Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

LOADED Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
Premier surf legend Dane Reynolds traveled the world to document pro surfers in exotic locales, from France to Hawaii and everywhere in between, featuring Noa Deane, Craig Anderson, Taylor Knox and Nat Young. Reynolds will premiere his 20-minute film and also hold a contest for a new Volvo. The Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturatheater.net.
 
 
 

BARE: A POP OPERA Through Feb. 16.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents this contemporary rock musical with an emotional, provocative storyline. In the same vein as Spring Awakening and RENT, Bare: A Pop Opera tells the touching story of a group of young friends at a Catholic boarding school struggling to discover who they are as they walk the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood. Not appropriate for audiences younger than 14. $20-$24. 3050 E Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
 
 
 

ORVIL AND GLORIA FRANZEN ORGAN PROGRAM SERIES Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Concluding the 2013-2014 CLU series, Clarion, a group consisting of Melody Steed on organ and Keith Benjamin on trumpet, will perform gothic renditions of classics using just the two instruments that have made the two famous worldwide. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800,  Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.
 
 

 
 
~ THURSDAY ~

CALIFORNIA VIRTUAL ACADAMIES FUN AND GAMES 10:30 a.m.-noon. As part of National School Choice Week, the CAVA will host an informative gathering featuring games and activities. Marina Park, Pierpont Avenue, Ventura. For more information, visit www.k12.com/cava
NETWORK AT THE MIX 5-7 p.m.  Ventura Executive Suites will be partnering up with several local businesses that will showcase their services and provide samples of their products. Ventura Executive Suites, 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaChamber.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

CITYRACE: SECRETS OF OLD VENTURA 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Solve tricky clues and puzzles in this urban adventure through downtown historic Ventura. Teams of two to four players solve clues leading them on a three-hour hunt through one of Southern California’s many diverse neighborhoods. $40. Begins at Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson, Ventura. For more information, visit www.racela.com
FREE FAMILY DAY: PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS AND SILHOUETTES 11a.m.-3 p.m. An art engagement scavenger hunt that explores the current exhibition featuring contemporary artists who are inspired by economics and consumer culture as well as hands-on art activities. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
KAX: THE CONFERENCE OF KIDSHOW AND FAMILY PERFORMERS 8 p.m. Featuring puppetry entertainers from around the world, the KAX conference allows amateurs and professionals to mingle and talk puppets. $5. Mandalay Beach Embassy Suites, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.kidabra.org.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY RESTORATION WORK DAY 8 a.m.-noon. The VAS will meet in Santa Paula for birding followed by cleanup of the habitat. 20395 S. Mountain Road (1/2 mile beyond, down a dirt road), Santa Paula. For more information, call 340-0478.

~ SUNDAY ~

HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Health and healing practitioners will offer their services at discounted rates. A free gong meditation and energy healing will also be available. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.healinginamerica.org.
SUPER SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ojai Pottery and Clay School will have available bowls and other crafts as well as animals available for adoption. Ojai Pottery and Clay School, 212 Fox St., Ojai. For more information, call 798-3990.
VENTURA HABITAT HALF MARATHON 7 a.m. The Ventura chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host this annual marathon, with proceeds going directly to the charity. $75. 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturahalf.com.

~ MONDAY ~

UNA NOCHE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.).  This Cuban film follows a young man accused of assault on his exodus to Miami. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

GEORGE STUART: HISTORICAL FIGURES 2 p.m. Historian George Stuart will discuss George III; Napoleon Bonaparte and his two wives, Josephine and Marie Louise; Abraham and Mary Lincoln; as well as the Chinese Figures Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, Soong May-ling and Mao Zedong. The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME 2 p.m. (and 6 p.m.). As part of their Created Equal series, this film accounts the lease of black convicts to commercial interests from the Civil War to WWII. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 3-4:30 p.m. Explore and express feeling, understand the grief process and receive emotional support for those who have experienced a loss. Livingston Memorial VNA and Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 101, Ventura. For more information, call 642-0239. 
VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 1 p.m. Karen Hibdon, president of the Ventura County Gourd Artists, will speak on the topic of Gourds Through the Ages: Pharaohs to Fine Art. St. Paul’s Church, 117 N. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-2383.

OPENING THEATER

FOREVER PLAID Jan. 31 through Feb. 9. Cabrillo Music Theatre performs the uplifting musical about the quartet that meets its untimely death on the way to a performance but by divine appointment are given a second chance to perform the gig they never made it to.$30-$65.Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 800-745-3000. 
NOISES OFF Jan. 30 through Feb. 23. Rubicon Theatre presents this hilarious, clever comedy romp, an ingenious play-within-a-play that follows the onstage and offstage exploits of a company of actors appearing in a dreadful bedroom farce complete with mistaken identities, infidelities, scantily clad ladies and slamming doors. $25-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 667-2900.

