Local Lampoon: The Serial

As Ventura turns . . . the saga continues.

A lampooning, soap opera-esque look at local current events--starring Ventura gadflies, City Council members and local movers and shakers--is set to unfold, live before your eyes.

"Live From the Livery"--held at Ventura's Old Towne Livery courtyard--is the brainchild of local actor-performer Pam Pilkenton.

"The City Council, prominent people, regular citizens, environmental and social issues, we tackle it all," said Pilkenton, who is producing the event.

The theatrical serial was first performed at the Livery last year, when Pilkenton received grant money from the city of Ventura.

"We bit the hand that fed us," she said, chuckling. "But we're back at it again this year."

A clan of about 20 actors from various area performance groups will stage the serial through Aug. 3.

"It's more of a spoof than anything," Pilkenton said. "We keep it light and fluffy--never offensive."

The first episode "Buena Maul" will be performed Saturday (a repeat of a Wednesday episode). "Historically Haunted Hostages" will play July 24 and 27. "Miracle Whip" will conclude the series July 31 and Aug. 3. All performances begin at noon, except for "Jack Hammer Radio Hour," which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Admission is free.

"We pack the episodes into 40 minutes," she said, "so you can enjoy it during your lunch and still have time to get back to work."

The Olde Town Livery courtyard is at 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-5701.

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