June 8-11:
“Ojai Music Festival”

The boundary-pushing fest, now in its 71st season, features the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Violin Concerto, written for and performed by Jennifer Koh (pictured); chamber orchestra world premiere of Courtney Bryan’s “Yet Unheard,” which memorializes 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died in the custody of Texas police in 2015; and “Conduction,” a 60-minute piece for a 20-member ensemble that’s composed as it’s being performed.

Various venues, Ojai
(805) 646 2094
www.ojaifestival.org

Photo: JENNIFER KOH – violinist
by Juergen Frank

Theater

MARCH 10 – 12
“West Side Story”
Idealistic young lovers are caught between warring New York City street gangs in this rough-and-tumble Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein musical. The score includes such classic songs as “Somewhere,” “Tonight” and “America.”
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

MARCH 10 – 26
“The Gondoliers”
Gilbert and Sullivan had their last big success with this 1889 comic opera, another biting commentary on the Victorian class system. The production is being staged by the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-2747; www.hillcrestarts.com

MARCH 17 – APRIL 15
“Hairspray”
A teenage girl transforms from social outcast to sudden star in this Tony-winning musical. Miriam Durrie-Kirsch directs.
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
(805) 495-3715; conejoplayers.org

MARCH 18
“Lamb of God”
A single cello represents the voice of Jesus Christ in Rob Gardner’s oratorio about the savior’s last days. The piece, presented by Witness Music Thousand Oaks, also features a choir, orchestra, soloists and narrators.
Performing Arts Education Center at Agoura Hills High School
28545 W. Driver Ave., Agoura Hills
(818) 889-8058, ext. 1; performingarts.lvusd.org

MARCH 23 – 26
“Jesus Christ Superstar”
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s stirring rock opera is back on stage, courtesy of Theater League. Songs include “Gethsemane,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Damned for All Time.”
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

MARCH 28 & 29
“Shen Yun”
The show promises “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.” Mixed in with the pageantry is a bitter rebuke of Chinese Communist Party policies and actions.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

MARCH 31 – MAY 7
“Dogfight”
A waitress teaches a young Marine about love and compassion in this musical, based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix.
Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo
(805) 388-5716; www.skywayplayhouse.org

THROUGH APRIL 15
“Hairspray”
A teenage girl transforms from social outcast to sudden star in this Tony-winning musical. Miriam Durrie-Kirsch directs.
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
(805) 495-3715; conejoplayers.org

THROUGH MAY 7
“Dogfight”
A waitress teaches a young Marine about love and compassion in this musical, based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix.
Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo
(805) 388-5716; skywayplayhouse.org

APRIL 5-8
“The Interference”
When a female college student is raped by a star athlete, her struggle for justice is impeded by corrupt cops, feckless administrators and a culture of misogyny on campus. This production marks the U.S. premiere of Lynda Radley’s play, which was commissioned by Pepperdine University for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
(310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine.edu

APRIL 14-MAY 7
“Arsenic & Old Lace”
Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy is about a pair of homicidal spinsters and an uncle who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt.
High Street Arts Center
45 E. High Street, Moorpark
(805) 529-8700; highstreetartscenter.com

APRIL 15-MAY 21
“Big Fish”
The Andrew Lippa-John August musical tells a powerful, heartfelt tale about fathers, sons and the stories we use to define our identities.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley
(805) 583-7900; www.simi-arts.org

APRIL 19-MAY 7
“Sylvia”
Laughter is unleashed in this A.R. Gurney play about a man who shows more affection to his new dog than he does to his wife. Audiences howled with laughter when Rubicon Theatre produced the show in 2002, and it remains the most popular comedy in the company’s history.
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main St., Ventura
(805) 667-2900; www.rubicontheatre.org

APRIL 19
“Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”
The vibrant spirit of Bollywood, India’s over-the-top answer to the Hollywood film industry, comes alive onstage in this eye-popping stage spectacle, complete with high-energy dances, colorful costumes and music.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

APRIL 21-30: “Sister Act”
When a disco diva witnesses a murder, cops place her in protective custody—in a convent. Cabrillo Music Theatre is staging the habit-forming musical, which features a gospel-infused score by Oscar winner Alan Menken.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; cabrillomusictheatre.com

