Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

OJAI MARDI GRAS Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 1-2.
The Ojai Mardi Gras Wake Up! Krewe will host this year’s celebration. The magic of this year’s theme, The Wizards of Odd, invites your creative soul to dress up and sashay out. The masquerade ball on Saturday includes a costume contest with special prizes, endless dancing and mind-blowing costumes. $20-$25. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaimardigras.com.
 
 
 

RICKIE BYARS-BECKWITH Friday, Feb. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Agape International Choir musical director Rickie Byars, “godmother of inspirational funk,” will perform “Love Emerging,” a compilation of her inspirational music with the theme of “Bringing Water to Dry Land.” $20-$25. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
 
 
 

ELVIN BISHOP, JAMES COTTON AND PAUL THORN Sunday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Three blues legends team up to bring their signature sounds to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Bishop, known as A founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin has performed and recorded with music legends such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers. Cotton, is a Grammy-winning blues harp legend now in his 69th year as a professional musician, and Thorn is known for his muscular brand of roots music. $39-$49. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 800-745-3000.
 
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

PORTUGESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERCA MEETING 11:30 a.m. The PFSA will gather to discuss matters of Portugal and share a lunch. The PFSA officers will also be present. Holiday Inn Express, Windjammer Room, 1080 Navigator Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 483-6285. 
WAR HORSE 7 p.m. Pre-recorded live from London’s West End, this one-night event, based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, takes audiences on a journey of courage, loyalty and friendship. $13-$15. Century Riverpark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cinemark.com
WISH NIGHT CELEBRATION 2014 6:30 p.m. This event will celebrate wishes and raise funds for more wishes through silent and live auctions, plus a special Fund-A-Wish program where people can fund full or partial wishes. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. For more information, visit tri-countieswish.ticketleap.com/2014.

~ FRIDAY ~

BOYS & GIRLS’ CLUB YOUTH OF THE YEAR BENEFIT 6:30-9 p.m. With a multitude of stars, including hip-hop artist Poet Ali and screen actor McKenna Grace, plus the pop family musical Twinkle Time, the organization will recognize local youth and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the Boys and Girls’ Club. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.bgcconejo.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

CENTER FOR AUTISM AND RELATED DISORDERS, OBAMACARE WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn what insurance companies will and will not cover, types of plans and rules regarding coverage, effective strategies to maximize benefits and how to understand the complexities of different insurance carriers under the ACA. 325 E. Hillcrest Drive, suite 140, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.centerforautism.com
COMMUNITY CULTURAL ROCK MUSIC CONCERT 8 p.m. (and Sunday, Mar. 2, 2 p.m.). Featuring vintage American rock group Iron Butterfly and its 1968 hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” with all proceeds going to benefit nonprofit kid artist student scholarships. Yolie’s, 138 W. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.concertartshow.org
MUSEUM OF VENTURA’S BEE MURAL UNVEILING 2-4 p.m. The free event will include admission to the galleries, crafts, activities and photos with everyone’s favorite honey-loving bear!  Meet artist MB Hanrahan during a honey tasting reception provided by Bennett’s Honey Farm. Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

~ MONDAY ~

THE PAST 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m). An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14. 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

LORD CAITANYA DISCUSSION 7:30 p.m. Lord Caitanya appearance will be discussed at the American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship: Discover how this expansion of God appeared as his own devotee and revolutionized the course of religious history.  Learn how the bhakti path he taught is spreading worldwide at the next AVA gathering. 687 W. Villanova Road, 640-0405.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

DAS EXPERIMENT 7 p.m. This 2001 German film features a journalist who joins an experiment offering 4,000 marks to people willing to submit to a psychological test in which half of the volunteers will pose as prison guards and the other half will be their prisoners. Lundring Events Center, CLU Campus, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3436 
STEPHEN HICKS PRESENTS “POSTMODERNISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS” 2 p.m. Hicks will discuss postmodernism’s themes and origins and its disquieting prospects for the future and will explore why its arguments have such power in the contemporary intellectual world and why they have that power in the humanities but not in the sciences Overton Hall, CLU Campus, 3163 Regent Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3232.

OPENING THEATER

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Feb. 28 through March 6. Elite Theater presents this story that takes place in a communal residence where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack. we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth. $15-$18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave.,Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheater.org.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL March 1 through April 6. The stage adaptation of the Disney film is presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. $18-$25. 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.

