Archive for January, 2010

January 22, 2010

More Ventura County love for Haiti

Americans are clearly a generous people, which is evident time and time again when a great need develops anywhere in the world. Earlier this week, Larry King viewers donated $8 million for aid to Haitians during a telethon. Ventura County is following suit and creative types are proving once again to be some of the most compassionate folk around.

Yes, it’s impressive that Amgen donated $2 million, but when those who are struggling give what little they have, it makes a statement — and we all know how little most artists and musicians have. In just a few days, Ventura performer Kiley Ki organized a benefit concert that yielded more than $3,000 and she’s still collecting donations to try to bump it to $4 K.

VCReporter along with Zoey’s Café and Salzer’s Records is hosting a concert at the Lodge this Sunday, Jan. 24 that will feature some outstanding music by Shades of Day, Shane Alexander, Delaney Gibson and others who have been moved by the suffering of those devastated by the quake in Haiti. Ventura Film Society will also be on hand with a small slate of visual offerings to shed light on the plight of the Haitian people even before the great quakes.

Take 2 in Ventura is also hosting a benefit on Sunday with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. Roller Derby girls, and Oxnard Guitar Center staff will be on hand as well as Gary Boyer and other Ventura musicians.

Salzer’s is collecting shoes for the people of Haiti and Brandon Salzer reports that so far the response has been encouraging.

Latino radio La “M”, 103.7 FM in Port Hueneme will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Proceeds will go the Ventura County chapter of the Red Cross.

Let’s all show up for at least one of these and do what we can. Barring any brief medical emergencies (a common occurance of late), I plan to be at the Lodge with bells on and a few bucks in my hand.

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January 17, 2010

Ventura’s music scene banding together for Haiti

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MONDAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, for a HEAL HAITI FUNDRAISER to be held at Charline’s. Also, VCReporter along with Zoey’s is organizing a concert for Haiti to be held at the Lodge on Sunday, Jan. 24. Stay tuned for details.

Heal Haiti Fundraiser

Charline’s Urban Tapas & Wine Bar
546 E Main Street
Ventura CA 93001
805.652.2255 or
805.815-7272 for more info.

2PM till Midnight
10 dollar minimum donation at the door
plus 20% of sales will go to Direct Relief International (http://www.directrelief.org/EmergencyResponse/2010/EarthquakeHaiti.aspx)

We will have bands going hour by hour

RAW SILK will be opening up our fundraiser at 2pm followed by….

FIDO
Teresa Russell
Billy Davis (formerly of Emilbus)
Michael Menchaca(Legalizers)
The Preachers
Deja Blu
Ray Jay
Raging Arb and the Redheads and friends

January 7, 2010

Who are you?

As I look forward to a new calendar year of art, culture, music and media coverage I can’t help but wonder who my readers are. Some of you, obviously I know,  and we communicate, but I imagine (and hope) there are many more whom I’ve never interacted with.

My focus since I’ve been in this position has been to provide the most informative and entertaining resource possible for arts and culture in Ventura County and ONLY in Ventura County. We now have a bi-weekly music column, an expanded Happenings section and an After Dark that’s 100 percent devoted to local music.  I’ve also added Arts Briefs as a way to integrate information that’s relevant to both the arts community and its patrons, even when there’s no room for articles. In short, my charge has been maximizing space, spreading the love and championing the arts in Ventura County so that readers are edified and entertained and creatives are supported.

Though I feel like these are all positive additions, I’m somewhat in the dark as to how you feel about them, whether or not you’ve noticed, whether or not it’s served you.  I would love to get your thoughts and ideas as to how the paper could be improved, and I’d like to know how often you pick it up, what do you turn to first, what do you skip and what, if anything do you rely on.

If you have a minute, please clue me in. If you want to rant or pitch, shoot me an email: michel@vcreporter.com or contact me through facebook. 🙂

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