Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

BROTHER AT DANCING OAK RANCH   Saturday, May 31, 5 p.m. 
Brother, an Australian fusion band that crosses Celtic electric rock with Aboriginal rhythms, will perform at the Dancing Oak Ranch, a hidden venue near Lake Casitas. Brother is a wholly original band fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, bagpipes and tribal percussion. The band has shared stages with Joe Walsh, John Entwhistle, Linkin Park and Alicia Keys. $20. Dancing Oak Ranch, 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
 
 
 

AN EVENING WITH LYDIA LUNCH Saturday, May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
The legendary and somewhat infamous avant-garde artist, no-wave singer, author, actress and visual artist will present “Spoken Word Selections.” Time Out magazine called her “one of the most influential performers to have emerged from New York City” in the ‘70s. She has toured internationally as a spoken-word performer, written five books translated into seven languages and released 30 records in addition to acting and musical appearances. $16 online advance tickets, $20 at the door. Gallery 525, 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai, www.gallery525.com.
 
 
 

CASA PACIFICA FOOD, WINE AND BREW FEST  Sunday, June 1, 1-5 p.m.
The 21-year-old festival returns as the largest food and wine festival, this year adding beer to the title. Guests will dine on food prepared by local eateries, feast on wines from area wineries and taste beer from local purveyors. A culinary competition will pit local chefs against each other for bragging rights. A dinner, held on Friday, May 30, will bring together celebrated chefs for an epic tasting menu. Money raised for the event by the Casa Pacifica Angels will go toward the programs hosted by Casa Pacifica. $125. CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. Featuring “The Roses of Spring!” presented by the members of the Ventura County Rose Society. This is a meeting for rose lovers to share their favorite roses. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 523-9003.

~ FRIDAY ~

“ALL TOGETHER AGAIN” FUNDRAISING CONCERT 7:30 p.m. A concert performance featuring the band Household Gods and friends on behalf of the NHS Music Department. $25. Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VENTURA BICYCLE UNION 7 p.m. The Ventura Bicycle Union will host The Seaside Band and Polynesian dancers in support pf VCCool’s efforts to enforce the new three-feett-for-bicycles law across Ventura County. $10. Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vccool.org
FREE DENTAL CLINIC FOR KIDS 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their kids for free dental X-rays and cleanings by Charter College students. Charter College, 2000 Outlet Center Drive, suite 150, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.chartercollege.edu
VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONS 6-8 p.m. VCAS will host two volunteer orientation classes, and an animal foster parenting orientation will follow. Camarillo Animal Adoption Center, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcas.us.

~ SATURDAY ~

COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE SEMINAR 10 a.m.-noon. This seminar, hosted by Bunny Vreeland, will teach guests how to build close relationships with colleagues and friends. $119. Vreeland College of the Healing Arts, 473 Post St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.conta.cc/OxozTw
DR. JUDITH ORLOFF WORKSHOP AND BOOK SIGNING 1 p.m. Author of The Ecstasy of Surrender will lead a workshop and sign her novel. $15-$20. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.  
UCLA MALIBU CREEK WATERSHED TOUR 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. An informative series of visits to sites in the Santa Monica Mountains featuring several in Ventura County. $45. Various locations. For more information, visit www.uclaextension.edu
NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY FAMILY PICNIC 1-4 p.m. Food, a clown, face painting and a dance performance will help celebrate the national awareness day. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village.  For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777. 
NFL PLAYERS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP FOR YOUTH 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Current and former NFL players will assist kids in skills necessary to play the game, with other activities scheduled as well. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/ventura
OSSM COMICS BOOK SIGNING Noon-3 p.m. Siike Donnelly and Omar Spahi from OSSM Comics will sign their latest book, “Thaniel.” Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hypnocomics.com.  
SUMMERFEST 2014 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Over 50 free community, sports and health organizations will have booths offering hands-on activities, demonstrations and information, a 3,000-meter run/walk, free Tdap boosters (parent must be present) and free reusable grocery bags to the first 1,000 entrants. Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vep4vusd.org
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN 4:30 p.m. A historical drama that tells the little-known story of the love affair between Charles Dickens and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.  
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. A PowerPoint presentation showing the stars, planets and other amazing celestial objects visible that night will precede a viewing of these objects through several VCAS club members’ telescopes. $2 suggested donation. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org.  .

~ SUNDAY ~

SECOND ANNUAL TOWER 2 TOWER RUN FUNDRAISER This event raises funds for the equipment and training needed to continue providing this opportunity for the youth. $30-$40. Topa Financial Plaza, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 701-2721. 
BLACK STALLION COMMUNITY ART-SCHOOL INAUGURAL EVENT 1 p.m. A group art exhibition, Gardening As Art: Easy Artful Raised Bed Gardening demo, a painting demonstration with artist Paulo Ruvalcaba and moderated philosophy of art conversations will happen for the grand opening of the Black Stallion art school. $5 suggested donation. City of Fillmore Equestrian Center, Green Building, 308 Chambersburg Road, Fillmore. For more information, call 340-1448.  
FIRST SUNDAY AT THE AVIATION MUSEUM 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum will open its hangars to the public to show off private collections of aviation memorabilia that include planes. Santa Paula Aviation Museum, 800 E. Santa Maria St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.aviationmuseumofsantapaula.org
MARVELOUS BEAN STORIES AND MOSAICS 1-3 p.m. Museum educators and volunteers will read a classic version of Jack and the Beanstalk, a modern version that features a food truck. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

~ MONDAY ~

GHOST IN THE SHELL 6-8 p.m. This groundbreaking film is about a female cyborg and her partner, who hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. Rated R, parent or guardian must attend with children under 13. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
SENIOR KNOWLEDGE BOWL 3 p.m. Seniors aged 60 and over will pit their lifelong experience against a team of teenagers. Ventura TowneHouse, 4900 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 452-2885. 
THE LUNCHBOX 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A lonely housewife creates lunch miracles for her husband only to have her love returned to her in the form of his elderly co-worker on the verge of retirement. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.  
THE VENTURA COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY MEETING 7:30-9:30 p.m. (and Monday, June 16). The Ventura chapter of this stamp-collecting aficionado group will meet to discuss members’ collections. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 320-1601.

