ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY & UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES PRESENT PHOTOVILLE LA, April 26-28 and May 2-5 in Century City.

Free Pop-Up Photography Festival in Century City Will Feature Over 55 Exhibitions, Installations, Programs and Workshops in Spring 2019

LOS ANGELES, Calif. –To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Annenberg Space for Photography – the premier destination for photography in Los Angeles – is hosting Photoville LA, a huge outdoor extravaganza with more than 55 exhibits showcasing world-class photography, plus video projections, workshops, nighttime discussions and family-friendly activities. Photoville is the brainchild of United Photo Industries (UPI), co-founded by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos in Brooklyn, where the Photoville festival has hosted thousands of photographers and photography fans for nine days every fall for the last eight years.

ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTS PHOTOVILLE LA
The Largest Photographic Event in New York City is in Los Angeles, April 26-28 and May 2-5 for all ages.

Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA will run for two weekends: April 26-28 and May 2-5, 2019. It is open to all ages and is free of charge. Parking rates vary depending on the time and day but will always be under $5.00.

As they’ve done with Photoville’s original location in picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park, the UPI team will transform Century Park (adjacent to the Photo Space in Century City) into an immersive photography village, including multiple galleries made from repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and photographic banner installations.

Photoville LA’s exhibits will focus on the power of visual storytelling, showcasing images from across California, the country, and around the world. The festival gives photographers and photographic organizations the unparalleled opportunity for thousands of people – from the general public to industry professionals – to discover their work. It will also give Southern Californians a spectacular place to see, listen, and learn about photography. The festival also offers plenty of opportunities to eat and drink in the beautiful backyard of the Annenberg Space for Photography – where visitors will find Photoville LA’s famous community beer garden. Smorgasburg LA, known for its craft and unique style, will bring over 20 local food vendors to Century Park for the very first time on Saturday, April 27, and will feature a limited number of vendors on other days.

Working with more than 60 programming partners, Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA will feature groundbreaking work by more than 200 visual artists – including a retrospective of the work of internationally-renowned war photojournalist Lynsey Addario, acclaimed Mexican-American photographer Estevan Oriol’s lowriders, and for the first time in Los Angeles, East Side Storiesby photographer/social commentator Joseph Rodriguez.

Additional exhibits include California Sunday Magazine’s At Home: In the American West; the Los Angeles Times’ Photography Department’s California Calamities; For Freedoms artists David O. Alekhuogie, Muna Malik, Fumi Ishino, and Cassils, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles Center for Photography, and the premiere of Brian L. Franks’ Forced Displacement Across California.

In addition, the festival will offer exhibits featuring The New York Times, United Nations OCHA, Two Bit Circus, and nighttime programs featuring National Geographic, ESPNthe Los Angeles Times, among others. There will also be demonstrations and workshops by Leica Camera and Adobe Creative, plus aneducation day for hundreds of Los Angeles middle- and high-school students, panel discussions and talks, family-friendly photo activities, and curated tours.

“I’m thrilled to kick off the Annenberg Space for Photography’s 10thanniversary with Photoville LA,” said Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President, and CEO Wallis Annenberg. “When we opened our doors in Century City a decade ago, it was my hope that this would become the premier venue for photography in Los Angeles. And so it has. This is the place where world-class photographers and photography fans alike can gather and share their love for what is my own favorite art form. And now Photoville LA is the perfect expression of our goal: bringing people together to celebrate this art that is for everyone.”

In fact, immersion and interactivity are at the heart of Photoville’s success and popularity, and have made it the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide. Photoville NY welcomes more than 90,000 visitors over the course of its run each year, providing participating photographers with an unparalleled opportunity to have their work seen. No other museum, gallery, or festival presents work by such a wide range of photographic artists and photojournalists to so many people in so little time – for free.

“United Photo Industries is proud to bring the wondrous photo spirit and the extraordinary partners we have cultivated over the last eight years to the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles,” said Laura Roumanos, co-founder of UPI. “We are excited to celebrate their 10thanniversary, to celebrate the photo community of Los Angeles, and to be able to introduce talented artists from around the globe. This is a unique opportunity for us to discover a whole new group of local photographers, while also making these powerful visual stories from a diverse group of artists and organizations accessible to all Angelenos.”

UPI and the Annenberg Space for Photography will announce additional programming and partners as Photoville LA approaches. For more information, visit www.photoville.la. The hours of operation are as follows:

Friday, April 26th – 6pm -10pm

Exhibitions, Evening Programming featuring CONTACT HIGH photographers and artists & Smorgasburg Beer Garden open

Saturday, April 27th – 12pm-8pm

Exhibitions, Talks, Workshops, Evening Programming with National Geographic, and Large Smorgasburg Fair

Sunday, April 28th – 12pm-8pm

Exhibitions, Talks, Workshops & Smorgasburg Beer Garden open

Thursday, May 2nd – 4pm-8pm

Exhibitions and Smorgasburg Beer Garden open

Friday, May 3rd – 4pm-10pm

Exhibitions, Night Time Programming with Los Angeles Times & Smorgasburg Beer Garden open

Saturday, May 4th – 12pm-10pm

Exhibitions, Talks, Workshops, Evening

Programming with ESPN celebrating 10 years of the Body Issue & Smorgasburg Beer Garden open

Sunday, May 5th – 12pm-8pm

Exhibitions, Talks, Workshops & Smorgasburg Beer Garden open

The 55 exhibitions presented in shipping containers, outdoor photo cubes, banners, and interactive installations will include:

  • Of Love & War premieres award winning photographer Lynsey Addario’s breathtaking retrospective, comprising over 20 years documenting our complex world in all its inescapable chaos, conflict, and beauty.
  • The Mash Upis a series co-curated by iconic music photographer Janette Beckman and legendary street artist Cey Adams, an outdoor exhibition celebrating four West Coast artists – Mister Cartoon, Jules Muck, Maxx 242 and Jeff Soto– who “mash up,” paint, and remix Beckman’s old school hip-hop photos.
  • At Home: In the American West is an extension of California Sunday Magazine’s December 2018 issue, featuring work from 20 emerging and established photographers exploring the theme of ”home” across the American West. This will be the first time these stories will be exhibited in California as a multimedia and photography exhibition.
  • California Calamities: A State of Emergency will feature visual stories from the Los Angeles Times’ staff photographers who capture how nature, global warming, and development are clashing  in deadly and destructive ways.
  • Katie’s New Face presented by National Geographic and featuring Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson, takes viewers inside the groundbreaking face transplant that gave a young woman a second chance at life.
  • ESPN BODY ISSUE explores 10 years of iconic images, all dedicated to the power of the athletic form.
  • Soul R&B Funk Photographs 1972-1982 is presented by the Lucie Foundation as an official program from Month of Photography Los Angeles and explores R&B and soul music as seen through the lens of the iconic Bruce Talamon as a young African American photographer at the start of his career.
  • The New York Times’ This is 18 aims to capture what life is like for 18-year-old girls across oceans and cultures. The project was shot entirely by other young women, ages 17 to 22. Curated by Jessica Bennett and Sandra Stevenson, this exhibition mark its United States premier.
  • Past Tense: California is the first project from the archival storytelling project of The New York Times. As they digitize nearly 6 million photo prints from their files, which date back more than 100 years, the events and characters of the past are brought to life in the present moment.
  • Esta Soy Yo is a landmark retrospective of Las Fotos Project’s youth self-portraits created over the course of eight years, reflecting each girls’ individuality and photographic creativity.
  • Parallax presented by Authority Collective exhibits the work of Naima Green, Melinda James, Oriana Koren, Nancy M. Musunguzi, Charmaine Poh, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Tia Thompson, Ka-Man Tse, Brian Vu, Dana Washington, Justin J. Wee, Elizabeth Wirija, Salgu Wissmath – queer artists of color who are revisioning the lexicon that imagines the queer form, framing it as beautiful, strong, complex, and multi-faceted.
  • East Side Stories is the first exhibit in Los Angeles of photographs by Joseph Rodriguez that put a human face to gang members in Los Angeles, showing them in their homes and with their families over a span of 30 years.
  • Clubhouse Turn (2013-2016) by photographer Michele Asselin is the final documentation of Hollywood Park racetrack and the surrounding community, before the historic Los Angeles landmark was demolished.
  • Women & The American West is a collection of images by Women Photograph members: Sophia Nahli Allison, Louise Johns, Arlene Mejorado, Karoliina Paatos, Cara Romero, that shows the importance of women as champions and storytellers in the American West – a space where women were often excluded from or forced into the background.
