Okay, so we know that Ojai isn't exactly around the corner from your house, but with so many Oscar- and Emmy-winning actors starring in The Ojai Playwrights Conference, we had to pick it. And really, when else are you going to see Helen Hunt, Allison Janney, Neil Patrick Harris, and Matthew Perry perform staged readings in a middle school auditorium? The evening's performance, titled The Business, features scenes by well-known contemporary playwrights that poke fun at show business. Other featured actors include John Bennett Perry from Fools Rush In, Richard Kind from Spin City and The Producers, and Richard Jenik, who plays recurring roles on Desperate Housewives and 7th Heaven.
>> Matilija Junior High School Auditorium, 708 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. Sat. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28. $55. (805) 640-0400. www.ojaiplaywrightsconf.org.