Picks of the Week - Happenings

Plus countywide events Apr. 10 through Apr. 16

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 04/10/2014


OJAI WORDFEST Thursday, April 10, through Monday, April 14. 
The fourth annual literary festival encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill levels and ages to partake in an extravaganza of events offered over five days. Classes such as “Fiction Writers on Stage,” which will discuss methods used to help writers “create stories that draw readers into a deeply vicarious experience,” and “How Novels Evolve,” in which E.E. “Doc” Murdock will discuss what he learned from writing each of his five novels, will highlight the week-long event. For a full schedule and ticketing information, visit www.ojaiwordfest.com.

NICHOLBY’S REUNION SWING WEEKEND Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13.  
Ventura has been a hot spot for the resurgence of swing. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had its start on Main Street in Ventura at the iconic Nicholby’s Club, home of the Flying Lindy Hoppers, swing dance classes and weekly club nights that developed into events like “Monsters of Swing,” which attracted teachers and dancers from around the world. Now, the original swingers will be reunited over this three-day event featuring swing workshops and classes with headliners the Jive Aces straight from the UK. $20-$40. For a schedule of events and a list of the various locations, visit www.yeahman.com/nicholbys-reunion

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.
The Ventura County Ballet Company presents its annual spring ballet featuring 21-year-old Lilit Hogtanian (pictured), a graduate of Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco who has danced with Los Angeles Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. $15-$25. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 648-2424 or www.venturacountyballet.com.

