Prized Puerto Rican Posters on Display at Cal Lutheran Thousand Oaks 11/10/16 to 1/12/17

Prized Puerto Rican posters on display

Exhibit highlights educational and cultural campaign

“25 Aniversario” by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa

“25 Aniversario” by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa

Posters created by some of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated graphic artists as part of a campaign to educate and to foster a sense of pride among the island’s citizens will be on display at California Lutheran University.

“Art in Service of the People: Puerto Rico’s DIVEDCO Poster Art” will be on exhibit from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus.

In 1948, the United States Congress granted the people of Puerto Rico the right to elect their own governor. Luis Muñoz Marín, a poet and journalist, became the island’s first democratically elected governor. He worked throughout his 16-year administration to improve living conditions on the island, especially for the semi-literate majority who lived in the rural interior.

One of Marin’s first projects was the formation of the Division of Community Education, or DIVEDCO. The main purpose of DIVEDCO, which operated for 40 years, was to bring together prominent local artists, authors, composers and filmmakers to produce films, posters and booklets to educate people about health, public safety, democracy, literacy and civic participation. The project also emphasized the importance of preserving Puerto Rican cultural values and traditions that had been disappearing since the U.S. took control of the island in 1898. Many of the DIVEDCO materials featured rural backgrounds or situations with which the Puerto Rican peasants could identify.

The posters are DIVEDCO’s most widely recognized and valued products, and they are prized commodities among collectors of Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art. This exhibit features posters that were produced by artists including Rafael Delgado Castro, José Meléndez Contreras, Eduardo Vera Cortés, Lorenzo Homar, Antonio Maldonado, Carlos Raquel Rivera and Rafael Tufiño.

Many of the posters promoted public film screenings. They were plastered to walls, posts and trees strategically located in even the remotest corners of each community. They had to be striking and attractive and capture peasants’ attention with a visual summary of the main themes of the films, some of which won awards at international film festivals.

The private collections of Thomas F. Anderson and Marisel C. Moreno loaned the art featured in the exhibit.

Admission is free. The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit

Fame: The Musical at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza January 5-8, 2017

"Fame: The Musical" Brings Memorable Movie to Life on Stage

Led by its explosive title track, Fame: The Musical is an adaptation of the film of the same name. The beloved musical tells the story of students attending New York City's High School of Performing Arts and the pressure they face. With a ethnically and sociologically diverse cast -- among them fame-obsessed Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking bad boy Joe, quiet violinist Schlomo, talented but dyslexic dancer Tyrone, determined actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel and poor dancer Iris -- the musical has struck a note with audiences all over the world.

Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Discounted tickets on at THIS LINK.

Thursday January 5, 2017 / 7:30pm | $42.50 - $50
Friday January 6, 2017 / 8:00pm | $46.25 - $53.75
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 2:00pm | $53.75
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 7:00pm | $42.50 - $50

Broadway Christmas Wonderland at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 1-4, 2016

Broadway Christmas Wonderland helps you and your family ring in the season with the grand, glitzy glamour of the Great White Way. The classic carols you know and love get a theatrical Broadway makeover as high-kicking chorus girls in glittering costumes make songs like "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" their own. Join Santa, his elves and a stage full of crooners and dancers as they embark on a journey packed with musical Christmas cheer. It all gets underway at Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 1, 2 and 4, 2016.

Discounted tickets available at THIS LINK.

"Interactive! The Exhibition" at Reagan Library October 22, 2016 through April 16, 2017

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will open the fully immersive Interactive! The Exhibition - How Popular Culture Reshapes Technology on October 22, 2016. This 10,000 sq ft exhibition offers a riveting, memorable exploration of popular culture's impact on technology - past, present and future - and its direct effect on how we live and work, how we move, how we connect and how we play. Transporting yourself back to the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's will show museum visitors firsthand how popular culture from those decades inspired the technology of today and for the future. Interactive will be on display through April 16, 2017.

In Interactive, Virtual Reality and more is at your fingertips, including:

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • Robotic arm interactives, 80's gaming stations and more.
  • Manipulate a Mars Rover replica.
  • Get up close with the first ever 3D printed car, by Local Motors.
  • Examine communications from the landline rotary telephone and VCR to smartphones.
  • Check out jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard and even meet Baxter the robot!

Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, Interactive is a large-scale, hands-on examination of how popular culture in movies, books, TV, and the arts has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live,work, move, connect and play. In addition to a wide variety of 'hands-on" experiences, including Oculus Rift virtual reality, interactive robots, the driverless car, multiple gaming stations, remote control drones, 3D printing stations, and more, Reagan Library visitors will also get up close to some of science fiction's most iconic characters, including an interactive R2D2 from Star Wars, a T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator, and a full-size Alien from the Alien films. Did the producers of Star Trek invent the smart phone? What science fiction today will become reality tomorrow? The exhibit also showcases the creative inspiration behind legendary innovators such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Walt Disney.

Guests of Interactive will discover four featured areas exploring the science and technology in human everyday life.

How We Play:
Examines the technology of entertainment and its impact on how people spend their free time. Highlights include a virtual reality gaming by Oculis Rift, 3D projected playing fields and hands-on activities with familiar and cutting-edge music instruments.

How We Connect:
Communications technology is truly the game changer of the 21st century, which brought us to a new era and the birth of social media. This part of the exhibition explores the relationship between communications and technology by looking at the history and future of communication, from landline rotary telephones and VCRs, to video chats and smartphones. Artificial intelligence and distant alien lifeforms are featured as technology blending with popular culture and science fiction. Guests will learn about communication in our social history, how far we've come, and where we're going.

How We Move:
This area examines the history and evolution of human transport. This segment includes a detailed overview of how technologies have advanced the way we move around the planet. Showcased are popular culture hallmarks in transportation including Mars rovers, jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard, the first 3D printed car by Local Motors and artistic sketches featuring future plans for flying cars from Hyundai and the roll-out of the high-speed transportation system, the Hyperloop™.

How We Live and Work:
This area presents some of the most fascinating innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted in books and movies. Here guests will experience how those dreams have turned into reality, including real-world robots, customized objects from the International Space Station and more.

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • The Mars Rover
  • HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hands-on robotics
  • Virtual projection games
  • Futuristic musical instrument technology
  • Jet pack from Disney's The Rocketeer
  • Autopia car from Disney's Tomorrowland
  • Artistic renderings from visual futurists who created the look of Blade Runner™, Star Wars™, Alien™ and much more

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, please visit Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit

"The Bridge at the End of the Road" Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands 10/14-11/27

Work of internationally-recognized American artist Gilbert Franklin opening at CI

“The Bridge at the End of the Road” art exhibit at CSU Channel Islands (CI)’s John Spoor Broome Library Gallery gets its name from a series of paintings the American artist Gilbert Franklin worked on for about 20 years.

Irina B. Costache, Ph.D., Professor of Art and co-curator of the show, considered the subject of these paintings a perfect metaphor for the internationally-known artist’s long and productive career.

“This is an artist who created pieces that speak to the entire journey of art,” Costache said. “Because that’s what it is: a journey. Art is always a road, but at the end there is a bridge, so there is really no end.”

The retrospective of Franklin’s works from 1945 to 1967 opens in the Broome Gallery on Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 27 with an opening reception on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., which includes introductory remarks by Italian art historian Giovanna Giusti, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar in Residence at CI this fall.

Franklin’s daughter, Nina Berson, co-curator of the show who will also speak at the reception, has fond memories around the bridge, which is on Cape Cod, where the family spent the summers.

“It’s a tidal road and at high tide, you can’t get to the bridge because the bridge is under water,” she said.

Berson, the only child of Gilbert and Joyce Franklin, had a rich childhood growing up on Rhode Island, regularly spending months in Rome, Italy, where Franklin was one of an elite group of artists and scholars accepted to the prestigious American Academy in Rome.

“He was in the first group of artists who came to study at the American Academy after World War II,” Costache said.

Franklin was the only American Academy fellow to bring his wife and daughter along with him to Rome. Berson remembers eating Italian food, learning the language, watching puppet shows in the park and attending the original Montessori School, Casa dei Bambini.