ONGOING THEATER
50/50  Through March 2. Elite Theater presents this poignant play about four women, friends since childhood, who reunite for a weekend in a ski condo when one of them becomes ill. $20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.elitetheatre.org.  
DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE Through March 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sarah Ruhl’s new comedy, the first Main Stage production of the 2014 Season. Ruhl comments on the social mores of modern life when technology intervenes in the insightful comedy.  “That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights of the theater go down, or when the plane takes off, becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” said Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. $15 or $20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through March 9. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this beloved musical has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. $17-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.hsac45.com.  
IPHIGENIA: A TRAGICALLY FUNNY COMEDY Through March 16. The Flying H Group presents a modern take on the classic tale. King Agamemnon prepares to lead the greatest coalition of armies in the history of the world to retrieve Helen of Troy. Throw in his spunky daughter Iphigenia, a hunky Achilles, a comical puppet army, the Mighty Myrmidons, and you have the makings of a Greek tragedy with a twist. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA Through March 30. $10-$18. Based on the beloved film and book, Willy Wonka is the timeless tale of the mysterious candy man as he stages a contest involving five hidden Golden Tickets that allow five special children into his factory and a lifetime supply of free candy as well. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skwayplayhouse.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 March 3-21. “Dreams, Fables & Histories, Captured and Framed,” a student exhibition of time-based media art, curated by CI digital media lecturer Elizabeth Leister. Reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m. CI Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. For more information, call 437-2772.

ONGOING ART
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM March 1 through June 15. Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, will present the first exhibition of “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots from A to Z.” This collection of anonymous amateur photographs has been collected by photographer John Nichols over the past two decades and has never been publicly exhibited. The abecedarian display of creatures comprises photographs taken over the past 120 years. An adjacent kids’ reading and exhibit area will encourage children and their families to read and write poems, as well as draw and display their own responses to the animal-themed exhibition. Animal poems by published poets will also be shared in binders that can be carried around the exhibition area. Reception on March 22, 3-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 2. “A Few of My Favorite Things & Places,” solo exhibition by Mary Jo Murphy. She will present about 20 recent works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and Copic marker, ranging in size from 8-by-10 inches to 48-by-60 inches. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
“CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 23. “Local Color: Three Photographers,” featuring work by Toshi, Michael Brodey and Jim Englund. Michael Brodey, a photographer for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, has 50 years’ experience as a noted outdoorsman and dramatic landscape photographer. Jim Englund, a commercial and industrial photographer, currently works in a style characterized by brilliant, saturated color and in a large format. Toshi, inspired by the light of the coastal environment, augments his images with LED bulbs selectively placed in a handcrafted light box/frame. Reception on Saturday, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through March 4. “Facebook Profile Pictures: Your Image on the Internet” and “A Wrinkle in Time: A Celebration of the Joys, Struggle, Triumphs and Legacies of Ventura County Seniors.” Atrium Gallery in the Hall of Administration. 658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.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.   
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY 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 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 June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.”  $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
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 Feb. 28. “Pamela Grau: Unified Emergence.” Pamela Grau searched inside and out for images and materials that would support her creative path. In 2009, while being treated for cancer, a new body of work emerged that was devoid of storytelling. The core of this current work is about spirit contained within design, color and texture. It is about expansion and containment. It invokes our most primal responses to nature. Pictured is her “Pod Infestation,” an ongoing installation made from discarded socks. 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 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.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

THE BEST OF THE SECOND CITY Friday,  Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. 
Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, The Second City, will perform some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from its 52-year history. Famous alumni include Alan Arkin, Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Stephen Colbert and many more. $49.15. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

COLIN MOCHERIE AND BRAD SHERWOOD: LIVE AND DANGEROUS COMEDY
Sunday, Feb. 23,  7 p.m.

Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood, best-known for their stint on the improvisation comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will demonstrate the reasons why they are known as the kings of improv. Mocherie and Sherwood have recently reunited on the show that was popular through the late ‘90s and early 2000s hosted by Drew Carey. $45-$55. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

VITA ART CENTER Through Feb. 28.
“Pamela Grau: Unified Emergence.” Pamela Grau searched inside and out for images and materials that would support her creative path. In 2009, while being treated for cancer, a new body of work emerged that was devoid of storytelling. The core of this current work is about spirit contained within design, color and texture. It is about expansion and containment. It invokes our most primal responses to nature. Pictured is her “Pod Infestation” an ongoing installation made from discarded socks. 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.
 

~ THURSDAY ~

MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES: RUSSELL GALIPEAU 7 p.m. Superintendent of the Channel Islands National Park Russell Galipeau will talk on the 1,000 years of history at the Channel Islands, the unique topography and native plants and animals. $4-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information and to R.S.V.P., visit www.cimmvc.org 
OPD CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR 6-7:30 p.m. As part of a short series of seminars, these talks will focus on reporting crimes, identity theft, child safety, burglary prevention, cyber safety (including bullying), robbery, self-defense as well as scams and other crimes targeting the elderly. City of Oxnard, Activity Room, 300 W. Third St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7668. 
THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA SEASON PRESENTS “SWAN LAKE” 7 p.m. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s score with the legendary ballet “Swan Lake,” which remains one of the most popular ballets of all time, will be screened in movie theaters nationwide. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS NOVEL DISCUSSION 6 p.m. The CAM book club will discuss this novel by author Paolo Giordano. $3 admission. Carnegie Art Museum, 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

THE JOY OF SMALL HOUSE LIVING 7 p.m. (through Sunday, Feb. 23). This weekend retreat will feature Diana Lorence, who will explore subjects of simplicity and authenticity after living in a house (12 square feet) without electricity. $50-$175. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai. For more information,visit www.innermosthouse.com
MASTERPIECE SERIES CONCERT: MOMOPRECOCE FEAT. CRISTINA ORTIZ 8 p.m. Making her first performance since winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal, Ortiz will lead the New West Symphony for this performance. $25-$98. Oxnard Performing Arts Center.  800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org
RIDERS IN THE SKY 8 p.m. Known for its rich blend of Western harmony and unique sense of humor, Riders in the Sky is a two-time Grammy Award-winning group that has performed for more than three decades.  The group is best known to younger audiences for its performance of “Woody’s Roundup” in Toy Story 2. $29-$39. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
“TO BOLDLY GO,” AN UPDATE ON THE DAWN MISSION 7:15 p.m. Dr. Marc Rayman of the Ventura County Astronomical Society will give a presentation on NASA’s first spacecraft to use an ion engine. Vista Elementary School, 2175 Wisteria St., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

CANINE ADOPTION BENEFIT BLUES SHOW 7-10 p.m. Kelly’s Lot with special guest John Gindick will perform in support of CARL Ventura County. Fifteen percent of sales in the restaurant will go toward the foundation. The Patio Restaurant, Player’s Casino, 6580 Auto Center Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.carlvc.org
OCCUPY LOVE 7:30 p.m. This film captures scenes from the Egyptian revolution, Occupy Wall Street, the Indignado (Outraged)  uprising in Spain, protests at the Alberta tar sands in Canada and the climate justice movement and beyond. Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit forum.cvuuf.org
SCOUTING FOR FOOD 8 a.m. Local Scouts will be handing out bags and fliers in neighborhoods throughout Ventura County a few days prior to Saturday, and will then begin collecting food, culminating in a final pickup before 8 a.m. Saturday. Various neighborhoods throughout Ventura County. For more information, contact Barbara at 844-2786. 
SENATOR FRAN PAVLEY’S CYBER BULLYING FORUM 10-11:30 a.m. “Cyber Bullying: What Your Family Needs to Know,” is designed to spread awareness about this topic among the families of school-age children. Also speaking will be members of the District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices. Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 815-3917.

~ SUNDAY ~

ALTHEA WAITES PIANO RECITAL 2 p.m. Featuring classic works by Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, as well as the contemporary American composer Curt Cacioppo. $8-$10. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-8327. 
DROUGHT LANDSCAPING HERB WALK 9:30 a.m.-noon. Ojai native-plant guide Lanny Kaufer and guest Jessica Thompson will guide a walk focusing on drought-friendly landscapes. $15-$20. West Sulphur Mountain Road trailhead near Casitas Springs, Ojai. For more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com
FLUTES ACROSS THE WORLD 2:30 p.m. An ancient flute performance will be followed by stories of flutes and children and a wine-and-cheese social hour. $20. Ojai Youth Entertainer’s Studio, 316 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-4300. 
SHORT TERM 12 4:30 p.m. This film shows the portrayal of troubled teens living in a group home and the people who dedicate their lives to helping them. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.

