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THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live from Broadway | Dolby Theatre | April 14-19, 2020

Hollywood, Calif. Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, April 14 – April 19, 2020.

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.

William Shatner, Jeff Hobson, Andrew Basso, Kevin James, Yu Ho-Jin, Ben Blaque, James More, Dan Sperry. Adam Trent at the premiere of “The Illusionists.” Photos by Chelsea Lauren (2015 archive photo.)

This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Tickets are on sale now!

MORE INFO: http://www.BroadwayInHollywood.com

Theatre, Music, Trivia and Comedy on Stage at The MAIN in Newhall, August 9 – August 29, 2019.

Tickets on Sale Now for Performances in August

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Spend your final days of summer laughing, listening to music and challenging your brain at one of many shows at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Old Town Newhall! Tickets are on sale now for a variety of theatre, comedy and music shows. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase at select shows, in addition to concessions.

 Two theatre productions grace The MAIN’s stage in August: “Painted Churches,” presented by Crow’s Nest Productions, and “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes),” presented by The Old Mask Era.

Tina Howe’s “Painting Churches” was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the basis for the 1994 film “The Portrait,” starring Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall. The play follows Gardner and Fanny Church as they prepare to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, now is retired, slipping in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Margaret, who they call Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees for she hopes to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them— and them with her. Performances occur on August 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and August 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors.

A late-night interactive phenomenon for 30 years, Greg Allen’s “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” was the longest-running show in Chicago history. This ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes” has also surprised audiences for years in New York and San Francisco. Our intrepid Neo-Futurists race a 60-minute timer to perform each two-minute play in random order, based on the spontaneous whims of the audience. Themes range from comic, tragic and political to even personal or abstract. Performances occur on August 9, 10 and 17 at 10:30 p.m. and August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.

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! This month, don’t miss Baker’s Brew, an experimental jazz band based entirely on improvisation. The show is on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend. 

The Sidecar Music Series is back and better than ever as Hardly Sisters visits the MAIN stage for some original acoustic music. With influences from Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and even Celtic, Hardly Sisters brings big vocals and harmonies to all their songs. They also incorporate various instruments into their performance, including guitar, bass, keyboards, mandola, mandolin and harmonica. They have a lot of fun with storytelling songs, as well as beautiful ballads. This tightknit group has decades of music under its belt and it shows in their passion for playing together. The show is Friday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go directly to the theater.

Rounding out the month is Quiz and Recreation: A Parks and Rec Themed Trivia Night on Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. Think you know everything about Pawnee, Indiana? Assemble your dream team, grab your color-coded binders and treat yo’ self to some trivia over at The MAIN theater! Trivia Night is free to attend and is appropriate for any non-Eagletonians aged 18 and older.

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

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Bring Filmmaker Jordan Peele’s Blockbuster, Us, to Life in All-New Terrifying “Halloween Horror Nights” Mazes.

Universal City, CA, Orlando, Fla., August 7, 2019 – The reality unearthed in Universal Pictures’ global horror film blockbuster, Us, from visionary Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele, becomes perilously tethered toUniversal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort in all-new terrifying “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes, debuting this September.

Click Here for a Look at the Horror that Awaits and Here to Purchase Tickets

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Bring Universal Pictures and Academy Award®-Winning Filmmaker Jordan Peele’s Global Blockbuster, Us, to Life in All-New Terrifying “Halloween Horror Nights” Mazes (Universal Studios)

            Featuring the unnerving labyrinth of underground tunnels that stretch from coast to coast below America, to the disorienting and the ominous uprising of “The Tethered”— doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country—the “Us” maze will place guests at the heart of this living nightmare where they quickly realize they are their own worst enemy.

“It’s very exciting to know that fans of Us will get to experience firsthand the terror of being stalked and tormented by ‘The Tethered.’ It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to create a monster that would scare people on Halloween, so having ‘The Tethered’ join such esteemed company is a dream come true,” – Jordan Peele.

            The journey begins circa 1986 as guests follow in the footsteps of the young girl they first meet as Adelaide Wilson as she innocently ventures through a mirror funhouse at the Santa Cruz boardwalk and has a fateful and traumatic encounter with her tethered doppelgänger, an event that will forever alter both of their lives.  The harrowing experience will then transition to present day, thrusting guests into the chaos of “The Tethered” uprising as they emerge from their tunnels to murder their privileged doubles in a nationwide coordinated act of rebellion.