APRIL 21-30
“Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark”
To boogie, or not to boogie? That is a question California Lutheran University drama professor Ken Gardner answers with an unequivocal yes as he sets Shakespeare’s “perfect play” in a New York City disco. In Gardner’s version, Hamlet hustles home from Denmark University to solve the mysterious death of his father, the King of the Disco Floor.
Black Box Theatre, California Lutheran University
141 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3452; www.callutheran.edu/theatrearts

THROUGH APRIL 23
“The Hound of the Baskervilles”
Master detective Sherlock Holmes, with trusty Dr. Watson in tow, sniffs out a murderer in this play, adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 crime novel.
West Valley Playhouse
7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park
(818) 884-1907; www.wvplayhouse.com

APRIL 23
“Mark Nizer 4D”
In this trippy production, the performance artist juggles laser beams, plays dueling pianos and dons a robot suit so he can leap into a virtual world.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
(310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine.edu

MAY 5-7
“Man of La Mancha”
Based on Miguel Cervantes’ “The Adventures of Don Quixote,” this timeless musical by Dale Wasserman includes the indelible showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” Presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

MAY 5-21
“Alice in Wonderland”
Venture down the rabbit hole with Alice as she meets the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and Tweedledee and Tweedledum in this Young Artists Ensemble production.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-2747; www.hillcrestarts.com

MAY 19-JUNE 10
“Social Security”
In Andrew Bergman’s comedy, a married couple’s domestic tranquility is shattered when the wife’s widowed mother is deposited on their doorstop.
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
(805) 495-3715; conejoplayers.org

MAY 25-28
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
When a die-hard musical theater fan begins to play his favorite cast album, the recording suddenly springs to life. Youth Musical Theatre is staging the show, which New York Magazine called “the perfect Broadway musical.”
Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

MAY 26-JUNE 25
“When We Were Young and Unafraid”
Sarah Treem, co-creator of the hit Showtime series “The Affair” and a writer/producer on the first season of “House of Cards,” penned this play about a woman who opens up her bed-and-breakfast to domestic violence victims in the early 1970s. Things get complicated when one of those victims begins to influence her college-bound daughter.
Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo
(805) 388-5716; skywayplayhouse.org

MAY 31-JUNE 18
“The Other Mozart”
Sylvia Milo stars in this poignant tale about Mozart’s piano-playing sister, Nannerl, who was heralded as a musical genius—until her younger brother came along.
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main St., Ventura
(805) 667-2900; www.rubicontheatre.org

JUNE 2-25
“Perfect Wedding”
When a man wakes up on the morning of his wedding and finds a strange girl in bed with him, panic—and hilarity—ensues. British playwright Robin Hawdon penned this frantic farce.
West Valley Playhouse
7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park
(818) 884-1907; www.wvplayhouse.com

JUNE 30-AUG. 6
Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: The outdoor Kingsmen fest returns for its 21st year with two Shakespeare classics. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is a rollicking tale of love and language; “Julius Caesar” packs so much political intrigue that it could be ripped from modern-day headlines.
Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University
Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3452; www.kingsmenshakespeare.org

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

MARCH 16
“Advertising Rules!”
This 2001 German comedy explores the cutthroat world of advertising agencies.
Richter Hall at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3436; callutheran.edu

APRIL 22 & 26
The Met: Live in HD
The New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” with Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Peter Mattei in the title role, is being broadcast in theaters nationwide. Another Met transmission, on May 13 and 17, features Renée Fleming playing Marschallin, one of her signature roles, in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.”
Muvico Thousand Oaks 14
166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
www.fathomevents.com

Music

MARCH 14 – 18
“Songfest”
A tradition since 1973, this variety show features groups of students performing original musical stage shows focused on a given theme.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 506-4522; www.pepperdinesongfest.com

MARCH 16
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
The famed Russian ensemble, led by Yuri Temirkanov, performs Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 5 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

MARCH 25
“The General”
New West Symphony plays the score live during a screening of this 1927 silent film comedy starring Buster Keaton.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

