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A preview of Local Happenings

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 12 – 22 | Ventura
The Ventura Music Festival is in its 24th iteration featuring headliners performing across the city. The international sensation Pink Martini kicks off the mixed-genre festival, which also features “Gypsy Jazz” from the John Jorgenson Quintet; a cool, playful “rockabilly mambo” mix from Spanish guitar sensation Twanguero; dazzling chamber music from Trio Céleste; a jazz-classical Leonard Bernstein showstopper from Akropolis; a Frida Kahlo performance by vocalist/songwriter Perla Batalla; duets from Malashock Dance; and an exhilarating free public concert from Jarabe Mexicano. Ticket prices and locations vary. For more information, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

SURF RODEO MUSIC AND SURF FESTIVAL
July 14 – 15 | Ventura
Enjoy surf culture at this annual festival celebrating our beachside community. Over 30 bands, dozens of surf competitions, entertaining games and contests, a beachfront street fair and beer garden on the sand will be hosted as well as the festival favorite, the bikini cowgirl contest, plus a cornhole tournament, mechanical bull riding contest and the Kids Corral. Tickets $37-200. 1050 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.surfrodeo.org.

33 VARIATIONS
Through July 15 | Ojai
Playwright Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project) richly captures the depths of Beethoven’s passion by juxtaposing the composer’s struggle with deafness against those of musicologist Dr. Katherine Brandt (portrayed by Tracey Williams), who is dealing with her own physical ailments. The performance is described as a “phantasmagoria of sights and sounds” with eye-popping visual images accompanied by Beethoven’s music, performed by classical pianist Aaron Embry. Tickets: $10-20. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiACT.org.

A TRIBUTE TO DAVID MIRISCH
July 15 – Aug. 18 | Ventura
For more than five decades, Hollywood publicist and Westlake Village resident David Mirisch has been connecting celebrities and athletes with more than 2,500 charity fundraising events, helping to raise over $35 million dollars for nonprofits. Now, the Museum of Ventura County will host an exhibit of photographs, awards and memorabilia from Mirisch’s work featuring well-known personalities from movies, music and sports, including Muhammad Ali, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Sellers, Wilt Chamberlain, Frank Sinatra and more. The exhibit will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and by appointment. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

25TH ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL
July 28 – 29 | Oxnard
It’s time again to get muy caliente when the Oxnard Salsa Festival returns this summer. Expect hot Latin sounds, exotic dancing and spicy culinary flavors at this celebration of all things pepper. Live salsa bands, salsa dance lessons, a tasting tent with dozens of different varieties of salsa and hot sauces and a salsa recipe challenge, plus salsas for sale by a wide variety of vendors. Plaza Park, between Fifth and B streets in historic downtown Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.

HUMANITY’S PLACE IN THE NATURAL WORLD RETREAT
July 31 – Aug. 3
Do we belong to the world, are we wholly made of the world, or are we a part of it and also alien to it? What is our responsibility to the world? Are we stewards? Explore these questions and our relationship to the natural world through the lenses of science, philosophy, psychology and stewardship over four days of seminars, lectures, nature walks, astronomy and panels. $800. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.theagorafoundation.org.

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR
Aug. 1 – 12 | Ventura
Come one, come all to the country fair with ocean air. This annual festival features classic carnival rides, carnival treats (don’t miss the deep-fried Oreos!), games, shows and more, with free entertainment practically every night. This year’s lineup includes UB40, Plain White T’s, LeAnn Rimes, Sublime with Rome, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons and more. Entry $9-12. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Through Aug. 5 | Thousand Oaks
Prepare thyself, theatre aficionado, for the 22nd season of one of the most popular outdoor theatrical events in Ventura County. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, put on by the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, will this year feature William Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen (July 6-8 and 13-15) and Othello (July 20-22, 27-29 and Aug. 3-5). General admission tickets $15-25. Preshow entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m., shows at 8 p.m. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.KingsmenShakespeare.org.

NINTH ANNUAL WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Aug. 18 | Ventura
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is where activism gets inspired. Hosted by the Ventura Land Trust, this ninth annual event will feature short films dedicated to the beauty and bounty of our natural world. For the first time, the festival will be held outdoors under the stars and will also include live music, food trucks, raffles and much more. Tickets $5-25. Ventura County Credit Union Headquarters, 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturalandtrust.org.

SECOND ANNUAL ART WALK AT THE SHORES
Aug. 25 | Oxnard
Local artists at the Shores, Hollywood Beach and Silver Strand will be participating in the Art Walk, and you’ll have a chance to show off your art or be inspired by the creativity of your talented neighbors as well. With over 30 artists, the day promises creative fun and community-building as neighbors rub elbows while perusing work created next door. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Shores, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.artwalkoxnardshores.com.

ON THE HORIZON

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL
Sept. 15 – 16 | Ventura
Get pumped for a weekend of beer-centric activities culminating in the county’s largest festival of all things beer in downtown Ventura! Saturday brings a one-of-a-kind country music festival known as Boots and Brews, a family-friendly event featuring food, beer and live entertainment. On Sunday, the main event kicks off from noon to 5 p.m. featuring 85 craft beers on tap, food vendors and live music by hip-hop legends Sir Mix-a-Lot and Tone Loc. Tickets $29-129. Plaza Park, downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.californiabeerfestival.com/ventura.

07-01-2018

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