Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Mary Poppins, Jr." May 3 - 19, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, JR. directed by Georgeanne Lees with musical direction by Susan Trewory-Culkins. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 3 - 19, 2019. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Mary Poppins, Jr. is the tale of a no-nonsense nanny with a heart of gold and a little bit of magic who helps a family struggling to break free of their assigned roles. With the help of a dancing chimney sweep, Mary Poppins turns the whole Banks Family household upside down on its way to right side up. The play has original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes and new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.

“We are delighted to bring the magic of "Mary Poppins Jr" into the lives of young and old alike,” says director Lees. “Will Mary fly? Well, ‘anything can happen if you let it’!”

Mary Poppins, Jr. is the final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season, The “Season of Unexpected Magic”. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

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.

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "Complications From a Fall" April 12 to May 19

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present the warmly humorous and timely comedy/drama COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL by Kate Hawley on its Main Stage, 125 South 7th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. This production will run from April 12- May 19, 2019 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets and reservation can be purchased or made through the Santa Paula Theater Center Box Office at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org, santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com, or (805) 525-4645. Ticket prices are Adults $24.00, Seniors and Students $22.00.

Please Note: There is Free Parking on Main St., and 7th St. Parking in the Union Bank lot is not currently available.

COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL is the story of a long absent son who must care for his 80-year old mother whose confusion has increased following a bad fall. His journey of self- discovery and reconnection will resonate with anyone who has ever had to care for an ailing loved one. This family's story is filled with love, humor, and realities of life as we know it.

Kate Hawley's COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL is directed by Taylor Kasch and produced by Leslie Nichols. Cast members include Jill Dolan, Sean Love Mason, Cynthia Killion, and Julie Fergus. Production development support includes Set Design by Mike Carnahan, Lighting Design by Gary Richardson, Costume Design by Barbara Pedziwiatr, Sound Design by Allan Noel and Taylor Kasch, and Properties Design by Gail Heck.

SPTC continues their 2019 season with Harvey Fierstein’s CASA VALENTINA, Edward Albee’s SEASCAPE and Neil Simon’s LOST IN YONKERS. Four show season tickets are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

"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.

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse April 5 through May 5

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on April 5, 2019. Using the historical and controversial subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, “The Crucible” presents an allegory of events from the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950’s. Reason and fact become clouded by irrational fears and the desire to place blame for society’s problems on others. Especially women. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Drama from 1953, it is still a show with timely themes. Death threats, alcoholism, a women’s place in society, truth vs. lies, adultery, rich vs. poor, those in power and those not, faith in God…all leading to an ending like no other. It is still considered to be one of the most powerful and important works in American drama.

Performances are April 5 through May 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2PM. There will be a Thursday show on April 18 at 8 PM, and no show on Sunday, April 21. 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 call (805)388-5716.

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.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Little Prince" in Thousand Oaks February 1-24

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Young Artists Ensemble presents THE LITTLE PRINCE directed by Suzanne Tobin. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays February 1 - 24, 2019. Young Artists Ensemble performances are February 1 – 17, 2019 and Conejo Theatre for Everyone performances are February 22 -24, 2019.

The Little Prince is the beautiful and lyrical story, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, about a little boy who finds magic in everyone and everything he encounters throughout the universe - from a single rose, to a wild fox, to a stranded pilot. An additional final weekend includes performance by CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience.

THE LITTLE PRINCE is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season. The “Season of Unexpected Magic” will conclude with DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS, JR. May 3-19, 2019. Tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

Young Artists Ensemble received 19 nominations and four wins for their 2017-19 Productions. Winners in the 13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: Grease, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical: Nick Meyer as Danny Zuko in Grease, Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical: Kristen Wisneski as Marty in Grease, and Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Grease. Among the many nominees were performers and creative staff from Hillcrest Players Productions Shadow of a Pout and If the Shoe Fits, and Young Artists Ensemble’s production of Madagascar, Jr.

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.

Works by Ansel Adams on Display at California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Feb 21 to Mar 24

Works by one of the world’s most widely recognized and acclaimed photographers will go on view as part of a limited engagement at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). “In Focus: Ansel Adams Highlights from Lawrence Janss Collection” features several of the artist’s iconic photographs, on loan from entrepreneur, community leader and CMATO Board of Directors member, Larry Janss. “In Focus” runs February 21 through March 24, 2019. Admission is free (a $6 donation is suggested). Visit www.cmato.org for more information.

Location: The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Hours: Noon to 7pm

End Time : 7:0:0 PM

Phone: (805) 405-5240

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "The Humans" February 1 through March 10, 2019

SANTA PAULA THEATER CENTER KICKS OFF SEASON 2019

WITH STEPHEN KARAM’S TONY AWARD WINNING “THE HUMANS”

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present Stephen Karam's hopeful and heartbreaking introspective look at family life, THE HUMANS, from Feb. 1 through March 10 on its Main Stage at 125 So, 7th St. in historic downtown Santa Paula. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for Adults and $22 for Seniors and Students. THE HUMANS is not recommended for children under 16. Reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at 805.525.4645 or online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or via email at santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com

Stephen Karam’s THE HUMANS is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. As darkness falls, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play. THE HUMANS opens a window into one family's life that might be our own. Told with humor and compassion, Erik and Deirdre Blake along with their daughters and elderly mother explore the adventures and tribulations that life brings to us all.

Kicking off SPTC’s Season 2019, THE HUMANS is under the direction of Jessi May Stevenson and produced by Leslie Nichols. Cast members include Michael Perlmutter, Angela DeCicco, Emma-Rose Allen, Hailey Cariker, Brian Robert Harris, and Rosalee Calvillo. Scenic design is by Mike Carnahan with lighting design by Gary Richardson, costume design by Barbara Pedziwiatr, sound design by Jessi May Stevenson and Allan Noel. Rounding out the artistic team for the production is Prop Mistress Gail Heck and stage managers Colette Swan and Leticia Mattson.

SPTC continues their 2019 season with Kate Hawley’s COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL, Harvey Fierstein’s CASA VALENTINA, Edward Albee’s SEASCAPE and Neil Simon’s LOST IN YONKERS. Season tickets are available at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

“Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction” at Channel Islands Maritime Museum 1/9 to 3/18/19

Monsters: Alive and Well and Living in the Deep

That newspaper headline says it all. It could be 2018, 1918, 1818, or if daily newsprint had been invented, 318 BC in Greece. Countless headlines such as this reach back hundreds of years, and the story is essentially the same. Some “sea monsters” are both age-old and current, yet we still know little about them. Do Monsters actually lurk in the deep? Well, from Jan 9th to March 18th, come by the Maritime to find out. “Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction” is the next exciting exhibit in the Farr Gallery at Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Works by local artisans, images and stories of the deep will be featured; a  historical background for deep-sea exploration and an ecological perspective on life in the ocean’s depths. Family friendly – great for all! The public is invited to the opening reception January 9, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM.

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

STOMP at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on March 12, 2019

STOMP at the Kavli Theatre in the Civic Arts Plaza on March 12, 2019 at 7:30PM

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments–matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps–to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

STOMP is like a party hosted by eight different and compelling personalities ranging from intense and ferocious to deadpan and sarcastic. There is some audience participation, though no one is singled out. A few parts of the show get loud, but the majority of it is comfortable for most audiences.

STOMP's humor and fun are accessible to all audiences, from kid to grandparent! Bring the whole family.

Location: 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks

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Oxnard Plain Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands through January 31, 2019

CSUCI’s “Oxnard Plain” interactive exhibit celebrates a city teeming with diversity

With the busy, diverse city of Oxnard as their muse, a team of artists called the “Oxnard Plain” will display examples of their work at an exhibit now open in the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery.

The show opened this week and will run until Jan. 31, 2019. A closing reception will be held on Jan. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Broome Library Gallery at the CSU Channel Islands(CSUCI) campus.

This interactive show will include two workshops in the gallery on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 12 to 3 p.m. Any CSUCI student from any discipline is welcome to come and create a piece using an onsite computer. The piece will be printed out and included in the exhibition on a wall designated for guest artwork.

“It’s a very vibrant show with a diversity of styles and perspectives that reflect on today’s culture and the concerns we have,” said Professor of Art History and Broome Gallery Coordinator Irina D. Costache, Ph.D. “Also, the space of the gallery is a space for making art, not just looking at it. Visitors become a part of the show, which is breaking a lot of barriers.”

The five professional artists whose work will be shown are all members of “The Oxnard Plain,” a group of about 10 professional artists, including CSUCI alumni, who work together and mentor aspiring artists, offering them a work space at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard.

Two Oxnard natives are behind The Oxnard Plain artists’ group, which formed in January of 2018.

International artist/educator/military veteran Brian Paumier, whose work has appeared in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the International Center of Photography, saw the work of 2014 CSUCI alumnus and conceptual photographer Jaime Bailon, and was impressed.

“I thought ‘his is a strong voice that is 100 percent Oxnard,’” Paumier said.

Paumier, who serves on the board of the Carnegie Art Museum, joined Bailon in his effort to create The Oxnard Plain and in January 2018 the two opened The Oxnard Plain artists’  in the museum’s annex.   

The Oxnard Plain collective grew to a core group of about 10 professional artists including 2007 CSUCI alumnus Weshoyot Alvitre, who specializes in graphic art with a message, especially when it comes to issues faced by Native Americans. About 20 more artists rotate in and out of the studio to create and network or take advantage of mentorship from Paumier or Bailon.

Aside from his own photography, Bailon helps Oxnard Plain artists print out “zines,” which are miniature magazines containing an artist’s work. Among the zines on display in the Broome Gallery is a piece by artist Amy Elkins that folds out into a 15-foot continuous sheet of paper printed with men’s faces.

“It shows how we have the largest number of inmates on death row in the country,” Bailon said. “It’s the idea of the dehumanization of the prison system.”

Paumier’s display pieces are three-dimensional, lit, and borrow from the world’s religions, especially those in India and Mexico, where he lived for an extended period of time.  

Paumier’s muse found him when he was serving in the Iraqi war. One hot day he was speeding along a desert road in an Army truck convoy, moving fast to avoid being easy targets.

Suddenly, there was an explosion. Paumier turned to see the truck behind him burst into flames and debris. The truck had set off an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden along the road. Along with the shock, Paumier wondered if he would be one of the soldiers who made it out alive.

“I made a promise to Our Lady of Guadalupe that if you get me out of this situation, I will make you a manda,” he said, which is a promise made to a saint to perform a service if that saint will grant a favor or blessing.

To that end, Paumier created an elaborate zine bound with a red ribbon that serves as an homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who, he believes, took him up on his promise.

For more on The Oxnard Plain and the CSUCI Art program, visit: https://www.oxnardplain.com/ and https://art.csuci.edu/programs/.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channels Islands is reimagining higher education for a new generation and era. We are an innovative higher education institution that enables students to succeed and thrive, serves as an engine for social and economic vitality and provides the intellectual resources necessary for a thriving democracy. With more than 7,000 students, 1,200 employees and 16,000 alumni, CSUCI is 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. Our strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

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!

Rubicon Theatre Company 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company’s JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast.

This Broad’s Way

The series kicks off November 17 and 18 with Olivier Award-winner and Broadway star LESLI MARGHERITA making her Rubicon debut in a brand-new concert entitled “This Broad’s Way.” Margherita won an Olivier Award for her magnificent star-turn as Inez in Zorro on The West End and took Broadway by storm in her critically acclaimed debut as Mrs. Wormword in Matilda.

She’s done it big. She’s done it loud. She’s done it her way. Featuring time-honored classics, Broadway showstoppers and new twists on what will become old favorites, Margherita takes the stage with her signature sass and wit and shares stories about how she’s managed to carve her niche in the business of show. Written and starring Margherita, “This Broad’s Way” is directed and produced by LAUREN BASS, featuring musical direction and arrangements by BRETT RYBACK. The concert is presented at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

Red Hot Mama

The Goldenson Series continues in January with “Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook,” starring Tony nominee SHARON McNIGHT in what the L.A. Times described as “the performance of a lifetime.”

The concert follows the remarkable story of the first lady of show business, whose career spanned sixty years. “Red Hot Mama” encompasses the music and history of Burlesque, Vaudeville, Broadway and Las Vegas. Tucker was the consummate performer on stage and film. She was part of the Ziegfeld Follies, a radio and television star, a musical recording artist and a great humanitarian. The show features over two dozen songs made famous by Tucker – tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Henderson, DeSylva & Brown, and her 1928 million-record seller “My Yiddishe Mama.” This concert version won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award and BroadwayWorld.com Award for Best Show. “Red Hot Mama” runs Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Side by Side (by Side by Side)

In the spring, Rubicon brings two talented married couples (and four best friends) together for a new concert called Side by Side. KIM HUBER and ROGER BEFELER, and KIRSTEN AND STAN CHANDLER, are creating a newly conceived concert about the trials, tribulations and joys of friendship, love and marriage, expressed in solos, duets and quartets. The concert is directed by KIRSTEN CHANDLER.

The Side by Side performers have appeared at Rubicon in productions including Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, Jacques Brel… and She Loves Me. Audiences may also have seen them in starring roles on Broadway, tour and in regional productions of Beauty and the Beast, Marie Christine, Sunset Blvd., Forever Plaid and many others. “Side by Side” plays Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues

Golden Globe Award-Winner AMANDA McBROOM (“The Rose”) is best known as a singer/songwriter and cabaret star. However, her diverse career also includes work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and innumerable roles in comedies and dramas at theatres including the Pasadena Playhouse, the Old Globe in San Diego and Rubicon. In this concert, McBroom melds her multiple talents in a concert version of her 2004 play “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues.” The concert is a potpourri of favorite songs from the production, such as “Ophelia,” “In His Hands,” “The Hard to be a Fairy Blues” and “The Bitch is Out.”

McBroom’s songs have been recorded by Barbara Cook, Manhattan Transfer, Judy Collins, Barry Manilow, and many others. She received a Golden Globe, a Grammy nomination, and Johnny Mercer Songwriter of the Year Award. She has written lyrics for 16 Universal Animation features, including “The Land Before Time” series. She was a featured lyricist for the TV classic series “Cop Rock.” She has performed in concert from London to Sydney, and Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. McBroom will be accompanied by Musical Director MICHELE BROURMAN and instrumentalists LARRY TUTTLE and STEPHAN OBERHOFF. “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues” is offered Saturday June 8 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Final Concert TBA

The 2018-2019 Goldenson Broadway Concert Series concludes on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. with the show to be announced at a later date. Says Burns, “We are working on a very special event and look forward to sharing the news soon.”

Tickets Now on Sale

The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series tickets are now on sale and available through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (corner of Main and Laurel) in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. Tickets are $55 per person, with a 20% savings for those who purchase the series – the equivalent of one free show. The Sunday matinee series includes talkbacks with the artists, where the audience members are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation with the artists. Discounts are available for military, Equity members and students. For information, go to www.rubicontheatre.org or call (805) 667-2900.


About Rubicon
Now in its 20th Anniversary Season, Rubicon Theatre is the region’s premiere professional theatre company. Rubicon was founded in 1998 by Artistic Directors Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil and a board of social and civic leaders. The company has since presented nearly 140 productions to over 450,000 audience members in an intimate 180-seat historic former church. Rubicon creates a nurturing environment for artists where exploration and experimentation are encouraged and supported. As a result, luminaries including Alison Brie, Susan Clark, Dana Delany, Michael Learned, Jack Lemmon, Linda Purl, John Ritter, Joe Spano, Stephanie Zimbalist and others have graced the Rubicon stage. The company is committed to telling stories which illuminate our shared humanity. Rubicon presents bold, reimagined productions of classics; innovative productions of contemporary dramas, comedies and musicals; and develops and produces World Premieres. Rubicon has been the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence, the NAACP Award, a New York Drama Desk Award, multiple Indy, Robby and Scenie Awards, and 18 Ovation Awards. The company recently won the Ovation for Best Production of a Play, Larger Theatre for Gulf View Drive. Rubicon offers extensive education and outreach programs under Beverly and Kirby Ward. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and further supported by a regional Board of Advisors and an active volunteer auxiliary. For more information, call 805.667.2900 or visit the website at www.rubicontheatre.org.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Presents Solo Exhibition November 8 to February 17

“In light of the recent tragic events that occurred at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, CMATO will postpone our opening events originally scheduled for November 8 and 9, to a later date. The museum will be closed on November 8, 2018 out of respect for the people who lost their lives.

We are heartbroken by this terrible crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and first responders.

Our community is strong, vibrant and resilient. And we will continue to be.

CMATO is a community-focused organization and we will do what we can to support the community at this time.”

Kevin Sloan: "The Delicate Flowers"

Kevin Sloan: "The Delicate Flowers"

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will present A Collection of Rarities, a solo exhibition featuring the contemporary realist painter, Kevin Sloan, in conjunction with the opening of its new location at The Oaks – A Macerich Property, on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The exhibition is on view through February 17, 2019.

Sloan’s work is characterized by his deep reverence for the natural world. A Collection of Rarities features a series of large-scale wildlife portraits that depict the intersection of humanity and nature. Like the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, Sloan plays with symbolic imagery to evoke contemplation while exploring society’s impact on nature and what he calls its “silent inhabitants.” Each painting straddles the border between realism and fantasy, a parallel universe in which animals interact in unusual ways with human objects and implements: an elephant balances precariously on a globe of the Earth; a deer, overlaid in a porcelain pattern, stands in the snow surrounded by human footprints. Animals are rendered in muted tones as if they were human, creating an atmosphere that is at once magical yet foreboding.

A Collection of Rarities is curated by Lynn Farrand, Senior Curator, CMATO and Tish Greenwood, CMATO Executive Director.

WHEN:           On view November 8, 2018-February 17, 2019

                        Hours of operation: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 WHERE:        California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks – A Macerich Property

                        350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Museum admission is $6.

ABOUT

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a cultural institution dedicated to engaging, educating and uplifting the human spirit through the palette of art. Established in 2008, the museum showcases established and emerging contemporary artists, with a unique focus on participatory art. As part of its mission to connect people to creativity, ideas and to each other, CMATO features rotating temporary exhibitions, guest artist lectures and educational programs that foster discussion, participation and an appreciation for the visual arts. To learn more or to become a museum member, visit www.cmato.org

An American Christmas Display at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens November 10, 2018

An American Christmas is back! Guests will enjoy a tour through a winter wonderland at the Reagan Library featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to today.

Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1770 through 2010 and beyond, thus tracing the evolution of America. Through the use of lights, ornaments and decorations, each tree becomes its own piece of magnificent art. Also on display will be a collection of beautiful hand-crafted Menorahs that were given to President Reagan while in office.

Each tree is decorated with what is culturally historic and symbolic in each decade. Betsy Ross is there, embroidering the  first  American  flag. Newspapers blare  headlines from history. And an image of Ronald Reagan himself peeks out from one tree that celebrates a new era in the U.S. presidency.

The trees representing the 1700s feature copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill  of Rights. Other trees bear ornaments representing inventions, popular games and music, and wars. An 1890s tree has a Wright brothers model plane and the first telephone, while a 1970s tree has ornaments such as an eight-track tape and a shark representing “Jaws,” a popular movie at the time. The 1980s tree commemorates Ronald Reagan’s time as our nation’s 40th president, but it also celebrates the Cabbage Patch doll, Beanie Babies, Rubik’s Cube and personal computers.

Admission prices to the Reagan Library includes entry into both the Pompeii and An American Christmas special exhibitions. Museum fees for DAYTIME admission, including An American Christmas, are as follows: $29.00 general admission, $26.00 for seniors 62 and over, $22.00 for children 11-17, $19 for children 3-10 and free for children 2 and under.

Learn more at www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/special-exhibits/an-american-christmas.

Pompeii: The Exhibition at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens on October 6, 2018

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Around mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted. Molten rock and pumice were expelled from the volcano at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. Rocks and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere, turning day into night. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii lay destroyed – and perfectly preserved – under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Now come experience both the splendor of Ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and the horror and aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s all new exhibition,Pompeii

“This extraordinary exhibition takes you back in time to vividly experience what it was like to live in Pompeii over 2,000 years ago,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Through the use of authentic artifacts, visitors to the Reagan Library will encounter life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time stopped, and then, through the use of a 4-D Eruption Theater, will feel the gravity of thousands of deaths, frozen in time.”

Opening on October 6, 2018, Pompeii features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash. These artifacts include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2019.

These artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the bustling city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the now disintegrated bodies of the victims, found upon excavation), eerily preserved in their final moments.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby Highlights of the exhibition include: volcano.

  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.

  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.

  • Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

  • A 4D Eruption Theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

  • The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time. 

This not-to-be-missed exhibition is thrilling for adults and appropriate for the whole family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed 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/pompeii.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2018-2019 Season

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The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Visit www.civicartsplaza.com for more information or call 805.449.2787. It is one of the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco at over 200,000 square feet.

The City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department oversees theatre productions for the Civic Arts Plaza, which encompasses two theatres – the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or at 800.745.3000.

Here’s the planned 2018-2019 lineup. New events added year-round at civicartsplaza.com/shows. There are also many local performers that perform regularly at the CAP, such as the New West Symphony, 5-Star Theatricals, Distinguished Speaker Series, Village Voices Chorale, Pacific Festival Ballet and others.

