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I once sat down with an Executive in his office at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, and he tried to explain the nature of the industry we were witnessing on the many sets we observed and toured earlier in the day. There were times where I would see the gates open, and a convoy of Warner Brothers Studio vans would roll in and begin loading lights and equipment from the Paramount Picture lighting bays.

“It’s like a coral reef,” he said.

He noticed the grimace of curiosity pasted across my mug, I’m presuming.

“We all have to keep the reef alive, or we die. So yes, while WB is my competition, and I routinely outbid and win over their clients and contracts, they do the same thing to us. But we are also at the mercy of time and resources. So when we are close to WB Studios, and we have less than an hour to shoot on location, it is natural to help each other out. -A corral reef.”

It made a lot of sense. I have swam among the ethereal reefs of art and music here in Californian, somehow, instinctively knowing that my school of marine life was lurking somewhere that thrives on its core elements.

When you visit ART CITY, you will notice something very common as you begin to mingle among its frequent fliers. It is an energy and trend that courses up and down the streets of Ventura, and after a while almost becomes an expectation. The people here are emmersed in sharing their love and expression through music and art.

Now I’m not just referring to gigs booked at the local night venues, or exotic galleries even. I’m talking about the character and personalities that immediately confront you with some strange wood-wind instrument, or a hoop, a guitar, a saxophone, or whatever, and dives into a personal performance for you, often urging you to join in somehow.

One of the artists I enjoy conversations with, stopped our discussion mid-sentence, got out her tap shoes, and started busting out tap moves for me, with no detectible motivation or provocation for it.

I love that kind of human spontaneity. I love the “Attention Deficit Disorder” of artists, and how it instinctively breaks up the monotony of typical human interaction, even veering it from potential negative routes and egoic conflict.

If you agree that human spirit and cultural nutrients are vital to the path of our current society and upcoming generations, then you’ll find it coming to life in its richest forms at ART CITY.

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