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33 You Can Bring it Home Inside a travel-centric abode

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26 Sound Journey Mind tripping with Albert Behar

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I’ve never needed a plumeria lei or a complimentary umbrella drink. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take the drink. Preferably without the umbrella. But when I travel, I don’t expect a welcome mat; my trips are rarely about vacationing. The way I see it, travel at its best is about rattling the brain, extremes, perceptions and misperceptions, tweaking priorities. Travel is not necessarily relaxing. The mental aspect of travel tends to slip between the pages of photo albums. Our stories devolve into exotic meals recounted, scenic panoramas described. Something happens internally, though: a broadening of experience that gives the traveler a deeper sense of the world as a whole. It is a valuable thing, travel. The ultimate education. Of course as our circumstances change so does our approach to travel. Our trips list extends to include family-friendly destinations (page 17) and quiet getaways for two, kids not included. Which isn’t to say we have to shelve our youth alongside the old road-weary backpack. My three most recent trips have included both of the above—and a minimalist solo expedition to Indonesia. “Go now,” said my then-pregnant wife, “it’s going to get harder with two kids.” And so I went. Just as I’ve done since my teens and hope to do until I can no longer shoulder a backpack. Travel is a touchy theme for a regional magazine. Finding stories with enough of a local tie-in to float them editorially can be a challenge. I’ve had Susan Brown’s culinary travel piece—a firsthand take on Tuscany meets Ventura (page 13)—simmering since October when it appeared in my inbox. No assignment, no prior contact; she sent the whole ravioli, words and photos, on spec. In the world of freelance writing that typically leads to rejection, but a quick read had me looking ahead to May of 2011.

Susan’s piece is a little different than our usual articles. And Albert Behar (page 26) is a lot different than our usual interview subjects. To start with, he’s a teenager. An artist and composer (yes, a teenager and a composer) who works in the atypical medium of sound. Now, I’ll be honest: the hook that caught me wasn’t the lofty themes of art and composition. It was a photograph of Albert wearing what looked like a megaphone mounted on a skateboard helmet. This, I thought, is what happens when a kid from Ojai moves to New York. As I Googled around the Web trying to make sense of Albert and his neoclassical sextet, The Movement, it became increasingly clear that the kid was into something well outside my own sphere of knowledge. The youth can take us tripping on a path that at times seems odd, even ludicrous. Then suddenly what they’ve been up to becomes commonplace. Scoff too long and you’re a dinosaur, dipping your quill into an inkwell while the rest of the world taps away on tablets. I liked the mental journey aspect of this subject: a trip into a next-generation art form. Then there’s Albert’s theory on “musical ideas,” which he believes we all have, though we stifle that part of our brain by piping sounds into our ears (hence the megaphone output). Is it a stretch to feature this interview in a Travel-themed issue? Oh, yes. Without a doubt. But I think most Ventana readers will appreciate the stretch. It’s good to occasionally step down from our high horses of age and assumed wisdom to hear out the youth, to consider the possibility that a 19-yearold with a megaphone on his head is leading us. Not the other way around. — Matt mattk@ventanamonthly.com

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I’M IN MY KITCHEN PREPARING PASTA E FAGIOLI (cannellini bean and pasta soup), a recipe from a cookbook that I lovingly toted across Italy. While staying at an organic olive farm in northern Tuscany, I attended a cooking class that included the book, and though I’ve only prepared the beans for the soup so far (they’re simmering with fresh sage from my garden and garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil from the farmers’ market on Santa Clara Street in Ventura) my entire house smells like a Tuscan dream. When the beans are tender, I’ll begin the soup with a slew of new ingredients, such as “1 bunch rosemary.” How much, exactly, is “1 bunch rosemary”? I could email Podere San Lorenzo, the agriturismo where the cooking class took place, but it’s nighttime in Italy and the chefs are asleep. So I clip a small handful of fresh rosemary from my yard and hope for the best. Agriturismo is a vacation option that allows guests to experience rural Italian life. The idea is that you rent an apartment from the owner of a farm, which financially helps support the property. Our farmhouse was located about a mile from Volterra, a medieval Etruscan town that dates to

