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Live Entertainment Review Canyon Theatre Guild

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | June 6, 2019

It’s been years since I took in a double feature. And not only that – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen two live theatre performances in one day … until a couple of weeks ago. I saw a matinee performance of “Moonlight & Magnolias” and went to the opening night of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” both at Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall.

Moonlight & Magnolias
One of the things that attracted me to “Moonlight & Magnolias” is its relationship to “Gone with the Wind.” Being a big GWTW fan, I’m well acquainted with the characters, plotline and some of the off-camera drama of the 1939 “Best Picture” Academy Award winner.

Set in the office of David O. Selznick (who won “Best Director” honors from the Academy for GWTW), there are only three other cast members, including Selznick’s secretary, “Miss Poppenghul” (played by Linda Thompson), director “Victor Fleming,” and “Ben Hecht,” a screenwriter.

The play is a farcical account of Selznick’s efforts to save the film from its flawed script, but the characters are based on real individuals. The real-life Selznick did replace the movie’s original director – George Cukor – with Fleming, and he actually did hire Hecht to doctor the script.

Like most satires, it’s a hyperbolic depiction of true events, but the setup was historical. Selznick did practically hold the two men hostage for days while they worked on the screenplay.

The four actors in Canyon Theatre Guild’s production were all up to the level, especially their comedic timing. It’s hard to believe the three men – Michael Collins (Fleming), Barry Agin (Hecht), and lead, Paul Michael Nieman (Selznick) could memorize that many lines.

Audience members who will like M&M the most, I believe, are: those who like Hollywood inside stories; “Gone With the Wind” fans; and people who like physical comedy.

Like a lot of satirical material, you learn some of the back story by reading between the lines. At times the actors mimic GWTW characters from “Rhett” to “Prissy” and take calls from the likes of Hedda Hopper and Vivien Leigh.

Canyon Theatre’s production begins with a short screening of clips from “The Three Stooges,” which is an excellent tie-in to the type of humor you can expect in M&M. A lot of it involves falling, slapping and poking, so if you love Moe, Larry & Curly you’ll be laughing a lot in Newhall.

The Importance of Being Earnest
A jewel from the late Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is fun to see over and over again. The lead character is the apparently upstanding “Jack” (played by Christopher Flowers) who is guardian to “Cecily” (played by James Coblenz) and has an imaginary brother named “Ernest.”

Jack’s love interest is “Gwendolen,” (played by Keri Green) whose cousin is his best friend, “Algernon” (played by Matthew Fernandez). Because “Jack” goes by “Ernest” while in London, there is confusion, particularly when “Algernon” poses as imaginary brother “Ernest,” and Jack’s beloved, Gwendolen, states that she only wants to marry a man named “Ernest,” adding to the irony and general befuddlement.

Confused? You’re kind of supposed to be.

The Canyon Theatre Guild cast did a great job. They clearly worked on their British accents and delivered them believably. Some of the casting was unusual, but it added to the intrigue that Wilde was known for. The performance lived up to my expectations – amusing and fun.

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 6, 2019

June 7, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Rebel Rose Rock covers
6:30–9p Backyard Grub & Brews Mojo Filter Blues Blues mix
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–10pm Double Trouble Wines Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Gianna Campa Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

June 8, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Band Lexington Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Debra Lee & Trigger Happy Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Laurie Melan & Tommy Matranga music
9–12m Eight and Rail Snareheads Rock classics
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country

June 9, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Gypsy Breeze Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Folk rock
3–7pm Double Trouble Wines Splash Mob band Reggae & ska
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go Classic rock
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall SCV Blues Society Blues Jam
5–9pm VFW 6885 Nomad Classic rock

June 11, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Dan Kirkpatrick
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues

June 12, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music

June 13, Thur
6 – 9pm Tomato Joe’s Cyn Ctry Various bands Live music
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Blue Motel Room Classic rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Gary Coppola & Time Mach Classic rock

June 14, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery The Storyteller band Live music
6–10pm Luther St area City’s Summer Bash Live music
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7 – 9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts The Delgado Brothers Val. Mall
7–10pm Hyatt Valencia Vinyl Gypsies Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Wildside band Cover rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers

Enjoy Hot Summer Nights at Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | June 6, 2019

After hitting a banana peel in May, the Super Nintendo SENSES Block Party is back on track for June. Joining this crowd favorite are four events that will energize your mind, body and soul through music, dance, art and more as part of Thursdays@Newhall in Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

The dancing continues at JAM Sessions on June 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. The City of Santa Clarita’s Ballet Folklórico program has a rich tradition in “Increasing Pride through Dance” and will help attendees tell their story through the art of dance. Instructor Maria Romero will teach attendees teamwork, poise and confidence as they learn this rich, traditional dance style. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to Old Town Newhall.

Following a rainout in May, the SENSES Block Party will reset its Super Nintendo theme on June 20 starting at 7 p.m. Race through Main Street with Mario and Luigi and be sure to come dressed as your favorite Nintendo character. While you are there, take time to get lost in far off worlds thanks to a gaming truck and a selection of virtual reality games from the Old Town Newhall Library. You will also enjoy the sights and sounds of iconic video games when you visit the on-street bar from The Junction.

Also on June 20, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Feminine Harmony,” from artist Fahimeh Shamsapour. Shamsapour’s art is inspired by romance with dreamlike and abstract elements that focus on nature and female beauty. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Shamsapour from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Feminine Harmony” will be on display at The MAIN from June 19 to July 12.

The Note by Note music night on June 27 wraps up the month inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free night of music that delights 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 Sarah MeeRan Cave, Burton Zimmer Duo, Alesia XO and The Wardencliff Jazz Quartet. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

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.

Spring Fever at Oakmont

| Entertainment | May 31, 2019

On June 8 and 9, 20 artists from the Santa Clarita Artists Association will exhibit at the Oakmont Senior Living lobby and courtyard. Gourmet appetizers, pastries and drinks will be served from 11-3 p.m. This fun event, featuring original fine art in a variety of media, along with live musical entertainment, is free to art lovers and friends.

