How 2 Eat Like a Child
March 12 – 20 | Conejo Players Theatre
This hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is sure to bring a smile to your face. Children give 23 lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically. What more does a kid need to know? $10. Saturdays & Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. 351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.
For more information, visit conejoplayers.org or call 805.495.3715.
The Landscape Show Artists’ Reception
March 12 | Hillcrest Center for the Arts
The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, “The Voice of the Arts,” presents The Landscape Show in The Galleria room. This exhibition will take place through March 28, 2011. There will be an Artists’ Reception at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. There are 13 landscape artists in this invitational exhibit. Each has a unique way of interpreting his or her surroundings and views of nature. Some of the unique styles of landscape painting include realism, plein-air, impressionism, and abstraction. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks.
For more information, visit conejoarts.org or call 805.381.2747.
Our Campus on the Hill
March 13 – May 8 | California Oil Museum
Students will address the historical impact that Santa Paula’s only high school has played in the hearts and minds of its graduates for more than 100 years. They will use a variety of primary and secondary sources to tell its story, including El Solano yearbooks, Mr. Robert Raitt’s Campus on the Hill book, personal interviews, Santa Paula Daily Chronicle articles, and more. A reception on March 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. will feature Santa Paula’s marching band, cheerleaders, and guest speakers. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula.
For more information, visit oilmuseum.net.
Fiddler on the Roof
March 22 – 27 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
One of Broadway’s most beloved classics, the tale of Tevye, Golde, and their daughters marks the 45th anniversary of its Best Musical Tony Award. “Sunrise, Sunset,” “To Life,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Do You Love Me” … Hit after hit makes this one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history. $44 to $59. Tuesday through Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fred Kavli Theatre.
Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or online at ticketmaster.com) or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Ojai-5 Comes to Ojai WordFest
March 26 | Theater 150
Theater buffs will have a chance to see five plays emerge from idea to performance in one day of organized artistic mayhem. The first ever Ojai-5 is slated for March 26. as part of the 1st Annual Ojai WordFest, a nine-day festival of words, ideas, and stories taking place in and around Ojai from March 19 to 27. The Ojai-5 is a mad dash to write, stage, and perform five new plays in one day. Ticket $5 (of course). 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai.
For more information, visit ojaiwordfest.com.
Ojai Playwrights Conference Annual Benefit Gala
March 26 | Ojai
This year’s Annual Benefit Gala, “Substance of Desire: Love, Lust & Laughter in the plays of Jon Robin Baitz,” includes a show (at Matilija Auditorium), dinner, and an auction (at St. Thomas Aquinas Hall) to honor Jon Robin Baitz, the 2011 OPC Award Recipient. The show stars David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Kaczmarek, and others. Produced and directed by Robert Egan. Show only, $85. Show, dinner, and auction, $225. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. with gourmet dinner following at 7:30 p.m. There will also be music, a martini bar, and the OPC Awards.
For more information, visit ojaiplays.com.
Chicana/o Art: Tradition and Transformation
March 31 | Cal Lutheran University
By juxtaposing the dual impulses of tradition and transformation, Dr. Charlene Villaseñor Black, Associate Professor of Art History, UCLA will bring to light key moments in the history of Chicana/o art from the 1970s through the 1990s. How were the political ideals of the Chicano Movimiento of the ‘60s and ‘70s transformed by succeeding artists in the ‘80s and ‘90s? How did Chicana/o art change as it moved from the streets to the galleries? How were artists energized by the emergence of feminism, postmodernism, and transnationalism? This talk considers these issues, as it attempts to demonstrate the rich diversity of Chicana/o cultural production. Free. 5 - 6 p.m. Roth Nelson Room.
For more information, call 805.493.3512.
Andrea Vargas-Mendoza Exhibit
Through May 3 | Museum of Ventura County
There are no boundaries between painting, drawing, and sculpture in Inheritance, a site-specific installation of new dimensional works by Andrea Vargas-Mendoza, on exhibition in the Museum of Ventura County’s Sculpture Garden. Vargas-Mendoza, who uses schematic lines that cut and animate space within her paintings, describes the coming together of her paintings, drawings, and found objects as homage to the history of our San Buenaventura landscape, in the tradition of California Romanticism. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17; members and children under 6 are free. 100 E. Main St., Ventura.
For more information, visit venturamuseum.org or call 805.653.0323.
ON THE HORIZON
Gold Coast Ride for Literacy
April 16 | Ventura
The Rotary Club of Ventura will hold its annual Gold Coast Ride for Literacy. Riders with various levels of experience will enjoy ocean views and comfortable spring temperatures as they cycle the coastline of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on marked 10-, 30-, 62-, and 100-mile routes. Gold Coast Ride for Literacy is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Ventura and the READ Ventura County Library Adult Literacy Program.
For more information, visit goldcoastrideforliteracy.com.