City of Santa Clarita’s Scarecrow Alley Competition Comes to Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

SENSES Harvest Festival Block Party to Include Scarecrow Decorating Competition in October.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Spookiness is on its way to Main Street in Old Town Newhall. The spine-tingling, hair-raising chill in the air can only mean one thing – Scarecrow Alley is returning to Santa Clarita! Sign-up now to participate in the City of Santa Clarita’s community scarecrow contest for your chance to win eternal glory – and a fabulous prize!

Scarecrow Alley is a community competition that encourages residents, businesses and non-profit organizations to submit a decorated scarecrow to be featured at the Harvest Festival SENSES Block Party on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.

A $50 gift card will be awarded to the top entry in the following three categories: Classic, Creepy and Creative. A People’s Choice winner will be selected from all entries and will receive a $100 gift card.

There is no fee to participate in the contest, but interested participants must register in advance at Participants are responsible for all materials, though the City will provide one support stake for each submission. Registration must be completed by Tuesday, October 12, and entries must be delivered to Scarecrow Alley on Main Street on Wednesday, October 20.

Each entry will be judged by a panel consisting of City of Santa Clarita staff and community partners. Winners will be announced at 9:00 p.m. during the Harvest Festival SENSES Block Party on October 21.

To learn more about Scarecrow Alley and to register for the competition, please visit or call the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opens to the Public on September 30, 2021

Los Angeles, September 21, 2021Inviting the world into an unparalleled experience of the arts, sciences, artists, and social impact of moviemaking, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors to the public on Thursday, September 30, 2021, following a dedication ceremony attended by civic, cultural, and entertainment leaders and officers of the museum and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Located in Los Angeles, the world capital of moviemaking, the new museum is the largest in North America devoted to exploring films and film culture and is the only such museum in Los Angeles.

Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “We are living in changing and ever-evolving times, and now more than ever we need to come together to share our stories, learn from one another, and bond over being entertained and delighted. This is what movies do, and we are thrilled to be opening such a dynamic, diverse and welcoming institution devoted to this beloved artform. I am so deeply grateful to the entire Academy Museum team and all of our partners who have worked with such dedication and integrity in building this new institution—for Los Angeles and for the world.”

Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum, said, “We eagerly await engaging visitors in accessible, multifaceted conversations about the history of filmmaking and the impact that cinema has on our lives. We look forward to welcoming people to the museum, our galleries, theaters, and educational spaces.  We hope visitors will learn more about films they know and love, make new cinematic discoveries, and feel inspired to share their own stories.”

Ted Sarandos, Board Chair of the Academy Museum and Co-CEO of Netflix, said, “The Academy Museum reflects the broad community that creates the collaborative art of the movies, and the museum has been built by that community. On behalf of the board, I thank the Academy’s Board of Governors, campaign chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, and the generous individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities—more than 13,000 in all—whose gifts have made the Academy Museum possible. My special thanks go to the leadership and staff of the Academy Museum, Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Gensler, and exhibition designer WHY architecture, whose brilliant work has given us the movie museum we have dreamed of for so long.”

Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said, “The dream of building a museum dedicated to movies has been 90 years in the making for the Academy. No matter what’s been happening in the world since then, no matter what the challenges, that dream has lived on. Now people from all over the galaxy will enjoy the incredible talents of our members and of all the artists who make movies. This is now a reality that would not have been possible without the dedication and focus of hundreds of incredibly talented people and their will to see it come to life. It is with immense pride that we celebrate the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.”

David Rubin, President of the Academy, said, “Since 1929, when the first Academy board and its president Douglas Fairbanks dreamt of a museum devoted to motion pictures, our governors through the decades have sought to realize that dream. The Academy’s branches and governors are grateful to Bill Kramer and the museum staff for their creativity and collaborative spirit, and we salute our Academy CEO Dawn Hudson for her perseverance in reaching this milestone event.”

The seven-story, 300,000-square-foot museum, which draws on the unique resources of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is located in the heart of LA’s Miracle Mile, will open with:

  • the 30,000-square-foot core exhibition Stories of Cinema, offering celebratory, critical, and personal perspectives on the disciplines and impact of moviemaking, past and present
  • the temporary exhibition Hayao Miyazakithe first museum retrospective in North America of the work of the acclaimed filmmaker and Studio Ghibli
  • The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, with selections from the world’s foremost holdings of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices
  • Backdrop: An Invisible Art, a double-height installation that presents the painting of Mount Rushmore used in North by Northwest (USA, 1959)
  • and The Oscars® Experience, an immersive simulation that lets visitors imaginatively step onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre to accept an Academy Award®.

The museum’s roster of screenings—including Oscar® Sundays and Family Matinees—will be presented in its new 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater beginning on September 30 with a special presentation of The Wizard of Oz (USA, 1939) with live musical accompaniment by the American Youth Symphony conducted by Oscar nominee David Newman in the larger theater. Highlights of the first three months of film screenings, discussions, and programs include:

  • Stories of Cinema: screenings of films highlighted in the core exhibition, including Real Women Have Curves (USA, 2002) and The Way of the Dragon (Hong Kong, 1972)
  • Malcolm X in 70mm: a screening for Academy Museum Members with special guests Spike Lee and Denzel Washington
  • Oscar® Frights: screenings of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated horror films, including Get Out (USA, 2017), Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico, 2006) and Psycho (USA, 1960)
  • Hayao Miyazakiscreenings of the filmmaker’s complete body of work, in conjunction with the inaugural temporary exhibition
  • Imperfect Journey: Haile Gerima and His Comrades: screenings in honor of Haile Gerima with special guests including Malik Sayeed, Bradford Young, Arthur Jafa, and Ava DuVernay
  • Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers: screenings of films scored by women composers, including Joker (USA, 2019), scored by Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Tron (USA, 1982), scored by Wendy Carlos
  • Retrospectives of Jane Campion and Satyajit Ray, with the latter drawing from the Academy Film Archive’s rich holdings of his works
  • Beyond the Icon: Anna May Wonga celebration of the actress’s work and legacy, including screenings of Piccadilly (UK, 1929) and Shanghai Express (USA, 1932)
  • Legacy: a cross-generational discussion series, beginning with a conversation between Laura Dern and her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd
  • In Conversation: a topical discussion series that begins with a conversation between producers Effie T. Brown and Heather Rae on how to contextualize cinema

Ongoing education and family programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio. These will include teen programs, family studio activities, and school tours. Accommodative tours for members of the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities and low-vision and blind communities will be offered monthly, as well as accommodative family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers.

Fanny’s, the restaurant and café developed by restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster and designed by LA-based Commune Design, will open to visitors with breakfast and lunch service with dinner service added later in the fall. Named after Fanny Brice—the legendary movie, vaudeville, theater, and radio star portrayed by Barbra Streisand in her Oscar-winning role as Funny Girl (1968)—the striking two-story, 10,000 square foot space, conceptualized by the late architect Osvaldo Maiozzi, features a chef-designed open kitchen, elegant bar, and captain-based service style that nods to a bygone era. Raphael Francois serves as Executive Chef and Julian Cox as the bar’s mixologist. Wolfgang Puck Catering will oversee catering services at the museum.

The Academy Museum Storewill greet shoppers in its 2,600-square-foot retail space off of the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby and will feature merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store, Oscars memorabilia, and other film-related items. An extension of the museum’s mission to showcase the diverse stories of the art and artists of moviemaking, the museum is thrilled to work with many diverse and inspiring Los Angeles and California-based partners on the creation of merchandise and collectibles.

Civic Dedication and Opening Events
The civic dedication ceremony for the Academy Museum will be held at 9am on Thursday, September 30, on The Walt Disney Company Piazza, before an audience of invited guests and media. Following a Tongva land acknowledgment, the program will include remarks by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson and President David Rubin; producer Effie T. Brown, chair of the museum’s Inclusion Advisory Committee and CEO of Gamechanger Films; Colleen Bell, Director of the California Film Commission; Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District, Sheila Kuehl; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Los Angeles Councilmember, District 4, Nithya Raman; with Academy Museum Director and President Bill Kramer as master of ceremonies. Guests will include leadership and staff of the Academy and the Academy Museum, Museum Trustees, major donors to the museum campaign, executive leaders of neighboring cultural institutions, and representatives of community organizations. Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the museum will open its doors to the public at 10am.

