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COMEDY, THEATRE AND MUSIC AT THE MAIN IN DOWNTOWN NEWHALL.

Tickets on Sale Now for Performances in June

Santa Clarita, Calif. – June is the perfect month to check out shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, in Old Town Newhall! Tickets are now on sale for a variety of theatre, comedy and music shows. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at select shows, in addition to concessions.

COMEDY, THEATRE AND MUSIC AT THE MAIN IN DOWNTOWN NEWHALL.

The 10 by 10 Variety Night occurs on the first Thursday of the month and features music, film, storytelling, magic, comedy and more! Ten performers, from a variety of genres, are selected to perform a 10-minute piece of their choosing. This month don’t miss comedian Jann Karam, whose numerous TV credits include “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” HBO’s “Young Comedians Special,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Seinfeld” and “Politically Incorrect.”That same evening, catch a performance by Argentine tango dancers Madeline Conroy and Paul Blinder, who were finalists at the Southern California Tango Championships in 2018. The show is on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

Comedy Mashup will be back at The MAIN on Friday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. This show features a group of working comedians and improvisers from all over Los Angeles that come together once a month to put on a show that is half stand-up comedy and half improv. Headlining this month is Dino Archie, who has appeared on“Jimmy Kimmel Live”and Season 3 of Adam Devine’s“House Party” on Comedy Central. He was also crowned the winner of the 36th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition. Also performing are Mike Masilotti, Jay Cruz and show host Nolan Culver. Rounding out the show is hilarious improv from “Your Favorite Cast.” Tickets are $10 presale, and $15 on the day of the show. 

The Society Comedy Troupe is bringing a hilarious and energetic team improv show to The MAIN on Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m. Similar to the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” the performers ask for audience participation while creating improvised music, comedy and scenes. This month, they are celebrating Best Friend’s Day with a show all about friends. Grab your friends for an evening of laughs at this show that’s appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $15.  

The first of many productions at The MAIN this month is “The Wild Duck” from Menagerie Theatre Works. Henrik Ibsen’s classic play is set in the 1950s in the United States and follows the Ekdal family in their struggle with deep family secrets, societal expectations and the image of the perfect family. Performances occur on June 14, 15 and 16, at 7:00 p.m., and June 15 and 16, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Join The Dumas Players for their original show, “The Grieving Widows’ Auxiliary: Parts I and II.” Part I, The Bait, is Saturday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Part II, The Engagement, is Sunday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The show follows the ladies of the Grieving Widows’ Auxiliary, a group of aging but spunky widows who meet monthly to help one another through the grieving process, while also plotting to snag their next husband by any means necessary. With the help of obituary columns, these ladies take turns attending the funerals of random women in an effort to wiggle their way into the good graces of the surviving widowers. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Note by Note is a free music night delighting 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! The show is on Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m., and is free to attend. 

Rounding out the month is Violent Ends Theater Company’s production of “Red.” Viewed through the lens of his youthful new assistant, Ken, we witness artist Mark Rothko at the pinnacle of his creativity, but struggling through the creation of a series of large paintings, commissioned as a series intended to be featured in New York’s brand-new Four Seasons Restaurant. As Ken and Rothko paint, they challenge each other to ask big questions about art: what it takes to create it and what its role should be in the world. Set in the 1950s, and based on a series of real events, “Red” takes a compelling look at the ever-changing relationship between an artist and his creations.This play is not suitable for children under the age of 13. Performances occur on June 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. and June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Learn more about these shows and purchase tickets by visiting AtTheMain.org/tickets

ENJOY HOT SUMMER NIGHTS AS THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA KICKS OFF THURSDAYS@NEWHALL IN DOWNTOWN NEWHALL BEGINNING JUNE 6, 2019.

Ballet Folklórico, Local Musicians and Super Nintendo Party SENSES Come to Old Town Newhall

Santa Clarita, Calif. – After hitting a banana peel in May, the Super Nintendo SENSES Block Party is back on track for June! Joining this crowd favorite are four events that will energize your mind, body and soul through music, dance, art and more as part of Thursdays@Newhall in Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.

ENJOY HOT SUMMER NIGHTS AS THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA KICKS OFF THURSDAYS@NEWHALL IN DOWNTOWN NEWHALL BEGINNING JUNE 6, 2019.

