Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 05/08/2014


CONEJO VALLEY DAYS Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11.  
The 58th annual event selects a new theme each year, and this year’s theme is the lonesome cowboy. Alongside the carnival with a midway and rides, an outhouse race, animal shows and a “kids korral” will also be had. Musicians and food vendors will round out the multiple-day event. $5-$40. Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejovalleydays.us.
 
 
 

POP STUFF EXPO  Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11.
Celebrating all things nerdy, the first Pop Stuff Expo will feature celebrities and special guests, vendors and artists and events centered around horror, comics, scifi and anime. Cosplayers from near and far will dress as pop culture icons; and actors from the stage, screen and behind the scenes will sign autographs. $25-$30. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.popstuffexpo.com.
 
 
 

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE  through May 31.
Conejo Players stages this critically acclaimed, witty and smart play by Steve Martin that imagines what might happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. $18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715.
 
 
 

U.S. HOUSE AND CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE FORUM
Saturday, May 10, 3-5 p.m.

Candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and the California Assembly will speak with the public. Three of the four candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will participate. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, CLU Campus, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3348.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~
THE CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE AND SERVICE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Participate in a day of science and fun at a historic farm with a focus on pollinators, water and food. UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 14292 W. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.ceventura.ucanr.edu/ANR_Centennial_. 
HEALTHCARE REFORM AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU 5:30 p.m. An overview of health-care reform and how it affects you and an update on the construction of the new Community Memorial Hospital. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org.
~ FRIDAY ~
CLU UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The University Symphony will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, featuring biochemistry major Derek Andrzejewski and biology major Sam Grandfield. Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
~ SATURDAY ~
ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Ventura County teachers and learners will discuss sharing, planning and action to promote equal opportunities for learning. Grand Salon, CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.education.csuci.edu/justice-conference
CHANNEL ISLANDS HONORS CONVOCATION CEREMONY 6:30 p.m. Students with a certain grade-point average will be honored at this ceremony. CSU Channel Islands John Broome Library, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-8548. 
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR SAFE BOATING EXPO 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A multitude of safe boating practices will be demonstrated, including a live presentation of a rescue at sea. Life jackets will also be given away. This event kicks off National Safe Boating week. Coast Guard Station, 4201 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.safeboatingexpo.com
HERB WALK AT WHEELER GORGE 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Ojai herbalist-naturalist Lanny Kaufer will guide a 1.5-hour walk in conjunction with the annual Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House. $10. Wheeler Gorge Campground, 17017 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. For more information, visit www.herbwalks.com
KRISHNAMURTI ANNUAL MAY GATHERING 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, May 11). A free event with workshops, programs, music and art centered around the theme of “unconditioning.” Krishnamurti Educational Center, 1070 McAndrew Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.kfa.org
MUSICIAN JOHNNY “THE WHITE ZULU” CLEGG 7:30 p.m. Internationally famed musician Johnny Clegg will conclude his 40-stop tour in promotion of his latest album. $39. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org.  
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIER’S FOOD DRIVE During regularly scheduled mail delivery. The USPS will collect food donations from homes in support of FOOD Share. For more information, visit www.nalc.org
OJAI ART CENTER PRESENTS THE NEW CHORDETTES 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). Tracey Williams and Candace Delbo will bring the uniquely American music of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Ojai. $40-$75. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org
SPRING TEA AT HERITAGE SQUARE 1-3 p.m. A Victorian afternoon with the Friends of Heritage Square. Wear your favorite hat for the hat contest and enjoy a pot of tea, sandwiches and scones. $25-$40. Heritage Square Plaza, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.heritagesquareoxnard.com/spring-tea.html
TOY EXTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m.-noon. Gull Wings will give children the chance to learn from two inventors and creators about how toys are created . Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
U.S. HOUSE AND CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE FORUM 3-5 p.m. Candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and the California Assembly will speak with the public. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, CLU Campus, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3348.
~ SUNDAY ~
SWEET DREAMS 4:30 p.m. A documentary about an all-woman Rwandan drumming group that opens an ice cream shop. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
~ TUESDAY ~
AN EVENING WITH JIM MCCARTHY 6-7:30 p.m. Fine furniture creator Jim McCarthy will give a demo and a talk on his craft.  $5-$10. The Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com
DRONES 7:15 p.m. A new girl joins Airman Jack in a hot, windowless bunker from which they maneuver unmanned drones across the plains of Afghanistan. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.org
TEACHING KIDS ABOUT MONEY 6-7:30 p.m. For parents interested in helping their children develop successful money habits. Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 415-3986. 
VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB MEETING 7-8:30 p.m. The group features speakers from the writing and publishing industries. Free for visitors. Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, email marctap@aol.com.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
JAYA LAKSHMI AND ANANDA WITH THE BHAKTI BLISS BAND in Ojai, 8-10 p.m. Be prepared to chant and dance into states of divine ecstasy as Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda share the beauty and depth of their devotion. Sacred Space Studio, 410 Bryant Circle, suite A, Ojai. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1428711977385708/?ref=22
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Attorney Michael Sment will discuss and explore the basics of bankruptcy mediation in bankruptcy courts. Ventura County Law Library, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org
USS RONALD REAGAN  CHAPTER #107 UNIVERSAL SHIP CANCELLATION MEETING 5:30 p.m. Member Lee Zeller will give a presentation and other topics will be discussed. Marie Callender’s, 185 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 320-1601.
OPENING THEATER
THE GOLD RUSH Thursday, May 8, 11 a.m. Students of the Gold Coast Conservancy present this play that tells the bittersweet stories of those who went to California to seek their fortunes and the many routes they took to get there. $10. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 
PEACHES EN RAGALIA May 10 through May 25. Elite Theatre Company presents the Steve Lyons comedy about four people whose lives intersect at Doug’s Diner where the peach dish, the politics of the men’s room and a special pair of panties play a part in their fate. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 483-5118.
ONGOING THEATER
THE ART OF SOMETHING  Through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-postmodern age and how it directs the lives of a private eye, his apathetic wife and their daughter. Written and directed by Tom Eubanks. $15-$18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.  
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE 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. 
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL May 8-17. St. Bonaventure High School presents the hilarious adaptation of the hit movie that starred Reese Witherspoon. $8-$10. Special fundraiser performance and lunch on May 18, 2 p.m. $15-$25. OLA Hall, 3167 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 648-6836.    
THE ODD COUPLE 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 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 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645. 
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.  
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 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.
OPENING ART
OJAI ART CENTER May 10-30. “The Best of Ojai,” celebrates 75 years, the Art Center will feature an exhibit of work by local artists in a variety of mediums, including pastels by Bert Collins and sculpture by Ted Gall and other work curated by the Ojai Studio Artists Tour and the Art Detour. Reception on June 1, 1-4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-1117.
OPEN ART STUDIO May 10-11, 11a.m.to 5 p.m. Ojai artist Christine Brennan will open her work space for the 12th year, free of charge, where guests can roam her celebrated garden, snack on refreshments next to a koi pond and chat with artists. Her home also features unique furniture built by her husband James McCarthy. Besides her own art, she will feature work by Diane Bennett, Mette Julian and Sissel Auerboeck. 175 N. Pueblo, Ojai.
ONGOING ART
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 12. “Woven Paths-Caminos Entrelazados,” by Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre. 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
CLU SENIOR ART EXHIBIT Through May 18. The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University.  William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, 160 Overton Court in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.    
GALERIE 102  Through June 1. “Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber and Jane Peterson. “Paper Route” examines how three different artists work on paper (photography, pen and ink and watercolor) and transform the mediums beyond their original forms. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.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. 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 Aug. 24. “Diamonds are Forever.” Through June 1. “Bike Love,” a collaboration between the museum and Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery will feature an exhibition of “pimped-out” bikes, photography and bicycle memorials in Ventura County. Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar d’Leon. 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.    
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through May 25. “2014 Collector’s Choice,” an annual exhibit of contemporary works handpicked by collectors. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300 or  www.sylviawhite.com
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. 
VITA ART CENTER Through May 30. “Selected Portraits: Paintings and Tapestries by John Nava.” Figurative artist John Nava, perhaps best known for his work commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, will show a small selection of his highly detailed work. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. www.VitaArtCenter.com
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through May 30.  “Standing in Boots,” paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer. ReeL will be exhibiting recent paintings and Nash Rightmer will be introducing his paintings and more intimate photo-based word pieces. Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura.
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 Through June 31. “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” 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
SEABEE MUSEUM  Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
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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