CAMARILLO GARDEN TOUR 2022 Sunday, May 1, 12-4 p.m. Started in 1996, the Garden Tour is one of Camarillo’s signature events. Now in its 24th year, the tour blends a variety of elements to create a truly delightful afternoon of fun and friendship. In addition to five amazing gardens, the tour features art exhibits and demonstrations (this year offered by the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast), a delightful garden-themed boutique, enticing raffle, live music and delicious refreshments. All proceeds from the event directly support our most vulnerable neighbors — parents, grandparents, children and friends. Your support provides care, comfort, support, counseling, and education to those facing a life-limiting illness or grieving the loss of a loved one — all without charge. $25. For tickets and more information, visit the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice at www.lmvna.org/gardentour

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THURSDAY

EARTH DAY FUN AT THE COLLECTION | Through April 30. Our spring bunny has placed pictures of som e of his favorite spring items all over The Collection and would love your help to find them! Hop around The Collection at RiverPark to help search for the items. Visit Guest Services through April 30 to pick up your spring map. Once you’ve completed your hunt, show your completed map to the bunny helpers at Guest Services to enter-to-win an egg-tastic prize! 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, thecollectionrp.com.

AUTHOR KAREN MOE | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The author of Victim: A Feminist Manifesto from a Fierce Survivor, will speak at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center as part of the National Crime Victims’ Week commemoration. District Attorney Erik Nasarenko will present Moe with the Ellie Liston Hero of the Year Award. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, 805-385-8147, www.oxnardperformingarts.com.  

VIRTUAL DONOR LUNCH AND LEARN | 12-1 p.m. ONLINE. Hear from local nonprofits about the incredible work they are doing in your community. On April 28, a presentation will be given by MESA, an Ojai organization focused on providing unhoused individuals and foster youth with transitional housing on a 10-acre sustainable farm. Hosted by Ventura County Community Foundation. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsd-6urTMoGNQtWi-NY6HKQ0fsvpp00uNX

IVOR DAVIS: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH BOB EUBANKS | Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8 p.m.The Museum of Ventura County once again welcomes Ivor Davis, who will speak with famed TV personality and game show host Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game). Eubanks will discuss bringing The Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl, his legendary career and more. Guests attending in person will require proof of vaccination; the presentation can be enjoyed via Zoom as well. Free for museum members; $10 for non-members in person; $5 for non-members attending via Zoom. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323, venturamuseum.org.

FRIDAY

FLOWER FEST | 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Also on May 1. Flower Fest is back with onsite sales and consumption of cannabis with over 30 local cannabis dispensaries, VIP consumption lounges. Enjoy some incredible food from over 20 food vendors, visit the new Plant District for vegan food lovers. Discover over 50 of our various unique small business merchant vendors! Stroll down carnival row for carnival games, with over 100 booths on the festival grounds there will be something for everyone. Ages 21+. No outside cannabis, alcohol, food, drinks; backpacks and large bags are not allowed. Port Hueneme Beach Park, 550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme, www.flower-fest.com

MOMIX: ALICE | 8 p.m. MOMIX’s internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts in this stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice in Wonderland. Journey down the rabbit hole with MOMIX and the visionary choreography of Artistic Director Moses Pendleton. Filled with visual splendor and startling creative movement, Alice reveals that nothing in MOMIX’s world is as it seems! $35-$65. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, www.bapacthousandoaks.com/shows

SATURDAY

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNINGS | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. David G. Brown, Barack, Race and the Media: The Obama Legacy and Pandemic, Race and the Media; Dr. Dawn Menge, numerous children’s books; Shannon Riley-Coyner, The Evolution of Dog Training; Phil Yeh, Places; LaMarcus A. Keys, Love Walk. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

FLOWER FEST | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Also on April 30. Flower Fest is back with onsite sales and consumption of cannabis with over 30 local cannabis dispensaries, VIP consumption lounges. Enjoy some incredible food from over 20 food vendors, visit the new Plant District for vegan food lovers. Discover over 50 of our various unique small business merchant vendors! Stroll down carnival row for carnival games, with over 100 booths on the festival grounds there will be something for everyone. Ages 21+. No outside cannabis, alcohol, food, drinks; backpacks and large bags are not allowed. Port Hueneme Beach Park, 550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme, www.flower-fest.com