The civic dedication will cap off a week of special events, which will begin with the Opening Gala on Saturday, September 25. Co-chaired by Jason Blum, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Murphy, the Gala will honor writer-producer-director Haile Gerima and actress Sophia Loren and give special recognition to Academy Museum campaign leaders Bob Iger, Annette Bening, and Tom Hanks. The Gala will be presented by Rolex, with leadership support from J.P. Morgan.

The Gala will be followed by four days of museum member previews, September 26–29. On Tuesday, September 28, an Opening Night will greet museum Trustees, Academy Governors, major campaign donors, exhibition collaborators and lenders, and other contributors who have made the Academy Museum a reality. On Wednesday, September 29, a Premiere Party will welcome filmmakers, artists, musicians, designers, and other members of the creative community to the Academy Museum.

Opening festivities will conclude on Sunday, October 17, when the Academy Museum will host a day-long free community celebration, from 10 am–6 pm.

Inaugural Exhibitions
The Academy Museum’s 50,000 square feet of gallery space opens with a series of exhibitions that honor the museum’s mission to share the diverse and dynamic history of cinema with the world. This includes the three-floor core exhibition Stories of Cinema,the first-ever Hayao Miyazaki retrospective in North America, and many other engaging temporary exhibitions that exemplify the Academy Museum’s commitment to advancing the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema.

Stories of Cinemathe Academy Museum’s core exhibition, connects museumgoers to the celebratory and complex international history of motion pictures. The more than 30,000-square-foot exhibition, designed by WHY Architecture, explores all aspects of the history, arts, and sciences of moviemaking and is on view across three floors of the museum. Drawing from the Academy Museum’s growing collection as well as the unparalleled collections of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the exhibition will surround visitors with moving images, sound, props, costumes, scripts, posters, production and costume design drawings, matte paintings, photographs, backdrops, animation cels, puppets, maquettes, and so much more.

With the conviction that there is no single narrative encompassing the development of cinema, this exhibition will showcase multiple stories about moviemaking from a variety of voices and perspectives. Like cinema itself, the Stories of Cinema galleries will evolve and change over time to highlight different movies, artists, eras, genres, and more. Alongside celebrating and championing the stories, art, and artists of cinema, Stories of Cinema also creates space to tell its complex and difficult stories.

Stories of Cinema begins in the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby with an installation in the glass-walled Spielberg Family Gallery. This installation, which is a free introduction to the exhibition, will provide a rapid immersion into the history of cinema via a 13-minute introductory presentation across multiple screens, juxtaposing clips and stills from 700 films spanning works from the Lumière brothers to present day. 

Stories of Cinema continues in the Wanda Gallery on the museum’s second floor with an entry gallery featuring floor-to-ceiling projections of clips from films presented in the galleries beyond. Visitors move into the Significant Movies and Moviemakers gallery where six vignettes will showcase elements from, and the legacies of, films like Citizen Kane (1941) and Real Women Have Curves (2002), as well as movie artists Thelma Schoonmaker, Bruce Lee, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, and Oscar Micheaux.  

TheAcademy Awards Historygalleries begin in a circular gallery set within the second floor of the Saban Building’s iconic gold cylinder and highlights the Oscar trophies from 20 historic Oscar wins, beginning with Best Cinematography for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and ending with Barry Jenkins’s Best Screenplay win for Moonlight (2016). Visitors then move into a larger gallery containing a chronological walk-through of Academy Awards history from 1929 to the present, an overview of the origins of the Oscars and the Academy, memorable wins and infamous snubs, Oscars fashion, and wraparound screens showcasing significant acceptance speeches.

For the inaugural exhibition, the Director’s Inspirationgallery featuresSpike Lee, and draws from the Academy Award-winning director’s personal collection of objects, such as a guitar owned by Prince, with whom he collaborated. Informed by Spike Lee’s own account of the creative process, the gallery considers his body of work and the inspiration behind some of his most iconic titles, as well as recurring themes and collaborators.

Next, visitors will move into a space honoring the mechanics and conceptualization of a movie’s narrative, the Story gallery, which features screenplays and storyboards from seminal films including Double Indemnity (1944), Pariah (2011), Psycho (1960), and When Harry Met Sally (1989). For the opening, The Art of Moviemaking gallery will present The Wizard of Oz (1939), going behind-the-scenes to explore the many disciplines that come together to bring a single film to life—screenwriting, casting, makeup design, costume design, production design, sound design, special effects, acting, directing, producing, and more. 

Adjacent to The Art of Moviemakingare a series of galleries dedicated to components of film artistry: the Performance gallery, exploring casting and acting through screen tests, audition tapes, and casting cards; theImage gallery, a screening room featuring a montage of interviews with cinematographers, location managers, and production designers; the Sound gallery, a screening room that explores components and layers of sound design using a case study, developed by Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt, of a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); and the Identitygallery, which dives into the history and impact of costume, hair, and makeup artistry.

Within the Identity gallery are more than forty costumes and costume design sketches on view representing a wide swath of film history from the last century, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and The Wiz (1978). In addition, there is a display highlighting a single costume designer, which opens with costumes designed by Mary Zophres.

In the makeup and hairstyling section of Identity, visitors will see Rick Baker’s King Kong (1976) skin test; a section on Charlize Theron’s transformations in Monster (2003), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and Bombshell (2019); plaster life casts for Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Mel Brooks, and Don Cheadle; makeup charts and cards for Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Sessue Hayakawa, and Whitney Houston; continuity references for Frida (2002) and The Joy Luck Club (1993); and a case study on Dolemite is My Name (2019). The Identity gallery will also explore examples of how hair and makeup have been used to perpetuate racial stereotypes in film.

The final gallery in the second-floor installation is Impact/Reflection, an exploration of how documentary and narrative film can ignite cultural change, structured around these four social impact areas for the opening rotation: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, labor relations, and climate change. 

Stories of Cinema continues on the third floor in the Rolex Gallery with an installation space cocurated by a revolving roster of international film artists, beginning withInstallation: Pedro Almodóvar. The gallery features 12 screens, each featuring a significant theme or scene found within the Academy Award-winning director’s body of work. 

Inventing Worlds & Characters spans three-galleries: Animation, Effects and Encounters. The Animation gallery explores hand-drawn, stop-motion, and digital animation, and celebrates the accomplishments of the artists behind some of the world’s most beloved animated movies, including Lotte Reiniger, Tyrus Wong, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, and Pete Docter. The Effects gallery will focus on influential special effects creators the likes of Georges Méliès and will spotlight significant special and visual effects moments in movies, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Avatar (2009). The Encounters gallery looks at the artistry that brings the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to life, featuring original set pieces, costumes, and iconic characters including C-3PO, E.T., Okoye, and Edward Scissorhands. Connected to Encounters is Behold, an original installation by Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt. This 320-degree experience presented in a cylindrical screening room chronicles the evolution of outer space and futurism in film.  

For the opening, the Composersound chamber gallery which will be dedicated to the work of a single film music composer will feature a collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and new music specially created for the space. 

As visitors exit Stories of Cinema, they will be surrounded by thoughts from the film community that contemplate The Future of Cinema.

The Academy Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, Hayao Miyazaki, marks the first museum retrospective in North America dedicated to the acclaimed artist and his work. On view in the museum’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery, the exhibition features approximately 400 objects from each of Miyazaki’s animated feature films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001). Visitors will travel through the filmmaker’s six-decade career via a dynamic presentation of original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and cels, including pieces on public view outside of Japan for the first time, as well as large-scale projections of film clips and immersive environments. 

Thematically organized in seven sections, the exhibition is designed as a journey. To enter, visitors follow four-year-old Mei, a character from My Neighbor Totoro, into the Tree Tunnel gallery, a transitional space that leads into Miyazaki’s enchanted worldsOnce inside, visitors will enter the Creating Characters gallery and meet Miyazaki’s protagonists―many of them female―and explore how they were developed from concept to creation. Visitors will then learn more about Miyazaki’s early works as an animator in the Making Of gallery, in addition to his long-term collaboration with the late Isao Takahata, with whom he founded Studio Ghibli. A special section on the Making of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)explores Miyazaki’s unique process to create films. 

