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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Impeachment: What it is, what it means, where we go from here. Dec 10 2019 special edition

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Today, Democratic Party leaders in the US House of Representatives formally brought impeachment charges against President Trump. (You can read them here; just over 8 pages, in full, as a pdf download.) The filing limits impeachment to just two charges: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. That ends speculation that the charges would cover a broad front for which there is abundant evidence of wrongdoing; instead, it focuses on just two narrow areas, playing to an era of short attention spans.

These -- the final and formal impeachment charges that will go to the floor in the House of Representatives for vote -- distill the essence of the case into specific factual presentations.

That abandonment of "going big" does not keep this from producing a wholly partisan response from Republicans. Republicans cry foul at everything because they cannot refute the facts.

All the while, the White House -- usually the president himself, through his social media tweets -- largely admits to the facts of the very factual charges.

Congressional Republicans continue to argue that it didn't happen, and if it did, it didn't matter.

Thus, it's Republicans arguing process while claiming Democrats are obsessed nuts endangering the republic, vs. Democrats arguing Constitutional law and facts of the administration's actions, while getting fed up with crazy Republican tactics of diversion, distraction, lots of yelling in mock outrage, and slanderous personal attacks against those presenting facts.

It's a circus, complete with clowns riding trumpeting elephants, and braying donkeys trying to keep the horror movie clown show contained within the three rings of the big top. Until the orange clown (with the pink circles around his eyes) rides-in on the gold escalator to talk about flushing his solid gold toilet fifteen times, and blames his orangeness on energy-efficient light bulbs. Cue the dog and pony act and the plate spinners.

Or look at the facts of the Republicans' "witch hunt" / "we-don't-like-the-process" argument.

During the Clinton impeachment twenty years ago, formal impeachment charges were brought by Republicans on Day 73. Today's impeachment charges mark Day 77 of the process against Donald Trump. Yet Republicans successfully drive a Big Media narrative that Dems are "recklessly rushing things."

Congressional Republicans, whose song remains the same, nonetheless get all the airtime they want. They talk, veins bulging, of all this as a coup, portraying their Democratic colleagues as "obsessed with impeachment," to the point "they refuse to get anything else done," specifically, "any legislation brought forward" about "things that effect the lives of their constituents."

In the heighth of hypocritical cynicism, Congressional Republicans launch into a list of the very things that are sitting on Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's desk -- bills that passed with bipartisan majorities in the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives -- bills that are slowly dying on the vine because they remain blocked from any votes in the Senate. Blocked in the Senate by the same Republican leader McConnell, the obstructionist-in-chief who predates Trump as intransigent-in-chief, and who violated the Constitution by refusing to allow a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Thus, Big Media is correct saying this impeachment is indeed wholly partisan. But it is not the "partisan mud fight" corporate media keeps citing. Rather, it is Democrats who chickened-out on "going big" with a case that could have cited the federal RICO statute to reveal the Trump administration as a corrupt organization from top to bottom -- a criminal enterprise that consistently uses public assets to direct private enrichment, often in acts of irrevocable exploitation that destroy precious resources. Things that cannot be restored or "fixed" later. (We wrote about that in "Bebe can't meet Rico, but Trump could," in the Guide's Nov 22nd edition's lead news feature.)

It remains to be seen if "going small" with specific, factually-evidenced charges will be enough to win-over a few GOP votes in the Republican-controlled US Senate, where all 100 Senators will determine whether Trump is convicted of the charges that will surely be adopted in the House -- and adopted there by a wholly partisan vote. If there is a question, what will determine it?

Ultimately, it will all come down to every member of both houses of Congress doing exactly what Trump is on trial for doing: using their elective public office to look out for their own interest. As in, if constituents (spell that v-o-t-e-r-s) in their state or congressional district will reward them with re-election for voting one way or the other, that's the way they'll vote on whether or not Trump being a crook is worthy of removing him from the most powerful position on the planet.

Forget all the appeals to heaven and evoking Founding Fathers. It'll be that and only that -- not whether he is a reckless menace with a default to adolescent vindictive Trumpertantrums, and a clear and present danger to the 2020 elections, or to the planet itself. The very people who know that Trump isn't rehearsing to sing Christmas carols when he shouts "mi-mi-mi" will ultimately put their own job security first. Don't expect any votes in this impeachment to qualify for "Profiles in Courage."

There is added irony because yesterday was the UN-proclaimed "INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY," for which we featured a write-up atop the Dec 9 event listings in the Guide's previous edition.

It's all been a Kafkaesque juxtaposition of big and small: trivial tweets of delusions of grandeur interspersed with kissy-kissy for Kim Jong Un, all of it sucking all of Big Media's oxygen out of the room. Not just with the current singularity of Impeachment News Daily, but consistently for the past three years, while arrogantly dumbass science-denying policies exacerbate global climate change on a scale that threatens human civilization and entire ecosystems.

For Big Media, capitalizing on whatever transitory BS is trending on social media rules the roost. Especially if it takes the heat off covering any real news that might hurt the stock prices of the corporate media outlet's overmerged megagiant "corpirate" holding company's other divisions in the warconomy or the greenhouse gas production biz.

As always, everything is connected to everything else, and we are schooled to function deductively rather than inductively. Thus, corporate media can run the game seductively and tell us how informed we are thanks to them.

Since the House is giving us only a "going small" scenario, should we retreat to a bar with cheap drinks and a good honky-tonk band? Not yet, anyway. Note that Al Capone -- who ran the biggest criminal enterprise in American history -- could never be successfully charged for his most heinous and murderous crimes. He was finally sent to Alcatraz on simple lil' charges of Income Tax Evasion. So "going small" can work.

Sometimes.

But in the face of Republican leaders like Senator Lindsey Graham, who vows he "will not even read the impeachment charges" before voting to exonerate Trump? Oy. Some people need to read their job descriptions. Starting with the one for acceptable behavior to be a planetary citizen.

Film at eleven.
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THIS is a SPECIAL EDITION. The most current EVENTS EDITION, frequently updated (with more events added all the time) is at this link, and still has all our latest listings (until it is eventually replaced by a newer events edition).

As always, we have lots of MUSIC NEWS features in the works, and they'll be along as we get them dressed, shoes tied, cowlicks combed down, bowties cranked straight, and strings tuned.
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'Til we catch ya on the flip side...
as Buford the Wonder Dog looks on 
and in our best Kathy Baker
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
Stay tuneful!
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On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December music! "Giving Tuesday," Caroling for Shut-ins, and events calendar update. Dec 3 2019 edition

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THIS is the most current EVENTS EDITION, frequently updated (with more events added alk the time) until it is eventually replaced by a newer events edition. 
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It's time for an EVENTS UPDATE, and time to focus on what's special, post-Thanksgiving.

So we open with TWO things that'll bring you warm fuzzies inside, if you take part.

☆  The first is "GIVING TUESDAY," today.

☆  The second is the annual CAROLING FOR SHUT-INS, which kicks-off in Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec 8, then moves across the country, and into Canada, between now and Christmas. In L.A., and everywhere else, it works because YOU COME OUT AND TAKE PART, lending your singing voice to delight some folks who often lead a lonely existence.

You can make a difference on both special days -- info is just below.
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QUICK NOTE: this edition replaces our earlier events editions, AND you can still read our NEWS FEATURES and anything else we've ever published. It's all in our permanent archive. Just see the navigation bar at left (bring-uo the "full web edition"). We also have a search window for you...

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Giving Tuesday

Today, Dec 3rd, is "GIVING TUESDAY." It's the annual day in the week following Thanksgiving that is dedicated to helping others -- instead of to self-indulgently spending money and going into debt. (See our feature story published on Friday, "Turning  'Black Friday' & 'Cyber Monday' GREEN.")

We are 'uge advocates for GIVING TUESDAY, but THERE IS REASON FOR CAUTION. The Cyberian realm is filled with evermore sophisticated SCAMMERS. They are very capable of spoofing email addresses and misappropriating graphics and logos to embed in their own clicklinks. Which lets them steal by impersonating legitimate charities, environmental organizations, and human need campaigns for everything from hunger to sending an impoverished child to school, to fighting diseases.

SO, HERE'S HOW YOU BEAT THOSE PREDATORY SCAMMERS:

    (1) Never, never, NEVER give money through a clicklink-response to any email, period -- even if the sender's address appears to check-out. Instead, open a separate browser window (preferably using a browser that does not track you and sell your data in a cyber dossier -- meaning, use a browser like Startpage or DuckDuckGo) and search for the organization to get its real site and its legitimate donations page.

     (2) Go to www.irs.gov to see if a "cancer charity," "historic preservation society," or "wildlife fund" is registered as a nonprofit that is  qualified to receive tax-deductible donations.

You'll note that we do not presume to suggest where to give your money or volunteer your time and talents for the coming year. Many worthy causes await, and you've probably got a full inbox from some of them. (And some claiming to be them.)

Make your hard-earned bucks, bitcoins, shekels, rupees, Euros and dinars do good for the many, and not enrich the crafty crooked scammers.
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TUNEAGE for "Giving Tuesday" 

There's an old song that fits the real message of GIVING TUESDAY. Written by Hal David & Burt Bacharach, it was made famous when sung by Jackie DeShannon: "What the World Needs Now." 

Take a moment for positive messaging in musical delight with the lyrics here, and the music vid here.


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HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES for shut-ins
38th annual PARTICIPATORY EVENT


Sunday-Sunday-SUNDAY, December 8, you are invited to take part in this PARTICIPATION BENEFIT that will remind you why you once thought the Christmas / Hanukkah season was special. Because you'll make it special again, for those whose days are too often empty.

Starting at 4 pm - on a modular schedule -- you can join in the 38th annual "HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES" for shut-ins, in Los Angeles, California. 

This special afternoon and evening kicks-off two weeks of national participatory performance events in this series.

*  Performances are at multiple venues (ranging from nursing homes to assisted living facilities) all in the nearby area (participants carpool with folks taking part that they are just meeting -- it's that kind of spirit.

*  Take part in some, or all: 4 pm, 5:30 pm, and/or 6:3Some,

*  "Cast party" dinner / social time follows for all participants.

*  Experience the power, magic, and impact of giving music like you never have for any other audience. Everyone from full-time music pros to folks who sing in the shower are invited to MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

*  Longtime producer Vincent Leinen says, "YOU are extended a special invitation to participate at senior care centers -- performing on our modular schedule, you can arrive/depart at your discretion.

*  At the first stop, the entire cast breaks into small groups to perform room-to-room for literal shut-ins, some bedridden, some in wheelchairs.

*  Each subsequent stop, the cast performs a "stage show" in the facilities' dining halls.

*  All "venues" are located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

*  Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine (new site this year, since the longtime dinner venue has closed): convene at IHOP Restaurant at Vanowen & Fallbrook, in West Hills CA (7:30 pm-9:30 pm).

*  Please RSVP ASAP via phone to take part, as it helps Vincent to plan logistics: Vincent J. Leinen, 818-429-1563

*  Wanna know where Vincent is coming from, doing this here and across North America for all these years? He says, "Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of so many others, especially our senior aged friends and their caregivers."

*  More info, INCLUDING THE OTHER CITIES WHERE YOU CAN TAKE PART: www.HolidayCarolingMakingADifference.com

*  The Guide has proudly and humbly supported and participated in this event for years. Comr out, join in, and be sure you say "howdy!"
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LATE ADDITION to "Holiday Caroling Festivities," added Saturday morning, Dec 7, from the event's producer...

List of Santa's Lil' Helpers-Prominent performers 38th Annual LAHCF- 12/08/2019
Experience the power, magic &  impact of giving & receiving music” 

2019 -38th Annual LAHCF-12/08/2019- Santa’s Lil’ Helpers” (included list, plus another 100+ carolers. Sound tech crew etc.-as of 12/07/2019)

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus: Allen, Robert & Maggie-professionals- the ‘real deal’ on many levels
Allen Weiss: professional musician (percussionist) for 50+ years; professional Santa Claus for 20+ years; Performs many roles including master of ceremonies, actor, stand-up comic, and owner of Sounds of Music (provides orchestras, bands, musicians, magicians, audio services).

Alex Delzoppo: Baby in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”; singer, songwriter, plays keyboards and was original member of Sweetwater, the opening band at the original "Woodstock" and subject of the VH1 movie “Sweetwater: A True Rock Story.”

