Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 07/10/2014


SURF RODEO Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. 
Surf competition begins at 7 a.m.; festival and beer garden opens at 11 a.m. The classic Surf Rodeo returns with headliners Pato Banton on Sunday and a full lineup of both local and national bands both Saturday and Sunday. Professional surfers will compete for the Surf Rodeo title and a bikini cowgirl contest will see who will pose for next year’s poster. Cornholing, a popular bean bag tossing event, will also have its own tournament. Pierpont Beach, Ventura. For more information, visit www.surfrodeo.org.
 
 
 

CAMARILLO FIESTA AND STREET FAIR
Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13. 
  
With over 180 vendors, a huge food selection, over 20 bands on two stages and a beer and wine garden, the Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair has everything you could possibly want in a festival. This annual event, hosted by the City of Camarillo, takes place over four days of fun and entertainment. Friday night’s cruise night is a popular spot for residents and visitors to peruse classic cars, and a carnival with rides and games goes through the weekend. Downtown Camarillo, between Lewis and Carmen. For more information, visit www.camarillofiesta.org.
 
 
 

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR ARTS FESTIVAL July 12-13.
The 12th annual Channel Islands Harbor Art Festival will feature accomplished artists such as internationally acclaimed artist/sculptor Donjo, presenting their original work in all mediums of two- and three-dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylics, oils, watercolors, photography and sculpture in glass, metal and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss the work, which will be available for purchase. There will be something for every taste and budget. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Harbor Landing,  2800 Harbor Blvd. at the corner of Channel Islands Boulevard. http://westcoastartists.com/shows/oxr1.html westcoastartists.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~
AN EVENING OF SPANISH/LATIN SONGS 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Local high school and college students to perform a variety of music. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
CAMARILLO DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Angus Simmons, a retired senior Foreign Service officer with the State Department and a Public Diplomat in Residence at the USC Annenberg School. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 484-0173. 
FAMILY MOVIE AFTERNOON AT SIMI VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY 4 p.m. The library will screen We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon, a funny and touching film about a father who moves his family to the country to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
HYPNOTHERAPIST PAUL GARTH ON THE BENEFITS OF HYPNOTHERAPY 6:30-8 p.m. Certified master hypnotist and member of the American Hypnosis Association Paul Garth leads a question and answer session on the benefits of hypnotherapy. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019. 
VENTURA HEALTH DISTRICT AND FOOD SHARE’S “PRODUCE DAY” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (and every second Thursday). Participants can select from a variety of seasonal produce, at no charge.  Produce is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, bldg. E, suite 117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952.
~ FRIDAY ~
THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S “DANCE 4 WELLNESS” SERIES 6-7 p.m. (Fridays through August 15). This series of classes will offer dance lessons as a way to accomplish physical, mental and emotional wellness. Dance 4 Wellness, 2360 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777. 
CHANNEL ISLANDS SPAGHETTI BRIDGE COMPETITION AND CELEBRATION 5-7 p.m. Forty seniors participating in the Engineering Design Career Pathways Summer Academy (EDCP) will learn which team’s bridge built from dry spaghetti holds up longest in a test of strength and engineering. Broome Library Plaza, CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-3293. 
“FAMILY FLOAT NIGHTS” AT VENTURA AQUATIC CENTER 6:45-8:45 p.m. (and July 25). Parents and their children are invited to swim at the center. $3, children under 3 are free. Ventura Aquatic Center, 901 S Kimball Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net
“ICE VS. FIRE” III — WORLD TITLE FIGHT 6 p.m. David Rodela and Indian Banuelos will contend in the men’s competition, while Maureen Shea will defend her title in the Women’s World Championship title fight. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.topplayerspromotions.com.   
~ SATURDAY ~
ADONIS PUENTES — THE VOICE OF CUBA AND HIS ORCHESTRA 7 p.m. Nominated for a Juno Award and a Grammy Award, Adonis Puentes is described as a great, sensuous singer and an elegant composer and lyricist grounded and nourished by his Cuban roots. $25. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai.  For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org
ANNUAL COMMUNITY VEGAN DINNER AND FUNDRAISER 7-9:30 p.m. Following a complimentary gourmet vegan dinner, Global Resource Alliance directors will share a slideshow presentation of GRA’s latest activities working in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, call 272-5645. 
HONOR & GLORY: CANELO VS. LARA 6 p.m. Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces Cuban sensation and WBA Junior Middleweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara. $16-$18. Centura RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
HOT SUMMER JAZZ AND ART FESTIVAL 6-10 p.m. An evening street party of New Orleans-style jazz and blues featuring local artists, food and drinks. Downtown Santa Paula, 926 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hotsummerjazzart
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES 6:30-9:30 p.m. (and every Saturday through Sept. 6). Listen to top recording artists perform sets of rock, Latin jazz, indie surf dance party, zydeco and boogie-woogie at this annual concert series. Food trucks and coffee will be available prior to the show. The series begins with a performance by the Queen tribute band Queen Nation. $10-$20. Historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Adobe Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/mus
START SOMETHING! POETRY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS 1:30 p.m. In collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, Teens will learn how poetry can be a means of channeling struggles into constructive output. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735, ext. 5016. 
