“Personal Stories/Shared Narratives” Art Exhibit at CSU Channel Islands 3/1 to 4/2

The work of Los Angeles artists Lesley Krane and Cecilia Z. Miguez will be on display from March 1 through April 2 at the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery on the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) campus.

The opening reception of “Personal Stories/Shared Narratives” will be March 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Broome Gallery with both artists giving short presentations about their work.

Krane, who also teaches art at CSU Northridge, expresses herself through photography and Miguez, a Uruguay-born artist, uses sculpture, but exhibit curator Irina D. Costache, Ph.D. saw a connection between their styles and put together “Personal Stories/Shared Narratives.”

Krane’s work in “Personal Stories” is a series of photographs of white rooms meant to depict private spaces we all need.

Krane’s process involves shooting film (yes, film — not digital images) on a toy camera she has used for years. She double exposes black and white film by shooting her photos, then running the film back through the camera while shooting clouds. 

Figures are part of Cecilia Miguez’s work, but there is an abstract element that distinguishes her work, which is often in wood, bronze, iron and/or glass.

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

"A Woman's Place: The March on Washington" Exhibit at Museum of Ventura County 3/11-3/25

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

Photo by Rena Pezzuto

The Museum of Ventura County mounts an exhibit that pays tribute to Ventura County participants in January’s Women’s March on Washington called “A Woman’s Place: the March on Washington.”  Comprising signs, posters, ephemera and multi-media presentations, the exhibition commemorates the efforts of women in Ventura County who took to the streets across the country to affirm their place in society.

“A Woman’s Place” is a pop-up exhibit that will be installed at the museum’s Main Street location from Saturday, March 11 – Saturday, March 25. A pop-up exhibition--as the name suggests--is a temporary art event, short in duration and brought about by a significant public incident or occurrence.

According to curator Anna Bermudez, “It was immediately apparent to me that the women’s march was history in the making. In my role at the museum, I felt that my participation could take the form of an exhibit that pays tribute to the women who marched, and to all women.  My call for items was answered quickly and decisively.”

The exhibit comprises items from participants in the march, who demonstrated in Ventura, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The items are highly personal—hats, t-shirts, bus tickets, photos and signs—each fortifying a strong and lasting message. First-hand accounts from participants will be filmed and screened in the exhibit, providing an oral history element that will become a part of the museum’s library holdings.

Executive Director Elena Brokaw said, “This is what we’re all about; telling the collective stories of our lives and times. Museums, and especially our museum, are a site where ideas converge. We are not always looking to the past; we reflect the times as they are happening.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, will feature women who participated in the event across the country, representing multiple generations. Admission is $10 per person; $5 per member. There will be live music and refreshments. 

Location: 100 E. Main Street, Ventura


Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department Presents "HAIR" March 2-12, 2017

The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to announce a very special presentation of “The Tribal Rock-Musical, HAIR” to be performed on the Moorpark College campus from March 2nd to March 12th on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center.  Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversaries of both “HAIR” and Moorpark College.  Journey back to the “Summer of Love” and see Moorpark College just as our first students experienced it when our doors opened in 1967.

In the age of Aquarius, a time of harmony and understanding, “HAIR,” puts rock music and the counter-culture that went with it on stage.  In our new age of protest and political engagement, “HAIR” offers historical perspective to some of the hottest issues of today and insights into non-violent social action.  The show acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints.  Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Easy to be Hard.  This show has vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s in America while speaking to the audiences of today.

“Of course the big question that everyone asks about “HAIR” is ‘Are you going to do the nudity?’,” said John Loprieno, Theatre Arts Department Chair and Director, “My immediate response is that the question of nudity is only the tip of the iceberg!  This show is jammed packed with hotly contested social and political commentary and, given some of the civic engagement happening around the country today; ‘HAIR’ is particularly relevant.  Our students have been participating in some of the protests in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.  As part of our preparation, we would have them share the chants and call-outs that they experienced at the protests.  After 50 years, some of the issues of concern are still part of the American consciousness and at the heart of the debate on our national identity.  I hope every young person on our campus and community comes to see this highly entertaining and yet powerful and thought provoking production.” 