            “It’s very exciting to know that fans of Us will get to experience firsthand the terror of being stalked and tormented by ‘The Tethered.’ It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to create a monster that would scare people on Halloween, so having ‘The Tethered’ join such esteemed company is a dream come true,” said Jordan Peele.

            “Jordan Peele has put his indelible stamp on a new genre of psychological horror films with the Academy Award®-winning movie, Get Out and the critically-acclaimed film, Us,” said John Murdy, Executive Producer, “Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal Studios Hollywood.  “And, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with him and his talented team to bring his unique vision for Us to life as a ‘living horror movie’ as part of ‘Halloween Horror Nights.’”

“The idea that ‘we are our own worst enemy and the visuals around that notion are what made the story of Us so compelling, personal and exciting for our design team to translate,” said Michael Aiello, Sr. Director of Entertainment Creative for Universal Orlando Resort. “Surrounding our guests in that horrific world of duality Jordan Peele created is a perfect fit for Universal’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights.’”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims within their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

 “Halloween Horror Nights” begins Friday, September 6 in Orlando and on Friday, September 13 in Hollywood. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. All tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visitwww.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.


About Universal Studios Hollywood

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 new mega attraction “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.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” Instagram at @HorrorNightsand Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

About Universal Orlando Resort 
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. 

Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

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Tribute Band Grateful Shred to Rock On with the sounds of Grateful Dead at The City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park, August 10, 2019.

Grateful Dead Tribute Band to Perform at Concerts in the Park

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The sounds of the 1960s and 1970s will come to life when Grateful Shred will perform at Central Park on Saturday, August 10. This talented Grateful Dead tribute band will perform during the City’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union. The free concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Tribute Band Grateful Shred set to bring the sites and sounds of the Grateful Dead to life at The City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park, August 10, 2019.

The four members of the Los Angeles-based band came together in 2016 to perform one show and have been together ever since. Grateful Shred channels the elusive vibe of Grateful Dead and delights audiences with their look, sound and atmosphere. Grateful Shred’s free-spirited approach to their performances allows their gentle spirit and authenticity to shine through.

This Saturday night, grab your friends and family and head to Central Park to hear famous hits like “Scarlet Begonias” and “Ripple!” Remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs so you can sit back and enjoy the music. Complete the concert-going experience with tasty snacks from a variety of on-site food vendors.

For more information about Concerts in the Park and to view the rest of this summer’s lineup, please visit santa-clarita.com/concerts

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS FILMMAKER GUILLERMO DEL TORO WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, Aug. 6, 2019.

 Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored film director Guillermo del Toro will be honored with the 2,669th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The star was dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Line Store. 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that film director Guillermo del Toro will be honored with the 2,669th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Line Store. Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and director J.J. Abrams and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey helped unveil the star.

“Guillermo del Toro is a director with one of the most creative and vivid imaginations. He has his pulse on a realm of fantasy that has captivated and astounded audiences!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor him for his historic film work!”  Martinez added.   

   Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and director J.J. Abrams and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey helped unveil the star.

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.

Guillermo del Toro is among the most creative and visionary artists of his generation whosedistinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he first gained worldwide recognition for the 1993 Mexican American co-production “Cronos,” a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist. The film premiered at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Mercedes-Benz Award. It also won over 20 international awards and eight Ariel Awards from the Mexican Academy of Film, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and the Golden Ariel.

Del Toro’s latest producing project is the CBS Films, eOne and Lionsgate feature “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” based on the books by Alvin Schwartz.  André Øvredal directed the film which will be released in theaters everywhere August 9, 2019.

Through his overall deal with DreamWorks Animation, he has been an executive producer on the films “Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3,” “Puss in Boots 1 and 2” and “Rise of the Guardians.” He produced “The Book of Life,” for Fox Animation and ReelFX. His DreamWorks animated series “TrollHunters” is the most successful family series on Netflix.Under his overall deal with Fox Searchlight, he is currently producing “Antlers” (directed by Scott Cooper and starring Keri Russell.Del Toro’s next live action film is the period thriller “Nightmare Alley” which he will direct, produce and co-write for Searchlight. His most recent film, the contemporary fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” for Fox Searchlight, premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion for Best Picture. It went on to win Golden Globes, BAFTAs, DGA, PGA and Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.

