Young Artists Forever Presents "Assassins" August 16 to 25 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Forever will present a gender-blind production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins August 16 - 25, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 pm, and Wednesday and Thursday performances at 8:00 pm on the Outdoor Patio Stage at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, this Tony Award-winning musical is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr. Directed by Joanna Syiek, with musical direction by Jennifer Lin, and assistant direction from Mitchell Webb. All proceeds benefit Young Artists Ensemble. This play is recommended for mature audiences.

This multiple Tony Award-winning classic takes a lens to the pattern of presidential assassination attempts while examining America's culture of celebrity and the violent means some have resorted to in order to obtain it. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Sondheim and Weidman bend the rules of space and time to explore a limbo where America's famous presidential assassins meet and connect. The show allows the characters to divulge their crimes committed in the name of the American Dream, and asks audiences to examine the ways in which the country has or has not changed in its number of years since its patriotic birth.

The gender-blind casting features Francesca Barletta (Proprietor), Sarah Kline (Booth), Jade Taylor (Balladeer), Parker Apple (Czolgosz), Renee Cohen (Charles Guiteau), Hallie Mayer (Zangara), Josh Hillinger (Byck), Tamara Burgess (Fromme), Frankie Zabilka (Hinckley), Courtney Reed (Moore), Clint Blakely (Oswald), and Keeley Bell, Jane Leu, and Rory Smith as Citizens.

Director Joanna Syiek is the Indy Award Winner for her direction of American Idiot. She was received two Broadway World Nominations for Best Direction of LIZZIE and The Pokémusical. Musical director by Jennifer Lin received an Ovation Nomination for Best Music Direction of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

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 “Evil Dead the Musical”, “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 are $20, with $15 seats available for students and seniors in the side sections, and may be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting www.hillcrestarts.com.

"The Fall of Lady M' at Santa Paula Theater Center August 2-18

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The Santa Paula Theater Center will present THE FALL OF LADY M by noted local playwright and actor Michael Perlmutter on its Backstage@SPTC venue, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula, with the playwright directing. The production runs Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 18, 2019. There will be no performance on Saturday, August 10 but a special PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance has been added on Thursday, August 8, 2019. All evening performances are at 8 pm and Sunday Matinees are at 2:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or reserved by email sptcbox@gmail.com or by phone at (805) 525-4645. Tickets are $15.00 for all performances and all ages except the PWYC performance on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Told through the eyes of her two chambermaids, THE FALL OF LADY M centers on Lady Macbeth's lust for power, manipulation, rise to position, dissent into madness, and ultimate death. Relying on all female characters including unique twists on Ladies Macbeth, MacDuff and, of course, the three witches, THE FALL OF LADY M spins a new tale of murder, betrayal, defiance and taking hold of the future, set inside that of the classic story of power, greed and the edge of fantasy.

THE FALL OF LADY M is far from a historical re-envisioning of yesteryear; it is as current as today’s headlines telling the story of political undoing, through the actions of the disenfranchised, the outcasts and the working class. It is our own story in re-envisioning how each of us may strive to better the world; not in pursuit of our own gain but in that self-same act of moral self-sacrifice, finding our own private destiny and changing history.

The cast includes Vivien Latham as Lady Macbeth, Angela DeCicco as Agnes, Christine Sposato as Vanessa, Chris Adams, Theresa Secor, and Leslie Ann Vitanza as The Witches, and Kimberly Rogers as Lady MacDuff. . Michael Perlmutter is directing with Pat Lawler as Stage Manager, Cathy Metelak, Producer, Tamarah Ashton, Costumer, and Sharon Reinhold as Actor and Tech Support.

Little Black Dress - The Musical at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza August 9th and 10th

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Little Black Dress – The Musical is a fully original musical with improv and comes to the Scherr Forum, Friday, August 9 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 10 at 2:30 & 7:30pm.

If Amy Schumer and Stephen Sondheim had a love child, this would be it! Written for women, by women, Little Black Dress! tells the story of best friends Mandy and Dee. Together we witness the girls' major life events in their little black dresses – first job interview, first date, first awkward sexual experience (which happens more than once), first funeral, and more!

After being on tour for close to three years together with the wildly successful Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody, writers Danielle Trzcinski and Amanda Barker saw an audience they never knew existed. Thousand of women who wanted to go to the theatre not just to see a show, but to have an experience where they could laugh and let loose.

Hilarious tunes about childbirth to profound songs about love and friendship combine with hysterical audience improv, a heartfelt story and sincere moments of tenderness to create a truly unique event. A show that every woman can relate to, Little Black Dress has made audiences across the globe laugh, cry, and party!

WARNING: Contains strong language and adult content.

