Logo

Dance the Night Away Up on the Roof Presented by WiSH

| Entertainment | July 25, 2019

There is just one month left to get your tickets to this year’s Cocktails on the Roof, coming up on Friday, September 6th, presented by the WiSH Education Foundation. Get your dancing shoes on and come UP to the top level of the Macy’s parking garage at Valencia Town Center for our fifth annual event, sure to keep all of your senses happy – amazing food, luscious cocktails and spirits, fabulous music and dancing, cozy lounges and time with friends. Nowhere else can you find all of this in one place in Santa Clarita – up on the roof and under the stars.

Don’t forget that one of the many things that make this event so much fun is the private lounge! Get your friends together and reserve a private lounge for 8-10 people – your “home base” for the party, complete with modern furniture, cool lighting and space all your own next to your favorite food and cocktails. This year we’ll have raffle prizes – including shopping sprees at Macy’s and a silent auction as well, so bring your good luck with you! Come join us as we dance until the very last song of the night.

We are welcoming back our favorites and having new restaurants join us – don’t forget to pace yourselves as you try tasty treats from Salt Creek Grille, Nealie’s Skillet, Wolf Creek Restaurant, Greater Pacific, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon, Olive Terrace Bar & Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Marston’s Restaurant, Red Lobster and much more. Wet your whistle with a creative signature cocktails by all the restaurants, plus JFC International, Honu Coffee, Alpine Distillery, Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur, Dulce Vida Tequila, Mammoth Coffee Roasting Co., Wolf Creek Brewery and more.

Many thanks to our sponsors Littler, Macy’s, California Credit Union, Chiquita Canyon, SOS Entertainment, United Site Services, Burrtec, Oakridge Landscape, Gymnastics Unlimited and Jennifer Ramos, Social Conduit! If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Executive Director Amy Daniels at wish@hartdistrict.org.

Tickets can be found at www.cocktailsontheroofscv.org. 21 and over only, please be responsible. Plan on leaving your vehicle in the garage at night or better yet, take alternate transportation to and from the party.

WiSH funds programs and initiatives that are not paid for by tax dollars alone; we fund the schools of the William S. Hart Union High School District – grades 7-12, over 22,000 students. Invest in the future of our valley – our students.

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | July 25, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Last night I steamed artichokes for dinner and made a sauce of sour cream with again my favorite Dijon mustard. I used the one that had rose wine, grapefruit and rosemary honey. I did add a little squeeze a pink lemon juice to it for a touch of acidity. I picked those up at the farmers market. I have never seen them at a regular market, but I have seen the trees for sale at Home Depot.

I must say, it was quite a big artichoke so I couldn’t eat the whole thing and I decided that I was going to save half the heart for tonight‘s dinner. It’s been so warm this past week I haven’t really felt like a whole lot of hot food for dinner so, breakfast it is! A few years ago, while watching Gordon Ramsay he inspired me to change the way I prepare scrambled eggs. By coincidence, this morning I saw that he posted a picture of a traditional English breakfast. I decided to give a try, but was going to put a twist on the eggs and add my sour cream mixture instead of crème fraîche.

Now let’s talk hash browns….why just potato? Why not root vegetables or even multicolored potatoes for a change? Or what about a combination? Breakfast for dinner is definitely a favorite of mine. Blueberry chicken sausage, country potatoes, eggs and a slice of an heirloom tomato with a glass of 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc makes me happy.

This wine has won a Bronze medal in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and received 82 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (05/2018 edition). This wine has aromas of crisp citrus, green apple with slight floral notes. On the palate, you get a hint of honeydew melon and granny smith apples. This fruit forward wine can be appreciated alone or with food. It pairs with prosciutto and melon, Jambalaya and breakfast.

Country-Style Root Vegetables & Potatoes

Ingredients
2 red potatoes, unpeeled and cut in 3/4” pieces
1 yam, unpeeled and cut in 3/4” pieces
1 Japanese sweet potato, unpeeled and cut in 3/4” pieces
2 parsnips, peeled and cut in 1/2” pieces
2 carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2” pieces
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 large sweet onion, skinned and cut in 1/2” pieces
½ cup 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

1. In a 3 ½ qt pot, boil the potatoes, yam, sweet potato, parsnip and carrots for 15 minutes in salted water until al dente
2. Drain and set aside
3. In a cast iron skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil
4. Sauté the onions for about 10 minutes
5. Add garlic to pan and 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc
6. Add remaining vegetables to pan and sauté for an additional 10 minutes until brown
7. Add paprika, parsley, salt and pepper and mix together.
8. Serve and enjoy with a glass of chilled 2013 Renaissance by Reyes Sauvignon Blanc

Queen Nation to Rock On at Concerts In The Park Queen Tribute Band to Perform at Central Park

| Entertainment | July 25, 2019

Get ready for Queen Nation to rock your world on Saturday, July 27. The Queen tribute band will perform during this year’s Concerts in the Park series. The free concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

This is real life, it’s not just a fantasy. Queen Nation really does put on amazing performances that pay homage to vintage Queen with their accurate costumes, unbelievable sound and energetic stage presence. Each of the four band members come from musical backgrounds and collaborate to recreate the magic of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Queen Nation celebrates everything Queen did for the rock genre as they play the band’s biggest hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions.”

