Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Ventura Music Festival

Through May 8 | Ventura

In “Romanze! A Musical Journey from Vienna to Ventura,” guests can indulge in world-class of classical, jazz, and so-called crossover music in intimate and historic venues across Ventura. Performers include violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman (May 1), jazz musician Herbie Hancock (May 2), the Calefax Reed Quintet (May 4), the Escher String Quartet (May 7), and Yeol Eum Son (May 8), among others.

For tickets or more information, call 805.648.3146 or visit

Stalag 17

Through May 15 | Conejo Players Theatre

A dramedy about a group of American prisoners who embarrass and irritate their captors as they try to escape from a German prison camp, Bevan and Trzcinski's plot revolves around the escape of an American who will face serious punishment for sabotaging a train (as will the fellow prisoners who hide him). Filled with moments of tension, the show is a thriller that keeps the audience on its toes. The entire action takes place in a Barracks of Stalag 17, somewhere in Germany during WW II. $10. Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. 351 South Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 805.495.3715.

Mother’s Day Tea & Concert

May 9| First United Methodist Church

The Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra with artistic director KuanFen Liu presents a tribute to Mother’s Day. There will be High Tea at 3 p.m. followed by a concert at 4 p.m. Music includes The Bartered Bride Overture by Bedrich Smetana, Appalachian Spring Suite by Aaron Copland, and Piano Concerto #2 by Edward MacDowell with Miriam Arichea, Soloist. Suggested donation, $20. First United Methodist Church, 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura.

For more information, call 805.643.8621 or visit

Through May 23, The Late Christopher Bean

The Late Christopher Bean 

Through May 23 | Santa Paula Theater Center

Yankee practicality collides with New York’s sophisticated art world in Sidney Howard’s sly 1930s comedy “The Late Christopher Bean.” All hell breaks loose when a celebrated painter’s early works are traced to the humble home of a country doctor. Both a biting satire on the destructive power of greed and a touching view of a family in turmoil, this feisty comedy will have you cheering for the most unlikely of heroines. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. 125 South 7th St., Santa Paula.

For tickets and more information, call 805.525.4645 or visit

Spring Rhapsody

May 10 – June 14 | Red Brick Gallery

Spring blooms as rhythm, movement, and light travel through art to create a renewed visual experience in Red Brick Gallery’s “Spring Rhapsody” show. Artists explore how elements of nature impact the world around them, using various mediums and artistic styles. A free reception will be held on May 22 from 6-9 p.m. Guests can meet the artists and watch some of them create. Free painting and mosaic demonstrations every Friday from 5-8 p.m. and new spring classes in all mediums on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 315 East Main St., Ventura.

For more information, visit or call 805.643.6400.

Sleeping Beauty: A Fairytale Ballet

May 22 – 23 | Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s cinematic tale bearing the same name, this year the Ventura County Ballet Company will present “Sleeping Beauty: A Fairytale Ballet” at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Audiences will enjoy the classic ballet as fairytale characters dance and transport the classic story into a magical world on stage.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 805.648.2080.

Amgen Tour of California: Stage 8

May 23 | Thousand Oaks

There is nothing easy about the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, and Stage 8 will be the exclamation point for this year’s race. The cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Agoura Hills host the final 84 miles of the tour. Starting at The Oaks shopping complex, the riders will roll neutral to the start of four 21-mile circuits. What begins as a beautiful rolling stage gets a bit challenging on Mulholland Highway. As the riders pass the Malibu Family Winery, they will start a dangerous and technical descent on Westlake Blvd. In less than an hour, they’ll be back at the finish line. Start time is 12:30 p.m. End E.T.A is 3:39-4:10 p.m.

For route details and more information, visit amgentour

Women and the City

May 28 | Downtown Ventura

Fashion Forms® presents “Women and the City,” a premiere of the movie Sex and the City 2. The unforgettable evening, produced by Ace-ana Promotions, will benefit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) while celebrating women and entrepreneurship. The festivities start with pre-parties at 5:30 p.m. at local women-owned businesses. Guests will then attend a private screening of the movie premiere at the Century Downtown 10. Following the show, participants will head to the Aqua Lounge at Crowne Plaza Hotel for an after-party.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 805.965.6073 x 105 or visit  

May 28-30, A Catholi Girl's Guide

A Catholic Girl’s Guide

May 28 – 30 | Ojai Art Center Stage

“A Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” tells the hilarious and invigorating story of Lizzy, a witty and soulful Midwesterner blossoming into the big city of her dreams, who upon realizing her priest has a better sex life than she does, decides to no longer live her life according to the rules of her religion. Tickets for Friday night are $35, which includes an opening night reception at 6:45 pm. and an introductory talk with the actors. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai.

For more information or to purchase tickets (must be 18 or over), call 805.646.8907 or visit

June 26, Lavender Festival


Lavender Festival

June 26 | Libbey Park

A celebration of all things lavender, the annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival has become an anticipated summer event since its inception in 2004. Artisan jewelry, soaps, crafts, clothing, and more will be on display, along with guest speakers, demonstrations, and musicians. The mission of the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is to demonstrate and promote the many uses of lavender, broaden public awareness, educate potential growers about the benefits of plants that celebrate the Ojai Valley’s Mediterranean climate, and promote Ojai as a unique and welcoming destination.

For more information, visit


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