FRIDA KAHLO | Streaming online through Oxnard Film Society. The documentary film Frida Kahlo is directed by Ali Ray, who also cowrote the film with Phil Grabsky using letters written by Kahlo herself, with considerable filming at the famous Blue House in Mexico City. Filmmakers had unprecedented access to Kahlo’s art pieces. The film is featured as part of the Oxnard Film Societies 2021 focus on films submitted for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Best International Film Category. Over a dozen films are available at the society’s website. $4.99/$12 for unlimited viewing per film for three to seven days. Current featured films include My Little Sister (Switzerland) and Cancion Sin Nombre (Peru). Films online at www.oxnardfilmsociety.com.
Thursday – Jan. 21
UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS PUBLIC INPUT MEETING | Noon The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) invites the public to attend an online Unmet Transit Needs community meeting or public hearing to let local government leaders hear ideas about how to improve bus service in Ventura County. The meetings are an opportunity for community members to tell VCTC what can be done to improve transit and to help local residents get where they need to go. The purpose of the meetings is to identify transit needs that are not currently being met and are reasonable to meet in Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks and adjacent areas of unincorporated Ventura County. Those unable to attend an online community meeting can share input at www.goventura.org/unmet-needs. This is the second of two community meetings. A public hearing is set for Feb. 5. Meeting links are online HERE.
REKINDLE YOUR INNER LIGHT | 4 p.m. FREE A guided meditation event led by trainers from Healing in America. You’ll also learn simple techniques to help you reconnect with light, love and unity. Details and registration are online HERE.
SAFE, HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE HOMES 101 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE Learn about health and other benefits of All-Electric homes and about the countywide campaign to create electric only building rules for new construction in the county including Oxnard, Ventura and Thousand Oaks. Discussion will be led by Matt Gough senior campaign representative for Sierra Club’s My Generation campaign, part of a coalition effort to make all new homes be built electric only, without natural gas. Zoom link is HERE. Meeting ID: 815 3831 8035. Passcode: ELECTRIFY
Friday – Jan. 22
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A public meeting of the advisory committee will include staff presentations, including a report from sanctuary director John Armor, and presentation of the new educational resource, a book called, “Island Visions.” The meeting will used GoToMeeting a free platform. Webinar ID 297-232-899. Agenda and meeting details are online HERE. Register in advance HERE. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 559-920-4456.
Saturday – Jan. 23
THE WORK CONTINUES – PICK YOUR PASSION, VIRTUAL INAUGURATION AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITY | 2-4 p.m. Hosted by Justice for All Ventura County this donation and online event has two parts. First, the community is asked to bring “Stay Warm Packets” to donate to locations in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Ventura and Fillmore. The packets – consisting of new blankets, jackets, tarps and rain ponchos – will be given to house-less members of our community. Second, an online event celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris including featured speakers from Planned Parenthood, Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network, Climate Hub 350, Black Lawyers Association, Buen Vecino and others. Calls to action for the next three months and coming year in environmental action, protecting the rights of LGBTQ community members, fighting reverse structural racism, immigrant rights and protection and reforming the criminal justice system. Bring warming packets to: Harbor House, 430 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Unit 203, Thousand Oaks | One Step a la Vez, 423 Sespe Ave., Fillmore | Caffrodite Community Collective, 1987 E. Main St., Ventura | Mercy House, 840 W. 5th St., Oxnard. Details are online HERE.
MENTAL HEALTH STRESS FACTORS – ESPERANZA SALON | 2 p.m. FREE Teen Latinas have some of the highest rates of suicides amongst their peers. The public is invited to participate in this project by Oxnard filmmaker Arcelia Martinez, artist in residence with Oxnard Performing Arts Center to raise awareness about mental health in the Latinx community. Professional interpretation provided by Bridging Voices – Uniendo Voces. The focus of the salon will be how stress factors can amplify mental health challenges. Speakers include Talissa Hall-Hoover, Marlen Barragan with One Step a La Vez, Liliana Manriquez with MICOP and Jessica Roman with Interface. The event will include discussion, storytelling and arts. Details and registration are online HERE.