Don’t bite the dust and miss out on this rocking performance! Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the show. Attendees can also picnic at the park with snacks from the different food vendors that will be on site.

For more information about Concerts in the Park, and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Ted Nugent Brought Guitars and Greatness to Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | July 25, 2019

by Eric Goldin

The Motor City Madman graced the Santa Clarita Valley with his presence last Sunday. I got chills down my spine when I had the privilege of seeing the most underappreciated rocker in history play in my home city. Even though Los Angeles is filled with far-left extremists who may hate his existence, he was able to venture past the dreck and come to Santa Clarita. Nugent forced his way through the leftist jungle of LA and got on stage at The Canyon restaurant located at the Valencia Town Center. The venue was packed and amped up even hours before he got on stage. People absolutely love Uncle Ted! The man just turned seventy this year, but he’s in tremendous shape. He has the energy of a twenty-year-old, and he still has the stamina to put on an absolutely electrifying concert.

Ted Nugent started his rock career in the 1960s as the lead guitarist for the Amboy Dukes. He eventually went off on his own and came up with hit songs, such as Cat Scratch Fever, Great White Buffalo and Weekend Warriors. Detroit has always been a hotbed for great musical talent, and he represents the Motor City proudly. Ted Nugent is a master with the guitar. It’s no hyperbole to say that he’s definitely one of the all-time greats to ever string a guitar. His rifts are absolutely epic! I would even go as far as to say that his guitar skills are on par with Jimi Hendrix.

Ted is not just a guitarist – the man can sing savagely and give the people some pure unadulterated hard rock music. Ted is one of the greatest showmen in rock history. In his youth he did some of the wildest antics ever seen on stage. He would swing down on stage like Tarzan and shoot his bow-and-arrow while his audience looked on in amazement. Ted isn’t quite so crazy nowadays but he still knows how to get a crowd into a frenzy. The Motown Madman knows how to make his entire show enthralling from start to finish.

He deserves to take his rightful place in the Rock Hall of Fame, but the people who run it have denied him year after year. The only reason why he hasn’t been inducted into the hall of fame yet is because of his conservative political views and the fact that he’s a proud supporter of the second amendment. Ted doesn’t beat around the bush – he believes that we should all have the right to carry a firearm without the government constantly harassing us with more and more regulations. Ted believes that “gun safety” should mean teaching everybody how to use a firearm properly, so they can defend themselves if a situation were to ever arise where they needed to. Ted will continue to bravely fight for what he believes in. Nothing intimidates him.

I feel for all the people who didn’t spend their Sunday evening with Ted. They missed an explosive show where he played all his great songs. He entertained and delighted the crowd with humor and his trademark witticisms. My favorite moment was when he was talking about needing a permit in California to carry a gun. He said, “Here’s my permit!” while he pretended to reach into his pocket and then he stuck up his middle finger. The man is hilarious! It was also really cool when he showed off the different vintage guitars he owns and told the crowd a little bit about their history. I’ve seen many concerts at The Canyon restaurant, but I must say that the two Ted Nugent concerts (the other one July 1st, 2018) were the most fun I’ve had there. It’s impossible not to have fun when he’s around. Ted plays his music so loud that you’ll remember him for the rest of your life. Next time Ted comes to Santa Clarita; don’t miss your chance to see him.

“Two of Us” Art Exhibit at Fast Frame August 1-31

| Entertainment | July 19, 2019

Santa Clarita’s local artists Zony Gordon and Bonny Butler will be the featured artists at the “Two of Us” art exhibition featuring latest watercolor & mixed media artworks. The art show will be held at the Fast Frame Gallery in Valencia starting August 1-31, 2019.
A wine reception is scheduled on Saturday, August 17, from 1-4 P.M. with hors d’oeuvres and dessert . Musical entertainment will be provided by Don Butler, a guitarist and singer.

There will be a raffle and winner need not be present. The event is open to the public.

Both award-winning artists use watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, with focus on contemporary impressionistic art. They are members of the Santa Clarita Artists Association and exhibit locally at the SCAA Art gallery in Newhall, Canyon Theatre Guild, and some local libraries. Live art demo from both will also be scheduled during the month.

Fast Frame Valencia is located at 24204 Valencia Blvd., at the Kohl Shopping Center. For inquiries, call 661-312-3422 or 661-993-6234. Fast Frame could be reached at 661-291-1325.

The ARTree Offers New Spotlight Saturday Workshop Animation before Film

| Entertainment | July 18, 2019

The ARTree builds community by providing opportunities to nurture creative thinking and expression through the unique power of the arts. They offer classes and events throughout the year. They have just announced a new workshop series – Spotlight Saturdays, with the first event, Animation before Film, taking place on August 10th from 10am-1-pm for individuals 12-years-old and up.

