All Wines Get a Holiday February 16 is International Syrah Day!

| Entertainment | February 7, 2019

By Beth Hieserman, Reyes Winery

February 14 is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day in various parts of the world. We have combined International Syrah Day and Valentines Day by having a winemaker dinner on February 15 and 16. Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Reyes Winery.

What could be a more romantic way to celebrate your Valentine’s Day than by bringing your loved one to Reyes Winery for a specially prepared wine pairing dinner? Every year, we have a pink, purple and red themed meal inside the barrel room. This year’s menu is no different. I source all my fruit and vegetables from a local farm. I go and pick out the produce that will pair the best with each wine for the different courses. I have focused on the award-winning Syrah’s to be a part of this very special meal.

For the month of February, Reyes Winery’s Tasting Room has a concentration of Syrah and the Syrah blends including our 2009 Syrah on the tasting sheet. It has almost sold out. We are down to six cases left in our inventory.

This estate wine won Silver medals in the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the 2011 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition, plus it received 85 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (03/2014 Edition). It has smoky blackberry flavors and holds its own with robust flavors and spices.

This wine pairs very well with dishes that have rosemary, like a garlic-crusted rack of lamb. For a cheese course, enjoy this delicious wine with a drunken goat cheese, goat gouda, an extra aged gouda, or a rosemary and olive oil asiago. And finally, for dessert, this wine would be so tasty with a dark chocolate torte, fresh blackberries and whip cream, or bread pudding with blackberry Syrah sauce.

Social media has a hashtag for it, #SyrahDay. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Syrah. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass. #SyrahDay, #Shiraz, #InternationalSyrahDay, #RedBlends, #DoubleGold, #ValentinesDay, #ValentinesDayDinner and #ReyesWinery.

Live Music

| Entertainment | February 7, 2019

Feb 8, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Michael Ruiz Acoustic CR
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
Feb 9, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Sweetwater Gentlemen C.R. bluegrass
8–11p The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Colene & Co R&B, swing & jz
8–12m VFW 6885 Breakfast With Barbie Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band CR & blues
Feb 10, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Wildside Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Jay Furtado & friends celebration
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Mary White band Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Mad dogs & bad dogs SCV Blues Jam
Feb 12, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Jackie Beckwith Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge, guest Blues mix
Feb 13, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Feb 14, Thur
6–9pm Salt Creek Grille Laurence Tamez Saxy romance
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Bri Sarikcioglu & Elyadeen Anbar
6:30–9:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Steve Lively Heart songs
7–10pm Wine 661 Lance Allyn Romantic music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
Feb 15, Fri
6–9p Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station band on patio Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 31, 2019

Feb 1, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Steve Jones Acoustic CR
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on patio Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
Feb 2, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z – Band C.R. & country
8–10p Alchemy Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Right Side up Classic rock
Feb 3, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Brothers & others Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
Feb 5, Tues
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Eric Garcia guest artist Blues mix
Feb 6, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
7–10pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock
Feb 7, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum S.R.B.Q.band Blues mix
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
Feb 8, Fri
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Reyes Winery Red Blend Event

| Entertainment | January 31, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This past weekend, someone asked me why wineries blend wine. Last July, I wrote an article about wine blends, and I mentioned that combining two or more wines makes each one better than they would be on their own. Sometimes wine varietals need other wines to help them have the complexity that a wine needs.

By blending, you generally balance out the flavor characteristics. On Saturday, February 2, I am doing my first #RedBlend Tasting Event at 12 p.m. I will pair a petite bite with each of our red blends, plus one of our rosés and a dessert wine.

I will say that wine is an imperative beverage which can accompany and enhance most meals – and vice versa. It is generally served with dinner, while sweeter wines or dessert wines are served with dessert. I remember doing a wine pairing event at a chocolate shop in Hollywood, and they had me taste the chocolates first to see what I would pair them with. Well, I wouldn’t choose those sweet treats by themselves; however, with wine, they were much tastier.

Like I have mentioned before, I first smell the wine and then I taste it. From there, I take the aromas and flavor notes and think what foods have similar notes. For instance, our 2014 Julia’s Blend has aromas of licorice and black cherries. On the palate, you get notes of cherries and spices. This luscious blend of Estate Merlot and California Syrah and was aged in French oak for 23 months gives this wine character and complexity. I take those notes and think of savory dishes that have fennel and cherries. These three dishes would be a perfect pairing to this award-winning red blend: Roasted fennel and pork roast, lamb chops and sour cherry rice, or a salmon fennel risotto. It has won 86 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (04/2018 Edition) and a silver medal in the 2018 Toast of the Coast competition.

