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Short List

A preview of Local Happenings

COMMON GROUND: MEREDITH BROOKS ABBOTT, SUSAN PETTY, AND GAIL PIDDUCK
Through July 7 | Santa Paula
Three of the most significant female artists living and working in Ventura County today have joined forces for an exhibition entitled Common Ground at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Artists Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck have much in common, most especially the love they have for their ranches and gardens, scenes that they have put to paint and graphite for this show. Admission $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

SPAMALOT
March 7-24 | Moorpark
The Tony Award-winning musical, lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people, as performed by players from Moorpark College Performing Arts. Tickets: $16-20. Show runs March 7-24. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac.

ORIGAMI TALES WITH KUNIKO YAMAMOTO
March 9 | Ojai
Performances to Grow On presents this show in which Japanese folktales are combined with traditional musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling that will have audiences spellbound. Kuniko Yamamoto’s marvelous presentations promote crosscultural communication and understanding in an entertaining way. Using origami, music and audience participation, she will provide a magical entry into Japanese culture and the art of simplicity. Tickets: $10-15. Showtime: 3 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org.

MAIL ART
March 9-24 | Ventura
The “plein air” exhibit of 200 mailed-in pieces of art from 20 countries and 13 states was late artist Joe Cardella’s 25-year endeavor featuring artists from every corner of the planet, including Ventura. While Cardella passed away in 2018, his work lives on in the form of ARTLIFE, the international magazine. Viewings will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 with an opening reception on March 9. 539 Howard St., Ventura. For more information, contact Artlifeinc72@gmail.com.

4TH ANNUAL BEER MARCH
March 10 | Camarillo
The Camarillo Old Town Association’s 4th Annual Beer March is back and bigger than ever. This year, the march will feature over 20 craft breweries partnering with local downtown businesses and offer a fun community day of live entertainment for family and friends themed in a traditional Irish fashion. Beer drinkers 21 years of age and over will receive a beer glass as a keepsake. Tickets: $35-45. For more information, visit www.camarillo-oldtown.com/beer-march.

VENTURA ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 16 | Ventura
Don your top hats and prep your bonnets, the County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day is back and greener than ever! The parade starts at the San Buenaventura Mission and ends at the corner of north Chestnut and Main streets. Shamhock 2, proud torch bearer of the Shamhock family, will lead the displays and entertainment from all manner of Irish-themed folk along with the Push ’em Pull ’em Parade and plenty of Irish cheer. Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.

WOMEN ON THE RISE 2019
Through March 22 | Ventura
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Vita Art Center in collaboration with Focus on the Masters will exhibit the artwork of four women artists that will be interviewed and documented by Donna Granata in 2019. Focus on the Masters has documented the work and lives of extraordinary artists that have dedicated much of their lives to their craft and Vita Art Center will showcase the work of some of these women. Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main St. Ventura. For more information, visit www.VitaArtCenter.com.

CELEBRATION OF THE WHALES
March 24 | Oxnard
Channel Islands Harbor Farmers’ Market, in conjunction with the Channel Islands Harbor and Channel Islands Maritime Museum, celebrates the migration of the Pacific gray whale with family-friendly activities, chalk art and prize drawings that include whale-watching excursions. Celebrate the majestic creature that brings us such joy along the Ventura County coast. Event hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Channel Islands Harbor, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org/events-festivals.

TRAC 2019: THE REPRESENTATIONAL ART CONFERENCE
March 31 – April 4 | Ventura
TRAC is the premier international event focused on cutting-edge representational art in the 21st century. This year, the conference is focused on the relationship between imagination and representational art, with special guest speakers such as famed comedian Cheech Marin, founder of the Riverside Museum of Chicano Art; Tim Jenison, the obsessive genius depicted in the Penn and Teller film Tim’s Vermeer; Corinna Wagner, the author of Pathological Bodies and Art and Soul; and Roger Dean, creator of album covers for rock band Yes. Demonstrations, paintings and more will also be hosted. Tickets: $65-200. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.trac2019.org.

SPRINGTIME EASTER FESTIVAL
March 30 – April 22 | Moorpark
It’s time to get your hippity-hop on as Underwood Family Farms transforms into an Easter egg-stravaganza through April. Grab the family and visit the Easter Bunny and Easter House with several photo opportunities, a labyrinth full of Easter stories, animal races, an enormous Easter basket and much more. Some ticketed activities include an Easter egg hunt and basket making. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.

ON THE HORIZON
SPRING WINE WALK
April 6 | Ventura
Get your wine-on at this spring kickoff event featuring dozens of wineries available for sampling in Downtown Ventura. Peruse the free street fair prior to snagging your wine glass for a night of tasting from Main Street’s many establishments. Live music and a killer DJ will help bring down the house. Tickets: $50-70. Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.champagneonmain.com.

03-01-2019

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