Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

“PRIMAL MATES: TURNING POETRY INTO MUSIC”
Thursday, Jan. 29, 5-6 p.m.

The chamber jazz duo Primal Mates combines a variety of writers and poets with voice, cello and vibraphone in a meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Kerouac. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
 
 
 

VENTURA IMPROV
Jan. 31, 8 p.m.

Travis Greer (pictured) presents “Songs in the Key of Laugh: Improvisers Playing It by Ear.” You know the songs, you have the memories and so do they. Let them take you on a trip with scenes inspired by music from today and yesterday. Performances also on Friday, Feb. 6 and 13. $10-12. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

AGRICULTURE CAREER FAIR 4-7 p.m. The second annual fair brings together local businesses, community members and educators involved in the daily business of Ventura County’s agricultural industry. Ventura County’s Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
TRAVIS TRITT 7:30 p.m. Tritt will perform this solo, acoustic show, featuring songs from his new album along with a plethora of his greatest hits. $41-61. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

ARROYO SIMI VALLEY BIRDING HIKE 8:30 a.m. The Ventura Audubon Society will lead this hike through the natural-bottomed channel, which plays host to a wide variety of excellent (and sometimes surprising) birds. For directions and information on carpooling, call 482-7537.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Collect some finds from a wide selection of hardcover books, audio books, DVDs and like-new paperbacks at bargain prices. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 223-1187.
KIDABRA INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS THE KAX GALA SHOW 8 p.m. Featuring the magic and puppetry of Willie Tyler and Lester, the magic of Gary Dunn, three-time Guinness World Record Holder juggler Niels Duinker and many more. River Ridge Residence Inn Grand Ballroom, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.kidabra.org/kax/galashow.
MARK RIGGINS BOOK SIGNING 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mark Riggins, community life pastor at ENCOUNTER | Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura, will sign copies of his book, “STUCK: When You Want to Forgive but Don’t Know How.” Abednego Book Shoppe, 2682 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-9350.
“MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ’60s” 3 p.m. Civil Rights veteran Lanny Kaufer will host a multimedia presentation with slides, live music and a journey through the Civil Rights Era. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.SimiValleyLibrary.org.
SENIOR CONCERNS PRESENTS “CAREGIVERS MATTER, CONEJO CARES” 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The half-day program is designed to provide the opportunity to connect with other family caregivers and share stories. Los Robles Greens, 299 Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
UFC® 183: SILVA VS. DIAZ 7 p.m. Former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva will take on former welterweight champion Nick Diaz in this live, streaming event. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
VENTURA SIERRA CLUB’S GEAR GRAB 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Buy or sell gently used outdoor equipment, including camping, hiking and clothing at this event. The WAV Building Courtyard, 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, 452-2885.

~ SUNDAY ~

CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS MONTHLY MEETING: “GENERATION WAKING UP” 3-6 p.m. Thirteen-year-olds to 20-somethings are invited to an interactive workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities of this moment in history. E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more info, visit www.c-p-r.net.

~ MONDAY ~

THE LIBERATOR 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). The story of Simón Bolívar, who fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
“WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MAN IN AMERICA TODAY” 6-8 p.m. Assistant Professor of English Sean Carswell, Ph.D., will use advertisements and other media to illustrate how our definitions of masculinity are far more cultural than biological as part of CSUCI’s Spring Library Lecture Series. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/academics/artsandsciences/simi-valley.htm.

~ TUESDAY ~

“PIANO MAN” JEFFREY JACOB 6 p.m. Jacob will present a lecture-recital on composer George Crumb and his largest and most ambitious work for solo piano, the “Makrokosmos, Vol. II – 12 Fantasy Pieces after the Zodiac.” CLU’s Overton Hall, 3163 Regent Avenue, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB 1 p.m. (11:30 a.m. for lunch). Docent and naturalist Stuart Niebel will guide a 60-minute, easy walking tour describing the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s efforts. Lunch at Eggs and Potatoes Restaurant, 1103 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai; walk at Meadows Preserve. For more information and to RSVP, call 218-2105. 

