Ventura’s FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents COPPÉLIA June 1-2

FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents three full-length performances of the timeless classic ballet COPPÉLIA, where brilliant classical dance meets a delightfully comic narrative.

Where: Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura

  • Saturday, June 1st at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $22 online at www.footworksyouthballet.org.

Outreach Performances for Students (K-8) Thursday, May 30th 10AM and 11:45AM

Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket

Contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org

“We are excited to be bringing Coppélia to the Ventura Performing Arts Center this spring,” says Artistic Director Kirsten Oakley. “One of the few comedic ballets in the classical ballet repertoire, Coppélia is the perfect story ballet for all audiences.”

The three-act ballet tells the lighthearted story of how Franz, a village boy engaged to Swanhilda, becomes infatuated with a life-like doll created by the eccentric inventor, Dr. Coppelius. Hilarity ensues over love and mistaken identity.

With its tuneful and romantic music, Coppélia stands alongside such classics as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker as the best-loved and most enduring ballets of all time. A delightful performance of ballet fun for families and children of all ages, The New York Times calls Coppélia “one of the happiest ballets in existence.

Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet.

25th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July 2019

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture.  This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Headlined by the one and only The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 with support by world class acts such as classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening with extraordinary baritone Jubilant Sykes, the thrilling Rastrelli Cello Quartet and many others, the festival has something for every musical taste.
 
In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2019 musical lineup consists of:

  • 7/12: Festival headliners and acclaimed vocal groups are The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 as the renowned groups join forces to wow audiences at the Oxnard PACC

  • 7/13: Celebrated guitarist Christopher Parkening joins renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes in a recital ranging from classical and jazz to American spirituals at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/14: Calidore String Quartet brings “synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment” to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/19: Youth jazz pianist star-on-the-rise and “brightest light” Joey Alexander at the Ventura College Performing Arts center

  • 7/20: Ranky Tanky brings Gullah culture and “soulful honey for the ears”  through a prism of African, gospel and R&B music at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/21: Rastrelli Cello Quartet’s “simply infectious” musical sizzle at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

Additionally, the festival will host a “Tea & Trumpets” at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, where guests will enjoy a four-course English tea with the Festival Brass Quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare on 7/11, as well as a free public concert with high octane Latin guitar ensembleIncendio at Mission Park in Ventura on 7/18.  For times, updates and more details in the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 
The 25th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 11-15 and July 20-22, 2018 at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, located at 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA 93003 unless otherwise noted above. Tickets will range in price from $25-$50 (special student rates excepted) and will be available for purchase in April. For more information please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146.
 
For those who can’t wait until July, VMF’s silver anniversary celebration is starting sooner than ever: lauded piano duo Anderson & Roe will be playing at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on February 9th. On May 10th, Lithuanian “rock stars of chamber music” NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) will be lighting up the VCPAC’s stage. Tickets for both events are on-sale now.
 
ABOUT VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, foster audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse programs for all ages. VMF seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming environment in which people both see and hear themselves reflected in the music.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Rubicon Theatre Company 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company’s JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast.

This Broad’s Way

The series kicks off November 17 and 18 with Olivier Award-winner and Broadway star LESLI MARGHERITA making her Rubicon debut in a brand-new concert entitled “This Broad’s Way.” Margherita won an Olivier Award for her magnificent star-turn as Inez in Zorro on The West End and took Broadway by storm in her critically acclaimed debut as Mrs. Wormword in Matilda.

She’s done it big. She’s done it loud. She’s done it her way. Featuring time-honored classics, Broadway showstoppers and new twists on what will become old favorites, Margherita takes the stage with her signature sass and wit and shares stories about how she’s managed to carve her niche in the business of show. Written and starring Margherita, “This Broad’s Way” is directed and produced by LAUREN BASS, featuring musical direction and arrangements by BRETT RYBACK. The concert is presented at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

Red Hot Mama

The Goldenson Series continues in January with “Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook,” starring Tony nominee SHARON McNIGHT in what the L.A. Times described as “the performance of a lifetime.”

The concert follows the remarkable story of the first lady of show business, whose career spanned sixty years. “Red Hot Mama” encompasses the music and history of Burlesque, Vaudeville, Broadway and Las Vegas. Tucker was the consummate performer on stage and film. She was part of the Ziegfeld Follies, a radio and television star, a musical recording artist and a great humanitarian. The show features over two dozen songs made famous by Tucker – tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Henderson, DeSylva & Brown, and her 1928 million-record seller “My Yiddishe Mama.” This concert version won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award and BroadwayWorld.com Award for Best Show. “Red Hot Mama” runs Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Side by Side (by Side by Side)

In the spring, Rubicon brings two talented married couples (and four best friends) together for a new concert called Side by Side. KIM HUBER and ROGER BEFELER, and KIRSTEN AND STAN CHANDLER, are creating a newly conceived concert about the trials, tribulations and joys of friendship, love and marriage, expressed in solos, duets and quartets. The concert is directed by KIRSTEN CHANDLER.

