On the Town

A ticket to kill with YAE’s musical ‘Assassins’

Young Artists Forever will present a gender-blind production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” Aug. 16 through 25 on the outdoor patio stage at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fri. to Sun., Aug. 16 to 18 and Wed. to Sun., Aug. 21 to 25. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim […]

A frightfully good show

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Young Frankenstein’


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 45 years since Mel Brooks brought “Young Frankenstein,” his broad spoof of Universal Pictures horror movies, to the big screen. As with “The Producers,” Brooks would create a musical adaptation, which made its Broadway debut in 2007, including songs written by Brooks that celebrate the glory days of vaudeville and Hollywood musicals. It’s […]

A hot night of laughs at Hillcrest center

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill returns at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. July’s lineup has Robert G. Lee, Jeff Johnson, Forrest Shaw and Jim McDonald. Professional local comedian Jason Love will host and produce the monthly show, which features a new […]

Cult musical explores deep, dark issues

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Heathers’


During the intermission for Youth Musical Theatre’s production of the cult musical “Heathers,” a parent was heard asking her companion, “Was this really on Broadway?” The answer is, not exactly (it appeared off-Broadway in 2014), but we can understand the concerned parent’s incredulity that a show dealing with taboo subjects like date rape, suicide, bullying and school bomb threats could […]

Sip and taste at Rotary fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks is ready to pour on the fun next month during the 18th annual Midsummer Eve Wine Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17 at Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. Since its inception, the 21-andover event has raised more than $450,000 to benefit the Ventura County Special Olympics and the Thousand […]

Agoura Hills eatery a true family affair

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Hatch Cafe and Market


Nestled in the western reaches of the San Fernando and Las Virgenes valleys, Agoura Hills is a suburban community with more than it’s share of surprises: abundant hiking trails, historic venues and charming neighborhoods tucked in the surrounding woodlands. But one of Agoura Hills’ most unexpected and rewarding surprises can be found in an otherwise undistinguished strip mall at Thousand […]

Musicians join fire recovery

Rock The Recovery, a night of music, will take place at 6 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 at The Canyon club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Scheduled performers are: Ray Parker Jr and His All-Star Band, Freddie Washington of Steely Dan, Chaz West of Foreigner, Paulie Z of Sweet, Mike Logan of Box Scaggs, Francesco DiCosmo of Evanescence and Thin Lizzy, […]

Food, rides, music, rodeos all at county fair

Special grandstand entertainment included free with paid fair ticket

Breathe in the ocean air—not to mention the sweet smell of kettle corn and funnel cakes— during the 144th annual Ventura County Fair, which runs through Sun., Aug. 11 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. The fair’s theme is “A Country Fair With Open Air.” On tap are carnival games and rides, exhibits, vendors and livestock […]

Westlake Bachelor parts with sweet sorrow

DUMPED—Westlake Village resident Peter Weber, a 27-year-old pilot, saw his stay on The Bachelorette come to a crash landing when he was told he didn’t make the cut by sweetheart Hannah Brown. Maybe Hannah acted too soon. In Tuesday’s finale, she chose handsome Jed over Tyler, only to find out Jed was in love with another girl when the program […]

Fairy tale showcase for young actors

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Once Upon A Mattress’


The musical fairy tale spoof “Once Upon a Mattress” made a star out of Carol Burnett 60 years ago, and since then many multi-talented actors have used the show to demonstrate their performing versatility. The role of Princess Winnifred (or “Fred,” as she prefers to call herself) relies on a deft combination of comedic ability, a powerful singing voice and […]


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