RISING FROM THE ASHES HOME TOUR | 12-4 p.m. The Ventura County Library Foundation is excited to announce that the long-awaited Rising from the Ashes Home Tour is back on. On Saturday, April 30, the strength and resilience of Ventura will be in view during a tour of some of the beautifully rebuilt homes. It will be clear the Thomas Fire of 2017 caused devastation, but not defeat. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds will go to support the work of Ventura County libraries. These donations will enable VCLF to fund important literacy programs, the Mobile Library, broader access to the Internet and computers to close the digital divide, homework tutoring, STEAM initiatives, and much more. For tickets and more information, visit www.vclibraryfoundation.org/events.  

BANK OF BOOKS VENTURA BOOK SIGNINGS | 1-3 p.m. Karen Moe, Victim: A Feminist Manifesto from a Fierce Survivor. 748 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3154, www.bankofbooks.com.

COLAB SPRING BASH | 3-7:30 p.m. Our main fundraiser for the year! All money raised goes to fund the crucial work we do throughout the county. Live and silent auctions included. $150. Peterson Ranch, 3400 E. Los Angeles Ave., Somis, 805-390-3886, www.colabvc.org/events/.  

ELVIS TRIBUTE BY RAYMOND MICHAEL | 4-7 p.m. CASA of Ventura County hosts this benefit concert featuring world-renowned Elvis tribute artist Raymond Michael. Event is at a private venue; address provided upon registration. All proceeds support recruitment and training of volunteers to advocate for youth in foster care. $35. casaofventuracounty.org

THE EMILIE SNETHLAGE EXPEDITION | Friday, April 29, 6-7:30 p.m. ONLINE. The online talk will cover the adventures of eight women, bird specialists, in one of the remotest areas of the Amazon Forest. Glaucia Del-Rio and Anna Hiller will talk about the first ornithological expedition led and undertaken exclusively by women, the Emilie Snethlage Expedition. Presented by the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology via Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: Free or donation. www.wfvz.org or www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bird-museums-april-conservation-seminar-series-tickets-290006767047.

SUNDAY

OC FAMILY FESTIVAL | 12-3 p.m. Oxnard College hosts its first-ever family festival with everything from a kids’ zone to live music and dance, soft-serve ice cream, a marketplace vendors, food trucks, train rides and more. The day is sure to give local families a memorable afternoon on campus. Oxnard College Performing Arts Plaza, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, www.oxnardcollege.edu

VENTURA DEMOCRATS FUNDRAISER | 12 p.m. A fundraising event sponsored by the Ventura Democratic Club, Conejo Democratic Club, the Conejo Women’s Council and United Democrats for Progress. Guest speakers include California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks, Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Julia Brownley and Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. $125. Call Melissa at 805-304-2954 or Diana at 818-674-2354 for more information. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 805-648-2100.

45TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF AND CRAFT BREW FESTIVAL | 12-5 p.m. This all-day, family friendly extravaganza will be held at Conejo Creek Park North and feature over 40 chili tasting booths, a multitude of participating breweries, a car show, three stages with live music and more. Presented by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks with 100% of the net proceeds going to local charities. Day-of general admission is $25; $40 VIP; $75 for cook-off plus brew festival; $100 for VIP chili and craft brew tickets. Kids 10 and under are free. Conejo Creek Park North, Janss Road and Highway 23, Thousand Oaks, www.chili-cook-off.com

DUDLEY HOUSE OPEN HOUSE AND CONTAINER GARDENING CLASS | 1-4 p.m. The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will open its doors to the public on May 1 with docent-led tours. There will also be a Container Gardening 101 Class in the pergola area. Tours and class are both free. 197 N. Ashwood St., Ventura, 805-642-3345, dudleyhouse.org.

