FIFTEEN-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER ALICIA KEYS TO HOST THE 61ST ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (JAN. 15, 2019) – The Recording Academy™ and CBS announced today that 15-time GRAMMY® Award winner Alicia Keys will host the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards®, marking her first time as master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night®. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” said Keys. “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and, magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It’s going up on February 10!”

Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award winner Alicia Keys will host the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.® Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/Getty Images © 2018

“A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY Awards.

“Alicia is one of those rare artists who meld true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she’ll bring all of that as she guides millions of GRAMMY viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February,” said longtime GRAMMY Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich.

Keys is a modern-day Renaissance woman—a 15-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film/ television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs In A Minor, Keys has sold more than 30 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA THE SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION Coming to the Pantages Theatre Hollywood June 6 – July 7, Presale tickets available now.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes  its  triumphant  return to Los Angeles  as  part  of  its  North  American  Tour. Cameron  Mackintosh’s spectacular new production has critics raving  that  this  breathtaking  production  is  “bigger  and  better  than  ever  before” and  features  a  brilliant  new scenic  design  by  Paul  Brown,  Tony  Award®-winning  original  costume design  by  Maria  Björnson, lighting  design  by  Tony  Award®-winner  Paule  Constable,  new  choreography  by  Scott  Ambler,  and  new  staging  by  director  Laurence  Connor. 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA THE SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION Coming to the Pantages Theatre Hollywood June 6 – July 7, Pre-sale tickets available now. ON SALEOn Sale Now

Matthew  Bourne  and  Cameron Mackintosh oversee the  production which boasts  many  exciting  special  effects  including  the show’s legendary  chandelier.  The  beloved story  and  thrilling  score  –  with  songs  like  “Music  of  the  Night,” “All  I  Ask  Of  You,” and  “Masquerade” – will  be  performed  by  a  cast  and  orchestra  of  52,  making  this  PHANTOM  one  of  the  largest  productions now  on  tour.

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‘ROMA’ Named Best Picture, Takes Four Awards at 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

(Los Angeles, CA – January 13, 2019) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Hollywood’s brightest shined at the gala event, which aired on The CW Network and was hosted by acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs.

Award winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón Orozco speaks onstage during the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 13, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. Roma is a 2018  film written and directed by Cuarón. Photo/Critics Choice Awards

“Roma” took home four awards, in the film categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Cuarón, and Best Foreign Language Film. Roma is a 2018  film written, directed, produced, co-edited and shot by Cuarón. “Black Panther” and “Vice” followed close behind, each winning in three categories.

Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born and Glenn Close for “The Wife” tied for the top film acting awards for Best Actress, while Best Actor was bestowed upon Christian Bale for his transformative performance in “Vice.” Best Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for “Green Book” and Regina King took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took home three awards, including Best Comedy Series for the second consecutive year. Its leading lady, Rachel Brosnahan, was also a repeat winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to Alex Borstein. “The Americans” earned three trophies as well including Best Drama Series, Best Actor in A Drama Series for Matthew Rhys, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Noah Emmerich. Sandra Oh received Best Actress in a Drama Series honors for “Killing Eve,” with Best Actor in a Comedy Series going to Bill Hader for “Barry.”

As previously announced, Best Supporting Actress nominee Claire Foy received the Critics’ Choice #SeeHer Award, which was presented by former #SeeHer Award recipient Viola Davis. Chuck Lorre, creator of such acclaimed TV comedies as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Young Sheldon,” and “The Kominsky Method” (which all received Critics’ Choice Award nominations this year), was honored with the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award. The cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” including Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, and Melissa Rauch, was on hand to recognize Lorre, just in time to celebrate the show’s final season.

Other major winners on the film side included Elsie Fisher for Best Young Actor/Actress in “Eighth Grade,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” for Best Action Movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” for Best Comedy, “A Quiet Place” for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film, and “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” for Best Song.

Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 330 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig and WME.

About BFCA/BTJA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 330 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.

Follow the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.

About The CW
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a six-night, 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.

WINNERS OF THE 24TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

FILM:

BEST PICTURE “Roma” (Netflix)

BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – “Vice” (Annapurna)

BEST ACTRESS – TIE Glenn Close – “The Wife” (Sony Pictures Classics) Lady Gaga – “A Star Is Born” (Warner Bros.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Mahershala Ali – “Green Book” (Universal)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade” (A24)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)

BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” (Netflix)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Paul Schrader – “First Reformed” (A24)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Alfonso Cuarón – “Roma” (Netflix)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart – “Black Panther” (Disney)

BEST EDITING Tom Cross – “First Man” (Universal)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN Ruth Carter – “Black Panther” (Disney)

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP “Vice” (Annapurna)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS “Black Panther” (Disney)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Sony)

BEST ACTION MOVIE “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (Paramount)

BEST COMEDY “Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros.)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY Christian Bale – “Vice” (Annapurna)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE “A Quiet Place” (Paramount)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM “Roma” (Netflix)

BEST SONG

Shallow – “A Star Is Born” (Warner Bros.)