Monday – Jan. 25
DEADLINE FOR ART SUBMISSIONS The Ventura County Arts Council is accepting submission for an exhibition titled “Message | Communication; Sharing of Ideas and Feelings” slated to begin on Feb. 1. This juried competition includes cash prizes. All media accepted. Details and submission information are online HERE.
MONDAY NIGHT FOREIGN FILM SERIES | Streaming. Over a dozen international films at www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
Tuesday – Jan. 26
POPPIES BOOK CLUB | 6 p.m. A discussion group of interested adults with a 2021 focus on experiencing global travel through fiction. This meeting will dive into “The Shipping News” by Annie Proulx, winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, the book tells the story of a newspaper writer and his family who carve out a new life in Newfoundland. The meeting will be on outdoor patio if permitted.If in person meeting is not possible it will take place via Zoom. Poppies Art and Gifts, 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai.
STREAMING EVENTS ONLINE | Ongoing
STREAMING CINEMA | You pick the time. The Oxnard Film Society offers over a dozen international films streaming online with a focus in 2021 on 2021 Academy Award entries for Best International Film. $4.99/$12 for unlimited viewing per film for three to seven days. Current featured films include My Little Sister (Switzerland) and Cancion Sin Nombre (Peru) and art documentary Frida Kahlo. Films online at www.oxnardfilmsociety.com.
VIRTUAL FITNESS | Pleasant Valley Recreation Department offers a wide array of online classes – from salsa dancing to minecraft to 5K runs. They even have a Jedi training camp for kids! Offerings are online HERE.
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE | Spring semester begins Jan. 25 Registration is open now for class offerings for OLLI at Cal State Channel Islands. These programs are college level for ages 50 and over in a wide range of topics: Magic of Ballet, Morocco and Tunisia, Science Fun and more. All classes are online. Full catalog and registration information are online HERE.
FIFTY AND BETTER AT CLU | Winter Session, through March 10. Eight different virtual lecture courses over six weeks will focus on women’s contributions to the arts and design. Examples of the lectures: Katherine Zoraster will discuss the history of women artists, Eleanor Schrader will explore women’s influence on architecture. $20-$35. All options and registration are online HERE. Contact: Christina Tierney, email@example.com
CURRENT COMMUNITY NEEDS AND RESOURCES
RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR CITY OF OXNARD RESIDENTS | Deadline for applications is Jan. 25. Residents who earn less than 50% of area median income are encouraged to apply. One qualification is being at least two months behind on rent payments, and that the hardship is related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients will be selected via a lottery process. Funding is available for approximately 110 households. For details via phone contact the Oxnard Housing Department 805-385-8041. Information and application are online HERE.
VOLUNTEER MEAL DELIVERY FOR SENIORS | At least 10 volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Conejo Valley area (including Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park). Delivery takes about one to one and a half hours, meals are picked up in Newbury Park at 11:30 a.m. Mon.-Fri. You pick the day/s you deliver. Volunteer application is online at: www.seniorconcerns.org/volunteer. Email application to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Email: email@example.com.
FREE NUTRITION COUNSELING FOR SENIORS | Offered by registered dietitians through the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging this telephone resource can help those over 60 with their questions about high blood pressure, eating better, controlling diabetes and more. To speak with a VCAAA Registered Dietitian, call 805-406-8332 or 805-340-3084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS LINE | Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Turning Point Foundation has established a phone line for anyone to speak with trained staff to offer support, coping strategies and other resources. The number is: 805-653-5045
ST. JOHN’S BABY BISTRO BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP | Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. FREE Support and information on various issues that may arise during breastfeeding. Topics include engorgement, latch difficulties, sore nipple management, establishing and maintaining an adequate milk supply, preparing to return to work, pumping, milk collection and storage, weaning, and other shared concerns. Immediate breastfeeding questions and one-on-one consultations are also available via zoom. For more information and registration call St. John’s lactation office at 805-988-2796.