OPENING THEATER

DISNEY’S ALLADIN JR. Jan. 30 through Feb. 15. Young Artists Ensemble presents the musical story of Aladdin on his fantastical journey from street rat to prince as he encounters Jasmine, a magic carpet and other madcap characters. $16-$17.  Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
THE GREAT DIVORCE Jan. 30-31. New York City’s Fellowship for the Performing Arts presents the C.S. Lewis theological fantasy. $29-59. Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Jan. 30 through Feb. 22. Ojai ACT presents the play that has continued to stun audiences since it opened in 1962, about a troubled couple who reveal their deepest issues in front of dinner guests in one dramatic evening.$15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Reservations are available by calling 640-8797 or visiting www.ojaiact.org.   

ONGOING THEATER

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Through Jan. 31. Conejo Players presents the Neil Simon comedy about a struggling Jewish household in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rated PG-13. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
COMPANY Through Feb. 8. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical that pokes fun at love and romance. Post-show discussion on Jan. 24. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 449-2787.
HAIRSPRAY Through Feb. 15. Broadway’s big fat musical about an overweight teenage girl who achieves notoriety in the 1960s as a dancer on an American Bandstand-style show. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7905 or www.simi-arts.org.
LAST FIVE YEARS Through Feb. 15. Rubicon Theatre presents the award-winning pop musical about two twentysomething creative types who fall in love in New York City. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS Through Feb. 22. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious telling of the screenwriting process for the legendary film adaptation of Gone With the Wind. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.
ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Through Feb. 1. Elite Theatre presents its sixth annual one-act festival featuring five plays chosen from 297 submissions. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.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

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Jan. 31 through June 14. “Dos del Sur” (Two From the South) a two-artist exhibition featuring work by Carlos Grasso and Sylvia Raz, both living in Ojai but of South American origins. Reception on Saturday, Jan. 31, 4-6 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Feb. 2 through Feb. 28. Thousand Oaks Art Association’s Annual Open Show. Reception on Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park.

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Feb. 7, 29th Annual Open Competition. Annual juried exhibition. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or 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.
GALERIE102 Through Feb. 22. “Parallel Realities,” photography by Ricardo Rodriguez and mixed media and ceramics by Janet Neuwalder. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. See www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Feb. 8. 2014 selected works from the Emerging Artists Cup scholarship winners. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. 648-1235 or www.bueanaventuragallery.org.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Feb. 4. Arts Council of Conejo Valley presents “Hang With the Best: Student Art Exhibit for Grades 6-12.” 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.conejoarts.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.
MCNISH GALLERY Through Feb. 26. “Fixture,” a collaborative exhibit by Monica and Matthew Furmanski that draws inspiration from chandelier fixtures. Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m. 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.
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. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Feb. 14. “You’re All Just Feathers in My Nest,” mixed media exhibit by Los Angeles artist Patrick Haemmerlein. The artist layers images from photographs on found wood and recycled book pages, then applies watercolors to bring the work to life. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-5901 or www.porchgalleryojai.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.
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.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE LIBRARY Through March 14. Photographic mosaic portraits of women by digital artist Terese Pencak Schwartz. 31220 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, 818-865-9230.

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 Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.   
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.reaganfoundation.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

NEW WEST SYMPHONY MASTERPIECE SERIES NO. 3 “PINES OF ROME”
Friday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan 24.

The symphony will perform Rossini Overture to William Tell, the Garson Concerto for Viola, Jazz Trio and Orchestra Based on a Theme of Paganini, and the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” $29-102. Friday: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Saturday: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org.
 
 
 

FOOL FOR LOVE
Through Jan. 25.

