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A selective preview of local happenings

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Through Feb. 20

Wine Blending and Tasting

February 11 | Heritage Square, Oxnard

La Dolce Vita and Bourassa Vineyards present Wine Blending and Wine Tasting with Vic Bourassa of Napa Valley, along with food tasting from La Dolce Vita. Bourassa will teach the mechanics of wine blending and sensory evaluation. The wine blending session is meant for creating a wine to match your pallet. Each participant gets one tasting mat, a pipette, and a wine score sheet. The wines for blending will be barrel samples of three or more Bordeaux varietals. You will have the opportunity to be your own winemaker and create a wine that you enjoy based on your flavor preference. Reservations required. $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m., La Dolce Vita, 740 South B St. Oxnard.

For more information call 805.486.6878.

Haitian Benefit Dinner

February 11 | Restaurant BROOKS, Ventura

Chef Andy Brooks has created a special four-course Haitian-themed menu, available one night only, with proceeds benefitting The Children of Mary, Mother of the Divine Mercy Haitian Orphanage. A special “Haitian Apricot” cocktail starts off the meal; traditional callaloo with okra, crab and Haitian biscuit follows. From the sea, chef Brooks offers cast iron seared tilapia with garnett yam cake and a spicy ti-malice sauce. A main course of rum roasted pork loin with corn pudding, rice and red beans and grilled pineapple chutney rounds out the meal, which ends with a dessert of banana fritters made with honey and coconut sauce. The price is $50 per person, $65 including wine pairing.

Call for reservations. Restaurant BROOKS, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805.652.7070,

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Through February 20 | Conejo Players Theatre, T.O.

In this retelling of a biblical story, Joseph is given a glorious multi-colored coat by his father—a grand gift, which none of his 11 brothers had ever received. As a result, the brothers become jealous of Joseph and sell him into slavery. The brothers then return home with Joseph’s bloodied coat, telling their father of his “death.” From here, the classic story escalates to reveal some of life’s greatest lessons. Playing Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.

For times, tickets prices, and more information, call 805.495.3715 or visit

No War Stories: A Soldier Returns to Vietnam

February 5 - 26 | Bell Arts Factory, Ventura

Moses Mora will share his perceptions of Vietnam as it is today, post war—a place of peace, progress, and development—at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at the Bell Arts Factory. His photos will be on display through February 26. Mora returned to Vietnam after fighting there 40 years ago. Why he made that journey and what he saw is the focus of his upcoming talk, "No War Stories: A Soldier Returns to Vietnam." Now a community activist, Mora saw combat in Vietnam after he was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 19. Returning to Vietnam was something that Mora, now 60, has wanted to do for more than half of his life. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

For more information, call 805.643.1960 or visit

Late Nite Catechism 3: ’Til Death Do Us Part

February 12-14 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

From the creator and producer who brought you “Late Night Catechism” and the sequel, “Late Nite Catechism 2,” comes the all-new “Late Night Catechism 3: ‘Til Death Do Us Part,” the latest class to be unveiled in this sinfully funny series. After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo, and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of The Newlywed Game. Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples counselor. $39. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre.

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

Latin Jazz Concert: Pete Escovedo Orchestra

February 13 | Ventura High School Theatre

Latin Jazz legend Pete Escovedo performs for the Ventura Music Festival's Fourth Annual Latin Jazz concert. A journeyman percussionist and bandleader, Escovedo was a key player in Santana, the most influential Latin Rock group in history. Escovedo has also performed or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Arturo Sandoval, Sheila E, Chick Corea, and many others. Tickets $30 - $40, students $15. 8 p.m. at 2 North Catalina, Ventura.

For more information, call 805.648.3146 or visit

The Fundamentals of Painting & Drawing

Saturdays, February 13 - March 6| Vita Art Center, Ventura

Instructor Dan Lavigne leads his class through basic techniques and concepts of painting and drawing such as elements of composition, lighting, color theory, mixing and application, and brushwork. Emphasis is placed on developing and expanding fundamental skills. Students furnish their own supplies. Beginning through advanced students are welcome. Students can work in oils or acrylics. Four sessions for $120. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Vita Art Center at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Studio 30, Ventura.

For more information, call 805.644.9214 or visit

Administrative Trial and Error Closing Reception

February 18 | CSUCI, Camarillo

California State University Channel Islands Art Program presents “Administrative Trial and Error,” a series of mixed media sculptures by Michael Aurbach, at the John Spoor Library Gallery on the campus of CSUCI. Aurbach is an artist and professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His socially inspired works have been exhibited throughout the United States. For more than two decades Aurbach’s sculptures addressed issues related to death, identity, and the plight of socially disenfranchised groups. Much of his recent work serves as commentary on academia, secrecy, and institutional behavior. Closing reception is at 6 - 8 p.m. in the John Spoor Library Gallery, CSUCI 1 University Drive, Camarillo.

For more information call 805.437.8570.

“Sourdough Slim” with Robert Armstrong

February 25 | Ojai Valley Woman's Club

Performer Sourdough Slim has a seasoned gift for connecting with audiences and the ability to transports them to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp intermingles with cowboy lore in the Will Rogers tradition. Sourdough Slim is a veritable one-man Western extravaganza, crooning Western classics, playing accordion, guitar and harmonica, dancing a jig, twirling a lariat, dishing out hilarious comedic sketches, and letting loose with award winning yippee-ti-yi-yodeling. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 7 p.m. at 441 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai.

For Tickets or more information, visit or email


Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

March 12 - 13 | Poinsettia Pavilion, Ventura

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy has been selected as the local host for the 2010 National Tour of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. The event will be held at the Poinsettia Pavilion and include two evenings of inspired, informative, and innovative cinema. Selections from the 2010 National Tour will be screened in a program of films designed to motivate people to make a difference in their communities and around the world. The event is part of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s membership drive for 2010. Poinsettia Pavilion is located at 3451 Foothill Rd., Ventura.

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