Thursday

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF VENTURA COUNTY MEETING 10 a.m. Learn about the League’s various programs at this meeting. Chapter House, 913 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.assistanceleagueventuracounty.org.

HOT HARBOR NIGHTS 4-8 p.m. Classic Car Cruise Night features the 805 Allstarz and more pre-1975 cars than you can shake a stick at. Harbor Cove Cafe, 1867 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, www.facebook.com/harborcovecafe/.

PREVIEW OF SIGHT + SOUND FILM FESTIVAL Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Catch a sneak peek of the actual festival itself, which will take place from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18 and will include the vinyl mixings of DJs Math Controla and JTran. Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.oxnardperformingarts.com/sight-and-sound.html.

ROCK THE COLLECTION: ZEPP HEADS 6-8 p.m. The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard is hosting its Fourth Annual Rock The Collection Summer Concert Series, tonight featuring Zepp Heads. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, www.thecollectionrp.com.

Friday

VENTURA COUNTY BEACHSIDE PRIDE FESTIVAL CELEBRATING DIVERSITY Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19, various times. This weekend-long event celebrates the LGBT community, supporters, and allies in Ventura County. All proceeds raised go to sustain the Community Resource Center and Diversity Collective programs and services. A Pride Kickoff Mixer and Pre-Pride Party will be held on Friday followed by the Beach Side Pride Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Ventura. The weekend ends with a Pride Brunch on Sunday. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.diversitycollectivevc.org/pride.html.

MOVIES IN THE PARK: COCO 6 p.m. Before the movie, enjoy live music, lawn games and buy dinner from one of the on-site food trucks. Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.

RISE UP SINGING 7 p.m. Join the fun as Maddie Sifantus and Donna Nelson will lead a communal singing experience. $5 suggested donation. Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4620.

SUMMER NIGHTS SERIES: KICKBACK AT THE PACC 6-9 p.m. The August installment features Ocho Ojos, a psychedelic Cumbia band from Coachella, California, featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. The PACC, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.oxnardperformingarts.com.

TOY SHOP GHOST DUETS 8 p.m. Santa Barbara’s Toy Shop Ghost and creator of The Piano Kitchen Jim Connolly presents a unique, surreal experience of Americana-esque duets with performing guests on differing instruments. $20. NAMBA, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, www.nambaarts.com/tc-events/toy-shop-ghost-duets/.

WILL COSMIC RAYS FRY ALL LIFE ON EARTH? 7:15-9 p.m. Dr. Ralph Bird of UCLA will discuss high-energy cosmic ray bursts in our own galaxy. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, www.vcas.org.

Saturday

WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m. Enjoy an array of award-winning short films under the night sky that educate, entertain and inspire alongside live bands, food trucks, family-friendly games and activities, participation by a variety of other environmentally minded community partners plus the Ventura Land Trust raffle. $5-25. Ventura County Credit Union Headquarters, 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, #100, Ventura, www.venturalandtrust.org/2018_wsff.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PRESENTS CONCERTS BY THE SEA 4-6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of musical styles, including jazz, rock, folk, pop, country and blues, today featuring Dezmo’s Blues. Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard, www.channelislandsharbor.org.

COLE CREATIVE CENTER GRAND OPENING 1-4 p.m. Experience a variety of creative activities for all ages including sidewalk art, maker stations, face painting and more at the grand opening of this activity center. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. Tenth St., Santa Paula, https://www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/grandopening/.

CONGRESSWOMAN JULIA BROWNLEY CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand at the U.S. Citizenship Workshop to assist individuals with the naturalization application, fee waiver assistance and the filing process. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-379-1779.

COOL BREEZE CENTURY BIKE RIDE 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Experience Southern California’s premier coastal bike ride, whether you’re a seasoned centurion or just coming out for your first time. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura, www.cibike.org/cool-breeze-century.html.

CREATING JOY WORKSHOP WITH CHELSEA GRAY Noon-2 p.m. Hang with certified life and health coach Chelsea Gray as she leads you through a journey of the three persistent challenges that keep us from experiencing deep and authentic joy and happiness. Girls Girl Club at Bell Arts Factory, 32 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 84, Ventura, www.girlsgirlsclub.org.

ERIN PETERS OF THEBEERGODDESS.COM 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY 5-9 p.m. Celebrate 10 years of Ventura County’s Beer Goddess with special beer, live music and more. $15. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura, www.thebeergoddess.com/anniversary.

THE JAPANESE ART OF MARBLING 1-3 p.m. Using special inks, we will float them on the surface of water and dive into this meditative practice. $30. Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main St., Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.

ONENESS GOSPEL FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Spend a day in the park in fellowship with one another with activities and music. Lions Park, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, 323-677-3613.

