Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Wednesday, June  5, the Ventura Theater presents
Method Man and Redman
with Mantis opening.
 
 
 

On Sunday, June 2, it’s a ladies matinee at Billy O’s with two legendary L.A. punks — Alice Bag, author of Violence Girl (performing with The She Riffs) and Kat Arthur of Legal Weapon (performing with her Hellcats) —  plus Brain Spoon, Blank Expressions, JennaSyde and The Watchers. The fun starts at 3 p.m.
 
 
 

Todd Hannigan and Friends will perform at Bombay Bar on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Sunday, June 2, 1-5 p.m. The annual event is one of the most popular festivals in the tri-county area, attracting thousands of food lovers, music aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs, and raises money to benefit the programs and services of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families. The event will offer continuous live entertainment, the largest silent auction in Ventura County, and mouth-watering food throughout the day. General Admission tickets are on sale for $125 each. Food and beverages are included in the price of admission. California State University, Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. For tickets and more information, visit www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.
 
 
 

REAGAN LIBRARY June 1 through Sept. 30. “A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore” explores the life of Abraham Lincoln, commemorates the Civil War and marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This extraordinary and engaging special exhibit features more than 250 original artifacts on Abraham Lincoln as well as sets from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Thirty renowned Lincoln collectors and DreamWorks Studios contributed objects, including President Lincoln’s famous stovepipe hat, a bloodied pillow from the night he died, a Lincoln-signed Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment and more. Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.org.  

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Picks of the Week

On Saturday, May 25, Zoey’s welcomes Jay Nash and David Ramirez.
 
 
 

The Old Livery Show presents an evening of thrash metal
for all-ages featuring Mutalisk, Extinction, Betrayer, Colpolscopy. 
At the Ventura Improv Theater, Sunday, May 26, 6 p.m.
 
 
 

Photo by Martin Sorrondoguy
On Sunday, May 26, Mute on the Floor presents a punk show with The Vaginors,
Constant Fear, Stoic Violence, Death Crisis and Negative Degree at Zoey’s, 6 p.m.

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Picks of the Week

DUCKY DOOLITTLE SEXOLOGY Thursday, May 23. Bombshell sex educator and author of Sex with the Lights on: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered, Ducky Doolittle brings her Sexology Spring/Summer tour to the Kama Sutra Closet in Ventura to share her wealth of knowledge about how to “take your guy over the edge” and the art of the female orgasm, two separate classes. She is a certified emergency room Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Counselor and has trained with Planned Parenthood in comprehensive STD prevention and comprehensive & medically accurate sex education. Ducky tours internationally, performing on campuses, at medical schools, bachelorette parties, homeless youth drop-in centers, book clubs, church groups, sex shops and anywhere else she can gather a crowd. $25 per lecture. 451 E. Main St., Ventura, kamasutracloset.com.
 
 
 

SIMI VALLEY BLUES AND CAJUN FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. This popular annual event returns with an excellent lineup of blues, Cajun, Creole and zydeco entertainment plus vendors, authentic Cajun and Creole food and plenty of activities and special entertainment for kids. Proceeds benefit various local nonprofit organizations. Musical artists include Janiva Magness, Elvin Bishop, Lisa Haley and the Zydecats, Mannish Boys, James Harmon and many more. $15-$20, children younger than 5 are free. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. www.simicajun.org.
 
 
 

VEGAN MEXICAN POP-UP Saturday, May 25, 5-10 p.m. Flacos, a vegan Mexican restaurant based in Berkeley, will be hosting its first Pop-Up in downtown Oxnard. For one night only, Chef Antonio Magana will be featuring all of Flacos’ favorites: crispy “Soyquitos” with Flacos’ signature spicy avocado salsa, vegan tamales, huaraches, spicy pozole and soft tacos. Fresh & Fabulous Café, 401 S. A St., Oxnard.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

It’s been a minute since country artist and former local Dave Gleason has played these parts.
He and his trio will perform at Yolie’s on Friday, May 17. 
 
 
 

 Photo by Didier Chevalier
Word is that renowned vocalist and longtime Ojai resident Julie Christensen
is moving to Nashville. She will perform at Green Art People
with Barney Tower and Dan Wilson on Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m.
 
 
 
 
It’s country night at the Deer Lodge on Wednesday, May 22 with Skyline Drive.
 
 
 

The Ventura Theater presents rappers Fabolous and Pusher T on Saturday, May 18.

