Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Friday, July 27,  50 Sticks of Dynamite will perform at the Village Jester in Ojai.

Billy O’s welcomes Translation, Reluctant Hero and Moonraker on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

TLVC and Surf Brewery present a local music jam with Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog at Big Buddha Lounge in Oak View on Sunday, July 29, 3:30 p.m.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

CITRUS CLASSIC BALLOON FESTIVAL Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The Citrus Classic features hot-air balloons on display at sunrise and sunset over scenic mountains and orchards. The family-friendly event offers something for everyone, including sunset dinners, wine and beer tastings, a kid’s discovery fest, skydivers, a car and tractor show, vendors, food trucks, live music and much more. This year’s bands include The Big Band, Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats, Army of Freshmen, Durango 95, Skick, Kyle Hunt and King Gypsy, Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes, Shoemaker Brothers and more. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more infomation and tickets, visit www.citrusclassicballoons.com

19TH ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 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.

COMMUNITY ARTS FUNDRAISER July 28. During the fundraiser variety show everyone’s favorite vocal coach, Jodi Farrell, performs with her acoustic trio TresCoustics; singer-songwriter Smitty West and Julija Zonic perform the greatest love songs; visual artist Bethany Marie Harris will display her tree series; and sculptors from Art City will be on hand. There will be a silent auction featuring original art. Proceeds from the evening will go toward various local arts organizations and to provide needy kids with musical instruments and art supplies.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club welcomes comedian and indie film director Bobcat Goldthwait on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

The beloved and irrepressible HR from Bad Brains makes a rare appearance at Golden China on Saturday, July 21, featuring Louchie Mayorga from Suicidal Tendencies.

The Dwarves (yes, the Dwarves!) will take over Billy O’s on Friday, July 20, along with La Vasa, Stop Breathing, Blastoid and Bamboula.

On Wednesday, July 25, Numbskull Productions presents the “Scream It Like You Mean It” tour featuring Attack Attack!, We Came As Romans, Woe is Me, Abandon All Ships, Like Moths to Flames, Close to Home, Secrets, Glass Cloud and At the Skylines. All-ages show, doors open at 4 p.m.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

WESTSIDE ARTWALK July 21-22. An annual free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios and pop-up venues in Ventura’s Westside Cultural District and Downtown area. A signature event for Ventura for many years, which brought in cultural tourists from all over, it is now being run by an all-volunteer group that has added new life to the event. Special events include a Bowl Hop (purchase an original bowl made by a local artist and use it to sample local cuisine in downtown restaurants. Proceeds go to FOOD SHARE); Focus on the Masters fundraising auction featuring original artwork from some of the most prestigious artists in our community, gift certificates to Ventura’s leading restaurants, spa packages and other fabulous gifts; a party with live music and food sponsored by Green Art People at Stoneworks Studios; an Arty Party at the Museum of Ventura County to celebrate their artists Dianne Bennett and the Studio Channel Islands Art Center; work by Chuck Trunks (pictured) and live tattooing at Fox Fine Jewelry and VCReporter’s showcase of art by people with autism. See center insert for a map. For details, visit www.westsideartwalk.org.

TROPICAL DAZE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy live surf, Caribbean, reggae and island music at the Fourth Annual Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival at the Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The two-day festival features plenty of tropical entertainment, food and more than 75 tropical-themed vendors. A free children’s activity area with hands-on games and arts and crafts is perfect for families with young children. Exotic birds, including macaws, cockatoos, parakeets, kookaburras, cockatiels, soft bills and peacocks, will be on display. Hula dancers, Samoan fire dancers and Tahitian drummers will bring the tales and legends of the Polynesian islands to life. Admission is $5. Kids 5 and younger are free. Luau admission is $38 per person, $48 for VIP seating. Tickets can be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information about Tropical Daze, including the luau, call 499-6312, e-mail info@tropicaldaze.org, or visit www.tropicaldaze.org

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM. Through Sept. 30. Vintage British Bikes exhibition of motorcycles from rarely seen private collections, including a 1937 Velocette and a 1958 Ariel. Ongoing: Various exhibits documenting the region’s oil history as well as rotating art exhibits. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday, July 13, Lee Koch returns to Zoey’s for an evening of bluesy folk songs.

Zoey’s presents up and coming singer-songwriters Rocky Gunderson and Emy Reynolds along with NPR sweethearts the Heligoats from Chicago on Sunday, July 15.

The House of Magic, Ventura’s newest multi arts venue, is raising money for the arts with its Got Heart Benefit concert on Saturday, July 14, featuring The Bullet Boys, Skick, 13, Valerie Rose Day, Bass Ackwards and others. The event will run from noon to 11 p.m. with the Bullet Boys going on at 9:30 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family at this all-ages event. For more information, visit www.thomagic.com.

