“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in Thousand Oaks September 9-24

PANIC! PRODUCTIONS STAGES TONY AWARD-WINNING COMEDY,

 ‘VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE’

Three Siblings. One Hot Mess.

Panic! Productions launches its new season with Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” September 9 through 24, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The play, which was called “deliriously funny…a heedless good time” by the New York Times, is directed by Theresa Secor.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the story of two middle-aged siblings sharing a house in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and bemoan their wasted lives. Old resentments flare up when their movie star sister swoops in with her new boy toy, who likes to shed most of his clothes at every opportunity. Facing her own fading youth and dwindling money, and threatened by the presence of the young woman next door, the imperious actress decides to sell the house from under her brother and sister. Desperate measures are call for, including the services of a quirky cleaning woman who can predict, and possibly alter, the future.

“The play is not based on Chekov, nor is it a parody of Chekhov,” says veteran playwright Durang, who was awarded the 2013 Tony for best play for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” “Chekhov is more of a personal jumping-off point for me. It’s as if I took characters and themes from Chekhov and put them in a blender.”

The cast includes Robert Weibezahl, Tamarah Ashton, and Leah Turner as Vanya, Sonia, and Masha. Tyran Shelton plays Spike and Aly Valles is Nina. LeVanna Atkinson-Williams is the outrageously clairvoyant Cassandra. The show is being produced for Panic! by Robert Weibezahl and Brenda Boehm Miller, with Executive Producer Paul Panico. Lighting design is by Ian Kelly, costumes by Patricia Casto. Ivy Ratafia is production stage manager.  

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” opens Saturday, September 9, at 8 pm and continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm through September 24. Tickets are $20/$18 student and seniors, with group rates available, and can be purchased at panicproductions.org, by calling 805/381-1246, or by visiting the box office. The Hillcrest Center for the Arts is at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era? Exhibit at California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Sept 7 to Dec 9, 2017

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
September 7 to December 9, 2017
Wednesday - Saturdays
12PM - 4PM

Opening Reception: September 7, 2017 at 7PM

Part of Femmes Photo Fest Art Crawl

Photographic examination of identity through the artistry of some of the most compelling female photographers
working in California today.

Jo Ann Callis
Arden Surdam
Gay Ribisi
Andréanne Michon
Sant Khalsa
Sandra Klein

Curated by:
Lynn Farrand
Laura PG Lewis

Femmes Photo Fest Continues at
Four Friends Gallery with images from the Janss Collection

Location: 1948 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks

www.cmato.org

Family Theatre Performances of A Christmas Story, Madagascar and Charlotte's Web in Thousand Oaks 2017-2018

Young Artists Ensemble announces its 37th Annual Family Theatre Season: The Season of Family.  This season audiences are first invited to celebrate the holiday season, then travel to exotic locations (like the Central Park Zoo) to join a group of lovable "wild" animals on their adventures, and finally visit a farm to meet Wilbur and Charlotte, whose unlikely friendship will warm all hearts.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is a Holiday favorite coming to life in this new onstage production. Will Santa bring Ralphie his beloved Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas? Will Dad win a MAJOR AWARD?  Will Flick get his tongue unstuck from a frozen flagpole? Why watch the movie marathon on TV, when you can experience all the musical magic LIVE onstage November 3 – 19, 2017?

Dreamworks' Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.  reminds audiences that you have no choice but to “MOVE IT, MOVE IT” as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and some crafty penguins escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, this Zooful of fun will perform February 2 – 18, 2018.  An additional weekend includes performance by CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE.

Charlotte’s Web is the beloved story of a little girl who is given a piglet, which she names Wilbur, to raise as a pet. As Wilbur grows though, he becomes too costly for the farmers’ daughter to keep and is sold to her uncle. Wilbur has trouble making friends with the other animals on this new farm, until he meets Charlotte, a smart and caring spider, who becomes his savior and his most loyal friend.  CHARLOTTE’S WEB is the third and final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season and is presented May 4 – 20, 2018.

Season tickets are available for all three shows starting at only $30 for adults, children, students and seniors for the Super Discount Friday performances on the second or third Fridays of each production, or tailor your season for $39 adults and $33 children, students and seniors.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance only, not available for season tickets. 

Hillcrest Players Presents "Shadow of a Pout" in Thousand Oaks October 14, 21

SHADOW OF A POUT – When Santa’s temper tantrum results in the cancellation of every single holiday, an overlooked groundhog sheds light on the subject. Note: This is not a Christmas play, this is an everything play!

Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production.   The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline. 

WHEN: Saturdays, October 14 & 21, 2017 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Tickets $12 for all ages. Free parking. More info at 805.381.1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

 

Bugs...Outside the Box Exhibit at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 5/27-9/10, 2017

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History presents a new exhibit, Bugs... Outside the Box. Now is your chance to examine all the intricacies of the insect world....without a microscope! From beetles to butterflies, the exhibition features a literal army of giant bug sculptures with one aim in mind - shining a light on museum collections, taxonomy, and the power of magnification.

More info at www.sbnature.org. Get 50% off admission for 4 people at bit.ly/SBMuseum (affiliate link)

Three Concurrent Solo Exhibits at Buenaventura Gallery August 1 to September 2

“Cook Inlet, Alaska” by Kimberly-Ann Talbert

“Cook Inlet, Alaska” by Kimberly-Ann Talbert

Three Buenaventura Art Association members dedicated to sharing their perceptual insights will present recent artworks Aug. 1-Sept. 2 in concurrent solo exhibitions at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

Mark Hafeman’s “Magic Garden” will be on the main gallery’s red walls, while Fredda Leiter’s “Birds, Beasts, Figures, Sky” and Kimberly-Ann Talbert’s “The World Through My Eyes” will fill the Clophine Dooley Gallery. The artists plan to attend an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5.

Hafeman, an Oxnard painter whose mother and grandmother also were artists, said he will show about two dozen pieces, both watercolors and oils with acrylic underpainting.

“This show is focused on the beauty of nature as seen by my watercolors of flowers, my plein-air landscape scenes of mountains, rivers and ponds,” he said. “I am interested in showing the seemingly ordinary as magical and dynamic.”

Leiter plans to have about 18 watercolors on paper in her show. She lives in Ventura, has been painting about nine years, and enjoys “watercolors’ surprises,” she said. Her subjects include “whatever appeals to my eye and heart: An expression or gesture, the play of light and shadow, colors and shapes of skies and landscapes.”

Talbert is a lifelong artist who lives in Los Angeles and will be showing digital photographs and handmade jewelry, perhaps 30 pieces.

“The photos are of how I view the world around me and those that I find awe-inspiring and interesting and beautiful,” she said, adding that her favorite part of creating art is “being able to share the beauty of the everyday world with others.”

All three featured artists have examples of their works online: Hafeman at markhafemanfinearts.com, Leiter at freddaleiter.art, and Talbert at kimberlyann-talbert.pixels.com.

An exhibition by association members will fill the remainder of the main gallery, along with a hallway display by the last show’s honorable mention winners Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Doug Fossati.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit BAA’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Summer Art Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard "Soluble Power" June 11 to August 20

Contemporary approaches in SoCal Art using the medium of water color are showcased in Soluble Power on display at the Carnegie Art Museum from June 11- August 20, 2017. It features the art of Gary Brewer of Los Angeles, Gail Faulkner of Ventura, Joanne Julian of Oxnard, Mona Neuhaus of Oxnard, Paul Pitsker of Santa Monica and Doug Shoemaker recently of Palm Springs.

Ground pigment suspended in water is one of the oldest mediums known, waning and rising in popularity with changes is technology over the centuries. California artists excelling in both oil painting and watercolor burst out from 1925-1955 with a new a popular approach for watercolor that was quintessentially Californian and was named The California Style. Gone was the pencil detailed English approach, replaced with using large sheets of paper, sweeping free brush strokes, bold color and strong, quick lines. Although currently more paintings in acrylic and oil seem to be commonly displayed, Southern California artists’ experimentation with watercolor to push it to depict contemporary visions continues unarrested.

Gary Brewer captures the rich universe of complex life forms, sharing how they engage and excite the mind. A self-taught artist, his fascination with the natural world began in the Mojave Desert where he was raised and has gone on to have works in a variety of mediums exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Gail Faulkner’s works amazingly convey the richness of old master oil paintings but with the reflections and fresh hues of watercolor. Following a career in the medical field, Faulkner attended the Philadelphia College of Art and the Sanski Art Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Among her numerous awards are first place in the 2008 California Gold Coast Watercolor Society.

Decades of drawing, painting and printmaking have provided Joanne Julian a foundation for watercolor works. Presently her methodology for watercolor does not differ from her approaches to other media. Mandatory are paying attention and being in the moment. Also pacing, timing, control or lack of it, and with watercolor, liquidity and the weather play a role in the artist’s outcome.

A traditional landscape painter at heart, Mona Neuhaus paints primarily in the media of soft pastel and in watercolor. The often rugged and wide open scenes of America’s, and especially California’s, country side provide her limitless inspiration. Neuhaus’ works are in the Museum of Ventura County’s “Bank of A. Levy Corporate Collection” and the Collection of Jackson Wheeler (often a lender to the Carnegie Art Museum) as well as in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan.

Because the watercolor medium is transparent and its materials vulnerable when being applied, Paul Pitsker has been inspired to use it for transparent, fragile and vulnerable subjects. A key goal for Pitsker is to make paintings that do not look like traditional watercolors by incorporating uncustomary effects like an intense velvety black for backgrounds. Growing up the artist’s family lived in a wildlife sanctuary in New England. At the nearby sanctuary visitor center, Pitsker was allowed to draw by the hour and to photograph the small museum’s mounted bird specimens, laying the rudimentary ground work of his process today. Despite his early art interest, he majored in mathematics at Pomona College in Claremont. Pursuing art seriously after graduation, Pitsker took courses in drawing, watercolor painting, and completed an independent mentor program at Santa Monica College.

Realist painter, Doug Shoemaker, works in his chosen medium of watercolor to explore the richness and complexity of everyday, ordinary objects in our urban and natural
environment. Elements of the built and natural environment, often abandoned or decaying in sunlight and shadow inspire the artist to create meaningful images where the ordinary becomes memorable. Trained as an architect at Lawrence Technological University, Shoemaker advanced his interests in painting and drawing en plein air at the Cranbrook Academy and in intaglio printmaking at the Fort Mason Art Center in San Francisco. In 2015 he was selected as a Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence affording the opportunity to alter his focus from the urban to the rural environment. His work was a part of the Artists Council Exhibition at the Palm Springs Museum of Art in 2013 and 2014. This summer Shoemaker’s recent paintings will be exhibited at Skidmore Contemporary Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10, 4 -6 pm$10 / members free

Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard
805.385.8254 www.carnegieam.org

Cal Lutheran Hosts Shakespeare Art Show June 1st through September 28th

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William Shakespeare-inspired art will be exhibited this summer at California Lutheran University while the annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival takes place on the Thousand Oaks campus.

“Shakespeare: A Celebration” will be on display from Thursday, June 1, though Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture.

Bankside Gallery in London displayed the first version of this exhibit in 2016 in collaboration with the Globe Theatre to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

At the Kwan Fong, a range of paintings and prints by artists from the British Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers will relate to Shakespeare’s life and plays including “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Twelfth Night”, “The Tempest,” “Winter’s Tale” and “Antony and Cleopatra.”

The featured artists include Corinna Button, who incorporates printmaking techniques into her paintings and ceramic sculptures, which can be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Ashmolean Museum in England and the Jiangsu Art Gallery in China; David Brayne, whose textured paintings of abstracted figures are about open spaces and expanses; and Veta Gorner, a Russian-born printmaker who works from studios in England and Sweden.

The exhibit also features works by Hilary Adair, Jim Anderson, Margaret Ashman, Mychael Barratt, Jo Barry, Richard Bawden, June Berry, Dennis Roxby Bott, Liz Butler, John Crossley, Hilary Daltry, Anne Desmet, John Duffin, David Firmstone, Roger Harris, Julie Held, Frank Kiely, Anita Klein, Linda Landers, Sasa Marinkov, Anne Marlow, Mike Middleton, Julia Midgley, Bridget Moore, Sumi Perera, Simon Pierse, Richard Pikesley, Geoffrey Pimlott, Neil Pittaway, Trevor Price, Peter Quinn, Mark Raggett, Denis Ryan, Peter S. Smith, Richard Sorrell, Sandy Sykes, Bren Unwin, Roy Willingham, Judy Willoughby and Joseph Winkelman.

All of the works will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the gallery.

This year, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will run from June 30 through Aug. 6 and feature “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Julius Caesar.”

The exhibit is free. The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

"The Secret Paintings" Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County June 2 to August 6

The Museum of Ventura County launches the summer season with an opening reception for The Secret Paintings, unveiling the works of local artist Michael Pearce, 6-8 p.m., June 2, at the Museum, 100 Main Street, Ventura. Following the opening ceremony, patrons can view the collected works and have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artist in person. Admission to the Museum and reception is free for Free First Friday.

For this exhibit, Pearce has selected 35 works of art, for which he took inspiration from Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite masters. With The Secret Paintings, Pearce seeks to emulate their ambitiousness and scale, which is reflected in the centerpiece of the exhibition: a monumental four-part work of oil on canvas themed for the summer solstice.

The Secret Paintings will be on display at the Museum through August 6. The museum hosts Free First Sundays as well as Appreciation Weekends with free admission for featured groups. Visit venturamuseum.org for a full schedule of free admission days.

Youth Musical Theatre Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" in Thousand Oaks May 25-28

Youth Musical Theatre is pleased to bring The Drowsy Chaperone, the five-time Tony Award winning parody of 1920s musical comedy, to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theater, May 25 - 28, 2017.  

With awards including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a rollicking send-up of the Jazz Age, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. The hilarious musical farce focuses on a die-hard yet anti-social musical theater fan who plays his favorite cast album – the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone – and then provides acerbic commentary as the musical comes to life right in front of him.

The show is directed by Raymond Saar, well-known in the West Valley for directing musicals which mix Broadway-quality production value with high-caliber student performances. Mr. Saar serves as the Artistic Director of Youth Musical Theatre, a non-profit performing arts group which consists of some of the most talented young performers in Southern California.

Performances are set for 7:30 pm May 25 - 28, with additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $19 – 29 and can be purchased at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office (civicartsplaza.com) or Ticketmaster (800-653-8000).

DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE ON LIMITED BASIS AT bit.ly/DrowsyChaperoneTO (affiliate link)

ABOUT YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE

Youth Musical Theatre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a theater company whose mission is for our actors to work together to develop self-confidence and self-esteem while working towards a complex and concrete goal: an outstanding theatrical production. To learn more, visit www.youthmusicaltheatre.com or call (818) 884-9909.

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents "Peter Pan" in Thousand Oaks July 14-27

Cabrillo Music Theatre, the resident, professional theater production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, has cast Thousand Oaks native Carly Bracco as lead in Peter Pan. Beginning July 14, Cabrillo Music Theatre will conclude its 2016/17 season with ten performances of the musical based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, with its final performance on July 27. Slated for only a two-week run, Cabrillo Music Theatre has added an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, July 19, due to early ticket sales.

Bracco, who graduated from Thousand Oaks High School, and then UCLA’s Musical Theater program in 2010, has performed in the roles of Tootles, Jane and Wendy in the Peter Pan National Tour, having the opportunity to perform alongside Cathy Rigby. Bracco currently stars as Elsa in Disneyland’s live musical production of Frozen at the Anaheim-based theme park.

Peter Pan will feature the score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. In this Tony Award-winning musical, Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and — with a sprinkle of pixie dust — begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land," the musical intends to capture the full magic, warmth and adventure of the popular Disney film and musical of the same name.

Following Peter Pan, Cabrillo Music Theatre will begin its 2017/18 season, which features Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and a Disney classic whose title can’t be announced until July 1. To buy tickets for Peter Pan or to learn more about Cabrillo Music Theatre and how to become a season ticket holder, visit www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

ABOUT CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE

Cabrillo Music Theatre is the Ovation Award-winning resident professional theatre production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and a nonprofit theatre organization. For more than three decades, Cabrillo has been enriching the cultural life of Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the surrounding areas by providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theater. It is Cabrillo Music Theatre’s mission to provide the highest-quality theater experience, foster educational opportunities, and promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California. For more information, visit www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

Three Concurrent Art Exhibits at Buenaventura Gallery in Ventura May 23-June 24, 2017

Monterey Coast, north view.

Monterey Coast, north view.

Works by Ojai painter Kathy Bodycombe and Ventura printmaker and photographer Christina Altfeld will be featured May 23-June 24 at the Buenaventura Gallery.

Their shows will share wall space in the Clophine Dooley Gallery as the rest of the downtown Ventura gallery is devoted to Buenaventura Art Association’s fifth annual Collage Open Competition. A reception for all three exhibitions will be 5-7 p.m. May 27, at which awards for the collage show will be announced.

Bodycombe’s “Duets” show will have oil-on-canvas landscapes from places she has lived or visited on both U.S. coasts and in Europe, ranging in size from 6 inches square to 24 by 36 inches. She has been painting for 15 years.

“I have pairs of two paintings that are similar in size, subject and style that complement each other,” she said. “The pairs share a location for the subject, share the same size format and style, but differ in composition.”

Altfeld, a lifelong photographer who’s also been exploring multiple forms of printmaking for 10 years, chose “Ocean Atmosphere” as her title. She uses polymer metal intaglio plates and paper lithography to create pieces hand-printed on an etching press and further hand-paints many of them. She also will present some cyanotype original prints and plans to have about 20 pieces, from 8 inches square to 14 by 24 inches.

“Living near the ocean’s edge, I spend time walking on the beach both in the morning and often at sunset time. I have been watching the sea kelp being washed up on the shore knowing I wanted to use it somehow in my work,” Altfeld said. “This show presented the perfect opportunity to create a new series inspired by my walks by the sea.”

The Collage Open Competition will have two- and three-dimensional original glued collage, mixed-media collage or assemblage artworks, of which at least half must be glued collage.

Judging the entries will be Kathy Leader, who grew up and received her art and art education degrees in South Africa and now teaches privately and in workshops in her West Los Angeles studio. First-, second- and third-place awards will be $300, $200 and $100, and winners of those and honorable mentions will also get one-year memberships to BAA.  

The Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more about the nonprofit Buenaventura Art Association and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Live Standup on the Hill Monthly Comedy Show at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks

The Hillcrest Center for the Arts hosts a monthly show: Live Standup Comedy on the Hill.  The Center has teamed up with local comedian Jason Love to produce a top-tier show with a new lineup of professional comics each month.  This new experience in comedy entertainment brings some of Hollywood’s funniest headliners to Thousand Oaks.  Upcoming show dates are May 13, June 3 and July 8, 2017.  All shows are at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30.  The hour and a half show is for eighteen years and up only, and beer and wine may be purchased with valid ID.  Summer settings are often outside, under the stars.   

Producer and host Jason Love has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, America's Got Talent, and over 20 national broadcasts.   He has performed overseas for the troops and on the seas for cruise lines, and was a finalist at the Cabo Comedy Festival.  Jason’s non-profit, Love & Laughter, brings free shows to cancer support communities and others in need.

Standup Comedy on the Hill tickets are only $12 presale for general admission and $15 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (805) 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

Upcoming shows:

Saturday, May 13, 2017:  The show includes Don Friesen, winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, who has a one-hour Netflix special, and Tony Baker a regular at the Hollywood Laugh Factory who has performed on Last Comic Standing and at Gabriel Iglesias' Standup Revolution on Comedy Central. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017:  Lineup includes Tom Clark, who has been seen on Conan, Late Late Show, and Just for Laughs in Montreal, and Karen Rontowski, who has been seen on Letterman, Comics Unleashed and Live at Gotham.

Saturday, July 8, 2017: Show features Dwayne Perkins, a regular correspondent on the Jay Leno Show and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 5 comics to watch, and Andy Hendrickson who regularly performs overseas for our troops, as well as on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and the Late Late Show.  

Footworks Youth Ballet Presents "Swan Lake" in Oxnard on June 3-4

FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents for the first time Tchaikovsky’s famous classical ballet Swan Lake in two full-length performances at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. A free family educational lecture and story time will begin one hour prior to the performance time.

Come join Footworks Youth Ballet for its full-length performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The tragic love story is about Odette, a princess who has been cursed by an evil sorcerer. During the day she must swim as a swan in a lake of tears, but at night she becomes the beautiful princess in human form. The spell can only be broken by a prince who swears his eternal love for her.

Come see the story unfold with Princess Odette, Prince Siegfried, the evil Rothbart and his daughter Odile. It is sure to dazzle audiences with its fresh choreography, colorful costumes and professional sets. In keeping with the mission of Footworks, principal roles are often danced by student dancers, giving young artists opportunities not found elsewhere. Matinees are offered on both regular performance days (June 3rd and 4th at 2 p.m.).

Where: Oxnard Performing Arts Center – 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA

General Public MATINEES: Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00 P.M. and Sunday, June 4th, 2:00 P.M.

Outreach Performance for Students: Friday, June 2nd 10:00 A.M. Act I (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket - contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org)

Tickets: $14, $18, $22

Ticket Hotline: (805) 486-2424

Online Ticket Orders: www.footworksyouthballet.org

Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet.

“Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality” Exhibit at William Rolland Gallery at CLU 4/22 to 5/13

A small interactive exhibit created by California Lutheran University students to educate people on the state of the world’s oceans will be on display April 22 through May 13.

“Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality” will be exhibited in the alcove of the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

In just a few short centuries, human achievement and industrial advancement have brought our world into an unprecedented technological landscape. But what have these accomplishments cost the largest ecosystem on our planet? This exhibition provides a snapshot of the current state of some of the world’s oceans.

Complete with model fish and an interactive station, the exhibit is perfect for families and is educational for all age groups.

Students in the university’s Arts Management and Museology class curated the exhibit. They are Danielle Nguyen from Chatsworth, Hannah Long from Albany, Dillon Lutza from Valencia and Michaela Bunker from Sacramento.

Entrance to the gallery is free.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact curator Rachel Schmid at rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

“Forward: CLUFest 2017" Exhibit at Kwan Fong Gallery at Cal Lutheran 4/21 to 5/14

Robots, virtual reality and interactive projections will be part of CLUFest 2017, a California Lutheran University exhibit highlighting multimedia students’ work with cutting-edge technology.

“Forward: CLUFest 2017” will run from April 21 through May 14 in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

The 13 graduating seniors in the multimedia capstone class planned and curated “Forward” to explore technological growth through unconventional uses of design and storytelling. It highlights the work of students of all class levels majoring and minoring in multimedia by showing their capabilities as emerging innovators in design, gaming, cinema, visual effects and interactive media.

Unique features of this year’s exhibit will include a demonstration of robots designed by computer science students, an interactive projection on the floor that responds to motion, and a student-designed virtual reality space. An upside-down-room photo booth created by the capstone students gives the illusion of standing on the ceiling. Other features include videos and projected artworks.

For a series titled “Rewind,” each of the capstone students re-created one of their earlier works to show how their skills have developed in a range of specialties during their years at Cal Lutheran.

The capstone students are Audrey Askegard of Simi Valley, Matthew Bianchi of Granada Hills, Jordan Bowlby of Alpharetta, Georgia, Tyler Chinappi of Oak Park, Tyler Graper of Simi Valley, Will Houser of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Joey Luau of East Los Angeles, Allyssa Moscotte of Granada Hills, Alexandria Pico of Saugus, Nikki Snook of Simi Valley, Jacob Steagall of Thousand Oaks, Morgan Terhar of Bothell, Washington, and Kevin Zucker of Thousand Oaks.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Cal Lutheran’s Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibition. For more information, contact Tim Hengst at 805-493-3241 or thengst@callutheran.edu.

Disco-Style Adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at Cal Lutheran April 20 through 30

‘Hamlet’ takes a disco turn in production   

Cal Lutheran professor wrote musical adaptation

The California Lutheran University Theatre Arts Department will present an original disco-style adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in April.

The Mainstage Production of “Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. A 2 p.m. matinee will be presented on April 30. All performances are in the Black Box Studio Theatre on the Thousand Oaks campus. The run time is one hour and 10 minutes.

Written and directed by theater arts professor Ken Gardner of Thousand Oaks, the play is set in Club Elsinore, the hottest disco in the Big Apple, in 1978. It contains original songs as well as parodies of classic disco songs.

Originally performed at Cal Lutheran in 2004, the play has since undergone rewrites, including the revision of three songs and addition of one new tune. Singer Michael Falcone, a Cal Lutheran alumnus from Newbury Park who played the original Hamlet, returns to play the role of his dead father, King of the Disco Floor.

In the play, the King of the Disco Floor roams the club at night as a ghost and appears on the club video screen. Sad collegian Hamlet leaves Denmark University for New York City to get to the bottom of the death of his father. The opening video montage of Hamlet hitchhiking to the Big Apple will include cameo appearances, including one by Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball.

Jordan Erickson, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks, will play Hamlet. Other cast members are Carrie Bower, a biochemistry major from Brea; theater arts major Chris Clyne and theater arts/political science major Peter Johnson of Camarillo; Bridget DeMaria, a theater arts/communication major from Los Alamitos; theater arts major Janelle Detina of Chicago; theater arts majors Will Haddock and Gaby Reublin of Thousand Oaks; and biology major Ruth Smitherman of Roy, Washington.

Alumnus Seth Kamenow, who designs sets for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in his hometown, transformed the entire Black Box Theatre into a disco. Liz Murphy, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks, devised the lighting and Christopher Baldwin Reynolds, a theater arts major from Moreno Valley, designed the video and sound. Faculty member Noelle Raffy created the costumes, complete with bell bottoms and other disco regalia, and faculty member Josh Clabaugh is the technical director. Ron DiBuccio, a member of the band 3 Strange Daze, helped with musical composition. Glenn Jordan, an Emmy Award-winning composer and former member of Sha Na Na, created and recorded the musical accompaniment.

The theater is located at 141 Memorial Parkway. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at CalLutheran.edu/theatre-arts. They may also be available at the door. For more information, call 805-493-3452.

Upcoming Shows at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL

April 15 – May 21, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No Performance April 22

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. Big Fish centers on the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life. When Will learns that he and his wife will soon have a son of their own, he embarks on a journey to find out his father's "true" life story and discovers what being a father truly means. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself-spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Tickets for BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $18 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

April 22 at 2 pm and April 23 at 7 pm, 2017

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Produced by Lit Live.  As Jews in German-occupied Holland, the Franks are fighting for their lives. When young Anne's sister, Margot, is called to appear before the authorities, the Franks must go into hiding. Produced by Lit Live and directed by Seth Kamenow, this well-known story - told through the beautifully innocent eyes of Anne - is educational, timely and heartbreaking. Tickets are $22 Adults, $15 Seniors 60 & Above and Military, and $10 for Students and Educators. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 3 – July 9, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors 60+, and $18 Children 12 & Under. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

"Painting the Sky" - The Kites of Tyrus Wong at Malibu City Hall April 2 - July 28, 2017

The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission’s next public art installation “Painting the Sky: The Kites of Tyrus Wong,” opens Sunday, April 2 in Malibu City Hall.

Wong, who passed away on December 30, 2016 at the age of 106, was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century. He was a Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, greeting-card illustrator and, in later years, maker of unique elegant kites.

The exhibit will be on display from April 2 to July 28, 2017 in the City Hall Atrium. The opening reception on Sunday, April 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, will feature a screening of a documentary about the artist and an exhibit of photographs of his kites.

The documentary, “Tyrus,” written and directed by Pamela Tom, is an in-depth portrait of the life and enduring impact of Wong, taking viewers on a journey from his birthplace in Guangzhou, China in 1910, to the boarding houses of L.A.’s old Chinatown and the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film will be screened at 3:00 PM and has a 73-minute running time.

Photographs from Sara Jane Boyers’ collection “Go Fly a Kite: Saturdays at the Beach with Tyrus Wong” will be on display in City Hall during the exhibition.

Wong’s career took off while working at Disney where, as a landscape painter, his talent was put to work creating the look and style for Disney’s classic animated feature “Bambi.” He then moved to Warner Bros. Studios where he worked for over 30 years as a pre-production illustrator on dozens of live-action films including “The Sands of Iwo Jima,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The Wild Bunch.”

After retiring, Wong re-discovered his childhood love of flying kites. He designed and hand made hundreds of kites using bamboo, rattan, nylon and string. He would fill the sky at the beach in Santa Monica with his whimsical creations: flocks of butterflies, owls, cranes, and swallows, schools of fish, a panda, and on windy days, a 100-foot- long centipede.

For more information visit MalibuArtsandCulture.org/Kites or call (310) 456-2489 ext. 337.

"A Woman's Place: The March on Washington" Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County 3/11-4/9

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

The Museum of Ventura County mounts an exhibit that pays tribute to Ventura County participants in January’s Women’s March on Washington called “A Woman’s Place: the March on Washington.”  Comprising signs, posters, ephemera and multi-media presentations, the exhibition commemorates the efforts of women in Ventura County who took to the streets across the country to affirm their place in society.

“A Woman’s Place” is a pop-up exhibit that will be installed at the museum’s Main Street location from Saturday, March 11 – Saturday, March 25 (NOTE: EXTENDED TO APRIL 9). A pop-up exhibition--as the name suggests--is a temporary art event, short in duration and brought about by a significant public incident or occurrence.

According to curator Anna Bermudez, “It was immediately apparent to me that the women’s march was history in the making. In my role at the museum, I felt that my participation could take the form of an exhibit that pays tribute to the women who marched, and to all women.  My call for items was answered quickly and decisively.”

The exhibit comprises items from participants in the march, who demonstrated in Ventura, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The items are highly personal—hats, t-shirts, bus tickets, photos and signs—each fortifying a strong and lasting message. First-hand accounts from participants will be filmed and screened in the exhibit, providing an oral history element that will become a part of the museum’s library holdings.

Executive Director Elena Brokaw said, “This is what we’re all about; telling the collective stories of our lives and times. Museums, and especially our museum, are a site where ideas converge. We are not always looking to the past; we reflect the times as they are happening.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, will feature women who participated in the event across the country, representing multiple generations. Admission is $10 per person; $5 per member. There will be live music and refreshments. 

Location: 100 E. Main Street, Ventura