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Singing their hearts out for charity



You could say Abigail Thompson is a “Dancing Queen.” The 15-year-old Westlake High School sophomore has been dancing in Pacific Ballet Festival’s shows since the fourth grade. She’s been studying dance and musical theater for even longer. That’s why it’s a natural move that she’ll be performing the classic ABBA song at the inaugural Charity Karaoke Sing for a Cause […]

Musician comes home for a gem of a show



CONCERT PREVIEW /// Jade Hendrix The bucolic, upper-middleclass wilds of Ojai may be a long way from the Mississippi Delta, but growing up there didn’t stop singer-songwriter Jade Hendrix from imbuing her songs with plenty of soul. Hendrix will be performing at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks on Sat., Sept. 15 in a rare concert of […]

An evening onstage with a treasured troubadour

Whether onstage or on record, Grammy-winning singersongwriter Loudon Wainwright III is never less than candid and confessional. The treasured troubadour is set to perform an intimate, oneman show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. He came to fame in 1972 when his song “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit. […]

Reelin’ in the summer

Inside the heads of zany guys

Did it take years on an analyst’s couch? Or did he come to the realization after some deeply personal soul-searching? However it happened, comedian Michael Gelbart learned something important about his dating habits. “There’s a pattern to my relationships,” he likes to say in his act. “Most of the woman I go out with, the guy they dated before me […]

Summer ends on a heartbreaker

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series will have its final presentation at 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 3 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. Sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Acorn, the free, family-friendly concert will feature The PettyBreakers: A Tribute to Tom Petty with the sights, sounds and […]

A spot where every bite leads to a smile

Acorn Epicurean

When you think of the words “green” and “basil” together, chances are that the idea of fresh and wholesome food might come to mind. Add the word “Thai” into the mix and you have the perfect formula for tasty and authentic cuisine. That’s exactly what you’ll find in Calabasas at the humble and cheery Green Basil Thai on Las Virgenes […]

Hearts soar, audience roars in comedy

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Private Lives’


The first time you see a classic play, you should be careful to see a good production, because that memory will stay with you for the rest of your life. Fortunately, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse’s staging of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” which opened Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 16, is a performance to be savored, for you are not likely […]

Lots of laughs

Conejo Players Theatre’s resident improv troupe, the Conejo Improv Players, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25 at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Directed by Jeremy Zeller, the shows will feature both short- and long-form improv hilarity. Members include Alexandra Menna, Allie Leslie, Cindy Lopez, Danica Dawn Coble, Frank Bonoff, Jaden Ostrove, Jonathan Rowsey, […]

Cast’s enthusiasm proves infectious

play review /// ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’


No playwright’s works have been transplanted into more different time frames and settings than those of William Shakespeare. Part of the reason for this is to make the Bard’s works more accessible to modern audiences, which is what playwright Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) is striving for with his musical version of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Shakespeare’s comedy about a […]


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