Ricardo Darin (left) as Roberto and Ignacio Huang as Jun
Ricardo Darin (left) as Roberto and Ignacio Huang as Jun
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Free CLU series begins Oct. 9 with Argentine comedy

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will kick off its new International Film Festival with an award-winning movie that explores cultural differences.

“Un cuento chino (Chinese Take-away)” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14. The Argentine comedy looks at cultural differences through two individuals: a methodical Buenos Aires hardware store owner and a Chinese immigrant searching for his uncle. It is about overcoming prejudice and understanding human nature even when verbal communication seems impossible.

Jun, who speaks only Mandarin, finds himself adrift in the strange city when he learns that his uncle’s house has been sold and the new owner has no forwarding address. Roberto, the grouchy store owner who dislikes people in general, reluctantly shelters the young Chinese immigrant. The film becomes a study of how these two men, neither skilled at communicating without words, infiltrate each other’s lives. Argentine actor Ricardo Darin portrays Roberto and Ignacio Huang plays Jun.

Written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein, the film was the highest grossing non-U.S. film in Argentina in 2011. It won the Golden Marc’Aurelio Award and Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival, and the Argentinian Academy of Films Award for Best Film. The academy also selected Darin as Best Actor and Muriel Santa Ana as Best Supporting Actress.

Borensztein has won numerous awards as a screenwriter and director both in film and television. His 2005 “La Suerte Eestá Echada” won multiple awards including the New Filmmaker Award from the French Critics Society at the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival. Before making features, he was one of Argentina’s most successful and prolific TV producers, directors and writers. In 2000, he won the Konex award as one of the five best directors of the decade.

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.

The series will continue with “Pranzo di ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)” Nov. 13 in CLU’s Lundring Events Center, the Chinese film “Red Cliff” Feb. 5 at Muvico, 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.

Muvico is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

For more information, contact Rafaela Fiore Urizar at rfioreur@callutheran.edu.

 


 
All ages welcome

WHO: THE VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS’ GUILD http://www.vcpottersguild.com/
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WHAT: Kiln Talk by Harry Berman of Berman Ceramics Arts
WHERE: Ventura Senior Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
WHEN: September 23, 2013
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8 pm

Harry Berman of Berman Ceramic Arts will visit Ventura Potters' Guild members and local ceramists to answer questions pertaining to firing both gas and electric kilns. Harry founded Berman Ceramic Arts, also known as the Cahuenga School of Pottery, almost 40 years ago. It is the most highly recognized school for pottery instruction in the Los Angeles area and a very successful one too. Berman will discuss various kiln and firing problems pottery artists often encounter and discuss solutions that can save time and money.

Free. All are welcome! Refreshments

 


 
A Spiritual Collective Festival Restoring the Cultural Beauty of the Chumash

DATE: September 28, 2013
TIME: 10 am - 10 pm
PLACE: 1804 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai (next to the Lumber yard, American Flag Flying)
Cost: Adults $5, Children free

On September 28th, 2013, the SECOND ANNUAL Festival of SUKINANIK’OY, a celebration of bringing Chumash History back to life in Ventura County, will be held at The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai from 10 am to 10 pm. Sukinanik’oy is a Native American word meaning, “to bring back to life”. For the Barbareno/Ventureno band of Mission Indians (BVBMI), this is a day of celebrating the first time land has been returned to the original people of the land in Ventura County.

Artifacts and human remains were unearthed on Saticoy property that was being developed. Respectfully, everything was reburied as preservation for this once long ago culture. An easement was created by the owners and developers to preserve the history and artifacts of the Chumash. The easement totals about 6 acres. This will be the first time any land in the Ventura area has been given back to the native Chumash people.

Local potter friend Larry Carnes, who’s also part Native American of a different tribe, is once again donating his property for this event. . Carnes, a Master Potter and owner of The Pottery Studio in Ojai, was given permission by the local tribal leaders to make sacred spirit stones from clay and glazed with the Chumash designs as a way to preserve these symbols of great respect and spirit. A portion of all sales from this Chumash line of art go to the local BVBMI Tribe who have plans for a NON PROFIT Community Educational and Cultural and Education Center; a native plant habitat, a tribal library and a place of honor for Native American Veterans.

