Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning American music icon Jim Lauderdale to Release ‘Hope’ album on July 30.

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Los Angeles, Calif. – Jim Lauderdale, the song writer’s songwriter, for such notable artists as Vince Gill, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, George Strait, The Chicks, Gary Allen and Patty Loveless is releasing his newest album aptly titled, Hope.

The two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning American music icon Jim Lauderdale will release Hope via Yep Roc Records on July 30“The Opportunity To Help Somebody Through It,” the first single from the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s 34th album, is out today; listen here

The 13-track album features songs about hope, courage, and perseverance with wide-open arrangements reminiscent of 70s California folk-rock, and is a joyous musical tribute to the spirit of overcoming and healing.

“I wanted to get a musical message out there during this time of what we’ve all been going through, about the hope for better days ahead,” Lauderdale says. “If we can find any glimmers of hope, that really helps get you through another day.” From the encouraging and optimistic opening track “The Opportunity To Help Somebody Through It” to the frontline workers tribute of “Brave One” to “Breathe Real Slow,” a song inspired by Lauderdale’s devotion to tai chi and qigong, which “was really vital to me during this last year,” Lauderdale says, the album “speaks to these times we were going through.” 

Of note is “Memory,” one of the last songs Lauderdale wrote with his decades-long songwriting collaborator, the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. When he penned the lyrics, Hunter didn’t know how the song would act as a tribute to both him and all those lost in the past year. “Losing Robert…was so hard,” notes Lauderdale, “but he left the perfect lyric, to sum up my feelings about him and to honor all the people we’ve lost since.” 

The album’s cover and packaging feature paintings by Maureen Hunter, Robert’s wife. Hope was co-produced by Lauderdale and his longtime collaborator Jay Weaver and recorded at the fabled Blackbird Studios In Nashville with many of the tracks engineered by Blackbird Academy students. “That was a learning experience for me, too,” says Lauderdale. “I love the energy of working with such talented people just at the start of their careers. These kids are the future of our business.” 

Lauderdale was joined in-studio by musicians Chris Scruggs and Kenny Vaughan, Russ Pahl, Craig Smith, Will Van Horn, Micah Hulscher, Dave Racine, Pat Hubert, Wes L’Annglois, and sibling harmonies from Lillie Mae and Frank Rische.

Hope Tracklisting1, The Opportunity to Help Somebody Through It2. Sister Horizon3. The Brighter Side of Lonely4. Mushrooms Are Growing After the Rain5. Memory6. Breathe Real Slow7. Brave One8. Don’t You Dream Anymore?9. We Fade in We Fade Out10. It’s Almost More Than All the Joy11. Here’s to Hoping12. When Searching for Answers13. Joyful Noise   The album is now available for pre-order.

About Jim LauderdaleA two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, Jim Lauderdale is known as an A-list Nashville songwriter with a well-known eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles.

From the start of his career, Jim Lauderdale has been creating his own musical world. Too expansive, eclectic, and creatively curious to fit into any prescribed genre boxes, he innovated what is now called Americana music, long before there was a term for it. Everything about the man and his music is classic and timeless, but he’s a total original. The McCartney-esque melodies sung in his aching high lonesome tenor, the fiercely authentic bluegrass songs with mind-expanding psychedelic lyrics… nothing about Jim’s music can be reduced to a single influence, and no other songwriter would fuse these classic strains of tune-craft into such unexpected but immediately satisfying combinations.

It’s no wonder that artists from Willie Nelson to John Oates line up to collaborate with Jim, hoping to snare some of that Lauderdale magic. After all, his songs have helped sell millions of albums for artists like George Strait, the The Chicks (Formerly Dixie Chicks), Patty Loveless, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Donna the Buffalo, Solomon Burke, Old Crow Medicine Show, String Cheese Incident, John Mayall, Gary Allan, Vince Gill, and others. Classic songs like “King Of Broken Hearts,” “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me,” “Hole in My Head,” “Halfway Down,” “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This,” and many more have come from his pen.

For more information, please contact Lellie Capwell at Yep Roc Records, / 818-384-1180

City of Santa Clarita presents free concerts on Saturday nights from July 3 to August 28 with a variety of performers at Central Park starting with The PettyBreakers.