~ MONDAY ~

INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR FOSTER PARENTS 6-8 p.m. This meeting hosted by Aspiranet offers information about how to foster a child, and the steps it takes to become a foster parent. Aspiranet Offices, 1838 Eastman Ave., suite 100, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aspiranet.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SPEAKER SERIES: ORAL REHABILITATION 6-8 p.m. Drs. Zarrinkelk and Jivraj will explain and demonstrate available new techniques whereby, patients are treated without any bone grafting procedures. Nichols Auditorium, eighth floor, Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org
KON-TIKI 7:15 p.m. This film documents Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl as he crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947 to prove that South Americans could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. $5-$10. The Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

OXNARD COLLEGE LITERATURE, ARTS AND LECTURE SERIES 1-2 p.m. (and every Wednesday through April). USC Music Professor Ron McCurdy will recite an epic poem and accompany it on the horn, celebrating Langston Hughes in verse and music in the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. Performing Arts Center at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardcollege.edu
SOCAL DIGITAL SYMPOSIUM FEAT. MIKE PANESIS 4-9:30 p.m. Panesis is chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels and Entrepreneurial Programs manager, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), College of Engineering. This will be the first in a rotating series of tech-centric forums. $20-$150. CSU Channel Islands, Grand Salon, North Quad, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit  www.socaldigitalsymposium.com.

OPENING THEATER

IPHIGENIA: A TRAGICALLY FUNNY COMEDY Feb. 21 through March 16. The Flying H Group presents a modern take on the classic tale. King Agamemnon prepares to lead the greatest coalition of armies in the history of the world to retrieve Helen of Troy. Throw in his spunky daughter Iphigenia, a hunky Achilles, a comical puppet army, the Mighty Myrmidons, and you have the makings of a Greek tragedy with a twist. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA Feb. 21 through March 30. $10-$18. Based on the beloved film and book, Willy Wonka is the timeless tale of the mysterious candy man as he stages a contest involving five hidden Golden Tickets that allow five special children into his factory and a lifetime supply of free candy as well. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo,
www.skwayplayhouse.org.

ONGOING THEATER

50/50  Through March 2. Elite Theater presents this poignant play about four women, friends since childhood, who reunite for a weekend in a ski condo when one of them becomes ill. $20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.elitetheatre.org.  
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Through Feb. 23. Comedy Tonight Productions goes on the road to Rome with this musical comedy. $12-$20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, www.comedytonightproductions.com.  
DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE Through March 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sarah Ruhl’s new comedy, the first Main Stage production of the 2014 Season.  Ruhl comments on the social mores of modern life when technology intervenes in the insightful comedy.  “That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights of the theater go down, or when the plane takes off, becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” said Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. $15 or $20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through March 9. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this beloved musical has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. $17-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.hsac45.com.  
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

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Feb. 25 through March 2. “A Few of My Favorite Things & Places” solo exhibition by Mary Jo Murphy. She will present about 20 recent works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and Copic marker, ranging in size from 8-by-10 inches to 48-by-60 inches. Reception on March 1, 5-8 p.m. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.

ONGOING ART

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 23. “Local Color: Three Photographers,” featuring work by Toshi, Michael Brodey and Jim Englund. Michael Brodey, a photographer for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, has 50 years’ experience as a noted outdoorsman and dramatic landscape photographer. Jim Englund, a commercial and industrial photographer, currently works in a style characterized by brilliant, saturated color and in a large format. Toshi, inspired by the light of the coastal environment, augments his images with LED bulbs selectively placed in a handcrafted light box/frame. Reception on Saturday, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through March 4. “Facebook Profile Pictures: Your Image on the Internet” and “A Wrinkle in Time: A Celebration of the Joys, Struggle, Triumphs and Legacies of Ventura County Seniors.” Atrium Gallery in the Hall of Administration. 658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.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.   
HERITAGE VALLEY FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Through Feb. 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 pay homage to a quilt made in 1863 by Jane A. Stickle, a Vermont farm wife.  The originality of 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. 
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY 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 Feb. 26. “I Love Pastels” presented by he Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.  
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 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 June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.”  $15. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
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 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.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ BAND Saturday, Feb. 15.
The Ventura Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary season with Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band at the company’s annual Latin Jazz concert. Mr. Palmieri was the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and has won nine Grammy awards. $25-$50. Ventura High School Theater, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.
 
