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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Monday's Top Event: Not Music, But One to Change the Way You See Things... Mon, April 23, 2018

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Professor RICHARD D. WOLFF -- you've seen him on that compelling two-hour KCET special. You've heard him on Pacifica radio, and seen him on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" and on "Redacted Tonight VIP." The Guide has written about him before, as the economist who offers a doable plan for changing our society so that everyone who works will gain opportunity, instead of all the advantages going to the banksters and the offspring of the mega-rich.

HE IS IN L.A. FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT, with a NEW PRESENTATION!

LA Progressive • Democracy@Work • Occidental College Present:

Richard D. Wolff -- He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program "Economic Update" on Pacifica Radio and writes regularly for "The Guardian," "Truthout.org," and the "MRZine."

He is the author of several important books, including "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism," "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism," and "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It."

HIS NEW PRESENTATION MONDAY NIGHT IS --

"Trump, Capitalism's Crisis, and a New Way Forward."

The thought-provoking economist returns to Los Angeles to discuss the divisive crisis of capitalism under President Donald Trump and he draws upon decades of research to outline better solutions.

"US capitalism's instability and deepening inequality since the 1970s has destroyed its "middle class," overturned its old politics (Trump), and sharply divided its culture," says Prof. