Picks of the Week - Happenings
By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 07/31/2014
VENTURA COUNTY FAIR
Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10.
The annual Ventura County Fair returns with this year’s theme “A Country Fair With Ocean Air.” Thursday’s “Feed the Need” Food Drive allows a visitor to bring five cans of food for a free return ticket. Carnival rides and games, exhibits and demonstrations make up a large portion of the fair. Topping it all off are performances by The Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Deep Purple and the PRCA Rodeo. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Tuesday, Aug. 1-10.
Photo by: Paul Cranmer
Young Artists Ensemble presents the iconic Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera directed by Mark Andrew Reyes. Pictured are Kyra Stevens as Mary Magdelene, Jordan Schneider as Jesus and Meagan Chew as Judas. Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z television series, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Anime aficionados won’t want to miss the stunning animation and epic villains featured in the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in 17 years, sponsored by FUNimation and Fathom Events. $8-$10. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.dragonballz.com/tickets.
~ THURSDAY ~KUNG FU PANDA 2 p.m. (and 4 p.m.). A film about a talking panda that learns Kung Fu will be screened for families. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
MEET F. SCOTT FITZGERALD 6 p.m. A loving portrait of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, revealing his human frailties and deep heart, “Meeting F. Scott Fitzgerald” presents the wistful, tragic life of the writer through the sharp eyes and portrayal of playwright/performer Larry Vanderveen. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, 526-1735.
~ FRIDAY ~JAZZ QUINTET CODA CLASSIC JAZZ 7:30-9:30 p.m. A swinging celebration of American Jazz, performed by the band Coda, and a barbecue dinner will be available from a food truck. $2-$10. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
~ SATURDAY ~AVON WALK FUNDRAISER EVENT 1 p.m. Ladies involved with the upcoming Avon Walk will host a fundraiser wherein a painting of Two Trees will be completed. Red Brick Gallery, 315 Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.redbrickart.com.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISER 5:30-9:30 p.m. A costume-themed party will end the 60th anniversary drive for the Art Association with a raffle drawing as well. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CATHERINE CRAVEN BOOK SIGNING 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Author Catherine Craven will sign copies of her book 222 Questions We Should Ask Ourselves at Least Once. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
“GUTEN MORGEN OJAI!” FUNDRAISER 11:30 a.m. A donation-based fundraiser will be held in support of the Ojai Youth Opera. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, email email@example.com.
KIDS FISHING FRENZY EVENT 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hundreds of magnetic fish will be released into the creek for children to try to catch with a magnetic pole for prizes. Kids will also have a chance to participate in fish crafts, games, and explore Captain Carl’s Mobile Tide Pool. $5. Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2793.
OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL Various times, through Aug. 10. One of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country returns in its 17th season with a program of playwrights, new play workshops and special performance events. For more information, a calendar of events and tickets, visit www.ojaiplays.org.
SUNLAND VINTAGE TASTING ROOM ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY 1-6 p.m. (and Sunday, Aug. 3). Flamenco guitarist Tony Ybarra and local musician Mike West will be performing in celebration of the winery’s one-year anniversary. Raffle prizes and tastings will be held. Sunland Vintage Winery, 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., suite A-108, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-2250.
VENTURA COUNTY FAIR PARADE 10 a.m. The annual Ventura County Fair parade will once again see floats and folks parading down Main Street in a celebration of the fair. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
VENTURA COUNTY PRIDE GALA AND FUNDRAISER 6-10 p.m. A farm-to-table fundraising gala and award ceremony benefiting Diversity Collective Ventura County. Catering services provided by Plated Events by Chef Jason. $50-$75. Ventura City Hall Atrium, 501 Poli St., Ventura, For more information, visit www.diversitycollective.org/gala.
~ SUNDAY ~FRIENDSHIP DAY AT THE MUSEUM 10 a.m.-noon. Celebrate friendship by making a friendship bracelet with your friends. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
GARDENS OF THE WORLD CONCERT SERIES 5-6:30 p.m. Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys will kick off this series of concerts that will go through the following four Sundays. Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.gardensoftheworld.info.
~ MONDAY ~IDA 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). An intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
ANIME FILM CLUB FOR TEENS AND ADULTS 6 p.m. A teenage boy must fight in an interplanetary war as the only available pilot to a revolutionary new giant battle robot in Mobile Suit Gundam. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 9-11:30 a.m. (through Aug. 8). This week includes music, interactive Bible activities, science discovery, snacks, crafts and games for children from kindergarten to the fifth grade. $25. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.
THE VENTURA COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY 7:30-9:30 p.m. (and Monday, Aug. 18). Come for the stamp collecting, stay for the camaraderie. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 320-1601.
~ TUESDAY ~DIABETES CLASS Various times. General information is provided about Type 2 Diabetes with emphasis on the development of an individualized plan of care. Various locations on Tuesday and Wednesday in Camarillo, Simi Valley and Ventura. For more information, call 791-9251.
THE CONEJO VENTURA MAC USER GROUP 6:30-8:30 p.m. The world’s first MAC user group will met yet again to discuss the love of all things MAC. Camarillo Health Care District, Dos Caminos Plaza, 3639 E. Los Posas Road, bldg. F, suite 160, Camarillo. For more information, call 504-3610.
MENDED HEARTS OF VENTURA MEETING 7-9 p.m. A support group for those who have had open heart or stent implant surgery. Community Memorial Hospital, eighth floor, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, call 644-2733.
~ WEDNESDAY ~BUSINESS LESSON TAILORED TO HR 7:30-9 a.m. This forum will cover “HR’s Role in Leading and Sustaining a ‘Return on Employee Investment (ROEI)’ Organization” for the HR professional. Dole Corporation, 1 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, call 432-7663.
WIGGLE YOUR TOES DAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear wacky socks to the museum for a chance to demonstrate their toe wiggling. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
ONGOING THEATERANTONY 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.
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.
THE EXIT INTERVIEW 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 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.
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 ARTSCIART Saturday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m. “Before I Die.” As part of a worldwide community art project, 700 people have shared their hopes and aspirations on a wall at SCIART that will be unveiled during a public celebration. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Aug. 2-29. Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings featuring cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes; and “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic” by modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi. Receptions for both exhibitions on Saturday, Aug. 2, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.
ONGOING ARTBUENAVENTURA 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.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Aug. 12. “In the Rhythm,” contemporary abstract paintings by Seyburn Zorthian of the Santa Ynez Valley. 444-7716. Cal Lutheran University, Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway, 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, 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.
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.
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 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.