APRIL 1
Round-Up—A Rock ’n Country Music Extravaganza
Rising star William Michael Morgan (“I Met a Girl,” “Missing”) headlines the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley’s annual country music festival. Other performers include Luke Robinson, McKenna Faith, Justin Honsinger and Cherry Bomb (a John Mellencamp tribute band),
Rancho Simi Community Park
1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley
(805) 807-5100; www.roundupsimi.com

APRIL 2
Areté Vocal Ensemble
The group wraps up its eighth season with a salute to 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. His sacred classic, “Gloria,” will be the centerpiece, but expect to hear his jazz-influenced cabaret songs, too.
Samuelson Chapel at Cal Lutheran University
165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3308; www.aretevocalensemble.org

APRIL 2
Art Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel’s taller half, who propelled the duo’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” into the heavens with his soaring countertenor, will mix hit songs, career anecdotes and poetry in this solo concert.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

APRIL 7-8
New West Symphony
The orchestra, led by guest conductor Kynan Johns, digs deep into the emotional subtext of Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique,” an epic piece from 1830 inspired by the composer’s obsessive love for Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Also on tap: Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria,” featuring soprano So Young Park, the California Lutheran University Choir and Arete Vocal Ensemble.
Oxnard Performing Arts Center (April 7)
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
Kavli Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza (April 8)
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(866) 776-8400; www.newwestsymphony.org

APRIL 9
Gold Coast Wind Ensemble
The group’s 26th  annual spring concert mixes works by Alfred Reed (“A Jubilant Overture”), Genaro Codina (“Zacatecas March”), Gustav Holst (Second Suite in F) and John Williams (highlights from the “E.T.” score).
Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

APRIL 9
Arlo Guthrie
The folk singer named his current tour after his second album, 1969’s “Running Down the Road,” and he’s promising to dust off a few tunes from that disc, including “Coming Into Los Angeles,” “My Front Pages” and the title track.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

APRIL 13
Doc Severinsen
The trumpet player, who spent nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson’s outrageously dressed bandleader on “The Tonight Show,” turns 90 in July but he’s still going strong on tour with his swinging big band.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

APRIL 14
Pepperdine Chamber Choir
The university ensemble, under the direction of Ryan Board, performs Bach’s “St. John Passion.”
Ascension Lutheran Church
1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
(310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine.edu

APRIL 16
Corey Feldman
The “Goonies”/“Stand By Me” star’s outrageous musical performance on the “Today” show last year went viral, eliciting both savage criticism and high praise (Miley Cyrus, for one, tweeted her support). Now Feldman’s on tour with his all-girl band, dubbed Corey’s Angels. “I’m like a disease,” he told Rolling Stone. “I just won’t go away.”
The Canyon
28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills
(888) 645-5006; www.canyonclub.net

APRIL 21
Cal Lutheran String Symphony
Graduating seniors will be spotlighted in several chamber pieces at this show, conducted by cellist Yoshika Masuda.
Samuelson Chapel, Cal Lutheran University
165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3306; www.callutheran.edu

APRIL 22
Lila Downs
The Oaxacan singer rips into Donald Trump on the title track of her latest bilingual CD, “The Demagogue,” declaring, “No to that wall/I’m cutting all the hate and planting love.” Opening the show is Colombian band Monsieur Periné, named best new artist at the Latin Grammys in 2015.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

MAY 4
Jazz Collective
Under the direction of jazz pianist Uziel Colón, this student ensemble will play jazz standards and original arrangements of modern pop songs.
Overton Hall, California Lutheran University
3163 Regent Ave., Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3306; www.callutheran.edu/music

MAY 6
Danny O’Keefe
The singer-songwriter, who scored a No. 9 hit in 1972 with “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues,” headlines the Brogden Bay Presents concert series. O’Keefe co-wrote “Well, Well, Well” with Bob Dylan and his tunes have been recorded by such hitmakers as Jackson Browne (“The Road”), Judy Collins (“Angel Spread Your Wings”) and Glen Campbell (“Quits”).
Four Friends Gallery
1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 358-4970; www.brogdenbaypresents.com

