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conversation 12 For Good Measure A conversation with Hozy’s resident wine manager, Neil Conway. profile 28 Recipe for Success Local chefs cook their way to the top at Casa Pacifica food festival.

cover story 38 History Straight Up Jared Krupp brings vintage cocktail culture to life at 1901 Speakeasy.

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The hottest news coming out of Ojai these days is the Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn. This culinary and event space takes food tourism to a new level, with a wide variety of cooking classes offered by people who aren’t just experts in their fields, but are some of the most recognizable names among today’s famous foodies. Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill) and even Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil) have all popped in. Much of the Farmhouse’s prestige comes via Culinary Ambassador Nancy Silverton, founder of La Brea Bakery. We’re lucky she’s gracing our county with her presence and prowess (and fantastic connections), and she talks about what she’s got cooking in Ojai in About Town. This month we also turn a spotlight on two local chefs who’ve been bringing some sizzle of their own. Chefs Abdu Romero of Slate Bistro and Julia San Bartolome of Sweet Arleen’s took top honors in the Yummie Culinary Competition at this year’s Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food and Brew Festival. We find out why they built careers in the kitchen in Profile. Top chefs, wine and wisdom, brushes with fame, time travel in a glass . . . in Ventura County, every dish tells a story — and every meal is an opportunity for adventure. That’s what’s on our menu this month, at least, and we hope you’ll find it as delectable as we do. – Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nancy@ventanamonthly.com

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eil Conway wants you to love wine as much as he does. As a salesman for Southern Wine & Spirits and the resident wine guru at Santa Paula’s Hozy’s Grill, Conway and Hozy’s owners Gary Holzapfel and his son Michael have meticulously crafted a wine list to pair with the restaurant’s eclectic menu. In 2016, Hozy’s won the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award for Excellence for its cellar of nearly 400 bottles. Every Wednesday night, Conway and the Holzapfels sit down to taste and reflect on new wines for the restaurant. “People love to share their stories about wine,” said Conway. “Once a bottle opens, the fun begins.” Ventana Monthly: Tell me about how you got into the wine business. Neil Conway: I worked from the ground floor up. I started as a driver for Wine & Spirits Wholesaler in Colorado. I delivered wine and spirits to the western slope of Colorado, most of the ski areas. I’d be four days on the road, delivering 400-600 cases. Winter was especially challenging. I wanted to break into sales so I started learning about what I was delivering. I bought books, I asked customers, I attended wine tastings until I was hired as a salesman with a company that was our competitor. I spent a year in a territory (Aspen) until the company I had worked for as a driver hired me back as a salesman! I had to prove myself in sales before they would consider that a driver could be a salesman. How have tastes changed since you began? Wine consumers have gone from in-the-box wines that were inexpensive to spending as much money as they did on bag-in-the-box wines on four-liter bottles to the same money on a 750ml of white zinfandel back in the day! Varietal wines (chardonnay, cabernet, etc.) became more popular and once people tasted better quality wines they couldn’t go back to lesser quality. I’ve seen people go from Blue Nun, Lancers, Riunite to visiting local wineries tasting wines, drinking chardonnay, merlot, cabernet, white zinfandel. Today, the concept of bag-in-the-box wine is back with better quality, fresher and more cost effective, as it keeps longer on the shelf. But people’s pallets have progressed. We know more about what we are consuming, telling stories about wineries and winemakers. I’ve seen the wine industry explode since I arrived in California in 1984, in the Central Coast. People love to share their stories about wine; once a bottle opens the fun begins. The beer industry (craft beer) is going through the same renaissance, to an extent. What drew you to Hozy’s? Hozy’s was a new customer in Ventura, they had a location on Telegraph and Victoria. I called on them to try and develop business. I remember Gary, the owner, and I talking about his plan to have one of the best wine lists in Ventura County. He and his son Mike were very passionate about wine in general and it was a great opportunity for me and the brands I represented to put an awardwinning Wine Spectator Wine List together! 8

