Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 02/06/2014

GASLAND PART II Tuesday, Feb., 11 7:15 p.m.
The Ventura Film Society opens its latest season with this film, a follow-up to Gasland, which explores the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil known as fracking. $5-$10. Guest speakers will include Supervisor Steve Bennett; John Brooks, president of Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas; Katie Davis, Climate Reality Project Santa Barbara; and Jan Dietrick, Ventura Citizens Climate Lobby who will moderate. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

A special community event focused on using the arts to promote dialogue on the intersection of social issues affecting LGBTQ communities of color. The event features stand-up comedy by the award-winning queer Xicana artist Adelina Anthony and Sri Lankan-American transgender performance artist D’Lo.  $20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aderisaproductions.com.

Ventura Music Festival presents Festivo! featuring works by 10 prominent local artists, including Susan Cook, JoAnne Duby, Gerd Koch, Norman Kirk (oil on canvas pictured), Hiroko Yoshimoto and Lynn Creighton. The work exhibited will be auctioned to raise funds for the music festival during the Evening of Note gala in March. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.

VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS: FIRST GARDEN OPENING 11 a.m. A ribbon cutting will celebrate the first planting at the Ventura Botanical Gardens, featuring seedlings from Chile. Ventura Botanical Gardens, behind Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., #109, Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaBotanicalGardens.com
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE 6-8:30 p.m. (through April 10). Assistance is provided using the “My Free Taxes” software for preparation of the 1040 form and limited schedules. The family income limit for assistance is $52,000. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
MARC BACHRACH, “THE KINDER, GENTLER HYPNOTIST,” WITH MAGICIAN SHAWN MCMASTER 7:30-9:30 p.m. Notable hypnotist Marc Bachrach and magician Shawn McMaster will perform their creative set as part of the Livetalks series. $20-$25. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org
ROSE AVENUE ELEMENTARY’S PUMA-COLOR-A-THON 12-3 p.m. The Rose Avenue PTA will host a color-run for students, featuring dyed cornstarch with all benefits going to fund upcoming field trips. Rose Avenue Elementary, 220 S. Driskill, Oxnard. For more information, www.oxnardsd.org/rose.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH ORIGAMI MASTER 1-4 p.m. Local origami master BiJian Fan, who was born in Beijing, China, and learned his paper craft from his grandmother, will be featured, and children can participate in a kite-making workshop followed by kite-flying. Asian food trucks will be present. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
COMIC ARTIST GEORGES JENTY Noon-3 p.m. Artist Georges Jenty, known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Joker’s Daughter, will sign comics in celebration of Hypno Comics’ two-year anniversary. Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hypnocomics.com
FREE TENNIS CLINIC FOR KIDS AGES 4 TO 14, 1-2 p.m. The city of Ventura will host free lessons for kids on the basics of tennis or to assist in improving their techniques. Camino Real Park Tennis Center, 4199 Dean Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/eRecreation
MILITARY TRIBUTE GALA HONORING THE KOREAN WAR ERA 5:30 p.m. This year the gala will honor those who served during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 and will feature comedian and actress Jo Anne Worley. $125. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.ForTheTroops.org
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 6:30 p.m. Children may come in their pajamas and bring blankets and pillows to watch this film as part of the movie night series. The film revolves around several monsters who attend college. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org
OBAMACARE INFORMATIONAL EVENT IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH 2-4 p.m. Get key information and your questions answered by two bilingual, certified representatives from United Way Ventura County. Conejo Valley Adult School, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-259-8314. 
RUN OR DYE Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.  Featuring multicolored showers of safe, eco-friendly, plant-based dyed cornstarch at every kilometer, this 5K run has become a staple of annual running events. Afterward, participants will have the option to take part in the Run or Dye Festival. $52-$57. Ventura Ranch KOA, 7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.runordye.com.
RUSALKA 9:55 a.m. Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s melodic Rusalka, which is about a water sprite’s tragic romance with a human prince. This live performance will be streamed into local theaters nationwide. $16-$24. Century River Park, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cinemark.com.
DRAG QUEEN BINGO 6 p.m. This charity event will offer prizes and fun for participants in a bingo setting with comedy interspersed. $10. Paddy’s Bar & Lounge, 2 W. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.paddysventura.com
LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 3 p.m. The Stars of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood will perform an afternoon of championship wrestling. $10. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
MARIMBA VIRTUOSO JI HYE JUNG 3 p.m. Camerata Pacifica’s February schedule continues with percussionist Ji Hye Jung and pianist Adam Nieman performing several pieces by Chopin. $40. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cameratapacifica.org
SMOOTH JAZZ DUO MIKE HARRIS AND BETTY PATTENGALE 2 p.m. The jazz duo’s repertoire spans both time and genre, encompassing jazz, blues and contemporary music. They’ll be playing selections from their vast catalog. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
