The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show in Thousand Oaks

Now entertaining amateur sleuths across the country, The Dinner Detective makes its way to The Gardens at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS ON GOLDSTAR.COM AT THIS LINK.

More information at www.thedinnerdetective.com/thousand-oaks.

Queen Mary's CHILL: An Interactive Alice in Winterland Experience 11/23 to 1/8

The Queen Mary Dome transforms into a 14,000-square-foot igloo from November 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017, inviting you down the rabbit hole with Alice in Winterland in this immersive and interactive re-imagination of the classic Lewis Carroll story.

This vibrant presentation features stunning larger-than-life lanterns and stops at such memorable locations as the Hall of Doors, the White Rabbit's Kitchen, the Mad Hatter's Workshop, the famous Tea Party and the Hedge Maze. Don't be surprised should you find yourself visited by familiar characters like the Caterpillar and the Queen of Diamonds. 

The Queen Mary Chill experience also features ice skating (additional cost), ice tubing, North Pole Village, live entertainment and more.

More details at www.queenmary.com/events/chill

50% tickets available for certain dates THIS LINK!

"An Irish Christmas" at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Wednesday, December 14th

Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland -- with glorious music, traditional dance, laughter and plenty of Celtic soul. The latest edition of An Irish Christmas, as seen on PBS, features world-champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance) and Tyler Schwartz (Gaelforce Dance). They'll be joined by traditional Irish vocalists and musicians, along with an award-winning cast of Irish dancers. This annual family favorite brings a joyous and authentic international spirit to the holiday season at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Scherr Forum Theatre on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30pm.

Discounted tickets at bit.ly/IrishXmas2016

Event website: www.civicartsplaza.com/showinfo.php?id=102

 

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Rubicon Theatre Ventura December 7-24

Last season’s critically acclaimed, world premiere hit CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL returns to Rubicon Theatre Company with Broadway veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC’s Copenhagen) and Emmy Award-winner Joe Spano (“NCIS,” RTC’s Bucky and Sylvia) as they reprise their roles in this innovative, but faithful retelling of the holiday classic.

Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald, the 25-member cast features many of the same actors from the original production.

Presented as a play with music, this dynamic and compelling stage version of the novel incorporates highly theatrical elements with characters playing inanimate objects and animals on a multi-level set much in the style of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s landmark production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Back by popular demand, CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Dates: December 7 – 24, 2016

Previews
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. ($40)
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 8 p.m. and Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. ($45)

Opening Night
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ($150)

Regular Performance Times and Prices
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($60) (Talkbacks follow all Wednesday evening shows except during Previews)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ($65)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ($60)
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($65)
Sundays at 2 p.m. ($65)

Rubicon Theatre Company
Ventura's Downtown Cultural District
1006 E. Main St. Ventura

Tickets for CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL range from $40 to $65 (opening night is $150 and includes a post-show reception. Tickets for students with ID are $35; Equity members and military are $40. There is a $5 discount for seniors 65 and older. Discounts of 10% to 20% are available for groups of 10 or more, depending on the size of the group. Tickets for CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Company Box Office at the corner of Main and Laurel in Ventura (Laurel entrance and downstairs) or online at www.rubicontheatre.org. To charge by phone, call 805.667.2900.  Patrons who purchase tickets online to any holiday performance before November 28 will be entered to win a personal visit from Santa. Contest rules and regulations can be found at www.rubicontheatre.org. 

Art for Art's Sake Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard Dec 11, 2016 to Feb 19, 2017

Ali Smith, Half-Life, 2007, oil on canvas, 84 x 130 in.  Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

Ali Smith, Half-Life, 2007, oil on canvas, 84 x 130 in.  Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

The "Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation" exhibit will be on display at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard from December 11, 2016 to February 19, 2017.

This exhibition explores the potentials of abstraction. It features over forty, mainly young American artists that expand upon the conventions of modern art to create lush works revealing an interest in subjective, transcendental and visionary experiences.
 
Using the basic elements of pictorial art -- color, line, shape, texture - the artists in this exhibition delve into and advance contemporary abstraction by producing bold, exuberant compositions that appeal first to the eye.

While aesthetically distinctive, the artists of Art for Art's Sake share using both objective systems and subjective feelings to construct art that celebrates the pure visual effect of sumptuous beauty.
 
The exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman, Foundation Director and funding has been generously provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
 
Opening Reception on Saturday, December 10 from 4-6 pm ($5/members free). The Carnegie Art Museum is located at 424 South C Street in Oxnard. Visit www.carnegieam.org for more information.

Discounted Upcoming Stand-Up Comedy Shows at Levity Live at The Collection at RiverPark

When it comes to having a good laugh nothing beats live comedy, and Levity Live at The Collection at RiverPark is Oxnard's place to catch top stand-ups throughout the week. Whether it's SNL legends like Kevin Nealon and Jon Lovitz; stars of TV and film like Craig Robinson, Mo'Nique and Jay Mohr; or hot national headliners like Ralphie May, Bobby Lee and Carlos Mencia, Levity Live brings the funniest comics around to the stage. The club also features a full restaurant and cocktails galore, so you can make a night of it. More info at oxnard.levitylive.com/calendar

Click THIS LINK for discounted tickets for upcoming shows at Levity Live.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada 11/25/16 to 1/8/17

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 at THIS LINK.

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

Upcoming Dates:
Monday November 28, 2016 / 5:30pm | COMP - $18
Monday November 28, 2016 / 6:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday November 28, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday November 28, 2016 / 8:00pm | COMP - $18
Monday November 28, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $18
Tuesday November 29, 2016 / 5:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday November 29, 2016 / 6:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday November 29, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday November 29, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday November 29, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday November 30, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday November 30, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday November 30, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 1, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 1, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 1, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
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Sunday December 4, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $21
Monday December 5, 2016 / 5:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday December 5, 2016 / 6:30pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 5, 2016 / 7:30pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 5, 2016 / 8:00pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 5, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $18
Tuesday December 6, 2016 / 5:30pm | $14 - $18
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Tuesday December 6, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 6, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 6, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday December 7, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
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Thursday December 8, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
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Friday December 9, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
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Sunday December 11, 2016 / 5:30pm | $17 - $21
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Sunday December 11, 2016 / 7:30pm | $17 - $21
Sunday December 11, 2016 / 8:00pm | COMP - $21
Sunday December 11, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $21
Monday December 12, 2016 / 5:30pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 12, 2016 / 6:30pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 12, 2016 / 7:30pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 12, 2016 / 8:00pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 12, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $18
Tuesday December 13, 2016 / 5:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 13, 2016 / 6:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 13, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
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Wednesday December 14, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
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Wednesday December 14, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 15, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 15, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 15, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Friday December 16, 2016 / 7:30pm | Sold Out
Friday December 16, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
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Sunday December 18, 2016 / 8:00pm | COMP - $21
Sunday December 18, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $21
Monday December 19, 2016 / 5:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday December 19, 2016 / 6:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday December 19, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday December 19, 2016 / 8:00pm | COMP - $18
Monday December 19, 2016 / 8:30pm | COMP - $18
Tuesday December 20, 2016 / 5:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 20, 2016 / 6:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 20, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Tuesday December 20, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
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Wednesday December 21, 2016 / 7:30pm | Sold Out
Wednesday December 21, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday December 21, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
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Thursday December 22, 2016 / 8:00pm | Sold Out
Thursday December 22, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
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Monday December 26, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Monday December 26, 2016 / 8:00pm | Sold Out
Monday December 26, 2016 / 8:30pm | Sold Out
Tuesday December 27, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
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Wednesday December 28, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday December 28, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Wednesday December 28, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 29, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 29, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Thursday December 29, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Friday December 30, 2016 / 7:30pm | $14 - $18
Friday December 30, 2016 / 8:00pm | $14 - $18
Friday December 30, 2016 / 8:30pm | $14 - $18
Saturday December 31, 2016 / 8:00pm | $17 - $21
Saturday December 31, 2016 / 8:30pm | $17 - $21
Sunday January 1, 2017 / 8:00pm | $17 - $21
Sunday January 1, 2017 / 8:30pm | $17 - $21
Monday January 2, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Monday January 2, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Monday January 2, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Monday January 2, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Monday January 2, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Friday January 6, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Friday January 6, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Friday January 6, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Friday January 6, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Friday January 6, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Saturday January 7, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $21
Saturday January 7, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $21
Saturday January 7, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $21
Saturday January 7, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $21
Saturday January 7, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $21

Knotts Merry Farm Runs From November 19 through December 31, 2016

Knott's Berry Farm rolls out the lavish holiday decorations, a crafts fair, festive food and nightly snow in Ghost Town -- and that's in addition to all of its thrilling attractions across its 160 acres of family fun -- as it transforms into Knott's Merry Farm.

