Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

July 1 – July 26 | Ojai Center for the Arts

Inspired by the famed Roman farces, this musical tells the story of a slave who labors for his freedom by helping his master win the heart of a courtesan. Winner of several Tony Awards, the show is a bawdy, wild comedy during which plans go awry. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, directed by Tracey Williams, and musical direction by Jimmy Calire. $25 adults, $22 Art Center members, seniors over age 62, and students. Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m. (except Saturday July 4 at 2 p.m.), Sundays at 2 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.

For more information, visit or call 805.640.8797.

SCIART Summer Breeze Gala

July 11 | Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo

The SCIART fundraiser “Summer Breeze” will be a tribute to their founders, founding members, the Round Mountain Society, and other patrons, sponsors, and friends. The Gala will feature the First Founders Art Exhibit in the Evans Gallery. There will be Sinatra-esque music by Michael Falcone and his Quartet, wine tasting, appetizers, and a live auction. The highlight will be the auctioning of sculpture pieces from the Roxie Ray Sculpture Garden, along with other works of art donated by members and artists. $75. 3 - 7 p.m. Cal State University Channel Islands campus, Camarillo, building 18 (on Ventura St.).

For more information, call 805.383.1368.

Kiwanis Citrus Festival

July 17 – July 19 | Harding Park, Santa Paula

Known as the “Citrus Capital of the World” for its expansive lemon and orange orchards, Santa Paula celebrates the fruit of California every year with the popular Kiwanis Citrus Festival. This year marks the 42nd year, with the theme “Sweet Fruit, Sweet Life.” Enjoy a full weekend of headline entertainment, carnival rides, a downtown parade, car show, citrus and avocado pavilion, specialty foods, arts and crafts vendors, and more. The Citrus Festival Parade on Saturday starts at 10 a.m. $5 for adults and $1 for children (12 and under) – charge for carnival rides. July 17, 5 - 11 p.m.; July 18 – 19, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. 1300 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula.

For more information, visit

ArtWalk Arty Party Fundraiser

July 18 | Red Brick Gallery, Ventura

An evening of art, live music, and treats will raise funds for ArtWalk, a Ventura County cultural legacy. Ten artists will demonstrate how they create their work and talk about their processes throughout the night. Mediums included in the demonstrations are oil, watercolor, acrylic painting, mixed media creations, ceramics, and more. At least one piece from each demonstrator, plus several other artists and merchants’ gifts, will be available as part of the raffle. Live jazz by the V-Town Trio and appetizers donated by local restaurants are included. $10. 7 - 10 p.m. 315 E. Main St. Ventura.

For tickets or more information, call 805.643.6400.  


July 24 – August 2 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s summer sensation, CATS, ran 18 years on Broadway, a record setting 21 years in London, won seven Tony Awards, and is the longest running tour in American theatre history. CATS tells the story of the annual ritual of the Jellicle cats. Recommended for all audiences. Individual show prices are $78-$42. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

For showtimes and more information, call 805.449.2787 or visit

Music Under The Stars: Caravana

July 25 | Ventura Harbor Area

Back by popular demand, this septet of rhythm and blues recording masters brings their worldwide caravan of vocals, drums, congas, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and bass to Ventura for some high-energy dance floor moves. Call 805.650.7559 by Friday noon before each concert to reserve a complete hot buffet dinner by BuenaVentura Catering for $13.50 per person. A different menu is served each Saturday 45 minutes prior to the performance. $18/ticket. Optional: reserve a table for four including chairs for $10. Courtyard gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 p.m. 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura.

For more information, call 805.658.4726 or visit

Taste of Camarillo

July 25 – July 26 | Camarillo Ranch House

Wine Auction Gala: Enjoy an evening of tempting wines – including selections from Cantara Cellars, the 2009 Official Taste of Camarillo Winery – champagne, buffet, and live music by the Big Little Jazz Band. Fine and rare wines, along with other items, will be featured in live and silent auctions. $60. July 25, 5 - 9 p.m. Wine & Food Festival: July 26, guests will enjoy fine wines poured by more than 100 wineries and an array of food provided by over 50 Ventura County restaurants and caterers. The silent auction will include gifts and services. There will be live entertainment from Blue Moon and Jeanne Tatum and Company, plus a cash raffle prize. $75 in advance/$85 at the door. 1 - 4 p.m. Tickets for both events can be purchased at A weekend pass, which includes both events, is $125. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo.

For more information, email

Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival

July 25 – July 26 | Thousand Oaks Community Park

“Island Treats & Festive Beats" is the theme of the first Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival. The two-day festival features live surf, Hawaiian, Caribbean, Jamaican, and reggae music, children's entertainment, arts and craft booths, and tropical food. Featured bands include California Dreamin, A Musical Journey Through the Golden State; Urban Dread; Trinidad Steel Drum Band; Hula Dawgs; and Togen DaikoTaiko Drums. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. An authentic luau buffet and entertainment is on tap Saturday evening, 7 - 9 p.m., advance tickets $35 for adults, $18 for kids. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning. 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.

For more information, visit or call 805.499.3412.

Ventura County Wine Trail Tours

Ongoing | Throughout Ventura County

Spend a weekend touring the Ventura County Wine Trail and enjoy a taste of some of California’s best wines. Passengers will have an opportunity to visit four wineries and a farmers market, with a different itinerary each weekend day. Transport-ation, four tastings, and a gourmet snack box are included. The tours are also available for groups on a charter basis any day of the week. Tours depart at 11 a.m. from the Ventura Visitors Center. 101 S. California St., Ventura. Reservations suggested at least 24 hours in advance.

For tickets or more information, call 805.648.2075 or visit


Summer Wine Down

August 30 | Westlake Village Inn

The Westlake Women's Club will host the third annual "Summer Wine Down" wine and food tasting. Guests can taste wines, sample cuisines from Conejo Valley restaurants, hear live music, and bid on silent auction items such as valuable wines and dining experiences. The grand prize is a 20-bottle wine cabinet stocked with red and white wines valued at about $400. Wine expert Lesley Dollinger will deliver a "Red Wines 101" presentation and share tips on how to distinguish red wine varieties by color, aroma, flavor, and texture. $40 in advance/$45 at the door. 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Lakeside Room and Wine Cellar, 31943 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village.

For more information, visit or call 805.497.8206. 


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