Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (December 2017)

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Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (December 2017)

Postby Dustin Stinett » December 2nd, 2017, 1:47 am

December … wait, WHAAAAT?!?

December is here and once again we are mere weeks from another year being behind us. We spent the day at the Castle Lunch and it was, as always, excellent. Enjoyed good company with Alan Bursky, Nelson Fu, and (Alan, correct us if we’re wrong) Claire Schwartz. Jonathan and West Pendragon were in the club. Max Maven popped in, the Clairvoyants were in a group at the next table, and many more recognizable folks. Lunch at the Castle is great. It’s just about the only time that folks can wear jeans in the club. Not me. But folks. Lunch is for members and their guests only. The Dante Room is often set up with a (rectangular) “roundtable” where members gather and gossip. Friday Lunch is just one of the perks of membership ... and …

Holiday Week-Long Lunch

During the week of December 18, the Castle will be open for lunch Monday through Friday. Enjoy!

Other Holiday Extensions …

Starting immediately and running to the end of the year, the club will open at 4:45PM, the Cocktail Hour magician, WC Fields Bar magician, and the performers in the Peller Theatre will work all week long (versus the usual Thursday to Sunday). That’s a lot more magic at The Magic Castle for the holidays.

Toys For Tots and the Kids

The United States Marines will be in the club manning the Toys For Tots drop off. You know the rules: new unwrapped gifts. (Consider magic sets!) Donations can be made through December 15.

The annual Kid’s Day is Saturday December 2 in the Inner Circle. Members can bring the kids into the Inner Circle to meet Santa, his elves, see his workshop, make ornaments, stuff Teddy Bears, play in a snow pit (woo-hoo!!!), and more. Starts at 11AM. Brunch reservations are not required.

Members Only

The Members Only Holiday Party takes place on December 5. 7PM to Midnight in the Inner Circle.

We Want Your Blood and Your Ugly Sweater

While mutually exclusive, the annual Ugly Sweater Contest and the Red Cross Blood Drive are both on December 15. Sign up online for the blood drive, so your best bet is to see page 24 of the December newsletter for all the bloody and ugly details.

Schedule Notes

The Castle will be closed for buyouts on …

The evening of December 7: Walk-ins and reservations will NOT be allowed on this night.
The morning/early afternoon of December 10: Walk-ins and reservations will NOT be allowed on this day, however the club WILL be open during the evening hours as normal.

The Magic Castle and the AMA Offices will be closed on Sunday December 24 and Monday December 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Magic Castle and the AMA Offices will be closed on Monday January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Speaking of the New Year …

Dinner reservations for the New Year’s Eve Party (the theme is “The Roaring 20s”) are book solid, however walk-ins will be welcome until the club reaches capacity. CALL AHEAD!!! Better yet, text “CAPACITY” to 99000 to receive messages on capacity (building and parking lot) and other items of note.

Election Season is Here

We have our nominees for the Boards of Directors and Trustees. They are:

Candidates for Board Of Directors (Alphabetical Order, Asterisk Denotes Incumbent)
Magician Members (4 seats)
Peter Deyell
Mike Elizalde*
John Gaughan*
Randy Sinnott, Jr.
Jim Steinmeyer*
Steve Valentine

Associate Members (3 seats)
Cathy Haight*
Ken Lally
Maurice Newman
Carlo Panno
Nicholas Stavros

Candidates for Board Of Trustees (Alphabetical Order - Asterisk Denotes Incumbent, 7 seats)
Gay Blackstone*
John Carney
Mike Caveney
Dennis Forel
Paul Green*
Christopher Hart
Erika Larsen
John Lovick*
Shoot Ogawa*
Tom Ogden*
Phil Van Tee

Founders Day

The 55 anniversary of the Castle and the AMA is on January 2 (NOT the 3rd as listed on the ad on the back page of Genii … someone at the club messed up there).

The event will start outside in the parking lot at 3PM (we will be parking offsite and shuttled to the club). Steve Valentine will host the ceremony which will feature a tribute to Bill, Irene, and Milt Larsen. We are expecting dignitaries from the City of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Sacramento, and Washington D.C.

The menu will have special items AND prices that go back to 1963. Joe Furlow is planning one of his exceptional parties, which are always events that find their way into Castle lore. Dinner reservations are booking fast (the best we could get two weeks ago was the 8PM sitting), so waste no more time if you plan to attend!

Member’s Menu

December 4, 5, & 6
Academy smoked New York strip loin, roasted garlic mashed potato, seasonal vegetables, oven-dried blueberry demi glaze.
Vegetarian: Spinach gnocchi, Blue cheese Alfredo, balsamic roasted butternut squash, fresh garden herbs.
Vegan: Angel hair pasta, balsamic roasted squash chardonnay sauce, wild mushrooms, kale, and toasted pepitas.

December 11, 12, & 13
Pork chop, whipped potato, bourbon apple demi glaze, and roasted vegetables.
Vegetarian: Wild mushrooms, spinach, roasted peppers and goat cheese in puff pastry, and spicy tomato sauce.
Vegan: Vegan gumbo over brown rice and petite herb salad.

December 18, 19, & 20
Sautéed rainbow trout, wild rice pilaf, green bean almandine, and lemon caper butter.
Vegetarian: Vegetable lasagna, spicy tomato sauce, opal basil, and Academy cheese bread.
Vegan: Pacific Northwest vegan pebble bean stew.