Del Toro is also producing, co-writing and co-directing his stop motion adaptation of “Pinocchio” for Netflix Animation. His subsequent films include, “Mimic,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Blade II,” “Hellboy,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak”.  The filmmaker earned international acclaim as the director, writer and producer of the 2006 fantasy drama “Pan’s Labyrinth.” He was honored with an Oscar® nomination for his original screenplay for the film. The film won Academy Awards® for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. In all, the film garnered more than 40 international awards and appeared on more than 35 critics’ lists of the year’s best films. His most recent film, the contemporary fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” for Fox Searchlight, premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion for Best Picture. It went on to win Golden Globes, BAFTAs, DGA, PGA and Academy Awards®, including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Score and Best Production Design.

           With novelist Chuck Hogan, the multi-hyphenate co-authored the vampire horror trilogy “The Strain” with all three books debuting as New York Times top-ten bestsellers. Del Toro and Hogan are also the creators of FX Networks’ hit series based on “The Strain” novels. Del Toro directed the opening episode and served as an Executive Producer on the series. Currently, he is also developing a series based on Naoki Urasawa’s acclaimed manga series “Monster” for Sony Television. He will also produce the horror anthology “Guillermo del Toro’s 10 After Midnight” for Netflix Television.

In 2013, Harper Design and Insight Editions published Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities, a lavishly illustrated book containing notes, drawings, and untold creatures from del Toro’s private journals and filmmaking diaries, with never-before-seen characters, art, and ideas of things to come. From this book, it was a natural progression to the unique art museum exhibition, GUILLERMO DEL TORO: AT HOME WITH MONSTERS, which appeared at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Del Toro is on the Board of Directors of The Hero Initiative which creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit creators with more than $1 million worth of much-needed aid.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Press Announcement

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks Celebrates 50 Years at the Hollywood Bowl, August 9 & August 10, 2019.

Hollywood, Calif. – The witty Bramwell Tovey is at the reins as the Hollywood Bowl’s annual and much-loved spectacular reaches its 50th anniversary, climaxing as always with the 1812 Overture and a barrage of fantastic fireworks!

Fifty years of fireworks!

On August 16, 1969, Zubin Mehta conducted the first Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks concert at the Hollywood Bowl, thus beginning the beloved tradition of fireworks at the Bowl.

In the fifty years since, fireworks have become crucial to the Hollywood Bowl experience, with as much thought put into the show in the sky as the concert on the stage. This season, we’re blasting off throughout the summer, lighting up the sky for Opening Night, July 4th, our annual Fireworks Finale, and, of course, the Tchaikovsky Spectacular. That means you can marvel at the incredible sights to the tune of John LegendNile Rodgers & CHICEarth, Wind & Fire, and the explosive 1812 Overture.

Browse through this year’s concerts to learn more about what makes each program unique, and get ready for a booming good time!

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

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CIM Group Sells Hollywood & Highland – Retains Ownership of Dolby Theatre.

Los Angeles, Calif. – CIM Group announced today the sale of Hollywood & Highland, the approximately 460,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center in the heart of Hollywood’s tourism and business district. The sale does not include the iconic Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat live-performance auditorium outfitted with cutting-edge technologies to accommodate a variety of programming.

CIM Group announced the sale of Hollywood & Highland on August 5, 2019 – CIM will Retain Ownership of Dolby Theatre, which hosts the annual Academy Awards. Photo/Hollywood and Highland.

CIM acquired the Hollywood & Highland complex in 2004, which at that time included the retail and entertainment center, the theatre and the adjacent 632-room hotel. Throughout its stewardship, CIM has made significant enhancements to each of the components that has cemented the property as a destination with domestic and international prominence, serving the local community, while engaging visitors from the surrounding communities as well as around the world. Hollywood & Highland debuted in November 2001, the result of a robust public/private partnership. CIM sold the hotel in 2012, and in 2013 recapitalized the retail and entertainment center in a new CIM-managed joint venture.

“CIM’s repositioning of Hollywood & Highland increased its visibility and provided a stable anchor for the resurgence of Hollywood. The development was envisioned as a catalytic project that would propel private investment and development in the community. We believe we have fulfilled this mission, and established Hollywood & Highland as a major economic generator for the City of Los Angeles,” said Shaul Kuba, Co-Founder and Principal, CIM Group.

CIM will continue to operate the Dolby Theatre, which hosts the annual Academy Awards®.In 2012 CIM executed a new 20-year contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to maintain the annual Academy Awards® in Hollywood at Dolby Theatre – the centerpiece of Hollywood & Highland.

