The Elite Theatre Company Presents: Vanities June 7 to July 7 in Oxnard

The Elite Theatre Company is excited to present our mainstage production: Vanities, by Jack Heifner and directed by Kimberly Demmary. This touching story follows three friends from high school cheer-leading days into college and then into adulthood. What happens when life does… or doesn’t, turns out the way we planned?

The show opens June 7th and runs through July 7th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, students and active military & veterans, $15 for children 12 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. This play contains some adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.

For reservations call our box office at (805) 483-5118 or visit our website at www.elitetheatre.org

Location: The Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S Victoria Ave, Oxnard.

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents Harvey Fierstein's "Casa Valentina" June 21 to July 28

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The Santa Paula Theater Center proudly presents Harvey Fierstein’s touching comedy drama CASA VALENTINA from June 21 – July 28, 2019 on Friday and Saturday evening at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street in Santa Paula.

Based on actual events, Casa Valentina takes place in 1962 at a Catskills resort where a group of heterosexual men secretly gather to dress and behave like women. These white-collar professionals would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends these men enjoy a carefree camaraderie of cocktails and McGuire Sisters, safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But when challenged to publicly reveal their female alter-egos in the pursuit of political acceptance, “the sorority” must decide whether freedom is worth the risk of ruin. Written by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), CASA VALENTINA is a provocative, hilarious, and delightfully entertaining new play about gender identity and self-acceptance, as the “gals” search for happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

Leading the cast will be Chip Albers as George/Valentina and Sindy McKay as his wife Rita. Michael Adams will play Jonathon/Miranda and Allan Noel will play Albert/Bessie. Rounding out the cast will be Elixeo Flores as Isadore/Charlotte, Ronald Rezac as Judge/Amy, Doug Friedlander as Theodore/Terry, Trent Trachtenberg as Michael/Gloria and Leslie Ann Vitanza as Eleanor.

CASA VALENTINA is directed by Fred Helsel with Leslie Nichols producing. The design staff includes Mike Carnahan as Scenic Designer, Gary Richardson as Lighting Designer, Barbara Pedziwiatr as Costume Designer, Fred Helsel and Allan Noel as Sound Designers, Gail Heck as Props Mistress, Elixeo Flores as Wig Master, and Megan Brister as Stage Manager.

Tickets for CASA VALENTIA are $24 for Adults and $22 for Seniors & Students. This production contains mature themes and is not recommended for audiences under 16.

SPTC will continue their 2019 season after CASA VALENTINA with Edward Albee’s SEASCAPE from August 30 – October 6, and Neil Simon’s LOST IN YONKERS from November 8 – December 15. Tickets are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

Unity Theatre Collective Presents "The Importance of Being Earnest" in Ventura June 21-30

The Unity Theatre Collective presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance Of Being Earnest” with a fresh take on Wilde’s comedy of errors, featuring gender swapping and a steampunk aesthetic.

June 21 – 30 Friday & Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

Oscar Wilde’s most brilliant comedy tells the story of Algernon and Jack, who live in London and create elaborate deceptions to live double lives. Each of them is in love, and hilarity ensues when they both discover their lovers will only marry a person called “Ernest.” Featuring elaborate plot twists, mistaken identities, and a mysterious baby in a hand-bag, this timeless classic is not to be missed.

Unity Theatre Collective’s gender-swapped, steampunked version of the Oscar Wilde classic play questions gender identity in both the Victorian era and today.

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Location: 47 S. Oak Street, Ventura

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Come to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Saturday, July 6th

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Five-time Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett and His Large Band perform at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. He has recorded 14 albums and has sold over four million records. Among the most revered albums are Lyle Lovett; Pontiac; and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, for which he won two Grammy awards. He has also won Grammy awards for Best Male Country Vocalist, Best Country/Dou or Group for “Blues for Dixie” and Best Pop Vocal collaboration for “Funny How Time Slips Away” with Al Green.

Lovett’s career also includes several acting roles. His longest and best knows cinematic collaboration was with the late director Robert Altman. Lovett appeared in four Altman films: “The Player,” “Short Cuts,” “Pret-a-Porter” and “Cookie’s Fortune,” and scored the music for another: “Dr. T and the Women.”