 
 

TAO: PHOENIX RISING Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
Featuring taiko drumming, massive props and scenery, dramatic lighting and creative choreography, this show explores the culture of the Far East through interpretive dancing and fast-paced, energetic movements with pulse-pounding drumming. $30-$54. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE CROSSFIT VENTURA  Saturday, Feb. 15. 
More than 130 teams from more than 30 different CrossFit affiliates all over Southern California will be competing for the right to be called the strongest and fittest in a competition that tests strength and agility. Scratch food truck will be on site serving a custom Paleo menu, and vendors will have apparel and supplements available. West Coast Strength and Conditioning, 5777 Olivas Park Drive, suite S, Ventura. For more information, visit www.westcoastsc.com.
 

 

~ THURSDAY ~

ARTS COUNCIL’S “UNEXAMINED CREATIVITY” 6 p.m. Global expert Dave Zaboski will offer practical tools to use immediately to assist in overcoming blocks and releasing creativity. $10-$15. Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-1246. 
CLU CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 6:30-8:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a traditional lion dance and gong fu. Ming Ming Jiang, a world-renowned soprano from Beijing, will sing. There will also be traditional food and activities. CLU, Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, 493-3489. 
REEL JUSTICE FILM SERIES PRESENTS MARY AND MARTHA 7 p.m. Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn play two housewives who meet in Africa and go together on a journey of self-discovery. CLU, Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3228.
ROMEO AND JULIET 7:30 p.m. (also Friday and 2:30 on Sunday). Starring Orlando Bloom opposite Condola Rashad as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, the infamous story was captured live on Nov. 2013 at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. $18-$20. Century River Park, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

CELTIC MUSICIANS TANNAHILL WEAVERS 7-10 p.m. The Scottish musician’s repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies. $20-$25. The Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com
JAZZ FUSION MUSICIANS SPYRO GYRA 8 p.m. On its 40th anniversary, Spyro Gyra will perform the entirety of its breakthrough album, Morning Dance. $41-$61. Thousand Oaks Civic Carts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
VALENTINE’S DAY PAJAMA PARTY FOR SINGLES 7 p.m. Stars in Your Eyes dating service will host this pajama party for free-wheeling singles; pajamas are encouraged. The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit  www.starsinyoureyesdating.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

AGRICULTURE CAREER FAIR FOR STUDENTS 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Representatives from colleges that offer agriculture courses, and representatives from Ventura County agriculture businesses, will set up information tables and talk to students about agriculture education programs and about jobs in agriculture. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
BEEKEEPING 101 1-3 p.m. A lecture by Casey Abbott for beginner through advanced beekeepers and for those considering entering the trade. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AT STRATHEARN PARK 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Feb. 16). Step back in time to a soldier’s camp in 1862 and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilian re-enactors. $3-$5. Strathearn Historical Park and Museum,137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simihistory.com
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM 23RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Noon-4 p.m. Water activities, exhibitors and crafts people will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the CI Maritime Museum, with food vendors and a patio dedication. $4-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org
DAY OF AUTHORS BOOK SIGNINGS 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Local authors Joan Blacher, Dr. Cary Presant (who will discuss “Surviving American Medicine”) and A A Shannon will sign copies of their novels and discuss the writing process. Copies of the novels will be available for purchase. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154. 
FINDING SOURCES WITH LUNA GILSTRAP 1-4 p.m. The Ventura County Genealogical Society will host this talk with renowned researcher Luna Gilstrap, followed by a workshop on creating your own family website. Public Health Building, 3147 Loma Vista Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacogensoc.org
“ITS ALL ABOUT LOVE” RETREAT 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Retreat participants will engage in meditation, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sharing, songs and chants with the Rev. Karen, who will also offer healing prayers for anyone facing a particular challenge. $10 suggested. Meditation Mount, 1351 S. La Luna Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com
ROBERT CHIANESE POETRY READING 7 p.m. Celebrated poet Robert Chianese will read from his catalog of poems as well from his new collection, Uncommon Places. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
SOUL CONNECTING THROUGH SOUL COLLAGE 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Rev. Ann Bauden, a SoulCollage facilitator, will instruct guests about creating SoulCollage cards that will assist you in better understanding yourself. $99. A Place of Peace, 2021 Sperry Ave., #22, Ventura. For more information, visit www.soulcollage.com
SWINGIN’ WITH DEAN SHOW 3 p.m. A solo performance by Dean Ratzman as he touches on the styles of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and other American greats from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
THE SWING DOLLS: FROM ABBA TO SWING 7:30 p.m. This female vocal trio captivates and entertains with close harmonies, dazzling costumes and stylish choreography. $29-$49. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

G.I. COFFEE HOUSE STORYTELLING 4-6 p.m. Veterans will tell the story of their vital work to support service members, veterans and military families while challenging war and militarism from inside the military community. Café on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.vfpvc.org
WORLD AFFAIRS DISCUSSION GROUP 4-5:30 p.m. This eight-session group will meet on afternoons to discuss world affairs. $20. First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 644-8449.