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Picks of the Week

JAMI SIEBER May 17, 7:30 p.m. Internationally renowned composer and cellist Jami Seiber will make a rare appearance in Ventura at the Center for Spiritual Living. Sieber wrote the score for the acclaimed documentary Queen of the Sun: What the Bees Are Telling Us and contributed five compositions to the video game Braid. Her performances have been staged with dancers, artists, poets and elephants. $20. 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com.
 
 
 

CALIFORNIA JAZZ AND WINE FEST Sunday, May 19, 1-6 p.m. The day will feature restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries and will highlight live jazz performances by some of the area’s finest musicians. Attendees pay one price to taste away the afternoon, whether scrumptiously prepared food, delicate wine or craft beers. Come and join us for a great afternoon of tastings and great music. Last year’s event sold out and we expect more than 1,200 attendees at this year’s event. General admission is $55. Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.californiajazzandwine.com.
 
 
 

FINE AND DECORATIVE ART AUCTION May 19, 3 p.m. The Santa Paula Art Museum will host its Third Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction with works by early and mid-20th century California artists Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke, Dana Bartlett, Douglas Shively, and Christian Von Schneidau, highlighting the event. Wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by Mupu Grill. $20, $15 for members. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org. 

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Picks of the Week

Chronology presents an evening of locally grown goodness
by Captions, The Avocados, Smashtales DJs and Fresh Wave
at the Tavern on Saturday, May 11.
All-ages welcome, doors open at 5 p.m.
 
 
 

Run don’t walk to see The New L.A. Folk Fest present
Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Restavrant, Ocha la Rocha and Bloody Death Skull
at the Deer Lodge on Saturday, May 11.
 
 
 

The Ventura Music Festival will present
a cappella group m-pact at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, May 11.
 
 
 

 Photo by Josh Watson
8 Stops 7 is doing a Monday night residency at Billy O’s throughout the month of May.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

PAULA COLE Sunday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. Grammy-winning Paula Cole is one of pop’s most compelling vocalists and has enthralled audiences with performances that are intensely emotional and uplifting. Come see Paula in her only Southern California appearance and hear the debut songs from her new album, along with her greatest hits. Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information and tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
 
 
 

DOWNTOWN OXNARD CAR SHOW Saturday, May 11, 1-5 p.m. Featuring almost 100 classic and specialty cars, trucks and motorcycles from all eras. Live music and food specials from downtown restaurants. Special appearance by the Lucas Oil Muy Caliente dragster and the Oxnard PD DRAGG car. Along A Street, from Third to Sixth streets, Downtown Oxnard.
 
 
 

RED HOT MAMA Sunday, May 11, 8 p.m. Sharon McNight returns to the Ojai Art Center with her one-woman show based on the life of Sophie Tucker. Sharon is an award-winning performer and a Tony award nominee.  She has played everywhere from Moose Halls to Carnegie Hall. Don’t miss the chance to see this talented, funny singer/dancer in the center’s intimate theater. $45 or $35 for members. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 640-8797.
 
 
 
 

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Picks of the Week

Lots of great bands will be jammed into Zoey’s on Friday, May 3.
First up is the debut of Anchor & Bear with Zeltzer and Tortoise at 7:30 p.m.
followed by 8Stops7 and Bullet Made Statues at 10 p.m. All outstanding. All local.
 
 
 

The Deer Lodge presents The Sideshow Preachers on Saturday, May 4.
 
 
 

On Friday, May 3, the Ventura Theater welcomes Face to Face.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

LEGENDARY WESTERN SONGWRITER TOM RUSSELL Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early when beloved singer/songwriter returns in a rare appearance to Ventura County, fresh from the release of his 26th album, Mesabi. This very special private concert will take place at a private residence in The Oaks in Santa Paula. Tom will appear with guitarist extraordinaire Thad Beckman outdoors under the sycamore trees. (Once you purchase tickets, the address with be e-mailed to you.) Tickets are $30 at brownpapertickets.com. You may e-mail rain@rainperry.com for more information.
 
 
 

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL Friday, May 3, through Saturday, May 11. The Festival’s 19th season, “Vivacity,” will include classical guitarist Petrit Çeku (above), the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Rising Stars — Julia Zhu/David Huang, classical pianist Haochen Zhang, and pop-jazz vocal sextet M-Pact. The Ventura Music Festival is one of Ventura County’s signature arts events, presenting top classical, jazz and Latin jazz performing artists in various venues throughout the year. For more information and schedule of events, contact the Ventura Music Festival at 648-3146 or go to venturamusicfestival.org.

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