Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

22nd De Colores Art Show: Campesinas
Through February 28 | Santa Paula Art Museum
The De Colores Art Show is an annual group exhibition and celebration of Latino culture, heritage, and iconography. Founded in 1992 by artist and musician Xavier Montes, De Colores Art Show aims to communicate and celebrate the diversity of the Latino experience through art. The show also brings awareness to important issues including the farmworker struggle. At least one-third of California farmworkers are women, and this year’s show will illustrate the unique experience of campesinas (female farmworkers) in California and Ventura County. 117 N. Tenth St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Subjective Truths
Through November 22 | Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard
These works exemplify temporary realism revealing universal truths through personal perspectives. This exhibit, by artists utilizing representational techniques in combination with current issues and art approaches, is presented in partnership with The Representational Art Conference (TRAC2015), hosted by the Arts Initiative of California Lutheran University. 424 S. C St,, Oxnard. For more information, visit

November 7 – December 6 | Galerie102, Ojai
Galerie102 will present “Genesis,” a two-person show featuring paintings by Stella Maria Baer and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca. An artist’s reception will be held on opening day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Genesis” brings together the work of two friends and artistic collaborators, representing not only the trajectory of their friendship and artistic relationship but also the subtlety and depth of their work, which when combined create a stunningly symbolic diorama of “the heavens and earth.” 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit

Semi-Annual Silent Auction Networking Dinner
November 12 | Wedgewood Banquet Center, Ventura
The Ventura County Professional Women’s Network (VCPWN) will host a Membership Drive from November 12 to December 10. The Semi-Annual Silent Auction Networking Dinner, which includes a silent auction as well as an opportunity for networking, will take place on November 12. The cost for the dinner meeting is $28 and can be paid online or at the door. Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. Tickets and more information at

19th Holiday Home Look In
November 14 & 15 | Ojai
The Ojai Festival Women’s Committee invites guests on a tour of four distinctive Ojai Valley homes celebrating the art of living and unique approaches to celebrating the festive season. Live entertainment will be provided at the homes. The Holiday Marketplace at Matilija Junior High School Gymnasium (701 El Paseo Rd.) will feature a curated collection from more than 40 artisans. Admission to the marketplace is free. The tour and marketplace benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO! education and community programs, which offer free music workshops to the Ojai Valley public schools and the community. For more information, visit

Art About Agriculture
November 14 – January 31 | Santa Paula Art Museum
The Eighth Annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition, featuring 75 works of art, will be on view at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Presented by the Ag Art Alliance, the purpose of the exhibit is to promote art about agriculture by exploring all of the facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil, to the food that goes on our plates. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum. $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members. 117 North 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

November 19–22 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, he embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets start at $29. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. For more information, visit

The Nutcracker
November 21 & 22 | Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Ventura County Ballet Company (VCBC) will present its 17th annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” The 52-piece Ventura College Symphony Orchestra will accompany a captivating story, enchanting choreography, and lavish sets and costumes. November 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., November 22 at 2 p.m. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard For more information and tickets, visit

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
November 27 – December 20 | The Ojai Art Center Theater
Chained, shackled, and tormented by a Sprite, Jacob Marley can finally free himself, if he redeems Ebenezer Scrooge. “Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? Impossible!” he screams. But what else could he do but accept the challenge in this “delectably zany” play. Directed by John Medeiros. 113 South Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information,

CAN-tree Collection
December 4 – 6 | The Collection at Riverpark, Oxnard
Business and community leaders will roll up their sleeves for the sake of helping fellow citizens at FOOD Share’s signature holiday event, the 4th annual CAN-tree Collection food drive. The community will work together to build “CAN-trees,” Christmas trees made with over 700 cans of food, to fight hunger. The CAN-tree Collection will display more than 200,000 canned goods at The Collection, including two 14-foot-tall “trees” engineered and assembled by local high school students. 2751 Park View Ct. #261, Oxnard. For more information, visit


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