LOS ANGELES, CA – Casting director David Rubin was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

• DeVon Franklin, Vice President (chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee)
• Donna Gigliotti, Vice President/Secretary (chair, Governance Committee)
• Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, History and Preservation Committee)
• David Linde, Vice President/Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
• Isis Mussenden, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
• Wynn P. Thomas, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
• Jennifer Todd, Vice President (chair, Awards Committee)
• Janet Yang, Vice President (chair, Membership Committee)

Rubin is beginning his third term as president and his ninth year as a governor representing the Casting Directors Branch.  Karaszewski, Mussenden, Thomas and Yang were re-elected as officers.  This will be the first officer stint for Franklin, Gigliotti, Linde and Todd.

With more than 100 film and television credits, Rubin has cast such features as “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “Hairspray,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Get Shorty,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet,” “Spaceballs,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “The Firm.”

Academy board members may serve up to two three-year terms, followed by at least a two-year hiatus, after which they may serve up to two additional three-year terms.  Officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

The number of officer positions increased to nine this year with the addition of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and the separation of Membership and Governance into two committees.

For a full listing of the Academy’s 2021-2022 Board of Governors, click here


The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video conference when out of town). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

Governors have fiduciary responsibilities imposed by state law to serve the Academy’s best interests, by acting with responsibility and care when approving annual goals presented by management, as well as major policies concerning governance.

CEO Dawn Hudson oversees a staff of more than 400 who conduct the Academy’s day-to-day business.

OFFICERS 2021 – 2022

David Rubin

PRESIDENT – DAVID RUBIN – Mr. Rubin’s career as a casting director includes more than 90 motion pictures, including “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Lars and the Real Girl.” In 2002, he received the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession. Mr. Rubin is a governor of the Casting Directors Branch.

Donna Gigliotti

VICE PRESIDENT / SECRETARY – DONNA GIGLIOTTI – Ms. Gigliotti is one of only nine women to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. She received the 1998 Oscar for producing “Shakespeare In Love.” She received three additional Academy Award nominations for Best Picture: “Hidden Figures” (2016), “Silver Linings Playbook” (2013), and “The Reader”(2008). She is President of Tempesta Films, a film production company based in New York. Ms. Gigliotti is a governor of the Executives Branch.

David Linde

VICE PRESIDENT / TREASURER – DAVID LINDE – Mr. Linde is Chief Executive Officer at Participant. He has held executive, founder, and producer roles at Lava Bear Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Good Machine. He also received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for “Arrival” in 2017. Mr. Linde is a governor of the Executives Branch.


VICE PRESIDENT – DEVON FRANKLIN – Mr. Franklin, a member of the Executives Branch, is the former SVP of Production for Columbia Pictures Entertainment and now runs his own production company, Franklin Entertainment. He has produced the hit films “Breakthrough,” “The Star,” and “Miracles from Heaven.” He is also a New York Times bestselling author and minister. Mr. Franklin is a Governor-at-Large.

Larry Karaszewski

VICE PRESIDENT – LARRY KARASZEWSKI – Mr. Karaszewski is best known for unusual true stories written in tandem with Scott Alexander. Their feature film credits include the Oscar-winning “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Man on the Moon,” “Big Eyes,” and “Dolemite is My Name.” Mr. Karaszewski is co-chair of the International Feature Film category. He won the Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA Award for “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Mr. Karaszewski is a governor of the Writers Branch.

VICE PRESIDENT – ISIS MUSSENDEN – Ms. Mussenden’s credits include “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe” (and two additional sequels), “American Psycho,” and “The Wolverine.” In addition, she was the first costume designer to receive costume-design credit for animation: “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” and “Puss in Boots.” Ms. Mussenden is a governor of the Costume Designers Branch.

Wynn P. Thomas

VICE PRESIDENT – WYNN P. THOMAS – Mr. Thomas’ credits include “Hidden Figures,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Malcolm X,” and “Do the Right Thing.” Mr. Thomas is a governor of the Production Design Branch.

