Go West, Santa Clarita, With Thursdays@Newhall
GO WEST, SANTA CLARITA, WITH THURSDAYS@NEWHALL!
Cowboy Roundup SENSES Block Party is the Highlight of April Events in Old Town Newhall
Saddle up your horse, steel or otherwise, and ride into Old Town Newhall for a wide selection of FREE Thursdays@Newhall events in April. On the calendar are the ever-popular 10 by 10 Variety Show, JAM Sessions, SENSES Block Party and Note by Note music night. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.
The month begins April 4 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), when 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 Variety Show from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join the students from School of Rock Santa Clarita, as they perform rock classics from Queen to Foo Fighters to Foreigner! Additional performances this month will include comedy from Samantha Hale, Eric Buss and Kazu; storytelling by Ruby Cooper; mentalism with Allen Gittelson; belly dancing by the Dunia Dancers; juggling by Ivan Pecel; and screenings of short films “All Hallows Eve” and “The Invaders.”
Get ready for the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival by learning new line dance steps at JAM Sessions on April 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center! Candy Sherwin will lead a night of lessons at the community center (22421 Market Street) and show you dance step sequences that will get everyone moving together as one. After the lesson, practice your new dance steps as you listen to the sounds of The Mary White Band! JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.
The always exciting SENSES Block Party takes over Main Street on April 18 with a Cowboy Roundup starting at 7:00 p.m. The Cowboy Roundup is the official after-party of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival! Rediscover the spirit of the Old West with music from Whiskey Tango, mechanical bull rides, line dancing, trick roping, gourmet food trucks, street performers and drinks from El Trocadero.
The same night, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Reality Optional: The Unhinged Wit of Phil Althouse.” The exhibit features digital work from the Los Angeles-based artist, who is fascinated by the challenge of telling a story and injecting humor and theatrical timing into a single still image. Attendees will get to explore the art work, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. The reception will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display from April 17 to May 1.
The Note by Note music night closes out the month and will take place inside The MAIN from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on April 25. Note by Note is a free night of music delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more! Featured performers in April include Glen Allan Britain, GRIT, Tracey Lee Nelson and Steven Kai Van Betten. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.
For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.
Santa Clarita is home to a flourishing arts scene featuring public art pieces and youth arts education programs. The City administers an arts grants program and provides information and assistance to artists and cultural organizations through the New Heights: Artist Development Workshop. There are four, live theaters in Santa Clarita which regularly educate, entertain and enrich our community through a diverse blend of professional, educational and community programming. From popular musicians and classic plays to art galleries and historic tours, you will find it all in Santa Clarita.
The City of Santa Clarita takes pride in utilizing exhibition spaces to share the talented work of local art organizations, independent artists, and nationally recognized artists. Art galleries enrich our community by bringing new visitors to local exhibit spaces to experience art.
The City of Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission is proud to present the New Heights: Artist Development Workshops, which is designed to assist artists, performers, and arts organization representatives to expand their knowledge and to learn valuable tools to increase their ability to be successful. The series comprises workshops, panel discussions, and art trips that are designed to engage creative individuals, no matter what level of experience.
Public Art is a tool to add to the personality of a community, while also encouraging creative expression and discussion. Many of the Public Art projects are an opportunity for the community to be a part of the construction of the pieces, thus creating truly "public" art.
The City of Santa Clarita is committed to increase opportunities for students in the Santa Clarita Valley to participate in and be exposed to high quality arts experiences, while also increasing the awareness of the value the arts add to the community.