Our 2013 Ryan’s Blend is a Bordeaux blend of Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and locally sourced Petit Verdot. It was aged for 23 months in French oak barrels. Ryan’s blend has a rich, intense body and is layered with ripe black cherry, fig and blackberry aromas, with a hint of dark chocolate. It’s full-bodied, yet velvety, with notes of cherries and peppercorns on the palate.

I am going to share a few sweet treats with you that will pair well with this wine. Dessert wines and sugary delights can be too sweet, whereas a red wine with chocolate will hit the spot. My cherry pie chocolate cupcakes will do just that. The secret ingredient in this cake is the pink peppercorns, to give it a touch of spice. Also, you can enjoy this #RedBlend with red velvet cake, cherry cobbler or dark chocolate cherry shortbread. This award-winning wine has won silver medals in the 2018 Toast of the Coast, 2017 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition and the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. It also wob bronze medals in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. In addition, it received 87 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (04/2018 Edition).

Wine is important in the food world, and not just for its value as a beverage, but as a flavor agent. It makes such a difference in stocks or dishes that you braise. Its acidity gives balance to rich or sweet dishes. Instead of using water, use wine!

I love to bring out special vintages from the cellar, so be sure to join me for this fun and educational event to see what I will surprise everyone with. Those interested can purchase tickets at: https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

Jan 25, Fri

7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Family band
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
Jan 26, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Siren Valley Acoustic orig
8–10p Double Trouble Wine Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass/ctry
8–11pm Wine 661 All Access Rock covers
8:30–11p The Local Pub & Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Soft rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ty Parker & friends Live music
Jan 27, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Midnite Crisis Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Classic Rock Jam Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Henry Becker band Country
Jan 29, Tues

7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Robert Heft band Blues mix

Jan 30, Wed

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

Jan 31, Thur

7–10pm Brewery Draconum Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues
Feb 1, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Overrdrive on patio Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

Celebration of La Femme Art in San Fernando

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

Four Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) members have been accepted to the “Women: A Celebration of La Femme” exhibition at La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando. The public is invited to the opening reception to meet the artists on Saturday, March 23 from 6-9:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until May 3, 2019.

The following artists have been selected for Women: A Celebration of La Femme:

• Jerry Cowart – An award-winning fine art photographer, Cowart said, “I am a story teller, and through my photography, I tell many stories and I hope that each person who sees my work enjoys the stories I am telling. The eight photos I have in the show are about four amazing women, their love, courage, talent and artistry of them and the horses they ride. I hope you enjoy the ride – I mean the read!” For more information, visit www.etsy.com/shop/PhotosbyJerryCowart.

• Olga Kaczmar – “I have three entries in this show: two oils and a pastel. The most fun one is ‘Bathing Beauties,’ referenced from a rare black and white photo, which I colorized, added facial expressions and daring bathing suits of the 1920s era. While painting them, I made friends with each gal – I felt them giggle as I brought them to life.” For more information, visit https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/olga-kaczmar.html.

•Mardi Georgio – “I love portraying the beautiful women of the music/ film industries. ‘Diana’ (a charcoal drawing) was such a talented and magnetic force in such a tiny body. The colors and styles of the ‘60s and ‘70s were some of the most vibrant and fun. In my pastel ‘Supreme Sensation,’ the challenge of portraying three distinct women in a fictional stage scene was enormously enervating. These talented women inspired me with their music and style.” For more information, visit mardianleegeorgio.com.

•Mike Farrell – “The art that I make, generally, has a narrative to it. In my drawing, “Bed Check,” I’ve tried to depict the security of a nourishing relationship, along with the active effort needed to build that security. While not exclusively feminine, society has traditionally assigned that role to the female half of our world and that is what I’m trying to depict here. For more information, visit FineArtAmerica/Mike Farrell.

The La Galeria Gitana is located at 120 N Maclay Ave., Ste. E, San Fernando, 91340. Free parking is available in the rear. The gallery hours are Tuesday from 12-6 p.m., Wednesday from 12-4 p.m., or by appointment at 818-898-7708. For more information, visit www.GaleriaGitana.com.

