Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

THE TENORS WITH NEW WEST SYMPHONY  Nov. 29, 8 p.m.
The Tenors have performed for audiences around the world and are known for blending classical music and contemporary pop in their distinctive vocal style. They have performed for Queen Elizabeth during her Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle, on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Celine Dion, at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and during a live broadcast of the 2011 Emmy Award in Los Angeles. $43-$83. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

SHREK: THE MUSICAL Through Dec. 14.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Conejo Players Theatre brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to the stage in the form of a musical for the whole family to enjoy. $18-$20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
 
 
 

GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 28.
“Holidaze Group Show: Art Take Out.” The gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a show that pokes fun at the crazy-making holiday shopping season and gives art lovers a chance to buy art right of the walls. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
 

 
~ WEDNESDAY ~

CAMARILLO BLOOD DRIVE 2-6 p.m. Those interested in giving blood must be well and healthy and be able to show identification.  Both walk-ins and appointments will be accepted. Hosted by United Blood Services. Pleasant Valley Certified Farmers Market, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, call 715-3699.
OXNARD AUTO CENTER TOY DRIVE Now through Thursday, Dec. 11. The Oxnard Auto Center will hold a special Toy Drive at each of its 11 dealerships, with all collected gifts donated to the 11th Annual Santa to the Sea Toy Giveaway Event. Various locations. For more information, call 485-7233.
VENTURA COUNTY RESCUE MISSION’S GREAT THANKSGIVING BANQUET 12 p.m. Around 200 volunteers and dignitaries will serve the traditional Thanksgiving feast at noon. Come enjoy live entertainment and a full thanksgiving turkey meal. Ventura County Rescue Mission, 234 E 6th St., Oxnard. For more information, call 436-4592.

~ FRIDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS ICE CENTER PRESENTS “MOSTLY ON ICE” 7:30-10 p.m. Electronic musical acts MOSTLY, Future Holotape, and Vio will perform during open skate hours, accompanied by sound engineering and custom lighting design. Free, with general admission, $9.50. Channel Islands Ice Center, 830 Wagon Wheel Rd, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandice.com.
DUDLEY HOUSE HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Sunday, Nov. 30, and again Dec. 5-7 and 12-14). Celebrate the spirit of the holidays at the Dudley House and the 21st annual fundraiser that will feature crafts, home décor, antiques and more. Dudley House, Loma Vista Road and Ashwood, Ventura. For more information, call 642-3345.

~ SATURDAY ~

AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM’S “AFTER PARADE” PARTY 11 a.m.-1 p.m. After Santa Paula’s 65th annual Christmas parade, Santa Claus, three choruses singing Christmas Carols, and a one-day Christmas Boutique in the Museum’s General Store can all be found at the Museum. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Avee., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
AUTHORS SHELI ELLSWORTH, SHELDON BROWN AND ILLUSTRATOR GEORGE ROBERTSON SIGNING 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Ellsworth will sign her novel Confessions of a Pet Au Pair: the ABCs of pet ailments including traditional and homeopathic care, while Brown and Robertson will sign copies of My Winter Holiday by Noah. The December Store & More, 27 S. Oak St., Ventura. For more information, 499-3490.
RABBIT & CAVY SHOW 8 a.m.-4 p.m (and Sunday, Nov. 30). All manner of rabbits will be on display at this aficionados show. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.lionhead.us.
SANTA PAULA’S 65TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE 10-11 a.m. Welcome Santa Claus to Santa Paula accompanied by floats and other jovial things at the annual parade. Downtown Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.discoversantapaula.com

~ MONDAY ~

DIPLOMACY 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling attempts to persuade a Nazi general not to destroy the city. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
OXNARD HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP 6-8 p.m. The Housing Rights Workshop provides free information on landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities, the fair housing laws, and what to do if you’re a victim of housing discrimination. Oxnard Main library, Meeting Room “B”, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.housingrightscenter.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

WORLD AIDS DAY 2014 PANEL DISCUSSION, VIGIL AND SCREENING OF DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 2:15-9 p.m. This Ventura County commemoration of World AIDS Day will include “Positively Speaking,” a panel discussion featuring local residents living with HIV, followed by a candlelight vigil of prayer and solidarity and a screening of Dallas Buyers Club. For a full schedule and location of events, call 493-3694.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

JACQUELINE LYONS POETRY READING 7 p.m. Lyons, who joined the CLU faculty as an assistant professor of English in 2011, will read and discuss excerpts from her 2004 book “The Way They Say Yes Here.” Lyons has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, among other awards. CLU’S Ullman Commons, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MALE CHORUS PRESENTS “TIS THE MERRIEST” 7:30 p.m. The San Fernando Valley Male Chorus returns for their annual holiday concert titled “Tis The Merriest” featuring holiday favorite tunes in the style of barbershop and more. $18. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simi-arts.org.
VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 11 a.m.-2 p.m. In celebration of the club’s 90th anniversary, Historian Glenda Jackson will entertain guests with stories and news from the club’s history. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 7th St., Santa Paula. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 482-7201.

ONGOING THEATER

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 23. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the classic Dickens tale in musical form with a live orchestra accompaniment.$18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Through Dec. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents the beloved Christmas classic about a man named Kris Kringle who gets a job at Macy’s in New York City to spread holiday cheer. Is he crazy or does Santa exist? (No performances Nov. 28-30.) $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. www.skywayplayhouse.org.
A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 21. Elite Theatre presents a musical comedy for all-ages. What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of pirates? Fun music and a heartwarming message make it a perfect holiday family event. $10-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
SHE LOVES ME Through Nov. 29. Ojai Performing Arts Theater (OPAT) the Broadway musical that inspired the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” Proceeds will benefit OPAT, the Ojai Unified School District and the Ojai Valley Museum. The story revolves around four ill-matched clerks in Maraczek’s parfumerie in 1934 Budapest. Matilija Auditorium, Ojai. For more information and tickets, call 649-1934 or visit www.ojaitheater.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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.       

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 29. “A Touch of Nature,” a solo exhibition by Port Hueneme painter Michele B. Baggenstoss featuring 15 oil-on-canvas works inspired by flora and fauna. 700 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
GALLERY 525 Through Nov. 29. “The Magic of Movies” features rare and vintage movie posters and paper ephemera curated by Anca Colbert. The exhibition includes a fabulous collection of French posters, and other items dating back to 1908, including the French versions of Gone With the Wind, Superman and Lost Horizon, and slabbed still photos from D.W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.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, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.   
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. “Stars Align,” the gallery’s most colorful show of the year features unique gifts under $100 by more than 35 artists depicting life by the sea. Reception on Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 25. The Ag Art Alliance presents the seventh annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition featuring work by more than 65 artists that explores all facets of agriculture. Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “Rebar” new works by Erik Reel featuring large scale acrylic paintings that explore mark-making and its relationship to signification. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.toolroomgallery.com.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View,” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. www.artistsguildoffillmore.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Nov. 30. “Drawings and Tapestries” by Colin Fraser Gray. Reception on Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Vita Art Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
VISIONS GALLERY Through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who travelled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Reception on Nov. 13, 5-7:30 p.m. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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,.  
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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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.org
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

PERFORMANCES TO GROW ON PRESENTS “WORLD OF WONDER”
Thursday, Nov. 20 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.;
Saturday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m.

Spellbinding theater artist Leland Faulkner combines Japanese art forms, mime, shadow theater, illusion, improvisation and folk tales with original special effects to produce an imaginative performance. $10-$15. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks (Nov. 20) and Ojai Art Center, 113 S Montgomery St., Ojai (Nov. 22). For more information, visit www.ptgo.org
 
 
 

“AFROMERICANA” MUSICAL CONFABULATION “MAMAJOWALI” 7-10 p.m.
Mamajowali (mama-joe-wally) overlays West African music, old time Americana, and spirited originals, hoppin’ high energy grooves and tons of improvisational musical travelogue. $20. The Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 Ojai Avenue, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
 
 
 

SHE LOVES ME  Nov. 21-29.
Ojai Performing Arts Theater (OPAT) the Broadway musical that inspired the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” Proceeds will benefit OPAT, the Ojai Unified School District and the Ojai Valley Museum. The story revolves around four ill-matched clerks in Maraczek’s parfumerie in 1934 Budapest. Matilija Auditorium, Ojai. For more information and tickets, call 649-1934 or visit www.ojaitheater.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

AUTHOR JEFFREY STOUT PRESENTS “CONGREGATIONS FOR JUSTICE” 7 p.m. Stout will describe how grassroots democracy works, highlight some of its successes and failures, and explain why religious communities are still at the core of it. CLU’s Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
C.I. GULLS ANNUAL CHARITY DONATION LUNCHEON 11 a.m. This luncheon will support local charities. Guests are asked to bring gently worn coats and blankets for donation. $25. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Dr., Somis. For more information and to RSVP, call 263-6062.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 6:30 p.m. A director from Ventura Catholic Charities will speak about the  services the Moorpark Pantry provides to meet needs in the community. Guests are asked to bring a food item for donation. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Dr., Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
SOULDIER 1 p.m. This documentary presents some of the issues veterans may face upon returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition into civilian life. Oxnard Public Library, Meeting Room B, 251 S A St, Oxnard. For more information, call 240-7344.
THE ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION OF THE HUMAN BEING: FINDING OUR PLACE TOGETHER IN GRATITUDE 7-9 p.m. Attendees will discover and examine closely held beliefs, hopes and fears by traveling into his or her inner world, facilitated by Pat B. Allen, Ph.D. $10-$15. Ojai Valley Green Coalition Resource Center, 206 N. Signal St., Suite S, Ojai. For more information, call 669-8445.
VALLEY UPRISING DOCUMENTARY SCREENING 6:30 p.m. A documentary detailing the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of outdoor sports. Island Brewery will also be pouring. $7. Real Cheap Sports, 36 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.realcheapsports.com
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING FEAT. STEVE BENNING 6:30 p.m. Steve Benning from Star Roses, a major rose producing company, who will present and show the new roses available for 2014 and 2015. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturarose.org.
VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER FEAT. BEATLES AUTHOR IVOR DAVIS 5:30 p.m. An evening of 1960’s fun featuring noted Beatles author Ivor Davis to support the Ventura Music Festival. $30-$35. The Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, 22nd Floor, Oxnard. For more information and to RSVP, call 983-7777 x 223.

