"Sorry! Wrong Chimney!" at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse November 1-24

Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears’ “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on November 1, 2019.  David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas.  He tells her he's working late at the office, but she finds out he isn't at the office.  A suspected other woman, hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his gun toting fiancée, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas or anytime entertainment!

Sorry! Wrong Chimney! is meant to be silly and elicit laughs.  The comedic elements multiply at a riotous pace.  This play proves that farcical comedy can be given stunning life.  Fans of broad farce will absolutely love this show!

Performances are November 1 through November 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2PM.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and military, and $10 for children 12 and under.  Group rates are available by calling the box office.  The show is open to all ages.  Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is located at the Camarillo Airport Complex at 220 Skyway Drive in Camarillo.  For tickets and more information, visit www.skywayplayhouse.org or chimneyCSP.brownpapertickets.com, or call (805)388-5716,

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Addams Family" November 1-17 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Ensemble presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY, School Edition directed by Autumn Bodily with Musical Direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins and Choreography by Whitney Grubb. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 1 - 17, 2019 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

Addams Family: School Edition begins when Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! To make matters worse, she has invited him and his family to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

ADDAMS FAMILY: School Edition is the first production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 39th Annual Family Theatre Season. The season continues with FANTASTIC MR. FOX performing January 30 - February 16, 2020 and will conclude with FREAKY FRIDAY May 1-17, 2020.

Season tickets are available for all three shows with flexible days and times and start at only $30 for adults, children, students and seniors for the Super Discount Friday performances on the second or third Fridays of each production, or tailor your season for $39 adults and $33 children, students and seniors. Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance only, not available for season tickets.

On Sunday, June 3, 2019, Young Artists Ensemble received 25 nominations and eight wins for their 2018-19 Productions. Winners in the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: In the Heights, Outstanding Ensemble: The Little Prince, Outstanding Choreography: Mayme Paul for In the Heights, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical: Sarah Kay as Nina and Patrick Mayoral as Usnavi in In the Heights, Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical: Quinn Martin as Vanessa in In the Heights, and Outstanding Supporting Performance (Junior Division): Chloe Skye Garcia as Fox and Maddie Ragsdale as Rose in The Little Prince. Among the many nominees were performers and creative staff from Young Artists Ensemble’s productions of In the Heights, The Little Prince, Charlotte’s Web, Once Upon A Mattress, and Mary Poppins Jr.

Empathy: Beneath the Surface Art Exhibition at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks 10/18/19 to 2/16/20

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In November of 2018, the Conejo Valley region was left reeling from two back-to-back calamities: a deadly mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill on November 7, followed by the devastating Woolsey wildfire on November 8. The events claimed lives, forced thousands to evacuate their homes and left a community grief-stricken.

Now, almost a year after the “twin tragedies,” artists of international and national renown will recall the community’s strength, compassion and connection through a powerful group exhibition opening October 18, 2019, at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO), until February 16, 2020.

“Empathy: Beneath the Surface” will feature works by seven artists and include large-scale paintings, contemporary sculpture, mixed media, installation, a blue-chip virtual reality film, cinematic photography and stunning modern tapestries.

General admission is free. CMATO is open Thursday, 3:00-7:00 PM, and Friday-Sunday from 12:00-7:00 PM.

Location: The Oaks Mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, 2nd Level, Thousand Oaks

More information at www.cmato.org or by calling (805) 405-5240.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Holiday Concerts in Ojai November 30, December 1

Ojai Performing Arts Theater (OPAT) proudly announces “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” two concerts of your favorite holiday music this Thanksgiving weekend. Along with the singing of many classics, the captivating backstories of how each song was created will be given by hosts George Ball and Amanda McBroom. All proceeds from the concerts benefit the Nordhoff High School Music Department. What better way to kick off the holiday season than two performances of great music at Matilija Auditorium, Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Executive Producer and OPAT CEO Joan Kemper said, “We had such a great reaction from two sold-out performances last year, we decided to produce another version this year to the Nordhoff Music Department. There’s lots of Christmas music left so, who knows what we may do next year!”

