ROCK THE COLLECTION: TWISTED GYPSY 6-8 p.m. The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard hosts this Summer Concert Series, tonight featuring Twisted Gypsy. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Ct., Oxnard,

THROWBACK THURSDAY FOOD TRUCK FEST 5-9 p.m. Ten food trucks, with beer and wine for sale. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo,


PETE ESCOVEDO AND ORCHESTRA, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Friday Night Kick Off Concert of the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. The spicy weekend festival lineup starts with world renowned percussionist Pete Escovedo and his orchestra. In blending and crossing the lines of Latin jazz, salsa and smooth jazz, his music carries a timeless and relevant flare. Escovedo played in the early days of Santana and has performed with music legends like Tito Puente, Anita Baker, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea and Boz Scaggs. Food trucks, beer, wine and margaritas for sale or bring your own picnic (No outside alcohol allowed).  Plaza Park, at 5th and B Street, Downtown Oxnard. Tickets are FREE from designated local businesses, info at

OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Groove to live Latin and salsa bands, get a chance to show off your dance moves and sample a variety of flavors in the salsa tasting tent at this annual not-to-be-missed event. The two days also feature salsa dance lessons, a vendor marketplace, international cuisine and a kids’ zone, with a Friday night kickoff party featuring percussionist Pete Escovedo. Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets, Oxnard,

TASTE OF CAMARILLO WINE AUCTION GALA Friday 4:30-9:30 p.m. The opening of the Taste of Camarillo festival. A California Dreamin’ themed evening with a live auction called by KHAY Morning Show DJ Dave Daniels.  Auction items include rare and fine wines, unique trips and access to special events. Proceeds benefit the Meadowlark Service League, contributing to community causes including high school scholarships, veterans services and homelessness. 21 and over only. $100-$115.

BOOK TALK & SIGNING WITH IVOR DAVIS 6:30 p.m. Davis will be discussing his latest book, “Manson Exposed: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder.” $5-10. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura,

VENTURA SONG CIRCLE 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Like to play acoustic music? All instrumentalists, singers, and singer/songwriters of all levels are invited to join a free song circle at the Bell Arts Factory Community Room, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Listeners welcome! Info: Mike Wittlin, 805-750-8281.


CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PRESENTS CONCERTS BY THE SEA 4-6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of musical styles, including jazz, rock, folk, pop, country and blues, today featuring Unkle Monkey. Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard,

“MANDALA MINDFULNESS” 10 a.m.-noon. Led by art therapist and yoga instructor, Lynne Okun, each workshop guides participants in the ancient practice of intricate pattern-making to deepen connection to their surroundings and inner self. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,

TASTE OF CAMARILLO WINE, BREW AND FOOD FESTIVAL 1-4 p.m. Featuring over 100 wines, over 50 restaurants and over a dozen breweries, with music from the swinging 60’s. Silent auction and boutique shopping to benefit the Meadowlark Service League. $95-$180 VIP tickets and private cabanas available. 21 and over only.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: MIGHTY CASH CATS 7:30 p.m. Grab your blankets and get ready to party down with the Johnny Cash tribute band. Constitution Park, corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo,


KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY 12:55 p.m. (and Monday, July 29; Wednesday, July 31). Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved coming-of-age story from director Hayao Miyazaki about a resourceful young witch finding her place in the world with help from her sarcastic talking cat. $10.50-12.50. Ventura Downtown 10 and Century River Park 16, Oxnard,

DANCE WITH OUR COMMUNITY STARS 1 p.m. Dancers representing local nonprofits will strut their stuff in a Salsa dance competition as part of the Oxnard Salsa Festival to earn money for their favorite local charity. Funds are earned based on votes from the public.

CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS, Ventura County Chapter 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Monthly gathering of local fiddlers. Public is welcome. Admission is free. Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View.

“IS LEGAL CANNABIS GOOD FOR OJAI?” 3-5 p.m. The Ojai Chautauqua Panel will explore this topic at its next panel discussion. $20-25. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai,


THE CHAMBERMAID, LA CAMARISTA 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A beautifully shot film offering an intimate glimpse into the life of a hotel maid at a posh Mexico City hotel. The debut film of theatre director Lila Aviles. In Spanish with English subtitles $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard,

THE CHAMBERMAID, LA CAMARISTA 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A beautifully shot film offering an intimate glimpse into the life of a hotel maid at a posh Mexico City hotel. The debut film of theatre director Lila Aviles. In Spanish with English subtitles $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard,

FUNDRAISER FOR OXNARD FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION July 29 3-6:30 p.m. Proceeds from your dinner and drinks will benefit local libraries. Mention Friends of the Library Foundation when you order. Fresh and Fabulous 221 West 5th Street, Oxnard.

KEEPING SAFE IN A WIRELESS WORLD” 6:30 p.m. What is 5G and should we be concerned about it? Why are children more vulnerable? Those questions and more examined in a conversation with Dafna Tachover, an attorney, author and global advocate on the health effects related to wireless technology radiation. FREE. E.P. Foster Library – Elizabeth R. Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura.