~ MONDAY ~

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR AND 5K 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Several health organizations will be on site to discuss health-related matters and adjusting to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), while a 5K will also be hosted. $25 (for 5K). 901 S. Kimball Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ufcw770.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

THE HUNT 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

USS RONALD REAGAN CHAPTER #107 MEETING 5:30 p.m. Member Bill Pagel will give a presentation on the Evolution of the American battleship on covers, followed by a dinner. Marie Callender’s, 185 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call Bill at 320-1601. 
“LUV” IN THE WORK PLACE Noon-1:30 p.m. Adam K. Treiger Esq. will discuss personal relationships between employees and how businesses should handle these delicate situations. $35. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Moorpark. For more information, call 382-8624.

OPENING THEATER

50/50 Feb. 15 through March 2. Elite Theater presents this poignant play about four women, friends since childhood, who reunite for a weekend in a ski condo when one of them becomes ill. $20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.elitetheatre.org.  
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM  Feb. 15-23. Comedy Tonight Productions goes on the road to Rome with this musical comedy. $12-$20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. www.comedytonightproductions.com. 
SHIVA ARMS Feb. 14-15 Kim Maxwell Studio presents Doug Motel’s one-man show featuring 11 characters in the midst of spiritual seeking. $25. 226 W. Ojai Ave., # 102, Ojai, www.kimmaxwellstudio.com.  
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Feb. 14-15, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy themed around the subject of love. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. $12-$15. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.

ONGOING THEATER

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.  
DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE Through March 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sarah Ruhl’s new comedy, the first Main Stage production of the 2014 Season. Ruhl comments on the social mores of modern life when technology intervenes in the insightful comedy. “That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights of the theater go down or when the plane takes off, becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” said Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. $15 or $20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through March 9. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this beloved musical has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. $17-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.hsac45.com
THE TRULY REMARKABLE PUSS N BOOTS Through Feb. 16. OYES presents this one-act play about a sneaky cat. $5. 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai, www.brownpapertickets.com.  
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

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Feb. 15 through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.”  Reception on Saturday, Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m. $15. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

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
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 23. “Local color:  Three Photographers” featuring work by Toshi, Michael Brodey and Jim Englund. Michael Brodey, a photographer for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, has 50 years’ experience as a noted outdoorsman and dramatic landscape photographer. Jim Englund, a commercial and industrial photographer, currently works in a style characterized by brilliant, saturated color and in a large format. Toshi, inspired by the light of the coastal environment, augments his images with LED bulbs selectively placed in a handcrafted light box/frame. Reception on Saturday, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.   
CSUCI 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
COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through March 4. “Facebook Profile Pictures: Your Image on the Internet” and “A Wrinkle in Time: A Celebration of the Joys, Struggle, Triumphs and Legacies of Ventura County Seniors.” Atrium Gallery in the Hall of Administration.658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.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.  
HERITAGE VALLEY FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Through Feb. 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 she 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. 
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY 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 Feb. 26. “I Love Pastels” presented by the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.  
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. 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   
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 Feb. 28. “Pamela Grau: Unified Emergence.” Pamela Grau searched inside and out for images and materials that would support her creative path. In 2009, while being treated for cancer a new body of work emerged that was devoid of storytelling. The core of this current work is about spirit contained within design, color and texture. It is about expansion and containment. The work has a mystical and magical component. It invokes our most primal responses to nature. 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 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.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

GASLAND PART II Tuesday, Feb., 11 7:15 p.m.
The Ventura Film Society opens its latest season with this film, a follow-up to Gasland, which explores the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil known as fracking. $5-$10. Guest speakers will include Supervisor Steve Bennett; John Brooks, president of Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas; Katie Davis, Climate Reality Project Santa Barbara; and Jan Dietrick, Ventura Citizens Climate Lobby who will moderate. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit
www.venturafilmsociety.com.
 
