Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

2014 Ventura County Fair
Through August 10 | Ventura County Fairgrounds
This hotly anticipated annual event includes arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games, and more. Admission to all grandstand arena concerts and events is free with fair admission. Spin, flip or fly on great rides. Taste gourmet food and wine (or beer) pairings at the “Bounty of the County: People’s Choice” contest, or snack on fair favorites like spiral fryes, funnel cake, or cotton candy. Relax in the landscaped gardens of the floriculture department and check out all of the exhibits and displays. Enter a cooking contests, or a pie-eating contest, and enjoy fireworks every night. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Saturdays, Sundays, and Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Day when it will open at 10 a.m. 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura Waterfront. For more information, visit

Studio Channel Islands’ Blackboard Gallery Exhibits
August 2–30 | Old Town Camarillo
The bright red buses of London and Greenland’s translucent icebergs are the contrasting starting points in this exhibit for painter Marion Wood and glass artist Pamela Price Klebaum. Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings feature cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes. Pamela Price Klebaum’s exhibition “Greenland Diary” includes kiln-formed glass and textile work. Studio Channel Islands’ Blackboard Gallery.
Also on exhibit August 2 – 29, “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic.” The ancient painting technique of encaustic wax intrigues modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi, who fuses its unique luminosity and tactile surfaces with the geometry and structures of the contemporary world. A free artists’ reception will be held on August 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo. For more information, visit

Cruisin’ “A” Car Show
August 9 | Downtown Oxnard
Cool cars, trucks, bikes, street eats, live music, art displays, and prize drawings. Downtown restaurants will offer special to-go foods so you can nibble while viewing the cars along A Street. This event is free to the public. No charge to bring your show car, but participants must remain parked until event ends. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 400 & 500 blocks of South “A” Street, Downtown Oxnard. For more information, visit

Cycles and Spires
August 9 – September 14 | galerie102, Ojai
“Cycles and Spires” will feature paintings by James Wills and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca, exploring the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums. Tall, felt spires magically emerge from the ground. Sturdy but delicate, they undulate towards one another in a dance of striated color, creating a surreal, treelike landscape. A triptych of large black-and-white paintings form the Holy Trinity—sub-titled Father, Son, and Holy Ghost from traditional Christian doctrine—but here it represents the oneness of all life that cycles through spirals of black into white, and eventually into edges of color. Artists’ reception August 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit

Food Truck Fridays
August 15 | Pacific View Mall, Ventura
The third Friday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., gourmet food trucks will be in the parking lot between Main and Telegraph along Mills Rd. Scheduled to attend: Baby’s Badass Burgers, ConFusion Sushi Roll Tacos, Cousins Maine Lobster, Gen’s Baked Goods, Good to Go Mobile Juice Truck, The Greasy Wiener, The Grilled Cheese Truck, It’s In The Sauce BBQ, Kona Ice of Ventura, The Perk U Later, Scratch, Sweet Arleen’s, The Underground Gourmet Food Truck, and Ventura Coffee. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 3301-1 E Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit

Hueneme Beach Festival
August 16 & 17 | Hueneme Beach Park
The 16th Annual Toni Young Hueneme Beach Festival will feature non-stop entertainment, from rides and games to food, drink, and an expanded children’s area with attractions for kids of all ages. The festivities will be held at Hueneme Beach Park. 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Bluegrass in The Bowl
August 23 | Libbey Bowl, Ojai
The Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, featuring Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleus, and Craig Ferguson, took first place in the 2009 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Band Contest. They are a huge hit at premiere bluegrass and country music venues across the Southland. There will be a barbecue, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. (Alcoholic beverages and glass containers may not be brought into Libbey Bowl.) General Admission 3 p.m., music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit

My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy!
August 27 – September 21 Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
“My Son The Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy!” is Brad Zimmerman’s hysterical and bittersweet tale of his 29-year struggle to make it in New York as an actor and comedian, while “temporarily” waiting tables to make a living. His stories about family, career, childhood, and a misbegotten love life are as warm and poignant as they are hilarious. Tickets $59 or $49, available at the T.O. Civic Arts Plaza box office in person; at any Ticketmaster retail location; Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at 800.745.3000; or purchase on-line. For more information, visit

Of Mice and Men
August 29 – September 21 | Ojai Art Center Theater
John Steinbeck’s brilliant novel was turned into a play while still on the best-seller list, and it won the highest honor of its time. The story of a deep friendship among migrant workers who dream of a better life, but are thwarted by prejudice and cruelty, still resonates in today’s world. Directed by Rick Kuhlman. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit

The Love of Art
September 19 | Pierpont Inn, Ventura
This 20th Anniversary Celebration will honor the artists, donors, and volunteers who have helped build and support Focus on the Masters, a non-profit art appreciation program that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists, emphasizing the importance of the arts to a healthy society. The fundraising dinner will include tributes and performances from some of the influential artists FOTM has documented, including John Nava, Gary Lang, Cassandra C. Jones, Gayel Childress, Yue Deng, Virginia Kron, and legendary jazz great Roger Kellaway. Special guests will round out the program. FOTM’s goal is to raise $60,000 before the end of the year, which would allow it to continue arts education programs throughout Ventura County. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a special VIP reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 550 Sanjon Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit

Ventura County Farm Day & bbq
September 27 | Various Locations
Ventura County farms will open their gates to help promote local agriculture and encourage families to visit growers in their own backyard. Open houses will feature guided tours, meet-and-greet the farmer, question-and-answer talks, taste testing, and food truck meals. (Consider bringing a picnic lunch, as many of the farms offer on-site picnic tables.) This will be a free day for the entire family, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A “zero-waste” Farm Day Barbecue will follow at McGrath Family Farms from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with gourmet food, live music, dancing, and a piñata for the children. Barbecue tickets and detailed information online at or


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