Rising Stars

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza recently celebrated 25 years of bringing arts and entertainment to the Conejo Valley. Pacific Festival Ballet has been a part of that story since 1994 and continues to make dance history in the community today.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Arts

Almost 25 years ago, in 1994, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza first opened its doors, welcoming audiences of all ages to experience the wonders of the stage. Thousands of incredible performers and some 6.3 million patrons later, the Civic Arts Plaza celebrates its 25th Anniversary with two weekends of special events, including live performances and backstage tours of the…

Interface’s Hope & Light:

More than 300 philanthropic citizens, business leaders and community partners will come together to honor community heroes at Interface Children & Family Services’ Annual Hope & Light Benefit Saturday, September 21, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Sherwood Country Club. Presented by Sage Publishing, the annual event celebrates those who partner with Interface in confronting the most serious issues threatening…

Ascension Lutheran School Nurtures Family Feeling

With mental health issues, stress and anxiety on the rise for students of all ages, schools are looking for new and creative ways to support their students by providing a more nurturing and connected school experience for all children. Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks implemented the House System this year with exactly that in mind. Creating a school community…

Camelot Comes to the Conejo Valley

Knights of the Round Table, King Arthur, Merlin and Queen Guinevere are everyday discussion topics for artistic director Kim Maselli, as are conversations about fairies, dragons and giants.

Stage Presence: 5-Star Theatricals Entertains & Educates

5-Star Theatricals is the same beloved Cabrillo Music Theater—just under a new name—that showcases Broadway-caliber productions to the community by hiring professional actors, both equity and non-equity, to perform with a live orchestra. 

Finding Hope & Healing: Life After Tragedy  

Our community was recently devastated by unfathomable events. First, the horrific tragedy of the Borderline Bar shooting, followed immediately by the devastating wildfires. These shocking events, coupled with the holiday season, fuel intensified feelings of hopelessness, emotional dysregulation, forgetfulness, sadness, confusion, depression, anxiety, inability to regulate emotions, inability to cope with life stressors, and an overall impaired ability to function…

In Tune with the New West Symphony

As a music lover, particularly classical, jazz, the Great American Song Book and Broadway musical theater, when I moved to the Conejo Valley years ago I wondered whether I would be cut off by distance and traffic from the best our region has to offer. We live about 40 miles from the Music Center in L.A., not that far until…

Art Trio Joins Forces to Celebrate Love

Three local arts organizations make musical history this month with their first ever collaboration, “Music of the Night: Love Changes Everything,” an evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“The Nutcracker” Heralds a Season of Giving

Tis’ the season of sugar and spice and everything nice. This includes visions of sugar plums for Pacific Festival Ballet as they prepare their 24th year of “The Nutcracker” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn Flys Solo at Smothers Theatre

The indisputable music icon Roger McGuinn returns to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Thursday, October 5 at 8 p.m. As a founding member of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn delivers a mesmerizing evening of story and song. From his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Eight Miles High" and "Mr.…

An Enchanted Evening of Hope Boosts American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society hosts an Enchanted Evening of Hope, Saturday, August 5, at Eden Gardens in Moorpark to celebrate life, honor cancer survivors and recognize caregivers and doctors that serve and improve the lives of those battling cancer.

Summer Melodies Liven Up the Season

Listening to live music under the summer sun—or stars—top the list of favorite outdoor activities. Perfect for making memories with friends and family, young and old, outdoor concerts abound in the Conejo Valley this summer, providing plenty of opportunities to get your groove on and move to the music.

A Performance of Biblical Proportions:

On Saturday, May 20, Pacific Festival Ballet will present an encore performance of “Noahʼs Ark,” a multimedia presentation featuring ballet, contemporary dance, aerial work, video and special effects performed by guest artists and select students from California Dance Theatre, the companyʼs training school. Another bravado is the original 90-minute score recorded in Russia with a 60-piece orchestra.

Nutcracker Dreams Come True for Local Teens

Virtually every little girl that dances dreams of one day attaining the role of Clara in “The Nutcracker.” This dream comes true this December for two talented local 15-year-olds, Lexi Garfinkel and Talia Lebowitz, who will perform this coveted role in Pacific Festival Ballet’s 23rd season of “The Nutcracker” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre.

Westlake Village Symphony Strums Up Food for Manna

The Westlake Village Symphony’s recent Fall Music Festival and Food Drive helped stock the pantry at Manna of Conejo Valley while providing a magical musical evening under the stars for the community to enjoy. More than 500 people turned out to take part in the festivities, including an exotic car show, open galleries, pet adoption display and food drive, and…

Westlake Village Symphony Strums Up Food for Manna

The Westlake Village Symphony’s recent Fall Music Festival and Food Drive helped stock the pantry at Manna of Conejo Valley while providing a magical musical evening under the stars for the community to enjoy.

Theatre Company (Re)Launches Season of High-Flying Shows

Performances are held in the Kavli Theatre on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Join the cast and staff for a post-show discussion following the first Saturday matinee of each production.

Community Says the Show Must Go On

For the past 22 years, Cabrillo Music Theatre has served the community by entertaining thousands with their Broadway-style shows produced in our own backyard. As Conejo Valley residents well know, this vibrant community theatre contributes so much more than high-quality stage productions to enhance quality of life in the area. Cabrillo Music Theatre is famous for its many outreach programs…

Flying First Class in the Conejo Valley!

Flying high after a successful 22nd season of Pacific Festival Ballet’s (PFB) “The Nutcracker” featuring guest artists from New York City Ballet, the company will soon be taking flight with its spring ballet, “Peter Pan!” Every spring, Pacific Festival Ballet presents a classical or unique original ballet. This year, Peter Pan, a ballet interpretation of a story that we all…

Jazzing Up the Conejo

Celebrating this original American art form, the 5th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest takes place Sunday, April 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, The Sunrise Rotary Foundation, this fundraising event benefits local and international charities, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the…

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s 
Children of Eden 
a Family Affair

Conejo Valley audiences are in for a treat this spring with Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of Children of Eden April 8-17 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. In today’s pop-culture environment, filled with reality shows and one-liners, it’s challenging to find family-friendly entertainment that will spark meaningful conversation and appeal to multiple generations. Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Children…

A Holiday Spectacular

he time-honored tradition of attending Pacific Festival Ballet’s famous Nutcracker Ballet featuring guest artists Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancers from New York City Ballet, is upon us.

New West Symphony Invites You to Live it L!ve

Community is key to the New West Symphony’s mission, and the orchestra’s reach extends far beyond the stage. Its entertaining Symphonic Adventures concerts are presented annually to over 7,000 elementary school students, often the first time they experience a live orchestra. Its Music Van, known as a “musical petting zoo,” travels to schools and festivals to let children try their…

Batter Up! Damn Yankees Scores Big as Opening Act of the Season

Kicking off its 2015-16 season, Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly presents Damn Yankees, opening October 16 and running through October 25.