PICTURED: ARTS UNDER THE STARS | Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m. California State University, Channel Islands, presents its annual art and music extravaganza on the lawn of the John Spoor Broome Library. This year’s theme is “Inertia.” The CI Choir and Contemporary Music Ensemble will be the first to perform, followed at 8 p.m. by Channel Islands Dance, Theatre, Cheer and Kake Pops with special guests Hip Hop Mindset from the Rio School District and from Los Angeles, the Ukrainian dance troupe Chervona Kalyna. The performance will also serve as a fundraiser for the people of Ukraine. After the show, DJ E-motive will spin for a dance party. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2052, https://2022.artsunderthestars.cikeys.com/. Pictured: Ukrainian dance troupe Chervona Kalyna


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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.

CHAIR YOGA | 3-4 p.m. Take a moment to stretch during Mental Health Awareness Month. Instructor Lisa Clements Feeney will teach chair yoga suitable for everyone. No experience necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

V-RAN PROGRAM AND EECCOA CHALLENGE PRESENTATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY | 4-7 p.m. Ventura Unified seventh-12th graders will present environmental business proposals that they developed over nine months through the Ventura Action Network Program administered by VUSD in partnership with the MERITO Foundation and its Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Program. The keynote speaker will be entrepreneur, environmental advocate and professional surfer Chipper Bro. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the categories of water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction or Matilija Dam removal awareness.  Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. More information at www.meritofoundation.org

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

CALIFORNIA LEGACIES: FAMILY AND POPULAR MEMORIES IN CALIFORNIA’S BORDERLANDS | 7 p.m. ONLINE. In this webinar, Dr. Margie Brown-Coronel (California State University, Fullerton) explores how Ysabel del Valle and her daughter, Josefa, made efforts to preserve their family history and narrate a story of California’s past that would both counter and embrace romantic historical fiction, such as Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona. Hosted by the Rancho Camulos Museum. Join the webinar via Zoom at www.ranchocamulos.org

SHELTER FUNDRAISER FOR UKRAINE | Saturday, May 7, 12-7 p.m. Studio Channel Islands invites the public to the Shelter art fundraiser in support of Ukrainian refugees. The Members Gallery is currently showing Displacement and Resilience curated by Elana Kundell in response to the current war in Ukraine. This exhibition explores how artists are transforming trauma and the generational impacts of displacement through their creative process. For a donation of $50 or more, attendees can select an original work of art, and special gifts will be given to those who donate $20 or more. All proceeds will support World Central Kitchen, Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee. Live music, demos, raffles and more. Resident artists’ studios will be open to the public. Free. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org.

FRIDAY

STORY TIME AT THE MUSEUM | 3-4 p.m. The Museum of Ventura County has been partnering with the county library to bring bilingual (in English and Spanish) in-person Story Time every first Friday of the month at 3 p.m. That way kids will have time to come right after school. This month’s theme is SPACE. Join us for stories, then play and learn in the Chumash Garden and Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Children’s Garden. A fabulous and FREE outing for ALL! The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, venturamuseum.org/event/story-time-at-the-museum/

COMIC BOOK TRIVIA | 4 p.m. How well do you know comic books? Test your knowledge with teams of three to four people. Winning team will receive a prize! Young Adult Center at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

BOOK SIGNING AND READING WITH DAVID DAMIAN FIGUEROA | 5 p.m. Bell Arts Factory will host a book reading, Q&A and signing event with writer, producer and farmworker rights activist David Damian Figueroa, author of the new children’s book, El Oz, centering on a young Mexican girl and her chihuahua, who find themselves in a strange land after a violent rainstorm. All proceeds will benefit Bell Arts Factory. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-836-2787, bellartsfactory.org

SANTA PAULA CRUISE NIGHT | 5 p.m. The first Friday of every month, head to Main Street in Downtown Santa Paula for its parade of pre-1982 vintage vehicles in mint condition. Stroll the sidewalks to see automotive art and chat with fellow motorheads. Live music will play from the Odd Fellows Clocktower and in front of the train depot. A farmers market will also take place. Ends at dusk. Free. www.santapaulachamber.com

SANTA CLARA RIVER WALK AND TALK | 6:30 p.m. Jim Danza, chair of Friends of the Santa Clara River and professor of geography and environmental science at Oxnard College, hosts this walk along the Santa Clara River. Learn about the natural environment, water resources and plans for trail expansion. Walk is two to three miles on a paved path. Children welcome; no pets. Dress for weather and bring water and closed shoes. Meet at Northbank Linear Park in Ventura at 9955 N. Bank Dr. (corner of Bank and Rio Grande). Liability waiver will be required. https://fscr.org/santa-clara-river-walk-talk/

