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August 2019

OAC Newsletter
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THEATRE... ANNIE, KIDSAUG 8, 9,10,11. Our youth branch has assembled a talented group of young actors to perform in this Tony Award winning musical. Based on the popular comic strip, ANNIE, KIDS features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. Directed by Gai Jones, produced by Lin Coleman.  Performances are Thursday, August 8th, 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 9th, 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 10th, 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 11th, 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. Purchase tickets online or call 805-640-8797.

AUDITIONS… for an intergenerational cast of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. Many roles for boys and girls, men and women, ages 7-adult. Young ones must be able to read play scripts. Prepare 16 bars on any song; dress for dance movement; sides will be provided on arrival. Bring a headshot and one-page resume. Auditions: Sunday, August 18th, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. or Monday, August 19th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, August 20th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rehearsals will be in the evenings Monday through Thursday, August, September, early October. Then Monday through Friday October and November. Performance dates are November 22nd - December 15th. Email gai.jones@sbcglobal.net for more information and to schedule an audition date and time.

Coming in September, the Art Center Theater is proud to present BLESS YOUR HEART, an original play written by our own Artistic Director, Richard Camp. The play is an LOL comedy with heart, about evolution, religion and Elvis Presley. A teacher of evolutionary biology returns to his home in North Carolina to try and stop his 17-year-old brother from marrying the 18-year-old Preacher's daughter. While there, he lock horns with his evangelical mother and his Baptist preacher stepfather. Their differences are displayed with an abundance of humor as the science and religion sides discover common ground between them, and re-discover the importance of family. Not to mention the 11-times married Aunt with an Elvis fetish, whose favorite phrase is "butter my butt an call me a biscuit!" BLESS YOUR HEART opens September 6th and runs weekends through September 29th. It's sure to be another jewel in the crown of our already wonderful 80th anniversary season. 

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ART... 

THE OJAI SUMMER OPEN will be on display August 3rd to August 29th. Each year we invite artists to participate in a themed show. This year we threw out the theme and invited artists to participate in an open show. It should be fantastic. Lots of artists, lots of art. Reception is Saturday, August 10th, 1 - 3 p.m.  

Bonnie Caruk Riege will teach two art classes this fall:  From Still Life to Imagination will start Monday, September 9th and run to October 7th, 10:00 a.m. to noon. This is a class geared to all levels,16 years and up. On Wednesdays, September 4th to October 9th, 10:00 a.m. to noon she will teach Oil Painting Classes.  Also geared to all levels, 16 years of age and up. Call 805-640-1491 or email carukart@hotmail.com for more info and to register. 

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LITERARY... The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch Announces a Short Story Contest.  In celebration of the Art Center’s 80th Anniversary the Literary Branch seeks submissions with the following guidelines: Each story must contain exactly 80 words—no more, no less. 

Submission Fee: $10. Submissions accepted August 15 - September 15. Two categories: 17 years of age and younger & 18 and over (please indicate your category with your submission). A panel of judges will read and select the winners in each category.

Winners will be announced at a reception in the Art Center on Monday, October 14th at 7:00 pm. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a cash prize and will be asked to read their short stories at the reception. Seven honorable mention writers will also be chosen in each category, and will have the honor of sharing their stories at the reception. 

Submission and entry fee instructions will be posted on the Ojai Art Center Literary Branch facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ojai-Art-Center-Literary-Branch.

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JAZZ... On Sunday, August 25th at 6:00 pm, Ojai Jazz Concerts presents Grammy Winning Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx and Friends (tickets available after August.10th) at www.ojaijazzconcerts.com. Questions or tickets, contact Rich Tell at 805-746-0936. Tickets are $25 online/ $30 at the door. 
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ONGOING CLASSES...

MONDAY

  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • FROM STILL LIFE TO IMAGINATION, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, BONNIE CARUK RIEGE, 805-640-1491 (RR)
  • DANCING WITH PARKINSON'S, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, JEANINE AMES, 805-207-5225
  • LEARNING TO READ MUSIC, 3:30 PM, ages 4-6 yrs, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292 
  • ARGENTINE TANGO, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, STEPHEN BAUER, 805-646-7355 (1ST & 3RD MONDAYS)
TUESDAY: 
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, AARON WESTERBERG, 661-678-3634
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • DEVADANCE, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, CAMERON SHUBERT, 805-794-3460
WEDNESDAY:  
  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 10:00 AM, 11:00 A.M., KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • OIL PAINTING, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, BONNIE CARUK RIEGE, 805-640-8797 (RR)
  • OIAI DANCE, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, PAUL SULZMAN, 323-273-7285
THURSDAY:  
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, RICHARD FRANKLIN, 805-646-2770
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
SATURDAY:
  • IMPROV, 11:00 AM  - 3:00 PM, JOHN MEDEIROS. 818-648-9540 (RR)
 
 MEETINGS:   
  • THEATRE BRANCH, 1ST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 PM
  • BOARD OF TRUSTEES,  2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 PM
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