Short List: Local Events

A selective preview of happenings countywide

Light Sculptures by Sean Sobczak

Through December 6 | Cal Lutheran University

For the third consecutive year, the Kwan Fong Gallery will host the light sculptures of Sean Sobczak. Now appearing: a 12-foot-wide octopus. Sobczak started creating these sculptures after attending the Burning Man Art Festival. Inspired by the creativity he experienced, he returned to L.A. and began working on his first sculptural creation. The sculptures are surreal dream-like compositions of steel wire, imported fabrics, and various types of illumination that invoke a sense of childlike awe. Free. Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kwan Fong Gallery (Soiland Humanities Center), 60 West Olsen Road #3800, Thousand Oaks. For more information call 805.493.3316.

The Hearts of Fire

November 6 | Meditation Mount, Ojai

The Hearts Of Fire Project is launching the "Temperatures' Rising Tour," Transforming the Face of Homelessness from L.A. to Key West. The tour, which includes artwork created at homeless shelters across Southern California, will also showcase video clips from the upcoming documentary film "Hearts And Hands." Artists will be on-hand to talk about their work, and musicians from the shelters will perform original music. Bob Ballard, Founder and Executive Director of the project, will present his vision for homeless people. Original art prints will be available for purchase. $10 donation requested. 7-9:30 p.m. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information call 805.218.1199.

Chelsea Handler Live

November 7 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Stand-up comedienne, best selling author, and star of E! Entertainment’s Chelsea Lately, the always irreverent Chelsea Handler will be performing in Thousand Oaks. Handler has written two books: “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands,” and “Are you There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” which rose to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. As one of the nation’s fastest rising female stand-ups, Chelsea’s comedy intermixes fearless honesty, ironic riffs, and self-deprecation. Content is for a mature audience. $40.50 and $55.50. 8 p.m. Fred Kavli Theatre. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or online at or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Violet & Gold Gala

November 8 | California Lutheran University

The Community Leaders Association’s 2008 “Violet & Gold Gala,” created to raise funds for CLU academic programs, will include cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, entertainment, and a live auction. Both auctions will feature vacation packages, jewelry, home entertainment items, dining experiences, golf packages, and professional sporting event tickets. Over the years, CLU has donated more than $1.6 million toward equipment and technology enhancements. Last year, the association distributed $65,000 in faculty grants, $9,000 in scholarships, and $4,000 to a scholarship endowment. $140. 5:30 p.m. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, Thousand Oaks. For tickets or more information, call 805.493.3151 or log onto CalLutheran.Edu/CLA/Auction.

Big Band Night

November 13 | Ronald Regan Library

The Reagan Library is hosting their first Big Band Dinner and Dance in conjunction with Presidential Catering. Under the wings of Air Force One, guests can dance to Big Band favorites performed by the 11-piece “Eric Ekstrand” band and dine on a Gourmet Fall Vintners Dinner Buffet. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour Air Force One. Santa Barbara and Central Coast wines and wine pairings will be available to purchase at the event. Limited reserved seating. $54.95. 6-9 p.m. Guests will be seated at tables of 10. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. To make reservations, or for more information, call 805.577.4118 or visit

Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction

November 15 | Residence Inn by Marriott

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme are hosting their 19th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction to benefit more than 7,000 area youth at 24 locations throughout Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The evening will include cocktails and a silent auction (6 p.m.), followed by dinner and a live auction (7 p.m.). Items auctioned off include trips, VIP experiences, sports tickets and memorabilia, and more. There will be a special musical performance by Boys & Girls Club members. 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. RSVP by November 7. For tickets or more information, call 805.815.4959 or visit

Who Got Framed Fundraiser

November 15 | Harbor Village Gallery

For the third year, the Buenaventura Art Association will be hosting their Who Got Framed?! fundraising event. Who Got Framed?! is a Who-Done-It-themed art show where guests try to figure out which artist created the art in the exhibition, with only a small portion of the art revealed. Clues and hints can be purchased, and information on each mystery artist will be in the show’s Mug Book. By guessing the correct artist, participants are eligible to win that piece of original artwork. Donated art by local artists will be posted a week before the event so all participants can do their detective work. Tickets $75. 5-9 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura. For tickets or more information, call 805.648.1235 or visit

41st Annual Great Auction

November 22 | Ventura Beach Marriott

The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura is hosting a jazz-themed annual auction featuring a Count Basie cocktail reunion sponsored by Lynn's Jewelry Studio (4:30 p.m.) and an Artie Shaw Silent Auction sponsored by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. The evening continues with a Preservation Hall dinner sponsored by Fashion Forms (6:30 p.m.) and the Miles Davis Live Auction sponsored by Kipp Brant Drummond & Assoc. Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a reserved table of 10. Prices include gourmet dining. $1,500 for a preferred table of 10 also includes preferred seating. 2055 East Harbor Blvd, Ventura. For additional information, call 805.641.5585 or visit

12th Ojai Holiday Home Look In

November 22 &23 | Ojai Valley Homes

Sponsored by the Ojai Festival Women’s Committee, this timeless holiday tradition includes a tour of four private Ojai homes adorned with floral arrangements and trimmings. This year, the properties are models of ecological awareness exemplifying energy conservation techniques. In addition to touring the homes, guests will have an opportunity to shop at a holiday boutique that features the work of Ojai artisans and vendors. Holiday entertainment will also be provided at selected homes. Proceeds from the annual benefit support the Ojai Music Festival and its education program. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No cameras, high heeled shoes, or children under 12 allowed. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 805.646.2094 or visit


“Holidays in Paradise” Holiday Street Festival

December 7 | Ventura

Ventura’s 32nd Annual Holiday Street Festival will be held on Main Street in the city’s historic Downtown Cultural District. For one-of-a-kind Christmas or Chanukah shopping, the public can wander 12 blocks to see more than 300 artisan and fine arts booths. Food booths and musical entertainment will also be available. Kids will be able to take photos with Santa Claus at the Midtown Community Council booth. The event is free to the public, and complimentary shuttle service will be provided between Downtown and the Ventura County Government Center, Lot F. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 805.654.7749 or visit


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