Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 05/15/2014

Sunday, May 18, 1-4 p.m.
The legendary rock/R&B band Ambrosia will headline the third annual festival, featuring dozens of area wineries and breweries plus gourmet food. Several bands will perform for a funk-filled afternoon of jazz and wine, with proceeds going to support area high school music programs. $55. Conejo Creek Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.californiajazzwine.com.

Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  
The California Strawberry Festival will celebrate it’s 31st anniversary with all things strawberry, including desserts, beverages and more. A culinary contest will be held, several bands will perform, including the two-time Grammy award-winning Mariachi Divas, and carnival rides will be on site. $5-$12. Various shuttle stations will provide transportation. Strawberry Meadows, College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.strawberry-fest.org.

PRIMAVERA GALLERY  Saturday, May 17.  
Plein air painter and Walt Disney Imagineering executive Joseph Rohde will display paintings of his recent time spent in Mongolia’s Altain Mountains. Rohde used locally made brushes for authenticity as he painted the majestic landscape. The paintings will be on exhibit alongside photography of the same landscape taken by Jim McEachen. There will be a film screening at 5 p.m. and a reception at 6 p.m. The work will be auctioned to benefit the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Primavera Gallery at 214 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai, 646-7133.

AGELESS WISDOM FOR BALANCE WITH DR. BROCK TRAVIS 6:30-8:30 p.m. Author Brock Travis, Ph.D., will guide this workshop on how to integrate our work and love lives and how to care for our selves while serving others. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079. 
BIKE TO WORK WEEK PIT STOP 6-9 a.m. The city of Ventura will host a stop-and-go refreshment station for those biking to work. Northeast corner of Santa Clara and California. For more information, visit www.goventura.org
C.I. GULLS’ TROPICAL CHARITY LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Guests are asked to wear their favorite tropical Gilligan’s Island wear to this charity event. $25. The Yacht Club, 4308 Tradewinds Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 263-6062. 
COME ON AND HEAR! THE LIFE, LYRICS AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN 1 p.m. Bruce Collins will discuss the legendary composer Irving Berlin and play CD samples of his music. Oxnard Public Library, meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 240-7344. 
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK PRESENTS DR. DAVID LOPEZ-LEE 6:30 p.m. Lee will explain the process of “sausage making” and how public policy is made at the local, state and federal levels. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 529-9236. 
THE HISTORY OF HUENEME AND CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR: A TRIBUTE TO POWELL GREENLAND 6:30 p.m. Travers Newton Jr., grandson of “the father of Hueneme Harbor” Richard Bard, will give a talk about Powell Greenland’s research on the history of the two harbors. $4-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.
TRACY NEWMAN AND THE REINFORCEMENTS AND DAVIS MORRISON 8 p.m. A founding member of the legendary Groundlings improv group, Tracy was a staff writer on Cheers and other comedies; Morrison is a highly rated American songwriter. $13. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocafe.com.
ARTWORKS! ILLUSTRATOR’S DAY 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. An informational workshop and Portfolio Bootcamp for artists who dream of making a successful career in illustrating children’s books. $80-$100. Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.scbwicencal.org
DAY OF AUTHORS 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aria Cunningham, author of Princess of Sparta, and Jose Mendoza, author of The Poem of Life, will headline this event. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154. 
LOS ROBLES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS IMAGINATIONS UNLEASHED! 7:30 p.m. Two world premiere commissions and a rarely performed Russian masterwork by Alexander Gretchaninov will be performed at the season-closing concert. $15-$25. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.losroblesmasterchorale.org
ROBOTICS STARTS AGAIN! 10 a.m.-noon. Children will work in teams as they build, program and test a robot in this five-course program through June 14. $95. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
“WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. A full-day conference with beginning and intermediate levels of genealogical research is being offered. Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista, Ventura. For more information, call 643-5607.
GOLF AT SOULE PARK BENEFITING VILLANOVA PREP ATHLETICS 10 a.m. A group of parents at Villanova Prep in Ojai are hosting a golf tournament to benefit once again the athletics program with a barbecue to follow. $30-$150. Soule Park Golf Course, 1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.villanovaprep.org/golf
MEDICINAL PLANT WALK WITH DR. JAMES ADAMS 9 a.m.-noon. Learn identification and uses of medicinal plants with Dr. James Adams of USC and Lanny Kaufer. $25-$30. Horn Canyon Trail, Ojai. For more information and directions, visit www.herbwalks.com.
GEORGE WINSTON IN CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Winston, a famed pianist, will perform a benefit concert to support the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. $50. Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.beatricewood.com/george_winston.html
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This UK film follows a woman who recalls her sordid relationship with Charles Dickens, played by Ralph Feinnes. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14. 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR MARTA CUNNINGHAM ON VALENTINE ROAD 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The film recounts the tragedy surrounding the murder in 2008 of Oxnard junior high school student Larry King. A discussion with the director will immediately follow. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu
NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK EVENT 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 60 students will attend and receive personal tours of heavy equipment showcased in the Government Center parking lot. Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 654-1564.
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES May 16 through June 8. Yet another Neil Simon comedy gem that deals with the nuances of love and family. Tickets are $18 general and $15 students, seniors and Art Center members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
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
BUSYTOWN, THE MUSICAL Through May 18. Young Artists Ensemble presents the musical based on the books of childrens’ author Richard Scarry. $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com
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 Through May 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.   
PEACHES EN RAGALIA 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.  
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. 
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. 
RED BRICK GALLERY May 15 through July 8. “Nature’s Rhythm” explores the many rhythms, textures and movements in nature. With a combination of new artists and new works by some of Red Brick Gallery’s resident artists, this show explores texture  and movement in art.  Some of the newest additions include Laurie Beth Finkelstein’s acrylic abstractions and layer-driven paintings of rocks; JD Wolff ‘s photo-paintings, which blur the line between the traditional photograph and a more whimsical painting style, and the extremely detailed floral watercolors of Terri Starkweather. Reception on May 31, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.   
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY May 20 through June 14. “Women on the Verge,” solo exhibition by Sylvia Raz featuring 3-D assemblage art representing female figures that incorporate found or discarded objects and clay creations, mostly life-sized. Reception on May 24, 5-7 p.m., and First Friday, June 6. 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.    
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD PRESENTS Monday, May 19, 7 p.m. California potter Victoria Littlejohn Mullins will share her throwing techniques and other secrets from her storied career in ceramics. Ventura Senior Center, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 
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.  
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/ BELL ARTS POP-UP  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 ART CENTER Through May 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. 
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. 
PORCH GALLERY Through June 29. “We Are Spiritual Machines,” a multimedia exhibiton that explores the history of spiritual movements in the Ojai Valley within the context of art and technology. Exhibit features work by Mike Saijo, Chumash elder Julie Lynn Tumamait-Stenslie, perfumer Janna Sheehan and textile master Setsuko Hayashi, who uses a 400 year-old Japanese method. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgallery.com
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 Through May 31. “Spring Whimsy” by featured artist Roe Estep. Artist meet-and-greet on May 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 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,” new paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer, two painters intimately connected with the Westside and Downtown Ventura arts renaissance. Closing reception on Saturday May 24, 3-5 p.m. Free.  Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura. Contact: 323-252-3300.
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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