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Vertical Merlot Tasting

| Entertainment | October 11, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This coming Saturday, October 13, Reyes Winery will be hosting a Merlot Vertical. Attendees will get to pair our award-winning Merlot with a tasty treat, along with education about Merlot and our wines. I will be pouring from the 2009 vintage through the 2012, in addition to the newly released 2013, the unreleased 2015 and finishing with the 2015 Rose of Merlot.

The 2009 vintage has sold out of the tasting room, but I saved two cases for this special day. It has won a gold medal at the 2011 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition, a Silver medal at the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and received 86 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (March 2018 Edition). Blueberries, Cocoa and a hint of mint round out the flavors of this exceptional fruit-forward varietal. It pairs with a Porterhouse steak with a wild mushroom demi-glace sauce, mushroom brie, or blueberry cheesecake.

Each wine can pair with a cheese, a savory dish and a dessert. The 2010 vintage has amazing notes of black cherries, blueberries and cinnamon. Pumpkin spice pairs perfectly with this smooth estate Merlot. Also, I will be featuring a very small batch of “unfiltered” 2011 Renaissance by Reyes Merlot. It matches with espresso dishes like coffee-crusted tri tip, or a scrumptious mocha Merlot cake with an espresso mascarpone frosting.

The 2012 and 2013 vintages are a bit more tannic compared to previous years. Water wasn’t as abundant; therefore, the wine is a bit bolder. 2015 Merlot has already won a gold medal and 91 points in the 2018 Toast of the Coast Competition. This estate Merlot has bold aromas of plum, blackberry and notes of toasted oak, followed by juicy flavors of Satsuma plums with a hint of spice rounding out the finish. Supple, velvety tannins and lush fruit make this wine an ideal match for grilled pork chops, Port Salut cheese or roasted plums and vanilla ice cream.

Lastly, to finish the vertical tasting, I will be pouring the 2016 Merlot of Rose. It received 83 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (December 2017 Edition). This special wine is a skin-contact Rose Merlot and Viognier. It has light tannins and medium acidity. It’s bursting with young, vibrant fruit. It has notes of blueberries, anise, peach and orange peel, which compliment a slight sweetness for perfect balance. Upside peach cake and brie cheese with a blueberry honey drizzle make a great accompaniment.

All Wines get a holiday … and Merlot gets a month! Come celebrate Merlot Month with our Merlot Vertical! Social media has a hashtag for it, #MerlotMe. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Merlot. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass; #MerlotMe and #ReyesWinery.

Hart Regiment Hosts the 35th Rampage

| Entertainment | October 11, 2018

Rampage is coming to town on November 3. This year marks the 35th year that the Hart Regiment from William S. Hart High School will be hosting the event.

The Regiment is composed of the top Marching Band and Color Guard teams that have been recognized for excellent musicianship and showmanship throughout the years. In fact, under the direction of Band Director Anthony Bailey, the Regiment has won the SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association) state championship in its category 13 times since 2002. This achievement is unmatched by any other. On and off the field, the students are an example of hard work, dedication, determination and teamwork.

Rampage is one of the largest Marching Band and Field Show Tournaments that is a part of the SCSBOA. It typically attracts 35 marching band and color guard teams from all over Southern California who come to compete and put on their best performances.

Being held at the College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium provides seating for the 5,000-6,000 friends and families who come to support their teams, as well as enjoy all the other performances. All of the local Santa Clarita High Schools are anticipated to be present at Rampage this year.

It begins approximately at 10 a.m. and lasts until 9 p.m., ending with a mass drum line and awards ceremony. Cougar Stadium is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon, Valencia. Parking is free and tickets can be purchased at the gate, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and children under 5 are always free. There will be refreshments as well as opportunities to buy Rampage products and raffle tickets for great prizes and gifts.

Rampage is the Hart Regiments top fundraiser, so come out and support the program and enjoy a great day filled with great music and wonderful entertainment.

For further information or to make a donation, check out the Hart Regiment Facebook Page, visit www.hartregiment.com, email them at rampagechair@gmail.com, or call (661) 347-8461.

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 11, 2018

Oct 12, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up Classic rock
7–10pm Wm S Hart Park Magnolia Drawl band Country
7–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
7–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Cover Charge band Rock (no cover)
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & Dave B Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on patio Country rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Steve Jones Acoustic blues
9–11p The Local (Valencia) Max Esparazza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Hughes Covers & orig
9–1pm Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers
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Oct 13, Sat
1–7pm Amer Legion Newhall Battle of the Blues Bands – 8 bands!
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Classic covers
7–10m Backyard Grub n Brews Mod-U-Lates Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 All Access band Rock covers
8–12m VFW 6885 Morgan Ridge Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lawrence Tamez Saxy music
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Bad Traffic band Rock
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Oct 14, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Lee & the Real Deal Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Folk rock
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille G – 3 Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
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Oct 16, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Dos Locos
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge band Blues mix
Oct 17, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
7–9pm Paseo Club Lance Allyn Classic covers
Oct 18, Thur
7–10pm Brewery Draconum SRBQ Blues mix
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Stunt Road Blues CR mix
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SCAA Awards Artists at 29th Annual Art Classic

| Entertainment | October 4, 2018

And the Winners Are…

Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) held its 29th Annual Art Classic fine arts competition at Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park in Newhall on Sept. 29, 2018.

Best of Show: Gary Friedman for watercolor,“Take Me Home, Skippy”
1st place (Gold) was awarded to the following categories:
Oil: Nickalena Miller for “Barnyard Royalty”
Acrylics: Christine Dickerson for “The Observatory”
Watercolor: Ron Soto for “Watermelon Eating Contest”
Dry Media: Mike Farrell for “Away”
Sculpture: Bill Duquette for “The Secret Spot”
Mixed media: Bonny Butler for “Passionate Joy”
Masters: Jane Mick for “Reverie”
Photography: Joseph Jasik-Drdol for “9th Street”
City Award of Excellence: Christopher Darga for oil painting “Red”
Service Award: Jane Mick

Judges, Frank Lennartz and David Deyell, reviewed 110 pieces of art in all categories.  Second place [silver] and merit winners were also awarded.

