Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 06/20/2013

DINNER AND A MOVIE Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m. The Museum of Ventura County kicks off its Summer Movie Series with a pulled-pork dinner on the Museum Plaza followed by a screening of the 1963 epic comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Dinner is at 6 p.m., the film at 7 p.m. Admission includes dinner, popcorn, a pass to the museum and no-host bar. $20. Reservations required. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org. 

THE BIRTHDAY OF THE INFANTA Through June 23. Adapted from a story by Oscar Wilde, SENGA Youth Theatre presents this play that takes place In the Spanish court of the mid-17th century. It is the birthday of the princess. Most of all, she wants the attention of a loving father, but overwhelming grief for his dead wife has kept him in mourning for years. As a special entertainment for her 12th birthday, the chamberlain has brought to the palace a “fantastic,” an ugly, dwarfed boy, whom he found innocently dancing and singing in nearby woods. The two children meet, one spoiled, arrogant and unhappy; the other naive, poor, happy, unaware of his deformity. Of the two, the beautiful princess is the more severely crippled because she lacks human compassion. The “fantastic” changes her life. Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. 646-4885 or sengaclassicstagecompany.com.

WINE TRAIL CELEBRATION Thursday, June 20th. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Join The Collection at RiverPark and the Ventura County Wine Trail for the sixth annual Wine Trail Celebration. The festival will feature as many as 19 of Ventura County’s local boutique wineries, each of which will share its latest releases. Local wine makers bring in grapes from every major growing region across California — from Napa Valley to Malibu — allowing Ventura County Wine Trail tasters to experience the best of California wines all in one place. There will be more than 30 different varietals and blends, and tasters will get the chance to meet the wine makers themselves. This year’s live entertainment will be local favorites the Shoemaker Brothers. This is a 21+ event only, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Ventura County FOOD Share. Tickets range from $40 to $50. For more information, visit www.VenturaCountyWineTrail.com

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