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 St., 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 ends at the corner of North Chestnut and East Main and features floats, displays and entertainers. Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.
THE MAGIC OF PURIM CARNIVAL
March 12 | Ventura
Purim is a Jewish celebration known for revelers’ ornate costumes, songs, traditional foods and a carnival. At this event hosted by Temple Beth Torah, the carnival’s theme will be “magic” and feature a magic show, a rock wall and bungee jump, games and prizes, face painting and much more. $10-12 7620 Foothill Road in Ventura. For more information, visit www.templebethtorah.com.
JOANNE JULIAN: DEFYING DARKNESS
March 12 through May 21 | Oxnard
Joanne Julian’s newest exhibition at the Carnegie Art Museum traces, in over 30 graphite and sumi ink drawings, her rising fascination with the impacts and subtly iridescent atmosphere of darkness. Contrasting peacefully white voids with energizing splashes of black brings the beauty out of the darkness. Artist’s Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
CELEBRATION OF THE WHALES
March 19 | Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard
The gentle song of the benevolent whale blankets the calm Channel Islands Harbor this day, as all come together in celebration of the Pacific Gray Whale migration. The event will feature live entertainment, whale and marine education exhibits, whale watching excursions, an arts and crafts market, children’s activities and barbecue and seafood booths. Channel Islands Harbor at the Marine Emporium Landing, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
HELLO, GORGEOUS! BARBRA STREISAND TRIBUTE SHOW
March 26 | Thousand Oaks
Actress/singer Rebecca Clark becomes Barbra Streisand in this live one-woman musical delivering all the greatest hits of the legendary Barbara Streisand. Through live singing, comedic dialogue and playful crowd interaction, Clark captures the character and heart of Streisand, recounting her amazing journey through stage, television and film, performing songs from Funny Girl, A Star Is Born, Yentl and many more. $39-49. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
FOTM Artist Spotlight Series: Don Bachardy, Painter
March 26 | Oxnard
Santa Monica-based portrait artist Don Bachardy will be the artist under the spotlight at this edition of Focus on the Masters’ series. Bachardy studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. His decades-long relationship with writer Christopher Isherwood inspired the creation of The Christopher Isherwood Foundation, established to promote the enjoyment and study of their work. His portraits reveal a sensitive treatment of and sensitivity toward the emotions of his subjects. Levity Live, 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.
Through March 31 | Ventura Harbor Village
The legendary aquatic creature, known simply as the mermaid, is making her spring appearance at Ventura Harbor Village. From nautical finds to coastal décor, fashion, artwork and special events inspired by the sea, the seaside enclave pays homage to the mermaid during the month-long Mermaid Madness celebrations. Events include a meet-and-greet with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, ocean-inspired crafts, classes and other activities. The Mermaid Gallery will feature mermaid-inspired artwork throughout March. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharbor.com.
SPRINGTIME EASTER FESTIVAL
Saturdays March 19 through April 3 | Moorpark
Underwood Family Farms presents a wide range of Easter-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Meet the Easter Bunny in his Easter House (bring cameras!), trek through the Easter story labyrinth, hop in a giant Easter basket, climb a hay pyramid — and then stick around for the various animal shenanigans! Antique tractors and farm equipment will be on display as well. Ticketed events include an Easter egg hunt, basket making and more. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH: THE PAC6 PAINTS THE SIERRAS
March through July | Santa Paula
Following in the historic footsteps of the California Impressionists, the PAC6 Painters — Linda Brown, Marian Fortunati, Nita Harper, Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans and Sharon Weaver — have created a body of work that provides an opportunity to see these iconic vistas from a new and contemporary perspective. The exhibition will take the viewer on a journey of discovery to experience the seasons, wildness and fierce beauty of the Sierra Nevadas. $10-15. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
ON THE HORIZON
SIXTH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA JAZZ & WINE FEST
April 9 | Westlake Village
An eclectic mix of hot jazz and cool swing performed on two stages, alongside unlimited samplings of wine, craft brews, boutique spirits and gourmet food, is what one can expect whilst attending the annual California Jazz & Wine Festival. Headlining the live entertainment is saxophonist, producer and composer Danny Janklow. Also performing are the Adam Clark Quartet, Lao Tizer, Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop and many more. $100 general admission, $150 VIP. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.californiajazzwine.com#.