Many venues remain closed in compliance with public health orders. Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. via Zoom:Artist workshop “Damien Hirst Spot Painting.” Participants will work with unconventional materials to create an interactive abstract painting. Recommended for ages 6-9 with parental supervision. Through April 30 online: Defining Beauty, exploring the ever-changing concept of beauty through the works of contemporary artists Zara Monet Feeney, Francene Levinson and Sungjae Lee; and Car Culture, a study and interpretation of those participating in the driving culture of Los Angeles by Jonathan Michael Castillo. Ongoing: Virtual exhibits of Life Interrupted, exploring life during quarantine, and Empathy: Beneath the Surface, multidisciplinary perspectives on the idea of empathy, personal agency and the universal bonds that connect us. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.
CONEJO PLAYERS THEATRE Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m. via Zoom. Saturday Afternoon Live workshops continue with “Fundamentals of Set Design,” taught by John Eslick and focusing on how to make a set unique and practical, budge†ing, materials, scheduling and more. For ages 16 and up. Pay what you can. www.conejoplayers.org/cpt-presents-saturday-afternoon-live
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC Jan. 22-24 online. Conejo Players Theatre presents an original love story by Arlene Hutton about a small-town girl from Kentucky and a medically discharged soldier who meet on a train in 1940. Streamed live; pay what you can. www.conejoplayers.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Thursday, Jan. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom: Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with Chris Hillman, where the legendary musician will talk about his life in rock and roll, his new memoir and more. Available online now: The MVC Gallery Marketplace has been created to help regional artists sell their works. Ongoing: Several virtual exhibits, George Stuart Historical Figures® and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.
AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS
ATRIUM GALLERY Through Jan. 25. The Ventura County Arts Council is now accepting submissions for Message | Communication: Sharing of Ideas and Feelings, a juried competition to be displayed at the Atrium Gallery online. Art can be in any medium, but no physical objects will be shown in the gallery; images will be posted to the website. Submissions accepted through Monday, Jan. 25; online exhibition opens Feb. 1. Email questions to email@example.com. For submission guidelines and more information, visit vcartscouncil.org/atrium-gallery/submissions/.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through Feb. 1. Be part of the “Share the Love” video card sent to COVID-19 first responders. Talk, sing, dance or paint your appreciation in front of your camera phone, upload the MP3 or MP4 video submission to Google Drive and send in the link. Submissions accepted through Feb. 1. For more information and to send in submissions, contact Michelle Nosco, 805-861-6504, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPTURING COVID Through Jan. 31. The city of Oxnard Recreation and Community Services Division seeks the public’s help in creating a time capsule of 2020 through poetry, prose, art, photography and more. Materials included will help explain this period’s impact on all aspects of life in our community in light of the pandemic as well as other historic events (L.A. Dodgers’ title win, 2020 Presidential Election, etc.). Selected submissions will be displayed in an online gallery and all will be preserved in both digital and traditional format, with the capsule to be opened in 10 years. Deadline for submission: Jan. 31. For instructions and more information, visit www.oxnard.org/recreation.
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. Jan. 25-27. Conejo Players Theatre is looking for several performers for its latest musical production based on the award-winning 1970s educational program that teaches math, grammar, history and more through song. Auditions will take place via Zoom. Performances March 19-21. For characters, guidelines and to sign up, visit www.conejoplayers.org/schoolhouse-rock-live-jr-auditions.
realART SPRING JURIED SHOW Through Feb. 21. realART is now accepting submissions for its spring show, which will be on exhibit March 3-April 30. Sculpture, painting, photography, furniture, jewelry, functional art and wearable art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit whatisrealart.com/spring-juried-show.
VENTURA COUNTY ARTIST SHOWCASE Through Feb. 17. The Ventura County Arts Council is currently accepting proposals for work to be displayed in storefront windows in a new exhibition space on Victoria Ave. at Moon Drive in Ventura. Art can be in any medium, but should use the 3D space dynamically and represent the artists’ personal experience of 2020. On exhibit March 11-June 9. For submission guidelines and more information, visit vcartscouncil.org/programs/public-art-displays/victoria-moon-showcase-winter-2021/.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opened Dec. 20 online. A podcast featuring an all-new musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, put together by the actors from the High Street Broadcast Audio Theater. Free. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening.
