Literary & Cultural Events 2/7-2/27/08

Happy Chinese New Year: the Rat! So now, some Rat Haps!

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, sign up NOW for the Asian philosophy and haiku class that Sophia Kidd and I are offering this Sat Feb. 9 from 9am-noon through VC Community Ed. Right now it is under-enrolled, so unless you go on-line NOW and sign up, it will be cancelled tomorrow, Thursday, at noon. If you don’t know her, Sophia has a BA in philosophy from UCSC and she’s spent the better part of the last 10 years in Asia.


Writers interested in working on craft might also check out Danika Dinsmore’s blog, The Accidental Novelist, which has weekly writing workouts on-line. These are posted on Fridays.


Th. Feb 7 Artbarn

SIMPLE PROSPERITY Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle Slideshow and Booksigning with Author David Wann Thursday, Feb 7th at 7pm at the Artbarn: 856 East Thompson Blvd., VTA (btwn. ash & kalorama, behind kids & families together)


Th. Feb 7 VC: Author and attorney Michael Mehas and a panel of local experts in the fields of law and psychology will take part in a discussion after a screening of the film “Alpha Dog” as part of the Ventura College Spring 2008 Arts and Lecture Series.

The film will screen at 5 p.m. Thursday in Ventura College’s lecture hall UV1. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
Mehas, associate producer of “Alpha Dog” and author of “Stolen Boy,” will lead a panel discussion with key experts on such topics as parent-child relationships, mob mentality, subculture of drugs and privilege, and parental responsibility versus peer influence in society. The film is based on the true story of the kidnapping and slaying of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz in 2000 and the alleged involvement of Jesse James Hollywood.

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Next 2 weekends: The Little Fakers fondly present: Episode 5 of “Sunset Chronicles” A Puppet Rock Opera

Tickets available at http://www.panorama
Tickets are $10 general admission
$5 for students, seniors, members of the Panorama Enthusiast Society and children under 10

Friday, February 8 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 @ 3 p.m.

Opening Show: Katie Shook and Eric Lindley performing puppet antics and homemade melodies
Post-show musical entertainment by Telematique (2/8 and 2/10) and Magic Gas (2/9)


Friday, February 15 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 @ 3 p.m.

Opening Show: Images and Songs by the Here & Now
Post-show musical entertainment by Triple Chicken Foot (2/16) and Gemmelica&Marshweed (2/15 and 2/17)

SUNSET CHRONICLES is a serial drama set on the eastern edge of Sunset Boulevard, with a cast consisting entirely of handmade marionettes. In each episode a band of hardy souls navigates an otherworldly Los Angeles, an uncanny cityscape of abandoned buildings, forgotten histories and real and surreal possibilities. Any resemblance between the puppets and actual Los Angeles residents is purely intentional. All episodes are self-contained – tune in today!

The Little Fakers is a collective of puppet theater artists, sound artists, musicians and writers working in the LA area. For the past three years we have performed our ongoing marionette serial at venues across the city including Beta Level, Il Coral, and the Velaslavasay Panorama, and in Joshua Tree at Noah Purifoy’s Sculpture Environment.


W 2/13 VC
Dwight Reynolds
Professor of Arabic Language and Literature and Associate Director of the Middle East Studies Center at UCSB
Scott Marcus
Professor of Music and Founder and Director of the Middle East Ensemble at UCSB

in the Musical Traditions of Medieval Islamic Spain
Live Performance by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble

This program explores the many different offshoots of the musical heritage of al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Spain) including Andalusian songs from Algeria, songs from Sephardic and Yemeni Jewish traditions, as well as songs from eastern Arab lands such as Egypt and Syria. This commemoration of the astonishing richness and longevity of these musical traditions focuses on both threads of continuity in form and style, as well as highlighting the remarkable diversity of these various descendants of the Golden Age of al-Andalus.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7-9 p.m. / Ventura College Theater/ FREEFOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT DR. FARZEEN NASRI AT 654-6400, EXT. 1217



W. 2/13 Moorpark College Read:

T. 2/19 6p REDCAT presents NY School Poets

T. 2/26 David Olivera at the Artists Union Gallery

W. 2.27 noon CA Poet Laureate Al Young at Oxnard College; he’ll be coming to VC in April!

Save the date: 3.8.08 Art City Fundraiser at Bell Arts. Beautiful letterpress tix (by lettre sauvage) on sale NOW from your friendly neighborhood artists (like Sophia and I)! Go to http://artcityventura.wordpress. com for more info. Many hands make light work you know.

Since this is by no way inclusive of everything, for more poetry stuff go to