Conejo Players Theatre Presents "Sweeney Todd" March 1-24, 2019

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Conejo Players Theatre Presents the Macabre Musical Sweeney Todd

Attend the tale of SWEENEY TODD, a dark, witty, and Tony® Award-winning tale of love, murder, and revenge -- set against the backdrop of 19th century London ... complemented by a live orchestra.

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of a certain ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and that's just the beginning of the carnage! ~RATED R

Directed by Celeste Russi; Produced by Priscilla Losey and Beth Eslick; Music Direction by Jim Holmes, Shelley Ross Saxer, David Fraley, and Diann Alexander; Choreographed by Mona King.

The cast includes:

  • John David Wallis as Sweeney Todd

  • Dana Kolb as Mrs. Lovett

  • Vincent Perez as Anthony Hope

  • Joanna Bert as Johanna/Young Lucy (March 1st, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 16th @8pm, 17th, 22nd, 23rd @2pm)

  • Allison Martinez as Johanna/Young Lucy (March 2nd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 16th @2pm, 23rd @8pm, 24th @2pm)

  • Kelly Green as Judge Turpin

  • Gabriel Gentile as The Beadle

  • Austin Russell as Tobias Ragg

  • Sarah Kline as Beggar Woman/Ensemble (March 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 16th @8pm, 22nd, 23rd @2pm, 24th @2pm)

  • Jennifer Beall-Sorensen as Beggar Woman/Ensemble (March 1st, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th @2pm, 17th, 23rd @8pm)

  • Alex Greene as Adolfo Pirelli

  • Stephen Juhl as Jonas Fogg/Ensemble,

  • Ensemble: Lauri Kamiel, Eve Kiefer, Sahai Lara, Margaret Le Fleur, Steve Perrin, Gary Saxer, Mark Suarez

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

PERFORMANCES: March 1 through March 24, 2019

Friday and Saturday at 8pm • Sunday at 2pm
Thursday 3/7 at 8pm • Saturday 3/16 & 3/23 at 2pm

TICKET PRICES: $20 for adults or $18 for students / seniors / military

TO PURCHASE: Go online to www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805-495-3715

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

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

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

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

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

25th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July 2019

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture.  This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Headlined by the one and only The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 with support by world class acts such as classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening with extraordinary baritone Jubilant Sykes, the thrilling Rastrelli Cello Quartet and many others, the festival has something for every musical taste.
 
In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2019 musical lineup consists of:

  • 7/12: Festival headliners and acclaimed vocal groups are The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 as the renowned groups join forces to wow audiences at the Oxnard PACC

  • 7/13: Celebrated guitarist Christopher Parkening joins renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes in a recital ranging from classical and jazz to American spirituals at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/14: Calidore String Quartet brings “synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment” to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/19: Youth jazz pianist star-on-the-rise and “brightest light” Joey Alexander at the Ventura College Performing Arts center

  • 7/20: Ranky Tanky brings Gullah culture and “soulful honey for the ears”  through a prism of African, gospel and R&B music at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/21: Rastrelli Cello Quartet’s “simply infectious” musical sizzle at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

Additionally, the festival will host a “Tea & Trumpets” at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, where guests will enjoy a four-course English tea with the Festival Brass Quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare on 7/11, as well as a free public concert with high octane Latin guitar ensembleIncendio at Mission Park in Ventura on 7/18.  For times, updates and more details in the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 
The 25th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 11-15 and July 20-22, 2018 at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, located at 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA 93003 unless otherwise noted above. Tickets will range in price from $25-$50 (special student rates excepted) and will be available for purchase in April. For more information please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146.
 
For those who can’t wait until July, VMF’s silver anniversary celebration is starting sooner than ever: lauded piano duo Anderson & Roe will be playing at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on February 9th. On May 10th, Lithuanian “rock stars of chamber music” NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) will be lighting up the VCPAC’s stage. Tickets for both events are on-sale now.
 
