Los Angeles based writer, Margie Anne Clark covers the entertainment world in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding entertainment venues in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh today announced the ensemble cast to present at the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.
Starring, in alphabetical order, are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”
Additional talent joining the show to be announced.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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.
The City of Santa Clarita’s Cube Entertainment Center, formerly the site of the Ice Station Valencia, is now open to the public by reservation, offering variety of program.
Valencia, Calif. – The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center is now open to the public. Residents and visitors alike can now register for programming at The Cube to once again enjoy ice sports in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Grand-opening took place on Tuesday, April 12, 2021, celebrated by the special appearance of LA Kings President Luc Robitaille and community attendees.
The newly renovated site was formerly known as Ice Station Valencia for 20 years under pervious owners and management and was purchased and now owned by the City of Santa Clarita.
To get started, visit The Cube’s website at TheCubeSantaClarita.com and click the button to “Create an Account” for the DASH registration platform. Individuals can create their own accounts or set one up for their entire family.
Once an account has been created, available open sessions and other programming schedules are available to view through the “Registration” menu. Advance registration and payment are required for all available programs at The Cube. Sessions at The Cube are available in four categories:
Family Camps – Camps consist of open ice skating for all ages with a variety of times available during the week.
Freestyle – These sessions are for ice skaters with their coaches who are teaching them how to improve techniques and working on routines for competition.
Pick Up Hockey – Pick Up games are for hockey players 18 years old and older. Each game lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, and games are limited to 22 skaters and three goaltenders.
Stick Time – Open practice sessions for hockey players to improve skills and/or conditioning.
“The City knows that the community is anxious to utilize The Cube for events, both on the covered ice and in The Top Shelf banquet area. The necessary amenities are in the process of being procured to support these events. In addition, rental fees are still being set. The City looks forward to welcoming the community to utilize The Cube for events and appreciates their patience as we put all the pieces in place to make it a superior experience. Further details regarding facility rentals will be made available once finalized.”
For employment opportunities at The Cube, please email General Manager Larry Bruyere at email@example.com. For more information on daily schedules and programs taking place at The Cube, please call (661) 257-CUBE (2823) or visit TheCubeSantaClarita.com.
Los Angeles, Calif. – To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of the 93rd Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
Alameda Street between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and 1st Street, Los Angeles Street between Alameda Street and 1st Street, and intersecting streets will be closed beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, April 25, and will remain closed until 4 a.m. on Monday, April 26. The 101 Freeway off-ramp and on-ramps at Los Angeles Street will also be closed during this period.
Between Sunday, April 4, and Oscar Sunday, April 25, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods. Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available at http://www.oscars.org/closures.
Union Station will remain open to transit riders throughout this period, and riders will be able to access all bus, rail, Metrolink, Amtrak and private transportation providers, along with vendors. Olvera Street merchants and area churches will remain accessible to the public.
The Academy is working in partnership with community organizations and the city to conduct outreach on the ground to ensure minimal disruption to all residents in the area.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
After being closed for more than one year, magic is back at Disneyland Resort theme parks
More than 10,000 Cast Members are returning to work
Guests will be welcomed back to explore new magic and favorite experiences – from iconic attractions and character sightings to shopping, dining and hotel stays
Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place
MARCH 17, 2021 (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The joy and laughter and magical moments of the Disneyland Resort will soon return to its theme parks as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021, with limited capacity.
“The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here,” said Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to have more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we get ready to welcome our guests back to this happy place.”
The dreams of being immersed in these theme park experiences will soon come to life, with unforgettable attractions, seeing beloved Disney characters, shopping for the latest Disney merchandise, savoring the world-famous food and drinks, and capturing fun photos. New magic will be unveiled, too, as the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish opens to guests for the very first time.
Once again, guests will experience the thrills of exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, embarking on a treacherous voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean, setting sail with children from around the globe on “it’s a small world” and zipping along Route 66 on Radiator Springs Racers. They may discover the joy of waving to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, finding the perfect Mickey ears, dipping into a DOLE Whip® and staying in the middle of the magic at a Disney hotel.