Aydiee-Vaughn Dunson & legendary Bailey (therapy dog)multi-talented actress, singer, actor

Beatrice O’Broda: International Travel personality

Bonnie Ruth Janofsky:  Award winning composer, songwriter, pianist, and drummer. Daughter of legendary Melvin Janofsky lead alto sax player with Benny Goodman, Tony Pastor, the Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw, Xavier Cugat, Guy Lombardo Band.

Chris Ross: acclaimed drummer with many major artists i.e. The Beach Boys, Maria Muldair

Danni Shannonwrote/recorded over 50 songs holiday songs; coloratura soprano with incredible 5 octave range voice.

Don Sweeney: Famed drummer, bandleader, concert producer, author of book “Backstage at The Tonight Show”; production staff (Late Night TV shows of Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), former music supervisor (The Late Late Show w/ James Corden-CBS).

Eric McCain: Acclaimed percussionist known for his legendary performances for the LA stage performances of The Lion King; toured and recorded with top name acts including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Oxygen, and Patrice Rushen

Fred Herrera: Guitarist, original member of Sweetwater that performed at Woodstock, subject for VH1 movie “Sweetwater: A True Rock Story.”; Mariachi performer in movies “Heartbreak Kid” and “Nutty Professor II” and TV hit “Melrose Place.”

Gabe Nilestalented drummer formerly of Black Vinyl; son of Prescott Niles bassist for “The Knack”

Georgie Donovan: actress/singer/songwriter;  member The Over Tones A Cappella choir

Hallei (Holly) Montalbano: Harry James goddaughter

Jack Majdecki: guitarist performed with Buddy Rich, James Brown, Andy Williams, Glen Yarbrough, Woody Herman, Connie Stevens, Helen Reddy, The Kingston Trio, twenty five big named musicals i.e. Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Grease, Cats, Rent, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Swing!, Les Miserables, Raisin

Jerry Brown:  pianist-A veteran rocker "back in the day", General Director of Center Stage Opera, and also is accompanist and master-of-ceremonies for Center Stage Opera’s Amici Della Musica dinner-and-song series and recital programs.

John William Young: acclaimed actor, writer, director and teacher. His first television show was with Lucille Ball and Steve Allen; best remembered for his role of "Tinker" in the Patrick Swayze starrer Road House (1989) and "Prestopopnick" in Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986).

Lawrence Wines: 2015 TBFC "Music Legend Award" honoree (bestowed annually on one person)

Michele Wood Marotta: Entertainer; Daughter of Randy Wood, former president of Vee Jay Records (Beatles, Four Seasons, early gospel music from Chicago), former child actor. voice over artist, photographer, journalist

Nolan Porter: legendary Rhythm and Blues performer/recording artist

Patrice Zappa: singer/author of My Brother was a Mother: A Zappa Family Album

Robbyn Kirmsse: Singer/songwriter. 2011 Emmy award winner for vocal performance and songwriting in movie “Conviction;” voice of the Rachel Ray talk show and Toyota commercial tunes “We make it easy on you” and “Right Here, Right Now.” Featured on TV’s “Cold Case,” “Scrubs”, and Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush.” Toured U.S. with Joe Walsh & the James Gang. Dueting with Steve Tyrell along side of Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, and KD Lang on “Society of Singers Great Voices” CD; performed with Macy Gray, Vonda Shephard, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Brian McKnight, Billy Preston, Melissa Etheridge (Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston wedding,) Stevie Wonder, and Slash; 2008 Hollywood Talent Quest winner. Performed on Hollywood Music Awards show aired in January 2009.

Prescott Niles: bassist of The Knack performed #1 hit “My Sharona”  

Ronee Martin: acclaimed vocalist/songwriter; Quarterfinalist on 2016 America’s Got Talent Show; Featured on Tom Scott’s “One Day/One Night” album and the project “Sensation”; background vocalist for Wynton Marsalis, Patti Labelle; Co-wrote “This is Love” recorded by Gladys Knight; Worked with biggest names in music business i.e. Burt Bacharach, Barry Mann, Patrick Williams and David Foster; Performs voiceovers for audio books and TV.

Suzanne Gonzalez/Mark Haberman-Professional photographers

Woodland Hills CC All-Star host staff: Diana, Mercy

PRESS CORPS/Website/FACEBOOK: Dylan, Georgie

+ OVER 100 CAROLERS OF ALL AGES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. (Including YOU, if you call Vincent at the above number!)
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Now, on to our ever-growing EVENTS UPDATES


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Roll on,
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Wanna escape insipid canned Christmas carols that you've been hearing in the mall since August? Who doesn't.  So, when you see any holiday-themed event listed here in the Guide, you can depend on it being all about real, live music, and/or a benefit event that will make a difference in your community or for our shared, shrinking, overheating world.
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First up, here's what's 
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NOW through Jan 5:
10 am-5 pm - "CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD," the annual holiday tree exhibit at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  This is always outstanding, and different each year. For 2019, it features trees decorated to represent the 26 countries that President Reagan visited while in office.
*  View the holiday tree exhibit, the Air Force One Pavilion, and the current special exhibition, "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES," (see our write-up) all during one visit for the price of museum admission. But allow yourself PLENTY of time.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
*  TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/online-ticket-sales/
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Seasonal run, Dec 4-23; stage musical:
7:30 pm - CHARLES DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" at A Noise Within Theatre, 3352 E Foothill Bl, Pasadena CA 91107; 626-356-3100
*  A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns for 2019. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge, in a "perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season and beyond!"
*  Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott, Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott.
*  Performance times vary by night, at 7:30 or 8 pm, plus 2 pm weekend matinees; see tix link for times on each date.
*  TIX: Use code CAROLSYMPHONY for 50% off tickets for select seats to the first week of performances (12/4-12/8); tix at: https://secure.anoisewithin.org/Online/default.asp
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PODCAST, on-demand:
"RECORDING ARTISTS: RADICAL WOMEN" is a new podcast series from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In it, art historian HELEN MOLESWORTH explores the lives and work of six artists — ALICE NEEL, LEE KRASNER, BETYE SAAR, HELEN FRANKENTHALER, YOKO ONO, and EVA HESSE.
*  What was it like to be a woman making art during the feminist and civil rights movements? In this season of "Recording Artists," Molesworth delves into their lives and careers, spanning several generations. Hear them describe, in their own words, their work, relationships, and feelings about the ongoing march of feminism. Contemporary artists and art historians join the conversation, offering their own perspectives on the recordings and exploring what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist. Share this with one who'll appreciate it.
*   HERE'S THE LINK. The whole series is here in individial episodes so you can pace yourself or binge it. You'll hear rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant — and still means — to be a woman making art:
http://www.getty.edu/recordingartists/
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ONGOING, through Jan 1:
2 pm-10 pm - "QUEEN MARY CHRISTMAS - WHERE HOLIDAYS SET SAIL" aboard the Queen Mary and dockside, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach CA 90802
*  The theme is, "Take a voyage from Long Beach to the North Pole, and discover new traditions mixed with good old-fashioned Christmas cheer."
*  With strolling performers and live entertainment on the outdoor stage at the North Pole Village -- and ice skating at the True North Ice Rink, circling a 26-ft Christmas tree -- there's a lot before you go aboard. Ride the "QM Express Train" and Grand Carousel, learn gingerbread house-making and stocking decorating, and consume sweet treats and libations. Plus there's the main event, the "dazzling decor" for the holidays on all the decks aboard the Queen Mary. Shipboard experiences include a special 4-D version of "The Polar Express" movie, screened complete with hot cocoa smells and snow flurries for a magical movie experience.
*  TIX & info: https://www.queenmary.com/calendar-of-events/qmchristmas/home/
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ONGOING, through Feb 23; FREE:
11am-5 pm - "FALLEN FRUIT: SUPERSHOW!" at PDC Gallery, 8687 Melrose Av, West Hollywood CA
*  Runs Sun, Nov 24 through Feb 23; free.
*  Opening day Sunday features outdoor jamming, preceded by an artist talk with FALLEN FRUIT (aka DAVID BURNS and AUSTIN YOUNG), and Young will be taking his trademark portraits of whoever wants one inside the installation, plus music and apparently, cheerleaders.
*  This is "A gorgeous mile of fruit and flower garland wallpaper in a gradient of saturated hues containing within its two story installation multiple scenarios and vignettes of photography and ceramic, faux Grecian luxury statues, gilded mirrors, chaises and sundry objects. All of this exists in the mode of a secular temple to beauty, as well as a sort of public living room where communities are formed through the universal language of shareable fruit."
*  Might be the right thing for a memorable date.
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ONGOING, through Dec 15:
L.A. OPERA’s "MAGIC FLUTE" at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Av, downtown L.A.
*  "With a fantastic visual presentation in which singers interact with animated imagery, L.A. Opera’s surreal twist on W.A. Mozart’s 'The Magic Flute' is that rare opera that is both wildly popular and artistically satisfying." -- Falling James, LA Weekly. (Read his extensive review at: https://www.laweekly.com/l-a-operas-magic-flute-still-enchants-and-laco-mixes-light-and-darkness/
*  Runs Thursdays through Sundays, Nov 21 through Dec 15, 7:30 pm, with some 2 pm matinees.
*  TIX, $39-$299, at the box office, 213-972-0711, or www.laopera.org
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Daily: Dec 20-Jan 5:
"SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DICKENS FAIRE" inside of “WINTER FEST” at Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa CA
*  Includes multiple days of performances (2:30 pm-5:30 pm & 7 pm-10 pm) by trad acoustic band LOONEY’S FORTUNE and by PATTI AMELOTTE SOLO on hammered dulcimer.
*  TIX, schedules, info: https://winterfestoc.com/
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NOW OPEN, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
*  One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
*  These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry.
*  Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was.
*  This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
*  View the holiday tree exhibit (through Jan 5; see our listing) and the Air Force One Pavilion, along with this current special exhibition, all during one visit for the price of museum admission. But allow yourself PLENTY of time.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
*  TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/online-ticket-sales/

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Today is "GIVING TUESDAY," and we have a feature story in the opening section.
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY, from someone born on this date:

