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Theater puts Shakespeare on platform shoes

play review /// ‘As You Like It’


We’ve seen lots of things done to Shakespeare’s plays over the years, but in Camarillo Skyway Playhouse’s current production of “As You Like It,” which opened Feb. 8, the Bard is transported to the 1980s, complete with backward baseball caps, leg warmers and Ray-Bans. If you like this sort of thing, the show is a hoot and the cast clearly […]

For Cassidy, new post at 5-Star is a ‘dream’

Concert Preview /// ‘Dreamgirls in Concert’


Patrick Cassidy officially takes over as artistic director for 5-Star Theatricals Feb. 16 with a concert version of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls.” Cassidy was on board for 5-Star’s season last year but the show schedule had already been set when he was hired, so this is the symbolic ribbon cutting for his first season at the helm. “Dreamgirls” marks not […]

A Grammy for music director

Michael Christie, music director for the New West Symphony in Thousand Oaks, received a Grammy Award for a recording of a live performance he conducted with the Santa Fe Opera, the world premiere of contemporary opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” about the life of the founder of Apple Computer and inventor of the iPhone. The opera recording, written by […]

For acoustic-music lovers

Songmakers hosts monthly acoustic music song circles for singers, instrumentalists and songwriters of all skill levels. People who enjoy just listening are also welcome. Events are free. For more information or driving directions, call or email the respective group leader. Woodland Hills Library Song Circle from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 18 in the library’s upstairs activity room, 22200 […]

Perfect Mediterranean climate at Soom Soom

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT/// Soom Soom Fresh Mediterranean


It’s just fun to say its name: Soom Soom. It’s even more fun to visit the family-owned Mediterranean restaurant chain to find out the reason for its big boom in the Greater Los Angeles area since 2016. Liran Machlouf, general manager of the Westlake Village location, gave many reasons for Soom Soom Fresh Mediterranean’s success. When I stopped by recently, […]

Young actors tell a prince of a tale

Young Artists Ensemble will present “The Little Prince,” directed by Suzanne Tobin, at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. YAE performances are through Feb. 17. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Therapeutic Recreation Unit and YAE will also have one weekend of special performances of the […]

Benefit concert

In the aftermath of the Borderline shooting and wildfires, Music Strong Productions, a local nonprofit, will host benefit event in which 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the victims’ families and survivors. The Music Strong Borderline Victims Benefit Concert will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, […]

‘Dream’ a soulful benefit

Event raising funds for 5-Star Theatricals

Musical theater fans, prepare for a supreme treat: 5-Star Theatricals will present “Dreamgirls in Concert” at 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 in the Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The Tony-winning show, by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, chronicles the rise from obscurity to superstardom of a Supremes-style Motown girl group. The show’s […]

Welcome the Chinese Year of the Boar

The Conejo Chinese Cultural Association will celebrate the Chinese zodiac Year of the Boar at 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Janss Road. Students from Thousand Oaks Chinese School will showcase what they have learned from the weekend curriculum, including a program of ancient poem singing and reciting; a […]

Show choir gives classy nod to music icons

CONCERT REVIEW /// Westlake High Show Choir


A Class Act, Westlake High School’s 12-person show choir, paid tribute to some of the most towering figures in popular music during its “Legends, Icons and A Class Act” concerts Jan. 24 to 26 at the school. With framed portraits of such artists as Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and Madonna flanking the stage, A Class Act displayed its usual creative […]


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