Hosts George Ball and Amanda McBroom will accompany five local but professional singers to delight the crowds. The cast includes Scott White, Betsy Randle, Anna Wagner, JB White, and Alexander Schottky. Directing the ensemble, writer of the musical arrangements, and leading the 10-piece professional orchestra is the head of the Nordhoff High music department Bill Wagner.

In between songs, the hosts will tell entertaining backstories about the song’s creation and how it got into the “Language of Christmas.” Peter Fox, local authorand director who conceived of the show last year, wrote this year’s script and researched the songs for their backstories. For example, did you know that Andy Williams had a hit record with this year’s title tune in not only 1971, but 2018 as well? It’s pretty amazing how holiday music can stand the test of time.

That’s just one of the delicious little tidbits featured in the upcoming holiday concert. As Amanda McBroom and George Ball host, ­“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a fascinating and entertaining “behind the scenes” look at the history of some of our favorite holiday songs.

“What’s especially great for me,” said Kemper, “is that the first-rate singers from last year are all returning. And Ojai’s favorite leading man Scott White is joining the cast. Our superb hosts Amanda McBroom and George Ball, are on board again and will be showcasing their vocal talents with our orchestra, too. A great lineup of songs and talent to usher in the holiday season. I’m thrilled.”

The concert runs for just two performances at Matilija Auditorium, Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 1, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $35 for general admission; $30 for seniors; and $25 for students under 18. Tickets will be available November 5 online at www.ojaitheater.org.

Classical Concerts on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks October 2019 to April 2020

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Hillcrest Center for the Arts announces a new series of eight classical concerts in the “Hall of Mirrors”, Sunday Afternoons at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, across from The Oaks Mall. Internationally renowned classical artists and well-known local chamber groups and musicians will perform in this acoustically-perfect and intimate venue, featuring classical music the way it was first performed for the Royal Families in Europe. Soloists included in the series include Pianist Anastasia Dedik, Violinist Brynn Albanase and pianist Ilya Friedberg. Chamber groups include Channel Islands String Quartet, Luminoso Piano Quartet and Singer Chamber Quartet. Unique offerings include Shelest Duo, husband and wife pianists and Rising Stars of L.A. Opera. Season tickets begin as low as $11 per concert.

Pianist Anastasia Dedik headlines the first concert in the series on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Dedik has performed as a soloist and chamber musician from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall and is a top prize winner for a number of international piano competitions including the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU.

This concert is the first of a full concert series of eight that will feature classical music at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. The goal of the series is to provide world-class chamber groups and soloists to local audiences in an intimate setting. All concerts feature reserved seating with tickets that are affordably priced and reduced tickets for students and seniors. Series Artistic Director Gulia Gurevich is a violinist and a violist of the Prima Trio, a mixed ensemble which had won a Grand Prix at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two young daughters. Gulia is also the owner and director of a music school, runs a festival in France, and a classical music series in the Los Angeles area. “I am thrilled to be able to bring world class, award winning musicians to Thousand Oaks,” says Gurevich. “The facilities here at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts are beautiful.”

Anastasia Dedik Concert reserved single seats are $20.00 for Keyboard/Premium and Wheelchair Keyboard/Premium tickets. Reserved tickets in the regular section are $17.00. Value seating section tickets are $15.00. Season tickets allow savings up to 25% over single concert prices, with refunds and exchanges available. A “pick four series” is also available. The best seats are in the Keyboard/Premium section allowing for the closest view of the artists’ fingers on the keyboard of the Steinway Grand Piano. Tickets may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (805) 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

The lineup:

Sunday, October 27 at 2pm

Anastasia Dedik, Pianist

Anastasia Dedik has performed as a soloist and chamber musician from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall and many other important stages in between. She is a top prize winner for a number of international piano competitions including the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU.

