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Short List

A Preview of Local Happenings

OJAI FILM FESTIVAL
Nov. 2 – 12 | Ojai
The Ojai Film Festival has for years provided audiences with works otherwise inaccessible, and this year is no different. Now in its 18th year, the festival continues its commitment to enriching the human spirit by seeking out important films that in some way uplift people, and help audiences feel good about being members of the human race. This year, the festival will honor Actress Cloris Leachman in the Women in Film Legacy Series premiering on Nov. 11. Over 50 films will be screened throughout the two-week celebration. Various times and dates. Tickets $8-12 for single to $175 for VIP. For more information, including venues, visit www.ojaifilmfestival.com

VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY
Nov. 4 |Ventura County
During this self-guided tour, over 20 participating Ventura County farms open their doors, enabling the public to learn about agriculture firsthand. Farms feature a number of family-friendly activities, free produce, tours and food and beverage samplings. Activities also include a family-friendly Farm Film Festival at the Ventura County Ag Museum in Santa Paula at 6 p.m. and a free “light and easy” breakfast on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Whole Foods at The Collection. A barbecue will feature locally sourced ingredients. Farm tours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free. Barbecue: 5-9 p.m., $45. For more information and a list of participating farms, visit www.venturacountyfarmday.com

NOTTINGHAM RENAISSANCE FAIRE AND ARTISAN MARKETPLACE
Nov. 4 – 5 and Nov. 11 – 12 | Simi Valley
Hear ye, hear ye! Don your kingly attire or burlap pauper’s pants and make way toward the village of Nottingham in the medieval township of Simi Valley! The park is transformed into an Elizabethan wonderland featuring notables such as William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake and, yes, even the Queen herself. Festival tickets $12-15. Civic Center Park, 3855 Alamo St., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.nottinghamfestival.com

HOLIDAY KICK-OFF WINE TASTING
Nov. 12 | Ventura
The Cave in Ventura hosts a special wine tasting event where guests can sample more than 100 wines from over 20 premier wineries. Executive Chef Alex Montoya has created a small-bites menu designed to pair with the tastings, ranging from passed appetizers to samplings of his delightful pizzas and pastas. Live music, a photo booth and the chance to chat with winemakers and industry greats round out this fun and festive afternoon. Open to guests ages 21 and up. $45 through Nov. 11; $50 on the day of the event. 4435 McGrath St., #301, Ventura. For more information call 642-9449 or visit www.thecaveventura.com.

WHAT OJAI MEANS TO ME
Through Jan. 6, 2018 | Ojai
This show features works by the top three Ojai Valley artists who competed for a spot in the museum: Sylvia Raz for “In the Forest,” David Baker for “Ojai Love” and Susan Guy for “Topa Full Moon Rise.” Works include sculptures, paintings and more, and all encompass what it means to be of Ojai. The works will be on display at the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/visit.html

DE COLORES ART SHOW: PORTRAITS OF THE PAST
Through Jan. 28, 2018 | Santa Paula
This interactive exhibit will unveil portraits by groundbreaking Latino and Latin American artists, including Carlos Almaraz, Judy Baca, Sergio Hernández, Gilbert “Magú” Luján, Sylvia Raz, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Eloy Torrez and more. The centerpiece of the collection — and the exhibition — is Miguel Angel González’s artist-themed “Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life).” Museum admission $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

TASTE OF CONEJO
Nov. 17 | Westlake Village
Food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy an all-inclusive evening of exceptional food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 50 of the Conejo Valley’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries, alongside live entertainment throughout the evening. Indulge in aisles of delicious fare and beverages with your commemorative wine glass. Tickets $75-120, 21+ event. Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.TasteofConejo.com

GALAXY OF GEMS EXPO
Nov. 18 – 19 | Oxnard
The mineral and gem expo is coming back to Oxnard! With numerous displays and activities geared toward educating students about earth sciences, this expo features gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, demonstrations, exhibits, dealers, silent auctions and kids’ activities, plus a whole lot of unique gifts to bring home. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardgem.com

A CHRISTMAS STORY
Nov. 18 – Dec. 23 | Simi Valley
Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, this musical interpretation based on the movie classic follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Of course, there shall be a bunny suit. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simi-arts.org

ANIMAL CRACKERS: A MUSICAL!
Nov. 27 – Dec. 17 | Ojai
The Marx Bros. are back – well, kind of – in this stage rendition of the classic film where “disorder is the order of the evening.” The Ojai Art Center Theater presents the story of Capt. Spaulding and his pun-tastic evening of musical honors. Shows: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. Tickets $18. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiact.org.

ON THE HORIZON

56TH ANNUAL CAMARILLO CHRISTMAS PARADE
Dec. 9 | Camarillo
The Camarillo Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will feature Santa Claus, floats, bands, autos and other fun stuff. The theme of the 2017 event is “A Fairytale Christmas.” The parade starts at Las Posas and Temple Avenue and travels west on Las Posas and then takes a left on Carmen Drive. Santa’s Village Holiday Carnival will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley Street. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org/recreation/special_events/parade.asp

 

11-01-2017

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