“HAIR” will run March 2nd through March 12th with evening performance from Thursday to Saturday @ 8:00pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00pm on the main stage theatre at Moorpark College.  American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances Sunday, March 5th @ 2:00pm and Friday, March 10th @ 8:00pm. Tickets may be purchased through the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Box Office at (805) 378-1485 or online at www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac.  Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark, 93021.

California Fibers:Time Exhibit at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo April 1 - May 6, 2017

The Studio Channel Islands Blackboard Gallery is pleased to presentCalifornia Fibers:Time from April 1 – May 6, 2017, with an opening reception on April 1st from 4-6 PM.

California Fibers:Time  features the work ofseventeen members of California Fibers- Linda Anderson, Charlotte Bird, Ashley Blalock, Carrie Burckle, Doshi, Gail Fraser, Polly Jacobs Giacchina,  Lynne Hodgman, Chari Myers, Kathy Nida, Michael Rohde, Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Rebecca Smith, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Lydia Tjioe Hall, Peggy Weidemann and Lori Zimmerman.

All works in the exhibit address the theme of “Time” as interpreted by each artist.  For example, Linda Anderson describes her work Becoming as a rite of passage“marking a moment of maturation…and… two boys experiencing that moment in time.”  Kathy Nida deals with “time’s increasing speed and its toll on living things as we age…”  Peggy Weidemann views time as “much more than a clock…it is ever changing…and can live in our memories as well as the present and influence our future.” Mary Beth Schwartzenberger ‘s work Inscription places “our human experiences of today next to people from so long ago (as) a thoughtful reminder that we as humans are…more the same than different.”  Lydia Tjioe Hall’s series One a Day began the year after her daughter was born. “Knowing that I would not have much time to work on larger pieces, I decided to work on small pieces that would add up to a larger installation in the end.”

Ashley Blalock

Ashley Blalock

A gallery walkthrough is scheduled on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 PM with Michael Rohde, and a panel discussion with moderator Katherine Cooksey and panelists Carrie Burckle,  Mary Beth Schwartzenberger, Cameron Taylor-Brown and Lori Zimmerman is planned for Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM.

California Fibers:Time will run through May 6, 2017. Artists will be present at the opening on April 1 from 4-6 PM. The Channel Islands Blackboard Gallery is located at2222 East Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11-5 PM and Saturday from 11-3 PM.  For more information contact Katherine Cooksey, Gallery Director, at 805-383-1368 or at kcooksey@studiochannelislands.org


Studio Channel Islands is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the creative life of Old Town Camarillo and the communities within Ventura County, fostering connections between artists and visitors, and celebrating the cultural identity of our community. Ongoing programs include Artists-In-Residence open studios, arts education classes, diverse Blackboard Gallery exhibitions, cultural events, festivals, and much more. The Blackboard Gallery is the largest gallery in Ventura County and features artists from around the world.        

CALIFORNIA FIBERS californiafibers.com

California Fibers, founded in 1970, supports artistic growth and professional advancement for contemporary Southern California fiber artists. The imagination and superb craftsmanship of these artists place them in the highest echelons of their fields. The group has an extensive exhibition history in the USA and abroad. Many of its members are well-represented in museums and private collections and are recipients of prestigious awards from around the world. Their creative expression includes weaving, basketry, sculpture, quilting, embroidery, felting, surface design, knitting, crochet, wearables, and mixed media. 

"Defying Darkness" Exhibit at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard March 12 to May 21, 2017

Joanne Julian’s newest exhibition Defying Darkness at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California traces in over 30 graphite and sumi ink drawings the development in her recent work of a rising fascination for the impacts and subtly iridescent atmosphere of darkness. The artist’s growing understanding and facility with contrasting peacefully white voids with energizing splashes of black has deepened, until now the beauty of darkness has itself become the setting.

Budding evidences of this dark visual challenge in hindsight appears throughout her various series and is displayed in a few, early hinting samples from Julian’s Zen Circles and Botanicals Series. The fascination and investigation, however, hits full stride in recent works in her Fish, Clouds and Skies, and particularly Birds and Feather Series. In these latter, the use of darkness and cropping lends a floating, unanchored, almost celestial quality to the creatures depicted. Yet all are represented with the elegant sparseness that Julian has become noted for over her 30 year career. Coupled with the large –scale of the drawings, Defying Darkness wraps viewers in a quietly dramatic experience.

