Wyant Morton conducting the 2009 Homecoming Choral Concert
Wyant Morton conducting the 2009 Homecoming Choral Concert
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Program ranges from Rachmaninoff to U2

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - In keeping with tradition, the California Lutheran University choral ensembles will present an eclectic program of exciting and innovative music at the Homecoming Choral Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Samuelson Chapel.

The Women’s Chorale will open the concert by singing Rachmaninoff’s beautiful and melodic “Six Choruses, Op. 15” in the original Russian. The CLU Choir will take the stage singing New York composer William Hawley’s “Two Motets” scored for four separate choirs performing in surround sound. The choir and soloists will then sing “Missa Brevis,” which Haydn wrote when he was 18. They will also perform Robert Schumann’s “Zigeunerleben” (“Gypsy Life”) in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Rounding out the program will be lighter fare including “MLK” by U2 and “A Thousand Beautiful Things” by Annie Lennox.

Wyant Morton, chair of the CLU music department, will conduct.

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

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


Prayer Book
Prayer Book
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Talk on October 24th, 2010

Learn about the man who was arguably California’s first printer, and the twists of fate that led him to San Buenaventura, when Museum of Ventura County Research Librarian Charles Johnson explores the legendary life of Jose de la Rosa, a musician and one of the first printers in early California. The lecture is on Sunday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the Museum of Ventura County’s Pavilion.

Johnson discusses the political turmoil of the time, and the connections between de la Rosa, a resident of Ventura from 1880 until his death in 1891, and a long printing tradition in his hometown of Puebla, Mexico. Two small religious books in the Research Library Collection may link de la Rosa to family publications in Mexico. Both of the devotional books are now on exhibition in the museum’s History Unexpected: Surprises, Insights and Revelations from the MVC Research Library Collection, on exhibition through November 28.

Johnson heads the Museum of Ventura County Research Library, and has been with the library for the past 20 years. He is a frequent speaker on Ventura County history.

Admission is $5 for general public and free for museum members, and includes entry to all museum galleries. For reservations, please call (805) 653-0323 x 315. The museum is located at 100 East Main Street in Ventura.

Story by Museum Research Library Head Charles Johnson



October 25 is the deadline to postmark applications to the Museum of Ventura County’s 2010 Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship program. Scholarships are open to continuing college students of the visual arts who are also Ventura County residents. Applicants need not be full time students, but must be actively pursuing art education.

A total of $5,000 will be distributed in varying amounts, depending upon need and the number of students chosen. Applications must be received by mail only, by the postmark deadline of October 25. Further information and an application can be downloaded from the home page at www.venturamuseum.org. Applications are also available at the Museum of Ventura County’s lobby desk, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, on Tuesday – Sunday 11a.m. -5 p.m. An awards ceremony announcing recipients will be held on November 17 at the museum.

Bonita C. McFarland was a generous benefactor to the arts in this county, and funds for this scholarship are generated from her endowment – held and administered by the Museum of Ventura County.



Meet metal sculptor and photographer David Rivas during Ventura’s Harvest ArtWalk on Saturday, October 16 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, October 17 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Rivas is the museum’s ArtWalk artist, and his titanium sculpture exhibition Transformed is running October 6 through November 28. ArtWalk visitors to the museum will find Rivas and his sculptures and photographs inside the Courtyard and Sculpture Gallery.

Also on ArtWalk Saturday, October 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Museum Store artists will be showing their techniques in the front Plaza. Tasia Erickson will demonstrate in pastels and jewelry; Maribel Hernandez in glass and mosaic; Christa Huwe in textiles, Susan Seaberry in painting and drawing; and Elizabeth Serna in jewelry making.

The Museum is free during ArtWalk hours only, and is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Go to www.venturamuseum.org for more information or call (805) 653-0323.


Founders Day event features baroque, contemporary

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. California Lutheran University will celebrate its founding with a concert of contrasting works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in Samuelson Chapel.

