Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

OJAI VALLEY FOURTH ANNUAL SEED AND PLANT SWAP
Saturday, Feb. 28, 1-4 p.m.
 
Along with the free sharing of seeds and starts galore, there will be seeds and plants from local growers for sale. Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com.
 
 
 

VENTURA FILM SOCIETY OPENING NIGHT FILM NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE
Friday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m
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Scratch food truck and a no-host bar will help ring in the new season of the Film Society’s 2015 program, featuring Now, starring Kevin Spacey. $5-10. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
 
 
 

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM
 Feb. 28 through July 5.
“Next Generation Revisited” celebrates the significance of the relationship between artist and student by exhibiting student works hand-picked by instructors. The show features a variety of two- and three-dimensional media by students from CSUCI, Brooks, Cal Lutheran and Ventura College, including “Adequate Pipe” (pictured) by Dylan Gasaway. Reception Saturday, Feb. 28, 4-6 p.m. $10-$15. Students admitted free. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 525-5554.
 
 
 

ROBBEN FORD IN-STORE
Friday, Feb. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Legendary guitarist and Ojai resident Robben Ford (Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Miles Davis) will appear at Guitar Center to demonstrate blues riffs, answer questions and sign autographs and albums. In March, he will release his 22nd album of original music and is considered to be one of the world’s greatest electric guitarists. 1741 E. Ventura Blvd., Oxnard. 278-2600.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014 7 p.m. The show’s 19-song set list includes “Love In A Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,“ “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” and more, broadcast into theaters. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
CABERNET, CANVAS & COLOR PRESENTS “WINZER & WATERCOLOR” 6:30-9 p.m. Art Trek Studios hosts this night of wine and painting with help from professionals. $40. Art Trek, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park. For more information, visit www.arttrek.org/adult-workshops.
“DEBORAH ELLEN PRESENTS” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local vocal and performance coach presents an evening with her students. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
“RIDING THE CANCER WAVE: SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING WITH MICHAEL ESELUN” 6 p.m. Michael explores the qualities he’s observed that help people affected by cancer and their loved ones ride the cancer wave with greater ease. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
SENIOR CONCERNS PRESENTS ADVANCED DIRECTIVES AND POLST CLASS 5:30-7 p.m. Learn how to share your choices in a way that would be helpful for your family and those you love. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. The VCRS meeting will feature Bob Martin, a master Rosarian, speaking on “The Future of Roses.” Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturarose.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS’ ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD LUNCHEON noon-2 p.m. Actors Louis Gossett Jr. and Richard Roundtree will attend this annual event celebrating African American achievements. CSUCI’s Grand Salon, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-3243.
NEW WEST SYMPHONY PRESENTS STRAVINKY’ S SECOND SUITE AND RACHMANINOV’S SECOND SYMPHONY 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Feb. 28). Music Director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra in the Symphony’s first performance of these classics. $29-102. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Saturday: Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org.
GHOST TALK AND TOUR WITH RICHARD SENATE 7-9 p.m. Senate and his wife, Debbie, will discuss the things they have seen or encountered in downtown Ventura. $5. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 200-8658. 

~ SATURDAY ~

AUDUBON SOCIETY AND SURFRIDER’S ORMOND BEACH CLEANUP 9 a.m. Help clean up the beach in preparation for the 2015 avian breeding season. For more information and location, visit www.terpconnect.umd.edu/~cynhart/OrmondBeachCleanup.
“BOOKS ARE SEUSSATIONAL” DR. SEUSS EVENT 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Featuring Seuss-themed crafts for children, performances by local high school students, door prize and more. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.SimiValleyLibrary.org.
JOINT PAIN AND ARTHRITIS SEMINAR 9-10:30 a.m. Whether you are experiencing arthritis pain, a sports injury, or are considering surgery, this free seminar is designed for you. Soule Park Golf Course, Banquet Room, 1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 800-838-3006.
KIWANIS ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST 7:30-11 a.m. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club will provide all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage or bacon, fruit, coffee and juice, plus country music and other activities. $5. Hummingbird Nest Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.roundupsimi.org.
UFC® 184: ROUSEY vs. ZINGANO 7 p.m. Women’s bantamweight title holder “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey looks to remain the only undefeated champion against No. 1 contender “Alpha” Cat Zingano. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS MONTHLY MEETING 3-5 p.m. A panel discussion with Community Environmental Council, Ventura County emPower, the Ventura County Climate Hub and solar industry representatives. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.c-p-r.net.
FIRST FREE SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES AT THE MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (and every first Sunday). On the first Sunday of every month, the Museum of Ventura County and Agricultural Museum offer free admission all day, with craftmaking sessions for kids 1-3 p.m. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura; Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
37TH ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY CROP HUNGER WALK Noon. Walk to raise money for charity and to support the overall ministry of Church World Service’s hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. California Lutheran University Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 492-6196.

