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Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday’s You-Don’t-Need-to-BLACK-OUT-to-have-fun Music Scene ~ Nov 28 2014

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Plenty tonight. More coming later for the rest of your musical and artFULL weekend! Blow off the Black Friday Blow Outs, and get artfull. Plus, you can buy CDs from the artists when you hear them make great music, and holiday gift problems are SOLVED.

This edition is rather short, but the next one will be b-b-BIG!

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What’s in this edition…

♪ TICKET ALERTS

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, including theatre this weekend

♪ FRIDAY’s NOTABLE CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.


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“AN EVENING WITH DR. JOHN” happens Tue, Dec 2; 8 pm at the Grammy Museum. Tix go on sale today at noon for those without American Express Cards, who got early privileges.

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

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



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Sat, Nov 22-Sat, Dec 20; THEATRE, in Burbank:
8 pm Opening Night: "A CHRISTMAS CAROL – AN ADAPTATION THAT USES ONLY DICKENS' ORIGINAL WORDS" at the Grove Theater Center, 1111-b, W Olive Av, Burbank; 800-838-3006; www.gtc.org
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Adapted by GTC's artistic director and co-founder Kevin Cochran who directs this production. The cast includes Jenna Augen, winner of the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Supporting Performance; Broadway veteran David Allen Jones; and Frank Simons; all appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. They guide the audience through the story – as storytellers; or as Dickens' beloved characters, including Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley's Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present & Future-but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic.
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Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. (No show on November 28; one additional performance December 18.)
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** “Pay-what-you-can” performances on November 29 & 30.
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Tix, $34.50 general; $29.50 Burbank residents; $24.50 seniors/students.



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Fri, Nov 28, in Monrovia:
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair in old downtown Monrovia with plenty of live acoustic music, including the 8 pm “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & JAM” at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Fri, Nov 28, in Altadena:
7-10 pm Monthly “DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS” showcase brings performances by ANNY CELSI, KAREN NASH, TRYSETTE LOOSEMORE, SKIP HELLER & THE HOLLYWOOD BLUES DESTROYERS, and A WORD" WITH DYLAN BRODY, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 91001.
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KAREN NASH is equal parts Country and Rock 'n roll. She can drop you to your knees with a ballad then blow you away with a rock song. She reminds me of Linda Ronstadt when she smashed through the charts in the '70's. Karen's love and joy in her music is infectious. She played Lilith Fair, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Kerrville Folk Festival just to name a few. And she has great stories of her favorite former neighbor Warren Zevon. Karen has a truckload of new songs for a new CD she's doing this year. She's the real deal. www.karennash.com
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ANNY CELSI is the real-deal. Her songs rock with the echos of classic R&B, the best of pop, and deep down roots music that sets your soul on fire. Think Aimee Mann meets Lucinda Williams with the Soul of Aretha looking on. Anny has such a powerful voice with perfect phrasing that even whispers shoot down your spine. The LA Weekly recently cited her as “one of this city’s smartest and catchiest pop songwriters.” www.annycelsi.com
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TRYSETTE LOOSEMORE is a stunning songwriter and performer. She creates such beautiful and classic ballads and pop songs that remind me of the great songs of Hal David / Burt Bacharach and Elton John / Bernie Taupin. A classically trained pianist turned singer songwriter, Trysette grew up on the northern rivers of NSW Australia and with influences such as Elton John, Lionel Richie, Eagles, Carole King, James Taylor. She was signed straight out of university by Warner Chappell Music. Over the years Trysette has been on a journey that has led her to become a consummate entertainer and international touring artist. www.trysette.com
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SKIP HELLER is one of Los Angeles’ most wide-ranging artists, whose approach is traditional but not locked into retro period conventions. He's played with NRBQ, Stan Ridgway, Yma Sumac, Phil Alvin, Cannibal and The Headhunters, Rick Danko, Big Jay McNeely, and many many more. He has composed film, TV and even cartoon scores (including the Dexter's Laboratory classic "Ridin' That Hog"). He lives in Hollywood, performs regularly with his Hollywood Blues Destroyers, and writes a monthly column for All About Jazz. http://www.reverbnation.com/skiphellertrio
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And special guest spoken word radio personality - "A WORD" WITH DYLAN BRODY. Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. http://dylanbrody.com/
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$10 at the door, until all seats are filled; no reservations taken for this show.

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Fri, Nov 28, in Ventura:
7-10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “BELL ARTS SONG CIRCLE” at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Av, Ventura 93001.

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Fri & Sat, Nov 28 & 29, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “NEW ORLEANS LEGENDS:” PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND and ALLEN TOUSSAINT, at the Broad Stage Theatre at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica; 310-434-3200; www.thebroadstage.com; www.events.smc.edu.
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Spend Thanksgiving weekend swaying to the Big Easy sounds of Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint. For two nights, these legendary New Orleans musicians will transport you to the streets of the French Quarter district, where jazz and R&B form the heartbeat of everyday life. Allen Toussaint, the “Southern Knight” who has workedwith the likes of Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Patti Labelle, and Paul McCartney, joins the traditional jazz revivalists onstage for a joyful, timeless jazz experience that will turn The Broad Stage into a swinging dance hall.
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Come early; 6:45-7:15 pm is conversation with a guest speaker. Jazz and Blues at The Broad Stage made possible by a generous gift from Richard and Lisa Kendall.
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Run Time: Approximately 90 mins, no intermission.
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Tix at:
www.thebroadstage.com/portal/?to=loader.asp?target=show_events_list.asp?shcode=509&interface=2&interface=2

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Fri, Nov 28, in Arcadia:
8 pm THE BERNIE PEARL BLUES BAND featuring BOBBY "HURRICANE" SPENCER, plus the fine house band BOBBY BLUEHOUSE, at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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The blues is life itself to Bernie Pearl. A guitarist with an upbeat,finger-poppin' picking style he learned at the elbows of bluesmasters Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins,Mance Lipscomb,Mississippi Fred MacDowell,and others. Yet,Bernie Pearl is no hidebound traditionalist. As music critics and aficionados have said for years,he is a craftsman who packs his songs with melodic interpretations that are new and personal each time he picks up his vintage Martin or National. To hear him tell it,"I'm not a retro player. I'm playing real blues for right now."
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Also featured with Bernie is legendary vocalist, saxophonist and songwriter/arranger, bluesman Bobby Hurricane Spencer. One night on the bandstand, after a particularly hot sax solo, J.J. Bad Boy Jones turned to the tenor man and said, "Bob, you the Hurricane!". It stuck and that's what he's been called ever since. His trademark sound can be found on records by Timex Social Club, Sonny Rhodes, JJ Bad Boy Jones, Jimmy McCracklin, just to name a few and his original music appears on the Grammy nominated Force of Nature album by Koko Taylor.
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Venue has full bar and offers good food with generous portions. Great place, but bring earplugs. Seriously.
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Substantial discount for advance tix (it’s always very reasonable here, anyway):
http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Fri, Nov 28, in Sierra Madre:
8 pm OPENING NIGHT performance of a play with songs: “A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS,” based on the “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE” stories by LAURA INGALLS WILDER, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre 91024.
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Adapted for the stage by JAMES DeVITA. Directed by EMILY CHASE. Presented by SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE. The cast (in alphabetical order): JOLIE ADAMSON, PAMELA DALY, JEFF DOBA, JIM HARNAGEL, ERIC CHARLES JORGENSEN, FLETCHER KAMAL, VALERIE ROSE LOHMAN, ANDREW STOCK, HANNAH VICTORIA STOCK and AMY TOLSKY
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Ample free parking behind theatre.

