2015-12-23 E-Edition

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’Tis the season to be jolly—and kind

On the Trail

It’s a busy world on the roads of our lovely communities this time of year, and so I prefer to walk everywhere. You’d think doing your Christmas shopping on foot would be a good way to dodge all that hectic traffic. Unfortunately, distracted drivers are really distracted this season, and recently I had a nerve-jangling near-miss in a crosswalk despite […]

The very composed Jeff Beal

The shock of the terrorist attacks in Paris two days earlier was still on concertgoers’ minds Nov. 15 when they came to Walt Disney Concert Hall for the inaugural “Made in L.A.” concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. But the original pieces by L.A.-based composers soon comforted and inspired the audience. A composition by Agoura Hills resident Jeff Beal […]

A merry merganser Christmas

It’s noon as I write this, and the hunk of ice in my birdbath has shown no sign of melting. I shift to the tiny dock on the tiny lake in my rural Agoura community, where a shallow cove has frozen solid. Yet the birds appear to be of good cheer, and I regret whining about having developed permanent goose […]

Holiday magic shared on campus

‘Flashdance’: What a feeling!

The U.S. National Tour of “Flashdance the Musical,” a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, will make its local premiere Jan. 14 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 14; 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 15; 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 16, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., […]

Evolving business environment

Office Evolution opened its doors Nov. 30 at 30721 Russell Ranch Road, Ste. 140. The Westlake Village business offers executive offices and virtual/on demand business services, with 24 new, private and fully furnished executive offices ranging from 110 to 225 square feet, three conference rooms, a 360-square-foot business lounge and a 300-square-foot kitchen. Office members and members with select virtual […]

Bonding through fa la la la la

Hot Flashes

I was a tall kid with plenty of buck teeth, so I had no trouble standing out on the top riser. I couldn’t sing, but that didn’t matter because Mom and Dad knew Rudolph’s nose was red anyway and easily spotted my oversize toofers gleaming all the way to the North Pole. From the time I could tie my own […]

Characters from ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’ return

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Winter Wonderettes’

The parade of local Christmas shows continues with “Winter Wonderettes,” a veritable display of well-known and obscure holiday songs set in the framework of those lovable Chipmunks from Springfield High, the Marvelous Wonderettes. The show runs through Dec. 27 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. “Winter Wonderettes” is Roger Bean’s 2003 sequel to his warm and fuzzy revue “The […]