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Friday, November 14, 2014

Quick Status Update. Friday, Nov 15 2014

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Injured. Hurting. Not serious, but enough to put us behind and make it very slow to process the tens of thousands of words of incoming semi-inscrutable information and sort and rewrite it into acceptably comprehendible form.

The most recent "events edition" (Nov 10) DOES include a few wonderful things happening tonight and this weekend. Very much worth a look.

We'll add dozens more events as soon as we can.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This thing we call Veterans Day, and why the nation responds with confusion. Nov 11 2014

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The Guide's editor wrote the lead feature in today's L.A. Progressive. It's thoughtful. It's provocative. It's not some sappy, hollow tribute. It's real. It's a good look at where.history has gotten us, and it's now.

One quote: "America invokes a frame of reference about military service based on the archaic and bordering on the bizarre."

It's quite thorough.

Read it at the link, and share it:

http://www.laprogressive.com/what-veterans-day-means/
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday night arts; history; some upcoming events. Nov 10 2014

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Tomorrow is a holiday. You can stay out late tonight! Also tonight: a webcast and a TV doc.

MONDAY’S EVENTS are here. We’ll bring you more tomorrow for the rest of the week. Plus a full NEWS edition is now under construction. So no excuse notes when you bring that apple: don’t miss anything happening tonight.

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We appreciate you, our readers, for your QUARTER-MILLION PAGE-VIEWS per year.

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. √ HAPPY BIRTHDAY greetings to musician friends

♪ WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

♪ TONIGHT LIVE ON THE WEB, available everywhere

. √ TONIGHT ON TV

★ THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
. √ TUESDAY’S HOLIDAY AND TODAY’S HISTORY: Veterans Day / Armistice Day
. √ TODAY IN HISTORY, Monday, November 10, 1938: Kristallnacht

♪ FESTIVAL happening NOW!

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, weekdays only, this time around

♪ MONDAY NIGHT’S CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

♪ TUNEFUL GOODNESS AHEAD – some notable events AFTER tonight


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Tuesday, November 11th
♪ ALEX DEL ZOPPO (his band, SWEETWATER, opened the legendary WOODSTOCK!)
♪ KAREN PONTIUS

Saturday, November 15th
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. √ DARRELL SCOTT, singing his original, "GOODLE USA" from his album, "THE INVISIBLE MAN." Part scathing satire, maybe part tribute, this is a song for folkies who aren’t all that comfortable with an excess of holidays rah-rah. (Not unlike Woody Guthrie, who, in disgust, wrote “God Blessed America for Me,” the song that became “This Land is Your Land,” after hearing Kate Smith sing Irving Berlin’s 1938 revision of his “God Bless America,” originally written by Berlin in 1918. Folk trivia for you.)

. √ TOM RUSSELL’s recording of “VETERANS DAY,” the Johnny Cash song. It’s a no-pulled punches look at those who come home and those who, in their minds, do not.


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Mon, Nov 10, on the web:
6:30 pm (Pacific) "DONNA LYNN CASKEY LIVE STREAMING TO YOU" on the Concert Window site.
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The skilled and fun Southern Cal-based banjo maven tells us, "The banjos and I will be live-streaming another, approximately hour-long, show on Concert Window, on Monday at 6:30 pm PST / 9:30 pm EST. Tune in from wherever you are."
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√ Mon, Nov 10,
not music, but worthwhile,
on TV:

9 pm "THE LAST PATROL" (2014) premieres on HBO, in time for Veterans Day.
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This new documentary accompanies US combat veterans on a rail-based journey along America's East Coast. The group finds lodgings in primitive and often gritty surrounding, sleeping under bridges and interacting with America's poor in trackside ghettos.
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It explores the veterans' inner journeys as they form trust and friendship, trying to transition back to a civilian world, and trying to find a way and a place to fit-in.
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Says Junger, "Rich people need to know how valuable access to American democracy is to poor people. It gives them hope. It needs to be protected. Because without it, things just aren't going to work here. Combat gives you an extreme sense of belonging together, of bonding. That may sound strange, but it's key. Things here are too comfortable for too many. They need to see that working together and preserving hope of reaching upward is everything."
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Check listings for repeat times, or record it and have friends over to watch.


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Two short features for you.

. √ TUESDAY’S HOLIDAY AND TODAY’S HISTORY…

VETERANS DAY is Tuesday, November 11. Keep in mind that it has QUITE a history and ongoing reason for being. It derives from ARMISTICE DAY, November 11, 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the killing abruptly stopped as the Armistice took effect. And just that suddenly, the guns fell silent, and it ended the carnage of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Except that didn’t. People still had a lot of carnage in them, as they demonstrated less than 20 years later, with fascist nations invading Ethiopia, Mancuhria, and eventually Poland and most of the rest of Europe and the Pacific Far East and North Africa. Despite the fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years ago yesterday, some people still don’t have their countries back, and many more still don’t have the freedom their ancestors enjoyed before 1939. And here we are in the Twenty-First Century, embarrassingly and deplorably ignorant of history, inexcusably anti-intellectually attuned to our fellow humans, disgustingly anti-humane when it comes to freedom and dignity for all, and still, it seems, with some need to find and persecute scapegoats rather than fix ourselves. Alas, it seems people still have a lot of carnage in them


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. √ TODAY IN HISTORY, Monday, November 10: Kristallnacht

This morning in 1938, Europe was waking-up to a world forever changed, after the Nazi atrocities of a horrifying night in Austria that they called "Kristallnacht."

Congressman Adam Schiff (D), Pasadena, CA, explains, "Seventy-six years ago this night was shattered by violent attacks on Jews and their homes, businesses and synagogues throughout Germany and other parts of Europe. As we commemorate Kristallnacht, we must all redouble our efforts to confront violent, bigoted hatred in all its manifestations."

That word, "Kristallnacht." If you didn't know, it would sound almost magical, like a fairy kingdom, instead of what it was: a night of blood and broken glass. The Nazis were master manipulators of the popular mindset. They had huge meetings of the "Bund" in New York City in the 1930s, featuring thirty-foot-high banner portraits of America's Founding Fathers, alongside thirty-foot-high red banners of the swastika flag. The way for the holocaust -- Nazi extermination of millions of their scapegoats -- was a path prepared by psychological and social conditioning that included efforts beyond Germany's borders. And that included imparting a word that sounds magical to a night of criminal brutality, destruction, fear, and demonstration of their power to bully, maim, and murder.

Congressman Schiff's message of remembrance has drawn lots of comments about Kristallnacht.

Tony Pierre Keusseyan observes, "What happened then was partly fueled and encouraged, by and because of the world's indifference towards the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Until this day, and on its 100th anniversary next year, it remains unacknowledged officially by the USA, and unpunished by the world... If world leaders, no matter which country they preside over, remain unaccountable for their actions, this kind of tragedy will continue in history, and in our future."

Fred Fox commented, 'It is also a reminder of what can happen anywhere. The internment of American-Japanese in WWII comes to mind. I also worry about the increasing instances of overt Islamophobia."

On behalf of our readers, the Guide thanks Congressman Schiff for sharing this. Regardless of the transitory BS and idiotic rancor of today's constipated politics, we must pay homage to those victimized by world-shattering events. We must pay heed and acknowledge the neverending need to pay attention to persecution, domestic hatred and world affairs.


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√ Concludes Nov 10,
FESTIVAL,
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“ENCUENTRO 2014” is the the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s annual festival, in association with the “Latina/o Theatre Commons,” and it’s a national theatre festival from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theatre festival in the US to bring together more than 150 artists and 19 theatre companies from across the country to present 17 works that explore the multi-faceted Latina/o experience — from Pulitzer Prize-winning works and violence at the border, to immigration and the complexities of romantic relationships.
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Tix: Get $20 tickets (that’s almost 50% off) with promo code: ENC14 at www.TheLATC.org/festival-passes
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Use the same url to learn about the $75 ALL-ACCESS pass, allowing you to catch all the drama, all the laughter and all the stories for one price.
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Students enjoy significant savings with a $10 ticket (use promo code: STUDENT10).
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Al show schedules, tickets and info, at 213-489-0094 or www.TheLATC.org


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Through Wed, Nov 12, (weekdays only) in L.A.:
11 am-6 pm “THE ART OF THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA: CREATIVITY IN A KARAOKE CULTURE” is an exhibition with an opening night program in USC’s “VISIONS & VOICES” series at MFA Gallery, 3001 S Flower St, Los Angeles.
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The exhibition runs Wed, Nov 5-Wed, Nov 12; hours are Mon-Fri, only, 11 am-6 pm. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to everyone.
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Reservations are required for the opening events on Wed, Nov 5, 7-11 pm; see the Guide’s Nov 5 write-up. Make reservations at www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu


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Mon, Nov 10, in Burbank:
5:30 pm CODY BRYANT & EVAN MARSHALL play a “HAPPY HOUR HOOTENANNY,” before the night of bluegrass (that starts at 7:30), at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-818-845-2425.
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One-purchase-minimum is the cover. Venue has good Mexican food and full bar, and the band includes bigtime award-winners.

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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (Pacoima):
6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WHITEMAN AIRPORT SONG CIRCLE” at Rocky's Restaurant, 12653 Osborne St, Pacoima 91331; 818-896-8828.

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Mon, Nov 10, in L.A.:
7 pm SHAKEY GRAVES plus RAYLAND BAXTER and ESME PATTERSON play the “BLUEGRASS SITUATION” series, co-sponsored by Goldenvoice, at the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90036; 323-936-6400.

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Mon, Nov 10, in Solano Beach (San Diego):
7 pm MARI BLACK & HER WORLD FIDDLE ENSEMBLE play the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solano Beach 92075; 858-481-1055.

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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (NoHo):
7 pm Weekly “CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH CéILí DANCE & IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood 91606; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com
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Dance at 7 pm, music session (structured jam) at 8 pm.

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Mon, Nov 10, in Burbank:
7:30 pm THE BROMBIES play their weekly bluegrass residency on one of two stages at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-818-845-2425.
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Mon, Nov 10, in Burbank:
7:30 pm TROY WALKER, plus JIMMY ANGEL, backed up by CODY BRYANT, on one of two stages at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.
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This threesome promises “the wildest show on Earth,” with the return of Sunset Strip-Palomino legend TROY WALKER and 50’s Bop Cat JIMMY ANGEL trading off two sets each, starting with Jimmy at 7:30 pm, Troy at 8, Jimmy at 8:30, then a closing set from Troy at 9:15 pm.
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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (NoHo / Valley Village):
7:30 pm Weekly “OPEN MIC” with web simulcast at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913.
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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8:30 pm Weekly “TALENT CONTEST” with cash prizes, plus a performance by the CHAD WATSON BAND, at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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CHAD WATSON BAND plays 8:30-9:30 pm.
TALENT CONTEST runs 9:45 pm to closing, and is hosted by CHAD WATSON.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, and always fun. Go early for the free dance lessons. No cover, full bar.


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(We add to this frequently. Stay current, so you can jump on tickets while you can still get ’em.)


Wed-Sun, Nov 12-16,
MUSIC CONFERENCE,
in Albuquerque:
Annual “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION” CONFERENCE & AWARDS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is always a good time, with plenty of live performances of traditional cowboy and western swing musioc, cowboy poetry and storytelling, and plenty of workshops, clinics, and panels, plus the most coveted awards in the genre.