Joanne Julian was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her MFA degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. For 34 years she was a full-time faculty member at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California, during which time she was also a half-time faculty member at California State University Northridge. Having studied and traveled in Asia, the influence of Zen Buddhist aesthetics has been noted as an undercurrent in Julian’s art.


The artist has had over 20 solo exhibitions and been featured in 60 group exhibitions nationally.  Among these have been exhibitions at: Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, Thomas Babeor Gallery in La Jolla, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in 2015 California State University Northridge. Public collections of her work include:  Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America, Grand Wailea Resort, Home Savings of America, The Irvine Company, Nestle, Nikko, Price Waterhouse, and Teneco Oil.

Joanne Julian will give an Artist’s Gallery Talk at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard on March 30th at 6:30pm. An exhibition catalog with essay by Meher McArthur is available. For additional information, see carnegieam.org and joannejulian.com.

Location:  Carnegie Art Museum/424 South C Street/ Oxnard 805.385.8157 carnegieam.org

Hours: Thurs- Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm.  Closed holidays and during exhibit installation.

Art Exhibit at Cal Lutheran Explores the Myth of Arcadia February 3 through April 6, 2017

David Ligare’s oil painting “Et in Arcadia Ego”

David Ligare’s oil painting “Et in Arcadia Ego”

Contemporary approaches to the age-old myth of Arcadia will be the focus of an exhibit in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“Et in Arcadia Ego” will run from Friday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, April 6, on the Thousand Oaks campus. Curator David Molesky of Brooklyn will lead tours of the exhibit at 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

The exhibition explores the idea of Arcadia, a place of rural peace and simplicity, as it has been reinterpreted and reinvented through the eyes of contemporary artists. The featured artists all work with Arcadian themes such as idealized landscape, contemplation of mortality and what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice of the next world.

Highlights include works from renowned Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum and Los Angeles artists Sandow Birk and Astrid Preston. Other featured artists include former NASA engineer Kim Keever, who photographs complex miniature scenes that he builds underwater; Brad Kunkle, who places idyllic images of figures in autumn forest landscapes; and David Ligare, who is known for his pastoral paintings. Other participating artists are Agostino Arrivabene, Seamus Conley, Julie Heffernan, Maria Kreyn, Holly Lane, Stephanie Peek, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Aron Wiesenfeld, Robin F. Williams and Jason Yarmosky.

The exhibit was inspired by and named for a 17th-century painting by Nicolas Poussin. “Et in Arcadia Ego” can be translated, “Even in Arcadia, there am I,” an ambiguous phrase that may allude to impermanence of the ideal and death. A work attributed to Poussin, “Promised Land,” will be featured in the exhibit.

Molesky curated the exhibit and organized it in conjunction with the New Museum Los Gatos. The internationally recognized fine artist is known for his landscapes and figurative works. His paintings have been exhibited in museums throughout the world including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Pasinger Fabrik in Germany, Casa dell’Architettura in Italy and Telemarksgalleriet in Norway.

Admission to the exhibit and events is free.

The gallery is in William Rolland Stadium, which is located north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Little Mermaid" in Thousand Oaks February 3-19

Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID directed by Suzanne Tobin.  Performances are February 3-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00.  All performances are in the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

There will be four performances with the addition of actors with special needs on one additional weekend, February 24-26, 2017.  This is part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience,

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a musical undersea adventure.  Family audiences can swim “Under the Sea” with Ariel and her friends as she pines for life on land and the love of a prince. This production is adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture, and features the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music, along with some new songs written especially for the play. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is also a part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be presented in Theatre in the Round.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 36th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The season will continue conclude with ALICE IN WONDERLAND May 5-21, 2017.  Mini-Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Mini-Season tickets for both shows provide a 25% savings.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors. 

Marion Wood Contemporary Art Gallery Opens in Westlake Village

"Tipsy Summer" (Marion Wood)

"Tipsy Summer" (Marion Wood)

Artist Marion Wood, a Thousand Oaks resident originally from England, announces the Opening of her Fine Art Gallery in the County Line Shopping Center in Westlake Village with an Opening reception Friday, February 3, from 6 – 8 pm. The Gallery, Marion Wood Contemporary Art, showcases Wood’s abstract paintings on canvas.   