The Side by Side performers have appeared at Rubicon in productions including Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, Jacques Brel… and She Loves Me. Audiences may also have seen them in starring roles on Broadway, tour and in regional productions of Beauty and the Beast, Marie Christine, Sunset Blvd., Forever Plaid and many others. “Side by Side” plays Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues

Golden Globe Award-Winner AMANDA McBROOM (“The Rose”) is best known as a singer/songwriter and cabaret star. However, her diverse career also includes work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and innumerable roles in comedies and dramas at theatres including the Pasadena Playhouse, the Old Globe in San Diego and Rubicon. In this concert, McBroom melds her multiple talents in a concert version of her 2004 play “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues.” The concert is a potpourri of favorite songs from the production, such as “Ophelia,” “In His Hands,” “The Hard to be a Fairy Blues” and “The Bitch is Out.”

McBroom’s songs have been recorded by Barbara Cook, Manhattan Transfer, Judy Collins, Barry Manilow, and many others. She received a Golden Globe, a Grammy nomination, and Johnny Mercer Songwriter of the Year Award. She has written lyrics for 16 Universal Animation features, including “The Land Before Time” series. She was a featured lyricist for the TV classic series “Cop Rock.” She has performed in concert from London to Sydney, and Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. McBroom will be accompanied by Musical Director MICHELE BROURMAN and instrumentalists LARRY TUTTLE and STEPHAN OBERHOFF. “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues” is offered Saturday June 8 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Final Concert TBA

The 2018-2019 Goldenson Broadway Concert Series concludes on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. with the show to be announced at a later date. Says Burns, “We are working on a very special event and look forward to sharing the news soon.”

Tickets Now on Sale

The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series tickets are now on sale and available through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (corner of Main and Laurel) in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. Tickets are $55 per person, with a 20% savings for those who purchase the series – the equivalent of one free show. The Sunday matinee series includes talkbacks with the artists, where the audience members are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation with the artists. Discounts are available for military, Equity members and students. For information, go to www.rubicontheatre.org or call (805) 667-2900.


About Rubicon
Now in its 20th Anniversary Season, Rubicon Theatre is the region’s premiere professional theatre company. Rubicon was founded in 1998 by Artistic Directors Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil and a board of social and civic leaders. The company has since presented nearly 140 productions to over 450,000 audience members in an intimate 180-seat historic former church. Rubicon creates a nurturing environment for artists where exploration and experimentation are encouraged and supported. As a result, luminaries including Alison Brie, Susan Clark, Dana Delany, Michael Learned, Jack Lemmon, Linda Purl, John Ritter, Joe Spano, Stephanie Zimbalist and others have graced the Rubicon stage. The company is committed to telling stories which illuminate our shared humanity. Rubicon presents bold, reimagined productions of classics; innovative productions of contemporary dramas, comedies and musicals; and develops and produces World Premieres. Rubicon has been the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence, the NAACP Award, a New York Drama Desk Award, multiple Indy, Robby and Scenie Awards, and 18 Ovation Awards. The company recently won the Ovation for Best Production of a Play, Larger Theatre for Gulf View Drive. Rubicon offers extensive education and outreach programs under Beverly and Kirby Ward. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and further supported by a regional Board of Advisors and an active volunteer auxiliary. For more information, call 805.667.2900 or visit the website at www.rubicontheatre.org.

Tall Ships Visit Ventura Harbor February 13 to March 5, 2018

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Hawaiian Chieftain was built in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands. Launched in 1989, Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, which was built in 1750s and was one of the first U.S. – flagged ships to explore the west coast of North America.

Tour this ships beginning February 13th. Tours of the ships Tue-Sun and various adventure sails are offered. Details at www.venturaharborvillage.com/event/tall-ships-ventura-harbor-2018.

Three Artists' Work Highlighted at Buenaventura Gallery October 11 to November 11

El Capitan Beach  by Lorna Amundson

El Capitan Beach by Lorna Amundson

Gallery’s shows highlight three artists

Three Oxnard artists — photographers Julianne Martin and Tomi Murphy and watercolorist Lorna Amundson — will be featured in individual shows Oct. 10-Nov. 11 at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

All three women plan to attend an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the gallery.

Martin’s “Other Worlds” photos and Murphy’s “Faces” will be displayed in the Clophine Dooley Gallery; Amundson’s “Transparent Watercolors. Yosemite to the Central Coast” will cover the Buenaventura Art Association’s red gallery walls.

