Reception: November 24, 2013, 1:30 - 4pm during Ventura Harbor Village's new WINE, DINE and JAZZ. Clos des Amis Winery will be on location.

VCPG is proud to present a new collection of works by a very talented and diverse Ojai artist Richard Franklin. Figurative artist, ceramist, instructor, and Architect, Franklin always made time to study, explore, and practice the fine arts. He has had a life-long love of drawing, as well as making 3-dimensional work in ceramics and sculpture. Extensive travel stimulates his imagination. He was associated with the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA from 1980 to 1998 and showed regularly in their galleries. He has also shown in the Ojai Center for the Arts, Ojai Cafe Emporium, Ojai Valley Historical Society & Museum, Ventura County Museum of History & Art Visitor’s Center, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ventura County Government Center, and was the featured artist at Focus on the Masters in 2005. His work has received numerous awards and most recently at the Ventura County Fair Professional Arts exhibit.

 


 
StoryCorps MobileBooth
StoryCorps MobileBooth
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KCLU brings MobileBooth to Ventura and SB counties

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - StoryCorps is working with KCLU to record interviews with local residents as part of its effort to preserve and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Staff from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization, will record interviews in its MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio. It will be parked at KCLU in Thousand Oaks from Nov. 21 through Dec. 9 and in the plaza between the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Public Library from Dec. 13 to 20.

Interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

KCLU will air some of the local interviews and create programs around the project. Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

Founded in 2003 by award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dave Isay, StoryCorps aims to create a growing portrait of Americans. The organization has amassed one of the largest collections of American voices, with interviews of nearly 80,000 people in all 50 states.

People can begin making reservations at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, by visiting kclu.org.

KCLU provides NPR and local programming in Ventura County at 88.3 FM, in southern Santa Barbara County at 102.3 FM and 1340 AM, and in northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County at 89.7 FM. The station, a community service of CLU, is located at 3500 Campus Drive.

 


 
‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ kicks off event

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Conejo Valley Film Festival II, featuring five movies with scenes that were shot locally, will be held over two days in two locations.

Three classic films will be shown in California Lutheran University’s Preus-Brandt Forum on Saturday, Nov. 16. Two more will be screened at the Thousand Oaks Library on Sunday, Nov. 17.

“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” an epic comedy celebrating its 50th anniversary that includes aerial views of Thousand Oaks and scenes shot at the former Rancho Conejo Airport, will open the festival at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in the forum. “The Grapes of Wrath,” a 1940 film starring Henry Fonda that features scenes shot at Janss Conejo Ranch, will follow at 4 p.m. The 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde,” which includes a memorable final gas station scene shot in Agoura, will be shown at 7 p.m.

Two family friendly movies will be screened at the Thousand Oaks Library on Nov. 17. The 1932 film “Tarzan the Ape Man,” which was shot in Lake Sherwood and featured animals from the Goebel Lion Farm in Thousand Oaks, will begin at 12:30 p.m. The 1943 movie “Lassie Come Home,” a British film featuring Elizabeth Taylor that was filmed in Wildwood, will conclude the festival at 3 p.m.

Local experts will introduce each of the classic films, provide historical context and answer questions.

Purchased separately, tickets for each of the films at CLU are $7.50 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission to all three shows is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at conejovalleyfilmfestival.com. The Thousand Oaks Library shows are free.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located at 135 Chapel Lane on CLU’s Thousand Oaks campus. The Thousand Oaks Library is at 1401 E. Janss Road.

CLU’s Community Leaders Association and Multimedia Program and the City of Thousand Oaks are sponsoring the festival. For more information, contact Billy Martin at billymartin@conejovalleyfilmfestival.com or 805-358-2319.