MAY 12-13
New West Symphony
Guest conductor Fawzi Haimor leads the orchestra through Beethoven’s final piano concerto (“Emperor”), Hadyn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major and the overture to Rossini’s “La Scala di Seta.”
Oxnard Performing Arts Center (May 12)
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
Kavli Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza (May 13)
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(866) 776-8400; www.newwestsymphony.org

MAY 14
Rose’s Pawn Shop
The band blends rock, folk and bluegrass influences into a “wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom’s cookin’.” Country duo Pretty Polly opens the show, a fundraiser for the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy Fund.
Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura
www.tinyporchconcerts.com

MAY 20-21
“Nancy Dussault: My Life . . . Upon the Wicked Stage”
The actress uses stories and songs to look back at her varied career, which includes Broadway (“Do-Re-Mi,” “Bajour,” “Side by Side by Sondheim”), television (“Good Morning America,” “Too Close for Comfort”) and film (“The In-Laws”).
Rubicon Theatre Company
1006 E. Main St., Ventura
(805) 667-2900; www.rubicontheatre.org

MAY 20-21
“Best of Broadway Vol. III”
Songs from Broadway hits past and present take center stage at this concert presented by Center Stage Opera.
Reseda High School Performing Arts Center
18230 Kittridge St., Reseda
(818) 517-4102; www.centerstageopera.org

MAY 27
Celtic Woman
The Irish group—featuring singers Mairéad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Éabha McMahon and Celtic violinist Tara McNeill—is in the midst of a 90-city tour promoting its latest CD, “Voices of Angels,” which topped both the classical and world music charts in Billboard.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

May 29
Summer Concerts in the Park
The high energy L.A. All Stars cover band launches the Conejo Rec and Park’s annual series.
Conejo Community Park
11175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks
(805) 495-2163
www.crpd.org

JUNE 2-3
Village Voices Chorale
The group’s “A Musical Carousel” concerts will feature Beethoven’s “Hallelujah,”  John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates” from “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” and “Java Jive,” a 1930s-era tune made famous by the Ink Spots.Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

JUNE 3
Oak Heart Country Music Festival
Drake White will be among the headliners at the Rotary Club of Westlake Village’s sixth annual fundraiser. The event also features vendor booths, food, a VIP section and a dance floor for the boot-scooters who want to boogie.
Conejo Creek Park South
1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
www.oakheartcmf.com

JENNIFER KOH – violinist
June 8-11:
Ojai Music Festival
» The boundary-pushing fest, now in its 71st season, features the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Violin Concerto, written for and performed by Jennifer Koh (pictured); chamber orchestra world premiere of Courtney Bryan’s “Yet Unheard,” which memorializes 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died in the custody of Texas police in 2015; and “Conduction,” a 60-minute piece for a 20-member ensemble that’s composed as it’s being performed.
Various venues, Ojai
(805) 646 2094
www.ojaifestival.org

JUNE 8-11
Ojai Music Festival
The boundary-pushing fest, now in its 71st season, features the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Violin Concerto, written for and performed by Jennifer Koh; Courtney Bryan’s “Yet Unheard,” which memorializes 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died in the custody of Texas police in 2015; and “Conduction,” a 60-minute piece for a 20-member ensemble that’s composed as it’s being performed.
Various venues, Ojai
(805) 646 2094; www.ojaifestival.org

JUNE 11
Rabbit Wilde
The Washington state quartet plays Americana tunes hopped up with indie-rock energy at this benefit for the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy Fund. The rootsy sounds of L.A. duo Steps of Doe open the show.
Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura
www.tinyporchconcerts.com

June 17
Music in the Park
Aeromyth, the “ultimate Aerosmith tribute band,” plays hits from the all-American rock group.
Rancho Simi Community Park
1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley
(805) 584-4456
www.rspd.org

JUNE 24
Storm Large and Johnny Boyd
Pink Martini singer Storm Large teams up with crooner Johnny Boyd for a swinging evening of cocktail cool.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

