Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 08/07/2014

COUNTRY SINGER JAKE OWEN  Thursday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m. 
As part of the Days of Gold Tour, renowned country singer Jake Owen will perform hits such as “Yee Haw” and “The One That Got Away.” Owen won the coveted Top New Male Vocalist award at the Academy of Country Music awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the American Country awards. Concert free with paid Ventura County Fair admission, $12. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

Singer songwriter Lissie will perform with her musician friends to benefit Changing Tides Orphanage at this annual event in its third year. Also featured will be Todd Hannigan, Emy Reynolds Band and Sleeping Chief. $30-$50. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org.

VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 31.
“Mini Survey (1984-2014),” a retrospective by Michael Dvortcsak. Dvortcsak’s credentials include bachelor of art and master of fine arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he has also lectured and taught for several years. He has been a visiting lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, and a visiting artist at the University of Texas, El Paso. His works are in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Chemical Bank in New York and Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO MEETING 6:14 p.m. The speaker will be Ray Freeman, an economist, banker and lawyer, who will speak about issues that concern everyone, everywhere. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 484-6601. 
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday). A live band will accompany students and professionals as they dance the night away to Latin and swing hits. Free lessons begin at 6:30. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226. 
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION 6-7 p.m. An informational orientation session to help determine a visitor’s readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. For the exact location, RSVP by visiting www.wevonline.org/set-orientations.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE INCREDIBLY (UN)GLAMOROUS LIFE OF A WRITER 2 p.m. New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley will share her story, which will provide a glimpse of the ups and downs of being a writer. Simi Valley Public Library. 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
A MEDIEVAL ENCHANTED EVENING 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a tour of an Agoura Hills home that has been redesigned to mimic a medieval castle. The evening also includes hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, beer and entertainment. all benefiting Senior Concerns. $60-$65. Ashford Castle, 29608 Lazy Oak Place, Agoura Hills. For more information, call 497-8206. 
THE BANJO: AMERICA’S INSTRUMENT 2:30-3:30 p.m. Banjoist Chris Cairns will demonstrates the sounds and styles of the banjo in a lecture/performance that takes the audience down the historical trail of America’s only original musical instrument. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
LINCOLN KAMM’S MIND READING COMEDY SHOW 7 p.m. Lincoln Kamm’s live show mixing mind reading and comedy, as seen on KTLA 5 Morning News and shows at the Magic Castle. $10-$15. The House of Magic, 5353 Walker St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.thomagic.com/Kamm.html.   
MERV’S COMEDY NIGHT: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE 7-8 p.m. Comedian Merv Kopp will perform in support of the Cancer Support Community of Ventura and Santa Barbara. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777.  
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS WORKSHOP 5:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone thinking of buying a first home or who already has a home, can learn about the first-time home buying process. Ventura City Hall, Community Room #202, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, call 816-6525. 
TIM’S VERMEER 7:15 p.m. The story of a Texas-based inventor named Tim Jenison and his attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of art. $5-$10. The Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
AN EVENING OF SHAKESPEARE 6 p.m. (and Aug. 20). These one-hour presentations will feature actors performing scenes from nine of Shakespeare’s plays. There will be comedy, tragedy and history, as well as singing and dancing. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY FREE SERIES 1-2 p.m. (through Sept. 10). The “Peace Education” program is to help you explore the possibility of personal peace and to discover your inner resources. The theme will be “Explore Personal Peace: Discover Your Inner Resources.” 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
GODSPELL JUNIOR Aug. 9 and 16. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center summer musical theater workshop presents its youth production of the musical condensed into one act but with all the music numbers from the original production. $10. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 433-2037 or www.simi-arts.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.  
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Aug. 10. Young Artists Ensemble presents the iconic Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera directed by Mark Andrew Reyes. Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.   
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.            
GALERIE 102 Aug. 9 through Sept. 14. “Cycles and Spires,” an exploration of the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums featuring paintings by James Wills and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca. Reception on Aug. 9, 5-7 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151.   
BELL ARTS FACTORY Through Aug. 30. Museum of Ventura County presents “Womb with a View,” selected works by Sara Thomas. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Tool Room Gallery, 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.  
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 Sept. 15:  Paintings and installation by CAM studio artist Yenting “Ryo” De Smidt. 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.    
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 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.  
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 Aug.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. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.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.    
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 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.oilmuseum.net.  
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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