Arts and Entertainment Corner

| Community, Gazette | January 16, 2014

By Michelle Sandoval

Did you all catch the Golden Globes this past Sunday? What a show! I myself, couldn’t believe that “American Hustle” walked away with so many awards, while “Her” was completely snubbed. That being said, what a fantastic job Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did as hosts this second time around. I hope they come back next year! There are still so many films out there that I need to see to get ready for the Oscars, but this is always a good indication of what to expect. Based on Sunday’s wins, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dallas Buyers Club” are definitely on my “must see” list.

Below you will read about the opening of a show that is probably number one on my list of Broadway plays I have yet to see. “The Book of Mormon” opens next Tuesday and I am beyond excited for its premiere! I should have a full review of it in the weeks to come.

Also, the local libraries in town are so great and always hosting fantastic events for the family. This weekend there are two interesting happenings to entice you to walk through their doors, if you’re due for a visit. Make sure to peruse their extensive collections while you’re there, dust off your library card and take some great literature home!

The Book of Mormon
Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood


Well, this is exciting! The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical will be landing at the Pantages next Tuesday! And with shows extended through May, there’s plenty of time to check out this show that was dubbed “Best Musical” when it debuted. Written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker of “South Park” fame, as well as Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), the show has received a vast amount of positive praise for writing, music and acting. There are so many reasons for you to see the production that all I’m going to do is give you a quick synopsis of the plot, a simple Google search will give you an idea of the outstanding reviews it has gotten.

The tale is one of two young Mormon missionaries traveling in Uganda, where the population is being harassed and threatened by a vicious warlord. Being young and naïve, the two try to spread the word in the Book of Mormon, which only one of them has actually read. They have trouble connecting with the people, who are plagued with worries of war and poverty, and religion is the last thing on their minds.

Look, I’ve never seen the show myself, so I can’t give you a legitimate review (yet!) but I can tell you that I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Broadway tour to make its way to Southern California. I’m sure the hundreds of positive reviews circulating can’t all be wrong. Let me know if you plan on seeing it and perhaps share some upcoming theatre that you’re excited about!

Teddy Bear Sleepover at the Newhall Library
24500 Main Street

This is a cute idea for the kids – a literal teddy bear sleepover party! Nobody is actually allowed to spend the night in the library, but you can drop your teddies and other stuffed friends off between 10 a.m and 6 p.m. on Friday (1/17). The toys will spend the entire night in the library and be left to do whatever it is they do when the lights turn off (does this scream “Twilight Zone” to anyone else?). The bears can be picked up the following day (1/18) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get the kids to the library and encourage them to read, read, read! This event is free to the public.

Local Authors Celebration
Canyon Country Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country

The SCV is bursting with local talent, and the Canyon Country Library will honor our local authors this weekend with this first annual celebration! More than 30 scribes are scheduled to appear this Saturday (1/18) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they will be answering questions and signing books. There will be moderated panel discussions as well. Their books will be available for purchase at the event, so this is the perfect opportunity to support our local authors and keep the spirit of the printed book alive!

That’s it for now, entertainment seekers. I look forward to hearing from you: michelle@scfree.net, or comment here on my blog.

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About Michelle Sandoval

Michelle was raised right here in Santa Clarita and graduated from Canyon High School. She graduated from UCLA where she majored in English Literature and wrote for the college newspaper, the UCLA Bruin. She has written and worked for numerous publications in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. She is very passionate about the arts and culture world and can always be found at the theatre, art shows or live music events. She is also a huge Dodger fan – Go Blue!

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