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May 13, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD
The Klieg lights beamed over Ventura for good reason on Saturday night, for the gala concert of the third--and best--Ventura Chamber Music Festival. This was also to be the christening event for the remodeled Ventura Theater, but "remodeling" was the operative verb tense, and listeners dealt with folding chairs and wooden floors.
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May 8, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a development that stunned defense lawyers, Ventura County prosecutors revealed Monday that they have recovered a buried baseball bat allegedly used to beat 18-year-old William Zara to death in 1999. District attorney investigators dug up the bat in an orchard off Ventura Avenue on Saturday morning, after gang member Chris Gonzales admitted that he and Benny Lopez, one of four defendants in the murder trial, buried it there, prosecutors said in court.
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February 3, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Authorities are asking for the public's help in their investigation of what police said was an attack by Hells Angels motorcyclists at the Ventura Theatre that left at least one security guard injured. The fight broke out about 11 p.m. Saturday inside the theater at 26 S. Chestnut St. during a performance by Ventura-based band Raging Arb and the Redheads. According to Ventura Police Lt.
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September 23, 1999 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've got to hand it to the folks at Camarillo Community Theatre: not only is theirs the third production of the New Testament musical "Godspell" to appear on local stages in the last month (and the second in Camarillo), they had the sense of humor to open on the Jewish New Year.
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October 24, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "V" in Ventura is still missing from the marquee on Chestnut Street, but life is stirring again at the old Ventura Theater. Trucks are unloading beer and liquor to stock the bar, and electrical workers are revamping the sound system in preparation for the theater's first show under its new management Wednesday. The opening show will be a performance by Dave Nelson, who once played alongside Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, said Ardas Khalsa, one of the theater's new management partners.
SPORTS
February 5, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura Theater will become home to professional boxing April 17 for the first in a series of monthly fight cards to be staged at the 69-year-old auditorium. Robert Valdez, an Oxnard promoter with a history of presenting amateur bouts, said he has agreed to a one-year contract with the theater to present bouts on the third Thursday of every month. Programs typically will have five fights, including a women's match and a 10-round main event.
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
The rebirth of boxing in Ventura after a six-year absence found its roots in Orange County through a casual conversation of two friends. Paul Konapelsky, the president of LBA Associates of Costa Mesa, a boxing promotions company, and Gary Folgner, owner of the Ventura Theater, were having dinner a few months ago at another Folgner establishment, The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. "Gary and I were talking about boxing in general and he suggested to me to check out Ventura," Konapelsky said.
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September 30, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura's most dramatic theater space walks softly and carries a big volume. It doesn't stand tall as a looming, singular edifice, like, say, Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater, or the several venerable movie palaces still standing in Los Angeles. One might actually drive right by the location at 26 S. Chestnut St. and fail to notice it, folded as it is into the architectural face of the block. Chances are that anyone with a taste for night life knows exactly where the Ventura Theater is.
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May 23, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The million-dollar restoration of the Ventura Theater has ground to a halt after a principal financial backer pulled out. But the new operators of the historic theater say that they have found another investor, that renovation is 90% complete and that shows will begin next month on schedule. "He backed out for personal reasons, not because he was spooked about what was going on here," Glenis Gross, one of the two new theater operators, said Thursday. "We've regrouped. We do have new investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Band: Love and Money. Personnel: James Grant, guitar, vocals; Bobby Paterson, bass; Paul McGeechan, keyboards. History: Grant and McGeechan played together in a Glasgow-based acoustic-flavored band called Friends Again. After that group broke up, they formed Love and Money with Paterson and drummer Stuart Kerr and signed to PolyGram in 1985. In 1986, with American producer Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers), the group made the album "All You Need . . . ," which featured the British hit "Candybar Express."
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September 9, 1999 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The musical "I Love My Wife," now playing weekend matinees at the Conejo Players Theater, is a delightful surprise and one of the year's highlights. The show is hardly as well known as it deserves to be--the Broadway version earned Tony Award nominations for Michael Stewart's book and Cy Coleman's music but lost to "Annie." It's a tuneful comedy about two married men who, though young, are a bit bored with their sex lives.
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September 2, 1999 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whenever Neil Simon doesn't feel enough inspiration to write a full play, it seems, he writes a few one-acts, and sets them in a hotel: "Plaza Suite," "California Suite" and "London Suite" all follow the pattern. He has even released "Hotel Suite," in which one-acts from the others are combined into something passing as new. "California Suite," set in the Beverly Hills Hotel, is the current offering by the Conejo Players.
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February 18, 1999 | S.J. CAHN
The backsides of moviegoers in downtown Ventura are in for a soft landing now that the much-anticipated plush seats have arrived at a theater complex on Main Street. "These are completely top-of-the-line movie seats," said Nancy Klasky, vice president of marketing for Century Theatres. The seats were installed in all 10 auditoriums of the Downtown Century Theatre on Friday, in time for the Presidents Day holiday weekend. "We had a fantastic Presidents Day weekend at the theater," Klasky said.
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May 7, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fourth installment of the Ventura Chamber Music Festival began with a gentle bang last weekend. On Friday, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano launched its festival residency with a bold concert at the Mission. None of the composers on the program was a household name, but the music won the audience over, validating the all-important aspect of discovery.
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October 24, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The "V" in Ventura is still missing from the marquee on Chestnut Street, but life is stirring again at the old Ventura Theater. Trucks are unloading beer and liquor to stock the bar, and electrical workers are revamping the sound system in preparation for the theater's first show under its new management Wednesday. The opening show will be a performance by Dave Nelson, who once played alongside Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, said Ardas Khalsa, one of the theater's new management partners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The million-dollar restoration of the Ventura Theater has ground to a halt after a principal financial backer pulled out. But the new operators of the historic theater say that they have found another investor, that renovation is 90% complete and that shows will begin next month on schedule. "He backed out for personal reasons, not because he was spooked about what was going on here," Glenis Gross, one of the two new theater operators, said Thursday. "We've regrouped. We do have new investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fourth installment of the Ventura Chamber Music Festival began with a gentle bang last weekend. On Friday, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano launched its festival residency with a bold concert at the Mission. None of the composers on the program was a household name, but the music won the audience over, validating the all-important aspect of discovery.
NEWS
November 6, 1990
Clyde Ventura, a director of several acclaimed small theater productions in Los Angeles, has died of the complications of AIDS at 54. A spokeswoman for Theater West, where he was artistic director for four years before moving to the Actors Studio as managing director, said he died at a Marina del Rey hospital on Friday. Ventura taught and acted on both coasts, making his acting debut in Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD
The Klieg lights beamed over Ventura for good reason on Saturday night, for the gala concert of the third--and best--Ventura Chamber Music Festival. This was also to be the christening event for the remodeled Ventura Theater, but "remodeling" was the operative verb tense, and listeners dealt with folding chairs and wooden floors.
SPORTS
February 5, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura Theater will become home to professional boxing April 17 for the first in a series of monthly fight cards to be staged at the 69-year-old auditorium. Robert Valdez, an Oxnard promoter with a history of presenting amateur bouts, said he has agreed to a one-year contract with the theater to present bouts on the third Thursday of every month. Programs typically will have five fights, including a women's match and a 10-round main event.
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