Local Events

A selective preview of happenings throughout the county

The Past on a Plate: The Photographs of John Calvin Brewster

Through August 17 | Museum of Ventura County

The inaugural exhibition features rarely seen photographs and artifacts of Ventura County life between 1874 and 1909. Brewster was Ventura’s first professional photographer, and images from his glass plate negatives give a fascinating look at that time period’s streets, neighborhoods, leisure pastimes, notable residents, and ordinary citizens. Free. 89 S. California Street, Ventura.

For more information call 805.641.1876 ext 306.

Footloose: The Musical

August 8 – 16 | California State University Channel Islands

Rubicon Theatre Company Summer Youth Program presents the smash pop-rock musical FOOTLOOSE. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren isn't prepared for are the rigorous local laws, including a ban on dancing. FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. The production is directed by Brian McDonald, choreographed by Janey Roston, with musical direction by Thom Culcasi. California State University Channel Islands, Malibu Hall, One University Drive, Camarillo. To buy tickets online visit event/36947.

For more information call 805.667.2900 or visit

Karla Bonoff with Kenny Edwards

August 9 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Singer and songwriter Karla Bonoff was right there in 1969, when the first hints of the coming singer-songwriter wave were coalescing around The Troubadour in L.A. Her songs composed the core of the album that secured Linda Ronstadt's superstardom, "Hasten Down The Wind." Karla went on to release three hit albums of her own and continues to perform with band mate Kenny Edwards. Karla's legacy was summed up in a review of her "All My Life" recording in Billboard Magazine: "Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache, and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today."

Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

6th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Fine Arts & Crafts Show Series

August 9 -10 | Channel Island Harbor

Some of Southern California’s finest artists will display original works of art such as acrylics, etchings, photography, oils, watercolors, and sculptures. High quality ceramics, stained glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, and gift items will also be featured. Produced by West Coast Artists, the event is presented for the benefit of the community by the Channel Islands Harbor Foundation, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corner of Channel Islands Blvd. and Harbor Blvd. at Channel Islands Harbor.

For more information call 805.985.4852.       

2nd Annual Picnic & Concert Under the Oaks

August 10 | Dancing Oaks Ranch, Ojai

Talented guitarist and singer John Katchur and Ojai's own Fred Schmidt will perform live at a private residence in Ojai. Katcher is a past winner of the San Diego Music Awards in the Best Folk/Acoustic category. The artist has opened concerts for David Wilcox, Arlo Guthrie, Livingston Taylor, and others. Schmidt is an Americana Folk singer with over 200 songs to his credit who has played with or opened for artists such as John Gorka, Townes Van Zandt, and Doc Watson. The concert will start with an hour of open mic. Kids can enjoy a trampoline, zip line, sandbox/playhouse, and hot-tub. Pack a blanket, a low back deckchair, a potluck dish, and bathing suits for the kids. $10 suggested donation. 1-5 p.m. 4585 Casitas Pass Rd., Ojai.

For more information call 805.665.8852. 

Modern Masters

August 23 | Studio Channel Islands Art Center

Three art show exhibits are opening along with a special musical benefit for The Nomadic Foundation. The Dorothy Hunter: A Retrospective exhibit will feature oil paintings that bring the emotional palette of impressionism to the world of abstract art. Carlisle Cooper’s Paintings include figurative and colorful paintings that deal with a variety of themes such as civil rights, religion, philosophy, and celebration of the arts. Leah Parrent’s bronze sculptures from a series entitled, “Organomercurial,” were created to evoke the contemplation of universal experiences that lead to life transitions. Tidawt, a musical group featuring fusion music from the Sahara Desert, will be playing. Tuareg Jewelry will be sold as well as other arts & crafts. Admission is $25. Free to students with ID. Art shows from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m in Building 18 on Ventura St., Camarillo (Cal State University Channel Islands). Concert is from 7-9 p.m. on the North Quad of CSUCI (just behind SCIART).

For more information call 805.383.1368.

First Annual Ventura County Ballet Company Fundraising Gala

August 24 | Oxnard Private Estate

The Ventura County Ballet Company will host its first annual fundraising gala, “Hot August Night,” featuring legendary actress Stephanie Zimbalist and an evening o flamenco dance, ballet, and musical performances. Entertainers include Ventura County Ballet Company members, the Riviera-Sunnarborg guitar-violin duo, and Antoinette Lopez’s FlamencOle’ Dance Ensemble. Guests will enjoy a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments. 4-7 p.m. Eucalyptus Lane, Oxnard. North Victoria Ave. and Gum St. (River Ridge Golf Course entrance turnoff).

For tickets and more information call 805.653.2800.

Katherine Hoffman Haley Award Celebration

August 24 | Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club

This annual fundraising event honors community leaders and benefits Museum of Ventura County programs. This year the celebration honors Carol and Robert B. Lamb and the Lamb Family. The event includes a gourmet multi-course dinner, fine wines, and silent and live auctions featuring works by local artists. Auctions also include rare wines, private dinners, travel packages, vacation homes, and more. $200/person, 4 p.m. 999 Crestview Avenue, Camarillo.

For more information call 805.641.1876 ext 304.

Music Under the Stars: Caravana Dance Band

August 30 | Olivas Adobe

The 2008 "Music under the Stars" concert series will be featuring a Latin caravan of vocals, drums, congas, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and bass. Bring your own homemade feast or call 805.650.7559 by Friday noon before the concert to reserve a complete hot buffet dinner created by BuenaVentura Catering for $13 per person. $18 for concert. Gates open for dining at 6:30 p.m. Concert is from 7:30-9:30 p.m. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura.

For additional information regarding seating and meal options, or to buy tickets, call 805.658.4726.


Fragile Sands – Hobo Jungle Exhibit

September 5 to October 12 | Bell Arts Factory

One of the first conservationists and creator of the Ventura County parks system was Eugene Preston (E.P.) Foster. It was his vision and passion to plant thousands of trees in Ventura County, including the cypress and palm trees in the section of Seaside Wilderness Park known as Hobo Jungle. In a quest to revive the history of the cypress and palms, the exhibit Fragile Sands – Hobo Jungle was created. On E.P. Foster Day, the Fragile Sands project will exhibit the stunning photographs of Phil Foster Ranger Jr., great-grandson of E.P. and Orpha Woods Foster. Also exhibiting are Bob Eckel and the curator of the exhibit, Sarah Kalvin. Art created by the children in the Fragile Sands – Kids for Conservation classes will be exhibited. An “artist in attendance” reception will be held September 5 from 5-10 p.m. Free. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

For more information call 805.653.1174.


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