SUMMER POP-UP SHOP AND MINI POOL PARTY Noon-5 p.m. Vendors from California will set up shop, and a small pool will be available for visitors to cool their feet. Summer Camp, 1020 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.shopsummercamp.com
THE INVOCATION: MOVIE SCREENING AND Q&A 6:30 p.m. An exploration of the notion of god and a call for world peace with Mark Wahlberg and others, preceded by a drum circle. $15. Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
~ SUNDAY ~
CAMARILLO HOSPICE “MEET THE ARTISTS” RECEPTION 1-3:30 p.m. The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast and Camarillo Hospice will host a meet-the-artists reception that will include art demonstrations, food and drinks, gift drawings and fun. Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit www.pastelsocietyofthegoldcoast.org.  
CHEF 4:30 p.m. Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant, then teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. This is the first in the Ojai Film Society’s summer screening series. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
SIMI VALLEY JAZZ/DANCE CLUB MEETING 1-4:30 p.m. The Royal Garden Dixieland Band performs at 3:15 p.m. Jammers welcome. Listen and dance to music from the Great American Songbook. $6-$9. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. For more information, call 527-5905. 
~ MONDAY ~
“VEGAN COOKING DEMYSTIFIED” CLASS 6:30-8 p.m. (second and fourth Mondays, through Sept. 22). Learn the benefits of plant-based nutrition and how the foods you eat can change your health, your weight and your mood in this six-week cooking class. $65 (additional for those out of Camarillo and Somis). Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, suite E117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952, ext. 100
 ~ TUESDAY ~
VC FUSION VS. GLASGOW RANGERS 7 p.m. Rangers FC from Glasgow, Scotland, will take on the Ventura County Fusion in a friendly exhibition match. $15-$25. Ventura College Sportsplex, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura For more information, visit www.vcfusion.com.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
MARITIME CAREER EXPLORATION DAY 1-3 p.m. A demonstration of the varied jobs available to those who work in the port, from pilots who guide ships to accountants who track freight. The Port of Hueneme, 105 Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.portofhueneme.org.       
OPENING THEATER
CAROUSEL July 11 through Aug. 10. Ojai ACT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s story of love, heartbreak and hope between a headstrong millworker and a tough and charming carousel barker hits all the right notes with award-winning songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” $20 -$25. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org
KING LEAR July 11-13. Rubicon Theatre presents a Fearless Shakespeare Youth production of one of the Bard’s masterpiece works as directed by Joseph Fuqua. $15-$25. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.   
ONGOING THEATER
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, Oxnard College Black Box Theater. 
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Through Aug. 3. Take a trip back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. This musical includes many favorite songs from the era. Rated PG. $18-$20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org
PEDRO INFANTE Y LA SUEGRA TRIUNFANTE (PEDRO INFANTE AND THE TRIUMPHANT MOTHER-IN-LAW)  Through July 12. Teatro de las Americas will present this comedy with music in two acts. As always, the play will be staged in Spanish with English supertitles. $10-$15 Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.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
TWELFTH NIGHT Through July 13. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 18th season with a vaudeville-style production of the great comedy Twelfth Night. Directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, the play depicts a world out of kilter, with disguises and wacky slapstick moments. Scenes are set in a speakeasy with Feste, played by Reduced Shakespeare Company member Michael Faulkner, as a singing vaudeville comedian. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. $20 for adults, younger than 18 free. Individual tickets are available at the door only. Lawn boxes are $75 to $110. For lawn box reservations, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.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.  
THE WOOLGATHERER 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.        
OPENING ART
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM July 12 through Oct. 12. “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. Reception on July 12, 4-6 p.m. $10-$15. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
ONGOING ART
BLANCHARD LIBRARY Through July 24. Santa Paula Society for the Arts presents more than 60 art pieces by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. 119 E. Eighth St., Santa Paula.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through July 12. “Counterpoised — One Woman’s Persepective,” a solo exhibition by Gwenlyn Norton. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-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
JIMMY’S SLICE Through July 22. “Pop-tography,” painting and photography hybrid series by Mika Harmony. 586 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mike.harmony.  
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, 279-1221, 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 Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present “Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums, including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.   
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Reception on July 13, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 
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. 658-2213 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.   
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 DESTINATIONS
AGRICULTURE 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 Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. 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 July 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. 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 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 include 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. 

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