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Got your taste buds ready for chili?

Annual Rotary Club cook-off, car show this weekend


Cool temps and overcast skies call for a big bowl of chili. Luckily, the 43rd annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off and Craft Brew Festival will be providing plenty of the spicy stuff this weekend. New this year to Sunday’s Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks-hosted event: a chili-cookin’ showdown between the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County Fire Department, cook-off […]

Song circles

Free Songmakers song circles are open to acoustic music lovers regardless of skill level: instrumentalists, songwriters, singers and listeners. For more information, call the respective group leader. Instrumental Music Song Circle from 7 to 10 p.m. Wed., May 15 at the Instrumental Music store, 1501 Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. Armless seating provided. Store open to Songmakers for purchases with special […]

Country music star succeeds in a man’s world

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline’


The title of the tribute show now playing at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is a misnomer. Though it’s called “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline,” this scantily sketched offering never brings audiences closer to the legendary country music star. Fortunately, Michele McRae rescues this amateurishly written production from total disaster with an excellent performance as Cline, whose shooting […]

A parade down CVD memory lane



Back in the 1970s, when Conejo Valley Days reigned as one of Ventura County’s premier entertainment events, residents used to jam the streets to watch the annual CVD parade roll by. They were there to feast their eyes on the cleverly designed floats—and no one could beat the ones designed by the Wildwood Homeowners Association in Thousand Oaks. In 1972, […]

Four comedians, many laughs at Hillcrest Center

Live Stand-up Comedy on the Hill returns at 8 p.m. Sat., May 11 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, across from The Oaks mall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. May’s lineup: Jeff Richards, Jan McInnis, Laura Hayden and Paul Morrissey. Professional local comedian Jason Love produces the monthly show in collaboration with the […]

An evening with Emmy-winner Louie Anderson

Comedian Louie Anderson will play the Scherr Forum at 7 p.m. Fri., June 14 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The Emmy Award-winner was named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author and star of […]

Got your under my skin in ‘Freaky Friday’

Studio C Performing Arts will present the Disney musical “Freaky Friday” for a seven-performance limited engagement from May 2 through 19 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E.Thousand Oaks Blvd. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There are no Saturday shows. When an uber- organized mother and her spontaneous […]

Tiny Porch shows offer big sounds

Tiny Porch Concerts, which presents a series of free concerts from May through September, will kick off its 2019 season with a Mother’s Day concert from 5 to 7 p.m. Sun., May 12 at King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. The performers will be Leftover Cuties and special guest Honey Whiskey Trio. Leftover Cuties is quartet melding jazz, rock […]

May the model maker be with you

‘Star Wars’ ship designer to fly into T.O.

Colin Cantwell, the creator and model builder of the original “Star Wars” ships, will make a personal appearance from 5 to 7 p.m. Tues., May 21 at Arsenal Comics & Games, 2333 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. He will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Cantwell is the original concept artist and model builder for all things that flew in the […]

‘Addams Family’ creeps into Agoura Hills

Agoura High School Theater will present the musical comedy “The Addams Family” will play May 2 through 4 on the campus at 28545 W. Driver Ave. The show is based on the iconic characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The play has music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Rice. Wednesday finds true love […]


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