College of the Canyons Theatre Presents ‘Bright Star: A New Musical’

| Entertainment | April 25, 2019

The College of the Canyons Theatre Department presents its production of “Bright Star: A New Musical” running at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) from April 26 through May 5.

Written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the Tony Award-nominated musical of love and redemption is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the mid-1940s with flashbacks to the 1920s.

The ballad-filled story follows Billy, a young writer just home from war trying to sell a story to a powerful editor, Alice, who finds herself confronting the mysteries and secrets of her past.

The musical was inspired by Martin and Brickell’s Grammy Award-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You.”

“Bright Star” was nominated for multiple awards and won “Outstanding New Broadway Musical” (Drama Desk 2016), as well as “Outstanding New Broadway Musical” and “Outstanding New Score” (Outer Circle Critics Award 2016).

Directed by Matthew McCray and with music direction by Dan Redfeld, the college’s production of this powerful musical is not to be missed.

The cast is comprised solely of College of the Canyons students. Scenery and lighting for the production are also facilitated by students in the theatre classes.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 and May 3-4; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 and May 5.

General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for students and seniors are $6.

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

The College of the Canyons Theatre program is a highly regarded theatre program, with training in performance and technical theatre. The program offers associate degrees and certificates, including an AA-T degree that articulates with CSU schools, allowing students to enter CSU schools as juniors. The COC Theatre department is part of the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Students interested in the COC Theatre program are encouraged to email the department at theatre@canyons.edu.

‘Super Jazz at the Ranch’ Returns

| Entertainment | April 25, 2019

Super Jazz at the Ranch, a daylong jazz festival hosted by West Ranch High School, is set for Saturday, May 18. Music will fill the air as performers from throughout the region showcase their talents.

The event will be studded with dazzling musical performances, competitions and clinics. Music begins at 9 a.m.

Highlights of the day include a performance by the Jacob Mann Trio, featuring three of L.A.’s top young jazz talent.

Pasadena City College’s Brian Carmody will lead the Hart District Jazz “All-Stars,” a group composed of some of the most talented jazz students from around the William S. Hart Union School District.

Adjudicators include active professional musicians and notable jazz educators who will evaluate jazz ensembles from schools throughout Southern California.

All day general admission to Super Jazz at the Ranch is $10, and admission for students and seniors is $7. Food concessions will be available on site.

For additional information, contact Brian Leff, Director of Jazz Studies at West Ranch High School, at bleff@hartdistrict.org.

About Super Jazz at the Ranch

Super Jazz at the Ranch is an annual jazz festival, created by noted music educator, Bob Babko, to bring professional and student musicians together. Babko, an inductee in the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame in recognition of his dedication to music education, established the Super Jazz music festival in 1997 as one of his many endeavors to provide local jazz students with extraordinary opportunities to perform and learn.

Horses, Cats, People Paintings at Canyon Theatre Guild Gallery

| Entertainment | April 19, 2019

Santa Clarita Artists Association member, Olga Kaczmar, will be presenting a one-woman show at Canyon Theatre Guild (CTG) from May 1 to June 30.

“I’m very pleased to be invited to show my work again,” said Kaczmar. The display will include landscapes, florals, people and animal portraits. This will be a new collection in oil, watercolor, and pastel during the run of “Moonlight and Magnolias” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

In her earlier advertising career, Kaczmar created layouts and renderings for patent applications, ads, exhibits and brochures. Her computer-generated famine-genocide posters have been shown in USA, Canada, Ukraine, France, Australia and United Kingdom.

“Moonlight and Magnolias” is an epically hilarious small-cast comedy about the making of a Hollywood epic “Gone with the Wind,” which was inspired by actual events. ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is Oscar Wilde’s enduring Victorian comedy about mistaken identities and relationship hijinks, now proved to be a timeless classic.

Kaczmar’s collection of art and styles may be viewed at http://olga-kaczmar.fineartamerica.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 18, 2019

Apr 19, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery On Tap Band Rock & CR
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7:30–9:30p Alchemy Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic covers

Apr 20, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall the Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–11pm Alchemy Adam and Wyatt Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go CR w fiddle
9–12m Newhall Press Room Mike Fitzgerald Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ty Parker & friends Folk music

Apr 21, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Urban Soul Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Henry Becker HonkyTonk Country

Apr 23, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues mix

Apr 25, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Del Fuego Brothers Live music
6:30–9:30p Hyatt Valencia Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Eric Garcia band Blues mix

Apr 26, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Cinque, Ralles & Fekete Classic rock

8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Brett Vogel Pop, acoustic

Wine of the Week: Agua Dulce Delight

| Entertainment | April 18, 2019

Yesterday, we began to bottle our 12-year-old port. It took eight of us and two days to complete. I know many people have waited patiently for this special release, so stay tuned for the release date.