“Again this year, we will grant three scholarships to local high school seniors who are majoring in art,” said Dody Rogers, event coordinator.

Winners will be posted at www.santaclaritaartists.org in the near future.

Are Wines Spicy?

| Entertainment | October 4, 2018

This past weekend, someone ask if we had spicy wines. Generally, when describing the aromas or flavors of a wine, spicy isn’t one. When someone says spicy, I think if chilis. Now, peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves and my favorite, ginger, are spices that can be called spicy. Mostly when someone thinks of a wine that has “spice” as the descriptive notes, those wines are Syrah, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah and sometimes Malbec, but usually not Merlot.

Spicy notes can originate from the grape variety or from barrel aging in oak. When wines are aging in barrels, the oak interacts with the wine and develops spice, which would taste and smell like cinnamon and other spices in our estate Merlots. When wines have notes of cinnamon, they tend to be a fruitier and less bold of a wine than a peppery Syrah.

Wines often associated with peppery notes are found from the region of Rhone, France. It is a distinguishing characteristic that is derived from the aromas and flavors for Syrah and Zinfandel. Peppery notes can be a naturally occurring trait that comes from the terroir. Terroir is the soil composition in which the vines are grown, and the maturity level of the fruit. Our estate-grown Merlots tend to have spicy notes of cinnamon and an abundance of berry fruit notes, while our Syrahs are much bolder with peppercorn notes and bright stone fruit.

Last week, I mentioned my story about the difference between cassia and cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is mellow, while Saigon Cinnamon is intense and spicy. The one thing our Merlots have in common is the note of cinnamon and its fruitiness. Every year, the notes will vary from mellow to intense, depending upon the weather. 2010 Reyes Merlot has the spiciest of notes compared to other years. It has notes of black cherries, blueberries and cinnamon. It has won many awards, silver medals at the 2012 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition and the 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition. Plus, bronze medals at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition and the 2013 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. This 2010 Merlot pairs well with pork chops with a cinnamon jerk rub, Toscano cheese dusted in cinnamon and flourless chocolate cake.

On Saturday, October 20 from 2-5 p.m., Reyes Winery is hosting our annual Pig Roast. The cost is $49 per person, and includes two glasses of wine. Enjoy the Pig Roast while listening to live music and drinking award-winning wines. Come and taste the 2018 Harvest with us. Roast chicken will also be served along with other side dishes. We will be featuring our 2010 Merlot that pairs perfectly with our Pig Roast. The Still Moving Project will be performing live. Those interested can purchase tickets online at at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/

For the month of October, the tasting room sheet will focus on our Merlots. From our award-winning Merlots to our Merlot blends, Merlot of Rose and our dessert wine, Agua Dulce Delight. October is International Merlot Month. Social media has a hashtag for it, #MerlotMe. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Merlot. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass using #MerlotMe and #Reyeswinery.

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 4, 2018

Live Music this week in SCV! 

Oct 5, Fri

6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Drop Zone                    Classic rock

7–?pm              Amer Legion Newhall     Lee Lowe Drum Clinic/Benefit, for all ages

7–10p               Route 66 Classic Grill    Double Play                  Acoustic duo

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Bill Cinque & Jeff Ross Classic covers

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Bennie Thomas band     Country

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Jimmy White                     Covers & orig

9–11p               The Local (Valencia)      Some Other Loco          Live music

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Lance Allyn                   Classic covers

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Oct 6, Sat

6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Kelly’s Lot                     Trike Derby nt

6–9pm              Brewery Draconum        Tommy Peacock & Feathers  Oktoberfest

6–10p               Vincent Hill Station        Tony Capko & Herbie Kae  Jazz

7–10m              Backyard Grub n Brews Saloonatics                   Cover rock

7:30–10:30p      Vincenzo’s Newhall        The Grateful Dudes       Bluegrass

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Bill Horn & Gerry Rothschild  Classics

8–12m              VFW 6885                     Lynn Rutherford                   Country

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Tewks & Beans             Classic covers

9–1a                 Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Right Side Up               Classic rock

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Oct 7, Sun

10a–2p             Saugus Swap meet       Emerald City                 Live music

1–?pm              Brewery Draconum        Steve Jones acoustic    Oktoberfest

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Roby Duron & Walker Gibson  Classics

3–7pm              Vincent Hill                    Moldy Marvin’s open mic       Various

5–8pm              Salt Creek Grille                        Traxx                            Classic rock

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Nomad                         Classic rock

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Oct 9, Tues

6–8:30p                        Wolf Creek Brewery       Community Pints night   Michael Ruiz

7–10p               Bergie’s steakhouse      Michael Be Holden & Guitar Jack Wargo

Oct 10, Wed

6–10pm                        Route 66 Classic Grill    Bike Night & Live Music    various

7–9pm              Alchemy                       Dole-Humphries                        Folk rk & orig

7–9pm              Paseo Club                   Lance Allyn                   Classic covers

Oct 11, Thur

7–10pm                Brewery Draconum         Drop 3                                   Live music

7–10pm                        Bergie’s steakhouse      Deep Fried Daddys       Blues CR mix

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Oct 12, Fri

6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live music every Friday Right Side Up

7–10pm                        Wm S Hart Park                        Magnolia Drawl band     Country

7–10pm                        Route 66 Classic Grill    Double Play                  Acoustic duo

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Bill Cinque & Dave B     Classic covers

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Runaway Train on patio  Country rk

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Steve Jones                      Acoustic blues

9–11p               The Local (Valencia)      Max Esparazza              Live music

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Galo Pacheco               Classic rock

9–1pm              Doc’s Inn                      Frankly Speaking          Rock covers

 

Theatre Shows at The MAIN in October

| Entertainment | October 4, 2018

The City of Santa Clarita invites the community to attend upcoming shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are now on sale for a variety of shows taking place in October.