Sunday, November 3 at 2pm

Channel Island String Quartet

Established in 2001, the Quartet’s members: Irving Weinstein, Ted Lucas, Diana Ray-Goodman, & Ervin Klinkon, bring a wealth of both musical and educational experiences to its concerts. Performances include fascinating information to offer a peek into the life of the composers & the compositions’ background.

Sunday, November 17 at 2pm

Brynn Albanase, Violinist

Brynn Albanese has celebrated a career spanning 35 years from California to the East Coast, Europe, Asia and South America. Violin has been part of her life since the age of four. She is the Concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the San Luis Obispo Opera Grand Orchestra. Brynn is also on the music Faculty at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

Saturday, February 22 at 3pm

Shelest Duo, Pianists

The Ukrainian husband and wife team, Anna & Dmitri Shelest, have performed in a broad array of venues and have been praised by the Secretary General of the UN as “realized diplomacy through music.” They have performed onstage at Carnegie Hall and their music has been featured on a number of radio stations nationwide.

Sunday, January 19 at 2pm

Ilya Friedberg, Pianist

Pianist of the Bloomington Trio, Ilya Friedberg has been described as an “Artist who puts his listener to a musical magic” by pianist Menahem Pressler. Ilya is a passionate chamber musician and is a sought-after collaborator among the members of Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony among others.

Sunday, March 29 at 2pm

Rising Stars of LA Opera

Join us for Rising Opera Stars in Concert, a showcase performance starring members of the Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program. The program is a two- to three -year paid residency for singers and pianists who are transitioning from academic training to a professional career in opera.

Sunday, April 5 at 2pm

Luminoso Piano Quartet

The Luminoso Piano Quartet began in 2015 to bring together the pairing of strings with the Hillcrest Centers’ Steinway piano. Araksia Nazlikyan, Diana Ray-Goodman, Jan Kelley & Ornela Ervin, performers with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, began the road to many wonderful experiences as a quartet.

Sunday, April 26 at 2pm

Singer Chamber Players

Clarinetist David Singer founded the Singer Chamber Players in 2015. Singer established his career as one of the most highly respected clarinetists in the US through performances and recordings as principal clarinetist of the Grammy Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is joined by cellist Virginia Kron and by pianist Miriam Arichea.

Moorpark College Theatre Arts Presents "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" October 10-20

MOORPARK COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS

“THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT”

Dark Comedy Invites Audience into Purgatory’s Courtroom

The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department announces its upcoming production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis. This dark comedy poses a question of biblical proportions: Is history’s most notorious traitor worthy of forgiveness? This production takes place Oct. 10-20, with 8 p.m. shows Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

As an extension of its ongoing Youth Outreach Program, the Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department will feature a free matinee for local high schools on Oct. 15. On Oct. 16, Ventura County Community College District students can attend the show for free, and on Oct. 19, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be present for the deaf and hard of hearing community. All performances will take place at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark.

Originally mounted by New York’s Public Theatre in 2005, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” invites the audience into a small courtroom in downtown purgatory where souls worry about where they might end up on judgment day. Unlike any courtroom drama, this play brings new life to the Bible audiences thought they knew. Guirgis (“Between Riverside & Crazy,” “The Get Down”) calls upon figures from history--like the fast-talking grand diva St. Monica, the feistier-than-ever Mother Theresa and even Judas’ mother, Henrietta--to testify about whether or not Judas is worthy of forgiveness. Regardless of how audience members feel coming in, they will leave “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” asking, “What does it mean to be worthy of God’s love?” and “Can any of us truly cast the first stone?”

“Stephen Adly Guirgis is my favorite contemporary playwright. He’s so raw, he’s so real, he’s so New York,” said Suzanne Fagan, theatre professor and the play’s director. “This play raises hard questions and every time I read Last Days I feel uncomfortable, which is exactly why I love it. There’s a certain point in the play every single time where I start asking myself, ‘Am I ready for judgment? Could I forgive someone who did this to me?’ This play is haunting. It makes me rethink a lot about life, like forgiveness, salvation and unconditional love.”

