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Good food, good service at Cisco’s

Acorn Epicurean

There’s a spot reminiscent of the Mexican Riviera right in the middle of Thousand Oaks, and this place is hopping. I visited Cisco’s Restaurant on Avenida de Los Arboles on a recent Saturday evening, and there was a rockin’ 70th birthday celebration in the adjoining private party room, and most of the restaurant’s booths were filled—a testament to the quality […]

Chair dancing to the Fatback Blues

concert review /// Brother Yusef


His hands whipping smartly across the fretboard of his guitar on a recent Sunday afternoon, the one-man blues band known as Brother Yusef entertained an enthusiastic audience June 24 as part of the Grant Brimhall Library’s summer music series with an invigorating musical subgenre he calls “Fattback Blues.” The 55-year-old dread-locked musician is a seasoned busker who brings to mind […]

Have a ball at the carnival

Hillcrest Center for the Arts has unmasked details about its annual Carnival Ball fundraiser. Guests are encouraged to wear fun, colorful attire to the event, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Sat., July 7 on the patio at the center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Proceeds from the event will benefit Young Artists Ensemble’s production of […]

Sing along with Gilbert and Sullivan

Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will present the second show in the 2018 Summer Concert Series, “Gilbert and Sullivan Favorites,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun., July 8 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The concert will also include selections from works by Sir Arthur Sullivan and F.C. Burnand: “The Chieftain,” […]

Big name entertainment at TOCAP

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at 2100 T.O. Blvd. has set its lineup for the 2018-19 season. Comedians and musicians will include Lilly Tomlin, Loudon Wainwright, Kathleen Madigan, Rodney Crowell, Mark Wills and Johnny Boyd. Artists bought back by popular demand include Engelbert Humperdinck, America, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, and Live from Laurel Canyon. A Magical Cirque […]

Hot sauce competition is smokin’

The inaugural international hot sauce competition in the Conejo Valley, and a California Cornhole Association-sanctioned cornhole tournament with cash prizes, are part of the Old Boney Mountain Hot Summer Night Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Thurs., July 12 at The Gardens at Los Robles Golf Course, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The event will also have unlimited craft […]

Auditions open for G&S operettas

Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will hold auditions the musicals “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Utopia Ltd.” from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sat., July 7. Performance dates are “Pirates of Penzance” from Oct. 8 to 24 and “Utopia Ltd.” from March 5 to 21, 2019. Both shows will be presented at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 […]

Be our guest for ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Five-Star Theatricals, the resident professional regional theater production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in a two-week run with 10 performances from July 20 through 29. Music is by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The show stars Susan Egan, who earned Tony Award and Drama Desk […]

Museum hosts tribute to local philanthropist

For more than 50 years, Hollywood publicist and Westlake Village resident David Mirisch has been connecting celebrities and athletes in more than 2,500 charity fundraising events, helping to raise over $35 million for nonprofits. In a tribute to his charitable work, the Museum of Ventura County will host an exhibit of photographs, awards and memorabilia from Mirisch’s work. The exhibit […]

Theaters seek volunteer ushers

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is in search of volunteer ushers. The plaza complex contains the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. Both theaters have state-of-the-art technology and acoustics. Over 300,000 patrons and 50,000 children attend more than 400 performances annually. The theaters host touring Broadway musicals, popular […]


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