Deeper into the exhibition, the Creating Worlds gallery will capture the contrast between Miyazaki’s depictions of peaceful natural environments as well as the industrial settings dominated by labor and technology that are also often featured in his movies. Visitors can view imageboards and backgrounds that offer insight into Miyazaki’s imagination and explore his fascination with complex vertical structures, such as the famous bathhouse in Spirited Away, and the underwater world of Ponyo (2008), as well as Miyazaki’s interest in flying, as seen in Porco Rosso (1992) and The Wind Rises (2013). As a highlight of the exhibition, visitors can enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation in the Sky View installation, addressing another frequent motif in Miyazaki’s filmsthe desire to reflect and dream. Visitors then enter the Transformations gallery, a moving image driven experience which introduces some of the more challenging subject matters recurring in his films such as war and pollution, before entering the immersive Magical Forestwith its Mother Tree installation. Standing at the threshold between dream and reality, colossal, mystical trees in many of Miyazaki’s films represent a connection or gateway to another world. In the forest, visitors will discover spirits appearing and disappearing and be able to read some of Miyazaki’s poetry. And finally, the exhibition concludes with Spirited Away’s Exit Portal through which visitors―accompanied by Chihiro’s footsteps—will leave the exhibition to return to the real world.

Accompanying Hayao Miyazaki will be a 288-page richly illustrated catalogue published by the Academy Museum and DelMonico Books and distributed worldwide by D.A.P. Artbook. It includes a foreword by Toshio Suzuki, essays by Pete Docter, Daniel Kothenschulte, and Jessica Niebel, and the artist’s filmography. For the length of its run, the exhibition will be supported by public programs, unique Studio Ghibli merchandise for sale at the Academy Museum Store, and film screenings in both English and Japanese in the museum’s state-of-the-art theaters.

In dialogue with the Hayao Miyazaki exhibition, the museum has installed The Pixar Toy Story 3D Zoetrope in the adjacent Warner Brothers Gallery on the fourth floor. Inspired by a similar apparatus made by Studio Ghibli, in the mid-2000s, Pixar built a giant zoetrope that featured beloved characters from the Toy Story (1995)film. They began by mounting 214 Toy Story  maquettes, each posed in a sequence of postures, on a turntable. As the table turns and strobe lights flash, the characters come to life: Woody and his horse Bullseye buck past in one direction; Buzz rolls by on a Pixar ball in the other; Jesse the cowgirl, from Toy Story 2, dances inside a lasso; and army men parachute from the sky as three-eyed aliens wave and play.  

The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection is located in the LAIKA Gallery on the third floor. The exhibition of what is widely considered to be the world’s foremost collection of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices, it will explore the long history of visual entertainment that led to the invention of cinema, from shadow play, peep shows, magic lanterns, zoetropes, and praxinoscopes, to the Cinématographe Lumière, the world’s first successful film projector. Visitors to this exhibition will experience these marvelous inventions firsthand and take in the wonders of a magic lantern show created specifically for this exhibition.

The dramatic, 34-foot double-height Hurd Gallery will debut the exhibition Backdrop: An Invisible Art, which introduces visitors to the history of the Hollywood backdrop and spotlights a monumental backdrop painting—the iconic Mt. Rushmore backing from Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959)—considering both its artistry and its contested imagery.  The backdrop was created by scenic artists George Gibson, Ben Carré, Wayne Hill, Clark Provins, Harry Tepker, Al Londraville, and Duncan Spencer in 1958, and was stored for many decades at J.C. Backings Corporation before it was gifted to the Academy Museum.

Finally, The Oscars® Experience in the East West Gallery creates an immersive environment to simulate the thrilling experience of walking onto the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre to accept an Oscar.

Architectural Design
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Pianoand Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, the 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue combines two contrasting structures: the renovated and expanded May Company building, a 1939 Streamline Moderne landmark now renamed the Saban Building in honor of benefactors Cheryl and Haim Saban, and a soaring new glass-and-concrete spherical building.

The 250,000-square-foot Saban Building houses the Fairfax Avenue entrance and Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, the museum’s exhibition galleries, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, Shirley Temple Education Studio, Debbie Reynolds Conservation Studio, Fanny’s restaurant and café, and the Academy Museum Store. The 45,000-square-foot sphere building houses the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Family Terrace.

Visitors may access the Sphere Building from the Saban Building via the Casey Wasserman Bridge at mezzanine level which crosses over to the David Geffen Theater and the Barbra Streisand Bridge on the fifth floor which crosses over to the Dolby Family Terrace. Standing outside the northern entrance to the museum, at the base of the sphere, is The Walt Disney Company Piazza. The piazza is enlivened with landscaping designed by artist Robert Irwin and features dwarf southern magnolia trees and karo shrubs, California fan palms, vinca minor, Mexican fan palms, and jacaranda trees.

The Academy Museum’s building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Curatorial Team and Credits
Stories of Cinema is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Director and President Bill Kramer, Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger, Exhibitions Curator Jenny He, and Assistant Curators J. Raúl Guzmán, Dara Jaffe, Ana Santiago, and Sophia Serrano, with support from Research Assistants Esme Douglas and Manouchka Labouba, the Academy Museum Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Academy Branch Task Forces. The exhibition is presented by PWC. Major funding is provided by Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. Generous support provided by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Ruderman Family Foundation, FotoKem, Barbara Roisman Cooper and Martin M. Cooper, Jocelyn R. Katz, John Ptak and Margaret Black, Lauren Shuler Donner, Randy E. Haberkamp, Kevin McCormick and A. Scott Berg, and John and Lacey Williams. Technology solutions are generously provided by Panasonic and Sony Electronics Inc. Stories of Cinema is powered by Dolby. Academy Museum digital engagement platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Hayao Miyazaki is presented by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. It is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Exhibition Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®, and major support comes from the Arthur and Gwen Hiller Memorial Fund. This exhibition also is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. In-kind airfare provided by All Nippon Airways. Special thanks to the Japan Foundation for their partnership.

Academy Museum film programs are organized by Bernardo Rondeau, Associate Curator and Head of Film Programs, and Robert Reneau, Film Program Coordinator. Education and Public Programs are led by Amy Homma, Director of Education and Public Programs; Eduardo Sanchez, Manager of Public Programs; and Julia Velasquez, Manager of Youth Programs. Gary Dauphin is Associate Curator of Digital Presentations, and Shari Frilot is guest curator for new technology and expanded cinema.

The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator Ana Santiago. The Richard Balzer Collection is a gift to the Academy Museum and the Margaret Herrick Library from Patricia Bellinger Balzer.

Backdrop: An Invisible Art is organized by Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger and Collections Curator Nathalie Morris with support from advisors Cecelia Fire Thunder, Karen L. Maness, John Pohl, Tom Walsh, and Robert M. Yellow Hair.

The Oscars® Experience is powered by Dolby.

Support for the Academy Museum
The Academy Museum launched its pre-opening campaign in 2012 and in November 2020 announced that it had exceeded the goal of $388 million.

Individuals, corporations, and foundations  that have made leadership gifts include Cheryl and Haim Saban (Saban Building), David Geffen Foundation (David Geffen Theater), Rolex (Rolex Gallery), Dalian Wanda Group (the Wanda Gallery), Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation in honor of Sid Ganis, Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby (Dolby Family Terrace), The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney Company Piazza), Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery), Steven Spielberg (Spielberg Family Gallery), Patricia Bellinger Balzer, Shirley Temple Black and Family (Shirley Temple Education Studio), East West Bank (East West Bank Gallery), Gale Anne Hurd (Hurd Gallery), Bob Iger and Willow Bay (Bob Iger and Willow Bay Terrace), LAIKA (LAIKA Gallery), Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, NBCUniversal, Netflix (Netflix Terrace), Participant, Cecilia DeMille Presley (Cecil B. DeMille Founders Room), PwC (for Stories of Cinema), Richard Roth, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman (Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Terrace), The Simms/Mann Family Foundation (Ted Mann Theater), Jeff Skoll, Wendy Stark of The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Barbra Streisand (Barbra Streisand Bridge), Steve Tisch (Steve Tisch Terrace), Warner Bros. (Warner Bros. Gallery), Wasserman Foundation (Wasserman Bridge), and Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Academy Museum’s digital engagement platform is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.  

