Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 06/05/2014

Son of two of the most popular musicians in Mexican music, Aguilar will perform Mariachi classics and hits. Aguilar Jr. is the brother of Pepe Aguilar and grew up in the beautiful state of Zacatecas. His father was the first Mexican performer to mix rodeos and concerts while touring Latin America and the United States. His family is known as “La Dinastia Aguilar” (The Aguilar Dynasty). $40-$60. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

The For the fourth consecutive year, Ventura puts the spotlight on its vast music talent with a week of live music and music related events culminating with the Roadshow Revival: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash. 50 venues citywide will participate. Highlights include: A FREE kick-off party with local music veterans Raging Arb and the Redheads (pictured back in the day) and Rey Fresco at Knights of Columbus Hall, Alastair Greene CD release party at Yolie’s, open house at Parsons Guitars, SRO benefit at Museum of Ventura County and two film screenings: 20 Feet From Stardom at the Century 10 and Drummer Wanted at Ventura City Hall. For a complete schedule, visit www.VenturaMusicWeek.com

SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY June 4 through July 5.  
“Firsthand YOSEMITE: Winter Series” by Jim Murray will include more than 40 paintings, drawings and photographs responding to his countless experiences and personal connections established over the last three decades with the Yosemite National Park. The work shown in the exhibition is Murray’s effort to both meld as well as accommodate a sense of place with the realities inherent in the artistic process, both conceptually and in its visual response. This will be the final exhibition at Sylvia White Gallery. Reception on June 7, 3-5 p.m. Hours: Wednesday ‐ Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300, or www.sylviawhite.com.