See the Peanuts Gang on ice and visit Santa's Christmas Cabin, where everyone can share their wish list with jolly ol' St. Nick. Snack on holiday treats like maple lollipops, churros and warm gingerbread men. Wander the vintage railcars filled with cheery ghosts, enjoy classic musicals including A Christmas Carol, kick up your heels to bluegrass bands and catch Snoopy's tree lighting on the Calico Square Stage, with a cast of marching toy soldiers, the loveable Mrs. Claus and dancing snowmen. More details at www.knotts.com/merryfarm.

Knotts Merry Farm runs from November 19 through December 31, 2016. 

Discounted tickets available at THIS LINK!

Cal Lutheran Christmas Festival Concerts in Thousand Oaks December 2-4, 2016

Cal Lutheran presents Christmas concerts

Tickets required for longest-running annual event

California Lutheran University will hold its longest-running annual event, the Christmas Festival Concerts, from Dec. 2 through 4.

The choral ensembles and University String Symphony will present the concert “Veni Emmanuel” at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus. This year’s theme alludes to the original Latin title of the Advent carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” which will be featured prominently.

As always, the concert will feature a narrated performance of Christmas music. The program will include lesser-known carols as well as holiday favorites sung by the Cal Lutheran choirs. The audience will be invited to join in.

The choirs will perform music by composers and arrangers including John Ferguson, Dan Forrest, Trevor Manor, Sandra Peter, Francis Poulenc, Andrea Ramsey, John Rutter, Michael John Trotta, Mack Wilberg and David Wiollcocks. The University Symphony will perform excerpts from “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by George Frideric Handel.

Wyant Morton will conduct the choral ensembles. Newly appointed conductor Yoshika Masuda will lead the symphony.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane near Campus Drive.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3305 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

#KidMagician at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on January 14-29, 2017

#KIDMAGICIAN

January 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2017

Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by 3000 Miles Off Broadway. Fun for the entire family! DON'T MISS the stars of America's Got Talent Kaden and Brooklyn Rockett in #KidMagician playing a limited engagement at SVCAC in January.  Kid magicians Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn Nicole Rockett stole the hearts of the nation on NBC'sAmerica's Got Talent this year when they became the youngest entertainers to make it to the TOP 14 Semi-Finals out of 50,000 auditions.  Simon Cowell dubbed them "The next Harry Potter".  Heidi Klum, Mel B & Howie Mandel all were blown away with their amazing stage presence and abilities way beyond their years.  Known for their unique take on magic/illusions and witty banter, they have taken everyday objects and put them together in the most creative of ways to produce illusions that rival the worlds top magic acts!  Their father, Bart Rockett who is also a professional magician/illusionist & ventriloquist will be joining them on stage as they share their amazing talents. Tickets for #KidMagician are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $20 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900. A family four pack is also available for $60.  Four pack only available by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900. 

Blue Christmas with Elvis at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on December 18, 2016

BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

December 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Join Raymond Michael as he brings his BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert back again this season to the Cultural Arts Center. Known throughout the United States and beyond as one of the finest Elvis impersonators performing today, Raymond Michael will have you rocking and rolling in your Blue Suede Shoes with an evening of great holiday music mixed with lots of the King's greatest hits! A fun time for the entire family is guaranteed!Tickets are $25 for Adults, $22 for Seniors 60 & Above and Students, and $20 for Children and can be reserved by calling (805) 583-7900 or purchased online at www.simi-arts.org

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play in Simi Valley in December

Gather up the family and experience It's a Wonderful Life in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in a NYC radio station during a huge blizzard, where a cast of actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of live Foley sound effects and an original score, this stellar cast re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it. See this beloved American tale reimagined at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

December 9 – 23, 2016 Call 805.583.7900 or visit simi-arts.org for tickets. 

Discounted tickets for a number of dates at THIS LINK.