Join artists, Aztec dance performers, local musicians and healers for this amazing collaborative community celebration and project fund raiser as appreciation of the beauty and history of our Valley. Spend the day and participate in the opening and closing ceremonies and blessings. There will be local musicians and Native American dancers, story telling, yoga, a fire ceremony and a silent auction. Please watch for the upcoming listing of the talented artists and schedule of well known performers. Food by Bliss Yogurt of Ojai and Scratch from Ventura, Lori's Ojai Lemonade, and more, will be available for purchase.

For more information call 805 646-6214 or look for entertainment schedules as updated:www.facebook.com/SukinanikoyFestival

 

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Actor portrays painter, archbishop and desperado

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A musical theater production based on the lives of three heroic Latinos will be performed at California Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 5.

A chamber music trio and solo actor will perform “Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones)” at 7 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. The show explores the artistic and political passions of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, the historical figure who some say inspired the character of Zorro.

“Los Valientes” is a production of the Core Ensemble, a musical theater group that has performed throughout the United States and in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the Caribbean. Actor and singer Kevin Melendez will portray Rivera, Romero and Murrieta. The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers. Cellist Ju-Young Lee, pianist Cyrus von Hochstetter and percussionist Michael Parola will perform. Parola recently completed his 20th year as producer, executive director and percussionist of the Core Ensemble.

The performance is part of a 14-state Hispanic Heritage Celebration Tour.

Since its founding in 1993, the ensemble has garnered international recognition for its efforts to commission new works and has been the catalyst in the creation of several works weaving narrative and theater into the chamber music experience. It receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Humanities Council, BankAtlantic Foundation, the A.D. Henderson Foundation and others.

The ensemble has toured throughout the United States with a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces since 1999 and performed “Ain’t I A Woman!” at CLU in 2009 as part of the group’s Women’s History Month tour.

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Eva Ramirez at 805-493-3349 or eramirez@callutheran.edu.

 


 
Writer is on a crusade to wake people up to ageism
Ashton Applewhite
Ashton Applewhite

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An ageism expert and activist will dispel myths about late life in a talk at California Lutheran University.

Ashton Applewhite will present “This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Samuelson Chapel. Part monologue, part consciousness-raiser, the fierce but funny talk is part of Applewhite’s self-proclaimed “crusade to get people of all ages to wake up to the ageism in and around us, cheer up, and push back.”

Applewhite is an expert on the social, psychological and medical barriers associated with aging. She started writing a blog on the subject in 2007 and is writing a book about people older than 80 in the workforce titled “Staying Vertical: Dispatches from the Old Old on Work and Happiness.”

Her first published work was a collection of jokes published under a pseudonym. The book was the best-selling paperback of 1982 and a series followed. The books were so popular that “Blanche Knott” made publishing history by being the first person to have four books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.

Her first serious work, “Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well,” was published by Harper Collins in 1997. Ms. Magazine called it “rocket fuel for launching new lives.”

Applewhite is on staff at the American Museum of Natural History, where her writings include educational materials for the PBS series “Our Genes, Our Choices.” She is a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families and runs its annual Media Awards for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues. As a contributing editor of the International Electronic and Electrical Engineers’ magazine IEEE Spectrum, she has profiled innovative technologists and written feature articles on such topics as a village in Laos getting Internet access via a bicycle-powered computer.

Since she began writing about aging and ageism in 2007, Applewhite has been a Knight Fellow, a New York Times Fellow, an Age Boom Fellow at the Columbia University School of Journalism and an Information Society Project Fellow at Yale Law School.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and University Village Thousand Oaks are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact the center at cej@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3694.

 
©2013 Gary Moss Photography
©2013 Gary Moss Photography
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©2013 Gary Moss Photography
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©2013 Gary Moss Photography
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©2013 Gary Moss Photography
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Camera Whisperer Gary Moss to its September meeting. Moss will demystify the power of Adobe Lightroom by showing how Library and Develop modules work. He'll highlight what Adobe Lightroom can do for the emerging photographer. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm, September 17th, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Moss is an accomplished professional photographer and is the Photo Editor of 805 Living magazine. With over 25 years of experience, he has built a solid reputation and amassed a prolific body of work that specializes in travel, food, celebrity portraiture, advertising and editorial photography. His extraordinary way of creating beautiful images from virtually any subject matter puts him in high demand.

In addition to his Camera Whisperer workshops, Moss also teaches extension courses for world-renowned Brooks Institute.

Moss’s photographs have always had an editorial look. Most photographers usually shoot in one discipline. His work bridges many disciplines as he easily creates stunning images from a variety of different genres.

