Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

VENTURA NATIONALS
Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31.

The annual Ventura Nationals return to the Fairgrounds with custom vehicles, handmade merchandise and artwork from local and national artists. Musicians headlining this year’s event include Big Jay McNeely and James Harman. On Friday night, an art show at the Majestic Ventura Theater will feature motor-driven artists from 6:30 to10:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Car and Motorcycle Show will take over the Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and on Sunday a charity run and barbecue will begin at 10:30 a.m. Prices vary. For more information, visit www.venturanationals.com.
 
 
 

SECOND ANNUAL VINTAGE TRACTOR FAIR
Monday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Visitors can view rare tractors and talk to the tractors’ owners as well as view a working vintage engine demonstration. A kids’ zone will also be on site. $5 for the kids’ zone. Museum of Ventura County, Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
 
 
 

VENTURA IMPROV FESTIVAL
Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31.

Ventura Improv Company’s annual Labor Day event this year will feature Now Town and the Understudies from L.A. and ChImps Improvisers from the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes. Highlights include the Alumni Show on Friday and the grand finale showdown. Prices vary by performance. A full event pass is $40. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com/festival.
 

 
~ FRIDAY ~

DINNER AND A MOVIE FEATURING MAMMA MIA 8 p.m. A gourmet food truck and beverages will be available for a singalong of the film Mamma Mia, starring Pierce Brosnan (Remington Steel) and Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia). $10. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
FREE CONCERT FEATURING DIRTY RICE 6-8 p.m. Popular reggae band Dirty Rice will perform as part of this concert series in Oxnard. $5-$60. Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.heritagesquareoxnard.com.
VENTURA IMPROV FESTIVAL 8 p.m. (through Sunday, Aug. 30). Special guests and a huge improv showdown and more will open the festival, with many activities planned for the weekend. Ventura Improv, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. For more information and for a full schedule, visit www.venturaimprov.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

BEGINNER UKELELE CLASS 11 a.m.-noon. The library is hosting a free class to learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Instruments will be available to check out at the front desk. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 648-2716.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: SKINNY LITTLE TWITS 7:30-9:30 p.m. Classic rock band Skinny Little Twits will perform as part of this series of concerts at the Olivas Adobe. $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/mus.
TRAVIS BRASS QUINTET: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST 7 p.m. A brassy blend of sound, style and humor make Travis Brass an entertaining ensemble, composed of two trumpets, a horn, trombone, tuba and percussion. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org.
VENTURA RACEWAY: MOTORCYCLES, QUADS & SPEEDWAY BIKES 3 p.m. gates. The Ventura Raceway returns for the summer, this time featuring motocrcyles, quads and bikes. Ongoing. $11-$15. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaraceway.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

CHILI COOK-OFF AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the annual chili cook-off with an ICS-sanctioned chili competition, live music by UnUsual Suspects, The Hodads and Sgt. Pepper, a classic car display, a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament and a Kids’ Zone. $10. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillochilicook-off.com.
MEDIUM TIM BRAUN: AWAKENING YOUR SIXTH SENSE 12:30-3:30 p.m. This spiritual workshop will try to answer the question of whether or not there is life after death. $30-$35. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.

~ MONDAY ~

CONEJO VALLEY’S LABOR DAY CONCERT: LED ZEPAGAIN 5 p.m. The only Led Zeppelin tribute band endorsed by rocker Jimmy Page himself will perform. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/concerts.
SANTA PAULA LABOR DAY PARADE 10 a.m. Walking groups with banners, musical groups, floats, workers riding in work-related vehicles, equestrians and all groups representing a Labor Day theme will walk the main drag in celebration of Labor Day. Parade starts at Seventh and Main streets, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us.

~ TUESDAY ~

CAL LUTHERAN CONVOCATION 9:30 a.m. Faculty and administrators will assemble in full academic attire to welcome about 800 freshmen and new transfer students. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800,  Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 1 p.m. This will be a meet and greet or welcome-back meeting to review proposed programs or to get feedback from members on other topics of interest. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 N. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 889-1969.

OPENING THEATER

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Aug. 29 through Sept. 20. Conejo Players presents a newly adapted version of the dramatic true story of people hiding from Nazis during World War II as told through the eyes and ears of a young girl. $16-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
OF MICE AND MEN Aug. 29 through Sept. 21. Ojai ACT presents John Steinbeck’s moving story of a deep friendship among workers who dream of a better life but are thwarted by prejudice and cruelty. $10-$18. 113 S. Montgomery St. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.                