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Fri, Nov 28, at UCLA:
8 pm “MILTON NASCIMENTO – UMA TRAVESIA” (a crossing), brings MILTON NASCIMENTO, the legendary Brazilian artist, celebrating his 50-year career with a stop on his current world tour at Royce Hall, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, 340 Royce Dr, on the UCLA campus in Westwood / Los Angeles 90095.
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“One of Brazil’s national treasures” - New York Times.
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“An iconic singer-songwriter who also revolutionized Brazilian music by adding rock, funk and jazz.” – San Francisco Chronicle.
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It’s Brazil’s legendary singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner Milton Nascimento. Joining him in celebrating his 50-year career and his latest album "Uma Travessia," is Wilson Lopes on guitar, drummer Lincoln Cheib, bassist Gastao Villeroy, Kiko Continetino on piano and Widor Santiago on saxophone.
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Undeniably one of Brazil’s greatest stars, Milton Nascimento is the iconic singer-songwriter whose transformative early work fusing Africanized jazz with Latin-American fold allowed a generation of artists to free themselves from bossanova. Since his debut, Nascimento’s magnetic stage presence and astonishing tonal range have delighted audiences for the better half of a century. He has recorded more than 37 solo albums, received four Grammy awards, and collaborated with elite musicians the world over, including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Duran Duran, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spaulding and countless others.
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Versatility has been a hallmark of his career, since he catapulted to fame in 1967 at Rio de Janeiro’s second International Song Festival, where he introduce three instant standards, “Travessia, ” “Morro Velho, ” and “Maria, Minha Fe.” Nascimento has written dozens of tunes so harmonically rich and luminously melodic that they’ve irresistibly enticed jazz interpretation. Herbie Hancock recorded a series of albums with him, starting with the 1969 CTI album Courage.
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Nascimento’s 1974 performance of Wayne Shorter’s “Native Dancer” brought him to the attention of jazz audiences in the US and Europe. Nearly 40 years later, his extraordinary lyricism and originality are still strikingly present, and his voice remains a marvelous instrument shaded with stunning emotional power. With a seasoned vocal palette, he expertly crescendos from stage whisper to roar.
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Nascimento received the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, but even after decades performing, Nascimento's extraordinary lyricism and nimble vocals continue to dazzle audiences the world over.
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For video, go to:
http://www.miltonnascimento.com.br/ingles.html#/imprensa/

Brazilian Nites Productions seeks to increase the awareness of Brazilian culture, music, art and dance in quality productions in Southern California. Brazilian Nites Productions has successfully promoted and produced events since 1989 in Los Angeles County and has been working and growing in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for the past 21 years. Many scrolls from the County of Los Angeles were awarded to them for being the leading producers of Brazilian artists and culture in Southern California. Some of the artists who have been part of these events are; Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Dori Caymi, Geraldo Azevedo, Tribute to Maestro Moacir Santos, Gal Costa, Olodum, Djavan, Moraes Moreira, Elba Ramalho, Maria Rita, Daniela Mercury, Beth Carvalho among others. Brazilian Nites Productions is headed by Patricia Leao of Burbank. This event is co-sponsored by Remo Percussion Instruments, KPFK, Brazilian Digital Channel - BDCi TV, and Fusicology.com.
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Tix, $89, $59, $39, $29.
Info & tix, www.BrazilianNites.com or call 818-566-1111.

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Fri, Nov 28, in San Pedro:
8 pm MEREDITH AXELROD & CRAIG VENTRESCO play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519-1314.
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MEREDITH AXELROD is a versatile singer of early jazz and pre-1930s American pop music who enjoys delivering performances in many different contexts. She plays guitar, ukulele, cello, and other instruments. As a guitarist, her playing explodes with energy and vintage rhythms.
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She has performed with Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jeff Muldaur, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot, Cindy Cashdollar, David Grisman, Bill Keith, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Crumb, the Cheap Suit Serenaders, and Craig Ventresco, and at venues around the United States and internationally, including The Great American Music Hall and many more.
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CRAIG VENTRESCO, acoustic guitarist, has a unique style, combining Ragtime, rural Blues, early Jazz guitar and traditional String Band influences. His playing is at once fiery, melodic and inventive. Ventresco has concentrated on early 20th century vaudeville, ragtime, and popular songs as recorded on obscure 78s and cylinders from the dawn of the recorded music era. He features music written by Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin, Big Bill Broonzy, James Scott, Lucky Roberts, and a Ventresco original as well. His playing was featured on the soundtrack album for the film "Crumb."
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You are invited to bring your own food and beverages into the venue. They have complimentary bottle water.
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Tix, $20, at 800-403-3447

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Fri, Nov 28, in Inglewood:
8 pm FLEETWOOD MAC plays the Forum in Inglewood.
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Tix may still be available at:
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https://m.stubhub.com/promotions/scratch/msplash/index.html?returl=https://m.stubhub.com/fleetwood-mac-tickets/?GCID=SOC%3AAMPUSHMOBILE&keyword=20141124SHRV764%7CPPL%7CNFM%7CConcert%7CFleetwoodMac%7CBCCountry%7Ccpc%7CA%7C18-65%7CAll
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https://m.stubhub.com/#/fleetwood-mac-tickets/?GCID=SOC%3AAMPUSHMOBILE&keyword=20141124SHRV764|PPL|NFM|Concert|FleetwoodMac|BCCountry|cpc|A|18-65|All

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Fri, Nov 28, in OC (Newport Beach):
8ish–10:30ish pm DENNIS ROGER REED BAND plays Alta Coffee Warehouse & Restaurant, 506 31st St, Newport Beach; 949-675-0233.
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“SONGS ABOUT TRACTORS & STUFF” is Dennis’ new CD. Available in various formats at: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LFQY74S/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp? ie=UTF8&qid=1404258963&sr=8-7
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Fri, Nov 28, in Cerritos:
8 pm “I LOVE LUCY ON STAGE” at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr, Cerritos; info, 562-916-8501; 800-300-4345; tix, 562-467-8818; www.cerritoscenter.com.
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Lucy’s got some ‘splaining to do, and she will, tonight.

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Fri, Nov 28, in Murrieta:
9 pm CRAIC HAUS plays the Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday’s Tuneful Scene ~ Nov 25 2014

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For a week with a biiiiiiggg holiday, there’s a LOT happening tonight! Besides, after last night, you know you need a break!

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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♪ WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

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Fifty-one years ago today, November 25, 1963, America buried the slain President John F. Kennedy. It brought a somber finality to the fact that the nation and the world had been robbed of a bright future that had been called the New Frontier by its leaders, and that would come to be known as Camelot.


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“AN EVENING WITH DR. JOHN” happens Tue, Dec 2; 8 pm at the Grammy Museum. Tix go on sale today at noon for those without American Express Cards, who got early privileges.

