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A Preview of Local Happenings

COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL
Through May 19 | Santa Paula
The Santa Paula Theater Center presents this drama from playwright Kate Hawley. When Helen goes to an academic conference, she reluctantly calls on her absent younger brother, Teddy, for help with their elderly mother. Over the weekend Teddy truly sees his mother, perhaps for the first time, and learns secrets from the past in this heartwarming drama about the memories we cherish, and those we try to forget. Show times: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $22-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

23RD ANNUAL CAMARILLO HOSPICE SPRING GARDEN TOUR
May 5 | Camarillo
The Camarillo Hospice hosts this tour which blends a variety of elements to create a truly delightful afternoon of fun and friendship. In addition to five beautifully designed gardens, the tour features art exhibits and demonstrations, a delightful garden-themed boutique, an enticing raffle, live music and a bevy of refreshments. All proceeds from the event directly support those facing a life-limiting illness or grieving the loss of a loved one. Tickets: $25. For more information, visit the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association at www.lmvna.org.

CONEJO VALLEY DAYS
May 9-12 | Thousand Oaks
The 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days will celebrate the area’s western roots and community spirit. The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family including carnival rides, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts. Kick-off the weekend on Thursday (5-10 p.m.) with Family Night, followed by Country Western Night on Friday (5 p.m.-12 a.m.). Saturday, celebrate Rock ‘n’ Roll Night from noon to midnight and close out the festival with Latin Beat on Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Tickets: $5-10. Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, www.conejovalleydays.us.

FILLMORE MAY FESTIVAL
May 9-12 | Fillmore
The tradition continues with the 107th iteration of the Fillmore May Festival. This event celebrates the coming of summer with carnival rides, arts and crafts, unique food vendors and much more, including live music from several performers. Enjoy dinner from a variety of unique food trucks and get ready to celebrate, Fillmore style. Festival times: 5-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, noon-9 p.m. on Sunday. Fillmore Central Park, 250 Central Ave., Fillmore. For more information, visit www.fillmorechamber.org.

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: LIFE PORTRAITS
Through June 16 | Simi Valley
American Presidents: Life Portraits features the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, renowned North Carolina painter and sculptor Chas Fagan. Accompanying the Fagan portraits are biographical sketches of all 44 presidents and each president’s first lady. In addition to the sketches are photographs contributed by the White House Historical Association that capture each president’s time in the White House, as well as audio and video that viewers can access through their smart phones. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.reaganlibrary.com.

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN PRESENTS BUSCH TRIO
May 5 | Ojai
Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this young piano trio has emerged as one of the leading piano trios among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across Europe. Pianist Omri Epstein, violinist Mathieu van Bellen and cellist Ori Epstein have all won prizes in solo international competitions, and will perform pieces from Mozart, Brahms and Turnage. Tickets: $25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ChamberOnTheMountain.com.

MARINE MEGATROPOLIS (1974-1981): PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB EVANS
May 15 – August 26 | Oxnard
Bob Evans and partner Andy McMullen were given carte blanche by every stakeholder in the Santa Barbara Channel to document the marine life as it developed below the surface on the legs and crossbeams of the offshore oil platforms. The marine community under each has since been documented as more productive than any reef in the world. With the decommissioning of seven platforms operating off the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, the exhibit is pertinent. This exhibit comes by way of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and includes photographs from and the story of Bob Evans’ earliest underwater expeditions. Admission: $3-7. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.

36TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
May 18-19 | Oxnard
Strawberry fanatics, rejoice! The time for celebrating Oxnard’s prized fruit has returned. Indulge in chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry margaritas, strawberry pizza and dozens of other strawberry treats at the two-day festival. Over 50 vendors will be on site and guests can take part in strawberry pie-eating contests, strawberry relays, strawberry tart tosses and other free contests. An estimated 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed at the festival, so bring your bibs. The two days also feature live music on three outdoor stages, cooking demonstrations and kids’ rides and entertainment in Strawberryland. Admission: $5-12. Strawberry Meadows/College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CAStrawberryFestival.org.

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN AND BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 25-26 | Simi Valley
Alongside traditional Cajun delights such as po’boys and gumbo at the 30th annual festival, musicians will light up the stage. The Blues Stage is headlined on Saturday by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and co-founder of Traffic) Dave Mason while Sunday features blues-infused classic rocker Eddie Money, which also includes a set from the fabled funk soul rockers Chambers Brothers. More old school blues power will be supplied by Lightnin’ Willie (Saturday) and Arthur Adams (Sunday). This is just a sampling of what’s to come! Tickets: $25-199. Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simicajun.org.

ON THE HORIZON

CASA PACIFICA WINE, FOOD AND BREW FESTIVAL
June 2 | Camarillo
This year’s festival will once again offer an unbeatable array of exhibitors presenting delicious food samples from area restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops, as well as palette-pleasing wine, beer and specialty beverages from throughout the region and statewide. VIP guests will be welcomed with champagne and small bites from Mastro’s Steakhouse. Come for the samples, stay for the live entertainment and awards presentation. Tickets: $135-275. California State University, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.


05-01-2019

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