Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

CAMARILLO OLD TOWN ASSOCIATION’S
OLD TOWN CULINARY CRAWL
Sunday, May 3, 1-4 p.m.

Enjoy a taste of Old Town Camarillo during this second annual event featuring small bites and
tastes of several featured restaurants alongside live music and activities. $75. Old Town Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillo-oldtown.com.
 
 
 

THE 16TH ANNUAL OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3

various events scheduled. An international collection of storytellers, including Donald Davis, Clare Murphy, Diane Ferlatte and more, will perform their spoken-word pieces at this annual event featuring the world’s greatest storytellers. Various prices. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaistoryfest.org.
 
 
 

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3.

The 21st annual music festival returns with performances over two weekends. Tea & Trumpets, Cantabile: The London Quartet, Ozomatli (pictured) and a celebration of Celedonio Romero will be hosted on the first weekend, while during the second (Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9), Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and Camera Lucida will close out the festival. Various ticket prices. For more information and locations, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

ALL-VETERANS CAREER FAIR 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A hiring event for veterans and military spouses will be held. Local and national veteran-friendly employers will be in attendance. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.events.recruitmilitary.com.
CLU STUDENTS IN FILM SERIES 8 p.m. (through Sunday, May 3). Free screenings of Metro General will be shown, featuring the work of around 60 California Lutheran University students. CLU Preus-Brandt Forum, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu.
MEET THE ARTIST MARK TOVAR 6-9 p.m. Ventura artist Mark Tovar will talk on the whimsical and geometric narratives in his art. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
NEW CONCEPTS WITH PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING WITH ROBERT PRINCENTHAL, M.D. 6:30-8 p.m. Princenthal will discuss how multiparametric MRI can enable targeted biopsy and identify patients at risk for biologically significant cancers. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777.
“SOLARIZE OJAI VALLEY” INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP 6:30-8 p.m. Information will be shared on this program for Ojai Valley homeowners to add solar electricity to their homes. Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 669-8445.
THOUSAND OAKS CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM 6:30-8 p.m. A candidates forum for candidates running in the Special Municipal Vacancy Election on June 2. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, City Council Chambers/Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.lwvventuracounty.org.
THE WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR OF THE WWII VINTAGE BOEING B-17 FLYING FORTRESS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Friday, May 1, 9 a.m.-noon). Visitors are invited to explore the “Nine O Nine” WWII heavy bomber, consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII heavy bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter. $6-12. Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way, suite B, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

AUTHOR AND CYCLIST JAMIE BIANCHINI: “A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO BILLION” 4-5 p.m. Adventure cyclist Jamie Bianchini will deliver a free multimedia slideshow presentations about his open-invitation cycling expedition around the world. Channel Islands University, 1 University Drive, Camarillo (plus one more location in Ventura and two in Santa Paula). For more information and locations, visit www.aBicycleBuiltForTwoBillion.com.
AUTHOR MARIE BEAN DISCUSSES “LAZY LOSER” 3 p.m. Marie Bean is the Australian author of two books on health and fitness, “Lazy Runner” and “Lazy Loser.” Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.
BROTHERS OF THE BALADI AND OXNARD COLLEGE NEMA BELLY DANCE PERFORMANCE 7 p.m. Oxnard College’s belly dance group is hosting a performance to raise funds for the club. $10-15. Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardpacc.com.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY “FACES OF HOPE” GALA 6 p.m.-midnight. The fundraising gala includes a Celebration of Life awards ceremony, entertainment from The Extras and Luis Villegas, dinner and a live auction. $200. Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cancersupportvvsb.org.
NIGHT OF LAUGHTER: STAND-UP COMEDY FUNDRAISER 8 p.m. Comedians Dwayne Perkins, Frank Lucero, Mary Patterson Broome and others will perform to benefit performing arts at Oxnard College. $8. Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 986-5800, ext. 1943.
PLEIN AIR ARTISTS’ DAY AT RANCHO CAMULOS 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Artists are invited to spend the day at Rancho Camulos Museum to capture their impressions. $25. Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Highway 126, Piru. For more information, visit www.ranchocamulos.org.
“SPORT SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM: FROM LAB TO WEIGHT ROOM TO THE FIELD” 8 a.m.-1 p.m. California Lutheran University is hosting a free symposium on science-based approaches to athletic training for athletes, coaches and researchers. CLU Ullman Commons, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3407.      

~ SATURDAY ~

THE “BUFFALO SOLDIERS” STORY 2:30-4:30 p.m. Living-history educators from the Buffalo Soldier Mounted Cavalry Unit from Southern California will tell stories of the famed black cavalry unit. Oxnard Public Library, meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.
THE CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM FREE FAMILY DAY 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate the art and science of color with activities taking place throughout the museum. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
CONEJO VALLEY BONSAI SOCIETY TREE SHOW 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featured presentations include an introduction to bonsai and various styling demonstrations. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-5548.
CSUCI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND CSUCI CHOIR PRESENT CHORAL/ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULAR 4 p.m. (and Sunday, May 3) A combined orchestra and choir performance of The Creation (Die Schöpfung) by Franz Joseph Haydn. $20. Camarillo Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo; Sunday: First United Methodist Church, 1338 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.CHICOVC.org.
“DOES PRAYER WORK? PRAY FOR RAIN” 2 p.m. Ian James will examine, in as straightforward a way as such a question will allow, the efficacy of petition prayer. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.
FREE CLASS ON GRAY AND RAIN WATER 11:30 a.m. Learn how to set up a simple laundry-to-landscape graywater system and other water recycling techniques. Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY various times and locations. Celebrate all things comic book at this national event. Several local comic shops will host signings, food trucks and other activities, including Hypno Comics and Seth’s Comics in Ventura, Sterling Silver Comics in Camarillo and Arsenal Comics and Games in Newbury Park. For more information and locations, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.
HAMBURGER AND HOPS MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 a.m. The second annual event will feature a day full of hamburgers, beers and family activities. $10-50. The Collection at River Park, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.hamburgerandhops.com.
OPEN HOUSES FOR GREEN ALLEYS PLAN 9:30-11:30 a.m. Residents and community organizations interested in learning more about green alleys for Oxnard are invited to attend. South Oxnard Library Computer Room, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CityofOxnard.org.
RAMBLINGS AT THE RANCHO: “ORPHA KLINKER, ARTIST AND PRESERVATIONIST” Noon. Phyllis Hansen, San Fernando Valley historian and writer, will host a presentation and exhibit of Orpha Klinker’s work. $5 suggested donation. Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Highway 126, Piru. For more information, visit www.ranchocamulos.org.
“SHARK TANK”-STYLE BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students from CSU Channel Islands, four high schools and seven teams from De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts will compete for thousands of dollars of startup money for their businesses. CSU Channel Islands, Malibu Hall Room 100, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 701-9540.
TRANSITION: FROM SCHOOL TO ADULT LIFE TRANSITION FAIR 9 a.m.-noon. For families of special education students who are looking forward to leaving public school and entering the adult world. Ventura County Office of Education Center, 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturacountyselpa.com

~ SUNDAY ~

CALIFORNIA CAR AND CYCLE SUPER SHOW 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Customs, street rods, lowriders and more will be on display, plus two stages with live performances, including headliner Warren G. $10-15. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.caliccs.com.
CAMARILLO HOSPICE GARDEN TOUR 12-4 p.m. Five private gardens in Camarillo will be featured on the tour.  $20-25. Various locations. For more information and tour locations, visit www.camarillohospice.org.
CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS PRESENT “DANGERS OF NUCLEAR POWER” 3-5 p.m. Yoko Kubota will talk about the current situation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the problems in the nuclear power industry worldwide. E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.c-p-r.net.
GYPSIES IN A TRUNK PRESENT “LITTLE MERMAID 2: URSULA’S REVENGE” 2 p.m. The all-volunteer troupe of actors who perform free fairy tales for the young and the young at heart will perform as part of this summer series. Channel Islands Harbor, Harbor View Park between Cabezone Circle and Barracuda Way on Harbor Boulevard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “YOU FOUND THE RECORD – NOW WHAT?” 1:30-3:30 p.m. This interactive presentation will focus on how to analyze the records you find and how to make the case to prove facts about your ancestors. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616.
TURTLE DAY AT THE MUSEUM 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The California Turtle and Tortoise Club will bring four species of turtle to teach kids about their lives, their care and their origins, plus turtle-related activities. $3-5. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
WESAK FESTIVAL: “THE BLESSING OF THE BUDDHA FOR THE HEALING OF THE WORLD” 7 p.m. A festival to recognize the Buddha’s birthday and the day of his passing, with lectures and activities. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079.
WEST COAST TRADITIONAL JASS CLUB MEETING 1 p.m. A pot luck will be hosted alongside an open jam session and a performance by The Untouchables. 6500 Casitas Pass Road (Hwy 150), Ventura. For more information, call 391-1203.
WILLEM HAIR DESIGN’S CUT-A-THON BENEFIT Noon-5 p.m. All proceeds will fund the WHD Scholarship for local students at Camarillo and Rio Mesa High Schools to further their educations in cosmetology. Willem Hair Design, 96 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.willemhairdesign.com.