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

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



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Sat, Nov 22-Sat, Dec 20; THEATRE, in Burbank:
8 pm Opening Night: "A CHRISTMAS CAROL – AN ADAPTATION THAT USES ONLY DICKENS' ORIGINAL WORDS" at the Grove Theater Center, 1111-b, W Olive Av, Burbank; 800-838-3006; www.gtc.org
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Adapted by GTC's artistic director and co-founder Kevin Cochran who directs this production. The cast includes Jenna Augen, winner of the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Supporting Performance; Broadway veteran David Allen Jones; and Frank Simons; all appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. They guide the audience through the story – as storytellers; or as Dickens' beloved characters, including Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley's Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present & Future-but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic.
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Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. (No show on November 28; one additional performance December 18.)
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Tix, $34.50 general; $29.50 Burbank residents; $24.50 seniors/students.

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Sat & Sun, Nov 22 & 23, MUSICAL THEATRE, in Hollywood:
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL" stages its final shows at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Closes here Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.



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Tue, Nov 25, in Burbank:
5:30 pm CODY BRYANT & EVAN MARSHALL (from RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE), play Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 7:30 pm listing for additional show here tonight.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Tue, Nov 25, in Downey:
5:30-8:45pm Monthly “DOWNEY COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM” led by BEA & JIM ROMANO at the Barbara J. Riley Senior & Community Center, 7810 Quill Dr, Downey 90242.
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Bring acoustic instruments, voices, guests, and join in. All levels welcome. No charge. 'Jam' page: www.Celticana.net or call 562-861-7049.

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Tue, Nov 25, in VC (Camarillo):
5:30 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “CAMARILLO SONG CIRCLE” in Camarillo 93010. Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Tue, Nov 25, in T.O.:
6-10 pm Monthly “THOUSAND OAKS SONG CIRCLE” at the Greenhouse Café, 652 Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91360.

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Tue, Nov 25, in Ventura:
6-10 pm Twice-monthly “VENTURA BLUEGRASS JAM” at Milano’s Italian Restaurant in the Ventura Marina, 1559 Spinnaker Dr, #100, Ventura; 805-658-8311.

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Tue, Nov 25, in San Diego:
6 pm & 7-8:30 pm Monthly “SDBS BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM LEARNING SESSION” sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society at Boll Weevil Restaurant, 7080 Miramar Rd, San Diego 92117.

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Tue, Nov 25, in Arcadia:
7-9:30 pm Weekly “SONGWRITERS SERENADE” brings an exceptionally strong lineup with MIKE FLEMING, (of NEW WEST), Disneyland music veteran PHIL WARD, DINA VALENZ, BARRETT TAGLIARINO, and performing host JC HYKE, at Matt Denny's Ale House, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.
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Phil Ward tells us, “J.C. Hyke's Songwriter Serenade is one of my favorite places to play. On the lovely (heated) patio of a nifty restaurant/bar; I'll bring my mate Silvie along to wail some harmonies. Each act does four numbers. (Plenty of free parking in back) More detailed deets” [at]: http://jchyke.com/songwriter-serenade.html
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More on Phil at: www.philwardmusic.com

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Tue, Nov 25, in San Diego:
7-11 pm THE BAYOU BROTHERS play “CHET CANON’S RED, WHITE & BLUES BENEFIT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES” at Proud Mary’s Concert Hall, 5550 Kearny Mesa Rd (at Hwy 163 & Clairemont Mesa Bl), San Diego.
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Admission: $10 and a bag of food. More at www.facebook.com/thebayoubrothers

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Tue, Nov 25, in San Diego:
7-10 pm "ZYDECO TUESDAY" brings a different band each week at Tio Leos Taco, 532 Napa St, San Diego.
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$8 cover includes dance lesson at 6:45 pm.
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Tonight is a “zydeco DJ,” instaed of the usual live music here.

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Tue, Nov 25, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.

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Tue, Nov 25, in Signal Hill:
7 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.

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Tue, Nov 25, in Santa Barbara:
7:30 pm “NEIL YOUNG TRIBUTE SHOW” features guitar maven JANET ROBIN, at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-962-7776; www.sohosb.com.

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Tue, Nov 25, in Burbank:
7:30 pm “JOHN PISANO’S GUITAR NIGHT” with JAMIE FINDLAY, guitar, JOHN PISANO, guitar, CHRIS CONNOR, bass, TIM PLEASANT, drums, at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Tue, Nov 25, in Altadena:
8 pm WRITERSDAY is Dutch Treat SJOERD HOOGMA, a full-time musician from The Netherlands, playing the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Writersday, Dutch singer songwriter is touring solo this fall in the USA . With his songs in the tradition of Nick Drake, Springsteen and Bowie, he tells about the small and large issues of live. The acoustic pop/folk songs are colored with bluesharp and a suitcase drum. In 2013, his "Temporary Man” was chosen as best EP 2013 in The Netherlands.
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He adds, “I play solo, only original pop/folk songs . I play and sing guitars/bluesharp/suitcasedrum and stamp board. In 2014, I toured successfully in Germany, UK and of course the Netherlands. My Ep, ‘Temporary Man,’ is chosen in Holland best EP 2013, and these songs are availble at my website, Reverbnation, Soundcloud and Facebook. My new song, ‘You Don't Really Miss Me,’ is right now in different charts in the top 10.”
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/WRITERSDAY/191775304231848 http://www.reverbnation.com/writersday https://soundcloud.com/search?q=writersday
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Tue, Nov 25, in L.A.:
9 pm JOHN LAFAYETTE RAMEY plays alt-country-Americana at Los Globos, 3040 Sunset Bl, Los Angeles 90026.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Weekend’s Massive Music & Arts Scene in Southern California. Nov 22 & 23, 2014

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Sun, Nov 23, in Ventura:
6:30 pm-to-late  New weekly "BRAND NEW OPRY" with performing host JONATHAN McEUEN and musical guests, at the Hong Kong Inn, 435 E Thompson Bl, Ventura 93001; 805-648-3161.
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Jonathan's lineup is Folk-Americana and/or acoustic pop singer-songwriters. The series began in Nov 2014.
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Venue has tasty, reasonably-priced Chinese and American food. This is the place with the outstanding long-running Hawai'ian & Polynesian hula / island dancers with live music every Fri & Sat, and Tue open mic.
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You can call for reservations (recommended), though you may encounter a language barrier; ask to be seated where you can enjoy the music.

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Here’s the big ol’ LIVE music scene, and assorted other arts events for your Saturday & Sunday. Last chance for relaxing musicality before you’re trampled by people overcome with the holiday spirit (read that as conspicuous consumption consumerism exacerbated by apparent opportunities to get special sale prices). Yep. Last chance for normalcy until early next year.

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What’s in this edition…

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

♪ TICKET ALERTS

♪ FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, including theatre this weekend

♪ WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

♪ SATURDAY’s NOTABLE CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

♪ SUNDAY’s NOTABLE CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.


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Fifty-one years ago today, November 22, 1963, America and the world lost the future. The youthful vigor and brave hopes, of a time that would subsequently come to be known as Camelot, ended when President John F. Kennedy was murdered by an assassin while riding in an open-topped car in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. It wasn’t simply who and what was lost that day, or even all it represented. America’s last time of bright promise was torn asunder and as five years of assassinations ensued, initial and rekindled hopes were replaced with suspicion and rampant conspiracy theories that continue – about everything – to this day.


