Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 03/20/2014

AUTHOR/ACTOR TUCKER SMALLWOOD DISCUSSES RETURN TO EDEN Saturday, March 22, 3-5 p.m.  Veteran/author/actor Tucker Smallwood tells of his experiences as an Army Airborne soldier in Vietnam. In his book, “Return to Eden,” Tucker speaks of his experiences using vivid imagery, bringing the personalities of his mates to life. Tucker is also known for his acting roles in The X-Files, Contact and appearances on Broadway and locally at the Rubicon. Tucker will read as part of Ventura’s Big Read event program. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread.

BLUE CUBE GRAND OPENING Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Ventura’s newest contemporary art space will celebrate its opening with the exhibition “Off the Walls,” art that never touches the walls, featuring work by various California MFA candidates, which closes April 7. Blue Cube’s mission is to introduce challenging, engaging, thought-provoking and boundary-pushing contemporary art with a strong emphasis on the works of students and emerging artists. Its aim is to support artists by providing them with a professional space, ambitious programming and the opportunity to participate in the curatorial process. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 218-0842 or www.bluecubegallery.com

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL March 22 through March 30.
The 11th annual festival presents six diverse films and an impressive lineup of notable speakers. Highlights include: Woody Allen retrospective featuring guest speaker Jane Peterson; Wunderkinder screening with special guest Celina Biniaz, an Auschwitz survivor who worked for Oskar Schindler; When Comedy Went to School, the acclaimed documentary about the Borscht Belt comedians; and Dancing in Jaffa, the true story of how world-famous ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine uses dance to overcome political and cultural differences to bring together 11-year-olds from Israel and Palestine. For information, visit  www.vcjff.org or call the Temple Beth Torah at  647-4181.

CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE LUNCHEON 11 a.m. The CI Gulls club will be wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and encourage  members and guests to bring a friend or neighbor who may be interested in joining the nonprofit social club. $25. Sterling Hills Country Club, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 263-6062. 
CHANNEL ISLAND MARITIME MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES: RICHARD SLATER 6:30 p.m. Diver, author and free-dive record-holder in the Guinness Book of World Records, Slater will talk about treasure hunts, world records, environmental mishaps and deep-sea exploration. $3-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.
“ADAPTIVE OPTICS” WITH DR. TUCKER JONES 7:15 p.m. Dr. Tucker Jones of UC Santa Barbara will discuss how computerized mirrors on Earth-based telescopes can cancel out the blur caused by our atmosphere and produce images better than those from the Hubble Space Scope. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org
FOLK MUSICIAN JACKIE MORRIS AND THE HOPE & JUSTIN BAND 8 p.m. Morris combines the sound of vintage folk/Americana with contemporary themes, representing a lively patchwork of styles from good-time blues, ballads and bluegrass to country-western and folk-rock. $13. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocafe.com
HIGH SCHOOL JOB/VOLUNTEER EXPO 3-5 p.m. The expo is designed to connect Ventura high school students with Ventura and Oxnard businesses that employ high school students as well as nonprofit organizations that offer students volunteer opportunities. Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.com/expo
“MONSOON BLUES” POETRY READING BY ELIJAH IMLAY 7:30 p.m. Poet Elijah Imlay reads from his collection inspired by his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam as part of Ventura’s Big Read festival. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit http://www.cityofventura.net/bigread
PERMACULTURE AROUND THE WORLD DISCUSSION 7:30 p.m. World traveler Warren Brush will share a vision of the future that derives from experiences and understandings gained from distressed communities in Africa. Suggested donation $15-$25. The Ojai Foundation, 9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai.  For more information, visit www.ojaifoundation.org.
COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR 10-11 a.m. Residents of Ventura are invited to meet with Mayor Cheryl Heitmann to provide their input and suggestions on city issues over a cup of coffee. Outside of Good Time Donuts, 2445 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 677-3993. 
THE EARL-JAM TOUR FEAT. LOCAL PRODUCTS AND MUSIC 4-7 p.m. The music of JJ Frank will accompany local gourmet food producer Earl’s Gone Wild for a product tasting and demo. Whole Foods Market, 650 Town Center Drive, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.earlsgonewild.com
FREE MOVIE NIGHT: FINDING NEMO 6:30 p.m. Plucky fish Martin and Dory search their underwater world for Martin’s missing son, Nemo, who has been scooped up by a scuba diver. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org
HORSETAILS FAMILY PROGRAM 9-11:30 a.m. Meet National Park rangers and horses, see a horse demo, take a short hike, see historic barn and carriages, and learn about ranching history of the Conejo Valley. Meet in main parking lot of Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. For location directions and more information, call 443-7289. 
THE RAINS CAME: SCREENING OF CLASSIC FILM 7 p.m. Winner of the first Oscar awarded for special effects, this film is described as a “melodrama interrupted by an act of God.” $10. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org
ROTARY CREATES MAGIC SHOW 7:30 p.m. This annual fundraiser will feature a cast of Magicians that are world-class performers, all of whom are members of Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. $30. Moorpark High Street Arts Center, 45 E, High St,, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.camarillorotary.org.
SPRING FLING AT CAMARILLO RANCH 12-4 p.m. The Camarillo White Horses will perform and food will be available for this festival featuring BBQ, a petting zoo and ranch house tours. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranch.org.
LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 3 p.m. Championship Pro Wrestling returns with a lineup featuring PP Ray vs. Vermin, The Revolution vs. The Sutton Family and Hobo vs. Nick Madrid. The Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
SPRING EQUINOX HERB WALK 9 a.m. On this walk, Lanny Kaufer will demonstrate the many uses of wild plants. Poisonous plants will also be identified. Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance and other topics. $15-$20. Carpool pickup at Maricopa Plaza, 1201 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. For more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS 2-4 p.m. Elijah Imlay, mental health professional and poet-soldier, author of “Monsoon Blues,” promotes writing as a healing experience for soldiers relating their military experiences. Cal Vets Veterans Home, 10900 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread.
FREE HOUSE FLIPPING WORKSHOP 6-8 p.m. California Flipping Network will present this workshop for investors and realtors on how to get started finding, fixing and flipping houses with featured speaker Lloyd Segal. Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.FlippingWorkshops.com.
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS 7:15 p.m. This film is about the culmination of struggles between the French occupation of Algeria in the late 1950s, and the fierce resistance movement by the FLN to liberate the country from 130 years of French occupation. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
SANTA PAULA HIGH SCHOOL’S YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (and March 26). The conference goal is to empower youth with soft skills, public speaking, team-building, goal-setting and strong cultural identity in pursuit of higher education. Dinner and raffles will be held after the conference. Santa Paula High School, 404 N. Sixth St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.futureleadersnow.org.
VENTURA FEDERAL AND STATE PAYROLL TAX SEMINAR 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Employee Development Department and the IRS will discuss reporting requirements and other details regarding your taxes. Ventura EDD Tax Office, 4820 McGrath St., suite 200, Ventura. For more information, visit www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/.
A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN 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.   
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
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
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speakeasy 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. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.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.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY March 20 through April 14. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Youth Outreach presents work by local students inspired by artists that were featured in Donna Granata’s award-winning photography. Reception on March 23, 1-3 p.m. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive, entrance #3, Ventura. 644-2750, www.HarborVillageGallery.com.
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.  
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. Reception on March 22, 4-6 p.m. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
FOX FINE JEWELRY 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.  
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.   
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 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.
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, 2013. 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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