Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura October 20 to November 4


RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET  is returning to Rubicon Theatre Company after its acclaimed run in 2016.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, this fabulously campy send-up of “Forbidden Planet” and other sci-fi films and TV shows of the 1950s and 1960’s melds plot elements from The Tempest with language from multiple plays by Shakespeare.

Set on a spaceship sometime in the future, the show features a galaxy of rock-and-roll classics, including “Wipeout,” “Good Vibrations,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “All Shook Up, and “Monster Mash.” The jukebox musical spoof rockets into orbit just in time for Halloween – with a gala costume party on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. (dress like your favorite sci-fi character – pointy ears or pipe cleaners on a headband accepted) followed by an after-party with green foaming drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Rhumb Line on the Harbor. Low-priced previews are October 17-19. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through November 4.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET follows the adventures of the dashing spaceship captain Tempest and his crew, who hit a meteor shower and are then mysteriously drawn off course to the planet D’Illyria. There they discover the mad scientist Dr. Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda, along with the robot Ariel. As a romance develops between Captain Tempest and Miranda, a monster threatens the spaceship, and a sacrifice is made to ensure everyone’s safety.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET was originally created and directed by BOB CARLTON, the show began at the Bubble Theatre Company in England as an open-air performance in a tent. A revised in-door production appeared at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Tricycle Theatre in London. The final version opened at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End on September 11, 1989. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for both 1989 and 1990. After numerous productions throughout the world, the show was presented as the completion of Carlton’s tenure as Artistic Director at the Queen's Theatre in Essex in 2014. The production is currently enjoying a 25th anniversary U.K. tour helmed by Carlton.

All performances are at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District (the corner or Main and Laurel). Tickets range from $40 to $65 plus a $4 service fee, depending on day of the week and time. Special pricing for students with ID are $25; teachers with ID and active military are $40. There is a $5 discount for seniors 65 and older. The opening night is a benefit performance, with tickets at $150 (price includes a tax-deductible contribution). Those in costume attending the matinee or evening performance on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, will receive a free concession voucher.

For tickets, call (805) 667-2900, Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m., or visit

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

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

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

Tickets are available at Remember to dress warm.

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

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

 Kevin Sloan: "The Delicate Flowers"

Kevin Sloan: "The Delicate Flowers"

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Museum admission is $6.


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

Conejo Players Children’s Theatre Presents The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. October 20-28

Conejo Players Children’s Theatre presents The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. – a whimsical production, based on Norton Juster’s award-winning book, that’s great for the whole family! Just 8 performances: Oct. 20 - 28. Tickets are only $10 each! To purchase, or for more info, call the CPT Box Office at 805-495-3715 or visit

Adapted from the beloved, award-winning children's book by Norton Juster, this inventive musical features a melodic score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony® winner Sheldon Harnick.

Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo (Skyler Ingram) is bored. Nothing interests him at all – that is, until he takes a trip through the Phantom Tollbooth! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when two princesses need rescuing in order to bring peace between rival kings. Knee-deep in danger, language, and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose … and that there’s never a reason to be bored in a world full of hidden wonders!

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre

351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

PERFORMANCES:    October 20 through 28, 2018

Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm & 5pm

(2pm only on Sunday, October 28)

Special 7pm performance on Friday, October 26

TICKET PRICES:       $10 each

TO PURCHASE:         Go to or call the Box Office at 805-495-3715

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

Fire-inspired art exhibit at Cal Lutheran

Featured artists teach at CSUCI and Hancock College

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

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

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

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

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

Admission to the exhibit and lecture is free.

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

"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?        


  • 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

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.

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

"Wishtoyo" Art Show at CSU Channel Islands October 3-24, 2018

Legend has it that the ancient Chumash crossed over to the mainland from the Channel Islands on a rainbow bridge. The islanders who made it across populated the mainland and those who fell from the bridge became dolphins, which is why the Chumash and the dolphins have always been brethren.

This legend is at the core of “Wishtoyo,” by artist/ocean engineer Jane Chang Mi, one of four exhibits making up CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI)’s October Art Show, which opens Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 24 at Napa Hall on the CSUCI campus.

The reception for the show is Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Napa Hall with a special presentation held in conjunction with Mi’s exhibit called “LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talk. The LASER talk will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Napa Hall, prior to the reception.

Mi’s exhibit explores the relationship between contemporary society, the land, the sea and the ancestors who first inhabited this area, the Chumash people. She uses paintings, video, photographs and other media to give guests a unique look at this relationship through her lens as an ocean engineer and an artist.

Mi is based out of her native Los Angeles and Honolulu, HI, where she is an artist in residence at the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor. She also teaches at Pepperdine University in Malibu and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“As we move to a techno-driven future, where the ocean is filled with plastic and we live by the light of the neon screen, I seek to highlight the importance of indigenous cultures that accommodate our relationship to the non-human,” Mi said. “Including ways of knowing and speaking that acknowledge our kinship to animals, plants, wind, rocks, mountains and waters.”

The theme to the LASER symposium, “Place, Land and Sea,” will expand the theme of Mi’s exhibit with CSUCI’s Director of Facility Services Raudel Banuelos opening the talk with a Chumash blessing ceremony.

Speakers will include experts on Chumash culture and traditional healing, as well as representatives from various research institutes dedicated to educating the public about connecting with and respecting the environment.

Appearing on the Napa Hall Grad Wall will be “Sacred Nature” by Brittany Lambert, who creates her own materials from plant-based sources. The graduating senior uses her organic art methods to explore “sacred geometry,” which seeks to draw a parallel between the imperfections of life and the beauties of the natural world.

Additionally, “Turning Kelp on its Head,” will also be displayed as part of a series by alumnus Emma Akmakdjian called “Boundaries.”

Akmakdjian described her work as kelp blades “on their heads,” defying gravity as roots spread out skyward in an attempt to get us to re-evaluate our relationship with our precious water resources. She uses mixed media including oil paint, marine debris, ceramics and nylon fishing rope.

The fourth exhibit is “Santa Rosa Island,” a display of student sculpture and ceramics based on  research of the islands with Professor of Art Matt Furmanski and Assistant Professor of Art Marianne McGrath.

Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance Presents "The Dining Room" October 11-13, 2018


"The Dining Room," A Comedy in Two Acts was written in 1981 by playwright A.R. Gurney and is set in a dining room where scenes from various households intertwine and overlap within different eras of the 20th century. Mel Gussow of The New York Times wrote that the play is "an overlapping and amusing anthology of vignettes about family and food, inherited and disowned values" while Frank Rich’s review described the play as “a series of snapshots of a vanishing culture.” Each story is focused on a different family during different time periods, each of which has in its possession the same dining room furniture set. It features a variety of well developed characters as they go about their daily lives. The scenes can range from funny to serious, exploring the dynamic relationships of family life.

Play direction by Mr. Allan Hunt. Producer & Crew Supervisor is Mr. Russ Peters with Oak Park senior Navya Hari as Production Assistant. The production is presented and produced by the Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance. An amazing student body cast features seniors Jeremy Orriss , Vincent Shnaider, Katie Dingle, Navya Hari, Alex Labrecque, Justin Ferrante and Andrew Wells. Set construction and design provided by the talented OPHS Stage Crew under the leadership of Oak Park senior Sam Hollander. Costume, hair and makeup by a skilled team of students under the leadership of Seniors Alex Labrecque and Delaney Lampinen.

“The Dining Room” was first produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in 1982 and is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Oak Park High School is a National Blue Ribbon School located in the Ventura Community of Oak Park. The 2013 Production of Les Miserables was the recipient of the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theater Award for Excellence in Music Direction.

Oak Park High School Performing Arts Pavilion, 899 North Kanan Road, Oak Park

Performances: Thursday, October 11th at 7pm, Friday, October 12th at 7pm and Saturday, October 13th at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets are available at or at the door.

Ticket price is $15 for general admission and $10 for students.

