Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

On Friday, April 26, 7 p.m., Numbskull Productions presents
Nathan Maxwell (Flogging Molly) doing an acoustic set at Zoey’s.

The Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula presents free comedy
featuring Bill Mattson, Ian Davis, Dash Nye and others on
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. in the Houdini Lounge.

Follow your bliss to The Deer Lodge on Friday, April 26
for a night of exceptional California folk featuring
Tall Tales, Neal Casal, Jeff Grimes and Sparrows Gate.

Picks of the Week

Picks of the Week

EIGHTH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL Saturday, April 27. Gates at 10 a.m., music at 11 a.m. This year’s Eighth Annual Ventura County Blues Festival is headlined by musical living legends Johnny Rivers and Savoy Brown, featuring Kim Simmonds plus talented national acts guitarist Kenny Neal; keyboardist-vocalist Dona Oxford; Preston Smith and the Crocodiles; and Michael John and the Bottom Line. Special guest emcee is actor/musician Mickey Jones. Another capacity crowd is anticipated this year, so purchase tickets now in advance. Tickets are $25-$30. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.venturacountyblues.com or call 501-7122

I DO! I DO! April 26-28. Scott White and Asunta Fleming star in the hit Broadway musical that originally starred Mary Martin and Robert Preston when it debuted in 1966. ”I Do! I Do!” is about what happens when a couple finds out they are pregnant once again. The production will benefit the Libbey Bowl Foundation and is produced by Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation. $25-$125. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Picks of the Week

On Thursday, April 18, The Evens feat. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and his wife Amy Farina (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) will make a special appearance at Ventura Avenue Thrift Store (supporting the Boys and Girls Club.) $6, all ages www.numbskullshows.com.

The Gaslight Anthem will perform at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, April 20.
Word is they put on quite a show.

On Saturday, April 20, Adam 12 (Bravin) of She Wants Revenge
will perform at the Deer Lodge.

The Tavern welcomes Jack of Hearts, a very fine tribute to Bob Dylan on Saturday, April 20.

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Picks of the Week

EARTHPLAY Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature, four Ojai-based organizations team up to host this once-a-year free community event – Food for Thought, the Oak Grove School, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. The day will include performances by Dave Palmer & Friends, Kalinka, The Ojai Youth Symphony and many more. Everything takes place under the trees on Oak Grove School’s 150-acre campus, 220 W. Lomita Avenue, Ojai.
VENTURA EARTH DAY ECO FEST Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.The free Festival hosts more than 100 environmental displays with a wide variety of green exhibitors, interactive educational opportunities for children and adults, as well as an exciting and diverse live entertainment line-up all in a family-fun atmosphere. Ventura beachfront Seaside/Promenade Park and Surfer’s Point Boardwalk. For more info, www.venturaearthday.org.
VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS EARTH DAY WALK Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon. A special trail walk in Grant Park. Botanist and VBG board member Joe Cahill, Ph.D., will describe plans for the gardens, and discuss spring wildflowers and other plants present along the trail. Meet in the upper parking lot behind City Hall on Poli Street, Ventura.
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS EARTH EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 24. Hundreds of CI students, faculty and staff are expected to participate in the Earth Extravaganza events, which include a creek restoration project, a ladybug release, planting of CI’s new Palm Arboretum, a national “Tree Campus USA” award presentation, and an Earth Day Festival with bands, information booths and demonstrations. One University Drive, Camarillo. For more info, call 437-3507.


LONESOME TRAVELER April 24 through May 19. Rubicon Theatre presents this encore of its hugely successful production. Presented in the style of a concert, Lonesome Traveler is performed by nine artists who create musical portraits inspired by folk immortals such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Lead Belly, Cisco Houston, The Almanac Singers, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary and others whose music and influence changed American music – and America itself – forever. $35 to $59. 1006 E. Main St. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.

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Comedian Steve Wilson will headline the Harbor Comedy Club
Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

Country music legend Merle Haggard will perform at The Canyon on Saturday, April 13.
Paul Kenny and Ventucky String Band will open.

On Friday, April 12, Bombay welcomes Army of Freshmen,
Reluctant Hero, Your Remedy and Zeke Berkley.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will make a rare appearance at the Ventura Theater
Tuesday, April 16.

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Picks of the Week

Photo by Joe Pier
2013 MRS. CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES PAGEANT Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. Beautiful women from across the state compete for the crown. Who will she be? Come watch the crowning of the 28th Mrs. California United States – the premiere pageant for married women in the USA. She will advance to the National Mrs. United States Pageant, to be held in Las Vegas, NV this summer. The Mrs. California United States Pageant provides married women, 21 and over, the opportunity to celebrate their family, marriage, beauty, accomplishments and community involvement. Each contestant competes in Interview, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown. $45 tickets. Scherr Forum, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.

Photo by Tom Moore
THE WIZARD OF OZ April 5-28. Ojai ACT presents the stage version of the well-loved story, a nostalgic thrill ride down the Yellow Brick Road with delightful characters from Frank Baum’s original story and songs from the motion picture. $10-$20. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiACT.org.

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Country meets punk at the Deer Lodge on Friday, April 5 when Charlie Overbey returns with special guests Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks, Weirdos), Jonny Two-Bags (Social Distortion) and Steve Soto (Adolescents).

The Old Livery Show presents T.F.W., Massenger and Catholic Spit
at the Ventura Improv on Sunday, April 7, 6 p.m. All-ages welcome.

Up and coming singer-songwriter Gabby Sōl will perform at Zoey’s on Friday April 5
and at Big Buddha Lounge on Sunday, April 7.

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Picks of the Week

L.A. COMEDY UNDERGROUND Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Santa Paula Theater Center’s Backstage presents the best comedy show this side of the Valley. Six comics, no waiting! A hilarious lineup will have you rocking in your chairs and rolling in the carpeted aisles. The roster includes host David Sharpe, Kiran Deol, Joseph P. Larkin, Erikka Innes, Greg Edwards (pictured) and Becky Kluger. $12. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645, or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

VITA ART CENTER April 5-28. “The 7 Deadly Fascinations,” art by MB Hanrahan. Longtime artist and community treasure whose murals can be seen all over Ventura, MB Hanrahan presents her work in a solo exhibition. Reception on Friday, April 5, 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.

THE CURSE OF THE HOUSE OF ATREUS (PART 1, THE AGAMEMNON) April 5-28. SENGA Classic Stage Company presents the Greek tragedy adapted and directed from The Oresteia by Francisca Beach. In the photo (by Dean Zatkowsky), the prophetess Cassandra performs a ritual cutting to deflect her mind from the pain of her prophesies from Apollo. $15-$17. Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. 646-4885 or www.sengaclassicstagecompany.com.








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