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The Santa Clarita Public Library Invites Residents to Enjoy “Trail Tales.”

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Ready for a walking literary adventure? The Santa Clarita Public Library has launched “Trail Tales” in Duane R. Harte Park (26401 Riverrock Way)! Visitors to the park will have the opportunity to enjoy a short story as they stroll along the paseo. Join the Library in celebrating this exciting new park amenity on Thursday, October 21, at 9:30 a.m. near the River Village Park Trail of Duane R. Harte Park.


“Trail Tales” features 11 podiums along the River Village Park Trail at Duane R. Harte Park, with pages of a short story displayed on each podium. The first featured story stars our City mascot, Sammy Clarita, in the book Sammy Stories Volume 2: Sammy Gets To Work. The Library hopes to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle and literary exploration with this new park opportunity.

The Library is excited to host a special Thursday in the Park event to help welcome “Trail Tales” to the Santa Clarita community on October 21. In the featured short story, Sammy Clarita attempts to work various jobs throughout the City in an effort to figure out his future career. The book shows the different roles Sammy tries out, but in the end, only one suits him best.

Attendees of all ages are welcome to join in on this fun event. Children will have the opportunity to learn about and even try their hand at various City positions, just like Sammy. At the end of the story, children will also have the chance to attend storytime with a librarian!

For any questions regarding “Trail Tales,” please contact Senior Librarian Liza Purdy at lpurdy@santa-clarita.com. To learn more about upcoming library events with the Santa Clarita Public Library, please visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

PIERA – A Breath of Fresh Air, catapulting audiences into another dimension. 

Written By Jodi Jackson

Los Angeles, Calif.- Santa Clarita, Calif. – A breathe of fresh air, that is what the Synth Pop Duo PIERA brings to the stage. With their voluminous otherworldly soundscapes and Piera Klein’s mystical energy met with powerful and pure vocals and lyrics, the duo immersed the crowd in an ocean of ambient electronic sounds, catapulting the unsuspecting audience into another dimension. 

With much applause and fixation on the stage, PIERA held the room.

PIERA offers a welcomed alternative sound experience to the played-out music scene in Los Angeles, and around the world. PIERA has proven they can go head-to-head with the best of all the creative music legends. They pluck new and original inspirations from across the spectrum –80s, Psychedelic, Goth, Indie-rock, Punk and Synthpop — and everything between, capturing little nuances of retro music that seems to be reborn for the modern age. This show had all of the necessary ingredients to make their huge audience wanting more.

Opening for Oingo Boingo is a big responsibility, but PIERA showed up in a big way, capturing the audience and creating many new fans and followers, many of them coming to get a glimpse at their meet and greet and gushing over their new music crush. It’s a testament to how talented both members of PIERA truly are. 

PIERA performs live at The Canyon Santa Clarita, 10/8/21, Photos by Jodi Jackson 

Piera Klein and Micah Plissner, PIERA, Synth Pop duo, set to release “Cosmic Reaction” on college terrestrial radio and Spotify.

Both Micah and Piera are as individual as it gets, but somehow they manage to make it work, PIERA’S music is very distinctive, every song on the album is a singular masterpiece on it’s own. Micah says, “I think everything comes from the spiritual and manifests into the physical, including music. The more in touch you are with the spiritual side of yourself, the more your creativity will explode”.

About PIERA:

Singer/songwriter/producer, Piera Klein and songwriter/producer Micah Plissner aka PIERA have a blending of tone, pitch and composition in their music and vocals, that you just don’t hear every day. It is unique, special, puregenius. There’s a retro mystery experience that connects everything you feel about modern music in PIERA’S sound. Super fans are highly anticipating this next single, “Cosmic Reaction”, hit terrestrial college radio and Spotify, climbing significantly up the charts.

The self-titled album “PIERA” was co-written and produced by Micah and Piera, The single “Cosmic Reaction” – was released in May and quickly climbed up the triple A and College charts. The vision was to create an epic cosmic soundscape that would take the listener on a ride into another dimension, which was greatly achieved. Micah says, “It was originally inspired by psychedelic garage bands like Love, The Sonics, Sky Saxon, and The 13th Floor Elevators and somehow morphed into this. At the same time we wanted to showcase Piera as the interstellar mystic that she is. She definitely has a cosmic energy about her.”

