On the Town

Art show taking entries

The Westlake Village Art Guild will host its 2020 Open Juried Art Show April 3 through 27 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. An artist reception and award presentation will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun., April 5. Entries will be accepted through Fri., Feb. 28. The show is open to all adult […]

Acoustic song circles for all musicians

Songmakers will host the following free acoustic music song circles for instrumentalists, songwriters, singers and listeners of all skill levels. For details on the circles and driving directions, call the respective circle leader or go to Songmakers.org. Instrumental Music Song Circle from 7 to 10 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19 at the Instrumental Music Store, 1501 Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. 91362. […]

New stage opens with Steinbeck classic

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Of Mice and Men’

On Jan. 18, a riveting, powerful production of John Steinbeck’s classic play “Of Mice and Men,” produced by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, ushered in Simi Valley’s new ARTSpace Black Box Theater. Located in the former Simi Elementary School auditorium, the new theater is a “dream come true” for its founders, Jan Glasband and David Ralphe, who had been searching […]


A day of comics, toys and cosplay Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest, a new pop culture and toy show, will open at 10 am. Sun., Feb. 9 at the Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. The full-day event will have comic books, action figures, toy collecting, memorabilia and special guests. The celebrity guests include voice actor Jim […]

Local cafe offers fantastic food fusion


What do you think of when you hear the name of this restaurant: West Village Cafe? Do you picture a local comfortable spot that might serve a large variety of specialty coffees and baked goods? How about decor: maybe a cozy patio setting that’s indoors? If you guessed the above, you’d be right so far about this new happening place […]

Scene stealers bring laughs to classic farce

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

For more than 80 years, the scatterbrained, daffy and altogether lovable members of the Sycamore family in “You Can’t Take It With You” have graced stages across the country. Even after all this time, the characters in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 farce still pack a potent comedic wallop. The play opened Jan. 10 at Conejo […]

Show choir at the movies


A Class Act, Westlake High School’s “elite” show choir, was busy at work in the rehearsal annex adjacent to the school’s Carpenter Family Theatre, and the atmosphere was abuzz with youthful enthusiasm. There’s a new supercharged atmosphere to the WHS choir program, and you can chalk it up to the invigorating and infectious influence of choir director Amy Rolniak. Last […]

Actress on her first national tour in Peter Pan story

PLAY PREVIEW /// ‘Finding Neverland’

Anyone who is a fan of the “Star Wars” franchise knows the value of back stories and prequels, which is why the musical “Finding Neverland” is so attractive to fans of the “Peter Pan” saga. Based on the 2004 motion picture, the stage musical made its premiere in 2012 in Leicester, England, and a reworked version made its way to […]


Plenty to eat during Restaurant Week Sponsored by the local tourism district, Conejo Valley Restaurant Week will take place Fri. through Thurs., Jan. 24 to 30. The event, put on by Visit Conejo Valley, is meant to drive traffic to the area’s “85 unique restaurants, six local craft breweries, award-winning desserts and Southern California’s best-undiscovered wine region,” according to a […]

Westlake cafe is sweet and sassy

Huge menu appeals to all ages

The first thing guests might notice when they enter Cici’s in Westlake Village is a buzz of excitement—a noticeable din made by happy diners. If you’re not familiar with the restaurant, you might not understand the reason until you actually sit down and start participating in the joyful activities yourself. A dining experience at Cici’s starts out with its huge […]

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