~ MONDAY ~

“BEES, FOOD AND YOU” SEMINAR 6-7 p.m. Ruben Alarcon, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at CSU Channel Islands, will discuss the role bees play in the environment. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-3615.
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
GRATEFUL DEAD MEET-UP AT THE MOVIES 2015 7 p.m. Featuring the Grateful Dead’s previously unreleased concert film from the July 19, 1989, show at Alpine Valley. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
VENTURA COUNTY SELPA PUBLIC HEARING 5:45 p.m. This meeting will focus on reviewing the proposed Annual Budget Plan and Program Descriptors/Annual Service Plan for Special Education. Ventura County Office of Education, Conference and Educational Services Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturacountyselpa.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

CINCO DE MAYO WITH TOASTMASTERS X-L CLUB Noon-1 p.m. Special guest speaker Mayo de la Rocha, will speak about the significance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States. Ventura City Hall, Santa Cruz Room, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, call 658-2820.
GET A FREE CHILD ID 10:30 a.m. All Children will receive a free ID, courtesy of New York Life Insurance Company. Free with paid admission, $5-6. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
HEALTHY EATING WORKSHOP WITH HEALTHY APPETIZERS WITH PAM BRAUN 6 p.m. Pam will share how her journey with cancer led to her extensive research on food and its relationship to cancer. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
STORYTELLER BARBARA WONG PRESENTS “TALE OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS” 7 p.m. Barbara has shared her multicultural tales with family audiences at public libraries throughout Southern California. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD ART MAY DINNER/DEMO 6-9 p.m. Contemporary representational realism demonstration by Scott Kiche will follow a dinner buffet. $25-30. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-5655.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“INNOVATIONS” KITCHEN AND BATH TRADE SHOW 3-7 p.m. Over 30 vendors will show their latest products, with presentations and a food truck. $15 admission includes food. Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 323-333-4491.
RIFFTRAX LIVE: THE ROOM 8 p.m. The original crew from Mystery Science Theater 3000 will offer commentary on The Room, one of the most baffling independent films ever produced. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
THE VENTURA COUNCIL FOR SENIORS MEETING 9:30-11 a.m. This forum meets to discuss issues and initiatives and to develop recommendations for City Council consideration. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 658-4793.

OPENING THEATER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM May 1-17.  Young Artists Ensemble presents the Shakespeare comedy directed by Megan McDonough. $14.50-16. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
DANCEOUT May 1-2.  Children’s dance teacher Pam Cohen will be celebrated with a dance performance by her former and current students as she prepares to retire. “Danceout” will include favorite dance routines of the past few decades from productions that included Thumbelina, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Willy Wonka, Grease, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and many more. Mound Elementary School, 455 S. Hill Road, Ventura.
GOOD PEOPLE May 1 through June 7. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its second show of the Ventura County Premieres season with the critically acclaimed dramedy about American class distinction. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
HIGH SCHOOL SEUSSICAL May 2 and 9. OYES OhMy presents this unique, bawdy mashup of Dr. Seuss and classic high school movies to benefit its youth programs. Adult audiences only. $20. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300 or www.ojaiyes.org.
SEUSSICAL, JR. May 1-17. OYES presents this tribute to Dr. Seuss featuring all your favorite Seuss characters in an exuberant musical production staged by the theater’s young performers. $10. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300 or www.ojaiyes.org.  

ONGOING THEATER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Through May 7. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents Literature in Action’s production of the Shakespeare comedy. $10-12. DownStage Theater at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Through May 24. Elite Theater presents the political thriller set in a Latin American country about the aftereffects of a totalitarian dictatorship on the hearts and souls of the people. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
FROST/NIXON Through May 3. High Street Arts Center presents the compelling play by Peter Morgan about a renowned candid conversation between acclaimed talk show host David Frost and President Richard Nixon. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark, 529-8700.
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC Through May 10. Rubicon Theatre presents this intimate and charming exploration of human relationships that premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in 1998. $44-54. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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
THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND Through May 24. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues its 20th anniversary season with And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret and many more. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 583-7900 or see www.simi-arts.org.       

OPENING ART

ABRA GALLERY May 1-29. Westlake Village Art Guild and ABRA present the “Small” art show. Opening reception on May 16, 5-8 p.m. 30941 Agoura Road, suite 310, Westlake Village. www.abragallery.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY May 5-31. “Welcome to My World: a Photographic Exhibition by Kimberly-Ann Talbert.” Opening reception on Saturday, May 23, 1-4 p.m. Artist talks throughout May. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #117C, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
STONEWORKS STUDIOS Friday, May 1. “Birds of a Feather” group show that draws inspiration from feathered creatures of the earth. Kid-friendly event, live music and cheesecake. 6-10 p.m. 300 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. (Entrance on Park Row).
VITA ART CENTER May 1-31. “Portraits” by Dan McCleary, who founded Art Division, which serves young adult art students in the Rampart district of Los Angeles. Reception on Friday, May 1, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.
“WAV THEATER GALLERY May 1-26. “Women in Art: Viewpoints” a multi disciplinary exhibition featuring visual and performance art by Wav artists. Four evenings of theater will feature The Vendor performed by Vonder Gray. First Friday event on  May 1, 6-9 p.m and opening reception on May 2, 5-8 p.m.  For details, email: info@wavartists.com or call 798-2479. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura.      

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through May 1. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 2. “Revelations,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Mariana Peirano Royuela, including 20 mostly figurative paintings in oil or acrylic. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Gallery talk on May 14, 6:30 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 24. “Ruth Pastine: Present Tense,” perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 10. “Al di La: Surge of Expressions” by Valerie Freeman and Linda Taylor. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd, 449-2767.
GALERIE102 Through May 24. “No Risk No Reward” explores America’s obsession with the right to bear arms. Featured artists are Ellwood T. Risk and Sabine Pearlman. Opening reception on April 25, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.
GALLERY 525 Through May 2. “Nachtbaden (Night Swimming),” monotype prints by New Mexico artist Grady Gordon. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
THE HUD GALLERY Through May 31. The Neoteric International Juried Exhibition featuring works by 54 finalists from all over the world and crossing all mediums and genres. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY: Through May 16. CLUFest, a student multimedia exhibition. CLU, Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3241 or www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong.
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 July 5: “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. Events include screening of documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m. and curator’s discussions on May 6 and June 3. Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through May 1. “Here and Gone,” photography by David Baker and Richard Shirley that celebrates their friendship despite the loss of one of them. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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 April 26. “10,000 Days,” works by Richard Amend and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 620-7589.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through May 22. “Over Your Sofa,” works that blur lines between form and function in fine art. Reception on May 2, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, Santa Paula.
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 June 5.  “Cuba” a photography exhibit by Brooks students examining the country’s transition. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 643-6000 or www.gallery.brooks.edu.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through May 16. “Ruminations: Senior Art Exhibit.” CLU, Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3241 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

VENTURA’S EARTH DAY ECO FEST
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This award-winning event brings fun, entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitors and education to Ventura’s beachside Promenade Park to celebrate our beautiful planet. Highlights include more than 100 exhibits (80 of them eco products and services), a green auto expo, interactive kids zone and a great lineup of  music that includes ethno-folk artist and multi-instrumentalist Charles “Wsir” Johnson, Spencer the Gardener, Dan Grimm, Afishnsea the Moon and Trans Van Santos.  $ 6,000 worth of prizes including theater tickets, boat trips and surfboards will be raffled. Admission is free. Promenade Park, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaearthday.org.
 
