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Portrait Demo at Barnes & Noble

| Entertainment | August 10, 2018

If you’ve been searching for opportunities to enjoy art, prepare to strike oil this November when JoAnn Peralta demonstrates portrait oil painting at the Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 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, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Peralta, a book and editorial magazine illustrator since 2004, crossed over into Fine Art and is known in the Western art world for her stirring depiction of American immigrants contributing to the American landscape, as well as southwestern historical figures. With her lush brushwork and luminescent light, she creates a timeless flair to her paintings.

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Peralta is a Masters artist at the Autry Masters of the American West Exhibition for nine years; and exhibited at the Small Works, Great Wonders Show, held at the National Cowboy and Western Museum (Oklahoma); amongst others. She studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she was awarded a full-time scholarship. Since then, her work has been featured in publications such as: International Art Magazine, Art Business News Magazine, International Artist, Southwest Art, Western Art and Architecture, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West.

Her first book titled, MATH FACE, is a memoir that chronicles the events when she made the connection that math and science could propel her fine art to success. Peralta explains the thinking involved to make the leap from analytic thought to masterful drawings and paintings.

“It all begins with boundaries and plumb lines of truths, which help pave the way for creative expression,” said Peralta. Art History is one of her passions.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, because the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30. For more information about the event or the Santa Clarita Artists Association, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

Motown in Town3

| Entertainment | August 10, 2018

Next month, Santa Claritans will be able to say they remember September, because love will change the minds of pretenders with “Motown in Town3,” a dinner show and dancing event at the Hyatt Regency Grand ballroom in Valencia on Sunday, September 9, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., to benefit the SCV Senior Center’s building campaign.

There will be a three course sit-down dinner inclusive of coffee and dessert, and a no-host bar. Matt Grey & the Stone Soul, California’s leading eight-piece Motown band, together with favorite balladeers Ms. LaNiece McKay and Ms. Alex Nester will perform.

All performers are well-known musicians that have toured and performed with Santana, the Jackson Brothers and other top concert artists in the country.

Catch the “Art of Motown” art show at the ballroom lobby, together with exciting vendor booths and a silent auction, with special guest CK Walker providing musical entertainment. This lobby event will be open to the public.

Dinner and show tickets, priced at $65, as well as show tickets only, which can be purchased for $40, are available at Fast Frame Valencia, 24204 Valencia Boulevard, or at the SCV Senior Center at 22900 Market St. VIP seats are also available.

Group discounts are still open for group seating. Interested persons can also call 661-312-3422 or go online at https://intownscv.com/ for tickets and sponsorships.

Valencia Jazz and Blues Concludes

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

The Valencia Jazz & Blues concert series concluded with its final performance of the summer last Friday, Aug. 3. The Delgado Brothers performed for hundreds of music lovers outside of the Valencia Hyatt on Town Center Drive. Established in 1999, the Valencia Jazz & Blues concert series has been providing free entertainment to the community over the course of eight weeks for the past 19 summers. For more information about the program, visit www.valenciajazzandblues.com.

Now and Then – ‘Step Right Back’

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

Last Sunday afternoon, during the Canyon Theatre Guild’s production of “Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” director Ingrid Boydston told the audience members that she has been a fan of the musical version of the iconic 60s television series since she first saw the show 20 years ago.

Echoing her remarks in the show’s printed program, Ingrid admitted, “It was goofy and farfetched – okay, it was ridiculous – but it was so much fun – and brings back so many childhood memories”

And for those who are also fans of the bumbling first mate and his often exasperated skipper, this light-hearted romp down memory lane, which runs weekends until August 25, provides a good way to escape the summer doldrums that have the SCV in a sweltering grip.

Director Ingrid Boydston enthusiastically welcomed the audience to the CTG theater Sunday afternoon.

From the familiar opening song (what faithful fan didn’t find himself singing along with the actors on stage?) to the outlandish plot devices, cast members Josh Aran (Skipper), Garrett Carpenter (Gilligan), George Cummings (Mr. Howell), Greg Hayes (the Professor), Jill Kocalis Scott (Ginger), Anna Rast (Mrs. Howell) and Kaitlyn Ruben (Mary Ann) added many of the original casts’ mannerisms to their portrayals. And, oh yes, since the production parodies some of the outlandish scenarios of the original show – Adam Kort injected a bizarre twist playing “the Alien.”

George Cummings mimicked the patrician cadence of super rich millionaire Thurston Howell III (in today’s world he would have to be billionaire) as he counted his hundred dollar bills, “improvised” a corny stand-up routine in between scenes, and added dry, upper class comments to the plot line. When the curtain was drawn (seconds after the opening shipwreck song) to reveal sturdy bamboo huts fashioned by his fellow castaways, Howell (Cummings) remarked; “Amazing how fast things can be built without a permit!”

