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A rebellious slave’s plea for redemption

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Nat’s Last Struggle’

Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks continued its focus on worthy, one-person shows with “Nat’s Last Struggle,” a one-act, one-man performance written by Virginia playwright Patty A. Wray. CPT’s production marked the West Coast premiere of the play, which was streamed online for three performances, Feb. 19 to 21. John L. Adams played the part of Nathaniel “Nat” Turner, a […]

Find deals, meals during Conejo Restaurant Week

Foodies, this is your moment: The weather’s warming up, outdoor dining restrictions have been lifted and the second annual Conejo Valley Restaurant Week kicked off Fri., Feb. 19. The event continues through Sun., Feb. 28. Diners can explore special menus and offers at over 20 restaurants, including Bagelicious Café Agoura Hills, Bandits’ Grill and Bar, Barone’s Pizza, Blue Table, Chocolatine […]

A note-perfect reminder to ‘never forget’

CONCERT REVIEW /// International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day took place Jan. 27, marking the date 76 years ago when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Allies during World War II. New West Symphony celebrated the momentous occasion by presenting a week’s worth of music, interviews and discussions, leading to a virtual concert Jan. 31. The prerecorded program was streamed live […]

Character-rich drama a perfect choice for COVID era

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Last Train to Nibroc’

Playwright Arlene Hutton’s “The Last Train to Nibroc,” a World War II drama about two Kentuckians finding love while returning home after respective disappointments, was a surprise hit of the 1998 New York International Fringe Festival and went on to have a brief run off-Broadway. Since then, there have been over 100 productions of the play, resulting in Hutton writing […]

Love is in the forecast at Paramount Ranch Date Night Drive-in

Sweethearts and friends can gather for a socially distanced evening under the stars during a Date Night Drive-In screening of the 1991 romantic comedy “L.A. Story” from 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., Feb. 13 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. Written by and starring Steve Martin, “L.A. Story” is set in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Martin […]

Hillcrest has new jokes for a new year

There are triple-threat entertainers who can sing, dance and act. And then there’s Karen Rontowski, whose triplicate skill set is entirely unique—she’s a comedian, tarot card reader and paranormal investigator. It takes mental dexterity to jump back and forth between these different disciplines, and Rontowski admits she sometimes gets very distracted. “The other day, I was sure that the aliens […]

All aboard the Nibroc train

Conejo Players Theatre will present “Last Train to Nibroc” Jan. 22 through 24 online. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play is written by Arlene Hutton and directed by Elena Mills. In the story, May and Raleigh meet on an eastbound train in 1940. She is a small-town girl from Kentucky, disappointed in […]

Pianist to open classical series

Hillcrest Center for the Arts will restart its series of classical concerts on Sunday afternoons on YouTube Live with pianist Xiao Chen at 2 p.m. Jan. 17. The concert was pre-recorded for the event. This series highlights internationally renowned classical artists and known local chamber groups and musicians, bringing classical music directly into homes. Chen is a soloist and chamber […]

Drive through, pick up a toy

Staff members of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA and deputies from the Lost Hills Sherriff’s Department Community Impact Team gave away almost 500 toys on Dec. 17 at the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village. Toys were distributed to 120 young scholars—and their siblings— who participated in last summer’s “Find My Genius” YMCA program. In addition, each family received a […]

Holiday fare streaming online

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center has released two holiday entertainment options to stream on demand for the festive season. The arts center’s 2019 production of “Elf The Musical” is available to stream on demand through Mon., Jan. 18. The musical tells the tale of Buddy the elf’s journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his […]

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