Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Art Reception & Exhibit: “Green”

Through March 6 | Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura

A new art series is on display for public viewing at Community Memorial Hospital as the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation presents its “Green” exhibit. Paintings and drawings hanging on the hospital’s first-floor walls will feature images of pastures, forests, and lagoons. Some paintings evoke feelings of renewal, safety, and health; others will be inspired by environmental protection and sustainability. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura.

For more information, visit or call 805.652-5492.

John McCutcheon in Concert

January 8 | Matilija Auditorium, Ojai

Fresh Roasted Concerts is proud to present John McCutcheon. Considered to be one of America’s finest folksingers, John McCutcheon is an amazing instrumentalist and storyteller. With more 27 albums to his credit and three Grammy nominations, his concerts have become legendary for their exploration of community, continuity, and hope. The Washington Post called his concerts “little feats of magic.” 7:30 p.m. 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors. Advance tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+) and students.

Tickets available at the Ojai Coffee Roasting Company, by phone at 805.646.8907, or online at

“King of Pop Art” Steve Kaufman Art Exhibit

January 14 | Four Seasons Westlake Village

The former assistant to Andy Warhol, artist Steve Kaufman was often called the “King of Pop Art.” His work captured the American experience, from Sinatra to Superman. A tribute to the life and artwork of this remarkable painter may be viewed in the Art Gallery from January 14 through March 31, 2011. A complimentary reception will be held on January 14 to celebrate this one-of-a-kind artist’s contribution to the world of art. 5:30 – 7 p.m. Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village.

For more information, call 818.575.3000.

Tales of the Lost Formicans

January 14 - 30 | Santa Paula Theater Center

Through arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, Backstage at SPTC is pleased to present “Tales of the Lost Formicans,” by Constance Congdon, a darkly comic satire of alienation and estrangement in American suburbia. The show includes some adult language and situations and is not recommended for children under 14. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. Two special “Pay What You Can” Thursday performances will be presented on January 20 and 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults and $12 for seniors 55+, students, and military. 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula.

For more information, call 805.525.4645 or visit

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

January 14 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Performances To Grow On is pleased to present the Comedy Pet Theatre, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. A perennial favorite at performing arts centers across the U.S., the show returns with a new production featuring Gregory and his cast of jugglers, clowns, house cats, dogs, geese, white doves, and parrots. 7 p.m. Individual tickets $22 for children, $29 for adults.

Tickets available at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, by phone at 805.646.8907 or online at (click on dance).  

A Chorus Line

January 18 - 23 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

In an empty theater, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for, with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed: to have the chance to dance. This is “A Chorus Line,” the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Individual tickets, $44 - $59. Fred Kavli Theatre.

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

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19 | Cal Lutheran University

Join the CLU community in a celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to join as the CLU community affirms their dedication to peace at the CLU Peace Pole in the rose garden. Co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, Black Student Union, and Multicultural Programs. 10:10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel (Olsen Rd. and S. Campus Dr.).

For more information, call 805.493.3489 or email

Renaissance Do Wop

January 22 | Ojai Art Center  

Take a trip down memory lane and experience the smooth sounds of Renaissance Do Wop, with an all a cappella, street corner style, doo-wop singing quintet dedicated to showcasing and preserving this critical art form of the African American musical and cultural heritage. Whether it’s a soul stirring tribute to the legendary Sam Cooke, love songs for the ladies, Black History-themed conscious music, or a rousing Gospel celebration, their superb vocal skills shine through. Tickets in advance are $18 for adults, $15 for students or seniors.  Tickets are $3 more at the door. 7:30 p.m. 113 South Montgomery Street, Ojai.

For more information, call 805.646.8907.


January 29 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Performances To Grow On will present the award-winning comedic and kinetic modern dance company Galumpha, of Binghamton, New York. Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers, Andy Horowitz, Kate Vollrath, and Marlon Torres, have created a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Individual tickets are $29, $18 for children. 7 p.m. Scherr Forum Theatre. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks.

Tickets available at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, by phone at 805.646.8907, or online at (click on dance).  


Arturo Sandoval

February | 12 Seaside Park, Ventura

Arturo Sandoval is back, bringing more brass, more percussion, and more sizzling Latin jazz music than ever before. The Ventura Music Festival welcomes the jazz superstar’s return for a Valentine’s weekend concert, February 12, 2011 at Seaside Park. Each spring, the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) hosts a critically acclaimed series of concerts featuring a lineup of world-renowned musical performers. The 2011 Ventura Music Festival will run from Apr. 28 – May 7. 

For more information, visit


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