Piera Klein vocals are haunting and pure, a cross between Sade, Terri Nunn, and Enya; but with a more sultry vibe. Piera Klein is also a passionate activist and plays a supportive leadership role in the Los Angeles based non-profit “Visionary Women”. 

Micah and Piera collaborated on the album in different ways, Piera says, “We are an executive committee of 2, requiring both of us to be in full agreement on each song in each stage of production. We both compose melodies, and write lyrics, as well as produce. One rule we have is that if one of us doesn’t like an idea in a song, it gets immediately scratched without an argument. We really trust one another’s instincts and it keeps us moving forward like lightning”. 

Both Micah and Piera are as individual as it gets, but somehow they manage to make it work, PIERA’S music is very distinctive, every song on the album is a singular masterpiece on it’s own. Micah says, “I think everything comes from the spiritual and manifests into the physical, including music. The more in touch you are with the spiritual side of yourself, the more your creativity will explode”.

PIERA is breaking all the rules; with their lyrics you get a snapshot into their private lives, these super sleuths are investigating life and the pursuit of happiness, in a new, unusual way. Piera Klein says, “By following our inner guide, having patience, being willing to learn and grow, and ultimately being unafraid to pursue our true inspirations regardless of what’s trendy at the moment”. 

80’s, Alternative, Dark Synth, Avant-Garde, Rock, Art House, EDM, all good descriptions of PIERA’S music, what ever you want to call it, PIERA is carving out a niche for their own breed of music; with many accomplishments they are well on they’re way to becoming a household name.

PIERA:

www.PIERAMUSIC.net

Facebook @theofficialpiera

Instagram @piera.music

theoffice@pieramusic.net

Cosmic Reaction – An Experimental Psychedelic Art Collage Video:

(About The Video – In 2018 PIERA went to Puerto Rico to film their video for Cosmic Reaction, some was also filmed in Joshua Tree, and some in and around the Los Angeles area. The entire PIERA album is very cosmic and mystical and sparked a desire in Klein to showcase her character/avatar waking up in different worlds – each environment in high contrast to the next, from the Puerto Rican Jungle of El Yunque to the high California desert, and back home to the rolling hills of Echo Park. The experimental psychedelic art collage was a true collaboration between friends, Piera, her best friend Adrian Arredondo, and Micah Plissner.) 

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” – the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi Classic, opens in movie theaters October 22, 2021.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestselling book. The 2021 rendition stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present “Dune”.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” – the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi Classic, opens in movie theaters October 22, 2021. (Warner Bros)

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Regal Edwards Valencia & IMAX

24435 Town Center Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91355IMAX

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Digital 3D

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City of Santa Clarita Receives Nationally Acclaimed Finance Award for the 27th Consecutive Year, plus the City of Santa Clarita Selected as Top Ten Finalist for the “Most Business-Friendly City” Award.

City of Santa Clarita Receives Nationally Acclaimed Finance Award.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – For the 27th year in a row, the City of Santa Clarita has received an Investment Policy Certificate of Excellence Award from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada for its Investment Policy. The City is being recognized for its Fiscal Year 2021-22 Investment Policy due to its success in developing a comprehensive written investment policy.

In order to receive certification, investment policies must be carefully reviewed by the association’s Investment Policy Certification Committee.

The committee is comprised of 15 public and private sector volunteers from across North America. For a policy to receive certification it must be approved by all reviewers on 18 areas spelled out in the Model Investment Policy.

This policy includes elements the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada deems essential to a written investment policy such as policy, scope, delegation of authority, ethics and conflicts of interest.

For more information about the Investment Policy Certificate of Excellence Award, please contact Brittany Houston of the City’s Finance division at bhouston@santa-clarita.com or by phone at (661) 255-4996.