Comedy Mashup is a group of working comedians and improvisers from all over Los Angeles who come together once a month to put on a show that is half stand-up comedy and half improv. Headliner Eliot Chang has appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour” and E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” as well as on Showtime, HBO and YouTube, with over 18 million views. The show is Friday, October 5, at 8 p.m., and is geared towards an adult audience. Tickets are $12 presale and $18 on the day of the show.

The Society Comedy Troupe is bringing hilarious and energetic team improv to The MAIN. Similar to the TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” they ask for audience participation while creating improvised music, comedy and scenes. The show is Saturday, October 6, at 8 p.m., and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students, and $15 for all others.

Olive Branch Theatricals presents a fun-filled, interactive new twist on one of your fairy tale favorites, “Little Red Riding Hood,” as she skips through the dark and dingy forest followed by….well you will have to wait and see! This show is appropriate for all ages and a howling good time will be had by all. Performance dates and times are October 6 and 27, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and October 28 at 2 p.m. A sensory sensitive performance is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, at 2 p.m. and will be brighter and quieter, to better accommodate families with special needs. Tickets are $12.

Eclipse Theatre Company presents “And Then There Were None,” a play based on the book of the same name, written by crime writer Agatha Christie. It’s 1939, and a group of unlikely guests are invited to a house on an island off the coast of Massachusetts by a mysterious host. They all have dark secrets to hide. As they start dying off in ways reflected by a nursery rhyme, suspicions grow, alliances are made and survival is the name of the game. The performance runs October 12-21 at the following times: Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for seniors and students, and $20 for adults.

Kickoff your Halloween festivities with the 1975 cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show!” Sweethearts Brad and Janet are stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Dr. Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Dress in costume and let’s do the time warp again at two screenings on October 26 and 27, at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Learn more about these shows and purchase tickets by visiting AtTheMain.org/tickets.

It’s a Graveyard Smash at Thursdays@Newhall in October

| Entertainment | October 4, 2018

The party has just begun, and the guests include Wolf Man, Dracula and his son, at the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center, all October in Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year. Outdoor events, including JAM Sessions, Variety Night and the SENSES Block Party, will be staged for a final time in October, before going on hiatus until March 2019.

Start the month off by busting a move at JAM Sessions on October 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., with an evening of hip hop dancing. The GR818ers, a group of world-renowned dancers that has turned hip hop into more than a dance, use their moves to creatively connect communities and will teach attendees on various hip hop steps. You will have the opportunity to try out your new moves while listening to beats spun by DJ Roxswift. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Also on October 4, at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show from 7 to 9 p.m. Performances this month include storytelling by Judith Shelton, Dennis Garcia, Stan Sellars and Ruby Cooper; magic and mentalism with Allen Gittelson; comedy from Kazu Kusano and Jim Coughlin; music by Pat Nason and The New Mexican; and a screening of short film “Your Date Is Here?” by Zak White and Todd Spence.

Movies on Main closes out this year’s Variety Night, and will take place on October 11, at 7 p.m. Join your friends for a family friendly evening featuring a classic film, movie-inspired activities and food trucks. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or chair. The featured movie for October is “The Book of Life.” Visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/VarietyNight for more information.

The same night, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note, inside The MAIN, from 7 to 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free musical showcase delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more! Featured performers in October include Ryan McAnanay, Vox Cordis, Ronee Martin and Dan Kirkpatrick. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

You’ll catch on in a flash when the Monster Mash takes over this month’s SENSES Block Party, on October 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. Whether you come dressed in your spooky best or transform yourself into a monster onsite, be sure to participate in the annual Halloween costume contest for a chance to win ghoulish prizes. Enjoy live music, gourmet food trucks and drinks from the on-street bar, hosted by El Trocadero.

Starting Tuesday, October 15, the art gallery at The MAIN will feature a collection of work by artist Gabriella Lago. The exhibit is titled “Hand Held” and is an exploration of mental health. It is emotive and seeks to create a connection between the artist and the viewer. The community is invited to a free art reception on Thursday, October 18, from 7 to 10 p.m., at The MAIN. Guests will enjoy light snacks and music, and have a chance to meet the artist.

Thursdays@Newhall wraps up the month on October 25, with the New Heights Artist Development Series. This free panel discussion, titled “So, You Want To Be a Public Artist,” will discuss various aspects of public arts projects, including how each panelist achieved a career in the field. Panelists include Beau K. Basse, founder of arts consultancy LeBasse Projects, and public artists MB Hanrahan and Alison Saar. Learn more about the speaker series by visiting ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NewHeights.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the city’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Laemmle Theatres to Break Ground in Newhall October 17

| Entertainment | October 4, 2018

Those fixing for a Wednesday morning trip to Newhall should get ready to head over to the Old Town Newhall Redevelopment Block on October 17 at 10 a.m., when Laemmle Newhall officially breaks ground as the next phase in the Old Town Newhall Redevelopment Block construction project.

The ceremony will be located at the corner of Main Street and Lyons Avenue. The new Laemmle location will be located at the northeast corner of the site, on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Lyons Avenue, north of the city-owned parking structure. City Council members will be joined by representatives from Laemmle Theatres and Serrano Development Group, to speak about the positive cultural impact the theatre will have on residents in Santa Clarita.

