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NEWS
October 1, 1992
Indian rights activist John Trudell will vent his spleen most eloquently when he offers a spoken-word performance Wednesday at the Insomniac Coffeehouse in Ventura. The show begins at 8 p.m. Cost for the program at the Mayfair Theatre, 793 Santa Clara St., is $4. Trudell, a Santee Sioux, was born in Omaha and has been writing poetry since 1979. He turned to poetry as a form of therapy after the death of his wife, children and mother-in-law in a fire.
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NEWS
July 16, 1992
If past productions provide any clue, Illusions Theatre's "Sleeping Beauty" is sure to delight both children and parents who head to Ojai's Libbey Park this weekend. Mastering the art of staging entertaining theatrics on a shoestring budget, the children's theater group--lead by founder Elizabeth Ridenour--has earned kudos for its imaginative productions of "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," Indian folklore works and more.
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October 15, 1992 | PEGGY Y. LEE
Ventura's Insomniac Coffeehouse has received permission to operate in a mixed residential and commercial neighborhood as long as it continues to lower its sound level and cut down on loiterers. The Planning Commission on Tuesday granted a permit that requires the coffeehouse to hire two security guards to patrol the area near 793 E. Santa Clara St.
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March 8, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura Planning Commission is scheduled Tuesday to consider revoking the Mayfair Theatre's conditional use permit. City staff is recommending that the permit be revoked based on complaints from the theater's neighbors and calls received by the Ventura Police Department about the theater at 793 E. Santa Clara St. Assistant City Manager Phil Johnson said the Mayfair's operators also failed to make minor upgrades and keep loiterers off neighbor's lawns and away from driveways.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1993 | ZAN STEWART
Holly Cole has guts, and promise. The Canadian singer sidled on stage Friday at the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica and hit her audience with a come-hither ballad. "Talk to Me, Baby" was delivered at the pace of ice cream melting in the summer sun, and was highlighted by breathy, intimate tones. This nervy, unadorned quality marked the best selections in Cole's L.A. concert debut.
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March 11, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura Planning Commission has decided to give the Mayfair Theatre a second chance, declining to revoke its operating permit over the objections of neighbors and business owners. Residents, nearby business owners and police say the theater's teen-age patrons are disrupting the neighborhood. Based on complaints of littering and trespassing, city planners had recommended that the Planning Commission revoke the theater's permit.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1993 | DON HECKMAN
In her salad days 20-plus years ago, Laura Nyro was a gifted songwriter and a singer with limited tonal range. Her show at the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica on Saturday enhanced that image. Working with her own piano-synthesizer accompaniment and a group of six female singers, Nyro worked her way through a blandly performed, uneven collection of original songs. Almost without exception, her earliest material was the best--"Wedding Bell Blues," "Save the Country," "And When I Die."
NEWS
August 20, 1992
The bilingual Inlakech Theatre Company of Oxnard will host the Fourth Annual Califas Chicano/Latino Theatre Festival Friday through Sunday at sites in Oxnard and Ventura. The event will feature performances by nine groups from California and Mexico as well as workshops, demonstrations and critiques on the diverse and unique aspects of Chicano/Latino theater.
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