It's A Wonderful Life -- The Radio Play

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Broadway Christmas Wonderland at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 1-4, 2016

Broadway Christmas Wonderland helps you and your family ring in the season with the grand, glitzy glamour of the Great White Way. The classic carols you know and love get a theatrical Broadway makeover as high-kicking chorus girls in glittering costumes make songs like "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" their own. Join Santa, his elves and a stage full of crooners and dancers as they embark on a journey packed with musical Christmas cheer. It all gets underway at Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 1, 2 and 4, 2016.

Discounted tickets available at THIS LINK.

The running time for this production is one hour and 50 minutes.

Thursday December 1, 2016 / 7:30pm | $42.50 - $50
Friday December 2, 2016 / 8:00pm | $46.25 - $53.75
Sunday December 4, 2016 / 2:00pm | $46.25 - $53.75
Sunday December 4, 2016 / 7:00pm | $42.50 - $50

90th Anniversary of Jungleland Art Exhibit at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza through 1/25/17

Thousand Oaks history buffs, longtime community members, and Southern California residents are invited to enjoy Thousand Oaks' newest art exhibition, "Jungleland & Artistic Visions," currently on display at the Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

In recognition of the 90th Anniversary of Jungleland ­­– the famous wild animal park and entertainment attraction from the 50s and 60s located on Ventura Boulevard in Thousand Oaks (known later as Thousand Oaks Boulevard) – the art show features a variety of artistic expressions, from Jungleland memorabilia and historic photos courtesy of Stagecoach Inn Museums' Bruce Hamilton as well as pieces by Thousand Oaks resident Billy Martin. Artistic representations of wild jungle animals and exotic locations are also included.

The "Jungleland & Artistic Visions" exhibit, presented by the City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission, runs through January 25, 2017, with an Artists Reception on Thursday, November 17 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Fred Kavli Theatre Lobby. All residents of Thousand Oaks and Southern California are invited to join the City of Thousand Oaks in this unique celebration of Jungleland's 90th Anniversary.

This new art show ranges from the early days of Jungleland and its tigers, elephants, and other circus-like attractions to artistic representations of exotic animals.  It highlights the outstanding works of numerous Thousand Oaks and Southern California artists, and includes media ranging from acrylic and oil paintings, watercolors, and mixed media to sculpture and photography. Artists include (in no particular order) Ron Souza, Irv Morgan, Pamela Fong, Kathi Colman, Joyce Rumack, Louisa Wallace Jacobs, Gary W. Talbot, Billy Martin, Connie Tunick, Carl Volpe, Barbara Welch, Andrea Stanley, and Ann Krasner.

For further information about the "Jungleland & Artistic Visions" exhibit or the upcoming November 17 Artists Reception, contact Stacy Park, Deputy Director of the City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department at (805) 449-2767.

"The Nature of Jungles" Art Exhibit at Cal Lutheran November 10 to January 19

Jungles focus of Cal Lutheran art exhibit 

Works depict the world’s forests and urban places

An upcoming art exhibit at California Lutheran University examines contemporary perspectives on jungles.

“The Nature of Jungles” runs from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Thursday, Jan. 19, in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

When Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin painted images of lush jungles, most European viewers had never seen such places. The subject still symbolizes the exotic and nature untouched by humans, but with so much of the globe explored or in use for agriculture today, how much longer can jungles represent the romance of uncharted places? This exhibit compares current views of jungles and forests around the world, including urban jungles of concrete and steel.

Admission is free.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium, which is on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland. 

November Art Shows at CSU Channel Islands

Human connection with the earth and a journey into a fantasy world are themes in CI’s November art shows

CSU Channel Islands (CI)’s November art shows in Napa Gallery take visitors from the realities of human impact on the Santa Rosa Island to a make-believe world with monsters, demons, mortals and gods.

The primary show, “Fluid Entropy” by Janet Neuwalder, is somewhere in between the natural world and the cosmos with wall installations assembled from hundreds of fragments that seem to float on the wall.

“Fluid Entropy” opens with two other exhibits from Oct. 31 through Dec. 9 with an opening scheduled in Napa Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.

The other two exhibits are: “Tales of Prima: Strange Creatures and Mysterious Landscapes” by Art senior Stephanie Canlas, and “The Human Impact on Santa Rosa Island (Part Two)” by more than 20 sculpture and art students who visited Santa Rosa Island to do artistic research.