ONGOING THEATER

GODSPELL Through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
GUYS AND DOLLS Through Sept. 21. High Street Arts Center presents the classic Broadway musical about crazy love. $16-$25. For tickets call 529-8700 or visit www.highstreetartscenter.com.
LA INFAMIA/INFAMY Through Sept. 6. Teatro de las Americas presents this play by avant garde Mexican playwright Oscar Liera that compassionately explores themes of family dysfunction. For mature audiences. $5-25. Oxnard College Black Box Theatre. For more information, call 983-2876 or visit www.teatrodelasamericas.org
MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY Through Sept. 19. Brad Zimmerman’s hysterical and bittersweet tale of his 29-year struggle to “make it” in New York as an actor and comedian while “temporarily” waiting tables to make a living. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2100 or www.toaks.org.
TALLEY’S FOLLY Through Sept. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents this Pulitzer and Drama Critics’ Circle award-winning play set in real time about an unlikely love affair. $10-18. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.  
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through Aug. 30. Museum of Ventura County presents “Womb with a View,” selected works by Sara Thomas. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Tool Room Gallery, 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Sept. 6. “Journeys Through Peace,” watercolor paintings by Laura Walter. Reception on Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m.  Hours: Tuesday through Saturday,   11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM  Through Sept. 15:  Paintings and installation by CAM studio artist Yenting “Ryo” De Smidt. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.carnegieam.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Nov. 2. “Visions From the Third Planet,” a solo exhibition of work by Steve Cook, whose colorful photorealistic paintings have been used on wine labels, national advertisements and magazines. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
GALERIE 102 Through Sept. 14. “Cycles and Spires,” an exploration of the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums featuring paintings by James Wills and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151.
GALLERY 525 Through Aug. 30. Recent works by printmakers Asandra and Bruce Samia. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Sept. 2. “Water, Rocks and Trees: Life into Art,” a duo exhibit by photographer Darlene Roker and painter Deborah De Bono. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Sept. 29. “Ripples*Waves*Curls,” a multimedia group show that uses summer in Southern California as its subject. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Oct. 2. “The Journey,” works by Carolin Peters. Reception on Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Soiland Humanities Center at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 444-7716.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Sept. 30. “Saving Africa,” nature photography by Christopher Ward. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333 or www.sessionsattheloft.com.   
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800. 
VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 31. “Mini Survey (1984-2014),” a retrospective by Michael Dvortcsak. Dvortcsak’s credentials include bachelor of art and master of fine arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he has also lectured and taught for several years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.  
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.     

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit.” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064. 

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

WINGS OVER CAMARILLO AIRSHOW
Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. gates, 12 p.m. show.

Classic planes and skilled aviators will take to the skies to demonstrate their aerial stunts, including acrobatics, flying and static displays and vintage, experimental and military aircraft demonstrations. Also present will be the Red Bull helicopter and the Vicky Benzing Extra 300S. $15. Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wingsovercamarillo.org.
 
 
 

BRAD FIEDEL’S BORROWED TIME
Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30-9 p.m.

Even if you don’t recognize his name, you have heard his music! With his iconic score for The Terminator, Brad Fiedel shook up the world of film composing and went on to a very successful career in Hollywood. After 25 years he disappeared from the Hollywood scene leaving fans asking, “What happened to Brad Fiedel?” Borrowed Time answers the question. Written and performed by Fiedel, Borrowed Time features songs he wrote from the age of 15 to 50. $15-$25. The Loft, 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.sessionsattheloft.com.
 
 
 

RACHEL FLOWERS IN CONCERT
Sunday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.