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Thu, Nov 13, in L.A.:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY, CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY,” at the + Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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Peter, Paul and Mary became famous for their ability to convey powerful, personal and political messages through songs that’s touched the minds, hearts and conscience of millions of Americans. However, their first unofficial session took place in a grungy, fifth-floor Greenwich Village walkup. To test the chemistry of their voices, they chose a simple nursery rhyme, “Mary Has a Little Lamb.” Within moments, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers knew: when they sang together, there was magic in the air. Half a century and worlds of change later, Peter, Paul And Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life celebrates the songs, vision and conviction that fueled the folk trio’s impressive success and ignited the nation’s conscience. On every page, what Peter, Paul and Mary stood for, lived for and shared come alive through remarkable images. Drawn from interviews and personal writings, including diaries, the accompanying narrative merges each artist’s words and perspective, reflecting Peter, Paul and Mary’s commitment to consensus, in their social-political advocacies as well as their musical choices and efforts. Offering a rare and wonderfully intimate view of the trio’s collaborative work process and unique relationship, Peter, Paul and Mary takes readers not only backstage but deep in the group’s beliefs, emotions and passions. A special panel discussion is included.
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Fri, Nov 14, in VC (Newbury Park):
7:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY and THE KOLES headline, plus THE HARMONISTAS, at the "FIRESIDE CONCERT SERIES" at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd (at Borchard), Newbury Park.
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HARMONISTAS: The joint is always jumpin’ when the Harmonistas hit the scene. Sally Charette, Janice Gelencser, Louise Dobbs and Launice Walker are back again with a set that is 90% new to Fireside. These four diverse talents apply their unique harmonies to fresh arrangements of blues, rock, acapella, doo wop, gospel and folk. They hail from the four corners of the greater Los Angeles area, but the passion for harmony that brought them together is too powerful to resist. Just try to pin them down to traditional harmony parts –it can’t be done! Each Harmonista likes to play the harmonic field, finding the right combination for each song. The Harmonistas have played Fireside Concerts, Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont, Chuck’s Place concerts, Noble House, Chuck’s Place and Butler’s Coffee House. salcharette@aol.com
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KEN O’MALLEY: As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room; Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish News describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California” and the University of St. Thomas at Houston acknowledges him to be "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today." In Dublin at the age of 15, he opened for legendary balladeer Paddy Reilly at the equally legendary Old Sheiling Pub. His fluency in the Gaelic language was earned from his education by the Christian Brothers and his summers in the West of Ireland. A true ambassador of Irish culture, he infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. One show producer put it this way: “He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight.” Another simply stated that “Ken O'Malley connected with our audience in a way none of our other artists have.” kenomalley.com
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THE KOLES: The Koles are a folk pop trio with Arlene Kole, Bill Kole and Jim Rolfe.whose original songs and vocal arrangements captivate audiences everywhere. With roots in the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and harmonies that harkens back to the Manhattan Transfer and beyond, the Koles challenge modern day pop antics with streamlined brilliance in their musically stimulating offerings. Their performances caused them to be recognized in Music Connection Magazine’s Top 100 Live Acts in the USA for both 2009 & 2012. Past performances include Russ & Julie’s House Concerts, Thousand Oaks Library and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. More at www.thekolesmusic.com
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Info? Contact Bob Kroll at folksgr1@aol.com or 805-427-4707
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More at www.Crpd.org/parkfac/borchard/fireside_concerts asp.
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$10 at the door. Arrive early for the best seats. Adults only, no children.

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Fri, Nov 14, in L.A.:
8 pm LAUREN ADAMS plays Muse on 8th, Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (at 8th St, just S of Wilshire), in mid-city L.A.; www.MUSEon8th.com; 323-933-MUSE (6873). It was formerly Café Muse, on Santa Monica Bl (at Hudson) in Hollywood.
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We’ve written about Lauren before, as have others:
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"LAUREN ADAMS BAND This is an all-star outfit, from superb songwriter / band leader LAUREN ADAMS to PHIL PARLAPIANO on keys and accordion and MARK ‘POCKET’ GOLDBERG on bass. This is easily one of L.A.’s top ten electric Americana bands, and Lauren’s originals should be hit songs. Their rendition of ERNEST TROOST’S ‘Evangeline’ with Lauren’s vocals is powerful and compelling and very different from the classic blues ballad delivery that Ernest gives it. Lauren’s song ‘Thirsty, ’ title track to one of her albums, evokes lost country & western, from a time before Nashville lost the western part and turned it all into dysfunctional relationship, red-state-trailer-park rock. Each band member got a featured song, since all are singer-songwriters with solo albums and dozens of credits on records by big names. Be sure to catch LAUREN ADAMS when she performs in town, or at her monthly ‘Americana Music Circle’ showcase at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles." -- Larry Wines, Acoustic Americana Music Guide.
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"One listen and I was hooked. Superb, intelligent, thought-provoking songs. Real songs for real people wrapped in melodies that, promise to capture, inspire and pull the listener in again and again. Songwriters of Lauren Adams' level are few and far between.” -- LAURIE JOULIE, Take Back Country Magazine.

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Sat, Nov 15,
not music, but cool,
at UCLA:
All day “WALLACE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION” honoring the life and legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, presented by the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Schoenberg Hall, on the UCLA Campus.
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The Wallace Centennial Celebration includes distinguished speakers:
9 am-noon ANDREW BERRY, JARED DIAMOND, ED LARSON and MICHAEL SHERMER.
1-4 pm FRANS DE WAAL, TIM LAMAN & EDWIN SCHOLES, and WADE DAVIS.
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, the co-discoverer along with Charles Darwin of evolution by natural selection and the father of biogeography. All proceeds from this event support the A.R. Wallace Fund, which provides need-based financial support for field research and discovery in international settings. The Fund’s 10-weeks of project-based learning transform students into producers of knowledge, preparing them for careers in ecology and evolutionary biology.
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Seating is limited, register early. Registration includes coffee and light refreshments, souvenir program, field notebook and book signing opportunity.
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There are Half-Day & All-Day ticket options. Full Day Registration, $35 ($30 tax deductible); Half Day Registration, $25 ($20 tax deductible).
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For assistance with registration, call 310-206-6503 or email CollegeEvents@support.ucla.edu

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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
8 pm JENI & BILLY bring “APPALACHIAN FOLK ROOTS MUSIC” and original songs, presented by the Pasadena Folk Music Society in “Little Beckman” on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena. Park in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, in Pasadena. Walk and follow the signs.
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Producers tell us, “We're excited about their return appearance in our series. Jeni was born in Virginia coal country, Billy hails from Baltimore and they now live in East Nashville, touring the US and Canada extensively. Jenny's singing style has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement and her songwriting has been likened to that of Southern authors, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor. They switch off between various guitars, banjo, mandolin, and Billy plays harmonica and adds backing vocals.”
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Get a taste of their performance of the traditional song, “Panting for Heaven,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWKmf7cqWE
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Check out their closing number, “If I Ever Get Ten Dollars,” performed at “Merlefest,” the huge annual traditional music festival in North Carolina that honors Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. It’s at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qU64Yngelc
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Jeni and Billy have a brand new CD, Picnic in the Sky and this will be a very unique and wonderful performance as they will be joined by most of the musicians who performed on the recording, including Craig Eastman (fiddle, lap Steel, and mandolin), Dillon O'Brian (keyboards and harmony vocals), Denny Weston Jr. (percussion), perhaps David Jackson (bass & accordion), and Dave Way (percussion & guitar), the famed producer who engineered the recording. This concert will be a special and rare opportunity to hear Jeni & Billy in this format.
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More at http://jeniandbilly.com.
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See their web site at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu to discover all they have coming up.
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Tix, $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students and children. Tix available for cash at the door or in advance at the Ticket Office (no service charge if you go in person) or call them (for an added fee) at 626-395-4652.
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Tix online is a new option, by going to the Caltech Ticket Office website, at www.caltech.edu/content/jeni-billy -- click "Buy Tickets" at the bottom. There is a $6 charge per order and $1.50 charge per ticket in addition to the ticket price for online orders. There are no online ticket sales the day before or the day of the show.

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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
9 pm "THE CALIFORNIA ROOTS UNION PRESENTS" performances by MICHAEL UBALDINI and SARA PETITE at T. Boyle's Tavern, 37 N Catalina Av, Pasadena 91106.
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Sun, Nov 16, in L.A.:
6-9 pm ERIC SCHWARTZ and DAVE CROSSLAND do "THE BIG DOUBLE CD RELEASE SHOW" at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035.
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Dave Crossland releases "Mother Country" at 7, and Eric Schwartz releases "The Better Man" (and, belatedly, "The Aristocrat, ") at 8:30.
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Plus, another act, Wild Rumpus, is tentatively planned for 10 pm.
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Doors open at 6. Music starts at 6:30 sharp. 21+ show.
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Tix are $20 in advance, $25 on day of show. You can buy them at The Mint's website via http://tinyurl.com/EricDaveRelease

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Sun, Nov 16, in Palm Desert:
THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS play their final show featuring the great BARRY McGUIRE at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
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THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS featured the great BARRY McGUIRE on some of their biggest hits. But, Barry, citing health issues, is retiring from his “Trippin’ the ’60s” show that he’s been performing with JOHN YORK (former BYRD), and it seems, really retiring. There are just two final appearances by Barry McGuire with The New Christy Minstrels, on Nov 2 in Cerritos, and on Nov 16 in Palm Desert. Info and ticket links for both are below.
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In addition, an appearance on November 4 by Minstrels leader Randy Sparks, with Becky Jo, says Bob Stane, “maybe a lot of the members of The New Christy Minstrels, joining Randy & Becky Jo,” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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On Nov 2, in Cerritos, tix at:
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On Nov 4, Randy Sparks & Becky Jo (only) play the Coffee Gallery Backstage; tix at:
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On Nov 16, at the McCallum, tix at: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=731
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For reservations at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for Randy Sparks & Becky Jo, phone 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane goes waaaay back with all these legendary folk artists. He says, “These shows are a very big deal, folks. Loaded with musical and comedic talent and on the cusp of musical history and legend. Always. By the way, in the early days of The New Christy Minstrels, I had a lot to do with furnishing Randy with individuals in the group. My clubs, the Upper Cellar and the Ice House, nurtured many, many later members of this fantastic group. Randy will tell stories of these days from then until the introduction of Vecca The Show Dog.”
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A great many folkies have been members of the group, including Tracy Newman and David Zink. There’s lots of history about the New Christy Minstrels on their web site, at: http://www.thenewchristyminstrels.com/
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Tue, Nov 18, in L.A.:
"A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" live performance for TV taping at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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The road to “Music's Biggest Night ®” begins with "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" and culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 pm ET/PT. Last year's airing of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" helped lead to stellar ratings for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which ultimately garnered more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also was the biggest social television event at that time, with 34 million social media interactions (with statistics compiled by Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter).
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"A Very GRAMMY Christmas" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.
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Tickets on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone lines at 866-448-7849.



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sunday’s Music & Arts Events, Nov 9 and beyond in Southern California, 2014

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Here’s your Sunday. A separate edition covers everything Saturday. Yet another edition will be along with NEWS FEATURES. Here’s all you need to plan the finale to your weekend’s tuneful times )!

