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Air Force Band of the Golden West at the PAC

| Entertainment | 8 mins ago

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band is set to return to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center stage Wednesday, June 27.

Stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, the Band of the Golden West is the Air Force’s only active-duty musical unit west of the Rocky Mountains.

Comprised of nearly 50 Airmen-musicians, the acclaimed band has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.

Under the command of Capt. Rafael F. Toro-Quiñones, the band performs a wide variety of music, including standard concert band/wind ensemble literature, orchestral transcriptions, military marches, jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway standards, and patriotic music.

With the objective of strengthening relationships with a variety of publics to enhance the group’s reputation and foster a deeper appreciation of the band’s history and legacy, the Air Force Band of the Golden West performs more than 250 dates a year throughout the West Coast.

The Air Force Band of the Golden West performance is a free event, no tickets will be provided. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, on the PAC main stage.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the PAC website.

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | June 22, 2018

By Beth Heiserman
Contributor

Zinfandel is also known as Primitivo. It is a black-skinned grape and is grown throughout California. DNA testing has shown that it is genetically the same as a grape from Croatia, called Tribidrag and Crljenak Kastelanski. Primitivo has grown in southern Italy since the 1700s. It was brought to Boston in the early 1800s from Austria. It was considered to be an alternative to the Concord grape. From there, it went out west with settlers who were heading towards California during the gold rush.

The 2013 Quinn’s Zin has won silver medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, plus silver and 87 points in the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. It also won a bronze medal in the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This California old vine Zinfandel has aromas of boysenberries, cocoa and nutmeg. It has distinct flavors of blood orange, pink peppercorns, and boysenberries for a fruity finish. It pairs well with a nice, juicy grilled skirt steak and BBQ corn, baked brie with blood orange Quinn’s Zin jelly, or boysenberry pie. This can be the perfect summer meal. This month, we are tasting Quinn’s Zin in the tasting room.

This past week, I had wine with my girl friends and we were enjoying little snacks while chatting about everything. I was thinking while I was enjoying a glass of Quinn’s Zin, that this would a have been fabulous to have. The following is my recipe for the jelly.


Blood Orange 2013 Reyes Quinn’s Zin Jelly

Ingredients
•2 cups blood orange juice or orange juice
•1/3 cup lemon juice
•2/3 2013 Reyes Quinn’s Zin
•1 3/4 ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin or 6 tablespoons classic powdered fruit pectin
•1 tbsp vanilla paste
•3 1/2 cups sugar
Directions
1. Pour orange juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a liquid measuring cup; discard pulp. Measure exactly 2 cups juice, adding water if necessary. Transfer the 2 cups juice to a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot. Pour lemon juice through the sieve into pot; discard pulp. Stir the 2/3 cup 2013 Reyes Quinn’s Zin and pectin into juice mixture.
2. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.
3. Add the vanilla bean paste and stir.
4. Ladle hot jelly into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.
5. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks. Makes 4 half-pints.

Artist of the Week: Griffin Puatu, Voice Actor

| Entertainment | June 21, 2018

If you’ve ever watched a cartoon or played a video game, you’ve probably noticed that the characters speak. Aside from this painfully obvious observation, you might not have known that people make careers out of grunting into a microphone – and Griffin Puatu is one of those lucky few.

Puatu began developing skills for his career before he even realized it. From a young age, Puatu would recite lines from his favorite movies and television shows, perfecting them in front of his family.

“I grew up in a family of five kids, and we watched a lot of movies. To make them laugh, I would quote the lines (exactly) as the character, or it wouldn’t sound right … My parents laughed, and that’s all the encouragement I needed.”

Growing up in Santa Clarita, Puatu and his family moved to Idaho at the beginning of Junior High. Throughout his teenage years, he got involved with musical theater and fell in love with acting.

While in college, Puatu created a makeshift sound studio in his dorm closet. At the end of his freshman year studying computer science in Nebraska, Puatu’s life changed directions. While waiting to hear about the status of his college scholarship, it clicked.

“I had all of this free time,” Puatu said. So, (I thought), ‘Why not give this voice acting thing a try?’”

Eventually, Puatu landed an internship at Bang Zoom Entertainment, a recording studio based in Burbank, and the rest was history.

So far, Puatu has worked for notable shows like “One Punch Man” and “Hunter x Hunter.” He even lent his voice for several video games, the most recent being Just Cause 4, a popular video game recently featured at the E3 video game conference.

However, working as a voice actor can be unpredictable, according to Puatu.

