Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

OJAI ART CENTER 75th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Nov. 1, 6-10 p.m.

Diamonds are Forever and so is Ojai Art Center, which has the distinction of being the oldest multipurpose, nonprofit art center in California. The festivities will include favorite food trucks, locally produced wine and beer tasting, live music by Alan Thornhill, J.B. White, James Antunez, Jimmy Calire and Martin Young and much more. $5-10. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.com.
 
 
 

HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31. This annual haunted house has become an Ojai tradition. The spooky grounds of an old Victorian home are transformed into a house of horrors by entertainment professionals. This year’s theme: the zombie apocalypse. Not suitable for young children. 922 Grand Ave., Ojai. www.facebook.com/7gableshauntofojai.  

HALLOWEEN FUNFEST AT THE COLLECTION Friday, Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. The Collection at RiverPark will hold a free Halloween party with a costume contest for kids 10 years and younger, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, crafts, games, music and entertainment. Many retailers will dish out treats to trick-or-treaters. 

PEIRANO’S ROCKY HORROR DINNER 9 p.m.-midnight. Three-course fall harvest dinner, live music by Tony Ybarra, dancing and a screening of the classic musical comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 204 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-4853 or www.peiranos.com

MICOP DIA DE MUERTOS CELEBRATION Thursday, Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m. See handmade altars and enjoy Mexican bread and hot chocolate while MICOP program managers and organizers will be presenting about programs and culture. Cafe on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 488-1166. 

53RD ANNUAL SIMI VALLEY HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30-8 p.m. Children ages 11 and younger may bring their parents along for an evening of games, attractions, food and prizes. Admission covers unlimited use of attractions and games. Costumes encouraged. $1-4. Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, www.rsrpd.org

25TH ANNUAL SANTA PAULA HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL Friday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Games and tricks or treats will be had at this annual carnival, with rides less than 50 cents a pop. Santa Paula Community Center, 948 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us

AZU HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY Friday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and will feature a Mexican buffet, DJs The Wild Stallions and costumed debauchery. $10. Azu Restaurant, 457 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.azuojai.com

DEADZONE 805 Friday, Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m. A spooky Halloween-themed maze featuring artists in makeup, multiple rooms and spooky scares. $13. The House of Magic, 5353 Walker St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.deadzone805.com. 

FREE COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY Friday, Oct 31, 4-7:30 p.m. The celebration will feature a variety of fun and games set within a G-rated trick-or-treat village made up of creatively constructed “houses” where kids can make the rounds and collect loads of goodies. Face painting, pumpkin bowling and more. Costumes encouraged. Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.DowntownOxnard.org. 

HALLOWEEN FRIGHT FEST CARNIVAL Friday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. A trick-or-treat village, carnival games, pooch parade, costume contest and much more will be hosted by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District and will also feature prizes for the Fright Fest costume contest winner, followed by a screaming of Hotel Transylvania. Camarillo Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.  

REIGN OF TERROR HAUNTED HOUSE Friday, Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m. (and Saturday, Nov. 1). Guests who dare to visit the annual Reign of Terror Haunted House will scream more loudly than ever in 2014.   This year’s 70-room Haunted House will premiere new scares, animatronics and a frightening Miner’s Revenge experience. $17-$35. Janss Marketplace, 255 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.ROThauntedhouse.com

VENTURA IMPROV HALLOWEEN BASH Friday, Oct. 31, 8-10 p.m. Full of spine-chilling hilarity, performed by VIC players in full costume. Audience members are encouraged to dress up and join the fun. $12-15. Ventura Improv Company, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaimprov.com/Halloween.  

YMCA’S SPOOKTACULAR  Friday, Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. The YMCA hosts this family-friendly and safe trick-or-treating event featuring spooky costumes and other treats. Pacific View Mall center court, 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 642-2131 ext.16. 

SEVENTH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Food, vendors, art exhibitions and entertainment will be had as well as a spiritual march/procession around the park in celebration of the holiday. Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 482-1959. 

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission to the museum includes face painting, art workshops and the chance to decorate your own sugar skulls. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CarnegieAM.org

DAY OF THE DEAD AT THE MUSEUM Saturday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m, and Sunday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The celebration begins with a display of altars throughout the galleries, food stations, tequila tasting and a mercado with unique items for sale. Sunday features a free community celebration of music, dance and craft. $25, Saturday. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

RIFFTRAX LIVE: ANACONDA# 8 p.m. The crew from the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 will comment on the ‘90s’ horror schlock film starring Jennifer Lopez as she battles a massive boa constrictor hellbent on eating Ice Cube. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.  
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR 6-6:30 p.m. Justice O’Connor will speak about civic engagement, democracy and her life experiences in a presentation entitled “Democracy in the Digital Age.” CSUCI’s Grand Salon, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.go.csuci.edu/justiceoconnor.

~ SATURDAY ~

2ND ANNUAL STARLIGHT SUPPER CLUB 5:30 p.m. Join Project Understanding for an evening of 1940s glamour, taste and sophistication with live entertainment in support of the non-profit’s programs. $65. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.projectunderstanding.eventbrite.com.
“AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS RETURN HOME” 2:30 p.m. As part of a series of Cal Humanities “War Comes Home” grant programming, three local African American veterans will tell their experiences of being in the military and how they transitioned into civilian life. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532. 
BUCK-A-BAG BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Restock your bookshelves along with your groceries. Fill a plastic bag and take home a bag of books for just $1. Hosted by the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. Albertson’s, 7800 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 223-1187. 
CSUCI’S SIXTH ANNUAL SCIENCE CARNIVAL 5-8 p.m. This year’s Science Carnival will feature more than 70 hands-on science activities and demonstrations conducted by CI faculty, students and community volunteers. Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2900 Thurgood Marshall Drive, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/sciencecarnival
FIFTH ANNUAL ARTS AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring student performances, a student art exhibit, buffet lunch and continental breakfast, this event will also feature Ana Maria Alvarez, a woman who has dedicated her life to activism in dance. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu/artslearning
FOUNDER’S KIN DISCUSSES SOLVANG HISTORY 7:30 p.m. The grandson of one of the founders of Solvang will talk about the 103-year-old town’s history. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-3717. 
SECOND ANNUAL “REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET” 1-6 p.m. People can bring any usable items they would like to give away and can take whatever they need — no barter, no trade, only free. Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 216-4621. 
VC WRITERS WEEKEND 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, Nov. 2). A literary event for writers wishing to learn more about the craft and business of writing, featuring seminars, workshops and more. Pleasant Valley Community Park Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.VCWritersWeekend.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 6:30 p.m. Ventura author and journalist Ivor Davis, who travelled with the Beatles on their triumphant U.S. tour in 1964, will host this very special screening. $5-10. Century 10 Downtown Ventura, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, www.venturafilmsociety.com
“DETENTION WITNESS: A YEAR VISITING IMMIGRANTS LOCKED IN A DESERT PRISON” 3-5 p.m. The Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions monthly meeting will host Gordon Clint, who will share his experiences visiting immigrants in the detention center in Adelanto, California. E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.c-p-r.net.

~ MONDAY ~

JEWISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING 7-9 p.m. The topic of this meeting will be The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: Conducting Story-Driven Research. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616. 
WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR 1:30 p.m. Book discussion about “What It Is Like to Go to War” by Karl Marlantes. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., meeting room B.  
VIOLETTE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). The intense relationship between two women in a relationship on a quest for freedom through writing is chronicled. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.  
ANIME FILM CLUB PRESENTS STEAMBOY 6-8 p.m. Ray receives a steam ball, a mysterious and powerful device, left to him by his grandfather. As he is caught between his father, an arms merchant, and his grandfather, who believes science should help people, he must keep the device safe from the government. This film is rated PG-13. Free. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley.  526-1735 or simivalleylibrary.org

~ TUESDAY ~

NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES SUBJECT OF TALK 6:30 p.m. Members of a nonprofit group dedicated to helping North Koreans and educating others about the plight of refugees will give a talk. CLU’s Ullman Commons, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3318. 
FILM SCREENING 4 p.m. Regina Gonzalez will present a 45-minute film interview of her late father, an Oxnard native who was a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., meeting room B.   

