Saturday, December 16th at 7:30, Bernie and Cassidy will bring you music and dance to enrich your soul, warm your heart, and even smile once again. Reggae, blues, R&B, and a little tap dancing to melt your stress away. We would love to see all our friends, and share what we know best with each and every one of you. Remember, Love is thicker then Smoke. $15 suggested donation, and beverages are available.
Let's ring in some holiday cheer with "Holiday Inn" this Sunday, December 17th at 7:00. Cassidy's favorite, "Holiday Inn" tells the tale of two men falling for the same girl, and all the song and dance that ensues will make you tap your feet and snap your fingers! Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds star in this 1942 film set at an Inn that is only open holidays. The song "White Christmas" was written for this movie, and Bing Crosby sings it best. Beverages are available, and of course there is complimentary popcorn.
Let's bring the community together with our community's music! This week we have our Open Mic Night on Friday, December 15th at 7:00. $5 for players and audience members alike. Performers can share up to 3 songs, and we love to hear original pieces of work. There will be a sign up sheet when you come in, and beverages will be available. Let's bring the beautiful sound our voices back together again.
We are happy to announce an encore performance for Perla Batalla, Thursday December 14th at 9:00pm! Seats are $25, and we recommend reserve yours ahead of time. Refreshments are available.
Perla Batalla was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised by a family immersed in music; her father, a Mexican singer and D.J., and an Argentine mother who ran a bustling record store called Discoteca Batalla. At the family record shop Perla was exposed to an education of non-stop music that cut across genre and language. After recording and touring with Leonard Cohen for over 10 years on multiple world tours, Perla launched her solo career with Cohen’s encouragement. Since then she has recorded seven albums, been featured in film and television, and performed and recorded with artists such as Lou Reed, k.d. lang, John Cale, Sonny Rollins, Jackson Browne, Duquende, Luz Casal, Laurie Anderson, David Sandborn and George Duke. The L.A. times writes, "Batalla is brilliant performing in both English and Spanish, proud of her mestiza heritage, musically adventurous, and always accompanied by impeccable performers.... above all, she is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor." Perla’s original musical (Co-written with David Batteau) inspired by the journals of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo was selected last year for presentation at the prestigious Ojai Playwrights Conference and is currently in pre-production for a 2018-19 L.A. premier. Perla's mission of honoring her roots and exposing young audiences to the beauty of poetry and music is ongoing in her outreach endeavors throughout some of the poorest communities in the U.S. She is the recipient of the United Nation’s Earth Charter Award for "extraordinary devotion to social and economic justice".
In 2015, Grammy nominated singer Perla Batalla began pondering songs to include in a followup CD to her 2007 tribute release to friend and mentor Leonard Cohen. As a longtime touring band member with the legendary songwriter, Perla knew there was much of Cohen’s body of work she still wanted to perform and record.
Join us Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00 for Part II of "Tom Petty: Runnin' Down A Dream". "Runnin' Down A Dream" tells a great American story, that of a band that came from the middle of nowhere to win the hearts of millions. The film focuses not only on the Heartbreakers' inspiring ride to the top but the story of what they did when they got there, as artists, as a band, as people. Bogdanovich's film explores many of the underlying reasons for the band's unparalleled capacity not only to endure but to thrive. Gritty, exuberant, infectious: "Runnin' Down A Dream" tells the Heartbreakers' story as never before. $10 at the door, includes homemade popcorn. Beverages are available for donation.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in LA’s Laurel Canyon during its music halcyon days, Louise Goffin is a badass, multi-talented, modern-day renaissance woman. Her career in music has ranged from singer-songwriter, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and has been known to tour as a hired gun for other artists. She released her debut album at 19 years old and went on to release eight major label solo albums over her career. She now makes her music available on her own independent label, Majority of One, including The Essential Louise Goffin, Vol 1. She is the daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
Louise produced a Grammy-nominated record for Carole King, “A Holiday Carole” which was King's 17th studio album.
2017 finds Louise Goffin with a couple dozen recent tracks on hand and she has decided to take a new course to releasing her music. Starting with the recent Oct. 20 drop of "Revenge," a collaboration with North Carolina musician Skylar Gudasz, Goffin is releasing one song and video at a time, primarily through The Orchard and at Louisegoffin.com, at six week intervals.