Exhibit at CTG features Bonny Butler

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday, March 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, located at 24242 Main St. in Newhall.

Award-winning local artist Bonny Butler will be presenting a one-woman show from March 30 to April 29. The exhibit, titled “Dreaming In Color,” includes a series of exquisite alcohol ink and encaustic wax paintings.

“I always loved creating art, but raising a family took me in a different direction,” said Butler.

After her family was grown, she returned to art, her first love, first with watercolors and Chinese brush, and currently with alcohol inks and encaustic wax.  She explores, creates, and relishes the ever-changing outcomes and spontaneity of her mediums. Her whimsical, loose-style paintings, now exhibited around the world, range from blooms and gardens, to expressive landscapes, to abstracts, and the occasional portrait of people and pets.

Currently, Butler has her first place mixed-media painting hanging at City Hall and has six paintings hanging at the local Hyatt Regency. She is a member of the Santa Clarita Artist Association and has exhibited her art in the Fine Craft Show of Santa Clarita, Artisan Row Home Arts and Crafts Show and the Pasadena Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair.

“My art is a technique and process-oriented practice, which focuses on colorful expressive imagery,” said Butler. “My objective is to transfer to my audience the joy of creation through a constantly animated wealth of bold colors, shapes and form.”

For more information, visit www.bonnybutler.com.


2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Usually when I decide upon a topic to write about, I choose a wine first. This week, I chose the food before I decided what wine I would pair a dish with.

I was watching a cooking show the other day, and they were making open-faced roast beef sandwiches. It reminded me when I was growing up, and how much I enjoyed when my mom used to make these for me. My mom made them when we had leftover chicken, turkey or roast beef, and honestly, I loved them all. She would always serve them on top of mashed potatoes and gravy, plus she would serve a Romanian dish called “gevitch.”

So, I went to the market and got all the ingredients to make a roast beef. I have these amazing mustards I bought recently. One is a white truffle Dijon and the other is a port wine balsamic Dijon. I know not everyone will have these special mustards already in their kitchen, so regular Dijon with some added herbs would be a good substitute. After I sliced the roast on the meat slicer, I kept nibbling the slices, thinking about which wine would pair well. I decided that the 2015 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon would make a tasty accompaniment.

This estate Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in French oak for 18 months, giving this fruity wine the perfect balance. It’s full bodied with notes of black cherry, blackberry and anise. It won a silver medal in the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This is a wine that hasn’t been released yet, but every once in a while this fantastic wine has made an appearance in the tasting room. If you ask me, I will get a bottle from the basement (our special storage area), just for you!

Hot roast beef sandwiches

Today’s lunch included creamed corn and the main attraction: A hot roast beef sandwich. I love red onions on my sandwich, a slice of tomato and a few leaves of spinach with a schmear of that special Dijon. I didn’t add any salt to my roast. Dijon mustard has enough salt, that I didn’t think it was necessary. Plus, adding salt when cooking something for a lengthy time will extract the juice out of the meat. If you think you need more salt, add it to taste when it’s done. Enjoy!

1(4-lb.) eye of round roast
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp Parsley
1 tbsp Herbes de Provence
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup 2015 Reyes Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450°.
Rub Dijon mustard all over roast. Then evenly sprinkle the herbs and the garlic on top of the mustard.
Spray cooking spray on pan.

Place roast in Dutch oven with the lid off. Roast for 15 minutes.
Add 2015 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon to bottom of pan.
Reduce heat to 325° and roast with the lid on for 30 minutes per pound for medium. 40 minutes per pound for medium well.
Remove from oven and let rest 30 minutes before slicing.

Art Gallery 206 Opens ‘Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region’

| Entertainment | January 18, 2019

Visitors to the newest College of the Canyons Gallery 206 exhibition, “Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region,” will be carried away to Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, for a broader understanding and appreciation for another culture. The public will not want to miss the priceless artifacts and paintings that tell the stories of a far away, but not altogether different, people.

“With this exhibition, we can reach beyond our region and promote the value and understanding of art in an international context,” said Pamela Lewis, director of the COC Art Gallery.

Paintings and artifacts of rural China reveal a national spirit that is as charming as it is vital. The peasant or farmer paintings on display are closely related to the traditional Chinese arts of embroidery, batik (a fabric dying method), paper-cut, and wall painting. The artists use “shui fen” on thick paper to create the paintings. This technique includes paint powder and water, similar to gouache or tempera.