Single tickets are priced at $131 - $66 with group discounts available. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or through the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. For more information call 805-449-ARTS (2787) or visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "Playzapalooza on the Backstage" May 24 to June 9

SANTA PAULA THEATER CENTER PRESENTS ANNUAL

PLAYZAPALOOZA ON THE BACKSTAGE MAY 24 – JUNE 9, 2019

BACKSTAGE@ Santa Paula Theater Center announces its ninth annual production of original one act plays: PLAYZAPALOOZA! 2019 opening May 24, 2019 on the Backstage Theater at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 So. 7th St. in historic downtown Santa Paula. PLAYZAPALOOZA! will run three consecutive weekends beginning May 24, and closing Sunday, June 09, with nine performances total and a special Thursday performance on May 30. No performance Saturday, June 1. Tickets and reservation can be purchased or made through the Santa Paula Theater Center Box Office at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by emailing santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com, or calling 805.525.4645. General Admission is $15.00

WHO: Playzapalooza 2019

WHERE: Santa Paula Theater Center's Backstage@SPTC venue. 125 So. 7th Street (corner of Main and 7th), Downtown Santa Paula

WHEN: 3 weeks May 24-June 9, 2019 Fridays and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 pm

TICKETS: General Admission $15 Info, reservations, and purchase online at: www.santapaulatheatercenter.org, santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com, 805.525.4645

"Nature in Glass" Exhibit at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas 6/4 to 6/29

Local Fused Glass Artists Present “Nature In Glass” Exhibit at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center

Blazing Star Arts show, “Nature In Glass,” opens June 4 and benefits the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center

Artists reception June 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Blazing Star Arts has been invited by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to present “Nature In Glass,” a show and sale of original fused glass artwork at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. A portion of every sale from the show, which begins June 4, benefits the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center. Artists Sue Wolhaupter of Agoura Hills, and Bonnie Quintanilla of Westlake Village, created nearly 100 original works inspired primarily by the local mountains and seashore. The community is invited to a Meet the Artists Reception on June 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The show runs through Saturday, June 29.

“We are delighted to showcase the unique artwork of Blazing Star Arts, which captures the beauty and diversity of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park,” said Sophia Wong, store and events manager, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. “This is the first time we’ve dedicated a show to fused glass, a style that brings light and energy to art, as part of our ongoing art program that helps raise funds for our programs.”

There are approximately 50 pieces of fine art created exclusively for this exhibit, including several sculptural pieces and Mini Masterpieces, smaller works of art made with the same passion and detail as the larger pieces. The artists also designed and created several pieces of functional artwork using the Fossil Vitrea technique to fuse leaves from Valley Oak trees into the glass. Additionally, the artists designed a limited line of dimensional jewelry inspired by the area’s mountains, plants, and ocean.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center is located at 26876 Mulholland Highway in Calabasas, Calif., 91302. The exhibit is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“‘Nature In Glass’ is a celebration of the beauty we enjoy every day, and of the passion we feel for the diversity and importance of our environment,” said Bonnie Quintanilla, fused glass artist at Blazing Star Arts. “We are honored to present this exhibit and to support the beauty and diversity of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.”

For more information on the artists, visit BlazingStarArts.com or contact the artists via email at info@blazingstararts.com. For information on the exhibit, call the visitors center at (805) 370-2302 or email samo@wnpa.org.

About Blazing Star Arts
Award-winning artists Sue Wolhaupter and Bonnie Quintanilla bring the magic of glass art to life in their Westlake Village studio, Blazing Star Arts. Working exclusively in glass, the artists design and create fine art, practical artwork, and custom orders for collectors across the United States. The artists are members of the Fallbrook Art Center and the Westlake Village Art Guild. Their work is shown in galleries and at art shows throughout Southern California. For information or to view their work, visit their website, BlazingStarArts.com. For details on a custom order, contact the artists at (818) 964-0868 or by email at info@blazingstararts.com.

"Don't Dress for Dinner" at Conejo Players Theatre Thousand Oaks May 31 to June 22

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The Guardian calls DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER a "breathtaking farce [that's] a near-faultless piece of theatrical invention" ... Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Manhattan mistress in his charming converted farmhouse in upstate New York, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights -- and has invited his best friend, Robert, along as well to provide an alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. ~RATED PG-13

The Cast includes:

BERNARD - Kyle Johnson
JACQUELINE - Melissa Higashi
ROBERT - Alex Carrasco
SUZETTE - Olivia Heulitt
SUZANNE - Reign Lewis
GEORGE - Nick Schmidt (Jeremy Hanna 6/7-6/9)

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

PERFORMANCE DATES:

May 31 - June 22, 2019, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm
Thurs 6/6 at 8:00pm • Sat 6/15 & 6/22 at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES: $18/$20

TO PURCHASE: Go to www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805-495-3715

"The World of da Vinci" Exhibit at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library May 24, 2019 - September 8, 2019

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present The World of da Vinci, featuring rare folios of the authentic, 600-year-old Codex Atlanticus. Come discover the true Leonardo da Vinci through these sources of inspiration: a workshop of ideas and designs for everyone.

