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Dreamin’ of fine cuisine, dancing

The 10th annual Simi Valley Dream Cuisine, “A Night at the House,” will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13 at St. Rose of Lima church and school grounds, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. The festival will feature gourmet foods from 50 restaurants, bakeries and dessert establishments in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and the San Fernando […]

Hamilton– not the musical

The Scherr Forum will feature comedian Ryan Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho, Hamilton has become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene. His always-clean comedy never diminishes the impact of his clever and hilarious […]

Swingin’ ‘60s show dates well

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Sweet Charity’


The tart-with-a-heart-of-gold story in the musical “Sweet Charity” is hardly something that holds up in these days of the Me Too movement, but despite this, the 1966 show, which is rarely staged today, serves as a throwback to the urban culture of the swinging ’60s. Conejo Players Theatre has done much to retain the comically saucy sordidness of the show […]

Police will be out in force on Labor Day

NP The Conejo Recreation & Park District’s 2019 Summer Concerts in the Park Series winds up on Labor Day with The Police Experience, a tribute to Sting and The Police, from 5 to 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 2 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. The free, family-friendly concert is sponsored by the Thousand […]

Come sit a spell at Tiny Porch

Tiny Porch Concerts, which has offered free concerts throughout the summer, will present its final show of the season with two bands—Goodnight, Texas and The Deltaz—at 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7 at King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. Goodnight, Texas is a four-man folk-rock band that travels the country like modern day minstrels, musically telling stories of life, living […]

Special actors fill some iconic roles

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Lion King Jr.’


Cast members of “The Lion King Jr.” definitely felt the love from the audience. The enthusiastic crowd that packed the Hillcrest Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theatre in Thousand Oaks on Aug. 9 roared with approval at the conclusion of the Tim Rice/Elton John musical and gave the performers a standing ovation. Scaled down, “junior”-sized productions of Broadway musicals […]

Music circles

Acoustic song circles are free to attend and are open to singers, musicians, songwriters and listeners of all levels. For location, call the circle leader or go to Songmakers.org. Woodland Hills Library Song Circle from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 19 in the upstairs activity room, 22200 Ventura Blvd. An elevator is available. Call Linnea Richards at (818) 818-3004. […]

Dark musical is a case of male fraud

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Assassins’


Imagine, for a moment, that John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot President Abraham Lincoln, was a woman. Find it hard to believe? This is the dilemma faced by audiences viewing Young Artists Forever’s current production of “Assassins,” Stephen Sondheim’s dark, serio comic musical that assembles all of America’s would-be and successful presidential assassins under one carnival-like big top in […]

Musical a love letter to theater and record lovers

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’


Record collectors and theater lovers alike will have the most fun with the wacky musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and if you happen to be both, you should have a whale of a time with the latest version of the show, staged by the Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi and directed by Robert Craig, which opened its six-week run at the […]

‘Addams’ auditions

Young Artists Ensemble will hold auditions for “The Addams Family, School Edition” Sat. and Sun., Aug. 24 and 25 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Time slots for the appointment-only auditions will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. Aug. 25. The production is directed by Autumn Bodily. All participants must […]


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