June 18
Concerts in the Park
Bring friends, food and a picnic blanket to Agoura Hills Rec’s first summer concert of the season.
Chumash Park
5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills
(818) 597-7361; www.agourahillsrec.org

Comedy

 

MARCH 18
Kathleen Madigan
The stand-up star’s got a new special on Netflix, “Bothering Jesus,” and she’s returning to T.O. for a comedy concert.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

APRIL 15
HashtagComedy
Need to laugh, but dread the drive to the comedy clubs in L.A.? Then check out this monthly series from HashtagComedy LA, which features Hollywood stand-up stars right here in our own backyard.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-1246; www.hillcrestarts.com

MAY 4-5
Jeff Dunham
The ventriloquist and his stable of loud, irreverent puppet pals—including Walter, the curmudgeonly retiree; Bubba J, the dumb-but-lovable  redneck; and Achmed the dead terrorist—bring their Perfectly Unbalanced Tour to Ventura County.
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
(805) 486-2424; www.oxnardperformingarts.com

MAY 7
Lewis Black
The loud-and-livid comic doesn’t know the meaning of anger management, which is what makes his tirades—on everything from politics to artisanal bagels—so hilarious.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

Dance

MAY 5-6
“Moving Images”
This spring dance concert features works choreographed by students and faculty members.
Preus-Brandt Forum, California Lutheran University
135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks
(805) 241-8515; www.callutheran.edu/theatrearts

MAY 13
Martha Graham Dance Company The renowned modern dance troupe, now in its 91st year, performs classic pieces with scores by Scott Joplin, Samuel Barber and Carlos Chavez. Also on tap: “Woodland,” a new commission created by Pontus Lidberg and set to music by Irving Fine.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000; www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

MAY 20
‘Noah’s Ark’
Pacific Festival Ballet brings the Old Testament tale to life, complete with aerial feats, multimedia montages and a replica ark. It’s the brainchild of the company’s artistic director, Kim Maselli, and film/TV composer Eric Allaman.Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

Fine Art

 

Through – APRIL 2
“Larry Bell: Pacific Red”
The artist uses his signature materials—glass, plastic and industrial coatings—to create a site-specific installation that pushes the boundaries of vision and perception.
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 506-4851; arts.pepperdine.edu/museum

Through – APRIL 3
“Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent”
In the 1960s and ’70s, the late nun/artist earned fame—and a Newsweek cover—by creating pop art-style prints that posed philosophical questions about racism, war, poverty and religion. This exhibit spotlights those advertising-inspired slogan posters as well as her popular “Love” prints.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 405-5240; cmato.org

Through – APRIL 6
“Et in Arcadia Ego”
Artists reinvent and reinterpret the timeless myth of Arcadia, a region in ancient Greece, as they explore “what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice to the next.”
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University
160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3697; rollandgallery.callutheran.edu

MARCH 12 – AUG. 20
“New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei”
A comprehensive look at the life of the actor/civil rights activist, including costumes and other items from his “Star Trek” days.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles
(213) 625-0414; www.janm.org

THROUGH MAY 6
“California Fibers”
Seventeen artists address the theme of “time” via fiber art. A panel discussion with some of the artists will take place April 22.
Studio Channel Islands Art Center
2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo
(805) 383-1368; studiochannelislands.org

APRIL 22-MAY 13
“Shenanigans: Senior Art Exhibit 2017”
Eight Cal Lutheran University seniors promise to challenge the mind and inspire imaginations with this exhibit, which features ceramics, charcoals, oils, watercolors and digital paintings.
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University
160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3697; rollandgallery.callutheran.edu

THROUGH MAY 22
“Masterworks of the Museum”
On display are works from the Museum of Ventura County’s permanent collection, including Carlisle Cooper’s monumental canvases depicting the human form; Hiroko Yoshimoto’s diptych illustrating the destruction of nature; painter John Nava’s religion-themed “Dancing Mienad”; and a piece by legendary ceramist Beatrice Wood called “Chalice.”
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St., Ventura
(805) 653-0323; venturamuseum.org

MAY 13-AUG. 6
“Process and Reality”
This show explores the creative process and looks at how Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Kelly, Tim Hawkinson and other contemporary artists engage the physical world.
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
(310) 506-4851; arts.pepperdine.edu/museum

