“C4” CENTRAL COAST COMIC-CON
Friday, Aug. 28, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.;
and Sunday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ventura County’s own comic convention will feature a weekend filled with all things nerdy, showcasing guests from the cosplay, comics, television and film industries as well as panels on everything from zombie preparedness to pro wrestling. All of this plus a geek fashion show, a vendors hall with art, memorabilia and more for sale and a kids day on Sunday. $20-40 weekend passes; $50-100 for VIP and other perk passes. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacomiccon.com.
 
 
 

SECOND ANNUAL FRED ROBINSON CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

This event, held to promote The Arc Foundation of Ventura County, will feature gourmet food trucks, a kids play zone, raffle prizes and more amidst classic cars eligible for awards in several categories. Car entry fee is $35.  Live music will be performed by Big Tweed, Fish Fry, The Vonettes and The House Arrest Band. Freedom Park, 480 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.arcvc.org.
 
 
 

ZERO HOUR Through Sept. 6.
Elite Theater presents this humorous play, set in theater and film legend Zero Mostel’s painting studio in New York City. A green reporter attempts to interview the eccentric actor, and the result is an explosion of memory, humor, wit, outrage and Hollywood lore. $15. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard (at Channel Islands Harbor). 483-5118.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

MEET THE ARTIST LAUREL HUGGINS 6-9 p.m. Artist Laurel Huggins will speak on her art and recovery after brain surgery that forced her to relearn his techniques. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.

~ SATURDAY ~

CARPINTERIA SEA GLASS FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). The festival will feature sea glass collectors from around the country, craftspeople, vendors and more. Austin’s Home Center, 700 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. For more information, visit www.carpinteriaseaglassfestival.com.
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR CONCERTS BY THE SEA, FEATURING SEAN WIGGINS AND LONE GOAT 4-6 p.m. Country musicians Sean Wiggins and Lone Goat will perform as part of this summer concert series. Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
GOLDEN LAWN CONSERVATION EXPO Noon-5 p.m. Conservation-oriented vendors will dispense free water-saving kits, information and low-cost conservation options alongside food booths. Alley at 500 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 652-1800.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS PRESENTS FANTASTIC DIAMOND 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Neil Diamond tribute band Fantastic Diamond will perform as part of this summer concert series alongside gourmet food trucks and beverages. $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.com/mus
SPENCER MAKENZIE’S “THE THROWDOWN” CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT 10 a.m. (and Sunday, Aug. 30, 9 a.m.). $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the best cornholer at this annual tournament pitting professional bean bag tossin’ teams from around the globe against each other, plus live music and fish tacos. Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company, 806 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.spencermakenzies.com.
“THE THROWDOWN” SKATEBOARDING CONTEST 9:30 a.m. participant check-in, 10 a.m. first event. The contest will feature a Park Jam and a High Ollie contest sponsored by Vans, Element Skateboards, Stance Socks and Destructo. $15 per participant. Borchard Community Center Skate Park, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. For more information, call 381-2791.
“WITNESS: AMERICAN HEROES: JAPANESE-AMERICAN HEROES OF WORLD WAR II” 3 p.m. Filmmakers David Ono and Jeff MacIntyre will present their award-winning documentary about the contributions of Japanese-American soldiers in WWII, followed by a panel discussion. Oxnard Public Main Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.

~ SUNDAY ~

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.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY CHILDREN’S GARDEN FAMILY DAY 1-3 p.m. The Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Children’s Garden will be open to the public on this special “Family Day” with free admission for families. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
VIETNAMESE BUDDHIST TRADITIONAL PARENTS’ DAY ULLAMBANA FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A traditional ceremony will be held in commemoration of Ancestors Day, with a vegetarian lunch and live music. An Lac Mission, 901 S. Saticoy Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 758-2058.

~ MONDAY ~

CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY OPENING ACADEMIC CONVOCATION 9:30 a.m. Faculty and administrators will assemble in full academic attire to commemorate the beginning of the academic year for 850 freshmen and new transfer students. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3145.
THE THIRD MAN 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). In this Cold War spy classic, a man discovers the shocking truth of his recently deceased so-called friend. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD DINNER/DEMO 6-9 p.m. Plein-aire impressionists-style painting demonstration by entertainer Chuck Kovacic will follow a dinner buffet. $25-30.  Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-5655.  

~ WEDNESDAY ~

ARTISTS DEN PRESENTS ALT-J 7:30 p.m. Experience alt-J’s private performance at the historic Hollywood American Legion in Los Angeles, featuring exclusive concert footage. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
“GROWING AFRICAN VIOLETS” PRESENTED BY MADELINE WHITAKER 1 p.m. The Ventura County Garden Club will hold this meeting featuring guest speaker Madeline Whitaker, who will speak on the care of African violets. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, email wmewait@aol.com.

OPENING THEATER 

MAD GRAVITY Aug. 28 through Sept. 13. Flying H Group presents this crazy comedy by William Missouri Downs that dissolves the walls between performance art and reality. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.flyinghgroup.com.
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Aug. 28 through Sept. 19. Conejo Players Theatre presents this fun romp on the beach in Malibu, circa 1962. A parody of ’60s teen beach movies like Gidget, but the lead female in this zany play has multiple personalities. Rated PG-13. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org

ONGOING THEATER

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.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.                       

OPENING ART

PORCH GALLERY Aug. 27 through Sept. 27. “You Can Get There From Here,” new landscape paintings by the internationally exhibited Tanja Rector.  310 E.Matilija Ave., Ojai. 620-7589 or www.porchgalleryojai.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. “Two Man Show” featuring works by David Teng Olsen and John Harlan Norris. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Ongoing: The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regional 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.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through October 15. “Cartolandia,” Olguin Tapia’s multimedia renderings of modest, cheaply built homes in his homeland of Mexico. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard 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.
GALERIE102 Through Sept. 20. “Insanely Beautiful,” mixed media solo exhibition by internationally recognized artist Britt Ehringer. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Aug. 30. Solo exhibition by fine-art photographer and digital artist Bruce David McFarland. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD GALLERY Through Aug. 30. The gallery’s end-of-summer show curated by Dab Art is its most progressive to date, featuring artists from as far away as Italy and New York. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Nov. 29. “Sitting Pretty: Portrait Photography From the Salon to the Selfie” features long-hidden treasures from the museum’s collection of photographic and painted portraits. Through Sept. 13: “Cubanos: Island Portraits,” photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano. Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI 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. 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. 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.
RED BRICK ART Through Oct. 31. “The Sweeter Side of Life,” food-inspired paintings by Jen Livia, is the first exhibit at the newly named and relocated Red Brick. 4601 Telephone Road, No. 112, (corner of Market Street). 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. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Aug. 30. “Sol” features new wood and laminate sculptures by Lori Cozen-Geller. Curated by the Museum of Ventura County.  432 N. Ventura Ave. at Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, 643-1960.
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 Aug. 31. Horacio Martinez solo exhibition featuring the artist’s intriguing portraits. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30 at the Bell Arts Factory. For more, www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Oct. 16. “Biomythography: Secret Poetry and Hidden Angers,” a group multimedia exhibition. William Rolland Stadium at Cal Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. See www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

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. 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 A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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. 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. 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. 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. 800-410-8354,.  
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.