BOBBY MCFERRIN & VOICESTRA Jan. 27, 8 p.m. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra in concert. One of the natural wonders of the music world and a 10-time Grammy Award winner, McFerrin is one of the world’s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, world-renowned classical conductor, and creator of one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, “Don t Worry, Be Happy.” The music is entirely improvised and captures everything in the performance: the day, the time, the theatre, the audience. $45-$30. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.
FACULTY GUEST ARTIST MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Jan. 30 — Feb. 4, 8 p.m. The Ventura College Music Department hosts a wide range of music events, featuring faculty and guest artists. Jan. 30: Grand Piano Soiree, an evening celebrating the glorious piano and the mastery of featured pianists performing works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Rocherolle, and Shostakovich; Jan. 31: Voice Recital featuring three talented young women, mezzo sopranos Angela Price and Tamora Pellikka, and pianist Katie Franklin; Feb. 1: The renowned Cesar Mateus Latin Jazz Sextet includes an all-star cast of internationally recognized musicians; Feb. 2: Bryan Pezzone, called the consummate crossover pianist of his generation, who excels in classical, contemporary, jazz and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist; Feb. 3: An evening of treasured works performed by VC Faculty member and renowned guitarist Carlos Gonzales; and Feb. 4: Phillip Viaman, violinist. Events held at the Ventura College Theatre and begin 8 p.m., except for the Sunday show, 3 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 students-seniors. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.
PRINCE MOULAY HICHAM OF MOROCCO SPEAKS ON IRAQ Jan. 29, 8 p.m. A strong and influential spokesman for democratization and human rights, Prince Moulay Hicham has endowed the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia at Princeton. He has contributed writings on such issues to international publications and demonstrates a markedly independent and progressive political stance. He is a Regents’ Lecturer in the Law & Society Program at UCSB. Free. UCEN Corwin Pavilion, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Thursday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Feb. 4. The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival features two weeks of premieres, screenings, tributes, panel discussions, and workshops. This year the festival salutes actors Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker and Will Smith, plus former Vice-President Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth. Panel discussions include screenplays, directing, and producing with many of this year’s top Oscar contenders. For reviews of festival films and general information about panels and tributes, please see our film section this week. 963-0761. For complete schedule and line-up, please visit the festival on-line at www.SBIFF.org.
BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL Sunday, Jan. 28, 11:30am6pm. The Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association present their Eighth Annual Belly Dance Festival featuring both amateur and professional entertainment from three dozen performers. Shopping and food vendor available. Proceeds benefit the association and the Central Asian Institute to provide and promote literacy programs, especially for girls in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. If you love Middle Eastern dancing, shopping, and great food, then shake on over to the festival. Performances noon-5:15pm. $7 general, children 10 and under free. Anacapa Middle School, 100 S. Mills Road, Ventura. 985-1217.
HAL HOLBROOK IN MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! Friday, Jan. 26, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Hal Holbrook in one of his signature performances, Mark Twain. Holbrook returns to his Tony Award-winning role for one night only in one of the most popular and longest-running one-man shows. $49-$29. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Plaza, Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.
CHERRYHOLMES Friday, January 26, 8pm. The dynamic family band is taking the bluegrass world by storm and will give a rip-roaring barnburner of a concert. $35 adults, $20 youth 17 and under. Smother’s Theatre, Pepperdine University, Malibu. www.pepperdine.edu. (310) 506-4522.
IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 26-27. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.
ITZHAK PERLMAN Saturday, Jan. 27, 4pm. Virtuoso violinist Perlman is undeniably one of the classical music world’s greatest treasures. Janet Guggenheim on piano joins him in this intimate recital setting. $75. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.
JOHN MCCUTCHEON Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30pm. Performances to Grow on presents the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, dubbed Virginia’s rustic renaissance man, in concert as part of their Fresh Roasted Concert Series. This concert is geared for adult audiences. $25. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100, E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. as part of the Fresh Roasted Concert Series. 646-8907. Please visit online at www.ptgo.org.
DIANA JONES Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30pm. Join the Nashville singer-songwriter in concert. Jones’ songs are strongly influenced by the mountain music of the Appalachia and her lifelong interest in folk and country music. $13 advance, $15 door. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646 5163.
