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NEW YEAR’S EVE IMPROV SHOW Dec. 31, 7-10:30 pm. The comedy night features a hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet, silent auction and champagne toast. $25 adults, $25 children younger than 15. The Livery Theatre, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com. 643-5701.

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM 7:30 pm Dec. 27, 28 and 29. It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” $39, group discounts available. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com. 449-ARTS.

ARTIST RECEPTION Dec. 29, 7-10 pm. Old Town Studio Gallery will celebrate the opening of an exhibit by contemporary artist C.L. Meisinger. The exhibit runs through Feb. 2 and 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to My Stuff Bags Foundation. Drinks and appetizers will be served. 2165 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, e-mail julieanne1113@yahoo.com or call (818)749-5598.

Ongoing Events

ART COMPETITION Buenaventura Art Association announces its 22nd annual open art competition, featuring cash prizes totaling $1,600. Open to all artists in Ventura County, with entry submissions due at the gallery on Jan. 13 and 14. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 648-1235.

NAUTICA 2008 The annual, juried, marine contemporary art competition and exhibit held at the Ventura County Maritime Museum will open Jan. 22. Ventura County artists are eligible to enter. $15 per artwork entry fee. For a prospectus and entry form, contact the Museum at VCMMARTS@aol.com or call 984-6260.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD For more information send a bio and sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo. 491-3242.

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 pm. Stories and chapters are reviewed before the meetings and then discussed. vcwordcraft@yahoogroups.com

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre offers classes in comedy improvisation for youth, teens and adults. First class is free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com. 643-5701.

SENIOR SINGERS WANTED Sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones sought for free choral class. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Ongoing Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 12-5 pm Thursdays-Sundays, 12-4 pm Mondays, by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE “The Hollywood Factor” a museum exhibit of beauty from the last century including MaxFactor theatrical and cosmetic memorabilia artifacts and photos. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 11 am-5 pm daily. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARTIST’S UNION noon-6 pm Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS 11 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381.

BELL ARTS FACTORY Offers free children’s art classes 3-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am- noon Saturday. Through Jan. 4, exhibit features Dolores Haro, an accomplished Latina artist from El Monte, whose paintings depict Our Lady of Guadalupe. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.bellartsfactory.org. 643-1960.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. www.brokenoakgallery.com. 497-4022.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small Image Show. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION: THE DISCOVERY ANNEX 8:30 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

CAFÉ ON A 3-6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. Various art exhibits. 438 S. A St., Oxnard.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY 60 W. Olsen Rd. 493-3316.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17, 10 am-5 pm Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Suzanne Jackson’s “Monoprints: The Colored Garden.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. www.vcnet.com/carnart. 385-8157.

DINAN MAIN GALLERY noon-5 pm. Thursday-Sunday. 307 E. Ojai Ave., suite 101, Ojai. 646-6205.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Jan. 20. Ira Meyer: “Antarctica, the Artic … And Places in Between.” 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. www.downtowncenterforarts.com. 798-0830.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF 10 am-6 pm. Free. 2741 Victoria Ave., Ste. N., Oxnard. 985-1546.

FOX FINE JEWELRY 10:30 am-6 pm Monday-Thursday. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800.

GO GALLERY 993 Foothill Dr., Fillmore. www.gogallery.org.

JANET BLACK Through Jan. 12. Local artist Janet Black’s figurative collage work, titled “Face Value: Expressions in Collage.” Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 644-2750.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, call for extended evening and weekend viewing. Free. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.hillcrestarts.com. 381-2747.

HOLIDAYS IN GREECE & OTHER DELIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Gallery open 12-6 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4 pm Sunday, by appointment Monday and Tuesday. Accolades Gallery presents “Life After Art/Life” by Joe Cardella. E. Main St. #9, Ventura. 648-4080. www.accolades-gallery.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST 9 am-9 pm daily. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Noon-5 pm Thursday-Sunday and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St., Ojai.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Through Jan. 18. Exhibiting “New Paintings” by Paul Benavidez in a solo exhibition. Benavidez’s new paintings are triptychs of impressive size and scope. Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Jan. 6, “Warring Cultures: Conquest of the Americas,” a George Stuart Historical Figures Exhibition. Dec. 9 through March 2, “Art for the New Millennium: Museum Acquisitions since 2000.” 100 E. Main St., Ventura. www.venturamuseum.org.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Through Jan. 31. “Photos Taken” by Cassandra C. Jones. 107 S. Signal St., Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which includes not only art, but also 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 CAFÉ EMPORIUM 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-2723.

PLAZA ART GALLERY 12 pm-5 pm Wednesday-Sunday. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 486-6947.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www.seabreezeartgallery.com. 643-3973.

SKATEBOARD ART Through Jan. 25. “Hang On To Your Ego: Visions of California through Skateboard Art.” CSUCI Exhibitions, 92 Palm Dr., “Old Town” Camarillo. http://art.csuci.edu/gallery. 437-8863.

SPA BY DIANE LORING Through Jan. 30, the work of Dr. Pedro E. Garcia, Gail Lansbury, Jan Faulkner, Sarah Kalvin, Robyn Raggio and Duain Wood. Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

STUDIO 84 WEST 6-8 pm Thursday-Saturday. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

SCIART WEST noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

THE STUDIO GALLERY 10 am-6 pm daily. Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

THE VILLAGE JESTER Through Feb. 29. Presenting new music, art, drinks and food. Art by Leslie Marcus that reflects love, light and world peace. 139 E.Ojai Ave., Ojai.