SOUL GARDENING | 1-1:45 p.m. through June 12. Soul Gardening is a six-week interactive online virtual course offered by Meditation Mount beginning May 1.  It will  inspire and equip you with the tools to identify and bring forth the full flowering of your Essential Nature. The course includes video teachings, guided meditations, reflection journaling, community group explorations, weekly live forums and a closing ceremony at Meditation Mount. $289 (virtual closing ceremony), $324 (in-person closing ceremony). meditationmount.org/soulgardening/

TOWN TALK AT THE OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM | 4:30-6 p.m. Ara Guzelimian is the Ojai Music Festival artistic and executive director. He’ll bring the storied history of OMF to light with a look back at the many personalities who have come to define its adventurous character, from Stravinsky and Coplan to Boulez and Barbara Hannigan. Harpist Shelley Burgon will perform a musical interlude. $5 at the door; museum members are free. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390, OjaiValleyMuseum.org

A SONG FOR CESAR | Monday, May 2, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Presenting a unique view of the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. Through interviews, performances, archival footage, photos and music, this 2021 documentary tells the story of the musicians and artists who dedicated their time, creativity and even reputations to peacefully advance Cesar Chavez’s movement. Featuring Carlos Santana, Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Graham Nash, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Luis Valdez, Maya Angelou and Taj Mahal. Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes. Not rated. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. $8 seniors, $11.25 general admission. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

MONDAY

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CHUMASH MUSEUM | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Explore the museum at your own pace. Play Chumash games, join a guided hike along our beautiful trails to our replica village and enjoy your picnic lunch under the ancient oak trees. $8 per person; includes a free children’s activity book. Kids age 3 and under are free. Chumash Indian Museum, 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks, www.chumashmuseum.org/events

CLU MUSIC STUDENT SHOWCASE | 7:30 p.m. The Music Department will present a concert featuring some of the university’s most talented musicians in an eclectic array of solo and chamber music performances. Donations will be accepted. Audience members show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks.

TUESDAY

CRISIS IN UKRAINE REVISITED | 1-3 p.m. ONLINE. California Lutheran University’s Fifty and Better Lecture Series continues with this look at the war in Ukraine. Dr. Herb Gooch takes a deep dive into Russia’s intentions and military strategy, the effectiveness of Ukraine’s resistance, how the conflict might end and its potential impact on economic globalization and foreign policy. $10 to register. Virtual via Zoom; contact fab@callutheran.edu, 805-493-3290 or register at www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

WEDNESDAY

SENIOR HEALTH FAIR | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Live music, local vendors, health services and screenings, BBQ lunch and more. Due to limited parking, a shuttle will be available to bring seniors to the event. Look for the Valley Express bus parked closest to the Santa Paula Regency Theater at 550 W. Main St. in Santa Paula. For more information, please contact Liz Castaneda at 805-933-4226 ext. 356, ecastaneda@spcity.org. Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W. Main St., Santa Paula.

LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS | 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join other artists for a series of three drawing sessions with nude and clothed models at the Museum of Ventura County. Every experience level is welcome. Organized by artists Cathy Barroca and Barbara Brown. Chairs and easels will be provided; artists must bring their own supplies.10-35 participants per class; registration required by April 29. Class will be confirmed on April 30. Fee for all three sessions (May 4, May 11, May 25): $50 for MVC members and students, $65 for non-members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, venturamuseum.org/event/life-drawing-sessions/

MARIACHI CONCERT | 7:30 p.m. The Cal Lutheran Mariachi Ensemble, led by Rocio Marrón, will perform classic songs from the mariachi repertoire. Admission is free. Audience members must show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks.

THURSDAY

JAZZ COLLECTIVE | 12:30 p.m. Student performers in the Jazz Collective will play standards and modern classics. Uziel Colón will conduct. Admission is free. Audience members must show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks.

OJAI WOMEN’S FUND MAY GATHERING | 4:30-6 p.m. An outdoor celebration to renew friendships, rejoin the OWF and introduce friends to the joy of local giving. www.ojaiwomensfund.org

COMMUNITY NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES

CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE, FOOD AND BREW FESTIVAL | The festival is currently open to vendors interested in registering for this year’s June 5 celebration. Registration is free, and includes tables, linens, an umbrella, utensils and ice; as well as promotion on the festival website, social media exposure and a listing on the festival map. Must provide 750-1,000 food or beverage samples. To register and for more information, visit www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com/2022-registration/

