Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

Ventura Art& Street Painting Festival
September 13 & 14 | Ventura Harbor Village
This outdoor event, presented by FOOD Share Inc., will feature artists showing their work, street painters creating vibrant murals on sidewalks along the docks, and live music all weekend. Formerly known as “Arts in the Park,” the festival began Ventura in 2009; street painting was added four years ago. Sculptor Arline Tepper has been selected as this year’s Featured Artist. Tepper has shown her work in many juried shows between Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks. Ventura’s Dawn Reily will be among the 35 street painters who will transform some of the sidewalks at the Harbor into works of art. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit

Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run 24
September 14 | Harborview Park, Oxnard
Channel Islands Harbor is hosting the Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run, where more than 300 classic cars from 1975 and earlier will be on display. Participating cars range from street rods, muscle cars, and customs to pick-ups. Event attendance is free to the public; there is a $20 fee (see website for details) to enter a vintage car. Food vendors will be set-up throughout the park, and there will be trophies, prizes, and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit local charities. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

For the Love of Art
September 19 | Ventura Pierpont Inn
The public is invited to join fellow art advocates for a 20th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising Gala to benefit Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a non-profit arts education program, resource library, and archive. For the Love of Art will kick off a year of special events and fundraising activities as FOTM enters its third decade of community enrichment and artist documentation. The elegant event will begin with a VIP Reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Camulos Room and Terrace overlooking the ocean. Attendees will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as they mingle with the evening’s featured artists. Tickets for the VIP Reception are $25 for FOTM members; $50 for non-members. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in the Grand Pavilion, with artist tributes and musical entertainment to follow. Tickets for the dinner and program are $100 for FOTM members and $120 for nonmembers. Live musical performances will feature the likes of legendary jazz great Roger Kellaway, along with Yue Deng, Virginia Kron, Phil Salazar, Jim McCarthy, and Martin Young. 550 Sanjon Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit

2014 Ventura Comedy Festival
September 22–28 | Ventura
Comedian Adam Carolla will perform Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. in The Top of The Harbor Ballroom at The Crowne Plaza Hotel. Also in the Ballroom: YouTube sensation Miranda Sings with special guest Colleen Ballinger; this show will be at 7 p.m. on September 28 to close the Festival. Comedy Star Maz Jobrani will perform on September 23 at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, and the Festival will feature theme such shows as The Latino All Stars, Clean Comedy, Fresh Faces, Black Friday, and Jews Gone Wild. Shows will take place at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, The 805 Bar and Grilled Cheese, The Greek at The Harbor, The Green Room at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, The Players Casino, and The Crowne Plaza. For more information, visit

Ventura County Rose Society Monthly Meeting
September 25 | Camarillo
The VCRS meeting will feature Clair Martin, former Rose Curator at the Huntington Library Rose Garden in Pasadena, who will speak on the topic of “Famous Gardens.” Martin is an author and very knowledgeable Rosarian. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for advice from consulting rosarians and refreshments. A little rose celebration will be held at 7 p.m., and our speaker presentation will begin at 7:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome to VCRS meetings. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

2014 Banana Festival
September 27 | Port Hueneme
Experience the inner workings of the port with tours, educational displays, and an auto pavilion, all while enjoying one of the Port’s largest imports, bananas. There will also be barbecue, tacos, Thai noodles, banana smoothies and splits, funnel cakes—all from local restaurants. Peruse the Banana Festival marketplace for arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, home & garden items, and more. There’ll be a classic car show and lots of kid-friendly attractions, including animals courtesy of the Reptile Family and an interactive experience from Gull Wings Children’s Museum. 105 E. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, visit

3rd Annual Festival of Sukinanik’oy
September 27 | Ojai
This will be a celebration of Chumash History. For the Barbareno/Ventureno band of Mission Indians (BVBMI), it is a day to commemorate the first time local land has been returned to the original people of Ventura County. When Chumash artifacts and human remains were unearthed on a Saticoy property that was being developed, a six-acre easement was created to preserve the site. Join artists, dance performers, local musicians, and healers for this community celebration and project fundraiser. There will be local musicians and Native American dancers, storytelling by Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, a fire ceremony, raffle, and a silent auction. Food by Bliss Yogurt of Ojai, Underground Food Truck, and more will be available. Adults $5; children under 12 free. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information,

50th Anniversary Screening of “A Hard Day’s Night”
September 27 | Libbey Bowl, Ojai
The Ojai Film Society will hold a 50th Anniversary screening of the re-mastered and re-mixed Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night.” Considered a masterpiece 50 years ago when it was made, the Richard Lester film features a new digital print and remixed sound. The Beatles Tribute Band Sgt. Peppers will play the Fab Four’s hits for dancing and listening prior to the film’s start at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available; several food trucks will be onsite. Popcorn is free. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and under. 5 p.m. The Libbey Bowl Ticket office will open at 4 p.m. 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. Tickets available at For more information, visit

17th Oxnard Autumn Historic Home Tour
September 28 | Oxnard
The work of keeping up a house is part of the deal for all homeowners. But historic homes require a higher level of care. At the 17th Oxnard Autumn Historic Home Tour, visitors can meet the people who live in these local works of art and hear what it is like to be entrusted with a bit of history. The tour showcases a selection of stately homes built in Oxnard’s early days, including the Levy House, a beautiful Craftsman/Tudor-style structure built a century ago by one of Oxnard’s prominent founding families. For more information, visit


42nd Annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
October 3–5 | The Ventura County Fairground
The Ventura County Fairground will come alive with hundreds of artisans showcasing more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, a kid zone, strolling performers, contests, a pumpkin patch, specialty foods, and more. There will be a festive fall-themed atmosphere, and exhibits of beautiful jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, hand woven clothing, photography, candles, wood carvings, garden designs, homemade sauces and soups, antique treasures, children’s accessories, sculptures, holiday ornaments, and more. Adults $9, seniors (62+) $7, youths (13-17) $4, kids 12 and under free. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit

Chamber on the Mountain
October 5 | Logan House, Ojai
Chamber On The Mountain’s fall concert will spotlight renowned Australian harpist Alice Giles. A meet-the-artist reception will immediately follow the performance. Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists. She presented her first solo recital at the age of 13 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and made her New York debut recital at Merkin Hall in 1983. She has performed in recitals and with orchestras in Europe, America, Australia, and Israel, and currently teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. $25 general admission, $15 students. 3 p.m., 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. in Upper Ojai. For more information, visit


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