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Short List

A Preview of Local Happenings

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL: AN AMERICAN SEASON
July 13 – 23 | Ventura
At this annual musical celebration, audiences can enjoy two weekends of superb classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists and ranging from bluegrass to Michael Feinstein and the Great American Songbook. Other featured performers include the dazzling piano duo Anderson and Roe, jazz legend Roger Kellaway, Perla Batalla’s tribute to Leonard Cohen and more. Tickets: $10-40. Schedule and venues vary; for more information, visit www.venturamusicfestival.org

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
July 15 – Sept. 9 | Ventura
If your taste in music leans toward folk, rock, swing, salsa or zydeco, then there is something for you at this popular annual concert series. Get ready to dance nine Saturday nights this summer on the majestic outdoor ballroom floor, enjoy food from local food trucks, coffee from local purveyors and more. Musical acts include tributes to The Who, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan as well as The Swing Kings and more. Tickets are $20, and shows are held at the Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.ca.gov

FROM FIELD TO FORK FUNDRAISER
July 20 | Moorpark
The event brings together farmers who produce Ventura County’s agricultural bounty, chefs who celebrate that bounty on their menus, and the farmworkers whose labor makes it all possible. Enjoy an “al fresco” meal at Walnut Grove in Moorpark. Proceeds from this special event will support the education and advocacy program of House Farm Workers! as it continues its effort to increase the number of safe and affordable homes available to farmworker families in Ventura County. $130 per person. For more information, visit www.housefarmworkers.org

OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL
July 29 – 30 | Oxnard
Oxnard pulls out all of the stops for its annual celebration of salsa, both the food and the dance! Guests can romp through the salsa tasting tent, browse salsa- and chili-inspired goods, and watch unique and entertaining salsa dances in competition. Six bands will perform to get feet moving, with Louie Cruz Beltran headlining on Saturday, and Janeen Puente on Sunday. The festival is free to attend, but the salsa tent and some events are ticketed. Plaza Park, between B and C Streets, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com

BILLY ELLIOTT: THE MUSICAL
July 22 – Aug. 27 | Simi Valley
Set against the backdrop of the 1984-85 U.K. miners’ strike, Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy from a coal mining village in northeast England who transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star. Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. Tickets: $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simi-arts.org

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: PORFIRIO GUTIERREZ
July 30 | Oxnard
Porfirio Gutierrez, an artist steeped in the weaving traditions of the Zapotec people of Oaxaca, Mexico, divides his time between that region, where his family lives, and Ventura, where he has a studio in the Bell Arts Factory. Employing methods long used by weavers in Oaxaca and materials prepared by family members, he weaves rugs and tapestries in both traditional and contemporary designs. Guitierrez will be interviewed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Levity Live, 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard. $10 general admission. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR
Aug. 2 – 13 | Ventura
Come one, come all to the country fair with ocean air. Featuring classic carnival rides, carnival treats, games, shows and more, with free entertainment practically every night. This year’s lineup includes Smash Mouth, Huey Lewis and the News, KC and the Sunshine Band, Sugar Ray, comedian Gabriel Iglesias and more. Entry $9-12, with a special $1 entry on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org

WINGS OVER CAMARILLO AIRSHOW
Aug. 19 – 20 | Camarillo
This year’s airshow includes aerobatic performances by classic warbirds from the CAF, military aircraft, experimental aircraft, antique cars and motorcycles, a war veteran’s tent and WWII re-enactment camp, helicopter and airplane rides and a variety of food and street vendors. Hosted by the Camarillo Wings Association. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, with the show from noon to 4:30 p.m. $12-20 admission. Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way, Suite B, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wingsovercamarillo.com

SHAKESPEARE: A CELEBRATION
Through Sept. 28 | CLU
In collaboration with Bankside Gallery, the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture proudly presents an exhibition celebrating William Shakespeare’s life and legacy. Artists from the British Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers will show an exciting and diverse range of works, inspired by Shakespeare’s writings. Some images relate to the life and times of Shakespeare while others reference imagery from his work. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.

ON THE HORIZON
OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sept. 7 – 10 | Ojai
After a year’s hiatus, the Ojai Storytelling Festival returns with an incredible lineup of acclaimed storytellers and musicians from across the country and around the world. Comedy, drama, suspense, children’s stories and more make this an event with something for everyone. Ticket prices vary. Events take place at Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., or the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. For more information, visit www.ojaistoryfest.org

VENTURA ART AND STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL
Sept. 9 – 10 | Ventura Harbor
F
orty street painters gather at the harbor to create vibrant works of art on the sidewalks and along the docks. Another 50 will be showing and selling their work in a juried fine arts and crafts show. The festival takes place 10 a.m.-5p.m. at Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaartfestival.com.

 

07-01-2017

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