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You called Hozy’s cellar a “living thing” in our 2009 interview — how has it evolved? The list is older and more mature now. Yes, the list is getting older, there are lots of older vintage wines that are ready to drink that still have pricing back to 2009. You can get a tremendous deal on 10-year-old Napa cabs, blends and French wines. We always try and drink older vintages but the problem with that is that you can’t replace them. I’d rather sell them or drink them than to let them go bad. We love Napa cabs. Oregon, Russian River and French pinot noir – we love Italian Super Tuscans like Antinori Tignanello, we love Barbaresco! Our tastes have evolved from lighter, stylistic wines to big, bold Napa wines back to more balanced, classic characteristic wines. The wine list being a “living thing” means it consistently needs attention. Krissy Flores is the curator; she works hard to make sure she has inventory, pricing and the correct placements on the list. What’s a classic dinner pairing you’d recommend to a first time visitor? Jakolof Bay oysters and a New Zealand sauvignon blanc; potato chips and chardonnay; abalone and Chamisal unoaked chardonnay or Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet; flat iron steak and a robust Mondavi Napa cabernet sauvignon. How do you determine what should be on the wine list? We look at the menu in categories and develop each category by flavor profiles, from light and dry to mediumbodied to more full-bodied. We look at appellation and if a specific appellation is represented, and we look at price. How and why it would fit, does it fill a void or is the wine the same flavor profile as what we already have.

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What’s your go-to bottle? I am very fortunate that the owners of Hozy’s love to taste wine. We open some of the world’s best wines and experience their flavors and stories. I have a lot of favorites, for many reasons. I always read labels and I look for things like “Estate Bottled,” appellations like Russian River, Napa Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyards. I look for French wines and Italian wines with great pedigree. We would like to expand those categories but we don’t see great movement, especially French. Italian wines move fairly well and are very food-friendly. By the way, I’m a huge Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley fan. Robert Mondavi has done more for the California wine industry than most, especially Opus One. Is Santa Paula a wine town? It is now! v HOZY’S GRILL 1760 East Lemonwood Drive, Santa Paula 805.525.1068 www.hozysgrill.com.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND, 2019

Thank You! Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families would like to recognize and thank the Casa Pacifica Angels; the Wine, Food & Brew Festival Committee; CSU Channel Islands; and all the sponsors, businesses, individuals, volunteers, Amigos, and our Board of Directors for their invaluable support of the 26th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival. All proceeds from the Festival went towards the $4.1 million Casa Pacifica needs to raise this year in private donations. As part of its public/ private partnership, Casa Pacifica must raise between 10% - 12% of its budget to fill-the-gap between funding received through government contracts and the actual costs of providing our wide variety of high quality programs and services to the most vulnerable children and youth (and their families) in our community. For more information about Casa Pacifica’s programs and services, please visit www.casapacifica.org.

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GOING COCONUTS Chef Abdu Romero, Slate Bistro

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he pig and the octopus put up a fight, but it was the coconut that won the day. Chef Abdu Romero, Slate Bistro’s executive chef since it opened in October 2018, got creative with his Hawaiian-influenced entree to win the Yummies Savory competition. Coconut shrimp was served over purple Okinawan potato mashed with ginger and coconut cream, with pineapple (for a touch of acid), Thai chilies (for a little heat) and scallions (for freshness). The dish was finished off with a coconut water coulis, and served to judges in a coconut shell. “I wanted people to see that I used the whole ingredient,” Romero says. “Just use everything. Use it and transform it.” Second place went to a Mediterranean octopus dish, rich with garlic, Kalamata olives and feta cheese, courtesy of Chef Jeff Downey from The Saticoy Club. Twenty88 Chef Alex Castillo’s third-place entry featured plantain cake, chicharron and fruit-glazed pork belly. But the freshness of the coconut, and the myriad ways in which Romero put it to use, impressed the judges, propelling the first-time Casa Pacifica competitor to the top spot. Romero, however, is not one to rest on his laurels . . . or at all: He went straight to Slate after the festival, and started working the line. “They needed my help,” he says matter-of-factly. “You jump in there, even if it’s your day off.” That energy and work ethic seem to be family traits. His parents, now living in Oxnard, are originally from Michoacan, and were “chasing the American dream” all over the West Coast as migrant farmworkers, who picked everything from Oxnard strawberries to Washington cherries and apples. Romero often lived with his grandparents while his parents traveled for work. As a student at Pacifica High School in Oxnard, he first thought he’d become a mechanic. But after running the kitchen at the local Chuck E. Cheese as well as the line at Red Lobster, Romero realized that “being in the kitchen comes naturally to me.” So he shifted course. “I went to culinary school and never looked back.” He trained at the Kitchen Academy in Los Angeles (later purchased by Le Cordon Bleu and then closed in 2017) while working at the Tower Club in Oxnard under Chef Karl Holst (now at North Ranch Country Club). “I did whatever the chef told me. I was just ambitious — and very cocky,” Romero recalls with a laugh. “I’d wake up at 3 a.m. [to go to school], I’d get off by noon and have to get to the Tower Club at 3 p.m. and worked until 10 p.m. It builds character.” As an up-and-coming chef, Romero worked a number of jobs, some simultaneously: North Ranch and Spanish Hills country clubs, Bistro 33, catering for Google and even as a personal chef — notably for Will Smith for about two years. In early 2017, he took a break from Ventura County . . . but not the kitchen. He spent a three-month sabbatical cooking his way across Central and South America. The experience was transformative. “I came back more inspired than when I left,” he recalls. “I need-

