tower Clocks". It is presented by Dr. David Bisno; he will share with us the story of discovering Santa Barbara's Seth Thomas clock of 1929, his vision of turning the dark and dingy storage room within the courthouse into a world-class gallery of horology and a short history of the role tower clocks played in American history.

He will share with us the story of discovering Santa Barbara's Seth Thomas clock of 1929, his vision of turning the dark and dingy storage room within the courthouse into a world-class gallery of horology and a short history of the role tower clocks played in American history. David Bisno, a retired ophthalmologist, with degrees from Harvard, Dartmouth and the Washington University School of Medicine, has been an avid historian of science. For the past 19 years, he has, with his wife, Fay, presented a myriad of discussion topics for retirees within institutes for lifelong learning in the United States and overseas.

The Ventura County Chapter 190 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors was chartered in September, 2006, and distributes a monthly newsletter to members. Membership applications will be available at the meeting, or by calling 805-988-1764.

CI to present original play by faculty member

Camarillo, CA. - CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced the fourth annual spring production, an original play written and directed by CI faculty member Bob Mayberry, Associate Professor of English. Performances will be held Wednesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.

The play, entitled The Donner Party Cycle, Part One, is the first of a two-part dramatic work completed during Mayberry’s recent sabbatical. Set in 1846, the play focuses on the ill-fated journey of the Donner Party as the settlers leave Springfield, Illinois and cross the western desert only to get stranded in the winter snows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Lake. After struggling to survive, the party faced starvation. There were tales of cannibalism among the party before half the company ultimately perished.

Mayberry grew up in Reno, Nevada and had always had a fascination with the history of the Donner Party tragedy. In creating the play cycle he drew from historical materials and diaries kept by party members to reveal the key decisions the company made along the California Trail.

The production will include performances by the students of Performing Arts / Art 391. Music has been arranged and will be performed by Ina Veli and Nicolas Deuson, a lecturer in Performing Arts. The play is partially sponsored by the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.

Tickets for the performance are available through Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006, by visiting http://performingarts.csuci.edu/events.html, or can be purchased at the door with cash. Tickets for CI students are free, non-CI students $5, CI faculty and staff, $10 and $15 for the general public.

Limited complimentary parking is available on campus in designated spaces only. Upon arriving at the campus, please follow event parking signs. 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 Catherine Burriss, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-3126 or catherine.burriss@csuci.edu.

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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.

Lone Oak
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March 18 - 20

The Museum of Ventura County will present a landscape photography workshop on March 18, 19 and 20, designed for those interested in making better outdoor photographic art.

Veteran landscape photographers Tom Gamache and Van Webster will conduct the workshop, which includes classroom time at the museum in Ventura and field trips to Rancho Sierra Vista Satwiwa in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, and to the Wildwood Park area of Thousand Oaks. Cost is $350 for the general public and $295 for museum members; photography equipment and transportation are not included. Participants must be in good health and able to hike and carry their equipment to and from the offsite photo shoots. For reservations or more information, call 805-653-0323 x 305.

Gamache has been photographing the Santa Monica Mountains for more than 30 years. A retrospective exhibition of his prints continues through March 15 at the Santa Monica Mountains Range National Parks Visitor Center in Thousand Oaks. He is also the co-author of the book Range on the Edge-The Santa Monica Mountains. Webster's photography focuses on landscape and architectural subjects in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. With an extensive background in media production, he was a UCLA Arts Extension faculty member and program chair for more than 20 years. The two photographers have been presenting “Wandering Around Outdoors” photography workshops for a number of years. For more information, go to tomgamache.com.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Go to http://www.venturamuseum.org for information on Museum exhibits and events.

J.T. Ledbetter to share works on Midwest childhood
J.T. Ledbetter
J.T. Ledbetter

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - A longtime California Lutheran University professor will read from his latest book of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Lundring Events Center.

J.T. Ledbetter will share pieces from “Underlying Premises” during the free presentation.

Published in 2010, the collection of poems is set among the farms and small towns he knows from growing up in the Midwest. In his review of the book, Kevin Prufer, former editor of Pleiades Press, wrote, “Ledbetter’s uneasily graceful poems describe, through the eyes of a child and the lens of memory, the complexities of sex, death, and rural family life … These subtle, finely crafted, unerringly lovely poems surprise me at every turning.”