The schedule begins on Thursday, June 6 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), when 10 performers will take the stage for 10 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. Argentine tango dancers Madeline Conroy and Paul Blinder will give attendees a taste of what propelled the duo to the finals of the 2018 Southern California Tango Championships. Additional performers in June include the Fisher-McLeod School of Irish Dance; music by Ted Case and Janine Cooper-Ayres; comedy by John Wynn, Cat Alvarado, Richard Meyers and Jann Karam; storytelling from Michael Dougherty; and a screening of the short film “So Much Yellow.”

The dancing continues at JAM Sessions on June 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center! The City of Santa Clarita’s Ballet Folklórico program has a rich tradition in “Increasing Pride through Dance” and will help attendees tell their story through the art of dance. Instructor Maria Romero will teach attendees teamwork, poise and confidence as they learn this rich, traditional dance style. JAM Sessionsis hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation,bringing dance and original live performances to Old Town Newhall.

Following a rainout in May, the SENSES Block Party will reset its Super Nintendo theme on June 20 starting at 7:00 p.m. Race through Main Street with Mario and Luigi and be sure to come dressed as your favorite Nintendo character! While you are there, take time to get lost in far off worlds thanks to a gaming truck and a selection of virtual reality games from the Old Town Newhall Library. You will also enjoy the sights and sounds of iconic video games when you visit the on-street bar from The Junction.

Also on June 20, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Feminine Harmony,” from artist Fahimeh Shamsapour. Shamsapour’s art is inspired by romance with dreamlike and abstract elements that focus on nature and female beauty. Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Shamsapour from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. “Feminine Harmony” will be on display at The MAIN from June 19 to July 12.

The Note by Note music night on June 27 wraps up the month inside The MAIN from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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 June include Sarah MeeRan Cave, Burton Zimmer Duo, Alesia XO and The Wardencliff Jazz Quartet. 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.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Independence Day with Its First-Ever July 4th Fireworks Spectacular.

The Inaugural Salute to the Stars and Stripes is Included in the Price of Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal City, California, June 3, 2019 – Universal Studios Hollywood lights up the night sky with its first-ever July 4th fireworks celebration, inviting guests to enjoy a spectacular aerial display that will take place in multiple locations within the theme park.

This exciting new addition is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

As the spirit of Independence Day sweeps across the theme park, guests can toast the day by enjoying the theme park’s many popular rides and attractions, before the festive pyrotechnics extravaganza, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites, begins at 9:30pm.

In addition to the fireworks display, guests can delight in the return of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle” as it illuminates the evening sky with nightly shows featuring lights, music and special effects within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.” The program runs from Saturday, June 22 to Sunday, August 11. “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” a dynamic, all-new light projection experience, comes to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

In addition to the fireworks display, guests can delight in the return of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle” as it illuminates the evening sky with nightly shows featuring lights, music and special effects within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.” The program runs from Saturday, June 22 to Sunday, August 11.

Sparks also will fly the moment guests step aboard the world-famous Studio Tour and take a wild ride on“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” or when they meet Stuart, Tim and Tom on “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and join Optimus Prime on a search for the All-Spark on “Transformers™: The Ride 3-D.” From “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride” and “The Simpsons Ride” to “King Kong 360 3D,” “The Walking Dead” attraction and “WaterWorld,” electricity is in the air.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the new California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. VisitUniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.  Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.Universal Orlando Resortalso will celebrate Independence Day with three days packed with family-friendly excitement from July 4-6. Guests can enjoy a character dance party, amazing pyrotechnics, thrilling rides and live musical performances.

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. Attractions 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™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

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20 Super Cool Ways to Have Fun in the Summer of 2019 at the Disneyland Resort – Including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

June celebrates new magical experiences and milestone anniversaries, following the May 31 debut of the epic new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

AHAHEIM, Calif. –  Beginning this June, it’s a summer to remember at the Disneyland Resort, where sunny days are filled with cool new adventures, new shows, new Disney character interactions and classic attractions, plus the opening of a whole new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Including this intergalactic blast, here are 20 ways guests can stay cool this summer and make memories to last a lifetime at Disneyland Resort theme parks, hotels and the Downtown Disney District.