~ FRIDAY ~

BLUEGRASS SHOW STARRING LOAFERS’ GLORY 8 p.m. An amalgam of four acclaimed professionals who together produce “hair-raising harmonies and powerhouse picking!” will perform their bluegrass music. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.LoafersGloryBand.com.
CONCERT TO HONOR LATE CLU FACULTY MEMBER 7:30 p.m. CLU’s wind and jazz ensembles will perform a tribute to Peter Woodford, an accomplished member of the music faculty who died in June. Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Ln., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7-9 p.m. Dr. Jerry Clifford of CSUCI will examine the Sun as a dynamic sphere of plasma that constantly evolves. $2 donation suggested. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Rd.. Moorpark. For more information, call 201-8345.

~ SATURDAY ~

ROLLER DERBY GAMES 6-10 p.m. The Ventura County Derby Darlins will host this contest pitting area roller derby squads against each other. $12. Ventura County Fairgrounds, San Nicolas Hall, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcderbydarlins.com.
VENTURA COUNTY BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m. The classic ballet fairy tale returns to Ventura as performed by the VCB, accompanied by the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra. $14-$28. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.venturacountyballet.com.
“THANKSGIVING: THE CREATIVE POWER OF GRATITUDE” DEVOTIONAL 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Discover the creative, transformative power of gratitude in a meditative morning filled with wisdom talks, sharing, sacred songs and prayers of Thanksgiving. $10. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Rd., Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
SHOP LOCAL EXPO 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This expo will focus on local businesses and crafters offering their goods and services with dozens of vendors. Mountaingate Plaza at Los Angeles Avenue and First Street, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simichamber.org.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AT THE COLLECTION 5:30 p.m. Music and a visit from Santa Claus will ring in the holiday season. Tree lighting celebration begins at 7 p.m. Collection Park, 2751 Park View Ct., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT SCREENING HOSTED BY IVOR DAVIS 6:30 p.m. Ventura author & journalist Ivor Davis, who travelled with the Beatles in 1964, will host this very screening of the 50th anniversary restoration of the Beatle’s classic film. $5-$10. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
OJAI ART CENTER CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT 2 p.m. Violinist Yue Deng, currently an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, returns to join cellist Virginia Kron and pianist Kacey Link. $8-$10. Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-8327.
ROSS CARE’S “ROCK-MASS” 4 p.m. Consisting of four movements presented in a rock/pop setting, the musical offering will be performed by the Chancel Choir, KuanFen Liu and many others. Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information,
SYCAMORE CANYON TO DANIELSON RANCH SIERRA CLUB HIKE 8:15 a.m. (for carpool), hike begins at 9 a.m. An easy, leisurely paced eight mile hike through Big Sycamore Canyon to Danielson Ranch for lunch under the trees. For more information and location, call 985-8963.
VENTURA FLEA MARKET AND SWAP MEET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks from all over will bring goods and items to sell. Find rare trinkets and the like by the beach. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rgcshows.com.

~ MONDAY ~

FROZEN RIVER 6-7:30 p.m. Two single mothers in desperate circumstances are drawn into the world of smuggling to make ends meet. This film is shown as part of Native American Heritage Month. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL 1981 7 p.m. Heralded as one of Queen’s all-time best performances, the concert was recorded live at Montreal’s Forum on November 24 and 25, 1981 and will be screened on one night only nationwide. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS MEETING 7 p.m. PFLAG provides support, education, and advocacy to the families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 650-3327.

OPENING THEATER

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Nov. 22 Through Dec. 23. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the classic Dickens tale in musical form with a live orchestra accompaniment.$18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Nov. 21 through Dec. 21. Elite Theatre presents a musical comedy for all-ages. What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of pirates? Fun music and a heartwarming message make it a perfect holiday family event. $10-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.

ONGOING THEATER

MEMPHIS: THE MUSICAL Through Nov. 23. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the Tony award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.$20-$90. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 449-2100.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Through Dec. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents the beloved Christmas classic about a man named Kris Kringle who gets a job at Macy’s in New York City to spread holiday cheer. Is he crazy or does Santa exist? (No performances Nov. 28-30.) $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. www.skywayplayhouse.org.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL Through Dec. 14. Based on the Oscar-winning film, this mujsical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to the stage. $18-$20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Through Nov. 23. Young Artists Ensemble presents the Rogers and Hammerstein classic musical. $17. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. See www.yaeonline.com.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF?  Through Nov. 23. Flying H Group presents  Edward Albee’s provocative dark comedy, which examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most via a troubled married couple. $15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.

