Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Fans and bands will spend three days together Friday, June 29-Sunday, July1 camping and jamming for the Scheideck Music Festival hosted by the Reyes Creek Bar and Grill in Maricopa. New Liberty, 8Stops7, Ska Daddyz, The Divine Crime, Aaron Orbit, Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy, Shaky Feelin’, Shades of Day, Todd Hannigan and many more great artists will perform. Tickets are $20 for all three days. (Campsites are first come, first served.)  (661) 766-2521.

Zoey’s will celebrate its sixth anniversary with two days of great music for $6 per day. The lineup includes Chris Pierce, B Willing James, Delaney Gibson, Phil Salazar and many more. For more information, visit www.zoeyscafe.com.

Many will flock to Billy O’s on Saturday, June 30 to see Guy Blakeslee (of The Entrance Band who bears an eerie resemblance to Syd Barrett ) and rightly so, but there’s another great reason to be there: Massenger. The psych/pop/surf/country amalgamation is one of the best things out of Ventura since the corn burrito. Also performing: Plastic Spikes and Gambini.

Compton rapper Problem will perform at the Ventura Theater on Friday, June 29 with CaliKidZ, Kush House, Wun Shot and Kelley Kastro.

Picks of the Week

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Happy Fourth of July

CAMARILLO FIREWORKS Presented by the Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions, bring the whole family for an evening of live music, food, games, kids’ attractions and fireworks. Free parking and shuttle. 4-9 p.m. $2 admission, kids 5 and younger free. Adolfo Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. 482-1996.
FIRECRACKER TRAIN AND FIREWORKS SHOW Annual outdoor event includes a train ride, car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, vintage train rides, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fillmore and Western Railway. Fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.fwry.com or call 524-2546.
THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA The City of Moorpark is pleased to present the Third of July Fireworks Extravaganza, a fun-filled Independence Day celebration. This event draws more than 10,000 people each year and features great entertainment, picnic games and contests, presentation of the American flag, food booths and, of course, the spectacular aerial fireworks display. The event is from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 517-6300 or visit www.ci.moorpark.ca.us.
OJAI INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS A parade through downtown Ojai kicks off at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. Nordhoff Community Stadium opens its doors for a flag ceremony, food booths, games and rides, entertainment and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.1401 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai.
FIREWORKS BY THE SEA Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the Fourth of July with a full day of activities. Fireworks display begins at 9 p.m., but there is plenty to do before then. Daytime activities will be held around Marine Emporium Landing between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., including live music, face painting, petting zoo, inflatable fun zone, a rock climbing wall and food booths. The annual Children’s Fourth of July Parade will once again be held along Harbor Boulevard. A 10K and 5K fun run/walk begins at 8 a.m. along Sunset Lane, Hollywood Beach, with registration at 7 a.m. For more information on Fireworks by the Sea or the Channel Islands Harbor, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY To celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting a day full of family fun activities. This year’s celebration includes patriotic concerts, family entertainment, games, crafts and more. All outdoor activities are free, but regular admission rates apply to visit the museum and exhibits. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 522-2977 or visit www.reaganfoundation.org.
ROTARY CLUB OF SIMI VALLEY FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL Live music, entertainment, food vendors, craft booths, children’s fun zone, all culminating at dark with a fireworks display. Starts at 2 p.m. Free. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. See www.simi4thofjuly.com
THOUSAND OAKS ANNUAL FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Launched at 9 p.m. from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Best viewing is from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace. For more information, call Conejo Recreation and Park District 381-1247.
VENTURA FOURTH OF JULY STREET FAIR “Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty” is the theme for this year’s event. This 37th annual Independence Day event is always a crowd pleaser and draws around 50,000 patriots to celebrate in red, white and blue. There will be more than 250 fine artists, crafters, nonprofit organizations and food booths, and six stages featuring live entertainment by local bands. During the children’s Pushem-Pullem parade, sponsored by the Rotary Club, kids and their parents show off their patriotically decked-out bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters. Taking place along nine blocks in Downtown Ventura, the event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free to the public. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/streetfairs.
ROTARY CLUB FAMILY FEST AND FIREWORKS Spectacular fireworks display, old-fashioned family entertainment and picnic. Fun begins at 4 p.m., fireworks are at 9. Tickets are $4-$8. Ventura College Athletic Field, 4667 Telegraph Road. For more information, visit www.rotary4thofjuly.com.

SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY June 30, 3-5 p.m. New works by John White will be shown during a reception in the main gallery. Through July 21: “12 for 2012 Artists for Obama” in the North Gallery, featuring works by Ed Moses (pictured), Ed Ruscha, Patty Wickman, WilliamWiley and others. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 643-8300, www.sylviawhite.com.

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A must-see band of young upstarts, Skick will perform at Zoey’s on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
Guitarist Steve Sunnarborg rarely takes off his teaching hat to come out and play. Catch him on Saturday, June 23 at Peirano’s from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
On Friday, June 22, Bombay Bar and Grill will host a showcase featuring Preachers and Pornstars, 8Stops7 and Whiskey Glass Eye who are competing in the Ventura County Music Awards Best Rock Band category.

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BLAME SALLY AT DANCING OAK RANCH Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. For five years the Ojai Concert Series has been bringing Celtic, folk and world music to Ojai. During summer, the shows are held at a lovely ranch setting just outside of downtown Ojai where this weekend the unique all-female quartet Blame Sally will perform. Acoustic and lap steel guitars, piano, banjo, accordion and percussion are the tools of their trade, but it’s the creamy, delicious close harmonies and mesmerizing folk/rock arrangements that will have you on your feet cheering for more. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a potluck dinner. Cindy Kalmenson and the Lucky Ducks will open. You’ll need to bring low-back deck chairs, blankets and jackets. $18-$20. Kids younger than 15, free. West Hwy. 150 at 4585 Casitas Pass Road. www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
THE MISER June 15 through July 22. In an era of clamoring voices from the 99 percent against unprecedented income disparity and corporate greed, Elite Theatre’s revival of Moliere’s The Miser could hardly be more appropriate. The Miser, Harpagon, is such a conniving, tight-fisted, mean-spirited skinflint that he makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like a kind-hearted philanthropist. In truth, he is “a malefic social force whose insane acquisitiveness creates outwardly radiating ripples of corruption, turning family, servants and acquaintances into flatterers, flunkies and extortionists.” He takes great delight in lending money at such an inflated rate that the borrower will surely be financially crippled by it. Obsessively fearful, he buries his gold coins underground to keep them safe, but his excessive paranoia makes him suspicious of everyone as a possible usurper. When father and son discover they share amorous designs on the same woman, they unwittingly become rivals in love. The play brilliantly blends social satire and farce with a fast-moving plot that features many comic twists and surprises. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $15-$17. Petit Playhouse, Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
9TH ANNUAL OJAI VALLEY LAVENDER FESTIVAL Saturday, June 23. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The open-air Mediterranean marketplace is the perfect venue to take in the soft scent of lavender, as you browse aisle after aisle of artisan wares and specialty food items amid a backdrop of festive melodies by our talented line-up of musicians. This year’s impressive list of engaging and informative speakers will offer their presentations in the newly renovated Libbey Bowl; details are available at www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org.  Admission is free – bring the whole family; however no dogs are permitted on festival grounds. Libbey Park, located at East Ojai Avenue and Signal Street in downtown Ojai.

