18TH ANNUAL OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 2, through Sunday, August 9.
MAME Through Aug. 9.
Ojai Art Center Theater presents the beloved musical about a nonconformist during the McCarthy era who believes in living life to its fullest and thumbs her nose at convention. (Photo by: David Baker) $20-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
“A SINGLE CREATIVE MIND: THE MUSIC OF GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN” 6-7:30 p.m. Pianist Bob Lipson and Writer/Narrator Saul H. Jacobs present the songs and Broadway and Hollywood musicals of one of the first and greatest American songwriting teams. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.SimiValleyLibrary.org.
BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3 WITH LAURIE GIBSON 6:30 p.m. Gibson will offer a quick peek at the book business followed by ideas for connecting with literary agents. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639.
PACIFIC SOUND CHORUS BARBERSHOP HARMONY PERFORMANCE 2:30 p.m. The Annual Ventura Show featuring the Pacific Sound Chorus and several top, local barbershop quartets. $20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 1-800-353-1632.
MOVIES IN THE PARK: UP 8 p.m. An elderly widower takes on a young protégé as he is sucked into the air by a house attached to balloons. Port Hueneme Community Center, 550 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-6542.
“THIRTEEN VENTURA GHOSTS YOU CAN MEET!” TOUR AND TALK BY RICHARD SENATE 7-9 p.m. Historian, author and ghost expert, Richard Senate will bring to life 13 of the most well-known specters that are rumored to haunt the city. $5. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 200-8658.
AN EVENING WITH SINGER/SONGWRITER WENDY SOBEL 8 p.m. Sobel will perform as part of the revived Santa Paula Concert Series. $15. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-4647.
CONCERTS BY THE SEA FEATURING LEIGH VANCE AND FRIENDS 4-6 p.m. Jazz, blues and pop artist Leigh Vance and Friends will perform as part of this summer concert series. Channel Islands Harbor Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
DIOR AND I 4:30 p.m. A film offering a view inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
HOW TO START AN INVESTMENT CLUB 3 p.m. The National Association of Investors Corporation Better Investing team will give an illustrated presentation on how to start and run a successful investment club. Oxnard Public Main Library, meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.
KIDS FISHING FRENZY 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hundreds of magnetic fish will be released into Conejo Creek for children to try to catch with a magnetic pole. Fill up your pail with fish and turn them in for a prize, plus other activities. Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2793.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “GENEALOGY IN THE ROUND” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall or genealogical artifact in this open meeting. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.JGSCV.org.
GARDENS OF THE WORLD FREE CONCERT SERIES: THE MILLS BROTHERS 5-6:30 p.m. The Mills Brothers will perform distinctive sounds of the original group such as “Tiger Rag,” “Cab Driver,” “Glow Worm,” “Up the Lazy River” and more. Gardens of the World, 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.gardensoftheworld.info.
OPEN HOUSE AT THE DUDLEY HISTORIC MUSEUM 1-4 p.m. The open house will feature docent-led tours accompanied by period music as well as tours led by ghost hunter and local historian Richard Senate. Dudley House, corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets, Ventura. For more information, visit www.dudleyhouse.org.
ROCK THE COLLECTION SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE LONG RUN – EXPERIENCE THE EAGLES 2-4 p.m. The second in this free concert series will feature this Eagles tribute band. Collection Park, The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com.
VETS TALK AND NEVER FORGOTTEN 4 p.m. This special screening will coincide with the closing ceremonies for the Museum’s Vietnam exhibit. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
GUEROS 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). Three kids go on a hunt to find their childhood idol, Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz, who has been hospitalized in this film from Mexico. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
“WINE, PAJAMAS AND PLAY THINGS” LADIES PARTY 5:30-8 p.m. Grapes and Hops and Trystology team up and offer food, drinks and loungewear for women to peruse at this monthly event. Grapes and Hops, 454 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.trystology.net.
COMMUNITY HEALING EVENING 7-8:30 p.m. Healing in America presents a guided meditation and healing circle followed by a one-to-one energy healing session. $20. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-0211.
DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ 7 p.m. The second feature supervised by the series creator Akira Toriyama showcases the return of Frieza, one of the long-running show’s most iconic villains. $10.50-12.50. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura and Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT July 31, 7 p.m. Oceanview Pavilion’s Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach in collaboration with the Victory Outreach Church, Oxnard will present this biographical drama about a boy growing up in violent surroundings and how he went from death row to full acquittal, ultimately sharing his faith with thousands of inmates. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4817 or www.oceanviewinfo.com.
