Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

18TH ANNUAL OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 2, through Sunday, August 9.
Celebrate plays and creative collaborations featuring readings of new plays, special performances and the Ojai Playwrights Conference Youth Workshop. This year’s theme, Fault Lines, explores the tensions and pressures building within American society in race, religion, economic justice, women’s liberation and immigration, plus one-off performances. $30. For more information, location and details on the individual performances, visit www.ojaiplays.org.
 
 
 

MAME Through Aug. 9.
Ojai Art Center Theater presents the beloved musical about a nonconformist during the McCarthy era who believes in living life to its fullest and thumbs her nose at convention. (Photo by: David Baker) $20-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

“A SINGLE CREATIVE MIND: THE MUSIC OF GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN” 6-7:30 p.m. Pianist Bob Lipson and Writer/Narrator Saul H. Jacobs present the songs and Broadway and Hollywood musicals of one of the first and greatest American songwriting teams. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.SimiValleyLibrary.org.
BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3 WITH LAURIE GIBSON 6:30 p.m. Gibson will offer a quick peek at the book business followed by ideas for connecting with literary agents. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639.
PACIFIC SOUND CHORUS BARBERSHOP HARMONY PERFORMANCE 2:30 p.m. The Annual Ventura Show featuring the Pacific Sound Chorus and several top, local barbershop quartets. $20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 1-800-353-1632.

~ FRIDAY ~

MOVIES IN THE PARK: UP 8 p.m. An elderly widower takes on a young protégé as he is sucked into the air by a house attached to balloons. Port Hueneme Community Center, 550 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-6542.
“THIRTEEN VENTURA GHOSTS YOU CAN MEET!” TOUR AND TALK BY RICHARD SENATE 7-9 p.m. Historian, author and ghost expert, Richard Senate will bring to life 13 of the most well-known specters that are rumored to haunt the city. $5. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 200-8658. 

~ SATURDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH SINGER/SONGWRITER WENDY SOBEL 8 p.m. Sobel will perform as part of the revived Santa Paula Concert Series. $15. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-4647.
CONCERTS BY THE SEA FEATURING LEIGH VANCE AND FRIENDS 4-6 p.m. Jazz, blues and pop artist Leigh Vance and Friends will perform as part of this summer concert series. Channel Islands Harbor Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
DIOR AND I 4:30 p.m. A film offering a view inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
HOW TO START AN INVESTMENT CLUB 3 p.m. The National Association of Investors Corporation Better Investing team will give an illustrated presentation on how to start and run a successful investment club. Oxnard Public Main Library, meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.
KIDS FISHING FRENZY 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hundreds of magnetic fish will be released into Conejo Creek for children to try to catch with a magnetic pole.  Fill up your pail with fish and turn them in for a prize, plus other activities. Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2793.

~ SUNDAY ~

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “GENEALOGY IN THE ROUND” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall or genealogical artifact in this open meeting. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.JGSCV.org.
GARDENS OF THE WORLD FREE CONCERT SERIES: THE MILLS BROTHERS 5-6:30 p.m. The Mills Brothers will perform distinctive sounds of the original group such as “Tiger Rag,” “Cab Driver,” “Glow Worm,” “Up the Lazy River” and more. Gardens of the World, 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.gardensoftheworld.info.
OPEN HOUSE AT THE DUDLEY HISTORIC MUSEUM 1-4 p.m. The open house will feature docent-led tours accompanied by period music as well as tours led by ghost hunter and local historian Richard Senate. Dudley House, corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets, Ventura. For more information, visit www.dudleyhouse.org.
ROCK THE COLLECTION SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE LONG RUN – EXPERIENCE THE EAGLES 2-4 p.m. The second in this free concert series will feature this Eagles tribute band. Collection Park, The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com.
VETS TALK AND NEVER FORGOTTEN 4 p.m. This special screening will coincide with the closing ceremonies for the Museum’s Vietnam exhibit. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ MONDAY ~

GUEROS 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). Three kids go on a hunt to find their childhood idol, Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz, who has been hospitalized in this film from Mexico. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
“WINE, PAJAMAS AND PLAY THINGS” LADIES PARTY 5:30-8 p.m. Grapes and Hops and Trystology team up and offer food, drinks and loungewear for women to peruse at this monthly event. Grapes and Hops, 454 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.trystology.net.

~ TUESDAY ~

COMMUNITY HEALING EVENING 7-8:30 p.m. Healing in America presents a guided meditation and healing circle followed by a one-to-one energy healing session. $20. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-0211.
DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ 7 p.m. The second feature supervised by the series creator Akira Toriyama showcases the return of Frieza, one of the long-running show’s most iconic villains. $10.50-12.50. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura and Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT July 31, 7 p.m. Oceanview Pavilion’s Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach in collaboration with the Victory Outreach Church, Oxnard will present this biographical drama about a boy growing up in violent surroundings and how he went from death row to full acquittal, ultimately sharing his faith with thousands of inmates. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4817 or www.oceanviewinfo.com.
LEGALLY BLONDE July 31 through Aug. 9. Young Artists Ensemble presents its production of the hilarious musical based on the film that starred Reese Witherspoon about a ditzy blonde who goes to law school. $17-$21. Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 Moorpark Road, 381-1246.
STAND-UP AT THE IMPROV Friday, July 31. Ventura Improv Company will debut its “Last Fridays” stand-up comedy show hosted and produced by David Sharp.Performers will include Chris Cope, Paige Weldon, Jessica Singer, Frank Cronin and Shana Brenion. $10. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701 or www.venturaimprov.com.  

ONGOING THEATER

BREACH Through Aug. 2. Elite Theater presents the world premiere of this mystery by Tom Baum that explores issues of patient confidentiality as it relates to criminal investigation. $15. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON Through Aug. 23. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the poignant award-winning drama about a man and his pet mouse that explores themes of mental disability and love. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org
GODSPELL Through Aug. 2. Conejo Players presents the popular musical based on the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament, presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Rated PG. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Through Aug. 30. Actors Repertory Theater of Simi presents the fun musical about a meek floral assistant who stumbles upon a new breed of plant. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
PROMISES, PROMISES Through Aug. 9. Moorpark College Theatre Arts presents the Neil Simon musical based on the midcentury film The Apartment. $10-$15. 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 378-1485.
RICHARD III Through Aug. 2. Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival concludes with one of the Bard’s earliest plays, a tragedy about the final chapter in the Wars of the Roses. $20 for adults, free to anyone younger than 18. Cal Lutheran University’s Kingsmen Park. For map and additional information, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Through Aug. 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the Ventura County premiere of the Tony-winning comedy about a self-absorbed movie star who returns to her rural hometown with a 20-something boy toy in tow. $18-20. 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. For more, 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com
WOMEN BEHIND BARS Through July 30.  Before there was Orange is the New Black, there was Women Behind Bars, a big broad satire on the B-movies of the 1950s written by Annie Baker and directed by Taylor Kasch. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.                     

OPENING ART

GALLERY 525 Aug. 1-26. “Ojai Assemblage” a group show featuring assemblage works by Ojai artists such as Carmen Abelleira, Matt Furmanski, Sylvia Raz and others. Reception on Saturday, Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m. 525 W. El Roblar Dr., Ojai. 701-1156 or www.gallery525.com.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through Sept. 7. 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.
THE BRAYER Ongoing. “Prelude,” a variety of works by many celebrated artists. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Aug. 22. Kathleen Gemberling Adkison retrospective features 15 selected paintings from her 60-year career. Reception on Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. Ongoing. The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regionalist artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 23. “Subtraction=Abstraction: The Paintings of William Wray 2006-2015.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more, 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Aug. 30. A So Cal Summer. 147 N. Brent St., first floor. See www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Sept. 13. “Discovering Nature’s Gems” works by the plein air group PAAINT.560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
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 Sept. 13: Cubanos: Island Portraits,” photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano. A closing ceremony for the Vietnam war exhibit “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back” will be held on Sunday, Aug 2, from 4-7 p.m., the exhibit will run through Aug 9.
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. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Aug. 5. The Artists Guild of Fillmore presents its 2015 group exhibition featuring works by Judy Dressler, Doris Nichols, Paul Benavidez and others. With 75 years in operation, the Guild is the longest continuously operating multidisciplinary center serving the arts in California. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more, 646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3. Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood, beginning this weekend. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. Opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m., with Aragones in attendance. 130 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 Aug. 2. “Balance,” a solo exhibition by renowned calligrapher/Kanji artist Souun Takeda. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM  Through Oct. 11. “The Art of George Lockwood,” an exhibition of original paintings by the award-winning Santa Paula native. Through Nov. 8. “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries,” featuring works never before seen in Ventura County by the famed artist and a 16-foot-high tapestry he designed as a test for his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels works. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. “Machine Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling.” Also “The Dirt on Tractors,” a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones of the development of the modern tractor. 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. For more, 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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Sept. 30. “25 Beach Collections” explores what local beachcombers have found and treasured. 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 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 Aug. 2. Open house featuring docent-led tours from 1-4 p.m. plus period music and guided tours by ghost hunter Richard Senate. 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. For more, 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. For more, 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. For more, 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more, 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments 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. For more, 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31. “Football! The Exhibition.” Featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. For more, 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. 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

22ND ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26.

The annual festival is a celebration of everything salsa —  the music, the food and the dance. This award-winning, family-friendly festival features many of Southern California’s top salsa and Latin bands, nonstop salsa dancing, marketplace shopping, a salsa tasting tent and more. Admission is free. On Friday, July 24, Oscar Hernandez and Alma Libre will perform to kick off the festival at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Friday night concert seating are $10-20 per person. Downtown Oxnard Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.
 
 
 

MEADOWLARK SERVICE LEAGUE’S
“A TASTE OF CAMARILLO AND WINE AUCTION GALA”
Saturday, July 25, 5-9 p.m. and Sunday, July 26, 1-4 p.m.

The weekend will include the popular Wine and Food Festival and a Wine Auction Gala, held on the grounds of the historic Adolfo Camarillo Ranch, will feature a wine dinner on Saturday night and the food festival featuring the food of local restaurants, wineries and breweries on Sunday, with proceeds donated to local charities and scholarships. Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.tasteofcamarillo.com.
 
 
 

AN EVENING WITH LADDIE JOHN DILL
Friday, July 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

Focus on the Masters presents this special discussion as part of its Artist Spotlight Series. During his matriculation into the art world, the celebrated Southern California artist worked closely with Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. He is known for his use of unusual materials such as neon for his sculptural works, one of which can be seen at the Conrad Hilton Foundation headquarters in Agoura Hills. $5-10. Brooks Institute Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information visit www.focusonthemasters.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

MEET WATERCOLOR ARTIST BOBBI YABLOW 6-9 p.m. Yablow will display her art and discuss her inspiration taken from nature for use in her watercolors. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
“WE ARE FAMILY” MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 6:30-7:30 p.m. Family members will join each other to sing and play musical instruments. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

BIG HERO 6 8 p.m. This 3-D animated superhero film follows a young robotics prodigy as he builds a team of heroes to combat a masked villain. Bolker Park, Bolker Park Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-6542.
SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS: THE BIG LEBOWSKI 9 p.m. (doors 8 p.m.). This cult film follows the mundane life of a lovable slacker in over his head after an incident with his beloved rug. $5-7. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND REFORMS FORUM 5:30 p.m. The Education Director of Clean Technology Council will review how businesses and residents are responding to strict climate change legislation. $15. Total Wine & More, 394 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.cleantechnologycouncil.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

2015 FASHION AND FINANCE EVENT 8:30-10:30 a.m. A breakfast and presentation will be held on building a powerful presence as a woman through fashion and finances. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. For more information, call 388-4776.
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PRESENTS CONCERTS BY THE SEA 4-6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this performance by the alternative country band The Matters. Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
FREE FAMILY DAY AT THE MUSEUM Noon-4 p.m. Families can participate in fun art activities at the new InterACTION stations and explore the museum. Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-5554.
“MOTION BY THE OCEAN” WALK/RUN 6:30 a.m. More than 500 walkers and runners will participate in this event to raise proceeds for the new Community Memorial Hospital. Promenade Park, Ventura. For more information, visit www.motionbytheocean.org.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS PRESENTS THE KINGS OF 88 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Kings of 88, a piano rock tribute to Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis, will perform as part of this series. $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.
SELMA 4:30 p.m. This film portrays a single, momentous chapter in the long ongoing struggle for civil rights in America. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
SUMMER HOLISTIC WELLNESS HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A healing empowerment marketplace, “evolutionary” workshops and live music will be presented with alternative healing methods on display. Plaza Park, Chestnut and Santa Clara streets, Ventura. For more information, email Support@HolisticWellnessCommunityCenter.org.
VENTURA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SUMMER BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All genres of books will be on sale to support the Friends of the Library. Dudley House, Loma Vista and Ashwood, Ventura. For more information, call 223-1187.

~ SUNDAY ~

YEAH MAN WEST COLLEGIATE SHAG LESSONS 6:30 p.m. This three-week class will cover the basic steps of collegiate shag and move on to more advanced routines. $15-30. House of Magic, 2421 Portola Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.YeahManWest.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

PARENTS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY MEETING 7 p.m. PFLAG will meet to discuss issues and concerns of the LGBT community. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 650-3327.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“OUR INNATE COGNITIVE BIASES: HOW EMOTION AND TRIBALISM DIVIDE US AND HOW TO AVOID PREJUDICE AND HYPE.” Noon. Guest speaker Tom Krause, who holds a doctorate in psychology, will host this discussion as part of the “Undiscussable” topics series of legal seminars. Ventura County Bar Association, 4475 Market St., Ventura. For more information, call 648-5111, ext. 319.

OPENING THEATER

FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON July 24 through Aug. 23. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the poignant award-winning drama about a man and his pet mouse that explores themes of mental disability and love. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS July 25 through Aug. 30. Actors Repertory Theater of Simi presents the fun musical about a meek floral assistant who stumbles upon a new breed of plant. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.  

ONGOING THEATER

BREACH Through Aug. 2. Elite Theater presents the world premiere of this mystery by Tom Baum that explores issues of patient confidentiality as it relates to criminal investigation. $15. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or  www.conejoplayers.org.
GODSPELL Through Aug. 2. Conejo Players presents the popular musical based on the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament, presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Rated PG. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
MAME Through Aug. 9. Ojai Art Center Theater presents the beloved musical about a nonconformist during the McCarthy era who believes in living life to its fullest and thumbs her nose at convention. $20-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
OKLAHOMA! Through July 26. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the enduring classic and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration featuring some of theater’s best-loved songs. $34-74. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 449-2700 or www.cabrillomusictheatre.com/.
RICHARD III Through Aug. 2. Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival concludes with one of the Bard’s earliest plays, a tragedy about the final chapter in the Wars of the Roses. $20 for adults, free to anyone younger than 18. Cal Lutheran University’s Kingsmen Park. For map and additional information, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Through Aug. 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the Ventura County premiere of the Tony-winning comedy about a self-absorbed movie star who returns to her rural hometown with a 20-something boy toy in tow. $18-20. 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. For more, 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
WOMEN BEHIND BARS Through July 30.  Before there was Orange is the New Black, there was Women Behind Bars, a big broad satire on the B-movies of the 1950s written by Annie Baker and directed by Taylor Kasch. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.                     

OPENING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY July 28 through Aug. 22. Kathleen Gemberling Adkison retrospective. This estate collection will include 15 selected paintings from her 60-year career. Reception on Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St. For more, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM July 25 through Jan. 3. Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood, beginning this weekend. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. Opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m., with Aragones in attendance. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through Sept. 7. 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.
THE BRAYER Ongoing. “Prelude,” a variety of works by many celebrated artists. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Ongoing. The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regionalist artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 23. “Subtraction=Abstraction: The Paintings of William Wray 2006-2015.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more, 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Aug. 30. A So Cal Summer. 147 N. Brent St., first floor. See www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FARMER AND THE COOK Through July 26. “Let It Go Lapis,” a solo exhibition by Celeste M. Evans featuring paintings, mixed media and photography. Celeste M. Evans graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 with a BFA in art. 339 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 640-9608 or www.celesteevans.com.
GALERIE 102 Through July 26. “Constant Change,” photography by Aaron Farley. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more, 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
GALLERY 525 Through July 25. “Glimpse: Summer Small Works Exhibition,” featuring works no larger than 10 inches in all mediums. 525 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 701-1156 or www.gallery525.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through July 30. “Yosemite to the Central Coast,” a collection of about 25 plein-air watercolors by Lorna Amundson. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more, 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Sept. 13: Cubanos: Island Portraits,” photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano. Through Aug. 9: “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. 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. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Aug. 5. The Artists Guild of Fillmore presents its 2015 group exhibition featuring works by Judy Dressler, Doris Nichols, Paul Benavidez and others. With 75 years in operation, the Guild is the longest continuously operating multidisciplinary center serving the arts in California. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more, 646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
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 Aug. 2. “Balance,” a solo exhibition by renowned calligrapher/Kanji artist Souun Takeda. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers, how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Oct. 11. “The Art of George Lockwood,” an exhibition of original paintings by the award-winning Santa Paula native. Through Nov. 8. “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries,” featuring works never before seen in Ventura County by the famed artist and a 16-foot-high tapestry he designed as a test for his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels works. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SCIART Through July 24. “Americana” photo exhibit and juried art show featuring the photographs of internationally recognized photo-historian Joseph Sohm, who will jury the accompanying art show. Works will express each artist’s personal relationship with America. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through July 31. “Art of the Masters,” Ventura College Art Collection featuring works by Goya, Dali, Chagall and others. Artwork will be for sale, and selected pieces will be auctioned throughout July. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. See www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through July 30. “A Walk Through Time: American Made Manifest” explores the evolution of a modern American identity, curated by students of a college course called Arts Management and Museology. William Rolland Stadium at Cal Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court. For more, 493-3697 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM  “Machine Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling.” Through January. “The Dirt on Tractors,” a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones of the development of the modern tractor. 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. For more, 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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Sept. 30. “25 Beach Collections” explores what local beachcombers have found and treasured. Opening reception on Thursday, July 23, 4-6 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 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. For more, 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. For more, 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. For more, 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more, 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments 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. For more, 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31. “Football! The Exhibition.” Featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. For more, 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. 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

C.A.R.L., POOCH PARADE DOG WALK AND PET EXPO
Sunday, July 19. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Seniors Need Second Chances Too” to raise awareness for all of the senior dogs that end up abandoned and overlooked in the shelter system. Vendors and activities will be held in support of the Canine Adoption and Rescue League. San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura. For more information, visit www.poochparade.org.
 
 
 

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.

The family-friendly outdoor music event features Porterhouse Bob and Down to the Bone performing their brand of New Orleans funk and Cajun music. Presented by the city of Ventura.  Put your dancing shoes on! $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, www.cityofventura.net/mus.
 
 
 

10TH ANNUAL PIRATE DAYS AT THE VENTURA HARBOR
Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, 1-4 p.m.

Free family entertainment featuring famous pirates Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook and their crews of scallywags, plus a pirate market, many activities and an opportunity to see the tall ship schooner Bill of Rights.
Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com/pirate-days.htm.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM PRESENTS TOM PETERSEN 6:30 p.m. Petersen, an experienced yachtsman, will speak on his many years cruising the ports and lagoons between Channel Islands Harbor and Baja Mexico. $5. Maritime Museum at Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CIMMVC.org.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday), ballroom, line dancing, Latin, swing and mixers will be hosted with light refreshments included. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 407-1709.
SOLARIZE OJAI VALLEY PROGRAM WORKSHOP 6-7:30 p.m. This workshop will discuss a Solar group-purchasing program available to Ojai Valley homeowners to add solar electricity to their homes. Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. For more information, call www.SolarizeOjai.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The council will discuss topics that include invasive algae research, the Refugio oil spill, shark-tagging research and more. Channel Islands Boating Center, 3880 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, call 893-6433.
FROZEN 8 p.m. The Disney animated film about a snow queen and her sister will be shown. Moranda Park, 200 Moranda Parkway, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-6542.
THE LEGO MOVIE 2 p.m. The film features pop-culture icons as Lego figures saving the world. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY — PUBLIC SPEAKER MEETING 7:15 p.m. Dr. Marc Rayman of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will give an update on the Dawn Mission, the only spacecraft using futuristic ion-powered engines. $2 suggested donation. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

“A WALK ON WATER” SURF THERAPY 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Professional and amateur surfers alike will give lessons to families of children with special needs. C Street, The Cove, Ventura. For more information, visit www.awalkonwater.org.
ALOFT DANCETHEATRE CHOREOGRAPHIC SHOWCASE 8 p.m. The semi-professional modern dance company will be performing introspective and entertaining artwork to coincide with the weekend’s Art Walk festivities. $15. 47 S. Oak Street, Ventura. For more information, call 628-9250.
ASSEMBLYWOMAN JACQUI IRWIN SIDEWALK SESSION 9:30-11 a.m. Join California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin for coffee and an opportunity to discuss legislation and local issues. Anacappucino, 289 E. Port Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.asmdc.org/Irwin.
COPPERS & CHOPPERS 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputies and see the choppers, vehicles and K-9 units up close. Lunch will be provided as well as activities for the kids. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit, 375 Durley Ave., suite A, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.VCSheriffsFoundation.org.
DAY OF AUTHORS 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Authors Lu Hintz, Gwen Alferes, Dr. George Ayoub and Mark Fargo will discuss and sign copies of their novels. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. (by appointment). Free disposal of used or contaminated motor oil and gasoline, used oil filters, pesticides and fertilizers, paints, thinners and lacquer, pool supplies, batteries (automotive and household) and more for Ventura residents by appointment. For more information and location, call 652-4525.
“LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES” DEVOTIONAL RETREAT 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The morning will be an opportunity “to journey into the sanctuary of our own soul” led by the Rev. Karen S. Wylie. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
MARINERS SWAP MEET 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sail and power boat equipment, electronics, fishing, scuba gear and surfing gear will be some of what you can find at this swap meet. Channel Islands Landing, 3821 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 985-6269.
PIEDRA BLANCA NATURE HIKE 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Hike the superscenic Piedra Blanca Trail; head north out of the Sespe riverbed through a remarkable Ojai landmark, the “white rocks” formation. $20-25. For more information and directions, visit www.HerbWalks.com.
THIRD ANNUAL TEQUILA AND TACO MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Craft tequila tasting booths; draft beer and margaritas will be served alongside gourmet taco and food vendors. $10-60. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.tequilaandtacomusifestival.com.
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION 4:30 p.m. This documentary is a warm and lucid portrait of Seymour Bernstein and his life as a pianist. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB DANCES FEATURING THE STARLIGHTERS 6:30-10 p.m. Come dance in a variety of styles to the tune of the Starlighters. $7. Goebel Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 523-1746.
VENTURA COLLEGE AND VENTURA CITY ART WALK CLASSES AND DEMONSTRATIONS Noon-7 p.m. A free short film festival contest, guitar class, street dance class, arts demonstrations, performances, and gallery showing will all be hosted as part of the Art Walk, free of charge. Mission Park, Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.artwalkventura.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

AFRICAN DANCE WITH TERESA SMITH 2 p.m. An easy-to-follow dance lesson with Teresa Smith; beginners are welcome. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
CONEJO VALLEY “BARBERSHOP” HARMONY OAKS CHORUS 2 p.m. Be delighted by the majesty of barbershop tunes as performed by the chorus. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
OJAI POTTERY AND CLAY SCHOOL DEMO WORKSHOP 9 a.m.-noon. Teacher Debra Rose will show how to use stamps, slip, sprig molds, carving and graffito at this workshop. $45. Ojai Pottery and Clay School, 212 Fox St., Ojai. For more information, call 798-3990.
SINGER/SONGWRITER JUSTIN YOUNG 5 p.m. Hawaiian pop and soul singer Justin Young will perform as part of the 2015 Summer Concerts in the Park program. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-1247.
UNFINISHED SPACES 6 p.m. This film follows three young architects, a Cuban and two Italians, who were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools. $5-10. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.org.
THE WESTLAKE VILLAGE MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS “SHORT AND SUITE” CONCERT 4 p.m. The program includes Corelli’s Dance Suite, cello pieces by Rachmaninoff, Schumann and more. $5-10. United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. For more information, call 497-7884.

~ MONDAY ~

1001 GRAMS 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

ALL WORK ALL PLAY: THE PURSUIT OF eSPORTS GLORY LIVE 5:30 p.m. This documentary takes viewers on a global journey following season 9 of the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), a global pro gaming tour. $13-15. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

OKLAHOMA! July 17-26. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the enduring classic and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration featuring some of theater’s best-loved songs. $34-74. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 449-2700 or www.tooaks.org.
RICHARD III July 17 through Aug. 2. Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival concludes with one of the Bard’s earliest plays, a tragedy about the final chapter in the Wars of the Roses. $20 for adults, free to anyone younger than 18. Cal Lutheran University’s Kingsmen Park. For map and additional information, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.  

ONGOING THEATER

GODSPELL Through Aug. 2. Conejo Players presents the popular musical based on the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament, presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Rated PG. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
MAME Through Aug. 9. Ojai Art Center Theater presents the beloved musical about a nonconformist during the McCarthy era who believes in living life to its fullest and thumbs her nose at convention. $20-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Through Aug. 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the Ventura County premiere of the Tony-winning comedy about a self-absorbed movie star who returns to her rural hometown with a 20-something boy toy in tow. $18-20. 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. For more, 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
WOMEN BEHIND BARS Through July 30.  Before there was Orange is the New Black, there was Women Behind Bars, a big broad satire on the B-movies of the 1950s written by Annie Baker and directed by Taylor Kasch. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.                     

OPENING ART

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM July 17, 5-7 p.m. “Machine Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling.” The opening reception for Santa Paula artist Dowling’s solo exhibition of drawings and paintings representing more than 30 years of his work depicting the lifestyle and history of Santa Paula. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, www.venturamuseum.org.
ARTWALK VENTURA Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19. The annual flagship art event features art, craft and performance by Downtown and Westside Ventura’s best and brightest creative people and spaces. See highlights below. For details and a full schedule, visit www.artwalkventura.org.
GREEN ART PEOPLE Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19. T. Christian Gapen, longtime photojournalist presents his Ventura Avenue multimedia project one year in the making featuring footage and still photography of the city’s oldest neighborhood. 140 N. Ventura Avenue. To view slideshows, time-lapse movies and video clips of A Year in the Life of Ventura Avenue go to vcreporter.com/venturaAvenue.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Cubanos: Island Portraits,” photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano. Photos by the Ventura Film Society founder from his travels to Cuba between 1993 and 1998. Through Sept. 13, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Cuban breakfast lecture featuring Cuban artists Bill Hendricks and DeStefano, 10 a.m. to noon. Exhibit reception 12:30-5 p.m. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
SPRING HOLLOW ART GALLERY AND STUDIO Saturday, only. Bead circles, jewelry making, pottery throwing, watercolor painting and a collaborative collage will be offered for ArtWalk attendees with opportunities to sign up for the gallery’s many classes.1224 E. Main St., Ventura, 628-3648.
THE WAV Saturday July 18 and 19. Art that explores all sorts of drought will be featured as well as multiple events at Saint Pierre’s studio 218; live performance, dance and illustration on Saturday at 8:45 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. “Cocktail Party of the Damned,”  an excerpt from the play “Drought: What Are You Thirsty For” will be performed.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through Sept. 7. 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.
THE BRAYER Ongoing. “Prelude,” a variety of works by many celebrated artists. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Ongoing. The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regionalist artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 23. “Subtraction=Abstraction: The Paintings of William Wray 2006-2015.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more, 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Aug. 30. A So Cal Summer. 147 N. Brent St., first floor. See www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FARMER AND THE COOK Through July 26. “Let It Go Lapis,” a solo exhibition by Celeste M. Evans featuring paintings, mixed media and photography. Celeste M. Evans graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 with a BFA in art. 339 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 640-9608 or www.celesteevans.com.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 19. Longtime Ventura artist Susan Cook and SCIART Executive Director Karen Geiger explore flowers in the two-woman show “Pods.” 560 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through July 26. “Constant Change,” photography by Aaron Farley. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more, 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
GALLERY 525 Through July 25. “Glimpse: Summer Small Works Exhibition,” featuring works no larger than 10 inches in all mediums. 525 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 701-1156 or www.gallery525.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through July 30. “Yosemite to the Central Coast,” a collection of about 25 plein-air watercolors by Lorna Amundson. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more, 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 9 “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. 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. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Aug. 5. The Artists Guild of Fillmore presents its 2015 group exhibition featuring works by Judy Dressler, Doris Nichols, Paul Benavidez and others. With 75 years in operation, the Guild is the longest continuously operating multidisciplinary center serving the arts in California. Artists reception on Saturday, July 18, 1-3 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more, 646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
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 Aug. 2. “Balance,” a solo exhibition by renowned calligrapher/Kanji artist Souun Takeda. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers, how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. Artist reception on July 17 and 18 for Art Walk. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Oct. 11. “The Art of George Lockwood,” an exhibition of original paintings by the award-winning Santa Paula native. Through Nov. 8. “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries” featuring works never before seen in Ventura County by the famed artist and a 16-foot-high tapestry he designed as a test for his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels works. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SCIART Through July 24. “Americana” photo exhibit and juried art show featuring the photographs of internationally recognized photo-historian Joseph Sohm, who will jury the accompanying art show. Works will express each artist’s personal relationship with America. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through July 31. “Art of the Masters,” Ventura College Art Collection featuring works by Goya, Dali, Chagall and others. Artwork will be for sale, and selected pieces will be auctioned throughout July. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. See www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through July 30. “A Walk Through Time: American Made Manifest” explores the evolution of a modern American identity, curated by students of a college course called Arts Management and Museology. William Rolland Stadium at Cal Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court. For more, 493-3697 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. “The Dirt on Tractors,” a display of rare and still operational machines that exemplify the milestones of the development of the modern tractor. 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. For more, 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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Sept. 30. “25 Beach Collections” explores what local beachcombers have found and treasured. Opening reception on Thursday, July 23, 4-6 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 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. For more, 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. For more, 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. For more, 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more, 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments 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. For more, 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31. “Football! The Exhibition.” Featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. For more, 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. 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

EIGHTH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY WINE TRAIL CELEBRATION
Thursday, July 9, 5:30 p.m.

Boutique wines, cuisine and live music by the Blue Latitude Band will be presented in celebration of Ventura’s winemakers. $40-60. Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.venturacountywinetrail.com.
 
 
 

SURF RODEO
Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12.

Celebrating all things surf, the eighth annual Surf Rodeo will feature competitions, rodeo games and a full-on music festival as well as a kids corral and an outdoor street fair for all ages. The two-day event will feature over a dozen bands, surfers demonstrating their moves and more. $20-30. Pierpont Beach at Seaward Avenue, Ventura. For more information, visit www.surfrodeo.org.
 
 
 

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR ARTS FESTIVAL
July 11-12

The 14th annual arts festival will feature accomplished artists presenting their original work in all mediums of fine art. All artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Presented by West Coast Artists, the show will feature internationally renowned artist Donjo, whose sculptures depict marine life and the true essence of the sea. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free. Harbor Landing, 2800 Harbor Blvd. For more information,
call 818-813-4478 or visit http://channelislandsharbor.org/thingstodo/events/.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND 30TH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 7 p.m. Listen to the band perform a wide variety of musical favorites featuring a different conductor each week. Community Center Park, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocommunityband.com.
EIGHTH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY WINE TRAIL CELEBRATION 5:30 p.m. Boutique wines, cuisine and live music by the Blue Latitude Band will be presented in celebration of Ventura’s winemakers. $40-60. Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.venturacountywinetrail.com.
NIGHT OF 1,000 GUITARS 6:30-7:30 p.m. It’s A New Day band and guitarists, made up of local talent, will perform. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org.
RIFFTRAX LIVE: SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE 8 p.m. Join the crew of the original Mystery Science Theater 3,000 as they narrate this beloved cult film. $10.50-12.50. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARKS: THE LEGO MOVIE 8 p.m. This animated film features a cast of Lego pieces voiced by Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and more. Bubbling Springs Park, Port Hueneme Community Center, 550 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-6542.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUTHOR STUART TOWER READS FROM “BRANKO” 1 p.m. Tower will read from his novel about Branko Horvitch, who showed unyielding determination in the face of nearly overwhelming challenges. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.
CONCERTS BY THE SEA PRESENTS NATALIE GELMAN 4-6 p.m. Channel Islands Harbor kicks off its summer concert series with a performance by this contemporary rock musician. Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
DE TEMPS ANTAN AT DANCING OAK RANCH 5 p.m. Three bands headlined by the Quebec folk band De Temps Antan will perform. $20. Dancing Oak Ranch, 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
FAIRY TALES SUMMER THEATRE PRESENTS “CINDERELLA” 4 p.m. Bring a picnic, blankets and low lawn chairs for a family-friendly performance of “Cinderella.” Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM 4:30 p.m. A courtroom drama about an Israeli woman seeking a divorce in a country with strict rabbinic marriage laws. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS PRESENTS BRITAIN’S FINEST Saturday, July 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Several party bands, a big dance floor, BYO dining and gourmet food and coffee trucks will happen over the summer, starting with Britain’s Finest, a Beatles tribute band, performing at the first event in the series. $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 658-4726.
THE POPE’S ENCYCLICAL ON CLIMATE CHANGE – A ONE-HOUR DISCUSSION 11 a.m.
A discussion of the pope’s call to action on climate change will be held, along with the reading of passages. North Oxnard United Methodist Church, 1801 North Joliet Place, Oxnard. For more information, contact ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org.
SUMMER MOVIE SERIES AT THE MCCREA RANCH: WICHITA 8:30-10:30 p.m. A 1955 western drama starring Joel McCrea, filmed at the McCrea Ranch. $10. McCrea Ranch Visitors Center, 4500 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea.
VCAS FAMILY-FRIENDLY STAR PARTY 8:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a slide show of the stars and planets followed by viewing these objects through telescopes. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.
USE YOUR POWER TO AFFECT CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Seminar topics will range from available energy and water efficiency upgrade financial tools, to our homes as an ecosystem, hosted by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. $25-35. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com.
VENTURA BEGINNERS PERSONAL COMPUTER USERS GROUP 11 a.m. The workshop topic will focus on Word ribbon commands. Cypress Place Independent Senior Living building, 1220 Cypress Place, Ventura. For more information, call 648-1368.
WALK LIKE MADD FUNDRAISER 7 a.m. Victims and survivors of drunk driving and supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers will line up for this noncompetitive 5K run/walk to remember lost loved ones. Pleasant Valley Fields, Village at the Park, 152 Westpark Court, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.walklikemadd.org/ventura.

~ SUNDAY ~

COLD SPRING CREEK HERB WALK 9 a.m.-noon. Join Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer to explore the lush riparian environment of Cold Spring Creek. $15-20. Register at www.herbwalks.com for more information and location.
HOT SUMMER JAZZ AND ART 6:30-10 p.m. Listen to local jazz with local food and a craft fair at this summer event. Downtown Santa Paula.
SIMI STRING COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA 3:30 p.m. The group will play a variety of instruments and songs from classical to patriotic. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735..

~ WEDNESDAY ~

THE VENTURA COUNCIL FOR SENIORS MEETING 9:30-11 a.m. This public forum to discuss issues and develop recommendations for City Council consideration meets on third Wednesdays. This month’s topic is the VCS Education Forum. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, contact geriactiveventura@gmail.com.
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION 6-7 p.m. This informational session will help determine your readiness for WEV’s Self-Employment Training (SET) course beginning in September. RSVP for location. For more information, visit www.wevonline.org/orientations

OPENING THEATER

MAME July 10 through Aug. 9. Ojai Art Center Theater presents the beloved musical about a nonconformist during the McCarthy era who believes in living life to its fullest and thumbs her nose at convention. $20-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE July 10 through Aug. 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the Ventura County premiere of the Tony-winning comedy about a self-absorbed movie star who returns to her rural hometown with a 20-something boy toy in tow. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
WOMEN BEHIND BARS July 10-30. Before there was Orange is the New Black, there was Women Behind Bars, a big broad satire on the B-movies of the 1950s written by Annie Baker and directed by Taylor Kasch. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. www.flyinghgroup.com

ONGOING THEATER

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Through July 12. Elite Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical comedy about an eclectic group of tweeners (played by adults) who vie for the spelling championship title of a lifetime. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
GODSPELL Through Aug. 2. Conejo Players presents the popular musical based on the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament, presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Rated PG. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
INTO THE WOODS Through July 12. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Stephen Sondheim musical fairy tale. ASL-interpreted performance on Friday, July 10, 8 p.m. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more, 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.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. For more, 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.                     

OPENING ART

OJAI ART CENTER July 11 through Aug. 5. The Artists Guild of Fillmore presents its 2015 group exhibition featuring works by Judy Dressler, Doris Nichols, Paul Benavidez and others. With 75 years in operation, the Guild is the longest continuously operating multidisciplinary center serving the arts in California. Artists reception on Saturday, July 18, 1-3 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more, 646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM July 11 through Oct. 11.  “The Art of George Lockwood,” an exhibition of original paintings by the award-winning Santa Paula native. Reception on Saturday, July 11, 4-6 p.m. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through Sept. 7. 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.
THE BRAYER Ongoing. “Prelude,” a variety of works by many celebrated artists. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through July 11: Member Show. Ongoing. The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regionalist artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 23. “Subtraction=Abstraction: The Paintings of William Wray 2006-2015.” 424 S. C Street, Oxnard. For more, 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Aug. 30. A So Cal Summer. 147 N. Brent St., first floor. See www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FARMER AND THE COOK Through July 26. “Let It Go Lapis,” a solo exhibition by Celeste M. Evans featuring paintings, mixed media and photography. Celeste M. Evans graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 with a BFA in art. 339 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 640-9608 or www.celesteevans.com.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 19. Longtime Ventura artist Susan Cook and SCIART Executive Director Karen Geiger explore flowers in the two-woman show “Pods.” 560 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through July 26. “Constant Change,” photography by Aaron Farley. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more, 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
GALLERY 525 Through July 25. “Glimpse: Summer Small Works Exhibition,” featuring works no larger than 10 inches in all mediums. 525 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 701-1156 or www.gallery525.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through July 30. “Yosemite to the Central Coast” a collection of about 25 plein air watercolors by Lorna Amundson. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more, 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 9 “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. 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. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
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 Aug. 2. “Balance,” a solo exhibition by renowned calligrapher/Kanji artist Souun Takeda. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers, how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. Artist reception on July 17 and 18 for Art Walk. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 8. “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries” featuring works never before seen in Ventura County by the famed artist and a 16-foot-high tapestry he designed as a test for his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels works. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SCIART Through July 24. “Americana” photo exhibit and juried art show featuring the photographs of internationally recognized photo-historian Joseph Sohm, who will jury the accompanying art show. Works will express each artist’s personal relationship with America. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org. 
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through July 14. Ventura County Arts Council presents “Anything Goes,” a juried group exhibition on two floors in the Atrium Gallery featuring many of the area’s best-loved artists. 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through July 31. “Art of the Masters,” Ventura College Art Collection featuring works by Goya, Dali, Chagall and others. Artwork will be for sale, and selected pieces will be auctioned throughout July. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. See  HYPERLINK “http://www.vitaartcenter.com” www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through July 30. “A Walk Through Time: American Made Manifest” explores the evolution of a modern American identity, curated by students of a college course called Arts Management and Museology. William Rolland Stadium at Cal Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court. For more, 493-3697 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. “The Dirt on Tractors,” a display of rare and still operational machines that exemplify the milestones of the development of the modern tractor. 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. For more, 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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Sept. 30. “25 Beach Collections” explores what local beachcombers have found and treasured. Opening reception on Thursday, July 23, 4-6 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. For more, 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. For more, 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years and various restored vintage trailers. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. For more, 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more, 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments 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. For more, 521-1501 or   www.ranchocamulos.org. 
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31. “Football! The Exhibition.” Featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. For more, 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. 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

FOURTH OF JULY PICKS
 
BORCHARD COMMUNITY CENTER’S ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. This three-hour event provides an “all you can eat” pancake breakfast plus music, prize drawings and holiday spirit. $3. Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. For more information, call 381-2791.
CONEJO POPS ORCHESTRA INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT Saturday, July 4, 5 p.m. The program features patriotic and Americana music with special guests The Sherwood Singers, plus songs from Disney’s Frozen and other activities. Conejo Community Park Amphitheater, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/concerts.
FIRECRACKER TRAIN, FILLMORE FIREWORKS DISPLAY AND CAR SHOW Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, 6-9 p.m. Annual Fillmore & Western outdoor event includes a train ride, car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. A dinner train will depart at 6:30 p.m., ending with fireworks by the city of Fillmore. For directions, more information and tickets, visit www.fwry.com or call 524-2546. 
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT THE RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This annual old-fashioned celebration returns with music, games, face painting, presidential look-alikes, storytelling and more. The outdoor events are free, regular admission to visit the museum. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org
40TH ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY VENTURA STREET FAIR AND PARADE Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Independence Day draws 30,000 residents and visitors yearly to a showcase of handmade arts and crafts by more than 300 artisans along nine blocks of Main Street from Fir Street to Mission Park, children’s activities, savory foods and four stages of live entertainment, beginning with a children’s parade. Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.
“LET FREEDOM RING” FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Saturday, July 4, 9 p.m. The annual Thousand Oaks fireworks show will be best viewed from The Oaks mall or Janss Marketplace parking lots. Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 495-6471.
MOORPARK THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Friday, July 3, 4-9 p.m. The city of Moorpark sponsors this annual event at Arroyo Vista Community Park featuring live entertainment, vendors, food, and fireworks at 9 p.m. Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.ci.moorpark.ca.us
OJAI INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July in Ojai with the Ojai Independence Day Parade (on Ojai Avenue) and Youth Freedom Run, followed by live music, food and fireworks in the evening at Nordhoff High School. Ojai. For more information and locations, visit www.4thofjulyinojai.com.
OXNARD CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY AND JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION Friday, July 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (and Saturday, July 4, 7 a.m-11 p.m.; Sunday, July 5, 10 a.m.). The annual Fourth of July celebration will feature an assortment of activities, a performance by a Beatles cover band and more, culminating in fireworks on Saturday evening and a performance of Cinderella on Sunday. Channel Islands Harbor, Harborview Park, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
VENTURA COLLEGE FIREWORKS Saturday, July 4, 5-9 p.m. Have a blast once again as the Rotary Club of Ventura presents “A Salute to America” 2015 Fourth of July Fireworks and Family Picnic, featuring a fireworks show, live music, a Kids’ Fun Zone and more. $4-6. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafireworks.com
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, July 4, noon-6 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served with live music by Backflash, plus a dunk tank, bake sale and more. $5. VFW Post Home, 3801 Market St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vfw1679.org.
 

 

AN EVENING WITH ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Thursday, July 2, 6 p.m.

Learn about the life of the man who gave the world the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, presented by Actors Repertory Theatre Simi (ARTS). Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND 30TH SEASON OPENING PERFORMANCE 7 p.m. Robert Hackett will conduct the band for its opening performance of the 30th season. Community Center Park, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocommunityband.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

FARE THEE WELL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF GRATEFUL DEAD 5 p.m. The four original Grateful Dead members will be joined by renowned musicians to perform two sets of music in their final concert. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
OJAI VALLEY THIRD OF JULY CELEBRATION 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Ojai Independence Committee presents a free community celebration featuring the Ventura Brass Band. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org

~ SATURDAY ~

CONEJO RPD’S SPORTS SECTION’S HOME RUN DERBY AND SENIOR HOME RUN DERBY 9-11 a.m. Anyone over the age of 16 can participate on field No. 2, while the senior derby includes men’s and women’s divisions plus age group categories, starting at 50+, with trophy awards. $5. Borchard Center’s Softball Field No. 1 and No. 2, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. For more information, call 381-2744.

