"Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History" Exhibit in Oxnard Sept 1 to Dec 30

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The Oxnard Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) Presents Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History. Opens to the Public Sunday, September 2, 2018; 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard.

Explore the rich and surprising history of women and tattoos in California at CIMM’s newest exhibit. An opening reception is planned for the evening of Wednesday, September 5th, 2018, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Free for members, $7 non-members, $5 seniors/military. 

While many may think of tattoos as a recent trend, inked women have a long history in California. From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze; visitors will discover the largely unknown history of women and tattoos through photographs, personal histories, and artifacts.  “We are so excited to share the remarkable stories of these women and connect them with tattooing today”, said Heather Behrens, Curator, and Collections Manager at CIMM.  

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History will be open until Sunday, December 30, 2018. 

Almost a quarter of American women now have tattoos, while over a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 wear permanent skin art. 

From the upper-class women who started the tattoo craze to the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows, this exhibit puts the foremothers of modern tattooing in the spotlight. Through photographs and personal histories, this exhibit uncovers the fascinating and largely unknown story of women and tattoos before WWII. A show-stopping mannequin, hand-drawn by current Bay Area female tattoo artists and specially commissioned for this show, highlights how far women and tattooing have come.

www.cimmvc.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The museum is open free of charge on Thursdays.

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

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

Young Artists Ensemble Announces 38th Annual Family Theatre Season 2018-2019

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Young Artists Ensemble announces its 38th Annual Family Theatre Season: The Season of Unexpected Magic.  November opens the season with the fun and feisty fairytale musical, Once Upon A Mattress. Next, audiences journey across the universe and see the magic in the mundane with The Little Prince in February. In May the young actors take us to Edwardian London where a spoonful of sugar and measure of magic help a dour family find joy in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Jr.

            Once Upon A Mattress will warm hearts and tickle funny bones, as the audience cheers for an untraditional princess from the swamp as she tosses and turns all night because of one little pea.  Will the whole kingdom find their happily-ever-after in the morning? This raucous irreverent retelling of the story of the Princess and the Pea performs November 2 – 18, 2018.

            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.  THE LITTLE PRINCE will perform February 1 – 17, 2019.  An additional final weekend includes performance by CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE.

           Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Jr. brings a new nanny with a twinkle in her eye and medicine for anything that ails to the Banks Family.  Can she help them find their way back to each other?  Perhaps she can, with the help of a chimney sweep and a host of family joy.  Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, JR. is the third and final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season and is presented May 3 – 19, 2019.

            Season tickets are available for all three shows starting at only $30 for adults, children, students and seniors for the Super Discount Friday performances on the second or third Fridays of each production, or tailor your season for $39 adults and $33 children, students and seniors.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance only, not available for season tickets.

On Sunday, June 16, 2018, 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.

"Once Upon a Mattress" at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks November 2-18, 2018

WHAT: Once Upon A Mattress will warm hearts and tickle funny bones, as the audience cheers for an untraditional princess from the swamp as she tosses and turns all night because of one little pea.  Will the whole kingdom find their happily-ever-after in the morning?        

WHEN:

  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 2 – 18, 2018
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm


Hillcrest Center for the Arts

403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

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

TICKETS:
Single Tickets:  $19 adults, $16 children, students and seniors. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance.

PURCHASE ALL THREE SHOWS FOR:  $30 - 39 adults, $30 - $33 children, students and seniors.

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

“Did You Know???  500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind” Exhibit at California Oil Museum in Santa Paula through October 14th

The California Oil Museum in Santa Paula opened their newest exhibit on July 14th with nearly 100 visitors coming through the doors to brush up on their trivia.  “Did You Know???  500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind” is a colorful array of factual information and pictures about animals, outer-space, the human body, science, nature, history, food and nearly every topic you can think of.

 “A museum experience plays a pivotal role in how we take in the world around us.  This fun colorful exhibit is educational for kids and adults and is guaranteed to make one exclaim ‘huh, I didn’t know that’ at least a few times,” said Holly Cole, Executive Director of the California Oil Museum.  “As an example, Did you know Ketchup was originally sold as medicine in the 1830s?  Or, Did you know a hummingbird’s heart beats more than 1,000 beats per minute?”