 
 

¡MIRAME!: QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR LIVE COMEDY AND SHORT FILMS
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

A special community event focused on using the arts to promote dialogue on the intersection of social issues affecting LGBTQ communities of color. The event features stand-up comedy by the award-winning queer Xicana artist Adelina Anthony and Sri Lankan-American transgender performance artist D’Lo.  $20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aderisaproductions.com.
 
 
 

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Feb. 7, 5-9 p.m.
Ventura Music Festival presents Festivo! featuring works by 10 prominent local artists, including Susan Cook, JoAnne Duby, Gerd Koch, Norman Kirk (oil on canvas pictured), Hiroko Yoshimoto and Lynn Creighton. The work exhibited will be auctioned to raise funds for the music festival during the Evening of Note gala in March. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
 
 

 
 
~ THURSDAY ~

VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS: FIRST GARDEN OPENING 11 a.m. A ribbon cutting will celebrate the first planting at the Ventura Botanical Gardens, featuring seedlings from Chile. Ventura Botanical Gardens, behind Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., #109, Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaBotanicalGardens.com
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE 6-8:30 p.m. (through April 10). Assistance is provided using the “My Free Taxes” software for preparation of the 1040 form and limited schedules. The family income limit for assistance is $52,000. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

MARC BACHRACH, “THE KINDER, GENTLER HYPNOTIST,” WITH MAGICIAN SHAWN MCMASTER 7:30-9:30 p.m. Notable hypnotist Marc Bachrach and magician Shawn McMaster will perform their creative set as part of the Livetalks series. $20-$25. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org
ROSE AVENUE ELEMENTARY’S PUMA-COLOR-A-THON 12-3 p.m. The Rose Avenue PTA will host a color-run for students, featuring dyed cornstarch with all benefits going to fund upcoming field trips. Rose Avenue Elementary, 220 S. Driskill, Oxnard. For more information, www.oxnardsd.org/rose.

~ SATURDAY ~

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH ORIGAMI MASTER 1-4 p.m. Local origami master BiJian Fan, who was born in Beijing, China, and learned his paper craft from his grandmother, will be featured, and children can participate in a kite-making workshop followed by kite-flying. Asian food trucks will be present. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
COMIC ARTIST GEORGES JENTY Noon-3 p.m. Artist Georges Jenty, known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Joker’s Daughter, will sign comics in celebration of Hypno Comics’ two-year anniversary. Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hypnocomics.com
FREE TENNIS CLINIC FOR KIDS AGES 4 TO 14, 1-2 p.m. The city of Ventura will host free lessons for kids on the basics of tennis or to assist in improving their techniques. Camino Real Park Tennis Center, 4199 Dean Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/eRecreation
MILITARY TRIBUTE GALA HONORING THE KOREAN WAR ERA 5:30 p.m. This year the gala will honor those who served during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 and will feature comedian and actress Jo Anne Worley. $125. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.ForTheTroops.org
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY 6:30 p.m. Children may come in their pajamas and bring blankets and pillows to watch this film as part of the movie night series. The film revolves around several monsters who attend college. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org
OBAMACARE INFORMATIONAL EVENT IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH 2-4 p.m. Get key information and your questions answered by two bilingual, certified representatives from United Way Ventura County. Conejo Valley Adult School, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-259-8314. 
RUN OR DYE Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.  Featuring multicolored showers of safe, eco-friendly, plant-based dyed cornstarch at every kilometer, this 5K run has become a staple of annual running events. Afterward, participants will have the option to take part in the Run or Dye Festival. $52-$57. Ventura Ranch KOA, 7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.runordye.com.
RUSALKA 9:55 a.m. Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s melodic Rusalka, which is about a water sprite’s tragic romance with a human prince. This live performance will be streamed into local theaters nationwide. $16-$24. Century River Park, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cinemark.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

DRAG QUEEN BINGO 6 p.m. This charity event will offer prizes and fun for participants in a bingo setting with comedy interspersed. $10. Paddy’s Bar & Lounge, 2 W. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.paddysventura.com
LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 3 p.m. The Stars of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood will perform an afternoon of championship wrestling. $10. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
MARIMBA VIRTUOSO JI HYE JUNG 3 p.m. Camerata Pacifica’s February schedule continues with percussionist Ji Hye Jung and pianist Adam Nieman performing several pieces by Chopin. $40. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cameratapacifica.org
SMOOTH JAZZ DUO MIKE HARRIS AND BETTY PATTENGALE 2 p.m. The jazz duo’s repertoire spans both time and genre, encompassing jazz, blues and contemporary music. They’ll be playing selections from their vast catalog. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.

