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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday’s art & music news and events, April 18, 2014


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What happened to D. Whitney Quinn? The Guide brings you some answers.

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In this edition…

♪ NEWS FEATURES:
. 1) THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF D.WHITNEY QUINN: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
♪ TICKET ALERTS
. √ Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26
♪ FRIDAY’s MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪ ONGOING MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪ FESTIVALS ELSEWHERE
. √ Annual Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27, in NYC


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#1 Feature [edited and updated, April 19, 2014, at 11:58 am.]:

√ THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF D.WHITNEY QUINN: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

D. Whitney Quinn – the “D” stood for Dwight, and he had abandoned that name years ago – was a talented and always welcome presence on the Southern California music scene. A singer-songwriter who was comfortable with Folk-Americana and more innovative contemporary acoustic forms and audiences, and with his keyboard as often set as a Hammond organ, his lyrical skills were broadly respected.

But like many creative people, Whitney fought inner uncertainties. For him, these were serious. His childhood had been somewhere between rough and awful. He suffered from bouts of severe depression and bipolar disorder.

Everyone who knew him knew some aspect of that. For some, it strained creative relationships and collaborative relationships. Others knew him only as a bringer of joy, perhaps with a mischievous touch, that always fueled their own creativity.

He was dubbed “The Mighty Quinn,” and while it always came with a smile from whoever said it, the term was not a taunt or anything satirical. It was a badge of honor and respect bestowed on him by all who said it. Your own smile appeared when you called him that because you knew someone – him – who deserved being dubbed with classic Bob Dylan lyrics.

Over the past two decades, Whit played everything from one-song open mics to showcases – where he soon stood out – to eventual shared billings and some headliner slots in the top acoustic venues in L.A.

Anytime a new listener discovered him, they inevitably turned to the person seated beside them and asked, “Who is this guy? Why isn’t he famous!?”

Sometimes his inner struggles kept him away from performing. Not unlike the late L.A. blues master ARTWORK JAMAL, Whit’s mental uncertainties and doubts held him back. But Whitney was a gentle, sensitive, often overly-sensitive soul, and there were not the examples of outbursts that, for some venues, made Artwork Jamal too volatile to book. The point is, mental illness is a challenge for the person afflicted with it, and for those around them in personal relationships and professional associations. Many with mental illness see society’s default mode as too quick to paint with a broad brush, too ready to label them all as pariahs. And that, of course, feeds their own uncertainties.

Whitney and his wife Elizabeth had a nicely kept older home in a peaceful Pasadena suburb. Many musicians recall time spent there, sitting on the hardwood floor and petting the dogs, or enjoying jams or even the rare, more-formal house concert.

In recent months, Whitney and Elizabeth began to experience tough times. There were his health challenges and medical expenses, pre-Obamacare. There were bills that began to go unpaid because they just didn’t have the money. Both in their sixties, dreams of retirement faded away.

Their friends in the music community had only small fragments of the picture. And, well, everyone had become accustomed to Whit’s depressions. It was sort of the price you paid to enjoy his delightful friendship. For the most fortunate of those who knew him, that came with his inspiration and encouragement for your own musical endeavors.

The couple had lost two of their three dogs, animals that they dearly loved. It was said by some that lack of money for vet bills was the reason the second dog had died. They loved that dog as a family member. It was rough. Whit grieved openly on social media. Most of his friends sent expressions of sorrow and comfort.

Last week, Whit suddenly posted to Facebook that he “Was going away from Facebook forever,” adding that he “had spent too much time” there. Several of us jumped on the comments page and encouraged him to take a break and then come back when he was ready.

But things were far worse than Whit's attributing "lost time" on Facebook seemed a qualifying line to a specific kind of "Leaving Forever." But "forever" proved far more universal than his friends had imagined. It wasn't just his inner torment. Worldly factors were far worse for Whit this time than most any who knew him had discerned.

Whit and Elizabeth were losing their house. They were being evicted. The utilities were already shut-off. The third dog was not in good shape.

So Whit and his wife were both distraught, and over many things, including the most basic aspects of life. In their 60s, and about to become homeless, they were in debt, and broke, with no resources to start over or land on their feet.

The three of them – Whitney, Elizabeth, and their dog – went into the garage and started the car with the door down. Carbon monoxide.

They were discovered April 16 after family members in another state, concerned they could not reach them, called authorities to go check their home.

Both Whit and Elizabeth left notes. The L.A. County Coroner ruled suicide with no foul play by others.

It’s almost hard to call what they did an irrational act. Facing homelessness at their ages. It’s understandable. And it wasn't only Whit that suffered from depression.

Shocked and grieving, their artist friends are doing as artists always do: finding ways to honor their friend while trying to bring more universal meaning from something horrible. Thus, there are several performance showcases in the works, and each will raise money for mental health care organizations. Two dates are already organized. Each will honor both Whitney and Elizabeth.

You can still find Whitney’s Facebook page. When we first went there, looking for answers on the morning of the 17th, it still showed that Whitney was attending a songwriter workshop that night. That’s the way we will always hope to remember him: smiling and happy as he went somewhere to be with fellow artists and pursue and grow in his craft.

There's also a new Facebook page, a memorial page, for those who knew Whit or Elizabeth. There, you’ll see that a fairly big-deal event is being kicked-around.

One, on May 20th, hosted by David Harvey at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, will feature a variety of artists perform Whit's original music. The other musical tribute, just arranged, will be held at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood at 7 pm on May 8th.

Suicide elicits such a stigma, deriving from from age-old religious tomes to every modern culture's ingrained aversions and horrors. Yet, Shakespeare, in Hamlet, wrote his greatest soliloquy as the speech in which the mentally distraught young Prince of Denmark contemplates “taking arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them,” or by taking his own life immediately with “a bare bodkin.” As he bared his tortured soul, Hamlet found that “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” Not for all, fair prince, not for all.

We will spare you detailed reference to how Hamlet’s Ophelia, who loved him, also died. Hamlet went crazy with scheming and pugilism to seek righteous retribution for betrayal. Whit was the gentle soul whose uncertainties from within finally prevailed when fueled by insurmountable factors from without.

Many articulate people in the music community have shared heartfelt, poetic expressions in their shock over what happened. Bestselling author Paul Zollo, a good friend of Whit’s, said he couldn’t get something out of his head – a line from the Don McLean song, “Vincent” ~ “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”

Once you’ve read this, go to YouTube and Vimeo. Hit search and type-in "D Whitney Quinn" and bring-up the marvelous music videos with Whitney performing his originals. (We give you some web addresses, just below.) Some of these were superbly shot by Ron Sarfety. Some feature marvelous backing musicians. Some include Whitney’s signature bit of taking a cell phone call in the middle of a song – hilarious and daring, with brilliant comedic timing, and in which he celebrated his own inner awkwardness.

We will cherish the image of D. Whitney Quinn as a gentle but riveting presence on the stage, someone who could always make you smile when he was up there, someone who could seduce you into your comfort zone, then shock you with a sudden burst of profanity, and grin back at you because he got you.

Watch the first performance of the short song (1:46), “This Is Why We Love the Crazy Ones,” a co-write and duo performance by D. Whitney Quinn and Kevin Fisher, composed in just 17 minutes and then performed unrehearsed on the “Top Tune” songwriter “game show” in August, 2013. Remarkable for an effort as quick as a microwave pot pie. It’s at: .

Check-out Whit’s brilliantly arranged and accompanied original, “When I Get to Heaven,” on YouTube, at . It was filmed in 2009, nearly five years to the day before he and Elizabeth left us.

May you both be at peace, Whitney and Elizabeth. Unless you've put together a kickin' new band, and are smiling at our naïvete.



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Repeated again, because it should be…

√ Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26…

Sat, Apr 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm "FOLKWORKS ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT" at the Santa Monica Woman's Club, 1210 4th St (just S of Wilshire), Santa Monica 90401.
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We’ve brought you this Ticket Alert before, but it bears repeating. The lineup reflects FolkWorks' focus on world music as well as American folk music:
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SAUSAGE GRINDER - Los Angeles’ "all-natural hillbilly and country blues band" combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. This versatile acoustic group features fiddle, bank, guitar, mandolin, washboard, bagpipes and a few odds and ends.
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SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE - perform an irreverent gumbo of Gypsy & Creole Jazz, Klezmer & Romanian Horas, Parisian Musette & the occasional wild card thrown in for good measure. Six core members have played for decades in everything from Balkan dance bands to traditional Swing groups.
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NEVENKA - popular Los Angeles-based women’s chorus brings to life vocal folk/roots traditions from around the world. Their songs range from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Bosnia to Rom and Sephardic songs - as well as recently added American and Irish music. Their spellbinding harmonies are at the core of their eclectic repertoire. While mostly singing a cappella, they are occasionally accompanied by percussion, mandolin, guitar, citern or panduri.
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TUNACIOUS - a Celtic genre-bending band with songs and dance tunes for a blowout contra dance to wind-up the evening.
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Go early for the reception at 7 pm. More info at 818-785-3839.
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Advance tix, $20 general admission, $25 VIP reserved (limited), available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576923



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Fri, Apr 18, in Burbank:
1-3 pm THE WOODYJAMES 15-piece BIG BAND plays one of the two stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com
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More shows here, on one or the other of the venue’s two stages, at 5 pm, 8 pm, & 9:30 pm; see listings.
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All shows on both stages are no cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).

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Fri, Apr 18, in Burbank:
5-8 pm CODY& THE CODYDEPENDENTS play Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com
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More music here tonight at 8 & 9:30 pm. See listing.
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No cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).