In the days leading up to the public opening on April 30, Disneyland Resort will invite cast members and members of the local community to be the first theme park guests after more than a year of closure.
The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also plan to welcome guests once again, with a phased reopening. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, 2021, with limited capacity. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines.
More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. In addition, guests are encouraged to check Disneyland.com for the latest updates as they become available for theme park tickets, hotel booking and vacation packages, dining reservations and activity reservations such as Droid Depot.
The health and well-being of guests and cast members remain a top priority. Just as the Downtown Disney District reopened at Disneyland Resort on July 9, 2020, with enhanced health and safety measures, operational changes will be in place at the theme parks and hotels based on guidance from health authorities and learnings from our parks around the world to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness and reduced contact. Cast members throughout the resort will be dedicated to assist with questions, and guests may check Disneyland.com/update for the most current health and safety measures, including mandatory face coverings for guests ages 2 and older.
A Touch of Disney, the limited-time ticketed experience which has sold out, will go on as planned at Disney California Adventure from March 18 through April 19.
Classic attractions and fun-filled favorites
Classic and favorite attractions will begin to open at both parks – from epic experiences like the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance to family-friendly experiences like Peter Pan’s Flight and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind.
At Disneyland, the fun awaits on Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and King Arthur Carrousel, to name a few, and new magic is coming to Haunted Mansion. At Disney California Adventure, guests will be immersed in the stories and adventures of the Incredicoaster, Toy Story Midway Mania!, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and more.
Guests will discover a newly reimagined attraction in Fantasyland – Snow White’s Enchanted Wish. The timeless tale comes alive in dazzling new scenes, including a dancing figure of Snow White joining the dwarfs in their cottage as the scent of a baking pie wafts through the air. Vibrant new shadow projections show the dwarfs as they march off to the mine happily singing “Heigh Ho,” and the new lighting, glittering jewels and shimmering effects make the mine sparkle. Guests then travel through the Queen’s den to see a new library of spell books, glowing potions and bubbling flasks, toward the famous magic mirror. In the end, Snow White and her Prince ride joyfully into a golden sunset to live happily ever after.
On the “must-do” list for many guests will be a journey to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park. Guests are transported to a galaxy far, far away at the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, where they can take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The newest attraction in the land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened in January 2020. It takes guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle before they are captured by a Star Destroyer, finding themselves in the middle of a climactic battle between the dark side of the First Order and the light side of the Resistance, including BB-8, Rey and Chewbacca.
Avengers Campus, a completely new land where guests can live their Super Hero dreams, will open at a later date at Disney California Adventure.
Characters are part of the magic
From to surprise appearances along Main Street, U.S.A., and Pixar Pier to playful interactions, characters from dozens of favorite Disney and Pixar stories will entertain and delight guests across both parks. Beloved characters will pop up in new ways and sometimes in unexpected places as they remain mindful of physical distancing.
At Disneyland, guests may see Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse waving from the train station, or Disney Princesses such as Mulan appear at the Royal Theatre to wave and pose at a distance for guests taking selfies. At Disney California Adventure, Pixar pals may wave from the bandshell at Pixar Pier, and guests can share a laugh while taking photos with Mater and Lightning McQueen along Route 66 in Cars Land.
Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date.
Themed dining and world-famous food and drinks
Tasty, tantalizing and ready for social media, Disneyland Resort snacks and dishes are a food-lover’s fairytale wishes come true. Park favorites such as the DOLE Whip®, corn dogs and churros are fun treats offered alongside memorable dining experiences that include lobster nachos and novel drinks at Lamplight Lounge, brisket mac & cheese at River Belle Terrace and Mediterranean-California fare at Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining. The parks offer a multitude of food and drink options, from uniquely themed candy apples and specials like Walt’s Chili to the always popular Plaza Inn fried chicken.
At several locations around the resort, mobile ordering* on the official Disneyland app now is the primary way to order food and drinks. Dining reservations are recommended for table-service restaurants.
