The Movie Nut

This is a thin story with too many loose threads, partially developed characters and potentially interesting ideas abandoned too soon. What should have been a tight thriller turns into a movie that follows as crooked a path as the politician whose story it tells. The underbelly of New York City looks slick and polished in the neon light—although most of […]

Cold hands, warm hearts at Coats for Casa

Open curling night

SoCal Curling will host an open curling night at 9:45 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26 at the ice arena, 131 W. Easy St., Simi Valley. Anyone age 12 and older may participate. Cost is $20 and all equipment is provided. Participants are advised to dress warmly and to wear flatsoled athletic shoes with good tread. Curling is a Winter Olympic event […]

Family Men

Eye love you

Living with boys will drive you crazy. My wife knows— she’s got our 9-year-old son, our 3-year-old male beagle and, last but certainly not least, me. We don’t try to make her crazy. “You’re all so loud,” she said one day. “Between the sound effects and the made-up words to songs and the howling and the barking. That doesn’t even […]

Auditions open for ‘Comic Book Artist’

Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players will have auditions for the one-act play “Comic Book Artist” by Pat Lydersen. Audition are by appointment only on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 26 and 27 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Time slots begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. When a shipment of magical […]

Reliving the Lindbergh saga

Kids take conservatory center stage

Stephanie Wilson, the founder of Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory, often gets emotional when she sees her young pupils perform. “Last semester I had a student who was really shy. But we gave her a monologue from (David Garrick’s ‘The Lying Valet’) and she did it with such passion, I was crying,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t because she’s Meryl Streep. It’s […]

Pet of the Week

Community bands together tofind Maddux


Dec. 21, 11:15 a.m. A neighbor calls to say our 5-year-old dog, Maddux, was missing. I consider Maddux my first baby because we got him—a Boxer puppy—while I was pregnant with our daughter. Boxers are amazing with kids and protective of their families. Maddux played with the kids, checked on them while they were sleeping, and although he once ate […]

Mardi Gras Ball helps pay the rent

The nonprofit Community Conscience is having a ball—New Orleans style. On Sat., Feb. 23 at 6 p.m., it will host its 22nd annual Mardi Gras Ball at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks. Since 1988, Community Conscience has housed about a dozen nonprofits rent-free in its Under One Roof social services center on E. Hillcrest Drive. Without its support, […]