Class size will be between four to 12 students for an optimal learning experience and will be offered at a cost of $50. The workshop is described as, “It’s alive! Learn how animation “works,” create updated versions of historical techniques, and bring your art to life! Students will make original animated gadgets such as zoetropes, flipbooks, and phenakistocopes (ya… it’s a thing!) and capture their creations digitally to share and showcase. No artistic skills necessary and mad scientists are always welcome.”

Course Objectives/ Outcomes:
-Introduction to early optical devices which incorporate or utilize animation.

-Students will learn a basic understanding of how animation works and the elements needed to create the illusion of movement.

-Historical artists, animators, and filmmakers will be covered related to the content.

-Students will create zoetrope strips, thaumatropes, flipbooks and phenakistiscopes, if time allows, in this workshop.

-Students will also learn a selection of the animation principles developed by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas from Disney Animation Studios.

The ARTree Community Arts Center is located at 22508 6th Street in Newhall. Visit https://theartree.org/ or call (661) 673-7500 to register.

Stay Cool with Summer Dive In Movies at the Aquatic Center

| Entertainment | July 18, 2019

Summer is in full swing and we’re far enough into it that many families are running out of creative ideas on how to stay cool. Luckily, for SCV families, the City is hosting a Dive In Movie night at the Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 27th.

Movie goers will be allowed into the pool area starting at 7pm for pre-festivities, swimming and free snacks. To avoid any glare, the film will start once the sun goes down. “Trolls,” starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, will be shown and is a “happy” and fun animated film appropriate for the entire family.

“Don’t forget to bring your pool float to the Dive In Movie so that you can drift around to your heart’s content during the main event! If swimming isn’t your thing – or if you’d prefer to just dip your toes in the water – you can also sit on the deck with your towel or bring your chair to get more comfortable and take in the movie from our ‘Balcony Section,’” suggests Mayor Marsha McLean.

She added, “You can make just an afternoon – or an entire day – of fun at the park. Spend quality time at Santa Clarita Park with your family as your kids play on the playground or practice your free-throws and three-pointers in a friendly game of H-O-R-S-E on the park’s basketball court. You can also have a lovely evening picnic before the movie starts!”

Admission is $10 per person, pre-registration is not required, but recommended. Register online by visiting santa-clarita.com/Seasons, click “Explore and Register” and search for “Dive In Movie.”

For questions or more information about Dive In Movies reach out to the City’s Aquatics Office at (661) 250-3740, or visit the Aquatic Center in person at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.

Live Music

| Entertainment | July 18, 2019

July 19, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Jackie O (OingoBoingo) Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Tony Galla + Blues Shuffle Town Ctr Dr
8–11pm Wine 661 Eliot Waldhorn guitar Flamenco
8–11pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Tommy Peacock Upbeat rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Country rock
8–1am Amer Legion Newhall Heavy Metal night Hard rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Jerry Best Acoustic rock
9–12m Alchemy Sean Hughes band Rock, pop
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

July 20, Sat
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery The Band Lexington Rock & country
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
7–10pm Santa Clarita Central Park Prussia – punk r+b Summer Concerts
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall Grateful Dudes Bluegrass

8–10pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Ctry & blues
8–11pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Rock & pop
–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker band Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Miles 2 Go Classic rock

9–12m Newhall Press Room Ken Tucker Acoustic rock
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Karson City Rebels Ctry & CR

July 21, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Emerald City Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grill Drunken Monkies Classic rock
5:30–8:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Drop Zone Lite Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 No Chasers band Classic rock
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Jazz Jam Jazz mix

July 23, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Danny Diaz & Celso Salim Blues mix

July 24, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music
6–9pm Tomato Joe’s Cyn Ctry Dan Kirkpatrick Live music

July 25, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Shay Moulder Ukulele rk
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Sue Rey & the Runarounds 60’s classics

July 26, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery various bands Live music
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Kelly’s Lot Town Ctr Dr
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Sean Wiggins duo Classic rock
8–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Open mic night Various
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Alchemy Vinyl Gypsies band Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Prussia to Bring Funk and Blues to Concerts in the Park North Hollywood-Based Band to Perform Original Music at Central Park

| Entertainment | July 18, 2019

On Saturday, July 20, the band Prussia will cool down Central Park with some funk, blues and soul. The four-member band based in nearby North Hollywood will perform during this year’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union. The free concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Prussia’s “West Coast Funk” style will bring smooth tunes and funky beats to the Concerts in the Park stage. If their name sounds familiar, it is probably because you have seen them perform at the City’s SENSES events or Light Up Main Street in 2018. The band is excited and ready to make their Concerts in the Park debut!
Prussia is made up of four band members who hail from different parts of the world, including Venezuela, Georgia and Pennsylvania. They came together while studying music at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The band’s unique sound and electric live performances have earned them two Downbeat Student Awards for Outstanding Performance in the Pop/Rock/Blues category.

Concertgoers will enjoy Prussia’s original music, including songs “Sugar” and “The Last Minute.” Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can relax on the grass. Attendees can also picnic at the park with snacks from the different food vendors that will be on site.