CIM will continue to operate the Dolby Theatre, which hosts the annual Academy Awards®.In 2012 CIM executed a new 20-year contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to maintain the annual Academy Awards® in Hollywood at Dolby Theatre – the centerpiece of Hollywood & Highland. Concurrently, CIM reached a 20-year agreement with Dolby Laboratories to name the Dolby Theatre. Most recently, CIM entered into a programming arrangement with the historic Hollywood Pantages Theatre to bring Broadway shows to Dolby Theatre expanding Dolby Theatre’s existing array of programming that includes live television productions, movie premieres, concerts, cultural, civic and arts events.

“Following approval of the development of Hollywood & Highland, CIM was among the first private investors to identify the potential in Hollywood, acquiring an office building across the street from the site in 1998. Since then, we have actively developed, repositioned, and operated numerous properties of all types throughout Hollywood and we continue to work on our existing portfolio and new opportunities in this market,” added Kuba.

For more than 20 years, CIM has been an owner and operator of real assets in Hollywood, and has applied its long-standing development and operational expertise including construction management, property management and leasing to enhance Hollywood & Highland as well as its other office, hotel, entertainment, and multifamily residential assets.

ABOUT CIM GROUP

CIM is a community-focused real estate and infrastructure owner, operator and lender. Since 1994, CIM has led more than $60 billion of projects in metropolitan communities across the Americas on behalf of its own account and for its partners and co-investors. CIM’s broad in-house expertise includes decades of research, acquisition, credit analysis, development, finance, leasing and property management experience in real assets located in and serving densely-populated communities, net-lease assets and other associated credit strategies. Using its disciplined approach and extensive in-house expertise, CIM seeks to create value in projects, which ultimately enhances communities. For more information, visit www.cimgroup.com.

  • CIM Group sold Hollywood & Highland, the 463,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center in Hollywood, to a partnership between San Jose-based DJM and Gaw Capital, reportedly for $325 million. They plan to reimagine the 7.6-acre site over the next 24 to 30 months encompassing upgrades to the retail hub, rebranding, upgrading common areas, ramping up entertainment events, optimizing the merchandise mix and incorporating new concepts and uses.
  • DJM’s Stenn Parton says, “The retail landscape has shifted, consumer tastes have adapted, and ‘New Hollywood’ is constantly redefining itself. With Hollywood & Highland, we at DJM and Gaw Capital are eager to seize the opportunity to create, in the heart of Los Angeles, an environment where the iconic allure of ‘Old Hollywood’ meets the modern innovation of new media.”
  • Natixis’ Jerry Tang and Greg Murphy provided the financing package. Eastdil Secured advised on the transaction.
  • The sale does not include the iconic Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, a 3,400-seat auditorium and home of the annual Academy Awards.

https://www.cimgroup.com/press-releases/cim-group-sells-hollywood-highlandr-retains-ownership-dolby-theatrer

SAGE ERICKSON AND YAGO DORA VICTORIOUS AT VANS US OPEN OF SURFING PRESENTED BY SWATCH IN HUNTINGTON BEACH.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, August 4, 2019) – The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch, a World Surf League (WSL) Men’s and Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event, crowned Sage Erickson (USA) and Yago Dora (BRA) its respective winners in solid, three-to-five foot (1 – 1.7 metre) swell with their awe-inspiring performances all week that culminated in massive wins.

Sage Erickson (L) earns her second Vans US Open title alongside Yago Dora (R) for his first-ever. © WSL / Morris

The 2019 women’s event marked a historic milestone for the QS with the first-ever QS 10,000 and equal prize money at the Vans US Open. Erickson claimed the all-California Final over defending event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA) in incredible fashion with one of the day’s best performances — a 15.43 (out of a possible 20) heat total. The Ojai native’s backhand went to work while sitting in second place and smashed an excellent 8.17 (out of a possible 10) to push herself in the lead and leave Conlogue in need of an 8.90 for the remainder of the Final.

The wave that sealed the deal for Erickson in a rematch from 2017’s Semifinal matchup between her and Conlogue. WSL / Morris

“I shed a lot of tears when I came in from the water and I just want to say this is dedicated to my grandma who passed two weeks ago,” Erickson said. “It’s crazy how it takes someone to leave for everything they’re about to really set in. A lot of the lessons and things she believed in me, I have to speak over myself here for a second for her and it’s just about the people you value in your life. Whether it’s your friends or your family or even the people you can make a mark on and encourage.”

