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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.