For more information about Concerts in the Park, and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

Wine of the Week

| Entertainment | July 18, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Recently, I purchased a pasta machine. It makes pasta in five minutes, and then you just need to boil water that really takes longer than making the pasta itself. So, this week, I decided to make pasta from scratch.

Flour, water and one egg are the ingredients in this simple recipe. Yes, you can buy pasta and it will taste good, but making your own from scratch is the best. The one thing that is frustrating is that cleaning up takes too long. Yes, all the parts can go into the dishwasher (which is wonderful), but the cleaning process is very long. I will say this week I have made angel hair, fettuccine, penne and pappardelle. I made them all at once, so I didn’t have to clean it each time. So, what should I make with this delicious, home-made pasta?

One of my favorite dishes is beef stroganoff. Traditionally wide egg noodles are paired with this classic comfort food, but I chose appareled. My last birthday with my mother, before she passed away, she made this dish for me.

Recently, at the farmer’s market, there was a farmer who specialized in mushrooms. Instead of using button mushrooms, I love to use wild varieties. My favorites are maitake mushrooms, which are also called hen-of-the-woods. They are usually found in late summer. I also love to use shiitake, bunapi and enoki mushrooms. I like to use a combination of these in my stroganoff. I have read that wild mushrooms have many health benefits; I’m not sure how true this is, but I choose them every time I want mushrooms over the classic button.

How can I use Dijon mustard in a recipe without mentioning my favorite? The last time I ordered mustard, I bought one that has peppercorn and Irish whisky in it. I used that one in my beef stroganoff, but of course any Dijon will do, just add a few more grinds of fresh pepper.

I think that Reyes 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon would pair best with this dish. It has won two bronze medals, the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This delicious estate Cabernet Sauvignon has a delightful bouquet of black cherries and mace. On the palate this wine brings forth notes of cherries, pomegranate and cocoa. It was aged in French oak for 33 months which gives it a striking butterscotch and oaky finish. It pairs well with steak topped with blue cheese or black forest cake. Pairing this wine with this creamy sauce and fresh parsley and peppercorn is perfect. Here is my version of this classic dish. Enjoy!

Ingredients
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1-pound wild mushrooms, chopped into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1-pound roast beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium yellow or sweet onion, chopped into 1-inch chunks
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 cups 2012 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 package (12 ounces) large wide egg noodles
Chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions
1. Heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil and butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat
2. Add onions and brown for about 10 minutes
3. Add mushrooms, garlic and thyme and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes
4. Remove the mixture and put into a bowl and rest
5. In the same pan, add 3 more Tbsp of olive oil and brown the meat
6. Add the 2012 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon and the beef broth and continue to cook on a low heat for about 20 minutes
7. Add Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and sour cream to beef in the cast iron skillet
8. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
9. Mix in onion and mushroom mixture to skillet
10. Prepare egg noodles in a large pot of boiling, salted water
11. Mix in egg noodles and fresh parsley to mixture in skillet
12. Serve and enjoy with a glass of 2012 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon

Reyes Winery is Coming to Main Street

| Entertainment | July 12, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Reyes Winery is having a groundbreaking event for its second location, a 3-story mixed-use building on Main Street in Newhall.

Due to his passion for wine and winemaking, founder Robert Reyes envisioned having a small vineyard to produce small amounts of ultra-premium wines for family and friends, which has blossomed into a thriving winery with a tasting room open on weekends.

Reyes Winery and Vineyard is located in the Sierra Pelona Valley Appellation in Santa Clarita. The land was acquired in 2002 and the 16- acre property was planted in 2004. The winery has produced many award-winning wines, which include single varietal, Amber, red blends, dessert wines, and great Rosés.

Reyes Winery has won over 300 awards and medals as of July 1st, 2019, and emphasizes quality in every facet of production to ensure that once consumers taste the wines, they will recognize the quality and craftsmanship that go into every bottle. Reyes Winery’s mission is to deliver the highest quality wine produced in Los Angeles County at a fair price. They believe the quality of its wine will ultimately speak for itself when compared with other ultra-premium wines on the market.

Construction will start on July 8, 2019; the 3-story building will include a restaurant, office, meeting space and a roof-top open-space tasting room to display its award-winning wines. Join them August 1, 2019 for the groundbreaking event with a reception at 5pm, and a presentation of the new location from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Reyes Winery on Main will be located at 24329 Main Street in Newhall. RSVP by July 25th to ReyesOnMain@ReyesWinery.com.