ABOUT VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, foster audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse programs for all ages. VMF seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming environment in which people both see and hear themselves reflected in the music.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

33rd Annual Open Competition Art Show in Ventura February 9 to March 2, 2019

Ventura art show features national mix

Artwork from across the United States will be exhibited starting Feb. 9 at Buenaventura Art Association’s 33rd annual Open Competition, a show being mounted for the first time at the Museum of Ventura County.  
Making the selections is California artist William Wray, who began his career in the comic book and animation industry with stints at Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, and Marvel and DC Comics. He studied oil painting at The Art Students League in New York, and has earned acclaim in fine art with his colorful contemporary urban landscapes in a blend of styles he calls “realistic expressionism.”

Winners of cash awards and association memberships will be announced at an opening reception and awards ceremony 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9. First, second and third places will earn $500, $350 and $250, respectively, and one-year memberships. Four honorable mentions will come with $100 prizes and six-month memberships.

The show will run through March 2 in the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Museum admission is $5 general, $3 seniors and $1 children.

BAA’s new gallery home in Studio 30 at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more about the 65-year-old nonprofit artists cooperative and its programs, visit www.buenaventuraartassociation.org or call 805-648-1235 during gallery hours.

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

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

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

Hours: Noon to 7pm

End Time : 7:0:0 PM

Phone: (805) 405-5240

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

SANTA PAULA THEATER CENTER KICKS OFF SEASON 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse February 8 to March 10

William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on February 8, 2019. As You Like It is a story of love and the rocky road to union, reunion, and redemption. Duke Senior has been banished and her rule usurped by her brother Frederick. Senior’s daughter Rosalind and Frederick’s daughter Celia are best friends, and when Frederick suddenly banishes Rosalind, the two women disguise themselves and flee to the Forest of Arden, where the banished duke has taken refuge. Orlando, with whom Rosalind has fallen in love, also ventures into the forest to escape a villainous brother of his own. In this forest of witty fools, foolish wise men, men who are women in disguise, and people finding their true selves, love will blossom, villainy will be redeemed, and Nature will nurture all. While this production of As You Like It is set in the corporate takeover-driven, “Greed is Good” 1980s--filled with the era’s color, fashion and music--Shakespeare’s language and the themes of his classic pastoral comedy remain timeless. “As You Like it holds forth the prospect that we can be whomever we choose – especially when love inspires us to choose boldly” (Journal Sentinel).

Performances are February 8 through March 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2PM. There will be a Thursday show on February 21 at 8 PM, and no show on February 24. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and military, and $10 for children 12 and under. Group rates are available by calling the box office. The show is open to all ages. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is located at the Camarillo Airport Complex at 220 Skyway Drive in Camarillo. For tickets and more information, visit or call (805)388-5716.

California Shakespeare Company Presents HAMLET in Simi Valley January 12-27, 2019

The California Shakespeare Company will present HAMLET: Prince of Denmark at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Performances are January 12 – 27, 2019. Curtain for this classic will be at 7 pm on Thursday, 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. Tickets are available online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. In the title role of Hamlet will be Jesse Fair with Rose Hunter portraying Ophelia. The production is under the direction of California Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director William H. Fisher.

Join the California Shakespeare Company as they present one of Shakespeare's greatest works live on stage. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors & Students and $18 Children 12 & Under. Tickets available online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

"Early History of the United States Navy" Art Exhibit at Channel Islands Maritime Museum January 9 to March 25, 2019

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum invites you to view the newest paintings on exhibit by a Dutch artist who finds visual inspiration in American maritime history. Painter Maarten Platje to exhibit 15 paintings depicting important historical events and sea battles. These paintings will be on display January 9 to March 25, 2019. An opening reception is planned for Wednesday, January 9, 5:30PM-7:30PM. Free for Museum Members, $7 Adults, $5 Seniors/Military/Students, $3 6-17 years and free for children under 6.

Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 1967, Maarten Platje studied at the Ars Aemula Naturae Art Academy in Leiden. In addition he attended several artistic courses and studies.

