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SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL WEBSITE RELAUNCHES FOR 2019

Festival Offers Free General Admission and Ticketed Shows

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The website for the 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by the California Resource Corporation, is now live at CowboyFestival.org. Visitors to the website will be able to learn more about the events and activities taking place as part of the Cowboy Festival on April 13 and 14, 2019.

General admission to the main Cowboy Festival events at the historic William S. Hart Park in Newhall will be FREE once again in 2019. General admission includes access to a variety of cowboy cuisine and western wear vendors, activities such as archery, knife throwing and mechanical bull riding, and a full schedule of entertaining performances across five stages inside the park.

Tickets to special performances as part of the 26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival are now on sale to the public. Tickets to these events, which begin on Thursday, April 11, will be available to purchase by visiting CowboyFestival.org/schedule.

Venues in and around Old Town Newhall will host additional ticketed events. The full lineup of ticketed performances and opportunities are listed below.

Rancho Camulos Museum

5164 E. Telegraph Road (Hwy. 126), Piru, CA 93040

Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park
24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321

Additional Ticketed Events

  • Blue Cloud Ranch Tour (Departs from Festival Shuttle Site at 13th Street and Railroad Avenue in Newhall): Friday, April 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – $60
  • Cowboy Cook-Off at William S. Hart Park: Saturday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – $10 tastings
  • Veluzat Ranch Tour (Departs from Festival Shuttle Site at 13th Street and Railroad Avenue in Newhall): Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – $60
  • Santa Clarita Valley Historical Bus Tour (Departs from Main Entrance to William S. Hart Park): Sunday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – $50

For more details about the 2019 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, please visit CowboyFestival.org.

The Dolby and Pantages Theatre’s Announce the 2019-2020 Season of Broadway in Hollywood featuring, Mean Girls, Sponge Bob, Anastasia, My Fair Lady and more. Hamilton to return in 2020.

Hollywood, Calif. – Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Theatre, is proud to announce the BROADWAY IN HOLLYWOOD 2019-20 Season, consisting of eight Los Angeles premieres, all direct from Broadway. This season will mark the first time Los Angeles Theatre audiences will have regular access to Broadway National Tours at both the Pantages and Dolby Theatres in Hollywood. 8 great shows, 2 iconic theatres, one blockbuster season.

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Pantages Theatre General Manager Jeff Loeb states, “There are so many new and amazing experiences in store for our audiences this season – it’s almost impossible to pinpoint what to celebrate first! By working with our neighbors at the Dolby Theatre to add this gorgeous venue to our family of presenting theatres, we have entered a world of endless theatrical possibilities. More shows. Longer runs. Endless memories – all while staying rooted in the neighborhood we love. Hollywood is the entertainment capital of the world and we are so excited to now be presenting shows at two iconic venues less than a mile apart from each other on Hollywood Boulevard. We are so excited to present the best of Broadway in the heart of Hollywood.”

Pantages Theatre will play host to the first three shows of the new 2019-20 Season. Disney’s FROZEN, last year’s biggest Broadway musical hit, will cast an icy spell across Los Angeles this holiday season as the ©Oscar®-winning film comes to life with the scale and spectacle only Disney Theatrical can deliver.

Donna Summer, the disco icon with the voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva will have her life story come to life in the most electric way possible when SUMMER: The Donna Summer musical makes its L.A. debut.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA will transport us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Continuing the BROADWAY IN HOLLYWOOD season at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood will truly intersect with Broadway when MEAN GIRLS, the record-breaking new musical comedy based on the hit Paramount Pictures film and featuring a book by nine-time Emmy® Award winner Tina Fey, makes its L.A. debut.

Come get away from it all and put your mind on island time as Jimmy Buffett’s ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE brings you a change in latitude and a change in attitude. The critically-acclaimed creative team who brought the epic production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and South Pacific to L.A. return with the Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, helmed by Bartlett Sher.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, the critically acclaimed, award-winning new musical adapted from the beloved Nickelodeon series, and hailed by The New York Times as “brilliant” and “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit” by New York Magazine makes its L.A. Premiere.

And lastly, THE BAND’S VISIT, the 10-time Tony Award-winning BEST MUSICAL, will celebrate the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. HAMILTON will return to Los Angeles at the Pantages in March of 2020 as an additional event.

Season Ticket Holders who purchase a 2019-20 season package will have priority access to HAMILTON. Detailed ticketing information will be announced later this season. Season Ticket Packages are available now at www.HollywoodPantages.com/SeasonPackages or www.BroadwayInHollywood.com or by phone at 866-755-BWAY (2929) (M-F; 8am-6pm PT).

Current Season Ticket Holders can renew their tickets beginning today. New customers may purchase new season packages beginning today as well. Season Ticket Holders lock in the best seats at the best prices and enjoy benefits such as complimentary ticket exchanges online and at the box office, lost ticket insurance and 24/7 account access. Season Ticket Holders are also guaranteed priority access to added events. Mobile Tickets offer Season Ticket Holders greater security and flexibility, as well as greater ease in managing season tickets.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA will make its L.A. premiere at the Pantages Theatre; October 8 – 27, 2019. ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat.

Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. The creative team includes Peggy Hickey (Choreography), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design), Tom Murray (Music Supervision), Lawrence Goldberg (Music Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), David Chase (Dance Arranger), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA. ANASTASIA, currently celebrating an open-ended run on Broadway, began performances on March 23, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) with critics exclaiming “Ahrens and Flaherty have chosen the right moments to musicalize, and their score here sounds complete and full — one of the season’s strongest! (NBC)” and “Smartly adapted by Terrence McNally, Anastasia is a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans (Time Out)”.

The new musical has played to sold out crowds on Broadway since officially opening in April 2017, in addition to garnering multiple Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and nominations. Season Production #2 L.A. Premiere Engagement SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL Pantages Theatre November 5 – 24, 2019 From the creative team who brought you Jersey Boys and Ain’t Too Proud, two hit musicals celebrating music industry and pop culture trailblazers, comes SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. SUMMER made its world premiere in California at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2017, before transferring to Broadway in 2018. SUMMER will make its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages Theatre; November 5 – 24, 2019. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.

With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation. The Hollywood Reporter says that SUMMER is “PURE BLISS. An ebullient era in music! It gives the trailblazing songstress her rightful place in pop culture.” SUMMER features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy).

The production is directed by McAnuff with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), with musical supervision by Ron Melrose. Broadway in Hollywood 2019-20 Season Announcement Page 4 of 8 Season Production #3 L.A. Premiere North American Tour Opening Disney’s FROZEN Pantages Theatre December 4, 2019 – February 2, 2020

From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, will celebrate its North American tour opening at the Pantages Theatre; December 4, 2019 through February 2, 2020. FROZEN, heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” quickly emerged as the biggest musical hit of last year’s Broadway season, smashing four St. James Theatre house records and placing it in the top 10 best-selling shows every week since opening in March 2018. A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again.

Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first. FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has won a cumulative 16 Tonys and includes ©Oscar® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winning Robert Lopez (music & lyrics), ©Oscar®-winning Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award-winning Michael Grandage (director) and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer).

An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. FROZEN is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Season Production #4 L.A. Premiere Engagement Jimmy Buffett’s ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE Dolby Theatre February 18 – March 8, 2020 Jimmy Buffett’s ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE will make its L.A. Premiere, direct from Broadway, at the Dolby Theatre; February 18 – March 8, 2020.