Live Music!

| Entertainment | July 12, 2019

July 12, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Future X Husbands Classic rock
6–9pm Vincenzo’s Newhall Wardencliff Quartet Jazz
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Jim Gibson & band Town Ctr Dr
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Ctry & blues
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Fulcos, on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room We Are Wasted Acoustic punk
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic c.r.
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics

July 13, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Al Bermudez Live music
7–10pm Backyard Grub & Brews Right Side Up Classic rock
7–10pm Santa Clarita Central Park Surf City Allstars (BeachBoy) Summer Concerts
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall Burning Red Modern rock
8–10pm Double Trouble Wines Gary Coppola + Time Mach Classic rock
8–10pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Ctry & blues
8–11pm Wine 661 Various bands Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Chad Watson Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–12m Alchemy Snareheads Rock dance 9–12m Newhall Press Room Steve Jones Acoustic blues
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Cross Roads band Live music

July 14, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Abrakadabra Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins duo (Paul) Classic rock
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Various
5–8pm Salt Creek Grill Miles 2 Go Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall SCV Blues Society Jam Stunt Rd host

July 16, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music 7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge CD Release Blues mix

July 17, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music
6–9pm Tomato Joe’s Cyn Ctry Dan Kirkpatrick Live music

July 18, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum The Gamblers Live music
7–10pm Senses in Old Town Nwhl Margaritaville night music + more
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Sean Wiggins & band C.Rk & orig

July 19, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery various bands Live music
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Tony Galla + Blues Shuffle Town Ctr Dr
7–10pm Hyatt Val. Lounge Lance Allyn Acoustic CR
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Tommy Peacock Upbeat rock
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Country rk
8–12am Amer Legion Newhall Heavy Metal night Hard rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Live Music

| Entertainment | July 4, 2019

July 5, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Susie Hansen latin band Val. Mall
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote, on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Melanie Martel Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
July 6, Sat
6–10pm Wolf Creek Brewery Shay & Matt Classic rock
7–10pm Santa Clarita Central Park Wannabe – Spice Girls Summer
7–10pm Backyard Grub & Brews Saloonatics Classic rock
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–10pm The Local Pub n Grill Tommy Peacock Upbeat rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Various bands Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Gianna Campa Live music
9–12m Eighth and Rail Snareheads Rock classics
July 7, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Back Pages Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn Walker Gibson duo Pop, blues, CR
3–7pm Vincent Hill Open mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille patio G – 3 band Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Breakfast With Barbie Classic rock
July 9, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Crush Jones
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Eliot Witherspoon Classic rock
July 10, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music
6–9pm Tomato Joe’s Cyn Ctry Dan Kirkpatrick Live music
July 11, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Daphne CR & folk rk
7–10pm Hyatt Valencia lounge Sean Wiggins duo Classic covers
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Deep Fried Daddy’s CR-blues mix
July 12, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Various bands Live music
6–9pm Vincenzo’s Newhall Wardencliff Quartet Jazz
7–9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Jim Gibson & band Val. Mall
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Ctry, blues, folk
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock

Classes, Theatre and Music Come to The MAIN

| Entertainment | July 4, 2019

Beat the heat this July and enjoy the air-conditioned comforts of theatre shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall! Two theatre classes are being offered this month: puppet making for students and adult acting classes. Additionally, tickets are now on sale for a variety of theatre, comedy and music shows. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at select shows, in addition to concessions.

Due to the Independence Day holiday falling on the first Thursday of July, the 10 by 10 Variety Night is canceled this month. Don’t miss the next show on August 1, featuring music, film, storytelling, magic, comedy and more.

The Society Comedy Troupe is bringing a hilarious and energetic team improv show to The MAIN on Saturday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. Similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” the performers ask for audience participation while creating improvised music, comedy and scenes. Grab your friends for an evening of laughs at this show that’s appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $15.

Returning to The MAIN this July is the Acting Scene Study and Technique class, offered by acting teacher Stephen Whelan. Geared for individuals 16 and older, the class gives students the opportunity to read, analyze, memorize and perform a scene and monologue. Additionally, students will learn relaxation and warm-up techniques for the body, voice and mind. Classes occur on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., with the six-week session beginning July 8 and ending August 12. Session enrollment is $120 per student.

Beginning July 9, The MAIN will be home to a children’s workshop with Puppet Master Steve Troop. This wonderful and creative class combines the craft of puppet making with the skills of performing and none of the stage fright! Students will design and build their own puppet and learn to bring them to life. Children will design, cut and glue to create their puppet while learning acting and improv techniques to make a performance at the end of the course. Class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., July 9 through August 1, and is ideal for students ages 9 through 16. Session enrollment is $200 per student.

Get excited for the theatrical production of the month. The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival will bring a more modern envisioning of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” to The MAIN stage. Set against the backdrop of 1980s excess in Beverly Hills, this updated Tartuffe examines the evil that men can commit under the guise of religious fervor and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. This comedy is part of the Summer Theatre Festival and will happen at The MAIN on July 19 at 8:00 p.m., July 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and July 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Note by Note is a free music night 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! This month, look out for soulful singer-songwriter, Rachel Mazer. The show is on Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m., and is free to attend.

The Sidecar Music Series is back and better than ever as The Fahr West Sessions visits the MAIN stage for some classic rock and Americana music. Based in Santa Clarita, these long-time friends love playing together and it shows in the energy of their live performances. The show is Friday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go directly to the theater.

After a month off, “Soundcheck” returns with the musical stylings of Dean Decay and a soon to be announced band. “Soundcheck” is the SCVTV Community Media Center’s newest music series that provides a platform for young musicians from the Santa Clarita Valley to show off their musical prowess with the performance of original songs. The show is Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students with I.D.