CLU PRIDE’S ANNUAL DRAG SHOW | 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. California Lutheran University’s PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) hosts its annual drag show with amazing performers who sing, dance and lip sync. Prizes for audience participation, free mini bundt cakes and more. Show takes place outdoors; dress warm and bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn. Direct questions to pride@callutheran.edu or faclan@callutheran.edu. Overton Amphitheater at CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.callutheran.edu

SESPE CIENEGA ETHNOBOTANY TRAIL RESTORATION | Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. Friends of the Santa Clara River is hosting a volunteer day at the Sespe Cienega Trail located at the Fillore Fish Hatchery. Have fun helping grow the trail and learning about our local watershed’s ecology, wildlife and restoration. All ages welcome. Please bring water, sun hat and closed-toe shoes. Gloves and tools provided. Fillmore Fish Hatchery, 612 E. Telegraph Road, Fillmore, https://fscr.org/events/restoration/.

SATURDAY

DUDLEY HOUSE SPECIAL GIFTS FOR SPECIAL MOMS | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Dudley House Museum’s monthly plant and collectibles sale will feature gifts for Mother’s Day on the grounds. Bromeliads, orchids and succulents will be on sale along with a variety of collectibles. 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura, 805-642-3345, dudleyhouse.org

FLY ROD CASTING AND FLY FISHING CLINIC | 9-11 a.m. Sespe Fly Fishers of Ventura will be conducting the monthly “First Saturday” introductory Fly Rod Casting and Intro to Fly Fishing clinic.There is no charge and all are welcome. Whether you are an experienced fly fisher or a complete novice we want to help you improve your casting and learn to enjoy this great sport. If you don’t yet have a fly rod, don’t worry, just come and use one of ours. Please join us at Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, in East Ventura, off Telephone Road. For everyone’s safety we ask all those attending to please comply with any current recommendations by the Ventura County Health Department. For more information: Casting Program Coordinator Thomas Hall, 805-377-5249, www.sespeflyfishers.org

BACK STACKS BOOKSTORE | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We have loads of fiction and non-fiction as well as children’s books, with 50% off all gardening and nature books. Our collection features thousands of used books from 50 cents to $2, as well as collectible books from $4 and up. All book sale proceeds go to support the Blanchard Community Library. Presented by the Friends of the Blanchard Community Library. 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula; enter via the north parking lot, through the roll-up door in the back.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Stop by the Children’s Desk or Adult Reference Desk to pick up a free comic book. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

BOOK SIGNING AND READING WITH DAVID DAMIAN FIGUEROA | 1-4 p.m. The Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula will host a book reading, Q&A and signing event with writer, producer and farmworker rights activist David Damian Figueroa, author of the new children’s book, El Oz, centering on a young Mexican girl and her chihuahua, who find themselves in a strange land after a violent rainstorm. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/

ARCADIA PUBLISHING DAY AT BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring several books on Ventura County history from the Images of America Series. Carina Monica Montoya, Images of America – Ventura County; Jeffrey Maulhardt, Oxnard Sugar Beets; Tony Baker, Hot Rodding in Ventura County; John Nichols, St. Francis Dam Disaster; Rose Castro-Bran, Lighthouses of the Ventura Coast; Marla Daily, The California Channel Islands. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNINGS | 1-5 p.m. Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, Gidget; Shawn Simons, Stories from Stepmoms. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

CELEBRATE MOTHER EARTH WITH FREE FILMS | 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Ojai Film Festival has partnered with Flourish Ojai and Mesa Farm to celebrate Mother Earth on Mother’s Day Weekend with the screening of three environmental films — two shorts and one feature — previously shown at OFF. Dan Parziale and Kyle Thompson, co-founders of Mesa, will lead a discussion on the topics related to the films, which illuminate the need to nurture youth as well as care for our environment. The Falconer by Rodney Stotts, Shepherd’s Song by Jenya Schneider and The Thomas Fire Architect by John Davis will be shown at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Free; RSVP required. Flourish Ojai, corner of Aliso and Canada streets in Ojai, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-mother-earth-mothers-day-weekend-with-free-films-tickets-330150618387. Pictured: Still from Jenya Schneider’s Shepherd’s Song.

