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Time to play with your food

Restaurant spotlight /// Cajun Crab Shack


Although the Cajun Crab Shack might sound like a tiny spot by the beach, it’s actually a sleek, modern restaurant with a cool nautical theme in Thousand Oaks. And much like a day at the ocean inspires, this place encourages customers to play—with their food. The Crab Shack is the kind of place you want to bring your family and […]

Sunday night coming down with Shawn Baker as Johnny Cash

A man named Shawn will sing about “A Boy Named Sue” next month in Thousand Oaks. The Shawn in question is Shawn Barker, and the song in question is a country classic that Barker will perform during “The Man in Black: Tribute to Johnny Cash” at 7 p.m. Sun., July 21 in the Scherr Forum at Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 […]

Cisco’s insists on good food, great service

Restaurant spotlight /// Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant


When the urge for great, authentic and fresh Mexican food hits, Cisco’s in Thousand Oaks will fill the bill. This longtime local gem satisfies taste buds and won’t break the bank along the way. Located on Avenida de Los Arboles for over 20 years, Cisco’s has been serving local families over and over again with the dishes they love as […]

Indulge in cold draft beers and hot sauces for toasty summer nights

The heat is on its way. Hot sauce fans can taste the burn next month during the Old Boney Mountain Hot Summer Night Festival, which will feature an international hot sauce competition, a California Cornhole Association-sanctioned tournament and unlimited tastings of craft beer, wine, spirits and food. Festival hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thurs., July 11 at The Gardens […]

BRIEFS

Lottery tickets for ‘Book of Mormon’ “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, will hold a ticket lottery for the national tour that will run July 9 through 14 at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks. The production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available […]

Fireworks, Eagles tribute band to light up Janss Marketplace

The July 4 Fireworks Spectacular at Janss Marketplace will feature live music, family activities, food and a place to view the fireworks show. The free annual event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. at Janss Marketplace, 215 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees can get wristbands at the information booth near Burlington for access to […]

Shakespeare comedy performed as a groovy ‘60s sitcom, far out!

The 23rd annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will start on a light note with a staging of the comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will present the play at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturday and Sundays from June 28 through July 14 in Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of Cal Lutheran University. Festival grounds open at […]

Hospitality, sweets, spirits at Greek festival



Music, dancing and food will be served up with a healthy dose of philoxenia this weekend at the 41st annual Ventura County Greek Festival at Freedom Park in Camarillo. What’s philoxenia? “It’s the Greek way. It’s the love of the foreigner,” said the Rev. Gary Kyriacou of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, which hosts the annual celebration. “It’s more than […]

Camarillo entertains with fiesta, street fair

The Camarillo Fiesta Association will host the annual Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair from July 13 through 21 at various venues in Camarillo. The activities will start with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 13 in Constitution Park. A Space Oddity, a live, multimedia spectacle with David Brighton’s tribute to David Bowie, will perform. Guests should bring lawn […]

High Street production delivers everything you could wish for

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 […]


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