Swing Dancing Havana Nights SENSES Block Party Highlight Monthly Slate
An unmistakably tropical vibe has descended on Old Town Newhall as the monthly Thursdays@Newhall series cruises through August with music, dancing, a block party and more. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.
The party begins on Thursday, August 1 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), when ten performers will take the stage for ten minutes each and share their music, film, dancing, comedy and storytelling at the monthly 10 by 10 Variety Show from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. International award-winning magician Chris Lopez will entertain the audience with a performance that will show why he’s received seven magic awards and headlined shows around the world. Additional performers in August include magic from Brian Hoffman; storytelling with Tom Crawford and Emerson Dameron; music with Joe Romersa and from Doug and Rich; poetry by Mai Do; comedy from Maria Delgado and Aidan Park; and a screening of the short film “Actress Unseen.”
JAM Sessions returns to the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street) on August 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with lessons in swing dancing. Attendees will boogie the night away as Shea Hanson breaks down swing dance steps, pivots and turns that anyone can master. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome to learn the steps then dance to live music from The Big Butter Jazz Band, a group dedicated to playing traditional New Orleans jazz. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to Old Town Newhall.
Lose yourself in the tropical atmosphere as you head down Main Street for the Havana Nights SENSES Block Party on August 15 starting at 7:00 p.m. You’ll enjoy the sounds of Latin jazz music and learn new dance moves, such as the Tango and Salsa. Swing by early for dinner at the event or from restaurants in Newhall, then top the evening off with a mojito from the on-street bar, this month sponsored by Newhall Refinery.
Also on August 15, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Abstract Realism,” from artist Brad Sergi. Abstract Realism is an art form that marries the two contradictory terms, using abstract patterns, colors and textures to complement realistic art that aims to replicate nature. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Sergi from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. “Abstract Realism” will be on display at The MAIN from August 13 to September 6, 2019.
The Note by Note music night on August 22 concludes the month’s lineup of events from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The MAIN. Note by Note is a free night of music that delights 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 August include James Houlahan, J.C. Hyke, Ian Stahl and Baker’s Brew Band. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.
For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.