Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

Whale Watching Through mid-April | Oxnard coast More than 100 species of marine life live in or migrate through the waters between Oxnard and the Channel Islands, making this one of the best spots in the world for wildlife viewing. Whale watching takes place almost year-round. From the end of December through mid-April, the coastline is rife with gray whales migrating from their breeding grounds in Baja to the nutrient-rich ocean in Alaska. June through October, the channel becomes a superhighway for the blue and humpback whales. Wildlife excursions are available almost daily from businesses located in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. For more information, see

Paintings by Tony Pro Through February 8 | Cal Lutheran University, T.O. An exhibit following the artistic journey of award-winning painter and instructor Tony Pro, of Westlake Village, includes his work from the last decade as well as a few pieces by his late father. Many of the paintings reflect his family life, others make social statements. “Mother’s Love,” a painting of Pro’s wife holding their first baby, received Best of Show at the 2005 Oil Painters of America Show and appeared on the cover of Southwest
magazine. His painting “They Know No Bounds” is a protest against paparazzi and a statement about their effect on children of celebrities. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. Soiland Humanities Center, south side of Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit

David LindleyJanuary 11 | Matilija Auditorium, Ojai Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band, El Rayo-X, Lindley has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. $30 Adults ($35 at the door), $28 Seniors (65+) / Students ($33 at the door). For more information, visit

Trumbo January 11 | Ojai Playhouse The public is invited to view Trumbo at the Ojai Playhouse as a benefit for Focus on the Masters (FOTM) arts education outreach. The film is based on the play “Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted,” written by Ojai resident and FOTM documented subject Christopher Trumbo (1940-2011) and directed by Peter Askin, who also produced and directed the play. Mr. Askin will be on hand to offer insight into the making of the film, which focuses on the life of two-time Academy Award winning writer Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) and the effects of the blacklist on his friends and family. Trumbo, once the highest paid writer in Hollywood, was one of the 19 Hollywood artists subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in October of 1947. $20 FOTM Members, $25 Non-members, $10 students with ID. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 45 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit

Nature vs. NurtureJanuary 18 – February 23 | galerie102, Ojai galerie102 will present “Nature vs. Nurture,” featuring paintings by Santa Barbara artist Masha Keating and sculpture by East Coast sculptor Molly Smith. The opening reception with artists will be held on Saturday, January 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit reflects Smith’s and Keating’s interpretation and transformation of objects found in the natural world: a flower becomes a symphony of movement; ordinary twisted rope, wood, and rags dance in space. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit or call 805.640.0151.

Oxnard International Restaurant Week January 19 - 25 | Oxnard Dine at restaurants you’ve been waiting to try during Oxnard’s International Restaurant Week. Visit for an updated list of participating restaurants and dining locations or call 805.385.7545 for more information. Restaurant deals will be posted and available for viewing at as they become available. Contact each restaurant individually to make a reservation and inquire about their menus.

Local Food & Wine Challenge January 23 | Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel Local wineries and restaurants will team up to see who can create the best food and wine pairing in Ventura County. The winner will be chosen by a blind-tasting panel of judges, and announced at the event. Attendees will also have a part to play, with the “People’s Choice” award. Proceeds will be donated to Ventura County FOOD Share, one of the area’s largest food banks. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets $55, available online at or by calling 805.983.1560.

Forever Tango January 24 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Forever Tango will feature 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist, and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra, including the instrument of the tango, the bandoneon, in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of collaboration between each couple and director/creator Bravo. “The tango is a feeling that you dance,” says Bravo, “a story you tell in three minutes. It’s passionate, it’s melancholic. It’s tender, violent.” 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 purchase online at For more information, visit

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” January 24 – February 16 | Ojai Art Center Theater Shakespeare scholar and director Michael Addison, the former artistic director of the California Shakespeare Festival, will lead professional and semi-professional actors in one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies, “Twelfth Night.” Comic confusions are the norm in this story of disguised identities, false letters, spurned lovers, a clown, and a ludicrous duel. For tickets and more information, visit

“Noises Off” January 29 – February 23 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura This clever comedy romp will have audiences roaring with laughter. An ingenious play-within-a-play, “Noises Off” follows the onstage and offstage exploits of a company of actors appearing in a dreadful bedroom farce called “Nothing On,” complete with mistaken identities, infidelities, scantily clad ladies, and slamming doors. During the play’s final rehearsal and tour, as the characters make their exits from “Nothing On,” they find themselves in a backstage world that is quickly falling apart. In the end, the two worlds collide into one scandalously silly, fabulously funny nervous breakdown. This play won both the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. For tickets and more information, visit


Ojai Chautauqua GMO Forum February 1 | Ojai Valley Inn The Chautauqua board will present the GMO Forum at the Ojai Valley Inn. The Ojai Chautauqua is a major event targeted for the fall of 2014 at Libbey Bowl, the goal of which is to educate and engage the community on central issues of common concern, as well as celebrate the abundant agricultural resources of Ventura County and the state of California. This year’s theme will be The Future of Food: GMO’s, water, land use, corporate vs. local farming, and more. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door. Reception will follow the panel discussion. For information, visit


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