Jennifer Todd

VICE PRESIDENT – JENNIFER TODD – Ms. Todd produced the double Oscar-winning film “Alice in Wonderland” and the Oscar-nominated films “Memento” and “Across the Universe.” She recently produced the Emmy-nominated 89th and 90th Annual Academy Awards. Ms. Todd is a governor of the Producers Branch.

Janet Yang

VICE PRESIDENT – JANET YANG – Ms. Yang, a member of the Producers Branch, began her career in China in distribution. Her extensive film and TV producing credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Shanghai Calling,” “High Crimes,” “Dark Matter,” “Zero Effect,” and the Oscar-nominated animated film, “Over the Moon.” She won an Emmy for the HBO film, “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” Ms. Yang is a Governor-at-Large.

Dawn Hudson

CEO – DAWN HUDSONPrior to becoming the Academy’s CEO in 2011, Ms. Hudson was the Executive Director of Film Independent, which grew from a small non-profit into a nationally recognized arts institution under her leadership.  She has worked in the arts for more than 25 years.

For a full listing of the Academy’s 2021-2022 Board of Governors, click here.  

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.



Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced today its plans for the publication of three debut catalogues on the work of legendary moviemakers Hayao Miyazaki , Spike Lee, and Pedro Almodóvar, whose careers will be celebrated when the museum opens its inaugural exhibitions to the public on September 30, 2021. The three volumes will be copublished with DelMonico Books and distributed worldwide by D.A.P. Artbook.

Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “These first Academy Museum publications are a lasting record of our extraordinary inaugural exhibitions and our dynamic collaborations with Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and filmmakers Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar. Like the exhibitions, these catalogues will bring readers closer to the filmography, art, influences, and careers of these remarkable artists.”

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Chief Artistic and Programming Director Jacqueline Stewart said, “Launching the Academy Museum’s publishing program with books dedicated to the work of Hayao Miyazaki, Spike Lee, and Pedro Almodóvar is a testament to the museum’s commitment to exploring the full range of moviemaking and furthering scholarship on the history of film. Each book is beautifully illustrated and includes overviews by the exhibition curators alongside original texts by scholars, journalists, and the artists’ contemporaries that will give readers new insights into the work of these extraordinary film artists.”

The richly illustrated catalogue Hayao Miyazaki is published in partnership with Studio Ghibli. It will be available through the Academy Museum Store on September 7, 2021. Marking the museum’s eponymous inaugural temporary exhibition, the publication features hundreds of original production materials, including artworks never seen outside of Studio Ghibli’s archives in Japan. The 288-page hardcover book illuminates Miyazaki’s creative process and animation techniques through imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, and production cels from his early career through all 11 of his feature films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). The bookfeatures a foreword by producer and Studio Ghibli cofounder Toshio Suzuki along with texts by Pixar Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter, Cologne-based journalist and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte, and Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel. Hayao Miyazaki is designed by Jessica Fleischmann/Still Room and copublished with DelMonico Books.

Spike Lee: Director’s Inspiration, available in April 2022, brings Lee’s Academy Museum gallery to life. It delves deeply into items from Lee’s personal collection, which will be on view at the Academy Museum, and offers insight into the Academy Award® -winning writer-director’s heroes, influences, and collaborations. The book features a new conversation between Lee and director Shaka King, an introduction by exhibition curator Dara Jaffe, and reflections by composer and musician Terence Blanchard, casting director Kim Coleman, director and producer Cheryl Dunye, actor Giancarlo Esposito, artist Isaac Julien, actor Rosie Perez, director Patrik-Ian Polk, screenwriter and director Dee Rees, actor, director, and writer Roger Guenveur Smith, artist Martine Syms, and production designer Wynn Thomas. The publication offers insight into the many creative and social legacies that have shaped Lee’s filmmaking approach, presenting items from Lee’s personal collection including original film posters and objects, photographs, and artworks, many of which were personally inscribed to him by people who have inspired his work. Spike Lee: Director’s Inspiration is the first volume in a series that will focus on preeminent directors and the things that inspire them, with new titles to be published every fall.