His time in Rome exchanging ideas with fellow artists made a lasting impression on Franklin. In Rome and in Rhode Island, Franklin was prolific, creating bronze sculptures, wooden figurines, paintings, and notebook-sized sketches, to name a few examples of his work. The human form, both stylized and realistic, is a recurring theme in his work.

“The play with textures and materials, a key element of Franklin’s sculptural work, is subtly and effectively echoed in paintings and drawings where earth tones are juxtaposed with strong outlines,” Costache said.

Berson and her dad were close, spending hours together at work and play.

“He was a bear of a guy. Very warm, and I adored him,” Berson said. “I was in the studio with him and he took me fishing.”

After his death from cancer in 2004, Berson, a professional art historian, began cataloguing his work and showing it around the country. The CI exhibit is the first retrospective ever on the West Coast.

“He left me with 10 loose leaf binders of slides. I said ‘Dad, these aren’t labeled or dated’, and he said ‘That’s your job. You’re an art historian,” Berson remembers.

Berson’s labor of love has taken 10 years so far, and continues, but she knows her father’s legacy is well worth it.

Part II of the exhibit will feature Franklin’s works from 1968 to 2004 and will open on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 28, 2017 at the Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery on the Chalon campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. 

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.

"Street/Urban" Art Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo 11/4-11/23

The new exhibition “Street/Urban” opening at the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, is an exhibit showcasing Charles Magallanes, along with a sculptural piece by William Solomon. Each artist will bring his own creative flair to the contemporary art conversations. The exhibition opens November 4th and runs through November 23rd. The Artists’ Reception will be Saturday, November 5th from 4pm-6pm. The Artist’s Talk is set for Saturday, November 12th at 1:30. As the title suggests, street art is a major influence of this exhibit which promises to be thought provoking, visually stimulating, and pushing boundaries for gallery visitors.Charles Magallanes, who is an Artist-In-Residence at Studio Channel Islands, is working on an interactive graffiti wall to go along with his colorful paintings.
Charles Magallanes’ works explore his relationship between nature and urban spaces.   New synergies are generated from both simple and complex meanings. “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of relationships.”  What starts out as contemplation and disambiguation, becomes finessed into a carnival of color leaving only a sense of depth and vibrancy that layers hidden meanings. Charles uses a mixture of different techniques, including spray paint, found objects, paper and hidden ramblings.

Charles is concerned with expressing the moment and conveying that into a cohesive and thought-provoking object of art that allows viewers to also be introspective of their own thoughts and desires.  Colors, shapes, and textures break through the surface of consciousness and start to grow from within the canvas, as glimpses of an insight or the fragment of a revelation comes into focus. Charles’s abstract work is alive. As the invisible becomes visible, hidden meanings and images step forth or recede, inviting the viewer to stop, behold, and ponder the very moment of creation.

The exhibit features a piece by William Solomon titled NOW I CAN SEE which conveys that duality of asking how can something be simple and complex at the same time. As a visual artist he hopes that his pieces explain themselves visually without words. William was born to second generation Jewish immigrants. His divorced parents caused confusion in his life. His early life was filled with loving parents yet contained much angst and anarchy.  As a child he was always attracted to drawing and painting. He discovered that various relatives were accomplished artists.


"Designs from the Deep" Exhibit at Channel Islands Maritime Museum 10/10/16 to 1/1/17

Opening October 10, 2016 and running through January 1, 2017, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents the exhibition Designs from the Deep: The Architecture of the Shell. Visitors will explore the science of shells, the tiny architects that reside within, and the differences that make each shell so unique and spectacular. The exhibit will feature thousands of stunning shells from around the world, selected from the private collection of Catherine Wiggin.  Designs from the Deep: The Architecture of the Shell aims to expand the awareness of beachcombers and shell enthusiasts who encounter these beautiful objects, and help them consider more substantially the creatures that resided within the shells, and the science that went in to creating these exquisite homes.

The Designs from the Deep: The Architecture of the Shell opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 5pm-7pm. Open to the public: members free and non-members $7.

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum NEW hours are Thursday to Monday from 11-5pm. Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600’s, more than sixty world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime.

NEW Museum entry is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free for members and children under 6. Third Thursday of the month is free.