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. √ HAPPY BIRTHDAY greetings to musician friends…

Sunday, November 9th
♪ CRAIG LINCOLN

Tuesday, November 11th
♪ ALEX DEL ZOPPO (his band, SWEETWATER, opened the legendary WOODSTOCK!)
♪ KAREN PONTIUS

Saturday, November 15th
♪ GARY STOCKDALE

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. √ FUNERAL TODAY, IN THE ZYDECO WORLD

Mark Tortorici passed away recently. Some you know Mark Tortorici of Torch Music & Entertainment / Torch Presents who hired a number of Zydeco bandsfor local events. His last was Andre Thierry for the Sunset Blvd Farmer’s Market a couple of months ago. Our condolences to his family. Mark Tortorici's funeral is today, Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm at St Patrick's Episcopal Church, 1 Church Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362. Cards and donations can be sent to the family, Gay & Andy Tortorici, 4337 N Avenida Prado, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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What’s in this edition…

. √ HAPPY BIRTHDAY greetings to musician friends (see above)

. √ FUNERAL TODAY, IN THE ZYDECO WORLD (see above)

♪ RADIO SPECIAL, Sat & Sun, BROADCAST & WEB

♪ SUNDAY’s MUSIC ON TV

♪ TICKET ALERTS

♪ FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, including theatre this weekend

♪ THIS WEEKEND’s NOTABLE CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

. √ SUNDAY’S CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

♪ COMING SOON – AFTER THE WEEKEND – NOTABLE FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, ETC.



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Sat & Sun, Nov 8 & 9,
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RADIO:
"CAR TALK" on NPR affiliate stations all around the country, presents a special tribute.
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"CLICK and CLACK, the TAPPET BROTHERS" are real-life brothers Ray and Tom, the longtime hosts of the most entertaining "learn-something" show, ever.
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Ray will be taking an hour to remember his brother Tom, who passed away Monday from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Indie singer-songwriters and big label recording artists alike have been treated very well by the show, which plays fragments of original songs about cars, road trips, coming of age behind the wheel (or in the back seat), and more. Over the years, “Car Talk” has released several compilation CDs of the complete songs.
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The show will feature some of Tom’s funniest moments from nearly thirty years of Car Talk. A spokesman says, "We’ve pulled together moments that are 'classic Tom' — his wacko theories, his insights on callers’ lives, and his unique take on life. And, of course, no shortage of his great laughter. We hope you can join us."
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ON-DEMAND from AXS TV:
Available until Mon, Nov 24:
“THE MILK CARTON KIDS: LIVE FROM THE BLUEBIRD THEATER” on AXS TV. Experience the moving dynamic of the Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids during a live performance from Denver's Bluebird Theater.
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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
AXS tv's "SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES"

We've got Stevie Nicks Sunday starting right after a good ol' Crosby, Stills & Nash concert, plus all of the weekly programing you know and love.

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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
12:30 pm (Pacific) “ROCK LEGENDS: STING” airs on AXS TV.
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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
1:40 pm (Pacific) “THE BIG INTERVIEW: LORETTA LYNN” airs on AXS TV.
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The queen of country music is still going strong, but Loretta Lynn takes time from her latest tour to sit down for an interview with Dan Rather.
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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
2:40 pm (Pacific) “THE BIG INTERVIEW: CROSBY, STILLS & NASH” airs on AXS TV.
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Dan Rather goes one-on-one with GRAMMY® winners Crosby, Stills and Nash to talk about the music that defined a generation.
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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
3:40 pm & 5:45 am tonight (Pacific) “CROSBY, STILLS & NASH 2012” brings three of the biggest names in rock n' roll, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, for a concert at the Christopher Cohan Events Center in San Luis Obispo, California, on AXS TV.
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They perform classic rock hits like "Our House," and the rarely performed live "Judy Blue Eyes," as well as cover songs from Bob Dylan and Buffalo Springfield. CSN prove they are still masters of their craft and still at the top of their game.
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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
5:25 pm (Pacific) “STEVIE NICKS” brings “the poet laureate of rock and roll,” a radiant Stevie Nicks, who captivates in her first solo performance to be filmed since 1987, on AXS TV.
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Clad in her trademark look of high heels and lace, she elegantly showcases her vocal abilities with stunning performances of her best, along with carefully chosen covers for a comprehensive career retrospective.
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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
6:25 pm (Pacific) “ROCK LEGENDS: FLEETWOOD MAC” on AXS TV.
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“Rock Legends” features archive material, music videos of "Dreams" and "Landslide" to detail the storied career of Fleetwood Mac.
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www.axs.tv

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Sun, Nov 9, on TV:
6:55 pm (Pacific) “FLEETWOOD MAC, LIVE IN BOSTON” on AXS TV.
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www.axs.tv



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“THE DAN BAND HOLIDAY SHOW” is Dec 19 at Club Nokia in downtown L.A. / Doors at 8 pm / tix, $25 GA, $35 VIP / on sale Nov 7 at 10 am.

ALAN JACKSON with BRANDY CLARK & JON PARDI is February 27 at Nokia Theatre, L.A. LIVE in downtown L.A. / Doors at 7 pm / tix, $25, $55.95, $79.95, $149.95 / on sale Nov 7 at 10 am.



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√ Sun, Nov 9,
ACOUSTIC JAM FESTIVAL,
in the San Bernardino Mtns:
Annual “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” is sponsored by SONGMAKERS at Camp de Benneville Pines, 41750 Jenks Lake Rd W, Angelus Oaks 92305.

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FREE FESTIVAL,
in Pasadena:
"PLAY/GROUND ANNUAL NEW PLAY FESTIVAL" at Boston Court Theatre, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.org
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The free readings are open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling emailing JoeM@bostoncourt.com or calling 626-683-6883. Limit 4 tickets per reservation.
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Sunday, November 9, 11 am “YOUR NAME WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME,” by Carlos Murillo, directed by Michael John Garces The young, reclusive novelist Danny Santiago came out of nowhere and took the literary world by storm. His novel, Famous All Over Town, was a gritty, authentic depiction of Chicano life in East L.A. told through the eyes of a troubled teenager. But is it authentic? And who is the real Danny Santiago? And what happens when best friends and collaborators Javier and Alvaro attempt to make sense of the story. Originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Your Name Will Follow You Home takes us on a wild, only-in-America, odyssey to the darkest heart of these questions. Charlie Chaplin. Communists in Hollywood. HUAC. The Blacklist. 50s B-Monster Movies. Architectural Fantasias. Fake Latinos. Jesse James.

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PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in Griffith Park (L.A.):
10 am-5 pm “AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS MARKETPLACE” brings top Native American artists to display and offer sculptures and pottery, beadwork and basketry, photography and paintings, jewelry and textiles, wooden carvings and mixed-media works, at the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles 90027; 323-667-2000.

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√ Ongoing, through Nov 10,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
“ENCUENTRO 2014” is the the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s annual festival, in association with the “Latina/o Theatre Commons,” and it’s a national theatre festival from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theatre festival in the US to bring together more than 150 artists and 19 theatre companies from across the country to present 17 works that explore the multi-faceted Latina/o experience — from Pulitzer Prize-winning works and violence at the border, to immigration and the complexities of romantic relationships.
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Tix: Get $20 tickets (that’s almost 50% off) with promo code: ENC14 at www.TheLATC.org/festival-passes
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Use the same url to learn about the $75 ALL-ACCESS pass, allowing you to catch all the drama, all the laughter and all the stories for one price.
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Students enjoy significant savings with a $10 ticket (use promo code: STUDENT10).
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Al show schedules, tickets and info, at 213-489-0094 or www.TheLATC.org



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Wed-Wed, Nov 5-12, (weekdays only) in L.A.:
11 am-6 pm “THE ART OF THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA: CREATIVITY IN A KARAOKE CULTURE” is an exhibition with an opening night program in USC’s “VISIONS & VOICES” series at MFA Gallery, 3001 S Flower St, Los Angeles.
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Reservations are required for the opening events on Wed, Nov 5, 7-11 pm; see the Guide’s Nov 5 write-up. Make reservations at www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu

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Fri, Sat & Sun, Nov 7-9, in Hollywood
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL" at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Runs Fridays through Sundays at 8 pm, and just extended through Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.

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Fri, Sat & Sun, Nov 7-9, in WeHo:
6 pm (8 pm Fri & Sat) "GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER, " at the Macha Theatre, 1107 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood 90069.
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Sun, Nov 9, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm FAIR MARKET BAND plays bluegrass, old-timey, and Americana every Sunday, free, at the Hollywood Farmers Market, Ivar Av. & Selma Av, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, Nov 9, in South Pasadena:
10 am-1 pm Weekly “BLUES BRUNCH” with BARRY BIG B BRENNER at the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443.

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Sun, Nov 9, in Altadena:
12:30 pm Monthly “BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION” is free to play or listen, before the matinee performance with a professional act takes the stage (at 3 pm), at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001; 626-398-7917.

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Sun, Nov 9,
FILM LAUNCH EVENT,
in Santa Monica:
2-5 pm "TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN: THE LIFE OF THOMAS PAINE" is an Indiegogo launch party to produce a film with that title, hosted by Ian Ruskin and Jan Goodman. Event is at the Santa Monica home of supporters Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl.
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Reservations get the address and directions by email to info@thelifeofthomaspaine.org
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Thomas Paine fought for the soul of America in the time of the American Revolution. The filmmakers want to take his story of a vision of true democracy and equality to many millions of Americans.
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Event includes readings from the play, reflections from special guests, appetizers and beverages, and the launch of the crowd-funding campaign.
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Their Indiegogo Campaign will launch that day around the world, but particularly in America, England and France, countries that were influenced by Paine and his extraordinary vision.
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You can give anything from $5 to $5, 000, with 8 levels in between, with thank-you gifts, and it is tax-deductible.

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Sun, Nov 9, in Altadena:
3 pm TUMBLEWEED ROB & THE SOUTHWEST JUNCTION play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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TUMBLEWEED ROB & THE SOUTHWEST JUNCTION are creating a buzz as an all-acoustic, Western Americana / Country Folk Music Group that has been lighting up the stage everywhere they go. As one of their devoted fans from Arizona recalls, "Four pleasant guys hit the stage, a bunch of pallets on a dirt floor. No matter because they started the set, and we were amazed! The best ear candy in the world, and I’m not talking cheap jelly beans but the best sweet, savory, dark chocolate!"
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With Lead Vocals by Rob Wolfskill along with the harmony and intensely dazzling musicianship of three of the best and finest musicians working in Acoustic Music today, Craig Ferguson, Guitar, Jesse Olema, Fiddle and Chris Rolontz, Upright Bass, these fellas are definitely breathing new life into the Western Americana Music genre! Their first album, “A Fork in the Road,” premiered at #2 on the Western Music Charts and received critical acclaim as well as radio airplay all around the world.
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“Tumbleweed Rob” Wolfskill is a veteran performer who is best known as the leader of one of the top acts in the Western Music genre, the late, great Sons of the Pioneers tribute, THE TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS. His new project, Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction, features contemporary songs written by Rob along with some cleverly reworked old Cowboy/Western standards and Classic Rock and Pop songs. There are some fun surprises too so, expect the unexpected but rest assured, you'll probably catch yourself singing along!
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Sun, Nov 9, in Burbank:
3:30-10 pm PETE ANDERSON plays most of his catalog on the Cantina stage at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sun, Nov 9, in Santa Monica:
3-5 pm MARK PRUDEAUX and blues slide player BRYAN CHAN play the Trip, 2101 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica 90405.

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Sun, Nov 9, in L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sun, Nov 9, in San Pedro:
4 pm BRUCE BAKER & THE ALTERED PRESENCE JAZZ BAND play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519-1314.
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Sun, Nov 9, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS play the “CAJUN ZYDECO DANCE SERIES” at the Golden Sails Hotel, PCH Club, 6285 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach 90803.
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Leroy Thomas, also known as "the Jewel of the Bayou", is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene. Leroy was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of zydeco musicians. His father Leo "The Bull" Thomas is the only zydeco musician to lead a zydeco band from the drums. Leroy's father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many zydeco bands today. Other family related zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother's side, Geno Delafose, a second cousin on his father's side, and Brian Terry a cousin on his father's side. Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco RoadRunners.
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Doors at 3:30 pm. Dance lesson at 4 pm. Band plays 4:30-7 pm. Gumbo is not included in admission, but is available for $5 a bowl while it lasts. More info, call Dempsey, 562-396-1132 or email bontemppappion@aol.com or call David, 909-527-0926 or email davidsousa@verizon.net.

