Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

ACCLAIMED MEDITERRANEAN GUITARIST PAVLO
Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m.

Pavlo’s fifteen-year performing career, including nine albums and a PBS special, is proof of his masterful skills. His electric live performances continue to propel Pavlo around the globe and galvanize his fans. Awards and recognition include two gold records for Fantasia and Pavlo and Instrumental Album of the Year for Trifecta at the Juno Awards in 2010. Backed by a live band, Pavlo’s program features classic favorites as well as original material. $25. Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardcca.com.
 
 
 

“CONVERSATION WITH . . .” SERIES PRESENTS JESSE PLEMONS 
Friday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Actor Jesse Plemons, best known for his rolls in Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights, will speak on acting and inspiration at this series presented by CLU. Other guests of the “Conversations With . . .” series have included Harold Perrineau, Alan Ruck and Markus Flanagan. Preus-Brandt Forum, California Lutheran University, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, contact info@westlakeactingstudio.com
 

 
~ THURSDAY~

FIDDLER, STEPDANCER AND SINGER APRIL VERCH 7 p.m. The internationally touring fiddler April Verch will perform her eclectic mix of fiddling, singing and dancing in celebration of her ninth studio album. $20-$25. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ovwc.info
THE MIX AT BELL ARTS FACTORY 5:30-7 p.m. An evening of networking, studio tours and an artist meet and greet will be available alongside light refreshments. This event is hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaChamber.com
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m.
This meeting will feature Scott Klittich, manager of Otto & Sons Nursery in Fillmore, who will be giving a talk called “Growing Great Roses.” Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturarose.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

COMEDIAN ANTHONY JESELNIK 8:30 p.m. Known to Comedy Central viewers for his appearances on roasts of both Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump, as well as his own show, The Jeselnik Offensive, Jeselnik will bring his comedy to the Thousand Oaks stage. $49.40. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com
DR. SHOCKER’S BURLESQUE JAMBORTEASE! 8 p.m. Sheila Starr, recent winner of the first ever Miss Burlesque Hollywood at the Hollywood Burlesque Festival, will be performing alongside Pearl Lux and others in a show combining dance and fashion. $12 (This performance can be combined with The Rocky Horror Picture Show for $20). Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.jambortease.drshocker.net
TOOMUCHCOFFEECAST PRESENTS THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 11 p.m. The TooMuchCoffeeCast will perform the acclaimed cult hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a live setting featuring various macabre and humorous musical numbers. $10. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.tmcc.rhps.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

FRESH ROASTED CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS SOUL STREET 7:30 p.m. Straight out of Houston, this soul-inspired dance troupe will take on jams from decades past. $10-$20. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org
FUNDRAISER WITH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JAMIE FORD 2 p.m. Editor Shelly Lowenkopf will interview New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford as part of an effort to raise funds for the Friends of the Library. $25. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
GREAT VENTURA SLEEP IN 6 p.m. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura invites guests to sleep in their cars or in the parking lot in sleeping bags to experience the way in which the city’s homeless survive. A meal will be provided, followed by a presentation called “One Light, Many Candles.” The Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, visit  www.uuventura.org
JULIEANNE O’CONNOR AUTOGRAPH SESSION 1-3 p.m. Author Julieanne O’Connor, host of “Transforming Relationships,” will sign copies of her book Spelling it Out For Your Man. Giessinger Winery, 365 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. For more information, visit www.spellingitout.com. 
L.A. OPERA TALK: “THAIS” 3 p.m. A community educator will talk about this opera by Jules Massenet based on the novel Thaïs by Anatole France. Thaïs takes place in Egypt during Byzantine rule, where a Cenobite monk, Athanaël, attempts to convert Thaïs, an Alexandrian courtesan and devotee of Venus, to Christianity. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S A St, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL: HEALING HAPPENS THROUGH AN OPEN HEART 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The morning will be devoted to meditation, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sharing, songs and chants. The Rev. Karen will also offer healing prayers for anyone facing a particular challenge. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com
NAACC CELEBRATING CHILDREN’S DAY Noon-4 p.m. The National Association Against Child Cruelty will host its first event to welcome Child Abuse Awareness month, featuring the educational project “The Children’s Wall of Tears.” Musicians and food will be available. Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thechildrenswalloftears.org
PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. The evening begins with the slide show “Enjoy the Spring Night Sky,” followed by a viewing of the constellations, planets, and other objects through several VCAS club-members’ telescopes. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, call 520-9666. 
TRADITIONAL IRISH FIDDLE GROUP THREE FOR JOY 2-3 p.m. Three children between the ages of 7 and 10 will perform traditional Irish songs and dance. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit call 646-1639.

~ SUNDAY ~

MRS. PACKARD: A POTLUCK & PLAY 6:30 p.m. Famed playwright Elyse Mirto will read from the play Mrs. Packard, the story of a dandy from the late 1800s who had his wife and family forcibly institutionalized for being uppity. Guests are asked to bring a dish to feed up to six people. $5, or free if you bring a dish. OYES, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, call 646-4300. 
NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JAMIE FORD 2-3:30 p.m.
Best-selling author Jamie Ford will discuss and sign copies of his latest novel as part of the Camarillo library’s Camarillo Reads series. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
THE PAST 4:30 p.m. Three unhappy adults and three unhappy kids, with fault lines running in every conceivable direction, plus an absentee father in Belgium, an absentee wife in a coma and an odd employee make up this Iranian drama. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.

~ MONDAY ~

THE AFTERMATH 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.) A brother comes from America to visit his younger brother after 20 years of living separately. They discover that their village played a role quite different from the official version during years of Holocaust. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
MEADOWLARK SERVICE LEAGUE PRESENTS CHARITY ROUND-ROBIN TENNIS TOURNAMENT 8:30 a.m. The British-themed luncheon and tournament, “A Royal Affair,” will feature an English-themed lunch and tennis in full British regalia in support of Meadowlark Service League. $60-$80. Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.meadowlarkserviceleague.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

“DON’T SETTLE FOR WORLD JUGGLING” WITH VEDIC SAGES 7:30 p.m. The platitude gurus say a whole lot of confusing stuff that doesn’t make sense, according to the Vedic sages. Translations will be made at this meeting. American Vedic Association, 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. For more information, call 640-0405. 
EXPERT ADVICE ON GROWING A GARDEN 6:30-8:30 p.m. As part of the fourth annual series on gardening, this multipart presentation will begin with “Composting and Alternatives to Grass Lawns.” Following meetings will take place through April 29, featuring guest speakers on tomatoes, citrus and garden gnomes. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
MENDED HEARTS OF VENTURA HEART IMPLANT SUPPORT GROUP 7-9 p.m. Those who have experienced heart transplants are welcome to share stories in this monthly support group. Community Memorial Hospital, eighth floor, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura.  
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP: FILLMORE/LAKE PIRU 8:30 a.m. Shorebirds and ducks will be the highlights of this trip, featuring tips on how to spot certain species of birds and identificamarillolibrary.org cation. Surfers Knoll Beach, Ventura. For more information, to R.S.V.P. and get directions, call 415-4304.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

POETRY OUT LOUD AT THE LIBRARY 6 p.m. Children from grades two through six will be placed into groups to work on various forms of poetry. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Los Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AT CSUCI 6 p.m. In recognition of autism, students will light up the John Spoor Broome library. The activities will go through April 6 and will culminate in the second annual Aut2Run! charity race. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information and for a schedule of events, contact 437-8528.

OPENING THEATER

IN THE HEIGHTS March 28 through April 6. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. $30-$65. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.

ONGOING THEATER

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN Through April 6. Rubicon Theatre presents the Tony award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill. A story of vulnerability, passion, humor and torment, Moon takes audiences to a rural Connecticut farm, where the sins of a failed actor-turned-landlord named Jim Tyrone collide with the outwardly gruff vulnerability of an Irish working-class farmer’s daughter named Josie Hogan. In one fateful evening, these two lost souls move through a mythic tale of old sins and the power of love. $39-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.   
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 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
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
SHREK: THE MUSICAL 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
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speakeasy joints and Prohibition. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be “thoroughly modern,” she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. $18-$20. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.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

SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY April 2-25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapine Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris café in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. Reception on April 5, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368. 
LATITUDES FINE ART March 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. “Wavelengths: The Heartbeat of the Ocean.” Artists reception to celebrate images of the ocean by Steve Munch. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM AUCTION March 29, 3 p.m. The fourth annual fine- and decorative-art auction will feature more than 75 works ranging from oils and watercolors to glass, pottery, porcelain and prints by Jessie Arms Botke, Cornelis Botke, Paul Grimm, Douglas Shively, Marion Wachtel, Norman Kirk, Susan Petty and others. Silent auction followed by live auction, admission is $15-$20. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.   
PAINT VENTURA April 2-6. The annual plein air festival returns to the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Ventura with outdoor painting, classes, sales and many new special events, including an umbrella art festival, downtown art walk, quick-draw painting competition and wet canvas sale and painting party. The event is free to the public. For all the details and a full schedule of events, visit www.PaintVentura.com.

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through March 28. “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets.” This exhibition is a complement to the national literary event “The Big Read.”  In the Tool Room Gallery: “Mujer,” a celebration of women and their relationships with each other, featuring work by Judy Baca, Gayel Childress, MB Hanrahan, Maribel Hernandez and others. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
BLUE CUBE Through April 7. “Off the Walls,” featuring work by various California MFA candidates in Ventura’s newest contemporary art space. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 218-0842 or www.bluecubegallery.com
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 29. Winter Juried Exhibit featuring work by Robert Diehl, Nancy Hodge, Kathy Ikerd, Kathleen Johnsen, Carolyn Jorgensen, Joyce Lombard, Vera Maguire, Daniel Mooney, Brandon Newcomer, Patricia Post and many others. Juried by Gayel Childress. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.   
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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 April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video”  in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. For more information, call 437-2772.    
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or www.callutheran.edu.   
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.  
FARMER AND THE COOK Through March 30. “Fauna” a selection of iconic portraits of local “fauna” that inhabits the Ventura and Sespe watershed by Diane Bennett. 339 W. El Roblar, Ojai.   
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.  
GALERIE 102 Through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.  
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through April 14. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Youth Outreach presents work by local students inspired by artists that were featured in Donna Granata’s award-winning photography. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive, entrance #3, Ventura. 644-2750, www.HarborVillageGallery.com.    
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.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. 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, Gayel 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.   
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.    
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through March 31.  “The Beatles! 50th Anniversary Collection,” featuring Beatles memorabilia and photography of the group. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333.   
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 March 31. Select works by one of the founders of the 1970s  Chicano art movement, Frank Romero. 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 Through June 15. “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. 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, 2013. 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 redesigned 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 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

AUTHOR/ACTOR TUCKER SMALLWOOD DISCUSSES RETURN TO EDEN Saturday, March 22, 3-5 p.m.  Veteran/author/actor Tucker Smallwood tells of his experiences as an Army Airborne soldier in Vietnam. In his book, “Return to Eden,” Tucker speaks of his experiences using vivid imagery, bringing the personalities of his mates to life. Tucker is also known for his acting roles in The X-Files, Contact and appearances on Broadway and locally at the Rubicon. Tucker will read as part of Ventura’s Big Read event program. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread.
 
 
 

BLUE CUBE GRAND OPENING Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Ventura’s newest contemporary art space will celebrate its opening with the exhibition “Off the Walls,” art that never touches the walls, featuring work by various California MFA candidates, which closes April 7. Blue Cube’s mission is to introduce challenging, engaging, thought-provoking and boundary-pushing contemporary art with a strong emphasis on the works of students and emerging artists. Its aim is to support artists by providing them with a professional space, ambitious programming and the opportunity to participate in the curatorial process. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 218-0842 or www.bluecubegallery.com
 
 
 

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL March 22 through March 30.
The 11th annual festival presents six diverse films and an impressive lineup of notable speakers. Highlights include: Woody Allen retrospective featuring guest speaker Jane Peterson; Wunderkinder screening with special guest Celina Biniaz, an Auschwitz survivor who worked for Oskar Schindler; When Comedy Went to School, the acclaimed documentary about the Borscht Belt comedians; and Dancing in Jaffa, the true story of how world-famous ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine uses dance to overcome political and cultural differences to bring together 11-year-olds from Israel and Palestine. For information, visit  www.vcjff.org or call the Temple Beth Torah at  647-4181.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE LUNCHEON 11 a.m. The CI Gulls club will be wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and encourage  members and guests to bring a friend or neighbor who may be interested in joining the nonprofit social club. $25. Sterling Hills Country Club, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 263-6062. 
CHANNEL ISLAND MARITIME MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES: RICHARD SLATER 6:30 p.m. Diver, author and free-dive record-holder in the Guinness Book of World Records, Slater will talk about treasure hunts, world records, environmental mishaps and deep-sea exploration. $3-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

“ADAPTIVE OPTICS” WITH DR. TUCKER JONES 7:15 p.m. Dr. Tucker Jones of UC Santa Barbara will discuss how computerized mirrors on Earth-based telescopes can cancel out the blur caused by our atmosphere and produce images better than those from the Hubble Space Scope. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org
FOLK MUSICIAN JACKIE MORRIS AND THE HOPE & JUSTIN BAND 8 p.m. Morris combines the sound of vintage folk/Americana with contemporary themes, representing a lively patchwork of styles from good-time blues, ballads and bluegrass to country-western and folk-rock. $13. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocafe.com
HIGH SCHOOL JOB/VOLUNTEER EXPO 3-5 p.m. The expo is designed to connect Ventura high school students with Ventura and Oxnard businesses that employ high school students as well as nonprofit organizations that offer students volunteer opportunities. Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.com/expo
“MONSOON BLUES” POETRY READING BY ELIJAH IMLAY 7:30 p.m. Poet Elijah Imlay reads from his collection inspired by his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam as part of Ventura’s Big Read festival. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit http://www.cityofventura.net/bigread
PERMACULTURE AROUND THE WORLD DISCUSSION 7:30 p.m. World traveler Warren Brush will share a vision of the future that derives from experiences and understandings gained from distressed communities in Africa. Suggested donation $15-$25. The Ojai Foundation, 9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai.  For more information, visit www.ojaifoundation.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR 10-11 a.m. Residents of Ventura are invited to meet with Mayor Cheryl Heitmann to provide their input and suggestions on city issues over a cup of coffee. Outside of Good Time Donuts, 2445 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 677-3993. 
THE EARL-JAM TOUR FEAT. LOCAL PRODUCTS AND MUSIC 4-7 p.m. The music of JJ Frank will accompany local gourmet food producer Earl’s Gone Wild for a product tasting and demo. Whole Foods Market, 650 Town Center Drive, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.earlsgonewild.com
FREE MOVIE NIGHT: FINDING NEMO 6:30 p.m. Plucky fish Martin and Dory search their underwater world for Martin’s missing son, Nemo, who has been scooped up by a scuba diver. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org
HORSETAILS FAMILY PROGRAM 9-11:30 a.m. Meet National Park rangers and horses, see a horse demo, take a short hike, see historic barn and carriages, and learn about ranching history of the Conejo Valley. Meet in main parking lot of Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. For location directions and more information, call 443-7289. 
THE RAINS CAME: SCREENING OF CLASSIC FILM 7 p.m. Winner of the first Oscar awarded for special effects, this film is described as a “melodrama interrupted by an act of God.” $10. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org
ROTARY CREATES MAGIC SHOW 7:30 p.m. This annual fundraiser will feature a cast of Magicians that are world-class performers, all of whom are members of Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. $30. Moorpark High Street Arts Center, 45 E, High St,, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.camarillorotary.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

