BRITWEEK AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27.
Britweek, now in it’s eighth year, is a festival of all things British and seafaring at the Maritime Museum. Replica English ships, real English food and festivities will take place over the weekend-long event all in support of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. A high tea will be held as well. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsmaritimemuseum.org.
GALERIE 102 April 26 through June 1.
“Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber (“Paper Hand” pictured) and Jane Peterson. “Paper Route” examines how three different artists work on paper (photography, pen and ink and watercolor) and transform the mediums beyond their original forms. Reception on April 26, 5-7 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
The ninth annual festival will feature performances by Fabulous Thunderbirds front man, Kim Wilson and his Blues All-Stars; premier Southern California-based record label Delta Groove Records’ own Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue featuring Sugaray Rayford with Kid Ramos and friends; soulful vocalist extraordinaire, Sista Monica Parker; and other festival favorites. Food, games and other activities will also be on tap. $20-$30. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.venturacountyblues.com.
A.C.E. CHARTER ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATION 6 p.m. The Flying Aces robotics team, fresh from a win at the Northern California Robotics Regional competition, will demonstrate their robots. Camarillo Airport, 570 Airport Way, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-1410.
CASA INFORMATIONAL SESSION 6:30-8 p.m. The Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children awareness group will hold an information session to prepare volunteers for training. For location and more information, call 389-3120.
PORTUGESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. (monthly). This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Carrow’s Restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 483-4168.
SHATNER’S WORLD 7:30 p.m. William Shatner shares the phenomenal journey of his life and career from classically trained Shakespearean actor to internationally known cultural icon. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. (monthly). John Bagnasco will be speaking about “Floribunda Roses Then and Now.” Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturarose.org.
WORLD MALARIA DAY FUNDRAISER 6-8 p.m. Featuring student music performances and a talk by Jessica Nipp, the director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Malaria Campaign, plus food trucks, all to raise awareness and combat malaria. Kingsmen Park, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3228.
“FRONTIERS IN CANCER BIOLOGY” CANCER SEMINAR 8 a.m.-noon. Various speakers throughout the day will discuss the progress being made in the fight against cancer. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
NAWBO VC 15TH ANNUAL BRAVO AWARDS 11 a.m. Best-selling author Mary Morrissey will be the keynote speaker at this awards luncheon. The Collection at Riverpark, Park View Courtt, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.nawbovc.org.
NEW WEST SYMPHONY CONCERT NO. 6: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH 8 p.m. (and Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m). As part of the symphony’s final concert of this series, Beethoven’s Fifth will be performed. $25-$98. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard (and Thousand Oaks on Saturday). For more information and other locations, visit www.newwestsymphony.org.
“THE NEW ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT IMPLICATIONS” Noon-1:30 p.m. Dr. Sung Won Sohn will discuss reasons for the slowing trend of global economic growth and resulting investment implications from around the world. Malibu Hall 100, CSU Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-8456.
AUTHOR MONET BRADLEY BOOK SIGNING 1-3 p.m. Bradley will be available to sign copies of her book, The Prodigal Daughter. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Ventura, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, call 458-5642. AUTHOR PHIL TAGGERT BOOK SIGNING 5 p.m. Taggert will sign copies of his poetry book, Rick Sings. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.philtaggart.com.
EARTH DAY ECO FEST 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music and entertainment on two stages, a “green” education pavilion, scavenger hunt, raffle with prizes and more than 100 vendors and exhibitors. Surfers Point, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaearthday.org.
FIFTH ANNUAL VC BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE 8 a.m. The day-long conference offers specialized programs, presentations and workshops for brain injury survivors, their families and professionals. $15-$75. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road,Camarillo. For more information, visit www.braininjurycenter.org.
HEALTHY KIDS DAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The FREE event for kids of all ages will feature a football clinic hosted by current and former NFL players as well as many other sports-related activities and celebrities. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org.
HOP INTO SPRING! WITH GULL WINGS 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors will have the chance to learn about plants and flowers with a special photosynthesis workshop conducted by new Executive Director Amanda Hoffman-Handy. $5-$6. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W.Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
MELODY HALL: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSICIANS OF SANTA PAULA Noon-4 p.m. The opening day of this exhibit will feature a wide variety of musicians who will perform nostalgic hits. California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 279-3415.
READING AND BOOK SIGNING BY AUTHOR JOHN MULHALL 2-3 p.m. Mulhall will read from his debut novel, Geddy’s Moon. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
SIXTH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. View six gardens in the city of Ventura, ranging from a contemporary garden to an enchanting tropical garden, followed by an after-party from 4 to 7 p.m. Various locations. For more information, visit www.venturabotanicalgardens.com.
CELEBRITY CHEF ROBERT IRVINE LIVE 7:30 p.m. Host of Dinner: Impossible! Robert Irvine will give a talk and cooking demonstration. $35-$55. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
EARTH DAY ENCORE: SANTA CLARA RIVER CLEANUP 1-4 p.m. The Ventura Sierra Club will host this river cleanup activity. Volunteers should wear long jeans and sturdy gloves. North Bank and Burnside Road, Ventura. For more information, call 901-1679.
OJAI LIBRARY FIBER FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The public is invited to explore the joys of fiber and fiber-related crafts. Demonstrations will include dyeing and hand-spinning. Ojai Library; 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639.
THOUSAND OAKS ROTARY CHILI-COOK OFF AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General public will have access to the chili and will be able to judge the Miss Chili Cook-Off 2014 contest, open to junior and senior high school students. $10. Conejo Creek Park, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.chili-cook-off.com.
“BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3” 2-3:30 p.m. This class, conducted by editor Laurie Gibson, is designed to empower and inspire writers of all levels — as well as readers and book lovers in general. $20. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call (858) 635-1233.
DECORATE YOUR OWN BOOK BAG 3 p.m. Children from pre-K through sixth grade will conduct a special craft project to celebrate El Día de Los Niños / El Día de Los Libros – Children’s Day / Book Day. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
FRIGHT NIGHT DIRECTOR TOM HOLLAND 6:30-10 p.m. Holland, who wrote and directed the genre classic “Fright Night,” will join Michael Gerson and Herb Gooch for a panel discussion on why people love to be frightened. CLU’s Preus-Brandt Forum, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3773.
OXNARD’S GOOD FOR KIDS RESTAURANT WEEK Through May 4, various times and locations. Good for Kids is a campaign launched by First 5 Ventura County to encourage the availability of healthier menu options in restaurants. Various restaurants will participate. For a list of restaurants, locations and times, visit www.first5ventura.org.
“WOMEN & WHAT WE LOVE” FUNDRAISER 5-8 p.m. The event features premium wines, gourmet small plates, desserts, luxury item auction and live music in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. $50-$120. Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3500 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.womenandwhatwelove.eventbrite.com.
IS IT SIMPLE MEMORY LOSS OR ALZHEIMER’S? 11 a.m. Rosemary Flores-Gordon, regional director of the Ventura County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will explain the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
PROFOUND PAGES NETWORKING EVENT 5-7 p.m. An event focusing on the power of writing, books, and education focusing on the significance of educating through the continuation of reading. Ventura Executive Suites, 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 653-2381.
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS 7 p.m. Set in Tehran in 1958, the film tells the story of a famous musician whose prized violin has been ruined. Hosted by California Lutheran University. Muvico, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3434.
RAY BEESON BOOK LAUNCH 7 p.m. Author Ray Beeson will launch his novel “Sign in His Blood.” Abednego Book Shoppe, 2682 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-9350.
THE ART OF SOMETHING April 25 through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-post modern age and how it directs the lives of a private eye, his apathetic wife and their daughter. Written and directed by Tom Eubanks. $15-$18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
DISNEY’S ALADDIN April 24 through May 3. The Buena High School Drama Department presents its spring musical, which is adapted from the 1992 Disney movie. Shows are at 6 p.m. with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. $7-$10. 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura.
SPRING AWAKENING April 25 through May 4. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2007. The musical is presented by California Lutheran University and is based on a controversial 1891 German play. It portrays teen sexual awakening and deals with suicide, abortion and abuse, both sexual and physical. It is for adult audiences only due to explicit sexual situations and language. $25. Scherr Forum Theatre. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787.
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE Through May 18. Continuing with its theme “Not Your Typical Season,” Rubicon Theatre presents this witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Based on the 1995 best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, the funny, tender and compelling play uses clothing as a metaphor for all the big moments in our lives through a series of intimate and genuine vignettes read by the cast. $25-$49. 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, 667-2900.
’NIGHT, MOTHER Through May 4. The lauded Flying H Group presents this occasionally humorous, intense drama about a woman and her mother in a moment of personal crisis. Directed by Linda Livingston. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.
THE ODD COUPLE Through May 18. Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Neil Simon comedy about opposites living together but with a twist: the roles of both the slovenly Oscar Madison and neat-freak Felix Unger are double-cast, with each actor switching off parts every other night. You’ll have to see it twice to get the full experience. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716.
THE SEAGULL Through May 25. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the first of Anton Chekhov’s four most acclaimed full-length plays about a celebrated actress who visits her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow. This visit ignites love, unrequited passions and jealousies among the characters and illustrates their missed connections and what it means to be an artist. $15-$20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645.
TOM SAWYER Through May 4. High Street Arts Center presents Mark Twain’s immortal classic, a tribute t not only to youth, but to America in its youth. From whitewashed fences to playing pirates and hunting for treasure, Tom and Huck even attending their own funerals, and all the riotous boyhood adventures continue. $12-$20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Through May 25. Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit based on his hilarious 1974 movie comedy comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This successful musical version of the story follows young Dr. Frankenstein (or as he prefers, “Fron-ken-shteen”) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s work by bringing a corpse to life. $18-$24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 583-7900.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY April 24 through May 12. “Woven Paths-Caminos Entrelazados,” by Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre. Reception on April 26, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CLU SENIOR ART EXHIBIT April 25 through May 18. The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University. Reception on April 26, 5-7 p.m. Artists’ talk May 2, 10:30 a.m. William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, 160 Overton Court in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.
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 April 30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
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.
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.
GALLERY 525 Through May 3. “COLLABAReT,” an exhibition of work created from a truly collaborative process between artists from a spectrum of disciplines and experience. Participants include Dianne Bennett, Carmen Abelleira, Chris Engle, Sooz Glazebrook, Kelly Luscombe Bea and many others. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai or www.gallery525.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 12. “Five Points of View,” work by the gallery’s studio artists Tasia Erickson, W. Mark Hafeman, Sparkle Taylor, Frank “Kimo” Mitchell and Illona Battaglia Aguayo. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY “Wavelengths: The Heartbeat of the Ocean,” photographs by Steve Munch. 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.
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through April 25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris cafe in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through May 16. “Women in the State of Grace” featuring works by 18 California women. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through April 27. Raku Passion: works by Genie Thomsen. Artist reception 25, 2:30-6 p.m. 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 April 26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. 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.
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.
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.