“There are never any guarantees in this business as an entertainer. Normally, I get up, check my email, and see if I have any auditions or bookings, or, I’ll go to a recording studio and record,” Puatu said. “Each day is its own challenge … Nothing is ever concrete or the same every day. You try and keep a routine to keep your sanity.”

Not only does his work schedule tend to be unconventional, but so are his work days. Video game projects often involve spouting bodily noises and various sounds.

“It’s not linear. Depending on what they do, you have to do a bunch of ‘efforts,’ like fight exertions,” said Puatu. “For this game, there’s a fair amount of ‘GRENADE!’ and ‘GET DOWN!’. You do about a hundred lines per hour. When you’re in there for four hours, you don’t have time to think about it.”

After just three years of working in the business, Puatu quickly learned that voice acting requires a certain disposition.

“Be friendly, and be easy to work with,” Puatu said. “You are just a voice, so they can replace you. If you are difficult and not easy to work with, they will find someone who is.”

In the future, Puatu hopes to finish his schooling at College of the Canyons, eventually earning a teaching credential.

“Teaching is something besides acting that I find challenging,” Puatu said. “I enjoy working with kids, while communicating an idea with someone and seeing growth.”

To follow Puatu’s voice acting endeavors, go to linktr.ee/griffvoices.

Upcoming Theatre Productions at The MAIN

| Entertainment | June 21, 2018

For those seeking opportunities to enjoy live theatre in Santa Clarita, tickets are now on sale for “A Doll’s House,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Harold and Maude” at The MAIN in Newhall.

“A Doll’s House,” presented by Crossroeds Theatre Company, is a three-act play centered on the marriage of Torvald and Nora Helmer. Sometimes regarded as the starting point for feminism in theatre, the issues within “A Doll’s House” continue to resonate with a modern audience. Come peek into the private and intimate lives of the Helmers, and see what makes a marriage and what it means to be a woman. Performance dates and times are June 22 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students.

“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” also presented by Crossroeds Theatre Company, centers on a group of eclectic sixth graders as they fight to win the spelling bee, while giving audiences a glimpse into their lives and each speller’s unique motivation to win. Laugh, spell and connect with this delightfully emphatic musical comedy that will have audiences chuckling the whole way home. Performance dates and times are June 29 at 8 p.m., June 30 at 8 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students.

In July, The Tavern Brawlers present “Harold and Maude,” which is about a discontented, perpetually suicidal young man who meets and becomes deeply attached to a free-spirited elderly woman, in an adaptation of the 1971 cult film. Based on the darkly comic and ultimately life-affirming classic, the stage play of “Harold and Maude” is a nostalgic charmer that will captivate old fans and new audiences alike. Performance dates and times are July 20-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors.

Learn more about these shows and purchase tickets by visiting AtTheMain.org/tickets. The MAIN is located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

Abstract Acrylic Demo at Barnes & Noble

| Entertainment | June 15, 2018

Abstract artist Nancy Eckels will demonstrate acrylic painting at the Aug 20 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Valencia.

Since her work is totally abstract, it comes entirely from Eckels’ head, heart, and imagination. Anything that has contributed to her sense of color, texture and composition becomes the basis of what eventually comes from her hands and brushes.

“A creative block is overcome only by working on your art, not sitting on a couch waiting for inspiration. My paintings are a combination of sculpture and painting. I begin with a texture medium, which I sculpt by shaping, carving and manipulating on the canvas. When I apply the texture, I keep in mind a loose composition and try to imagine what it might become. I want to make something new. I’ve often thought that abstract art is the purest form of what people consider a one-of-a-kind art,” Eckels said.

Her visits with nature during her childhood were a very big part of what comes from her brain while she paints.

“I love experimenting with combinations of color, making colors pop against each other, pulling some forward and pushing some back to create depth,” Eckles said. “I love making the texture, color and composition – the only things I need to concentrate on when I create. It’s just so freeing to my imagination.”

Guests should arrive early, because the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Santa Clarita Artists Association, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org. For more information about Nancy Eckles, visit https://www.nancyeckels.com/.

Valencia Jazz and Blues 2018 Opening Night Latin Dance Party Featuring Susie Hansen Latin Band

| Entertainment | June 14, 2018

This Friday, June 15 is opening night for the 2018 Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series. Join the Latin Jazz Dance party featuring the critically acclaimed Susie Hansen Latin Band.

Susie Hansen, an electric violinist and vocalist fronts this sizzling Salsa band playing fiery Afro-Cuban salsa and Latin jazz. A long-time favorite in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, Susie and her band have toured nationally, playing around 150 live performances each year, including such events as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway, San Jose Jazz Festival and Newport Beach Jazz Festival, first appearing at the Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert Series in 2016.

