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FEATURES ARTS

38 Awaiting the Rain Peru in Black-and-White

NESTING

31 Island Style Building a musical bridge to the Pacific Rim

CONVERSATION

25 Q+A: Lyn Hebenstreit Global Resource Alliance and the culture of peace

TRAVEL

14 The Seduction of Solitude Rafting the Colorado

May Highlights Tuesday, May 1st Saturday, May 5th Friday, May 11th Sunday, May 13th Friday, May 18th Wednesday nights Thursday nights Friday nights Saturday nights

MICHAEL ROBINSON CHAVEZ

“Growing up in Camarillo, my passion is utilizing the wide assortment of fresh, local ingredients we have here in Ventura County. By partnering with our local farms, orchards, ranches, and fishermen, I am able to create fabulous dishes, featuring our bountiful harvest. I invite you to visit the club and see what’s on our menu !” — Nic Manocchio, Executive Chef

Club Cabana’s Grand Opening Sold Out - St. Anthony Party Pacific Shores Symphony Sunset Concert Recital Dinner Mother’s Day Brunch - $50.00 Justin Wine Dinner Wine & Dine Bistro Night TGIF Steak & Lobster Bouillabaisse

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COVER: The first rains of the season fall on the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru. Photo by Michael Robinson Chávez.

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SONIC BOOM: CARMINA BURANA FEATURING THE PACIFIC SHORES CHORALE E. Burns Taft conductor Shana Blake Hill soprano Robert MacNeil tenor Zachary Gordin baritone Pacific Shores Philharmonic Percussion Section Pacific Shores Chorale Pacific Shores Youth Choir

WORLD MUSIC: THE FLAME OF TANGO E. Burns Taft conductor Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra

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The PS Phil ignites the Libbey Bowl stage with a fiery program of Tangos, featuring musicians from the Pacific Shores Philharmonic and guest artists (to be announced). A seductive evening of sultry sounds not for the faint of heart!

STRING SPECTACULAR E. Burns Taft conductor Yue Deng violin Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra

CONCERT 4 Saturday, August 11, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2:00 p.m.

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POPS UNDER THE STARS: MUSIC FOR COWBOYS & COWGIRLS E. Burns Taft conductor Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra

NEW MUSIC: SONIC SOJOURNS E. Burns Taft conductor Karen Benjamin soprano Virginia Kron cello Pacific Shores New Music Group

VIVALDI The Four Seasons MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings The inaugural summer season opens with the PS Phil’s String Spectacular, an evening showcase of the Philharmonic’s vibrant string sections, highlighted by virtuoso performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, with PS Phil Principal Concertmaster Yue Deng as violin soloist. CONCERT 2 Saturday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. PS PHIL PRESENTS LATIN JAZZ AT LIBBEY BOWL Pete Escovedo & His Latin Jazz Orchestra Legendary, Grammy-nominated Latin jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo spices up Libbey Bowl with his Latin Jazz Orchestra in a spectacular program sure to have concertgoers grooving in their seats!

WILLIAMS Star Wars Main Theme BARRY Symphonic Suite from Dances With Wolves DESPLAT/WILLIAMS Suite from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 COPLAND Hoedown from Rodeo GROFÉ Grand Canyon Suite Grab your cowboy hats and spurs, and giddee on up to the Libbey Bowl for an extraordinary family night of pops and classical music celebrating all walks of cowpoke, from galactic cowboys and cowboy magicians to the lonely desperados of American yesteryear. Highlighted by performances of the symphonic suite to the beloved Harry Potter chronicles and movie composer John Barry’s panoramic Dances With Wolves suite, the PS Phil’s Music for Cowboys & Cowgirls concert showcases the full power of the entire Pacific Shores Philharmonic Orchestra. Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, a sweeping musical portrait of the natural landmark’s breathtaking majesty, appropriately concludes the program.

RAVEL Chansons Madécasses DEL AGUILA Pacific Serenades HOGAN Questions of Travel TOWER Amazon VILLA LOBOS Assobio a Jato, W 493 (The Jet Whistle) BARBER Knoxville Summer of 1915, Op. 24 The inaugural season concludes with the PS Phil New Music Group in an extraordinary program of contemporary works that take concertgoers on a musical journey, conjuring images of remarkable places, far and near, featuring noted soprano Karen Benjamin in her Libbey Bowl debut and PS Phil principal cellist Virginia Kron. The PS Phil and related ensembles are a presentation of The Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation. Programs, artists, prices, dates and times subject to change. Photo Credit: Michael Lamont.


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io Juan is a Chilean fisherman who looks like a Greek fisherman. Oily coils of hair frame the exhibition of distressed leather and bushy brown mustache that is his face. A prominent nose announces his presence. Light green eyes. And that mustache: east and west it spreads before turning southward toward the bottom of the world, twitching in time with his smile and the machine gun fire of his pueblo patois. Across the street, a huckster peddles Bolivian trinkets; a town gossip eyes the scene, hunting fodder; and a shopkeeper throws open her corrugated metal door to reveal a forest of woolen sweaters, gloves, and beanies. On the adjacent dirt road, a pack of mutts forms an orgiastic bubble around a bitch in heat. The air smells of fish and French fries and freshly baked bread, of dust and diesel. Here in el centro on this fog-shrouded morning in mid-April, 2012, autumn in the southern hemisphere, I don’t feel particularly far from home. Yes, the seasons are reversed. The night sky is different too. Yet I see the faces of California characters and the daily routines of my Ventura County neighbors in these people. Travel is frequently discussed in terms of the exotic—of striking differences and cultural oddities. Them and us. But hombre please, do you really think there’s a world of difference between that papas fritas stand over there and a Ventura Avenue donut shop? To be sure, this dusty Chilean pueblo—like everywhere I’ve been, from the back alleys of Beijing to Java and Johannesburg—is a microcosm of the world at large; anywhere you travel, human similarities outweigh cultural distinctions by a ton. Acclaimed photojournalist Michael Robinson Chávez, an old friend of mine, has been to Chile several times, twice to visit me during my expatriate years, and, more recently, to cover the devastation of an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that buckled the ocean floor a little south of this very corner—my present workspace, an appropriate spot to write the lead into our annual Travel Issue. 6