Check in to the magic at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
After playing in the theme parks, guests may relax with an overnight stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where they are surrounded by the Craftsman-style architecture and the tranquil feel of redwood forests. Guests are treated to genuine hospitality and legendary service, just steps from the Downtown Disney District and Disneyland Resort theme parks. The enchanting Disney magic includes well-appointed accommodations, sparkling pools and a chance to request a wake-up call with greetings from some favorite Disney characters.
Guests with valid theme park admission who are planning a stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel will need to also book theme park reservations in advance, as a hotel stay does not guarantee a park reservation. Hotel capacity will be limited. Guests may soon book hotel stays for Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, or a nearby Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotel, by visiting Disneyland.com or contacting a travel professional.
Digital tools help guests make the most of their visits
To make the most of a visit to the Disneyland Resort, guests will have digital tools right at their fingertips with the Disneyland app. Guests are strongly encouraged to use the Disneyland app to plan ahead and utilize mobile ordering* for food and beverage purchases from select locations, as well as to check park hours, make dining reservations, and view maps and other important resort updates. Mobile wait list (subject to availability) and mobile check-in options will be available for table-service dining at select locations. Disneyland Resort also recommends cashless transactions such as electronic payment to reduce contact.
Check Disneyland.com for the latest udpates
For everything they need to know about their visits, guests are encouraged to check Disneyland.com regularly for the latest information, including upcoming details about ticket sales and reservations, and which experiences are currently available or will be offered.** Guests also are also encouraged to follow the Disney Parks Blog for reopening details.
The plans to open Disneyland Resort are phased and subject to change, to align with guidance released from time to time by health authorities and appropriate government agencies. This guidance is fluid and applicable at any given time as community situations change. With that guidance, many factors will determine the timing of when offerings may be available, and the status of indoor and outdoor experiences.
* Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.
** Upon reopening, certain parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings will be modified or unavailable, will have limited capacity and will be subject to limited availability or even closure, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed.
DOLE WHIP is a trademark of Dole Food Company, Inc. Used with permission.
About the Disneyland Resort The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.
Highlights include bringing a dozen first time participants to shred the slopes, including three children under the age of nine, and Larry Dunn, a high-level quadriplegic with limited upper body function who was able to ski the half pipe.
“My first time sit-skiing was thrilling, I didn’t think I would ever ski again. A big thank you to Triumph for giving me this opportunity. What a great day!” said Larry Dunn, C-4 quadriplegic.
“We are grateful to the wonderful staff and volunteers at United States Adaptive Recreation Center,” said Doug Harker, Triumph Foundation, “they have an amazing program and we love partnering with them every year.”
Triumph is seeking contributions to ensure it can continue to provide critical support services and activities to people who suffer paralyzing injuries and are dealing with a disability. All donations are tax-deductible.
About Triumph Foundation
Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day.
Services include giving people who are newly paralyzed Care Baskets that are filled with information and resources, providing grants to help obtain necessary equipment, supplies, and services; assisting with home modifications for wheelchair accessibility; leading support groups; and holding adaptive recreational programs to support disabled athletes. Outreach and peer support are provided throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, and San Diego Counties.
To date, the organization has touched the lives of over 12,000 individuals with disabilities; given $1,000,000 in assistance to people with inadequate medical insurance and financial hardship; performed dozens accessible home remodels; provided wheelchair accessible vehicles to 20 individuals who did not have the means to purchase one on their own; delivered over 2,000 Care Baskets full of resources to those newly injured, and regularly visits 23 area hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout Southern California.
Grand Reopening to Introduce Guests to All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride and “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” All-New, Stunningly Realistic Dinosaur, Indominus rex.
Initial Tickets will be Available to CA Residents and Can be Purchased Online Beginning on Thursday, April 8.Special Annual and Season Pass Member can enjoy early Bonus Day on Thursday, April 15.
Universal City, California, March 30, 2021 – At long last, Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to resume operations and welcome guests back to the theme park beginning on Friday, April 16. The momentous occasion will commence with a special park preview for Annual and Season Pass Members starting on Thursday, April 15.
While most rides will be operational, some rides and attractions will reopen at a later date as the theme park complies with government restrictions. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to work in partnership with health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings. In accordance with government guidelines, only California residents may visit the theme park at this time.
“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to open Universal Studios Hollywood, return team members to work and welcome guests back to enjoy our amazing rides,” said Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “It has been a very challenging year and we are overjoyed to have arrived at this moment.”
Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood will be available to California residents only and can be purchased online beginning on Thursday, April 8. The theme park will also celebrate Annual and Season Pass Members—who will be among the first to visit—with a series of complimentary Bonus Days on select days from Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, May 16; these Bonus Days can be reserved by Annual and Season Pass Members online starting on Monday, April 5. Annual and Season Pass Members will be able to resume regular use of their passes starting on Monday, May 17.
Due to capacity limits, until further notice, guests with unredeemed tickets purchased prior to April 8, 2021 will need to make an advance reservation at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for their visit dates.
For more information about Annual and Season Passes, including Pass Members Bonus Days and re-activation of Passes, reservations for previously purchased tickets or to purchase theme park tickets, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
After more than a year of closure, Universal Studios Hollywood is ready for its close-up and set to call “action” on the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride,” which features the spectacularly realistic new dinosaur, Indominus rex.
Here’s what guests can expect:
A stroll along the cleverly themed Pets Place will bring guests to the front of Katie’s NYC apartment building where the innovative “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride resides.
This all-new tech-savvy adventure inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, answers the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”
This impressive new ride combines 64 technologically-advanced animated figures with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping designed to take guests on a journey to meet some of their favorite Illumination characters from the movies, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends, who have all been transformed and transported into the live-action world. From blinking eyes to eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride.
The grand reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood also brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride. Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronized movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity. From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.
Of course, these new experiences are among the many welcoming attractions and themed environments that await guests upon their return to Universal Studios Hollywood, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and the critically-acclaimed rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride,” Despicable Me’s “Super Silly Fun Land,” and “Springfield, U.S.A.,” home of America’s favorite animated family, “The Simpsons.” The theme park’s signature attraction and world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of an authentic production movie and television studio and where they can experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D,” will also open.
Because the safety and well-being of guests and team members is a top priority for Universal Studios Hollywood, the following guidelines outline the theme park’s new health and safety protocols, also highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.
· Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
· Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
· Controlled capacity within the theme park, and limited occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
· Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations, restrooms, and all other high touch points.
· Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout the park and at rides and attractions.
· Eating and drinking permitted only in designated dining areas.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit. People who are asymptomatic can still 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 guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.
The City of Santa Clarita is set to provide fun Western Entertainment for all ages for the month of April. Variety of online and in-person activities will take participants back in time for a Western-Themed Bingo Night, City Cinemas and More.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Get your boots ready for an action-packed quest through the Wild West in the month of April with the City of Santa Clarita! Saddle up for Bingo Night, a drive-in movie at City Cinemas and trivia that is sure to stump even the toughest of cowboys and cowgirls.
Begin your journey with Bingo Night on Thursday, April 1, at 6:00 p.m. Participate in four rounds of Bingo hosted via Zoom by the City’s Arts and Events division. Each lucky winner will receive a gift card to a local business. Learn more and sign up by visiting Facebook.com/CityofSantaClaritaEvents – you do not need a Facebook account to access this page or register for Bingo Night.
Be sure to also visit The MAIN’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/TheMainNewhall) on April 1, at 7:00 p.m. to join the Western-themed 10 by 10 Variety Night. This event will feature 10 individuals or groups performing for 10 minutes with acts sure to get you up and doing the cowboy boogie. You don’t want to miss out on a set by Cowboy Festival fan-favorite The Messick Family and so much more.
Get packed into the stagecoach for City Cinemas, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, for two screenings of “Tombstone” (1993). This adrenaline-fueled film is rated R, and will be shown on Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the East Walker Ranch Open Space. Visit the City of Santa Clarita Events page on Facebook to get your tickets before they’re all gone.
On Tuesday, April 20, at 6:00 p.m., join Western Trivia Night on the City of Santa Clarita Events Facebook page. Go head-to-head against other residents to test your knowledge of music, films, the Walk of Western Stars and more. The trivia winners will receive a marvelous prize!