OPENING ART

GALERIE 102 Nov. 22 through Dec. 28. “Holidaze Group Show: Art Take Out.” The gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a show that pokes fun at the crazy-making holiday shopping season and gives art lovers a chance to buy art right of the walls. Reception Saturday, Nov. 22, 4-6 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Nov. 22, 4 p.m. Current exhibiting artist Erik Reel gives a gallery talk and tour of his show “Rebar.” Inside the Bell Arts Factory, 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.toolroomgallery.com.     

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 29. “A Touch of Nature,” a solo exhibition by Port Hueneme painter Michele B. Baggenstoss featuring 15 oil-on-canvas works inspired by flora and fauna. Reception on Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
GALLERY 525 Through Nov. 29. “The Magic of Movies” features rare and vintage movie posters and paper ephemera curated by Anca Colbert. The exhibition includes a fabulous collection of French posters, and other items dating back to 1908, including the French versions of Gone With the Wind, Superman and Lost Horizon, and slabbed still photos from D.W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in Thousand Oaks.  
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, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.   
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. “Stars Align,” the gallery’s most colorful show of the year features unique gifts under $100 by more than 35 artists depicting life by the sea. Reception on Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 25. The Ag Art Alliance presents the seventh annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition featuring work by more than 65 artists that explores all facets of agriculture. Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “Rebar” new works by Erik Reel featuring large scale acrylic paintings that explore mark-making and its relationship to signification. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.toolroomgallery.com.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View,” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. www.artistsguildoffillmore.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Nov. 30. “Drawings and Tapestries” by Colin Fraser Gray. Reception on Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Vita Art Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
VISIONS GALLERY Through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who travelled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Reception on Nov. 13, 5-7:30 p.m. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of GhostWalk, featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual GhostWalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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,.  
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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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.org
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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NOTTINGHAM FESTIVAL
Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Take heed, squires and maidens of Ventura County, the Nottingham Village renaissance festival has returned. Made to resemble an English village from the late 1500s, the Nottingham Village renaissance festival brings the mirth and merriment of ye olde renaissance fests back to Ventura County, featuring live entertainment, demonstrations and themed food. $12-$25. Rancho Tapo Community Park (aka Lemon Park), 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.nottinghamfestival.com.
 
 
 

GALLERY 525
Through Nov. 29.

“The Magic of Movies” features rare and vintage movie posters and paper ephemera curated by Anca Colbert. The exhibition includes a fabulous collection of French posters, and other items dating back to 1908, including the French versions of Gone With the Wind, Superman and Lost Horizon, and slabbed still photos from D.W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
 

 
 
~ THURSDAY ~

ANNUAL HOLIDAY ICE RINK OPENING 1 p.m. The annual holiday ice rink re-opens through Jan. 19, 2015, at The Lakes. $10, plus $4 skate rental. The Lakes of Thousand Oaks, 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.thousandoaksicerink.com.
“ART ABOUT AG” LECTURE AND PAINTING DEMO 2 p.m. Oil painter Gina Niebergall and John Nichols, who curates the annual Art About Agriculture exhibitions, will present a gallery talk and painting demonstration. $3-$5. Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
NEUROPATHY TREATMENT WITH ROBB BOLTON 6-7:30 p.m. In this workshop, Robb Bolton will discuss how physical therapy can help manage neuropathy and provide ideas for self-care. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
PROGRESSIVE NETWORKING DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION 5:30 p.m. The Ventura County Professional Women’s Network hosts this event in which diners will mix and mingle and have hors d’oeuvres. Meeting will conclude with a silent auction and prizes. $38. Wedgewood Banquet Center at Buenaventura Golf Course, 5880 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcpwn.org.
ROSEWATER LIVE PREVIEW EVENT WITH JON STEWART 7:30 p.m. Rosewater follows Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London, as he risks arrest to provide footage of the 2009 Iranian Presidential riots. The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with writer and director and host of The Daily Show Jon Stewart, interviewed by Stephen Colbert. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION 6-7 p.m. This 1-hour informational orientation session will help you determine your readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. RSVP for exact Thousand Oaks location. For more information, visit www.wevonline.org/set-orientations.

~ FRIDAY ~

2015 VENTURA COUNTY FORECAST 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bill Watkins and the CLU Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will host this panel on the state of Ventura County, with featured panelists. Serra Center, 5205 Upland Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.clucerf.org.
CLASSICAL GUITARIST MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE 8 p.m. World champion fingerstyle guitarist Michael Chapdelaine returns for one night only for an evening of acoustic guitar. $20-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simi-arts.org.
FREE DENTAL TREATMENT EVENT 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free dental services, including fillings, emergency root canals, extractions, toothache treatments, and cleaning of infected gums, will be provided, at NO COST, to as many people as can be seen. California Dental Group, 305 Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 488-1112.
INTERNET EXPORT MARKETING WORKSHOP 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. This event will share expertise on topics including how to establish effective online branding, develop high-impact advertising, and identify key Internet research tools. CSUCI Malibu Hall 100, 1 University Dr., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.go.cusci.edu/IGERexport.
THE FUTURE OF SPIRITUALITY: AN EVENING WITH SHAHRAM SHIVA 7 p.m. Shahram Shiva is a performance poet, award-winning translator and scholar of Rumi and author of several books. He will give a talk on “What Comes After Yoga”. $25-$30. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Rd., Suites V&W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
VFW POST 3935 HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. VFW members will host this boutique with all proceeds going to the Auxiliary Cancer Fund. VFW post hall, 300 South Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 330-0425.

