Celebrate 50 years with Ventura's own band! The Ventura County Concert Band - all volunteer musicians from the community - and conductor, Ms. Julie Judd, present an entertaining 4-concert season of amazing band music and special guests. In honor of Veterans Day, the season opens with a very special patriotic concert. Bring a friend. Sunday, Nov. 10, 3:00pm; VHS Auditorium at 2 N Catalina, Ventura; FREE. Contact: friends.of.vccb@gmail.com.

 


 

The Ventura Botanical Gardens runs on volunteer energy and the generous donations of time and professional expertise from its members and the community.

We're currently seeking to fill important volunteer positions:
1. Contact Volunteers
2. Spring Garden Tour Chair
3. Spring Garden Tour Raffle Coordinator
4. Coordinator of Volunteers

1. Contact Volunteers
Ventura Botanical Gardens is looking for personable volunteers for a one-time project to complete membership records. It includes placing calls to VBG members with missing email addresses and reporting the new address provided. The process will include leaving phone messages and doing follow-up. Calls can be made during weekday hours of 10am-7pm and on weekends from 10am-5pm. VBG will provide call lists and an easy script to follow. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us with your availability to membership@venturabotanicalgardens.com

2. Spring Garden Tour Chair
We are currently seeking a Chair for our Spring Garden Tour 2014. This is a prestigious and exciting opportunity. The Garden Tour is scheduled for April 26, 2014 from 10am-4pm, with seven home gardens open to the public on a self-guided tour. There will be monthly meetings beginning in late September/early October. Responsibilities for this position include identifying house captains in conjunction with the house captain coordinator, assisting house captains in identifying volunteers to work at each house, oversight of ticket sales, raffle and food sales and involvement in the advertising and marketing. To be considered for this great position, please email your qualifications to
madhu@venturabotanicalgardens.com

3. Spring Garden Tour Raffle Coordinator
We also need a Raffle Coordinator for the Spring Garden Tour 2014. The Garden Tour 2014 is scheduled for April 26, 2014 from 10am-4pm. There will be monthly meetings beginning in late September/early October. Responsibilities for this position include coordination of donated items, setting up raffle items, monitoring ticket sales, and oversight of winning tickets and notification to winners. The Raffle Coordinator will break down raffle and deliver items to a central location for winner pick up. To be considered for the Garden Tour Raffle Coordinator please email your experience to madhu@venturabotanicalgardens.com

4. Coordinator of Volunteers
Ventura Botanical Gardens seeks a friendly and reliable Coordinator of Volunteers. The Coordinator will help to develop our volunteer program. The ideal candidate will be available to volunteer starting mid-October and will make a commitment through December 2014. We have hundreds of volunteers who support our mission throughout the year. We have a lot of interest from volunteers with very specific expertise who need to be connected to the right volunteer opportunity. Responsibilities include:
• Volunteer recruiting, outreach, online postings
• Building and maintaining relationships with volunteers
• Developing volunteer job descriptions
• Developing volunteer orientation
• Volunteer management, scheduling, training
• Tracking volunteer hours
• Maintaining volunteer database
• Writing thank you notes to volunteers
• Creating volunteer program materials, such as handbooks and policies
• Volunteer recognition
• Volunteer evaluations
To be considered for the Coordinator of Volunteers, please email your qualifications to madhu@venturabotanicalgardens.com

 


 
‘From Sea to Shining Sea’ to celebrate America
Heidi Valencia Vas
Heidi Valencia Vas

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Music faculty members Angela Hicks and Heidi Valencia Vas will present a free concert at California Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 26.

“From Sea to Shining Sea: A celebration of our musical heritage” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel.

The program will explore music of the American experience featuring compositions by Aaron Copland, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen and Andre Previn along with patriotic favorites. This celebration of the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” features texts by American poets, Wild West heroines and Civil War soldiers. Jessica Helms and Kevin Stoller will accompany on piano.