APRIL 21-MAY 14
“CLUFest 2017”
Senior multimedia students show off cutting-edge work in design, gaming, cinema, visual effects and interactive media.
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University
120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3697; www.callutheran.edu/kwanfong

JUNE 15-AUG. 5
“32 Degrees Latitude”
A juried exhibit devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of emerging artists in the Conejo Valley and beyond.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 405-5240; cmato.org

THROUGH AUG. 20
“New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei”
This comprehensive look at the life of the actor/civil rights activist includes costumes and other items from his “Star Trek” days.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles
(213) 625-0414; www.janm.org

Wine & Spirits Events

APRIL 9
California Jazz & Wine Fest
Sample wine and craft brews, nosh on gourmet food, browse artists’ booths and listen to hot jazz and cool swing at this sixth annual event presented by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise. Saxophonist/composer Danny Janklow, an Agoura High grad, is the headliner. Also performing are Adam Clark Quartet, Lao Tizer Quartet, D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers, The Barrelhouse Wailers and Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop.
Four Seasons Hotel
2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village
(805) 380-6010; californiajazzwine.com

MAY 20
Surf ’n’ Suds Beer Festival
Beer by the beach … what’s not to love? More than 45 breweries will be pouring and there’s food and live music, too.
San Buenaventura State Park
901 Pedro Street, Ventura
(805) 448-7070; surfbeerfest.com

JUNE 4
Wine, Food & Brew Festival
The Casa Pacifica Angels’ 24th annual fundraiser features wine and craft beers from around the state and delectable treats from local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops. There are also culinary competitions, live music and silent auctions.
California State University Channel Islands
1 University Drive, Camarillo
www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com

JUNE 11
Ojai Wine Festival
The 31st annual fest, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai West Foundation, features wines from more than 60 regional vintners, a beer garden with over 30 craft brews and hors d’oeuvres from some of Ojai’s top caterers and restaurants. There’s also live music, free boat rides, arts and crafts and a silent auction.
Lake Casitas Recreation Area
11093 Santa Ana Road, Ventura
(805) 646-3794; ojaiwinefestival.com

JUNE 25
Conejo Food and Wine Festival
Dozens of restaurants, wineries and breweries will offer samples at this annual culinary event.
St. Paschal Baylon School
155 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks
www.conejofoodandwine.com

LECTURES

APRIL 23
Joe Palca
The science reporter, who explores the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors on the National Public Radio series “Joe’s Big Idea,” will be the guest speaker at a brunch presented by KCLU Radio.
Lundring Events Center, California Lutheran University
130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3900; kclu.org

MAY 12
“Lynsey Addario—A Photographer’s Life of Love and War”
The photojournalist discusses her career—and shows off the stark, sometimes graphic images she’s taken in war-torn Afghanistan, Darfur and Libya—during this talk, part of the National Geographic Live! series.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

Festivals & Family Fun

THROUGH APRIL 30
Whale watching tours
Our watery backyard is a busy thoroughfare for gray, humpback and blue 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

MARCH 17
“Christopher Lloyd Goes Back to the Future”
Hop into your DeLorean and catch Doc Brown as he talks about the sci-fi hit and introduces a screening.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

MARCH 17 – 19
International Orchid Show
These dazzling flowering plants, revered in ancient Greece for their supposed fertility powers, get the spotlight at this 72nd annual show. There will be orchid displays, sales, exhibits, workshops and demos, including a Q&A with Bruce “The Orchid Doctor” Kidd.
Earl Warren Showgrounds
3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara
(805) 403-1533; www.sborchidshow.com

MARCH 25 – 26 & APRIL 1 – 2
Zoo Spring Spectacular
Badgers, macaws and bobcats, oh my! Critters of all kinds will 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

THROUGH APRIL 9
“Interactive! The Exhibition: How Pop Culture Reshapes Technology”
» Interact with R2D2, Oculus Rift virtual reality, a driverless car and over a dozen other immersive games.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(800) 410-8354
reaganlibrary.com