~ SATURDAY ~
2ND  ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE & CRAFT FAIRE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Food, live entertainment, nail stamping, jewelry, Avon, holiday floral décor, fabric/paper crafts and more will be on display. Rio Vista Multipurpose Room, 250 Edgewood Dr., Fillmore. For more information, contact knutley@fillmore.k12.ca.us.
7TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY CARD SIGNING FOR THE TROOPS  10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sign holiday cards to be shipped over to active service members. Light refreshments will also be had. For the Troops HQ, 2878 Cochran St., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.forthetroops.org.
AUDUBON SOCIETY HALF DAY FIELD TRIP: VETERAN’S MEMORIAL PARK 8:30 a.m. This large park is a birder’s paradise and is often full of surprises. This hike will be led by Karin Kersteter. For more information and directions, call 901-2203.
AUXILIARY OF THE VENTURA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT WIDOWS, ORPHANS AND ASSISTANCE FUND FUNDRAISER 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 30 vendors will be present to sell their products and services. Commemorative Air Force WWII Museum, 445 Aviation Dr., Camarillo. For more information, call 443-3816.
CAMARILLO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET 1-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Nov. 16, 8:30-11 a.m.). Unique hand-crafted holiday gifts from Africa, plus a chance to support local charities, will be featured. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.
"HAPPY THOUGHTS ALWAYS" BOOK SIGNING 1-3 p.m. Meet the author of "More Than Thoughts" and take a photo with Annie, the Raggedy Ann doll on the book cover. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fictionbymichelle.com. 
MADE IN CONEJO FILM SERIES/CONEJO VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Saturday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. (and Sunday, Nov. 16). Classic movies shot in the Conejo Valley will be shown for free, including Davy Crockett and Old Yeller, plus a variety of films as part of the Conejo Valley Film Festival. Various times and locations; for more information, call 493-3241 or visit www.callutheran.edu/conejofilm.
“ORIGIN OF THE SEABEES” 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dr. Frank Blazich, Historian at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, will speak about the origins of the Seabees and the naval base at Port Hueneme during World War II. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
“REALITY PARTY” 2-6:30 p.m. This event is intended to increase parent awareness of the social issues and dangers young people face today regarding underage and binge drinking, drug use and other behaviors. For more information and location and to RSVP, visit www.straightupvc.org/register.
SECOND ANNUAL AN AFTERNOON OF CHAMBER MUSIC 3 p.m. “Birds, Roses and a Czech” will be presented as well as other classical favorites. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.
UFC 180: VELASQUEZ VS. WERDUM 7 p.m. Cain Velasquez  battles No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum for the World Heavyweight Championship, live from Mexico. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
~ SUNDAY ~

AFGHAN GIRLS’ SCHOOLS FUNDRAISER 2 p.m. Enjoy an Indo Pakistani meal and desserts, shopping for items from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, and dance/listen to Indian Music in support of 600 Afghan school girls. $50-$140 suggested donation. Nagma Gandhi’s Home, 831 Camino Tierra Santa, Camarillo. For more information, call 298-3430.
AUTHOR RONIT GABAY WORKSHOP 1-3 p.m. Gabay will talk of her book Walking in the Footsteps of the Masters and discuss spiritual living. $25. Center for Spiritual Living, 340 Mobil Ave., Camarillo. For more information, call 954-696-5585.
EQUINOX ENSEMBLE AT THE CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB 1-4:30 p.m. The Equinox Ensemble, a ten-piece jazz group, will present Swing-Danceable Music. $7-$10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 South Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org.
GARY BONNER SINGERS’ CONCERT 4 p.m. The Gary Bonner Singers will present a concert of vocal music. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.
MASTERS OF HARMONY 3 p.m. The show will feature the 85-member Masters of Harmony’s unique blend of traditional barbershop harmony influenced by elements of jazz, swing and pop. $18-$20. Oceanview Pavilion 575 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.oceanviewinfo.com.
WINE, DINE AND JAZZ SUNDAYS AT THE HARBOR 12-3 p.m. (and Sunday, Nov. 23). Enjoy live jazz musicians, boutique stores and other entertainment while tasting wine and enjoying gourmet food. Prices vary. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com.

