Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 03/13/2014

Friday, March 14, 6 p.m.
(through Saturday, March 15).

Films, fun and food sums up the Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted by the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy for a fifth consecutive year. The two-night event will feature independent short films by area filmmakers, such as Cascada, an outdoor adventure film, and Walk on Water, following a Greg Mallory, who was paralyzed from the waist down on his adventures in kayaking. Both evenings will feature several short inspirational movies and guest filmmakers. $25 each night, with reserved seating receiving food and beverages. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturahillsides.org.

VITA ART CENTER  Through March 31. 
Select works by one of the founders of the 1970s  Chicano art movement, Frank Romero. 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

March 15 through April 6.

Rubicon Theatre presents the Tony award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene O’Neill. A story of vulnerability, passion, humor and torment, Moon takes audiences to a rural Connecticut farm, where the sins of a failed actor-turned-landlord named Jim Tyrone collide with the outwardly gruff vulnerability of an Irish working class farmer’s daughter named Josie Hogan. In one fateful evening, these two lost souls move through a mythic tale of old sins and the power of love. $39-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.  

SENIORS FALL INJURY PRESENTATION 2-3:30 p.m. Falls are the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury deaths in persons older than 65. Dr. Thomas Duncan, trauma co-director of Ventura County Medical Center, will talk about “How to Avoid a Crash.” Ventura Convalescent Hospital, 4020 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. For more information, call 258-8000. 
UCSB VENTURA CENTER INFORMATION SESSION 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, mingle with their academically inclined neighbors, and learn about the university at their disposal, alongside light refreshments. UCSB Extension, 3585 Maple St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.extension.ucsb.edu/pr
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DEVELOPMENT SERIES 5-7:30 p.m. Jason W. Womack, author of “Your Best Just Got Better,” provides practical methods to maximize tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. $15-$25. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaChamber.com.
DR. BARRY KERZIN, PHYSICIAN TO THE DALAI LAMA 7-8 p.m. Dr. Kerzin will speak about Inner peace and contentment. Dr. Kerzin is a Buddhist monk, teacher, and former Ventura medical doctor and has lived in Dharamsala for more than 22 years, providing medical care to many high lamas as well as poor people in India. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
MEET A MEDICAL ASSISTANT 10 a.m. Medical Assistant students from CET will check your heart rate, oxygen in your blood and blood pressure, and help young visitors feel more comfortable about these vital services. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
OJAI VALLEY WOMAN’S CLUB ANNUAL TALENT SHOW 7-10 p.m. Various members of the community will demonstrate their unique talents in support of the Scholarship Fund. $5. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 411 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 652-1841. 
“THRIVING IN A WORLD THAT IS SPEEDING UP” 7-9 p.m. Carter Phipps and Dr. Jim Lockard discuss evolutionary ideas regarding personal growth and spirituality. The seminar will be a forum discussion based on the book “Evolutionaries” by Carter Phipps. $15-$25. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
“BEING IN SYNC WITH YOUR OWN LIFE” 3:30-5 p.m. Ventura Voices for Peace hosts live music, guest speaker, refreshments and multimedia presentation, including a featured video of Prem Rawat, a leading voice for peace and well-being for all people for more than 40 years. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
VENTURA’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 10 a.m. The annual parade featuring clubs, organizations and floats from local and nearby associations will wend its way down Main Street in celebration of the Irish holiday. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.
22nd ANNUAL “WEARING O’ THE GREEN” IRISH HOOLIE 4 p.m. In celebration of Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly, the club will host a “Green Tie Hoolie” auction on Sunday, followed by the annual golf tournament on Monday at the Buenaventura Golf Course. $50 for the Green Tie Hoolie, $125 for individual golf tickets. Various locations; for more information and to register, www.vccaregivers.org
RENOWNED WOOD TURNER DAVID ELLSWORTH 9 a.m.-4 p.m. David Ellsworth will demonstrate and share his wood-turning techniques, design tips, signature tools and sharpening strategies. Ellsworth is known for his technical ability and understanding of forms, especially thin-walled sculpturelike vessels. $35. Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop Classroom, 1426 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 987-8714. 
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT GULL WINGS 10 a.m. Children will be entertained with activities ranging from crafts to the chance to win a pencil, all in celebration of St. Patrick. Children wearing green will get $1 off of admission. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
