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 His dreamy, figurative works contain a combination of pop culture and architectural and historical references.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 or visit

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 a tour of the exhibit at 6 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 or visit

"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.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks January 12-15, 2017

Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends will join together to present Peter and the Starcatcher January 12 - 15, 2017, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.  Directed by Francesca Barletta, the Tony-winning play is based on the best-selling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. The play is written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. Musical Direction is by Natalie Hightower with choreography by Kurt Kemper. This play is perfect for the entire family and proceeds benefit Young Artists Ensemble. YA4Ever’s Peter and the Starcatcher has launched a donation site where you can receive special gifts and perks in exchange for your important donation. Some donation packages include: signed posters from the cast, 4 VIP front row seats, and a romantic dinner for 2 at Westlake Village’s renowned Tuscany il Ristorante.

The production features a dozen actors playing more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?  This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world. First time director, Francesca Barletta is no stranger to the stage. She has starred in countless YAE productions such as, “Mrs. Lovett” in Sweeney Todd and “Fraulein Schneider” in Cabaret. She is one of the founding members of YA4Ever and has performed in such shows as, Urinetown and Into the Woods.  Francesca has a long love story with Peter and the Starcatcher, recently working with original Broadway and National Tour cast members in a production of Peter and the Starcatcher in North Hollywood. YA4Ever’s 12 person cast includes alumni of YAE and YA4Ever as well as new and fresh faces from around the Los Angeles area.  This production is by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

YA4Ever 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. Recent productions have included “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 are $15 for students and seniors and $20 for adults and may be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting

Fame: The Musical at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza January 5-8, 2017

"Fame: The Musical" Brings Memorable Movie to Life on Stage

Led by its explosive title track, Fame: The Musical is an adaptation of the film of the same name. The beloved musical tells the story of students attending New York City's High School of Performing Arts and the pressure they face. With a ethnically and sociologically diverse cast -- among them fame-obsessed Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking bad boy Joe, quiet violinist Schlomo, talented but dyslexic dancer Tyrone, determined actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel and poor dancer Iris -- the musical has struck a note with audiences all over the world.

Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Discounted tickets on at THIS LINK.

Thursday January 5, 2017 / 7:30pm | $42.50 - $50
Friday January 6, 2017 / 8:00pm | $46.25 - $53.75
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 2:00pm | $53.75
Sunday January 8, 2017 / 7:00pm | $42.50 - $50

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

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

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

Discounted tickets at THIS LINK (Affliate Link)

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! 

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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

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

Discounted tickets available at THIS LINK! (Affiliate Link)

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

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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

Click THIS LINK (Affiliate Link) for discounted tickets for upcoming shows at Levity Live.

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: 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.


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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 for more information.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Jungles focus of Cal Lutheran art exhibit 

Works depict the world’s forests and urban places

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

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

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

Admission is free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets $35 & $45 (805)486-2424 or at

Location: 800 Hobson Way, Oxnards

Date: 11/10/2016

"His and Hers" Photo and Art Show at Buenaventura Gallery November 1-26, 2016

Wasatch Moon, digital photography by Don Scott

Wasatch Moon, digital photography by Don Scott

For 22 years they’ve shared a home; now Mary Kolada Scott and Don Scott are sharing a wall. Her paintings and his photographs will be exhibited Nov. 1-26 on the red wall at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

The show is “His & Hers: He Shoots, She Paints.” It will feature acrylic and mixed-media paintings by Mary and digital prints from Don.

The Scotts plan to be present 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 for First Friday Ventura, and 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19 for a reception in conjunction with the opening of Buenaventura Art Association’s Holiday Boutique and the second Arts & Eats mini artwalk between four downtown Ventura galleries. Participating galleries include Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery, and Latitudes. Select restaurants and shops will be offering small bites as art lovers and holiday shoppers stroll between galleries.

Buenaventura Gallery, at 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the nonprofit art cooperative’s website,, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.