Also available in April 2022, Pedro Almodóvar: Installation includes a foreword by actor Tilda Swinton, a conversation between Academy Award®-winning writer-director Almodóvar and film journalist Rachel Handler, essays by producer Agustín Almodóvar and Academy Museum curators Jenny He and J. Raúl Guzmán, and an illustrated filmography. The 300-page catalogue Pedro Almodóvar: Installation is bilingual (Spanish and English) and filled with hundreds of images. Largely image-based, the book features visual chapters devoted to each of the 12 large-scale video montages Almodóvar created for the Academy Museum, which distill his forty-year filmography around key themes and scenes including family, bodies, guilt and pain, mothers, musicals, and religious education.# # #For high-resolution images and an electronic press kit, please visit
Images: Hayao Miyazaki catalogue, copublished by DelMonico Books and distributed worldwide by D.A.P. Artbook. (Cover art, left): Imageboard, My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Hayao Miyazaki, © 1988 Studio Ghibli; (Spread art, right) Film still, My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Hayao Miyazaki, © 1988 Studio Ghibli

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.

Craft Latino To Release ‘It’s a Good, Good Feeling’: The Latin Soul of Fania Records (The Singles)’ October.

IT’S A GOOD, GOOD FEELING: THE LATIN SOUL OF FANIA RECORDS (THE SINGLES) CELEBRATES THE LEGENDARY LABEL’S ERA-DEFINING LATIN SOUL AND BOOGALOO SONGSSpanning 1965–1975, the collection features single versions of 89 tracks from Ray Barretto, Joe Bataan, Ralfi Pagan, and Larry Harlow, among others, including rarities and B-sides.

Click here to pre-order/pre-save the collection

Los Angeles, CA (August 4, 2021)—Craft Latino announces the release of It’s a Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records (The Singles), a brand-new collection that showcases Fania’s era-defining output of boogaloo and Latin soul music. Spanning 1965–1975, the box set compiles 89 singles from such best-selling artists as Ray BarrettoJoe BataanBobby ValentínRalfi Pagan, and Larry Harlow, plus rarities from 125th Street Candy StoreThe LatinairesThe Harvey Averne Band, and Ali Baba, among many others.

Set for release on October 8th and available for pre-order today, It’s a Good, Good Feeling includes four CDs plus a bonus 7-inch single, all housed in a 60-page hardcover book, featuring extensive new liner notes by compilation co-producer and DJ Dean Rudland, as well as photos and ephemera from Fania’s archives. Helping to set the scene is a 7-inch single, which culls vintage promo tracks for “Symphony” Sid Torin’s radio shows on New York’s WEVD AM and FM. The famed DJ was an early champion of Latin music and helped to popularize the genre in the ’60s. Featuring newly remastered audio by the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, Paul BlakemoreIt’s a Good, Good Feeling will also be available on digital and streaming platforms, while an abridged, 2-LP vinyl edition of the compilation offers 28 choice cuts and an eight-page booklet. A collectible orange-crush colored pressing (limited to 300 copies) and a commemorative T-shirt can be found exclusively at The first instant grat. single “Gypsy Woman,” Joe Bataan’s 1967 debut hit, is available to stream/download today. 

In the ’60s, a unique musical moment was brewing in New York City, as young Latin American artists—many of them second-generation—found themselves split between the traditional music they grew up on and the rising sounds of soul, doo-wop, and R&B. They began experimenting in the clubs, blending Afro-Cuban beats, Latin jazz, and soul with predominantly English lyrics. The result was a delectable new genre with broad appeal that epitomized the cultural melting pot of New York. While boogaloo and Latin soul was a short-lived craze (peaking in the late ’60s and early ’70s), it popularized Latin music in America and established the careers of many internationally beloved artists.