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


Around mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted. Molten rock and pumice were expelled from the volcano at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. Rocks and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere, turning day into night. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii lay destroyed – and perfectly preserved – under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Now come experience both the splendor of Ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and the horror and aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s all new exhibition,Pompeii

“This extraordinary exhibition takes you back in time to vividly experience what it was like to live in Pompeii over 2,000 years ago,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Through the use of authentic artifacts, visitors to the Reagan Library will encounter life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time stopped, and then, through the use of a 4-D Eruption Theater, will feel the gravity of thousands of deaths, frozen in time.”

Opening on October 6, 2018, Pompeii features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash. These artifacts include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2019.

These artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the bustling city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the now disintegrated bodies of the victims, found upon excavation), eerily preserved in their final moments.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby Highlights of the exhibition include: volcano.

  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.

  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.

  • Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

  • A 4D Eruption Theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

  • The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time. 

This not-to-be-missed exhibition is thrilling for adults and appropriate for the whole family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, visit

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, visit As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting

For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit

Moorpark College Theatre Arts Presents "Three Sisters" October 11-21

The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department is proud to announce its upcoming production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. This production will take place from October 11th – October 21st.  The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department will continue to offer two free matinees, on October 16th and October 17th at 10:00 a.m. to local high schools, which is aligned with the college’s continued youth outreach program.

Take a step back in time to 1901 Russia.  Anton Chekhov brings the hopeful and heartbreaking story of missed opportunity to the stage in Three Sisters.  Our sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina, want nothing more but to return to their hometown, Moscow, where they think they will find their happiness. While they pine away for their future in a day-gone-by past, they miss the present and the potential for joy which surrounds them in both the people and the setting in this small provincial town.  This translation was crafted with excellent care by Libby Appel, who served as the fourth Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1995 until 2007.

“Anton Chekhov always saw this play as a comedy,” director and Professor Suzanne Fagan explains, “and was rather upset that one of its first director’s, the great acting teacher Constantin Stanislavski, directed it as a drama.  But that is probably why it was so well received.  Because it contained both, the drama of real life, and the comedy we use to this day to make that drama less painful for ourselves and our family and friends.”

The fall production is a continuation of the well-rounded theatre education the Moorpark College Theatre Department hopes to impart on its students.  Theatre Department Chair John Loprieno states, “Our goal for our students who hope to finish and move on in two years is to provide a drama in the fall, a musical in the spring, a comedy the next fall and a classical piece the next spring.  There is a lot of excellent material, new and old to choose from.  Moorpark College Theatre Department has never done a play by Anton Chekhov, who is considered the champion of realism in theatre.  We felt it was high time we produced one of his shows.”

Buy tickets online to save 20%. Group discounts are also available.  For more information, visit or call the Box Office at (805) 378-1485.  For additional information regarding the Moorpark College Theatre Arts, please contact Suzanne Fagan at (310) 367-5136 or at Moorpark College is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark, 93021.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2018-2019 Season

 (Artist: Chuck Trunks )

(Artist: Chuck Trunks

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Visit for more information or call 805.449.2787. It is one of the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco at over 200,000 square feet.

The City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department oversees theatre productions for the Civic Arts Plaza, which encompasses two theatres – the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. Tickets available at or at 800.745.3000.

Here’s the planned 2018-2019 lineup. New events added year-round at There are also many local performers that perform regularly at the CAP, such as the New West Symphony, 5-Star Theatricals, Distinguished Speaker Series, Village Voices Chorale, Pacific Festival Ballet and others.

