On the Town

Reelin’ in the summer

Inside the heads of zany guys

Did it take years on an analyst’s couch? Or did he come to the realization after some deeply personal soul-searching? However it happened, comedian Michael Gelbart learned something important about his dating habits. “There’s a pattern to my relationships,” he likes to say in his act. “Most of the woman I go out with, the guy they dated before me […]

Summer ends on a heartbreaker

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series will have its final presentation at 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 3 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. Sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Acorn, the free, family-friendly concert will feature The PettyBreakers: A Tribute to Tom Petty with the sights, sounds and […]

Hearts soar, audience roars in comedy

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Private Lives’


The first time you see a classic play, you should be careful to see a good production, because that memory will stay with you for the rest of your life. Fortunately, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse’s staging of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” which opened Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 16, is a performance to be savored, for you are not likely […]

Lots of laughs

Conejo Players Theatre’s resident improv troupe, the Conejo Improv Players, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25 at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Directed by Jeremy Zeller, the shows will feature both short- and long-form improv hilarity. Members include Alexandra Menna, Allie Leslie, Cindy Lopez, Danica Dawn Coble, Frank Bonoff, Jaden Ostrove, Jonathan Rowsey, […]

Cast’s enthusiasm proves infectious

play review /// ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’


No playwright’s works have been transplanted into more different time frames and settings than those of William Shakespeare. Part of the reason for this is to make the Bard’s works more accessible to modern audiences, which is what playwright Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) is striving for with his musical version of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Shakespeare’s comedy about a […]

Reunion welcomes academy alumni

Children’s Music Academy of Westlake Village will hold the inaugural reunion for alumni of the Ventura County Junior Music and Children’s Music academies from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., August 18 at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road, Westlake Village. Thousands of graduates and dozens of current and former teachers have been invited to attend. Junior Music Academy was […]

Classic music for a Sunday afternoon

The Westlake Village Music Society will present “Melodies for a Late Summer Afternoon” at 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 26 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The featured performers will be Armen Anassian on violin, Christine De Klotz on piano and Emma-Grace Dunbar, soprano. Anassian is the concert master of the Los Angeles Opera. Dunbar […]

Once upon an audition

Young Artists Ensemble will hold auditions for the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 25 and 26 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive. Auditions are open to youth who are at least 10 years old and not yet 20 by Nov. 18 this year. Audition time slots begin at 9 a.m. […]

A hearty meal with old-time vibe

Acorn Epicurean

In the 35 years that Dorothy’s Chuck Wagon has been a mainstay in Old Town Camarillo, the city has gone through many changes. In fact, restaurant owner Dorothy Johnson remembers when her establishment was one of the only ones in the area, and the old Highway 101 ran right past her place, which now has a Ventura Boulevard address. She […]


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