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 Photo by Noah Abrams
Surfer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will perform at the Canyon on Thursday, June 14. The Pullmen and Adam Drasin will open.
Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham (Social Distortion) will perform songs from his solo project at Zoey’s on Monday, June 18.
A benefit for substance abuse recovery in remembrance of James Hoover will be held at Bombay Bar and Grill on Saturday, June 16. Indoor and outdoor stages will feature the Reall Deall Band, Orlando Napier, Shoemaker Brothers, Todd Hannigan and the Heavy 29s, Happens Again, Rey Fresco, Bloody Mary Morning, We Govern We and more. $15. Music begins at 4 p.m.
Photo By Pete Davis
Big River, a tribute to Johnny Cash will perform on Saturday June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Roadshow Revival (Ventura County Fairgrounds) and at 10 p.m. at The Tavern.
Viceroy and Chemothy present the annual Freedom Fest at Rock City Studios on Saturday, June 16, 1:45 to 11:15 p.m. The lineup includes Lucky and Wild, Holliday, Mister Lonely, PK, Bad Suns, Matt Zeltzer, Sound the Sky, Shadows of Aries, Stereo Drive, State of Entropy, The Average Bear and more. $10/full day; $5 half day.

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SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through June 17. “Flight,” works by John Norman, Jason Jerry Smith and Ashleigh Norman (pictured). “Whet,” solo exhibition by Gwen Manfrin. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 643-8300, www.sylviawhite.com.
FULL FRONTAL HUMANITY Through June 17. Backstage at Santa Paula Theater Center’s annual one-act festival featuring plays penned by locals. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. $10-$12. (No performance Saturday, June 9.) 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.com.
VIVA LAS VEGAS Friday, June 15, 8 p.m. Los Angeles’ famed Upright Cabaret ends another stunning season with Viva Las Vegas, a presentation of personality and pop that honors the flashiest performers of all time — Elvis, Cher and Elton John — to our very own new cabaret stage. Viva Las Vegas stars Leslie Odom Jr. from NBC’s hit musical drama Smash! Scherr Forum, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Call 449-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.

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Zoey’s welcomes ElevatorSka with Hours Before on Friday, June 8 at 9:30 p.m.

Get your local on at Bombay Bar and Grill with Strange Habits, Spartacus, Melodramatics and Mind the Gap on Thursday, June 7. 
Donna Lynn Caskey will perform an afternoon of folk songs for the banjo at the Artists Union Gallery in Ventura on Saturday, June 9, 4 p.m. 
Comedian Felipe Esparza will be at the Ventura Harbor Comedy club Thursday through Saturday. 

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 OJAI WINE FESTIVAL June 10, 1-5 p.m. Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event, attracting approximately 5,000 people from throughout the Central Coast and Southern California. In the last few years, the number of attending wineries has doubled to more than 60. The event offers a fantastic variety of 20 specialty beers. A wonderful selection of local restaurants will be selling delicious culinary delights. To add fun and excitement to the event, there will be arts and crafts vendors, a steady stream of musical entertainment, a dance floor and free boat rides on the Rotary boat. General admission, $45-$50, includes unlimited tastes of wine and beer and an elegant crystal souvenir wine glass. Lake Casitas Recreation Area Event Site, 11093 Santa Ana Road, Ventura. For tickets and more information, visit www.ojaiwinefestival.com
 BROADWAY CABARET FEATURING DANIEL TATAR Monday June 11, 7 p.m. For one night only, Rubicon Theatre Company presents the Broadway star with The Company Band performing an eclectic selection of music ranging from Broadway to contemporary artists like Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. A festive reception with food and drink will follow the performance and offer a chance to meet and mingle with Tatar and The Company Men. For tickets, call 667-2900 or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

SEA GLASS FESTIVAL Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. If you’re one of those coastal dwellers who enjoy collecting tiny treasures along the shore, no doubt you have a few pieces of sea glass in your possession. B. on Main will host a day devoted to the little lovelies with jewelry artists demonstrating how they make sea glass into wearable art (sea glass dolphin pendant by Aileen Cabral pictured), a sea glass “contest” and book signing with local photographer Jim Martin. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Ventura Surfrider Foundation. 337 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-9309.






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