Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 09/27/2012

THE CAPITOL STEPS Monday, Oct. 1. Presented by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation and KCLU the Capitol Steps began 30 years ago as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They have performed for five U.S. Presidents, traveled to all 50 states (to perform, not sightsee), recorded more than 30 albums. $25-$45. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787 or  www.civicartsplaza.com.

CIRCUS VARGAS 2012 Thursday, Sept. 27, through Monday, Oct. 1. Tabares Entertainment presents famed singing ringmaster Kevin Venardos for a production of musical magnitude in its most exciting, innovative edition ever. Acting as master of ceremonies, Venardos skillfully melds melody with movement, adds a bit of Broadway and a splash of razzle-dazzle. Take a look beyond the sawdust and spangles, a peek past the mystique and wonder, and discover why Circus Vargas is America’s favorite big-top circus. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For show times and tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com.

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