BILINGUAL MUSICAL SUMMER CELEBRATION OF READING 4-5 p.m. A performance for children. Local singer Nathalia, will sings songs and play guitar to celebrate reading. Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road, Ventura.


EARTHQUAKES AND PLATE TECHTONICS 10 a.m. Learn about the science of earthquakes. A workshop at the new Energy Education Lab at the California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula. Register online at

VALUATION DAY 4-8 p.m. Are you curious about that family heirloom collecting dust on the mantel? discover your item’s fair market value from a team of experts at John Moran Auctioneers. $10. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,

COFFEE AND CANINES, INAUGURATION 5-7 p.m. Meet the new canine mayor of the Camarillo Dog Parks, elected over the past month as part of a fund and awareness raising effort for Friends of Camarillo Dog Parks, whose mission is to preserve and protect safe off-leash play spaces for dogs (and their owners). Mission Oaks Dog Park, 5501 Mission Oaks Boulevard, Camarillo.

LUNG CANCER WORKSHOP 6 p.m. CMH’s new lung and heart surgery specialist Dr. Jennifer Wan will discuss risk factors and other issues regarding lung cancer at this workshop. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura,

MEDITATION PRACTICE GROUP 6-7 p.m. (Every Wednesday) Explore the practice of meditation, or deepen your practice. All are welcome. The meeting will begin with a reading and short discussion before the guided group mediation. Bring your meditation cushion, if you have one, or you can sit in a chair. $5 suggested “offering,” but all are welcome “regardless of funds.” For more information, leave a message on Reverend Maddie’s private line at the church: 805-525-4620 or email Universalist Unitarian Church, Parish Hall, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula


CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT 7 p.m. The band will perform a slew of pop hits and more. Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo.

STATE OF THE COUNTY 11:30 a.m. Join Ventura County CEO Mike Powers for lunch and discuss the economic outlook for the county. $50. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard,


ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. July 26-Aug. 4. OYES presents this special

WEST SIDE STORY July 26-Aug. 4. The beloved musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet and set in the rough streets of New York’s Upper West Side, where star-crossed lovers from rival gangs fall in love amidst social conflict and unrest. Presented by 5-Star Theatricals. $33-86. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2787, Pictured: Brandon Keith and Giselle Torres. Photo by Ed Krieger

rendition of the Lewis Carroll story, with circus-inspired elements that add extra enchantment to Alice’s adventures in a world of nonsense. $10. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, 805-646-4300,

BURUNDANGA July 26-Aug. 4. A pregnant graduate student, her boyfriend, a pharmacologist, kidnappers and Basque revolutionaries all collide in this comedy centered on the taking of a truth serum. In Spanish with English supertitles. Presented by Teatro de las Américas. $20. Elite Theatre Company, 2713 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-983-2876,

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE July 27-Sept. 1. A “musical within a comedy” and a gentle spoof of the Jazz Age musical, with characters from an album coming to life. Presented by Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900,

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS July 27-Aug. 11. In this madcap, macabre sci-fi musical, a mild-mannered florist takes special interest in an unusual plant, which feeds on human flesh and grows to monstrous proportions. $15-20. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-378-1485,

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. July 26-28. The Jack Oakie Summer Youth Program continues with this tale set on a tropical island where the rich and poor inhabitants live in separate sections. $11-16. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900,

THE SOMEWHAT TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD July 26-28. The Young Artists Ensemble in collaboration with Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory presents a silly sendup of the traditional tale, with a bowling sheriff, an egotistical swashbuckler and a spoon-wielding band of Merry Men. $10. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747,

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN July 26-Aug. 4. Young Artists Ensemble brings the Mel Brooks classic to the stage. When a mad scientist, a hunchback and a lovely assistant bring a corpse back to life, music, mayhem and hilarity ensue. May not be suitable for younger children. $15-23. Newbury Park High School, 456 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, 805-381-1246,


BLUE/ORANGE Through July 28. A patient in a psychiatric hospital claims to be the son of an African dictator in this riveting drama about race, madness and power. The inaugural production of the Beacon Theater Company. $22. Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, 805-233-6965,

CASA VALENTINA Through July 28. In 1962, a Catskills resort becomes a refuge for men who enjoy dressing like women. Based on a true story and written by Harvey Fierstein. Not recommended for audiences under age 16. $22-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645, or

RICHARD II Through Aug. 4. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival continues with Michael J. Arndt directing this historical play about the “philosopher king” whose dispute with Henry Bolingbroke led to the War of the Roses. $15-110. Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks,


VITA ART CENTER July 27-Aug. 23. The Drawing Room, a group exhibition featuring 15 contemporary artists who focus on drawing. Preview champagne reception on Saturday, July 27, 4-7 p.m. Public opening on Friday, Aug. 2. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or Pictured: “Death Valley” by Lynn Hanson, 33 in. x 22 in., charcoal on vintage roadmap.