~ WEDNESDAY ~

VETERANS MEDITATION AND HEALING WORKSHOP 7-8 p.m. The Camarillo Public Library will host a free meditation and healing circle for veterans conducted by Healing of America. This workshop is designed to reduce stress, pain and discomfort and improve quality of life. 4101 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 388-5222.

OPENING THEATER

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF? Oct. 31 through Nov. 23. Flying H Group presents  Edward Albee’s provocative dark comedy, which examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most via a troubled married couple. $15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com

ONGOING THEATER

2 PIANOS 4 HANDS Through Nov. 16. Rubicon Theatre presents this award-winning musical comedy featuring two actors, two pianos and many, many characters telling the story of 15 years of piano playing, from obsessed parents and crazy tutors to torturous recitals. Classical, pop and jazz music are performed in the 120-minute virtuoso display. $32-62. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.   
DARK HEART OF POE Through Nov. 1. Elite Theatre presents the play about Edgar Allan Poe that’s perfect for the spooky season. The play will be performed at two locations: Oct. 31 at Elite Theatre, 2731 S. Victoria, Oxnard; and Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. For more, go to www.elitetheatre.org.  
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Nov. 9. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the sensational rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. No show on Oct. 31. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skywayplayhouse.org
NOVEMBER Through Nov. 2. Elite Theatre Company presents this David Mamet comedy about a president and his speechwriter just a few days before his second election. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Through Nov. 1. Campfire Chronicles, a new improv format that has a group of friends telling tales around the fire until the stories are acted out by the campers, followed by short improv scenes based on the campfire tales. Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Nov. 4-29. “A Touch of Nature,” a solo exhibition by Port Hueneme painter Michele B. Baggenstoss featuring 15 oil-on-canvas works inspired by flora and fauna. Reception on Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
JEWELRY COUTURE Nov. 1, noon-6 p.m. Photography by the Casa Pacifica Camera Club will be on display for a one-day special event with 10 percent of store sales donated to Casa Pacifica. Sales of displayed photography will benefit the photo club. 390 S. Mills Road, Ventura.   

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 1. Oxnard painter Ron Zolkover presents an exhibition of his recent oil-on-canvas paintings, many of local landscapes. 700 E. Main St. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.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.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.
GALERIE102 Through Nov. 9. Work by Craig Stockwell and Amaranth Ehrenhalt, one of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School. Ehrenhalt has been featured in Vogue, Art in America, Art News and Huffington Post. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 317-1504 or www.galerie102.com/.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Reception on Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in 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
LE PETIT GALLERY Through Nov. 9. “Bingo Ready or Not,” altars, retables, paintings and assemblage made with discarded objects by Dianne Bennett. Nutmeg’s Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery, Ojai, 640-1656. 
McNISH GALLERY Through Nov. 13: “Phases,” a two-person exhibit by Carol Newborg and Jenny Mercado featuring process-driven installations and sculptural paintings. Through Oct. 24: “In the Company of Myrtle,” a two-person exhibit by Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. Part of an ongoing project that centers around a mutual love of materiality and process. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. 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.  
PORCH GALLERY Through Oct. 31. “Generation Art,” a group exhibition featuring work by Ojai students. 310 E. Main St., Ojai, 646-5901 or www.porchgallery.com.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. Art demonstrations every Saturday in October, noon-3 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. 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.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.     
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit  www.sessionsattheloft.com
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View,” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. www.artistsguildoffillmore.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 Oct. 31. “Swimmers” exhibition features a selection of paintings by Santa Barbara painter Rick Stich that are derived from a long and literal immersion in and study of water, particularly the sea. The artist, having been in or on the ocean on a daily basis, by swimming, surfing, paddling or sailing, is continually encountering the endless parade of patterns, shapes, colors and light. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30,  www.vitaartcenter.com.      

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 Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of GhostWalk, featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual GhostWalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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.dudleyhouse.org.  
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 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.org
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 CAPITOL STEPS
Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Capitol Steps plan to bring down the house and Senate with their unique blend of music and political comedy. Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing.  $25-$45. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

2 PIANOS 4 HANDS 
Through Nov. 16.

Rubicon Theatre presents this award-winning musical comedy featuring two actors, two pianos and many, many characters telling the story of 15 years of piano playing, from obsessed parents and crazy tutors to torturous recitals. Classical, pop and jazz music are performed in the 120-minute virtuoso display. $32-$62. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
 
 
 

FREE PERFORMANCE DAY AT TOCAP
Saturday, Oct. 25, noon-5 p.m.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will celebrate its 20th year with a slew of free live performances, birthday cake, kids activities and more. Performers include Cabrillo Musical Theatre, New West Symphony (pictured), Pacific Festival Ballet, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, Young Artists Ensemble, CLU Drama Department, Gold Coast Conservatory and more.2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2100.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CAMARILLO HOSPICE EDUCATIONAL LUNCHEON AND TALK 11:30 a.m. A luncheon will be followed by Karen Simon, M.D., and Chaplain David Knapp discussing the perils and pitfalls of various treatments for the late stage dementia patient. The Wedgewood at Sterling Hills, 901 Sterling Hills Dr, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillohospice.org
FRANKLY SPEAKING ABOUT: METASTATIC BREAST CANCER  6-7:30 p.m. This free workshop offers information on the latest treatments for metastatic breast cancer. Patients and their loved ones will also learn about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of this diagnosis. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Rd., Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.CancerSupportVvsb.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

“ALL GROWN UP: 20 YEARS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A mini-conference examining NATFA’s impact over the past two decades brings together scholars presenting research and opposing views. John Spoor Broome Library Exhibition Hall, CSUCI, 1 University Dr., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION 5-8 p.m. Family friendly activities, entertainment, crafts and more will help to ring in the celebration. Aztec dancers will lead a march to Westpark at 5:45 p.m. Kellogg Park and Westpark Center, 450 W. Harrison Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 658-4726.  
“HOW TECHNOLOGY IS RESHAPING THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT IMPLICATIONS” 1:30 p.m. Top-ranked global economist Sung Won Sohn will highlight the changing dynamics of the global economy and important implications for individual investors. CSUCI Malibu Hall, 1 University Dr., Camarillo. For more information, call 437-3979. 
FOOD DAY VENTURA COUNTY 3-6:30 p.m. Booths from local farmers, food pantries and community groups working with food and sustainability will provide food demos and education in celebration of the national event.    
THE FOUR TOPS 8 p.m. Popular soul group known for their classic Motown hits will play from their deep catalog. $41-$76. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
VENTURA COUNTY LODGING ASSOCIATION SECURITY TRAINING CLASS 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees will receive an overview on how to increase awareness of suspicious behaviors and links to larger threats, and how to report information to the proper law enforcement authorities. Four Points Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.InfraGardLosAngeles.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

6TH ANNUAL GREEN LIVING HOME TOUR & SHOW 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s homes range from a reclaimed redwood “tiny house” to the 1920’s “El Toro” estate designed by famed architect Arthur E. Harvey. $10. For more Information and locations, visit www.ojaivalleygreentour.com.   
BEATLESMANIA AUTHOR IVOR DAVIS BOOK SIGNING 7 p.m. “The Beatles and Me on Tour.” Author Ivor Davis will tell inside secrets from the Beatles 1964 tour along with the Sgt. Pepper Beatles Tribute Band. Everyone attending receives a signed copy. $50-90. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aharddaysnight.brownpapertickets.com
BEST OF THE 805: BEER, WINE, MUSIC AND FOOD 1-5 p.m. Vendors from around the 805 will get together to give a taste of their goods, from food to music, at this first annual event. A dinner the night before will feature a five-course chef pairing. $55-195. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.thebestofthe805.com
DAY OF DANCE: THRILLER 1:30 p.m. The “Thriller” performance is part of “Thrill the World,” an annual simultaneous dance to Jackson’s hit song. People are encouraged to dress as zombies. CLU, Kingsmen Park, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 241-8515. 
HAUNTED TRAIL AND TRICK-OR-TREAT STREET 6-9 p.m. A short Halloween hike appropriate for kids of all ages.  At the end of the trail there will be a hayride that returns “hikers” to the “haunted trailhead.” A costume contest will also be held. $3. Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2793. 
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF VENTURA COUNTY HOSTS DAVID SPADY 7 p.m. Americans for Prosperity State Director, David Spady, will be guest speaker for the Libertarian Party’s Fall Freedom event. Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.lpvc.org
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST SPEAKER SERIES PART 3 5-6 p.m. Wilderness blogger David Stillman takes us into the seldom seen areas of Los Padres National Forest. Photos, stories and advice from this highly experienced local hiker. E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 641-4413. 
MOVIE NIGHT AT THE McCREA RANCH: I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE 7-9 p.m. The movie night will feature a 1943 horror film starring Frances Dee and James Ellison about a misunderstood zombie and his love of walking. $10. McCrea Ranch, 4500 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea
SANTA PAULA THEATER PRESENTS THE TOM CORBETT BAND 7 p.m. Tom Corbett is a mandolin- and guitar-playing singer-songwriter who has toured and recorded with some of the best musicians in the folk and roots musical world. $15. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaualthertheatercenter.org
SLEEPOVER FOR AFRICAN CHILDREN 5 p.m. Students and scouts will pledge $10 to sleep overnight in mosquito-netted tents to raise funds for African children. Food trucks and games will be on site. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Charitable contributions to the campaign can be made anytime via the church’s website www.cam-umc.org
WFVZ 12TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Western Foundation of Veterbrate Zoology will host an open house with a book signing and a hands-on egg blowing and nest building demonstration. $3-5. WFVZ, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org
YMCA PUMPKIN PUSH AND SWIM MEET FUNDRAISER 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The main event features the “Pumpkin Push,” where teams of four pass off a pumpkin during a relay race across four lengths of the pool. Channel Islands YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/ventura.

