"The Art of Something": In this play, what seems "abnormal" is "normal" in the life of Arthur Jones, a private eye, writer, painter and father. Tom Eubanks, a private investigator himself and the artistic director at Elite Theatre Company, wrote the play and directs it. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 1, Elite Theatre, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $18 general, $15 students and seniors. 483-5118; elitetheatre.
"Busytown": Young Artists Ensemble presents this musical based on the books of Richard Scarry. Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling and directed by Annie Block-Weiss, the production takes audiences on a tour of the vibrant neighborhood. 7:30 p.m.May 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m.May 17, 2 p.m.May 18, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. $17 general admission, $15 seniors and students. 381-1246; yaeonline.com.
"I Ought to Be in Pictures": Ojai Art Center Theater presents Neil Simon's play about a young woman who travels from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to pursue a film career and reconnect with her playwright father. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 16 through June 8, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $18 general admission, $15 seniors, students and Art Center members. 640-8797; ojaiact.org.
"Love, Loss, and What I Wore": Rubicon Theatre continues its 16th season with Nora and Delia Ephron's adaptation of Illene Beckerman's best-selling book, which uses clothing as a metaphor for big moments in a woman's life. Through May 18: Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Laural Lyle, Nancy Nufer, Cheri Steinkellner and Jenny Sullivan will perform. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $25-$49. 667-2900.
"Mickey & Worm": Intervision Entertainment and The Kitchen present this dinner theater event featuring a dinner of tilapia, chicken Kiev or ratatouille and a production of this play about a pair of best friends and partners in shady deals. 7 p.m.May 16-17, 529 South A St., Oxnard. $60 per person, $110 per couple. 800-838-3006; intervision.brownpapertickets.com.
"The Odd Couple": Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents its production of Neil Simon's play about best friends who are polar opposites. Through May 18, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 388-5716; skywayplayhouse.org.
"Peaches en Regalia": Elite Theatre Company presents Steve Lyons' comedy about four people whose lives intersect at Doug's Diner, where a peach dish plays a part in determining their fate. 2 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through May 25, 2731S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $20 general admission, $18 seniors, students and military. 483-5118; elitetheatre.org.
"Picasso at the Lapin Agile": The Conejo Players Theatre presents Steve Martin's play that imagines what might have happened if Picasso and Einstein met in a Paris cabaret in 1904. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 31, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $18. 495-3715; conejoplayers.org.
"The Seagull": The Santa Paula Theater Center presents Anton Chekhov's play centered around celebrated actress Irina Arkadina's visit to her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 25, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $20 general admission, $18 seniors and students, $15 children. 525-4645; santapaulatheatercenter.org.
"Young Frankenstein": Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents Mel Brooks' musical that re-imagines Mary Shelley's classic book. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 25, 3050Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $24 general, $20 seniors and students. 583-7900; simi-arts.org.
"American Idiot": The Granada Theatre presents the Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning musical featuring the music of Green Day with the lyrics of the band's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. 8 p.m.May 21, 1214State St., Santa Barbara. $33. 899-2222; granadasb.org.
"The Coot Elimination Committee": The Plaza Playhouse Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of the new comedy written and directed by Bill Waxman. May 17-18, 4916Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. $17 general admission, $12 seniors and students. 684-6380; plazatheatercarpinteria.com.
"Red": Ensemble Theatre Company continues its 2013-2014 season with John Logan's Tony Award-winning play about abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko. Through June 1, New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. $40-$65. 965-5400; etcsb.org.
"American Idiot": The Tony Award-nominated musical features the music of Green Day. Pantages Theatre, May 17-18, 6233Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. $45 and up. 800-982-2787; hollywoodpantages.com.
"American Night: The Ballad of Juan JosÉ": L.A. Theatre Works presents Richard Montoya's play about a sleep-deprived Mexican national cramming for his citizenship exam. The show, performed without sets or costumes, is being taped for later radio broadcast. May 17-18, James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. $15-$60. 310-827-0889; latw.org.
"Death of the Author": The Geffen Playhouse presents Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Steven Drukman's play about a young professor who suspects a student of plagiarism. May 20 through June 29, 10866 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. $57-$72. 310-208-5454; geffenplayhouse.com.
"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess": Center Theatre Group presents George and Ira Gershwin's musical featuring favorites like "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." Through June 1, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $20-$120. 213-972-4400; centertheatregroup.org.
"A Streetcar Named Desire": LA Opera presents soprano RenÉe Fleming performing the iconic role of Blanche DuBois in the Los Angeles premiere of AndrÉ Previn's adaptation of Tennessee Williams' classic play. May 18, 21 and 24, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $17 and up. 213-972-8001; laopera.org.
"ThaÏs": LA Opera presents PlÁcido Domingo performing the role of AthanaËl in Jules Massenet's opera. May 17 through June 7, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $19 and up. 213-972-8001; laopera.org.
"Unorganized Crime": David Fofi will direct and Chazz Palminteri will star in Kenny D'Aquila's play about a disgraced Mafioso who must deal with his mobster family. Through May 25, Elephant Theatre, 1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood. $30-$35. 800-595-4849; tix.com.
Classiccal music and dance
Los Robles Master Chorale: The group presents "Imaginations Unleashed!," the final concert of its 36th season, featuring two world premiere commissions and a rarely performed Russian masterwork by Alexander Gretchaninov. 7:30 p.m.May 17, Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. $25 general admission, $15 students. 526-7464; losroblesmasterchorale.org.
"The Sea Princess": Pacific Festival Ballet's original production, created by Westlake Village choreographer Kim Maselli and Malibu composer Eric Allaman, is described as "Swan Lake" meets "The Little Mermaid." 2 and 7 p.m.May 17, Kavli Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $30-$34, available in person at the box office or through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Information: 818-707-3267 or pacificfestivalballetcompany.com.
Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Gala: The group's inaugural gala "Over the Top!" celebrates its 40th concert and honors Edward Francis, the orchestra's founder. The event will feature a Champagne reception, gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions and a recital by renowned pianist Christopher O'Riley. 5 p.m.May 18, Sheraton Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. $125. 499-5256; tophil.org.
Ojai Youth Symphony: The ensemble presents its 14th annual "Concerto Concert," featuring the winners of the annual Concerto Competition performing works by Barber, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Weber and Faure. 7 p.m.May 19, Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro, Ojai. $9 general admission, free for children under 18. 649-8086; ojaiyouthsymphony.org.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky: LA Opera presents Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky performing works by Glinka, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and others. 7:30 p.m.May 22, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $9 and up. 213-972-8001; laopera.org.
Culture and more
"The Swingin' with Dean Show": The Friends of the Camarillo Library presents Dean Ratzman performing standards by Duke Ellington, Sinatra, Elvis, the Beach Boys and others. 2-3 p.m.May 18, Community Room, Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Free. 388-5222; friendscamarillolibrary.org.
George Winston Concert: Grammy Award-winning pianist, George Winston, will perform in concert. 7:30 p.m.May 19, Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School, 8585 Santa Paula Ojai Road, Ojai. $50. 646-3381; beatricewood.com/george_winston.html.
"Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life": The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts presents the tap-dancing and jazz orchestra performance. Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Through May 24, $79-$129. 310-746-4000; thewallis.org.
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