Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Kohli Entertainment presents a rare, intimate appearance by the outrageous Coco Peru on Friday, Sept. 28.

Veteran radio personality Frank Sontag (Impact, The Mark and Brian Show) will speak on “Life, Radio and Other Things” at the Canyon on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The Tavern will host a No Cover magazine showcase on Saturday, Sept. 29 featuring Jason Cruz and Howl, The Darlings and Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

THE CAPITOL STEPS Monday, Oct. 1. Presented by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation and KCLU the Capitol Steps began 30 years ago as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They have performed for five U.S. Presidents, traveled to all 50 states (to perform, not sightsee), recorded more than 30 albums. $25-$45. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787 or  www.civicartsplaza.com.

CIRCUS VARGAS 2012 Thursday, Sept. 27, through Monday, Oct. 1. Tabares Entertainment presents famed singing ringmaster Kevin Venardos for a production of musical magnitude in its most exciting, innovative edition ever. Acting as master of ceremonies, Venardos skillfully melds melody with movement, adds a bit of Broadway and a splash of razzle-dazzle. Take a look beyond the sawdust and spangles, a peek past the mystique and wonder, and discover why Circus Vargas is America’s favorite big-top circus. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For show times and tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday, Sept. 21,  Zoey’s welcomes Todd Hannigan, the Emy Reynolds Band and Scary Girls.

Comedians Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take no prisoners with their Hollywood Babble-On show at the Canyon on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Powerhouse vocalist Shea Chambers will perform at Pirates Grub ’N Grog on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

VENTURA HILLSIDES MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. The flagship fundraiser for the Ventura Hillsides Organization presents its 10th annual outdoor concert with an outstanding lineup of world-class entertainment in the rustic setting of Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura. With its mission to preserve and protect the Ventura River and the open spaces of Ventura’s hillsides, the organization has managed to attract legendary musical artists over the years, including Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, he Neville Brothers and Taj Mahal. Always culturally enriching, this year’s lineup features five-time Grammy-winning New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John with his band the Lower 911 and famed New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary. Dr. John (Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr.) also called “The Night Tripper” is best known in the mainstream for his 1973 hit “Right Place, Wrong Time” but his credits are legion. His music is straight-up hoodoo with a side of funk and a shot of psychedelic that celebrates the real sound of New Orleans, evoking both the spooky and joyful aspects of its culture.
Also on the bill are Blues Traveler and Elvin Bishop. With more than 10 million albums sold worldwide since the early ’90s, and 2,000 live shows for more than 30 million people, Blues Traveler — David Letterman’s favorite band — remains one of the great jam bands, incorporating rock, blues, psych and soul into a groovy stew.  The band’s single “Run-Around” was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history and earned the group a Grammy. 
Though known for his FM radio hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” guitarist Elvin Bishop’s career is steeped in the blues. An original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early’60s, Bishop has recorded with the likes of Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers.
From vegetable oil-powered generators to all eco-friendly products and trash recycling, the Hillsides Organization applies green principles to every detail of the event. This year, children younger than 10 are free with a general admission ticket holder. Tickets are $50 with a variety of packages to choose from, including a Firestone Walker beer package. Tickets and instructions for parking as well as event rules are available at Salzer’s Records, Great Pacific Iron Works (Patagonia) and Simone’s Coffee and Tea or online at www.venturahillsides.org.

VENTURA COMEDY FESTIVAL Sept. 24-30. A whole week with 27 comedy shows at six fun locations, including the Crowne Plaza, Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, Ventura Harbor Lawn, Andres Wine and Tapas, Blackbeard’s Seaside BBQ and The Greek at the Harbor. Adam Carolla will be taping The Adam Carolla Show, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Top of the Harbor Ballroom. Preferred seats are $35 and general admission is $25. The Adam Carolla Show holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most downloaded podcast. It receives more than 8 million downloads per month. The festival will also feature Rex Navarrete, the premier Filipino American comedian, and The Tobolowsky Files Live. Showcase themes include Jews Gone Wild, Rainbow, Dirty Dozen, International, Rock Stars of Comedy, Latino, Ten Headliners, Clean Comedy, Bad Girls Out, Left vs. Right: Political Showdown, and Black Friday: Hottest African American Comics in the County! Ticket prices vary. All-Access Passes are $59.99 and include admission to all shows and events, a groovy souvenir pint glass and special discounts (posted on the website) throughout Ventura. For tickets and detailed information, visit www.venturacomedyfestival.com. Check the online edition of VCReporter for an exclusive interview with Adam Carolla.