In addition to great music, dance sponsors D’Wilfri Dance & Entertainment will bring their Latin Dance troupe to perform, followed by informal dancing instruction with our audience.

“We want to throw a huge Latin dance party to open our 2018 concert series! Welcoming back Susie Hansen’s exciting Latin jazz and the D’Wilfri Dance troupe is the perfect combination,” said Barbara Myler, owner/producer of the VJB Series.

This annual summer concert series (since 1999) features regional, national and international entertainers in a family-friendly, quaint, street party setting offering activities for adults and children.

The VJB Series will run every Friday night through August 3. Hours for the concerts are 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The events take place on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway, in the street outside the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Some of the series sponsors who make it possible to bring the much-anticipated concert series back to Valencia include: Princess Cruises, Chiquita Canyon, Hyatt Regency Valencia, The City of Santa Clarita, Mercedes Benz of Valencia, among others. Food and Beverage Sponsors include: Salt Creek Grille, BJ’s Restaurant, Wolf Creek Brewery and Mystic Hills Winery.

In addition to the sounds offered from some of the top Jazz and Blues recording artists in the world, the scheduled series brings a variety of activities for the entire family as well as a variety of food and beverages, including wine and beer for the adults. No outside food or beverages, pets or photography/video recording are allowed. Admission is free.

The Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series is produced by Summit West Public Relations & Marketing. For more information regarding the series or sponsorship opportunities go to www.ValenciaJazzandBlues.com or call Barbara Myler at 661-290-2911.

Wine of the Week – Muscat Bars

| Entertainment | June 14, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This month’s recipe for Muscat Bars features 2012 Reyes Winery Muscat. This was a limited production wine. We have brought six cases out of the Reyes Winery’s cellar to share this month. It has notes of peaches and honey with a tangerine finish. It’s remarkably delicious on its own.  It also pairs well with spicy sesame chicken, peach Stilton cheese or a peach galette with honey-infused goat cheese.

Base Ingredients
1 3/4 cups AP flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened

Filling Ingredients
4 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup Reyes Winery Muscat
Directions
1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees
2. In stand or hand mixer, combine base ingredients until flaky and crumbly
3. Press ingredients into a greased 13×9 baking dish
4. Bake 25 minutes
5. Beat eggs, slowly; add sugar, AP flour and baking powder.
6. Stir in Reyes Winery Muscat
7. When base is done, pour filling over warm base.
8. Bake 20-25 minutes
9. Cool
10. Dust with powder sugar
11. Serve

 

National Wine and Cheese Day at Reyes Winery

Reyes Winery will be hosting a “Vertical Wine Tasting” on Saturday, July 12 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. The event will begin promptly at noon.

Muscat wines from 2011-2016 will be served at the tasting, along with Sweet Serenity, a dessert wine made from Reyes’ 2009 Muscat. Sweet Serenity won “Gold & Best in Class” in the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru, and a bronze in the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. The 2009 Muscat wine has been aged into an old-world style dessert wine and has just the right touch of wood. It has aromas of burnt caramel, dried apricots and candied ginger. It pairs well with soft cheeses after dinner or cinnamon sugared zeppolli.

July 25 is National Wine and Cheese Day. Social media has a hashtag for it, #NationalWineAndCheeseDay. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Mucsat. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass and post it along with the hashtags #MuscatWine and #ReyesWinery.

Entertainment Spotlight: The College of the Canyons Comedy Improv Team

| Entertainment | June 14, 2018

The community college experience is something most of us dream about. That 100 percent acceptance rate, wealth of resources, and on-campus Subway restaurant is enough to drive anyone wild. But, for those dreamers who want that little something extra, getting involved with the College of the Canyons Comedy Improv Team is the way to go.

What began as a few members meeting outside of a college cafeteria eventually became a chartered 13-member ensemble with weekly practices. The team performs regularly at open mics and comedy shows around Santa Clarita, in addition to shows performed at the college.

The COC Improv Team was first chartered in the Fall of 2016. Since then, the group has performed two shows at the college, both with packed audiences and comedy made up on the spot.

“At our first show, there were a little over 50 people in the audience and we had to squeeze people in,” the team’s captain said. “At our show in May, that number doubled.”

The team is completely student-run, and auditions are held every semester for aspiring incoming members.

“We try to keep things interesting. We just had ‘McFormal,’ our end-of-the-year celebration in which we showed up to McDonald’s with candles, tablecloths and formal attire,” the team’s captain said.