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

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



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Sat & Sun, Nov 22-23,
FESTIVAL, on the Central Coast:
Annual “MONTEREY COWBOY FESTIVAL” is a long-running indoor western music, storytelling, cowboy poetry, art and gear show with performances in a nice theatre, in Monterey, CA, right on the ocean.
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Sun, Nov 23,
PSEUDO-FESTIVAL,
In San Diego Co (Encinitas):
“ENCINITAS STREET FAIR” includes a 1:30-3:30 pm set by THE BAYOU BROTHERS at the Lumberyard. Info, www.encinitas101.com


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Sat, Nov 22-Sat, Dec 20; THEATRE, in Burbank:
8 pm Opening Night: "A CHRISTMAS CAROL – AN ADAPTATION THAT USES ONLY DICKENS' ORIGINAL WORDS" at the Grove Theater Center, 1111-b, W Olive Av, Burbank; 800-838-3006; www.gtc.org
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Adapted by GTC's artistic director and co-founder Kevin Cochran who directs this production. The cast includes Jenna Augen, winner of the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Supporting Performance; Broadway veteran David Allen Jones; and Frank Simons; all appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. They guide the audience through the story – as storytellers; or as Dickens' beloved characters, including Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley's Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present & Future-but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic.
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Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. (No show on November 28; one additional performance December 18.)
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** “Pay-what-you-can” performances on November 29 & 30.
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Tix, $34.50 general; $29.50 Burbank residents; $24.50 seniors/students.

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Sat & Sun, Nov 22 & 23, MUSICAL THEATRE, in Hollywood:
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL" stages its final shows at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Closes here Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.



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Sat, Nov 22, WORKSHOP, in L.A.:
11 am-1 pm “BUILDING YOUR BRAND ~ BE AN ORIGINAL” is a workshop with “Image & Personal Branding Expert” BETH CASAMA, at SAE-LA Institute, 6565 Sunset Bl, DFC Room (1st floor), Los Angeles 90028.
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Presenters say, “What does your image & brand say about you? Confidence, charisma, originality & style all play a powerful role in how the world connects to your ‘unique’ creative offering. Having a consistent image and personal brand that reflects your ‘individuality’ can be a powerful catalyst for furthering your goals, opening new doors & showcasing your unique value in the most memorable and compelling way! One lucky attendee will WIN an "Image, Style & Personal Branding" consultation with Beth Casama ~ Valued at $300. This self-discovery session will examine the foundation of your personal brand, identify the most powerful components of your image that set you apart as an artist or creative professional, and develop a personalized action plan for cultivating a consistent image and style that powerfully supports your goals and reflects your highest potential! KEY TOPICS: Your artist brand DNA Differentiate yourself First Impressions The Artist Entrepreneur Your Signature Style & Brand Identity Your online image and more... Be yourself Reveal your story Authenticity is key Never conform Dare to be different.
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Limited Seating. Reserve a seat / advance tix at:
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Sat, Nov 22, in Norco:
11 am-3 pm GONE TOMORROW, the San Diego-based bluegrass band, plays for the grand opening of Kahoots Pets in Norco. They didn’t give us the address.

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Sat, Nov 22, in OC (Mission Viejo):
1 pm “TELLEBRATION” brings storytelling with RON CHICK, CAROL MILLER, DAVID WHITING, and DAVE CHITTENDEN, to the Mission Viejo Library, 100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo 92691; 949-830-7100. Presented by South Coast Storytellers Guild.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Highland Park (L.A.):
1 pm Monthly “OLD TIME MUSIC / TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN FIDDLE & BANJO JAM” outdoors at the Audubon Nature Center in Debs Park, 4700 N Griffin Av, Highland Park; off the 110 Fwy, in Highland Park 90031; 323-221-2255.

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Sun, Nov 23, In San Diego Co (Encinitas):
1:30-3:30 pm THE BAYOU BROTHERS play the “ENCINITAS STREET FAIR” a pseudo-festival, on the stage at the Lumberyard. Info, www.encinitas101.com

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Sat, Nov 22, IRISH EVENT, in San Diego:
2 pm ‘til maybe the wee hours GAELIC STORM plays the “IRISH AMERICAN BUSINESS NETWORK MEET UP” at the Field Irish Pub (in the heart of the San Diego's Gaslamp District), 544 Fifth Av, San Diego 92101; 619-232-9840; www.thefield.com
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Sat, Nov 22, FREE CONCERT, in OC (Irvine):
3 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY SANTIAGO STRINGS teams with the PRELUDE CHAMBER STRINGS to perform “WHO'S GOT RHYTHM?” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre,
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Got rhythm? The two string ensembles team to bring you an afternoon of thrilling tunes and illustrious rhythms. From the mesmerizing tango to groovy rock beats, experience the sound of these talented young string orchestras as they show you “Who’s Got Rhythm?”
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Irene Kroesen, conductor. Meyer: Vanishing Point. Burn: Tango Noir (Dark Tango). Meyer: Q&A. Mosier: Red Rhythmico.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Altadena:
3 pm “THE BURGANS & CHAN: FOLK SONGS & STORIES,” with JERRY & DEBBIE BURGAN and THOLOW CHAN, for a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.

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Sat, Nov 22, in Echo Park (L.A.):
6 pm “STORIES 6th ANNIVERSARY PARTY” with live music, drinks, and food, and at 7:30 pm, another edition of “BUSTED! TRUE STORIES ABOUT GETTING AROUND LA WITHOUT A CAR,” at Stories Books & Café, 1716 W Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Burbank:
6 pm PLAY ‘N LUCKY plays Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sat, Nov 22, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT SERIES” brings various bands to Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, Nov 22, in Altadena:
7 pm P.F. SLOAN, just nominated to be inducted to the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Lake Arrowhead:
7 pm LOUISE GOFFIN plays the "AMERICAN PARLOR SONGBOOK" at the Tudor House Theater, 800 Arrowhead Villa Rd, Lake Arrowhead 92352.
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Nice feature about Louise Goffin at http://www.mountain-news.com/mountain_living/article_4fe6cab6-6f75-11e4-9dbe-9b81e1476bf5.html
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www.tudorhouseentertainment.com

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Sat, Nov 22, in Burbank:
7 pm BULLFISH plus WUMBLOOZO play all-acoustic sets at Randy Tobin’s Theta Sound Studio in Burbank (near Viva Cantina); reservations get directions via email to rmt@thetasound.com
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Bullfish and Wumbloozo share the stage for an “unplugged” live in-studio audio and video taping/concert. This is a full multi-track audio and multi-camera venue and some very prestigious people have performed there.
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Arrive at 6:30 pm for seat selection and pre-concert refreshments. This is a small and intimate setting (only 30 seats) so make reservations.
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Sat, Nov 22, in SFV (Woodland Hills):
7-11 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST VALLEY HOOT” in Woodland Hills 91367. Info and location at www.songmakers.org