BEST SCORE Justin Hurwitz – “First Man” (Universal)

TELEVISION:

BEST DRAMA SERIES “The Americans” (FX Networks)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Matthew Rhys – “The Americans” (FX Networks)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve” (BBC America)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Noah Emmerich – “The Americans” (FX Networks)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Thandie Newton – “Westworld” (HBO)

BEST COMEDY SERIES “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Henry Winkler – “Barry” (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

BEST LIMITED SERIES “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX Networks)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Darren Criss – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX Networks)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION – TIE Amy Adams – “Sharp Objects” (HBO) Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION Ben Whishaw – “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Patricia Clarkson – “Sharp Objects” (HBO)

BEST ANIMATED SERIES “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix)

WINNERS BY FILM FOR THE 24TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

A QUIET PLACE (PARAMOUNT) – 1 Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

A STAR IS BORN (WARNER BROS.) – 2 Best Actress (TIE) – Lady Gaga Best Song – Shallow

BLACK PANTHER (DISNEY) – 3 Best Production Design – Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart Best Costume Design – Ruth Carter Best Visual Effects

CRAZY RICH ASIANS (WARNER BROS.) – 1 Best Comedy

EIGHTH GRADE (A24) – 1 Best Young Actor/Actress – Elsie Fisher

THE FAVOURITE (FOX SEARCHLIGHT) – 2 Best Acting Ensemble Best Actress in a Comedy – Olivia Colman

FIRST MAN (UNIVERSAL) – 2 Best Editing – Tom Cross Best Score – Justin Hurwitz

FIRST REFORMED (A24) – 1 Best Original Screenplay – Paul Schrader

GREEN BOOK (UNIVERSAL) – 1 Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (ANNAPURNA) – 2 Best Supporting Actress – Regina King Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (PARAMOUNT) – 1 Best Action Movie

ROMA (NETFLIX) – 4 Best Picture Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón Best Cinematography – Alfonso Cuarón Best Foreign Language Film

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (SONY) – 1 Best Animated Feature

VICE (ANNAPURNA) – 3 Best Actor – Christian Bale Best Actor in a Comedy – Christian Bale Best Hair and Makeup

THE WIFE (SONY PICTURES CLASSICS) – 1 Best Actress (TIE) – Glenn Close

WINNERS BY PROGRAM FOR THE 24TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL (AMAZON) – 1 Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Ben Whishaw

THE AMERICANS (FX NETWORKS) – 3 Best Drama Series Best Actor in a Drama Series – Matthew Rhys Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Noah Emmerich

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX NETWORKS) – 2 Best Limited Series Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Darren Criss

BARRY (HBO) – 2 Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Bill Hader Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Henry Winkler

BOJACK HORSEMAN (NETFLIX) – 1 Best Animated Series

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA (SHOWTIME) – 1 Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television (TIE) – Patricia Arquette

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT (NBC) – 1 Best Movie Made for Television

KILLING EVE (BBC AMERICA) – 1 Best Actress in a Drama Series – Sandra Oh

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (AMAZON) – 3 Best Comedy Series Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Rachel Brosnahan Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Alex Borstein

SHARP OBJECTS (HBO) – 2 Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television (TIE) – Amy Adams Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television – Patricia Clarkson

WESTWORLD (HBO) – 1 Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Thandie Newton

WINNERS BY STUDIO / NETWORK FOR THE 24TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

A24 – 2 AMAZON – 4 ANNAPURNA – 5 BBC AMERICA – 1 DISNEY – 3 FOX SEARCHLIGHT – 2 FX NETWORKS – 5 HBO – 5 NBC – 1 NETFLIX – 5 PARAMOUNT – 2 SHOWTIME – 1 SONY – 1 SONY PICTURES CLASSICS – 1 UNIVERSAL – 3 WARNER BROS. – 3

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Santa Clarita CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2019 COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ARTS GRANTS

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2019 COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ARTS GRANTSGrants totaling $180,000 to support 36 local non-profit organizations

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Thirty-six non-profit organizations will be receiving funds as part of the 2019 Community Services and Arts Grant Program that was approved by the Santa Clarita City Council at its meeting on January 8, 2019. The annual grants are designed to assist community based organizations with providing community services, art activities, programs and events for Santa Clarita residents.