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ed that cultural aspect. It opened my eyes to the food in Guatemala. Peruvian food —some of the best ceviche I’ve ever had! I found a love of plantains I never had before. It was a blessing.” Romero remembers one chef in particular, Señora Pu, owner/ chef of La Cocina de la Señora Pu in Guatemala City, who taught him about Mayan cuisine. A rabbit dish he had there inspired him to create a special dish at Slate, Pollo Pepian, made with pumpkin seed

mole, squash, roasted chilies and tomatoes. “Every note is just very, very delicious,” he explains. “So simple, but so, so good.” Romero’s time at Slate has been rewarding and educational. He’s learned about running a restaurant, the front of house, staffing, finances, even developing the skills of other young chefs. “You’re a chef, you’re a psychologist, you’re a mentor,” he says of the restaurant industry. But eventually, Romero intends to open his own establishment, and his vision for it is clear. “Encanto,” he says of the name. “It’s a pleasure, an enchantment. Small, simple, tapas-style plates. Nothing elaborate. Simple food that people love to eat.” In the meantime, he’ll continue to enchant customers at Slate. SLATE BISTRO AND CRAFT BAR 4850 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo 805.388.9888 theslatebistro.com


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BY NANCY D. LACKEY SHAFFER | PHOTOS BY VIKTOR BUDNIK n the middle of Oxnard’s charming Heritage Square is a well-loved Italian restaurant called La Dolce Vita, owned by Michelle and Greg Kenney and operated out of the historic Laurent/McGrath House since 2006. The multilevel Colonial Revival home is a popular spot for elegant lunches, special-occasion dinners, monthly cooking classes and more. And, it has a fun little “secret”: the newly opened 1901 Speakeasy. No password is required — although it may take you a moment to locate it, as it is “hidden” away somewhat in the basement. The dark, private, atmospheric spot (formerly LDV Lounge) has all the feel of an illicit hideaway, making it perfect for a Prohibition Era theme. The lighting is low, the decor is dark, and behind the bar you’ll find manager Jared Krupp in his vest and driving cap, looking like an old-time tavern proprietor. Which is suitable, as 1901 Speakeasy specializes in vintage cocktails. Krupp is an art teacher by education and training (some of his work is on 1901 Speakeasy’s walls), but he put himself through school tending bar and working in the restaurant industry. He met the Kenneys when he and his wife were having dinner at La Dolce Vita, and the restauranteurs were chatting with customers. Krupp was intrigued when he learned that they had plans to remodel. “The minute I started walking down the stairs, it was a no-brainer: This would make a perfect speakeasy,” he recalls thinking. “I literally came on board about two weeks later. And we tore the place up.” He helped oversee the basement’s transformation into an elegant throwback to the early 20th century — which fit the location, as the Laurent/McGrath house was built in 1901. Remodeling took three months, and while construction was underway, Krupp immersed himself in Prohibition Era cocktail culture. “I did a lot of research and watched every documentary that was out,” he says. One thing he learned: Illegally produced liquor was usually made with quantity, not quality, in mind . . . and it showed. “A lot of the cocktails were invented to mask the taste of the liquor, rather than enhance it.” Libations evolved as tastes became more sophisticated . . . and the ingredients improved. Michelle Kenney and Krupp worked together — reading, researching, tasting — to develop classic cocktails that stayed true to their roots, but had a bit of polish for the modern palate. “I really looked at old menus and saw what were the most popular drinks,” he says. “I wanted to make it simple enough to make it more pure.” And, unlike the bathtub hooch of decades past, in Krupp’s recipes, “It’s the quality of the ingredients and the simplicity of the drinks that make them so cool. We want the flavors to shine. We don’t want to lose the essence of the high-end liquors that we’re using.” The 1901 Speakeasy menu is a step back in history. And for those interested in a little culinary time travel, he has shared some of his favorite old-school recipes. v 1901 SPEAKEASY AT LA DOLCE VITA 740 South B Street, Oxnard 805.486.6878 www.1901speakeasy.com