The Laemmle Newhall will include seven screens with approximately 500 total seats for moviegoers. The chain of theatres is known for showcasing independent, foreign and art house cinema. The Newhall location is scheduled to open by the end of 2019.

Learn more about Laemmle Theatres by visiting Laemmle.com. Residents can also find information about the entire Old Town Newhall Redevelopment Block by clicking the “Mixed Use Project” tab at OldTownNewhall.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 27, 2018

Sept 28, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Future X Husbands Classic rock
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 D. Blasucci & B. Cinque Toto & Diamond
8–11pm Double Trouble Wines PULP Rock classics
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Cover rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country
9–11p The Local (Valencia) Karli Webster Folk/pop & orig
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
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Sept 29, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Z – Band Classic rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Others Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Lance Allyn Classic covers
8–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins Covers & orig
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues mix
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Sept 30, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Vendo 81 Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Daphne & Rick Berthod Blues & rock
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Splash Mob Reggae
5–9pm VFW 6885 Emerald City Rock covers
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Oct 2, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Danny Diaz guest artist Blues mix
Oct 3, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Oct 4, Thur
7 – 10pm Brewery Draconum Eye 5 R+B, soul, jaz
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse S R B Q Blues
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Oct 5, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various bands
7–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
7–?pm Amer Legion Newhall Lee Lowe Drum Clinic/Benefit, for all ages
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers

Come Enjoy Our Newest Release in October – 2013 Merlot

| Entertainment | September 27, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I went to a wine and spirit tasting where they had a cinnamon vodka. So, my inquisitive nature prompts me to ask, “What kind of cinnamon did they use?” I did ask before I tried it. The response I got was, “Uh…there are different types?”

Yes, there are many different types of cinnamon. Not all cinnamon is the same, just like grapes. There are so many varietals of grapes.

True cinnamon comes from India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). It is often confused with its relative, cassia. Cassia, or sometimes known as Chinese or Saigon cinnamon, has a much bolder, spicier aroma and a bitter taste than Ceylon cinnamon.

While writing the label for the 2013 Merlot, I first smell the wine. I smell the wine for about a few minutes, put it down and do it again. One of the first aromas I smelled was Ceylon cinnamon. I remember Robert asked me why I would say “Ceylon cinnamon” and not just “cinnamon.” They are very different to the nose.

I went out and bought both, so he could smell what I did. He was amazed at the difference. The 2013 Merlot will be released in October for #MerlotMe month. This fruity Merlot exhibits a delightful fragrance of ripe blueberries and cassis, complemented by Ceylon cinnamon and toasted oak. We aged this wine in French oak for 23 months. On the palate you will perceive black plums, mixed berries and Ceylon cinnamon.

Our 2013 Merlot won a silver medal at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Savor this estate-produced gem with a skirt steak, a juicy hamburger or zucchini bread.

Zucchini Bread

This is one of my recipes that my grandmother had passed down to me. I have changed a few things to make it my own, like adding cardamom and vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla. My grandmother inspired me to be creative as a child.  When she would bake, she would let me help her. I remember standing on a step stool, so I could reach the counter. Her recipes were on index cards or scraps of paper, which I still have today.
Ingredients
½ cup Buttermilk
½ cup Oil
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
2 zucchinis, grated
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt, kosher
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup walnuts (optional)

Directions
In a mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
In another mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, zucchini, vanilla paste, eggs, oil, and sugar.
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet. Don’t over-mix.
Add walnuts to mixture.
Add mixture to greased 9×9 baking pan.
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 35 minutes.
Serve

Upcoming Events at Hart Park

| Entertainment | September 27, 2018

This fall, the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation brings art, music, and pets to Santa Clarita’s William S. Hart Park.

On Sept. 29, the Santa Clarita Artists Association will be hosting its 29th annual SCAA Art Classic in Hart Hall. The Fine Art Juried Show and Gala will be held from 1:30 – 5 p.m., featuring live music, refreshments, and an awards ceremony. On Sept. 30, a Fine Arts Exhibition will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 25th Annual Native American Pow Wow and Craft Fair will be held on Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the picnic areas of Hart park. During the event, guests will enjoy Native American performance groups, arts and crafts, and food vendors. Admission is free.

The Country Music series “Goin’ Country at Hart” will be held at Hart Hall on Friday nights throughout October from 7 – 10 p.m. On Oct. 12, Mary White & Magnolia Drawl will be performing, followed by Moldy Marvin & Hwy 138 on Oct. 19 and DJ Al Ewing on Oct. 26. Each concert will have fine arts & crafts, food from Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co., food trucks, and two dance floors with line dance instructors. Admission to the event is a $10 donation.

Finally, on Sunday Oct. 14, Hart Park will host the Bow Wow & Meows Pet Fair at 11 a.m. There will be a dog show, vendor fair, pet adoptions, a raffle, and several food options. Admission is free.

Harvest Harmony Show at the SCV Senior Center

| Entertainment | September 21, 2018

The happy men of the SCV Men of Harmony Chorus are now preparing for their 42nd annual a capella show and Ice Cream Social.

Many familiar tunes will be dusted off and presented in the unique style of the Barbershop Quartet. In addition to the four-person quartet, the singers will also showcase the 18-man Barbershop Chorus, all singing together for harmonic entertainment found nowhere else in the area. Under the musical direction of “Prof.” Ray Johnson, several musical eras will be visited along the way.

The show will once again be held at the SCV Senior Center at 22900 Market Street in Newhall. Unlike past performances, this year will be on Saturday, October 13, at 3 p.m. Ice Cream will be served as part of the admission price, and participants have the choice of lots of toppings or plain vanilla. The show will feature one intermission, just in case you didn’t get enough ice cream at the beginning. It’s a show for the whole family.

