Go Red!

Fifteen years ago, Go Red for Women was born as a campaign to raise awareness among women about their great health threat – heart disease. Slowly, the campaign grew into a movement – one that not only brought together thousands of women annually but became the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to eradicate heart disease and stroke. Go Red for Women provides a platform for women and their families to lead healthier lives and drive collective action for community transformation. The Go Red for Women luncheon on February 21 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village serves as the cornerstone event of the Go Red for Women movement in local communities. This empowering event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically-needed funds to support research and education initiatives. AHACamarillo.ejoinme.org

Meleko Mokgosi: “Acts of Resistance”

The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks presents this installation by Meleko Mokgosi through April 9. The artist examines formal and informal acts of resistance, placing equal emphasis on both. He defines resistance as any instance where a subject refuses to give in to the oppression of their spirit. While formal resistance takes aim at the state and institutional forces, informal resistance encompasses everyday acts, both conscious and unconscious. Mokgosi’s paintings confront the politics and histories of representation. From a Eurocentric vantage point, black figures are almost always interpreted as representing difference. In this exhibit, Mokgosi compels viewers to give his subjects more complex consideration. Their beautiful attributes, emotional bearing, interrelationships and geographic contexts push away generalizing categories and marginalizing reactions. Born in Francistown, Botswana, Mokgosi is an artist, assistant professor of practice at New York University, and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program. Admission is free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. CalLutheran.edu/rolland

For the Troops Honors Veterans

For the Troops’ annual Military Tribute Gala honoring World War II and Korean War veterans takes place Saturday, February 22, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library. Featuring keynote speakers, entertainment and dinner, the event raises funds to support For the Troops’ programs, including sending care packages to soldiers in active service. Tickets are $125/person. ForTheTroops.org

“Beyond Impressionism”

Lori Mohr will visit the Hill Road Library in Ventura at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, to deliver the talk “Beyond Impressionism: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne.” Mohr is part of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program. In late 19th century France, Impressionism dominated avant-garde painting. But a diverse group of up-and-comers—Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne among them—found fault in the focus on style versus subject. Unlike Impressionists, they were unified not by a single aesthetic—fleeting effects of light in the real world—but by a shared interest in exploring the artists’ perception of the real world. Let the camera capture reality! Given their differences in style, technique, and subject matter, defining Post Impressionism can be difficult. However, by tracing its history, its artists, and pinpointing distinguishing characteristics, we will better understand how the unique contributions of these innovators formed the artistic roots of modern art for the next 80 years, from Fauvism to Cubism to Surrealism. Free and open to the public. 805.677.7180