Moss’s lectures are extremely informative and enjoyable. He is a photographer, photo editor, educator, mentor and one funny guy whose presentation will appeal to photographers of all skill levels. Visit the Gary Moss website for extended information and images: www.garymossphotography.com/

The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Visitors are always welcome, but only members may submit images for critique. More information about the Ojai Photography Club is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

 

The fall Oxnard College Literature, Arts & Lecture Series begins September 25, 2013. Sponsored by Oxnard College, all events are held on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building (OCPA), 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033. The October 9 and November 6 events are co-sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from the James Irvine Foundation. The events are free for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Interpreting service is provided for the hearing impaired. Parking is $2.00. For more information, contact Shelley Savren at ssavren@vcccd.edu or 805-986-5800 (x1951).

September 25
Deaf Community Cultural Wealth
In celebration of Deaf Awareness Week, Deaf Studies Professor Flavia Fleischer will explore six capitals of Deaf Community Cultural Wealth, including: linguistic, social, familial, navigational, aspirational and resistant, as examples of how deaf people actively combat oppression not only to survive, but to thrive.

October 2
Mixtec Indigenous Leaders: Models for Mobilizing and Empowering
Maricela Morales, Jessica Arciniega, Arcenio Lopez and Israel Vazquez will comprise a panel to raise awareness of how the Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project addresses the needs and contributions of the Mixtec people in Ventura, highlighting strengths and addressing discrimination.

October 9
Saved by a Poem
Poet and Performer Kim Rosen will deliver poems she has committed to heart by Pablo Neruda, Jalaluddin Rumi, Mary Oliver, Marie Howe and her own original poems, in a performance that offers a dynamic soundscape of music and silence, revealing ancient and modern rhythms that awaken, inspire and heal.

October 16
Continuing Dialog: Chronicling the Lives of Artists
Focus on the Masters (FOTM) founder and photographer Donna Granata will present her own photos of artists, coinciding with her exhibition at the Oxnard College McNish Gallery from October 30-December 17, and will share the history of FOTM and importance of the archive to the artistic heritage of Ventura County.

October 23
America: Empire or Umpire, and at What Cost?
Historian Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman (American Umpire, Harvard UP), will challenge the common assertion that the U.S. is a destructive empire – or one in denial – arguing that America has performed the role of umpire since 1776, based on global rules that have gradually earned collective approval.

October 30
Haunted Vacations: Places to Enjoy with Ghosts
In celebration of Halloween, ghost hunter and author Richard Senate will instruct the audience on how to investigate and enjoy ghosts in haunted locations, from the Queen Mary to Virginia City to Hawaii, and will provide a list of places in Ventura County where ghosts can be found from Ojai to Conejo.

November 6
From The Woman Warrior to The Fifth Book of Peace
National Book Award Winner and peace advocate Maxine Hong Kingston will read from her many collections of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including her newest epic poem, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, and her memoir, The Woman Warrior: A Girlhood Among Ghosts, followed by a book signing.

November 13
The Twang of the Banjer: America’s Instrument
Banjoist Chris Cairns will demonstrate the sounds and styles of the banjo in a performance that takes the audience down the historical trail of America’s only original musical instrument, with its barbaric twang, that has inspired a multitude of styles and flavors found throughout the musical world today.

November 20
The Colors of Israel: Many Cultures Reflected in Dance
Educational Director Cecilia Hanono will be joined by dancers from Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, who will demonstrate a tapestry of movement woven from different cultures that comprise Israel, paying homage to the past and bringing us to the contemporary dance and music that represents Israel today.

November 27
“To Thine Own Friends Be True!”
Lead by Oxnard College English Professor Anthony Rodriguez, the students of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society will navigate the perilous waters of friendship in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, revealing how the characters betray each other and themselves when striving to get ahead.

 

Moorpark, CA — The Moorpark Beer Festival announces its lineup for the 4th annual event will include 35 different brewers serving over 100 beers. This is a large increase from last year's event, which featured 25 breweries.

Lilly Canterbury, Chairman of the Moorpark Beer Festival Committee, had the following remarks, "We are excited to provide so many different options for attendees of the Moorpark Beer Festival. This year's event will bring back the vendors everyone came to enjoy at last year's festival and includes many new brewers for our guests to try."

Brewers include local favorites like Firestone Brewery, Enegren Brewery and Wolf Creek Brewery; National Chains like Fat Tire Ale's New Belgium Brewery and Blue Moon Brewery; and local homebrewers like the Simi Valley Home Brewers. Ninkasi Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery are both traveling to the festival from Oregon.

