NEW WEST SYMPHONY INVITES YOU TO MEET THE ARTIST
April 12 & 13 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza & Borders, Books and Music
Come make the acquaintance of famed violinist Elmar Oliveira over breakfast or just a cup of coffee. New West Symphony's founding music director Boris Brott brings the charisma he exhibits in the concert hall to a more intimate setting for a tête à tête with one of the premiere musicians of our time, inviting the public to witness an interview that is sure to entertain and inform. Think of it as the "Inside the Actors Studio" of the symphonic world, and the perfect way to get to know Oliveira before he performs with one of the country's finest orchestras. No charge. Thursday, April 12, 9:30 a.m at the Founders Room, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, or Friday, April 13, 11 a.m., at Borders, Books and Music, Esplanade Plaza, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org , or call Kathy Gilbert at 557-1575.
INTRODUCTION TO OPERA
April 7 | Oxnard Public Library
The Oxnard Public Library invites you to bone up on your opera just in time for the Los Angeles Opera's 2007 season. Los Angeles Opera Speakers Bureau representative Bonnie Helms will give an exciting hour-long presentation on all you need to know to wring meaning and enjoyment from this year's operatic selections. This month Helms will introduce attendees to the American folk opera Porgy and Bess, considered one of Ira and George Gershwin's greatest works. For more information, call 385-7532.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
April 7-28 | Cal State Channel Islands
Studio Channel Islands launches its yearly celebration of university arts students, where classical training meets digital technology and youthful exploration. Burgeoning artists explore the wide array of tools available to them to create an exhibit uniquely their own; everything, from the exhibition announcement card to the installation itself, is designed by the featured students. Works in paint, sculpture, ceramics, digital media and photography will fill four galleries. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. or by appointment. Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Building 18 Ventura St., California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo. For more information call 383-1368, or visit www.studiochannelislands.org.
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN
April 10 | Theater 150
Theater 150 presents an Austin-based area favorite, a musician (and licensed electrician) whose intuitive lyrics betray soft shades of Springsteen. Through a blend of bass, piano, mandolin or the odd banjolele, Matt samples from his critically acclaimed fourth CD release. Although Matt will play a private residence, far from the intimate black box performance space of Theater 150, it's fitting that one of the region's best venues invited him into town; Matt's lyrical stylings are nothing if not theatrical. Tickets $18. At a private residence in Ojai. To buy tickets and find out the location, call 646-4300.
April 21 & 22 | California Lutheran University
Come for the polka, stay for the abelskiver — a delectable rolled pancake confection topped off with jam — as the lush Cal Lutheran campus is dressed up as Little Sweden, Little Denmark and Little Norway. As a spectrum of flags adorns the campus, and traditional dance is performed, enjoy the sight of Old World costumes as the university pays homage to its founders in the Conejo Valley. This 30-year tradition will also honor the neighboring Baltic cultures of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for youth and free for children under 12. California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call Dick Londgren at 241-1051.
MORNING AT THE BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS
April 21 | Beatrice Wood's Home and Studio
Be a guest at Beato's, the Renaissance woman and Dada icon whose influence is still felt throughout her homestead, the Ojai Valley. Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts director Janat Dundas will serve as guide in Wood's house, and guests are invited to take in Beato's vast library and impressive folk art collection. Over mimosas, coffee and various baked goods, California State University Northridge Art Professor Tom McMillin will speak on the topic of Wood's trend-setting glaze formulas and the luster of her work, making for a pleasant and educational morning in the heart of Ojai's art scene. $10 for members of the Ventura County Museum, $15 for guests. Call for reservations: 653-0323, ext. 17.
April 26 - May 20 | Rubicon Theatre
A rite of passage for any established performing arts center is a successful run of Hamlet, and Rubicon Theatre fervently tackles the tale of fratricide, infidelity and the thin line between sanity and madness. Alluring Rubicon regular Joseph Fuqua, who has previously appeared in the company's productions of Tuesdays with Morrie and All My Sons, takes to the stage to portray the angsty Dane. Flanked by Rubicon's artistic director James O'Neill as Claudius and veteran actor Stephanie Zimbalist as Gertrude, Fuqua takes us back to the rotting empire of Elsinore for another run through one of Shakespeare's best. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 East Main Street, Ventura. For more information, call: 667-2900.
SPRING ARTWALK 2007
April 28 | Downtown Ventura
Over 70 galleries — both established and makeshift — open their doors for Ventura's yearly celebration of local talent. The art scene is on full display until the later hours of a fine spring Saturday night in the downtown Cultural District and the sidewalks will become crowded and vibrant as over 150 local artists in a variety of media continue a decade-long tradition of inventive installation. This year's featured artist is Robert Wassell, referred to as "the backpackers' artist." He seamlessly blends abstract and landscape to cast Ventura in a bold yet familiar light. For more information, call Robin Elander, 658-4760.
ON THE HORIZON
THE HEIDI CHRONICLES
May 4 – June 3 | Ojai Art Center Theater
Prolific local director Steve Grumette stages Wendy Wasserman's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, inviting us to travel with a young woman coming of age in the midst of a new wave of feminism. From high school graduation in the 1960s to disenchantment in the 1980s, Heidi Holland's journey is both emblematic and cleverly unique. For more information, visit www.ojaiact.org.