Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week
 
Numbskull presents The Supersuckers at Billy O’s (yes, you read that right)
on Sunday, June 3 with local favorites Jackass.
 
 
 
OG British punkers G.B.H. will perform at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, June 2.
 
 
 
Singer-songwriter Elijah Behar brings his rare talent to Zoey’s on Sunday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.,
along with Emily Jane White.
 
 
 
All the way from South Africa, the Dead Alphabet will rock Billy O’s on Wednesday, June 6.
Shadows of Aries will open.  

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Picks of the Week
 
Alex Neumann Photography
 
CASA PACIFICA ANGELS 19TH ANNUAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Sunday, June 3, 1-4 p.m. An epicurean experience showcasing the area’s best restaurants and caterers, wineries and microbreweries, with continuous live entertainment — featuring the Spazmatics — and  a large silent auction throughout the day to benefit Casa Pacifica. California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo. General admission tickets start at $100. For more information, visit www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.
 
 
 
THE MUSIC MAN Through July 1. High Street Arts Center presents a fantastic production of the beloved musical about a charismatic traveling salesman who cons the good people of River City into paying for instruments to start a band. Come hear the songs you love! Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. $15-$23. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.highstreetartscenter.com.
 
 
 
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM June 2 through Sept. 2. “Horse Play: Paintings by Katie Upton,” an exhibition depicting the exuberance, energy and beauty of horses. The larger-than-life-size canvases depict the animals that have fascinated Santa Barbara artist Upton since her childhood. Meet Upton at a free reception on Sunday, June 3, 2-4 p.m. Live music by the Ventucky String Band. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org. 
 
 

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Picks of the Week

Photo by Inda Reid
 
Billy O’s welcomes Santa Barbara’s Winchester Rebels with Bass Ackwards, Rubberneck Lions and IronTom on Friday, May 25.
 
 
 
Hi Hat Entertainment presents blues harp master Mitch Kashmar at Yolie’s on Friday, May 25.
 
 
 
Accomplished musicians Barney & Rosie Tower will perform American music at Big Buddha Lounge on Sunday, May 27,  7 p.m.

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SIMI VALLEY CAJUN AND BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. The annual event hosted by the the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise benefits both Cajun heritage and the people of Simi Valley and surrounding areas. The festival currently presents live Cajun, Creole, zydeco and blues entertainment on multiple stages, offers more than 150 food, beverage, craft and sponsor booths, and attracts approximately 15,000 attendees. Featured artists will be the Fabulous Thunderbirds (pictured), Muddy Waters Tribute Band, The Mannish Boys, Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue and many more. One hundred percent of all Festival profits are donated in support of charitable, educational and humanitarian causes. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information and tickets, visit www.simicajun.org
 
 
 
ELMO MAKES MUSIC Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live, “Elmo Makes Music.” Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover “instruments” they never knew existed . . . rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. $18-$45 tickets available for sale at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza box office in person or at any Ticketmaster. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.; Friday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 27, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
 

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Picks of the Week
Lissie
 
Todd Hannigan and friends will perform at Zoey’s on Friday, May 18
with special guest Lissie at 8 p.m.
 
 
 
 
Rock for a Cause returns to Franky’s on Saturday, May 19, 5-10 p.m. with Spivey,
Sarah Ashleigh and the Boys, The Thumpers, Cluster Pluck and Captions.
Proceeds will benefit River Haven.
 
 
 
Friday, May 18, Bombay Bar and Grill presents Space Panther, Motorboat and Warning!,
So Cal’s best Black Sabbath Tribute.

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Picks of the Week
 
CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Ranking among the top festivals in the nation, the fruitful celebration boasts strawberries every way imaginable, along with all day fun for the entire family with concert performances, the Strawberry Promenade with celebrity cooking demonstrations, more than 250 Fine Arts & Crafts booths, Strawberryland For Kids with rides and attractions, gooey contests, special appearances, and more. General admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8 and children ages 5-12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.strawberry-fest.org. Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard.
 
 
 
 
FILLMORE MAY FESTIVAL Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20. Tripling in size with more vendors, more entertainment (two large concert stages), beer garden, more carnival rides and a special kiddie area, the festival is sure to be one of the best events in Southern California. The Main Stage features top entertainment in a concert style atmosphere and will be family friendly. Enjoy a snack or dinner while enjoying the performances of great bands, like the SOS Band, a crowd favorite. Thursday’s admission is $1; Fri-Sun admission is $3 for kids 5-11 and $5 general admission. Held in Downtown Fillmore. For more information and tickets, call 524-0351 or visit www.fillmoremayfestival.com 
 
 
 
 
HORACE BRISTOL FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. Famed Life magazine photographer Horace Bristol, best known for his Grapes of Wrath series of photos taken while traveling with John Steinbeck, was also mentor to local artists and historian Donna Granata, founder of Focus on the Masters. Granata and  panel including photographer and gallery director John Nichols, Henri Bristol and appraiser Nancy Escher will discuss “From Obscurity to the Getty, the history and significance of Bristol’s documentation of Depression era California” following a screening of the documentary The Compassionate Eye. The event is included in the museum’s general admission. Seating is limited. Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
 