The California Oil Museum was founded in 1950 as the first museum of the oil industry in the state of California.  The Museum highlights the inner workings of the state's ‘black gold’ industry through interactive displays, videos, working models, photographs, restored gas station memorabilia, and an authentic early 20th century cable-tool drilling rig.  It also has changing exhibits of history, science and other topics of interest several times throughout the year.  The Museum us housed in the original 1890’s Union Oil Company headquarters.

 “Did You Know??? 500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind” will be on display through October 14, 2018.  The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street in Santa Paula.  The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Admission is free; a suggested donation of $4 is appreciated and helps to bring exhibits and education programs to the community.  For more information see the museum's website at caoilmuseum.org.

Conejo Players Theatre Presents "West Side Story" July 20 to August 19 in Thousand Oaks

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Conejo Players Theatre presents one of the most memorable musicals of all time - West Side Story. The world's greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet, takes to the New York City streets in this landmark Broadway production. Performances Jul. 20 – Aug. 19, 2018. Tickets are $20 for adults, or $18 for students / seniors / military. To purchase, or for more information, call the Box Office at 805-495-3715 or visit www.conejoplayers.org.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Presents "The Two Noble Kinsmen" at Cal Lutheran 6/29 to 7/15

Director debuts with Kingsmen festival

Rarely produced Shakespeare play kicks off season

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will kick off its 22nd year with its first staging of “The Two Noble Kinsmen” under the direction of a newcomer to the festival who has nearly 40 years of experience.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will present the rarely produced play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from June 29 through July 15 in Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.

In what is thought to be the Bard’s final work and a collaboration with his protégé, John Fletcher, Shakespeare reworked Geoffrey Chaucer’s already-famous “The Knight’s Tale.” “Kinsmen” tells the story of cousins and lifelong friends Arcite and Palamon finding themselves on opposite sides of a bitter love triangle.

“The only time I saw ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ was in 1987 at the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford, and I loved it, so I am thrilled that someone finally asked me to direct it,” said director Elizabeth Swain. “I love its mix of the tragic and the comic and its exploration of the foibles of chivalry and courtly love.”

Swain, who was born in England and moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago, is a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company and teaches with the Antaeus Academy. She has appeared as an actor on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country and has extensive experience as a director, mostly focusing on Shakespeare and other classics.

Also new to the festival is Rafael Goldstein, an award-winning actor who appeared with Swain in Antaeus’ production of “The Curse of Oedipus” and will play Palamon in “Kinsmen,” and Connor Sullivan, who brings experience with Palos Verdes Performing Arts, the Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Hollywood and the San Diego Repertory Theatre to his role as Arcite. Returning to the festival in other major roles are Samantha Eggers as Emilia, Angela Gulner as Hippolyta, Ross Hellwig as Theseus and Rachel Seiferth as the Jailer’s Daughter.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater troupe of Cal Lutheran.

The play begins at 8 p.m. June 29 through July 1, July 6 through 8, and July 13 through 16. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and entertainment.

General admission is free for those under 18, $15 for students with ID, $20 for seniors 65 and older, and $25 for everyone else. Reserved lawn boxes have room for six and are available online for $90 to $110. Individual tickets are available at the door only. For lawn box reservations or more information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org or call 805-493-3452.

 

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "Constellations" June 22 to July 29

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present Nick Payne’s time-bending  CONSTELLATIONS from June 22 through July 29 on its Main Stage at 125. South 7th Street, in historic downtown Santa Paula. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 4 pm. Tickets are $24.00 for adults, Seniors/Students $22.00. Reservations may be made online atwww.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by calling our Box Office at 805.525.4645

Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s Olivier and Drama League nominated hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “what if” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is.”

What if one moment--or one word—shifted the universe, altering your whole life?

This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know as we embark on a fantastical journey to parallel worlds where Marianne, a physicist and Roland, a beekeeper, fall in love, over and over again, in a multitude of ways.  Every choice they make has a different, life-altering outcome. CONSTELLATIONS is a charming, and sometimes devastating and profound, exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love.  Colorful language-recommended for audiences 17 and above

CONSTELLATIONS  is directed by SPTC's Artistic Director, David Ralphe. Cast Members include Jessi May Stevenson and Ron Feltner. Leslie Nichols produces with support from Artistic Design Team Mike Carnahan-set, Gary Richardson-lights, Barb Pedziwiatr-costumes, and Gail Heck-props. Alan Noel is the Stage Manager.