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Sun, Nov 9, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, Nov 9, in downtown L.A.:
4:30 pm "LE SALON DE MUSIQUES” presents “MASTERS REDISCOVERED," celebrating "Slavic Nostalgia" through three Genius Czech Composers, JOSEPH SUK, BEDRICH SMETANA, and LEOS JANACEK, along with the British Composer Herbert HOWELLS, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012.
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This program will be performed by the talented string quartet of JESSICA GUIDERI & SERENA McKINNEY on violins, YI ZHOU on viola, and BEN HONG on cello.
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The series presents “neglected and forgotten composers, almost forgotten composers, as well as recognized composers and compositions, all in the Neo-Romantic and Impressionistic Genres, performed by World Renowned Artists in an intimate setting, without any stage or separation between the audience and the artists, [where you can] immerse yourself in the beauty and become one with the Music.”
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Tix, student, $39; regular, $75; includes Gourmet Buffet catered by Patina & French Champagne. Available at:
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Sun, Nov 9, in Burbank:
6 pm DEBRA LEE & TRIGGER HAPPY play Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sun, Nov 9, in Altadena:
7 pm MURPHY’S FLAW & THE McMAMMALS play a double-bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane says, “It's a genuine spectacle of effervescent (burp) entertainment Nov. 9 at Coffee Gallery Backstage. Flawed Friends and Coffee Gallery favorites Carol Schryver and Ron Bloom, otherwise known as the McMammals, will lead off with a mix of Celtic and American music performed on instruments that are actually tuned.”
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John Bryan of Murphy’s Flaw says, “The Flaw is excited about this (the McMammals, not the tuning) because we never get a chance to hear them -- they seem to appear only in Nova Scotia and Ireland and such and we, sadly, are not allowed to leave the country.
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“Their performance will build to the crescendo of the evening --Intermission.
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“Then the Flaw takes over and sings brilliantly, plays expertly and entertains completely, as we wonder why people haven't returned from Intermission yet. It's a grand evening, and attendance will be taken.”
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John also says, “Murphy’s Flaw is a fast-moving, funny bluegrass band now in its seventh incarnation during which it’s swollen like a carbuncle to six members. (We’re applying hot towels.) Among the members this time around are a former reggae/ska bass player, two writer/photographer/folksingers, a retired music teacher/surfer/jazz guitarist, a Japanese-born jazz violinist, and, believe it or not, an ex-fishing boat captain. Flaw members play several instruments including banjo, several flavors of guitar, ukelele bass, ? Dobro, lap steel, and mandolin. Some of these are in tune. Murphy’s Flaw, unlike other bands, also has a staff psychotherapist. There are good reasons for this.”
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The MacMammals are an eclectic Celtic, British Isles, and North American acoustic music experience. This Southern California based acoustic duo presents a musical stew of sounds seasoned with a touch of bluegrass, and salted with some songs of the sea (arggh!). From warm ballads to rousing sea shanties, their music weaves historical tales with folklore and humor. Their selection of distinctive and seldom heard songs augments The MacMammals experience and delights listeners.
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The "Macs" are Carol Schryver and Ron Bloom. They have been performing together since 2004, each bringing unique backgrounds to their duo. Ron comes from a long background of folk and folk/rock. He performs on acoustic guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, and lends warm vocals. Carol has performed Celtic and Appalachian music for over twenty years. Her vocal work is said to be reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. She backs her sheer, genuine, and enchanting contralto vocals with guitar and, on occasion, accordion. Backing The MacMammals will be bassist Paul Marshall. Paul’s warm and inventive bass licks are stirred into the pot, adding icing to The MacMammals cake. His bio includes singing/songwriting, film, and theater credits; band member with "Strawberry Alarm Clock, " "I See Hawks in LA, " and more. Join The MacMammals for an evening that includes selections that will complement the “Murphy’s Flaw” experience. www.themacmammals.wix/home www.paulmarshall.net
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Sun, Nov 9, in SFV (Chatsworth):
7 pm SOUTHERN CALIBER plays the second of two nights at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Sun, Nov 9, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303.

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Looking for something happening LATE? See the 3:30 pm listing for Cody’s Viva Cantina.



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Wed-Sun, Nov 12-16,
MUSIC CONFERENCE,
in Albuquerque:
Annual “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION” CONFERENCE & AWARDS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is always a good time, with plenty of live performances of traditional cowboy and western swing musioc, cowboy poetry and storytelling, and plenty of workshops, clinics, and panels, plus the most coveted awards in the genre.

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Thu, Nov 13, in L.A.:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY, CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY,” at the + Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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Peter, Paul and Mary became famous for their ability to convey powerful, personal and political messages through songs that’s touched the minds, hearts and conscience of millions of Americans. However, their first unofficial session took place in a grungy, fifth-floor Greenwich Village walkup. To test the chemistry of their voices, they chose a simple nursery rhyme, “Mary Has a Little Lamb.” Within moments, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers knew: when they sang together, there was magic in the air. Half a century and worlds of change later, Peter, Paul And Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life celebrates the songs, vision and conviction that fueled the folk trio’s impressive success and ignited the nation’s conscience. On every page, what Peter, Paul and Mary stood for, lived for and shared come alive through remarkable images. Drawn from interviews and personal writings, including diaries, the accompanying narrative merges each artist’s words and perspective, reflecting Peter, Paul and Mary’s commitment to consensus, in their social-political advocacies as well as their musical choices and efforts. Offering a rare and wonderfully intimate view of the trio’s collaborative work process and unique relationship, Peter, Paul and Mary takes readers not only backstage but deep in the group’s beliefs, emotions and passions. A special panel discussion is included.
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Fri, Nov 14, in VC (Newbury Park):
7:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY and THE KOLES headline, plus THE HARMONISTAS, at the "FIRESIDE CONCERT SERIES" at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd (at Borchard), Newbury Park.
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HARMONISTAS: The joint is always jumpin’ when the Harmonistas hit the scene. Sally Charette, Janice Gelencser, Louise Dobbs and Launice Walker are back again with a set that is 90% new to Fireside. These four diverse talents apply their unique harmonies to fresh arrangements of blues, rock, acapella, doo wop, gospel and folk. They hail from the four corners of the greater Los Angeles area, but the passion for harmony that brought them together is too powerful to resist. Just try to pin them down to traditional harmony parts –it can’t be done! Each Harmonista likes to play the harmonic field, finding the right combination for each song. The Harmonistas have played Fireside Concerts, Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont, Chuck’s Place concerts, Noble House, Chuck’s Place and Butler’s Coffee House. salcharette@aol.com
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KEN O’MALLEY: As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room; Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish News describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California” and the University of St. Thomas at Houston acknowledges him to be "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today." In Dublin at the age of 15, he opened for legendary balladeer Paddy Reilly at the equally legendary Old Sheiling Pub. His fluency in the Gaelic language was earned from his education by the Christian Brothers and his summers in the West of Ireland. A true ambassador of Irish culture, he infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. One show producer put it this way: “He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight.” Another simply stated that “Ken O'Malley connected with our audience in a way none of our other artists have.” kenomalley.com
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THE KOLES: The Koles are a folk pop trio with Arlene Kole, Bill Kole and Jim Rolfe.whose original songs and vocal arrangements captivate audiences everywhere. With roots in the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and harmonies that harkens back to the Manhattan Transfer and beyond, the Koles challenge modern day pop antics with streamlined brilliance in their musically stimulating offerings. Their performances caused them to be recognized in Music Connection Magazine’s Top 100 Live Acts in the USA for both 2009 & 2012. Past performances include Russ & Julie’s House Concerts, Thousand Oaks Library and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. More at www.thekolesmusic.com
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Info? Contact Bob Kroll at folksgr1@aol.com or 805-427-4707
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More at www.Crpd.org/parkfac/borchard/fireside_concerts asp.
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$10 at the door. Arrive early for the best seats. Adults only, no children.

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Fri, Nov 14, in L.A.:
8 pm LAUREN ADAMS plays Muse on 8th, Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (at 8th St, just S of Wilshire), in mid-city L.A.; www.MUSEon8th.com; 323-933-MUSE (6873). It was formerly Café Muse, on Santa Monica Bl (at Hudson) in Hollywood.
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We’ve written about Lauren before, as have others:
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"LAUREN ADAMS BAND This is an all-star outfit, from superb songwriter / band leader LAUREN ADAMS to PHIL PARLAPIANO on keys and accordion and MARK ‘POCKET’ GOLDBERG on bass. This is easily one of L.A.’s top ten electric Americana bands, and Lauren’s originals should be hit songs. Their rendition of ERNEST TROOST’S ‘Evangeline’ with Lauren’s vocals is powerful and compelling and very different from the classic blues ballad delivery that Ernest gives it. Lauren’s song ‘Thirsty, ’ title track to one of her albums, evokes lost country & western, from a time before Nashville lost the western part and turned it all into dysfunctional relationship, red-state-trailer-park rock. Each band member got a featured song, since all are singer-songwriters with solo albums and dozens of credits on records by big names. Be sure to catch LAUREN ADAMS when she performs in town, or at her monthly ‘Americana Music Circle’ showcase at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles." -- Larry Wines, Acoustic Americana Music Guide.
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"One listen and I was hooked. Superb, intelligent, thought-provoking songs. Real songs for real people wrapped in melodies that, promise to capture, inspire and pull the listener in again and again. Songwriters of Lauren Adams' level are few and far between.” -- LAURIE JOULIE, Take Back Country Magazine.

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Sat, Nov 15,
not music, but cool,
at UCLA:
All day “WALLACE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION” honoring the life and legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, presented by the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Schoenberg Hall, on the UCLA Campus.
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The Wallace Centennial Celebration includes distinguished speakers:
9 am-noon ANDREW BERRY, JARED DIAMOND, ED LARSON and MICHAEL SHERMER.
1-4 pm FRANS DE WAAL, TIM LAMAN & EDWIN SCHOLES, and WADE DAVIS.
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, the co-discoverer along with Charles Darwin of evolution by natural selection and the father of biogeography. All proceeds from this event support the A.R. Wallace Fund, which provides need-based financial support for field research and discovery in international settings. The Fund’s 10-weeks of project-based learning transform students into producers of knowledge, preparing them for careers in ecology and evolutionary biology.
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Seating is limited, register early. Registration includes coffee and light refreshments, souvenir program, field notebook and book signing opportunity.
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There are Half-Day & All-Day ticket options. Full Day Registration, $35 ($30 tax deductible); Half Day Registration, $25 ($20 tax deductible).
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For assistance with registration, call 310-206-6503 or email CollegeEvents@support.ucla.edu

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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
8 pm JENI & BILLY bring “APPALACHIAN FOLK ROOTS MUSIC” and original songs, presented by the Pasadena Folk Music Society in “Little Beckman” on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena. Park in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, in Pasadena. Walk and follow the signs.
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Producers tell us, “We're excited about their return appearance in our series. Jeni was born in Virginia coal country, Billy hails from Baltimore and they now live in East Nashville, touring the US and Canada extensively. Jenny's singing style has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement and her songwriting has been likened to that of Southern authors, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor. They switch off between various guitars, banjo, mandolin, and Billy plays harmonica and adds backing vocals.”
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Get a taste of their performance of the traditional song, “Panting for Heaven,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWKmf7cqWE
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Check out their closing number, “If I Ever Get Ten Dollars,” performed at “Merlefest,” the huge annual traditional music festival in North Carolina that honors Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. It’s at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qU64Yngelc
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Jeni and Billy have a brand new CD, Picnic in the Sky and this will be a very unique and wonderful performance as they will be joined by most of the musicians who performed on the recording, including Craig Eastman (fiddle, lap Steel, and mandolin), Dillon O'Brian (keyboards and harmony vocals), Denny Weston Jr. (percussion), perhaps David Jackson (bass & accordion), and Dave Way (percussion & guitar), the famed producer who engineered the recording. This concert will be a special and rare opportunity to hear Jeni & Billy in this format.
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More at http://jeniandbilly.com.
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See their web site at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu to discover all they have coming up.
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Tix, $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students and children. Tix available for cash at the door or in advance at the Ticket Office (no service charge if you go in person) or call them (for an added fee) at 626-395-4652.
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Tix online is a new option, by going to the Caltech Ticket Office website, at www.caltech.edu/content/jeni-billy -- click "Buy Tickets" at the bottom. There is a $6 charge per order and $1.50 charge per ticket in addition to the ticket price for online orders. There are no online ticket sales the day before or the day of the show.