 Info: or (805) 984-6260.

Chicano Art Exhibit at Ventura College Santa Paula Site through November 17, 2016

Ventura College invites the community to view its Chicano Art Exhibit, “The Imagery of Chicano: a Perspective of Chicanismo in Contemporary Art” on display at the Ventura College Santa Paula site, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula, Sept. 26- Nov. 17. An art reception will be held 6-8 p.m., Oct. 13, with an introduction to Chicano Art, by Sanchez at 6:30. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the art reception. Parking is free.

The artwork on display comes from the private collection of Ventura College history professor Tomás Sanchez. Featured artists include Carlos Almaraz, Roberto Tito Delgado, Elsa Flores, Salomón Huera, Leo Limón, Roberto Gil de Montes, Frank Romero and Patssi Valdez. Gallery hours are Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (805) 525-7136, or visit our Facebook page,

"The Trial of Goldilocks" at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks on October 15th, 22nd

Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents THE TRIAL OF GOLDILOCKS, written by Joseph Robinette and directed by Victoria Sayeg.  Performances are Saturdays, October 15 and 22 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

Just what happened that day? The classic fairy tale is retold from three different perspectives, each one more hilarious than the last. In rhyme, mime and mirth, this exciting comedy examines the familiar fairy tale from three points of view: the traditional, the Bears', then Goldilocks'.  Guilty or innocent?  Was the young girl a selfish, spoiled brat, intruding where she didn't belong? Or was she the victim of three conniving bears (and their animal "no goods" in the woods)?  As one critic wrote: "The work is entertaining on all levels and is highly educational, both in presenting the same story from different points of view and in involving the child performers in a variety of ways." A side-splitting story from all angles!

Tickets are $12 for everyone and may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or online at  There is a discount of 10% for groups of ten or more.

Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production.   The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline. 

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts.  It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone.  

“The Harem: Essentialized Sensuality” at Cal Lutheran Art Gallery Through November 3rd

Free French tours of art exhibit on harems

Photographs at Cal Lutheran explore Arab female identity

The public is invited to take free French-language tours of California Lutheran University’s photographic exhibit on harems.

French native Brigitte Richard will lead three tours of “The Harem: Essentialized Sensuality” in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on Friday, Oct. 14. An elementary-level French talk will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., one focused on conversation and composition will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., and an intermediate-level tour will conclude the activities from 1 to 2 p.m. Richard will discuss art historical influences on works on display by Moroccan-born photographer Lalla Essaydi. She will also pose questions, giving guests an opportunity to practice their French skills.

Richard, a member of the American Association of French Teachers, has worked as a French tutor for students and teachers since 2011. She received her degree from Nantes University in France.

“The Harem,” on exhibit through Nov. 3, features photographs by Essaydi designed to disrupt stereotypical views of harems. The harem has long been a focus of artistic depiction, particularly in 19th-century paintings of voluptuous European and Middle Eastern women in stages of undress against backdrops of lush arabesque designs. In her photography, Essaydi strives to upset these stereotypes and revert to an authentic idea of the harem as a space designated as strictly for women and without overt sexual connotations.

In Essaydi’s series “The Harem” and “The Harem Revisited,” women wear henna and clothing patterned to match the architecture they inhabit. Her art often combines Islamic calligraphy, a largely male art form, with representations of the female body and addresses the complex reality of Arab female identity from the unique perspective of personal experience.

The exhibit works to undermine Orientalism, the stereotyping of Middle Eastern culture as primitive and exotic. Essaydi’s images are visually opulent, but they create spaces where women reclaim their autonomy, reject objectification and return the viewer’s gaze. She visually describes Muslim women as strong and invites viewers to approach her subjects as human, rather than through a sensual and mythological lens.

After her girlhood in Morocco, Essaydi lived for a time in Saudi Arabia and was educated in Europe and the United States. She now lives in New York and works in Boston.

The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Reservations are requested by Oct. 10. Email curator Rachel T. Schmid at with the tour you want to attend. For more information, contact Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit

Contrasting Themes in CSU Channel Islands Art Exhibit October 3-20, 2016

Work of Studio Art graduate Tammy Gilkey

Work of Studio Art graduate Tammy Gilkey

Three exhibits scheduled to go up Oct. 3 in Napa Hall at CSU Channel Islands (CI) range from the spiritual to whimsical to sobering.

