The Acorn’s guide to what’s going on

FRI., NOV. 18

Tree Lighting Celebration

The Promenade at Westlake lights up its massive holiday tree, complete with a holiday show featuring musical entertainment, the arrival of Santa Claus and a fireworks finale. Pre-show festivities include strolling entertainment, kids’ activities and a Holiday Market featuring treats from restaurants and retailers. 5 p.m. preshow, 7:30 p.m. show, Nov. 18, 140 Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks. Free.

Tips on Buying a Telescope

Looking to purchase a telescope this holiday season? Victor Jimenez, the telescope and astro-imaging specialist at Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope, focuses on what to buy, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced astronomer, during a talk presented by the Ventura County Astronomical Society. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Drive, Moorpark. Free.


Moorpark College’s contemporary vocal ensemble performs an evening of pop, R&B and throwback songs. 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Moorpark College Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. $20 adults, $15 for students and seniors. (805) 378- 1485;


Calabasas High School presents Mary Chase’s comedy about a mild-mannered man and his best friend—a 6-foot-3 invisible rabbit named Harvey. The thought-provoking play asks, “What is the meaning of crazy?”7 p.m. Nov. 18, 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center, 22855 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. $12-$27.

‘Frozen Jr.’

Two princesses, Elsa and Anna, tap into their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood as they

overcome danger and vow to fill the world with light and love. Youth Musical Theater performs the Disney show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mullholland Hwy., Calabasas. $35 reserved, $20 general.

‘Speaking Movement’

Moorpark College dance students celebrate the “human experience through the medium of movement.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. $15. (805) 378-1485;

Malibu Film Society

The society celebrates awards season with screenings of“Last Film Show”(Nov. 18) featuring a Q&A with director Pan Nalin, “Women Talking” starring Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara and Jessie Buckley (Nov. 19), “Elvis” featuring a Q&A with director/writer Baz Luhrmann (Nov. 21), “The Banshees of Inershin” (Nov. 25), “Strange World” (Nov. 26), “Exposure” (Dec. 4) and “Cha Cha Real Smooth” (Dec. 15). Various times, Regency Agoura Hills Stadium 8, 29045 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Become a member and get free admission to the screenings and pre-show wine receptions.

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

In this Young Artists Ensemble production, young siblings stumble through a magic portal and into the adventure of their lives as they help a mighty lion battle a witch for the heart and soul of Narnia. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. $19 adults with discounts. (805) 381-2747;

‘The Cover of Life’

Elite Theatre Company stages R.T.

Robinson’s play about a magazine reporter assigned to interview the wives of three brothers sent off to fight in World War II. 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $20 general, $17 military, seniors and students. (805) 483-5118;

‘Shakespeare in Love’

The play imagines the early years of the famed playwright as he launches his career and falls in love. 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19,witha2p.m.matineeNov.20, Black Box Theatre at Cal Lutheran University, 141 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks.

‘Murder on the Orient Express’

A train trip goes off the rails as Detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a passenger in this Agatha Christie thriller. The case won’t be easy to crack; the train is full of suspects, and everyone conveniently has an alibi. Various times, through Dec. 18, Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula.

The Immediate Family

Some of rock ’n’ roll’s top players— Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals)—join forces for an evening of rock and blues. 8 p.m. Nov. 18, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills. $34-$54.

Topanga Canyon Gallery

Through Nov. 20: Solo exhibits by Mark Estes and Susan Nissman. 137 S. Topanga Blvd., Topanga. (310) 455- 7909;

Thousand Oaks Community Gallery

Through Nov. 28: Gil Dellinger judges the Thousand Oaks Art Association’s 2022 members’show. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through Nov. 28, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park.

Studio Channel Islands

Through Dec. 4: “Colorspace” features works by Carlos Grosso, Ariane Leiter, Margaret Korishelli and Barry Frantz. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura

Blvd., Camarillo. (805) 383-1368;

Maritime Museum

Through Dec. 19: “Resilience: Art of the Channel Islands” features prints, paintings, drawings and ceramics that celebrate the diversity of the islands’ flora and fauna. Five artists are spotlighted: Joe Adams, Holly Woolson, Linda Legman, Genie Thomsen and Christina Altfield. Opening Jan. 3:“Neil Brooks and the California Seascape.” Through Jan. 9: “Reflections: Hasui Kawase Maritime Prints.” Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard.