Fania Records was founded just prior to the rise of boogaloo in 1964 by bandleader Johnny Pacheco and his lawyer, Jerry Masucci. Over the next few years, Fania would sign and nurture a variety of emerging Latin soul artists. As Rudland points out in his notes, “Fania was not the first label to release Latin soul, but they were vital within its rise, releasing important records, and its owners patently understood the opportunity it allowed the young label to expand quickly.”

Among their earliest signings were Willie Colón, Joe Bataan, Bobby Valentín, and Ray Barretto: four rising stars who were all eager to experiment with their sounds—and Fania gave them the freedom to do so. Colón, who became one of the label’s most celebrated artists, rarely strayed from traditional stylings but offered one foray into Latin soul with his debut single, “Willie Baby” (1967). Valentín, meanwhile, straddled the line stylistically, but scored several boogaloo hits for the label early on, including 1967’s joyful “Geronimo” and “Bad Breath,” as well as the anthemic “Use It Before You Lose It” (1968).

Barretto, who had already established himself—and the boogaloo sound—prior to signing with Fania, was known for such foundational hits as 1962’s “El Watusi.” Once he joined the burgeoning label, however, he recorded one of the genre’s most important albums, Acid (1968), which spawned such enduring singles as “A Deeper Shade of Soul” and “Mercy, Mercy Baby.” Latin soul regularly reflected the political tensions of the ’60s and Barretto, in particular, often delivered socially conscious messages in his songs, including the funky “Together” (1969) and “Right On” (1971). 

Bataan, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in 1967 with a cover of The Impressions’ “Gypsy Woman”—the title track of his debut album. A year later, he followed with “Subway Joe,” which, Rudland argues, is “the pinnacle of Latin soul,” and scored an R&B crossover hit with a two-part cover of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “It’s a Good Feeling” (subtitled “Riot” by Bataan). The artist also found broad success with emotion-filled ballads like “Sad Girl” and the epic “My Opera” (both 1969), as well as a dramatic cover of The Beatles’ “This Boy” (1971). 

Taking the soul route even more directly was Ralfi Pagan, who scored a multitude of R&B hits in both English and Spanish, including sultry covers of Bread’s “Make It with You” (1971) and the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof” (1973), as well as the up-tempo “Wonderful Thing” (1974), and the reflective “Just for a Little While” (1975). 

The man behind many of Pagan’s hits, as well as songs by Barretto, Bataan, and lesser-known Fania acts like the Latinaires and Ronnie Marks, was producer, songwriter, and musician, Harvey Averne. While Averne was not of Latin heritage, he was deeply entrenched in the scene and released several of his own albums and singles under a variety of monikers, including the swinging “Make Out” (Harvey Averne + 9, 1967), “The Micro Mini” (Harvey Averne and Group Therapy, 1967), and “Accept Me” (The Harvey Averne Dozen, 1968).

Larry Harlow was another white bandleader who found success in the Latin market, signing to Fania in 1965 and enjoying a long and prolific run with the label. While the majority of his work was more traditional fare, he did deliver several soulful tracks in the late ’60s with his Orquesta Harlow, including such funky cuts as “Mess Around” and “That Groovy Shingaling” (both from 1967’s El Exigente album) as well as a 1968 cover of Hugh Masekela’s “Grazin’ in the Grass.”

In addition to such legends as Louie Ramirez (featured alongside Bobby Marin as “Ali Baba” in this compilation) and Mongo Santamaría, the Fania All Stars also make an appearance on It’s a Good, Good Feeling. The supergroup—which, at the time included the likes of Bataan, Valentín, Barretto, Ramirez, and Colón, plus a handful of special guests—offered Fania an opportunity to showcase its talented roster. The two tracks here (“Richie’s Bag” and “Red Garter Strut”) are culled from the group’s 1969 live album, Live at the Red Garter, Vol.2, and feature vocals by the great Richie Ray.