ROAD SCHOLAR: ADVENTURES IN LIFELONG LEARNING 1 p.m. Jill Swaim will lead this lively discussion of the many programs offered by Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, www.vencolibrary.org.

WINGS OVER CAMARILLO Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, gates 9 a.m., show begins at noon. The annual air show returns with high-flying aerial acrobatics, historically accurate aircraft and much more over the two-day weekend, including a performance by the Spazmatics on Saturday evening. $10-20. Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way, Camarillo, www.wingsovercamarillo.com.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEATURING TROPIC STARR 7-10 p.m. Live big-band music will accompany ballroom, Latin, swing and line dancing lessons for both beginners and experienced. $8. The Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2744.

VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES CLEAR-THE-SHELTERS EVENT 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All adoption fees save for a small pet license fee will be waived at this annual event. Camarillo Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo; and Simi Valley Shelter, 670 W. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, www.vcas.us.

VENTURA COUNTY MUSIC ACADEMIES’ ALUMNI REUNION 10 a.m.-noon. Thousands of graduates and dozens of current and former teachers have been invited to attend this first-ever reunion of graduates. Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road, Westlake Village, 805-216-0943.

VENTURA HIGH SCHOOL REUNION CLASS OF 1978 Noon. Get together with former classmates in celebration of 40 years out of school. $20. San Buenaventura State Beach, 901 San Pedro St., Ventura, 415-609-0835.

WINE, CRAFT BEER AND ART TRAIL 3-6 p.m. Enjoy all beverages Oxnard has to offer at this event hosted by the Oxnard Downtown Lions Club. $40. Tomas Cafe and Gallery, 622 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-469-9303.

Sunday

FLIPBOOK ANIMATION WITH ROSS BLOCHER 10 a.m.-noon. In this session, Ross will show some of the history and process of animation, and then demonstrate how to create your own animation flipbook. $5. Girls Girl Club at Bell Arts Factory, 32 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 84, Ventura, www.girlsgirlsclub.org.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE SERIES 3 p.m. Enjoy yourself with long-time comedian Gene Perret as he talks about the best gags he wrote as head writer for comedians Phyllis Diller and Bob Hope. $5. Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road., Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2744.

REV. KAREN’S DEVOTIONAL GATHERING 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The morning will be devoted to contemplation, inner reflection, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sharing and sacred songs. $20 suggested donation. Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai, www.karenswylie.com.

UNITED DEMOCRATS FOR PROGRESS WINE TASTING 2-5 p.m. Invited guests include activist Sandra Fluke, California Democratic Chair Eric Bauman and Congresswoman Julie Brownley. $35-45. Cantera Cellars, 126 Wood Road #104, Camarillo, 805-231-4152.

Monday

THE CAKEMAKER 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits to Berlin. Shenanigans ensue. $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St.,Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

Tuesday

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PORTRAITURE 7 p.m. Photographer Tim Meyer will offer a fast-paced journey through the history of portraiture, spanning more than two millennia and including a wide variety of art media. Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, www.ojaiphotoclub.com.

THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL 7 p.m. (and Wednesday, Aug. 22). As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl With Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife. Century River Park 16, Oxnard, and AMC Thousand Oaks 14, www.fathomevents.com.

Wednesday

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. Community Resource Center, 2471 Portola Road, Ventura. For more information, call 805-650-3327.

Thursday

DANCE AWAY SADNESS WORKSHOP Noon-1:30 p.m. This workshop will be filled with music, guided words and freestyle dancing that will help you express and heal your grief away. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, www.cancersupportvvsb.org.

ROCK THE COLLECTION: UNUSUAL SUSPECTS 6-8 p.m. The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard is hosting its Fourth Annual Rock The Collection Summer Concert Series, tonight featuring Unusual Suspects. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, www.thecollectionrp.com.

OPENING THEATER

DOWNSTAGE CABARET: THE STACHE Sunday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. High Street Broadcast presents this theatrical production modeled after a radio show, with comedy sketches, music, sound effects and a suspense-filled drama. $20-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or simi-arts.org.

JAMAICA FAREWELL Saturday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. Performances to Grow On presents this one-woman play about a young woman who leaves revolution-torn Jamaica to come to the U.S. $35-40. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ptgo.org.

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST Aug. 16-19. A musical adaptation of the Shakespearean comedy about young noblemen who swear off women, only to be tempted when a queen and her court appear. Original text set to music and performed by Young Artists Forever. $15-20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.

PRIVATE LIVES Aug. 17-Sept. 16. Volatile relationships clash in this Noel Coward comedy of manners, featuring a man and woman who impulsively elope, their aggrieved spouses and the various alliances each person forms. $10-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 805-388-5716 or skywayplayhouse.org.

THE SPEAKEASY PROJECT Aug. 16-25. Fractured Actors presents this original theatrical production of one-act plays set in a Prohibition-era lounge with modern pop music performed in a jazzy style by local musicians. $15. Suite J, Ventura Vineyard, 1956 Palma Drive, Ventura, 805-650-2510 or www.venturavineyard.org.