“A Cosmology of Pattern and Play” will open in the Napa Gallery with “The Final Touch!” and “This is What Hope Looks Like” will be on display in the CI Palm Temporary gallery.

"This very varied show exemplifies the postmodern era in which we live: a world in which tragedy, hope, futility, cosmology and mysticism live side-by-side,” said Art Lecturer Christophe Bourély. “It is a delight for the entirety of our mind and senses".

The opening reception for all three exhibits will be Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Napa Hall. The exhibitions will run from Oct. 3 through 20.

A sand and glitter floor installation linked to a series of dense and intricate paintings on the gallery walls will be a highlight of “A Cosmology of Pattern and Play” by artist Carole Silverstein.

Silverstein uses Mylar as a canvas to create a floating quality to her rich and luminous work, which seeks to slow people down and entrance them, she said.

“When you see the work, the light shifts as you move through the space,” Silverstein said. “I’m using patterns from different cultures that use different symbolism. I explore the symbolism from a mystical point of view.”

The Los Angeles-based artist uses, for example, Islamic geometric patterns, Japanese wave or cloud patterns, Celtic knotwork and Spanish interlace.

Two CI graduates will have their work exhibited in the CI Palm Temporary Gallery.

Studio Art graduate Tammy Gilkey’s exhibit, “This is What Hope Looks Like” is a collection of paintings exploring the face of hope in an uncertain world.

Currently, an art therapy instructor at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, Gilkey hopes her paintings inspire compassion for vulnerable refugees, often children trying to survive as the war around them robs them of their homes, their families and their innocence.

“So many of these children without parents and siblings to watch over them have been lost to sex trafficking and have disappeared from the safety and protection of communities,” Gilkey wrote in her artist’s statement. “We cannot allow fear to drive us from the humanity of helping those in need.”

CI Art graduate Gabriel Garcia Alvarez explores a whimsical First World theme with her photography exhibit entitled “The Final Touch!”

Alvarez’s photography exhibit consists of photos from two of her photography books: “Shoes with Jewelry,” and “Lipstick and Nail Polish.”

The books reflect the Santa Maria resident’s interest in shoes, jewelry, lipstick and nail polish.

In her artist’s statement, Alvarez said that “if any of these items are combined in any way, they will help to add that final touch that would make any ensemble successful.”

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

Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email as soon as possible, but no later than seven (7) business days prior to the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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.

"Ragtime" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center October 29 through November 27, 2016

"Ragtime": The Tony-Winning Turn-of-the-Century Musical at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Famous historical characters, a rich story and a dynamic score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of turn-of-the-century New York City. Based on E.L. Doctorow's novel, this highly acclaimed musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three ethnically diverse families -- upper class, immigrant and African-American -- whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With ragtime and gospel-influenced music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such memorable songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day" and "Make Them Hear You." See it at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Evita Performance at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza October 14-20, 2016

With a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the famed lyrics of Tim Rice, the compelling true story of Eva Perón -- the controversial first lady of Argentina -- comes to vivid life on stage in this new Cabrillo Music Theatre production at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, complete with a live orchestra. Filled with showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," Evita follows a peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the President and a powerful advocate for the working class. Though she was much beloved by her people as the voice of the poor, her inevitable downfall came through her unwavering ambition and a devastating illness, making her one of history's most tragic and dramatic figures. The musical's haunting score fuses dramatic chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, to create an extraordinary theatrical portrait that burns as bright as Evita herself.

This production contains mature subject matter and is recommended for those ages 12 and older.

"Merrily We Roll Along" at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura October 2-3

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with the concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.  Directed by award-winner Bonnie Hellman, who helmed the first long-run hit version of the award-winning show in Los Angeles, the cast includes Broadway stars Jason Graae (Grand Night for Singing and Falsettos), Kate Reinders (Wicked and Gypsy), Ventura native Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific and The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Beverly Ward (Epic Proportions). Winner of the Drama Desk Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, this moving and eloquent story about friendship moves backwards in time and offers a snapshot of the relationships between Franklin, Charley, and Mary, whose hopes and dreams change dramatically over 20 years. Songs include "Our Time,” "Not a Day Goes By" and "Good Thing Going.” This rarely performed concert version of the musical merrily rolls into Ventura for three-performances-only: Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.