CAMARILLO DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING FEATURING JULIA BROWNLEY 7 p.m. The Camarillo Democratic Club will host Congresswoman Julia Brownley at their monthly meeting. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.democraticclubofcamarillo.com
DAMNATION 7:30 p.m. This documentary follows international environmentalists as they attempt to remove old and obsolete dams from rivers. Patagonia Ventura, 235 Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.damnationfilm.com.
BUDDHA’S GARDEN CULTURAL AFFAIR 2-8 p.m. Sonam Dolma and Tibetan Vedic astrologer Tsering Choezom will create a Vedic astrological chart or provide consultation during their visit. $50. Buddha’s Garden,1924 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 427-1500. 
THE CANELA BAND REUNITED 7:30-9:30 P.M. Established in the 1970s by Santa Paula High School friends, The Canela Band members compose soulful ballads and up-tempo dance tunes, in both English and Spanish. $2-$10. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, call 653-0323. 
HOMEGROWN, AN AMERICAN ROOTS AND BLUEGRASS JAM 8 p.m. (and June 7, 7 p.m.). The Gold Coast Concert Chorus will be joined again by the Tom Corbett Band featuring Bill Knopf for bluegrass and American folk music. $5-$15. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 616-7269. 
COMEDY 8 p.m. Seven comedians from Los Angeles will perform in an hour-and-a-half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. $7-$10. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com
DANCES OF PERU: “THE MAGIC OF OUR PEOPLE” 7 p.m. Dances of Peru will present traditional Peruvian music and dances. $21-$30. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
“HOW TO ENTER YOUR PLANTS IN THE 2014 FAIR” SEMINAR 1 p.m. This informative session will instruct applicants on how to prepare potted plants, flowers and other horticulture projects for the 2014 Ventura County Fair. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Floriculture Department, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 648-3376. 
RAMBLINGS AT THE RANCHO: “THE WAR OF THE ROSES” Noon. Summer rose care and maintenance will be the focus of a presentation by rosarian Steve Klittich. $5 suggested donation. Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. For more information, visit www.ranchocamulos.org.  
SANTA PAULA THEATER CENTER PRESENTS“A COCKTAIL FOR THE EARS” 7 p.m. The Los Angeles-based vocal jazz group Ready, Willing and Mabel will perform classic and modern tunes. $15. Santa Paula Theatre Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
SUSAN GUY, ELISSE POGOFSKY-HARRIS AND SONI WRIGHT ARTIST TALK 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The featured artists at the OSA’s Rejuvenation show will talk on their artwork. The Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 640-1390. 
TEAM HOT WHEELS: THE ORIGIN OF AWESOME 11 a.m. (and Sunday, June 8). A band of characters are tasked with stopping a mysterious black car that is transforming their sleepy town of Hilly Woodlands into a dangerous mess. $7. Century River Park, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
THOUSAND OAKS ART WALK ’14 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, June 8). This outdoor, juried fine-arts exhibit features over 100 professional artists displaying their original work,\ plus food trucks and other activities. Bank of America Building Grounds, 225 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.cvam.us
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY RECYCLING AND COLLECTION EVENT 8 a.m.-noon. Ventura’s Westside residents have an opportunity to discard e-waste and recycle unwanted household items free of charge. 800 N. Ventura Ave., Kellogg Street, Ventura. For more information, call 652-4555.
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN REPERTOIRE PRESENT ‘HEART TO HEART’ 4 p.m. The concert will examine relationships between Broadway musicals and animated feature films. $15 suggested donation. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.  
SECOND SUNDAY SUPPER 4:30-7 p.m. A blues and barbecue get-together will also feature musician Lightnin’ Willie and several food trucks/hearses. Plan B Cellars, 3520 Arundell Circle, #107, Ventura. For more information, visit www.planbwinecellars.com
SENIOR CONCERNS LOVE RUN 5K/10K 9 a.m. Featuring 5K, 10K and one-mile courses to benefit Meals on Wheels. $25-$35. Love Run Start Line and Expo, 2813 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.loverun.webconnex.com/seniorconcerns
THE SIMI VALLEY JAZZ/DANCE CLUB MEETING 1-4:30 p.m. Instructors and regulars will dance to music, and Jimmy McConnell’s Big Band will perform. $6-$9. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. For more information, call 523-1092.
20 FEET FROM STARDOM 7 p.m. This documentary follows the lives of several backup singers who perform behind major names in the music industry. $10. Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, 101 S. California St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP 8:30-10:30 a.m. Allen Berke will give a tour and lecture on the birds of the Ojai Meadow. For more information and for the location, call 640-9037.
“ACHIEVE YOUR LIFE DREAMS” CLASS 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brock Travis, Ph.D., from the Center for Spiritual Living, will teach techniques to achieve your life dreams. $10-$12. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, suite E117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952. 
AN EVENING WITH RICHARD FLORES 6-7:30 p.m. “Voraciously curious” ceramicist Richard Flores will discuss his techniques and philosophy. $5-$10. The Comedy Club at the Harbor, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com
THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR — SATAN CAME TO EDEN 7:15 p.m. A gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.org.  
“YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO LEGAL COMPLIANCE, OR A ROADMAP TO LITIGATION?” SEMINAR 7:30-9 a.m. Learn which policies should be in your handbook for the greatest source of information to your employees and the best protection for your company. Oxnard Courtyard Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information and to RSVP, call 248-7089. 
GLOBAL EXCHANGE VENTURA: “UKRAINE, RUSSIA AND THE WEST; AN HISTORIC PERSPECTIVE” 7-8:30 p.m. Local resident Vitali Mostovoj will discuss the roots of the current crisis involving Ukraine, Russia, Crimea and the West. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 498-6964. 
“LEGAL ISSUES FOR YOUNG ADULTS” 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Ventura County Law Library’s Lawyers at the Library welcomes Deborah Meyer-Morris, who will discuss legal issues concerning young people. The Ventura County Law Library at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 642-8982. 
SIERRA CLUB PRESENTS CHIMPANZEES: IN THEIR WORLD 7-8:30 p.m. Dr Nancy Merrick, author of the forthcoming book “Among Chimpanzees,” will discuss the protecting chimpanzees and their endangered habitats in east and central Africa. Community Meeting Room, Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, email jhcasitas@gmail.com.  
MUSIC THEORY WORKSHOP SERIES LISA YALDEZIAN 5-7 p.m. (and June 18 and 25). Learn or review basic music theory, from note reading to the “Circle of Fifths.” $15. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejoplayers.org.
NEXT TO NORMAL June 6 through July 18. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the critically acclaimed contemporary musical in its Ventura County premiere. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the show examines the pain, pressure and dysfunction that can lie beneath the surface of any “perfect, loving family” in a way that is poignant, honest and ultimately uplifting. PG-13 themes. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716. 
SWEENEY TODD:THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET June 7 through July 13. Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi will present its production of the musical with a live orchestra. Adult content. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.   
COLLECTED STORIES 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. The story 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. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.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.  
THE LYONS 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.  
PLAYZAPOPPIN 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.    
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.      
ARTWALK June 7-8. The annual Conejo Valley art showcase returns with an outdoor juried exhibit featuring work by more than 100 artists. All your favorite food trucks, children’s hands-on art tent, fine-art raffle, live music by the Paul McCallum Quartet. Bank of America Building Grounds, 225 W. Hillcrest Drive. 
BELL ARTS FACTORY June 6-30.  “CardPost” an exhibition of anonymous art. Reception on June 6, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 643-1960. 
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY June 7 through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. Reception on June 7, 10 a.m. to noon. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK June 9 through Aug. 8. “A Year with the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love, and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Reception on June 18, 5:30-7 p.m. Along with the photographs, Carless plans to show video clips of the eagle chicks in the nest. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
VITA ART CENTER June 6-30. “New Waves,” landscape and architectural photograpy by Bill Dewey, whose work has been published extensively and shown at The Easton Gallery in Montecito and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reception on June 6, 6-9 p.m. 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
WAV THEATER GALLERY June 6-21. “Better Late Than Never,” paintings by Orpha Woods Foster, one of Ventura’s pioneer women. Reception on June 6, 6-9 p.m. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 653-1174.
BLUE CUBE 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
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.     
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.” 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. 
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. 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.  
RED BRICK PIZZA Through June 21. “Keep Your Head Up,” an exhibition of Tania Vivian’s vivid, contemporary paintings, is on display at the restaurant. Proceeds from the show will be donated to Project Understanding. 4990 Telephone Road, Ventura, 658-2828.  
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 Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.    
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY 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. 
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 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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