For those who simply want to be apart of the laughs, interested individuals can practice twice a month with the team as a member of the club, which does not require an audition. Club members can build improv skills by practicing with the seasoned team members.

To find out more information about future shows and events, visit the team’s Facebook page, follow @COCImprov on Instagram, or email comedyimprovcoc@gmail.com.

Band of the Week – Sheep Creek

| Entertainment | June 14, 2018

If Goat Lake was the name of a real band, they might run into some stiff competition with Santa Clarita’s latest up-and-comers, Sheep Creek. And boy, would some of us pay to see that rivalry.

Composed of Everett Barton, Maggie Herr, and Nick Jennings, Sheep Creek released their latest album this month titled “Little One,” which is available on most major music streaming services.

The Gazette recently caught up with Sheep Creek and discussed their newest project.

How would you describe your style/genre?

This album is a bit of indie pop with a dash of folk, but something we’re looking to do is keep exploring new sounds between albums.

How did the band get together?

Everett: I’ve been best friends with Maggie since kindergarten, but then went to a different junior high which is where I met Nick. They both became friends a while back, and shortly after I had the idea to build Sheep Creek, a name we could work under to make films, music and more together. About a year ago we started messing around with an EP for fun, and during that time Nick played me a demo of the song Katie Sue, which I loved, and we brought him on to help with some more tracks to make it a full album. Towards the end I brought on my friends from college, Rachel and Emma, to help with some singing and the album art.

What do you hope to accomplish with your music? Do you have any future goals as a band?

Maggie: One of the main themes of every project so far is that we want to put things out there just for its own sake. We enjoy the process of creating songs and aren’t afraid to let the public see what we’ve come up with. If people find joy in what we’ve put together, that’s awesome, but even if it doesn’t resonate with everyone, we’re learning and growing a lot from the process. Our more immediate plans are to finish our second music video and another short film over this summer which will have a taste of some new music.

Do you perform live around town?

Not yet, but we’re looking into doing a performance this summer, so stay tuned.

What sets you apart from other bands?

Nick: None of us had experience working on such a big original music project before, so we tried to approach it in our own unique way. Maybe it’s since we’re all such good friends, but it’s pretty amazing that I can come in with a guitar riff and hand it off to Maggie, who can add a bridge and chorus, and then Everett and I can write up lyrics in his Toyota Avalon at 1:00 a.m. while Maggie works on implementing other instruments. Then, I can add some backing vocals before Maggie and Everett come in and mix the songs; just the fact that we’re all so involved and able to cooperate so well I think is really special.

What was your process with Little One?

Sometimes one of us would have an entire song ready, while other times we’d each come in with just a scrap of something and somehow all the individual bits come together seamlessly. Behind each of those parts to the songs is a story. We always aim for each song to tell its own unique story, but also work as a piece of a bigger story in the context of the album. Some lyrics were inspired by real life events, or a dream. Some melodies came from a song one of us made for fun before, but with some fine tuning it’s made into something really special.

For more information about Sheep Creek, follow @Sheep_Creek on Instagram.

Live Music!

| Entertainment | June 14, 2018

June 15, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Future X-Husands Classic Rock
7–9:30p Susie Hansen latin band Jazz & Blues concerts outside of Hyatt
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Dole – Humphries Classic & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on patio Country
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille G – 3 band Classic rock
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June 16, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
7-10p Backyard Grub n Brews The Nomads Classic rock
7:30-10:30 Sweetwater Café Debbi Lee band Blues mix
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote band Country
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Terks & Beans Live music
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Moving in Stereo Cars tribute
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June 17, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Reign band Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Jimmy Long Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey & Runarounds Classic rock
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June 19, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints Night Live music
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright Band Blues mix
June 20, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
June 21, Thur
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Big Coyote band Country
7-10pm Old Town Newhall Senses ev 3rd Thurs – Candyland theme
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June 22, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery BFE ticketed event Live music
7–9:30p Teresa James band Jazz & Blues concerts outside of Hyatt
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins duo Classic & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildridge on patio Live music
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Rick James duo Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

O Say, Can You See … It’s Ted Nugent at The Canyon Sunday July 1

| Entertainment | June 14, 2018

Ted Nugent lives by a simple credo: “You just gotta have the … attitude.” He’s got a point.

His biggest hit, “Cat Scratch Fever,” “the number one guitar lick in the history of the world,” according to Nugent, is one of those songs that when you hear it out of the blue necessitates an immediate volume boost. Kind of like Spirit’s “I Got a Line on You,” or that classic crooked chord that opens The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night,” it is irresistible.