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”) ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you. Broadway in Hollywood 2019-20 Season Announcement Page 5 of 8 Season Production #5 Direct from Broadway (…and Bikini Bottom)

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Dolby Theatre March 24 – April 12, 2020 Nickelodeon’s THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, the 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, will make its L.A. Premiere at the Dolby Theatre; March 24 – April 12, 2020. A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The bold, original musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” “Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as

Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says Theatermania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation and learn the power of unity and inclusion. Get ready to enjoy the “Broadway Extravaganza” (The New Yorker) that New York Magazine calls “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit.” Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in NICKELODEON’S THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018 Best

Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world. Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as a pop culture phenomenon. SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories and translated in 55+ languages. Paramount Pictures’ second feature film based on the property, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, in 2015 at #1 opening weekend.

A third feature has been announced for 2019, timed to the series’ landmark 20th anniversary. Season Production #6 Featuring a Book by 9-Time Emmy Award Winner Tina Fey MEAN GIRLS Dolby Theatre April 28 – June 7, 2020 Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS, the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), will make its L.A. Premiere at the Dolby Theatre; April 28 – June 7, 2020.

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends:

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!” The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY Dolby Theatre June 12 – July 5, 2020 Lincoln Center Theater’s critically-acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, directed by Bartlett Sher, will make its L.A. Premiere at the Dolby Theatre; June 12 – July 5, 2020. Currently playing on Broadway, Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is the winner of five 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of Musical and was recently nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, 5 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical Revival and 3 Drama League Awards including Best Musical Revival. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, MY FAIR LADY, with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956.

The legendary original production won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and ran for 2,717 performances making it, at the time, the longest-running musical in Broadway history. Boasting a score that contains such now-classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” MY FAIR LADY was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best musicals of the century,” by the Christian Science Monitor as “a work of theatre magic,” and by the NY Herald Tribune as “a miraculous musical.” Season Production #8 The 2018 Tony-Winning Best Musical THE BAND’S VISIT Dolby Theatre July 7 – 26, 2020 THE BAND’S VISIT, one of the most Tony Award®-winning musicals in history, will make its L.A. Premiere at the Dolby Theatre; July 7 – 26, 2020.

After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

THE BAND’S VISIT celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. THE BAND’S VISIT opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) on Thursday, November 9, 2017, featuring music and lyrics by Tony and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle award winner Itamar Moses. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel & Obie Award winner David Cromer. THE BAND’S VISIT is the winner of Ten 2018 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Yazbek), Best Book (Itamar Moses), Lighting Design (Tyler Micoleau), Sound Design (Kai Harada), Orchestrations (Jamshied Sharifi) and Director (David Cromer). THE BAND’S VISIT has broken the all-time box office record at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre twice.

Season Ticket Holder Priority Access HAMILTON Pantages Theatre Performances begin March 2020 HAMILTON will return to the Pantages Theatre with performances beginning in March of 2020. Season Ticket Holders who purchase a 2019-20 season package will have priority access to HAMILTON, prior to the general public. Detailed ticketing information will be announced later this season. HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. About The Hollywood Pantages Theatre The Hollywood Pantages is part of The Nederlander Organization, which owns or operates venues on Broadway and in Chicago, San Diego, San Jose, Tucson, Durham, Oklahoma City, N. Charleston, and London.

The Hollywood Pantages is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in Los Angeles, with over 45,000 season ticket holders. Presentations include Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and The Phantom of the Opera. www.hollywoodpantages.com. About The Dolby Theatre Opened in 2001, the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre® with cutting edge technologies sets the stage for entertainment technology as a host of the world’s biggest movie premieres, events, and performances.

Dolby Theatre is an ongoing showcase for the latest innovations in Dolby entertainment technology, including Dolby® Atmos™, a breakthrough audio technology that delivers a natural, life-like sensory experience. Dolby Theatre also features Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution that provides audiences with a superior 3D experience. Dolby Theatre is located within Hollywood & Highland® , which consists of over 640,000 square feet of space featuring national, regional and local retail tenants, a variety of restaurants, several of Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs, a six screen state-of-the-art cinema adjacent to the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre and the 640 room Loews Hollywood Hotel. www.dolbytheatre.com.

