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The List

A highly selective preview of upcoming events

Town Life

August 17 – September 24 | Accolades Gallery

Town Life is a series of new paintings by self-taught artist Fatima Ronquillo. Ronquillo was born in the Philippines in 1976 and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Her family settled in San Antonio, Texas, where she was introduced to Mexican art while learning how to paint murals. Several excursions into Mexico, a country sharing many cultural similarities with her native Philippines, resulted in a love of saturated colors, which she uses often in her paintings. A six-month sojourn to Manila in 1995 enabled her to rediscover her heritage and compile her visual vocabulary. She is now based in Austin, Texas. Summer Artwalk Opening Reception: August 19, 3 to 9 p.m. Accolades Gallery, 451 E. Main St., El Jardin Courtyard, Suite 9, Ventura. For more information, call 648-4080 or visit www.accolades-gallery.com.

Othello

August 4 – 6 | California Lutheran University

Othello, the ultimate love story of passion, betrayal, jealousy and death, is one of Shakespeare’s greatest stories, and for a few short days you can see it in the beautiful outdoor setting provided by the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. The Moor Othello, a conquering and powerful general, marries the beautiful young Desdemona against her father’s wishes. Plotting by Othello’s trusted but treacherous lieutenant, Iago, turns Othello’s love for Desdemona to all-consuming jealousy. Set in the exotic world of Mediterranean Italy and Cyprus, this production will be quite a spectacle. Directed by California Lutheran University theatre arts professor Dr. Michael Arndt. Admission is $10 for adults, free for those under the age of 18. Lawn box seating is available for $65 and $50. California Lutheran University Campus, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3455 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.

Mini-Retro

August 1 – 13 | The Harbor Village Gallery

Calling on a lifetime of experience, training and inspiration, Len Poteshman combines media to reveal the subjects portrayed in this mini-retrospective of his career. Layered and textural paintings incorporating colored epoxy, drawing and collage exemplify his spontaneous approach to his work. Poteshman’s subjects are varied and are meant to be taken personally. The exhibit also includes a series of sculptural works focusing on the theme of metamorphosis, from animal to man. A reception for the artist will be held on July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Harbor Village Gallery, Ventura Harbor, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura. For more information, call 644-2750 or visit www.harborvillagegallery.com.

The Music Man

August 3 – 6 | Fred Kavli Theatre

This is your last chance to catch the Cabrillo Music Theatre’s final production of the 2005-2006 season, The Music Man! Watch as Professor Harold Hill tries to pull a fast one on the citizens of River City, Iowa. Hill’s colorful scheme to sell the town on the idea of a school band and all the necessary instruments, uniforms and lessons is doubly entertaining because he knows nothing about music. Before he can flee with the money, he meets Marian, the town’s librarian, and his plans and his heart follow a completely different path. You’ll be transported back in time by the beloved story and memorable sounds of “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Ya Got Trouble” and “Goodnight My Someone.” The Music Man will be directed by Cabrillo’s Artistic Director Lewis Wilkenfeld, with musical direction by Darryl Archibald and choreography by John Charron. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. For ticket information, call 449-2787 or visit www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

Belfast Blues

August 3 - September 17 | Rubicon Theatre

Written by and starring Geraldine Hughes, Belfast Blues is one girl’s story of family, war, Jesus and Hollywood. Both funny and tragic, this touching piece is a rich tapestry of war-torn Belfast in the 1970s and 1980s, woven together through the voices of more than 20 colorful characters, ranging from Ms. Hughes’ parents and neighbors to her younger self. Winner of the Ovation, Garland and L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, Belfast Blues returns to the West Coast following the show’s triumphant run Off-Broadway and in Europe. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 East Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-2900 or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

Ojai Playwrights Conference

August 8 – 13 | Happy Valley School

Don’t miss a chance to see some of the country’s best and brightest emerging playwrights before they strike it big. The 9th Annual Ojai Playwrights Conference has been entitled “Empire’s Edge: While at War.” This year’s conference focuses on an America that is, in the eyes of many playwrights, not only at war with others, but at war with itself. Among the plays finally selected for this year’s conference, three plays address the effects of war directly. Two plays address life at home and the emotional impact that the stresses of global conflict and domestic disharmony have on the lives of Americans. The conference also includes public symposia with prominent guest panelists to discuss the state of theater today. Tickets for symposia are $20. Tickets for readings and performance events are $20. An all-events pass is $120, a savings of $20.  Zalk Theatre at the Happy Valley School, 8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road (Highway 150), Ojai. For a full schedule of performances and symposia, visit www.ojaiplaywrightsconf.org or call 640-0400

Camarillo Air Show

August 19 | Camarillo Airport

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Camarillo Airport! This highly anticipated weekend features warbirds, foreign and domestic military aircraft, vintage planes, experimental homebuilts, factory-built sport planes, helicopters, gliders and ultralights. Dozens of aircraft will be on display. And by all means, take the kids! A highlight of the weekend will be hands-on flight activities for children of all ages. Enjoy the pancake breakfast, food booths, souvenirs and entertainment. Camarillo Airport, Pleasant Valley Road, Camarillo. Admission $8. For more information, visit www.camarilloairshow.com.

Hueneme Beach Festival

August 19 – 20 | Hueneme Beach Park

There are only a few more chances to really get out and enjoy the summer before school starts up again. The Hueneme Beach Festival is the perfect way to take advantage of these dwindling summer days. The Beach Festival will feature plenty of fine food and beverages, an expanded children’s area with rides, games and attractions for kids of all age, and tons of live music. Don’t forget some cash; there will be over 100 booths displaying selected arts and crafts and homemade food items. Free admission and parking at the beach at the ocean end of Ventura Road, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-6542 or visit www.huenemebeachfest.org.

Kinetic Sculpture Race

August 26 | Ventura Harbor

You haven’t seen a good time until you’ve seen the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race in the Ventura Harbor. Bring a camera! The race features people-powered, homemade vehicles that must face the challenges of streets, sand, mud and water. It is a wonderful family event. Ventura Harbor. For more information, call 652-0000 or visit www.kineticrace.com.

The Mystery of Chinatown

August 26 | Downtown Ventura

Are you a history buff? Do you know everything there is to know about Ventura’s downtown? Probably not. In that case, make sure to be in attendance when local historian Richard Senate re-creates, in stories, Ventura’s now-vanished Chinatown. Learn about the houses, hidden tunnels, brothel and businesses that used to thrive near the old Mission. Tour includes lunch at the Hong Kong Inn. Cost is $25. For more information, call 658-4726.

A Day at Ascot

August 26 | Ventura Farms

Celebrate equestrian elegance and support the New West Symphony at A Day at Ascot. On the lawns under the great oak trees, the grand event will feature al fresco dining, a parade of Arabian horses, boutiques, and live and silent auctions. Cost is $200 per person. Ventura Farms, 235 W. Potrero Road., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493 -4663.

08-01-2006

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