UPFRONT GALLERY 1-5 pm Friday-Saturday, 2-5 pm Sunday, or by appointment. “Quotidian Inc.,” a group art installation featuring artists Roman de Salvo, Martin Durazo, Debbie Hu, Ricks, Ichiro Irie and Chris Tallon. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION 9 am-5 pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 12-5 pm Thursday, Sunday by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERY Ventura College, Ventura. 648-8974.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

On the Horizon

CLASSES AT THE RUBICON Year-round programs for students aged 5-adult. Classes available in four sessions. Began in September and ending in April, grouped by ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, and adult. Instructors include established performers. www.rubicontheatre.org.
667-2912, ext. 234.

FASHION WEEK The Red Brick Gallery is seeking artists willing to participate in Art Auction and Fundraiser for Ventura Fashion Week and AIDS Project Ventura. All proceeds go to AIDS Project Ventura. For more information, call 643-6400 or e-mail info@RedBrickArt.com.

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BROADWAY ON ICE 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Dec. 23. Dorothy Hamill and Franc D’Ambrosio star in this musical spectacular that is part of a Los Angeles tour. $29 to $59. Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com.

THE NUTCRACKER 7:30 pm Dec. 21, 5:30 pm Dec. 22 and 2 pm Dec. 23. All American Ballet Company’s annual holiday full-length, professional production features brilliant new choreography by the company’s directors/choreographers. $24, $20 and $12; VIP seats $100; groups of 10 or more eligible for 10 percent discount. Ventura College Theater, Ventura. www.AllAmericanBallet.org. 650-6316.

HOLIDAY COOKIE MAKING CLASS 10 am Dec. 21. Learn to make holiday cookies, breads and candies perfect for gifts and parties. The class recipes will be selected from a long list to reflect what people are interested in making. Call to reserve a space. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Thursday, December 20

BROADWAY ON ICE 5:10 pm. The Lakes Ice Rink will host a free preview performance of musical. Cast members will remain at the rink, where they will skate with the public. The Lakes Ice Rink, Thousand Oaks. $8, skate rentals $3. www.shoplakes.com. 494-0514.

Theater

A TUNA CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 22, 7 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. With just 24 hours till Christmas, the whole quirky town of Tuna is caught up in the trauma and chaos of the holiday. $20 adults, $16 seniors and students, $14 for children younger than 12. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. www.simi-arts.org. 583-7900.

Friday, December 21

Holiday Events

THE NUTCRACKER 7:30 pm. All American Ballet Company’s annual holiday full-length, professional production features brilliant new choreography by the company’s directors/choreographers. $24, $20, and $12; VIP seats $100; groups of 10 or more eligible for 10 percent discount. www.AllAmericanBallet.org. 650-6316.

Dec. 21 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 22 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 pm at the Ventura College Theater, entrance on Loma Vista.

Theater

A TUNA CHRISTMAS See Thursday, Dec. 20.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Through Dec. 23. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. A vibrant and live radio version with the voice actors in 1940s style clothes amidst period Christmas decorations. $18 general, $15 seniors, students and Art Center members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

INSPECTING CAROL Through Dec. 22. 8 pm Fridays and Saturday, 2 pm Sundays. Theater 150 presents #Inspecting Carol#, a hilarious alternative Christmas offering. $50 Dec. 7, $25 other nights, 2-for-1 on Sundays. Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. theater150.org. 646-4300.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 23. #A Dickens Radio Christmas# features a recreation of a live broadcast of Charles Dickens’ delightful holiday tale #Cricket on the Hearth#. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students and $12 children 12 and younger. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. 525-4645.

MARLEY’S GHOST Through Dec. 23, 8 pm. The High Street Arts Center will present this play, which is based on Charles Dickens’ #A Christmas Carol#. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and younger, group discounts available. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

Saturday, December 22

Theater

A TUNA CHRISTMAS See Thursday, Dec. 20.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE See Friday, Dec. 21.

INSPECTING CAROL See Friday, Dec. 21.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS See Friday, Dec. 21.

MARLEY’S GHOST See Friday, Dec. 21.

Sunday, December 23

Holiday Events

CLAY CRAFTS 10 am-4 pm. Make a clay hand or paw print. $15, includes clay and firing. Firefly Ceramics Paint Your Own Pottery, 1580 Saratoga Ave. Ventura. 650-1468.

IMAGINE CHRISTMAS 9 and 11 am Sunday, 4 and 6 pm Monday. The interactive production, put on by Camarillo Community Church, will feature a magical display of artists who perform aerial flying, acrobatics and indoor kite flying. Free. 1322 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 482-2657, ext. 103. 

Theater

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE See Friday, Dec. 21.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS See Friday, Dec. 21.

MARLEY’S GHOST See Friday, Dec. 21.

Monday, December 24

Holiday Events

IMAGINE CHRISTMAS See Sunday, Dec. 23.

Wednesday, December 26

Ongoing Events

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 23. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge is a musical adaptation and four-year collaborative effort between director Jimmy Calire and conductor Peter Crane. The proceeds from the performances will go directly to eight Ojai charities. Matilija Junior High School, Ojai. For performance times and tickets, log on to www.ojaitheater.org.

NAUTICA 2008 The annual, juried, marine contemporary art competition and exhibit held at the Ventura County Maritime Museum will open Jan. 22. Ventura County artists are eligible to enter. $15 per artwork entry fee. For a prospectus and entry form, contact the Museum at VCMMARTS@aol.com or call 984-6260.