~ MONDAY ~

LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This Spanish film follows a young man as he attempts to convince John Lennon to include his lyrics in a song when he meets a young woman and another man, transforming their life. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
PEACE AMIDST CHANGES – “GREAT WORLD PRAYERS” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Brock Travis, Spiritual Counselor, teaches a seminar on classic blessings from the Wisdom Traditions of Humanity. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079.
WAR COMES HOME: AUTHOR KARL MARLANTES 10 a.m. Libraries across California will present an interview-style conversation between NYT best-selling author and Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes on his book What it is Like to Go to War. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley and Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, call 388-5548.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“A HOLIDAY DESSERT EXTRAVAGANZA” COOKING CLASS 6-8:30 p.m. – Professional Chef Amy Tyrell will demonstrate how to prepare decadent desserts for the holidays. $45-$49. Camarillo Health Care District (3639 E. Las Posas Road, Suite 117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952, ext. 100.
JASON LOVE PRESENTS “LIFE AS A STANDUP COMEDIAN” 1-2 p.m. Love will share the ins and outs of being a comedian, from developing material from real life to playing the big stages. $2 parking. Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 986-5800 x1943.
DAVE RAMSEY’S THE LEGACY JOURNEY 7 p.m. Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze present life-changing lessons regarding investing, estate planning, purposeful living and the keys to generational wealth. 7 p.m. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
‘SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD’ FREE MUSICAL 7 p.m. The university’s new Musical Theatre Ensemble will present “Songs for a New World” by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. CLU’s Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3415.

OPENING THEATER

MEMPHIS: THE MUSICAL Nov. 14-23. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the Tony award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.$20-$90. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 449-2100.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Nov. 14 through Dec. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents the beloved Christmas classic about a man named Kris Kringle who gets a job at Macy’s in New York City to spread holiday cheer. Is he crazy or does Santa exist? (No performances Nov. 28-30.) $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. www.skywayplayhouse.org.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL Nov. 14 through Dec. 14. Based on the Oscar-winning film, this mujsical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to the stage. $18-$20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Nov. 18-19. Cal Lutheran University’s Musical Theatre Ensemble presents this production that features a range of popular music styles from an array of time periods and locales. Free. Samuelson Chapel on the Cal Lutheran Thousand Oaks Campus, 165 Chapel Lane, 493-3415.

ONGOING THEATER

2 PIANOS 4 HANDS Through Nov. 16. Rubicon Theatre presents this award-winning musical comedy featuring two actors, two pianos and many, many characters telling the story of 15 years of piano playing, from obsessed parents and crazy tutors to torturous recitals. Classical, pop and jazz music are performed in the 120-minute virtuoso display. $32-62. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Through Nov. 23. Young Artists Ensemble presents the Rogers and Hammerstein classic musical. $17. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. See www.yaeonline.com.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF? Through Nov. 23. Flying H Group presents  Edward Albee’s provocative dark comedy, which examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most via a troubled married couple. $15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.

OPENING ART

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Saturday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. “Invierno,” a Madrid inspired fashion show, will showcase wearable art by artist members of the Studio Channel Islands Art Center as well as clothing by invited regional designers. Admission includes a drink ticket with complementary signature glass, no host bar, music by DJ Mojoe and after-show shopping boutique. $30-$75. Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org.
THE HUD Saturday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. DAB Art juried competition. 87 pieces culled from 707 entries will be on display as the three winners are decided and awarded. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura.
RED BRICK GALLERY Nov. 19 through Jan. 14. “Stars Align,” the gallery’s most colorful show of the year features unique gifts under $100 by more than 35 artists depicting life by the sea. Reception on Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
VISIONS GALLERY Nov. 13 through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who travelled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Reception on Nov. 13, 5-7:30 p.m. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.     

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 29. “A Touch of Nature,” a solo exhibition by Port Hueneme painter Michele B. Baggenstoss featuring 15 oil-on-canvas works inspired by flora and fauna. Reception on Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in Thousand Oaks.  
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, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com. 
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.   
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 25. The Ag Art Alliance presents the seventh annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition featuring work by more than 65 artists that explores all facets of agriculture. Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “Rebar” new works by Erik Reel featuring large scale acrylic paintings that explore mark-making and its relationship to signification. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.toolroomgallery.com.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View,” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. www.artistsguildoffillmore.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Nov. 30. “Drawings and Tapestries” by Colin Fraser Gray. Reception on Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Vita Art Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.       

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM  Through Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of GhostWalk, featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual GhostWalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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,.  
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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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.org
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

AIR SUPPLY
Friday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

Air Supply, with original members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, will perform from their catalog of hits, including “All Out of Love,” “Lost in Love” and “Love and Other Business.” $35-$65. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
 
 
 

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF?
Through Nov. 23.

