Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

IMPRO-CON FESTIVAL Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Ventura Improv Company, now in its 29th year, is presenting its traditional Labor Day weekend comedy improv festival. Ventura Improv Company (VIC), the longest-running group and improv theatre in the county, brings a tongue-in-cheek “Comic-con”-style theme to this latest festival. The VIC will feature many of its own performers as well as several new faces and old friends from other parts of California. Coming back this year are the DK & Morgan show, featuring DK Reinemer and Morgan Grobe (pictured), who have recently relocated from Washington state to L.A. Also returning is the celebrated long-form group Kind Strangers, who will again present a full-length, Tennessee Williams-style show, completely made up on the spot. New this year is Mission IMPROVable, one of the longest running improv shows in Los Angeles and the oldest established comedy team in Santa Monica.VIC performers will present several of their favorite improv formats, including Spontaneous Broadway, wherein a long-form, Broadway-style musical is made up on the spot; and SuperScene, a mix of long- and short-form that has been a recent favorite of VIC audiences. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701 or venturaimprov.com.

ARTE ESCAPES Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This music, arts and food festival will feature wares from exceptional artists and crafters, live music, culinary delights, art supplies, educators, demonstrations, children’s activities and much more. Admission and parking are free. Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard. For additional information, visit lotusproductionsandspecialevents.com.

END OF SUMMER BLOCK PARTY & CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. Spencer Makenzie’s annual Block Party is back with two days of local live music and celebrity guest appearances. Last year’s Cornhole Tournament has expanded to include cash prizes for teams of winners – $1,000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd thru 6th and $80 for 7th thru 10th.Kids 12 and under free.  806 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura. For more information, visit www.smfishco.com.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

MITZI GAYNOR Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. The legendary Mitzi Gaynor is coming to the Ojai Art Center Theater for an intimate evening of laughs, love and music with a multimedia show celebrating classic moments from her show-stopping life and career. The event is a fundraiser for Ojai ACT. Reception at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; dessert after party with Gaynor. Tickets for this fundraiser are $85 general and $125 for VIP seating. For reservations, call 640-8797 or 646-0117. The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON Saturday, Aug. 24, 1-4 p.m. The Center for Spiritual Living in Westlake Village will host author and A Course in Miracles speaker Marianne Williamson, followed by a book signing. The Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org. 

DO THE MATH Friday, Aug. 23, 7:15 p.m. Join the Ventura Film Society for a screening of Do the Math, a fast-paced and inspiring film about the rising movement to solve the climate crisis. Included will be speakers Brian Brennan, the Ventura city councilman; and James Waterhouse, of the Citizens Climate Lobby. After the film there will be a discussion on action and cooperation in Ventura County and the solutions to climate crisis. Ventura Film Society Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.

IT’S JUST CLAY! Saturday, Aug. 24, noon-7 p.m. An end-of-life benefit art show for local sculptor Judith Grimes, who is battling cancer. All pieces are available for purchase. All proceeds will assist with Grimes’ end-of-life care. Throughout a barrage of aggressive treatments, Grimes has continued shaping and molding clay to express the emotions and images the disease was causing her to feel and see at the time. These sculptures are a portrayal of the journey that she has taken over the last five years. Community Room at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

KALEIDOSCOPE Saturday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. For the first time in 2013, Pacific Festival Ballet will present a summer season title with Kaleidoscope, an unplugged version of Pacific Festival Ballet, featuring contemporary dance, guest artists and invited choreographers. Featured will be contemporary work from Houston-based dance company iMee and guest choreographer from the Paris Opera Ballet, Patrick Frantz. $36. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. See www.pacificballetcompany.com.

HUENEME BEACH FESTIVAL Saturday, Aug. 17 & Sunday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Don’t miss the hottest beach party in Southern California! Join us for laughs, fun in the sun, great food and music that will have you out of your seat and dancing till your feet hurt. The festival will have an expanded children’s area with rides, games and attractions for kids of all ages. The festivities will be held at Hueneme Beach Park, located at 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme. Visit www.huenemebeachfest.org for tickets and more information.

THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. Award-winning musical variety group The Perfect Gentlemen will make a special appearance at the Santa Paula Theater Center where they will perform their Salute to the 20th Century, a humorous take on the de-evolution of music over the last 00 years. The group will sing music in various styles, including Dixieland, blues, big band, doo-wop, bluegrass, disco, techno, punk and rap, complete with quick costume and wig changes. $15. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

DE COLORES MUSIC FUNDRAISER Saturday, Aug. 10, 3-10 p.m. You may or may not be familiar with De Colores, the now-defunct annual art event founded and facilitated by Xavier Montes that celebrated Hispanic culture. Montes, an accomplished musician and beloved humanitarian, has shifted his focus from visual art to music, and his ever-expanding cadre of young music students is outgrowing the spaces that teacher and students have been using as makeshift classrooms. Together, they are attempting to raise money for a new location where they can continue to benefit from their mentor’s wealth of musical knowledge and kind-hearted guidance. The fundraiser, to be held at the Casa del Mexicano will feature live entertainment by the De Colores music students, Big X (Montes) and Friends, Mariachi Inlakech from Oxnard, Angels on Harp, and Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico. Food will be provided by Los Arcos Restaurant. $10 for adults, $5 children younger than 17, free to children younger than 5. Tax-deductable donations can be made to the Santa Paula Art Museum/strings program. 218 S. 11th St., Santa Paula.

ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS Saturday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m. Calvary Oxnard presents the renowned worship group All Sons & Daughters as part of its Be Real 2013 free concert and worship event. Be Real 2013 will focus on a high-quality, dramatic and thematic presentation of the documentary I AM HIStory, using live music, drama and video. Various musical artists will be featured this year, along with All Sons & Daughters. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, 485-0111.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

DALLAS COWBOYS FANFEST Sunday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m-9 p.m. Watch the Cowboys kick off the NFL preseason in the 2013 Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins and celebrate the start of football at the first annual Dallas Cowboys Fan Fest at Marine Emporium Landing. Enjoy the best of the Cowboys’ football traditions with the Dallas Cowboys Mobile Hall of Fame Museum, jumbo screens to watch the game action, the Rolling Pro Shop, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks and lively restaurants plus all the sun and fun of the beautiful Channel Islands Marina. Kick off is at 5 p.m.  Marine Emporium Landing, Channel Islands Harbor, 3550 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. See more at www.visitoxnard.com/cowboys/#sthash.XV2zDrJW.dpuf.

JAZZ CONCERT SERIES Sunday, Aug. 4, 5-6:30 p.m. For the 11th year in a row, the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks is hosting its free summer jazz concert series.  Every Sunday in August, the Gardens comes alive with “Jazz From Around the World.” Performing this week is Katia Moraes and the Samba Society with high-energy Brazilian jazz. Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, 557-1135, e-mail info@gardensoftheworld.








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