Picks of the Week - Happenings
By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 06/19/2014
EIGHTH ANNUAL CAMARILLO RANCH CAR SHOW AND BREW FEST
Sunday, June 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
A classic car show will be featured during this festival that will also feature several area breweries. Live music, food trucks and a broadcast of the Tom & Sandy show will also take place. This festival will benefit the Camarillo Ranch’s educational programs. $10-$50. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranch.org.
VENTURA COUNTY GREEK FESTIVAL
Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Greek music, food, dancing and more will be featured at this annual Ventura County event celebrating our local Greek community. In addition to the activities you can taste Greek traditional cuisine by trying lamb, chicken souvlaki, spinach and cheese pie. A church tour of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will also be held at various times throughout the weekend. Freedom Park, 480 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. For more information,
JEEVES IN BLOOM Through June 29.
Elite Theatre Company presents this charming and hilarious British comedy about a gentleman and his unflappable valet based on characters created by P.G. Wodehouse in the 1930s. In the 1990s the BBC made a much-loved TV series based on the Jeeves and Wooster stories that starred Stephen Fry (Jeeves) and Hugh Laurie (Bertie Wooster). $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
~ THURSDAY ~SEVENTH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY WINE TRAIL CELEBRATION 5:30-8 p.m. This celebration of Ventura’s wineries will include food, music and activities. $40-$50. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.venturacountywinetrail.com.
C.I. GULLS THIRD ANNUAL WINE SALE AND LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Members and guests are asked to bring a bottle or two of their favorite wines for sale, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Drive, Somis. For more information, call 263-6062.
THE VENTURA COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING 9:30-11:30 a.m. (monthly). The VCOA is designated by the Ventura City Council as the representative organization of all seniors in the city of Ventura. Anacapa Conference Room, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, call 658-4793.
~ FRIDAY ~FIRST ANNUAL MESS-O-GREENS CULTURE AND WELLNESS CELEBRATION 5-8 p.m. (and Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). The two-day family event is the first cultural and wellness celebration of “cooking greens” in Southern California. The goal of the event is to promote better health and nutrition. Monday: Tomas Cafe, 622 A St., Oxnard; Saturday: Oxnard Plaza Park, 200 B St., Oxnard. For more information, call 822-9392.
MEET A FIREFIGHTER 10:30 a.m. Oxnard Firefighters will teach children about what they can do to help keep themselves and the community safe. Stop, drop and rolling will commence. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
~ SATURDAY ~AUTHOR HEATHER GARCIA BOOK SIGNING EVENT 1-3 p.m. Children’s book author Heather Garcia will sign copies of her latest, Bana’na. Bank of Books, 748 E Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 405-458-5642.
THE BAREFOOT WINE BEACH RESCUE PROJECT 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Join Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation in a beach cleanup, followed by wine and food at an after-party. Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. (Meet in front of the promenade.) For more information, visit www.BeachRescue2014.com.
MARINERS SWAP MEET 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. New and used trailer boats, dinghies, marine hardware, rigging, tackle, electronics, fishing gear, nautical knickknacks, sail and powerboat supplies will be for sale. 3821 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 985-6269.
THE REV. KAREN’S MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL: ‘EMERGE AND SEE’ 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Monthly, with changing topics). In this morning of reflection, contemplation and sharing, the Rev. Karen will help to awaken your entire being. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.meditation.com.
ROCK THE COLLECTION FEAT. DIRTY RICE AND MORE 6-8 p.m. (and every Saturday through summer). An eclectic mix of progressive rock, reggae, tribute and big-band sounds are slated for this summer at this weekly event. Dirty Rice will kick off the celebration, and Seedless, LA Vation and others will perform as well. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.rockthecollection.com.
SAN BUENAVENTURA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY CLEARANCE SALE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fill a plastic bag and take home a bag of used books for just $1, a larger paper bag for $2. Albertsons, 7800 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 223-1187.
SPIRITUAL TEACHER DEBORAH KING 1-4 p.m. Master healer, spiritual teacher and New York Times best-selling author Deborah King will speak on energy healing and sign her latest book. $20. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. The evening begins with a slide show of the stars, constellations and planets visible in the summer, followed by entering the “Dome” to look through the observatory’s newest telescope. $2. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 520-9666.