~ TUESDAY ~

THE CONEJO VALLEY MAC USER GROUP MEETING 6:30-8:30 p.m. An educational user group and one of the country’s first will discuss the love all things Macintosh. Camarillo Health Care District, Dos Caminos Plaza, 3639 E. Los Posas Road, bldg. F, suite 160, Camarillo. For more information, call 504-3610. 
FRANKLY SPEAKING ABOUT LUNG CANCER WITH ANITA KAUL, M.D. 6:30-8 p.m. UCLA oncologist Anita Kaul, M.D., will explore how lung cancer is evaluated and treated, different types of lung cancers, and how systemic treatment for lung cancer is changing based on molecular profile. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.

OPENING THEATER

COLLECTED STORIES May 29 through June 22. Rubicon Theatre presents this two-person play that follows the developing relationship between Ruth Steiner, a professor and celebrated short-story writer, and Lisa Morrison, Ruth’s student, personal assistant and protégé. Collected Stories takes place over six years as the relationship between the two women progresses from mentor and devotee to respected equals.Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald Margulies and directed by James O’Neil. $25-$49, $20 for students. May 31 premiere is $150 and includes pre-show champagne and truffles, tickets and post-show party at Peirano’s with director and cast. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org
THE LYONS May 30 through June 22. Flying H Group presents this dark “savagely funny comedy” about family ties. Adult language and themes. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
I SING WALT WHITMAN! May 31 and June 1. Using a writer’s own words in the tradition of Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight! and Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson in Belle of Amherst, actor John Slade embodies another titan in American Literature. In spiritual revival fashion, Brother Walt sings, raps and orates his poems, his personal stories and his hopeful (and startlingly modern) worldview.  2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org
PLAYZAPOPPIN May 30 through June 15. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its fifth annual production of one-act plays. $10-$15. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

ONGOING THEATER

THE ART OF SOMETHING  Through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-postmodern 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
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES Through June 8. Yet another Neil Simon comedy gem that deals with the nuances of love and family. Tickets are $18 general and $15 students, seniors and Art Center members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.  
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE Through May 31. Conejo Players stages this critically acclaimed, witty and smart play by Steve Martin that imagines what might happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. $18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715.  
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

BLUE CUBE May 29 through June 26. “Dressing Room,” a pioneering multimedia installation by Minkyung Choi consisting of a three-channel video, a single-channel video and floating wooden-panel cutouts of illustrated dress wear. Choi is based in Los Angeles and holds an MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura, www.BlueCubeGallery.com
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY May 30 through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through June 14. “Women on the Verge” solo exhibition by Sylvia Raz featuring 3-D assemblage art representing female figures that incorporate found or discarded objects and clay creations, mostly life-sized. Reception on First Friday, June 6. 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.    
GALERIE 102  Through June 1. “Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber 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. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.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/ BELL ARTS POP-UP Through Aug. 24. “Diamonds are Forever.” Through June 1. “Bike Love,” a collaboration between the museum and Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery will feature an exhibition of “pimped-out” bikes, photography and bicycle memorials in Ventura County. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org
OJAI ART CENTER Through May 30. “The Best of Ojai” celebrates 75 years; the Art Center will feature an exhibit of work by local artists in a variety of mediums, including pastels by Bert Collins, sculpture by Ted Gall and other work curated by the Ojai Studio Artists Tour and the Art Detour. Reception on June 1, 1-4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-1117. 
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. 
PORCH GALLERY Through June 29. “We Are Spiritual Machines,” a multimedia exhibiton that explores the history of spiritual movements in the Ojai valley within the context of art and technology. Exhibit features work by Mike Saijo, Chumash elder Julie Lynn Tumamait-Stenslie, perfumer Janna Sheehan and textile master Setsuko Hayashi (who uses a 400-year-old Japanese method). 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgallery.com
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 8. “Nature’s Rhythm” explores the many rhythms, textures and movements in nature. With a combination of new artists and new works by some of Red Brick Gallery’s resident artists, this show explores texture and movement in art. Reception on May 31, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through May 31. “Spring Whimsy” by featured artist Roe Estep. Artist meet and greet on May 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 May 30. “Selected Portraits: Paintings and Tapestries by John Nava.” Figurative artist John Nava, perhaps best-known for his work commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, will show a small selection of his highly detailed work. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.VitaArtCenter.com
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through May 30.  “Standing in Boots,” new paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer, two painters intimately connected with the Westside and Downtown Ventura arts renaissance. Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura. Contact: 323-252-3300. 

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.  
AVIATION MUSEUM June 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Sunday event features vintage cars and motorcycles on display as well as rare antiques and vintage aircraft. Food trucks will provide catering. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St., 525-1109. 
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 Through June 31. “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” 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.  

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN-BLUES FESTIVAL  Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. 
The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival will take place over two days and feature several bands from blues and various other genres on two stages, including Southern soul and blues musician Swamp Dogg and British blues guitarist John Mayall. Cajun food, activities, events and more than 100 craft booths will be on site. $15-$22. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simicajun.org.
 