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Fri, Apr 18, in Monrovia:
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a year-’round street fair with live music in venues and on street corners, plenty of it acoustic, in picturesque old downtown Monrovia.
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It includes the trad-roots-dulcimer-friendly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & JAM” at 7 pm at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; info, 626-357-1091.
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For those too far away to take part, Kattywompus presents “Year 'Round Live Folk Music Webcast Concert;” info at www.SoKattywompus.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in Palmdale:
6 pm Monthly OPEN MIC at Butlers Coffee, 40125 10th St, West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551.
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Signups begin at 5:30 pm, for 15 slots. Each slot is 10 minutes. The show opens at 6 sharp, and runs until 9 pm. Standby signups taken, but will not play unless the show runs short. Reserve your slot in advance at waynesl@waynesl.com
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Free, with a one drink or food item purchase minimum. More at: http://desertsong.net

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Fri, Apr 18, in Redondo Beach:
6:30-9:30 pm ANDY & RENEE play On The Rocks, 239 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-379-7438.

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Fri, Apr 18, in San Diego:
6:30 pm “WALT RICHARDS SLO JAM” is an all-acoustic-instruments affair at the San Carlos Recreation Center, 6445 Lake Badin Av, San Diego. Bring your strings.

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Fri, Apr 18, in SFV (Northridge):
7-10 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SHOWCASE” brings a lineup of various musicians, all playing acoustic, at Pho-King Delicious, 9350 Corbin Av, Northridge 91324.
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No cover. Venue has a variety of noodle dishes, salads, spring rolls, soups, sandwiches, and Vietnamese pho. (The editor likes the food here.)

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Fri, Apr 18, in Santa Monica:
7:30 pm STRING MADNESS plays the concerts series at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631.

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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “SECRET SONGS” FREE concert series brings acoustic performances in front of a backdrop of sculptural masterpieces at the Mor York Gallery, 4959 York Bl, in the Highland Park / Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles 90042; 323-663-3426.
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The show is FREE, all ages. “Secret Songs” returns with its third season with tonight’s show. It’s a free monthly concert series (monthly, in season, on the 4th Fridays) featuring an eclectic mix of acoustic performances in front of a backdrop of sculptural masterpieces.
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Doors open at 7 pm. The first band is on at 7:30 pm, 2nd band at 8:15 pm, and 3rd band at 9 pm, and they “usually pretty prompt about times.”
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They have the vendor “Plant Food for People,” who is “serving up vegan jackfruit tacos in the back alley,” and they encourage you to “Come hungry and don't forget to bring a little cash for food, donations, and band merchandise.”
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More on the series at: www.facebook.com/SecretSongs

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Fri, Apr 18, in T.O.:
8 pm ELLIS PAUL plays the “LIVE AT THE LIBRARY” concert series at the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309.
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Tix and info, www.liveatthelibrary.org

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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
8 pm TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, that marvelous old-tyme string trio, plays their CD RELEASE show, with musical guests STEVE WERNER, and McDOUGALL, at Landmark 1642, 1642 Temple Av, downtown Los Angeles 90026; 213-989-6836.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Santa Monica:
8 pm MIKE PETERS of the band THE ALARM (“The Spirit of ’76”) plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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Tix, $22.50.

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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
8 pm Monthly “FREEBO & FRIENDS” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, Los Angeles 90046; 323-653-0640.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Malibu:
8 pm Grammy Award winner ALBERT LEE, plays a benefit for “Safety Harbor Kids” at Duke’s of Malibu.
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ALBERT LEE, dubbed "The greatest guitarist in the world" by Eric Clapton, will bring his otherwise sold-out “70th Birthday Celebration Tour” to an intimate ocean setting in the Moana Room at Duke's Restaurant in Malibu. An evening of music, dining and dancing with surprise guests, the event will benefit Safety Harbor Kids, a non-profit organization supporting orphans, foster and homeless children.
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Also performing are Abandon Jalopy and Jamey Geston. Brad Smith, principal songwriter, bass player of Blind Melon, unleashes a torrent of hot, high energy songs under the code name Abandon Jalopy.
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15-year-old Jamey Geston is an upcoming singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music has an indie,folksy beat with a pinch of acoustic pop. Jamey has opened for the legendary Judy Collins and shared the stage with Jeff Bridges, Kenny Loggins and others.
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Past and present supporters of Safety Harbor Kids include numerous Grammy and Hall of Fame musicians such as Bonnie Raitt,Vince Gill,Jimmy Webb,and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Safety Harbor Kids Board Member,Jackson Browne. These amazing artists have donated,attended or performed at Safety Harbor Kids to lend their support in raising awareness for the cause and solution.
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Join these artists in supporting children in need, at: www.safetyharborkids.org or call 800-277-0497.
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Tix at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/604519

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Fri, Apr 18, in Hollywood:
8 pm BILL MANZIK plays the Piano Bar, 6429 Selma Av, Hollywood 90028; www.pianobarhollywood.com; 323-466-2750.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Pasadena:
8 pm KATHY KOSINS’ “Ladies of Cool: A Love Letter to the Feminine in Jazz,” plays the “Music at Boston Court” series at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; www.bostoncourt.org; 626-683-6883.
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Celebrating the artistry of 1950s female jazz icons, Anita O'Day, June Christy, Julie London and Chris Connor, contemporary chanteuse Kathy Kosins brings her own personal interpretation and vocal style to Boston Court with her take on the “Ladies of Cool”. This marvelous concert explores the music and relationships that each of these extraordinary singers had with their composers and arrangers of the day. The style eventually became known as West Coast Jazz, defining the very essence of what we now know as “cool” jazz. Lay back, listen, and chill with this Lady of Cool.
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Tix, $25, ($20 for seniors), at: https://m.ovationtix.com/#/pr/930331

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Fri, Apr 18, in Altadena:
8 pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KIN FOLK play the at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Easily one of the top acts Ventura County folk-roots acts on the past twenty years. Highly musical fun.
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For tix, call reservations, 626-798-6236, 10 am-10 pm, seven days. There’s more on the venue’s website, at www.coffeegallery.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in Arcadia:
8 pm-1 am A TOURING BLUES HEADLINE ACT, plus the excellent house band, the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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Good food with generous portions is available from 7 pm until midnight. Free parking is available on the street and in the city lot across the street behind Denny’s. Fun place. But bring earplugs. Seriously.
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Advance tix (and even reservations) are discounted, at http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com

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Fri, Apr 18; Wed-Fri, Apr 16-18, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY presents “ROMEO & JULIET” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org
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Full program:
Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Prokofiev: Selections from “Romeo and Juliet”
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Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful, memorable music! Here, actors and dancers reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.
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♪ Carl St.Clair, conductor
♪ Ramond Kobler, violin
♪ Paul Manaster, violin
♪ Jeanne Skrocki, violin
♪ Bridget Dolkas, violin
♪ Timothy Landauer, cello
♪ Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
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Tix at 714-755-5799 or www.PacificSymphony.org

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Fri, Apr 18, in San Pedro:
8 pm DICK WELLER TRIO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-833-3281.
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$20 admission. Doors at 7:30 pm.

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Fri, Apr 18, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm An UNSPECIFIED AMERICANA / ALT COUNTRY / TRAD COUNTRY / or HONKY TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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No cover. This is L.A.’s last real honky tonk. Full bar, lots of fun. Go early for the free dance lessons.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Glendale:
8-11 pm Piano man MARC BOSSERMAN plays the Left Coast Wine Bar and Art Gallery, 117 E Harvard, Glendale 91205; 818-507-7011; www.leftcoastwinebar.com
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Marc says, “This is just a great space with a Yamaha Upright piano and a nice PA, and if you sing, it's the best place to come and hang and sing with me. Also very up in the air and open as to what I play. Casual – comfortable and cool. Cute menu.”
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More at: www.marcbosserman.com/gigs

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Fri, Apr 18, in San Diego Co (Fallbrook):
8 pm-midnight HUMBLE HOOLIGANS, a big hit at the recent Irish Fest, play McGee’s in Fallbrook.
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More at: http://humblehooligans.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
8 pm “MUSIC ON FRIDAY NIGHTS” acoustic series continues at MUSE on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (at 8th St, just S of Wilshire, Mid-City Los Angeles; www.MUSEon8th.com
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Come at 7:30 pm to network, socialize, catch up, and grab some coffee & a snack.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Echo Park:
8 pm “MUSIC ON THE PATIO” acoustic series continues at Stories, 1716 W Sunset Bl, Echo Park (Los Angeles); 213-413-3733.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Burbank:
9 pm WHISKEY HAYRIDE plays Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505; 818-729-0805.
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More on this new band of veteran players at www.facebook.com/whiskeyhayride

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Fri, Apr 18, in Ventura:
9 pm-midnight SALTY SUITES play a full evening at Amigo’s Surf Cantina, 546 E Main St, Ventura 93001; 805-874-2232.
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The band tells us, “We have been besieged with requests and questions on when will the Salty Suites be coming back to Ventura! Well, we are back. Scott, Chuck, Chelsea and Elaine will be appearing in a night of fun over the top originals and Americana music sure to thrill you. Come early, call ahead and get a seat as seating is limited and this will fill up fast. Please prepare to eat your dinner and have some drinks to support the venue. Since Oue Beloved Zoeys is closed, we need to support the venues that gives us great music. Come eat drink and be entertained.”
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No cover.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Murrieta:
9 pm An UNDISCLOSED IRISH BAND plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in SFV (Van Nuys):
9:30 pm KEN O’MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS play Ireland's 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401; www.irelands32.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in Culver City:
9:30 pm An UNDISCLOSED AMERICANA / HONKY TONK / OR COUNTRY ROCK band plays the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City.
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Venue has full bar. It’s the size of a postage stamp, and barstool seating is competitive. But it’s always fun. No cover. Bring $ for the artists' tip jar.