On December 2, Goffin insightfully explores modern life and love on the second release in her ongoing series of digital singles. She delivers a pair of pop gems on her double A-side single, featuring collaborations with Marvin Etzioni and Billy Harvey. “Let Me In Again,” which is coupled with “A Fine Surprise” on the latest offering in Louise Goffin’s ongoing digital singles project, might seem like a plea to an old lover, but it is really a plea to our tech-centric world. We spend so much of our time online that we “miss out at being present to what’s available around us.” says Louise. She delivers this highly relevant message for our time in a beguiling ballad that deftly balances a raw simplicity with a subtly sweeping arrangement.
Join us for a special evening with Louise on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30. One of Ojai's favorite and most talented musicians and singer/songwriters Aaron Embry opens the show. There is a suggested donation of $25 at the door, and beverages will be available.
Join us Friday, December 1st, as we take a trip with Michael Moore in his comedic documentary "Where to Invade Next". This is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already existed in the world - they're just waiting to be co-opted. $10 donation at the door includes complimentary homemade popcorn. Beverages are available.
Join us every Thursday for a singer/songwriter based open mic! Experience your music in a true listening room, with an audience that is there to hear you. We encourage you to share music and songs that you have created, whether finished or not, to share the array of expressions of musical talent here in the Ojai Valley (and beyond!). We've had musicians from all over Ventura County perform, and each week is different from the next! Musicians can perform 2-3 original pieces during their set. If you're not a singer/songwriter, come and participate as an audience member, for they are just as important. $5 for all involved, and beverages are available for donation. 7:00 showtime.
This Sunday, November 26th, we trace the heartfelt journey of award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo as he interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united Native American communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope. By investigating the stories of these songs, this illuminating film takes us on an epic tour as we travel with the power of the music through Southwest America, slavery in the deep South, and as far away as the Scottish Highlands. Film begins at 7:00, and there is a $10 donation at the door. Beverages are available, as well as complimentary popcorn.
Join us Friday, November 24th and laugh off your Thanksgiving feast! This show boasts 7 comics from all over Southern California. Hosted by Jake Gallo, we bring you Artie Lopez, Justin Baran, Jeremy Rackaukus, Lydia Gholbrial, Chris Gardener, and Aaron Thompson. Show starts at 8:30, and there is a $15 suggested donation at the door. Beverages will be available.
Multi-genre creative artist Lucy P. Dickinson shares her unusual gift of seeing and sharing the hidden beauty in life that others often miss—through uplifting original songs in the folk/singer-songwriter genre, healing and humorous narrative poems, and luminous landscape and portrait photography presented via illuminated photo projections. The common voice in her work is an energy of healing light and sound that connects listeners and viewers to a deeper level of multi-dimensional awareness. Themes of mystical love, nature, spiritual awakening, healing, recovery, and seeing what is commonly unseen travel across her lyrics, poetry and visual imagery. Nature is a central theme in her work—both the natural beauty of the North American West Coast, which she photographed extensively, as well as the essential nature of human beings, caught in moments full of joy, vulnerability, creativity and authentic expression. Her singing voice resonates with the energy of the Sound Current and expresses a sonorous, rich, comforting, clear and healing tone. Lucy’s performances evoke a field of creative resonance that empowers audience participant/co-creators to connect with their own creativity, healing awareness and authentic empowerment.
Special guest lumen artist Tim Fitzgerald bio:
Tim creates immersive visual experiences by exploring light, shadow, color and motion through interpretive live video editing. He has performed his live work in the American Southwest and California, particularly in the Ojai Valley. You can follow Tim’s photography on Instagram @decelorator.
Join us Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 for this amazing one time event. $20 suggested donation at the door.
Join us for a special screening of "Friends With Money" Saturday, November 18th at 7:00. "Friends With Money" examines the shifting relationships among four women who have been friends all of their adult lives. Now as they settle into their early middle age, their friendship is increasingly challenged by the ever-growing disparity in their individual degrees of financial comfort. It is a poignant snapshot of the way we live today, where the safe divisions that class and money have created are eroding under the unstoppable force of everyday life. This painfully hilarious examination of modern life manages to be both brutally honest and ultimately uplifting. Stay after the film for a Q&A with Bernie Larsen, the film's composer, and learn about the process of scoring a film! $10 suggested donation at the door includes complimentary popcorn! Beverages will be available.
Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist and composer. He has recorded and played with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Frampton and Hugh Laurie among many others. Known as a songwriter, he has written for man artists, including The Pointer Sisters, Chicago, Linda Ronstadt, his own band The Cretones, and Natlatie Imbruglia. Mark released a solo guitar CD in 2004. A new CD of music with his trio, which includes drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Jennifer Condos (both of Ray LaMontagne) is slated for release this month. We are excited to have Mark, Jay, and Jennifer perform Friday, November 17th for an intimate night of beautiful songs and writing. Bernie Larsen opens the show with is original music, accompanied by tap dancer Cassidy Linder. The show will begin at 7:30, with a suggested donation at the door of $15. Beverages will be available.
Join us Thursday at 7:00 for open mic! Come sing, play, or just listen to the array of talented musicians here in Ojai! Musicians and singers can enjoy performing in our listening room venue, with near perfect acoustics. $5 for players and audience members alike. A piano is available to play, and beverages available to sip.
27 years after his premature death in London-at the age of 27-Jimi Hendrix has become one of rock music's biggest and most enduring icons. The release of his double album, Electric Ladyland, represented a watershed in his flourishing career and is now recognized as a genuine rock music landmark. The story of Electric Ladyland is told here in words, music, rare archival film footage, and from a contemporary diary kept by one of Hendrix's employees. Complete with fascinating footage of Hendrix and with a musical soundtrack, this electrifying program provides revealing insight into the life, work, and musical genius of a rock music legend. Join us Sunday, November 12th at 7:00 for the screening of this film. $10 suggested donation at the door includes homemade popcorn!
Join us Saturday, November 11th for an album release/dance experience! Acreaturas performs a live set between two DJ sets for your ears, with visuals to entice the eyes. The dance floor will be open, so join us for a night of music, projections, and dance! $15 suggested donation.
Taylor Kasch and Jessi May Stevenson star in "Blackbird", an intense and chilling story of sexual abuse and recrimination. Guilt, rage, and emotions run high as this tale of criminal love unfolds. Memories of an underage girl and a much older man, a struggle of power and control, blur the lines between what we know to be right and what we know to be wrong. Adult language/adult theme. Join us Friday, November 10th for this encore presentation at 8:00. $20 at the door or reserve your seat here.
Singers have an Open Mic Night, so we would like to introduce Open Floor Night to dancers Thursday, November 9th at 7:00! Come share a piece you've choreographed, perform some improvisation, or create new work solo or with the other dancers around! Share, connect and create! After individual dances are finished, we will turn on some music and feel free to dance with each other! $5 for dancers and audience members alike.
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture. 'Eames: The Architect & The Painter' draws from a treasure trove of archival material, as well as new interviews with friends, colleague, and experts to capture the personal story of Charles and Ray while placing them firmly in the context of their fascinating times. Join us Sunday, November 5th at 7:00. $10 suggested donation at the door, homemade popcorn included! Beverages are available.
A man of many talents, and an original member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X, Bernie Larsen is the central creative force behind his roots/soul reggae band, Cry On Cue. Under Cry On Cue, Bernie has released 6 albums and has a station on Pandora. Bernie sought out Karl Pitterson, one of reggae's most esteemed figures who's production credits include Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Steel Pulse, Toots & The Maytals, and more to help produce the specific Cry on Cue sound on the album "Love + Trust". Bernie is bringing this music of skillfully crafted originals to Ojai with the help of Eric Soullivin, Josh Moreau, and Austin Beede. Join us Saturday, November 4th at 7:30 for an evening of soul warming sounds of Jamaican influence. $15 at the door.
We Govern We is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Panos Scourtis and Anna Karakalos, who cut their teeth in acclaimed Greek alternative rock band Sigmatropic where they had the opportunity to open for and collaborate with such stars as Moby, Nick Cave, and Carla Torgerson (of The Walkabouts). Moving from Greece to California they soon found the right collaborators in Adrian Burke and John Boutin (formerly of Gwenmars). The finishing touch and ultimate vote of confidence is provided by producer and resident sage Daniel Ash, of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fame.
