Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 05/29/2014

BROTHER AT DANCING OAK RANCH   Saturday, May 31, 5 p.m. 
Brother, an Australian fusion band that crosses Celtic electric rock with Aboriginal rhythms, will perform at the Dancing Oak Ranch, a hidden venue near Lake Casitas. Brother is a wholly original band fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, bagpipes and tribal percussion. The band has shared stages with Joe Walsh, John Entwhistle, Linkin Park and Alicia Keys. $20. Dancing Oak Ranch, 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com.

AN EVENING WITH LYDIA LUNCH Saturday, May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
The legendary and somewhat infamous avant-garde artist, no-wave singer, author, actress and visual artist will present “Spoken Word Selections.” Time Out magazine called her “one of the most influential performers to have emerged from New York City” in the ‘70s. She has toured internationally as a spoken-word performer, written five books translated into seven languages and released 30 records in addition to acting and musical appearances. $16 online advance tickets, $20 at the door. Gallery 525, 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai, www.gallery525.com.

The 21-year-old festival returns as the largest food and wine festival, this year adding beer to the title. Guests will dine on food prepared by local eateries, feast on wines from area wineries and taste beer from local purveyors. A culinary competition will pit local chefs against each other for bragging rights. A dinner, held on Friday, May 30, will bring together celebrated chefs for an epic tasting menu. Money raised for the event by the Casa Pacifica Angels will go toward the programs hosted by Casa Pacifica. $125. CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. Featuring “The Roses of Spring!” presented by the members of the Ventura County Rose Society. This is a meeting for rose lovers to share their favorite roses. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 523-9003.
“ALL TOGETHER AGAIN” FUNDRAISING CONCERT 7:30 p.m. A concert performance featuring the band Household Gods and friends on behalf of the NHS Music Department. $25. Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VENTURA BICYCLE UNION 7 p.m. The Ventura Bicycle Union will host The Seaside Band and Polynesian dancers in support pf VCCool’s efforts to enforce the new three-feett-for-bicycles law across Ventura County. $10. Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vccool.org
FREE DENTAL CLINIC FOR KIDS 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their kids for free dental X-rays and cleanings by Charter College students. Charter College, 2000 Outlet Center Drive, suite 150, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.chartercollege.edu
VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONS 6-8 p.m. VCAS will host two volunteer orientation classes, and an animal foster parenting orientation will follow. Camarillo Animal Adoption Center, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcas.us.
COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE SEMINAR 10 a.m.-noon. This seminar, hosted by Bunny Vreeland, will teach guests how to build close relationships with colleagues and friends. $119. Vreeland College of the Healing Arts, 473 Post St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.conta.cc/OxozTw
DR. JUDITH ORLOFF WORKSHOP AND BOOK SIGNING 1 p.m. Author of The Ecstasy of Surrender will lead a workshop and sign her novel. $15-$20. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.  
UCLA MALIBU CREEK WATERSHED TOUR 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. An informative series of visits to sites in the Santa Monica Mountains featuring several in Ventura County. $45. Various locations. For more information, visit www.uclaextension.edu
NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY FAMILY PICNIC 1-4 p.m. Food, a clown, face painting and a dance performance will help celebrate the national awareness day. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village.  For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777. 
NFL PLAYERS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP FOR YOUTH 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Current and former NFL players will assist kids in skills necessary to play the game, with other activities scheduled as well. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/ventura
OSSM COMICS BOOK SIGNING Noon-3 p.m. Siike Donnelly and Omar Spahi from OSSM Comics will sign their latest book, “Thaniel.” Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hypnocomics.com.  
SUMMERFEST 2014 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Over 50 free community, sports and health organizations will have booths offering hands-on activities, demonstrations and information, a 3,000-meter run/walk, free Tdap boosters (parent must be present) and free reusable grocery bags to the first 1,000 entrants. Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vep4vusd.org
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN 4:30 p.m. A historical drama that tells the little-known story of the love affair between Charles Dickens and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.  
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. A PowerPoint presentation showing the stars, planets and other amazing celestial objects visible that night will precede a viewing of these objects through several VCAS club members’ telescopes. $2 suggested donation. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org.  .
SECOND ANNUAL TOWER 2 TOWER RUN FUNDRAISER This event raises funds for the equipment and training needed to continue providing this opportunity for the youth. $30-$40. Topa Financial Plaza, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 701-2721. 
