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Hana Ola

Hana Ola:
A Musical Tribute Celebrating the Life & Work of Michael Cord

Photos of Michael Cord

~ A Benefit for the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts ~

Saturday July 11th, 2015 at The ZALK Theater
7:30 PM

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Previous Performances in 2014:


A Poetry Event
August 16, 2014
7:00 pm
Free Admission (with donations supporting the poets)

Correspondences - A Poetry Event

Tree Bernstein is Ventura Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools and coaches for Poetry Out Loud. She produces a monthly literary program at the Ojai Art Center. For the past ten years Tree has taught writing and literature at the Brooks Institute. Her poem “Regarding Pigs” was published in Low Down & Coming On, 2010.

Geoffrey Jacques is a poet, essayist, critic, and editor and adjunct instructor of literature and writing. His poetry collection Just for a Thrill was published in 2005. A critical study A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary came out in 2009.

Friday Gretchen Lubina’s poetry has appeared in ARTLIFE, Dance of the Iguana, Caffeine, ASKEW and A Bird Black As The Sun – California Poets on Crows & Ravens. She is assistant editor for ASKEW & Adder’s Tongue Press and has hosted Ventura’s Annual Erotic Poetry event for over a decade.

Fernando Salinas is a mentor for Artists Without Limits, a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools, and a recitation coach for Poetry Out Loud. He has been published widely and will appear in the upcoming edition of Miramar. He is a board member of the Ventura County Arts Council.  



George Winston - Photo by Joe del Tufo
George Winston
Photo by Joe del Tufo


George Winston

Monday, May 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Zalk Theater
at the Besant Hill School
in Happy Valley

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This very special performance was in conjunction with our current fundraising drive.

Concert goers helped the local food bank, Help of Ojai, by bringing donations of canned food to the concert.

100% of the proceeds from the CD sales at the concert
also benefited Help of Ojai.

Thank you!

We are very pleased to have presented a performance by George Winston at the Zalk Theater in Happy Valley on Monday, May 19th.

Winston was influenced early in life by instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG's, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas "Fats" Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. In 1972, he recorded his first solo piano album, Ballads and Blues 1972, for the late guitarist John Fahey's Takoma label. Since 1980 George has released ten other solo piano albums, as well as soundtracks and albums featuring Hawaiian Slack Key guitar and harmonica.

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Previous Performance in 2013:

October Gold
October Gold

October Gold
Saturday, July 27, 2013 / 7:30 pm

Live performance by acoustic alt-folk duo based out of Montreal, featuring singer/songwriter Kit Soden and violinist Aliza Thibodeau.

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Previous Performances in 2012:


8 - The Play
"8" The Play

"8" The Play
The New Play by Academy-Award Winning Screenwriter
Dustin Lance Black
November 3, 2012 / 7:30 pm / Zalk Theater

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a reading of "8," the new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) at the Zalk Theater November 3rd. The play chronicles the landmark federal trial of California's Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews at the Zalk Theater. It will be followed by a Talk Back Panel with marriage equality advocates to discuss the history and future of equality in California.

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Thomas Kivi and Sarah Pray
Thomas Kivi & Sarah Pray

Photo credit:
Freckle Media & PR


Free Concert!

Kivi & Pray

Bohemia Coffeehouse
214 W. Ojai Avenue

Friday, July 27, 2012 / 7 pm

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts presents Minneapolis alt-folk duo Kivi & Pray at Bohemia Coffeehouse, Friday, July 27th at 7 pm

Thomas Kivi and Sarah Pray are Wisconsin-raised songwriters who met in the Minneapolis springtime. What began with a Hank Williams song sung on the back porch led to tours across America and Europe where they kicked the lonesome blues together.

While promoting their individual releases, the two are also performing together and there's a beautiful simplicity in two different songwriters travelling, writing, and recording together. After two years and 10,000 miles on the road, they've forged a folk show that blends their influences together into an honest innovation on old folk and country styles. Kivi & Pray blend their harmonies warmly into organic arrangements of mandolin, guitar, and a mellow electric.

Please join us!

Bohemia Coffeehouse is located at 214 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. For more information contact the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts at 805-646-3381 or Bohemia Coffeehouse at 805-640-7210.

Laura Meyer
Laura Meyer

Gwyneth & Monko
Gwyneth & Monko

Free Concert!

Featuring Laura Meyer
with Gwyneth & Monko

Bohemia Coffeehouse
214 W. Ojai Avenue

Friday, July 13, 2012 / 7 - 9 pm

We are pleased to announce this free concert presented by The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Happy Valley Cultural Center featuring Laura Meyer, with Gwyneth & Monko.

Please join us at the Bohemia Coffeehouse in Ojai on Friday evening, July 13th.

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Gwyneth & Monko and Laura Meyer

Darlene Koldenhoven
Darlene Koldenhoven

Infinite Voice Mini-Concert
Featuring Grammy Winner Darlene Koldenhoven
March 31, 2012 / 1:00 pm

Infinite Voice Mini-Concert: Join us for an intimate, half-hour concert with Grammy-winning vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven, singing from her Two #1 Best Vocal Albums voted by Broadcasters Worldwide of inspiring original pieces and timeless arrangements blending Classical, Positive Pop, Vocal New Age & World Romantica. Darlene’s angelic, soul-stirring voice has mesmerized audiences of over 1.5 Billion worldwide as featured in the 6x platinum DVD Yanni, Live at the Acropolis. Darlene's concert is music to uplift, awaken and transform that touches a universal note in all. Following the concert is Darlene's workshop, Wellness With Sound and Voice.

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Molly Zenobia

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Previous Performances in 2011:

Erotica Exotica Neurotica

Erotica, Exotica, Neurotica
An evening of Prose & Poetry by Women in Exile

Tree Bernstein, Susan Florence, & Alicia Morris Soto  

Saturday, September 24, 2011 / 7:00 pm / Reception followed
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

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Drums and Dance of India

Drums and Dance of India
featuring Talavya and Jin (JoungJin) Won

Friday, September 16, 2011
7:30 pm / Zalk Theater in Upper Ojai

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Francisco de Leon

Francisco de Leon
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Born in Buenos Aires, Francisco de Leon moved to the Ojai Valley in 2001. Here he crafted a new musical persona taking influences from two main sources: the Argentine tango and the Brazilian bossa nova, giving birth to a unique blend of Latin musical flavors. Francisco sings in quiet whisper and accompanies himself on an acoustic guitar with nylon strings, playing haunting harmonies with unusual accents.

Francisco de Leon

An Evening with Gwyneth + Monko
Friday, March 4, 2011

Last year, we presented Gwyneth + Monko, a duo comprised of Gwyneth Moreland and Michael Monko, as the opening act for Laura Meyer (watch video). This year, we've asked them to come and perform their brand of Indie Folk with a style rooted deep in old-time, blues, and true American country music as part of a special evening of music at the Center.

Watch video of Gwyneth + Monko performing "Western Shores" Friday, March, 4, 2011

Laura Meyer

An Evening with Laura Meyer
with Special Guest Patrick Dunn
Saturday, Februray 5, 2011

Laura Meyer, the globe-trekking folk-rock poet, has been the songwriter-in-residence at the Center for the month of January. Age 27, she has performed nearly 500 independent shows throughout the United States and Europe, including performances before 12,000 attendees at the Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Music Festivals.

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