End the month with Food Sessions on Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. hosted by The MAIN on Facebook. Get your BBQ grill ready and learn top-notch tips on how to make Cowboy Caviar, mouthwatering chili and other dishes.
All events can be found by visiting the City of Santa Clarita’s Facebook page. To learn more about virtual events in Santa Clarita, please contact the City’s Arts and Events division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valencia, California —Six Flags Magic Mountain announced plans to reopen the park to members and passholders on April 1 and 2, and to the general public on April 3, 2021. In accordance with state reopening guidelines for theme parks, Six Flags Magic Mountain will operate at reduced attendance levels utilizing a new reservation system. The park is also implementing extensive safety measures including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. The plan, developed in consultation with infectious disease experts, sets standards for executing at the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing protocols. These procedures will be adjusted on an as-needed basis to ensure compliance with state and county recommendations.
“Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, and we are excited to get our park open and our world-class collection of coasters running again”, said Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Park President Don McCoy. “Our team is eager to return to work and entertain our guests in a safe environment, providing the much-needed fun and escape we have all missed this past year. I am also looking forward to seeing guests come out and experience West Coast Racers, our newest racing coaster that was only open briefly in 2020.”
Los Angeles County will continue to operate a COVID-19 vaccination site in Six Flags Magic Mountain’s parking lot. The park’s reopening date is subject to change based on local, state, and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Detailed reopening plans include:
Park Reservations System to Control Capacity Six Flags Magic Mountain has established attendance caps that are in accordance with current state guidelines to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at www.sixflags.com/reserve. Guests single day tickets will be able to reserve during the purchase process.
Protocols for the safe operation of rides • Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all ride queue lines; • Handrails, ride units, and restraints will be regularly sanitized throughout the day; • Riders on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions will be physically distanced in accordance with state guidelines; and • Masks must remain on while experiencing a ride or attraction.
Health Screenings for Guests and Team Members • Contactless IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry; • Advanced security screening technology will allow for touchless bag checks; • Individuals will be required to acknowledge and abide by the company’s health policies, which prohibits park entry if guests have recently been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; • Following CDC guidelines, all guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit/work day; and • Disposable masks will be available at Guest Relations, and reusable masks will be available for purchase at in-park retail locations.
Strictly Enforced Social Distancing • Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all park entry, restroom, retail locations, and ride and dining queue lines; • Dining areas have been adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties; • Viewing areas are marked for guests to observe animal exhibits as well as game play, and arcade games have been reconfigured or deactivated to comply with social distancing requirements; and • Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by a minimum of six feet.
Extensive Sanitization and Disinfecting Protocols • Trained and dedicated cleaning teams have been put in place; • Increased sanitization and disinfecting of high touch points including all public seating, tabletops, counters, handrails, doors, and trash cans will occur frequently; • Restroom staff will be available to disinfect each stall and sink area on a frequent basis; • Multiple alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park; and • All work areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected.
Sanitized Food Preparation and Service • Modified menus and implementation of mobile food ordering will help facilitate touchless transactions; • Self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food; • Condiments, self-serve cutlery, and napkins will be provided to guests with their meals as required; and
• Attendants will serve beverages, and guests will receive drink bottle refills in a paper cup each time they refill.
Commercial-Grade Cleaning Equipment and Supplies • All employees will be issued Team Member Action Packs which will include: two reusable face masks, safety glasses, and disposable gloves; • Low pressure backpack sprayers will be utilized for disinfecting large areas; • Abundant supplies of sanitizers and disinfectants will be available; • Microfiber cloths will be used to sanitize surfaces; and • Queue line supplies, fencing, and tents will be in place to promote safe social distancing.
Multi-Layered Guest and Team Member Communication • Frontline team members will go through extensive COVID-19 training; • Safety messaging and reminders will be communicated on Six Flags’ website, newsletters, and in-park announcements; • Distance markers and physical distance indicators will be in place; and • Informational safety signage will be posted throughout the park.
Virtual Hiring Fairs As one of the largest seasonal employers in the country, Six Flags Magic Mountain is currently hiring team members for the 2021 season. The safety of park guests and employees is always the company’s top priority, and applicants may now apply for jobs in a virtual and contact-free environment.
