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Performance makes a racket at Kavli

play review /// ‘Stomp’

“Stomp,” that jubilation of rhythm which has intoxicated theater audiences since 1991, swept (literally) into Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre on March 12 for a single performance. Possibly the most unusual show ever staged on Broadway, “Stomp” includes no music, no story and no dialogue, just an irreverent crew of eight virtuoso percussionists who create a symphony of […]

Having a grand time with Mark Farner

Not all rock ‘n rollers from the ‘60s and ‘70s were unpatriotic draft dodgers. Some waved the flag; they didn’t burn it. Mark Farner, founding member of the supergroup Grand Funk Railroad, came from the hard-working middle class town of Flint, Mich., and his patriotic roots ran deep. The tough and talented kid from the upper Midwest was the son […]

A play on Peter Pan’s early life

Young Artists Ensemble in collaboration with Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory will present the YAE Hillcrest Players production of “Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens,” the world premiere of a new play based on the early stories of Peter Pan. Show times are at 1 and 3 p.m. Sat., March 16 and 23 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. […]

College goes full monty in musical madness

play review /// ‘Spamalot’

When it comes to putting on a Broadway musical, there is nothing like the exuberance of youth, which is why Moorpark College’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” running through March 24 in the college’s performing arts center, is such a joy to behold. Sometimes, however, the exuberance can get out of hand, as on opening night, when the brilliant Brandon […]

‘Matilda the Musical’ to make local debut

Five-star theatricals, formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre, will present the Thousand Oaks premiere of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” from March 22 through 31 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A signed performance for the deaf […]

Mucho margaritas, mezcal and mondo Mexican menu at Julio’s Agave Grill

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Julio’s Agave Grill

After such a short time being open, including having to beat a huge obstacle of the Woolsey fire during its soft opening effort in November, Julio’s Agave Grill in Westlake Village has still managed to gain the popularity of a large part of the community. So much so that reservations are required on Friday and Saturday nights, otherwise there’s no […]

Conejo Players’ musical is a cut above

play review /// ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Anytime a theater company decides to take on a show written by Stephen Sondheim, its creative team takes a collective breath. Sondheim shows always present unique challenges to casts due to their musical complexity, often employing difficult time signatures, range-taxing vocals and tongue-twisting lyrics. Celeste Russi has always wanted to direct a Sondheim musical, and she got her chance when […]

Three choirs in fine voice

A three-choir tour-de-force of 175 singers will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sun., March 10 at the Agoura High School performing arts education center, 28545 W. Driver Ave. Los Robles Master Chorale, led by artistic director Lesley Leighton, will join the Agoura High School Mixed Choir and Los Robles Children’s Choir. The concert will open with a the chorale’s […]

Folk icons are still blowin’ in the wind

CONCERT REVIEW /// Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

So join in the folk song army! Guitars are the weapons we bring To the fight against poverty, war and injustice Ready, aim, sing! These words were written by satirist Tom Lehrer about the folk music revival of the 1960s, which brought political activism to popular music thanks to songs like Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” The Dylan classic […]


A musical set in ‘Utopia Limited’ Political chaos and plutocracy abound when the oppressed king of a south seas island tries to save himself in the 1893 Gilbert and Sullivan musical “Utopia Limited,” running March 8 through 24 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Girton-trained daughter Princess Zara brings in experts in six […]

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