SUNDAY

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Happy Mother’s Day

MONDAY

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION EXHIBITION | 4:30-6 p.m. Learn about environmental field trips, classroom presentations, green schools and more. Connecting K-12 teachers to community-based partners and environmental education opportunities with a county-wide showcase of relevant education programs and green schools. Agriculture Museum of the Museum of Ventura County, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/

TUESDAY

PAUSE, BREATHE, SMILE: MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES FOR KIDS | 3 p.m. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Help your kids learn to understand and control their emotions with three simple techniques: pause, breathe and smile. Presented by Certified Mindfulness Instructor Danette Banyai and sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

TEEN CRAFTERNOONS | 3:30-5 p.m. Crafternoons is an awesome series of after school craft activities. For the May 10 session, participants will create a custom book cover out of duct tape. Young Adult Center at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

TWILIGHT GATHERING | 7 p.m. In person and virtual. Come together for an evening gathering with sound, silence and spoken word led by Rev. Maddie Sifantus and featuring music by Donna Lynn Caskey. Settle your mind and spirit while listening to inspiring music and soothing silence. Contributions encouraged for the musicians. Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main Street, Santa paula. www.uucsp.org

WEDNESDAY

LOCAL AUTHOR TALK: LAURIE SINGER | 4 p.m. Laurie Singer will discuss her book, You’re Not Crazy: Living with Anxiety, Obsessions, and Fetishes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

REAL ESTATE VENDORS EXPO | 6:30 p.m. We’ll have a collection of the finest vendors with all of the real estate services investors  need to become successful investors. So come early, meet and greet, and expand your “Dream Team” of real estate professionals that are eager to help you succeed. Be sure to bring lots and lots of business cards to pass out. This is a fantastic networking opportunity. Free; reservations recommended. River Ridge Country Club, atrium lobby, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, www.VCRealEstateInvestors.com.

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. 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/

THURSDAY

THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB | 11:30 a.m. A local women’s club monthly lunch meeting. This month’s program will be entertainment by Wendy Morgan Hunter, who will sing songs from opera and Broadway. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. RSVP to 805-469-5059, patti.dizazzo@gmail.com. Somis Clubhouse, 5380 Bell Street, Somis. 

CHAIR YOGA | 3-4 p.m. Take a moment to stretch during Mental Health Awareness Month. Instructor Lisa Clements Feeney will teach chair yoga suitable for everyone. No experience necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

LOCAL HISTORY HAPPY HOUR WITH JOHN KRIST | 5-7 p.m. live and online. The Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula hosts this talk with author, photojournalist and former CEO of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County John Krist. He will discuss our region’s history with The Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director Elena Brokaw and take questions from the audience. Free for members; $5 for nonmembers on Zoom; $10 for nonmembers in person. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/event/local-history-happy-hour-with-john-krist/POSTPONED

COMPASSION CAMPAIGN 2022 | 5-9 p.m. An unforgettable and deeply moving immersive event highlighting that everyone deserves a home. Networking, dinner, stories and a keynote address by California Department of Housing and Community Development Director Gustavo Velasquez. Maravilla Gardens, 8620 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, www.housingtrustfundvc.org/compassioncampaign2022.html

BIG MAGIC OPEN HOUSE | 5:30-7 p.m. Join us for a magical night to honor our volunteers, our supporters and you! Delicious food, refreshments and prizes will be available. Special guests Karyn and Marcia, Big and Little of the Year for the state of California, will attend. Please RSVP to 805-484-2282 or info@bbsvc.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Office, 555 Airport Way, Suite D, Camarillo.

VCLA COHORT XXVII GRADUATION | 5:30-7 p.m. The Ventura County Leadership Academy Board of Directors celebrates and honors the hard work and dedication over the past year of 36 participants. Applications for the next cohort are being accepted through May 13. Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, vcleadership.org

MASTER CLASS WITH TAIKO DRUMMER KENNY ENDO | 6-8:30 p.m. Calling all Central Coast taiko drummers! The legendary Kenny Endo is offering a class on interlocking patterns starting at 7 p.m. Come early for a potluck 6-7 p.m.; bring a dish to share. Space is limited to 30 students. Register to participate or be a part of the audience. Free; donations welcome. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.oxnardperformingarts.com/master-class-w-kenny-endo.html

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/

ONGOING/UPCOMING EVENTS

LOVE-ZOE TENNIS TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER | Through May 21. Enjoy the sport while building a barn with horses and animals at the ZOE Home for Youth where victims of sex trafficking can receive equine therapy. Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles will take place at Pierpont Racquet Club through May 18. The main event takes place on Saturday, May 21 and includes a tennis exhibition, silent auction, “hit it to win it” court, dinner, speakers and an awards ceremony. Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 Sanjon Road, Ventura, love-zoe.com.  

