"When Dams Fail" Exhibit at California Oil Museum in Santa Paula March 3 to July 8, 2018

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Three minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed, sending 12.4 billion gallons of water downstream. The resulting flood killed over 400 people, with 103 still missing to this day. The St. Francis Dam disaster is considered the second largest disaster in California history, in terms of loss of life, and is the largest man-made disaster in the state.

The dam was erected in rural San Francisquito Canyon; floodwaters traveled down San Francisquito Canyon to the Santa Clarita Valley, then turned west following the Santa Clara River south of Piru, Fillmore, and Santa Paula, through unincorporated Ventura County, out to the Pacific Ocean. It forever changed the communities in its 54-mile destructive path.

In remembrance of the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, the California Oil Museum will exhibit “When Dams Fail: Lessons Learned from St. Francis and Other Notable Incidents” from March 3, 2018 through July 8, 2018. This exhibit covers more than a century of time and provides a look into several of America’s dreadful dam disasters, the impact on the lives of those affected, and the lessons learned through investigative research and retrospective evaluations.

Understanding the underlying causes for dam failures is a critical component to preventing recurrence and future incidents. Visitors will learn reasons dams fail, including design flaws, operational inefficiencies, and natural or environmental causes, as well as safety measures that have been implemented to reduce the risks to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.

A special presentation will be given on Saturday March 3, from 2:00-3:00 pm. Archaeologist Anne Stansell will share her research findings on why the St. Francis Dam disaster has been largely forgotten on a state and national level, but tenuously remembered within the flood-zone. Seating for this special presentation is limited.

The California Oil Museum is housed in the original headquarters of the Union Oil Company of California, a beautiful historical building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-86002619.) The Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of local citizens, county schoolchildren, and visitors from around the world, and encourages each guest to understand the significance of the petroleum industry and its California history, as well as develop an appreciation of the world of science. The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street in Santa Paula. The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admittance is free, a suggested donation of $4 is appreciated.

The California Oil Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. www.caoilmuseum.org.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Charlotte's Web" in Thousand Oaks May 4-20


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. 

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 4 - 20, 2018. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm.

Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com

TICKETS: Single Tickets:  $19 adults, $16 children, students and seniors. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance.

OTHER: Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246. 

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018


What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

“Siona Benjamin: Blue Like Me” Art Exhibit at Cal Lutheran February 15 to April 12

Exhibiting painter presents workshop, film

India native visiting Cal Lutheran for March events

An artist who was raised Jewish in predominantly Hindu and Muslim India and educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools will share her art, lead a painting workshop and show a documentary on her life at California Lutheran University.

“Siona Benjamin: Blue Like Me” will be on exhibit from Feb. 15 through April 12 in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus.

Benjamin will show “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” a 30-minute documentary about her and India’s Bene Israel community, at 6 p.m. March 20 in Lundring Events Center. The film directed by Hal Rifken includes interviews about the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and their effect on the community. Benjamin will give a talk after the screening.

On March 22, Benjamin will lead a painting workshop called “Finding Home” from 2:15 to 4 p.m. in William Rolland Art Center 213. She will help participants create art that speaks to the stories in their lives. Visitors are encouraged to bring photocopies of documents and other items related to their families, cultures and religions, and to be open to inspiration from sources including ancient stories.

Benjamin, who now lives in New Jersey, works in a visual language that conveys her transcultural, transnational view of the world. Her art amalgamates styles, religions, languages, mythologies and iconographies. Her influences range from ancient Indian and Persian miniatures to Sephardic icons and contemporary graphic novels. She seeks to provoke reevaluation of misconceptions about identity and race that can lead to racism, hatred and war. A section of the exhibit on migration features portraits of Syrian refugees with motifs of paradise in the background.

“She can take something very human like loneliness, fear, vengeance, excitement or love and translate it with motifs influenced by Persian, Indian, Muslim, Jewish and even contemporary American art,” said Rolland Gallery curator Rachel T. Schmid. “Everything feels familiar because if you’re able to recognize even just one aspect of the piece, like the American flag, you feel a sense of home, despite not understanding the writing. In polemic times, it is nice to be reminded of shared aspects of humanity.” 