WHEN: 3 Performances Only!
Saturday, October 2 at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 2 at 8 p.m., Sunday, October 3 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Rubicon Theatre Company, Located in Ventura's Downtown Cultural Districtm, 1006 E. Main St. Ventura

TICKETS: General Admission $69.50, Students with Valid ID $30, Active Military/Equity $25

Box Office (805) 667-2900
Hours: Mon-Sun Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Panic! Productions Presents Musical "Bring it On" in Thousand Oaks October 6-16, 2016

Panic! Productions brings the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Tom Kitt musical, “Bring it On,” to the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks October 6 through 16. Directed by Nicolas Womack, and choreographed by Keenon Hooks, this Tony Award-nominated musical was adapted for Broadway from the hit film of the same title and explores the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading and the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance.

Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, “Bring It On” features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, Hamilton), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity). The Panic! production have musical direction by Ben Ginsberg, with assistant choreographer Rehyan Rivera also on board. Kristi Reed and Paul Panico are producers.

Director Womack knows the material intimately, have played the lead role of Twig both on Broadway and on the national tour. He says he is particularly drawn to this material because it connects him to his own past, when discovering a passion for performance changed the direction of his own life. “Performing is not acting, but reliving genuine moments,” Womack says, “and this cast can't be more real.”

With its mixture of professional and aspiring talent, “Bring it On” features both Broadway veterans and local performers: Adelle Panico, Gabrielle Puyat, Emma Howard, Elijah Malcomb, Sara Gonzales, Gabriel Nunag, Lilly Elliott, Zoë Reed, Rehyan Rivera, Carson Dean, Elaine Panico, Alexander Reaves, Jade McGlynn, Alissa Lauren Horner, Brittany Gael Vaughn, Justin James, Amanda Meade-Tatum, Josh Ditto, Trae Adair, Tatum Bella, Taylor Brown, Hannah Cohen, Natalie Esposito, Maya Galipeau, Julia Rose Kreinces, Steven Oriee, Joshua Ponce, Carly Shukiar, Bailey Stillwell, Madison Wechsler, Lexie Collins, Madison Foreman, Liam Krainman, and Allison Martinez.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30, October 6 though 16 at the Scherr Forum/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $26-$36 and can be purchased through the link at

Discounted tickets at

Thursday October 6, 2016 / 7:30pm | $21.60 - $26.60
Saturday October 8, 2016 / 2:30pm | $21.60 - $26.60
Thursday October 13, 2016 / 7:30pm | $21.60 - $26.60

Ventura Plein Air Invitational on September 26, 2016

On Sept. 26, 2016 17 regional artists will compete in the Ventura Community Bank’s "Ventura Plein Air Invitational" for Best of Show and other prizes jurored by California Art Club Vice-President David Gallup. The artists will be painting as a group and on their own in locations throughout Ventura and Ojai. The culmination of their efforts will be available for public viewing at Gallery V, 540 E. Main St. in Ventura.

The artists will also be competing in a “Quick-Draw” on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 am to 11 am on the sidewalks and corners around Gallery V. The artists have 2 hours to complete a painting from start to finish. The public is invited to vote for their favorite through Sunday, Oct. 2 at Gallery V. The artist will be awarded a cash prize.

The artists competing and painting in these events are Virginia Beale, Christine Apostolina Beirne, Pam D’Ambrosio, Marion Fortunati, Ray Harris, Kathy Ikerd, Mary-Gail King, Gina Niebergall, Anette Power, Laura Rosenkranz, George Scribner, Sparkle Taylor, Sharon Weaver, Sonja Weber, Kay Zetlmaier, Ron Zolkover and Gerald Zwers.

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"You Belong" Art Show at CSU Channel Islands through September 22nd

CSU Channel Islands (CI) Art graduate Whisper Bentley would never have created the “you belong” art series were it not for a defining moment on Jan. 22, 2016.