 

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The Santa Paula Society of the Arts invites one and all on November 3rd. to a regular meeting of the group, held at the upper gallery of the Santa Paula Depot. The location is on the corner of 10th. and Santa Barbara Streets, just under the large Moreton Bay Fig tree. Our meeting is from 2 to 4 with light refreshments served at the break. Guests are always welcome. For further information on the group please go to thespsa.com or contact can be made by calling 805-525-1104.

Once the brief welcoming and any information needed to be shared by President Kaye Ford, she will introduce Minnie Millett to present the demonstrating artist for the day - - Gwenlyn Norton, who will share her use of colored pencils.

As a born artist, Gwenlyn created works of art at an early age, using items found in the garden, around the home and from school supplies. With this compelling calling, she continues to produce artworks in a variety of mediums, from oils, glass, colored pencils and mixed media which may all be in process at the same time. After completing two years as a student of art at California State University at Channel Islands, she has exploded onto the art scene in recent years, by participating in over 75 exhibitions around the United States and winning numerous awards.

 


 
CLU Wind Ensemble. Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU
CLU Wind Ensemble. Photo credit: Brian Stethem/CLU
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Free concert slated Nov. 15 in Samuelson Chapel

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University wind and jazz ensembles will perform a free two-part concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Samuelson Chapel.

The University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of interim director Joshua Roach, will open the fall concert with Bach’s “Little Fugue” in G Minor. Following this transcription of Bach’s masterwork, the ensemble will perform a wind setting of Morten Lauridsen’s “Contre Qui Rose” from “Chansons de Rose” and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ classic “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo.” It will end its portion of the program with the rousing and colorful “Children’s March” by the master wind composer Percy Grainger.

The CLU Jazz Ensemble, which includes some of the school’s most talented musicians and improvisers, will cover both old and new ground in its exploration of America’s indigenous music. Performer and composer Colin Woodford directs.

Roach is leading the wind ensemble program and conducting the CLU Pep Band this fall. He also serves as the music director of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, assistant conductor for the Downey Symphony and orchestra manager for the Thornton Orchestra at the University of Southern California. He holds degrees from the Thornton School of Music in trumpet performance, scoring for motion picture and television, and instrumental conducting.

Woodford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, has performed and recorded with many of the city’s creative music greats. He leads his own ensembles and lectures at high schools and colleges across the state.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available 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.

 
French-release poster for “An American in Paris” that belonged to Gene Kelly.
French-release poster for “An American in Paris” that belonged to Gene Kelly.
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Dance is dominant image in posters from ‘30s, ‘40s

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A new exhibit at California Lutheran University highlights the art of vintage movie posters.

“Gotta Dance!” opens Friday, Nov. 15, in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and runs through Saturday, Feb. 8. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

The free exhibit features 40 posters selected for their artistic and historical significance by movie producer Mike Kaplan from his collection. It spotlights the film poster as an underappreciated art form and explores the diverse ways dance has been used as a dominant image.

The majority of the works date from between 1930 and 1950, a golden age for movie poster design. Many are from overseas, where designers made extensive use of illustrations rather than photos.

Highlights include an original French-release poster for “An American in Paris” that belonged to Gene Kelly, a poster featuring a young James Stewart dancing with Eleanor Powell in “Born to Dance” and an immaculate image of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in elegant evening attire for “Carefree.” The exhibit also features a rare American 40-by-60-inch “Strike Up the Band” poster featuring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in caricaturist Al Hirschfeld’s design.

There are posters from major musicals such as the Italian “Singing in the Rain” and the East German “West Side Story,” which was the only one that highlighted Oscar winners Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. A vibrant French stone lithograph by Bernard Lancy features Danny Kaye as the “The Kid From Brooklyn” with a chorus line of can-can dancers in the style of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Posters from non-musicals are also featured. Highlights include the German poster for “Grand Hotel,” featuring ballerina Greta Garbo posed against the hotel’s black-and-white art deco lobby, and the Italian “Salome,” a multi-colored depiction of Rita Hayworth’s dance of the seven veils by premier film poster artist Anselmo Ballester.