Tickets may be purchased online to save 20 percent, and group discounts are available. For more information and to buy tickets, visit moorparkcollege.edu/PAC or call the Box Office at (805) 378-1485. For additional background regarding the Moorpark College Theatre Arts department, contact Fagan at (310) 367-5136 or sfagan@vcccd.edu

Performance Schedule:

  • Oct. 10, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 11, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 12, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

  • Oct. 15, 10 a.m., a free production for local high schools.

  • Oct. 16, 10 a.m., a free production for VCCCD students.

  • Oct. 17, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 18, 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 19, 8 p.m., this performance will have ASL interpreters.

  • Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

All performances will be at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark.

MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.

“Egypt’s Lost Cities” Exhibition at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley October 5, 2019 through April 12, 2020

The crew of IEASM is assembled to watch the colossal bust of god Hapy being raised, strapped with webbings, for the first time in more than 2000 years out of the waters of Aboukir bay, Egypt.  Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

The crew of IEASM is assembled to watch the colossal bust of god Hapy being raised, strapped with webbings, for the first time in more than 2000 years out of the waters of Aboukir bay, Egypt.

Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization but not the mystery of what was. Long ago, two bustling cities in ancient Egypt were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry. One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, the cities slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries. Determined to recover the cities that vanished, Franck Goddio, an economist by trade and underwater archaeologist at heart, delivered the discovery of a millennium, for he located not a shipwreck, but an entire civilization. This remarkable story will be told at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s Egypt’s Lost Cities exhibition.

“Egypt’s Lost Cities brings back to life two cities that time forgot,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “We’re privileged to bring this rich story of ancient cities from the time of ancient Pharaohs and Alexander the Great -- both lost at sea -- to the Reagan Library. It’s a find as magnificent as Atlantis, something you just have to see to believe.”

Opening on October 5, 2019 and running through April 12, 2020, Egypt’s Lost Cities showcases more than 250 of these authentic artifacts, including three colossal 16-foot sculptures of an Egyptian pharaoh, a queen, and a god. The Reagan Library will also display The Stele de Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, an 18-ton monolith, the first time this artifact has ever been on display in the United States.

Additional highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Precious gold coins and jewelry

  • Bronze vessels

  • Objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages

  • Statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, including the statue of the god Hapi. Made of red granite, the statue is 18 feet tall and weighs 8 tons. It is the biggest statue of a god ever discovered in Egypt.

“Visitors will be able to see artifacts which have never seen before,” said Franck Goddio, curator and underwater archaeologist who discovered the two lost cities. “This exhibition shows the result of 22 years of work on those two sunken cities. For me and my team it is extremely gratifying to know that this superb exhibit has been chosen to appear at the Ronald Reagan Library.”

An archaeologist checks the stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the city of Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277), National Museum, Alexandria - IEASM Excavations.  Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

An archaeologist checks the stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the city of Heracleion. Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt (SCA 277), National Museum, Alexandria - IEASM Excavations.

Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation

To help tell the story of these ancient lost cities, these artifacts will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria. This not-to-be-missed exhibition is ideal for the entire family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com/lostcities.

This exhibition was organized with the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is underwritten in part through the generosity of the Salem Media Group, in conjunction with AM870 The Answer Los Angeles and 99.5 KKLA FM Los Angeles.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/lostcities.

2nd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Haunted House September 21 through October 31

2nd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Haunted House

Sinister Playground presents Freak Show

It's almost time to open the gate to the Freak Show. We have explored the deepest, darkest recesses for the creepiest creatures dead and alive to drag to the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise's Sinister Playground’s Freak Show so they can scare the YELL out of you this year.

The monies raised through this haunted house will support the local programs of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, which includes scholarships for high school students and funding for non-profits throughout Simi Valley.

LOCATION: “Abandoned” Men’s Macy’s Store located at the Simi Town Center: 1657 Simi Valley Town Center Way, Simi Valley

SCHEDULE: *

· Open every Friday & Saturday, September 21 through October 26, from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm. ad well as October 30 & 31 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

· Open for the Behind the Screams Lights-On Tour every Saturday, September 21 through October 26, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Anyone in line with a ticket by closing time is guaranteed entry to the Haunt.