SPRING FLING AT CAMARILLO RANCH 12-4 p.m. The Camarillo White Horses will perform and food will be available for this festival featuring BBQ, a petting zoo and ranch house tours. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranch.org.
LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 3 p.m. Championship Pro Wrestling returns with a lineup featuring PP Ray vs. Vermin, The Revolution vs. The Sutton Family and Hobo vs. Nick Madrid. The Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
SPRING EQUINOX HERB WALK 9 a.m. On this walk, Lanny Kaufer will demonstrate the many uses of wild plants. Poisonous plants will also be identified. Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance and other topics. $15-$20. Carpool pickup at Maricopa Plaza, 1201 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. For more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS 2-4 p.m. Elijah Imlay, mental health professional and poet-soldier, author of “Monsoon Blues,” promotes writing as a healing experience for soldiers relating their military experiences. Cal Vets Veterans Home, 10900 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread.

~ MONDAY ~

FREE HOUSE FLIPPING WORKSHOP 6-8 p.m. California Flipping Network will present this workshop for investors and realtors on how to get started finding, fixing and flipping houses with featured speaker Lloyd Segal. Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.FlippingWorkshops.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS 7:15 p.m. This film is about the culmination of struggles between the French occupation of Algeria in the late 1950s, and the fierce resistance movement by the FLN to liberate the country from 130 years of French occupation. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
SANTA PAULA HIGH SCHOOL’S YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (and March 26). The conference goal is to empower youth with soft skills, public speaking, team-building, goal-setting and strong cultural identity in pursuit of higher education. Dinner and raffles will be held after the conference. Santa Paula High School, 404 N. Sixth St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.futureleadersnow.org.
VENTURA FEDERAL AND STATE PAYROLL TAX SEMINAR 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Employee Development Department and the IRS will discuss reporting requirements and other details regarding your taxes. Ventura EDD Tax Office, 4820 McGrath St., suite 200, Ventura. For more information, visit www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/.

ONGOING THEATER

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN Through April 6. Rubicon Theatre presents the Tony award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene O’Neill. A story of vulnerability, passion, humor and torment, Moon takes audiences to a rural Connecticut farm, where the sins of a failed actor-turned-landlord named Jim Tyrone collide with the outwardly gruff vulnerability of an Irish working-class farmer’s daughter named Josie Hogan. In one fateful evening, these two lost souls move through a mythic tale of old sins and the power of love. $39-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.   
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 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
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
SHREK: THE MUSICAL 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
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speakeasy joints and Prohibition. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be “thoroughly modern,” she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. $18-$20. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.   
TRES CARAS DE AMOR/THREE FACES OF LOVE Through March 22. Teatro de las Americas presents three one-act plays about love at various stages of life. Spanish language with English supertitles. $10-$15. 880 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.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

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY March 20 through April 14. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Youth Outreach presents work by local students inspired by artists that were featured in Donna Granata’s award-winning photography. Reception on March 23, 1-3 p.m. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive, entrance #3, Ventura. 644-2750, www.HarborVillageGallery.com.