BOBBY MCFERRIN & VOICESTRA Tuesday, Jan. 30, 8pm. McFerrin, one fo the world’s best known vocal innovators and improvisors, extends his artful mix of jazz, classical and world music into a choral setting with his interactive singing group, Voicestra. $60. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.
FACULTY GUEST ARTIST MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Tuesday, Jan. 30-Sunday, Feb. 4, 8pm. The Ventura College Music Department hosts a wide range of music events, featuring faculty and guest artists. Tuesday, Jan. 30: Grand Piano Soiree, an evening celebrating the glorious piano and the mastery of featured pianists performing works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Rocherolle, and Shostakovich; Wednesday, Jan. 31: Voice Recital featuring three talented young women, mezzo sopranos Angela Price and Tamora Pellikka, and pianist Katie Franklin; Thursday, Feb. 1: The renown Cesar Mateus Latin Jazz Sextet includes an all-star cast of internationally recognized musicians; Friday, Feb. 2: Bryan Pezzone, called the consummate crossover pianist of his generation who excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist; Saturday, Feb. 3: An evening of treasured works performed by VC Faculty member and renowned guitarist Carlos Gonzales; and Sunday, Feb. 4: Phillip Viaman, violinist. Events held at the Ventura College Theatre and begin 8:00 p.m., except for the Sunday show, 3 pm. $10 general admission, $5 students-seniors. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.
GLORY BOX Wednesday, Jan 31, 8pm. California State University Channel Islands hosts a presentation of Tim Miller’s solo piece focusing on same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national couples. The internationally acclaimed performance artist whose work as a performer and writer explores his artistic, spiritual and political identity as a gay man. $15 public, $10 non-University students, free to students with ID. $6 parking. Malibu Hall, California State University Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. 437-8598.
THE MARKET THEATRE OF JOHANNESBURG PRESENTS THE ISLAND Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8pm. South Africa’s internationally recognized troupe is known for its emotionally charged acting and powerful storytelling in the critically-acclaimed Athol Fugard play, “The Island.” Set in apartheid South Africa, the production focuses on the lives of two political prisoners, with a message of humanity and tolerance. $40. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-3535.
DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.
ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE through Feb. 11. Two women, one a rising star and the other a devoted fan, meet by chance at a Houston honky-tonk in 1961. Always, Patsy Cline tells the true story of the special friendship that developed between Patsy and a Texas housewife. This musical tribute features over 26 of Patsy Cline’s classic hits such as “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and, of course, “Crazy,” all backed by a live band. $20 adults, $16 seniors & students, $14 Children 12 & Under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley . www.simi-arts.org.583-7905; 583-7900
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Conejo Players Theatre presents this ageless musical of 1938 Austria and Maria Rainer, a free-spirited postulant hired by the widowed Captain von Trapp. As she acts as governess to his seven children, love blooms between the stern captain and the nun just as the second world war threatens to tear the new family apart. Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $14-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.
CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ Jan 27 and 29, 10am. Cabrillo Music Theatre will present Broadway’s longest-running music revue, featuring classics like “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion #9,” and more. Non-Equity only. Production runs March 23-April 1 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Appointment only, call 497-8615.
AND THEN THERE WRE NONE Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 28-30, 7:30pm. The Conejo Players Theatre will stage this classic adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians.” Actors and actresses, aged 20-80, needed. Production will run Apr. 21-May 12. No appointment necessary. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 648-6636.
ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS Friday, Jan. 26, 6:30pm. Camarillo United Methodist Church presents a family movie night with free hot dogs, popcorn, and fruit drinks. Join Milo, a curious cat, and his inseparable pug-nosed puppy friend, as they tumble from one exciting adventure to the next. Kids can come in pajamas and bring blankets and pillows. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.
RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES Sunday, Jan. 28, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens Chinese-Japanese co-production about a father taking a spiritual journey from Japan to China to mend a decades-long rift between himself and his dying son. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.
ACCOLADES GALLERY Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.
ALBINGER MUSEUM Dec. 14-March 31. The museum present a show of Gerardo Segismundo’s renditions of Ventura Scenes, Farmers and Festivals in different mediums including acrylics and watercolors. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.
ALLEGORY 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 Jan. 6-Feb. 4, “Wall to Wall 2007.” A representative sampling of work by a select group of artists. Gallery hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381.
