The Acorn’s guide to what’s going on

FRI., JAN. 21

Whale Watching Tours

Pacific gray whales are once again turning our watery backyard into a busy thoroughfare as they migrate from Alaska to their breeding grounds in Baja. Catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures—along with humpback whales, fin whales, dolphins, and occasional orcas—during boat tours, available through April 23 via Island Packers in Ventura (805 642-1393, or through April 30 via Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard (805 382-1612,

‘Friends! The Musical Parody’

If you’re a “Friends” fan, this show may just make your day, your week, your month or even your year as it pokes loving fun at classic moments from all 10 seasons of the popular TV sitcom. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $50-$150.


Change is on the menu as American Theatre Guild whips up this musical tale about a waitress and expert pie maker who enters a baking contest in hopes of finding a fresh start. Grammy-winning singer Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”) wrote the music and lyrics. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $48-$135.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’

Steve Martin’s comic play ponders an imaginary meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. The encounter is set in 1904, just before the renowned scientist unveiled his groundbreaking theory of relativity and the celebrated painter wowed the world with cubism. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 13, with an 8 p.m. show Thurs., Feb. 10, Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $20 general, $17 military, seniors, and students. (805) 483-5118;


An imaginary (or is it?) 6-foot-6 rabbit keeps things hopping in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase.

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 21 to Feb. 12, with additional shows at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 and 2 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12, Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $20 general, $18 students, seniors, military.

Harley’s Bowl

The bowling center presents rock cover band Jetlemons (8:30 p.m. Jan. 21), rock group Pretty Boy Floyd (7:30 p.m. Jan. 22), Johnny Cash tribute band the Mighty Cash Cats and Eagles tribute band Route 62 (7 p.m. Jan. 28), and rockabilly/punk band the Ripkatz (7 p.m. Jan. 29), rock/pop cover band the Dirty Lowdown (7 p.m. Feb. 4), Sound of Ghosts and dosTrios (8:30 p.m. Feb. 5), Radolescents, Teh Hajj, IDecline and the Afraid (7 p.m. Feb. 11), party punk band We Are Wasted (7 p.m. Feb. 12), country singer Justin Honsinger (8 p.m. Feb. 18), classic rock group DVR Band (8:30 p.m. Feb. 25) and melodic hardcore group Ignite (8:30 p.m. Feb. 26). Reggae groups play at 5 p.m. Sundays. Harley’s Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. (805) 584-2695;

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Christopher Durang sends up Chekov in this Tony-winning play about siblings who bicker and dicker, drink liquor, and snicker in an old Pennsylvania farmhouse located in a cherry orchard. Various times, Jan. 21 to Feb. 13, Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.

Reagan Library

“FBI: From Al Capone to Al-Qaeda” explores the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On view are key pieces of evidence from some of our country’s most notorious crimes, including Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-riddled Ford and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s manifesto. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Feb. 27, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. $29.95 general.

Topanga Canyon Gallery

Two solo shows—Jonathan Burke’s “Catch and Release” and June Kim’s “Amaurosis: Destitute of Vision”­— are on view through Jan. 23 at Topanga Canyon Gallery, 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga.

‘The Otherworld’

California Lutheran University’s largest-ever exhibit features two centuries of international psychedelic art, ranging from a Huichol yarn painting to a Yes album cover. All of the art depicts alternative visions of the world. Some of the visions were brought on by drugs like peyote, marijuana, and LSD; others were spiritual or religious visualizations. Through Feb. 3, Rolland Gallery at CLU, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks.

‘Now Is the Happiest Time of Your Life’

Carl Dobsky’s representational art depicts crude and cruel human behavior, with scenes of men and women looting wantonly, fighting for food, shrieking over shopping, babbling incoherently about a flood, and snorting coke while a wildfire burns behind them. Through Feb. 3, Kwan Fong Gallery, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Viewing is by appointment only. Email or call (805) 493-3697.

Conejo Valley Art Museum

“Moments in Time” features pieces from the museum’s archives. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until March 2, Conejo Valley Art Museum at Janss Marketplace, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Ste. 193C, Thousand Oaks. Free. (805) 492-8778;

Channel Islands Maritime Museum

The museum’s “Coast Guard Art” exhibit showcases work created by those who protect our shores. Included are portraits, search-and-rescue scenes, and depictions of everyday life during the maritime conflict. The pieces “reflect our complex relationship with the wild ocean and its abundant ecosystems and illustrate that, indeed, the Coast Guard is always ready,” the museum said. Noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays through March 25, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. $7 adults with discounts. (805) 984-6260;

Museum of Ventura County

The exhibit “Arte Para la Gente” explores the work of groundbreaking Chicana artist Margaret Garcia, whose work captured culture, family, and urban life. Through spring 2022, 100 E. Main St., Ventura.

Santa Paula Art Museum

Through March 6: “Art About Agriculture” features more than 50 artists exploring everything from workers and water to fields and the food that goes on our plates. 117 N. 10th St. and 123 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. (805) 525-5554;

SAT., JAN. 22

A Faery Hunt

The children’s theater group presents a gentle musical adventure filled with fairies and funny creatures. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22, Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley. $15. Reservations: ( 818) 324-6802;

Bruce Boxleitner

The actor, who has starred in such TV series as “How the West Was Won,” “Bring‘Em Back Alive,”“Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Babylon 5,” discusses his nearly 50-year Hollywood career. 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22, McCrea Ranch, 4500 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $10. Call (805) 495-2163 to register.