 
 

PORCH GALLERY Through June 29.
“We Are Spiritual Machines,” a multimedia exhibiton that explores the history of spiritual movements in the Ojai Valley within the context of art and technology. Exhibit features work by Mike Saijo, Chumash elder Julie Lynn Tumamait-Stenslie, perfumer Janna Sheehan and textile master Setsuko Hayashi, who uses a 400-year-old Japanese method. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgallery.com.
 
 
 

WILSON PHILLIPS Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.
Carnie and Wendy Wilson, daughters of The Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, daughter of The Mamas and The Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips, came together in the 1990s to launch their own musical careers, striking success with the hits “Hold On” and “Release Me.” The band will stop in Thousand Oaks in promotion of its 2012 album Dedicated, an album of The Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas covers. $35-$65. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

COSTUMES FROM RE-CREATING BIBLICAL CLOTHING 2-3 p.m. Holly Gene Leffler will present costumes from her new book, Re-creating Biblical Clothing. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639. 
MEDICARE 101 1-2 p.m. Belinda Lang will provide an overview of Medicare to learn how to maximize benefits and avoid incurring penalties. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532. 
VENTURA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS THE SEMI-ANNUAL BUSINESS EXPO 4:30-7:30 p.m. More than 65 exhibitor booths of local business will display information, products, and their services for their businesses. Four Points Sheraton, Ventura Harbor, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 643-7222. 
ZERO WASTE WORKING GROUP MEETING 6-8 p.m. The city of Oxnard will seek stakeholder input on its Zero Waste Action Plan. Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station Education Center, 111 S. Del Norte Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cityofoxnard.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

37TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, May 23). Artists will display everything from oil, watercolor, pastel and mixed media paintings to jewelry, glass, wood, sculpture, photography and ceramics. Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org
ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hundreds of high-quality books that have been donated, collected and sorted by dedicated volunteers will be sold at prices that range from 50 cents to $2. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ovlff.org
LA OPERA TALK: “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” 3 p.m. Community Educator Steve Kohn will talk about André Previn’s opera, which is a faithful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play. 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
TEAM DAVID BENEFIT 6:30-11 p.m. David Baker’s friends and family will host this fundraiser to assist Baker with his medical bills due to his lymphoma. Food, fun and entertainment will be had. $30-$50. Ventura Elk’s Lodge, 2126 Knoll Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 216-5480. 
WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY PICNIC AT THE RIVER 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The third annual picnic will coincide with the day to recognize migratory fish and the destruction of their habitat. Ventura River Parkway, Ventura. For more information, visit www.friendsofventurariver.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS A course on rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs, featuring live rattlesnakes that have been disabled from biting. $80-$95. For more information, time and location, call 523-3432.
PRO WRESTLING 3 p.m. GIC Pro Wrestling presents a double main event followed by a game show meets tag team match. $15. Behind Costco, 2945 Los Olivos Ln., #108, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gicwrestling.com.

 ~MONDAY~

OJAI MEMORIAL DAY IN LIBBEY PARK 10 a.m. This year’s events will include a Wall of Remembrance of Veterans in Ojai Valley as well as memorabilia from World War II and Korea. Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ci.ojai.ca.us.
THE STARS OF BEATLEMANIA 5 p.m. In celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the city of Thousand Oaks and the Beatles’ U.S. invasion, the  Conejo Recreation and Park District hosts this free concert. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-1247.
MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION 10 a.m. Honored speakers representing Naval Base Ventura County as well as federal, state, county and city governments will be present, followed by a flag ceremony and laying of wreaths. Veteran’s Memorial, Ventura County Government Center, 800 Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 482-6550.

~ TUESDAY ~

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER 7:15 p.m. This documentary charts the impossible story of an artist who very nearly remained a totally undiscovered mystery. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

LIVING WITH DIABETES 1:30-3 p.m. (and every Wednesday, monthly) Basic information regarding diet, medication, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, new developments and common problems will be covered. Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information and a complete schedule, call 805-216-0278.

ONGOING THEATER

THE ART OF SOMETHING Through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-postmodern 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
I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES Through June 8. Through June 8. Yet another Neil Simon comedy gem that deals with the nuances of love and family. Tickets are $18 general and $15 students, seniors and Art Center members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
PEACHES EN RAGALIA Through May 25. Elite Theatre Company presents the Steve Lyons comedy about four people whose lives intersect at Doug’s Diner, where the peach dish, the politics of the men’s room and a special pair of panties play a part in their fate. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 483-5118.  
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE Through May 31. Conejo Players stages this critically acclaimed, witty and smart play by Steve Martin that imagines what might happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. $18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715. 
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. 
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. 

