Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Cicero 06/21/2012

BLAME SALLY AT DANCING OAK RANCH Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. For five years the Ojai Concert Series has been bringing Celtic, folk and world music to Ojai. During summer, the shows are held at a lovely ranch setting just outside of downtown Ojai where this weekend the unique all-female quartet Blame Sally will perform. Acoustic and lap steel guitars, piano, banjo, accordion and percussion are the tools of their trade, but it’s the creamy, delicious close harmonies and mesmerizing folk/rock arrangements that will have you on your feet cheering for more. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a potluck dinner. Cindy Kalmenson and the Lucky Ducks will open. You’ll need to bring low-back deck chairs, blankets and jackets. $18-$20. Kids younger than 15, free. West Hwy. 150 at 4585 Casitas Pass Road. www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
THE MISER June 15 through July 22. In an era of clamoring voices from the 99 percent against unprecedented income disparity and corporate greed, Elite Theatre’s revival of Moliere’s The Miser could hardly be more appropriate. The Miser, Harpagon, is such a conniving, tight-fisted, mean-spirited skinflint that he makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like a kind-hearted philanthropist. In truth, he is “a malefic social force whose insane acquisitiveness creates outwardly radiating ripples of corruption, turning family, servants and acquaintances into flatterers, flunkies and extortionists.” He takes great delight in lending money at such an inflated rate that the borrower will surely be financially crippled by it. Obsessively fearful, he buries his gold coins underground to keep them safe, but his excessive paranoia makes him suspicious of everyone as a possible usurper. When father and son discover they share amorous designs on the same woman, they unwittingly become rivals in love. The play brilliantly blends social satire and farce with a fast-moving plot that features many comic twists and surprises. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $15-$17. Petit Playhouse, Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
9TH ANNUAL OJAI VALLEY LAVENDER FESTIVAL Saturday, June 23. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The open-air Mediterranean marketplace is the perfect venue to take in the soft scent of lavender, as you browse aisle after aisle of artisan wares and specialty food items amid a backdrop of festive melodies by our talented line-up of musicians. This year’s impressive list of engaging and informative speakers will offer their presentations in the newly renovated Libbey Bowl; details are available at www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org.  Admission is free – bring the whole family; however no dogs are permitted on festival grounds. Libbey Park, located at East Ojai Avenue and Signal Street in downtown Ojai.

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