Parent/Teen Pool Tournament

The tournament includes a tri-trip barbecue, a trophy, and bragging rights for the winning team. 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22, Thousand Oaks Teen Center,1375 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Registration fee is $20 for a two-person team. (805) 494-5156;

Camarillo Art Center

The center’s open-call art show features a variety of art and artists. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 30, 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. (805) 445-7061;

Stagecoach Inn Museum

Discover what life was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s at this historic landmark. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5 to 12; free for kids under 5 and members. (805)498-9441;

Fairy Tale Family Formal

“Princes and princesses” are encouraged to don their best fairy-tale attire for this semiformal, family-oriented dance. There will be games, giveaways, light refreshments, and access to a family photo wall. 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $5 general; free for children ages 3 and younger. RSVP by Jan. 21 at

Square and Round Dance

Dee Dee Dougherty is the caller, Cindy Mower is the cuer at this Mardi Gras-themed event presented by Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club. 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 22, Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $10. (805) 368-5371;

J.R.’s Comedy Club

Comic Marc Yaffee likes to kick back in his hot tub and crack jokes, poking fun at everything from angry cacti to evaporating breast implants. He’ll dry off to perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at J.R.’s Comedy Club inside the Junkyard Cafe, 2585 Cochran St., Simi Valley. $20. (805) 426-6117;

SUN., JAN. 23

Topanga Vintage Market

This monthly market features 200 vintage vendors, artisans, and food trucks. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23, Pierce College, Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills. $5 general; kids 12 and younger free. Free parking; no pets. (310) 422-1844;

Jeff Maulhardt

Jeff Maulhardt’s Ventura County roots run deep. The fifth-generation resident, a retired teacher who is part of the Borchard family tree, has authored 16 history books and will discuss local lore during a talk. 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 23, Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. $15 general, $10 members. (805) 498-9441;

‘A Shakespearean Experience’

Bonnie Snyder and friends explore Shakespeare’s life, times, and his significant contributions to the English language—not to mention the impact he continues to have on pop culture today. The event features live music and Shakespeare readings. 3 p.m. Jan. 23, Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $7. (805) 381-2744.

ASA Pickleball Tourney

Jan. 23 is the deadline to sign up for this round-robin pickleball tournament, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Greater Conejo Valley chapter of America Supporting Americans. ASA sends care packages containing handwritten notes, snacks, books, and personal care items to troops serving overseas. Proceeds help pay for postage, which is around $10,000 per year. Players can take part in mixed-doubles matches in two categories—recreational and competitive—at the event, which takes place at 8 a.m. Jan. 29 at Rancho Conejo Playfield, 950 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. $35 per player, $70 per team.; (805) 495-4674.

WED., JAN. 26

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Channel Islands chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America celebrates its 38th anniversary. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26, Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive., Camarillo.

‘Being Successful as a Latina’

Judith Sanchez Lopez, general manager at Jafra USA, is an international leader with more than 28 years of experience in the beauty and cosmetics industry. She’ll discuss her career arc with Gerhard Apfelthaler, dean of Cal Lutheran University’s School of Management, during a talk titled “Being Successful as a Latina in a German company in the U.S.” It’s part of CLU’s “Forward Together” webinar series. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Jan. 26. Free. Register at

Classical Guitar Society

Guitar enthusiasts from around the county meet monthly to share the joy of guitar music. Nationally known guitarist/lute player David Rogers performs. 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26, Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. Student performers go on at 7 p.m., Rogers starts playing at 8. Free; donations for the guest artist are encouraged. (805) 640-7147;


‘Comedy for a Cause’

Headliner Brian Kiley is joined by Jessica Inserra, Rene Percy, Willie Macc, Kelly Ryan, and Sean Porter for an evening of laughter benefiting Calabasas High School’s soccer program. 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 27, Six Chow House, 23536 Calabasas Road, Calabasas.

FRI., JAN. 28

Nordic Spirit Symposium

Cal Lutheran University’s 23rd annual event, “From Northern Lights and Winter Nights: A Symposium of Nordic Stories and Culture,” features virtual presentations by experts on a range of topics, including Sami culture, the stories of Finnish immigrant women, and the early history of trolls. Various times, Jan. 28-29. Go online to to register.

‘Wild Spectacle’

Janisse Ray discusses her new memoir, which chronicles her adventures watching monarch butterflies in Mexico and counting birds in Belize. In the book, she questions what it means to travel as a woman, speculates on the impacts of ecotourism, and wonders if future generations will make substantive environmental change. Presented by the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 via Zoom. Free, but donations accepted.


Performers from High Street Arts Center’s Winter Youth Camp perform in this Tony-winning British musical about an extraordinary youngster who uses her mind and imagination to take a stand and change her destiny. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High Street, Moorpark. (805) 529-8700;

National Geographic Live!

Photographer Keith Ladzinski is renowned for his ability to get the perfect shot in some of the world’s most inaccessible and inhospitable environments. During this talk, he’ll discuss chasing storms, getting up close and personal with wildlife, and chronicling feats of extreme adventure across all seven continents. 8 p.m. Jan. 28, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $41-$51.

Raul Malo

The frontman of the Grammy-winning band the Mavericks blends neo-country, rock, and Latin rhythms into a potent musical stew. 8 p.m. Jan. 28, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Brooke Ramel opens the show. $28-$48. (888) 645-5006;

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