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through June 14. “Women on the Verge,” solo exhibition by Sylvia Raz featuring 3-D assemblage art representing female figures that incorporate found or discarded objects and clay creations, mostly life-sized. Reception on May 24, 5-7 p.m., and First Friday, June 6. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org. 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.      
GALERIE 102 Through June 1. “Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber 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. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.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/ BELL ARTS POP-UP Through Aug. 24: “Diamonds are Forever.” Through June 1: “Bike Love,” a collaboration between the museum and Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery will feature an exhibition of “pimped-out” bikes, photography and bicycle memorials in Ventura County. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org
OJAI ART CENTER Through May 30. “The Best of Ojai” celebrates 75 years. The Art Center will feature an exhibit of work by local artists in a variety of mediums, including pastels by Bert Collins and sculpture by Ted Gall and other work curated by the Ojai Studio Artists Tour and the Art Detour. Reception on June 1, 1-4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-1117. 
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 July 8. “Nature’s Rhythm” explores the many rhythms, textures and movements in nature. With a combination of new artists and new works by some of Red Brick Gallery’s resident artists, this show explores texture and movement in art. Reception on May 31, 6-9 p.m. 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.    
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through May 25. “2014 Collector’s Choice,” an annual exhibit of contemporary works handpicked by collectors. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300 or  www.sylviawhite.com.   
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through May 31. “Spring Whimsy” by featured artist Roe Estep. Artist meet-and-greet on May 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 May 30. “Selected Portraits: Paintings and Tapestries by John Nava.” Figurative artist John Nava, perhaps best-known for his work commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, will show a small selection of his highly detailed work. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. Visit www.VitaArtCenter.com
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through May 30. “Standing in Boots,” new paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer, two painters intimately connected with the Westside and Downtown Ventura arts renaissance. Closing reception on Saturday, May 24, 3-5 p.m. Free.  Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura. Contact: 323-252-3300.

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 Through June 31: “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” 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.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

CALIFORNIA JAZZ AND WINE FESTIVAL
Sunday, May 18, 1-4 p.m.
The legendary rock/R&B band Ambrosia will headline the third annual festival, featuring dozens of area wineries and breweries plus gourmet food. Several bands will perform for a funk-filled afternoon of jazz and wine, with proceeds going to support area high school music programs. $55. Conejo Creek Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.californiajazzwine.com.
 
 
 

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  
The California Strawberry Festival will celebrate it’s 31st anniversary with all things strawberry, including desserts, beverages and more. A culinary contest will be held, several bands will perform, including the two-time Grammy award-winning Mariachi Divas, and carnival rides will be on site. $5-$12. Various shuttle stations will provide transportation. Strawberry Meadows, College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.strawberry-fest.org.
 
 
 

PRIMAVERA GALLERY  Saturday, May 17.  
Plein air painter and Walt Disney Imagineering executive Joseph Rohde will display paintings of his recent time spent in Mongolia’s Altain Mountains. Rohde used locally made brushes for authenticity as he painted the majestic landscape. The paintings will be on exhibit alongside photography of the same landscape taken by Jim McEachen. There will be a film screening at 5 p.m. and a reception at 6 p.m. The work will be auctioned to benefit the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Primavera Gallery at 214 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai, 646-7133.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

AGELESS WISDOM FOR BALANCE WITH DR. BROCK TRAVIS 6:30-8:30 p.m. Author Brock Travis, Ph.D., will guide this workshop on how to integrate our work and love lives and how to care for our selves while serving others. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079. 
BIKE TO WORK WEEK PIT STOP 6-9 a.m. The city of Ventura will host a stop-and-go refreshment station for those biking to work. Northeast corner of Santa Clara and California. For more information, visit www.goventura.org
C.I. GULLS’ TROPICAL CHARITY LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Guests are asked to wear their favorite tropical Gilligan’s Island wear to this charity event. $25. The Yacht Club, 4308 Tradewinds Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 263-6062. 
COME ON AND HEAR! THE LIFE, LYRICS AND MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN 1 p.m. Bruce Collins will discuss the legendary composer Irving Berlin and play CD samples of his music. Oxnard Public Library, meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 240-7344. 
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK PRESENTS DR. DAVID LOPEZ-LEE 6:30 p.m. Lee will explain the process of “sausage making” and how public policy is made at the local, state and federal levels. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 529-9236. 
THE HISTORY OF HUENEME AND CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR: A TRIBUTE TO POWELL GREENLAND 6:30 p.m. Travers Newton Jr., grandson of “the father of Hueneme Harbor” Richard Bard, will give a talk about Powell Greenland’s research on the history of the two harbors. $4-$5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

TRACY NEWMAN AND THE REINFORCEMENTS AND DAVIS MORRISON 8 p.m. A founding member of the legendary Groundlings improv group, Tracy was a staff writer on Cheers and other comedies; Morrison is a highly rated American songwriter. $13. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocafe.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

ARTWORKS! ILLUSTRATOR’S DAY 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. An informational workshop and Portfolio Bootcamp for artists who dream of making a successful career in illustrating children’s books. $80-$100. Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.scbwicencal.org
DAY OF AUTHORS 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aria Cunningham, author of Princess of Sparta, and Jose Mendoza, author of The Poem of Life, will headline this event. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154. 
LOS ROBLES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS IMAGINATIONS UNLEASHED! 7:30 p.m. Two world premiere commissions and a rarely performed Russian masterwork by Alexander Gretchaninov will be performed at the season-closing concert. $15-$25. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.losroblesmasterchorale.org
ROBOTICS STARTS AGAIN! 10 a.m.-noon. Children will work in teams as they build, program and test a robot in this five-course program through June 14. $95. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
“WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. A full-day conference with beginning and intermediate levels of genealogical research is being offered. Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista, Ventura. For more information, call 643-5607.

~ SUNDAY ~

GOLF AT SOULE PARK BENEFITING VILLANOVA PREP ATHLETICS 10 a.m. A group of parents at Villanova Prep in Ojai are hosting a golf tournament to benefit once again the athletics program with a barbecue to follow. $30-$150. Soule Park Golf Course, 1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.villanovaprep.org/golf
MEDICINAL PLANT WALK WITH DR. JAMES ADAMS 9 a.m.-noon. Learn identification and uses of medicinal plants with Dr. James Adams of USC and Lanny Kaufer. $25-$30. Horn Canyon Trail, Ojai. For more information and directions, visit www.herbwalks.com.

