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Arts and Entertainment Corner

| Community, Gazette | September 27, 2013

By Michelle Sandoval
Hello fellow entertainment junkies – I hope you have been taking advantage of the cooler weather and great Autumn activities this past week. I’ve been keeping busy with early Halloween events, local theatre productions and much more. Read on and make sure to check back every week for the latest on all the great events I’ll be covering.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
www.halloweenhorrornights.com

“Halloween Horror Nights” kicked off this weekend at Universal Studios, and what better way to start the season than with a visit to the place where the horror classics were made? This year’s motto is “Once You’re Inside…There Is No Way Out,” and with six new terrifying mazes, five scare zones and a “Terror Tram,” there are plenty of frights around every corner. Whether these leave you scrambling for the nearest exit or reveling in the scary fun will be up to you, because Universal knows how to do horror right, and they did not hold back this year.

I have been fascinated by all things horror since I was a little girl and was highly impressed by the work put into this event. The realism and overall respect and admiration for the horror genre is evident in everything you see. Universal Studios set out to scare their visitors and, in doing so, created an event that is highly worthy of our screams. And scream you will. This is ongoing until November 2, and if you make your way down, I strongly recommend purchasing a front of the line pass. It’s a bit pricier, but definitely worth the cash, as some of the lines had wait times of over two hours. This will also ensure you get to do and see everything in the park; you really won’t want to miss any of the spectacular attractions.

Dial “M” for Murder
Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main St., Newhall
661-799-2702
www.canyontheatre.org

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This fun whodunit starts its run this weekend at the Canyon Theatre Guild. If you haven’t had a chance to check out a show at this lovely local theatre house, now is the time. The story is full of mystery, betrayal, surprises and, of course, murder. I’ll be checking this out in a couple of weeks, so keep your eyes open for a full review soon. In the meantime, if you pop over to see it, let me know what you think (michelle@scfree.net). It plays Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with matinee shows at 2 p.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays.

Smokey Joe’s Café
Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. East Molina Ave., Pasadena
626-356-7529
www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

I went to opening night of this show this past weekend and it was so much fun! Based on the music of legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller, this show is a true tribute to their brilliant contribution to the musical community. It is jam packed with over 40 great rock ‘n’ roll hits, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” Hound Dog,” just to name a few. The cast is absolutely fantastic and rocked the show from beginning to end. It is playing through October 13, so make sure you check it out. It is, after all, “The Hottest Joint in Town.”

SCV Local Music Scene
Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave. in Newhall, will have the Grateful Dudes this Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. playing bluegrass tunes. All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Ste. 100 in Saugus, welcomes Two Dogs this Friday playing Latin, jazz and salsa music. The Drifters, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, will have DJ Romeo this Saturday spinning today’s hits and everyone’s favorite classics.

Remember fellow A&E lovers, send me events you think I should check out by emailing me at: michelle@scfree.net .

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