LEGALLY BLONDE July 31 through Aug. 9. Young Artists Ensemble presents its production of the hilarious musical based on the film that starred Reese Witherspoon about a ditzy blonde who goes to law school. $17-$21. Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 Moorpark Road, 381-1246.
STAND-UP AT THE IMPROV Friday, July 31. Ventura Improv Company will debut its “Last Fridays” stand-up comedy show hosted and produced by David Sharp.Performers will include Chris Cope, Paige Weldon, Jessica Singer, Frank Cronin and Shana Brenion. $10. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701 or www.venturaimprov.com.
BREACH Through Aug. 2. Elite Theater presents the world premiere of this mystery by Tom Baum that explores issues of patient confidentiality as it relates to criminal investigation. $15. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON Through Aug. 23. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the poignant award-winning drama about a man and his pet mouse that explores themes of mental disability and love. $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716 or www.skywayplayhouse.org.
GODSPELL Through Aug. 2. Conejo Players presents the popular musical based on the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament, presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Rated PG. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Through Aug. 30. Actors Repertory Theater of Simi presents the fun musical about a meek floral assistant who stumbles upon a new breed of plant. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
PROMISES, PROMISES Through Aug. 9. Moorpark College Theatre Arts presents the Neil Simon musical based on the midcentury film The Apartment. $10-$15. 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 378-1485.
RICHARD III Through Aug. 2. Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival concludes with one of the Bard’s earliest plays, a tragedy about the final chapter in the Wars of the Roses. $20 for adults, free to anyone younger than 18. Cal Lutheran University’s Kingsmen Park. For map and additional information, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Through Aug. 16. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the Ventura County premiere of the Tony-winning comedy about a self-absorbed movie star who returns to her rural hometown with a 20-something boy toy in tow. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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. For more, 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
WOMEN BEHIND BARS Through July 30. Before there was Orange is the New Black, there was Women Behind Bars, a big broad satire on the B-movies of the 1950s written by Annie Baker and directed by Taylor Kasch. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.
GALLERY 525 Aug. 1-26. “Ojai Assemblage” a group show featuring assemblage works by Ojai artists such as Carmen Abelleira, Matt Furmanski, Sylvia Raz and others. Reception on Saturday, Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m. 525 W. El Roblar Dr., Ojai. 701-1156 or www.gallery525.com.
BANK OF AMERICA Through Sept. 7. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
THE BRAYER Ongoing. “Prelude,” a variety of works by many celebrated artists. 1994 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. See www.thebrayer.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Aug. 22. Kathleen Gemberling Adkison retrospective features 15 selected paintings from her 60-year career. Reception on Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. Ongoing. The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regionalist artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 23. “Subtraction=Abstraction: The Paintings of William Wray 2006-2015.” 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more, 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Aug. 30. A So Cal Summer. 147 N. Brent St., first floor. See www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Sept. 13. “Discovering Nature’s Gems” works by the plein air group PAAINT.560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.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.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Sept. 13: Cubanos: Island Portraits,” photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano. A closing ceremony for the Vietnam war exhibit “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back” will be held on Sunday, Aug 2, from 4-7 p.m., the exhibit will run through Aug 9.
Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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. For more, 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Aug. 5. The Artists Guild of Fillmore presents its 2015 group exhibition featuring works by Judy Dressler, Doris Nichols, Paul Benavidez and others. With 75 years in operation, the Guild is the longest continuously operating multidisciplinary center serving the arts in California. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more, 646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3. Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood, beginning this weekend. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. Opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m., with Aragones in attendance. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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 Aug. 2. “Balance,” a solo exhibition by renowned calligrapher/Kanji artist Souun Takeda. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Oct. 11. “The Art of George Lockwood,” an exhibition of original paintings by the award-winning Santa Paula native. Through Nov. 8. “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries,” featuring works never before seen in Ventura County by the famed artist and a 16-foot-high tapestry he designed as a test for his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels works. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.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.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. “Machine Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling.” Also “The Dirt on Tractors,” a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones of the development of the modern tractor. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more, 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display. Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Sept. 30. “25 Beach Collections” explores what local beachcombers have found and treasured. Ongoing: “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s lighted galleries. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor, 658-5730.
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Aug. 2. Open house featuring docent-led tours from 1-4 p.m. plus period music and guided tours by ghost hunter Richard Senate. 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. For more, 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more, 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. For more, 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in a 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. For more, 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. For more, 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31. “Football! The Exhibition.” Featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. For more, 800-410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.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. 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.