Tickets are available online at www.SCMenOfHarmony.com. For more information, call 661-297-2130.

What Creates the Color in a Wine?

| Entertainment | September 20, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Every weekend in the tasting room we have guests from all over, and I am asked an array of questions. This past weekend someone asked me, “What makes red wine … red?” They asked if all wine starts out white, and we add food coloring.

No, we don’t add anything. The coloring comes from the skin of the grape that is a red; like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Grenache. Each variety of grapes has a different shade of red. Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby, Merlot has more of crimson, Syrah is closer to a velvety plum and Grenache reminds me of a raspberry red. But then again, I guess you can call it food coloring, since grapes are food. In this case, it’s all natural and it all comes from the grapes.

Also, the length of time can create how rich in color the wine will be. During the process of maceration, while the skin and seeds are still with the juice, this can create a more intense color. We leave the skin on for approximately 8 -14 days. Red grapes can produce white wine if they are pressed immediately after picking them. The color is essentially from the pigments in the skin of the grape. Our 2015 Grenache has been given 89 points and Editor’s Choice from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (03/2018 edition). This is a limited edition “member only” wine, which has been aged in French oak for 18 months. It has aromas of strawberries, ruby-red grapefruit and raspberries. On the palate you will get raspberry, honey, white pepper and a bit of anise. Only 56 cases were produced. This jammy wine can be enjoyed with Pollo al Chilindron, Manchego cheese or chocolate covered strawberries.

In 2010, the Grenache Symposium created International Grenache Day, which is the third Friday of September. Their mission is to promote Grenache; the unsung hero of the red wine world. We are one of three places in Southern California that is celebrating this day. To celebrate this day, we are featuring Reyes 2015 Grenache and 2011 Alonso Family Vineyards’ Juan’s Red (Grenache Blend). Come join us this Friday September 21 for Ladies’ Night at Reyes Winery. It’s from 5-8 p.m. and its $35 per person which includes one glass of wine of your choice, and hors d’ouevres and a light dinner on our north terrace.

Come mingle with other ladies and enjoy some delicious appetizers and talk about wine, weather, or anything wonderful! The menu is available on the website.

#grenacheday

-Olive tapenade with goat cheese on crackers
-spinach and quinoa salad with apples, red onion and pecans served with a champagne vinaigrette
-Chicken sausage meatballs with a pumpkin tomato sauce and farfalle
-Broccoli
-Orange blossom cheesecake

29th SCAA Art Classic at Hart Park

| Entertainment | September 20, 2018

The Santa Clarita Artists Association and County of Los Angeles will be hosting the 29th Annual Art Classic fine arts competition on Saturday, September 29.

The Gala event will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Hart Hall at the historic William S. Hart Park in Newhall. The art exhibit, which will be open free to the public on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. is to be held in Hart Hall.

“This is the largest competitive fine art show in Santa Clarita. This event showcases local artists, an awards ceremony, live music, refreshments, and spectacular silent auction opportunities,” said Chairperson Dody Rogers.

Cheri Marcovitch is the recipient of the 2017 First Place Watercolor award for her Kiss of Spring painting. A long-time member, Marcovitch wears many hats. As the Historian, she keeps photo albums of SCAA activities, and as Hospitality Chair, she orchestrates the food at all SCAA functions. She is also Sunshine Chair, sending out cards and flowers to ailing SCAA members.

Her dedication, along with her husband, Howard, earned them the “Service Award” for 2017. Her impressionist watercolor studies reflect her love for flowers. Her hand-painted furniture is carried in several high-end designer shops and she creates custom designs for private clients.

Tickets for the Gala on Saturday afternoon are $25 each. For information or for tickets, call 661-252-7639 or visit www.santaclaritaartists.org.

Live Music This Week in SCV

| Entertainment | September 20, 2018

Sept 21, Fri

6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Traxx band                    Classic rock

7–10p               Route 66 Classic Grill    Double Play                  Acoustic duo

7–10pm           Amer Legion Newhall     Heavy Metal Rock nite   4 bands

8–11pm           Wine 661                            Jeff Ross & Bill Cinque Classic covers

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Morgan Ridge on patio  Country

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   The New Mexican      Live music

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                Jay Bolan                     Classic rock

Not music, but don’t miss the 3 day Chalk Art Festival – Fri 9/21 10a – Sun 9/23 4p in Old Town Newhall

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Sept 22, Sat

6–10p               Vincent Hill Station        Siren Valley                   Acoustic orig

7–10pm               Backyard Grub n Brews Mojo Filter                    Blues

7:30–10:30p      Vincenzo’s Newhall        Monkey Bump               Rock covers

8–11pm              Wine 661                         Bill Horn & Gerry Rothschild  CR & blues

8–12m              VFW 6885                        Nomad                                  Classic rock

9–12m               Eighth & Rail                         Snareheads                          Dance rock

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Jay Bolan                     Classic rock

9–1a                 Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Sean Hughes band        Covers & orig

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Sept 23, Sun

10a–2p             Saugus Swap meet              Brothers & Others          Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Breakfast with Barbie     Classic rock

3–7pm              Vincent Hill                          Moldy Marvin’s open mic       Various

5–8pm              Salt Creek Grille                  Drunken Monkeys         Classic rock

5–9pm              VFW 6885                            Pam & Chad Watson     Country

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Sept 25, Tues

6–8:30p           Wolf Creek Brewery       Community Pints night   Creekside Guitar

7–10p               Bergie’s steakhouse      Jim Gustin & Truth Jones           Blues mix

Sept 26, Wed

6–10pm            Route 66 Classic Grill    Bike Night & Live Music    various

7–9pm              Alchemy                       Dole-Humphries                        Folk rk & orig

Sept 27, Thur

7 – 10pm              Brewery Draconum         Deep Fried Daddys          Classic rock

