Avoid red shells and banana peels as you navigate your way through a month of free Thursdays@Newhall events in Old Town Newhall in May, featuring the Super Nintendo SENSES Block Party.
Each week, take advantage of opportunities for fun and entertainment with offerings such as the 10 by 10 Variety Show, JAM Sessions 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 opens May 2 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 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hear Lang Parker, winner of California’s Funniest Female contest, as she shares stories of her experiences as a television, film and commercial actress. Additional performers in May include storytelling by Mary Margaret Martinez, Dylan Brody and Vicki Juditz; music by Robert Matter and Mark Christian; magic by Glendalf; comedy by Copper Spaniel Improv and Jeff Johnson; and a screening of the short film “PETA PAN,” written and directed by Mathilde Dratwa.
JAM Sessions is next on the schedule and will take place on May 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center. Local dance company D’Wilfri Dance Art and Entertainment will teach participants the steps of the Cha-Cha, a happy, carefree and fun Latin dance.
Following the free lesson, put your new skills to the test as you enjoy live music from the Bobby Cuba Band. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall.
The SENSES Block Party takes on a Super Nintendo theme on May 16 starting at 7 p.m. Race through Main Street with Mario and Luigi and be sure to come dressed as your favorite Nintendo character.
While you are there, take time to get lost in far off worlds thanks to a gaming truck and a selection of virtual reality games from the Old Town Newhall Library. You will also enjoy the sights and sounds of iconic video games while you visit the on-street bar from The Junction.
The same night, The MAIN will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit, “Unstill Life,” from artist Ralph Massey. Massey has been creating art for more than six decades and his pieces have been widely collected by celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews and Queen Elizabeth II.
Guests attending the free reception will enjoy light refreshments and have an opportunity to meet Massey from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Unstill Life” will be on display at The MAIN from May 15 to June 14.
The Note by Note music night wraps up the month and will take place inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 23. 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 May include Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra- Guitar Orchestra, Christopher Ramirez, and Austin Jons and the Immortals. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.
For more information about Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.
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