Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Woman to Woman Exhibit

Through April 16 | Oxnard College

The McNish Gallery is proud to present “Woman to Woman: Intergenerational Conversations about Art,” featuring works by women members of the Oxnard College community, including administrators, faculty, and students. Visitors can see what art can say about where women have been, and where they are going. The exhibition gives both audience and contributors the opportunity to ponder issues of age and gender in specific works of art. Some of the artists presented include Christine Morla and her intricate woven floral compositions, and student Maria Villote’s edgy images that confront death and disintegration. 4000 South Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information call 805.986.5800 ext. 1929.

Studio Channel Islands Art Shows

Through May 2 | Cal State Channel Islands

Four distinctive art shows will be on display at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART): Paul Benavidez’s “Cocoon,” in the J. Handel Evans Gallery; Tom Post’s “Broadside,” in the O’Keeffe Gallery; Ashley McLean Emenegger’s “Chrysalises and Cocoons: Vessels and Vehicles,” in the Gerd Koch Gallery; and Larry Lytle’s “Action,” in the Hall Gallery. The shows include a multimedia art installation, paintings, sound and performance, assemblage work, and photography. Free. Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 3 p.m. or by appointment. Building18 Ventura St. on Cal State Channel Island’s campus. For more information visit

Ultimate Boarder

April 4 - 11 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

The 2nd Annual Ultimate Boarder Championship gives amateurs and professional athletes alike a shot at winning $30,000. A one-week competition, the unique event tests the skills of board-riding athletes in three disciplines: surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. While the snow competition in held at Big Bear Lakes, CA, the surfing and skating go down locally in Ventura. The surfing competition will take place April 7-9 at Ventura Point (C-St.), and skateboarding will be held April 10-11 in the adjacent Ventura County Fairgrounds. For tickets and event times visit or call 310.313.7200.

Hampton’s Easter Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt

April 12 | Four Seasons Westlake Village

Executive chef Mario Alcocer and Hampton’s chef de cuisine Jelle Vandenbroucke will present an extravagant Easter brunch in Hampton’s. A visit to Chef Plano’s lavish spring holiday dessert buffet is a sweet ending to the meal. $85 per adult, $35 per child (ages 5 to 12). 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early reservations are recommended. The Hotel’s third annual Easter egg hunt for children is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the same day, and is open to those attending brunch at Hampton’s and overnight hotel guests. More than 1,000 eggs stuffed with candy, prizes, and more will be hidden. Families and children can take pictures with the Easter bunny from 10-10:30 a.m. For more information or to make reservations call 818.575.3000.

Ventura Earth Day

April 18 | Promenade Park, Ventura

This Earth Day eco-event will be a festival of music, entertainment, children's activities, educational workshops, food, a silent auction, and a day-long “green” raffle celebrating the ways each household can make a difference. The event will offer free informative workshops ranging in topics from composting, recycling, global warming, and green building. A number of local bands including The Mini Van Captains and Ventura Charter School’s own garage bands will provide entertainment. All funds raised will support Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education, a progressive, tuition-free K-8 public school, where students are taught to be active citizens of the 21st century. This event will be preceded by the city of Ventura's Volunteer Beach Cleanup at Surfer's Point from 9-11 a.m. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Promenade Park in Ventura. For more information visit

Spring Garden Tour

April 18 | Various homes in Ventura

Presented by Ventura Botanical Gardens, Inc., this first annual tour will visit four private and diverse Ventura gardens. A post-tour reception with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music will take place from 4-6 p.m. Reception will be held at one of the featured homes: a Hobson Heights property with a unique mosaic-bottom swimming pool and sculptures by renowned artist Albert Stewart, the property owner’s father. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour; the price of the tour plus the post-tour reception is $50. Tickets may be purchased at Palermo, 321 E. Main St., Ventura, or by sending a check to Ventura Botanical Gardens, Inc., P.O. Box 3121, Ventura, CA 98006-3127. For more information see

Spring ArtWalk

April 25 & 26 | Ventura's Downtown Cultural District

ArtWalk is a free, self-guided walking tour of 200 established and emerging artists at over 80 galleries, studios, and eclectic gallery-for-a day venues. Participating art venues include restaurants, salons, antique shops, unique boutiques, and coffee shops. Guests will also enjoy outdoor multicultural performances. ArtWalk is one of the best ways to check out Ventura's bustling and diverse art community. Free. Saturday 1-9 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Downtown Ventura. For more information visit

Cinderella Tea Party

April 26 | Elks Lodge Ventura

The Ventura County Ballet Company invites one and all to enjoy a spot of tea with Princess Cinderella. Guests will be entertained with vignettes from the upcoming ballet company presentation of the Cinderella ballet. The menu will feature tea sandwiches, scones, small treats, and special tea etiquette with Cinderella. “It is every little girl’s dream to be a princess, and this is an enchanting opportunity for families to enjoy together,” said Kathleen Noblin, executive director of the Ventura Ballet Company. $30, seating is limited. 2-4 p.m. 11 S. Ash St., Ventura. For tickets and more information visit or call 805.648.2080.

Ruskaya: Ventura Music Festival

April 30 – May 9 | Various Ventura Locations

This year, the Ventura Music Festival marks its 15th season with a celebration of music from Russia, an area of the world that became the cradle of modern musical performance. Just some of the world-renowned artists for this season include the Jerusalem String Quartet, virtuoso guitarists the Romero Family, trumpeter Chris Botti, and David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Project. Performances are held in intimate and historical venues throughout Ventura. For tickets and more information call 805.648.3146 or visit

Photo by Luke Ratray


The Ojai Music Festival

May 3 | Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

The Ojai Music Festival will pay tribute to Joan Kemper, a longtime supporter and former Festival administrator. The event will be held at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa during a special evening called “Perpetual Motion” in recognition of Ms. Kemper’s energy and enthusiasm in her philanthropic work. The gala includes a cocktail party followed by a live auction and a sit-down dinner, as well as a hands-on exhibition and demonstration of sound sculptures by Trimpin, a MacArthur genius grant composer, sculptor, and inventor who is an Ojai Music Festival favorite and known worldwide for his awe-inspiring installations. Special guests will include Larry Hagman, Peter Strauss, and John Perry. Funds raised from the gala will support the Ojai Music Festival and its music education program. $195. 5:30 p.m., 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai. For more information visit

California Strawberry Festival

May 16 & 17 | Strawberry Meadows of College Park

One of the nation's premier outdoor festivals, the 26th Annual California Strawberry Festival will take place at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard (3250 S. Rose Ave.). Featuring live music, arts & crafts, food booths with berry favorites, Strawberryland For Kids, and more, it’s the perfect celebration of our region’s agricultural heritage. Proceeds benefit more than 40 Southland charities. For details see or call 888.288.9242.


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