BLACK STALLION COMMUNITY ART-SCHOOL INAUGURAL EVENT 1 p.m. A group art exhibition, Gardening As Art: Easy Artful Raised Bed Gardening demo, a painting demonstration with artist Paulo Ruvalcaba and moderated philosophy of art conversations will happen for the grand opening of the Black Stallion art school. $5 suggested donation. City of Fillmore Equestrian Center, Green Building, 308 Chambersburg Road, Fillmore. For more information, call 340-1448.  
FIRST SUNDAY AT THE AVIATION MUSEUM 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum will open its hangars to the public to show off private collections of aviation memorabilia that include planes. Santa Paula Aviation Museum, 800 E. Santa Maria St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.aviationmuseumofsantapaula.org
MARVELOUS BEAN STORIES AND MOSAICS 1-3 p.m. Museum educators and volunteers will read a classic version of Jack and the Beanstalk, a modern version that features a food truck. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
GHOST IN THE SHELL 6-8 p.m. This groundbreaking film is about a female cyborg and her partner, who hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. Rated R, parent or guardian must attend with children under 13. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
SENIOR KNOWLEDGE BOWL 3 p.m. Seniors aged 60 and over will pit their lifelong experience against a team of teenagers. Ventura TowneHouse, 4900 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 452-2885. 
THE LUNCHBOX 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A lonely housewife creates lunch miracles for her husband only to have her love returned to her in the form of his elderly co-worker on the verge of retirement. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.  
THE VENTURA COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY MEETING 7:30-9:30 p.m. (and Monday, June 16). The Ventura chapter of this stamp-collecting aficionado group will meet to discuss members’ collections. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 320-1601.
THE CONEJO VALLEY MAC USER GROUP MEETING 6:30-8:30 p.m. An educational user group and one of the country’s first will discuss the love all things Macintosh. Camarillo Health Care District, Dos Caminos Plaza, 3639 E. Los Posas Road, bldg. F, suite 160, Camarillo. For more information, call 504-3610. 
FRANKLY SPEAKING ABOUT LUNG CANCER WITH ANITA KAUL, M.D. 6:30-8 p.m. UCLA oncologist Anita Kaul, M.D., will explore how lung cancer is evaluated and treated, different types of lung cancers, and how systemic treatment for lung cancer is changing based on molecular profile. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
COLLECTED STORIES May 29 through June 22. Rubicon Theatre presents this two-person play that follows the developing relationship between Ruth Steiner, a professor and celebrated short-story writer, and Lisa Morrison, Ruth’s student, personal assistant and protégé. Collected Stories takes place over six years as the relationship between the two women progresses from mentor and devotee to respected equals.Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald Margulies and directed by James O’Neil. $25-$49, $20 for students. May 31 premiere is $150 and includes pre-show champagne and truffles, tickets and post-show party at Peirano’s with director and cast. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org
THE LYONS May 30 through June 22. Flying H Group presents this dark “savagely funny comedy” about family ties. Adult language and themes. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
I SING WALT WHITMAN! May 31 and June 1. Using a writer’s own words in the tradition of Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight! and Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson in Belle of Amherst, actor John Slade embodies another titan in American Literature. In spiritual revival fashion, Brother Walt sings, raps and orates his poems, his personal stories and his hopeful (and startlingly modern) worldview.  2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org
PLAYZAPOPPIN May 30 through June 15. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its fifth annual production of one-act plays. $10-$15. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.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
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES 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.  
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.  
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
BLUE CUBE May 29 through June 26. “Dressing Room,” a pioneering multimedia installation by Minkyung Choi consisting of a three-channel video, a single-channel video and floating wooden-panel cutouts of illustrated dress wear. Choi is based in Los Angeles and holds an MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura, www.BlueCubeGallery.com
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY May 30 through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.
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 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.    
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, 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
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.    
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. 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.  
AVIATION MUSEUM June 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Sunday event features vintage cars and motorcycles on display as well as rare antiques and vintage aircraft. Food trucks will provide catering. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St., 525-1109. 
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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