MULCH MADNESS | Join us for our quarterly mulch and compost giveaway at the Cornucopia Community Gardens! Participants must register in advance for an appointment, preorder mulch and/or compost, and be prepared to bag their own mulch and compost products. Please bring a bag or bucket to collect material. Mulch and compost products are sourced from Agromin, and provided to city of Ventura residents free of charge. Space is limited. Learn more and register at https://form.jotform.com/220455349576160

FREE TAX PREP ASSISTANCE | Through April 30, 2022. Trained volunteer tax preparers with the United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) are available to help working families and individuals file their state and federal tax return and access the tax credits to which they are eligible. Households earning up to $57,000 in 2021 are eligible to use the free services. This assistance is in-person and by appointment only. Call 211 or visit www.MyFreeTaxes.org to make an appointment. 

ONGOING/UPCOMING EVENTS

SUMMER OF ART SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION | Registration is open now for kids ages 6 and up in camps with different topics – animals, figure drawing, drawing with color, urban sketchbook, Jewelry, ceramics and more. Dates and age groups are online. Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main Street, Ventura. www.vitaartcenter.com/new-page-1

CITY OF VENTURA GENERAL PLAN UPDATE SURVEY | Ongoing. The City of Ventura is updating its General Plan – the land use “constitution” for the next 20 years – and is seeking input from the public on various aspects of what will be included: transportation, natural disasters and climate change, initial visioning and a survey on Issues and Opportunities. All surveys are online at: www.planventura.com/online-surveys

20 YEAR REUNION – ST. BONAVENTURE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2000 | Saturday, June 4, 2022. Members of the St. Bonaventure High School Class of 2000 are invited to attend the upcoming 20 year reunion. The celebration will take place at a local private location. Those who’d like to attend can RSVP to Julie Wouk, 619-888-7956.


ARTS LISTINGS

Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.

OPENING THEATER

A MIDSEMESTER PROM NIGHT’S DREAM April 28-30. A rock ’n’ roll adaptation of the Bard’s magical classic. A high school student falls asleep while studying, and wakes up to find herself a character in a Shakespearean comedy. Presented by the CLU Department of Theatre Arts. California Lutheran University, Preus-Brandt Forum, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks, www.callutheran.edu

ALL IN THE TIMING April 29-May 15. Five farcical sketches with a focus on wordplay, existentialism and the complications of romance, hilariously realized by Anna Kotula, Steve Grumette, Sherry Owen, Daniel Ruark and Larry Swartz. $20. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805- 640-8797, ojaiact.org

ALMOST, MAINE May 4-6. John Cariani’s delightful comedy, set in the mythical New England town of Almost explores love, loss and a little bit of magic through nine interconnected short plays. This production contains some mature themes. $5-$15. Black Box Theater at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, www.venturacollege.edu/performing-arts

Catch the vibrant musical In the Heights at High Street Arts Center in Moorpark through May 8.

OPENING ART

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: China painting workshop with Susan Spohr, who will teach students to add color and design to ceramics, basic knowledge of supplies, etc. $125-$150. Through May 1: Jon Keenan: Recent Work, porcelain, stoneware and earthenware, presented in the Beato Gallery. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

CAMARILLO ART CENTER April 30-May 1. Arts and crafts fair, with proceeds supporting the art center. 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo, 805-407-0605, www.camarilloartcenter.org.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS Tuesday, May 3, 1 p.m. Gallery Walk with Lynn Hanson and John Robertson at the Santa Paula Art Museum, where the artists’ work is currently featured. $20. Attendees can meet at the museum at 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For tickets and more information, visit focusonthemasters.com

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS May 1-31. See works by May guest artist Patty Van Dyke. Artist’s reception on Friday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. Through April 30: This month’s guest artist is Diane Hanley, who will share her new collection of watercolors created during the pandemic. Ongoing. Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.