  • Underground Chefs of South Central is a photographic exploration by Oriana Koren of the continuing contributions to American cuisine by Black people using a hyper-local focus on South Central, Los Angeles and five chefs who have harnessed the power of social media to run thriving food businesses.
  • Visual Communications: A Celebration of Community is a modular display of monochrome and color images from Visual Communication’s Asian Pacific Photographic Archive that celebrate the heritage, struggles, and achievements of the Asian Pacific American communities.
  • Between represents work by Venice Arts advanced photography students who have spent over a year working on intimate storytelling that explores such issues as coming out, the intersection of work and family life, and the trauma of domestic violence.
  • Set in the Streetfrom photographer Justin Bettmanconsists of elaborate interior set-pieces built and displayed in public places. After photographing these “rooms” outside, the sets are left up where passersby can shoot their own photos and share using the Instagram hashtag #SetintheStreet.
  • Freedom of Expression: Art Instruction in California Prisons presented by California Lawyers for the Artsfeatures photos by Peter Merts of California state prison inmates, both male and female, engaged in making art, including visual, performance, and literary forms.
  • EUSA from photographer Naomi Harris is a series of photos of American-themed places around Europe, and European-themed places in the United States. It is a reaction to the homogenization of European and American cultures and an examination of the results of globalization.
  • Welcome to the Circus presented by Two Bit Circus Foundation– featuring Shwalami, Greg Wilk, and Joshua Levy –showcases the future of fun by building experiences and fun games that get people playing together. The work presented will also feature absurd and satirical pieces of art.
  • OYAKO is a series of photographs of Japanese parents and childrenFeaturing the work of Bruce Osbornit explores how culture changes and adapts as it moves from one generation to the next.
  • Typecast is a satirical portrait series by Haruka Sakaguchi and Griselda San Martin that addresses cultural stereotypes perpetuated by the entertainment industry. The series is presented as a photo-cube exhibition and day portrait session inviting local actors to participate.
  • Photographic Greenhouse L.A. created by André Feliciano is a new photographic greenhouse where nature becomes the photographer and we become free to pose without being judged.
  • ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual Offerings presented byMFON: Women Photographers of the African Diasporengages photography as a practice that merges with attributes and religious traditions of Africa and its diaspora.
  • Undocumented showcases a decade of Getty Images Photojournalist John Moore’s work, photographing issues of undocumented immigration to the United States from Central America and Mexico.
  • Viewfinder: The Art & Craft of the Film offers a glimpse behind the scenes of motion picture sets from the archives of the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers.
  • Los Angeles Times’ 5 Photographers to Watch features the work of local talent nominated by the photography department of the Los Angeles TimesJessica PonsBear GuerraIsadora KosofskyStuart Palleyand Malike Sidibe.
  • Pit Bull Flower Power is a series of photographs by Sophie Gamand of shelter pit bulls wearing flower crowns. The project questions the way humans have abused pit bulls, aims at rebranding these misunderstood dogs, and helps find them homes.
  • There is Only One Paul R. Williams by Janna Ireland highlights the work of Paul R. Williams, a brilliant and prolific Black architect who made a name for himself in pre-Civil Rights Movement America.
  • Estevan Oriol’s This is LA takes a look at East L.A.’s near-spiritual car culture which becomes larger than life in his print photography.
  • For Freedoms is a platform that promotes greater participation in the arts and civil society. As advocates for inclusive civic participation they will showcase the work of Cassils, Fumi Ishino, David O. Alekhuogie, and Muna Malik.
  • The Palace Wild– conceptualized and photographed by Mimi Haddon (who has had unprecedented access to the Palace Costume archive) exhibits her collaboration with dancers and the historic costumes.
  • TRANSFORMATION: Water as Art is a project created by Roger Fishman intended to inspire and motivate us to protect water, the most valuable resource for life.

The Photoville LA evening programming consists of a series of multimedia events in the community beer garden that showcase traditional documentary storytelling, as well as eclectic performances, created in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, ESPN, National Geographic, and CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, currently on view at Annenberg Space for Photography.