Reyes Winery’s 12-year-old Agua Dulce Delight is a tribute to craftsmanship. After a decade of care and slow oak maturation, we bottled this amazing example of elaborate flavors and artistry port-style dessert wine. This is for those who appreciate the quality and complexities 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 over time it acquired its sophisticated notes of caramel, dates, and a hint of chocolate. This exceptional wine has a smooth, silky texture, with subtle oak nuances that deliver a long elegant finish. What I would suggest as a pairing with this spectacular dessert wine is a fig cake or a blue cheesecake. I also would suggest a port-soaked chocolate cake with a cocoa mascarpone cream filling and fudge frosting.

Recently, I bought some goat cheese filled with figs, and I was thinking about crackers that I have had many times which also have dried fruit in them. To put a little bit of the goat cheese on this cracker would be such an amazing pairing; even brie with fig jam on top. It has such delightful caramel notes that I would even suggest having salted-caramel ice cream with a touch of this dessert wine on top. Robert keeps mentioning that German chocolate cake would be the best paring. I think it’s because he’s partial to the coconut and the milk chocolate. German chocolate has the same texture as this magnificent 12-year-old port-like dessert wine. He thinks of German chocolate cake as having a moist frosting that just melts in your mouth, and would pair really perfectly with this wine.

After all these years, the wine is so fruity. In spite of its age, the wine has preserved its original fruitiness. This one will be available in two sizes, 375 or 750 mL. You never know when I will pre-release it in the tasting room and have it as the wine of the day. Keep reading our blog for our official release date.

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | April 11, 2019

by Beth Heiserman

Our 2013 Sangiovese won Silver and received 88 points from the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition and a Bronze from the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. This amazing California Sangiovese has aromas of plum and tea. On the palate you will get plum, anise, and earl grey tea. It has a smooth finish. Enjoy this wine with spaghetti and marinara sauce, parmesan cheese or grilled plums with chevre. We now have fewer than three cases of this special wine, brining it out only this weekend for everyone to enjoy before it is gone.

Then, Reyes Winery will very soon release a new wine, which is our 2016 Sangiovese. Our Sangiovese is made from a specific vineyard selected by our winemaker, Robert Reyes, to create a wine that captures the heart of the 2016 vintage. On the nose there is an aromatic profile of black currant and plum that continue on the palate with balanced acidity. Enjoy this wine with aged Pecorino cheese, a panzanella salad and cherries poached in red wine with mascarpone cream. Stay tuned for the date, but this Saturday I will be previewing it on Saturday.

I also will be previewing our 2014 Quinn’s Zin. The intense aromas of our 2014 old vine Zinfandel have notes of blackberry jam, bing cherries, black pepper and spice. Ruby in color, this full-bodied wine finishes with soft, velvety tannins. Our locally sourced zinfandel is layered with complex flavors which pairs beautifully with grilled salmon, asiago cheese or a blackberry charlotte.

Come celebrate #RedWine at Reyes Winery. April 13 is World Malbec Day! Social media has a hashtag for it, #MalbecWorldDay and #Malbec. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Malbec. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass! Come taste award-winning #RedWine with a petite food pairing with each wine! I chose several varietals for this special tasting event. We are celebrating amazing award-winning red wines.

From Law to Watercolor

| Entertainment | April 11, 2019

A watercolor demo by Julie Crouch will be held on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m., during the meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA).

“When I retired from practicing law in 2002, I started taking watercolor classes and haven’t put my brushes down since,” said Crouch. “I am in love with watercolor! I am enamored with color, especially when the colors mix on the paper in unexpected ways.  I rein myself in by paying attention to value, letting the colors flow.”

Crouch teaches watercolor weekly at the City of San Gabriel Community Services Department and at Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, Calif. She is on the Mid-Valley Arts League and has also served on the Board of National Watercolor Society. She is a Signature Member of Watercolor West and in Western Colorado Watercolor Society. Her work has been juried into several national exhibitions and she received the Valley Watercolor Society Top Honors Award in their 2012 and 2015 juried exhibitions. Visit www.juliecrouchart.com for more information.

A graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, she has studied with most of the well-known watercolorists: Gerald Brommer, Frank Eber, Tom Fong, Frank Francese, Fealing Lin, Barbara Nechis, Carl Purcell, Brenda Swenson, Mel Stabin, Joseph Stoddard, Christine Sullivan, Chris Van Winkle and others.

This event is free, open to the public and meets at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd. Attendees are encourgaed to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more info on the artclub, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

2019 Cowboy Festival Road Closure and Parking Details

| Community, Entertainment | April 11, 2019

The 26th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival returns to Old Town Newhall this weekend. Residents are encouraged to prepare for road closures in Old Town Newhall and plan transportation accordingly for Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.

The 2019 Cowboy Festival, taking place at William S. Hart Park is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area. Beginning Saturday, April 13, Newhall Avenue, from Market Street to 4th Street, will be closed for festival transportation and set up. Remember to plan a different route in advance of the closure, which will last from Saturday, April 13 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m.

Free parking for the Cowboy Festival will again be offered in the dirt lot located at the bend of 13th Street and Arch Street in Newhall. Guests will be able to take a free shuttle to and from the parking lot. Note that limited parking is also available in the city-owned parking structure on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, but shuttle service from the structure will not be available. No parking is available at Hart Park.

For more information regarding Cowboy Festival events, and to purchase tickets to special performances, visit CowboyFestival.org.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 11, 2019

Apr 12, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery The Grizwalds Classic 70’s
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7:30–9:30p Alchemy Dole – Humphries duo Folk rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Cinque, Ralles & Fekete Classic rock
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers

Apr 13, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Al Bermudez Live music
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Rory Seldon – InnerSession R&B, funk

8–11pm Wine 661 All Access band Rock covers
8–12m VFW 6885 Pam & Chad Watson Country
9–11pm Alchemy No Chasers band Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole – Humphries duo Folk rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft Blues band Blues mix

Apr 14, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Fulcos Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Vincenzo’s Newhall Lottie Arnold Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Mary White band Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall SCV Blues Society Blues Jam

Apr 16, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse 6th anniver. VanWinkl night Dallas& friends

Apr 18, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum fahr.west Sessions Country rock
7–10pm Old Town Newhall Senses Block Party Cowboy theme
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues

Apr 19, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
7 – 9 pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers

8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Benny Thomas band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

SCAA 7th Annual Spring Art Festival

| Entertainment | April 5, 2019

On Sunday, April 28, the members of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) will be holding a “Spring Art Festival” in the gardens of Le Chene French Cuisine at 12625 Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the 7th Art Festival at this beautiful location. Approximately 45 artists will be displaying their original artwork for the free enjoyment of the public. All art will be offered for sale to fund high school scholarships for promising art students and to fund other art opportunities in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The SCAA has been the only non-profit fine art association in Santa Clarita since 1989. The club gives artists direction and opportunities to learn, grow, and present themselves as professional artists worldwide.

This free event will be one day only and is open to the public. Brunch or lunch may be purchased at the restaurant. Dining reservations are recommended by calling 661-251-4315. For other information about the Spring Festival, call 661-252-7639.

Castles, Cottages and Countryside Show

| Entertainment | April 4, 2019

The public is invited to attend Laurie Morgan’s solo art show, Castles, Cottages and Countryside, at FastFrame throughout the month of June. There will be an artist’s reception Saturday, June 8 from 1-4 p.m.

The exhibit includes a selection of watercolor and pastel paintings from her travels, showcasing landscapes, florals and architecture.

“I get a thrill rendering on canvas the sights I see in my travels around the world,” said Morgan. “I’m intrigued by historic architecture and most of my work contains part of a house, castle, cottage, cabin, barn or other structure. I love the history behind the buildings and ruins, and try to convey their stories … I’m also fascinated by man’s use of natural substances such as, stone, brick, wood and often add these to my work as well. Equally I love flowers and gardens and try to include them wherever I can. I often use my own garden for inspiration for many of my floral paintings.”