The filmmakers behind the new feature documentary Rachel Flowers: Hearing is Believing present a free concert by the 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist and composer who has been blind since birth. She began her studies at the age of 4 at the Southern California Conservatory of Music and has recently begun to develop a steady following. She was the focus of a VCReporter feature story in May. This performance will mark her concert debut. Libbey Bowl, Ojai. For more information, visit www.rachelflowersmusic.com and www.rachelflowersfilm.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

ANACAPA AVENGER: THE WRECK THAT STARTED IT ALL 6:30 p.m. Relive local history with Patrick Smith, commercial and scientific diver, as he discusses the 1945 midair collision and sinking of two naval aircraft near the Channel Islands. $4-5. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.
BOOMER BOOTCAMP: LONG LIVE ROCK ’N’ ROLL 6:30 p.m. The evening will include viewing of a “rockumentary” of interviews and performances by rock’s elders followed by a discussion with social worker Roy Earnest. $30. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
THE CFO’S ROLE IN LEADING AND SUSTAINING AN (ROEI) ORGANIZATION 7:30-9:30 a.m. This CFO forum will uncover how leadership is demonstrated and how to start a companywide conversation on what leaders do. Dole Corporation, 1 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 432-7663.
CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS 11TH ANNUAL JEWELRY SALE AND LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Guests are asked to bring in gently worn women’s and men’s watches, chains, bracelets, earrings and jewelry boxes. All proceeds will be used to support local VC Charities. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 263-6062.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 6 p.m. The Democratic Club of Moorpark’s August meeting will host Congresswoman Julia Brownley plus candidates for local office to discuss current issues. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
PELAGIC BIRD EXCURSIONS 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cruise far offshore, approximately 55-60 miles, in search of rare and special birds of Southern California. $125. Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105b, Ventura. For more information, visit www.islandpackers.com.
VC SUMMER MODELING CONTEST 9 p.m. Ventura County women will compete for prizes in the first of three modeling contests downtown. Rookee’s Sports Bar, 419 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rookees.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

BLUEGRASS IN THE BOWL FEATURING ROCKY NECK BLUEGRASS BAND 4-7 p.m.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: JANEEN PUENTE ORCHESTRA 6:30 p.m. Latin jazz favorites Janeen Puente will perform as part of the Olivas Adobe summer concert series. $20. Olivas Adobe: 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/mus.
VFW PARKING LOT SALE 8 a.m.-3 p.m. VFW Post 3935 and Ladies Auxiliary are having a parking lot sale with proceeds going to the VFW Scholarship Fund. 300 S. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 330-0425.
SPENCER MAKENZIES’ THE THROW DOWN CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT 9 a.m. (and Sunday, Aug. 24). The largest cornhole/bean bag tournament in the west where teams will compete for a $3,000 grand prize. Entertainment and vendors will be set up alongside the restaurant for an all-day festival. $3-6. Spencer Makenzies, 806 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.spencermakenzies.com.
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO ABOUT BULLYING 3-4 p.m. Detective Crystal Walker from the Oxnard Police Department will give a presentation for parents on bullying.  Parents will learn how to recognize if a child is being bullied. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.

~ SUNDAY ~

‘THE BAROQUE CHAMBER PLAYERS’ IN CONCERT 4:30 p.m. The free program includes the music of Corelli, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart. Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.heritagesquareoxnard.com.
RACHEL FLOWERS IN CONCERT 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ventura County multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers, who has been blind since birth, will perform at this free community event. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.rachelflowersfilm.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP AND DINNER 5:30-7 p.m. This free workshop includes a complimentary dinner and will provide information on how to take advantage of utility incentives and access low-interest financing. Camarillo Library Meeting Room, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.emPowerSBC.org/events.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE 7:15 p.m. This documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics, cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune. $5-10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
SMART PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING: SOCIAL SECURITY THE BOTTOM LINE 6-7:30 p.m. Topics will cover social security retirement benefits and myths and facts about social security. Tower Club 22nd floor, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 415-3986.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA CLASS 1 p.m. Sister Jennifer Hyatt, an instructor at the Pauline Center for Media Studies, will discuss the top five most used social networking sites. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
RICE 101 INTERCHANGE DEDICATION CEREMONY 10 a.m. The city of Oxnard will hold the official dedication ceremony for the Rice Avenue/Santa Clara Avenue Interchange Improvements at the U.S. 101 Ventura Freeway project. The corner of Rice Avenue and Santa Clara, Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7871.