Vas will sing “America,” which appears on her new studio album, “Shades,” which will be available on iTunes later this month. Her new vocal technique textbook titled “Finding your Voice: A Guidebook for Singers” is due out on iBooks at the end of the year.

A master teacher and recording artist, Vas has numerous opera, recital and oratorio credits, and has been featured in summer stock and regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a soloist with The Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and made guest appearances with many groups including the Masterworks Chorale. She currently tours with her ensemble and is music director at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks.

Vas and Hicks are co-founding directors of the CLU Summer Vocal Institute. Both are members of Areté Vocal Ensemble, a professional ensemble in residence at CLU.

Hicks has performed many leading and secondary roles in opera and musical theater both in the United States and abroad. The mezzo-soprano is an avid recitalist in the Southern California area, and can be heard in various film projects. When not on stage, the Canyon Country resident shares her love of singing through teaching. She is the founding director of the CLU Opera Scenes Program and is the vocal music director for the musical theater program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California.

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.

 

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Thru October 31, 2013

Senchal Hatton will be exhibiting her newest kiln load of ceramic sculptures as the featured artist of the Ventura County Potters' Guild Gallery through October 31, 2013. As a native Californian, Senchal has always felt a strong sense of connection to animals, nature, and the spiritual which binds all. She enjoys the arts, and has worked as a make-up/hair and special effects artist in the movie industry, face painter, and also a professional belly dancer. Hatton is also a poet and muralist and enjoys playing guitar. Hatton says "I like to employ a bit of twisted humour which shows in my one of a kind Chili Pepper designs and other works. I often strive for realism, but then I will go in the opposite direction towards fantasy as a balance. I hope you enjoy my work, and may you be inspired to find your own creativity in this mystical experience we call life."

Hatton will greet guests on Tuesday, October 22nd from 11 am - 6 pm.

Gallery artists are from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and including Ojai Valley.

 


 

California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday October 25, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Come out for an afternoon of playing, listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information and to find out about upcoming workshops go to calfiddlers.com or call 805-797-6563.

 

Treat yourself to a docent - led tour any Saturday in October. Note we will have special tour hours this month. We will be open for tours starting at 11:00 AM. Last tour starts at 2:00 PM.

On Sunday, October 6, the California Mission Ride (www.thecaliforniamissionride.org), “a 600 mile horseback journey through the past and for the future” comes to Rancho Camulos. Join us at 10:00 as we welcome the team of horse riders who are riding from mission to mission “to discover life and land of current communities in their mission era context”. Learn about their journey and experiences. Museum tours will also be available for the usual $5 tour donation. Children are free.

And for some special tricks, don’t miss the 2:00 PM show, featuring leading stuntmen from Hollywood’s film industry and starring the one-and-only Silver, the white Quarter Horse who stole the show in Johnny Depp’s latest film: The Lone Ranger. This event will go behind the scenes to show spectators how horse stunts are done by professionals. Visitors will be able to meet real stuntmen and ask them about their work. Children will be invited to paint Indian Ponies and learn how to apply traditional war paint patterns. This event is included with your $5 museum admission. It is sponsored by Movin’ On Livestock and famous stuntmen Jack Lilley, Clint Lilley, and Rod Rondeaux, among others will participate.

On Saturday, October 12, we have a unique treat for NCIS fans, the “Zeva Farewell tour”. Rancho Camulos Museum was one of the settings for the shooting of this year’s NCIS season premier, “Zeva’s Farewell.” Join a docent led tour at Noon to learn about the Zeva Farewell shoot and see the locations used. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. A $5 donation applies. Stay for a regular tour of Rancho Camulos Museum if you choose.

On October 19th, tricks and treats abound as we welcome back the Napoleonic War re-enactors for a Trafalgar Day event. Come and watch the military reenactments and see the beautiful period costumes from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Our $5 donation applies to watch this unique pageant of history. Children are free. Regular museum tours will also be available from 11-3.

