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A bigger tent in Ojai


Under the stars in Libbey Bowl

Of course there's no tent at all. The Ojai Festival commences Thursday and runs through Sunday. But what's been described as more "big tent and user-friendly" programming than that in recent years runs through the weekend. There's a rundown at LA Opus. Bach and Ives make it into the mix on Saturday, as well as Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire for the hardliners. The Sunday finale also offers a chance to see a Cage piece outside of the hallowed cage of Disney Hall.

If you'd rather stay in town Thursday, Mountain Bar has a forward-looking lineup of writers and poetry, including Ariana Reines from Berkeley, who will be honored by semiotext(e), the local band of French theorists, essentialist lesbians, Deleuzean nomads, post-situationists, people named Lotringer, and others whose ropes are dragging down the drab public square statuary of mainstream media and publishing. 473 Gin Ling Way at 8:30 p.m., but I probably don't need to tell you that.