The following companies will be serving at the 4th Annual Moorpark Beer Festival on October 12, 2013:

• Alaskan Brewing Company
• Angel City Brewery
• Balast Point Brewing Company
• Black Market Brewing Company
• Blue Moon Brewing Company
• Bootleggers Brewery
• Brew Club of Simi Valley
• Cayman Jack Margaritas
• Coronado Brewing Company
• Deschutes Brewery
• Enegren Brewing Company
• Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co
• Fireman’s Brew
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co
• Green Flash Brewing Company
• Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
• Institution Ale Company
• Iron Fist Brewing Co.
• Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
• The Lab Brewing Company
• Lagunitas Brewing Company
• Latis Imports
• New Belgium Brewing
• Ninkasi Brewing Company
• Pabst Brewing Company
• Phestival Barrel House
• Samuel Adams Brewery
• Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
• Stone Brewing Company
• Sundowner Brewery
• Tap It Brewing Company
• Total Beverage Solution
• Twisted Tea
• Ventura’s Surf Brewery
• Wetten Importers
• Wolf Creek Brewing Company

For more information about the breweries serving at the 4th Annual Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.MoorparkBeerFestival.com.

The Moorpark Beer Festival is the annual fundraiser of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club. Started in 2010, the event has become a staple in the Moorpark community calendar and funds the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year. All of the proceeds of the Moorpark Beer Festival will benefit the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which uses the funds to support local schools and community organizations. Last year, the Moorpark Morning Rotary Foundation gave $25,000 in festival profits to 20 local schools and nonprofits.

 

Performances by the core cast and dancers from the world famous Hemet Ramona Outdoor Play will highlight the sixth annual “Ramona Days”, September 7, 1-6 PM at Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark , Piru, CA. Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 classic California novel, Ramona, will come to life at the “Home of Ramona” as we celebrate all things Ramona. In addition to seeing vignettes from the play (2:00, and 4:00), visitors can watch the 1910 Mary Pickford movie filmed on location at Camulos, view unique memorabilia and historic displays, experience living history and attend historical presentations. Learn the art of flamenco with Linda “La Matadora “Andrade and her performers. There will also be food, music, a used book sale, art and craft sales and demonstrations, original artwork by local artists, museum and garden tours, free children’s activities and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and character for a fun experience. View the 2009 event filmed for Roger Martin’s Out and About series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UmGbXwCMao .

In order to encourage wide community participation, admission fees are reasonable with advance tickets for $7, and gate admission $10. Children aged 12 and under will be free. Advance tickets are now available from our docents, in person at our gift shop, via email, phone, mail, will call, and on-line via our website. Additional event details will be posted at www.ranchocamulos.org / 805-521-1501 as available. Vendor, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities are also available for this unique event. All proceeds benefit the historical preservation, restoration, and educational efforts of this 501(c) 3 museum. Rancho Camulos is located on HWY 126, 2 miles East of Piru / 10 miles west of the I-5 Newhall Ranch Road exit.

Rancho Camulos Museum Contact Information
5164 East Telegraph Road / P.O. Box 308, Piru CA 93040 / 805-521-1501 / info@ranchocamulos.org

 

The Santa Paula Art Museum is excited to announce its preparation for two exhibitions scheduled in 2014. Opening first will be an exhibit of watercolors and woodblocks by Jessie Arms Botke on February 15, 2014 in the main gallery and opening less than a month later an exhibit of Cornelis Botke etchings to open on March 1, 2014 in the Douglas Shively Memorial Gallery. We are seeking paintings, woodblocks and etchings from the entire span of their careers. If you have a Jessie Arms Botke watercolor or woodblock or a Cornelis Botke etching that you would be willing to loan to the Museum for their exhibitions, please call Jennifer Heighton or Julie Cluster at (805) 525-5554 or email to info@SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.

The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.

 
(top)(l-r) Hongsik Park, Hillis Johnson and Alyssa Gogesch, (front) Dan Geeting
(top)(l-r) Hongsik Park, Hillis Johnson and Alyssa Gogesch, (front) Dan Geeting
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Free event slated Sept. 20 in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University faculty and students will present a clarinet concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Samuelson Chapel.

Music professor Daniel Geeting will join Graduate School of Education student Alyssa Gogesch of Thousand Oaks, chemistry major Hillis Johnson of Livermore and music and biochemistry major Hongsik Park of Canoga Park in David Kraehenbuehl’s “Variations on a Pavane for Krummhorns” by Hermann Schein and Alfred Uhl’s “Divertimento.” Geeting and faculty pianist Eric Kinsley will perform the “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” by Arnold Bax and the “Concertino” arranged by Gordon Jacob on themes by Giuseppe Tartini.