Ventura’s cutting edge Flying H Group presents the Sam Shepard play about a love affair in the desert that was adapted for the big screen by Shepard in 1985. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
 

 
 ~ THURSDAY ~

“FILL YOUR MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: A SELF-CARE SERIES” 6:30-8:30 p.m. (and Thursday, Jan 29). The first class will highlight the self-care profile, including needs and desires for self-improvement; the second class will focus on a variety of mind/body/spirit-based approaches. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777.
MEDIUM JAMES VAN PRAAGH 7-9:30 p.m. Celebrated medium James Van Praagh will demonstrate his abilities and discuss the afterlife. $45-55. The Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road., suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS PRESENTS FINANCIAL EXPERT CHELLIE CAMPBELL 5:30-8 p.m. Chellie Campbell, author of “From Worry to Wealthy,” will speak on how you can succeed on your own terms. $45-50. Sterling Hills Golf Club, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 728-1644.
NATIONAL FINE ARTS EXHIBITION 4-7 p.m. A reception featuring artists from across the country will be held. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard, For more information, call 815-4959, ext. 205.
PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING Noon. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 483-4168.
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. Tom Carruth, curator of the Huntington Library Rose Garden, will speak. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturarose.org.
“WE ARE YOUNG” PERFORMANCE 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local young people perform a variety of their talents. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY FACULTY PRESENT “BORROWED GEMS” CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Michael Hart will perform works that were originally intended for other instruments on the tuba and euphonium, and Eric Kinsley will play piano. CLU Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3306.
PRSA PRESENTS “FOCUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PR PROFESSIONALS” 9:30 a.m. The Public Relations Society of America’s California Gold Coast Chapter will present “A World Without Newspapers?,” a talk on social media with special guest speakers. $20-25. CLU Westlake Village Center and Huddle Campus, 31416 Agoura Road, suite 105, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.prsagoldcoast.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUDUBON SOCIETY’S BEGINNER’S BIRD WALK 8:30 a.m. Beginning at Emma Wood State beach, watchers will be on the lookout for the snowy and semipalmated ploves, among other birds. Emma Wood State Beach, 900 W. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 640-9037.
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH JORDAN LABY 6-7:30 p.m. Inventor, philanthropist, concerned citizen and devoted family man Laby will speak on his invention, the “pool vacuum,” and his life. $5-10. Brooks Institute of Photography Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.
“IN CONVERSATION WITH . . . ” SERIES PRESENTS BEATLES AUTHOR IVOR DAVIS 2 p.m. Davis will speak on his 34 days traveling with the Beatles during their 1964 U.S. tour. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
OJAI VALLEY LAND CONSERVANCY “NATIVE PLANT” VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will be weeding, planting and mulching while learning about the native plants in the garden, hosted by native plant expert Lanny Kaufer. Cluff Vista Park, 324 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 649-6852, ext. 2.
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: SACRIFICE AND TRIUMPH 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic site’s Leroy Gibson will screen a documentary containing interviews, re-enactments and archival footage of the first African American fighter pilots in WWII. Oxnard Public Library, Meeting Room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.

~ SUNDAY ~

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN PRESENTS TRIO CAVATINA 3 p.m. Harumi Rhodes on violin, Priscilla Lee on cello and Ieva Jokubaviciute on piano, otherwise known as Trio Cavatina, will dazzle local music lovers. $15-25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com.
BOLSHOI BALLET PRESENTS SWAN LAKE 12:55 p.m. With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, as performed by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, broadcast locally. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ MONDAY ~

OJAI DIABETES CLASS 2- 3 p.m. General information is provided about type 2 diabetes with emphasis on the development of an individualized plan of care. Livingston’s Ojai office, 202-A Cañada St., Ojai. For more information, call 272-8593.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S HEALING MEDITATION QI GONG 1:30-2:45 p.m. (and every Monday). The class will consist of a one-hour meditation and 15 minutes of active exercise geared toward the healing process. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777.