“We at SCAA always look forward to this annual event at Oakmont, where we showcase our spring art pieces to the residents and the community for two fun days!” said Charlotte Mullich, SCAA President.

“There will be music and food, and an abundance of art for everyone!” said Mary Dembkowski, Marketing Director for Oakmont. “The residents at Oakmont enjoy meeting and chatting with the artists, viewing their artwork and listening to music.”

To attend, RSVP to (661) 295-2025 or send an email to santa-claritamarketing@oakmontmg.com. Oakmont of Santa Clarita is located at 28650 Newhall Ranch Rd. in Santa Clarita. Call 661-347-0051 for information. For art club information, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org.

Plein Air Workshop by Richard Gallego

| Entertainment | May 30, 2019

Richard Gallego will conduct a plein air workshop on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Whitney Canyon Natural Area. The Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) will be presenting this workshop.

This plein air painting class will focus on identifying big simple shapes and building impactful compositions. Gallego will work with each participant to improve their skill level and help them to see the many different compositions available in each scene.

The class will cover how to properly load the brush and paint application techniques, to the proper treatment of edges, temperature shifts, textural elements, and the importance of accurate value assessment.

Further, Gallego will teach how to quickly establish a composition based on a pattern of light and dark shapes. These are the basics of plein air painting, but he likes to go deeper.

“I’ll explain the importance of rhythm, the use of fractals, and give you tools to help imbue your work with emotion,” said Gallego. “I’ll explain the connection to painting has to music and why one should listen to their brush strokes. If this sounds intriguing, this is the workshop for you.”

Gallego is an award-winning plein air painter and a much sought after workshop instructor and demonstrator who created instructional videos and serves as an Artist Mentor at OpenStudioOnline.com. He was a member of the faculty at PACE 2018, the Plein Air Convention and Expo in Santa Fe, N.M.

Unveiling Ceremony for New ‘Imag_Ne’ Public Art Sculpture by Artist Emma Anna

| Entertainment | May 30, 2019

The Santa Clarita City Council invites the public to attend an unveiling ceremony for the newest public art sculpture in Santa Clarita called “Imag_ne” by Australian artist Emma Anna.

The “Imag_ne” sculpture resembles large oversized Scrabble tiles assembled side by side to spell out the word “Imagine” – except the second “I” of the word is missing. The blank space invites people to stand in the gap to help complete the word. The sculpture also encourages passerby’s to allow a space in their day for imagination – an objective that the Valencia Library aspires to achieve every day with their free and educational community resources and programs.

“The capacity to imagine is an inherently human characteristic, shared by all. Its power inspires us to imagine new possibilities, and different ways of looking at the world and each other,” stated Anna.

The concept for “Imag_ne” was originally conceived as a major project to support Emma’s work towards a Master’s in Public Art at RMIT University in Melbourne. What began as a university project became an internationally acclaimed public sculpture that would travel around the world to places such as Florida and Denmark.

This sculpture is just one of many public art pieces installed throughout the City of Santa Clarita.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. The new public art piece will be installed in front of the Valencia Library, located at 23743 West Valencia Boulevard. To attend, RSVP to Kathleen Herrera at kherrera@santa-clarita.com or at (661) 255-4939.To learn more, visit SantaClaritaArts.com. For questions regarding the sculpture, contact Arts Coordinator Katherine Nestved at knestved@santa-clarita.com.

Father’s Day ‘MicroMania’ at the Canyon

| Entertainment | May 30, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

Let’s keep this short. Father’s Day Alert: “Midget Wrestling” at The Canyon. Yes, Dad, Sunday night June 16, after being gifted with yet another necktie and, if it gets that far, game 7 of the NBA Finals, round up the family and head to the mall for a wee bit of action between the rings and on the ropes.

You miss “Game of Thrones?” Well, MicroMania is coming to town. “Midget wrestling” promises an enchanted evening of warring factions, contractions of action and the distinct possibility of someone ending up in traction. If you’re down for a Brobdingnagian rumble of Lilliputian proportion, look no further, father. Your time has come.

While Mother’s Day gets all the hype, Father’s Day conjures vague connotations of loafing, an elbow bent by a bottle of beer and sloppy joes all around. So many wonderful songs celebrate Mom, but the only one that comes to mind for Dad is “Pop Goes the Weasel.” Point being a whole new tradition is just waiting to be born: Dad, the kids and “midget wrestling”! One small step for man…literally.

Billy Blaze is the impresario of this fledgling operation, on his way to becoming the next Vince McMahon on a slightly smaller scale. Blaze filled the Gazette in via email:

Q. So, Father’s Day “Midget Wrestling” at The Canyon. What do we need to know?
A. MicroMania Tour is a high powered, explosive, athletic Pro Wrestling show with just the right touch of comedy thrown in to make for an unforgettable BIG event – not necessarily BIG people!

Q. How many bouts? Who are the key players? Singles, tag teams, mayhem guaranteed?
A. The show will feature Micro Athletes – both men and women – plus our highly popular Battling Bombshells all in singles matches, and pure action from the Opening Bell through the Main Event.

Q. How long have you been running this operation?
A. MicroMania Tour has been around for three years and is based out of California. We have also added “Hire a Micro Entertainer” to our website. Contact us if you need an entertainer for movies, TV commercials, all types of parties and holidays.

Q. Can you tell us something about your own background in wrestling?
A. I have wrestled as Billy Blade for the last two decades and was in a tag team with former WWE Superstar Gangrel. I have a Pro Wrestling School in Central California where we are training people for the future of this business.

Q. I remember growing up during the ‘70s watching wrestling, the Bruno Sammartino/George The Animal Steele/Victor Rivera and the Flying Dropkick, Captain Lou Albano and the glory of “midget wrestling.” Who are your best personalities?
A. Our Micro Stars include from East L.A., Lil Homie, with Micro Bombshell Lil Chola, Lil Kato, son of WWE legend micro star Lord Littlebrook, Micro Bombshell Tiffany Payne, Lil Fabio, who was featured on WWE Wrestlemania in 2018, plus the Battling Bombshells.