Thu 9/20: Engelbert Humperdinck

Sun 9/23: Pacific Festival Dance Theatre “Carmen”

Fri 9/28: Benise - Guego! Spirit of Spain

Fri 9/28: The Outsourced Comedy Tour

Sat 9/29: Loudon Wainwright III

Sun 9/30: Kenny G

Sat 10/6: Ivan Amodei Secrets & Illusions

Sat 10/6: New West Symphony “Rhapsody in Blue”

Sun 10/7: Popovich Pet Theater

Fri 10/12: Mark Wills

Fri 10/12: Lily Tomlin

Sat 10/13: Justin Willman

10/19-10/28: Shrek the Musical

Sat 10/20: Tom Papa

Thu 10/25: Jesse Colin Young

Fri 10/26: The Undeportables

Sat 10/27: Five for Fighting with Strong Quartet

Fri 11/2: Johnny Boyd

Fri 11/2: C.S. Lewis Onstage

Tue 11/6: Distinguished Speaker Series - Annie Leibovitz

Wed 11/7: The Tenors

Thu 11/8: America

Fri 11/9: Mark Synnott - Life on the Vertical

Sat 11/10: David Crosby & Friends

Sat 11/10: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

Wed 11/14: Estas Tonne: The Breath of Sound

Thu 11/15: Johnny Mathis

Fri 11/16: The Every Woman Comedy Tour

Sat 11/17: Rodney Crowell

Sat 11/17: New West Symphony “The Romantics”

Sun 11/18: #IMOSO Hard Mom’s Night Out Round 2 (18+ only)

Fri 11/23: Postmodern Jukebox

Sat 11/24: A Magical Cirque Christmas

11/30-12/1: Village Voices Chorale - A Gift of Music

12/13-12/14: An Irish Christmas

12/15: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas Movie

12/15-12/16: Pacific Festival Ballet “The Nutcracker”

Thu 12/20: Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live

12/27-12/30: The King and I

Jan 15: Distinguished Speaker Series - Chris Wallace

Jan 1/18: Whose Live Anyway

Fri 1/25: Bertie Gregory - National Geographic Live!

Sat 1/26: Rhythmic Traditions

1/31-2/1 - The Sound of Music

Tue 2/12: Distinguished Speaker Series - James Comey

Fri 2/22: Kara Cooney - National Geographic Live!

Fri 3/1: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey

Sat 3/2: New West Symphony “Northern Lights”

Tue 3/5: Distinguished Speaker Series - Jon Meacham

Fri 3/15: Thomas Peschak - National Geographic Live!

3/22-3/31: 5-Star Theatricals “Matilda the Musical”

Sat 4/6: New West Symphony “Indescribable Beauty”

4/11-4/14: Legally Blonde - The Musical

Tue 4/16: Distinguished Speaker Series - Alan Alda

Sat 5/4: New West Symphony “Russian Troika”

Sat 5/4: Live From Laurel Canyon - Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock

Sat 5/18: Camelot

Sun 5/19: Keb Mo

Tue 5/21: Distinguished Speaker Series - Paul Nicklen

7/11-7/14: The Book of Mormon

7/26-8/4: 5-Star Theatricals “West Side Story”

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at Skirball Center through September 2nd

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The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles is hosting "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" through September 2, 2018.

The exhibit features over 100 objects  and 25 historic puppets, including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Ernie and Bert, Grover, and other popular favorites.

Immerse yourself in the imaginative world of Jim Henson (1936–1990) and discover his groundbreaking approach to puppetry and transformative impact on contemporary culture.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited illuminates Henson’s unique contributions to the moving image. Along with a talented team of designers, performers, and writers, Henson created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages to create a kinder and gentler world.

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Explore Henson’s enduringly popular productions—from The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, and Sesame Street to Fraggle RockThe Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth—through character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, costumes, film and television clips, and behind-the-scenes footage. Then design your own puppet and try your hand at puppeteering in this highly interactive exhibition. 

Included in the cost of admission to the Skirball Museum, which is open Tues-Fri noon to 5pm and Sat-Sun 10am to 5pm. Admission is $12 adults, $9 seniors (65+), full-time students with ID and children over 12 and $7 children ages 2-12. 

The museum is open free of charge on Thursdays.

Don't forget the Noah's Ark at The Skirball exhibit too!

Located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, off the Sepulveda Pass on the 405; about 27 miles from Thousand Oaks.