"A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order."
-- Jean-Luc Godard, film director (born Dec 3, 1930)
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Tue, Dec 3, through Sun, Dec 8:
Annual "TORRANCE MEMORIAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL" at Torrance Memorial Hospital, 3330 Lomita Bl, Torrance CA
*  Presented by Las Amigas, features children’s activities, shopping in the holiday boutique, a food court, fashion show, and a gala and lunch with Santa.
*  More info, including public hours and specific activities, at: www.torrancememorialfoundation.org/public-hours-activities
*  Questions, call 310-517-4703.
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Wednesday
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Wed, Dec 4:
5:30 pm-6 pm - "MINDFULNESS SESSIONS" in the South Bay, led by trained Beach Cities Health District staff; for locations call Tiana Rideout, 310-374-3426, ext 139
*  Take 30 minutes to drop the holiday buzz and practice mindfulness techniques.
*  Free sessions, first Wed every month.
*  No prior experience with meditation or mindfulness required. Doors at 5 pm. 
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Wed, Dec 4; OPENING NIGHT: Dec 4-23, stage musical:
7:30 pm - CHARLES DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" at A Noise Within Theatre, 3352 E Foothill Bl, Pasadena CA 91107; 626-356-3100
*  A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns for 2019. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge, in a "perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season and beyond!"
*  Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott, Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott.
*  Performance times vary by night, at 7:30 or 8 pm, plus 2 pm weekend matinees; see tix link for times on each date.
TIX: Use code CAROLSYMPHONY for 50% off tickets for select seats to the first week of performances (12/4-12/8); tix at: https://secure.anoisewithin.org/Online/default.asp
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Thursday
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Thu, Dec 5; FREE - LIVE RADIO PLAY:
3 pm & 7 pm - "GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO WITH SAG-AFTRA" is a pair of live reenactments of the original "MELODY RANCH CHRISTMAS PARTY" radio show, staged in the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (across the giant parking lot from the L.A. Zoo)
*  Every week from 1940 to 1956, fans tuned-in to hear the radio show "Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch," and each December they would look forward to a special Christmas broadcast featuring music, holiday humor, and a Christmas story. Get in the holiday spirit as SAG-AFTRA presents live retro reenactments of the "Melody Ranch Christmas Party" radio show featuring Gene Autry’s classic Christmas music.
*  Drinks and light refreshments available for purchase at Crossroads West from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
*  FREE, but RESERVATIONS REQUIRED because it will fill-up: https://theautry.org/events/performing-arts/golden-age-radio-sag-aftra
*  Free parking.
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Thu, Dec 5:
7:30 pm - MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & SHAWN COLVIN perform in the Concert Hall at the California Center For The Arts, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido CA 92025; 800-988-4253
*  These two old friends, each a recording star in her own right, have been getting together making music for nearly three decades. On multiple occasions, we've been privileged to sit at their feet when they've played in the tiny town park in Telluride Colorado. Anytime they play together, It's memorable.
*  They also play Thousand Oaks, Fri at 8 pm; see listing.
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Thu, Dec 5:
8 pm - BILL FRISELL & JULIAN LAGE DUO play the Center for Performing Arts (CAP UCLA) series in Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus in Westwood CA 90095; 310-825-4401
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Thu, Dec 5:
8 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, two-time GRAMMY winning guitarist, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  Fingerstyle guitarist of the year, Grammy Winner, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s WINGS, and studio musician on many, many award-winning records, movies, TV shows and video games, he is a big-venue, worldwide concert performer who still enjoys playing an intimate venue when he can. Tonight is when and where he can.
*  Known to his fans as "LJ," he has released 25 solo albums that spotlight his unique mastery of the acoustic guitar. The latest album, “LJ Can’t Stop Playing The Beatles!" is the third in his series of arrangements by The Fab Four, and was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums.
*  His solo arrangement of "The Pink Panther Theme" earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of "Stand By Me" was heard nationally in a "Diamonds Are Forever" commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project "Guitar Noir" (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio.
*  As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal, and French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows including "Home Improvement" and movies including academy award-winners "Dirty Dancing," "Good Will Hunting," and "Pocahontas."
*  His music is featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary "The Tenth Inning."
*  Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game "Diablo III" and scored the NBC "Dateline" documentary "Children of the Harvest."
*  TIX, $25, and this'll sell-out.
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Thu, Dec 5:
Previously announced, but NOT happening tonight: 8 pm - DAVID STARR plus WE ARE ME at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
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Thu-Sat, Dec 5-7:
8 pm - "BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY for three nights in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
More than two centuries after its wildly successful premiere, Beethoven’s Seventh remains a work you simply must experience live. Also featured is another premiere: a tribute to Maestro St.Clair from Academy Award-winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. And Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, joins with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3.
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Thu, Dec 5:
8:30 pm - CHARLIE PARR plays the Satellite, 1717 Silverlake Bl, Silvrtlake / Los Angeles CA 90026; 323-661-4380
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Thu, Dec 5:
9:30 pm-closing - GARY ALLEGRETTO BAND's "ANNUAL HOLIDAY BIRTHDAY BASH" at Harvelle's, 1432 Fourth St, Santa Monica CA; 310-395-1676
*  Winner of the "KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE AWARD," Gary and his band have delivered L.A.'s best holiday Blues Dance Party at Harvelle's for 3 decades.
*  This is a one-night-only event, unless you want to wait for next year.
*  Featuring Gary Allegretto - Harmonicas and Vocals; Ian Espinoza - Electric Guitars and Vocals; Paul Eckman - Upright Bass; Steve Mugalian - Drums.
*  TIX: reservations and tickets: http://santamonica.harvelles.com
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Friday
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Greta Thunberg's image was already a banner for activists before she arrived
 at the "Conference of Parties" (COP) 25 meeting of world leaders to address
Climate Change. The US administration, alone, is officially unrepresented.
Today is the "other half" of the 4th global climate change protest / extinction rebellion strike that we featured in the Guide in time for last Friday's first half of the two-consecutive-Fridays event.

Life on our planet is at the most critical crossroads since anyone considered a massive nuclear strike. Too many of our fellow humans are infatuated with transitory BS -- with pop culture and celebrities and expensive addiction to whatever is momentarily fashionable, and to buying into it before it goes out of vogue. Meanwhile the planet is hotter than it has ever been since human cultures arose, as evidenced by ancient, 40,000-year-old, ice layers that allow us to make such determinations.

Every major study, including the latest (huge) one released just days ago by the UN, tells us we are nearly past a tipping point of no return with the fatal imbalance of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. Yet, politicians in every nation are dependent upon the biggest economic interests for their re-election campaign cash, and industrialists notoriously finance climate change denial.

Will the Earth's cultures, civilizations, and populations awaken in time? Often little things are the best indicators, especially when they function as "tasemakers." One thing that will be very telling is the announcement of the TIME magazine "Person of the Year." It comes out next week, on Dec 10.

Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activism icon GRETA THUNBERG is one of the nominees, and we announced over a week ago, she is clearly our choice.

If TIME magazine picks Trump or some kingpin capitalist bastard, that will scream to us pretty much all we need to know about taste-making in America.

We must acknowledge that TIME's pick isn't always a humanitarian or champion of betterment. It can be far from it, going back to when they named Adolph Hitler as "Man of the Year" in the 1930s.

But the point in picking the person 
is supposed to be choosing someone who has had (or is having) the most enduring impact on the world.

Thus, we say that must be GRETA THUNBERG, because she is the first (and so far the only) one to mobilize millions of people -- people of every age, on every continent, including Antarctica -- to demand immediate and effective action to redirect and mobilize resources to address and reverse climate change.

And let's be absolutely clear, whether or not anyone accuses us of sensationalism: 


Whatever sociopolitical or economic or cultural causes or issues anyone is passionate about? Unless we REVERSE climate change, everything else is simply re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
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Here are Friday's other events...

Fri, Dec 6; FREE concert:
4 pm-8 pm - PATTI AMELOTTE on Solo Hammered Dulcimer, performing on the level 2 stage near the big Poinsettia tree, at South Coast Plaza, Bear St, Costa Mesa CA
*  She performs here again, free, as follows:
Dec 8 – JEWEL COURT near gigantic Christmas Tree/Nordstrom’s–4 pm-8 pm
Dec 15 – BEAR St, LEVEL 1 near Pottery Barn– 6 pm-10 pm
Dec 20 – BEAR St, LEVEL 1 near Pottery Barn– 1 pm-5 pm
Dec 24 – BEAR St, LEVEL 2 near big Poinsettia tree – 2 pm-6 pm
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Fri, Dec 6:
7 pm - MISSY ANDERSEN AND HER ONE MAN BAND play Fiddler's Crossing,
206 East F St, Tehachapi CA 93561; 661-823-9994
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Fri, Dec 6, FILM EVENT:
7:15 pm - "OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE: THE CLIMATE CATASTROPHE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT" featuring the new documentary, "ROLLBACKS: An Assault Against Life on Earth," with guest speakers, short videos and interactive multimedia presentations, in a special program presented by "The Topanga Peace Alliance" for its 175th Consecutive "First Friday Film Night" at the Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga CA 90290
*  After this new 29-minute documentary, a discussion will focus on the most effective actions for individuals, non-profits, companies and governments to combat this fast-moving disaster.
*  Featured speakers from different organizations include "The Climate Mobilization" and "Extinction Rebellion," presenting actions you can join right now.
*  The program includes short videos, interactive media, and discussions regarding individual actions and the Climate Catastrophe.
*  The promo says, "The impact of climate change is undeniable and catastrophic. The recent and ongoing fires in California are a heartbreaking demonstration of this. The Trump administration has met this crisis by systematically and efficiently enacting an alarming number of regulatory rollbacks, reversing past policy progress and putting our very existence at risk. Our feature documentary, 'ROLLBACKS: An Assault Against Life on Earth,' shows that there is no question that we are in a crisis and urgent action is essential."
*  Before the film, they have announcements regarding upcoming events and actions for peace and social justice.
*  Veggie Snack Pot Luck at 7:15 pm, Movie at 7:30.
*  Elevator makes it ADA-compliant, and hearing assistance devices are available, but arrive early for those free options.
*  TIX: a $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
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Fri, Dec 6:
7:30 pm - RICHARD SMITH & BRENT MASON play the 1st of two concerts for the "Lord Of The Strings Concert Series," this one at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point CA 92629; 949-244-6656
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & SHAWN COLVIN team-up to play the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks CA 91362; 805-449-2787
*  These two old friends, each a recording star in her own right, have been getting together making music for nearly three decades. On multiple occasions, we've been privileged to sit at their feet when they've played in the tiny town park in Telluride Colorado. Anytime they play together, It's memorable.
*   They also play Thu at 7:30 pm in Escondido; see listing.
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Fri-Sun, Dec 6-8, & Tue, Dec 10:
8 pm Fri / 2 pm Sat & Sun / 8 pm Tues - L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents conductor Susanna Mälkki and violinist Leila Josefowicz performing music by composer OLIVER KNUSSEN in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at L.A. Music Center,
*  DEC 6-8: Mälkki and the L.A. Phil present Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3, “Eroica” and Josefowicz's exciting rendition of Knussen’s Violin Concerto.
*  DEC 10: experience Malkki leading Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek in a musical tribute to composer Knussen, in the following program: Colin Matthews, "Hidden Variables"; Knussen, Reflection; Helen Grinea, "Cold Spring"; Huw Warkins, "Piano Quartet"; Knussen, "Ophelia Dances Book 1"; Knussen, "Two Organa"; Harvey, "Mortuos Plango," "Vivos Voco."
*  DISCOUNT TIX for the DEC 10 concert, use promo code BOGO for a buy-one, get-one offer.
*  TIX for Dec 6-8: https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/663/
*  TIX for Dec 10 (use discount code above): https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/668/
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Fri, Dec 6; Thu-Sat, Dec 5-7:
8 pm - "BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY for three nights in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
More than two centuries after its wildly successful premiere, Beethoven’s Seventh remains a work you simply must experience live. Also featured is another premiere: a tribute to Maestro St.Clair from Academy Award-winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. And Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, joins with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3.
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - "WORDS & MUSIC BY DAN WILSON" in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - RICKY Z kicks-off a weekend of two of the best blues axe pros ever, plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  Upcoming events, more: www.arcadiabluesclub.com
*  TIX for all concerts here, at: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - THE THREE SAPPY SINGER SONGWRITERS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - JACOB JOLLIFF BAND plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro CA 90731; 310-833-6362
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - DAVID STARR plays Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood CA 91606; 818-766-9913
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Saturday
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To this day, the wreck of the USS Arizona continues to bleed oil from her fuel bunkers into the waters of Pearl Harbor. The vessel was sunk by a Japanese aerial bomb that killed most of her crew during the surprise attack of Dec 7, 1941. 
On the Arizona alone, 1,177 died and over 900 of them are still interred there; 335 of her crew survived. (999 Photo)
On this day in 1941, naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan suddenly and deliberately attacked Pearl Harbor and other military and civilian installations on the island of Oahu, in (the then-US Territory of) Hawai'i. The US Navy's Pacific Fleet was destroyed. America was plunged into an ongoing and raging global war it had tried to avoid. By the time of that war's conclusion, the Empire of Nazi Germany, the Empire of Fascist Italy, the Empire of Japan, and the colonial empires of Britain and France were in ruin. Only the American empire -- created by its involvement in the war -- emerged as an industrial juggernaut, and only the Soviet Union would rebuild quickly enough to challenge American dominance in all the places the collapsed empires had been. Colonialist holds on China were gone, and that nation began its march to becoming a global power, at first by closing its borders and forgetting its rich history.

Actions often have unintended consequences, for those taking them, those responding to them, and those caught up in things beyond their control. Certainly that applies to nations and to actions taken by each and every one of us.

Democracies replaced fascist and overtly authoritarian states in the wake of World War II. Yet today, the monetization of universal cyberspying, monitoring and tracking, and the maintenance and continuous sale of cyber dossiers on behavior, travel, purchases and preferences of every man, woman, and child, thoroughly undermine the notion of freedom won by defeating fascist states.

On December 7th, 2019, we face threats unimaginable to all but George Orwell -- and he never imagined our runaway industrialization would threaten the planet's ability to sustain our life forms. It is there, in those needs for action, that we should find the essential legacy of Pearl Harbor. In looking past the obfuscation designed to distract and mislead. In remaining vigilant about what actually threatens the future. In stopping to think what the real threats are. And in not having it defined for you by an exploitive warconomy or an opportunistic and predatory empire of profitable denial. Or inescapable monitoring and manipulative predictive analytics.
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Here are Saturday's events...