ONGOING THEATER

MASTER CLASS Through Feb. 1. Conejo Players presents the Terrence McNally winner of the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play. It concerns a master class taught by legendary opera diva Maria Callas; she is glamorous, commanding, larger than life — and drop-dead funny! Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she recalls the glories of her own life and career. $18. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org
ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Through Feb. 9. Elite Theatre presents its fifth annual celebration of the one-act play featuring four thought-provoking entries produced by Tom Eubanks. $15. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Fisherman’s Wharf, Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.  
THE TWELFTH NIGHT Through Feb. 16. Ojai ACT enlisted a cadre of professional and semi-professional actors to take on the Shakespeare comedy under the direction of Shakespeare scholar Michael Addison. $15-$18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.   
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.   

OPENING ART

CSUCI Jan. 31 through Feb.20.  Curated by photographer and CI faculty member Larry Lytle, “Chairs: A Photographic Exploration of the Commonplace Chair,” a student group exhibition that investigates our idiosyncratic relationship with this ubiquitous piece of furniture through photography. Free reception on Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Channel Islands Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo (inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building). 437-2772 or art@csuci.edu.    
HERITAGE VALLEY FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Feb. 1-23. The Santa Paula Society of the Arts has welcomed the Heritage Valley Quilt Festival to share space in its gallery during the month of February.  The quilts on exhibit are homage to a quilt made in 1863 by Jane A. Stickle, a Vermont farm wife.  The originality of the her quilt’s construction, with more than 220 unique blocks, and the fact that Jane labeled the quilt as being made “In War Time … 1863 … Pieces 5602 … Jane A. Stickle,” have combined to make the quilt a national treasure. Closing reception on Feb. 23, 2 to 4 p.m. Santa Paula Depot, 963 Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula. 
OJAI ART CENTER Feb. 1-26.  “ I Love Pastels” presented by The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Reception on Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.

ONGOING ART

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17.  “Under the Influence of Finance and Fashion:  Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” The artists and works in this exhibition explore the relationship between economics and consumer culture and reveal the immense impact that socioeconomics has had on the art of the contemporary generation as well as on our culture at large. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org.     
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 8. “Speed and Grace,” works by JoAnne Duby, Sherron Sheppard and Joanna Spinks. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800. 
GALERIE 102 Through Feb. 24. “Nature vs. Nurture,” a two-person exhibit featuring paintings by Masha Keating and sculpture by Molly Smith. Santa Barbara artist Keating’s large-scale abstract works are an exercise in observation and exploration, delicateness and boldness. Her work embraces the discovery and surprise that come with the process, resulting in a lucid, free-flowing example of exploration. Smith’s sculptures rest, hang and balance in arrangements that emphasize the transience and ephemeral quality of the natural world, also suggesting the possibility of further transformation. Smith lives in Massachusetts. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Feb. 17. Works by winners of last year’s collegiate student art competition.  1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.  
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8. Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition, including works from the last decade and a few pieces by the artist’s late father. California Lutheran University, www.callutheran.edu
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of Ventura’s natural beauty and marine life of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.  
PORCH GALLERY Through Feb. 6. “Language as Material” by Alexandra Cantle, inspired by her personal experience with dyslexia. Cantle creates works on paper that highlight the feelings of shame, doubt, isolation and triumph that result from living with language-based disabilities. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgalleryojai.com
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 2. Avant-garde artist Jeff Sanders offers his vision of everyday America in the fun and provocative exhibit “Tina’s Toys and Other Things.” The famous and infamous of George Stuart’s Historical Figures, on display to kick off the George Stuart Audio Project, which will create a comprehensive archive of Stuart’s commentary on his figures. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by  Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or www.OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayle Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through March 18. “Longevity,” featuring a variety of colorful and dynamic scenes with subjects of strength that have weathered time. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 9: The Ag Art Alliance presents the sixth annual Art About Agriculture exhibit featuring more than 75 art pieces by 48 artists at both venues. The exhibit explores all facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil and the food we eat. Through Feb. 23: “De Colores,” the long-running annual group show that recognizes the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara River Valley. Featured artists include Uriel Leon, Marissa Magdalena and Veronica Valadez. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.   
STEVE MUNCH PHOTO GALLERY Ongoing. Photographs of local landscapes and points of interest. Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 113, Ventura Harbor Village. 701-0779. 
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: collections of farming machinery and implements from Ventura County’s rich agriculture history plus paintings by local artists that depict farming life. Current exhibition started March 30. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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. Ongoing: exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing. “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s recently designed and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through March 9. “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage” features more than 300 documents and spy gadgets, many never before seen by the general public. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Ai r Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com.
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064. 

