Lizard looks at love, life and death

Sometimes if you have a reputation as a “nature enthusiast” your friends expect you to jump at any opportunity to perform some icky task on their property. “Go find where that awful smell is coming from,” my friend Connie directed. “Some critter must’ve croaked. Please dispose of it, O fearless Nature Girl.” Oh sure, fearless maybe, but I still have […]

Band does justice to Credence Clearwater

CONCERT REVIEW /// Fortunate Son

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center kicked off its monthly series of acoustic concerts with a Sept. 4 appearance by Fortunate Son, a band that pays tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American supergroup that dominated the pop charts in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Playing the role of frontman and songwriter John Fogerty was Brad Ford, […]

Song circles make the rounds

Songmakers will host free acoustic music events for singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and listeners of all levels. For addresses or details, call the respective song circle leader. Woodland Hills Library Song Circle from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 16 in the upstairs activity room, 22200 Ventura Blvd. An elevator is available. Call Linnea Richards at (818) 818-3004. Agoura Hills Acoustic […]

Almost flawless Diamond tribute

CONCERT REVIEW /// Hot August Night

When you see one of those tribute bands that dot the landscape every summer, do you ever wonder how some of the frontmen decided to devote their careers to the repertoire of a single artist? In the case of Dean Colley, it was a matter of self-preservation. Colley was a pre-med student working as an assistant to an emergency room […]

After 5 years, Verizon gains approval for cell tower in Westlake

Better reception for North Ranch

Barring an appeal, Verizon Wireless has won the right to install a cell tower in the middle of North Ranch. Once it’s up and running, the equipment on Sunnyhill Street will boost coverage for hundreds of Verizon customers who live east of Westlake Boulevard and south of Kanan Road, the company said at an Aug. 26 hearing of the Thousand […]