Sat & Sun, Dec 7 & 8:
9:30 am-4 pm - 52nd annual "HOLIDAY LOOK IN" with PASADENA SYMPHONY & POPS performing in small ensembles, is one of Pasadena's most cherished holiday traditions, touring four homes & gardens decorated for the holidays in floral regalia, plus a holiday boutique, all in Pasadena CA
*  Stroll the gardens, enjoy music by local classical musicians, and shop the "Holiday Boutique," located at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 150 N Euclid Av, Pasadena CA
*  It's a showcase of Pasadena’s magnificent architecture, melded with the pageantry of the area's finest floral designers.
*  Tix good for both days; location of each home is printed on each ticket; tour the homes anytime during tour hours; your tix are marked as you enter each home.
*  Hours, both days: Tour, 9:30 am-4 pm; Boutique 9:30 am-5:30 pm.
*  All proceeds support the annual concert series and education programs of the Pasadena Symphony Association.
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Sat, Dec 7:
10 am & 11:30 am - "NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
*  Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa.
*  Part of "Family Musical Mornings," a series of 45-minute concerts designed for kids age 5-11, with interactive fun at the Musical Carnival, 9 am & 12:15 pm.
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Sat, Dec 7:
11 am-1 pm - MANY STRINGS performs Holiday Music aboard the sailing ship "Star of India" docked at the San Diego Maritime Museum, 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego CA 92101; 619-234-9153
*  Jamie Burns - Hammered Dulcimer; Chris Burns - guitar, banjo
*  Free with museum admission
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Sat, Dec 7:
2 pm - UKULELE FRIENDS KANIKAPILA! is a first-rate ensemble of stars of the little instrument, with BRYAN TOLENTINO, HERB OHTA Jr., POMAIKA’I LYMAN, and HALEHAKU SEABURY, in the long-running annual series of Hawai'ian concerts at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier CA 90601; 562-907-4203
*  This is the first of two stellar Hawai'ian concerts today with different top artists, within driving distance and spaced just right to catch both; see 7 pm for the other one.
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Sat & Sun, Dec 7 & 8, & Tue, Dec 10:
2 pm Sat & Sun / 8 pm Tues - L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents conductor Susanna Mälkki and violinist Leila Josefowicz performing music by composer OLIVER KNUSSEN in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at L.A. Music Center,
*  DEC 6-8: Mälkki and the L.A. Phil present Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3, “Eroica” and Josefowicz's exciting rendition of Knussen’s Violin Concerto.
*  DEC 10: experience Malkki leading Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek in a musical tribute to composer Knussen, in the following program: Colin Matthews, "Hidden Variables"; Knussen, Reflection; Helen Grinea, "Cold Spring"; Huw Warkins, "Piano Quartet"; Knussen, "Ophelia Dances Book 1"; Knussen, "Two Organa"; Harvey, "Mortuos Plango," "Vivos Voco."
*  DISCOUNT TIX for the DEC 10 concert, use promo code BOGO for a buy-one, get-one offer.
*  TIX for Dec 6-8: https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/663/
*  TIX for Dec 10 (use discount code above): https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/668/
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Sat, Dec 7:
5:30 pm-7:30 pm - 56th Annual "CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY WASSAIL GALA" features BETTER THAN ONE, the duo of Patti Amelotte & Barbara Gershman, with holiday music on two hammered dulcimers, plus many Chapman Univ musicians from the College of Performing Arts; at Musco Center for the Arts and in Fish Interfaith Center, on the campus of Chapman University in Orange CA
*  Features performances during the Wassail hour, through dinner, and in a concert following.
*  TIX & info: 714-997-6624 or email copatickets@chapman.edu
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Sat, Dec 7:
7 pm - RICHARD SMITH & BRENT MASON play the 2nd of two concerts for the "Lord Of The Strings Concert Series," this one at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; 949-244-6656
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Sat, Dec 7:
7 pm - ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY play the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad CA 92008; 760-438-5996
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Sat, Dec 7:
7 pm - JIM “KIMO” WEST plays his annual "HAWAI'IAN HOLIDAY SHOW" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  Grammy-nominated, world-renowned "slack key" guitar master Jim “Kimo” West brings brings traditional hula dancers and special guests to this one, so you can "Spend Christmas in Hawaii!"
*  Drawing on material from his two acclaimed holiday slack key CD’s, Kimo presents his island-style take on holiday classics along with storytelling and some mighty fine guitar playing.
*  Recently nominated in the 61st Grammy Awards, Kimo is a four-time "Han Hoku Hanohano" (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy”) Award nominee as well as a two-time recipient of the "L.A. Treasures" award. 
*  His work with musical satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic has resulted in a Billboard #1 CD, five Grammys, and many gold and platinum sales awards in addition to many world tours.
*  TIX, $20, and this always sells-out.
*  This is the second of two stellar Hawai'ian concerts today with different top artists, within driving distance and spaced just right to catch both; see 2 pm for the other one.
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Sat, Dec 7; FILM EVENT, live, or an online option:
7 pm - "ROCKETMAN" the ELTON JOHN biopic, screens in the "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION" series, followed by a Q&A with actors Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell, and director Dexter Fletcher; in the Cinerama Dome at Arclight Hollywood, 6360 W Sunset Bl, Hollywood CA 90028; 323-615-2550
*  Ticketholders receive a collectible gift with purchase, and there will be costumes from the film on display.
*  This live screening series runs until the Oscars on February 9th.
ONLINE OPTION: Industry insiders Scott Mantz, Perri Nemiroff, and Jeff Sneider host "FYC" on Collider’s YouTube Channel. After the live screenings at ArcLight Hollywood, one of the FYC hosts interviews one or more subjects from the film being showcased.
*  TIX, $20, at:  https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/ticketing/purchase-options/?lid=1001&bid=515423
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Sat, Dec 7:
7:30 pm - TRACE BUNDY plays the Wooden Hall Concerts series at the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara CA 93101
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Sat, Dec 7:
8 pm - Festival faves GRASSLANDS and ROCKY NECK bring a dual bill of top-notch bluegrass to Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Sat, Dec 7:
8 pm - ARTUR MENEZES, winner of "BLUES GUITARIST OF THE YEAR," wraps-up a weekend of two of the best blues axe pros ever, plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Artur Menezes is Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival" 2019 "Performer of the Year," and was named the 2018 "Best Guitarist" by The Blues Foundation.
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  TIX, $15 adv for tonight.
*  Upcoming events, more: www.arcadiabluesclub.com
*  TIX for all concerts here, at: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com___

Sat, Dec 7:
8 pm - THE STEEL WHEELS play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Dec 7:
8 pm - JONATHAN McEUEN & FRIENDS play Russ and Julie’s House Concerts series in Oak Park CA (Agoura Hills/Westlake Village area)
*  Reservations get directions, at 818-707-2179 or rsvp@houseconcerts.us
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Sat, Dec 7; Thu-Sat, Dec 5-7:
8 pm - "BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY for three nights in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
More than two centuries after its wildly successful premiere, Beethoven’s Seventh remains a work you simply must experience live. Also featured is another premiere: a tribute to Maestro St.Clair from Academy Award-winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. And Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, joins with an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 3.
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Sunday
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Sun, Dec 8:
11 am - "THE MOJAVE ROAD IN 1863: THE PIONEERING PHOTOGRAPHS OF RUDOLPH d’HEUREUSE" at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park / Los Angeles CA 90027
*  Join author and photographer Jeff Lapides for a presentation on the earliest photographs of the Desert West, taken by Rudolph D’Heureuse in 1863. A book signing follows the presentation.
*  Free with paid museum admission.
*   Reservations recommended, at: https://theautry.org/events/lectures-and-workshops/book-talk-mojave-road-1863-pioneering-photographs-rudolph-d%E2%80%99heureuse
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Sun, Dec 8:
2 pm - STORYTELLERS, plus THE RATTLESNAKES,  play a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
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Sun, Dec 8, & Tue, Dec 10:
2 pm Sun / 8 pm Tues - L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents conductor Susanna Mälkki and violinist Leila Josefowicz performing music by composer OLIVER KNUSSEN in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at L.A. Music Center,
*  DEC 6-8: Mälkki and the L.A. Phil present Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3, “Eroica” and Josefowicz's exciting rendition of Knussen’s Violin Concerto.
*  DEC 10: experience Malkki leading Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek in a musical tribute to composer Knussen, in the following program: Colin Matthews, "Hidden Variables"; Knussen, Reflection; Helen Grinea, "Cold Spring"; Huw Warkins, "Piano Quartet"; Knussen, "Ophelia Dances Book 1"; Knussen, "Two Organa"; Harvey, "Mortuos Plango," "Vivos Voco."
*  DISCOUNT TIX for the DEC 10 concert, use promo code BOGO for a buy-one, get-one offer.
*  TIX for Dec 6-8: https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/663/
*  TIX for Dec 10 (use discount code above): https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/668/
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Sun, Dec 8:
2:30 pm - "AN IRISH CHRISTMAS" returns to Southern California to begin its annual tour, which begins today with this stop at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-963-0761
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Sun, Dec 8:
3 pm -  "A CELTIC CHRISTMAS" featuring ERIC RIGLER, DIRK FREYMUTH, and musical guests, at the Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo CA 92656; 949-480-4278
*  "World's Most Recorded Piper" ERIC RIGLER  ("Titanic," "Braveheart," "Outlander," Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Ruben Blades, Phil Collins, Austin Powers, and "The Simpsons") joins multi-talented string player/producer DIRK FREYMUTH (John Gorka, The Baroque Orchestra of Ireland), teaming-up "to create a soundscape of Celtic holiday cheer."
*  Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric's many film and television soundtracks, and songs of the Christmas tradition -- from the British Isles, Ireland and other Celtic nations -- the evening promises to deliver a sublime musical experience.
*  Joining them are special guests NUALA KENNEDY from Dundalk, Ireland, on vocals and flute (Celtic Connections, Will Oldham, The Alt, Oirialla) and STEPHANIE BENNETT on Celtic Harp (Paul McCartney, Adele, "Outlander").
*  They also perform Dec 11, 7 pm in Santa Barbara; Dec 13, 8 pm in Palm Springs; Dec 14, 8 pm, & Dec 15, 5 pm in San Pedro; see listings.
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Sun, Dec 8:
3 pm - WILD MOUNTAIN MYSTICS & friends perform their outstanding seasonal originals for the "Cellar Sessions" monthly concert series, at Old Oak Cellars, 2620 E Foothill Bl, Pasadena CA 91107 (look for the big, red “Massage” sign — the winery is behind it, but not affiliated).
*  The "Mystics" will perform original holiday music, including some new ones since last year.
Simeon Pillich joins them on Bass.
*  There are "a few songs by our friends Lisa Turner, Russ Locke & Ray Sabo, Tim Tedrow, and the always-entertaining Chauncey Bowers (you won’t want to miss the three of us on his favorite Christmas song by The Pogues)." They continue, "there will be a couple PG rated songs, but mild compared to what you'd hear on the playground these days. We’ll make you warm with wine tasting (included in admission), and good vibes."
*  Wild Mountain Mystics are providing appetizers, eggnog, hot cocoa and coffee. They appreciate a few bucks in the jar to help cover costs.
*  The Mystics add, "Feel free to hang in the back and dance!"
*  TIX: $20 advance, $25 at door, includes complimentary wine tasting: https://cellarsessions.thundertix.com/events/160107?only_one=true
Concert goers are invited to stay for the 6 pm event here; see listing for "HOLIDAY SONG-CIRCLE, POTLUCK and TOY DRIVE."
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Sun, Dec 8:
3 pm - "HANDEL' S GLORIOUS MESSIAH" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
*  A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio — with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus — provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.
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Sun, Dec 8; FREE concert:
3 pm-4 pm - MANY STRINGS performs "A Renaissance Christmas" at Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Av, San Diego CA 92120
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Sun, Dec 8; PARTICIPATION BENEFIT:
4 pm - 38th annual "HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES" for shut-ins, in Los Angeles, California, kicking-off two weeks of national participatory performance events in this series.
*  Performances at multiple venues (ranging from nursing homes to assistes living facilities).
*  Take part in Some or all: 4 pm, 5:30 pm, and/or 6:30 pm.
*  "Cast party" dinner / social time follows for all participants.
*  Experience the power, magic, and impact of giving music like you never have for any other audience. Everyone from full-time music pros to folks who sing in the shower are invited to MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
*  Longtime producer Vincent Leinen says, "YOU are extended a special invitation to participate at senior care centers -- performing on our modular schedule, you can arrive/depart at your discretion.
*  At the first stop, the entire cast breaks into small groups to perform room-to-room for literal shut-ins, some bedridden, some in wheelchairs.
*  Each subsequent stop, the cast performs a "stage show" in the facilities' dining halls.
*  All "venues" are located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
*  Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine (new site this year, since the longtime dinner venue has closed): convene at IHOP Restaurant at Vanowen & Fallbrook, in West Hills CA (7:30 pm-9:30 pm).
*  Please RSVP ASAP via phone to take part, as it helps Vincent to plan logistics: Vincent J. Leinen, 818-429-1563
*  Wanna know where Vincent is coming from, doing this here and across North America for all these years? He says, "Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of so many others, especially our senior aged friends and their caregivers."
More info, INCLUDING THE OTHER CITIES WHERE YOU CAN TAKE PART: www.HolidayCarolingMakingADifference.com
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Sun, Dec 8, FREE event:
6 pm - "HOLIDAY SONG-CIRCLE, POTLUCK and TOY DRIVE" sponsored by "Concerts In Harmony," at Old Oak Cellars, 2620 E Foothill Bl, Pasadena CA 91107 (look for the big, red “Massage” sign — the winery is behind it, but not affiliated).
*  In place of their long-running holiday concert, Dana Charnofsky's "Concerts In Harmony" is producing this musical "giving" event.
*  Plenty of street parking (no parking in lot or driveway, as they tow)
*  Let the spirit move you and bring a toy (or new clothes, books, school supplies… ages 3-17) to donate to a child in need.
*  Bring a dish of sumpin' good to share in the potluck feast.
*  Buy wine for holiday gifts.
*  Dana tells us, "We’ll round up the chairs for a SONG-CIRCLE and musicians can play all night if they like."
*  FREE to attend, kids are welcome, open to the public.
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Sun, Dec 8:
7 pm - THE JANGLE BROTHERS -- JOHN YORK, BILLY DARNELL & CHAD WATSON -- play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  JOHN YORK was a legendary member of THE BYRDS and touring partner of BARRY McGUIRE. He has played with The MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, DR. JOHN, JOHNNY RIVERS, RICK DANKO, RICHARD MANUEL, THE SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET, NICKY HOPKINS, the late P.F. SLOAN, and Blues legend LIGHTNING HOPKINS.
*  BILLY DARNELL played guitar for the GENE CLARK BYRDS, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, DR. JOHN, DOUG KERSHAW, and ROGER McGUINN.
*  CHAD WATSON amazing bass player, has toured and/or recorded with JANIS IAN, DELANEY BRAMLETT, CHARLIE RICH, FREDDY FENDER, and countless other artists.
*  TIX: $20
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Sun, Dec 8:
8 pm - ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $20, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Monday
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Today is INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY, established by the United Nations in 2003 and observed every year since then on December 9th. This year, six nations have committed to lead the push to ban shell companies, dirty money, and economic and political power moves by hidden manipulators and clandestine interests. Interestingly enough, one of those six countries is Ukraine. But corporate oligarchs in the US have prevented America from joining the six countries who are demanding completely open business practices. Of course, we can’t tackle the climate crisis without tackling corruption, and that focus (from transparency.org) is here, while an overview of the full scope of things is here (from Corruption Watch).
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY, by one born on this date... perfect for the special designation of this day, and the ongoing impeachment hearingd...

