Saturday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m.
Don your Santa Claus outfit and join the raucous adult party at this event as it plants its seeds in Ventura County for the first time. Revelers will party hard in Santa attire while doing their best to personify and consume the Christmas spirit. Tipsy Goat, 159 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SantaConThousandOaks.
Saturday and Sunday Dec. 20-21.
Pacific Festival Ballet presents its 20th performance of The Nutcracker. The cast includes stars from the professional dance world who bring an international flair to the production, including Westlake Village native Emiko Flanagan (pictured) who has performed with Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City, and New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia. $35-60. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., www.civicartsplaza.com.
T’WAS THE NIGHT
Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
48 Hours Theatre presents this collection of 1940’s-style radio dramas performed at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark. $5. 45 E. High St, Moorpark. For tickets, call 661-202-2770.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK 6:30 p.m. The club will have an informal holiday gathering to discuss plans and programs for 2015. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
UGLY SWEATER CHRISTMAS PARTY 8 p.m. Wear your ugliest sweater and enjoy spiked eggnog and other adult beverages for this Christmas contest. Bring a can of food for Food Share for no cover. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.discoveryventura.com.
PACIFIC SHORES PHILHARMONIC 8 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.). Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation and Dr. Burns Taft, artistic director, present radiant Christmas concerts featuring Pacific Shores El Coro Maestro (master chorale). $20-35. Mission San Buenaventura, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.pacificshoresphil.com/.
DAY OF AUTHORS 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Authors Robin Sanford (This Wedding Sucks) and J. Vidya (Clever Crow) will sign copies of their novels. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
LOS ROBLES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS “A JOYFUL NOISE” 7:30 p.m. Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The program will include a variety of holiday pieces, ranging from the traditional The First Nowell to the jazzy Swingle Bells. $15-25. St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit www.LosRoblesMasterChorale.org.
MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL RETREAT: “FORGIVING AND RECEIVING” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This meditative morning will be filled with wisdom talks, sharing, sacred songs and prayers of gratitude. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
POETRY WORKSHOP FOR 12-17-YEAR-OLDS 1-2:30 p.m. Participants will learn how poetry can be a means of channeling struggles into constructive output with a variety of methods. Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEAT. THE UNFORGETTABLES BIG BAND 7:30-10 p.m. Free dance instruction in ballroom, swing, waltz and more will be hosted with light refreshments and a performance by The Unforgettables Big Band. $7. Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
VENTURA VOICES FOR PEACE PRESENTS “A SEASON OF PEACE” 3-5:30 p.m. Live music, refreshments, poetry, verse, music media from Playing for Change and a message of peace from Words of Peace Global will be part of this event. Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
BOLSHOI BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER 12:55 p.m. Experience the excitement and beauty of world-class performances when the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker is broadcast live to select cinemas nationwide. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS THE JAZZ POLICE 1 p.m. Qualified jazz performers are invited to perform before 3 p.m., when the Jazz Police will perform. $7-10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org.
WRITING TIPS AND BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR SOFIA DIANA GABEL 6 p.m. Gabel will discuss her work, the writing process and how one can join the world of being a published author. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
THE NUTCRACKER Saturday, Dec. 20. Moorpark Civic Ballet presents its performance of The Nutcracker at the Ray Scherr Forum in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Stephen Jacobsen from Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance will be this year’s celebrity guest. $25-30. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., dance-ten.com/moorpark-civic-ballet/.
THE NUTCRACKER Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21. All American Ballet presents its annual production at Ventura College Performing Arts Center. Ballet West principal dancer and AAB alumna Haley Henderson Smith will play the Sugar Plum Fairy. $10-30. 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 650-6316 or www.aaballet.org.
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.
A CHRISTMAS STORY Through Dec. 21. Ojai ACT presents the stage adaptation of the holiday sleeper from the 1980s that eventually inspired the hit TV show The Wonder Years. “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.” $10-15 There are a total of nine performances, so get tickets early. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
A PIRATE’S 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/.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 21. Rubicon Theatre presents this hilarious two-man holiday play that pokes fun at the yuletide activities in a small town in Texas. $25-49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.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.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22. “Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez.” “Sustain: Drawings + Installations by Terry Arena.” $5. Members free. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 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.
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 off the walls. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. www.buenaventuragallery.org.
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. 22: “Painting the Light: California Landscapes” by Richard Schloss, featuring oil paintings by the famed plein air impressionist painter from Santa Barbara culled from various collections 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: by appointment. 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. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or 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 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. See www.toolroomgallery.com.
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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature,” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who traveled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.
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.