Lens implants for middle-agers

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, doc

Presbyopia is a common condition that starts around age 45 and keeps getting worse until the age of 60 or so. Presbyopia means the inability to see close up with aging eyes. Some people can get onset presbyopia even earlier than 40 and some can go a little longer but, on average, people between the ages of 50 and 60 […]

Play revives glory days of live radio

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

In the golden days of radio, successful films were often turned into radio plays, broadcast from the studios of Lux Radio Theatre in Hollywood. Such was the case with “Miracle on 34th Street,” Valentine Davies’ venerable story about a department store Santa Claus who asserts he is the real McCoy, causing angst in the household of a divorced, cynical Macy’s […]

Harbor sparkles for holidays

Parade of lighted boats begins 7 p.m. Saturday at seaside in Oxnard

Channel Islands Harbor will kick off the holidays with the 54th annual Holiday Parade of Lights from noon to 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14 in Oxnard. This year’s parade theme is “Musical Notes and Holiday Floats.” The community can take part in a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade while listening to carolers […]

A deliciously different kind of pizza that’s been wowing customers since 1945


Barone’s Pizza has been in the business so long that it’s definitely got the hang of it, down to the most minute detail. The original Barone’s sold its first pizza in Los Angeles in 1945 and the expanding, family-owned restaurant group has been serving the same unique and tasty pies ever since. At most pizza shops, toppings like pepperoni and […]

Easy-going show between two old friends

CONCERT REVIEW /// Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

“We’re here to break your hearts,” announced Shawn Colvin during her joint appearance with Mary Chapin Carpenter last week in Thousand Oaks. The veteran singer-songwriters, friends for over 30 years, have spent their careers straddling the line between country and folk. Their all-acoustic appearance at the Kavli Theatre on Dec. 6 has to rank as one of the quietest and […]

Song circles

The nonprofit Songmakers will present the following acoustic song circles for singers, musicians, songwriters and listeners of all levels. Admission is free. For details, call the circle leader or go to Songmakers.org. Woodland Hills Library Song Circle from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 16 in the upstairs activity room, 22200 Ventura Blvd. Has elevator. Call Linnea Richards at (818) […]

Young performers act out their inner elves

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Elf: The Musical’

For most children, Christmastime entertainment is all about Santa Claus, reindeer with LED noses and snowmen going thumpety thump thump. But what about those who work hardest during the season—Santa’s elves? In “Elf: The Musical,” a stage version of the popular 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, we learn the story of Buddy, an orphan who somehow got lost in one […]

New thespian group opens with old classic

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Annie’

With Christmas just around the corner, the newly formed Center Stage Players and Arts Repertory presented its production of the musical “Annie,” which ran from Nov. 22 to Dec. 1 at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo. The new community theater is the brainchild of Noah and Renee Skultety, who funded the launch of their company by selling their ownership of […]

Dazzling light shows for the holidays

Free jazz concerts over 4 nights

Janss Marketplace is hosting free Jazz Concert Series and Holiday Lights Spectacular 3-D Paintscaping shows from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 through 15 in the Burlington Courtyard, 215 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The courtyard will be used as a theatrical setting for four nights of free visual and music performances to entertain all ages. Attendees will receive complimentary […]

Case closed

Acorn legend is the greatest QB in Northern Arizona football history

Make space for Case Cookus on NFL draft boards. Yahoo Sports NFL draft analyst Eric Edholm called Cookus, a Northern Arizona University quarterback, an “NFL Draft QB sleeper worth tracking.” Cookus, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, is being hailed by many as the next great passer to come out of the Football Championship Subdivision, which was home to Steve McNair, […]

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