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Warm, friendly spot for great food

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Agave Maria’s Restaurant and Cantina


’Tis the season to be with family and friends, sharing old memories, making new ones and eating great food. If you’re looking for a local spot to do all three, Agave Maria’s Restaurant and Cantina in Camarillo is a super place to go. Like opening holiday gifts from under the tree, this restaurant offers several surprises for patrons who might […]

Merrily we sing along in Westlake

Westlake High holiday show provides respite, merriment



Westlake High School’s choir program presented its annual holiday show Dec. 6 to 8, but not without an element of drama as well as a heaping helping of Yuletide warmth and generosity from the community. When the school was shut down for 18 days following the Borderline shooting and subsequent Woolsey fire, it was thought the holiday show would not […]

Annual boat parade lights up the lake

Beloved musical can do, can do

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Guys and Dolls’


Those lovable characters of Runyonland are back in Conejo Players’ current production of “Guys and Dolls,” Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’ musicalization of Damon Runyon’s classic literary characters: the dese-dem-dose gang of polite gamblers and their gum-chewing molls. The show includes a world-renowned score by Frank Loesser. Director John Gaston has assembled a delightful cast of chiefly familiar faces with […]

Good music always good medicine

CONCERT REVIEW /// Rodney Crowell


“A few days ago we weren’t sure you would be here,” Rodney Crowell said in between songs at the Scherr Forum on Nov. 17. The venerable country singer-songwriter was only half-joking. The twin tragedies of the Borderline shootings and the devastating fires earlier in the month preempted many concerts and entertainment activities in the Conejo Valley, but last weekend felt […]

Fractured fairy tale is enchanting

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Once Upon a Mattress’


“Once Upon a Mattress,” the fractured version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” has been an enduring favorite on the community theater scene since it made its debut nearly 60 years ago. Young Artists Ensemble’s recent run of the show, Nov. 2 to 18 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, was interrupted by […]

Music to chew by

These kids make beautiful music

SWEET PERFORMANCE— Above, Lubin Hill Elementary School’s second grade chorus sings Nov. 7 in front of Peachwave Frozen Yogurt at Las Virgenes Village in Calabasas. At right, 9-year-olds Paige Dobkousky and Sydney Tiaro, both of Calabasas, keep time with Lubin Hill’s Fabulous Fiddlers.

Animals abound in art show

Museum has event at new location

Some five decades after the Jungleland animal park closed in Thousand Oaks, a new menagerie has moved in. Penguins, elephants, turtles and rabbits—even a swan inspired by a Jungleland boat ride—are part of a new exhibit at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, which has migrated from a spot near Civic Arts Plaza to its new home at The […]


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