THE ROCKET 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This film follows Alho, who, while good natured, is considered unlucky and is savagely beaten until his Uncle Purple whisks him away to a rocket festival, where he blows up a portion of the sky. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
2014 SPEAKERS SERIES: “ACUTE CARE” 6-8 p.m. Professionals will discuss requirements necessary to be placed in a skilled nursing facility, short-term placement versus long-term placement, and interactions with nurses and physicians about care. Nichols Auditorium, eighth floor, Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org
FOCUS ON YOU: EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP 6-8 p.m. Guest host and Certified Holistic Health Coach Shelley Hurguy will outline the role that food and nutrition play in overall health and increasing your ability to focus. $5 suggested donation. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center, 2021 Sperry Ave., suite 22, Ventura. For more information, call 321-0071 . 
THE GREAT LOVE DEBATE 7-9 p.m. An interactive town hall-style event where five leading local experts and an engaged audience will dish, discuss, dissect and debate the current state of the date. $35. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturalove.eventbrite.com
“KNOWLEDGE BEGINS WITH HUMILITY” DISCUSSION 7:30 p.m. American Vedic Association presents the Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship, a discussion on how one can become knowledgeable with the assistance and guidance of the fellowship’s sages. The American Vedic Association, 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. For more information, call 640-0405.
FRACKING: DRIVING CALIFORNIA BACKWARDS 7-8:30 p.m. The Sierra Club will host this presentation on the effects of “fracking” operations in California and ways in which supporters can assist in the passage of SB 1132, the recently introduced fracking moratorium bill in the state legislature. City Corp. Building, 77 N. California St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.lospadres.sierraclub.org
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF VENTURA COUNTY HOSTS “AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS” 7 p.m. The monthly social focuses on different topics. At this meeting, a representative from Americans for Safe Access will discuss and recruit residents for a task group regarding the feasibility of medical cannabis in the city of Ventura. For address and for more information, call 652-0290. 
POETRY OUTLOUD AT THE LIBRARY 3-5 p.m. The grades six through eight workshop will be led by local poet Shelley Sevrin. Children from grades six through eight will focus on writing and reciting a two-minute poem. Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 383-5686.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE March 14 through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speak-easy joints and Prohibition. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be “thoroughly modern,” she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. $18-$20. 495-3715or www.conejoplayers.org.
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 6. Elite Theater presentsT 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.
TRES CARAS DE AMOR/THREE FACES OF LOVE Through March 22.  Teatro de las Americas presents three one-act plays about love at various stages of life. Spanish language with English supertitles. $10-$15. 880 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.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.
WEST SIDE STORY Through March 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.
WEST SIDE STORY Through March 16. Theater League presents the classic musical that was edgy for its time. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2100 or www.toaks.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY March 13 through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Reception on Saturday, March 22, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.
BELL ARTS FACTORY Through March 28. “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets.” This exhibition is a complement to the national literary event “The Big Read.”  In the Tool Room Gallery: “Mujer” a celebration of women and their relationships with each other, featuring work by Judy Baca, Gayel Childress, MB Hanrahan, Maribel Hernandez and others. Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.  
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.   
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM 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. 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. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
CSUCI 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”  in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. 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 in the CI Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. For more information, call 437-2772.    
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.   
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 Through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through March 17. Eighth Annual Collegiate Student Art Competition juried by Bob Privitt. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
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 www.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.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM  Through June 15. “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. Reception on March 22, 3-5 p.m. 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 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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