By the mid-’70s, the popularity of boogaloo had widely given way to salsa—and Fania quickly rose to become a leader in the genre. While salsa ultimately proved to be the more enduring style, the success of boogaloo and Latin soul was instrumental in paving the way for its mainstream appeal. Many of the artists who found early fame with Latin soul records, meanwhile, would go on to enjoy thriving careers, including NEA Jazz Master Award-winner and International Latin Music Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Barretto, Joe Bataan, Bobby Valentín, and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, Larry Harlow.

Click here to pre-order the collection today, or to stream “Gypsy Woman” and pre-save the digital album. 

4-CD + 7” Tracklist:

Disc One

1.125th Street Candy Store – Silent Heart 2.125th Street Candy Store – Hey Girl3.Bobby Valentín – Geronimo4.Harvey Averne + 9 – Make Out5.Willie Colón – Willie Baby6.Bobby Valentín – Love Me So7.Bobby Valentín – Bad Breath8.Joe Bataan – Gypsy Woman9.Joe Bataan – So Fine10.Harvey Averne and Group Therapy – The Micro Mini11.Harvey Averne and Group Therapy – The Think Drink “Spiked”12.Joe Bataan – Ordinary Guy13.Joe Bataan – Too Much Lovin’14.Monguito Santamaría – Juicy 15.Ray Barretto – Mercy, Mercy Baby16.Ray Barretto – Soul Drummers17.Joe Bataan – Subway Joe18.Joe Bataan – Special Girl19.Joe Bataan – Magic Rose20.Bobby Valentín – Use It Before You Lose It21.Bobby Valentín – Funky Big Feet22.Larry Harlow – Mess Around23.Larry Harlow – That Groovy Shingaling

Disc Two

1.The Latinaires – Camel Walk

2.Bobby Quesada – Bataola Boogaloo3.Joe Bataan – It’s a Good Feeling (Riot) Part 14.Joe Bataan – It’s a Good Feeling (Riot) Part 25.Ray Barretto – A Deeper Shade of Soul6.Ralph Robles – Mercie7.Joe Bataan – What Good Is a Castle – Part 18.Joe Bataan – What Good Is a Castle – Part 29.Orchestra Harlow – Grazin’ in the Grass (Una Miradita de Amor)10.Ray Barretto – Hard Hands11.Ray Barretto – Love Beads12.The Harvey Averne Dozen – Accept Me13.The Harvey Averne Dozen – Why Can’t We Really Be Free14.Ali Baba (Louie Ramirez) – Ungawa15.Ali Baba (Louie Ramirez) – Cookin’ with Ali16.Monguito Santamaría – Hey Sister17.Fania All Stars – Richie’s Bag18.Fania All Stars – Red Garter Strut19.Ralph Robles – Maybe20.Joe Bataan – Sad Girl 21.Ray Barretto – Together22.Ray Barretto – New York Soul23.Ralfi Pagan – Who Is the Girl for Me24.El Apollo Sound – Spinning Wheel

Disc Three

1.The Harvey Averne Band – Come Back Baby2.The Harvey Averne Band – Stand3.Ralfi Pagan – Don’t Stop Now4.Joe Bataan – My Opera5.The Harvey Averne Band – Lovers6.The Harvey Averne Band – Love Never Stays the Same7.Joe Bataan – When We Get Married8.Monguito Santamaría – Crying Time9.The Harvey Averne Band – Let’s Get Together This Christmas10.Ray Barretto – Right On 11.Ronnie Marks – Some Lonely Heart (Vocal)12.Ralfi Pagan – Make It with You13.Ralfi Pagan – Stray Woman14.Joe Bataan – So Young, Too Young15.Joe Bataan – I’m Satisfied16.Joe Bataan – This Boy17.Joe Bataan – Johnny’s No Good18.Ralfi Pagan – Baby I’m a Want You19.Ralfi Pagan – Look at Her20.Joe Bataan – Shaft

