Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 02/28/2013

GROUND OPERATIONS Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. The documentary film, Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farmfields, follows an ensemble of vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who went to war for all the right reasons only to face a daunting transition back to civilian life. Farming and ranching is creating a restorative road home. Light fare provided and a no-host bar, accompanied by the film’s musicians, Alan Thornhill and Gregory Haggard. Former California Secretary of Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura, is the guest speaker before the film. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St, Ventura.

VITA ART CENTER March 1-31. “Without You I am Gone, Face of a Revolution,” works by Skye Gwilliam. New York City fine arts appraiser, Elizabeth Stewart said of the artist, “Skye is a master of the ‘one gesture.’  He doesn’t lift his brush once he lays it down on the white surface. His lines are one complete movement in chronological time and in “signifier.” The end result hits hard ; as hard as the shapes of his line, creating a calligraphy of a new urbanstruct language which had its birth in the immediacy of creating guerilla art for the streets.” Reception March 1, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com. 

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. The most famous classical chamber ensemble in history makes its Ventura debut when Academy of St. Martin in the Fields brings its thrilling orchestral power and grace to the Ventura Music Festival. St. Martin-in-the-Fields is best known for its work featured on the Academy Award-winning film soundtracks for Amadeus, The English Patient and Titanic. Ventura High School auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. Tickets are on sale now for $35, $50 and $65 at venturamusicfestival.org, or by phone at 648-3146.

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