ART COMPETITION Buenaventura Art Association announces its 22nd annual open art competition, featuring cash prizes totaling $1,600. Open to all artists in Ventura County, with entry submissions due at the gallery on Jan. 13 and 14. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 648-1235.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Through Dec. 23. The opening show of Rubicon’s 10th anniversary #Festival# season is this 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning screwball comedy. When Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby fall in love, their families, the eccentric Sycamores and the formal Kirby’s, must meet. $34-$57. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 East Main Street. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD For more information send a bio and sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo. 491-3242.

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 pm. Stories and chapters are reviewed before the meetings and then discussed. vcwordcraft@yahoogroups.com

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre offers classes in comedy improvisation for youth, teens and adults. First class is free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com. 643-5701.

SENIOR SINGERS WANTED Sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones sought for free choral class. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Ongoing Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 12-5 pm Thursdays-Sundays, 12-4 pm Mondays, by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE “The Hollywood Factor” a museum exhibit of beauty from the last century including MaxFactor theatrical and cosmetic memorabilia artifacts and photos. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 11 am-5 pm daily. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARTIST’S UNION noon-6 pm Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS 11 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381.

BELL ARTS FACTORY Offers free children’s art classes 3-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am- noon Saturday. Through Jan. 4, exhibit features Dolores Haro, an accomplished Latina artist from El Monte, whose paintings depict Our Lady of Guadalupe. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.bellartsfactory.org. 643-1960.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. www.brokenoakgallery.com. 497-4022.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. #Small Image Show#. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION: THE DISCOVERY ANNEX 8:30 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

CAFÉ ON A 3-6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. Various art exhibits. 438 S. A St., Oxnard.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY 60 W. Olsen Rd. 493-3316.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17, 10 am-5 pm Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Suzanne Jackson’s “Monoprints: The Colored Garden.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. www.vcnet.com/carnart. 385-8157.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Jan. 20. Ira Meyer: “Antarctica, the Artic…And Places in Between.” 329 N. 5th St., Oxnard. www.downtowncenterforarts.com. 798-0830.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF 10 am-6 pm. Free. 2741 Victoria Ave., Ste. N., Oxnard. 985-1546.

FOX FINE JEWELRY 10:30 am-6 pm Monday-Thursday. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800.

CARINA DOWNING Through Dec. 22. “The Wonder Tunnel,” a tunnel structure people can walk through. GoGallery, 993 Foothill Dr., Fillmore. www.gogallery.org.

JANET BLACK Through Jan. 12. Local artist Janet Black’s figurative collage work, titled “Face Value: Expressions in Collage.” Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 644-2750.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, call for extended evening and weekend viewing. Free. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.hillcrestarts.com. 381-2747.

HOLIDAYS IN GREECE & OTHER DELIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Gallery open 12-6 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4 pm Sunday, by appointment Monday and Tuesday. Accolades Gallery presents “Life After Art/Life” by Joe Cardella. E. Main St. #9, Ventura. 648-4080. www.accolades-gallery.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST 9 am-9 pm daily. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Noon-5 pm Thursday-Sunday and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St., Ojai.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Through Jan. 18. Exhibiting “New Paintings” by Paul Benavidez in a solo exhibition. Benavidez’s new paintings are triptychs of impressive size and scope. Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Jan. 6, “Warring Cultures: Conquest of the Americas,” a George Stuart Historical Figures Exhibition. Dec. 9 through March 2, “Art for the New Millennium: Museum Acquisitions since 2000.” 100 E. Main St., Ventura. www.venturamuseum.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY AT THE OAKS Noon-8 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday. The Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks. www.venturamuseum.org. 496-7460.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Through Jan. 31. “Photos Taken” by Cassandra C. Jones. 107 S. Signal St., Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which includes not only art, but also 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 CAFÉ EMPORIUM 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-2723.

PLAZA ART GALLERY 12 pm-5 pm Wednesday-Sunday. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 486-6947.

THE SALON EXHIBIT Through Dec. 22. Sea Breeze Art Gallery presents a group show of all the working studio artists at the gallery. Each artist will have a section of gallery wall space to display their many creations. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www.seabreezeartgallery.com. 643-3973.

SKATEBOARD ART Through Jan. 25. “Hang On To Your Ego: Visions of California through Skateboard Art.” CSUCI Exhibitions, 92 Palm Dr., “Old Town” Camarillo. http://art.csuci.edu/gallery. 437-8863.

SPA BY DIANE LORING Through Jan. 30, the work of Dr. Pedro E. Garcia, Gail Lansbury, Jan Faulkner, Sarah Kalvin, Robyn Raggio and Duain Wood. Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

STUDIO 84 WEST 6-8 pm Thursday-Saturday. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

SCIART WEST noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

THE STUDIO GALLERY 10 am-6 pm daily. Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

THE VILLAGE JESTER Through Feb. 29. Presenting new music, art, drinks and food. Art by Leslie Marcus that reflects love, light and world peace. 139 E.Ojai Ave., Ojai.

UPFRONT GALLERY 1-5 pm Friday-Saturday, 2-5 pm Sunday, or by appointment. “Quotidian Inc.,” a group art installation featuring artists Roman de Salvo, Martin Durazo, Debbie Hu, Ricks, Ichiro Irie and Chris Tallon. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION 9 am-5 pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 12-5 pm Thursday, Sunday by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERY Ventura College, Ventura. 648-8974.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

On the Horizon

CLASSES AT THE RUBICON Year-round programs for students aged 5-adult. Classes available in four sessions. Began in September and ending in April, grouped by ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, and adult. Instructors include established performers. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2912, ext. 234.

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM 7:30 pm Dec. 27, 28 and 29. It’s ‘CSI: Bethlehem’ in Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” $39, group discounts available. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com. 449-ARTS.

