Short List

A selective preview of countywide happenings

Bits N’ Pieces Art Show

Through January 11 | Downtown Ventura

Red Brick Gallery’s biggest show of the year, the Bits N’ Pieces art show includes most of the gallery’s favorite artists. Large and small artwork in an array of mediums will be on display. The majority of the pieces are priced under $100. Admission is free. Red Brick Gallery, 315 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura.

For more information, call 805.643.6400 or visit

Meditations on the Apocalyptic

Through January 16 | California Lutheran University

Patrick Merrill is an artist whose work transcends the time within which he lives. Although he has used the centuries-old technique of woodblock printing to create this series of huge images describing his vision of the apocalypse, the images are shockingly contemporary, warning us of the dangers of greed, capitalism, and addiction. Sponsored by the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture located in Soiland Humanities Center. Free. Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitor parking available in the parking lots on Mountclef Boulevard north and south of Olsen Road.

For more information, call 805.444.7716 or visit

Magical Realism of the Americas: The Art of Omar d’León

Through February 28 | Museum of Ventura County

The Museum of Ventura County’s winter exhibition is a collection of paintings by Nicaraguan national treasure Omar d’León entitled “Magical Realism of the Americas: The Art of Master Painter Omar d’León.” Paintings by this internationally recognized artist, one of the most renowned Nicaraguan painters of the last 50 years, includes several recent works never before shown. Free. 89 S. California St., Ventura.

For more information, call 805.653.0323 or visit

Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane

January 15- 31 | Santa Paula Theater Center

Back Stage at SPTC is pleased to present William Peter Blatty’s “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane” in its theatrical premier. Blatty is best known for his novel-turned-movie “The Exorcist.” In 1980, he wrote and directed The Ninth Configuration, for which he won a Golden Globe award for best screenplay and also garnered a nomination for best movie. Recently, he adapted this same story for the stage, re-titling it “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane.” Surprisingly, this is not a horror story but an exploration of the nature of God, the problem of evil and man’s hope for redemption. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m. Special Thursday performance on January 28 at 8 p.m. $15 adults, $12 seniors, students, and military.125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula.

For more information, call 805.525.4645 or visit

Chasing George Washington

January 16 | Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks

In this new musical, Dee Dee, Jose, and Annie accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life, turning their tour into an unexpected adventure. As they try to get the nation’s first president back into his painting, the threesome encounters other famous White House residents, including Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd, Dolley Madison, and Jackie Kennedy. The production features a spry score that ably mixes hip-hop, disco, ballads, and traditional show music.7 p.m. Scherr Forum Theatre. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  

10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration  

January 18 | Libbey Park, Ojai

This free outdoor event on Martin Luther King Day is hosted by the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation and produced by local high school students. There will be performances by youth from several local schools, with special guests Julie Christensen, Living Sacrifice Gospel Choir, Julie Tumamait, Emy Reynolds, Gill SOTU, and Black Feet. The guest speaker is Dr. Toni Humber of Cal State Pomona. Food and drinks, informational booths, T-shirts, art projects, Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, and other activities are included. If it rains, the event will move to Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 200 S. Signal Street (fountain area).

For more information, call 805.646.6281 or visit

Avenue Q

January 19 - 24 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Full of heart and featuring a terrific new Broadway score, this Tony Award-winning Best Musical is "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see," according to Entertainment Weekly. When the denizens of Lower East Side's Avenue Q (puppets and people) get together, the audience is in for an entertaining assortment of Sesame Street-style storytelling that's both hilarious and straight to the point. "Subversive" and "Uproarious" praises The New Yorker. Recommended for mature audiences. Fred Kavli Theatre.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Americas: Masterpiece Series

January 29 & 30 | Oxnard & Thousand Oaks

Founding Music Director and Maestro Boris Brott has firmly established the New West Symphony as one of Southern California's most respected orchestras. For this performance in the Masterpiece Series, he will be conducting American violinist Lindsay Deutsch, who has been hailed by the L.A. Times as having “the technical equipment and temperament for a big career.” Deutsch, who brings a fresh perspective to classical performances, will be playing numerous pieces including three from Schindler's List and two dance episodes from “Rodeo.” Friday show is at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Saturday show is at Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

For tickets and more information, go to or call 1.800 New West.



Eric Bibb – Blues and Fold Music  

February 5 | Ojai

The music of Eric Bibb incorporates rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics that provide a perfect balance to his fine fingerpicking technique. The result is a beautifully realized and deftly accomplished soulful and gospel-infused folk-blues. Bibb blends various genres effortlessly while staying true to a traditional American style. $20 in advance, $23 at the door; students/seniors $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Dr., Ojai.

For more information, call 805.646.8907 or visit


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