Includes Photo & Art Sale, Book & CD Signings

Join the public closing party for the exhibition Wearing Our Stories: Costume and Cultural Identity in the Latino Community, on Saturday, November 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County. Many of the exhibit’s featured artists, musicians, photographers, and authors will have art and photography for sale and sign books and CDs.

The exhibit is open through Sunday, November 29. It includes photo portraits highlighting local Latinos who interweave personal stories, religious and popular traditions, and political statements into their clothing and adornment. Historical objects and photos reflecting the influence of cultura on the lives of Latinos in the area are also featured.

Among those in the Wearing Our Stories photographs by Rudy Cardona and Samuel Hernandez, are college professor and first female kickboxing champion Graciela Casillas, harpist Xavier Montes, feminist and Latina activist Lupe Anguiano, professional altarista Ofelia Esparza, former Brown Beret Louie Moreno, actress Dyana Ortelli, and singer Ixya Herrera.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission, except for some events. For information, go to or call (805) 653-0323, x 10.


The Ventura College Dance Department with guest choreographers bring a wide range of dance to the VC Theatre on December 4 through 6.
The Ventura College Dance Department with guest choreographers bring a wide range of dance to the VC Theatre on December 4 through 6.
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VENTURA: Ventura College presents another amazing dance concert! Guest choreographers Marlon Pelayo, Connor Casavan and Monica Brupbacher and student choreographers from Ventura College Dance Department are presenting their dance work on December 4, 5, and 6. The shows will be 8 pm on Friday and Saturday; with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for presales, seniors, staff and students and $10 at the door. Directed by CathyJean Butter, this semester's dance concert is a variety of styles from aerial dance to contemporary work to modern abstract - it really has it all.

Ventura College Dance Department has made a name for itself with outstanding performances over the last 27 years, this semester's will not disappoint. This is the last performance that will be held in the Ventura College Theater before the building is scheduled for renovation.

For additional information, contact the Theatre Information Line: 805-654-6392 or CathyJean Butter at 805-341-6394.



End Sunday, November 29:

Wearing Our Stories:
Costume & Cultural Identity in the Latino Community
A Creation Story:Grand Hatching
See and learn about the bronze tortoise created for the Children’s Garden of the upcoming expanded museum

~November 30 through December 10~
Museum Closed for Exhibit Change


Thursday, December 10
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Free Public Opening Reception for New Winter Exhibition:

The Magical Realism of the Americas:
The Art of Master Painter Omar d’León
December 11, 2009 through February 28, 2010

One of the most renowned Nicaraguan painters of the last 50 years, Camarillo resident Omar d’León fuses an Impressionistic use of light, color, and texture with magical realism.



VENTURA, CA. Local photographer Adam Gerlach brings his exhibit The Space Between to the Visions Gallery at the Marriott Ventura Beach. The Space Between is a series of gelatin silver and large scale archival pigment prints that ruptures the surface of existence and transports the viewer to an ethereal dream, in which Gerlach explores the brighter and darker moments of life and the balance many seek to find between them. This exhibit will be on display Nov. 12, 2009 – January 16, 2010 with an artist reception on Nov. 12, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Visions Gallery is located in the lobby of the Marriott Ventura Beach at 2055 E. Harbor Blvd.

Working exclusively in black and white, Gerlach uses long exposures, traditional darkroom techniques, computer techniques, and light painting to enhance the glow of objects and increase the intensity of darker areas. Gerlach sculpts the image so that it more closely resembles what he sees in his own mind while taking the photograph. “When I see something that speaks to me before I photograph it, I usually can feel the essence of what I want to create,” says Gerlach, “I don’t use the computer or the darkroom to cut and paste or move objects around in my prints. I like to keep the documentary side of things intact.”

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Screening Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 PM at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd. in Ojai
and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 AM at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. in Ojai
Tickets: $10 ($7 for seniors and students)

A stirring story of awakening conscience, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home offers a rare glimpse into both the moral struggles of farmers and the emotional lives of farm animals

Producer James LaVeck available for interview upon request. Film trailer at

Ojai, CA — This weekend, award-winning filmmaker James LaVeck will be in Ojai to screen his newest film, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home at the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival. The documentary, which won the Best Feature Documentary award at the Moondance Film Festival where it premiered in September, is the third of LaVeck's films to show at the Ojai festival over the past decade. LaVeck's earlier film, Peaceable Kingdom, which provided the seed of the idea for this new film, won the Ojai Film Festival's top award in 2004, for "enriching the human spirit through film."