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR P!NK WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR P!NK WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. Photo/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that entertainer P!NK will be honored with the 2,656th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, February 5th, at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

“We are thrilled to honor one of the world’s most popular entertainers P!NK! She is a unique performer who leaves you in a state of joy and surprise at the same time. She mesmerizes the audience with her voice and her action-packed performances!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Fans worldwide will join us in droves in Hollywood to see her honored on her special Walk of Fame day.”

Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Walk of Famer Ellen DeGeneres and Kerri Kenney-Silver.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

P!nk, born Alecia Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on September 8, 1979, is a singer, songwriter, performer, spokesperson, actor, devoted wife and mother, and one of the most beloved pop icons of the past two decades. P!nk got her start in the music business as a member of the girl group Choice, who signed with LaFace Records in 1995. Shortly after signing, LaFace saw unique potential in P!nk and offered her a solo recording contract. Drawing from her R&B musical influences, P!nk released her first solo studio album Can’t Take Me Home in 2000. The record was certified double-platinum in the United States and featured two Billboard Hot 100 top ten  songs, “There You Go” and “Most Girls.”

Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50-million albums equivalents, over 75-million singles, over 2.4-million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on theBillboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, P!nk is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (20 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards (including the 2017 Michael Jackson Vanguard Award recipient), two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013 and has sold out arenas all over the world.  

Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma is certified Platinum, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 chart, marked a career high for first week sales and re-entered the chart at No. 2 months after release. The album was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The first single, “What About US” is also certified Platinum, received a Grammy nomination in 2018 for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones for a female.  P!NK is gearing up to return to the road for her highly-successful and critically-acclaimed  2018-2019 Beautiful Trauma World Tour in March. The tour has already sold over 1-million tickets in North America and over 600,000 people with 42 sold-out shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, P!NK graced the cover of People Magazine’s The Beautiful Issue.

P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry. She remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.

★★★

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – www.WalkOfFame.com

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies.It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $40,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – www.HollywoodChamber.net

For more than 98 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Rana Ghadban is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

SAMMY CLARITA IS BACK – AND HE HAS HIS VERY OWN BOOK – ‘Sammy Stories—Meet Sammy Clarita.’

The City’s favorite horse (and new author) returns in 2019 to celebrate the Santa Clarita Public LibraryS

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Sammy Clarita is galloping back into town this winter with plans to promote his new book at the Santa Clarita Public Library! Beginning this month, community members can head to any Santa Clarita Public Library branch and check out his first book, titled Sammy Stories—Meet Sammy Clarita.                                                          

Sammy Clarita is fun-loving plush mustang who loves chocolate almost as much as he loves Santa Clarita, has been busy putting the finishing touches on his new book. Photo/City of Santa Clarita

Sammy, a fun-loving mustang who loves chocolate almost as much as he loves Santa Clarita, has been busy putting the finishing touches on his new book. He’s even had a makeover in honor of the occasion, and now sports a spiffy green library vest and glasses! Sammy is excited to share his story, and knows his readers will hoot and haw over the eye-catching illustrations and fun tidbits of Santa Clarita history that are included. This is one horse tale you will not want to miss!

Join Mayor Marsha McLean for a special reading of the book at the Santa Clarita Public Library’s Storytime “Just for 2’s and 3’s,” on Wednesday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library. The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main Street in Newhall. A special guest appearance by Sammy Clarita himself will also take place.

In addition to being available at all Santa Clarita Public Library branches, Sammy’s book will be in third grade classrooms throughout the City! “Discovering the joy of reading is one of the most important gifts we can give our children,” said Mayor Marsha Mclean. “This book combines humor, local history and community pride. We hope it will inspire young children to get excited about reading and learning!” Sammy is also looking forward to celebrating all that the Santa Clarita Public Library has to offer this year. With a variety of upcoming events, including the annual One Story One City program, it is sure to be one heck of a ride. Sammy Clarita was chosen as the City’s mascot in its thirtieth anniversary year and represents the City’s rich Western history, equestrian trails and more than 11,000 acres of open space. Residents can find mini plush versions of Sammy hidden at various City events and locations, using clues posted on the City’s Instagram account @cityofsantaclarita. Those who find him can keep him as their furever friend and are encouraged to share a selfie with him on social media using the hashtag #IFoundSammyClarita.

