Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 06/12/2014

68TH ANNUAL OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL Thursday, June 12, through Sunday, June 15. 
The 68th Ojai Music Festival reflects on “music about music” and embraces the inventive musical mind of pianist Jeremy Denk, 2014 music director. The centerpiece of the Festival is the anticipated world premiere of a commissioned opera conceived by Mr. Denk, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts). Other performances featuring Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, Storm Large and Andrew Norman’s A Thousand Characters or Less will round up the festival. $15-$120. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit www.ojaifestival.org

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Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m and Tuesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.
BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events present Award-winning actor David Tennant in a two-night special theatrical screening event for the price of one ticket. See David Tennant on the big screen as the Tenth Doctor in the two-part Doctor Who story “Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel” on Monday, with never-before-seen bonus content. On Tuesday, see the earth from a bird’s eye view in RealD™ 3-D in Wings 3D from Emmy® Award-nominated director John Downer, narrated by David Tennant. $15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

“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.  

CLASSIC CHILDREN’S MOVIE MUSIC 6–7:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite cartoon character or prince or fairy princess. Winners for the Summer Reading Bookmark Contest will also be announced. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
CI PRESENTS “MEET CONSUL GENERALS AND EXPORT” 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free workshop highlighting the opportunities and nuances of conducting trade in some of Asia’s most promising emerging markets. CSU Channel Islands, Malibu Hall, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit iger.csuci.edu
THE LAST FIVE YEARS 8 p.m. (and June 14, 8 p.m.). The Young Artists Ensemble presents The Last Five Years, a musical about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.yaeonline.com.   
CALIFORNIA HONEY HARVEST FESTIVAL AND BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A sanctioned Kansas City Society and California BBQ Association championship will take place at this festival celebrating all things honey. Central Park, 268 Central Ave., Fillmore. For more information, visit www.bennetthoney.com
FAIRY TALES IN THE PARK 4 p.m. Free performances for families featuring Thumbelina and Tom Thumb’s voyage to Neverland performed by Gypsies in a Truck. Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, www.cityofventura.net
FLAG DAY CEREMONY 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Residents are invited throughout the year to drop off their worn, torn and tattered American flags. During the Flag Day Ceremony, the flags are moved to the crematory for disposal in a dignified manner. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information and drop-off locations, call 449-2112. 
PRIMITIVE SKILLS DAY WITH JIM ROBERTSON AND LANNY KAUFER 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn primitive aboriginal skills with local herbalist and naturalist Lanny Kaufer and his special guest Jim Robertson. Robertson is a master of aboriginal skills. $45. For more information and to register, visit www.herbwalks.com
ROADSHOW REVIVAL: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The sixth annual event will feature popular outlaw country, rockabilly, bluegrass and Johnny Cash tribute bands, plus a pin-up girl pageant, hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles. $35-$175. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.roadshowrevival.com
SECRETS OF OLD VENTURA CITYRACE 10 a.m. Participants will make their way through Ventura’s diverse historic district while solving tricky clues and puzzles. $40. For more information, location and to register, visit www.racela.com
TACOS@MIDNIGHT OPENING 5-8 p.m. The opening reception for a multimedia exhibit featuring new work by Britt Ehringer capturing the light and dark sides of the idealized Southern California lifestyle. Galerie102, 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.galerie102.com.
THE CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS LARRY GILLESPIE AND HIS SMALL BIG BAND 1-4:30 p.m. Larry will be leading his Small Big Band composed of great professional musicians and featuring the smooth-style vocalist George Brittenham. $7-$10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 South Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazz.org
GOLD COAST WIND ENSEMBLE FINALE CONCERT 2:30 p.m. Closing out the season, the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble will perform a special selection of classics. $18. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
RED-CARPET RUMBLE FEATURING JAKE “THE SNAKE” ROBERTS 2:30 p.m. A 30-man over-the-top-rope-elimination-style match will be the main event while legendary wrestling stars Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman and others will be in attendance for a meet and greet. $30-$50. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.OceanviewInfo.com
AGELESS WISDOM FOR AUTHENTIC CREATIVITY 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ojai Spiritual Counselor Brock Travis, Ph.D., will conduct a class on how to turn your visions into reality. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079. 
JUST A SIGH 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). Stage actress Alix becomes infatuated with a man on a train and follows him around for a few hours. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS 2:30 p.m. The Main Library will be kicking off the 2014 Children’s Summer Reading Program with Mad Science L.A. performing cool science experiments. This year’s theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read.” Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
OXNARD’S GOOD FOR KIDS RESTAURANT WEEK (various times and locations). The Good for Kids campaign strives to increase the availability of tasty, healthful and affordable menu choices for children. Oxnard restaurants will participate by providing a healthy meal on their menus during the week. For a list of participating restaurants and more information, visit www.first5ventura.org
CONSIDER THE CONVERSATION: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LIFE’S FINAL CHAPTER 6-8 p.m. This inspiring documentary film examines how 21st-century Americans live at the end of their lives. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777. 
ESSENTIAL TREMORS AND THEIR EFFECT ON LIFE 6-8 p.m. At this seminar Dr. Neda Heidari will discuss Parkinson’s, essential tremors, and their effect on life. Nichols Auditorium, eighth floor, Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, call 1-800-906-6093.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS AVIATION’S THIRD ANNUAL YOUTH AVIATION ACADEMY 8:30-11:30 a.m. (through June 20). During the Aviation Academy, teens will learn from aviation professionals and guest speakers about aviation careers, aerodynamics, aviation weather, air traffic control, airport diagrams, aviation history and more. Camarillo Airport, 305 Durley Ave., Camarillo. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, visit www.flycia.com.    
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’Neill. $25-$49, $20 for students. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.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
NEXT TO NORMAL 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. 
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.  
SWEENEY TODD:THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET 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.   
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.        
BELL ARTS FACTORY Through June 30. “CardPost,” an exhibition of anonymous art.432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 643-1960.
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. 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.    
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY 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. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.    
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.   
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through July 5. “Firsthand YOSEMITE: Winter Series” by Jim Murray includes more than 40 paintings, drawings and photographs responding to his countless experiences and the personal connections established over the last three decades with the Yosemite National Park.  The work shown in the exhibition is Murray’s effort to 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 is the final exhibition at Sylvia White Gallery. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300, or www.sylviawhite.com.  
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 June 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. 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 Through June 21. “Better Late Than Never,” paintings by Orpha Woods Foster, one of Ventura’s pioneer women. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 653-1174. 
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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