About Six Flags Magic Mountain Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the Thrill Capital of the World, is home to more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions, including world-class roller coasters like West Coast Racers, Twisted Colossus, Full Throttle, and X2.
Select Dates, 12pm – 7pm Come enjoy Taste of Universal, an all-new separately ticketed, limited-time event that serves up a day of shopping and outdoor dining throughout the Upper Lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. Savor the flavors of exceptional food from the restaurants of some of your favorite lands.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
All New – Minion Cafe
Hollywood and Dine
NEW! We are excited that the Jurassic Café restaurant, Jurassic Outfitters retail location and Transformers characters will join the event starting Friday, March 26
Enjoy an outdoor feast of great food and tasty beverages plus photo ops and shopping offers.
Your ticket includes your choice of 5 menu items (3 items for kids) from an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, beverages and desserts. Additional items are available a la carte for a separate price.
Tickets available online only.
Adults: $44.00($48.18 with tax) – THU $49.00($53.66 with tax) – FRI $54.00($59.13 with tax) – SAT/SUN
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Fun For Every Flavor
Stroll across the Upper Lot and treat yourself to your traditional favorites or experience our newest recipes from our expert culinary team. Vegan and vegetarian options available.
As you stroll through the Park, prepare yourself for a hard decision. Which items will you choose? Each of our lands offers something unique with all-outdoor dining. Your ticket will include your choice of any 5 menu items* (3 for kids), with many of your favorites to choose from.
*Menu selections vary by locations and subject to change without notice. Additional menu selections can be purchased at menu pricing (alcoholic beverages will only be available for purchase in the same transaction as a designated meal item). Click here menu details and restrictions.
Plus so many more options to enjoy, including refreshing Squishees
Springfield, U.S.A. — Home of The Simpsons
Krusty Burger – Krusty Burger
Chili Cheese Fries – Krusty Burger
Mother Nature Burger – Krusty Burger
The Big Pink – Lard Lad Donuts
Chocolate Sprinkle – Lard Lad Donuts
Plus so many more options to enjoy, including refreshing Squishees
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Oscars® show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh today announced 14 key members of the production team for the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Rob Paine has been associated with the Oscars telecast for more than 20 years and returns as supervising producer. Paine has more than 200 television events to his name and has earned eight Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, a Daytime Emmy Award nomination and a Peabody Award. His credits include “Celebrating America,” “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,” 12 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, “The Kennedy Center Honors” and the “Primetime Emmy Awards.”
Co-producer Jeannae Rouzan-Clay joins the Oscars production team for the first time. She is a writer and producer, and the Vice President of Specials for Jesse Collins Entertainment. For more than 15 years, Rouzan-Clay has been at the helm of multiple television shows for major networks and streaming platforms including CBS, BET, VH1, Nickelodeon and Netflix. An NAACP Image Award®-winning producer, her work includes such award shows as “BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” “BET Honors,” “ABFF Honors” and “Soul Train Awards”; such specials as “Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd,” “The 14th Annual Stand Up for Heroes,” “The All-Star Nickmas Special,” “Leslie Jones: Time Machine,” “Dear Mama,” “Def Comedy Jam 25” and “BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration”; and the competition series “Sunday Best.”
Co-producer Dionne Harmon joins the Oscars production team for the first time. She is the Executive Vice President of Content & Strategy at Jesse Collins Entertainment, where she oversees development and production of unscripted and scripted content. A four-time NAACP Image Award winner, Harmon has produced tentpoles and specials including “A Grammy Salute to the Sounds of Change,” “Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd,” “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero,” “BET Awards,” “BET Hip Hop Awards,” “Soul Train Awards” and “BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration,” as well as the comedy specials “Leslie Jones: Time Machine” and “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’” and the competition shows “Rhythm + Flow” and “Nashville Squares.” On the scripted side, Harmon’s credits include the BET miniseries “The Bobby Brown Story” and the series “American Soul.”