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Guitarist Brian Gore invites three renowned guitarist to perform new material at this annual event. This year’s event will feature Italian steel-string guitarist Pino Forastiere, UK fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes and the Argentinean group Quique Sinesi. $47. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

“9 WINDOWS” CLOSING RECEPTION Saturday, Jan. 25, 6-9 p.m.
Filmmaker, writer, photographer and Ventura Film Society founder Lorenzo DiStefano will close his photography exhibition at the Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery. Featuring 9 images displayed in light boxes, the exhibition shows highlights from his trek through Cuba in the mid-1960s. The images are taken from a larger exhibition titled “La Hora Magica – Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba,” an extensive collection of photographs from Cuba and exhibited in Cuba, Miami, London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Vancouver. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
 
 
 

FOREVER TANGO Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
The Tony-nominated musical featuring 14 world-class tango dancers celebrates the rich musical and dance heritage of Argentina.$39-$79. Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787.
 
 

 
 
 
 

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

GALERIE 102 Jan. 18 through Feb. 24. 
“Nature vs. Nurture,” a two-person exhibit on view featuring paintings by Masha Keating and sculpture by Molly Smith. Santa Barbara artist Keating’s large-scale abstract works (“Wingspan” pictured) are an exercise in observation and exploration, delicateness and boldness. Her work embraces the discovery and surprise that comes with the process, resulting in a lucid, free-flowing example of exploration. Smith’s sculptures rest, hang and balance in arrangements that emphasize the transience and ephemeral quality of the natural world, also suggesting the possibility of further transformation. Smith lives in Massachusetts.  Reception on Jan. 18, 4-6 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
 
 
 

OXNARD INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT WEEK Jan. 19 through Jan. 25.
More than 20 restaurants, ranging in style from Mexican to Japanese, will feature special menus at a discounted rate in celebration of Oxnard International Restaurant Week. This annual event draws large crowds and is an inexpensive way to sample Oxnard’s best restaurants. Prices vary. For more information and for a list of participating restaurants, visit www.visitoxnard.com/restaurantweek.
 
 
 

THE INTERFAITH AMIGOS Saturday, Jan 18, 7 p.m.
Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman will address interfaith issues and conflicts within their religions with humor and wisdom and will share their vision for building a more compassionate world. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacsl.org
 
 

 
 

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

TRUMBO Saturday, Jan. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Trumbo focuses on the life of two-time Academy Award winning writer Dalton Trumbo and the effects of the Hollywood blacklist. Trumbo, once the highest-paid writer in Hollywood, was one of the 19 Hollywood artists subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in October 1947. Based on the stage play written by his son Christopher, Trumbo reveals the letters, newsreels and interviews that give insight into the man and his plight. The film will be followed by a discussion with director Peter Askin. $10-$25. Ojai Playhouse, 145 S. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.
 
 
 

VENTURA RESTAURANT WEEK Monday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan 19.
Thirty local Ventura restaurants will participate in this year’s restaurant week, which features prix fixe menus, drink specials and discounted entrees. This year, visitors who take a post-meal survey will be entered into a $25 gift card drawing. For price and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.cityofventura.net/restaurantweek.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~
CAMARILLO DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 6:15 p.m. Central Committee Chair David Atkins and Director Patrick Donahue will speak on the direction of the local Democratic party for 2014. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 484-6601.
FIRESTONE BIG BEER NIGHT WITH DAVID WALKER 6 p.m. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. owner and brewer David Walker will meet and greet with fans of the Central Coast brews, while special releases will be on tap all night. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.barrelhouse101.com.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB LESSONS 6:30-10 p.m (every Thursday night). Instructors teach Latin and swing moves while opening up the floor for those wishing to hone their skills. $9. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.

~ FRIDAY~

VENTURA COUNTY POET LAUREATE CEREMONY 5:30 p.m. Ventura County’s first poet laureate, Mary Kay Rummel, will be honored, followed by a reception. Atrium Gallery, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, contact lrolens@aol.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. This series of short art classes will help young people learn form, line and texture basics for beginning artists. $10-$24. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.com.
E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host this free event open to all residents and businesses in Ojai. Bring electronic waste for recycling. Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com.
FICTION WRITING ESSENTIALS 2-4 p.m. Author Doug Taylor will conduct a workshop on the basics of writing fiction, using his novel “Bogota by Bus.” Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
FRESH ROASTED CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS DAVID LINDLEY 7:30 p.m. Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs his eclectic mix of American folk, blues and blue grass. $28-$35. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, call 646-8907.