Benjamin has received a Fulbright Fellowship and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Art in America.

Admission to the exhibit and events is free. For the talk and workshop, RSVP by March 1 to rollandgallery@callutheran.edu. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland. 

Tall Ships Visit Ventura Harbor February 13 to March 5, 2018


Hawaiian Chieftain was built in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands. Launched in 1989, Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, which was built in 1750s and was one of the first U.S. – flagged ships to explore the west coast of North America.

Tour this ships beginning February 13th. Tours of the ships Tue-Sun and various adventure sails are offered. Details at www.venturaharborvillage.com/event/tall-ships-ventura-harbor-2018.

Voltaire's "Candide" at Conejo Players Theatre March 16 through April 15, 2018


Based on Voltaire’s classic story with music by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a fast-moving musical that travels through “the best of all possible worlds” with intrigue and seduction from Germany to Spain. Pirates and raging seas; gold, jewels, and debauchery; love and passion lost; trial by inquisition; escape to the new world; abundant riches found; return to Paris and Venice ... and love reunited. In other words: an adventure of music, dance, and laughter where frivolity flirts with danger at every turn! (rated PG.)

March 16 through April 15, 2018
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm
Special Saturday matinee performance on March 24

Conejo Players Theatre  351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

For tickets, visit www.conejoplayers.org.


Tall Ships to Visit Channel Islands Harbor February 6-13, 2018


Ventura County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to raise sails, sing sea shanties, and learn about life on tall ships when the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington visit the Channel Islands Harbor from February 6-13.

These one-of-a-kind tall ships based out of Grays Harbor, Washington will be docked near the Ventura County Harbor Patrol offices, 3900 Pelican Way Oxnard.

The Lady Washington, a replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a sailing vessel that ran the trading routes in the 1800s, will be open for walk-on tours, battle and adventure sails, and a passage cruise to Ventura Harbor. A crew of 10-14 people will be on board both vessels to answer questions.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org to purchase tickets.

"The Works of Robert Wassell" Art Exhibit at Buenaventura Gallery Feb 13 to Mar 10

Thorn Point Trail 10/17, oil on canvas by Robert Wassell

Thorn Point Trail 10/17, oil on canvas by Robert Wassell

The past decade was rough on art galleries across the country and Buenaventura Art Association, started 64 years ago in Ventura, is no exception. Red can be beautiful on a canvas, but never on a balance sheet.

Fortunately for this artists’ cooperative, the generosity and foresight of its members — both current and past — provide the inspiration and the means to deal with some vital changes. Association directors and dozens of members started the process Saturday with a two-hour exploration of possible paths forward.

Key to the transformation is that BAA owns its longtime home at Santa Clara and Fir streets in downtown Ventura. It is the legacy of founding Vice President Clophine Dooley, who bequeathed $400,000 in the late 1980s used for its acquisition. Remaining funds went into a cash reserve that subsidized the nonprofit’s operations during the long recent downturn, but that cushion is now gone.

So BAA directors have just listed the building for sale; a portion of the proceeds will be judiciously used to reinvent how the group operates. Toward that goal, the association wants to gather the ideas, suggestions and dreams of all area residents about how it can best serve the needs of the community and art creators. Since inception, it has been a network of imaginative people, not a physical location, that makes BAA what it is.

Meanwhile, exhibits will continue at the downtown gallery, starting with a benefit show by loyal longtime member Robert Wassell, a solitary backcountry hiker who has been documenting the Los Padres National Forest and the Channel Islands in his singular painting style for 43 years.

From Feb. 13 through March 10, about 40 of Wassell’s oil paintings will be exhibited, with all sale proceeds going to BAA. New works by other association members will fill the remaining wall space. A reception for all of the artists will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

“I am doing this benefit show because I believe that Ventura’s future as an artist colony is at stake,” Wassell said. “Ventura has an active art scene and many really good local artists. This will not continue without an organization such as the BAA. … [Members] meet all the other local artists, exchange information, and find venues to show their work.”

