Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Reflection: Ojai Studio Artists 30 Years

Through June 9 | Ojai Valley Museum

The eleventh annual Ojai Studio Artists group exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum is organized this year as a celebration of the artist collective’s 30-year existence. Sixty-seven works of art are included, representing the OSA membership of 2013. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit

Lonesome Traveler

Through May 19 | Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura

Rubicon Theatre Company continues its 15th Anniversary Season with the return of “Lonesome Traveler,” a musical event that takes audiences on a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk Music, from the hills of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York; from the 1920s to the 1960s. Written and directed by Rubicon’s Artistic Director James O’Neil, with Musical Direction by Trevor Wheetman, “Lonesome Traveler” is presented in the style of a concert. The music is performed by 9 artists who create musical portraits inspired by folk immortals such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Lead Belly, Cisco Houston, The Almanac Singers, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, and others. Details online at

Ventura Music Festival – Vivacity!

May 2 – 11 | Ventura

The 19th Annual Ventura Music Festival will feature music from world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to the big band sounds of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra; from the award-winning classical piano of Haochen Zhang and guitar of Petrit Ceku to the infectious Afro-Cuban rhythms of Tito Puente, Jr., amazing technical virtuosity of jazz piano wunderkind Eldar Djangirov and pop-jazz a cappella vocals of M-Pact, the season weaves a tapestry of musical colors that define this year’s theme of “Vivacity!” Also on tap is the perennially popular Tea & Trumpets, an English High Tea with entertainment by the Festival Brass Quintet. For more information, visit

Day on the Farm 2013

May 11 | Ojai Valley

Seven local farmers will open their properties to the public for this self-guided tour. Visitors can learn about organic farming practices, sign up for a CSA share, sample freshly picked produce, pull weeds, or simply stroll and enjoy the tranquil environment. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public and free. For a map and more information, visit

Mother’s Day Lunch Train

May 12 | Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

No cooking. No dishes. No fuss. Mothers can relax and enjoy lunch on a 2.5-hour scenic train ride through the Heritage Valley. A vintage train winds through citrus and avocado groves, commercial nurseries. Departure times 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Adults $47, ages 4-12 $26, ages 2-3 $23. Reservations required. For more information, call 805.524.2546 or visit

2013 California Strawberry Festival

May 18 & 19 | Strawberry Meadows of College Park, Oxnard

The delicious heart-shaped fruit will be the main ingredient celebrated at the 30th Anniversary of the California Strawberry Festival. Ranking among the top festivals in the nation, the fruitful fete boasts strawberries every way imaginable, all day fun for the entire family, live music, the Strawberry Promenade, celebrity cooking demonstrations, arts & crafts booths, Strawberryland for Kids, contests, and more. 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Boys & Girls Club Garden Party

May 19 | Pierpont Inn, Ventura

This 20th annual Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura event will include tasty samples from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, confectioners, and bakeries; sips of fine wines and brews; a silent auction; Count Lorenzo’s Band performing live in the garden; and caricature artist Mike Brenenstall. Proceeds will benefit the youth (ages 6-18) at the Club’s five centers in Ventura, Oak View, and the new E. J. Harrison Family Youth Center scheduled to open in fall. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 550 Sanjon Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit

3rd Annual Fine and Decorative Art Auction

May 19 | Santa Paula Art Museum

The Museum’s Auction Committee has carefully vetted the items up for auction. A catalog of the items is available online at and will be updated as more items are added. There are works in oil by the likes of Cornelis Botke, Lawrence Hinckley, and Douglas Shively. Also up for bid is a painting by Ventura artist Gina Niebergall that was done in front of a live audience during a demonstration at the Museum in February. The silent auction begins at 3 p.m., followed by the live auction at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Santa Paula Art Museum. Admission $15 for members, $20 for the general public. 17 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Tribute to Jack Kerouac and “On the Road”

May 19 & 20 | Carnegie Art Museum & Plaza Cinemas 14, Oxnard

A tribute to Jack Kerouac will feature Beat historian Gerald Nicosica, writer/poet Aram Saroyan, the short film Pull My Daisy, music, poetry readings, and refreshments. Sponsored by a grant from the City of Oxnard. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. $25. The film On the Road, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles and based on the iconic Kerouac novel, will show on May 20 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. General admission $9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard. For details, visit

36th Annual Art in the Park

May 25 & 26 | Libbey Park, Ojai

A rich mixture of art in a variety of mediums will be showcased among the oaks in Libbey Park. Presented by the Ojai Art Center, the oldest non-profit art center in California, Art in the Park attracts artists from near and far. The relaxed atmosphere draws crowds of 3,000-5,000 from Ojai and neighboring communities. There will also be a high school student exhibition center, food lounge, and music venue. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Libbey Park, downtown Ojai. For more information, visit


Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival

June 2 | CSUCI, Camarillo

The 20th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival will bring together some of the best chefs, vintners, bakers, and caterers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. A culinary competition will showcase the work of the region’s top chefs, with proceeds going to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. General admission starts at $100. Details online at

27th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

June 9 | Lake Casitas Recreation Area

More than 60 wineries, 20 premium breweries and microbreweries, and 4,000-plus attendees will be represented at this 27th annual Festival. General admission includes unlimited tastes of wine and beer, and an elegant crystal keepsake wine glass. The event will include an exceptional collection of wineries, a beer garden, and food from local restaurants. There will be a silent wine auction featuring fine wines, private tasting parties, VIP winery tours, and other wine-related items, as well as arts and crafts vendors, live music, a lakeside dance floor, and free boat rides. Noon to 4 p.m. 11093 Santa Ana Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit


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