The exhibit will be on display beginning May 24th through September 8, 2019.

This remarkable exhibition features over three-dozen reconstructions of Leonardo da Vinci’s fantastic machines, including over a dozen that are built life size including his Mechanical Lion, Flying Bicycle, Mechanical Bat and Great Kite.

The Reagan Library will also host the worldwide premiere of da Vinci’s Double Continuous Organ, which is one of his most complex and most functional projects!

da Vinci’s famous art also comes to life with Digitally restored, (life-size) reproductions of The Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man, The Last Supper and Lady with an Ermine. Each are displayed alongside interactive kiosks where you can learn more about the artwork, learn how the artwork has been restored over the years, and more!

The two folios, known as 710 and 897*, will be displayed alongside their real life, reconstructed counterparts and allow you to explore the true artistry and virtuoso of da Vinci.

*Each of the two folios will be on display for 3 of the 4 month exhibit run.

Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius who graced this world with his presence from April 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519. He is among the most influential artists in history, having left a significant legacy not only in the realm of art but in science as well, each discipline informing his mastery of the other. Today, no name better seems to symbolize the Renaissance age than da Vinci. In The World of da Vinci, you’ll discover machines and artwork to get a more complete understanding of the genius – Leonardo da Vinci.

The exhibit is included in museum admission from May 24 through September 8, 2019. Prices are $25 General Admission, $22 Seniors (62+), $18 Youth (11-17), $15 (3-10), Free for 2 and under.

Active military are free with valid Military ID – Active military do NOT need to reserve tickets online, all walk-ups will receive Museum entry (please have all guests pre-purchase their tickets). Family members pay full admission price. Retired military members receive $3 off admission with valid military ID.

Conejo Players Theatre Presents "Avenue Q" in Thousand Oaks May 3-12

Winner of the Tony® "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart ...

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that -- although the residents seem nice -- it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. ~RATED R

VIP Meet & Greet tickets are now available!

Be a Conejo Players VIP and head backstage after the show to meet the puppet stars! VIP ticket holders will meet the actors and try on one of the puppets and get your photo taken, plus get a commemorative show T-shirt. Only $30 per person!

Directed by Jeremy Zeller; Produced by Rick Steinberg; Music Direction by Benjamin Glasner

Full Cast:

Princeton / Rod - Aaron Ellis

Kate Monster - Meagan Chew

Nicky / Trekkie Monster / Boy Bear - Noah Terry

Lucy The Slut - Megan Rowsey

Brian - Vincent Paz-Macareno

Christmas Eve - Lexie Collins

Gary Colelman - Sahai Lara

Mrs. Thistlewat / Girl Bear - Dana Devitt

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd.,Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

PERFORMANCES May 3 - 12, 2019

Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm / Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES: $15

VIP PRICES: $30

TO PURCHASE: Visit www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805-495-3715

"Arts Under the Stars" at CSU Channel Islands May 3-4

CSUCI “Arts Under the Stars” features astrophysicist Fiorella Terenzi and a galaxy of original student performances

An Italian-born astrophysicist/musician known for taking radio waves from faraway galaxies and turning them into music will play a central role in CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI)’s 8th annual “Arts Under the Stars.”

The public is invited to the show, which will be May 3 and 4 at El Dorado Park on the CSUCI campus. Seating begins at 6 p.m. and the opening act at 7 p.m.

Fiorella Terenzi’s performance will be part of the annual campus showcase, which marries performing arts with nursing, music with physics and dance with mathematics, to name just a few performances that bring together different academic disciplines on stage.

“Arts Under the Stars (AUTS) is an opportunity for students across the whole campus to work together to present their world-changing research and community outreach in an unconventional, but engaging fashion,” said Assistant Professor of Performing Arts/Dance Heather Castillo, founder of AUTS. “This year’s theme is ‘metamorphosis.’”

