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The List

A highly selective preview of upcoming events

Have a Heart for Farm Workers Benefit Concert with Kris Kristofferson

February 16 | Ventura Theatre

Warm your heart with the music of Kris Kristofferson, knowing that the money spent on the ticket is going to a good cause. All proceeds raised during the “Have a Heart for Farm Workers” benefit concert will go towards farm worker housing in Ventura County. In addition to a great musical performance, the event will feature a farmer’s market-inspired dinner and a silent auction. The band El Son del Pueblo will play during the dinner and silent auction. The evening is sponsored by the nonprofit Ventura County Ag Futures Alliance. FYI: $50. For tickets and more information, call 653-0721 or visit agfuturesalliance.net.

Carole Hicks, “The Feminine Journey”

February 1- March 1 | Ojai Center for the Arts

Carole Hicks’ exhibit of mixed-media work is focused on the plasticity of the female form. The paintings capture the coincidence of opposites: male and female and spirit. Her work has is influenced by many artists, including Nike de Saint Phalle, Tom Wesselman, Francisco Clemente, Picasso and Richard Lindner. Carole Hicks is an award-winning artist who lives in Palm Springs. She has exhibited extensively throughout Southern California in many national and regional exhibitions. FYI: There will be an opening reception on Feb. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.

A Time for Love

February 1-25 | Rubicon Theatre Company

For a taste of romance on the stage, see Rubicon’s “A Time for Love.” Created by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby Jr. and Joel Silberman (with music by David Shire), the play is a romantic valentine in song. The play explores passion and domesticity through the lens of a dismal marriage. Lois Robbins and Paul Sutherland star in the play which will give you (and your sweetheart) many ideas to ponder for hours during and after the performance. FYI: 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura. Tickets are available online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

The Best of Doo Wop

February 9 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation

Motown hits Thousand Oaks as many the legends of doo wop music take to the stage. The performance includes many of the amazing doo wop stars from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Brenda Holloway, the Flamingos, the Dixie Cups and others. Remember what it felt like the first time you heard songs like “Shh Boom,” “Earth Angel,” “Love Potion #9,”and so many other doo wop classics. FYI: Tickets are $40-45. For information call 449-2787 or visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

The California Impressionist Style

February 10 |Ventura County Museum of History & Art

Ever wondered what the term “California Impressionist” means? Take the opportunity to learn about this exciting group of art (and artists) when Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, gives a lecture on the art movement. Stern will discuss both the features of the style and the artist involved. Stern will talk about artists Guy Rose, William Wendt, Franz Bischoff, and Edgar Payne (some of whom were friends and contemporaries of Cornelis and Jessie Arms Botke, the artists featured in the museum’s “Artistic Journeys” exhibition.) FYI: Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. Call 653-0323, x. 10 to reserve a seat. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve

February 11 and 14 | The Gypsy Players

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Gypsy Players present one of the world’s oldest love stories during an evening of dinner theater. Directed by John Diesel, The Diaries of Adam and Eve is a touching, irreverent look at history's first marriage, from courtship to child-rearing (adapted from Mark Twain’s short story with the same title). John Logue and Roxanne Diesel portray the "first couple" in Simi Valley and Chris Carnicelli and Pat Newbert will perform them in Thousand Oaks. FYI: See the play in Simi Valley at Paul's Italian Villa on Sunday, February 11th at an 11:30 a.m. and in Thousand Oaks at the La Quinta Inn and Suites on Monday, February 14th at 8 pm. Tickets are from $50 -$59.95 and include dinner, the show and tip. Call for reservations. For more information, call 490-4649 or visit www.gypsyplayers.com.

Ensemble Bella Musica

February 24 | California Lutheran University

Listen as the ensemble talks about how one of Antonio Vivaldi’s musical manuscripts mysteriously ended up in a library in Manchester, England. The ensemble will play pieces from this group of music, called “The Manchester Sonatas,” and traverse the world as they perform. Quartets and trio sonatas will round out the performance. This will be an enchanting music and an unusual opportunity to learn more about Vivaldi’s ouevre. FYI: Contact the Music Department at 493-3306 or visit www.callutheran.edu/music.

Mardi Gras on the Train

February 25 | Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

Let the good times roll! The Fillmore & Western Railway honor the survival of New Orleans with this salute to Mardi Gras. Join the party on board this colorful Cajun dinner train. One passenger will become King or Queen of Mardi Gras by discovering the hidden treasure baked into their slice of King Cake. Dress in costume and join in the big parade. FYI: Tickets are $89. Train departs at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call 524-2546 or (800) 773-8724. For more information, visit www.fwry.com.

Lynx Schooner

February 28 - March 2 | Channel Islands Harbor

Awaken your inner pirate or sailor by touring the schooner Lynx when it drops anchor at the Channel Island Harbor. The fast (and heavily armed) clipper schooner will even fire from her main battery of six-pounder cannons upon entrance. The ship, with a 122-foot square topsail, is a model of a privateer (or naval schooner) from the War of 1812. The boat will fly pennants and flags from the 1812-era and the crew will wear period uniforms and operates the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th Century America. (The Privateer Lynx was even hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean.) FYI: For more information, call (866) 446-5969 or visit www.privateerlynx.org.

On the horizon …

The Angels Ball

February 10 | Sherwood Country Club

If February is the month for lovers, then March is the month for angels, at least for Casa Pacifica. The nonprofit sponsors the 18th Annual Angels Ball featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and a live auction. Casa Pacifica provides hope and help for children and families in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. According to their web site, “Casa Pacifica started in the 1980s when a group of Ventura County citizens became concerned about the lack of services for children removed from home by Child Protective Services.” Since then, the organization has developed a range of treatments and raised enough money to build a center. Have a fabulous dinner, all with a halo over your head. After all, the money raised during the event is going to help local children who are the world’s true angels.

02-01-2007

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