Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 01/24/2013

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. The New West Symphony will present the West Coast premiere of Visions of America: A Celebration of Democracy on the third concert of its 2012/2013 Masterpiece Series. The multimedia work is a “Photo Symphony” featuring projected photographs by “American’s Photo Historian” Joseph Sohm, accompanied by the music of Grammy Award-winning composer Roger Kellaway. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; and Saturday at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

DINNER WITH DUKAKIS Tuesday, Jan. 22. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks will be hosting a dinner event in her Quarterly Dinner Series, this one featuring former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, currently a professor of political science at UCLA. Gov. Dukakis will discuss the recent Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that resulted in an unprecedented amount of campaign dollars pouring in from undisclosed donors to influence our elections. The public is invited to dine and hear Gov. Dukakis speak about dark money, super PACs and campaign reform, and participate in a question-and-answer period afterward. The event is expected to sell out so reservations are encouraged. $35 tickets. Mermaid Tavern, 1345 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Contact Jennifer.Ho@ventura.org or call 214-2510.

SACRED SWEAT Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:20 p.m. All the way from the great state of Maine, personal trainer Kimberly Mahan is offering her unique workout experience in Ojai for one evening. Sacred Sweat is a whole person — body, mind and spirit — workout that incorporates aerobics, anaerobics, Pilates, plyometrics, yoga, breath work, stretching, meditation and dance. It is designed to aid in stress management, strength building and endurance in a life affirming, supportive environment where the desired goal is not only a fit body but a fit person--inside and out. See why everyone’s ecstatic about Sacred Sweat, a quantum leap in the evolution of fitness. $15. Sacred Space Yoga Studio, 410 Bryant St., Suite A, Ojai, 646-6761.

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