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A Ventura County native currently living in Moorpark, Michael has covered assignments in more than 45 countries. His work has been exhibited the world over. But his heart lies in Peru. Our photo essay (page 38) offers only a small taste of the imagery he’s made there over the years. For more, log on to robinsonchavez.com, which includes a link to his recently published book of black-and-white photographs from his mother’s homeland, entitled “Awaiting the Rain.” Ventura-based writer Ken McAlpine creates images of a different kind. While the superb photography of his traveling partner, Norbert Wu (norbertwu.com), certainly helps float his story about rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (page 14), I saw this article as something of a word-driven, domestic counterpoint to the Robinson Chávez photo essay. So we present a sampling of the world, its people and its geography, national and international—with a local spin—in color and in black-andwhite. On page 25 there’s an interview with Lyn Hebenstreit, an Ojai philanthropist who has embraced Africa and dedicated himself and his family to the “culture of peace.” Record producer Michael Cord (page 31) opens his doors to share the travel-inspired home he and his wife, Maryann, built as part of a musical bridge connecting Ventura and the Pacific Rim. And now, back at my own home—my first home—in western Ventura County, with a spring rain beating down and the musty smell of decay and life anew coming through my window, that dusty corner of el centro 6,000 miles away doesn’t seem terribly distant. “It’s a great big world out there,” they say. But I’m not so sure. Really, how grand is the canyon between Old World and New, between the people of Africa and the people of Ojai, between a South American fishing village and its Mediterranean doppelganger? The way I see it: for every tio Juan, there’s an uncle John. — Matt mattk@ventanamonthly.com

Editor in Chief Matt Katz Art Director Christy Sisneros assistant editor Maxine Hurt Contributors Michael Robinson Chávez Gaszton Gal Ken McAlpine Svetlana Meritt Caitlin Jean Photography Dmitry Rogozhin Mark Storer Leslie A. Westbrook Norbert Wu Graphic Designers Toby Emery Bret Hooper Account Executives Warren Barrett Diane Newman Dave Stephens Alan Stromme Sales Team leader Kelly-marie Tracy Circulation Teresa Wann-Davis human resources Andrea Baker Business manager Angela Wang Accounting Alysia Chavez VP of Finance Michael Nagami Publisher David Comden

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Community: Evening d’Elegance | National Charity League Juniors of Ventura County Priceless cars and luxe goods helped bring “hope close to home” at the 8th annual NCL Juniors of Ventura County gala to benefit the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease Program at Ventura County Medical Center. Held at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, the gala featured fabulous auctions, local wines, and specialty cocktails served in Peter Mullin’s incomparable homage to Art Deco and the machine age. Until recently, local children with cancer and blood diseases had to travel out of the county for care. Now, through the generosity of local sponsors and donors, top-quality care is available in our backyard. The NCL Juniors of Ventura County have raised approximately $700,000 for the program’s expansion and ongoing needs.

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t is a place where day and night arrive in their own languid time. Where all is sky, rock, and river. Where sun and moon touch rocks 1.7 billion years old, where water moves with a force that can pretzel steel and the creak of oars is the loudest sound, where bighorn sheep follow your progress perched on ledges little wider than a pin, and within a mossy nook, if you turn your head just so, a waterfall creates a gauzy rainbow the size of a fingernail. These are just words, and when it comes to the rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon words fail miserably. Numbers too. Between Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Mead, the Colorado River flows 255 miles. The river’s average depth is 35 feet; its average speed is four miles an hour; its temperature, coming as it does from the depths of Glen Canyon Dam, ranges from 48 to 52 degrees. There are more than 160 rapids within the Canyon’s confines; in some, the river’s speed increases appreciably. The soul is not touched by statistics. Count to three. A complimentary fruitcake to anyone who can remember any but these three numbers. “I was told rafting through the Grand Canyon would be the best experience of my life,” a woman once told me. “And rafting the Grand Canyon would be the second best experience of my life, and the third…” Such whispers had reached me for years. And so I decided to take the only possible course. I went to see for myself. Here’s the best thing about rafting down the Colorado: Unlike other grand adventures—climbing Everest, meditating with puff adders—pretty much anyone can do it. Sign

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on with a river outfitter, and most companies require only that you be at least 12 years old for an oar trip, and eight to ride in a motorized craft. Other than that, you just have to adjust to a single pertinent reality. “Some people really embrace the solitude, and some people don’t expect it,” smiled Christian Seamans, on the drizzly October morning of our own departure from Lees Ferry. Christian dipped his oars into the cocoa-brown Colorado and smiled again. “Welcome everyone,” he said, as we moved out into the main current. “It’s always nice to push away.” Enjoying nature is about pushing away, and all of us—19 paying customers who had signed on for a 13-day oar trip with Wilderness River Adventures—had ensured ourselves additional solitude by coming to the river in October. It is something of a secret, and I will likely be tossed into the Colorado tied to an anvil for saying so in print, but fall and spring are the river’s unsung seasons; quieter, cooler, heavier with repose. In July, the average high in the Canyon is 106 degrees. In October, it is 85, and the low, on average, is a still quite pleasant 59. In summer, 150 people a day put on to the river at Lees Ferry, 15 miles below Glen Canyon Dam, and plenty more would join them if the Park Service didn’t enforce this cap. On the morning we left, three other groups were starting off too. Over the next 13 days we saw them now and again, but mostly it was just us. October offers a final plus. No motorized craft are allowed on the river after mid-September, making it easier to hear a raven’s wing beat, and the sound of your own heart in the last wink of silence before a rapid’s roar.