Disc Four

  1. Joe Bataan – Cry2.Joe Bataan – If I Were a King3.Ralfi Pagan – My Dream4.Ralfi Pagan – It’s Alright5.Ralfi Pagan – Up on the Roof6.Ralfi Pagan – The Gambler7.Ralfi Pagan – Too Late8.Ralfi Pagan – To Say I Love You9.Joe Bataan – Latin Soul Square Dance10.Joe Bataan – Call Me11.Ralfi Pagan – Wonderful Thing12.Butter Scotch – Try Just a Little Harder13.Butter Scotch – Today14.Ralfi Pagan – Didn’t Want to Have to Do It15.W.R.L.C – Johnny’s No Good16.W.R.L.C. – Blonde Latin Blues17.Joe Bataan – I’m No Stranger18.Ralfi Pagan – Just a Little While19.Ralfi Pagan – Loneliest Loneliness20.Ralfi Pagan – I Could Never Hurt You Girl.

7” Single

Side A1. Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid – Joe BataanSide B1. Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid – Bobby Valentín

2-LP Tracklist:

The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood presents ‘Free Guy’ – Opening Night Fan Event on August 12.

Hollywood, Calif. – The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood will present the Opening Night Fan Event on Thursday, August 12th at 7:00 PM: Guests will be among the first to see “Free Guy” and each ticket includes reserved seating, one 1.25oz red and white box of popcorn, 1 bottled beverage (20oz) and an Opening Night Fan Event Souvenir Credential with Lanyard. Tickets for this special opportunity are $25.00 per person no matter of age. See costumes from the movie and snap a photo at our photo op!

In “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself.

Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi, “Free Guy” is directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn and a story by Lieberman. The film is produced by Ryan Reynolds, p.g.a., Shawn Levy, p.g.a., Sarah Schechter, Greg Berlanti and Adam Kolbrenner with Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, George Dewey, Dan Levine and Michael Riley McGrath serving as executive producers.

PG-13 for strong fantasy violence throughout, language and crude/suggestive references.

Enjoy “Moments of Zen” on the First Floor Gallery of Santa Clarita City Hall .

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is excited to host “Moments of Zen” as the latest art exhibition featured in City Hall’s First Floor Gallery (23920 Valencia Boulevard). Residents can peruse the exhibited artwork from August 2 through October 1, during normal operating hours at City Hall. Additionally, a reception will be held to celebrate and discuss the new artwork on Wednesday, August 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall.

 The theme of the “Moments of Zen” exhibit is inspired by the 2020 social media movement #MuseumMomentsofZen. A total of 31 artists will showcase 41 pieces of art that express feelings of peace, clarity and Zen. The artwork in the exhibit is intended to stir these same feelings amongst the audience. Let the unique art provide you with a quiet moment as you stroll through the gallery in-person or online at

One featured artist, Brian McClean, hopes to provide healing through his photographs showcased in the gallery. He is exhibiting two pieces, “Starry Night Harbor Island” and “Bioluminescence Ocean.” Other art pieces within the show range from a peaceful walk through nature to quiet photographic scenes and individuals having a moment of reflection.

To learn more about the “Moments of Zen” art exhibit, please contact Sydney Adam at For details regarding other City art exhibits, receptions and art opportunities, please visit

Sergio Mendes in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021

Carnival comes to the Bowl!

Hollywood, Calif. – It’s a marvelous Rio night in the Hollywood Hills. The legendary Brazilian bandleader Sergio Mendes—plus dancers—bring the spirit of Carnival to the Hollywood Bowl, where the Grammy® and Oscar® winner will fill the air with the samba, bossa nova, and jazz hits—like “Mas Que Nada” and “The Look of Love”—that helped make his country’s homegrown music one of the defining sounds of the 1960s.

City of Santa Clarita’s SENSES Block Parties Return to Main Street in Old Town Newhall, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21.

Newhall, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s wildly popular SENSES block parties will return to Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Stimulate your senses in August, September and October with live music, food trucks and themed activities in a festive, adult setting.