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through March 28. “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets.” This exhibition is a complement to the national literary event “The Big Read.”  In the Tool Room Gallery: “Mujer” a celebration of women and their relationships with each other, featuring work by Judy Baca, Gayel Childress, MB Hanrahan, Maribel Hernandez and others. Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 29. Winter Juried Exhibit featuring work by Robert Diehl, Nancy Hodge, Kathy Ikerd, Kathleen Johnsen, Carolyn Jorgensen, Joyce Lombard, Vera Maguire, Daniel Mooney, Brandon Newcomer, Patricia Post and many others. Juried by Gayel Childress. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.   
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
CSUCI Through April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video”  in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. Through March 21. “Dreams, Fables & Histories, Captured and Framed,” a student exhibition of time-based media art, curated by CI digital media lecturer Elizabeth Leister in the CI Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. For more information, call 437-2772.    
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or www.callutheran.edu.   
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.  
GALERIE 102 Through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.  
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. Reception on March 22, 4-6 p.m. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Reception on Saturday, March 22, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-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 Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. Through March 22: “Festivo,” a group show of local artists’ visual renderings of classical music to benefit the Ventura Music Festival. 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, Gayel 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.   
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.   
SCIART Through March 22. “Less is More, Much More” a group show that explores subtlety, suggestion, nuance and innuendo. It was juried by Khaled Al-Awar, owner of Primavera Gallery, a contemporary fine-art gallery in Ojai. Blackboard Gallery, Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1386, www.studiochannelislands.org
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through March 31.  “The Beatles! 50th Anniversary Collection,” featuring Beatles memorabilia and photography of the group. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333.  
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through March 23. “The Art of the Book” features contemporary, traditional, compelling and unusual book art. In past exhibits artists have shown books from minuscule limited editions to installation-size originals. Materials thus far have included canvas, wood, cloth, Tyvek, plexiglas, metal, clay, organic materials, stone, coffee filters, video, handmade and commercial papers and books, of course. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300 or www.sylviawhite.com.  
VENTURA COLLEGE ART GALLERIES Through March 27. The Spring Faculty Exhibition features a variety of art from painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.     
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 March 31. Select works by one of the founders of the 1970s  Chicano art movement, Frank Romero. 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  Through June 15. “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. Reception on March 22, 3-5 p.m. 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, 2013. 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 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

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL 
Friday, March 14, 6 p.m.
(through Saturday, March 15).

Films, fun and food sums up the Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted by the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy for a fifth consecutive year. The two-night event will feature independent short films by area filmmakers, such as Cascada, an outdoor adventure film, and Walk on Water, following a Greg Mallory, who was paralyzed from the waist down on his adventures in kayaking. Both evenings will feature several short inspirational movies and guest filmmakers. $25 each night, with reserved seating receiving food and beverages. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturahillsides.org.
 
 
 

VITA ART CENTER  Through March 31. 
Select works by one of the founders of the 1970s  Chicano art movement, Frank Romero. 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
 
 
 

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
March 15 through April 6.

Rubicon Theatre presents the Tony award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene O’Neill. A story of vulnerability, passion, humor and torment, Moon takes audiences to a rural Connecticut farm, where the sins of a failed actor-turned-landlord named Jim Tyrone collide with the outwardly gruff vulnerability of an Irish working class farmer’s daughter named Josie Hogan. In one fateful evening, these two lost souls move through a mythic tale of old sins and the power of love. $39-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.  
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

SENIORS FALL INJURY PRESENTATION 2-3:30 p.m. Falls are the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury deaths in persons older than 65. Dr. Thomas Duncan, trauma co-director of Ventura County Medical Center, will talk about “How to Avoid a Crash.” Ventura Convalescent Hospital, 4020 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. For more information, call 258-8000. 
UCSB VENTURA CENTER INFORMATION SESSION 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, mingle with their academically inclined neighbors, and learn about the university at their disposal, alongside light refreshments. UCSB Extension, 3585 Maple St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.extension.ucsb.edu/pr
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DEVELOPMENT SERIES 5-7:30 p.m. Jason W. Womack, author of “Your Best Just Got Better,” provides practical methods to maximize tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. $15-$25. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaChamber.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

DR. BARRY KERZIN, PHYSICIAN TO THE DALAI LAMA 7-8 p.m. Dr. Kerzin will speak about Inner peace and contentment. Dr. Kerzin is a Buddhist monk, teacher, and former Ventura medical doctor and has lived in Dharamsala for more than 22 years, providing medical care to many high lamas as well as poor people in India. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
MEET A MEDICAL ASSISTANT 10 a.m. Medical Assistant students from CET will check your heart rate, oxygen in your blood and blood pressure, and help young visitors feel more comfortable about these vital services. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
OJAI VALLEY WOMAN’S CLUB ANNUAL TALENT SHOW 7-10 p.m. Various members of the community will demonstrate their unique talents in support of the Scholarship Fund. $5. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 411 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 652-1841. 
“THRIVING IN A WORLD THAT IS SPEEDING UP” 7-9 p.m. Carter Phipps and Dr. Jim Lockard discuss evolutionary ideas regarding personal growth and spirituality. The seminar will be a forum discussion based on the book “Evolutionaries” by Carter Phipps. $15-$25. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

