CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS FUNDRAISER 11 a.m. Meet new friends and help raise funds for Ventura County charities. $30. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo,

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY 7 p.m. Suzanne Horn will be speaking about her “Success with Roses in Containers.” Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo,


TOMATOMANIA 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Saturday, March 23). Are you absolutely insane for tomatoes? Then look no further than this event dedicated to the red-hued nightshade! Get gardening advice and more at this wild celebration. OTTO and SONS, 1835 E. Guiberson Road, Fillmore,

VENTURA COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR AND STEM EXPO PUBLIC VIEWING 3:30-6:30 p.m. Witness the majesty of science at this event featuring over 500 exhibits. VCOE Conference and Educational Services Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo,


AN INDEFINITE DURATION 8 p.m. This performance features evening of contemporary dance looking at and toying with our dynamic relationships to time. $20. Hamsa Dance & Yoga Studio, 109 E Roblar Dr., Ojai,

COLLECTORS CHOICE FUNDRAISING EVENT 6-9 p.m. Buy a ticket and take home a piece of art that was featured in the studio’s Collector’s Choice exhibition. $300. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo,

“FINE ART IN BLACK & WHITE” 3-4:30 p.m. This event hosted by professional photographers is an exploration of the process of black and white photography and what goes into creating a stunning and timeless image. $10. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,

INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Attend this workshop hosted by Congresswoman Julia Brownley where volunteer tax preparers will meet one-on-one with constituents and offer free help on preparing their returns. Appointment required. California Lutheran University – Oxnard Campus, 2201 Outlet Center Drive, Suite #600, Oxnard, 805-379-1779.

MERMAID–MERMAN PEOPLE’S PARADE 1 p.m. Parade around Harbor Village complemented by oversized colorful flowers, banners, ribbons, bubbles and ukuleles, and enjoy mer-person-themed activities. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura,

PLEASANT VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER GRAND RE-OPENING & 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 1-4 p.m. Bring the family for fun, free recreational swim time to celebrate the 50th anniversary and grand re-opening of the Aquatic Center. Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center, 1030 Temple Ave., Camarillo,

SPEAKING OF VENTURA COUNTY LECTURE: AUTHOR DAVID LABELLE 3 p.m. LaBelle will observe the 50th anniversary of his prolific photojournalism career and observe 50 years since the catastrophic Ventura/Santa Clara watershed flood. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura,

SPRING SPECTACULAR AT AMERICA’S TEACHING ZOO 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, March 24). Enjoy entertaining animal shows, get a sneak peek behind the scenes, interact with wild animal trainers and their furry friends and don’t miss all the games, food and fun. $7-10. America’s Teaching Zoo, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark,

THE SPIRIT OF RUSSIA THROUGH STORY 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This event celebrates Russian literature with readings, discussions and an and-of-evening dinner. $175. Thomas Aquinas College, 10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula,

“WE GOT THE BEAT” FESTIVAL OF TALENT 7 p.m. This district-wide event showcases the best and brightest talent in the district and is a major fundraiser for Ventura Education Partnership. $10-25. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura,


CELEBRATION OF THE WHALES FESTIVAL Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the majestic whale at this event featuring a “Gray Whale Migration Trail” and all manner of whale-themed activities from wearing whale-shaped hats to perusing the Sunday farmer’s market while speaking in the language of the whale. Stop and view 20 works of chalk art on display in honor of the whale and enjoy live entertainment (presumably whale-themed) as whale (well). Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard and the Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard,

WOMEN’S STORIES FROM THE HOLOCAUST 2 p.m. The panel discussion will feature Celina Biniaz, Inga Boldt, Lee Edwards, and Frances Elson who will discuss family, love and survival. $5. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura,


INSPIRING WOMEN FORUM ON SOCIAL MEDIA 5:30-8 p.m. The female-focused event will include a professional panel discussion on digital media marketing, networking, Q&A, and light refreshments. Camarillo Library, 4101 Los Posas Road, Camarillo,

MADE IN ABYSS: JOURNEY’S DAWN 7 p.m. Riko and her plucky band of friends dream of one day becoming Cave Raiders, exalted adventurers who brave the treacherous descent into the enigmatic Abyss. $10.50-12.50. Century River Park 16, Oxnard and AMC Thousand Oaks 14,

NPR JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR PADDY HIRSCH 7 p.m. Hirsch will discuss how to use journalist tools to write fiction. $5. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai,

VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS’ GUILD MEETING 7 p.m. Guild President Genie Thomsen will present a demonsration of neriage, creating a block of clay with a colored pattern going through it. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-985-5038.


MADE IN L.A. 6:30 p.m. This documentary follows the story of three Latina immigrants who join a union while working in Los Angeles sweatshops. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula,

UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA: SIGNS, SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT 4-5:30 p.m. Learn to recognize the symptoms of dementia and understand what caregivers can expect after their loved one is diagnosed with dementia at this workshop. $10. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-497-0189.


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,



MATILDA THE MUSICAL March 22-31. 5-Star Theatricals presents a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book about an intelligent and magically gifted young heroine who overcomes a difficult family and cruel headmistress to find a place where she belongs. $37-86. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2787 or Pictured: Olivia Marcum (center) stars in Matilda. Photo by Ed Krieger

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME March 21-April 7. When the neighbor’s dog ends up dead in the middle of the night, 15-year-old Christopher is determined to solve the mystery. What he discovers upends his world. Presented by Fractured Actors. Adult themes and strong language; parental guidance is strongly advised. $10-18. Suite J Theater at Ventura Vineyard, 1956 Palma Drive, Ventura, 805-650-2510 or


BREAKING LEGS Through March 24. Comedy and mayhem ensue when a mob boss finances the production of a play written by a college professor. $17-20. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-483-5118 or

FUDDY MEERS Through March 31. An amnesiac living with her husband and son is abducted by a strange man — an event that reveals that everything is not what it appears to be. $20-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or

NEWSIES Through April 14. In this rollicking, rousing musical by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, newsboys across New York City go on strike after a publisher cuts their wages. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or

PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS Through March 23. Young Artists Ensemble in collaboration with Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory presents this world premiere based on J.M. Barrie’s early stories of Peter Pan. $13. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or

SPAMALOT Through March 24. The bawdy musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. $20-25. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-378-1485 or

SWEENEY TODD Through March 24. A dark, witty musical thriller set in 19th century London and centered on a vengeful barber, a struggling baker and a macabre arrangement. Rated R. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715 or

UTOPIA, LIMITED Through March 24. With a complex plot and a large cast of characters, this Savoy opera lampoons limited liability companies, bankruptcy law and imperialism. Presented by the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company. $19-25. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-1246 or


NAPA HALL GALLERY Through April 5. The F-Word, exploring power structures, politics consumer culture and feminism through fabric and fiber (Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega); Seasons of Migration, Elizabeth Souza’s experience as both an immigrant and a descendant of immigrants (Grad Wall); Adolfo Camarillo High School, growing up in a digital world (Palm-Temporary). CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or Pictured: A selection from Seasons of Migration.


539 HOWARD STREET Through March 24. Onward! A Mail Art Exhibit, a plein air exhibit of 200 mailed-in pieces of art from 20 countries and 13 states collected by ARTLIFE publisher Joe Cardella. Presented by the ARTLIFE Foundation. 539 Howard St., Ventura,

643 PROJECT SPACE Through March 29. Print Revolution. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura,

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 9: Santa Paula’s Treasured Architecture, black and white photography by Michael Moore commissioned by the Santa Paula Historical Society. 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

AMBROSIA BY CAFFRODITE Through April 1. Learning to See Art Showcase featuring art by Turning Point Foundation clients. 1987 E Main Street, Ventura, 805-628-9289 or

ART CITY Through April 14. Nature 101, the animals with which we share the Earth, from fleas to giant creatures. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690 or

ATRIUM GALLERY Through April 9. Up Close, whereby the subject of the art fills the frame. 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

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through April 20: Martha Moran, Michael Rohde and Beth Tate. Through March 30: Art Without Limits, selections from the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit foundation. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through March 23. Collector’s Choice 2019, a wide range of styles and media from both emerging and nationally exhibited artists. Fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 6-9 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Through March 24. Things With Wings, birds, butterflies, dragons, airplanes and other things that fly. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through March 24. In Focus: Ansel Adams, highlights from the Lawrence Janss Collection. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240 or

