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Big Weekend on the BLVD! Pearly Gates, Mardi Gras, and Much More!



Craig Newton’s ‘America in Song’

WhenWed, March 23, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionSpend a toe-tapping hour visiting America’s history in song. Entertainer, Craig Newton guides us from Yankee Doodle to Rock’n’ Rolls, Twist and Shout. One great afternoon with lots of audience participation. This program is free. For ages: 4 years and up. Call 661-948-5029, Children’s department for further information.



Bring Your Own Vinyl Night!

WhenWed, March 23, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Where749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)
Description Come for a night of classic rock music, free wifi, and $1 gourmet coffee.Enjoy our records or bring your own LP’s and we’ll play some of your favorite tracks! Every Wednesday Night!









Checkmate Chess Club

WhenThu, March 24, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)


Join chess coach Ms. Daa for the Checkmate Chess Club — All ages and skill-levels are welcome to learn and play the wonderful game of chess in a supportive environment.


Country Night

Thu Mar 24 7pm – Fri Mar 11, 2011 12am Pacific Time
BeX Roshambo Lounge 706 W. Lancaster Blvd (map)


Cedar Center Open MIc Night Cedar Open Mic! Thursday nights at the Cedar Center, starting at 7:30pm (more like 8om most weeks, haha) and going until we feel like going home! Available to ALL AGES without censorship. We encourage poets, musicians, actors, dancers, spoken word artists… anyone who wants to take the stage to do so!
Thu, March 24, 7:30pm – Fri, March 25, 12:00am
44851 Cedar Ave Lancaster, CA (map)


Pearly Gates: The Musical

WhenFri, March 25, 8pm – 10pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Description Jason Burns is one of those guys you can never find a gift for: the man who has everything. Business hotshot, hopeless humanitarian, charismatic visionary, friend to many, role model, husband and father. Soon, however, the self-described superstar finds there’s one thing he needs: time, more time. PEARLY GATES is a story about wanting to be remembered, and knowing that long after death, a person can live on through the memories of family, friends, associates and even strangers whose lives that person touched. It is also a musical/comedy about life, priorities, the strange way humans behave when devastating news comes their way. Produced and Story by Scott Ehrlich Written by Scott Ehrlich and Penny Orloff Music and Lyrics by Joshua Rich and Scott Ehrlich Directed by Trace Oakley Starring CAST: Fiona Bates, Amy Bloom, Sadie Calvano, Henry D’Atri, Scott Ehrlich, Enzo Gentile, Amanda Johnson, Molly Laurel, Peter McGlynn, Tony Molina, Zac Rice, Kelly Roberts, Miriam Rosen, Michael Silberman, Greg Snyder Choregraphy by Tam Warner Scenic and Costume Design by Dean Cameron This World premiere production of PEARLY GATES is a benefit for HCA, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) that provides affordable housing and quality social services to low-income residents at apartment complexes in four states.



Socialnomics 101 on the BLVD Jim Greenleaf and Adam Chant host a Live broadcast over from the BLVD Today Cafe discussing social media and local news.
Sat Mar 26 10am – 12pm Pacific Time
BLVD Today Cafe 749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)



Off the BLVD Mardi Gras Block Party

WhenSat, March 26, 4pm – 9pm
WhereCedar to Milling to Beach bordering on Lancaster BLVD (map)
DescriptionThe Block Party will be loaded with activities for people of all ages boasting an entire “kid’s corner”, a beer and wine garden, jazz bands and many other performances to keep traffic flowing. There will also be a well rounded food court, Zydeco bands, authentic Mardi Gras desserts and a ton of other activities that you’ll have to show up to enjoy!


