Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

No Risk, No Reward
Through May 24 | galerie102, Ojai
In arresting and beautiful graphic images, “No Risk, No Reward” explores America’s obsession and fascination with the right to bear arms. Ellwood T. Risk’s sexy and sassy silhouettes positioned on large targets contrast with the serenity of Sabine Pearlman’s photographic bullet cross-sections, revealing the beauty and timelessness of their construction. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit

Good People
May 1 – June 7 | Santa Paula Theater Center
Santa Paula Theater Center will present the critically acclaimed comic drama “Good People,” by David Lindsay-Abaire. The Tony Award-nominated play illustrates social class distinctions in two Boston neighborhoods: working class Southie and upper class Chestnut Hill. It centers on Margie, a single mom, who has just been let go from her job at the Dollar Store and is one Bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. All performances will take place at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Wild Water
May 6 | Montessori School of Ojai
On the heels of Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement of mandatory water regulations due to the current drought, the Montessori School of Ojai will present a musical performance inspired by the Ojai watershed and made possible by a grant from the Gould family. Written by Rebecca Comerford Tryon, an MSO parent and founder of the Ojai Youth Opera, the all-school musical will be free and open to the public. Donations to benefit the Montessori School of Ojai’s music department will be accepted. 6 p.m. at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. For more information, visit

Kids-to-Farms Dinner
May 9 | Camarillo Ranch
Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley (BGCSCV) will debut the Kids-to-Farms Dinner, a ranch-themed affair featuring a three-course Italian-Mediterranean meal, wine and drink tastings, a cocktail reception, and a live auction. Proceeds will support SEEAG and BGCSCV’s joint grade-specific afterschool agricultural education program. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

Water Works II
May 9 – June 8 | Porch Gallery Ojai
Following the success of their Water Works show, Porch Gallery Ojai and The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) will present “Water Works II,” an international juried exhibition including works from as far away as China. The exhibition is broadly focused on the myriad issues related to water – from its beauty and scarcity to its politics and environmental issues. Spread between the exhibition spaces at Porch Gallery Ojai and The Ojai Art Center, the show will feature 70 pieces by 54 artists. In addition to the gallery venues, three commissioned sculptures will be installed in and around Ojai. On May 9, a panel discussion moderated by ViCA Director Juri Koll regarding water issues will be held at Modern Folk Living, next door to Porch Gallery, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Porch Gallery is located at 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit

Rodgers and Hart and Hammerstein
May 16 & 17 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura
This joyous revue celebrates the groundbreaking genius of two of the most influential and innovative writing teams in musical theatre history. Rodgers and Hart had a string of more than 20 successes, ranging from “On the Town” to “Babes in Arms.” Rodgers later teamed with the prolific Oscar Hammerstein on such classics as “Oklahoma!,” “The Sound of Music,” and “The King and I,” among others. Music by Richard Rodgers. Starring Teri Bibb, Andrew Samonsky, and others (tba). Lyrics by Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, II. Sponsored by Janet and Mark L. Goldenson. May 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 17 at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit

32nd Annual California Strawberry Festival
May 16 & 17 | Oxnard
Ranking among the top festivals in the nation, this event boasts strawberries every way imaginable and fun events for the family. There will be concert performances, 50 food booths, more than 200 fine arts & crafts booths, the Strawberry promenade with celebrity cooking demonstrations, Strawberryland for kids, gooey contests, special appearances, and more. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For tickets and more information, visit

4th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest
May 17 | Thousand Oaks Community Park
Live jazz on two stages and unlimited samplings of wine, craft brews, and boutique spirits will be part of this event. Food trucks will be on-hand, as well as artisans displaying their wares. The Grammy-award winning Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band will headline the event, presented by Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise. Proceeds will support school music programs and other nonprofits. Tickets: $50 general admission, $100 VIP (includes early entry, preferred parking, and access to a private lounge with food and drink). Ages 21 and older. 1p.m. to 5 p.m. 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit

Love is Brewing
May 17 | Maravilla Gardens, Camarillo
Interface will host its 2nd Annual High Tea Brunch to benefit family violence intervention programs and shelters. “Love is Brewing” attendees will enjoy a tea party provided by Command Performance Catering. The event will also include a raffle, a mimosa bar, and live entertainment by harpist Radha Botofasina. Tea party attire and elaborate party hats are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit Interface’s Family Violence Intervention Programs, which provide comprehensive family violence support that aims to prevent, interrupt, and end the cycle of violence within families throughout Ventura County. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets $75, tables $500. Sponsorships available. 8620 Santa Rosa Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

Chamber on the Mountain
May 17 | Logan House, Ojai
The winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a Korean-born prodigy who goes by the single name Ji, will be the featured artist at Chamber On The Mountain’s upcoming concert. Ji made recital debuts to rave reviews at Young Concert Artists performances at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center, and has been honored with eight YCA prizes. Reservations: general admission $25, students $15. Performance will begin at 3 p.m., and a Meet-the-Artist reception will immediately follow the concert. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai. For information, visit

Art in the Park
May 23 & 24 | Libbey Park, Ojai
An annual tradition started in 1977, Art in the Park offers fine artists a place to sell their work over Memorial Day weekend. A variety of mediums will be displayed in the natural setting of oak-studded Libbey Park. The outdoor exhibition is presented by the Ojai Art Center, the oldest non-profit art center in California, and attracts thousands of art lovers from Ojai and neighboring communities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

7th Annual Roadshow Revival Music Festival
June 27 & 28 | Mission Park, Ventura
Roadshow Revival’s annual homage to the “Man in Black” returns to Johnny Cash’s old stomping grounds in Ventura. One of the largest tribute concerts on the West Coast, the two-day Festival will take place in Downtown Ventura’s Mission Park. This 7th annual event will feature a high-energy combination of outlaw country, rockabilly, bluegrass, and Johnny Cash tribute bands, plus a pin-up girl pageant, hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles, craft beer, food trucks, roadshow bingo, a kid’s corral, and scores of vendors with unique offerings and Johnny Cash collectibles. 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit


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