There was also a between-the-scenes song done by the Skipper (Aran) that started out as a reprise of the show’s theme song (“Sit right back and I’ll tell a tale …”), but morphed into “… a tale as old as time,” plugging “Beauty and the Beast,” another CTG production which has been playing weekends at COC’s Performing Arts Theatre (it closes this Sunday).

Two standout musical numbers highlighted the play’s opening scenes. In the first, the female castaways, softly harmonizing to a graceful hula in “Island Lullaby,” were joined by the males, who stomped and chanted “Tahitian style,” in grass skirts.

In the second, “Hieroglyphics,” the Professor and the Skipper teach Gilligan how to spell using a catchy tune and some fancy footwork.

Underlying the pratfalls and mugging reminiscent of the television show, “Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” highlights a theme resonating in today’s world, “how can different people from vastly different backgrounds not only harmonize in song, but in behavior as well?”

In the case of this particular show, director Boydston concludes: “Gilligan sums up the question in his own simple way, ‘All the people on the boat come from different places, but they’re all very nice,’” and, Ingrid adds, “we’ve found that to be true – when we are nice to each other in spite of our differences, we not only get along, we have a ball!”

One final note: kudos to set designers John Alexopoulos and Douglas Holiday. The two artists have turned the CTG stage into an island fantasy, from the tropical landscapes on the curtain and backdrop, to a life size “Tiki carving,” to the detailed bamboo hut facades, and, finally, the stacked hammocks serving as beds for Gilligan and the Skipper.

Devon Tsuno’s Public Art Project to Transform COC Art Gallery Exterior on August 13

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

On Monday, Aug. 13, the Los Angeles-based artist Devon Tsuno will give the curving façade of the College of the Canyons Art Gallery a makeover with his largest public art project to date. “California Seedlings” will cover 702 square feet of the COC Art Gallery’s exterior with a graphic film wrap, a project that will mark the beginning of the gallery’s new initiative to activate the college’s public space through dynamic contemporary art.

“There are so many issues and ideas that Devon is investigating with his art practice that are relevant to our time and our community,” said Pamela Bailey Lewis, COC Art Gallery Director. “This work will not only be exciting to look at, but it will provide an opportunity to engage our students in new ways in discussions about contemporary art, sustainability, and our environment.”

Tsuno is known for his abstract paintings, artist books, and print installations, and social practice projects focusing on native vs. non-native vegetation, water use, and the Los Angeles watershed. Influenced by Japanese, 19th century Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and fabric, Tsuno’s rich, densely layered works are inspired by the vigorous and dynamic flora competing for space in our urban environment.

“California Seedlings,” will be on view through Friday, May 31, 2019.

A public reception for the artist will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

This project is supported by the COC Foundation Patrons of the Arts, the school of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Chancellor’s Office.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours can contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the COC Art Gallery web page.

More About the Artist

A Los Angeles native, Devon Tsuno has exhibited his work widely both nationally and internationally. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights artist-in-residence, the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee, and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art. His long-term interest in bodies of water in Southern California has been central to his collaborations with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, and the Theodore Payne Foundation. Tsuno received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Wine of the week – Verasion

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

It is the fourth stage, then comes harvest!

Currently, we are in the veraison stage. This is the stage before harvest. After “fruit set,” the red grapes varietals are green and still hard, sugar is still very low and the acidity is high. Veraison is the ripening stage of the grapes. I was thrilled to see recently our award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon start to turn to a ruby red. The change of color is due to the chlorophyll in the skin of the red grapes being replaced by anthocyanins. (Anthocyanin is a water-soluble pigment that gives flowers or fruit their colors, ranging from red to blue.) The grapes start to ripen, sugar levels increase and acidity decreases. Within a week of the start of this stage, you can see tremendous change in this interesting transition of colors from green to red. Even the green grapes turn an amber color. This process can sometimes take up to 45 days. Because of the heat wave we have had for the last month, we are seeing that they have been maturing slightly faster.

