“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.          

Gallery Exhibit at Cal Lutheran Explores Work of Art Detectives through February 21

Gallery explores work of art detectives

Hands-on exhibit tied to Cal Lutheran chemistry class

An exhibit about the investigations of art detectives will provide hands-on experiences for California Lutheran University chemistry students and the public.

Presented in partnership with Cal Lutheran’s Chemistry Department, “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History” will run through Feb. 21 in the William Rolland Gallery of Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, worked with university curator Rachel T. Schmid to put together the exhibit. The display will be a focal point for a new “Chemical Investigations of Art” class that Hoffmann and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry, will teach starting in January.

Many artworks have been purposefully manipulated or altered by time. Today, scientific techniques allow us to uncover forgeries, predict aging, attribute work to a specific artist, preserve ailing pieces and restore works closer to their original states.

“Traces” offers an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.

The idea for “Traces” came out of a talk that Schmid gave two years ago to faculty about how to organize an exhibit tied to a course. Hoffmann and Dion were in the early stages of planning the new upper division chemistry course at the time. The class will cover conservation, restoration, detecting fraud and the instruments that enable people to explore the layers of chemical information in paintings, mosaics, sculptures and other artworks.

The class will meet several times in the Rolland Gallery for the first month for active-learning projects to immerse the students in the application of this kind of chemistry. After the exhibit closes, they will take part in hands-on activities to learn how scientists clean artworks and choose instruments for investigations, research case studies such as the “Blue Boy” restoration at the Huntington Art Gallery, and take a field trip to the Getty Research Institute.

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

The Great American Christmas: Holiday Lights at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley from November 10, 2018 to January 6, 2019


The Great American Christmas: Holiday Lights at the Reagan Library runs nightly from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. between November 10, 2018 and January 6, 2019, closed only on November 22, November 30, December 1, December 24, December 25 and January 1. 

Current and nostalgic holiday tunes will make you smile; the scent of yuletide treats will tease your nose; and everywhere you look you will see festive, stunning displays of light. You, your family and your friends will experience the holidays like never before!

The 60-90 minute walk around the Reagan Library campus will include LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, animated displays, interactive photo ops, live musical entertainment, and so much more. Capture your holiday memories in a photo with Santa (select days), warm up with hot cocoa and other holiday treats, and more!

As this is an outdoor walking tour, the main Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and Christmas Tree exhibit will be closed. Holiday Lights will operate rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges can be made once tickets are purchased. Tickets are priced at $17 for adults, $12 for ages 3-17 and free to 2 and under as well as active military.

Use coupon code FESTIVE and receive $3 off adult/senior tickets and $2 off child/youth tickets!

General parking in the visitor lot for this event will be on a first come, first serve basis. As many guests as possible will be allowed to park in the visitor lot. Once the visitor lot is full, guests will be directed to park on Presidential Drive as well as off-site parking lots and will be provided shuttle service to the main entrance of the Library for ticket purchase/entrance.

More info and tickets at www.reaganlibrary.com/lights.

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


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.

The Sound of Music at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza January 31 to February 3, 2019

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy® Award-winning Best Score! THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

Winner of 5 Tony Awards®, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most iconic show of all time. See this brand new production!

Location: 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks


Dates: 1/31/2019 to 2/3/2019

Moorpark College Performing Arts Presents 1st Annual "Holiday Spectacular" December 14-16


Moorpark College Performing Arts is pleased to announce its first annual “Holiday Spectacular” presenting a holiday celebration that features the united efforts of the Theatre Arts, Music and Dance programs. This production will feature the talents of more than 50 student actors, singers, musicians and dancers and is sure to be one of the highlights of your families holiday season. Proceeds from this production will benefit the Performing Arts Center and all of its programs. 

The excitement is mounting for this 1st Annual Holiday Spectacular that will be featuring bright lights, colorful costumes and classical and traditional holiday entertainment with a side of musical comedy thrown in just for fun. This new addition to our line-up is sure to become a regular part of your family holiday celebrations. Music, Dance and Theatre Arts students come together to perform classic material that embrace holiday traditions, featuring everything from full choral presentations to excerpts from A Christmas Carol. Join us at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center as we prepare for final exams and usher in the holiday season

“This variety-style show is sure to make you laugh, cry and start counting the days until the holidays!,” said Dr. Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz, Dean of Arts, Media and Communications Studies at Moorpark College. “And for a special treat, we’d love to have you join us for our VIP fundraiser cocktail event offered by The Moorpark College Foundation that will precede the 8:00pm performance on Saturday December 15th. Our entire Arts Division has been so excited about this new tradition that they have all offered the talents of their students to provide an abundance of ‘extras’ that will include: a live DJ outside of the PAC as people enter, FREE holiday decorations that have been designed and manufactured in or MakerSpace and a series of holiday themed short films in the lobby produced by our Film and Television students and many more. We can’t think of a better way of thanking our community than by inviting your friends and families to our beautiful campus to celebrate the holidays!”  

 “The Moorpark College Holiday Spectacular” will run Friday and Saturday, December 14th and 15th @ 8:00pm with two matinee performances on December 15th and 16th at 2:00pm.   Tickets are now on sale for both the “Holiday Spectacular” and the Moorpark College Foundation VIP fundraising event and may be purchased through the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Box Office at (805) 378-1485 or online at www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac

Purchase tickets online to save 20%.  For additional information regarding the “Holiday Spectacular” or the Moorpark College Performing Arts Department, please contact our Box Office.  Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark.

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!

"The King and I" at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 27-30, 2018

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”

Thursday, December 27, 2018: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 28, 2018: 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 29, 2018: 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 29, 2018: 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 30, 2018: 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 30, 2018: 6:30 p.m.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

THE KING AND I won four 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST Revival of a Musical. Led by strong female characters, THE KING AND I focuses on the importance of seeing human dignity amongst cultural differences.

Location: 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, 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.


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

Conejo Players Theatre Presents "Guys and Dolls" November 16 to December 16

The final Mainstage production of Conejo Players Theatre’s incredible 60th Anniversary Season begins November 16, when Frank Loesser’s iconic Guys and Dolls comes to the CPT stage.

Based on the iconic short stories of Damon Runyon, and set in 1950, Guys and Dolls is a romantic comedy that takes us from Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and into the sewers of New York City, as we discover the great lengths to which a guy will go when he falls in love with a “doll.” A high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary make for an unlikely pair, while the manager of a floating crap game tries to appease his showgirl girlfriend, who often laments their unusually long engagement.

Whether CPT’s production is your first Guys and Dolls, or the show is a perennial favorite, you’ll love the immortal Frank Loesser score, our live orchestra, and thrilling dance numbers as our talented cast of 30+ triple-threats brings these zany characters to life. Audiences are sure to recognize the show’s signature tunes -- including “Luck Be A Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Adelaide’s Lament,” and many more. CPT’s Guys and Dolls promises to be a great addition to the holiday season ... it’s a show the whole family can enjoy!

Guys and Dolls is directed by John Gaston and produced by Priscilla Losey, with choreography by Miriam Durrie-Kirsch and music direction by Ben Glasner. The cast includes Kelly Green as Nathan Detroit, Brent Ramirez as Sky Masterson, Masaya Urba as Adelaide, Adelle Panico as Sarah Brown, Gabriel Vega as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Ray Mastrovito as Arvide Abernathy, Erin Fagundes as General Cartwright, and R. Shane Bingham as Lt. Brannigan. For a detailed cast list -- as well as a listing of understudy performances -- please visit conejoplayers.org/guys-and-dolls. This production is rated PG.

Performances Nov. 16 – Dec. 16, 2018. Tickets are $20 for adults, or $18 for students / seniors / military. To purchase, or for more information, call the Box Office at 805-495-3715 or visit www.conejoplayers.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.

"Cinderella" at Ojai Art Center Theater November 30 to December 16

The final show of the 2018 season for the Ojai Art Center Theater is “Cinderella,” an off-the-wall, music hall remake of the classic fairy tale in the style of an English panto. This hilarious musical combines a smidgen of suggestive, topical humor for adults with delightful music, a dancing bear, and a chorus-line of Bo-Peep sheep in a Bob Fosse dance formation that kids will love. The production opens November 30 and is presenting two matinees per weekend for this show. Tickets are on sale November 1 at OjaiACT.org.
"I've spent a few Christmases in London with family over the years,” said producer Lin Coleman, “and a panto is a must-see tradition. You can catch them in London starring national celebrities and in nearly every village where the theatre produces their own version with local celebrities. Kids love them as they are interactive and fast-paced, a hilarious mix of fairytale and vaudeville. Our production utilizes the panto traditions by integrating loads of local references, surprising gender swapping roles and a "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" sense of humor which will fly over the heads of kids but keep the adults in stitches." 
Many Americans are unfamiliar with this classic English art form. The panto form goes all the way back to the Tudor era of England, when this farcical style became a holiday tradition that lives right up to the present. A panto is a traditional fairy tale complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation—great for all family members.
It's an outrageously fun show, best described by reviews from previous productions of this Kate Hawley version:  "an enormously entertaining and irreverent comedy that delights in crossing barriers, including the one between audience and actors."  Or this:  "accomplishes the challenging trick of entertaining children and adults alike..."  "a refreshing change of pace from traditional holiday fare..."  "Cinderella" hits the sweet spot that's so often missed in family shows.  Intelligent and buoyant, lyrical and silly, it plays to real people instead of an age-targeted, holiday-market demographic."
“Cinderella” opens November 30 and closes December 16.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00.  Bring the whole family for some delightful holiday laughter and song! Tickets online at OjaiACT.org.

Agatha Christie's "The Hollow" at Santa Paula Theater Center November 9 to December 16



The Santa Paula Theater Center will present Agatha Christie’s murder mystery THE HOLLOW from November 9 through December 16, 2018 on its Main Stage at 125. South 7th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $24 for Adults, $22 for Seniors/Students, and $18 for Children. Reservations may be made online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org via email at santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com  or by calling our Box Office at 805.525.4645

A weekend gathering at Sir Henry Angkatell’s country estate goes deathly awry - coming to a screeching halt when a guest is suddenly murdered. Everyone has opportunities and motives. Join the Inspector in untangling Christie’s well-crafted twists and turns to unmask the killer.

Agatha Christie’s THE HOLLOW is directed by SPTC's Managing Director Fred Helsel. Cast Members include Chip Albers, Morgan Bozarth, Andy Brasted, Doug Friedlander, Joy Goldowitz, Jordawn Howard, Vivien Latham, Eric McGowan, Ronald Rezac, Peggy Steketee, Trent Trachtenberg, and Jadzia Winter. Leslie Nichols produces with support from Scenic Designer Taylor Kasch, Lighting Designer Gary Richardson, Costume Designer Barb Pedziwiatr, Sound Designer Fred Helsel, and Props Mistress Gail Heck. Reign Lewis and Leticia Mattson are the Stage Managers.

Alice in Wonderland on Ice at Iceoplex Simi Valley on Friday/Saturday, December 14, 15

Enjoy local ice skating talent as Tri-County Youth Productions Corporation presents Alice in Wonderland on Ice! Bring the whole family for this fantasy adventure as Alice tumbles down the rabbit.

Friday, December 14 at 7:00PM and Saturday, December 15 at 12:00PM and 4:30PM. Admission is $15.00 for adults, $8.00 for children 4-12 years old. Children under 3 are free.

Tickets are available at www.tcypc.tix.com. Remember to dress warm.

Iceoplex Simi Valley, 131 W. Easy Street, Simi Valley.

“Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Antropocene” Art Exhibit at Cal Lutheran 10/19 to 1/10

Fire-inspired art exhibit at Cal Lutheran

Featured artists teach at CSUCI and Hancock College

An exhibit that highlights the effect of flames on landscapes and cultures will be on display at California Lutheran University from Oct. 19 through Jan. 10.

“Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Antropocene” will be on exhibit in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus. Featured artists Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma will give a related presentation, “Art and Community in a Vital, Material World,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in nearby Richter Hall. A reception in the gallery will follow the presentation.

The project’s genesis dates back to 2013, when Matsuo and Monsma were teaching at California State University, Channel Islands, in Camarillo and the Springs Fire necessitated an evacuation of the campus. Matsuo started thinking about how art could express the ways people respond to nature. When Matsuo and Monsma learned about tsunami stones that mark zones of safety and danger in Japan, they began to think about ways art can mediate between people and nature and how ecological processes become part of making art.

The exhibit, which looks at both the destructive and transformative sides of fire, features ceramics by both artists and two-dimensional works by Matsuo. There are hand-built and -thrown ceramic traffic cones that Ventura County firefighters placed in controlled burns and cones that were fired with a dusting of ash from previous fires. Like pyrometric cones, which are used to gauge heat in kilns, the cones suggest the nature of the fires they experienced. The artists used contemporary and ancient techniques, including a Japanese coil-building method called nejitate.

Matsuo, who now teaches art at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, and Monsma, an English professor at CSUCI, worked with locally sourced chaparral and clay, including some from a creek near the Cal Lutheran campus. Materials include native seeds, pinecones and orange fire retardant dropped from helicopters.

Admission to the exhibit and lecture is free.

The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Richter Hall is located in the Ahmanson Science Center. Both buildings are on the south side of Memorial Parkway between Pioneer and Regent avenues. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

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


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”

Conejo Players Theatre Presents Mark Twain’s Hilarious Is He Dead? Sept 14 to Oct 6

The penultimate Mainstage production of Conejo Players Theatre’s 60th Anniversary Season kicks off September 14, when the hilarious romp Is He Dead? takes to the CPT stage.

Is He Dead? – written by the legendary humorist Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives – is a madcap and boisterous comic farce. Think commedia dell'arte and Moliere mixed with a healthy smattering of The Marx Brothers, and you’ve got this show! Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, realizes that the only way he can pay his off his debts is to die. And so, Millet fakes his death and passes himself as his own sister, the rich Widow Tillou – but soon, he’s got to find a way to get out of the dress and marry Marie, the love of his life. Don’t miss the show David Rooney of Variety called “a ripely enjoyable confection” and Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal called “shriekingly funny”!

The cast includes Nicholas Johnson as Jean-Francois Millet; Robert Chambers as Phelim O’Shaughnessy; Nick Bemrose as Agamemnon Buckner (a.k.a. Chicago); Ezra Eells as Hans Von Bismarck (a.k.a. Dutchy); Jim Seerden as Papa Leroux; Lauren Rachel as Marie Leroux; Dawn Notagiacomo as Cecile Leroux / Lefaux; Thomas Carbone as Basil Thorpe / Claude Rivière / Charlie; Kyle Johnson as Bastien André; Erin Fagundes as Madame Bathilde / Sultan of Turkey; Judy Diderrich as Madame Caron / Emperor of Russia; and Jeremy Zeller as King of France. Is He Dead? is directed by Randi Saxer Redman and Tanner Redman, and produced by Leo Zeller – with set and lighting design by Jeremy Zeller and Tanner Redman, and costume design by Barbara Mazeika. This production is rated PG.

Conejo Players Theatre presents Is He Dead?, the hilarious Mark Twain romp adapted by David Ives. Performances Sept. 14 – Oct. 6, 2018. Tickets are $18 for adults, or $16 for students / seniors / military. To purchase, or for more information, call the Box Office at 805-495-3715 or visit www.conejoplayers.org.