A local artist since 1988, Morgan is a member and past-president of Santa Clarita Artists Association and teaches art classes through ARTree. Morgan’s art has been exhibited at the SCAA Gallery of Santa Clarita, La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, Santa Paula Arts Association Gallery, The Lonny Chapman Theatre in Noho, JET Studios in Noho, the Canyon Theatre Guild, The Main in Old Town Newhall, Fast Frame Valencia, The Valley Fair, and other art fairs and shows throughout L.A. County. Her original paintings and prints reside in homes and businesses all over the world. Her complete collection may be viewed at www.lauriemorgan.biz.

Fastframe is located at 24204 Valencia Blvd. in Valencia, next to Kohls. For more information, contact valenciafastframe@att.net or visit www.santaclaritaartists.org.

Wine of the Week: Malbec

| Entertainment | April 4, 2019

by Beth Heiserman

Come celebrate #RedWine at Reyes Winery. April 13 is World Malbec Day! Social media has a hashtag for it, #MalbecWorldDay and #Malbec. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Malbec. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass!

This wine was originally released in April of 2015. Even though the prominent growing regions around the world are Argentina, Chile and Cahors, it is grown here locally in Leona Valley. It is a limited-edition vintage which has aromas of plum, currant and tobacco. On the palate, you get tantalizing notes of plum, raisins and a smidgeon of pepper. This Bordeaux-style varietal has medium tannins, is velvet in color, and has a silky finish. It pairs well with Asian-Style braised short ribs or roasted pork tenderloin with a plum sauce.

Come taste award-winning #RedWine, and a petite food pairing with each wine! I have chosen special wines to be tasted with our 2013 Malbec for this special tasting event. Each wine will be paired with a petite bite and after you try them together you will think they were meant to be.

Join us in celebrating these amazing award-winning red wines: Our 2013 Sangiovese, 2016 Sangiovese (unreleased), 2011 Quinn’s Zin from the cellar, 2013 Quinn’s Zinn, 2014 Quinn’s Zinn (unreleased), 2012 Petite Syrah, and our 2013 Malbec, 2015 Grenache (member only wine).

The Red Wine Tasting Event will take place at Reyes Winery on Saturday, April 13 at 12 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. The cost of the event is $15 per person, and includes the tasting glass. Reyes Winery is located at 10262 Sierra Hwy in Santa Clarita, 91390. Visit www.reyeswinery.com to make reservations, or you can purchase tickets in the tasting room.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 4, 2019

Apr 5, 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                                  Dole – Humphries                     Folk rock
8–11:30                Vincent Hill Station               Runaway Train                           Country rock
9–12m                 Salt Creek Grille                      Jay Bolan                                     Classic rock

Apr 6, Sat

6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Siren Valley                                Acoustic orig
7–10pm                Backyard Grub & Brews         Saloonatics                                  Cover rock
7:30–10:30p        Vincenzo’s Newhall               The Grateful Dudes                 Bluegrass
8–10pm                Alchemy                                    Sean Wiggins duo                     Classic rk & orig
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Miles 2 Go                                   Classic rock
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                  Robert Heft band                      Blues
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Jay Bolan                                      Classic rock
9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Roby Duron                                                Classic rock

Apr 7, Sun

10a–2p                                 Saugus Swap meet                 Brothers & Others                    Live music
2–5pm                  Wolf Creek anniversary                        Dole – Humphries                     Folk rock

3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
4–7pm                  Backyard Grub n Brews                        Saloonatics                                  Cover rock
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                   No Chasers band                       Classic rock
Apr 9, Tues

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

7–10pm     Bergie’s steakhouse              Frank Christopher guest        Blues mix

Apr 11, Thur

6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Sean Wiggins duo                     Classic rk & orig
7–9pm                  Newhall Library                        Magnolia Drawl                          Country
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Daphne & Co                              Live music

Apr 12, 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 covers

8–11:30p   Vincent Hill Station                 Seventh Switch                         Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Lance Allyn                                 Classic covers
9–1:30a                Doc’s Inn                                    Frankly Speaking                      Rock covers







Go West, Santa Clarita, With Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | April 4, 2019

Saddle up your horse, steel or otherwise, and ride into Old Town Newhall for a wide selection of free Thursdays@Newhall events in April. On the calendar are the ever-popular 10 by 10 Variety Show, JAM Sessions, SENSES Block Party 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.

Get ready for the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival by learning new line dance steps at JAM Sessions on April 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. Candy Sherwin will lead a night of lessons at the community center (22421 Market Street) and show you dance step sequences that will get everyone moving together as one. After the lesson, practice your new dance steps as you listen to the sounds of The Mary White Band. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.