Geeting has performed extensively, played on soundtracks for motion pictures and television, and recorded clarinet works of major composers. He joined CLU’s music faculty in 1984, and this concert marks the 30th consecutive year that he has performed a clarinet recital concert at the university. Kinsley has performed and lectured in venues including the Getty Center, the Huntington Library and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on Public Radio and television.

Donations will be accepted.

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

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

 
Opening September 14, 2013

Opening September 14 is the newest exhibit at the California Oil Museum, titled Prehistoric California. This exhibit will enthrall audiences with fossils and history from California’s ancient days, when larger than life animals covered the land. Visitors will be able to view the skulls of some the most famous mega fauna such as the saber tooth cat, dire wolf, a prehistoric camel, horse and the formidable Harlan’s ground sloth. Other mammals and marine fossils from the Miocene and Pleistocene will also be on display. The specimens on display are borrowed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and Santa Barbara City College.

Opening day will be a fun family adventure with tables of prehistoric fossils on display and demonstrations offered for the junior paleontologist, including a fossil dig in our Museum courtyard.
Activities on Saturday, September 14th will start at 10am and go until 4pm. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 students (6-18), under 5 is free. More details on our website, www.oilmuseum.net.

This exhibit will run until February 2, 2014. Field trips and fossil workshops are offered in conjunction to the exhibit and during the school year. Contact Bonnie Walters, Museum Educator, 805-933-0076 Ext.292, bwalters@spcity.org to sign up your class for a field trip.

 
"Flow" by Janet Neuwalder
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Photographs, paintings and dioramas on display

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An exhibit of works by California Lutheran University’s art faculty is kicking off the fall season at the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture.

Watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, dioramas, photographs and prints are on display through Oct. 4. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

There are eight featured artists. Michael Lynn Adams, a contemporary realist painter from Woodland Hills, was nominated in 2012 by art magazine editors to participate in the prestigious “Artists for the New Century” exhibition in Vermont.

Barry Burns of Westlake Village is passionate about painting and sculpture, specializes in medical illustrations and photo animation, and creates dioramas, large non-objective abstracts and highly detailed photo-real paintings.

Kristi Colell, a printmaker from Camarillo, has taught in Florence, Italy, and traveled throughout the United States, China and Europe seeking new vistas and panoramas.

Janet Neuwalder, a sculptor and installation artist from Ventura, specializes in clay and ceramic processes. Her wall installations are often assembled from hundreds of fragments that seem to float on the wall.

Michael Pearce, curator of the gallery, is an oil painter and installation designer from Thousand Oaks whose works are in many collections including those of Andrew Getty, Snoop Dogg and The Casey Werner Company.

Tony Pro of Thousand Oaks works almost exclusively in oils and specializes in portraits, landscapes and still lifes, using as much natural light as possible rather than copying from photos.

Terry Spehar-Fahey, a watercolor painter from Moorpark, teaches drawing, watercolor and a course titled Art and Psychology. She seeks to inspire her students with the joy of making art that reflects their unique selves.

Brian Stethem, a fine art photographer from Fillmore, has traveled throughout the world documenting diverse places through the lens of his camera. For this show, however, he is featuring a series of photographs of the areas burned in the Springs Fire.

CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. 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. For more information, visit callutheran.edu/kwan_fong or call Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716.

 

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to sample the compelling work and presentations of its faculty in a free lecture series at libraries in Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. The lecture series offers community members the opportunity to hear from some of CI’s most dynamic speakers and experts; engage in discussions on a variety of timely, thought-provoking topics; and be a CI student for an evening in the free, convenient setting of their local library.

Below are listings of scheduled speakers and topics for each of the three libraries.

Thousand Oaks – Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Rd.

Stem Cells – Boon or Bane?
Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Join Dr. Nitika Parmar, Associate Professor of Biology, as she discusses the medical applications, advantages, disadvantages and controversies surrounding stem cells.

Business Success in China – Understanding Business Culture
Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Priscilla Laing, Associate Professor of Finance, will explore the influences, challenges and rewards of China’s unique business culture and offer perspectives on how global corporations can better grasp Chinese culture in order to succeed.
Climate Change in the 21st Century
Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Join Dr. Simone Aloisio, Professor of Chemistry, as he discusses climate change, the most important environmental issue of our time. Aloisio will cover the scientific basis for climate change, including the most recent findings on its causes and effects, as well as its impacts, adaptations and mitigation.