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

Abby Diamond Paper Collage Demo at Barnes and Noble

| Entertainment | July 4, 2019

Abby Diamond will demonstrate the art of paper collage at the meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) on Monday, Aug. 1. This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Taking her inspiration from nature, Diamond creates colorful, unique and evocative landscape collages using torn pieces of magazine paper. Her Torn Paper Mosaics skillfully combines methods and theory learned from oil, watercolor and Chinese brush painting to create pure expressions of color, layer, shape, texture and outline.

“I’m a freelance illustrator and scribbler of things. I use ink and paints to draw monsters, colorful creatures, and beasts with too many limbs,” said Diamond. “After graduating with my BFA in Studio Art, I threw myself into creating art full-time. Album artwork, tattoo designs, and card games are some of the few things I like to illustrate. I hope to become a children’s book illustrator in the future.”

Diamond studied with Dorothy Cannon, a popular Los Angeles children’s art instructor, took sculpture and papier-mâché classes at Every Woman’s Village, and learned numerous arts and crafts techniques thanks to the offerings at public schools and community centers.

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

Wannabe, a Spice Girls Tribute to Kick Off Concerts in the Park

| Community, Entertainment | July 4, 2019

Swing it, shake it, move it and make it all evening long at the first show in this year’s Concerts in the Park series. The show on Saturday, July 6, will feature WANNABE, A Spice Girls Tribute. Starting at 7:00 p.m., hits from the ultimate ‘90s girl band will get the crowd dancing at this free concert at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Residents and visitors alike can spice up their lives by jamming out to the tunes of Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty and Baby Spice. WANNABE, A Spice Girls Tribute celebrates the biggest girl band in the world and “recreates the era of Girl Power.” This Canadian girl group will be heading on a United Kingdom tour this summer, but will stop in the States to perform at the City’s Concerts in the Park! Do not miss your chance to see what has been called the world’s top Spice Girls tribute as they perform the Spice Girls’ greatest hits like “Wannabe” and “Who Do You Think You Are.”

Say you’ll be there with your friends and family to enjoy the free show. Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can kick back on the grass. Attendees can also picnic at the park with snacks from the different food vendors that will be on site.
For more information about Concerts in the Park, and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, visit santa-clarita.com/concerts.

SCAA Presents ‘This Is America’

| Entertainment | July 3, 2019

This is America, a brand new Santa Clarita Artists Association exhibit, will open starting July 5. The exhibit will run until September 1, 2019. A free reception to meet the artists will take place on July 5, from 6-9 p.m., and the public is invited.

“Artworks will feature various people, cultures, cities and landscapes found in America,” said Mardio Georgio. There are many beautiful wall paintings, jewelry, decor items, small and miniature pieces for purchase. Some artists will provide live demonstrations on selected days throughout the show.”

The following artists will be showcasing their work:

• Chrystal Walker: “A Little Luck – Sometimes life throws us a huge storm but there are little clouds of luck nearby. Right place, right time and a good omen driving through; this shot was taken near the Utah Salt Flats. Photography has been a first love of mine.”

• George Goldberg: “Small Town Picnic is a childhood memory from growing up in small-town America.”

• Olga Kaczmar – “9/11 Never Forget depicts the tragedy of September 9, 2001 and the heroic response of the New York Fire Department. Almost 3,000 people were killed.”

• Mardi Georgio – “California Gold represents the golden grasses and eucalyptus typically found in California.”

The SCAA Art Gallery is located at 22508 6th St. in Old Town Newhall, between Railroad and Main.  Gallery Hours are during Senses Thursday, in addition to Fridays from 5-9 p.m., Saturdays from 2-9 p.m. and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. Signs along Main Street will announce gallery openings.

SCAA is the only non-profit fine art association in Santa Clarita and has been around since 1989. For inquiries, visit www. SantaClaritaArtists.org

Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend Cherry Jam

| Entertainment | June 27, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I’m sure everybody has seen how abundant and beautiful the cherries are at the market this year. This week I decided to buy some cherries and make some jam. And of course, like always, I infuse wine into everything, so jams and jellies are no different. When I think of cherries, there are a couple wines that come to mind, but the one that I thought of most was 2014 Reyes Julia’s Blend.

Julia’s blend always screams “summer” to me, and of course, July Fourth. This is an amazing red wine blend for summer. It’s bold but dry, and can go with so many versatile summer dishes, so it’s the perfect Fourth of July barbecue wine. Many years ago, my mom worked with someone that made a barbecue sauce from grape jelly. I always think how tasty that sauce was on top of chicken and even cocktail meatballs. She just mixed a pot barbecue sauce with grape jelly and added a few herbs to it. I of course have updated and changed the recipe to my style, which is a little bit more homemade. But there’s nothing wrong with substituting sometimes.