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SOUTHSIDE

Based on a recipe developed by a gangster on Chicago’s Southside, who used mint, lime and sugar to disguise the taste of his low-quality, homemade “hooch.” 8-10 mint leaves 1 1⁄2 oz. gin 1⁄2 oz. lime juice 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup Muddle mint leaves and lime juice in a shaker. Add gin, simple syrup and ice. Shake well and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lime and mint and serve.

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A traditional daiquiri features just gin, lime and sugar or simple syrup. But to craft a libation worthy of the Nobel Prize-winning author, a more complex concoction is called for, with sweet notes of maraschino liqueur and the tartness of grapefruit. 1 1⁄2 oz. white rum 1⁄2 oz. maraschino liqueur 1⁄2 oz. grapefruit juice 1⁄2 oz. lime juice, 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled 2/3 with ice and shake well. Krupp prefers to strain it into a chilled coupe, but it can also be served over ice. Either way, garnish with a wheel of lime or with an orange and a maraschino cherry, as shown here.


BOULEVARDIER

According to Krupp, the boulevardier is ascribed to Erskine Gwynne, an American writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier, which appeared from 1927 to 1932. Similar to the Negroni, but made with whiskey instead of gin, it is starting to regain popularity. 1 1/2 oz. whiskey 1 oz. Campari 1 oz. sweet vermouth Shake well in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

SAZERAC

Many claims are made about this historic drink. It is thought to be the first known American cocktail, predates the Civil War, was possibly developed by apothecary Antoine Peychaud, may have originally been served in a cup designed for eggs called a coquetier (from which the word “cocktail” originated) and the original spirit was cognac. Some of these notions are disputed. What most can agree on is that it was widely served in the Sazerac Bar in New Orleans and gets its distinctive licorice flavor from absinthe. 1 1⁄2 oz. whiskey 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup 2 dashes Peychauds bitters Absinthe rinse Pour a bit of absinthe into a chilled coupe glass and discard. Place the whiskey, syrup and bitters in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice and shake well. Strain into the coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Lobbyist Joe Rickey is rumored to be the inspiration behind this lime-laced highball, originally made with bourbon. 1 1⁄2 oz. gin 1⁄2 oz. lime juice Club soda Pour all ingredients into a tall highball glass and garnish with lime.

MARY PICKFORD

A fruity drink whipped up (so they say) for the silent movie star while she was vacationing in Havana. 1 1⁄2 oz. white rum 1⁄2 oz. pineapple juice 1⁄2 oz. maraschino liqueur 3 dashes grenadine Shake well in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and maraschino cherry.

WARD EIGHT

According to Krupp, a Boston bartender came up with this whiskey drink on an election night in the late 19th century, when a Gilded Age politician who had rigged Boston’s Ward Eight voting district won his seat on the Massachusetts State Legislature. 1 oz. whiskey 1⁄2 oz. lime juice 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup 1⁄2 oz. orange juice 1⁄2 oz. maraschino liqueur 2 dashes grenadine Place all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange wheel and a maraschino cherry.

