Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 01/30/2014


LOADED Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
Premier surf legend Dane Reynolds traveled the world to document pro surfers in exotic locales, from France to Hawaii and everywhere in between, featuring Noa Deane, Craig Anderson, Taylor Knox and Nat Young. Reynolds will premiere his 20-minute film and also hold a contest for a new Volvo. The Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturatheater.net.
 
 
 

BARE: A POP OPERA Through Feb. 16.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents this contemporary rock musical with an emotional, provocative storyline. In the same vein as Spring Awakening and RENT, Bare: A Pop Opera tells the touching story of a group of young friends at a Catholic boarding school struggling to discover who they are as they walk the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood. Not appropriate for audiences younger than 14. $20-$24. 3050 E Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
 
 
 

ORVIL AND GLORIA FRANZEN ORGAN PROGRAM SERIES Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Concluding the 2013-2014 CLU series, Clarion, a group consisting of Melody Steed on organ and Keith Benjamin on trumpet, will perform gothic renditions of classics using just the two instruments that have made the two famous worldwide. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800,  Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.
 
 

 
 
~ THURSDAY ~
CALIFORNIA VIRTUAL ACADAMIES FUN AND GAMES 10:30 a.m.-noon. As part of National School Choice Week, the CAVA will host an informative gathering featuring games and activities. Marina Park, Pierpont Avenue, Ventura. For more information, visit www.k12.com/cava
NETWORK AT THE MIX 5-7 p.m.  Ventura Executive Suites will be partnering up with several local businesses that will showcase their services and provide samples of their products. Ventura Executive Suites, 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaChamber.com.
~ SATURDAY ~
CITYRACE: SECRETS OF OLD VENTURA 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Solve tricky clues and puzzles in this urban adventure through downtown historic Ventura. Teams of two to four players solve clues leading them on a three-hour hunt through one of Southern California’s many diverse neighborhoods. $40. Begins at Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson, Ventura. For more information, visit www.racela.com
FREE FAMILY DAY: PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS AND SILHOUETTES 11a.m.-3 p.m. An art engagement scavenger hunt that explores the current exhibition featuring contemporary artists who are inspired by economics and consumer culture as well as hands-on art activities. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
KAX: THE CONFERENCE OF KIDSHOW AND FAMILY PERFORMERS 8 p.m. Featuring puppetry entertainers from around the world, the KAX conference allows amateurs and professionals to mingle and talk puppets. $5. Mandalay Beach Embassy Suites, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.kidabra.org.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY RESTORATION WORK DAY 8 a.m.-noon. The VAS will meet in Santa Paula for birding followed by cleanup of the habitat. 20395 S. Mountain Road (1/2 mile beyond, down a dirt road), Santa Paula. For more information, call 340-0478.
~ SUNDAY ~
HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Health and healing practitioners will offer their services at discounted rates. A free gong meditation and energy healing will also be available. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.healinginamerica.org.
SUPER SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ojai Pottery and Clay School will have available bowls and other crafts as well as animals available for adoption. Ojai Pottery and Clay School, 212 Fox St., Ojai. For more information, call 798-3990.
VENTURA HABITAT HALF MARATHON 7 a.m. The Ventura chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host this annual marathon, with proceeds going directly to the charity. $75. 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturahalf.com.
~ MONDAY ~
UNA NOCHE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.).  This Cuban film follows a young man accused of assault on his exodus to Miami. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
~ TUESDAY ~
GEORGE STUART: HISTORICAL FIGURES 2 p.m. Historian George Stuart will discuss George III; Napoleon Bonaparte and his two wives, Josephine and Marie Louise; Abraham and Mary Lincoln; as well as the Chinese Figures Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, Soong May-ling and Mao Zedong. The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME 2 p.m. (and 6 p.m.). As part of their Created Equal series, this film accounts the lease of black convicts to commercial interests from the Civil War to WWII. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 3-4:30 p.m. Explore and express feeling, understand the grief process and receive emotional support for those who have experienced a loss. Livingston Memorial VNA and Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 101, Ventura. For more information, call 642-0239. 
VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 1 p.m. Karen Hibdon, president of the Ventura County Gourd Artists, will speak on the topic of Gourds Through the Ages: Pharaohs to Fine Art. St. Paul’s Church, 117 N. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-2383.
OPENING THEATER
FOREVER PLAID Jan. 31 through Feb. 9. Cabrillo Music Theatre performs the uplifting musical about the quartet that meets its untimely death on the way to a performance but by divine appointment are given a second chance to perform the gig they never made it to.$30-$65.Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 800-745-3000. 
NOISES OFF Jan. 30 through Feb. 23. Rubicon Theatre presents this hilarious, clever comedy romp, an ingenious play-within-a-play that follows the onstage and offstage exploits of a company of actors appearing in a dreadful bedroom farce complete with mistaken identities, infidelities, scantily clad ladies and slamming doors. $25-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 667-2900.
ONGOING THEATER
MASTER CLASS Through Feb. 1. Conejo Players presents the Terrence McNally winner of the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play. It 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
ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Through Feb. 9. Elite Theatre presents its fifth annual celebration of the one-act play featuring four thought-provoking entries produced by Tom Eubanks. $15. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Fisherman’s Wharf, Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.  
THE TWELFTH NIGHT Through Feb. 16. Ojai ACT enlisted a cadre of professional and semi-professional actors to take on the Shakespeare comedy under the direction of Shakespeare scholar Michael Addison. $15-$18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.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.   
OPENING ART
CSUCI Jan. 31 through Feb.20.  Curated by photographer and CI faculty member Larry Lytle, “Chairs: A Photographic Exploration of the Commonplace Chair,” a student group exhibition that investigates our idiosyncratic relationship with this ubiquitous piece of furniture through photography. Free reception on Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Channel Islands Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo (inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building). 437-2772 or art@csuci.edu.    
HERITAGE VALLEY FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Feb. 1-23. The Santa Paula Society of the Arts has welcomed the Heritage Valley Quilt Festival to share space in its gallery during the month of February.  The quilts on exhibit are homage to a quilt made in 1863 by Jane A. Stickle, a Vermont farm wife.  The originality of the her quilt’s construction, with more than 220 unique blocks, and the fact that Jane labeled the quilt as being made “In War Time … 1863 … Pieces 5602 … Jane A. Stickle,” have combined to make the quilt a national treasure. Closing reception on Feb. 23, 2 to 4 p.m. Santa Paula Depot, 963 Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula. 
OJAI ART CENTER Feb. 1-26.  “ I Love Pastels” presented by The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Reception on Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.
ONGOING ART
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.     
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 8. “Speed and Grace,” works by JoAnne Duby, Sherron Sheppard and Joanna Spinks. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800. 
GALERIE 102 Through Feb. 24. “Nature vs. Nurture,” a two-person exhibit featuring paintings by Masha Keating and sculpture by Molly Smith. Santa Barbara artist Keating’s large-scale abstract works are an exercise in observation and exploration, delicateness and boldness. Her work embraces the discovery and surprise that come with the process, resulting in a lucid, free-flowing example of exploration. Smith’s sculptures rest, hang and balance in arrangements that emphasize the transience and ephemeral quality of the natural world, also suggesting the possibility of further transformation. Smith lives in Massachusetts. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Feb. 17. Works by winners of last year’s collegiate student art competition.  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.  
PORCH GALLERY Through Feb. 6. “Language as Material” by Alexandra Cantle, inspired by her personal experience with dyslexia. Cantle creates works on paper that highlight the feelings of shame, doubt, isolation and triumph that result from living with language-based disabilities. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgalleryojai.com
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 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 www.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 March 18. “Longevity,” featuring a variety of colorful and dynamic scenes with subjects of strength that have weathered time. 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.
CULTURAL DESTINATIONS
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 Ai r 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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