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Posted: January 13, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2012 6:00 a.m.

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Tonight Dionne Warwick performs at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, and the rest of the year will be chock-full of top-shelf entertainment options here in the SCV, as well as at big-name venues not too far away, such as the Pantages Theatre. We've got community theater, summer outdoor concerts and our signature Cowboy Festival, along with a host of other options.

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323)468-1770
www.broadwayla.org
Once again the Pantages Theatre will offer some of the biggest shows around. This season's lineup includes:
Through Jan. 29, "Wicked"
Feb. 3 and 4, Kathy Griffin
Feb. 28 - March 4, "Spamalot"
March 16, 17, Jerry Seinfeld Live!
March 20 - 25, "Rock of Ages"
March 27 - April 8, "Mama Mia!"
April 11 - May 13, "Billy Elliot the Musical"
June 5 - 17, "The Addams Family"
June 19 - July 1, Million Dollar Quartet
July 10 - 22, "La Cage Aux Folles"
July 28, Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour
July 31 - Aug. 12, "Memphis"
Sept. 5 - Nov. 25, "Book of Mormon"

Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatregroup.org
Through Jan. 22, "Fela!"
March 13 - April 22, "American Idiot"

Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatregroup.org
Jan. 11 - Feb. 26, "Clybourne Park"
March 14 - April 22, "Waiting for Godot"


Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7211
www.musiccenter.org
Jan. 13, 14, Shen Yun
Jan. 15, Young Musicians Foundation concert
Feb. 11, 16, 19, 21, 26, March 1, 4, Simon Boccanegra
Feb. 25, March 3, 8, 11, 14, 17, 26, Albert Herring
March 23, 24, 25, Ballet Preljocaj - Snow White
April 13, 14, 15 Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve
May 20, 23, 26, 31, June 2, La Boheme

Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7340
www.staplescenter.com
In addition to a full lineup of sports events, the Staples Center will be offering top-shelf concerts over the next few months. These include:
Tuesday, Jan. 24, Calibash 2012
Sunday, Feb. 26 and Monday, Feb. 27, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Wednesday, March 21, Romeo Santos
Tuesday, March 27, Lady Antebellum

Canyon Theatre Guild
24242 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 799-2702
www.canyontheatre.org
Jan. 27 - March 26, "Gypsy"
Jan. 28 - March 26, "A Little Princess"
March 30 - April 28, "Barefoot in the Park"
May 28 - June 24, "MiLLiE"

Repertory East Playhouse
24266 Main St.
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 288-0000
www.repeastplayhouse.org
Jan. 20 - Feb. 25, "Jewtopia"
March 16 - April 14, "Journey's End"
May 11 - June 16, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical"
July 13 - 28, "The Laramie Project"
Aug. 17 - Sept. 1, "Play Dates"
Sept. 21 - Oct. 20, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure"
Nov. 16 - Dec. 15, "Moonlight and Magnolias"

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
at College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-5304
www.canyonspac.com
The PAC will offer a number of exciting performances this year (visit the website), but a few to especially take note of include:
Friday, Jan. 13, Dionne Warwick
Saturday, Jan. 28, "Peter and the Wolf"
Friday, Feb. 24, Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway
Sunday, March 25, SC Master Chorale: Brahms & Barber
Friday, May 11, Pops Jazz Concert
Saturday, June 2, Martin Short
Sunday, June 3, SC Master Chorale: Let Music Fill the Air

Cowboy Festival
www.cowboyfestival.org  
The Cowboy Festival, held on the "Old West" streets of Melody Ranch Motion Pictures Studio in Newhall, is one of the must-do entertainment highlights in the SCV each year. This year's Cowboy Festival is set for April 19 to April 22. As always, there will be great Western music and cowboy poetry, authentic cowboy gear and food for sale and much more. For information visit the website or call (661) 250-3735.

Taste of the Town
Mann Biomedical Park
25104 Rye Canyon Loop
Valencia, CA 91355
www.tasteofthetown.com
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend 24th annual Taste of the Town this year to help support mental health services for children and families in Santa Clarita. More than 40 local restaurants, caterers, wine and beer vendors will serve up delectable tastes. This year's "delicious" event will take place on May 6.

Fourth of July Parade
www.scvleon.com/parade
This year's Fourth of July parade will once again take place in Old Town Newhall, starting at 9 a.m. on, of course, July 4. Details will become available at ww.scvleon.com/parade but this is one of the most community-oriented events in the SCV, so don't miss it.

Concerts in the Park
www.santa-clarita.com/arts/concerts  
As always, last year's Concerts in the Park concert series thrilled outdoor audiences on summer nights at Central Park in Saugus. This year's series will take place on Saturday nights at 7 p.m., July 7 through Aug. 25. The 2012 schedule details may be posted on the website by the end of this month.

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