 
Ruksana, an Indian girl featured in "Girl Rising,"
Ruksana, an Indian girl featured in "Girl Rising,"
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‘Girl Rising’ tells nine stories from around the world

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A movie about girls throughout the world who have overcome great difficulties will be shown at California Lutheran University to mark International Day of the Girl.

“Girl Rising” will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Lundring Events Center. A short presentation by Kiera Murphy, a CLU senior and U.S. representative for VOICE 4 Girls, will follow. VOICE 4 Girls was launched in India in 2011 to address the educational and employment challenges facing girls from low-income communities. The free CLU event, which will conclude with a discussion, commemorates the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, which is Oct. 11.

Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins wanted to showcase the strength of the human spirit and the power of education in “Girl Rising.” Released in March, the PG-13 movie spotlights nine girls from nine countries in stories penned by nine renowned writers from the girls’ countries. Nine well-known actresses narrate the stories.

Real girls play themselves in slightly fictionalized accounts of stories from their own lives. Sokha is an orphan who rises from life in a garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to become a star student and accomplished dancer. Suma writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others. Ruksana is an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.

Education can break the cycle of poverty, but girls around the world face barriers to schooling that boys do not. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school, according to Education First.

The film is the centerpiece of a global campaign by 10x10 to educate and empower girls to transform communities. Founded by journalists at The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, 10x10 is working with corporations, policymakers and grassroots organizations to remove barriers to girls’ education including forced marriages, domestic slavery and sex trafficking.

CLU’s Gender & Women’s Studies Program and the Thousand Oaks branch of the American Association of University Women are presenting the free screening.

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

For more information, contact Peter Carlson at pcarlson@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3435.

 
DeWayne Boccali and Cow, c. 1950, Boccali Family Archive
DeWayne Boccali and Cow, c. 1950, Boccali Family Archive
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October 5 through December 29, 2013
DeWayne Boccali’s Father and Grandfather, c. 1951, Boccali Family Archive
DeWayne Boccali’s Father and Grandfather, c. 1951, Boccali Family Archive
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Jim and Ned Clark, c. 1984, Jim and Bambi Clark Archive
Jim and Ned Clark, c. 1984, Jim and Bambi Clark Archive
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Jim Clark, Jim and Bambi Clark Archive
Jim Clark, Jim and Bambi Clark Archive
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Jim Clark and Son Ned, Jim and Bambi Clark Archive
Jim Clark and Son Ned, Jim and Bambi Clark Archive
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Packing House, c. 1910, Ojai Orange Grove Association Archive
Packing House, c. 1910, Ojai Orange Grove Association Archive
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Almond Harvest Upper Ojai, c. 1910, OVM Archive
Almond Harvest Upper Ojai, c. 1910, OVM Archive
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Bill And Helen Lucking, C.1942, Lucking Family Archives
Bill And Helen Lucking, C.1942, Lucking Family Archives
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Bob C Davis, Sr., Rancheros Visitadores, c 1960, Bob Davis, Jr. Archive
Bob C Davis, Sr., Rancheros Visitadores, c 1960, Bob Davis, Jr. Archive
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Nick Noce’s Walnut Ranch, OVMuseum Archive
Nick Noce’s Walnut Ranch, OVMuseum Archive
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Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5th - 5 to 7 p.m.

The Ojai Valley Museum mounts one original history exhibit each year focusing on a topic significant to the Ojai community. This year’s exhibit is an historical perspective on ranching in the Ojai Valley.

Six local ranch families who have worked their land for at least two generations are featured in the show, with family photographs, historical texts, and objects borrowed from their ranch houses and outbuildings. The exhibit is a rich exploration of these stalwart, experimental, and determined families who ranch in the Ojai Valley. Their stories illustrate the reasons any of us choose to live in such a beautiful place.

A group of prominent Ojai ranchers met and selected the six ranches that make up the scope of this exhibit: Crooked Creek Ranch – established 1937, Clark Ranch – est. 1947, Boccali Ranch – est. 1951, Matilija Canyon Ranch – est. 1956, Topa Topa Ranch - est. 1959, and Haley Ranch - est. 1972.

