2015-12-18

‘Trumbo’ defends free speech

The Movie Nut

Think of “Trumbo” as the flip side of “The Intern.” That movie was a fictional comedy; this one’s a fact-based drama. But both are the stories of a man with experience who wanted to keep doing his job. Both have high production values, a good cast and a strong male actor in the lead role. And both stories may be […]

Highlanders still on top

Royal girls’ water polo team ready to defend league, section titles


There’s consensus among the coaching experts—Royal reigns supreme in the high school girls’ water polo circuit. Royal head coach Devin Hurst returns an arsenal of talented student athletes from the defending CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship squad. The Highlanders will have to get through Calabasas, Camarillo and Moorpark in the Coastal Canyon League. “I think there’s a lot of parity […]

Understudy has triumphant show

Teen performed in Santa Su’s Dec. 12 matinee of ‘Once Upon a Mattress’


A few weeks ago, the Acorn reported the dramatic story involving Danielle Williamson, a Santa Susana High School student who won the lead role in the school’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” and soon after was diagnosed with potentially life-threatening blood clots in both lungs. Fortunately, Danielle is receiving treatment for this condition but, as the axiom goes, “the […]

Love for singing runs in the family

Leininger family shares Christmas spirit through song


When you see the Leininger family of Oak Park perform, you can’t help but make comparisons with the legendary Von Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were memorialized in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.” The Leiningers brought up their children here in the Conejo Valley, and their talent, attractiveness and sunny dispositions certainly enhance the spirit of […]

‘The Nutcracker’ ballet comes to T.O.



Moorpark Civic Ballet will present performances of “The Nutcracker” at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 19 at the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Hannah Yasenchok, an eighth-grader from Chaparral Middle School in Moorpark, will dance the role of Clara. Hannah has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Pam Rossi is […]

Eclectic singer blends holiday music



Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla will sing at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 20 at the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. A Leonard Cohen protégé, Batalla will deliver a blend of folk, Latin, pop, jazz and rock music in both English and Spanish, covering songs from her Christmas album […]

Leno to bring comedy act to Kavli

Longtime host does stand-up Dec. 27

Late-night TV show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno will perform his comedy at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 27 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Leno’s late-night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every quarter of his hosting over 19 years. Before […]

4-H kids build bears, bridges



Daypack gear for happy hiking

On the Trail

Hiking with a mini-supply of useful stuff in your daypack isn’t burdensome. In fact, it can provide great peace of mind. Being human, there are times when even the hardiest hikers can log an off day—yet remaining active is the best way to recuperate. So it’s helpful to pack for whatever may be your prevailing condition. Got the sniffles? Don’t […]

Obsessed with chips as cure-all

Family Man

I come up with great ideas when I’m half asleep. Those same ideas, however, turn out to be really stupid by the time I’m awake. I used to think I simply was not remembering the brilliance of my ideas the way I visualized them in my sleep. That’s when I started keeping a pen and paper on my nightstand. The […]