The artifacts included in this collection depict Chinese rural life and show traditional Shaanxi customs. They range from children’s clothing and toys to New Year’s prints and decorative household items, often embroidered with lucky figures and animals. Both the art and the objects featured in this exhibition introduce an area, which, like the American Midwest, is dominated by agriculture and populated with working people. Fundamental similarities between America and this far away province of China become recognizable by observing these artifacts and artwork.

“Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region” opens January 28 and runs through March 15 in Gallery 206, located on the second floor of the Valencia campus library. A public reception will be held on February 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.

This exhibition is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) and underwritten in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. ExhibitsUSA creates access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurtures the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourages the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.

Gallery 206 is a new extension of the main Art Gallery on campus. COC’s Gallery 206 is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information contact Pamela Lewis at pamela.lewis@canyons.edu.

SCV Men of Harmony Valentine’s Day Serenades Returns in February

| Entertainment | January 18, 2019

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s a good time to appreciate the sound of a cappella music. This community is lucky enough to have the Santa Clarita Valley Men of Harmony available for serenades and entertainment.

This group of musical men has brought their talents to Santa Clarita for more than 40 years. “We love to present the unaccompanied human voice, singing from the heart,” said Men of Harmony historian, David Norman. “Our focus is on great singing with a variety of musical styles including barbershop harmony, doo-wop, swing era jazz, Tin Pan Alley musicals, and classic pop tunes in the mix. This music can take you back to the good old days of our youth and the first time we fell in love.”

The Santa Clarita Valley Men’s Barbershop singers are a nonprofit, charitable, educational, fraternal organization, founded in 1974. Each year the group performs numerous times in this and other nearby communities. Once a year, the group produces a big show at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall. At this time of year, the SCV Men of Harmony provide their famous Valentine’s Day Serenades to the community.

Send your love across town through a Valentine’s Day Serenade by a Santa Clarita Men of Harmony Quartet. They will go to a home or workplace on Thurs., February 14 at some point between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for $50. If you need them to arrive at a specific time, the cost is $60. They accept many forms of payment, including PayPal.

Each serenade comes with a flower gift. To order a Singing Valentine from the Men of Harmony, call 661-575-5875 or visit SCMenofHarmony.com.

Reyes 2016 Renaissance Chardonnay with White Bean and Turkey Chili

| Entertainment | January 17, 2019

By Beth Heiserman 

Our newest release is our 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay. It 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. It can be enjoyed chilled, and served alongside grilled spicy salmon topped with a grapefruit salsa or a citrus salad.

The other day, I bought kumquats and was remembering when I prepared my kumquat and habanero jam. That would be so scrumptious on top of brie with a glass of Chardonnay. I was thinking of other delicious pairings, like quince or apples poached in white wine with a touch of vanilla, pork chops with quince compote, mandarin ginger chicken, or even duck with a persimmon glaze. As I recall the flavor notes of the wine, I keep thinking of the many dishes that would pair beautifully. I love pairing this wine with a dish that has a bit of spice, like my white bean and turkey chili.

White Bean and Turkey Chili
This is a recipe I love to make when it is cold and raining, like it is this week. This is a low-salt recipe. I have been watching my salt intake for 14 years now. I have noticed when you add salt early in a dish, sometimes it can be so concentrated, and then it’s too salty for me. You can always add it, but not always take it away. Instead of adding salt, I love to add herbs and spices to build its complexity rather than just salt and pepper. So, I always salt my chicken or turkey afterwards. Now I am hungry, and my cornbread is ready to come out of the oven, so I can enjoy it nice and hot with my chili.

Enjoy this meal with a side of cast iron corn bread and a glass of 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon chile de arbol powder
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ tablespoon dried oregano
7oz can of hatch chilis, diced
1½ cup of corn, fresh or frozen
1 (15.8-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained, no salt added
1 (15.8-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, no salt added
½ cup, 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay
2 cups, less-sodium chicken broth
2 lbs ground turkey
28oz can of diced tomatoes with juice, no salt added
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add onion and sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden.
Add ground turkey and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
Add the Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay, continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add chili powder, garlic, allspice, chile de arbol powder, oregano and cumin; stir the seasonings in and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add beans, diced chilis, diced tomatoes and broth.
Cook 20 minutes on low heat.
Add corn and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

British Entertainer Ruth Allen to Perform at the Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

By Corey Charlton

A former wartime entertainer is set to perform a show celebrating her incredible life in music. The 89-year-old inspirational British singer and musician Ruth Allen will perform her “You’re Never Too Old” show at the Canyon Theatre on Sunday, January 13 at 5 pm.