The Santa Clarita City Council has made available $180,000 for grant funding to non-profit organizations providing community benefit. The City received a total of 59 grant applications for the 2019 grant year. Agencies were able to apply for funding within four categories: Community Services, Community Arts, Santa Clarita Presents and Arts Organization Capacity. Projects that are eligible for funding include one-time projects or programs, program enhancements, pilot programs, capital expenditures, special supplies and program implementation. 

The following is a list of the 36 non-profit organizations benefitting from the 2019 Community Services and Arts Grants Program.

2019 Community Services Grants

·         American Diabetes Association

·         Avenues Supported Living Services

·         Bridge to Home

·         Canterbury Village Retirement

·         Carousel Ranch

·         Community Hiking Club

·         Family Promise of SCV

·         Fostering Youth Independence

·         Homes 4 Families

·         Northeast Valley Health Corporation

·         Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Inc.

·         Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation

·         SCV Boys and Girls Club

·         SCV Education Foundation

·         SCV Senior Center

·         Single Mothers Outreach, Inc.

·         Special Olympics Southern CA, Inc. SCV Region

·         The Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library

·         Triumph Foundation

2019 Arts Grants

Community Arts & Santa Clarita Presents Subcategories

·         Canyon Theater Guild

·         ESCAPE Theatre

·         Forge Ahead Arts

·         Homes 4 Families

·         Major Impact Theater

·         Santa Clarita Master Chorale, Inc.

·         Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild

·         Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra

·         The Santa Clarita Ballet Company

·         Valencia High School Band & Flag Boosters

Arts Organization Capacity Subcategory

·         ARTree Community Arts Center

·         Forge Ahead Arts

·         Major Impact Theater

·         Million Little

·         Santa Clarita Artists Association

·         Santa Clarita Master Chorale, Inc.

·         Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra

For more information on the City’s Community Services and Arts Grant Program, including required materials, submission guidelines and more, contact Management Analyst Lance O’Keefe at (661) 286-4176 or visit santa-clarita.com/grants.

Jack Jones and Jeff Hamilton Kick off Newport Beach Jazz Party

Las Vegas – World renowned singer Jack Jones and celebrated drummer Jeff Hamilton kick off the 19th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party February 14, 2019 at the Newport Beach, CA, Marriott Hotel and Spa. Tickets are available by calling 949-205-1252 and by visiting NewportBeachJazzParty.com.

World renowned singer Jack Jones and celebrated drummer Jeff Hamilton kick off the 19th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party February 14, 2019 at the Newport Beach, CA, Marriott Hotel and Spa. 

Jack Jones is one of the most celebrated American singers in popular music. The two-time Grammy award winner is widely known for his hits: “Wives and Lovers,” “Lollipops and Roses,” “The Impossible Dream,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” and “The Love Boat.”

Celebrated jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton is best known for his recording and performing work with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. 

The Newport Beach Jazz Party is produced by Porchlight Hospitality’s Paul, Sue and Chris Lowden. Porchlight Hospitality is responsible for producing and programming this prestigious and long-standing event. The Jazz Party is a jazz festival combined with a “looser” party atmosphere and is in the 19th year and still going strong. Porchlight Hospitality, LLC, a division of Archon Corporation, is a full-service entertainment company with a heavy focus on Jazz and Country music. Porchlight’s footprint in the jazz world is as significant as managers, record, concert producers, bookers, talent buyers, and social media marketing experts.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Pig” with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON and Hello Kitty, Adorned in Custom-Designed Lunar New Year Attire, from February 2–17

Lunar New Year is Included in the Price of Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood

Hollywood, Calif. – Universal Studios Hollywood ushers in the “Year of the Pig” as the movie-based theme park celebrates Lunar New Year with uniquely-themed programs featuring beloved global pop icon Hello KittyDreamWorks’ Kung Fu Pandamasters Po and Tigress and a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON from Saturday, February 2 to Sunday, February 17, 2019. 

This spectacularly-themed Lunar New Year tradition will take place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park.  Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.

The centerpiece of the Lunar New Year festivities will feature DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The energetic experience is designed to engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature seasoned animators teaching guests techniques to draw Po and the Furious Five as keepsake mementos.

DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop is back by popular demand to serve up delicious culturally-themed food such as Po’s Dumplings, Dragon Warrior Bao, Oogway Eggrolls and Secret Ingredient Stir Fry Noodles. Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos.