Welcome back SENSES on Thursday, August 19, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a Sports of All Sorts block party. Play hard and have fun with a smorgasbord of games and sporting activities as you show why you should’ve been chosen to represent your country at this year’s Olympics.

Take a trip to Downtown Las Vegas as Old Town Newhall transforms into Fremont Street on Thursday, September 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Try your luck at the outdoor casino games and enjoy live entertainment, iconic Vegas thrills and adult beverages from the on-street bar.

Closeout the 2021 SENSES slate and carve out some fun at the Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stroll down Scarecrow Alley or enter the scarecrow decorating contest yourself for a chance to win a fa-boo-lous prize! “Pumpkin spice” things up with a game of pumpkin bowling and a cup of cider.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s SENSES block parties, connect by “liking” the City of Santa Clarita Events page on Facebook.

The Princess Bride in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, July 31, 2021.

Sat / July 31, 2021 – 8:00PM

Missing this cinematic concert experience would be inconceivable!

About this Performance

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… Experience one of the most beloved films of all time as never before – with the power of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing a brand new orchestral arrangement of composer Mark Knopfler’s score live-to-picture in a world premiere! Introduced by the film’s legendary director and producer, Rob Reiner.

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LA’s Most Popular Art Fair Returns With Fresh Programming Spotlighting Women, Art, and Technology – Opening Night With Host Rita Ora To Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The LA Art Show continues its six year partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and is excited to announce that global superstar Rita Ora will be the official host of the 2021 Opening Night premiere party, kicking off the Los Angeles art season with this special summer edition. The event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday July 29th from 7-11PM. In addition to her chart-topping hits, Ora is known for her work in both television and film, as well as for her role as UNICEF Ambassador. 

Under the new direction of Kassandra Voyagis and returning DIVERSEartLA curator Marisa Caichiolo, the show has pivoted with a hard focus on what’s now, taking a closer look at some of the latest technological trends in the art world, while still offering a traditional lens for art from around the globe. 

After 25 years of traditional programming, the LA Art Show is taking a big leap into being the first physical gallery for NFT-backed digital art in Los Angeles and is presenting a world first major art fair NFT exhibition Titled Sea Change,  at the LA Art Show. The exhibit was created with top NFT marketplace SuperRare (also an official partner of the fair, their first), and curated by Nxt Museum curator Jesse Damiani with Vellum LA curator Sinziana Velicescu. 

With SuperRare as official marketplace partner, the LA Art Show will also be the first public appearance of StandardVision newest product, Luma Canvas, a museum-grade display designed for showcasing NFTs and digital art. 

2021 brings NEW legendary LA galleries: Track-16 (first fair) and Coagula Curatorial
Plus 14 year-old wonder kid and LA native, Tex Hammond exhibits at his first fair under Acosta Arts.Returning to the mix is: Arcadia Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Simard Bilodeau Contemporary, and Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery from London for the lineup of Modern + Contemporary. The show will once again continue their international presence with the Pigment Gallery returning from Spain, In The Gallery returning from Denmark, Gallery KITAI from Japan, and exploring new territory, the Spaceless Gallery based in Paris.

The LAAS will not only continue its six year partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® but expand their collaborative mission, with the LA Art Show donating 15% of not only opening night tickets.

The world premiere of JungleCruise began the adventure at Disneyland Resort on July 24. Jungle Cruise – Opening Night Fan Event at the El Capitan in Hollywood previews on July 29, 2021.

Hollywood, Calif. – Jungle Cruise Opening Night Fan Event Only: Each guest will receive one event credential with lanyard, one serving of DOLE Whip® and one 20 oz. bottled beverage. Tickets for this event are $40 per person.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton.

Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton.

Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance. PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence.

Last night was the world premiere of #JungleCruise at @Disneyland Resort! Get tickets to see Jungle Cruise at the El Cap starting July 29 at our opening night fan event & take pictures at the photo op from the premiere. Plus see costumes from the movie!

Also see Disney’s Jungle Cruise at the Laemmle Theatre in Newhall, Calif.

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