Show’s message of tolerance holds up

play review /// ‘Hairspray’

The chlorofluorocarbons are flying at Conejo Players Theatre, which opened the 2002 Broadway musical “Hairspray” recently. The show, based on John Waters’ 1988 non-musical motion picture, still holds up with its unsubtle messages of tolerance and love without boundaries. The production satirizes the period between the “innocent” 1950s and the civil rights protests of the 1960s, as a chunky, bouffant-haired […]

Rams stand for good health

Letter was disrespectful

I want to write you about the letter that appeared in The Acorn last week in which one of the readers stated she couldn’t pronounce the name of a member of the staff at the recreation department. The staff member is Xochitl Ruwhiu. There are many names that I come across that I don’t know how to pronounce, but in […]

Westlake High graduate competes on this season of NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Singing in front of others is scary enough for some people. Singing in front of four A-list celebrity judges and a live audience? Now that’s downright terrifying. Yet 2016 Westlake High alumnus Jack Cassidy appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” earlier this month with seemingly no fear, impressing music superstars Alicia Keys and Adam Levine, who begged him to join their […]

Musical could use a little help from above

play review /// ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” the glitzy, noisy 1971 rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, didn’t look or sound very super last week at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. It was staged by Theater League, a Kansas City, Mo.-based arts presenter that too often tries to make the most from the least. This penurious approach resulted in […]

Hospital recommends that everyone takes diabetes test

The Center for Advanced Wound Healing at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, observed the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day on March 28. The event was a reminder for all people to assess their possible risk for Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin. This results in unhealthy […]

Name calling

I am responding to a letter March 23 by Andrea Enthal in which she requests help in pronouncing the name of the supervisor for Reyes Adobe information. She assumes that “next to no one in Agoura Hills knows how to say his or her name.” She wants a phonetic guide published in the summer recreation guide or maybe The Acorn […]

Unity in the community

FRIENDSHIP WALK—At top, people walk along Kanan Road to Mae Boyar Park during the one-mile Friendship Walk in support of children with special needs March 26 in Oak Park. The walk was part of the day-long Unity in the Community event organized by Linda Parks, Ventura County supervisor, and Desta Goehner, director of congregational relations at Cal Lutheran University. The […]

Art Garfunkel to appear in solo show


Art Garfunkel, who propelled Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” into the heavens with his soaring countertenor, will mix hit songs, career anecdotes and poetry when he performs a solo show at 7 p.m. Sun., April 2 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Garfunkel is best known for his Grammy-winning songs […]

Cancer support gala taking flight

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold its Wings of Hope Gala, its biggest fundraiser of the year, from 6 to 11 p.m. Fri., May 5 at the Reagan Library Air Force One Pavilion, 40 Presidential Way, Simi Valley. The gala will include a cocktail reception with silent auction, entertainment and dinner with live auction featuring big-ticket items. After dinner, […]