Allen originally began her career during the Blitz when she performed sold-out shows in spite of the air raid warnings echoing through London. Following the war, she continued performing under the stage name Ronnie Graham, most famously at the Astor Club in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. She also spent time in Paris, performing at the Mars Club where she once met and dined with Billie Holiday. She toured Europe before falling in love with an American GI and relocating to the U.S., where she continued her musical career while raising her children.

After impressing legendary American jazz composer Duke Ellington, she was offered a contract with Columbia Records and later in life was the resident entertainer at the American bar of the Savoy in London and in a Michael Feinstein show at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In later years, she and her family settled down in Santa Clarita, California, where she still performs regular shows at a retirement home, piano bar and other venues.

The singer-songwriter is now set for a one-off show at the Canyon Theatre Guild alongside her brother, London jazz pianist Alan Berry. The charity show has been billed as a ‘“celebration of life” and comes just a few days ahead of her 90th birthday.

Ms. Allen will perform around 30 of her own original songs while a narrator reads excerpts from her autobiography “I’ll Still Be Me.”

Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. The ticket price includes complementary wine and champagne, with a reception to beginning at 4 p.m.

Reservations can be made by calling the box office at (661) 799-2702. Net proceeds benefit the Canyon Theatre Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.

Spiegeltent Americana Roots Music Festival

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

For those who love a good Spiegeltent, this Sunday, January 13, the inaugural Spiegeltent Americana Roots Music Festival will be held at Wolf Creek Brewery in support of First Responders Outreach of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Join the following groups for an afternoon of blues, country, Zydeco, bluegrass, roots rock, folk and more in the unique environment of the 71-year-old Spiegeltent for the very first Spiegeltent Americana Roots Music Festival.

Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

Texas born and bred Teresa James and her band The Rhythm Tramps, made up of L.A.-based seasoned pro musicians, and who have backed such artists as Eric Burdon, Keb Mo, Delbert McClinton, Tom Jones, Kenny Loggins (to mention just a few), will be playing songs from all 10 of Teresa’s albums, including songs from their Grammy-nominated “Here In Babylon” Best Contemporary Blues Album of 2018.

Doo-Wah Riders

There is no one else like the Doo-Wah Riders. For 40 years, they have been riding their own patch of the musical range throughout the West. They possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The Doo-Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound. They define their sound as “high energy country with a cajun twist.” Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic, contemporary, and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go.

Phil Salazar and Friends

Phil Salazar has been one of the mainstays in California bluegrass for a good many years. He has pulled bluegrass in many directions and he has played in many memorable configurations over the years. As an entertainer, teacher, record producer, champion fiddler, Phil is a master fiddler who straddles the borders between traditional bluegrass and contemporary sound. He is a world-wide performer who has fielded his own bands, produced several recordings, and recorded and or performed with Bob Weir, Kenny Loggins, Chris Hillman, Kate Wolf, Jon Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Gilles Apap, Kix Brooks, Chris Thile, Clint Black, Zak Brown, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Mule Deer, Dave Mason, David Grisman, John and Jonathan McEuen and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pete Sears, Van Dyke Parks, Peter Rowan.

Kelly’s Lot Featuring Eddie Baytos

Kelly’s Lot is a mix of Roots/Rock, Rhythm and Blues and Folk Music. Kelly Z and her “Lot” came together in 1995, have released 13 CDs and have toured nationally and internationally for the last 10 years. They will be joined by Eddie Baytos and his Cajun-infused music and energy. Eddie is well known as the founder of the band, The Nervis Brothers.

This afternoon of entertainment is open to all ages. The price for general admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door (upon availability). Reserved seating is $20 only in advance. Reserved six-seat VIP Booth tickets are $150, also only in advance.

Wolf Creek Brewery is located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.RootsNRoll.com.

SCAA Exhibit and Reception at FastFrame

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) member Olga Kaczmar will feature her art with a reception on Jan. 12, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. Join the association for light appetizers and wine at FastFrame, located at 24204 Valencia Blvd. (next to Kohl’s), Valencia, CA 91355. The exhibit will run from Jan. 8 to Jan. 31.

