Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Ojai Film Society celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a gala and exclusive screening of the new film, 20 Feet from Stardom. Morgan Neville, the film’s director, will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. To close out the event with a special song will be vocalist Merry Clayton, who performed with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter.” Dinner will be provided by the Rotary of Ojai West. 5 p.m. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St. Ojai. For more information, visit

The free festival provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day in addition to learning about the journey of the banana and interworking of the Port. Festival highlights include delicious food and banana treats, live music, interactive displays, recipe contests, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, port tours and more. Port of Hueneme, 105 Port Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.bananaportfest.com.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

SIPS ‘N’ SOUNDS OF JAZZ: THE PERFECT PAIRING. September 21. Grammy Award-winning Musicians Tom Scott, Roger Kellaway and Brian Nova, along with Jimmy Calire, Billy Valentine and Missoni Lanza, will take to the stage for the second annual Libbey Bowl Foundation Fall Benefit Party at the Bowl. This year’s party includes boutique-style wine tasting, VIP lounging and pure jazz immersion. $35-$100. 5-10 p.m. Libbey Bowl, 210 S Signal St, Ojai. For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org. 

MOONLIGHT AT THE RANCH VII Saturday, Sept. 21, 5:30-11 p.m. An exciting yearly event with dozens of the area’s finest restaurants offering generous tastings, live music from renowned bands, as well as great decorations, costumes and other live entertainment. This year’s theme is “Disco Fever” and will feature appetizers, a no host bar, and a performance by Men on the Moon, in support of the Santa Paula Police and Fire Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. 5:30-11 p.m. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Rd., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-1890 or visit www.moonlightattheranch.com.

VENTURA COMEDY FESTIVAL: LAUGHTER BY THE SEA Monday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 29. Comedian Erik Griffin from MTV’s hit show “Workaholics” opens the festival on Sept. 23 at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, and closes with a very special performance from comedian Jay Mohr at the Crowne Plaza Ventura. The festival includes 28 shows, more than 180 comedians and six locations, including The Players Casino and the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club. For tickets and more information, visit www.venturacomedyfestival.com.

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22. Saturday’s craft beer celebration will feature more than 130 brews, several food trucks and live music. Guests will receive a 3-ounce glass and pours from some of the nation’s best breweries, featuring Firestone Walker, Stone Brewing Company and local favorites Surf Brewery and Island Brewing Company. Sunday’s Blues & BBQ festival will feature a BBQ cook off as well as more beer and live music. $30-$75. Mission Park, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.californiabeerfestival.com.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 14 through Feb. 2. Prehistoric California. Visitors will be able to view the skulls of some of the most famous mega-fauna such as the saber-tooth cat, dire wolf, a prehistoric camel, horse and the formidable Harlan’s ground sloth. Other mammals and marine fossils from the Miocene and Pleistocene will also be on display. The specimens on display are borrowed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and Santa Barbara City College. Opening day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be a fun family adventure with tables of prehistoric fossils on display and demonstrations offered for the junior paleontologist, including a fossil dig in the museum courtyard.1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.

GERD KOCH AND CAROLE MILTON Saturday, Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. To further celebrate their joint exhibition “Our Journey — Together —1976-2013,” at SCIART’s Blackboard Gallery, Gerd Koch and Carole Milton (a painting from her “Celestial” series is pictured) will sign their book of the same title, and Koch will discuss their storied world travels. The presentation will also include several short recorded poems written by poet Dylan Thomas, whom Koch was fortunate enough to see read in 1950. His poetry serves as an inspiration to Koch’s creative process. Koch and Milton are important and accomplished figures in the regional arts scene. Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.

ALOHA BEACH FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. Two full days of arts and crafts, vendors, live performances, K9 Frisbee, C-Street Longboard Classic, Frisbee Outrigger, paddleboard races and a beer garden. Promenade Park at Surfer’s Point, Figueroa Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.alohabeachfestival.us.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

RON WHITE: A LITTLE UNPROFESSIONAL Sept. 6, 8 p.m. Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. His routines relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicsartplaza.com.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m. From Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers. Shot in black and white in a mere 12 days in Whedon’s Santa Monica home, Whedon retains Shakespeare’s dialogue but moves the play to a modern setting. $10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.

ROBERT E LEE: SHADES OF GRAY  Sept. 4-29. Written by and starring Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winner Tom Dugan (Bones, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm) who enthralled audiences last year with his portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal at Rubicon, and directed by Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan, Robert E. Lee-Shades of Gray examines how the most trusted soldier in the United States Army became the most dangerous man in America. Why did this deeply religious father of seven, who was firmly opposed to slavery and secession, reject Lincoln’s offer to lead the Union Army and fight for The Confederacy? 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.







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