~ SUNDAY ~

DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE 1-4 p.m. The museum will be open for docent-led tours accompanied by period music in the parlor and upstairs library landing, with ghost hunter Richard Senate present. Dudley House Museum, Loma Vista Road and Ashwood, Ventura. For more information, visit www.dudleyhouse.org.
“FAN LETTERS AND FIREWORKS” KIDS CRAFTS 1-3 p.m. Kids can write postcards that will accompany care packages to active military members, and create patriotic-themed crafts to take home. $1-5. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
“MAKE A MINIGREENHOUSE” AND BOOK SIGNING 1-3 p.m. Kids and grown-ups can plant a variety of fall crops in a minigreenhouse, and Fillmore author Evie Ybarra will sign and discuss her book “Legendary Locals of Fillmore.” Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

~ MONDAY ~

ABOUT ELLY 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). In this film from Iran, an actress at the peak of her career is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous 20 years earlier. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

HEALING IN AMERICA’S COMMUNITY HEALING EVENING 7-8:30 p.m. A guided meditation and healing circle will be followed by a “one to one” energy healing session with a trained practitioner. $20 donation suggested. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-0211.
JOINT STUDY SESSION AND PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON VENTURA COUNTY’S GENERAL PLAN UPDATE 1:30 p.m. Learn more about the County’s General Plan Update and the results of a series of earlier meetings. The workshop will include the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commissioners, members of the public and other stakeholders. Board of Supervisors meeting room, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ventura.org.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

HEALTHY MINDFUL LIVING WORKSHOP 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This workshop will assist people who are affected by cancer to lead a life in the present moment that welcomes change and decreases pain and suffering. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
FOREVER FOUND “CHILDREN FOR SALE” HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING SERIES 6:30-8:30 p.m. The first of a three-part training series exposing the growing crime of human trafficking and showing how the community can make a difference. Orchard Community Church, 8180 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information and schedule, visit www.foreverfound.org 

OPENING THEATER

CINDERELLA Sunday, July 5. Gypsies in a Trunk will present their family-friendly performance of the classic fairy tale at Channel Islands Harbor at 2 p.m. North end of Harbor View Park located south of Marine Emporium Landing between Cabezone Circle and Barracuda Way on Harbor Boulevard. See www.fairytalesinthepark.com.
GODSPELL July 3 through Aug. 2. Conejo Players presents the popular musical based on the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Rated PG. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.  

ONGOING THEATER

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Through July 12. Elite Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical comedy about an eclectic group of tweeners (played by adults) who vie for the spelling championship title of a lifetime. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Through June 28. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Tony-winning musical about a play coming to life in a man’s apartment. For tickets, call 388-5716 or go to drowsyCSP.brownpapertickets.com.
INTO THE WOODS Through July 12. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Stephen Sondheim musical fairy tale. ASL-interpreted performance on Friday, July 10, 8 p.m. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more, 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.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. For more, 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com. . .                    

OPENING ART

THE BRAYER Friday, July 3, 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the gallery’s grand opening during First Friday Ventura, featuring “Prelude,” a variety of works by many celebrated artists. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM July 4 through Sept. 30. “25 Beach Collections” explores what local beachcombers have found and treasured. Opening reception on Thursday, July 23, 4-6 p.m. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
FIRST FRIDAY VENTURA July 3, 6-10 p.m. The popular monthly event features art openings and associated events at various downtown and Westside Ventura spaces. Participating venues include Bell Arts Factory, the Museum of Ventura County, The Hud and lots more. Visit www.firstfridaysventura.com.
SCIART July 2-24. “Americana” photo exhibit and juried art show featuring the photographs of internationally recognized photo-historian Joseph Sohm, who will jury the accompanying art show. Works will express each artist’s personal relationship with America. Artist reception on July 3, 5-7 p.m. Sohm book signing on Thursday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org. 
STONEWORKS STUDIOS July 3, 6-9 p.m. “Epic Moments,” a group show inspired by truth, stories and fantasies. Live music by The Lovells plus food and fun for the whole family. 300 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Entrance on Park Row.
VITA ART CENTER July 3-31. “Art of the Masters,” Ventura College Art Collection featuring works by Goya, Dali, Chagall and others. Artwork will be for sale, and selected pieces will be auctioned throughout July. Opening reception on Friday, July 3, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30,Ventura. See www.vitaartcenter.com.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through July 4. 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 July 11: Member Show. Ongoing. The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regionalist artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 23. “Subtraction=Abstraction: The Paintings of William Wray 2006-2015.” 424 S. C Street, Oxnard. For more, 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Aug. 30. A So. Cal Summer. 147 N. Brent St., first floor. See www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FARMER AND THE COOK Through July 26. “Let It Go Lapis,” a solo exhibition by Celeste M. Evans featuring paintings, mixed media and photography. Celeste M. Evans graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 with a BFA in art. 339 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 640-9608 or www.celesteevans.com.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 19. Longtime Ventura artist Susan Cook and SCIART Executive Director Karen Geiger explore flowers in the two-woman show “Pods.” 560 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102  Through July 26. “Constant Change,” photography by Aaron Farley. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more, 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
GALLERY 525 Through July 25. “Glimpse: Summer Small Works Exhibition,” featuring works no larger than 10 inches in all mediums. 525 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. For more, 701-1156 or www.gallery525.com.
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 Aug. 9 “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. 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. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through July 8. “What Does Peace Look Like?” a juried photography exhibit where the concept of peace is conveyed through images. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through July 5. “Condition Report,” an exhibition of works by the Ojai Studio Artists. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more, 640-1390 or www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.
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 Aug. 2. “Balance,” a solo exhibition by renowned calligrapher/Kanji artist Souun Takeda. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers, how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. Artist reception on July 17 and 18 for Art Walk. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. For more, 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANDBOX COFFEEHOUSE Through July 8. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Art Showcase featuring art by Turning Point Foundation Quality of Life project members. 204 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more, 641-1025 or www.focusonthemasters.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 8. “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries” featuring works never before seen in Ventura County by the famed artist and a 16-foot-high tapestry he designed as a test for his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels works. Through July 5: “Next Generation Revisited” celebrates the significance of the relationship between artist and student by exhibiting student works hand-picked by instructors. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through July 14. Ventura County Arts Council presents “Anything Goes,” juried group exhibition on two floors in the Atrium Gallery featuring many of the area’s best-loved artists. 800 S. Victoria Ave.
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.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through July 30. “A Walk Through Time: American Made Manifest” explores the evolution of a modern American identity, curated by students of a college course called Arts Management and Museology. William Rolland Stadium at Cal Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court. For more, 493-3697 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Jan. “The Dirt on Tractors,” a display of rare and still operational machines that exemplify the milestones of the development of the modern tractor.
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. For more, 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.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through June 30. “To the Tide Line” features nautical-themed work by 32 artists from Southern California. 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. For more, 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. For more, 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. For more, 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
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. For more, 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments 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. For more, 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org. 
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31. “Football! The Exhibition.” Featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. For more, 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. 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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