Remaining true to the ethos of Photoville, a host of panel discussions and hands-on workshopson a wide variety of topics will be provided free of charge with a refundable deposit for those who attend.Photoville LA’sfree talks will feature some of the most innovative work and pressing issues in photography today from the Committee to Protect Journalists, The New York Times, For FreedomsMFON: Women Photographers of the African DiasporaMonth of Photography Los Angeles, AdobeLeicaJoseph Rodriguezand many more. The full programming and artist lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

Photoville’s Interactive Workshops and Activitieswill provide practical, skills-based instruction in some of photography’s most sought-after markets, led by some of the most talented working photographers in the industry. Workshop highlights include an exclusive family and youth workshop with Janette Beckman andCey Adamsbased on their celebrated Mash Up Series; a hands-on Dance and Costume Photography workshop with celebrated photographers Mimi Haddonand Aline Smithson; and a self-portrait workshop catered to local youth hosted by L.A.-based organization Las Fotos. All workshops are BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) and will meet for an introduction and presentation in the Photoville Workshop Area before heading out on a live, guided shooting session. A live presentation and demonstration space will also be provided by Adobe Lightroom; and Leica Camerawill conduct conversations, workshops, demonstrations, photo walks, and more.

Photoville LA will also be collaborating with local organizations and festivals, such as exhibiting local photographer Lluvia Higuera at Grand Park’s week-long spring arts experience, Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices.

The full schedule and programming details for talks, workshops, and activities will be announced soon.

Photoville LAwill feature a Student Education Day andProfessional Development Workshop for Teachers, created and produced by United Photo Industriesand with additional support by education partner PhotoWings. On Thursday, May 2, hundreds of public school students from across Los Angeles will converge on the park to experience the power of photography and interact with acclaimed curators and artists for an event dedicated solely to the students. In addition to tours, the students will attend panel discussions featuring youth photographers currently enrolled in photography programs with Las Fotos, Venice Arts,and the Los Angeles Center for Photography. On Saturday, May 4, educators who want to incorporate visual storytelling into their curriculum are invited to participate in a free one-day professional development workshop. UPI’s Teacher Professional Development workshop will blend teaching demonstrations with artist talks, and will culminate in a hands-on lesson planning session in collaboration with five Photoville LAfeatured photographers.

Annenberg Space For Photography Presents Photoville LAcreated and produced by United Photo Industries, appreciates the partnership of Smorgasburg, Leica Camera, Adobe, California Institute of the Arts: CalArts, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and DAS Design Works. We also value our community partners, including Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Grand Park.Additional support is provided by Epson, Digital Silver Imaging, Chromaluxe, Hahnemühle FineArt, Epilogue, Image Wizards, and Blazing Editions.

Premiering simultaneously at Annenberg Space for Photography, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hopcelebrates the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage. The exhibition is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets, and is based on the bestselling book of the same title. Before the book’s release, selections from CONTACT HIGH were featured at Photoville NY, which inspired the full debut exhibition at the Photo Space. CONTACT HIGHis curated by Vikki Tobak with Creative Direction from Fab 5 Freddy, and is produced in partnership with United Photo Industries.

About Annenberg Space for Photography

Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, creating a new paradigm in the world of photography.

Disneyland Resort Will Debut New Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, Coming to Disney California Adventure Park with a New ‘World of Color’ Spectacular.

Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash go on sale to Annual Passholders starting April 23, and to the general public beginning April 30

Separate-ticket party is offered on 20 select nights, while Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is celebrated daily at both parks from Sept. 6-Oct. 31

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Disneyland Resort is bringing a new event to guests of all ages this Halloween season with Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Partyat Disney California Adventure Park. This unforgettable night of Halloween fun is packed with exclusive new entertainment, from the new “World of Color” spectacular – “Villainous!,” to an interactive “Descendants”-inspired dance party, a stage show with Mickey Mouse, and a mysterious Disney villains walk-through experience. Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will add to the fun of Halloween time, celebrated throughout the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31.

This Halloween season, Disneyland Resort will debut the all-new Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party for guests of all ages at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. The separate-ticket event will feature new entertainment, including a new “World of Color” spectacular –“Villainous!,” an interactive “Descendants”-inspired dance party, a stage show with Mickey Mouse and a mysterious Disney villains walk-through experience. Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will take place on 20 select nights during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, running from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31. (Disneyland Resort)

At the new Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, Oogie Boogie (from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”) has cast his spell and he summons the Disney villains to scare up some thrilling surprises. All of Disney California Adventure takes on Halloween flair for the party, from special music and décor to character encounters, treat trails and new live entertainment experiences.