~ THURSDAY ~
“A GOOD KICK IN THE CAN” BEER CLASS 6:30-8:30 p.m. Guests will sip on craft beers while broadening their knowledge of a vast selection of canned beers. $15. Total Wine & More, 394 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 494-0108. 
AUTHOR, POET, GARDENER JOSE MENDOZA 5:30 p.m. Mendoza, a Ventura County resident, will discuss what he learned by asking himself a simple question: Was I born to be just a gardener? Acoustic music will also be performed. $5 donation suggested. Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, call 383-1368. 
NFINITY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHEERLEADING EVENT 7:30 p.m. This live streaming event will feature routines showcasing acrobatics, gymnastics and dance from 30 of the country’s most elite cheerleading teams. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
~ FRIDAY ~
FREE JAZZ CONCERT PRESENTED BY CLU 7:30 p.m. The CLU Jazz Ensemble performs joint concerts with the Wind Ensemble. This show will be free and open to the public. Preus-Brandt Forum, CLU, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/music
QUILTING BY THE SEA 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (and Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). More than 200 quilts and quilted projects will be on display with at least 20 vendors, boutique items for sale and displays of community projects that are given to more than 10 local organizations available as well. A silent auction will also be held. $10. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd,. Ventura. For more information, visit www.camarilloquilters.org.
~ SATURDAY ~
BEEKEEPING DEMONSTRATION 1-2:30 p.m. CLU will host a beekeeping demonstration at the CLU SEEd (Sustainable Edible Education) project garden as part of a month filled with bee-related activities. Between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/3221
BELGIAN BEER AND BREAKFAST 9:30-11 a.m. Unlimited samples of select beers will be paired with breakfast items at this event featuring craft beer and gourmet food. $30. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.barrelhouse101.com
CESAR MILAN LIVE 8 p.m. Joined by his famous four-legged companion Junior, Cesar will share his philosophies and methods, then present examples via live demonstrations with multiple dogs. $63-$150. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
CRUISIN’ A STREET CARSHOW 2-5 p.m. (and every second Saturday through Sept.). Cars, bikes and other vehicles will be on display. Food trucks and activities will also be present. Downtown Oxnard at A Street, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.downtownoxnard.org.   
ROUNDUP: A ROCKIN’ COUNTRY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m.-8 p.m. This year’s list of performers will include the Canadian country group Emerson Drive and the winner of Fox’s The X-Factor, second season, Tate Stevens. Dancing lessons, food carts and trucks, craft vendors and activites will also be had. $25-$90. Hummingbird Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.roundupsimi.com
THOUSAND OAKS CERT CLASS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The CERT program offers classes to residents about disaster preparedness, and includes training about hazards that may impact their neighborhoods, such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, and medical operations. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org
WILDFIRE SAFETY FAIR 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the Ojai Valley FireSafe Council as it educates and preparesresidents for the event of a wildfire. Food, raffles and a fun zone will also be available. Sarzotti Park, 210 Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.firesafeojai.org
WOMEN FULLY CLOTHED 2:30 p.m. (and 7:30 p.m.).
A critically acclaimed theatrical comedy show, Women Fully Clothed takes everyday life and puts it on stage for an unparalleled evening of laughter. $30-$38. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
~ SUNDAY ~
AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY ABOUT ANIMALS 3 p.m. New poems inspired by the animal snapshots in the vintage photography exhibition will be shared. Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.  
CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-WRESTLING FROM HOLLYWOOD 3 p.m. (and once every month). Various wrestlers will perform their high-flying feats of strength, straight out of Hollywood. The Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 4:30 p.m. This Oscar-winning film follows Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) as he lives and copes with discovering that he is HIV-positive. $7-$10. Ojai Film Society, Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
HATS AND HIGH TEA 4:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy high tea with sandwiches and other light fare in a garden-party setting. The afternoon will include a beverage reception and musical and theatrical entertainment. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Fine hats are encouraged. $50. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/cla.  
HARBOR IS HOPPING - DINING BY THE BOATS AT VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE, Sunday April 20th Noon-3 p.m. Hop on over for Springtime celebration and Easter brunch at Harbor restaurants.  Kids - come meet & take photos with the Easter Bunny, ride the Village Carousel or play in the arcade, pick up a new spring hat or a kite, and shop in the seaside boutiques while listening to live music at the Village Carousel Stage. http://www.venturaharborvillage.com.
L.A. PHIL SERIES: AMERICAN MINIMALISTS FEAT. ARETÉ 2 p.m. Joined by Grammy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, Areté will perform music by American Minimalist composers Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams. $10-$20. CLU, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.aretevocalensemble.org.   
MRS. CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES PAGEANT 4 p.m. Beautiful women from across the state compete for the 29th Mrs. California United States crown.  The winner will advance to the national Mrs. United States Pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., this summer. $55.05. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
OWL FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Ojai Raptor Society will present live owls and other raptors, while arts, gifts and children’s crafts will also be available. Music and tours of the Olivas Adobe will be hosted all day. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.olivasadobe.org.   
VC BEERSOCIETY’S BOTTLE SHARE Noon (ongoing, once per month). This monthly beer share will be hosted by Firestone Walker Brewery. Attendees are asked to bring at least one bottle of craft beer to trade or share at the event. $10. The Kitchen, 529 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 479-4740. 
VENTURA COUNTY CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE 3 p.m.
Celebrating fifty years of concerts the free spring concert, Pure Gold Americana, continues the golden anniversary season by highlighting some notable twentieth century American composers. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina, Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/VenturaCountyConcertBand.
~ MONDAY ~
COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER 7:30 p.m. (and Tuesday, April 15). The Passover seder will include a gourmet four-course meal prepared strictly Kosher for Passover. Special handmade shmurah matzah from Israel will be used, adding an authentic flavor to the seder. Kosher wines will also be served. $45. Chabad Jewish Community Center, 5040 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.chabadventura.com
LANDSCAPE AND SCENERY PHOTOGRAPHY 6:30-8 p.m. This lecture will focus on composition rules for landscape photography. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
~ TUESDAY ~
CLU YOUTH DRUG ABUSE CONFERENCE “DRUGS AND JUVENILES” 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Experts in criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse will discuss local trends as well as treatment and prevention strategies related to the abuse of substances. $15. Lundring Events Center, CLU, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/vvconference.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
END OF LIFE HEALTHCARE DECISIONS SEMINAR 5:30-7 p.m. Health-care decisions at the end of life – democracy or death panels? – will be the focus of this seminar moderated by Jim Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp
SWAZZLE PUPPETS PRESENTS “GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANTS” 10 a.m. Featuring a fresh script with lots of laughs for audience members of every age,  brought to life by handcrafted puppets. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
OPENING THEATER
NIGHT, MOTHER April 11 through May 4. The lauded Flying H Group presents this occasionally humorous, intense drama about a woman and her mother in a moment of personal crisis. Directed by Linda Livingston. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com 
TOM SAWYER April 11 through May 4. High Street Arts Center presents Mark Twain’s immortal classic, a tribute to not only youth, but America in its youth. From whitewashed fences, to playing pirates and hunting for treasure, even attending their own funerals, all the riotous boyhood adventures continue. $12-$20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
ONGOING THEATER
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.
OPENING ART
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY April 16 through May 12. “Five Points of View,” work by the gallery’s studio artists Tasia Erickson, W. Mark Hafeman, Sparkle Taylor, Frank “Kimo” Mitchell and Illona Battaglia Aguayo. Reception on April 19, 3-7 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
ONGOING ART
643 A PROJECT SPACE Through April 25. “Square, Flat & Fluid,” featuring recent paintings and oceanic sculpture by Kenji Webb. Hours are by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 
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.   
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 April 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.  
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.   
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. 
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. 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 Through April 27. Raku Passion: works by Genie Thomsen. Artist reception April 18 and 25, 2:30-6 p.m. 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 April 26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. 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.
CULTURAL DESTINATIONS
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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