7–10pm                 Bergie’s steakhouse      Teresa James & Rhythm Tramps            Blues

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Sept 28, Fri

6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live music every Friday Future X Husbands

7–10pm             Route 66 Classic Grill    Double Play                  Acoustic duo

8–11pm             Wine 661                       D. Blasucci & B. Cinque            Toto & Diamond

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Wildside on patio             Cover rock

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Walt & Pam                       Country

9–11p               The Local (Valencia)      Karli Webster                Folk/pop & orig

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Galo Pacheco               Classic rock

‘You Did What to My Comics?!?’ Solo Exhibit to Showcase Comic Book-Inspired Paper Art in Newhall

| Entertainment | September 14, 2018

Mixed media artwork incorporating pages from comic books will decorate the walls of The MAIN starting Tuesday, September 18 as part of the newest solo exhibit, “You Did WHAT To My Comics?!?” by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, October 12. The public is invited to view the gallery, enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist at a reception on Thursday, September 20, from 7 – 10 p.m. at The MAIN.

The exhibition comprises works in paper made from cut-up comic books, in which local artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik explores the dreams, prophecies, and visions of traditional cultural narratives. He positions Superman as an American immigrant dreamer, the Invisible Woman as a protective whirlwind of cloud and fire, and wraps the Sandman up with the Oak of the Golden Dream.

“My work explores the role of narrative in the development and expression of identity. I work in paper because I like its fragility and its place as our primary medium for telling and sharing stories across generations,” says artist Brynjegard-Bialik.

The gallery at The MAIN is open for viewing during all events at The MAIN, as well as Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 – 5 p.m. The MAIN is located at 24266 Main Street, Newhall, CA 91321. For more information, contact Pablo Cevallos at pcevallos@santa-clarita.com or visit AtTheMain.org. For information regarding all city art happenings, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

Cabernet Cobbler

| Entertainment | September 13, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This past weekend, we hosted our quarterly membership pickup party. Many of our guests have requested some of my recipes that have not yet been added to my blog, including my strawberry black peppercorn Cabernet cobbler. Instead of having ice cream, It tastes amazing if you eat it with a little bit of brie or chèvre. I pair this with our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, I’m starting with dessert, versus the salad or lunch course. The first time I prepared this dish at the winery was the night we premiered this vintage at Ladies’ Night in 2014. It is another favorite of mine. It pairs so well with a spinach salad that has fresh strawberries, turkey bacon and red onions with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette.

For my salad course, I prepared a mixed green salad that had Romaine, spinach, cabbage, carrots, celery and cucumbers. I offered two dressings; the first one, which was a wasabi ranch that paired with our 2015 Muscat and the other was a balsamic vinaigrette that paired well with our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.

I also prepared for the pick up, a green curry Thai chicken dish, which paired extremely well with our 2015 Muscat, plus meatballs that were steamed with fresh rosemary from the garden and our 2010 Syrah. To accompany the chicken and the meatballs, I prepared a pasta salad with Asian vegetables.

I also prepared two different types of cupcakes; vanilla bean butterscotch which paired with our 2015 Muscat and a triple chocolate that paired well with either of the red wines (2011 Cabernet or 2010 Syrah).

This month, we will be featuring those wines and many others this month on our tasting sheet.

Ingredients
5 cups strawberries and any juice from berries
1 box yellow cake mix
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup 2011 Reyes Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
2 tbsp crushes black peppercorns
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (f).
Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
Spread strawberries evenly in the bottom of your baking dish.
Sprinkle cardamom, cinnamon and the crush ed peppercorns evenly over strawberries.

Evenly sprinkle dry cake mix over top of berries and spices.
Cut butter into cubes. Place the butter evenly over cake mix.
Sprinkle the 2011 Reyes Winery Cabernet Sauvignon over cake mix and butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until the top of the cake is browned.
Serve hot.

Bonfire at the Canyon

| Entertainment | September 13, 2018

by Harry Parmenter

I’m not sure how I feel about tribute bands. On the one hand, if you saw the original live you’re thinking, “Well, it’s not the real thing.” On the other hand, if you never saw the original you’re thinking, “Well maybe it’s kinda like the real thing.” If they’re good. If they’re not, you’re thinking something else entirely.

Bonfire is an AC/DC tribute band, appearing at The Canyon September 29. They’re good, very good – and fun! If you’re playing at The Canyon on a Saturday night, you better be.

AC/DC sold more records than any hard rock band, excluding Led Zeppelin, whose extremely eclectic body of work had a large swath of Celtic, acoustic-driven folk songs, some of which you might call “ballads.” AC/DC never did a ballad. EVER. Many critics say all their albums are the same. However, there’s “High Voltage” and there’s “Fly On The Wall.” Their records are not all the same.

Bonfire pays tribute to the original AC/DC: The brothers Angus and Malcolm Young on guitars, Mark Evans slash Cliff Williams bass, Phil Rudd drums, Bon Scott, the brilliant first singer in the band. Malcolm died last year, weeks after his big brother George, the architect of the band. A few months before that, Rudd was arrested on murder for hire charges. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, indeed. Scott died of alcohol poisoning in 1980, just after the release of “Highway to Hell,” the album (and single) that broke AC/DC around the world, big. Bon died like Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin. Pointlessly, recklessly, rock ‘n’ roll-y.

The album that preceded “Highway to Hell,” “Powerage,” is The Document for many AC/DC fans, myself included, not to mention Keith Richards. The album that followed it, “Back in Black,” an homage to Scott, introduced Bon’s replacement, Brian Johnson. It sold 22 million copies. Girls liked “You Shook Me All Night Long.” They became a phenomenon. Sports arenas spanning the globe still crank AC/DC to stir the crowd.