Santa Paula Art Museum

Through Jan. 8: Contemporary Chicano artist John Galan explores the connections between mind, body, nature and healing. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. (805) 525-5554;

Galleria at Hillcrest Center

Through Jan. 16: The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley’s group show,“Inspiration,” features assemblages by Annee Hahn, paintings by Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Michael Wicks, digital photography by Michael Koch, pastels by Carmen Lamp, sculptures by Shannon Lundberg and drawings/paintings by Andrea Stanley. Photographs by the late Gary Talbot are also on display. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, through Jan. 16, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.(805) 381-2747;

SAT., NOV. 19

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Forming connections with other suicide loss survivors is an important part of the healing process, experts say, which is why Survivor Day events can be helpful and uplifting. To mark the day, clinical social worker Pam Farkas will give a talk for survivors. Groups for people who have lost a parent, child, sibling, spouse or friend to suicide also will meet. 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19, Engaged Therapy, 2625 Townsgate Road, Ste. 210, Thousand Oaks. Information: or Mike Matthew at

Camarillo Art Center

Nov. 19-20: Holiday Fundraiser, featuring handmade arts and crafts, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through Jan. 2: “Let the Holidays Begin” features work by Ventura County artists. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo.

Spotlight on Style

The 21st annual benefit for Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families features a champagne reception, lunch, boutique shopping and a runway fashion show showcasing selections from such established designers as Candice Held, DeLauney and Jovani. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. Proceeds support Casa Pacifica’s efforts to help children and teens struggling with mental and behavioral health challenges. Tickets:

Bethany Tree Christmas Boutique

“Bethany trees” are painted pine cones adorned with jewels and trinkets, each one celebrating a different theme, including cancer survival and the thrill of riding motorcycles. They’ll be for sale during this annual boutique benefiting,, and children in Bethany Village in Africa. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20, American Vision Windows, 2125 N. Madera Road, Simi Valley. Information: Laurie Steinfeld at (805) 207-6688.

Pickleball With a Difference

People who have diagnosed learning differences can make new friends as they learn to play pickleball. A potluck lunch will be served; families welcome. Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Free. Information: Gary Gosset (805-732-7946,; John Chew (805-428-1048,

Stagecoach Inn Museum

Through November, docents present “A Salute to Our Own Veterans.” 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5 to 12; free for kids under 5 and members. (805) 498-9441;

Thanksgiving Skate Night

Lace up your quads or blades for an evening of skating to all-American music. Children must wear helmets. 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. Free. (805) 517-6300;

Paul Rodriguez

Over the decades, the self-described “Latino King of Comedy” has been a sitcom star, talk show host and movie actor, but stand-up remains his bread and butter. Marc Price, who played Skippy on “Family Ties,” opens the show. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. $25.

Ballroom Dance

The Wyatt Haupt Band performs at this Saturday night dance. Bachata dance lessons offered at 6:30 p.m., dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Nov. 19, Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $10. (805) 381-2744;

‘Dialogues Miniatures’

Padre Serra Parish’s fall concert features pianist Dominic MacAller, string players Alexander, Rebecca, Eva and Sophia Tseitlin and the wind section from the Conjeo Valley Youth Orchestra. On the program are the first movements of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata plus other works. 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Padre Serra, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo.

New West Symphony

Unity is the theme of music director Michael Christie’s “Ode to Joy” program. Together with sopranos Saili Oak and Ann Toomey, mezzo soprano Courtney Jameson, baritone Craig Irvin and tenor Casey Candebat, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 9 and Reena Esmail’s “My Sister’s Voice.” Joining New West will be California Lutheran Choral Ensemble, Arete Vocal Ensemble and the Pepperdine University choral ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 (Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks) and 3 p.m. Nov. 20 (Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, 4235 Mar Vista Drive, Camarillo). $30-$120.

Comedy on High Street

Scott Wood has a theory about automobiles. “The name of the car tells you all about the car,” he says. “I’m looking at the new Infiniti—that’s how long it takes you to pay it off.” Here’s further proof: “Last week I hit a guy. I didn’t see him—he was driving a Mirage. I told him, ‘You should have been in a Dodge.’”Wood will be joined by fellow comics Seth Lawrence, Walter Ford and Josh Damigo for his comedy show hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark.


In this musical, an oversize, would-be elf named Buddy leaves the North Pole to discover his true identity. Songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (“The Wedding Singer”) and Chad Beguelin (“Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway”) include “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” and“There Is a Santa Claus.”Presented by Actors’Repertory Theatre of Simi. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 19 to Dec. 23, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave. $28 adults, $24 seniors 60 and older, $24 students, $20 kids.