The always exciting SENSES Block Party takes over Main Street on April 18 with a Cowboy Roundup starting at 7 p.m. The Cowboy Roundup is the official after-party of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Rediscover the spirit of the Old West with music from Whiskey Tango, mechanical bull rides, line dancing, trick roping, gourmet food trucks, street performers and drinks from El Trocadero.

The same night, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Reality Optional: The Unhinged Wit of Phil Althouse.” The exhibit features digital work from the Los Angeles-based artist, who is fascinated by the challenge of telling a story and injecting humor and theatrical timing into a single still image. Attendees will get to explore the art work, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. The reception will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display from April 17 to May 1.

The Note by Note music night closes out the month and will take place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 25. 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 April include Glen Allan Britain, GRIT, Tracey Lee Nelson and Steven Kai Van Betten. 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.

College of the Canyons Offers Honorary PhDs to ‘Tenured’ Students

| Entertainment | April 1, 2019

To comply with the state’s new student-centered funding formula, College of the Canyons has taken steps to eject some of its more “seasoned” students by offering a PhD in Community College Studies – if they agree to part ways.

“We call them into the counseling office and ask them a few questions. The first is: Where’s the counseling office?” said Chancellor Dianne Van Hook. “We toss you a diploma, blow the honorary kazoo, and boom, you’re a doctor – get out.”

In order to receive adequate funding from the state, the school is required to get students out of community college and onto a career path quickly. So far, the program has proven to be effective – especially for the self-esteems of the newly doctored.

“When I walked into work the day after I got my diploma, I yelled, ‘Everyone in this Pizza Hut, bow down!’” said Kyle. “I swear that I made the best cinnamon sticks I ever had that day.”

As for the future of the workforce, the jury is out.

“So far, 300 applicants have been Doctors of Community College,” said the president of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. “I’m hoarse from describing the difference between a doctor and a physician.”

City Seal is Now Just an Ad for Plastic Surgery

| Entertainment | April 1, 2019

In light of recent concerns that the city seal does not so accurately represent the community, city officials decided on a new symbol that they feel better serves its constituency – an 11×8 glossy ad for plastic surgery.

“I just feel more comfortable pledging my allegiance to a mommy-makeover coupon,” said local PTA President Janice. “When I look around town, I don’t see a picket fence and a grassy hill; I see driveways littered with tummy tuck advertisements and billboards alerting me of flaws I never knew I had. My community is finally being represented.”

Sierra Pelona Wine Festival to Benefit Zonta Club of Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | March 28, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

On Saturday, April 6, Reyes Winery will hold its 7th annual Sierra Pelona Vintners Wine Festival, which will benefit the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Last year, over 700 people from all over Southern California attended. This year, more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend.

This year’s event will feature local wineries, breweries, cider makers, and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. There will be local artists, chefs, bakers, plus many artisans showing handmade crafts. One of the rules for our event is that everything is handmade locally, so our guests can meet the chef, winemaker, brew-master or artist.

The Zonta Club of the SCV is a 501c3 service organization that empowers both local and international women. The event will raise money for Zonta projects and scholarships such as:

“LifeForward” is a series of workshops that concentrate on topics useful to women of various ages and interests.
“Girls Robotics” is a STEM program for girls. For 11 years, Zonta has partnered with the Girls and Boys Club of the SCV to work with girls to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots.
“Zonta says NO” is a campaign to educate and raise awareness of domestic violence within our community. Every November, for “Sixteen Days of Advocacy,” seven red dresses are hung at different locations throughout the SCV. Each dress symbolizes a local woman whose life was lost to domestic violence.
Last year, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita partnered with “Fostering Youth Independence,” a local organization that ensures every youth leaving the foster care system feels safe, connected and loved.

Zonta also gives out scholarships to girls and women within the community. On May 9 at the Annual Awards event, scholarships for the “Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund” will be presented, along with Community Grants. Zonta International scholarships that will be awarded locally are “Jane M Klausman” and “Young Women in Public Affairs.” On the International level, an “Amelia Earhart Fellowship” is given to PhD candidates in science. One of our members, Dr. Sharon Langenbeck – the current Zonta International President Elect – was awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship twice.
For more information about Zonta, visit https://www.scvzonta.org.

