On the Town

Reserve a seat for stand-up chuckles

Andy Hendrickson is a meat-eating comic who’s not afraid of vegans. Even when a vegan threatened to pummel him for making a joke about free-range chickens, Hendrickson kept his composure. “The guy wanted to beat me up,” Hendrickson deadpans. “But because he’s a vegan, he couldn’t. He lacked the essential vitamins and proteins necessary to throw a decent punch.” Hendrickson […]

To see or not to see: ‘Hamlet’ on stage

Classic drama opens Saturday in Simi Valley

The California Shakespeare Company will present “Hamlet: Prince of Denmark” from Jan. 12 through 27 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death […]


‘High School Musical’ auditions Conejo Players Theatre will hold auditions for “Disney’s High School Musical” at 5:30 p.m. Sun. through Tues., Jan. 27, 28 and 29 at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The director is Benjamin Glasner, who is also the music director. The choreographer is Whitney Grubb. Performances are April 5 through 14. Actors should prepare […]

‘Steak’ your claim at Sportsman

Restaurant SPOTLIGHT /// The Sportsman Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

Don’t let its name fool you. The Sportsman Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge is not a private club for members only; it’s open to men, women, children and families, business groups and anyone celebrating a special occasion— everyone is welcome. Also, The Sportsman offers lots more than just food and beverages. The establishment has been around since 1949, and customers have […]


Classical concert and Evensong The Epiphany Music Guild will present an interactive program of music titled “Inner Song,” presented by FutureReadyMusicians, at 6 p.m. Sun., Jan. 6 at The Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. FutureReadyMusicians is a nonprofit organization that provides guidance and support to recent music graduates as they begin their careers. The ensemble will […]

Actress plays her first ‘King’ size role

Classic musical opens today in Thousand Oaks

The much-anticipated national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” arrives at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks on Thurs., Dec. 27 for a brief weekend run. The production is based on Lincoln Center’s acclaimed 2015 staging, which won four Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical. Playing the central role of Anna Leonowens, the English teacher […]

Local community theaters shine with annual Four-Star awards

Ventura County has a robust love affair with the six theater companies that belong to the 10-year-old Four Star Theater Alliance. Combined, these troupes attract thousands of residents and tourists every year. So before the next theater season begins, the Alliance is giving back some love by honoring those who made 2018 such a successful and stellar year. Winners in […]

Hot tamales, cheaper by the dozen

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Money Pancho Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Last year around this time, workers at Money Pancho Mexican Restaurant and Cantina were dishing out so many of the restaurant’s popular tamales for the holidays that they actually ran out. So this year they’re planning on making lots more to make sure there’s plenty for everyone, said Camarillo manager Claudia Lopez. Coming up on 24 years in the business […]

Comics team up for fundraising night

Howie Mandel and Jeff Dunham will bring their stand-up comedy to Thousand Oaks as a benefit to help those affected by the Woolsey fire and the Borderline shooting. They are joining forces for an evening of comedy and song at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. “With everything I […]

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