 
 

10TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 7p.m.

The VC Blues Festival returns with award-winning acts both new and veteran, including BB Chung King, the Delgado Brothers and more, plus a special “benefit ride” for Mickey Jones, a new second stage of continuous music plus food booths and other activities. $26-35. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit
www.venturacountyblues.com.
 
 
 

PISTOL MAGAZINE SURF AND SKATE ART SHOW
Saturday, April 25, 7-11 p.m.

Dexter’s Camera presents a block party-style outdoor art show to celebrate SoCal surf, skate and car culture through art. Unique items will be raffled and vendored. Curated by Pistol Magazine with James Banuelos, participating artists include Keegan Gibbs, Chase Tafoya, Arto Saari, Mikey Taylor, Sean Tully and many more. Proceeds will go to benefit The Young and Brave Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth beat cancer. 5 N. Pacific Ave. (corner of Main Street behind Red Cove).
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH CONNOR LOTT 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Royal High School senior will perform his own music. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB 13TH ANNUAL GREAT FUTURES FOR KIDS BREAKFAST 7-9 a.m. Keynote speaker Antwone Fisher, screenwriter, author, producer and director, will kick off this annual event to raise funds and awareness for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Residence Inn by Marriott, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.bgcop.org.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S COMMUNITY LUNCH 11:30-12:30 p.m. Meet and make friends with fellow participants in the Cancer Support Community, lunch provided. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. RSVP by calling 379-4777.
LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM 6 p.m. This film captures the story of the final weeks of the Vietnam War, with a special introduction by its producer and writer, Keven McAlester. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 483-4168.
PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETING: GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY 7 p.m. This panel will discuss the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, and provide the public with a forum to discuss ideas, concerns or otherwise. Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. For more information, call 646-3403.
VENTURA COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON GENERAL PLAN 1:30-3:30 p.m. (and 6-8 p.m.). The department will hear public comments as it begins the scoping process to update the County’s General Plan. Pacific Conference Room, County of Ventura Hall of Justice, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura (1:30 p.m.) and Casitas Springs Community Center, 8437 Edison Drive, Ventura (6 p.m.). For more information, call 654-2481.
WTC MARKETING FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR 2-4 p.m. (and 5-7 p.m.). This educational seminar will provide information on getting started in online marketing. Where: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Santa Rosa Room, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information and to register, visit www.wtcmarketing.com/seminars.

~ FRIDAY ~

GRAMMY-NOMINATED BAND QUATTRO 8:30 p.m. Quattro is a fresh, new and innovative ensemble that blends Latin, pop, jazz and classical. $34. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
“HARM AT HOME” TRAINING BY FOREVER FOUND 6-8:30 p.m. Found will provide information and tools to stop the cycle of human trafficking. Ventura County Community Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, call 306-8018.
OJAI’S LITERARY FESTIVAL Friday, April 24, through Monday, April 27. The fifth annual festival of words, WordFest, returns to Ojai. The literary festival encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill levels and ages to partake in a number of events offered over four days, including a weekend workshop for writers, an American Idol-esque spoken word competition and an all-day writing retreat. Various times and locations. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.ojaiwordfest.com.
“RESHAPING BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES TO KEEP PACE WITH RAPIDLY CHANGING TECHNOLOGY” Noon-1:30 p.m. CSU Channel Islands Professor of Economics Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D., will cover a variety of topics relating to business, investing and technology. CSUCI Malibu Hall, Room 100, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu.      

~ SATURDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH YUE DENG AND HOUSE CONCERT BENEFIT 6-7:30 p.m. Violinist Yue Deng will be interviewed about her career, followed by a benefit supper at a sponsor’s home. $5-10. Brooks Institute Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
ARCADE POETRY: HELENE CARDONA AND JOHN FITZGERALD 7 p.m. Poets Hélène Cardona and John FitzGerald will read selections of their poetry. $3. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
BEYOND THE SURFACE 7 p.m. This film about five women who travel to India to surf the southern coastline will be screened, followed by a talk by filmmakers Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Dave Homcy. $10. Ojai Art Center Film Branch, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.
CHILDREN’S READING CELEBRATION AND YOUNG AUTHOR’S FAIR 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to step into the world of imagination at this literary fair. CSU Channel Islands’ John Spoor Broome Library, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.go.csuci.edu/children.
CITY OF VENTURA FREE SHREDDING EVENT 8 a.m.-noon. Ventura residents may bring up to 10 boxes of paper per household to be securely shredded. Ventura County Government Center, parking lots E and F, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura. For more information, www.cityofventura.net/shredevent.
CROSSROADS OF THE WEST GUN SHOW 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Vendors and experts will show and demonstrate their firearms. $12. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.crossroadsgunshows.com.
FREE SOCAL DOCKWALKER TRAININGS TO PROMOTE CLEAN BOATING 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Free training to promote and educate boaters on environmentally sound boating practices will be held. Ventura West Marina, 1198 Navigator Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.santamonicabay.org.
GARDENS OF INNOCENCE MEMORIAL SERVICE 10 a.m. A service will be held for Baby Larry, featuring fourth-degree Knights of Columbus. Ivy Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.gardenofinnocence.org.
MATILIJA CANYON NATURE HIKE 9 a.m. Lanny Kaufer will discuss and demonstrate native plants’ many uses as well as explore their relationships with the environment. $20-25. Carpool from Maricopa Plaza, 1201 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. For more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com.
RAILFEST 2015 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Explore all things train with rides, engine and tractor displays, model trains and free admission to the museum. Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society, 455 Main St., Fillmore. For more information, visit www.scrvrhs.com.
RAZZBERRY JAM CONCERT AND FREE FAMILY DAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (concert on Sunday, April 26, 4 p.m.). The museum will open its doors admission-free for families on Saturday and host the Dixieland jazz ensemble Razzberry Jam on Sunday. $10-15 for concert. Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.
SALSA COMPETITION “TUMBAU” 9 p.m. Salsa lessons will be offered to a mix of world music provided by several DJs. $5 for lessons, free admission. The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.greekattheharbor.com.
SANTA CLARA RIVER GATEWAY PUENTE EARTH DAY CLEAN UP 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are needed to remove debris and trash from the watercourse. Santa Clara River Gateway Puente at Hwy. 101/ Johnson Drive. For more information and directions, email santaclararivergateway@gmail.com.
“SEE YOU AT THE SALOON” FUNDRAISING EVENT 5 p.m. Cowboy cuisine and a night of casino activities will be hosted in support of the Museum of Ventura County. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
SINGER/SONGWRITER BILLY JONAS 7:30 p.m. Jonas will perform his “neo-tribal hootenanny” and original “voice and percussion”-based songs with a generous dose of audience participation. $18-25. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org.
SPRING HOLISTIC WELLNESS HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Meet local holistic practitioners, vendors and healers plus workshops and more. The WAV, 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.holisticwellnesscommunitycenter.org.
SURF’S UP! A TRIBUTE TO THE BEACH BOYS 7:30 p.m. The concert features the story of the Beach Boys told through song in a re-creation of an actual Beach Boys concert. $34-44. Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.surfsupbeachboys.com.
THOUSAND OAKS CHILI COOK-OFF AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Taste all the best chili that local chefs have to offer alongside a classic car show. Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.chili-cook-off.com.
VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS SEVENTH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Six private gardens located in the city of Ventura will be open to the public for a self-guided tour. $25, $25 more for the after-party. For locations and more information, visit www.VenturaBotanicalGardens.com.
VENTURA ELKS LODGE SPRING BOUTIQUE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Crafters will display and sell crochet items, knitted blankets, jewelry, home and garden items and more. Ventura Elks Lodge, 2126 Knoll Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 647-5338. 

