Make love at the Museum and not war

Experience the Summer of Love at the Museum of Ventura County

In the summer of 1967, nearly 100,000 people including artists, activists, writers and musicians from across the country, converged on San Francisco, igniting a cultural revolution; the season became known as the Summer of Love. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historical movement, the Museum of Ventura County is presenting a summer series of events featuring notable speakers, movies, concerts, lectures and documentaries significant to the time.

July 8: Summer of Love tent-pole event features two tribute bands, a Volkswagen car show, button-making, food and a cash bar. Admission is $10/members, $15/non-members.

July 8 through Aug. 27: A community-based pop-up exhibit, curated to showcase the Ventura County community’s connection to and reality of the Summer of Love, titled Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out:

July 22: Screening of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which took place two years after the Summer of Love, and on the country’s opposite coast. The showing starts at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. Admission is $10/members, $15/non-members. No-host bar available.

July 28: Presentation of the 1967 Best Picture, In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Screening at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5/members, $10/non-members. No-host bar available.

Aug. 10: Drummer Fito de la Parra talks about his life in rock ‘n roll, from his start as a house drummer at the Tom Cat Club in Torrance to joining the up-and-coming blues band Canned Heat. The lecture, “Bringing the Heat,” will run from 7-9 p.m. Admission is FREE/members, $5/non-members.

Aug. 17: Ventura County Poet Laureate, Phil Taggert, will perform readings from the works of writer Charles Bukowski. The event is from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is $10/members, $15/non-members. No-host bar available.

Aug. 26: Grateful Dead Tribute Band Cubensis will pay tribute to the era’s significance as an epoch in the evolution of popular music. 5-8 p.m doors open at 4 p.m. Admission is $15/members, $20/non-members. No-host bar available.

Museum of Ventura County, 100 E Main St. Visit for a full schedule of events and exhibits. 653.0323 for more information. Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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