SOUND MEDITATION | Through May 29. Morning and sunset sound meditation sessions will take place weekly in person at the Viewpoint at Meditation Mount. Sunday morning sessions 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Suburbanoid. Friday evening sessions 6-8 p.m. with Trinity of Sound. $25; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events

SELF-GUIDED MEDITATION EXPERIENCES | Through May 31. Meditation Mount’s Sanctuary will be the setting for a self-guided meditation experience every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May. Morning sessions 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; afternoon sessions 6-8 p.m. or 6:15-8:15 p.m. $10; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/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

FREAKY FRIDAY May 6-22. When a teenager magically switches bodies with her mother, both experience a whirlwind of zany mixups and adventure…and the opportunity to see life through someone else’s perspective. Presented by Young Artists Ensemble. $12-19. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747, www.yaeonline.com

PIRATES PAST NOON! May 6-8. OYES presents this family-friendly production based on The Magic Tree House and featuring two children who journey to the 18th-century Caribbean, when pirates ruled the seas. Mother’s Day performance and celebration on Sunday, May 8, starting at 12 noon. $12. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, oyeskids@gmail.com, www.oyespresents.org

This is the last weekend to see America’s Revolution, centered on the characters of the Revolutionary War created as George Stuart Historical Figures® on display through May 8 at the Museum of Ventura County.

OPENING ART

643 PROJECT SPACE May 6-27. Anamnesis is the recollection or remembrance of things from a supposed previous existence. Artist Aaron Dadacay looks to his childhood memories and reconciles them with the present time to create a narrative reconstruction of the past. Opening reception on Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Goddess, a workshop with Maryann Cord in which participants will sculpt their own ancient deity from clay. No experience necessary; includes all materials, kiln firing and a communal vegetarian lunch. $125-$150. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Opening May 10: 71%: Honoring Vital Waters, mixed media works by Shannon Celia and Mary Neville inspired by oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers and other bodies of water. 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. 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.

OJAI ART CENTER May 7-June 29. Inside Outside: Objects of My Attention, outdoor landscapes and scenes by Caroline Allen. Reception on Saturday, May 14, 4-6 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Sunday, May 8, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Second Sunday Art Market, with gifts for mom and other unique finds created by local artists. Through May 31: See works by May guest artist Patty Van Dyke. Artist’s reception on Friday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. Ongoing: Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.

realART Sunday, May 8, 3-5 p.m.: Mother’s Day opening reception with cupcakes and champagne, featuring work by Blair Maratin Cahill, Hunter Hogan, Eric Sanders and more. Ongoing: The art gallery in Whizin Market Square features works by a variety of contemporary artists. Whizin Market Square, 28861 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, buyrealart.com.

VENTURA POTTERY GALLERY May 7-8: The gallery hosts its Second Annual Mother’s Day Open Air Vase Market, featuring handcrafted vases from local potters. 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.

Create your own goddess figure in clay at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts’ Goddess workshop, taught by Maryann Cord and taking place on May 7. Pictured: Goddess figurines by Maryann Cord

AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS

ART IN NATURE RESIDENCY PROGRAM Through June 15. Taft Gardens is currently accepting applications for its 2022-23 Art in Nature Residency. The residency has expanded for next season with a rotating four-week residency in addition to the nine-month residency. Open to artists in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. For rules, submission guidelines, more information and to apply online, visit www.taftgardens.org/residency-application

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

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.

Click: Photo-Based Art continues at Vita Art Center through May 7. Pictured: “Conjoined Twins” by Stephen Berkman

ONGOING THEATER

ALL IN THE TIMING Through 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 Through May 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

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, May 5, 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.  

Get Mom something to put those flowers in during the Mother’s Day Open Air Vase Market happenings May 7-8 at the Ventura Pottery Gallery in Ventura Harbor.

ONGOING ART

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/.

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

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 COUNTYThrough May 8: America’s Revolution, George Stuart Historical Figures® depicting characters from the Revolutionary War. Through May 29: 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.

The work of three artists – Kathy Bodycombe, Michael Corrigan Mishou and Tony Smith – will be celebrated during a reception at the Buenaventura Art Association Gallery on Friday, May 6, 5-8 p.m. Pictured: “Big Sur” by Michael Corrigan Mishou

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 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

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Through Oct. 9: The Secrets of WWII. 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

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

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. Closing reception on Saturday, May 7, 2-5 p.m. 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