For more information on Sammy Clarita’s whereabouts, follow the City’s Instagram account @cityofsantaclarita. To find out more about the Santa Clarita Public Library, visit www.santaclaritalibrary.com.

Cinderella, with a twist of Hollywood glamour, set to dazzle at the Ahmanson Theatre, Feb. 5 to March 10.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Get ready for an all new take on the classic fairy tale – the Ahmanson Theatre is proud to present Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella! Taking the classic story and splicing it into a wartime setting, this show is an all new emotional experience with a familiar thread. Enchanting, strange, subversive and utterly beautiful, this is the must-watch performance of the year.

Andrew Monaghan and Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella,” which will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre February 5 through March 10, 2019. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Press Contact: CTGMedia@CTGLA.org / (213) 972-7376. Photo by Johan Persson.

Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz.

Following the dazzling smash hit The Red Shoes in 2017, New Adventures returns to the Ahmanson with one of their most beloved dance theatre productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. Performed to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, this new production comes alive with heart-stopping choreography, vivid theatrical storytelling, and sumptuous award-winning scenic and costume designs that will transport audiences to the heart of war-torn London for a timeless story of the power of love.

Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz.

For more information visit: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/ahmanson-theatre/2018-19/new-adventures-matthew-bourne-cinderella/

THE LIFE & DREAMS OF SHELBY JACOBS, engineer from the Apollo era to discuss his work at The Columbia Memorial Space Center with special Meet and Greet on February 16, 2019.

Downey, Calif. – Meet Shelby, a mechanical engineer from the Apollo era! As Project Manager of the Apollo-Soyuz orbiter, Shelby designed instrumentation that would capture one of the most repeated images in space history: the separation between the first and second stages of the Apollo 6 spacecraft in 1968.

Shelby Jacobs’ contribution to space exploration is a truly remarkable feat. The Space Center displays Shelby’s life achievements revolving around his work and his journey as an aerospace engineer working in the 1960s. (Photo/Columbia Memorial Space Center)

Shelby Jacobs’s contribution to space exploration is a truly remarkable feat. The Space Center is honored to display Shelby’s life achievements revolving around his work and personal life as an African American aerospace engineer working in the 1960s.

Now on display through Spring 2019!


The Columbia Memorial Space Center Welcomes Shelby Jacobs for A special MEET & GREET!

Saturday, February 16 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Join the Columbia Memorial Space Center in welcoming Shelby Jacobs! Shelby will share his story and be open for Q&A. Then, join Shelby, Bill Freeman, and students from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter from UCLA for a moderated discussion panel on the changing culture of engineers.

The COLUMBIA MEMORIAL SPACE CENTER is located at:

12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA 90242

(562) 231-1200
info@downeyspacecenter.org

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm


SANTA CLARITA PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES BOOK SELECTION FOR 2019 ONE STORY ONE CITY PROGRAM

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane to Be Celebrated the Entire Month of March

  Santa Clarita, Calif. –  Every year, the Santa Clarita Public Library’s One Story One City program encourages discussion amongst Santa Clarita residents and promotes reading through the celebration of one story during the month of March. The Santa Clarita Public Library is excited to announce this year’s 2019 book selection is “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See

 “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” is a powerful tale about tradition, tea farming, and the enduring connection between mothers and daughters. The moving story focuses on two women separated by circumstance, culture and distance.

Due to the nature of some of the topics covered in the book, this story is recommended for adults and not suitable for young readers under the age of 16. 

“We encourage everyone to start reading the book now so when March rolls around, they can get involved in our conversations and book-themed activities. We have copies available at every Santa Clarita Public Library branch,” says City Librarian, Shannon Vonnegut. 

