Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday, Nov. 30, Bombay will host the Inner Strength Cancer Benefit featuring
The Shoddy Cons
, Dark Side of the Hand, Solimente, Carlism, Spartacus and Mantis.

Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes will celebrate the release of their latest CD
Space Case
at Bombay on Saturday, Dec. 1. Massenger will also perform. All ages, 7:30 p.m.

Green Art People will hold its annual fundraiser at Golden China on Saturday, Dec. 1,
with performances by Jade Hendrix, Howlin’ Woods and Starvation Camp.

Rock City Studios presents Moonraker, The Braces, The Bogarts,
The Grittys and Daydreamer on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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VENTURA WINTER WINE WALK 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.
It’s that time of year again, the time of year when we have free license to eat a little extra, drink a little bit more, and hope to be a tad merrier. One way to get yourself into a festive mood is the upcoming Ventura Winter Wine Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Downtown Ventura. While organizers are expecting 1,500 people to the event, even more folks will be filling downtown to the brim with the concurrent holiday street fair.

Organizer Vincenzo Giammanco describes it as “An open house for downtown.” The event that is billed “The Social Event of the Year” is a wonderful opportunity to get out with friends, sample fine wine, and perhaps go into stores and restaurants that you’ve never been to.

This year there are 51 tasting locations, ranging from the Crowne Plaza and the Star Lounge, to Spice-Topia and Trufflehound’s. The wines available are bountiful, including local favorites Boccali Vineyards, Four Brix, Casa Barranca and Herzog. Other wines from outside Ventura County include GnarlyHead, Curtis, Kenwood, Oreana and Cupcake.

While the focus of the event is on wine, attendees will find a handful of craft beers on the scene. “Ventura likes beer, and craft beer is slowly coming up on par with wine, so we wanted to showcase a few craft beers as well,” Giammanco said. Ouroboros Ales, Firestone 805 and Burt’s Honey Wheat will be offering tastings of their brews as well. In addition, small bites of food will be available at select locations.

Guests must checkin at one of two check-in locations between 3 and 6:30 p.m., where each will receive a wristband, tasting tickets, a Ventura Winter Wine Walk glass and a map of all the locations. Guests will get their maps and head out into the night, where wine will be awaiting. “It’s almost like a treasure hunt,” Giammanco explained.

Those who are downtown for the Winter Wine Walk or the holiday street fair will also be treated to live music on the main stage, located at California and Main streets, and a dusting of snow. A portion of the proceeds go to the DVO (Downtown Ventura Organization) to help keep Downtown Ventura beautiful.
For more information, visit www.venturawinterwinewalk.com


FIFTH ANNUAL OXNARD TAMALE FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Event participants will be able to choose from more than 16 different tamale vendors. Specialty tamales include chocolate and strawberry cheese cake from Sugarbeets Restaurant and grilled oyster from The Jolly Oyster in collaboration with Alcaraz Catering. Activities include corn husk art for kids, arts and crafts booths, eating contests, amusement rides, including the Oxnard City Corps Train, piñatas and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. The Oxnard Tamale Festival will be headlined by Tierra, Shoemaker Brothers and Nuestro. Free admission. Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7995 or visit our website at www.oxnardtamalefest.com.

LEANN RIMES 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5. LeAnn Rimes will be performing a special holiday concert at the Fred Kavli Theater. Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the “Best New Artist” category. Single tickets are $71-$46. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For tickets and more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call 449-2787.

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Eat too much on Thanksgiving? The Pullmen will whip you into shape when they perform at Bombay on Friday, Nov. 23 with Gentlemen, Countless Thousands and Space Panthers.

Photo by Kat Rodgers
Rock City Studios will host a concert in memory of Marisol Garcia on Saturday, Nov. 24 feat. Total Resistance, T.F.W., Shattered Badge, Never Meant, Bitter Rivals, HrBrs, F.B.A. and Los Desmadrosos.

Singer-songwriters compete for the grand prize in Zoey’s 3rd Annual Ones to Watch grand finale on Saturday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. Those in the running will perform to win: Eddie Moffet, Seamus Turner, Lauren Sexton, Shelby Figueroa, Zeke Berkley, Katy Carmichael, Acoustic Clock, Gabby Sol, Jamey Geston, Ranjit Masilamani and Alec Ledbetter. Good luck!

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MISS SAIGON Through Dec. 15. A classic love story is brought up-to-date in Conejo Players’ production of Miss Saigon. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is adapted to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggle to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. $20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org. 

THE SANTA TRAIN Saturday, Nov. 24. To experience one of Southern California’s most unique arrivals of Santa introducing the Christmas Season this year, bring your family to one of four stops along the route in Ventura County. Santa will be riding aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Santa Train, powered by a Baldwin 1913 vintage steam locomotive, the #14. Santa’s first stop will be at the Montalvo Metrolink Platform in East Ventura at 5 p.m. and will make stops at 6:10 p.m. at Alelia Avenue in Saticoy, 7:10 p.m. at Santa Paula depot and 8:20 p.m. in Fillmore. This year we are asking that families bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to the Fillmore Volunteer Firefighter Foundation and the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association, who will distribute the toys to needy children throughout the valley. Santa will distribute goodies from our sponsors to children at every stop, and asks kids of every age to bring their Christmas Wish Lists to fill his mailbag. For more infomation, visit www.fwry.com.

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Army of Freshmen celebrates its 15th year and its fifth album on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Bombay. Entry includes the new CD Happy To Be Alive. All ages welcome, show starts at  6 p.m.