ONGOING THEATER

OKLAHOMA! Through Sept. 2. A farm girl is courted by two suitors in this beloved musical set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or simi-arts.org.

VENTURA IMPROV COMPANY The VIC performs improvisational theater at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club every Saturday, and VinTura every Wednesday. $10. 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Call 805-643-5701 or visit venturaimprov.com for schedule.

WEST SIDE STORY Through Aug. 19. Conejo Players Theatre presents the musical classic about star-crossed lovers torn between warring street gangs in New York City. $18-20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.

OPENING ART

KWAN FONG GALLERY Aug. 17-Oct. 11. Nsenga Knight: Other Stars, work inspired by Islamic geometric art and the Black experience in this exhibit that draws connection between people, places and time. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Aug. 17-Nov. 6. Mapping Meaning: Adventures in Cartography, maps from the 16th century until today, and objects from the time they were created. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.

ONGOING ART

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Nov. 25: Vaquero Campfires, handmade and antique saddles, ropes and other horse gear. Through Sept. 9: Large-scale paintings of the Ventura County Fair by John Robertson. Through Nov. 25: Good Earth: Tilling the Soil, soil prep techniques of late 1800s-mid-1900s. Ongoing: antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.

ATRIUM GALLERY Through Aug. 21. Metamorphosis: Quintessential Aspects of Change and Therapeutic Art, client works from county agencies and nonprofits. Closed weekends; free; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at the Ventura County Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. More information at www.VCArtscouncil.org.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Sept. 2. The Presidents’ Show, a juried exhibition featuring current members of the American Ceramic Society of Southern California and recent works from the studio (Logan Gallery). 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, 805-646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Aug. 18. The NEXT Big Thing, bold and boundary-breaking work in all media and styles. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Sept. 7. Power, an examination of what is powerful today. 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-405-5240 or cmato.org.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Oct. 14: Did You Know? Five hundred wacky facts to boggle the mind. Ongoing: Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or http://www.caoilmuseum.org.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 19. California Artists from the Mullin Automotive Museum, with works by Michael Furman, Hank Pitcher, Art Reid and others. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Aug. 26: Nautica, juried artwork by local artists inspired by the sea. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 805-984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Oct. 21: The Sky’s the Limit, works that celebrate the expanse above. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, http://www.buenaventuragallery.org.

FIRST FRIDAYS VENTURA The first Friday of every month, several local galleries open their doors to celebrate and promote Ventura’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.firstfridaysventura.com.

FIRST SATURDAYS STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS The first Saturday of every month, artists at Studio Channel Islands welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create art. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.

FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY Opened June 1. Faces of Humanity by Michael Patrick Amato. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or www.fourfriendsgallery.com.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Sept. 9. Works by Richard Franklin and Susan Seaberry. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.

H GALLERY Through Sept. 22. Drink Me, works that challenge the concept of representational realism. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 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, 805-279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Spring 2019: L’époque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders. Ongoing: 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, 805-385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Through Sept. 30: Let’s Go Camping, annual vintage trailer show. Ongoing: More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period, in a 30,000-square-foot facility. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or www.murphyautomuseum.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 18: A Tribute to David Mirisch, photos, awards and memorabilia from the famed Hollywood publicist. Through Aug. 26: Black and White and Read All Over, comic book art. Ongoing: fine art, historical artifacts, an interactive Chumash Gallery and the George Stuart Historical Figures Collection®. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.

OJAI ART CENTER Through Aug. 31: Under the Sea, art inspired by the ocean. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.

OJAI CITY HALL GALLERY Through Aug. 18. The Artist Playground: Mixed Media Visions by Carlos Grasso. reception on Friday, Aug. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, www.artsojai.org.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Oct. 28: StARCHITECTURE, highlighting local works by well-known architects. Ongoing: A collection of art, artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to Ojai, housed in former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. 130 W. Ojai Ave., 805-640-1390 or www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

OVA ARTS Ongoing. Fine art and contemporary crafts by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans. 238 Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-646-5682 or ojaivalleyartists.com.

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. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults offered periodically. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 4: Local Clay, unconventional work by Marianne McGrath and Cheryl Ann Thomas. Through Oct. 14: The Natural World: Variations on a Theme, landscape paintings by Ventura artist Gina Niebergall. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

VENTURA COUNTY CREDIT UNION Through September. The VCCU in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County displays historical pieces at the Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks Branches, www.vccuonline.net.

VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 31. Ten, 10 local artists on exhibit to commemorate the gallery’s 10-year anniversary. Donna Granata, John Nava, Frank Romero, Hiroko Yoshimoto and others. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or http://www.vitaartcenter.com.