Thursday

“CALIFORNIA’S YEAR-ROUND WILDFIRE SEASON – THE NEW ABNORMAL” 7 p.m. Dr. Sean Anderson, Departmental Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at California State University Channel Islands, will present this lecture. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, www.venturalandtrust.org/events.

CURATOR’S PERSPECTIVE: IRVING PENN 7-8:30 p.m. With a body of work stretching from portraits of Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich and Alfred Hitchcock to still lifes to glamorous fashion photos for Vogue, curator Colin Westerbeck will discuss the work of photographer Irving Penn. $10. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.cmato.org.

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR EVENT Noon. The event will recognize those individuals who have distinguished themselves throughout the year by their work and commitment to the Department and the community. $35. Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, 805-385-7720.

SOROPTIMIST COMMUNITY WALK & SPEAKER FORUM 5-7 p.m. The 1st Annual Awareness Event to Stop Human Trafficking & Sexual Slavery will feature speakers Darryl Evey, CEO/ED Family Assistance Program Victorville, Kris Hart, Founder of House of Hope, and Carrie Rothschild, Survivor/Advocate. RSVP required. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, www.venturamuseum.org.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT WORKSHOP 5:30-7 p.m. Members of the Ojai Women’s Fund Grants Committee will walk through the new 2019 application, explain the application process, and take questions from the attendees. HELP of Ojai, 111 Santa Ana St., Ojai, www.ojaiwomensfund.org.

Friday

GRUMPY OLD MEN 7 p.m. Donald Petrie, director, will take part in this screening of the film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon. $5. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.HighStreetArtsCenter.com.

OPERA SANTA BARBARA’S NOONTIME CONCERT Noon-1 p.m. (and Wednesday, March 13). This live program will feature the Chrisman Studio Artists: Ashley Kay Armstrong, Michael Kollmorgen, Jennifer Lindsay, and Yazid Gray. Friday: Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Wednesday: Oxnard Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, www.operasb.org.

SAKURA CELLO QUINTET 7:30 p.m. SAKURA presents an eclectic program of music spanning eight centuries in dazzling arrangements, opening new vistas of expression by showcasing the warmth and scope offered by the sound of five cellos. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.CalLutheran.edu/music

Saturday

“EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS” 11 a.m. This talk by Gary Johnson, formerly of Los Angeles Fire, will go over what to do in case of a natural disaster. Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, 220 Market St., Port Hueneme, 805-488-0585.

FORAGING AND SURVIVAL FIELD WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Identify wild edible greens and other useful plants; make cordage from yucca; see an introductory demonstration of primitive fire making. $75. For more information and to register, visit www.HerbWalks.com.

GELSON’S “GIVE BACK DAY” 7 a.m.-10 p.m. The store will donate 5 percent of all sales to the Conejo Schools Foundation and the Ventura County Community Foundation. Gelson’s Thousand Oaks, 1736 E. Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, www.gelsons.com.

LIVE STANDUP COMEDY ON THE HILL 8 p.m. Comedians Stephanie Blum, Forest Shaw and Jason Love will perform at this regular event. $12-15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts – Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.hillcrestarts.com.

THE PERFECT FIRESTORM 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This documentary film chronicles personal stories of survival and healing during and following the devastating Thomas Fire. Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, www.venturamuseum.org.

Sunday

FOURTH ANNUAL BEER MARCH 1-4 p.m. The event will feature over 20 craft breweries partnering with local downtown businesses and also offer a fun community day of live entertainment for family and friends themed in a traditional Irish fashion. $35-45. Old Town Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillo-oldtown.com/beer-march.

CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING FROM HOLLYWOOD 3 p.m. Witness the majesty of professional wrestling at this live taped event. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme, www.oceanviewinfo.com.

WOMEN COMPOSERS: MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND PIANO 2-3:30 p.m. Flutist Ann Erwin and pianist Edith Orloff will perform selections from composers Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Katherine Hoover, and Claude Arrieu. Thousand Oaks Library, Community Room, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, www.tolibrary.org.

Monday

Tuesday

EVENING GATHERING WITH SOUND, SILENCE AND SPOKEN WORD 7 p.m. It’s in the name at this monthly event featuring Rev. Maddie Sifantus and musicians John Robles and Mariana Franco-Smith. Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.uucsp.org.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS MEETING 5:30-8 p.m. This presentation from valued member panelists will provide business owners with wise and cutting-edge advice on finances, insurance, and a range of legal issues. Wedgewood Banquet Center, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo, www.NAWBOVC.org.

SEABIRD RESTORATION ON THE CALIFORNIA ISLANDS WITH ANNIE LITTLE 7:30 p.m. The presentation will highlight restoration efforts for seabirds on the Channel Islands and Baja California Pacific Islands, including invasive species removal, habitat restoration, and social attraction. Poinsettia Pavillion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, www.venturaaudubon.org.