~ SUNDAY ~

BOLSHOI BALLET 2014-15 SEASON: “THE LEGEND OF LOVE” 12:55 p.m. This tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a 10-year absence and is broadcast live into theaters. $16-$18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
BOYHOOD 4:30 p.m. Richard Linklater’s film chronicles the life of a boy from the age of six until he leaves home for college. The same actor was used over a 12-year period. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.

~ MONDAY ~

“DAY OF THE DEAD: CELEBRATION OF LIFE” 10 a.m.-evening. Chicano artist Fabian Debora will present a 20-ton sand mural in honor of the holiday; and beginning at 5 p.m, speakers, crafts, face painting and performances will be hosted. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-3156. 
FRANKENSTEIN Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. (and Wednesday, Oct. 29). Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular monster in this Danny Boyle directed rebroadcast of the stage play captured from the National Theatre in 2011. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC 9:30-11 a.m. A free flu shot clinic will be hosted. Palm Vista Senior Center, 801 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information and other locations and dates, call 988-2865.
VENTURA ATHEISTS HOST AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN RICHARD CARRIER 7 p.m. Author and historian Richard Carrier, Ph.D. is touring in support of his new book “On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt.” $5 suggested donation. Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 794-4714.

~ TUESDAY ~

PFLAG OCTOBER MEETING 7 p.m. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides support, education and advocacy to the families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 650-3327. 
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, BISHOP MINERVA G. CARCAÑO ADDRESS 7 p.m. Carcano will speak and then participate in a panel discussion including voices from California State University Channel Islands, local rights advocacy groups, and resident field workers. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 482-4312.  

~ WEDNESDAY ~

SLEEP DEALER 7 p.m. A Sundance Award-winning film that depicts a dystopian future to explore ways in which technology both oppresses and connects migrants, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, email ocilpa@vcccd.edu.

OPENING THEATER

DRACULA Oct. 23-26. Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department presents the Steven Dietz adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic. $10-$15. 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 378-1485. 

ONGOING THEATER

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL Through Oct. 26.  The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the hilarious musical adapted from the show that garnered Dolly Parton Oscar, Grammy and Tony awards. Directed by Fred Helsel with musical direction by Gary Poirot. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org
DARK HEART OF POE Through Nov. 1. Elite Theatre presents the play about Edgar Allan Poe that’s perfect for the spooky season. The play will be performed at two locations: Oct. 31 at Elite Theatre, 2731 S. Victoria, Oxnard; and Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. For more, go to www.elitetheatre.org
GHOSTWALK Through Oct. 26. In its 20th year, the GhostWalk of Santa Paula is an annual benefit for the Santa Paula Theater Center. The hour-long guided tour of vintage Santa Paula uses scripted stories and ghostly narrators to tell the history of Santa Paula. This year, old favorites will be featured. In commemoration of the anniversary of GhostWalk, the California Oil Museum’s Historical Society is presenting a vintage display of the event, designed by resident historian Carlos Juarez and Oil Museum’s curator, Jeanne Orcutt. Tickets for GhostWalk are $8-18. Reservations can be made by calling 525-3073. 
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Nov. 9. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the sensational rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. No show on Oct. 31. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skywayplayhouse.org
THE MIKADO Through Oct. 26. Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire company presents the most frequently staged opera in the world. $10-30. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 491-6103 or www.vcgsrc.org
NOVEMBER Through Nov. 2. Elite Theatre Company presents this David Mamet comedy about a president and his speechwriter just a few days before his second election. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Through Nov. 1. Campfire Chronicles, a new improv format that has a group of friends telling tales around the fire until the stories are acted out by the campers, followed by short improv scenes based on the campfire tales. Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through Oct. 27. “This is the Time,” an open exhibit juried by Gayel Childress about the “here and now” of art and artists. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 1. Oxnard painter Ron Zolkover presents an exhibition of his recent oil-on-canvas paintings, many of local landscapes. 700 E. Main St. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.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.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.
GALERIE102 Through Nov. 9. Work by Craig Stockwell and Amaranth Ehrenhalt, one of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School. Ehrenhalt has been featured in Vogue, Art in America, Art News and Huffington Post. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 317-1504 or www.galerie102.com/.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Reception on Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in 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
McNISH GALLERY Through Nov. 13: “Phases,” a two-person exhibit by Carol Newborg and Jenny Mercado featuring process-driven installations and sculptural paintings. Through Oct. 24: “In the Company of Myrtle,” a two-person exhibit by Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. Part of an ongoing project that centers around a mutual love of materiality and process. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. 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.  
PORCH GALLERY Through Oct. 31. “Generation Art,” a group exhibition featuring work by Ojai students. 310 E. Main St., Ojai, 646-5901 or www.porchgallery.com.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. Art demonstrations every Saturday in October, noon-3 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. 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. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.     
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Reception on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m. Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. www.artistsguildoffillmore.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 Oct. 31. “Swimmers” exhibition features a selection of paintings by Santa Barbara painter Rick Stich that are derived from a long and literal immersion in and study of water, particularly the sea. The artist, having been in or on the ocean on a daily basis, by swimming, surfing, paddling or sailing, is continually encountering the endless parade of patterns, shapes, colors and light. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30,  www.vitaartcenter.com.   

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 Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of GhostWalk, featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual GhostWalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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.dudleyhouse.org.  
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 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.org
SEABEE MUSEUM  Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards andDocks (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

OJAI DAY
Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy free admission to this annual event featuring arts and crafts from local vendors, multiple stages with musicians and performing artists, a car show and a beer and wine garden. Downtown Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiday.com
 
 
 

AMANDA McBROOM AND GEORGE BALL PRESENT “SOME ENCHANTED EVENING”
Saturday, Oct 18, 8 p.m.

International nightclub and theater performer Amanda McBroom joins her husband — multi-award-winning musical theater actor George Ball for “Some Enchanted Evening — An Evening of Love Songs for Grownups.” $75. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.
 
 
 

“DE COLORES”
Oct. 18 through Feb. 22.