~ MONDAY ~

“THE GREAT GMO LABEL DEBATE: SCIENCE, POLITICS AND THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION” 6-7:30 p.m. Business lecturer Panda Kroll Esq. will look at recent consumer lawsuits against food manufacturers using GMO ingredients, as well as legislation requiring the labeling of such food. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
TIMBUKTU 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A farmer by the name of Kidane must face trial under new fundamentalist laws after killing the man who killed his beloved cow, “GPS.” $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD DINNER AND DEMO 6-9 p.m. A watercolor painting demonstration by Richard Scott will be featured alongside a buffet dinner. $25-3. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-5655.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“FINE ART IN VENTURA COUNTY” 1-2:30 p.m. Anna Bermudez, curator of collections, Museum of Ventura County, will moderate a panel of local artists. $7. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
HISTORICAL MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR II IN THE U.S. AND JAPAN 7-8:30 p.m. Aliec S. Yang, Ph.D., explores the effects of the postwar alliance between the U.S. and Japan on collective memories from both countries. CLU Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3318.
TINTO TANGO CONCERT AND DANCE PERFORMANCE 1-2 p.m. The Argentinean tango ensemble will perform popular tango classics to accompany dancers. Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 986-5800 ext. 1951.

OPENING THEATER

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Feb. 28 through April 5. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents this Terrence McNally musical based on the hit movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio.  The story follows a man who uses charm and fake money to outwit everyone in his path as he attempts to win the girl of his dreams. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS: AN EVENING WITH RICHARD SCHLOSS 6-7:30 p.m. Donna Granata and Richard Schloss explore the life and art of this extraordinary painter. $5-$10. Brooks Institute Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.

ONGOING THEATER

ANNIE Through March 8. High Street Arts presents the heartwarming story of a Depression-era orphan who is determined to find her parents. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Through March 29. Elite Theatre Company presents this comedy that parodies Shakespeare’s plays using only three actors and no “fourth wall.” Directed by Will Shupe. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER Through March 1. Flying H Group presents the Sam Shepard dark comedy about gangsters, gamblers, dreamers and losers set in a seedy motel room. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
STOP KISS Through March 1. California Lutheran University’s Theatre Arts Department presents its Mainstage Production of this off-Broadway play about a lesbian couple. $10. Black Box Theatre in the Theatre Arts Building, 141 Memorial Parkway, 493-3415.
VENTURA IMPROV 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
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Through March 8. Ojai Youth Entertainers presents the musical based on the children’s books performed by a multigenerational cast with a jazz score.  $10-$15.  316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300 or www.ojaiyes.org.                

OPENING ART

KWAN FONG GALLERY Feb. 26 through April 10. “ShadowGraphica” flower images by Carol Henry. Reception Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3697.
TATIANA’S COFFEE & TEA Feb. 28 hrough March 31. “New Beginning/Nuevo Comienzo” abstract paintings by Columbian artist Natalia Montoya Lalinde. Reception Feb. 28, 3-7 p.m. 2470 E. Main St., Ventura. 954-309-2856.    

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 7. “Len Poteshman: A Retrospective” featuring a selection of works by the late artist. Through March 22. “A Few of My Favorite Things & Places” solo exhibition by Mary Jo Murphy. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.com.
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.
FOX FINE JEWELRY  Through March 15. “California Coastline,” works by Kay Zermaier and Tina O’Brien. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
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 March 17. 8th Annual Student Collegiate Scholarship Competition. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 644-2750 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD Through Feb. 27. A group show featuring surrealists, impressionists, microphotography, abstracts and more by artists from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
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. 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 COMMUNITY BANK Through March 27. “Wild for Wisdom,” new works by Jane Shanahan. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-9909 or www.janeshanahan.com.
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 March 17. “Day Dream” features colorful interpretations of local scenes and Ventura culture in a variety of mediums by 18 local artists.  Featured artists include pastels by Judith Crowe, photography by Gary Talbot, Watercolors by Joe Cibere and Phyllis Gubins, acrylics by John Bacoy and Jen Livia, watercolors and ink paintings by Kim Winberry and three-dimensional mixed media by Chris Strode. 315 E. Main St Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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 Feb. 28. Thousand Oaks Art Association’s Annual Open Show. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Feb. 28. “Take Me for Granted,” photography by Lisa Ohlweiler. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
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.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through March 12. “End of Bees,” art by Elena Horowitz-Brookes, a lyrical depiction of altered reality concerned with depth and space. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. 525-7136 or www.venturacollege.edu/santapaula.
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 Through Feb. 28. “Human Stain,” a solo multimedia exhibition by Scott Gordon. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 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.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through April 9. “Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century.” Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3697. 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

“Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through May 3. “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. 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: “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “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. Open every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through March 31. “The Art of Bugatti.” 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical reenactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through May 1. “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit” features cars throughout history.  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

“JOURNEYS: HEALING THROUGH NATURE’S WISDOM” BOOK SIGNING
Sunday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Authors of the inspirational book “Journeys: Healing Through Nature’s Wisdom,” Karen Roberts and Dana Simpson, will sign copies of their book alongside photographer Tim Hauf. Made in Ojai, 323 E. Matilija St., suite 101, Ojai. For more information, call 646-2400.
 
