By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 12/26/2013


71 PALM NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 5 p.m (and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.). Chef Didier will offer a la carte selections from his menu, tailored specifically for the New Year. 71 N. Palm St., Ventura. For more information, call 653-7222.  

ANNUAL ALL-NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE SKATING PARTY 9 p.m. Kids 11-16 will skate all night with free hats, horns and noisemakers, two slices of pizza and a drink. A balloon drop at midnight will let the kids go nuts for the New Year. $20-$25. Skating Plus, 1720 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit

BRAZILIAN NEW YEARS CELEBRATION AT MOQUECA 5 p.m. Live samba dancers, Brazilian music and inspired food will be had at the restaurant’s New Year celebration. Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, 3550 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 204-0970.

COMEDY HIDEAWAY AND THE MIGHTY CASH CATS AT PEIRANO’S 7:30 & 9 p.m – 1 a.m. The restaurant will host two shows featuring comedians who have been featured on Comedy Central, HBO & Showtime, alongside dinner specials and drinks served all night, followed by a rockin’ New Years celebration with the Johnny Cash tribute band The Mighty Cash Cats. Peiranos, 206 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit or

CROWNE PLAZA NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 10 p.m. Winner of “best event disc jockey” awards Bruce Barrios will host the annual party at the Crowne Plaza’s Top of the Harbor ballroom. $100-$175. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 648-2100.  

DISCOVERY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH 8 p.m. Private lane bowling and bottle service will be provided at this bash, featuring music and dancing. 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit  

GIGI’S NEW YEARS EVE COCKTAIL PARTY 8 p.m. Join funk band What The Funk as they celebrate the coming year with cocktails and appetizers. Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, 2493 Grand Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 642-2411.

“HOLLYWOOD PERSONALITIES” ABOARD THE FILLMORE & WESTERN 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The historic Fillmore & Western railway will once again host its New Year’s Eve train featuring dinner and character actors. $110. Fillmore & Western railway, 364 Main St., Fillmore. For more information, visit

NEW YEAR’S AT EL REY 9 p.m. Live music and a champagne toast will ring in the New Year. 294 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 653-1111.  

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION WITH CALIENTE 7 p.m. Join Southern California’s Caliente as it rings in the New Year with food, beverages and dancing. Pirates Restaurant, 450 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit

NEW YEAR’S EVE MIDNIGHT PEACE MEDITATION 11:30 p.m. A quiet and peaceful way to ring in the near year features a meditation session and making wishes for the year to come. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center, 2021 Sperry Ave. #22, Ventura. For more information, visit

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY 8 p.m. The swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will rock in the New Year with a special performance celebrating the holiday. $41-$61. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit  

NEW YEAR’S EVE MURDER MYSTERY FUNDRAISER 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. A dinner buffet will be included with this performance of Last Cruise of the S.S. Minnow, an interactive murder mystery with all proceeds going to support the local troupe. $53. Yolanda’s Mexican Café, 2753 Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit

OJAI CONCERT SERIES: CELTIC NEW YEARS CELEBRATION 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Folk band Sligo Rags will entertain guests with a decidedly bluegrass feel of gypsy jazz and traditional Irish songs alongside a potluck dinner. $20. The Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 441 Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 665-8852.

ROARING ‘20s COCKTAIL PARTY AT THE PIERPONT 7 p.m. Buffet dinner and cocktail reception will ring in the New Year with DJ Matt Nadsady and live music by Sound Effect. The Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road, Ventura. For more information, visit  

ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH LOS AMIGOS 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Live music featuring Latino hits from the band Los Amigos will entertain guests during a four-course meal. A full bar and tableside champagne service will also be included. $25. Oxnard’s Elk Lodge, 801 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 857-2291.  

RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY NEW YEAR’S EVE 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The fifth annual celebration will have guests wine and dine as well as enjoy live music from The Platinum Groove band at this 21-and-older event. $145. The Ronald Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit  

VERY SUBLIME CHRISTMAS PARTY 9 p.m. Join the Sublime tribute band Emilbus as it rings in the New Year with food and beverages. Azar’s Sports Bar, 2215 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. For more information, visit  

WATERSIDE NEW YEARS EVE PARTY AND CELEBRATION 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Two sessions are available for this dinner party featuring a four-course meal and live entertainment. $65. The Waterside Restaurant and Bar, 3500 S. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit


~ Thursday ~
THE HAUNTED TAVERN SHOW 7:30 p.m. A wide range of topics is covered by a venerable cast of local comedians at this special event for adults 18 years of age and older. Appetizers and drinks will be available for purchase. Glen Tavern Inn, 134 N. Mill St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 642-3145. 
~ Saturday ~
ELITE THEATRE COMPANY’S YEAR END CELEBRATION 6 p.m. The theatre company’s party will feature a 1920s theme, cocktails, dancing and a murder mystery. R.S.V.P. required. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 483-5118.
VENTURA 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,

CARNEGIE 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,

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. 

GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 29. “We Are One, We Are Many.” The gallery’s inaugural exhibition will feature paintings by Devin Oatway and sculpture by Jon Rajkovich. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or visit

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,

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,

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

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

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,

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

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “In the Detail: Small Works,” art that doesn’t exceed 12 inches in any direction, a juried show. Works in the exhibit are of various media, including paintings, ceramics, stone sculptures and mixed-media pieces. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  2221 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1386,

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.


AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Dec. 30: “Mighty Machines in Miniature,” model tractors. 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

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,

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

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,

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Through Jan. 2. “Talking about My Generation: What’s Yours? Corvette Display” features four generations of Chevrolet Corvette body shapes. The first generation is represented by a 1960 roadster convertible, the second by a 1966 coupe, the third by a 1969 T-top and the fourth by a 1986 model. 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,

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,

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.



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