ADMISSION ATTRACTIONS AND PRICING:

1. Dark Tours - During “Dark Tours” guests are exposed to the full onslaught of having all their senses frightened. (May be considered TOO intense for the more sensitive or faint of heart.

· General Admission: $20

· RIP: $25

(The RIP Ticket grants you a shorter wait time to experience the "Freak Show" and grants access to the RIP Lounge when finish the Haunt.)

2. Coffin Ride - Take a wild ride in the nation's only "Double Wide Simulated Coffin Ride" and see what awaits you after the mortician finishes his handy work. You will hear the sound and feel the movement of the Freak Show grave diggers loading you into a Hot Rod Hearse and taking you for "Your Last Ride". You will smell the roses from your gravesite and the dirt as you are being shoveled into your plot. Just when you think all is lost, you realize you're not alone in the dark. We promise an adventure you'll remember 'til the day you die!!!

· Single Occupancy: $7

· Double Occupancy: $10

3. "Behind the Screams" Lights-On Tour - In order to allow everyone to enjoy the haunt, we offer a daytime Behind the Screams “lights on” tour for the younger, more sensitive and fainter of heart. During this tour our guests can walk through the haunt with the lights on see how the haunt works as well as gently touch and feel the props without worrying that something is going to jump out at them. These Behind the Screams “lights on” tours are offered Saturday’s from 10:00am-5:00pm.

· General Admission: $13

Visit sinisterplayground.com to purchase tickets today!

Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise is a group of dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. We meet every Thursday morning at the Grand Vista Hotel at 7 am for friendship and fellowship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. For more information about our club or to attend a meeting, please visit our website at https://rotaryclubofsimisunrise.org/.

"Bright Lights at UBS" Art Exhibit in Westlake Village through October 30th

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The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents Bright Lights at UBS, an arts exhibit with paintings by six artists. The show will hang through October 30, 2019 at the UBS Offices located at 3011 Townsgate Road on the 3rd Floor, in Westlake Village. There will be a free Artists’ Reception on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5 – 7 pm at UBS. The title of the show, Bright Lights, brings to mind bold and vivid colors with reflection from nature’s light of the sun, the fun and brighter side of life.

Wendy Gordin is known primarily for her figurative oil paintings. Having traveled extensively, Wendy has photographed people from all over the world in their native costumes, and daily lives and then recreates the scenes on canvas. Wendy grew up on the east coast and made the move to California in 1985. Wendy has had the opportunity to study with many talented artists, and has won several awards through the Westlake Village Art Guild shows, including Best of Show and First place in Oil/Acrylic. In 2013 Wendy had a solo show of over 40 paintings at the Good Life Academy in Los Angeles. She was a finalist in the Artistic Excellence Competition in the December issue 2013 of Southwest Art magazine. She is a member of the Westlake Village Art Guild and American Women Artists.

Carmen Lamp discovered her passion for painting when her mother passed away, and she was given her mother’s paints, brushes and canvases. Recently she’s discovered the immediacy of pastels. Her paintings are inspired by personal photographs or the vision of those who commission her to create a painting that contains elements meaningful to them.

Award-winning artist Anette Power, grew up on an island off the Swedish coast, and began her career in the United States in animation. She spent more than a decade fine-tuning her sense of light, color and setting a mood, working as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal. Anette now dedicates her time to painting in oils both outdoor and in her studio. “I find myself drawn to subject matters with light and color that celebrate life's fleeting moments,” says Anette.

Renowned contemporary artist, Roland Roy, credits drawing as the foundation for his art. A native of Hawaii now living in Newbury Park, Roland’s work expands the boundaries of composition, color and texture, appealing to knowledgeable curators and collectors worldwide.