A 78-minute documentary, CONTINUED »


Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or for more information.

(left to right) Kevin Bass of Ventura, Charles Touchete of Oxnard and Rita Freund of Santa Paula investigate the demise of Trotsky
(left to right) Kevin Bass of Ventura, Charles Touchete of Oxnard and Rita Freund of Santa Paula investigate the demise of Trotsky
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The Ventura College Theatre Department presents the Fall 2009 One-Act Play Festival. This semester’s one-acts include Seven Menus, a transcendental dining experience shared by multiple couples in ever-changing relationships, written by David Ives and directed by Aaron Manuyag; Variations on the Death of Trotsky, an exploration of how the great Leon Trotsky came to have a mountain climber’s axe smashed into his head, written by David Ives and directed by James Fraker; Night Visits, an endearing parable of love, loss, and ultimate happiness, written by Simon Fill and directed by Alex Manriquez; and Misreadings, a unique tale of the delicate and complex relationship between teacher and student, written by Neena Beber and directed by Wayne Hellstrom.

The One-Acts will be performed at the Ventura College Mainstage and Circus Theatres beginning with a free preview performance on Thursday, November 12 at 8pm. Performances will be Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 8pm, Thursday, November 19 at 8pm, Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at 8pm, and a Sunday Matinee on November 22 at 3pm.

Tickets are $7.00 for general admission, and $5.00 for students, staff, and seniors, and are available only at the door shortly before the performance begins.

For more information, contact Judy Garey at 654-64600 ext. 3236 or Jay Varela at ext. 3194.


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Travel in the dark, down to the abyss of terror on a tractor - pulled hay wagon through the haunted forest. Enjoy eerie theatrics, startling events, ghouls and spooks. Hang on to your loved ones and hope you make it back for hot coco and snacks. Everyone is welcome, small children at parent’s discretion.

Celebrate Halloween with a night of fright!
Starting the 2nd weekend in October until Halloween night. Each ride lasts about 15 minutes 2 wagons run all night wagons go out every ½ hour (weather permitting) from 7:30 to 9:30 each night.


THE LAST WAGON GOES OUT AT 9:30 - so come early!!!!!!!
Cost is $5.00 per victim, refreshments available for survivors GROUPS WELCOME!!!!!

(About 15 victims fit on each wagon)

Call for more information 805-521-1500 ext 203



The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email

Georg (Geoffrey Helms) and Amalia (Danielle Protugal) are lovers at last in SHE LOVES ME.
Georg (Geoffrey Helms) and Amalia (Danielle Protugal) are lovers at last in SHE LOVES ME.
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Georg (Geoffrey Helms) and Amalia (Danielle Protugal), seated, share an uncomfortable moment with the busboys and waiter at the Cafe' Imperial in SHE LOVES ME.
Georg (Geoffrey Helms) and Amalia (Danielle Protugal), seated, share an uncomfortable moment with the busboys and waiter at the Cafe' Imperial in SHE LOVES ME.

Ventura College Opera and Musical Theatre presents She Loves Me, a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances. She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff (script), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) will be directed by Scott Groeneveld, with choreography by Jeff Wallach and musical direction by Elizabeth Helms. The show is the same story used in the movies You've Got Mail and The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart. Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other.
There will be only two matinee performances, both at 3 pm, on Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, in the Ventura College Theatre. Tickets are only available at the door, just prior to show time. Tickets are $5 for students, VC staff and seniors, and $10 for general admission. For additional information, please visit or contact Elizabeth Helms at 805-654-6309 or

The Mission of VCOMT is to:
• Educate students from Ventura College and the community at large in opera and musical theater,
• Contribute to the cultural enhancement of the City by exposing audiences to these art-forms through performance-oriented programs of opera and musical theater,
• Establish a high standard of artistic excellence, by featuring professional artists and staff in direct collaboration with the students,
• Provide program material which encourages multi-cultural themes and diversity for the students and for the community audience, and to
• Provide school outreach programs of opera and musical theater for youth.

For additional information, please call Elizabeth Helms, program director at 805-654-6309, by email at or go online


West Matilija Trail”, oil by Robert Wassell.
West Matilija Trail”, oil by Robert Wassell.
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Robert Wassell’s “Wilderness Trails of Ventura” will exhibit at the Buenaventura Art Gallery from November 10 through December 5, 2008. The artist reception will be Saturday, November 14 from 5 – 8 pm.

