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A cappella group is driven to sing

Whether you call it “car-cappella” or “carbershop quartet,” the Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus hasn’t let the pandemic stop them from congregating to sing their favorite tunes. The all-female a cappella singing group is one organization that has found a Zoom-free method of rehearsing together, and the singers are having a lot of fun doing it. Each Tuesday, about two dozen […]

Family-owned Mexican restaurant punches through pandemic plus loss of mother


The Lopez family has owned and operated their authentic, home-style Mexican restaurant for over 20 years—and that includes surviving the pandemic—barely. Money Pancho has been a fascinating success story since its earliest days, when papa Jorge Lopez, then a young chef at a restaurant in Guadalajara City, came to Camarillo and opened his own eatery with his wife. Eventually their […]

YAE rolls a lucky seven with musical

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Guys and Dolls Jr.’

Imagine that you are a performer in a stage musical. You’re restricted to an area the size of a small closet. You have to sing to a prerecorded music track, and you can’t see the other actors. That’s what the intrepid performers in Young Artists Ensemble were faced with in their recent production of “Guys and Dolls Jr.,” which played […]

Youth plays ‘heal through art’

Moorpark College theater arts department and the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility are collaborating on the presentation of student one-act plays, which are produced every semester. On Fri., April 30 this term’s production will feature two oneact plays written and performed by students from the correctional facility. Two years ago, VYCF leaders asked Moorpark College faculty to teach college courses at […]

Concepts of beauty and car art on display as museum reopens

Two exhibitions at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks will give visitors the opportunity to reflect on the concept of beauty in contemporary art and view the debut museum exhibition of visual artist and photographer Jonathan Michael Castillo. The exhibitions—“Defining Beauty” and “Jonathan Michael Castillo: Car Culture”—will be on view through Sun., Aug. 8 at the museum, which is […]

Drive in for date night at Paramount Ranch

Paramount Ranch will host a socially distant Spring Date Night Drive-In fundraiser and screening of “The Biggest Little Farm” from 6 to 9 p.m. Sat., April 24 at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. Paramount Ranch is a National Park Service site in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The ranch was established in 1920 as a moviemaking studio where […]

‘Escape’ into student show

The pandemic prompted Cal Lutheran University’s graduating art majors to delve deeper into their creative sides, and the results will be on display in a virtual exhibit that opened April 12. “Escapism,” which explores the outlets through which the students sought to escape their isolation under the pandemic, will run through Sept. 30. The featured students will discuss and answer […]

COVID-safe ‘Guys and Dolls’

Young Artists Ensemble and Conejo Theatre for Everyone will present “Guys and Dolls Jr.” as both a livestream and drive-in event. The musical will livestream over YouTube Live at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., April 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., April 17 and 18. A pre-recorded performance will also be projected onto a giant screen […]

‘Love’ flourishes, headlights blink at CPT

CONCERT REVIEW /// ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?”

With the return of live theater as we used to know it still a question mark, the intrepid folks at Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks staged another drive-in concert last week to keep their audiences engaged and their performers chops up. “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” was a 75-minute musical revue about relationships performed by singers who […]

Westlake High choir hits the road for drive-in concert

PLAY PREVIEW /// A Class Act

Like the spring flowers that are starting to bloom again, the performing arts world is beginning to stir as the pandemic finally shows signs of receding. A Class Act, Westlake High School’s elite show choir, is prepping for its “coming out” concerts this weekend. The drive-in shows, titled “A Class Act on Tour,” take place at 7 p.m. Fri., March […]

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