Wood’s current works offer a strong visual impact with an underlying story to tell. In the current body of original paintings now in her Gallery she has used a careful balance of chance, spontaneity, and deliberate movement to express her vision. “Motions that make the paint appear as if it has grown where it lies, with no apparent brushstrokes, create a sense of organic narrative to characterize each location,” says Wood. Components including architectural form, the sweep of history, and the coexistence of chaos and orderliness are all elements the artist uses to develop her compositions.

Wood chose to open her Gallery in the County Line Shopping Center because it has a “neighborhood” ambience, is close to the Stonehaus Winery, and includes the Regency Twin Theatres, all of which bring an artistic patronage to the area. The space is a quirky, trapezoidal shape which works in an interesting way with Wood’s abstract art. The Gallery also features the hand built ceramic works of artist Mary McGill. Through symbolism and story- telling, McGill’s work evolves around struggles, joys, and journeys of life - often with a wry sense of humor!

One of the series featured in the Gallery is “White Noise.”  Wood says, “It explores the silence and stillness of winter.” Her paint is applied using palette knives and brushes, pressed on, scraped back and sometimes allowed to slide down the canvas in icy sheets. There are many layers of paint, bringing texture to the surface.”

Wood grew up in the English countryside where she attended the Oxted School in Surrey. She moved to California in 1985 and continued her studies at California Art Institute and Moorpark College. She is an Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, and regularly shows her work across the United States, earning numerous awards in juried shows.

“The physical act of painting, a messy and explorative undertaking,” she emphasizes, “is at the core of my connection to each piece. I inhabit my paintings and move within them the way you would a location in the more traditional sense-- by wandering, searching, reveling, taking risks, failing, feeling the natural flow, getting messy. I want my collectors to wander through these pieces, and establish their own connections.” 

 Marion Wood Art Gallery is Open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am - 5pm, and by appointment, until March 16, 2017.

The Gallery is located at County Line Shopping Center - 4609 Lakeview Canyon Rd., Westlake Village.

German Watercolor Paintings on Exhibit at Cal Lutheran Gallery February 3 through April 6

Christof Mascher’s watercolor “pigdog walk”

Christof Mascher’s watercolor “pigdog walk”

Dream-like watercolor paintings by a German artist will be on display in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“five leaves left” by Christof Mascher will be exhibited from Friday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, April 6, in the alcove of the gallery on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The 12 recent watercolor works on paper are saturated in brilliant colors and vivid scenes.

“I am inspired by imagery of my youth, be it children’s book illustrations, Scandinavian landscapes, imagery of video games from the early ’90s, movie stills,” Mascher said.

Growing up in a newly unified Germany, Mascher was influenced by graffiti and hip-hop and attended art school. His dreamy, figurative works contain a combination of pop culture and architectural and historical references. The subjects vary widely, from utopian landscapes to deserted houses, with an occasional dinosaur showing up.

Many of the works in the exhibit traveled through London, Cologne and Chicago before coming to Ventura County. Mascher also has been the subject of solo exhibitions in galleries in Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich and Rotterdam, as well as at the Mönchehaus Museum and Kunsthalle Emden museum in Germany. He is represented by Josh Lilley Gallery in London, Galerie Michael Janssen in Berlin, Galerie Philipp von Rosen in Cologne and Hopstreet Gallery in Brussels.

This exhibit was made possible by the support of Josh Lilley Gallery.

Admission is free.

The gallery is in William Rolland Stadium, which is located north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

"Inventing Ojai: Celebrating the Libbey Centennial" at Ojai Valley Museum Jan 7 to Apr 9 2017

Check out the Ojai Valley Museum's new exhibit "Inventing Ojai: Celebrating the Libbey Centennial 1917-2017" from January 7 - April 9, 2017. 

Free opening reception on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 5-7 pm with a no host wine bar.
Nordhoff became Ojai and many of the city's iconic buildings were built in 1917. Learn more about Edward Libbey, the City Beautiful movement and how it transformed Ojai in this centennial celebration exhibit.