A CLU professor emeritus, Ledbetter taught English at the university for more than 30 years and continues to teach classes as an adjunct faculty member. His numerous publications include poetry, anthologies, magazine articles, works of fiction and music. In 2007, he and E. John Solem, CLU art professor emeritus, published “Blue Galaxy Iris: Connecting with Beauty and Nature’s Rhythm.” The book juxtaposes Ledbetter’s poems with Solem’s artwork.

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

For more information, e-mail Jack Ledbetter at ledbette@callutheran.edu.

The Artists Guild of Fillmore recently hung a new show of small images at the Fillmore Library. This is their third show at that location. The artists shown are Karen Browdy, Wana Klasen, Lady Jan Faulkner, Luanne Perez, Judy Dressler and Virginia Neuman.
The Artists Guild of Fillmore recently hung a new show of small images at the Fillmore Library. This is their third show at that location. The artists shown are Karen Browdy, Wana Klasen, Lady Jan Faulkner, Luanne Perez, Judy Dressler and Virginia Neuman.
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“The Stoning of Soraya M.”
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”
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‘Stoning of Soraya M.’ to be shown March 7

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - The director and screenwriter for “The Stoning of Soraya M.” will discuss their emotionally charged film after a showing at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at California Lutheran University.

The 2008 movie will be presented in the Roth Nelson Room on the Thousand Oaks campus as part of the Reel Justice Film Series.

“The Stoning of Soraya M.” is based on the true story of an Iranian woman who was stoned to death in 1986. The powerful tale of a village’s persecution of an innocent woman is both a daring act of witness and a compelling parable about mob rule. Who will join forces with the plot against her, who will surrender to the mob, and who will dare to stand up for what is right? It is both a classic fable of good and evil and an inspiring tribute to the many fighting against injustice all around the world.

Director Cyrus Nowrasteh and his wife and fellow screenwriter, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, who will answer questions after the screening, saw in Soraya one story that stands for thousands of untold tales around the world, from Africa to Asia, from Europe to America, wherever people are battling prejudice and injustice. Their screenplay takes the hard facts surrounding Soraya’s fate and carves from them a lyrical, fable-like passion play that gets under the skin by posing a provocative question: Who among us would throw stones and who would take a stand against them?

The Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice, will continue with "8: The Mormon Proposition" on March 30 and "Living Downstream" on April 6.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard between Olsen Road and Memorial Parkway.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or (805) 493-3693.

Moorpark student will sing ‘Symphony No. 4’ solo
Kayla Bailey
Kayla Bailey

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - The California Lutheran University Symphony will perform Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in Samuelson Chapel.

Mahler (1860-1911) is generally recognized as the last great symphonist musically descended from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. His “Symphony No. 4” is a very accessible work that features the multiple themes, intricate harmonies and extended forms that mark it as a 19th-century, Romantic period piece.

The final movement features a soprano solo that will be performed by senior music major Kayla Bailey of Moorpark. Faculty member Daniel Geeting will conduct.

Donations will be accepted.

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

For more information, call the Music Department at (805) 493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu/music.

Presented by Santa Paula High School students

Work began in September 2010 and will be finished and ready for public scrutiny March 13, 2011 within the South Gallery of the City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum located at 1001 E. Main Street. Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 students, 5 and under are free. Students will attempt to address the historical impact that Santa Paula’s only high school has played in the hearts and minds of its graduates for more than 100 years. It will use a variety of primary and secondary sources to tell its story including, El Solano Yearbooks, Mr. Robert Raitt’s “Campus on the Hill” book, personal interviews, Santa Paula Daily Chronicle articles, and many more. A reception is planned at its unveiling March 13 from 1-3pm that will feature the Santa Paula’s marching band, cheerleaders, and guest speakers.

Since 1999 students from Santa Paula High School’s two 10th grade Academy World History Honors courses have diligently worked to produce museum exhibits inside the California Oil Museum for the Santa Paula community to enjoy. These exhibits run for approximately 3 months and have centered on both local and national issues.