Nationally known artist of the Los Padres National Forest, Robert Wassell has been documenting the forest for 22 years. His paintings show a pristine wilderness where the only sign of man is a trail or dirt road. To reach the site of his works you have to hike several hours, so this is not the forest you see from your car window. He is known as the back packer's artist and is well known by many lovers of the forest. Wassell has a unique stile and vision that is unlike any other artist in the Ventura region.

Wassell refers to the Los Padres National Forest and the Channel Islands National Park as “two jewels in the Crown of America.” The essence of Wassell’s work is to “humbly try to capture this pristine wilderness”. The gems he paints validate the accomplishments of this naturalist as well as brings these spectacular vistas to an elevation a bit more easy to clime to.

This is Wassell’s second solo show for Buenaventura Art Association.

The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit their website at Buenaventura Art Association is celebrating 55 years of great art!

Spring Outing at Camp Bartlett by Cynthia Davis of Santa Paula won the Award of Excellence in Landscape Painting at the Student Art Exhibit in 2009.
Spring Outing at Camp Bartlett by Cynthia Davis of Santa Paula won the Award of Excellence in Landscape Painting at the Student Art Exhibit in 2009.
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Sun Dance by Nancy Beswick of Ventura won the Award of Excellence in Watercolor and Ink Techniques at the Ventura College juried Student Art Exhibit in 2009.
Sun Dance by Nancy Beswick of Ventura won the Award of Excellence in Watercolor and Ink Techniques at the Ventura College juried Student Art Exhibit in 2009.
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Works by Ventura College Landscape Painting students and Professor Dorothy Orr will be on exhibit at the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula from November 2 through December 29. The community is invited to meet the artists at a reception scheduled Thursday, November 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The Library is located at 119 N. Eighth Street and is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm. On Wednesday the hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The paintings, in various media, will be featured on the Douglas Shively Memorial Wall for the duration of the exhibit. These students work in a manner known as Plein Air painting, a method also enjoyed by artist, Douglas Shively. Works are painted on location, in open air, using natural light only.

All students participating in this exhibition are members of the Landscape Painting, Watercolor Painting, and Ink Techniques classes at Ventura College. Additional works by these artists will be available for viewing at the reception only.

For more information, call Dorothy Orr, Ventura College Fine Art Instructor,
(805) 654-6400 ext. 1394.

The Student Exhibitors in the 2009 Landscape Painting Show in Santa Paula are:
Santa Paula: Martha Binsley, Cynthia Davis, Chris Lemon, Ray Ramirez, Pam Shelley, Ojai: Heather Bendingtree, Chris Birbeck, Karen Birbeck, Claire Detuncg, Melanie Hirdler, Mason Sexton, Oak View: Rita May, Liz Tallakson, Carpinteria: Stacy Walker, Camarillo: Bonnie Counseller, Taka Yamashita, Oxnard: Brad Austin, Joseph Baylen, Naoe Okubo, Alison O’Neill, Ventura: Marrissa Aguilar, Joyce Auyeung, Rose Ballesteros, Nancy Beswick, Lois Bloom, Vella Buchanan, Heidi Coblentz, Susan Lewis, John Lively, John Lubina, George Macdonald, Laurie McKnett, Joan Oliva, Carol Philipp, Theresa Reyes, Mardi Treanor, Dani Willis Port Hueneme: Tristan Richter


“MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA” Ben Vickers, some what of a Mad Scientist, and Greg, his faithful assistant, continue their research on the process of reanimating dead tissue. His plans to take over the world are set aside when he falls in love with the delivery girl. He now must make plans to win her love. Sespe Players next production of Mad Scientists In Love, Sespe Auditorium 627 Sespe Ave. October 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31. Kids in costume, admitted free on Saturday 31st with paid adult. Pre-sale discount tickets available at La Flor Bonita. At the door ticket sales offered also. For more info call Janet 217-2402.


The Museum of Ventura County is now accepting entries for Becoming Art At The Seams, a juried exhibition of both contemporary and art quilts, running March 13 through May 31, 2010. The application deadline is January 2, 2010. To download requirements and entry form, go to the home page of the museum website at Entry is open only to residents of Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

The museum is looking for quilts that are innovative and original in design, and are a personal expression of the artist. Submitted quilts must have been completed after January 1, 2007.

The Museum of Ventura County is at 89 South California Street in downtown Ventura. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission, except for some events. For general museum information, please go to or call (805) 653-0323.


The 25th Annual Ojai Peddler's Fair is being held from 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 14 & 15, 2009. Located in the Chaparral Auditorium at 414 E. Ojai Ave., in downtown Ojai CA. Parking is free in the adjacent Municipal parking lot, and admission is always free.