THROUGH APRIL 30
Whale watching tours
Our watery backyard is a busy thoroughfare for gray, humpback and blue 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

APRIL 1 & 2
Scandinavian Festival
Dance around the maypole and nosh on Swedish meatballs at this annual Nordic culture festival.
Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks
(805) 241-1051; scandinaviancenter.org

APRIL 1 & 2
Blue & Gray Civil War Re-enactment
Hundreds of costumed re-enactors act out famous Civil War battles during this elaborate living history event, which moves to a new location this year. Funds raised benefit the Rotary Club of Moorpark.
Hitch Ranch
Enter on dirt road adjacent to the U.S. Post Office at 100 W. High St, Moorpark
(805) 279-5253; moorparkrotary.com

APRIL 2
Paint Ventura
The free art festival features work by local artists, live plein-air painting, a quick-draw competition, live music and a Boys & Girls Club plant sale.
Plaza Park
651 E Thompson Blvd., Ventura
(805) 643-6400; www.paintventura.com

APRIL 8
Arbor/Earth Day Celebration
Learn how to protect and preserve the Conejo Valley’s natural resources at this 20th annual event. There will be workshops, animal shows, a bike rodeo, children’s activities and a performance by pop/folk singer Brooke White.
Thousand Oaks Community Park
2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
www.toaks.org

APRIL 14-16
Ventura County Spring Fair
Can’t wait until the big summer fair? Then indulge in some springtime fun at this event, featuring carnival rides, midway games, carnival food, arts and crafts and an Easter egg hunt.
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura
(805) 648-3376; www.venturacountyfair.org

APRIL 22
Earth Day Eco Fest
This fun, educational event teaches kids (and adults, too) how to be kind to the planet. Learn about solar energy and the importance of recycling; attend a green car expo; and visit more than 80 eco-themed exhibitions. There’s also food, music, face painting, a scavenger hunt and live science experiments.
Plaza Park
651 E Thompson Blvd., Ventura
www.venturaearthday.org

APRIL 22-23
Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show and Food Truck Event
Chat with local kitchen and bath contractors, landscapers, roofers, interior designers and other experts at this show. And when you’ve had your fill of talking, fill up on food-truck fare.
Hyatt Westlake Plaza
880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village
(805) 529-0760; www.westlakehomeshow.com

APRIL 22-23
California Poppy Festival
You can celebrate the state flower with music, art, food and fun at this two-day fest, or you can skip the hoopla and head straight to the nearby Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and see the flowers blanket hillsides in a sea of orange. Experts expect a “moderate poppy bloom” this year that will last until mid-April or later.
Poppy Festival:
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43011 N. 10th St. West, Lancaster
www.poppyfestival.com
Poppy Reserve:
15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster
(661) 724-1180; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627

APRIL 23
Westlake Village Garden Club Tour
During this 44th annual fundraiser, you’ll visit four homes with “California-style” gardens that celebrate outdoor living and al fresco entertaining.
Various locations
westlakevillagegardenclub.org

APRIL 28-30
Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days
Help build new trails and restore old ones during this annual event. Volunteers can camp for free Friday and Saturday, and get a free barbecue dinner on Saturday.
Point Mugu State Park
(818) 222-4531; www.smmtc.org

APRIL 29
Ventura County Blues Festival
The Ventura County Blues Society’s 12th annual fest features the Phantom Blues Band, Debbie Davies, Chris Cain, R.J. Mischo, Michael John and the Bottom Line, Crooked Eye Tommy and Jim Gustin & Truth Jones.
Studio Channel Islands Art Center
2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo
venturacountyblues.com

APRIL 29-30
Railfest 2017
Journey back in time and enjoy steam engine train rides, model train displays, frontier gunfights and an exhibit of antique farm equipment. Presented by the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society.
Fillmore & Western Railway
364 Main St., Fillmore
(805) 524-2546; www.scrvrhs.com

APRIL 30
Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show
Rev up your taste buds at this 41st annual fundraiser featuring all kinds of chili (red or green; spicy or hot; with beans and without), vintage rides; live music; and a kids’ zone with a bounce house and petting zoo. Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley.
Conejo Creek Park North
1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
www.chili-cook-off.com

