Step Right Up

Circus Vargas brings classic big-top fun to Santa Anita Park today through Nov. 26

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus produced its last extravaganzas in 2017, but another classic circus is still going strong. Circus Vargas is bringing their newest animal-free production to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, starting today and running through Nov. 26.

The family-friendly fun includes an amazing cast of world-renowned death-defying acrobats, daredevils, flying trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, comedians, clowns, motorcycles and much more.

This year’s theme, “Dreaming of Pirates!” offers a fantastic voyage of nonstop action and adventure, complete with a 45-minute interactive pre-show celebration where kids can create their own magic and learn circus skills such as juggling and balancing. A meet and greet with performers follows each show as well.

The Circus Vargas takes place under an old-fashioned Big Top tent, with a 20-man team spending seven hours to create it at Santa Anita and creating a unique addition to the Arcadia cityscape. This year’s Big Top went up Nov. 13.

Tickets range from $15 to $25. For show times and tickets, call (877) 468-3861.


Winning Wines

Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery named Wine Enthusiast’s ‘American Winery of the Year’

The San Antonio Winery has been a popular destination for wine enthusiasts throughout its 101-year history, and it now has received national recognition from Wine Enthusiast magazine as its “American Winery of the Year.” The Riboli family, which owns the winery, has revolutionized the wine industry by creating a broad range of wines, including the ultra-successful Stella Rosa collection, and San Simeon and Maddalena wines, among others.

“We are beyond thrilled to be named Wine Enthusiast’s ‘American Winery of the Year,’” said Anthony Riboli, fourth-generation winemaker of Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery. “Our passion for winemaking and providing people with the best hospitality and service has been our mission for over 100 years and we hope to continue to create memories with the LA community and beyond for years to come.”

Aside from its estate vineyards covering more than 1,000 acres across California’s Central Coast, the family has also built a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient winery in Paso Robles, with an adjacent events center scheduled to open January 2019. Its downtown Los Angeles location is the city’s original urban winery, and survived Prohibition by serving as the number one producer of altar wines for Catholic Masses.

During Prohibition, the LA wine industry was forever changed when more than 100 wineries were forced to close. San Antonio Winery, however, flourished as a producer of altar wines. It was founded in 1936 by Italian immigrant Stefano Riboli and he still helps oversee its operations at the age of 97.

The San Antonio Winery is located at 737 Lamar St., Los Angeles. Visit


Musical Milestone

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra celebrates five years with Saturday concert in Glendale

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra has been presenting conductor-less performances rooted in artistic collaboration and democratic participation of its performers for the past five seasons. Their latest concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale.

The program features Bach’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “The Currents,” and the US premiere of Karen Lemon’s “…one mirror, cracked…” In addition, the West Coast premiere of Emily Doolittle’s “The Wise Daughter,” Missy Mazzoli’s “Dissolve, O My Heart,” Clara Schumann’s “Three Romances for Oboe” and the West Coast premiere of Ingrid Stolzel’s “The Gorgeous Nothings” round out the bill.

The concerts feature “pay what you can” admission and open seating. Attendees are asked to arrive 20 minutes before the concert for a Q&A with the musicians. Visit