Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 03/06/2014

AN IRISH HOOLEY WITH SLUGGER O’TOOLE  Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Kerry Records presents An Irish Hooley with the Irish band Slugger O’Toole in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Slugger O’Toole will be joined on stage by special guests Chris Loken, Peter Romano and members of the Kerry Dance Troupe. Slugger O’Toole shares its passion for the music of Ireland and the Celtic Nations by concocting a heady brew of foot-stomping pub songs, heart-rending ballads and deft instrumentals with traditional instrumentation including fiddle, button accordion, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, pennywhistle, flute and guitars. $44. Janet and Ray Cherr Auditorium, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com

Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, will present the first exhibition of “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots from A to Z.” This collection of anonymous amateur photographs has been collected by photographer John Nichols over the past two decades and has never been publicly exhibited. The abecedarian display of creatures comprises photographs taken over the past 120 years. An adjacent kids’ reading and exhibit area will encourage children and their families to read and write poems, as well as draw and display their own responses to the animal-themed exhibition. Animal poems by published poets will also be shared in binders that can be carried around the exhibition area. Reception on March 22, 3-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S THE KID 6:30 p.m. As part of the Camarillo Reads month long event, several classic films will be screened, including the Marx Brother’s Animal Crackers on Thursday, March 13, followed by a children’s story time. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Los Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
THE BIG READ KICK-OFF 5:30 p.m. Kicking off Ventura’s third Big Read, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will give comments at an exhibit of art by veterans followed by a a video screening plus a featured book giveaway to the first 75 people in attendance. The two-month calendar of activities, all free and open to the public, includes ten discussion groups, a theater world premiere, four visual art exhibits and much more. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information and to see a full calendar of events, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread.
AN EVENING WITH PHYSICIST DR. AMIT GOSWAMI 7-10 p.m. Dr. Goswami, famed for his appearance in the documentary What the Bleep Do We Know?, will speak on applying the theories proposed in quantum physics to unleashing your creative energy. $20-$25. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacsl.org.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 7:30 p.m. Since 1956, the Glenn Miller Orchestra has played near to 300 shows a year world-wide, and now will be playing in Ventura County. At this event, the Orchestra will perform classics as well as a few new favorites. $25-$50. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
THE PERRY BROTHERS BAND 8 p.m. This dynamic band featuring music and comedy will perform their mix of country and folk classics. $20. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.
LIVING WITH LESS: A DAY DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Demonstrations will include the Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners plus Camarillo Quilters who will sew on a 1930’s quilt frame. Reproductions of toys of this time will be on display while Depression-era songs will be played. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Los Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
REALITY PARTY FOR PARENTS 3-8 p.m. A private home in Simi Valley will be the stage where a simulated teen party will take place. Youth and young adult actors will depict drug and alcohol use while parents and other adults will tour the rooms of the house. Register at www.straightupvc.com/register for location and further details.
VENERABLE KUSALA BHIKSHU AT URBAN DHARMA WEST 10:30 a.m. Kusala Bhikshu (Thich Tam-Thien) is an American born Bhikshu (monk) ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam. He will give a talk and demonstration of his particular style of Yoga. $25-$30. Yoga Everyone, 28914 Roadside Drive, Suite 204, Agoura Hills. For more information, visit www.urbandharma.org.
FACING DROUGHT TOGETHER: THE OJAI RETREAT 1:30-5 p.m. Several members of the professional community including Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert and pastor Victoria Loorz will speak on the science and ethics of preserving water during a time of severe drought. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.achangeinthewind.com.
OXNARD MUSIC ADVOCACY GROUP FUNDRAISER FEATURING QUATTRO 3 p.m. To assist the Oxnard High School Band, Latin Grammy nominee Quattro will rehearse and perform with the band as part of this fundraiser. $5-$15. Oxnard High School, 3400 W. Gonzalez Rd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.quattrosound.com.
NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY SCREENING 12-7 p.m. In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Ventura County Public Health’s (VCPH) HIV/AIDS program will offer free confidential and anonymous HIV testing. Ventura County Public Health, 2240 E Gonzales Rd. #140, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.vchca.org.
BEWARE MR. BAKER 7:15 p.m. The legendary drummer Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith, his introduction to World Music through Fela Kuti and other African musicians, and his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.org.