City of Santa Clarita Selected as Top Ten Finalist for the “Most Business-Friendly City” Award.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is honored to once again be named as a 2021 finalist for the prestigious award of “Most Business-Friendly City” by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
            Santa Clarita is one of ten cities selected throughout Los Angeles County as a finalist for the 2021 award. This year’s award finalists are being recognized for prioritizing and supporting business recovery, reinvention, growth and hiring throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Santa Clarita was selected due to the innovative programs offered throughout the pandemic to support our businesses. Some of these include the Small Business Grant Program and the Shop/Eat Local campaign. Santa Clarita also saw many new businesses come to the City over the last two years and kept the Permit Center open throughout the restrictions to ensure that projects could continue.

            “This is a testament of the continuous hard work from the City and our partners, including the SCVEDC, Chamber of Commerce and VIA in supporting the businesses that add to the quality of life in Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Bill Miranda. “I am grateful to the LAEDC for recognizing the resilience of the businesses, employees and residents in our community with this selection.”
            “Congratulations to the City of Santa Clarita for again being nominated as the most business-friendly city in LA County. Your partnership with SCVEDC is critical to attracting new businesses to the region and ensuring a strong, diverse economy for our future,” added Holly Schroeder, President and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation.
            The City of Santa Clarita will be recognized with other finalists on Wednesday, November 10 at the LAEDC’s Eddy Awards in SoFi Stadium. To learn more about the “Most-Business Friendly City” award, please visit laedc.org/eddy-awards/most-business-friendly-city/.

Super Synth Duo PIERA Opening for Super Dance Band Oingo Boingo on OCTOBER 8, 2021 7PM at The Canyon Santa Clarita.

Music Notes

Hollywood, Calif. – Super Synth Duo will be opening for the 80’s dance sensation band Oingo Boingo at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA. PIERA.  L.A.’s rising super synth pop duo, following a string of exhilarating post pandemic shows, the modern-mystical, Super Synth Duo, PIERA, will be bringing an audiophile’s feast for the senses with their signature beat-driven cosmic synth-soundscapes combined with Piera Klein’s powerful, entrancing vocal styling’s and alluring stage presence.

PIERA just came off from 4 stellar shows, opening for 80s iconic synth group, Berlin, on August 7th in Montclair, and The Untouchables and Bow Wow Wow on September 3rd in Santa Clarita (both at The Canyon nightclubs in SoCal), and on September 10th headlining at The Silverlake Lounge, and was just part at the iconic Punk Museum founder, Tequila Mockingbird’s “Sunday Club”, at the Oracle Tavern in Downtown Los Angeles on September 26 as part of her annual Dada Bauhaus Masquerade Ball.

Almost instantaneously, PIERA has carved their own niche and established themself as one of LA’s most promising pioneering new acts to watch. They are cultivating a new sound blending psychedelic, indie-synthpop, krautrock, Avant Garde, and industrial pop. With a seemingly miraculous trajectory, the overwhelmingly positive press response to release of their new their new music video “Unraveling” filmed in quarantine, and with only a few shows under their belts,

PIERA is captivating new audiences in the post-pandemic era. Within a few short months PIERA has been featured in numerous press outlets including the award-winning California Rockerand favorably compared to singer Terri Nunn, as well as seen on the cover of Arts & Entertainment section of DTLA News, in addition to many articles and blogs such as Strutter’Zine, Future Producers, Sonic Scoop, Music-News, Music Connection Magazine, and many more. Coming soon PIERA will have a special feature in Music Connection Magazine and on the Artistic Voice podcast. PIERA has already been picked up by the airwaves broadcasting nationally on more than 50 college radio stations in recent months, in addition to building a global streaming audience reaching into Europe, South America and the UK. PIERA will be doing some incredible shows for the rest of this year, The Motels at The Oxnard Performing Arts Center on October 30th, and A Flock of Seagulls at The Canyon in Agoura on December 10th. It’s apparent that PIERA is on some sort of meteoric rise.

Now is the time for PIERA, come be part of this phenomenon.

(About The Video – In 2018 PIERA went to Puerto Rico to film their video for Cosmic Reaction, some was also filmed in Joshua Tree, and some in and around the Los Angeles area. The entire PIERA album is very cosmic and mystical and sparked a desire in Klein to showcase her character/avatar waking up in different worlds – each environment in high contrast to the next, from the Puerto Rican Jungle of El Yunque to the high California desert, and back home to the rolling hills of Echo Park. The experimental psychedelic art collage was a true collaboration between friends, Piera, her best friend Adrian Arredondo, and Micah Plissner.)