Q. Do we have a Peter Dinklage/Game of Thrones lookalike?

A. We don’t have a lookalike of Peter Dinklage, but now GoT is over, we would love to have Mr. Dinklage as part of the MicroMania Tour.

Q. How much politically correct stick have you encountered along the way?
A. We haven’t encountered too much of what is right and wrong, referring to MicroMania and the word “Midget.” This form of wrestling has been around for 50+ years and our athletes are just as amazing as average size counterparts; they just happen to be smaller in stature.

Q. Is this exploitative in any way?
A. Our Micro Stars are professional athletes and are paid very well, with most of our athletes doing this for a living.

Q. Bottom line, anyone who attends Father’s Day at The Canyon…what will they walk away remembering?
A. Our stars have been featured on WWE, “Jackass the Movie,” the hit film “Nacho Libre,” Jerry Springer, As well as many movies, and TV shows. After the show is over, you are guaranteed to be a MicroMania fan for life.

There you have it, in a peanut-shell.

So treat Daddy-O to an unforgettable night where memories will be made, teeth will be gnashed and chips will be cashed. It dwarfs all other Father’s Day possibilities.

Reyes Winery Port-Style Wine Tasting Event

| Entertainment | May 30, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This coming Saturday, June 1, is our Port-style wine tasting. We will be releasing our 12-year-old Agua Dulce Delight. We have released two other Agua Dulce Delights. The first time was in 2011 and the second was in 2013. This is a remarkable dessert wine that is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from the vintages of 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The first release of the Agua Dulce Delight was in 2011 and sold out over two years ago. I did save a few bottles for a special event like this. It has aromas of black cherries and caramel. Its delightful notes have hints of raspberries, blueberries and peppercorns. It pairs well with chocolate bread pudding. I even made a pumpkin chocolate cake a few times, drizzling the wine on the cake before I iced it for a bit of an exciting surprise. Being able to compare the three versions of the same dessert wine that was bottled at three different dates is truly a unique event to attend.

All our dessert wines have won many awards, including two gold, seven silver and five bronze medals. Plus, in 2014, Sweet Serenity and the 2013 release of the Agua Dulce Delight competed against each other in the same category in the Long Beach Grand Cru. Agua Dulce Delight won silver while Sweet Serenity received gold and went on to win “Best in Class.” This weekend, the OC Fair will be judging our newest release along with many other wines.

Reyes Winery’s 12-year-old Agua Dulce Delight is an ode to craftsmanship. After a decade of care and slow oak maturation, we bottled this amazing example of complex flavors and artistry port-style dessert wine. This is for those who appreciate quality and every component of wine. It has aromas of fresh figs and orange blossom honey. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah was aged in French oak barrels where overtime it acquired its sophisticated notes of caramel, dates, and a hint of chocolate. A unique blend of award-winning wines was set aside at Reyes Winery to create this complex full-bodied old-world style wine. Its rich spice and fruit notes have continued to evolve. This exceptional wine has a smooth, silky texture and subtle oak nuances that deliver a long elegant finish.

In addition to the Agua Dulce Delight, you will be able to taste our White Delight that was released in 2011, and another similar version of the white delight from 2014 vintage grapes. You will also be able to taste Sweet Serenity, which is made from our 2009 Muscat grapes.

Each dessert wine will be paired with a petite bite that was paired perfectly, so that you may relish the experience to its fullest. I will be sharing stories about each wine and what it pairs well with. I hope you can join me this weekend. Robert Reyes will be signing bottles that are purchased at the event.

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 30, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

May 31, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Drop Zone                                    Classic rock
6–9pm                  Valencia Country Club           Dole – Humphries                     Folk rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                   Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–10pm                Backyard Grub & Brews        Future X Husbands                   Classic rock
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11pm                Hyatt Valencia                         Sean Wiggins                              Covers & orig
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 The Fulcos band                        Rock mix
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room            Ann Drexler                                 R&B, jazz
9–12m                  Alchemy                                     Snareheads                                 Rock classics
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

June 1, Sat          6–10pm                Pocock Brewing Co                 Monkey Bump                           Rock classics
6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Miles 2 Go                                    CR w fiddle
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               The Grateful Dudes                 Bluegrass
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Tim Propersi                                Acoustic CR
8–11pm                Double Trouble Wines          Gary Coppola Time Mach      Classic rock
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   L.A. Fender Benders                                CR & country
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             Morris & Sullivan                       C. rock & blues
9–12m                  Alchemy                                     Vinyl Gypsies                              Classic rock
9–12m                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Right Side Up                             Classic rock

June 2, Sun         10a–2p                                 Saugus Swap meet                 Wildside                                        Live music
1–5pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)        Roby Duron & Walker Gibson  various
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
4–7pm                  Salt Creek Grille                                       G – 3 band                                  Classic rock
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                  No Chasers                                 Classic rock
June 4, Tues       6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Michael Ruiz
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Deep Fried Daddys                   Blues n rock

June 6, Thur       6 – 9pm                Tomato Joe’s Cyn Ctry          Various bands                            Live music
6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Sean Wiggins duo                     Covers & orig
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Mighty Anchovies return       Classic rock

June 7, Fri            6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Seventh Switch                          Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 23, 2019

May 24, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery The Will Call band Classic covers
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8:30–10p Alchemy Sheldon Botler R&B, folk, jazz
8:30–11p Hyatt Valencia Dole – Humphries Folk rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas band Country
9–12m Newhall Press Room Carlos Lopez Acoustic guitar
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
May 25, Sat
5–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx Classic rock
6–10pm Pocock Brewing Co Kirk Lane Rock classics
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Siren Valley Acoustic orig
7–10pm Backyard Grub & Brews G – 3 band Classic rock 8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Wiggins Covers & orig
8–11pm Hyatt Valencia Dole – Humphries Folk rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–12m Newhall Press Room Robert Pozzi Acoustic soul
9–12m Alchemy Taylor Taylor Acoustic pop
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft Blues band Blues mix
May 26, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Lee & the Real Deal Live music
2–5pm Wolf Creek Brewery Eye 5 band R&B, jazz, soul 3–7pm Route 66 Classic Grill Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute rock
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille Traxx Classic rock
5–9pm Amer. Legion Newhall       Classic Rock jam Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & the Runarounds Oldies rock
5:30-7:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Drop Zone Lite Classic Rock
May 28, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Michael Ruiz 7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse S.R.B.Q. band Blues n rock
May 30, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Mira & Ben Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Stunt Road Classic rock
May 31, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery various bands live music
6–9pm Valencia Country Club Dole – Humphries Folk rock
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–10pm Backyard Grub & Brews Future X Husbands Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock 8–11pm Hyatt Valencia Sean Wiggins Covers & orig
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos band Rock mix

Memorial Weekend Hike

| Entertainment | May 23, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This coming Saturday is our Memorial Weekend Hike. Every month, the brunch is seasonal. This week it is red, white and blue inspired. First, I chose the food, and then paired the wines. I will be featuring classic comfort foods (with a twist) and some of our favorite wines. Red, white and blue, or I should say blueberry, can be very inspirational.

I will have a “Red, White and Blueberry Quinoa Salad.” Quinoa is always a favorite when I serve it. Also on the menu are other brunch favorites, like the chicken sausage Hash browns, granola, yogurt, deviled eggs with Rosé Dijon mustard, citrus coffee cake (the recipe was featured last week), blueberry sticky rolls, a puffed pancake, French toast and many other dishes.

The wines that I will be featuring are our 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Rosé of Merlot, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Merlot. When I think of strawberries, blueberries and apple for the red, white and blue, I think of these wines.

The 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc won bronze in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and received 82 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (05/2018 Edition). This wine 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. It can be paired with many dishes from goat cheese to sushi. I think the “Red, White, and Blueberry Quinoa Salad” is a perfect match.

Ingredients

For the Salad:
1 cup dry quinoa
16 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced
9 ounces fresh blueberries
2 granny smith apples, chopped
½ cup red onion, diced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
¼ cup 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc
½ cup toasted sliced almonds (honey roasted)
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, julienned

For the Dressing:
2 tablespoons honey (blueberry honey is lighter)
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ teaspoon salt, kosher
½ teaspoon pepper (I used a peppermill)

Instructions
Sauté red onion in a 3 ½ quart Dutch oven, let cook for 5-10 minutes until soft, then add 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc.
Add 2 cups of water to pot and boil.
Add quinoa and reduce the heat to a simmer and cover
Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Turn off heat but keep it on the stove.
I use a 2-cup measuring cup to stir together the dressing ingredients; honey, lime juice, salt and pepper.
Prepare all the fruit and mint.
Combine with the quinoa.
Add the almonds and mint.
Pour the dressing over the top, and then toss gently to combine.
Serve with 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc.

Old Gods Almost Dead … Or Done Touring

| Entertainment | May 23, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

“This is the end, my friend,” sang Jim Morrison, pagan martyr of The Doors. His words resonate 50 years later as 2019 is the year when many of the biggest dinosaurs of baby boomer rock will begin to disappear. Final tours are underway for musical giants who have walked the Earth the last five—some even six—decades: the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Seger, Elton John, The Who, KISS, maybe even Aerosmith.

While Seger, John and KISS have made it official, the others have not. As Mick and Keith know better than most, time waits for no one, and I’m betting this will be their last go-around. At 79, Macca is also winding down side two of his Abbey Road career, The Who – well, two of them died before they got old and two of them didn’t, but their current tour U.S. is dubbed “Movin’ On,” and for good reason. Aerosmith is in the midst of an extended Vegas “residency” amidst Joe Perry’s solo projects, including the Hollywood Vampires with Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper, while Steven Tyler is trying to forget his unfortunate country album. Most likely we’ll see the boys from Boston on a 2020 farewell tour.

I missed Seger’s Forum gig a few months back off his last CD, which has an excellent cover of Lou Reed’s “Busload of Faith.” Only saw Bob live once (also at the Forum) in the late ‘90s and he tore it up, Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad on drums and a big band playing the hits including his signature tune, “Turn The Page,” with its haunting alto sax solo. What I recollect most about that night happened before the gig when we pulled off the freeway at Prairie Avenue to see a phalanx of cop cars surrounding a 7-11 where five gentlemen lay prostrate with guns to their heads… coincidentally, Seger brought down the house with “Shakedown” a few hours later.

Elton John, another great, is bidding adieu with what I hear is a terrific show featuring a band including longtime sidemen Davey Johnstone (guitar), Nigel Olsson (drums) and irrepressible percussionist Ray Cooper. On top of that, a biopic titled “Rocketman” is about to hit theatres, hoping to platform shoe on the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Elton and his lyricist partner, Bernie Taupin, a member of the original Hollywood Vampires drinking club who inspired the current Perry/Depp/Cooper band, wrote so many great songs and monster hits, they’d have to play all night to fit ‘em all in. They were, indeed, madmen across the water.

Paul McCartney represents the DNA of our youth, The Beatles. The Beatles cannot be classified as anything, let alone a “rock group,” since they truly changed the world. John, Paul, George and Ringo created, in my mind, the most joyful happening of our lifetime, if not history. Just tell me someone or something else that brought, and continues to bring, happiness and pleasure to so many people across the universe. “Where there is music there can be no evil,” quoth Cervantes, and I can think of no better example than The Beatles. Their songs belong in the ultimate time capsule of humanity. If you want the hair on the back of your neck to stand up McCartney is at Dodger Stadium July 13. Forget “When I’m 64.” People, he’s almost 80. Go.