Beloved global pop icon Hello Kitty, created by the global lifestyle brand Sanrio, will further complement this year’s Lunar New Year celebration when she steps out in style wearing her signature red bow and specially-designed Lunar New Year attire.  Hello Kitty will be available to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store.

Keeping with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year tradition, a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON will greet guests at the entry of the festivities. The imposing 12-foot-tall robot leader of the DECEPTICONS will interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real time conversation reflective of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination Entertainment’s Minions from the theme parks’ popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will also join the festivities, stepping out in style and dressed up in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

Uniquely themed experiences offered in Mandarin include the theme park’s signature Studio Tour and the exclusive VIP Experience, both of which provide two distinctive and revealing looks at an authentic movie and television studio.  Featuring expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides both opportunities provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world.  In-language park maps are also available for guests.

Guests can continue their Lunar New Year celebration at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.

Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurant, Vivo Italian Kitchen, serving freshly prepared authentic Italian fare in a newly designed modern setting, also invites guests to toast the “Year of the Pig” offering its haute cuisine menu in several languages, including Mandarin.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun all year long for $139 when purchased online.  Details and restrictions available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn.  Information is also available on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.


LUNAR NEW YEAR

·         Event Dates: Saturday, February 2 – Sunday, February 17, 2019

·         Lunar New Year take place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park, and is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood

·         The centerpiece of the Lunar New Year festivities will feature DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise

·         Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop is back by popular demand to serve up delicious culturally-themed food such as Po’s Dumplings, Dragon Warrior Bao, Oogway Eggrolls and Secret Ingredient Stir Fry Noodles

o   Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos

·         Global pop icon Hello Kitty will step out in style, wearing her signature red bow and specially-designed Lunar New Year attire 

·         a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON will greet guests at the entry of the festivities, engaging guests in Mandarin and in real time conversation reflective of his persona

·         A curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees will further compliment the event

·         Uniquely themed experiences offered in Mandarin include the theme park’s signature Studio Tour and the exclusive VIP Experience

o   Featuring expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides both opportunities provide insight into the world of movie-making magic

Google, Inc. leasing the entire Westside Pavilion shopping mall in West Los Angeles.

West Los Angeles, Calif. – Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HPP) and Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced that Google, Inc. has leased the entirety of their One Westside redevelopment, a planned 584,000-square-foot Class A creative office campus that was formerly part of the Westside Pavilion shopping mall in West Los Angeles. Google’s approximately 14-year lease term will commence upon completion of construction and build-out of tenant improvements in 2022.

A rendering of the completed conversion of the mall into office space. Image: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HPP) and Macerich (NYSE: MAC) 
The Westside Pavilion. Stock photo
A rendering of the mall once its conversion to office space is complete. Image: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE: HPP) and Macerich (NYSE: MAC) 

One Westside, with construction expected to commence later this year, will be a first-of-its-kind conversion from landmark shopping mall to Class A creative office space. Designed by architecture firm Gensler, the project repurposes high ceilings and a multi-level atrium and skylight, allowing for natural light-filled interiors. Up to 150,000-square-foot floorplates provide hyper-flexible open layouts, while 45,000 square feet of expansive exterior terraces and patios with 15-foot wide folding glass walls create a seamless indoor-outdoor environment. The property also features a rooftop amenity space with a garden deck and direct bridge access to the Landmark Theatre, Westside Tavern restaurant and in-line retail shops.

Victor Coleman, Chairman and CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties, said, “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Google, and are proud to support this significant phase of their growth. Google’s selection of One Westside demonstrates the strength of the Los Angeles tech and media industries, and exemplifies the type of creative office space that is in demand from large tech and media tenants. One Westside also demonstrates Hudson Pacific’s ability to identify and swiftly execute on large-scale and complex investment and adaptive-reuse opportunities to meet that growing demand.”

Tom O’Hern, CEO and Director of Macerich, said, “Macerich properties are known for the strength of their markets and unparalleled locations. The fact that Google is taking all available creative office space in this joint project with Hudson Pacific underscores the power of our well-placed real estate.”

RG Kahoe, Google’s Real Estate Project Executive for the Southwest, said, “Google’s been a proud member of the Los Angeles community since 2003. We’re excited to continue investing in the community as part of Hudson Pacific and Macerich’s adaptive reuse project at One Westside.”

Targeting LEED Silver certification, One Westside is located steps from the Expo Line light rail’s Westwood/Rancho Park station and proximate to the I-405 and I-10 freeways. The property is immediately adjacent to the residential enclave of Cheviot Hills, and less than three miles from the business and residential communities of Century City, Westwood, Culver City, Mar Vista and Brentwood.