Thu 9/20: Engelbert Humperdinck

Sun 9/23: Pacific Festival Dance Theatre “Carmen”

Fri 9/28: Benise - Guego! Spirit of Spain

Fri 9/28: The Outsourced Comedy Tour

Sat 9/29: Loudon Wainwright III

Sun 9/30: Kenny G

Sat 10/6: Ivan Amodei Secrets & Illusions

Sat 10/6: New West Symphony “Rhapsody in Blue”

Sun 10/7: Popovich Pet Theater

Fri 10/12: Mark Wills

Fri 10/12: Lily Tomlin

Sat 10/13: Justin Willman

10/19-10/28: Shrek the Musical

Sat 10/20: Tom Papa

Thu 10/25: Jesse Colin Young

Fri 10/26: The Undeportables

Sat 10/27: Five for Fighting with Strong Quartet

Fri 11/2: Johnny Boyd

Fri 11/2: C.S. Lewis Onstage

Tue 11/6: Distinguished Speaker Series - Annie Leibovitz

Wed 11/7: The Tenors

Thu 11/8: America

Fri 11/9: Mark Synnott - Life on the Vertical

Sat 11/10: David Crosby & Friends

Sat 11/10: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

Wed 11/14: Estas Tonne: The Breath of Sound

Thu 11/15: Johnny Mathis

Fri 11/16: The Every Woman Comedy Tour

Sat 11/17: Rodney Crowell

Sat 11/17: New West Symphony “The Romantics”

Sun 11/18: #IMOSO Hard Mom’s Night Out Round 2 (18+ only)

Fri 11/23: Postmodern Jukebox

Sat 11/24: A Magical Cirque Christmas

11/30-12/1: Village Voices Chorale - A Gift of Music

12/13-12/14: An Irish Christmas

12/15: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas Movie

12/15-12/16: Pacific Festival Ballet “The Nutcracker”

Thu 12/20: Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live

12/27-12/30: The King and I

Jan 15: Distinguished Speaker Series - Chris Wallace

Jan 1/18: Whose Live Anyway

Fri 1/25: Bertie Gregory - National Geographic Live!

Sat 1/26: Rhythmic Traditions

1/31-2/1 - The Sound of Music

Tue 2/12: Distinguished Speaker Series - James Comey

Fri 2/22: Kara Cooney - National Geographic Live!

Fri 3/1: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey

Sat 3/2: New West Symphony “Northern Lights”

Tue 3/5: Distinguished Speaker Series - Jon Meacham

Fri 3/15: Thomas Peschak - National Geographic Live!

3/22-3/31: 5-Star Theatricals “Matilda the Musical”

Sat 4/6: New West Symphony “Indescribable Beauty”

4/11-4/14: Legally Blonde - The Musical

Tue 4/16: Distinguished Speaker Series - Alan Alda

Sat 5/4: New West Symphony “Russian Troika”

Sat 5/4: Live From Laurel Canyon - Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock

Sat 5/18: Camelot

Sun 5/19: Keb Mo

Tue 5/21: Distinguished Speaker Series - Paul Nicklen

7/11-7/14: The Book of Mormon

7/26-8/4: 5-Star Theatricals “West Side Story”

"Clay Comes to Life" Exhibit in Oxnard September 21 to November 2

An historic arts exhibition will take place at the Acuna Arts Collective in the old Social Security Office 425 So. B St., Oxnard. This world class art exhibition, Clay Comes to Life, will feature three world renowned local artist Jacquie Biaggi, Lynn Creighton, and Janet Neuwalder.

The opening reception will take place on September 21, 2018, from 5-8 PM, and the closing reception will be held on November 2, 2018.  A special art and poetry/spoken word event is scheduled for October 21, 5-8 PM, that will feature nationally renowned poets Marsha de la O and Phil Taggart.  Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday, from 5-8PM.

According to the joint statement by the artist, " The clay is the messenger. Each artist in her own way has learned to interpret the results of the movement of the clay in her hands. Love and trust of the clay requires that each artist await the results of the interaction with the clay leading the way"

Jacquie, Lynn and Janet are master American artist and are at their apex of creative artistic genius.The Acuna Arts Collective is proud to partner with the city of Oxnard's Arts in Public Places as the sponsors of the historic art exhibition. We encourage the entire Oxnard and Ventura County communities to come and support this great arts and cultural event. 