Donors to the Pillar Campaign, co-chaired by museum trustees Laura Dern and Kimberly Steward, which names the support columns in the Saban Building, include the William Anderson Family; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; Bob Iger and Willow Bay; Barbra Streisand; the Ron Meyer Family; Kimberly Steward, in honor of Hattie McDaniel; NBCUniversal; the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation; AMBI; Lionsgate; MGM; Panavision; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment; 20th Century Fox; Viacom; Lauren and Jason Blum; Participant Media, from Jeff Skoll; Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, through the Morf Foundation; the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation; Cinépolis; Lexus; Gaumont; Sophia Loren (funded by Regina Scully); Alice Guy-Blaché (funded by Impact Partners); Julia and Ken Gouw, in honor of Miyoshi Umeki; and the Oneida Indian Nation, New York, in honor of Native American musician and advocate Buffy Sainte-Marie.

A post-opening campaign to raise new endowment, programming, operating, and capital funds is being planned.

Visiting the Academy Museum
Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app.  General admission tickets for the Museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger and California residents with an EBT card is free. Advance timed entrance for the The Oscars® Experience is available to general admission visitors via a separate $15 ticket. A general admission ticket is required to access The Oscars® Experience.

The Academy Museum’s inaugural public programs and film screening series will also be available for registration via the app. Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. Tickets will be available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website. Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for college students, $5 for children (age 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members. Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

Laura Dern and Tom Hanks to Host Star-Studded Special, ‘A Night in the Academy Museum,’ Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 on ABC.

Annette Bening, Cher, Jon M. Chu, Geena Davis, Danny Glover, Eiza González, Emily V. Gordon, Aldis Hodge, Marsai Martin, Marlee Matlin, Kumail Nanjiani, Michelle Rodriguez, Jurnee Smollett, and Diane Warren among the stars set to Appear in Special Celebrating Launch of Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Oscar®-winning actors Laura Dern and Tom Hanks are inviting a few of their friends and colleagues to spend a night in the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when “A Night in the Academy Museum” airs Tuesday, Oct. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

The special will give fans an exclusive look at the amazing history, exhibitions and insight into the art of filmmaking that awaits when they visit the largest institution in the United States dedicated to the arts, sciences and artists of moviemaking. Annette BeningCherJon M. ChuGeena DavisDanny GloverEiza GonzálezEmily V. GordonAldis HodgeMarsai MartinMarlee MatlinMelissa McCarthyKumail NanjianiMichelle RodriguezJurnee Smollett and Diane Warren will guide viewers through the halls of the institution as they explore the magic and artistry that has enlightened, enchanted and entertained movie fans for more than 120 years.

“A Night in the Academy Museum” is produced by Herzog & Company in association with Show Shop and directed by Linda Mendoza. Mark Herzog and Frank Garritano serve as executive producers.

About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in primetime television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things,” “Station 19” and fall’s groundbreaking No. 1 new series, “Big Sky”; trailblazing comedy favorites “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs” and “Home Economics”; the popular Summer Fun & Games programming block, including “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley,” “Match Game,” “Press Your Luck” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as two critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials. The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”

ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Dishes Out Servings of Frightening Feasts, Terrifying Treats and Monstrous Merchandise Aptly Themed to “Halloween Horror Nights.”

Universal Studios Hollywood Dishes Out Servings of Frightening Feasts, Terrifying Treats and Monstrous Merchandise Aptly Themed to “Halloween Horror Nights.” Exclusive Merchandise Featuring Horror Icons Frankenstein’s Monster, Leatherface and More Available While Supplies Last. Halloween Horror Nights” dates are September 17-19, 23-26, 30 and October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31. 

Click Here to Preview the Menu and Here to Purchase Tickets

Universal City, CA, September 17, 2021 – As part of its intensely immerse “Halloween Horror Nights” event, Universal Studios Hollywood is serving up a selection of terrifying treats and memorable merchandise themed to the event, which runs select nights now through Sunday, October 31.

            Fans of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” maze can dine on Leatherface’s infamous Texas Family BBQ and savor a variety of unique, horror-inspired food offerings. The Roadhouse BBQ-style restaurant run by cannibals features grilled favorites such as:

·       BBQ Pork Ribs

·       BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich served with crinkle cut fries

·       Texas Chili & Cheese Nachos: Texas Chili with smoked brisket and chuck roast topped with cheese, pickled jalapeños and sour cream drizzle

·       22” Monster Hot Dog

·       Sweet Dessert “Bloody” Funnel Fingers with Powdered Sugar & Strawberry Sauce

·       Specialty Cocktails

            In Plaza de los Muertos, guests are invited to toast the living and celebrate the dead at a themed bar with a choice of draft and canned beers as well as handcrafted cocktails – Marigold Floral Crown, Smoked Margarita and The Chamoy Fireball – served in a festive light-up skull mug. Inspired by Los Angeles’ diverse culture, the menu at Little Cocina includes:

  • Beef Birria Tacos with Red Sauce
  • Green Chili & Cheese Tamale, served with salsa roja
  • Grilled Elote Corn brushed with a lime butter and topped with spices
  • Horchata Churro Bites
  • Chamoy Pineapple Spears

            In the shadow of “Jurassic World—The Ride,” guests can eat and drink at the Terror Lab, which is modeled after an experimental test lab gone bad, complete with an eerie neon glow. The Lab’s menu features:

·       French Bread Pizzas: house-made hoagie roll topped with either cheese or pepperoni

·       Mixed Drinks on ice (Vodka Mule, Rum Mai Tai, Paloma, Margarita)

·       Specialty Cocktail, including one with an insect lollipop

·       Seasonal “Halloween Horror Nights” Beers  

            Located adjacent to Universal Plaza sits a French-themed bistro catering to classic horror fans. Guests can imbibe on a variety of wines or the signature Sangria along with French-inspired grab-and-go items such as assorted Quiche or ham and brie baguette sandwich and “Halloween Horror Nights”-themed cookies.

Daytime parkgoers and “Halloween Horror Nights” visitors alike can both indulge in two special seasonal offerings throughout September and October.

For a limited time, Dufftoberfest will be in Springfield, U.S.A., offering German-inspired favorites from Pretzel Buns with Duff Cheese Sauce and Giant Hooray for Everything Bagel Pretzels to the ultimate Dufftoberfest beer on tap.

Fans of Illumination’s Despicable Me can find the Minion Cafe properly dressed for the spooky season with Halloween decorations and limited release items, including a Seasonal Felonious Float and a collectible Minion Pumpkin Popcorn Bucket.

Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk also gets in the Halloween spirit with specialty doughnuts throughout the season, including Mummy, Bat, Vampire, Ghost and Werewolf designs.

Horror fans can commemorate their “Halloween Horror Nights” experience with a selection of collectible souvenir items featuring their favorite event characters: Leatherface, Universal Monsters, and more. Guests can look forward to making a statement with a series of retro-themed merchandise showcasing the classic Universal Studios Hollywood logo, including jean jackets, wingback jerseys, shot glasses and collectible glasses.

A special artist signature series celebrating Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein is available for purchase as well as a collection of spooky “Halloween Horror Nights”-inspired candles.

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are September 17-19, 23-26, 30 and October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31. Tickets can be purchased at Advanced purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out. Guests must be 21 years or older with valid photo identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

The event also comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort which celebrates 30 years of fear this year and runs select nights now through Sunday, October 31.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

Universal Studios Hollywood 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™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” 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.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as the all-new NBC Sports Grill & Brew, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

Craft Recordings Announces Record Store Day Releases From Evanescence, Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers and The Wrens.

CRAFT RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE RELEASES FROM EVANESCENCE, SAM COOKEAND MORE FOR RECORD STORE DAY’S 2021 BLACK FRIDAY EVENTThis year’s line-up includes a brand-new Sam Cooke compilation, offering a look at his formative years with the Soul Stirrers and his early recordings as a solo artistLimited-edition reissues include titles from Evanescence, the Staple Singers and the WrensClick here to locate your nearest participating retailer.

