Archive for February, 2018


Spring OQ In Tune With Season

This year’s Ojai Music Festival artistic director, in a photo by Julia Weseley.

The Spring issue of the Ojai Quarterly has arrived! It will be out and about in the usual 200+ pickup locations throughout Ojai, Santa Barbara and Montecito during the next week.

The 156-page, densely packed issue featured the virtuoso violinist and this year’s Ojai Music Festival artistic director Patricia Kopatchinskaja on the cover. Kopatchinskaja talks “looking truth in the eye.”

And Ojai’s quintessential man-about-town Peter Bellwood gets the full Mark Lewis treatment in this issue. Few people possess minds as creative as Peter Bellwood, whose fabled career includes historic collaborations with legends Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

The experience of surviving the Thomas Fire and what’s comes next are the focuses of Bennett Barthelemy’s touching essay on how the effort to heal the land can bring us together, in Ojai as well as in Bosnia. Kit Stolz and Michelaina Johnson capture the Ojai spirit with a series of interviews, and Patricia Clark Doerner’s 14 file cabinets filled with family history are a loss that can’t be measured, let alone recovered. Kit also interviewed top-shelf author T.C. Boyle about his take on catastrophe and our times.

Speaking of which, Jesse Phelps writes with clarity and wit about the amazing coincidence that four incredible saxophone players call Ojai home. It’s the kind of thing that surprises us in its improbability, and also reassures us that Ojai is just the kind of place in which such improbabilities are likely.

For sale at more than 40 bookstores around Southern and Central California; free to a good home in Ojai.