the 1st century BC, but these types of farm stays can be found throughout Italy and range from modest, complete with farm animals, to upscale. Few, however, offer cooking classes. Life on the farm is slow-paced, but activities abound: hiking, swimming (our farm had a chemical-free pool fed by mountain springs), reading, guitar playing (my husband takes his acoustic everywhere), napping, picnicking, watching Tuscan sunsets, and exploring nearby towns. To reach Podere San Lorenzo you need a car, so we rented a tiny Fiat (they’re a cinch to park) and drove from Rome, with an overnight stay in the wine town of Montepulciano along the way. We were lost for hours while looking for Montepulciano, but the next day we found our agriturismo with ease. It was located down a winding dirt road, surrounded by olive trees and Tuscan hills that, seriously, could have been a painting. The San Lorenzo Farmhouse was built around a 12th century monastery. The window in the monastery, where breakfast and dinner is served and where the cooking class takes place, has remnants of ancient frescos. The apartment, where we stayed for five days, had a wall of windows MAY 2011

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PODERE SAN LORENZO San Lorenzo Farmhouse is located in the heart of Tuscany. The centuries-old property has been restored to offer guests a comfortable stay on a working olive farm. More than 1000 olive trees are grown organically, their virgin oil joining fresh, seasonal ingredients in the chef’s cooking. Details online at agriturismo-volterra.it.

PASTA E FAGIOLI >>> (pasta and cannellini bean soup) Serves 6 Start by cooking the fagioli cannellini (cannellini beans): Soak 500 g. (18 oz.) dried cannellini beans overnight in cold water. Wash and put into a large pot. Add water until approximately 4 inches above the beans. Add 6 fresh sage leaves, 3 garlic cloves, 1 fresh chopped tomato, 3 tbsp. olive oil, and salt/pepper. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Remove cover when water starts to boil and cook on low heat until tender, approximately 1.5 hours. Cover the bottom of a large pan with olive oil. Add 1 bunch chopped rosemary and 3 cloves sliced garlic. Cook on high heat. As soon as oil is hot, add 16 oz. pureed tomato and salt/ pepper to taste. Cook for 15 minutes. Turn heat to low and add cannellini water and beans, stirring to keep beans from sticking. When soup starts to boil, add 300 g. (10 oz.) of penne pasta and cook for 15 minutes. (You may cook the pasta separately and add to soup when al dente.)

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overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills, olive trees, and a portion of the farm’s extensive, organic garden. In the morning, as the pink sunrise came through the windows, kept open all night, I could hear a farmer turning the dirt with a shovel. I wanted to pinch myself each morning. After breakfast, we’d explore nearby hilltop towns such as San Gimignano and Volterra, and one ambitious day we drove to Chianti, less than an hour away, for some wine tasting. The cooking class at the farm started at 4:30 in the afternoon and lasted three hours. First, we put salt, pepper, and fresh garlic inside plump loins of pork from nearby Florence. All the other ingredients (olive oil, fresh basil, a huge bowl of tomatoes, colorful sweet peppers, carrots, celery, zucchini, and onions) were from the farm’s organic trees and garden. The eggs and cheeses came from neighboring farms. While the pork and sweet pepper sauce cooked on a portable stove that

had been wheeled into the dining room, we began on the ravioli dough, using a large cookie cutter to form the little round shapes before stuffing them. There is an art to making perfect ravioli. A man in the class had trouble mastering this art and his had holes where the fork, used to make the ruffled edges, penettrated the thinly rolled dough. As a whole, Italians are thin people. In fact, if we saw an overweight Italian, it was more an anomaly than the norm. We decided, after eating our way through Rome, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, and Venice, that it must be the fresh, local Mediterranean diet, and all the walking, that keeps the Italians thin. Rarely did we spot a supermarket; all the towns we visited sported small neighborhood markets with baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables outside, and the largest, most delicious-looking mushrooms I’ve ever seen. A few pointers I gathered in the cooking class were:


Top left: The Farmhouse of San Lorenzo, now an agriturismo, was built around a 12th century monastery. Above: Cobblestone streets lend to the rustic authenticity of rural Italy. Top center: Prep work assumes a reverential quality, as local ingredients are transformed into a topnotch culinary experience. Right: Down-home versions of our weekly farmers’ markets are part of daily life in the Old World. Top right: “I wanted to pinch myself each morning.” Art and nature merge on the Tuscan landscape.

use olive oil in almost everything you cook; use local ingredients whenever possible; use lots of fresh garlic; use fresh herbs, preferably those you grow yourself; and enjoy a glass of wine while cooking. When the class ended, participants had a half-hour to change out of our aprons and into dinner attire, which, on the farm, bordered on sporty casual. The dinner, prepared entirely during the cooking class, was a hearty, authentic Tuscan feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach. And now to taste my own finished Pasta e Fagioli—but first I must grate some fresh Parmesan cheese (brought all the way from Florence) onto the aromatic soup. It tastes as good as it looks, perhaps better, and for a brief moment as I savor the intense olive oil and garlic flavors of my Tuscan masterpiece, I am transported back to Italy, where the delights of the palate are unmatched anywhere in the world—except perhaps right here, in bountiful Ventura County. v

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Left, top to bottom: As the snow melts, Mammoth comes alive with color. The gondola ascends 11,053 feet to the summit, where views span over 400 miles. The Lodges at Snowcreek provide the comforts of a luxe home and access to the resort’s amenities. Top right: Summer unveils a brilliant landscape in the Sierras.

calories there are plenty of ways to work those off, even without skis, from casual hikes to serious mountain bike trails. Kamikaze cyclists gear up and hop the gondola to bomb the 11,053foot mountain at top speed. We went for the view: 360 degrees over 400 miles of high elevation peaks. I’d been there before, to the top of the mountain, on that same spot. But never without snow. Never just to look around and share with my wife and daughter a bright new perspective on our state. At 11,053 feet our little girl hops off the gondola. She’s thrilled, her eyes are like saucers. Her breath shows as quick, shallow puffs of steam. She’s right to be thrilled. It’s an awe-inspiring panorama. It makes me think of John Muir, the California conservationist who dedicated his life to preserving views like this. “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountain,” Muir wrote in his 1911 book My First Summer in the Sierras. I turn to ask our future Sierraphile what she thinks but she’s suddenly off, shoelaces trailing behind. “Look, guys!” she squeals, pointing at a rambunctious shepherd, “a doggie, a doggie!” Yes, it’s quite a view from atop the mountain. Everywhere you look. v

GETTING TO MAMMOTH ON THE ROAD From Ventura County, take CA-126 E. to I-5 N. to CA-14 N. to U.S.-395 N. to CA-203 toward Mammoth Lakes. Driving time is approximately five-and-a-half hours. IN THE AIR Direct flights from LAX to the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport take about an hour, and from there it’s only six miles to town. Plan your trip online at mammothmountain.com.

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Music, like art and literature, is a discipline prone to subjective analysis, largely disconnected from its more objective cousins math and science. Live long enough and you’ll watch each new generation in its unique self-expression explore new, sometimes bizarre and always controversial art forms to make sense of the world. In this struggle to express fresh, new ideas, we see glimpses of genius. Enter 19-year old New York University junior Albert Behar, the Ojai-raised music protégé whose mélange of technology and music composition has become a vehicle for his profound disregard of what he sees as the deadening of the internal musician in all of us. A product of homeschooling, early enrollment in community college, and a year abroad in Rennes, France, Behar is on a fast track in the New Music movement. One of his greatest influences has been the kinetic sculpturist and sound artist Gerhard Trimpin, whose Sound Arch installation at the entrance to Libbey Bowl will welcome guests to this year’s Ojai Music Festival. Behar’s intense interest in combining technology, music, and humans is, simply put, cutting edge. And while his senior year will be spent studying French literature in Paris, Behar will spend his free time traveling throughout Eastern Europe researching folk music. VENTANA: I see keyboards and laptops are your instruments of choice. Have you always played the piano?