Held rain or shine, the Peddler's Fair is chock-full of quality antiques, collectibles, handcrafts and international crafts.

This is a benefit for the Mira Monte PTO.

Vendors are sought.

For more information, please contact Pat at 805-964-8915.


This winter the Museum of Ventura County presents The Magical Realism of the Americans: The Art of Master Painter Omar d’León. Paintings by this internationally recognized artist, one of the most renowned Nicaraguan painters of the last 50 years, are on exhibition from December 11, 2009 through February 28, 2010. The exhibit includes several of d’León’s recent works which have never been shown. An artist’s reception open to the public is on Thursday, December 10, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the museum’s 89 S. California Street location in Ventura.

The artist is known for his light reflecting colors and surface textures, created by crosshatch scoring through pigment and wax sometimes more then 20 layers deep. The exhibition includes photographs of this process, as well as d’León’s tools and sketchbooks.

A Camarillo resident for more than 20 years, d’León experienced beauty and abundance as well as violence and loss in his native country. Studying at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Nicaragua, he combined an Impressionistic use of light and color with the magical realism traditions of Central America, which earned him critical acclaim at an early age.

In 1970 d’León founded Museo-Galeria 904, but Nicaragua’s massive earthquake of 1972 destroyed much of the museum, and many of d’León’s paintings were destroyed or looted. Several years later, he and his sister’s family were forced to flee after beatings and death threats from the Sandinistas. Despite being able to take only a few of his paintings with him, d’León has since created a new and prolific body of work. Today his pieces are in the collections of the Museum of Latin American Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., the Ponce Museum of Art in Puerto Rico, the Chicago Art Institute, the Cuevas Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, among other collections.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 89 S. California Street, open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with free admission to most events. For more information, go to or call 805-653-0323.

Toth checking clay model for turtle sculpture.
Toth checking clay model for turtle sculpture.
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A life-size bronze turtle by Ojai sculptor Myra Toth, slated for installation in the Museum of Ventura County’s planned Children’s Garden, is on preview exhibit Nov 13 through November 29, at the Museum’s temporary site at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura.

A gift to the museum and the children of Ventura County by Howard Boroughs, the commissioned sculpture was inspired by his interest in the creation stories of Northwest Coastal American Indian culture, which tell of their people coming forth as children from a giant clamshell. Toth’s sculpture uses the turtle, seen in many cultures as a symbol of good luck, long life, and wisdom, as the mother from whom life emerges. She fashioned each child in the sculpture to represent the various positive qualities of human character. The exhibition will include pictures and explanations about how the piece was conceived, then created in clay and later cast in bronze.

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Oak by Myrna Cambianica, Ojai Valley Museum.
Oak by Myrna Cambianica, Ojai Valley Museum.
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OJAI GOES NATIVE! Popular Native Plant Sale – An Ecological Happening
California Poppy by Myrna Cambianica, Ojai Valley Museum.
California Poppy by Myrna Cambianica, Ojai Valley Museum.
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Iris Douglasiana Hybrid by Sally Hoover.
Iris Douglasiana Hybrid by Sally Hoover.
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Chalk Dudleya by Sally Hoover.
Chalk Dudleya by Sally Hoover.
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Perfect timing! Just when we’re trying to use less water, the Ojai Valley Museum’s Native Plant Sale makes it easy to add drought tolerant, eye-catching plants to our gardens. From 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, October 24, the back patio of the museum will become a nursery, supplied with all manner of easy-to-grow-and-maintain plants. Two Ojai growers, Lawrence Nicklin of Plantasia Landscaping and Scott Smith of Euterpe Farms will be bringing a wide selection of plants.

Museum native plant sales have virtually sold out every time, with customers eager to add different varieties and textures to their landscapes and patios. Most of the plants are native to Ojai, with its own microclimate, and the rest are California natives selected to do well here. They are low water users, and they grow happily in Ojai soil. This is landscaping at its easiest. Hearty natives develop and flourish in our climate and soil. They are attractive to native butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other birds, and bring much activity to your garden.

Smith and Nicklin will be on hand to give instruction and ideas. Shoppers can mingle with other experts and plant enthusiasts and find out what they are doing with native plants in their gardens. Many people attend this event, as it is the pre-eminent native plant sale in the valley. Adding to the mix of information and know-how, the California Native Plant Society will provide advice and handouts at their table. Need pots? Coast to Coast Hardware will be selling them in the patio area.