Disneyland Park

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Makes Groundbreaking Debut – The largest single-themed land expansion in Disney Parks history, and the ninth land in Disneyland Park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31 with new experiences for fans to live their own Star Wars Guests will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes from a galaxy far, far away. Guests will sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

To ensure a great guest experience for all guests visiting the Disneyland Resort, reservations are required to enter the land between May 31 and June 23, in addition to valid theme park admission. During this time, registered overnight guests at any of the three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will receive a designated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation (separate theme park admission required).* After June 23, reservations will no longer be required. The resort will utilize a virtual queueing system, as needed, to allow guests to enjoy the rest of Disneyland Resort until it is time for their turn to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Shimmers – After an extensive refurbishment, this beloved icon at the heart of Disneyland will be back and more beautiful than ever in late May, as it shimmers with enhancements, charming pixie dust and new color tones. Through the years, the colors and finishes on Sleeping Beauty Castle have been refreshed and updated regularly and the latest update by Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine is her sixth castle refurbishment. Disney Legend and Imagineering artist Herb Ryman created the castle’s first concept illustration.
  • “Disneyland Forever” Returns – This captivating fireworks spectacular returns June 7, showing just how magical the magic kingdom can be. The sky-high celebration will feature sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections and other effects that transform Disneyland into a magical canvas, taking guests on a breathtaking journey.
  • June Marks 60thAnniversary of Three Classic Attractions – Guests can enjoy all-time park favorites such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland Monorail and Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage, each which are celebrating 60th anniversaries in June 2019. Some fun facts for those who add these to their “must do” list on every visit:
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first roller coaster style attraction at Disneyland and the first tubular steel coaster in the world.
  • The Matterhorn at Disneyland is 1/100ththe size of its counterpart in the Swiss Alps.
  • The Disneyland Monorail was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The original Submarine Voyage was one of the first “E” Ticket attractions at Disneyland and the current Finding Nemo attraction gave this fun attraction a new theme in 2007.
  • Hyperspace Mountain – Guests can hurtle through hyperspace with the return of Hyperspace Mountain. For a limited time this summer, the high-speed Star Wars-themed overlay brings a galactic adventure to Space Mountain.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • “Tale of The Lion King” – Beginning June 7, Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the beloved characters and music of Disney’s “The Lion King” with an imaginative new adaptation of this timeless story, presented as a highly-theatrical outdoor musical production entitled, “Tale of the Lion King.” The show features a cast of 18 performers – including actors, singers, dancers and drummers – who form an ensemble called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands. This traveling troupe specializes in retelling revered stories in their own contemporary style, weaving their tale through language, song and dance. The festive celebration of “Tale of The Lion King” will be presented for a limited time.
  • Soarin’ Over California: The epic, aerial adventure Soarin’ Over California returns for a limited time, from June 1 to 30. This virtual tour celebrates the beauty and wonder of the Golden State – from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the crashing waves in Malibu. Guests are raised high into the air and surrounded by an immersive, 80-foot projection dome to simulate the graceful motion of flight, while their senses are teased with iconic scenes and scents found throughout California.
  • Fancy Nancy – Nancy Clancy, the high-spirited young girl from Disney Junior’s hit animated series “Fancy Nancy,” made “une grande entrée” into Disney California Adventure this spring. Guests can meet Fancy Nancy just outside the “Disney Junior Dance Party!” in Hollywood Land.
  • Play at Pixar Pier – Celebrating its first anniversary in June, Pixar Pier is a whimsical land where the stories and characters of Disney•Pixar films are celebrated in incredible, playful ways.
    • The newly reimagined Jessie’s Critter Carousel opened this spring in the Toy Story Boardwalk neighborhood. This giant toy carousel stars Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl and a friendly bunch of desert critters inspired by the “Toy Story” films. Guests hop on and yell “giddyup!” from the saddle of a whimsical snake, armadillo, turtle, bunny or other critters from the world of Woody’s Roundup.
    • Opening early this summer is Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, a new attraction at the Inside Out Headquarters neighborhood. Inspired by the Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out,” guests step into the workplace of Riley’s Emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Boarding one of eight Memory Movers, guests take a sense-ational spin surrounded by vibrant shelves packed with glowing recollections.
    • Bo Peep from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” will make special appearances in Pixar Pier this summer. In “Toy Story 4,” when Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. Her adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to their lives as toys, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.
  • “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” – The spectacular magic of Disney animation comes to life in the 3D movie musical “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” at Disney California Adventure.  Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters take the stage in this 3D fantasy adventure in the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.
  • Super Heroes – Super Heroes are landing in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure to meet their newest “recruits”. Guests may encounter some of the most admired Super Heroes in the universe, including Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Panther.
  • “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” – Guests can stay cool indoors enjoyinga theatrical adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, “Frozen.” Performed daily at the Hyperion Theater, the impressive stage show immerses audiences in the beloved world of “Frozen” and takes them on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. Guests often rave about the elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers. With the Disney Animation Studios film “Frozen 2” debuting later this year, guests can relive favorite moments from the original film while anticipating what comes next.
  • “World of Color” Returns – This breathtaking nighttime extravaganza at Disney California Adventure returns, with Disney and Pixar stories vividly projected on a screen created by more than 1,200 fountains spraying 19,000 square feet of water. Guests watch in wonder as water, fire, light and music weave together to celebrate the magic of Disney storytelling.