A small berry has a better skin to juice ratio and ensures a better concentration of flavor and structure, something that’s very important in quality winemaking. Every grape varietal goes through a different time span from veraison to harvest, just like any other fruit or vegetable. Grapes are no different. For instance, we harvest our Chardonnay usually the second or third week of August. This year, we are still at least two weeks from starting. This should be followed by Muscat, Merlot, Syrah, and then finally, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Every day this week, when I arrived at the vineyard, I stopped to walk through the Cabernet Sauvignon before I started to work. This year, the Cabernet berries are a little smaller than the Merlot or Syrah, but the vines are definitely full of beautiful grapes. This month, on August 25 for #CabernetDay, I will be previewing our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Our estate Cabernet Sauvignon is robust, aromatic and complex. It exhibits black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of black pepper on the palate. It is a full-bodied wine with distinctive ripe black cherry and blackcurrant taste to your palate. We aged this vintage for 23 months in French oak barrels. Only 48 cases were produced. Enjoy this delicious wine with prime rib topped with horseradish or a chocolate soufflé for dessert. Come enjoy this very limited wine with us.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 9, 2018

Live Music this week in SCV!
Aug 10, Fri

6–8pm Val. Marketplace The Hodads Beach classics
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx Classic rock
6–10p The Oaks akaTPC Magnolia Drawl aka Mary White band
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–10:30p Double Trouble Wines Snareheads Rock covers
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Cover rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Shadow Wheel Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers
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Aug 11, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic covers
7–10p Central Park SCV Fooz Fighters FooFighters trib
7:30-10:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Dark Desert Highway Eagles tribute
8–11pm Sweetwater Café Debbi Lee band Blues mix
8–12m VFW 6885 Pam & Chad Watson Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Folk rock
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Aug 12, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Midnight Crisis Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Covers
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grille G–3 band Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Nomad Classic rock
5–9pm Amer.Legion Newhall Stunt Rd – SCV monthly Blues jam
5:30–9p Vincenzo’s Newhall Island Passion Reggae
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Aug 14, Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Randy Volin guest artist Blues

Aug 15, Wed

6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy in Valencia Dole-Humphries duo Folk rk & orig
7–9pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock

Aug 16, Thur

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Big Coyote Country
7–10pm Old Town Newhall Senses! – Old Hollywood theme
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Aug 17, Fri

6–8pm Val. Marketplace Sgt Pepper band Beatles trib
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
7–10pm Amer.Legion Newhall Heavy Metal night 5 bands
8–11p Wine 661 Ron Suffredini solo Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Cover rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) RicJames duo Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers

Country Singer Cam to Open 2018-19 Santa Clarita PAC Season

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | August 8, 2018

Cam, Christopher Titus and Veronica Swift to Perform at the PAC

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) will kick off its 2018-19 season with the headlining performances of Cam, Christopher Titus, and Veronica Swift.

Hailed as the next big female powerhouse in country music, Cam, who is currently on tour with Sam Smith as his opening act, is bringing her impressive vocals and heartfelt lyrics to the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Grammy Award-nominated country music singer will take the PAC stage on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Cam’s music is reputed to strike a balance between whimsy and wise, which has garnered the San Francisco native a growing fan base and the attention of the music industry.

The 33-year-old’s song “Burning House” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Country Solo Performance” in 2016.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Christopher Titus will perform “Amerigeddon,” a stand-up comedy show that tackles politics with across-the-aisle humor. With the goal of uniting the country one audience at a time, Titus is brutally honest and hilarious. This show is intended for mature audiences only.

A 23-year-old jazz superstar in the making, Veronica Swift will take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 22. Swift’s superb technical skill and depth of feeling wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition where Swift won second place.

Other acts and artists visiting the PAC this season include: Chinese Warriors of Peking; Villalobos Brothers & Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles; Peter Gros, wildlife expert from the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom; Catapult; and Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway in “Sibling Revelry.”

As in years past, the PAC will also host a number of College of the Canyons theatre, music and dance department productions, as well as other community group performances.

For more information about the PAC 2018-19 season or to purchase tickets, visit www.canyonspac.com or call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304.

Free Fair Fun at 80th Annual Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | August 5, 2018

“Holy Cow We’re 80 Now!” is this year’s tagline for the Antelope Valley Fair, held August 17-August 26, 2018.

On top of the usual AV Fair/Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series, which is featuring Chaka Khan & Sheila E. on opening night, there are some important things you should know…

New This Year

Antelope Valley Fair App – Download tickets, view a map, find food, rides, etc.

The Backyard – Hang out for beer and wine, a little corn hole, bocce ball and more.

Youth Film Festival – Watch short films that are written, directed, shot and edited by local youth.