“I was in a car accident, totaled my car, but came out of it with only a few burns and bruises. I thank God every day that I am alive, said Bentley, 21. “If it weren’t for this incident, this series would not exist. It really put life into perspective for me. It made me appreciate myself, and value all the emotions that I have.”

The “you belong” show is appearing on the Grad Wall at Napa Hall through Sept. 22. The show is running concurrently with the “Tying Loose Ends” show by UC Santa Barbara graduate students Vanesa Gingold and George Sanders.

The Apple Valley native said the “you belong” series began with self-portraits and journal entries to find an escape from the trauma she experienced from the accident, then evolved into something else.

“There are so many people that have made an incredible impact on my life, but it has not been an easy journey for any of them. I want to know about their struggles and insecurities,” Bentley said. “It has grown into something that connects everyone, showing us that we really to belong.”

This body of work consists of large portraits done with oil on canvas, and handmade paper assembled into books.

“The portraits use bright color and facial expression to really portray different emotions they have felt,” she said. “While I am working on each piece I keep in mind the stories they have told me about their lives and what I have gathered from personal relationships with them.”

Bentley says she uses lower case letters to title her shows because, like her name, it’s not a shout, but a whisper.

Napa Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Napa Hall is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus.

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.

"Soil Sisters" Photo Exhibit at Santa Paula Ag Museum September 23, 2016 to January 22, 2017

 “Soil Sisters” by Keri Oberly Opens at the Ag Museum on Friday, September 23

Documentary photographer and filmmaker captures women in agriculture throughout Ventura County with intimate, stunning portraits

The photographic exhibition “Soil Sisters” by photographer and filmmaker Keri Oberly began as a project documenting women working in careers traditionally dominated by males. It quickly turned into a photography project on female farmers. With the large number of women in agriculture in Ventura County, there was no shortage of subjects. There are 18 portraits of women representing farms and ranches in Ojai, Camarillo, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Fillmore.

Ms. Oberly realized these women were not just defying odds in the fields, but doing so in life as well—from leaving steady jobs, to taking over a family business, to being saved from a life on the streets.  They don’t treat farming as a job; it is their way of life. She learned that her subjects are passionate, strong and artistic women who are dedicated to health and education, as well as building and inspiring their communities in a way that will last generations.

The opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Ag Museum of Friday, September 23.

About the Artist

Keri Oberly specializes in documentary photography and film. She’s passionate about telling stories of unrecognized and under-represented people in society, from people living openly with HIV in rural Tanzania to four wrongly convicted men who were recently released after serving 18 years in prison.

“Soil Sisters” will be on display from Sept. 23 through January 22 at the Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. To learn more about the artist, visit

Elizabeth Del Negro, Rio Gozo Farm, Ojai

Elizabeth Del Negro, Rio Gozo Farm, Ojai

The exhibition includes photos of these local women farmers:

  1. Emily Thacher Ayala, Friend’s Ranch, Ojai
  2. Angela Schultz, Community Roots Garden in Oxnard, part of The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  3. Erynn Smith, The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  4. Reyna Ortega, The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  5. Jeannette Ban, The Abundant Table, Camarillo
  6. Carol Wade, Earth Island Herbs, Ojai
  7. Grace Malloy, Poco Farm, Ojai
  8. Nitana Buczek-Calfee, Poco Farm, Ojai
  9. Megan Hooker, Poco Farm, Ojai
  10. Shawn Fulbright, Mano Farm, Ojai
  11. Elizabeth Del Negro, Rio Gozo Farm, Ojai
  12. Anne Cuthbert, Noble Oaks Vineyard & Winery, Ojai
  13. Alana King and Kai Krupa, King & King Ranch, Fillmore
  14. Erin Regan, Kefirology, Ojai
  15. Danette McReynolds, Lavenderwood Farm, Thousand Oaks
  16. Molly Chester, Apricot Lane Farms, Moorpark
  17. Nicole Ulibarri, Morris Honey Company, Ojai
  18. Adrianne Cruz, Ranch Manager at Latigo Ranch Hawaii, California Division, Moorpark