Festivities

Right, Lisa and Nick Iezza of Westlake Village peek from their masks during Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala, a masquerade ball at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. The evening benefitted the Center4SpecialNeeds, which provides support and education for families of children with developmental disabilities and special needs.

Theater

 

Feb. 2-18
“MADAGASCAR:
A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR.”
Hilarity ensues when Marty the Zebra and his pals—including Alex the Lion and Gloria the Hippo, plus a couple of plotting penguins—escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo. The production is a joint effort of Conejo Theater for Everyone and Young Artists Ensemble.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-2747
www.hillcrestarts.com

Feb. 2-March 4
“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
This stage adaptation of the splashy 1952 movie musical is set in the waning days of the silent film era.
High Street Arts Center
45 E. High St., Moorpark
(805) 529-8700
highstreetartscenter.com

Feb. 2-March 4
“FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS”
Alan Ball, creator of the television series “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” penned this comedy about bridesmaids who realize they have more in common with each other than the bride.
Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo
(805) 388-5716
skywayplayhouse.org

Feb. 21-24
“THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE”
Pepperdine Opera hits the high C’s for Gilbert & Sullivan’s swashbuckling comedy.
Smothers Theatre
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu
(310) 506-4522
arts.pepperdine.edu

Feb. 22-25
“KINKY BOOTS”
Cyndi Lauper’s high-heeled Broadway smash is about the owner of a struggling shoe factory who turns his company around with help from a fabulous drag queen named Lola.
Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787
www.civicartsplaza.com

Feb. 24
“NOW BOARDING”
Four short plays, a musical, a ballet and a short film—each based on the theme “every dream begins with a dreamer,” and each set in an airport terminal—will be performed by elementary, middle and high school students in this festival to benefit performing arts programs in the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
Performing Arts Education Center at Agoura High School
28545 W. Driver Ave., Agoura Hills
(818) 591-1209, ext. 2 performingarts.lvusd.org

March 9-25
“PRINCESS IDA”
Gilbert & Sullivan shake up the Medieval fairy tale formula with this operetta about a princess who chooses to start a women’s college instead of marrying a prince.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-2747
www.hillcrestarts.com

March 14-April 1
“KING LEAR”
In this classic Shakespeare tragedy, an aging king descends into madness as he divvies up his kingdom between his three daughters.
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main St., Ventura
(805) 667-2900
www.rubicontheatre.org

March 16-April 15
“CANDIDE”
Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta based on Voltaire’s satire of innocence, optimism and the unexpected lessons of life features a book adaptation by Hugh Wheeler and lyrical contributions from Stephen Sondheim.
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks
(805) 495-3715
conejoplayers.org

Music

 

March 1
MILES ELECTRIC BAND
Drummer Vince Wilburn Jr., the nephew of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, celebrates his uncle’s groundbreaking musical legacy with help from world-class musicians: bass player Darryl Jones and pianists John Beasley and Robert Irving III.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

March 7
JARROD SPECTOR
The Broadway veteran, who spent six years playing Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” and three years playing Barry Mann in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” shares songs that have shaped his life.
Smothers Theatre
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu
(310) 506-4522
arts.pepperdine.edu

March 9
ETHAN BORTNICK
In concert, this 17-year-old pianist mixes hits by the Beatles, Neil Diamond and Michael Jackson with compositions by Chopin and other classical masters.
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
(805) 486-2424
www.oxnardperformingarts.com

March 10-11
NEW WEST SYMPHONY
Guest conductor/violinist Pinchas Zukerman and guest cellist Amanda Forsyth join the orchestra for works by Vivaldi (Concerto in B-flat Major for Violin and Cello), Haydn (Divertimento in D Major for Cello and String Orchestra) and Mozart (Rondo in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373).
Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza (March 10)
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks

Oxnard Performing Arts Center (March 11)
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
(866) 776-8400
www.newwestsymphony.org