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Sat, Nov 22, in Palmdale:
7 pm THE SWEET POTATOES plus KEEFER MADNESS at Butlers Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale (just N of Antelope Valley Mall, N of 14 Fwy.)
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Sat, Nov 22, in Long Beach:
7:30 pm “TELLABRATION: AN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF STORYTELLING” at the El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E Spring St, Long Beach.
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It’s a worldwide celebration of storytelling as local storytellers join together to bring their stories to the Nature Center. This is an evening of adult storytelling to enchant people ages 10 and up. The evening showcases eight different storytellers as they each delight the audience with their own brand of storytelling. Go “prepared to be amazed and delighted by the wonderful talents,” say the sponsors. The evening will last approximately two hours, and the concert is held indoors.
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Sat, Nov 22, in San Diego Co (Encinitas):
7:30 pm KEN O’MALLEY brings authentic and original Irish music to the “SAN DIEGO FOLK HERITAGE” series at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas 92024.
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Irish singer-songwriter Ken O’Malley presents a musical journey through his native land in song and story. Known for his captivating storytelling as well as his rich, resonant voice, his engaging stage presence has delighted audiences for over thirty years.
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“He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight. . . His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and original, fills us with irresistible joy,” raves Wayne Slater-Lunsford of Desert Song Productions.
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The event promises to be a magical evening of music with songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, suitable for all ages. Not just a singer, about whom Dave Soyars of the Irish Herald writes "his powerful and emotive voice shines through on everything he does", O’Malley is also a cultural ambassador and educator who infuses every performance with a genuine passion and love for his native land and its people. In the words of one longtime fan "the songs Ken sings touch all of us, Irish or not, to the very core of the human heart".
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Sat, Nov 22, in VC (Camarillo):
7:30 pm JOHN ZIPPERER TRIO with TED LEPLAT play their last 2014 show at Linda Lee's House Concert series in Camarillo. Reservations get directions by phone at 805-377-9308 or by email to iamlindamiller@yahoo.com
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Sat, Nov 22, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly bluegrass residency, sometimes with impressive guests, at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av, Newhall 91350.

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Fri, Nov 21, in South Pasadena:
8 pm PAUL ZOLLO plays his CD RELEASE SHOW with THE ZOLLO BAND and some very notable special guest stars, DARRYL PURPOSE plus CHAD WATSON, EARL GREY, AARON WOLFSON, SARAH KRAMER, JEFF GOLD , JILL FREEMAN & DANNY SHORAGO all singing songs with the band - plus COUNT SMOKULA - at the Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Av, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-5977.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Santa Monica:
8 pm TERRY EVANS plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Covina:
8 pm BRAD COLERICK & NATHAN McEUEN play the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina; 626-339-7020; frethouse@earthlink.net; www.frethouse.com.
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NATHAN McEUEN’s new solo album, “Side by Side,” is dedicated to Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse, and the late Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1947-2009. It is being released November 25, though word is he will have copies at the show.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Burbank:
8 pm PAPER RAIN, Burbank’s favorite party band, featuring local notable LOU FARAH, plays Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sat, Nov 22, in Culver City:
8 pm JOHN BATDORF & JACK TEMPCHIN team-up for a night of accomplished singer-songwriters at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Nov 22, in San Pedro:
8 pm DIRK HAMILTON plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519-1314.
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Sat, Nov 22, in Los Feliz (L.A.):
8 pm WHISKEY SUNDAY plays the Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Angeles 90039; 323-664-0228.

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Sat, Nov 22, in Arcadia:
8 pm Dark tonight: no shows this weekend at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.

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Sat, Nov 22, in Burbank:
10 pm Martini presents HIGH ROLLERS at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sun, Nov 23, in Hollywood:
8 am-1 pm FAIR MARKET BAND plays roots Americana at the Hollywood Farmers Market, at Ivar Av & Selma Av, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, Nov 23, in South Pasadena:
10 am-1 pm BARRY BIG B BRENNER plays his weekly acoustic “Blues Brunch” gig at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443.

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Sun, Nov 23, in SFV (West Hills):
Noon Monthly “BASC BLUEGRASS JAM” sponsored by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California at Jeff Gold’s West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills 91307; 818-992-4142.

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Sun, Nov 23, in San Diego:
1:30-4:30 pm Monthly “SAN DIEGO FOLK SONG SOCIETY MUSIC SESSION” at the Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library, 9005 Aero Dr, San Diego.

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Sun, Nov 23, in SFV (NoHo):
2 pm MEN OF WORTH plus the BROWNE SISTERS & GEORGE CAVANAUGH team-up to play a concert by Celtic / Irish festival headliners, at Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood 91606.

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Sun, Nov 23, in OC (Newport Beach):
2-4 pm CRAIC HAUS, “The original Shamrockabilly Band,” brings their raucous music to “Muldoon's Courtyard Concert Series” at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach; 949-640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com
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Sun, Nov 23, in Altadena:
3 pm TREMOLOCO plus RICK SHEA and KEN O’MALLEY team-up to bring a two-hour indoor matinee version of a summer folk festival, connecting folk, country, Irish, Gulf Coast, and Mexican music, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Nov 23, in Ventura:
3 pm DONNA LYNN CASKEY, the banjo maven, plays WAV – Working Artists Ventura, at 175 S Ventura Av, Ventura, 93001.

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Sun, Nov 23, in L.A.:
3-5:30 pm “IRISH SESSION” at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sun, Nov 23, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub, 71 S Pine, Long Beach; www.aulddubliner.com

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Sun, Nov 23, in West L.A.:
5-9 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WEST L.A. HOOT & POTLUCK” in West L.A., 90025. Info and location at www.songmakers.org, or email WestLAHoot@Songmakers.org

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Sun, Nov 23, in Burbank:
6 pm DEBRA LEE & TRIGGER HAPPY play one of two stages at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sun, Nov 23, in Burbank:
6:30 pm “LORI DONATO’S SUNDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL” on one of two stages at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Sun, Nov 23, in San Diego:
6:30-8:30 pm GONE TOMORROW plays bluegrass at Bistro Sixty restaurant, 60th St & El Cajon Bl, San Diego.

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Sun, Nov 23, in Altadena:
7 pm VICTORIA VOX brings her world-class ukulele prowess, faux horns, sweet vocals and cuter-than-cute self to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Sun, Nov 23, in Sierra Madre:
7 pm ‘CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES” presents SILVERSTEIN-WALDEN DUO presents “CONTINUO,” a program of five italian composers, plus guest artists from COLBURN CONSERVATORY, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 91024.
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The Sierra Madre Playhouse (Christian Lebano, Artistic Director) continues its series of chamber music concerts in cooperation with the Colburn Conservatory of Music. This event in the series teams internationally acclaimed professionals The SILVERSTEIN-WALDEN DUO with two emerging artists from the Colburn Conservatory.
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ELICIA SILVERSTEIN, baroque and modern violins, and DANIEL WALDEN, harpsichord and piano, will play with Colburn artists MADELEINE VAILLANCOURT, violin, and VARDAN GASPARYAN, cello. The program for the evening is entitled “Continuo.” The term refers to “what is extended in space or endures in time, without interruption.” The selections to be performed are from five Italian composers of the Seventeenth and Twentieth Centuries, suggesting a continuous spirit of experimentation and emotional range spanning 350 years.
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The program is: Biagio Marini (1594-1663): Sonata a tre sopra fuggi dolente core (1655), Elicia Silverstein and Madeleine Vaillancourt, violins Vardan Gasparyan, cello Daniel Walden, harpsichord Luciano Berio (1925-2003): 34 Duetti per due violini (1979-83) Elicia Silverstein and Madeleine Vaillancourt, violins Arcangelo Corello (1653-1713): Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 1 in D Major (1700) Elicia Silverstein, baroque violin Daniel Walden, harpsichord Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947): Melencolia I (1980-82) Vardan Gasparyan, cello Daniel Walden, piano Tarquinio Merula (1595-1660): Ciaccona (1637) Elicia Silverstein and Madeleine Vaillancourt, violins Vardan Gasparyan, cello Daniel Walden, harpsichord.
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Sun, Nov 23, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 pm Weekly “AUTHENTIC OPEN IRISH SESSION” at O'Brien's Irish Pub, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica; 310-829-5303; www.obriensla.com

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Sun, Nov 23, in Santa Monica:
8 pm DENNY LANE plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Friday’s Music & Arts Events, LIVE in Southern California, plus TV, Nov 21, 2014

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Here’s Friday. More coming for the rest of the weekend, and still more will be along in a few days with NEWS FEATURES. (Still recovering from injuries, so be patient.)