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through March 31: 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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 19. The Imaginary, art commingling realism and imagination. Presented in conjunction with TRAC 2019. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or

CAROLYN GLASOE BAILEY FOUNDATION Through April 27. The foundation kicks off its new Ojai Institute with exhibitions by its first artists in residence, Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg. 248 S. Montgomery, unit A, Ojai, 805-633-9188 or

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 25: Maarten Platje: The Early History of the United States Navy. 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

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through April 21. Farm to Table, art centered on food — where it comes from, where it ends up and everything in between. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura,

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

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

FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY Opened 2019. Femina 7: Curiosities, seven women artists, each with a unique vision. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 12. Flower Power, with works by Karen Payton and Adonna Ebrahimi. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or

H GALLERY Through May 31: Angeles en México: Roma by Michael Swank and Tres, by Dominga OpazoThrough March 31: Genesis, online gallery and arts publication that explores immigration in this issue. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Through April 22. Seasons. Reception on Saturday, March 30, 4-6 p.m. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through April 10. Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, a touring exhibit on Native American healing practices. Educational presentation on Monday, April 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or

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,

MCNISH GALLERY Through April 18. Borderlands, artwork centering on borders, politics, landscape, environment and identity. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 805-678-5046 or

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

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period, in a 30,000-square-foot facility. Car show every first Sunday of the month. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through April 27: Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass by Frances Elson, with glass art, poetry, Cantorial and Yiddish music and more. Panel discussion on Sunday, March 24, 2-4 p.m. Artist talk on Friday, April 12, 6-9 p.m. Through May 19: Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture, the role of architects and designers in affecting positive change. Through March 31: Chris Hillman: Time Between, rock and roll memorabilia from the local legend and country rock pioneer. 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

NAPA HALL GALLERY Through April 5. The F-Word, exploring power structures, politics consumer culture and feminism through fabric and fiber (Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega); Seasons of Migration, Elizabeth Souza’s experience as both an immigrant and a descendant of immigrants (Grad Wall); Adolfo Camarillo High School, growing up in a digital world (Palm-Temporary). CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or

NEW MEDIA GALLERY Through April 18. Empoderamienta: The Art of Latina Artists, art as a form of cultural, artistic and social expression. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-289-6040 or

OJAI ART CENTER Through April 3. FUSION, sculpture and collage by Dyan Berk and Mike Stiler. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or

OJAI CITY GALLERY Through May 31. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist, Gayel Childress’ expressive, somewhat mythical mixed-media art that captures the spirit of Ojai. Reception on Thursday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ojai City Hall Chambers, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai,

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through April 28: From the Earth, the artistic potential of ceramics, including works by Beatrice Wood, Vivicka and Otto Heino, Frank Noyes and local contemporary artists. 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

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

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

PALERMO Opened Jan. 2019. Portraits of Ventura, acrylic paintings of Ventura by artist Jamie Wells. 321 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3070.

PORCH GALLERY Through April 21. Awareness, new works by Japanese calligraphy artists Souun Takeda and Wataru Hatano. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 7: Common Ground, garden and landscape art by Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck. Through May 12: I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits, featuring Lynn Hanson, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck and many others. Through April 28: Mr. Botkes Barns and Blooms. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or

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

THIRD FRIDAYS 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

VENTURA COLLEGE (SANTA PAULA) Through March 21. I Am What I Am, works by women artists in the international network Rootless. Ventura College East Campus, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula,

VITA ART CENTER Through March 22. Women on the Rise 2019, works by Hilary Brace, Linda Ekstrom, Peggy Pownall and Astrid Preston — artists who will be documented by Focus on the Masters in 2019. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through April 11. Pathos Along a Contemporary Frontier: Border Paintings by Rigoberto Alonso Gonzalez, large-scale, graphic Neo-Baroque paintings that capture the violence and trauma found along the Rio Grande border. Note: Images feature depictions of violence that may be challenging for some viewers. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or