OPENING THEATER

GUYS AND DOLLS Aug. 22 through Sept. 21. High Street Arts Center presents the classic Broadway musical about crazy love. $16-$25. For tickets call 529-8700 or visit www.highstreetartscenter.com.
LA INFAMIA/INFAMY Aug. 22 through Sept. 6. Teatro de las Americas presents this play by avant garde Mexican playwright Oscar Liera that compassionately explores themes of family dysfunction. For mature audiences. $5-25. Oxnard College Black Box Theatre. For more information, call 983-2876 or visit www.teatrodelasamericas.org
MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY Aug. 27 through Sept. 19. Brad Zimmerman’s hysterical and bittersweet tale of his 29-year struggle to “make it” in New York as an actor and comedian while “temporarily” waiting tables to make a living. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2100 or www.toaks.org.
RENT Aug. 21-24. Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends presents the rock opera about young artists struggling to make it in New York City amid the spread of AIDS. $15-20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.               

ONGOING THEATER

CHASING SUMMER Through Aug. 24. Backstage at SPTC presents this coming-of-age story set in the 1950s West Coast surf culture. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.  
GODSPELL Through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.   
TALLEY’S FOLLY Through Sept. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents this Pulitzer and Drama Critics’ Circle award-winning play set in real time about an unlikely love affair. $10-18. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.  
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.

OPENING ART

ART ON THE STREET 2 Saturday, Aug. 23, 1-5 p.m. An afternoon celebration of the arts featuring visual art plus music and poetry by Deepakalypse, Aaron Gardner, Object, Steve Aguilar, William Roper and Michael Vlatkovich. Figueroa Plaza (across from the Mission), downtown Ventura.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Aug. 21 through Nov. 2. “Visions From the Third Planet,” a solo exhibition of work by Steve Cook, whose colorful photorealistic paintings have been used on wine labels, national advertisements and magazines. Reception on Saturday, Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.                 

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through Aug. 30. Museum of Ventura County presents “Womb with a View,” selected works by Sara Thomas. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Tool Room Gallery, 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Sept. 6. “Journeys Through Peace,” watercolor paintings by Laura Walter. Reception on Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m.  Hours: Tuesday through Saturday,   11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Sept. 15:  Paintings and installation by CAM studio artist Yenting “Ryo” De Smidt. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.carnegieam.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
GALERIE 102 Through Sept. 14. “Cycles and Spires,” an exploration of the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums featuring paintings by James Wills and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151.
GALLERY 525 Through Aug. 30. Recent works by printmakers Asandra and Bruce Samia.  525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Sept. 2. “Water, Rocks and Trees: Life into Art,” a duo exhibit by photographer Darlene Roker and painter Deborah De Bono. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Sept. 29. “Ripples*Waves*Curls” a multimedia group show that uses summer in Southern California as its subject. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.conejoarts.org.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Oct. 2. “The Journey,” works by Carolin Peters. Reception on Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Soiland Humanities Center at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 444-7716.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.  353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through Aug.29.  Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings featuring cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes; and “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic” by modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Sept. 30. “Saving Africa,” nature photography by Christopher Ward. 2465 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-3333 or www.sessionsattheloft.com.  
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through Aug. 26. Ventura County Arts Council presents “Art Saves Lives: Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually” and “Patterns: Natural or Chance Configurations.” Atrium Gallery, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. www.venturacountyartscouncil.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800. 
VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 31. “Mini Survey (1984-2014),” a retrospective by Michael Dvortcsak. Dvortcsak’s credentials include bachelor of art and master of fine arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he has also lectured and taught for several years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.  
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.     

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit.” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.    

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Aug. 14-16. 
The youth from Rubicon Theatre’s musical theater camp present this one-act Tony award-winner about a musical theater fan who brings to life an entire theater production in his living room by putting the soundtrack on his record player. The musical that plays out before him tells the tale of a brazen Broadway starlet on the hunt for true love. Directed by Brian McDonald. $15-$25. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
 
 
 
 
OJAI HOME MOVIE DAY
Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
Home Movie Day is an annual worldwide celebration of amateur films, providing the expertise to evaluate and screen family films you may have never seen. Clean out your closets, barns and storage sheds of those cans and boxes of Grandma’s favorite vacations, parades, birthday parties or graduations. Experts will be on hand to guide you in how to preserve and digitize your family treasures. Ojai Arts Center Gallery, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.homemovieday.com/ojai.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

RIFFTRAX LIVE: GODZILLA 8 p.m. The crew from the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 will record a live broadcast of commentary on the 1998 classic Godzilla. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