FASHION WEEK The Red Brick Gallery is seeking artists willing to participate in Art Auction and Fundraiser for Ventura Fashion Week and AIDS Project Ventura. All proceeds go to AIDS Project Ventura. For more information please call 643-6400 or e-mail info@RedBrickArt.com.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE noon-5 pm, Dec. 15. Sea Breeze Art Gallery will hold an open house to show their onsite art studios and “The Salon Exhibit,” a group show of all the working studio artists at the gallery. Each artist will have a section of gallery wall space to display their many creations. Art is also available for purchase for the holidays. 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www.seabreezeartgallery.com. 643-3973.

HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING 7 pm, Dec. 17. Make a beautiful holiday wreath hang on your door in an event sponsored by the Conejo Valley Organic Garden and Herb Society. $12 nonmembers, includes wire and wreath form, bring greenery, succulents and berries to share. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park. 499-4797.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec. 13 through 23. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge is a musical adaptation and four year collaborative effort between director Jimmy Calire and conductor Peter Crane. The proceeds from the performances will go directly to 8 Ojai charities. Matilija Junior High School, Ojai. For performance times and tickets, log on to www.ojaitheater.org.

Thursday, December 13

Art

SKATEBOARD ART 6-8 pm. The opening reception for “Hang On To Your Ego: Visions of California through Skateboard Art,” which runs through Jan. 25. CSUCI Exhibitions, 92 Palm Dr., “Old Town” Camarillo. http://art.csuci.edu/gallery. 437-8863.

JANET BLACK 5-8 pm. A reception and opening for local artist Janet Black’s figurative collage work, titled “Face Value: Expressions in Collage.” Exhibit runs through Jan. 12. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 644-2750.

Theater

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 6 pm. Hueneme Christian School present their annual program. Free. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. www.oxnardpacc.com. 486-2424.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 22, 7 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. With just 24 hours till Christmas, the whole quirky town of Tuna is caught up in the trauma and chaos of the holiday. $20 adults, $16 seniors and students, $14 for children younger than 12. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.
www.simi-arts.org. 583-7900.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 7 pm. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. The Camarillo Community Theatre presents the home school/independent study version of William Shakespeare’s play. $5 per person. Camarillo Community Theatre, 330 Skyway Dr., Camarillo, inside the airport. 388-5716.

Film

CORPUS CALLOSUM 8 pm. The premier of the local, student-directed comedy-drama about a self-made multimillionaire and teen investor. $5.Westlake Village Twin, Westlake Village.

Friday, December 14

Theater

A TUNA CHRISTMAS See Thursday, Dec. 13.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Through Dec. 23. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. A vibrant and live radio version with the voice actors in 1940’s style clothes amidst period Christmas decorations. $18 general, $15 seniors, students and Art Center members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM See Thursday, Dec. 13.

INSPECTING CAROL Through Dec. 22. 8 pm Fridays and Saturday, 2 pm Sundays. Theater 150 presents Inspecting Carol, a hilarious alternative Christmas offering. $50 Dec. 7, $25 other nights, 2-for-1 on Sundays. Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. theater150.org. 646-4300.

THE DEBT Through Dec. 16. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. In the spirit of spoof, this play is set sometime in the past and is written by Ojai resident Bill Spellman. It tells the story of a poor, young medical student of Irish descent. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students. Elite Theatre Company, 730 S. B St., Suite 20, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 23. A Dickens Radio Christmas features a recreation of a live broadcast of Charles Dickens’ delightful holiday tale Cricket on the Hearth. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students and $12 children 12 and younger. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. 525-4645.

MARLEY’S GHOST Through Dec. 23, 8 pm. The High Street Arts Center will present this play, which is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and younger, group discounts available. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

Saturday, December 15

Holiday Events

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MARY 8 pm. Saturday, 2 pm. and 7 pm. Sunday. Teatro de las Américas hosts the special Christmas presentation. Saturday at Santa Clara Elementary Auditorium, 324 S. E St., Oxnard. Sunday 2 p.m. performance at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Sunday 7 p.m. performance at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura St., Fillmore. 485-5445, ext. 2.

Art

CARINA DOWNING 5 pm. Opening reception for “The Wonder Tunnel,” a tunnel structure people can walk through. Musical guests Franklin for Short, Goats with Sweaters, Pam and Teri, and Judy Valencerina will be featured. Exhibit runs through Dec. 22. GoGallery, 993 Foothill Dr., Fillmore. www.gogallery.org.

ARTIC EXHIBIT 5-7:30 pm opening reception, show runs through Jan. 20. The Downtown Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Ira Meyer: “Antarctica, the Artic…And Places in Between.” Downtown Center for the Arts, 329 N. 5th St., Oxnard. http://www.downtowncenter.org. 798-0830.

Theater

A TUNA CHRISTMAS See Thursday, Dec. 13.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE See Friday, Dec. 14.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM See Thursday, Dec. 13.

INSPECTING CAROL See Friday, Dec. 14.

THE DEBT See Friday, Dec. 14.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS See Friday, Dec. 14.

MARLEY’S GHOST See Friday, Dec. 14.

Music

WINTER DREAMS 8 pm. Ventura College Community Orchestra will present “Winter Dreams,” featuring pianist Miriam Archia. $15, $5 seniors and students. Ventura College
Theatre. 654-6392.

Sunday, December 16

Holiday Events

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MARY See Saturday, Dec. 15.

CLAY CRAFTS 10 am-4 pm. Also Dec. 23. Make a clay hand or paw print. $15, includes clay and firing. Firefly Ceramics Paint Your Own Pottery, 1580 Saratoga Ave. Ventura. 650-1468.