CONSTELLATIONS with successful runs in London, Broadway, and Los Angeles was nominated for both Drama League and Olivier awards.  The Santa Paula Theater Center Production features Jessi May Stevenson and Ron Feltner as Marianna and Anthony with David Ralphe, SPTC's Artistic Director, directing.  They are supported by Producer Leslie Nichols, Set Designer Mike Carnahan, Lighting Designer Gary Richardson, Costume Designer Barbara Pedziwiatr, Properties Mistress Gail Heck, Sound Designer Kevin Kahm, and Stage Manager Allan Noel.

WHO:               Constellations-a play by Nick Payne

WHERE:           Santa Paula Theater Center's Main Stage, 125 So. 7th St., Santa Paula, CA

WHEN:             6 weeks running on Fri. & Sat. eve at 8 pm, Sun. Mat at 4 pm  June 22-July 29

TICKETS:          Adults-$24, Seniors/Students $22  Info and purchase online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.orgsantapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com, 805.525.4645

Good Earth:  Tilling the Soil Exhibit at Santa Paula Agriculture Museum through November 25th

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Good Earth: Tilling the Soil exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula shows soil preparation techniques from the late 1800’s to the mid-1900’s. The exhibit displays tilling equipment hand-picked from the Museum of Ventura County’s farm implements collection, on display in the Ag Museum’s beautiful native gardens. 

Since ancient history, man has manipulated the land to improve growing conditions and increase crop productivity. The earliest techniques of plowing are thought to have started with handheld digging sticks and over thousands of years evolved into the modern-day high-tech machines and implements seen in our local fields today. Good Earth: Tilling the Soil explores the museum’s impressive collection of antique local plows, cultipackers, harrows, subsoilers and cultivators. Visitors will discover the local history of farm implement manufacturers with factories in Oxnard that were instrumental in the development of the exhibit items on display.  

Good Earth: Tilling the Soil will be on display through November 25. The museum, located at 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 653-0323 ext. 308.

Happenings at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum 2018 May-September

Planned exhibits, activities and events May through September 2018 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. $7 admission adults, $5 seniors/students, $3 ages 6-17.

MAY

EXHIBIT: Ron L Clarke Exhibit (May 7 – June 24) This exhibit spans the lifeline of the age of sailing and the development in western civilization from the 5th Dynasty to the late 1900’s. Over 30 scale-models tell the story.

A.I.R.: Artist in Residence (May 3 - May 31) Begun in 2017, our Artist in Residence program brings artists and audiences together. In May and October, CIMM invites an artist (or artists) to the museum for extended periods of time to explore their practice, meet new people, use new materials, and experience life in a new location. The results are often provocative and wide-ranging.

May 16 SPEAKER: Creating Wooden Walls: The Navy that united America by Jim Kosinski & Jerry Leckie. This talk will be about the unexpected and transformative effect the building and launching of the first ships of the U.S. Navy had on our country, its spirit, its politics and its economy.    

 

JUNE  

EXHIBIT: Ron L Clarke Exhibit (thru – June 24)

June 17 EVENT:  Woodenboat Show, From Tree to the Sea: CIMM will host From the Tree to the Sea: the 3rd Annual Father's Day Wooden Boat Show - an event of the most enjoyable and rustic variety! It will feature a series of classic wooden boats on display for everyone to enjoy from 12 pm to 4 pm. Stunning wooden boats will grace the dock behind CIMM. A selection of classic cars will also be on display. Participate in fun and engaging maritime activities! 

June 20 SPEAKER: When China Ruled the Seas, the Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty by Howard J Smith    

 

JULY

EXHIBIT: Nautica (July 1 – Aug 26) Local artists display juried
artworks of all things “sea”.

July 12 EVENT: Nautica Reception 6-8pm

July 18 SPEAKER: New Insights into Status & Threats to Blue and Humpback Whales by John Calambokidis    

July 22 EVENT: Chowderfest:   Join CIMM for the event of the Ventura County Summer: Chowderfest 2018! Selected local restaurants will compete for title of “Ventura County’s Best Chowder” at the 4th annual Chowderfest on Sunday, July 22, 2018, 2-6pm. 

