Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday, Oct. 26, Hi Hat Entertainment presents blues artist Sugaray Rayford at Yolie’s.

Dr. Shocker’s Burlesque Jambortease returns to the Ventura Theater with many beauties to feast your eyes upon, followed by a film screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The fun starts at 8 p.m.  on Saturday, Oct. 27.

 Photo by: slshr
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Bombay Bar and Grill will host the People’s Radio Halloween Party with all your favorite DJs plus Big Bottoms (Spinal Tap tribute), The Specialz (Specials tribute) and New Jacked City (90s hip-hop tribute) with members of T.F.W., Army of Freshmen, Carlism, New Liberty, Missing 23rd, The Return and Stop Breathing. Costumes strongly encouraged.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week
 ZOMBIE 2012 APOCALYPSE AND THE ABYSS Saturday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Nov. 4. Fears Gate presents two haunted attractions, “The Abyss” (a world of total darkness) and “Zombie 2012 Apocalypse” (a trip through the “plaza of the undead”), plus a “double-wide” coffin ride, in the old Ace Hardware Building, 816 Ventura Road, Oxnard. Hours are 6:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-10 p.m. other days. Less scary “Lights On” tours are available 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $13 each attraction; combo tickets cost $20-$25. Coffin rides are $5 singles, $9 doubles. For more information, call 424-262-3327 or visit www.fearsgate.com.
REIGN OF TERROR HAUNTED HOUSE 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26, 28, 30-31; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 27. The 10,000-square-foot haunted house features live actors in four scary settings. A “lights on” tour for kids is Friday, Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m. Janss Marketplace, 197 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $15 general, $25 express line. Lights On tickets are $5. For more information, www.rothauntedhouse.com
SEVEN GABLES CEMETERY AND MORTUARY Oct. 27 and 31. Artfully created Haunted House by a bunch of twisted music entertainment producers who started it many years ago, because they got too old to go ask people for candy.  Last year it served 2,000 people in five hours!  gets bigger every year. 922 Grand Ave., Ojai, www.facebook.com/7gableshauntofojai.

DE COLORES Oct. 27 through Feb. 17. The 19th annual celebration of Latino culture, heritage and iconography, founded by artist/musician Xavier Montes, returns to the Santa Paula Art Museum with new artists, textural surprises and nostalgia. Reception on Saturday, Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m. with musical entertainment by Angels on Harps and food by La Cabana. $10. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554, www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

The Ojai Valley Lions Club presents Ojai Nights on Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., featuring Dirty Rice, KHKG, Shaky Feelin’ and Ska Daddyz.

Many have waited a long time to see Adam Ant at the Ventura Theater on Friday, Oct. 19.

Doom metal returns to Bombay Bar and Grill with Alucarda and Power on Thursday, Oct. 18.

 Photo by Craig Banks
Zoey’s welcomes Charlie Peacock on Friday, Oct. 19. B Willing James will open.

Don’t miss Lee Koch and Dan Grimm at Zoey’s on Monday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.

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Picks of the Week

OJAI DAY Saturday, Oct. 20. Ojai Day is as unique as the city itself and celebrates the rich artistic, agricultural and cultural heritage of the beautiful Ojai Valley. The event features dozens of local artisans, health and wellness practitioners, farmers, non-profit organizations and commercial vendors who have exhibition and demonstration booths situated throughout the central Ojai Avenue area. There will be music, food, crafts, artworks, classic cars and even belly dancers.

HALLOWEEN TALES FROM THE WOMEN’S (AND MEN’S) LOCKER ROOM Through Oct. 21. A handful of spooky-campy short plays are presented by SENGA Classic Stage Company: an aging Southern drag queen gets nostalgic, a wise-cracking Italian American bargains for the best price on a coffin, sisters and secrets, and sexual mischief discussed at the tennis club. $17. Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai, 646-4885.

KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy human-powered beautiful-to-quirky kinetic sculptures racing over sea, sand, mud and land during the 15th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race!  This is the only race of its kind in Southern California where creatively engineered machines are transformed into moving, artful sculptures. This free family event, benefiting Turning Point Foundation, will take place at Ventura Harbor Village, 1603 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week
Photo by Eileen Castro
Ventura favorites Lion I’s return to Bombay Bar and Grill on Friday, Oct. 12.

Photo by Bill Bronson
Guitar wizard Steve Vai will display his virtuosity at the Canyon on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Pretty Wife will perform sparkly indie pop at Zoey’s on Friday, Oct. 12.