The families include John E. Anderson; Dewayne and Marilyn Boccali; Jim and Bambi Clark, Leslie Clark, Linda Clark, Patricia Clark Doerner; Robert Calder Davis Jr.; Carly Lucking and Ernie Ford; and Roger Haley.

The museum director and members of the museum exhibition committee visited each ranch and selected the personal objects represented in the exhibit. Everything from saddles to a kitchen table, from paintings to smudge pots, from Navajo rugs to field boxes, have been gathered for the exhibit.

Photographs from each family were chosen to tell their story in pictures spanning dates between the early 19th century and today. Wedding portraits, baby pictures, ranch vistas, vintage farm equipment, wildlife, crops, and a myriad of other images serve to describe their generations and the reality of Ojai ranch living.

The intimate Alcove and Hall Galleries introduce visitors to the history of ranching in the Ojai Valley beginning with the 19th century Rancho Ojai Mexican land grant and Fernando Tico. Over-sized photographs from the museum’s Archive and Permanent Collection describe in pictures the variety of 19th century Ojai farms, how they were tended, who the work crews were, and how the produce, grain or citrus was transported. Wall texts enhance the archival visuals with scholarly research or excerpted published articles.

Each historic family and their ranch has a place in the main Rotating Gallery, immersing visitors in the individual stories told with text, objects, and personal photos. Looked upon as a whole, the gallery is a rich array of the lifestyle and lives intrinsic to ranching as a chosen profession.

Owner of historic Friends’ Ranches and Ojai Valley Museum Board member, Tony Thacher, was instrumental in bringing the idea for this exhibit to the museum. He corralled ranchers to early strategy meetings and helped focus the direction of the show. One of his ideas was to produce a feature length video of interviews conducted with the ranching families in the exhibit. This has been accomplished, pro bono, by local videographer Chris Ritke. The video will play looped in the gallery as an adjunct media element to the main exhibition.

In addition, Thacher has arranged for each family to host a special event on their ranch between mid-October and December. The events include picnics, a wine tasting, a gala museum fundraiser and more. The public is invited. Museum members will receive invitations, and the website and Facebook page will preview each event in a timely manner.

The Opening Reception is Saturday, October 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the galleries of the Ojai Valley Museum. All of the ranchers represented will be attending. Members are free and non-members are $5.00 at the door. No-host bar.

The exhibit has been made possible by a grant received from the Heritage Fund through the Ventura County Community Foundation, as well as general donations and income from the companion special events.

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, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2013 members, adults - $5.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours are available by appointment. Free parking is available off Blanche Street at back of museum.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Museum.org Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum.

 
Wyant Morton directing the CLU Choir
Wyant Morton directing the CLU Choir
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Pieces draw from aboriginal texts, Bob Dylan lyrics

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Choir and Women’s Chorale will open their seasons with an eclectic Homecoming Choral Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in Samuelson Chapel.

The program will begin with the Women’s Chorale singing “Laudate Pueri” by Italian composer Giovanni Battista Gajani. The women will also perform Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus’ “The Earth Sings” for piano and percussion based on aboriginal Australian and Iglulik Eskimo texts.

The CLU Choir will perform “Make Music Sweet.” Jenni Brandon of Los Angeles composed the piece based on poems by James Joyce. Also featured will be “Forever Young,” original music by award-winning composer John Corigliano to Bob Dylan's lyrics.

“Jubilate Deo” by British composer William Walton, “Ngana” by Australian composer Stephen Leek and Carly Simon’s “Let The River Run” arranged by Craig Hella Johnson will also be performed.

CLU faculty member Heidi Valencia Vas will be the featured soloist. The Thousand Oaks resident has numerous opera, recital and oratorio credits and has been a featured soloist with The Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra.

Wyant Morton, director of choral and vocal activities, will conduct. The chair of the Music Department is in his 22nd year at CLU and has conducted the CLU choir for performances at the Lincoln Center and in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

The CLU Choir is the premiere choral ensemble at CLU. While dedicated to performing works that represent the university’s Lutheran heritage, it also embraces innovative new music as well as pieces expressing a multicultural perspective.