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. To offer your ideas or help, or for more information, visit the gallery in person or online at www.buenaventuragallery.org or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

"Sanctuaries" Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands February 19 to April 7


Ojai artist Lorraine Serena explores the peace and power of nature in CSUCI exhibition

An artistic exploration of Mother Nature untouched was nearly consumed by Mother Nature unleashed when the Thomas fire threatened the works of Ojai artist Lorraine Serena.

Serena, whose work will appear in an upcoming exhibition at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI), was evacuated from her Ojai home four times as she and CSUCI Art Lecturer Anette Kubitza put together the show.  The studio where Serena works as well as her art pieces were at her home.

“Each time Lorraine was evacuated, we didn’t know if the work would survive,” Kubitza said.

Titled “Sanctuaries,” the exhibition will run from Feb. 19 to April 7 with a Feb. 22 opening in the John Spoor Broome Gallery. The reception will last from 5 to 7 p.m. with a talk from Serena about her work. Visit the John Spoor Broome Library for library hours.

“For me, ‘Sanctuaries’ is about places of peace and solitude and comfort,” Serena said. “Landscapes, churches, temples. I was doing it as a contemplative thing.”

Serena’s charcoal drawings are large, about 49 by 60 inches. The shrines are examples of Serena’s collage work.

To Kubitza, “Sanctuaries” is a study of the multilayered relationship between human beings and their environment, which can be a source of peace and power.

“Nature can evoke feelings of soul-nurturing retreat from social woes, yet recently, those gave way to feelings of awe and powerlessness as riverbeds flooded and fires roared,” Kubitza said.

Serena received her bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts at UC Santa Barbara and lived in Montecito for a time before moving to Ojai, so watching the fire sweep through the two counties she called home was heartbreaking for her.

“I just got chills through my whole body at the mention of it,” Serena said. “It’s just horrifying.”

Serena hopes “Sanctuaries” reminds guests of the softer side of nature.

Serena began her career with a series of artistic collaborations at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. These installations involved more than 600 student artists.

Later, Serena would go on to establish Women Beyond Borders (womenbeyondborders.org), which became her life’s work.

The multi-year project involved sending more than 1,000 artists in 50 countries one small wooden box each, which they made into a piece of art, then returned to Serena. Among the artistic boxes are works from more than 10,000 children, 6,500 with disabilities.

“We’re all isolated artists in our studios,” she said. “I’m very fond of collaboration. I don’t like to just walk alone as an artist. I like to walk with other artists.”

Serena considers “Sanctuaries” and “Women Beyond Borders” both as examples of her overarching art form: building community.

She is fond of quoting Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro, who said: “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

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.

Local Weavers and Spinners Exhibition at Beatrice Wood Center in Ojai 3/3 to 4/15

Carl Friedlander, Winter Forest Wallhanging, Photo Credit: Kevin Wallace

Carl Friedlander, Winter Forest Wallhanging, Photo Credit: Kevin Wallace

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai is pleased to present an exhibition featuring members of the Ventura County Handweavers  Spinners Guild, March 3 – April 15, 2018. Every Saturday and Sunday, members will present free demonstrations of fiber processes in conjunction with the Center’s educational programming.

“I’m excited to be presenting this exhibition, as fiber and textile art links all cultures, across the centuries,” says Kevin Wallace, the Center’s director. “Weaving is one of the oldest forms of human technology, yet the processes involved in fiber and textile art are experiencing a renaissance in the digital age, as these practices provide a connection to the tactical and traditional. Today young people are exploring processes that were previously thought of as terribly unhip grandma crafts.”

Founded in 1970, the Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners Guild is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the education and promotion of fiber arts, with a focus on weaving and spinning. With an active membership of over 70 members, the guild participates in community events and sponsors a variety of educational programs and workshops in a broad range of textile-related crafts.

The guild also rents equipment, and loans books, periodicals, and notebooks with woven samples and drafts, covering a wide variety of weaving techniques, donated by Guild members or compiled from workshops led by well known fiber artists.