Oogie Boogie Bash, which takes the place of Mickey’s Halloween Party, will begin Sept. 17, for 20 select nights. The after-hours party treats guests to multiple new experiences that are fun for the entire family, including the new “World of Color” nighttime spectacular, “Villainous!,” a villain-themed walk-through experience at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, immersive treat trails featuring Disney villains, the DescenDance interactive dance party, and more. Adults and children are encouraged to dress in costume for the party as they trick-or-treat throughout Disney California Adventure for a scary good time. Guests may check Disneyland.com/HalloweenParty for Oogie Boogie Bash costume policy guidelines prior to their arrival.

Tickets for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party go on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa card holders on Tuesday, April 23. General public ticket sales begin Tuesday, April 30.

Highlights of the new separate-ticket event, Oogie Boogie Bash—A Disney Halloween Party, include:

  • The new “World of Color” show, “Villainous!,” exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash. In this nighttime spectacular, Oogie Boogie weaves a Halloween tale about a young girl (and all-new character) named Shelley Marie. In “Villainous!,” Shelley has a decision to make about her Halloween costume for this year, and finds herself wondering if she could really be as strong and unique as some of her favorite Disney characters. This twisted tale carries Shelley on an unforgettable journey, exploring the villainous side of Disney characters through fountains, lights, lasers, projections and special effects. “Villainous!” shows guests that, deep down, there’s a little villain in all of us.
  • A transformed Redwood Creek Challenge Trail becomes a wondrous and ethereal world of Disney villains unlike anything seen before. Redwood Creek will be completely transformed with lighting, projections, sounds and special effects, creating a dreamlike environment. This new experience unfolds in a series of scenes, each creating a hauntingly beautiful dream-space of color, sound, light and shadow, as stories emerge from the darkest night to create an enchanting world.
  • New and wonderfully wicked, fully immersive treat trails throughout Disney California Adventure, where guests may enjoy trick-or-treating under the watchful eyes of iconic characters such as Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” or even Oogie Boogie himself. Additional treat trails will feature oversized cauldrons full of treats for all guests at Oogie Boogie Bash.
  • The new DescenDance, a pulsing party in the Backlot area of Hollywood Land, inspired by the popular “Descendants” franchise from Disney Channel. Here, guests will find so many ways to be wicked. As the DescenDance begins, a spell is cast, summoning the greatest dance crew from the Isle of the Lost to throw down and lead everyone in moves that are set to the biggest hit songs from the “Descendants” movies. Once the DescenDance crew returns to their realm, the Backlot DJ continues to spin tunes that will make any “villain kid” proud, inviting everyone to step onto the dance floor into the night.
  • The guest-favorite “Frightfully Fun Parade,” which will come to Disney California Adventure park for the first time. The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow arrives on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade itself, carrying his flickering jack-o-lantern. He heralds the arrival of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse who lead the cavalcade of characters, including Jack Skellington and many mischievous Disney villains who are ready to stir up some trouble along the parade route.
  • The new Mickey’s Trick and Treat show, perfect for young guests, at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land. This new, interactive stage production invites guests of all ages to join Mickey Mouse and his pals as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party that include dancing, not-so-frightening scary-tales, and candy.
  • Character encounters with beloved Disney characters ­– and villains, too. Guests may be surprised at who they discover at this Halloween party, ready for photos and greetings.
  • New Halloween magic, which appears on the façade of Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street. Carthay Circle will be enchanted throughout the night as bats swarm, green energy pulses from within and spellbinding moments transform the iconic tower structure.
  • Entry to Disney California Adventure Park before the partyis included with an Oogie Boogie Bash ticket. The party begins at 6 p.m. PST and guests have the opportunity to play in Disney California Adventure for three hours before the party starts on Tuesday and Thursday nights (excluding Oct. 29 and Oct. 31) or four hours on Sunday nights, plus Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.

Tickets for the new Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Hallloween Party* may be purchased online at Disneyland.com/HalloweenParty, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4636. Guests may check the website for availability for the 20 nights: Tuesday, Sept. 17; Thursday, Sept. 19, Sunday, Sept. 22, Tuesday, Sept. 24; Thursday, Sept. 26; Sunday, Sept. 29, Tuesday, Oct. 1; Thursday, Oct. 3; Sunday, Oct. 6; Tuesday, Oct. 8; Thursday, Oct. 10; Sunday, Oct. 13; Tuesday, Oct. 15; Thursday, Oct. 17; Sunday, Oct. 20; Tuesday, Oct. 22; Thursday, Oct. 24; Sunday, Oct. 27; Tuesday, Oct. 29; and Thursday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply.