 

AUGUST

EXHIBIT: Nautica (thru – Aug 26) See above 

August 15 SPEAKER: Speaker Series TBD

 

SEPTEMBER

EXHIBIT: Tattoos and Tenacious Women (Sept 2 – Dec 30) Explore the rich and surprising history of women and tattoos in California at History San José’s newest exhibit, Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History. The exhibit will open to the public Sunday, September 2, 2018; 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the CIMM.

September 6 EVENT: Tattoos Exhibition Opening Reception 6-8pm     

September 20 SPEAKER: Saving History! By DAVID-BRYDEN PEASE, Retired Director of Natural & Cultural Training for DOD (Dept. of Defense), Civil Engineer Officers Corps School; Retired Army Reserve Major

24th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July Announces 2018 Artist Lineup

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24th Annual Festival to Feature World-Class Artists, including Pink Martini, the John Jorgenson Quintet and many more in July 2018

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 genre-defying “little orchestra” Pink Martini and supported by world class acts such as celebrated guitarists John Jorgenson and “El Twanguero” Diego Garcia, the festival has something for every musical taste.


In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2018 musical lineup consists of:

7/12: American Gypsy Jazz featuring star guitarist John Jorgenson at the historic Olivas Adobe

7/13: Latin Grammy-winner and “fire breathing guitar hero” vocalist and composer Diego Garcia (“El Twanguero”) alongside his trio at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/14: “Rollicking, multi-lingual, around-the-world musical adventure” and festival headliner Pink Martini at the Oxnard PACC

7/15: Dynamic classic music ensemble Trio Céleste at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/20: Celebrated and imaginative Akropolis Reed Quintet at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/21: Stunning singer-songwriter Perla Batalla will present her “Frida Kahlo song cycle”, inspired by the works of Kahlo and Diego Rivera  at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/22: Pas de deux series depicting the ups, downs and sideways of relationships – Malashock Dance 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 7/13, as well as a free public concert with electrifying mariachi-meets-American classics ensemble Jarabe Mexicano 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 24th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 12-15 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.

ABOUT VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, build audience-Festival and audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse education offerings for all ages. For more information, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April to December 2018

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Upcoming performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue. Visit www.simi-arts.org or call 805-583-7900 for more information and to purchase tickets to these shows.

NEXT TO NORMAL

April 21 – May 27, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No performance Friday, April 26th.

Added performance Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the powerfully provocative musical NEXT TO NORMAL from April 21 - May 27, 2018. With poignant lyrics by Brian Yorkey and a powerful contemporary rock score by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), NEXT TO NORMAL is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life, exploring how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, NEXT TO NORMAL was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, NEXT TO NORMAL challenges us to ask the question, 'What is normal?' SVCAC presents this award winning musical in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month of May 2018. This show is recommended for audiences 14 & older due to mature themes. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

KIKI EBSEN PRESENTS THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

Friday, April 28, 2018

Preshow Dessert Reception at 6:30 pm

Concert begins at 8:00 pm

For the past two years Kiki Ebsen has enjoyed bringing the diverse catalog of Joni Mitchell's songs to those who resonate in the elegant music and profound lyrics. Kiki's Joni Mitchell Project has received wide acclaim in performances from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festivals. You'll enjoy this special evening and the genius of the Joni Mitchell songbook. Kiki solos on piano on "Both Sides Now" and "Case of You," and shifts to guitar on "Coyote" and "Chelsea Morning," among others. You'll enjoy her band arrangements of "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Free Man in Paris," "Blonde in the Bleachers," "Twisted," and "Sex Kills." From Joni's earliest years to her later, more edgy, material, Kiki and her band pay tribute to Joni Mitchell, her music, style, originality and pure artistry. Don't miss it!