~ SUNDAY ~

AUTHOR GERALD NICOSIA PRESENTS “HOME TO WAR” 2 p.m. In conjunction with its Vietnam War exhibit, the Museum of Ventura County hosts Nicosia, author of “Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans’ Movement.” $3-5. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
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.
CRUISE CAMARILLO OLD TOWN CAR SHOW 1-5 p.m. This monthly car show returns for the summer, bringing together classic vehicles, food and live music. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/camarillooldtown.
FIFTH ANNUAL HATS AND HIGH TEA 2-4:30 p.m. California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will hold its fifth annual high tea to raise money for student scholarships and educational grants. $50. CLU’s Kingsmen Park, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu/cla.
OJAI’S CALIFORNIA COASTAL HORSE RESCUE “HELP A HORSE DAY” OPEN HOUSE Noon-3 p.m. Spend the afternoon with the horses plus refreshments, tours, games and more. RSVP for location and for more information by calling 758-8312.

~ MONDAY ~

AUTHOR OF “LAZY RUNNER” AND “LAZY LOSER” BOOK SIGNING 6 p.m. Australian running and fitness coach Marie Bean will discuss and sign copies of her books. Moorpark City Library, 699 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. For more information, visit www.lazyrunner.com.
COMEDY DYNAMICS PRESENTS: BILL HICKS. 8 p.m. This Hicks performance was recorded at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal in 1992 and will be screened. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2100 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
“WOMEN AND WHAT WE LOVE: AN EVENING OF FRIENDSHIP TO BENEFIT OUR YOUTH” 5-8 p.m. The event features gourmet food and live music, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. $50. The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3500 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.womenandwhatwelove.eventbrite.com.
VENTURA DOWNTOWN WORKS CONFERENCE 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (and Tuesday, April 28). A series of lectures and classes for local business owners will be held, free to downtown businesses. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.downtownventura.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

FOSTER VC KIDS INFORMATIONAL MEETING 6-8 p.m. Learn about how to become a foster family to the children of Ventura County in need. Human Services Agency, 855 Partridge Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.fostervckids.org.
“THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE FOR CAREGIVERS” 5:30-7 p.m. Learn how to balance self-care with caregiving in this workshop lead by Corbett Phibbs, MFT, Family Therapist. $10 donation suggested. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.seniorconcerns.org.
“VETERANS BENEFITS THAT CAN HELP AID IN THE COST OF CAREGIVING” 5:30-7 p.m. Discover the myriad benefits available to Veterans in this workshop lead by veteran and caregiver Bill Hutton. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.seniorconcerns.org.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID USA 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (and Wednesday, April 29). The free eight-hour interactive training is designed to instruct on how to help an adolescent (ages 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge, or is in crisis. Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, MP B, Simi Valley. For more information, call 584-4400.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“BLASPHEMY: A MEDIEVAL CONCEPT WITH MODERN CONSEQUENCES” Noon. The presenter will be speaking about Charlie Hebdo massacre and other topics related to blasphemy. Admission with lunch is $10, speaker is free. Ventura County Bar Association, 4474 Market St., Ventura. For more information and to RSVP, email Bar@vcba.org.
STEM TOPICS: NOAA AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 5-6 p.m. Eric Boldt, warning coordination meteorologist of NOAA, will speak on STEM topics and the role of the National Weather Service. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
YUE DENG AND PATRICIA TAO IN CONCERT 7 p.m. Violinist Yue Deng and pianist Patricia Tao will perform a selection of pieces. $100-125. RSVP for location. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.

OPENING THEATER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM April 28 through May 7.  Actor’s Repertory Theatre of Simi presents Literature in Action’s production of the Shakespeare comedy. $10-12. DownStage Theater at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org

ONGOING THEATER

BYE BYE BIRDIE Through April 26. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the classic musical comedy about a popular singer who gets mixed up in a publicity scheme when it’s discovered he’s being drafted. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Through May 24. Elite Theater presents the political thriller set in a Latin American country about the aftereffects of a totalitarian dictatorship on the hearts and souls of the people. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
FROST/NIXON Through May 3. High Street Arts Center presents the compelling play by Peter Morgan about a renowned candid conversation between acclaimed talk show host David Frost and President Richard Nixon. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark, 529-8700.
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC Through May 10. Rubicon Theatre presents this intimate and charming exploration of human relationships that premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in 1998. Preview pricing on April 15-17. $44-54. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
MARY POPPINS Through April 26. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the classic Disney musical about a nanny with special powers. This is the final weekend to catch this stunning production. $35-90. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. See www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.
POOF! Through April 26. Santa Paula Theater Center’s Backstage presents the family-friendly musical production about a young boy whose boredom leads him to discover the secret of magic and many adventures. $12. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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
THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND Through May 24. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues its 20th anniversary season with And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret and many more. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 583-7900 or see www.simi-arts.org.      

OPENING ART

GALERIE102 Opening April 25. “No Risk No Reward” explores America’s obsession with the right to bear arms. Featured artists are Ellwood T. Risk and Sabine Pearlman. Opening reception on April 25, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.     

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through May 1. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
BELL ARTS FACTORY Through April 30. “The Stories Behind the Stories: Dos Amigas Escritoras Tell Theirs,” original art, sketches and notes from local children’s book authors Amada Irma Perez and Kathleen Contreras in the Tool Room Gallery. Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tool Room Gallery, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 643 1960 or www.bellartsfactory.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 2. “Revelations,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Mariana Peirano Royuela, including 20 mostly figurative paintings in oil or acrylic. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Gallery talk on May 14, 6:30 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 24. “Ruth Pastine: Present Tense,” perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 10. “Al di La: Surge of Expressions” by Valerie Freeman and Linda Taylor. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd, 449-2767.
GALLERY 525 Through May 2. “Nachtbaden (Night Swimming),” monotype prints by New Mexico artist Grady Gordon. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through April 10. “ShadowGraphica,” flower images by Carol Henry. Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3697.
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 July 5. “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. Events include screening of documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m. and curator’s discussions on May 6 and June 3. Through Oct. 11. “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through May 1. “Here and Gone,” photography by David Baker and Richard Shirley that celebrates their friendship despite the loss of one of them. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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 April 26. “10,000 Days,” works by Richard Amend and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 620-7589.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through April 29. Westlake Village Art Guild’s Open Juried Show. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. See www.wvartguild.org.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, Santa Paula.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through April 26. “The Printed Image,” a collection of work by Peter Liashkov, including pieces from his “Homosapiens” series, which imprints fragmented narratives on human figures. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.

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 June 6: “Evolution of Play” explores how toys, from prehistoric jacks to electronic gaming, have changed over the centuries. 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 Through April 30. Oxnard Union High School District Art Show featuring student work in various mediums selected by faculty from district educators. 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. Open daily, 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.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. Closed during inclement weather. 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

~ Earth Day Events ~
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIMATE SYMPOSIUM Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. Scientists, environmentalists, policymakers, public health officials, students and community members will tackle climate change effects and responses in our region. CSUCI Aliso Hall 150, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://csuci.qualtrics.com/jfe3/preview/SV_74INs9LipHsFk2N
GREEN ALLEYS PLAN WORKSHOPS Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. The city of Oxnard Utilities Department is seeking community input to help develop a Green Alleys Plan to improve the city’s alleyways. Oxnard Fire Station No. 5, 1450 Colonia Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CityofOxnard.org.
OJAI EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. An afternoon focused on sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature. Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiearthday.org.
THOUSAND OAKS ARBOR EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Booths, activities and Earth Day festivities will be held in celebration of the national environmental event. Conejo Creek Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org.
THOUSAND OAKS LANDFILL AND RECYCLING DAY Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Landfill and Recycling Day gives residents a chance to dispose of excess trash for free with proof of Thousand Oaks residency. Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, 2801 Madera Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.toaks.org/GoGreen.
“CAN CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY SURVIVE A MEGADROUGHT?” Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Anthony Hepton will review California water use, conservation and diversion in agriculture, residential and business with new guidelines for water savings. $15. For event location, RSVP at www.cleantechnologycouncil.org.
SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES AT THE VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Wednesday, Noon. Tour the grounds of the Government Center and learn about sustainability efforts. Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Rd., Ventura. To register and for meeting location, call 654-2051.
 