My recipe for cherry jelly is a great alternate in this barbecue sauce recipe. You can find my barbecue sauce recipe on our website, Reyes Winery.com/blog. This sauce works really well with barbecue chicken or ribs. I also have many other recipes for different jellies and jams, and another one that would work really well is my plum jelly, in which I use Robby’s blend. It would give it more of an Asian twist. Here is my recipe for the cherry jam.

Ingredients

4 ½ cups cherries, chopped and pitted
4 cups of sugar
1 lemon, juiced
4 star anise
1 package of Sure-jell Certo liquid pectin
1/3 cup of Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend

Directions

1. Pour sugar into large pot and cook over medium to high heat.
2. When sugar starts to melt and the sides of pot look caramel-colored, add cherries, lemon juice, star anise and pectin.
3. When it starts to boil, continue to cook until frothy.
4. When the back of the spoon looks like it is sticking (take a finger and go down the back of the spoon, if you make a line and it feels thick, it’s done) turn off the heat.
5. Remove the star anise.
6. Add Reyes 2014 Julia’s Blend.
7. Chill and then serve.

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 27, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!
June 28, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone band Classic rock
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Tom Nolan band Town Ctr
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic rock
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Fulcos, on the patio Classic rock
9–11pm Alchemy The Grizwalds Pop, rock
9–12m Newhall Press Room Ken & Rob Review Rock + roll
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic
June 29, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z – Band Country
7–10pm Backyard Grub & Brews Future X Husbands Classic rock
7:30–10p Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 band Country
8–10pm the Local Pub n Grill Max Esparrza Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 TBD Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie ountry
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Covers

9–12m Newhall Press Room Laurie Melan & Tommy Matranger
9–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues/rock
9–1am Mabel’s Road House Catch 22 Rock covers
June 30, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Midnite Crisis Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Open Mic Various
4–7pm Salt Creek Grill TBD Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & the Runarounds 60’s C.R.
5:30 – 8:30 Vincenzo’s Newhall Drop Zone Lite Acoustic
July 2, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music

7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse John Davis Experience Blues CR
July 3, Wed
6–9pm Route 66 Classic Grill Various bands Live music
6–10pm Acton Park Boys Night Out CR, ctry, blues
July 5, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up Classic rock
7 – 9pm Rock Inn Nathan on piano Piano
7–9:30p Val. Blues & Jazz concerts Susie Hansen band Town Ctr
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Covers
8–11pm The Local Pub & Grill Nick Horn Pop & orig
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote on the patio Country

Live Music

| Entertainment | June 22, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

June 21, Fri         7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–9:30p                Val. Blues & Jazz concerts     Jim Gustin & Truth Jones      Val. Mall
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11pm                Hyatt Val. restaurant             Lance Allyn                                 Acoustic CR
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Overdrive, on the patio          Classic rock
8–1am                  Amer Legion Newhall            Heavy Metal Night                  Rock
9–11pm                Alchemy                                    Sean Hughes band                  Covers & orig
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             Jerry Best                                     Live music
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock
9–1am                  Doc’s Inn                                   Route 69 band                           Rock classics

June 22, Sat        6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Crystal Whiskey                         Country
7–10pm                Backyard Grub & Brews                       the G – 3 Band                          Classic rock
7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Newhall               Right Side Up                              Classic rock
8–10pm                Alchemy                                    Sean Wiggins duo                     Covers & orig
8–11pm                Hyatt Val. restaurant             Lance Allyn                                 Acoustic CR
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Tommy Peacock                        Rock mix
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Pam & Chad Watson                Country
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Jay Bolan                                     Classic rock
9–12m                  Newhall Press Room             Gianna Campa                            Live music
9–12m                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)         Sean Hughes band                  Covers & orig

June 23, Sun       10a–2p                                 Saugus Swap meet                 Seventh Switch                          Live music
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various
4–7pm                  Salt Creek Grille patio            Traxx band                                  Classic rock
5–9pm                  Amer Legion Newhall            Steve Brittain & friends          Classic rk jam
5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                  Henry Becker – HonkyTonk Country
7–10pm                Vincenzo’s Newhall               Crush 40 band                            Rock mix
June 25, Tues     6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Community Pints night           Live music
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Daphne and Company            Blues mix

June 26, Wed     6–9pm                  Route 66 Classic Grill              Various bands                            Live music

June 27, Thur     6 – 9pm                Tomato Joe’s Cyn Ctry          Various bands                            Live music
6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Them Twisted Ends                 Reggae
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              SRBQ band                                   Blues n rock
June 28, Fri         6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7–9pm                  Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
7–9:30p                Val. Blues & Jazz concerts    Tom Nolan band                       Val. Mall
8–10pm                Alchemy                                    The Grizwalds                            pop, soul
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic rock
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 The Fulcos, on the patio         Classic rock
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Lance Allyn                                 Acoustic CR

Pinot Grigio with Heirloom Tomato and Summer Squash Casserole

| Entertainment | June 21, 2019

By Beth Heiserman

There’s nothing better than a crisp, cool and refreshing wine with a light dinner on a hot night. Most of us will agree that when we get home from a long day at work during summer, sometimes we don’t feel like cooking. I tend to cook a few meals at one time and then enjoy them all week. I will say I do have more of a challenge than others in reheating foods, since I don’t have a microwave at home. With this in mind, I tend to prepare dishes that can be reheated in the same dish I originally prepared it in, or I just make enough to eat that evening.