The theme of the 2010 Founders Day Concert is “Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary.” The University Symphony will perform works in three contrasting styles, beginning with sections from the baroque masterpiece “Water Music,” which Handel composed for King George I to be played by musicians floating down the River Thames on a barge. The symphony will also perform “Old and Lost Rivers,” written in 1986 by Tobias Picker, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary composers. The concert will conclude with “Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite,” which was originally composed by Edvard Grieg in the late 19th century as incidental music for a play based on the life of King Sigurd of Norway.

In addition, the CLU Honors Ensemble featuring Clark Crane of Lancaster on clarinet, Brad Boelman of Ladera Ranch and Holly Sutton of Ridgecrest on violins, Rebecca Cardone of Katy, Texas, on viola, and David Mason of Ventura on cello will perform a movement from Brahms’ “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings.”

Daniel Geeting, director of instrumental music at CLU and conductor of the California Chamber Artists, will conduct.

Donations will be accepted.

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

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



California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 invites the public to their annual barn dance Saturday, Oct 9 from 6 - 9 pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. The $5.00 admission includes sandwich/soup/chili/salad/dessert/coffee or punch. Come, enjoy the evening then return the next day for our regular jam session from 1:30 to 4:30. Information 640-3689 or 517-1131.


October 6 – November 28
Transformed: Titanium Sculpture by David Rivas
Taking pieces of titanium headed for the scrap pile, sculptor David Rivas transforms them from the tailings of spacecraft manufacture, into art in metal. His sometimes whimsical, always enticing sculpture creates a feeling of free, kinetic motion.

October 26 - November 5
Altars & Art
Day of the Dead altars created by artists and community groups to honor the departed. The 16 altars (ofrendas) include work by students at Sheridan Way Elementary & De Anza Middle School, and artists Pete Ippel, Amadeo Perez, Rafael Matias, Chuy Rangel, Margaret Garcia and Art Rivas, Jr.


Join former Ramona Pageant archivist, historian and author Phil Brigandi to learn about realities, misconceptions, and marketing techniques connecting the beloved Ramona story to Rancho Camulos, when Brigandi presents Charles Lummis and Rancho Camulos on Tuesday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County’s Pavilion. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for museum members. Attendance includes admission to all galleries. To RSVP, please call 805-653-0323 x 315.

Brigandi, who has written three books about the Ramona Pageant and lectured extensively about the 1884 book and story, will discuss the Ramona myth and California booster Charles Lummis, who was among those effectively promoting Ventura County’s Rancho Camulos as “The Home of Ramona.”

Author Helen Hunt Jackson hoped her popular novel Ramona would inspire a public outcry for government reform in the treatment of American Indians. However, her intended message took a back seat to readers’ fascination with the book’s romantic depiction of 1850s California. After the book’s publication, railroad competition touched off Southern California’s largest real estate boom, and an accompanying influx of tourists came looking for the locations depicted in the book. Ventura County’s Rancho Camulos was one among many claiming to have inspired the rancho in the fictional story.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in Ventura. Go to www.venturamuseum.org for more information.

The Ojai Valley Museum is hosting its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s back courtyard.
The Ojai Valley Museum is hosting its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s back courtyard.
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Popular Annual Fall Native Plant Sale…roll up your sleeves, shovels ready!

Perfect Timing! Just when its ideal planting time in the Ojai Valley and just as we’re trying to use less water, the Ojai Valley Museum is hosting its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s back courtyard.

Hundreds of drought tolerant, eye-catching plants and trees will be available from two Ojai growers: Lawrence Nicklin of Plantasia Landscaping, and Scott Smith of Euterpe Farms. A new vendor at this sale is Denise Ritchie of Malibu Compost, the first certified Biodynamic compost in the nation! David Mason of the Village Florist will provide hothouse Orchids to the mix.