Martin, who called herself “a new exhibiting photographer,” said she has shown her work for only a couple of years and earned several awards, but has taken pictures for many years and has a “huge library of photos.” She will show 15-20 framed photographs and have additional prints available.

“My general theme is a focus on the beauty of nature. This show emphasizes a wider variety of unique and unusual settings that evoke the imagination,” Martin said. “More recently, I have delved into night photography, creatively working with very long exposure times, and have interesting and unique photos.”

Murphy also will have about 20 photos on display and offer photo books for sale. She has been creating fine art photography for 11 years, portraiture is her specialty, and said, “This show is literately about faces, people I met in the last 10-15 years who impressed me.”

The challenge, she said, is “producing images that do not look like snapshots or staged portraits. … I don’t artificially manufacture scenes to achieve the images I desire — I just never stop looking for beauty as I live my life.”

Amundson plans to hang about 25 framed paintings, have an equal number unframed, and offer dozens of different cards. Her show will include landscapes and seascapes, most painted on location in Yosemite and along the Central Coast of California.

She studied biology and botany, earned a degree in parasitology, and was on the faculty of Southeast Missiouri State University for 10 years before moving to California in 1974. Amundson said she took up painting in her mid-50s, began painting more regularly in her late 60s, is largely self-taught, and worked exclusively en plain air until this year, when she began trying different approaches, “using photographs or just making it up.

“My favorite part of watercolor is when quick, strategic strokes of just the right degree of color and wetness work magic, capture the essence of where and what I am seeing, and don’t get screwed up later,” she said.

Works by many other BAA members will be presented in the remaining gallery space during these shows, after which the nonprofit will offer its annual Holiday Boutique in late November and December.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more about the Buenaventura Art Association, a 63-year-old artists cooperative, and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Three Concurrent Solo Exhibits at Buenaventura Gallery August 1 to September 2

“Cook Inlet, Alaska” by Kimberly-Ann Talbert

“Cook Inlet, Alaska” by Kimberly-Ann Talbert

Three Buenaventura Art Association members dedicated to sharing their perceptual insights will present recent artworks Aug. 1-Sept. 2 in concurrent solo exhibitions at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

Mark Hafeman’s “Magic Garden” will be on the main gallery’s red walls, while Fredda Leiter’s “Birds, Beasts, Figures, Sky” and Kimberly-Ann Talbert’s “The World Through My Eyes” will fill the Clophine Dooley Gallery. The artists plan to attend an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5.

Hafeman, an Oxnard painter whose mother and grandmother also were artists, said he will show about two dozen pieces, both watercolors and oils with acrylic underpainting.

“This show is focused on the beauty of nature as seen by my watercolors of flowers, my plein-air landscape scenes of mountains, rivers and ponds,” he said. “I am interested in showing the seemingly ordinary as magical and dynamic.”

Leiter plans to have about 18 watercolors on paper in her show. She lives in Ventura, has been painting about nine years, and enjoys “watercolors’ surprises,” she said. Her subjects include “whatever appeals to my eye and heart: An expression or gesture, the play of light and shadow, colors and shapes of skies and landscapes.”

Talbert is a lifelong artist who lives in Los Angeles and will be showing digital photographs and handmade jewelry, perhaps 30 pieces.

“The photos are of how I view the world around me and those that I find awe-inspiring and interesting and beautiful,” she said, adding that her favorite part of creating art is “being able to share the beauty of the everyday world with others.”

All three featured artists have examples of their works online: Hafeman at markhafemanfinearts.com, Leiter at freddaleiter.art, and Talbert at kimberlyann-talbert.pixels.com.

An exhibition by association members will fill the remainder of the main gallery, along with a hallway display by the last show’s honorable mention winners Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Doug Fossati.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit BAA’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

"The Secret Paintings" Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County June 2 to August 6

The Museum of Ventura County launches the summer season with an opening reception for The Secret Paintings, unveiling the works of local artist Michael Pearce, 6-8 p.m., June 2, at the Museum, 100 Main Street, Ventura. Following the opening ceremony, patrons can view the collected works and have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artist in person. Admission to the Museum and reception is free for Free First Friday.

For this exhibit, Pearce has selected 35 works of art, for which he took inspiration from Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite masters. With The Secret Paintings, Pearce seeks to emulate their ambitiousness and scale, which is reflected in the centerpiece of the exhibition: a monumental four-part work of oil on canvas themed for the summer solstice.

The Secret Paintings will be on display at the Museum through August 6. The museum hosts Free First Sundays as well as Appreciation Weekends with free admission for featured groups. Visit venturamuseum.org for a full schedule of free admission days.

