Short List

A selective previeew of local happenings

Memories of Cuba

Through May 6 | California Oil Museum, Santa Paula

The California Oil Museum, in collaboration with the John Nichols Gallery (, will present “Memories of Cuba: Vintage and Contemporary Photographs and Art.” Rare, original photographs and maps dating from 1892 begin a visual journey through the rich history of Cuba. In addition to historic and contemporary photographs, there will be oil paintings and lithographs by contemporary Cuban artists. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. More information at

Women as Art

March 2 - 31 | Ventura

Vita Art Center and Bell Arts Factory will present a two-gallery group exhibit that celebrates women as the subject of art. Artists featured include Isabella Kelly-Ramirez, Mary Carol Kenney, and Fred Ziegler. An opening reception will be held March 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave. Studio 30, Ventura. For more information, visit

Horace Bristol Photo Exhibit

March 3 - May 30 | Ventura County Agriculture Museum

More than two-dozen images by famed LIFE magazine photojournalist Horace Bristol will be exhibited at Ventura County Agriculture Museum’s Reiter Affiliated Companies Visitors Center and Calavo Hall. The exhibit features not only work from his best known Grapes of Wrath series, but other selections from the 1930s, including such diverse images as a never before exhibited aerial photograph of a Santa Paula orange orchard. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit or call 805.525.3100.

Phoebe Sarason Solo Exhibition

March 3 – 30 | California State University, Channel Islands

This solo exhibition by artist Phoebe Sarason is the inaugural presentation of her most recent body of work, created from 2006 to 2012. Custom-shaped, organically curved canvases become containers for dense, vividly painted surrealistic fairytales. Their dreamlike quality and physical presence invite the viewer to step into the artist’s personal narrative, where clues are left like breadcrumbs. Opening reception on March 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Napa Hall on the CSUCI campus, One University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 805.437.8570.

Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret

March 17 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Direct from Dublin, Taylor’s Irish Cabaret is an exhilarating and unique spectacle incorporating a distinctive blend of Irish music, song, laughter, and dance. This prestigious Irish Cabaret has entertained millions for 35 years, and this year’s production is one of the highest-rated show in Britain and Ireland. Fred Kavli Theatre, 7 p.m. Single tickets $30-45 with group discounts available; available from Ticketmaster (800.745.3000 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.  For more information, call 805.449.2787 or visit 

Come Travel With Us

March 17 | Spanish Hills Country Club, Camarillo

Hosted by the Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary of Assistance League of Ventura County, this program will include luncheon, silent and live auctions, and a presentation about Vietnam. Patricia Kochel and her daughter-in-law, Mai Chu Kochel, a tour planner with Vietnam Sisters Tours, will explore famous tourist sites and everyday life in Vietnam. All proceeds will support philanthropic programs of Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary and Assistance League of Ventura County. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. Tickets $50. For more information, call 805.642.2321.

World Water Day

March 22 | Montessori School of Ojai

Montessori School of Ojai will host Debra Kahn, associate director of the nonprofit Amman Imman: Water is Life ( The organization’s “Wells of Love” program educates students about pressing world issues such as climate change, desertification, and water scarcity, and engages them in helping bring water and other humanitarian aid to the populations served by Amman Imman. Two assemblies will take place: 9 a.m. (appropriate for ages 4-7) and 10 a.m. (ages 8-14). For more information, call 805.649.2525.

Evening d’Elegance

March 24 | Mullin Automotive Museum, Oxnard

National Charity League (NCL) Juniors of Ventura will host Evening d’Elegance, a French-inspired gala featuring dinner, music, and a silent auction with more than 200 items. Funds raised will support the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease Program at the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC). Tickets $150, available online at or by calling 805.218.7461. Mullin Automotive Museum is located at 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard.

Ojai WordFest

March 24 to 31 | Ojai

This event, sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW), spans two weekends and eight days and includes 100-plus literary events in Ojai. PIPW will present a day of education on Saturday, March 31, to be held at World University of Ojai. Part of the activities that day will be mentoring sessions: personalized one-on-one meetings with publishing industry professionals to evaluate a writer’s work. For more information, visit

Taste of the Taft

March 25 | Taft Gardens, Ojai

Enjoy a day at the Taft Ojai Botanical Gardens, a spectacular array of plant life including flora from around the world as well as prominent native species and rare varietals. Guests will enjoy a unique experience of music, art, gourmet food, and wine as they explore the gardens. Tickets $100; proceeds to benefit Ventura Botanical Gardens. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttles will escort guests from parking: across from the Montessori School of Ojai, located on Highway 150 just east of Lake Casitas. For more information, visit

Ladies’ Tennis Tournament and Luncheon

March 26 | Spanish Hills Country Club, Camarillo

Meadowlark Service League will hold its 14th annual Charity Tennis Tournament and Luncheon at Spanish Hills Country Club. Guests will enjoy a fashion show, boutique shopping, auctions, and raffles. Tennis begins at 8 a.m. and boutiques open at 10 a.m. Tennis and lunch is $80. Luncheon only is $60. 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. For more information, visit or call 805.368.4663.

David Wilcox in Concert

March 31 | Matilija Auditorium, Ojai

David Wilcox has been writing songs for 30 years and sold more than 750,000 albums. “Fueled by brilliantly articulate guitar, an honestly pretty baritone, and deft lyrics,” he is regarded by many as a true American treasure. Tickets are $26 for seniors (65+), $28 for adults, and $35 for VIP seating in the first seven rows. Tickets available at Ojai Coffee Roasting, online at, or by calling 805.646.8907. 7:30 p.m. at the Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd. Ojai. For more information, visit


Cinderella, the Ballet

April 14 | Oxnard Performing Arts Center

One of the world’s most beloved fairytales, Cinderella, will return to Ventura County, featuring an exceptional cast of professional dancers and some of the county’s top ballerinas. The Ventura County Ballet (VCB) will share the rags-to-riches love story through the art of dance at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center during two full-scale professional productions, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $10 to $25 ($12 for children 10 and younger); available online at or by calling 805.486.2424.

112th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament

April 24 - 29 | Western Ventura County

“The Ojai” is played on more than 100 courts at more than 30 locations throughout western Ventura County. Thousands of spectators fill the Ojai Valley for four days to watch the finest in amateur tennis and enjoy fresh orange juice in the mornings and tea and cookies in the afternoon—all provided by a tennis club that has no courts of its own and no paid employees. For more information, visit


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