I caught The Who recently at Madison Square Garden, the same place—and only other time—I saw them 40 years ago following the death of legendary drummer Keith Moon. “Tommy,” “Quadrophenia” and some classic hits accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, with a young female Asian violinist playing THAT fiddle solo as they closed with “Baba O’Riley,” an enduring, fist-pumping celebration of teenage wasteland.

However, the show ended disquietingly. As the brothers in arms took their final bow, lead singer Roger Daltrey, still possessed of a remarkable voice, in partnership with Pete Townshend, songwriter, guitarist and the brains of the operation, took mic in hand and said, in a nutshell, without irony: “To those of you who were smoking weed in the front, I’m allergic and it closed up the back of my throat. F— you.” Then they walked off the stage. Talk about ending on a sour note. Can you see the real him?

KISS is also in the midst of an alleged farewell tour and, while it will take a few years, I believe them. The Big Mac of Boomer Rock, you either love them or hate them—and I fall into the former camp. They’ve always been loud, tight showmen with plenty of bang for the buck, and when I say bang, we’re talking pyro up the wazoo. There will be rock ‘n’ roll all nite at Staples Center September 20.

Mick Jagger just had a stent put in his heart and The Stones have rescheduled their U.S. tour dates for summer, with an August 22 stop at The Rose Bowl. By the time the whip comes down that night, Mick will be 76, Keith 75 and the other co-founding member, drummer Charlie Watts, 78. Do the math: this will be the last time.

I have seen a lot of the Stones. They are, as they used to be introduced, The Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band in the World. I don’t care how old they are, I don’t care that it’s a subjective declaration…they just ARE. Alchemy, luck, magic…it’s only rock ’n’ roll, but we like it.

This is how I saw them the first time, Summer ’78, Philadelphia, the “Some Girls” tour. “Miss You” blared from boom boxes up and down Market Street day and night. Hot, humid, sticky fingers on the streets. Moping around on my day off near 30th Street Station, without a ticket to the show that day. Two chicks in a Cadillac with the top down pull over and ask me if I know where Veterans Stadium is. I offer directions.

“We got an extra ticket, get in and show us,” the driver says, weaving her words the same way she winds up weaving down the Schuylkill Expressway moments later. She hits 80 and the fast lane as I spy an empty magnum of champagne rolling around on the floor of the back seat.

Twenty minutes later we careen into the Vet parking lot and Marianne Andretti plows through a pair of saw horses and pulls the Caddy up to an entry gate. Authorities appear. Without hesitation I pogo stick onto the concrete, ticket in hand, and melt into the crowd, rushing to the ticket line.

I walk into the Stadium, a radiant hot, sunny day, 65,000 ripped people engulfing me and BAM! The Stones hit the stage and tear into “All Down The Line.”

Alchemy…luck…magic…Baby Boomer Rock. The Rolling Stones at the Rose Bowl August 22.

Spring to Summer Solstice Art in San Fernando

| Entertainment | May 16, 2019

Eight Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) members have been accepted to the “Spring to Summer Solstice” exhibition at La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando. Visitors are welcomed to the opening reception to meet the artists on Saturday, May 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until June 28, 2019.

The following artists have work on display:

Jerry Cowart – A Day at the Beach – “On a summer day at Santa Monica Beach, I captured people playing in the waves and this magnificent reflection of the Ferris wheel in the sand. What I discovered is to enjoy the moment, to slow down each day, to love the sound of the shutter, and to admire all the beauty – for in the blink of an eye it will be gone. A mixture of photography and digital art; what a great palette to create inspiring images straight from my heart!” Visit www.etsy.com/shop/PhotosbyJerryCowart for more information.

Olga Kaczmar – Nectarine Blossoms II (watercolor) – “These nectarine blossoms grew in my yard; so beautiful to photograph. Then the wind came and blew them all away. The squirrels got the two pieces of fruit. Now there is a pomegranate growing in its spot. Visit https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/olga-kaczmar.html for more information.

Dody Rogers – Fly Fishin is an oil painting scene at June Lake, Calif. in the High Sierras. “Every fall there is an explosion of fall color on a highway, at June Lake Loop. The aspen trees surround the travelers with golden color and the small lakes are favorite spots for fishermen. My husband and I had a home in the Sierras for 40 years and enjoyed all the seasons of the year.” See www.santaclaritaartists.org/dody-rogers.html for more information.

Lynda Frautnick – Falling waters is a colorful waterfall painted with alcohol ink and embellished with pen. “I love the vibrant colors and unpredictable nature of alcohol ink. I was taught that practice and repetition do lead to improvement. Most importantly, I learned to see, rather than just to look at the world.” Visit her website at http://www.lyndafrautnick.com.

Patty O’Hearn – “The vista in this painting was captured after climbing to the top of Point Dume. It is a breathtaking spectacle and, frankly, so is the hike up. The day was bright and the water glistening. I used my imagination by adding and subtracting certain parts since there is so much to see if one takes a 360 turn to view the world from up there.” For more information about Patty O’Hearn, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org/patty-ohearn.html.

Jeanne Iler – Fishermen – “This watercolor painting was done while I was visiting my daughter who lives near Chico.” For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jeanne.iler.

Deb Zednik – Summer Afternoon at the Shore – “This acrylic painting was inspired by many day trips to our beautiful California seaside. I love decorative painting and tole painting. My inspiration always comes from nature… rivers, lakes, farmland, woods and desert.” See www.santaclaritaartists.org/debbie-zednik.html for more details.