Nugent is a controversial character – a likely descendent of Gengis Khan, possibly separated at birth from Oakland Raiders linebacker Ted “The Mad Stork” Hendricks. He grew up in Detroit Rock City, and is an outspoken conservative and advocate of the right to bear arms, from carbines to crossbows. Still going strong as he approaches his 70th birthday, he tours regularly and delivers a high voltage show with .22 gauge hits like “Stranglehold,” “Dog Eat Dog” and “Snakeskin Cowboys.”

I saw him a few years ago at a Manhattan club, where he opened with The Star Spangled Banner and closed with Chuck Berry. He’s proud to be an American, and he’ll be in Santa Clarita to light the Independence Day fuse with a July 1 performance at The Canyon. Loaded for bear, I recently caught up with Nugent via email, and he did not disappoint.

SCG: I met and interviewed you in 1975 in Pittsburgh when you were touring The Blue Album, ONE OF THE GREATEST RECORDS EVER MADE, in support of Aerosmith on the “Toys in the Attic” tour. Incredible show! We spoke at a hotel and then I got into a van with you, your band and a driver who – and I will never forget this – got lost driving to the gig. Your (then) teenaged narrator guided us there.  It was FANTASTIC!

TED: Ahhhhhhh … the stimulating memories of yore! Making them every damn day!

SCG: So, should one kill ‘em and grill ‘em, or whack ‘em and stack ‘em?

TED: Both are quality of life imperatives. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness begins and ends with proper diet and ultimately, the rugged individual hands-on, self-sufficiency pursuit thereof! Nothing is better than natural, organic, free-range, renewable, deeeeeelicious wild game killed and grilled like the reasoning predators we are!

SCG: How would the dictionary define ‘cat scratch fever?’

TED: I believe the status quo dictionary already has this as a virus brought about by the scratch of a nasty, clawed feline. However, we in the adventure column of life know better, don’t we?

SCG: Who were the first and last bands you blew off the stage?

TED: They were indeed the (first) and the last bands that dared follow me. Name them, name them all. Nobody can follow me and my all-American fire-breathing, soul brother, funk brother, blood brother, and Big-Fun-Dirty-Groove-Noize bandmates Greg Smith and Jason Hartless. The music makes us do it. We are IT!

SCG: When you walk into a room, do you still say to yourself, “Here we go, look out below?”

TED: That has never been my entrance battle cry, but starting from now on, it will be.

SCG: What does a snakeskin cowboy eat for breakfast?

TED: Each other.

SCG: How can rock ‘n’ roll Make American Great Again?

TED: Pursued and performed with maximum heart, soul, piss and vinegar super-groove like we masters do it, killer music represents and provides the ultimate escape from pain-in-the-ass life moments, which are aplenty. At the same time, passionate authoritative soul music cleanses the soul and fortifies the spirit. I am living proof 70 years later!

SCG: Are you The King of the Deplorables?

TED: Czar.

SCG: This is The Music Made Me Do It Tour … Do what, exactly?

TED: Killer music like mine invigorates the mind, body, spirit and soul, maximizing the most passionate pursuit of happiness and overall quality of life. Killer music is the motivational soundtrack to the human experience.

SCG: Thank you for your time!

TED: No, thank (you)! I bet the music made you do it, too.

Don’t miss Nugent in the adventure column of life at The Canyon July 1.

‘Toxikologie’ Art Exhibit at The MAIN by Kitty Cutshall

| Entertainment | June 8, 2018

Free art reception to be held on June 21 at The MAIN

Beginning Tuesday, June 19, the art gallery at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall will feature “Toxikologie,” an exhibition showcasing vibrant, layered altarpiece-style works, inspired by both Harajuku high fashion and medieval altarpiece forms, by artist Kitty Cutshall. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, July 13, followed by an art reception for “Toxikologie” on Thursday, June 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The MAIN. Reception attendees will be able to view the artwork, enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist.

Driven by an equal love for both the arts and sciences, Cutshall’s inspiration for “Toxikologie” arises from religious symbolism and medieval plague-era imagery, juxtaposed with the childlike, colorful world of Harajuku Decora street fashion in Japan. For her series, Cutshall compares the manner in which professional toxicologists study chemical effects on human health – whether beneficial, harmful or benign – to the manner in which aesthetic and emotional toxicity or innocence is interpreted through cultural images.

Cutshall’s technique involves hundreds of thin layers of acrylic paint for depth of color, including neon pigments, glow-in-the-dark paint and varnishes to create different lighting effects. These are then manipulated in a collage process with glitter, crystals, illustrations and even stickers, to layer imagery and allegory. Cutshall says she has been drawing since the age of one and that her work is “intentionally full of symbols so that there is something for everyone to interpret.”

