Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 04/17/2014


 
Earth Day and Easter Events
 
MORE THAN HONEY 7 p.m. A documentary on the worldwide threat to bees, followed by a discussion with a pollination ecologist from CSU Channel Islands. CLU’s Lundring Events Center, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3015. 
COTTONTAIL DAY AT THE HARBOR Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. An egg hunt, a petting zoo, kids’ crafts and children’s entertainment will ring in the coming of the Easter Bunny. $2 for the egg hunt held every 15 to 30 minutes. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.
EARTHPLAY Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring student bands from throughout the Ojai Valley in a “celebration of sustainable living, global awareness and the joy of nature,” this celebration showcasing environmental exhibits, arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment and world foods is hosted by Oak Grove School and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.oakgroveschool.org
FARMERS MARKET EASTER BUNNY DAY Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be many events throughout the daylong celebration, including an egg decorating contest, an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Channel Islands Harbor Farmers and Fishermen’s Market, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 643-6458. 
“JESUS REMEMBER ME” MUSICAL DRAMA Sunday, April 20, 9 a.m. (and 11 a.m.). This musical with music arranged by Victory Outreach Church will have a 100-member cast and a live 14-piece band. Oceanview Performing Arts Theatre, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
PLEASANT VALLEY RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A craft fair will invade this Easter celebration featuring an egg hunt, food vendors and carnival games for the young and old alike. Camarillo Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org
SPRINGTIME EASTER FESTIVAL AT UNDERWOOD FARMS Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20, all day. An animal show and tractor pull will be available as well as other Easter-themed activities such as a labyrinth and a bunny house. $6. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com
WATER: TAKE 1 ONLINE SHORT FILM CONTEST Open applications are being accepted for an online short film contest aimed at raising awareness about growing local and global water challenges. Eligible submissions are recent short films of less than five minutes that address the topic of water in any genre. For details and deadlines, visit www.watertake1.com
VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Saturday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet the Easter Bunny, photo booth pictures, food trucks and more plus balloons and half-price dog and cat adoptions. Ventura County Animal Services, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcas.us
VENTURA COLLEGE’S EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Tuesday, April 22, 3-9 p.m. Interactive presentations, lectures and students will give handy information on the many reasons to be green for this Earth Day celebration. Ventura County Community College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcccd.edu.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~
SPRING PLANT AUCTION AND LUNCHEON Noon. C.I. Gulls members and guests are asked to bring a plant to auction off to raise proceeds for local charities. $25. Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park, Ventura. For more information, call 263-6062. 
“USING STEM CELLS TO TREAT HUMAN HEALTH ABNORMALITIES” 7:30 p.m. Dr. Amander Clark, Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, will discuss the development and use of stem cells for treating human reproductive diseases.  $11. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
~ FRIDAY ~
HAUNTED HOUSES OF VENTURA: A LECTURE AND TOUR 7-9 p.m. A tour and talk by ghost hunter and author Richard Senate on the many haunted houses he has investigated in the city of Ventura. $5. Tour begins at Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 200-8658. 
LASER SPECTACULAR FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD 8 p.m. A giant video screen presentation, special-effect lighting and state-of-the-art laser technology choreographed to the music if Pink Floyd. $25-$35. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY HOSTS TRINA RAY 7:15 p.m. Guest speaker Trina Ray of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will give the talk “Mysterious Titan: Exploring Saturn’s Largest Moon.” Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org.
~ SATURDAY ~
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 4:30 p.m. The Oscar-winning story of Ron Woodroof, a macho oilfield worker and rodeo rider turned AIDS activist. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
FREE SHRED EVENT 7:30 a.m.-noon. The city of Ventura, in partnership with Access, hosts free and secure document shredding for city of Ventura residents. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net
PORT HUENEME FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Browse the hundreds of gently used paperbacks, hardbacks, videos and audio books (categorized by subject) at the 30th annual sale. Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. 