March 14-17
“SONGFEST”
A tradition since 1973, this variety show features “a cast of hundreds” telling stories through song and dance.
Smothers Theatre
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu
(310) 506-4522
arts.pepperdine.edu

March 15
ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell leads the ensemble in works by Mozart and Beethoven, plus a new violin concerto by American composer Edgar Meyer.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

March 29
KATHLEEN BATTLE
The Grammy-winning soprano performs “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey,” an evening of spirituals chronicling the quest for freedom by America’s slaves.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Comedy

Feb. 23-24
CHRIS HARDWICK
The comic likes to poke fun at ghost-hunting shows, ’90s-era “soul yodeling,” hamsters, nerds and “gramp stamps.”
Levity Live
The Collection Riverpark
591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard
(805) 457-5550
oxnard.levitylive.com

March 1-4
TONY ROCK
The host of “All Def Comedy” on HBO told The New York Times earlier this year that he’s less political and cutting-edge onstage than his older brother Chris Rock. “I talk to the audience like I talk to my friends on the stoop,” he says.
Levity Live
The Collection Riverpark
591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard
(805) 457-5550
oxnard.levitylive.com

Dance

 

Feb. 25
DUBLIN IRISH DANCE
The troupe performs “Stepping Out,” the story of a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic in search of the American dream as they escape famine in Ireland.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Fine Art

Through April 8
“IN HIGH STYLE”
Ventura native Neal Barr raised the bar for fashion and beauty photography, helping break the color barrier in mainstream women’s magazines with his iconic cover shot of African-American model Naomi Sims for Ladies’ Home Journal in 1968. This exhibit surveys Barr’s 50-plus-year career, during which he’s photographed some of the world’s most famous faces.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura
(805) 653-0323
venturamuseum.org

Jan. 19-April 15
“STRINGS: DATA AND THE SELF”
Six artists try to make sense of a world where people’s lives are increasingly defined by data, from Facebook feeds to stock market tickers.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks
(805) 405-5240; cmato.org

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Feb. 24
“ON THE WATERFRONT”
This film was more than just a “contendah” at the 1955 Oscars, winning best picture, best actor (Marlon Brando) and best director (Elia Kazan). See it on the big screen, with New West Symphony performing Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar-nominated score live.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Wine & Spirits Events
LECTURES AND APPEARANCES
Festivals & Family Fun

Through April 30
WHALE WATCHING TOURS
Our watery backyard is a busy thoroughfare for gray whales as they make their annual round-trip breeding voyage between Alaska and Mexico. Spotting one of these majestic creatures is a sea-soaked thrill.
Channel Islands Sportfishing Center
4151 Victoria Ave., Oxnard
(805) 382-1612
www.channelislandssportfishing.com

Island Packers
1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura
(805) 642-1393; islandpackers.com

Feb. 13-March 5
TALL SHIPS
Set a course for adventure aboard the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain which sail into local waters for battle sails, hands-on history lessons and onboard tours.
Ventura Harbor
1586 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura
(800) 200-5239; historicalseaport.org

Feb. 14
SWEETHEART’S DINNER AND DANCE
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this annual event featuring dinner under the wings of Air Force One.
Reagan Presidential Library
and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(805) 577-4066
www.reaganfoundation.org

Feb. 19
PRESIDENTS’ DAY CELEBRATION
Mingle with presidential and first-lady lookalikes, make crafts, listen to storytellers and munch on hot dogs at this 25th annual event.
Reagan Presidential Library
and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(805) 577-4066
www.reaganfoundation.org

Feb. 25
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
These hilarious hoopsters will put a smile on your face with their on-court wizardry. Watching them sink 4-pointers from 30 feet away is
a thing of beauty.
Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
(213) 742-7340
harlemglobetrotters.com

March 17-18 and 24-25
ZOO SPRING SPECTACULAR
You’ll have a wild time as critters strut their stuff in this annual show, produced by students in Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program.
America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road, Moorpark
(805) 378-1441
zoo.moorparkcollege.edu

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