December 26 & 27
Beef Stroganoff and tagliatelle pasta.
Vegetarian: Crispy risotto cakes and wild mushroom bolognaise.
Vegan: Crispy potato and zucchini pancakes with wild mushroom bolognaise.

Last Lectures of 2017

There are just two lectures this month, but they are goodies:

December 3: John Carney
December 17: Pop Haydn

Now Playing

The schedule that commenced on November 27:

The Close-Up Gallery
Justin Willman
Siegfried Tieber
Akinobu Mitsui (5-7 p.m. Monday to Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
Arthur Trace
Scott Alexander

The Palace of Mystery
Dana Daniels
The Clairvoyants

W.C. Fields Bar (Monday to Sunday)
Jon Armstrong

The Peller Theatre (Monday to Sunday)
Steve Valentine

Friday Lunch
Siegfried Tieber

Saturday/Sunday Brunch
The Amazing Geebo

Sunday Lecture
(12/3) John Carney

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

December 4-10
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Steven Himmel
Early: David Regal
Late: Mark Haslam
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: John Ferrentino
Late: Scott Tokar
Palace of Mystery
Ed Alonzo
Peller Theatre
J. Neal
Greg Otto
W. C. Fields Bar
Doc Eason
Friday Luncheon CUG
David Regal
Saturday Brunch Kids Show
William Perron & Princess Spendalot
Lecturer Sunday
No Lecture (Buyout)

December 11-17
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Mike Elkan
Early: Bob Little
Late: Jared Kopf
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: Arthur Benjamin
Late: Derek Hughes
Palace of Mystery
Misty Lee
Michael Finney
Peller Theatre
Christopher Hart
Mike Caveney
W. C. Fields Bar
Doc Eason
Friday Luncheon CUG
Jared Kopf
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Kids Show
Jeanine Anderson
Lecturer Sunday
Pop Haydn

December 18-23
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Ed Kwon
Early: Zach Waldman
Late: Lou Serrano
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: Chris Rawlins
Late: Matt Marcy
Palace of Mystery
Christmas Spectacular
Zabrecky
Losander
Peller Theatre
George Tovar
Brandon Scott
W. C. Fields Bar
Eddie Goldstein
Friday Luncheon CUG
Lou Serrano
Saturday Brunch Kids Show
Dennis Forel
Lecturer Sunday
Christmas Eve
NO LECTURE

December 26-31
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Adam Wylie
Early: Bodine Bolasco
Late: Robert Ramirez
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: The Sentimentalists
Late: Rob Gould
Palace of Mystery
David Kovac
Dave Chandler
Stuart MacDonald
Peller Theatre
Bruce Gold
Jonathan Levit
W. C. Fields Bar
Tom Frank
Friday Luncheon CUG
Robert Ramirez
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Kids Show
Robert Baxt
Lecturer Sunday
New Year Eve
NO LECTURE

And you can always check the current schedule here: http://www.magiccastle.com/now_appearing/

Schedule is subject to change without notice

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Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (December 2017)

Postby Dustin Stinett » December 5th, 2017, 3:10 am

Schedule Notes

The Castle will be closed to guest passes on Tuesday, December 5 for the Members Only Holiday Party.

The Castle will be closed to reservations, guest passes, and walk-ins on Thursday, December 7 for a buyout.

Now Playing

The schedule that commenced on December 4:

The Close-Up Gallery
David Regal
Scott Tokar
Steven Himmel (5-7 p.m. Monday to Sunday)

The Parlour of Prestidigitation
John Ferrentino
Mark Haslam

The Palace of Mystery
Ed Alonzo

W.C. Fields Bar (Monday to Sunday)
Doc Eason

The Peller Theatre (Wednesday to Sunday)
J. Neal
Greg Otto

Friday Lunch
David Regal

Saturday/Sunday Brunch
The Swami from El Monte & Princess Spendalot

Sunday Lecture
(12/10) No Lecture

Sneak Peek of Some Future Performers…

December 11-17
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Mike Elkan
Early: Bob Little
Late: Jared Kopf
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: Arthur Benjamin
Late: Derek Hughes
Palace of Mystery
Misty Lee
Michael Finney
Peller Theatre
Christopher Hart
Mike Caveney
W. C. Fields Bar
Doc Eason
Friday Luncheon CUG
Jared Kopf
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Kids Show
Jeanine Anderson
Lecturer Sunday
Pop Haydn

December 18-23
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Ed Kwon
Early: Zach Waldman
Late: Lou Serrano
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: Chris Rawlins
Late: Matt Marcy
Palace of Mystery
Christmas Spectacular
Zabrecky
Losander
Peller Theatre
George Tovar
Brandon Scott
W. C. Fields Bar
Eddie Goldstein
Friday Luncheon CUG
Lou Serrano
Saturday Brunch Kids Show
Dennis Forel
Lecturer Sunday
Christmas Eve
NO LECTURE

December 26-31
Close-Up Gallery
Cocktail Hour: Adam Wylie
Early: Bodine Bolasco
Late: Robert Ramirez
Parlour of Prestidigitation
Early: The Sentimentalists
Late: Rob Gould
Palace of Mystery
David Kovac
Dave Chandler
Stuart MacDonald
Peller Theatre
Bruce Gold
Jonathan Levit
W. C. Fields Bar
Tom Frank
Friday Luncheon CUG
Robert Ramirez
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Kids Show
Robert Baxt
Lecturer Sunday
New Year Eve
NO LECTURE

And you can always check the current schedule here: http://www.magiccastle.com/now_appearing/

Schedule is subject to change without notice


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