Each year, students from different departments throughout the campus work with Castillo to express some aspect of their research or other academic highlight with the use of music, dance, video, theater or the fine arts. The students create the pieces and Castillo helps them shape their performance.

Because this year’s theme is metamorphosis, every act on stage carries some interpretation of change — a change that is happening, has happened or should happen.

“Metamorphosis at its heart is about change,” Castillo said. “I really feel that this year, more than any other year, I see so many changes our planet is going through. I see changes our campus and community is going through. The one constant in our lives is change.”

For example, students from Performing Arts/Dance paired with Environmental Science & Resource Management students for a piece on the issue of disappearing sand on our planet. Dance students will perform on a bed of sand onstage and there will be interactive sand tables where younger audience members can create their own “moon sand.”

Terenzi will perform “Let’s get Astrophysical” on her key-tar (a guitar-style keyboard) with a performance designed to highlight the Physics program.

Performing Arts will do an interpretive dance to present a series of steps developed by Nursing students to assess a woman’s risk for postpartum mood and anxiety disorder.

Because nursing is changing with the use of virtual reality to help nurses empathize with a patient’s experience, the virtual reality helmets will be available for guests to use.

“This year is more interactive than ever,” Castillo said.

Sociology students will premiere a video they did for their “Humanizing the Homeless” project, in which they interviewed homeless individuals in Oxnard. And dancers worked with Mathematics students on a dream ballet sequence that will interpret the concept of limits, done to the music of American composer Leonard Bernstein.

The program will be available for mobile devices on www.2019.artsunderthestars.cikeys.

Audience members should dress warmly and bring their own blanket or lawn chair to El Dorado Park. Seating begins at 6 with the performance starting at 7 p.m. with the CI Contemporary Music Ensemble. The main performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Food trucks will be parked nearby.

Complimentary event parking is limited and only available in lots A4 or A11. Once on campus, follow the directional signage to event parking then follow the walking signage to the event location.

For more information, contact Heather Castillo at heather.castillo@csuci.edu 805-437-2052.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is reimagining higher education for a new generation and era. We are an innovative higher education institution that enables students to succeed and thrive – serving as an engine for social and economic vitality that provides the intellectual resources necessary for a thriving democracy. With more than 7,000 students, 1,200 employees and 14,000 alumni, CSUCI is poised to grow in size and distinction, while maintaining one of the most student-focused learning environments in public higher education. Connect with and learn more by visiting www.csuci.edu or CSUCI’s Social Media.

“Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” at Petersen Automotive Museum May 5, 2019 to March 15, 2020

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The Petersen Automotive Museum will feature a deconstructed Audi R8 V10 originally driven by Marvel Super Hero Tony Stark in its upcoming “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” exhibit, opening to the public on May 5, 2019. The unique installation, inspired by the work of famed Swiss artist Fabian Oefner, will offer visitors a unique view into the complex inner workings of the iconic vehicle. The exhibit, produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, will also feature over 40 additional iconic Hollywood vehicles, artwork, props and costumes. The museum will also host an opening reception on the evening of May 4, 2019.

The unique Audi R8 V10 installation will feature an “exploded view” of the actual vehicle by suspending the car’s many components in midair on wires. Carefully staged alongside one of the iconic red and gold armored Iron Man costumes worn by Robert Downey Jr.’s character, the installation will give exhibit attendees the opportunity to contemplate the high-tech vehicle in an Instagram-ready display. In addition, the display will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 5.2 FSI V10 engine in the Audi R8.

The exhibit will also include the futuristic Audi RSQ concept, famously driven by Will Smith in his role as Detective Del Spooner in “I, Robot.”

Built to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between Audi and Marvel Studios, the installation will highlight the parallels between the cutting-edge technology used by Iron Man and the world-class engineering developed by Audi. Tony Stark has driven multiple generations of the Audi R8 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will get behind the wheel of his new electric supercar, the Audi e-tron GT concept, in the highly anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” opening nationwide on April 26, 2019.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the V10 engine, a limited edition Audi R8 V10 Decennium will be released this year to mark this important chapter in the Audi brand’s storied heritage. The last 50 units of the special edition, numbers 173 to 222, will be available in the U.S. from of a limited global production of 222.