Dora’s strike rate on aerial maneuvers went unmatched on finals day. © WSL / Morris

Erickson had to deal with an all-star cast to get to the Final that truly showed the importance of this event with the competitors involved — defeating CT veteran Malia Manuel (HAW) and former Vans US Open winner Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) along the way.

Conlogue’s last-minute air-reverse stunned the hometown crowd and brought them to their feet. © WSL / Herron

“To be home in California, have a heat against Courtney and to be 10,000 — it’s more than just points,” Erickson added. “It’s equal pay, it’s a prime, it’s a lot for us women and a big shout out to Jessi (Miley-Dyer) for believing in our sport and to Sophie (Goldschmidt) leading the WSL as a strong woman.”

O’Brien is officially on the map as a danger man and now looks to stay at No. 10, where he now sits, to finish the year. © WSL / Morris

The high-flying antics of Dora came firing right out of the gates on finals day with the day’s top single-scoring wave of a near-perfect 9.27 after soaring through the air and landing it smoothly. The Brasilian CT elite had to overcome one of the Vans US Open’s most insatiable dark horses to date, Liam O’Brien (AUS). Dora’s excellent 8.60 on yet another massive air-reverse before shooting through the pier to finish it off in the Final ultimately sealed his first-ever QS 10,000 victory.

“It feels so incredible right now and I just want to thank everyone who showed up today — it’s just amazing to surf in front of a huge crowd,” Dora said. “It gets me fired up to do my best and that’s what I did today. I gave everything I had and it worked out for me. I just want to congratulate all the finalists and especially Liam, he’s been surfing amazing.”

This win skyrockets Dora 46 spots to No. 4 on the QS ranks and in a position to secure his CT spot for 2020 heading into a vital back-half of 2019. The 23-year-old decimated the hopes of now QS No. 1 Jorgann Couzinet’s(FRA) opportunity of separating himself from the pack in the Semifinals and surviving a scare from former CT competitor Alex Ribiero (BRA) in the Quarterfinals. Now, the Brasilian sets his eyes on Tahiti for one of the CT’s most sought-after events.

“We had waves for nine days which is amazing for Huntington (laughs),” Dora added. “I came out of my house with a goal to win this event and I did it. I can’t even explain how happy I am right now.”

The women’s all-American Final had the crowd roaring for hometown hero Conlogue with every turn as she hoped to claim an unprecedented back-to-back title. But, it wasn’t meant to be with Erickson in dominating form throughout finals day that forced Conlogue into attempting hail mary airs toward the end of the heat. Though a runner-up was disappointing for the Santa Ana, California, native, her explosive air-reverse in Quarterfinal Heat 1 against phenom Caroline Marks (USA) started the day off in amazing fashion that carried through to the end and the recent Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame inductee can carry this momentum forward.

“This week has been incredible and anytime I have the chance to perform in front of my hometown it’s just very special,” Conlogue said. “I’m really happy for Sage, it was really well-deserved and a fun Final. Thanks so much to everyone who came down to cheer us on.”

The Vans US Open can provide a platform for surfers to make their names known and Burleigh Heads, Australia’s, O’Brien did just that with jaw-dropping performances. O’Brien helped eliminate event favorite, hometown hero and back-to-back defending event winner, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) and CT competitor Jack Freestone (AUS) just two days prior before taking down Barron Mamiya (HAW) in the Quarterfinals and California’s last hope Griffin Colapinto (USA) in the Semifinals today.

O’Brien will now look to finish the season off competing in the QS 10,000s and currently finds himself in a qualification position.

“I’m ecstatic and it still feels so surreal to be standing here, I don’t even feel like I’m supposed to be here to be honest (laughs),” O’Brien said. “I’m so thankful for this opportunity and to come as far as I did and can’t say thank you enough for everyone coming down. To make it through some of the heats I did, I can’t believe it. I’ll keep working to improve my surfing as much as I can and to be into the QS 10,000s heading is such an amazing feeling so I’m just really grateful.”

Alongside the surfing, the Vans US Open of Surfing also hosts skateboarding and BMX competitions alongside authentic community activations and artful entertainment in Surf City USA.



Going our way? Celebrating 50 Years of the Haunted Mansion ‘Retirement Unliving’ at Disneyland Park, Tickets for Celebrations happening Aug. 7 – Aug. 9, 2019 available online.