Kaplan has collaborated with important artists including Don Bachardy, David Hockney and Allen Jones on poster campaigns. He worked with British airbrush artist Philip Castle on many posters, including the one for “A Clockwork Orange” that was voted All-Time Best Film Poster by patrons of England’s Odeon Cinema Circuit.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, contact curator Jeff Phillips or assistant curator Rachel Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu.

 

Camarillo, CA -The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present I’d Like My Crayons Back, Please, a solo student graphic design exhibition expressing how growing up doesn’t mean having to give up your childhood. The exhibition, by CI senior Erik Scoggan, will be on display Thursday, Nov. 7, through Friday, Dec. 13, in the CI Grad Wall Gallery. A free, public opening reception with the artist will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Scoggan believes that “childhood is the most vital part of our creative life and the time when we begin developing and building a sense of curiosity about the world.” Utilizing graphic design techniques, Scoggan taps into popular culture, literature, personal experience and his “inner child” to create playful posters and witty product packaging. His work invites viewers to re-inhabit the playground of their imagination.

The Grad Wall Gallery is CI’s newest exhibition space, intended to show off the work of some of the Art Program’s finest graduating seniors. 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.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

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.

 
Second event in free international series is Nov. 13

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The second feature in California Lutheran University’s International Film Series is an award-winning comedy-drama that captures the essence of living the Italian life and the universal need for friendship and human contact at any age.

“Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in CLU’s Lundring Events Center.

First-time director Gianni Di Gregorio wrote and stars in this tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during Italy’s biggest summer holiday. The 2008 film won numerous prizes at international festivals, including Best First Film at Venice, the Satyajit Ray Award at London and the Golden Snail at the Academy of Food and Film in Bologna.

Broke and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni lives with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto, all will be forgiven. When the manager also shows up with his aunt, and a doctor friend appears with his mother, Gianni is faced with keeping four lively older women well-fed and happy in his small apartment.

Di Gregorio started his career in the theater and then went to work in film. He wrote the screenplay for the 1986 film “Sembra morto ma è solo svenuto,” which won an award at the 1987 Venice Film Festival.

CLU’s department of languages and cultures and Center for Equality and Justice are sponsoring the free event with a grant from the CLU Community Leaders Association. Inspired by the six-year success of the university’s French Film Festival, faculty members replaced the event with the international festival this year.

The series will continue with the Chinese film “Red Cliff” Feb. 5 at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14, the German movie “The Experiment” March 5 in Lundring, and the French film “Chicken with Plums” April 30 at Muvico. All screenings begin at 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center is in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is located at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus.

For more information, contact Brittany Asaro at basaro@callutheran.edu.

 
Campus, community invited to participate in 5K race benefiting CI Rotaract, a nonprofit student service organization
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites members of the campus and community to take part in the 2nd Annual CI Rotaract Turkey Trot, a 5K race supporting the Rotaract Club, a nonprofit student organization dedicated to local and international service. The race starts Sunday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. at El Dorado Hall on the CI campus. Check-in for participants is at 7 a.m.

Registration is $30 for adults, $25 for students and participants under age 18, and includes a post-race breakfast provided by Marie Callendar’s of Camarillo. Visit http://go.csuci.edu/rotaract5k-register to register.

As a part of Rotary International, CI’s Rotaract Club is dedicated to serving its community and world under the motto "service above self." The 15-member student club has taken part in a variety of community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, beach cleanups, the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club Carnival, assisted living flower delivery, supporting a Rwandan orphanage, contributing to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign, and much more.

Funds from this year’s race will be used to support these projects as well as professional and leadership development programs, academic scholarships and international service projects for Rotaract members. As a result of last year’s Turkey Trot 5K, CI Rotaract was able to send three students to a leadership development conference in Washington, D.C.; contribute $500 to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign; and create and purchase sustainable games for the annual Camarillo Boys & Girls Club Carnival.

CI Rotaract wishes to thank this year’s 5K sponsors, Road ID, the Camarillo Noontime Rotary, and Marie Callendar’s of Camarillo. For more information, email rotaractcsuci@gmail.com, or contact CI Rotaract advisor Kaela Casey at 805-437-3330 or kaela.casey@csuci.edu. For further details, or to donate, visit http://library.csuci.edu/about/news/rotaract5k-2013.htm.

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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.

 
‘The Myth of the Rational Voter’ author will also speak
Bryan Caplan
Bryan Caplan

CAMARILLO, CA - The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will present its 2014 Ventura County forecast during a seminar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Serra Center in Camarillo.

Bill Watkins, executive director of CLU CERF, will present the forecast during the event, which is titled “Immigration, Economics and Opportunity: How to Improve the Forecast.” Economist and author Bryan Caplan will give a presentation on “Immigration Restrictions: A Solution in Search of a Problem.” John Krist, CEO of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County, will discuss the effects of immigration reform on Ventura County farmers.

Caplan is an economics professor at George Mason University and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. He is one of two bloggers at EconLog, which was named a top economics blog by the Wall Street Journal. He wrote the 2007 book “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies” and the 2011 book “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.” Caplan is now working on “The Case Against Education.” He has appeared on 20/20, Fox News and C-SPAN and been published in the Washington Post, American Economic Review and Economic Journal.

Krist recommends policy to the Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, implements board directives and represents members’ interests at legislative and regulatory hearings. He wrote the 2007 book “Living Legacy: The Story of Ventura County Agriculture.” The former Ventura County Star reporter, editor and opinion-page columnist also has written three hiking guides and a book on the Lewis and Clark trail.

Watkins has been providing unflinching forecasts for more than a decade. He has been widely published in academic journals and been featured in media throughout the country including the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Forbes. In April, he spoke before the California State Senate. An associate professor of economics, Watkins helped start a graduate program at CLU.

CLU CERF provides local, state and national forecasts for government, business and nonprofit leaders. The National Association for Business Economics, the Economist, CNN Money and Case-Shiller Macro Markets have included CERF forecasters in their surveys on economic policies and outlooks, home prices, jobs and the presidential election.

The Serra Center is located at 5205 Upland Road. Online registration, which includes lunch and access to the full forecast, is $175. To register, go to http://www.clucerf.org. The cost will be $200 on the day of the event. Admission is free for CERF members. For more information, call 805-493-3149 or email cerfinfo@clucerf.org.

 
Actresses discuss what it means to be young and African American in Hollywood

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will present “Media Revolutions – A Performer’s Discussion” on Monday Oct. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Grand Salon on the CI campus. The two-hour forum will feature Azie Mira Dungey and Karla Mosley, two rising stars in film and television, who will share their experiences and work to redefine images of African American women in the media. Sponsored by CI’s School of Arts & Sciences and Division of Student Affairs, the event is intended to bring CI students, the community and the performers together for a candid discussion about challenging racial stereotypes and promoting positive multicultural images in the media and entertainment industry.

Dungey is the creator, writer and star of “Ask A Slave,” a critically acclaimed original Web comedy series based on her experiences portraying a housemaid at George Washington’s former home, Mount Vernon. In the show’s first week, it generated 500,000 hits, and it ended its first season with more than 1 million hits and over 40,000 subscribers. The series garnered positive reviews from NPR, BBC, New York magazine, New York Daily News, and L.A. Weekly, which called Dungey “a talented comedian with a killer deadpan.” Dungey, a writer, actress and comedian, graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has starred in roles in theatre, film and television. Learn more at www.askaslave.com or www.aziemiradungey.com.

