Ventura Hillsides Music Festival
Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Ventura Hillsides Conservancy presents the 2006 Ventura Hillsides Music Festival in Arroyo Verde Park. Featured performers include Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne with Fred Martin & the Levite Camp, Crosby Loggins & the Lead Birds, and Brett Dennen. The annual fund-raiser is a popular local celebration of music and conservation, raising funds and awareness for the Conservancy\\\’s land preservation efforts. All proceeds support the creation of the Ventura Hillside Preserve. The City of Ventura hosts the popular children area featuring a climbing wall and other activities. Gates open 11:30am, music begins at 1pm. General admission $45. Parking provided at Ventura College with free shuttle buses to the concert site. Food and beverages available at the concert. Picnics and small coolers welcome but glass, alcohol and pets are not permitted. Concert-goers encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs, cushions and blankets. No cameras or recorders permitted. 643-8044. Visit online at www.venturahillsides.org.
Oct. 4, 8 p.m. The brilliant vocalist returns to perform an inspired mix of soulful blues and jazz numbers from her widely anticipated forthcoming album. With her stirring, smoke-and-whiskey vocals, Peyroux’s style has rightfully gained comparisons to jazz legends like Etta James and Billie Holiday. Her elegant blend of country ballads, torch songs and uptown blues evoke the Parisian cafes in which Peyroux came of age as a street performer. $46 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.
Ojai Classic Rock Festival
Sept. 30, 11 a.m. The 10-hour live-music extravaganza features impersonations and recreations of the superstars of rock, including Pink Floyd, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, David Bowie and blues-rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Expected highlights include Northern California\\\’s House of Floyd, a musical tribute to Pink Floyd including a special complete performance of Dark Side of the Moon, combined with a spectacular video and laser light show. A vendor faire features food and beverage, tie-dyes of every type imaginable, curios from around the world and more. Benefiting Kids’ Arts, the concert is held at Libbey Bowl, downtown Ojai. $25 advance, $30 gate. Tickets available at Salzer\\\’s Records in Ventura, and Ojai Creates in Ojai. Please visit online at www.howardpresents.com.
ROBYN RAGGIO WELCOMED AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saturday, Sept. 30, 1-9pm. Successful television photographer and visual artist Robyn Raggio will present her solo show of her work at the Artist’s Union Gallery. Incorporating Visual and digital performances with her canvas productions, Raggio’s show, A Journey of Elements, promises to stretch the boundaries of the conventional art exhibition and add new dimensions to the gallery-going experience. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura
MARINE RESERVES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:15-9pm. The public is invited to comment on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary’s Marine Reserves Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Sanctuary staff provide an overview for those not familiar with the statement. Sheraton Four Points Hotel, San Buenaventura Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. 884-1472.
WERNER HERZOG DOUBLE FEATURE Monday, October 2. The UCSB Arts and Lectures series will host two films from the inventive German filmmaker highlighting the edgy, ultra realism of Herzog’s directorial style. Aguirre, The Wrath of God considers a band of conquistadors and their imperialist endeavors in Peru while Grizzly Man explores wildlife activist’s bizarre video journals and untimely end in the Grizzly populated mountains of Alaska. General $6, Students $5. Call 893-3535 for more information.
TOMMY EMMANUEL Friday, Sept. 29, 8pm. The Australian musician will bring his guitar wizardry to Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre. Integrating his own unique “finger style” with percussion techniques, Emmanuel has won critical success over his 45 year career, culminating in his 1996 Grammy nominated record with guitar legend Chet Atkins. Audiences should anticipate a set filled with Emmanuel’s trademark showmanship and voluminous repertoire. $40. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.
REVOLUTION: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES Sat. Sept. 30, 7pm. The tribute band will cover everything from “Hard Day’s Night” to “”You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in a one night only engagement intended to relive the famous quartet’s most memorable hits and performances. After performing for the likes of Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, and Penny Marshall, the band will head to Thousand Oaks in a benefit concert sponsoring City Counsil hopeful John Glen DiGuiseppe. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) 583-8700.
