LOVE LETTERS HOME
Through March 26 | Channel Islands Maritime Museum
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents Love Letters Home, an exhibition that will explore different ways in which sailors and soldiers corresponded with their loved ones waiting back home. Featuring countless letters written by Donald Brug, a local man who was enlisted in the Army during WWII, as well as “trench art” and other artifacts from the U.S. Navy Seabees. Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. For more information, visitwww.cimmvc.org.
OXNARD RESTAURANT WEEK
Jan. 20 – 29 | Oxnard
Residents and visitors are invited to discover the many flavors that Oxnard offers during Dine and Discover Oxnard Restaurant Week, featuring 10 eclectic restaurants sampling unique flavors. Participating restaurants include La Dolce Vita, Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina, Fresco II, Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar and more. Some offer 2-for-1 specials while others provide set courses for a fixed, discounted price. A full list of participating restaurants and menu options are available online atwww.visitoxnard.com/restaurantweek.
Jan. 20 – 21 | Thousand Oaks
With an array of the world’s greatest acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists, Cirque D’Or has been entertaining fans around the world for over 12 years. This show brings you beautiful costumes, dynamic sound and lighting and electrifying and mesmerizing stunts. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. $24-54. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information, visitwww.civicartsplaza.com.
REBECCA CAMPBELL: YOU ARE HERE
Jan. 20 – April 6 | California Lutheran University
Motivated by a lack of female representation in the art world, and in homage to the artists who inspire her, Campbell began her “You are Here” project featuring female artists working in Los Angeles in the fall of 2015. Fighting against misogyny, Campbell’s work celebrates women’s “strength, intelligence, courage, humor and beauty.” The Kwan Fong Gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.
CELEBRATION OF MID-COAST TREASURES
Jan. 21 | Masonic Center, Ventura
The Ventura County Arts Council has designated five distinguished poets as Literary Treasures of the Mid-Coast: Jackson Wheeler of Oxnard, Malibu residents Florence Weinberger and Ellen Reich, John Ridland of Santa Barbara and Glenna Luschei of Carpinteria and San Luis Obispo. Their achievements will be celebrated in a ceremony and reception, and the public is invited to join in the festivities. Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 805.223.5988.
NEW WEST SYMPHONY PRESENTS SMOKEY ROBINSON AND A LINCOLN PORTRAIT
Jan. 27 | Oxnard and Thousand Oaks
Grammy Award-winner Smokey Robinson makes his New West Symphony debut as the narrator for A Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland, composed in 1942 to convey the American spirit through the words of Abraham Lincoln. Guest Conductor Donato Cabrera will also lead the orchestra in The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, derived from John Adams’ opera Nixon in China, and Symphony No. 7 by Antonin Dvořák. Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; and Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. $30-120. For more information, visitwww.newwestsymphony.org.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN PRESENTS ANDERSON & ROE
Jan. 29 | Ojai
Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. The duo will perform Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes (Nos. 1–18), and Paul Schoenfield’s “Boogie” among many others. The performance begins at 3 p.m., tickets are $25. Logan House, adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visitwww.chamberonthemountain.com.
VENTURA FLEA MARKET RETURNS
Jan. 29 | Ventura County Fairgrounds
The monthly event returns for 2017, featuring antiques, used and new merchandise sold by over 500 vendors. More than 5,000 buyers visit the Market each time it is held, searching for the next big Antiques Roadshow score or simply for that finishing touch to the home. Special early bird admission, 6-9 a.m.; regular admittance, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For prices, future dates and more information, visitwww.rgcshows.com/Ventura.aspx.
RONALD REAGAN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Feb. 6 | Simi Valley
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library honors the former U.S. president on the anniversary of his birthday. The commanding general at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton will conduct the ceremony, which will commence at 11 a.m. with a music prelude beginning at 10:30 a.m. by the Camp Pendleton Marine Division Band, and an official wreath laying. Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. The event is free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by visitingwww.reaganfoundation.com.
ON THE HORIZON
55TH ANNUAL GEM AND MINERAL SHOW
March 4 – 5 | Ventura
The Ventura Gem and Mineral Society hosts its annual spring show featuring over 50 exhibits of gems, minerals, fossils and the lapidary arts. Other highlights include lapidary and jewelry making demonstrations, door prizes, silent auctions, a flea market, children’s activities and more. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visitwww.vgms.org.
29TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’s DAY PARADE
March 11 | Downtown Ventura
Ventura Elks Lodge #1430 presents the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street, Downtown Ventura. This year’s theme will be “The Sporting Life: The Games We Play.” The parade starts on East Main Street in front of the San Buenaventura Mission and features floats, displays and entertainers. For more information, visitwww.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.