Our days unfolded in languid fashion. We woke, warm in our sleeping bags, to cool silence on white sand beaches, the tops of the canyon walls catching the first tracings of dawn. Breakfast followed, the smell of coffee and bacon residing beside the river, and then the guides would break down camp and pack their respective boats, meticulously lashing down heaping piles of gear like fussy Moms. By nine, we would be on the river. Though much ado is—rightly—made of the Colorado’s vaunted rapids, most of the river is rapidless. Yes, there are more than 160 rapids between Lees Ferry and Lake Mead, but they comprise nine percent of that section of river. And so we floated, lazy as a dream, between brown river and blue sky, the canyon walls ever rearing up on both sides, while

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Our existence mirrored the river’s, and the river, in turn, proceeded like life, long spells of quiet interspersed with wild bouts of feverish activity.

Our Wilderness guides proved supremely competent, but they didn’t take their competency too seriously, preferring instead to dye their hair green, announce dinner with a Gregorian chant, and even, on the proper occasion, wear women’s underwear (one night we had a costume party). My fellow adventurers had come to the river for different reasons, but each grasped the significance of what was transpiring. “It has always been a dream of mine to raft the Grand Canyon,” Reimund Wolf told me on our first night in camp. Reimund had traveled from Germany. We stood beside the river. A half moon, poised above a dark shadow of butte, threw silver on the river. “I knew I must come here,” said Reimund. “I am 65. I can see the horizon.”

beneath the boat the river made small commotions and fidgets. Great Blue Herons, dragonflies, gossamer strands of spider webs, they all wafted past us at a syrupy pace. Late in the afternoon we would bump up against an empty beach and, in short order, we would be dining on shrimp scampi or prime rib, tiki torches throwing flickering light on the sand. My favorite time came after dinner, when the guides recounted stories of explorers and river runners, folks like John Wesley Powell who went down the river with one arm, wood boats, scarce and spoiling supplies, and no surfeit of determination and courage. We would listen appreciatively, our bellies digesting brownies fresh from the Dutch oven, sparks from the campfire drifting up to join the stars. My personal heroes were Bill Beer and John Daggett, who, in the spring of 1955, swam 280 miles down the Colorado, rapids and all. Many thought them crazy. “…We felt infinitesimal,” Beer said later. “It was hardly important whether we continued or quit, whether we lived or died. We were intruders who meant nothing.” Saner words were never spoken. Our existence mirrored the river’s, and the river, in turn, proceeded like life, long spells of quiet interspersed with wild bouts of feverish activity. Because yes, there were the rapids. Again, floods of words have tried to define the Colorado’s rapids—infamous torrents like Crystal, Hance, and Lava Falls. I will say only this. Those rapids, and others you have never heard of, are a force of nature that should be met at least once in your life. For the 19,000-plus folk who proceed down the Colorado each year, the rapids are a wet and wonderful Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But they have may 2012

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Though her whitewater garners the lion’s share of attention, the Colorado River is largely rapidless. It’s a quiet ride, until suddenly you’re “dancing with a psychotic partner.”

meted out injury and death too, which, of course, adds to the thrill. As we floated deep into the Canyon, the river began to take on a decided cant. We could actually see the river dropping away, an odd sight that leads one to better understand the trepidation of ancient mariners convinced they would drop off the edge of the world. The Colorado’s closest approximation to this is Lava Falls, 179 miles downriver from Lees Ferry, and the granddaddy of them all. As its name implies, it begins with an attention getting spillover. Then all hell breaks loose. Running a rapid is like dancing with a psychotic partner; all proceeds smoothly until you step out of line, and then you are slapped, throttled and otherwise rudely mistreated. In the case of Lava Falls, the partner is trebly psychotic, the drubbing proportionately severe. Rafts flip. They wrap around rocks. And you go for a memorable swim. Lava arrived on the second to last day of our trip. It was hot and sunny. A half-mile away the river was nearly still, as if holding its breath. Then we heard the sound, like the thunder of horses. From the bow of Okie’s boat, I peered ahead. Over the passing days I had noticed how, from upstream, the bigger rapids looked like the splashing of children at play. These children were also blowing mist. We pulled ashore just upstream to scout Lava, hiking up a short trail. Sweat was funneling into bodily crannies I didn’t know existed. I

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noticed with detached interest that I still had my life preserver on. We crowded together at the edge of the small overlook, and looked down. Viewed from above, Lava looks like one of those whitewater broils that precede the surfacing of some monstrous sea creature. There were badly placed rocks too, and enormous waves that rose and crashed, followed immediately by more enormous waves that did the same; a train wreck that never ended. The guides studied the rapid and spoke quietly to each other. Our trip leader, Okie, turned on his heels. “My boat, we’re going.” Lava Falls is a short rapid. I have little recollection of the run. Okie followed a slick tongue of water that moved dreamily toward the ledge. The oar locks creaked as he applied pressure, then the boat lurched and bounded and everything disappeared. Water enveloped us; not cold, not violent, only heavy and pressing away the world. And then it was gone and we were through, and Okie had yanked us into a small notch of eddy against the shore, and everyone was talking at once. The river, and the moment, was passing. I stood there trying to remember it all. The sun and wet on my face, the slap of small waves rocking the boat, the giddy closeness I felt for my companions, a small lizard, an arm’s length away, nipping ants off a rock. v