The 21st annual art show founded by Xavier Montes celebrates Latino heritage, history and iconography. This year, work by more than 30 artists from So Cal and the Southwest will be featured as well as a tribute to visionary Chicano artist Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, who was a founding member of the L.A. art collective Los Four in the early ’70s. A reception will be held on Oct. 18, from N noon to 4 p.m. at both the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Agriculture Museum. Live music and the Magulandia Family Car, Magu’s colorfully painted 1950 Chevy Coupe. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St.; Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave. For more information, call 525-3100 or visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
 

 

~ THURSDAY ~

CSUCI ANNUAL CAMPUS READING CELEBRATION 6:30 p.m. Students nominated and selected Luis Urrea’s 1996 nonfiction work “By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border” as the Campus Reading Celebration book, so Urrea will speak. $5-10, free for CSUCI students and staff. CSUCI, Grand Salon, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/crc
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK 7 p.m. A representative from Calleguas Municipal Water District will speak on the drought and its impact on Moorpark and Ventura County. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582. 
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30 p.m. Dance every Thursday to a live band, including Latin and swing. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226. 
PHILHARMONIA QUARTETT BERLIN 7:30 p.m. An all-Beethoven program will be performed by the string quartet of the Berlin Philharmonic. $15-$50. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org
“SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN” CONCERT 7-10 p.m. Three young classically trained Irishmen will perform their renditions of traditional Irish tunes. $20. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com
THE 2014/15 ROYAL BALLET CINEMA SEASON: MANON 7 p.m. Adapted from Abbé Prévost’s infamous novel, Kenneth MacMillan’s soaring ballet brings to life the story of Manon Lescaut, a beautiful young woman torn between her love of a poet and her desire for money. $16-17. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM SPEAKER SERIES 6:30 p.m. Dr. John Johnson of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will speak about the people who lived in California before the arrival of Europeans. $2-5. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CIMMVC.org
CI’S MVS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SPEAKER SERIES 2 p.m. Marty Albertson, Chairman of the Board, Guitar Center Inc., will speak. CSUCI Malibu Hall, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.business.csuci.edu/events
CITY OF CAMARILLO’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY DINNER-DANCE 6 p.m. A celebration of the city’s anniversary with dinner and dancing. $95. Serra Center, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cityofcamarillo.org
CRIME AFTER CRIME 2-5 p.m. Simi Valley Public Library will hold a resource fair and film screening of Crime After Crime in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735, ext. 5017. 
HALLOCK HOUSE OF HORRORS 5 p.m.-midnight (weekends through Sunday, Oct. 26). Enjoy a spook-filled evening of ghosts and goblins in this walk-through haunted house. $10. Hallock House of Horrors, 100 S. Hallock Drive, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.hallockhouseofhorrors.com
NEW WEST SYMPHONY MASTERPIECE SERIES CONCERT NO. 1 8 p.m. Internationally acclaimed pianist Gabriela Montero will make her New West Symphony debut in three performances of Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 16. $29-102. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org
“THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN VENTURA COUNTY: A HEALTHY WORKFORCE” 8:30-11:50 a.m. The 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference (BOC) will feature keynote speaker Dr. Harlan Levine, chief executive of the City of Hope Medical Foundation. $75-100. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 676-1332. 
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MEETING AND PUBLIC STAR PARTY 7-9 p.m. (Star Party on Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m.). Dr. Robert Piccioni will give the talk “Quantum Mechanics for Everyone.”  $2 donation suggested. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUTHORS LISA DAY AND DEE ELIAS BOOK SIGNING EVENT 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lisa Day will be available to sign copies of her book Penelope Desiree Montclair, Age 9 (Pert’ Near a Double Digit); Elias will sign her book, Confessions of a Beatlemaniac, from 11 a.m. Bank of Books, 748 E.Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 405-458-5642. 
11TH ANNUAL STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thirty-six of California Lutheran University’s top undergraduates will present their research findings. Ahmanson Science Center, CLU, 3260 Pioneer Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3796. 
“THE ART OF THE CAR” CAR SHOW 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Museum of Ventura County will hold its First Annual Car Show in the parking lot adjacent to its site, with live music and food vendors. Museum Of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
THE COLOR RUN 8 a.m. Runners take to the streets of downtown Ventura tossing colored chalk and what have you in celebration of healthiness. $45. For more information and course description, visit www.thecolorrun.com
CROSSFIT COMPETITION FOR MOBILE MAMMOGRAM UNIT AND EARLY DETECTION 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Two events (“Spin for Life” and “Boxes for Boobs”) will be held simultaneously as a part of Mavericks Gym’s month long fundraising initiative to help support Ventura County Medical Center’s mobile mammography unit and early detection programs. Mavericks Gym, 5171 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. For more information, call 642-9600.
GRAMMY WINNING CHICANO ROCK BAND QUETZAL 7 p.m. An evening of music and dialogue with the band Quetzal. $5-25. Oxnard College, Performing Arts Center Courtyard, 4000 South Rose Ave., Oxnard. 
KILLER MEMORIES WITH DIRECTOR COMMENTARY 2:30 p.m. A documentary on the dark, depressing period after a soldier returns home from war, with a Q&A by the director following. Oxnard Public Main Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532. 
SPIRIT FAIRE: THE MIND, BODY, SPIRIT CONNECTION 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore holistic options for health and well-being, including healing sessions, massage therapy, intuitive readings and more. Center for Spiritual Living, Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

COUNTRY ARTIST SARA EVANS 7:30 p.m. Country music artist Sara Evans will perform her catalog of country hits. $34-$74. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY’S 13TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN HIGH TEA 2-4 p.m. The interior of the building will be transformed into a bit of old England, as guests listen to harp music and dine on traditional fare (sandwiches, sweets and savories). $30. Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 488-2451. 
GABRIELLE 4:30 p.m. Portrait of a young woman with Williams syndrome explores the boundaries of her capabilities. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
HALLOWEEN OKTOBERFEST AT THE COLLECTION 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feast on brats, beer and pretzels plus live music all day. Craft beer and a zombie pumpkin patch will also be hosted. $10. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.halloweenoktoberfest.com
HOMECOMING CHORAL CONCERT WITH CLU ALUMNI 2 p.m. The original Kingsmen Quartet featuring the Rev. Jim Bessey, Bill Ewing, Karsten Lundring and Bryan Spafford will perform alone and with the current Kingsmen Quartet. Samuelson Chapel, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512. 
INFORMATIONAL FORUM ON BALLOT PROPOSITIONS 1:30 p.m. Justice Steven Z. Perren, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, and retired Superior Court Judge Melinda Johnson will provide an informed and unbiased explanation of each of the ballot propositions. First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-8621. 
JIMMY MCCONNEL BIG BAND AT THE CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB 1-4:30 p.m. Dr. Jimmy McConnell will bring his Jimmy McConnel Big Band as the feature band to the October meeting of the Channel Cities Jazz Club. $7. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 South Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HERB WALK WITH LANNY KAUFER AND BRUCE VINCENT 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The introductory class is aimed at nature enthusiasts, photographers and would-be photographers of all skill levels and will cover photographing the plants, birds and scenery of the Los Padres National Forest. $30-35. For more information and location, visit www.herbwalks.com.
MISFITS DRAG BRUNCH SHOWCASE 11 a.m. Join Dita McEvil for a fundraiser benefitting Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center featuring Karma Limbs and Buster Cherry. $10. Peirano’s Restaurant, 204 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.peiranos.com
TICKET TO RIDE: A LIVE TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES 3 p.m. A musical journey through the Best of  the Beatles, opening with their greatest hits from the ‘60s through the Sgt. Pepper era with authentic costume changes. $38-48. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CivicArtsPlaza.com
TRAFALGAR DAY REGENCY PICNIC 11 a.m. Step back in time and observe this Regency-style picnic with music and dance in honor of the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. $5. Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Road (Highway 126), Piru. For more information, call 521-1501.

~ MONDAY ~

“KEEPING YOU ON YOUR TOES!” VETERANS BENEFITS CLASS 2-3 p.m. Mike McManus, County of Ventura veterans services officer, will discuss veterans’ benefits. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, E117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952, ext. 100. 
“PEACE AMIDST CHANGES: DIVINE FEMININE, DIVINE MASCULINE” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Brock Travis teaches the secret of non-duality. The sacred and cosmic aspects of the sexes, which will be helpful for bringing about peace. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079. 
WE ARE THE BEST 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). An adaptation of a graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

FREE COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Community West Bank hosts shred events to allow area residents to dispose of their personal documents in a safe and secure manner. Community West Bank, 1463 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 692-4379. 
VENTURA DOWNTOWN LIONS CLUB ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER 5-7 p.m. The fundraising dinner is a longstanding tradition with the club and is an enjoyable evening of good food, great entertainment and plenty of time for fellowship. $8. The Lion’s Club, 211 E. Main St. (behind the Mission), Ventura. For more information, email kaseelos@sbcglobal.net.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

BOOMER BOOTCAMP: WHAT CAN KEITH RICHARDS TEACH US? 6:30 p.m. Hear from Keith Richards and other rock luminaries who will share their perspectives on aging, creativity, grief and loss, and late-life love as part of a “rockumentary,” followed by discussion. $30. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.