Streaming on the BLVD

http://blvdtoday Streaming on the BLVD” a new live program on Jim TV which will feature an SNL Style weekend update news from AV Press Sports Writer Brian Golden, and various musical entertainment, stand-up comedy and spoken word brought to you by Brittany Harris of the Cedar Center Performing Arts Center. You don’t want to miss this incredible event! EVERY Saturday Night, in person and online!
Sat Mar 26 7pm – 9pm Pacific Time
BLVD Today Cafe 749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)


Mammoth Follies

WhenSun, March 27, 3pm – 4pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Description Explore the wonders of evolution in an old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes, and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets. This program will dramatize historic and scientific facts (as well as some myths) about the great age of the dinosaur. Enormous puppets populate the stage, including your host Willie Mammoth, Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the 27-foot long Apatosaurus, Tony and Trixie Triceratops, Terry the Pterodactyl, and the 11-foot tall T. Rex in a musical trip through pre-history.





Location: Gallery 661 aka The Artist Lofts
Street: 661 W. Lancaster Blvd.
City/Town: Lancaster, CA, 93534
Show continues until the end of March. Gallery open weekdays 6-9pm  Tuesdays 12-8pm  and Weekends 6-11pm

“Look Here” LM/AG’s 26th Juried Art Show Along the BLVD This year’s juried exhibition will differ than those of previous years. The current list of participating BLVD businessesincludes: A.V. Bank, A.V. Dance Studio ‘81,Aven’s Furniture, Bandstand Coffee, Bella West Salon, Caramel Pastries, Daisy’s Costumes,Graphic ExperienceKing Photo Supply/BLVD Today Café, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Perk Place Coffee House, and Sewability. For updated information of participating businesses please visit the LMAG website at

Show continues until March 27th

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March 23, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster blvd, Lancaster BLVD Live, lancaster mardi gras, LPAC events, Scott Ehrlich | , , , , | Leave a comment


I didn’t know what to expect this morning when I entered Kathy Tokarz Leon’s 7th grade class at Shadow Hills Intermediate School in Palmdale CA at 7:00 AM.  She had invited me to talk to her class about my experiences as a big band and jazz musician, a subject close to my heart.  She had bought my book, “Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era,” and thought that would be an interesting topic to discuss with her students.  Of course at their age they had heard very little jazz if any, but knew every present day pop star in existence.


As they kids strolled into class half asleep, I realized it wouldn’t be too difficult and that I would talk off the cuff.  I had a general idea what I would say.  But to my surprise an 8th grade teacher walked in and began setting up chairs before the class began.  In came a larger class of kids ready to take me on as to “Who is this guy” attitude in their eyes.


I had seen posts on the wall at the front desk of the school office that said, “by law, NO PROFANITY ALLOWED IN SCHOOL.”  There was also another sign that read,  “NO WEAPONS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.”  There was a large banner near the ceiling that said, “WE WELCOME YOUR IMAGINATION.”  So I opened my talk by saying, “I was given a pat down as I entered the school, then was told I couldn’t use any profanity, and that was half of my talk to you. You have a big banner outside the office that says, ‘We Welcome Your Imagination,’ but no one was there to welcome me.  But the scary part was that I felt totally defenseless when they took away my AK-47.”  That brought on some snickers and smiles from the students, and few laughs from the adults in the back.  I knew I’d have no trouble with the rest of my soliloquies.


I started the talk about my mother and father’s background and what they went through before coming to our country, or “This beloved country,” as my father would say.  This all led up to my family, being the seventh of seven children and how my mother and father were too tired to pay much attention to me, especially my school work.  I told them the story how I was pulled out of a study hall when I was in ninth grade by the principal, who introduced me to the new band director.  The director, Mr. Jacobs, gave me a baritone horn to play and my life took a new turn.  To go to band or my individual music lessons in school, I first had to do my school work, a rarity for me, and then the teachers would let me go.  That was the beginning of me taking an interest in learning again after having been turned off on education a few years earlier.  That was one of the many salvations that I had during the course of my life.  As I’ve said, I felt there was always an angel with me directing the course of every major event of my life, and it hasn’t ended.


The kids who were a little noisy when they came into the class, sat there enthralled during my entire discourse.  There wasn’t a single interruption.


March 23, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books, Children’s Stories with Morals, Exciting Children’s Stories, Learning Children’s Stories, shadow hills school palmdale | , , , , | Leave a comment