BARNUM Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Sept. 22-Oct. 29. High Street Arts Center and the City of Moorpark present the first show of their inaugural season, a musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum. The musical touches upon events which may have led to Barnum\\\’s eventual partnership with James A. Bailey and the formation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Includes the popular musical numbers \”There is a Sucker,\” \”Join the Circus,\” \”Thank God I\\\’m Old,\” and \”One Brick at a Time.\” $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.
SINGING IN THE RAIN Friday, Sept. 22 and 29, 7:30pm, Saturday, Sept. 23-30, 3 and 7:30pm, and Sunday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2 and 6pm. Oceanview Pavilion and The Performance Theater for Young Artists proudly present the stage musical based on the classic motion picture. $20 general, $15 students and seniors. Free parking. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.Visit online at www.oceanviewinfo.com.
GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S TRIAL BY JURY Saturday, Sept. 23, 1pm & 3pm. There will be no silence in the courtroom when Ventura College Opera & Musical Theatre presents this production of the duo’s first musical collaboration, a delightfully zany one-act comedy about a woman spurned in marriage, her unfaithful paramour and the colorful judge who takes pity on her. City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Poli St, Ventura. 653-6100; 653-0454.
SMALL POTATOES Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7:30pm. The folk duo from Chicago play music and make ridiculous potato jets in concert. Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso specialize in traditional songs from Ireland and England, the blues, cowboy songs, and silly songs. They play guitars, mandolin, flutes, whistles, concertina, and other percussion. They also yodel in harmony. $15 advance, $17 door. Ojai Valley Woman\\\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-5163.
BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8pm. The colorfully ebullient dance company brings its native country’s culture and artistry to Malibu. Bayanihan has performed thousands of times before millions of people in six continents. $40 adults, $20 children. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.
BUGSY MALONE JR. Sept. 30 & October 1, 1-4pm. Performances of the Prohibition era musical will be staged at the Conejo Players Theatre this and next Saturday and Sunday. Based on the successful Paul Williams production, Bugsy will boast 57 actors in high energy numbers and a twisting plot. $14 Thursdays, $16 Fridays and Sundays, $18 Saturdays. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.
RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sept. 1-30. Come see an eclectic cast of real characters in the tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives – one sexually-charged, one play-by-the rules. Throw in two police detectives and a gay dress-maker and you have the elements of chaos, double-entendre and innuendo. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 seniors, students and Art Center members. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.
ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.
ALLEGORY through Sept. 30, “18 Equals 60.” A collection spanning half a century of some of Ventura County’s finest artists. 60 Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolor, photography, sculpture and even computer art pieces are represented in this Grand Opening Show, by 18 local professional artists ranging in age from 37 through 87. 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.
ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.
AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.
ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.
ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura
ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.ven turaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through Oct. 21, the work of Linda Smith. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.
BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Sept. 19-Oct. 14. “Town and Country: Urban and Rural Environment” A photo-realistic, yet painterly exhibit, Steve Cook’s scenes depict decaying, manmade objects combined with rurual landscapes speak to a time that is both contemporary and nostalgic. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.
COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura.
CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.
CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9pm; Friday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm. 11:30am-2pm. 1095 Thompson Boulevard, Ventura. 643-9445.
CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Sept. 10-Nov. 19, “Latin Perspectives in Prints” and “Building the Legacy.” 53 prints and works on paper will be on view. The featured artists all share their individual views using the linoleum block, the wood block, the lithograph stone, the etching plate, or the screen print. Also: twentieth and twenty-first century California art from the Carnegie Art Museum’s permanent collection, including a recent major acquisition of a new painting, #Light Beyond the Veil#, by plein air artist Daniel Pinkham. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.
CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.
FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Sept. 27-Oct. 22 “Personal Reflections” Longtime Ventura High School art teacher Patti Post will have her “narrative paintings” on display. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.
HERZOG WINE Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.
HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.
J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.
JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.