~ SUNDAY ~ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). Agoura Hills Youth Ballet presents its 12th annual performance of the original full-length ballet. $39.20. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
‘JAMMIN’ ‘ AT THE AC — A LIVE MUSIC GETAWAY 6-9 p.m. (and every Sunday through Aug. 10). Bernie Larson, musician and multi-instrumentalist, will kick off his summer concert series that will also feature The Mini Driver Band, Emy Reynolds Band and more. $10. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.
SUMMER SOLSTICE HERB WALK 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer will celebrate the summer solstice with an educational venture deep into the Los Padres National Forest. $15-$20. For more information and location, visit www.herbwalks.com.
THE LUNCHBOX 4:30 p.m. A story of two individuals who connect after an older man receives a meal from a younger woman who finds solace in his gratitude for a meal that doesn’t come from the corner store. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
VANS WARPED TOUR 11 a.m. The annual gathering of punk, pop and rock musicians returns to Ventura with headliners Bowling for Soup, Cute Is What We Aim For, Finch and MC Chris. $43. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.
~TUESDAY ~“ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS: WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN ABOUT CARING FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE” 5:30-7 p.m. Participants will understand how to gather information, choose treatment partners and make treatment decisions and learn how to access available resources. $10. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.seniorconcerns.org.
REDWOOD HIGHWAY 7:15 p.m. Instead of fading into nothingness, a retiree decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION Noon-1 p.m. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Women’s Business Center is holding free, one-hour informational orientation sessions to help determine your readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. For more information and location, visit www.wevonline.org/set-orientations.
~ WEDNESDAY ~FOCUS ON YOU WORKSHOP 6-8 p.m. A workshop that will outline how you can achieve more balance and focus in your life and finish the goals you start. $10. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center, 2021 Sperry Ave., suite 22, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aplaceofpeace.org.
MY GYM CHILDREN’S FITNESS CENTER BLOOD DRIVE 8 a.m.-1 p.m. In honor of Sophie Andrade, who lost her two-year battle with neuroblastoma, a blood drive will be held with donations going to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, 9388-A Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, call 659-9245.
OPENING THEATERTHE WOOLGATHERER June 20 through July 20. Elite Theater presents William Mastrosimone’s comedic drama about a lonely, daydreaming salesgirl and a lonely, rough-around-the-edges truck driver. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
ONGOING THEATERCOLLECTED 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.
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.
OPENING ARTART ON THE STREET Saturday, June 21, 2-6 p.m. Artists Union Gallery presents Art on the Street (not to be confused with street art), an afternoon of creative expression, including music, performance, poetry and visual art. Figueroa Plaza (between Main and Santa Clara, the Mission and The Tavern.)
ONGOING ARTBELL 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 July 12. “Counterpoised — One Woman’s Persepective,” a solo exhibition by Gwenlyn Norton. Reception on June 21, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club” features more than 20 contemporary-traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. 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.
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.
GALERIE102 Through July 13. “Tacos@Midnight,” works by Britt Ehringer. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 102 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
GALLERY 525 Through June 20. “Affiches de Cinema, Movie Posters, Carteles de Film,” an exhibition of classic movie posters. Closing reception on Friday, June 20, 5-8 p.m., will feature a screening of original movie trailers and a compilation of legendary scenes from movies such as Gone With the Wind, Tarzan Escapes, The Godfather and more. 525 El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 701-1156 or www.gallery525.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 Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in 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 COMMUNITY BANK 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. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.
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.
SCIART Through June 29. “The Spirit Within — The California Missions” photographs of the missions, and “Landmarks of Camarillo” art that celebrates the city’s 50th anniversary. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.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 GOVERNMENT CENTER ATRIUM GALLERY Through July 15. “Digital Art: Pixels Replace Pigment” and “Anything Goes: A Show Without a Theme.” Hours: Monday through Friday, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2212 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.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.
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.
CULTURAL DESTINATIONSAGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Sept. 7. “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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 Through June 29. Vintage Trailer Show.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 Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that includes Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. 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.