MOONLIGHT AT THE RANCH Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. “Moonlight at the Ranch VI” is an annual fundraising gala event hosted by the Limoneira Ranch. Themed “Creatures of the Night!” descendants of Honorary “Ghost-Chairs” Bela Lugosi (Dracula) and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein’s Monster) will be special guests. The evening will include tastings from 40 different restaurants, a no-host bar and entertainment by Men on the Moon. The event will jointly benefit the Santa Paula Police ans Fire Foundation, as well as the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-1890 or visit www.moonlightattheranch.com.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 18. “Emblemata” by Michael Pearce, the art department chairman at Cal Lutheran University. Says the artist: “Perfectly in harmony with the Carnegie Art Museum’s neo-classical architecture, Michael Pearce¹s dramatic allegorical paintings evoke a dreamlike world populated by people completely engaged in mysterious tasks. A master of glaze painting, his expansive paintings convey lightness and air, while remaining convincing as windows into an alternate universe. They invite interpretation, mystical reverie and attention.” Pearce will give a talk on Nov. 8, “Madness and Pilgrimage: Playing the Tarot Fool in Medieval Milan”; and “A Thin Man: The Medieval Mystery of the Visconti Sforza Magician” on Nov. 15. Ongoing: extensive permanent collection of modern art, including Chicano art. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org. 

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 15, 12:30-5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. CBF is one of the year’s biggest entertainment events featuring everyone’s favorite three B’s: beer, barbecue and the blues! Tickets for the California Beer Festival’s Craft Beer Heaven on Saturday are $50 for general admission, $70 for a special Saturday-only “V.I.P. Meet the Brewer,” or $25 for a Designated Driver Ticket. Sunday it’s the CBF Blues, Brews & BBQ Blues Festival for $30 (children 5 and younger are free on Sunday only), featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Ventura County Blues Society members receive a $5 discount with I.D. Advance tickets available at www.californiabeerfestival.com. CBF event proceeds benefit DARC (Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center) and the Gen Giammaco Foundation. Space is limited! For more information, call 323-5691 or e-mail info@californiabeerfestival.com.

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GREASE Through Oct. 7. Ojai ACT presents this much-loved musical with attitude about the dawning of rock and roll in the 1950s and its ushering in of a new era that would impact post-war culture in unforeseeable ways. $25-$30. Reservations strongly advised. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.

FOREIGN FILM SERIES Monday, Sept. 17, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Featuring Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion. With his frequent witty use of his blog and twitter, he is able to organize, inform and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. 

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Zoey’s presents a very special intimate evening with Camper Van Beethoven on Monday, Sept. 10.

Hi Hat Entertainment presents rockabilly star James Harman on Friday, Sept. 7 at Yolie’s.

On Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. Dave Mason’s All-Star Jam will perform at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl to raise funds for the cozy outdoor venue. The band will feature Eric Burdon (The Animals), Tom Scott, Stuart Hamm (Vai, Satriani), Billy Valentine, Brian Nova and other studio and performing legends. $25. www.libbeybowl.org.

A benefit for the Lupus Foundation will be held at Bombay Bar and Grill on Friday, Sept. 7 with music by Joey Peate and Flashman, Cirque Noir, Spivey & the Sugar Tail Feathers and The Thumpers.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

2012 ALOHA BEACH FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9. The festival will feature freestyle frisbee and K9 frisbee competitions as well as outrigger canoe competitions and 2 days of live music at the Surf Rodeo Stage and the Aloha Stage. The festival’s beneficiary will be the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. Local bands Dirty Rice, Jackass, Ska Daddyz and Reggae Soul Jah, are among those who will be performing. Plenty of food and drink vendors and beer garden. Promenade Park/Surfers Point, Ventura. For more information, visit www.alohabeachfestival.us. 

PRIVATE LIVES Through Sept. 30. Rubicon Theatre Company closes its season with Noel Coward’s elegant and sophisticated comedy that follows two self-absorbed divorcees who unwittingly book adjoining hotel rooms while on honeymoon with their new spouses. $25-$54. Call 667-2900 or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.








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