Painting with a Twist at Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall presents Comedy & Cocktails, Sept. 30, 2021.

COMEDY & COCKTAILS

Valencia, Calif. – Are you ready for a night of laughter, fun and drinks? Then this is the event for you and your friends! Seats are limited. $15 cover price and a 2 drink minimum required per guest.

Please welcome Jason Love, one of today’s hardest-working comedians who has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent, and Dry Bar Comedy. Jason will kick off the nights event with 30-40 minutes of comedy while you enjoy food and drinks available for purchase at the bar…

IF that were not enough, we will end the evening with Comedian Don Friesen, a 2 time winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. His kids think he’s fun. His wife thinks he’s an idiot. Audiences think he’s hilarious! Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around.

This is a comedy act you don’t want to miss!

Click here to purchase tickets or call Painting with a Twist at (661) 414 – 6454.

https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/santa-clarita/event/2843319/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Santa Clarita – 10 by 10″ Variety Night is Back at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall.

The Community-Favorite Variety Show Returns to its Original In-Person Format on September 2!

The City of Santa Clarita is excited to welcome back “10 by 10” Variety Night at The MAIN (24266 Main Street) on Thursday, September 2! The free event begins at 7:00 p.m. Attendees can learn more by visiting Facebook.com/TheMAINNewhall.


            For the first time since the onset of pandemic closures in March 2020, ten performers will each step onto The MAIN’s stage for a ten-minute act of their choosing. Some of the noteworthy performers featured in the September 2 show include comedian and former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Marty Ross, world-class juggler Ivan Pecel and award-winning storyteller Christine Blackburn.


            Over the past year, “10 by 10” has been hosted in a virtual format on the first Thursday of each month. The City is thrilled to safely have audience members back in person for an evening of entertainment and laughs at the intimate venue.


            Learn more about “10 by 10” Variety Night by following The MAIN on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheMAINNewhall. For questions about The MAIN and all upcoming events, please contact Arts Supervisor Jeff Barber at jbarber@santa-clarita.com.

“The Old Maid & The Thief” and “The Telephone” Presented by Mission Opera, Sept. 10-12, 2021 at The Main in Newhall.

Mission Opera will present two short made-for-TV operas by Gian Carlo Menotti as their season opener on Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 at The MAIN in Newhall. The Old Maid & The Thief will be sung in English with Spanish subtitles and will feature a special guest, Rich Capparela, while El Teléfono (known as “The Telephone”) will be sung as a World Premiere in Spanish with English subtitles.

“The Telephone” premiered 74 years ago in New York City. It was originally a short opener for “The Medium” and both ran on Broadway for a short period in 1947. It revolves around a young GI who has been drafted but wants to propose to his girlfriend before going to service. He is nervous but quickly gets upset when he cannot seem to get her off the phone long enough to pop the question.

“The Old Maid and the Thief” was originally created as a radio opera. It will be staged in chapters of small scenes with narration between as was presented at its premiere in 1939 on NBC Radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra playing. In this show, we find two women living together, vying for the attention of a man suspected of being an escaped convict. Both women go to absurd lengths to win his heart while keeping gossiping neighbors at bay.

$30.00 / $25 Seniors and Students

To purchase tickets visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-old-maid-the-thief-and-the-telephone-tickets-165379020101


Check out Santa Clarita’s newest multi-use arts center, The MAIN, located in the Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District. This theatre is a home for music, comedy, film, theatre, visual art, classes, workshops and meetings, and serves as the welcome center for visitors to Old Town Newhall.

Every month The MAIN offers an eclectic blend of shows that are both FREE, and affordably priced, that will entertain attendees of all ages. In addition to great shows, The MAIN is also a place to learn and grow through youth acting classes, artist discussions and workshops, and the rotating arts exhibit on the walls of the theatre lobby. For those searching for a venue to host an event, meeting, presentation, or film production, look no further than The MAIN for your rental needs.

There are so many great opportunities awaiting you at The MAIN. Take a stroll down Main Street in Old Town Newhall to experience what The MAIN has to offer.