COMEDY 8 p.m. The evening features seven comedians in an hour-and-a-half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. $10-$13. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUTHOR JOANNA SENGER BOOK SIGNING 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Author Joanna Senger will sign copies of her novel Reservation Ravaged. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.bankofbooks.comAUTHOR SUZY MCGREGOR BOOK SIGNING 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Suzy McGregor will be doing a book signing of her award-winning book “Ice Cream Mountains of Arizona” and will donate a portion of the proceeds to Ventura County Animal Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 654-1564. 
16TH ANNUAL HUENEME BEACH FESTIVAL 11 A.M.- 6 P.M. (and Sunday, Aug. 17). Nonstop entertainment featuring live music and events, a fun-filled children’s area, food-tasting booths and more will celebrate this annual event in Port Hueneme. New this year will be the children’s chalk art contest. Hueneme Beach Park, 550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.huenemebeachfest.org.  
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE MCCREA RANCH: FORT MASSACRE 8-10 p.m. The Conejo Community Center/Outdoor Unit of the Conejo Recreation and Park District will host this 1947 western and offer popcorn, candy and beverages. $10. For more information and location, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea
NARDFEST 3 p.m. Celebrating 35 years of punk rock in Ventura County, the bands that put Oxnard on the map will be performing, including Dr. Know, Ill Repute, False Confession, Aggression and The Missing 23rd. $22.50-$25. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturatheater.net
THE 4TH ANNUAL STRIKE OUT LEUKEMIA CO-ED SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AND BLOOD DRIVE 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The day will include 250 Ventura County softball players who will be playing to raise money for Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity. Hope’s Haven will also sponsor a blood drive and bone marrow match program. Mission Oaks Park, 5501 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, call 285-3868. 
14TH ANNUAL VENTURA FAMILY YMCA FUN & FITNESS 5K 8 a.m. Participants in this walk or run race will help raise funds for our Open Doors Program, which, last year, provided more than $300,000 to those in need. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/ventura
THE HOPE AND JUSTIN BAND 7 p.m. The Santa Paula Theater Center presents this band that has been together for over 10 years playing soulful bluegrass and jazz. $15. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaualthertheatercenter.org
NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK HEALTH FAIR 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free health screenings plus activities for the kids will wrap up the week long awareness week for good health across the county, hosted by Clinicas. Church of the Living Christ, 171 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.clinicas.org.
PUBLIC STAR PARTY 8-10 p.m. The evening begins with a slide show of the stars, constellations and planets, followed by viewing these objects through several VCAS club-member’s telescopes.  Finally, enter the “Dome” and look through the Observatory’s newest telescope. $2. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org
THIRD ANNUAL MILITARY AND VETERANS EXPO 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free event for all military, veterans, their loved ones and the community that  supports them. There will be over 100 military collaborative agencies providing contact to benefits and services, plus the Air Force Band and a touch-a-truck contest. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.military411.org
TRADITIONAL CANNING CLASS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. As part of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition’s food preservation series, Christa Bandringa will demonstrate making fruit preserves; and attendees will sample canned goods from around the Ojai Valley. $35-$40. Reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, call 669-8445.   

~ SUNDAY ~

AUTHOR NANCY MERRICK PRESENTS “AMONG CHIMPANZEES” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lifelong friend of primatologist Jane Goodall, local physician Dr. Nancy Merrick will discuss her book, Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Man’s Closest Relatives. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 816-0194. 
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS LJ & THE BOYZ 1-4:30 p.m. LJ & the Boyz with special guest vocalist Tom Weaver will be the feature band for the August meeting of the Channel Cities Jazz Club. $7-$10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazz.org
GOURMET FOOD TRUCK AND BOCCE BALL FESTIVAL Noon-5 p.m. The Festival will offer bocce ball enthusiasts a variety of 11 gourmet food trucks to feast from, several live bands to listen and dance to and bocce ball for experts and novices. $20-$50. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www. boccefestival.com
IRON AND RESIN PRESENTS: QUIET LIFE 7 p.m. The band Quiet Life will perform as part of their tour spanning from Alaska and down the coast. 1299 S. Wells Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ironandresin.com.