Ghoulish Gifts and Mortal Mementos to Commemorate Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary at Disneyland Park.

Anaheim, Calif. – You never know what strange things will materialize when happy haunts are involved. One of Disneyland Resort’s most beloved attractions, Haunted Mansion, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To celebrate, Disneyland is throwing an “under the hill” soiree!

One of the Disneyland Resort’s most beloved attractions, Haunted Mansion, is celebrating its 50th anniversary next week. To commemorate this ghastly milestone, spirits of all ages can get their mortal hands on special anniversary merchandise starting Aug. 9, including apparel, accessories, collectibles and more. We’re bewitched by these top picks!
First, if you’ve ever wanted to become a caretaker to one of the Haunted Mansion’s 999 restless spirits, consider procuring a Host A Ghost! With a ghostly giggle and a simple tap on these jars, Madame Leota will conjure your spirit to materialize for you. Choose from a selection of dearly departed souls, including Constance Hatchaway, Professor Phineas Plump, The Hatbox Ghost, among others. Pick up your Host a Ghost at the dedicated cart in New Orleans Square.

In August, choose to attend one of the “The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving” events. These after-hours events at Disneyland park are filled with chills, thrills and frightful fun. Unearth commemorative anniversary merchandise items, delight in spirited sips and bites, enjoy special entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, and access to several west-side park attractions, plus a few supernatural surprises. 

If you’ve ever wanted to become a caretaker to one of the Haunted Mansion’s 999 restless spirits, consider procuring a Host A Ghost! With a ghostly giggle and a simple tap on these jars, Madame Leota will conjure your spirit to materialize for you. Choose from a selection of dearly departed souls, including Constance Hatchaway, Professor Phineas Plump, The Hatbox Ghost, among others. Pick up your Host a Ghost at the dedicated cart in New Orleans Square.

Here are the event highlights:

  • Gather for a 13th Hour Celebration Kick-off moment along the Rivers of America. Madame Leota will make a special appearance to conjure up the ensuing party festivities, lovingly referred to as a “Swinging Wake.” Other supernatural surprises include a lively cavalcade of musicians, dancers and performers from beyond the grave.
  • Re-create hauntingly fun moments and scenes from the attraction against themed backdrops. You’ll also receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.
  • Enjoy event-themed food and beverages, in addition to other unique menu items available for purchase at select park locations.
  • Mix and mingle with some of our dearly departed souls and otherworldly characters from the Haunted Mansion.
  • Pay homage to 50 phenomenal years through themed décor as 999 tenants anxiously await their newest arrivals.
  • Enjoy after-hours access to select attractions in New Orleans Square, Frontierland and Adventureland. Note: Select attractions will close early during the event.
  • See and be seen while wearing attire inspired by your favorite happy haunts! Plus, limited-time Snapchat filters and event hashtags are great for pics posted on your social media feeds.
  • Get your first look at all of the Estate Merchandise that has been conjured up for the event. You won’t believe your eyes. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the items we were able to dig up:
You’ll also find a plethora of Haunted Mansion-inspired jewelry and accessories. ALEX AND ANI is celebrating with a “50 Years of Happy Haunts” charm. PANDORA is releasing three new Haunted Mansion-inspired charms, including this limited-edition anniversary charm to add to your collection! Find these charms at La Mascarade d’Orleans. In addition, a variety of anniversary-themed pins will be available to add to your collection.
To add some “spirit” into your wardrobe, you can also find commemorative items such as an ear hat, tee shirts and other ghoulish gear.

Event Ticket Tip: When purchasing the event ticket, you will be allowed to purchase one (1) ticket per person, per event date, per transaction. You might wonder why, and it is due to the merchandise offerings that will be released in conjunction with the event which requires each ticketed event guest to have a unique registration ID. 

A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights  Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets here.