~ OPENING THEATER ~

2 PIANOS 4 HANDS Oct. 16 through Nov. 16. Rubicon Theatre presents this award-winning musical comedy featuring two actors, two pianos and many, many characters telling the story of 15 years of piano playing, from obsessed parents and crazy tutors to torturous recitals. Classical, pop and jazz music are performed in the 120-minute virtuoso display. $32-$62. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org

~ ONGOING THEATER ~

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL Through Oct. 26.  The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the hilarious musical adapted from the show that garnered Dolly Parton Oscar, Grammy and Tony awards. Directed by Fred Helsel with musical direction by Gary Poirot. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
FARMAGEDDON AND THE UNDERCOVER CROP Through Oct.18. Young Artist Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents this zany story about peanut planter Farmer Carter, who finds his entire crop damaged and, suspecting foul play that may involve aliens, hires an investigator to get to the bottom of it. The film-noir-style play uses humor to bring to light the benefits of organic food. All ages, $10. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  
GHOSTWALK Through Oct. 26. In its 20th year, the GhostWalk of Santa Paula is an annual benefit for the Santa Paula Theater Center. The hour-long guided tour of vintage Santa Paula uses scripted stories and ghostly narrators to tell the history of Santa Paula. This year, old favorites will be featured. In commemoration of the anniversary of GhostWalk, the California Oil Museum’s Historical Society is presenting a vintage display of the event, designed by resident historian Carlos Juarez and Oil Museum’s curator, Jeanne Orcutt. Tickets for GhostWalk are $8-18. Reservations can be made by calling 525-3073. 
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Nov. 9. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the sensational rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. No show on Oct. 31. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skywayplayhouse.org
THE MIKADO Through Oct. 26. Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire company presents the most frequently staged opera in the world. $10-30. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 491-6103 or www.vcgsrc.org
NOVEMBER Through Nov. 2. Elite Theatre Company presents this David Mamet comedy about a president and his speechwriter just a few days before his second election. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Oct. 17 through Nov. 1. Campfire Chronicles, a new improv format that has a group of friends telling tales around the fire until the stories are acted out by the campers, followed by short improv scenes based on the campfire tales. Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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 ~

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Oct. 19 through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Saturday, Oct. 18, noon to 9 p.m. The gallery featuring local photography by Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue celebrates its one-year anniversary with an open house. Raffle, specials, book signing. 401 E. Main St., Ventura. 279-1221 or latitudesfineart.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Oct.19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The Art of the Car,” the museum’s first car show will feature live music, craft-making for kids and food trucks plus more than 60 cars from local collectors. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. 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.      

~ ONGOING ART ~

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through Oct. 27. “This is the Time,” an open exhibit juried by Gayel Childress about the “here and now” of art and artists. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 1. Oxnard painter Ron Zolkover presents an exhibition of his recent oil-on-canvas paintings, many of local landscapes. 700 E. Main St. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
CSUCI Through Oct. 23.  “That One Time in Paris” features displays, drawings, paintings, sculpture and video made by students on a trip to Paris. 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building, 437-2772. “Cathy Ellis + Megan Mueller: Some Other Time Travel,” an exhibition of work by students and grads of master of fine arts programs at CI and UCSB. Napa Hall Gallery, Ventura Street on the CI campus.
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.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.
GALERIE102 Through Nov. 9. Work by Craig Stockwell and Amaranth Ehrenhalt, one of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School. Ehrenhalt has been featured in Vogue, Art in America, Art News and Huffington Post. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 317-1504 or www.galerie102.com/.
GALLERY 525 Through Oct. 21.  “Through My Eyes,” photographs by women from India, a project conducted and curated by Ojai filmmaker Mary Lukasiewicsz. Reception on Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m. 525 W. Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Reception on Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in 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
McNISH GALLERY Through Nov. 13. “Phases,” a two-person exhibit by Carol Newborg and Jenny Mercado featuring process-driven installations and sculptural paintings. Through Oct. 24. “In the Company of Myrtle,” a two-person exhibit by Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. Part of an ongoing project that centers around a mutual love of materiality and process. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. 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.  
PORCH GALLERY Through Oct. 31. “Generation Art,” a group exhibition featuring work by Ojai students. 310 E. Main St., Ojai, 646-5901 or www.porchgallery.com.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. Art demonstrations every Saturday in October, noon-3 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.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 BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Oct. 24. “Parallels,” a joint solo exhibition of Richard Bruland’s abstract paintings and Michael Rohde’s woven tapestries. Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit 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 Oct. 31. “Swimmers” exhibition features a selection of paintings by Santa Barbara painter Rick Stich that are derived from a long and literal immersion in and study of water, particularly the sea. The artist, having been in or on the ocean on a daily basis, by swimming, surfing, paddling or sailing, is continually encountering the endless parade of patterns, shapes, colors and light. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30,  www.vitaartcenter.com
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through Oct. 21. “Beyond Knit & Purl,” featuring knitted children’s wardrobe by Shirley Meyer, who won Best of Show at the Ventura County Fair in 2001. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura or www.wavartists.com.

~ 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 Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of GhostWalk, featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual GhostWalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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.dudleyhouse.org.  
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 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

SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

With over eighty clans and societies, bagpipe and drum bands from many Western states, the Seaside Highland Games will feature competitions in pipes, drums, dance, athletics, drum majoring and fiddles, as well as heavy athletes “throwing stuff” and herding dog demonstrations. The US Marine Band will be performing with local pipe bands and much more, including new to this year a Haggis eating contest. $5-$16. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.seaside-games.com.
 
 
 

AN EVENING WITH JIM MESSINA WITH RUSTY YOUNG SITTIN’ IN
Saturday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

A special fundraising event for the Community Memorial Hospital, Jim Messina, formerly of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins and Messina, will perform with Rusty Young. $75. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.messinaatthebowl.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

6TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CONEJO 5-8 p.m. An evening of food, wine, beer and spirit tastings with live entertainment. $50-$75. Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, 2 Dole Dr., Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.TasteofConejoValley.com.
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK BUSINESS EXPO 5:30-8:15 p.m. Mix and mingle with vendors and support small business along with prizes, hors d’oeuvres and more. $5. Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcpwn.org/node25.
TIM RICE’S “FROM HERE TO ETERNITY” 7:30 p.m. The story of illicit love and Army life during wartime, with lyrics by Rice (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita”), music by Stuart Brayson and book by Bill Oakes. $16-$18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
VENTURA HIGH SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT 7 p.m. To celebrate and honor Alphonse J. Marra, a retired VHS teacher of 35 years, will host a benefit concert in his honor. $10. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2155 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, email The4sheans@gmail.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

DEADZONE 805 7-10 p.m. (and weekends through Oct. 31). A spooky Halloween themed maze featuring artists in make-up and jump scare-tactics will be held through Halloween. $13. The House of Magic, 5353 Walker St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.deadzone805.com.
TONY AWARD WINNER FAITH PRINCE IN CONCERT 8 p.m. This one night only concert sparkles with doses of Faith’s quirky trademark humor as well as touching moments filled with pathos, followed by a master class on Saturday, Oct. 11. $35-$75. Agoura High School, 28545 West Driver Avenue, Agoura Hills. For more information, visit www.ofnoteproductions.com.
“TRES VIDAS” 7 p.m. The performance celebrates the lives and work of painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. CLU Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Ln., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3349.

~ SATURDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH JIM MESSINA WITH RUSTY YOUNG SITTIN’ IN 7 p.m. A special fundraising event for the CMHS, Jim Messina, formerly of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins and Messina, will perform with Rusty Young. $75. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.messinaatthebowl.org.
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 44 CANDIDATE DEBATE 3-4:30 p.m. Thousand Oaks Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin, a Democrat, and Thousand Oaks pastor Rob McCoy, a Republican, will debate ahead of the Nov. 4 elections. California Lutheran University, Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, 130 Overton Ct., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3348.
CHANNEL ISLANDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE 4 p.m. DAVID SINGER will perform the Concerto for Clarinet by Mozart,  Don Giovanni Overture by Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, as part of the first concert of the 12th season. $20-$25. Studio Channel Islands Arts Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org.
DAURI KENNEDY IN RECITAL AND HOW TO GET INTO COLLEGE MASTERCLASS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. College Audition Prep for Singers, Actors and Dancers: Mock Auditions, Feedback Session and Masterclass with Dr. William Christensen, tenor and professor at Oklahoma City University, plus others. This will be followed by a vocal recital on Sunday, Oct. 12. $10. La Colina Junior High school Theatre, 4025 Foothill Rd., Ventura. For more information, call 705-7310.
EARTH CHARTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT AND COMMUNITY AWARDS 3-5 p.m. Awards and honorees will be given to those in the community who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values. Ventura College, Guthrie Hall, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.c-p-r.net.
FALL MEDICINAL PLANT WALK WITH DR. JAMES ADAMS 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dr. Adams and Lanny Kaufer will identify wild native plants in riparian and chaparral habitats and discuss their indigenous and modern medicinal uses. $25-$30. For more information and location, visit www.herbwalks.com.
FICTION WRITING ESSENTIALS WITH DOUG TAYLOR 12-2 p.m. Doug will discuss mapping out the novel and plot development, how to get in and out of dialogue and other novel writing techniques. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639.
“HARVEST MOON AFFAIR” MONTESSORI FUNDRAISER 4-7 p.m. Wines from Ojai Vineyard and beer from Surf Brewery will pair with hors d’ oeuvres from Bodee’s catering, plus raffles and auctions, in support of the Montessori School of Ojai. $35-$65. Bodee’s Rancho Grande, 3304 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. For more information, call 649-2525.
“HELLO HEALTH: LIVING WITH DIABETES“ PROGRAM 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The first class in a series of for those living with diabetes that will teach you how to control your disease and learn self-management tips. St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 1600 N Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 988-2840.
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST PART 2 5-6 p.m. Author, Los Padres hiker and PCT hiker Diane Soini will present lightweight backpacking techniques and discuss details of her PCT adventures. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
MACBETH LIVE 9:55 a.m. (and Wednesday, Oct. 15). The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions returns to more than 650 select U.S. cinemas this fall. First up, Macbeth. $18-$26. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
MISS PLUS 805 PAGEANT 2015 CONTESTANT RECRUITMENT INTERVIEWS 1 p.m. Interviews for the upcoming Miss Plus 805 Pageant will be held. Fresco II (The Marina), 1653 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.missplus805pageant.org.
MOORPARK BEER FESTIVAL 3-8 p.m. Over 27 breweries will pour at this annual event, featuring local and out-of-county beer aficionados. $20-$40. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark. For more information, visit www.moorparkbeerfestival.com.
OJAI GUITAR CLINICS 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 6). Robben Ford’s clinic will focus on guitar and music theory for beginning and intermediate level musicians. $250. Ojai Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 294-0033.
ORECK 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY 10-11:30 a.m. In celebration of the store’s 10th anniversary and their new location in Ventura, Oreck will serve a complimentary brunch and raffle prizes. Oreck, 4255 E. Main St., Suite 16, Ventura. For more information, call 504-9659.
STAR WARS READS DAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event will feature the library’s collection of Star Wars themed materials, story times, crafts and activities, plus trivia games and a LEGO building competition, both of which will feature prizes. Star Wars cosplayers will also be in attendance. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
THE WEDGEWOOD TRIO PERFORMANCE 5:30 p.m. Folk music mainstays The Wedgewood Trio will give a performance featuring a sampling of their classic gospel and folk singles. Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6300 Telephone Rd., Ventura. For more information, call 551-7345.
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S 9 a.m.-12 p.m. More than 650 will get their feet moving for the 5K walk and will learn more about Alzheimer’s, advocacy opportunities and more. Collection Park, 2751 Park View Ct., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.alz.org/walk.
YOUTH STAMP FAIR 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thousands of free stamps along with “basic training” for stamp collectors will be offered at the 24th annual Youth Stamp Fair. Dudley House Museum, 197 N. Ashwood St., Ventura. For more information, call 485-7121.

~ SUNDAY ~

26TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE 6-7:30 p.m. The first public debate between the candidates for California’s 26th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Julia Brownley and Republican Jeff Gorell. CSU Channel Islands, Grand Salon, One University Dr, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu.
AUTHOR EDWARD GRANT RIES BOOK SIGNING EVENT 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Author Edward Grant Ries, whose books include Legacy of Honor and Trial of Honor, will sign his novels. Seaside Highland Games, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit call 405-458-5642.
EXPLORING MANGA DRAWING 1:30-4:30 p.m. (and Sunday, Oct. 19). A series of classes designed for those enthusiastic about learning the basics of “manga” (Japanese comics) drawing. $12. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C. St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-8171.
PLAN B WINE CELLARS 2ND ANNIVERSARY “SECOND SUNDAY SUPPER” 4:30-7:30 p.m. Join Plan B as they celebrate their second anniversary with live music from Cuppa Joe Classic Rock Band, special wine deals, food from Scratch Food Truck and Desserts to Die For. Plan B Wine Cellars, 3520 Arundell Cir. 107, Ventura. For more information, visit www.planbwinecellars.com.

~ MONDAY ~

CALIFORNIA POETS IN THE SCHOOLS READING 7 p.m. To celebrate 50 years of CPITS, many new poet teachers will be reading their work. Ojai Art Center Literary Branch, 113 S Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, call 646-0117.

~ TUESDAY ~

“DEATH MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE: TRANSFORMING THE FEAR OF DEATH INTO AN INSPIRATION FOR LIVING” 7:30 p.m. California Lutheran University is presenting a documentary and talk on the meaning of death from different perspectives with Director Marilyn Schlitz. CLU, Lundring Events Center, 130 Overton Ct., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 310-386-8021.
UNFAIR: EXPOSING THE IRS 7 p.m. A feature-length documentary investigating the alleged cover-ups and abuses of power at the Internal Revenue Service. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

FARMAGEDDON AND THE UNDERCOVER CROP Oct. 11 and 18. Young Artist Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents this zany story about peanut planter Farmer Carter who finds his entire crop damaged, and suspecting foul play that may involve aliens, he hires an investigator to get to the bottom of it. The film noir style play uses humor to bring to light the benefits of organic food. All ages, $10. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
GHOSTWALK Oct. 10-26. In its 20th year, the GhostWalk of Santa Paula is an annual benefit for the Santa Paula Theater Center. The hour-long guided tour of vintage Santa Paula uses scripted stories and ghostly narrators to tell the history of Santa Paula. This year old favorites will be featured. In commemoration of the anniversary of GhostWalk, the California Oil Museum’s Historical Society is presenting a vintage display of the event, designed by resident historian, Carlos Juarez and the oil museum’s Curator, Jeanne Orcutt. Tickets for GHOSTWALK are $8-$18. Reservations can be made by calling 525-3073.

ONGOING THEATER

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL Through Oct. 26.  The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the hilarious musical adapted from the show that garnered Dolly Parton Oscar, Grammy and Tony awards. Directed by Fred Helsel with musical direction by Gary Poirot. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
HEROES Through Oct. 12. Santa Paula Theater Center presents this play about three elderly war veterans plotting to break free from their boring existence. Touted by the London Daily Telegraph as “Hilarious and moving . . . achingly funny and piercingly sad,” Heroes was the recipient of the Lawrence Olivier Best New Comedy Award. $15-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through Nov. 9. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the sensational rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. No show Oct. 31. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skywayplayhouse.org.
THE MIKADO Through Oct. 26. Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire company presents the most staged opera in the world. $10-$30. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 491-6103 or www.vcgsrc.org.
MULAN JR Through Oct. 12. Conejo Players Theatre presents the family-friendly stage adaptation of the Disney classic set in ancient China. $10. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
NOVEMBER Through Nov. 2. Elite Theatre Company presents this David Mamet comedy about a president and his speechwriter just a few days before his second election. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.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

GALLERY 525 Oct. 14-21.  “Through My Eyes” photographs by women from India, a project conducted and curated by Ojai filmmaker Mary Lukasiewicsz. Reception on Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m. 525 W. Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
MCNISH GALLERY Oct. 8 through Nov. 13. “Phases” a two-person exhibit by Carol Newborg and Jenny Mercado featuring process-driven installations and sculptural paintings. Reception on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5-8 p.m. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Oct. 11 through Nov. 22. “Running With Scissors.” Featured artists Mark Gleason, Steven Kenny, Alexandra Manukyan, Teresa Oaxaca and Pamela Wilson show how contemporary paintings and drawings can be tense, dramatic and sometimes frightening. Reception on Friday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, CLU in Thousand Oaks.      