The CLU Women’s Chorale is comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomores. It draws its repertoire from the wealth of choral music for female voices from a range of historical periods from classical to modern.

Donations will be accepted.

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

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

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present Victoria Reynolds – The Way of the Flesh in the Art Gallery at Napa Hall. This exhibition of paintings by the prominent Los Angeles-based artist opens with a free public reception on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs through Friday, Nov. 1.

For over a decade, Reynolds has rendered sensual paintings of various meats, addressing “temptations of the flesh” and our suspicion of the beautiful images. Often set in ornate, rococo or baroque-style frames, her meat paintings allude to the Venetian art of painting flesh, Dutch vanitas, kitchen and butcher stall scenes, divine sacrifice, and humans’ exploitation of fellow creatures. The fleshy textures, transparencies and shapes frequently resemble floral arrangements. Her fruit, vegetables and flowers, drenched in cream, visually recall her meat compositions. These ultra close-up views, which can become organic abstractions, present a compelling visual representation of excess, overabundance and fecundity.

Reynolds’ work has been included in more than 100 exhibitions internationally and has been featured in such publications as Art in America, Frieze, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, Meatpaper, KryptonIt, Art Ltd., Vision, The New York Times Style Magazine, NRC Handelsblad, and Dagens Nyheter.

The Art Gallery at Napa Hall, the University’s premier art exhibition venue, is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772, email art@csuci.edu, or visit http://art.csuci.edu/gallery.

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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. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
Italian, Russian and French music to be featured

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Romantic opera and ballet music will be featured in California Lutheran University’s Founders Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Samuelson Chapel.

The “Symphonic Romance” program performed by the University Symphony will include selections from the Italian, Russian and French repertory including Verdi’s overture to the opera “La Forza del Destino,” the ballet suite from Faure’s “Pelléas et Mélisande,” the adagio from Khachaturian’s ballet “Spartacus”and the “RákóczyMarch”by Berlioz.

Veteran faculty member Daniel Geeting will direct.

One of the first ensembles established at the founding of CLU, the University Symphony is a 50- to 60-member ensemble that performs several times each semester and has a diverse repertory ranging from the latest in contemporary composition to standards of the symphonic repertory. While the symphony is an integral part of the program for music majors and minors, it is open to all CLU students and also includes community members.

Donations will be accepted.

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

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

 
Student Ryan Alexander is first solo artist to exhibit in new Grad Wall Gallery showcasing outstanding CI senior artists

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce Crude Spirits: Oil and Awareness, the first solo student exhibition to appear at the University’s new Grad Wall Gallery in Napa Hall, Room 1154, on the CI campus.

Created by CI senior Ryan Alexander, Crude Spirits examines the consequences of fossil fuel use in modern society. Using photography and illustration to create a chilling metaphor, Alexander places the viewer in a world inhabited by the specter of oil dependency and its inherent effect on the environment.

Crude Spirits will run from Thursday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Nov. 1, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

The Grad Wall is a new exhibition space intended to show off the work of some of the Art Program’s finest graduating seniors. Each semester, CI Art Program faculty members nominate the top students in their respective medium. The final three solo exhibiting artists are chosen through a lottery system. Grad Wall exhibitions will run concurrently with the shows in Napa Hall's main gallery.

The Grad Wall is located in Napa Hall, Room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772, email art@csuci.edu, or visit http://art.csuci.edu/gallery.

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. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present The Portrait Gallery Show, an exhibition of contemporary portraiture by CI students and faculty. The show runs Thursday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Nov. 1, in the CI Exhibitions Gallery, located at 92 Palm Dr. in Old Town Camarillo. A free public reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition showcases a wide array of works in two- and three-dimensional and digital media.