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Ongoing, through Apr 19, in Sierra Madre:
(Times vary, by night) “CIVIL WAR MUSIC-THEMED LIVE THEATRE,” in three period-music-related productions, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com. Free street parking.

Nick Smith, veteran storyteller and co-producer of the Pasadena Folk Music Series (formerly the Caltech Folk Music Series), says, “I’m historical advisor for their current productions. The main one, "Battledrum," (Mar 7-Apr 19) is a short musical drama about drummer boys during the Civil War.”
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The theatre’s lobby has a wonderful display of Civil War photographs and descriptive placards, along with a Union uniform and lady’s dress of the time.
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Each performance of "Battledrum" opens with an opening talk by a historian, leading into the play. Nick tells us, “I will be doing [the historian’s opening] for some of the performances. I’m also helping select the readings and music for the other production. It’s been busy.”
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The Guide was there for ""THE PLAYER KING," a one-night-only show in the series on March 28. It’s about the theatrical Booth family, including John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Written and performed by DARIN DAHMS, it is an inspired performance. If it’s indicative of this series, and we believe it is, then catch as much of it as you can.
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Tix and info, at:
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ONGOING, theatre and ONLINE screening, through April 24:
“GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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See the complete feature story in the Guide’s Apr 11 edition’s “events” listings.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/537914
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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ONGOING, through May 4, in L.A.:
8 pm “ALMOST WHITE” a new solo series by Rick Najera, alternating with “SCARRED FOR LIFE” by David Valdez, are comedic stage play productions at Casa 0101 Theatre, 2102 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033.
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There is a full feature write-up in the Apr 11 edition’s “events” listing.
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On opening night, both plays are presented; after that, the two shows alternate. Limited engagement runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, through May 4.
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Najera, one of Hollywood’s most prolific playwright-performers, sets the stage for his new play based on his latest memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” Runs April 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27.
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Alternating with it is:
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“Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.,” by David Valdez, runs April 11, 18, 19, 20 and May 2, 3 and 4.
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Tix, $15-$30, at www.casa0101.org. More info at www.ricknajera.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlmostWhite.

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ONGOING through Apr 19, at UCLA:
8 pm “THE SUIT,” from theater Icon Peter Brook, presented by the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series for eight performances at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, in MacGowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Dr East, on the UCLA campus in Westwood (L.A.) 90095.
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“The Suit” is a simmering tale of betrayal and resentment set in the politically charged sphere of apartheid-era South Africa, performed by Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, with direction, adaptation and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk. The story centers on Philomen, a middle-class lawyer and his wife, Matilda. The suit of the title belongs to Matilda’s lover and is left behind when Philomen catches the illicit couple together. As punishment, Philomen makes Matilda treat the suit as an honored guest as a constant reminder of her adultery. The setting of Sophiatown, a teeming township that was erased shortly after Can Themba wrote his novel, is as much a character in the play as the unfortunate couple, and this production lends it life and energy with a minimal cast.
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Themba was a South African writer during apartheid. His short novel, “The Suit” was supposed to change the writer’s life, but the cruel restrictions in his native country led him to exile, his works banned in his home country. He died an alcoholic before his most famous work was adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in the newly liberated South Africa of the 1990s.
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Renowned director Peter Brook previously adapted that stage version and took it on tour in a French-language production. He returned to the source language of English working with his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne and composer Franck Krawczyk. They have adapted the play and have set it to music from sources as diverse as Franz Schubert and Miriam Makeba.
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The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines —dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well the emerging digital, collaborative and cross-art platforms inspired by today's leading artists and creators. CAP supports the creation, presentation and critical dialogues vital to the ongoing innovation and expressive potential of artists whose work, whether vibrantly emerging or internationally acclaimed, forms the dynamic and evolving heritage of contemporary performance. Based in UCLA's iconic Royce Hall, CAP UCLA is the university's public center for the presentation of the performing arts and contributes to the cultural life of the campus and greater Los Angeles, promoting civic dialogue and creative inquiry. Through an annual season of performing arts programs and extensive community-engagement events — including artist fellows and residency programs, K–12 arts education (Design for Sharing), student mentorship (Student Committee for the Arts), and art-making and experiential activities (Art in Action) — CAP UCLA advances the importance of art in society by celebrating and deepening the connection between artist and audience.
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The show runs as follows: Wed, Apr 9 through Fri, Apr 11, at 8 pm; Sat, Apr 12, at 2 & 8 pm; Sun, Apr 13, at 2 pm; Thu, Apr 17 through Sat, Apr 19, at 8 pm. The only alternative to the hefty cost of campus parking is the MTA or Culver or Big Blue Bus.
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Tix, $30-$65, available online at www.cap.ucla.edu, or from the UCLA Central Ticket Office, at 310-825-2101, or with the usual hefty processing fee at Ticketmaster. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are offered at $15 one hour before show time to all students with valid ID.

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ONGOING at the Getty Villa, through Aug 25, in Malibu:
“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections” at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $15.
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Marked by glittering mosaics, luminous icons, and opulent churches, the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) flourished for more than one thousand years. Over 170 national treasures from Greece illustrate the development of a mighty empire, from its pagan origins to a deeply spiritual Christian society. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads” at the Getty Center.
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The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“JACKSON POLLOCK’S MURAL,” and “HATCHED! CREATING FORM WITH LINE,” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 8, in L.A.:
“A ROYAL PASSION: QUEEN VICTORIA & PHOTOGRAPHY” and “HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: PAST TENSE” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 22, in L.A.:
“HEAVEN AND EARTH: BYZANTINE ILLUMINATION AT THE CULTURAL CROSSROADS” is a new temporary exhibition at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Midweek Music & Art ~ Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014



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Wednesday, and neither bactrian nor dromedary, nary a camel in sight…

For those who missed it yesterday, Here’s a quickie guide to the Guide’s format changes: Things are re-sequenced. Just spend a moment with “In this edition” – long enough to see that as much (or more) is here, just in new places.
 
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In this edition…

♪  NEWS FEATURES:
.  1)  FAR-WEST FOLK ALLIANCE SHOWCASE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30
.  2)   SEVEN NEW RELEASES & REVIEWS IN YESTERDAY’S EDITION
♪  THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
.  √  Masada, Isaac Newton, and the first Easter observance, plus more
♪  TICKET ALERTS
.  √  REEL TO REEL: “SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER” is a film event
       with Alice Cooper taking part, on Tuesday, April 22
.  √  Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26
♪  WEDNESDAY’s MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪  ONGOING MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪  FESTIVALS ELSEWHERE
.  √  Annual Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27, in NYC
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√  FAR-WEST FOLK ALLIANCE SHOWCASE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30

There are only 15 days left to submit for an “Official Showcase” – to perform on the Main Stage – at FAR-West 2014. There are eleven slots open. Six artists will be chosen to perform on Friday night, and five artists on Saturday night.

This year’s annual FAR-West Conference is October 16-19, 2014, at the Marriott City Center in Oakland, California.

The judging process for the Official Showcase is an objective two-tier rating system that accepts submissions from performers in all genres of folk and rates them on the criteria of “engagement, talent, musicianship, songcraft, and other elements that make a showcase-worthy act.” Conference organizers say, “The goal of the process is to select professional performers who are actively engaged in a music career and who are eager and available to tour the FAR-West region performing at venues from intimate house concerts to thousand-seat auditoriums.”

FAR-West is focused on the artist / presenter relationship. All artists who wish to make connections with fellow artists and venues, DJs and reviewers in the FAR-West region are encouraged to attend the conference and participate in “Private Guerrilla Showcases” and all possible marketing opportunities (inclusion in the conference tote bag, a program book ad, and an exhibit table or half-table). FAR West organizers say, “We want to hear your music and attend your performances.”

Full info, including application details, are available at:
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www.far-west.org/2014/03/for-release-far-west-2014-official-showcase-submissions-open.html

Announcement of selected artists and alternates will be made by Peggy Glenn and James Lee Stanley, Official Showcase Co-Wranglers, on July 15, 2014.
 
 
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√  SEVEN NEW RELEASES & REVIEWS IN YESTERDAY’S EDITION

If you missed the Guide’s edition for Tuesday, April 15, it’s loaded with NEW RELEASES that became available yesterday, and the features include REVIEWS. They are:
.  1)  RODNEY CROWELL’s NEW WEST LABEL DEBUT, “TARPAPER SKY,” DROPS TODAY
.  2)   “PRAIRIEOGRAPHY,” THE NEW ALBUM BY DEL BARBER, COMES OUT TODAY
.  3)  RAY BONNEVILLE’s “EASY GONE” IS OUT TODAY ON RED HOUSE RECORDS
.  4)  JUSTIN CURRIE RELEASES NEW ALBUM, “LOWER REACHES,”
        OUT TODAY ON COMPASS RECORDS
.  5)  THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS NEW ALBUM, “TROUBLE,” RELEASES TODAY
.  6)  IAN ANDERSON, JETHRO TULL LEGEND, RELEASES “HOMO ERRATICUS” ALBUM
.  7)  “THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY” (2011), a film by Randall Wood,
          on DVD today

All are still there for you, easily available at a separate click.
 