Wednesday

FREEDOM WRITERS AUTHOR ERIN GRUWELL Wednesday, March 13, 5-8 p.m. A documentary on the work of author Erin Gruwell, who created the “Freedom Writers” to help students who were considered “unteachable,” will be screened followed by a Q&A with the subject herself. California State University Channel Islands, Grand Salon, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. RSVP Required. Visit www.go.csuci.edu/FW

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY CAREER & INTERN EXPO 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Expo will provide opportunities for hiring recent graduates, alumni, and interns from all our majors and programs. California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.callutheran.edu.

VENTURA COUNTY CAMERA CLUB MEETING 6:30 p.m. Come to discuss and critique photos at this meeting of the camera club. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, www.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com.

VENTURA COUNTY GRAND JURY OPEN HOUSE 1-3 p.m. Learn what the Ventura County Grand Jury is all about and apply for a position at this open house. Grand Jury Chamber, third floor, 646 County Square Drive, Ventura, www.ventura.org/grand-jury.

Thursday

PATRICK’S DAY IN IRELAND Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. Fiddles, uilleann pipes, bodhrán, guitar, vocals and flutes will ring through the theatre as dancer Connor Reider and the Kerry Traditional Band share their passion for the traditional music of Ireland. $47-50. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.

COFFEE WITH A COP 9-10:30 a.m. Meet with your local police officers in a friendly environment to chat. Starbucks, 4722 Telephone Road, Ventura.

GRIEF CLASS FOR THE NEWLY BEREAVED 6-7:30 p.m. This regular meeting is for those wishing to understand the grieving process. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 109, Ventura, 805-642-0239, ext. 775.

THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB 11:15 a.m. Local women’s club meeting offers a catered lunch and program. This month’s program will be “A Broadway Review” starring Richard Weiss at piano. 5380 Bell Street, Somis, 805-388-1275.

VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK DINNER MEETING 5:30 p.m. Caleigh Hernandez, founder and CEO of RoHo, will discuss how she put her passion into action, learned the power of story and how being flexible and adaptable in business can foster both success and change. Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, www.vcpwn.org.

OPENING THEATER

FUDDY MEERS March 13-31. An amnesiac living with her husband and son is abducted by a strange man — an event that reveals that everything is not what it appears to be. Previews March 13-15; opening night gala on Saturday, March 16. $20-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.

SPAMALOT March 7-24. The bawdy musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. $20-25. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-378-1485 or www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac.

UTOPIA, LIMITED March 8-24. With a complex plot and a large cast of characters, this Savoy opera lampoons limited liability companies, bankruptcy law and imperialism. Presented by the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-1246 or www.vcgsrc.org.

ONGOING THEATER

ART Through March 10. A large, expensive painting creates rifts between three longtime friends in this acerbic comedy by French playwright Yasmina Reza. $15-19. The Alcazar Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 805-684-6380 or www.thealcazar.org.

AS YOU LIKE IT Through March 10. This Shakespearean comedy about persecution, love and mistaken identity follows two banished noblewomen who find safety and romance in the Forest of Arden. $10-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 805-388-5716 or skywayplayhouse.org.

BREAKING LEGS Through March 24. Comedy and mayhem ensue when a mob boss finances the production of a play written by a college professor. $17-20. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.

THE HUMANS Through March 10. Three generations living under one roof confront the trials and tribulations of life. Mature subject matter. $22-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

NEWSIES Through April 14. In this rollicking, rousing musical by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, newsboys across New York City go on strike after a publisher cuts their wages. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or simi-arts.org.

NIGHT MUST FALL Through March 10. This Agatha Christie-type whodunit was the first play ever produced by the Ojai ACT in 1939. Pillars of the Ojai community will take on the role of Lord Chief Justice for each of the 12 performances. $10-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.

SWEENEY TODD Through March 24. A dark, witty musical thriller set in 19th century London and centered on a vengeful barber, a struggling baker and a macabre arrangement. Rated R. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.

OPENING ART

ORIGAMI TALES Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m. Performances to Grow On presents storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto, who uses music, masks, origami and mime to share charming Japanese folktales. $10-15. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, ptgo.org.

539 HOWARD STREET March 9-24. Mail Art, a plein air exhibit of 200 mailed-in pieces of art from 20 countries and 13 states collected by ARTLIFE publisher Joe Cardella. Opening reception on Saturday, March 9, 2-6 p.m. Presented by the ARTLIFE Foundation. 539 Howard St., Ventura, Artlifeinc72@gmail.comjoecardellalegacy.blogspot.com.

AMBROSIA BY CAFFRODITE March 13-April 1. Learning to See Art Showcase featuring art by Turning Point Foundation clients. Reception on Wednesday, March 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 1987 E Main Street, Ventura, 805-628-9289 or www.focusonthemasters.com.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS March 9-April 20: Martha Moran, Michael Rohde and Beth Tate. Opening reception on Saturday, March 9, 2-5 p.m. Through March 30: Art Without Limits, selections from the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit foundation. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.