 
 
 
GEM OF THE OCEAN Through June 10. Rubicon’s first play by August Wilson is also the first of the playwright’s powerful 10-play series dramatizing the African-American experience in the 20th century. Gem of the Ocean is a powerful, mystical play set in 1904 in Pennsylvania’s Hill District. At a local mill, a black man is accused of stealing a bucket of nails. But rather than confess to a crime he didn’t commit, he jumps in the river and becomes a martyr to his co-workers. Riots break out and the workers begin to strike. Against this turbulent backdrop, another young man named Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer who is the keeper of tradition and history for her people. She sends Citizen on a spiritual journey aboard the slave ship Gem of the Ocean — where he must learn about his ancestors and then face the truth about himself. Previews May 17-18. Tickets $25-$54. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2904 or www.rubicontheatre.org. 

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Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy bring the good times to Golden China on Saturday, May 12
with Mikasa and Rubberneck Lions.
 
 
Singer-songwriter Neal Casal will celebrate the release of his newest record at Zoey’s on Wednesday, May 16.
 
 
 
Comedian Pete George will appear at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12.

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MOTHER’S DAY MARIACHI FESTIVAL Sunday, May 13, 2 p.m. Featuring Monumental de America, Tecalitlan de Ruben Cardenas, Orgullo de Mexico and Pegmenos Gigantes de Roberto Garcia. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For general admission tickets, call 486-2424 or visit www.oxnardpacc.com.
 
 
 
SPACE ODDITY Saturday, May 12, 8:30 p.m. David Brighton is credited as being the world’s best David Bowie impersonator, with one of the most entertaining tribute acts ever to hit the stage. Brighton has performed worldwide on bills with some of the biggest acts the world has known, including: Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Devo, Kenny Loggins, Three Dog Night, Chicago, Little Richard and Barry Manilow. Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for ticket information. 
 
 
 
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through June 17. A retrospective exhibit of works by beloved Santa Paula artist, rancher and banker Douglas Shively. Best known as a California impressionist with a talent for graceful and vivid landscapes, Shively was a  prolific and disciplined artist who generally completed a painting in two days, covering the entire canvas on the first with lights and darks and basic shapes, and then crafting the details of a natural setting on the second. Often, he incorporated innovative techniques such as painting in the skies with his thumb. As a skillful colorist, his landscapes appear natural and dramatically vivid. Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
 
 
 
MURALS AND ROSES Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tour the rose garden with the Ventura Rose Society and Ventura’s history through Marguerite Hardeman’s Murals, all ages. Free. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura.

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Two 2012 VCReporter Bands to Watch will perform at Zoey’s on
Saturday, May 5: The glamorous Alexandra and the Starlight Band plus Oxnard’s Sea Lions and the GT350’S.
 
 
 
Spencer the Gardener will be playing Winchester’s 15th Anniversary Weekend,
Sunday, May 6.
 
 
 
Golden China presents a very special band this Thursday, May 3, for swing night: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Carmen Getit. Get your dancing shoes on!
 
 
 
Bay area thrash metal demigod Death Angel is taking a short break from touring with Sepultura to perform at the Ventura Theater on Sunday, May 6.

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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Sunday, May 6, 8 p.m. An intimate one-man show by the guitarist, singer/songwriter/producer and Grammy award winner best known for his tenure with Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham, a guitar virtuoso, will showcase his distinctive picking style and instantly recognizable voice. He will perform songs from his recent album Seeds We Sow and a combination of favorites from his previous solo albums, along with a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics. $36-$61. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, www.toaks.org, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
 
 
 
 
13TH ANNUAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL May 3-6. Celebrating the oral tradition with some of the nation’s best-known purveyors of the craft, this year’s lineup includes returnees Bill Harley, Jim Cogan, Kevin Kling and Baba Jamal Koram, along with three new storytellers:  Suzi “Mama” Whaples, Beth Horner and the Chameleons. In addition to the featured tellers, several special guests will be part of the festivities, adding music to the weekend: John Zeretzke, Patricia Cardinali and Street Corner Renaissance. Libbey Bowl, Ojai. A complete schedule is posted online at www.ojaistoryfest.org. Tickets for individual events, as well as passes for the whole festival, can be purchased at www.ojaistoryfest.org or by phone at 646-8907. 
 
 
 
“IN AMERICA NOW” Through May 25. 643 A Project Space presents a new body of work by Los Angeles artist Larry Lytle. Known for his photography that uses action figures to explore political, social and interpersonal narratives, Lytle has created a series of life-size figures printed on vinyl, using a fused pigment process. Lytle has exhibited his work for more than 30 years at a variety of galleries and museums across the United States. He received a B.A. in political science and speech communication and an M.A. in art at California State University, Northridge.  Lytle is a lecturer in art at California State University, Channel Islands. Reception, Friday, May 4, 5-8 p.m. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura 746-0435 or www.643projectspace.com.  

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