 
 

VENTURA COUNTY BALLET’S “DANCE ART,” FEATURING RACHEL FLOWERS
Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Dancers from Ventura County’s ballet troupe will perform to musical accompaniment by musician and composer Rachel Flowers, performing “Malambo,” composed by Alberto Ginestera, and her own “At the End of the Day.” $25. Historic Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyballet.com.
 
 
 

PAINT VENTURA ART FAIR
April 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spend the day enjoying local arts and crafts vendors as you watch them create in their artisan booths along the 300 block of Main Street in Downtown Ventura. More than 100 fine artists and craftspersons display and sell their original work, including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, folk craft, glass, leather, metalwork, wearable art, woodwork and mixed media. The festivities will also include the Quick Draw Painting Competition for artists of all skill levels and ages, plus a plant sale. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
For details, visit www.paintventura.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS’ SPRING LECTURE SERIES: “HIDDEN GEMS OF LATIN AMERICA” 7-8:30 p.m. Professor and Chairman of Spanish Stephen Clark, Ph.D., will give guests an armchair tour of some of Latin America’s most intriguing cities. Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 7 p.m. Speakers from Simi Valley Hospital will answer your questions about vaccinations and the current measles epidemic. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
OPEN MIC NIGHT TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 6:30-7:30 p.m. Share your work or just relax in the rose garden and listen to new and seasoned voices. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
“RADIATION TREATMENT: ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS” WITH JAY JAVUREK, R.N. 6-7:30 p.m. This workshop will cover the latest information on cancer radiation treatment. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
R5: ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT 7 p.m. This special concert documentary includes concert footage, never-before-seen interviews and more from the band R5. $10-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

FREE OUTDOOR JAZZ CONCERT 7:30 p.m. CLU student band DoNation will perform music by the band Snarky Puppy and composers Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Charlie Parker and others. California Lutheran University’s Uyeno Amphitheater, 60 W. Olsen Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3306.
“LOVE IS BREWING HIGH TEA BENEFIT” HOSTED BY INTERFACE 9:30-11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Interface’s Family Violence Intervention Programs, which provide comprehensive family violence support. $75. Maravilla Gardens, 8620 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.icfs.org.
MEET A FIREFIGHTER 10:30 a.m. Oxnard Fire Department will. Firefighters will teach kids about what they can do to help keep themselves and the community safe. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “FROM DWARF STAR TO SUPER NOVAE” 7:15-9 p.m. Dr. Omer Blaes of UC Santa Barbara will discuss why stars explode and become spectacular super novae. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.      

~ SATURDAY ~

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY CHOIR PRESENTS “AUF WIEDERSEHEN CHORKONZERT” 7:30 p.m. The program will include works by Bach, German composer Felix Mendelssohn and American composer Morten Lauridsen and more. CLU’s Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
“CHAMPAGNE ON MAIN” SPRING WINE WALK AND STREET FAIR 10 a.m. Street Fair; 1:30 p.m. wine walk. Grab a glass and walk Main Street in this new addition to the popular Winter Wine Walk, with a craft street fair and live entertainment. $50-75. Downtown Ventura, Main Street. For more information, visit www.champagneonmain.com.
DAY OF AUTHORS WITH DAVID SCOTT, FIREBALL TIM AND KELSEY MACCONNELL 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Several authors will discuss and sign copies of their books. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
FINANCIAL CAPABILITY MONTH HOMEBUYER WORKSHOPS 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information about the steps to take when purchasing a home will be covered in depth and participants will receive tips directly from experts. Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, 702 County Square Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 659-6868, ext.130.
41ST SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, April 19). Celebrate the Scandinavian cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden with music, dancing, food, lectures and more. $5-10. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.scandinavianfest.org.
HOPE’S HAVEN THIRD ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT 4:45 p.m. Various casino games, including poker, blackjack and the like, in support of Hope’s Haven. $65 games buy-in/$125 poker. 515 Marin Avenue, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hopes-haven.org/upcomingfund.html.
“MEDITATION AS A PATH TO SELF-AWARENESS” MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL RETREAT 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This meditative morning will be filled with wisdom talks, sharing, sacred songs and prayers of gratitude. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
MOORPARK ARTS FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience a day of art with live performances, art displays and hands-on activities. Historic High Street, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.moorparkartsfestival.com.
“NAVIGATING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY” 2-3 p.m. Topics regarding Social Security management will be covered at this popular workshop. RSVP recommended. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639.
“NOTES OF NOSTALGIA” SPRING HOME AND GARDEN EVENT Noon-4 p.m. A wide variety of items available to brighten your home, garden and life, hosted by the Assistance League of Ventura County. 1975 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-5593.
PACIFIC VIEW FAMILY FEST 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Parents can gather information on camps, classes, health, sports and more for their children from various booths, with various activities for the kids. Pacific View Mall, 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit http://www.shoppacificview.com/Events/FamilyFest_2015.
PORT HUENEME FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In celebration of the 25th birthday of the public library, a blowout book sale will be held with most items priced at 25 cents or less. Port Hueneme Public Library, 510 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 488-0363.
SEMINAR ON ADVANCE DIRECTIVES AND POLST 10 a.m.-noon. This informative seminar will be presented by Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association and other professionals. Oxnard Family Circle, 2100 Outlet Center Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 612-7741.
WORKSHOP FOR ESL VOLUNTEER TUTORS 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (and part 2 on Saturday, May 9). This free workshop will detail various methods and materials for teaching English to adults. Barrister Executive Suites, 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.laubachventura.org

~ SUNDAY ~

THIRD ANNUAL AUT2RUN CHARITY RACE Sunday, April 19, 7:30 a.m. A 5K and a 10K plus an Autism Resource Fair and Fitness Expo, Free KidZone, and Art Exhibit will be held to raise awareness and funds for local kids and adults with autism and their families. CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.Aut2Run.org.
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB MEETING CONCERT 1-4:30 p.m. The Jazz club meets monthly for an open jam session and meeting. This month’s featured performers will be The Groovin’ Easy Big Band. $7-10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org.
SHANGHAI BEER GARDEN DOGGONE PAWTY 2 p.m. For dogs under 30 pounds, there will be pet paintings, games and prizes. Shanghai Beer Garden, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-8118.
“THAT 70’S SHOW” FUNDRAISING CONCERT 2:30 p.m. The Nordhoff Music Department and MAESTRO present music from The Household Gods, James Antunez, Jimmy Calire and more. $20. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com.
ZONTA AWE* (*ART, WINE AND EICHLER) 2-5 p.m. Wine tasting, local artists and mid-century modern architecture will be part of this event. $50. RSVP for event location. For more information, visit www.zontacv.org.

~ MONDAY ~

MR. TURNER 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). An exploration of the last quarter-century of the great, if not eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

“HOMEOPROPHYLAXIS: A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO VACCINE” 6-7:30 p.m. A presentation on homeopathic alternatives to vaccinations. ICM, 770 Paseo Camarillo, suite 130, Camarillo. For more information, call 312-8157.
PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST HOSTS WORKSHOP 6-7 p.m. Dr. Joseph Cabaret will discuss techniques that help to eliminate pain from ongoing arthritis or prior sports injury. $10-14. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952, ext 100.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

CLU’S POETRY SLAM 5-7 p.m. American spoken-word artist David A. Romero will host this unique audience-participation poetry event. CLU’s William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu/rolland.
CSUCI LECTURE SERIES: “GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE SOCIAL BEHAVIORS OF GIRLS AND BOYS WITH AUTISM” 5-7 p.m. Michelle Dean, Ph.D., will present research on how gender relates to the social behavior and relationships of school children with high-functioning autism. Ventura County Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu.
THE OJAI TENNIS TOURNAMENT April 22 through Sunday, April 26. The 115th annual tournament will kick off with recognition of former tennis star Stan Smith on Wednesday and continue with matches through the weekend. Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaitourney.org.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). A screening of the hit musical that will also feature a specially produced introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne. $5.65-10.65. Ventura Downtown 10, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN April 17 through May 24. Elite Theater presents the political thriller set in a Latin American country about the aftereffects of a totalitarian dictatorship on the hearts and souls of the people. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC April 16 through May 10. Rubicon Theatre presents this intimate and charming exploration of human relationships that premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in 1998. Preview pricing on April 15-17. $44-54. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
THAT ’70s SHOW Sunday, April 19, 2:30 p.m. The iconic television show is brought to the stage by notable Ojai musicians and performers, including The Household Gods, Patricia Cardinali, Cindy Kalmenson and the Nordhoff Chamber Choir. $20. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. www.nhsmusic.com.
MARY POPPINS April 17-26. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the classic Disney musical about a nanny with special powers. $35-90. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. See www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.
“THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND” April 18 through May 24. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues its 20th anniversary season with The World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret and many more. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 583-7900 or see www.simi-arts.org.  

