Massive Wildfires Almost Destroyed This Small Town. Now Music Brings The Community Together.

“We can tell the story of the miracle of Ojai, which is that the town didn’t burn.”

Police and fire crews watch as the Thomas Fire burns a hillside in Ojai, California, on Dec. 7, 2017. Photo by Kyle Grillot/AFP/Getty Images.

On Dec. 4, 2017, Jamie Bennett was sitting at home in his living room recovering from the flu. It was a blustery Monday night in the picturesque valley of Ojai, California — some 20 miles east of the coastal town of Ventura — and the winds were rattling the windows of his home.

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The DACA Generation Has Their Stories Told In This Immigration Opera

A DREAMer in the audience said it was “a taste of what the immigrant community is facing.”

A scene from "Cruzar la Cara de la Luna," where a coyote smuggler brings a family across the desert. Photo by Luis Luque.


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