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play review /// ‘Into the Woods’


Sometimes the most complex ideas begins with a simple premise. In the case of Stephen Sondheim’s quasi-fairy tale “Into the Woods,” the premise was a two-note musical phrase set to the words “I wish.” Wishing is the basic motivating factor in Sondheim’s acclaimed 1987 musical, a motif shared by its raft of familiar storybook characters who never met one another […]

The stars are set to shine at the TOCAP

The Civic Arts Plaza announces the line-up for the 2019-2020 season. CAP is the private, nonprofit, in-house presenting division of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The season line-up includes: Vanessa Williams, Rob Lowe, Sara Watkins, Jackie Evancho, The Man in Black, An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Happy Together Tour, Peppa Pigs […]

The play’s the thing at CLU

The 23rd annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will present two of the Bard’s classic plays this summer during outdoor shows at Kingsmen Park on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. The fest opens on a lighthearted note with “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” at 8 […]

A big hand for Lovett and his Large Band

Little Ollie Olson is a big, big fan of Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Strapped into a seat in his mom’s SUV, the New Mexico youngster loves belting out the words to his favorite song, Lovett’s 2003 track “My Baby Don’t Tolerate.” How Ollie’s mom, Erica, tolerated the decibels is anyone’s guess. Back in 2017, she snapped a video […]

Hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s to make you happy

Music fans will be able to celebrate the amazing hits of the 1960s and ‘70s when the Happy Together Tour comes to the Fred Kavli Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 18 at the the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. This summer, the Happy Together Tour brings six headline artists who delivered the biggest hits of […]

Hello! Missionaries drop by in T.O.

‘Book of Mormon’ opens July 9

The producers of the national tour of “The Book Of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and The American Theatre Guild will host the play for five-day engagement July 9 through 14 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Show times are: 7:30 p.m. July 9, 10 and 11 as well as 8 […]

Artists create with ‘Smoke and Mirrors’

The art show “Smoke and Mirrors” will be open to the public July 5 through the 28 at Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. The artists reception will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Sat., July 13. According to a press release, “You will be mystified by the bewitching encaustic creations of Robin Tripaldi; the magical beauty […]

Mirage band is a real tribute

The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and The Acorn kick off the first show in the summer Concerts in the Park series for 2019. Mirage, a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, is the featured artist at 6 p.m. Sun., June 16 at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. Guests can bring lawn seating and picnics. For […]

Lunch with vet

The Conejo– Simi Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Conejo Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will present a lunch meeting open to the public Wed., June 19 at Sunset Hills Country Club, 4155 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. Check-in will start at 11:15 a.m., followed by a buffet luncheon at 12:15 […]

Sun comes up on student musical

play review /// ‘Annie Jr’


Students at MATES Elementary School in Thousand Oaks got their theatrical feet wet when the school presented “Annie Jr.,” an abbreviated version of the 1977 musical featuring such memorable Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin earworms as “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life.” With its tuneful score, broad comedy and sweet center, “Annie” has proven to be an ideal introduction to musical theater for young […]


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