SMART PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING 6-7:30 p.m. Speaker Christine Sztukowski will talk on the differences between men and women in terms of saving money and how different approaches can be used to reach the same goal. Tower Club 22nd Floor, 300 E Esplanade Dr. Oxnard. For more information, visit www.ICMCamarillo.com.
WEST SIDE STORY March 6-16. Still bold, brash and beautiful after 50-plus years with its iconic songs and music by the genius of Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim, Nordhoff High School Musical Department will present this classic musical. $10-$17. 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, www.nhsmusic.com.
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 6. Elite Theater presents this story that takes place in a communal residence where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack. We are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth. $15-$18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave.,Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheater.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
IPHIGENIA: A TRAGICALLY FUNNY COMEDY 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 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, www.skwayplayhouse.org
SHREK: THE MUSICAL Through April 6. The stage adaptation of the Disney film is presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. $18-$25. 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.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 Opening on March 7. “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets.” This exhibition, as a complement to the national literary event “The Big Read” will open with for First Friday Ventura with a reception in the community room on March 7, 5:30-9 p.m., featuring popular food trucks, no-host wine and beer bar and a short film presented by the Ventura Film Society. March 7-28: “Mujer” a celebration of women and their relationships with each other, featuring work by Judy Baca, Gayel Childress, MB Hanrahan, Maribel Hernandez and others in theTool Room Gallery. Reception on March 7 6-9 p.m. 
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM March 8 through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. Reception on March 8, 4-6 p.m. 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 March 10 through April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video.” The exhibition, a first-time collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), features some of today’s most important international video artists, including Francis Alÿs, Christian Marclay, Lynda Benglis, Oscar Muñoz, and many more. Some artworks are on loan from the museum’s permanent collection. Reception on March 6, 6:30-8 p.m. John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. 
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.  
GALERIE 102 March 8 through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. Reception on Saturday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.   
VITA ART CENTER March 7-31. Select works by one of the founders of the Chicano art movement, Frank Romero, are featured. Opening reception on Friday, March 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.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 29. Winter Juried Exhibit featuring work by Robert Diehl, Nancy Hodge, Kathy Ikerd, Kathleen Johnsen, Carolyn Jorgensen, Joyce Lombard, Vera Maguire, Daniel Mooney, Brandon Newcomer, Patricia Post and many others. Juried by Gayel Childress. 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. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
CSUCI Through March 21. “Dreams, Fables & Histories, Captured and Framed,” a student exhibition of time-based media art, curated by CI digital media lecturer Elizabeth Leister. Reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m. CI Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. For more information, call 437-2772.   
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.  
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or 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 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 Through May 18. “Humanalia” the drawings of Omar D’Leon. Through April 27. “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. Through March 22: “Festivo,” a group show of local artists’ visual renderings of classical music to benefit the Ventura Music Festival. 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 OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel 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.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.   
SCIART Through March 22. “Less is More, Much More” a group show that explores subtlety, suggestion, nuance and innuendo. It was juried by Khaled Al-Awar, owner of Primavera Gallery, a contemporary fine-art gallery in Ojai. Blackboard Gallery, Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1386, www.studiochannelislands.org.    
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through March 31. “The Beatles! 50th Anniversary Collection,” featuring Beatles memorabilia and photography of the group. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333.  
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through March 23. “The Art of the Book” features contemporary, traditional, compelling and unusual book art. In past exhibits artists have shown books from minuscule limited editions to installation-size originals. Materials thus far have included canvas, wood, cloth, Tyvek, plexiglas, metal, clay, organic materials, stone, coffee filters, video, handmade and commercial papers and books, of course. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.1783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300 or www.sylviawhite.com.  
VENTURA COLLEGE ART GALLERIES Through March 27. The Spring Faculty Exhibition features a variety of art from painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.     
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 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. 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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