Mosley may be best-known for her roles on daytime television as Maya Avant on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Christina on “Guiding Light,” but she’s also earned rave reviews for her performances in theatre, film and television. Her film credits include “Men in Black 3,” “Burn After Reading,” and “For the Love of Film.” Her TV credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: CI,” TLC-Discovery Kids’ “Hi-5,” and the Web series “Room8,” a spin-off of “The Bold and the Beautiful” that she co-created and co-wrote for cbs.com. Her performances in musical theatre have earned accolades from The New York Times, Variety, and Time Out New York. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Mosley is an active advocate for the homeless, runaway youth, and marriage equality. Learn more at http://karlamosley.com/.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Jodi Delmonte, Arts & Sciences Support Assistant at 805-437-3517 or jodi.delmonte@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.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present Jack Reilly: 40 Years of Painting, a retrospective exhibition spanning four decades in the pioneering, prolific, and highly praised career of painter and CI Art Professor Jack Reilly. The exhibition opens Thursday, Nov. 7, and runs through Friday, Dec. 13, in the Napa Hall Art Gallery. A free, public opening reception with the artist will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition provides a comprehensive exploration of Reilly’s career in the arts, showing his evolution from teenage surfboard painter to trailblazing legend in the Abstract Illusionism movement and internationally renowned artist. Viewers will be able to see early, never-before-seen works, leading up to the signature vivid, multidimensional, multichromatic, abstract shaped-canvas paintings of today.

“I consider having had the opportunity to spend my life as a professional artist to be a privilege and symbolic of the possibilities of the open society we live in,” Reilly said. “I hope that viewers will be able to share in my sense of youthful inspiration and subsequent artistic maturity, as they trace my development from early, awkward concepts and techniques to personal clarification and, ultimately, the competent execution of concepts and the work itself.”

Reilly joined CI as one of the first faculty members in 2001, serving as founder and chair of the Art Program through June 2013. In addition to teaching courses on painting, two-dimensional media, and the Zen of Surfing, he is a productive artist and exhibitor in galleries and museums throughout the world.

He found his calling as a teenager in Florida in the early 1970s, painting designs on surfboards. After attending art school in Paris and earning an MFA at Florida State University, Reilly settled in Los Angeles. He quickly rose to prominence as one of the originators of the Abstract Illusionism movement, in which artists revolutionized abstract art by creating the illusion of a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.

Continuing to work with shaped paintings for the past four decades, Reilly has maintained an affinity for simplicity in painting, albeit shrouded in complex systems and laborious technique. His recent geometric-shaped canvases combine attention to composition and surface detail, based around mathematical systems and perspective. Each painting is made up of thousands of individual brushstrokes, painted in acrylic polymers and metallic pigments on a shaped canvas structure. Reilly’s signature brushwork is often compared to the complexity of Byzantine mosaics and the luminosity of Gothic stained glass.

Reilly's work is exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and is included in numerous public and private collections. He has executed major public-art commissions for the County of San Diego and American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport, and his paintings have been included in the collections of such notables as Fred and Marcia Weisman, Steve Martin, and Daniel Melnick. His contributions to art are noted in books including “American Art Now,” “Inside the L.A. Artist,” and “Introduction to Design.”

“Having this show at CI provides the local community, and especially my students, with the opportunity to trace the evolution of my work from the time when I was about their age and into the role of a professional artist and professor,” Reilly said. “Hopefully, the growth in my work over the years will serve as inspiration to the students and illustrate to them that it is possible – and fun – to build a life around one's art.”

The Napa Hall Art Gallery, 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. To view Reilly’s work, visit http://jackreilly.com.

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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.

 

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present two student digital art shows joined in one compelling exhibition. A Grimm Portrayal/Artploration will be on display Thursday, Nov. 7, through Friday, Nov. 29, in the Palm Gallery, located at 92 Palm Dr. in Old Town Camarillo. A free public reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

One half of the exhibition invokes imagery from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, while the other half offers an inside look at the creative processes used by different artists. All pieces are digital-based drawings, illustrations and paintings created by students in Lecturer Aldo Figueroa’s classes. A Grimm Portrayal presents a fresh, modern take on the classic fairy tales in movie posters and digital explorations of the scenes, characters, objects, and artists’ responses to the stories. Artploration provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the sketches and design choices that led to the finished works.