Join artist Susan Spohr for a workshop on painting on china and porcelain at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS

BOOKMARK CONTEST Through April 30. Design a bookmark for the 2022 Summer Reading Club! Pick up a bookmark contest form from the library and design your own original bookmark on the 2022 Summer Reading Club theme, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” For Grades K-12. All entries are due by Saturday, April 30. Bring entry form to the Help Desk at Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, or the Newbury Park Library’s Information Desk at 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. For more information and to print out an entry form, visit www.tolibrary.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=39894

CALIFORNIA DUCK STAMP ART CONTEST May 2-June 10. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites artists to submit their original artwork to the 2022-23 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. Artwork must depict the Canada goose. The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2022-2023 California Duck Stamp. The contest is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older as of March 22, 2022. For rules, submission guidelines and more information, call 916-738-9641 or visit wildlife.ca.gov/Duck-Stamp/Contest

DAB ART Ongoing. The contemporary art organization is currently seeking submissions of work in any media for group and solo exhibitions at H Gallery and Studios in Ventura. Submit three to 20 images; $35 entry fee. For submission guidelines, online application and more information, visit www.dabart.me/ventura-2

MAIL ART EXHIBIT: SPONTANEOUS INSPIRATION Through May 15. The ARTLIFE Foundation is calling for entries for its annual Mail Art Exhibit. This year’s theme is “Spontaneous Inspiration.” Artists of any age and location may submit work of any topic or subject, but it must be 6” x 9” in size and sent via mail, either as a postcard or in a 6” x 9” envelope. Artists may submit up to four pieces; works of students in a class may be submitted in one envelope. Please sign work, and include mailing and email address. Work will be exhibited online and in local venues in Ventura County (dates and locations TBD). No fee, no jury, no returns. Mail to ARTLIFE Foundation, P.O. Box 23020, Ventura, CA, 93002, artlifefoundation.org

PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE May 1-3. Conejo Players Theatre is looking for actors 18+ for this musical comedy about six students competing in a spelling bee. Prepare one 16-bar cut of suitable musical theater. Non-union, no pay. Performances July 8-17. Email Dana Marley-Kolb at deekayred@aol.com for more information.  351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks,  conejoplayers.org/upcoming-auditions/

SIGHT + SOUND FILM FESTIVAL Through June 12. The Oxnard Performing Arts Center is currently accepting film submissions for its second annual film festival, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Filmmakers of all levels may submit works in the following categories: Narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary Features and Shorts, Romantic Comedy, Dramatic, Thriller/Sci-Fi, Films produced in Oxnard/Ventura County and by local filmmakers, Student films, Music Videos, ASMR, and Animations. Regular deadline for submission is May 12; late deadline is June 12. For submission guidelines and more information, visit filmfreeway.com/SightplusSound.

Santa Paula’s Blanchard Community Library hosts the De Colores Multicultural Folk Arts’ Women’s Art Show through April 30. Pictured: “Flow” by Bonnie Lambert

 ONGOING THEATER

THE BAD SEED Through May 8. A mother begins to suspect that her seemingly perfect little girl may be responsible for a series of murders. Based on the novel by William March. Not suitable for children under 12. $18-20. ARTSpace Black Box Theater, 2956 School St., Simi Valley, www.actorsrepofsimi.org/about-us/artspace-black-box-theater

BYE BYE BIRDIE Through May 8. Teen culture in Small Town USA in the 1950s gets a humorous but loving tribute in this rock and roll musical. When teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie gets drafted, he stages a farewell kiss as a publicity stunt — leading to envy, jealousy and wacky hijinks! $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715, conejoplayers.org.  

IN THE HEIGHTS Through May 8. A vibrant, joyful and touching musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, in which residents of the largely Latinx neighborhood of Washington Heights live, work, love, dream and hope for a better tomorrow. $23-25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High Street, Moorpark, 805-529-8700, highstreetartscenter.com

‘NIGHT, MOTHER Through May 19. When the daughter of an elderly woman announces that she intends to kill herself, the two debate the issue, revealing old secrets, long-ignored feelings and more. This stirring drama by Marsha Norman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and is brought to the The Elite Theatre Company under the direction of Brian Robert Harris. $17-20. 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.theelite.org

SOMETHING ROTTEN Through May 29. The Bottom brothers try to write a  hit play, but that upstart William Shakespeare seems to upstage them again and again. When a local soothsayer predicts that the future of theater lies in singing and dancing, the brothers end up writing the first musical. An uproariously entertaining production very, very VERY loosely based on late 16th century history. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 805-583-7900, www.svvac.org

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 Through May 15. Chris Butler stars in Anna Deveare Smith’s play about the Rodney King Verdict and the Los Angeles Riots. It gets to the heart of issues of race and class with meticulous research and a stirring cry for reform. Previews April 27-28, with opening night on Friday, April 29 — the 30th anniversary of the day the verdict was announced. $30-69.50. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900, www.rubicontheatre.org.

