Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 08/14/2014

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Aug. 14-16. 
The youth from Rubicon Theatre’s musical theater camp present this one-act Tony award-winner about a musical theater fan who brings to life an entire theater production in his living room by putting the soundtrack on his record player. The musical that plays out before him tells the tale of a brazen Broadway starlet on the hunt for true love. Directed by Brian McDonald. $15-$25. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
 
 
 
 
OJAI HOME MOVIE DAY
Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
Home Movie Day is an annual worldwide celebration of amateur films, providing the expertise to evaluate and screen family films you may have never seen. Clean out your closets, barns and storage sheds of those cans and boxes of Grandma’s favorite vacations, parades, birthday parties or graduations. Experts will be on hand to guide you in how to preserve and digitize your family treasures. Ojai Arts Center Gallery, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.homemovieday.com/ojai.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~
RIFFTRAX LIVE: GODZILLA 8 p.m. The crew from the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 will record a live broadcast of commentary on the 1998 classic Godzilla. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
~ FRIDAY ~
COMEDY 8 p.m. The evening features seven comedians in an hour-and-a-half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. $10-$13. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.
~ SATURDAY ~
AUTHOR JOANNA SENGER BOOK SIGNING 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Author Joanna Senger will sign copies of her novel Reservation Ravaged. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.bankofbooks.comAUTHOR SUZY MCGREGOR BOOK SIGNING 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Suzy McGregor will be doing a book signing of her award-winning book “Ice Cream Mountains of Arizona” and will donate a portion of the proceeds to Ventura County Animal Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 654-1564. 
16TH ANNUAL HUENEME BEACH FESTIVAL 11 A.M.- 6 P.M. (and Sunday, Aug. 17). Nonstop entertainment featuring live music and events, a fun-filled children’s area, food-tasting booths and more will celebrate this annual event in Port Hueneme. New this year will be the children’s chalk art contest. Hueneme Beach Park, 550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.huenemebeachfest.org.  
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE MCCREA RANCH: FORT MASSACRE 8-10 p.m. The Conejo Community Center/Outdoor Unit of the Conejo Recreation and Park District will host this 1947 western and offer popcorn, candy and beverages. $10. For more information and location, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea
NARDFEST 3 p.m. Celebrating 35 years of punk rock in Ventura County, the bands that put Oxnard on the map will be performing, including Dr. Know, Ill Repute, False Confession, Aggression and The Missing 23rd. $22.50-$25. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturatheater.net
THE 4TH ANNUAL STRIKE OUT LEUKEMIA CO-ED SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AND BLOOD DRIVE 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The day will include 250 Ventura County softball players who will be playing to raise money for Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity. Hope’s Haven will also sponsor a blood drive and bone marrow match program. Mission Oaks Park, 5501 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, call 285-3868. 
14TH ANNUAL VENTURA FAMILY YMCA FUN & FITNESS 5K 8 a.m. Participants in this walk or run race will help raise funds for our Open Doors Program, which, last year, provided more than $300,000 to those in need. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/ventura
THE HOPE AND JUSTIN BAND 7 p.m. The Santa Paula Theater Center presents this band that has been together for over 10 years playing soulful bluegrass and jazz. $15. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaualthertheatercenter.org
NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK HEALTH FAIR 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free health screenings plus activities for the kids will wrap up the week long awareness week for good health across the county, hosted by Clinicas. Church of the Living Christ, 171 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.clinicas.org.
PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. The evening begins with a slide show of the stars, constellations and planets, followed by viewing these objects through several VCAS club-member’s telescopes.  Finally, enter the “Dome” and look through the Observatory’s newest telescope. $2. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org
THIRD ANNUAL MILITARY AND VETERANS EXPO 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free event for all military, veterans, their loved ones and the community that  supports them. There will be over 100 military collaborative agencies providing contact to benefits and services, plus the Air Force Band and a touch-a-truck contest. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.military411.org
TRADITIONAL CANNING CLASS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. As part of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition’s food preservation series, Christa Bandringa will demonstrate making fruit preserves; and attendees will sample canned goods from around the Ojai Valley. $35-$40. Reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, call 669-8445.   
~ SUNDAY ~
AUTHOR NANCY MERRICK PRESENTS “AMONG CHIMPANZEES” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lifelong friend of primatologist Jane Goodall, local physician Dr. Nancy Merrick will discuss her book, Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Man’s Closest Relatives. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 816-0194. 
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS LJ & THE BOYZ 1-4:30 p.m. LJ & the Boyz with special guest vocalist Tom Weaver will be the feature band for the August meeting of the Channel Cities Jazz Club. $7-$10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazz.org
GOURMET FOOD TRUCK AND BOCCE BALL FESTIVAL Noon-5 p.m. The Festival will offer bocce ball enthusiasts a variety of 11 gourmet food trucks to feast from, several live bands to listen and dance to and bocce ball for experts and novices. $20-$50. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www. boccefestival.com
IRON AND RESIN PRESENTS: QUIET LIFE 7 p.m. The band Quiet Life will perform as part of their tour spanning from Alaska and down the coast. 1299 S. Wells Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ironandresin.com.
~ MONDAY ~
A SUMMER’S TALE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). The French tale of a man who must make a choice among the three women in his life. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
AGELESS WISDOM FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brock Travis, Ph.D., spiritual consultant and mindfulness trainer, teaches the basics of energy healing. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
LONGEVITY MEETING 5:30-6:30 p.m. A class on stress, health and longevity featuring eating healthy for good health. 702 County Square Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 485-9566.
OPENING THEATER
TALLY’S FOLLY Aug. 15 through Sept. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents this Pulitzer and Drama Critics’ Circle award-winning play set in real time about an unlikely love affair. $10-$18. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.               
ONGOING THEATHER
CHASING SUMMER Through Aug. 24. Backstage at SPTC presents this coming-of-age story set in the 1950s West Coast surf culture. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.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
GODSPELL JUNIOR Aug. 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.   
THE LADY FROM MAXIM’S Through Aug. 17. Classics in the Park presents this outdoor performance of the French farce about a high-class call girl that every man falls in love with. $15-$20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.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.                
ONGOING ART
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
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.  
GALERIE 102 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. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151. 
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Sept. 2. “Water, Rocks and Trees: Life into Art,” a duo exhibit by photographer Darlene Roker and painter Deborah De Bono. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. 
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 GOVERNMENT CENTER Through Aug. 26. Ventura County Arts Council presents “Art Saves Lives: Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually” and “Patterns: Natural or Chance Configurations.” Atrium Gallery, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 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 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. 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.  
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 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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