"I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat."
-- John Milton, poet (born Dec 9n 1608, died 1674)

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Also on this date...

On this day in 1965, CBS Premiered "A Charlie Brown Christmas." 
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Mon, Dec 9:
7:30 pm - TOMMY EMMANUEL plus JIM & MORNING NICHOLS play the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange CA 92866; 844-626-8726
*  They also play in Malibu, Dec 11 & 12 at 8 pm; Dec 14, 8 pm in Santa Barbara; see listings.
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Mon, Dec 9:
8 pm - ROY ZIMMERMAN: "RiZe Up - A show of excellent thought and stirring music" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity has never been more necessary.
*  "RiZe Up" is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice.
*  He delivers laughter and encouragement for progressive-minded people who need a lot of both.
*  Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, recorded for Warner/Reprise Records, and done live radio including the long-gone "Tied to the Tracks" in Los Angeles. Roy tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
*  VIDEO LINK: "My Vote, My Voice, My Right” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-X-uBIqeVM
*  More video urls, for those whose devices are infested with Facebook spyware:
¤ “Thoughts and Prayers” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155446314448762/
¤  “Defenders of Marriage” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155525002063762/
¤  “COVFEFE - “Grounds for Impeachment” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/323531971881214/
¤  “Religious Freedom” - https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155198379948762/
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  TIX, $20, and don't dawdle -- he's a big-deal act all over America who sells-out the BIG venues.
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Tuesday
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"Who has not found the heaven below / Will fail of it above. / God's residence is next to mine, / His furniture is love."


-- Emily Dickinson, poet (born Dec 10, 1830, died 1886).
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Tue, Dec 10:
10 am - "MUSIC WITH ANGIE DONKIN" for kids at three Pasadena library locations this week. Today, at the Central Library, in the splendid Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena CA 91101; 626-744-4066
*  A fun and rhythmic morning of music, dance, stories and imaginative play.
*  For children age 6 and under, and their parents or caregivers.
*  Free.
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Tue, Dec 10, FREE CONCERT:
7 pm - PASADENA YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PYSO) presents one of two free winter concerts, this one at Pasadena High School, 2925 E Sierra Madre Bl, Pasadena CA 91107
*  Performing are the PYSO Prelude Strings, String Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.
*  Free, un-ticketed, and open to the public.
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Tue, Dec 10:
7 pm-9:30 pm - weekly "SONGWRITER SERENADE" presents its annual CHRISTMAS CAROL EDITION at Matt Denny's Ale House, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA
*  Held on the covered patio (with heaters and holiday decorations), this is an audience participation night, led by musicians LISA TURNER, CHRISTY GORDON, LAURA & RICK HALL, DIANE & MELODY, BROOKS TAYLOR, SCOTT MEMMER, ,MIKE TEAGUE, & JC HYKE.
*  Venue has full menu and full bar. No cover or minimum.
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Tue, Dec 10:
8 pm Tues - L.A. PHILHARMONIC presents conductor Susanna Mälkki and violinist Leila Josefowicz performing music by composer OLIVER KNUSSEN in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at L.A. Music Center,
*  Tonight, experience Malkki leading Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek in a musical tribute to composer Knussen, in the following program: Colin Matthews, "Hidden Variables"; Knussen, Reflection; Helen Grinea, "Cold Spring"; Huw Warkins, "Piano Quartet"; Knussen, "Ophelia Dances Book 1"; Knussen, "Two Organa"; Harvey, "Mortuos Plango," "Vivos Voco."
*  DISCOUNT TIX for tonight's concert, use promo code BOGO for a buy-one, get-one offer, at:
 https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/668/
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Wednesday
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Wed, Dec 11:
10:30 am - "MUSIC WITH ANGIE DONKIN" for kids at three Pasadena library locations this week. Today, at the Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E Washington Bl, Pasadena CA 91104; 626-744-7272
*  A fun and rhythmic morning of music, dance, stories and imaginative play.
*  For children age 6 and under, and their parents or caregivers.
*  Free.
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Wed, Dec 11; FREE concert:
5 pm - MANY STRINGS performs "A Renaissance Christmas" at Potrero Library, 24883 Potrero Valley Rd, Potrero CA 91963 (San Diego Co); 619-478-4669
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Wed, Dec 11:
6 pm-closing - FINAL EVENT, AS ANOTHER LONGTIME VENUE CLOSES: It's the last tango at CORKY'S RESTAURANT & BAR, 5043 Van Nuys Bl, Sherman Oaks CA 91403
*  Tonight's meet and greet / social networking sponsored by the "Meetup" online community is the venue's finale.
*  TIX $10 in advance, via Meetup, at this ironically named link: http://ExpandTheBusiness.com/Meetup/
*  Another one bites the dust, but thanks for the memories.
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Wed, Dec 11:
7 pm - "A CELTIC CHRISTMAS" featuring ERIC RIGLER, DIRK FREYMUTH, and musical guests, at the Marjorie Luke Theater, 721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara CA 93103
*  "World's Most Recorded Piper" ERIC RIGLER  ("Titanic," "Braveheart," "Outlander," Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Ruben Blades, Phil Collins, Austin Powers, and "The Simpsons") joins multi-talented string player/producer DIRK FREYMUTH (John Gorka, The Baroque Orchestra of Ireland), teaming-up "to create a soundscape of Celtic holiday cheer."
*  Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric's many film and television soundtracks, and songs of the Christmas tradition -- from the British Isles, Ireland and other Celtic nations -- the evening promises to deliver a sublime musical experience.
*  Joining them are special guests NUALA KENNEDY from Dundalk, Ireland, on vocals and flute (Celtic Connections, Will Oldham, The Alt, Oirialla) and STEPHANIE BENNETT on Celtic Harp (Paul McCartney, Adele, "Outlander").
*  This is concert presenter Steve Brogden's first show in Santa Barbara's beautiful Marjorie Luke Theater, restored in 2003.
*  All-ages performance.
*  The theater is wheelchair accessible with limited off-street free parking.
*  More info: http://www.pipesandguitar.com/
*  TIX, $36, via Brown Paper Tickets, at: https://m.bpt.me/event/4418572
*  They also perform Dec 8, 3 pm in Also Viejo; Dec 13, 8 pm in Palm Springs; Dec 14, 8 pm, & Dec 15, 5 pm in San Pedro; see listings.