DR. BILL GARLINGTON, “THE GREAT REFORMATION” 7 p.m. This class will focus on the lives and work of three major Protestant personalities: Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin, as well as the historical factors that influenced their thinking and actions. Part one of a four-part series. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.
AN EVENING WITH TRACY LEE STUM 6-7:30 p.m. Artist Tracy Lee Stum, known for her three-dimensial chalk designs, will speak on her art. $5-$10. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.  
NORDHOFF HIGH SCHOOL’S TRIVIA NIGHT 6:30 p.m. This adults-only event will feature trivia games, raffle, prizes, food and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Nordhoff High School music department. $10. Giorgio’s Pizza and Italian Food, 914 Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com.
“BEFORE YOU LITIGATE, MEDIATE” 5:30-6:30 p.m. This talk hosted by lawyer Brent J. Rosenbaum will cover what mediation is, how it works, how it can be an empowering process and when it is a better option than litigation. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.  
“WHAT’S NEXT FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS?” DISCUSSION 7:30 a.m.-noon. Learn about what’s on the horizon for the 2014 workplace and what it means for California employers. Courtyard Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.wvceac.net.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Feb. 7 through March 9. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this beloved musical has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. $17-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.hsac45.com
DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE Feb. 7 through March 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sarah Ruhl’s new comedy, the first Main Stage production of the 2014 Season. Ruhl comments on the social mores of modern life when technology intervenes, in the insightful comedy. “That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights of the theater go down, or when the plane takes off, becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” said Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. $15 or $20. 125 S. Seventhth St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Feb. 6-9. Students in the Ventura College Music Department and the Opera and Musical Theater Workshop will perform the dramatic musical play based on Elizabeth Spencer’s 1996 book The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales. Adam Guettel wrote the music and lyrics, which garnered a 2005 Tony Award for “Best Original Score” and Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Music.” $10-$15. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 289-6279.
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
FOREVER PLAID 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. 
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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM  Feb. 8 through March 23. “Local color: Three Photographers,” featuring work by Toshi, Michael Brodey and Jim Englund. Michael Brodey, a photographer for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, has 50 years’ experience as a noted outdoorsman and dramatic landscape photographer. Jim Englund, a commercial and industrial photographer, currently works in a style characterized by brilliant, saturated color and in a large format. Toshi, inspired by the light of the coastal environment, augments his images with LED bulbs selectively placed in a handcrafted light box/frame. Reception on Saturday, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
FIRST FRIDAY VENTURA Feb. 7,  6 to 10 p.m. The increasingly popular monthly event that celebrates Downtown and Westside Ventura’s vibrant art scene. Demonstrations, lectures, music and performance are featured during this monthly cultural event. Participants include Stoneworks Studios, Bell Arts Factory/Vita Art Center, Working Artists Ventura (WAV), Artists Union Gallery, Art City and Sylvia White Gallery. For more information, maps and a list of participating galleries, visit www.firstfridaysventura.com
VITA ART CENTER Feb. 7-28. “Pamela Grau: Unified Emergence.” Pamela Grau searched inside and out for images and materials that would support her creative path. In 2009, while being treated for cancer a new body of work emerged that was devoid of storytelling. The core of this current work is about spirit contained within design, color and texture. It is about expansion and containment. The work has a mystical and magical component. It invokes our most primal responses to nature. Reception on Friday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. 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.
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 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
COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through March 4. “Facebook Profile Pictures: Your Image on the Internet” and “A Wrinkle in Time: A Celebration of the Joys, Struggle, Triumphs and Legacies of Ventura County Seniors.” Atrium Gallery in the Hall of Administration.658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.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.   
HERITAGE VALLEY FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Through Feb. 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 pay 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. 
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8. Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition that includes 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 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 Feb. 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.   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.
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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