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BEES KNEES

The highest compliment that could be paid in the Roaring Twenties was to call someone or something “the bee’s knees.” Honey is suitably employed in this smooth, fragrant drink; Krupp’s top pick is Bennett’s Honey Farm in Fillmore. 2 oz. gin 1⁄2 oz. lemon juice 1 1⁄2 oz. honey Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled 2/3 full with ice, and shake well. Strain into chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

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She drove up from L.A., toured the site and the ambitious and expansive plans exceeded her expectations. Plus, they put her up for the night — she’d only been to the Inn once before, for a wedding. Understandably, she fell in love with Shangri-La. “The goal of the program is to help the Ojai Valley Inn become a culinary destination and put The Farmhouse on the map. The only other place of this kind is Blackberry Farm (and they do terrific job) in Tennessee. I could see how much support Ojai was giving me and participating chefs,” she said. “It’s a wonderful treat for them to come up and stay three nights at the Inn and have some spa treatments. Most events around the country are charitable — this has a lot of benefits! Plus it’s so close to L.A. and there are no airports involved, no time change, it’s very doable.” She’s bringing in “local chefs” this first year and, if all goes well (so far, so good, many classes are sold out), she hopes to bring in chefs from further afield next year. In April, Silverton conducted “Eat Like Phil Rosenthal and Nancy Silverton’s Friends Behind The Flame,” an event and demonstration with pals Suzanne Tracht of Jar, The Border Grill’s Mary Sue Milliken, Karen Hatfield from The Sycamore Kitchen and Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone from the now-shuttered Terra in St. Helena. Over a recent June weekend, Silverton “Celebrated Pasta” with a Saturday lunch demo the day before a family-style Sunday pasta dinner with pastaman/Felix chef Evan Funke, who has a handmade pasta book coming out in September. “Evan hand-rolled all of his pasta with a long wooden pin. We made a collaborative lunch with pasta appetizers and an Indian spice chicken salad. He made three courses of pasta, Osteria Mozza made one and the hotel did dessert for the dinner!” Silverton continued enthusiastically. “I curated seven two-day events — lunch and dinner or two dinners so people can come for the

weekend and do both! For our welcome event, “Lunch with Phil Rosenthal,” we showed clips from one of his shows we did in Italy and the hotel cooked a lunch inspired by different foods that Phil ate on the program.” Best known as the creator of the TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, you can see Rosenthal eating around the globe on his Netflix program, Somebody Feed Phil. Five more Silverton events are planned, including a hands-on mozzarella stretching workshop with demonstration of complimentary sauces and the aforementioned grilled cheese sandwich lunch with an Osteria Pizzeria menu utilizing the Farmhouse’s outdoor ovens. Silverton has an impressive career by any measure, and yet seems to find the greatest satisfaction in those she has helped along the way. “I am most proud of the amount of people I’ve mentored and what they have gone on to do.” And what of her own culinary heroes? “In today’s world? Jose Andres, Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters. . . . I’ve tried to be as much like Alice as I can, both in the food that I cook and the way I choose my ingredients and the thought and the importance of how we choose to eat the foods that we eat. She is a huge hero and Wolfgang Puck was a huge mentor.” Her ideal dinner party would more than likely take place at her vacation home in the Umbrian hilltop town of Panicale, on the outskirts of Perugia. “Whoever is around whenever I decide to have a party are, hopefully, the lucky ones! I never plan a party around who I want at it. For the most part, when I am in the mood to have a party — mainly in Italy — it could be 20 or 75, which includes the entire village!” One can dream to be in Umbria when the cook is in residence and the hosting urge strikes. Closer to home, hit one of her events at The Farmhouse and partake in the party. “I love taking the back roads on the drive from L.A.” she concluded. Other advantages? Silverton can invite her foodie friends to enjoy the valley as she basks in her temporary digs while in residence. “They put me up in a beautiful villa that sleeps 10 and has an outdoor kitchen and gorgeous pool. It really is a vacation for me in the beautiful Ojai Valley!” Silverton succinctly wrapped up our chat with just two words when asked her advice on life lessons learned in the kitchen: “Work hard!” v THE FARMHOUSE AT OJAI VALLEY INN 905 Country Club Road, Ojai 855.697.8780 www.ojaivalleyinn.com/farmhouse

