CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 18. “Emblemata” by Michael Pearce, the art department chairman at Cal Lutheran University. Says the artist: “Perfectly in harmony with the Carnegie Art Museum’s neo-classical architecture, Michael Pearce¹s dramatic allegorical paintings evoke a dreamlike world populated by people completely engaged in mysterious tasks. A master of glaze painting, his expansive paintings convey lightness and air, while remaining convincing as windows into an alternate universe. They invite interpretation, mystical reverie and attention.” Pearce will give a talk on Nov. 8, “Madness and Pilgrimage: Playing the Tarot Fool in Medieval Milan”; and “A Thin Man: The Medieval Mystery of the Visconti Sforza Magician” on Nov. 15. Ongoing: extensive permanent collection of modern art, including Chicano art. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or 

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 15, 12:30-5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. CBF is one of the year’s biggest entertainment events featuring everyone’s favorite three B’s: beer, barbecue and the blues! Tickets for the California Beer Festival’s Craft Beer Heaven on Saturday are $50 for general admission, $70 for a special Saturday-only “V.I.P. Meet the Brewer,” or $25 for a Designated Driver Ticket. Sunday it’s the CBF Blues, Brews & BBQ Blues Festival for $30 (children 5 and younger are free on Sunday only), featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Ventura County Blues Society members receive a $5 discount with I.D. Advance tickets available at CBF event proceeds benefit DARC (Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center) and the Gen Giammaco Foundation. Space is limited! For more information, call 323-5691 or e-mail

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GREASE Through Oct. 7. Ojai ACT presents this much-loved musical with attitude about the dawning of rock and roll in the 1950s and its ushering in of a new era that would impact post-war culture in unforeseeable ways. $25-$30. Reservations strongly advised. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or

FOREIGN FILM SERIES Monday, Sept. 17, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Featuring Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion. With his frequent witty use of his blog and twitter, he is able to organize, inform and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard.