"Patterns of Nature" Art Exhibit at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center 11/2 to 12/28

Bold Colors and Patterns Dominate at Upcoming Santa Monica Mountains Art Exhibit

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When artist Lesley Goren moved to Topanga, she picked up a new hobby: trail running. The sport was so addicting that she altogether stopped making art, which was usually focused on architecture. After hundreds of miles of running in the Santa Monica Mountains, however, she eventually found her next subject, and it was in front of her the whole time: wildflowers, sages, and chaparral. That native plant-focused work, a mixed media bouquet of bold gouache colors and digital processing, will be on display and for sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center from November 2 through December 28 in an exhibit called Patterns of Nature.

“While running the trails, I had an epiphany that everything I need is in the mountains,” explained Goren, who then started a project called 100 Days of Native Plants on her Instagram account. “It helped me figure everything out: artistically, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I also feel we need to do our part to speak for the land.”

The public can meet Goren at an artist’s reception on Saturday, December 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A portion of the funds from sales of her original work and prints will be donated to continue arts in the park.

The visitor center is located at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. For more information, call 805-370-2302.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

"Dark Heart of Poe" in Agoura Hills October 26-28

Acclaimed ‘Dark Heart of Poe’ Returns for Halloween Weekend


Lit Live revives its hit production, “Dark Heart of Poe,” for special Halloween weekend performances October 26 to 28 at Playhouse 101 in Agoura Hills. Written by A.D. Hasselbring, from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the play explores the two sides of the great American writer—the tortured artist and his macabre muse. This revival will be newly directed by Morgan Keough and will bring new twists, turns, and vision to the award-winning work.

Austin Robert Miller and Travis Winterstein return in their acclaimed dual portrayal of Poe, which earned the Ventura County Reporter’s Best Theatre Production Award in 2015. Miller received a Vee Cee Award from VC On Stage and a Broadway World Award nomination for his performance. Kristine Mikita is executive producer of this new production.

Performances are Thursday, October 26 at 8 pm, Friday, October 27 at midnight, and Saturday, October 28 at 2 pm and 8 pm. The Friday midnight gala includes appetizers and drinks, as well as an Art Fest, beginning at 10:30 pm, featuring gothic paintings, drawing, music and poetry by local artists.

Tickets for Thursday and Saturday are $20 general admission, and $17 for students, teachers, seniors, and military. All tickets for the Friday gala are $25. Advance tickets are available at darkheart.brownpapertickets.com or call 805.208.8686. Playhouse 101 is located at 28720 Canwood Street, Agoura Hills. Discounted tickets at bit.ly/DarkHeartPoe (affiliate)

18th Annual Ojai Film Festival to Take Place November 2-12, 2017


The 18th Ojai Film Festival has selected the submissions for this year’s event. Each year the submissions grow creating an outstanding variety of features, documentaries and animated films for Festival attendees. The number of entries totaled 420 films from over 43 countries. The screenings and other Festival activities are held between the Ojai Art Center and Chaparral Auditorium. Kickoff night is November 2 with a free film at the Libbey Bowl and film screenings continue through November 12.
The 10-day Ojai Film Festival has a reputation for showcasing the best new films from emerging and established filmmakers, and has helped launch a number of careers over the last decade. Since 2000, fifteen alumni have received Academy Award nominations, two have won an Oscar, and numerous others have gone on to gain distribution and win prestigious awards.

Along with screenings, the Festival hosts workshops and special events. and host regional filmmakers with a special day of screenings. Two lifetime achievement awards are being given out his year, one to famed cinematographer Johnny E Jensen and another to film and TV actor, Ed Asner.

The Ojai Film Festival gives filmmakers access to a highly appreciative audience of savvy and informed film fans. Ojai's growing importance on the festival circuit is reflected in the fact that legendary Hollywood producer Peter Guber told the audience at a recent Toronto International Film Festival that "Ojai is the next Telluride."

Tickets are on sale now. People can purchase a VIP pass to all films, a ticket 6-pack or 4-pack, or individual tickets on the website. Trailers from the entries under consideration can be viewed on the Festival’s website: www.OjaiFilmFestival.com

Conejo Players Children's Theatre Presents "Pinocchio Jr. October 14-22

Join a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop in this Conejo Players Children's Theatre production that's perfect for the whole family 

When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. He struggles to make his son "the perfect boy," only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It's only when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father -- and loving his child unconditionally.

Tickets on sale now! Only $10 Each!

Reserve your seats today by calling the CPT Box Office at 805.495.3715,  or by visiting conejoplayers.org 

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd.Thousand Oaks.

PERFORMANCES: October 14 – 22, 2017, 2:00pm & 5:00pm / Oct 20, at 7:00pm 

Three New Art Exhibits at CSU Channel Islands through October 25th

CSUCI art shows include hybrid humans, an evolving Ventura Avenue and cultural fusion on display

Three new exhibits celebrating undergraduate and recently-graduated Art students are on display in Napa Hall at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) from now through Oct. 25.

The reception for “Fusion,” “Creatures Unveiled” and “Mi casa es su casa,” a room-sized work by graphic artist Hugo Castillo will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Napa Gallery. The public is invited.

True to its title, “Fusion” is a collection of student work from Art Lecturer Aurora Valentine’s class, called “Understanding Art Processes.”

“Fusion” will be on display in the CI Palm Temporary gallery.

Works in the show were created by students investigating different cultural art forms. Included are personal art expressions created in the Mexican woodcut tradition or relief block prints; re-imagined record albums; Aboriginal-inspired dot paintings and drawings inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Graphic artist and 2017 Studio Art graduate Hugo Castillo created an abstract piece for Grad Wall 1 comprised of numerous 8 ½ by 11 pieces of paper that he tiled together.

“It’s an energetic, dynamic abstract that stretches from one side of the room to the other,” Castillo said. “The concept behind the installation is to capture the essence of my community as well as its history with an intertwined composition made of textures, typography and pictorial elements.”

Castillo’s muse is Ventura Avenue, where he grew up. In his work, he is reflecting the shifts he has seen along the stretch of street called “The Avenue,” a diverse, historic and constantly evolving part of the west side of Ventura.

“I’m documenting my community and these places that are personal to me,” he said. “These places are changing. The faces are changing. People are starting to invest in the area.”

On Grad Wall 2 is “Creatures Unveiled,” a series of surrealist oil paintings by 2017 Studio Art graduate Emily Pinneri. The pieces part of a broader collection titled “Human Nature” in which Pinneri depicts female figures with animal heads.

“The tone for each painting is inspired by the unique personalities of my friends,” she said. “The animals I choose embody the personality of each individual,” she said.

The shows run alongside “The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture (1995-2000) Revisited,” Napa Gallery show that began in September and runs through Nov. 17.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CSUCI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

The University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Disability Accommodations and Support Services at accommodations@csuci.edu or call 805-437-3331 as soon as possible, but no later than seven (7) business days prior to the event.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Shadow of a Pout" in Thousand Oaks October 14, 21

Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents SHADOW OF A POUT,  the latest work by published playwright Victoria Sayeg, who will also direct the new play with performers age 7-14.  Performances are Saturdays, October 14 and 21, 2017 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

About the new play: 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!  

Victoria Sayeg has written and directed several productions for Young Artists Ensemble, after studying theatre at South Coast Repertory and Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory.  She has had three plays published by Dramatic Publishing, a publishing house for plays and musicals since 1885.           

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. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Reserved seats are $13 for adults, children, students and seniors.  

Ventura Comedy Festival October 9-15, 2017

The 2017 Ventura Comedy Festival presented by the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club will feature 18 shows, over 200 comedians and a comedy competition with over 100 comics.

Featured comedians include Bobby Collins on October 10th and Gilbert Gottfried on the 11th. 

Tickets are available for individual shows but you can also buy a VIP All Access Pass for $99.99.

Learn more at venturacomedyfestival.com.

Upcoming Productions at Simi Valley Cultural Center in October through December


Presented by Studio C Performing Arts

Oct 27 – November 5, 2017

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

Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 pm

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

Presented by Studio C Performing Arts. Take the timeless songs of Elvis Presley, combine them with the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, add some hip-swiveling swagger and get 'em All Shook Up. The result is this hit Broadway show about a '50s-era guitar-playing roustabout who rides into a small town and changes everything -- especially the life of a young girl with big dreams and a bigger crush. With a book by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), this musical comedy rocks and rolls with such beloved hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," and some 20 more all-time favorite Elvis tunes. So put on your Blue Suede Shoes and get on over to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center as Studio C Performing Arts presents ALL SHOOK UP from October 27th through November 5th. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.



Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

November 18 – December 23, 2017

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

Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm    Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 & 8:00 pm

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

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every holiday season, A Christmas Story: The Musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts-an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. You'll enjoy all the iconic scenes from the movie: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the notorious leg lamp award; the bunny suit; and much more . The delightfully versatile score by Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight, Edges) ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "Sticky Situation," and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" Whether you have enjoyed the timeless movie or are experiencing the story a new, A Christmas Story: The Musical is a great way to brighten your family's holiday season! Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.


Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC with his annual BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert featuring holiday favorites as well as all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this holiday tradition at the Center! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early or it truly will be a Blue Christmas for you! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" at Moorpark College October 12 through October 22


The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to announce a special presentation of the classic Tennessee Williams drama “A Streetcar Named Desire” to be performed on the Moorpark College campus from October 12th through October 22nd on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center. 

This iconic and riveting tale of raw emotion, rife with conflict and loss, will transform the stage at Moorpark College into the French Quarter of New Orleans complete with live jazz music and sexually charged haze.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon Blanche by her sister, Stella, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans and only intensifies when Stella’s earthy and extremely "normal" young husband, Stanley, leads her to a revelation of tragic self-delusion and madness.

“’Streetcar’ is an amazing example of American drama at its greatest,” said John Loprieno, Theatre Arts Department Chair and Director, “there is a reason why colleges and universities continue to produce Tennessee Williams on a regular basis.  The level of complexity and deep psychological characterization required to pull this play off successfully is a dream assignment for actors; students and professionals alike.  If you love the stage, you can’t miss this dynamic and energetic presentation of a play that helped to define great American theatre. 

“A Streetcar Named Desire” will run October 12th through October 22nd with evening performance from Thursday to Saturday @ 8:00pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00pm on the main stage theatre at Moorpark College.  American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances Sunday, October 15th @ 2:00pm and Friday, October 20th @ 8:00pm. Tickets may be purchased through the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Box Office at (805) 378-1485 or online at www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac.  Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark.

"Our Town" Performances at Oak Park High School in October 2017


Oak Park High School Performing Arts Alliance to present "Our Town" on Thursday, October 12th at 7pm, Friday, October 13th at 7pm, Saturday, October 14th at 2pm & 7pm

Tickets are available for $10 online at www.oppaatix.com or at the door.

 Our Town is one of America’s most beloved plays. Written in 1938 by American playwright Thornton Wilder, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,”, the story is of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913, where everyone knows everyone’s business and the milkman still delivers milk.   It begins with the Stage Manager in the form of a modern day “Greek Chorus” as he introduces the people and places of Grover’s Corners.  The play is centered on the neighborhood of the Gibbs family and the Webb family.  Each household has two children, and much of the play is centered on their relationship. 

Play direction by Mr. Allan Hunt. Producer & crew supervisor is Mr. Russ Peters with Assistant Direction provided by Oak Park, junior Navya Hari.   The production is presented and produced by the Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance.  An amazing student body cast features Jeremy Orriss as the Stage Manager, Evan Schneider & Meghan Cleary as Dr. & Mrs. Gibbs, Vincent Shnaider & Cheyanne Taylor as Mr. & Mrs. Webb.  George Gibbs is played by Jesse Sweeterman on Thursday/Saturday and Jacob Melton on Friday/Saturday matinee, and Emily Webb is played by Madeline Singley on Thursday/Saturday and Nolyn Ducich on Friday/Saturday matinee. The production also includes a special guest adult cast member, the noted Shakespearean actor David Himes, in the role of Simon Stimson. Set construction and tech provided by the talented OPHS stage crew under the leadership of Oak Park senior, Dylan Pfening.  Costume designed by a team of students under the leadership of Oak Park Senior, Cheyanne Taylor.  "Our Town" is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, INC.

Future productions will include Beauty and the Beast in the spring and a student produced Spotlight Production at the end of the school year.

Oak Park High School is a National Blue Ribbon School located in the Ventura Community of Oak Park.  The 2013 Production of Les Miserables was the recipient of the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Award for excellence in Music Direction.

"Nature's Splendor" Art Show and Sale at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center in October

Pastel Paintings Capture Nature’s Splendor in the Santa Monica Mountains

Capturing the splendor of the Santa Monica Mountains and seashore is the goal of Linda Melber and Virginia Kamhi, two local artists and friends. They seek to forever preserve the beauty through their representational pastel paintings, which will be on display in an art show and sale called Nature’s Splendor at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center from October 1 through October 29.


A meet-and-greet with the artists will also be held on Saturday, October 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

A portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to continue arts in the park.

The visitor center, which is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is located at 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. For more information, contact Sophia Wong at sophia.wong@wnpa.org or 805-370-2302.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

Theatrical Equestrian Adventure "Odysseo" in Camarillo November 11 through 26


After stunning one million California spectators in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Orange County with its original show Cavalia and its second theatrical adventure Odysseo, the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia Inc. is thrilled to announce the first visit of Odysseo to Ventura County. The world’s largest touring production will be presented under its signature White Big Top in Camarillo, US 101 at Santa Rosa Rd (Exit 52). Performances will start Saturday, November 11, and Odysseo will call Ventura County home through Thanksgiving with matinee and evening shows scheduled until November 26. Tickets for Odysseo in Ventura County are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

The $30 million equestrian and acrobatic extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic, yet soulful theatrical experience. A show unlike any other on the planet, this awe-inspiring production features 65 magnificent horses and 50 talented riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians. Odysseo is the masterpiece of Normand Latourelle, creator of Cavalia Inc. and renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space.

Odysseo is a heart racing live performance, filled with mesmerizing visuals and live music. Through the magic of digital projection, audiences of all ages will be transported on an epic journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders including the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, the African savannah to Nordic glaciers, and from the Sahara Desert to Easter Island.

Odysseo’s mind boggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens; a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives; décor both intricate and grandiose that seems to pull the audience onto the gigantic stage, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. In sum, the show creates places no one has ever seen before – places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man.

Odysseo’s horses play in complicity and with freedom, in a respectful relationship with their human counterparts, creating a moving artistic and emotive partnership. A liberty number, in which purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and a fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, are amongst the breathtaking scenes that will leave every spectator captivated and touched.

Showcasing their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present a mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the spellbound audience, while the live musicians and a vocalist perform in the most enthralling way to immerse spectators in a beautiful, multi-sensory experience. Whether it is the dexterity of the African acrobats, the enchanting sound of the Kora, or the majestic life-size merry-go-round, the cast and set of Odysseo are inspired and inspiring, delivering crowd-pleasing wonders and stunts.

Wowing critics and audiences alike across North America since its Montreal premiere in 2011, Odysseo will conclude its engagement in Nashville, TN, before moving its signature White Big Top for the first time to Ventura County in November.   

TICKETS – BUY NOW AND ENJOY “PRESALE” PRICES – FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, up to 15% discount is applied automatically for online and phone transactions for ticket purchases. The presale ticket prices range from $29.50 to $119.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The presale Rendez-Vous package prices range from $129.50 to $234.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

Three Artists' Work Highlighted at Buenaventura Gallery October 11 to November 11

El Capitan Beach by Lorna Amundson

El Capitan Beach by Lorna Amundson

Gallery’s shows highlight three artists

Three Oxnard artists — photographers Julianne Martin and Tomi Murphy and watercolorist Lorna Amundson — will be featured in individual shows Oct. 10-Nov. 11 at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

All three women plan to attend an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the gallery.

Martin’s “Other Worlds” photos and Murphy’s “Faces” will be displayed in the Clophine Dooley Gallery; Amundson’s “Transparent Watercolors. Yosemite to the Central Coast” will cover the Buenaventura Art Association’s red gallery walls.

Martin, who called herself “a new exhibiting photographer,” said she has shown her work for only a couple of years and earned several awards, but has taken pictures for many years and has a “huge library of photos.” She will show 15-20 framed photographs and have additional prints available.

“My general theme is a focus on the beauty of nature. This show emphasizes a wider variety of unique and unusual settings that evoke the imagination,” Martin said. “More recently, I have delved into night photography, creatively working with very long exposure times, and have interesting and unique photos.”

Murphy also will have about 20 photos on display and offer photo books for sale. She has been creating fine art photography for 11 years, portraiture is her specialty, and said, “This show is literately about faces, people I met in the last 10-15 years who impressed me.”

The challenge, she said, is “producing images that do not look like snapshots or staged portraits. … I don’t artificially manufacture scenes to achieve the images I desire — I just never stop looking for beauty as I live my life.”

Amundson plans to hang about 25 framed paintings, have an equal number unframed, and offer dozens of different cards. Her show will include landscapes and seascapes, most painted on location in Yosemite and along the Central Coast of California.

She studied biology and botany, earned a degree in parasitology, and was on the faculty of Southeast Missiouri State University for 10 years before moving to California in 1974. Amundson said she took up painting in her mid-50s, began painting more regularly in her late 60s, is largely self-taught, and worked exclusively en plain air until this year, when she began trying different approaches, “using photographs or just making it up.

“My favorite part of watercolor is when quick, strategic strokes of just the right degree of color and wetness work magic, capture the essence of where and what I am seeing, and don’t get screwed up later,” she said.

Works by many other BAA members will be presented in the remaining gallery space during these shows, after which the nonprofit will offer its annual Holiday Boutique in late November and December.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more about the Buenaventura Art Association, a 63-year-old artists cooperative, and its programs, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

5-Star Theatricals to Present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Thousand Oaks in October

5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre), the resident professional theatre production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, has launched its new website and rebranding in preparation for its 2017-18 season, which kicks off in October with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Will North, with musical direction by Dr. Cassie Nickols, conducted by Dan Redfeld.

Under its new name, 5-Star Theatricals will still be offering the high-quality musicals and community outreach programs the community and the theatre company’s fans have embraced and supported for more than three decades, while exploring new opportunities to offer additional shows. The launch of the new website, www.5startheatricals.com — which offers information on upcoming shows, how to become a season ticket member and community outreach initiatives — officially completed the rebranding transition, with the company’s social media platforms following shortly thereafter in visual branding updates.

“This name change is a chance for us expand into providing even more to the community as we continue to move forward,” said Will North, managing director of 5-Star Theatricals. “The mission and vision of our theatre company — to provide the highest-quality theater experience, to foster educational opportunities, and to promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California — still remain our foundation, and we look forward to attracting new fans, in addition to pleasing old ones with our continued Broadway-quality productions and dedication to giving back to the community.”

Up first in 5-Star Theatricals’ 2017-18 season lineup is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Scheduled for a two-week run with nine performances from Oct. 13-22, 2017, 5-Star Theatricals’ production of the popular musical about the Biblical character of Joseph is reimagined and like never before with choreography created by the award-winning Dave Scott of the films, “You Got Served” and “Step Up 2: The Streets” as well as the popular TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Patrick Cassidy, son of Jack Cassidy, who performed in the 2000 and 2006 national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will star as Pharaoh, and singer/voice actor Laura Dickinson will appear as The Narrator. Tickets are available for purchase now.

To learn more about 5-Star Theatricals; its 2017-18 season featuring Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Beauty and the Beast; and its community outreach programs, visit www.5startheatricals.com.


5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) is the Ovation Award-winning resident professional theatre production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and a nonprofit theater organization. For more than three decades, 5-Star Theatricals 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 5-Star Theatricals’ 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 http://www.5startheatricals.com.

LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands through November 18

Studio Channel Islands Presents LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined

Death Valley Salt Flats by artist Linda Vallejo

Death Valley Salt Flats by artist Linda Vallejo

Studio Channel Islands invites you to experience the landscape in which we live through the eyes of seven exceptional artists. LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined is a contemporary art exhibition exploring the themes and traditions of landscape painting, both north and south of the Mexico/USA border. The exhibition will open Sept. 16, Mexico’s Independence Day, with an opening reception, at 1 p.m., including honored guest, Consul Roberto Rodriguez from the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard, and several of the artists. Live music by String Quartet, "INEFABLE," from Guanajuato, Mexico. Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.

Today, nearly half the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America and yet the voice of the Latino and Latin American artist is under represented in our theaters, galleries and museums. In response to this gap, the Getty has initiated an extensive collaboration of over 70 cultural organizations from San Diego to Santa Barbara to take a fresh look at the vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin American art.

“LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined is Studio Channel Islands’ response to the Getty's Pacific Standard Time project and the beginning of a larger program of exhibitions that explore the connections within our community and celebrate the diverse perspectives of people who share this land,” said Peter Tyas, Studio Channel Islands’ executive director. The Getty's 'Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA' project is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined includes work by two artists from Mexico, José Maria Castelao and Manuela Generali, and three artists from California, Linda Vallejo, Fernanda Uski and Porfirio Guiterrez. During the LA/LAndscapes exhibition, Studio Channel Islands will also present two exhibitions of photography; first a series of portraits of the people and landscapes of Mexico by John Lewis and second a series of studies of Ventura’s field workers by Antonio Juarez.  

LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined will be on exhibit at the Blackboard Gallery through Nov. 18. Admission is free. Sponsors of LA/LAndscapes: Real and Imagined include Dr. and Mrs. F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D., the California Arts Council and Consulado de Mexico en Oxnard. The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands is open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805.383.1368.

About Studio Channel Islands

Studio Channel Islands is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the arts in our community, providing unique and diverse artistic encounters for all ages and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Ongoing programs include open studios and arts education classes, diverse Blackboard Gallery exhibitions and performances, cultural festivals and Old Town Camarillo events. Gallery hours are Tues.– Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org, or call 805-383-1368.