Other key vehicles in the display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the time machine from “Back to the Future,” the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, along with a uniquely immersive Microsoft HoloLens experience.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4, 2019 with live entertainment and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1, 2019 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit www.Petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

About Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under four are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.

About Audi of America
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands, delivering about 1.812 million vehicles globally in 2018. In the U.S., Audi of America sold nearly 224,000 vehicles in 2018. 2019 marks 50 years for the brand in the U.S. Visit AudiUSA.com for more information.

Guest Artist Zara Monet Feeney Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum May 2 to June 16, 2019

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CAM Studio Gallery Guest Artist Zara Monet Feeney through-June 16, 2019

Zara Monet Feeney’s artistic trajectories re-examine voyueristic compositions, the male gaze and socio-sexual empowerment issues. As a gay feminist, she designs her work to engage very strongly with historical and contemporary notions of intersectional feminism and patriarchal authority. Meticulously controlling the play between the subject and the space it occupies, the work is able to guide, critique and call into question the intention of the viewers gaze. The subjects are dramatically posed, the textiles are ornate, the color schema is non-naturalistic and the spatial play is ambiguous. It is her intention for the work to reify a sort of psychological, reflexive experience, where the thing being viewed demands a self- critical penetration of vision or a stare extended in time.

Specifically, during her residency at the Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery, Feeney will be creating several new paintings to hang alongside existing work. In addition to a critique of misogyny, these newer pieces will comment on other political and personal tragedies such as mass violence and the decline of mental health. Feeney will use a painted collage of abstract and realistic imagery to convey these ideas. The canvases will be unstretched and sometimes spill out onto the floor. Using simultaneously dramatic yet austere aesthetic sensibilities, ideally the work will be implicitly poignant for the viewer’s interaction.

Zara Monet Feeney’s artwork is published in Huffington Post, Manifest, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Bizarre, Art in America and International Painting Annual. She has been awarded several solo shows and international residencies and has placed first in numerous juried exhibitions. She has a B.A. from UCLA and an MFA from LCAD. She currently works as a college professor.

Artist Studio Hours:

Thursdays and Fridays- 11 am - 3 pm

Zara Monet Feeney Guest Artist Exhibit- May 2-June 16, 2019

Reception: May 2, 2019 5:30-7:30 (Food Truck Nite) - Free

Location: 329 N. Fifth St. Oxnard

Ventura’s FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents COPPÉLIA June 1-2

FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents three full-length performances of the timeless classic ballet COPPÉLIA, where brilliant classical dance meets a delightfully comic narrative.

Where: Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura

  • Saturday, June 1st at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 2nd at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $22 online at www.footworksyouthballet.org.

Outreach Performances for Students (K-8) Thursday, May 30th 10AM and 11:45AM

Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket

Contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org

“We are excited to be bringing Coppélia to the Ventura Performing Arts Center this spring,” says Artistic Director Kirsten Oakley. “One of the few comedic ballets in the classical ballet repertoire, Coppélia is the perfect story ballet for all audiences.”

The three-act ballet tells the lighthearted story of how Franz, a village boy engaged to Swanhilda, becomes infatuated with a life-like doll created by the eccentric inventor, Dr. Coppelius. Hilarity ensues over love and mistaken identity.

With its tuneful and romantic music, Coppélia stands alongside such classics as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker as the best-loved and most enduring ballets of all time. A delightful performance of ballet fun for families and children of all ages, The New York Times calls Coppélia “one of the happiest ballets in existence.

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

Disney Hit Musical "Freaky Friday" at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza May 2-19

DISNEY’S HIT MUSICALFREAKY FRIDAY” TAKES THE STAGE IN THOUSAND OAKS

Studio C Performing Arts is proud to present Disney’s hit musical FREAKY FRIDAY for a special seven performance limited engagement at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza-Scherr Forum, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., in Thousand Oaks from May 2-19, 2019.  Performances are at 7 pm Thursday, 8 pm Friday, and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets for the family-friendly musical FREAKY FRIDAY are $32-$42 and can be ordered by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at http://www.civicartsplaza.com/shows. Special group rates are available.

When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation. Based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, DISNEY’S FREAKY FRIDAY, A NEW MUSICAL! features a book by Bridget Carpenter - the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" - and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal, If/Then and the upcoming Broadway musical Magic Mike.

FREAKY FRIDAY is under the direction of Jeffrey Scott Parsons with Cassie Silva assisting, and Nick Womack choreographing. Musical direction is by Ben Ginsberg who will lead the live band.  FREAKY FRIDAY is produced by Studio C Performing Arts.

