Picks of the Week
By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 11/08/2012
TROJAN WOMEN Nov. 8-18. Written 2,500 years ago by Euripides, Cal Lutheran University presents this powerful commentary on the nature of war and its aftermath. CLU’s production will be set in what appears to be a bomb crater from a contemporary war. The female actors who comprise the chorus and principal Trojan Women represent various victims of war, including survivors of the World War II Holocaust, women of the Bosnian/Serbian conflict, mothers whose children were secretly abducted or imprisoned by South and Latin American regimes and Rwandan victims of tribal rape and extinction. Each cast member researched the story of a specific victim of war and created a character based on her and the woman of Troy she plays. The audience will be seated in a unique “tennis court” configuration, looking down into the acting area, and will be formal witnesses to the plight of the women as armed guards patrol throughout the production. Admission is $10. The Black Box Studio Theatre at CLU is located in the Theatre Arts Building on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 493-3415.
THE LAUGH PACK Friday Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m. Host Bruce Fine (Tonight Show) gathers the best comedians in the business, joined by Vanessa Bryan, the featured vocalist singing the Rat Pack classics, and puts on a night of great comedy, music and fun! Scheduled to appear, the sultry, smoky sounds of Bryan with guest comedians Wayne Federman (pictured)(Curb Your Enthusiasm and Comedy Central) and Kira Soltanovich (The Tonight Show). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Find tickets at ticketmaster.com.
ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE Nov. 10 through March 17. The fifth annual exhibit is on display in Santa Paula at both the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum and the Santa Paula Art Museum. The two neighboring museums are co-hosting the juried work of more than 50 artists working in both two- and three-dimensional media. All the art draws its inspiration from local agricultural heritage or contemporary agriculture. Opening receptions are at both museums on Saturday, Nov.10, from 4 to 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the Agriculture Museum during the reception; no refreshments. Refreshments are served at the Santa Paula Art Museum, where reception and exhibit admission is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and students free. The Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St.; Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave. See www.venturamuseum.org.