The sponsors for the Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival include: Aquafina and Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, California Bank and Trust, Reyes Winery, Pour d’Vino, Audiology & Associates, Cobalt Realty, The Tuesday Coffee Club, and Farmers Insurance. Media sponsors are KHTS Radio, Inside SCV, the Santa Clarita Gazette, the SCV Signal, and Santa Clarita Magazine. Numerous private donors contribute as well.

On Your Feet or On Your Knees: Blue Oyster Cult Tonight (Friday)at the Canyon!

| Entertainment | March 28, 2019

by Harry Parmenter

Blue Oyster Cult will play The Canyon Friday March 29. This is one of the most underrated outfits in rock ‘n’ roll history. The thinking man’s metal band (even though they weren’t really metal), their brilliance was overshadowed in an age ruled by Aerosmith, KISS and the mighty Zeppelin. They made a string of terrific albums that have aged like fine wine, including their eponymous debut, Tyranny & Mutation, Secret Treaties, Agents of Fortune, Mirrors and Spectres, yielding hits in “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You” and the classic “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” They also released, for my money, the best live record ever made: “On Your Feet or On Your Knees,” a double LP with a badass cover photo of a stretch limo adorned with the band’s mysterious logo parked outside a gloomy old church beneath dark, foreboding skies.

BOC delivered the goods with endless touring and a stage show among the first to feature state-of-the-art lasers in the 1970s. My friends and I fought our way through an ice storm one New Year’s Eve to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, home base for the band, with front-man Eric Bloom blazing a laser out of a ring on his finger, directing the beam at giant mirrored spheres hanging from the arena, reflecting an endless shower of rays onto our stoned little heads while the band hammered their unique brand of cryptic rock at peak volume. Unforgettable stuff.

Then, during the show-stopping “ME 262,” drummer Albert Bouchard abandoned his kit to grab a guitar and join Bloom, multi-instrumentalist Allen Lanier, bassists Joe (no relation) Bouchard and uber lead guitarist Buck Dharma in a line of axe men repeating the malevolent chords of the ode to a WWII German bomber. Yeah, they were a bit metal, come to think of it.

The Bouchards eventually moved on and Lanier sadly passed away several years ago, but Buck and Bloom carry on with a band more than equal to preserving their great legacy. At the Canyon, you can expect a great set list featuring not only the hits, but essential cuts from their deep catalog including the monster lick “E.T.I.,” “Dr. Music,” “Buck’s Boogie” and the inevitable masterpiece, “(Then Came the) Last Days of May,” a cautionary tale about a dope deal gone bad featuring a poignant, mournful guitar solo I will take with me to the grave.

Five or six years ago, BOC inexplicably played a music festival/charity event at Valencia Country Club. There was no publicity or advertising and I stumbled onto it the day before and arrived to find a reserved crowd of foodies sipping white wine and sampling various local catered fare. White tablecloths, champagne flutes and strawberries dipped in chocolate. What were these monsters of rock doing here?!

Following dinner, darkness fell and Blue Oyster Cult took the stage as maybe 50 people who UNDERSTOOD THE GREATNESS ABOUT TO UNFOLD stood on the grass in front of the band, including my son, myself and two boys who couldn’t have been more than 12 years old, one in a Black Sabbath tee, the other Metallica. It must have been their first concert and, man, were they lucky.

Unfazed by the small crowd and the odd booking, the band wailed from start to finish. We stood there hooting and hollering, shouting out requests and at one point Bloom said between songs, “This is just like a private party!” And it was!

Don’t miss the party with Blue Oyster Cult at the Canyon Friday night. They will burn for you.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | March 28, 2019

Mar 29, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone band Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30 Vincent Hill Station Right Side Up Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Mar 30, Sat
3–7pm Fast House Robert Heft & Cory Clay Live music
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Classic covers
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 band CR & country
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Horn & Gerry Rothschild Classic covers
8–12m VFW 6885 Lee Harper band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Classic covers 9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Covers & orig

Mar 31, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Fulcos band Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–8pm Vincenzos Newhall Tangent & Rough Around the Edges
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock

Apr 2, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music 7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Harry Orlove guest Blues mix

Apr 4, Thur
6:30–9:30p Brewery Draconum The Dusty Covers Classic rock
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys CR fun

Apr 5, 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 covers
8–11pm American Legion First Friday Jam Live bands
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 21, 2019