Concert Series at Central Park to Take Place in July and August

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, is scheduled to return this summer after a year off in 2020. Residents will enjoy a free concert on Saturday nights from July 3 to August 28 with a variety of performers at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

This year’s lineup features tributes to fan favorites like David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones. While some bands have wowed Santa Clarita audiences in the past, others are making their Concerts in the Park debut in 2021. Each show will begin at 7:00 p.m., allowing concertgoers to relax with family and friends as the sun sets on the Santa Clarita Valley. See the following for the full list of dates and performers:

  • July 3 — The PettyBreakers: A Tribute to Tom Petty
  • July 10 — Hollywood U2: A Tribute to U2
  • July 17 — AbbaFab: A Tribute to ABBA
  • July 24 — Space Oddity: A Tribute to David Bowie
  • July 31 — The Rising: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
  • August 7 – Non-City Event at Central Park
  • August 14 — Lao Tizer: Latin Jazz
  • August 21 — The WHO Invasion: A Tribute to the WHO
  • August 28 — Mick Adams and the Stones: A Tribute to The Rolling Stones

            For more information on the City of Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, please visit or email

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to Reopen May 15, 2021 Just in Time for Summer Time Fun!

VALENCIA, California — May 7, 2021 —Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, located next door to Six Flags Magic Mountain, announced plans to reopen the park to Members and Pass holders on May 15-16, and to the general public on May 22, 2021.

In accordance with state and county reopening guidelines for waterparks, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will operate at reduced attendance levels utilizing the company’s new reservation system.

“As warmer temperatures return this year, we are excited to offer guests a safe, outdoor environment for fun in the sun,” said Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor Park President Don McCoy. “Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a great place to enjoy some of the most thrilling water slide attractions in Southern California with friends and family.”

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 Hurricane Harbor 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 Guests who need 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 water slide lines;
• Handrails will be regularly sanitized throughout the day; and
• Masks must remain on except while experiencing a slide or water 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/workday (exceptions apply in pools and on waterpark attractions); 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 slide and dining queue lines; and
• Dining areas have been adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties;
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, deck chairs, life jackets, tubes, rafts,
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;
• 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;
• 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
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.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 27 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For nearly 60 years, Six Flags has entertained hundreds of millions of guests with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling
waterparks and unique attractions. Six Flags is committed to creating an inclusive environment that fully embraces the diversity of our team members and guests. For more information, visit

About Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Los Angeles located in Valencia, California

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a 22-acre waterpark located next door to Six Flags Magic Mountain, features over 1.5 million gallons of water in a tropically themed paradise. Enjoy two of the tallest full-enclosed speed slides in Southern California, a relaxing 1,300-foot river cruise, a wave pool, an interactive lagoon, and a splashy kid play area. The park operates seasonally May – September.

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Academy Museum Announces Details of Fanny’s Restaurant and Café.


LOS ANGELES, CA, May 3, 2021—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today revealed details of Fanny’s, the museum’s restaurant and café. The eatery is being developed by restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster and is supported by philanthropist Wendy Stark. Fanny’s striking two-story space in the Saban Building is designed by Commune Design. Wolfgang Puck Catering will oversee catering services at the museum, which opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

The late architect Osvaldo Maiozzi conceptualized the 10,000-square-foot space, with interior design by LA-based Commune Design. Commune’s design blends contemporary style with old Hollywood inspiration, as embodied by classic spaces like the Brown Derby and Perino’s, studio backlots, and the iconic 1939 Streamline Moderne architecture of the Saban Building, formerly a May Company department store.

Fanny’s dining area features a mix of small group and communal tables and has a prepared foods market that leads into the main dining room with an art deco-style bar and lounge area that is punctuated by a series of curved booths. The industrial architecture of the Renzo Piano building is complimented by warm natural materials, including maple wall paneling, marble, zinc, and leather and mohair upholstery. The space features the work of local artists and artisans including custom light fixtures by Atelier de Troupe and Pojagi-inspired sheer curtain panels by textile artist Adam Pogue. Los Angeles artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias has been commissioned to create a spectacular wraparound mural for the main dining room celebrating film and music legends from classical Hollywood to present day.

The restaurant is supported by a generous donation from Wendy Stark, and is named after her grandmother Fanny Brice, the legendary vaudeville, theater, radio, and film star portrayed by Barbra Streisand in her Oscar®-winning performance in Funny Girl (1968). Funny Girl was produced by Wendy’s father, producer Ray Stark, who was married to Fanny’s daughter, Frances Stark. Ray was presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1979.

Bill Kramer said, “As a museum dedicated to the art, history, and culture of the movies, we want to create spaces for discourse, reflection, and conversation. Our visitors will discover a full range of exceptional environments and experiences at the Academy Museum, including the opportunity to enjoy a meal or a drink at Fanny’s. We are deeply grateful to Wendy Stark for her generous support of this project and to Bill Chait, Carl Schuster, the team at Commune, and Konstantin Kakanias for their creativity and vision.”

Fanny’s will seat 250 guests and will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with brunch on the weekends. A magnificent private events facility and terrace seating 600 guests on the top floor of the museum also will be supported by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Further details about Fanny’s, including the Chef, Program Director, and reservations, will be announced at a later date.

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