ALBERT BEHAR: I’ve taken piano lessons since I was little, but struggled with reading music. I had to play everything by ear, which is limiting since part of learning music is reading it. My first piece was with the Ojai Camarada Chorus, which is when I first became interested in composition. VEN: Tell me about your time apprenticing with Trimpin.

AB: It started when I was about 14 and was volunteering at the Ojai Music Festival. Tom Morris, the director of the Festival, knew I was into music, and he suggested I go help Trimpin with his installation: a deconstructed Marimba mobile room. It’s hard to describe, but imagine each Marimba note is its own mobile with a horn, each suspended on the ceiling around the room. These were hooked up to a MIDI input, allowing a keyboard to control the sound. I helped him wire stuff up. When I realized my keyboard and laptop were compatible, I thought I might try one of my compositions on it. I had to call my mom to bring it down, since obviously I didn’t drive. We hit it off, and I was one of three composers who wrote original pieces for the room’s opening a month later. It was this amazing experience, especially at that age. I was completely blown away. A few years later I worked at Trimpin’s studio for a month when he was working on a piece using toy guitars he’d collected over 20 years to create an installation … My job was to open up all these toy guitars and rewire them, basically short circuit the buttons so that the sound would be triggered by a keyboard instead. There were 24 guitars and each made four sounds. Of course, the guitars weren’t in tune with each other, so we couldn’t make a scale. They were more like sound effects. For example, a Barbie guitar said the word “whatever.” We triggered it to say “wha-wha-wha-wha-what-EVER.” VEN: So you weren’t attempting to make music as much as just noise?

AB: (Laughs) That’s philosophical. The music and noise thing. I think it was musical. VEN: Your sextet, The Movement, has four musicians—and two dancers wearing flowing robes and megaphone helmets. What are the helmets for?

AB: The music from the bells or keyboard is being sent wirelessly from the laptop to the helmets, so the dancers wearing the helmet basically become human speakers. Normally, speakers sit in the corner. But I was interested in what happens when a speaker can move around the room, and all the different effects of that. Incidentally, [the helmets] are very heavy, like eight pounds each. And directional, with the music only going forward rather than to the sides or

behind, or even inward. VEN: What message should we take away from The Movement’s performances?

AB: It’s about thought amplification. Normally, a megaphone would amplify your voice, but instead it’s music, which are your thoughts. Or this idea about imagination and what happens if I can think of something and it’s amplified so other people can hear it. Instead of the normal way, it’s going where everyone has an input into their ears through ear buds. It’s anti-mp3 or iPod, so instead of putting music in, your thoughts are coming out. VEN: Assuming your thoughts are music or, at least, that music represents your thoughts.

AB: Right. I think everyone can have musical ideas. It’s total oppression of the recording music establishment to pipe in songs into everyone’s ears. Then the part of your brain that makes music, which every human has, is not being used at all. It’s not just for musicians, it’s for everybody. VEN: Your music falls into the “New Music” genre, but you consider yourself a sound artist. What exactly is Sound Art?

AB: Sound Art uses MIDI technology, which is like a remote control for your TV. For example, when I press down on middle C on my keyboard, it sends a numbered signal to a processor, which then sends an electric signal to whatever device I connect it to: the toy guitars, for example. VEN: Where do you draw the line between composing and creating Sound Art?

AB: I think about that a lot. Composition has to do with notated music. It’s a little like “what’s a composer and what’s a songwriter?” Both write music. But I think composition comes from this tradition, even if it’s going against the tradition of Bach and Beethoven. Composition is in a concert environment. Sound Art can be in a gallery or on the street. For me, The Movement is like sonic graffiti. Artists who can’t get their stuff in a gallery will be like, “You know what, I’m just gonna spray paint walls.” I thought, what if I just wore my music on my head and got an audience like that? The difference is more context than anything. VEN: You got a ticket for creating unnecessary noise in the New York subway. What was that all about?

AB: The whole plan was to enter the subways and pipe music through the helmets, but we didn’t realize the headquarters for the subway police are in Union Square. In New York, you’re not allowed to have amplified noise in public, so we were ticketed because of the amplification. I went to the MTA and fought it and won. VEN: Where do you and Trimpin diverge in terms of your work styles?