Los Angeles, Calif. —Craft Recordings is proud to unveil an exclusive line-up of titles for Record Store Day’s 2021 Black Friday event, taking place on November 26th in independent record stores around the world. Releases include a brand-new Sam Cooke compilation, The First Mile of the Way, which highlights the singer’s formative years—including his gospel recordings with the Soul Stirrers and his early forays into pop music. Craft is also offering several special vinyl reissues, including a 10th-anniversary pressing of Evanescence’s best-selling self-titled album; the first wide vinyl release of the Wrens’ acclaimed sophomore album, Secaucus; and a 180-gram vinyl edition of the Staple Singers’ Christmas record, The Twenty-Fifth Day of December.

Find details on each title below. For a full list of participating Record Store Day retailers, visit

Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers – The First Mile of the Way (3-LP, 10-Inch Vinyl Box Set)

Before Sam Cooke was an internationally known soul star, he was a rising voice in gospel music, whose smooth-as-silk vocals were perfected in the churches of Chicago. In 1950, the 19-year-old singer got his big break when he joined the Soul Stirrers. The celebrated gospel act, which formed in the 1920s, had recently signed to Specialty Records and was looking for a new lead singer. Over the next six years, the enigmatic Cooke honed his skills as a performer and songwriter, bringing the Soul Stirrers broader appeal and helping them score their first hit single, “Jesus Gave Me Water.”  

By the middle of the decade, however, Cooke was eager to expand his repertoire and pursue a solo career in secular music. Releasing several of his early singles under Specialty—including the No. 1 R&B hit “I’ll Come Running Back to You”—Cooke found immediate success. He would eventually score a whopping 29 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 20 hits on the R&B Top Ten before his untimely death in 1964.

The First Mile of the Way explores these formative years, offering fans the chance to witness Cooke’s development as an artist. The brand-new compilation, which coincides with Specialty Records’ 75th anniversary, features 25 tracks—spanning Cooke’s years with the Soul Stirrers through his early pop-leaning singles as a solo artist, included here in their original versions without overdubs. As a special bonus, the album includes live recordings by the Soul Stirrers at the legendary 1955 gospel concert at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium—all of which make their vinyl debut. Housed in a triple-gatefold jacket, the three-disc, 10-inch vinyl collection also features a replica promo photo, flyers and other ephemera from the era.

The First Mile of the Way tracklist:

Disc 1: Side A1. Any Day Now (Take 6/Alternate) – The Soul Stirrers2. Pilgrim of Sorrow (Alternate Take) – The Soul Stirrers3. Jesus Gave Me Water – The Soul Stirrers4. Peace in the Valley – The Soul Stirrers 5. Jesus Wash Away My Troubles – The Soul Stirrers6. Were You There – The Soul Stirrers

Side B1. I’d Give Up All My Sins and Serve the Lord – The Soul Stirrers2. Touch the Hem of His Garment – The Soul Stirrers3. One More River – The Soul Stirrers4. Mean Old World (Take 3/Alternate) – The Soul Stirrers5. He’s So Wonderful – The Soul Stirrers6. That’s Heaven to Me – The Soul Stirrers

Disc 2: Side A1. I Have a Friend Above All Others (Live) – The Soul Stirrers2. Be With Me Jesus (Live) – The Soul Stirrers

Side B1. Nearer to Thee (Live) – The Soul Stirrers 

Disc 3: Side A1. Loveable – Sam Cooke2. I Need You Now – Sam Cooke3. I’ll Come Running Back to You – Sam Cooke4. I Don’t Want to Cry – Sam Cooke 

Side B1. Forever – Sam Cooke2. Happy in Love – Sam Cooke3. That’s All I Need to Know – Sam Cooke4. You Were Made for Me – Sam Cooke5. Crying – Sam Cooke

Evanescence — Evanescence (1-LP, Purple-Smoke Vinyl)

Evanescence rose to massive, global fame in the early 2000s, dominating the charts with their unique blend of heavy riffs and atmospheric, symphonic underpinnings. But following the release of Fallen (2003) and The Open Door (2006), the band took a much-needed break from the spotlight to recharge. Five years later, they returned with their highly anticipated self-titled album, Evanescence. The time away was particularly fruitful for co-founder and frontwoman Amy Lee, who told Kerrang! that the synonymous title was “about falling back in love with this thing, with Evanescence,” adding that “it just felt like this is who we are.” Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Coheed and Cambria), Evanescence also marked a creative turning point for the band, whose previous albums were written primarily by Lee. Instead, the group took a collaborative approach to their third record, while weaving in fresh sonic textures. Released in the fall of 2011, Evanescence was embraced by fans and critics alike—debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200; landing in the Top 5 in the UK, Canada, Australia, and across Europe; and earning high marks from the likes of Entertainment WeeklyAllMusic and Kerrang!, who hailed Evanescence as the band’s “best album to date.” The LP also spawned several hit singles, including “What You Want,” “My Heart Is Broken” and “Lost in Paradise.” A decade later, the powerful and introspective album remains a fan favorite.  Evanescence are currently getting ready to kick off one of the biggest arena tours of the year with Halestorm. Tickets and limited VIP packages are on sale now at Full dates listed below.  To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Evanescence, this special, collectible edition will be pressed on Purple-Smoke vinyl and limited to 8,000 copies worldwide. Evanescence tracklist:Side A 

  1. What You Want
  2. Made of Stone
  3. The Change
  4. My Heart Is Broken
  5. The Other Side
  6. Erase This

Side B

  1. Lost in Paradise
  2. Sick
  3. The End of the Dream
  4. Oceans
  5. Never Go Back 
  6. Swimming Home

Evanescence and Halestorm 2021 – 2022 Tour DatesFri, Nov 5 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial ColiseumSun, Nov 7 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge ArenaTues, Nov 9 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San JoseWed, Nov 10 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube TheaterFri, Nov 12 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The ChelseaSat, Nov 13 – San Diego, CA – San Diego State University – Viejas ArenaMon, Nov 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal TheatreThu, Nov 18 – Denver, CO – Bellco TheatreSat, Nov 20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies ArenaSun, Nov 21 – Houston, TX – 713 Music HallTue, Nov 30 – Tampa, FL – Amalie ArenaThu, Dec 2 – Duluth, GA – Gas South ArenaFri, Dec 3 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone ArenaSun, Dec 5 – Saint Louis, MO – Saint Louis University – Chaifetz ArenaTue, Dec 7 – Minneapolis, MN – ArmorySat, Dec 11 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars ArenaSun, Dec 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank CenterTue, Dec 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – University of Pittsburgh – Petersen Events CenterWed, Dec 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential CenterFri, Dec 17 – Camden, NJ – BB&T PavilionSat, Dec 18 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center For more Evanescence tour information, please contact Hannah Schwartz (, Kelly Sheng ( or Mark Satlof ( The Staple Singers – The Twenty-Fifth Day of December (1-LP, 180-Gram Vinyl) A decade before they were one of the biggest soul acts in the world, the Staple Singers were a popular gospel group, who had spent the ’50s building a steady fanbase across the country. In 1962, when the family band released their first Christmas album, they were on the verge of breaking through to wider audiences. Within a few years, they would not only be performing alongside rock and folk music’s biggest names but would also be an important voice in the Civil Rights movement. Featuring the family band’s classic line-up (Roebuck “Pops” Staples with his children Mavis, Cleotha and Pervis), The Twenty-Fifth Day of December showcases the group’s powerful harmonies, set against stripped-down arrangements. Backed by Pops’ reverb-heavy guitar, the Staples are joined by Maceo Woods on organ and Al Duncan on drums, as they perform a collection of traditional spirituals and yuletide favorites, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”  Praised by AllMusic as “a striking and powerful listen,” and hailed an “essential” listen by PopMattersThe Twenty-Fifth Day of December is a must-have holiday record for any fans of soul, folk or gospel music. This special pressing features all-analog mastering from the original stereo tapes by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl, and will be available on 180-gram vinyl for an optimal listening experience.  The Twenty-Fifth Day of December tracklist: Side A

  1. The Last Month of the Year
  2. The Virgin Mary Had One Son
  3. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  4. Joy to the World
  5. Holy Unto the Lord
  6. The Savior Is Born

Side B

  1. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  2. No Room at the Inn
  3. There Was a Star
  4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  5. Wasn’t That a Mighty Day
  6. Silent Night