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club welcomes comedian Christopher Titus on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14.

On Friday, July 13, the Ventura Theater will present West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle along ith YG, Modern Poetz and Riley Real.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Photo courtesy Steve Binder
T.A.M.I. SHOW Saturday, July 14, 6 p.m. Hear some of 1964’s most popular musical artists in the T.A.M.I Show, the first concert movie of the rock era, showing at the Museum of Ventura County. The legendary film is part of the museum’s Dinner and a Movie series, and features sets from James Brown and The Famous Flames, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Jan and Dean, Marvin Gaye (backed by the Blossoms), Gerry and the Pacemakers, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Lesley Gore, the Barbarians, and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. The studio band was the Wrecking Crew. The evening includes a dinner, and the movie starts at 7:15 p.m. $20. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For reservations, call 653-0323 x 7.

Photo by Aaron Kirsch
PETER PAN July 13 through Aug. 11. Conejo Players, the oldest community theater company in Ventura County, presents the James M. Barrie play about the boy who wouldn’t grow up. This delightful high-flying spectacle is great family entertainment. Fly away with Peter, Tinkerbell and the Darling children to a place where children can fly, and exciting, frightening adventures happen every day. Pirates, fairies, natives and Lost Boys abound in this thrilling escapade! Starring: Jackie Nicole (Peter Pan), Madeline Rubenstein (Tiger Lily) and Arryck Adams (Captain Hook).

LATIDO FLAMENCO Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m. Latido Flamenco, which loosely translates into the heartbeat of flamenco, is an evening of music and dance reflective of the art form believed to have been born in southern Spain. Beyond rolling castanets, rapid-pulse footwork, twirling polkas dots and bullfighter poses, the night offers other sensational delights. Tapas will be served at the elegant dance scene of The Passionate Spirit Dance Academy while the best performers in Southern California are presented: Jose Tanaka on guitar, Briseyda Zarate singing, and Evelyn Nacif and Juan Talavera dancing. 2550  Vineyard Ave., suites 210 and 220, Oxnard. Call 407-1587 for more information.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Hi-Hat Entertainment presents Los Fabulocos at Yolie’s on Saturday, July 7.

Stalag 13 performs an all-ages show with Nardcore legends Ill Repute, The Grim and Stop Breathing at Rock City Studios on Wednesday, July 11. (Buy your advance tickets at Salzer’s and take home a complimentary souvenir gig T-shirt.)

Bombay Bar and Grill’s 27th Annual Beach Party will feature two days of outstanding local music on indoor and outdoor stages with outdoor bars, taco bar and art exhibitions sponsored by RAW. The lineup over both days includes Alexandra and the Starlight Band, Gypsy Death Star, Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes, Sharks and Cobras, Gentlemen, Dirty Rice, 5th and Birmingham, Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy, Aaron Orbit and many more. For details visit  www.bombaybarandgrill.com.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD Through Aug. 5. It was 1916. There was a town. There was a circus. And there was a murder. When the Sparks World-Famous Shows Circus pulls into the quiet town of Erwin, Tenn., the residents of the sleepy little hamlet can hardly contain their excitement. But when a member of the circus commits a horrific crime, the townsfolk demand justice. Building on both historical fact and legend, Elephant’s Graveyard questions how good people can, if only for a moment, turn into monsters, unleashing a deep-seated American craving for spectacle and revenge. $12-$18. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

MUAY THAI CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m. After more than a year’s hiatus, American World Champion Michael Mananquil is stepping back into the ring, just in time to fight for his next title. Standing in the way is WBC Muay Thai Champion Luis “El Shogun” Bio, a Mexican rising star known for delivering nonstop action in the “super fight” of the evening. The evening showcase is “Muay Thai Xtreme – Beach Bash 1” – a single-elimination tournament in search of America’s “Best in the West” in the 126 weight class – the first step in a national competition to crown America’s world-class fighters in the search to achieve their dream as part of a new TV reality show. Ocean View Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For tickets and more inforation, call 986-4818

VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. Kicking off the Sunday Matinee Concert Series is renowned guitarist Chris Cain (pictured). Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting, Northern California-based Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. San Jose Mercury News reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the Blues.” Cain’s 1987 debut recording “Late Night City Blues” received four prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominations, including ‘Guitarist of the Year.” Cain’s ever-busy schedule keeps him and his top-rate band on the road performing at some of the best blues festivals and events around. Opening for Cain: Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog, fronted by VCBS-sponsored Wednesday night Jam leader, guitarist-vocalist Tommy Marsh; and L.A. area favorites (and recent International Blues Challenge competitors) Kelly’s Lot, featuring dynamic vocalist, Kelly Zirbes. Tickets are $20-$25. High Street Arts Center, 45 East High Street, Moorpark. Purchase tickets online at www.venturacountybluessociety.org.








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