ONGOING THEATER

AS YOU LIKE IT Through April 19. Ojai Art Center Theater presents Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about the many faces of love, directed by Laurie Walters. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
BYE BYE BIRDIE Through April 26. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the classic musical comedy about a popular singer who gets mixed up in a publicity scheme when it’s discovered he’s being drafted. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.
HONKY Through April 19. Flying H Group presents this dark comedy that explores issues of race, rhetoric and . . . basketball shoes. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.      

OPENING ART

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM April 12 through June 6. “Evolution of Play” is the creation of 32 Santa Paula High School students and the Human Services Academy that explores how toys, from prehistoric jacks to electronic gaming, have changed over the centuries. Admission is free. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.     

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through May 1. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
BELL ARTS FACTORY Through April 30. “The Stories Behind the Stories: Dos Amigas Escritoras Tell Theirs,” original art, sketches and notes from local children’s book authors Amada Irma Perez and Kathleen Contreras in the Tool Room Gallery. Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tool Room Gallery, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 643 1960 or www.bellartsfactory.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 2. “Revelations,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Mariana Peirano Royuela, including 20 mostly figurative paintings in oil or acrylic. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Gallery talk on May 14, 6:30 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 24. “Ruth Pastine: Present Tense,” perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS Through April 22. Students of the advanced photography class present “Environmental Matters,” photography that investigates the aesthetic and grotesque nature of urban/suburban trash. Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Drive, Old Town Camarilllo, 437-2772.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 10. “Al di La: Surge of Expressions” by Valerie Freeman and Linda Taylor. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd, 449-2767.
GALLERY 525 Through May 2. “Nachtbaden (Night Swimming),” monotype prints by New Mexico artist Grady Gordon. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
HUD GALLERY Through April 19. Spring show featuring 18 of So Cal’s most talented artists. 3-D art, portraits, abstracts, assemblage, oils, photography and more. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 2-8 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through April 10. “ShadowGraphica,” flower images by Carol Henry. Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3697.
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 July 5. “We Remember: Ventura County  to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans featuring a documentary film, personal effects, memorial wall and much more. Events include screening of documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m. and curator’s discussions on May 6 and June 3, Through Oct. 11. “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through May 1. “Here and Gone,” photography by David Baker and Richard Shirley that celebrates their friendship despite the loss of one of them. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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 April 26. “10,000 Days,” works by Richard Amend and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 620-7589.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. Free artists reception on April 18 and 19, noon-4 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through April 29. Westlake Village Art Guild’s Open Juried Show. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. See www.wvartguild.org.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, Santa Paula.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through April 26. “The Printed Image,” a collection of work by Peter Liashkov, including pieces from his “Homosapiens” series, which imprints fragmented narratives on human figures. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.

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 Through April 30. Oxnard Union High School District Art Show featuring student work in various mediums selected by faculty from district educators. Reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. 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. Open daily, 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.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. Closed during inclement weather. 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. 


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Picks of the Week – Happenings

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MATCH
Thursday, April 9, 7:15 p.m.

The Ventura Film Society presents this film starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard about ballet instructors with ulterior motives. $5-10. Century 10 Downtown Ventura, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com
 
 
 

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
Saturday, April 11, 6 p.m.

Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song-for-song performances straight from the set list of these shows. $33-38. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.NederlanderConcerts.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

“HOW COMING FROM URUGUAY INFLUENCED MY WORK” WITH SYLVIA RAZ 3 p.m. Raz will discuss how her Uruguayan heritage influenced her current work on display at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit  www.SantaPaulaArtMuseum.org.
ORIGINAL MUSIC FEATURING ALLY AMEZOLA & FRIENDS 6:30-7:30 p.m. A Santa Susana High School senior and her friends will perform their original tunes. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. Every Thursday, the Oxnard dance club meet-up gives novices and professionals the chance to dance to Latin, swing and more. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5225.
“THE COLOR OF US” 11:30 a.m. There will activities covering many different cultures to help children understand that “While we are different, we are all the same.” $5-6 admission. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
VENTURA COUNTY WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES CONNECTS 6-7:30 p.m. Network with local entrepreneurs and enjoy a business-owner panel on “The Psychology of the Solopreneur.” Spicetopia, 576 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.wevonline.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

ALLEY CATS DOO-WOP SHOW 8 p.m. The Alley Cats deliver their high-energy family-style show filled with harmonies, comedy and oldies. $44-48. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
“AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO HIKING ALONG THE VENTURA RIVER PARKWAY TRAIL” 2 p.m. Derek Poultney of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will give an illustrated talk about the Ventura River Parkway. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
“THE BRAIN: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH” SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM 8 a.m.-noon. Several experts in the field of brain research will give presentations on current and future research into the health of the human brain. CLU’s Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
“CAL LUPALOOZA” STUDENT TALENT SHOW 7-10 p.m. The second annual event will showcase the talent in CLU’s growing music production program. California Lutheran University’s Kingsmen Park, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3306.
OJAI VALLEY GREEN COALITION SALON SERIES II: “ELEMENTS” 7-9 p.m. Attendees are invited to consider the elements through spoken word, images and more. Ojai Valley Green Coalition Resource Center, 206 N. Signal St., suite S, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.org.      

~ SATURDAY ~

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JACQUI IRWIN SIDEWALK SESSIONS 9:30-11 a.m. Discuss legislation and legal issues with the Assemblywoman over coffee. Disgustingly Delicious Bakery, 252 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark. For more information and to RSVP, call 482-1904.
BIRD WATCHING AT CAMINO REAL PARK 8:30 a.m. The Ventura Audubon Society will host this bird watching activity in search of the Pacific-slope flycatcher, yellow warbler and others. Meet outside Camino Real Park, 4298 Dean Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 983-7207.
“BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART” ART EXPLORATION CLASS 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (and every Saturday through April 25). This class will help kids explore the tools that artists use to build works of art. $10 per class, $16-24 for three. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-8171.
“FINDING MR. RIGHT/MS. RIGHT” MEETUP, 3-4:30 p.m. Dr. Vondie Lozano, licensed marriage and family therapist, will present “How to Create an Online Dating Profile to Attract Mr/Ms Right!” E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/finding-mr-ms-right/events.
GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS PRESENTS “EPIPHANY” 2 p.m. The chorus will perform the 15th anniversary edition of Kenneth D. Helms’ Missa: Anno Domini 2000. $5-15. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.goldcoastchorus.org.
GREEN ALLEYS PLAN WORKSHOPS 1-4 p.m. The City of Oxnard Utilities Department is seeking community input to help develop a Green Alleys Plan to improve the city’s alleyways. El Rodeo Community Center, 451 W. Hueneme Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CityofOxnard.org.
“HUMAN TRAFFICKING: STOLEN PEOPLE, STOLEN DREAMS” COMMUNITY DISCUSSION 1-3 p.m. Panelists from several anti-human-trafficking activist groups will speak on the current situation. CLU Richter Hall, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.ciclinksincorporated.org.
MCCREA RANCH MOVIE NIGHT: BIRD OF PARADISE 7-9 p.m. This series features films that used the ranch as a backdrop. Bird of Paradise is a 1932 romantic comedy starring Joel McCrea and Dolores del Rio. $10. McCrea Ranch Visitors Center, 4500 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea.
‘OPENING DAY’ AT VENTURA YACHT CLUB 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A sailing exhibition will highlight this day of festivities celebrating the commencement of the boating season. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturayachtclub.org.
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT 4:30 p.m. Drama about a woman who has just one weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their annual bonuses so that she can keep her job, hosted by the Ojai Film Society. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
VENTURA BEGINNERS PC USERS GROUP MEETING 9:15 a.m.-noon. The workshop topic will focus on commands in the Word Ribbon and transferring pictures from the camera to the computer. Cypress Place Active Senior Living, 1220 Cypress Place, Ventura. For more information, call 648-1368. 