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DESIRABLE VENTURA HEIGHTS. Panoramic ocean, island, city & hillside views. Private courtyard w/ views. Classic dream kitchen w/ granite counters & stainless steel appliances. Featuring 2 BR, 2 ½ BA & 2265 sq. ft. Hardwood floors. Open balcony which offers gorgeous views. Private backyard w/ spa. WWW.2360HYLAND.COM LISTED FOR $1,695,000

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240 DEGREE PANORAMIC OCEAN, ISLAND AND CITY LIGHTS VIEW LOT IN VENTURA. High above downtown Ventura on a private street of about five homes. Over a quarter acre lot. Utilities in the street. Now is your chance to secure a spectacular view lot in the city. WWW.FREDEVANS.COM OFFERED AT $795,000 

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DOWNTOWN VENTURA VIEW CONDOMINIUM. This ocean and island & city view property has 2 BR, 2 BA. Highly upgraded end unit and rarely lived in, used as a get-away home for owner. Private, gated laundry in unit. Close to beach, restaurants and Botanical Gardens. WWW.FREDEVANS.COM LISTED FOR $649,000

SOUGHT AFTER MID-TOWN VENTURA CAMINO RANCHO TRACT. Featuring 3 BR, 1 BA & built in 1953. Almost 1200 sq. ft. Lot approx. 6760 sq. ft. Hardwood floors under carpet. Thousands of dollars of mature palm trees. Possible R.V. parking. Newer roof. Close to shops, schools and everything. Bike path to the beach & Marina. WWW.563JOANNE.COM LISTED FOR $640,000 

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DESIRABLE ORCHARD LANE TERRACE, OXNARD. This 3 BR + 2 BA condo floorplan rarely goes on the market. Built in 1973 w/ approx. 1242 sq. ft. It has been recently updated. Vinyl plank flooring & carpet. Inside laundry. HOA includes community pool & spa, landscaped grounds, sewer, trash, & optional RV Parking. Close to The Collection, shopping, restaurants & freeway access! PRICED AT $355,000  WWW.FREDEVANS.COM

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AD SOLD PROOF AVERAGE PRICE HOMES (805) 648-2244

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SHORT LIST BLUE/ORANGE

Through July 28 | Ventura In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator. As the story unfolds, the tale becomes unnervingly plausible. The play has been described as an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. Presented by Beacon Theater Company. Show dates Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 28. Tickets: $22. Namba, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.beacontheatercompany.com.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

July 25 – Aug 11 | Moorpark The deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood hit has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. This tongue-in-cheek performance will feature a series of increasingly large versions of Audrey II, the man-eating-plant that will be “fed” as the show progresses. This musical-comedy kicks off Moorpark College’s Summer 2019 season. $15-20. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.moorparkcollege.edu.

OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL

July 27-28 | Oxnard It’s time again to get muy caliente with all things chili when the Oxnard Salsa Festival returns this summer. Expect hot Latin sounds, exotic dancing and spicy culinary flavors whilst celebrating all things pepper. Live salsa bands, salsa dance lessons, a tasting tent with dozens of different varieties of salsa and hot sauces, a salsa recipe challenge and more. Salsa lovers of Ventura County and beyond: Do not miss out! Admission is free, main stage seating is $5. Plaza Park, between Fifth and B streets in historic downtown Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR

July 31 – Aug. 11 | Ventura Come one, come all to the country fair with ocean air. This annual festival features classic carnival rides, carnival treats, games, shows and more, with free entertainment practically every night. This year’s lineup includes Styx, Martina McBride, Melissa Etheridge, Collective Soul and more. Admission $9-12. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET PRESENTS WIZARD OF OZ

Aug. 2 | Thousand Oaks Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they journey to the Emerald City and be a part of their adventure as they confront the Wicked Witch and discover there is no place like home. Performed by the Pacific Festival Ballet, the resident company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Tickets: $26. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