Saturday, Oct. 13 will be jammin’ at the Tavern with Brothers Gow and Shaky Feelin’.

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Picks of the Week

LEO KOTTKE Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Leo Kottke has recorded more than 30 albums that showcase his barnstorming fretwork and quirky songwriting. He is truly a master of the guitar whose playing has influenced generations of musicians and listeners, and he still tours the country relentlessly, playing his six- and 12-stringed guitars for appreciative audiences in venues ranging from New England to Southern California, from Brisbane to Berlin. Mr. Kottke is a stunning guitar player, a gifted vocalist, and one very funny man on stage. Libbey Bowl, Ojai. Tickets are available in person at the Rainbow Warehouse in Ojai, online at www.ticketswest.com, or by phone at (800) 992-8499.

GHOSTWALK Oct. 12-28. Presented annually to benefit the Santa Paula Theater Center, GHOSTWALK® is an hour-long guided tour of vintage Santa Paula neighborhoods featuring historical and architectural history of the city of Santa Paula.  Along the way, participants will encounter a number of lost souls who will thrill them with the story of their untimely demise. The scripts incorporate colorful, historic locations and events about Santa Paula’s early residents.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students and children. A special $10 adult ticket is available for the first weekend only. This year’s GhostWalk® will take place in The Oaks, an eclectic community on the outskirts of the east end of the city.  The first tour leaves at 6:30 p.m. and the last at 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from the ticket tents at 999 Cliff Drive. Reservations can be made by calling 525-3073. More information is available at www.ghostwalk.com.

OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR Oct. 13-14. The 29th Studio Tour is a feast for art lovers, a journey involving 46 artists and 42 studios located throughout the sumptuous Ojai Valley. New features this year: a guided “Concierge Tour” option along with the traditional self-guided tour, plus surprise musical guests. For more information, visit www.ojaistudioartists.org. 

VENTURA OYSTERFEST Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The theme of the event is oysters, and we will have representation from oyster farms throughout with our local The Jolly Oyster, Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Pickleweed Point Oyster Co. and Carlsbad Aquafarm all attending. The marquee tent will include cooking demos by three renowned chefs, a shuck and suck competition and a town hall forum on sustainable farming. Five bands will play the main stage throughout the day with local favorite Rey Fresco headlining. Putt frisbee golf, horseshoes, bean bag games and novelty photo booths will be found throughout the event. $20. San Buenaventura State Beach Park, Ventura. For more information, www.vcoysterfest.com

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Picks of the Week

Eighties hit makers The English Beat will perform at the Canyon on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Salvador Santana will perform at Zoey’s on Thursday, Oct. 4 with Xocoyotzin Moraza.

Billy O’s presents D.I., Catholic Spit, Out of Trust and Global Crime Syndicate on Friday, Oct. 5.  

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

PIER UNDER THE STARS Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. The 19th annual benefit for the historic Ventura pier. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best food and spirits provided by more than 50 area businesses. Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serve their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths along the seaside Promenade while guests enjoy live music and dancing by the MiniDriver Band and bid on silent auction items — all to benefit the city’s 139-year-old pier. General admission is $55. Beachfront Promenade near the Ventura pier. For more information and tickets, visit www.pierintothefuture.org

GOURMET FOOD TRUCK AND BOCCE BALL FESTIVAL Sunday, Oct. 7, noon-5 p.m. Guests will enjoy gourmet food trucks, a bocce ball tournament and three live bands. The family-friendly event will benefit the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation and the National Association of Catering Executives. The Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival takes place at Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children or $50 for VIP tickets, which includes festival entry and access to special tastings in the VIP tent. Four-person bocce ball teams may enter into the tournament for a $150 entry fee. For ticketing, directions and a complete lineup of gourmet food trucks and musical acts, visit http://www.boccefestival.com/#anchor.

VENTURA HARVEST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Sunday, Oct. 7. Indulge in the ultimate shopping and entertainment experience at the Ventura Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show at Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds with more than 24,000 handcrafted originals — many by talented local artisans such as Pam Amputh who makes “Forkadelic” jewelry from forks and knives (pictured) — live music, culinary chef demonstrations, a pumpkin patch Kidzone with Halloween crafts, strolling performers, contests, specialty foods and more. 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Information and tickets are available at www.harvestfestival.com or call (800) 346-1212.








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