Wed, Dec 11:
7 pm - JODI SIEGEL plus RICK SHEA play the "Wine & Song Wednesdays" Americana / Singer-songwriters series at The Blue Guitar Room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena CA
JODI SIEGEL has shared the stage with many venerable artists, including Albert King, Robben Ford, Kris Kristofferson, and David Lindley. She is a Chicago native with deep blues roots. In the late '80s she relocated to California and eventually landed in the arts mecca of Laguna Beach. She's a wicked slide guitar player with a bluesy, soulful, and mellow vocal style.
RICK SHEA, with nine critically-acclaimed albums, has performed all over California and across the country. Rick cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew-up. He's built a solid career as solo artist, guitarist and songwriter, equally at home telling stories with an acoustic guitar or letting his well-worn Telecaster do the talking.
*  Arroyo Seco Grill is adjacent to the Blue Guitar, with food, wine, and full bar. You can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and the restaurant is open until 8:30 pm.
*  TIX are choose-your-seat-in-advance, $17 & $12, at: https://deepmix.thundertix.com/events/161709/saleable_seats?performance_id=2465187
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Wed, Dec 11:
8 pm - TOMMY EMMANUEL plus JIM & MORNING NICHOLS play the Smothers Theatre at Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine Univ. Malibu, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu CA 90265; 310-506-4522
*  They also play in Orange CA, Dec 9 at 7:30 pm; Malibu, Dec 12 at 8 pm; see listings.
*  They also play in Orange CA, Dec 9 at 7:30 pm; in Malibu, Dec 12 at 8 pm; in Santa Barbara Dec 14, 8 pm; see listings.
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Wed, Dec 11:
9 pm-11 pm - GARRET SWAYNE, VEALY, NICOLE & SCOTTY, & WILS BACH perform in a contemporary singer-songwriter “IN-THE-ROUND” at legendary bar/Chinese restaurant/music venue Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, Los Angeles CA 90046
*  Garret was longtime performing host of one of L.A.'s most popular showcases (until the roof literally caved-in on the venue). Check out one of his new songs: https://www.youtube.com/user/garretswayne/videos
*  $5 cover. Be sure they seat you in the music room or you'll miss the show.
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Thursday
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Thu, Dec 12:
10:30 am - "MUSIC WITH ANGIE DONKIN" for kids at three Pasadena library locations this week. Today, at the Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St, Pasadena CA 91103; 626-744-7278
*  A fun and rhythmic morning of music, dance, stories and imaginative play.
*  For children age 6 and under, and their parents or caregivers.
*  Free.
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Thu, Dec 12:
7 pm - "TERRY ROLAND Presents: THE ROADHOUSE SHOW" in a year-end "best of" the monthly showcase series, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  He's calling tonight, "The Best of the Roadhouse: Anything Goes."
*  Closing out the year and opening the door on a new decade, The Roadhouse Series finishes its 3rd year of bringing you the best in local American roots music.
*  Since 2017, the series has explored the music of artists like Hank Williams, the great songs of Memphis, Detroit, New Orleans and the Laurel Canyon sound. Over the last year they've honored the influence of the music of the islands, the Texas troubdadours like Townes Van Zandt, and brought a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.
*  Tonight their cast of musicIans, poets, and songwriters presents an evening of favorite songs and tributes from past shows.
*  Terry says, "There will even be a few wild cards thrown in for the Christmas holidays. As many of our regular Roadhousers know anything is possible at a Roadhouse show. We've even had a flood complete with Titanic drama. [That's true, the venue suddenly flooded when a large pipe broke.] So join us as we expect the unexpected and usher out 2019."
*  TIX, $20, cash at the door. No reservations for this show -- just arrive early enough to get in and get a seat.
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Thu, Dec 12:
8 pm - DANU presents "AN EMERALD ISLE CHRISTMAS" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine CA 92697; 949-854-4646
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Thu, Dec 12:
8 pm - TOMMY EMMANUEL plus JIM & MORNING NICHOLS play the Smothers Theatre at Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine Univ. Malibu, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu CA 90265; 310-506-4522
*  They also play in Orange CA, Dec 9 at 7:30 pm; in Malibu, Dec 11 at 8 pm; in Santa Barbara Dec 14, 8 pm; see listings.
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Thu,  Dec 12:
8 pm-midnight - GARRET SWAYNE  with MIKE LEVY on backup vocals and drums at Pickwicks Pub, 21010 Ventura Bl, Woodland Hills CA 91364
*  Pickwicks is a cozy British pub in Woodland Hills. They offer a full menu of tasty English fare (plus other choices), and a full bar.
*  Garret was longtime performing host of one of L.A.'s most popular showcases (until the roof literally caved-in on the venue).
*  He promises "A lot of my original songs of course, but a number of well-chosen cover tunes as well. Got a favorite? Chances are, we know it, and we can play it! Just ask!"
*  Check out one of Garret's new songs: https://www.youtube.com/user/garretswayne/videos
*  No cover, no minimum.
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Friday
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Fri, Dec 13:
11:15 am - MANY STRINGS performs "A Renaissance Christmas" for a LUNCHEON CONCERT at Santee Parks & Recreation Dept., Santee City Hall,  Building 8P, 10601 Magnolia Av, Santee CA  92071 (San Diego Co)
*  Music performance precedes lunch.
*  Call for reservations and info: 619-258-4100 ext. 120
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Fri-Sun, Dec 13, 14, 15:
5:30 pm-8:30 pm - 34th annual "CANDLELIGHT WALK AT HERITAGE HILL" features two traditional acoustic string bands playing holiday music, at Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest CA 92630
*  Bands are:
⊙ WHEN PIGS FLY! play Dec 13 & 15, with Marianne Scanlon on hammered & fretted dulcimers & guitar; Jim Romano on guitar, bodhran, snare drum, banjolele, small percussion; Terry Gucwa on cello.
⊙ ON A LARK - CELTIC TRIO, plays Dec 14, with Jill Cassidy on Irish whistle; Barbara Gershman on hammered dulcimer & accordion; Terry Gucwa on cello, and singing leader.
*  Festive holiday music in each decorated historic building.
*  More than 1,000 luminarios lighting the park’s pathways.
*  Traditional refreshments, plus Santa. Family-friendly.
*  TIX: $5, cash only. Free under age 3. TIX at: http://www.ocgov.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=101443
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - TRACE BUNDY, "The Acoustic Ninja," plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - BROPHY DALE BAND plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  Upcoming events, more: www.arcadiabluesclub.com
*  TIX for all concerts here, at: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - "AN IRISH CHRISTMAS" plays the Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Av, San Diego CA 92101; 619-570-1100
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - JOHN DOYLE & MICK McAULEY play Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-519-1314
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - "A TAYLOR MADE TAPESTRY" with CARLA BUFFA as "Carole King" and STEPHEN BOCK as "James Taylor," at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  This very specifically re-creates the Carole King & James Taylor Troubadour reunion show of 2007.
*  Carole King has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wrote several Top Ten hits for various groups with her partner and husband Gerry Goffin during the '60s, and in 1971, her "Tapestry" album became the top-selling pop solo album ever and held that position until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 1982. Over the course of her long career, she has penned over 400 songs that have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists.
*  James Taylor rose to fame in the '70s when he became known for writing and performing sensitive, affecting songs. Over the course of a long-running career, Taylor has won five Grammy Awards and seen many of his albums go platinum. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and received a National Medal of the Arts in 2011. Taylor continues to be esteemed as a songwriter and performer whose work speaks to people's inner emotional lives.
*  But, thing of it is, you're gonna pay a lot of money and get nosebleed seats to go see either one of 'em. Now, we aren't big on "tribute acts," but... we like this concept, of a single, re-created night when the two artists shared a stage.
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  TIX, $20
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - "A CELTIC CHRISTMAS" starring ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH with NUALA KENNEDY & STEPHANIE BENNETT brings its tour to the Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Dr, Palm Springs CA 92262
*  "World's Most Recorded Piper" ERIC RIGLER  ("Titanic," "Braveheart," "Outlander," Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Ruben Blades, Phil Collins, Austin Powers, and "The Simpsons") joins multi-talented string player/producer DIRK FREYMUTH (John Gorka, The Baroque Orchestra of Ireland), teaming-up "to create a soundscape of Celtic holiday cheer."
*  Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric's many film and television soundtracks, and songs of the Christmas tradition -- from the British Isles, Ireland and other Celtic nations -- the evening promises to deliver a sublime musical experience.
*  Joining them are special guests NUALA KENNEDY from Dundalk, Ireland, on vocals and flute (Celtic Connections, Will Oldham, The Alt, Oirialla) and STEPHANIE BENNETT on Celtic Harp (Paul McCartney, Adele, "Outlander").
*  They also perform Dec 8, 3 pm in Also Viejo; Dec 11, 7 pm in Santa Barbara; Dec 14, 7:30 pm in San Pedro; Dec 15, 5 pm in San Pedro; see listings.
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - JARABE MEXICANO plays the YPAC's Indoor Theater, 12062 California St, Yucaipa CA 92399
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Sat, Dec 14; FILM EVENT:
1:30 pm - SCREENING OF "THE SHOOTIST" (1976), introduced by COURTNEY JOYNER, in the Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park / Los Angeles CA 90027
*  Courtney Joyner is former film editor for "True West" magazine and co-author of "Western Portraits: Unsung Heroes and Villains of the Silver Screen."
*  Directed by Don Siegel | Starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, and Ron Howard.
*  Throughout 2019, Autry audience members voted for their favorite Western. Their selection featuring John Wayne’s final role is a cinematic love letter to the Western, even as the genre was fading from the neighborhood movie house. Adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s novel, The Shootist reflects on the past, while acknowledging the coming of a new West. When the film was released in 1976, Variety summed it up by stating, “The Shootist is simply beautiful and beautifully simple.”
*  Free with paid museum admission.
*   Reservations recommended, at: https://theautry.org/events/film-and-television/screening-shootist-1976
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Sat, Dec 14; WORKSHOP:
2 pm - JOHN DOYLE & MICK McAULEY do a WORKSHOP before their concert tonight at the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina CA 91723; 626-339-7020
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Sat, Dec 14:
3 pm matinee - THE ASH GROVE PLAYERS at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  They perform authentic American roots music -- folk, country, blues and bluegrass that will uplift your spirit, and stir your soul.
*  This is history coming full-circle. The group takes inspiration from the many historic roots musicians that passed through the doors of the famed and long-lost Ash Grove Music Club on Melrose Avenue in 1950s and '60s Los Angeles. Today, the Coffee Gallery Backstage is the L.A. area's premiere acoustic music performance venue, so of course they must play here.
*  These six talented and seasoned singers and musicians play a variety of instruments, taking great traditional songs and giving them new life.
*  Featured are Claudia Lennear (vocals and background vocals), SS Jones (vocals, banjo and guitar), Steve Moos (vocals, mandolin and guitar), Eric Ahlberg (vocals and bass), David Fertig (harmonica), and Jeff Landau (guitar). The band started as a project of the Ash Grove Music Foundation.
*  During the seventies, Claudia Lennear was a musical pioneer who sang background vocals across the genres on stage, and recorded with Ike and Tina Turner, Allen Toussaint, the Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, George Harrison, Elton John, Steven Stills, Taj Mahal, and many others.
*  Claudia worked professionally with many of the producers and sidemen musicians who developed the fundamental character of the late '60s and '70s pop music scene, both in the United States and England.
*  Journalists have documented that Lennear was the muse for songs written by Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Leon Russell. Lennear affirms “Brown Sugar,” “Lady Grinning Soul,” “A Song for You,” “Masquerade,” and “She Smiles Like a River” as being inspired by her presence.
*  The Ash Grove Players performed to rave reviews at the Pete Seeger Memorial Concert produced by the Ash Grove Music Foundation in 2014. They performed their Lead Belly tribute show featuring SS Jones at the opening event of the Lead Belly Exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Last year they performed at the Levitt Pavillion Concert in Pasadena, and this year at the Levitt Pavillion, McArthur Park, sharing the bill with the Chambers Brothers Band. Recently they did a sold-out show at McCabe's.
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236.
*  TIX, $20
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Sat, Dec 14:
4 pm & 7 pm - "HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT" with PASADENA SYMPHONY & POPS at All Saints Church, "Pasadena’s equivalent of a classic European cathedral," at 132 N Euclid Av, Pasadena, CA
*  A holiday season music favorite, in the architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous All Saints Church.
*  Broadway star Sarah Uriarte Berry joins an array of choruses and handbells in this festive concert featuring the most popular and cherished holiday melodies. Hear "Deck the Halls," "It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Joy to the World," "So This is Christmas," "Hallelujah!" and more of your favorites, all performed by candlelight.
*  Features David Lockington, conductor; Los Angeles Children's Chorus; The Donald Brinegar Singers; L.A. Bronze Handbell Ensemble.
*  Concert Length 75 minutes, no intermission. Arrive early, no late seating.
*  TIX to both performances are nearly sold out. Get yours before they're gone:
https://pasadenasymphony-pops.secure.force.com/ticket
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Sat, Dec 14:
5 pm - LENNY HANSELL, DON REED, & DENNIS ROGER REED play the Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, 54301 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild CA 92549; 951-659-9000
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Sat & Sun, Dec 14 & 15:
5:30 pm-8:30 pm - 34th annual "CANDLELIGHT WALK AT HERITAGE HILL" features two traditional acoustic string bands playing holiday music, at Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest CA 92630
*  Bands are:
⊙ WHEN PIGS FLY! play Dec 13 & 15, with Marianne Scanlon on hammered & fretted dulcimers & guitar; Jim Romano on guitar, bodhran, snare drum, banjolele, small percussion; Terry Gucwa on cello.
⊙ ON A LARK - CELTIC TRIO, plays Dec 14, with Jill Cassidy on Irish whistle; Barbara Gershman on hammered dulcimer & accordion; Terry Gucwa on cello, and singing leader.