The public is invited to attend the Reception on Saturday, March 3rd, from 2 – 5 pm, as well as the demonstrations on weekends.

The Center is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Visit www.beatricewood.com or call 805.646.3381 for more information.

24th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July Announces 2018 Artist Lineup


24th Annual Festival to Feature World-Class Artists, including Pink Martini, the John Jorgenson Quintet and many more in July 2018

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture.  This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Headlined by genre-defying “little orchestra” Pink Martini and supported by world class acts such as celebrated guitarists John Jorgenson and “El Twanguero” Diego Garcia, the festival has something for every musical taste.

In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2018 musical lineup consists of:

7/12: American Gypsy Jazz featuring star guitarist John Jorgenson at the historic Olivas Adobe

7/13: Latin Grammy-winner and “fire breathing guitar hero” vocalist and composer Diego Garcia (“El Twanguero”) alongside his trio at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/14: “Rollicking, multi-lingual, around-the-world musical adventure” and festival headliner Pink Martini at the Oxnard PACC

7/15: Dynamic classic music ensemble Trio Céleste at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/20: Celebrated and imaginative Akropolis Reed Quintet at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/21: Stunning singer-songwriter Perla Batalla will present her “Frida Kahlo song cycle”, inspired by the works of Kahlo and Diego Rivera  at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/22: Pas de deux series depicting the ups, downs and sideways of relationships – Malashock Dance at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

Additionally, the festival will host a “Tea & Trumpets” at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, where guests will enjoy a four-course English tea with the Festival Brass Quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare on 7/13, as well as a free public concert with electrifying mariachi-meets-American classics ensemble Jarabe Mexicano at Mission Park in Ventura on 7/18.  For times, updates and more details in the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 24th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 12-15 and July 20-22, 2018 at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, located at 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA 93003 unless otherwise noted above. Tickets will range in price from $25-$50 (special student rates excepted) and will be available for purchase in April. For more information please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146.

Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, build audience-Festival and audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse education offerings for all ages. For more information, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents DREAMWORKS' MADAGASCAR February 2-25, 2018


Young Artists Ensemble presents DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. directed by Directed by Suzanne Tobin with Musical Direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins and Choreography by Cheryl Ross. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays February 2 – 25, 2018 with the addition of performers with special needs February 23-25, 2018.  All performances are at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

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 musical is a Zooful of fun, with the Book by Kevin Del Aguila and Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.                

Dreamworks' Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr is also a part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience.  These performances with the addition of performers with special needs will take place on the fourth weekend, February 23-25, 2018.

DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The “Season of Family” will conclude with CHARLOTTE’S WEB May 4-20, 2018. Mini-Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com

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: Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Lyda Jade Harlan as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Julia Lester as Carrie 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. 

"This is Hunger" Touring Exhibit in Thousand Oaks February 10th to 14th


Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church are proud to host the last stop for “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in Thousand Oaks from February 10th to 14th. This first-of-its-kind free exhibit will bring Conejo Valley residents face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements.

To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in the Conejo Valley, Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church partnered with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring “This Is Hunger” to a local audience. The exhibit features portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist, and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day. Through digital and hands-on activities, “This Is Hunger” takes participants on a compelling journey that draws them into the real-life circumstances of these individuals and deepens their awareness about who in America struggles with hunger and why. Visitors are then encouraged to educate others and advocate for change.

“This Is Hunger” is housed in a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer that, when parked and opened on both sides, provides nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibit is wrapping up a 16-month national tour that has stopped in more than 40 cities across the country.

There is NO charge but RSVPs are a must. For free ticket reservation and tour times, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-hunger-ca-temple-adat-elohim-with-ascension-lutheran-church-tickets-41029910567

Location: 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Website: https://alcto.org/events/this-is-hunger/

Phone: (805) 495-0406

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at California ScienCenter Opens March 24th


To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center is proud to present the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever.