Therese Verner – Summertime, Summertime! This piece shows the pure joy of boogie boarding in summer. Even though she is legally blind, she has enough sight to create award-winning works in mixed media and oil, inspired by her love of nature and the cosmos. See: https://www.fineartbythereseverner.com/

La Galeria Gitana is located at 120 N Maclay Ave., in Ste. E, San Fernando, Calif., 91340. Free parking is available in the rear. Gallery hours are Tuesday from12-6 p.m., Wed from 12-4 p.m. or by appointment by calling Angela Phillips at 818-898-7708. More information about the venue can be found at www.GaleriaGitana.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 16, 2019

May 17, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Monkey Bump Rock covers
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–1am Amer Legion Newhall Andy’s Hard Rock Show 5-6 bands
8:30–10p Alchemy One Step Closer Acoustic pop
8:30–11p Hyatt Valencia Sean Wiggins duo Classic covers

8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Mike Fitzgerald Acoustic CR
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bret Vogel Acoustic rock

May 18, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass

8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Tewks & Beans Classic covers
9–12m Newhall Press Room Laurie Melan duo Acoustic rock
9–12m Alchemy Vinyl Gypsies Classic rock
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Karson City Rebels Classic rock

May 19, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Fulcos Live music
1–4p Chuy’s Newhall Lance Allyn Classic covers

3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5-8pm Amer. Legion Newhall       Tom Teresi’s Jazz Jam & open mic
5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam & Chad Watson Country

May 21, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Tom Prosperi
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Michael Be Holden, Guitar Jack, Bob Carrillo

May 23, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Dole – Humphries Folk rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Servants of Soul R&B, CR

May 24, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery various bands live music
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock

8–11pm Hyatt Valencia Dole – Humphries Folk rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay Citrus Coffee Cake

| Entertainment | May 16, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This coming Saturday, I’m hosting a white wine tasting event. I have been putting together a list of which scrumptious treats to pair with each wine. As I was thinking about Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay and reading different articles about the history of Chardonnay. Like most grapes, for many years we assumed the history and information available was accurate. Nowadays, DNA Fingerprinting has allowed us to have an accurate history about many different varietals. It is suggested now that Chardonnay is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Gouais blanc. It was thought that Gouais blanc was brought from Croatia to Eastern France by the Romans.

I’ve mentioned several times that my grandmother had passed down many recipes to me. This is another one of her tasty treats. Like all my recipes, I have put my twist to this one too. This is a delicious coffee cake perfect for brunch with a glass of Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay. Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay has delightful aromas of citrus, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. It has aged in French oak for 20 months, creating a multi layered and complex wine. It is rich on the palate and filled with notes of tangerines and quince.

This crisp wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes for a weekend brunch, including the recipe below of a citrus coffee cake, quiche Lorraine, asparagus frittata or even a croque monsieur. For a cheese course, I would suggest baked brie with topped with grapefruit marmalade or Gouda cheese. Then I was thinking about tomorrow night. I have a committee meeting where I am doing the snacks, and fondue started to sound fun. I usually think dessert first, and today I saved it for last – cheesecake, pound cake topped with French vanilla ice cream or blonde brownie.

Come celebrate #WhiteWine at Reyes Winery. May 3 was World Sauvignon Blanc Day! Social media has a hashtag for it, #SauvBlancDay & #SauvBlanc. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, we celebrated #MuscatDay on May 9 and #ChardonnayDay on May 23. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass! Come taste award-winning #WhiteWine with a petite food pairing with each wine! I have chosen these varietals for this special tasting event.

Ingredients
¼ cup Renaissance by Reyes 2016 Chardonnay
2 lemons, zested and juiced
2 orange, zested and juiced
(¼ cup of lemon and orange juice)
½ cup oil
2 eggs
1 ¼ cups sugar + 2 tbsp
¼ cup orange marmalade
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt, kosher
1 tsp cardamom
2 tsp thyme, fresh
2 ¼ cups all purpose Flour

Directions
In a mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients including the thyme and cardamom.
In another mixing bowl, combine lemon & orange juice, vanilla paste, eggs, oil, and sugar.
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet. Don’t over mix.
Add orange marmalade to mixture.
Add mixture to greased 9×9 baking pan.
Add the sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar on top of batter.
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 35 minutes.
Serve.

Concerts in the Park 2019 Lineup

| Entertainment | May 16, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, will return this summer with a variety of acts that everyone can jam out to each Saturday night. The stage will light up on Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m. for the first show of the 2019 season at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. With tributes to the Spice Girls, Queen and more, and original music by the band Prussia, this year’s lineup will be one for the Concerts in the Park hall of fame.
Fan favorites are returning to the Concerts in the Park stage, as well as new acts looking to wow the crowd.
Here is the full list of dates and performers:

July 6 — Wannabe: A Tribute to Spice Girls
July 13 — Surf City Allstars: A Tribute to the Beach Boys
July 20 — Prussia
July 27 — Queen Nation: A Tribute to Queen
August 3 — Mirage: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
August 10 — Grateful Shred: A Tribute to Grateful Dead
August 17 — The Replicas: Party Music
August 24 — Erotic City: A Tribute to Prince
The city’s annual Concerts in the Park series will take center stage at Central Park every Saturday night from July 6 through August 24. Residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy the good weather and great music with family and friends all summer long.

Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets so they can sit back and enjoy the show. A variety of food vendors will be on site selling concessions and snacks to complete the concert-going experience. For more information on Concerts in the Park, visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin Blood Orange Chocolate Brownies

| Entertainment | May 9, 2019

by Beth Heiserman

When I was at the farmers market, as I mentioned in last week’s article on Sauvignon Blanc, I came across the most tasty and delicious blood oranges. All week long I’ve been enjoying this juice. Yesterday I was reading articles on my phone and came across a recipe that I had to try. It was an olive oil chocolate cake with blood oranges, which is a vegan recipe. Of course, I did alter the recipe that I used. I don’t like when people add water to cakes; all it does is water down the flavor of the cake. Always add buttermilk or wine or juice to increase the intensity of the flavor of the dish you are making.

Every time I think of blood orange, I think of our 2013 Quinn’s Zin. Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin won silver medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, plus a silver and 87 points in the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. It also received 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 salmon with a blood orange glaze, rice pilaf and roasted broccoli. Of course, you must finish this tasty meal with the brownie. This can be the perfect spring dinner. This month, we will taste Quinn’s Zin in the Reyes Winery Tasting Room.

