Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 07/24/2014

Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

The annual festival is a celebration of everything salsa -- the music, the food and the dance. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, this award-winning, family-friendly festival features many of Southern California’s top salsa and Latin bands, non-stop salsa dancing, marketplace shopping, a salsa tasting tent and more. Admission is free. On Friday, July 25, the Oxnard Salsa Orchestra led by Raul Rico Jr. will kick off the event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the Friday night concert seating are $10 per person. Downtown Oxnard Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com

SPENCER THE GARDENER Saturday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.  
Guitars, bongos, congas, trumpets, saxophone, bass, drums and even an accordion make up this California sun kissed, Latin tinged, genre bending, big band surf Mariachi indie pop affair. This is the kind of perfection that is lovingly referred to as swing your pigtails music. As part of the Olivas Adobe Music Under the Stars series, Spencer the Gardener will bring his eclectic jams to Ventura. $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/olivasadobe

The seventh annual Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Santa Paula with majestic balloons aloft, al fresco dining and, new this year the Vintage Trailer Village. Guests will have a chance to tour the restored and customized trailers, talk with the owners and learn about the new vintage trailer craze. The Sunset Wine Dinner will allow guests to enjoy a quality catered meal with a perfect view of colorful balloons and trailers. Additionally, there will be favorite food trucks, vendors, car show, live music, beer tasting and, of course, balloon rides. $5-$15. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For map and details, please visit www.citrusclassicballoons.com

TITLE AND DEED July 24-27.
Rubicon Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of this “lyrical, haunting, funny celebration of life and language,” starring  Conor Lovett as “Man,” a character who has just arrived and wants to describe his homeland, his journey and his encounters. This one-man play searches for the possibility of connection in a world where fewer and fewer people can claim to be “from here” in the perennial search for home.” $20-$49. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org

DALLAS COWBOYS TRAINING CAMP 3:45 p.m. (through Friday, Aug. 15). The five-time NFL Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, who may be destined to win the Super Bowl this year, will begin their training sessions. This event is open to the public. $10 parking. River Ridge Playing Fields, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com/cowboys
ONE-DAY MASTER CLASS IN ACTING Noon-3 p.m. Rubicon Theatre Company is offering a special three-hour acting master class with guest instructor Conor Lovett of Gare St. Lazare, Ireland. $50. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.
AUTHOR SCOTT BLY BOOK SIGNING 2 p.m. Author Scott Bly will discuss his novel Smasher, followed by a book signing immediately after. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
CITRUS CLASSIC BALLOON FESTIVAL 6-11 p.m. (and Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.). Enjoy hot air balloons as they lift off over the festival, which will include live music, a kids fun zone, a vintage trailer village and more. $5-$15. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.citrusclassicballoons.com
THE BIG LEBOWSKI OUTDOOR SCREENING WITH DINNER 8 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket (or the rug that really ties the room together) and enjoy an evening of adult comedy under the stars. A cover band will play the film’s soundtrack, and White Russians will be available. $10. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-big-lebowski-annual-screening-under-the-stars-tickets-12260139407.  
THE LEGO MOVIE FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 7:45 p.m. The film follows the exploits of several characters in Lego form. This is part of a free family movie night series in Ojai.     
FOOD PRESERVATION SERIES: FERMENTATION 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Michelle Dohrn will demonstrate fermenting vegetables and making a “ginger bug” for homemade soda and ale. $35-$40. Ojai Valley Green Coaltion, 206 N. Signal St., suite S, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com
IN CONVERSATION WITH: AUTHOR ARTHUR J. GONZALEZ 2 p.m. Cuban-American author Arthur J. Gonzalez will speak on his book The Photo Traveler and will be interviewed by author Kate Sexton. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-5222.  
LAUBACH LITERACY OF VENTURA COUNTY SUMMER FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-noon. The festival will honor tutors and learners as well as new U.S. citizens. Refreshments will be served. Café on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-9584. 
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF VENTURA COUNTY HOSTS JOHN TAMNY 7 p.m. Forbes opinion editor John Tamny will be guest speaker at the Libertarian Party of Ventura County’s Summer Fundraiser event. To RSVP and for location of the meeting, call 652-0290. 
MISS PLUS 805 PAGEANT 5 p.m. The Miss Plus 805 Pageant organization celebrates the essence of the full-figured woman by providing traditional beauty pageant competition for women ages 18-30 and sizes 14W and up. Four Points by Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.missplus805pageant.org
VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S FOUNDATION’S COPPERS & CHOPPERS 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet the deputies and see the choppers, vehicles and K-9 unit up close. Lunch will be provided and there will be activities for the kids, including prizes and giveaways. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit, 375 Durley Ave., suite A, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcsheriffsfoundation.org.
TASTE OF CAMARILLO FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 1-4 p.m. Guests spend an afternoon sampling fine wines and gourmet foods on the grounds of the historic Camarillo Ranch. This year’s theme is “The British Are Coming.” $85. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcsheriffsfoundation.org.   
GRANDMOTHER’S WEB GATHERING 6 p.m. The women of Grandmother’s Web will come together each month to honor, celebrate, and share stories and talents and will present focused subjects and questions at each gathering for discussion and sharing. 11097 Rodeo Drive, Oak View. For more information, call 321-0071.  
NEUROLOGIST TO DISCUSS “TREMORS AND SHAKY HANDS” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dr. Neda Heidari, a local neurologist, will discuss the various causes for tremors, treatment options available to overcome symptoms affecting daily life activities, and prognosis of diseases and available support systems. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, E117, Camarillo. For more information, 388-1952, ext. 100.  
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM SPEAKER SERIES 6-8 p.m. Dr. David Crownover will discuss osteoperosis and the treatments that can help to prevent and treat symptoms. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information and to RSVP, call 1-800-838-3006.
VENTURA COUNTY FAIR 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (through Aug. 10). The Ventura County Fair returns with cowboys, corn dogs and carnival rides as well as national headliners The Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies and Deep Purple. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W, Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For full schedule, pricing and tickets, visit www.venturacountyfair.org/.      
THE EXIT INTERVIEW July 25 through Aug. 17. Flying H Group presents this play featuring Ventura actor and stuntman Chad Parker as a laid-off college professor whose exit interview is interrupted by the report of a masked gunman on the university campus. While the show progresses, so does the level of bizarre, venturesome humor and antics featuring businesswomen who double as bra and underwear experts, a priest, human resources personnel, a pretentious newscaster and politically charged cheerleaders. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com
GODSPELL July 26 through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.   
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Through Aug. 3. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival presents the historical tragedy but set in the fascist world of the 1930s amid the clash of cultures and shifting alliances. Directed by John Slade. Guests should bring low-back chairs or blankets to sit on and dress warmly. $20, free for people younger than 18. 493-3014 or www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.  
BYE BYE BIRDIE Through July 27. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the award-winning musical about a popular singer who is drafted into the army. Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 800-745-3000. 
CAROUSEL 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. It 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
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 Through Aug. 1. “Natural Resources,” installation and sculpture by Dawn Ertl and Mary Beierle that investigate the dynamics of nature. By appointment. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura, www.bluecubegallery.com
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Aug. 9. “Through Our Eyes and Hands,” ceramics and photography by Jacqueline Biaggi and Kitty McGinnis. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 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.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Aug. 2. Sixtieth anniversary exhibition featuring more than 50 pieces. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village, 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, 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.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.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.  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. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through July 26. “Then and Now,” portraits by Aragna Ker, Keather Scholl and KJ Cooksey. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  
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 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. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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, 482-0064.    

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