Paradoxes and Shocking Outcomes in Math: Do You Still Believe in Math?
Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Jorge Garcia, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, exposes logical arguments behind math paradoxes in a stimulating, philosophical discussion. Why can a turtle win the race over champion Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt? Is infinity the end of everything? Why can't the set of all sets exist? Why can a sphere be cut and be reconstructed to make two spheres of the same size? If an infinite hotel is full, why can we still accommodate an extra guest?

Ventura – E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street

The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective
Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Drawing from 20 years of research experience, Anthropology Professors Jennifer Perry and Colleen Delaney will present an overview of the prehistory of coastal Ventura County and the Channel Islands from an archaeological perspective. Learn why this region is so unique and the importance of the islands to people today.

The Era of the Celebrity CEO is Over
Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Recent data indicates that consistently “great” companies were not led by charismatic or transformational leaders but rather by leaders who possessed a blend of humility and strong personal will. Join Dr. Andrew Morris, Professor in CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, as he examines our fascination with leaders, possible predictors of humility, and ways in which we can develop greater humility and enhance our leadership abilities.

Stories Behind the Stories: English Faculty Reading and Discussion
Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m.
Published authors and CI English Professors Brad Monsma, Bob Mayberry, Mary Adler, Sean Carswell and Sofia Samatar will read excerpts of their fiction, nonfiction or poetry and discuss the stories behind them, including experiences with multiple drafts, writing groups, writing stamina, and revisions. Community members are invited to add their perspectives during a brief Q&A session that follows.

Simi Valley Public Library – 2969 Tapo Canyon

Australian Actors and Hollywood Stars
Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Australian actors have been Hollywood stars since the 1930s. They continue to play leading roles and win awards. Why are they so successful? Is it their training, their Aussie optimism, or their work ethic? Dr. Luda Popenhagen, Professor of Performing Arts, will discuss the ongoing success of Australian actors in the U.S. movie industry.

Humpback Whales: Gentle Giants of the North Pacific
Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Join Dr. Rachel Cartwright, Lecturer in Biology, for a glimpse inside the underwater world of humpback whales. Her presentation will include details of her research on humpback whales, underwater video, recordings of whalesong, and fascinating tales of a life spent working with whales.

Lessons from Finland
Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Finnish schools perform at the top in international tests. What makes them outperform other countries? Dr. Tiina Itkonen, Associate Professor of Education, looks at the structure of schooling, teacher training, and philosophy of education in Finland.

All lectures are free and open to the public, with complimentary parking. Visit websites for the Ventura Library at http://www.vencolibrary.org/locations/epfoster, the Thousand Oaks Library at www.toaks.org/library, or the Simi Valley Library at www.simivalleylibrary.org/home/.

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 “Visions of Past and Present,” an exhibition of paintings by CI alumni painters. The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs through Friday, Sept. 27, in the Art Gallery at Napa Hall.

“Visions of Past and Present” spans 11 years of selected student paintings and investigates the evolution of the artists’ development since their respective graduations. Curated by Jack Reilly, Professor of Art, the exhibition showcases diverse painting styles ranging from hyper-realism to non-objective abstraction, as well as the uniquely creative styles of each participating artist and the range of painting techniques taught at CI.

“Throughout the past 11 years at CI, I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazingly talented artists,” Reilly said. “It’s really exciting to see how these painters have evolved into artists working in the real world since their graduation from CI.”

The artists featured in the exhibition are Kate Barnholtz, Dianne Bennett, Christine Brand, Josh Bricker, Christine Berne, Nick Capaldi, Susan Cook, Erika Craig, Nela Dunaway, Meghan Frontino, Leah Hsieh, Diana Reyes, David Shonhoff, and Cathy Warburton.

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, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772 or art@csuci.edu

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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. 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.

 
Brian Stethem, a fine art photographer from Fillmore, has traveled throughout the world documenting diverse places through the lens of his camera. For this show, however, he is featuring a series of photographs of the areas burned in the Springs Fire.
Brian Stethem, a fine art photographer from Fillmore, has traveled throughout the world documenting diverse places through the lens of his camera. For this show, however, he is featuring a series of photographs of the areas burned in the Springs Fire.
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Photographs, paintings and dioramas on display

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An exhibit of works by California Lutheran University’s art faculty is kicking off the fall season at the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture.

Watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, dioramas, photographs and prints are on display through Oct. 4. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

There are eight featured artists. Michael Lynn Adams, a contemporary realist painter from Woodland Hills, was nominated in 2012 by art magazine editors to participate in the prestigious “Artists for the New Century” exhibition in Vermont.

Barry Burns of Westlake Village is passionate about painting and sculpture, specializes in medical illustrations and photo animation, and creates dioramas, large non-objective abstracts and highly detailed photo-real paintings.

Kristi Colell, a printmaker from Camarillo, has taught in Florence, Italy, and traveled throughout the United States, China and Europe seeking new vistas and panoramas.

Janet Neuwalder, a sculptor and installation artist from Ventura, specializes in clay and ceramic processes. Her wall installations are often assembled from hundreds of fragments that seem to float on the wall.

Michael Pearce, curator of the gallery, is an oil painter and installation designer from Thousand Oaks whose works are in many collections including those of Andrew Getty, Snoop Dogg and The Casey Werner Company.

Tony Pro of Thousand Oaks works almost exclusively in oils and specializes in portraits, landscapes and still lifes, using as much natural light as possible rather than copying from photos.

Terry Spehar-Fahey, a watercolor painter from Moorpark, teaches drawing, watercolor and a course titled Art and Psychology. She seeks to inspire her students with the joy of making art that reflects their unique selves.

Brian Stethem, a fine art photographer from Fillmore, has traveled throughout the world documenting diverse places through the lens of his camera. For this show, however, he is featuring a series of photographs of the areas burned in the Springs Fire.

CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibit. 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. For more information, visit callutheran.edu/kwan_fong or call Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716.

 
University honored late composer 20 years ago
James Welch
James Welch

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A prominent Santa Clara University organist will open the 2013-2014 Orvil and Gloria Franzen Organ Program Series at California Lutheran University.

James Welch will present a free recital of the organ works of California composer Dale Wood in Samuelson Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

In 1993, CLU awarded Wood the Exemplar Medallion for his extraordinary contributions to the world of music. The concert will celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event and commemorate 10 years since Wood’s death in 2003.

Welch received a Fulbright award to research historical Cavaille-Coll organs in Brazil and presented related lectures and recitals at conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico and edited three volumes of organ works by Mexican composers. Other international appearances include recitals at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Stefans Cathedral in Vienna, Wellington Cathedral in New Zealand, Taipei’s National Theater and Beijing Concert Hall. Many of his recorded performances have been aired on Public Radio International’s “Pipedreams.”

He has been active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ music program. One of his compositions, “Bless Our Fast, We Pray,” appears in the church’s hymnal. He is a frequent guest recitalist at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and has taught as a guest professor at the Church Music Workshop held at Brigham Young University.

Welch is the university organist and a music lecturer at Santa Clara University and was previously the university organist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wood, the late composer to be honored at the concert, has been called one of the most prominent figures in church music in the 20th century. His career as a composer began at the age of 13 when he won a national hymn-writing competition for the American Lutheran Church. His first choral anthem was accepted for publication the following year. He was a distinguished editor, author, organist and conductor, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored him multiple times for his contributions to the development of contemporary American music.

Samuelson 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.

 
Peter Balakian’s memoir explores Armenian Genocide
Peter Balakian
Peter Balakian

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - New York Times bestselling poet and nonfiction author Peter Balakian will discuss his 1997 memoir at a free public event as part of the California Lutheran University program that requires all freshmen to read the same book.

Balakian will discuss his coming-of-age story, “Black Dog of Fate (An American Son Uncovers his Armenian Past),” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Gilbert Arena.

“Black Dog of Fate” is set in the affluent New Jersey suburbs where Balakian was the first-born son in an American-Armenian family. Immersed in the ideal all-American boyhood of the 1950s and 60s, he was unaware that members of his family, including his heroic grandmother, were victims of the Armenian Genocide. In unearthing the secrets of his family’s past, Balakian moves from childhood memories to history to his own coming of age. The book won the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for the Art of the Memoir and was a best book of the year for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Publisher’s Weekly.

Balakian’s “The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response,” won the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Best Seller. His most recent books of poems are “Ziggurat” and “June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000.” He is co-translator of Girgoris Balakian’s “Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide 1915-1918.”

He is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, professor of English and director of creative writing at Colgate University. His awards and civic citations include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Spendlove Prize for Social Justice, Tolerance, and Diplomacy, and the Emily Clark Balch Prize for poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has appeared widely on television and radio, and his work has been translated into 12 languages.

