Join us Sunday, June 15th for an evening of movement and beauty with "Make Me Dance". Make Me Dance is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the U.S., Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In the film, world-renowned choreographer Darrell Moultrie, a proud New Yorker who was born and raised in Harlem and studied at the Juilliard School, has chosen to hold residency at Boston Conservatory to craft his new work, Winds of Now, for the school’s young dancers. With energy and conviction, Moultrie breaks the stereotypes of dance body type (i.e., the “ballet look”) to redefine what it means to be a dancer, and to have these new views be accepted into the ballet and modern dance world. The film documents Moultrie’s choreography and his drive for perfection in unlocking students’ talent to create Winds of Now, from its very conception through rehearsals, to opening night at Boston Conservatory. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door which includes complimentary popcorn. Beverages are also available for donation.
After dabbling a bit in theater and one-act plays, we are excited to announce a 2-weekend run of "All In The Timing" in collaboration with The Catalyst Players. All in the Timing is a collection of one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives, written between 1987 and 1993. It had its premiere Off-Broadway in 1993 at Primary Stages, and was revived in 2013. The short plays are almost all comedies (or comedy-dramas), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, and the complications involved in romantic relationships. The Catalyst Players, consisting of Steve Grumette (also director), Anna Kotula, Daniel Ruark, and Larry Swartz will be taking you through 4 plays of romance, comedy, and everything in between. Join us for one (or more!) of these great performances:
Thursday, July 19th @ 8pm
Friday, July 20th @ 8pm
Sunday, July 22nd @ 2pm
Thursday, July 26th @ 8pm
Friday, July 27th @ 8pm
Sunday, July 29th @2pm
There is a $20 suggested donation at the door, and beverages are available for donation.
Join us Saturday, July 28th for a very special performance by singer/songwriters Laurie McClain & Severin Browne. Born in southern California, Laurie announced to her family at age six she would be a singer when she grew up. The pop music radio of the late '60s carried a heavy dose of folk music, and Laurie gravitated to that sound. Her mother was a devoted Johnny Cash fan and together they watched the eclectic Johnny Cash Show each week. This is where she first saw artists like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Melanie Safka & Merle Haggard perform live, which greatly influenced her musical tastes.
She heard a Joan Baez recording of the Leonard Cohen song, "Suzanne," and begged her father for a guitar so she could learn it. Soon after that Laurie began performing and hasn't stopped since. While Laurie accompanies herself expressively on guitar, ukulele and harmonica, it's her honey voice that soothes and her powerful lyrics that heal hearts. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, her songs are messages of hope for a weary world.
Severin comes from a very musical family. Severin has referred to his father as "The world's greatest unpublished songwriter." His brother, Jackson, is also a talented singer/songwriter who has recorded many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels. In 1970, Severin auditioned some of his songs for Motown Records, not as a performer but as a staff writer. He remembers that Barry Gordy came into his session and asked if he wanted to make a record, to which Severin answered, "No." But at the young age of just 21, Severin got a contract with Motown Records. It took about eight months before he became the first white folk/country-type singer on Motown's growing white roster. Severin's subject matter always reflects his growth as an individual as well as an artist and has named his greatest music influences as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and his brother, Jackson. Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and crowded bars. He is a sought-after guest in many singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished performers in the Los Angeles area. Severin’s easy manner in front of an audience makes it seem as if playing his guitar and singing his songs is effortless and second-nature. His brilliant lyrics invite listeners into the songs while his solid melodies carry the story from one note to the next. Join us for this enchanting night of music at 7:30, and there is at $20 suggested donation at the door.
Join us Saturday August 4th for a rare show of The Mini Bar Project! The Mini Bar Project is the songwriting duo of Marty Van Loan and Jeff Evans. They have been writing songs and performing together for 30+ years in Southern California and have shared the stage with such luminaries as, The Byrds, Toy Matinee, The Desert Rose Band, Dave Mason and Don McClean to name but a few. This folk/pop duo will be performing new songs and old fav’s in a rare live performance. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door. Beverages are available for donation, and we encourage you to reserve seats ahead of time for this is a popular duo and this is a rare event!