For more information: Call Armando Vazquez at (805) 216-4560 or email at

“Mapping Meaning: Adventures in Cartography” Exhibit at Cal Lutheran through November 6th

 “Scenographia: Systematis Copernicani,” a 1660 map by German cartographer Andreas Cellarius

“Scenographia: Systematis Copernicani,” a 1660 map by German cartographer Andreas Cellarius

Exhibit looks at maps as art and science

Cal Lutheran professor’s collection dates to the 1500s

Both the science and art of maps are highlighted in the collection of a local resident on exhibit at California Lutheran University.

“Mapping Meaning: Adventures in Cartography” will be on display in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus through Nov. 6.

Ernst F. Tonsing, the Cal Lutheran professor emeritus who amassed the collection, will speak at two related events during Homecoming weekend. The Thousand Oaks resident will discuss “Facts, Frauds and Fictions: Mapping the Top of the World” at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Room 212 of the William Rolland Art Center. And he will lead a tour of the exhibit at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Once stashed in glove compartments and now accessed on our phones, maps are an attempt to impose order on unruly geography. Their interpretations, however, are subject to the shaping influences of time and power. Coastlines are altered by rising sea levels, lands are “discovered” and boundaries are disputed and changed.

Some maps are political statements and some are fanciful. Some are mistaken, inserting an island or angling a lake at odds with reality. Maps can reveal perspectives and priorities of the people commissioning or making them.

This exhibit presents a variety of maps and ways of reading them, along with cultural objects from the times of their creation. Works date from the 16th century to the present, including a collection focusing on Scandinavia, a depiction of California as an island, and maps of the heavens.

“A lot of these are works of art,” Tonsing said. “Sometimes, they are quite beautiful.”

Tonsing loved maps as a child because they helped him figure out where he was while moving from state to state with his military family. He learned to read geological maps in a college class and became skilled at interpreting nautical maps as a U.S. naval officer. In the nearly 30 years he was on the Cal Lutheran faculty, maps figured prominently in the religion and Greek classes he taught and in the study tours he led to Greece and the Middle East. About 30 years ago, he started collecting antique maps. He now has more than 40, most of which are in the exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit and events is free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is located in William Rolland Stadium on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. The art center is just west of the stadium.

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

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 include entry into both the Pompeii and An American Christmas special exhibitions.

Learn more at

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


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

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

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

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

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

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O'My Theater presents, "Rodeo and Juliet - A Country Musical!" in Oxnard November 9-11

O'My Theater presents, "Rodeo and Juliet - A Country Musical!"
This season, Oxnard Musical Youth Theater will be performing a fun twist on Shakespeare's classic, Romeo & Juliet. Adding a country flavor and renaming it, "Rodeo & Juliet," this adaptation has been specially written to captivate all ages in a variety of ways!  From line dancing to hilarious one-liners, the exuberant playwright Brendan P. Kelso ( and our very own (music) director, Cheryl Kewley, have partnered to make this classic tale leap out of the 15th century right into the tractor fields!  We hope you will come ready to sing (and dance) along with the farm fresh goodness of this Shakespeare musical!

About us:

Oxnard’s Musical Youth Theater (O’My Theater) offers local young artists the unparalleled experience of performing on a live stage.  We prioritize educational musical content, efficient scheduling, access to resources, creative utilization of recycled materials, and affordability for our diverse population.  With a commitment to develop and showcase local youth talent, we provide an opportunity to learn about multiple facets of musical theater and strive to bring quality productions to the community in an effort to support the arts.

Program Vision
O’My Theater has developed a unique, time-efficient audition process and teaching curriculum, allowing cast members to develop performance skills at their own pace and intensity.  Equipping each cast member with take-home materials to listen, learn, and study ‘on-the-go’ allows rehearsals to run more efficiently with less frequency, encouraging a well-balanced schedule for a variety of youth activities.  Promoting a family friendly environment, students of all ages work together to create positive role models for one another.  In addition, we strive to attract caring adult volunteers who provide an essential element of community, experience, and networking capabilities.  Culminating in a full-feature theatrical stage performance, there’s only one thing left for cast, crew, and audience members to exclaim after the show, “O’My Theater!”

