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Page 1 of 18 Having trouble viewing this ? Click here December 2012 State of the Arts Newsletter Next issue deadline: December 12 Your monthly arts e-newsletter from the City of Ventura Community
Page 1 of 18 Having trouble viewing this ? Click here December 2012 State of the Arts Newsletter Next issue deadline: December 12 Your monthly arts e-newsletter from the City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division promotes cultural activities all over Ventura County reaching more than 6,000 subscribers. City Hall will be closed Dec 22- Jan 2 for its annual winter shutdown so we ask for your submissions early for the January 2013 issue. For the next issue, contributors should text and images as separate files by the 12th of December to Thank you! - Georgeanne Lees & Richard Newsham SOTA Editors City of Ventura Office of Cultural Affairs IN THIS ISSUE FESTIVALS: TOP 3 AT A GLANCE Music Events Dance Events Theater Events Literary Events Visual Arts Cinema Events Museum Events Artist Opportunities Useful Links FESTIVALS: TOP 3 AT A GLANCE Ventura Winter Wine Walk Dec 1 This new annual Ventura tradition happens Saturday, Dec 1 from 12 to 8 pm with a Holiday Street Fair of vendors and live entertainment on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street (free and open to the public) followed by the Winter Wine Walk at 4 pm. For this showcase of world-class wines served in your favorite downtown businesses, guests stroll down Main Street surrounded by a winter holiday ambiance of live jazz and blues entertainment, beautiful lighting downtown and snow fall from 6:45 to 8 pm. Tickets/info: The Nutcracker at Ventura College Dec 1-2 & Two local dance companies perform this holiday classic at the new Ventura College Performing Arts Center. Tickets/info: and See Dance Events below. Page 2 of 18 Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks Dec 14 & 15 Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with three festivals including the 36th annual Holiday Parade of Lights: December 9: Chanukah Festival December 14 & 15: Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks December 15:Winter Wonderland Music Events Opera Series Roxy Opera in Cinema series in Camarillo Met Opera in HD series at Century Riverpark 16 in Oxnard See Cinema Events below. Ventura College Performing Arts Center events See Theater Events below Dance Events Ventura County Ballet Company's Nutcracker at Ventura College Performing Arts Center Dec 1-2 Complete your holiday experience with Tchaikovsky's glorious score and our local dance company of young dancers featuring Aaron Smyth from the Royal Ballet, England as the Prince on the stage of the new Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd at 2 and 7 pm on Saturday, Dec 1 and at 1 pm on Sunday, Dec 2 Tickets/info: Slippers 'n' Masks Youth Dance Theatre presents Happy Feet December 7 & 8 Directed and choreographed by Mayor's Arts Award winner Pam Cohen, this biannual dance presentation happens on Dec 7 at 7:30 pm and Dec 8 at 2:30 pm with free admission at Mound Elementary School, 455 S. Hill Rd, in Ventura Info: or All American Ballet Nutcracker at Ventura College Performing Arts Center Dec 15-16 Page 3 of 18 All American Ballet (AAB) of Ventura will present its annual production of The Nutcracker directed by founder/artistic director Clarissa Boeriu with Denise Renaldi, director of Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 15 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 16 at 2 and 5:30 pm. Professional guest artists will dance alongside the pre-professional and student dancers of All American Ballet and Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. Tickets ($10-20) at or Ballet in Cinema series The acclaimed Ballet in Cinema series screens live HD performances from the Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, La Scala and other stages worldwide at these locations. See Cinema Events for listings. Katrina Agate as Chinese dancer soloist. Ventura Century 10 Downtown, 555 E Main St. Century Riverpark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard Roxy Stadium 11, 5001 Verdugo Way, Camarillo (101/Santa Rosa Rd exit). Theater Events Death Takes a Holiday at Santa Paula Theater Center through Dec 23 Death Takes a Holiday by Alberto Casella is the holiday season play from Nov 16 to Dec 23 at Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S Seventh St in Santa Paula with Fri/Sat performances at 8 pm and Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets/info: 805/ or Carpinteria's Plaza Playhouse presents A Christmas Carol Nov 30-Dec 9 The historic Plaza Playhouse, 4916 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria offers live theater year round. Tickets/Info: - Nov 30-Dec 9 A Christmas Carol (play) Ventura College Performing Arts Center events The new Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4667 Telegraph Rd. Tickets/ info or Nov 29-8 pm Chamber Music Performance, ROBERT LAWSON conductor Nov 30-8 pm Ventura College Choir BRENT WILSON conductor: VIVALDI Magnificat/THOMPSON Frostiana Dec 1 at 2 pm & 7 pm Nutcracker, Ventura County Ballet with the Ventura College Orchestra Dec 2 at 1 pm Nutcracker, Ventura County Ballet, with the Ventura College Orchestras Dec 2 at 7 pm Ventura College Jazz Band LESLIE DRATON director Dec 6-8 at 8 pm; Dec 9 at 3 pm PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert and Sullivan Ventura College Theater Department and Opera Workshop JUDY GARY director BRENT WILSON music director KRENLY GUZMAN choreographer Dec Sa-7pm Su-2 & 5:30 pm Nutcracker, All American Ballet Ventura High Theater Dept presents David and Lisa Nov 29-Dec 8 The Ventura High Theater Department presents David and Lisa, a drama by James Reach, at the Ventura High School Adutiroium Main Stage 7 pm Nov 29 & 30 & Dec 1, 6, 7 & 8; and 2 pm Dec 1. Tickets ($5/$7) at door. Info ext 2114. Page 4 of 18 Dec 1 Cutting-edge Performance, Dance + Art ON FILM T he Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Film Studio presents Dis / Location: Identity, Place, Loss and Desire on Saturday, Dec 1, 7:30-9:30 pm, with a gallery reception at 7 pm, hosted by ART TREK, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd, Newbury Park, featuring Damien Walters, gravity-defying gymnast, acrobat, stuntman; Barry McGee, painter and cult figure of urban street culture; Margaret KilKallen, San Francisco street artist and muralist; Kryztof Wodiczko, monumental projections, public art, and community voices; Collier Schorr, photographic realism meets fiction, fantasy and identity; Wim Wender's documentary of legendary choreographer PINA ; Do-Ho Suh, intricate sculptures defy notions of space and place; and Ramaa Mosley's dance short In Dreams I Run Wild. Visit and Like $10 donation at the door. RSVP / Limited seating , Love, Loss, and What I Wore benefit at Rubicon Theatre Dec 2 Rubicon Theatre Company presents a benefit performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore with a star-studded cast of women including Emmy and Tony-winner Tyne Daly, Amy Peitz and Amanda McBroom on Dec 2 at 1 with a pre-show reception at noon and silent auction. Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, the play was written by the late Nora Ephron and her sister Delia Ephron as a series of vignettes about important relationships, events and issues in our lives - motherdaughter relationships, first dates, weddings, etc., viewed through the prism of clothing. Tickets: or Teatro de las Américas presents PASTO-Re-La Dec 7-15 Teatro de las Américas will present the musical PASTO-Re-La Fridays and Saturdays, December 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 and a matinée on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm at the Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 South Rose Ave., Oxnard. Mexico City's worldclass harpist Mercedes Gómez-Benet wrote the libretto for the play staged in Spanish with English super-titles and Omar Guzmán is the composer. Tickets: Season 5 of John White's 5 x 5 x 5 Dec 7 5 artists, 5 performances, 5 minutes each - that's the premise of 5 x 5 x 5, the popular performance series directed by John M. White during Ventura First Fridays monthly gallery crawl at 8 pm at the Sylvia White Gallery, 1783 E Main St in Ventura. Don't miss exciting performances by national and local artist/performers. Performances to Grow On Ojai series continues with Acrobat starring Li Liu Dec 8 The Ojai Art Center, 113 S Montgomery St in Ojai, hosts the Toys for the Mind family series at 4 pm, at the Ojai Art Center, continuing with Acrobat with Li Liu on Dec 8. Chinese-born Liu began attendance at the Chinese National Circus School at Page 5 of 18 age 7. Her performance includes hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Tickets / info: or and click on Toys for the Mind : $10/child; $15/adult. Little Miss Scrooge at Rubicon Theater Dec The theater's Our Town/Your Theatre season continues December with a world premiere staged concert Little Miss Scrooge, a modern musical mash-up of A Christmas Carol and Nicholas Nickleby from the creators of Daddy Long Legs, about Estella Scrooge, a young Wall Street tycoon descendent of Ebenezer tested beyond her wildest dreams. Tickets: or Literary Events San Buenaventura Friends of the Library speaker series December 1 SBFOL and Bank of Books present local historian and raconteur Richard Senate, 4-5 pm, in the E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. RSVP to Marcia Ortiz at or December 1 Fiestas of Old California The Form of Poetry with Tree Bernstein Dec 2 Join this Naropa University MFA in writing and poetics instructor for an afternoon of Immersion Writing the Epistolary Poem on Sunday, Dec 2, 1-3 pm. Limited to 7 poets $30 (materials included). Tree teaches Creative Writing and Narrative Forms at the Brooks Institute and is a regular contributor to the Ojai Quarterly Magazine, which publishes her column Ask Ms. Metaphor. Info: flyer (pdf) or Artists Union Poetry Dec 4, 11, 15 & 18 After a brief hiatus the Tuesday Poetry Series at 7:30 pm is back at the Artists Union Gallery, 89 S. California St in Ventura, with host Phil Taggart, TBA featured readers and open-mic on Dec 4, 11 & 18 plus a Askew