 
 
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√  On this day in the year 73, the Jewish mountaintop fortress of MASADA fell to besieging Roman legions that had surrounded it for months. When the Romans finally broke in, they found not a single living soul. The defenders had killed their families and themselves rather than be subjected to slavery. The event ended the Jewish revolt.

√  On this day in 1705, SIR ISAAC NEWTON was knighted by QUEEN ANNE of England.

√  On this date in 1724, the first EASTER observance was held. (No, it is not an ancient holiday.)

√  On this date in 1746, the Battle of Culloden was fought, as the last battle on British soil.

√  On this day in 1787, the first American comedy, “THE CONTRAST,” made its stage debut in New York City. Two years later on this date, GEORGE WASHINGTON departed his Mt. Vernon home to reach his Inauguration as First President of the United States.

√  On this day in 1854, FRANZ LISZT’s “Mazeppa” premiered.

√  Today in 1917, VLADIMIR LENIN returned to Russia to start the Bolshevik Revolution in the midst of World War I.

√  Today in 1935, radio listeners heard the first broadcast of “Fibber McGee & Molly.”

√  On this date in 1962, WALTER CRONKITE beagan anchoring the CBS Evening News.

√  Today in 1972, “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT” closed after just four performances at NYC’s Edison Theatre.

√  On this day in 2007, the Virginia Tech Massacre became the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. 32 people were killed and 23 wounded by a single well-armed gunman.
 
 
 
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√  REEL TO REEL: “SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER” is a film event with Alice Cooper taking part, on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm in the Clive Davis Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum in L.A. “Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents when he transformed himself into Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the ’60s, to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s, to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally-syndicated “Nights with Alice Cooper” radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down. Premiering at the 2014 “Tribeca Film Festival” April 16-27, “Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” (2010 GRAMMY-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film “Monkey Warfare.” Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider. After screening the film, Alice will take the stage for a panel discussion. Doors open at 7 pm for the best seats (and line forms well ahead of that time). All proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum. Tix, $25, at 213-765-6803 or online at www.grammymuseum.org
 
 
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√  Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26…

Sat, Apr 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm "FOLKWORKS ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT" at the Santa Monica Woman's Club, 1210 4th St (just S of Wilshire), Santa Monica 90401.
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SAUSAGE GRINDER - Los Angeles’ "all-natural hillbilly and country blues band" combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. This versatile acoustic group features fiddle, bank, guitar, mandolin, washboard, bagpipes and a few odds and ends.
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SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE - perform an irreverent gumbo of Gypsy & Creole Jazz, Klezmer & Romanian Horas, Parisian Musette & the occasional wild card thrown in for good measure. Six core members have played for decades in everything from Balkan dance bands to traditional Swing groups.
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NEVENKA - popular Los Angeles-based women’s chorus brings to life vocal folk/roots traditions from around the world. Their songs range from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Bosnia to Rom and Sephardic songs - as well as recently added American and Irish music. Their spellbinding harmonies are at the core of their eclectic repertoire. While mostly singing a cappella, they are occasionally accompanied by percussion, mandolin, guitar, citern or panduri.
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TUNACIOUS - a Celtic genre-bending band with songs and dance tunes for a blowout contra dance to wind-up the evening.
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Go early for the reception at 7 pm. More info at 818-785-3839.
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Wed, Apr 16, in Burbank:
6-11 pm  A full evening with CODIO & THE SWINGING ARMANIS, plus DEBRA PRICE & GUIDO ARMANI’s CLASSICAL HOUR on one stage, and on the other stage, GLEN ROBERTS BIG BAND -- recently named “Best Free Big Band Event” in L.A. Weekly’s prestigious “Best of LA” issue – plus REVEREND MARTINI'S ROCKABILLYHOP ‘N HANG, all at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com
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√  CODIO & THE SWINGING ARMANIS play at 6 & 8 pm.
√  DEBRA PRICE & GUIDO ARMANI’s CLASSICAL HOUR happens at 7 pm.
√  GLEN ROBERTS BIG BAND at 7 pm, named “Best Free Big Band Event” in LA Weekly’s prestigious “Best of LA” issue.
√  REVEREND MARTINI'S ROCKABILLYHOP ‘N HANG with the Vinyl Record Assoc., at 10 pm.
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Wed, Apr 16, in Torrance:
6-8:30 pm  ANDY & RENEE, leaders of HARD RAIN, named the Best Band in the South Bay for 2013, play their residency at the Buffalo Fire Dept., 1261 Cabrillo Av, Torrance 90501; 310-320-2332.

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Wed, Apr 16, in Murrieta:
6:30 pm  “THE SHAM JAM” OPEN MIC, hosted by HUNTER & SIMON, at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Wed, Apr 16, in Santa Barbara Co (Santa Ynez):
7 pm  JOHN McEUEN with MATT CARTSONIS & CRAIG EASTMAN play the “Tales from the Tavern” series at the picturesque Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez 93460; 805-686-4785.
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Wed, Apr 16, in South Pasadena:
7 pm  Weekly "WINE & SONG" brings a lineup of pre-booked recording artists, plus surprise musical guests, and performing host BRAD COLERICK, all performing all-acoustic, at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443; www.WineAndSong.com
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Wed, Apr 16, in OC (Fullerton):
7 pm  Weekly STEVE NOONAN & FRIENDS acoustic show at Bourbon Street, 110 E Commonwealth, Fullerton.

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Wed, Apr 16, in Santa Monica:
7-11 pm  THE GET DOWN BOYS play their every-Wednesday residency at Areal, 820 Main St, Santa Monica.
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Wed, Apr 16, in L.A.:
7-11 pm  “IRISH TRAD SESSION” is a structured jam at Tom Bergin's Public House, 840 S Fairfax Av, Los Angeles; 323-936-7151.

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Wed, Apr 16, FREE, at UCLA:
7:30 pm "HONORING THE ARMENIAN MASTERS" concert, with members of the newly-formed ARMENIAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE at UCLA, soprano VANESSA VASQUEZ, and the VEM STRING QUARTET, at the Hammer Museum, on the UCLA Campus in Westwood (L.A.)
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Wed, Apr 16, FREE, in Altadena:
7:30 pm  Monthly "SONGNET SHOWCASE" at the Coffee Gallery FRONT stage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Wed, Apr 16, in VC (Simi):
7:30-11 pm  SONGMAKERS twice-monthly “SIMI VALLEY HOOT” in Simi Valley. Location and info at www.songmakers.org

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Wed, Apr 16; Tue & Wed, Apr 15 & 16, in Altadena:
8 pm  “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Wed-Fri, Apr 16-18, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm  PACIFIC SYMPHONY presents “ROMEO & JULIET” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org
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Vivaldi:  Concerto for Four Violins
Tchaikovsky:  Rococo Variations
Prokofiev:  Selections from “Romeo and Juliet”
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♪  Carl St.Clair, conductor
♪  Ramond Kobler, violin
♪  Paul Manaster, violin
♪  Jeanne Skrocki, violin
♪  Bridget Dolkas, violin
♪  Timothy Landauer, cello
♪  Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
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Wed, Apr 16, in L.A.:
8 pm  “CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE MUSIC EDITION, Volume 4” is a live performance-interview event at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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Wed, Apr 16, FREE, in WeHo:
8 pm  “FULL THROTTLE COMEDY SHOW” at the Hollywood Improv, 7669 Melrose Av, West Hollywood 90069.
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The promoter has 50 tickets to give away. Comics from Comedy Central, HBO and the Tonight Show.
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www.comedymadnessshow.com
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Wed, Apr 16, in Burbank:
9 pm-midnight  ORQUESTRA CHARANGOA plays Joe's Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505; 818-729-0805.
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Wed, Apr 16, in Venice:
8 pm  "SONGWRITERS' ROUND" brings acoustic performances by four performing songwriters at WitZend, 1717 Lincoln Bl, Venice 90291; 310-305-4792; www.witzendlive.com
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8 pm  An undisclosed AMERICANA / ALT COUNTRY / TRAD COUNTRY / HONK TONK BNAD plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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8 pm  Weekly “GUITAROLOGY” showcase at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles 90045; 310-670-1994.
 
 
 
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Ongoing, through Apr 19, in Sierra Madre:
(Times vary, by night)  “CIVIL WAR MUSIC-THEMED LIVE THEATRE,” in three period-music-related productions, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com. Free street parking.

