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By Shane Cohn and Michel Cicero 07/05/2012

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD Through Aug. 5. It was 1916. There was a town. There was a circus. And there was a murder. When the Sparks World-Famous Shows Circus pulls into the quiet town of Erwin, Tenn., the residents of the sleepy little hamlet can hardly contain their excitement. But when a member of the circus commits a horrific crime, the townsfolk demand justice. Building on both historical fact and legend, Elephant’s Graveyard questions how good people can, if only for a moment, turn into monsters, unleashing a deep-seated American craving for spectacle and revenge. $12-$18. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

MUAY THAI CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m. After more than a year’s hiatus, American World Champion Michael Mananquil is stepping back into the ring, just in time to fight for his next title. Standing in the way is WBC Muay Thai Champion Luis “El Shogun” Bio, a Mexican rising star known for delivering nonstop action in the “super fight” of the evening. The evening showcase is “Muay Thai Xtreme - Beach Bash 1” – a single-elimination tournament in search of America’s “Best in the West” in the 126 weight class – the first step in a national competition to crown America’s world-class fighters in the search to achieve their dream as part of a new TV reality show. Ocean View Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For tickets and more inforation, call 986-4818

VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. Kicking off the Sunday Matinee Concert Series is renowned guitarist Chris Cain (pictured). Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting, Northern California-based Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. San Jose Mercury News reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the Blues.” Cain’s 1987 debut recording “Late Night City Blues” received four prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominations, including ‘Guitarist of the Year.” Cain’s ever-busy schedule keeps him and his top-rate band on the road performing at some of the best blues festivals and events around. Opening for Cain: Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog, fronted by VCBS-sponsored Wednesday night Jam leader, guitarist-vocalist Tommy Marsh; and L.A. area favorites (and recent International Blues Challenge competitors) Kelly’s Lot, featuring dynamic vocalist, Kelly Zirbes. Tickets are $20-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 East High Street, Moorpark. Purchase tickets online at www.venturacountybluessociety.org.

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