Exhibit at Cal Lutheran to Feature Portraits of Female Artists January 20 to April 6, 2017


Portraits of female artists will be displayed at California Lutheran University from Jan. 20 through April 6.

“Rebecca Campbell: You are Here” will be on exhibit in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus. Campbell will demonstrate her portrait painting technique from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on March 7.

Motivated by a lack of female representation in the art world, and in homage to the artists who inspire her, Campbell began her “You are Here” project featuring female artists working in Los Angeles in fall 2015. Fighting against misogyny, Campbell’s work celebrates women’s “strength, intelligence, courage, humor and beauty.”

Campbell makes each painting with the same dimensions, using paper that she primes with a custom pink acrylic paint. She employs a limited palette of black, white and gray to build the portrait. Although she approaches each work with identical parameters, Campbell imbues each portrait with a unique sense of identity, capturing each artist’s likeness with bold and gestural brushstrokes. Each sitter meets the gaze of the viewer, with her strengths and vulnerabilities candidly conveyed.

“I am not interested in making very realistic depictions. I do not sort people out by what they make; I just choose people who are serious, diligent, hardworking, and good at what they do,” Campbell said.

The works are also meant to be a celebration of painting itself, and the quality of imagery that can only be brought forth with paint and brush.

Campbell’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the United States including the Phoenix Art Museum and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as overseas in Spain and Switzerland. Her work has been featured in many publications including ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times and art ltd.

She is an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, and has also taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Admission is free. L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California, provided support for the exhibit and Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the demonstration.

The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open form 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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

She is an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, and has also taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Admission is free. L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California, provided support for the exhibit and Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee is sponsoring the demonstration.

The gallery is located in Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open form 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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

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

Descanso Gardens is famed for its beauty during the day, and now you can enjoy this SoCal treasure in a whole new way. As the sun sets, the gardens transform into an Enchanted Forest of Light. During this colorful interactive experience, you can stroll through a mile of Descanso Gardens' most beloved areas while marveling at 10 distinct lighting displays. Located in La Canada Flintridge, Descanso is a 160-acre outdoor wonderland, featuring the Camellia Forest and floral displays in the International Rosarium, natural growth in the world-famous Japanese garden and Oak Woodland. With the Enchanted Forest of Light, these sights are now even more magical. More details at www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/enchanted

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

Discounted tix still available for the following dates/times (as of 12/22):
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Tuesday January 3, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Wednesday January 4, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 5:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 6:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $18
Thursday January 5, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $18
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 7:30pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 8:00pm | $5 - $21
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 8:30pm | $5 - $21

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California ScienCenter through April 16, 2017

Enjoy a unique, first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with the west coast premiere of The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California ScienCenter through April 16, 2017. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

With more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E! 

Learn more at californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/the-science-behind-pixar-exhibition.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. The cost for adults is $14.95, ages 4-12 $9.95, ages 13-17 and college students with ID $11.95 and 60+ $11.95. Tickets are timed and dated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Love Letters Home Exhibit at Channel Islands Maritime Museum January 2 to March 26, 2017

Love Letters Home opens January 2 through March 26, 2017

Opening Reception: January 25, 2017 from 5 pm – 7 pm

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents Love Letters Home, an exhibition that will explore different ways in which sailors and soldiers corresponded with their loved ones waiting back home. This exhibit will feature countless letters written by Donald Brug, a local man who was enlisted in the Army during WWII, and sailed around the world during the 1960s, as well as “trench art” and other artifacts from the US Navy Seabees, who celebrate their 75th anniversary this coming March.  

In an era of instantaneous communication, Love Letters Home will examine a time when hearing from a loved one could take days, months, or even years. Separation and the longing it produced was an ever-present reality for these men, women and children of both maritime and wartime communities alike. Letters and objects sent back home became a means of remembrance for separated families.  

Through the display of artifacts and reproductions, Love Letters Home will explore the common themes found in letters sent home by sailors in the past and today: loneliness, separation, hardship, and endurance. These letters, along with mementoes, gifts, and souvenirs serve as keepsakes and reminders of affection and love over the distance

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum NEW hours are Thursday to Monday from 11-5pm. 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.

NEW Museum entry is $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free for members and children under 6. Third Thursday of the month is free. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260.

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show in Thousand Oaks

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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