Single tickets are priced at $49 & $39 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.

Channel Islands Maritime Museum Celebrates Ocean Defenders Alliance Exhibit July 1 to August 26

As part of its continuing 2019 theme of “Into the Deep,” Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is working in partnership with the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) to highlight the effects of human-made debris on our oceans ecosystems. As part of this partnership, CIMM is pleased to announce an Ocean Defenders Alliance Exhibit that will share the mission, work, and results produced by the Alliance.

While many of us have heard about the harmful debris in our world’s oceans, the Ocean Defenders Alliance is actively working to clean marine habitats in order to protect the vital ecosystems and the marine life who live there. In speaking about the exhibit, CIMM Executive Director, Peter Crabbe said, “Cleaning our oceans is really a battle that aims to save our quality of life. We are so dependent on our oceans, and man-made debris is affecting the health of our oceans and the animals who live in them. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum celebrates all things maritime through art, so this exhibit is a wonderful companion to our artworks that so prominently feature our oceans and waterways.”

The exhibit will feature informative displays as well as a collection of items that have been removed from marine habitats by the Alliance. The Ocean Defenders Alliance exhibit starts on July 1, 2019, and goes through August 26, 2019. Museum/exhibit hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm and Monday 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

About Channel Islands Maritime Museum - Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600s, 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 free for members and children under 6, $7 adults, $5 seniors/military, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free on the third Thursday of the month. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is open M/Th-Sat 10–4 pm, Sun 12–4 pm and closed Tues and Wed for group tours and private member events, also, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

About Ocean Defenders Alliance - Founded in 2002; the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) works to clean and protect marine ecosystems through documentation, education, and meaningful action. Working with affected communities, it focuses primarily on the reduction and removal of man-made debris which poses severe threats to ocean wildlife and habitats. ODA envisions a world in which we educate communities and involve them in solutions that help ensure marine ecosystems can exist free from harm caused by human debris. Without abandoned fishing gear, trash, and improperly sunken vessels damaging their habitat, marine flora and fauna will be able to thrive. www.oceandefenders.org

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Young Frankenstein" July 26 to August 4 in Thousand Oaks

Young Artists Ensemble presents its Teen Summer Musical production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein directed and choreographed by Mayme Paul July 26 – August 4, 2019 at the Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center. Young Frankenstein’s book is by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan with music & lyrics by Mel Brooks. Musical Direction is by Zachary Spencer and the young orchestrat is conducted by Susan Treworgy-Calkins.

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. - MTI.com.

This production is rated PG as some material may be not be suitable for younger children. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

Director & Choreographer Mayme Paul has been fortunate to have a long career performing, teaching, directing and choreographing with over one hundred credits on her resume. She has performed on Broadway, on National Tours, and in Regional Theatre Productions, and has directed shows all over the United States. Last summer, she directed YAE’s Teen Summer Musical, IN THE HEIGHTS. Previously at YAE, she worked on productions of Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Cabaret and Chicago (for which she won Outstanding Director by The National Youth Arts Organization). In addition to musicals, she has choreographed commercials and the hit TV show Northern Exposure. She owned and operated a children’s theater company, Gypsy Productions.

Premium tickets for Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN are $23 Premium seats are $21 for adults and $17 for children, students and seniors. Super Discount Friday Performance (Friday, August 2 at 7:30pm) are $15 for all tickets. Groups of ten or more receive a discount of 10% if purchased in a single transaction (all group sales are final). Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or at www.yaeonline.com. There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance (all group sales are final). Call (805) 381-2747 or visit www.yaeonline.com if you have any questions.

Young Artists Ensemble has received many accolades in the past 37 years including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts, and Best Innovative Program 2011, Large District from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. Most recently, it received 38 nominations and thirteen wins for their 2016-17 Productions including nine wins for the teen summer musical.

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.

But wait…tickets discounted to $41 plus service fees at bit.ly/LovettTO (affiliate).

Four Magical Productions for Rubicon Theatre Company’s 17th Summer Youth Season

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It’s a season of magic for students of the arts as Rubicon Theatre Company’s summer educational programs swing into action. With four camps, the Jack Oakie Summer Youth Program offers professional level training for budding performing artists as well as emerging young designers and stagecraft enthusiasts: The Stinky Feet camp for five to twelve year-olds, the Fearless Shakespeare Camp for students aged fifteen to twenty-five, the Theatre Camp for kids from eleven to fourteen years old and finally the Musical Theatre Intensive which accepts young actor/singers who are between fifteen and twenty-five years-old. Each camp culminates in a fully staged production. This year’s offerings include Giants In The Sky (music and lyrics by Denver Casado, book and lyrics by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm), The Tempest (by William Shakespeare), Once On This Island Jr. (book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty) and Into The Woods (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine).

