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Daring feats of skill, grace at circus

There will be horsepower onstage, and in the audience, when the Zoppé Italian Family Circus headlines the Concerts in Your Car series at the Ventura County Fairgrounds later this month. The series, which kicked off in June with concerts by rapper Kyle, takes place in the fairgrounds’ parking lot, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Fans arrive in their cars and […]

Performing arts center dark through 2020




The show will go on—but not until next year. The Bank of America Performing Arts Center will remain closed to live events through the end of 2020, the City of Thousand Oaks announced recently. With no sign from the state that large indoor entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen in the near future, the city has decided to cut […]

Conejo Players take their act online

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Bad Auditions . . . On Camera’


Conejo Players Theatre peeked out from underneath the COVID-19 shutdown by presenting its first virtual play, Ian and Carrie McWethy’s one-hour production of “Bad Auditions . . . On Camera.” Although the results in no way approximate the atmosphere of live theater, CPT’s production shows that the creative instincts of its crew and cast are still active and cautiously making […]

No-pa for Greek festival

Put away the baklava and gyros till next year, as the pandemic has sidelined yet another summer staple in Ventura County. Last week, organizers of the Ventura County Greek Festival announced the cancellation of what would have been the festival’s 43rd year. “As a good neighbor and citizen, we believe it is our moral obligation to keep our guests, vendors, […]

Audition for ‘Complete Works [Revised]’

Conejo Players Theatre will hold auditions for the comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised]” at 7 p.m. Sat. and Mon. June 27 and 29 as well as 1 p.m. Sun., June 28. All auditions will be via Zoom. Performance dates are 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Aug. 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Sun., Aug 30. All […]

‘Battle’ for music fans

The New West Symphony will host the inaugural “Battle of the Sections–Orchestra Edition” at 7 p.m. Thurs., June 25. The innovative online concert experience features orchestra sections performing music specifically arranged for the event, showcasing each section’s talent and skill. At the event, the four sections of the New West Symphony orchestra—brass, percussion, strings and woodwinds—will play classical music favorites […]

Smokey, sultry BBQ fare served hot and swiftly

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// 101 BBQ Hut


Area residents can take comfort in the fact that there’s some mighty fine tasting, fast-served barbecue comfort food nearby. The 101 BBQ Hut opened a month and a half ago and is getting rave reviews from customers seeking great food fast. One of the owners, Chef Marco Gonzalez, has made a name for himself in the region by bringing some […]

Drive-in car tunes the newest way to hear live music

Live music fans, start your engines: the Concerts in Your Car concert series is revving up. The first headliner is rapper Kyle, whose new single, “What It Is,” has already racked up more than 1.4 million views on YouTube since its May 18 premiere. The former Ventura resident— full name, Kyle Harvey—is set to headline a pair of “drive-in” shows […]

Appearing virtually live from New York

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill returns at the new time of 7 p.m. Sat., June 13 via Zoom and YouTube. This month the series appears under the new HillcrestArts Online Live Series until it’s safe to be back on the hill. June’s lineup is brought to you from New York City: Eddie Clark, Cory Kahaney and Stephanie Blum. Professional […]


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