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Actress on her first national tour in Peter Pan story

PLAY PREVIEW /// ‘Finding Neverland’


Anyone who is a fan of the “Star Wars” franchise knows the value of back stories and prequels, which is why the musical “Finding Neverland” is so attractive to fans of the “Peter Pan” saga. Based on the 2004 motion picture, the stage musical made its premiere in 2012 in Leicester, England, and a reworked version made its way to […]

BRIEFS

Plenty to eat during Restaurant Week Sponsored by the local tourism district, Conejo Valley Restaurant Week will take place Fri. through Thurs., Jan. 24 to 30. The event, put on by Visit Conejo Valley, is meant to drive traffic to the area’s “85 unique restaurants, six local craft breweries, award-winning desserts and Southern California’s best-undiscovered wine region,” according to a […]

Westlake cafe is sweet and sassy

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Cici’s
Huge menu appeals to all ages


The first thing guests might notice when they enter Cici’s in Westlake Village is a buzz of excitement—a noticeable din made by happy diners. If you’re not familiar with the restaurant, you might not understand the reason until you actually sit down and start participating in the joyful activities yourself. A dining experience at Cici’s starts out with its huge […]

A taste of India with a California twist

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Currying Flavors


Currying Flavors is a new culinary concept in a category all its own—an Indian-inspired counter restaurant with a California twist. The approach is the brainchild of the owner, attorney Shahed Hasan, and his team of professionals that make everything work down to the last detail. For example, Luis Garcia, the general manager, has been in the restaurant business for decades. […]

Pianist fine-tunes classical series

Hillcrest Center for the Arts continues its series of classical concerts in the Hall of Mirrors on weekends at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The series will feature the following internationally renowned classical artists and well-known local chamber groups and musicians. They will perform in an acoustically-perfect and intimate venue, featuring classical music the way it was first performed […]

Free art exhibit to brighten the day

The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents Bright Lights at UBS, an arts exhibit with paintings by six artists. The show will hang through Fri., Feb. 28 at the UBS Offices, third floor, 3011 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. A free artists’ reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 16 at UBS. The title of the […]

Music guild to host new performers

Epiphany Music Guild will present a concert titled “Bitter-Sweet” at 6 p.m. Sun., Jan 12 at The Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. The performers are from FutureReadyMusicians, an organization that supports music graduates by providing performance opportunities as they begin their careers. The program will include works for oboe, English horn, violin, viola and violoncello by […]

Chinese eatery a part of the community since 1963

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Chester’s Asia


In November, Chester’s Asia celebrated its 56th anniversary of serving outstanding Chinese food in Camarillo. And this Mandarin-, Cantonese- and Szechuan-inspired restaurant shows no signs of slowing down. Owners Keith Kwan and brother Lee have been around the family’s restaurant since the beginning. It was their Uncle Chester who started the whole thing and whose name still remains on the […]

New Year brings new yucks to Hillcrest

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill returns at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 11 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The lineup features Andy Peters, Marc Yaffee, Matt Kirshen and Frank Lucero. Peters won the Rocky Mountain Laugh-Off, was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and participated in the San Francisco Comedy […]

Auditions open for original youth play

Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players will hold auditions for “Farmageddon and the Undercover Crop” by appointment only Sat. and Sun., Jan. 4 and 5 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Time slots begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The play is written and directed by Victoria Sayeg. All participants must […]


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