Bonfire is loud, tight and smart. If you never saw the Bon Scott version of AC/DC, you will dig them. If you did, you will still dig them. I emailed with Sean Mulvihill, the band’s lead singer. He’s been at this a long time. I wanted to find out why.

Why do tribute bands exist?

Mulvihill: Because they are entertaining. People seem to like seeing their favorite songs recreated live, in the style of the original band. Elvis impersonators have been doing it for decades. And like Elvis acts, the fun is in the exaggeration. The first time I saw a tribute band I was laughing at the over-the-top inside joke of the whole thing.

Why AC/DC?

Mulvihill: AC/DC (is) a top act, and if you’re going to get gigs, you’d better pick a top band, not to mention it’s powerful music that is an absolute blast to play live. For me, it’s also that I happen to look and sound a little like Bon, and I really love the guy.

Tell me about the first time you heard their music.

Mulvihill: Don’t remember the first time I heard them but I do remember when I became obsessed with them. I was dating a girl who had a real piece of junk old Pinto that had an amazing stereo. When she bought it there was a cassette of the “High Voltage” album in the tape deck. I wore that tape out, just couldn’t imagine where all that power was coming from.

What makes a good tribute band versus a lousy one?

Mulvihill: Good musicians first, but after that for me it’s about the attitude. I mean, the whole thing has to be done with a wink, if you take my meaning.

Do all the guys in the band consciously try to imitate not only the music, but the stage presence and movements of the original?

Mulvihill: Not necessarily, I’m involved with some other bands in Europe where they are laser focused on the correct gear, outfits, movements, stage show, etc., and that’s really cool, but Bonfire is more about the energy of AC/DC when they were playing little clubs. You know, the sweat and blood and sex of those early years. That’s kind of where we’re at.

What do guys in a tribute band do for day jobs?

Mulvihill: Ha, you name it. Some tributes are so big that they’ve quit they’re day jobs, but most still do whatever they did before they joined a tribute.

What makes Bonfire a good night out?

Mulvihill: We’re a good band having a good time on stage and I think that comes across to the crowd. We work our asses off and the guys are all top notch musicians on top of that. You know how it is, if you go see your favorite band they aren’t gonna sound like the album, but if you see a tribute and they don’t sound exactly like the album you’ll say they suck. Well we try really hard to recreate the sound you hear in your head. Come see us, you’ll see, and you’ll have a good time.

Musicians at 29th Art Classic at Hart Park

| Entertainment | September 13, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018 will be the 29th Annual Art Classic fine arts competition presented by the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) and the County of Los Angeles. The Gala event will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Hart Hall at the historic William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

“This is our largest annual fundraiser. Members prepare their art entries many months before the deadline, and are excited to see them displayed and judged,” said Zony Gordon, SCAA president. It is our biggest and most elegant art show of the year. Hart Hall is transformed into a glamorous gala and exciting awards are presented to the winners of the show, as judged by renowned guest judges. Entertainment will be provided by the Riva Spier Trio.”

Riva Spier teases that she rode from a working ranch in the Canadian Rockies. “Along the trail, I’d sing to my horse. If he swung his ears back to listen that was a good sign and I’d perform that song at the local honky-tonk.”

Through college years in Quebec, she performed with local musicians in Montreal bistros and coffee houses. Folk, blues, country and classical all influenced Spier’s music. Both parents were classical pianists and she recalls how beautiful, unearthly pieces would flow throughout the house. “When you grow up listening to ethereal music as part of your everyday life, something kindles your soul and you are hooked on the magic of music forever,” Speir said.

Spier’s had a successful career performing in films, television commercials and doing voice-overs in animated films. Relocating to Los Angeles brought opportunities to form her band of top local musicians and to perform in venues and studios. Currently she writes songs and performs a spicy repertoire of vintage torch, sultry blues, jazz standards and playful country tunes with a unique voice which has been described as “a delightful blend of soul and sass with a pinch of trail dust.” Her latest album Unbridled is available at cdbaby.com/cd/riva.

Since graduating from and teaching at the Berklee College of Music, keyboardist Michael Hughes has backed up established artists including Thelma Houston and Kenny Rankin. He arranged music for the Buddy Rich Band, written and performed music for TV shows, like The Untouchables, Wings, Cheers and Dear John, He also led his own ten-piece band and is comfortable conducting and leading bands of all kinds.

Larry Stensvold on guitar: Stensvold has been strumming a guitar since his early rock band years in the 70s and has kept busy and happy as a working guitarist ever since. He is primarily known for his outstanding work as a sound engineer, and won an Oscar for Best Sound for the film Out of Africa. Additionally, he was nominated for three Emmys. Stensvold has engineered sound for over 150 films.

Two notable judges, David Deyell and Frank Lennartz, will judge approximately 150 pieces of art in all categories. All of the exhibited artwork will be available for purchase at the show. A silent auction will provide additional opportunities to purchase original high-quality artwork at reasonable prices, amusement park tickets, restaurant coupons, and other fun items.

“This is also our annual fundraiser for scholarships for three local high school seniors who are majoring in art,” Event Chairperson Dody Rogers said.

The art exhibit will be open free to the public on Sunday, September 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Hart Hall.