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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
9 pm "THE CALIFORNIA ROOTS UNION PRESENTS" performances by MICHAEL UBALDINI and SARA PETITE at T. Boyle's Tavern, 37 N Catalina Av, Pasadena 91106.
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CRU presents San Diego's genuine hillbilly siren Sara Petite, and SoCal's rock and roll poet, the Los Twangeles troubadour Michael Ubaldini at CRU's next T. Boyle's Tavern show.

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Sun, Nov 16, in L.A.:
6-9 pm ERIC SCHWARTZ and DAVE CROSSLAND do "THE BIG DOUBLE CD RELEASE SHOW" at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035.
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Dave Crossland releases "Mother Country" at 7, and Eric Schwartz releases "The Better Man" (and, belatedly, "The Aristocrat, ") at 8:30.
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Plus, another act, Wild Rumpus, is tentatively planned for 10 pm.
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Doors open at 6. Music starts at 6:30 sharp. 21+ show.
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Tix are $20 in advance, $25 on day of show. You can buy them at The Mint's website via http://tinyurl.com/EricDaveRelease

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Sun, Nov 16, in Palm Desert:
THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS play their final show featuring the great BARRY McGUIRE at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
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THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS featured the great BARRY McGUIRE on some of their biggest hits. But, Barry, citing health issues, is retiring from his “Trippin’ the ’60s” show that he’s been performing with JOHN YORK (former BYRD), and it seems, really retiring. There are just two final appearances by Barry McGuire with The New Christy Minstrels, on Nov 2 in Cerritos, and on Nov 16 in Palm Desert. Info and ticket links for both are below.
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In addition, an appearance on November 4 by Minstrels leader Randy Sparks, with Becky Jo, says Bob Stane, “maybe a lot of the members of The New Christy Minstrels, joining Randy & Becky Jo,” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Here are all the options:
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On Nov 2, in Cerritos, tix at:
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On Nov 4, Randy Sparks & Becky Jo (only) play the Coffee Gallery Backstage; tix at:
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On Nov 16, at the McCallum, tix at: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=731
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For reservations at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for Randy Sparks & Becky Jo, phone 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane goes waaaay back with all these legendary folk artists. He says, “These shows are a very big deal, folks. Loaded with musical and comedic talent and on the cusp of musical history and legend. Always. By the way, in the early days of The New Christy Minstrels, I had a lot to do with furnishing Randy with individuals in the group. My clubs, the Upper Cellar and the Ice House, nurtured many, many later members of this fantastic group. Randy will tell stories of these days from then until the introduction of Vecca The Show Dog.”
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A great many folkies have been members of the group, including Tracy Newman and David Zink. There’s lots of history about the New Christy Minstrels on their web site, at: http://www.thenewchristyminstrels.com/
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Tue, Nov 18, in L.A.:
"A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" live performance for TV taping at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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The road to “Music's Biggest Night ®” begins with "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" and culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 pm ET/PT. Last year's airing of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" helped lead to stellar ratings for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which ultimately garnered more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also was the biggest social television event at that time, with 34 million social media interactions (with statistics compiled by Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter).
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"A Very GRAMMY Christmas" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.
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Tickets on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone lines at 866-448-7849.



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Saturday’s Music & Arts Events, Nov 8, and some beyond in Southern California, 2014

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Here are all of SATURDAY’s EVENTS! Another edition will follow for SUNDAY, and a big edition of NEWS FEATURES will be along later this weekend. Meantime, here’s all you need to plan your tuneful times!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY greetings to a local music-maker…

Sunday, November 9th
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What’s in this edition…

♪ RADIO SPECIAL, Sat & Sun, BROADCAST & WEB

♪ TICKET ALERTS

♪ FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, including theatre this weekend

♪ THIS WEEKEND’s NOTABLE CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

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♪ COMING SOON – AFTER THE WEEKEND – NOTABLE FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, ETC.



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"CAR TALK" on NPR affiliate stations all around the country, presents a special tribute.
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"CLICK and CLACK, the TAPPET BROTHERS" are real-life brothers Ray and Tom, the longtime hosts of the most entertaining "learn-something" show, ever.
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Ray will be taking an hour to remember his brother Tom, who passed away Monday from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Indie singer-songwriters and big label recording artists alike have been treated very well by the show, which plays fragments of original songs about cars, road trips, coming of age behind the wheel (or in the back seat), and more. Over the years, “Car Talk” has released several compilation CDs of the complete songs.
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The show will feature some of Tom’s funniest moments from nearly thirty years of Car Talk. A spokesman says, "We’ve pulled together moments that are 'classic Tom' — his wacko theories, his insights on callers’ lives, and his unique take on life. And, of course, no shortage of his great laughter. We hope you can join us."
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“THE DAN BAND HOLIDAY SHOW” is Dec 19 at Club Nokia in downtown L.A. / Doors at 8 pm / tix, $25 GA, $35 VIP / on sale Nov 7 at 10 am.

ALAN JACKSON with BRANDY CLARK & JON PARDI is February 27 at Nokia Theatre, L.A. LIVE in downtown L.A. / Doors at 7 pm / tix, $25, $55.95, $79.95, $149.95 / on sale Nov 7 at 10 am.



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√ Sat, Nov 8,
FILM & BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL,
in San Diego:
Annual “POINT MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL” with music performances by JAMES REAMS & THE BARNSTORMERS, and screenings by Gregory Page Films of “Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass,” “Heartworn Highways,” and “The Tao of Bluegrass: A portrait of Peter Rowan,” at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Av, San Diego 92101; 619-920-8503.

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ACOUSTIC JAM FESTIVAL,
in the San Bernardino Mtns:
Annual “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” is sponsored by SONGMAKERS at Camp de Benneville Pines, 41750 Jenks Lake Rd W, Angelus Oaks 92305.

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√ Fri-Sun, Nov 7-9,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in Pasadena:
"PLAY/GROUND ANNUAL NEW PLAY FESTIVAL" at Boston Court Theatre, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; 626-683-6883; www.bostoncourt.org
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The free readings are open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling emailing JoeM@bostoncourt.com or calling 626-683-6883. Limit 4 tickets per reservation.
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Friday, November 7 at 8 pm “MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES,” by Luis Alfaro, directed by Jessica Kubzansky Luis Alfaro, author of the explosive Oedipus el Rey, continues his reexamination of the Greek classics through the modern lens. Mojada is a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides' Medea transported to East Los Angeles. In an epic journey of crossing borders, Medea, a Mexican seamstress with extraordinary skill, is running from a past filled with betrayals. With husband Jason and their son in tow, our storied heroine’s struggle to adapt takes a disastrous toll when old and new worlds meet in the City of the Angels. Alfaro's stunning contemporary take on the Greek myth tackles family, tradition, culture and the explosive moment when they all collide.
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Saturday, November 8, 11 am “MAD BEAT HIP & GONE,” by Steven Dietz, directed by Michael Michetti Mad Beat Hip & Gone is an on-the-road comedy with a jazz soul. This valentine to the wanderlust of growing up imagines the adventures of the two guys who may have been in the car right behind Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in 1947. America, it's been said, is the country where you always find the thing you never knew you were searching for.
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Saturday, November 8, 2:30 pm “HILLARY AND CLINTON,” by Lucas Hnath, directed by Lindsay Allbaugh In an alternate universe light years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it's slightly different. And living on this other earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It's 2008 and she's campaigning in a state called Iowa. She's not doing very well in the polls. She needs more money to keep the campaign going, so she calls her husband for help. He offers her a deal, a tough deal, but when she gets his help, she gets more than she bargained for. You may think you know where this story is going, but you don't. After all, the play takes place in an alternate universe where anything can happen...
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Saturday, November 8, 5 pm “IN A WORD,” by Lauren Yee, directed by Casey Stangl For Fiona, today is the two-year anniversary of her young son’s disappearance. And still, nothing makes sense. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. But when her son’s case is on the brink of being declared “cold,” Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece. in a word chronicles Fiona’s attempts to make sense of the past, as grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
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Sunday, November 9, 11 am “YOUR NAME WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME,” by Carlos Murillo, directed by Michael John Garces The young, reclusive novelist Danny Santiago came out of nowhere and took the literary world by storm. His novel, Famous All Over Town, was a gritty, authentic depiction of Chicano life in East L.A. told through the eyes of a troubled teenager. But is it authentic? And who is the real Danny Santiago? And what happens when best friends and collaborators Javier and Alvaro attempt to make sense of the story. Originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Your Name Will Follow You Home takes us on a wild, only-in-America, odyssey to the darkest heart of these questions. Charlie Chaplin. Communists in Hollywood. HUAC. The Blacklist. 50s B-Monster Movies. Architectural Fantasias. Fake Latinos. Jesse James.

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√ Sat & Sun, Nov 8 & 9,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
in Griffith Park (L.A.):
10 am-5 pm “AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS MARKETPLACE” brings top Native American artists to display and offer sculptures and pottery, beadwork and basketry, photography and paintings, jewelry and textiles, wooden carvings and mixed-media works, at the Autry National Center (Autry Museum), 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles 90027; 323-667-2000.

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√ Ongoing, through Nov 10,
FESTIVAL,
in L.A.:
“ENCUENTRO 2014” is the the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s annual festival, in association with the “Latina/o Theatre Commons,” and it’s a national theatre festival from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theatre festival in the US to bring together more than 150 artists and 19 theatre companies from across the country to present 17 works that explore the multi-faceted Latina/o experience — from Pulitzer Prize-winning works and violence at the border, to immigration and the complexities of romantic relationships.
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Tix: Get $20 tickets (that’s almost 50% off) with promo code: ENC14 at www.TheLATC.org/festival-passes
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Use the same url to learn about the $75 ALL-ACCESS pass, allowing you to catch all the drama, all the laughter and all the stories for one price.
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Students enjoy significant savings with a $10 ticket (use promo code: STUDENT10).
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Al show schedules, tickets and info, at 213-489-0094 or www.TheLATC.org



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Wed-Wed, Nov 5-12, (weekdays only) in L.A.:
11 am-6 pm “THE ART OF THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA: CREATIVITY IN A KARAOKE CULTURE” is an exhibition with an opening night program in USC’s “VISIONS & VOICES” series at MFA Gallery, 3001 S Flower St, Los Angeles.
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The exhibition runs Wed, Nov 5-Wed, Nov 12; hours are Mon-Fri, only, 11 am-6 pm. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to everyone.
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Reservations are required for the opening events on Wed, Nov 5, 7-11 pm; see the Guide’s Nov 5 write-up. Make reservations at www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu

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Fri, Sat & Sun, Nov 7-9, in Hollywood
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL" at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Runs Fridays through Sundays at 8 pm, and just extended through Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.