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. live and via Zoom. Poetry reading and open mic at the EP Foster Library (also streamed live), 651 E. Main St., Ventura. More information at vcpoetryproject.org.  

ONGOING ART

643 PROJECT SPACE Through April 29. Entre Colores, Recuerdos y Sabores, José Galván Martínez’s perspective of over a decade of diaspora through colors, memories and foods, rendered in sculpture, painting, prints, mixed media and a wall installation. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 26: Tomols to Trains: County Transportation through the 1900s. Ongoing: Farm to Market, an interactive exhibit promoting healthy lifestyles through role play; plus antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive and more. Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.

BLANCHARD COMMUNITY LIBRARY Through April 30. De Colores Multicultural Folk Arts’ Women’s Art Show. 119 N. 8th St., Santa Paula, www.facebook.com/groups/779920285904310

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through May 21. Tony J. Smith’s A Tribute to Beauty and Inspiration (oils and acrylics), Kathy Bodycombe’s Leaving a Stamp (collage incorporating postage) and Michael Corrigan Mishou’s The Eye of the Beholder (photography). Artists’ reception on Friday, May 6, 5-8 p.m. Studio 99, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235, buenaventuraartassociation.org.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through July 31. Landscape Through the Eyes of Abstraction, contemporary representations of landscapes in a wide variety of media by six nationally and internationally renowned artists. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.

CANVAS AND PAPER Through May 8. Works by Cornelis Kick, William Scott and Louis Valtat. 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, www.canvasandpaper.org

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Fall 2022: Chouinard Arts, a nine-piece collection featuring pieces of maritime art from the 1930s, including early works by Arthur Beaumont and Millard Sheets. Through April 30: Annual Oxnard Union High School District Student Art Show. Ongoing: Maritime art covering Asian, European and American seafaring history; the Marple Model Ship Collection; exhibits on whales, sailors and the Port of Hueneme and more. 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 805-984-6260, cimmvc.org.

DUDLEY HOUSE HISTORIC MUSEUM Ongoing. The National Historic Landmark was built in 1892 by Selwyn Shaw for lima bean farmer B.W. Dudley, and is one of the last pioneer farmhouses in Ventura. On display are artifacts and other elements showcasing aspects of life from 1895 to 1925. Open for tours the first Sunday of the month. COVID protocols will be strictly followed. 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura, 805-642-3345, dudleyhouse.org.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 31. New Beginnings, featuring work by Mika Harmony and Chrystel Boissy (Green Touch Moss). 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800,  www.foxfinejewelry.com

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through May 17: A new selection of works are presented in a new members’ show. Ongoing: Buenaventura Art Association members showcase and sell their work. Masks and social distancing required. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.facebook.com/HarborVillageGalleryGifts.

KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ARTS AND CULTURE Through May 5. Infinite Potential: A Selection of Ceramics, student work demonstrating hand-building, wheel throwing and more. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong/

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. The famed auto museum pays tribute to French automotive design, with coaches from the 1800s, Bugattis from the 1920s-30s, Concours d’Elegance winners and more. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; advance tickets required. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400, mullinautomotivemuseum.com

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. Impressive display of vintage automobiles and Americana, as well as the Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club and the car-centric art in the Fireball Art Gallery. Muscles and Mojo car show in the parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month. The museum is now open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1930 Eastman Ave., Oxnard, 805-487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 8: Arte Para la Gente, the collected works of Margaret Garcia. Online: Out and Back: Ventura County Outdoor Adventures, a newly digitized collection of photographs taken from reels of film created by lifelong Ventura County resident and avid outdoorsman Herman Keene (1879-1965). Ongoing: MVC Gallery Marketplace, exhibits devoted to the Chumash, the history of Ventura County, George Stuart Historical Figures® and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.