The Avalanche and The Silence Art Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum 9/10-11/19, 2017

Carnegie Art Museum Announces Fall Exhibition
The Avalanche and The Silence New Works by Linda Arreola
September 10 - November 19, 2017

Influenced by the architecture of Mesoamerica and the sleek lines of modernist design, Linda Arreola investigates geometric spatial arrangements using an elemental and minimalist sensibility. Arreloa’s explorations using geometric abstraction create what she calls spiritual structural environments. As with the experience she had upon seeing the pyramids of Teotihuacan for the first time, ‘I want to create work that gives the viewer a perspective that connects them to a much grander whole”. With this in mind and having a background in sculpture and architecture, she thinks of her paintings as built rather than rendered. Line, color and form are her elemental building blocks from which she creates these abstract environments.

With this new series, The Avalanche and the Silence,  Arreloa is venturing into the territory of duality. It is the first time she has worked with two distinct concepts simultaneously. Though the inspiration arose out of the present day experience of our human condition, this duality signifies the hopeful reminder found in opposing positions that creates an equilibrium and ultimately fosters regeneration.

Saturday, September 9 4-6 pm
$10 / members free
Reception sponsored by The Arts Collaborative

Also opening:
Collecting/California Latino Art
Selected works of California Latino art from the Carnegie’s Collection will be shown including the 21ft History of the Chicano Movimiento by Frank Romero, recently returned from his retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Carnegie’s focus on collecting Latino Art began in 1994 with a group exhibition curated by Frank Romero.

The Fall exhibits honor, but are not a part of, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino Art in LA being exhibited at art institutions throughout Southern California

Location: 424 South C Street, Oxnard. 805.385.8254 www.carnegieam.org

Standup Comedy on the Hill at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks Sept 2017 through Feb 2018 Shows




Different Lineup Every Month of Professional Comedians

On Saturday, September 16, The Hillcrest Center for the Arts will offer another installment of the highly popular Live Standup Comedy on the Hill.  The Center teams up with professional local comedian Jason Love to produce a top-tier show with a new lineup each month.

Now performing to sold-out audiences, this experience in comedy entertainment brings some of Hollywood’s funniest headliners to Thousand Oaks every month.  Additional dates have been announced for upcoming shows, always held on the second Saturday of the month.

All shows are 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.   

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill returns Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, across from The Oaks Mall.  August’s lineup includes Kellen Erskine and Mark Eddie. 

Kellen Erskine, featured on season 7 of NBC's America's Got Talent. His jokes have appeared in many publications including the Reader's Digest. Kellen has been a finalist of both the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and the Great American Comedy Festival; he has also performed at the prestigious Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Kellen opens regularly for comedian Frank Caliendo of FOX's NFL Sunday. (America’s Got Talent, Fox Sports). 

Mark Eddie is a guitarist and comedian with a musician’s view on everything from pop music to parenting. With his signature voice and happy-go-lucky spirit, Eddie thoroughly entertains audiences the world over. His one-of-a-kind RockComedy show features songs, jokes, rock and roll history and singing impressions of Al Green, Neil Diamond, Springsteen and many more.  He has toured professionally, first as a musician and then infusing his satirical comedy into his music. He performs over 250 shows a year and has recorded recognizable spots for dozens of advertisers.

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.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Omar Covarrubias (House of Blues, Magic Castle)

Dave Williamson (Miami’s Best Comedian, Nickelodeon)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Jim Short (Letterman, Late Late Show)

Don McMillan (Tonight Show, Larry King Live)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

James Connolly (Sirius XM, Comedy Central)

Jackie Fabulous (OWN, NBC, Fox)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dana Eagle (Last Comic Standing, Late Late Show)

Graham Elwood (Sarah Silverman Program, Benson Interruption)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jackie Kashian (Conan, Last Comic Standing, and Bob & Tom)

Flip Schultz (Comics Unleashed, Live at Gotham, Writer for Dana Carvey)

Conejo Players Theatre Presents "A Murder is Announced" September 8-30, 2017


Agatha Christie adapted play "A Murder is Announced" presented by Conejo Players Theatre

PLOT: An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution -- at some risk to herself, in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain… 

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre 351 S. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks

PERFORMANCES: September 8th – 30th, 2017, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8:00pm / Sundays at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES: $18 Adults / $16 Students, Seniors, & Military

TO ORDER TICKETS:  Visit www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715


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


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.