Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

VENTURA NATIONALS Saturday, Sept. 1, 9 a.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m. The 10th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show and Music Festival attractions will include more than 700 pre-1969 American hotrods, kustoms, classics, trucks, low-riders and motorcycles on display and a pinup contest judged by legendary Ramone’s drummer Marky Ramone, as well as infamous television, film and celebrity auto customizer George Barris. Guests will enjoy live music as bands spanning five different genres shake, rattle and roll the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For a complete lineup, visit www.venturanationals.com

IMPROV COMEDY FESTIVAL Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The Ventura Improv Company’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration is an improv competition that culminates with a three-hour showdown. Improv groups from outside Ventura County will participate and compete, and performances will take place evenings and afternoons. $5-$50. For tickets and a complete schedule, call 643-5701 or visit www.venturaimprov.com/festival.

Picks of the Week

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On Sunday, Sept. 2, Rubberneck Lions, Aaron Orbit, Matt Zeltzer, Mikasa and Bearkat will perform for “Be The C.A.U.S.E. Artistic Expression for Autism Awareness ” at Zoey’s.

The Privateers will perform at the Keynote Lounge on Friday, Aug. 31.

The Tavern welcomes 50 Sticks of Dynamite, La Vonettes, Phantom Pomps and 5th and Birmingham on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Hi Hat Entertainment presents Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame inductee Carl Sonny Leyland on Friday, Aug. 31 at Yolie’s.

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Picks of the Week

On Saturday, Aug. 25, Orlando Napier returns to W20 Lounge.
The talented vocalist recently appeared on The Voice.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, Billy O’s presents LA Velvet, Canada’s Lift Off, Vengeance Machine
and the return of The Volume Knockers.

Big Tweed brings its good time California honky-tonk
to the Keynote Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Dan Grimm and his band at Green Art People is always a good time.
Catch him there on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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Picks of the Week

3RD ANNUAL SPENCER MAKENZIE’S END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY Saturday, Aug. 25, 12-10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 26, 12-7 p.m The two day block party will feature live music, a corn hole tournament, beer and wine, a sand castle contest, eclectic vendors, a massive kid’s activity hosted by the Ventura Family YMCA and all of the award winning food and sauces that Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company is know for. Featuring music from Dick Dale, Big Band, Dirty Rice, New Liberty, Army of Freshmen, The Pullmen, 8 Stops 7, Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats, Shawn Jones, The Privateers, Alexandra & The Starlight Band, Dusty Bottom Girls, Birdfeeder, Sarah Ashleigh & The Boyds and more!
806 E. Thompson Blvd. Admission: $10 per day.

ARTISTS UNION GALLERY Aug. 25 through Oct. 7. “Art of the Book 4” features contemporary, traditional, and unusual book art. This includes three-dimensional artwork that uses any book format (from tablets to codex) or a book as the base for the artwork.  Two-dimensional artwork includes text as an integral part of its composition, like the Richard Troncone multimedia pyramid book pictured. Reception Aug. 25, 6 p.m. Book Art Talk and Presentation with featured artist Beverly Decker, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. 89 S. California St., Ventura. (new location.)

BROADWAY COMES TO OJAI Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Two talented, Tony-nominated women, Valarie Pettiford and Sharon McNight, will perform on stage for the art center’s annual fundraiser. The evening will also include appetizers, beverages, a silent auction and desserts. 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 

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The one and only Reverend Horton Heat will be at the Canyon on Friday, Aug. 17.

Saturday, Aug. 18, The Cult will perform at the Ventura Theater. Murder of Crows will open.

Whiskey meets the gypsy when D on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers perform at Dargan’s Irish Pub on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Kapeesh returns to Ventura County with three gigs this weekend: Thursday, Aug. 16 at Bombay Bar and Grill; Friday, Aug. 17 at The Red Cove; and Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Beachcomber Tavern.

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WINGS OVER CAMARILLO Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, noon-4:30 p.m. The Camarillo Wings Association will host the WWII 325th Fighter Group Checkertail Clan during its 67th Annual Reunion at this year’s Wings Over Camarillo Air Show with support from volunteers from the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, EAA Chapter 723 and the Ventura County 99s. An expanded air show flight demonstration features many popular aerobatic routines with nearly 90 aircraft, including vintage planes, experimental and WWII fighter, bombers and transports. The air show features public access to the planes, pilots and crews. Come for the day to watch and walk among the planes, take photos and ask questions of the pilots and air show volunteers. Tickets are $10-$15, kids 12 and younger free. Camarillo Airport, 480 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. Visit www.wingsovercamarillo.com for more information.

DUBWORD: :GEIST Monday, Aug. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. A time-based-art exhibition featuring live and archival video documentation of poets you have been reading and seen performing in the area for the past two decades. Steve Aguilar will be presenting nine short films based on the works of 10 literary artists, including Phil Taggart, Marsha de la O, Friday Lubina, Gauvin and Gwendolyn Alley. The artists will perform in front of the films to create a doppelganger/time bending effect. Work by Art City founder Paul Lindhard and monotypes by Gary Chafe will also be included. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; performances at 7:30 p.m. Art City, 197 Dubbers, Ventura. 

