Monday, Dec. 31
THE CRYSTAL METHOD NEW YEARS EVE BASH 8 p.m. Join the Crystal Method to rock in the new year at this celebration. $30-80. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, www.discoveryventura.com.
CROWNE PLAZA NEW YEARS EVE BASH 8 p.m. Ring in the new year in style with this annual party featuring live music from Sound Effect. $100-199. Crowne Plaza, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 805-648-2100.
GIGI’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE NEW YEAR PARTY Through midnight. Dance the night away with DJ Sheika and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, 2493 Grand Ave., Ventura.
LIMON Y SAL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Enjoy live music, appetizers, Champagne and a red carpet entrance more. $60-120. Limon y Sal, 598 E Main St., Ventura, https://www.facebook.com/LimonYSalVenturaCa/.
NEW YEARS EVE IMPROV AT THE RUBICON GALA AND FUNDRAISER 7-10 p.m. Enjoy an improvised comedy show ala Ventura Improve Company, a Champagne toast, snack and dessert buffet and more. $20-40. Rubicon Theater Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, www.venturaimprove.com/newyears.
MOQUECA BRAZILIAN NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 5 p.m. Enjoy a Brazilian 4-course dinner, complimentary glass of Champagne, Samba dancing and much more at this celebration. $49. Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, 3550 Harbor Blvd. #201, Oxnard, 204-0970.
NEW YEARS EVE WITH THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS 7-9 p.m. and 10-midnight. Enjoy this prefix dinner with three entrees and a champagne toast to the music of the Martinez Brothers featuring Ruben Estrada as you ring in 2019. $65. The Copa Cubana, 1575 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 805-642-9463.
AUTHOR DR. MONA ARMIJO 5-7 p.m. Author Dr. Mo will discuss her books, The High-Heel Footprint, and her research on women. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3154.
END OF YEAR BINGO BASH 11 a.m. The best bingo game in town for adults 18 and older featuring different programs, smoke-free and reasonable buy-ins with great pay-out. Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.-noon. Take a brisk walk/run around Bob Kildee Park and then hop in and swim 25 yards across a (presumably very cold) polar pool, followed by deck games and a hot cocoa mixer. $5. Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center, 1030 Temple Ave., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.
NEW YEAR NEW YOU HIKE 4-5 p.m. Hike the trail at Camarillo Grove Park and learn about the local flora and fauna while you get your steps in. $5. Nature Center, 6968 E Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.
THE KING AND I Dec. 27-30. Broadway in Thousand Oaks presents this musical masterpiece about the relationship between the king of Siam and a British schoolteacher who comes to court. $39-94. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2787 or www.civicartsplaza.com.
THE BELLE OF AMHERST Through Dec. 30. A one-woman play based on the life of Emily Dickinson, written by William Luce and starring Anna Kotula. $10-20. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797 or www.ojaiact.org.
PLAID TIDINGS Through Dec. 30. An energetic and funny holiday jukebox musical by the creators of Forever Plaid, featuring the “heavenly” boy band playing seasonal music from the 1950s and 1960s. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or simi-arts.org.
H GALLERY Jan. 1-March 31: Genesis. Through Feb. 16: Eggiwegs, abstract works with an emphasis on color fields. Through Feb. 28: Petit a Petit, abstract photos by Lisa Caren. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
643 PROJECT SPACE Through Dec. 31. Variability of Knowing, the relationship between human, nature and bee as explored by artist Terry Arena through unusual bee-centric renderings and displays. 643 Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Feb. 3: Wrapped With Care, quilts made by the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild for the Thomas Fire Quilt Relief Project. Ongoing: antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
ATRIUM GALLERY Through Jan. 8. Annual Ventura County Employee/Retiree show. Reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Dec, 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Closed weekends; free; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at the Ventura County Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. More information at www.VCArtscouncil.org.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Jan. 27: Intersection: Art & Life, works by artists featured in Kevin Wallace’s latest book. Through Dec. 30: On the Wall, works by the Ventura County Potters’ Guild (Logan Gallery). 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Feb. 17. A Collection of Rarities, rare and endangered animals by surrealist painter Kevin Sloan. Curated walk-throughs, poetry readings and other programming offered throughout the exhibit’s run. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240 or cmato.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Feb. 17: Insectology, an up-close look at bees, butterflies and bugs. Ongoing: Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17. Catalysts of Change: Luther Gerlach, destruction and regeneration following the Thomas Fire, and Pastoral Crude, landscape paintings by Karen Kitchel. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Dec. 30: Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 805-984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 20: Shades of Autumn, the glorious colors of fall. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FIRST FRIDAYS VENTURA The first Friday of every month, several local galleries open their doors to celebrate and promote Ventura’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.firstfridaysventura.com.
FIRST SATURDAYS STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS The first Saturday of every month, artists at Studio Channel Islands welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create art. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.
FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY Recently opened. Femina 7: Curiosities, seven women artists, each with a unique vision. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or www.fourfriendsgallery.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through March 3. Rhythm of Life, collage and portrait art depicting iconic personalities by local artist Danny Jones. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2700 or civicartsplaza.com/galleries.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Jan. 7. From the Field to the Table, art inspired by food and agriculture. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.
JOHN SPOORE BROOME LIBRARY GALLERY Through Jan. 31. Oxnard Plain, an interactive exhibit by members of the artist collective. Workshops and a closing reception offered throughout the exhibit’s run. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 10. Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene, investigating fire through art, ecology and the environment. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.
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, 805-279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Spring 2019: L’époque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders. Ongoing: The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period, in a 30,000-square-foot facility. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or www.murphyautomuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 3: At Table: The Business of Food and Community, exploring history, culture and immigration through food., Ongoing: Fine art, historical artifacts, an interactive Chumash Gallery and the George Stuart Historical Figures Collection®. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Jan. 2. Feast for the Eyes, work inspired by food. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 27: Trial By Fire, art inspired by the Thomas Fire. Ongoing: A collection of art, artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to Ojai, housed in former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. 130 W. Ojai Ave., 805-640-1390 or www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Fine art and contemporary crafts by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans. 238 Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-646-5682 or ojaivalleyartists.com.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing. The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults offered periodically. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 24: 11th Annual Art About Agriculture. Through Dec. 30: From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach. Through Jan. 27: The Wall: Boundaries Between and Within Us. Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The newly opened Pot Lifer Museum presents letters, stories, photographs and more showcasing a dozen people serving life sentences for non-violent cannabis crimes. Must be 21+ with a valid ID or 18+ with a valid recommendation. 408 Bryant Circle, Suite C, Ojai, 855-722-9333 or sespe.org.
THIRD FRIDAYS IN OJAI The third Friday of every month, local galleries and shops open their doors to celebrate and promote Ojai’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.facebook.com/OjaiVillageExperience/.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Feb. 21. Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History, a behind-the-scenes look at the procedures and techniques art “detectives” use to investigate what secrets artworks hold. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.