 
 

VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: “AIRBORNE ASTRONOMY?”
Friday, Feb. 20, 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Eric Becklin, professor emeritus of astronomy at UCLA will talk about SOFIA, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, an infrared telescope mounted inside a Boeing 747. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.
 
 
 

GALLERY 525
Feb. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

The Ojai gallery will celebrate its grand reopening with appearances by famed poet and performance artist Lydia Lunch and performance/musical artist Admiral Grey. With state-of-the-art lighting, stage and sound, Gallery 525 plans to feature visual and multimedia artists in a dynamic, intimate and inviting environment. In addition to an exhibition space dedicated solely for artists’ shows, the gallery will have an “artists’ store,” with curated art pieces, jewelry, prints and more from local and national artists. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Space is limited. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CSUCI STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, President Richard Rush will talk at this luncheon. $35-55. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillochamber.org.
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES: RECORDED LIVE FROM DUBLIN 7 p.m. A screening of this July 2014 concert from Ireland by the legendary duo will be shown. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
DAZED AND CONFUSED 7:30 p.m. This film highlights the rites of passage on the last day of school in 1976 for incoming freshmen in a small Texas town. $7.50. Regency San Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.regencymovies.com.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 6:30 p.m. Paul Dyson and David Pollock will discuss the oil tank trains proposed to run through Ventura County. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
MARITIME MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS “THE HISTORY OF THE COAST GUARD” 6:30 p.m. Jay Galazin will present his talk “From the Revenue Cutter Service to Today’s Coast Guard: How We Have Served, Saved and Defended our Nation for 225 Years.” $2-5. Maritime Museum, Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 984-6260.
MONITORING LATINA/O PROGRESS: A DEMOGRAPHIC APPROACH 6-8 p.m. CSUCI’s Dr. Luis Sanchez will provide an overview of changes among the Latino population at the national and local levels. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.blanchardlibrary.org.
NATIONAL ENGINEER’S WEEK BANQUET 4-9:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Claudia Alexander, Ph.D., project scientist of the U. S. Rosetta Project, will headline this gathering, with a dinner buffet. $75-80. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.newc-vsb.org
VENTURA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMUNITY FORUM 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Board of Education of the VUSD will select a new superintendent and is soliciting public feedback. Cabrillo Middle School Cafeteria, 1426 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturausd.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

“IN MY LIFE” A MUSICAL THEATER TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES 7:30 p.m. Tribute band Abbey Road will perform classic Beatles hits with the Westlake High School string quartet. $39-44. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILM SCREENING 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m), and Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. Each set will have approximately two hours of live-action shorts, a 10-minute intermission and then about 90 minutes of animated shorts. $10. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cinemark.com.
SINGER/SONGWRITER SUZANNE VEGA 8 p.m. Vega personified the neo-folk revival of the early 1980s that helped usher in a new breed of female, acoustic singer/songwriters like Tracy Chapman. $29-49. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com