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support them through high school or vocational school, or through college for those who can qualify. Our other project, in rural Kinesi Village, is similar, but with more attention devoted to food security through permaculture. LW: You spend several months at a time in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania. Tell me about living there while working on your project as opposed to passing through as a tourist. LH: I think I’ll always be part tourist. I’ve spent about one-third of the last 10 years living in the same hotel room here in Musoma. We don’t get many tourists in Musoma, but if we did, they’d probably end up at a hotel like mine. The biggest difference, I guess, is that I have the opportunity to get to know many of the local residents on close, personal terms. Many are like family. LW: On your website, you reference a quote about “embarrassingly simple” solutions to complex global problems. Can you comment on that? LH: Yes, that’s one of my favorite quotes from Bill Mollison, the guy who co-founded permaculture back in the 1970s. It’s so true—and not just in poor, developing countries. An embarrassingly simple solution to environmental degradation, for example, is to simply stop destroying the environment: stop poisoning the soil with chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides, buy cars that consume less fuel, walk and bike more, compost, recycle, etc. For just about every problem humanity faces, simple, natural, life affirming solutions exist. And they’re usually more effective and more economical in the long run than conventional approaches. LW: Your wife, Tara Maria Blasco, and daughter, Monica Marshall, are also involved. Can you share something about your family dynamics and how you divvy up the duties? LH: As president, I try to assure that Tara and Monica do most of the work. Quite honestly, GRA would never have experienced the success it has, nor be able to function as we are now, without their talents and constant efforts. My responsibilities include the water project, accounting, and finance, both in the U.S. and in Tanzania. Tara coordinates permaculture, herbal medicine, alternative cooking technologies, and the orphans projects. Monica has been to Tanzania two times, but works mostly from Ojai developing and maintaining our websites, writing 26

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newsletters, and organizing events and other projects that support our work. LW: What sort of stumbling blocks have you encountered? LH: Without a doubt, the most difficult and unexpected experience we’ve had to deal with is betrayal of trust by two of our closest collaborators in Tanzania. GRA-Tanzania has 24 employees, and a little small-scale pilfering is expected—as I said, life is hard. But it’s very discouraging when you discover that thousands of badly needed dollars have disappeared into the pockets of one of your most trusted colleagues. LW: You had an angel donor—a big stakes Vegas poker player, as I recall—who helped get your organization off the ground. Since that’s no longer the bulk of your support, how viable is it going to be for you to continue this project? LH: Our poker playing angel appeared miraculously about three years ago. His support was a great blessing while it lasted, but now that it’s gone we’re focusing more on a financially self-sustaining project model. This is where we’ve been headed for years, and now we have some real motivation. I think that social entrepreneurship is a better approach than “charity” in general, although both have their role. We’re simply moving even further now in the direction of the former. LW: How can people get involved? What’s most needed? LH: Over the years, GRA has had many volunteers, both in the U.S. and in Tanzania. As an allvolunteer organization, expertise in any of our program areas is always most welcome. Help with public relations, filmmaking, writing, and other creative efforts are also very valuable. A young documentary filmmaker, for example, joined us a couple years ago in Tanzania and produced a short DVD called From the Mara Soil. It’s won several film festival awards and attracts favorable attention everywhere it’s shown. Of course, financial support is always needed; people can donate online. v For more information about Global Resource Alliance, an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) organization, log on to globalresourcealliance.org or call 805.646.4439.


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n a hilltop property that overlooks distant islands and waves crashing on a nearby beach, that has a 4,000-square-foot house with a lanai boasting its own outdoor kitchen and fireplace, Michael Cord has found paradise. Again. “I’ve built and sold homes six times,” said Cord. “But this is one special place.” A music producer who has made a career out of his passion for Hawaiian and Asia-Pacific music, Cord and his wife, Maryann, met by chance when he came to Ventura County in the 1980s. Their hilltop home along Terrace Drive in Ventura used to belong to Maryann’s mother, but at that time it was a simple 900-squarefoot bungalow. When the Cords came to take care of her, they promptly razed the structure and, in 2004, built from the ground up a home that pays homage to Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.

Sweeping views are available from every room in the house. “We designed it using Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses as inspiration,” said Cord. Wright’s fame stems largely from his incorporation of natural surroundings being drawn into the home. “The house is designed to give the flow that leads toward the ocean.” One enters through a gate guarded by two “dragon dog” gargoyles and a sophisticated security system. The gate is the entry-point to a bridge over a dry moat, a grassy area where the family dog holds dominion. Up to the front door and, as Terrace Drive is on a slope with the homes built into the hillside, onto the main floor, where the living room and kitchen are located. There are granite countertops, marble floors, and a decidedly Asian theme with Shoji Japanese sliding partition doors. Asian paintings, sculptures, and décor abound, but all point inexorably toward the local view. On a clear day, one can see the arch-shaped rock out at Anacapa Island. 88 May 2012 | ventana | 31


Above: Japanese pond paintings on gold foil hang in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired marble stairwell. Top center: An antique lacquered screen from Beijing depicts red-crested Chinese white cranes, a symbol of longevity and auspiciousness. The hand-carved birch burrow wood bowl is from Alaska. Opposite top: Longtime cruise gypsies, the Cords wanted to recreate the feeling of standing at the rail of a cruise ship looking out to sea. Opposite bottom: These tribal ancestor sculptures (left) from Jamaica were carved out of ultra-dense lignum vitae wood. The Cords shipped a 300-year-old red lacquer chest from China; the zebra skin is from South Africa; the black lacquer bar and screen are from Shanghai; and the wooden masks on the wall are Balinese.