Flying H Group presents  Edward Albee’s provocative dark comedy, which examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most via a troubled married couple. $15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO MEETING 7 p.m. Supervisor Kathy Long of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will be the guest speaker. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Ventura. For more information, call 484-0173.
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, noon-4 p.m.). The Holiday Gift Shop will carry unique, handmade crafted gifts and art meant for the holiday season. FOTM Archive and Library, 505 Poli St., suite 405, Ventura. For more information, visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
MADRIGAL SINGING 6 p.m. As a preview of Simi Valley’s upcoming Nottingham Festival, experience Madrigali, a group of musical performers singing traditional Renaissance and medieval music. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
OF MICE AND MEN 7 p.m. James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in this stage performance of the classic novel, broadcast live into theaters. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
PULITZER PRIZE NOMINEE VICTOR VILLASEÑOR 4-7 p.m. Villaseñor will deliver a presentation of his journey of life as the son of an immigrant farm worker, and address the plight of uniting of people from all walks of life. $45-$50. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vchousingtrustfund.org

~ FRIDAY ~

ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS WORKSHOP 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the fundamentals of the California Environmental Quality Act, state guidelines and review case studies, with featured speaker Attorney Robert Kwong. Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.califaep.org.
MUSIC AT THE AG PRESENTS LEIGH VANCE 7:30 p.m. If you enjoy the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, come hear them performed by a combo that knows how to tell the stories. $2-10. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
NEW WEST SYMPHONY MASTERPIECE SERIES CONCERT NO. 2 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Nov. 8, Thousand Oaks). The program will feature Dvořák Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Opus 104; and Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 73. $29-102. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org.
UNMANNED VEHICLE ‘MICRO-SYMPOSIUM’ 2-6 p.m. Explore the exciting possibilities for unmanned vehicles in a half-day symposium featuring expert speakers and robotic displays, hosted by the Channel Islands Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, http://www.csuci.edu/news/releases/2014-ciavusi.htm.
YMCA POOL ANNIVERSARY AND REDEDICATION Noon-6:30 p.m. A multitude of classes and swimming will celebrate the community pool’s 25th anniversary. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 642-2131, ext. 19.

~ SATURDAY ~

BIG APPLE CIRCUS: METAMORPHOSIS 12:30 p.m. A show for all ages, audiences will enjoy an array of classical circus artistry such as clowning, juggling and acrobatics plus the merriment of camels, broadcast from NYC. $9-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2477 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
CAL LUTHERAN VETERANS DAY PARTY AND BBQ 5-6:30 p.m. Admission to the tailgate party is free for veterans and military members and up to three guests for each with proof of service. Country band Highway Star will perform. This precedes the college’s football game. CLU’s Pederson Administration Building, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3648.
CREATING GIF ART 1-4 p.m. Join guest studio artist Yenting “Ryo” DeSmidt, introduction to basic drawing skills and combining basic technology to create moving pictures (GIFs, pronounced “jiff,” graphics interchange format). $13-15. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-8171.
“DIGITAL DIVIDE”: THE AERIAL STUDIO’S FALL SHOWCASE 5-7 p.m. (and Sunday, Nov. 9). Kids, teens and adults will perform aerial acrobatics, dance and character work. The Aerial Studio, 4476 DuPont Court, suite B, Ventura. For more information, call 340-3412.
HEATHER McINTOSH AND JAMES GILBERTSON BOOK SIGNING 2-4 p.m. (and 5-7 p.m.). McIntosh, author of Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and Gilbertson, author of Adrift and Alone, will sign their respective novels. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
LIONS CLUB BARBECUE FUNDRAISER 11 a.m-4 p.m. Lions Club members will strap on their aprons and serve up their famous barbecue in support of the Ventura County Military Collaborative. Corner of Pickwick and Arneill, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.Military411.org.
OZ SANCHEZ “KNOW NO LIMITS” 2:30 p.m. Paralympic Gold Medalist and five-time world champion handcyclist, talks on overcoming adversity. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
PUMP 3 p.m. A screening of the documentary on the state of oil and gas production in the U.S. will kick off the Ojai Film Festival. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS FUNDRAISER: “RAMONA NIGHTS” AND LIVING HISTORY FESTIVAL Noon-4 p.m. Interact with historical characters and participate in rancho activities such as adobe brick making, plus watch Delores del Rio’s 1928 silent film Ramona. $50 (for fundraiser movie night). Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. For more information, visit www.ranchocamulos.org.
SINGER/SONGWRITER JUSTIN YOUNG 8:30 p.m. Young plays keyboards, guitar and ukulele and will perform songs from his many albums. $29. Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
SOULFETE POP UP DINNER EVENT 5 p.m. (and 8:30 p.m.). Each seating features a five-course meal and select cocktail pairings during dinner prepared by chef and former Olympic medalist Danny Everett. $85. Ojai Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.soulfete.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

ARETÉ VOCAL ENSEMBLE PRESENTS “A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER AND AMERICAN SONG” 2 p.m. The 29-member professional ensemble will sing tunes from the Broadway stage and the Great American Songbook. $15-20. Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.aretevocalensemble.org.
HERB WALK AND ACORN WORKSHOP 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Chumash educator and Tribal Chair Julie Tumamait-Stenslie will join Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer on this educational nature walk. $35. Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ojai Meadows Preserve. For more information and directions, visit www.herbwalks.com.
OJAI CHAUTAUQUA: THE FUTURE OF FRACKING 4:30-6:30 p.m. A panel of experts will appear together to discuss fracking and its impacts on the environment, featuring Brian Segee, Don Clarke and Craig Nicholson plus others. $20-25. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaichautauqua.org.
THE CONDOR’S SHADOW FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS 2 p.m. The Condor’s Shadow profiles the ongoing challenge of bringing the iconic California condor back from the brink of extinction. A live condor will be present. $1-5. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

~ MONDAY ~

PRESERVING THE AGING BRAIN, MEMORY AND BALANCE CLASS 6-7:30 p.m. Michael Veselak, D.C., will explain how diet and lifestyle changes can make a positive impact on your health. Camarillo Health Care District (3639 E. Las Posas Road, suite E-117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952, ext. 100. 

~ TUESDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH JOANNE JULIAN 6-7:30 p.m. An interview with artist Joanne Julian, known for her sculptures and printmaking. $5-10. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.joannejulian.com.
FACULTY TO DISCUSS ‘ISLAMIC STATE’ GROUP 4 p.m. Religion, history, political science and communication faculty members at California Lutheran University will discuss the “Islamic State” group and put current events in Iraq and Syria in context. CLU’s Richter Hall, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3694.
VENTURA AUDUBON FIELD TRIP: CALLEGUAS CREEK/ROUND MOUNTAIN 8:30 a.m. The Audubon society will search for birds such as hooded mergansers, lesser yellowlegs and white-faced ibis that feed in the lake. For more information and directions, call 377-5859.   
VETERANS DAY AT THE REGAN LIBRARY 11 a.m. Activities include a flyover, live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. The Regan Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. For more information, call (800) 410-8354.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL LIVE 7 p.m. Featuring Liam Mower, who makes his return to the show in the role of Older Billy, having been the first boy ever to play the role of Billy Elliot on stage in 2005. With a special introduction by Elton John. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2477 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
BOOKS AND BREW SERIES: NEW MEXICO POET HEATHER WINTERER 4-5 p.m. Award-winning poet Heather Winterer will read her works as part of this literary series. William Roland Fine Art Gallery, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, email jlyons@callutheran.edu.
“CASHING IN ON CRIME” WITH KARYL KICENSKI 1-2 p.m. College of the Canyons professor and author of “Cashing in on Crime,” Karyl Kicenski, will do a multimedia presentation about our criminal justice system. Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 986-5800, ext. 1943.
“MANAGING DIFFICULT DISABILITY AND LEAVE-OF-ABSENCE ISSUES” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This talk will focus on Understanding California’s New Sick Leave and the rights of disabled employees. $25. Courtyard Marriott, 600 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.wvceac.net/regform.php.

OPENING THEATER

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Nov. 7-23. Young Artists Ensemble presents the Rogers and Hammerstein classic musical. $17. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. See www.yaeonline.com

ONGOING THEATER

2 PIANOS 4 HANDS Through Nov. 16. Rubicon Theatre presents this award-winning musical comedy featuring two actors, two pianos and many, many characters telling the story of 15 years of piano playing, from obsessed parents and crazy tutors to torturous recitals. Classical, pop and jazz music are performed in the 120-minute virtuoso display. $32-62. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.     
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Nov. 9. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the sensational rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skywayplayhouse.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing. Fridays and Saturdays: 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

AN EVENING WITH JOANNE JULIAN Nov. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Focus on the Masters presents its Artist Spotlight for November featuring art educator and painter Joanne Julian. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 644-1500 or www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Nov. 8 through Jan. 25. The Ag Art Alliance presents the seventh annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition featuring work by more than 65 artists that explores all facets of agriculture. Reception on Saturday, Nov. 8, 4-6 p.m. $10-$15.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STONEWORKS STUDIOS Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. “Pint-Sized Art” features works in all mediums that are a maximum of 7 inches large. Live music by Fish Fry. 300 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
VITA ART CENTER Nov. 7-30. “Drawings and Tapestries” by Colin Fraser Gray. Reception on Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Vita Art Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.    

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 29. “A Touch of Nature,” a solo exhibition by Port Hueneme painter Michele B. Baggenstoss featuring 15 oil-on-canvas works inspired by flora and fauna. Reception on Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
GALERIE102 Through Nov. 9. Work by Craig Stockwell and Amaranth Ehrenhalt, one of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School. Ehrenhalt has been featured in Vogue, Art in America, Art News and Huffington Post. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 317-1504 or www.galerie102.com/.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in Thousand Oaks.  
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, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com
LE PETIT GALLERY Through Nov. 9. “Bingo Ready or Not,” altars, retables, paintings and assemblage made with discarded objects by Dianne Bennett. Nutmeg’s Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery, Ojai, 640-1656. 
MCNISH GALLERY Through Nov. 13: “Phases,” a two-person exhibit by Carol Newborg and Jenny Mercado featuring process-driven installations and sculptural paintings. Through Oct. 24: “In the Company of Myrtle,” a two-person exhibit by Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. Part of an ongoing project that centers around a mutual love of materiality and process. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.   
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View,” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. www.artistsguildoffillmore.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.      

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of GhostWalk, featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual GhostWalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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,.  
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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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.org
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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