~ MONDAY ~

GEORGE WINSTON IN CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Winston, a famed pianist, will perform a benefit concert to support the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. $50. Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.beatricewood.com/george_winston.html
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This UK film follows a woman who recalls her sordid relationship with Charles Dickens, played by Ralph Feinnes. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14. 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR MARTA CUNNINGHAM ON VALENTINE ROAD 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The film recounts the tragedy surrounding the murder in 2008 of Oxnard junior high school student Larry King. A discussion with the director will immediately follow. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu
NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK EVENT 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 60 students will attend and receive personal tours of heavy equipment showcased in the Government Center parking lot. Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 654-1564.

OPENING THEATER

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES May 16 through June 8. Yet another Neil Simon comedy gem that deals with the nuances of love and family. Tickets are $18 general and $15 students, seniors and Art Center members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.

ONGOING THEATER

THE ART OF SOMETHING Through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-postmodern 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
BUSYTOWN, THE MUSICAL Through May 18. Young Artists Ensemble presents the musical based on the books of childrens’ author Richard Scarry. $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com
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. 
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL Through May 17. St. Bonaventure High School presents the hilarious adaptation of the hit movie that starred Reese Witherspoon. $8-$10. Special fundraiser performance and lunch on May 18, 2 p.m. $15-$25. OLA Hall, 3167 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 648-6836.    
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.   
PEACHES EN RAGALIA Through May 25. Elite Theatre Company presents the Steve Lyons comedy about four people whose lives intersect at Doug’s Diner where the peach dish, the politics of the men’s room and a special pair of panties play a part in their fate. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 483-5118.  
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE Through May 31. Conejo Players stages this critically acclaimed, witty and smart play by Steve Martin that imagines what might happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. $18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715. 
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. 
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. 

OPENING ART

RED BRICK GALLERY May 15 through July 8. “Nature’s Rhythm” explores the many rhythms, textures and movements in nature. With a combination of new artists and new works by some of Red Brick Gallery’s resident artists, this show explores texture  and movement in art.  Some of the newest additions include Laurie Beth Finkelstein’s acrylic abstractions and layer-driven paintings of rocks; JD Wolff ‘s photo-paintings, which blur the line between the traditional photograph and a more whimsical painting style, and the extremely detailed floral watercolors of Terri Starkweather. Reception on May 31, 6-9 p.m. 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.   
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY May 20 through June 14. “Women on the Verge,” solo exhibition by Sylvia Raz featuring 3-D assemblage art representing female figures that incorporate found or discarded objects and clay creations, mostly life-sized. Reception on May 24, 5-7 p.m., and First Friday, June 6. 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.    
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD PRESENTS Monday, May 19, 7 p.m. California potter Victoria Littlejohn Mullins will share her throwing techniques and other secrets from her storied career in ceramics. Ventura Senior Center, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 

ONGOING ART

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
CLU SENIOR ART EXHIBIT Through May 18. The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University.  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.    
GALERIE 102  Through June 1. “Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber 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. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.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/ BELL ARTS POP-UP  Through Aug. 24. “Diamonds are Forever.” Through June 1. “Bike Love,” a collaboration between the museum and Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery will feature an exhibition of “pimped-out” bikes, photography and bicycle memorials in Ventura County. Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar d’Leon. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org
OJAI ART CENTER Through May 30. “The Best of Ojai” celebrates 75 years. The Art Center will feature an exhibit of work by local artists in a variety of mediums, including pastels by Bert Collins and sculpture by Ted Gall and other work curated by the Ojai Studio Artists Tour and the Art Detour. Reception on June 1, 1-4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-1117. 
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. 
PORCH GALLERY Through June 29. “We Are Spiritual Machines,” a multimedia exhibiton that explores the history of spiritual movements in the Ojai Valley within the context of art and technology. Exhibit features work by Mike Saijo, Chumash elder Julie Lynn Tumamait-Stenslie, perfumer Janna Sheehan and textile master Setsuko Hayashi, who uses a 400 year-old Japanese method. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgallery.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.    
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through May 25. “2014 Collector’s Choice,” an annual exhibit of contemporary works handpicked by collectors. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300 or  www.sylviawhite.com
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 May 31. “Spring Whimsy” by featured artist Roe Estep. Artist meet-and-greet on May 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 May 30. “Selected Portraits: Paintings and Tapestries by John Nava.” Figurative artist John Nava, perhaps best-known for his work commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, will show a small selection of his highly detailed work. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. www.VitaArtCenter.com
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through May 30. “Standing in Boots,” new paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer, two painters intimately connected with the Westside and Downtown Ventura arts renaissance. Closing reception on Saturday May 24, 3-5 p.m. Free.  Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura. Contact: 323-252-3300.

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 Through June 31. “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” 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.   

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

CONEJO VALLEY DAYS Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11.  
The 58th annual event selects a new theme each year, and this year’s theme is the lonesome cowboy. Alongside the carnival with a midway and rides, an outhouse race, animal shows and a “kids korral” will also be had. Musicians and food vendors will round out the multiple-day event. $5-$40. Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejovalleydays.us.
 
 
 

POP STUFF EXPO  Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11.
Celebrating all things nerdy, the first Pop Stuff Expo will feature celebrities and special guests, vendors and artists and events centered around horror, comics, scifi and anime. Cosplayers from near and far will dress as pop culture icons; and actors from the stage, screen and behind the scenes will sign autographs. $25-$30. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.popstuffexpo.com.
 
 
 

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE  through May 31.
Conejo Players stages this critically acclaimed, witty and smart play by Steve Martin that imagines what might happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. $18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715.
 