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♪ FRIDAY’s MUSIC ON TV

♪ TICKET ALERTS

♪ FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, including theatre this weekend

♪ FRIDAY’s NOTABLE CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.


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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
8-8:30 pm “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS” brings a performance by J.D. MacPHERSON from the famous recording studio in Memphis. On KLCS. Repeats 3-3:30 am tonight.

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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
8:30-9 pm “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND” features a 2014 concert from the DAVID GRISMAN FOLKJAZZ TRIO from a natural big “room” in a limestone cavern, 330 feet underground beneath Tennessee. On KLCS. Repeats 3:30-4 am tonight.

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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
9-10 pm “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS” brings a new show with ERIC CHURCH doing selections from his “Outsiders” album. On KLCS. Repeats 4-5 am tonight.

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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
10-11 pm “FRONT & CENTER” features a 2014 edition with THE FRAY from NYC. On KLCS.

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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
10-11 pm “STUDIO A” profiles Southern Cal music and bands. On KCET.

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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
11 pm-1 am “CELTIC THUNDER: VOYAGE” is their 2011 tv special from Kansas City. On KCET.

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Fri, Nov 21, on TV:
1-2:30 am “JOE BONAMASSA: TOUR DE FORCE” is the guitarist in a 2013 concert from several London venues. On KCET.

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Early Sat, Nov 22, on TV:
5-6 am “FRONT & CENTER” airs an earlier 2014 show with CYNDI LAUPER. On KLCS.


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

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



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Fri, Sat & Sun, Nov 21-23, in Hollywood
8 pm "RE-ANIMATOR- THE MUSICAL" at Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood.
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Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna. Musical director: Peter Adams. Choreography by Cynthia Carle. Directed by Stuart Gordon.
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Stuart Gordon revives his hit musical in time for the Halloween season with new stars and some returning actors. The plot? At the local college, the dean's beautiful daughter is put in danger when science prodigy Herbert West invents a serum to re-animate the dead. Features hilarious songs and spooky special effects. Runs Fridays through Sundays at 8 pm, closes here Nov 23, after which it goes to Vegas.



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Fri, Nov 21, in Burbank:
1-3 pm THE WOODYJAMES BIG BAND plays their weekly residency at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com

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Fri, Nov 21, in San Diego Co (Santee):
5:30-8:30 pm BAYOU BROTHERS play the Santee Trolley Ampitheatre “Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting Ceremony,” free & open to the public, with plenty of room to DANCE, 9850 Mission Gorge Rd (at Cuyamacca St), Santee 92072.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Palmdale:
6-9 pm Monthly “DESERT SONG OPEN MIC” at Butlers Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale (just N of Antelope Valley Mall, N of 14 Fwy.)
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This “runs briskly.” Signups begin at 5:30 pm for 15 slots. Each slot is 10 minutes. Standby signups are taken, but do not play unless the show runs short.
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Free show, one item purchase (food or drink) minimum.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Monrovia:
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair in old downtown Monrovia with plenty of live acoustic music, including the 8 pm “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & JAM” at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Bellflower:
7-10 pm JANNEL RAP, leader of the nationwide “SQUEAKY WHEEL TOUR” plays her own night at Firehouse Chefs, 16530 Bellflower Bl, Bellflower 90706; 562-866-3454.

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Fri, Nov, 21, at USC:
7 pm USC THORNTON OPERA presents HENZE’S “THE ENGLISH CAT,” beginning with a pre-performance discussion at 7, and show at 8 pm, in the Bing Theatre, on the USC Campus in University Park, L.A.; visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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The USC Thornton Opera and USC Thornton Symphony present The English Cat, a curious and delightful opera by famed 20th-century composer Hans Werner Henze, featuring a libretto by controversial British playwright Edward Bond. Based on a short story from Scenes of the Public and Private Lives of Animals by Honoré de Balzac, The English Cat explores class division through the eyes of a group of bourgeois cats who form the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Rats. The great British tabby, Lord Puff, is called on to approve of his arranged fiancée, Minette. Soon after the meeting, Minette is discovered on a rooftop with Tom, a stray cat with whom she has fallen in love. Minette is tried and convicted for breach of promise by a jury of birds. When Tom falls for Minette’s sister, Babette, Minette gives her blessing while being tied in a sack to be thrown into the Thames River.
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Tix, $12; seniors, alumni and students (non-USC students) $18; Free for USC students, staff and faculty with valid USC ID.

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Fri, Nov 21, in SFV (Northridge):
7-10 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SHOWCASE” at Pho-King Delicious, 9350 Corbin Av, Northridge 91324.
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Schedule:
7-7:45 pm--- BRYAN CHAN & PAUL McCARTY. Bryan Chan says he is “always trying to achieve the goal of giving blues music the heart, soul and respect it deserves.” Paul McCarty joins him on harmonica. You tube video of Bryan Chan, http://youtu.be/uVewjXwCJr4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcrIBv1ug4c
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8-8:45 pm--- GARRY CORMAN. www.myspace.com/fishgotgroovemusic. “Garry's favorite genre of music is a great song. He has had a number of indie cuts,including one with Lisa O'Kane (‘Paper Thin’) on her critically acclaimed ‘It Don't Hurt’ CD. Garry is the cofounder of Twirling Betty, a genre-defying band he formed with Justefanie Strachan in 2010. Whether he's rockin' with the Bettys, delivering torch songs with Samantha Ahdoot, or just “surfing the neuroses” in a solo set, Garry promises to take you on a thrill ride of incred ----- oh never mind, just sip your latte, and have a Xanaxhandy.” – Bryan Chan.
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9-9:45 pm --- BRAINARD & RUSSELL. www.brainardandrussell.com. “The classic experience of blowing out a tire on a desolate highway and being stranded for hours is the inspiration for Brainard and Russell's newly released CD ‘Red Rock Canyon.’ The new tracks still combine California Comfort with Brit Pop sense as with their 2005 CD ‘Life in Java,’ but carry even more of an edge. Think of the band America turned up a notch. These homegrown valley guys have been gigging together since 1981 and will be harmonizing their way through songs from both albums.” – Bryan Chan.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Rolling Hills:
7-9 pm “OPEN MIC NITE” at “Amuse,” at the the Palos Verdes Music Center, 43C Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills; 310-377-7838.