CI Exhibitions, Camarillo (also known as the "Palm Gallery") is a cultural outreach partnership between CI’s Art Program and Camarillo dentist Dr. Michael Czubiak, who has provided a gallery space in his building in historic Old Town Camarillo. In addition to affording CI students the opportunity to exhibit their art, the gallery also presents curated shows of regional artists – allowing the campus and surrounding community to come together in the appreciation of art.

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://art.csuci.edu/, or contact the Art Program at 805-437-2772 or art@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 
Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water and The Wal-Mart Effect to be featured guest

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome best-selling author Charles Fishman for the Ninth Annual Campus Reading Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon.

The Campus Reading Celebration is an annual event that unites the campus, community and notable authors in a shared intellectual experience. Fishman’s latest book, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, was selected by CI students, faculty and staff as this year’s Campus Reading Celebration book. Heralded by Publishers Weekly as “an engrossing, globe-trotting narrative [and] a comprehensive, remarkably readable panorama of our dependence on – and responsibilities to – a priceless resource,” the book brilliantly explores our strange and complex relationship to water, redefining how we look at our most essential and misunderstood resource. Fishman’s previous book, the New York Times best-seller The Wal-Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal-Mart’s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal-Mart’s impact on our economy and on how we live. The Economist named it a “Book of the Year.” Fishman is also an award-winning investigative journalist who has written for Fast Company, National Geographic, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel and the Raleigh News & Observer.

The event will include Fishman’s presentation, a Q&A session with the audience, a book signing, and a light reception. Registration is required online at www.csuci.edu/crc. Admission is free for CI students, faculty and staff; $5 for all other students; and $10 for the public. Copies of Fishman’s book will be available for sale and signing at the event and in advance at the Cove Bookstore on the CI campus.

In addition to his presentation on the 10th, Fishman plans to join students from CI’s Environmental Science & Resource Management program on Wednesday, Oct. 9, as they tour Oxnard’s Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) and discuss water conservation and management.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in the designated parking lot on campus. Free parking is also available at the Camarillo Metrolink/Lewis Road parking lot with bus service to and from the campus. In order to waive bus fares, riders should present their event registration confirmation when boarding the CI Vista Bus; otherwise, the cash-only bus fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at: www.goventura.gov.

For additional information, visit www.csuci.edu/crc or contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

 

The regular meeting of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts will be held on Sunday October 13th, at the Rail Road Depot Gallery of the society on the corner of Santa Barbara and 10th Streets. The gathering will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4. After the welcoming by President Kaye Ford the demonstration artist will be inspiring the attendees to use common place objects to create surprising results. The artist, Gerald Zwerz, will be using Aqua Media to produce his desired results...

Light refreshments will be served and as usual guests are always welcome.

 
“The Paycheck” photo by Rick Nahmias, 2012.
“The Paycheck” photo by Rick Nahmias, 2012.
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On Saturday, October 19, 2013, photographer Rick Nahmias will speak at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum at 2:30 p.m. about the creative journey behind his featured exhibition, “The Migrant Project.” He will explain how creating the exhibition led to him founding Southern California’s largest volunteer-powered, harvesting-for-the-hungry organization: Food Forward. This is the last public engagement of the exhibition, which began in the labor camps of Ventura County. It is composed of forty photographs and bilingual text, and was awarded a United States Congressional Citation of Merit. Food Forward rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste, and connects this abundance with people in need. Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of individuals in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have been fed. Admission to the talk is $5 and reservations can be made by calling the Agriculture Museum at (805) 525-3100.

Nahmias’ talk will be followed at 3:30 by a reception with the artist. 100% of net proceeds from the reception will support Food Forward’s Ventura County-based anti-hunger programs. Tickets for the reception are $45 and include Rick Nahmias’ talk, the opportunity to meet the artist, refreshments and a signed copy of Nahmias’ award-winning book, “The Migrant Project.” Purchase tickets for the reception online at http://migrantprojectvc.eventbrite.com

Visitors may attend just the talk at 2:30, both the talk and the reception, or just the reception. Those who wish to only attend the talk should call the Agriculture Museum. Those who wish to attend the reception must purchase tickets online.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children ages 6-17. Free for Museum of Ventura County members and children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sunday of every month is free general admission to the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.