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.

 
Of War and Life: A Decade of Stories features more than 150 profiles of local veterans

SANTA PAULA, CA - Jannette Jauregui, author and columnist for The Ventura County Star, is set to release her second book focusing on Ventura County’s military veterans. The book, titled Of War and Life: A Decade of Stories, features more than 150 profiles of veterans who served through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The book will be available beginning Nov. 8, 2013, at a kick-off event at The California Oil Museum in Santa Paula, Calif., where Jauregui will also be hosting a museum exhibit under the same title.

For more than 12 years Jauregui’s column, Of War and Life, has captured the first-hand accounts of veterans from throughout Ventura County, Calif. The Santa Paula native began writing the profiles as a 19-year-old college student, and has continued to serve as a freelance columnist for The Star, writing primarily about those she calls “hometown heroes.” In the past 12 years Jauregui has interviewed more than 200 veterans from throughout Ventura County. Of War and Life: A Decade of Stories includes the first 10 years of the short profiles, all having been previously published in either The Ventura County Star or Santa Paula Times between 2001 and 2011. The book also features short stories describing Jauregui’s journey in getting to know the veterans, many of whom, she says, she has come to consider family.

Jauregui received her bachelor’s degree in communication from California Lutheran University, and her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In addition to writing, Jauregui has spent much of her professional life in higher education, working for her alma mater, CLU, in media relations and more recently as an adjunct professor. She also served as a writer and editor for the Pepperdine School of Law. In addition, Jauregui tackled her goal of working in the television industry, spending a year and a half as a production assistant and associate producer for NBC’s Today show.

In addition to the release of her latest title, Jauregui will also be hosting an exhibit at The California Oil Museum in Santa Paula, Calif., beginning Nov. 8th, 2013. Designed to take visitors back in time, the exhibit will feature a variety of original memorabilia from Jauregui’s personal collection, as well as the collections of some of the veterans included in the book. Items such as World War II uniforms, letters from the front lines of World War II, photos, ration books, telegrams, war bond posters, and logs from Pearl Harbor on the day it was attacked – all original – will be on display. In addition, a variety of recorded interviews with some of the veterans featured in the book will be available to view.

Of War and Life: A Decade of Stories is Jannette’s third book. Previous titles include Ventura County Veterans: World War II to Vietnam (2011) and Dad’s Song From Heaven (2013).

The public is invited to attend the reception for the opening of the exhibit, as well as a book signing for Of War and Life: A Decade of Stories; which will be held on Friday, Nov. 8th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula. The exhibit will run through March 30, 2014. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 students (6-18), under 5 is free. More details at the Museum website, www.oilmuseum.net.

For more information, please contact Jannette Jauregui directly at jjauregui81@gmail.com.

 
Areté Vocal Ensemble
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Dulcimer, percussion featured in vocal concert

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Areté Vocal Ensemble will open its fifth season at California Lutheran University with a concert featuring a contemporary composition for voices, hammer dulcimer and percussion at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Samuelson Chapel.

The ensemble will perform “Hymnody of Earth” by Malcolm Dalglish with the Los Robles Children’s Choir. The music is based on the poetry of Kentucky author Wendell Berry, whose work addresses the importance of community, conservation and common sense. Guest artists will be Scott Higgins on hammer dulcimer and David Shaffer on percussion.

The Los Robles Children’s Choir, conducted by Edward Rouse, will also perform American hymns and folk songs.

Dalglish is an American composer and choral director who plays and builds the hammer dulcimer. He has received more than 50 commissions to write pieces for choirs around the globe including the St. Olaf Choir and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

Higgins is a Los Angeles-based freelance percussionist who performs on a regular basis with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Santa Barbara, Long Beach and New West symphonies. His work includes hundreds of recordings for television, motion pictures and video games.