AB: Despite his being a huge influence, the greatest difference is that a lot of his work doesn’t have humans in it; it’s all machines. His work helps people see sounds. Normally you’d hear sounds, but we’re living in such a visual culture. In a lot of his installations, you can see the motor, then a flash, and make the connection. I’m more interested in putting humans and machines together in really odd ways. Like the human speakers. VEN: What are your aspirations for The Movement?

AB: I’d love to perform all around the world. It’s always been my goal to get my music to as many people as want to listen to it. Or don’t want to listen to it! v Read (and hear) more online at albertbehar.com. The Ojai Music Festival takes place June 9-12. For tickets and information, visit ojaifestival.org.

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It is not surprising that Jim, the executive director of the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, a man steeped in the hospitality trade day in and day out, is eager to hit the road whenever possible. Steve is a violin dealer with clients around the world and a travel aficionado who just happened to be planning a weeklong Caribbean cruise when we spoke. The couple’s penchant for collecting art, antiques, linens, and foodstuffs on their travels is evident throughout their local home. But in addition to Southwest art and antique pickings, which are tempting and plentiful in New Mexico, they even purchased a vacation home there on one of their trips. “One weekend in Santa Fe, we went into the Adobe Gallery, a favorite spot for antiques,” Jim recalled. “We spotted a Craftsman-era lawyer’s bookcase in perfect condition. While Steve negotiated the price, I circled the block, in heavy snow, looking for a parking spot. I spotted a For Sale – Open House sign in a condominium compound and decided that could solve the parking problem.” After walking through the open house, Jim made his way to the gallery. A couple days later he brought Steve to see the place and they made an offer on the spot before rushing to pick up the carefully wrapped bookcase and driving back to Ventura County. “All in all, it was a very expensive bookcase,” he joked. may 2011

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Above: Legendary artist Beatrice Wood made the whimsical platter. The Mexican retablo on the wall is from the 1800s; the violin, a century older. Top right: Paintings by Santa Fe’s Wendy Higgins and California plein-air artist Ludmilla Pilat Welch (upper right corner) hang above a Monterey desk passed down from Steve Eddy’s grandfather. Bottom right: On the dining table, ceramic pots by Diane Wade of Isleta Pueblo flank an Apache basket.

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Jim, a native Californian, grew up primarily in Big Bear. His family traveled frequently, both in and out of the country. Steve was born and raised in Ventura, but his family history is steeped in the Southwest. His great-great grandmother, a dentist in Flagstaff in the late 19th century, would often trade dental services for Native American jewelry, art, baskets, and rugs. Steve’s love of these inherited items is evident in the way they are displayed throughout their 1920s Spanish Revival home. Treasures are plentiful, including paintings by Sherry Loehr and other California artists; a 19th century retablo of the Madonna; pottery by Ojai ceramicists Beatrice Wood and Otto Heino, as well as Steven’s own pottery (offered for sale at the Santa Paula Art Museum); a magnificent Navajo candelabra from Steve’s grandmother; and a Korean wedding tansu, as

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well as a table given to Steven by his students in Korea when he taught English there in the 1990s. There’s Acoma, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, and Isleta pueblos pottery. A Monterey- style desk was passed down from Steve’s great grandfather. An Apache basket is described as “a lucky find.” From Hupa hats to sand paintings, it’s fair to say that Casa de Jim and Steve constitutes a museum in its own right. In addition to their precious cargo, the house is also home to four finches, three cockatiels, a greenchecked Conure (a small parrot), a trio of cats, and one canine: Mina, a Pomeranian. And what about the animal menagerie when the Jim and Steve show hits the road? “We have wonderful pet sitters,” says Jim, “We had a cat named Klaus that went everywhere—Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, Seattle—he loved road trips.” v

Steve Eddy seeks out rare violins on trips to Italy and around the world, as well as right here in Ventura County. For information, email steveeddy@mac.com or call 805-816-7941. There’s more to Ventura than you may know. Keep up to speed with happenings in the county seat by visiting ventura-usa.com.