Featuring: Kiki Ebsen-vocals/keys/guitar, Terry Wollman-guitar, Grant Geissman-guitar, Steve Lawrence-bass and Matt Starr-drums.  Tickets are $50 and include a dessert and wine reception before the show.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S MOTHER’S DAY WITH ELVIS CONCERT

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC for a special Mother’s Day salute featuring all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this concert! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

BIG RIVER

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 9 – July 15, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. Mark Twain’s beloved classic takes us back to old “Muddy Waters” as Huck Finn and the runaway Jim escape down the mighty Mississippi River in search of freedom. Featuring a score from country music legend Roger Miller, Big River is certain to become a fan favorite! Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC with his annual BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert featuring holiday favorites as well as all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this holiday tradition at the Center! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early or it truly will be a Blue Christmas for you! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

“Encaustic & Stone” Art Show in Ventura April 18 to May 19

Two Ventura women are joining forces to exhibit their artistic visions and range in an April 18-May 19 show at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

“Encaustic & Stone” will feature two- and three-dimensional pieces by Joyce Lombard and Virginia Buckle, both longtime Buenaventura Art Association members with numerous awards to their credit. They will attend a 5-7 p.m. reception on April 28, the second Saturday of the monthlong show.

Lombard’s specialty is encaustic paintings and paper sculpture, which employ beeswax, resin and pigments, built up in layers with other inclusions. Buckle sculpts in stone, and will present several acrylic paintings and collage artworks as well.

“With encaustic there are many ways to use the materials, from painterly to casting encaustic medium of various formulas into molds,” said Lombard, who will give a demonstration and discuss the history of the medium at 2 p.m. May 6. “I am inspired by contemporary encaustic artists and the many ways they work with the medium. Many of my layered and collaged works reference the natural world; much of it I abstract.”

Buckle said she has been involved in creating art since childhood, but took up sculpting only since retiring from teaching high school English literature in 1994. Among her favorite art subjects are mythology, nature and the female form.

“My joy as an artist is the discovery of the beauty of color and design that lies within the rough stone,” she said. “My goal is to reveal that beauty by sculpting that stone in a way that will please the eye and soul of the beholder.”

In her sculpture and painting, she said, her favorite part is “seeing my idea come into being under my guidance with stone, paint, tools and fabric.”

Buckle plans to exhibit 11 sculptures and six paintings and collage pieces; Lombard will have about 25 encaustic and mixed media works on display. Concurrent with their show will be a juried exhibition of artworks by BAA members.

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

Footworks Youth Ballet Spring Performances

Ventura’s FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents three productions this spring in Ventura County showcasing a variety of ballet styles—the story ballet PETER AND THE WOLF, companioned with the Balanchine-inspired CLASSICAL SYMPHONY (both with music by Sergei Prokofiev), and lastly, the classic Romantic ballet, GISELLE.

1st Performance: PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY 

Ventura College Theatre – 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura

General Public Saturday, April 21st, 2 P.M. and 5 P.M.

Outreach Performances for Students (K-8 ) – PETER AND THE WOLF Thursday, April 19th
10:00 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket)

Contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org

Tickets: $22. Buy tickets online at: www.footworksyouthballet.org

2nd Performance:

GISELLE and PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY
Oxnard Performing Arts Center – 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA

When:

General Public – GISELLE
Saturday, June 2nd, 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

General Public – PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY Sunday, June 3rd, 2:00 P.M.

Outreach Performances for Students (K-8) – PETER AND THE WOLF Friday, June 1st
10:00 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket) Contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org

Tickets:$22, $18, $14 

Ticket Hotline: (805) 486-2424

Online Ticket Orders: www.footworksyouthballet.org

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet is proud to present three very different ballets this spring starting with PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev. Come see this lively performance with the usual characters—the Wolf, Peter, Grandfather, the Bird, the Cat, and Ducks—as well as leaping Frogs, Villagers, Squirrels and Hunters. The story takes an unexpected twist at the end with Artistic Director Kirsten Oakley’s entertaining interpretation of this well-known children’s classic.

Along with PETER AND THE WOLF will be a special performance of Prokofiev’s CLASSICAL SYMPHONY, a Balanchine-inspired ballet in the Neoclassical style. Choreographed by Kirsten Oakley’s friend and mentor Yvonne Mounsey, who danced in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, it showcases a more sleek and modern style based in classical ballet but features increased energy and speed, pared-down sets and costumes, and less reliance on a story.