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

Summer Bash Returns to Canyon Country June 29

| Entertainment | June 8, 2018

The annual City of Santa Clarita Summer Bash will once again bring food, fun and entertainment for Santa Clarita Valley residents and visitors in Canyon Country. The 2018 Summer Bash will take place on Friday, June 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Luther Drive at Soledad Canyon Road.

The Summer Bash transforms Luther Drive into a family-friendly block party experience each year, complete with live music, food, beverages and more. Attendees will be able to partake in a number of activities at Summer Bash, including a beer garden provided by Route 66, dinner options from two food trucks and a dessert truck. In addition to the food trucks, restaurants in nearby shopping centers will also be open for normal business hours.

The event will also feature inflatable carnival games, a mechanical shark, a 20-foot inflatable slide and a boot camp style obstacle course. Entrance to the event is free and the Summer Bash is open to the public.

For more information about the 2018 Summer Bash, visit Santa-Clarita.com/Events or contact Event Coordinator Joel Beck at (661) 250-3720.

Band of the Week – The Good Whales

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

When it comes to underwater mammals, it’s black and white. There are the bad whales, but then, there are The Good Whales.

The Good Whales are a trio from Santa Clarita. Inspired by blues, psychedelic and surf rock, the group performs both original songs and covers.

Together, guitarist Marc Buu, percussionist Bennett Marks, and guitarist/vocalist James Paul Sklena perform throughout Southern California, and have made conscious efforts to contribute to Santa Clarita’s underground music scene.

The Good Whales frequently perform at showcases organized by local musicians and artists. These performances have been held at homes, clubhouses, and professional venues.

The band released one album online entitled, Enter: Good Whales. It is available at https://goodwhales.bandcamp.com/releases. For more information about The Good Whales, visit instagram.com/thegoodwhales.

Wine of the Week – Petite Sirah

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

This past weekend, we had many people ask about Petite Sirah. Why are they spelled different? Is Petite Sirah a smaller grape, lighter on flavor? Many people had so many questions, that I thought I would elaborate about Petite Sirah. A few months ago, I mentioned a little about one of my learning experiences of wine and Petite Sirah.

It’s really called Durif. It’s grown mainly in Australia, California and France. In the past 30 years, its popularity has grown and now it’s produced in many other parts of America and the world, including Maryland and Virginia. In America and Israel, it’s mainly known as Petite Sirah. After reading many articles about Petite Sirah, the “Petite” in Petite Sirah meant younger, not smaller.

The name Durif was created by Francois Durif in Montpellier, France roughly in 1880. The grape is a cross between Syrah and the even rarer: Peloursin. It was brought to America by Charles McIver in the mid-1880s, which it was then called, Petite Sirah. Durif had many varieties of grapes growing, and one day he discovered a new variety named Plant du Rif (later Durif) by ampelographer Victor Pulliat in 1868.Then, in 1997, UC Davis recognized that the pollen from Syrah landed on the Peloursin flowers, and thus we have Petite Sirah. Nowadays, we have DNA Fingerprinting which allows us to research the history of so many things – including grapes.

Petite Sirah is usually very dark and inky in color with medium acidity. You can get notes of plums, boysenberries, huckleberries, chocolate and sometimes, black tea. It’s bold on fruit, tannins and generally is a very robust wine. This is my favorite varietal. Tannat is another wine similar in characteristics, and a favorite of mine.

Currently, for the month of June, we are tasting our 2012 Petite Sirah, which was sourced from Quartz Hill. It has won a silver medal and 88 points from the 2017 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, a silver medal from the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and a bronze from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This wine has aromas of black plum, Black Tartarian cherry, and cedar which transition nicely into the palate as dark plum. With bold blackberry notes and a hint of pepper for a robust finish, it pairs well with Wagyu beef steak, Gouda cheese, or blackberry cobbler.

Soulful Sunday Brunch on Father’s Day

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

For residents who want to design a Dad’s Day that includes food and entertainment on June 17, The Canyon Santa Clarita, located at the Westfield Town Center Mall is rolling with its Soulful Sunday Brunch. The whole family can enjoy jazz by local musician Natalie Hanna Mendoza, and there’s also a sizable food buffet, plus mimosas and bloody Marys for the adults.