For more information and tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com/HalloweenParty. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice. Guests may visit the site for additional details.

*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 https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/parks/dress for restrictions. Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.

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

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR SETH MACFARLANE WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

he Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that entertainer Seth MacFarlane will be honored with the 2,661st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 23. PHOTO CREDIT: ART STREIBER

The event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
 

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that entertainer Seth MacFarlane will be honored with the 2,661st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 23, at 12:30 P.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6259 Hollywood Boulevard in front of 33 Taps.

 “Seth MacFarlane is a creative force. He has his finger on the pulse of many genres of the entertainment world and we are proud to honor him for his work in television, film, music and much more!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We’re excited to add a “Family Guy” to our Walk of Fame family,” added Martinez.

 Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be TBA.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Seth MacFarlane is a native of Kent, Connecticut. He studied animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. At 24, he became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series “Family Guy” aired on FOX. Currently celebrating its 20thanniversary, “Family Guy” has garnered MacFarlane numerous nominations and four Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance” and “Outstanding Music and Lyrics.”

In addition to “Family Guy,” MacFarlane serves as co-creator, executive producer and voice actor on “American Dad!,” which is currently airing its 14th season. He also executive produced the 21st century version of “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” for FOX and National Geographic. The show was seen by more than 135 million people worldwide and received 13 Emmy nominations. MacFarlane is currently executive producing the next installment of the series, “Cosmos: Possible Worlds.” MacFarlane recently created, executive produces and stars in the live-action, one-hour space adventure series, “The Orville,” which is set 400 years in the future and follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. The series, which MacFarlane produces under his Fuzzy Door banner, premiered in 2017 to over 14 million viewers across all platforms. The show premiered its second season in December 2018.

MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy film of all time, TED.  MacFarlane’s star is near the star of his co-star and fellow Walk of Famer Mark Wahlberg.  This buddy comedy starred Wahlberg and MacFarlane as the voice of the lovable foul-mouthed teddy bear.  The film made over $545 million worldwide and was co-written and produced by MacFarlane.

Due to its success and cult following, the highly anticipated sequel, TED 2, was released in 2015. In between both TED films, Universal released MacFarlane’s western-comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West”which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in with an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris. Up next for MacFarlane is Universal’s upcoming female ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending” starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer.

As an actor, MacFarlane voiced “Mike,” a small mouse with a big Sinatra-esque voice, in Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 animated musical family comedy “Sing”He also made an unrecognizable appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s heist film “Logan Lucky,”which was released in August 2017. MacFarlane recently wrapped Showtime’s upcoming eight-episode limited series “The Loudest Voice” about Fox News founder Roger Ailes. He will portray Brian Lewis, Fox News’ former public relations chief. The series, also starring Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller and Annabelle Wallis, is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book of a similar name, The Loudest Voice in the Room.   The show will premiere on June 30th of this year.

MacFarlane’s debut album of standards “Music is Better Than Words” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in 2011 and went on to receive four Grammy nominations, including “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.” His 2014 Christmas set, “Holiday for Swing,” also debuted at No. 1 and was followed by “No One Ever Tells You,” another iTunes chart topper, and “In Full Swing,” his first No.1 Traditional Jazz album, garnering him two more Grammy nominations. MacFarlane is gearing up to release his fifth album “Once In A While,” on April 26. The album is a collection of wistful, pensive songs that deal with longing, lost love and sadness infused with fond recollection and a hint of hope.  

MacFarlane created The Seth MacFarlane Foundation to focus his charitable efforts.  Through his foundation, MacFarlane continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, cancer research, The Human Rights Campaign, Oceana, the People of the American Way, Chrysalis, Perry’s Place and National Public Radio (NPR). Last year, in support of NPR’s mission to create a more informed public and strengthen democracy, MacFarlane made a $2 million donation to NPR and a $500,000 donation to Los Angeles’ NPR membership station, KPCC, the top news distribution for NPR content in Southern California.