*  Festive holiday music in each decorated historic building.
*  More than 1,000 luminarios lighting the park’s pathways.
*  Traditional refreshments, plus Santa. Family-friendly.
*  TIX: $5, cash only. Free under age 3. TIX at: http://www.ocgov.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=101443
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Sat, Dec 14:
7 pm - THE TALL MEN GROUP plays their annual Holiday show, combined with "5," their Eastside record release show, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  They are one group, five master singer-songwriters, with ten great new songs covering a range of styles, all coming together in one very satisfying record.
*  Tall Men Group don't just have a new record. They deliver the goods again with “5”, their fifth album in eight years. What’s most remarkable about this band is that it consists of five singer-songwriters who combine to write fifty (count 'em) new songs a year.
*  The ten very best of those songs, deemed most worthy of recording, are featured on this, their latest CD, entitled “5.” Each song features the unique timbre of its writer’s vocal performance and lyrics that tell a compelling story, supported by full-band arrangements and exceptional harmony vocals.
*  Styles range from stone country (“Mending Scars”) to neo-soul (“Soul Quake”) to power pop (“Weak Days”) to folk-rock (“Stranger Stranded”) to r&b ballad (“Better Not Call”).
*  That variety is part of what keeps TMG’s devoted fans coming back for more, and the quality of the songwriting keeps the music high on everyone’s playlist. Think of the Traveling Wilburys to get an idea of a band with this many widely-recorded singer-songwriters. The Tall Men might just be at the peak of their game with this new collection.
*  Check out the new album at: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/tallmengroup5
*  More on the members of the band: https://tallmengroup.weebly.com
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  TIX, $20
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Sat, Dec 14:
7:30 pm - TRACE BUNDY, "The Acoustic Ninja," plays the Wooden Hall Concerts series at Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara CA 93101
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Sat, Dec 14:
7:30 pm - "4 CHRISTMAS CAROLS arranged by SHAWN KIRCHNER" featuring PATTI AMELOTTE on hammered dulcimer, accompanying the USC THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC, on the campus of University of Southern California, University Park, Los Angeles CA 
*  See website for info, tickets, parking, and reservations: https://music.usc.edu/wintergala/
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Sat, Dec 14:
7:30 pm - DANZA FLORICANTO/USA performs at the Ruth Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 6760 Painter Av, Whittier CA 90601; 562-907-4203
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Sat, Dec 14; BENEFIT:
8 pm-11:30 pm - Annual "CHRISTMAS BLUES BASH & TOY DRIVE" hosted by ADRIANNA MARIE & L.A. JONES for a Holiday celebration of jump blues and swing with a bunch of special guests, plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Tonight's show and toy drive are for the Arcadia Firefighters Association, to benefit the Foothill Unity Center.
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  TIX, for tonight $10 adv, $15 at door
*  Upcoming events, more: www.arcadiabluesclub.com
*  TIX for all concerts here, at: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com___
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Sat, Dec 14:
8 pm - CHARLIE HUNTER & LUCY WOODWARD play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $26.50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Dec 14:
8 pm - TOMMY EMMANUEL plus JIM & MORNING NICHOLS play Campbell Hall at UCSB, 574 Mesa Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93106; 805-893-3535
*  They also play in Orange CA, Dec 9 at 7:30 pm; in Malibu, Dec 11 & 12 at 8 pm; see listings.
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Sat, Dec 14:
8 pm -  "A CELTIC CHRISTMAS" starring ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH with NUALA KENNEDY & STEPHANIE BENNETT brings its big venue tour to the intimate Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-519-1314
*  "World's Most Recorded Piper" ERIC RIGLER  ("Titanic," "Braveheart," "Outlander," Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Ruben Blades, Phil Collins, Austin Powers, and "The Simpsons") joins multi-talented string player/producer DIRK FREYMUTH (John Gorka, The Baroque Orchestra of Ireland), teaming-up "to create a soundscape of Celtic holiday cheer."
*  Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric's many film and television soundtracks, and songs of the Christmas tradition -- from the British Isles, Ireland and other Celtic nations -- the evening promises to deliver a sublime musical experience.
*  Joining them are special guests NUALA KENNEDY from Dundalk, Ireland, on vocals and flute (Celtic Connections, Will Oldham, The Alt, Oirialla) and STEPHANIE BENNETT on Celtic Harp (Paul McCartney, Adele, "Outlander").
*  They also perform Dec 8, 3 pm in Also Viejo; Dec 11, 7 pm in Santa Barbara; Dec 13, 8 pm in Palm Springs; Dec 15, 5 pm in San Pedro; see listings.
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Sat, Dec 14:
8 pm - TONY McMANUS & JULIA TAOSPERN play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Sat, Dec 14:
8 pm - JOHN DOYLE & MICK McAULEY play the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina CA 91723; 626-339-7020
*  They also do a workshop here today; see 2 pm listing.
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Sun, Dec 15; something completely different:
10 am-5 pm - "THRIFTCON L.A." is "The #1 Vintage Clothing and Collectible Convention in the U.S." held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles CA 90015
*  We know a BUNCH of artists who get all their best stage outfits on the thrift store circuit. And, we are all all for "reduce - reuse - recycle." So we've gotta tell you about this.
PLUS, it features a CLOTHING DONATION DRIVE benefitting Union Rescue Mission and Shelter Partnership. Bring 5 or more pieces of clothing to donate and receive a free shopping bag (while supplies last).
*  The promo for this event reads: "ThriftCon is a vintage collectors' dream. With at least 100 vendors, ThriftCon will feature thousands of products ranging from valuable, vintage Men's and Women's clothing to classic, vintage collectibles and home goods to add to your collection. Everything you never knew you needed all in one place. No more digging through bins. No more wasted time searching through endless racks of t-shirts to find 'that one' piece. Forget the garage and estate sales. ThriftCon has arrived."
*  Advance tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thriftcon-la-tickets-76987645119
*  TIX, $5 to $20.
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Sun, Dec 15:
Noon- 3 pm - monthly "WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION SHOWCASE" does its annual "COWBOY CHRISTMAS" themed day of musicians, storytellers, and cowboy poets, in the Mural Court inside the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park / Los Angeles CA 90027
*  Free with paid museum admission. Performers get in Free with advance arrangement (use link below).
*  Go early, tour the galleries, and have lunch at the Museum cafe.
*  More at: https://theautry.org/events/music-and-festivals/western-music-association-showcase
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Sun, Dec 15:
3 pm & 7 pm - JIM & ANNE CURRY present "A JOHN DENVER CHRISTMAS" for two performances today at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  Jim Curry is the foremost John Denver tribute artist in the world, and he has performed on cruise ships and all over the world, often with members of the late John Denver's band -- and with symphony orchestras, using the original scores from Denver's concerts.
*  Yes, this is a Christmas Show with Christmas music, and also a lot of popular John Denver songs. Eclectic but Christmas-themed.
*  For these special shows, Jim and Anne Curry perform traditional Christmas songs and John Denver holiday music from his seasonal television specials and albums. Denver’s most popular special, “A Christmas Together - John Denver and the Muppets”. Was watched by more than 60 million people and the highest rated show for the ABC network at that time. This music has become a beloved holiday tradition, passing from generation to generation every Christmas season.
*  These shows will sell-out so don't dawdle. BUT, venue impresario BOB STANE says, "Do not make reservations unless you can 'absolutely' be at The Coffee Gallery Backstage that night. No empty seats…no 'no shows.' Do not be a Grinch. That’s another show."
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm: 626-798-6236
*  TIX, $20
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Sun, Dec 15:
4 pm - LOS TEXMANIACS play the "Deep End Sessions" in Santa Paula, CA 93060
*  Reservations get directions from David Bunn, at: deependsessions@gmail.com
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Sun, Dec 15:
5 pm -  "A CELTIC CHRISTMAS" starring ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH with NUALA KENNEDY & STEPHANIE BENNETT brings its big venue tour to the intimate Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-519-1314
*  "World's Most Recorded Piper" ERIC RIGLER  ("Titanic," "Braveheart," "Outlander," Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Ruben Blades, Phil Collins, Austin Powers, and "The Simpsons") joins multi-talented string player/producer DIRK FREYMUTH (John Gorka, The Baroque Orchestra of Ireland), teaming-up "to create a soundscape of Celtic holiday cheer."
*  Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric's many film and television soundtracks, and songs of the Christmas tradition -- from the British Isles, Ireland and other Celtic nations -- the evening promises to deliver a sublime musical experience.
*  Joining them are special guests NUALA KENNEDY from Dundalk, Ireland, on vocals and flute (Celtic Connections, Will Oldham, The Alt, Oirialla) and STEPHANIE BENNETT on Celtic Harp (Paul McCartney, Adele, "Outlander").
*  They also perform Dec 8, 3 pm in Also Viejo; Dec 11, 7 pm in Santa Barbara; Dec 13, 8 pm in Palm Springs; Dec 14, 8 pm in San Pedro; see listings.
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Sun, Dec 15:
5:30 pm-11 pm - BILL DEMPSEY plays the "SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY" at the Columbus Club, 4425 Home Av, San Diego CA 92105
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Sun, Dec 15:
5:30 pm-8:30 pm - 34th annual "CANDLELIGHT WALK AT HERITAGE HILL" features two traditional acoustic string bands playing holiday music, at Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest CA 92630
*  Bands are:
⊙ WHEN PIGS FLY! play Dec 13 & 15, with Marianne Scanlon on hammered & fretted dulcimers & guitar; Jim Romano on guitar, bodhran, snare drum, banjolele, small percussion; Terry Gucwa on cello.
⊙ ON A LARK - CELTIC TRIO, plays Dec 14, with Jill Cassidy on Irish whistle; Barbara Gershman on hammered dulcimer & accordion; Terry Gucwa on cello, and singing leader.
*  Festive holiday music in each decorated historic building.
*  More than 1,000 luminarios lighting the park’s pathways.
*  Traditional refreshments, plus Santa. Family-friendly.
*  TIX: $5, cash only. Free under age 3. TIX at: http://www.ocgov.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=101443
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Sun, Dec 15:
7 pm - JIM & ANNE CURRY present "A JOHN DENVER CHRISTMAS" for two performances today at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
*  See 3 pm write-up.
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Sun, Dec 15, FREE CONCERT:
7:30 pm - PASADENA YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PYSO) presents its "PHILHARMONIC WINTER CONCERT" at the AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian Performing Arts Center, 2495 E Mountain St, Pasadena CA; https://www.agbupac.org
*  Free, un-ticketed, and open to the public.
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Sun & Mon, Dec 15 & 16:
8 pm - "JACKSH*T HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR MMXIX" gets two nights in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $40, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun, Dec 15:
8 pm - THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA plus NICKI BLUHM play a wowsa double-bill at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach / San Diego CA 92075; 858-481-9022
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Mon, Dec 16, Back East:
Annual reenactment of the BOSTON TEA PARTY at the harbor in Boston, MA
*  No, not the goofball modern privately-owned (for the profit of the few owners) "Tea Party" that isn't a real political party and should have stuck with the name they originally called themselves: "The Teabaggers."
*  THIS, in Boston, is a raucous historical reenactment that pitches fake bundles of tea from square-rigged sailing ships into the harbor, just like the 1775 rebellion. Except then it was real tea, when everybody drank tea like they drink coffee now. So they were putting their mouths where they money would have gone, to rebel against Britain's taxation without representation.
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Mon, Dec 16:
8 pm - "JACKSH*T HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR MMXIX" gets two nights in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $40, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Tue, Dec 17:
7:30 pm - "HOLIDAY ORGAN SPECTACULAR" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
*  Celebrate the season with the king of instruments with world-class organist TODD WILSON and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the 4,322-pipe, $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
*  Carl St.Clair, conductor; Vadym Kholodenko, piano; Pacific Symphony
*  Program:
  • ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL: “October Light” Adagio for Orchestra (World premiere)
  • PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
  • Preview Talk at 7 pm with special guests Vadym Kholodenko and Elliot Goldenthal.
- hosted by KUSC's Rich Capparela (Thu. & Sat.)
- hosted by KUSC's John Van Driel (Fri.)
*  Doors at 6:45 pm.
*  TIX: https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concerts/holiday-concerts
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Wed, Dec 18:
7 pm - NATALIE GELMAN plus ERIK STUCKY play the "Wine & Song Wednesdays" Americana / Singer-songwriters series at The Blue Guitar Room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena CA
*  Arroyo Seco Grill is adjacent to the Blue Guitar, with food, wine, and full bar. You can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and the restaurant is open until 8:30 pm.
*  TIX are choose-your-seat-in-advance, $17 & $12, at: https://deepmix.thundertix.com/events/161815/saleable_seats?performance_id=2465935
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Wed, Dec 18:
7:30 pm - MARK O’CONNOR performs "AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS" at the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange CA 92866; 844-626-8726
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Wed, Dec 18:
7:30 pm - "AN IRISH CHRISTMAS" plays the California Center For The Arts in the Center Theatre, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido CA 92025; 800-988-4253
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Wed, Dec 18:
8 pm - INCENDIO returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001
*  Reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, at 626-798-6236
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Fri, Dec 20:
7:30 pm, THE DARDEN SISTERS, faves who sell-out here, present "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton CA 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org
*  The Sisters will deliver warm holiday tidings with their angelic vocals and harmonious renditions of classic Christmas tunes. In keeping with the family's holiday tradition, their grandfather, JOE TATAR, will join in for the evening.