Nick Smith, veteran storyteller and co-producer of the Pasadena Folk Music Series (formerly the Caltech Folk Music Series), says, “I’m historical advisor for their current productions. The main one, "Battledrum," (Mar 7-Apr 19) is a short musical drama about drummer boys during the Civil War.”
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Each performance of "Battledrum" opens with an opening talk by a historian, leading into the play. Nick tells us, “I will be doing [the historian’s opening] for some of the performances. I’m also helping select the readings and music for the other production. It’s been busy.”
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The Guide was there for ""THE PLAYER KING," a one-night-only show in the series on March 28. It’s about the theatrical Booth family, including John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Written and performed by DARIN DAHMS, it is an inspired performance. If it’s indicative of this series, and we believe it is, then catch as much of it as you can.
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ONGOING, theatre and ONLINE screening, through April 24:
“GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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See the complete feature story in the Guide’s Apr 11 edition’s “events” listings.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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ONGOING, through May 4, in L.A.:
8 pm  “ALMOST WHITE” a new solo series by Rick Najera, alternating with “SCARRED FOR LIFE” by David Valdez, are comedic stage play productions at Casa 0101 Theatre, 2102 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033.
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On opening night, both plays are presented; after that, the two shows alternate. Limited engagement runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, through May 4.
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ONGOING through Apr 19, at UCLA:
8 pm  “THE SUIT,” from theater Icon Peter Brook, presented by the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series for eight performances at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, in MacGowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Dr East, on the UCLA campus in Westwood (L.A.) 90095.
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“The Suit” is a simmering tale of betrayal and resentment set in the politically charged sphere of apartheid-era South Africa, performed by Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, with direction, adaptation and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk. The story centers on Philomen, a middle-class lawyer and his wife, Matilda. The suit of the title belongs to Matilda’s lover and is left behind when Philomen catches the illicit couple together. As punishment, Philomen makes Matilda treat the suit as an honored guest as a constant reminder of her adultery. The setting of Sophiatown, a teeming township that was erased shortly after Can Themba wrote his novel, is as much a character in the play as the unfortunate couple, and this production lends it life and energy with a minimal cast.
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Themba was a South African writer during apartheid. His short novel, “The Suit” was supposed to change the writer’s life, but the cruel restrictions in his native country led him to exile, his works banned in his home country. He died an alcoholic before his most famous work was adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in the newly liberated South Africa of the 1990s.
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Renowned director Peter Brook previously adapted that stage version and took it on tour in a French-language production. He returned to the source language of English working with his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne and composer Franck Krawczyk. They have adapted the play and have set it to music from sources as diverse as Franz Schubert and Miriam Makeba.
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The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines —dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well the emerging digital, collaborative and cross-art platforms inspired by today's leading artists and creators. CAP supports the creation, presentation and critical dialogues vital to the ongoing innovation and expressive potential of artists whose work, whether vibrantly emerging or internationally acclaimed, forms the dynamic and evolving heritage of contemporary performance. Based in UCLA's iconic Royce Hall, CAP UCLA is the university's public center for the presentation of the performing arts and contributes to the cultural life of the campus and greater Los Angeles, promoting civic dialogue and creative inquiry. Through an annual season of performing arts programs and extensive community-engagement events — including artist fellows and residency programs, K–12 arts education (Design for Sharing), student mentorship (Student Committee for the Arts), and art-making and experiential activities (Art in Action) — CAP UCLA advances the importance of art in society by celebrating and deepening the connection between artist and audience.
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The show runs as follows: Wed, Apr 9 through Fri, Apr 11, at 8 pm; Sat, Apr 12, at 2 & 8 pm; Sun, Apr 13, at 2 pm; Thu, Apr 17 through Sat, Apr 19, at 8 pm. The only alternative to the hefty cost of campus parking is the MTA or Culver or Big Blue Bus.
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ONGOING at the Getty Villa, through Aug 25, in Malibu:
“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections” at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $15.
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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“JACKSON POLLOCK’S MURAL,” and “HATCHED! CREATING FORM WITH LINE,” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 8, in L.A.:
“A ROYAL PASSION: QUEEN VICTORIA & PHOTOGRAPHY” and “HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: PAST TENSE” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 22, in L.A.:
“HEAVEN AND EARTH: BYZANTINE ILLUMINATION AT THE CULTURAL CROSSROADS” is a new temporary exhibition at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.
 
 
 
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6:30-8 pm  “JOE BONAMASSA: TOUR DE FORCE” (2013) brings featured highlights from the singer-guitarist’s live shows at famous London venues.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday's relaxing untaxing music & art, April 15, 3014



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Tax Day. Taxidermy Day if you feel stuffed and mounted. Never fear. Fun is here.

And quickly ~ there’s more here than meets the eye, unless you always look closely. We have re-sequenced things. “Ongoing Events” now appear AFTER the concerts and events that happen “tonight-only.” And what’s on TV appears after that, last of all. Reader feedback told us we needed to give you the hottest, one-show-only events closer to the top. So we did. In this edition, and from now on. Plus, introduced yesterday, the “In the edition” list includes news feature titles, and we moved the Guide’s historical points of interest so it’s after the fresh news. Because what’s happening is more important than what happened. Most of the time, anyway.

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In this edition…

♪  NEWS QUICKIES:
.  √  TOPANGA CONTESTANT REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY
.  √  POST-LUNAR ECLIPSE NOTE
♪  NEW RELEASES, OUT TODAY:
.  1)  RODNEY CROWELL’s NEW WEST LABEL DEBUT, “TARPAPER SKY,” DROPS TODAY
.  2)   “PRAIRIEOGRAPHY,” THE NEW ALBUM BY DEL BARBER, COMES OUT TODAY
.  3)  RAY BONNEVILLE’s “EASY GONE” IS OUT TODAY ON RED HOUSE RECORDS
.  4)  JUSTIN CURRIE RELEASES NEW ALBUM, “LOWER REACHES,”
        OUT TODAY ON COMPASS RECORDS
.  5)  THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS NEW ALBUM, “TROUBLE,” RELEASES TODAY
.  6)  IAN ANDERSON, JETHRO TULL LEGEND, RELEASES “HOMO ERRATICUS” ALBUM
.  7)  “THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY” (2011), a film by Randall Wood,
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♪  THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
.  √  BOSTON MARATHON bombing
.  √  LEONARDO DA VINCI
.  √  RMS TITANIC
.  √  ABRAHAM LINCOLN
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√  TOPANGA CONTESTANT REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY

An award at the TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL is one of the most prestigious and coveted prizes a roots-Americana musician can capture in the far West. But if you’re not already registered to compete, you’re down to the waning hours. Today, April, 15, is the deadline for online registration.

The event is produced by a long-standing nonprofit organization and brings top judges. It’s held in and around the old Western town movie set at Paramount Ranch, a site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, in Agoura Hills.

The Guide, each year, awards it recognition as the “Best one-Day Music Festival Anywhere.”

The 54th Annual TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL, with professional acts performing on four stages, plus all the competitions, happens Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 9 am-6 pm.

Full info and contestant registration is at www.topangabanjofiddle.org

In addition, there’s a 24/7 Information Hotline at 818-382-4819.
 
 
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Too good not to share, after last night’s total eclipse of the Moon, with its ruddy “Blood Moon” hue. Musician Lisa Johnson, who observed it from Burbank, wrote, “Mars is all, ‘big deal, I'm always red.’”
 
 
 
 
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#1 Feature:

√  RODNEY CROWELL’s NEW WEST LABEL DEBUT, “TARPAPER SKY,” DROPS TODAY
 
by Tim Plumley

Rodney Crowell was all over this year’s SXSW in Austin. And with good reason. The Grammy Award-winning musician and songwriter’s new release, and his New West label debut, “Tarpaper Sky,” arrives today, April 15. His new album harkens back to some of his most revered and loved works and comes on the heels of a Grammy win for “Best Americana Album” for “Old Yellow Moon,” his highly-praised collaboration with EMMYLOU HARRIS, which also won “Album of the Year” from the Americana Music Association.

For “Tarpaper Sky,” Crowell assembled most of the players who'd graced his breakthrough album “Diamonds & Dirt.” They had “an old school recording session.” Together in one room, the musicians recorded live-to-tape, sharing ideas and developing arrangements as a group.

As one of the most admired songwriters in America, Crowell has had songs covered by everyone from the biggest of country legends – JOHNNY CASH, WAYLON JENNINGS, GEORGE STRAIT – to today's current pop-country stars, including KEITH URBAN, and TIM McGRAW, as well as by rock artist BOB SEEGER, blues legend ETTA JAMES, and even electronic band Royksopp.

Rodney Crowell has had songs in the top 10 in every decade since the 1970s as an artist and a songwriter, and has balanced commercial success as an artist by maintaining a high level of integrity. A two-time Grammy Award winner, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and recipient of the 2009 “Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting” from the Americana Music Association, Crowell continues to add to his body of work and is as fresh, relevant and creative as ever.
 
 
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√   “PRAIRIEOGRAPHY,” THE NEW ALBUM BY DEL BARBER, COMES OUT TODAY
 
by Angela Villanueva & Lyndie Wenne

SONGWRITER’S TRUE NORTH RECORDS DEBUT EXPLORES LIFE ON THE PRAIRIES

He’s a Juno Award nominee and winner of the Western Canada Music Awards’ “Independent Album of the Year” and “Roots Solo Recording of the Year.” So a new album from DEL BARBER is worth noting.

“…the country/roots troubadour paints vivid pictures of small towns and the hard-working people who populate them. His portraits aren’t rendered in misty, pastel-hued watercolours; they’re rougher, grittier. Barber lets the brush strokes show…Barber’s plainspoken-ness is complemented by warm, textural soundscapes.” – Winnipeg Free-Press, writing about “PRAIRIEOGRAPHY” (Feb 4, 2014).

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter-storyteller DEL BARBER releases his fourth album today, April 15, in the U.S. Titled, “PRAIRIEOGRAPHY,” it’s on his own True North Records label. Hailing from the Canadian Prairies, the album is born out of a love for his home, its people and their stories. Barber’s new album is an earnest and moving earnest travelogue of a wandering troubadour, blanketed in warmth, subtle textures and true-to-life imperfections.

Produced by Del Barber and his trusted steel player Bill Western, they used digital and analog recording techniques to channel the classic records of past heroes while still standing firmly on his own. In order to take his creative process to new heights, Barber undertook a painstaking approach to achieve an organic sound: he recorded the reverb inside a 150-foot grain silo. “We had to disassemble the studio, scale the walls of the silo, hang microphones and a speaker,” he describes. “We amplified the instrument, like the pedal steel, into the silo and recorded again, then the track would have to be synched up with the song.”