Theater

A TUNA CHRISTMAS See Thursday, Dec. 13.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE See Friday, Dec. 14.

INSPECTING CAROL See Friday, Dec. 14.

THE DEBT See Friday, Dec. 14.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS See Friday, Dec. 14.

MARLEY’S GHOST See Friday, Dec. 14.

Kids & Family

MAKE WRAPPING PAPER 1-3 pm. Children will learn about festive patterns and colors as they create their own wrapping paper for special gifts. $20 each, three children for $50. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Main St., Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org.

Wednesday, December 19

Ongoing Events

NAUTICA 2008 The annual, juried, marine contemporary art competition and exhibit held at the Ventura County Maritime Museum, will open Jan. 22. Ventura County artists are eligible to enter. $15 per artwork entry fee. For a prospectus and entry form, contact the Museum at VCMMARTS@aol.com or call 984-6260.

ART COMPETITION Buenaventura Art Association announces its 22nd annual open art competition, featuring cash prizes totaling $1600. Open to all artists in Ventura County, with entry submissions due at the gallery on Jan. 13 and 14. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 648-1235.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Through Dec. 23. The opening show of Rubicon’s 10th anniversary Festival season is this 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning screwball comedy. When Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby fall in love, their families, the eccentric Sycamores and the formal Kirby’s, must meet. $34-$57. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 East Main Street. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD For more information send a bio and sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo. 491-3242.

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 pm. Stories and chapters are reviewed before the meetings and then discussed. vcwordcraft@yahoogroups.com

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improvisation for youth, teens and adults. First class is free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com. 643-5701.

SENIOR SINGERS WANTED Sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones sought for free choral class. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

ACCOLADES GALLERY 12-5 pm Thursdays-Sundays, 12-4 pm Mondays, by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE “The Hollywood Factor” a museum exhibit of beauty from the last century including MaxFactor theatrical and cosmetic memorabilia artifacts and photos. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 11 am-5 pm daily. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARTIST’S UNION noon-6 pm Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS 11 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381.

BELL ARTS FACTORY Offers free children’s art classes 3-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am- noon Saturday. Through Jan. 4, exhibit features Dolores Haro, an accomplished Latina artist from El Monte, whose paintings depict Our Lady of Guadalupe. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.bellartsfactory.org. 643-1960.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. www.brokenoakgallery.com. 497-4022.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small Image Show. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION: THE DISCOVERY ANNEX 8:30 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

CAFÉ ON A 3-6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. Various art exhibits. 438 S. A St., Oxnard.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through Dec. 15. 8 am- 8 pm Monday-Saturday. HIV/AIDS exhibit featuring a 24-foot mural and a collection of activism memorabilia. Through Dec. 19, “Quiet Beauty” will feature more than 20 still life, landscape and figurative paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. Kwon Fong Gallery. 60 W. Olsen Rd. 493-3316.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER Through Dec. 16, 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Presenting paintings that have won awards throughout 2007. 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17, 10 am-5 pm Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Suzanne Jackson’s “Monoprints: The Colored Garden.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. www.vcnet.com/carnart. 385-8157.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Dec. 9, 1-5 pm Thursday-Sunday. Featuring abstract paintings by Michael Salerno. Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard. www.downtowncenterforarts.com. 798-0830.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF 10 am-6 pm. Free. 2741 Victoria Ave., Ste. N., Oxnard. 985-1546.

FOX FINE JEWELRY 10:30 am-6 pm Monday-Thursday. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, call for extended evening and weekend viewing. Free. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.hillcrestarts.com. 381-2747.

HOLIDAYS IN GREECE & OTHER DELIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Gallery open 12-6 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4 pm Sunday, by appointment Monday and Tuesday. Accolades Gallery presents “Life After Art/Life” by Joe Cardella. E. Main St. #9, Ventura. 648-4080. www.accolades-gallery.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST 9 am-9 pm daily. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Noon-5 pm Thursday-Sunday and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St., Ojai.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Through Jan. 18. Exhibiting “New Paintings” by Paul Benavidez in a solo exhibition. Benavidez’s new paintings are triptychs of impressive size and scope. Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Jan. 6, “Warring Cultures: Conquest of the Americas,” a George Stuart Historical Figures Exhibition. Dec. 9 through March 2, “Art for the New Millennium: Museum Acquisitions since 2000.” 100 E. Main St., Ventura. www.venturamuseum.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY AT THE OAKS Noon-8 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday. The Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks. www.venturamuseum.org. 496-7460.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which includes not only art, but also 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 CAFÉ EMPORIUM 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-2723.

PLAZA ART GALLERY 12 pm-5 pm Wednesday-Sunday. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 486-6947.

THE SALON EXHIBIT Through Dec. 22. Sea Breeze Art Gallery presents a group show of all the working studio artists at the gallery. Each artist will have a section of gallery wall space to display their many creations. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www.seabreezeartgallery.com. 643-3973.

SPA BY DIANE LORING Through Jan. 30, the work of Dr. Pedro E. Garcia, Gail Lansbury, Jan Faulkner, Sarah Kalvin, Robyn Raggio and Duain Wood. Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

STUDIO 84 WEST 6-8 pm Thursday-Saturday. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

SCIART WEST noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

THE STUDIO GALLERY 10 am-6 pm daily. Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

THE VILLAGE JESTER Through Feb. 29. Presenting new music, art, drinks and food. Art by Leslie Marcus that reflects love, light and world peace. 139 E.Ojai Ave., Ojai.