To round out the offerings this spring, Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet will also bring GISELLE to the stage. GISELLE is the epitome of Romantic ballet. First performed in 1841 to the music of French composer Adolphe Adam, it is the story of love lost, remorse, and forgiveness. Not often performed, GISELLE will offer Ventura County residents a special opportunity to experience a ballet that is often dubbed as moody and ethereal with a touch of the supernatural.

Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet. 

Shakespeare's Macbeth at Ojai Art Center Theater 4 Weekends Starting March 16th

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Macbeth’s director Michael Addison has tapped into the creative community of Ojai, bringing actors, artists, musicians, and more to expose the pure core of this classic play—power—in a multi-sensory production. The audience will have their senses pricked by not only the dialog and drama, but audibly and visually. The play opens Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Art Center Theater.
 
A key visual element will be a nonlinear set design. “I did not want it to be immediately representational because I felt that would be limiting,” said Addison. “It’s clearly a castle, but also out on the heath, in the field, hither and yond. Therefore, we moved in an abstract direction. I brought together two designers: Kenny Dahle who’s designed a number of extraordinary sets for the Art Center, most recently his set for Animal Crackers which was rich and perfectly detailed; and fiber artist Carol Shaw-Sutton.
 
“I had seen Carol’s work early on when she first came to Ojai. I was struck by how she manipulates fabric to create haunting images, some which are purely abstract. Some of Carol’s pieces looked like flayed creatures dried out in the sun. The idea I developed with her and Kenny was to mount these fabrics to suggest walls so that we could have ghosts floating in the air or could be portraits hanging on the wall inside a castle, depending on scene and lighting.

“Another element I wanted was a certain decrepitude. Carol and a number of fabric artists worked as a team, drawing on the rich body of talent we have in Ojai. They’ve created pieces to be like trophies or trees in the forest, whatever Claire Cleary the lighting designer makes them appear to be. Team members are from the Ojai Fiber Collective: Kyle Crowner, Pat Edwards, Mary Mohr, and Wendy Osher.

“In the costume department, happily, I’ve worked with our costume designer Mary Crane who has a rich background and strong visual eye. For this production, Mary has strongly reinforced the nature of the various characters through fabric and color choices.”
 
To raise the audiences sensory experience, Addison added a musical score of percussion created by professional percussionist John Lacques. A wide variety of sounds will make up the aural background for the action and bring another dimension to the total effect of the play. Jaye Hersh is the production’s vocal consultant.
 
What does Addison hope for from all of this preparation? “I’m hoping we will have a production that will scare the bejesus out of people!”
 
Opening night will be marked with a sparkling celebration after the show. Meet the director and the cast and hoist a glass of bubbly to this innovative interpretation of the Scottish play. Macbeth is a joint production of OPAT and OACT.  It opens March 16 for four weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:00, ojaiact.org or call 640-8797.                         

About the Ojai Art Center Theater

The Ojai Art Center is the longest continuously-operating multi-disciplinary center serving the arts in the State of California. Opened in 1939, the Center has eight branches for the various art disciplines. The Theater Branch presents a variety of dramatic productions, ranging from comedy to drama and musicals, annually. The branch has its own directors and monthly meetings to address all theater-related issues. The Artistic Director annually screens proposals for future productions and presents a tentative schedule for approval to the Center’s Board of Directors.

Ojai Art Center is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Ojai Art Center Theater is located inside the Art Center at: 113 South Montgomery Street. 

"The Importance of Being Earnest" at CSU Channel Islands March 29-31, 2018

More than the truth will be bent in the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) interpretation of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” set to go onstage at 8 p.m. in Malibu Hall on March 29, 30 and 31 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Friday, March 30.

Half of the Oscar Wilde classic play will feature women playing female roles and men playing male roles, but after intermission, the play will continue with a gender-swapped version.

“The expectations of a male and female were dictated by Victorian society,” said Performing Arts Lecturer Laura Covault, who directs the show. “What we’re examining with the way we’re putting on the show is the expectations of gender in the Victorian age versus the gender expectations today.”

The theme is topical, Covault said, with Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 179, the “Gender Recognition Act,” which allows Californians to choose a third, nonbinary option on their driver’s licenses and birth certificates. The law went into effect in 2018.

