Spring officially kicks off on March 20, and with all the rain we've had this winter, things out in the wild are green and seem about to pop already. This just might translate into a fantastic "wildflower season." If so, pretty much any hike into the hills should find a colorful natural show, but two areas well known for blossoms include our local Placerita Canyon Natural Area and the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster.
On the day the Oscar nominations were announced, I made some quick guesses and toyed with the possibility that "True Grit" might sneak in. I've changed my mind, and now agree with the conventional wisdom that "The King's Speech" will be the year's best picture. Still, "True Grit" or "The Social Network" could pull off an upset. You might want to consider that in entering the $100,000 Outguess Ebert contest this year.
Apparently, everyone in the SCV has a different favorite pizza provider. In our limited call-out to Signal staff members, Facebook friends and Twitter followers, we came up with no less than 23 "best" local pizza restaurants. Even so, we no doubt left out your favorite. When it comes to this delightful dish, everyone's taste differs, from deep dish to thin crust, meaty to vegetarian, cheesy to saucy. But one thing is for sure, the SCV is big on pizza!
With Valentine's Day coming on a Monday this year, you might be especially tardy in making your romantic plans. Do you go out Monday night? Do you go out Saturday night and stay in Monday night?
With all the cold/hot/wet/dry/windy/beautiful weather we've been having lately in the Santa Clarita Valley, you might be a bit confused as to just what season it is. Well one thing is for sure, it's always cruise season - you know, somewhere. And your neighbors right here in the SCV can get you cruising to the perfect destination in no time.
It's always a conversation-stopper when you mention that you caught a big-name artist in concert in Los Angeles. But to do so, you have to purchase your tickets early. So poll your friends, pool your resources and get online, because here's what's happening at the large concert venues in 2011.
While winter can't seem to make up its mind, recent storms have blessed the mountains with snow and most local ski resorts are still in full operation, with good base snow and more being made when temperatures drop. And, as usual, Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain are deep in the white. Now that the holidays are out of the way and the kids are back in school, why not try a midweek ski trip?
Barely begun, this new year is already bringing you top-shelf entertainment, both in the SCV and just beyond. Theater and music are highlights, with "Hair" growing at the Pantages and War exploding at the SCPAC.
If you are a film buff, like to catch future stars on the rise or just have a free weekend, the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival, held tonight, Saturday and Sunday, is the place to be. The three-day event will feature quality family films from professional filmmakers and those produced by local high school and junior high school students.
One of the best things about being Escape's editor is that I get the early scoop on what is going on out there, entertainment-wise. Of course I pass the information onto you as soon as I can, but getting my personal plans together early enables me to make better use of the details compiled - and, so, better experience many of the events and activities we bring you on these pages. For those reasons, and for artistic and purely personal reasons, here you will find my choices of the best Escape issues of the past year.
If you want big-time New Year's Day action, you've always got the Rose Parade. And if you want the same on New Year's Eve, you can go just about anywhere and spend a bundle doing it. But why not stay local? There's something for everyone on the eve and the day!
So it wasn't a three hour tour - oh no. It was nearly an eight hour tour! I kid you not, your intrepid Signal Holiday Light Tour judges roamed the streets of the SCV and piled in and out of a rented Chevy Tahoe like clowns in a, well, clown car, for nearly eight hours last Saturday night.
One of the best Christmas presents you can give your children is a memory of a great holiday family outing, even if it's indoors. And the local "elves" have been very busy this year setting up a wide variety of activities that are perfect for children. From boats to trains to snow to theater, and usually including Santa, here are some of the fun things families can do:
For many of you, 'The Nutcracker' is as much a part of the holiday season as Santa or the Christmas tree. And this year you can choose from a wide variety of productions near and far. One of the best and most convenient is right here in town with the Santa Clarita Ballet, at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. But you can also go with the Los Angeles Ballet at one of three venues, or see it Russian- or hip-hop-style, or even enjoy a version featuring marionettes. So let's crack the shell off this thing.