MAY 6
Archana
The arts, crafts, music and dance of India is celebrated at this 23rd annual festival.
Fred Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
www.indiafriendsassociation.org

MAY 7
Pooch Parade
Now here’s something to bark about: the Pooch Parade is turning 20. In addition to the parade, there’s a pet expo, kids’ zone, beer and wine … and dogs. Lots and lots of dogs.
Promenade Park
Figueroa Street and Shoreline Drive, Ventura
(805) 644-7387; poochparade.org

MAY 11-14
Conejo Valley Days
The community festival, now in its 61st year, features carnival rides, live music, food booths, games, outhouse races and exhibits.
Conejo Creek Park South
1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
www.conejovalleydays.us

MAY 11-14
Dog Agility Regional Championships
Dogs put their athletic skills to the test at this competition, presented by West Valley Dog Sports.
Camarillo Community Center and Park
1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo
www.usdaa.com/events.cfm

MAY 13
Simi Valley Street Fair
Shop till you drop (or run out of money) at this annual event featuring hundreds of vendors selling art, clothing and accessories, fitness and beauty products and home goods. There’s also live music, food, a beer garden and kids’ activities.
Cochran Street between Galena and Sequoia
(805) 526-3900; www.simivalleystreetfair.com

MAY 18-21
Malibu Guitar Festival
The shred fest returns for a third year of rock and blues magic.
Malibu Village
3822 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
malibuguitarfestival.com

MAY 20-21
California Strawberry Festival
More than 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed at this 34th annual fruity fete as festivalgoers nosh on all manner of berry-infused delights, from pizza, beer and crepes to smoothies, nachos and popcorn. There’s also live music, arts and crafts booths, cooking demos, kids’ rides and gooey contests.
Strawberry Meadows of College Park
3250 South Rose Ave., Oxnard
888 288-9242; castrawberryfestival.org

MAY 21
Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
Bluegrass, folk and old-time country musicians will be pickin’ and grinnin’ at this 57th annual fest. Performers include Hot October, Conjunto Jardin, Skillet Licorice, Gypsy Blues and the High Life Cajun Band.
Paramount Ranch
2908 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills
(818) 382-4819; www.topangabanjofiddle.org

MAY 27-28
Arts Alive Festival
The annual cultural fest features exhibitions by more than 100 artisans; music­, theater and dance performances; kids’ activities; food trucks; and wine and beer gardens.
Studio Channel Islands Art Center
2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo
(805) 383-1368; studiochannelislands.org

MAY 27-28
Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Boogie on the Simi Valley bayou with a host of Cajun, Creole, zydeco and blues musicians; nosh on jambalaya and crawfish; and check out the Mardi Gras parade. The 28th annual fest is presented by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.
Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley
www.simicajun.org

MAY 27-29
Topanga Days Country Fair
The rustic canyon fest features live music, food and crafts vendors, a parade, kids’ activities, sack races, apple-bobbing, a horseshoe tournament and a pie-eating contest.
1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga
(310) 455-1980; www.topangadays.com

JUNE 11
Chili Cook-off and Car Show
The Simi Valley Knights of Columbus serves up hot chili and cool cars at its 30th annual festival. There also will be live music by Caught Red Handed, more than 80 vendor booths and kids’ activities.
St. Rose of Lima Church
1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley
(805) 501-8818; www.chilikc.com

JUNE 24
Ojai Valley Lavender Festival
All sorts of lavender products—bouquets, sachets, soaps, oils, shampoos, candles and more—will be sold. There will also be cooking and distilling demos, a petting zoo, games and lectures.
Libbey Park
205 E Ojai Ave
www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org

JUNE 29
Food Truck Festival
Food trucks and classic cars converge at this free event, providing a feast for foodies and gearheads alike.
Camarillo Ranch
201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo
(805) 389-8182; camarilloranch.org

JULY 1-4
Anime Expo
Fans of Japanese animation and pop culture can expect workshops, concerts, panel discussions, vendors, guest speakers, cosplay contests and more.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
www.anime-expo.or

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