Tickets for the Gala on Saturday afternoon are $25 each. For information or for tickets call 661-252-7639 or visit www.santaclaritaartists.org.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | September 13, 2018

Sept 14, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone Country rock
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 Colene & Co R+B, swing jazz
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go on patio Family band
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Guitar James Acoustic
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Dance rock
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Sept 15, Sat
9a–3p Elks Car Show & Chili Catch 22 band Classic rock
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Cheese Bergens Punk & metal
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole Humphries Folk rk & orig
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Karson City Rebels Classic rock
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Sept 16, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Reign Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Folk rock
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Traxx Classic rock
5–8:30pm Vincenzo’s Newhall Zen Machine Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & Runarounds Classic 60’s
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Sept 18, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Dole Humphries
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright guest artist Blues mix
Sept 19, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Paseo Club Lance Allyn Classic covers
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Sept 20, Thur
7 – 9:30p Brewery Draconum Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Mod-U-Lates are back Classic rock
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Sept 21, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Traxx band
7–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 Jeff Ross & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on patio Country
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) The New Mexican Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Dance rock

Live Music This Week!

| Entertainment | September 6, 2018

Sept 7, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Fahr.West Sessions Country rock
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Family band
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Milo Sledge Country blues
8:15–10:15p Double Trouble Wine Snareheads Dance rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic covers
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Sept 8, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
7–9p Alchemy Dole Humphries Folk rock & orig
7–10p Backyard Grub n Brews G – 3 band Classic rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Grizwalds & Drop Zone Two CR bands
8–11pm Wine 661 Jeff Ross & friends Classic covers
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues mix
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Sept 9, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Seventh Switch Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy C.Rk & orig
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Go Big Band Big band
5–9pm VFW 6885 No Chasers Live music
5–9pm Amer. Legion Newhall SRBQ band – SCV Blues Soc. Blues Jam
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Sept 11, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Robert Heft guest artist Blues mix
Sept 12, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Sept 13, Thur
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Michael Be Holden & Guitar Jack C.Rk
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Sept 14, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various
7–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 Colene & Co R+B, swing jazz
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go on patio Classic covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Guitar James Acoustic
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Dance rock

Dance, Zoom and Play at Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | September 6, 2018

Get ready for a month of fun and dancing at the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

Shake off the stress at JAM Sessions on September 6, from 7 – 9 p.m., with an evening of salsa dancing. Join local dance instructor Jonathan Kraut and the Santa Clarita Chapter of Rueda in the Park as they teach you the Rueda de Casio, a Cuban form of salsa danced in a circle. You’ll also enjoy live music from Fay Roberts and Orquesta Charangoa, who will leave you inspired, engaged and better at communicating through movement. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Also on September 6, at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show, from 7 – 9 p.m. Performances this month include comedy from Jeff Johnson and Buck Ball; music by Abby Lyons, The New Mexican, and GRIT; ventriloquist Dan Sachoff; magic by Raul Fernandez; storytelling from Ty Fance and Andrew Solmssen; and a screening of short film “The Sin Washer,” directed by Iram Parveen Bilal.

Revved Up returns to Variety Night and will take place on September 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. Support the Santa Clarita car scene at this local car meet up open to all types of vehicles. Enjoy the sights of clean lines and the sounds of engines roaring as fast cars, classic cars and everything in between line Main Street. For those who are interested in showing a car at this event, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/VarietyNight.

The same night, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note, inside The MAIN, from 7 – 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free musical showcase delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more. Featured performers in September include Emily Zuzik, Tom Corbett, Abby Lyons and Santiago Valencia. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

Old Town Newhall takes on an East Coast feel as Main Street transforms into Coney Island for this month’s SENSES Block Party, on September 20, from 7 – 10 p.m. Join in on the Mermaid Parade, marvel at the World’s Strongest Man or play a classic carnival game just like on the boardwalk. Be sure to enjoy adult beverages from Newhall Refinery, grab a bite to eat from food trucks and dance to live music.

Starting Tuesday, September 18, the art gallery at The MAIN will feature a collection of work by artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik. The exhibit is titled “You Did WHAT To My Comics?!?” and comprises works made from cut-up comic books. It explores the dreams, prophecies and visions of traditional cultural narratives. The community is invited to a free art reception on Thursday, September 20, from 7 – 10 p.m., at The MAIN. Guests will enjoy light snacks, music and a chance to meet the artist.

Thursdays@Newhall wraps up the month on September 27 with the ARTree Speaker Series. The ARTree Speaker Series presents fascinating lectures plus free-form discussions with influential artists and leaders who bring art, arts education and exceptional projects to the diverse Santa Clarita Valley community. Speakers will inspire and motivate your appetite for creativity. Learn more about the speaker series by visiting ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/Artree.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

White Delight

| Entertainment | September 6, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

In 1756, the Douro region was acknowledged as the third oldest official appellation. The name was given from the seaport city of Porto where the Douro River pours into the Atlantic Ocean. Port became very popular in England after being permitted to import a low duty while at war with France, since French wine wasn’t being imported at that time. Thus, the General Company of Viticulture of the Upper Douro was founded to guarantee the quality of the product and fair pricing to the consumer.

For many years, I was taught that Port came about from British sailors adding brandy to wine, so it wouldn’t spoil. Fortified wine already existed and they realized that since it would survive the trip, importers knew that it would be appealing to the sailors.

After the wine is produced, it is then fortified with a neutral grape spirit called “aguardiente.” It is added to stop fermentation, leaving residual sugar and it increases the alcohol content. Neutral grape spirit is sometimes called brandy. It is different than what you purchase at a store. Brandy that is used in fortified wines has not been aged in barrels. Fortified wine is then aged in barrels.

Our newest release is our 2014 White Delight. This limited edition dessert wine has a fruity aroma of peaches, honey and orange blossom. It is a blend of estate grown Chardonnay and Muscat briefly aged in French oak barrels. This wine has fruit and floral notes, and has a delightful balance of fruitiness and acidity. Enjoy with baked camembert with poached pears or butterscotch bread pudding. Best served chilled.

Butterscotch Sauce

Ingredients:
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp. Reyes Winery White Delight
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, cream and salt, and whisk until well blended. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat slightly and gently boil for five minutes.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and the Reyes Winery White Delight. Serve warm or at room temperature (the sauce will thicken as it cools). Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and re-warm before using.

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