One Story One City program events and activities will commence in March. The program is free and is held in partnership with Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library and Barnes & Noble.

To learn more about One Story One City, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com/OneStoryOneCity, or contact Library Administrator Hilda LohGuan at hlohguan@santa-clarita.com.   

Coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2019: World’s First Racing Launch Coaster.

A new ride will be coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2019

Santa Clarita, Calif. – West Coast Racers is a one-of-a-kind racing coaster that will feature two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed launches. The race covers two complete laps, multiple airtime hills, extreme high-banked turns and exhilarating over/under near misses. A highlight of the ride is an immersive real time “pit stop” designed and produced by world famous West Coast Customs that will provide riders with a racing experience unlike any other.

Coming in 2019

West Coast Customs-style

Sleek coaster cars designed by West Coast Customs for this unprecedented new ride.

Coaster trains racing out of a launch and intertwining.

One-of-a-kind Racing Launch Coaster

Riders will experience four record-breaking, magnetic launches, including a side-by-side first and second race launch.

Racing coaster, with one overbanking around a curve

Record Breaking 20th Coaster

Side-by-side airtime hills and overbanked turns with speeds up to 55 mph as riders cross the finish line.

Coaster trains launching out of station.

Pit Stop

Narrated by West Coast Customs Founder and CEO, Ryan Friedlinghaus, the Pit Stop occurs between the two laps and provides riders an exclusive inside look into the West Coast Customs shop, before racing a new train.

New Themed Area

West Coast Racers will be located in a new LA-centric urban-themed area where guests will enjoy a high-energy street vibe. Currently located in this area is the popular wooden coaster, Apocalypse, and the Cyclone 500 Go Karts. New dining, games and retail locations will be added to complete the area renovation.


Pantages and Dolby Set to Announce 2019-2020 Season for Broadway in Hollywood.

Broadway LA ANNOUNCING New Season ON FEBRUARY 5TH!  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The 2019-20 BROADWAY IN HOLLYWOOD season will include shows at the Pantages AND the Dolby Theatres.   We’re excited to bring you THE BEST OF BROADWAY IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD.

8 BLOCKBUSTER SHOWS. 2 ICONIC THEATRES. ONE AMAZING SEASON.

The Dolby Theatre is less than a mile from the Pantages on Hollywood Boulevard and has ample parking below the theatre.  If you haven’t been inside, you might be surprised to find a state-of-the-art venue and a wonderful staff looking forward to meeting and serving you.

More details are outlined below.  If you have any additional questions, please CONTACT OUR SEASON TICKET OFFICE.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA AWARDED MEASURE H FUNDING FOR HOMELESS PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Greater Los Angeles 
Invest $375,000 in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Greater Los Angeles recently announced the recipients of increased Measure H funding to combat homelessness in cities throughout the county. The City of Santa Clarita is one of 20 cities receiving new grant funds to help implement the next phase of its plan to address and prevent homelessness.

The City of Santa Clarita will receive $300,000 from the L.A. County Homeless Initiative under the organization’s Priority Area 1 plan. These funds will be used to increase the supply of interim and permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. The City was also awarded $75,000 under Priority Area 2, which will be used to enhance services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“The funds are coming to our community at a critical time,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean. “Our local service providers are at a point where funds are necessary to provide resources and opportunities to continue to implement the kind of programs and facilities that our community requires. We are hopeful that these funds will help towards a true and lasting impact on homelessness in Santa Clarita.”

The $300,000 awarded to the City will be used to acquire property for interim family housing for Family Promise in Santa Clarita. The $75,000 award will be put toward a homeless coordinator in the City, who will be responsible for administrative oversight of Santa Clarita’s Community Plan to Address Homelessness.

The L.A. County Homeless Initiative was created by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and is charged fighting homelessness in the county and provides oversight, hands-on guidance and funding to cities for services and programs through Measure H.

To learn more about the Community Plan to Address Homelessness, please call Rebecca Widdison, Management Analyst for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 284-1407.