The home is built for entertaining, the majority of which takes place outside where speakers are built into the patio covers. “We put in surround sound everywhere,” said Cord. Across the lanai, the Cords built a separate apartment for Maryann’s mother, who has since passed away. Now, it remains a kind of retreat for guests or family. “The whole idea of the house was to allow everything to focus on the view,” Cord said. “I’ve been a lot of places all over the world, spent a lot of time in Hawaii and in the East, and Ventura is really the most wonderful place I’ve ever been.” The Asian theme here is not capricious, however. Cord’s love of Hawaiian music runs deep—it led him to the islands and to Japan, and has given him his career. “I fell in love with that music, and I fell in love with the culture,” he said. “It’s part of who I am.” Downstairs, one finds the master bedroom and what Cord refers to as a “storage room.” There are multiple closets, as well as Maryann’s office. The master bathroom features his and her water closets and a steam shower. But the bedroom is fully focused on the view; the bed itself sits center in front of glass doors that open to the lanai. “It’s not a kid-friendly house,” Cord said. “We built it for us, and we don’t have kids.” The result is that the common communication between the floors and the rooms is the lanai, not the hallways or stairwell. Kids could still live in the house, of course, but younger ones might get a little lost trying to find the parents’ room at night. To get from the separate apartment to the main house, one must go outside. Cord’s office is similarly situated: off the

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lower level of the lanai with no hallway access to the house. The lanai is no mere patio. A two-level structure, it has a spiral stairway and an L-shaped pattern that allows guests to seek out small alcoves of privacy or join others at the outdoor bar and kitchen on the lower level. Both levels have fireplaces, each radiating enough warmth against the cool Pacific breezes, and a small but elegant swimming pool is centered off the lower lanai. Outside, the dry moat is adjacent to a steep driveway and a garage. The backyard gates, 300-year-old Asian doors (probably Chinese, Cord says), align with the dragon-dog gargoyles. The whole is reminiscent of a feudal Chinese castle. The house’s white color is a stark contrast to the green and sagebrush hillsides, the blue Pacific, and the neighboring houses with their various pastels and earth tones. For the Cords, however, the house is merely an expression of what they love about Ventura itself. As he stood on the lanai, hands on the rail, looking southwest toward Anacapa, Michael Cord summed up the allure: “It’s all about being out here.” v

VINTAGE HAWAIIAN Dedicated to preserving, restoring, and releasing Hawaii’s musical treasures, Cord International shares the timeless aloha of the 49th state. Explore Michael Cord’s record label online at cordinternational.com. Michael and Maryann plan to build anew in Ventura County when their current home sells. For price and detailed information about our featured home, log on to 1874terrace.com or call Fred Evans at 805.339.3502.


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he chaos was glorious. Traffic laws seemed a matter of opinion, hawkers barked their offers through scratchy speakers perched on fruit stands, and pedestrians took their lives in their hands sprinting across the potholed streets. Peru in 1988 was a country on the brink; the local currency had the value of confetti and civil war was raging. For an 18-year-old with Peruvian roots who’d grown up in the manicured suburbs of the Conejo Valley, it was beyond eye-opening. Through a beat-up Leica M6 and a bag full of Tri-X, Peru seduced me. It was therapy to relieve the pressures of working in the newspaper world. Freed of editors’

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expectations and constricting deadlines, I immersed myself in the art of black-andwhite film and darkroom printing. Peru has changed considerably since that first visit but I am still under her spell. I travel to the Andean nation just about every year. The economy is booming and the old mantra of Peruvians being more accustomed to catastrophe than success is taking on water. My most recent trip was for an assignment: a set of stories for the Los Angeles Times, my current employer. The Leicas are gathering dust in this new digital world. It might be time to clean them up and hit the Andean highway once again. v


Above: On the altiplano, or high plain, between Cusco and Puno, passengers wait anxiously while their broken-down locomotive gets repaired. Right: In Puno, a cerveza-fueled character turns a fireworks display into an impromptu dance performance.

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER Ventura County native and current resident Michael Robinson Chávez has been a photographer at the Los Angeles Times since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in more than 45 countries, and has twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association. “Awaiting the Rain,” his recently published book of photographs from Peru, is available online at robinsonchavez.com.

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hollywood beach beauty C harm i n g e n gl i sh t u d o r i n camar i ll o

Spacious, plus in law quarters Over 4 thousand square feet including self contained in law quarters with separate entrance, main room with a fireplace and its own kitchen. The formal living room in the home has a fireplace, loft

area that could be an office or library and a large master suite. It’s on a nice, one acre lot. Las Posas Estates location close to country club. Contact Ray De Silva, Troop Real Estate, 805-444-3848

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Enjoy the Parade of Lights and 4th of July fireworks from this Hollywood Beach home in close proximity to the harbor entrance and just 15 second stroll from the beach. The roof top, which currently has no railings could be made into a full size deck with 360 degree view of the marina, beach, and mountains. This home features a raised dining area, spacious living room, large bonus room, considerable closet/ storage space with one prepped for sauna, 2 car attached garage with multi-level built-in storage shelves, copper piping, granite

kitchen countertops, carpet and wood flooring, natural finished cabinets and doors, skylights, and many more. The home has great potential for two families or live on 2nd level and rent the lower level, which has a separate entrance. Contact Rod Tuazon, Troop Real Estate, 805-890-5845