~ SATURDAY ~

CAMARILLO RANCH BRIDAL SHOWCASE 1-4 p.m. Brides can sample from caterers, taste wine from local wineries, and get inspired by a mock wedding ceremony. $6-12. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.bridalshowcase.festivalsetup.com.
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AT STRATHEARN HISTORICAL PARK 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Feb. 22). Visitors are invited to step back in time to a soldier’s camp in 1862 and experience the sights and sounds. Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.CivilWarSimi.com.
DEDICATION OF NEW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER 10 a.m.-noon. The event is free and open to the public and will include an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, local dignitaries and tours of the center. Santa Paula Union High School, 404 N. Sixth St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 933-8800.
EATING DISORDER AWARENESS TALK 2:30-3:30 p.m. Two CLU graduate students will speak about eating disorders and share the signs and symptoms. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
EMPOWER VENTURA COUNTY FREE WORKSHOP SERIES 8:30-10 a.m. Representatives from emPower and CaliforniaFIRST will go over how homeowners can identify the best energy investments for their homes. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Board Room, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org/gogreen.
FOR THE TROOPS’ “MILITARY TRIBUTE GALA” AND FUNDRAISER 5:30 p.m. Honoring Vietnam Veterans with a celebrity show by magician George Tovar and dinner. $125. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.forthetroops.org.
LA OPERA TALK PRESENTS “GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES” 3 p.m. LA Opera Community Educator Rose Vardanian will talk about LA Opera’s production of The Ghosts of Versailles. Oxnard Public Library meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.
MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL RETREAT: “BECOMING THE LOVE YOU SEEK” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join the Rev. Karen S. Wylie for her monthly half-day retreat at Meditation Mount. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
NATIONAL SKATING MONTH PRESENTS “TRY HOCKEY” AND “ICE SKATING CARNIVAL” 12:30-3 p.m. Hockey for ages 4 to 12 will be free to try with equipment provided; skating carnival will include music, raffles and prizes. $2.50 for skate rental. Channel Islands Ice Center, 830 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelisalndsice.org.
PREMIER PLAYERS OF LOS ANGELES 7:30 p.m. Gold Medal Award winning pianist Robert Thies will perform with faculty member Joyce Geeting and violinist Lorenz Gamma music by Dvorak, Schumann, Schubert and Kodaly. Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/music.
“STOP THE JUDICIAL AND BANKING CORRUPTION AND SAVE OUR HOMES” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event features William Wagener of “On Second Thought” as well as speakers from Common Law Offices of America and other Homeowner Representatives. Crown Plaza Hotel, 450 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.helenlarsenrealty.com.
THE SWING DOLLS: FROM ABBA TO SWING 7:30 p.m. This dynamic female vocal trio captivates and entertains with stunning close harmonies, dazzling costumes and stylish choreography. $33-43. Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING FROM HOLLYWOOD 3 p.m. This free event will see wrestlers from the CWH performing against each other in competition. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.oceanviewinfo.com.
CSUCI SUPER SUNDAY 11 a.m. CSU, Channel Islands, President Richard Rush will speak before the congregation on issues affecting the African American community. St. Paul Baptist Church, 1777 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu
TIBETAN THANGKA PAINTER KALSANG DAWA SEMINAR 1-4 p.m. Guests will enter the world of mandalas and be introduced to their meaning in Tibetan Buddhism and other cultures with paintings and drawings. $75. Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio. For more information and location, call 626-8272.

~ MONDAY ~

ANIME FILM CLUB PRESENTS MEMORIES 6-7:30 p.m. This PG-13 film is made of three separate stories by masters of Japanese animation. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
LYLE LOVETT AND HIS ACOUSTIC GROUP 7:30 p.m. Five-time Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group perform his country hits. $41-86. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
VENTURA’S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS 6 p.m. This year’s State of the City theme, “On the Right Track,” will highlight some of the city’s successes of the past year, presented by Mayor Cheryl Heitmann. Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.

~ TUESDAY ~

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: REMBRANDT 7 p.m. Take a journey through this exclusive exhibit, which focuses on the final years of Rembrandt’s life. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
ORVIL AND GLORIA FRANZEN ORGAN PROGRAM SERIES PRESENTS THOMAS TROTTER 7:30 p.m. The program will include works by George Frideric Handel, John Stanley, Johann Sebastian Bach and more. CLU’s Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.
“HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS” WITH CHRISTOPHER COKINOS 7 p.m. Nature and science writer Christopher Cokinos will discuss his work as an author and the environment. CLU’S Overton Hall, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3825.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“A HISTORY THROUGH 19TH CENTURY STEREOVIEWS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” 1-2:30 p.m. Philip D. Nathanson, renowned photon historian and collector, will present historical images. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON 7 p.m. This film takes place in the Qing dynasty, China, where miracles are credible and spirit gods are present in the human world. Carmike Thousand Oaks 14, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Tickets available from 6:30 p.m. the night of the showing until full. For more information, call 818-865-9772.
KING LEAR 7 p.m. This production of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy stars Colm Feore and was performed at Canada’s Stratford Festival. $16-$18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Feb. 20 to March 29. Elite Theatre Company presents this comedy that parodies Shakespeare’s plays using only three actors and no “fourth wall.” Directed by Will Shupe. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
STOP KISS Feb. 25 through March 1. California Lutheran University’s Theatre Arts Department presents its Mainstage Production of this off-Broadway play about a lesbian couple. $10. Black Box Theatre in the Theatre Arts Building, 141 Memorial Parkway, 493-3415.

ONGOING THEATER

ANNIE Through March 8. High Street Arts presents the heartwarming story of a Depression-era orphan who is determined to find her parents. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER Through March 1. Flying H Group presents the Sam Shepard dark comedy about gangsters, gamblers, dreamers and losers set in a seedy motel room. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
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.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 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.                

