Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday, March 1, Billy O’s welcomes Jonny Manak and the Depressives from Oakland, along with Radio Threat, Superchamp and Scarlet Harlot & Her Handsome Devils.

Comics and Comics bring their nerdy stand-up from L.A. to Hypno Comics in Ventura
on Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. Joe Starr is but one of the funny geeks in this troupe
that will be recording a CD at this performance.

The great and grateful Bob Weir will perform at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, March 2.

Singer-songwriter Travis Ferrell will perform at Big Buddha Lounge
on Saturday, March 2 and at The Tavern on Tuesday, March 5.

Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds will perform an acoustic set at Zoey’s
on Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

GROUND OPERATIONS Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. The documentary film, Ground Operations: From Battlefields to Farmfields, follows an ensemble of vets from Iraq and Afghanistan who went to war for all the right reasons only to face a daunting transition back to civilian life. Farming and ranching is creating a restorative road home. Light fare provided and a no-host bar, accompanied by the film’s musicians, Alan Thornhill and Gregory Haggard. Former California Secretary of Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura, is the guest speaker before the film. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St, Ventura.

VITA ART CENTER March 1-31. “Without You I am Gone, Face of a Revolution,” works by Skye Gwilliam. New York City fine arts appraiser, Elizabeth Stewart said of the artist, “Skye is a master of the ‘one gesture.’  He doesn’t lift his brush once he lays it down on the white surface. His lines are one complete movement in chronological time and in “signifier.” The end result hits hard ; as hard as the shapes of his line, creating a calligraphy of a new urbanstruct language which had its birth in the immediacy of creating guerilla art for the streets.” Reception March 1, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com. 

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. The most famous classical chamber ensemble in history makes its Ventura debut when Academy of St. Martin in the Fields brings its thrilling orchestral power and grace to the Ventura Music Festival. St. Martin-in-the-Fields is best known for its work featured on the Academy Award-winning film soundtracks for Amadeus, The English Patient and Titanic. Ventura High School auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. Tickets are on sale now for $35, $50 and $65 at venturamusicfestival.org, or by phone at 648-3146.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23,
Ventura Harbor Comedy Club welcomes Elayne Boosler.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, Blues Bullet will perform at Sans Souci.
Wear your best armor.

Saturday Night Sound presents the debut of its reborn all-ages music series
on Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. The Old Livery at the Ventura Improv
features music by Dirty Rice, The Grittys, Spartacus and Declining Youth.

Hide your daughters. Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying
will invade the Ventura Theater on Friday, Feb. 22.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Photo By Andrew Eccles
NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine will make her New West Symphony debut with Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. $25-$98 tickets. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; and Saturday at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For reservations, visit www.newwestsymphony.org

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Feb. 26 through March 23. “Day Dreams in Color” by J.D. Wolff will feature photos of locations around Ventura County that have the appearance of paintings. Wolff won a first place Judges’ Award in photography last year at the Santa Paula Society of the Arts’ 75th annual art and photography show. Wolff will be in the gallery on March 1 and 2, 5-8 p.m.  Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org. 

FREE ICE SKATING CARNIVAL Saturday, Feb. 23, 1-3 p.m. In honor of National Skating Month, the public is invited to come out for free ice skating. The skating carnival will include music, games, raffle and prizes. Win free skating passes and free sessions to skating school.  No previous experience is necessary. All ages and abilities are welcome. All admission, skate rental, skating instruction and fun provided free by the Channel Islands Ice Center,
830 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

Social Tap presents a very special early Valentine’s show on Thursday, Feb. 14, 5-8 p.m.
with Lady and the Carpenter (Heather Rae and Jon Paul)
and Man & Wife (Brent and Erika Harding).

New Liberty will celebrate Valentine’s Day with an S&M party at Billy O’s
on Thursday, Feb. 14. Whips not included.

Rockabilly all-star James Harman will perform at Yolie’s on Friday, Feb. 15.