          

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA AND RED CROSS TO HOST COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES ON APRIL 26.

Donors Can Give Blood at the Old Town Newhall Library or City Hall

Did you know one blood donation can potentially save up to three lives? The City and the American Red Cross invite residents to help someone in need this season, and donate blood at one of two City locations—the Old Town Newhall Library and City Hall—on Friday, April 26.

The first blood drive opportunity will be in Meeting Room 100 at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street. Donors can stop in between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Those interested in donating can register online using the sponsor code “NewhallLibrary” for the Old Town Newhall location.

The second opportunity to give blood will be in the Century Room at Santa Clarita City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. The blood drive at City Hall will last from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The sponsor code to register online for the City Hall location is “CityOfSantaClarita.”

Community members who would like to register for an appointment can visit redcrossblood.org, and use the respective sponsor codes. For questions regarding the April 26 blood drive events, please contact Amanda Santos at (661) 255-4923 or asantos@santa-clarita.com

GROWING TOGETHER” PARENT RESOURCE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR MAY 8 AT SANTA CLARITA CITY HALL, May 8, 2019.

Learn About Drugs, Safety and School Trends at Resource Fair and Panel Discussion

Santa Clarita, Calif. – In a world where children are exposed to many dangers, being informed is the best tool a parent can acquire. Parents play an important role in teaching children resiliency, refusal techniques and how to find the path to a healthy lifestyle. Hear from the experts about tendencies that inhibit a child’s healthy growth, and influence them to deviate from making the right choices at the “Growing Together” parent resource symposium on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The “Growing Together” parent resource symposium is a free event that is open to the public and will be held at City Hall (23920 Valencia Boulevard). The event is hosted by the City of Santa Clarita in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Attendees at the event, which is geared toward families with children in elementary school, will learn important information regarding Internet safety, drug trends and matters affecting their child’s interaction with others.

The evening will consist of a free resource fair for parents and their children in the Century Room (City Hall First Floor) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from a panel of experts featuring law enforcement, counseling professionals, educators and health advocates in the Council Chambers. Panelists invited to participate are:

·         Detective William Velek – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

·         Renee Marshall– College of the Canyons Chair of Early Childhood Education

·         Dr. Darrin Privett  – Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Doctor

·         Brenda Tumasone – San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center

The event will focus on providing information about trends in our community, tips for parents concerning Internet safety, advice from experts regarding the importance of communication to ensure a healthy development and behavior management. The panel will also respond to concerns and questions from attendees.

For more information about the “Growing Together” parent resource symposium, and efforts made to educate youth in Santa Clarita about living drug free, please visit DFYinSCV.com.

THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA EARTH ARBOR DAY FESTIVAL RETURNS APRIL 27 TO CENTRAL PARK.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s annual Earth Arbor Day Festival, presented by SCV Water, is making its much-anticipated return to Central Park on Saturday, April 27. This FREE festival, which focuses on protecting the environment, is held in conjunction with worldwide Earth Day and is combined with the KHTS Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show, Arts and Crafts Fair and Emergency Expo. Earth Arbor Day festival hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and the other events will continue on Sunday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Visitors can experience a fair like atmosphere with fun activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, exciting pig races, free giveaways and much more! The festival will also feature a great selection of food trucks and volunteer opportunities in addition to the City giving away 1000 one-gallon trees and 80 yards of mulch to participants on Saturday.

Presenting sponsor SCV Water has been instrumental in the success of this event, and continues to help reinforce the importance of environmental awareness.

“Earth Arbor Day is one of our favorite partnerships, and such an obvious fit for SCV Water. We hope people will visit our booth, and learn what they can do to save water and money at their home or business,” said Kathie Martin, Public Information Officer for SCV Water.

Additional details can be found at GreenSantaClarita.com/EarthArborDay and SantaClaritaHomeandGardenShow.com.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA RECEIVES AWARD FOR COLLEGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS.

CIWEA Names Santa Clarita an “Employer of the Year” for Internship Programs

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita has been recognized by the California Internship & Work Experience Association (CIWEA) as a 2019 Employer of the Year, an award bestowed upon employers that model exemplary internship and work experience programs. The City received its award at the organization’s annual conference on March 29, 2019, in Napa, California.

