NEW YEARS EVE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st
CROWNE PLAZA NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH DJ BRUCE BARRIOS 8 p.m. An open bar and 19-time “best event disc jockey” DJ Bruce Barrios will help ring in the New Year, with optional dinner. $100-175. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.crowneplazanye.brownpapertickets.com.
DINNER SHOW AT HONG KONG INN 6:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year with live music from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dinner specials include appetizers, choice of entree, complimentary glass of champagne, dessert and party favors. Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd. For more information, call 648-3161.
DISCOVERY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 9 p.m. Rock in the New Year with a prime rib and seafood buffet, bottle service, balloon drops and a midnight champagne toast. $35-95. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.discoveryventura.com.
FRESCO II NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Live Music by Road Brothers with DJ to follow. Four-course menu surf ’n’ turf special. Fresco II, 1651 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For reservations, call 985-4700.
KARAOKE PARTY NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION 8 p.m. Celebrate the incoming New Year with karaoke and cocktails. Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, 2493 Grand Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 642-2411.
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION AT MOQUECA BRAZILIAN CUISINE 5 p.m. A four-course dinner, live Brazilian music and a champagne toast will be the agenda for this New Year celebration. Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, 3550 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 204-0970.
NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN WITH VENTURA IMPROV COMPANY 7-10:30 p.m. The gala will include a comedy improv show, snacks, desserts, sparkling wine and raffle and door prizes. $50. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaimprov.com/newyears.
“NORTH TO ALASKA” NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE GREEK 8 p.m.-2 a.m. A steak and seafood menu will be served alongside Greek and belly dancing, photo booth and more. $70. The Greek, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.thegreekventura.com.
PIRATES BAR AND GRILL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 6 p.m. Enjoy New Year’s Eve with live music and sparkling wine with a special menu. $55. Pirates Bar and Grill, 450 Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For reservations, visit www.piratesbarandrestaurant.com.
THE SPORTSMAN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 5 p.m. A four-course dinner menu will be featured at both Ventura and Camarillo locations, with live entertainment at the Camarillo location, featuring the UnUsual Suspects. 53 S. California St., Ventura, for more information, call 643- 2851; and 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo, for more information, call 988-7777.
VENTURA NOW – NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 8 p.m. Enjoy an open bar, appetizers and more at this party to ring in the New Year. $60. NOW Ventura, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-2200.
WAR – NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The funk, jazz, R&B and rock and roll powerhouse band will perform to ring in the New Year, with opening act Tierra. $50-75. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturatheater.net.
WATERMARK NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 9 p.m. A prix fixe menu with a glass of bubbly will be on hand with DJ Erok and DJ Ciera providing entertainment. $65. Watermark, 598 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.watermarkonmain.com.
WHALE’S TAIL NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH NEW VIBE 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in the New Year with cocktails and seafood, with music provided by New Vibe. Whale’s Tail, 3950 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, call 985-2511.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday). Ballroom, line dancing, Latin, swing and mixers will be taught and performed, with light refreshments. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.
“REMEMBERING THE FALLEN” TRAVELING MEMORIAL Daily, through Thursday, Jan. 7. This traveling memorial to military personnel from California who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on display. Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.RememberingOurFallen.org.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB DANCE FEATURING THE DICK PARENT TRIO 6:30-10 p.m. Come dance in a variety of styles to the tunes of the band. $7. Goebel Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY AND VENTURA COUNTY MEETING 1:30-3:30 p.m. The topic of this meeting will be “Never Give Up-Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable.” Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616.
THE UKULALIENS FREE CONCERT Noon-3 p.m. Enjoy surf ukulele tunes at the beach. Ventura Harbor Marina, Carousel Stage, 1644 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 223-5137.
QUEEN AND COUNTRY 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A superb ensemble cast limns a wonderfully funny and often moving depiction of a still-recovering postwar England. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE 7:30 p.m. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman debut on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this feature-length BBC special set in London 1895. $13-15. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura; and Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: A NEW LOOK AT TENSION PATTERNS Three-session class, 4-5:30 p.m. (and every Tuesday through Jan. 19). Workshop leader Shulamit Sendowski will demonstrate how to transform physical stress and tension into ease, balance and coordination. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
COMMUNITY HEALING EVENING 7-8:15 p.m. A guided meditation and healing circle followed by a one-to-one energy healing session with a trained practitioner will take place. $20 suggested donation. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.Healinginamerica.com.
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS Wednesday, Jan. 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Audrey Walzer, instructor of “Learn Mindfulness Meditation,” will lead this public talk about the technique sweeping the nation. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. E.P. Foster Public Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 484-8810.
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.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD DEMO Jan. 5, 6-9 p.m. Pastel painting demonstration by Ojai artist Jannene Behl will follow a dinner buffet. Among her lovely works are Ojai’s Meditation Mount (pictured). $24-$30. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 379-5655.
BANK OF AMERICA Through Jan. 16. Leslie Marcus solo exhibition. 205 W. Ojai Ave.,Ojai, 640-2944.
BROOKS INSTITUTE Through Feb. 4. The Portfolio Show features film graphic design and photography by the 2015 graduating class. Reception on Friday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m. Brooks Administration Building, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 9. Small Image Show featuring wee art works perfectly priced for gift gifting. The gallery’s holiday boutique is also open with “wearables, laughables and displayables” for your shopping pleasure. 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.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 21. Environmental Impact: Selections from the Frederik R. Weisman Art Foundation. 424 S. C St., Oxnard.
CSUCI: Through Feb. 12: A Life in Pictures includes 30 pieces from photographer Santi Visalli’s iconic photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Cal State, Channel Islands, campus, 50 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8561.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 17. Purely Pastels by Daggi Wallace and Lynn Byrne Simon. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through Jan. 10. Welcome Earthlings, a solo exhibition by Jane Peterson that explores the spectrum of human emotion. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 2: What If: Life in a Handful or Less, works by Harold Muliadi. CLU Soiland Humanities Center, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3241.
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 March 12. Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, a showcase of locally crafted musical instruments by such talents as Peter Boles, Tom Anderson, Jean Larrivé, Tony Moraza and others. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. 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.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing: The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists, including Tim Koch, Juleanne Case and Patty Kreider. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults coming soon. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
RED BRICK ART Through Jan. 15: Celebration, a group show that expresses color, texture and transformation. 4601 Telephone Road, #112, Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 31: Eighth annual Art About Agriculture, a group exhibition featuring art by more than 60 artists inspired by the county’s agricultural heritage and contemporary agriculture. Through Feb. 28: The 22nd annual De Colores Art Show. This year’s show pays homage to “Campesinas” or female farmworkers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, see 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.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Jan. 21: Transmission, a group show curated by Michael Pearce that “reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.” 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 493-3697.
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 in 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.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Jan. 24. Digging Up the Past: An Extraordinary Collection of Dinosaur Fossils. Actual fossils of T. Rex, triceratops and pterodactyls will be on display as well as a replica excavation site. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Marple Deconstructed: the Evolution of a Master features some of the most stunning ship models ever crafted. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme, an exhibit two years in the making; and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings can be seen. 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. 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. 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. 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. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.org.
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing: The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942. The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. 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.