poetry journal reading on Saturday, Dec 15, all part of the Off the Wall and Beyond exhibit sponsored by The Henning's By-Pass Trust. to be added to Phil Taggart's monthly literary events distribution list for readings in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. See Visual Arts below for more Artists Union events. KCET Artbound columnist Tracy Hudak covers the Ventura County scene KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, is also a vital source of new social media, devoted to the Southern California lifestyle, arts, culture and people, including Artbound providing cultural journalism from all eleven Page 6 of 18 counties in Southern California. The KCET Artbound columnist for Ventura County is Tracy Hudak. View her bio and recent articles. Ojai Returns As The Star of The Ojai Film Festival Drama students at Saint Bonaventure High School Line in the Sand: Stories from the US/Mexico Border Elle-je Freeheart: Outsider Artist/Inside Job Making a Scene: John M. White and Performance in Ventura My Own Private Museum: A Closer Look at Oxnard's Carnegie Art Museum How to Reframe Your Local Business as A Cultural Treasure? California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest by Jan 31, 2013 California students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to submit their work to the California Coastal Commission's annual Coastal Art and Poetry Contest by January 31, More information, tips and entry form in Spanish: or (800) Coast-4U Image at right: Sky's Lighthouse by Skylar Scripter, 3rd grade, Laguna Hills Writers everywhere invited to enter 5th annual Art Tales contest by March 1, 2013 View images and get complete contest rules and info kit at Works selected for the library this year represent the artistic process of creating Color in Landscape. Other Poetry Events Arcade Poetry Series: 3rd Saturdays at 7 pm, Oxnard Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C St, Oxnard. Host: Jackson Wheeler. Bohemian Beat Spoken Word: 1st Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Bohemia Coffee House, 214 W Ojai Ave, Ojai. Host: Tree Bernstein, 805/ Open mic sign ups at 7:15 pm. Ventura County Writers Club: 3rd Wednesdays poetry workshop; meetings 2nd Tuesdays at Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo. The Poetry Zone: 2nd Saturdays, 2-4 pm, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 West Anapamu, Santa Barbara. Host: Suzanne Frost, 805/ Open-mic follows. December 8 Razorbabes January 12 Michael Ford February 9 Christopher Buckley Page 7 of 18 Favorite Poem Reading: 3rd Mondays, 5:15-6:30 pm, The Blue Agave 20 East Cota, Santa Barbara. Host: Lois Klein. Open Mic: All poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two Santa Maria Rhythm & Rhyme: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, Cafe Noir, 1555 South Broadway, Santa Maria. Open Mic with Host BJ Riley KPFK Poets Café: 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays at 8:30 pm. LA 90.7 FM/ Santa Barbara 98.7 FM. Rotating Hosts: Lois P. Jones, Myrenna Ogbu and Jaimes Palacio. Facebook Santa Barbara Poetry Series: Contemporary Arts Forum At Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace for recently published poets Reading Series at Presidio Chapel Presidio Chapel: 123 E Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara. Host Kurt Brown or Poetry presses, services and journals Editors: Marsha de la O, Phil Taggart and Friday Lubina P.O. Box 559 Ventura Annual subscription $10 (2 issues) TreeHouse Press Limited edition books of poetry Hex Presse Editor: Michelle Detorie The Bubble Magazine Published quarterly by Nancy Gross with original journalistic features, creative writing, poetry, narratives and short stories. Help us grow with Paypal Kickstarter fundraiser. The Bubble, P.O. Box 171, Ojai, CA Subscribe to Library of America's free Story of the Week Are you a fan of classic American literature? Sign up here and you'll receive an alert every Monday when a new Library of America short story is posted which you can read on-line as a PDF or Google book. Ask Ms. Metaphor for poetic intervention and literary questions More Poetry Information: Visual Arts Events San Buenaventura Artists' Union Gallery features Off the Wall and Beyond The Henning's By-Pass Trust is the SBAUG sponsor for a second exhibit in their beautiful location at 89 S. California St in Ventura. Off the Wall and Beyond... includes a celebration of some of Ventura County's renowned artists (Hiroko Yoshimoto, Gayel Childress and Don Ulrich) plus a large selection of original artworks for $100 or less allowing the public to Page 8 of 18 buy art as gifts for the holidays. The Gallery will also participate in the Winter Wine Walk (see above) and SBAUG Arts & Crafts by the Sea members will participate in the Holiday Street Fair, both events on Dec 1. See Literary Events for SBAUG poetry events. Info: Dona Wieckowski, Ventura County Potters' Guild Holiday Sale Dec 7 & 8 plus open house Dec 15 The Ventura County Potters' Guild Holiday Sale happens Dec 7 (12-9) & 8 (10-5) at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave, with reception Dec 7 (5-9 