Archive for October, 2008

October 26, 2008

A few images from ArtWalk

Some people actually dream about owning new shoes.

Hot new artist. (I'm staking my claim!)

Hot new artist. (I stake my claim!)

October 25, 2008

We won’t stop making art…

In the Stoneworks garden

In the Stoneworks garden

My mantra about Ventura’s arts scene of late is that when it appears barren, that’s when there is the most potential for real art to be born. Lack of funding, resources and venues–while frustrating–demands ingenuity, imagination and cooperation to overcome and possibly transcend. It is exactly this kind of environment that allows for authentic, inspired expression–even collaboration.

I had an interesting conversation with Michele Chapin, owner of Stoneworks Studios during the Harvest ArtWalk last weekend. (Stay tuned for photos and more about artwalk). Michele has an inherent understanding of the concept of hospitality and its relevance to community life. The whole time I chatted with her she was dishing out slices of cheesecake with berry sauce that she made for guests in addition to brownies and a savory buffet. Despite losing her job recently and the omnipresent threat of financial armageddon, she has no plans to stop making art.

Instead, she plans to open her large space to other struggling artists for the sharing of life, food and creativity. One artist she recently invited to join in the fun at Stoneworks is a guy named Verdell (sp?) who paints graphic, sort of urban images on canvas. Look for something about him in VCReporter soon.

Michele has been through a lot this year and nearly lost her space. Administrators of the “New Art City” pretty much told her it’s not their responsibility to keep her afloat. While she navigates the artist’s life sans the dayjob that funds it all, she’s remains strong and optimistic as we all must during challenging times. But, the point is, adversity doesn’t kill art; it births it. And this applies to everything, because our lives are blank canvasses, and we can respond to increasingly dire circumstances by either caving or creating.

October 25, 2008

Ian Mackaye

I don’t want to spoil what is sure to be an insightful report from David Cotner on Ian Mackaye‘s Q & A session in Ventura a few nights ago, but it was a rare treat to cram into an 85 degree room with 60 + fans to see and hear one of punk rock’s great thinkers. The straight edge pioneer, childhood pal of Henry Rollins and all around decent guy shared some funny stories and priceless anecdotes about music, touring and technology. Look for Cotner’s story in the Oct. 30 issue of VCReporter.

October 25, 2008

Racism is alive and well in Ventura

Last weekend my 14 year-old son volunteered at the Obama booth during ArtWalk. There was a life size cardboard cutout of our man Barack on display. He reported that more than one person dropped by the booth armed with stupidity and the n-word. Sigh.

October 25, 2008

Record Swap?

This looks really cool. I wish I’d known sooner so I could promote it in the paper. I’ll be checking it out; you should too. (Thanks to Tim Bramlette for spreading the good news.)

October 16, 2008

On another note…

…I’m beginning to understand the hype surrounding Cold War Kids. They’re from Fullerton, the home of my old pals Social Distortion. A few good bands have been known to germinate behind the orange curtain. (I’m also predicitable).

October 16, 2008

Joe The Plumber

He’s real and I interviewed him today.

October 15, 2008

L33T sauce… or something

It’s a big day for wowheads and a milestone for me.  Today Blizzard released the first and biggest patch associated with the Wrath of the Lich King World of Warcraft expansion which is due in stores Nov. 13. What this means is that my warrior gets to explore new content, fight new battles and get a haircut.  That’s just the beginning. I haven’t been drooling over this like other wow freaks I know but I’m excited to get home and take a look around. On another note: I created my very first Urban Dictionary entry today for the word “wowhead” and I’m waiting for editors to approve it.

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