ONGOING ART

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through Oct. 27. “This is the Time,” an open exhibit juried by Gayle Childress about the “here and now” of art and artists. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Nov. 1. Oxnard painter Ron Zolkover presents an exhibition of his recent oil-on-canvas paintings, many of local landscapes. Reception on Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Main St. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.
CSUCI Through Oct. 23.  “That One Time in Paris” features displays, drawings, paintings, sculpture and video made by students on a trip to Paris. 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building, 437-2772. “Cathy Ellis + Megan Mueller: Some Other Time Travel,” an exhibition of work by students and grads of master of fine arts programs at CI and UCSB. Napa Hall Gallery, Ventura Street on the CI campus.
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.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.
GALERIE102 Through Nov. 9. Work by Craig Stockwell and Amaranth Ehrenhalt, one of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School. Ehrenhalt has been featured in Vogue, Art in America, Art News and Huffington Post. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 317-1504 or www.galerie102.com.
GALLERY 525 Through Oct. 12. “Art of the Unexpected: Return of the Man Child,” a solo exhibition by Michael McCarthy. Inspired by pop art, comics and graphic novels, the artist delves into the world of desire, surrealism and irony. 525 W. Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
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.
MCNISH GALLERY Through Oct. 24. “In the Company of Myrtle,” a two-person exhibit by Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. Part of an ongoing project that centers around a mutual love of materiality and process. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. 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 BANK OF AMERICA Through Oct. 14. Various works by Ojai Studio Artist Valerie Freeman include mixed media equine paintings and Luster ceramics inspired by a trip to Yellowstone. 205 W. Ojai Ave.
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 Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. Art demonstrations every Saturday in October, noon-3 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.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 BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Oct. 24. “Parallels,” a joint solo exhibition of Richard Bruland’s abstract paintings and Michael Rohde’s woven tapestries. Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com.
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through Oct. 7. “Bigger is Better: 3 Floors of VERY Large Artwork.” 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 Oct. 31. “Swimmers” exhibition features a selection of paintings by Santa Barbara painter Rick Stich that are derived from a long and literal immersion in and study of water, particularly the sea. The artist, having been in or on the ocean on a daily basis, by swimming, surfing, paddling or sailing, is continually encountering the endless parade of patterns, shapes, colors and light. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, www.vitaartcenter.com.
WAV THEATER GALLERY Through Oct. 21. “Beyond Knit & Purl,” featuring knitted children’s wardrobe by Shirley Meyer who won Best of Show at the Ventura County Fair in 2001. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura or www.wavartists.com.

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 Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Through Nov. 23: 20 Years of Ghostwalk featuring memorabilia and ghostly stories from Santa Paula’s annual Ghostwalk tour. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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.dudleyhouse.org.  
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 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

OJAI WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, various times.
The fourth annual Ojai World Music Festival will feature two-time Juno Award-winner Jayne Stone and his quintet, Bassekou Kouyate from Mali, a womens’ choir, From Africa to Appalachia, Nevenka, who will perform in full costume, and a world music jam by all of the artists. $10-60. Libbey Bowl, 201 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiworldmusic.org
 
 
 

BELL ARTS FACTORY
Oct. 3 through Nov. 2.

“Cuento Cups” is a visual response to a controversy earlier this year concerning the Chipotle Mexican Grill’s “Cultivating Thought” essay series, that neglected to include Hispanic authors. Curated by Anna Bermudez with author Michele Serros, the cups will be on display in the Tool Room Gallery. Reception on Friday, Oct. 3,  6 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
 
 
 

 POET LAUREATE READING
Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Ventura County’s first poet laureate, Mary Kay Rummel, will give a public reading and signing of her new book The Lifeline Trembles (Blue Light Press). The highly acclaimed writer and teacher at CSUCI who was once a nun, has been published in national and international literary journals and anthologies in the last 35 years. The poems in her new book were written near the beach in Ventura and reflect her life and the lives of those in her life. Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO MEETING FEATURING DR. SEAN KELLY 6:30 p.m. Professor of political science at California State University, Channel Islands, Dr. Sean Kelly, will present “Our Ideological Polarization.” Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 389-9683.
IMPROVISATION NIGHT BY SIMI TEEN IMPROV COMEDY 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local teens will perform G-rated comedy skits in the tradition of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

“THE NORWEGIAN CONSTITUTION – 200 YEARS: INSPIRATION, DRAMA AND LASTING LEGACY” 12:30-4:30 p.m. This seminar celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution will have featured speakers and a panel, followed by a dinner reception. Dinner tickets are $25.26. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.naccsocal.org/event/200.
SANTA PAULA MAIN STREET CRUISE NIGHT AND MUSIC AT THE AG 5-9:30 p.m. Car enthusiasts line up along Main Street to display their vehicles; and beginning at 7:30, the museum will host the B&B Blues Band. Attendees are encouraged to park in the museum’s free lot to enjoy both events. Cruise night free, $2-10 concert. Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
VENTURA HARVEST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Sunday, Oct. 5). Hundreds of artisans showcasing more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, a pumpkin patch, specialty foods and more. $4-9. Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.harvestfestival.com.

~ SATURDAY ~

BOCCALI’S PUMPKIN PATCH 10 a.m. (through Oct. 31). A wide selection of pumpkins from tiny to extra-large, a variety of squash, gourds, Indian corn and seasonal farm-fresh produce, plus haunted hayrides ($10) and fireside tales by Richard Senate on select days. Boccali’s Farm, 3277 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.boccalis.com/pumpkinpatch.
INAUGURAL ZUMBATHON TO SUPPORT EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sign up a four-person team and all funds go directly to the Ventura County Medical Center Auxiliary to help support the mobile mammography program. $100 for a four-person team. Mavericks Gym, 5171 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/maverickszumbathon.
INTRODUCTORY WILDLIFE TRACKING: BASICS AND BEYOND 9-11 a.m. This is a hands-on, interactive program with the Channel Islands Tracking Team.  Learn the basics of animal track and sign identification. $10. Old Baldwin Road Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.ovlc.org.
LEARN TO KEEP YOUR TREES AND PLANTS ALIVE DURING THE DROUGHT 2-3 p.m. A workshop to help you decide which of your trees and plants need water, how much water and at what time. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639.
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST SPEAKER SERIES 5-6 p.m. Friends of the California Condors will discuss the birds, the threats to their existence and the steps being taken to keep condors wild. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.
MCCONNELL’S THANK YOU PARTY AND FREE CONCERT 1-4 p.m. Join the bands Blues Fever and Public Policy as they perform in celebration of McConnell’s ice cream being voted #1 in the VC Reporter’s best of issue. McConnell’s Ice Cream, 3241 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 650-5410.
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival features live music and performers, food and vendor booths, exhibitors, demonstrations, arts and crafts and plenty of family-friendly activities, plus live bands. Collection Park., Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com.
OJAI BEVERAGE COMPANY’S OKTOBERFEST 1-11 p.m. Giant beers, pretzels and dancing will help to kick off a month of Oktoberfest festivities in Ojai. $6. Ojai Beverage Company, 655 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaibevco.com.
VENTURA COUNTY POET LAUREATE READS FROM THE LIFELINE TREMBLES 7 p.m. Author Mary Kay Rummel will read selections from her latest book. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyartscouncil.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

ADULT LITERACY CENTER OPEN HOUSE 2-4 p.m. The event will showcase the services available to English learners. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
CELEBRATE STEVIE WONDER AND CONCERT 7 p.m. A documentary screening of the making of “Songs in the Key of Life,” followed by a concert. $10. La Fonda del Rey, 455 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardentertainmentgroup.com.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN PRESENTS HARPIST ALICE GILES 3 p.m. Her concert program on Oct. 5 will include: Suite MWV 996 in E-minor (originally for lute) by J.S. Bach, Toccata by Gillian Whitehead, Fantaisie for Harp op. 95 by Camille Saint-Saens and more. $15-$25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com.
EARTH CHARTER FILM FESTIVAL 3-9 p.m. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents its second Earth Charter Film Festival as a prelude to its 2014 Earth Charter Community Summit, featuring several documentaries, including DAMnation and Legalizing Democracy. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more info, visit www.c-p-r.net.
ECKANKAR WORSHIP SERVICE 11 a.m.-noon. The subject of this service will be “Maintaining Harmony and Balance in Our Lives,” and all faiths and families are welcome. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 319-1193.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER 4:30 p.m. A documentary about the discovery of a large archive of negatives, prints and undeveloped film by a prolific, but completely unknown, street photographer. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
OLD TOWN CAMARILLO WINE WALK 1-4 p.m. Over 15 wineries, five breweries and five nonalcoholic vendors will pour their goods at various locations in Old Town Camarillo. $35. Check in at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillo-oldtown.com/tickets.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY NEW WEST SYMPHONY’S HARMONY PROJECT 1:30 p.m. Twenty students will perform a variety of pieces for the museum visitors, including classical repertoire, traditional Son Jarocho music, and a Beatles medley. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

