On the Move
The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard is preparing to move into a brand new space, two miles down the road from its current location on Statham Blvd. The move will take place at the end of August, with the new location and re-opening date to be announced soon. In the meantime, the museum is trying to lighten its load, and will be holding a garage sale Aug. 17-18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. The museum’s new home is smaller, and thus will no longer be able to accommodate the large, elaborate model train display owned and operated by the Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club. The impressive H/O scale model train setup — the largest between San Diego and San Francisco — needs 2500-3500 sq. ft. of space. If you know of such a space, contact Jerry Mittelholtz at 805-407-6717 or email@example.com. The last day to visit the Murphy at its current location at 2230 Statham Blvd. will be Aug. 18. www.murphyautomuseum.org.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Aug. 17
The Ventura Land Trust presents the 2019 Wild and Scenic Film Festival this weekend. Fittingly, the collection of outdoor-inspired short films will be screened under the stars at Ventura County Credit Union Headquarters at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura. This year’s award-winning entries include Lost in Light, about light pollution, Brotherhood of Skiing, focused on an organization dedicated to creating a welcoming space on the slopes for people of color, and Blue, an imaginative story about an avid bike rider in Valdez, Alaska. The festival takes place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m.; films begin at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.venturalandtrust.org.
Brogden Bay at CMATO
Brogden Bay Presents has a new home! The Thousand Oaks-based concert series had been offering live music performances — largely of the folk, blues and jazz persuasion — out of Four Friends Gallery, owned by Larry Janss, since 2015. Janss closed the gallery in June, and Brogden Bay Presents moved its operations to the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks. The first concert at CMATO was on June 8 and featured Don Randi and Quest; the next will take place in October with Corky Siegel and Tracy Nelson. www.brogdenbaypresents.com
CAM bolsters art in Downtown Oxnard
It was a sad day when the Carnegie Art Museum closed due to Oxnard’s multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. Picking up the baton, however, is the Carnegie’s CAM Studio Gallery. Located in a small building behind the museum, the gallery has hosted workshops, special exhibits (some by new and emerging artists) and events. It also provides studio and gallery space for numerous artists in residence. Now under volunteer management, CAM
will continue to operate in this fashion (Christine Morla is the current guest studio artist) and also serve as the headquarters for the museum’s Cornerstones Board of Directors. For more information, including volunteer and membership opportunities and ways to donate, call 805-240-7347 or visit www.carnegieam.org.
Renovations at Museum of Ventura County
The Museum of Ventura County in Downtown Ventura will be closed for remodeling Aug. 19-Sept. 20, with a new midcentury modernism exhibit, California Cool, set to open shortly thereafter. If you haven’t still haven’t checked out the current exhibits, Actual Reality and Music by the Masters, you better hurry: Both close Aug. 17. During the museum’s closure, its Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula will remain open, with the 7th Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair scheduled for Sept. 2. venturamuseum.org
New book club opens in Ojai
Poppies Art and Gifts will be the location for a new book club, hosted by Holly Woolson and Peggie Williamson. The club is open to all adults and is completely free — simply read the selected book, come to the meeting (the first one will be on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.) and bring a chair. The September book selection is W. Somerset Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence, loosely based on the life of painter Paul Gauguin. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, call 805-798-0033.
Short story contest to celebrate art center anniversary
The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch is holding a short story contest in celebration of the center’s 80th anniversary. “80 Words for 80 Years” is open to all ages, with categories for writers 17 years old and younger, and 18 and older. Submissions of 80 words — no more, no less — will be accepted Aug. 15-Sept. 15. Winners will be announced on Oct. 14. Cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. $10 entry fee. For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.ilonasaari.com/80-word-contest.html.
Young Artists Ensemble
Aug. 17-18, A Narrator’s Story, open to performers ages 7-14; and Aug. 24-25, The Addams Family, open to performers ages 10-20. Appointments required. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805-381-2747 or visit yaeonline.com/yae_auditions.php.
Aug. 18-20, Seussical The Musical, open to performers ages 7 to adult. Appointments required. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiact.org/auditions.html or email Director Gai Laing Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conejo Players Theater
Aug. 18-19, Much Ado About Murder; and Sept. 9-11, Pippin. Open call; no appointments necessary. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805-495-3715 or visit www.conejoplayers.org/auditions.
Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, Disney’s Frozen Jr. By appointment only. For more information and to reserve an audition appointment, visit www.omytheater.org/upcoming-events.html.