OPENING ART

OXNARD WORLD MUSIC AND ART SERIES Monday, Feb. 23, 7-10 p.m. M.A.K.U. Soundsystem will perform at a fundraising event to benefit the Francisco Romero Defense Fund   

ONGOING ART

643 PROJECT SPACE Through Feb. 27. Solo exhibition by figurative and abstract artist David  Young. Free. Open by appointment. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 218-1434 or www.643projectspace.com
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.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 15. “California Coastline,” works by Kay Zermaier and Tina O’Brien. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
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.
THE HUD Through Feb. 27. A group show featuring surrealists, impressionists, microphotography, abstracts and more by artists from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
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. 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 COMMUNITY BANK Through March 27. “Wild for Wisdom,” new works by Jane Shanahan. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-9909 or www.janeshanahan.com.
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 March 17. “Day Dream” features colorful interpretations of local scenes and Ventura culture in a variety of mediums by 18 local artists.  Featured artists include pastels by Judith Crowe, photography by Gary Talbot, Watercolors by Joe Cibere and Phyllis Gubins, acrylics by John Bacoy and Jen Livia, watercolors and ink paintings by Kim Winberry and three-dimensional mixed media by Chris Strode. 315 E. Main St Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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 Feb. 28. Thousand Oaks Art Association’s Annual Open Show. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Feb. 28. “Take Me for Granted,” photography by Lisa Ohlweiler. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
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.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through March 12. “End of Bees,” art by Elena Horowitz-Brookes, a lyrical depiction of altered reality concerned with depth and space. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. 525-7136 or www.venturacollege.edu/santapaula.
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 Through Feb. 28. “Human Stain,” a solo multimedia exhibition by Scott Gordon. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 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 Through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display. Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through May 3. “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. 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:  “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “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. Open every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through March 31. “The Art of Bugatti.” 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical reenactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through May 1. “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit” features cars throughout history.  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

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE!
Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Keo Motsepe joins Ribeiro, Kym Johnson, Sasha Farber, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Emma Slater and Valentin Chmerkovskiy in the official 90-minute live interpretation of the ABC show. $45.95-$75.95. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.dwtstour.com/.
 
 
 

PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA
Saturday, Feb 14, 8 p.m.

The 19 piece orchestra from San Francisco will perform their salsa, mambo and Latin jazz hits. Presented by Ventura Music Festival. $25-$50. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

“AN EVENING OF LONG SONGS” 6:30-7:30 p.m. A variety of love songs and torch songs performed by very talented local high school students will be presented. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 6:30-8:30 p.m. The free event will celebrate the year of the goat/sheep with a traditional lion dance and gong fu and tai ji martial arts demonstrations, plus traditional Chinese food. CLU’s Soiland Recreational Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3489.

~ FRIDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH LACY J. DALTON 7 p.m. Musician Lacy Dalton will perform her country hits in this charity event benefiting the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, with Nashville recording artist Ryan Hinkle. $35-55. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 889-4800.
#COMEDY 8 p.m. February’s lineup includes comics John McKay, Jodi Miller and others with several 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.
MEET A FIREFIGHTER 10:30 a.m. Meet firefighters from the Oxnard Fire Department who will teach kids how to be fire safe. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
PERFORMANCES TO GROW ON PRESENTS JUNIE B. JONES Noon. Jones stars in a fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations, suitable for ages 5 up and up. $9-14. Ventura High Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org.
VILLANOVA PREP SCHOOL’S MARDI GRAS FUN AND GOLF FUNDRAISER 9 a.m. A Cajun dinner and beer tasting will accompany a charity golf event in support of Villanova Prep School. Soule Park Golf Course, 1033 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.villanovaprep.org/golf.

~ SATURDAY ~

ANJELAH JOHNSON LIVE 8-10 p.m. Johnson, the woman behind the Internet sensations “Nail Salon” and “Bon Qui Qui,” will perform. $30-60. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardpacc.com.
BEGINNER’S BIRD WALK AND BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 8:30 a.m. The Beginners’ Walk will be combined with the Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Lake Casitas. For more information and location, call 640-9037.
FINDING MR. RIGHT/MS. RIGHT VALENTINE’S DAY MEETUP 1-2:30 p.m. Dr. Vondie Lozano, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will talk about “The Best Places to Meet Men/Women in 2015.” $10. For more information and location, RSVP at www.meetup.com/Finding-Mr-Ms-Right/.
ISLAND PACKERS VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE 6-7:15 p.m. Enjoy live music on board by local guitarist Steven Sunnarborg, and snack on cheese, crackers and one complimentary beverage of choice while cruising the harbor. $21-24. Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105B, Ventura. For more information, visit www.islandpackers.com.
OLDIES SPEED SHOP COFFEE CRUISE 9-11 a.m. Hot rod and classic car enthusiasts share their affection for their vehicles at this weekly event. Oldies Speed Shop, 4532 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.oldiesspeedshop.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

THE CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS THE LAUREN DONAHUE SWING QUARTET 1-4:30 p.m. Come jam with the house band and stick around to hear the swing quartet play at this monthly meeting of the Jazz Club. $7-10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org.
“LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” BENEFIT CONCERT 2-5 p.m., featuring local musicians. The proceeds of this concert will go directly to Ojai Valley Family Shelter, which provides overnight accommodations to homeless men and women. $10-15. Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro, Ojai. For more information, call 368-0834.
MCCREA RANCH TOUR AND MATINEE 1-4 p.m. The feature film will be Chance at Heaven, a 1937 romantic drama starring Joel McCrea and Ginger Rogers, followed by a brief video about McCrea and his family and a tour of the visitor center, bunk house, and milk house. $15. McCrea Ranch Visitor’s Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea.

~ TUESDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY MEETING 9:30 a.m. A look at the designation of Black History Month with speaker Gregory Freeland, Ph.D., political science at CLU. $25. Boccaccio’s Restaurant, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.DWCCV.org.
“MINDFULNESS FOR VETERANS” 6-8 p.m. (every Tuesday). Brock Travis, Ph.D., teaches skills for enhancing awareness, compassion, attentiveness, responsiveness and serenity for veterans. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road,  E117, Camarillo. For more information, call 320-6079.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS EVENT 5:30-8 p.m. Learn how to boil down your to-do list for marketing to a few key activities in this presentation. $45-50. Sterling Hills Golf Club, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.nawbovc.org/monthly-dinner-meetings/.
ROSEWATER 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). Rosewater follows broadcast journalist Maziar Bahari leading up to and during his arrest and torture by Iranian forces, directed by Jon Stewart (The Daily Show). $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
SANTA PAULA HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP 6:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop will discuss housing rights and responsibilities for tenants as well as housing discrimination. Blanchard Community Library Hardison Room, 119 North Eighth St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.housingrightscenter.org.
“TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE” WITH NICK BOSTROM 11:10 a.m. (and 4 p.m.). Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford University and founder of the Future of Humanity Institute, will discuss the possibility of intelligent life being wiped out by superintelligent machines and how to avoid such an outcome. CLU Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.

OPENING THEATER

JUNIE B. JONES  Friday, Feb. 13. Performances to Grow On presents the musical based on a book series about a precocious character. $14.Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. www.ptgo.org.
THE MIDTOWN MEN Feb. 13, 8 p.m. This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys for a musical trip down memory lane featuring songs by The Beatles, Motown artists, The Four Seasons and more. $41-71. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS or www.civicartsplaza.com.
STOMP! Feb. 12. Billed as a journey through sound, this popular touring production uses all sorts of everyday items as percussion instruments. $45-80. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS or www.civicartsplaza.com.

ONGOING THEATER

ANNIE Through March 8. High Street Arts presents the heartwarming story of a Depression-era orphan who is determined to find her parents. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR. 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.
GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER Through March 1. Flying H Group presents the Sam Shepard dark comedy about gangsters, gamblers, dreamers and losers set in a seedy motel room. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
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.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Feb. 14. Travis Greer 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. $10-12. Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 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.               

OPENING ART

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, will open with a gala reception featuring city officials. It is designed to spark curiosity about the history of the port — $8 billion in goods pass through each year — and how it operates. The museum will also celebrate its 24th anniversary with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family on Feb. 15-16. (Kids will be admitted free on those days.)  $2-5. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
A NIGHT OF HEALING Friday, Feb. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. The local arts community will gather to raise awareness and answer questions about domestic violence. There will be an art show and sale, plus interactive activities, a poetry reading, live music and door prizes. More than six organizations will be on hand to educate the community and offer services. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.bellartsfactory.org.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Thursday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m. “East Los Streetscapers,” gallery talk and presentation by David Botello and Wayne Healy, who are featured in the De Colores exhibit. $3-4. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  

ONGOING ART

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.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 15. “California Coastline,” works by Kay Zermaier and Tina O’Brien. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
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.
THE HUD Through Feb. 27. A group show featuring surrealists, impressionists, microphotography, abstracts and more by artists from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 19. “A Chinese New Year Residency” will feature six Chinese-born artists giving lectures and demonstrations during a 10-day residency. Through April 9, “Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century.” Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks, www.callutheran.edu.
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. 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 COMMUNITY BANK Through March 27. “Wild for Wisdom,” new works by Jane Shanahan. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-9909 or www.janeshanahan.com.
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 March 17. “Day Dream” features colorful interpretations of local scenes and Ventura culture in a variety of mediums by 18 local artists.  Featured artists include pastels by Judith Crowe, photography by Gary Talbot, Watercolors by Joe Cibere and Phyllis Gubins, acrylics by John Bacoy and Jen Livia, watercolors and ink paintings by Kim Winberry and three-dimensional mixed media by Chris Strode. 315 E. Main St Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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 Feb. 28. Thousand Oaks Art Association’s Annual Open Show. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Feb. 28. “Take Me for Granted,” photography by Lisa Ohlweiler. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
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.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through March 12. “End of Bees,” art by Elena Horowitz-Brookes, a lyrical depiction of altered reality concerned with depth and space. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. 525-7136 or www.venturacollege.edu/santapaula.
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 Through Feb. 28. “Human Stain,” a solo multimedia exhibition by Scott Gordon. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 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 Through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. 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.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through May 3. “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. 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. Open every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through March 31. “The Art of Bugatti.” 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.   
REAGAN LIBRARY Through May 1. “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit” features cars throughout history.  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

SHEN YUN 2015
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.