Join us for a very unique evening of music on Saturday, August 11th with EllaHarp. Ella Jenkins began playing the harp at age 8, alongside her sister, and her mother drove them both once a week 100 miles to receive the best lessons possible. Her love for traditional music took her to Glasgow Scotland on an unconditional acceptance to the RSAMD (now RCS) in Scottish harp and Gaelic song.
Ella built a very small house on a trailer during 2011-12 and moved herself up to the Bay Area for what she find to be the happy medium between Scotland’s soggy unpredictably and LA’s burning fire of death. Now she writes music, swims in the ocean, and make all of her clothes and jewelry.
Interesting fact: my grandfather, Gordon Jenkins, wrote the song ‘Crescent City Blues’ which Johnny Cash shamelessly ripped off for his well known song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. EllaHarp brings blues, folk, and more to the harp, and will astonish you with a musical blend you've never heard before. Join us at 7:30, and with a $20 suggested donation at the door.
With a lifetime of experience in the music industry and playing with greats such as David Lindley and El Rayo-X, Melissa Ethridge, Lucinda Williams and more, Bernie Larsen has carved a name for himself as an incredible guitar player, songwriter, and producer. While usually the front man for the Gang of Nannies on the Underground Stage, Bernie will be stepping out Saturday July 14th as a solo artist, giving the audience a more detailed, subtle yet brilliant performance of his music, allowing the audience to pay attention to the lyrics and melodies only allowed in a solo setting. Acoustic? Electronic? Only Bernie knows. Give your ears and heart an evening of pure enjoyment. He will be joined by Cassidy Linder on percussion and taps. The show begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door, and beverages are available.
Come out for another night of high energy, dancing, and youthful power Friday July 13th with the best of high school bands around, With Out Rage, Sick Transit & Static! These pop-punk groups will have you on your feet dancing and possibly cause a few moshpits. This will definitely be a night of passion and teenage angst. 7:30pm showtime, $10 suggested donation at the door. This all ages event will be held at the Underground Clubhouse, directly next to the Underground Exchange.
Join us Sunday, July 8th for our Art House Film Night viewing of "Searching for Sugar Man". Searching for Sugar Man is a 2012 Swedish–British–Finnish documentary film, about a South African cultural phenomenon, directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul which details the efforts in the late 1990s of two Cape Town fans, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Rodriguez was true, and if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez's music, which had never achieved success in the United States, had become very popular in South Africa although little was known about him in that country. Searching for Sugar Man was the opening film at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012, where it won the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best international documentary. The film will begin at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door that includes complimentary popcorn. Beverages are also available by donation.
The Flamenco Underground is back in Ojai, with it's dynamic rhythms and gypsy songs!
The Underground Exchange Ojai has teamed up with Flamenco Dancer Wendy Castellanos to host a night of Flamenco music and dance, featuring Tony Triana on Guitar, Gabriel Osuna, singing, and Cristina Lucio and Wendy Castellanos, dance on Saturday, July 7th.
The show will open at 8pm with the mood setting Classical Spanish guitar played by Scott Wolf, and as the July dusk settles, this authentic Flamenco lineup will set the stage on fire with their entrancing rhythms and heart wrenching melodies. Seats are $20, and there will be beverages available. Reserve your seat today because this show will sell out!
Friday July 6th we are excited to host the Bryan Titus Trio for the first time on the Underground stage. The Bryan Titus Trio grows up like a weed from a tangled and overgrown history of American Roots Music. Recently touted as a "Postmodern Barn Dance" band they write & perform toe-tapping tunes that evoke themes & melodies of yesterday with a pinch of modern irony. Bryan Titus draws heavily on lessons learned on his 2013 Through Hike of the Appalachian Trail, especially the music he picked up in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, & Virginia. His vocals are both smooth & rough, his guitar playing simultaneously elegant & primitive. The Trio, comprised of Jeff Kranzler on upright bass & Dustin Janson on cajon and vocals, perfectly fills out and enhances each song with highly effective yet simple accompaniment. Join us at 7:30, and you may want to bring your dancing' shoes! There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door, and beverages are available for donation.