Mar 22, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              On Tap band                               Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)        Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                     Live music
8–11:30                Vincent Hill Station                 Overdrive                                     Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Dole – Humphries                     Folk rk & CR

Mar 23, Sat

2:30–5:30p          Pocock Brewery                        Splash Mob                                 Reggae
6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Miles 2 Go                                   CR w/fiddle
7:30–10:30p        Vincenzo’s Newhall               Monkey Bump                          Rock covers

8–11pm               The Local Pub n Grill                Max Esparzza                              Live music
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Colene & Co                                Swing, R&B
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Servants of Soul                        Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                        Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Boys Night Out                         CR & Blues

Mar 24, Sun        10a–2p                    Saugus Swap meet                 Karson City Rebels                    Live music
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
5–8pm                  Vincenzos Newhall                 Corky Knight & the Daze        Classic rock
5–9pm                  American Legion                     Classic Rock Jam                        Live bands
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                   Breakfast with Barbie              Classic rock

Mar 26, Tues

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

7–10pm     Bergie’s steakhouse              SRBQ band                                   Blues mix

Mar 28, Thur

6:30–9:30p          Brewery Draconum                Vinyl Gypsies                              Classic rock
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Crush Jones band                     CR funk

Mar 29, 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 covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Live music
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 The Fulcos                                   Rock covers
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

Is Your Wine Gluten Free?

| Entertainment | March 21, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Last week, I saw an article that caught my interest. Is wine gluten free?

Yes, there can be gluten found in wine, but it is an insignificant amount. There are two ways it could be found in wine. One way is through fining agents, which remove the impurities and sediment in wine before bottling.

We use bentonite, which is mineral-based, wheat free and vegan. Bentonite is used to absorb and remove what is not wanted in a glass of wine. Sometimes, it can strip too much from the wine. We do a light filtration in order to retain the flavor and complexities of the wine. The bentonite clay possesses a negative electrostatic charge. It allows the particles or sediment to cling to it and then settle to the bottom of the barrel before we filter, so the wine can be clear. It is an effective way to remove the proteins that are not wanted. Plus, it can help reduce the capability to oxidize.

Another method utilized by some cooperages (including Barrel maker), is a wheat-based paste that seals the barrels. More common is the use of a wax-based product. Again, trace amounts can be found in the wine. I often hear how many people have allergies to certain wines, especially red wines. Since red wine is aged mainly in oak, this could be a reason that people who need wheat-free diets have a reaction. This is another reason to drink local.

Our newest release is our 2013 Syrah. It already earned a Double Gold and 94 points in the San Francisco International Wine Competition, in addition to Silver in the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Our Estate Syrah was aged in French Oak for 23 months and brings blackberry, plum, pepper and fall herbs to your senses. Its silky finish lingers with soft tannins and a touch of smoky oak. Enjoy with lamb burgers or a mixed berry trifle. This will be featured on our tasting sheet this month and again in April.

Always check with the wine server at a tasting room to know if their wine is gluten free and vegan! Reyes Winery’s wine is! Our tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 11-5 p.m.

AV Fair & Event Center Celebrates 31st Annual Home Show

| Community, Entertainment | March 21, 2019

The 31st annual AV Fair and Event Center Home Show and More will take place March 22 – 24. Homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and motorsport fans can experience an amazing weekend at the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center.

“Home Show and More” features over 100 vendors and crafters. Attendees will have questions answered about their home appearance, comfort and functionality. Professional Home Show exhibitors will showcase and demonstrate their products and offer time and money-saving advice. The Craft Fair is back, featuring a wide range of vendors from handmade jewelry, crocheted items, and more.

New this year (on Saturday only) will be a motorsports event – Motor Mayhem. Mud will fly with four races scheduled, including: stock figure 8, modified figure 8, autocross, and demolition derby. Along with Motor Mayhem will be a Car Show featuring True Memories Car Club Charities Inc. and Cadillac Kings of the Antelope Valley.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the new trends in home décor, smart and creative ways to improve any home, and making a garden or yard more beautiful and efficient.

Pet adoptions will be conducted by the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control. Free tomato plants will be available daily while supplies last. Raffles including Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival ticket family packs and more will take place daily at the AV Fair & Event Center booth.

Gates to the Home Show and More event open Friday, March 22, from 12 p.m-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Motor Mayhem and the Car Show take place on Saturday only. The car show begins at 9:00 a.m., and races begin at 1:00 p.m. Admission to both events is free, and daily parking is $5.00.