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Jennifer Whalen
Jennifer Whalen
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Two return engagements: Jennifer Whalen returns to dance for her hometown and Australian dance sensation Aaron Smyth stars in his second Ventura County Ballet Company production
Aaron Smyth
Aaron Smyth

Just in time for the holiday season, the Ventura County Ballet Company (VCBC) will showcase its full, upscale production of “The Nutcracker,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard.

A first-class cast of 135 dancers from Camarillo, Ojai, Santa Paula, Somis, Fillmore, and Ventura as well as professional dancers from around the world will gather on stage to present the ballet. VCBC pre-professionals from Ballet Academy Ventura, the official school of the VCBC, also will dance various roles.

Ventura resident Catalina Biggerstaff, 15, who has been dancing with VCBC since the age of three, was awarded the much sought-after role of “Clara,” a main character of the ballet.

“Catalina is extremely thrilled and honored to play Clara and has been hoping to for several years now,” said Gina Biggerstaff, mother “She feels honored to have been chosen for such an important role. She's very excited and can't wait till the shows. I will also ask Cat after school today if she would like to add anything to this.

The ballet will additionally be brought to life by an Australian Aaron Smyth as “The Prince” and Ventura native Jennifer Whalen dancing the role of “Dream Clara.”

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Two nights, over 45 films from 11 schools make this year’s Student Digi Film Festival a big event.

The films include entries from colleges, high schools and community groups. This year, Oxnard College, Moorpark College and CSU Northridge will be represented in the college division. In the High School Division, Hueneme High School, Oxnard High School, Pacifica High School, Foothill Technology High School, Barrio Productions, CAPS TV and Breakthrough Youth for Success Youth / El Concilio de Condado de Ventura have films being screened, as well as films from the Oxnard Police Activities League (P.A.L.) in the Community Division.

The Oxnard Student Digi Film Festival will take place Friday and Saturday evenings October 17th and 18th at 7pm at the Plaza 14 Cinema in downtown Oxnard. Tickets for screenings are $5.

Awards will be presented following Saturday’s screenings. A reception follows.

The Oxnard Student Digital Film Festival is sponsored by Oxnard College and the City of Oxnard.

For more information about the festival, go to, contact Kitty Merrill at Oxnard College Television, 986-5817 or email


WHAT: Entertainment Industry Lecture Series

WHEN: 8 to 9:50 p.m., Wed. Oct. 14, 2009

WHERE: CSU Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo, Aliso Hall, Room 150

DETAILS: Celebrity singer, songwriter, and actress, LeAnn Rimes, will be a guest speaker at CSU Channel Islands’ lecture series on the Entertainment Industry. The lecture series features successful and prominent professionals in the areas of film, music, animation, video gaming, and television. Additional guest speakers for the Oct. 14 lecture includes Mark Hartley, Music Manager, Fitzgerald Hartley Co. (clients include Brad Paisley and LeAnn Rimes); Budd Carr, Film Music Supervisor, Picture Tunes Music; Gayle Holcomb, Sr. VP, William Morris Endeavor; and Ken Caillat, Music Producer.


Happy people with skeleton faces, mariachis, folklorico ballerinas, and traditional crafts liven the corner of California and Santa Clara Streets in Ventura, on Sunday, November 1, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. That’s when the Museum of Ventura County holds its 9th annual, free Community Celebration in observance of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). This year the museum’s most popular event is being held at both their 89 S. California Street location and at the corner park directly across the street.

In the small park, community based Mariachi Costa de Oro and Oxnard College’s Ballet Folklorico Mestizo perform, as children and adults transform themselves into skeletons at the face painting booth. The celebration continues across California Street at the museum, where an arch of colorful paper flowers welcomes visitors. Inside, they can try their hand at traditional Day of the Dead crafts, decorating sugar skulls and paper masks, making papel picado banners, papier-mâché butterflies, and paper flowers or skeletons. Ofrendas (altars to honor the dead), created by local artists, schools, and community groups, are also on display through November 8.

Día de los Muertos honors the dead who are said to come back to walk among the living on November 1 and 2. Celebrated in many parts of Mexico and Latin America, Día de los Muertos is now popular in the United States among Latinos and non-Latinos alike. The role of the arts, and creating art that celebrates the memory of those we have lost, is the focus of the Museum of Ventura County’s event.

Traditionally, colorful ofrendas are built to honor departed relatives and friends, and include objects they enjoyed in their lifetimes. Humorous skulls (calaveras), and skeletons blithely going about worldly business, are the dominant symbols of the holiday. Día de los Muertos has roots in pre-Columbian as well as Spanish religious beliefs.