~ MONDAY ~

A SUMMER’S TALE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). The French tale of a man who must make a choice among the three women in his life. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
AGELESS WISDOM FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brock Travis, Ph.D., spiritual consultant and mindfulness trainer, teaches the basics of energy healing. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

LONGEVITY MEETING 5:30-6:30 p.m. A class on stress, health and longevity featuring eating healthy for good health. 702 County Square Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 485-9566.

OPENING THEATER

TALLY’S FOLLY Aug. 15 through Sept. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents this Pulitzer and Drama Critics’ Circle award-winning play set in real time about an unlikely love affair. $10-$18. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.               

ONGOING THEATHER

CHASING SUMMER Through Aug. 24. Backstage at SPTC presents this coming-of-age story set in the 1950s West Coast surf culture. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
THE EXIT INTERVIEW Through Aug. 17. Flying H Group presents this play featuring Ventura actor and stuntman Chad Parker as a laid-off college professor whose exit interview is interrupted by the report of a masked gunman on the university campus. While the show progresses, so does the level of bizarre, venturesome humor and antics featuring businesswomen who double as bra and underwear experts, a priest, human resources personnel, a pretentious newscaster and politically charged cheerleaders. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com
GODSPELL Through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org
GODSPELL JUNIOR Aug. 16. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center summer musical theater workshop presents its youth production of the musical condensed into one act but with all the music numbers from the original production. $10. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 433-2037 or www.simi-arts.org.   
THE LADY FROM MAXIM’S Through Aug. 17. Classics in the Park presents this outdoor performance of the French farce about a high-class call girl that every man falls in love with. $15-$20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.  
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.                

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through Aug. 30. Museum of Ventura County presents “Womb with a View,” selected works by Sara Thomas. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Tool Room Gallery, 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Sept. 15: Paintings and installation by CAM studio artist Yenting “Ryo” De Smidt. Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club” features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
GALERIE 102 Through Sept. 14. “Cycles and Spires,” an exploration of the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums featuring paintings by James Wills and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151. 
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Sept. 2. “Water, Rocks and Trees: Life into Art,” a duo exhibit by photographer Darlene Roker and painter Deborah De Bono. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. 
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Aug. 12. “In the Rhythm,” contemporary abstract paintings by Seyburn Zorthian of the Santa Ynez Valley. 444-7716. Cal Lutheran University, Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway,Thousand Oaks.   
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through Aug.29.  Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings featuring cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes; and “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic” by modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.   
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through Aug. 26. Ventura County Arts Council presents “Art Saves Lives: Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually” and “Patterns: Natural or Chance Configurations.” Atrium Gallery, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. www.venturacountyartscouncil.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800. 
VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 31. “Mini Survey (1984-2014),” a retrospective by Michael Dvortcsak. Dvortcsak’s credentials include bachelor of art and master of fine arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he has also lectured and taught for several years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.  
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.     

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org. 
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit.” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.  

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

COUNTRY SINGER JAKE OWEN  Thursday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m. 
As part of the Days of Gold Tour, renowned country singer Jake Owen will perform hits such as “Yee Haw” and “The One That Got Away.” Owen won the coveted Top New Male Vocalist award at the Academy of Country Music awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the American Country awards. Concert free with paid Ventura County Fair admission, $12. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
 
 
 

LISSIE & FRIENDS BENEFIT CONCERT Saturday, Aug. 9 
Singer songwriter Lissie will perform with her musician friends to benefit Changing Tides Orphanage at this annual event in its third year. Also featured will be Todd Hannigan, Emy Reynolds Band and Sleeping Chief. $30-$50. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org.
 
 
 

VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 31.
“Mini Survey (1984-2014),” a retrospective by Michael Dvortcsak. Dvortcsak’s credentials include bachelor of art and master of fine arts degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he has also lectured and taught for several years. He has been a visiting lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, and a visiting artist at the University of Texas, El Paso. His works are in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Chemical Bank in New York and Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO MEETING 6:14 p.m. The speaker will be Ray Freeman, an economist, banker and lawyer, who will speak about issues that concern everyone, everywhere. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 484-6601. 
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday). A live band will accompany students and professionals as they dance the night away to Latin and swing hits. Free lessons begin at 6:30. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226. 
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION 6-7 p.m. An informational orientation session to help determine a visitor’s readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. For the exact location, RSVP by visiting www.wevonline.org/set-orientations.