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Fri, Sat & Sun, Nov 7-9, in WeHo:
8 pm (6 pm Sun) "GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER, " at the Macha Theatre, 1107 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood 90069.
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Based on true events. screenwriter MERCEDES De ACOSTA has affairs with both GRETA GARBO and MARLENE DIETRICH. Like Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Runs Fri & Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 6.



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Sat, Nov 8, on TV:
8:30 am (Pacific) “VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: THE ARTIST VIEW: STING,” on AXS TV.
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Sting discusses the creative process behind the music videos he was proud to be part of, including "Fields of Gold" and "Every Breath You Take".

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Sat, Nov 8, on TV:
10 am (Pacific) “THE BIG INTERVIEW: LORETTA LYNN” on AXS TV.
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Sat, Nov 8, in downtown L.A.:
11 am & 12:30 pm GIT-HOAN DANCERS from ALASKA & the PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST, perform for the free “WORLD CITY” series at the outdoor W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av. Los Angeles 90012; 213-972-7211.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Altadena:
3 pm VICTORIA BLYTHE plus WALTER STRAUSS play a matinee for VICTORIA BLYTHE’s CD RELEASE at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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VICTORIA BLYTHE is rather like Joni Mitchell meets Nora Jones – stunning voice, dazzling guitar, brilliant originals and innovatively interpreted covers. Bay Area singer-songwriter Victoria Blythe introduces her jazz-infused debut CD, "Silver Flyer", to Southern California in this matinee stop on her West Coast CD release tour. She will be accompanied by renowned West African-inspired guitarist Walter Strauss, bassist Sam Bevan and percussionist Kendrick Freeman, all virtuosos of their instruments. “Wonderful music, wonderfully performed” Peter Yarrow, Peter, Paul & Mary. Hear her cover of James Brown’s I Feel Good: (http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=IihFtQpqMjg) www.victoriablythe.com
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VICTORIA BLYTHE is a songwriter and co-leader of the award-winning Americana band CALAVERAS, backup singer for other acts, and frequent soloist. Her thrillingly beautiful vocals have been compared to Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, Paula Cole, Sandy Denny and Evanescence. Her just-released debut CD, "Silver Flyer," blends jazz, folk and pop influences into ear-catching, unique songs, written in collaboration with her partner Greg Beattie (Kerrville New Folk winner, Grand Prize and Song of the Year, West Coast Songwriters, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists). Guitarist Walter Strauss (www.walterstrauss.com) has translated the African kora (folk harp) music to guitar and the results are absolutely amazing.
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This Bay Area guitar maestro’s songs are full of the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. His stunning solo pieces featured in the act are worth the price of admission. Rounding out the ensemble are bassist Sam Bevan (www.sambevan.com) (Monk's Music Trio, David Grisman, Joe Craven and VNote Ensemble) and drummer Kendrick Freeman (www.kendrickfreeman.com) (Rob Ickes, Alison Brown, Sukhawat Ali Khan, Joe Craven, Michael Barclay).
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Sat, Nov 8, in OC (San Clemente):
3-8 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “SAN CLEMENTE SONG CIRCLE & BBQ/POTLUCK” in San Clemente 92672. Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, Nov 8, in VC (Somis):
6 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “SOMIS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK” in Somis 93066. Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, Nov 8, at USC (L.A.):
6 pm CANTO SIN FRONTERAS play their “20th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT” plus Mexican Group YODOQUINS, at the USC United University Church, 817 W 34th St, University Park (Los Angeles) 90089.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES” brings various bands to Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, Nov 8, in SFV (Mission Hills):
6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “MISSION HILLS SONG CIRCLE” in Mission Hills 91345 . Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, Nov 8, in L.A.:
7-10 pm Monthly “GRASSROOTS ACOUSTICA” charity benefit showcase series brings a talented lineup of solo and band performances to the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 Alvarado St, Los Angeles 90026.
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Sat, Nov 8, at USC:
7 pm “DRAWING OUT OF ORDER: AN EVENING WITH MARJANE SATRAPI & CHRIS WARE,” at Bovard Auditorium on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.); Make reservations at www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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Award-winning graphic novelist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi and graphic novelist Chris Ware are two artists whose beautiful storytelling combines visual pleasure with subject matter of the highest seriousness. Satrapi’s internationally best-selling graphic memoir and critically acclaimed film Persepolis recounts her youth in Iran amid the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. Chris Ware uses stunningly lyrical drawings and spare text to create haunting, beautiful and unshakable books called “delicate and achingly beautiful” by the New York Times, including Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories. Join us for a rare opportunity to see these two critically acclaimed artists—and longtime mutual admirers—in conversation about their own and each other’s work. The discussion will be moderated by USC professors Dana Johnson and Jeff Solomon. Organized by Alice Gambrell (English), Dana Johnson (English and Creative Writing) and Jeff Solomon (English and Creative Writing). Co-sponsored by the USC Comic Book Club and LA/Islam Arts Initiative.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Palmdale:
7 pm DANIELLE HÉBERT plus RALPH ANGEL make for a double-bill at Butler's Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551, near the Antelope Valley Mall; 661-272-9530.
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First up is RALPH ANGEL the new kid on our block, who hails from Plymouth, U.K., where he and his band, The Devilriders, rocked a zillion pubs with their rompin' stompin' version of Rockabilly, liberally laced with shots of rock and rhythm and blues. Now the mask's off, and Ralph's flying solo in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, an Ambassador of Good Times, proudly saluting the flag of rock'n'roll...
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And then DANIELLE HÉBERT, a talented post-folk Quebecois biker chick and flower child, sculptor, visual artist, singer and songwriter, poly-instrumentalist and world-class rambler rolls back into town, to take the stage with her good pal Forrest, presenting her own swirling, captivating blend of prog rock, traditional folk, bar band swagger, cosmic jazz and world music, a mind-blowing excursion to the inner and outer limits that's as hard to pin down as it is forget. A Butler's favourite, Danielle been around the world, and has the stories to prove it, most recently in Turkey, where she spent a year or so studying the baglama (pronounced balama).
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Sat, Nov 8, in OC (Mission Viejo):
7 pm Guitarist ADAM MILLER plays the second of two nights for the “LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT SERIES,” this one at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo 92691. Tix, 949-842-2227 or 949-244-6656.

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Sat, Nov 8, in San Diego:
7 pm LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS play the “BTSC Presents” series at War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Dr, in Balboa Park, San Diego 92101.

Doors at 6 pm. 6:20-7 pm Dance Lesson. Open Dancing 7-10:15 pm.
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Leroy Thomas, also known as "the Jewel of the Bayou", is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene. Leroy was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of zydeco musicians. His father Leo "The Bull" Thomas is the only zydeco musician to lead a zydeco band from the drums. Leroy's father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many zydeco bands today. Other family related zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother's side, Geno Delafose, a second cousin on his father's side, and Brian Terry a cousin on his father's side. Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco RoadRunners.
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Kids welcome. Families, singles welcome. Tasty food available at reasonable prices at the hotel restaurant which opens at 5 pm.
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Sat, Nov 8, in San Diego Co (La Jolla):
7 pm MARI BLACK & HER WORLD FIDDLE ENSEMBLE plus the HOUSE OF SCOTLAND PIPE BAND team-up for a strong program at theCongregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St, La Jolla; 858-459-5045.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Altadena:
7 pm TAYLOR MADE, James Taylor tribute band, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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TAYLOR MADE, The James Taylor Tribute Band, consists of a group of musicians who are dedicated to bringing the uplifting, soulful and memorable sounds of the legendary singer-songwriter to be enjoyed in any setting. Paying close attention to the details of each song, we have crafted a sound that captures the live and recorded experience of listening to James Taylor in concert. The next best thing to JT himself!
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Taylor Made is Stephen Bock on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Darryl Lieberstein on bass and vocals, Sheryl Braunstein on vocals, Preston Gould on horns and vocals, Dev Dosaj on keyboards and vocals, Hugh Laxineta on electric guitars, and Clark Pardee on drums.
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Whether you are listening to the full band or the "unplugged" version you will be hearing classic JT tunes like Fire and Rain, Mexico and Shower the People, or his famous cover tunes like You've Got A Friend and How Sweet It Is. We believe you will close your eyes and marvel at the way Taylor Made brings the music of James Taylor and his band to life.
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Sat, Nov 8 & Nov 15, in Redondo Beach:
7:30-10:30 pm ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the award-winning HARD RAIN, play the Avenue A Bar & Grill, 800 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277.

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Sat, Nov 8, in L.A.:
7:30 pm Monthly “LOS ANGELES MENSA FOLKSONG SING” location can be obtained from Alan Stillson at 818-884-4284 .

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Sat, Nov 8, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm THE GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly BLUEGRASS residency, often with stellar guests, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Sat, Nov 8, in SFV (Northridge):
8 pm LOS LOBOS, East L.A.’s greatest export to the musical universe and the world’s greatest garage band, plays the Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330; 818-677-3000.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Culver City:
8 pm THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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They just released their debut CD, “MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST.” A bluegrass band like no other, THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of JOHN MARSHALL, EVAN MARSHALL, DUANE MICHAELS and MICHELLE LYNSKEY.
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of JOHN MARSHALL, EVAN MARSHALL, between them, have played Disneyland over 100,000 times.
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EVAN MARSHALL is one of the preeminent mandolinists in the world. Renowned for his stunning duo-style playing, he is a true virtuoso, and his jaw-dropping rendition of The William Tell Overture as a solo piece is legendary to mandolin enthusiasts worldwide. John Marshall, also a virtuoso of his craft, has wowed audiences for more than 25 years with his unique and incomparable melodic / rhythmic slap bass style. Duane Michaels, known for his dynamic and masterful solos, is widely considered to be on of Bluegrass’ most authentic and innovative fiddle players. Rounding out the MMB line-up is bassist /vocalist, Michelle Lynskey, who has been a featured performer on film and television soundtracks for more than 20 years, and was also a world championship Irish Dancer. Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at prestigious venues such as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and have been featured performers in radio, television and film, including A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR, and HBO’S series, BIG LOVE. They are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band. This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate hints of jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, amazing vocals and harmonies, and powerful step dancing. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these long time friends, and you have an evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.
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About the Miskey Mountain Boys debut CD, “MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST.” From the very first resonant bowed bass opening of the title track, to the fast and furious final notes of the cd, MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST takes listeners on a musical journey they’ll never forget. From classical bluegrass to classical music, from the sounds of swing to blues and jazz, each track carries the distinct signature that only this band can deliver. Their unique arrangements and infectious energy “Miskify” each tune, providing that innovative and creative flavor that leaves the listener happily satisfied.
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One of the many things this recording successfully captures is the high energy and intimate feel the band is known for. Other unique elements that are featured on this cd include incredible slap bass, energetic twin fiddle numbers, mellifluous mandolin solos, drum-like percussion on the bass, and inspiring vocals.
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Featuring audience favorites as well as four never-before heard tracks, “MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST” is sure to delight current fans as well as inspire a new following of folks who will love the creativity and musicianship of The Miskey Mountain Boys.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Santa Monica:
8 pm LAURENCE JUBER, Grammy-winning guitarist from Paul McCartney’s band, WINGS, and all-around good guy, plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Santa Barbara:
8 pm LEO KOTTKE, global guitar legend, plays the Lobero Theatre, 33 ECanon Perdido St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-963-0761.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Arcadia:
8 pm BB CHUNG KING, plus the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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If anyone deserve to be a rockstar this is the guy: BB CHUNG KING. Awards for BEST GUITAR, VOCALS, BEST BAND, GREAT WRITING.
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Venue has full bar and offers good food with generous portions. Great place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.
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Substantial discount for advance tix (it’s always very reasonable here, anyway):
http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Sat, Nov 8, in L.A:
8 pm GERRY O'BEIRNE, Irish great, plays the Steward House Concert series in Los Angeles. Reservations get directions by email to janetrwilliamson@cs.com

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Sat, Nov 8, in San Pedro:
8 pm THE GREG FELDEN BAND, plus ROSA PULLMAN & MITCH GRAINGER, play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; www.grandvision.org; 310-833-4813.
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GREG FELDEN BAND brings simmering blues rock like Neil Young; they’ve sat-in with THE JAYHAWKS. With roots-country guests ROSA PULLMAN & MITCH GRAINGER. Greg and the band opened for last year’s Cliff Wagner’s Annual Bluegrass Holiday and seriously brought the house down with their bluesy rock-n-roll. Felden’s finely-crafted lyrics can be compared to Neil Young and the Decemberists. As a band, they have a simmering energy calling to mind the Jay Hawks and Wilco.

