Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin (Laurel Theatre, 1006 Main St., Ventura, 667-2900). Regular performances begin Sun.: a revue of Chapin songs, directed by George Ball, who starred in the original long-running Los Angeles and Chicago production. Show times: Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Through Aug. 27. Wed.-Thur. and matinees, $27.50; Fri.-Sat., $32.50. Discounts for seniors, students and groups of 12 or more. Note: a gala opening benefit Saturday will begin at 4 p.m. with a block party, barbecue and beer tasting, followed by the show at 7. $100. Proceeds benefit Casa Pacifica Children's Crisis Care Center and Rubicon's Stinky Feet Theater Project for children.
The Hollywood Caper (Dakota's Steakhouse, 2525 Stow St., Simi Valley, 522-0449). Tonight at 7. The Gypsies Players present an interactive dinner-theater performance. Also playing Aug. 10. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Gypsies in a Trunk performance troupe. $29.95.
Comedy of Errors (Barranca Vista Park, 7050 E. Ralston St., Ventura, 644-6542). Sun., 7:30 p.m. Classics in the Park will continue its 2000 touring production, adapted for the stage by Michael Jordan. $5.
Grease (Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 381-2748). A mega-hit musical presented by Young Artists Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. performances: today-Sat. $12-$18.
As You Like It (Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, 378-1485). A production billed as Shakespeare "with a California beach twist." Show times: today-Sat. and Aug. 3-5, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. and Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m. $6-$10.
George Washington Slept Here (Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., 525-4645). A Kaufman & Hart comedy, which served as the basis for the television series "Green Acres." Show times: Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Through Aug. 27. $15 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 ages 12 and under.
West Side Story (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., 581-9940). A classic American musical presented by ARTS Youth Ensemble. Show times: Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Through Aug. 12. $15 general, $12 seniors and students, $8 ages 12 and under.
Wild River (The Livery Theatre, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura, 643-5701). An adventure musical by Richard Inman and Sheila Thibodeaux is billed as a road story about exploring self and the bayou. Show times: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m. Through Aug. 5. $7.
Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival (Cal Lutheran University, Kingsmen Park, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3455). "The Taming of the Shrew" plays Fri.-Sun. and Aug. 4-6. The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and pre-show entertainment, including strolling musicians, dancing, juggling and sword-fight demonstrations. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Festival seating is free; bring chairs or blankets. Limited reserved seating, $10. Alcohol is prohibited.
I Ought to Be in Pictures (Marquie Dinner Theatre, 340 N. Mobil Ave., Camarillo, 484-9909). A Neil Simon comedy about a young New York City woman who journeys to Hollywood to pay a surprise visit to her father. Fri.-Sun. Through Aug. 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., buffet dinner starts at 7, curtain is at 8:15. $35; $32 seniors; $28 under 13.
Ventura Area TheatreSports (The Livery Theatre, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura, 643-5701). Sat., 8 p.m. An improvisational acting troupe. $7.
Ojai Center for the Arts (113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-0117). Tue.-Sun., noon-4 p.m. Opening Tue.: "Double Exposure," figurative works by Wendy MaHarry and Bonnie Caruk Riege. Through Aug. 30. Reception Aug. 5, 4-7 p.m.
Laurel Theatre (1006 Main St., Ventura, 667-2900). Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. "San Buenaventura Spotlight," watercolors by Ruth Ellen Hoag. Through Aug. 27.
Studio Channel Islands Art Center (Cal State Channel Islands, Camarillo, 383-1368). Thur.-Sat., noon-3 p.m., and by appointment. "In Contemplation of Now," an exploration of contemporary social issues utilizing a variety of mediums. Through Aug. 26.
Zoey's Cafe (451 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1137). Call for viewing hours. "The Alchemist's Heart," assemblage and works on paper by Jennie Snyder. Through Aug. 13.
Buenaventura Gallery (700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 648-1235). Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. "The Cream of the Crop," the 2000 Merit Award Show. Through Aug. 19. Reception Friday, 5-8 p.m.
American Commercial Bank (155 South A St., Oxnard, 487-6581). Mon.-Thur., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. "Vacation Views," a juried competition hosted by the Oxnard Art Assn. Through Sept. 8.
Contempo Beauty Salon (205 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5591). Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. "My New Hairdo," paintings by Venae Warner. Through Aug. 30.
Jonathan's at Peirano's (204 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-4853). Call for viewing hours. Oil and pastel landscapes by Laurel Sherrie and Grant Lewis. Through September.