Eugenie Spirito has been carving in stone for over two decades. She started her career in New York City, where she apprenticed with world-renowned abstract expressionist sculptor Philip Pavia, a friend and contemporary of Willem DeKooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. After moving to California, she continued her training with the late Nino Russo and with Robert Cunningham at his studio in Culver City. Eugenie has executed commissions for private collectors in New York City, Los Angeles and Europe. Her patrons include, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Kenny G, Lyndie Benson, Brett and Miranda Tollman, James and Blanche Blatt, the family of B. Wayne Hughes, and Carl and Roberta Deutsch.

Debbie Martin is a plein air artist who works in oils, and is a member of the Monday Morning Painters group, meeting weekly at ART TREK. Debbie has created commissioned pieces and often paints landmarks such as Bob’s Big Boy and the Malibu Pier.

Curators are Pamela Fong and Kimberly Wright, who is a member of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Board of Directors.

In 2011 the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley partnered with UBS, a Swiss investment bank, to provide continuous arts exhibits at the UBS office in Westlake Village. The partnership continues with themed exhibits that include paintings, photographs and sculptures created by local artists. Each exhibit is launched with a reception where food is provided by one of Westlake’s top restaurants. Visitors may view the art in the reception and conference areas any time during business hours.

The Arts Council for the Conejo Valley (ACCV) was established in 1969. During its over four decade span, the ACCV has gone through extensive changes in its programs and services. Established as a regional Federation of Arts organization that was formed to promote the community’s cultural development, the ACCV has evolved into a membership support agency that also delivers and co-sponsors many cultural programs. The “voice of the arts”, the ACCV provides services to its member organizations that include marketing, technical assistance workshops, and lowered rent at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. The ACCV has a history of successful partnership in the community. It has joined forces and worked toward a common goal with three major partners – the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the Conejo Valley Unified School District. The ACCV, in collaboration with Art Trek, created the Conejo Cottontail Project to promote public art throughout the community.

UBS is open during business hours and is free to the public. The Artists Reception is also a free event. For information visit www.conejoarts.com.

Mamma Mia! at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center September 14 to October 20, 2019

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Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents MAMMA MIA! from September 14 – October 20, 2019 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley. Additional performances will be at 8 pm on Thursday, October 17 and at 2 pm on Saturday, October 12 and 19, 2019 Tickets are Adults $28, Seniors 60 & Above and Students $24, and Children 12 & Under $20 and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900.

The worldwide hit that's so far spawned two movies and a Cher album, MAMMA MIA! tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and, of course, the title tune. Experience all the fun and excitement of MAMMA MIA! at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Leading the cast of MAMMA MIA! are Dana Weisman as Donna Sheridan and Tiana Cohen as Sophie Sheridan. Brandon Jeffords, Kelly Green and Philip McBride play Sophie’s three possible dads Sam, Bill and Harry. Michele McRae and Ariella Fiore portray Donna’s sidekicks Tanya and Rosie, with Andrew Allen as Sophie’s fiancé Sky. Sophie’s best friends Ali and Lisa will be played by Kyle Green and Shelby Barry with Mathew San Jose and Michael Angel as Pepper and Eddie. Rounding out the cast will be Caitlyn Rose Massey, Tori Cusack, Georgia Caines, Kendal Green, Mueen Jahan, Mikey Burson, Jordan Schneider and Michael Dumas.

Directing MAMMA MIA! for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center will be Keenon Hooks and Fred Helsel, with Fred Helsel as Producer, Keenon Hooks as Choreographer, and Mazie Rudolph as Musical Director. Seth Kamenow leads the design team as Production and Lighting Designer with Ken Patton as Costume Designer, Kevin Kahm as Sound Designer, and Kimberly Kiley as Stage Manager.

Featuring all of your favorite ABBA hits, MAMMA MIA! will have you dancing in the aisles as you leave the theater! For more information about MAMMA MIA!, visit www.simi-arts.org or contact the box office at (805) 583-7900.

“Night Visions” Artist Exhibit/Sale and Meet the Artist Event at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center September 2 to October 30

The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is unveiling a new art exhibit and sale called “Night Visions” starting on September 2 and ending October 30.