Around the Disneyland Resort

  • Disneyland Resort Hotel Added Values – Guests who stay overnight at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will receive a designated reservation for the new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, during their stay (one reservation per registered guest; valid theme park admission required).* Guests stay immersed in the magic with special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, making the most of their time with Extra Magic Hour,** with their valid theme park admission. Each of the hotels offers themed family dining as only Disney can do, plus cool pools for a refreshing respite.
  • Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration – Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration in the Downtown Disney District is a must-see experience celebrating 90 years of the beloved Mickey Mouse. This is a limited-time, separate ticket, pop-up featuring selfie-and-photo-worthy, immersive and imaginatively-themed rooms inspired by all things Mickey Mouse. The price starts at $30 per person.*** Pop-Up Disney! is one of several new additions at Downtown Disney, including Black Tap Burgers and Shakes and Ballast Point restaurants.
  • New Additions to Disney MaxPass – Guests who visit the Disneyland Resort and purchase Disney MaxPass through the Disneyland app to maximize their day are now able to make digital Disney FASTPASS selections for select entertainment in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, right from their smartphones. Guests can use Disney MaxPass to make digital Disney FASTPASS selections for the breathtaking nighttime water show, World of Color, at Disney California Adventure and the dazzling Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular at Disneyland. Other benefits of Disney MaxPass include the ability to secure digital Disney FASTPASS selections for select attractions, as well as unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos from that day. Available as an add-on to a theme park ticket for an additional fee, Disney MaxPass helps guests maximize their day to save time and experience more.****

For more details about these experiences and offers, guests may visit Disneyland.com.

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*General reservations for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are no longer available at this time.  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations issued as part of a hotel reservation will be cancelled if the hotel reservation is cancelled. During the reservation period, access to the experiences in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is subject to capacity. When reservations will no longer be required, access to Disneyland Park and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge—including participation in its experiences—is subject to capacity.

**Extra Magic Hour valid for registered Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests for admission to select attractions at the designated theme park before the park opens to the general public. Check Disneyland.com for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel Guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and elements including, without limitation, availability of attractions and services may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not available as part of Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland Park.

***Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration exhibit elements and activities are subject to change or cancellation without notice.  Tickets are nonrefundable.  Other restrictions apply.

****Disney MaxPass Guests are strongly advised to check the day’s FASTPASS availability and other Park details before purchasing Disney MaxPass as FASTPASS selections for your preferred attractions or entertainment may not be available at the time of purchase or use. FASTPASS selections are limited and availability is not guaranteed. FASTPASS selections may be made only while you are in the Parks, and valid Park admission is required to make FASTPASS selections in the applicable Park. Disney PhotoPass service is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and expiration policy found at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions/. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the day your Disney MaxPass feature is used must be linked to your Disney account. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Downloads are restricted to personal use by Disney account holder only and may not be used for a commercial purpose.  The Disney MaxPass benefit will expire at the end of the day of use. Disney MaxPass is nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash and is subject to other restrictions. Price, terms, entitlements, attractions and entertainment are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Disney FASTPASS service and Disney MaxPass are unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Unveiled to the World in Epic Grand Opening Ceremony at Disneyland Park. George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams in Attendance!

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger joined by George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams to mark historic moment for The Walt Disney Company.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 29, 2019) – The Walt Disney Company celebrated the momentous dedication of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge tonight in an epic ceremony at Disneyland Park. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger unveiled the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park, which is set to open to the general public at Disneyland Park on May 31, and also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Aug. 29.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is absolutely amazing and we are thrilled to finally share it with the world,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

“Now, for the first time, fans will be able to immerse themselves in the iconic stories that have captured audiences’ imaginations for decades and live their own Star Wars adventures in the most creative, innovative and ambitious land we’ve ever built.”