 
 

U.S. HOUSE AND CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE FORUM
Saturday, May 10, 3-5 p.m.

Candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and the California Assembly will speak with the public. Three of the four candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives will participate. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, CLU Campus, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3348.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

THE CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE AND SERVICE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Participate in a day of science and fun at a historic farm with a focus on pollinators, water and food. UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 14292 W. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.ceventura.ucanr.edu/ANR_Centennial_. 
HEALTHCARE REFORM AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU 5:30 p.m. An overview of health-care reform and how it affects you and an update on the construction of the new Community Memorial Hospital. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

CLU UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The University Symphony will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, featuring biochemistry major Derek Andrzejewski and biology major Sam Grandfield. Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.

~ SATURDAY ~

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Ventura County teachers and learners will discuss sharing, planning and action to promote equal opportunities for learning. Grand Salon, CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.education.csuci.edu/justice-conference
CHANNEL ISLANDS HONORS CONVOCATION CEREMONY 6:30 p.m. Students with a certain grade-point average will be honored at this ceremony. CSU Channel Islands John Broome Library, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-8548. 
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR SAFE BOATING EXPO 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A multitude of safe boating practices will be demonstrated, including a live presentation of a rescue at sea. Life jackets will also be given away. This event kicks off National Safe Boating week. Coast Guard Station, 4201 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.safeboatingexpo.com
HERB WALK AT WHEELER GORGE 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Ojai herbalist-naturalist Lanny Kaufer will guide a 1.5-hour walk in conjunction with the annual Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House. $10. Wheeler Gorge Campground, 17017 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. For more information, visit www.herbwalks.com
KRISHNAMURTI ANNUAL MAY GATHERING 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, May 11). A free event with workshops, programs, music and art centered around the theme of “unconditioning.” Krishnamurti Educational Center, 1070 McAndrew Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.kfa.org
MUSICIAN JOHNNY “THE WHITE ZULU” CLEGG 7:30 p.m. Internationally famed musician Johnny Clegg will conclude his 40-stop tour in promotion of his latest album. $39. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org.  
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIER’S FOOD DRIVE During regularly scheduled mail delivery. The USPS will collect food donations from homes in support of FOOD Share. For more information, visit www.nalc.org
OJAI ART CENTER PRESENTS THE NEW CHORDETTES 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). Tracey Williams and Candace Delbo will bring the uniquely American music of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Ojai. $40-$75. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org
SPRING TEA AT HERITAGE SQUARE 1-3 p.m. A Victorian afternoon with the Friends of Heritage Square. Wear your favorite hat for the hat contest and enjoy a pot of tea, sandwiches and scones. $25-$40. Heritage Square Plaza, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.heritagesquareoxnard.com/spring-tea.html
TOY EXTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m.-noon. Gull Wings will give children the chance to learn from two inventors and creators about how toys are created . Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
U.S. HOUSE AND CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE FORUM 3-5 p.m. Candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and the California Assembly will speak with the public. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, CLU Campus, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3348.

~ SUNDAY ~

SWEET DREAMS 4:30 p.m. A documentary about an all-woman Rwandan drumming group that opens an ice cream shop. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH JIM MCCARTHY 6-7:30 p.m. Fine furniture creator Jim McCarthy will give a demo and a talk on his craft.  $5-$10. The Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com
DRONES 7:15 p.m. A new girl joins Airman Jack in a hot, windowless bunker from which they maneuver unmanned drones across the plains of Afghanistan. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.org
TEACHING KIDS ABOUT MONEY 6-7:30 p.m. For parents interested in helping their children develop successful money habits. Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 415-3986. 
VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB MEETING 7-8:30 p.m. The group features speakers from the writing and publishing industries. Free for visitors. Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, email marctap@aol.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

JAYA LAKSHMI AND ANANDA WITH THE BHAKTI BLISS BAND in Ojai, 8-10 p.m. Be prepared to chant and dance into states of divine ecstasy as Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda share the beauty and depth of their devotion. Sacred Space Studio, 410 Bryant Circle, suite A, Ojai. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1428711977385708/?ref=22
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Attorney Michael Sment will discuss and explore the basics of bankruptcy mediation in bankruptcy courts. Ventura County Law Library, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org

USS RONALD REAGAN  CHAPTER #107 UNIVERSAL SHIP CANCELLATION MEETING 5:30 p.m. Member Lee Zeller will give a presentation and other topics will be discussed. Marie Callender’s, 185 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 320-1601.

OPENING THEATER

THE GOLD RUSH Thursday, May 8, 11 a.m. Students of the Gold Coast Conservancy present this play that tells the bittersweet stories of those who went to California to seek their fortunes and the many routes they took to get there. $10. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 
PEACHES EN RAGALIA May 10 through May 25. Elite Theatre Company presents the Steve Lyons comedy about four people whose lives intersect at Doug’s Diner where the peach dish, the politics of the men’s room and a special pair of panties play a part in their fate. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 483-5118.

ONGOING THEATER

THE ART OF SOMETHING  Through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-postmodern 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.  
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. 
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL May 8-17. St. Bonaventure High School presents the hilarious adaptation of the hit movie that starred Reese Witherspoon. $8-$10. Special fundraiser performance and lunch on May 18, 2 p.m. $15-$25. OLA Hall, 3167 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 648-6836.    
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. 
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.

