“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 renick@callutheran.edu or go to http://www.callutheran.edu.

 


 

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 www.ptya.org. 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 arts4action.org 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 arts4action.org. 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 www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

 


 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

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

frog4mom@aol.com

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 downbeatplus@gmail.com.

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 http://choir.csuci.edu/ 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 www.venturamuseum.org

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Ventura County Making Strides event call Monica Ward at (805) 644- 4237 or visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org/ventura.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
August 12, 2011

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

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

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

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

 
“Penny Carnival – A Santa Paula Tradition”

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

 

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

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

 
Artists have revived figurative painting tradition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Saturday August 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Come Fiddle Around

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

 
Bring your treasures to the museum

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

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

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

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

 

Simi Valley Town Center announces several FREE recreational and other opportunities for area residents to enjoy the rest of July – and summer.

The Town Center’s schedule is packed with free outdoor movies on a 24-foot screen under the Center’s food court trellis; several live outdoor musical performances in Center Court as part of the Summer Concerts Alfresco series; and the continuation of the popular Farmers’ Market each Tuesday afternoon.

Free events scheduled at the Town Center in July and August:

- Every Tuesday, 3 to 7 p.m. - CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET, in the parking lot in front of Sliders and Corner Bakery

- Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. – TOWN HALL MEETING WITH MAYOR BOB HUBER, Center Court

- Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m. – CONCERT: Disco, Center Court

- Thursday, July 28, Dusk – MOVIE: “Iron Man”

- Saturday, July 30, 6 p.m. – CONCERT: The Red Elvises (surf rock)

- Saturday, Aug. 6, 6 p.m. – CONCERT: Paperback Writer, The Beatles Experience

- Saturday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. – CONCERT: Orange Colored Sky, A Tribute to The Beach Boys

- Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. – YMCA DANCE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:

Center Court

- Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m. – CONCERT: Evyn Charles and The Neverquitters (classic rock)

- Thursday, Aug. 25, Dusk – MOVIE: “Tron”

- Saturday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. – CONCERT: A Hawaiian Experience

Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m. in Center Court, are free to attend and visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best seating or to plan a full evening with a pre-show dinner at nearby Town Center restaurants, including Larsen’s Grill, Exotic Thai Bistro, Corner Bakery, Go Fish Sushi, Limon Latin Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Souplantation, Red Robin, and Sliders Bar & Grill.

Movies begin at dusk and are presented on a 24-foot, outdoor screen at the regional shopping center’s covered trellis. All are full-length motion pictures, rated PG or PG-13. Families are free to bring chairs and blankets, and are encouraged to arrive early for best seating or to take advantage of nearby Town Center eateries. The outdoor movie program is offered through a partnership between Simi Valley Town Center and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

About Simi Town Center
The Town Center is an exciting 600,000-square-foot lifestyle center in the heart of Simi Valley with more than 80 local and national merchants, providing entertainment and dining experiences to about 300,000 people. Located north of Highway 118, between First Street and Erringer Road, the Town Center features premier merchants such as Anthropologie, Brighton Collectibles, California Pizza Kitchen, Coldwater Creek, Urban Outfitters, White House Black Market plus other retailers and eateries. Regular hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Restaurant, holiday and department store hours may vary. For more information, please call 805-581-1430 or visit www.simivalleytc.com.

 
Free summer concert series held at Peninsula Park

Channel Islands Harbor is holding Concerts by the Sea each Saturday through Aug. 27. The free summer concert series will be 4 – 6 p.m. at Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard at Channel Islands Harbor, next to the Casa Sirena Hotel and the Hampton Inn. Parking is free.

August Summer Concert Lineup:

Aug. 6 Pier 101 Variety

Aug. 13 Unkle Monkey Tropical Rock

Aug. 20 Acadiana Cajun/Zydeco

Aug. 27 Cadillac Angels Rockabilly/Surf Music

For more information on Concerts by the Sea or the Channel Islands Harbor, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.

 
Saturday & Sunday, August 20-21, 2011

Ventura, CA – The first ever Ventura Folk Festival will feature such greats as Jim Messina, JD Souther, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe and special guests at the scenic Mission Park in Downtown Ventura on August 20 and 21.