Who: California Oil Museum
What: Our Campus on the Hill exhibit
When: March 13 – May 8, 2011
Where: South Gallery of Oil Museum
Why: To celebrate the history of Santa Paula High School

Canada Larga Canyon by Bert Collins, pastel (private collection)
Canada Larga Canyon by Bert Collins, pastel (private collection)
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Opens on February 26, 2011

SANTA PAULA, CA – A retrospective exhibit of works by beloved Ojai landscape and still life artist Bert Collins will open at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Saturday, February 26, 2011 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. To request an invitation please call the Museum at 805-525-5554 or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.

Alberta “Bert” Collins was born in Los Angeles in 1928. Her career as a painter began at the age of fifteen at a ceramics factory near her home in Glendale. In 1960, Bert began practicing with both acrylic and oil paint, and had her first solo art show just eight months later. Commissions soon poured in from galleries in Newport Beach to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. In the following years, Collins maintained a near constant production of paintings in order to satisfy demand. Deciding that a less commercial creative process would be more enjoyable, Bert and her husband, Ralph, relocated to Ojai in 1976.

“This retrospective is truly representative of Bert’s entire evolution as an artist” states Museum Director, Jennifer Heighton, “It will include some of her earliest surviving paintings that few people have ever seen. It is rare to have such a comprehensive collection of an artist’s work spanning more than fifty years laid out before you.”

Bert was one of three artists who founded the Ojai Studio Artist’s Tour in 1983. After almost thirty years, the tour has revitalized local arts education and the economy. In 1984, Bert stumbled upon two particularly inspiring pastel landscapes in a gallery. She and her art were suddenly transformed. Bert immediately began painting in pastels and studied with such renowned pastel artists as Albert Handell and Glenna Hartmann.

The majority of Bert’s works are realistic landscapes, seascapes and still lifes rendered in soft pastels on sand paper. She continues to use acrylics and oils, but to a lesser degree than pastels. Collins is ambidextrous when she paints, capable of wielding a brush in either hand so that she may move more freely over her canvas. Although a well-known plein air artist, Bert prefers to paint from memory, or to use her imagination in developing subjects.

Museum Assistant, Julie Cluster, says, “That she often paints from her imagination is remarkable because her pieces are so realistic. The landscapes seem almost tangible. It’s as if you can feel the sunlight on your skin and sense the sky changing above you when you look at one of her paintings. Bert manages to capture the dynamism of nature because she has such a natural instinct for color and light.”

Today, Bert continues to teach pastel classes and workshops at her West Hills Ojai Gallery where she is oft quoted as asking, “Who has more fun than I do?” With a successful career spanning more than fifty years, a remarkably joyful spirit, and an extraordinary oeuvre, it is only natural that she should ponder such a question.

The exhibit will run until July 10th, 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.

Members of Ventura Improv Company
Members of Ventura Improv Company
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Valentine's weekend brings music, improv, and much more

Ventura, CA - Two comedy improv shows will be dedicated to exploring all aspects of love during the Ventura Improv Company's special Valentine's weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12. Families, couples, and singles are warmly welcomed.

On Friday, February 11, at 8pm, musical improvisers from the Ventura Improv Company (VIC) will sing about the search for love, and all the mysteries and passions contained within. Based on titles and anecdotes provided by the audience, the talented musicians and singers will make up songs on the spot. A long-form, Broadway-style musical will complete the second half of the evening. The admissions for the night's show will be $10.

On Saturday, February 12, at 8pm, the VIC will present its yearly (and ever-popular) Valentine's Show. Performers will create improvised scenes, games, and musical numbers about love and romance. The cost of admission includes the show, champagne and cider, roses and chocolates for the audience, a photo area, and raffle of prizes. Special admission price is $15.

The VIC, now in its 21st year, is a fixture of downtown Ventura. Audience members, many of them loyal attendees for years, always enjoy this yearly Valentine's event. "It's a departure from our usual weekend improv shows," says Judy Gottlieb, Vice President of the VIC. "We love offering the special extras to the audience, and the night is often hilarious and touching at the same time."

Reservations are recommended. More information or reservations can be obtained by calling (805) 643-5701 x2, emailing vic@venturaimprov.com, or accessing www.venturaimprov.com/?p=2514.

About Ventura Improv Company
In 1989, Barbara Scott from Bay Area TheatreSports™ came to Ventura County to visit her mother and, while here, put on an improv workshop. The attendees included Gary Best and Tom Mueller, who considered the workshop "a revelation," and went on to form a local TheatreSports™ league. In the two decades since then, that league grew up to be Ventura Improv Company (VIC).