pm). Info: Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer, or The VCPG this year will display some of their best wares--an amazing variety of styles, colors, and types of hand-made functional and decorative works in clay. Friday's opening coincides with Ventura's First Friday gallery crawl. The Holiday Open House and Marketplace on Saturday, December 15, 11 am-6 pm, held in conjunction with Ventura Harbor's Winter Wonderland and Parade of Lights, features artists inside the gallery and outside around the Carousel garden patio with potters wheel demonstrations by Troy Schmidt of Santa Barbara and Larry Carnes of Ojai. At Ventura Harbor Village, 1567 Spinnaker Drive #105,Ventura (805) Buenaventura Art Association News: 2nd annual Community Memorial Hospital Open Competition The Buenaventura Art Association's second annual Community Memorial Hospital Open Competition, entitled Recycle: Eco Art and juried by Rhode Island artist Tom Deininger runs December 2 through January 6 in the ground floor public spaces of Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N Brent St., Ventura. Best of BAA - Small Image Show - Ornament Competition receptions Nov 30 & Dec 4, 8 & 15 The Buenaventura Art Association is offering double the opportunity to snatch up original works of fine art by holding its annual Small Image Show at each of its two gallery locations - the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura and the Harbor Village Gallery at the Ventura Harbor. The Small Image Show is the perfect time for collectors to purchase works from their favorite artists at prices meant for gift giving. In addition, the Buenaventura Gallery will feature a Holiday Boutique with unique artisan-made gifts and ornaments. The Small Image Show and Ornament Competition at the Harbor Village Gallery will be running concurrent to a fine art show entitled The Best of BAA 2012 with a reception Friday, Nov 30, 5-8 pm at the Harbor Village Gallery. A reception and award ceremony for the Ornament Competition will be held Saturday, Dec 15, 5-6:30 pm at the Harbor Gallery, right before the annual Parade of Lights starts. The downtown Buenaventura Gallery's Small Image Show runs now through January 5. The public is also invited for a holiday party/reception with live music and refreshments at the downtown Buenaventura Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 8, 4-8 pm. The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C in Ventura Harbor Village. Hours are Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday) from 12-5 pm. For more information, call the gallery at or visit The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 12-5 pm and Saturdays 11am-5 pm. Extended holiday hours start Friday December 7 during First Fridays Ventura. The gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm through December 22, and will open on Sundays from 12-5 pm through December 23. The gallery will also be open Christmas Eve, December 24 from 10 am-2 pm. For more information call the Buenaventura Gallery at or visit Dianne Bennett and Scott Gordon recipients of Gerd Koch & Carole Milton Grants Dianne Bennett of Ojai, and Scott Gordon of Ventura are the Ventura County Arts Council (VCAC) sponsored recipients of the Gerd Koch & Carole Milton Grants for Professional Artists of Ventura County grant program. A distinguished panel of artists and arts professionals reviewed thirty applications. VCAC is looking for philanthropists to take over this grant program. For more information about the Grants for Ventura County Professional Visual Artists contact the Ventura County Arts Council at (805) or Page 9 of 18 Ventura County Government Center Installation Show a Success staff, said Todd Collart, Atrium Gallery Director for the Ventura County Arts Council, and the motivator for the entire project. It was a stretch for everyone. It tested our collective skills, abilities, and patience; but everyone survived to bring an absolutely unique art exhibit to the Ventura County Government Center and those who visited it.installation shows are very rare and normally only occur in large art museums and up-scale private galleries. Therefore, to stage such an exhibition in a government workplace is totally unique. Read more here (pdf). The Installation Show was a first for the Atrium Gallery, for most of the participating artists, and for the County Cinema Events Carpinteria's Plaza Playhouse presents movie classics The historic Plaza Playhouse, 4916 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria, screens vintage films year round. Tickets/Info: Dec 21 It's a Wonderful Life Dec 22 A Christmas Story Dec 23 Polar Express Ballet in Cinema series The acclaimed Ballet in Cinema series screens live HD performances from the Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, La Scala and other stages worldwide at these locations. Ventura Century 10 Downtown, 555 E Main St. Tickets/info HERE Dec 2 & 4 Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh's Daughter Dec 23 Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Century Riverpark 16, 2766 Seaglass
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