My dad and I recently went to the farmers’ market again. We found some delicious fruit and we also got that amazing orange juice that we love. As we were walking around, I saw mini summer squash and heirloom tomatoes and thought I just had to get some. I make a lot of casseroles for my dad each week and thought this would be perfect for him. Of course, I started to think about what wine would pair the best with this dish, and that’s 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Pinot Grigio. Coincidently, last June, I wrote about Pinot Grigio. To me, summer and Pinot Grigio go hand in hand.

Pinot Grigio can have notes of tropical fruits, pears, apples and even melon. It is generally harvested early to retain its acidity. The 2016 Pinot Grigio won a silver medal in the 2017 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition and it received 83 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (12/2017 edition). On the palate, this wine has notes of green apples and a bit of pear. Serve chilled, this wine can be enjoyed with linguine and clams, pesto parmesan cheese or a torta di mele (an Italian apple tart).

I know that having French ingredients with an Italian wine sounds funny, but I have a Dijon mustard addiction and love to add it to many dishes. This time, I used a Dijon that is made with rosé wine and grapefruit. This has notes of citrus and red berries with just the right amount of acidity and sweetness to pair well with summer vegetables.

Heirloom Tomato and Summer Squash Casserole

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 medium yellow summer squash or zucchini
6 medium patty pan squash
1 large sweet onion
1 tsp Dijon Mustard (I used a Rosé wine and grapefruit Dijon, but a country-style would work, just add a squeeze of grapefruit juice)
¼ cup 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Pinot Grigio
½ cup grated Parmesan
½ cup panko crumbs
1 cup shredded gouda cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat the oil and butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
3. Sauté the squash, and onion for about five minutes.
4. Add 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Pinot Grigio to pan and continue to cook for about 10 minutes.
5. Add mustard to mixture and turn off heat.
6. Let rest in pan for about five minutes.
7. Stir into mixture the Gouda cheese and sour cream.
8. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
9. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the panko crumbs and parmesan cheese.
10. Then, top squash with mixture.
11. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.
12. Serve.

Local Organization Teaches More Than Just Performance

| Entertainment | June 14, 2019

by Natalia Radcliffe

The stage: Some live for it, some are terrified of it.

It is a place that allows escape from the mundane realities of daily life and into the fantastical world of imagination.

ESCAPE musical theatre is a local company that offers children the opportunity to explore the world of the stage when they need a getaway from daily life.

The company started back in 2002, rehearsing and performing in local grade schools. Nowadays, the nonprofit organization boasts over 300 participants in the program. It conducts shows at COC’s Performing Arts Center and has its own building in Santa Clarita.

“We went from one show a year, then maybe a year or two later, two shows a year, and now, this will be our third year with two shows and two weekends each,” said Elizabeth Burson, founder of the company and the artistic director, musical director and conductor.

For some ESCAPE alumni, it was more than just a pleasant activity to do a few times a week; it was their home.

“It was kind of like a childhood daycare, in a sense, all four of us kids growing up in the company,” said Kayla Burson, daughter of the founders and a choreographer for the company. “Being brought up in the company just meant that theater was always my home. I can’t even consider … my life without ESCAPE Theatre, and that just continued a passion past high school for performing for me.”

Those that participate in ESCAPE don’t just learn performance techniques. They also learn about themselves and the heights they can reach.

“I think it helps you to be creative, I think it helps you face your fears, I think that it helps you to talk to people of many different ages (and) communication skills,” said Kayla.

“Theater gives all kids a place,” said Leesa Veluzat, an assistant director of the company. “You can be somebody that … doesn’t really know what they like and hasn’t figured out what that hobby is or what that passion is, and it doesn’t have to be theater. …. That’s the thing that’s so beautiful about it … we have a lot of kids that end up, maybe being the shyest, quietest child, and then when they’re done with ESCAPE, they can talk, or (be) a lead in a show.”

The experiences children gain through participating in ESCAPE can help them not just on the stage, but in other aspects of their lives as well.

“What we want them to do is have some confidence,” said Kyle Burson, founder of the company and the show director, set designer and set fabricator of the company. “You can go into a job interview and say ‘Hey, I got no problem with this, I was in front of 900 people and performing, so it’s not as scary.’”

One long-time participant in the program put it this way: “(Children have) an opportunity to take risks and try things that they (have) never done before … with the support of friends, and then to discover that they could sing, and they could dance and they could learn lines and be funny in a role … their confidence grew,” said Barry Kemper, an assistant director of the company and technical director and stage manager.

Nine years after they first performed the show, ESCAPE will be doing “Li’l Abner” once again on June 14-16 and 21-22 at the Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit their website at www.escapetheatre.org.

Page 3 of 21 1 2 3 4 5 21

Doug’s Rant – Video Edition

  • WatchDoug’s Rant June 22
  • WatchDoug’s Rant June 15