UPFRONT GALLERY 1-5 pm Friday-Saturday, 2-5 pm Sunday, or by appointment. Exhibiting mixed media work by artist Christina Morla. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION 9 am-5 pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 12-5 pm Thursday, Sunday by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERY Ventura College, Ventura. 648-8974.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

On the Horizon

CLASSES AT THE RUBICON Year-round programs for students aged 5-adult. Classes available in four sessions. Began in September and ending in April, grouped by ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, and adult. Instructors include established performers. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2912, ext. 234.

THE NUTCRACKER 7:30 pm Dec. 21. All American Ballet Company’s annual holiday full-length, professional production features brilliant new choreography by the company’s directors/choreographers. $24, $20, and $12; VIP seats $100; groups of 10 or more eligible for 10 percent discount. www.AllAmericanBallet.org. 650-6316.

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM 7:30 pm Dec. 27, 28 and 29. It’s ‘CSI: Bethlehem’ in Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” $39, group discounts available. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com. 449-ARTS.

FASHION WEEK The Red Brick Gallery is seeking artists willing to participate in Art Auction and Fundraiser for Ventura Fashion Week and AIDS Project Ventura. All proceeds go to AIDS Project Ventura. For more information please call 643-6400 or e-mail info@RedBrickArt.com.

~ ART LISTINGS ~

MILLENNIUM ART Dec. 9 through March 2. The new exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County, Art For The New Millennium: Museum Acquisitions since 2000, features pieces by 31 artists whose works were purchased or donated in the last eight years. The exhibition includes a powerful new painting titled Hubris Redefined by contemporary Ojai artist John Nava, as well as two of his tapestries, in which centuries-o www.venturamuseum.org or call 653-0323.

STRENGTH IS BEAUTY 5-8 pm, Dec. 8. A reception for the Women of Ojai 2008 Calendar, featuring the series of fine art, female nudes in black and white by local photographer Attasalina Dews. Proceeds from the calendars go to the arts in Ojai and schools. $25 calender, $125 prints. Valley of the Moon Gallery, 201 Bryant St. #3, Ojai. www.womenofojai.com. 657-2959.

CHORAL CONCERT 8 pm Dec. 8, and 4 pm Dec. 9. Los Robles Master Chorale launches its 30th anniversary season with this choral concert of Christmas favorites from the Renaissance to the present. $15 in advance, $18 at door. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 827-3943.

Thursday, December 6

Art

PUBLIC ART UNVEILING 3 pm. “Parabolic Flight” is a new sculpture created by artist Wayne Healy and East Los Streetscapers that honors the tradition and history of Olivas Adobe and Olivas Links Golf Course. The unveiling reception will include remarks by the artist, docent led tours of Olivas Adobe, entertainment and refreshments. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. dsindelar@ci.ventura.ca.us. 658-4793.

Theater

LOVE SWEET LOVE Through Dec. 9. 8 pm Thursday and Friday, 2 pm and 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm and 7 pm Sunday. A new musical featuring songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David with a book by C. Ben Wolfe. About four ladies looking for love. $40-49, $7 parking. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks.
www.lovesweetlovethemusical.com. 583-8700.

Friday, December 7

Art

FIRST FRIDAY 5-9 pm. A time to enjoy downtown Ventura’s galleries, restaurants and cultural events. Downtown Ventura.

OPENING RECEPTION 5-8 pm. For artist Dolores Haro, an accomplished Latina artist from El Monte, who’s paintings depict Our Lady of Guadalupe. Free. Enjoy traditional Mexican winter food and live music by Grupo Yolipan. Under the Sun Gallery, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Bell Arts Factory. Exhibit runs through Jan. 4. underthesungallery@yahoo.com. 804-6433.

Dance

MONSTER MASQUERADE 7:30 pm, also Saturday at 1:30 pm. Slippers ‘n’ Masks Youth Dance Theatre will perform the delightfully whimsical production-directed and choreographed by Pam Cohen and featuring dozens of dancers of all ages. Free, free onsite parking. Mound Elementary School, 455 South Hill Road, Ventura. www.dancinwithpam.com. 485-7329.

Theater

INSPECTING CAROL Through Dec. 22. 8 pm Fridays and Saturday, 2 pm Sundays. Theater 150 proudly presents the inaugural production in its new home at 316 E. Matilija Street in Ojai, Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theater Company.  A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious alternative Christmas offering. $50 Dec. 7, $25 other nights, 2-for-1 on Sundays. Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. theater150.org. 646-4300.

LOVE SWEET LOVE See Thursday, Dec. 6.

THE DEBT Through Dec. 16. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. In the spirit of spoof, this play is set sometime in the past and is written by Ojai resident Bill Spellman. It tells the story of a poor, young medical student of Irish descent. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students. Elite Theatre Company, 730 S. B St., Suite 20, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 23. A Dickens Radio Christmas features a re-creation of a live broadcast of Charles Dickens’ delightful holiday tale Cricket on the Hearth. Set in 1944 New York at WEAF Radio, the production features live sound effects, original commercials and hijinks galore as a rag-tag team of amateurs tries to present a live radio show of this Dickens Christmas story. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students and $12 children 12 and younger. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. 525-4645.

MARLEY’S GHOST Through Dec. 23, 8 pm. The High Street Arts Center will present this play, which is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Before Ebenezer Scrooge learned the true meaning of Christmas, another old miser was haunted by the ghosts of his past, present and future. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and younger, group discounts available. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

Saturday, December 8

Holiday Events

RED BRICK GALLERY & GRAPHICS 6-9 pm. Holiday party and artist’s reception, with music by Varon Thomas. The “Something for Everyone” event is the gallery’s biggest show yet with more than 35 artists and hundreds of pieces from $5 to $100. Nothing costs more than $500. Red Brick Gallery, 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.RedBrickArt.com. 643-6400.