Over twenty bands are scheduled to perform over the two day festival including The White Buffalo, Dead Rock West, Peter Case, Garrison Starr, Jamie Drake, Justine Bennett, B Willing James, Jamie Drake, Matt Duke, Jay Nash, Tony Lucca, Delaney Gibson, Lee Koch, Ted Lennon, The Rincon Ramblers, Frankie Fuchs band w/Robin Wiley, Tall Tales & the Silver Lining w/Guests, The Kinfolk, and 50 Sticks of Dynamite.

Featuring Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina), JD Souther (Souther Hillman Furray Band, hit songwriter), Ramblin' Jack Elliot and John Doe (X, The Knitters), the Festival draws from the musical and social activism influences of singer/songwriters Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others.

The outdoor event will be held in beautiful Mission Park, across the street from the historic San Buenaventura Mission, the last built by Father Junipero Serra in 1782. The quintessential coastal town of Ventura lies between Malibu and Santa Barbara on Highway 101, roughly 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

The festival is teaming up with two local non-profits: FOOD Share, which fights hunger and provides nutritious food to those in need in Ventura County and Harmony Project, which promotes positive youth development through music lessons and ensemble participation in underserved areas
of Ventura and Los Angeles.

Tickets are $25 for one day or $40 for both. Kids under 12 get in free with paid adult. A V.I.P option includes a beer and wine tasting lunch for $50. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at www.venturafolkfestival.eventbrite.com For more information and frequent updates, please “Like” the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Venturafolkfestival

Contact: Polly Hoganson www.VenturaFolkFestival.com
805-652-1137 VenturaFolkFestival@yahoo.com
www.facebook.com/Venturafolkfestival

 
Play concludes 15th Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Social media will play a role in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s modern take on “The Merchant of Venice.”

The 15th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival began with “The Taming of the Shrew,” which drew record opening-weekend crowds with nearly double the number of people that attended the first weekend in 2010. The company will present the second and final play of the season at 8 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 and Aug. 5, 6 and 7 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University.

While “The Merchant of Venice” is one of the most produced of Shakespeare’s works, this is the first time that the Kingsmen company has presented the tale. It is the story of a merchant named Antonio who helps a friend get a loan to pay for his efforts to court a wealthy heiress. The lender, Shylock, insists that Antonio pay with a pound of his flesh if the loan isn’t paid.

Director Michael Arndt, who helped launch the festival in 1997, sees the play as one of divisions and isolations. Words and their literal and metaphorical interpretations are central to the structure, and the modern references help bring that home to current audiences.

“In 2011, we are inundated by words. They are spoken on the Internet, TV and radio. They flow back and forth through email, text messages, YouTube videos, Facebook posts and tweets,” Arndt said. “We hear the provocative words of malevolent dictators, the doublespeak words of campaign politicians, the bigoted words of talk radio hosts, the mentally deranged words of television bad boys and the non-stop pitch words of modern advertising.”

The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Pre-show entertainment featuring Renaissance music, comic Shakespearean improvisations and wandering performers begins at 6:45 p.m.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theatre company of CLU. In addition to producing one of the area’s most popular outdoor theatrical events, the company provides apprentice programs, an educational tour program for schools and summer theater camps.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and free for patrons 17 and younger, are available at the door. Reserved lawn-box seating for four to six adults is $70 to $90. Reservations for box seating can be made online at http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org or by calling (805) 493-3455. Parking is available at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road.

 
October 1st benefit for the historic Ventura Pier

Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 18th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 1st, from 5-8 PM. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best food and spirits provided by over 50 area businesses.

Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serve their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths along the seaside Promenade while guests enjoy live music by Luna Gitana, dancing and bid on silent auction items—all to benefit the city’s 139-year-old pier.

The sell-out event hosted by Pier into the Future–-a non-profit 501 c (3)—“is a much anticipated community gathering of friends that raises funds for our beloved Pier”, said Pier Into the Future Executive Director Jenise Wagar. The organization was founded by a group of dedicated community leaders, in partnership with the City of Ventura, to establish an endowment fund to preserve, maintain and enhance the historic Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy.

General admission tickets are $60.00 and include food and beverage tasting, a commemorative Pier wine glass and complementary parking. A limited number of VIP tickets are offered at $100 each. VIP tickets include all of the benefits associated with General Admission, plus early entrance to the event at 4:30 pm and a reserved seat at a VIP table along the promenade.

Tickets are available at the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California Street or by calling 805.648.2075. Additional information, including sponsorship opportunities and restaurant/winery participation forms can be found at www.pierintothefuture.org or by calling 805.797.7544.