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Healing through song

Youth of all abilities jump down rabbit hole

play review /// ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

Students from all backgrounds and abilities took a deep dive into the magical world of the stage as Pleasant Valley Inclusive Theatre made its debut at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse. PVIT is an acting and tech camp designed to get young people—with and without special needs—involved in theater, either as performers or crew members. This month, troupe members presented “Alice in […]

Scholarship winners excel

The winners of this year’s Thousand Oaks Arts Festival Legacy Scholarships received their awards during a dinner reception held April 28 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley oversees the scholarship program for local youth artists. Winners received awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 to apply to their college or […]

Takedown! Pro wrestling in Agoura

Treat Dad to a fun and exciting evening he’ll remember forever as championship wrestling makes its debut appearance at The Canyon club Agoura Hills at 7 p.m. Sun., June 16. Doors open at 4 p.m. at 28912 Roadside Drive. Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is an American professional wrestling promotion and television program. Comedian Taylor Williamson is the host. The main […]

‘Titanic’ sails with live music

Film on June 22

The blockbuster film “Titanic” will be shown on large outdoor screen with James Horner’s score performed live by the New West Symphony’s orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 22, at the William Rolland Stadium on the campus of Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 5 p.m. Released 22 years ago, Titanic won 11 Academy […]

New York-style pizza’s big following

acorn epicurian /// Michael’s Pizza

Someone told me that the day I visited Michael’s Pizza happened to be National Pizza Day, but as far as I’m concerned, every day is pizza day if it means chowing down on these scrumptious New York-style pies. Mike Payind, the owner of the Agoura Hills takeout and delivery spot, has been a pizza king in Calabasas for almost 30 […]

Chasing the blues at cajun festival

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival is home away from home for Dwayne Dopsie, a Grammy-nominated singer and accordion player whose group, Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, will be lighting up the Cajun stage at the 2019 event. “Simi has really got it down,” the Louisiana native said. Once a small clambake fundraiser, the annual festival has grown to […]

Playwright to premier work at fringe fest

A one-act play written by Agoura Hills resident Libby Baumgartner has been accepted into the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Baumgartner is an aspiring playwright who earned her bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Cal Lutheran last year. The play, “TRASH,” named after the meme “Men are Trash,” explores the sexism that women are subjected to own a daily basis. A […]


Summer concert takes it to the limit The faux Eagles are landing —again. Swooping into the Conejo Valley is The Long Run, an Eagles tribute band that will kick off the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series from 5 to 7 p.m. Mon., May 27 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix […]

Actors take a trip to the chocolate factory

PlAY REVIEW /// ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” best known for introducing eccentric candy entrepreneur Willy Wonka, has spawned two motion pictures, a Broadway musical and even a video game, but the stage play has rarely been seen in these parts, until Newbury Park High School performed it during a two-weekend run, May 10 to 18. Though “Charlie […]

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