Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 05/22/2014

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN-BLUES FESTIVAL  Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. 
The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival will take place over two days and feature several bands from blues and various other genres on two stages, including Southern soul and blues musician Swamp Dogg and British blues guitarist John Mayall. Cajun food, activities, events and more than 100 craft booths will be on site. $15-$22. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simicajun.org.

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.

WILSON PHILLIPS Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.
Carnie and Wendy Wilson, daughters of The Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, daughter of The Mamas and The Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips, came together in the 1990s to launch their own musical careers, striking success with the hits “Hold On” and “Release Me.” The band will stop in Thousand Oaks in promotion of its 2012 album Dedicated, an album of The Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas covers. $35-$65. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

COSTUMES FROM RE-CREATING BIBLICAL CLOTHING 2-3 p.m. Holly Gene Leffler will present costumes from her new book, Re-creating Biblical Clothing. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639. 
MEDICARE 101 1-2 p.m. Belinda Lang will provide an overview of Medicare to learn how to maximize benefits and avoid incurring penalties. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532. 
VENTURA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS THE SEMI-ANNUAL BUSINESS EXPO 4:30-7:30 p.m. More than 65 exhibitor booths of local business will display information, products, and their services for their businesses. Four Points Sheraton, Ventura Harbor, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 643-7222. 
ZERO WASTE WORKING GROUP MEETING 6-8 p.m. The city of Oxnard will seek stakeholder input on its Zero Waste Action Plan. Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station Education Center, 111 S. Del Norte Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cityofoxnard.org.
37TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, May 23). Artists will display everything from oil, watercolor, pastel and mixed media paintings to jewelry, glass, wood, sculpture, photography and ceramics. Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org
ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hundreds of high-quality books that have been donated, collected and sorted by dedicated volunteers will be sold at prices that range from 50 cents to $2. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ovlff.org
LA OPERA TALK: “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” 3 p.m. Community Educator Steve Kohn will talk about André Previn’s opera, which is a faithful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play. 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
TEAM DAVID BENEFIT 6:30-11 p.m. David Baker’s friends and family will host this fundraiser to assist Baker with his medical bills due to his lymphoma. Food, fun and entertainment will be had. $30-$50. Ventura Elk’s Lodge, 2126 Knoll Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 216-5480. 
WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY PICNIC AT THE RIVER 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The third annual picnic will coincide with the day to recognize migratory fish and the destruction of their habitat. Ventura River Parkway, Ventura. For more information, visit www.friendsofventurariver.org.
RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS A course on rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs, featuring live rattlesnakes that have been disabled from biting. $80-$95. For more information, time and location, call 523-3432.
PRO WRESTLING 3 p.m. GIC Pro Wrestling presents a double main event followed by a game show meets tag team match. $15. Behind Costco, 2945 Los Olivos Ln., #108, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gicwrestling.com.
OJAI MEMORIAL DAY IN LIBBEY PARK 10 a.m. This year’s events will include a Wall of Remembrance of Veterans in Ojai Valley as well as memorabilia from World War II and Korea. Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ci.ojai.ca.us.
THE STARS OF BEATLEMANIA 5 p.m. In celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the city of Thousand Oaks and the Beatles’ U.S. invasion, the  Conejo Recreation and Park District hosts this free concert. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-1247.
MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION 10 a.m. Honored speakers representing Naval Base Ventura County as well as federal, state, county and city governments will be present, followed by a flag ceremony and laying of wreaths. Veteran’s Memorial, Ventura County Government Center, 800 Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 482-6550.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER 7:15 p.m. This documentary charts the impossible story of an artist who very nearly remained a totally undiscovered mystery. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
LIVING WITH DIABETES 1:30-3 p.m. (and every Wednesday, monthly) Basic information regarding diet, medication, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, new developments and common problems will be covered. Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information and a complete schedule, call 805-216-0278.
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
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES Through June 8. 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.
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. 
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY 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 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.      
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. 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.  
RED BRICK GALLERY 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. 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.   
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 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. Visit 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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