~ TUESDAY ~

PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS MEETING 7 p.m. A meeting of the Ventura chapter of PFLAG to discuss LGBT issues in the community. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 650-3327.
“UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA: SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, TYPES AND TREATMENT” 5:30-7 p.m. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, understand what caregivers can expect after their loved one is diagnosed and examine the latest research on dementia. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

FRESH ROASTED CONCERTS PRESENTS CIRQUE ZIVA 7 p.m. The show’s thrilling human pyramids, daring flips and awe-inspiring tosses and tumbles are set to ancient traditional and contemporary music, performed by China’s Golden Dragon Acrobatics. $29-39. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org.
“THE MANKIND PROJECT” WEEKLY MEETINGS 6:15 p.m. The Ojai Integration Group provides a safe place for men to talk about their hopes, fears and other challenges. For more information and location, visit www.mankindproject.org.
VENTURA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION EMPLOYMENT LAW SECTION DISCUSSION Noon. The VCBA will discuss “Diversity policies, civility codes and bias: political correctness gone awry or necessary for a culture of inclusion?” Ventura County Bar Association, 4474 Market St. Suite B, Ventura. For more information, email panda.kroll@csuci.edu.

OPENING THEATER

COMPANY Jan. 23 through Feb. 8. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical that pokes fun at love and romance. Post-show discussion on  Jan. 24. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 449-2787.
LAST FIVE YEARS Jan. 22 through Feb. 15. Rubicon Theatre presents the award-winning pop musical about two twentysomething creative types who fall in love in New York City. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS Jan. 23 through Feb. 22. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious telling of the screenwriting process for the legendary film adaptation of Gone With the Wind. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.  

ONGOING THEATER

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Through Jan. 31. Conejo Players presents the Neil Simon comedy about a struggling Jewish household in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rated PG-13. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
HAIRSPRAY Through Feb. 15. Broadway’s big fat musical about an overweight teenage girl who achieves notoriety in the 1960s as a dancer on an American Bandstand-style show. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7905 or www.simi-arts.org.
ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Through Feb. 1. Elite Theatre presents its sixth annual one-act festival featuring five plays chosen from 297 submissions. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Jan. 22-26. Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme presents its annual National Fine Arts Exhibit Gala featuring work by local youth. Reception and ceremony Jan. 22, 4-7 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. See www.carnegieam.com.
MCNISH GALLERY Jan. 28 through Feb. 26. “Fixture,” a collaborative exhibit by Monica and Matthew Furmanski that draws inspiration from chandelier fixtures. Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m. 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.  

ONGOING ART

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Jan. 28. “Image and Essence,” three artists display very different approaches to figurative art. Features work by Tiger Huang, Maggie Kildee and Elle-Jé Freeheart. SCIART, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Feb. 7. 29th Annual Open Competition. Annual juried exhibition. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or 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.
GALERIE102 Through Feb. 22. “Parallel Realities,” photography by Ricardo Rodriguez and mixed media and ceramics by Janet Neuwalder. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. See www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Feb. 8. 2014 Selected works from the Emerging Artists Cup scholarship winners. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. 648-1235 or www.bueanaventuragallery.org.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Feb. 4. Arts Council of Conejo Valley presents “Hang With the Best: Student Art Exhibit for Grades 6-12.” 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.conejoarts.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.  
PORCH GALLERY Through Feb. 14. “You’re All Just Feathers in My Nest,” mixed media exhibit by Los Angeles artist Patrick Haemmerlein. The artist layers images from photographs on found wood and recycled book pages, then applies watercolors to bring the work to life. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-5901 or www.porchgalleryojai.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.
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through Jan. 30. Westlake Village Art Guild Members’ Show. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. See www.wvartguild.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.
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.
VITA ART CENTER AND TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Jan. 30. “Retablos for Peace,” a group exhibit and gallery fundraiser that features artists’ interpretations of peace for 2015 via three-dimensional retablos. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30 at the Bell Arts Factory. 644-9214 or www.VitaArtCenter.com.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE LIBRARY Through March 14. Photographic mosaic portraits of women by digital artist Terese Pencak Schwartz. 31220 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, 818-865-9230.