The world-traveling acrobatic show from China returns in its last night in Thousand Oaks, featuring stunning visuals and music. $50-150. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT IS DEUX
Sunday, Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m.

Comedian Lewis Black, known for his cynicism and politically charged humorous rants and for his stints on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will perform. $55-81. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO WITH GUEST SPEAKER ERIC BERGH 6:30 p.m. Eric Bergh, manager of resources, Calleguas Municipal Water District,  will be talking about the water supply, including the effects of the drought. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.democraticclubofcamarillo.com.
IMPROVISATION NIGHT BY SIMI TEEN IMPROV COMEDY 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local teens will perform G-rated comedy skits in the tradition of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB 6:30-10 p.m. Dance every Thursday with a live band to jazz and swing. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.
SIERRA CLUB PRESENTS “ISLAND FOXES: IN THEIR ISLAND WORLD” 7-8:30 p.m. An educational evening program about the endangered island foxes of Channel Islands National Park. Community Meeting Room, Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St.,Ventura. For more information, visit www.sierraclubventura.com.
TALL SHIP LADY WASHINGTON AT CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR Various times through Monday, Feb. 16. Tall Ship Lady Washington will dock at CI Harbor for public visits and tours. Channel Islands Harbor, 3810 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.historicalseaport.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

“HOPING FOR RAIN: INTERFAITH DAY OF STUDY AND SERVICE” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Leaders of four faiths will discuss drought and its meaning in religious literature. CLU’s Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3644.
NORDIC SPIRIT SYMPOSIUM: “ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE, ICE AND VIKINGS” 5:30 p.m. (and Saturday, Feb 7, various times). Iceland will be the subject of the annual Nordic Symposium, featuring guest speakers discussing tectonics, technology and what we can learn from Iceland, capped off by a performance from Icelandic singer Anna Mjoll. Free-$40. California Lutheran University campus, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.scandinaviancenter.org/nordic_spirit.
SECOND ANNUAL OJAI’S GOT TALENT 6-7 p.m. The talent show will feature some of the best youth talent who live in or attend school in Ojai. $5-10. Matilija Junior High School Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

SOLO PIANIST JIM BRICKMAN 8 p.m. Pianist Jim Brickman will bring his most memorable songs and melodies with his pop-style instrumentals and vocal collaborations to Thousand Oaks. $41-66. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
TAX HELP DAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enrolled Agent tax professionals from the Channel Islands Chapter of CSEA will answer tax questions for free. Starbucks at The Collection, 669 Town Center Drive, Oxnard (across from Whole Foods and in front of Starbucks). For more information, call 340-8822.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB MEETING 7:30-10 p.m. Ballroom, swing and open dance will be had with music by The Unforgettable Big Band. $7. Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY WORK DAY AT HEDRICK RANCH 8 a.m.-noon. Birding will precede a cleanup day. Bring water, gloves and sun protection. Hedrick Ranch, 20395 S. Mountain Road, Santa Paula. For more information, call 340-0478..

~ SUNDAY ~

AUTHOR HELAYNE HILL BOOK SIGNING 1-3 p.m. Hill will be available to sign copies of her book Middle Aside, about being underemployed, unemployed or just feeling or being displaced within the workforce. RedBrick Pizza Cafe, 4990 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, call 405-458-5642.

HYPNO COMICS THIRD ANNIVERSARY PARTY Noon. Hypno Comics celebrates three years, with special guests Bob Layton (Iron Man, Secret Wars), Joshua Fialkov (The Life After, Bunker) and Christina Rice (My Little Pony), plus food trucks, raffles and more. Hypno Comics, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hypnocomics.com.
~ TUESDAY ~

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE SUPPORT GROUPS 6:30-8 p.m. The DBSA will meet to assist people living with depression and bipolar disorder, every Tuesday and Saturday. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., building 300, room 301, Ventura. For more information, call 253-3289.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY PRESENTS WHY WE BIRD WITH DAVID RICE 7:30 p.m. Rice will read passages from his novel and read what other authors have said about why they birded. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 377-5859.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

COSTUMING WORKSHOP SERIES WITH BETH GLASNER 5-7 p.m. (and every Wednesday through Feb. 25). This three-part workshop will train attendees on how to costume a show or create a costume yourself, hosted by the Conejo Players Theatre. $5 each class, plus $2 materials fee. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejoplayers.org/workshops.
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attorney Christopher P. Young of the Alvarez Firm will tackle “Special Needs Trusts: Helping Those Who Need It Most.” Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.
“UNEARTHING THE PAST: AN ARCHEOLOGICAL VIEW OF THE SAN BUENAVENTURA MISSION” 1-2:30 p.m. John W. Foster, chief archeologist with Greenwood and Associates; and Charles N. Johnson, research library director, will discuss the history of Ventura’s mission. $7. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.  