Sunday July 1st we will continue to share the story of The Grateful Dead with the 2nd half of this extraordinarily produced documentary on the trials and tribulations that is The Grateful Dead. If you missed the first half, don't worry! You can still benefit from seeing the 2nd. With fantastic never before seen footage of both music and concerts and behind-the-scenes, this film brings humanity to this incredibly revered bandy sharing some of their most intimate times, most jubilant times, and most devastating times. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door that includes complimentary popcorn. Beverages are available by donation.
Saturday, June 30th will be an evening of pure musical enjoyment with Ojai favorite Natalie Gelman, joined by Kris Gruen. Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs - responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world. “Not too much about her, but somehow about me & everyone in the audience as well.”
Kris Gruen writes songs about grownup life infused with a mystic wonder, softening the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon. Kris grew up steeped in classic records. His Americana influenced new folk is grounded in the tradition of great narrative songwriters like Cat Stevens and Paul Simon and yet Kris’s voice is strikingly current. Kris effortlessly blends sagacious wit and emotional depth. While often garnering comparisons to contemporaries like The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Andrew Bird, Exclaim! Canada’s Music Authority aptly notes, “Kris Gruen is no mere imitator. He possesses a sound all his own.”
The music begins at 7:30, and there is a suggested donation of $20 at the door, and beverages are also available.
We are excited to host folk-rock blues icon Freebo to the Underground Stage on Friday, June 29th! From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Ringo Starr, Neil Young and more) to award winning singer/songwriter, Freebo's music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative. Freebo is a richly gifted songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass. Join us for this fantastic night of music at 7:30pm. There is a $25 suggested donation at the door, and beverages are available. Reservations are suggested.
Art House Film Night is back Sunday, June 24th with "Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead". The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead. The film features newly conducted interviews with living band members and friends including Bob Weir and his wife Natascha, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, John Perry Barlow, Donna Godchaux, Dennis McNally, Barbara "Brigid" Meier, Nick Paumgarten, Steve Silberman, and Alan Trist. The film will begin at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation is asked at the door. There is complimentary popcorn and beverages for donation as well.
Let's celebrate the Summer Solstice with a summer road trip (that doesn't actually exist!) in Y Tu Mama Tamiben Saturday, June 23rd. Mexico City. Two friends Tenoch and Julio have just seen their girlfriends head off to Europe for a vacation. They meet beautiful, vivacious Luisa, the wife of Tenoch's cousin Jano, at a wedding and go out of their way to impress her. Part of their spiel involves saying that they are heading to a fantastic, secluded beach. Luisa has a falling out with Jano and asks if she can accompany them. They naturally agree but there's one problem: the beach doesn't exist. Come celebrate the summer with us watching this great Mexican film at 7:00pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, complimentary popcorn, and beverages available for donation.
Get ready to get down and funky Friday, June 22nd with Kavika G and the Kosmic Geckos! Lead by Ojai favorite David Gorospe, this band will have you movin' and groovin' all night long because after the live band performance there will be a funky reggae DJ set! This show is set in the Underground Club House where we like to mingle, dance, and have a good time! The show starts at 8:00, and there is a $15-$20 suggested donation at the door. Beverages will also be available for donation.
Join us for another incredible night of laughter with Stand Up Comedy, Saturday June 16th! Host Jake Gallo has brought comedians from all over LA to give you a stellar night of roaring comedy. Carlisle Forrester and Aaron Thompson open the show for our headliner Josh Adam Myers, created of The Goddamn Comedy Jam on Comedy Central, and has toured the world making people laugh. Join us at 8pm, with a $20 suggested donation. Beverages are available as well.
Join us Friday, June 15th for Mimi Gilbert and Todd Hannigan! Mimi Gilbert (Ojai, CA) discovered her love for music and performance on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle as a teenager. Now having spent the last few years touring consistently in the USA and Europe, she continues to carry her songs and story around the world, playing in venues of all kinds. In the realm of indie and cinematic folk, Mimi is harmony driven, with a love for deep rhythm. She creates layer upon layer of a raw, prevailing sound that simply burst with life, journey, and experience. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, Mimi looks forward to a USA tour with full band and a homecoming Ojai show preforming a collection of new songs. Todd Hannigan is an Ojai based composer, singer-songwriter, and Grammy Award winning film mixer and sound designer, with influences like Nick Drake, Mark Knofler, and Cat Stevens. He is known in the international surf community for his collaborations with the Malloy brothers, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, and Jackson Browne. His original voice, perspective, and signature fingerpicking make him one of folks underground sons. The show begins at 7:30, with a $20 suggested donation at the door. Reserve your seat ahead of time for $15, plus a $1 processing fee. Beverages are also available.