The Ojai Valley Museum’s plant sales have virtually sold out every time, with customers eager to add different varieties and textures to their landscape and patios. Most of the plants are native to Ojai with its own microclimate; they are low water users often with prodigious blooms. The proffered plants are hearty native species, especially developed to flourish in the Ojai region’s climate and soil. They are attractive to native butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other birds, bringing much activity to your garden.

Growers Nicklin and Smith will be on hand to give instructions and ideas; alongside them will be other horticultural experts for additional free advice relevant to the plants for sale and our geographic region. Throughout the day, the California Native Plant Society will sell books, give out related pamphlets, and provide even more advice! Customers will leave with gorgeous, healthy, Ojai-appropriate plants and the know-how to make them flourish!

Plants will sell from $4 to $30, with a 10% discount to current 2010 museum members. All profits from this sale will go to support the Ojai Valley Museum’s operating fund, to support its activities and programs.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. For further information please call (805 640-1390.

Psychcollagic Art by Barry Burns.
Psychcollagic Art by Barry Burns.
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Collaged pieces make imaginative statements

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - New abstract paintings by an art and multimedia professor will be exhibited from Oct. 16 through Nov. 19 at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

“Psychcollagic Art by Barry Burns” will be displayed in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

Psychcollagic art blends unintended textured surfaces, surreal painting techniques and a variety of collage elements to evoke three-dimensional dreamscapes. A mix of media and styles with a little analysis bring the surfaces to life, creating original, expressive and imaginative statements. The show includes 18 decorative paintings that feature tailored collage elements and extreme texture on sculpted surfaces.

Burns, who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Houston, has a passion for painting and sculpture and has been most influenced by artists Max Ernst, René Magritte and Richard Diebenkorn. His works include large non-objective abstracts and metal sculptures. Burns’ paintings are in private collections around the world.

The Westlake Village resident has been teaching at CLU for the past 14 years. Burns has illustrated six textbooks in neuroscience for Sage Publications and has held a variety of positions in the multimedia field with experience in animation, art, broadcast, digital intaglio, music, photography and print.

The CLU Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit as part of a series showcasing the work of faculty.

The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center on Memorial Parkway. The building is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available in the lot on Mountclef Boulevard south of Olsen Road.

For information, call Michael Pearce at (805) 444-7716 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong

“Morning Conversation” in oil by Kathy Ikerd.
“Morning Conversation” in oil by Kathy Ikerd.
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Kathy Ikerd’s solo exhibition “Garden Party” at the Buenaventura Galley will show from October 12 to November 6, 2010. Opening reception is Saturday, October 16 from 4-7pm.

Welcome to the party! Ikerd’s Garden Party celebrates her most recent works. Keeping true to her respect for nature and colorful palate, her show invites you see how her recent visit to a local seed company grew into a stunning arrangement of art works.

Ikerd conducts a conversation with her brush work which is bold, spontaneous and deliberate. Growing up in a structured household with Japanese roots and experiencing many address in her adult years while relocating with her husbands Navy assignments, have honed Ikerd’s skills for focusing on what’s important. Simplicity and elegance are found in her oil paintings which capturing and honoring these small and simple subjects as they are, naturally beautiful.

A native Californian, Ikerd returned to live in this area in ’91. Her studies and creative side guided her down a path towards fashion, interior, landscaping and floral design. All these elements are integrated into Ikerd’s Garden Party. While smelling the roses and strolling along side the pansies, you may forget your in the gallery and look for the croquet game and the parasols!

This is her second solo show with Buenaventura Art Association. Ikerd will be featured at the Buenaventura Gallery for the City of Ventura’s Harvest ArtWalk on October 16-17, 2010 and for November’s First Fridays Ventura Gallery Crawl on Friday, November 5 from 5 – 8 pm.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura, CA 93001. Hours are Tues thru Friday from 12 – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For questions or an appointment during other hours, please call (805) 648-1235 or visit www.buenaventuragallery.org.