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 Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-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.  
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.    
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.reaganfoundation.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

“DINE AND DISCOVER” OXNARD RESTAURANT WEEK
Now through Sunday, Jan. 25.

Restaurants throughout Oxnard will participate in the annual event that gives eaters a chance to get a taste of their local chefs at a special rate, with set courses and special, one-time-only dishes. Various locations. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.visitoxnard.com/restaurantweek/.
 
 
 

29th ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE AND CELEBRATION
Jan. 19, 9 a.m.

The day will begin with a “freedom march” followed by featured youth speakers, scripture readings and gospel music by the MLK Youth Choir. $7. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.mlkventuracounty.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 7 p.m. Dr. Jamillah Moore, Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District, will speak on the district’s plans for 2015 and beyond. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
JOHN WOODEN PRESENTS “WOODEN AND ME” 2 p.m. The “Wizard of Westwood” John Wooden will give a talk on how he inspired UCLA basketball players from all walks of life in a heated competitive sport. Ventura Convalescent Hospital (The Californian), 4020 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. For more information, call 452-2885.
PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE 7:30 p.m. When Pee Wee Herman’s beloved bicycle is stolen, Herman goes on a quest to find it. $3.50. Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.regencymovies.com.
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION Noon-1 p.m (and Wednesday, Jan 21, 6-7 p.m.). A free, one-hour informational orientation session to help determine readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. Location given upon RSVP. For more information, visit www.wevonline.org/content/programs/orientations.

~ FRIDAY ~

CAMARILLO CAFÉ CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS CLAUDIA RUSSEL AND BRUCE KAPLAN 8 p.m. Russel and Kaplan will perform their eclectic mix of Americana, ranging from bluegrass to jazz, with opener Jackie Bristow. $15. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocafe.com.
#COMEDY 8 p.m. January’s lineup includes comic, actor and filmmaker Ahmed Ahmed with several other comedians in an hour-and-a-half show offered in a cabaret setting. $9-13. Hillcrest Center for the Arts ¬¬– Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7-9 p.m. Dr. Richard Ellis, Steel Professor of the California Institute of Technology, will present “Chasing Dark Energy” on the mysterious “stuff” that holds the visible universe together. $2 donation suggested. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUTHOR KAREN BANFIELD READS “TARANTULAS, FUDGE AND ALTERED REALITY” 1-2 p.m. Banfield will talk on her experience as a Japanese Bunraku Theater performer, her experience as an artist in residence for the city of Portland and other life stories. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.
CHANNEL ISLANDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “CELEBRATING YOUTH” 3 p.m. (and Sunday, Jan. 18). The CICO will be performing “Celebrating Youth” with Artistic Director Kuan Fen Liu conducting and four young soloists performing a variety of pieces. $25. Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo; and First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura on Sunday. For more information, visit www.CHICOVC.org.
DOUG BERKY PRESENTS “FABLES, FOIBLES AND OTHER IMASKINATIONS” 4 p.m. Mask and physical theater artist Doug Berky will present stories for children and family audiences, including The Tiger’s Whisker, a Korean folktale about healing; Simple Gifts, a French story; and The Crocodile and the Monkey, a Jataka Tale from India. $10-20. Ojai Art Center Gallery.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TRIP TO CAMINO REAL PARK 8:30 a.m. Target birds include Nuttall’s woodpecker, Merlin, Cassin’s kingbird, Hutton’s vireo and others. Camino Real Park, 4298 Dean Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 652-1073.
VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY DNA GROUP MEETING AND WORKSHOP 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The group meets monthly to discuss genealogy, with tips and tricks for beginners and experts. Camarillo Public Library, Community Room. 4101 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.VenturaCoGenSoc.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

BEGINNERS WEAVING WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-noon. Includes all materials (starter loom kit, scissors, yarn) and instruction on how to weave, with light refreshments. $80. Summer Camp, 1020 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.shopsummercamp.com.
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS BUZZ MADDOX OCTET WITH VOCALIST AL ALEXIO 1-4:30 p.m. Listen to the music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s with the Octet, preceded by dance instruction for beginners and an open jam session. $7-10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org.
VIVIEN MASON SINGS 2-3 p.m. Vivien Mason will perform a set of standards with Ron Rose on piano and Phil Mallory on bass. Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-5222.

