With the Cowboy Festival just around the corner, the city of Santa Clarita has announced a series of western-themed events for this month’s Thursdays@Newhall.
This month’s events begin Thursday at The Main, 24266 Main St., with the 10 by 10 Variety Show, when 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music. From 7 to 9 p.m., attendees will have the chance to see a School of Rock Santa Clarita performance of 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.”
A chance to learn new line dance steps at JAM Sessions at the Newhall Community Center will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. April 11. Candy Sherwin will lead a night of lessons at the community center, located at 22421 Market St.
The SENSES Block Party is set to return to Main Street at 7 p.m. April 18 with a Cowboy Roundup, 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. The reception will take place from 7 to 10 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display from April 17 through May 1.
The Note by Note music night closes out the month and will take place inside The Main from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 25. Note by Note is a free night of music, offering a variety of genres. Featured performers in April include Glen Allan Britain, GRIT, Tracey Lee Nelson and Steven Kai Van Betten.
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.