Leading the cast as the mother-daughter duo will be award-winning actress Mazie Rudolph as Katherine Blake, and Jamie McRae as Ellie. Dony Wright plays Mike, Cadence Marmet is Fletcher, Sam Herbert as Adam, Zoe Reed is Savannah, Natalie Esposito is Gretchen, Nathalia Coppa plays Hannah, and Kari Cowell is Torrey. Playing multiple character roles are Alex Gonzales, John Dantona, Augusto Guardado, and Codi Coates. Filling out the cast will be Aydan Pena, Elaine Panico, Maudie Brown, Abby Coleman, Sophie Fox, Jake Marone, Ralph Santos, and Esteban Hurtado.

Tickets for Studio C Performing Arts’ presentation of FREAKY FRIDAY are $32-$42 and can be ordered online at http://www.civicartsplaza.com/shows or by calling (800) 745-3000. Special group rates are available.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Mary Poppins, Jr." May 3 - 19, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, JR. directed by Georgeanne Lees with musical direction by Susan Trewory-Culkins. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 3 - 19, 2019. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Mary Poppins, Jr. is the tale of a no-nonsense nanny with a heart of gold and a little bit of magic who helps a family struggling to break free of their assigned roles. With the help of a dancing chimney sweep, Mary Poppins turns the whole Banks Family household upside down on its way to right side up. The play has original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes and new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.

“We are delighted to bring the magic of "Mary Poppins Jr" into the lives of young and old alike,” says director Lees. “Will Mary fly? Well, ‘anything can happen if you let it’!”

Mary Poppins, Jr. is the final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season, The “Season of Unexpected Magic”. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone. When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "Complications From a Fall" April 12 to May 19

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present the warmly humorous and timely comedy/drama COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL by Kate Hawley on its Main Stage, 125 South 7th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. This production will run from April 12- May 19, 2019 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets and reservation can be purchased or made through the Santa Paula Theater Center Box Office at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org, santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com, or (805) 525-4645. Ticket prices are Adults $24.00, Seniors and Students $22.00.

Please Note: There is Free Parking on Main St., and 7th St. Parking in the Union Bank lot is not currently available.

COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL is the story of a long absent son who must care for his 80-year old mother whose confusion has increased following a bad fall. His journey of self- discovery and reconnection will resonate with anyone who has ever had to care for an ailing loved one. This family's story is filled with love, humor, and realities of life as we know it.

Kate Hawley's COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL is directed by Taylor Kasch and produced by Leslie Nichols. Cast members include Jill Dolan, Sean Love Mason, Cynthia Killion, and Julie Fergus. Production development support includes Set Design by Mike Carnahan, Lighting Design by Gary Richardson, Costume Design by Barbara Pedziwiatr, Sound Design by Allan Noel and Taylor Kasch, and Properties Design by Gail Heck.

SPTC continues their 2019 season with Harvey Fierstein’s CASA VALENTINA, Edward Albee’s SEASCAPE and Neil Simon’s LOST IN YONKERS. Four show season tickets are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April 26 to May 19

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE from April 26 – May 19, 2019 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065. Tickets are Adults $28, Seniors 60 & Above and Students $24, and Children 12 & Under $20 and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE was created by Dean Regan and will feature award-winning actress Michele McRae in the title role of Patsy Cline. McRae has previously won critical acclaim for her portray of the country music icon in multiple productions of ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE. Joining McRae onstage will be Michael German as Little Big Man, a small town country music radio DJ who narrates the story.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE chronicles the life of one of the most influential female country singers of all time, Patsy Cline. The first female solo artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of the most successful crossover artists in history, the iconic Patsy Cline packed a lot of great music into her short life, which tragically ended in a plane crash at the age of 30. Developed with the help of her widow Charlie Dick and featuring more than 20 of her hit songs, this show pays tribute to the remarkable singer by following her career from her early honky-tonk days through her success at the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. Included in the production are full length signature tunes like "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy", “A Closer Walk With Thee” and more!

Fred Helsel will direct and produce with Gary Poirot as Musical Director. Seth Kamenow leads the design team as Production Designer with Ken Patton as Costume Designer, Kevin Kahm as Sound Designer, and Kimberly Kiley as Stage Manager. For more information about A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, visit www.simi-arts.org or contact the box office at (805) 583-7900.