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With glaciers to hike on, mountain lakes to dip into, beaches, hiking, kayaking, and bicycling, New Zealand is paradise for lovers of the Great Outdoors. Liability insurance is not required. Popular adventure excursions include bungee jumping, river rafting, and canyoning, to name a few. For general information, visit newzealand.com.

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Rock’N’ Roll! Guy Webster: Photographer and Collector May 6 – June 19 | Museum of Ventura County Photographs of 1960s rock stars from the collection of renowned celebrity photographer Guy Webster will be on exhibit. Rock’N’ Roll! Guy Webster: Photographer and Collector concentrates on Webster’s innovative work in rock-and-roll photography, and features images of such legendary 1960s performers as The Mamas and the Papas, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones. Rock ‘N’ Roll also includes a selection of rare vintage Italian racing motorcycles from Ojai resident Webster’s collection. Artist’s reception on May 26, 6 p.m. $15 general/$10 museum members. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org.

Artists’ Reception: Steve Cook and John Merrill May 14 | Fox Fine Jewelry, Ventura Steve Cook and John Merrill will display their art in a show titled “Oil and Water Mixed” at Fox Fine Jewelry from May 12 through July 11, 2011. An artists’ reception will be held May 14, 6-9 p.m. Cook’s unique look of photo-realism in a painterly style has won him accolades and Merrill, now retired, travels widely and devotes himself to painting the places he visits. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 805-652-1800.

Battle for the Coast Roller Derby Tournament May 14 & 15 | Ventura County Fairgrounds A two-day cavalcade of roller derby action, the 2011 Battle For the Coast Roller Derby Tournament will take place in the Santa Cruz Hall. This year’s competing leagues will include the Ventura County Derby Darlins’ All-Star VenDolls, the Bay Area Derby Girls, the Orange County Roller Girls, The Rejects (an all-star team featuring members of the L.A. Derby Dolls), and the Emerald City Roller Girls (all the way from Eugene, Oregon), plus five other snarling flat-track squads spanning the coast from Oregon to San Diego. A portion of proceeds will go to the Ventura County nonprofit Canine Adoption and Rescue League. For more information, visit battleforthecoast.com.

2011 Amgen Tour of California May 15 – 22 | Thousand Oaks The sixth-annual event will take place over eight consecutive days covering more than 800 miles of scenic California roadways, highways, and coastlines. The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will wind through miles of California terrain, beginning with the first-ever visit to Lake Tahoe, home of “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride,” and ending in title-sponsor Amgen’s hometown community of Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit amgentourofcalifornia.com.

California Strawberry Festival May 21 & 22 | Oxnard Since 1984, guests have enjoyed award-winning attractions, interactive exhibits, gooey contests, the hottest names in entertainment, the largest collection of fine arts & crafts with 200+ booths, and a large assortment of delicious strawberry foods

and beverages. The Strawberry Promenade offers cooking demonstrations and presentations, Strawberryland for kids boasts free rides, puppet shows, and more. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit strawberry-fest.org.

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“The Jungle Book” Ballet May 21 & 22 | Oxnard Performing Arts Center The Ventura County Ballet Company (VCBC) is gearing up for their spring performance of “The Jungle Book,” a performance including dazzling costumes, rhythmic music, and modern twists on classic dance moves. “The Jungle Book” ballet is based on the books written by Rudyard Kipling more than 100 years ago. Directed and choreographed by Rodney Gustafson of Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet, the performance combines contemporary ballet, jazz, and tango. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit venturacountyballet.com.

18th Annual Garden Party May 22 | Ventura The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura in partnership with the Rotary Club of Ventura South will hold their 18th Annual Garden Party, presented by The Flue Doctor Professional Chimney Sweeps. This annual event showcases many of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, and wineries, all of which share sips and tastes of their signature dishes and wines. $50 in advance, $60 at the door. 2-5 p.m. Four Points by Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura. For more information, call 805-641-5585 or visit bgclubventura.org.