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Sat, Nov 8, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm SOUTHERN CALIBER plays the first of two nights at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Sat, Nov 8, in Burbank:
8 pm WILL KAPLAN & EMBER; then, Martini presents THE SYDEWYNDERS plus THE CHUMBUCKETS at 10 pm on the other stage, all at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com

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Sat, Nov 8, in L.A.:
8-10 pm THE PRATIES bring traditional and original Irish music to the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles 90034; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com
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Nov 8, in Pacific Beach (San Diego):
8 pm "A CELEBRATION OF JONI MITCHELL'S ‘MINGUS’" at Dizzy's, San Diego; Dizzy's events are held in the San Diego Jet Ski Showroom, 4275 Mission Bay Dr (at Rosewood St), Pacific Beach (San Diego) 92109; http://dizzysjazz.com
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Tix for this show only, at:
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Sat, Nov 8; Thu-Sat, Nov 6-8, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm The PACIFIC SYMPHONY’s 2014-15 Pops opening, “MICHAEL ANDREW SINGS SINATRA,” runs three nights at Segerstrom Hall, in the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org.
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The production features the standards made wildly popular by the great male nightclub singers of the 1950s —Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and others. This high-energy show features award-winning vocalist Michael Andrew, who was praised on Larry King Live as “one of the great singers of all time.” Andrew headlined the world-famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center for two years as its main singer and bandleader. He was also the band leader and singer for Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” at the Beverly Hilton before creating his hit musical comedy, “Mickey Swingerhead and The Earthgirls,” along with the 18-piece ATOMIC BIG BAND featured in the film “Poseidon.” Andrew joins the Symphony, led by Principal Pops Conductor RICHARD KAUFMAN, to recall the “good old days” when music was swinging, jazzy and always came with a Big Band.
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Sat, Nov 8, in Burbank:
8 pm LYN STANLEY does her CD RELEASE SHOW for “Potions, ” an album of 1950s jazz classics, at Vitello's (Upstairs at Vitello's), 4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City 91604; reservations, 818-769-0905; www.vitellosrestaurant.com.
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In 2013, the remarkable vocalist Lyn Stanley stunned both the music world and the audiophile marketplace with her internationally acclaimed debut album, Lost In Romance. With the release of her new album Potions [from the 50s], Ms. Stanley has provided the second chapter of what is destined to be a powerful and lasting presence on both the jazz and popular scene.
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Ms. Stanley has again surrounded herself with an outstanding cast of 13 of Los Angeles’ and New York’s finest musicians, assembled with full clarity of purpose to create the perfect environment for every selection. And as with Lost In Romance, exceptional care and focus has been taken by Lyn and the album’s producer Kenny Werner to achieve the utmost in production quality and audiophile perfection for CD/SACD, digital and vinyl release.
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Where Lost in Romance embraced the fertile ground of the Great American Songbook, Potions [from the 50s] digs deeply into the riches of some of the most popular songs composed during the 1950s. Many of these songs are welded in memory to the performers who created the original versions. But Lyn has accomplished the goal of all great vocalists by making every song entirely her own. Some of this is due to her conceptual skills and the extraordinary talents of her arrangers. Returning from Romance are the brilliant tandem of Tamir Hendelman and Steve Rawlins, but also joined here by Werner, Bill Cunliffe and Mike Lang – all three of whom provide their formidable pianistic wizardry as well – and Lyn herself.
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But the major credit must go to Ms Stanley’s radiant vocal artistry. Her flawless intonation and sumptuous warmth combine with a full bodied resonance whether in the darkest deep tones a la Sarah Vaughan or the penetrating register where Dinah Washington lived. Her lyrics – precisely enunciated, perfectly phrased and vividly rhythmic – tell her stories not only through the words, but in the emotional content with which she sings them. There is a theatrical quality of expression that is embodied in dance – the first discipline of artistic expression she embraced – with a grace and sensuality that coats every syllable she sings with a fluidity that is simply mesmerizing. Clearly this is an artist who knows both her intent and the methodology to pursue in order to achieve it.
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The exemplary cast of supporting musicians complements her vocals in ideal fashion – subtly, sensitively and with a vitality and inventiveness that are perfectly suited to the spirit of each song and arrangement. The aforementioned pianists are joined by bassist Mike Valerio (spelled by Johannes Weidenmueller on four songs) with John Robinson, Ari Hoenig and Joe La Barbera sharing the drum chair. Luis Conte adds his percussive colors to four tracks, while Thom Rotella’s guitar graces three. Clarinetist Tom Rainier, tenorman Rickey Woodard and Glenn Dewey on trumpet and flugelhorn are brought to the table in selected spots as well, each adding their own distinctive flavors with impeccable taste and flair.
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The delightful repertoire of 15 songs is drawn from a broad palette of jazz, popular hits, blues, country, R&B and doo-wop (and one very special Gershwin classic in a bonus track). Some are delivered in a similar context to the originals, others are uniquely conceived in unexpected fashion, but all of them are pure Lyn Stanley – captivating, imaginative and singular.
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Upon hearing her seductively breathy Cry Me a River, evoking mermaid gowns and the smoky late-night intimacy of a 50s film noir club setting, the song’s composer Arthur Hamilton said “You really got hold of the song – and did it a favor.”
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Lyn’s take on In the Still of the Night – Fred Parris’ Five Satins hit that is #1 on virtually every Best of Doo-Wop list – flirts between emotive ballad and an infectious bolero with flugelhorn spicing, making it sound like it was written just for her. She also re-imagines BB King’s signature song The Thrill Is Gone as a moody, atmospheric bluesy ballad that builds to a dramatic climax. Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker’s You Don’t Know Me becomes a torchily evocative ballad in a touching admonishment that displays an equal balance of hurt and dignity, with just the right amount of cry in her voice.
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Leiber and Stoller’s hit tune Love Potion #9 is transformed into a sinuously sexy and soulful tale with gospel-ish B3 touches juxtaposed with funky piano. After the Lights Go Down Low gets a low-down and dirty, delightfully syncopated New Orleans feel in a growling, whispering contralto stoked by piano somewhere between barrelhouse and Fats Domino. Speaking of Fats, his classic I’m Walkin’ is a grooving up-tempo romp built on walking bass and sprightly congas.
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Three iconic jazz works receive Lyn’s special treatment. George Shearing and George David Weiss’ Lullaby of Broadway is an infectious Cha Cha with Rainer’s clarinet adding to the delightful aura. Rainier also helps drive Howard Bart’s Fly Me to the Moon in crisply delivered bouncy swing mode. Erroll Garner’s Misty is an exquisitely filigreed tour de force – sumptuous, deeply emotional, with Lyn beautifully telling her story in a way that would make Sarah Vaughan smile.
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Bluesy balladry in something of a talking style is on hand for DePaul and Cahn’s Teach Me Tonight, colored by some cat-like purrs and growls in the vocal and a gutsy tenor solo and obbligato from Woodard. Dewey’s trumpet plays that role on Adler and Ross’ Hey There, a relaxed swinging jaunt that tugs hard on the leash while Lyn lies perfectly just behind the beat. She takes a more audacious approach to that laying-back delivery on Steiner & Discant’s A Summer Place, dynamically arranged with the ensemble in fervid straight-ahead mode.
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This marvelous album “ends” with Comden and Green’s The Party’s Over in easy swing, sprightly rhythmic over staggered wailing bass. But the real conclusion (to both this and the previous album) comes by way of a bonus track. The Gershwins’ masterpiece, The Man I Love is a breathtaking pas de deux as Werner caresses Lyn’s gorgeous vocal like a jeweler romancing a precious gem. The club is closed, the band has split and the pianist and vocalist are there just to share their love of the music and the joy of profound expression. A perfect conclusion to a deeply compelling album filled with love and beauty.
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“Potions,” on A.T. Music (LLC 3101), street date Nov 8. All vocals: Lyn Stanley. Musicians: piano/organ: Kenny Werner, Bill Cunliffe, Mike Lang; bass: Johannes Weidermeuller and Mike Valerio; drums: Joe La Barbera, Ari Hoenig, John Robinson; soloists: Glenn Drewes (trumpet/flugelhorn), Thom Rotella (guitar), Rickey Woodard (tenor saxophone), Tom Rainer (clarinet) and Luis Conte (percussion).
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Produced by: Kenny Werner Recorded and Mixed by Al Schmitt; mastered by Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering; recorded at Capitol Recording Studios (Hollywood CA), Avatar Studios (NYC, NY), LAFx (Burbank CA); asst. engineers Steve Genewick, Akihiro Nishimura; arrangements Kenny Werner, Steve Rawlins, Bill Cunliffe, Mike Lang and Lyn Stanley; UPC codes (LP) 053176534268; (SACD) 053176534237; (CD) 053176534220; (HiRez dnld) 053176534244; album photography Evelina Pentcheva and Tyree Phillips.

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Sat, Nov 8, in San Pedro:
8 pm MITCH FORMAN TRIO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519 1314.

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Sat, Nov 8, in L.A.:
9 pm BEAR'S DEN plays the “BLUEGRASS SITUATION” series, co- presented by The Fold, at the Bootleg HiFi, 2220 Beverly Bl, Los Angeles 90057; 213-389-3856.

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Sat, Nov 8, in Long Beach:
9 pm THE WHOOLIGANS play Irish Music at the Red Leprechaun, which bills itself as the “L.A. Area's ONLY American Irish Gastro Pub,” 4000 E Anaheim Av, Long Beach; 562-343-5560; www.redleprechaun.com



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Wed-Sun, Nov 12-16,
MUSIC CONFERENCE,
in Albuquerque:
Annual “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION” CONFERENCE & AWARDS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is always a good time, with plenty of live performances of traditional cowboy and western swing musioc, cowboy poetry and storytelling, and plenty of workshops, clinics, and panels, plus the most coveted awards in the genre.