California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, will meet Sunday, Sept 26, 1:30 - 4:30 at Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. For a fun, family oriented afternoon join the fiddlers for western, country, and bluegrass music for listening or dancing. Free parking, no admission charged, refreshments served. For information call 640-3689, 517-1131 or visit www.calfiddlers.com.

This weekend only
Center for Equality and Justice sponsors free event
José M. Alamillo, associate professor and coordinator of the Chicano/a studies program at California State University, Channel Islands.
José M. Alamillo, associate professor and coordinator of the Chicano/a studies program at California State University, Channel Islands.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - A professor will discuss the history of local braceros at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at California Lutheran University.

José M. Alamillo, an associate professor and coordinator of the Chicano/a studies program at California State University, Channel Islands, will present “The Braceros of Ventura County” in the Roth Nelson Room as part of the CLU Center for Equality and Justice Lecture Series.

The U.S. and Mexican governments instituted the bracero program, which brought Mexican farm laborers to the U.S., in 1942 and officially ended it in 1964. Of the 5 million braceros imported to the U.S., at least 20 percent were contracted to work in Ventura County and about 20 bracero camps were located throughout the county.

Alamillo, who was born in Mexico and grew up in Ventura County, worked with his students to chronicle the lives of 70 county braceros for an exhibit currently on display at CSUCI. He has researched labor, immigration, race, gender and sports. Alamillo is the author of “Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Mexican American Labor and Leisure in a California Town, 1900-1960” and is currently working on a book about transnational sports between Southern California and Mexico.

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

For more information, call Greg Freeland at (805) 493-3477.


Creativity and passion are evident at the Art Night in the Harbor on Thursday, September 30 from 5-8 PM featuring local artists who exhibit, sell, and create at the Ventura Harbor Village. This monthly series highlights numerous shops and exhibiting spaces providing an opportunity for the public to meet and greet the artists and take advantage of live demonstrations, music, culinary specials, and public art projects.

Artists featured for the September 30 Art Night in the Harbor event include Larry Carnes from Ojai and fellow potters with a Potter’s Wheel Demonstration at the Ventura County Potter’s Guild from 5 – 8 PM, artists Marilyn Cahill and Gloria Rupio who add their talent to an art beautification program at the Harbor Village by painting oceanic scenes on trash receptacles live at the Harbor Village Gallery, and artist Margery Spielman at The Treasure Cove. Spielman, a professional diver and naturalist, infuses her love for the environment into her drawings and paintings, many of which depict the Channel Islands and Pierpont Beach. Her work is in the art collections of Jacques Cousteau, Jean- Michel Cousteau and Mikhail Gorbachev.

The sounds of Flamenco, jazz, and classical guitar will spill over the Harbor Village with a performance by ASHUN at the Carousel Stage from 5 – 8 PM. An interactive Chalk Graffiti Wall for guests and an Interactive Art Project using materials from Art from Scrap gives attendees the chance to embrace their own creativity. Plus be one of the first to relax and unwind at the newly installed Wind Sculpture™ garden in the Harbor Village with three pieces powered by the breeze designed by sculptor Lyman Whitaker.

At Art Night in the Harbor guests are invited to stroll through the galleries to view the current open competition, “Go Figure: A Celebration of the Human Form” at Harbor Village Gallery along with Luanne Perez’s solo show “Watercolors” and Nancy Raymond’s coastal paintings and cards.

Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery showcases 14 diverse and talented potters and ceramists in a stunning setting with refreshments throughout the evening.

Savor the culinary delights of the Harbor overlooking the boats at Brophy Brothers bar for weekday Happy Hour which features over a dozen appetizers for under $5.75 as well as drink specials from 4- 7 PM. Andres Wine & Tapas Bar entices Art Night in the Harbor guests with a special $5 tasting for three wines complimented with $1 tapas, coupled with a live musician from 5- 8 PM on September 30.

