On the Town

Strike up the band for America

After a recent run of shows in Italy, Israel, England and the Netherlands, America is back in America. The classic rock band, known for hits like “Sister Golden Hair,” “Tin Man” and “I Need You,” will play a 7:30 p.m. show Thurs., Nov. 8 in the Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Gerry […]

Lights sparkle bright at Reagan Library

If you’re looking to make the holidays merry and bright, plug into the Reagan Library’s new electrical extravaganza. Great American Christmas: Holiday Lights will run 6 to 10 p.m. nightly from Nov. 10 through Jan. 6 at the library, 400 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Holiday Lights is a 60- to 90-minute family friendly outdoor walking tour complete with live music, […]

5-Star creates monster mania at Kavli

Fairy tales turned on their head in musical show

Five-Star Theatricals opened its 2018-19 season Oct. 19 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with the debut of “Shrek the Musical,” a satirical fairy tale starring a self-pitying, ostracized ogre who has been banished to a swamp because of his own repulsiveness. “Shrek’s” thinly disguised morality tale—preaching that beauty and valiance come from within—is accessible enough for a child to […]

‘Tollbooth’ trip inspires young actors

PLAY PREVIEW /// ‘The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.’

Love of learning is the main theme behind Norton Juster’s beloved “The Phantom Tollbooth,” a 1961 novel aimed at children that has also been a delight for adults. Over the years, the tale has been published in dozens of languages, been made into a film and transformed into a musical play, which Conejo Players Theatre will stage in Thousand Oaks […]

Five for Fighting is justfine

In the comic books, Superman didn’t need strings to fly. In concert, though, strings can really add dramatic lift. Hear for yourself when singersongwriter John Ondrasik, aka Five for Fighting, performs hits like “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” while backed by a string quartet during a 7:30 p.m. show Sat., Oct. 27 in the Scherr Forum at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts […]

Studio C stages thoroughly fun show

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Fabulous singing, skilled comedy, adroit dancing and a crackerjack jazz band are the highlights of Studio C Performing Arts’ staging of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” now playing at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This production is so meticulously and excellently performed that it could be transplanted onto an off-Broadway stage and nobody would know that it was being presented by […]

African musicians to play in T.O.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will host a special performance by New Life Band, a collection of seven musicians from Tanzania, at 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 in the sanctuary, 1 W. Avenida de Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks. Items from Africa will be on sale during the free concert. Proceeds raised from the sale of these items will go to support […]

All American, all Latino, all funny

Immigration. Border walls. ICE. All of these politically charged issues course through the comedy of The Undeportables, a trio of Latino comics who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. Jesus Sepulveda, Jose Sarduy and Jerry Garcia are coming to Thousand Oaks for a 7:30 p.m. show Fri., Oct. 26 in the Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 […]

A fantastic symphony for young ears

The Conejo Valley Youth Preparatory Orchestra and the Los Robles Children’s Choir team up to present a Halloween-themed concert Sun., Oct. 28 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. The free children and family concerts will begin at noon and 3 p.m. in two performances. Children’s activities will run from 1 to 3 […]

Classical meets ragtime

The Westlake Village Music Society will present a “Red Rose Rendezvous” concert at 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The performers will be David Miller on flute, Michelle Van Kempen on flute, Fredric Beerstein on oboe, Eric Johnson- Tomai on bassoon and Christine De Klotz on piano. The concert […]

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