~ SUNDAY ~
12 YEARS A SLAVE 4:30 p.m. True story following the plight of Solomon Northup, an African American living in New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
THE BREATHE AND BLESSINGS PROJECT PHILIPPINES RELIEF 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Six yoga instructors will be offering inexpensive lessons with all proceeds going to US veterans who will assist the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Suggested $10 donation. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.yogabymarylourose.com
CAMERATA PACIFICA OPENING PERFORMANCE 3 p.m. Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Warren Jones will play Haydn’s C Major Piano Trio, Hob 27 as part of the ensemble’s January calendar. $10-$40. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cameratapacifica.com.
VENTUCKY STRING BAND AT THE LIBRARY 2 p.m. Bluegrass musicians the Ventucky String Band will perform for library patrons. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrating the Vietnamese new year, year of the horse, the An Lac Mission will host this festival in its 14th year, featuring fire crackers, a fashion show, a market place and Vietnamese food, all followed by a traditional ancestor worship. Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 816-8799.
~ WEDNESDAY ~

JESSE LYNCH JAZZ 101 7:30 p.m. Featuring the Jesse Lynch Trio, this performance will take guests through a multimedia experience of America’s jazz history. $25. Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardcca.com.

OPENING THEATER

GODSPELL Jan. 9-12. Young Artists Ensemble alumni and friends present the musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. $15-$20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN Jan. 10-26. Flying H Group presents this play that tackles such epic themes as religion, moral absolutes, our relationship to God and our relationships to each other — as seen through the eyes of five characters in a New York prison. $15-$18. Adult audiences. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.
MASTER CLASS Jan. 10 through Feb. 1. Conejo Players presents the Terence McNally winner of the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play, which concerns a master class taught by legendary opera diva Maria Callas; she is glamorous, commanding, larger than life — and drop-dead funny! Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she recalls the glories of her own life and career. $18. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.

ONGOING THEATER

VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Jan. 25. “9 Windows,” photography by Ventura Film Society founder Lorenzo DiStefano taken in Cuba. Closing reception on Jan. 25, 6-9 p.m. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17. “Under the Influence of Finance and Fashion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” The artists and works in this exhibition explore the relationship between economics and consumer culture and reveal the immense impact that socioeconomics has had on the art of the contemporary generation as well as on our culture at large. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org.
CSUCI Through Jan. 20. “Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections (Part II),” works by art teachers in Italy and California. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8570.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 20. “It’s Just Right,” a juried exhibition of medium-size images by a host of local artists, including Judy Gibbs, Norman Kirk, Sylvia Raz, Erik Abel, Steve Cook and many more. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8. Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition, including works from the last decade and a few pieces by the artist’s late father. California Lutheran University, www.callutheran.edu.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of Ventura’s natural beauty and marine life of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 2. Avant-garde artist Jeff Sanders offers his vision of everyday America in the fun and provocative exhibit “Tina’s Toys and Other Things.” The famous and infamous of George Stuart’s Historical Figures, on display to kick off the George Stuart Audio Project, which will create a comprehensive archive of Stuart’s commentary on his figures. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Jan. 30. “Well . . . it’s Colorful,” Kirk Lowry’s latest collection of abstract paintings done with acrylic, resin and various mixed media. Each painting is an experiment in color and design, which Lowry calls “eye candy.” Reception on Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayle Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. The gallery’s biggest show of the year features pieces mostly less than $100. Featured artists include West Cooke, Dan Holmes, Debrah Hintz, John Bacoy, Jen Livia and more. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 9: The Ag Art Alliance presents the sixth annual Art About Agriculture exhibit featuring more than 75 art pieces by 48 artists at both venues. The exhibit explores all facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil and the food we eat. Through Feb. 23: “De Colores,” the long-running annual group show that recognizes the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara River Valley. Featured artists include Uriel Leon, Marissa Magdalena and Veronica Valadez. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STEVE MUNCH PHOTO GALLERY Ongoing. Photographs of local landscapes and points of interest. Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 113, Ventura Harbor Village. 701-0779.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Jan. 30. “Dan Levin: A Retroactive, Objects of Curiosity.” Tongue-in-cheek assemblage by California artist. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends by appointment.Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: collections of farming machinery and implements from Ventura County’s rich agriculture history plus paintings by local artists that depict farming life. Current exhibition started March 30. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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. Ongoing: exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing. “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s recently designed and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through March 9. “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage” features more than 300 documents and spy gadgets, many never before seen by the general public. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com.
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064. 

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