“BEING IN SYNC WITH YOUR OWN LIFE” 3:30-5 p.m. Ventura Voices for Peace hosts live music, guest speaker, refreshments and multimedia presentation, including a featured video of Prem Rawat, a leading voice for peace and well-being for all people for more than 40 years. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
VENTURA’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 10 a.m. The annual parade featuring clubs, organizations and floats from local and nearby associations will wend its way down Main Street in celebration of the Irish holiday. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

22nd ANNUAL “WEARING O’ THE GREEN” IRISH HOOLIE 4 p.m. In celebration of Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly, the club will host a “Green Tie Hoolie” auction on Sunday, followed by the annual golf tournament on Monday at the Buenaventura Golf Course. $50 for the Green Tie Hoolie, $125 for individual golf tickets. Various locations; for more information and to register, www.vccaregivers.org
RENOWNED WOOD TURNER DAVID ELLSWORTH 9 a.m.-4 p.m. David Ellsworth will demonstrate and share his wood-turning techniques, design tips, signature tools and sharpening strategies. Ellsworth is known for his technical ability and understanding of forms, especially thin-walled sculpturelike vessels. $35. Cabrillo Middle School Woodshop Classroom, 1426 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 987-8714. 
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT GULL WINGS 10 a.m. Children will be entertained with activities ranging from crafts to the chance to win a pencil, all in celebration of St. Patrick. Children wearing green will get $1 off of admission. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.

~ MONDAY ~

THE ROCKET 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This film follows Alho, who, while good natured, is considered unlucky and is savagely beaten until his Uncle Purple whisks him away to a rocket festival, where he blows up a portion of the sky. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

2014 SPEAKERS SERIES: “ACUTE CARE” 6-8 p.m. Professionals will discuss requirements necessary to be placed in a skilled nursing facility, short-term placement versus long-term placement, and interactions with nurses and physicians about care. Nichols Auditorium, eighth floor, Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org
FOCUS ON YOU: EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP 6-8 p.m. Guest host and Certified Holistic Health Coach Shelley Hurguy will outline the role that food and nutrition play in overall health and increasing your ability to focus. $5 suggested donation. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center, 2021 Sperry Ave., suite 22, Ventura. For more information, call 321-0071 . 
THE GREAT LOVE DEBATE 7-9 p.m. An interactive town hall-style event where five leading local experts and an engaged audience will dish, discuss, dissect and debate the current state of the date. $35. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturalove.eventbrite.com
“KNOWLEDGE BEGINS WITH HUMILITY” DISCUSSION 7:30 p.m. American Vedic Association presents the Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship, a discussion on how one can become knowledgeable with the assistance and guidance of the fellowship’s sages. The American Vedic Association, 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. For more information, call 640-0405.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

FRACKING: DRIVING CALIFORNIA BACKWARDS 7-8:30 p.m. The Sierra Club will host this presentation on the effects of “fracking” operations in California and ways in which supporters can assist in the passage of SB 1132, the recently introduced fracking moratorium bill in the state legislature. City Corp. Building, 77 N. California St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.lospadres.sierraclub.org
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF VENTURA COUNTY HOSTS “AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS” 7 p.m. The monthly social focuses on different topics. At this meeting, a representative from Americans for Safe Access will discuss and recruit residents for a task group regarding the feasibility of medical cannabis in the city of Ventura. For address and for more information, call 652-0290. 
POETRY OUTLOUD AT THE LIBRARY 3-5 p.m. The grades six through eight workshop will be led by local poet Shelley Sevrin. Children from grades six through eight will focus on writing and reciting a two-minute poem. Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 383-5686.

OPENING THEATER

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE March 14 through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speak-easy joints and Prohibition. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be “thoroughly modern,” she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. $18-$20. 495-3715or www.conejoplayers.org.

ONGOING THEATER

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 6. Elite Theater presentsT 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
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
SHREK: THE MUSICAL 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.
TRES CARAS DE AMOR/THREE FACES OF LOVE Through March 22.  Teatro de las Americas presents three one-act plays about love at various stages of life. Spanish language with English supertitles. $10-$15. 880 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.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.
WEST SIDE STORY Through March 16. Still bold, brash and beautiful after 50-plus years with its iconic songs and music by the genius of Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim, Nordhoff High School Musical Department will present this classic musical. $10-$17. 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, www.nhsmusic.com.

WEST SIDE STORY Through March 16. Theater League presents the classic musical that was edgy for its time. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2100 or www.toaks.org.