ART CITY July 27-Sept. 1. DNA, works inspired by the double helix and its many meanings (scientific, conceptual, personal), including evolution, replication, continuum and more. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690,

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY July 25-Aug. 25. From the Desert to the City and Back Again, desert and urban photography from Darlene Roker; and Root and Branch, paintings and mixed media works inspired by trees and their components. Reception on Friday, Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL July 28-Oct. 27. Aqua Adventures, bodies of water and water-themed getaways. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura,


481 NORTH VENTURA AVENUE Through Dec. 2019. Eyes on the Westside, a temporary art installation by De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts students celebrating the Westside’s diversity and community.

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Aug. 18: In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte, photographs by David Bacon alongside oral narratives (in English and Spanish) from migrant farm workers; and Farming Youth, shedding light on the harsh realities of Latinx farming communities. Through Dec. 2019: Throwing Shade, the coast live oak tree and its woodland community. 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

ATRIUM GALLERY Through Aug. 20. Illogical Illusion, art that confounds. Reception on Friday, July 26, 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

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Aug. 17. Three-artist exhibit with Stephen Edwards, Ted Gall and Sandra Torres; and Abstraction, Ojai Studio Artists Salon. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or

BELL ARTS FACTORY STUDIO #79 Through Dec. 2019. Prism, a large-scale painting/immersive art installation by Aliza J. Bejarano that captures the inner child. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-836-2787,

BRITTANY DAVIS GALLERY Through Aug. 11. Nature Amplified, landscapes altered and amplified by Robbie Kaye and Carolyn Fox. 214 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 714-369-9869,

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Sept. 4. RISK: A Retrospective, murals and paintings by influential Los Angeles graffiti artist and fashion entrepreneur Kelly “RISK” Graval. The exhibition will include an interactive section whereby visitors may add to the works. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240,

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Ongoing. Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or

CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through Sept. 1. Downside Up, Outside In, CAM Studio Artist Christine Morla’s work inspired by weaving and the Philippine banig (mat). 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard, 805-240-7347,

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Aug. 26: Ocean Defenders Alliance Exhibit, informative displays and collections of items removed from marine habitats; Marine Megatropolis, photodocumentation of marine life on oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, 1974-81; and Emma Akmakdjian’s Anthropocene Kelp Forest, created using salvaged nylon fishing ropes. 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

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

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Sept. 8. Oceans, Elements and Allure, works that celebrate the beach by Jan Harrington and Connie Tunick. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through Sept. 8. Exhibition of the work of Buenaventura Art Association members. 1559 Spinnaker Drive, #106, Ventura, 805-644-2750, or

H GALLERY Through Aug. 10: Latent Ability, a group exhibition of installation and 3D work. Through Sept. 30: I Will Never Love Again (Dab Art Quarterly) and POPular, by Janet Milhomme. Through Aug. 31: Tres by Dominga Opazo. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through Aug. 24. Country’s Club, a whimsical but pointed look at American golf culture by Christophe Bourély and Larry Lytle. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Aug. 1. One Artist Five Oceans, Danielle Eubank’s attempt to capture the essence, personality and many changing forms of water. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697,

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,

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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 Through Aug. 9: This inaugural exhibit at the new Fireball Gallery will feature work by five artists — three painter/illustrators, a photographer and a pinstriper — that showcase the best in automotive pop culture and design. 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 Aug. 17: Love, What’s It to Ya, bronze sculptures by Lynn Creighton, and Actual Reality, Carlos Grasso and Peter Fox explore the disconnect between actual and virtual reality. Through Aug. 25: Music by the Masters, the history of the Ojai and Ventura Music Festivals through photos, posters, artwork and more. 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

OJAI ART CENTER Through July 31. Dance, representations of the dancing human figure by Duane Eells. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through July 28: Founding Familias: The Ojai Valley During the Rancho Era. 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

PLAZA PARK Through Nov. 2019. Animal sculptures from Santa Barbara County artist Morris Squire, on loan from the Morris B. Squire Foundation. 500 S. C St., Oxnard.

PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 11. Looking at Architecture, pairing career artists with career architects. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Through Sept. 8: The World of da Vinci, rare folios of the 500-year-old Codex Atlanticus along with reconstructions of his machines and digitally restored art. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 805-522-2977,

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 3: On Location in the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, selections from the plein air painting club known as Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. Talks and demonstrations will be offered throughout the exhibit’s run. Through Sept. 15: Faces of California, diverse works by 33 artists. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or

SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The 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

THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. Passion for Pastels 2019, selections from artists of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park,

WAV THEATER GALLERY Through July 28. Storytelling Through Pictures, comic book art by Andres Salazar. Working Artists Ventura, 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-641-0400,

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Aug. 1: The Last Breath, Qiang Zhang’s depictions of animals on the verge of death or transformation as an expression of nonvisible, internal struggles; and Explore the Eternal Kiln Fire Legend, Chinese Jun porcelain from one of the Five Great Kilns on loan from the Song Royal Kiln in China. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697,