Fans of wildlife photography will also have an opportunity to meet photographer Johanna Turner on Saturday, September 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wildlife photography taken with a camera trap -- a remote camera triggered by a motion sensor -- reveals animals we might never see with our own eyes. Turner aims to take camera trapping to a new level, using her photos to tell a story and create a connection with our beautiful unseen world.

Photo by Johanna Turner

Photo by Johanna Turner

Light refreshments will be served. A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

All ages are welcome and parking is free. The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is located at 26876 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas. For more information, call 805-370-2301.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 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, the recreation area preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

Santa Paula Theater Presents Edward Albee's "Seascape" August 30 to October 6

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SANTA PAULA THEATER PRESENTS EDWARD ALBEE’S

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING COMEDY “SEASCAPE”

Come spend an afternoon at the beach while staying cool in our air conditioned theater as the Santa Paula Theater Center presents Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy SEASCAPE from August 30 – October 6, 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. Tickets are $24 Adults, $22 Seniors & Students and are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or sptcbox@gmail.com .

Critically recognized as one of Albee’s finest works, SEASCAPE takes place on a deserted stretch of beach with a retirement aged couple relaxing and conversing idly after a picnic lunch about home, family and their life together. She stretches; he naps. Then suddenly, they are joined by two human-sized sea creatures, a pair of lizards from the depths of the ocean, with whom they engage in a fascinating dialogue. Edward Albee says: "Seascape wonders whether we are an evolving species or perhaps a devolving one. Two lizards; two humans." Edward Albee's second Pulitzer Prize winning play has elements of comedy, fantasy, satire and/or absurdism.

Featured in the small cast are Allan Noel as Charlie, Francine Markow as Nancy, Brian Harris as Leslie, and Jessi May Stevenson as Sarah. SEASCAPE is directed by SPTC Artistic Director David Ralphe, with Leslie Nichols as producer and Tammy Mora as stage manager. The design team for SEASCAPE includes scenic designer Mike Carnahan, lighting designer Gary Richardson, costume designer Barbara Pedziwiatr, properties master Gail Heck and sound designers David Ralphe and Allan Noel. Cathy Metelak serves as costume assistant, Kim Mann is the scenic fabricator and Doug Learn is on the technical crew.

SPTC continues their 2019 season 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.

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 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.

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July 2019

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 the one and only The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 with support by world class acts such as classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening with extraordinary baritone Jubilant Sykes, the thrilling Rastrelli Cello Quartet and many others, the festival has something for every musical taste.
 
In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2019 musical lineup consists of:

  • 7/12: Festival headliners and acclaimed vocal groups are The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 as the renowned groups join forces to wow audiences at the Oxnard PACC

  • 7/13: Celebrated guitarist Christopher Parkening joins renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes in a recital ranging from classical and jazz to American spirituals at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/14: Calidore String Quartet brings “synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment” to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/19: Youth jazz pianist star-on-the-rise and “brightest light” Joey Alexander at the Ventura College Performing Arts center

  • 7/20: Ranky Tanky brings Gullah culture and “soulful honey for the ears”  through a prism of African, gospel and R&B music at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/21: Rastrelli Cello Quartet’s “simply infectious” musical sizzle 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 7/11, as well as a free public concert with high octane Latin guitar ensembleIncendio 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 25th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 11-15 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.
 
For those who can’t wait until July, VMF’s silver anniversary celebration is starting sooner than ever: lauded piano duo Anderson & Roe will be playing at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on February 9th. On May 10th, Lithuanian “rock stars of chamber music” NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) will be lighting up the VCPAC’s stage. Tickets for both events are on-sale now.
 
ABOUT VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, foster audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse programs for all ages. VMF seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming environment in which people both see and hear themselves reflected in the music.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada 11/18/18 to 1/6/19

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

Discounted tickets available at bit.ly/Enchant2018 (affiliate)

Open November 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019

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