CHOWDERFEST

Aug. 4 | Oxnard Chowderfest is an annual collaborative fundraiser hosted by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, International Order of the Blue Gavel and local Yacht Clubs featuring local restaurants giving their best in the Chowder Cook-off. Clam, corn, Manhattan, potato, and veggie chowders are well represented at this chowder championship, bread bowl not included! As if that isn’t enough, festival goers can procure wine, a variety of side dishes and live blues music as well as free admission to the museum. Proceeds support the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, a nonprofit which celebrates “Five Centuries of Art

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that Sails” and gives back to the community. Tickets: $25 presale, $30 at door. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org/events/chowderfest.

JULY 27 - 28

OXNARD

PHIL SALAZAR AND THE KIN FOLK

Aug. 10 | Santa Paula Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk return for the Santa Paula Theater Center’s concert series. The band is a group of friends that have been recording and performing a unique mix of traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop and bluegrass for 33 years, guaranteed to have your toes tapping. Tickets: $20. Doors open at 7 pm with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulatheatercenter. org.

WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

Aug. 17 | Ventura The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is where activism gets inspired. Hosted by the Ventura Land Trust, the 10th annual event will feature short films dedicated to the beauty and bounty of our natural world. The festival will be held outdoors under the stars and will also include live music, food trucks, raffles and much more. Tickets $5-25. Ventura County Credit Union, 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturalandtrust.org.

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VENTURA

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Aug. 24-25 | Ventura Barbara Epstein directs this show featuring Valeri Perri, who made her professional stage debut as Eva Peron in the Broadway National Tour of Evita. In this cabaret, she is joined by her talented twin sons Benny and Jack Lipson, multiinstrumentalists and vocalists who have shared the stage with such luminaries as Josh Groban, Darren Criss and Wynton Marsalis. In between showstoppers, the trio shares humorous and revealing personal stories about their experiences onstage and at home. Tickets: $35-55. Saturday show time 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

ANTHROPOCENE KELP FOREST

Through Aug. 26 | Oxnard Emma Akmakdjian’s mixed-media artworks trace the troubled relationship of human and environment through material byproducts of industrial processes. Emma creates art in conversation with scientists and members of diverse community groups, such as botanists of the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Her woven sculptures combine ancestral weaving practices with found industrial materials such as nylon commercial fishing rope, and her sculptures consider the symbiotic influence of society and nature. The interconnected web of life is made apparent through repurposing pollution, plastics and overfishing debris. Observations and data collections of coastal populations, development, plastics, global ocean economies and native cultures are visualized through her art. Museum admission: $3-7. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.

ON THE HORIZON

OXNARD JAZZ FESTIVAL

Sept. 14 | Oxnard Oxnard Jazz Festival is back with an amazing lineup of jazz, soul and Latin rock artists and an eclectic calendar of not-tobe-missed shows. The fourth annual festival will feature jazz superstar Keiko Matsui, Rose Royce, West Coast Jam and many more, with host Tom Brown. Tickets: $18-102. Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardjazzfestival.com.

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OXNARD


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Move in ready 3BR bungalow with 1222+/- SF. Tropical landscape, pavered driveway, covered front porch with bubbling fountain! Open concept living & dining areas with faux~wood floors! Chef’s kitchen! Remodeled bath! Newer roof, exterior stucco, dual pane windows, paneled doors, forced air furnace, ceiling fans, 200 amp electrical main, grounded electrical outlets, copper plumbing, expansive laundry/mud room with separate entry, newer paint in & out! Offered at $659,900. VISIT: www.BlakeMashburn.com

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4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS IN DESIRED FREMONT SQUARE!

Boasting almost 1600 SF on 1-level, this mid-century home is situated in desired North Oxnard, on a large 6621+/- SF lot! Hardwood floors in the large living/dining area with wood-burning fireplace! Vintage kitchen with interior laundry, plus sunny breakfast room! 2 of 4 bedrooms are en suite with shared Jack & Jill full-bath! Fenced rear yard, covered patio, attached 2-car garage, MORE! Offered at $499,900. VISIT: www.BlakeMashburn.com

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