By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 01/02/2014
~ Friday ~THE WAVE CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS SAINT PIERRE 6 p.m. (and 8 p.m.). The Beatles come to life in this R&B tribute by renowned composer Saint Pierre at The WAV’s concert series, including wine and snacks as well as a silent auction. The WAV, 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.concertartshows.com.
~ Saturday ~THE WAYNE AND BRENDA SHOW PRESENTS CABARET NIGHT 7:30-8:30 p.m. Music and merriment will be provided by the duo of Wayne and Brenda who have played around the world. $15-$20. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Rd. Suites V&W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 8:30 a.m. The Ventura Audubon Society will host a bird count at various locations, involving the counting and identification of the county’s local and native wildlife, followed by a pot luck. For locations and for more information, call 377-5859.
SOW IN THE NEW YEAR AT GRANT PARK 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors will learn about California native wildflowers and sow their own. Above City Hall, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturabotanicalgardens.com.
~ Sunday ~SHERLOCK HOLMES, FLEA MARKET AND OPERA AT DUDLEY HOUSE Sunday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Dudley house will host a 1948 broadcast of Sherlock Holmes and early operatic recordings from the 20th century while conducting a flea market featuring locally made products and antiques. Dudley House, 4085 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.dudleyhouse.org
MINI MOVING CREATURES 1-3 p.m. The Ventura Museum will host a workshop to build miniature creatures out of various materials as part of their free first Sunday series. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW 4:30 p.m. This film features the story of a high school boy who falls for a not-so-typical nice girl. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
~ Monday ~THE GREAT BEAUTY 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This Italian film follows an aging journalist who has lived off of his fame for decades until a stunning revelation forces him to turn his eye upon himself and the city of Rome. $6.25-$9.25. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
~ Tuesday ~LOW COST RABIES SHOT CLINIC 7-8 p.m. Ventura County Animal Services along with Santa Paula Animal Clinic will provide rabies vaccinations for pets at a low cost. $6, cash only. Simi Valley Fire Station No. 41, 1910 Church St., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.vcas.us.
ONGOING THEATERVENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be 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 ARTBELL ARTS FACTORY TOOL ROOM GALLERY Jan. 3-25. “9 Windows” photography by Ventura Film Society founder Lorenzo DiStefano. Reception Friday, Jan. 3, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Jan. 4-30. “Well... it’s Colorful,” Kirk Lowry’s latest collection of abstract paintings done with acrylic, resin and various mixed media. Each painting is an experiment in color and design, which Lowry calls “eye candy.” Reception Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org.
ONGOING ARTCARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17. “Under the Influence of Finance and Fashion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” The artists and works in this exhibition explore the relationship between economics and consumer culture and reveal the immense impact that socioeconomics has had on the art of the contemporary generation, as well as on our culture at large. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org.
CSUCI Through Jan. 20. “Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections (Part II),” works by art teachers in Italy and California. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8570.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 20. “It’s Just Right,” a juried exhibition of medium-size images by a host of local artists, including Judy Gibbs, Norman Kirk, Sylvia Raz, Erik Abel, Steve Cook and many more. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8. Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition, including works from the last decade and a few pieces by the artist’s late father. California Lutheran University, www.callutheran.edu.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of Ventura’s natural beauty and marine life of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 2. Avant-garde artist Jeff Sanders offers his vision of everyday America in the fun and provocative exhibit “Tina’s Toys and Other Things.” The famous and infamous of George Stuart’s Historical Figures, on display to kick off the George Stuart Audio Project, which will create a comprehensive archive of Stuart’s commentary on his figures. 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 GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayle 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 GALLERY Through Jan. 14. The gallery’s biggest show of the year features pieces mostly less than $100. Featured artists include West Cooke, Dan Holmes, Debrah Hintz, John Bacoy, Jen Livia and more. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 9. The Ag Art Alliance presents the sixth annual Art About Agriculture exhibit featuring more than 75 art pieces by 48 artists at both venues. The exhibit explores all facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil and the food we eat. Through Feb. 23. “De Colores,” the long-running annual group show that recognizes the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara River Valley. Featured artists include Uriel Leon, Marissa Magdalena and Veronica Valadez. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STEVE MUNCH PHOTO GALLERY Ongoing. Photographs of local landscapes and points of interest. Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 113, Ventura Harbor Village. 701-0779.
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.
CULTURAL DESTINATIONSAGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: collections of farming machinery and implements from Ventura County’s rich agriculture history plus paintings by local artists that depict farming life. Current exhibition started March 30. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Feb. 2. Prehistoric California. Visitors will be able to view the skulls of some of the most famous mega-fauna such as the saber-tooth cat, dire wolf, a prehistoric camel, horse and the formidable Harlan’s ground sloth. Other mammals and marine fossils from the Miocene and Pleistocene will also be on display. The specimens on display are borrowed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and Santa Barbara City College. Ongoing: exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing. “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s recently designed and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. 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: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through March 9. “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage” features more than 300 documents and spy gadgets, many never before seen by the general public. 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, www.reaganlibrary.com.
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.