Shaffer studied percussion and non-Western music systems at California Institute of the Arts. He has performed and recorded with many jazz and rock ensembles and composed music for choreographers Tomas Tamayo and Lisa Townsend and the Helios Dance Theatre.

Areté is an innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists based at CLU. Music director and conductor Wyant Morton, a CLU music professor, created the group with the goal of performing the widest possible vocal and choral repertoire, including works from essentially all periods of music. The ensemble, which takes its name from the Greek word meaning striving for excellence, focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, passion, expertise and virtuosity.

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

Tickets purchased online in advance are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. For information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.aretevocalensemble.org.

 

The Ventura College Theatre Arts Department opens the academic year with its Fall 2013 One-Act Play Festival featuring comedies by Ethan Cohen, Christopher Durang, and Woody Allen. “Talking Cure,” written by Ethan Cohen, one of the infamous filmmaking duo, the Cohen Brothers, centers around Jerry, a mailman recently incarcerated in a neuropsychiatric hospital for going postal. Through a series of short scenes directed by student Michael Davis, the audience is entertained with a therapist’s endeavor to gain the upper hand over his ostensible patient who refuses to admit the existence of a problem. "Dentity Crisis,” by Christopher Durang and directed by student Brendan Hutchinson, introduces the audience to Jane, a young woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt, who is tormented by the insane individuals in her life. “Honeymoon Motel,” written by Woody Allen, involves members of a dysfunctional Long Island wedding party gathered to ignite an evening of hilarity and secret spilling. Directed by student Sara Dunham, Allen masterfully creates a relentless string of revelations about each character’s most humiliating defects and intimate personal scandals that soon become a wedding night the audience will not forget.

Performances are November 1-2 and November 7-9 at 8 p.m., with one matinee performance on November 10 at 3 p.m. Enjoy a FREE preview performance on October 31 at 8 p.m. General admission is $7, with student and senior tickets at $5. This production contains strong language and adult content that might not be suitable for children under the age of 13. The Ventura College Performing Arts Center is located at 4700 Loma Vista Road in Ventura, CA. For more information, contact Jay Varela, festival instructor, at tel. (805) 289-6261 or by email at jvarela@vcccd.edu. Performing Arts Information Recorded Message Tel. 805.289.6307; Theatre Calendar: http://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/academic/theatre_arts.

 

The public is invited for an evening of art and music at the Ventura College Santa Paula site on Friday, October 25, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. Xavier Montes curates a one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring original works of art by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco, and others. Free parking available, and appetizers will be served. The exhibition will be on display October 21-December 18, 2013, at Ventura College Santa Paula, 957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, Santa Paula, CA. Gallery hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Event Contact: Tim Harrison, Dean, Ventura College, Tel. 805-289-6121, Email: tharrison@vcccd.edu.

 
Public invited to create giant sand mural; enjoy cultural music, dancing, art, crafts, and speakers

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands’ (CI) Art and Multicultural Programs invite the campus and community to the fifth annual campus celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Monday, Oct. 28, at the John Spoor Broome Library Plaza.

Join celebrated Chicana artist Sandra de la Loza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as she creates and installs a 7-ton, 20-by-10-foot sand mural altar exhibition on the Library Plaza. Attendees are invited to put their own touches on the colorful Mixtec-styled mural throughout the day. The exhibition will remain on display at the library until Nov. 8.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Celebration of the Lights of Life kicks off with CI’s Ballet Folklórico, Mixtec dancers “Los Diabletos,” and DJ Carlos Peralta providing cultural music. Guest speakers include representatives from CI Academic Affairs, Academic Programs and Student Affairs; the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), and the Mexican Consulate. A Mixtec translator will be at the program.

