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Actresses ‘seize the day’ in energetic show

play review /// ‘Newsies’


There is something refreshingly brazen about a Catholic college prep school for young women putting on a production of the male-dominated musical “Newsies,” so when it was announced that La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks was doing just that, we had to check it out. “Newsies” relates the true story of the New York newsboys strike of 1899, when […]

Scandinavian festival is super

Extra! Extra! ‘Newsies’ delivers in Simi Valley

play review /// ‘Newsies’


The concept of a band of rabble rousing street urchins dancing up a storm is nothing new to Broadway. It worked in “Oliver!” “Annie” and “Matilda,” so when Disney Theatrical Productions decided to launch a stage musical based on the 1992 live-action film “Newsies,” anticipation was high. The show’s resulting box-office success in 2011 reflected its exceptional score and vibrant […]

Simply the Best on display at Kavli

ART FOR ALL—At right, Craig Morton, left, talks with Geri Schonberg, of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, on March 16 at the Fred Kavli Theatre Gallery inside the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Morton curated the Simply the Best II show on display at the gallery. Below, Anne Cusack of Thousand Oaks examines a sculpture by Acorn Newspapers […]

Concerts, film music for New West’s new season

Grammy Award-winner Michael Christie, who will make his debut this weekend as New West Symphony’s music director, has unveiled the orchestra’s 25th anniversary season. The ensemble’s 2019-20 Masterpiece Series kicks off June 22 with “Titanic Live!” under the stars in William Rolland Stadium at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. During the concert, the 1997 Oscar-winning film will be screened […]

Wine bar, food at Gelson’s grand reopening

Gelson’s will celebrate the grand reopening of its Westlake Village store Fri. through Sun., April 5 to 7 at 2734 Townsgate Road in the Westlake Plaza. The remodeled Gelson’s offers a new sit-down wine, craft beer and tapas bar, seafood and sushi bar, and Wolfgang Puck Express-Grab and Go, augmenting amenities like Gelson’s Kitchen, a salad bar and the Viktor […]

Temple comedian is as clean as they come

Appearing Sunday at Temple Ner Simcha

Comedian Mark Schiff and his wife have ongoing battles about cheese . . . and hair. Mrs. Schiff gets irate when her husband pulls a brick of cheese out of the fridge, takes a bite, and then puts the cheese back—with his teeth marks plainly visible. “Suppose company comes over and they want some cheese?” she tells him. “They’re gonna […]

The acme of laughs is atop the hill

Late-night radio talk show host Art Bell may be gone, but conspiracy theorists still walk the earth—and they bug the heck out of comedian Danny Jolles. “They’re not a subtle people, those conspiracy theorists,” Jolles says. “It doesn’t matter what you say, they’re going to hook you into a conspiracy. You tell them ‘It’s a beautiful day outside’ and they’ll […]

Conejo Players go back to high school

Students hit the books and the high notes in “Disney’s High School Musical,” which runs April 6 through 14 at Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays, and 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. There will be no 5 p.m. show Sun., April 14. It’s the first day after winter break at […]

Actor/musician to honor first responders

Lt. Dan Band to play free concert


In the face of the Borderline shooting and the Hill and Woolsey fires, first responders working in and around the Conejo Valley have, since November, dealt with more adversity than anyone could have imagined. To honor those who put themselves between the public and danger, actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band are hosting a free concert April 13 […]


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