OPENING ART

OJAI ART CENTER May 10-30. “The Best of Ojai,” celebrates 75 years, the Art Center will feature an exhibit of work by local artists in a variety of mediums, including pastels by Bert Collins and sculpture by Ted Gall and other work curated by the Ojai Studio Artists Tour and the Art Detour. Reception on June 1, 1-4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-1117.
OPEN ART STUDIO May 10-11, 11a.m.to 5 p.m. Ojai artist Christine Brennan will open her work space for the 12th year, free of charge, where guests can roam her celebrated garden, snack on refreshments next to a koi pond and chat with artists. Her home also features unique furniture built by her husband James McCarthy. Besides her own art, she will feature work by Diane Bennett, Mette Julian and Sissel Auerboeck. 175 N. Pueblo, Ojai.

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 12. “Woven Paths-Caminos Entrelazados,” by Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre. 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.  
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
CLU SENIOR ART EXHIBIT Through May 18. The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University.  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.    
GALERIE 102  Through June 1. “Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber 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. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.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 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 Aug. 24. “Diamonds are Forever.” Through June 1. “Bike Love,” a collaboration between the museum and Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery will feature an exhibition of “pimped-out” bikes, photography and bicycle memorials in Ventura County. Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar d’Leon. 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.    
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through May 25. “2014 Collector’s Choice,” an annual exhibit of contemporary works handpicked by collectors. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300 or  www.sylviawhite.com
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 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 May 30. “Selected Portraits: Paintings and Tapestries by John Nava.” Figurative artist John Nava, perhaps best known for his work commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, will show a small selection of his highly detailed work. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. www.VitaArtCenter.com
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through May 30.  “Standing in Boots,” paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer. ReeL will be exhibiting recent paintings and Nash Rightmer will be introducing his paintings and more intimate photo-based word pieces. Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura.

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 Through June 31. “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” 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. 

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

THE OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Thursday, May 1, through Sunday, May 4. 
The 15th annual festival will feature acclaimed storytellers Patrick Ball, Niall de Burca, Lyn Ford, Gene Tagaban, Laura Simms, Barbara McBride Smith and Izzi Tooinsky and special guests, the Story Pirates, Cindy Kalmenson and Alan Thornhill. Also featured are “Naughty Tales” and adults-only night of storytelling and wine. $67-$217. Various locations. For more information and a performance schedule, visit www.ojaistoryfest.org.
 
 
 

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY/ BELL ARTS POP-UP May 2 through June 1.
“Bike Love,” a collaboration between the museum and Bell Arts Factory Tool Room Gallery will feature an exhibition of “pimped out” bikes, photography and bicycle memorials in Ventura County. The concept was created by filmmaker Danny Gamboa. Opening reception at the museum on Friday, May 2, 5-8 p.m. A free shuttle will transport guests from the museum to Bell Arts. There will be a gourmet food truck and live music. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323; 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174.
 
 
 

WAV THEATER GALLERY May 2 through May 30. 
“Standing in Boots,” paintings by Erik ReeL and Nash Rightmer (pictured). ReeL will be exhibiting recent paintings and Nash Rightmer will be introducing his paintings and more intimate photo-based word pieces. Show will be open for First Friday but the reception is on Saturday, May 3, 7-9 p.m. Corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard in Ventura.
 
 
 

HAMBURGERS AND HOPS BURGER AND BEER FEST 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3.
The family-friendly event invites patrons to nosh on an assortment of hamburgers, as well as gourmet and fusion sliders. Event-goers age 21 and older may elect to pair these delicious offerings with beer from local craft breweries. Performances by local musicians will also add to the atmosphere. $10-$30. The Collection at RiverPark, Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.hamburgersandhops.com.
 
 


 
~ FRIDAY ~

BMX NATIONALS Times vary. The first ever USA BMX Seaside Nationals at the new Ventura BMX Raceway will feature multiple races and booths dedicated to biking. Ventura BMX Raceway, 901 S. Kimball Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturabmx.org
CSUCI SPEAKER SERIES JOE SCHROEDER Noon-2 p.m. President/CEO of Ventura County Credit Union Joe Schroeder will speak on running FOOD Share as the final part in this series. CSU, Channel Islands, Malibu Hall 100, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.org.  
MUSIC FOR THE SOUL: GIL VALENCIA 7:30-9:30 p.m. Gil Valencia and his band will reach out to the audience with their unique blend of music for the soul during the museum’s monthly “Music at the Ag” night. Agricultural Museum of Ventura County, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

15TH ANNUAL ROD, TRUCK AND BIKE SHOW 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring custom and classic cars, trucks and bikes. The event will also feature gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, vendors, T-shirts, awards and a silent auction. Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.ventura.org/airports
A TRIBUTE TO SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK 3 p.m. Debbie McIntosh, founder of “History Through the Eyes of Women”, will perform as Shirley Temple Black looking back on her life. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For further information, please call 385-7532. 
CAMARILLO BIRD MUSEUM’S SPRING OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Explore the Foundation’s extensive bird, nest and egg collections and get hands-on with egg blowing and nest building. $5-$10. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org
DERBY DAY BOURBON CHALLENGE 3 p.m. A competiton to find out which local bartender makes the best craft bourbon cocktail, sponsored by Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast. Billy O’s, 2819 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, contact cocktailwars@gmail.com
FOURTH ANNUAL DINING WITH THE DOGS  Guests at this year’s event will mingle with the trainers and their animals with demonstrations throughout the day in support of the K9 Unit and Search and Rescue Team. $65. CSUCI, 1 University Dr., Camarillo. for more information, visit www.vcsheriffsfoundation.org.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 12 p.m. Free comic books will be handed out in celebration of the national event at both Hypno Comics and Ralph’s Comics Corner. Food trucks and a costume contest will begin at noon at Hypno Comics. Various locations. For more information, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.  
GALIT JAFFE READS FROM HER BOOK NAKOMA 2-3 p.m. Author Galit Jaffe will host this meeting and share passages from her new book. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019. 
THE MOMENT: MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA 5 p.m. WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather faces WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. $18-$20. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit  www.fathomevents.com
VENTURA BEACH FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival will feature local and national musicians in support of the Friends of the Channel Coast programs. Vendors and food will also be available. $10-$125. San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura. For more information, visit www.friendsofccsp.org/ventura-beach-festival
RANCHO CAMULOS VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m. Lead tours or volunteer to assist with other museum activities depending on your interests and availability. 5164 E. Telegraph Rd., Piru. For more information, visit www.ranchocamulos.org
RODNEY CARRINGTON’s “LAUGHTER’S GOOD” 8 p.m. Rodney Carrington is a comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight comedy albums and starred in his own TV sitcom. $31-$56. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaz, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.org
VENTURA AUDUBON HEDRICK RANCH BIRD WATCHING 9 a.m. We will look for Least Bell’s Vireos in the willows, along with other spring specialties, such as Purple Finch and the Common Yellowthroat. 20395 S. Mountain Rd, Santa Paula. For more information, call 377-5859.

