Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Hidden Voices: The Chinese of Ventura County

September 1 - November 25 | Museum of Ventura County

The largely unheard story of Chinese settlements in Ventura County is told in Hidden Voices: The Chinese of Ventura County. The beginnings and evolution of the first Chinese immigrant communities in Ventura and Oxnard are illuminated through photographs, maps, clothes, household items, and the personal stories of community members such as merchants, employment agents, farm and day laborers, and their wives and children. A contemporary dragon costume carries the exhibit into the 21st century, while an introductory gallery video gives an overview of Chinese immigration to California in the19th century and examines the social and political adversities Chinese settlers faced. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit

Painter’s Paradise

September 4 - November 6 | Red Brick Gallery, Ventura

The vibrant colors of the ocean and Ventura County landscapes inspired the artists represented in “Painter’s Paradise.” Works include abstracts and representational art. Painters include Patty Van Dyke, whose newest series of watercolor cowboys represents generations of Ventura founders. Artist reception with refreshments and art demonstrations will be part of Paint Ventura, September 29 and 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Private Lives

September 5 - 30 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura

The Royal Wedding. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Olympic Games and Ceremonies. Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates our “love affair” with all things British with “Private Lives,” an elegant and sophisticated comedy by Sir Noel Coward that previews September 5 and opens September 8. A co-production of Rubicon and Laguna Playhouse, “Private Lives” runs Wednesdays through Sundays, through September 30. Full of Coward’s signature snappy repartee and razor-sharp wit, “Private Lives” is a fantastically funny farce that follows two self-absorbed divorcees, Elyot and Amanda, who unwittingly book adjoining hotel rooms while on honeymoon with their new spouses. Despite their perpetually stormy relationship, sparks fly and they find they are still irresistibly, magnetically, and dangerously drawn to each other. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit

Hello and Goodbye

September 7 – October 14 | Santa Paula Theater Center

From award-winning South African playwright Athol Fugard comes this explosive tale of an estranged brother and sister whose search for an elusive inheritance reveals the deep buried truths of their damaged lives. In a world where memories become a means to survival, “Hello and Goodbye” brings us a bittersweet snapshot of pain, forgiveness, and the possibility of finding hope where you never expect it. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students. Due to subject matter, this production is not recommended for children. 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 805.525.4645 or visit

Day for Kids

September 15 | Bill LeFevre Center, Ventura

This annual family community event, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura, will feature entertainment, live music, face painting, tournaments, martial arts, carnival games, Jolly Jumper, food, prizes, and more. The national Day for Kids event is a day set aside each year to honor the children of Ventura, Saticoy, and Oak View by spending meaningful time with them. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1929 Johnson Dr., Ventura. Details online at

Concert for Conservation

September 22 | Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura

The Ventura Hillsides Music Festival is turning 10. To celebrate this milestone and thank supporters, kids 10 and under will be admitted free. Enjoy performances from world-class artists Blues Traveler, Dr. John, and Elvin Bishop. Spencer Makenzie’s will serve up fish tacos and ceviche, while Rock N’ Roll Pizza will dish out pies from their converted fire truck. Enjoy Firestone Walker’s new, local “805” brew, available exclusively in the 805 area code, and come to the pre-party on the Lanai Patio at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel on September 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and happy hour prices. Tickets on sale at Patagonia, Salzer’s, and Simone’s Coffee & Tea, or online (URL below). Individual tickets, $50; Gold Circle Front & Center seats, $150; packages available for families and groups. 1 p.m. 5000 Foothill Rd., Ventura. For more information, call 805.643.8044 or visit

Inaugural Banana Festival

September 29 | Port of Hueneme

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Port of Hueneme, this free event will feature tours, displays, and onsite activities while enjoying one of the Port’s most important imports: bananas. Event highlights include unique banana food creations, recipe contests, live entertainment, an arts & crafts marketplace, local farmers markets, kids activities, and the Festival “Port Pavilion” showcasing the history of the Port. Admission and parking are free. No pets or coolers are allowed on festival grounds. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 105 Port Heuneme Rd., Port Hueneme. For more information, call 805.256.4181 or visit

Cirque Du Foul Play: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

September 29 | Fillmore & Western Railway

Remember “The Big Top,” “Trapeze,” or “Circus Boy”? Travel back to 1955 to visit the traveling characters of the Royal Circus. They have just finished up their tour and are ready to break down for the season when the owner, Duke Royal, receives a call from the bank—ready to call in their note. Come join the fun and see what unfolds, as you travel along tracks of time. Dinner includes choice of prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, or salmon. Entertainment provided by P. Maxwell Productions troupe. Train departs at 6:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. $89 per person. 364 Main St., Fillmore. Reservations required. For more information, call 805.524.2546 or visit

6th Annual Camarillo Ranch Car Show & Brewfest

September 29 | Camarillo Ranch

This event features 1979 and older classic cars, trucks, and hot rods. A special selection of Art Deco period autos from the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard will be on display in the Red Barn. Local breweries and food vendors will complement the event. There will be live music. Proceeds support the preservation of the Camarillo Ranch and its educational programs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per family. Advanced (before 9/29) purchase price for beer tasting and souvenir mug is $25 ($30 on the day of the event). Show car registration is $25 per car in advance or $30 the day of the event. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit or call 805.389.8182.


Ojai World Music Festival

October 6 | Libbey Bowl, Ojai

This fall, Ojai’s Libbey Bowl will be the site of the valley’s newest festival when the Ojai World Music Festival takes the stage with music from the farcorners of the globe. The Festival will present acclaimed ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro and the Cedric Watson Band. Advance tickets, $45; VIP tickets, $100, include a Meet the Artists reception with wine, desserts, coffee, and hors d’oeuvres. 7 pm. S. Signal St. and E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For details visit or call 805.646.8907.

19th Annual Pier Under the Stars

October 6 | Ventura Pier

Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best food and spirits, provided by more than 50 area businesses. Restaurants, cafes, wineries, and breweries serve their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths along the seaside Promenade while guests enjoy live music and dancing by The MiniDriver Band and bid on silent auction items—all to benefit the city’s 139-year-old pier. The sell-out event is hosted by Pier into the Future, a non-profit 501 c (3). The organization was founded by a group of community leaders, in partnership with the City of Ventura, to establish an endowment fund to preserve, maintain, and enhance the historic Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy. General admission, $55; VIP tickets, $100. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Ojai Studio Artists Tour & Ojai Art Detour

October 13 & 14 | The Ojai Valley

The 2012 Studio Tour is a feast for art lovers, a journey involving 46 artists and 42 studios located throughout the Ojai Valley. New features this year include a guided “Concierge Tour” option in addition to the traditional self-guided tour, plus surprise musical guests. There will be a special pre-tour program on October 12 for early arrivals. For tickets and more information, visit The Ojai Art Detour is an annual weekend event featuring the work of many of Ojai’s most exciting artists and an opportunity to meet them in their studios and local galleries. The Art Tour is free and open to the public. There will be a reception for the artists on October 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bohemia Coffee House, 214 W. Ojai Ave. Details at


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