REY FRESCO WITH OJAI YOUTH SYMPHONY Saturday, Aug. 18, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East and Interface Children and Family Services present Rey Fresco with the Ojai Youth Symphony. Artwork, food and beverage vendors. Proceeds to support our communities at home and abroad by assuring safety for youth and families, improving health and education, and combating hunger. Libbey Bowl, Ojai. For tickets and more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org.

THE PROVOKED WIFE Through Aug. 26. The award-winning Transport Theatre presents this bawdy restoration-era comedy about a wife caught in a less than desirable marriage. Shall she passively endure, or take a lover on the side? Directed by Rick Kuhlman, the cast includes Vivien Latham, Ron Feltner, Casey Solow, David Rogge, Nigel Chisolm, Linda Livingston, Brittany Danyel and David Stewart. $15-$18. OYES, 316 E. Mailija, Ojai. (800) 838-3006 or www.transporttheatre.com.

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Timmy Curran will play an acoustic set at Zoey’s on Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m. with Tony Ferrari opening.

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club presents Gerry Bednob on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11.

 Photo by: Mariana Schulze
On Saturday, Aug. 11, Rock 4 A Cause presents Holiday Special, The Thumpers, Irie Army, Plastic Spikes and We Govern We at The Sandbox Coffeehouse. Music starts at 5 p.m. 

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JULIA CHILD AND 71 PALM Julia Child, America’s favorite chef, helped bring classic French cuisine to our country and inspired so many to expand their culinary skills and tastes. To honor Julia’s 100th, 100 restaurants across the country are creating menus inspired by the most cherished Julia recipes.71 Palm in Ventura has been invited to participate in the Julia Child Restaurant Week, Aug. 7-15, and is excited to feature for that week a special three-course menu highlighting some of Julia’s classic French dishes, in honor of her life and extraordinary culinary legacy, which brought fresh ingredients and joy into the kitchen, revolutionizing American cuisine and palates. 71 Palm Restaurant, 71 N. Palm St., Ventura, 653-7222.

HELEN REDDY Saturday, Aug. 11. Famed vocalist best known for her ’70s hit “I Am Woman” has hit the reboot button on her singing career after decades on sabbatical. She will perform her hits and other great songs at The Canyon. For tickets and more information, call (818) 879-5016 or visit www.canyonclub.net.
NIGHT MUST FALL Aug. 3-26. SENGA Classic Stage presents a classic British psychological thriller based on a true story. $15-$17. Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. 

BOYS II MEN AND EN VOGUE Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. The Ventura County Fair presents two hugely popular, chart-topping vocal-driven R&B groups: Boys II Men, famous for it’s a capella hip-hop hybrid and En Vogue which produced some of the steamiest music videos of the early ’90s. The concert will be held on the Grandstand Arena Stage. Free with admission to the fair. 648-3376 or www.venturacountyfair.org.

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Billy O’s presents a band you haven’t seen in a while: No Motiv along with Stop Breathing, Burning Dog, Whereabouts, Strand Quentin and Out of Trust, on Friday, Aug. 3.

Eighties hair band Cinderella will perform at the Canyon on Thursday, Aug. 2.

On Friday, Aug. 3, it’s an all hip-hop, all-ages night at Rock City Studios with Riley Real, Modern Day Poetz, Konnekted and Tip C.

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VENTURA COUNTY FAIR Through Aug. 12. Rides, Ribbons & Rodeos is the theme for this year’s county fair. Attractions include farm animals, nightly fireworks, competitions and displays by county residents. Also midway carnival rides and games plus good old-fashioned fair food. Musical performers: Aug. 3, Bret Michaels at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 4, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at 7:30 p.m.; Aug 5, Lupillo Rivera at 3 p.m.; Aug. 6, Creed at 7:30 pm.; Aug. 7, Frankie Avalon at 1 p.m.; Aug. 7, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 8, Cobra Starship at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 9, Martina McBride at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 10, Boyz II Men and EnVogue at 7:30 p.m. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. $10 for adults, $7 for children and seniors. For more information, call 648-3376 or visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Aug. 7 through Nov. 18. Spicy food, hot music and Oxnard’s cool ocean breezes are on the menu for the Plaza Park is the place for a two-day celebration of everything salsa – the food, the music and the dance. You can taste it, you can dance it, and you can even take it home! Sizzling entertainment takes center stage with the area’s hottest salsa and Latin jazz bands. Free admission and parking. Plaza Park, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.

VINTAGE VOLKSWAGEN CRUISE AND CAR SHOW Sunday, Aug. 8. The Treffen 1000 mile cruise down the coast ends at the Channel Islands harbor with more than 200 Vintage Volkswagen’s, a raffle, music and family fun to benefit Food Share. Admission to the show is two cans of food for FoodShare. Channel Islands Harbor, 3850 Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard.








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