This creativity in production carries over into Del Barber’s songwriting style. He sings from the heart about his roots, telling tales from the road, offering incredibly personal and sincere observations about the world around him. “The landscape of the prairies has the most influential force on my songwriting,” he says. “My belief is that you can't separate people from place. The prairies themselves have a subtle beauty that few can appreciate with a little help and the people that work the land--be it grain, cattle – have deep connection with it and they rely on it for their survival. These are the people that I spend my time around and I guess who I am, and indeed how my songs get written.”

There is an unexpected blend of old-time country and Cajun boogie on “Living with a Long Way to Go”; however Del Barber maintains his characteristic storytelling style with “Farewell, God Bless You, Goodbye,” a story about a young man trying to escape the hum of the city. “Walking In A Straight Line,” written in the present tense, chronicles a trip he took to the Yukon from Winnipeg via the Rockies. Of “All That it Takes,” he enthuses, “Sometimes three chords and a light heart are enough to make a good song. We really wanted to incorporate a few songs, like this one, on the album that would lean on heavy grooves and simple soul-driven rhythm sections.”

Del Barber released his first album, “Where The City Ends,” in 2009 and tours North America heavily. Citing such influences as Dwight Yoakam, John Prine and Ian Tyson, Barber has emerged as one of the next wave in Canada’s proud tradition of songwriting talent. With “PRAIRIEOGRAPHY,” he has created a resonant collection of subtly poignant songs delivered with emotional heart.

The tour for the new album began March 20 in Winnipeg, and just reached New York City, Washington, DC, and last night, Tampa, FL. Then it’s back to a swing across Canada, before the US upper Midwest in May. More dates to be announced, but so far, none in Southern California.

Check out his newly released EPK at: http://youtu.be/ZDDAKkHk-F4

There’s more, and music samples, at www.delbarber.com ~ and you can keep up with tour dates and news at www.facebook.com/Delbarber ~ and at www.twitter.com/delbarberino
 
 
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√  RAY BONNEVILLE’s “EASY GONE” IS OUT TODAY ON RED HOUSE RECORDS
 
by Angie Carlson
 
Ray Bonneville is musician who transcends his songwriting. He is a poet of the demimonde. He continues to live an adventurous, sometimes harrowing life. His new album, “Easy Gone,” gets its release today on Red House Records. Bonneville is amidst tour dates that featured SxSW appearances, promoting the album.

The album finds the French Canadian-born, American-bred guitarist / songwriter delivering a powerful, gritty batch of songs written from a lifetime of hard-won knowledge, including a stint in Vietnam and a struggle with drug addiction. In his life, he's been a bush pilot and a cab driver among other jobs, living both in the States and French-speaking Canada. A true raconteur with a lifetime of stories to tell, the self-taught musician was just too busy living to get around to opening his storybook until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that draws comparisons to such artists as JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired "song and groove man," as he's been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling. With the release of this tour de force, Ray confirms that he's an artist whose time has definitely come.

On “Easy Gone,” Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why longevity pays off. On each song, his taut guitar work shimmers like the scales on coiled rattler, menacing and confident. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time and his harmonica rhythms add an extra dollop of grit to his sound.

Songs like "When I Get to New York," "Mile Marker 41" and "Love is Wicked" percolate with hints of something sinister and sexy. In the bluesy "Wicked," you can almost hear the finger-poppers lurking in the club's corners - the ones who might get a little wicked themselves later on. Even the album's lone cover, of Hank Williams' classic, "So Lonely I Could Cry," carries a groove and momentum that's Bonneville's alone. It's haunting, like many of his songs. He populates a lot of them with society's fringes: the desperate and dangerous, damaged and vulnerable.

"I like the criminals and the lost people," he says. "That's why I love Flannery O'Connor and those kind of writers. 'Cause I'm lost myself."

Whether that's true or not, he knows how hard it can be for our internal compasses to lock on the direction in which we might need to go. That's the subject of "Where Has My Easy Gone," written with drummer Geoff Arsenault. In it, he sings, "In the heart of a seeker a needle swings / homing on some elusive thing / I looked in the endless sky down along the sea / I could not find my easy."

With just a few simple words, Bonneville clearly expresses his thoughts, while allowing space for multiple interpretations.

"The whole songwriting thing, to me, is mysterious, and I want to keep it that way," Bonneville says.

His highway life began at age 12 when his parents moved their nine French-speaking children from Quebec to Boston. He learned to play a little piano, then guitar, but language and cultural challenges made school uninviting. But before getting expelled, he played weekend frat parties in New England with a young band that drove to gigs in a green Cadillac ambulance. At 17, he joined the Marines, mainly to escape his devoutly religious, oppressively authoritarian father. That was just before Vietnam began showing up on the nightly news. He wound up there for more than a year. Post-discharge, he discovered Howlin' Wolf, Paul Butterfield, James Cotton and other bluesmen, and taught himself to play harmonica in-between fares while driving a cab in Boston. That led to playing in a duo known as Bonneville & Hayes.

Bonneville spent the '70s in Boulder, Colo., where he formed the Ray Bonneville Blues Band, an electric five-piece, and got over his fear of flying by earning a commercial pilot's license. "I was hooked bad right from the start," he says. "When I was flying, I felt completely at home, like the plane's wings were part of my body."

He headed to the Pacific Northwest – first Alaska, then Seattle – flying wherever he could and playing rowdy rooms where listeners wanted to get their groove on, which helped him evolve a delivery that covered all bases. "My thumb became my bass player and my index finger became my lead guitar and rhythm player," he explains. "My feet became my drums and with my harmonica and my vocal, made for a four-piece blues band."

In Seattle, he got hooked on something else: his old friend, cocaine. Escaping to Paris, where he knew the language and could avoid temptation, he busked and played for boozy late-night revelers, but for the first time, Bonneville also encountered audiences who sat in silence, truly listening.

"It scared me," he admits. "I realized that you'd better have something to say if you're going to play in front of this kind of crowd."

Returning stateside in '83, he moved to New Orleans. Training pilots by day and playing at night, he was stirred by the city's hypnotic undercurrent of mystery and magic, which hangs in the humid air like a voodoo spell. In his six years there, it seeped into his sound -and still ripples through it today. His post-Katrina ode, "I Am the Big Easy," was folk radio's Number-One song of 2008 and earned the International Folk Alliance's 2009 “Song of the Year” Award, but Bonneville wasn't yet ready to write in New Orleans. That would take more living.

The romantic notion of becoming a bush pilot took him to northern Quebec's wilderness, where he shuttled sportsmen via seaplane and played Montreal clubs in the off-season. That is, until, flying in fog, he almost hit a power line, and with no fuel left, barely found water to land on. After a nerve-calming whiskey, he decided his bush-pilot days were done. At age 41, he moved to Montreal and began to write. He also began touring and recording; his 1999 album, “Gust of Wind,” won a Juno Award.

In 2003, Bonneville moved again, this time to Arkansas, where the fly-fishing was good. He began recording for Red House Records, and adding his talents to albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists. Bonneville also has shared songwriting credits with Tim O'Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville's "Run Jolee Run" on his lauded 2009 album, “Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.”

Bonneville headed to Austin in 2006, and released “Goin' By Feel,” his second Red House album. Allmusic.com gave it four stars, the same as “Gust of Wind,” “Roll It Down,” and “Bad Man's Blood” – which the music site called his "magnum opus," noting, "With darkness and light fighting for dominance ... he's stripped away every musical excess to let the songs speak for themselves."

The music media has an ongoing love affair with ray Bonneville:

New Times cites his "raw, gutsy music."

No Depression proclaims, "Few can ride a groove like Canada-born, U.S.-raised Ray Bonneville."

"Bad Man's Blood confirms Bonneville's stature as of Americana's foremost singer-songwriters." ~ Austin Chronicle.

"Not prone to cliche or sentimentality, the well-traveled singer-guitarist-harmonica player stands behind the hardscrabble folks dwelling in those tuneful songs, giving voice to their yearning" ~ DownBeat (Four star rating).

"Ray Bonneville may have one of the sexiest guitar styles around" ~ Acoustic Guitar.

"…poetic...infectious...Bad Man's Blood emerges as Bonneville's magnum opus." ~ All Music Guide.

"A weathered voice, a pule of a beat, fuzzy electric guitar, growling harmonica, late-night vibe, blues-cool...it's Ray Bonneville at his best." ~ Music Matters Review.

"…moods and feelings that go beyond the bare facts of his tales...funny and quirky one minute, and cerebral and reflective the next." ~ PopMatters.

"The appealing gumbo of his weathered voice, percussive guitar playing, amplified footboard and hook-rich songs (all originals) results in a rootsy folk-blues sound that tugs at the ear with its grainy groove and less-is-more production." ~ Sing Out!

"Bonneville is a true diamond with many facets within his arsenal....a master of cut & paste; a 21st century musical alchemist!" ~ Blues Matters (UK).

Ray’s concerts across North America and Europe in support of the new album have already included South By Southwest and other festivals. (See his full schedule at www.raybonneville.com or www.redhouserecords.com.)

RAY BONNEVILLE PERFORMS IN CALIFORNIA starting Saturday, June 14 at the “Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival” up north in Isleton; on Friday, June 20 in Lafayette at 8 pm at Mighty Fine Guitars; and on June 22 at 8 pm at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, for an official “L.A. Record Release Show.”