Father’s Day Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and the live jazz begins at 11 a.m. For tickets and more information, call 888-645-5006 Monday-Saturday, or call Ticketmaster 24/7 at 866-448-7849; or visit Wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/canyon-santa-clarita/Sunday-brunch/.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Thursdays@Newhall Events The Candyland SENSES Block Party Sweetens up June

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

The city’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center, rolls into summer with free events in Old Town Newhall during the month of June. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

The schedule kicks off on June 7 when the Cha-Cha comes to JAM Sessions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. D’Wilfri DanceArt and Entertainment, based locally in Santa Clarita, will teach participants the ins and outs of the dance. In between instructional sessions, the public can enjoy live music and show off what they’ve learned. 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.

On June 14, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. 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 June include Jeff Mann, Christopher Ramirez, Tracy Lee Nelson and The New Mexican. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

A world full of sweets descends on Main Street at the Candyland SENSES Block Party on June 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be select food tastings, Gingerbread Plum Trees, and opportunities to wander through the Lollipop Woods and Peppermint Forest. Be careful not to get stuck in the Molasses Swamp. Adults who believe that candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker can grab a drink from the on-street bar hosted by Newhall Refinery.

Thursdays@Newhall wraps up the month on June 28 with the New Heights Artist Development Series. This month’s panel discussion is titled, “Variety Is the Spice of Life: How to Develop Multiple Creative Outlets,” and features artists who have developed a variety of ways to express themselves creatively while being able to monetize those activities. The three panelists in June are Susan Lee, Ian Johnston and Jennifer Fischer. Learn more about each panelist 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.

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

June 8, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx band Rock covers
6–10p The Oaks Club aka TPC Magnolia Drawl Country Mix
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch in patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9p–1a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers
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June 9, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Z – band Classic & country
8–11p Wine 661 All Access band Current – Top 20
8–12m VFW 6885 Lee Harper band Blues mix
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole – Humphries Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues & rock
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June 10, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Cruise Knights band Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins duo Classics & orig
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Live music
4–7p Salt Creek Grille G – 3 Band Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sweetwater Gentlemen Country mix
5–9pm American Legion SCV Blues Society Blues Jam
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June 12, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Joe Iaquinto & Jere Mendleson
June 13, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
June 14, Thur
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse John Davis Experience Fogerty rock
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June 15, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
7–9:30p Susie Hansen latin band Jazz & Blues concerts outside of Hyatt
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Dole – Humphries Classic & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on patio Country
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille G – 3 band Classic rock

The Society Improv at The MAIN in Newhall

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

If you find yourself needing a good laugh after this week’s elections, stop by The MAIN in Newhall on Saturday at 8 p.m. for a night of clean comedy.

The evening’s festivities will be hosted by The Society Improv Troupe, a group of seasoned improvisers who perform monthly at The MAIN. With only a single suggestion from the audience, the improvisers create an entire show on the spot, mixing in musical numbers as they go along.

The cost is $15 to attend, and tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information about The Society Improv, visit http://jointhesociety.com/.

SCV Blues Society Presents Big Wilson

| Entertainment | June 7, 2018

For those who possess the uncontrollable urge to “put on (their) red shoes and dance the blues,” the SCV Blues Society will be hosting its monthly Blues Jam at the American Legion Post in Newhall this Sunday at 5 p.m.

Big Wilson will be the featured host band of the night, followed by several guest artists. Food and a full bar will be available, and guests are encouraged to break out those dancing shoes. There is a $5 entry fee, but those under the age of 21 are admitted for free.

The SCV Blues Society is a nonprofit organization established in 2003 and is affiliated with The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.

Young blues musicians are encouraged to join in. The American Legion Post 507 is located at 24527 Spruce St, Newhall. For more information, visit http://www.scvblues.com/.

Artist of the Week – Sal the Director

| Entertainment | June 1, 2018

If you are looking to “shake that booty like a GTA cheat code (up, down, left, right),” Sal the Director might be the hip-hop artist for you.

Known online as “Sal the Director,” Salvador Lara Jr. attended College of the Canyons as a film major. Upon parting from his academic pursuits, he landed several professional film gigs, including location scouting and international projects. While pursing his passions for filmmaking, Lara began developing his musical voice in 2015.

Lara’s music is heavily influenced by the aesthetic of the 1980s.

“I grew up listening to ‘80s music,” he said. “There’s something about that decade that really fascinates me … the music, the movies, the fashion. My music definitely pays tribute to that era.”

However, Lara’s main inspiration behind his musical endeavors can be attributed to the tragic passing of his cousin.

“I started the ‘Sal the Director’ project after my cousin was murdered on his way back home from his recording studio,” he explained. “After his death, I really started to take music seriously. (That’s how) I honor him.”