ESTELLA SCROOGE Through Jan. 31, streamed online. A mashup of Charles Dickens classics with a modern musical twist that’s perfect for the whole family. $29.99-$49.99. ojaiact.org.
STROKE OF LUCK Streaming now. The Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center presents the first in its online cabaret series featuring a musical dramedy about one woman’s stroke and recovery. Starring Farley Cadena. www.svvac.org/virtual-cabaret-series.
VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Poetry reading by Julius Sokenu and open mic, streamed live from E.P. Foster Library in Ventura. www.facebook.com/venturacountypoetry.
ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Virtual exhibits dedicated to Ventura County’s farming and ranching legacy, with antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive, outdoor gardens and more. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.
ATRIUM GALLERY Opened Oct. 26. Origin, a virtual exhibition whereby artists reflect on creative beginnings, family history and more. vcartscouncil.org/atrium-gallery/origin/.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Feb. 15: Beth Tate: UnEarthed, recent works by the ceramicist that contrast simple forms with contemporary glazes. 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Ongoing. “Museum from Home” resources, including Mineral Mondays, Women in STEM Wednesdays and Fossil Fridays. Kids’ educational giveaways every month. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org or @caoilmuseum.
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS Ongoing. The Learning to See Student Art Showcase online, featuring work by students from Anacapa, Cabrillo, De Anza Academy of Technology; the Arts and Rio del Valle middle schools; and Montalvo, Pierpont and Sierra Linda elementary schools. focusonthemasters.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through March 15: Buenaventura Art Association members’ show. Masks and social distancing required. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.facebook.com/HarborVillageGalleryGifts.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Ongoing. Virtual exhibits: Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community; Thinh Nguyen: Reorient; Thingamajig VI: A Printmaking Exploration and Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong/.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. Boasting one of the best collections of French automobiles in the world, as well as vehicles, artwork, sculpture and furniture from renowned designer Bugatti. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400, mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
OJAI POTTERY AND CLAY SCHOOL Through March 14. Join the creative clay community for a series of winter classes for throwers and handbuilders, beginner to advanced, online via Zoom and in the studio. $300-395. 212 Fox Street, Ojai, 805-798-3990, email@example.com, www.ojaipottery.com.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Ongoing. While the museum remains closed, it offers a virtual video featuring talented guests such as Perla Batalla, MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones, a talk by Bill Weirick and more. Virtual exhibits are also viewable online at www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.
POPPIES ARTS AND GIFTS Through Jan. 31. Paintings by guest artist Jim Bruce of Ventura. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.
realART Opened Nov. 8. Annual Winter Juried Show with over 50 artists from across the country will be on exhibit in the gallery’s new space. The original gallery will also host artwork by artists such as Lynne Deutch, Diane Williams and John White. Whizin Market Square, 28873 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, whatisrealart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 10 via Zoom: Virtual art appreciation course, taught by Meg Phelps and offered Wednesdays noon-2 p.m. Space is limited. $85; pre-registration is required. Ongoing virtual exhibits: The First Decade: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions, an exhibition of works from the museum’s permanent collection in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SIMI VALLEY VIRTUAL ARTS CENTER Ongoing. 25th Anniversary Photography Collection, photography by Jon Neftali and Worth Living For, a suicide prevention art campaign organized by the Simi Valley Youth Council. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Centers has created an online presence to showcase work from both local and regional artists, theater and performing arts events and more. www.svvac.org.
SPICETOPIA Through March 7. Buenaventura Art Association artists display their work on the walls of the gourmet spice and tea shop in Downtown Ventura. 576 E. Main St., Ventura. www.spice-topia.com.
VITA ART CENTER Through June 4: Winter/Spring 2021 Teen Art Program for ages 13-18 and Middle School Art Program for ages 10 and up. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Ongoing. Virtual exhibits: Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community; Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance, examining formal and informal forms of resistance through figurative paintings that confront the politics and histories of representation; Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski, autobiographical paintings and drawings from the artist’s experiences of World War II, the Holocaust and their aftermath; Passionate Perspectives senior art exhibit; and Thingamajig VI: A Printmaking Exploration. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.