Blues legend B.B. King will perform at the Canyon on Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Picks of the Week

BE A SAINT Thursday, Feb. 14 , 6-9 p.m., Sylvia White Gallery’s third annual fundraiser created specifically to put cash in the hands of artists. To date, the event has given more than $6,000 to local artists. This is an opportunity for all collectors to acquire quality work at exceptional prices. All minimum bids will start at one-third of the current market value. Evening includes live music, dinner, drinks, free raffle tickets and admission to the silent auction. $45 at the door. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8300.

TITO PUENTE JR. Saturday, Feb. 16. 8 p.m. The propulsive percussion and raucous rhythm of Latin jazz dance into town when the Ventura Music Festival presents celebrated drummer Tito Puente Jr. and his band at this year’s Latin jazz concert. Tito Jr. preserves the legacy of his father, the legendary Mambo King who popularized Afro-Cuban rhythms in the 1950s. Tito Jr. and his band have become audience favorites as they champion this unique musical style with a new generation of fans. Joining Tito Jr. onstage at the Ventura High School Theater will be the winner of the Ventura Music Festival’s annual Student Jazz Competition. Ventura High School Theater, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For tickets, visit venturamusicfestival.org, or call 648-3146.

CHESS Sunday, Feb. 17. Long before their jukebox musical Mamma Mia, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, wrote the music for this show, which literally and metaphorically showcases the Game of Kings. With lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita), the story revolves around the two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess tournament. They find themselves competing for both the championship and for the affections of the woman who manages one, yet yearns for the other. The thrilling pop score includes “One Night in Bangkok,” “Anthem” and “I Know Him So Well.” Kirsten Chandler directs. $40. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 449-ARTS (2787) or www.civicartsplaza.com.

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Picks of the Week

Photo by Peter Rogan
Amigo’s will feature waltzy folk by Robin Bacior and
hard Americana by the amazing Rainbow Girls on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Photo by Angela Izzo
On Thursday, Feb. 7, The Tavern presents the innovative,
electronic wizardry of Gypsy Death Star.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, The Wailers featuring original member Aston Barrett
as well as Koolant Brown on vocals will perform at The Canyon.

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Picks of the Week

AN EVENING WITH BIJIAN FAN Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Focus on the Masters Tuesday Talk Series presents the Camarillo resident who was exhibited at the Olympic Culture Festival in Beijing, and whose captivating paper sculptures you’ve seen at the entrances to the Museum of Ventura County and Gull Wings Museum. Fan studied in China, Japan and the U.S, earning an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Admission is free for FOTM members; general admission, $10; students and seniors, $5. No one younger than 21 permitted. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. R.S.V.P. by calling 653-2501. See www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

JAZZ REACH CONCERT Saturday, Feb. 9. Performances To Grow On will present the acclaimed multi media jazz concert “Big Drum/ Small World” from New York’s Jazz Reach, a highly creative unit comprised of some of today’s brightest emerging jazz artists. The quintet has played prestigious venues across the nation to standing ovations. Two performances will be presented, a special 1 hour kid’s performance at 3 p.m. and a full main-stage performance at 7:30 p.m. geared for an adult audience. Tickets for the children’s show at are $15 for kids and $20 for adults, the full-length evening show is $30. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets are available at the Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, by phone at 646-8907 or online at ptgo.org.

Photo by Schaf
THE ARTISTS SOIREE Feb. 9 through March 14. A new series for art lovers begins this year with a full schedule of group and solo shows. The “Artists’ Soiree,” featuring works by Ventura County artists will take place monthly at Jewelry Couture by Sehati. Each show will have a special evening gala beginning with the inaugural show, The Artist Collection, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m. Artists include JoAnne Duby (sculpture pictured), Andrea Vargas Mendoza, Virginia Beale, Lynn Creighton Steve Cook and more. 390 S. Mills Road, Ventura.

BOLERO MUSIC 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.Hear the beautiful melodies, enchanting rhythms and romantic lyrics of authentic Mexican Bolero music as three popular music groups — Los Unicos, Dueto Los Amigos, and Dueto Santa Paula — give a live concert at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The groups will perform traditional ballads, and these songs of love, desire, courtship and heartbreak will make for a romantic evening. Admission to the concert is $10 for the general public and $5 for museum members. Refreshments and a no-host bar will be available. 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula.








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