The City of Santa Clarita strives to provide high-caliber undergraduate and graduate students with meaningful work-based learning opportunities that expand students’ understanding of public service, integrate and diversify the organization and support succession planning efforts. The City offers paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as unpaid Career Technical Education (CTE) internships to earn college credit for those enrolled in a postsecondary institution or vocational/technical school. 

With highly-structured and meaningful work assignments, interns gain valuable professional experience and contribute to the City’s success in nearly every division, including the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Building and Safety, Arts and Events, Finance and Communications.

“City staff promote the idea of giving back by providing experiences that benefit the student, the college, the economy and the City as a whole,” said Gina M. Bogna, Dean of Career Services and Special Programs at College of the Canyons, in her nomination of the City for the award.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s internship opportunities, please contact the City’s Human Resources Division at (661) 284-1418.

JURASSIC WORLD’s Iconic Tyrannosaurus rex and Mosasaurus Invade Universal Studios Hollywood in Dynamic New Ad Campaign, It Just Got Real, as Anticipation Builds for the New Mega Attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Opening This Summer

Universal City, CA, April 17, 2019 – Pandemonium disrupts several elaborate film productions underway on Universal Studios’ bustling movie studio backlot, sending cast and crew running for their lives.

JURASSIC WORLD’s Iconic Tyrannosaurus rex and Mosasaurus Invade Universal Studios Hollywood in Dynamic New Ad Campaign, It Just Got Real, as Anticipation Builds for the New Mega Attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Opening This Summer

As panic and chaos ensue, the source is revealed:  JURASSIC WORLD’s unstoppable Tyrannosaurus rex tramples her way across sets and sound stages to ignite Universal Studios Hollywood’s new marketing campaign, It Just Got Real, in support of the theme park’s eagerly awaited mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” opening this summer.

Click here to watch the It Just Got Real spot.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD, on the day the Indominus rex escapes.

The exciting thrill ride will soar to new heights with the addition of several iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus that will mesmerize onlookers in her natural habitat from behind a three million gallon glass encased Aquarium Observatory tank.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” comes to life under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the JURASSIC WORLD films. In addition, there will be a fresh new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic JURASSIC WORLD gates, illuminated with billowing flames.

Engaging and interactive queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride will set the tone for the expedition ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering at just an arm’s length away from visitors.  Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey.  When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new ferocious dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.

Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most belovedVelociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD franchise, will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.

In addition, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will incorporate educational components within an inspired space where children of all ages can explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

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

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebookand follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA LAUNCHES EMERGENCY LOCATING SYSTEM MARKERS TO CITY TRAILS.

New Signs Help Trail Users Easily Convey Their Location During Emergencies

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Trail users in Santa Clarita will now be easier to find during emergencies – even in the City’s vast open space hiking areas – thanks to a new Emergency Locating System recently launched by the City of Santa Clarita. As part of the system, a total of 658 markers have been posted every 1/8 mile on all City trails, including bike paths and hiking trails.

A new Emergency Locating System recently launched by the City of Santa Clarita, as part of the system, a total of 658 markers have been posted every 1/8 mile on all City trails, including bike paths and hiking trails.

The trail markers provide a quick and easy way to convey a location during an emergency situation. Each marker displays a specific number which designates its location. These numbers correspond to a GIS map that first responders can use to locate the emergency. When a hiker or cyclist provides an emergency operator with the designated number, the operator will be able to pinpoint the location and know where to dispatch emergency personnel.

The City is constantly looking for ways to ensure the safety of its residents, and this new Emergency Locating System will cut down response times during emergency situations. After over a year and a half of planning and design, the system is now in place and ready to be used by residents and visitors who are out enjoying the City’s trails. 


For more information on the Emergency Locating System, visit santa-clarita.com/emergencylocator or email gis@santa-clarita.com.

Voodoo Doughnut CityWalk Easter Doughnuts Now Available at Universal City Walk.

Universal City, Calif. – Voodoo Doughnut CityWalk is celebrating Easter with some adorable doughnuts inspired by an Easter egg hunt. These delightful treats are available through April 21!

New Easter Doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

Easter Basket Doughnut – Plain cake doughnut topped with vanilla frosting and green coconut flake “grass”, with 3 chocolate eggs nestled in the center

Easter Egg Doughnut – Egg-shaped yeast doughnut filled with chocolate Bavarian cream and decorated in beautiful pastel colors

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com and www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudio,Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.