 
"Sounds of the Unseen," a charcoal drawing by Scott Kiche.
"Sounds of the Unseen," a charcoal drawing by Scott Kiche.
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Show featuring 8 well-known artists opens Oct. 10

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Drawings capturing the essence of Southern California will be on display in California Lutheran University’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture in October and November.

Eight well-known artists were asked to submit drawings of the people, places and culture that make this an extraordinary place to live for “Southland: Drawings from Southern California.” The works will be on exhibit from Thursday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 16. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The dynamic and versatile medium of drawing allows for great speed but also detailed, careful study. The exhibited works by Justin Bua, Kathiucia Dias, Sean Ghobad, Scott Kiche, Luis Peña, Kate Wolfgang Savage, Mia Tavonatti and Aihua Zhou range from quiet little landscape studies to large multimedia creations.

Bua is internationally known for his best-selling fine art posters, particularly “The DJ.” He wrote graffiti and performed as a break dancer in high school and now speaks about art and the hip-hop movement.

Dias, who was born in Brazil, will have 9 pen-and-ink drawings in the show. She paints and draws portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

A young, up-and-coming Los Angeles artist, Ghobad incorporates street style, keen observation and brisk technique in his drawings.

A Guatemalan immigrant living in Northridge, Kiche is largely self-taught but studied at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art when he was 13. He focuses on figures, portraits and still life in traditional realism and surrealism styles.

Peña is an Oxnard resident and former Marine Corps machine-gunner who graduated from CLU with bachelor’s degrees in art and Spanish in 2012. The son of immigrant farmworkers, he explores his Mixtec origins in his work.

Savage paints landscapes, objects and people that reflect her fascination with nature and her love of simplicity.

An acclaimed Newport Beach artist, Tavonatti creates monumental oil paintings as well as book illustrations and intricate stained glass mosaics.

Zhou, a Beijing-born Newbury Park resident, graduated from CLU in 2011. In addition to drawing, she sculpts representational and figurative works.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, visit callutheran.edu or call curator Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716.

 
Phil Harvey. Photo by Sally Carless.
Phil Harvey. Photo by Sally Carless.

The Ojai City Gallery is proud to present a collection of the works of iconic photographer, Phil Harvey, at City Hall from September 16 through November 15. A community reception will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the City Hall Chambers. Now in his nineties, this is a perfect chance to meet and shake the hand of one of Ojai's "Living Treasures," a well-deserved award bestowed upon Harvey by the Rotary Club in 2010.

When I visited Harvey last month to talk about his exhibition, he brought out photo after photo that beautifully captured the "Mystique of Ojai" -- the name he's given to a collection of a dozen such memorable images reproduced in postcard format and on sale at several local businesses.

This exhibition of Harvey images is unique. In addition to the well-known shot of the post office tower with its pergola arches silhouetted against a fiery winter sky, there are tranquil scenes from around Ojai and even Harvey's backyard. Others are from the starkly beautiful and hard-to-get-to Palouse agricultural areas of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Still others are diverse departures including a haunting image from Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley. Five major images have been graciously loaned for the exhibit from Rabo Bank, Ojai Branch.

Harvey has photographed nature for over twenty years. He has pursued the sun, the moon, and the light of early morning and evening - often referred to as "the golden light." Says Harvey, "I usually shoot before ten or after four - that is when the light gives the image the most impact."

Harvey, like many others, was drawn to Ojai to hear Krishnamurti. He fell in love with the valley's quiet serenity and beauty and stayed, becoming involved with community life from the outset. On the advice of John Bauer, Ojai Festival founder, he studied singing and performed as a gifted baritone soloist in local theater productions, television and movies. He founded the Ojai Community Chorus in 1987. All the while, Harvey dabbled in two-dimensional art, using watercolor and pastels. This led to his passion for photography. He bought a camera and taught himself by reading "a lot of books." In 1984 he founded the The Ojai Camera Club. This group continues today as the Ojai Photography Club.

