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VENTURA COUNTY WEEKEND | BEST BETS

December 26, 1996

SATURDAY: Legendary Guitarist on the Bill

Legendary British blues guitarist Jackie Lomax, now an Ojai local, will headline a benefit concert for the Ojai Art Center. The 8 p.m. show is $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. Also on the bill are the Ojai Blues Band and Windance.

Lomax's band, the Undertakers, often shared the bill with the Beatles at the Cavern Club in their native Liverpool. Later Lomax was hired by John Lennon as a songwriter, and George Harrison produced Lomax's first album, "Is This What You Want?," which was recently reissued by Capitol. Lomax will be backed by members of his own band as well as members of the Ojai Blues Band.

The venue is located at 113 S. Montgomery St. Call 646-0117 to find out more.

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Trip Back in Time

Looking for a post-Christmas outing for the kids? Take them to Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Park in Newbury Park for a step back in time to the days when the Chumash roamed the Santa Monica Mountains.

A National Park Service ranger leads a 90-minute family program at this park that includes a short walk, along with games and stories relating to the Native Americans who lived here for centuries. The free program begins at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at the Pinehill Road parking lot.

While you're at the park, check out the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center. Inside are Native American artifacts, books, maps and information about this 838-acre park site. For information, call (818) 597-9192.

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Rugburns at Nicholby's

The Rugburns have the funniest Christmas song of all time. However, neither the lyrics nor the title can be repeated in a family newspaper. But suffice to say, the last time the band played Nicholby's in October, the song got a standing ovation. The Rugburns return to Nicholby's with Finnhead opening.

The Rugburns are fronted by Mr. Savage Social Commentary himself, Steve Poltz, who writes about hangovers as big as Brazil, mean little kids in suburbia, burned-out speed freaks, plus all sorts of bent love songs. The band's third and most recent album, "Taking the World by Donkey," was one of last year's best.

The 9:30 p.m. show will set you back six bucks. The venue is located at 404 E. Main St. in Ventura. Call 653-2320.

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UP THE COAST

A few tickets remain for the Santa Barbara Symphony's "New Year's Eve Pops Concert" at the Arlington Theatre. Held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., the sixth annual affair will feature Strauss' Radetzky March and "Thunder & Lightning Polka," Haydn's Symphony No. 45, plus works by Bernstein, the Beatles and more. Soprano Juliana Gondek of the New York City Opera will perform. Tickets: $15-$35. The venue is at 1317 State St., Santa Barbara. For ticket availability and reservations, call 963-4408.

GLANCE AHEAD

The Focus on the Masters Tuesday Talk Series at Cafe Voltaire in Ventura will continue Jan. 7 with "An Evening With Lindsay B. Scott." Series founder Donna Granata will lead a presentation on the life and work of the acclaimed wildlife artist. Scott will join the discussion to elaborate on her work and success. Tickets are $4. Seating is limited. Call 649-9366.

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