KATHLEEN DINAN GALLERY Hours: Thurs-Sun noon to five or by appointment (805)646-6205 located within the Ranchos Trading Co, 928 E Ojai Ave, Ojai.
KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Sept 2-Sept. 21. Works by Lynn Creighton: sculptures of women celebrating their lives. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.
MAIN CALIFORNIA ARTIST a new gallery in town! An ongoing exhibit features several local artists in a variety of mediums. Free Saturday night musical performances weekly, 7-8:30pm, including classical piano performances by Maestro Bryan Tari, as well as jazz, opera or string quartets. 494 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-7000.
MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.
NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Sept. 9-Oct. 13, “Transformative.” A group exhibition exploring the moment of transformation featuring the work of Emlie Clark, Franklin Evans, Ruth Pastine and Rachel Urokowitz. Reception Saturday, Sept. 9, 3-5pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.
ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.
OJAI ART CENTER Sept. 3-Sept. 28, “Visions of Peace.” Ojai Artists for Peace is creating a movement of collaboration between artists for the sake of peace. Each artist will present their interpretation of peace including the white dove as a common symbol in the exhibit. Art exhibit reception and award presentations Sunday, Sept. 10, 1pm-4pm. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.
OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.
SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.
SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.
SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.
SEA BREEZE ART Sept. 7-Oct. 1, “Color Journey – Inside and Out.” A collection of paintings by Beatrix Rohlsen and Janat Dundas. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.
STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.
STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Sept. 16-Nov. 4, three exhibitions running concurrently. “Memories of Sea & Sky: paintings by Elisse Pogofsky-Harris” in the Evans Gallery, with more than 20 sea and sky paintings featuring a paradoxical quality: On the one hand, the works contain neither persons nor artifacts that would establish a human scale; they evoke a world removed from human perspectives. On the other, they seem to invite an investment on the part of the viewer, not just as an audience for the artistic display, but as an individual in conversation with the natural world. “New Abstract Painting: a two-person show with Peter Eble and Richard P. Schaefer, in the O’Keeffee Gallery, where Eble combines asphalt, varnish, sheets of lead and copper as he explores the use of industrial materials in non-objective art. Schaefer’s new work may look minimalist with the large areas of color-shapes but they in fact derive from an expressionistic background. “The WORD Pictured: Biblically-inspired mixed media art of Lee Hodges” in The Gerd Koch Gallery. Hodges’s work contains text from the Bible, often in the original Greek or Hebrew with abstract shapes and colors, united with figurative and architectural elements. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.stu diochannelislands.org. 383-1368.
THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.
SULLIVAN GOSS Aug. 31-Oct. 18, “Hank Pitcher: New Work for a New Space.” Features the artist’s monumental surfboard paintings, Central Coast landscapes and a new cycle of work the artist refers to as “botanical paintings.” 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.
UPFRONT GALLERY through Sept. 23, “Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family,” an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 2-5pm, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.
VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.
VENTURA’S FESTIVAL OF 3D ART Sept. 25-Oct. 8. 3-dimensional exhibits on display, including sculpture, ceramics, welding, pottery, mixed media, assemblage, Legos, fish bones masks, angels tile, glass, wood, barbed wire or just about anything tactile. Many venues, including Art City Studios & Gallery, Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, California Street Gallery, Accolades Gallery< Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Ventura Visitors and Conventions Bureau, Bell Arts Factory, Gallery 33, Artists’ Union Gallery, Stoneworks Studio and Gallery. 648-2075.
ANCIENT MARKS: THE SCARED ORIGINS OF TATTOOS AND BODY MARKING Sept. 12-Oct. 10. The Ventura College Galleries present the work of Chris Rainier of National Geographic and Ventura College alumna Amanda Granfield. Rainier’s work in Gallery 2 was created during the seven years of world travel in which he photographed traditions of tattooing, scarification, piercing and other forms of body-altering art. In his time working for publications like Time, Life andthe New York Times he has traveled to Somalia, Sarajevo/Bosnia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Iraq documenting famine and war. Granfield’s work in the New Media Gallery explores her idea that “scar tissue interrupts these patterns and brings to mind the function of skin: a boundary to separate the self from others. Scars are a break in this boundary. One is reminded of how fragile one’s corporeal existence is… While the body works to form a scar in order to heal a wound, the mind works to create a memory of the experience that surrounds the scar.” Call for hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.
VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.
VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Featuring Lee Hodges as artist-in-residence. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.
YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.
AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY through Nov. 15, “The Voyages of Zheng He.” A mini exhibit of the 15th century Chinese admiral is on display to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Chinese treasure fleets that carried silks and porcelains to exchange for goods throughout the world. (818) 889-2278.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. (805) 933-0076. www.oilmuseum.net.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.
CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.
DUDLEY HOUSE HOSTS FRITZ KREISLER CONCERTO RECORDING Sunday, October 1, 1-4pm. A Fritz Kreisler Violin Concerto Recording will be presented at the historic Dudley House along with free tours of the estate. Admission is free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.
GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.
OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.
PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.
SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.
VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Sept. 1-Oct. 2, “Qi Pang, an Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings.” Open daily 11am-5pm. Free; donations appreciated. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, CI Harbor. (805)984-6260.
VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith.\” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.
MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.
SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM ART PROGRAMS Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30-4pm. The Carnegie Art Museum offers new art classes and events to complement their fall exhibitions: Latin Perspectives in Prints and Building the Legacy. The Building Blocks of Art program for children aged 7-12 and their adult guardians continues with five new classes Sept. 30, and Oct. 7 and 14, 10:15am-noon. $2 per child, guardians free. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture by studying artwork in the museum\\\’s current exhibitions and creating hands-on art projects. Studio Art Class for Teens is geared towards young adults aged 13-18. Next classes held Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14, 1:30-4pm. $10, includes all art supplies. Classes offer students an opportunity to explore a variety of media and learn advanced studio techniques using the elements of art as a framework. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?\” x 11\” paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.
TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center as they show and tell about the many fascinating animals and plants in the marine life exhibit. Free.1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JOHN BERENDT Sun., October 1, 3pm. The author of Midnight In the Garden Of Good and Evil will be giving a reading of his newest work, The City of Falling Angels, a look at the eccentric lives and lifestyles of a cross-section of Venetians. Attendants are encouraged to for an after lecture signing. General $10, Students $8. Call 893-3535 for more information.
A MIDDLE EAST UPDATE Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present their September public forum featuring Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Chair, Dept of History, Cal Poly State University, Pomona. Mahmood is the author of two books: Merchant Capital and Islam, about the rise and expansion of Islam in the 7th century, and The Oral History of the Intifada in Arabic, about the Intifada and how it could be used to challenge traditional/ orientalist conceptions of Middle Eastern Society. Free. Thousand Oaks Library, 2441 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.
LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2, -9:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents this life drawing class for ages 16 to adult. Working with live models, students learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring 18\”x24\” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
THE SONGWRITER’S NOTEBOOK Saturdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, 11am-1pm. Focus on the Masters presents this class for adults. Participants play their material on CD, cassette tape, or live for the instructor during this weekly workshop for songwriters. Feedback provided. Recording, publishing processes and guidelines on industry standards are reviewed. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS every other Saturday beginning Sept. 9, 8:30am-3pm. The Ventura County Chapter 255 of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is offering an instructional seminar consisting of six workshops aimed at teaching new entrepreneurs the basics of starting and managing a small business. Topics covered will include Fundamentals of Starting a New Business, Buying a Business or Franchise, Developing Your Business Plan, Fundamentals of Marketing, Home Based & Internet Businesses, Financial Management, Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs, and Business Insurance. $100 for all six workshops, or $60 for VCCCD students. Individual workshops may be attended, $30 per workshop. Oxnard College. HYPERLINK \”http://www.scoreventura.org\” http://www.scoreventura.org 986-5896
WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.