~ MONDAY ~

PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: EXODUS 7 p.m. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney chronicles an in-depth archaeological investigation in Egypt to explore whether there is any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

HUMAN CAPITAL 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A well-to-do family collides with a struggling middle-class family after a vehicle collides with a cyclist in this French drama. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
“MEET THE PRESS” Q&A SESSION 6:30 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to submit news and the easiest and best ways to publicize news about your group’s meetings, special events and programs from local members of the media. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejoarts.org.
MINDFULNESS FOR VETERANS WITH DR. BROCK TRAVIS 6-8 p.m. (every Tuesday). Brock Travis, Ph.D., teaches skills for enhancing serenity to ease stress, trauma, craving and pain.  This class is for veterans only. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road,  E117, Camarillo. For more information, call 320-6079.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“AN EVENING OF SPIRIT” WITH JAMES VAN PRAAGH 7-9:30 p.m. (and Thursday, Jan. 22). Author James Van Praagh will provide evidentiary proof of life after death messages. $45-55. Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
“BATTLE OF THE BADGES” AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. State, county and federal agencies will go head-to-head to see which one can rally the most blood donors. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use code BADGESLOCAL to RSVP.

OPENING THEATER

HAIRSPRAY Jan. 16 through Feb. 15. Broadway’s big fat musical about an overweight teenage girl who achieves notoriety in the 1960s as a dancer on an American Bandstand-style show. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7905 or www.simi-arts.org.

ONGOING THEATER

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Through Jan. 31. Conejo Players presents the Neil Simon comedy about a struggling Jewish household in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rated PG-13. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Through Feb. 1. Elite Theatre presents its sixth annual one-act festival featuring five plays chosen from 297 submissions. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.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

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Jan. 15 through Feb. 7, 29th Annual Open Competition. Annual juried exhibition. Awards and reception on Saturday, Jan. 17, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
GALERIE102 Jan. 17 through Feb. 22. “Parallel Realities,” photography by Ricardo Rodriguez and mixed media and ceramics by Janet Neuwalder. Reception on Jan. 17, 4-6 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. www.galerie102.com.

ONGOING ART

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Jan. 28. “Image and Essence,” three artists display very different approaches to figurative art. Features work by Tiger Huang, Maggie Kildee and Elle-Jé Freeheart. SCIART, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.
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.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Feb. 4. Arts Council of Conejo Valley presents “Hang With the Best: Student Art Exhibit for Grades 6-12.” 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.conejoarts.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. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Feb. 14. “You’re All Just Feathers in My Nest,” mixed media exhibit by Los Angeles artist Patrick Haemmerlein. The artist layers images from photographs on found wood and recycled book pages, then applies watercolors to bring the work to life. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-5901 or www.porchgalleryojai.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.
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through Jan. 30. Westlake Village Art Guild Members’ Show. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. See www.wvartguild.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.
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.
VITA ART CENTER AND TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Jan. 30. “Retablos for Peace,” a group exhibit and gallery fundraiser that features artists’ interpretations of peace for 2015 via three-dimensional retablos. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30 at the Bell Arts Factory. 644-9214 or www.VitaArtCenter.com.

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  Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.   
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

FRESH ROASTED CONCERTS PRESENTS:
MOSCOW NIGHTS AND THE GOLDEN GATE DANCERS
Saturday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Moscow Nights offers audiences an authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song and dance, with the Golden Gate dancers’ syncopated choreography, gymnastic leaping and explosive foot stomping. The singing includes well-known tunes such as “Kalinka,” as well as Cossack war dances and Siberian love chants. $17-25. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org.
 