The Wrens – Secaucus (2-LP, Cherry Red Vinyl) Following the release of their 1994 debut, Silver, New Jersey four-piece the Wrens established themselves as one of the most promising indie rock acts of the era, drawing comparisons to acts like XTC, the Cure and the Pixies. Their 1996 follow-up, Secaucus, was equally as well-received. The 19-track album (named for their hometown) was filled with reflective songwriting, catchy hooks and sharp, guitar-driven melodies—reflecting a confident band that was settling into their sound. Praised by Pitchfork as “a near-perfect power-pop record,” Secaucus featured such favorites as “Built in Girls,” “Surprise, Honeycomb” and “Won’t Get Too Far.” Despite their rising popularity, however, the Wrens fell prey to the whims of an ever-changing music industry. Never officially breaking up, the band members (guitarist/vocalist Charles Bissell, guitarist Greg Whelan, bassist/vocalist Kevin Whelan and drummer Jerry MacDonnell) pursued full-time careers in other fields after the release of Secaucus, reemerging seven years later to surprise fans with a new album, Meadowlands. With a tongue-in-cheek tagline of “Keeping Folks Waiting Since 1989,” the band continues to perform occasional shows and has even teased a fourth record. 25 years after the release of Secaucus, Craft Recordings celebrates this alt-rock cult classic with its first wide vinyl release. Pressed on Cherry Red vinyl, this special, 2-LP anniversary edition is housed in a gatefold jacket.  Secaucus tracklist: Disc 1:Side A 1. Yellow Number Three 2. Built in Girls 3. Surprise, Honeycomb 4. Rest Your Head 5. Won’t Get Too Far  Side B1. Joneses Rule of Sport 2. Dance the Midwest 3. Still Complaining 4. Hats off to Marriage, Baby 5. Jane Fakes a Hug  Disc 2: Side 11. Counted on Sweetness 2. I’ve Made Enough Friends 3. Luxury 4. Indie 500  Side 21. Safe and Comfortable2. Destruction/Drawn 3. I Married Sonja 4. I’ll Mind You 5. It’s Not Getting Any Good About Craft RecordingsCraft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music. For more info, visit and follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram,YouTube, and Spotify

Karen Michelle & Artists For Trauma Present The Love Your Body Event.

Karen Michelle in Partnership with Artists for Trauma invites you to a day of Fashion, Shopping, Red Carpet, and much more…

About this event

NEW EVENT DATE – October 3rd, 2021

Red Carpet • Fashion Show • Beauty • Shopping & More!

An afternoon of fun with a Getty Image covered Red Carpet, Fabulous Fashion Runway Show featuring Established and New Emerging Fashion Designers, Shop from all of our Fantastic Vendors and have some photo-op fun and enjoy a Complimentary Dessert Reception.

Love Your Body Events are about Self Esteem & Empowerment of Women & Girls of All Shapes, Backgrounds, Sizes & Ages! A place where Everyone is Welcome!

We are proud to Announce Deborah Alessi, CEO/Founder of Face Forward, Inc., will be receiving our Prestigious Karen Michelle Heart Award for Outstanding Contribution to the community. The Heart Award will be presented by our Previous Recipient, Laura T. Sharpe CEO/Founder of Artists for Trauma in our Upcoming LYB 2021 Event! Join us October 3rd, 2021 for this Special Red Carpet, Fashion Runway Show Event!

A new addition for 2021 is the Artists in the Garden Art Auction with proceeds benefiting the building of AFT “Artists Retreat” at the Risk Rock Studios in Thousand Oaks. Collaborating with Kelly “Risk” Graval, this signature brick and mortar art studio will help adaptive artists recover from life altering traumas.


•       Red Carpet

•       Fashion Show

. Art Show/Auction

•       Heart Award Presentation

•       Glitter Hair

•       Flower Crown Bar

•       Ice Cream Samples

•       Dessert Reception

•       Tons of Amazing Vendors

•       Photo Ops

•       Shopping

•       Cosmetic Treatments

•       Candy Bar

•       Makeup

•       Jewelry

•       New Artists in the Garden Art Auction and Author in the Garden!


•       Full Access to the Entire Event

•       Red Carpet & Fashion Event

•       Complimentary Dessert Reception


•       Day Pass Ticket items above are included plus …•       A Destiny Massage Oil Candle valued at $25

•       Complimentary Lunch – Fast Pass Line 

•       Red Carpet & Fashion Event!

•       Complimentary Dessert Reception

$49 – LYB VIP TICKETS INCLUDE:•       Day Pass Ticket items above are included plus …

•       Swag Bag full of Gifts 

•       Complimentary Lunch – VIP Line 

•       Red Carpet Viewing & Fashion Event Viewing!

•       Complimentary Dessert Reception

•       Full Access to the Entire Event


•       V-VIP Line Entry 

•       Full Access to the Entire Event 

•       Complimentary Lunch – V-VIP Line

•       Red Carpet & Fashion Event! 

•       Complimentary Dessert Reception 

•      Deluxe Swag Bag full of Gifts



Valet Parking at the hotel is $12. We encourage ride sharing or car service. Please note parking is valet only – there is no self-parking.


18+ to attend. 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

It’s Baaaack… “Halloween Horror Nights” Now Open at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“Halloween Horror Nights” Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, Bringing to Life Southern California’s Most Immersive and Most Terrifying Halloween Event, Select Nights Now October 31

Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood is now open!! The event runs Thursdays – Sundays through Halloween, October 31.

By Margie Anne Clark

Universal City, CA, September 9, 2021 – A lot of spooky things are happening at Universal Studios Hollywood! You won’t want to miss the spirited shenanigans that have materialized in the park just in time for the Halloween season! Mere mortals will have the chance to experience a frightfully delightful frenzy of spooks during “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and it’s back with a vengeance, screaming onto the scene opening night to deliver Southern California’s most and immersive Halloween experience to guests and ghouls alike. The spooktacular Halloween haunting features seven intense mazes, the return of its iconic Terror Tram, nightmarish scare zones and the award-winning hip hop dance crew, Jabbawockeez, “Halloween Horror Nights” continues on select nights through Sunday, October 31.

Event dates are September 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30 and October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31; tickets are available for purchase at

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event unleashes a host of the scariest experiences yet with this awesome lineup:

·        “The Haunting of Hill House,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller.

·        “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ cinematic monsters with an all-original story about one of the studio’s most infamous creatures. The maze and adjoining scare zone also feature an original score composed by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH.

·        “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a chilling maze featuring a demented Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw.

·        “The Exorcist” maze will possess guests as they live the tormented aberrations experienced by Regan and her determined mother.

·        “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” based on the classic slasher film featuring Myers and his signature white mask.

·        “The Curse of Pandora’s Box” is an original concept maze inspired by the most fearsome creatures in Greek mythology.

·        “The Walking Dead,” a fully immersive journey inspired by AMC’s popular television series.

·        “Terror Tram: The Ultimate Purge” takes guests on a nightmarish journey into the world of The Purge as they try to survive the night along the world-famous Universal backlot.

·        Jabbawockeez, the award-winning hip hop dance crew, is back with nightly performances of its high-energy show featuring their gravity-defying dance moves, elevated by special effects and pulse-pounding music.

The following tickets options are available at and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out:

·        General Admission: single night admission to “Halloween Horror Nights”

·        Universal Express™: single night admission to “Halloween Horror Nights” and one-time express access to each maze, Terror Tram, theme park ride and attraction

·        Universal Express Unlimited: single night admission to “Halloween Horror Nights” and unlimited express access (per day) to each maze, Terror Tram, ride and attraction

·        Day to Night Ticket: after 2pm Daytime General Admission plus same-day evening admission to “Halloween Horror Nights”

·        Day to Night Ticket + Universal Express™: after 2pm Daytime General Admission and one-time (per day) express access to each ride and attractions, plus same-day evening admission to “Halloween Horror Nights” with one-time express access to each maze, ride and attraction

·        Ultimate Fear Passbe scared all 32 nights of “Halloween Horror Nights”

·        Frequent Fear Pass: visit up to 26 select nights during the seasonal event

·        R.I.P. Tour: Guests can scare in style with the R.I.P. Tour featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and photo opportunities with a VIP guide, trolley transportation, valet parking, gourmet dinner at the VIP Dining Room plus unlimited Universal Express access to mazes, Terror Tram, rides and attractions.

For updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood 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™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” 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.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as the all-new NBC Sports Grill & Brew, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

Guidelines for Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will align with the destination’s overall health and safety protocols and preserve the unique nature of our event’s guest experience. All guests and performers will be required to wear face coverings within all indoor venues, regardless of vaccination status. As always, we continue to monitor local conditions and react appropriately. Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and Universal cannot guarantee that guests will not be exposed during their visit. Before visiting, click here to review the safety guidelines for Universal Studios Hollywood.

Academy Museum Dedicates Grand Lobby To Film Legend Sir Sidney L. Poitier.

Los Angeles, August 30, 2021 – Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced that the new museum, opening in Los Angeles on September 30, is naming its 10,000-square-foot lobby in honor of the legendary actor, film director, producer, and humanitarian Sir Sidney L. Poitier. The naming of the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby was made possible through a campaign supported by Ambassador Nicole Avant and Co-CEO of Netflix and Chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees Ted Sarandos, the Perenchio Foundation, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey, with major gifts from Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong, among additional donors.

“It is an incredible honor to name our grand lobby—the nucleus of the Academy Museum—in celebration of Sir Sidney Poitier, whose legacy of humanitarian efforts and groundbreaking artistry continues to inspire us all,” said Bill Kramer. “We are deeply thankful to everyone who supported this campaign, and to Sidney, his wife Joanna Shimkus Poitier, and their entire family for allowing us this great privilege.”

Joanna Shimkus Poitier said, “Sidney’s tremendous impact on the motion picture industry, and on audiences around the world, is inseparable from the story of his longstanding, collegial relationship with the Academy. Sidney has always taken great pride in the Academy’s recognition of his work. To be honored now as the namesake of the Academy Museum’s lobby, the place of access to everything that lies within, is almost like receiving a second Oscar® for lifetime achievement.”

Sir Sidney Poitier made his screen debut in the 1950 film No Way Out, an American film noir which was among the first Hollywood movies to directly address the subject of racism. Poitier went on to become a celebrated actor known for his roles in The Defiant Ones (1958, which earned him his first Oscar nomination), Porgy and Bess (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), A Patch of Blue (1965), In the Heat of the Night (1967), To Sir, with Love (1967) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). He has also directed nine feature films.

Among the many honors and awards for his work, Poitier won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (1963), becoming the first Black winner of a Best Actor Oscar. In 2001 he received an Academy Honorary Award, presented by Denzel Washington, “in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.” In 1974, Queen Elizabeth II named Poitier an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1995 he received a Kennedy Center Honor and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Poitier’s Best Actor Oscar as well as his acceptance speech are featured in the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Poitier Lobby occupies the entire first floor of the restored and revitalized landmark Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—from Wilshire Boulevard at the South to the dramatic Walt Disney Company Piazza at the North. With its 24-foot ceilings and open, modern design, the Poitier Lobby serves as the heart for all museum activities. From this central hub, visitors can move to the galleries and theaters, stop for a drink or a meal at Fanny’s, or enjoy shopping at the Academy Museum Store. The Museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema, which stretches across three floors of the Saban Building, begins on the ground floor in the Poitier Lobby’s soaring Spielberg Family Gallery, which is always open to the public free of charge. Within the Spielberg Family Gallery visitors can stroll through a rapid immersion into the history of film, as seen through images playing on multiple hanging screens.
About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

Fall Favorites Return to the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 3-Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween Time, Plaza de la Familia and the Separate-ticket Event Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party.

Anaheim, Calif. – Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort will bring frightfully fun experiences to guests from Sep. 3 through Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween magic throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. From transformed Halloween-themed attractions and sightings of favorite Disney characters and villains, to seasonal dŽcor, spectacularly spooky merchandise and delightfully delicious treats, there is family-friendly fun for every ghoul or goblin to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort. (Disneyland Resort)

  • Halloween experiences throughout Disneyland Resort create treasured memories with family-friendly fun, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern and the all-new Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit at Downtown Disney District
  • Tickets go on sale July 13 for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, the after-park hours event offering unique Halloween surprises, trick-or-treating and more on 25 select nights
  • Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the spirit of Día de los Muertos through Nov. 2, plus decor and entertainment inspired by Disney and Pixar’s ‘Coco’

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 8, 2021) – Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns with frightfully fun experiences for guests of all ages from Sep. 3  through Oct. 31, 2021, with Halloween magic throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. From transformed Halloween-themed attractions Haunted Mansion Holiday,  

and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, to sightings of favorite Disney characters and villains, beloved seasonal décor including the Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and delightfully delicious treats, there is family-friendly fun for every ghoul or goblin to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort. Downtown Disney District gets in the spirit as well, from Sept. 9 through Oct. 31, with delightful décor, seasonal treats and an all-new Halloween-themed pumpkin hunt, Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.

Plaza de la Familia adds to the fun with an immersive, limited-time celebration at Disney California Adventure inspired by the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Guests will enjoy a spirited extravaganza, including live entertainment, delicious food, interactive experiences and special merchandise.

For family fun after-park hours, Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party* will be offered as a separate-ticket event at Disney California Adventure park on 25 select nights starting Sept. 9. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning July 13 on

At Oogie Boogie Bash, kids and guests of all ages can trick-or-treat their way through the park in their favorite Halloween costumes and encounter characters both spooky and fantastic. Guests will experience Disney California Adventure in a unique way, with exclusive offerings like immersive treat trails, “Frightfully Fun Parade,” Villains Groveat the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, “Mickey’s Trick & Treat” show and more.

Retail locations throughout both parks will offer seasonal merchandise. Guests may add to their wicked wardrobes with apparel and accessories, and find novelty items such as pins, plush and decorative items to cast their own Halloween spell at home. For guests looking to add a sweet treat to their day of tricks, food and beverage locations will offer Halloween-themed specialty items.

At Disneyland Park

Guests will encounter favorite Disney characters throughout Disneyland. On Main Street, U.S.A., Mickey and friends show off their Halloween finest with Minnie as a witch, Donald dressed as a pumpkin and the rest of their pals adding to the Halloween family-friendly fun. Other characters found throughout the park include dastardly Disney villains who have come out to cause some mischief.

Guests will find festive seasonal décor and pumpkins galore to add to the Halloween magic. The Main StreetPumpkin Festival transforms Main Street, U.S.A., with whimsical pumpkins displayed in store fronts. Guests of all ages will enjoy taking photographs with the iconic giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern. As guests journey into the park, they will find pumpkin statues representing Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Critter Country and Frontierland surrounding the Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Befitting the supernatural season, Haunted Mansion Holiday will feature a merry makeover of the beloved eerie estate. Jack Skellington is behind the mayhem, decorating the mansion with frightfully festive touches inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Dedicated fans of the holiday house will look forward to spotting the annual bespoke gingerbread house on its precarious perch on the ballroom table, making its 20th appearance for this collision of two holidays. Other favorite sights await, including Sally, Zero and other characters from the movie.

And every night from Sept. 3 – Oct. 31, in Walt Disney’s original park, guests will enjoy a dreadfully delightful treat in the form of “Halloween Screams”, a supernatural projection and special effects show. On weekend nights, “Halloween Screams” also will take to the skies and enhance the mischief with fireworks.* Guests will be able to view the spectacular from several different locations throughout the park, including Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle and near “it’s a small world.”

In Frontierland, guests may commemorate the celebration of the Day of the Dead with a colorful Día de los Muertos tribute featuring a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items.  

At Disney California Adventure Park

Oogie Boogie, from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” will loom over guests at the entrance to Disney California Adventure as he uses his magic to create a forever Halloween for everyone to enjoy. Under his spell, favorite attractions will be transformed for the Halloween season. Guests will mosey on over to Cars Land as Radiator Springs becomes Radiator Screams, where residents decorate their homes with frights and delights for a unique Haul-O-Ween makeover. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz and Red will be ready to greet guests in their “car-stumes” before they race off to go “trunk-or-treating.” Guests can continue the family-friendly fun by taking a spin on popular Cars Land attractions that rev up with Halloween spirit: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree croons spooky songs to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rolickin’ Roadsters takes guests on a wicked whirl as it becomes Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

The façade of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will spark a state of total emergency as the attraction is transformed at night into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, offering an exciting Halloween adventure filled with creepy creatures and thrilling drops. While the Guardians of the Galaxy have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, Groot was accidentally left behind. Guests can successfully complete their rescue mission to save Groot by helping Rocket distract creatures from around the galaxy that have gotten loose. By teaming up with the Guardians, every guest can find their inner hero this Halloween season.