Three Concurrent Art Exhibits at Buenaventura Gallery in Ventura May 23-June 24, 2017

Monterey Coast, north view.

Monterey Coast, north view.

Works by Ojai painter Kathy Bodycombe and Ventura printmaker and photographer Christina Altfeld will be featured May 23-June 24 at the Buenaventura Gallery.

Their shows will share wall space in the Clophine Dooley Gallery as the rest of the downtown Ventura gallery is devoted to Buenaventura Art Association’s fifth annual Collage Open Competition. A reception for all three exhibitions will be 5-7 p.m. May 27, at which awards for the collage show will be announced.

Bodycombe’s “Duets” show will have oil-on-canvas landscapes from places she has lived or visited on both U.S. coasts and in Europe, ranging in size from 6 inches square to 24 by 36 inches. She has been painting for 15 years.

“I have pairs of two paintings that are similar in size, subject and style that complement each other,” she said. “The pairs share a location for the subject, share the same size format and style, but differ in composition.”

Altfeld, a lifelong photographer who’s also been exploring multiple forms of printmaking for 10 years, chose “Ocean Atmosphere” as her title. She uses polymer metal intaglio plates and paper lithography to create pieces hand-printed on an etching press and further hand-paints many of them. She also will present some cyanotype original prints and plans to have about 20 pieces, from 8 inches square to 14 by 24 inches.

“Living near the ocean’s edge, I spend time walking on the beach both in the morning and often at sunset time. I have been watching the sea kelp being washed up on the shore knowing I wanted to use it somehow in my work,” Altfeld said. “This show presented the perfect opportunity to create a new series inspired by my walks by the sea.”

The Collage Open Competition will have two- and three-dimensional original glued collage, mixed-media collage or assemblage artworks, of which at least half must be glued collage.

Judging the entries will be Kathy Leader, who grew up and received her art and art education degrees in South Africa and now teaches privately and in workshops in her West Los Angeles studio. First-, second- and third-place awards will be $300, $200 and $100, and winners of those and honorable mentions will also get one-year memberships to BAA.  

The Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more about the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

"A Woman's Place: The March on Washington" Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County 3/11-4/9

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

The Museum of Ventura County mounts an exhibit that pays tribute to Ventura County participants in January’s Women’s March on Washington called “A Woman’s Place: the March on Washington.”  Comprising signs, posters, ephemera and multi-media presentations, the exhibition commemorates the efforts of women in Ventura County who took to the streets across the country to affirm their place in society.

“A Woman’s Place” is a pop-up exhibit that will be installed at the museum’s Main Street location from Saturday, March 11 – Saturday, March 25 (NOTE: EXTENDED TO APRIL 9). A pop-up exhibition--as the name suggests--is a temporary art event, short in duration and brought about by a significant public incident or occurrence.

According to curator Anna Bermudez, “It was immediately apparent to me that the women’s march was history in the making. In my role at the museum, I felt that my participation could take the form of an exhibit that pays tribute to the women who marched, and to all women.  My call for items was answered quickly and decisively.”

The exhibit comprises items from participants in the march, who demonstrated in Ventura, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The items are highly personal—hats, t-shirts, bus tickets, photos and signs—each fortifying a strong and lasting message. First-hand accounts from participants will be filmed and screened in the exhibit, providing an oral history element that will become a part of the museum’s library holdings.

Executive Director Elena Brokaw said, “This is what we’re all about; telling the collective stories of our lives and times. Museums, and especially our museum, are a site where ideas converge. We are not always looking to the past; we reflect the times as they are happening.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, will feature women who participated in the event across the country, representing multiple generations. Admission is $10 per person; $5 per member. There will be live music and refreshments. 

Location: 100 E. Main Street, Ventura

 

"His and Hers" Photo and Art Show at Buenaventura Gallery November 1-26, 2016

Wasatch Moon , digital photography by Don Scott

Wasatch Moon, digital photography by Don Scott

For 22 years they’ve shared a home; now Mary Kolada Scott and Don Scott are sharing a wall. Her paintings and his photographs will be exhibited Nov. 1-26 on the red wall at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

The show is “His & Hers: He Shoots, She Paints.” It will feature acrylic and mixed-media paintings by Mary and digital prints from Don.

The Scotts plan to be present 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 for First Friday Ventura, and 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19 for a reception in conjunction with the opening of Buenaventura Art Association’s Holiday Boutique and the second Arts & Eats mini artwalk between four downtown Ventura galleries. Participating galleries include Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery, and Latitudes. Select restaurants and shops will be offering small bites as art lovers and holiday shoppers stroll between galleries.

Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the nonprofit art cooperative’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

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.

For more information, visit their website at VenturaPleinAirInvitational.com.