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Ocean front in historic location Phenomenal views abound from this stunning home that has been extensively remodeled. This spectacular ocean front home is a delight to the senses. A dramatic entry includes a beautiful door, custom overhead light feature, and stone wall treatment. This contemporary space includes a wet bar with both wine fridge and additional refrigerator, a spacious closet and patio adjacent to the surf and sand. The second level 42

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sinks, a shower and extravagant tub, and a flex space that would be a remarkable home office, yoga room, nursery or workout area. Move in today‌entertain tonight! Contact Ariel & Karen, Coldwell Banker Beach Office, 805-746-2070

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Country French Feel with garden Just like having a farmers market in your own backyard with seasonal fruit every month of the year! Country kitchen, tile counters and bar. Saltillo tile in living room, kitchen and dining area. Home is enhanced with beautiful plantation shutters. Remodeled bathrooms with marble, slate and glass. This home shows beautifully and makes you want to come in

and just put your feet up. Loads of storage throughout. Contact Judy Fairchild, RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors, 805- 339-3585.

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venTura’s exClusive hoBson heighTs._Custom_home_w/_panoramic_ocean_ and_island_views._approx._4,000_SF_per_seller_w/_3+3.5._2_FPs,_2_family_rooms_–_1_ approx._900_SF_w/_pool_table_area,_media_area,_full_wet_bar_and_located_close_to_ pool_area._Brand_new_gourmet_kitchen._large_master_suite_w/_viewing_deck._3-car_ garage._one_of_the_nicest_homes_on_the_hillside._owner_has_over_2.1M_invested._ oFFered aT $1,735,000 - Visit www.1810miramar.com

neW PriCe! highly uPgraded WaTerFronT venTura Keys home._approx._3,271_SF_per_assessor_with_4_Br,_4_Ba._Gourmet_kitchen,_ living_ room_ w/_ FP._ _ large_ master_ suite_ with_ spa_ tub_ &_ 2_ walk-in_ closets._ Huge_ east_ facing_ viewing_ deck_ great_ for_ entertaining._ 35_ ft._ boat_ dock._ oFFered aT $1,349,000 - Visit www.2652Bayshore.com

FanTasTiC neW loW PriCe! venTura’s PrivaTe and gaTed ranCho visTa lane._views_from_the_Topa_Topa_to_the_ventura_County_Coastline._4+3.5_w/approx._ 3,247_SF_per_assessor_on_2+_acres._Upgraded_custom_kitchen_w/maple_cabinets,_island,_ granite,_SS_appliances,_&_alder_floors._2_FPs,_travertine_&_pine_flooring._Separate_guest_ quarters._ 4_ driveways_ w/abundant_ parking_ with_ space_ for_ rv_ and_ boat._ 45_ avocado_ and_other_assorted_fruit_trees._owner_will_consider_financing_or_lease_option_to_buy_to_ qualified_buyer._amazing value aT $1,145,000 - Visit www.1100RanchoVista.com

Builder Close ouT! 6 monThs Free PaymenTs! Brand neW oxnard shores BeaCh homes!_approx._2,936_–_2,964_SF_per_builder_with_3+2.5._The_ultimate_ in_ casual_ living_ with_ a_ great_ room_ and_ chef’s_ kitchen_ w/designer_ cabinetry,_ Koehler_ fixtures_&_slab_granite_counter_tops._Quality_stainless_steel_appliances._Gorgeous_master_ suite_with_generous_walk-in_closet_and_bath_with_walk-in_ shower._Pre-wired_for_security,_cat5,_and_surround_sound_ including_ rear_ yard_ &_ rooftop_ deck._ Private_ rear_ gate_ opens_to_a_walkway_toward_the_ocean._PriCed From $879,990 Visit www.FredsBeachBuys.net

neW PriCe! sPeCTaCular venTura hillside PanoramiC oCean, island & CiTy lighTs vieW home._ 4+3_ and_ 3_ fireplaces_ w/approx._ 2,866_ SF_ per_ appraiser_ on_ large_ 9,450_ SF_ lot._ entire_2nd_floor_addition_is_the_master_suite_approx._800_SF._over_ $150k_ in_ remodeling_ completed_ within_ the_ last_ 2_ years._ Terraced_ back_ yard_ landscaped_ w/lush_ plantings,_ fruit_ trees,_ &_ a_ crow’s_ nest_patio_for_addt’l_views.__ouTsTanding value aT $720,000 Visit www.3153Hilltop.com

reduCed! CusTom sanTa Paula Pool home._ 4_ Br,_ 3_ Ba_ w/approx._ 3,778_ SF_ per_ tax_ records_ on_ large_ lot_ approx._ 16,647_ SF._ Features_incl_granite,_porcelain_tile,_custom_doors_&_cabinets,_central_ vacuum,_ copper_ kitchen_ sink,_ and_ upgraded_ appliances._ Handscraped_ hickory_ wood_ floors._ Huge_ game_ room_ w/bar,_ fireplace_ &_ balcony._Master_suite_w/fireplace_and_custom_bathroom._Downstairs_ Br_used_as_an_office._Wrought_iron_fencing_&_rv_parking_w/hook-ups._ Solar_heated_salt-water_pool_and_covered_cabana_with_bathroom._30_ mature_fruit_trees._located_in_the_Mupa_School_District._oFFered aT $624,000 Visit www.1482Cedar.com

venTura seavieW hills ToWnhome._Panoramic_ocean,_island,_ and_city_views_from_Surfer’s_Point_to_the_Santa_Monica_Mountains._ original_ owner_ only_ used_ as_ second_ home._ Highly_ upgraded_ and_ remodeled._Shows_like_a_new_town_home._2_Br,_2_Ba_with_over_1,600_ sq._ ft._ 2_ fireplaces._ oversized_ garage_ with_ workout_ area_ or_ office._ oFFered aT $559,000 - Visit www.876Vallecito.com

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Mandalay Bay Boat Dock Home Reduced to $939,000 Enjoy California coastal living in this gorgeous 4-bedroom Ventura beach home located 4 lots from the sand. Features include great water views from the numerous terraces and rooftop deck, a dream kitchen. a large living room opening up to a private backyard, and lots of living space. Call Buki today for a private showing of a home you will want to own!