Over on Buena Vista Street, Mickey Mouse and friends will be throwing it back with old-fashioned Halloween costumes. Guests of all ages will enjoy seeing fortune teller Minnie Mouse or taking a photo of Daisy for a be-witch-ing family keepsake. Donald is also looking devilishly handsome and Goofy has a ghostly grin that is ready for any picture.

Seasonal décor will add to the Halloween ambiance on Buena Vista Street. At night, the façade of Carthay Circle Restaurant oozes with Halloween magic as bats swarm, energy pulses from within and projections light up the iconic tower structure with a spellbinding display. Guests can also commemorate the Halloween magic with a photo in front of the 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o’-lantern head to the sky.

Plaza de la Familia

Guests will experience the return of Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens from Sept. 3-Nov. 2, 2021. This immersive limited-time celebration honors the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, with entertainment, festive foods, crafts and interactive experiences. Among the activities to enjoy are “A Musical Celebration of Coco,” an entertaining street show honoring Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” and the everlasting bonds of family. Guests at this seasonal festivity also will be treated to Mariachi music at Paradise Gardens Bandstand; The World of Coco, an evocative art exhibit;  a photo opportunity with a hand-animated figure of Miguel from “Coco” as well as the iconic Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) photo location and memory wall.

Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

On select nights beginning Sept. 9, through October 31, the separate-ticket, after-park hours event Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will add to the spooky fun during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. This limited-capacity event features special entertainment, character sightings, food and beverage and more. Kids and guests of all ages may enjoy donning their favorite Halloween costumes while taking in all the spook-tacular sights and trick-or-treating experiences.

Guests attending Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party also will be able to explore Disney California Adventure, including Avengers Campus, the new land where guests may encounter Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In fact, most areas inside the theme park will remain open during Oogie Boogie Bash, giving friends and families a chance to enjoy the park’s seasonal attractions and more during the party.

Highlights of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party include:

  • Entry to Disney California Adventure Park before the party. The party begins at 6 p.m. PT and guests have the opportunity to play in Disney California Adventure three hours before the party starts.
  • Wonderfully wicked, immersive treat trails appear throughout Disney California Adventure, offering kids and guests of all ages to don costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating – with an assortment of candy provided by Mars Wrigley confectionery products – under the watchful eyes of favorite characters, some familiar – some new!
  • “Frightfully Fun Parade” – The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow leads this spooky showcase, arriving on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade and carrying his flickering jack-o’-lantern. A cavalcade of Disney characters and mischievous villains follow, ready to stir up some trouble!
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes Villains Grove, a wondrous and ethereal world of imagery inspired by Disney villains. Redwood Creek is completely transformed with lighting, projections, sounds and special effects, creating a dreamlike environment. This experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful space of color, sound, light and shadow, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.
  • Character sightings feature beloved Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck– plus villains, too. Guests may be surprised at who they discover at this Halloween party, ready for photos and waves.
  • Halloween magic also appears on the facade of Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street. Carthay Circle is enchanted throughout the night as bats swarm, green energy pulses from within and spellbinding moments transform the iconic tower structure.
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from the night are included with admission to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. With the help of Disney Photo Pass photographers located throughout the party, it’s easier than ever to capture spooktacular memories – with the whole family in the photo.

Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will go on sale beginning Tuesday, July 13, (no earlier than 9 a.m. PT) at Tickets are limited and guests may check out the website for important details and availability for the 25 nights: Thursday, Sept. 9; Saturday, Sept. 11; Sunday, Sept. 12; Tuesday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Sept. 16; Sunday, Sept. 19, Tuesday, Sept. 21; Thursday, Sept. 23; Sunday, Sept. 26; Tuesday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Sept. 30; Sunday, Oct. 3; Tuesday, Oct. 5; Thursday, Oct. 7; Sunday, Oct. 10; Tuesday, Oct. 12; Thursday, Oct. 14; Sunday, Oct. 17; Tuesday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 21; Sunday, Oct. 24; Tuesday, Oct. 26; Thursday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Oct. 30; and Sunday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event.  Parking is not included in the ticket price; however, for added convenience, guests will have the option to purchase a parking voucher in advance when purchasing their event tickets. Visit for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort.**

Guests planning to experience Oogie Boogie Bash and Halloween Time can extend the magic by staying at one of three Disneyland Resort hotel properties, just a short walk away from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and the Downtown Disney District. Guests may find the latest offers and vacation packages online at

For a limited time, California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for as low as $83 per person, per day with a special 3-day ticket offer. These 3-day, 1-park per day tickets start at $249 and eligible guests may purchase a park hopper option for an additional $55. The limited-time tickets are available for purchase now, and California residents may redeem their tickets on any three separate days through September 30, 2021, subject to park reservation availability.* These special tickets may be purchased at, through a travel agent, or by calling call (866) 572-7321. Valid admission and park reservation for the same park on same date are required for park entry.***

* Performances are subject to change or cancellation, including due to weather.

**The number of tickets available are limited and valid only for the specific event date and hours. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Tickets are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred for a commercial purpose. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check special event costume guidelines at for restrictions. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and expiration policy found at  Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.

*** Offer valid only for California residents within ZIP codes 90000-96199 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Tickets expire 9/30/2021 and are limited in availability.  Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.  May purchase up to five tickets per eligible person per day with valid ID.  Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced.  Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Ticket may not be upgraded. Offer subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice.

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, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.

New Updates on Upcoming Disney Parks Attraction Based on “The Princess and The Frog” at former Splash Mountain site.

Anaheim, Calif. – Last year, Disney Parks announced that Imagineers are developing an all-new attraction coming to both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort inspired by the fan favorite Walt Disney Animation Studios film, “The Princess and the Frog.” With the kick off of World Princess Week today, celebrating the characteristics these Disney heroes inspire in fans all around the world, there are some new details to share! Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined as “The Princess and the Frog.”

Tiana is an ambitious and resilient woman, who proves that success comes through a connection to her family and community and has learned to never lose sight of what’s really important – giving back to others through great food and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

As seen in this latest rendering of the attraction, the story will take place after the final kiss as Naveen and Louis join Tiana on her latest adventure, hosting a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration where everyone is welcome – during which some original music inspired by songs from the film will bring guests into the story. Tiana is leading the way and fans will be able to encounter old friends and make new ones along the way as well.

We recently gathered Kenneth Moton, National Correspondent for ABC News as he joins Stella Chase Reese, Owner of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and daughter of Leah Chase; Carmen Smith, Creative Executive, Vice President, Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering; Charita Carter, Senior Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering; and Marlon West, VFX Supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans — founder Leah Chase was one of the inspirations for Princess Tiana — to talk about Tiana’s impact over the past decade and the creative process behind the upcoming attraction, including the next-level technology Imagineers are employing to bring it to life.

Imagineers often do in-depth research to help inspire their work. In this case, that involved digging deep into the culture of New Orleans to tell a story that’s as authentic to the region as it is to the characters’ stories. From the food, music, art and architecture to the diversity of its people and their traditions, there is much from which to draw inspiration. The team has done virtual research trips through Zoom and this was their first of many in-person research trips to come and get the story right.

Tying to Leah Chase’s love of art, one of the early sources of inspiration has come from Sharika Mahdi — a visual artist, art educator, and alumna of the renowned YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists) Arts Center located in New Orleans — who was commissioned to create a series of four original paintings to inspire Imagineers, one of which was revealed today.

To celebrate all of these developments, our love and appreciation for New Orleans, and our commitment to arts education, Disney announced a $50,000 donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical instrumental music, jazz instrumental music, classical vocal music, drama, musical theatre, theatre design, visual arts and creative writing.

Stay tuned for more updates as work progresses on this exciting new attraction, and discover how Tiana is represented across Disney Parks, Experiences and Products today here.

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