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 Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.
CAFÉ ON A Featuring four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.
CAFÉ ZACK 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 LUTHERAN Free. Soiland Gallery Hall, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.
CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or email@example.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Dec. 10-Feb. 18, “Susan Tibbles Opinion.” A series of forceful assemblages by the visual satirist, illustrator for the Opinion Section fo the L.A. Times for the past six years. Over 100 assemblages wil be on view from a private collection, paired with the published articles they were designed to illustrate. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.
COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.
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.
DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through January, “Floating Bodies.” A series of nude portraits that blend contemporary and classical elements on shaped canvases by Nancy Deebl Scherich. Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.
DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard.
FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.
GALLERY 33 451 Media Building, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.
HARBOR VILLAGE 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.
HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.
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 Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 “Working in the Canyons.” An exhibit of the results of the artistic collaboration of two Ventura County artists, painter Gail Pidduck and photographer John Nichols. Over the past year Gail and John have been visiting many of the canyons near their home town of Santa Paula. These canyons are often inaccessible to the general public. Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.
JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S through February, “Moments of Time.” Featured artist, landscape and travel photographer Dan Holmes, exhibits his limited edition work. 204 E Main St, Ventura. 805-648-4853
DINAN MAIN GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St, Ojai.
KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.
MCNISH ART GALLERY Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.
MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.
NATHAN LARRAMENDY “Postcards from the Road.” New work by Inez Storer and Winter Games, a special project by Carmen Abelleira. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 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 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM through Feb. 2, “Ventura Music Festival Art Show.” Twelve local artists present their work shadowing French Impressionism, the theme of the 2007 Ventura Music Festival, on this stop along their county art tour. 646-2094, ext. 104.
OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.
PLAZA ART GALLERY Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.
RED BRICK GALLERY through Feb. 15, “Brick by Brick.” A collection of art by 19 established and emerging California artists who work in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture, wood, jewelry, glass, photography and digital in a new downtown Ventura space. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.
SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 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. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.
SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY through Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.
SOILAND GALLERY HALL Free. Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.
STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.
STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Jan. 20-March 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.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 Jan. 20-March 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.
UPFRONT through Jan. 26, “Blips, Drips, & Strip.” A group exhibition of selected established and emerging southern California artists. 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 COLLEGE GALLERY Jan. 16-Feb. 13, “Indefinite Allegories.” The paintings of Jack Barnett. Also: “Recent Work of the Central Coast,” paintings by Hank Pitcher. Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.
VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY “Various and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College art professor Carlisle Cooper will exhibit his figurative and colorful acrylic paintings that deal with civil rights, religion, philosophy, musicians and actors. Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.
VENTURA HEALING ROOMS 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.
OPEN JURIED COMPETITION: SENSUAL & EROTIC EXHIBIT drop off Feb. 5-6. The Artists’ Union Gallery will present their Fifth Annual Sensual & Erotic Exhibit, which will run Feb.10-March 4. Drop-off times are 4-7pm Feb.5 and 9-noon Feb.6. http://www.venturaartistsunion.org. 407-9580.
AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM through Feb. 18, “Farming on the Edge.” A student evaluation of the challenges and risks of farming in the Ventura County today. 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.
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 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.gullwingsmuse um4kids.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 Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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 Dec. 2-March 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Botke Family.” The shared working methods of artists Cornelis Botke, his wife Jessie Arms Botke, and their granddaughter Kitty Botke, are explored. Also: 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.
EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.
YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.
SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Serious players wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.
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. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.
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.
WHALE WATCHING Daily. Join both Island Packers and Channel Islands Sportfishing for daily excursions from Oxnard to view these magnificent mammals gracing the ocean as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel. Island Packers offers 3 Â? hour non-landing trips through early April from 9am, 9:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2pm. $26 adults, $22 seniors 55 & up, and $17 children 12 and under. Trips are provided at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m, plus regular full-day excursions to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. Call for reservation. 382-1779. Visit online at www.islandpackers.com.
CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at www.carlvc.org.
TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 27-28, 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.
SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7-9pm. The 2006/2007 Parent Talk Lecture Series continues with a discussion by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, M.A. on whether sleep deprivation can be the cause of your child’s challenging behavior. $15 pre-sale, $20 door. Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 492-8837 ext. 4033.
HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE FAIR Saturday, Jan. 27, 9am-3pm. The Academy of Somatics and Massage hosts a free health and lifestyle fair featuring Swedish, Thai, Cranial Sacral, and Sports Massage techniques, plus chair massages, reflex ology, and Body Talk sessions. On-site representatives and demonstrations. 2323 Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard. 382-0506.
LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.
MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.
NOT FOR CREDIT CLASSES AT VC Ventura College Community Education is now taking enrollments for the spring semester in a wide variety of not-for-credit classes, seminars and workshops, with more than 100 classes, workshops and seminars this spring, including Bartending Basics, Digital Photography, Adult and Youth Ballroom Boot Camp, the Joy of Travel Writing, and many others. 654-6459, www.CommunityEd.venturacollege.edu.
THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.
THE ART OF CREATIVITY Saturdays, Jan. 6-27, 1-4pm. Focus on the Masters present this powerful four-week process to discover yourself as a creatively fearless and fully self-expressed artist and being. Through a dialog combining art, creativity, eastern philosophies, existential insights and some light movement, students take creative risks in a fun and supportive environment. This class has a maximum of 10 students and fills up quickly. Instructor: James Graca. Call for fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays through Feb. 3, 10:15-noon. The Carnegie Art Museum offers the program for children ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture, through studying artwork in the museum’s current exhibition and creating hands-on art projects. $2 per child per class. Teen program Saturdays through Feb. 3, 1:30-4pm, $10. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.
FENCING CLASS Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, March 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.
SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays, Jan. 23 – March 13, 2-5pm. Linda Elder shows how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. Ages 16-adult welcome. $100 for eight weeks plus single materials fee of $18-$40 depending on size of sculpture. Off-site location. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.
CHANNEL ISLANDS PC USER GROUP TRIES OUT COREL PRODUCTS Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:30-11:30am. Come and see Corel’s newest products – Corel Painter IX.5, Corel Snapfire Plus, WordPerfect Office X3 and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 demonstrated. Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, 1500 Temple Ave, Camarillo. www.cipcug.org. 987-1748.
OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP Saturday, Jan. 27, 9am-4pm. Central coast artist Daniel D. Martin will lead the class. $70. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117 C, Ventura. www.HarborVillageGallery.com. 644-2750.
THE WAY OF THE STORY Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 27-28, 9am-4pm. This intensive two-day workshop offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Cathrine Ann Jones teaches the craft needed to guarantee good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. $240 for both days, includes lunch. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.
SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays, Jan. 30-March 20, 1-3pm. Award winning Interior Designer, Suzanne Fairly Green will share tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful and interesting places. Along the way, she will enlighten you about space planning, color theory and practical decorating. Develop solutions specific to your own home or office. Ages 18-adult welcome. $160. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.
OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP Saturday, Jan. 27, 9am-4pm. The Harbor Village Gallery offers an oil painting workshop with Daniel D. Martin, Central Coast artist. The workshop starts 9am, breaks for lunch, then continues until 4pm. The day is valuable for the beginner and advanced painter. $60.00 members, $70.00 non-members. 1519 Spinnaker Drive, Ste. 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.
SPIRIT AT WORK: HOW YOU CAN ENERGIZE YOUR WORKPLACE Saturday, Jan. 27, 10am-5pm. $75 advance, $89 door. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. 646.5508.
THE WAY OF STORY Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 27-28, 9am-4pm. Focus on the Masters presents this intensive two-day workshop offering an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Cathrine Ann Jones teaches the craft needed to guarantee good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. Jones discusses her own experience as playwright and screenwriter, along with the realities of producing a marketable product, and ties them to the commonalities in all narrative writing. All skill levels welcome. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
IDEAS ON COMPOSTING Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7pm. The Organic Garden Club and the City of Thousand Oaks present a workshop by Stan Hakes. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 498-1623.
SPACES AND PLACES: INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesday, Jan. 30-March 20, 1-3pm. Focus on the Masters presents this eight-week class with award-winning interior designer Suzanne Fairly Greenwill, who shares tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful, interesting and functional spaces. Greenwill enlightens students about space planning, color theory, and practical decorating. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Please visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
YOGA AT BOULERDASH Mondays 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10 557-1300.
WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 10