Short List

A selective preview of local happenings


Through April 17 | Ojai Valley Grange

Antigone, a timeless classic pertinent to our current world situation, comes to Ojai’s Senga Theatre with a modern look. Antigone, a young girl dealing with the death of her brothers, defies the law that states one of them must be left unburied. The conflict between her civic duty and her familial obligation drives her, and those around her, to a tragic end. The Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. For more information, visit or call 805-646-4885.


Through April 17 | Santa Paula Theater Center

Back Stage at SPTC presents Tracy Letts’ BUG. Peter, a mysterious drifter, befriends Agnes, a mournful woman who resides in a seedy motel on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. Once paired, their madness seems infectious. What really happened to Agnes’ young son? Is the secret government military really searching for Peter? Their fears escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories, and twisted psychological motives. Recommended for mature audiences only. 125 S. 7th St. Santa Paula. For tickets and more information, visit

An Evening with David Gallup

April 9 | Brooks Institute, Ventura

Focus on the Masters Saturday Artist Spotlight Series visits with David Gallup, a plein air painter and teacher who creates works that exquisitely capture a sense of place. $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors. 5-6:30 p.m., Motion Picture Campus Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave.,Ventura. For more information, visit

Art Alfresco Invitational Exhibition & Art Sale

April 16 | Museum of Ventura County

Fine art and delicious fare highlight this spring’s Art Alfresco Invitational Exhibition and Art Sale. Stroll through the easels and sculptures of 30 of the region’s finest artists, exhibiting and selling their work in the museum’s plaza and Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion. $20 admission includes food samplings from local purveyors and entry to all museum galleries. A portion of the proceeds from each piece sold will support museum programs. 2-6 p.m. For more information, call 805.653.0323 x 304.

Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest 2011

April 16 | Seaside Promenade Park, Ventura

More than 70 eco-friendly vendors and some 70,000 attendees are expected to participate this year. The event is sponsored by Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education and The City of Ventura. All profits fund Ventura Charter School’s enrichment programs for students K-8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

Conejo Valley Home Remodeling & RV Show

April 16 – 17 | Hyatt Westlake Plaza

More than 170 vendors will be on hand with information about everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to interior decorating, landscaping, and pools and spas. Energy-efficient products, including Solatube skylights, solar heating, and tankless water heaters, will be exhibited. The latest model RVs will also be on display. 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. For more information, visit

Wine & Art Trail

April 17 | Oxnard

Wines from the Ventura County Wine Trail pair with local sponsors—the Rotary Club of Oxnard and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s Young Professional Network—at this third annual event featuring wine tastings and appetizers at a variety of locations. The event benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs’ after-school music program. $50, 1-5 p.m. Event begins at Heritage Square: 715 S. A St. Oxnard. For more information, visit

Ventura Music Festival

April 28 – May 7 | Locations throughout Ventura

This year’s theme, “Caravana Muzica - Folk Inspirations in Classical Music,” recognizes the influence of folk traditions on classical music. Icons such as Brahms and Bartok turned to the music of the fields and Gypsies when creating many of the beautiful compositions we’ve come to know and love. The season opens with the U.S. premiere of the Mendelssohn third piano concerto, recently discovered by pianist Roberto Prosseda, and includes trumpeter Chris Botti and the great Gypsy violinist Roby. For more information, visit or see the official program for the 2011 concert season inserted in this issue of Ventana.

The Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament

April 29 – May 1 | Western Ventura County

The Ojai Valley Tennis Club, founded in 1895 and sponsor of the largest amateur tennis tournament in the United States, presents the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. Headquarters are located at Ojai’s Libbey Park, but matches are played on courts at more than 30 locations in western Ventura County. This year’s tournament is the 111th since 1896, when “The Ojai” was founded by NCAA doubles champion William L. Thacher to promote amateur tennis in California. For more information, visit

Spring Garden Tour

April 30 | Ventura

Put on a pair of flat shoes, gather your friends and family, and take a self-guided tour through seven private gardens in Ventura. Enjoy dramatic views, an inspirational tropical gem, an expansive natural park-like landscape, and cozy intimate spaces. The tour, a fundraiser for the Ventura Botanical Gardens, spotlights gardens tended by green-thumbed owners and acclaimed professionals alike. 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tickets online at

Paint Ventura

April 30 | Downtown Ventura & Grant Park

“Paint Ventura” is the first annual all-media plein air event featuring a day of local artists creating and teaching in Downtown Ventura. More than 40 artists will create their art in the parks, along the sidewalks, and in front of stores. Sessions with different instructors will be held over the day in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and photography. Outdoor workshops will be held for all skill levels in a variety of mediums. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to sunset on Main St., California St., and in Grant Park. For more information, visit

Open Artists Studios

April 30 and May 1 | Ojai

Four artists and two studios are featured in this 9th annual event held at the artful home studios of painters Christine Brennan and Dianne Bennett. This year includes guest artists Teal Rowe and P. Lyn Middleton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 175 N. Pueblo Ave. and 214 N. Encinal Ave., Ojai. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 805-640-8329.


The Ojai Storytelling Festival

May 5 - 8 | Downtown Ojai

The 12th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival offers captivating performances for all ages. This year’s tellers include emcee Dan Keding, Regi Carpenter, Donald Davis, Diane Ferlatte, Billy Jonas, Jude Narita, Antonio Sacre, and more. The Festival is presented by Performances to Grow On, a nonprofit organization. The festival will be held at Chaparral Grounds. For tickets and more information, visit


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