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The Bard

February 01, 2001

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will reprise its staging of "Romeo and Juliet" in Thousand Oaks beginning Friday. This version of the classic was first staged by the company at the summer 2000 installment of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival.

* "Romeo and Juliet"; Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Friday-Saturday and Feb. 9-10, 16-17, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 11 and 18, 2:30 p.m. $23.50-$29.50. 449-2787. Internet: http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.

Cultural Festival

The 10th annual International Food & Entertainment Festival in Camarillo will provide a globe-trotting tour for your taste buds Saturday. Thai, Middle Eastern, Polynesian and other regional cuisines will be available, plus cultural displays, crafts and live entertainment. The event is hosted each year by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District.

* International Food & Entertainment Festival; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley Ave. 482-1996, Ext. 18. Free.

Funny Guys

Jeff Foxworthy, the hardest-working self-described "redneck" comedian in show business, will headline the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Kavli Theatre. Since leaving network television after the cancellation of his eponymous NBC sitcom, Foxworthy has moved back to Atlanta and tapped his Southern stand-up roots. The show will also feature Bill Engvall, a comedian with a similar bent.

* "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," featuring Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall; Saturday, 9 p.m.; Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Kavli's Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. $30-$50. 449-2787.

Jazz

Vocalist Marlena Shaw, whose blues-based music also spans jazz, will give a benefit concert Sunday in Thousand Oaks. The veteran performer's resume includes a four-year stint with the Count Basie Band and work with other jazz luminaries. Proceeds from the show will benefit KCLU-FM's student training projects.

* Marlena Shaw; Sunday, 7:30 p.m; Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. $26-$32. 493-3900.

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