Ever wonder what a Toastmaster’s Club is about? This international organization was designed to help people get over their fear of public speaking, learn leadership skills and gain confidence in a supportive environment. It’s a place where rich stories are born, timid people find inner strength, and professionals can polish their skills. Please join us on Thursday, June 14th as we bring you some of our finest speakers, storytellers and tales. We hope you will be enthralled, laugh, and leave feeling inspired. The stories begin at 6:30, and there is a $15 suggested donation at the door.
Join us Sunday, June 10ths for a glimpse into one of the most amazing minds this world has known with Matter Of Heart. Matter of Heart is a compelling portrait of Carl Gustav Jung, whose extraordinary genius and humanity reached far beyond the sometimes exclusive realm of psychiatry into redefining the essential nature of who we are and what we hope to become.
More than a linear biography, the film presents a fuller perspective on this humanist, healer, friend, and mentor, through the skillful interweaving of rare home movies, valuable archival footage, and a wealth of interviews with such notables as Sir Laurens van der Post, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Joseph Henderson, M.D.
The film will start at 7:00pm, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Beverages are also available for donation, and of course complimentary popcorn!
Saturday, June 9th we are excited to invite Christopher Hawley to the underground stage! Christopher Hawley makes music in major metropolises, ski towns, artist communities, beach and college towns all over the world, solo acoustic and with his band, the Rollers. Warming hearts in even the coldest of places, Hawley has a gift of making people feel good with his music. The Los Angeles-based artist has mastered this with the perfect combination of genuinely positive vibes, inspiring lyrics, transcendent guitar work, and danceable grooves within well crafted songs. Elements of Little Feat, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Duane Allman, and Andres Segovia abound.
Yoga, surging, and music are his passions, and he is excited to play Ojai's listening room. Eric Sullivan (lead guitarist for Lissie), one of Ojai's very own and very talented signer/songwriters will open the show at 7:30, with a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.
You know how if something difficult is going on in life like a big decision or creative problem, and people tell you to "just sleep on it", and somehow in the morning you wake up and the answer or idea is clear?
Or how refreshed you feel after a long nap?
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation technique that helps you achieve those types of feelings while being in an awake state.
Corey Gehrt has been a Yoga Nidra student and teacher for many years, and as part of the practice, he leads people through aspects of intention setting, body scanning and mental/physical relaxation to provide clarity, restoration and stress relief for mind and body.
The technique is used a lot for anything from stress to insomnia treatment, to some PTSD work. Corey gravitated towards it because he works in a creative field and needs to clear his mind for ideation.
Having taught at Meditation Mount, Corey is seeking a new home to bring his practice to the community while the Mount restores itself from the fire. Join us Saturday, June 9th for the first Yoga Nidra meditation at 9:00am. Please bring a mat and blanket, anything to make you comfortable. There is a $15 suggested donation at the door and space is limited so reservations are suggested.
Join us Friday, June 8th for Keith Harkin, an Irish singer songwriter and guitar playing minstrel who has been singing his way into the hearts of music lovers since the wee age of four. HIs musical talents have brought him across the world from the UK to Canada to Australia to America and back, over and over again in his past eight years touring.
During his time touring the States, he gained recognition from Grammy Award-winning Producer, David Foster, who then went on to sign Keith as one of his first artists to Verve Records. Keith released his first solo debut album with Foster and Verve Records, where they watched it soar to the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts.
Keith wrote all of his own material for his highly anticipated, second album released in mid 2015. This album takes a different, deeper more personal direction into Keith's musical styling. Keith's love for the classics (Don Henley, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits, Neil Young & Van Morrison show - to name a few) are reflected in his collection of folk-infused, acoustic pop sounds. Combined with his honey-thick voice and a full live band, Keith takes you on journey that creeps into his heart strings.
