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A trio of the arts in anniversary show

SHOW REVIEW /// ‘Hollywood on Stage’


Twenty-five years ago this month, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza opened for business with Bernadette Peters headlining a lavish concert of Broadway standards. On Oct. 12 this year, a stellar lineup of vocalists, dancers and musicians celebrated a quarter century of entertainment at the newly renovated Fred Kavli Theatre with “Hollywood on Stage,” a concert featuring musicians, singers and […]

Conejo residents perform with opera company

Guild Opera will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a celebration at 2:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26 at Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. The afternoon includes scenes from the company’s touring shows as well as arias and ensembles from well-known operas. The program will be performed by members of the company’s professional singers, including Thousand Oaks High School […]

Teen’s play is silly, funny and thoughtful

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘A Narrator’s Story’


Teddy Skye Garcia is a 13-year-old who has done something few his age have experienced: writing his own stage play and seeing it come alive in a theater. Garcia, who has been acting since he was 8, is now emulating his father and sister, both of whom are writers, in penning his first play, “A Narrator’s Story,” which is currently […]

Blues man picks his songs with care

Some musicians win awards— few have awards named after them. Blues/acoustic guitar virtuoso Terry Robb will give a live solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 599 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Vancouver-born, Portland based bluesman took home the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar so many times that the […]

A day of Chinese culture

The Conejo Chinese Cultural Association nonprofit will present its fourth Chinese Culture Day Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Park. The free event will feature traditional Chinese music and dance performances and interactive cultural exhibits. Some of the activities are: calligraphy, hieroglyphics, brush painting, origami, the art of tea, […]

A spooky G&S melodrama for Halloween

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Ruddigore’


Halloween is right around the corner and the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company is marking the occasion by presenting “Ruddigore,” or “The Witch’s Curse,” through Oct. 20 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. A light opera masquerading as melodrama, “Ruddigore” was first performed by Britain’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in January 1887 and was […]

Switchfoot: two shows in one

Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot brings their Fantastic Traveling Music Show to the Kavli Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 7 at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The band has a career spanning over 20 years, 11 albums, a film and millions of tickets sold. Switchfoot will perform not one, but two sets, back-to-back. It’s like having two concerts […]

Podcast host to dish gossip

“Juicy Scoop” podcast host Heather McDonald will hold nothing back when she appears at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Oct. 18 and 19 in the Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Just as she does on her popular PodcastOne show, McDonald promises to dish gossip about today’s top actors, writers and social […]

Pizza shops score big in Conejo Valley

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Michael’s Pizza


When you get the urge to chalk up some big culinary points with the family who craves some New York-style pies or delicious Italian dishes, you’ll score big-time when you head over to either one of Mike Payid’s takeout and delivery spots in Agoura Hills or Calabasas. Both Michael’s Pizza stores are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven […]

Volunteers needed for Poe-etic readings

Spotlight The Arts Foundation is seeking volunteer actors to read works by Edgar Allan Poe in its fourth bi-annual show at 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2 at the Calabasas Commons. The show is titled “Never More: The Mysteries and Wonder of Edgar Allen Poe.” In the show, six volunteer actors will do dramatic readings of Poe’s poetry and prose. Other […]


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