Short List

Picasso, Warhol, and David Hockney

Through September 28 | CLU, Thousand Oaks

A free exhibit will feature works reflecting life from the mid-20th century through today by many significant artists. Leslie Sacks Fine Arts loaned pieces by Cubist movement co-founder Picasso, pop art leader Warhol, and Chuck Close, an artist known for his highly inventive techniques for painting the human face. President Clinton presented Close with the National Medal of Arts in 2000, and President Obama appointed him to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The show also features two recent pieces by Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. For more information, call 805.493.3697.

Summer Juried Show Part I:

Through September 7 | Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura

An opening reception will be held August 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year there were over 2,100 submissions; as a result, there will be two juried shows this summer. The first show is dedicated strictly to photography and video. Sylvia White will jury this exhibition. In addition to the group show, three artists will be invited to have concurrent solo exhibitions at the Sylvia White Gallery in July 2014. 1783 East Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit

“Staycation” Exhibit

Through August 13 | Red Brick Gallery, Ventura

Experience Ventura through the eyes of artists who call it home. Featured works include Jim Martin’s grand, colorful photographs of local scenery, Marco Antonio Aguilar’s inside-the-wave acrylics, Katherine McGuire’s oil paintings depicting life at the beach, Steve Cook’s vibrant Ventura oil paintings, Jen Livia’s tranquil expressions of our coastal beauty, and Phyllis Gubins’ whimsical pets. 315 East Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit

Ventura County Fair

Through August 11 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus was horse racing. The fair was enjoyed so much that it’s continued almost every year (there were a few exceptions around WW II). The theme of the 138th Fair will be “Boots, Barns and Banjos.” Watch hypnotist shows, listen to live musical performances, or participate in contests. Visit Uncle Leo’s barnyard, the Small Livestock Barns, or the new Judge William P. Clark Large Livestock Area to see all kinds of animals. 10 West Harbour Blvd, Ventura. For more information, visit

Fiddler on the Roof

Through August 11 | Ojai Art Center

A metaphor for survival, Fiddler on the Roof emphasizes tradition and joy. This amazing musical topped them all in attendance on Broadway, surpassing 3,000 performances. It has won multiple Tonys and retains its drawing power to this day with numerous revivals. Director Tracey Williams Sutton continues her string of musical hits during the summer season in Ojai. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Sundays. General admission $90. Seniors, students, and Art Center Members $75. 113 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai. For more information, visit

Jazz from Around the World

August 4, 11, 18, 25 | Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks

For the eleventh year in a row, Gardens of the World will host its free summer jazz concert series. Every Sunday in August, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Gardens come alive with “Jazz from Around the World.” Performing August 4 is Katia Moraes and the Samba Society with their high-energy Brazilian jazz. August 11, world-renowned jazz harpist Lori Andrews brings together an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz, fusion, and R&B.  On August 18, listen for the powerful Cuban and Latin American sounds of Luis Conte. The series concludes August 25 with Incendio’s exciting guitar flavors of Spain. 2001 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. For more information, visit

Urine Town

August 9 - 11 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Inspired by the works of Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the comedic romp into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. For more information, visit

Liam O’Gallagher’s the 4th World

August 10 | Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts, Ojai

Liam O’Gallagher was an avant-garde artist and teacher who pushed past the known boundaries of contemporary expression. His work included paintings, poetry, graphic work, short stories, performance pieces, and experiments with sound. He was also integral to the creation of foundations and centers for human growth, progressive thought, and the arts, including the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. The 4th World is a performance piece featuring three characters navigating a 21st-century world. The public is invited to attend its debut as a collaborative, multi-media event. 7p.m. 8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit

Incendio Flamenco

August 11 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

This dynamic program will spotlight fiery Flamenco, elegant Spanish contemporary dance, and cutting-edge modern Flamenco fusion. Critically acclaimed for his high standard of excellence in Flamenco and classical/contemporary Spanish dance, Roberto Amaral will again bring an electrifying presentation of dazzling Spanish-themed dances and songs to the Conejo Valley. 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets $45 and $35. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets available at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza box office in person; at any Ticketmaster retail location; Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at 800.745.3000; or online at

Art Alfresco Exhibition and Sale


August 17 | Museum of Ventura County

Fine art will be a highlight at this summer’s Art Alfresco Invitational Exhibition and Art Sale. Guests can stroll through the easels, booths, and sculptures of 30 of the region’s finest artists, exhibiting and selling their work in the Museum’s Plaza and in the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion. Admission is $40 per person for a preview party from noon to 2 p.m., which includes a boxed gourmet lunch, one drink, and entry to all museum galleries. General admission is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $5 per person (MVC members are free). A portion of the proceeds from each artwork sold will support museum programs. 100 East Main Street, Ventura. For more information, call 805.653.0323 x 330 or visit

5th Annual Arts in the Park

August 17 & 18 | Ventura Harbor

This outdoor event will be hosted by Ventura County’s FOOD Share and feature fine arts and crafts, street chalk art, and live music. Los Angeles artist JD Shultz has been selected as this year’s Featured Artist. His work has been described as “complexity at its most whimsical.” With its uniquely fun style, Shultz’s art has earned praise and attention from viewers and art critics alike. His artworks range from dreamlike cityscapes to thought provoking abstracts and fantasy surrealism. While fine arts and crafts are displayed on the lawn, the sidewalks provide a canvas for approximately 25 street chalk artists. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit


Central Coast Comic Con “C4”

September 7 & 8 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

The first annual Ventura Comic Con will feature a weekend of activities; guests from film, television, and pop culture; and comic book artists and creators, as well as local talent. Confirmed guests include Manu Bennet (The Hobbit, Spartacus, Arrow), Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse), and comic book legend Richard Starkings, with many more names to come. September 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. September 8, 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. 10 West Harbour Boulevard, Ventura. For tickets and more information, visit


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