Musical Comedy "Sister Act" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Jan 19 to Feb 17, 2018


The lady in the long black dress is high-tailing it into the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center January 19 to February 17, 2018 with some heavenly music and it's sure to be "Fabulous, Baby!" In Sister Act: The Musical, watch disco diva Deloris Van Cartier go incognito -- in a convent, of all places -- and breathe new life into the rigid Mother Superior, the uptight church and the entire community. Based on the rousing 1992 film, this theatrical adaptation features original music by Tony-and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. More details at

Tickets retail at $25 but available for $10 to $15 at (affiliate link).

"Expressions of Life" Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard 12/10/17 to 2/18/18

Expressions of Life /  Ricardo Palavecino

December 10, 2017 - February 18, 2018

Since early childhood I was exposed to the world of cinematography for my father was a Director in the making of commercials in my native country of Chile. However, my desire to explore the various dimensions of the human soul through a lens was sparked by the famous photograph by Malcom Browne of the Buddhist monk in Saigon who immolate as an act of protest against the government of Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963. – R. Palavecino

Over 40 portraits selected from the photographer’s continuing documentary series ”Expressions of Life”, which reveals the distinctiveness of individuals and showcase the human spirit. Palavecino’s portrait investigations include individual from urban and suburban communities ranging from Oxnard and Los Angeles to Chile. Homeboys, mechanics, mothers, street dwellers, artists and small business owners are all captured with the same remarkable detail, understanding and valuing of humanity. Cinematographer, videographer, and photographer, Palavecino has created imagery for an extensive list of television networks and production companies including: Reuters, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Sony Pictures, Sundance Channel, and KCET’s Departures.

Opening Reception- Meet the Photographer Saturday, December 9, 4-6 pm - $10 / members free

Gallery Talk- Thursday,  Feb 1 , 6 pm - $5 / members free

MUSEUM HOURS:  Thurs - Sat   10 am - 5 pm  /  Sun  1-5 pm. Closed holidays and between exhibitions $4  / members free

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada 11/29/17 to 1/7/18

Descanso Gardens is famed for its beauty during the day, and now you can enjoy this SoCal treasure in a whole new way. As the sun sets, the gardens transform into an Enchanted Forest of Light. During this colorful interactive experience, you can stroll through a mile of Descanso Gardens' most beloved areas while marveling at 10 distinct lighting displays. Located in La Canada Flintridge, Descanso is a 160-acre outdoor wonderland, featuring the Camellia Forest and floral displays in the International Rosarium, natural growth in the world-famous Japanese garden and Oak Woodland. With the Enchanted Forest of Light, these sights are now even more magical. More details at

Tickets available through 1/7/18.

Discounted tickets at THIS LINK (Affliate Link)

Located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. Just 50 miles from Thousand Oaks!

"Disparate Pleasures" Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands through December 12th

Three artists with different styles are displaying their diverse yet cohesive show, “Disparate Pleasures,” at the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Napa Gallery beginning Nov. 27 with an opening from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 30.

“Disparate Pleasures” opens against a backdrop of three shows already underway in Napa Hall from a CSUCI faculty member and two graduate art students.

The work of Art Lecturer Beverly Decker and graduates Vanessa Gomez and Ryan Lewis opened Nov. 6 and will run through Dec. 12 on CSUCI Grad Walls 1 and 2 and the CSUCI Palm Temporary Gallery.

“Disparate Pleasures” in the Napa Gallery features the work of three UC Santa Barbara Master of Fine Arts graduates, Marcos Christodoulou, Sunny Samuel and Peter Sowinski.

Christodoulou is a painter who finds his inspiration in myths, classic Hollywood cinema, art history, and images snatched from social media. 

Piece by Marcos Christodoulou

Piece by Marcos Christodoulou

Samuel is also a painter who deals in more abstract work involving patterns and layers and Sowinski is a sculptor who explores the use of technology, from the simplest mechanical design to a sophisticated computerized apparatus.

“I chose these three artists because they were all so different yet they seem to work so well together,” said Art Lecturer and curator Christophe Bourély, quoting a phrase the artists used about one another: “It’s as though we were three rare species of moth which had, for a brief time, gathered around a flame.”

Showing in the CSUCI Palm Temporary Gallery is “Over the Years…” by a Ventura-based association of printers including Art Lecturer Beverly Decker The hand-made prints illustrate the significance of the passage of time.