*  TIX, $15-$30, at: https://themuck.org/programing/2019/12/20/dardens
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Fri, Dec 20:
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA plays their only Southern Cal date for the 16th Annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour" on Fri, Dec 20 at the lovely McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA.
*  TIX, EARLIEST SALE: Wed, Jul 24 at 10 am (local time, in all US markets) through Thu, Jul 25 at 10 pm (local time). Or wait for regular sales to arrive Fri, Jul 26 at 10 am (local time), after the good seats are gone. (It was in the Guide's "Ticket Alerts" in July.)
*  Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece ORCHESTRA will tour the country on their 16th annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour," presented for the fifth consecutive year by SiriusXM.
*  Featuring music from their three best-selling holiday albums and Brian's numerous hits.
*  The over 20-city annual, critically-acclaimed, holiday extravaganza launches Nov 15 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and wraps-up at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA on Dec 20.
*  TIX (starting at time above) and more info at:  www.briansetzer.com
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Fri, Dec 20:
8 pm - MOLLY’S REVENGE plays the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech in Pasadena CA 91106
*  Park free (ignoring the "reserved" signs at night) in either lot at the south end of Michigan Av, s off Del Mar.
*  They also play in Carlsbad (San Diego) on Dec 21, 7:30 pm, and in Tehachapi on Dec 22, at 2 pm & 7 pm; see listings.
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Fri & Sat, Dec 20 & 21:
8 pm - "CHRISTMAS WITH MARIE OSMOND" with PACIFIC SYMPHONY, MARIE OSMOND, DAVID OSMOND, & DANIEL EMMET, in Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626; Box Office, 714-755-5799; www.PacificSymphony.org
*  Marie Osmond, backed by the Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony, for a holiday concert featuring festive favorites as well as her hit singles, including “Paper Roses.”
*  Joining Marie are special guests: her talented nephew David Osmond; and vocal powerhouse Daniel Emmet, 2018 semi-finalist on "America's Got Talent."
*  TIX, https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concerts/holiday-concerts
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Fri, Dec 20:
8 pm - "JAMES INTVELD CHRISTMAS PARTY" with openers THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND and various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  Upcoming events, more: www.arcadiabluesclub.com
*  TIX for all concerts here, at: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Dec 21:
7:30 pm - MOLLY’S REVENGE plays the San Diego Folk Heritage concert series at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad CA 92008
*  They also play in Pasadena on Dec 29, 8 pm, and in Tehachapi on Dec 22, at 2 pm & 7 pm; see listings.
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Sat, Dec 21:
8 pm - THE SHAWN JONES BAND plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND and various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  Fun venue, two stages to assure continuous music, pool tables, bar specials, tasty menu (generous portions, two can share). But bring earplugs.  Seriously.
*  Advance online tix save money, but this venue is never overpriced, anyway.
*  Upcoming events, more: www.arcadiabluesclub.com
*  TIX for all concerts here, at: http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sun, Dec 22; FREE FESTIVAL:
Noon-4 pm - Annual "HOLIDAY FESTIVAL" at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton CA 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org
*  Celebrate the holiday season with live music, food, family-friendly activities, free art workshops for kids, an arts and crafts sale, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
*  Headliner this year is BILL CUNLIFFE, a jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger. He’ll perform and celebrate the release of his new Christmas album, which will also be available for purchase.
*  Free admission.
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Sun, Dec 22:
2 pm & 7 pm - MOLLY’S REVENGE plays two shows for the Fiddler's Crossing concert series, both today at the BeeKay Theatre, 110 South Green St, Tehachapi CA 93561
*  They also play in Pasadena on Dec 29, 8 pm, and in in Carlsbad (San Diego) on Dec 21, 7:30 pm; see listings.
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Mon, Dec, 23; CLOSING NIGHT, Dec 4-23, stage musical:
7:30 pm - CHARLES DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" at A Noise Within Theatre, 3352 E Foothill Bl, Pasadena CA 91107; 626-356-3100
*  A Noise Within's delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns for 2019. Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge, in a "perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season and beyond!"
*  Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott, Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott.
*  Performance times vary by night, at 7:30 or 8 pm, plus 2 pm weekend matinees; see tix link for times on each date.
*  TIX: Use code CAROLSYMPHONY for 50% off tickets for select seats to the first week of performances (12/4-12/8); tix at: https://secure.anoisewithin.org/Online/default.asp
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Tue, Dec 24, FREE CONCERT, in-person, or on tv, or LIVE ONLINE:
3 pm-6 pm - 60th Annual "LOS ANGELES COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION" in The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles CA 90012;  213-972-7211;
*  With all the lights, sets, and sound production that every big show receives at a world-class Music Center production, this appropriately multicultural showcase of Los Angeles County-based musicians and dancers is reliably one of the nation's best annual holiday performances.
*  Last year's 59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration was named the winner of a 2019 "Gold Telly Award" for Television Craft, Use of Live Video;  a "Silver Telly" for Television Entertainment; and a "Silver Telly" for Television Craft/Directing. The 58th Annual production's telecast was named the winner of a 2018 "Silver Telly Award" for Television / Live Event and a "Bronze Telly" for Television / Craft Director. This is done with care and it's very impressive and superbly entertaining.
*  Doors open at 2:30 pm.
*  Available to see GLOBALLY, streaming live on www.pbssocal.org AND on www.kcet.org, or on local tv, on PBS SoCal (aka KOCE in Southern California, AND on other PBS stations nationwide on their own schedules), or best of all, see it happen live, in person, where you can enjoy the scope and scale of it all at The Music Center.
*  FREE to attend, but very, very popular. Meaning you need to arrive early and wait in line until the doors open -- or, wait in line until someone inside leaves. There is outdoor entertainment while you're in line, and food vendors.
TV schedules (Southern California):
□  LIVE 3-HOUR BROADCAST
•  Dec 24, 3 pm, on PBS SoCal 1 (KOCE).
□  RE-BROADCASTS (full 3-hour repeat)
•  Dec 24, 9 pm, on PBS SoCal 1 (KOCE).
•  Dec 25, 3 am, on PBS SoCal 1 (KOCE).
•  Dec 25, 3 am, on PBS SoCal 2.
•  Dec 25, 6 am, on PBS SoCal 2.
•  Dec 25, noon, on KCET.
•  Dec 25, 7 pm, on KCET.
•  Dec 26, 11 am, on PBS SoCal 2.
*  More, including bios of all performers, plus the schedule of performances (when available), at: https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/holidaycelebration/
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Tue, Dec 31:
3:30 pm-4:30 pm - BILL DEMPSEY, sea chanticler and folk musician, performs an early NYE set at Carlsbad by the Sea, 2855 Carlsbad Bl, Carlsbad CA 92008
*  More at: www.billdempseymusic.net
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Thu, Jan 2:
7 pm - HELEN ROSE plus 2TON BRIDGE with guest JESSICA GERHARD play a special Thursday edition of the "Wine & Song Wednesdays" Americana / Singer-songwriters series at The Blue Guitar Room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena CA
*  Arroyo Seco Grill is adjacent to the Blue Guitar, with food, wine, and full bar. You can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, and the restaurant is open until 8:30 pm.
*  TIX are choose-your-seat-in-advance, $17 & $12, at: https://deepmix.thundertix.com/events/163607/saleable_seats?performance_id=2482835
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Fri & Sat, Jan 10 & 11:
8 pm - DAR WILLIAMS plus special guest SETH GLIER gets two nights in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $40, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Jan 11:
7:30 pm -  "CAMARILLO CAFE CONCERT SERIES" presents RITA HOSKING and SEAN FEDER for an evening of "Heartful Americana" at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo CA 93010; http://camarillocafeconcerts.com
*  The series is celebrating "30 Years of Great Live Music."
*  *  Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, dishes, rivers, black holes and hope.  An award-winning and prolific songwriter characterized as "here and now" by The Observer, her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with longtime collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar. Together, they deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.”
*  More praise for Rita: "Heartfelt country soul set by someone who has quietly become one of the best...Hosking is a real talent, and sits up alongside Nanci Griffith as someone who understands the human heart and can touch it every single time." --Jeremy Searle, Maverick Magazine.
*  Doors at 7 pm, no advance ticket sales, arrive early for preferred seating.
*  TIX: Suggested donation, $20 at the door, includes coffee, tea, and snacks; all profits go to the musicians.
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Sat, Jan 18:
7 pm-11 pm - "ROARING '20s IN 2020" features dinner, dancing, and drinks, in the University of Antelope Valley Ballroom, 4055 Sierra Hwy, Lancaster CA 93534
*  The 1920s roared because the Doughboys were back from WW I in France, and suddenly, women had the vote. So, as the song asked, "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Par-ree?" (Answer: Uuuhh, ya didn't.)
*  It was a time of flappers, speak-easies, popular songs with "naughty" lyrics, rejection of imposed moral standards that had prevented personal choices, and, in general, so much social upheaval that those taking part were deemed "The Lost Generation." (Yes, it sorta was the protype for '60s counter-culture.) Those elements, celebrated for a new time, are the inspiration for this event to upend the apple cart once again, in this event produced by the Outreach Center of Antelope Valley.
*  Special guest is CARMEN CARRERA from "RuPauls Drag Race" Season 3. Pics / poster at link below.
*   Age 18+ to attend; 21+ to drink; No Host Bar.
*  TIX, $50-$100, at: http://outreachcenterav.org/tickets.html
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Sun, Jan 19; FESTIVAL:
2 pm - 13th annual "SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLACK KEY FESTIVAL" celebrates bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Bl (at Aviation Bl), Redondo Beach CA  90278
*  SLACK KEY -- Hawaiian "ki ho'alu" is one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. Played from the heart and soul through the fingers and flowing with vivid tropical images, the festival lets you listen and learn the fascinating history of ki ho’alu guitar and the musical pioneers who helped shape its sound and legacy.
*  Produced by Kala Koa Entertainment, the festival includes an "Island Marketplace."
*  Showcasing GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers, and the free-to-the-public Island Marketplace, this is one of the most acclaimed concerts to leave the islands.
*  The first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii, the Southern California Slack Key Festival continues to set milestones for Hawaiian music on the mainland. Since its debut in 2008, it has garnered a huge loyal following, creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music.
* This year’s line-up includes JOHN KEAWE, JERRY SANTOS, KAMUELA KIMOKEO, THE LIM FAMILY, IKAIKA MARZO, BOBBY MODEROW, JEFF PETERSON, ANTHONY PFLUKE, and BOBBY INGANO.
*  Ki ho'alu literally means "loosen the key." It is the Hawaiian language name for the solo finger-picked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or "keys") are "slacked" to produce many different tunings, which usually contain a major chord, or a chord with a major 7th note, or sometimes one with a 6th note in it. Each tuning produces a lingering sound behind the melody and has a characteristic resonance and fingering, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.
*  How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form – https://vimeo.com/155399448.
*  In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free to the public – takes place from 11 am-5 pm. You can browse a variety of island-themed gifts, home décor, accessories, apparel, and more. Plus, there's Hawaiian food, authentic island-style shave ice, and outdoor entertainment.
*  Free Parking
*  More at: www.slackkeyfest.com or http://www.kalakoa.com/slackkey.html
*  Those who devices are infested with Facebook spyware can find something at: https://www.facebook.com/socalslackkeyfestival
*  TIX,  $20 - $55, at www.kalakoa.tix.com or 800-595-4849
*  A $135 VIP ticket includes the best seats and Saturday night reception with food, giveaways, and mingling with the artists.
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Starts Jan 28...
Tue & Thu, (2 sessions per week), WORKSHOP:
5:30 pm-9 pm - "TEACHING ARTIST TRAINING" is The Music Center series returning for 2020, empowering you to "Tap into your artistry to engage learners," at the Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles CA 90012
*  The 2020 "Teaching Artist Training" is open for registration, as of 11/22/19.
*  This class runs all these dates: Jan 28, 30; Feb 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27.
*  New and experienced teaching artists specializing in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts are encouraged to sign up.
*  This 30-hour training focuses on building and increasing artists' capacity to work creatively and effectively in TK-12 classrooms.
*  Participants focus on lesson design and gain strategies to facilitate arts learning in schools and other settings, drawing from their own artistic strengths. Content will connect to the new California Arts Standards, California Content Standards, Universal Design for Learning and Social Emotional Learning.
*  Training is led by Music Center teaching artists Madeleine Dahm (dance & theatre), Andrew Grueschow (music) and Lynn Okimura (visual & media arts).
*  MORE INFO: Ebony Ruffin, Manager of Professional Development; eruffin@musiccenter.org; 213-972-3308
*  COST: $250 (includes materials, light snacks and parking)
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Feb 1 & 2, VOCAL WORKSHOP:
Time tba - MOIRA SMILEY returns to her old L.A. stomping grounds, teaching two rare vocal workshops at The BirdHouse
*  Moira Smiley tours the world as part of the best vocal groups of our time. She is renowned in Los Angeles for her former ensemble VOCO, which was based here.
*  Details forthcoming at link below.
*  Reservations and info: https://moirasmiley.com/
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Feb 15:
Time tba - MOIRA SMILEY returns to her old L.A. stomping grounds for a concert at Nichols Canyon Music.
*  Moira Smiley tours the world as part of the best vocal groups of our time. She is renowned in Los Angeles for her former ensemble VOCO, which was based here.
*  Details not yet available at press time. They'll appear at: https://moirasmiley.com/
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Apr 3-5, 2020:
"HISTORYCON" is a national event and exhibition at the Pasadena Convention Center
www.historycon.com
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