‘80s Flashback Party – On Saturday, Aug. 26 from 7-11 p.m. Dress, dance and act like you did in the ‘80s at the Corona Cantina Stage

Free Fair Fun

TOTALLY FREE:

  1. Free Grandstands to all the Palmdale Auto Mall Concerts
  2. Picture with Alfie
  3. Jr. Livestock Auction
  4. Download the Fair App
  5. Home Arts Entries in the Van Dam Pavilion
  6. Fair pins at the inFAIRmation Booth
  7. Rally Kia Arena Event: Figure 8 Race and Rural Olympics
  8. Fireworks Show after the Rural Olympics
  9. Rural Museum
  10. Pig Races
  11. Wild Animals
  12. Science Exhibits
  13. Ag Mechanics
  14. Shopping in the H.W. Hunter Pavilion
  15. 4-H Projects
  16. Petting Zoo
  17. Goat Mountain
  18. Dancing at Various Stages
  19. Big Wheel Ride with Concert Ticket
  20. Line Dancing
  21. Special Baking Contests every day
  22. Photo Opportunities
  23. Clowns
  24. Get hypnotized
  25. Balloon Animals
  26. Rotary Club of Lancaster Book Drive
  27. Grace Resources Canned Food Drive
  28. Vote in the People’s Choice Food Competition
  29. Read a Book with a Queen
  30. Wine Tasting at The Backyard on Tues. 8/21

For all the regular AV Fair details, such as dates/hours/prices/entertainment, visit AVFair.org.

‘Pearl C. Hsiung: Two Faces, One Die’  Opens Aug. 13 at COC Art Gallery

| Entertainment | August 3, 2018

If you are tired of facing facts, face some art instead. The College of the Canyons Art Gallery presents the painting and video works of Los Angeles artist Pearl C. Hsiung in the exhibition “Two Faces, One Die,” which opens Monday, Aug. 13. A public reception for the artist is scheduled 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

The solo exhibition of painting, installation, and video works highlight recurring themes in Hsiung’s art practice. Vibrant, enthralling and meditative, Hsiung’s works explore the relationship between humans and nature and the human nature this relationship reveals.

The phrase “Two Faces, One Die” comes from a Zen Koan that points to this duality.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to introduce our students and campus community to this wonderful artist,” said Pamela Bailey Lewis, art gallery director. “Her work is so materially and conceptually exciting, I know it will have a big impact on everyone who gets to experience it.”

“I am exploring how our experiences of nature, whether through intimate interaction, en masse viewing at national parks, or via news stories and social media, give meaning to our existence and how we perceive our role in the cosmos,” Hsiung said of her work. “How do we see ourselves in nature? How do we see nature in ourselves?”

Materially lush, and formally sophisticated, Hsiung’s animistic scenes of erupting calderas, spouting geysers, psychedelic waterfalls, and otherworldly orifices mine the fissures in our received ideas about landscape painting and abstraction; the carnal and the transcendent; the popular and sublime.

A discussion with the artist is scheduled 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Sept. 29.

The Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Those unable to visit the gallery during normal hours are welcome to contact the gallery to schedule a viewing appointment. All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Its Relationship to Oak

| Entertainment | August 2, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

One of the most notable characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon is its likeness to oak. You can ferment the wine in oak, and during its aging period in the barrels, it will acquire that oakiness we love. During the aging period in a barrel, the wine will soften so the tannins will be less pronounced.

In a previous article I wrote about the history of wine barrels, I mentioned that around second century B.C.E, people realized that oak softens, adding flavor to the wine. With a little toasting, cinnamon, molasses, clove, vanilla, in addition to many other spices, these added aromas enhanced the taste of the wine. Plus, they realized the longer the wine was in the barrels, the more it created a complex and delicious wine.

We age our red wine and our Amber Chardonnay (“Orange Wine”) in French Oak barrels that are a medium toast for 18-24 months. With exception to the 2012 year, we aged our reds for 33 months. The tannins needed a bit more time to soften. Plus, we just released this wine last month. By then letting it age in the bottle for an additional 3 years, this wine is balanced and ready to enjoy! This Cabernet could still age in the bottle for several more years.

The winemaker will decide the degree of oak influence. There are choices from light to heavy toasting of the oak. Plus, there is the decision as to where the oak comes from; American, French, Hungarian, etc. Our Winemaker, Robert Reyes has chosen French Oak for all our wines. American new oak barrels will have a much stronger flavor than French oak. Some winemaker in Italy even use chestnut or other woods instead of oak.

Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in French Oak for 33 months, which gives it a striking butterscotch and oaky finish. This delicious estate Cabernet Sauvignon has a delightful bouquet of black cherries and mace. On the palate, this wine brings forth notes of cherries, pomegranate and cocoa. It pairs well with a steak topped with blue cheese or black forest cake. It has won two bronze medals at the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 2, 2018

Aug 3, Fri
6–8pm Val. Marketplace Doc Rock-it Classic rock
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various
7–9:30p Jazz & Blues, outside of Hyatt The Delgado Bros Latin, blues
7–10p Amer Legion Newhall John Davis’ Travelin Band Fogerty tribute
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Blasucci & Cinque Classic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on patio Country
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
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Aug 4, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Z – Band Classic ctry & rk
7–10p Backyard Grub n Brews Saloonatics Rock covers
7–10p Central Park SCV Matchbox 22 Matchbox trib
7:30-10:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11p Wine 661 Blasucci & Cinque Covers mix
8–12m VFW 6885 Lee Harper Band Country
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro Blues rock
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Aug 5, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Brothers & Others Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Jimmy Long Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go Classic covers
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley Country
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Aug 7, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Michael Be Holden guest Jazz funk blu
Aug 8, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy in Valencia Dole-Humphries duo Folk rk & orig
Aug 9, Thur
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Sean Wiggins band Covers & orig
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Aug 10, Fri
6–8pm Val. Marketplace The Hodads Beach classics
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various
6–10p The Oaks akaTPC Magnolia Drawl aka Mary White band
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Cover rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Shadow Wheel Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics

Garage Chronicles At Green Tower Games

| Entertainment | August 2, 2018

Garage Chronicles, a pop-up comedy show based in Santa Clarita, once again made its rounds at Green Tower Games in Newhall last Saturday.

After closing, the store transformed into a comedy venue, equipped with a live audience and seasoned comedians from all over Southern California.

Andrea Pazmino

Andy Benedetti

Brian Jacobovitz

Isaac Hirsch

Kane Holloway

Kelly Spillman

Nick Skardarasy

Tommy McGuan

The night’s lineup included stand-up comedians Tommy McGuan, Kane Holloway, Nick Skardarasy, Andrea Pazmino, Andy Benedetti, Isaac Hirsch, Brian Jacobovitz, and headliner Kelly Spillman, who doubles as a college professor at College of the Canyons.

The goal of Garage Chronicles is to provide stand-up comedians with a venue to hone their crafts, without the cumbersome bureaucracy that often comes with booking a traditional venue in Los Angeles.

For more information about Garage Chronicles, or to get updates about future shows, follow @GC_Comedy on Instagram, or email McGuan92@gmail.com

Gilligan’s Island the Musical Continues at Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | August 2, 2018

Gilligan’s Island the Musical, presented by the Canyon Theatre Guild, set sail last weekend. The house was packed with enthusiastic crowds and several special guests.

Playwright Lloyd Schwartz, who wrote the script with his father, television series creator Sherwood Schwartz, was there with his sister Hope Juber, who composed the songs with her husband Laurence Juber of Paul McCartney and Wings fame. Juber was interviewed on KCAL TV, and she and her husband were both interviewed on KHTS, along with other cast members.

Lana Hale, daughter of the famed Skipper Alan Hale Jr., attended as well, appearing onstage to share stories of her father’s experience on the island. Many attendees had wonderful things to say about the show, calling it “great fun,” even making plans to come see it again.

To purchase tickets to the show, call 661-799-2702. For more information about the Canyon Theatre Guild and upcoming productions, visit www.canyontheatre.org.

Comedy, Theatre and Music Highlight Shows at The MAIN in August

| Entertainment | August 2, 2018

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If you buy that, head on over to The MAIN in Newhall this month for some healing – doctor’s orders.

The City of Santa Clarita invites the public to attend upcoming shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are now on sale for two comedy and improv shows, a theatre production and a concert.

Kick off August with a weekend of laughs from Comedy Mashup and The Society Comedy Troupe. Comedy Mashup is a group of working comedians and improvisers from all over Los Angeles that come together once a month to put on a show that is half stand-up comedy and half improv. This month’s headliner is Adam Wylie, a comedic, close-up magician who has appeared on CW’s “Masters of Illusion,” received the Carl Balentine Award and placed twice in the Strolling Magic Showdown at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. The show is Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m., and 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, August 4, at 8 p.m., and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students and $15 for all others.

If theatre is more your speed, don’t miss “27 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview,” presented by LCAZ Productions. When two college recruiters at a prestigious university need to fill one last spot to keep their jobs, 27 eccentric, dimwitted and slightly-insane high school seniors are eager to come in for an interview. What seems like a simple task turns into a nightmare as each applicant hilariously illustrates what NOT to do in a college interview. Performance dates and times are August 10, at 7 p.m., August 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and August 12 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 18.