BLACKBOARD GALLERY March 9-23. Collector’s Choice 2019, a wide range of styles and media from both emerging and nationally exhibited artists. Opening reception on Saturday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. Fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 6-9 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM March 10-May 19. The Imaginary, art commingling realism and imagination. Presented in conjunction with TRAC 2019. Opening reception on Saturday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.

MCNISH GALLERY March 13-April 18. Borderlands, artwork centering on borders, politics, landscape, environment and identity. Opening reception on Wednesday, March 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 805-678-5046 or www.oxnardcollege.edu/departments/academic/art/mcnish-gallery.

PORCH GALLERY March 7-April 21. New works by Japanese calligraphy artists Souun Takeda and Wataru Hatano. Receptions on Friday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, 5-7 p.m. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.com.

ONGOING ART

VITA ART CENTER Through March 22. Women on the Rise 2019, works by Hilary Brace, Linda Ekstrom, Peggy Pownall and Astrid Preston — artists who will be documented by Focus on the Masters in 2019. Poetry reading on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com. Pictured: Hilary Brace, “Untitled (April 2016),” charcoal on polyester film, 11.25 in. x 8.625 in.

643 PROJECT SPACE Through March 29. Print Revolution. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com.

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM 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.

ART CITY Through April 14. Nature 101, the animals with which we share the Earth, from fleas to giant creatures. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690 or artcitygalleryandstudios.com.

ATRIUM GALLERY Through April 9. Up Close, whereby the subject of the art fills the frame. Reception on Friday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m. 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.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Through March 24. Things With Wings, birds, butterflies, dragons, airplanes and other things that fly. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or www.buenaventuraartassociation.org.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through March 24. In Focus: Ansel Adams, highlights from the Lawrence Janss Collection. Lecture on Irving Penn on Thursday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240 or cmato.org.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through March 31: Insectology, an up-close look at bees, butterflies and bugs. Ongoing: Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.

CAROLYN GLASOE BAILEY FOUNDATION Through April 27. The foundation kicks off its new Ojai Institute with exhibitions by its first artists in residence, Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg. 248 S. Montgomery, unit A, Ojai, 805-633-9188 or carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 18: Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction. Through March 25: Maarten Platje: The Early History of the United States Navy. 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 April 21. Farm to Table, art centered on food — where it comes from, where it ends up and everything in between. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, www.buenaventuraartassociation.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 2019. Femina 7: Curiosities, seven women artists, each with a unique vision. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or www.fourfriendsgallery.com.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 10. Living Textures, with works by Patricia Cadenas and Patricia Fabysack. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.

H GALLERY Through May 31: Angeles en México: Roma by Michael Swank and Tres, by Dominga OpazoThrough March 31: Genesis, online gallery and arts publication that explores immigration in this issue. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through April 10. Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, a touring exhibit on Native American healing practices. Educational presentation on Monday, April 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.

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 Ongoing. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period, in a 30,000-square-foot facility. Car show every first Sunday of the month. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or www.murphyautomuseum.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through April 27: Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass by Frances Elson, with glass art, poetry, Cantorial and Yiddish music and more. Panel discussion on Sunday, March 24, 2-4 p.m. Artist talk on Friday, April 12, 6-9 p.m. Through May 19: Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture, the role of architects and designers in affecting positive change. Through March 31: Chris Hillman: Time Between, rock and roll memorabilia from the local legend and country rock pioneer. 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.

NAPA HALL GALLERY Through April 5. The F-Word (Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega); Seasons of Migration (Elizabeth Souza; Grad Wall); Adolfo Camarillo High School (Palm-Temporary). Reception on Thursday, March 14, 6-8 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.

OJAI ART CENTER Through April 3. FUSION, sculpture and collage by Dyan Berk and Mike Stiler. Reception on Saturday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through April 28: From the Earth, the artistic potential of ceramics, including works by Beatrice Wood, Vivicka and Otto Heino, Frank Noyes and local contemporary artists. 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.

PALERMO Opened Jan. 2019. Portraits of Ventura, acrylic paintings of Ventura by artist Jamie Wells. 321 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3070.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 7: Common Ground, garden and landscape art by Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck. Through May 12: I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits, featuring Lynn Hanson, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck and many others. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The newly opened Pot Lifer Museum presents letters, stories, photographs and more showcasing a dozen people serving life sentences for non-violent cannabis crimes. Must be 21+ with a valid ID or 18+ with a valid recommendation. 408 Bryant Circle, Suite C, Ojai, 855-722-9333 or sespe.org.

THIRD FRIDAYS OJAI The third Friday of every month, local galleries and shops open their doors to celebrate and promote Ojai’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.facebook.com/OjaiVillageExperience/.

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through April 11. Pathos Along a Contemporary Frontier: Border Paintings by Rigoberto Alonso Gonzalez, large-scale, graphic Neo-Baroque paintings that capture the violence and trauma found along the Rio Grande border. Note: Images feature depictions of violence that may be challenging for some viewers. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.