Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Photo by Lindsay Beaumont
They don’t play often, so don’t miss No//Sé, the best coastal punk you will see in a long while.
With French Exit, La Vasa and Brothers of Brazil at Billy O’s on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Matt Jennings (flamenco rock) and Franchot Tone (of the Culver City Dub Collective)
will perform at Zoey’s on Friday, Feb. 1.

Jonathan McEuen’s Dave Mason tour kick-off will feature a special appearance by Lissie
at the Deer Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Numbskull Productions presents Nashville Pussy at Billy O’s
on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with Big Jugs and Power of Kronos.

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Picks of the Week

FOOD CONFESSIONS Jan. 31 through Feb. 24. Rubicon Theatre presents this saucy comedy written by Nancy Nufer that interweaves stories about our own appetite and the appetites of the people we love, bringing to the table a unique way of looking at life, love, why we’re hungry, and what we’re really hungry for. “From personal peeves to bad dates, or those family dinners with epic cooking fiascoes…it’s all here,” says director, Jenny Sullivan. $35 to $49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheater.org.

THE BEE EATERS Saturday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Brother-sister duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, long known and lauded by those steeped in the American fiddle tradition, are joined by hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound all their own, drawing on roots in bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and old-time traditions. Since their formation in 2008, The Bee Eaters have toured extensively from Vermont to Hawaii to England and everywhere in between, collaborating with performers such as bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis, Appalachian music master Bruce Molsky, rising-star songstress Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), soulful singer/guitarist Scott Law and writer/ballad singer Jefferson Hamer. They have also performed at Wintergrass, and the 40th annual Indiana Fiddlers Gathering. $20 in advance, $25 at the door,www.brownpapertickets.com. Ventura Centre for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel Street, Ventura. 689-8056 or www.BeeEaters.com.

VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through Feb. 28 Ceramists Dane Venaas and Lauren Hanson are the featured artists. This collaboration of work is reminiscent of the Art and Crafts movement in California and the carvings of the 1920s and 1930s where nature was often carved into many decorative ceramics and wood pieces. One large celadon glazed piece in the show is more Asian in nature with carved lotus completely surrounding it. Ongoing: Works by local ceramists. Ventura Harbor Village, 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, 644-6800.

VENTURA FILM SOCIETY Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:15 p.m. Opening night of the 2013 season will feature The Blue Lagoon, screening from a pristine, just-released Blu Ray, has become a classic tale of young love played out against a backdrop of tense isolation and tropical beauty. Producer/Director Randal Kleiser (Grease, Flight of the Navigator, Pee Wee Big Top, White Fang) and actor Christopher Atkins will be at the screening. 420 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura. Visit www.venturafilmsociety.com for more info.

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Picks of the Week

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Sans Souci will host a benefit for bartender Shannon Martinez who needs a kidney transplant. Featured music includes Frank Barajas, Stun Dexim, Sharks and Cobras, DJ Darko, Dead of Night and Shoddy Cons.

Natural Vibrations, Herbal Rootz and Calle Rock will perform at Golden China on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Photo by Cheyenne Ellis • The White Buffalo returns to Zoey’s on Friday, Jan. 25.

Mute on the Floor presents: Nails, Death Threat, Twitching Tongues, Incendiary, Never Meant and Bootleg Brigade at Rock City Studios on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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Picks of the Week

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. The New West Symphony will present the West Coast premiere of Visions of America: A Celebration of Democracy on the third concert of its 2012/2013 Masterpiece Series. The multimedia work is a “Photo Symphony” featuring projected photographs by “American’s Photo Historian” Joseph Sohm, accompanied by the music of Grammy Award-winning composer Roger Kellaway. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; and Saturday at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

DINNER WITH DUKAKIS Tuesday, Jan. 22. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks will be hosting a dinner event in her Quarterly Dinner Series, this one featuring former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, currently a professor of political science at UCLA. Gov. Dukakis will discuss the recent Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that resulted in an unprecedented amount of campaign dollars pouring in from undisclosed donors to influence our elections. The public is invited to dine and hear Gov. Dukakis speak about dark money, super PACs and campaign reform, and participate in a question-and-answer period afterward. The event is expected to sell out so reservations are encouraged. $35 tickets. Mermaid Tavern, 1345 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Contact Jennifer.Ho@ventura.org or call 214-2510.

SACRED SWEAT Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:20 p.m. All the way from the great state of Maine, personal trainer Kimberly Mahan is offering her unique workout experience in Ojai for one evening. Sacred Sweat is a whole person — body, mind and spirit — workout that incorporates aerobics, anaerobics, Pilates, plyometrics, yoga, breath work, stretching, meditation and dance. It is designed to aid in stress management, strength building and endurance in a life affirming, supportive environment where the desired goal is not only a fit body but a fit person–inside and out. See why everyone’s ecstatic about Sacred Sweat, a quantum leap in the evolution of fitness. $15. Sacred Space Yoga Studio, 410 Bryant St., Suite A, Ojai, 646-6761.

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A bunch of Ventura’s best rock bands (that also happen to share the same practice space) will perform to raise money for soundproofing on Friday, Jan. 18, at Billy O’s. Come out and support T.F.W, Stop Breathing, Night Demon, Massenger, Superchamp and Power.