This chocolate cake is absolutely decadent. The original recipe called for a glaze, but after tasting it without a glaze, it really didn’t need anything else but maybe a tad of powder sugar sprinkled for decoration. I am not sure if I can truly call this a cake, so I’m going to call it the most decadent fudge brownie I’ve ever had with amazing aromatics. This morning, as I was finishing this article, I was upset. But after speaking with two friends and having a healthy portion of my brownie for breakfast (with some of my blood orange juice), I could tell that my blood pressure was lowering by the second. The enjoyment that I had from this dessert made me forget that I was upset.

Blood Orange Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients

5 blood oranges (1 cup Blood orange juice and the zest)
½ cup olive oil
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup dark cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin
1 ½ teaspoon cardamom

Directions

1. Zest the blood oranges and mix with olive oil in a bowl for at least 60 minutes. I let it rest for 2 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 350˚F
3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt.
4. Slowly mix in the sugar.
5. Then follow with the olive oil (with the zest) and the blood orange juice and Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin.
6. Whisk it until the batter is mixed.
7. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9×9 square pan or a 9 in. round cake pan with non-stick spray.
8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, and insert a toothpick in the center. It is ready if it comes out clean.
9. Let it cool and serve with a glass of Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin.

Live Music

| Entertainment | May 9, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

May 10, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Right Side Up                              Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)                        Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Seventh Switch                          Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Lance Allyn                                 Classic covers
9–1am                  Doc’s Inn                                    Frankly Speaking                       Rock classics

May 11, Sat

6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Z – Band                                        Blues, CR,

7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Kik Start band                             Pop rock

8–11pm               Wine 661                                    Ron Suffredini                            Live music
8–11pm                Persia Lounge                           Right Side Up                              Classic rock
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   No Chasers                                  Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Dole-Humpries                          Folk rock
9 – 12m                Newhall Press Room             TBD                                                 Live music
9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Sean Hughes band                  Covers

May 12, Sun

10a–2p                  Saugus Swap meet                 Urban Soul                                   Live music
12n–4p                  Schooners                                  Miles 2 Go                                    Covers w/fiddle

3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                  Sweetwater Gentlemen        Bluegrass
5-9pm                   Amer. Legion Newhall         SCV Blues Society Mother’s Day Blues Jam

May 14, Tues

6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Live music

7–10pm     Bergie’s steakhouse              Tommy Peacock                        Upbeat rock

May 16, Thur

6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                S.R.B.Q. band                             Blues mix
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Alesia XO                                      Blues, soul rk

May 17, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Monkey Bump                           Rock covers
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock

8–11:30p   Vincent Hill Station                 Runaway Train                           Classic rock
8:30-10p               Alchemy                                     One Step closer                         Acoustic pop
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Brett Vogel                                 Acoustic rock

 

 

Is Moscato the Same as Muscat?

| Entertainment | May 3, 2019

By Beth Heiserman

Every weekend, guests come to our tasting room and request Moscato instead of Muscat. Is there a difference? Yes!

First, the name Muscato is Italian for Muscat. Muscat grapes are grown all around the world. Every country refers to the grape differently. In Italy, it is Muscato D’Asti, Germany has Muskateller, while France, Australia and America have Muscat. France generally only uses the Muscat grape in fortified wines, but can be found in sparkling and a still dry white wine, depending upon the region. Germany grows predominately two varietals of Muscat – Muscat Ottonel and Muscat Blanc. Both are mainly produced as still dry white wines. In Italy, Muscat is usually sweet in either sparkling or still sweet white wine. Australia makes wines called “Stickies,” which are fortified. And of course, in America, you see a variety of everything. At Reyes, we have done our Muscat Blanc differently every year from dry to sweet to fortified.

Come celebrate #WhiteWines at Reyes Winery, because May 3 is World Sauvignon Blanc Day! Social media has hashtags for it: #SauvBlancDay and #SauvBlanc. Join the movement by drinking lots of Reyes Winery Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, we will celebrate #MuscatDay on May 9 and #ChardonnayDay on May 23. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass!

Come taste award-winning #WhiteWine and a petite food pairing with each wine! I have chosen varietals for this special tasting event.

I am preparing for our upcoming #WhiteWine Tasting event on May 18, and I have been brainstorming food pairings for the event. I started with the 2014 Muscat. This is a limited production wine with notes of peaches and honey, followed by a delicious kumquat finish. It’s remarkably delicious on its own, and only 68 cases were produced. It is significantly drier and comparable in sweetness to our 2013 Viognier. It pairs well with spicy tuna rolls, a peach kuchen and many other sweet and savory dishes. Since it is not overly sweet, it can pair with a dessert that is sweeter. I have made this dessert using different honeys and blackberry. It’s sweet and fruity and doesn’t overpower the Muscat wine or vanilla. I served this with dried apricot compote. Enjoy!

2014 Muscat Honey Vanilla Pudding

Ingredients
1 1/3 cups 2 percent milk
¼ tsp salt, kosher
2 ½ tbsp cornstarch
¼ and ½ cup Reyes 2014 Muscat
3 tbsp blackberry honey
2 ½ tbsp butter, unsalted
1/8 tsp vanilla paste

Directions
Combine the milk and salt in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
In a cup or small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in ¼ cup of Reyes 2014 Muscat
When the milk begins to boil, stir in the cornstarch mixture, and cook, stirring constantly until it thickens, for about 5 minutes. (If you add the cornstarch without making a mixture, you will have lumps)
Remove from heat, and stir in the honey, butter, vanilla and ½ cup Reyes 2014 Muscat.

Pour into a serving dish, cover, and chill. To keep a skin from forming on the top, place a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface.

Skye Amber Sweet to Host Live Painting Demo

| Entertainment | May 2, 2019

Community members will have the opportunity to witness an artist in action as Skye Amber Sweet gives a live painting demonstration on Saturday, May 4, at the Old Town Newhall Library. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, located at 24500 Main Street.