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The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving Attend an under-the-hill soiree filled with chills, thrills and frightful fun. This summer, creepy crypt doors will creak as restless spirits join Guests of all ages in celebrating the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary during two (2) separately ticketed, after-hours events at Disneyland® Park. Foolish mortals will enjoy special entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, access to select west-side park attractions, as well as unearth commemorative merchandise and delight in themed food & beverages offerings, plus a few supernatural surprises.  Event Highlights

 Petrifying Pleasures        Gather for a 13th Hour Celebration Kick-off Moment along the Rivers of America. Madame Leota will make a special appearance to conjure        up the ensuing party festivities, lovingly referred to as a “Swinging Wake.”  Other supernatural surprises include a lively cavalcade of        musicians, dancers and performers from beyond the grave.   Spirits MaterializeMix and mingle with some of our dearly departed souls and otherworldly characters from the attraction   Pay Homage to 50 Phenomenal Years        Keep your eyes peeled for paranormal décor from land to land as 999 tenants anxiously await their newest arrival.   Look Alive        Re-create hauntingly fun moments and scenes from the attraction against themed backdrops.   After-Hours Access to Attractions         Throughout the event, enjoy some of the park’s most enchanted lands—including New Orleans Square, Frontierland and        Adventureland—as well as attractions like Pirates of the CaribbeanBig Thunder Mountain Railroad,       Mark Twain RiverboatIndiana Jones Adventure™ and Tarzan’s Treehouse®        Note: Select attractions will close early during the event.  Dress Your Cadaverous Best        See and be seen while wearing attire inspired by your favorite happy haunts! Plus, limited-time Snapchat filters and event        hashtags are great for pics posted on your social media feeds.   Corpse-Lovin’ KeepsakesIn addition to a commemorative event memento, attendees will receive a guide map, event credential and unlimited downloads         of Disney PhotoPass® photos taken during the event—included with each ticket.         (Maps and credentials are limited to one per ticketed person.)  Ghoulish Eats        Foolish mortals can enjoy event-themed food and beverages, in addition to other unique menu items available for        purchase at select park locations.   Estate Merchandise        Pre-purchase select themed merchandise via the Random Selection Process from the Haunted Mansion’s 50th Anniversary        Collection, in addition to discovering ghostly goodies at select locations in New Orleans Square. View the event merchandise        catalog to see what you might unearth! 

CHOOSE YOUR DATETO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF RETIREMENT UNLIVING$299 PER PERSONLIMIT ONE (1) TICKET PER RESERVATION 

EVENT OPTION 1August 7 – 8, 2019                     EVENT OPTION 2August 8 – 9, 2019
 August 7, 2019 (10:00 AM – 11:00 PM)Disneyland® HotelEvent Check-InEvent StorePre-Purchased Merchandise Pick-Up August 8, 2019 (10:00 AM – 11:00 PM)Disneyland® HotelEvent Check-InEvent StorePre-Purchased Merchandise Pick-Up
August 7, 2019 (beginning at 11:30 PM)Event queue at Main Entrance of Disneyland® Park beginsAugust 8, 2019 (beginning at 11:30 PM)Event queue at Main Entrance of Disneyland® Park begins
August 8, 2019 (1:00 AM – 4:00 AM)Disneyland® ParkAfter-Hours PartyAugust 9, 2019 (1:00 AM – 4:00 AM)Disneyland® ParkAfter-Hours Party

Tickets to The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving event will be available beginningThursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM Pacific.  Tickets can only be purchased online – availability is limited, while supplies last.  Limit ONE (1) ticket per reservation, per person, per event date.No discounts apply. Parking fees not included in ticket price. 

Lastly, if you’re looking for more ways to celebrate this grim grinning occasion, attend a special after-hours event, “The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving.” Next week, gather during the 13th hour when Madame Leota will make a special appearance to conjure up the happy haunting. At this separate ticket event, enjoy themed food and beverages, after-hours access to select attractions in New Orleans Square, Frontierland and Adventureland, photo opportunities and lively entertainment. You’ll also be among the first to unearth these commemorative anniversary merchandise items, in addition to event-exclusive pieces. Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets here.

These items and more will have you grim grinning from ear to ear at Disneyland Resort when we celebrate the Haunted Mansion’s 50th anniversary!


Tickets to the event are valid only for the specific event date and hours.  Tickets can only be purchased online – availability is limited, while supplies last.  No discounts apply. Parking fees not included in ticket price. Tickets are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred for commercial use. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check special event costume guidelines athttps://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/parks/dress/ for restrictions. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and conditions at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions/. Online registration required. Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations whether due to inclement weather or otherwise.

Jurassic Park in Concert coming to the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 16 & 17.

Featuring music by John WILLIAMS : Theme from Jurassic Park, performed by the LA Phil.

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About This Performance

Hollywood, Calif. – Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, the action-packed adventure of Jurassic Park pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Experience it now, projected in HD with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.

Jurassic Park in Concert coming to the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 16 & 17.

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