January 4 – 6 & 10 – 13 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
It’s 1930s Harlem, an era of artistic fervor and cultural awareness. The renaissance is in full swing, literally, as Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club feature the new rage: swing music. This is the backdrop for AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, the first Tony Award Winning Musical Revue. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, the talented five-member cast and onstage orchestra will have the joint jumpin’. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or www.TicketMaster.com) or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information call 805.449.ARTS or visit www.CabrilloMusicTheatre.com.
The Russians are Coming!
January 8 – March 2 | Museum of Ventura County
Ojai-based artist George S. Stuart captures the essence of Russia’s most famous and infamous personalities, those who have shaped four centuries of Russian history, in the George Stuart Historical Figures Exhibition. The exhibition features sculptural figures portraying Ivan The Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Lenin, and Rasputin, to name a few. Entertaining and informational monologues about the people will accompany the run of the exhibition. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call 805.653.0323 or visit www.VenturaMuseum.org./p>
Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer
January 14 – February 18 (Mondays) | The Wellness Community/Valley Ventura
Westlake Village is one of ten cities to participate in the Live Well! Life Beyond Cancer Program, sponsored by The Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The program helps cancer survivors make the transition from active-treatment to post-treatment care. There is no charge to workshop participants, who will meet for two and a half hours once a week for six weeks. Expert panelists will discuss various topics, including exercise and nutrition after treatment, the need for continued emotional and social support, medical effects of cancer treatment, and long-term medical management. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for six consecutive Mondays, The Wellness Community/Valley Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information visit www.twcvv.org or call 805.379.4777.
The History & Mystery of the Universe
September 21 | Pierpont Inn
L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle and Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano plays the legendary R. Buckminster Fuller, an American practical visionary who came up with the notion that we live on “Spaceship Earth.” Fuller, perhaps best known as the creator of the geodesic dome, has been called a crank, the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century, and the P.R. man to the universe. His life and work is explored in this tour-de-force performance using a blend of testimony, lecture, autobiography, poetry, comic antics, and video imagery. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura. For tickets and more information visit www.RubiconTheatre.org or call 805.667.2900.
Winterfest All Breed Dog Show
January 18 -20 | Ventura County Fair Grounds
Witness the unique grandeur of canine pageantry at the three-day Winterfest All Breed Dog Show. The event features over 165 different breeds and approximately 50 vendors selling an assortment of dog accessories and food items. Free to the public. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura. For more information visit www.JBradshaw.com or call 805.482.6025.
Martin Luther King Day Celebration
January 21 | Libby Park
The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation will be honoring perhaps the most influential leader of the American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)" civil rights movement in their Martin Luther King Day Celebration. One of the greatest orators in American history, King is also the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The celebration, organized and led by local teens, will include a guest speaker, music, art, and activities, all of which are free to the public. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Libby Park, 200 S. Signal Street (fountain area), Ojai. For more information visit www.ovyf.org or call 805.640.9555.
The Duchess of York
January 21 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
The Duchess of York will speak about her life experiences as an established businesswoman and global humanitarian who has dedicated herself to children’s charities and global campaigns for family wellness. She will talk candidly about how she coped with life challenges such as her sudden catapult onto the international public stage, her tumultuous relationship with the press, the tragic death of loved ones, and the re-building of her U.S. charity after its World Trade Center offices were destroyed. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or www.TicketMaster.com) or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For information call 805.449.ARTS or visit www.CivicArtsPlaza.com.
Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour
January 23 | California Lutheran University
The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with a national tour. Maintaining Monterey’s tradition of bringing together veteran and younger artists, the show stars trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist James Moody, pianist Benny Green, special guest vocalist Nnenna Freelon, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott. These artists have strong connections with the Monterey Jazz Festival and serve to embody its scope and history. 8:00 p.m. Samuelson Chapel, Olsen Rd & South Campus Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information visit www.CalLutheran.edu/calendar or call 805.493.3306.
Bearfoot in Ojai
January 26 | Matilija Junior High School Auditorium
Standing ovations are nothing new to this Telluride Festival winner, who has joined such notables as the Dixie Chicks and Nickel Creek. Bearfoot, a contemporary acoustic band from Alaska featuring twin fiddles, fast picking mandolin and guitar, acoustic bass, and incredible vocals have a fresh approach to bluegrass and acoustic music. Their repertoire ranges from three-part harmonies evoking the high-lonesome sound of Bill Monroe to original tunes and bluesy covers. Proceeds will benefit youth programs in the Ojai Valley. Adults $20; Sen./Students $15, 7:30 p.m. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information visit www.ptgo.org or call 805.646.8907.
On the horizon …
Second Annual Art 4 Heart
One in two women will die from heart disease or stroke. The Second Annual Art 4 Heart event, sponsored by the clubs of Soroptimist International of Camarillo and Oxnard, will again focus on Women’s Heart Health Awareness, with proceeds going to the St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital Healthcare Foundation. The afternoon will feature an art exhibit and sale, fine wines, gourmet foods, and live and silent auctions. The funds are earmarked for education, diagnosis, and treatment of women’s heart disease. 3 p.m. 6 p.m, Courtyard by Marriott, Oxnard, 600 E. Esplanade Dr. For more information call 805.383.6807.