OPENING ART

FOX FINE JEWELRY March 13 through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Reception on Saturday, March 22, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through March 28. “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets.” This exhibition is a complement to the national literary event “The Big Read.”  In the Tool Room Gallery: “Mujer” a celebration of women and their relationships with each other, featuring work by Judy Baca, Gayel Childress, MB Hanrahan, Maribel Hernandez and others. Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 29. Winter Juried Exhibit featuring work by Robert Diehl, Nancy Hodge, Kathy Ikerd, Kathleen Johnsen, Carolyn Jorgensen, Joyce Lombard, Vera Maguire, Daniel Mooney, Brandon Newcomer, Patricia Post and many others. Juried by Gayel Childress. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.   
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
CSUCI Through April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video”  in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. Through March 21. “Dreams, Fables & Histories, Captured and Framed,” a student exhibition of time-based media art, curated by CI digital media lecturer Elizabeth Leister in the CI Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building. For more information, call 437-2772.    
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or www.callutheran.edu.   
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.  
GALERIE 102 Through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through March 17. Eighth Annual Collegiate Student Art Competition juried by Bob Privitt. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
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 Through May 18. “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27. “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. Through March 22: “Festivo,” a group show of local artists’ visual renderings of classical music to benefit the Ventura Music Festival. 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, Gayel 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.   
SCIART Through March 22. “Less is More, Much More” a group show that explores subtlety, suggestion, nuance and innuendo. It was juried by Khaled Al-Awar, owner of Primavera Gallery, a contemporary fine-art gallery in Ojai. Blackboard Gallery, Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1386, www.studiochannelislands.org
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through March 31.  “The Beatles! 50th Anniversary Collection,” featuring Beatles memorabilia and photography of the group. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333.  
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through March 23. “The Art of the Book” features contemporary, traditional, compelling and unusual book art. In past exhibits artists have shown books from minuscule limited editions to installation-size originals. Materials thus far have included canvas, wood, cloth, Tyvek, plexiglas, metal, clay, organic materials, stone, coffee filters, video, handmade and commercial papers and books, of course. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.1783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300 or www.sylviawhite.com.  
VENTURA COLLEGE ART GALLERIES Through March 27. The Spring Faculty Exhibition features a variety of art from painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.     
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  Through June 15. “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. Reception on March 22, 3-5 p.m. 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 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

AN IRISH HOOLEY WITH SLUGGER O’TOOLE  Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Kerry Records presents An Irish Hooley with the Irish band Slugger O’Toole in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Slugger O’Toole will be joined on stage by special guests Chris Loken, Peter Romano and members of the Kerry Dance Troupe. Slugger O’Toole shares its passion for the music of Ireland and the Celtic Nations by concocting a heady brew of foot-stomping pub songs, heart-rending ballads and deft instrumentals with traditional instrumentation including fiddle, button accordion, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, pennywhistle, flute and guitars. $44. Janet and Ray Cherr Auditorium, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
 
 
 

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM 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.
 
 


 
~ THURSDAY ~

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S THE KID 6:30 p.m. As part of the Camarillo Reads month long event, several classic films will be screened, including the Marx Brother’s Animal Crackers on Thursday, March 13, followed by a children’s story time. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Los Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

THE BIG READ KICK-OFF 5:30 p.m. Kicking off Ventura’s third Big Read, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will give comments at an exhibit of art by veterans followed by a a video screening plus a featured book giveaway to the first 75 people in attendance. The two-month calendar of activities, all free and open to the public, includes ten discussion groups, a theater world premiere, four visual art exhibits and much more. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information and to see a full calendar of events, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread.
AN EVENING WITH PHYSICIST DR. AMIT GOSWAMI 7-10 p.m. Dr. Goswami, famed for his appearance in the documentary What the Bleep Do We Know?, will speak on applying the theories proposed in quantum physics to unleashing your creative energy. $20-$25. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacsl.org.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 7:30 p.m. Since 1956, the Glenn Miller Orchestra has played near to 300 shows a year world-wide, and now will be playing in Ventura County. At this event, the Orchestra will perform classics as well as a few new favorites. $25-$50. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
THE PERRY BROTHERS BAND 8 p.m. This dynamic band featuring music and comedy will perform their mix of country and folk classics. $20. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

LIVING WITH LESS: A DAY DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Demonstrations will include the Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners plus Camarillo Quilters who will sew on a 1930’s quilt frame. Reproductions of toys of this time will be on display while Depression-era songs will be played. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Los Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
REALITY PARTY FOR PARENTS 3-8 p.m. A private home in Simi Valley will be the stage where a simulated teen party will take place. Youth and young adult actors will depict drug and alcohol use while parents and other adults will tour the rooms of the house. Register at www.straightupvc.com/register for location and further details.
VENERABLE KUSALA BHIKSHU AT URBAN DHARMA WEST 10:30 a.m. Kusala Bhikshu (Thich Tam-Thien) is an American born Bhikshu (monk) ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam. He will give a talk and demonstration of his particular style of Yoga. $25-$30. Yoga Everyone, 28914 Roadside Drive, Suite 204, Agoura Hills. For more information, visit www.urbandharma.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

FACING DROUGHT TOGETHER: THE OJAI RETREAT 1:30-5 p.m. Several members of the professional community including Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert and pastor Victoria Loorz will speak on the science and ethics of preserving water during a time of severe drought. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.achangeinthewind.com.
OXNARD MUSIC ADVOCACY GROUP FUNDRAISER FEATURING QUATTRO 3 p.m. To assist the Oxnard High School Band, Latin Grammy nominee Quattro will rehearse and perform with the band as part of this fundraiser. $5-$15. Oxnard High School, 3400 W. Gonzalez Rd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.quattrosound.com.

