CURTAIN UP Celebration

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (TOCAP), the Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts (TOARTS) is hosting CURTAIN UP, a first-of-its-kind celebration of the arts for all to enjoy. The event will be held at the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center on Oct. 4, 2019, beginning at 5 p.m.

CURTAIN UP attendees will enjoy specialty cocktails courtesy of Ventura Spirits Company and a gastronomic retrospective featuring foods inspired by the 1970s through present day. There will also be a private concert by Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, live auction and special presentation. The night will close with an after party that includes a dessert bar hosted by Mastro’s Steakhouse, dancing with the Don Randi Quartet and a big surprise.

“This event is a great opportunity for our community to come together and revel in the arts,” said Al Lowe, honorary chair of CURTAIN UP. “This isn’t your traditional fundraising event — it’s a true community party. We’ll mingle, let loose and celebrate the incredible experiences the Civic Arts Plaza has brought to our community — as well as all that’s yet to come. Plus, in the process, we’ll be raising money for TOARTS’ arts education programs.”

The event’s name was inspired by a special Los Angeles Times publication, “Curtain Up!” that was published Oct. 16, 1994 to celebrate the opening of TOCAP. And now, 25 years later, the community will once again honor a place that — as the publication noted back then — is “more than just a pretty face. It represents the hopes, dreams and efforts of many who brought this dream to reality.”

“We are fortunate to have TOARTS in our community,” said Scott Hansen, board chair of Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF). “We share their vision of ensuring arts is accessible to all and are proud to sponsor their series of celebratory events.  On behalf of the Ventura County Community Foundation, we offer our esteemed congratulations for achieving this tremendous milestone for keeping arts alive in our community for 25 years.” 

This event is made possible by the support of generous sponsors including presenting sponsors Ray and Janet Scherr Foundation and VCCF. Other sponsors include Edison International, Southern California Life Magazine, 805 Living, Al Lowe Construction Inc., Singer Burke, Mustang Marketing, Westcord Commercial Group (Suzanne and Rick Principe), The Acorn Newspapers, Oakmont of Camarillo, Cohen Begun & Deck LLP, Patricia and George Jones, Lisa and Wyatt McCrea, Montecito Bank & Trust, and Guitar Center. Opolo Wines is the exclusive wine sponsor and Tarantula Hill Brewing Co. is the exclusive beer sponsor.

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