SUN., NOV. 20

Walk 3to9 Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Walkers and survivors come together in person and virtually in the fifth annual a 5K/10K/15K charity walk benefiting the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Participants are asked to raise $369 each. 8 a.m. Nov. 20, Memorial Field at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Information:,

Malibu Creek Hike

Learn about the park’s plants and animals, and its place in moviemaking history, as a docent leads a leisurely, 2.5-hour walk under the oaks and along Malibu Creek. Families welcome. Bring water, hat. 10 a.m. Nov. 20, Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Meet at main trailhead parking lot; parking is $3 an hour. Information: dean.

Watch and Clock Collectors

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors meets for lunch, a watch/ clock marketplace and a presentation about Russian timepieces. Bring a watch or clock for a free evaluation. 11 a.m. Nov. 20, Campus Student Center at Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.

‘The Price Is Right Live’

“Come on down!” to win appliances, vacations and maybe even a new car during this onstage version of the popular daytime television game show. 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way. $48-$88. (888) 645-5006;

MON., NOV. 21

‘Argentina, 1985’

The Oxnard Film Society’s Monday Night Foreign Film Series presents this 2022 Argentinian drama about a heroic team of young lawyers that dared, against all odds, to prosecute the country’s military dictator in hopes of bringing justice to victims of the junta. 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. $11.25 general, $8 seniors/ children.

WED., NOV. 23

Wild Lights and Jungle Nights

Take a 45-minute stroll through America’s Teaching Zoo, which has been transformed into a glowing winter wonderland with seasonal lights, immersive experiences and photo ops. Visit the Arctic Enchanted Aviary, the Glow in the Dark Garden and Santa’s Workshop, peer up at the 12-foot-tall holiday tree and catch Ira the lion roaring (or snoring) under his Canopy of Lights. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 25-26 and Dec. 2-4, 11, 16-23 and 26-30, America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road. Last entry at 7:45 each night. $15 general with discounts on various “value days.”


Thanksgiving Day 5K

Work up an appetite for a holiday feast during this run along the Arroyo Creek bike path. 8 a.m. Nov. 24, Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley. $50.

FRI., NOV. 25

Dudley House Holiday Boutique

The annual fundraiser for the historic 1892 home features crafts, home decor, antiques and collectibles plus a silent auction and“bargain basement.” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11, with a flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura. (805) 642- 3345;

Christmas on the Farm

Underwood Family Farms celebrates Christmas with horse-drawn sleigh rides, train rides, animal shows, holiday tattoos, gem mining, harvester slides and Christmas tree sales. Meet Santa Claus on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 18; reindeer will be on site Dec. 10-11 and 17-18. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 24, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. $10 weekdays, $14 weekends, with discounts.

Jingle Bell Jump

Look! Up in the sky! It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane . . . it’s Santa Claus, and he’s parachuting into the Janss Marketplace parking lot near Sharky’s and Buca di Beppo to begin his monthlong stint in Santa’s Village listening to kids’ wishes. The event features activities, entertainment and an appearance by Mrs. Claus. Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 25, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Free.

Holiday Road

This immersive holiday experience has been reborn as a self-guided walking tour through a winter wonderland of lights, illuminated arches, holiday displays and giant candy canes. There are food trucks, a gift shop, bars with hot and cold beverages and tons of Instagram-worthy moments—plus Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 to Dec. 30, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. $25-$40 depending on day.

Albert Lee

Eric Clapton has always given thanks for the talents of this British-born country-rock guitar slinger who he calls “the ultimate virtuoso.” 8 p.m. Nov. 25, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (888) 645-5006;

SAT., NOV. 26

Santa Paula Holiday Parade

Santa Paula’s 72nd annual parade is welcoming a special guest this year: Deaf Santa Claus. The event also features food, shopping and family-friendly activities. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26, Seventh and Mill streets, downtown Santa Paula. spparade1126.

Craig Shoemaker

After more than three decades in the comedy biz, the stand-up star is attracting young audiences—and it’s unnerving. “You were born in 2000?” he asked one recent show attendee. “There’s people here that are 2,000 years old. I’m one of them. What are you doing here? Was Chuck E. Cheese closed tonight?”7 p.m. Nov. 26, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $49-$39.