~ SATURDAY ~

A GLIMPSE INTO THE INCREDIBLY (UN)GLAMOROUS LIFE OF A WRITER 2 p.m. New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley will share her story, which will provide a glimpse of the ups and downs of being a writer. Simi Valley Public Library. 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
A MEDIEVAL ENCHANTED EVENING 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a tour of an Agoura Hills home that has been redesigned to mimic a medieval castle. The evening also includes hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, beer and entertainment. all benefiting Senior Concerns. $60-$65. Ashford Castle, 29608 Lazy Oak Place, Agoura Hills. For more information, call 497-8206. 
THE BANJO: AMERICA’S INSTRUMENT 2:30-3:30 p.m. Banjoist Chris Cairns will demonstrates the sounds and styles of the banjo in a lecture/performance that takes the audience down the historical trail of America’s only original musical instrument. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
LINCOLN KAMM’S MIND READING COMEDY SHOW 7 p.m. Lincoln Kamm’s live show mixing mind reading and comedy, as seen on KTLA 5 Morning News and shows at the Magic Castle. $10-$15. The House of Magic, 5353 Walker St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.thomagic.com/Kamm.html.   

~ MONDAY ~

MERV’S COMEDY NIGHT: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE 7-8 p.m. Comedian Merv Kopp will perform in support of the Cancer Support Community of Ventura and Santa Barbara. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777.  
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS WORKSHOP 5:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone thinking of buying a first home or who already has a home, can learn about the first-time home buying process. Ventura City Hall, Community Room #202, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, call 816-6525. 
TIM’S VERMEER 7:15 p.m. The story of a Texas-based inventor named Tim Jenison and his attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of art. $5-$10. The Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

AN EVENING OF SHAKESPEARE 6 p.m. (and Aug. 20). These one-hour presentations will feature actors performing scenes from nine of Shakespeare’s plays. There will be comedy, tragedy and history, as well as singing and dancing. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY FREE SERIES 1-2 p.m. (through Sept. 10). The “Peace Education” program is to help you explore the possibility of personal peace and to discover your inner resources. The theme will be “Explore Personal Peace: Discover Your Inner Resources.” 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.

OPENING THEATER

GODSPELL JUNIOR Aug. 9 and 16. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center summer musical theater workshop presents its youth production of the musical condensed into one act but with all the music numbers from the original production. $10. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 433-2037 or www.simi-arts.org.              

ONGOING THEATHER

CAROUSEL Through Aug. 10. Ojai ACT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s story of love, heartbreak and hope between a headstrong millworker and a tough and charming carousel barker. It hits all the right notes with award-winning songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” $20 -$25. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org
THE EXIT INTERVIEW Through Aug. 17. Flying H Group presents this play featuring Ventura actor and stuntman Chad Parker as a laid-off college professor whose exit interview is interrupted by the report of a masked gunman on the university campus. While the show progresses, so does the level of bizarre, venturesome humor and antics featuring businesswomen who double as bra and underwear experts, a priest, human resources personnel, a pretentious newscaster and politically charged cheerleaders. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com
GODSPELL Through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.  
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Aug. 10. Young Artists Ensemble presents the iconic Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera directed by Mark Andrew Reyes. Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.   
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.            

OPENING ART

GALERIE 102 Aug. 9 through Sept. 14. “Cycles and Spires,” an exploration of the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums featuring paintings by James Wills and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca. Reception on Aug. 9, 5-7 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 640-0151.   

ONGOING ART

BELL ARTS FACTORY Through Aug. 30. Museum of Ventura County presents “Womb with a View,” selected works by Sara Thomas. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Tool Room Gallery, 432 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 653-1174, www.bellartsfactory.org.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Aug. 9. “Through Our Eyes and Hands,” ceramics and photography by Jacqueline Biaggi and Kitty McGinnis. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM  Through Sept. 15:  Paintings and installation by CAM studio artist Yenting “Ryo” De Smidt. Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club” features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.    
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Aug. 12. “In the Rhythm,” contemporary abstract paintings by Seyburn Zorthian of the Santa Ynez Valley. 444-7716. Cal Lutheran University, Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks.   
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.  353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through Aug.29.  Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings featuring cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes; and “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic” by modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.   
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800. 
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.    

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.  

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