“Entropy” will be in the Napa Gallery, “Santa Rosa” is on display in the CI Palm Temporary gallery and “Prima” will be on the Grad Wall, all located within Napa Hall on the CI campus.

Neuwalder, who is an art instructor at California Lutheran University, is a sculptor and installation artist who works in mixed media, clay and ceramic processes. She uses natural and manufactured materials such as papers, fibers and books, “the residue topography of human existence,” she says, and coats them with liquid clay.

“Clay is an ancient material and seems inexhaustible in its ability to express a sense of timelessness, endurance and expressive meaning,” she said.

“The Human Impact on Santa Rosa” is a group project organized by Art Lecturer Christophe Bourely and Professor of Art Matt Furmanski.

In spring of 2016, Furmanski and Bourely took more than 20 art students to Santa Rosa Island to see what impact human contact has had on the land.

“We talked about the importance of open space as inspiration to artists, we talked about and studied environmental art and art that conveys a message of some kind,” Furmanski said. “The approach was to allow the students to encounter nature and open space and open themselves to the inspiration of it all. To study how we as humans affect our surroundings and are affected by them.” 

Part I of the project was two dimensional – photographs and paintings. Part II incorporates sculpture.

Students used a variety of marine detritus to assemble sculptures, including lobster traps, fishing gear, balloons, floats and buoys and all manner of plastics—especially non-biodegradable bottles.

The Grad Wall exhibit is a voyage into Canlas’ imagination with a series of digital paintings that invite guests into a fantasy world called Prima.

“There lives an endless sea of stories, teeming with fantastical creatures, celestial kingdoms, and lush, vivid landscapes,” Canlas said.

Tales of Prima will be a website dedicated to Canlas’ characters and their world, a project that Canlas has been working on for the past few years. Included on the website will be stories, details, diagrams and information about the species, languages and cultures of Prima.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

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

Ventura County Ballet Company Presents "The Nutcracker" on Nov 19-20 and Dec 9, 11

Ventura County Ballet Company, Ventura County’s premiere regional ballet will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard on November 19th at 2 PM & 7 PM and November 20th at 2 PM and again at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista on December 9th at 7 PM, December 10th at 2 PM & 7 PM and December 11th at 2 PM. This year - international ballet star, Aaron Smyth reprises his role as the ‘Nutcracker Prince’ for the sixth time alongside VCBC’s pre-professional dancers before he heads to London to perform in An American in Paris.

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

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

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Shrek Jr. The Musical" in Thousand Oaks November 4-20

Young Artists Ensemble presents SHREK Jr. THE MUSICAL directed by Andrea Tate with Musical Direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 4 - 20, 2016 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive. Shrek, Jr., The Musical is based on the DreamWorks Animation ­ Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig.  The Musical’s Book and Lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire with Music by Jeanine Tesori.

A mass of fairytale misfits set everyone’s favorite loner ogre, Shrek, off on a journey to rescue a feisty princess, defeat a diminutive despot, and relocate the banished fable-folk out of his swamp.  "Even though Shrek Jr. is set in a storybook with fairytale characters, it deals with the human issues of bullying, friendship, judgement, and perseverance,” says director Andrea Tate. “In today's society, we can't get enough stories like Shrek which encourage people not to judge a book by its cover. Although Shrek has hidden himself from the world, it is friendship and community that motivates positive change. Shrek is a story of rising above judgement, and discovering that together we are stronger."

SHREK, Jr. THE MUSICAL is the first production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 36th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The Season of Other Worlds will continue with Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, Jr. performing February 4 – 19, 2017 and will conclude with ALICE IN WONDERLAND May 5-21, 2017.  Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com

Young Artists Ensemble recently received 24 nominations and six wins for their 2014 Summer Teen Production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  Winners in the Tenth Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: Jesus Christ Superstar, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Jordan M. Schneider as Jesus of Nazareth, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kyra Stevens as Mary Magdalene, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken Milbrett and Outstanding Youth Orchestra.