BLOGGING AS AN ART FORM: CREATIVE WRITING AND THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30-3:30pm. The emerging blogosphere has given millions of writers of all ages the opportunity to instantly share their essays and images to a world-wide online audience. Learn how to create an online journal and share your interests, thoughts, and passions in an engaging style to entice readers. Presented by Focus on the Masters, the course is for ages 15 to adult. Instructor: Barbara Wunder Hynes. $30. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.
IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaimprov.com.\” www.venturaimprov.com.
DO DESSERT! Classes include Fancy Chocolate Desserts, Cookies and Decorated Treats and The Wonder of Chocolate. 3-hour classes include appetizers and beverages. Fees include all this along with desserts and supplies. $45-55. HYPERLINK \”http://www.dodessert.com\” www.dodessert.com for class schedules. 647-8775.
NOIR/MYSTERY POETRY/PROSE OPEN MIC in honor of the Ventura Mystery Festival. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.
SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30pm. Spoken Word Café at Zoeys Café celebrates International Peace Day with featured poet-translator Jen Hofer, and poet-musician Emil Brikha from Sweden. Open Mic follows, bring words of peace and peaceful words. Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley, the Spoken Word Café is presented the third Thursday of every month. Pass the hat. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091. Please visit online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.zoeyscafe.com.\” www.zoeyscafe.com.
OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. This week: Dorothea Grossman and Michael Vlatkavich. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.
OPEN MIC Wednesdays (except the first of the month), 7:30 pm Hosted by Miss Marissa. Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.
POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.
VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB third Wednesday fo the month. E-mail HYPERLINK \”mailto:email@example.com\” firstname.lastname@example.org, HYPERLINK \”mailto:email@example.com\” firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart\\\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.
LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.
BELL ARTS FACTORY last Saturday of the month, 7:30pm. Open Mic.
POEMCRAFTERS GUILD for more info, send your bio and a sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo, 93010. 491-3242.
CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET- THOUSAND OAKS Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. The Oaks Shopping Center, Wilbur Rd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET- SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.
BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.
COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.
SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, Sept. 24, 5-8pm. Dance to live music of the swinging years with an 18-piece orchestra, including vocalists Jan Nielson and Diz Mullins. $8. The Sportsman Restaurant, 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo. 983-8668.
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.
SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.
WEST COAST SWING Tuesdays, 7pm. Poinsettia Swing Dance club hosts their weekly dance and lessons. Under 21 welcome. 7pm: beginning West Coast swing lesson; 8pm: intermediate lesson; 8:30-10:30pm: West Coast Swing Dancing. $10 before 8pm, $6 after 8pm. House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ste. E Ventura. 643-0788.
SALSA LESSONS & SALSA DANCING Wednesday, Sept. 27. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.
BEAUTY THROUGH WELLNESS EXPO Sunday, Sept. 22, 10am-4pm. Your Health Connection Magazine hosts their health and wellness expo featuring an interactive show of vendors filling the entire ballroom of the Westlake Plaza Hotel. The expo presents the best in the health and beauty industry providing the opportunity to experience these wonderful products and services. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit Cancer Hope Foundation. For tickets please call (818) 889-8350.
ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 421-9270.
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\\\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\\\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.
DISABLED VETERANS BUSINESS OPPORUNITY/ TOWN HALL MEETING Thursday, Sept. 28, 3-5pm. This business conference will focus on developing opportunities for veterans and disabled veterans through regional networking. Contact the DVBE Alliance at 916-446-3510 for more information.
VENTURA COUNTY HAND WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30am. The group gets together for their monthly meeting with a program on Japanese braiding. 701 S. Del Norte Blvd., Unit 115-120, Oxnard. 527-1915.
FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Sunday, Sept. 24, 2-4:30pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.
LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108
DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.
WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.
CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.
THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.
WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.
PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.
LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.
ONE AGAIN Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Wednesdays, 7:30pm, Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura; Thursdays, 7:30pm, Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 non-members. 445-4526.
RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. Visit online at www.oa-ci.org.
AAUW Coffee & Chats First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street Café, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.