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HOLLYWOOD BEACH - OXNARD Wonderful marina, beach and mountain views from the rooftop. 3 BR + 2 BA, 2,103 SF. $849,000

VICTORIA ESTATES - NORTH OXNARD Short Sale Approved. Former model. 5 BR + 3.5 BA. 4,041 SF. Downstairs $572,300 Master Bedroom.

SUENO PROMESA - NORTH OXNARD End unit. 4 BR + 3 BA + Large Loft. 2,868 SF. 3-car attached garage. $425,000 Open and airy.

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WILLIAM LYONS HOMES - NORTH OXNARD Short Sale. Desirable 6 BR + 3 BA. 2,942 SF. 3-car tandem garage. $390,000 Bed/bath downstairs.

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Ventura Music Festival May 3 – 12 | Ventura The Ventura Music Festival offers a 10-day themed festival in early May, and jazz and “crossover” concerts in the fall and winter months. The concerts are held in a variety of local venues. The festival stands as one of the county’s signature events, attracting more than 6,000 concertgoers every spring. Each year, the festival focuses on a specific theme, amplified by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta’s choice of artists and repertoire and highlighted during concert talks, lectures, and interviews. For tickets and detailed information about the 2012 Ventura Music Festival, visit venturamusicfestival.org.

Tales at the Ranch May 16 | Camarillo Ranch House Wyatt McCrea, grandson of legendary film stars Joe McCrea and his wife Frances Dee, who were also local ranchers, will share his grandparents’ life in Ventura County and their many community activities. $5 for non-members; free to CRF members. 7 p.m. Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit camarilloranch.org.

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california strawberry festival

May 18 – June 17 | Ojai Center for the Arts From the fertile mind of Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends) comes “the fun-niest and one of his most moving plays,” about a man who becomes a successful novelist then returns home to Brooklyn to visit his dying father, his family, and his friends. Full of irony, wit, and wisdom, the play follows our protagonist as he tries to reconnect with the other characters in light of his success and failures. 113 S. Montgomery St,, Ojai. For more information, visit ojaiact.org.

Lisa Haley & the Zydekats May 19 | Dancing Oak Ranch, Ojai This Americana/Cajun/Zydeco category Grammy-nominated fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter serves up heart-moving Louisiana Bayou rhythms, traditional stylings, and original songs speaking to all ages. Lisa’s musical upbringing combines multifaceted genres of Americana, Cajun, Zydeco, Celtic, Folk, Blues, and Jazz genres. $18 in advance, $20 at the gate, kids under 15 free. Gates open at 5 p.m. Dancing Oak Ranch, West Highway 150, Ojai. For more information, visit ojaiconcertseries.com.

California Strawberry Festival May 19 & 20 | Oxnard This long-running festival celebrates Ventura County’s sweetest crop and benefits more than 25 Southland charities. In addition to strawberry-inspired foods and activities, visitors will enjoy countless attractions, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, “Strawberryland For Kids,” gooey contests, arts and crafts, and more. Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit strawberry-fest.org.

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May 19 – June 10 | Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura Rubicon’s first play by August Wilson is also the first chronologically in the playwright’s powerful 10-play series dramatizing the African-American experience in the 20th century. Gem of the Ocean is a powerful, mystical play set in 1904 in Pennsylvania’s Hill District. At a local mill, a black man is accused of stealing a bucket of nails. But rather than confess to a crime he didn’t commit, he jumps in the river and becomes a martyr to his coworkers. Riots break out and the workers begin to strike. Against this turbulent backdrop, another young man arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer who is the keeper of tradition and history for her people. She sends Citizen on a spiritual journey aboard the slave ship Gem of the Ocean, where he must learn about his ancestors and then face the truth about himself. $25 - $54. 1006 East Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit rubicontheatre.org.

Boys & Girls Club of Ventura Garden Party May 20 | Pierpont Inn, Ventura The 19th Annual Garden Party will include diverse wines, brews, and cuisine from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, confectioners, and bakeries. A large silent auction featuring a variety of themed baskets and specialty gift items will be included. There will be music by Jeanne Tatum & Co. in the Pierpont gardens. Event proceeds will benefit the youth (6-18 years of 4 6 | v e n t a n a | m ay 2 0 1 2

age) at the five centers of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura in Ventura, Oak View, and Saticoy. Advance tickets are available for $50 each or $60 at the door on the day of the event. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Historic Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Rd., Ventura. For more information or to order tickets, visit bgclubventura.org.

Conejo Wine & Jazz Festival May 20 | Thousand Oaks The festival includes restaurants, caterers, and wineries in addition to live jazz performances by some of the area’s finest musicians. Guests will enjoy wine and food tastings. This event supports the local high school music programs of the Conejo Valley. The cost to attend is $50; VIP tickets ($75) include a VIP parking pass, one-hour early admission, and reserved VIP seating near the jazz music stage and under a shade tent. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 East Janss Rd. in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit conejowineandjazz.com.