~ SUNDAY ~

ARETÉ VOCAL ENSEMBLE PRESENTS “AMERICA SINGS: GLORY, HALLELUJAH!” 2 p.m. The 30-member professional ensemble will perform arrangements of colonial American hymns as their final performance of the season. $15-20. CLU’s Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.aretevocalensemble.org.
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.
HORN CANYON HERB WALK 9 a.m.-noon. The group will identify and sample edible and medicinal plants in riparian and chaparral habitats. $15-20. Register at www.HerbWalks.com or call 646-6281.
JEWISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING 1:30-3:30 p.m. This general meeting will feature speaker Megan Lewis, who will look at ways genealogists can use the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum resources. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616.
MY VERY OWN ROOM/MI PROPIO CUARTITO 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 2-4 p.m.  A special birthday party sponsored by the book’s author, Amada Irma Perez, will be held. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI RAPTOR CENTER’S SPRING OPEN HOUSE Noon-4 p.m. ORC will open its doors so the community can come see the center’s trained, non-releasable “ambassador” raptors. The Ojai Raptor Center, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojairaptorcenter.org.visit www.wevonline.org.

~ MONDAY ~

ANIME FILM CLUB PRESENTS THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY 6-7:30 p.m. This Japanese adaptation of The Borrowers tells the tale of a family living in secret, building items out of trinkets. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735. 
“FROM HITLER’S TERROR TO OUR OWN BACKYARD:  TRUE STORIES OF JEWISH SURVIVORS . . . WHO SETTLED IN VENTURA” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Researcher Annette Halpem will present this talk about refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe who settled in Ventura County. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-3615.
“SLAVERY,” A TALK BY JAMES KOFI ANNAN 7 p.m. Annan, a former slave in Ghana, will discuss modern slavery and steps to end it, sponsored by the VC Sociology Club. Ventura Community College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.abolishslaverynow.org.
“VETERANS BENEFITS THAT CAN HELP AID IN THE COST OF CAREGIVING” 5:30-7 p.m. Discover the myriad benefits available to veterans. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.

~ TUESDAY ~

“SANTA CLARA RIVER: TRASH OR TREASURE” WITH NINA DANZA 7:30 p.m. Learn about a different approach to flood control in the Santa Clara river as advocated by Ms. Danza and the Sierra Club. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 377-5859.
“THE ENDANGERED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STEELHEAD IN THE VENTURA RIVER WATERSHED” 6-8:30 p.m. The entire meeting will be devoted to presentations and discussions about the endangered southern California steelhead. Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. For more information, visit www.venturawatershed.org.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. An evening of observing the stars will be held in this family-friendly environment. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.
VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB HOSTS POET SHELLEY SAVREN 7 p.m. The writers club will host the award-winning poet and also announce winners of a poetry contest. 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturacountywriters.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING CLASS 9 a.m.-noon (for seven weeks). Skills taught in this series of classes include disaster preparedness, fire extinguisher training, disaster first aid and triage, and light search, among other things. Fire Administration Office, 360 W. Second St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7717.
VENTURA COUNCIL FOR SENIORS TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT 2-4 p.m. Local transportation agencies and the public will meet to discuss transportation opportunities and challenges facing seniors. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 648-3035.

OPENING THEATER

MY LITTLE HEART, RUTHIE April 12, 7 p.m. A story rhyme with music that is being prepared for an album/picture book will be performed by Toni Jannotta and Danny Young. Whimsical illustrations by Linda Silvestri will also be featured.  

ONGOING THEATER

AS YOU LIKE IT Through April 19. Ojai Art Center Theater presents Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about the many faces of love, directed by Laurie Walters. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
BYE BYE BIRDIE Through April 26. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the classic musical comedy about a popular singer who gets mixed up in a publicity scheme when it’s discovered he’s being drafted. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.
HONKY Through April 19. Flying H Group presents this dark comedy that explores issues of race, rhetoric and . . . basketball shoes. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Through April 12. Conejo Players by special arrangement with Music Theatre International presents the hit Broadway musical from the authors of Guys and Dolls about climbing the corporate ladder. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.      

OPENING ART

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY April 10 through July 5. “We Remember: Ventura County  to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans featuring a documentary film, personal effects, memorial wall and much more. Opening reception on April 10,5:30-7:30 p.m. Other associated events include Screening of George Sandoval’s documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m. and curator’s discussions on May 6 and June 3, 11 a.m. For a list of all events, visit www.venturamuseum.org. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0323.
PORCH GALLERY April 2-26. “10,000 Days,” works by Richard Amend and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 620-7589.
STUDIO GALLERY April 4 through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Reception on Saturday, April 11, 4-7 p.m. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.    

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through April 30. “The Stories Behind the Stories: Dos Amigas Escritoras Tell Theirs,” original art, sketches and notes from local children’s book authors Amada Irma Perez and Kathleen Contreras in the Tool Room Gallery. Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tool Room Gallery, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 643 1960 or www.bellartsfactory.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 2. “Revelations,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Mariana Peirano Royuela, including 20 mostly figurative paintings in oil or acrylic. Reception on April 11, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Opening reception on April 11, 6-8 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS Through April 22. Students of the advanced photography class present “Environmental Matters,” photography that investigates the aesthetic and grotesque nature of urban/suburban trash. Reception on April 9, 6-8 p.m. Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Drive, Old Town Camarilllo, 437-2772.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 10. “Al di La: Surge of Expressions” by Valerie Freeman and Linda Taylor. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE102 Through April 12. “Ideal Woman,” a solo exhibition by Venice, California, conceptual artist Allie Pohl. Using ceramic torsos that represent the ideal “Barbie” midsection, Pohl addresses society’s obsession with commercial femininity and physical perfection. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151.
HUD GALLERY Through April 19. Spring show featuring 18 of So Cal’s most talented artists. 3-D art, portraits, abstracts, assemblage, oils, photography and more. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 2-8 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through April 10. “ShadowGraphica,” flower images by Carol Henry. Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3697.
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 Oct. 11. “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through May 1. “Here and Gone,” photography by David Baker and Richard Shirley that celebrates their friendship despite the loss of one of them. Opening reception on April 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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 May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. Free artists reception on April 18 and 19, noon-4 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, Santa Paula.
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 COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through April 7. Ventura County Arts Council and Focus on the Masters present “Expressions of Youth,” winners of the 2015 Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship. Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.
VITA ART CENTER Through April 26. “The Printed Image,” a collection of work by Peter Liashkov, including pieces from his “Homosapiens” series, which imprints fragmented narratives on human figures. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.       
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

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 Through April 30. Oxnard Union High School District Art Show featuring student work in various mediums selected by faculty from district educators. Reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. 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. Open daily, 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.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. Closed during inclement weather. 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

VENTURA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS SPRING CARNIVAL
Friday, April 3, through Sunday, April 5,
5-10 p.m., noon-10 p.m. and noon-7 p.m., respectively.

Featuring a petting zoo, an Easter egg hunt, 15 carnival rides, games of chance and traditional carnival foods. $5 parking, admission free. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
 
 
 

EASTER AT VENTURA HARBOR
Sunday, April 5, noon-3 p.m.

Meet-and-greet with the Cottontail Bunny, face painting, live jazz and more in celebration of Easter. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.
 
 
 

MCNISH GALLERY Through April 23.
“The Incredible Balancing Act” by the League of Imaginary Scientists featuring playful, interactive art and project posters by Oxnard College STEAM and art students. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM’S ART LAB 1-3 p.m. (and every Thursday through April 16). Kids and grownups will work together in the Art Lab to create a masterpiece inspired by the artwork on display, for children 5+ and their parents. $3 plus museum admission. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO MEETING 6:30 p.m. Featured speaker will be Gary Cushing, president and CEO of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.democraticclubofcamarillo.com.
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 6 p.m. A musical performance by Rex Lewis-Clack and the Rex Lewis-Clack Charitable Foundation performers will kick off a week of events, including lighting up the library in recognition of the week. John Spoor Broom Library, CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu.

