Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

20th De Colores Art Show

Through February 23 | Santa Paula Art Museum

The purpose of this long-running annual group show is to recognize the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara Valley. This year, the exhibit will meet viewers with art that resurrects the depth of life, change, and the shift of human consciousness. Twenty artists were selected for the 20th show. 117 North 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Wine, Dine& Jazz

November 3, 10, 17, 24 | Ventura Harbor

Celebrate fall with live jazz performances every Sunday in November from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be wine events at waterside restaurants, art galleries, and the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club. Wine and dine events will begin at noon and run into the night. For more details visit

Ojai Film Festival

November 7–14 | Ojai

In its 14th year, the Ojai Film Festival will offer premiere screenings including its environmental film showcase Focus Earth and a host of special events. During the Festival, downtown Ojai takes on an arty feel with scores of locals, film buffs, and visitors walking the Arcade. Aspiring actors and writers can learn from the experts by attending acting and screenwriting workshops, and there will be filmmaker and actor panels as well. More details online at

Areté Vocal Ensemble

November 10 | Cal Lutheran University

Areté Vocal Ensemble will open its fifth season at California Lutheran University with a concert featuring a contemporary composition for voices, hammer dulcimer, and percussion. The ensemble will perform “Hymnody of Earth” by Malcolm Dalglish with the Los Robles Children’s Choir. The music is based on the poetry of Kentucky author Wendell Berry, whose work addresses the importance of community, conservation, and common sense. 2 p.m. at Samuelson Chapel, Olsen Rd. and S. Campus Dr. For more information, visit

3 Blond Moms… See How They Run!

November 14 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will present the nationally touring hit comedy show 3 BLONDE MOMS... SEE HOW THEY RUN! The hysterical high energy show is packed with tales from the ’burbs about what moms go through, from co-parenting to neighbors, PTA, in-laws, trying to stay in shape, and multitasking. The show has sold out theaters across the country. The national touring cast stars “perky moms” Joanie Fagan, Cathy Ladman, and Kat Simmons. 7.30 p.m. Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. Single tickets are priced at $39. Tickets available from Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, online at, or through the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information visit

Sean Chen Pianist

November 15 | Ventura Missionary Church

The Ventura Music Festival will celebrate the opening of its 20th anniversary season, “Festivo!,” with a concert by Ventura County native Sean Chen, 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. Fresh from his triumph as the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist, Chen will perform solo and in a piano quintet featuring Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta and special guest artists. $15–$45. 8 p.m. Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit

Fashion Show 2103

November 16 | Studio Channel Islands Art Center

Wearable art will be displayed on the runway in “Fashion Show 2013.” The second annual juried show features art as adornment for both men and women, modeled by six of California’s beauty pageant queens and their male counterparts. Fashions will include both extreme and simple art clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and all featured artist designers will have pieces available for sale after the show. Tickets are $20 prepaid, $25 at the door, and $30 for limited VIP front row runway seating. Event will include music by DJ Mojoe, appetizers, champagne, and no-host bar. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Blackboard Gallery of Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo. For more information, visit

17th Holiday Home Look In

November 16 & 17 | Ojai

The Ojai Festival’s Women’s Committee invites guests on a tour of four distinctive Ojai Valley homes. This year: Shantikar, a Fred Hummel house built in 1963; Casa Los Robles, filled with a private pre-Columbian art collection (see Nesting article in this issue); Carper House, a custom-built home using locally sourced stone interior and exterior walls; and Gridley Ranch, a 44-acre ranch surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. The annual Holiday Marketplace will take place the same weekend at the Matilija Junior High School Gymnasium, 701 El Paseo Rd. Admission to the marketplace is free. The tour and marketplace benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO! music education program. $30 per person in advance; $35 day of the event. For more information, visit

Ventucky String Band November 22 | Ventura County Agriculture Museum

The early days of working in the oil fields and earning a living in agriculture will be celebrated in original and American roots music played by the Ventucky String Band, formed by Matt Sayles, Dave White, Rick Clemens, and Mark Parson in 2010. Individually, they had played professionally for over 30 years, with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and in gigs with legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Gimble, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, and Fernest Arceneaux. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 for Museum members, $2 for kids with an adult. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Victorian Holiday Boutique 2013

November & December | Dudley House, Ventura

At this year’s 20th Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique, the House will be decorated inside by dozens of crafters who will be selling their items. This anticipated holiday event features quality crafts, home decor, antiques, and collectibles. There will be a tearoom with refreshments and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates: November 29, 30; December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. 197 N. Ashwood (corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista) in Ventura. For more information, call 805.654.8381 or visit

Miracle on 34th Street

November 30 through December 22
Ojai Art Center Theater

An old gentleman named Kris believes he is Santa Claus. Doris Walker, a bitter department store executive, wants to raise her young daughter to be free of such nonsense. Her neighbor Fred would like to get to know her better but isn’t having much luck. Doris is in charge of hiring “Santa” for the Macy’s Christmas Parade. When that Santa turns out to be a drunk, she hires Kris (Kringle) as a replacement. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $10 to $18. 113 S. Montgomery St.,Ojai. For more information, visit


2nd Annual Can-Tree Collection

December 6–8 | The Collection at Riverpark, Oxnard

In support of FOOD Share’s Holiday Tackle Hunger campaign, the food bank is challenging business and neighborhood teams to collect canned goods to build their own “can tree” for hunger. Teams will construct six-foot-tall can trees that will be showcased on the main street. The centerpiece of the display will be The Collection’s 10,000-can tree, assembled by students of ACE Charter High School. For more information, visit


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