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Thu, Nov 13, in L.A.:
8 pm “AN EVENING WITH PETER YARROW AND NOEL PAUL STOOKEY, CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY,” at the + Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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Peter, Paul and Mary became famous for their ability to convey powerful, personal and political messages through songs that’s touched the minds, hearts and conscience of millions of Americans. However, their first unofficial session took place in a grungy, fifth-floor Greenwich Village walkup. To test the chemistry of their voices, they chose a simple nursery rhyme, “Mary Has a Little Lamb.” Within moments, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers knew: when they sang together, there was magic in the air. Half a century and worlds of change later, Peter, Paul And Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life celebrates the songs, vision and conviction that fueled the folk trio’s impressive success and ignited the nation’s conscience. On every page, what Peter, Paul and Mary stood for, lived for and shared come alive through remarkable images. Drawn from interviews and personal writings, including diaries, the accompanying narrative merges each artist’s words and perspective, reflecting Peter, Paul and Mary’s commitment to consensus, in their social-political advocacies as well as their musical choices and efforts. Offering a rare and wonderfully intimate view of the trio’s collaborative work process and unique relationship, Peter, Paul and Mary takes readers not only backstage but deep in the group’s beliefs, emotions and passions. A special panel discussion is included.
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Doors open at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets are $25, available at 213-765-6803 or www.grammymuseum.org

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Fri, Nov 14, in VC (Newbury Park):
7:30 pm KEN O'MALLEY and THE KOLES headline, plus THE HARMONISTAS, at the "FIRESIDE CONCERT SERIES" at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Rd (at Borchard), Newbury Park.
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HARMONISTAS: The joint is always jumpin’ when the Harmonistas hit the scene. Sally Charette, Janice Gelencser, Louise Dobbs and Launice Walker are back again with a set that is 90% new to Fireside. These four diverse talents apply their unique harmonies to fresh arrangements of blues, rock, acapella, doo wop, gospel and folk. They hail from the four corners of the greater Los Angeles area, but the passion for harmony that brought them together is too powerful to resist. Just try to pin them down to traditional harmony parts –it can’t be done! Each Harmonista likes to play the harmonic field, finding the right combination for each song. The Harmonistas have played Fireside Concerts, Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont, Chuck’s Place concerts, Noble House, Chuck’s Place and Butler’s Coffee House. salcharette@aol.com
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KEN O’MALLEY: As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room; Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish News describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California” and the University of St. Thomas at Houston acknowledges him to be "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today." In Dublin at the age of 15, he opened for legendary balladeer Paddy Reilly at the equally legendary Old Sheiling Pub. His fluency in the Gaelic language was earned from his education by the Christian Brothers and his summers in the West of Ireland. A true ambassador of Irish culture, he infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. One show producer put it this way: “He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight.” Another simply stated that “Ken O'Malley connected with our audience in a way none of our other artists have.” kenomalley.com
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THE KOLES: The Koles are a folk pop trio with Arlene Kole, Bill Kole and Jim Rolfe.whose original songs and vocal arrangements captivate audiences everywhere. With roots in the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and harmonies that harkens back to the Manhattan Transfer and beyond, the Koles challenge modern day pop antics with streamlined brilliance in their musically stimulating offerings. Their performances caused them to be recognized in Music Connection Magazine’s Top 100 Live Acts in the USA for both 2009 & 2012. Past performances include Russ & Julie’s House Concerts, Thousand Oaks Library and the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. More at www.thekolesmusic.com
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Info? Contact Bob Kroll at folksgr1@aol.com or 805-427-4707
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More at www.Crpd.org/parkfac/borchard/fireside_concerts asp.
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$10 at the door. Arrive early for the best seats. Adults only, no children.

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Fri, Nov 14, in L.A.:
8 pm LAUREN ADAMS plays Muse on 8th, Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (at 8th St, just S of Wilshire), in mid-city L.A.; www.MUSEon8th.com; 323-933-MUSE (6873). It was formerly Café Muse, on Santa Monica Bl (at Hudson) in Hollywood.
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We’ve written about Lauren before, as have others:
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"LAUREN ADAMS BAND This is an all-star outfit, from superb songwriter / band leader LAUREN ADAMS to PHIL PARLAPIANO on keys and accordion and MARK ‘POCKET’ GOLDBERG on bass. This is easily one of L.A.’s top ten electric Americana bands, and Lauren’s originals should be hit songs. Their rendition of ERNEST TROOST’S ‘Evangeline’ with Lauren’s vocals is powerful and compelling and very different from the classic blues ballad delivery that Ernest gives it. Lauren’s song ‘Thirsty, ’ title track to one of her albums, evokes lost country & western, from a time before Nashville lost the western part and turned it all into dysfunctional relationship, red-state-trailer-park rock. Each band member got a featured song, since all are singer-songwriters with solo albums and dozens of credits on records by big names. Be sure to catch LAUREN ADAMS when she performs in town, or at her monthly ‘Americana Music Circle’ showcase at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles." -- Larry Wines, Acoustic Americana Music Guide.
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"One listen and I was hooked. Superb, intelligent, thought-provoking songs. Real songs for real people wrapped in melodies that, promise to capture, inspire and pull the listener in again and again. Songwriters of Lauren Adams' level are few and far between.” -- LAURIE JOULIE, Take Back Country Magazine.

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Sat, Nov 15,
not music, but cool,
at UCLA:
All day “WALLACE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION” honoring the life and legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, presented by the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Schoenberg Hall, on the UCLA Campus.
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The Wallace Centennial Celebration includes distinguished speakers:
9 am-noon ANDREW BERRY, JARED DIAMOND, ED LARSON and MICHAEL SHERMER.
1-4 pm FRANS DE WAAL, TIM LAMAN & EDWIN SCHOLES, and WADE DAVIS.
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, the co-discoverer along with Charles Darwin of evolution by natural selection and the father of biogeography. All proceeds from this event support the A.R. Wallace Fund, which provides need-based financial support for field research and discovery in international settings. The Fund’s 10-weeks of project-based learning transform students into producers of knowledge, preparing them for careers in ecology and evolutionary biology.
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Seating is limited, register early. Registration includes coffee and light refreshments, souvenir program, field notebook and book signing opportunity.
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There are Half-Day & All-Day ticket options. Full Day Registration, $35 ($30 tax deductible); Half Day Registration, $25 ($20 tax deductible).
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For assistance with registration, call 310-206-6503 or email CollegeEvents@support.ucla.edu

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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
8 pm JENI & BILLY bring “APPALACHIAN FOLK ROOTS MUSIC” and original songs, presented by the Pasadena Folk Music Society in “Little Beckman” on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena. Park in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, in Pasadena. Walk and follow the signs.
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Producers tell us, “We're excited about their return appearance in our series. Jeni was born in Virginia coal country, Billy hails from Baltimore and they now live in East Nashville, touring the US and Canada extensively. Jenny's singing style has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement and her songwriting has been likened to that of Southern authors, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor. They switch off between various guitars, banjo, mandolin, and Billy plays harmonica and adds backing vocals.”
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Get a taste of their performance of the traditional song, “Panting for Heaven,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVWKmf7cqWE
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Check out their closing number, “If I Ever Get Ten Dollars,” performed at “Merlefest,” the huge annual traditional music festival in North Carolina that honors Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. It’s at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qU64Yngelc
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Jeni and Billy have a brand new CD, Picnic in the Sky and this will be a very unique and wonderful performance as they will be joined by most of the musicians who performed on the recording, including Craig Eastman (fiddle, lap Steel, and mandolin), Dillon O'Brian (keyboards and harmony vocals), Denny Weston Jr. (percussion), perhaps David Jackson (bass & accordion), and Dave Way (percussion & guitar), the famed producer who engineered the recording. This concert will be a special and rare opportunity to hear Jeni & Billy in this format.
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More at http://jeniandbilly.com.
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See their web site at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu to discover all they have coming up.
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Tix, $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students and children. Tix available for cash at the door or in advance at the Ticket Office (no service charge if you go in person) or call them (for an added fee) at 626-395-4652.
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Tix online is a new option, by going to the Caltech Ticket Office website, at www.caltech.edu/content/jeni-billy -- click "Buy Tickets" at the bottom. There is a $6 charge per order and $1.50 charge per ticket in addition to the ticket price for online orders. There are no online ticket sales the day before or the day of the show.

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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
9 pm "THE CALIFORNIA ROOTS UNION PRESENTS" performances by MICHAEL UBALDINI and SARA PETITE at T. Boyle's Tavern, 37 N Catalina Av, Pasadena 91106.
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CRU presents San Diego's genuine hillbilly siren Sara Petite, and SoCal's rock and roll poet, the Los Twangeles troubadour Michael Ubaldini at CRU's next T. Boyle's Tavern show.

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Sun, Nov 16, in L.A.:
6-9 pm ERIC SCHWARTZ and DAVE CROSSLAND do "THE BIG DOUBLE CD RELEASE SHOW" at the Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035.
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Dave Crossland releases "Mother Country" at 7, and Eric Schwartz releases "The Better Man" (and, belatedly, "The Aristocrat, ") at 8:30.
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Plus, another act, Wild Rumpus, is tentatively planned for 10 pm.
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Doors open at 6. Music starts at 6:30 sharp. 21+ show.
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Tix are $20 in advance, $25 on day of show. You can buy them at The Mint's website via http://tinyurl.com/EricDaveRelease

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Sun, Nov 16, in Palm Desert:
THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS play their final show featuring the great BARRY McGUIRE at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
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THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS featured the great BARRY McGUIRE on some of their biggest hits. But, Barry, citing health issues, is retiring from his “Trippin’ the ’60s” show that he’s been performing with JOHN YORK (former BYRD), and it seems, really retiring. There are just two final appearances by Barry McGuire with The New Christy Minstrels, on Nov 2 in Cerritos, and on Nov 16 in Palm Desert. Info and ticket links for both are below.
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In addition, an appearance on November 4 by Minstrels leader Randy Sparks, with Becky Jo, says Bob Stane, “maybe a lot of the members of The New Christy Minstrels, joining Randy & Becky Jo,” at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
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Here are all the options:
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On Nov 2, in Cerritos, tix at:
www.cerritoscenter.com/tickets/reserve.aspx? performanceNumber=4702
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On Nov 4, Randy Sparks & Becky Jo (only) play the Coffee Gallery Backstage; tix at:
www.coffeegallery.com
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On Nov 16, at the McCallum, tix at: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/show_details.php?id=731
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For reservations at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for Randy Sparks & Becky Jo, phone 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane goes waaaay back with all these legendary folk artists. He says, “These shows are a very big deal, folks. Loaded with musical and comedic talent and on the cusp of musical history and legend. Always. By the way, in the early days of The New Christy Minstrels, I had a lot to do with furnishing Randy with individuals in the group. My clubs, the Upper Cellar and the Ice House, nurtured many, many later members of this fantastic group. Randy will tell stories of these days from then until the introduction of Vecca The Show Dog.”
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A great many folkies have been members of the group, including Tracy Newman and David Zink. There’s lots of history about the New Christy Minstrels on their web site, at: http://www.thenewchristyminstrels.com/
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The link for upcoming concerts by the New Christy Minstrels is: www.thenewchristyminstrels.com/#SCHEDULE

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Tue, Nov 18, in L.A.:
"A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" live performance for TV taping at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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The road to “Music's Biggest Night ®” begins with "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" and culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 pm ET/PT. Last year's airing of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" helped lead to stellar ratings for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which ultimately garnered more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also was the biggest social television event at that time, with 34 million social media interactions (with statistics compiled by Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter).
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"A Very GRAMMY Christmas" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.
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Tickets on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone lines at 866-448-7849.



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