Covault said the pronouns in “Earnest” were changed, but the play is largely true to Wilde’s original lines so that the audience can consider what a man’s line sounds like coming out of a woman’s mouth and vice versa.

“Women will be proposing to men and men will be taking the more submissive role in the gender-swapped half of the play,” Covault said.

One night, the first act will be gender-bent and the second act traditional, and the next night, the first act will be traditional and the second act gender-swapped. Students from other academic majors are also cast in the play along with Performing Arts majors.

Performing Arts and Psychology double major Annelise Gaetano plays Algernon in the gender swap version. In the traditional version, Algernon is a playful bachelor in love with a woman named Cecily. In the gender swap version, Algernon is a playful bachelorette in love with “Cecil.”

“Usually in plays, when girls fall in love with boys, they’re googly-eyes and head-over-heels,” Gaetano said. “In this version, Cecil is more of the doe-eyed one who falls in love and Algernon is trying to stay in control, not showing his emotions.”

Gaetano said delivering male dialogue in the play has transferred into her life offstage.

“I’ve learned to be more confident in my own life,” she said. “I feel that I’m not as timid and shy as when we started this play.”

Art major Jonathan Zachary, a junior, is the assistant stage manager and also plays the part of Lane, the butler, in the traditional half of the show. In the gender-bent half, he plays Mr. Prism, a male version of Miss Prism, Cecily’s governess and the picture of Victorian propriety.

“He is very studious and very proper and thinks he’s better than everyone else, but tries to hide his big mistakes,” Zachary said.

Zachary said it wasn’t too difficult to deliver lines meant for a female as “I think my own sense of self is not founded in traditional masculine or feminine roles,” he said.

One more twist to the play is the set and costume design, which will be steampunk, a mix of modern and Victorian style rooted in science fiction. The students felt the aesthetic best represented their old versus new twist on the classic tale.

Tickets for CSUCI students are free. Faculty $10.00, General Public $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3339349.

Hillcrest Players Presents "If the Show Fits" in Thousand Oaks March 17, 24

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Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents IF THE SHOW FITS, by Karen Woodford and directed by Ivy Ratafia with performers age 7-14.   Performances are Performances are Saturdays, March 17 and 24, 2018 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

About the play: It’s Cinderella told from the Prince’s point of view! Complete with kidnapping! Romance! Mystery! And a robot! Where the past intersects with the present! Will the Prince survive the ball? Will the kingdom ever get their website? Will everyone live happily ever after?

Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production.   The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Reserved seats are $13 for adults, children, students and seniors. 

Conejo Players Theatre Announces 2018 60th Anniversary Season

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Conejo Players Theatre, the longest-running community theatre in the Conejo Valley, is excited to announce its 2018 Season -- celebrating its amazing 60th anniversary year!

Tickets for the following shows at www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715. The theatre is located at 351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.

Candide

March 23 - April 15, 2018

Based on Voltaire’s classic story with music by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a fast-moving musical that travels through “the best of all possible worlds” with intrigue and seduction from Germany to Spain. Pirates and raging seas; gold, jewels, and debauchery; love and passion lost; trial by inquisition; escape to the new world; abundant riches found; return to Paris and Venice ... and love reunited. In other words: an adventure of music, dance, and laughter where frivolity flirts with danger at every turn! (rated PG.)

Into the Woods Jr.

April 21 - 29, 2018

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.  Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

May 18 - June 9, 2018

Winner of the 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award and Outstanding Revival of a Play. Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison.

West Side Story

July 20 - August 19, 2018

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. 

Is He Dead?

September 14 - October 6, 2018

Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie. 

Guys and Dolls

November 16 - December 16, 2018

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. 

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018

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What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

Tall Ships Visit Ventura Harbor February 13 to March 5, 2018

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Hawaiian Chieftain was built in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands. Launched in 1989, Lady Washington is a full-scale reproduction of the original Lady Washington, which was built in 1750s and was one of the first U.S. – flagged ships to explore the west coast of North America.

Tour this ships beginning February 13th. Tours of the ships Tue-Sun and various adventure sails are offered. Details at www.venturaharborvillage.com/event/tall-ships-ventura-harbor-2018.