“I think of my work as a visual meditation,” said Decker, who has been a member of the Inkspots for six years. “I am inspired by my life, including the study of Eastern and Western philosophy and mysticism.”

Paper is Vanessa Gomez’s muse. The CSUCI 2017 Art graduate’s show, “I Lack the Words to Say…” is an exploration of her experience as a musician and how some lyrics to songs can be feelings or thoughts that someone may wish to communicate, but don’t have the right words to fully express them.

Gomez’s show consists of prints that she has created with paper, including paper sculpture, paintings, collages, and weavings. Gomez’s show will be on CSUCI Grad Wall 1.

“I love the feel of paper and how delicate it can be while also being a platform of a striking image,” Gomez said.

On CSUCI Grad Wall 2 is “What’s Your Sign?” by 2017 Art graduate Ryan Lewis, who exhibits digital paintings showing his personal interpretations of astrological signs.

For more information, visit:

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

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSUCI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CSUCI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

Ventura County Ballet Company Presents "The Nutcracker" on Dec 2-3, 8-10

Ventura County Ballet Company, Ventura County’s premiere regional ballet will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard on December 2 and 3 at 2 PM and again at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista on December 8 and 9 at 7 PM and December 9 and 10 at 2 PM.

This classic holiday production is a must see for all ballet lovers, young and old. Each performance will be accompanied by the 52-piece Ventura College Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Robert Lawson. This can’t-miss holiday event will capture the imagination of the audience with its delightful story, graceful choreography and elegant costumes and sets. 

Enjoy the holiday magic of The Nutcracker with the whole family! For more information visit:

Theatrical Equestrian Adventure "Odysseo" in Camarillo November 11 through December 10


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 through December 10th (extended from November 26 as a result of strong sales). Tickets for Odysseo in Ventura County are now on sale and can be purchased online at 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 or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

Conejo Players Theatre Announces 2018 60th Anniversary Season


Conejo Players Theatre, the longest-running community theatre in the Conejo Valley, is excited to announce its 2018 Season -- celebrating its amazing 60th anniversary year!

Tickets for the following shows at or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715. The theatre is located at 351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.

Broadway Bound

January 12 - February 3, 2018

Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parent’s break-up and eventual divorce. 


March 16 - April 15, 2018

Leonard Bernstein's comedic operetta based on Voltaire's satire of innocence, optimism and the unexpected lessons of life. 

Into the Woods Jr.

April 21 - 29, 2018

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.  Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

May 18 - June 9, 2018

Winner of the 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award and Outstanding Revival of a Play. Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison.

West Side Story

July 20 - August 19, 2018

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. 

Is He Dead?

September 14 - October 6, 2018

Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie. 

Guys and Dolls

November 16 - December 16, 2018

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. 

Pirates of Penzance at Newbury Park High School November 9, 11, 16, 17, 18


The NPHS Theater department presents Gilbert & Sullivan's classic operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" at 7pm November 9th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th in the Performing Arts Center at NPHS at 456 Reino Road in Newbury Park.

The farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel, daughter of the very modern Major-General Stanley.

Tickets for this family-friendly show can be purchased at the door for $10 or online at using Paypal for $11/each. General admission seating.

A Christmas Story: The Musical in Thousand Oaks November 3-9, 2017


Young Artists Ensemble presents A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL directed by Michael Fischer with Musical Direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 3 - 19, 2017.  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. 

YAE brings this new Holiday favorite to life onstage. Will Santa bring Ralphie his beloved Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas? Will his Dad win a MAJOR AWARD? Will Flick get his tongue unstuck from a frozen flagpole?

Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors and are available by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting

A CHRISTMAS STORY is the first production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The “Season of Family” will continue with DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. performing February 2 – 18, 2018 and will conclude with CHARLOTTE’S WEB May 4-20, 2018.  Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or 

Young Artists Ensemble received 38 nominations and thirteen wins for their 2016-17 Productions.  Winners in the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: , Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Lyda Jade Harlan as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Julia Lester asCarrie White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division): Jaden Levinson as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Outstanding Supporting Actress (College Division): Katherine Steele as Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kate Fruehling as Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical, Arielle Jacobellis as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Outstanding Featured Actress (Junior Division): Marissa Margolis as Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken Milbrett for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Set Design: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Choreography: Anthea Stobie for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Direction: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical. 

"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

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:

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 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 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.

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 or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

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 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, 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

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


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 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 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