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Christmas trees aglow at Reagan Library

See the bright, festive colors of the Caribbean, the traditional decorations of Europe, and even the crystals of the Nordic countries, all depicted on more than two dozen Christmas trees now on display at the Reagan Library. The trees are part of the library’s annual “Christmas Around the World” exhibit, which opened Nov. 16 and features 26 trees inspired by […]

Chorale welcomes the season with joy

Los Robles Master Chorale will make spirits bright with its annual holiday concert, “A Joyful Noise!” at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8 in the Carpenter Family Theatre on the campus of Westlake High School, 100 N. Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The family-friendly concert for all ages is led by artistic director Lesley Leighton. The 70-voice ensemble will perform traditional […]

Farce is a lump of coal in stocking

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Sorry, Wrong Chimney’


With a season full of the usual performances of “A Christmas Carol” and “Miracle on 34th Street” in store, it would be nice to say that the comic farce “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” would be a fresh addition to the theatrical holiday genre, but alas, this misconceived play falls far short of the mark. A presumptive knockabout comedy written by Jack […]

Tantalize your eyes and treat your taste buds

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Hunan Restaurant


Even though the word Hunan relates to hot and spicy Chinese food, I know that the local Hunan Restaurant on Thousand Oaks Boulevard offers a select menu that can be tailored to each individual’s taste. So if you like it hot, super; and if not, that’s fine too. Sally Lin and her chef husband, Tung, have successfully been feeding local […]

Classic musical has ‘Magic to Do’

PLAY REVIEW ///‘Pippin’


In his review of the 2013 revival of “Pippin,” The New York Times’ Ben Brantley characterized the show as “a 99-pound musical in need of camouflage, a skeleton that requires savvy stagecraft to give it flesh.” Conejo Players’ imaginative production of the Stephen Schwartz spectacular does much to give the bare bones story of a young prince in search of […]

Get in the holiday spirit

Moorpark College Performing Arts will present its second annual Holiday Spectacular at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8 on the main stage theater, Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road. The show will include offerings from the theatre arts, music and dance programs. As a special bonus this year, the Spectacular will […]

Children take charge in musical

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Matilda’


Roald Dahl’s novel “Matilda” tells the story of a precocious 5-year-old English girl who uses a love for books and her newly discovered telekinesis to wreak vengeance on the savage and sadistic grown-ups in her life. The musical version opened on Broadway in 2013, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi’s production, […]

Holidays to kick off at Janss Marketplace

Santa Claus will jump from the sky for his annual parachute landing at noon Fri., Nov. 29 in the Fountain Courtyard at Janss Marketplace, Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Following his arrival, Santa will visit with children and pose for holiday photos at Santa’s Village through Tues., Dec. 24. Shoppers who bring same-day dated receipts from Janss Marketplace […]

Magical performances in cirque show

The producers of Broadway’s “The Illusionists” will present the family holiday production of “A Magical Cirque Christmas” at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 29 in the Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The show will highlight the magic of Christmas with performers and cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by favorite holiday music sung by […]

People have the power in CLU play

Based on true story of villagers who rise up against a tyrant

Cal Lutheran University is staging a historical play by Spain’s most popular Golden Age playwright that speaks to the power of people to overcome oppression, both then and now. The Theatre Arts and Dance Department will present “Fuenteovejuna, or Like Sheep to Water” at 8 p.m. Thurs. to Sat., Nov. 21 to 23 as well as 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. […]


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