OJAI ART CENTER Through April 30. Car Culture, oils and pastels that celebrate the automobiles of yesteryear by Thomas Hardcastle. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through July 10: Ojai at the Crossroads: Then & Now, a look at the development of some of Ojai’s most beloved institutions, and a meditation on how Ojai can continue to be a town for both locals and tourists. Ongoing: Small exhibitions on a range of topics related to the history of the Ojai Valley, as well as virtual talks and more. Now open Friday-Sunday. The museum is once again offering 90-minute walking tours at 10:30 am every Saturday. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390, www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORIC PARK Ongoing. The Olivas Adobe is now open the second Sunday of each month for visitors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The historic park invites all plein air artists to come out to the site for creative inspiration, from the rose garden and 160-year-old fuchsia to the rancho and the bell tower. In addition, Laura Jean Jespersen’s The Romance of the Adobe will be on exhibit in the small adobe. There will be raffles, historic interpreters, an al fresco gift shop and more. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/OlivasAdobe.

PORCH GALLERY Through May 23. Shana Mabari: Oceans. In 2020, Los Angeles-based contemporary Light and Space artist Shana Mabari became the first artist-in-residence on a maritime mission led by the nonprofit Sea Shepherd Global. Work inspired by this journey comprises this exhibition. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-620-7589, porchgalleryojai.com.  

RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM  Friday, April 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Spring Artists Day, where the museum’s colorful gardens and scenic grounds are the perfect inspiration for artists seeking a peaceful, creative retreat. Morning refreshments, lunch and tours included with registration. Ongoing: The 40-acre landmark and museum is one of the best surviving examples of an early California rancho and honors the area’s Spanish and Mexican heritage. “Last Sundays at the Landmark” take place the last Sunday of every month, and include docent-led tours, music and more. Open every Sunday for docent-led tours; group and special-focus tours by appointment. Situated off of Highway 126, two miles east of Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org

realART Opened Jan. 9. The art gallery in Whizin Market Square will host a new show with works by a variety of contemporary artists. Whizin Market Square, 28861 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, buyrealart.com.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Ongoing. Permanent exhibits include Air Force One, an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, an M-1 Abrams tank and more. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.org

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 10: Fieldnotes: Lynn Hanson and A Narrative: John Robertson.Through May 8: En Plein Air: An Exploration of Malibu and Ventura County, works by 32 artist members of the famed, 113-year-old California Art Club. The museum is now open, Wednesdays-Sundays. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

SOUTH OXNARD LIBRARY Through April 30. Focus on the Masters’ Learning to See Student Art Showcase presents works by K-8 students in the Ocean View School District. 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, focusonthemasters.com

SPICETOPIA Through May 26. The spice and tea shop in downtown Ventura now shows works by members of the Buenaventura Art Association. 576 E. Main St., 805-628-3267, www.spice-topia.com

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Through May 28. E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, Richard Barnett’s large oil paintings of crowds depicting up to 500 people in one work to Daggi Wallace’s small intimate pastel portraits and Kerstin Zilm’s prose and collected voices, the viewer is invited to contemplate their own place among each other and in this world. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org

VENTURA POTTERY GALLERY Ongoing. Talented ceramic artists from across Ventura County make up the Ventura County Potters Guild, and they display their works — housewares, home decor, figurines and more — at the guild’s gallery and shop in Ventura Harbor. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105, Ventura, 805- 644-6800, venturapottersguild.org/gallery.

VERY VENTURA GIFT SHOP AND GALLERY Through May 26. Small gems by Buenaventura Art Association members, based on a theme selected by shop owner Angela Rosales. 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3540, very-ventura.com

VITA ART CENTER Through May 7. Click: Photo-Based Art, in which artists modify their photographs to create something new and unexpected. Encaustics, abstract works inspired by water by surfer and artist Rick Stich. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through May 14. Transformations: Senior Art Exhibit 2022. Work by graduating art majors Lina Dion-Inglis, Jake Festich, Juan Garcia, Emma Jo Herren, Gabriel Matar, Alaina Murphy, Brianna Roldan, Shay Stelzner, Jackson Taylor and Hannah VanDomelen. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu