Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Next Generation Art Exhibit

Through October 21 | Santa Paula Art Museum

Discover and meet the next generation of artists. This is a refreshingly contemporary show of artworks by students from Brooks Institute, Cal Arts, Cal Lutheran, CSU Channel Islands, and Ventura College. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 805.525.5554 or visit

Yin Yang Summer Art Exhibit

Through October 8 | Hillcrest Center for the Arts

This invitational show has original pieces of art by 12 professional visual artists. A reception honoring the artists will be held August 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. In keeping with the theme of Yin and Yang, there will be a balance of abstract and realistic art ranging in size. Photography, collage, assemblage, and paintings in all media will be represented. Thousand Oaks artists Janet Amiri and Connie Tunick will be the co-curators. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Galleria at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805.381.2747 or visit

Western Salon Art Exhibit

Through September 15 | Cal Lutheran University

Former game show host Bob Eubanks and his family have donated more than $170,000 worth of Western art to California Lutheran University, and it will be displayed in an upcoming exhibit. “Western Salon,” which also includes works from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum collection, is on exhibit in CLU’s William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit

2012 Juried Summer Show & Opening Reception

August 1 – September 8 Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura

A reception will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to open the 2012 show. Featured artists will be from all over the nation and represent a variety of artistic styles. For detailed information, visit or call 805.643.8300.

Divorciadas, Evangélicas, y Vegetarianas

August 3 - 18 | Oxnard College Black Box Theater

What do you get when you mix a divorcee, an evangelist, and a vegetarian? A comedy about life lessons, friendship, women’s sexuality, and drama—lots of drama. Follow three women on an emotional roller coaster as the discover what’s really important in life. The play is written by Gustavo Ott, directed by Roberto Sánchez, and presented by Teatro de las Américas. Spanish with English supertitles. $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students. 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For specific dates and more information, visit

Visual Harvest: Paintings and Prints by Karen K. Lewis

August 4 - September 5 | Ojai Art Center

Lewis creates vividly realized images on an epic scale, covering large canvases with bold, sweeping brush strokes and rich colors. She reveals the sculptural grandeur in a pile of patio chairs, the pathos in a menagerie of abandoned dolls, the playground politics that animate a gaggle of young ballerinas. An artist’s reception (doubling as her 80th birthday party) will be held on August 11 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit or call 805.646.0117.  

Bounty of the County

August 7 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

Local restaurants and wineries will compete in a wine and food pairing competition. The event will showcase the agricultural abundance of Ventura County through the presentation of local foods, made by area chefs and complemented by local wines. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Building. 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 805.648.3376.

OPC Summer New Works Festival

August 8 - 12 | Ojai

This five-day celebration of new plays and creative collaboration features six world-premiere plays, two special performance events, and the popular OPC Youth Workshop presentation. Some of America’s most talented playwrights are coming to Ojai to create new works for the American theatre. There will be two special theatrical presentations: a new musical with Counting Crows front-man Adam Duritz, collaborating with veteran playwright, Stephen Belver, and an evening of urban theatre with Homeboy Industries founder Greg Boyle. Tickets and schedule of events/locations online at

3rd Annual Harvest Wine Festival

August 26 | Wood Ranch Golf Club

Attendees will taste wines from local vintners including Cielo Cellars, Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Magnavino Cellars, Four Brix, Alma Sol, Four Sisters, Sunland Vintage, Wade’s Wines, San Vicente Cellars, and more. The event will feature food pairings, live music, silent auction, and a raffle, with a portion of proceeds going to local charities MANNA of Conejo Valley, Simi Valley Care & Share, and Moorpark Pantry Plus. Hosted by the Women’s Council of Realtors. $30. 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 301 Wood Ranch Pkwy., Simi Valley. Visit


New West Symphony Masterpiece Series

September 28 – 30 | Locations vary

New music director Marcelo Lehninger will conduct violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to open New West Symphony’s 18th Masterpiece Series Season. Concert No. 1 performances will be held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (Sept. 28, 8:00 p.m.), the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (Sept. 29, 8:00 p.m.), and Santa Monica High School (Sept. 30, 4:00 p.m.). Tickets $25-$98. Available beginning Aug. 21 online at or by calling 866.776.8400; also available at concert hall box offices.

Camarillo Hospice Country Music Festival and Chili Cookoff

September 3 | Camarillo Ranch

All cooks are welcome to join the competition. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in several chili categories, including the ever-popular People’s Choice. Also included are a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and Classic Car Display, as well as live country music and a children’s area with fun games and activities. $10 adults, kids under 12 free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. Info online at or by calling 805.389.6870.

Moonlight at the Ranch IV

September 22 | Limoneira Ranch

This annual fundraising gala event hosted by the Limoneira Ranch is themed “Creatures of the Night!” The evening will include tastings from 40 different restaurants, a no-host bar, and entertainment by Men on the Moon. The event will jointly benefit the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation and the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. Cocktails from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by tastings from area restaurants and live music. Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite creature, monster, zombie, or other ghoulish figure. $60 in advance, $75 at the door. 1141 Cummings Rd., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Representational Art Conference

October 14 - 17 Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

Master artists, critics. and thought leaders from around the world will come together in October to discuss representational art’s place in the 21st century at a Ventura conference hosted by California Lutheran University. The event will feature speakers, panel discussions, academic paper presentations, and studio demonstrations. Focused on the resurgence of representational art, the conference is designed for artists, academics, collectors, critics, historians, students, and gallery and museum professionals. Keynote speakers will be art critic Jed Perl and local artist John Nava. Details online at


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