To dedicate Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Iger was joined in front of the Millennium Falcon by Star Wars icons including George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams. In a ceremony set to the soaring John Williams score composed especially for the land, global media and invited guests were the very first to see the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy roar to life.

“With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney is redefining the theme park experience and setting a new bar for experiential storytelling,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “From each authentic detail to the land’s jaw-dropping scale, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge exceeds every expectation.”

The first guests arrive at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, on opening day, May 31, 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever at 14-acres, transporting guests to Black Spire Outpost, a village on the planet of Batuu. Guests will discover two signature attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, available opening day, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening later this year. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge also opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Aug. 29, 2019. (Disneyland Resort)

When it opened to the public at Disneyland Resort on May 31 and later at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29, guests will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu*, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Exotic finds can be found throughout Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In the Droid Depot at Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge, guests will be able to build their own personal droids. (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)

Phase two, opening later this year, will feature Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined, which will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.

Once guests step foot on Batuu, they will be part of the action as it unfolds around them, and their interactions with the Play Disney Parks mobile app** will deepen their engagement with the land – the first land within a Disney park designed to integrate with the app. They may choose to aid a smuggler, join the Resistance or pledge their loyalty to the First Order. This depth of storytelling is part of the total immersion that will distinguish the two, 14-acre lands from any other themed land in history.

The new lands build off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production, including the Star Wars franchise. The work on Star Wars between these two creative powerhouses dates back to 1987, when the groundbreaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland Park in California.

Reservations are required to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23.*** Guests visiting during this time will need valid theme park admission and a reservation to enter the new land. After June 23, reservations will no longer be required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Griffith Observatory Tribute to Apollo’s 50TH Anniversary

Los Angeles, Calif. – The historic mission to put an astronaut on the Moon launched on July 16, 1969. Just four days later, July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin made history as the first men to step foot on the moon. The mission also successfully collected the first lunar samples brought back to earth.

The historic mission to put an astronaut on the Moon launched on July 16, 1969. Just four days later, July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin made history as the first men to step foot on the moon. Left to right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin.

Events are free and open to the public. All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 10 will also be streamed live on Griffith Observatory TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/GriffithObservatory.

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations-explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon-if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.” President John F. Kennedy, delivered in person before a joint session of Congress May 25, 1961  

Speaking to Congrss and The Nation, President Kennedy said on May 25, 1961; “I Believe th at this Nation should commit Itself to Achieving the Goal, Before This Decade Is Out, Of Landing a man on tne Moon and returning him Safely to Earth,”(MIX FILE)

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/programs/griffithtv.html

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A look back from NASA, May 24, 2019

50 Years Ago: Apollo 10 Clears the Way for the first Moon Landing.

“Houston, we are returning to Earth!” With those words, Apollo 10 Commander Thomas P. Stafford announced that the Trans Earth Injection (TEI), a 165-second burn of the Service Propulsion System (SPS) engine had been successfully completed while the spacecraft was behind the Moon and out of communications with Earth. Stafford and his crewmates Lunar Module Pilot Eugene A. Cernan and Command Module Pilot John W. Young had completed 31 orbits around the Moon during 61 hours and 37 minutes. Stafford and Cernan had tested the Lunar Module Snoopy and flown it to within 47,000 feet of the lunar surface while Young remained aboard the Command Module Charlie Brown.

Within minutes after TEI, the astronauts began a live color TV broadcast, providing lively commentary while showing viewers on Earth excellent scenes of the rapidly receding Moon. They also took some remarkable photographs. The apparent size of the Moon visibly decreasing during the course of the broadcast prompted Capcom Joe H. Engle to say, “You guys are really hauling the mail out there.” By the time the 53-minute broadcast ended, Apollo 10 was 3,900 miles from the Moon, but also slowing down as lunar gravity continued to exert its force on the spacecraft. Less than an hour later, the excited crew resumed their TV commentary, again showing the now slightly smaller Moon. After the seven-minute broadcast, the tired crew placed their spacecraft in the Passive Thermal Control (PTC) or barbecue mode to even out temperature extremes and settled down for their first sleep during the coast to Earth.

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Two views of the receding Moon, taken from Apollo 10 shortly after TEI. Left: Primarily a view of the lunar
farside. Right: Mare Crisium is the large dark feature at left.