While working on his solo career, Keith also has continued to perform as a lead soloist in Celtic Thunder. His role in Celtic Thunder has brought him to write and record a number of his own songs for the show, as well as, perform for a vast audience Worldwide, including President Obama and the first Lady and recording numerous PBS specials.
There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door, and the show begins at 7:30. Beverages are also available for donation.
Join us Saturday, June 2nd for Mikael Jorgensen & Issac Koren! Mikael is lead pianist and keyboardist for Wilco, as well as band member for Pronto. He is a prominent collaborator in Ojai, including Rancho Electro, a web series where he invite a collaborator to Ojai, where they compose, perform, film and record a new song in the mountains using electronic and traditional instruments. He also has a TEdX talk.
Issac is also an Ojai local, and great music collaborator as well. He is a member of both The Kin and Bråves. Mikael & Isaac were talking one sunny afternoon at a child’s birthday party and confessed a shared interest in classic American songs and electronic music. It was Jorgensen who thought to perform them excruciatingly slow, but as they rehearsed, the unconventional accompaniment of the synthesizer provided surprising contrast and depth. The duo have been performing in Ojai and Los Angeles throughout 2018 and are continually recording new versions of old songs. These creative and multifaceted artists begin at 7:00pm. A $20 suggested donation is at the door, and beverages will be available for donation.
We are excited to host 3 High School age bands that are showing us what the future of music holds! Friday, June 1st is an all ages show, with music by Grrrls, Interior, and Without Rage. These punk-pop style bands will make you dance and move! The show will be held at the Underground Clubhouse, so get ready to be on your feet! There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, and the show begins at 7:00pm.
Freud’s Oracle, a new play by award-winning author/actor Catherine Ann Jones, is a one-person play about the American poet H.D. and her relationship with Sigmund Freud. H.D. suffered great personal losses and a nervous breakdown due to the Great War and became Freud’s patient in 1933 because of an increasing paranoia about the rise of Hitler and the fear and certainty that another world war was coming.
The themes are the travesty of war and the triumph of the individual spirit. There will be three showings of this play, Saturday May 26th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm and Sunday May 27th at 2:00pm. There is a suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door.
Join us Friday, May 25th for an evening of "Indie Nova" (a blending of vintage-inspired Brazilian Bossa Nova, with Folk, Indie Pop, and Acoustic) with the husband/wife duo, Complicated Animals, the LA based duo of Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. Their 6-song EP “In This Game” (2015), was written and recorded in a cabin in the woods in Michigan. “In This Game” received rave reviews from blogs and journalists, and was called “a 6 song masterpiece” and the “beginning of a new sound” by PopMatters.
Inspired by the changing seasons, and their mutual love for vintage films and music, da Silva and Alger really wanted to get back to the art of songwriting on “In This Game”. “We really wanted the songs to unfold like a story would”, says Alger. They took their time to carefully choose each and every sound that has gone into their collaboration, making sure that the songs evolve like the seasons.
The first single “Phoenix” is a hypnotic, upbeat indie pop song with vamping piano, a strong beat, and sexy vocals. "I woke up with the idea for 'Phoenix' in my head. I've always felt very drawn to the story of the Phoenix, because it is such a strong symbol of rebirth. We weren't sure how we were going to produce this at first, but after playing around with some piano sounds, Chad came up with the idea to do something grainy and repetitive, almost like a sampled hip-hop track," says da Silva.
This beautiful joining of musical influences begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Join Joshua for a grounding sound bath experience that will leave you feeling centered and relaxed. His angelic soundscapes are created through a stream of consciousness process using guitar, voice, and quartz crystal singing bowls. The afternoon will begin and end with a brief silent meditation. No meditation experience is necessary; simply show up and find a comfortable resting position and let the sounds bath you! Please bring your own mat, cushion, or blanket in order to find your preferred lying down or seated position. Chairs will be available in the center. Joshua Stoddard has been a musician for 20 years. He combines his passion and experience with his love to provide a space of peace and healing for others.