Rubicon’s summer programs are structured to provide the region’s youth with training that goes beyond theatrical practices. The daily classes and rehearsals are built to increase self-confidence, collaborative abilities and the knowledge that working as a team is the ultimate life skill.

Beverly and Kirby Ward are in their second year as Rubicon’s Co-Directors of Education and Outreach. The Wards themselves grew up in youth theatre and they are firm believers that the performing arts empower young people as well as furnish them with the opportunity to forge lasting relationships. “The connections these kids are making in our programs are for life,” says Kirby, while Beverly adds, “They’re creating a family. They’re sharing deeply emotional experiences that happen only when you take the risk to perform in front of a live audience.”

The Wards are overseeing the administration of the four productions and co-direct Into The Woods. Giants In The Sky is directed, choreographed and musically directed by Garrett Blair. The Tempest features direction by Joseph Fuqua and verse coaching by Louis Lotorto. Once On This Island Jr. is directed by George Ratliff, choreographed by Cheryl Baxter and has musical direction by Dan Call.

GIANTS IN THE SKY – Giants In The Sky tells the story of Heeshee and her friend Bert, a pair of young Giants who leave their home in the clouds for an adventure among the humans down below. Heeshee is incurably curious and her questions about why Giants live in the sky lead to complications among the Giant elders as well as a group of disenchanted Giants who are secretly living on earth.

Runtime: approximately 1 hour. Ages: Elementary and up (please, no children under 2 years-old)

Show Dates: Sat Jun 29, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $15 (includes $4 service fee)

THE TEMPEST – William Shakespeare’s tale of the powerful and magical Prospero, his sheltered daughter Miranda, and their home on a deserted island gets a re-thinking in this youthful version that’s set in the early 20th century amidst the ruins of an abandoned theme park.

Runtime: 2 hours. Ages: Middle School and up

Show Dates: Fri Jul 12, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat Jul 13, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sun Jul 14, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $15/$20 (includes $4 service fee), all students and teachers with valid ID are FREE when using the code FREESHAKES.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. – The story of Ti Moune, a young peasant girl whose Island home is divided by rich and poor. Ti Moune and her fellow villagers are at the mercy of four mythical Gods who muddle in humans’ lives for their entertainment. A tale of one girl’s coming of age and the power of love to overcome prejudice and break down barriers, Once On This Island Jr. is a multi-Tony Award winning classic.

Runtime: 1 hour. Ages: 3 and up

Show Dates: Fri Jul 26, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat Jul 27, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sun Jul 28, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $15/$20 (includes $4 service fee)

INTO THE WOODS – Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s spin on classic fairytales asks the question, “what happens after Happily Ever After?” The story takes place on the edge of a great forest where a young girl named Cinderella, a lad named Jack, and a childless Baker and his wife live next door to a witch. They all have secret wishes. Their lives intersect when, in order to fulfill their dreams, a journey into the woods becomes necessary.

Runtime: 2 hours. Ages: Middle School and up

Show Dates: Fri Aug 9, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat Aug 10, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sun Aug 11, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.; Tue Aug 13, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.; Wed Aug 14, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Thu Aug 15, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.; Fri Aug 16, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat, Aug 17 |2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $15/$20 (includes $4 service fee)

Tickets may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance). To charge by phone, call (805) 667-2900. Or visit Rubicon online at www.rubicontheatre.org. Twenty-four-hour-a-day ticketing is available online.

Kelly "RISK" Graval "For the Greater Good" Solo Exhibition at California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks through September 4th

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is hosting a solo exhibit by Kelly “RISK” Graval through Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Writing under the pseudonym RISK, Graval rose to prominence as the originator of a bright, colorful, west coast graffiti style. He pioneered “hitting up the heavens” and tagging freight trains to spread his name across the country. By the early 90’s, RISK could be seen all over Los Angeles.

Graval’s mixed-media work follows in the rich tradition of Pop Art. Iconography from Buddhism, rock and roll, advertising, and cartoons figure prominently in his work. Working in neon translates his bright palette into light while painting on metal calls back to the many nights spent in the railyards of Los Angeles County. Graval’s work plays with visual and material juxtapositions to both draw in and push back on the viewer. Metal, lights, paint, grit, and shine are the materials of Graval’s practice and the materials of the city that raised him.

CMATO is located at The Oaks shopping mall 2nd floor, midway between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Hours are Thursdays 3-7PM and Fridays-Sundays noon-7PM. Suggested donation for admission is $6.

Visit cmato.org or call 805.405.5240 for more information.

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

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.