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Two more views of the receding Moon, showing shadows along the day-night terminator on the
left edge of the Moon. The Sea of Tranquility is the large dark area near the Moon’s left limb.

Early the next day, Capcom Jack R. Lousma informed the crew that the TEI burn was so precise that the first planned midcourse correction during the coast to Earth was not needed. The crew conducted their next TV transmission, showing both the Earth and the Moon, with the Moon appearing about twice as big as the Earth, still some 210,000 miles away. Since the spacecraft was still in PTC mode, the Earth and Moon passed progressively through the spacecraft’s windows as it slowly rotated on its vertical axis. About an hour after the 11-minute broadcast, Apollo 10 entered the Earth’s gravitational sphere of influence and began accelerating. During their next TV broadcast about five hours later, the crew not only showed the Moon and Earth, now appearing to be about the same size, but turned the camera into the interior of the spacecraft. Young was clearly seen wearing a patch over his left eye to aid with dark adaptation for navigation sightings. Stafford and Cernan were also featured during the 29-minute broadcast. The crew then turned in for the night.

The next morning, Lousma informed the astronauts that the previous day the Apollo 11 crew had completed their water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico, including donning the Biological Isolation Garments (BIG) they would wear following splashdown to prevent any possible lunar microorganisms from escaping into Earth’s environment. The BIGs were a part of an overall quarantine program NASA established for all astronauts returning from Moon landings to prevent any possible biological contamination of the Earth. The rest of the day in space was relatively quiet, taken up with housekeeping and navigation duties. The only activity of note was that Stafford, Cernan, and Young became the first astronauts to shave in space, using brushless shaving cream. After Apollo 10 passed the halfway point in its return trip to Earth, the crew broadcast a TV transmission lasting about 10 minutes, showed the shrinking Moon and the growing Earth, and included many comments from the crew extoling the virtues of a space shave. Soon after, the crew settled down for their final sleep period in space.

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View of the Moon (left) and Earth (right) at roughly the point when Apollo 10 crossed into the Earth’s
gravitational sphere of influence.

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Left: Stafford at left and Young (upside down) at right during a TV transmission from Apollo 10.
Right: Cernan from the same TV transmission.

The first significant activity for their last day in space was the final color TV broadcast from a distance of about 43,000 miles from Earth. The 12-minute transmission included views of the now much larger Earth as well as comments from Young, Cernan, and Stafford summarizing their perspectives on their mission, finally closing by showing photographs of the Peanuts© characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, after whom the crew named their spacecraft. Soon after the TV broadcast, the crew conducted a small midcourse correction maneuver, the only one required during the trans-Earth coast thanks to the very precise TEI burn. The nearly seven-second firing of the SPS engine refined the spacecraft’s trajectory for reentry and also reduced the g-forces the crew felt during the rapid deceleration. At the time of the correction burn, Apollo 10 was still some 30,000 miles above the Earth, and traveling at about 8,000 miles per hour, but the distance was rapidly decreasing as the spacecraft’s velocity increased. Less than three hours later, the crew separated the Command Module (CM) from the Service Module and turned its blunt heat shield into the direction of travel. By the time it made first contact with the Earth’s atmosphere 16 minutes later at an altitude of 400,000 feet, the point called Entry Interface, Apollo 10 was traveling at 24,791 miles per hour, the fastest reentry for any crewed space mission. To this the day, Stafford, Cernan, and Young hold the record as the fastest humans.

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Apollo 10 floating beneath its three main parachutes, just moments before splashdown in the Pacific Ocean
east of American Samoa.

Apollo 10 reentered the Earth’s atmosphere on the night side over the southwest Pacific Ocean and continued northeast toward its splashdown target. The spacecraft entered a radio blackout period a few seconds later, caused by the buildup of ionized gases as a result of rapid deceleration. The blackout period lasted about three minutes, during which the crew experienced up to 6.7 gs of deceleration forces. At about 24,000 feet altitude, two drogue parachutes deployed to provide initial deceleration, followed at 10,000 feet by the three main parachutes that provided a splashdown velocity of about 22 miles per hour.