 
 

GALLERY TALK AT AG MUSEUM
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m.

“When Thinking of Magu: Chicano Art in a Wider Context.” During a special free talk, Chicano art collector and expert Armando Durón will cover topics such as his relationship with the late artist Gilbert “Magu” Lujan and interpreting Magu’s work, some of which may be seen at the museum as part of the De Colores show. Durón intends to facilitate a better understanding of Magu and Chicano art. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

ANYTHING GOES! 6:30-7:30 p.m. The classic musical performed by area high school students. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
CAMARILLO DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 6:30 p.m. Speaker Steve Grossman, beer ambassador for the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, will talk about sustainability initiatives at the Sierra Nevada facilities. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.democraticclubofcamarillo.com.
“TALKIN’ ’BOUT MY GENERATION” FILM SCREENING AND TALK WITH JESUS TREVINO 3 p.m. Trevino will screen Visions of Aztlan and will speak about what motivated a generation of artists to dedicate their lives to making art about the Chicano community. $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

CONEJO RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT CLASS REGISTRATIONS 6 a.m. Registration for the Park District’s winter classes begins; classes start on Jan. 26. For more information and to enroll, visit www.crpd.org/org.
MIGHTY MITE YOUTH INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE Online, all day. Games will be on Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. for 6-8-year-olds; and Fridays, 5-7 p.m. for 4-5-year-olds.  The program runs for eight weeks with practices beginning the week of January 29. $80. Online registration and at Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org.
SEASHORE PORCELAIN ARTISTS MEETING 9:30 a.m. A show and tell of porcelain pieces and a porcelain painting session will take place. Camarillo Evangelical Free Church, 2315 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, call 798-3752.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING WALK AROUND SOULE PARK 8:30 a.m. An easy, flat walk around a scenic birding spot. Possible sightings include Hutton’s vireo, white-breasted nuthatch and others. For more information and directions, call 640-9037.
“DINE AND DISCOVER” OXNARD RESTAURANT WEEK Various times, locations through Sunday, Jan. 25. Restaurants throughout Oxnard will participate in the annual event that gives eaters a chance to get a taste of their local chefs at a special rate. Various locations. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.visitoxnard.com/restaurantweek/.
FIFTH ANNUAL COATS-FOR-CASA PACIFICA CHARITY EVENT 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Complimentary snow play and sledding, coffee, smoothies and winter crafts will be available in exchange for new or gently used winter clothes. Three Springs Park, 3000 Three Springs Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.casapacifica.org.
PET ADOPTION AT TEAM INFINITI noon-4 p.m. Volunteers from Ventura County Animal Shelter will bring four large dogs and four small dogs for an adoption opportunity. Team Infiniti, 1701 Auto Center Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 485-9998.
RIBBONS OF LIFE “BREASTFEST” 8:30 a.m. Coach Robin Hester and the Ventura College Women’s Basketball Team will talk on camaraderie, health and wellness. Mimi’s Cafe, 3375 E Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ribbonsventura.org.
SEVENTH ANNUAL OJAI VALLEY E-WASTE COLLECTION & RECYCLING EVENT 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ojai Valley residents can bring electronic waste to be recycled free of charge, hosted by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. Ojai Community Bank parking lot, 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 669-8445.
VENTURA YOUTH SYMPHONY FREE CONCERT 2 p.m. The concert will feature works from some of the greatest 20th Century composers including Bartok, Faure, Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For more information, call 641-5155 x2105.
WORKSHOP FOR ESL VOLUNTEER TUTORS 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Various methods and materials for teaching English to adults will be demonstrated and taught during the workshops, enabling the new tutor to begin ESL tutoring. Barrister Executive Suites, 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 385-9584.