Photo by Jeanette Villareal
On Monday, Jan. 21, Zoey’s welcomes back Austin by way of Ventura singer-songwriter Delaney Gibson.

Photo by Justin Bastien
Rey Fresco returns to Bombay on Friday, Jan. 18 with Dream Asylum and A.D.A.M.

Julie Show Photography
On Friday, Jan. 18, Dr. Shocker presents his Burlesque Jambortease at the Ventura Theater, featuring Ruby Champagne and other lovely gals.

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BERLIN: THE MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN Through Feb. 10. Join Maestro Gary Poirot at the baby grand as he presents Irving Berlin’s music and memories, featuring a cast of Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center audience favorites. Includes such hits as “There’s No Business Like Show Business,”  “White Christmas,”  "Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “God Bless America.” $16-22. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.

VENTURA COUNTY MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The 2013 Celebration will start as at Plaza Park (5th and C Streets in Downtown Oxnard), followed by a “Freedom March” at 8:30 a.m. to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (OPAC), 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. The indoor program starts at 9 a.m. In addition to keynote speaker Dr. Gregory Freeland of Cal Lutheran University, the program will feature the MLK Youth Celebration Choir under the direction of Ms. Mary Ann Woodard, AKA Youth Speaker Jordan Preciado, and Academic Achievement Honorees from around the county. Refreshments will be served in the Oxnard and Ventura Rooms after the program. $7 admission to the event and can be purchased in advance OPAC or at www.etix.com by searching “MLK Observance Program & March.”

SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through Feb. 2. “Collector’s Choice,” a group-curated show featuring select works from personal collections around the country. Pictured: “Smoke II” by Mare Vaccaro. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.1783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300 or www.sylviawhite.com.

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On Saturday, Jan 12, from 11 a.m to sundown, Ventura’s music, art and kustom kulture communities are gathering  to raise money to help Handsome Devil owner and ChopperFest organizer Tory DuVarney recover from a serious surfing accident that left his vision compromised. The benefit will feature live music by Zippy Josh, Strand Band, Ska Daddyz, Raging Arb and the Redheads, Ferrell Project, Anthurium and Mayors of Garret. Vintage cars and bikes, food by El Rey Cantina, raffles (surfboards, skateboards, services, original artwork, etc.) and other fun stuff will be aplenty. $20 entry comes with food and a raffle ticket. Noble Fabrication, 37 W. McFarlane St., Ventura.

Hi-Hat Entertainment, the people who bring outstanding music to Yolie’s every Friday, will debut the Gypsy Blues Room  at Peirano’s on Thursday, Jan. 10, 8-10:30 p.m. Musical entertainment includes Pete Anderson, Dona Oxford, Mark Tortorici, Jim Calire and special guests.

Always a great show, Bone Thugs N Harmony and DJ Quik return to the Ventura Theater on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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NON-HUMANS COMIC BOOK SIGNING Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m. Meet the creative team from the hit Sci-Fi book Non-Humans. Legendary artist and Image Comics co-founder Whilce Portacio (pictured), who is best known for his work on Uncanny X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Punisher, Spawn and other hits. Also writer Glen Brunswick, author of Killing Girl, The Gray Area, Jersey Gods will be present. Hypno Comics & Games, 1803 E. Main St. Ventura.

45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY Jan. 11 through Feb. 2. Conejo Players, Ventura County’s oldest theater company, presents the Neil Simon comedy about theatergoers and other customers of a coffee shop on Broadway. The eclectic/eccentric cast of characters includes a comedian similar to Jackie Mason, a snooty society woman and her almost-mute husband, a Broadway ingenue and a playwright. Be prepared to laugh at Simon’s usual fast-paced repartee, but the story turns more serious in the second act, $16-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.com. 

STEVE BINDER Saturday, Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. In honor of the King’s birthday week, Crazy Doctor Café in Ventura will present a Q & A with Steve Binder, director/producer of the legendary 1968 Elvis “comeback special” on NBC. He will also be signing his book ’68 at 40. Through Jan 12, the restaurant is giving away peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 2991 Loma Vista, Ventura, 643-0800.

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Picks of the Week

~ Photo by Alan Mercer ~
Candye Kane brings her voluptuous vocals to Yolie’s on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5.
Presented by Hi-Hat Entertainment.

Comedian Felipe Esparza will perform at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan 3, 4 and 5.

 ~ Photo by Diego Carmago ~
Travis Ferrell will perform at Big Buddha Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 5
and The Tavern on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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Picks of the Week

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 26. “The Earth Where You Stand,” featuring photographs of India taken by CLU professor Paul Hanson who has been photographing the country for four decades. Hours:  Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Kwan Fong Gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at Cal Lutheran University on the south side of Memorial Parkway near Regent Avenue.

ALONE ON THE CHANNEL ISLANDS Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m. Ventura author Ken McAlpine shares the insights he gained while camping alone on each of the Channel Islands, when he speaks at the Museum of Ventura County. He will also be signing his book Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization, which explores the solo time he spent on the Islands as well as his experiences on the mainland as he sought clarity about what we value most in our digital world. Free. 100 E. Main St., Ventura.  






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