Showtimes: Friday, November 9th at 7 pm, Saturday, November 10th at 3pm and at 7 pm and Sunday, November 11th at 3 pm. (Doors open 1 hour before showtimes for family treats and fun activities)

Location: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Tickets are free and we recommend making advanced reservations (See website and Facebook page for links to the online reservation system which will open up in mid-October). For more information go to or email

Fall Art Show at CSU Channel Islands through September 24th

Spirits, drag queens, street scenes and wild medicine included in CSUCI’s fall art show

All four exhibits in the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI)’s 2018 Fall Art Show explore often overlooked aspects of life with unconventional looks at race, culture, herbal medicine and a colorful segment of the LGBT community.

Los Angeles artist Mark Steven Greenfield hopes to inspire conversation about race, politics, religion and spirituality with “Spirits, Ghosts and Other Distractions,” the main exhibit at CSUCI’s Fall Art Show, which runs through Sept. 24.

A reception for “Spirits” and the accompanying three exhibitions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Napa Hall on the CSUCI campus. An artist talk is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m., just before the reception. 

Greenfield’s exhibit will be featured in CSUCI’s Napa Gallery along with “Wild Medicine” by 2007 CSUCI alumnus Jess Starwood, who will share her illustrations of the medicinal herbs found in the hills and valleys of Southern California.

The CSUCI Grad Wall will showcase the paintings, sculpture, screen printing and other mixed media artwork of Bobi Bosson in her show entitled “Peep Show,” an exploration of the strange and unusual, with an exclusive sneak peek at her work-in-progress, “Drag Series.”

“My most recent project celebrates the explosive and beautiful world of drag,” said Bosson, a 2018 graduate from the Art program.

The Grad Wall will also feature a collaborative show about urban landscapes by two CSUCI Art program 2018 graduates who will give an interpretation of everyday imagery in Southern California called “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.”

Curator and Art Lecturer Christophe Bourély combined these four exhibits because he saw a common theme.

“The undercurrent theme that these artists share is they all expose, in a profound way, the underexposed aspects of American culture and society such as the African-American experience, the LGBTQ community, traditional herbal medicine and the ‘nowhere’ landscape,” Bourély said. 

Greenfield’s show is a retrospective of his work over the last 20 years with an emphasis on the complexities of the African American experience.

“Subjects range from stereotype of African Americans in the early part of the last century, our ghosts, if you will — to Afro-Brazilian spiritual practices that channel the wishes and advice of ancestors, to meditative glyphs that correspond to mantras,” Greenfield said.

Greenfield was the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center for nine years and later became the director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for six years.

Starwood’s art is a reflection of her work as an herbalist and plant-based culinary artist. She is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Moorpark, California where she can be found brewing up herbal medicines, crafting unusual wild food dishes and holding classes for adult and children.

Professor of Art Liz King mentored Bosson’s exhibition, which includes work in digital graphic design and illustration, oil painting, screen-printing, sculpture and ceramics to name a few media.

Mixed media artists Nathan Asplund and Manny Soriano were mentored by Assistant Professor of Art Jasmine Delgado. The muse for both artists was their immediate environment, ordinarily overlooked by passers-by.

“Every oil painting, ink drawing and linocut takes influence from the simple act of walking down the street with a sketchbook or a camera and noting things that feel worth documenting,” said Asplund, who now works as a visual artist in Santa Clarita. “I am heavily influenced by environments and landscapes and want to capture them with sincere perspective.”

Soriano is a graphic designer and painter in Newbury Park who often takes photos with his 35- millimeter camera.

“I like finding geometry in urban environments and in the facades of liquor stores,” he said. “My colors are inspired by hand-painted signs from Delhi, India.”