SPLENDORS OF THE SEASON 6:30 pm. The Museum of Ventura County’s 13th annual fundraising gala will open their winter exhibit, Art For The New Millennium: Museum Acquisitions Since 2000. Splendors will be a moveable feast this year, with gourmet food stations set up throughout the galleries. Festivities will include a grand prize drawing for Study In Red, a watercolor donated and painted by Susan Petty and a raffle of holiday tabletop trees. $125 per person. 653-0145.

Art

OPEN HOUSE & SALE 10 am-4 pm. The Annual Keeper of the Rainbow Studio Open House and Sale featuring the unique photographic images and tapestries of  Pacific Images by Sue and Dan Harding, as well as 2 local jewelers, and the Keeper of the Rainbow batiked cotton clothing. Refreshments will be served. 303 E. Vince St., Ventura. Refreshments will be served. 652-1097.

Dance

THE NUTCRACKER 7:30 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Footworks Youth Ballet presents the holiday favorite, featuring the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra. $10, $18, $22. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. www.oxnardpace.com. 486-2424.

MONSTER MASQUERADE See Friday, Dec. 7.

Theater

INSPECTING CAROL See Friday, Dec. 7.

LOVE SWEET LOVE See Thursday, Dec. 6.

THE DEBT See Friday, Dec. 7.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS See Friday, Dec. 7.

MARLEY’S GHOST See Friday, Dec. 7.

Music

MOSCOW NIGHTS 7:30 pm. Performances To Grow On will present its second Fresh Roasted Concert with Moscow Nights featuring the music of Russia. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. www.ptgo.org. 646-8907.

Film

THE FORGOTTEN REFUGEES An award-winning documentary which explores the history and destruction of Middle Eastern Jewish communities. Gina Waldman, who appears in the film, will introduce it and lead a discussion following the screening. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  647-4181.

Sunday, December 9

Holiday Events

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 3 pm. The Camarillo Community Band will perform all of your holiday favorites so come and sing along.  There will be a special guest appearance by Santa Claus so bring the little ones. Free. Camarillo Community Center Auditorium at the corner of Carmen and Burnley. www.camarilloband.com. 484-8050.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7 pm. The annual Camarillo United Methodist Church Christmas Concert will feature the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir, along with a 10-piece professional chamber orchestra. Freewill offering taken. Arrive early because seating is limited. 291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo. www.cam-umc.org. 482-4312.

Theater

INSPECTING CAROL See Friday, Dec. 7.

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM 7:30 pm, also Dec. 27, 28 and 29. From the author who brought you the hilarious Late Nite Catechism, it’s ‘CSI: Bethlehem’ in Sister’s Christmas Catechism, written by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia and Jane Morris. Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” $39, group discounts available. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com. 449-ARTS.

LOVE SWEET LOVE See Thursday, Dec. 6.

THE DEBT See Friday, Dec. 7.

A DICKENS RADIO CHRISTMAS See Friday, Dec. 7.

MARLEY’S GHOST See Friday, Dec. 7.

Dance

THE NUTCRACKER See Saturday, Dec. 8.

Music

WINTER FIREWORKS 4 pm. The Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra presents their winter concert, featuring Handel, Beethoven and Doppler. $15 donation suggested, childcare provided. First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 643-8621.

SIMI VALLEY JAZZ CLUB 1-5 pm. Listen and dance to the music of the ’20s to the ’50s. Open jam sessions for musicians. Featuring a special Christmas show. $6 members, $9 nonmembers. www.simivalleyjazzclub.com. 523-1092.

Literature & Poetry

CASPIAN RAIN 9:30 am. USC creative writing professor Gina Nahai will read from her latest novel, Caspian Rain, during Temple Beth Torah’s monthly Brotherhood Brunch. The book chronicles the struggles of an Iranian Jewish family before 1979’s Islamic Revolution and is Proffessor Nahai’s fourth novel; she will sign copies after the program. $10, includes brunch. Temple Beth Torah, Meister Hall, Ventura.

Kids & Family

PETITE PICASSO 1-3 pm. Buenaventura Art Association announces Emily Thompson’s program where kids can make their own holiday cards and stamps. Children will go home with cards for their family members. $20 each, 3 children for $50. The Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. www.HarborVillageGallery.com. 644 – 2750.

Monday, December 10

RUBICON AUDITIONS 10 am sign-up, 11 am-6 pm. Rubicon Theatre Company seeks performers for William Inge’s Bus Stop (first rehearsal Jan. 29, 2008; opens Feb. 21; closes March 16), Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (first rehearsal March 11, 2008; opens April 3; closes April 27) and Scott Schwartz’s adaptation of Willa Cather’s My Antonia (first rehearsal April 15, 2008; opens May 8; closes June 1). Prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, bring two headshots and resumes and adhere to the equity audition procedures. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2912, ext. 230.

Tuesday, December 11

Literature & Poetry

POETRY READING 7:30 pm. Local poet Kathleen Lynch will read at the open-mic event. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura. 320-3524

Wednesday, December 12

Holiday Events

HOLIDAY SHOWCASE noon lunch, 1 pm. event. Members of the Moorpark Active Adult Center Golden Stompers line dancers, Golden Pipers Recorder Group, the Silver Belles Singing Trio and the Fabulous Fingers Sign Language “singers” will perform. $2.25 suggested donation for lunch. Apricot Room, Moorpark Civic Center, 700 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Kids & Family

PETITE PICASSO 3-5 pm. Buenaventura Art Association announces Emily Thompson’s program where kids can make fabulous ornaments using recycled materials and paints.  Makes perfect gifts for parents and/or friends. $20 each, 3 children for $50. The Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. www.HarborVillageGallery.com. 644 – 2750.

Ongoing Events

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Through Dec. 23. The opening show of Rubicon’s 10th anniversary Festival season is this 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning screwball comedy. When Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby fall in love, their families, the eccentric Sycamores and the formal Kirby’s, must meet, resulting in a clash of cultures that has kept audiences laughing for 70 years. This merry show is a delightful holiday treat. $34-$57. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 East Main Street. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD For more information send a bio and sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo. 491-3242.

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 pm. Stories and chapters are reviewed before the meetings and then discussed. vcwordcraft@yahoo.com.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improvisation for youth, teens and adults. First class is free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com. 643-5701.

SENIOR SINGERS WANTED Sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones sought for free choral class. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Ongoing Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 12-5 pm Thursdays-Sundays, 12-4 pm Mondays, by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE “The Hollywood Factor” a museum exhibit of beauty from the last century including MaxFactor theatrical and cosmetic memorabilia artifacts and photos. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 11 am-5 pm daily. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARTIST’S UNION noon-6 pm Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS 11 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381.

BELL ARTS FACTORY Offers free children’s art classes 3-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am- noon Saturday. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.bellartsfactory.org. 643-1960.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. www.brokenoakgallery.com. 497-4022.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small Image Show. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION: THE DISCOVERY ANNEX 8:30 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

CAFÉ ON A 3-6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. Various art exhibits. 438 S. A St., Oxnard.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY 8 am- 8 pm Monday-Saturday. Kwon Fong Gallery. 60 W. Olsen Rd. 493-3316.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER Through Dec. 16, 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Presenting paintings that have won awards throughout 2007. 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Dec. 9, 1-5 pm Thursday-Sunday. Featuring abstract paintings by Michael Salerno. Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard. www.downtowncenterforarts.com. 798-0830.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF 10 am-6 pm. Free. 2741 Victoria Ave., Ste. N., Oxnard. 985-1546.

FOX FINE JEWELRY 10:30 am-6 pm Monday-Thursday. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, call for extended evening and weekend viewing. Free. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.hillcrestarts.com. 381-2747.

HOLIDAYS IN GREECE & OTHER DELIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Gallery open 12-6 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4 pm Sunday, by appointment Monday and Tuesday. Accolades Gallery presents “Life After Art/Life” by Joe Cardella, who created ART/LIFE, a limited edition fine art magazine, which had a 25-year run. The show will feature new sculpture and assemblage pieces by Cardella, and back issues of the magazine. 451 E. Main St. #9, Ventura. 648-4080. www.accolades-gallery.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST 9 am-9 pm daily. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Noon-5 pm Thursday-Sunday and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St., Ojai.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Through Jan. 18. Exhibiting “New Paintings” by Paul Benavidez in a solo exhibition. Benavidez’s new paintings are triptychs of impressive size and scope. Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Jan. 6, “Warring Cultures: Conquest of the Americas,” a George Stuart Historical Figures Exhibition. Dec. 9 through March 2, “Art for the New Millennium: Museum Acquisitions since 2000.” 100 E. Main St., Ventura. www.venturamuseum.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY AT THE OAKS Noon-8 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday. The Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks. www.venturamuseum.org. 496-7460.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which includes not only art, but also 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 CAFÉ EMPORIUM 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-2723.

PLAZA ART GALLERY 12 pm-5 pm Wednesday-Sunday. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 486-6947.

THE SALON EXHIBIT Through Dec. 22. For the final exhibit of 2007, Sea Breeze Art Gallery presents a group show of all the working studio artists at the gallery. Each artist will have a section of gallery wall space to display their many creations. This exhibit is an excellent opportunity to purchase original art for the holidays. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www.seabreezeartgallery.com. 643-3973.

SPA BY DIANE LORING Through Jan. 30, the work of Dr. Pedro E. Garcia, Gail Lansbury, Jan Faulkner, Sarah Kalvin, Robyn Raggio and Duain Wood. Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

STUDIO 84 WEST 6-8 pm Thursday-Saturday. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

SCIART WEST noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

THE STUDIO GALLERY 10 am-6 pm daily. Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

THE VILLAGE JESTER Through Feb. 29. Presenting new music, art, drinks and food. Art by Leslie Marcus that reflects love, light and world peace. 139 E.Ojai Ave., Ojai.

UPFRONT GALLERY 1-5 pm Friday-Saturday, 2-5 pm Sunday, or by appointment. Exhibiting mixed media work by artist Christina Morla. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION 9 am-5 pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 12-5 pm Thursday, Sunday by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERY Ventura College, Ventura. 648-8974.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

On the Horizon

CLASSES AT THE RUBICON Year-round programs for students aged 5-adult. Classes available in four sessions. Began in September and ending in April, grouped by ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18, and adult. Instructors include established performers. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2912, ext. 234.

THE NUTCRACKER 7:30 pm Dec. 21. All American Ballet Company’s annual Holiday full-length, professional production features brilliant new choreography by the company’s Russian-born and trained artistic directors/choreographers, Sayat Asatryan and Olga Tchekachova. $24, $20, and $12; VIP seats $100; groups of 10 or more eligible for 10 percent discount. www.AllAmericanBallet.org. 650-6316.

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