During her commercial art years, Kaczmar produced renderings for patent applications, exhibits and brochures. Her exhibit at Fast Frame reveals a fun variety of art, including horses, dogs, cats, wild animals, landcapes and people. To preview her work, visit www.olgakaczmar.com.

Her computer-generated famine-genocide posters have been shown throughout the USA, Canada, Ukraine, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In 2008, her art was used to promote a film and book on the 1932 Ukrainian genocide. She has an international following of researchers on her www.dpcamps.org website, a domain where people can search for families lost during World War II.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Artists Association, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org. To learn more about FastFrame, visit www.fastframe.com/valencia.

Pairing Plum Chicken with Oso’s Blend

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

On February 2, I am doing the first “Red Blend Tasting Event.” I have done many wine pairing events, but not a blend event. I have chosen specific Reyes Winery Blends for this educational yet fun food and wine pairing. Every wine has a story, and I love sharing each one of them with you. It is $15 per person and it includes a Reyes Winery 12-ounce glass to take home. Make your reservations our tasting room or online at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

I will be featuring the following wines: 2011 Les Deux Rois, 2011 Robby’s Blend, 2013 Ryan’s Blend, 2014 Julia’s Blend, 2015 Oso’s Blend, 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Rose and the 2013 Agua Dulce Delight. Most of our blends are named after Robert’s grandkids, and Oso is named after our beloved German Shepherd who passed away last year. This is a limited edition “member only” wine that is a blend of Merlot from our vineyard and Tempranillo from the Alonso Family Vineyards, which is Le Chene’s vineyard. It’s been aged in French oak for 18 months. This wine is fruity with notes of plum, pepper and anise. Only 113 cases were produced. This wine has received 87 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (05/2018 Edition).

When I pair food with wines, I first smell the wine and see what beautiful aromas it has. This wine is dry but very fruity. The notes of the anise make me want to pair this with a milk chocolate versus a dark. When the wine is dryer, you pair the opposite and go with a higher fat content chocolate. At an event a few weeks back, I made an anise cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a chocolate drizzle on top. This would be perfect. Of course, I started with dessert. For a delightful dinner pairing, I would choose a plum chicken. I have made this recipe many times with the 2011 Robby’s Blend. The difference that I would do with Oso versus Robby, is add fresh fennel in the pan when roasting the chicken.

Plum Chicken
By Beth Heiserman

This is a healthier version of plum chicken. Most of the time, the chicken is fried. Every fall, when Italian plums are in season, I love to prepare the sauce for this dish. This is one of my favorite dishes to serve for brunch, since it’s light and healthy. Serve with rice and enjoy!


2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 green onion, chopped
½ cup Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend Plum Jam
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp prepared horseradish
2 cloves garlic, minced


1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a 9×9 baking pan with non stick spray.
3. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
5. In a small mixing bowl, combine Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend Plum Jam, ginger, horseradish, soy sauce, garlic and pepper.
6. After the chicken has baked 20 minutes, brush with the plum sauce and return to the oven.
7. Continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes.
8. Garnish with green onion.
9. Serve.

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

Jan 11, Fri 7–9pm Alchemy Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Cover rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Laurence Tamez Saxy classics
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics
Jan 12, Sat 6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
8–10pm Double Trouble Wine Elwood Moon band Classic Rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Horn & John Davis Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
8:30–11p The Local Pub & Grill Max Esparazza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues mix
Jan 13, Sun 10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Lee & the Real Deal Live music
12–6pm Wolf Creek Brewery Americana Roots Music Festival – tickets
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic
5–9pm VFW 6885 Chad Watson & Pam Loe Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall SCV Blues Society Jam T.Marsh & C.Salim
Jan 15, Tues 7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse John Davis Experience Classic rock
Jan 16, Wed 7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Jan 17, Thur 7–10pm Brewery Draconum Blue Motel – Gigi Worth Classic rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse SRBQ band Blues-CR mix
Jan 18, Fri 5–8pm Wolf Creek Brewery Dan Kirkpatrick (inside) Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on patio Country & CR
8–10pm Double Trouble Wine Mike Fitzgerald Trio Pop & rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole Humphries Covers & orig

‘Embracing Growth’ Art Exhibit Coming to Old Town Newhall

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

Explore the organic and soulful paintings created by Skye Amber Sweet at her new exhibit, “Embracing Growth,” showcasing works that highlight the wonder of life. The free exhibit is on display starting Tuesday, January 22 in the Community Room at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street in Newhall.