Kingdom Center Classic Golf Tournament May 21 | Olivas Links, Ventura The community is invited to participate in supporting The Kingdom Center Ventura (TKC Ventura) at the 2nd Annual Kingdom Center Classic Golf Tournament. The event includes a luau with a BBQ dinner at the Wedgewood, located just down the road from Olivas Links at the Buenaventura Golf Course (5882 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura). The luau will feature live Hawaiian dancers and guest speaker Kevin Malone, former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. $125 per player includes the luau. Registration for the luau only is $30. 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Olivas Links, 3750 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit tkcventura.org. 

Art in the Park May 26 & 27 | Libbey Park, Ojai Art in the Park is an annual tradition started in 1977 by local artists at the Ojai Art Center to give fine artists a place to sell their work during the Memorial Day weekend. The festival attracts artists from near and far. The relaxed atmosphere and approachable artists draw crowds from Ojai and neighboring communities. The event will include a young patrons gallery, high school student exhibition area, youth art workshops, art demonstrations for adults, food lounge, and music venue. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Libbey Park. For more information, visit ojaiartcenter.org.

on the horizon Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival June 3 California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo Guests will enjoy food from some of the best restaurants, bakeries, and caterers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, along with an excellent selection of award-winning California wines, including local favorites. A culinary competition will showcase the work of Ventura County’s top chefs. Proceeds go to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, the largest nonprofit provider of children’s mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Tickets: $100 in advance, $125 at the door, $200 VIP. CSUCI campus in Camarillo.1:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit cpwineandfoodfestival.com.

Ojai Music Festival June 7 – 10 | Ojai Established in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has fostered a healthy spirit of eclecticism in its programs, gaining a worldwide reputation for artistic freedom and exceptional classical music. For tickets and more information, visit ojaifestival.org.

A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash June 16 | Ventura County Fairgrounds Roadshow Revival and Cindy Cash will bring “A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash” back to the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This fourth annual event will take place on Father’s Day weekend 2012 and showcase fantastic musical talents, ranging from rockabilly to outlaw country, with performers that include national headliners, tribute bands, and local acts. 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For tickets and detailed information, visit roadshowrevival.com.


Ray De Silva 805.444.3848 DRE# 00897252

Ray.Desilva@troop.com - www.raydesilva.com

Charming English Tudor 4,019 sq. ft., 4BR + 3BA + 1 BR + 1BA self contained in-laws quarters including separate entrance, main room with fireplace and kitchen. Formal living room with fireplace, loft area could be office or library. Large master suite. Nice 1-acre lot. Las Posas Estates location close to country club.

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Victoria Estates Glen Eagles largest floor plan. 4BR+3BA+Bonus Room+Office. Could be 5th BR. Approx. 3149 sq. ft. 3 car garage, new carpet, paint and appliances. Stamped concrete patio/driveway, gated community close to schools. Offered For Sale at 489,900

Beautiful Las Posas Estates home with downstairs master and bonus room on the second floor. Formal living and dining rooms, vaulted ceilings, family room with fireplace. Remodeled gourmet kitchen with center island, granite countertops. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms with the master bath remodeled. Within walking distance to Las Posas Country Club. $799,000

Las Posas Meadows pool home with 2,295 sq. ft. Split level with 4BR + 3BA; 1BR + 1BA on the main level. Corner location. Formal LR and DR. Breakfast nook adjacent to kitchen with sliding door to the back yard. Dual-paned windows & doors throughout. Refurbished bathrooms. Pergo flooring in the family room; sliding door to back yard and the refreshing pool—just in time for summer! $499,000

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Westport at Mandalay Bat townhome with 2,599 sq. ft. 4BR + 2.5BA. Desirable end unit. Upgraded kitchen, large master suite with balcony. Family room with fireplace. Detached 2-car garage. $412,900

Remodeled Las Posas Estates single story home with 4BR + 3BA and 2,479 sq. ft. Built in 1964. Great half acre lot. Beautifully landscaped including fruit trees. Covered patio. Detached 3-car garage. $650,000

Delightful Cypress Point home with 4BR + 2.5BA and 2,198 sq. ft. Downstairs master bedroom/bath. Granite counters in the kitchen. Family room with fireplace. New carpet. Generously sized lot of 9,289 sq. ft. Cul-de-sac location. Community pool, spa and play area. Close to River Ridge Golf Club and schools. $464,900

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Gold & Silver I’m working with a client to make a ring that will match her favorite bracelet. This ring features a diamond set into the silver center section that is ribbed. The ribbing echos the bracelet. This is another one that appears deceptively simple, but was far from it. The edge is in 18K gold. Notice that the gold goes across the bottom of the shank of the ring. This means that it will be easy to size the ring to fit her exactly. Every ring fits the finger a little bit differently. Designing with wearability is one of our basic principles. Part of that is we make sure we can service things like tiny adjustments in the ring size when you first get your ring — or even completely resizing it because you wish to wear it on another finger. Our designs really are all about you.

“I don’t copy what’s new... I create what’s next!” —Bob Lynn

Lynn’s Jewelry Studio 805 642-5500 6100 Telegraph Rd., Suite C Ventura in the Victoria Plaza Center Corner of Telegraph & Victoria

Wed - Fri 11-7 Sat 10-4 And By Appointment

All of our custom designs have been made from 100% recycled gold for more than 35 years. Respect for the earth is not a new idea at Lynn’s.


Ventana Monthly, May 2012