VENTURA VOICES FOR PEACE OPEN HOUSE EVENT 3-6 p.m. Featuring a multimedia presentation of international speaker Prem Rawat, with refreshments. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.voicesofpeace.net.
RECORD STORE DAY 2014 Saturday, April 19. Salzer’s Records and Grady’s Record Refuge in Ventura as well as Record Outlet in Thousand Oaks will participate in the day-long celebration of all things record store during Record Store Day 2014. Rare vinyl and one-off releases will be available for purchase. Salzer’s will host a Q&A with Chuck D in the evening. Various locations, see www.recordstoreday.com for more details.
~ SUNDAY ~
SAVING MR. BANKS 4:30 p.m. Inspired by the true story of how Walt Disney brought British author P. L. Travers’ children’s book Mary Poppins to the big screen. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
~ MONDAY ~
BIRD AND WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 6:30-8 p.m. The final workshop in a series of photography lessons, this workshop will focus on animals and bird photography. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP 3-5 p.m. As part of a series of workshops for entrepreneurs, this initial session focuses on tips on how to start your own business. EDC-VC, 1601 Carmen Drive, suite 215, Camarillo. For more information and to for a full list of workshops available, call 384-1800, ext. 9159. 
THE SQUARE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights during the Egyptian revolution. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.com.
~ TUESDAY ~
BUSINESS FORMATION FOR BUSINESS FOLKS 8:30-9:30 a.m. Attorneys Bret Anderson and Joshua Hopstone will share key information related to business formation, and do it in plain English. $10. Ventura Chamber of Commerce, 505 Poli St., Ventura.  
EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SEMINAR 9 a.m.-noon. This seminar will focus on misconceptions about independent contractors and how to prevent fraud. Ventura EDD Tax Office, 4820 McGrath St., suite 200, Ventura. For more information, call 873-6086. 
MAKE A FILM AT THE LIBRARY 6:30 p.m. (and once a month through August). Participants will learn how to script, create a storyboard, use professional cameras, edit and produce films as part of an ongoing free class. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
NEIGHBORING SOUNDS 7:15 p.m. Armed men begin patrolling a neighborhood in Brazil, raising the specter of past violence. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
PETER GABRIEL: BACK TO FRONT 7:30 p.m. This performance, captured live in October 2013, celebrates the 25th anniversary of his landmark album So. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cinemark.com
MAIN COURSE CALIFORNIA AND THE OJAI VINEYARD’S WINEMAKERS DINNER 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a plated meal by Chefs Rachel Main Holst and Karl Holst, in which four courses are paired with one of the winery’s single-vineyard selections. $115. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.maincourseca.com.
OPENING THEATER
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE April 16 through May 18. Continuing with its theme “Not Your Typical Season,” Rubicon Theatre presents this witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Based on the 1995 best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, the funny, tender and compelling play uses clothing as a metaphor for all the big moments in our lives through a series of intimate and genuine vignettes read by the cast. $25-$49. 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, 667-2900.
THE ODD COUPLE April 18 through May 18. Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Neil Simon comedy about opposites living together but with a twist:  the roles of both the slovenly Oscar Madison and neat-freak Felix Unger are double-cast, with each actor switching off parts every other night. You’ll have to see it twice to get the full experience. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716. 
THE SEAGULL April 18 through May 25. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the first of Anton Chekhov’s four most acclaimed full-length plays about a celebrated actress who visits her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow. This visit ignites love, unrequited passions and jealousies among the characters and illustrates their missed connections and what it means to be an artist. $15-$20. 125 Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645. 
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN April 19 through May 25. Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit based on his hilarious 1974 movie comedy comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This successful musical version of the story follows young Dr. Frankenstein (or as he prefers, “Fron-ken-shteen”) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s work by bringing a corpse to life. $18-$24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 583-7900.
ONGOING THEATER
’NIGHT, MOTHER 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 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.  
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
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. 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
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through April 30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.     
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.  
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 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.    
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 receptions on 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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