“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.