Join us Saturday, May 19th as we circle around the globe with a performance of incredibly talented dancers showcasing styles of dance from Indian Gypsy to Hip Hop, Bellydance to Contemporary, and Irish Step to Tap! We will take you on a trip back in time, performing traditional pieces, and then bring it all into the present day, blending dance, music, and culture. Our journey begins at 7:30, with a suggested donation at the door of $20-$25. Beverages are also available for donation. Our last Global Dance Collective show was a success, so reserving your seat is suggested.
Join us Friday, May 18th for a tribute to legendary jazz musician and singer Chet Baker, with the documentary "Let's Get Lost". Let's Get Lost is a 1988 American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. A group of Baker fans, ranging from ex-associates to ex-wives and children, talk about the man. Weber’s film traces the man’s career from the 1950s, playing with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and Russ Freeman, to the 1980s, when his heroin addiction and domestic indifference kept him in Europe. By juxtaposing these two decades, Weber presents a sharp contrast between the younger, handsome Baker — the statuesque idol who resembled a mix of James Dean and Jack Kerouac — to what he became, “a seamy looking drugstore cowboy-cum-derelict”, as J. Hoberman put it in his Village Voice review. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door and of course, complimentary popcorn!
Join us Saturday, May 12th as we go back in time to the 1970's with "Festival Express". Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The film combines live footage shot during the 1970 concerts, as well as footage aboard the train itself, interspersed with present-day interviews with tour participants sharing their often humorous recollections of the events.
The film, released by THINKFilm, was produced by Gavin Poolman (son of the original 1970 film shoot's producer, Willem Poolman) together with John Trapman, and directed by double Grammy Award-winner Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology), with music produced by Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin), and features original footage shot in 1970 by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Peter Biziou (Mississippi Burning, Pink Floyd – The Wall , The Truman Show). The original 1970 footage was filmed by director Frank Cvitanovich. A DVD release followed the film's 2003 theatrical run. The film begins at 7:00pm, with a $10 suggested donation at the door and of course, complimentary popcorn!
Join us Friday, May 11th for one of the top music documentaries, "Good Ol' Freda". Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.
History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band's circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.
In Good Ol' Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.
Behind every great band, is a great woman. Come sit back, relax, and enjoy the story at 7:00pm. $10 suggested donation at the door and of course, complimentary popcorn!
Join us for a special Saturday Night Art House Film Night with "El Mariachi". El Mariachi is a 1992 American contemporary western action film and the first installment in the saga that came to be known as Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. It marked the feature length debut of Rodriguez as writer and director. The Spanish language film was shot with a mainly amateur cast in the northern Mexican bordertown of Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico across from Del Rio, Texas, the home town of leading actor Carlos Gallardo. The US$7,000 production was originally intended for the Mexican home video market, but executives at Columbia Pictures liked the film so much that they bought the American distribution rights. Columbia eventually spent several times more than the 16 mm film's original budget on 35 mm transfers, promotion, marketing and distribution.
The success of Rodriguez's directorial debut led him to create two further entries, Desperado (1995) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). For the two sequels, Antonio Banderas took over from Carlos Gallardo for the main character El Mariachi, though Gallardo co-produced both films and had a minor role in Desperado.
In 2011, El Mariachi was inducted into the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of its National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film is also recognized by Guinness World Records as the lowest-budgeted film ever to gross $1 million at the box office. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 suggested donation at the door and complimentary popcorn.
Join us as Clark Chimp makes his way back across the galaxy and down to Ojai on Friday, May 4th. Clark is a singing/songwriting chimp from outer space, who creates music through the story of his travels. His songs, stories, whit and humor create a magical night for those lucky enough to be present. Catch him here at 7:30 before he flies off on another mission! Suggested donation of $15-$20, and beverages are available for donation. Reserve your seat here with an additional $1 processing fee.
Join us Sunday, April 29th for a trip down history lane as we dive into the story and culture that is known as blues music with the "Blues Road Movie". This film traces the road of the Blues and takes us on a journey to mythical places: From the banks of the Niger to New Orleans, going up the Mississippi through Memphis to the skyscrapers of Chicago. It tells the story of this culture which faced the worst barriers and shows that Humanity can overcome barbarity. The film begins at 7:00, and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Complimentary popcorn and beverages for donation are also available. Reserve your seat now with an additional $1 processing fee.