Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 02/20/2014

THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY Friday,  Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. 
Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, The Second City, will perform some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from its 52-year history. Famous alumni include Alan Arkin, Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Stephen Colbert and many more. $49.15. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

Sunday, Feb. 23,  7 p.m.

Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood, best-known for their stint on the improvisation comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will demonstrate the reasons why they are known as the kings of improv. Mocherie and Sherwood have recently reunited on the show that was popular through the late ‘90s and early 2000s hosted by Drew Carey. $45-$55. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

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. It invokes our most primal responses to nature. Pictured is her “Pod Infestation” an ongoing installation made from discarded socks. 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.

MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES: RUSSELL GALIPEAU 7 p.m. Superintendent of the Channel Islands National Park Russell Galipeau will talk on the 1,000 years of history at the Channel Islands, the unique topography and native plants and animals. $4-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information and to R.S.V.P., visit www.cimmvc.org 
OPD CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR 6-7:30 p.m. As part of a short series of seminars, these talks will focus on reporting crimes, identity theft, child safety, burglary prevention, cyber safety (including bullying), robbery, self-defense as well as scams and other crimes targeting the elderly. City of Oxnard, Activity Room, 300 W. Third St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7668. 
THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA SEASON PRESENTS “SWAN LAKE” 7 p.m. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s score with the legendary ballet “Swan Lake,” which remains one of the most popular ballets of all time, will be screened in movie theaters nationwide. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS NOVEL DISCUSSION 6 p.m. The CAM book club will discuss this novel by author Paolo Giordano. $3 admission. Carnegie Art Museum, 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
THE JOY OF SMALL HOUSE LIVING 7 p.m. (through Sunday, Feb. 23). This weekend retreat will feature Diana Lorence, who will explore subjects of simplicity and authenticity after living in a house (12 square feet) without electricity. $50-$175. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai. For more information,visit www.innermosthouse.com
MASTERPIECE SERIES CONCERT: MOMOPRECOCE FEAT. CRISTINA ORTIZ 8 p.m. Making her first performance since winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal, Ortiz will lead the New West Symphony for this performance. $25-$98. Oxnard Performing Arts Center.  800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org
RIDERS IN THE SKY 8 p.m. Known for its rich blend of Western harmony and unique sense of humor, Riders in the Sky is a two-time Grammy Award-winning group that has performed for more than three decades.  The group is best known to younger audiences for its performance of “Woody’s Roundup” in Toy Story 2. $29-$39. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
“TO BOLDLY GO,” AN UPDATE ON THE DAWN MISSION 7:15 p.m. Dr. Marc Rayman of the Ventura County Astronomical Society will give a presentation on NASA’s first spacecraft to use an ion engine. Vista Elementary School, 2175 Wisteria St., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org.
CANINE ADOPTION BENEFIT BLUES SHOW 7-10 p.m. Kelly’s Lot with special guest John Gindick will perform in support of CARL Ventura County. Fifteen percent of sales in the restaurant will go toward the foundation. The Patio Restaurant, Player’s Casino, 6580 Auto Center Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.carlvc.org
OCCUPY LOVE 7:30 p.m. This film captures scenes from the Egyptian revolution, Occupy Wall Street, the Indignado (Outraged)  uprising in Spain, protests at the Alberta tar sands in Canada and the climate justice movement and beyond. Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit forum.cvuuf.org
SCOUTING FOR FOOD 8 a.m. Local Scouts will be handing out bags and fliers in neighborhoods throughout Ventura County a few days prior to Saturday, and will then begin collecting food, culminating in a final pickup before 8 a.m. Saturday. Various neighborhoods throughout Ventura County. For more information, contact Barbara at 844-2786. 
SENATOR FRAN PAVLEY’S CYBER BULLYING FORUM 10-11:30 a.m. “Cyber Bullying: What Your Family Needs to Know,” is designed to spread awareness about this topic among the families of school-age children. Also speaking will be members of the District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices. Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 815-3917.
ALTHEA WAITES PIANO RECITAL 2 p.m. Featuring classic works by Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, as well as the contemporary American composer Curt Cacioppo. $8-$10. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-8327. 
DROUGHT LANDSCAPING HERB WALK 9:30 a.m.-noon. Ojai native-plant guide Lanny Kaufer and guest Jessica Thompson will guide a walk focusing on drought-friendly landscapes. $15-$20. West Sulphur Mountain Road trailhead near Casitas Springs, Ojai. For more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com
FLUTES ACROSS THE WORLD 2:30 p.m. An ancient flute performance will be followed by stories of flutes and children and a wine-and-cheese social hour. $20. Ojai Youth Entertainer’s Studio, 316 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-4300. 
SHORT TERM 12 4:30 p.m. This film shows the portrayal of troubled teens living in a group home and the people who dedicate their lives to helping them. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR FOSTER PARENTS 6-8 p.m. This meeting hosted by Aspiranet offers information about how to foster a child, and the steps it takes to become a foster parent. Aspiranet Offices, 1838 Eastman Ave., suite 100, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aspiranet.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SPEAKER SERIES: ORAL REHABILITATION 6-8 p.m. Drs. Zarrinkelk and Jivraj will explain and demonstrate available new techniques whereby, patients are treated without any bone grafting procedures. Nichols Auditorium, eighth floor, Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org
KON-TIKI 7:15 p.m. This film documents Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl as he crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947 to prove that South Americans could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. $5-$10. The Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
OXNARD COLLEGE LITERATURE, ARTS AND LECTURE SERIES 1-2 p.m. (and every Wednesday through April). USC Music Professor Ron McCurdy will recite an epic poem and accompany it on the horn, celebrating Langston Hughes in verse and music in the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. Performing Arts Center at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardcollege.edu
SOCAL DIGITAL SYMPOSIUM FEAT. MIKE PANESIS 4-9:30 p.m. Panesis is chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels and Entrepreneurial Programs manager, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), College of Engineering. This will be the first in a rotating series of tech-centric forums. $20-$150. CSU Channel Islands, Grand Salon, North Quad, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit  www.socaldigitalsymposium.com.
IPHIGENIA: A TRAGICALLY FUNNY COMEDY Feb. 21 through March 16. The Flying H Group presents a modern take on the classic tale. King Agamemnon prepares to lead the greatest coalition of armies in the history of the world to retrieve Helen of Troy. Throw in his spunky daughter Iphigenia, a hunky Achilles, a comical puppet army, the Mighty Myrmidons, and you have the makings of a Greek tragedy with a twist. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA Feb. 21 through March 30. $10-$18. Based on the beloved film and book, Willy Wonka is the timeless tale of the mysterious candy man as he stages a contest involving five hidden Golden Tickets that allow five special children into his factory and a lifetime supply of free candy as well. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo,
50/50  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 Through Feb. 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.  
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.  
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.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Feb. 25 through March 2. “A Few of My Favorite Things & Places” solo exhibition by Mary Jo Murphy. She will present about 20 recent works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and Copic marker, ranging in size from 8-by-10 inches to 48-by-60 inches. Reception on March 1, 5-8 p.m. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.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.  
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.   
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 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. 
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 he 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 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 June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.”  $15. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
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 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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