We Govern We take the stage on Friday, November 3rd. The show begins at 7:30, with Ojai's own up and coming talented duo, the Blue Moon Singers. $15 at the door.
Write a song, play a song, talk about it! Join us for our singer/songwriter's open mic night Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00. Come experience what Ojai's local talented singers have to offer. $5 at the door for participants and audience members alike. Beverages are available, as is a piano!
Sunday, October 29th at 7:00 we will showcase one of jazz music's most influential stars, Miles Davis. Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis's middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis's narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-'50s to late '60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett. Outstanding musical selections include modal masterpieces "So What" and "Blue in Green," the haunting soundtrack to the 1957 French film Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, his romantic rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," and his collaborations with arranger Gil Evans. The most surprising aspects of Davis's personality that emerge from this film are his shyness, vulnerability, and, yes, humility. As he said himself, "Don't call me a legend. Call me Miles Davis." --Eugene Holley Jr. $10 suggested donation at the door. Homemade popcorn is included, and beverages are available.
Saturday, October 28th we are excited to host Shylah Ray and Chris Worth at the Underground Exchange. Shylah Ray is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to music, blending grooves of Neo-Soul, Reggae and R&B. Her voice is moving, soothing to the ear, and healing for the heart. Her live performance is exciting as well as upbeat and playful. Her soul shines through the sound, captivating the audience and leaving them wanting more. Her sound induces energy release, has uplifting melodies, and expresses emotional vocal performances that echo influential performers the likes of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and India Arie, a few of her top female inspirations. Chris Worth has become known for his unique style of bohemian blues hop which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His songs are timeless and real and are tied together by the power and purity of his voice. Join us for an evening of music starting at 7:30. A $15 suggested donation at the door is asked, and beverages are available.
Professional Improvisational Tap Dancer Cassidy Linder takes you through time to share the history of tap dance, one of America's own art forms. From slavery to freedom, ragtime to bebop, Cassidy takes you through our history with narration, music, and dance. This reworked encore presentation with new music will be Friday, October 27th at 7:30. There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.
Enjoy a night of laughter at Ojai's only Stand Up Comedy night at Underground Exchange! Join us Thursday, October 26th at 8:00 for a line-up of comics from all over Southern California! Our host Jake Gallo is joined onstage by Niki Marinis, David Freitas, Aaron Thompson, Mike Muratore, Nikki Wantz and Mat Edgar! Suggested donation of $15 at the door, beverages are available.
Vincent & Theo is a 1990 biographical drama film about the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) and his brother Theo (1857–1891), who was an art dealer. While Vincent Van Gogh's artworks are now famous, he was essentially unrecognised in his lifetime, and survived on his brother's charity. The film was directed by Robert Altman, and starred Tim Roth and Paul Rhys in the title roles. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.
Film begins at 7:00, and a $10 suggested donation includes homemade popcorn!
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What happens when dance is more than just moving your body? This heart rendering documentary shares what conscious dancers experience, their transformation, and the community that arises around them.
Conscious dance offers a balm for the increasing isolation of our culture. It meets our essential human needs to be seen and held, to touch, to be in community, to inhabit flesh and bone, to transcend. And it all starts with the simple act of removing our shoes and feeling our feet on the ground.
Join us for a night of celebration as Ken Martini showcases his documentary throughout the West Coast. After the screening, Ken will DJ the night away and the dance floor will open for an ecstatic dance party. $15 suggested donation and due to limited space reservations are recommended.
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Join us for a night of strictly Drum and Bass! Get ready to dance the night away at this all ages event where 3 DJs get down on the wheels of steel and groove you through the night. $10 suggested donation at the door. Due to our limited capacity, we encourage you to reserve your space in advance.
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Are you a songwriter in need of some exposure? Working through a song and in need of some feedback? Or are you a music lover interested in the local singer/songwriter music scene? Then come out for our Open Mic Night, where songwriters and audiences alike experience music in the making. This is an evening of community, camaraderie, and individuality. $5 suggested donation for musicians and audience members. Beverages are available.
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Join us for another Art House Film this Sunday, October 15th at 7:00 with a documentary on the one and only, David Lynch who takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states "I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they're new ideas, the past colors them." Film begins at 7:00, $10 suggested donation at the door (includes popcorn!)