For more on this and other upcoming exhibitions visit:

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channels Islands is reimagining higher education for a new generation and era. We are an innovative higher education institution that enables students to succeed and thrive, serves as an engine for social and economic vitality and provides the intellectual resources necessary for a thriving democracy. With more than 7,000 students, 1,200 employees and 16,000 alumni, CSUCI is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Our strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Sept 21 to Oct 21

Studio C Performing Arts is proud to present THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE  for a special limited engagement at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley from September 21 – October 21, 2018.  Performances are at 8 pm Friday and Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets for the family friendly musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE  are $25 for Adults, $22 for Students and Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 for Children 12 & Under and can be ordered online at or by calling (805) 583-7900.


GIMMIE, GIMMIE THE TONY AWARD®-WINNER FOR BEST MUSICAL!  Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE takes you back to the height of the New York City Jazz Age, when "moderns" were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Flapper Millie Dillmount is on the hunt for a rich husband but falls for a penniless paperclip salesman instead. A mix of madcap mistaken identity, high-spirited show tunes and tap-happy production numbers with more kick than bootleg gin — THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is truly the "bee's knees!"

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is under the direction of Jeffrey Scott Parsons with Keenon Hooks  choreographing. Musical direction is by Mazie Rudolph who will lead the live band.  Kristi Reed is producing THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE for Studio C Performing Arts.

Leading the cast as Millie Dillmount  will be Colette Peters with Nicholas Tubbs as Jimmy Smith, Bryce Hamilton as Miss Dorothy Brown, Ginny Grady as Miss Flannery, Stephanie Lesh-Farrell as Mrs. Mears, Khemuni Norodom as Ching Ho, Niko Montelibano as Bun Foo, Brent Ramirez as Trevor Graydon, and Monica Quinn as Muzzy Van Hossmere. Filling out the cast will be Cici Stephan, Zoe Brooke Reed, Autumn Jessel, Jade McGlynn, Natalie Espisito, Kristal Tan, Sophie Fox, Joey Grady, Aydan Pena, Matthew San Jose, Rehyan Rivera, and Sam Chan.

Tickets for Studio C Performing Arts’ presentation of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE are $25 for Adults, $22 for Students and Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 for Children 12 & Under and can be ordered online at or by calling (805) 583-7900. 

"Rootless" Exhibit at Camarillo Art Center November 3 to December 2, 2018

The Camarillo Art Center will host a multimedia art exhibit featuring works by international women artist group “Rootless,” including the work of award-winning artists Anne Bendig, Belinda di Keck, Phyllis Doyon, Ursula Gallenkamp, Dorothea Heger, Ulli Langenscheidt, Mariana Peirano, Anu Subramanian, and Renate Wetzstein. The show titled, Power Through Art, will include acrylic, oil, watercolor, alcohol inks, and mixed media pieces.

Reception on November 3, 2018 from 1 to 4 pm. The show will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm from November 3 to December 2, 2018 at 3150 Ponderosa Drive in Camarillo 93010. Admission is free. For more information, call (805)445-7061 or visit

Elite Theatre Company Presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Oxnard in September

Lit Live Theater Company officially opens its fifth season with a re-imagined version of Shakespeare's most magical story, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In this production we ask the question, "What would happen if you didn't change a single word of Shakespeare's original story, but simply changed a few of the genders?  For example, what if we made Lysander female?" 

What this creates is a very real dialogue about loving who you love that mirrors our current relational climate. A Midsummer Night's Dream ... Reimagined, directed by Hannah Quinnweaves a beautiful, at times heart-breaking, but mostly hilarious and whimsical story about four young lovers who must decide whether to listen to their elders or to their own hearts.  Set in the backdrop of a mythical forest, inhabited by powerful fairies and a low-budget (and hilariously lower talent) acting troupe, A Midsummer Night's Dream ... Reimagined is fun for all ages!

Playing at the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard on September 8 and 15 at 2pm, and September 9 and 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $17 for Seniors and Military, and $15 for Students and Teachers.  Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets: or by visiting the Lit Live Theater Company website at For more information, call or email at (707) 532-5076 /

Lit Live Theater Company is a non-profit education theatrical company operating under the umbrella of Simi Valley Arts Alliance, with a mission to support and enhance the learning experience of students by staging plays based on the books being read in our schools. EIN: 81-4656713