Art enthusiasts of all levels are invited to participate in the Artist Reception on Wednesday, February 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The exhibit will be celebrated with light appetizers, live music and a chance for the public to meet the artist.

Amber’s passion to make a difference in public spaces shows through her commitment to fundraising for the projects she takes on, and through the emotional paintings she creates. To her, the canvases on which she paints are the fertile ground from which her projects grow. Her paintings embrace natural imagery, including trees with detailed leaves, bark, branches and roots. Amber’s artistic efforts culminate into works of art and beauty for viewers to enjoy.

The exhibit will be on display until June 4. For more information regarding the art exhibit, contact Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com. For information regarding all city art happenings, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

Wine of the Week – Cabernet Sauvignon

| Entertainment | January 3, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon is a very bold wine that has the possibility to overpower some dishes. Depending upon the tannins, as well as the oak notes, these factors can make a difference in food pairings.

When Cabernet Sauvignon is young, as this wine is, its elements are at its peak. As time goes on and the wine ages, it will smooth out, and the possibilities of food pairing will increase.

Cabernet Sauvignons that are higher in alcohol level do not pair well with spicy food. I remember doing a wine pairing event with other winemakers and a winery from Napa paired their Cabernet with a spicy beef taco. All I can remember was the spiciness of the salsa and the acid of the wine. It was not a good match.

Then, I kept thinking the taco should have been paired with a white wine that had a bit of sweetness, like our 2014 Chardonnay.

When pairing wines, think opposites, like spicy with sweet or astringent with a higher fat content. When I think of our 2013 Cabernet, I would pair it with prime rib topped with horseradish. For dessert, I would pair a chocolate cheese cake topped with a Cabernet blackberry sauce.

Our 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon is robust, aromatic and complex. I mentioned a few weeks ago that it won a double gold medal from the most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition. 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.

I have brought this in the tasting room this month. Please ask your server for it to be part of your flight.

Shows at The MAIN in January

| Entertainment | January 3, 2019

Kick off the New Year with shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are now on sale for a variety of shows taking place in January.

Comedy Mashup is a group of working comedians and improvisers from all over Los Angeles that comes together once a month to put on a show that is half stand-up comedy and half improv. The show is Friday, January 4 at 8 p.m., and is geared towards an adult audience. Tickets are $12 presale and $18 on the day of the show.

The Society Comedy Troupe is bringing hilarious and energetic team improv to The MAIN. Similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the performers ask for audience participation while creating improvised music, comedy and scenes. The show is Saturday, January 5 at 8 p.m., and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students, and $15 for all others.

Explore new sounds from veteran drummer Maury Baker with the experimental jazz quartet Baker’s Brew. Maury’s goal with the group is to bring together in one place his vast musical experiences, which include working with Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa and Tim Buckley from the rock world, as well Austin Peralta, George Duke and David Amram from the jazz scene. The concert is Saturday, January 19 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free.

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! The show is Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. and free to attend.

The Wardens are a Banff National Park-based trio whose stories rise from the very land they’ve protected as rangers in the Rocky Mountain national parks for the past 60-plus years. With haunting three-part harmonies and chilling tales, The Wardens’ mountain music—blending folk, roots and western styles—is a piece of Canadiana that reflects the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The concert is Friday, January 25 at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.

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

Thursdays@Newhall Returns in 2019

| Entertainment | January 3, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series starts 2019 off on the right foot with a free event inside The MAIN in Old Town Newhall in January. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

Note by Note is moving to a new night in 2019 and will now be the featured event on the fourth Thursday of each month. The event takes place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free musical showcase delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more.

Featured performers in January include Medicine Hat, Sammy Montana, Jimmy Muffin and the Brian McShea Band. 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.

Watercolor Demo at Barnes & Noble

| Entertainment | January 3, 2019

Glen Knowles will demonstrate watercolor at the Monday, January 21 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Knowles was inspired by the early California Impressionist oil painters and California-style watercolorists, and organized six exhibitions on the history of Southern California art and artists.

“I love the adventure of combining painting and travel and have painted on all seven continents and in the John Muir wilderness of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains,” said Knowles.

