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Short List

A Preview of Local Happenings

DAY OF THE DOG
Jan. 20, 10 a.m. | Oxnard Shores
They say every dog has his or her day, and at Oxnard Beach Park that day has come. Well-mannered and socialized dogs are invited to join the off-leash fun, while their human counterparts enjoy original Americana and blues music from Kelly’s Lot and friends as they present an acoustic performance. The Humane Society of Ventura County and Canine Adoption Rescue League will have dogs available for adoption as well. Local vendors and the world’s largest Downward Dog Yoga Tunnel will be on hand for both human and dog entertainment. Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardbeachdogpark.org

POP ART AND THE AMERICAN DREAM
Jan. 20, 1 p.m. | Ojai
In the years following World War II, the United States enjoyed an unprecedented period of economic and political growth, which led to an explosive change in our culture. Television, dishwashers, cars, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were suddenly everywhere. Taking inspiration from the world around them, American pop artists began creating art directly from everyday items, consumer goods and mass media. This talk, presented by Shirley Waxman from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, explores the works of the most celebrated American pop artists, including Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein and more. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org

BUYER & CELLAR
Jan. 24-Feb. 11 | Ventura
Alex, a struggling actor in L.A., takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is a seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. Don’t miss award-winning actor Brian McDonald in this irresistible one-man play, directed by Stephanie Coltrin. Tickets: $20-55. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org

POETRY READING: ART ABOUT AGRICULTURE
Jan. 27, 2-4 p.m. | Santa Paula
Ventura County Poet Laureate Phil Taggart hosts an afternoon of poetry at the Santa Paula Art Museum, exploring the theme of the museum’s current exhibition, Art About Agriculture. Some of the most original voices in Southern California will read selections, including Taggart, Mary Kay Rummel, Marsha de la O, Ann Buxie and many others. Lovers of verse and oral storytelling won’t want to miss this very special event. Admission is free. 117 N. Tenth St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN: TRIO VALTORNA
Jan. 28, 3 p.m. | Ojai
Trio Valtorna brings exceptional chamber music to appreciative audiences in the United States and abroad, with a repertoire that includes both classic and contemporary works. This is the Trio’s first performance in Ojai and is bound to delight chamber music lovers, who are invited to stay and meet the artists at a reception immediately following the concert. The trio consists of renowned violinist Ida Kavafian, French horn player extraordinaire David Jolley, and pianist Gilles Vonsattel. Tickets: $25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ChamberOnTheMountain.com

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE PRESENTS ASTRONAUT TERRY VIRTS
Feb. 2, 8 p.m. | Thousand Oaks
As a NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour and crew member on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Virts spent 200 consecutive days in space as commander of the International Space Station — one of the longest continuous space missions of any NASA astronaut. Virts will speak on his breathtaking portraits of Earth taken from space while aboard (and outside) the International Space Station, highlighting our magnificent blue planet and humanity’s impact on it. Tickets: $36-46. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com

MARJORIE AND BOB MOSKOWITZ: COLLABORATIVE WORK
Feb. 2 – 28 | Ventura
Marjorie is a landscape painter with roots in abstraction and influences as broad and diverse as Diebenkorn and Monet. Bob is a figurative painter first influenced by Caravaggio, Velazquez and Eakins, and the chair of the Ventura College Art Department. Through a mutual approach of looking at the peculiar nature of people and the world, the artists collaborated on a series of hybrid pieces drawn from photographs taken on their travels from California to Maine and back again. Opening reception on Friday, Feb. 2. 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit f5projects.squarespace.com.

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS
Feb. 2 – March 4 | Camarillo
In Academy Award-winner Alan Ball’s (True Blood, Six Feet Under) hilarious comedy, five very different bridesmaids find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception of a bride that — they soon realize — none of them really likes! $15-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit skywayplayhouse.org.

LADY WASHINGTON AND HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN TALL SHIPS
Feb. 6 — 13 | Oxnard
These one-of-a-kind tall ships based out of Grays Harbor, Washington, will be docking at the Channel Islands Harbor for tours and cruises. These ships are authentic replications of vessels that would have brought tea, spices, pelts and more to the colonies in their heyday. $5-45. Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.historicalseaport.org.

ON THE HORIZON
NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE JUNIORS CHARITY GALA
March 10 | Ventura
For the 12th consecutive year, the Juniors of Ventura County is supporting the Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Program, having raised over $1.2 million for this charity to date. This year, the Juniors have also begun working to fund a Ronald McDonald Family Room, which will be part of the Ventura County Medical Center’s repurposing in 2018. Further, the Juniors will add Thomas Fire relief and reconstruction of the Ventura Botanical Gardens to its causes for this event. The gala will feature a 1920s theme, dubbed “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” with dancing and much more. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ncljuniorsventura.org

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