Travel 3,300 years back in time to join King Tut as he navigates the perilous underworld. In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. Follow the boy king as he travels from the underworld through the twelve gates and to the afterlife. Along the way, interactive displays reveal how exquisitely engraved burial objects such as the bow and arrow and boomerang were meant to protect Tut in his life-after-death journey. 

Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Marvel at the gilded coffinette and lid from one of the alabaster containers that held the pharaoh’s mummified organs. Learn about the pharaoh’s second death and find out how your presence in the exhibition ensures King Tut’s immortality by keeping his name alive. If it wasn’t for Howard Carter’s passion and determination, King Tut’s name–and treasure–might have been lost for all eternity.

Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.  

Tickets go on sales Tuesday, January 16th.  californiasciencecenter.org/visit/admission/king-tut-admissions

"Water Works" Exhibit at Channel Islands Maritime Museum January 8 to March 25, 2018


The Channel Islands Maritime Museum in the Channel Islands Harbor presents “Water Works” by expedition artist Danielle Eubank, January 8-March 25th, 2018. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 6-8PM. Events are FREE with Membership or Museum admission. The museum is located at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard.

For our monthly speaker series, we welcome Danielle as she speaks on the “Global Adventure to Capture Maritime Beauty,” Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30PM refreshments are served and the lecture begins at 7PM. Free for CIMM Members, $7 non-members, $5 seniors/students and military personnel.

Danielle Eubank is an expedition artist in pursuit of painting all of the major bodies of water in the world. She is beginning by painting all of Earth’s oceans. She is currently painting the second to last ocean on her list, the Arctic Ocean. So far, she has painted all of the other oceans but one, as well as water in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and Asia. Eubank has painted around 200 bodies, in and around 21 countries.

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is open M/Th - Sat 10-4pm, Sun 12-4pm, and Tues - Wed for group tours (reservations required) and private member events.  Located in Oxnard’s beautiful Channel Islands Harbor, at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and exquisite maritime paintings dating back to the 1600’s, more than sixty world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime. Museum entry is $7 adults, $5 seniors/students/military, $3 children (ages 6-17), free for members and children under 6, and FREE on the third Thursday of the month. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260.  

New Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Features Kids' Race Cars


The Petersen Automotive Museum today announces the opening of a special exhibit dedicated to children and their longstanding fascination with fast cars. Showcased in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, “Sidewalk Speedsters: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars” offers guests a look at kids' competition cars.
Presented by Lucas Oil, the display features a diverse range of child-sized race cars—from old to new, electric- to gas-powered to sophisticated, and affordable to luxurious. A $430 million per year industry as of 2015, kids' vehicles have become a phenomenon, populating the shelves, catalogs and online inventories of toy and game retailers worldwide. While many adults may wonder whether owner-driven automobiles will continue to be part of the everyday driving landscape, small, powered children’s cars are growing in popularity among youths.
“’Sidewalk Speedsters’ marks a playful change of pace for the museum,” said Petersen Chief Historian Leslie Kendall. “I had so much fun choosing the vehicles on display, as I grew up racing similar cars. The whimsical selection will perfectly juxtapose the more serious presentations, adding an exciting element of surprise to the museum’s overall atmosphere.”
Key vehicles that are featured include a 1927 Bugatti Type 52 “Baby,” a 1995 Meyness Bentley and a 1977 Porsche 936 Le Mans Jr. The exhibit will also showcase a 1968 Disneyland Autopia buggy, a 1931 Custer, a 1945 Plexiglas Lucas, a 1938 Maytag, a 1955 “Homemade,” a 1939 Motokar, a 1934 National Junior Racer, a, “The Lad’s Car,” “The Junior Automobile,” a Chevy Jr., a 1934 Cannonball Racer, a 1954 Vanguard Sidewalk Racer, and a 1955 Viking Craft.

To learn more about this exhibit and the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.petersen.org

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 www.simi-arts.org.

Tickets retail at $25 but available for $10 to $15 at bit.ly/SisterActSimi (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 www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/enchanted

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: https://art.csuci.edu/exhibitions/.

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.

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.