While attending College of the Canyons and developing his music, Lara met his recording partner, Michael Bae. Together, the two have written and produced songs like “Fatal Attraction,” and “Cheatin’” – the latter song about shaking booties like “Grand Theft Auto” cheat codes. Lara and Bae are currently working together on a new EP, which they plan on releasing along with corresponding music videos.

To write a song, Lara downs about three cups of coffee and gets right to it.

“When it comes to songwriting, I only can write about what I know,” Lara said. “The majority of my songs are about love or relationships, so I use my life as inspiration for some of the lyrics.”

As for live performances, Lara has yet to take that step.

“Performing live is a whole other ball game. I’ve seen plenty of bands whose music is amazing, but when it comes to performing live, they’re bad,” Lara said.

Lara’s end goal is to make music that strays from the mainstream trends and subvert today’s hip-hop formula: “I just want to present something new and fresh and hopefully people enjoy it.”

For more information about Sal the Director, visit soundcloud.com/gorillasnake. Sal the Director’s music can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.

2018 Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert Series Announced

| Entertainment | June 1, 2018

It’s been almost 20 years since local residents began dancing in the streets every Friday night in the summer.

This year’s Jazz and Blues Concert Series will begin Friday, June 15 through August 3, 2018 on Town Center Drive in Valencia.

The series will once again feature regional, national and international entertainers in a quaint, street-party setting, while offering interactive activities for adults and children.

Hours for the concerts will be 7-9:30 p.m. and they take place adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Some of the main sponsors for this year’s concerts are Princess Cruises, Chiquita Canyon, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, Hyatt Regency Valencia, City of Santa Clarita and Pleasantview Industries.

“We have one of the most exciting line-ups ever,” said Barbara Myler, owner/producer of the series. “In addition to the extraordinary sounds offered from some of the top jazz and blues recording artists in the world, the scheduled series will bring a variety of interactive programming for the entire family, as well as a variety of food and beverages, including wine and beer for the adults.”

You can enjoy the series VIP Experience, which some residents choose to entertain clients or hold personal celebrations. You can reserve a VIP table, which includes seat availability and special food options, etc., based on availability. No pets or outside food or beverages are allowed.

Admission is free.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series is produced by Summit West Public Relations & Marketing. For more information regarding the series or sponsorship opportunities, visit ValenciaJazzandBlues.com or call Barbara Myler at 661-290-2911.

Wine of the Week – Reyes 2011 Muscat Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

| Entertainment | May 31, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

My mother and grandmother often made casseroles when I was growing up. For brunch at Grandma’s, I really looked forwarded to the food, as well as spending time with my grandparents.

The Reyes 2011 Muscat Chicken Sausage Hash Brown Casserole is one of my favorites to prepare when I cater our monthly Hike & Brunch at Reyes Winery. When in season, I sometimes add hatch chiles, or even sometimes red pepper pesto, which I did for last weekend’s hike. Many people adored this dish and requested the recipe. By adding a bit of wine when sautéing onions, the flavor it is amazing. Our 2011 Muscat has won an 84-point rating from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (05/2018 edition). This is a lighter tasting Muscat with aromas of Meyer lemon and orange blossom. Find the recipe on my blog at Reyeswinery.com

This is an extremely versatile wine to enjoy with most breakfast and brunch dishes. If you prefer something less fruity, I suggest our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, which has won an 82-point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine (05/2018 edition) and a bronze medal from the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. It has aromas of crisp citrus and green apple with slight floral notes. On the palate, you get a hint of honeydew melon and granny smith apples. This fruit forward wine can be appreciated alone or with food. Stay tuned for upcoming dates or check out our website at  http://reyeswinery.com/events.

Comedy Mashup Presents Fatimah Taliah

| Entertainment | May 31, 2018

This Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m., the Comedy Mashup series will be returning to The MAIN in Newhall for a night of improv and standup comedy, with this month’s headliner being seasoned comedian Fatimah Taliah.

Taliah is a regular at the Laugh Factory and was recently featured on Tru TV’s Laff Mobb’s Laugh Tracks. Also performing at Comedy Mashup will be comedians JR Cruz and Rene Vaca, both of whom have performed at the Hollywood Improv.

The Comedy Mashup series is known for its combination of house improv and standup comedy. The Mashup cast is composed of working comedians from across the valley who have trained at improv conservatories such as UCB, iO West, and The Groundlings.

Tickets are $12 online through May 31, and $18 online and at the door until the day of opening. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Seating is first come, first served and beer, wine and concessions are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.atthemain.org.

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