Skye Amber Sweet is a self-taught artist who enjoys working with a variety of artistic mediums including canvas, film and public spaces. Her early life growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii inspires the use of vibrant colors, patterns and natural imagery in her art.

As an artist, Skye Amber Sweet believes art has the ability to heal and empower. Now living in Los Angeles, she takes it upon herself to give back to her community by funding her own community mural once a year, and by participating as a teaching artist with the Arts Bridging the Gap and Street Art Initiative programs in Los Angeles.

She is also able to support other artists by curating a yearly Dia de los Muertos exhibit in San Juan Capistrano and Vista, California, where other artists have a chance to showcase their talents. Giving is a large part of Skye Amber Sweet’s artistic experience, and Santa Clarita residents will be able to see this first-hand at the live painting demo on May 4.

For information on other art events and exhibits in Santa Clarita, visit SantaClaritaArts.com. For information regarding the demo, contact Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com or at (661) 290-2256.

Go For a 1Up at Thursdays@Newhall this May

| Entertainment | May 2, 2019

Avoid red shells and banana peels as you navigate your way through a month of free Thursdays@Newhall events in Old Town Newhall in May, featuring the Super Nintendo SENSES Block Party. Each week, take advantage of opportunities for fun and entertainment with offerings such as JAM Sessions and Note by Note music night. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

JAM Sessions will take place on May 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. D’Wilfri Dance Art and Entertainment, a local dance company, will teach participants the steps of the Cha-Cha, a happy, carefree and fun Latin dance. Following the free lesson, put your new skills to the test as you enjoy live music from the Bobby Cuba Band. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.

The SENSES Block Party takes on a Super Nintendo theme on May 16 starting at 7 p.m. Race through Main Street with Mario and Luigi and be sure to come dressed as your favorite Nintendo character. While you are there, take time to get lost in far off worlds thanks to a gaming truck and a selection of virtual reality games from the Old Town Newhall Library. You will also enjoy the sights and sounds of iconic video games while you visit the on-street bar from The Junction.

The same night, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Unstill Life,” from artist Ralph Massey. Massey has been creating art for more than six decades and his pieces have been widely collected by celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews and Queen Elizabeth II. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Massey from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Unstill Life” will be on display at The MAIN from May 15 to June 14.

The Note by Note music night wraps up the month and will take place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 23. Note by Note is a free night of music 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 May include Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra- Guitar Orchestra, Christopher Ramirez, and Austin Jons and the Immortals. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

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.

Fig Goat Cheese Cake

| Entertainment | April 25, 2019

by Beth Heiserman

In previous articles, I have discussed the history of port-style wine and single varietal ports, but not all the styles of a port-style wine.

Solera is a process for different beverages, like port wine. Some whiskeys can also be processed in this fashion. It is the process of blending in such a way that the finished creation is a mixture of a port-style wine from different vintages, with the average age increasing every year, and a new vintage added every year. Historically, it refers to the lower level of barrels used in the method. The wine would be moved from barrel to barrel, top to bottom, the oldest blend being in the barrel on the bottom. No barrel is ever completely depleted, so some of the earlier wine always remains in each barrel. Winemakers will leave a small quantity in each barrel, but there can be substantial traces of the wine, depending upon the amount that was removed from each barrel. In theory, traces of the very first batch placed in the solera should be present even after 20 years of this process.

Reyes Winery’s 12-year-old Agua Dulce Delight is a recognition of craftsmanship. After a decade of care and slow oak maturation, we have bottled this amazing example of complex flavors and artistry in a port-style dessert wine.  This is for those who appreciate quality and every component of wine. It has aromas of fresh figs and orange blossom honey.  This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah was aged in French oak barrels, where it acquired its sophisticated notes and caramel, dates, and a hint of chocolate over time.

I did make this for a Passover appetizer. I substituted the flour for cake meal. Matzoh makes the best crust, and since it doesn’t have a lot of flavor, it allows the cheesecake to shine. Enjoy this cheesecake with 12-year-old Reyes Winery’s Agua Dulce Delight.

Ingredients
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp cardamom
¼ cup of flour
8 oz goat cheese
2 eggs
½ cup fig butter
¾ cup of sugar

¾ cup of crushed crackers (2 packages of crackers; I used Matzoh)
½ cup pecans, crushed into meal
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (Fahrenheit).
In the bowl of a food processor, combine crackers, pecans and melted butter and process until thoroughly combined. My food processor had burned out recently and I have used a large ziplock bag and added the ingredients and used a mallet. I think that was more fun. Press the mixture on the bottom and partially up the sides of an 8-inch springform pan. You can also make it in a pie pan. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine goat cheese, cream cheese, sugar, flour and sour cream.
Mix until smooth.
Add eggs. Mix until combined.
Fold-in fig butter.
Place mixture into a pan sprayed with Pam.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the cake is golden brown and not loose in the center.
Chill and then serve with the 12-year old Reyes Winery Agua Dulce Delight.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 25, 2019

Apr 26, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Eye 5 Band R&B, jazz, soul
6–9pm Valencia Country Club Dole – Humphries duo Covers & orig
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Brett Vogel Pop, acoustic

Apr 27, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
6–10pm Backyard Grub n Brews Cold River band Classic rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Right Side Up Classic rock

8–10pm Double Trouble wines Gary Coppola & Time Mach Classic
8–11pm Wine 661 David Blasucci & Mandy Williams
8–12m VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie Classic mix
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–12m Newhall Press Room Ann Drexler R&B, jazz
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Freddie’s Bomb Factory Hard rock

Apr 28, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Saloonatics Live music
3–5:30p Double Trouble Wines Doc Ventura Blues mix
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grill patio G–3 band Classic rock
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Classic Rock Jam Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & the Runarounds 60’s rock

Apr 30, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Sean Wiggins band Classics & orig

May 2, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Joei & Jesse Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse tbd Live music

May 3, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock

8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

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