Located in the historic Livery complex in downtown Ventura, VIC offers comedy improv shows every weekend and a full lineup of improv and movement workshops throughout the year.

VIC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Ventura Improv Company is located at 34 North Palm Street, Ventura, CA 93001. The groups website is http://www.venturaimprov.com

Michael Falcone will perform original music
Michael Falcone
Michael Falcone

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University alumnus Michael Falcone will return to his alma mater to perform his first concert of original music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

The Michael Falcone and Friends concert will be held in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Falcone’s eclectic style of singing and piano playing ranges from Latin jazz and blues rock to swing and bossa nova. The Newbury Park resident began playing the piano and singing at the age of 6. At CLU, Falcone performed with the Kingsmen Quartet, jazz band and choir as well as acted in drama productions and played soccer before graduating in 2006.

Joining him in the concert will be Dino Durand on guitar, Danny Young on bass, and Landon Young on drums.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.

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

February 15, 2011, Ojai Photography Club
Photographer Tom Reed
Photographer Tom Reed
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Adventurer, author and photographer Tom Reed (http://www.tomreed.com) will present a digital slide show about his new book, “The Granite Avatars of Patagonia,” at the February 15 Ojai Photography Club meeting. The presentation is free to the public.

Reed will offer a “behind the scenes” look at the making of the book, including photos from excursions among the granite spires of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy (El Chaltén), as well as other features of Argentina’s Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The book will be available for sale at a 20% discount, and Reed will stay after his presentation to chat with guests and sign books.

“This should be of great interest to travelers and outdoor enthusiasts as well as photographers,” said club president Dean Zatkowsky. “Tom has created exhibition-quality prints and a coffee-table photography book using a point-and-shoot camera. He proves that you don’t need fancy equipment to make great images.”

The meeting begins at 7:00 PM on February 15, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, which is located at 111 Santa Ana Street in Ojai.

About Tom Reed
Wilderness photographer and writer Tom Reed has a long history of remote backcountry travel since earning a degree in geography from Rutgers and moving to Alaska 30 years ago, where he worked as a backcountry surveyor.

Working as a whitewater guide and sailor, Reed abandoned photography when his camera was crushed in the Caribbean, taking the opportunity to rid his backpack of all the glass and steel and film, and began studying beautiful scenes to understand why they were so moving.

He then explored other arts, including pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, and wood sculpture.

After 20 years of training in Japanese martial arts, Tom moved to the Mendocino coast of California to teach, and there began studying with a master of Japanese aesthetics, focusing on the Zen practice of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, calligraphy, ink painting, and flower arranging.

This exposure built a Japanese approach to his sensitivity inspired by the photographs of Ansel Adams, the plein air paintings of the Sierras by Edgar Payne, and the wilderness paintings of the Hudson River School.

About 6 years ago, improvements in digital technology lured Tom back to photography. He now combines his exceptional backcountry and navigational skills with a Zen eye and sensibility to find and capture dramatic compositions.

His first book, “The Granite Avatars of Patagonia,” features images and text from three trips to Argentinean national park “Los Glaciares,” and focuses on the peaks of El Chaltén (Mount Fitz Roy) and Cerro Torre. He was fascinated with the experience of the awe humans feel when witnessing nature in its fullest glory. Reeds goal was to produce portraits of these granite towers in conditions and with compositions that convey their dramatic and dynamic qualities.

For Tom, photographing nature is about finding the right place at an opportune time to create a composition that “touches” or “speaks to” the viewer, and reminds them of the power of nature’s beauty.

Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the Patagonia Outdoor Company says, "Patagonia has a keen, close observer in Tom Reed. His feeling for the landscape and its wild power comes through in his photographs and writing and in the questions he raises about ourselves as natural beings acting in a natural world."

About the Ojai Photography Club
The Ojai Photography Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, January – November, at 7:00 PM in Kent Hall, which is located at Help of Ojai’s Little House, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA 93023.

The club’s primary goals are education and camaraderie. Meetings typically include presentations by our guest judges, discussion of photographic events or exhibits, and critiquing of member photographs.

Meetings are open to the public, but only members may submit photographs for critique and competition. Members also receive free admission to club-hosted workshops. Membership costs only $20 per calendar year, $10 for students under 21.

For more information, visit us at www.ojaiphotoclub.com.