Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 02/13/2014

The Ventura Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary season with Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band at the company’s annual Latin Jazz concert. Mr. Palmieri was the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and has won nine Grammy awards. $25-$50. Ventura High School Theater, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

TAO: PHOENIX RISING Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
Featuring taiko drumming, massive props and scenery, dramatic lighting and creative choreography, this show explores the culture of the Far East through interpretive dancing and fast-paced, energetic movements with pulse-pounding drumming. $30-$54. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

More than 130 teams from more than 30 different CrossFit affiliates all over Southern California will be competing for the right to be called the strongest and fittest in a competition that tests strength and agility. Scratch food truck will be on site serving a custom Paleo menu, and vendors will have apparel and supplements available. West Coast Strength and Conditioning, 5777 Olivas Park Drive, suite S, Ventura. For more information, visit www.westcoastsc.com.

ARTS COUNCIL’S “UNEXAMINED CREATIVITY” 6 p.m. Global expert Dave Zaboski will offer practical tools to use immediately to assist in overcoming blocks and releasing creativity. $10-$15. Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-1246. 
CLU CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 6:30-8:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a traditional lion dance and gong fu. Ming Ming Jiang, a world-renowned soprano from Beijing, will sing. There will also be traditional food and activities. CLU, Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, 493-3489. 
REEL JUSTICE FILM SERIES PRESENTS MARY AND MARTHA 7 p.m. Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn play two housewives who meet in Africa and go together on a journey of self-discovery. CLU, Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3228.
ROMEO AND JULIET 7:30 p.m. (also Friday and 2:30 on Sunday). Starring Orlando Bloom opposite Condola Rashad as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, the infamous story was captured live on Nov. 2013 at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. $18-$20. Century River Park, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
CELTIC MUSICIANS TANNAHILL WEAVERS 7-10 p.m. The Scottish musician’s repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies. $20-$25. The Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com
JAZZ FUSION MUSICIANS SPYRO GYRA 8 p.m. On its 40th anniversary, Spyro Gyra will perform the entirety of its breakthrough album, Morning Dance. $41-$61. Thousand Oaks Civic Carts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
VALENTINE’S DAY PAJAMA PARTY FOR SINGLES 7 p.m. Stars in Your Eyes dating service will host this pajama party for free-wheeling singles; pajamas are encouraged. The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit  www.starsinyoureyesdating.com.
AGRICULTURE CAREER FAIR FOR STUDENTS 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Representatives from colleges that offer agriculture courses, and representatives from Ventura County agriculture businesses, will set up information tables and talk to students about agriculture education programs and about jobs in agriculture. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
BEEKEEPING 101 1-3 p.m. A lecture by Casey Abbott for beginner through advanced beekeepers and for those considering entering the trade. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AT STRATHEARN PARK 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Feb. 16). Step back in time to a soldier’s camp in 1862 and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilian re-enactors. $3-$5. Strathearn Historical Park and Museum,137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simihistory.com
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM 23RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Noon-4 p.m. Water activities, exhibitors and crafts people will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the CI Maritime Museum, with food vendors and a patio dedication. $4-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org
DAY OF AUTHORS BOOK SIGNINGS 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Local authors Joan Blacher, Dr. Cary Presant (who will discuss “Surviving American Medicine”) and A A Shannon will sign copies of their novels and discuss the writing process. Copies of the novels will be available for purchase. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154. 
FINDING SOURCES WITH LUNA GILSTRAP 1-4 p.m. The Ventura County Genealogical Society will host this talk with renowned researcher Luna Gilstrap, followed by a workshop on creating your own family website. Public Health Building, 3147 Loma Vista Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacogensoc.org
“ITS ALL ABOUT LOVE” RETREAT 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Retreat participants will engage in meditation, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sharing, songs and chants with the Rev. Karen, who will also offer healing prayers for anyone facing a particular challenge. $10 suggested. Meditation Mount, 1351 S. La Luna Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com
ROBERT CHIANESE POETRY READING 7 p.m. Celebrated poet Robert Chianese will read from his catalog of poems as well from his new collection, Uncommon Places. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
SOUL CONNECTING THROUGH SOUL COLLAGE 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Rev. Ann Bauden, a SoulCollage facilitator, will instruct guests about creating SoulCollage cards that will assist you in better understanding yourself. $99. A Place of Peace, 2021 Sperry Ave., #22, Ventura. For more information, visit www.soulcollage.com
SWINGIN’ WITH DEAN SHOW 3 p.m. A solo performance by Dean Ratzman as he touches on the styles of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and other American greats from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
THE SWING DOLLS: FROM ABBA TO SWING 7:30 p.m. This female vocal trio captivates and entertains with close harmonies, dazzling costumes and stylish choreography. $29-$49. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
G.I. COFFEE HOUSE STORYTELLING 4-6 p.m. Veterans will tell the story of their vital work to support service members, veterans and military families while challenging war and militarism from inside the military community. Café on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.vfpvc.org
WORLD AFFAIRS DISCUSSION GROUP 4-5:30 p.m. This eight-session group will meet on afternoons to discuss world affairs. $20. First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 644-8449.
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR AND 5K 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Several health organizations will be on site to discuss health-related matters and adjusting to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), while a 5K will also be hosted. $25 (for 5K). 901 S. Kimball Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ufcw770.org.
THE HUNT 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
USS RONALD REAGAN CHAPTER #107 MEETING 5:30 p.m. Member Bill Pagel will give a presentation on the Evolution of the American battleship on covers, followed by a dinner. Marie Callender’s, 185 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call Bill at 320-1601. 
“LUV” IN THE WORK PLACE Noon-1:30 p.m. Adam K. Treiger Esq. will discuss personal relationships between employees and how businesses should handle these delicate situations. $35. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Moorpark. For more information, call 382-8624.
50/50 Feb. 15 through March 2. Elite Theater presents this poignant play about four women, friends since childhood, who reunite for a weekend in a ski condo when one of them becomes ill. $20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.elitetheatre.org.  
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM  Feb. 15-23. Comedy Tonight Productions goes on the road to Rome with this musical comedy. $12-$20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. www.comedytonightproductions.com. 
SHIVA ARMS Feb. 14-15 Kim Maxwell Studio presents Doug Motel’s one-man show featuring 11 characters in the midst of spiritual seeking. $25. 226 W. Ojai Ave., # 102, Ojai, www.kimmaxwellstudio.com.  
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Feb. 14-15, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy themed around the subject of love. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. $12-$15. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
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.  
DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE 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. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 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
THE TRULY REMARKABLE PUSS N BOOTS Through Feb. 16. OYES presents this one-act play about a sneaky cat. $5. 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai, www.brownpapertickets.com.  
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.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Feb. 15 through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.”  Reception on Saturday, Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m. $15. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.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
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM 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.   
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 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 she 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. 
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 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. 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. 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   
: 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 Feb. 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. 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 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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