Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

True West, a Comedy

Through March 29 | Petit Playhouse

Los Angeles reverts to the wild, wild West when two adult brothers bring their sibling rivalry to the ultimate showdown in Sam Shepard's raw and sardonic nightmare. Shepard reveals the dusty underbelly of their dysfunctional family dynamics with sharp barbs and rapid-fire dialog in this funny, tightly-wound menacing piece. The play is about two brothers: Austin is an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar deal when an ill wind off the desert blows in Lee, a hobo thief with a six-pack and a case of sibling rivalry. Adults $17, Seniors & Students $15. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B Street, Oxnard. For tickets and more information visit or call 805.483.5118.

Beyond Horizons Exhibit

March 6 | Sea Breeze Art Gallery

Sandra McCullough will be showcasing a collection of paintings, black and white photographs, monotypes, and solar plate prints at a First Friday reception. The artist has recently become acquainted with innovative, non-toxic techniques in printmaking and painting using the methods of solarplate and alternative encaustic. The title of her exhibition, “Beyond Horizons,” refers to the expansion of media she has been incorporating in her work since her “Horizons” exhibit in 2007. The exhibit will run until March 21. Free. 6 - 9 p.m. 255 South Laurel St., Ventura. For more information visit or call 805.643.3973.

47th Annual Gem, Mineral, Lapidary, and Fossil Show

March 7-8 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

This annual show features over 50 displays of gems, minerals, fossils, and handcrafted jewelry from private collections throughout Southern California. Lapidary artists demonstrate their skills in wirewrapping, gemstone cutting and polishing, silversmithing, and colorful glass bead forging. Raffle prizes and ongoing silent auctions for rocks, minerals, and fossils will be presented. There will also be a flea market, plant sale, and 15 dealers. With a wide range of kids' activities, this is a show for the entire family. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit or call 805.987.0043.

Installation Art of Megan and Murray McMillan

March 14 - April 5 | Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

International installation artists Megan and Murray McMillan will use the Kwan Fong Gallery as their studio to produce an installation built especially for the university. Their work is strongly influenced by performers they work with, such as veteran soldiers with spinal cord injuries in St. Louis, and the locations where they film, including Tzia, Greece, and Kökar, Finland. Working with CLU design students, they will use the campus as their canvas and members of the community as their performers. Opening reception, Thursday March 26, 7 p.m. Free. 60 West Olsen Road #3800, Thousand Oaks. For more information visit or call 805.493.3316.

Fiddler on the Roof

March 19 - April 12 | Rubicon Theater

Fiddler on the Roof has touched and transformed audiences since its Broadway bow more than 40 years ago. The timeless story, set in a village in Tsarist Russia, follows the travails of Tevye the dairyman, who struggles, with humor and humanity, to raise five daughters and maintain the traditions of his forefathers as change swirls around him. Winner of nine Tony Awards, this captivating and heartfelt show was also an Academy Award-winning film. The unforgettable score includes "Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "If I Were a Rich Man." 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For tickets and more information visit or call 805.667.2900.

Don Ed Hardy Reception & Book Signing

March 21 | Sylvia White Gallery

Don Ed Hardy will sign books at a reception for his recent paintings on handmade paper and survey of prints, done over the last 10 years. His new work exudes a surreal stream of consciousness and comic style. They depict strange creatures and layer an impossible hybridization of mythological characters and totem-like designs borrowed from Asian, Northwestern American, and ancient Mexican motifs. Hardy has also designed a print in tribute to the city of Ventura. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the new Ventura Museum of Art. Free. 3 - 6 p.m. The exhibit runs from March 18 - April 25 with a Ventura First Friday on April 3 from 5 - 9 p.m. 1783 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information visit or call 805.643.8300.

Ventura Film Festival Opening Night Film

March 26 | The Elks Lodge

Thy Will be Done, a world premiere feature documentary by Ventura filmmaker Jacob Cunningham, will be the opening night film of the 2009 Ventura Film Festival. The film is part historical documentary and part Cinema Verite, and tells the story of Kevin Natale, who lived a Brady-Bunchesque childhood in the suburbs of Ventura. He was an energetic kid; he came home dirty; he got sunburned; he played Tee Ball; he wasn't in a gang or mixed up in drugs; he was, for lack of a better word, normal. Until one day a violent act changed his life forever. This is a story of hope, tragedy, addiction, friendship, faith, serenity, forgiveness, compassion, and ultimately the power of family love. 11 S. Ash Street, Ventura. For tickets, show times, and more information visit or call 805.641.3845.

Ventura County Jewish Film Festival

March 26 - 29 | Temple Beth Torah’s Meister Hall

The Sixth Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival will bring Jewish-themed movies from around the world to the western Ventura County community. The films will be shown on the Temple’s state of the art projection system, in the 35mm-equipped Regency Theatre. Films presented will include documentaries, shorts, and feature length productions. $36 for festival pass, $10 per film in advance, $15 at the door. Temple Beth Torah’s Meister Hall, 7620 Foothill Blvd., Ventura; Regency Theatre Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura. For festival schedule and to purchase tickets visit or call 805.647.4181.


March 27 - April 5 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Directed by original Broadway cast member Jon Engstrom, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of 42nd STREET is the spectacle of all spectacles. 42nd STREET is the ultimate glitz and glamour celebration of Broadway. This show captivates audiences time and time again with toe-tapping hits including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “We’re In The Money,” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information visit or call 805.449.278. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.


Ojai Renaissance Faire & Pirate Festival

April 4 - 5 | Lake Casitas

For 20 years, the Ojai Renaissance Faire has harnessed and focused the passion, creativity, and originality of thousands of history buffs who want to enjoy and learn about 16th century life. This year, the faire features a unique twist on traditional Renaissance feasting: a food drive to benefit Ventura County’s FOOD Share. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as part of their entrance to the Faire; those who do will receive $1 off their ticket price. To add to the faire experience, visitors are encouraged to come in an Elizabethan period costumes. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For ticket prices, directions, and more information visit or call 805.496.6036.

11th Annual Charity Tennis Tournament & Luncheon

April 6 | Camarillo & Somis

The Meadowlark Service League will again host its Ladies Double Round-Robin Tennis Tournament and Luncheon at the Las Posas Country Club. The event includes boutique shopping, a fashion show, opportunity drawings, gift bags, and lunch. The morning tennis matches will be played at the Las Posas Country Club, Spanish Hills Country Club, and Cabrillo Racquet Club. $70 lunch & tennis, $50 lunch only. 8:30 a.m. tennis, 11 a.m. for lunch and boutiques. For more information visit or call 805.983.4575.


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