The event also offers the chance to participate in a variety of Day of the Dead arts and crafts projects alongside campus and community members. Students from the Chicano Art History class will create a Day of the Dead altar installation to be displayed in the library. Members of M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento.Estudiantil.Chicano/a.de Aztlan), a Chicana/o student organization, will build a memorial art installation commemorating the life of Mexican-American educator and civil rights leader Sal Castro. And the Mixteco/Indigena Community The Organizing Project (MICOP) will construct a Mixtec-styled altar. Craft activities for the public will be hosted by the Student Programming Board.

El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and throughout the world as a way to commemorate family and friends who have died. Families celebrate the lives of their loved ones by creating home altars and placing offerings of everyday life such as pan de muertos (sweet bread baked in shapes of skulls and figures), candles, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl/zempasuchil, and photos of the departed souls on the altar.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Jennifer Chapman, Coordinator for Multicultural Programs at 805-437-8407 or jennifer.chapman@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.

 
Victorian setting highlights similarities to today

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Nov. 7 through 17 on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Performances of the Mainstage Production are slated for 8 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Black Box Studio Theatre. The production is part of CLU’s All About the Arts Week.

Under the direction of veteran actor and director Brett Elliott, CLU’s “As You Like It” sets Shakespeare’s famous comedy in the early Gilded Age America – an era that has many contemporary parallels.

Similar to today, Victorians witnessed an expanding chasm between the ultra-wealthy robber barons and the struggling middle and lower classes, with all the social and political tensions that follow. They were becoming increasingly aware of the environmental havoc that industrialization was inflicting on the natural world. And they often found themselves bewildered at the breakneck pace with which technology was reshaping their society and world.

It was a world, like that today, in which traditional values and roles were reexamined and challenged. “As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s famous cross-dressing comedies, in which female characters don male disguises in order to survive and thrive in a man’s world. CLU’s production takes the gender-bending one step further, casting women in several roles traditionally played by men. In particular, the role of the melancholy Jaques will be presented as an androgynous, world-weary figure reminiscent of the provocative female French novelist George Sand. Natasha Buran, a theatre arts major from Thousand Oaks, will play Jaques.

“As You Like It” also features one of Shakespeare’s premier roles for women. The largest of any of his female roles, Rosalind will be played by Kaitlin Ruby, a theatre arts and communication major from Scottsdale, Ariz., making her CLU debut.

Other major roles will be played by Matthew Case, a criminal justice major from Thousand Oaks, as Orlando; Kevlyn Holmes, a psychology major from Milwaukee, as Celia; and Kevin Repich, a theatre arts and communication major from Simi Valley, as Touchstone.

Elliott is associate artistic director for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and was a member of its inaugural acting company in 1997.

Black Box Studio Theatre is located in the Theatre Arts Building on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue.

Admission is $10. For information, call the theatre arts department at 805-493-3415.

 

Two baseball legends will join California Lutheran University professors to discuss Chad Harbach’s acclaimed novel, The Art of Fielding. The public is invited to hear their insights and to pose questions about the relevance of this story to contemporary society. The novel is the 2013 book selection for Thousand Oaks Reads, One City One Book.

The panel discussion will be Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the California Lutheran University Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

Hosted by University President Chris Kimball, Ph.D., who is an avid baseball history buff, he will be joined by professors Morris Eagle, Ph.D., a Distinguished Educator in Residence in CLU’s Graduate School of Psychology and Mindy Puopolo, Psy.D., an Associate Professor and Director of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. She also has a keen interest in baseball.

Also on the panel will be two baseball legends:. Steve Garvey is a former Dodger and a 10-time All Star and 1974 National League MVP. Starring for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in his illustrious career, Garvey was nicknamed the "Iron Man" for setting the National League consecutive games record with 1,207 straight. Steve Yeager spent 14 years as catcher with the Dodgers, and is currently the Dodgers’ Major League catching coach. Yeager helped the Dodgers to the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981.

This event is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 805-449-2660 x7357 or visit www.thousandoaksreads.org