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Coming Up – The Great Art Theft, Sunday May 3, 4 to 7 p.m.
Don’t miss an opportunity to own a fabulous piece of art at a bargain basement price. (More info next month).  If you would like to donate a piece of art,
please contact Teri at 805-646-0117
On Saturday, March 7th, The Thematics return to the Ojai Art Center! 
They are Charlie Bosson, Jimmy Calire, Tara Jeffery, Virginia Kron, Kerenza Peacock, Rain Perry, Greg Weiser, J.B. White and Martin Young. The theme of the show is “California, I Love You” (inspired by the song from Rain’s most recent album): music that celebrates and contemplates the Golden State in all its glory and complexity. Along with Rain’s song, the concert will feature works by (among others) Dave Alvin, Randy Newman, John Fogerty, Gordon Jenkins, Chuck Prophet, and Otis Redding, as well as from the traditional canon. The Thematics are pleased to be premiering a new work written especially for the show by Ojai’s John Biggs!

The concert will start at 7:30. Tickets are available at
Chamber Concert... Moscow born pianist Natasha Kislenko returns as soloist on Sunday, March 15, at 2pm to dazzle us with Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky favorites. Speaking about this program Natasha said “I love to program an all-Russian recital. I feel deeply connected to Russian culture because I grew up and got my fundamental training and musical education there. I can easily say Russian music is in my blood. Selections from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky I played first at a music school as a child, and later at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. To play the entire opus is like living through a year in 19th Century Russia with its peculiar customs, climate and people. The brief poetic epigraphs to each piece create either a scene, or a certain mood, or even tell you a story... While Rachmaninoff is one of the audience favorites, I will not need to tell much about his music except to mention that I will play pieces written in his American years. He immigrated to the United States in 1918 and remained there till his last day in 1943.”

Tickets sold only at the door: $15 general admission, $12 Art Center members and students. For further information, call 805-640-1158.
Theatre Branch...
Our next presentation Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike opens March 20 and plays weekends through April 12.

Winner of the 2013 Tony award for Best Play, this playful Chekhov parody offers siblings who bicker and dicker, drink liquor and snicker in an old farmhouse on a Bucks County Pennsylvania cherry orchard. A star-studded cast, directed by Linda Livingston, includes Peter Schreiner, Laurie Slade, Tracey Williams Sutton, David Taylor, Nancy Solomons and Kristin Hoj. 

For tickets visit (preferred) or call 805-646-0117. 
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SAGE TO STAGE -  An acting/writing workshop for active seniors (55 and over) led by Gai Jones. This is a 6 week ongoing sequential senior theater workshop, meeting for 6 Wednesday afternoons and 1 evening. Inexperienced or experienced actors are invited. Sessions will include building an acting ensemble, improvisation study, acting techniques, writing original monologues and scenes based on life stories. Dates are March 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.  From 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.  Call 805-640-6472 or email to register or for more info. 
Art Branch...
Three talented men will share gallery and showcase space during March.

In the Main Gallery the work of Robbie Braun will be on display. Braun is a native of Louisiana. He lived for 45 years in New York City where he studied art at the Art League Of New York City. He has exhibited his oil paintings of barns, trees and landscapes in New York and New Orleans. He currently lives and paints in Ojai.

The Signature Gallery will display longtime Ojai resident Tom Hardcastle. Hardcastle is a nationally recognized pastel artist. He will give us a peak into vistas and landscapes taken from private properties in the Ojai Valley. He will also show a collection of antique and classic cars in the Beato Showcase.

The Front Showcase features the ceramics of Drew Lurie. He was first drawn to clay in the 1970’s and has been making one-of-a-kind face mugs, altered vessels, lidded jars and an assortment of whimsical pieces ever since. The show runs Feb 28 to April 3. Reception is Saturday, March 14, 1-3 p.m. 
Photography Branch... We are thrilled to announce the return of the Photography Branch. Under the guidance of Steve Adams the annual photography exhibit will be May 8 to June 4. The theme is Contrast:  Beyond Black and White. The theme of “contrast” goes far beyond black and white, to include a wide range of juxtaposed opposites. Contrast typically enhances differences that reflect into one another and create a new meaning. There are sensory contrasts such as color, tone, or texture; and conceptual contrasts, for example: new vs. old, rich vs. poor, raw vs. polished. The contrast may also be cultural, social, sexual or political.

Take in Tuesday, May 5, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 6, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  For more information and an application go to the Photography Branch page.
Art in the Park...
Mark your Calendars! The 43rd Annual Art in the Park will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd & 24th in Libbey Park.

Over 80 artists displaying in beautiful Libbey Park. Admission is free.

Deadline for exhibitor and vendors applications is March 13th. To learn more go to our website
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  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • DANCING WITH PARKINSON'S, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, JEANINE AMES, 805-207-5225
  • LEARNING TO READ MUSIC, 3:30 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • ARGENTINE TANGO, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, STEPHEN BAUER, 805-646-7355 (1ST & 3RD MONDAYS)

  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • DEVADANCE, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, CAMERON SHUBERT, 805-794-3460

  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292

  • 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

  • IMPROV, 11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM, JOHN MEDEIROS. 818-648-9540


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