~ FRIDAY ~

VENTURA MONTESSORI SCHOOL SILENT ART AUCTION 6-9 p.m. Featuring paintings, drawings and mixed-media work facilitated by local professional artist Christine Morla, created by students. The WAV Theater Gallery, 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 746-0435.     

~ SATURDAY ~

AUDUBON SOCIETY WORK DAY AT HEDRICK RANCH 8 a.m. Bring work gloves and sun protection for a work day at the ranch with opportunities for bird spotting. For more information, call 340-0478. Note: An April 18 trip to Tejon Ranch requires RSVP by April 4. For more information, call 901-2203.
“EGGSTRAVAGANZA” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Egg hunts, craft fair, food vendors, entertainment, and more at this Easter celebration hosted by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District. Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.
OXNARD EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 11 a.m.-3 p.m. An afternoon of food, music and family activities centered on the environment. Plaza Park, 500 S. B St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.empowersbc.org.
PLAN B WINE CELLARS PRESENTS “RAY JAURIQUE & THE UPTOWN BROTHERS” 3:30-6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy outdoor music with a local food truck, wine and more. Plan B Wine Cellars, 3520 Arundell Circle, #107, Ventura. For more information, visit www.planbwinecellars.com.
RANCHO SIMI RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT EASTER EVENT 9 a.m. Ages 10 and younger may participate in an egg hunt divided into groups by age. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.rsrpd.org.
“THE SEABEE ATTIC: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE USNSM COLLECTION” Noon and 1:30 p.m. Go behind the scenes of the USNSM Collection and get an extended glimpse of the archive facility. U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, 1001 Addor St., Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.usnavyseabeemuseum.org.
THE THIRD MAN 4 p.m. Noir classic starring Orson Welles, hosted by LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan, who listed it in his book Not to Be Missed: 54 Favorites from a Lifetime of Film. $10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
THE THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB MEETING 7:30-10 p.m. Denis LaPron and the Time Machine will be the entertainment at this event that features ball room, swing and other types of dance. $7. The Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
UCLA VS. BYU WOMEN’S SOCCER MATCH 1 p.m. The Eagles soccer club will host this match between two college rivals. Pleasant Valley Fields, 152 Westpark Court, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.eaglessc.com

~ SUNDAY ~

DUDLEY MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE 1-4 p.m. The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours, accompanied by period music in the parlor and on the upstairs library landing. Dudley House Historical Museum, Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. For more information, visit www.dudleyhouse.org.
FREE DAY AT GULL WINGS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children and their parents may visit the museum for free all day. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.

~ MONDAY ~

CSUCI LECTURE SERIES: “GOOD, BAD, OR OTHERWISE: RELIABLE HEALTHCARE INTERNET RESOURCES” 6-7:30 p.m. Colleen Nevins, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, discusses guidelines for determining if a health website is current and reliable. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
LEVIATHAN 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A small-town Russian business owner must do mortal battle with the mayor, who seeks to destroy him. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

BEYOND THE WORLD OF “INTERSTELLAR” 7 p.m. Exclusive bonus plus footage of Christopher Nolan, world-renowned physicist Kip Thorne and composer Hans Zimmer discussing the art, science and music behind the film Interstellar. Thousand Oaks 14, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
PIZZA NIGHT FUNDRAISER FOR THE TROOPS 5-9 p.m. Portions of purchases made with accompanying flier will go to provide overseas troops with goods and other items. Toppers Pizza Place, 2408 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.forthetroops.org.
STUDENT FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP WITH ASSEMBLYMEMBER JACQUI IRWIN 6-7 p.m. This one hour long workshop will highlight issues facing local Ventura County students with recent statistics and personal stories. CSU Channel Islands, John Spoor Broom Library, Room 2480, 1 University Dr., Camarillo. For more information, call 822-9694.
“THE STUFF OF FAMILY LIFE: GENDER, IDENTITY AND POLITICS IN HOMES” 7 p.m. Sociologist Michelle Janning, an expert on contemporary family life, will discuss the significance of objects and spaces in the home. CLU’s Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences, rooms 101-102, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3694.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD APRIL DINNER/DEMO 6-9 p.m. Encaustic media demonstration by Susan Lasch Krevitt will follow a dinner buffet. $25-30. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-5655.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

KING JOHN  7 p.m. When the rule of a hedonistic and mercurial king is questioned, rebellion, assassination and excommunication ensue in this Shakespeare classic, broadcast from the Canadian Stratford Festival. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY PRESENTS “GETTING YOUR MONEY: JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT.” 5:30-6:30 p.m. A lecture from an experienced attorney will illuminate the process for collecting from a judgment debtor. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.    

ONGOING THEATER

AS YOU LIKE IT Through April 19. Ojai Art Center Theater presents Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about the many faces of love, directed by Laurie Walters. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
BYE BYE BIRDIE Through April 26. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the classic musical comedy about a popular singer who gets mixed up in a publicity scheme when it’s discovered he’s being drafted. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 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.
HONKY Through April 19. Flying H Group presents this dark comedy that explores issues of race, rhetoric and . . . basketball shoes. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Through April 12. Conejo Players by special arrangement with Music Theatre International presents the hit Broadway musical from the authors of Guys and Dolls about climbing the corporate ladder. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
OTHER DESERT CITIES Through April 5. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the play about a wealthy family in Palm Springs with a few skeletons in the closet and a daughter planning to write a tell-all. $18-20. 120 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.     

OPENING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Friday, April 3, 6-9 p.m. First Friday celebration with open studios, and blues music by the Marsh Brothers at 8 p.m. plus “The Stories Behind the Stories: Dos Amigas Escritoras Tell Theirs,” original art, sketches and notes from local children’s book authors Amada Irma Perez and Kathleen Contreras in the Tool Room Gallery through April 30. There will be gifts for early visitors and the Blue Light Taco Truck.  Shuttle from Museum of Ventura County runs every 20 minutes. Hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tool Room Gallery, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 643 1960 or www.bellartsfactory.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY April 7 through May 2. “Revelations,” a solo exhibition of recent works by Mariana Peirano Royuela, including 20 mostly figurative paintings in oil or acrylic. Reception on April 11, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
HUD GALLERY April 3-19. Spring show featuring 18 of So Cal’s most talented artists. 3-D art, portraits, abstracts, assemblage, oils, photography and more. Reception on April 3, 6-10 p.m. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 2-8 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM April 4-30. Oxnard Union High School District Art Show featuring student work in various mediums selected by faculty from district educators. Reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS April 6-22. Students of the advanced photography class present “Environmental Matters,” photography that investigates the aesthetic and grotesque nature of urban/suburban trash. Reception on April 9, 6-8 p.m. Palm Gallery, 92 Palm Drive, Old Town Camarilllo, 437-2772.
VITA ART CENTER April 3-26. “The Printed Image,” a collection of work by Peter Liashkov, including pieces from his “Homosapiens” series, which imprints fragmented narratives on human figures. Reception on April 3, 6-9 p.m.  432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.    

ONGOING ART

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Opening reception on April 11, 6-8 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 10. “Al di La: Surge of Expressions” by Valerie Freeman and Linda Taylor. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE102 Through April 12. “Ideal Woman,” a solo exhibition by Venice, California, conceptual artist Allie Pohl. Using ceramic torsos that represent the ideal “Barbie” midsection, Pohl addresses society’s obsession with commercial femininity and physical perfection. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through April 10. “ShadowGraphica,” flower images by Carol Henry. Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3697.
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 Oct. 11. “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through May 1. “Here and Gone,” photography by David Baker and Richard Shirley that celebrates their friendship despite the loss of one of them. Opening reception on April 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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 May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. Free artists reception on April 18 and 19, noon-4 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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. 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. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, Santa Paula.
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 COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through April 7. Ventura County Arts Council and Focus on the Masters present “Expressions of Youth,” winners of the 2015 Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship. Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.
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

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. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260. Open daily, 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.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. Closed during inclement weather. 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.

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