~ SUNDAY ~

ARIANNA STRING QUARTET PERFORMANCE 3 p.m. The Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. $15-$25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com
CAMARILLO HOSPICE SPRING GARDEN TOUR 12-4 p.m. Gardens owned by local residents will be toured and jazz will be heard. $20. Various Locations. For more information, visit www.camarillohospice.org
CAMARILLO OLD TOWN CULINARY CRAWL 1-5 p.m. An afternoon filled with wine and food in Old Town’s second Culinary Crawl, featuring local restaurants. $40-$65. Various locations. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/R6Z79b
HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free energy healing sessions and meditations will be available as well as an eclectic mix of practitioners. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-0211. 
MASTER CHILDREN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT 4 p.m. Featuring music representative of cultures around the world, including Israel, Samalia, and Cuba. $10. Community Presbyterian Church, 1550 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.mastercc.org
MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU: THE EMPIRE BIKES BACK 1:30 p.m. Join Ventura bicyclists as they celebrated national Star Wars day with a bike ride around town, stopping to enjoy oysters and a show. Ride begins at Art City, 197 Dubbers St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.artpredator.wordpress.com
MOTION BY THE OCEAN BENEFIT 1K-10K 6:30-9:30 a.m. Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is launching this event to benefit the new Community Memorial Hospital. $25-$300. San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura. For more information, visit www.motionbytheocean.org
SONGS AROUND THE WORLD 4 p.m. Uniting the voices of the CSU Channel Islands Choir and the Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Chorus for one performance. $20 donation suggested. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cicachoir.org
TEA AT THE MUSEUM 2-4 p.m. A traditional afternoon tea will be served in celebration of Mother’s Day. $15. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-5554. 
WINGS AND WHEELS DAY 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Featuring vehicles from area clubs. Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, 800 E. Santa Maria St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.amszp.org.

~ MONDAY ~

GLORIA 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A woman of a certain age meets a young man and rekindles her will to live. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

RETURN TO OZ 7:30 p.m. Dorothy and her friends return to the magical land of Oz 40 years later. American Vedic Association, 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. For more information, call 640-0405. 
“THE NAPSTERIZATION OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY” 8-9 a.m. Former Rhapsody president Jon Irwin will speak on the state of the music industry. Lundring Events Center, Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, CLU, 130 Overton Ct., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit callutheran.edu/clb.

OPENING THEATER

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE May 9 through May 31. Conejo Players stages this critically acclaimed, witty and smart play by Steve Martin that imagines what might happen if Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. $18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715.

ONGOING THEATER

THE ART OF SOMETHING Through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-postmodern 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 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 a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday. $7-$10. 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura.    
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. 
SPRING AWAKENING 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. 
TOM SAWYER Through May 4. High Street Arts Center presents Mark Twain’s immortal classic, a tribute 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.

OPENING ART

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM May 3 through June 31. “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” Local scenes painted on site will be featured in addition to other examples of the plein air. Reception on Saturday, May 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Hours: every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260. 
FIRST FRIDAY VENTURA May 2, 6 to 10 p.m. The popular monthly event that celebrates Downtown and Westside Ventura’s vibrant art scene. Demonstrations, lectures, music and performance are featured during this monthly cultural event. Participants include Stoneworks Studios, Bell Arts Factory/Vita Art Center, Working Artists Ventura (WAV), Artists Union Gallery, Art City and Sylvia White Gallery and other art spaces. Visit www.facebook.com/firstfridayventura.   
STONEWORKS STUDIOS May 2, 6-10 p.m. “Heads Up!” a group exhibition of portraits plus other art and stone sculpture. Live musical entertainment and snacks. 300 N. Park Row, Ventura, 643-5431. 
VITA ART CENTER May 2 through May 30. “Selected Portraits: Paintings and Tapestries by John Nava.” Figurative artist John Nava, perhaps best known for his work commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, will show a small selection of his highly detailed work. Reception on May 2, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. www.VitaArtCenter.com.

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 12. “Woven Paths-Caminos Entrelazados,” by Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre. 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.  
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
CLU SENIOR ART EXHIBIT Through May 18. The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University. 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.   
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
GALERIE 102  Through June 1. “Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber 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. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.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 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. 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.    
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through May 25. “2014 Collector’s Choice” an annual exhibit of contemporary works handpicked by collectors. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m.783 E. Main St, Ventura. 643-8300 or  www.sylviawhite.com
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 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. 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. 

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