Harvey has garnered just about every award one can imagine. In 1984, he won the Ventura County Fair theme with a photo of an Olympic torchbearer crossing the 101 freeway at the Las Posas exit; he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts by the City in 2003; and he served as Grand Marshall of the Ojai 2004 Fourth of July Parade.

The Harvey exhibition is open to the public during regular City Hall business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, September 16through Friday, November 15. Ojai City Hall is located at
401 So. Ventura Street.

Ojai Valley artists interested in showing at the City Gallery may send their name, e-mail, phone number, short biography and jpg samples of their work to Christine Golden (christinegolden@sbcglobal.net) or Mimi Moore
(mooremimi2@gmail.com). Arts Commission meetings are held at 6:30 pm every third Thursday of the month and are open to the public.

 
Sarah Vap received 2013 NEA fellowship in poetry
Sarah Vap
Sarah Vap

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Award-winning poet Sarah Vap of Santa Monica will read and discuss her work at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Roth Nelson Room at California Lutheran University.

Vap will read from her book “Arco Iris” during her free talk, which is titled “We had decided to travel.” Released in November, the collection of poems documenting her travel through South America was one of five books of poetry selected for Library Journal’s Best of 2012 list.

She is a 2013 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Her first book, “Dummy Fire,” was published as the winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Saturnalia also published her third book, “Faulkner’s Rosary,” in 2010. Her second book, “American Spikenard,” was published as a 2006 winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Noemi Press released her most recent book, “End of the Sentimental Journey,” in April.

Vap studied English and American literature at Brown University, received a master’s degree in fine arts from Arizona State University and is working on a doctorate at the University of Southern California. She has taught poetry and literature at Arizona State and USC and creative writing to children in public schools.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard near Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus.

For more information, contact assistant professor of English Jacqueline Lyons at jlyons@callutheran.edu.

 
Free movie screening

The documentary film Rock ‘n’ Roll Made in Mexico – From Evolution to Revolution will be shown in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 5pm.

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Made in Mexico – From Evolution to Revolution” is directed by filmmaker Lance Miccio and produced by drummer, Fito de la Parra of the blues/rock/boogie band Canned Heat. The film tells the story of rock and roll in Mexico through those who lived it, including Fito de la Parra and musicians such as Javier Batiz (who influenced a young Tijuana guitarist named Carlos Santana); Alex Lora and Lalo Toral from El Tri; Johnny Ortega of Los Hooligans and many others. The story covers Mexico’s early days of rock ‘n’ roll played in cafés and yard parties, through the severe oppression that plagued Mexican rockers and the country, eventually resulting in illegalization of rock and roll after the notorious Avandaro concert, also known as the Mexican Woodstock.

Director and producer, Miccio and de la Para bring this epic struggle of art against authority full circle from the beginning to today, where contemporary Mexican rockers now thrive on the world stage.

The Back Story: Director Lance Miccio originally intended to make a documentary film about the legendary blues/rock/boogie band Canned Heat and his research led him to Fito de la Parra. By this time in history band founders Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Bob “Bear” Hite and Henry “Sunflower” Vestine had died and the drummer of the classic lineup of Canned Heat, Fito de la Parra assumed leadership of the band and keeper of the band’s legacy. Upon hearing de la Parra’s story of being born in Mexico and playing in early rock bands such as Los Sparks, Los Hooligans, Los Sinners, the Javier Batiz Band and eventually Canned Heat, director Miccio changed direction and focus and made this documentary about early Mexican rock and roll. Fito de la Parra is one of a very small handful of Mexican musicians who played at the Woodstock festival in 1969, Carlos Santana and Luis Gasca of Janis Joplin’s band also come easily to mind.

Fito de la Parra and Lance Miccio will be present for a Question and Answer session after the showing.

The film, free to the public, is being presented by the E.P. Foster Library in association with the Bell Arts Factory. Because of limited seating reservations are necessary. Call (805) 643-1960 for more information.