For the music lovers out there, check out the Sidecar Music Series, featuring Austin Jons and the Immortals, on Saturday, August 25, at 8 p.m. Austin Jons and the Immortals is a blues and rock band performing original songs. The band’s diverse sound stems from the music they were influenced by growing up when they learned to play instruments. Tickets are $15.

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

Art Festival at The Oaks Club of Valencia

| Entertainment | July 27, 2018

For those looking to escape the heat of our local suburban sauna and enjoy art, the Summer Art Festival at the Oaks Club of Valencia is inviting the public to a free artists’ reception on Saturday, August 11 from 5-8 p.m.

“Enjoy live entertainment, appetizers and desserts and a no-host bar. Shown here are some examples of the wonderful art you will see at the show,” Event Co-Chair Tony Hanna said.

The following artists will display over 100 pieces of art:

Jackie Macnair, Gary Friedman, George Goldberg, Robert Rickesen, Meryl Goudey, Cheryl Marcovitch, Howard Marcovitch, Tony Hanna, Pat Thayer, Olga Kaczmar, Phil Althouse, Laura Wambsgans, Zony Gordon, Charlotee Mullich, Mardi Georgio, Melvin Pope, Patricia O’Hearn, Chrystal Walker, and Lynda Frautnick.

The exhibit starts on Friday, August 10, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and ends Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. A live band will be performing for dinner patrons on Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.

The Oaks Club of Valencia is located at 26550 Heritage View Ln., (Valencia exit off Interstate Route 5). For more information about the SCAA, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org.

Return to the Glamour of Old Hollywood at Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | July 27, 2018

If your Awesometown lifestyle is lacking in the glamour department, Thursdays@Newhall is about to inject you with some serious “Vitamin G” – 1920s Hollywood style.

In August at the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center, Old Town Newhall will take on the feel of 1920s Hollywood. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

Guys and dolls alike will want to head to JAM Sessions on August 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., for an evening of swing dancing. Grab your kicks and boogie the night away as the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association breaks down swing dance steps, pivots and turns for singles and couples of all ages. You’ll also enjoy dancing to live music from The Big Butter Jazz Band as they play New Orleans traditional jazz, which is full of beautiful melodies, infectious energy and smooth rhythms. 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 August 2, 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 comedy by Cat Alvarado, Marty Ross and Maria Delgado; magic from Brian Hoffman, Doug Hoover and Liam Johnson; storytelling with Christine Blackburn; poetry from Mai Do; music by Burton Zimmer; and a screening of short film “Protectress.”

The Art Walk returns to Variety Night on August 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Entertainment district. As you stroll down Main Street, admire artwork on display while listening to live music, grab a bite to eat or sip a glass of wine from local establishments, and pop into one of the many shops to find that perfect something. Not that perfect someone, however. That isn’t complimentary with the Main Street experience.

The same night, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note, at 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 August include Carrie Wade, Joe Romersa, Abby Lyons and Michael Stanton. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

Walk the red carpet down Main Street as you step back in time to the Old Hollywood SENSES Block Party, on August 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. Take the spotlight yourself as paparazzi grab your picture at the photo booth, bring some clams so you can sip a drink from the on-street bar hosted by El Trocadero and marvel as Main Street transforms into Hollywoodland. Costumes are encouraged.

Starting Tuesday, August 14, the art gallery at The MAIN will feature a collection of work by artist Lorelle Miller. Miller shares her visions of natural beauty and the intensity of the human experience through her paintings and sculpture. The community is invited to a free art reception on Thursday, August 16, from 7 to 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 August 23, with the New Heights Artist Development Series focusing on taxes and the artist. Tax expert Scott Rubenstein will discuss how artists should properly navigate the tax system. New Heights is a series of FREE workshops, panel discussions and lectures. 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.

Music at the American Legion

| Entertainment | July 27, 2018

August Fridays are featuring a show on every Friday starting with August 3rd. August 3, featuring Travelin’ Band a tribute to John Fogerty. 7:30-10:30 pm, $10 cover charge. 24527 Spruce St, Newhall

Artist of the Week: Andy Benedetti

| Entertainment | July 26, 2018

When opportunity knocks, it’s probably a good idea to answer. For stand-up comic Andy Benedetti, who stands at about 6 feet 8 inches, going through that door sometimes requires a bit of maneuvering.

Benedetti is a 25-year-old father, husband, and longtime Santa Clarita resident. When asked exactly how long he’s lived in the SCV, Benedetti replied, “I was born, raised, and I died here.”

But after having his child at the age of 23, Benedetti had a realization.

“I thought, ‘It’s now or never.’ I was (either) going to be the dad who never made it and embarrasses his kids, or I was going to be the dad that embarrasses his kids with his stupid jokes.”

Since then, Benedetti quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian, and has been a regular performer for the local Garage Chronicles standup comedy series.
Although Benedetti has only been performing stand-up for a little over two years, he’s had his fair share of eclectic encounters. While performing at an open mic in Northern California, Benedetti was interrupted by the host immediately after starting his set.

“He says, ‘I don’t mean to stop you, but this guy wants to say something right now.’ Then, he’s like, ‘You can just sit down in a chair behind him on stage.’”

A Caucasian man with dreadlocks then proceeded to take the microphone from Benedetti and tell the audience that he was originally from Spain, but was kidnapped while working on an illegal marijuana farm. He then started to beg for his life, and asked if someone in the audience could give him a ride to the airport.

“A woman in the audience eventually stood up and said, ‘Javier, enough!’ I guess it was his girlfriend. After they left, I had to perform stand-up,” Benedetti said.

Aside from rogue men with dreadlocks interrupting his set, there have been other obstacles Benedetti has faced while chasing his dream.

“First, you’ve got to find the time. I have a family, and I go to college. I am a stay-at-home dad, so I’m taking care of the house while going to school and doing comedy,” Benedetti said. “Then, you have to go there and you have to try. You have to connect with strangers who came out to laugh, or bar patrons who just wanted to drink and are now being forced to listen to comedy. Most of the time, its open mic-ers waiting for their turn to talk.”

Still, even through time constraints and unruly audiences, comedy remains one of the most important parts of Benedetti’s life.

“I want to make a living doing stand-up comedy,” Benedetti said. “I really just want to be a master at this.”

Benedetti will be performing at Green Tower Games at 10 p.m. July 28, and he will also be headlining at the Pasadena Ice House
September 2.

Wine of the week – Cabernet Sauvignon – The most popular red grape in the world! Part 2

| Entertainment | July 26, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

In the next couple of weeks leading up to our Cabernet Sauvignon vertical on August 25, I will be sharing some wonderful info about this popular varietal. Cabernet Sauvignon is considered to be one of the most popular wines – it’s the third most grown varietal around the world.

In 1996, through DNA profiling, the grape history has been identified. Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring to Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It happened in the 17th century in Bordeaux, France. Its origin is thought to possibly be the Medoc region of Bordeaux. This is a hardy grape. It buds late, so it generally won’t have an issue with frost. Too much rain can cause issues with mold with this varietal, and others of course, but it is the main issue winegrowers have had. It is full-bodied with high tannins and a fair amount of acidity.

Last week I mentioned the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and this week will be the 2011, which is much drier than the 2010. This outstanding, rich and luxurious wine exhibits flavors of intense, dry strawberry with a hint of cracked black pepper, and finishes with soft and detailed tannins. It received 88 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (12/2017 Edition).

When we premiered this at Reyes Winery, it was Ladies Night. I served a spinach salad with turkey bacon and strawberries with Cabernet vinaigrette. For a hot summer evening, like we are having now, this is perfect. Make sure your wine is slightly chilled, and yes, your red wine can be chilled. Since the weather has brought us such record high temperatures, drinking red wine at the optimum 54 degrees is truly suggested. Put it in the fridge and 30 minutes before you are ready, take it out. It will then warm up to be just right. When you put your hand around the wine glass, it finishes bringing the temperature to its best. Come enjoy this wine at the tasting room this week. It’s on the tasting sheet for you to try. Don’t forget we have air conditioning, so come out and try this classic wine.

Live Music This Week in SCV

| Entertainment | July 26, 2018

July 27, Fri
6–8pm Val. Marketplace Ride the Tide Pop & rock
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Three Feet Under Tribute rock
7–9:30p Jazz & Blues, outside of Hyatt Kelly’s Lot Blues mix
7–10p Backyard Grub n Brews Guitar James Acoustic
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Lance Allyn Covers mix
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Pop & orig
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
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July 28, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Tony Capko & Herbie Kae Jazz
7–10p Wm S Hart Park Sue Rey & Runarounds 60’s rk & cntry
7–10p Central Park SCV Hotel California Eagles trib
7:30-10:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 Country
8–11p Wine 661 All Access band Current, top 20
8–12m VFW 6885 Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass cntry
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole – Humphries Folk rk & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues
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July 29, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet S eventh Switch Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright & Robert Heft Blues mix
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille The Grizwalds Pop, rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 L.A. Fender Benders Classic rock
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July 31, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues
Aug 1, Wed
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
7–9pm Alchemy in Valencia Dole-Humphries duo Folk rk & orig
Aug 2, Thur
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
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Aug 3, Fri
6–8pm Val. Marketplace Doc Rock-it Classic rock
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live music every Friday Various
7–9:30p Jazz & Blues, outside of Hyatt The Delgado Bros Latin, blues
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11p Wine 661 Live music varied
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on patio Country

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‘Urban Objects’ Art Exhibit by Aaron Kramer on Display at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Space

| Entertainment | July 20, 2018

If you’ve ever looked at a pile of garbage on the ground and thought, “Gee, look at all of that garbage,” you’re in for a big surprise, because a local art exhibit is about to change the way you look at piles of trash.

