AN IRISH CHRISTMAS 7:30 p.m. (and Friday, Dec. 14). Delight in all of the high steppin’ holiday fun at this performance by the world-class Irish dance troupe. $47-50. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,  www.civicartsplaza.com.

NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI 7:30 p.m. (and Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.). The Academy Award®-winning director of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro goes on a new adventure in this documentary. $10.50-12.50. Century River Park 16, Oxnard and AMC Thousand Oaks 14,  www.fathomevents.com.

SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB MEETING 11:15 a.m. Local women’s club meeting offers a catered lunch and program, this month featuring Off Beats Jazz Band. $15. 5380 Bell St., Somis, 805-388-1275.

UGLY SWEATER PARTY 5-9 p.m. Don your ugliest sweater and get ready to party at this holiday event. $10-25. Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai,  www.topamountainwinery.com.

VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK HOLIDAY MIXER 5:30 p.m. Delicious food, entertainment and a no host bar welcome guests at this celebration and membership drive. The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura,  www.vcpwn.org.


THE BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE 5-9 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 15). Costumed performers, period-specific dancers, shepherds, villagers and Roman soldiers improvise the action to set the stage for guests to immerse themselves in the real story of Christmas. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village,  www.gotobethlehem.com.


SEVENTH ANNUAL PURRS & PAWS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE & VINTAGE MARKET 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Boutique will feature dozens of vendors, both returning and new, with a wide variety of holiday gifts for both people and pets. Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-646-6505, ext. 104.

VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS & WINTER WONDERLAND MARKETPLACE Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Decorated boats and holiday décor kick off this year’s “Rocking on the DOCK Side of the Moon” themed parade, a tribute to all things groovy from the 1970s, inspired by the Pink Floyd album, with good vibes and fun times to be had. A Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, offering fun for all ages in the perfect setting for shopping local this holiday season with faux snowfall and more. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, www.VenturaHarborVillage.com.

13TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS 3 p.m. Remember by name all of the men and women who have died homeless in Ventura in 2018 at this memorial. Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805-644-3898.

“21 MILES OF SCENIC BEAUTY…AND THEN OXNARD: COUNTERSTORIES AND TESTIMONIES” 3 p.m. Author Martin Alberto Gonzalez will discuss his book and take on Oxnard’s negative reputation head on through a series of social justice-oriented stories. Downtown Main Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard,  www.oxnard.org/library.

COMMUNITY ADVOCACY COALITION CELEBRATES 99.1 FM Noon-3 p.m. This celebration will feature R&B singer and inspirational speaker Sade Champagne, Christian rapper Antwon King, and local rap artists Keyi and Silky Turner, plus more. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard,  HYPERLINK “http://www.rhythmofthecoast.com” www.rhythmofthecoast.com.

HOLIDAY CRANES OF PEACE WORKSHOP Noon-2 p.m. Learn how to make a crane out of paper at this holiday themed workshop. $25. Buenaventura Art Association Gallery, Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura,  www.buenaventuragallery.org.

SOUTH PACIFIC Through Dec. 23. The Rubicon Theatre Company concludes its 20th anniversary season with this sun-kissed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set on a Polynesian island during World War II and centering on a Navy nurse from Arkansas who falls in love with a French plantation owner. $25-150. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org. Pictured, from left: Alex Nee and Jamie Yun. Photo by Ronnie Slavin.

MOORPARK COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.). This production will feature the talents of more than 50 student actors, singers, musicians and dancers and is sure to be one of the highlights of your families holiday season. $20-25. Moorpark College Performing Arts, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark,  HYPERLINK “http://www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac” www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac. 

RIBBON CUTTING AT THE OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 11 a.m. Join in on the celebration for remarks, ribbon cutting, and refreshments dedicating a new gate. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai,  www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

ROCK ‘N ROLL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 8-11 a.m. Rock in the holidays with Santa at this casual breakfast hosted by Busy Bee restaurant. $10. Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura,  www.holidaysattheplaza.com.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEAT. RALPH MATTIS 7-10 p.m. Live Big Band Music will accompany Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Line Dancing lessons for both beginners and experienced. The Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2744.

TREE PLANTING AND RESTORATION WORK AT BIG ROCK PRESERVE 9 a.m.-noon. Help plant trees and remove invasive species at the Big Rock Preserve. Big Rock Preserve, Ventura, for more information visit  www.venturalandtrust.org.


#CHEERFORPARADISE GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER 7 a.m.-1 p.m. This year, two rival cheer teams were happy to come together for the first time to raise money and awareness for the high school cheer squad in Paradise, CA. Buena High School Cafeteria, 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura.


ON HER SHOULDERS 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows Nadia Murad who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard,   www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.


WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION Noon-1 p.m. Orientations will cover class details and help you determine your readiness for the next Self-Employment Training (SET) course beginning in August. RSVP for location by visiting  www.wevonline.org/orientations.


CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH WITH SANTA 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tour Adolfo Camarillo’s 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Mansion featuring festivities inside the 1905 Red Barn, transformed into Santa’s Workshop, where you can receive a souvenir photo. Festive treats and drinks will be available. $6. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo,  www.camarilloranchfoundation.org/christmas-with-santa/.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE 5-7 p.m. Celebrate the holidays and take a tour of the Port of Hueneme at this event. Port of Hueneme, 333 Ponoma St., Port Hueneme.

PARENTS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY MEETING 7 p.m. PFLAG will meet to discuss issues and concerns of the LGBT community. Community Resource Center, 2471 Portola Road, Ventura,  www.pflagventura.wordpress.com.


BRIAN WILSON CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Wilson will perform the hits from the seminal 1964 classic The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album to his acclaimed 2005 solo effort All I Really Want for Christmas. $41-126. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks,  www.civicartsplaza.com.

C.I. GULLS ANNUAL TOY DRIVE & INSTALLATION LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Bring an unwrapped gift for donation and enjoy a luncheon at this annual toy drive. $30. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Drive, Camarillo, 805-263-6062.

IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA 6:30 p.m. This production features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. $25. Ojai Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai,  www.ojaihub.com.

VENTURA COLLEGE ARCHITECT AND DRAFTING STUDENT SHOWCASE 5-8 p.m. Get a load of the work these students have put out over the course of the year. Ventura College, MCE Building, Room 129, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura,  www.venturacollege.edu.


ANNIE JR. Dec. 13-16. Tripe Talent Musical Theatre offers up this family-friendly tale about the plucky orphan who dreams of a better tomorrow, and the billionaire who adopts her. $20. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Dec. 14-16. Music, comedy, theater and more in a festive production sure to make the bright. $20-25. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-378-1485 or  www.moorparkcollege.edu/departments/academic/theatre-arts/performing-arts-center.

MUNGO! Dec. 14-16. Elite Theatre Company presents this limited-engagement one-man show which tells the story of Van Mungo, the famed baseball pitcher of the Great Depression. Adult language and themes.$15. 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-483-5118 or  www.elitetheatre.org.

PLAID TIDINGS Dec. 15-30. 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.


AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE HOLLOW Through Dec. 16. In this classic whodunit, tragedy visits a country estate when a guest at a weekend gathering is murdered. $18-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645 or  www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

CHRISTMAS MAGIC 2018 Through Dec. 16. Cast members from the previous season’s productions return to sing songs, tell tales and share stories. $23-25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, 805-529-8700 or  highstreetartscenter.com.

CINDERELLA: A HOLIDAY PANTO Through Dec. 16. An off-the-wall, music-hall remake of the classic fairy tale in the style of an English panto with a smidgen of topical humor for adults and delightful music and dance the whole family will love. $10-20. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797 or  https://www.ojaiact.org/.

GUYS AND DOLLS Through Dec. 16. Two gamblers, a mission worker and a nightclub singer find romance in New York City. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715 or http://www.conejoplayers.org.

VENTURA IMPROV COMPANY The VIC performs improvisational theater at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club every Saturday. $10. 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Call 805-643-5701 or visit venturaimprov.com for schedule.


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.

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. Pictured: Waterway #4 (Clear Creek), asphalt emulsion, tar, wax, powdered pigments, shellac on canvas by Karen Kitchel © 2016; 50 x50 in. Courtesy of the artist and Robischon Gallery, Denver.

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 Dec. 30. Intersection: Art & Life, works by artists featured in Kevin Wallace’s latest book; and 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.

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Dec. 15. Elements, paintings and video installations by Roxie Ray, Susan Petty and W. Scott Miles. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Dec. 24: Annual Small Image Show. Through Dec. 16: Holiday Boutique. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.

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.

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 Opened June 1. Faces of Humanity by Michael Patrick Amato. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or www.fourfriendsgallery.com.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 11. Black and White with Susan Colla and Siyooj Maroly. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.

H GALLERY Through Feb. 16: Eggiwegs, abstract works with an emphasis on color fields. Through Feb. 28: Petit a Petit by Lisa Caren. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.

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.

MCNISH GALLERY Through Dec. 13. Luke Matjas: Trail Work: Notes, Sketches and Signs, detailing how natural and unnatural histories become entwined. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 805-678-5046 or  www.oxnardcollege.edu/departments/academic/art/mcnish-gallery.

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 Through Dec. 30: Classic Chevrolets. 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 Dec. 31. 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.

PORCH GALLERY Through Dec. 16. Russell Crotty: Remote and Curious Worlds, works inspired by astronomy, coastal studies, mapping, surfing and landscapes. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.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/.

VITA ART CENTER Through Dec. 21. Paper and Clay, ceramic art and works on paper. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or  HYPERLINK “http://vitaartcenter.com/index.php?name=home” vitaartcenter.com.

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.