Picks of the Week
By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 02/14/2013
BE A SAINT Thursday, Feb. 14 , 6-9 p.m., Sylvia White Gallery’s third annual fundraiser created specifically to put cash in the hands of artists. To date, the event has given more than $6,000 to local artists. This is an opportunity for all collectors to acquire quality work at exceptional prices. All minimum bids will start at one-third of the current market value. Evening includes live music, dinner, drinks, free raffle tickets and admission to the silent auction. $45 at the door. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8300.
TITO PUENTE JR. Saturday, Feb. 16. 8 p.m. The propulsive percussion and raucous rhythm of Latin jazz dance into town when the Ventura Music Festival presents celebrated drummer Tito Puente Jr. and his band at this year’s Latin jazz concert. Tito Jr. preserves the legacy of his father, the legendary Mambo King who popularized Afro-Cuban rhythms in the 1950s. Tito Jr. and his band have become audience favorites as they champion this unique musical style with a new generation of fans. Joining Tito Jr. onstage at the Ventura High School Theater will be the winner of the Ventura Music Festival’s annual Student Jazz Competition. Ventura High School Theater, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For tickets, visit venturamusicfestival.org, or call 648-3146.
CHESS Sunday, Feb. 17. Long before their jukebox musical Mamma Mia, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, wrote the music for this show, which literally and metaphorically showcases the Game of Kings. With lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita), the story revolves around the two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess tournament. They find themselves competing for both the championship and for the affections of the woman who manages one, yet yearns for the other. The thrilling pop score includes “One Night in Bangkok,” “Anthem” and “I Know Him So Well.” Kirsten Chandler directs. $40. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 449-ARTS (2787) or www.civicartsplaza.com.