Renowned for his Plein Air outdoor landscapes, Knowles was a professor of art, having taught over 5,000 students. He invented the ColorWheel palette, a color theory mixing system. “North Light Books Splash 3” called Knowles one of America’s top 105 contemporary watercolor painters. He has an extensive regional, national and international exhibition record, with gold and first place wins. Glen Knowles is a member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and a member of the California Art Club.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. Visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org for more information.

Live Music in the SCV

| Entertainment | January 3, 2019

Jan 4, Fri
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall 1st Friday Jam Various genre
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote on patio Country
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille TBD Live music
Jan 5, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
5–8pm Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classic covers
8–12m VFW 6885 TBD Live music
8:30–11p The Local Pub & Grill Max Esparazza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille TBD Live music
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Bad Donkey Rock originals
Jan 6, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Bag of Tricks Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Classics
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 TBD Live music
Jan 8, Tues
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Daniel Kirkpatrick guest CR – blues mix
Jan 9, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Jan 10, Thur
7–10pm Brewery Draconum Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Crush Jones band Blues-rk mix
Jan 11, Fri
7–9pm Alchemy Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station TBD on patio Live music
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille TBD Live music
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics

SCAA Installs New Board Members

| Entertainment | December 28, 2018

The Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) inducted its 2019 Executive Board on December 17, at a year-end holiday party in Newhall. Formally installed were Charlotte Mullich (President), David Veal (Vice President), Sandy Fisher (Treasurer) and Jeanne Iler (Recording Secretary).

Additional board members are: Zony Gordon, Mardi Georgio, Chrystal (CK) Walker, Olga Kaczmar, Cathy King, Howard Marcovitch, Cheri Marcovitch, Laurie Morgan, Scott Parker, Lisa Barr, Gary Friedman, and Ted Koscheski.

On the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., SCAA hosts a general membership meeting with professional demonstrations. After the demonstration, the evening concludes with a raffle of the demonstration piece or an art piece from the artist. All meetings are free and open to the public, and visitors are welcomed. Workshops from well-known artists and marketing professionals are held two to three times each year. A monthly plein aire destination is available for the outdoor painter.

SCAA Gallery is located at 22508 6th St. in Newhall (just off Main St. beside the public parking lot near the Canyon Theatre Guild). It is generally open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, members display and sell art at many venues throughout the City of Santa Clarita.

“We promote our mission of Making Visual Art visible through community outreach programs that are educational, child friendly and free to the general public,” said Charlotte Mullich. “We award scholarships to art students, from high school to college, in Santa Clarita. Our emphasis is to be a support group devoted to the enrichment of members experience through the visual arts.”

SCAA, a non-profit 501(c)(3), was founded in 1989 and features a broad range of talent, from professional to novice. Members encourage, assist, develop, and exchange ideas/techniques on artistic skills. Visit www.santaclaritaartists.org for the latest information.

Fresh Perspectives at SCAA Gallery

| Entertainment | December 27, 2018

Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) is hosting a grand re-opening on January 11, 2019 with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 22508 6th St. Old Town Newhall.

The exhibit, entitled Fresh Perspectives, runs until Feb. 24 and showcases the artists and their latest artwork. The reception is free to the public, and wine and appetizers will be served.

“The SCAA Gallery is updating its look. It will have a more contemporary and functional interior for displaying all the beautiful art work which members create. Please come see our fresh new look when we reopen in January for our artists’ reception,” said Co-Chair Mardi Georgio. The event will feature the following artists:

• Laurie Finkelstein – “My landscapes showcase atmospheric subtleties in non-traditional perspectives on small canvases. Her art is titled, Mini Pink Sky.”

• Mardi Georgio – “Winter Sunrise is a pastel landscape of the freshly fallen snow that fell in the night and is being colored by the rising sun.”

• Lynda Frautnik – “My current media is alcohol ink. I love its vibrant colors and its unpredictable nature. This painting is entitled Spring Magnified.”

In addition, SCAA art exhibits can be viewed monthly at the Canyon Theatre Guild, Samuel Dixon Healthcare, and annually at Le Chene, Hart Park, Newhall Library, City Hall First Floor Gallery, throughout the Hyatt Regency Valencia, arts and craft boutiques, and other venues around Santa Clarita.

Gallery winter hours are: Fridays from 5-8 p.m., Saturdays from 2-8 p.m., and Sundays from 11-5 p.m.

For community outreach, the SCAA provides monthly art demos and workshops and several of our members teach privately and at local schools. For updated details, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org/.

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