After his studies, Maarten Platje spent part of his youth as a sailor before devoting himself to the painting of ships. This period certainly contributed to his ability to transform his impressions and observations into highly accurate and lively marine paintings.

Maarten Platje began exhibiting his work in 1986 and built a reputation as an outstanding marine painter. Several times his work became awarded and many of his paintings were shown to the public at exhibitions and major Dutch annuals (i.e. Europoort Amsterdam and the Maritime Manifestation Vlissingen). His paintings have also been used as illustrations for book covers and in the leading Dutch marine magazine ‘De Blauwe Wimpel’.

In 1996, Platje was officially invited by the Royal Dutch Navy to embark on a frigate during NATO operations in the Mediterranean waters around the former Yugoslavia. He followed in the steps of the famous Dutch marine painter Willem van de Velde (1611-1693), the official artist for the Dutch Fleet in his time. This embarkation resulted in a series of paintings illustrating various maritime actions and naval operations. The paintings are on a permanent display at the Naval Museum in Den Helder and at the Museum of the Marine Corps of the Royal Netherlands Navy in Rotterdam.

In the early eighties, Platje developed a strong preference for maritime and aviation art. Since the nineties, he has mainly focused on maritime topics. By carefully investigating all of his painted subjects, Platje is able to depict historic topics with a stunning level of detail. Maarten Platje’s marine paintings are carefully-orchestrated compositions created from an assembly of several old pictures, old drawings and ship models discovered at antique stores or placed at his disposal from private collections.

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 seventy 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.        

Conejo Players Presents "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Thousand Oaks January 18 to February 9

Conejo Players Theatre kicks off its 61st Season – featuring 11 sure-to-please productions; three more than ever before! – by bringing a truly iconic piece of American literature to life on stage ... Harper Lee’s   To Kill a Mockingbird, opening January 18, 2019, at 8:00pm.

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression – where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses audiences in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories, and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. But the facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion, and the courage to do what’s right.

To Kill a Mockingbird is directed by Tom Eubanks and produced by Tim Holtwick. The cast includes Alan Waserman, Ronna Jones, Julia Kirkpatrick, Neirin Winter, Sharyn Grose, Carla Ames, Melanie Lindgren, Helene Benjamin-Cohen, Alan Ducker, Steve Hodge, Josh Mercer, James Miller, Dale Alpert, Dan Tullis, Catie Sayeg, Todd Tickner, Bill Sweeney, Patrick McMinn, Emmanuel Odaibo, and Rashia Whitlock. This production is rated PG.

Performances Jan. 18 – Feb 9, 2019. 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.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks March 16 and 23, 2019

PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS by Stephanie Wilson

Before he flew away to Neverland, the little boy who wouldn't grow up dwelt in the heart of London, with birds and fairies as his companions. This whimsical romp introduces Peter Pan, who discovered the magic of everyday existence amid the trees and flowers of Kensington Gardens. Based on the book, “The Little White Bird” by James M. Barrie, the play joins a group of children in search of Peter Pan as they come across an unruly gang of ruthless faeries, a flock of silly birds, and a faerie wedding with a surprising bride. 

Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a one act play providing young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline.   

WHEN: Saturdays, March 16 & 23, 2010 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm

Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

HOW: (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com

TICKETS: $13 for all ages

Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246. 

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About California State University Channel Islands
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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

americantheatreguild.com/thousandoaks/soundofmusic/

Dates: 1/31/2019 to 2/3/2019

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada 11/18/18 to 1/6/19

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

Discounted tickets available at bit.ly/Enchant2018 (affiliate)

Open November 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019

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

Rubicon Theatre Company 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series

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

This Broad’s Way

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

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

Red Hot Mama

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

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

Side by Side (by Side by Side)

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

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

Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues

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

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

Final Concert TBA

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

Tickets Now on Sale

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin Sloan: "The Delicate Flowers"

Kevin Sloan: "The Delicate Flowers"

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Museum admission is $6.

ABOUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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