OPENING THEATER

ANNIE Feb. 6 through March 8. High Street Arts presents the heartwarming story of a Depression-era orphan who is determined to find her parents. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
CONEJO IMPROV PLAYERS Feb. 7 and 8. The Conejo Improv Players presents a hilarious night of improvisational comedy featuring skits, scenes, and music made up entirely on the spot from audience suggestions. Enjoy an evening of interactive comedy that blends the comedic stylings of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Saturday Night Live in a hilarious show you won’t want to miss. $10. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER Feb. 6 through March 1. Flying H Group presents the Sam Shepard dark comedy about gangsters, gamblers, dreamers and losers set in a seedy motel room. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.   

ONGOING THEATER

COMPANY Through Feb. 8. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical that pokes fun at love and romance. 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.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Feb. 6 and 14. 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. $10-12. Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 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.               

OPENING ART

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Feb. 7 through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Reception on Saturday, Feb. 7, 4-7 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, www.venturamuseum.org.
THE HUD Feb. 6-27. A group show featuring surrealists, impressionists, microphotography, abstracts and more by artists from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Reception on Friday, Feb. 6, 5-10 p.m. will feature live music by White Ship. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
“A Chinese New Year Residency” Through April 9, a 10-day residency will feature six Chinese-born artists giving lectures and demonstrations during “Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century.” Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks, www.callutheran.edu.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Feb. 6-28. “Take Me for Granted,” photography by Lisa Ohlweiler. Reception on Friday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
VITA ART CENTER Feb. 6-28. “Human Stain,” a solo multimedia exhibition by Scott Gordon. Reception on Friday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.
WAV ANNIVERSARY Saturday, Feb. 7, 4:30-6 p.m. Working Artists Ventura Council invites the public to join it in celebrating five years, with an art installation, live performances and talks by members of the Ventura art scene plus a contemporary interpretation of a maypole ceremony. The art installation, “Celebrate the Roots,” will be made from sycamore leaves streaming down from the rafters of the WAV Theater Gallery with a corresponding outdoor element consisting of a decorated 27-foot driftwood tree trunk in the amphitheater. The driftwood sculpture will remain on display until Feb. 14.  175 S. Ventura Ave., near the corner of Thompson. 

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.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 15. “California Coastline,” works by Kay Zermaier and Tina O’Brien. 560 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
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.
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. 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 March 17. “Day Dream” features colorful interpretations of local scenes and Ventura culture in a variety of mediums by 18 local artists.  Featured artists include pastels by Judith Crowe, photography by Gary Talbot, Watercolors by Joe Cibere and Phyllis Gubins, acrylics by John Bacoy and Jen Livia, watercolors and ink paintings by Kim Winberry and three-dimensional mixed media by Chris Strode. 315 E. Main St Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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 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.
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.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through March 12. “End of Bees,” art by Elena Horowitz-Brookes, a lyrical depiction of altered reality concerned with depth and space. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. 525-7136 or www.venturacollege.edu/santapaula.
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.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through May 3. “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. 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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through March 31. “The Art of Bugatti.” 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.   
REAGAN LIBRARY Through May 1. “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit” features cars throughout history.  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.  

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Ivanie Finsvik & Lesley Thompson Exhibit

    June 2 @ 12:00 pm - August 1 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Resilient Women: The Art of Daggi Wallace

    June 18 @ 8:00 am - August 9 @ 8:00 pm
  3. Channel Islands Harbor Presents Concerts by the Sea – Free summer concert series

    June 30 @ 4:00 pm - August 25 @ 6:00 pm
  4. Jammin’

    July 1 @ 8:00 am - July 22 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Kids Summer Art Camp-Fantasy Theme

    July 16 @ 10:00 am - July 20 @ 1:00 pm
  6. Westlake Brewing & Libations Cask Event

    July 18
  7. Museum Hosts Children’s Program with Jarabe Mexicano

    July 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  8. 80th Anniversary Screening of Swashbuckling Classic!

    July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  9. Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Public Meeting

    July 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:15 pm
  10. California’s Largest Traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival Returns to Downtown Ventura

    July 21 @ 11:30 am - 6:00 pm

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