CLU’s freshmen were asked to read “Black Dog of Fate” before arriving on campus for New Student Orientation on Aug. 30, and the First-Year Seminar sections will explore the text throughout the semester. The First-Year Experience program helps students socially and academically with the transition to college by engaging them in a common learning experience, fostering their understanding of academic inquiry and prompting them to think about questions that matter in the world.

Gilbert Arena is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the north side of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. For more information, contact Jim Bond at jabond@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3244.

 
Frankie Avalon to perform at event at Reagan Library
The Galleglys
The Galleglys

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will hold a gala on Thursday, Oct. 3, to launch a $4 million fundraising effort for the new Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

“A Salute to Service” will honor the Galleglys’ contributions over the last three decades. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley. Frankie Avalon will perform at the black-tie optional dinner reception.

The nonpartisan Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at CLU will be dedicated to preparing a new generation of leaders. As part of the university’s Master’s in Public Policy and Administration program, the center will provide students with extensive experiential learning opportunities at the local, state and national levels. The focus will be on developing public servants of character and integrity.

MPPA Director David Powell and faculty members Haco Hoang and Herb Gooch are developing a combined undergraduate and graduate degree program to put students on a fast track to careers in public service. Students selected as Gallegly Center Fellows will be able to pursue internships in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and locally. As graduate students, the fellows will complete a research project and field practicum that will prepare them for public service careers.

Future plans for the center include providing student scholarships and public affairs research grants, bringing in visiting scholars and speakers, and hosting forums on public service highlighting leadership and civic engagement. CLU and Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library officials are discussing a partnership that could provide additional opportunities. Possibilities include students interning at the library and scholars under joint appointments conducting research at the library.

Gallegly, who just left Congress after completing his 13th term, is loaning his legislative and personal papers to CLU so that students and faculty can use them for research. He is also donating his desk and other office furniture for display at the university. The Simi Valley resident is the longest serving congressional representative in Ventura County history. He began his public service when he was elected to the Simi Valley City Council in 1979.

Tickets are $250. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds will benefit the Gallegly Center at CLU. Reservations are required by Sept. 20. For more information and to register, go to www.callutheran.edu/gallegly or contact Liane Smith at ljsmith@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3160.

 
October 10, 2013

Susan Zamudio-Gurrola will speak about the twentieth century history of Ventura County farmworker housing at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The speaker, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architectural History at UCSB and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation at USC, has studied Ventura County farmworker housing since graduate school and made it the subject of her Master’s degree thesis. She contributed a chapter called "Preserving Minorities' History: The Labor Camps of Mexican Braceros" for the book Que Fronteras? Mexican Braceros and a Re-Examination of the Legacy of Migration, published in 2010 by Dr. Paul Lopez. Zamudio-Gurrola has worked for the California Oil Museum, the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, and for historic preservation consultants.

Zamudio-Gurrola has documented Ventura County farmworker housing through a combination of research and personal interviews. She investigated ownership and occupancy history, as well as the development history of properties through building permits, city directories, county files, aerial photographs, property maps and historic photographs. Numerous interviews with ex-braceros, labor camp owners and labor camp managers provided details not found in written documents.

Awarded a U.S. Congressional Citation of Merit, “The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers - Photographs and Text by Rick Nahmias” is making its final public appearance in Santa Paula, through October 20, 2013. It has toured dozens of venues across North America since its premiere in 2003, and finishes its run just a few miles away from where the first photographs for the project were taken. Nahmias crisscrossed the state, from Calexico to Sacramento, documenting stories of some of the hundreds of thousands of migrant farm workers who harvest the crops that end up on American dinner tables. His photographs of work and personal life aim to foster a greater understanding of, and sense of empathy towards, farm workers. “The Migrant Project” is co-sponsored by California Rural Legal Assistance Inc., Center for Latino Policy Research, and The Kurtz Family Foundation.
Zamudio-Gurrola will illustrate her thirty-minute Gallery Talk with both historic and personal photographs, and time for questions and answers will follow. Admission to the Gallery Talk is free for MVC Agriculture Museum members, is included with regular admission for the general public, and includes entrance to the current temporary exhibition, “The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers - Photographs and Text by Rick Nahmias.” A Gallery Talk on another topic will take place at the Santa Paula Art Museum immediately afterward, at 3:00 p.m. Free parking is available at both Museums.

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.