~ SUNDAY ~

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING PRESENTS JEWISH EDUCATOR JULIE KOHNER 1 p.m. After her mother, Hanna, a Holocaust survivor, passed away in 1990, Kohner created “Voices of a Generation” that would teach the history of the Holocaust to her seventh-grade b’nai mitzvah classes, and she will discuss the nonprofit foundation at this meeting. $20 donation. Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.cslojai.org.
TCM PRESENTS: THE WIZARD OF OZ 2 and 7 p.m. (and Wednesday, Jan. 14). Follow Dorothy and Toto down the yellow brick road in this two-night event showing of the classic film. $5.50-$13.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 10:30 a.m.-noon. These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss. Help of Ojai, West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. For more information and a full schedule, call 642-0239.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING CLASSES IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH 6-9 p.m. Tuesday in Spanish and Wednesday in English. The six-week course is taught by Oxnard firefighters and provides community members with the skills needed to respond after a disaster strikes. Fire Administration Office, 360 W. Second St., Oxnard. For more information and to register, call 385-7722.
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN PRESENTS “MATISSE FROM MOMA AND TATE MODERN” 7 p.m. As part of a three-part series, this first installment is based on the critically acclaimed exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, now on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF DEBS PARK AND THE AUDUBON CENTER 7:30 p.m. Jill Sourial and Marcos Trinidad will explain how unique this center is to the Audubon Society as a whole and the importance it has to the community it serves. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaaudubon.org.
SEASIDE HISTORICAL TALL SHIPS ARRIVAL Afternoon. The tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington commence their annual voyage along the California coast and sail into Ventura Harbor, with various events throughout the month, and will be open for tours on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Ventura Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information and a schedule, visit www.historicalseaport.org.

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AUTHOR WOODY WOODBURN DISCUSSES “WOODEN AND ME” 2-3:30 p.m. Local author and columnist Woody Woodburn will be discussing his book “Wooden and Me” with Suz Montgomery’s class. The Californian, 4020 Loma Vista, Ventura. For more information, visit www.WoodyWoodburn.com.
“CA CROSSROADS TOUR: TAKING BACK VENTURA COUNTY” 7-9 p.m. This panel discussion will talk on fracking, railroad oil transportation and other environmental issues regarding Ventura County. Heritage Cultural Center, 141 W. Fifth St., #202, Oxnard. $10 donation requested. For more information, call 746-5365.
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY PRESENTS: 10 ESTATE PLANNING MISTAKES 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attorney Stephen M. Wood of Cunningham Legal will present an informative session on the potential perils of estate planning and their negative consequences. Ventura County Law Library in the Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.

OPENING THEATER

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Jan. 9-31. Conejo Players presents the Neil Simon comedy about a struggling Jewish household in Brooklyn, NY. Rated PG-13. $16-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Jan. 9 through Feb. 1. Elite Theatre presents its sixth annual one-act festival featuring five plays chosen from 297 submissions. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
SPRING AWAKENING Jan. 8-11. Young Artist Ensemble Alumni and friends present the contemporary, edgy musical that was scored by Duncan Sheik and received eight Tony awards, including Best Musical. YAE is an award-winning theater company for young people. This production will benefit YAE and serve as a venue for alumni to perform. $15-20. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.          

ONGOING THEATER

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

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Jan. 28. “Image and Essence,” three artists display very different approaches to figurative art. Features work by Tiger Huang, Maggie Kildee and Elle-Jé Freeheart. Reception on Saturday, Jan. 10, 4-6 p.m. SCIART, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.
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
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. For more information, visit 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. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Feb. 14. “You’re All Just Feathers in My Nest,” mixed media exhibit by Los Angeles artist Patrick Haemmerlein. The artist layers images from photographs on found wood and recycled book pages, then applies watercolors to bring the work to life. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-5901 or www.porchgalleryojai.com.
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.
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.
VITA ART CENTER AND TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Jan. 30. “Retablos for Peace,” a group exhibit and gallery fundraiser that features artists’ interpretations of peace for 2015 via three-dimensional retablos. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30 at the Bell Arts Factory. 644-9214 or www.VitaArtCenter.com.

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.-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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.   
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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