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Fri, Nov 21, in La Crescenta:
7:30 pm Monthly DINNER & A SHOW “OPEN MIC/SHOWCASE for MUSICIANS & WRITERS” hosted by BARABARA PAUL & JOE BULL at Que Linda Boutique/Body 'N Soul Studio, 3608 E Footlhill Bl, La Crescenta. Showcase begins at 7:30; sign-ups at 7:15.
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Fri, Nov 21, in VC (Camarillo):
8 pm “CAMARILLO CAFÉ 26th ANIVERSARY BLUEGRASS SPECIAL” with LOAFERS GLORY, at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo 93010.
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This fine and fun series, which is not in a café at all, is starting its 26th year with a big ol' Bluegrass bang, starring a band whose members have been a legendary part of the Southern California Bluegrass scene about as long as there has been a Southern California Bluegrass scene, and toured the planet, and been on countless records.
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With the ever advancing technology in the music process, it’s refreshing to know that one band on the music scene is more into the development of good solid live performances than the pyrotechnics that go with today’s new look at country music and its by-products. That band is Loafer’s Glory, an amalgam of four acclaimed professionals who together produce “hair-raising harmonies and powerhouse picking!”
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HERB PEDERSEN is an alumnus of legendary bands The Dillards, Country Gazette, The Desert Rose Band, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Old & In The Grey, Chris Hillman with Tony & Larry Rice, Here Today, and Vern & Ray. He also played with The Foggy Mountain Boys for a time, subbing for Earl Scruggs back in the late 60s. Herb is a guitar wizard, a great singer and a gifted songwriter.
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BILL BRYSON has, over the past 40 odd years, contributed his talents to some of the best bands in the business, such as Bluegrass Etc., The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Desert Rose Band, Country Gazette and The Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He’s not only a great upright bass player, but also an accomplished old time banjo player and an amazing singer/ songwriter. Oh, and he’s pretty funny too.
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TOM SAUBER has been in the forefront of the traditional old-time music scene for more years than he cares to admit. An accomplished fiddle and 5-string banjo player, he has appeared on countless recording projects and movie soundtracks, and has a healthy teaching schedule to boot. Tom’s love of the music has brightened up many sessions and performances with people like Alice Gerrard, Mike Seeger, Dirk Powell and Mark Graham.
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PATRICK SAUBER, Tom’s son, came to essentially the same musical background as his dad. He’s one of those astounding multi-instrumentalists who feels as at home on the 5-string as he does on the mandolin and guitar. Patrick works occasionally with Laurie Lewis, the Bladerunners and now with Loafers’ Glory, adding a punch musically & vocally that everybody’s talking about.
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Doors open at 7:30 pm. Although not an actual dining establishment, the Camarillo Café is a delightful, intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free coffeehouse-style concert series hosted by Gary & Kathy Lynch in Camarillo, California. On the third Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November, the finest singers, songwriters and musicians from the Southern California area and beyond will entertain you.
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Suggested donation for this special show: $20 at the door. Delicious complimentary refreshments.

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Fri, Nov 21, in L.A.:
8-10 pm A particularly good edition of the monthly "NETTE RADIO & FRIENDS" showcase brings sets by MICHAEL ANN AZOULAI, ED GOULD, THE CONLONS, & TRISH LESTER, at Muse on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av, Los Angeles 90036.
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Annette Conlon brings her web radio show to a performance venue to live-record the show. This month, join NetteRadio and Friends to honor our Vets with the "Nette for Vets VA Book Drive." Bring a new/gently used soft cover book with you to be donated to the VA Hospital in West LA.
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The show is free with a one-two drink/food purchase minimum. Bring a new/gently used soft cover book to donate to the VA Hospital in West L.A.
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www.facebook.com/MUSEon8th www.netteradio.com/http://www.reverbnation.com/theconlons www.reverbnation.com/trishlester
www.reverbnation.com/michaelann
www.reverbnation.com/edgould

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Fri, Nov 21, in Santa Monica:
8 pm LITTLE FEAT'S PAUL BARRERE & FRED TACKETT play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Nov 21, in Altadena:
8 pm SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND plus their musical guest, top-notch songwriter BRAD COLERICK, play the return of ‘THE WOODSHED SESSIONS” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675; reservations by phone only, at 626-798-6236.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Burbank:
8 pm THE MELROSE MUSIC REVIEW with special guests TBD, play Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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Fri, Nov 21, in San Pedro:
8 pm TOULOUSE ENGLEHARDT, marvelous guitarist known as the “Segovia of Surf,” plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-519-1314.
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Penned the “Segovia of Surf” by music critics, 12-String acoustic guitar virtuoso, Toulouse Engelhardt has been touring to promote the release of his highly anticipated, new album,“ Mind Gardens” distributed internationally by MVD Entertainment Group. Toulouse Engelhardt was the last member of the “Takoma 7,” an elite group of guitar innovators that recorded for John Fahey’s legendary Takoma Records from 1958-1976. John Fahey and Leo Kottke were his labelmates.
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Guide EXTRA:

Review by B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude

Toulouse Engelhardt’s New CD Mind Gardens Comes Alive at Alvas

Twelve-string, finger-style guitarist Toulouse Engelhardt returns to Alvas Showroom Nov. 21 for a concert supporting his new CD Mind Gardens.

Engelhardt’s Mind Gardens is a work of sublime beauty and grace. Each track takes one into the world of acidic neo-folk music. He subtitles this recording as “13 Novelettes of Space, Time and Contemplation” is not as odd as it may sound. It is a musical story played with a dramatic whimsy of surrealist tone poems, which have a beginning, middle and end.

His opening track, “Nierika,” is a textured piece that places the listener in a contemplative mood for a journey to your mind. Where in the“Theme to The First Annual Bluebelly Lizard Roundup,” the 12-string maestropicks up the pace with a delightful frenzied round up of critters that one could only imagine.

Track 10, “Lady of The Light” is about the tale of a lighthouse keeper’s wife who died or a woman who committed suicide along the cliff’s at the Point Vicente Lighthouse. There are various stories on the sightings of this woman in a white dress with long, wet, black hair. Here we have a song with emotion and wonder.

Engelhardt as “The Segovia of Surf” doesn’t fail us with his version of Dick Dale’s “The Wedge.” Its wild Gypsy rhythms cutting through the air like a surfer switching back and forth on the waves along the Palos Verdes coast. Totally bitchin’ bro!

The closing track is a duet with an alto flute, “Dialogue With An English Rill” is a gorgeous song dedicated to his British bride.

Mind Gardens is a sonic treat for acoustic guitar lovers, Engelhardt will be bringing this album to life at Alvas Showroom on Nov. 21.

Details:www.alvasshowroom.com

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Fri, Nov 21, in OC (Santa Ana):
8 pm MOONSVILLE COLLECTIVE plus CHRISTIAN LOPEZ play the Constellation Room, 3503 S Harbor Bl, Santa Ana 92704; 714-957-0600.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Arcadia:
8 pm Dark tonight: no show at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.

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Fri, Nov 21, in L.A.:
9 pm THE WILD REEDS, a marvelous youthful rootsy band, plus NOAH GUNDERSEN, play the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A. 90036; 323-936-6400.

