By Michelle Sandoval
This is the beginning of a new weekly column at the Gazette where I recommend, and sometimes review, current arts and entertainment events around town and beyond. It’s the print version of a short segment on KHTS’ Gazette Radio Hour every Friday where I get to ramble about my recommended local happenings. So, read on – and feel free to make any recommendations – I’ll be listening!
Twilight Zone: Unscripted
4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank
I attended this improv show last weekend and it was so much fun! The Improv Theatre Group put on a great performance consisting of four short acts, each presented in the style of the old classic TV show – based on suggestions from the audience. The skits ranged from a divorce lawyer with uniquely spooky methods to a haunted elevator that knows its riders’ deep, dark secrets. All were full of laughs with just the right amount of scare factor. Since every show is improvised, fans can return again and again and never see the same skit twice! The show is playing until September 29 and is definitely worth the trip to another dimension.
The Vagina Monologues
The Repertory East Playhouse
24266 Main Street, Newhall
The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play where each of the discourses deals with an aspect of the feminine experience. Now, I’ve never seen this, but have always been curious, so I might just have to check it out since it’s right here in town. The show is playing ONLY this Friday through Sunday at The Rep, and tickets only being $20 – $25, it seems like a no-brainer. Besides, I love supporting local theatre!
California Oil Museum
1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula
This museum is great year round, but this coming Saturday there is an opening day celebration of “Prehistoric California.” Activities are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and include new fossil displays, hands-on demonstrations and fossil digs (YESSS!). This sounds like great fun for the whole family, so grab your little archeologists and spend the afternoon with some saber-toothed cats!
For those of you looking to check out the local music scene, (yes, SCV has a local music scene), try these out: Lucille’s BBQ at the Valencia Town Center has live blues with Lawrence Lebo from 7-11 p.m. on September 14 and The Drifters, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, will have Hardwater playing classic rock hits starting at 9 p.m. on September 14.
Remember, fellow A&E lovers, send me events you think I should check out by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.