For complete vendor list and event details visit avfair.com or the AV Fair app. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram @AVFairgrounds.

Film Screenings at Congregation Beth Shalom

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | March 16, 2019

A place of worship isn’t normally a venue for screening movie entertainment, but for the leadership at Congregation Beth Shalom’s monthly film series, being outside of the mainstream is a good thing.

“Five years ago, the CBS Film Series started as a way to bring wonderful and little known independent films to the community,” said Suzannah Warlick. “The two movie theaters in Santa Clarita typically show the same big budget blockbusters, (but) independent films don’t have those same budgets for publicity. They’re usually confined to film festivals and other venues you have to be in-the-know to find.”

The public is welcome to attend. And to get a taste of how unique the event is, among the movies they’ve screened are “Land of Milk and Funny” about an American Jewish standup comedian bringing colleagues to Israel and “93 Queen” about a Hasidic lawyer who creates the first all-female ambulance corps in New York City.

The CBS Film Series was designed to bring these diverse and lesser-known films into the public eye. At Congregation Beth Shalom’s first screening they only had 19 people in the audience, but it’s grown exponentially since then, so now they can typically expect about 100 people at the monthly event.

“With audience members spreading the word and bringing their friends, the film series even attracts people from neighboring communities as close as the San Fernando Valley and as far as Los Angeles,” Warlick said.

And the value is also a big draw. For the price of a $5 ticket, you get lunch and popcorn along with the movie.

“It’s a terrific way to meet new people and broaden your film horizons,” Warlick added. “We try our best to bring directors, producers, or relevant speakers to accompany the film for a Q&A. If we can’t make that happen, we still give the audience interesting information so they come away with an even better understanding of these amazing movies.”

The most recent film the group screened was “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” which has a score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film featured Carl Reiner’s interviews with 90-year-old celebrities to get their insights about life. Dick Van Dyke, Kirk Douglas and Betty White were among those in the movie.

To stay informed about the Congregation Beth Shalom Sunday movies, you can get on a list to receive updates by emailing them at cbsfilmseries@gmail.com. You can also “like” the CBS Film Series on Facebook. Or you may also join more than 1,000 members on the Santa Clarita Monthly Independent Film Series Meetup group on Meetup.com.

Famed Courtroom Illustrator To Speak at SCAA

| Entertainment | March 14, 2019

Courtroom illustrator Bill Robles will speak at the Santa Clarita Artists Association meeting on Monday, May 20. This event is free, open to the public and takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

“I love courtroom illustrating … the immediacy…working feverishly…the adrenaline flows…and suddenly it is over, onto the satellite and seen around the world,” said Robles. For more than four decades, Bill Robles has mastered the art of on-the-spot illustration. The 1970 Charles Manson trial launched a career as a Television News Courtroom artist, and has resulted in a long succession of high profile trials including:

Illustrations of the Charles Manson trial by Bill Robles.

Patricia Hearst; Actor Lee Marvin’s Palimony Trial; John De Lorean, The Night Stalker (Richard Ramirez); Rodney King; O.J. Simpson; the Unabomber; Oklahoma City Bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols; the Menendez Brothers; Robert Blake; Michael Jackson; Paris Hilton; Lindsay Lohan; Arizona shooter Jarad Lee Loughner; Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes; Dodger Stadium Beating Victim Bryan Stow Trial; Donald Sterling vs. Shelly Sterling LA Clippers Ownership Trial; Enrique Marquez (purchased weapons for San Bernardino Terrorists); Led Zeppelin Copyright Trial; Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Trial; and Robert Durst.

Bill has been honored for his illustration career with numerous awards and assignments, which include being selected by NASA to be on site and document the first four Space Shuttle missions, an Emmy nomination, a Gold Medal Award from the Los Angeles Art Directors Club coverage of the Manson trial., three Gold Medals from the Broadcast Designers Association, awards from the New York and Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and in 2016, the Library of Congress acquired all of Bill’s original artwork from the book publication titled “The Illustrated Courtroom 50 Years of Courtroom Art.”

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Art Center College of Design.  Several years later, he returned to Art Center as a Drawing instructor and continued his teaching career for more than twenty years in the Visual Communications program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Robles currently lectures about his courtroom artwork at libraries, colleges and art groups. Visit http://www.billrobles.com for more information.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more info on the artclub, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

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