Co-producer Raj Kapoor joins the Oscars for the fifth consecutive year, overseeing screen content and performances. His recent credits include the “The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!,” “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” “Grammy Awards®,” “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Latin Grammys,” “The E! People’s Choice Awards,” “Stand Up to Cancer” and several “The Disney Family Singalong” specials. Kapoor has mounted numerous large-scale international tours for Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, One Republic, “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, Juanes, Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.
Taryn Hurd rejoins the Oscars for the eighth consecutive year as talent producer. She also has served as talent producer on the past six Governors Awards ceremonies along with numerous television variety specials and award shows.
Amberia Allen returns as a writer for the Oscars for the second consecutive year. She has been a writer for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “The Last O.G.,” and has written for numerous live awards shows and variety specials, including “Golden Globe Awards,” “Primetime Emmy Awards” and “The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.” In addition, Allen holds a PhD in Sociology from UCLA and has co-authored the annual UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report.
odney Barnes returns to the Oscars production team as a writer. A writer and producer, he is currently executive producer for an untitled HBO series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, and showrunner, writer and creator of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” for HBO Max. Barnes has penned Marvel Comics’ “The Falcon,” Marvel/Lucasfilm’s “Lando: Double or Nothing” and “Quincredible” for the Lion Forge imprint. Other credits include “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” “The Boondocks” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”
dream hampton joins the Oscars production team as a writer. An award-winning filmmaker and writer, her most recent works include the feature documentary “Treasure,” the HBO documentary “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It,” the BET documentary series “Finding Justice” and Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated “Surviving R. Kelly,” which broke ratings records and earned a Peabody Award. hampton was named to the 2019 TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world.
Richard LaGravenese is a first-time writer for the Oscars show. A film and television writer, director and producer, he earned an Oscar® nomination for his original screenplay for “The Fisher King.” His other writing credits include “Unbroken,” “Water for Elephants,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Beloved,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Little Princess” and “The Ref.” He wrote and directed such films as “The Last Five Years,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers,” the “Pigalle” segment in “Paris, Je T’Aime,” and “Living Out Loud.” His television credits include “Behind the Candelabra,” for which he received an Emmy nomination; the Emmy-nominated documentary “A Decade under the Influence” and the legal series “The Divide.”
Head writer Jon Macks returns for his 24th Oscars telecast. He has been honored with eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including three for the Oscars telecast. In addition to his work on the Oscars, Macks wrote for 22 years on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and writes for Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Martin Short, Helen Mirren and Michael Douglas. In the past year, he wrote for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, provided debate prep for President Biden and was one of two writers on the “Celebrating America” Inaugural Night special.
Drummer, DJ, producer, author and founding member of hip hop group The Roots, Questlove joins the Oscars production team as the show’s musical director. He is the musical director for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” for which The Roots serves as the house band. A five-time Grammy Award® winner, Questlove has held musical directing positions with such artists as D’Angelo, Eminem and Jay-Z. He executive-produced the documentary series “Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America” through his production company Two One Five Entertainment and will next direct a documentary about Sly Stone. He made his directorial debut with the feature documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary. Questlove is an Academy member and has performed on the Oscars previously.
Production designer David Rockwell returns to the Oscars team. He previously served as production designer for the 81st and 82nd Oscars, the latter earning him a Primetime Emmy Award. Rockwell is the founder and president of Rockwell Group, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation. He has designed sets for more than 60 theatrical productions, both on and off-Broadway, including “She Loves Me,” for which he earned a Tony Award®, “Kinky Boots” and “Hairspray.” Rockwell’s current work includes The Perelman, a new arts center in New York (Restaurant and Lobby Interior Architect); Nobu hotels and restaurants worldwide; 1 Hotel Toronto; Smithsonian “FUTURES,” an exhibition celebrating the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary; and Drama, a new book exploring architecture and theater published by Phaidon in May. Honors include the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum and the Presidential Design Award.
Lighting designer Robert Dickinson returns for his 32nd Oscars show. He has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, including three for Oscars telecasts. Additionally, Dickinson has been honored with two Daytime Emmy Awards. His credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Grammy Awards,” “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Tony Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards” and “Academy of Country Music Awards”; Olympics ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Athens and Vancouver; the ceremonies of the European Games in Baku; and the specials “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!”
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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