SUN., NOV. 27

Topanga Vintage Market

Monthly market features 200 vintage vendors, artisans and food trucks. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27, Pierce College, Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills. $5 general; free for veterans and kids 12 and younger. Free parking; no pets. (310) 422-1844;

Snow ’n Glow Holiday Festival

This supercharged fest is packed with holiday light displays featuring more than 1 million lights. You can also go snow tubing, roast s’mores, ride carousels, meet Santa and rent a“Holiday Magic Igloo”where you can build snowmen, sip cocoa and warm up by your own fire pit. 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and other select dates, Nov. 27 to Jan. 1, Surfer’s Point Live at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. $13.99 and up.

Jim Brickman

The pop pianist brings his “A Very Merry Christmas” to town for a wintry celebration of music, love and family. He’ll be joined by daddy-daughter singing duo Mat and Savanna Shaw. 7 p.m. Nov. 27, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $62-$47.

Clean Comedy

As a mother of three and a former school psychologist, Brooklyn native Stephanie Blum has strong opinions on parenting, marriage and pop culture. She’ll perform with Don Friesen and Jason Love during an evening of clean comedy at 8 p.m. Nov. 27, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. $15. (805) 583-7905;

MON., NOV. 28

Letters to Santa

Write a letter to Santa Claus, drop it in

the big red mailbox at the Camarillo Community Center and the Jolly Old Elf will send a letter back. Be sure to include your name and mailing address. Nov. 28 to Dec. 12, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. You can also email him at

TUES., NOV. 29

‘What is Prediabetes?’

Deanne Morales, a health education specialist at the Ventura County Health Care Agency, discusses diabetes risk factors and how to prevent Type 2 diabetes. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Nov. 29, Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 583-6363 to register.

WED., NOV. 30

Asa Hutchinson

The Arkansas governor addresses critical questions facing the Republican Party during the Reagan Library’s A Time for Choosing speaker series. 6 p.m. Nov. 30, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Free. Register at

Classical Guitar Society

Guitar enthusiasts from around the county meet monthly to share the joy of guitar music and practice sight reading. This month’s guest artist is Peter Thomas, who has spent more than 40 years performing, teaching and composing. 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30, Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Student performers go on at 7 p.m. Thomas starts playing at 8. Free; donations for the guest artist are encouraged. (805) 640-7147;


Oxnard Tree Lighting

Santa Claus arrives as the City of Oxnard lights up its 110-foot-tall Christmas tree. Food trucks and a holiday marketplace are on-site, too. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard.

Magic at the Vineyards

Magic Castle veterans Raven & Migz (aka Richard Lake and Miguel Rangel) perform a 45-minute, family-friendly magic show. 8 p.m. Dec. 1, the Vineyards, 2525 Stow St., Simi Valley. $23 general, $31 VIP.

FRI., DEC. 2

Holiday Boutique

Support the community by buying holiday gifts from vendors at this annual sale. 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to

4 p.m. Dec. 3, Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361;

Holiday Art Market

Tour the studios of more than 40 professional artists at Studio Channel Islands as you shop for fine art and crafts. There will be food, treats and free activities for kids. Craft beer and wine will be sold, too. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Free admission. (805) 383-1368;

Village Voices Chorale

The vocal ensemble, directed by Gloria Hilliard and backed by pianist Christine DeKlotz, performs its “Holiday Joy” concert. The show features “Gloria,” “Hope for Resolution,” traditional carols like“Winter Wonderland” and the haunting Hanukkah song “Light the Candle of Freedom.” 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

‘Christmas Contigo’

Teatro de las Américas presents Carlos-Zenen Trujillos’ play about a Cuban family reuniting for Christmas in the United States. Dec. 2-18, 321 W. Sixth St., Oxnard. (805) 983-2876;

Simi Community Christmas

The 16th annual interfaith event features nativity displays from around the world and performances by local singers, choirs, musicians and school groups. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3-4, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 480 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley.

Fall Choral Concert

The Channel Islands Choral Association’s fall concert, “De Colores: A Cultural Celebration of Choral Music,” spotlights music from Mexico, South Korea, Israel, Palestine, East Africa and India, plus works by African American and female composers. The Cal State Channel Islands Chorus and the Santa Paula High School Concert Choir perform. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 25 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo, and 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Santa Paula High School Auditorium, 404 N. Sixth St. $20 donation at the door.

‘Christmas Magic!’

High Street Arts Center presents its annual revue of holiday songs and stories featuring performers from past HSAC shows. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11, 45 E. High St., Moorpark.