Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 08/29/2013

IMPRO-CON FESTIVAL Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Ventura Improv Company, now in its 29th year, is presenting its traditional Labor Day weekend comedy improv festival. Ventura Improv Company (VIC), the longest-running group and improv theatre in the county, brings a tongue-in-cheek “Comic-con”-style theme to this latest festival. The VIC will feature many of its own performers as well as several new faces and old friends from other parts of California. Coming back this year are the DK & Morgan show, featuring DK Reinemer and Morgan Grobe (pictured), who have recently relocated from Washington state to L.A. Also returning is the celebrated long-form group Kind Strangers, who will again present a full-length, Tennessee Williams-style show, completely made up on the spot. New this year is Mission IMPROVable, one of the longest running improv shows in Los Angeles and the oldest established comedy team in Santa Monica.VIC performers will present several of their favorite improv formats, including Spontaneous Broadway, wherein a long-form, Broadway-style musical is made up on the spot; and SuperScene, a mix of long- and short-form that has been a recent favorite of VIC audiences. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701 or venturaimprov.com.

ARTE ESCAPES Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This music, arts and food festival will feature wares from exceptional artists and crafters, live music, culinary delights, art supplies, educators, demonstrations, children’s activities and much more. Admission and parking are free. Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard. For additional information, visit lotusproductionsandspecialevents.com.

END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY & CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. Spencer Makenzie’s annual Block Party is back with two days of local live music and celebrity guest appearances. Last year’s Cornhole Tournament has expanded to include cash prizes for teams of winners – $1,000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd thru 6th and $80 for 7th thru 10th.Kids 12 and under free.  806 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura. For more information, visit www.smfishco.com.


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