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A Preview of Local Happenings

THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER
May 3 – June 30 | Camarillo
This traveling event is composed of thirteen sculptures, seven limited edition prints and four film works. New York-based conceptual artist and social activist Linda Stein has developed the program through an intense partnership of artists and academics, resulting in an interactive exhibition and education program. A groundbreaking example of the power of the arts to transform lives and inspire compassion, empathy and bravery. Reception on May 5, 4-6 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org/events/the-fluidity-of-gender/. 

62ND ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY DAYS
May 10 – 13 | Thousand Oaks
It’s time to buckle up, buckaroos, for a whole lot of fun when the Conejo Valley Days return to Thousand Oaks, celebrating the area’s western roots and community spirit. The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family, including carnival rides, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts. Tickets: $5-10. Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyDays. 

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S MOTHER’S DAY WITH ELVIS CONCERT
May 13 | Simi Valley
World-renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to Simi Valley for a special Mother’s Day salute featuring all the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s biggest hits in one spectacular evening. Tickets: $20-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simi-arts.org. 

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
May 14 | Ventura
The 2018 edition of America’s premier cycling race for men will cover 645 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines during seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento, May 13-19. Downtown Ventura will host a stage for the first time on Monday, May 14. The early-morning start will feature hundreds of cyclists as they make their way from Ventura to Northern California. For more information and exact route locations, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. 

TOTALLY LOCAL VC FARM-TO-FORK DINNER SERIES
May 17 | Santa Paula
This innovative dining series marries iconic Ventura County locations with some of the area’s top-line chefs, purveyors, wines and brews, preparing seasonal selections harvested from the region’s most celebrated farms. Guests will enjoy a dinner served al fresco in a communal, family style in an elegant but unusual setting of lemon orchards, featuring chefs Jason Collis, Tim Kilcoyne, Michelle Kenny and others, as well as two wineries, two breweries and a local distiller. Tickets: $145. Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.totallylocalvc.com/2018-farm-to-fork-dinner-series. 

35TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
May 19 – 20 | Oxnard
It is time to (strawberry) jam and get down with the funky fruit that put Oxnard on the map. Festival-goers can taste strawberry treats from dozens of food and drink vendors and take part in pie-eating contests, relays, tart tosses and other free contests. The festival will also feature a vendor marketplace, live music on two outdoor stages, a carnival, cooking demonstrations and much more. Tickets: $5-12, $10 parking on site. Strawberry Meadows at College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CAStrawberryFestival.org. 

THE AWAKENING: AN AERIAL DANCE PERFORMANCE
May 19 – 20 | Ventura
This stunning symphony of dance, acrobatics, music and light is a celebration of the era of teen activism. Terry Beeman directs and Gregg Curtis produces Ventura County’s premier dance and acrobatic troupe as it performs The Awakening, in which teenagers awaken to their power, realizing the effect they have on our society’s politics and culture. Tickets: $20-45. Showtimes: May 19, 7:30 p.m. and May 20, 4:30 p.m. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.theaerialstudio.net. 

THE ARTS FESTIVAL
May 25 – 27 | Oxnard
This weekend event features art and entertainment for guests of all ages. The theme this year is “Art By the People” or “Arte de la Gente,” featuring music, visual and performing arts, martial arts, healing arts, film, exhibitors, a classic car show, food trucks and a beer garden. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardperformingarts.com/paccthearts.html. 

29TH ANNUAL SIMI VALLEY CAJUN AND BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 26 – 27 | Simi Valley
This popular festival features two stages delivering nonstop performances showcasing an array of acclaimed Cajun, blues and other roots-based music acts amid Cajun food and fun. The Blues Stage is headlined on Saturday by Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Dave Mason. Sunday finds classic rocker Eddie Money topping the bill, which also includes a set from the fabled funk soul rockers Chambers Brothers. Lightnin’ Willie (Saturday) and Arthur Adams (Sunday) also perform. These are just a few of the packed lineup. Tickets: $22-199. Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simicajun.org. 

ON THE HORIZON
FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET
June 2 – 3 | Oxnard
The beauty, grace and elegance of ballet come alive with two spring productions by the Oakley Ballet Center’s youth company: the George Balanchine-inspired Peter and the Wolf (Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.) and the moody and ethereal Giselle (Saturday, June 2, 2 and 7 p.m.) $14-22. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardperformingarts.com or www.oakleyballet.com. 

11TH ANNUAL OJAI WILD!
June 3 | Ojai
Celebrate our region’s wildlife and wild places at this year’s Ojai WILD! benefit, the region’s largest gathering of outdoor enthusiasts. This fun-filled afternoon event offers live music, regional wine and craft beer, a gourmet supper and much more. Proceeds benefit Los Padres ForestWatch. Tickets are $125. The Thacher School’s Upper Field, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiwild.org. 

05-01-2018

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