The City of Santa Clarita invites residents to explore the newest exhibit at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Space, “Urban Objects,” by artist Aaron Kramer. The exhibition features unconventional art created with recycled materials and repurposed everyday objects, such as a chair made of cork and hand-carved boats repurposed from wooden salad bowls. The Town Center Art Space is located on level two at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, near The Canyon-Santa Clarita. Residents can view the “Urban Objects” exhibit now through October 2.

With over 20 years of working with sustainable art, Kramer continues his practice of drawing inspiration from his own memories and transforming ordinary objects into extraordinary pieces that inspire. “I seek a deeper understanding of the transcendent nature of ordinary objects,” said Kramer.

For more information regarding the exhibit, contact Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com. For more information regarding all city art happenings, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

Sue Rey and the Runarounds at William S. Hart Park

| Entertainment | July 20, 2018

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation William S. Hart Regional Park invites the community to attend an evening showcase of music and dance featuring the “Sue Rey and The Runarounds.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation presents this as its latest Recreation After Dark Event, “Goin’ Country at Hart.”

Those attending will enjoy, line dancing, scheduled line dance instruction with Bonnie Marcus
(Cow Palace Saloon Instructor), and a cash bar provided by Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Food will be for sale by various food trucks. Music is also by request, provided by Disc Jockey by Al Ewing.

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at William S. Hart Regional Park, located at 24151 Newhall Ave in Hart Hall and the rear patio.

Suggested Donation at the door is $5, to benefit the Friends of Hart Park.

Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

| Entertainment | July 19, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

About 20 years ago, I remember being in the tasting room of Wente Winery during my internship, and the tasting room manager was doing a wine pairing with me. He made beef jerky and paired it with their Cabernet Sauvignon. He also showed me a brownie mix they sold in which you add eggs, oil and Cabernet Sauvignon. I was sold!

I have adapted this concept and made my own brownie recipe. Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon has a sweet aroma gives this fruity wine its huge popularity. Raspberries, Cocoa and Blackberries are constituents of its amazing aroma. Flavors of black cherry offer a delightful lengthy finish. This was from our second bottling from our Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation.

This Cabernet Sauvignon won a silver medal in the 2012 LA International Wine & Spirits Competition and 3 bronze medals; 2012 O.C. Fair, 2013 LA International Wine & Spirits Competition, and the 2013 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Plus was 82 points in the Wine Enthusiasts Magazine in the March 2018 edition.

This week, on July 22, I am hosting the 6th Annual Zonta SCV Summer Social at the vineyard. I will be serving picnic dinner and those brownies that inspired me. Come and support Zonta of the SCV this week. Purchase tickets at https://www.scvzonta.org/events/.

Come and enjoy this 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon in the tasting room this month and next. It’s selling fast, so get it before it sells out. August 25, I will be hosting a Cabernet Vertical. I will be sampling Cabernets from 2009-2015 plus something special. Sign up today at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

Cabernet Sauvignon can be paired with a peppercorn crusted parmesan, Abbot’s Gold cheese, or even a horseradish havarti. Filet Mignon topped with blue cheese would be a great dinner with a bottle of this award winning wine. Then for dessert, chocolate cream pie! Three years ago, at a press conference, I made individual chocolate Cabernet cream pies topped with a blackberry. This is a recipe for the chocolate pudding filling.

Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Chocolate Pudding and Pie Filling

For chocolate pudding, add ½ cup more cream or milk.

Ingredients
½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch
¾ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup instant non-fat dry milk
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Directions:
1. Place cocoa, cornstarch, powdered sugar, nonfat dry milk and salt into bowl and mix until combined.
2. Place dry mixture into a medium saucepan. Add Reyes Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, milk and heavy cream and whisk to combine.
3. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil, continue to whisk gently.
4. Reduce heat to low and cook for 4 minutes while continuing to whisk.
5. Pour mixture into pie crust.
6. Place into refrigerator to cool.
7. Top with whip cream and fresh blackberries.
8. Serve when cooled.

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