Photo by Brenda Ernst
Spencer the Gardener CD release party at Amigo’s on Saturday, Nov. 17.

YouTube sensation DJ BL3ND brings his tripped out show to the Ventura Theater on Friday, Nov. 16. 

Hi-Hat Entertainment presents Guy Martin performing the works of Jimi Hendrix at Yolie’s on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Entry includes DVD. Dinner seating.

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THE NUTCRACKER Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to take a magical journey into the world of life-sized mice, dancing sweets and of course, a magical prince. The Ventura County Ballet Company’s adaptation of the theatrical event will bring the holiday tradition to life by thrilling audiences with its captivating storytelling, larger-than-life imagery, visual effects and opulent costumes. The enchanting choreography with Tchaikovsky’s famed score accompanied by the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra will add to the ambiance making a memorable holiday event for families. Adults: $10 – $25. Children: 10 years and under $12 (excludes Center Orchestra). Seniors: 65 and older $17 (excludes Center Orchestra). Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For tickets, call 486-2424; or visit www.venturacountyballet.com/Performances

HOUSECAR AT MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM In tandem with the airing of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary Dust Bowl on Nov. 18 and 19, the Murphy Auto Museum is showcasing a 1924 Housecar that recalls the families that traveled and lived in cars in California looking for work during that period. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. Call 487-4333 for hours.

LA SANTA CECILIA Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. The Blues, Bop and Books series at the Thousand Oaks Library presents the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated, L.A.-based Latin hybrid ensemble La Santa Cecilia. Drawing inspiration from cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer, the group is known for leaving its audience absolutely mesmerized. “What emerges is a dizzying, glorious spin that sonically captures Southern California life.” — OC Weekly. All ages. $20, $15 for those younger than 21.Complimentary coffee and desserts. Cash only. 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 908-2264.  

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Saturday, Nov. 10, The Deer Lodge will host a CD release party for Spindrift as part of the band’s Ghost Town Tour.

It’s a night of outstanding local indie music at Zoey’s on Saturday, Nov. 10 with Aaron Van Alstine at 8 p.m. and Seth Pettersen with The Spires at 10 p.m.

The Dave Gleason Band returns to Yolie’s courtesy of Hi Hat Entertainment on Friday, Nov. 9.

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TROJAN WOMEN Nov. 8-18. Written 2,500 years ago by Euripides, Cal Lutheran University presents this powerful commentary on the nature of war and its aftermath. CLU’s production will be set in what appears to be a bomb crater from a contemporary war. The female actors who comprise the chorus and principal Trojan Women represent various victims of war, including survivors of the World War II Holocaust, women of the Bosnian/Serbian conflict, mothers whose children were secretly abducted or imprisoned by South and Latin American regimes and Rwandan victims of tribal rape and extinction. Each cast member researched the story of a specific victim of war and created a character based on her and the woman of Troy she plays. The audience will be seated in a unique “tennis court” configuration, looking down into the acting area, and will be formal witnesses to the plight of the women as armed guards patrol throughout the production. Admission is $10. The Black Box Studio Theatre at CLU is located in the Theatre Arts Building on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 493-3415.

THE LAUGH PACK Friday Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m. Host Bruce Fine (Tonight Show) gathers the best comedians in the business, joined by Vanessa Bryan, the featured vocalist singing the Rat Pack classics, and puts on a night of great comedy, music and fun! Scheduled to appear, the sultry, smoky sounds of Bryan with guest comedians Wayne Federman (pictured)(Curb Your Enthusiasm and Comedy Central) and Kira Soltanovich (The Tonight Show). Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Find tickets at ticketmaster.com.

ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE Nov. 10 through March 17. The fifth annual exhibit is on display in Santa Paula at both the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum and the Santa Paula Art Museum. The two neighboring museums are co-hosting the juried work of more than 50 artists working in both two- and three-dimensional media. All the art draws its inspiration from local agricultural heritage or contemporary agriculture. Opening receptions are at both museums on Saturday, Nov.10, from 4 to 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the Agriculture Museum during the reception; no refreshments. Refreshments are served at the Santa Paula Art Museum, where reception and exhibit admission is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and students free. The Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St.; Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave. See www.venturamuseum.org.

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Dirty Girls Mud Run

DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN Saturday, Nov. 3. The Dirty Girl Mud Run is challenging California women of all fitness levels to get out and get active in an unclean fun, out-of-the-ordinary athletic event. Dirty Girl debuted in Wisconsin in 2011 to a sold-out field of more than 6,000 women, and has since grown a large female fan base across the country. With obstacle names like H2 Oh My God, Utopian Tubes and PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff), the Dirty Girl Mud Run is the newest way for women to bond, all the while encouraging each other to overcome their own personal obstacles. Ventura Ranch KOA, 7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula. For more information and registration, visit www.godirtygirl.com

 Weekend of the dead

WEEKEND OF THE DEAD Nov.3-4. Museum of Ventura County will honor the Latin American holiday with two days of exhibits and festivities. On Saturday, a two-day exhibit of retablo shadow boxes and Day of the Dead altars will be on display; and on Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., there will be family activities, including paper crafts, traditional music and dance performances by Folklorico Mestizo of Oxnard College. Saturday is regular admission, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children; Sunday admission is free. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.

 Spring Awakening

SPRING AWAKENING Through Dec. 2. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents Tony award-winning Spring Awakening with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, a rock musical adaption of the controversial 1891 German play Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the story concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of their emerging sexuality while cleverly using contemporary music to convey that turmoil. Not suitable for children younger than 16. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.






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