Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week


Craig Shoemaker His mom was an amateur belly dancer and his grandmother was a high-grade marijuana farmer. Even without the benefit of a colorful family, Shoemaker finds much to laugh about in everyday life. Affectionately known as the "Love Master" for his hilariously naughty material, Shoemaker says married life has altered his material to become the "twisted true story of how the Love Master became the Diaper Master." The hard-working comic, actor and philanthropist was named Comedian of the Year in 2007 by the American Comedy Awards. His own film The Lovemaster  won "Best Film" honors at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Most recently, Shoemaker wrote, produced and starred in Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. 7 and 9 p.m.Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive., Ventura. 644-1500, www.venturaharborcomedyclub.com.

The Misfits Grease up those devil locks and blacken the eyes; punk rock’s monster squad returns to Ventura for a night of fiendish fun. The Misfits have been through it all and remain, according to some, one of the most relevant OG punk acts still touring, despite the absence of founding member Glen Danzig.  They are joined by Orange County punkers D.I. and Camarillo’s own father and son rock outfit the Feisty Piranhas, whose lead singer/guitarist is almost entirely hearing impaired.

 Friday, Nov. 21. Ventura Theatre, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 653-0721, www.venturatheater.net.



Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

RACHAEL SAGE Described by critics as subtle, poetic and poignant but with punch, self-taught pianist Rachael Sage is garnering a buzz for her record Chandelier, which has been entered into the Grammy nominations process in no fewer than 10 categories. The chanteuse who was once called the “Jewish Nora Jones” brings a youthful sophistication to her performances and a self-aware, socially conscious perspective to her songwriting. Imagine a more pampered, less earthy version of Ani DiFranco. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m. Salzer’s Records, 5777 Valentine Road, Ventura. 639-2160.

THE OLD-SCHOOL FREESTYLE CELEBRATION Shoulder pads and afro-mullets aside, the dance/funk movement that emerged in tandem with old-school hip-hop in the early ’80s produced a slew of memorable songs that some of you might find yourselves accidentally dancing to today. “Freestyle,” a somewhat ambiguous genre that combined a variety of ethnic-specific hip-hop influences with DJ interpretations to create danceable jams, featured some heavyweight talent in its day. Lisa Lisa (sans Cult Jam), the Dazz Band, Trinere, Mary Jane Girls featuring JoJo, Candyman, Egyptian Lover, Rodney O and Joe Cooley — all heavy hitters in their niche — make an unusual appearance in  Oxnard this weekend. Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Tickets available by phone: 486-2424 or by visiting  www.etix.com.






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