~ MONDAY ~

NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY SCREENING 12-7 p.m. In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Ventura County Public Health’s (VCPH) HIV/AIDS program will offer free confidential and anonymous HIV testing. Ventura County Public Health, 2240 E Gonzales Rd. #140, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.vchca.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

BEWARE MR. BAKER 7:15 p.m. The legendary drummer Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith, his introduction to World Music through Fela Kuti and other African musicians, and his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.org.

SMART PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING 6-7:30 p.m. Speaker Christine Sztukowski will talk on the differences between men and women in terms of saving money and how different approaches can be used to reach the same goal. Tower Club 22nd Floor, 300 E Esplanade Dr. Oxnard. For more information, visit www.ICMCamarillo.com.

OPENING THEATER

WEST SIDE STORY March 6-16. Still bold, brash and beautiful after 50-plus years with its iconic songs and music by the genius of Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim, Nordhoff High School Musical Department will present this classic musical. $10-$17. 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, www.nhsmusic.com.

ONGOING THEATER

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 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
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
SHREK: THE MUSICAL 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.  
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

BELL ARTS FACTORY Opening on March 7. “From Hell to Healing: The Art of Vietnam Vets.” This exhibition, as a complement to the national literary event “The Big Read” will open with for First Friday Ventura with a reception in the community room on March 7, 5:30-9 p.m., featuring popular food trucks, no-host wine and beer bar and a short film presented by the Ventura Film Society. March 7-28: “Mujer” a celebration of women and their relationships with each other, featuring work by Judy Baca, Gayel Childress, MB Hanrahan, Maribel Hernandez and others in theTool Room Gallery. Reception on March 7 6-9 p.m. 
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM March 8 through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. Reception on March 8, 4-6 p.m. 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 March 10 through April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video.” The exhibition, a first-time collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), features some of today’s most important international video artists, including Francis Alÿs, Christian Marclay, Lynda Benglis, Oscar Muñoz, and many more. Some artworks are on loan from the museum’s permanent collection. Reception on March 6, 6:30-8 p.m. John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. 
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.  
GALERIE 102 March 8 through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. Reception on Saturday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.   
VITA ART CENTER March 7-31. Select works by one of the founders of the Chicano art movement, Frank Romero, are featured. Opening reception on Friday, March 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
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 29. Winter Juried Exhibit featuring work by Robert Diehl, Nancy Hodge, Kathy Ikerd, Kathleen Johnsen, Carolyn Jorgensen, Joyce Lombard, Vera Maguire, Daniel Mooney, Brandon Newcomer, Patricia Post and many others. Juried by Gayel Childress. 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. 3900 S. Harbor Blvd. 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.  
CSUCI Through March 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.   
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.  
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or 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 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 Through May 18. “Humanalia” the drawings of Omar D’Leon. Through April 27. “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. Through March 22: “Festivo,” a group show of local artists’ visual renderings of classical music to benefit the Ventura Music Festival. 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, Gayel 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.   
SCIART Through March 22. “Less is More, Much More” a group show that explores subtlety, suggestion, nuance and innuendo. It was juried by Khaled Al-Awar, owner of Primavera Gallery, a contemporary fine-art gallery in Ojai. Blackboard Gallery, Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1386, www.studiochannelislands.org.    
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through March 31. “The Beatles! 50th Anniversary Collection,” featuring Beatles memorabilia and photography of the group. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333.  
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through March 23. “The Art of the Book” features contemporary, traditional, compelling and unusual book art. In past exhibits artists have shown books from minuscule limited editions to installation-size originals. Materials thus far have included canvas, wood, cloth, Tyvek, plexiglas, metal, clay, organic materials, stone, coffee filters, video, handmade and commercial papers and books, of course. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.1783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300 or www.sylviawhite.com.  
VENTURA COLLEGE ART GALLERIES Through March 27. The Spring Faculty Exhibition features a variety of art from painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.     
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. 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.

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist

    March 18 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Ojai Art Center’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park

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

    May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  4. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUE CLOCK COLLECTING, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKSHOP IN SANTA PAULA

    June 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  6. Fun Arts and Entertainment for All Ages at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive Festival

    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  7. Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive

    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8. Help a Horse Day at California Coastal Horse Rescue

    June 1 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  9. The 2019 OakHeart Country Music Festival

    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  10. 4th Annual Ojai Blues Fest

    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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