"Return to the Forbidden Planet" at Rubicon Theatre Ventura October 29 to November 13

Get ready to blast off when Rubicon Theatre Company closes its 2015-16 season with the hilarious, out-of-this-world musical RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, this fabulously campy send up of “Forbidden Planet” and other sci-fi film and TV shows of the 1950s melds plot elements from The Tempest with language from multiple plays by Shakespeare. Set on a spaceship sometime in the future, the show features a galaxy of 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll classics, including “Wipeout,” “Good Vibrations,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “All Shook Up,” “Monster Mash” and “We Gotta Get Out of this Place.” The jukebox musical spoof rockets into Ventura just in time for Halloween – with a gala costume party on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. followed by an after-party at Skating Plus. Low-priced previews are October 26-28. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through November 13.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is directed and choreographed by KIRBY WARD, who has directed or performed in 65 theatrical productions and concerts, from the showrooms of Las Vegas to London’s West End where he received a “Best Actor” Olivier Award nomination for the premiere of Crazy For You. The cast of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET features returning Rubicon veterans JASON GRAAE (Broadway’s A Grand Night for Singing, Rubicon’s Merrily We Roll Along), KIMBERLY HESSLER (My Fair Lady), CALEB HORST (Merrily We Roll Along), HARLEY JAY (Hello! My Baby), REBECCA ANN JOHNSON (Little Miss Scrooge), CRAIG MCELDOWNEY (Babes in Arms), and JAMES O’NEIL (Clarence Darrow); with MARTIN LANDRY making his Rubicon debut (and doubling as Associate Musical Director). Ushers who will double as Flight Crew Members are JESSE GRAHAM (Crew Head) of Santa Paula, MADELINE GAMBON of Camarillo, STEPHEN RUSSELL of Ventura, and LUCY WILLHITE of Oak View. Ensign and band members are Musical Director TREVOR WHEETMAN and OMAR D. BRANCATO on Bass.

Film and TV star FRED WILLARD joins the cast in a digital appearance as Narrator.  Regarded as one of our generation’s most gifted comic actors, Fred has appeared in over 70 films and received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor for “Waiting for Guffman.” For his performance in “Best in Show,” Fred won the Boston Film Critics Award, the American Comedy Award, The Sierra Award and a tribute from AFI.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET follows the adventures of the dashing spaceship captain Tempest and his crew, who hit a meteor shower and are then mysteriously drawn off course to the planet D’Illyria. There they discover the mad scientist Dr. Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda, along with the robot Ariel. As a romance develops between Captain Tempest and Miranda, a monster threatens the spaceship, and a sacrifice is made to ensure everyone’s safety.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET was created and directed by BOB CARLTON, who completed his 17-year tenure as Artistic Director at the Queen's Theatre in Essex, UK with a revival of the production in 2014. The show began at the Bubble Theatre Company in England as an open-air performance in a tent. A revised in-door production appeared at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Tricycle Theatre in London. It final version opened at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End on September 11, 1989. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for both 1989 and 1990. The production is currently enjoying a 25th anniversary U.K. tour helmed by Carlton.

Low-priced previews for RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET are Halloween week - Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 27 at 8 p.m. and Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, October 29, at 7 p.m. with a post-show party hosted by SKATING PLUS. The production continues Wednesdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through November 13. All performances are at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District (the corner or Main and Laurel). For tickets, go to www.rubicontheatre.org or call (805) 667-2900. Regular tickets range from $35 to $64 plus a $4 service fee, depending on day of the week and time. Special pricing for students with ID are $30; Equity members and military are $35. There is a $5 discount for seniors 65 and older. The opening night is a benefit performance, with tickets at $95 (price includes a tax-deductible contribution). For tickets, call (805) 667-2900, Monday-Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm, or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

"Murder on the Nile" at Oxnard Performing Arts Center on November 10th

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center bring to its stage Aquila Theatre. Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature- Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila's clever signature style.

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940's Egypt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German Doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery.

Who can be trusted? Who holds the truth? Who is a suspect? Whodunit?

Aquila Theatre brings its innovative touch to this deliciously dangerous murder mystery, with brilliant direction, superb acting, thrilling physicality and stunning designs. Aquila's Murder on the Nile will be a classic all over again.

Tickets $35 & $45 (805)486-2424 or at www.etix.com/ticket/p/8716402/aquila-theater-murder-in-the-nile-oxnard-oxnard-performing-arts-center?country=US&language=en

Location: 800 Hobson Way, Oxnards

www.oxnardperformingarts.com

Date: 11/10/2016