Presented by the Ventura College Dance Department, SEPARATION is this season's site specific dance concert produced and directed by Ventura College dance instructor Krenly Guzman, featuring Flight Club Fitness and Lindsey and Marcie Griffiths, with costumes by Abra Flores and video by Christopher A. Hashemipour.
The show runs Dec. 12 -14 at 8pm in the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd.
Join Art Predator and students Thursday December 12 at 7:30pm for a featured reading by Westmont Professor Paul Willis at Foster Library (in the Topping Room) 651 E. Main Street, Ventura CA 93001. Paul is also a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, host of the annual William Stafford reading, and an avid outdoorsperson.
Phil Taggart hosts and an open mic follows (one poem, no epics!) where my students and I will read from our newly published anthologies.
Bike to the Future in Santa Barbara tonight, Holiday Cheer Ride in Ventura tomorrow...and maybe a SantaCon?
It's almost winter! That means around here you can see the Channel Islands on sunny days, my desk is covered with student research papers, and at Ventura College, my students and I are working on our class publications where we create broadsides of a written work and make enough copies for everyone. I'm going to be submitting my water poem that I wrote as a commission for the City of Pasadena (read the beginning of it here).
Yesterday Seth Godin wrote about speaking in public. Godin says that people are afraid to speak in public because they believe they are being actively judged and that the subject of the talk or presentation that they are giving is them.
This is false. The truth, he writes, is
You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged…
Contact Congress! Go for a ride! Speak at City Hall! Write a letter to the Editor! Make our streets safe for all!
Drivers watch for cyclists please! We need to coexist! Ride for awareness Ventura 11/23/13 pic.twitter.com/VTfL0LxqUM
— Gwendolyn Alley, MA (@ArtPredator) November 22, 2013
VCCool is leading three upcoming actions, starting with a ride tomorrow, Sat. Nov. 23, 2013:
1.) Bicycle Awareness Ride
Saturday, November 23, 2:00pm-4:30pm,
Starting at the HUB Community Bike Shop
1150 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura
Wear signs about the SOLUTION!!
This is not a ride of silence. What’s our message?
Same Roads, Same Rights, Same Responsibilities.
“We’re all in this together!” or “Bicycling Makes Life Wonderful.”
The Route: Ventura Ave/Main St/Loma Vista/Then Back
My students can join the ride for extra credit or to make up an absence.
2.) Letters to the Editor
Share how our dangerous roads affect you, your family, and our community. What are some solutions that would serve all of us? What does the freedom to bicycle and walk in our City mean to you? Do you have a kind message that you think might educate readers?
Please take a few minutes in the next day or two to write and email or snail mail your letter in advance of the council meeting and to follow-up awareness after the ride. My students can write AND SEND a letter for extra credit. Include the published letter in your portfolio.
3.) Bring the Issue to City Council
Monday, December 2
6:00pm- 7:30ish (come early to get a seat and fill out a PINK comment form)
Ventura City Hall
501 Poli St., Ventura, CA
Students can attend for extra credit–even more if you prepare something to say, speak, and include your notes/speech in your portfolio.
Published on Nov 20, 2012, this video as been viewed nearly 12 million times. It shows up on my Facebook feed every month or so which makes me think that a lot of these views have happened through sharing. It shows infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers pointing out that reality is often not what we think it is.
If you are one of my students, please get your entries to me THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14 in class OR put in my mailbox before NOON on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15. Some of you may want to consider whether your midterm essay on Rachel Carson might be a contender!