Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 01/09/2014

TRUMBO Saturday, Jan. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Trumbo focuses on the life of two-time Academy Award winning writer Dalton Trumbo and the effects of the Hollywood blacklist. Trumbo, once the highest-paid writer in Hollywood, was one of the 19 Hollywood artists subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in October 1947. Based on the stage play written by his son Christopher, Trumbo reveals the letters, newsreels and interviews that give insight into the man and his plight. The film will be followed by a discussion with director Peter Askin. $10-$25. Ojai Playhouse, 145 S. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.

VENTURA RESTAURANT WEEK Monday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan 19.
Thirty local Ventura restaurants will participate in this year’s restaurant week, which features prix fixe menus, drink specials and discounted entrees. This year, visitors who take a post-meal survey will be entered into a $25 gift card drawing. For price and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.cityofventura.net/restaurantweek.

CAMARILLO DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 6:15 p.m. Central Committee Chair David Atkins and Director Patrick Donahue will speak on the direction of the local Democratic party for 2014. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 484-6601.
FIRESTONE BIG BEER NIGHT WITH DAVID WALKER 6 p.m. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. owner and brewer David Walker will meet and greet with fans of the Central Coast brews, while special releases will be on tap all night. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.barrelhouse101.com.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB LESSONS 6:30-10 p.m (every Thursday night). Instructors teach Latin and swing moves while opening up the floor for those wishing to hone their skills. $9. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.
VENTURA COUNTY POET LAUREATE CEREMONY 5:30 p.m. Ventura County’s first poet laureate, Mary Kay Rummel, will be honored, followed by a reception. Atrium Gallery, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, contact lrolens@aol.com.
BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. This series of short art classes will help young people learn form, line and texture basics for beginning artists. $10-$24. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.com.
E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host this free event open to all residents and businesses in Ojai. Bring electronic waste for recycling. Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com.
FICTION WRITING ESSENTIALS 2-4 p.m. Author Doug Taylor will conduct a workshop on the basics of writing fiction, using his novel “Bogota by Bus.” Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
FRESH ROASTED CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS DAVID LINDLEY 7:30 p.m. Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs his eclectic mix of American folk, blues and blue grass. $28-$35. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, call 646-8907.
12 YEARS A SLAVE 4:30 p.m. True story following the plight of Solomon Northup, an African American living in New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
THE BREATHE AND BLESSINGS PROJECT PHILIPPINES RELIEF 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Six yoga instructors will be offering inexpensive lessons with all proceeds going to US veterans who will assist the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Suggested $10 donation. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.yogabymarylourose.com
CAMERATA PACIFICA OPENING PERFORMANCE 3 p.m. Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Warren Jones will play Haydn’s C Major Piano Trio, Hob 27 as part of the ensemble’s January calendar. $10-$40. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cameratapacifica.com.
VENTUCKY STRING BAND AT THE LIBRARY 2 p.m. Bluegrass musicians the Ventucky String Band will perform for library patrons. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrating the Vietnamese new year, year of the horse, the An Lac Mission will host this festival in its 14th year, featuring fire crackers, a fashion show, a market place and Vietnamese food, all followed by a traditional ancestor worship. Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 816-8799.
JESSE LYNCH JAZZ 101 7:30 p.m. Featuring the Jesse Lynch Trio, this performance will take guests through a multimedia experience of America’s jazz history. $25. Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardcca.com.
GODSPELL Jan. 9-12. Young Artists Ensemble alumni and friends present the musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. $15-$20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN Jan. 10-26. Flying H Group presents this play that tackles such epic themes as religion, moral absolutes, our relationship to God and our relationships to each other — as seen through the eyes of five characters in a New York prison. $15-$18. Adult audiences. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.
MASTER CLASS Jan. 10 through Feb. 1. Conejo Players presents the Terence McNally winner of the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play, which concerns a master class taught by legendary opera diva Maria Callas; she is glamorous, commanding, larger than life — and drop-dead funny! Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she recalls the glories of her own life and career. $18. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
BELL ARTS FACTORY TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Jan. 25. “9 Windows,” photography by Ventura Film Society founder Lorenzo DiStefano taken in Cuba. Closing reception on Jan. 25, 6-9 p.m. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17. “Under the Influence of Finance and Fashion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” The artists and works in this exhibition explore the relationship between economics and consumer culture and reveal the immense impact that socioeconomics has had on the art of the contemporary generation as well as on our culture at large. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org.
CSUCI Through Jan. 20. “Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections (Part II),” works by art teachers in Italy and California. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8570.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 20. “It’s Just Right,” a juried exhibition of medium-size images by a host of local artists, including Judy Gibbs, Norman Kirk, Sylvia Raz, Erik Abel, Steve Cook and many more. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8. Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition, including works from the last decade and a few pieces by the artist’s late father. California Lutheran University, www.callutheran.edu.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of Ventura’s natural beauty and marine life of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 2. Avant-garde artist Jeff Sanders offers his vision of everyday America in the fun and provocative exhibit “Tina’s Toys and Other Things.” The famous and infamous of George Stuart’s Historical Figures, on display to kick off the George Stuart Audio Project, which will create a comprehensive archive of Stuart’s commentary on his figures. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Jan. 30. “Well . . . it’s Colorful,” Kirk Lowry’s latest collection of abstract paintings done with acrylic, resin and various mixed media. Each painting is an experiment in color and design, which Lowry calls “eye candy.” Reception on Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayle Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. The gallery’s biggest show of the year features pieces mostly less than $100. Featured artists include West Cooke, Dan Holmes, Debrah Hintz, John Bacoy, Jen Livia and more. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 9: The Ag Art Alliance presents the sixth annual Art About Agriculture exhibit featuring more than 75 art pieces by 48 artists at both venues. The exhibit explores all facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil and the food we eat. Through Feb. 23: “De Colores,” the long-running annual group show that recognizes the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara River Valley. Featured artists include Uriel Leon, Marissa Magdalena and Veronica Valadez. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STEVE MUNCH PHOTO GALLERY Ongoing. Photographs of local landscapes and points of interest. Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 113, Ventura Harbor Village. 701-0779.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Jan. 30. “Dan Levin: A Retroactive, Objects of Curiosity.” Tongue-in-cheek assemblage by California artist. 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.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: collections of farming machinery and implements from Ventura County’s rich agriculture history plus paintings by local artists that depict farming life. Current exhibition started March 30. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Feb. 2. Prehistoric California. Visitors will be able to view the skulls of some of the most famous mega-fauna such as the saber-tooth cat, dire wolf, a prehistoric camel, horse and the formidable Harlan’s ground sloth. Other mammals and marine fossils from the Miocene and Pleistocene will also be on display. The specimens on display are borrowed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and Santa Barbara City College. Ongoing: exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing. “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s recently designed and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through March 9. “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage” features more than 300 documents and spy gadgets, many never before seen by the general public. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com.
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064. 

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