Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 04/03/2014

COMEDY Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. 
The evening features seven comedians in an hour and a half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. This lineup includes comics with credits from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, VH1, Comedy Central, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Conan, SNL, MTV’s Punk’d, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and more, featuring Ian Edwards (Family Guy, The Boondocks) and Fahim Anwar (Californication). $7. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.

PAINT VENTURA Through April 6.
The annual plein air festival returns to the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Ventura with outdoor painting, classes, sales and many new special events, including an umbrella art festival, downtown art walk, quick-draw painting competition and wet canvas sale and painting party. The event is free to the public. For all the details and a full schedule of events, visit www.PaintVentura.com.

Sunday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of the film and television world’s most enduring legends, with more than 50 years in the entertainment industry. As part of the Distinguished Speaker series, Ron Howard joins the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Valerie Plame, who will also speak as part of this series. Tickets are available on a waiting list. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.speakersla.com

CONFERENCE ON STUDENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION 10 a.m. (and Friday, April 4). The statewide two-day conference will highlight successful efforts to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse among students, featuring Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr. and others. CSU Channel Uslands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/atod.
AUTHOR AMAN MOTWANE 7-8:30 p.m.  Author of The Power of Wisdom and When You Change How You See the World, Aman Motwane will speak on dealing with people and building better relationships. $15. Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Blvd.,  suite V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
CHILDREN’S READING CELEBRATION AND YOUNG AUTHORS’ FAIR 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrated children’s author Wade Bradford will headline this year’s event with Ventura County children and their families for stories, crafts, creative writing, the Young Authors’ Fair, readers’ theater, and other activities that celebrate reading and writing. Broome Library, CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.go.csuci.edu/children
COMEDY — YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER 2:30 p.m. Comedian and author Darryl Littleton will present a lecture-demonstration on the history of comedy and will include in his multimedia presentation a segment from the documentary he co-produced entitled Why We Laugh. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
“COUNTING THE DAYS: POWs, INTERNEES AND STRAGGLERS” 7-8:30 p.m. Author Craig B. Smith will recount the stories of six soldiers imprisoned by both sides of the conflict from his latest book as part of Ventura’s Big Read series. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread
DERBY DARLINS BATTLE FOR THE COAST 8 a.m.- 11 p.m. (and Sunday, April 6). Ten teams from across the county battle for dominance to obtain the coveted BFTC oar. $15-$25. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcderbydarlins.com
EDIBLE HARVEST CLASS 10-11:30 a.m. Nursery expert Dave Nichols from Green Thumb Nursery will lead this class about how to incorporate edibles into your landscape. Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape
GOLD COAST WIND ENSEMBLE 7:30 p.m. This all-volunteer, professional-level wind orchestra in Ventura County is based on the principle of fine performance of quality concert band and wind ensemble repertoire. $29.40. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
ONGOING IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH BROADWAY VETERAN 10 a.m.-noon (and ongoing Saturdays). Taught by Lynn Chaplin-Noe, Broadway and television performer and creator of environmental improv technique, she teaches everyday improvisation techniques that will help you listen, learn and laugh your way to effective communication. $10. Suite #1, 221 Daily Drive, suite #1, Camarillo. For more information, call 366-0342. 
OXNARD CELEBRATES EARTH DAY 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrating Earth Day, Oxnard will host vendors and demonstrations based around the theme “Bee Kind to the Earth” in which the importance of bees to our ecosystem is highlighted. Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit publicworks.cityofoxnard.org. 
SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL “SCANFEST” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One of the largest Nordic festivals in the western United States will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Saami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages. $4-$8. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800,  Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.scandinavianfest.org.
CASA PACIFICA PRESENTS OBOIST NICHOLAS DANIEL 3 p.m. Renowned O oboist Nicholas Daniel will lead the Camerata Pacifica ensemble in a work Mozart himself considered one of his best, his Quintet in E- flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452. $10-$40. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cameratapacifica.org
DUDLEY HOUSE OPEN HOUSE 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 16, 1948 broadcast of Sherlock Holmes and 1905-08 recordings of bass Pol Plançon will be featured  in  the  Dudley House historic recording series during the Dudley House open house on April 6. A flea market and collectibles fair will begin at 9 a.m. The Dudley House, 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 644-3286. 
HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experienced practitioners will be available for 20-minute sessions during this fair featuring homeopathic and natural healing alternatives. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.healinginamerica.org.
BIG READ FILM SCREENING FEATURING TOM CRUISE 6 p.m. Robert Chianese will host this film in which Tom Cruise portrays Ron Kovic’s personal journey from proud to paralyzed soldier who turned anti-war activist. E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread
GABRIELLE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). Gabrielle, a 22-year-old woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that often slows cognitive skills while increasing sociability and musical talent, falls in love with the dashingly handsome Martin. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 6:30-8 p.m. As part of a series of photography lessons, this lecture will be an introduction to using digital cameras, covering some of the technical aspects of point and shoot as well as DSLR cameras. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
STEM DIVERSITY SPEAKER SERIES 3-4 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how the mathematical, natural and social sciences are being used to help solve the world’s health problems featuring two separate presentations by Dr. Carlos Castillo Chavez, a leading authority on mathematical biology. Grand Salon, CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/projectacceso.
AN EVENING WITH DAVID RIVAS 6-7:30 p.m. Photographer/metal sculptor/ former boiler operator David Rivas will discuss his public and private work as an artist. The Comedy Club at the Harbor, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com
HERB & DOROTHY 7:15 p.m. This documentary captures Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s extraordinary gift of art to the nation, donating pieces from their vast modern art collection to institutions in all 50 states. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com
RELIGIOUS ETHICIST LARRY RASMUSSEN 7:30 p.m. Larry Rasmussen, the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and past president of the Society of Christian Ethics, will present “God, Water and Human Responsibility.” CLU, Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3693.
“LEGAL PROTECTION FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS” 5:30-6:30 p.m. As part of the Lawyers at the Library series, Attorneys Scott Green and Dan Spurgeon of the Green Law Group LLP will discuss how state law protects homeowners who hire contractors for home improvement work. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.
THE STORIES OF CESAR CHAVEZ April 3-6. Santa Paula Theater Center’s Backstage Theater presents this award-winning production written by and starring Fred Blanco. $12-$15. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
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
IN THE HEIGHTS Through April 6. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. $30-$65. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.  
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.   
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.
643 A PROJECT SPACE April 4-25.  “Square, Flat & Fluid,” featuring recent paintings and oceanic sculpture by Kenji Webb. Opening reception on Friday, April 4, 5 to 9 p.m. with music by Landon Smith. Hours are by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave., Ventura.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM April 3-30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. The awards ceremony and reception for the student artists, and their families and friends will be held on Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260. 
VITA ART CENTER April 4-26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. Opening reception on April 4, 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.
BLUE CUBE Through April 7. “Off the Walls,” featuring work by various California MFA candidates in Ventura’s newest contemporary art space. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 218-0842 or www.bluecubegallery.com.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through April 19. “Suburban Primitive Paintings” by Ronald Walker. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; 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.  
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. 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.   
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. 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.  
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. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY 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. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive, entrance #3, Ventura. 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.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. 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 BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through April 25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris cafe in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. Reception on April 5, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368.  
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through May 16.  “Women in the State of Grace” featuring works by 18 California women. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula.  
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. 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 redesigned 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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