There’s plenty more on Ray Bonneville and his Red House Records label mates at www.redhouserecords.com
 
 
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# 4 Feature:

√  JUSTIN CURRIE RELEASES NEW ALBUM, “LOWER REACHES,” OUT TODAY ON COMPASS RECORDS
 
by Betsy Buntin
 
With US tour dates including New York, L.A. and Chicago, Compass Records artist JUSTIN CURRIE, lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band DEL AMITRI, released his album “Lower Reaches” today, April 15th. (Yes, you do need to be careful how you sequence the words in a sentence when words like “release” need to be used with “Lower Reaches.” ~ editor.)

Currie’s past is quite notable. During their long and distinguished career, DEL AMITRI released four Top 10 albums, including “Waking Hours” (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK alone.

The new album is the follow-up to Currie's 2010 critically acclaimed project, “The Great War,” which garnered 4-star reviews and earned Currie the moniker of "a songwriter's songwriter" from Mojo. On “Lower Reaches,” Currie's pop sensibilities and radio-ready vocals are ever present, but it's his songwriting that is perhaps most striking. The new set of self-penned songs show Currie emerging as a writer of great depth and sensitivity, deftly examining life, relationships and the human condition, albeit delivered with the healthy dose of cynicism and wit that his fans have come to count on.

Currie wrote most of the songs on “Lower Reaches” during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland. Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas.

"I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building," he smiles. "You're being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write."

Currie wrote fifteen songs in eleven days, something of a personal best in terms of rapid-fire delivery. When it came time to capture the music in the studio, Currie traveled to Austin, Texas to work with producer Mike McCarthy. That in-demand producer worked with Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), with Spoon, with Patty Griffin, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.

The process was, in Currie's words, "a brilliant experience" and the resulting tracks have been heralded by the UK press as among the songwriter's recent best. There’s a Justin Currie video out for "Bend to My Will." As singer and main songwriter in the band DEL AMITRI, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including, “Roll to Me,” “Always the Last to Know,” and “Nothing Ever Happens.”

Justin Currie begins his tour in support of “Lower Reaches” on April 21st in Philadelphia. On May 3, he’s in Santa Monica at McCabe’s, and on May 4, in Los Angeles at the Largo. Tix for both Southern Cal shows are available now.

Compass Records Group has increasingly become a hot Folk-Americana label, boasting artists Claire Lynch, the Farewell Drifters, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, Darden Smith, BeauSoleil, Michael Cleveland, Colin Hay, A.J. Croce, Victor Wooten, and label co-founder Alison Brown. Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to more than 500 releases across a family of imprints from Green Linnet, Mulligan Records, and Compass Records itself.

There’s plenty on the label and its bevy of artists at www.compassrecords.com.
 
 
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√  THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS NEW ALBUM, “TROUBLE,” RELEASES TODAY

The Guide ran John Porter’s full piece on this new record by a band that’s taking festivals and venues by storm. That’s a full feature in our March 11 edition, available from the archive, at:
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#6 Feature:

√  IAN ANDERSON, JETHRO TULL LEGEND, RELEASES “HOMO ERRATICUS” ALBUM

by Anne Leighton

He’s been accurately described in so many diverse ways – classic singer-songwriter-flautist-guitarist, and more. Now, he’s celebrating the release of his new album, “HOMO ERRATICUS.” Today, April 15, legendary prog pioneer IAN ANDERSON releases this new studio album on his own Calliandra Records, distributed by Kscope. The album continues with the story of Anderson's favorite enfant terrible, Gerald Bostock.

Ian and his band – guitarist Florian Opahle, bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell – toured the United States this past September through November. That included their performance September 18 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

In 1972, Ian's band Jethro Tull released the iconic concept album “Thick As A Brick,” based on a poem by the then eight-year-old Gerald Bostock. In 2012, as many fans wondered what might have befallen the character, Ian Anderson decided to explore the different paths Gerald's life might have taken in his 2012 album, “Thick As A Brick 2.”

Following a forty year political career, Gerald Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. “Homo Erraticus” marks Gerald's return to songwriting, and is based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928).

In “Homo Erraticus,” Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future. Visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where “Homo Erraticus” will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.

Ian Anderson recently won “The Prog God Award” from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name,Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.

More, including how to order the new album, at: www.iananderson.com
 
 
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#7 Feature:

√  “THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY” (2011), a film by Randall Wood, on DVD today
 
by Michelle Berninger
 
The “Curse of the Gothic Symphony” follows the journey of a fanatical and eclectic group of music lovers who aspire to break the curse behind British composer Havergal Brian's notorious First Symphony. At over two hours long, and requiring two orchestras, four brass bands and five full choirs, that symphonic work is regarded as “the Mt. Everest of classical music.”

Gripped by the challenge to bring-off the first staging of this monstrous symphony, these modern day crusaders will not stop until they triumph against all odds... failure is not an option. The curse must be broken.

The original theatrical release brought critical acclaim.

The New Yorker called it “Delightful...a fine portrait of obsession in action.” ~ Alex Ross, music critic.

“This gripping film takes us inside the belly of the creative beast.” ~ Urban Cinefile

“A swift, entertaining look at a very particular artistic quest.” ~ ABC Radio (Australia)

The disc is packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices Eco Pack. Ordering info: UPC: 7-20229-91590-8 | Catalog #: FRF 915908D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: April 15.

Available from: First Run Features: www.firstrunfeatures.com / 800-229-8575. First Run Features, The Film Center Building, 630 Ninth Av, Suite 1213, New York, NY 10036.
 
 
 
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♪  THIS DAY IN HISTORY… notable April 15th events


√  On this date one year ago, two terrorist bombs were detonated near the finish line of the BOSTON MARATHON, killing and crippling spectators and runners. This year’s marathon, to be run this coming weekend, has made space for an additional 9,000 runners who want to take part.


√  On this day in 1452, LEONARDO DA VINCI was born.


√  Early in the pre-dawn morning of this day in 1912, the RMS TITANIC sank in the North Atlantic. See yesterday’s “history” features to learn something you didn’t know about that.


√  Before the sun arose on this day in 1865, President ABRAHAM LINCOLN died from the gunshot wound he received the night before. The full story is in yesterday’s “history” features.
 
 
 
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Repeated again, because it should be…

√  Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26…

Sat, Apr 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm "FOLKWORKS ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT" at the Santa Monica Woman's Club, 1210 4th St (just S of Wilshire), Santa Monica 90401.
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We’ve brought you this Ticket Alert before, but it bears repeating. The lineup reflects FolkWorks' focus on world music as well as American folk music:
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SAUSAGE GRINDER - Los Angeles’ "all-natural hillbilly and country blues band" combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. This versatile acoustic group features fiddle, bank, guitar, mandolin, washboard, bagpipes and a few odds and ends.
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SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE - perform an irreverent gumbo of Gypsy & Creole Jazz, Klezmer & Romanian Horas, Parisian Musette & the occasional wild card thrown in for good measure. Six core members have played for decades in everything from Balkan dance bands to traditional Swing groups.
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NEVENKA - popular Los Angeles-based women’s chorus brings to life vocal folk/roots traditions from around the world. Their songs range from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Bosnia to Rom and Sephardic songs - as well as recently added American and Irish music. Their spellbinding harmonies are at the core of their eclectic repertoire. While mostly singing a cappella, they are occasionally accompanied by percussion, mandolin, guitar, citern or panduri.
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TUNACIOUS - a Celtic genre-bending band with songs and dance tunes for a blowout contra dance to wind-up the evening.
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Go early for the reception at 7 pm. More info at 818-785-3839.
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Advance tix, $20 general admission, $25 VIP reserved (limited), available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576923
 
 
 
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Tue, Apr 15, in Signal Hill:
6 pm  Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.

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Tue, Apr 15, in Arcadia:
7 pm  Weekly "SONGWRITERS SERENADE" tonight brings a lineup of recording artists and performing host JC HYKE, all playing fully acoustic, at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.
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Tue, Apr 15, in Corona:
7 pm  JOANNA MELL & ZAC LEGER play the Corona Public Library, 650 S Main St, Corona 92882; 951-736-2381.

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Tue, Apr 15, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
7 pm  Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.

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Tue, Apr 15, in Agoura Hills:
7-10 pm  SONGMAKERS monthly “AGOURA HILLS SONG CIRCLE & POTLUCK” in Agoura Hills 91301. Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Tue, Apr 15, in San Diego:
7:30-11 pm  An undisclosed CAJUN CREOLE BAND plays Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St, San Diego 92110.

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Tue, April 15, in Echo Park (L.A.):
7:30 pm “An evening with ALICE CARBONE (“Coffee with Alice”) & DAVID KUKOFF (“Children of the Canyon”) at Stories Books & Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026;  HYPERLINK "http://www.storiesla.com" www.storiesla.com; 213-413-3733.
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ALICE CARBONE is an Italian-born author and spoken word artist based in Los Angeles.Upon moving to California in 2010, and after a very short experience in the Italian press of Hollywood, Alice realized she had to create something unique in order to be truly heard; something that could whisper her own voice and that she could sign with her name. Coffee with Alice is the result: a weekly collection of creative nonfiction, exclusive interviews and healing dark humor.
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DAVID KUKOFF is a native Angeleno and graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School. He has eleven produced film and television credits to his name. He has published two books on film and television writing, has been the subject of features in Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter, and has taught writing at Northwestern University. Children of the Canyon is his first novel.

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Tue, Apr 15, in the Eastern Sierra:
7:30 pm  RICHARD SMITH, virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist, plays the Inyo Council for the Arts, 137 S Main St, Bishop 93514; 760-873-8014.