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Fri, Nov 21, in Culver City:
9:30 pm DAVID SERBY & THE LATEST SCAM, the band of EDWARD TREE, GREGORY BOAZ, & JIM DOYLE, plus a set by GREG FELDEN, all rounding-up a ruckus at the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Quick Status Update. Friday, Nov 15 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's quite thorough.

Read it at the link, and share it:

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

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

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

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

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♪ WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

♪ TONIGHT LIVE ON THE WEB, available everywhere

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

♪ FESTIVAL happening NOW!

♪ ONGOING EVENTS, weekdays only, this time around

♪ MONDAY NIGHT’S CONCERTS, JAMS, ETC.

♪ TUNEFUL GOODNESS AHEAD – some notable events AFTER tonight


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Tuesday, November 11th
♪ ALEX DEL ZOPPO (his band, SWEETWATER, opened the legendary WOODSTOCK!)
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Saturday, November 15th
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. √ DARRELL SCOTT, singing his original, "GOODLE USA" from his album, "THE INVISIBLE MAN." Part scathing satire, maybe part tribute, this is a song for folkies who aren’t all that comfortable with an excess of holidays rah-rah. (Not unlike Woody Guthrie, who, in disgust, wrote “God Blessed America for Me,” the song that became “This Land is Your Land,” after hearing Kate Smith sing Irving Berlin’s 1938 revision of his “God Bless America,” originally written by Berlin in 1918. Folk trivia for you.)

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


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6:30 pm (Pacific) "DONNA LYNN CASKEY LIVE STREAMING TO YOU" on the Concert Window site.
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9 pm "THE LAST PATROL" (2014) premieres on HBO, in time for Veterans Day.
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Says Junger, "Rich people need to know how valuable access to American democracy is to poor people. It gives them hope. It needs to be protected. Because without it, things just aren't going to work here. Combat gives you an extreme sense of belonging together, of bonding. That may sound strange, but it's key. Things here are too comfortable for too many. They need to see that working together and preserving hope of reaching upward is everything."
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. √ TUESDAY’S HOLIDAY AND TODAY’S HISTORY…

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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FESTIVAL,
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“ENCUENTRO 2014” is the the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s annual festival, in association with the “Latina/o Theatre Commons,” and it’s a national theatre festival from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theatre festival in the US to bring together more than 150 artists and 19 theatre companies from across the country to present 17 works that explore the multi-faceted Latina/o experience — from Pulitzer Prize-winning works and violence at the border, to immigration and the complexities of romantic relationships.
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Use the same url to learn about the $75 ALL-ACCESS pass, allowing you to catch all the drama, all the laughter and all the stories for one price.
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Through Wed, Nov 12, (weekdays only) in L.A.:
11 am-6 pm “THE ART OF THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA: CREATIVITY IN A KARAOKE CULTURE” is an exhibition with an opening night program in USC’s “VISIONS & VOICES” series at MFA Gallery, 3001 S Flower St, Los Angeles.
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Mon, Nov 10, in Burbank:
5:30 pm CODY BRYANT & EVAN MARSHALL play a “HAPPY HOUR HOOTENANNY,” before the night of bluegrass (that starts at 7:30), at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-818-845-2425.
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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (Pacoima):
6:30-10 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “WHITEMAN AIRPORT SONG CIRCLE” at Rocky's Restaurant, 12653 Osborne St, Pacoima 91331; 818-896-8828.

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

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

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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (NoHo):
7 pm Weekly “CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH CéILí DANCE & IRISH MUSIC SESSION” at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood 91606; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com
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Mon, Nov 10, in Burbank:
7:30 pm THE BROMBIES play their weekly bluegrass residency on one of two stages at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-818-845-2425.
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Mon, Nov 10, in Burbank:
7:30 pm TROY WALKER, plus JIMMY ANGEL, backed up by CODY BRYANT, on one of two stages at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank 91506; 818-845-2425.
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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (NoHo / Valley Village):
7:30 pm Weekly “OPEN MIC” with web simulcast at Kulak's Woodshed, 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607; 818-766-9913.
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Mon, Nov 10, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8:30 pm Weekly “TALENT CONTEST” with cash prizes, plus a performance by the CHAD WATSON BAND, at the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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TALENT CONTEST runs 9:45 pm to closing, and is hosted by CHAD WATSON.
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(We add to this frequently. Stay current, so you can jump on tickets while you can still get ’em.)


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

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

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

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Sat, Nov 15,
not music, but cool,
at UCLA:
All day “WALLACE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION” honoring the life and legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, presented by the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Schoenberg Hall, on the UCLA Campus.
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The Wallace Centennial Celebration includes distinguished speakers:
9 am-noon ANDREW BERRY, JARED DIAMOND, ED LARSON and MICHAEL SHERMER.
1-4 pm FRANS DE WAAL, TIM LAMAN & EDWIN SCHOLES, and WADE DAVIS.
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, the co-discoverer along with Charles Darwin of evolution by natural selection and the father of biogeography. All proceeds from this event support the A.R. Wallace Fund, which provides need-based financial support for field research and discovery in international settings. The Fund’s 10-weeks of project-based learning transform students into producers of knowledge, preparing them for careers in ecology and evolutionary biology.
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Seating is limited, register early. Registration includes coffee and light refreshments, souvenir program, field notebook and book signing opportunity.
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There are Half-Day & All-Day ticket options. Full Day Registration, $35 ($30 tax deductible); Half Day Registration, $25 ($20 tax deductible).
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Sat, Nov 15, in Pasadena:
8 pm JENI & BILLY bring “APPALACHIAN FOLK ROOTS MUSIC” and original songs, presented by the Pasadena Folk Music Society in “Little Beckman” on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena. Park in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, in Pasadena. Walk and follow the signs.
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Producers tell us, “We're excited about their return appearance in our series. Jeni was born in Virginia coal country, Billy hails from Baltimore and they now live in East Nashville, touring the US and Canada extensively. Jenny's singing style has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement and her songwriting has been likened to that of Southern authors, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor. They switch off between various guitars, banjo, mandolin, and Billy plays harmonica and adds backing vocals.”
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Check out their closing number, “If I Ever Get Ten Dollars,” performed at “Merlefest,” the huge annual traditional music festival in North Carolina that honors Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. It’s at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qU64Yngelc
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Jeni and Billy have a brand new CD, Picnic in the Sky and this will be a very unique and wonderful performance as they will be joined by most of the musicians who performed on the recording, including Craig Eastman (fiddle, lap Steel, and mandolin), Dillon O'Brian (keyboards and harmony vocals), Denny Weston Jr. (percussion), perhaps David Jackson (bass & accordion), and Dave Way (percussion & guitar), the famed producer who engineered the recording. This concert will be a special and rare opportunity to hear Jeni & Billy in this format.
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More at http://jeniandbilly.com.
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See their web site at http://folkmusic.caltech.edu to discover all they have coming up.
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Tix, $15 for adults, $5 for Caltech students and children. Tix available for cash at the door or in advance at the Ticket Office (no service charge if you go in person) or call them (for an added fee) at 626-395-4652.
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Tix online is a new option, by going to the Caltech Ticket Office website, at www.caltech.edu/content/jeni-billy -- click "Buy Tickets" at the bottom. There is a $6 charge per order and $1.50 charge per ticket in addition to the ticket price for online orders. There are no online ticket sales the day before or the day of the show.

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

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

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

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



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