Anticipating the start of the fall season and inspired by fall flavors, the Harbor Village Carousel & Arcade will brew up a special Fall Spice Fudge for the Art Night in the Harbor guests to taste and purchase, and treats adults to a discounted $1 ride on the 36 hand-painted Carousel horses and animals during the event.

Local photographer, Kevin Cory, of the newly opened Cory Tile Art, specializes in readymade photographic tiles as well as the opportunity to create a unique and custom backsplash or art piece by bringing in digital images to the studio.

Catch former professional surfer and talented jazz artist, Davey Miller at the Davey Miller Gallery creating or talking about his large scale hyper-realism and abstract paintings, as well as the works of a handful of local artists.

Come meet the artists, view art, and taste the culinary delights at Art Night in the Harbor on Thursday, September 30. Admission to the event and parking are free. For more information, call the Buenaventura Art Association at (805) 644-2750 or (805) 648-1235 or visit www.buenaventuragallery.org

Mark Plotkin to discuss Shamanic healing

Thousand Oaks, CA - A man hailed by Time magazine as an environmental “Hero for the Planet” will discuss the untapped potential for Shamanic healing in U.S. healthcare at California Lutheran University.

Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., will present “Shamanic Medicine, the Mind-Body Connection, and the Future of Healthcare: An Amazonian Perspective” at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Samuelson Chapel. CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is presenting the free lecture.

Plotkin asserts that Shamanic medicine offers new insights into everything from diagnoses to cures in ways we are just beginning to appreciate. But mainstays of Shamanic healing such as herbal solutions and spiritual healing are missing from the current healthcare debate.

The renowned ethnobotanist has firsthand knowledge of the healing potential harbored by the Amazon rain forests – through their cultures and the plants and animals their inhabitants know and use.

For much of the past 20 years, Plotkin has worked with and learned from the ancient shamans in the rain forests of Central and South America, where he has acquired knowledge of healing plants and shaman traditions.

A spellbinding orator and CONTINUED »


Camarillo, CA - The Latin Recording Academy announced its nominations for this year's Latin Grammy awards. Included among the nominees was composer Miguel del Aguila’s CD: Salon Buenos Aires (Bridge Records), recorded by Camerata San Antonio in 2009.

Aguila has lived in Ventura County since 1992 and teaches courses on music history and composition at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of California State University Channel Islands. He has written over a hundred published works and has been recognized with a long list of awards including the prestigious Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. His music is regularly performed and recorded worldwide, (Salon Buenos Aires is his 21st.CD). He is a graduate of San Francisco and Vienna conservatories.

“I am deeply honored to receive not one, but two, Latin Grammy nominations," said Miguel del Aguila. “I am also extremely proud to represent Ventura County and CSU Channel Islands in this way. “Clocks”, which was nominated for Best Contemporary Work, was commissioned by Burns Taft for the Ventura Music Festival and premiered here".

Recorded 2008 in San Antonio, Texas, Salon Buenos Aires was released late 2009 by Bridge Records. Within months it was being broadcast regularly by classical radio stations worldwide and received enthusiastically by audiences and reviewers:

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“A Sense of Place” art by Luanne Hebner Perez.
“A Sense of Place” art by Luanne Hebner Perez.
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Local Fillmore artist Luanne Hebner Perez will be participating in the Buenaventura Art Association’s 2nd Annual Watercolor and Aqua Media Competition, exhibiting at the Buenaventura Gallery from Tuesday, September 14 to Saturday, November 6, 2009. Artist Reception is Saturday, September 25 from 4 – 7pm. Awards will be announced at reception.

The water media themed competition is open to professional and amateur artists from Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. Cash awards totaling $850 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Best In Show will be awarded at the Reception. One award in each category will be given as well as two non-cash prizes for Honorable Mentions. .
The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura, CA 93001. Hours are Tues thru Friday from 12 – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For questions or an appointment during other hours, please call (805) 648-1235 or visit www.buenaventuragallery.org.