Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 08/23/2012

3RD ANNUAL SPENCER MAKENZIE’S END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY Saturday, Aug. 25, 12-10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 26, 12-7 p.m The two day block party will feature live music, a corn hole tournament, beer and wine, a sand castle contest, eclectic vendors, a massive kid’s activity hosted by the Ventura Family YMCA and all of the award winning food and sauces that Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company is know for. Featuring music from Dick Dale, Big Band, Dirty Rice, New Liberty, Army of Freshmen, The Pullmen, 8 Stops 7, Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats, Shawn Jones, The Privateers, Alexandra & The Starlight Band, Dusty Bottom Girls, Birdfeeder, Sarah Ashleigh & The Boyds and more!
806 E. Thompson Blvd. Admission: $10 per day.

ARTISTS UNION GALLERY Aug. 25 through Oct. 7. “Art of the Book 4” features contemporary, traditional, and unusual book art. This includes three-dimensional artwork that uses any book format (from tablets to codex) or a book as the base for the artwork.  Two-dimensional artwork includes text as an integral part of its composition, like the Richard Troncone multimedia pyramid book pictured. Reception Aug. 25, 6 p.m. Book Art Talk and Presentation with featured artist Beverly Decker, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. 89 S. California St., Ventura. (new location.)

BROADWAY COMES TO OJAI Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Two talented, Tony-nominated women, Valarie Pettiford and Sharon McNight, will perform on stage for the art center’s annual fundraiser. The evening will also include appetizers, beverages, a silent auction and desserts. 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 

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