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Tue, Apr 15, in WeHo:
Time tba  THE ICY HOT CLUB plays “Jazz Tuesdays” at the Moonrise Club in West Hollywood.
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The Icy Hot Club is a Los Angeles-based group that plays modernized Gypsy Jazz music in the style of Django Reinhardt. They often include reworked versions of contemporary pop and rock songs alongside traditional Gypsy Swing, with 3 part vocal harmonies. Generally bringing two guitars, in the hands of Ethan Emerson and Ray Bergstrom, and an upright bass, Icy Hot Club might add violin, clarinet, and / or drums.

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Tue, Apr 15, in L.A.:
8 pm  “THE DROP: CARLENE CARTER” is a live performance-interview CD release event at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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Tonight celebrates the release of “Carter Girl,” CARLENE CARTER’s personal homage to her Carter Family roots and to the ethos that has been the foundation of much of America's music for almost 90 years.
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It’s Carlene Carter's first album of new recordings this decade, set for release April 8, and produced by Don Was and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. As the daughter of June Carter Cash and country music great Carl Smith, the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, Carlene says it has been her lifelong goal to make this record. The album revisits both classic Carter Family repertoire as well as original songs that relate to Carlene's connection with her musical and familial roots.
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Willie Nelson guests on "Troublesome Waters" and Kris Kristofferson joins Carlene on "Black Jack David" while the unmistakable voice of Vince Gill is heard harmonizing on "Lonesome Valley 2003." "Blackie's Gunman" is a duet with Elizabeth Cook, whom Carlene calls her "adopted sister." Cook is heard on six of the album's twelve tracks. The participation of Lorrie Carter Bennett, daughter of Anita Carter, as well as Joe Breen, Carlene's husband, underscores the continuing Carter Family connective tissue that the album celebrates.
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The evening is hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCare., Carlene will discuss her musical upbringing and how it affected the making of the new album, and she will perform a few songs. Doors at 7:30 pm.
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Tue & Wed, Apr 15 & 16, in Altadena:
8 pm  “JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!) The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time.
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Tribute artist Jim Curry's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country, including with full symphony orchestras,  and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine," "Calypso," and "Annie's Song" topped the charts. Denver's heartfelt message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. " Jim performs with his wife, Anne. Together, they  take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing – don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.
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Tue, Apr 15, in L.A.:
8-9 pm  GARY ALLEGRETTO and IAN ESPINOZA team-up to perform “Acoustic Roots and Blues” at Toi Restaurant, 7505-1/2 W Sunset Bl, L.A.; http://toirockinthaifood.com
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This is the 2014 Academy of Western Artists Award Winners for “Duo/Group of the Year,” and they are currently Number 1 on Western Radio Charts.
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Tue, Apr 15, in Burbank:
8 pm  Monthly “BASC BLUEGRASS NIGHT” brings the band GRASSLANDS at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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No cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).

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Tue, Apr 15, in Burbank:
8 pm  “JOHN PISANO’S GUITAR NIGHT” welcomes talented pre-booked guests to a series that always brings quite a lineup of virtuosic players, every time they do this, at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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Tonight, it’s “BRAZILIAN NIGHT,” with VELAS, featuring JOHN PISANO on guitar, FRANK ZOTOLLI on keyboards, JOSE MARINO on bass, and ENZO TODESCO on drums.
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Tue, Apr 15, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm-midnight  PAUL MARSHALL, JAMES INTVELD, ROSIE FLORES, RUSSEL SCOTT, KARLING ABBEYGATE, and more, play a BENEFIT NIGHT for injured world-class guitarist BOB GOTHAR at the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Contributions benefit the cause.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky tonk. No cover, full bar, lots of fun. Go early for the nightly free dance lesson.
 
 
 
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Ongoing, through Apr 19, in Sierra Madre:
(Times vary, by night)  “CIVIL WAR MUSIC-THEMED LIVE THEATRE,” in three period-music-related productions, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com. Free street parking.

Nick Smith, veteran storyteller and co-producer of the Pasadena Folk Music Series (formerly the Caltech Folk Music Series), says, “I’m historical advisor for their current productions. The main one, "Battledrum," (Mar 7-Apr 19) is a short musical drama about drummer boys during the Civil War.”
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Each performance of "Battledrum" opens with an opening talk by a historian, leading into the play. Nick tells us, “I will be doing [the historian’s opening] for some of the performances. I’m also helping select the readings and music for the other production. It’s been busy.”
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The Guide was there for ""THE PLAYER KING," a one-night-only show in the series on March 28. It’s about the theatrical Booth family, including John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Written and performed by DARIN DAHMS, it is an inspired performance. If it’s indicative of this series, and we believe it is, then catch as much of it as you can.
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ONGOING, theatre and ONLINE screening, through April 24:
“GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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See the complete feature story in the Guide’s Apr 11 edition’s “events” listings.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/537914
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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ONGOING, through May 4, in L.A.:
8 pm  “ALMOST WHITE” a new solo series by Rick Najera, alternating with “SCARRED FOR LIFE” by David Valdez, are comedic stage play productions at Casa 0101 Theatre, 2102 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033.
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There is a full feature write-up in the Apr 11 edition’s “events” listing.
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On opening night, both plays are presented; after that, the two shows alternate. Limited engagement runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, through May 4.
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Najera, one of Hollywood’s most prolific playwright-performers, sets the stage for his new play based on his latest memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” Runs April 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27.
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Alternating with it is:
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“Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.,” by David Valdez, runs April 11, 18, 19, 20 and May 2, 3 and 4.
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Tix, $15-$30, at www.casa0101.org. More info at www.ricknajera.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlmostWhite.

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ONGOING through Apr 19, at UCLA:
8 pm  “THE SUIT,” from theater Icon Peter Brook, presented by the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series for eight performances at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, in MacGowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Dr East, on the UCLA campus in Westwood (L.A.) 90095.
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“The Suit” is a simmering tale of betrayal and resentment set in the politically charged sphere of apartheid-era South Africa, performed by Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, with direction, adaptation and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk. The story centers on Philomen, a middle-class lawyer and his wife, Matilda. The suit of the title belongs to Matilda’s lover and is left behind when Philomen catches the illicit couple together. As punishment, Philomen makes Matilda treat the suit as an honored guest as a constant reminder of her adultery. The setting of Sophiatown, a teeming township that was erased shortly after Can Themba wrote his novel, is as much a character in the play as the unfortunate couple, and this production lends it life and energy with a minimal cast.
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Themba was a South African writer during apartheid. His short novel, “The Suit” was supposed to change the writer’s life, but the cruel restrictions in his native country led him to exile, his works banned in his home country. He died an alcoholic before his most famous work was adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in the newly liberated South Africa of the 1990s.
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Renowned director Peter Brook previously adapted that stage version and took it on tour in a French-language production. He returned to the source language of English working with his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne and composer Franck Krawczyk. They have adapted the play and have set it to music from sources as diverse as Franz Schubert and Miriam Makeba.
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The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines —dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well the emerging digital, collaborative and cross-art platforms inspired by today's leading artists and creators. CAP supports the creation, presentation and critical dialogues vital to the ongoing innovation and expressive potential of artists whose work, whether vibrantly emerging or internationally acclaimed, forms the dynamic and evolving heritage of contemporary performance. Based in UCLA's iconic Royce Hall, CAP UCLA is the university's public center for the presentation of the performing arts and contributes to the cultural life of the campus and greater Los Angeles, promoting civic dialogue and creative inquiry. Through an annual season of performing arts programs and extensive community-engagement events — including artist fellows and residency programs, K–12 arts education (Design for Sharing), student mentorship (Student Committee for the Arts), and art-making and experiential activities (Art in Action) — CAP UCLA advances the importance of art in society by celebrating and deepening the connection between artist and audience.
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The show runs as follows: Wed, Apr 9 through Fri, Apr 11, at 8 pm; Sat, Apr 12, at 2 & 8 pm; Sun, Apr 13, at 2 pm; Thu, Apr 17 through Sat, Apr 19, at 8 pm. The only alternative to the hefty cost of campus parking is the MTA or Culver or Big Blue Bus.
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Tix, $30-$65, available online at www.cap.ucla.edu, or from the UCLA Central Ticket Office, at 310-825-2101, or with the usual hefty processing fee at Ticketmaster. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are offered at $15 one hour before show time to all students with valid ID.

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ONGOING at the Getty Villa, through Aug 25, in Malibu:
“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections” at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $15.
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Marked by glittering mosaics, luminous icons, and opulent churches, the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) flourished for more than one thousand years. Over 170 national treasures from Greece illustrate the development of a mighty empire, from its pagan origins to a deeply spiritual Christian society. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads” at the Getty Center.
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The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“JACKSON POLLOCK’S MURAL,” and “HATCHED! CREATING FORM WITH LINE,” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 8, in L.A.:
“A ROYAL PASSION: QUEEN VICTORIA & PHOTOGRAPHY” and “HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: PAST TENSE” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 22, in L.A.:
“HEAVEN AND EARTH: BYZANTINE ILLUMINATION AT THE CULTURAL CROSSROADS” is a new temporary exhibition at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.
 
 
 
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♪  TV TONIGHT
 
 
Tue, Apr 15,
not music but cool,
on PBS TV:
9 pm  LINCOLN'S INFLUENCE, 150 YEARS LATER is celebrated in a new documentary from KEN BURNS, the best-in-the-biz for the past two decades.  "THE ADDRESS" reveals and informs how Lincoln's historic words in the "Gettysburg Address" motivate students a century-and-a-half later.
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Screens at 9 pm EDT & PDT, 8 pm Central.
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Check out a preview, at:
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sR2MIxjB_4c
 
 
 
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