Magic Castle Comes to Ojai May 22 | Matilija Auditorium Hollywood’s world famous magic emporium will present an exclusive one-night only show featuring illusions, conjuring, and sleight-of-hand performed by magicians from around the world. Produced by the Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation (OPAT), the show supports the theater, music, and dance programs of the Ojai Unified School District. 7 p.m. 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. For more information, visit ojaitheater.org or call 800-838-3006.

34th Annual Art in the Park May 28 & 29 | Libbey Park Art in the park is an annual tradition started in 1977 by local artists at the Ojai Center for the Arts. Exhibit spaces fill the park and awards are given in categories including oil, acrylic, glass, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. Galleries, shops, and restaurants will stay “Alive After 5” on Saturday, May 28. When the art exhibits in Libbey Park close for the night at 5 p.m., the fun will continue after hours. The public is invited to wander and discover the local art scene with receptions, music, and refreshments during an evening art walk. For more information, visit ojaiartcenter.org.

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ON THE HORIZON Ojai Writers Conference June 4 | Ojai Art Center Writers of all levels and genres will explore, discover, and develop the art, craft, and business of being a writer. Includes full day of classes, lunch, and closing event tea social. Limited to 100 writers. Pre- and post-event options include: “Screenwriting Class for Beginners,” Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $149; and “Writers Workshop & Luncheon” at The Ranch House, Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $99, followed by the “Day of Music” free Libbey Bowl celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St. For more information, visit ojaiwritersconference.wordpress.com.

18th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival June 5 | California State University Channel Islands Hosted this year by the Zarley and Van Huisen Families, the Festival has become one of the premier wine and food events in Ventura County. It showcases cuisine from restaurants and caterers from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley, as well as award-winning wineries, vineyards, and microbreweries throughout California. $90 until June 4, $100 at the door. Wine & food included with the price of admission. 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit cpwineandfoodfestival.com. M ay 2 0 1 1

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180+ Degree Ocean, Breakwater, Marina, Island & City-Lite VIEWS! This Hillside Cosmetic Fixer Offers Location + VIEWS &! Upstairs Features an Ocean View Living Room With Fireplace, Ocean View Dining Area & Ocean View Kitchen With Breakfast Nook, 2 Guest Bedrooms With Shared Bath & The Master-Bedroom & Bath! Downstairs an Ocean View Family Room With Wet-Bar & Fireplace, An Ocean View Bedroom, Full-Bath & Laundry Room! Outside Living Areas Include The Front & Rear Yards, a Viewing Deck & a Large Patio Plus A Yard Area On The View-Side Of The

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Lots of living space plus views of the ocean and city lights along with the property’s own magnificent redwood trees. Designed and built in 1987 by renowned architect Marc Dietrick. There are staggered viewing locations from the breakfast area, to the master bedroom with its own Jacuzzi style tub , to the fully functioning office, to the loft. Slate fireplace in living room with open beamed cathedral ceilings. Gourmet style kitchen;

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Las Posas Estates custom home on the golf course at Las Posas Country Club. 3BR + 2.5BA. with approx. 3200 sq. ft.. Walls of glass afford views of the 16th fairway and mountains. Beach entry pool. Spa. Gated circular drive. Virtual

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Toll Brothers ‘Santa Barbara’ model built in 2005 with 5BR + 5.5BA + office/den and approx 5,169 sq. ft. Patio off the master overlooking the pool, spa, mountain views. Virtual

Beautiful Country Club Square home in a quiet midtown location. Built in 1962 with 3BR + 2BA. Newly carpeted, painted inside. Fireplace in the living room. Heating and kitchen appliances upgraded. Vinyl, dual-paned windows and slider door to brick patio.

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a new SOLITAIRE My client wanted to create a contemporary look, yet retain the square outline of the original setting for her main diamond. So I’ve created a new form of the traditional “fishtail” setting style that was used many years ago. But instead of making the heavy looking cube with the fishtail corners, I created a modern setting that would secure the diamond just as well, yet wouldn’t be heavy looking and is open to the light. Her ring is being done in yellow & white gold, the production version will be in all 19K white gold.

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