One Westside is owned in a joint venture formed in March 2018 by Hudson Pacific and Macerich. Hudson Pacific owns 75% of the venture and serves as the managing member and the property’s day-to-day operator and developer, and Macerich owns the remaining 25%. The joint venture also owns and will continue to operate 96,000 square feet of adjacent entertainment and retail space at 10850 Pico Boulevard.

About Hudson Pacific Properties

Hudson Pacific Properties is a visionary real estate investment trust that owns and operates more than 17 million square feet of marquee office and studio properties. Focused on premier West Coast epicenters of innovation, media and technology, its anchor tenants include Fortune 500 and leading growth companies such as Netflix, Google, Square, Uber, NFL Enterprises and more. Hudson Pacific is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol HPP, and listed as a component of the Russell 2000® and the Russell 3000® indices. For more information visit HudsonPacificProperties.com.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Macerich currently owns 52 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence on the West Coast, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. A recognized leader in sustainability, Macerich has earned Nareit’s prestigious “Leader in the Light” award every year from 2014-2018. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the company’s website at www.macerich.com.

City of Santa Clarita to Host Ribbon Cutting for the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project – UPDATE Jan. 15, 2019: RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE NEWHALL RANCH ROAD BRIDGE WIDENING PROJECT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED DELAYS

RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE NEWHALL RANCH ROAD BRIDGE WIDENING PROJECT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED DELAYS

The Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project that was scheduled to take place on Friday, January 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. has been postponed due to work delay as a result of the recent rain storm impacting the region. However, all lanes of traffic are now open – offering the widened capacity of four lanes in each direction. Finishing details for the bridge have been delayed due to the inclement weather – such as road grinding and striping of the lanes. Weather permitting, these items will be completed by the end of next week.

             The multi-million dollar project expanded the bridge to provide an additional traffic lane in each direction – increasing the number of lanes in each direction to four. In addition to improving trail connections with a new undercrossing trail in the west bank, the project also added a raised median and a new protected sidewalk and bike path on the south side of the bridge. The Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project is a federally funded project and is part of the Building and Creating Community theme in the Santa Clarita 2020 plan.

A rescheduled date is forthcoming and will be announced in a press release. For additional details about the project, please contact Project Manager Jackie Lillio at (661) 286-4131.

Opening date in original article below has been postponed as of January 16, 2019

Santa Clarita, Calif. – On Friday, January 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., the City of Santa Clarita will be hosting a public ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project. The event will be held at the northwest corner of the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge. Attendees may park at the Valencia Village shopping plaza located adjacent to the event site. Signs will be posted to direct attendees to the event site along the street.

The multi-million dollar project expanded the bridge to provide an additional traffic lane in each direction – increasing the number of lanes in each direction to four. In addition to improving trail connections with a new undercrossing trail in the west bank, the project also added a raised median and a new protected sidewalk and bike path on the south side of the bridge. The Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project is a federally funded project and is part of the Building and Creating Community theme in the Santa Clarita 2020 plan.

To RSVP for the ribbon cutting of the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project, please contact Kirsten Lindgreen with the City of Santa Clarita at klindgreen@santa-clarita.com or at (661) 255-4321 by Thursday, January 13. For additional details about the project, please contact Project Manager Jackie Lillio at (661) 286-4131.

Total Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon: Viewers will be able to watch one of the sky’s most dazzling shows on Jan. 20, 2019

When:

Sunday, January 20, Totality at 9:12 p.m. PST

Where:

Total eclipse visible in North and South America and western parts of Europe and Africa

Overview:

Viewers in North and South America, as well as those in western parts of Europe and Africa, will be able to watch one of the sky’s most dazzling shows on Jan. 20, 2019, when the Sun, Earth and Moon align at 9:12 p.m. PST, creating a total lunar eclipse. The full moon will also be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, called perigee. While at perigee, the Moon appears slightly bigger and brighter from our perspective on Earth, so it’s often referred to as a “supermoon.” But does it really look as super as some say?

Check out these Teachable Moments from NASA/JPL Edu to find out how to watch a lunar eclipse and see what causes them to occur – plus learn more about supermoons and what to expect when one comes around.

Photo, NASA
  • Teachable Moment: How to Watch a Total Lunar Eclipse and Get Students Observing the MoonLearn what causes a total lunar eclipse and how to watch one – plus explore related activities for teachers and students.
  • Teachable Moment: What’s a Supermoon and Just How Super Is It?Are supermoons as super as they’re made out to be? Learn what causes them and explore related activities for teachers and students.

Try these related projects for students and lessons for educators to get students engaged in and excited about our only natural satellite!

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