~ MONDAY ~

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF CONEJO VALLEY MEETING 7-9 p.m. The topic of this meeting will be “From Family History to History: Bridging the Gap Using Genealogy.” Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616.
SIMI VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANIME FILM CLUB PRESENTS PAPRIKA 6-8 p.m. When a machine that lets therapists enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, craziness ensues. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.SimiValleyLibrary.org.
THE AMAZING CATFISH 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This film from Mexico is the tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

INOCENTE 7 p.m. California Lutheran University’s 2014-2015 Reel Justice Film Series will kick off with this Academy Award-winning documentary on a young artist. California Lutheran University, Lundring Event Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3694.
PAINT THE TOWN PINK 5-7:30 p.m. Join The Oaks and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center for a great ladies’ night out to support breast cancer awareness and education. The Oaks Shopping Center, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.cancersupportvvsb.org.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD DINNER AND DEMO 7-9 p.m. A Gouache plein air painting demonstration by Mike Hernandez will be followed by a buffet dinner. $25-30. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-5655.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“CONVERSATIONS WITH …” SERIES FEATURING ONE TREE HILL ACTOR AUSTIN NICHOLS 7 p.m. The former “One Tree Hill” actor will answer questions from moderator Markus Flanagan, who is also an actor. CLU, Preus-Brandt Forum, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512.
LAWS OF HEALING WITH LES BROWN 7 p.m. Les Brown shares the spiritual laws of healing and deals with the causes of emotional and physical problems while providing tools to apply in your life. $40-55. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY: LEGAL ISSUES FOR YOUNG ADULTS 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attorney Deborah Meyer-Morris will talk with young adults and their parents about common legal issues faced by teens, ranging from powers of attorney to the use of automobiles. Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.

OPENING THEATER

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Oct. 3 through Nov. 9. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the sensational rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. No show Oct. 31. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, www.skywayplayhouse.org.
THE MIKADO Oct. 3-26. Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire company presents the most staged opera in the world. $10-$30. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 491-6103 or www.vcgsrc.org.
MULAN JR Oct. 4-12. Conejo Players Theatre presents the family-friendly stage adaptation of the Disney classic set in ancient China. $10. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.   

ONGOING THEATER

HEROES Through Oct. 12. Santa Paula Theater Center presents this play about three elderly war veterans plotting to break free from their boring existence. Fed up with just reliving old war stories, they begin looking for adventure beyond the cemetery they overlook from their patio each day.  A plan to escape their humdrum existence develops as they imagine the freedom beyond —  Indochina or just the hill behind the poplars.  Touted by the London Daily Telegraph as “Hilarious and moving . . . achingly funny and piercingly sad,” Heroes was the recipient of the Lawrence Olivier Best New Comedy Award. $15-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL Through Oct. 26.  The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the hilarious musical adapted from the show that garnered Dolly Parton Oscar, Grammy and Tony awards. Directed by Fred Helsel with musical direction by Gary Poirot. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
THE MOTHERFU**ER WITH THE HAT Through Oct. 5. The Flying H Group presents the dark comedy about love, friendship and addiction. $15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.
NOVEMBER Through Nov. 2. Elite Theatre Company presents this David Mamet comedy about a president and his speechwriter just a few days before his second election. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.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

643 A PROJECT SPACE Oct. 3-27. “This is the Time,” an open exhibit juried by Gayle Childress about the “here and now” of art and artists. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Oct. 7 through Nov. 1. Oxnard painter Ron Zolkover presents an exhibition of his recent oil-on-canvas paintings, many of local landscapes. Reception on Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m. 700 E. Main St. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CSUCI Oct. 6-23.  “That One Time in Paris” features displays, drawings, paintings, sculpture and video made by students on a trip to Paris. 92 Palm Ave., Camarillo, inside the Camarillo Smiles Dental building, 437-2772. “Cathy Ellis + Megan Mueller: Some Other Time Travel,” an exhibition of work by students and grads of master of fine arts programs at CI and UCSB. Napa Hall Gallery, Ventura Street on the CI campus.
FIRST FRIDAY VENTURA Friday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. Every First Friday, Downtown, Midtown and Westside Ventura art spaces open their doors to showcase artwork by local and regional artists. Participating venues include Bell Arts Factory, Vita Art Center, Stoneworks Studios, WAV, Buenaventura Gallery, Art City, The HUD and others. For more information, visit firstfridaysventura.wordpress.com.
GALERIE102 Oct. 4 through Nov. 9. Work by Craig Stockwell and Amaranth Ehrenhalt, one of the few living abstract expressionists of the New York School. Ehrenhalt has been featured in Vogue, Art in America, Art News and Huffington Post. Reception on Saturday, Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 317-1504 or www.galerie102.com.
THE HUD Friday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. New regional contemporary and street-style art featured every First Friday in addition to works by in-house studio artists. Open First Fridays and by appointment. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, www.thehudventura.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Oct. 3 through Feb. 1. “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process, highlights more than a dozen examples of seemingly never-ending ventures, including Louis XIV on horseback and the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island. Reception on Friday, Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m. 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.
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Oct. 4-24. “Parallels,” a joint solo exhibition of Richard Bruland’s abstract paintings and Michael Rohde’s woven tapestries. Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reception on Oct. 4, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Oct. 4 through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Reception on Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit www.sessionsattheloft.com.
VITA ART CENTER Oct. 3-31. “Swimmers” exhibition features a selection of paintings by Santa Barbara painter Rick Stich that are derived from a long and literal immersion in and study of water, particularly the sea. The artist, having been in or on the ocean on a daily basis, by swimming, surfing, paddling or sailing, is continually encountering the endless parade of patterns, shapes, colors and light. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, www.vitaartcenter.com.      

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Oct. 4. “Essential Ingredients,” paintings by Gail Pidduck. 700 E. Main St. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 23. “The Painted Line: Works on Paper and Canvas” by Julia Pinkham. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes regional Hispanic art and other contemporary offerings. 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.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.
GALLERY 525 Through Oct. 12. “Art of the Unexpected: Return of the Man Child,” a solo exhibition by Michael McCarthy. Inspired by pop art, comics and graphic novels, the artist delves into the world of desire, surrealism and irony. 525 W. Roblar Ave., Ojai. 798-0407 or www.gallery525.com.
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.
MCNISH GALLERY Through Oct. 24. “In the Company of Myrtle,” a two-person exhibit by Curtis Lemieux and Amy Green. Part of an ongoing project that centers around a mutual love of materiality and process. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800 or www.oxnardcollegeart.wordpress.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY  Through Nov. 23: “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” an exhibition of photography, painting and poetry that shows how local artists have responded to disasters and drought. 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 BANK OF AMERICA Through Oct. 14. Various works by Ojai Studio Artist Valerie Freeman include mixed media equine paintings and Luster ceramics inspired by a trip to Yellowstone. 205 W. Ojai Ave.
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 Nov. 18. “Transitions,” art work featuring the vibrant colors of the changing seasons and transforming landscapes. Art demonstrations every Saturday in October, noon-3 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura, www.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.
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through Oct. 7. “Bigger is Better: 3 Floors of VERY Large Artwork.” 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.

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 Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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.dudleyhouse.org.  
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 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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    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
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    October 11 @ 7:30 pm - October 13 @ 9:00 pm
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    October 12 @ 11:00 am - October 13 @ 4:00 pm
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    October 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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    October 13 @ 2:00 pm
  6. Ventura College Chamber Orchestra Concert

    October 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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