At precisely 11:53 AM CDT on May 26, 1969, Apollo 10 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 460 miles east of American Samoa. The splashdown occurred shortly before sunrise, just 1.5 miles from the targeted point and 3.3 miles from the prime recovery ship the Landing Platform Helicopter USS Princeton.  Stafford, Cernan, and Young had completed a flight lasting 192 hours and 3 minutes. Within 39 minutes, recovery forces delivered the trio to the deck of the Princeton, where they were greeted by the ship’s skipper, Captain Charles M. Cruse, and dozens of cheering sailors. After a brief stay aboard the Princeton, Stafford, Cernan, and Young were helicoptered to Tafuna International Airport, Pago Pago, American Samoa, where they were greeted by Governor Owen S. Aspinall, his wife Taotafa, and 5,000 Samoan well-wishers during a brief ceremony. From there, they took a C-141 transport aircraft back to Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, where they were reunited with their families and welcomed by a cheering crowd. The CM Charlie Brown was offloaded from the Princeton in Hawaii on May 31, flown to Long Beach, California, on June 4, and then trucked to the North American Rockwell plant in Downey to undergo postflight inspection. Charlie Brown is currently on display at the London Science Museum.

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Left: Apollo 10 astronauts being helped out of the CM by Navy recovery swimmers while a helicopter hovers
ready to hoist them aboard. Right: Apollo 10 astronauts (left to right) Cernan, Stafford, and Young exiting the
recovery helicopter on the deck of the USS 
Princeton.

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Left: Apollo 10 crew of (left to right) Cernan, Stafford, and Young during welcoming ceremonies at Pago Pago,
American Samoa,with Governor and Mrs Aspinall. Right: Apollo 10 crew (left to right) Young, Stafford, and Cernan
upon their return to Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.

Apollo 10 did indeed sort out the unknowns, as Stafford had promised prior to the mission. Stafford, Cernan, and Young completed the dress rehearsal for the lunar landing mission, proving the operations necessary for navigating two spacecraft independently in lunar orbit. Their color television broadcasts throughout the flight brought the experience into everyone’s living rooms. The mission encountered very few anomalies, and those were easily and quickly corrected for the next mission, Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the Moon. Apollo 10 ensured that the goal that President John F. Kennedy’s set for the nation in 1961 to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth was within our grasp.

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Apollo 10 CM Charlie Brown on display at the London Science Museum.
Credits: Don Thomas.

Enjoy a video summary of the Apollo 10 mission at:  https://archive.org/details/apollo_10_to_sort_out_the_unknowns

Read Stafford and Cernan’s recollections of the Apollo 10 mission in their oral histories with the JSC History Office.John Uri
NASA Johnson Space Center
Last Updated: May 24, 2019Editor: Kelli Mars

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Paley’s Blog for Pop Culture Warriors. Batman Celebrates 80th Birthday


Beverly Hills, Calif. –
“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed, but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.” — Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins)

Earlier this month was the eightieth anniversary of Batman. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.  Originally named the “Bat-Man,” the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.

Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939.  Cover art by Bob Kane, writer Bill Finger.

“I must have a disguise. Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible…a…a…a bat!” – Bruce Wayne – Detective Comics #33 (November 1939)

Paley Center curator David Bushman assembled a panel of experts for a podcast discussion (featuring Batmanwriter Devin Grayson, comic book experts Brian Cronin & Arlen Schumer, and more) on Batman’s legacy as one of pop culture’s most enduring and engaging characters.  

STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT, ‘Now you see Them, Soon You Won’t’ coming to The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, July 16, 2019.

Comedians and writers Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform a live comedy set with music by The Steep Canyon Rangers and jazz pianist, Jeff Babko in their tour, “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.”

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ makes its triumphant return to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles as part of its North American Tour, June 6 – July 7, 2019.

Hollywood, Calif. – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ will make its triumphant return to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles as part of its North American Tour from June 6 – July 7, 2019. Cameron  Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’sTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes  its  triumphant  return to Los Angeles  as  part  of  its  North  American  Tour.

Critics are 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  production,  overseen  by  Matthew  Bourne  and  Cameron Mackintosh,  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.

Star Trek: Discovery–Fight for the Future An Interactive Exhibit, Exclusive to the Paley Center Through Sunday, July 7, 2019 Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm FREE Admission

Beverly Hills, Calif. – Do not miss Star Trek: Discovery–Fight for the Future, a dynamic two-floor exhibition illuminating the creative process behind the mammoth production.

Following the twists and turns of the acclaimed series’s second season, this curated collection of authentic costumes, props, makeup prosthetics, and concept art offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the unparalleled devotion to the artistry and craft involved in this latest chapter in the fabled Star Trek universe.