~ MONDAY ~

DR. BILL GARLINGTON, “THE GREAT REFORMATION” 7 p.m. This class will focus on the lives and work of three major Protestant personalities: Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin, as well as the historical factors that influenced their thinking and actions. Part one of a four-part series. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH TRACY LEE STUM 6-7:30 p.m. Artist Tracy Lee Stum, known for her three-dimensial chalk designs, will speak on her art. $5-$10. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.  
NORDHOFF HIGH SCHOOL’S TRIVIA NIGHT 6:30 p.m. This adults-only event will feature trivia games, raffle, prizes, food and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Nordhoff High School music department. $10. Giorgio’s Pizza and Italian Food, 914 Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“BEFORE YOU LITIGATE, MEDIATE” 5:30-6:30 p.m. This talk hosted by lawyer Brent J. Rosenbaum will cover what mediation is, how it works, how it can be an empowering process and when it is a better option than litigation. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.  
“WHAT’S NEXT FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS?” DISCUSSION 7:30 a.m.-noon. Learn about what’s on the horizon for the 2014 workplace and what it means for California employers. Courtyard Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.wvceac.net.

OPENING THEATER

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Feb. 7 through March 9. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this beloved musical has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. $17-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.hsac45.com
DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE Feb. 7 through March 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sarah Ruhl’s new comedy, the first Main Stage production of the 2014 Season. Ruhl comments on the social mores of modern life when technology intervenes, in the insightful comedy. “That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights of the theater go down, or when the plane takes off, becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” said Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. $15 or $20. 125 S. Seventhth St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Feb. 6-9. Students in the Ventura College Music Department and the Opera and Musical Theater Workshop will perform the dramatic musical play based on Elizabeth Spencer’s 1996 book The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales. Adam Guettel wrote the music and lyrics, which garnered a 2005 Tony Award for “Best Original Score” and Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Music.” $10-$15. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 289-6279.

ONGOING THEATER

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
FOREVER PLAID 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. 
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

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM  Feb. 8 through March 23. “Local color: Three Photographers,” featuring work by Toshi, Michael Brodey and Jim Englund. Michael Brodey, a photographer for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, has 50 years’ experience as a noted outdoorsman and dramatic landscape photographer. Jim Englund, a commercial and industrial photographer, currently works in a style characterized by brilliant, saturated color and in a large format. Toshi, inspired by the light of the coastal environment, augments his images with LED bulbs selectively placed in a handcrafted light box/frame. Reception on Saturday, March 1, 6-7:30 p.m. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
FIRST FRIDAY VENTURA Feb. 7,  6 to 10 p.m. The increasingly popular monthly event that celebrates Downtown and Westside Ventura’s vibrant art scene. Demonstrations, lectures, music and performance are featured during this monthly cultural event. Participants include Stoneworks Studios, Bell Arts Factory/Vita Art Center, Working Artists Ventura (WAV), Artists Union Gallery, Art City and Sylvia White Gallery. For more information, maps and a list of participating galleries, visit www.firstfridaysventura.com
VITA ART CENTER Feb. 7-28. “Pamela Grau: Unified Emergence.” Pamela Grau searched inside and out for images and materials that would support her creative path. In 2009, while being treated for cancer a new body of work emerged that was devoid of storytelling. The core of this current work is about spirit contained within design, color and texture. It is about expansion and containment. The work has a mystical and magical component. It invokes our most primal responses to nature. Reception on Friday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. 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.

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.  
CSUCI 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
COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through March 4. “Facebook Profile Pictures: Your Image on the Internet” and “A Wrinkle in Time: A Celebration of the Joys, Struggle, Triumphs and Legacies of Ventura County Seniors.” Atrium Gallery in the Hall of Administration.658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.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.   
HERITAGE VALLEY FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Through Feb. 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 pay 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. 
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8. Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition that includes 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 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 Feb. 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.   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 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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  1. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist

    March 18 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Rev. Karen’s Mid-Month Devotional Retreat: Discovering the ‘Who’ That Is You

    May 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Viva La CASA: Benefit Concert

    May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Ojai Youth Opera Presents: Nightingale & the Tower

    May 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  5. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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    May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Ojai Art Center’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
  8. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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