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse April 5 through May 5

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on April 5, 2019. Using the historical and controversial subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, “The Crucible” presents an allegory of events from the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950’s. Reason and fact become clouded by irrational fears and the desire to place blame for society’s problems on others. Especially women. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Drama from 1953, it is still a show with timely themes. Death threats, alcoholism, a women’s place in society, truth vs. lies, adultery, rich vs. poor, those in power and those not, faith in God…all leading to an ending like no other. It is still considered to be one of the most powerful and important works in American drama.

Performances are April 5 through May 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2PM. There will be a Thursday show on April 18 at 8 PM, and no show on Sunday, April 21. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and military, and $10 for children 12 and under. Group rates are available by calling the box office. The show is open to all ages. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is located at the Camarillo Airport Complex at 220 Skyway Drive in Camarillo. For tickets and more information, visit www.skywayplayhouse.org or call (805)388-5716.

Young Artists Forever Presents "Evil Dead: The Musical" April 5-14, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Forever will present Evil Dead The Musical April 5 - 14, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00pm with on Thursday performance at 7:30 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Book and Lyrics are by George Reinblatt with Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris & George Reinblatt. Mark Andrew Reyes will direct with musical director Zachary Spencer. All proceeds benefit Young Artists Ensemble, and this play is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language, zombie violence, and fake blood. Parents are strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

Director Mark Andrew Reyes has been a part of the Young Artists Ensemble and the Conejo Recreation and Park District Cultural Unit since 1988. He has directed over 20 of their productions including JESUS CHRIST SUPESTAR, JEKYLL & HYDE, LES MISERABLES, INTO THE WOODS, THE CRUCIBLE, WE WILL ROCK YOU, and CARRIE THE MUSICAL. He’s also directed shows for The Conejo Players, The Camarillo Community Theatre, The Marquie Dinner Theatre, and Oaks Christian High School. Also an actor, he’s portrayed King Arthur in CAMELOT, the title role of MACBETH, THE ELEPHANT MAN, Cinderella’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS, Che in EVITA, El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS, and a 15 year run as Herr Drosselmeyer for the Pacific Festival Ballet’s annual THE NUTCRACKER at the Kavli Theatre.

Young Artists Forever is a talented and generous group of Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends who gather to donate their time and talents for the presentations of fun musical productions. This Ventura County based non-profit theatre was created with the goal of providing hands on learning experiences for graduates of the YAE program hoping to pursue careers in Directing, Producing, Designing or other jobs in the theatre industry. Recent Young Artists Forever productions include “Avenue Q”, “Spring Awakening”, “Into the Woods”, “Godspell”, “Rent”, “The Last Five Years” starring Veronica Dunne, “Urinetown”, and “The Rocky Horror Show”. These productions are created to support the performing arts and raise money for Young Artists Ensemble, while giving YAE alumni a chance to come back to perform in the place where they first began to develop their craft and deepen their love for the theatre.

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone. When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.

Reserved tickets in the Splatter Zone are $20, and tickets in the Non-Splatter Zone are $15 for Students and seniors and $20 for adults, and may be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting www.hillcrestarts.com. SPLATTER ZONES! rows are designated seats that will be on the receiving end of several ‘Blood Effects’ in the show. A Clear plastic poncho is included with each Splatter zone Ticket and while non-toxic ‘Stage Blood’ will not stain most fabrics, the producers make no guarantees. Says director Reyes, “I recommend wearing those old shoes, old jeans and old shirt everyone hates, or be bold and brave and just wear all white!” Guests who catch entrails or body parts must return them at the end of the performance.

"The Illusionists" Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands March 30 through May 18

Studio Channel Islands Arts Center (SCI) will present a unique exhibition, The Illusionists, March 30 through May 18 in the SCI Blackboard Gallery located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The exhibit is curated by accomplished artist and California Lutheran University art professor Michael Pearce as part of The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) 2019, the premier international event focusing on cutting-edge representational art in the 21st century. The gallery will host an opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m., April 6, with many of the artists in attendance. Admission is free. The exhibit will feature works by F. Scott Hess, Richard Macdonald, Sandy Yagi, Bryan Larson, Mark Gleason, Conor Walton, Pamela Wilson, Regina Jacobson, Guy Kinnear, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Vince Natale and others. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org, or call 805-383-1368.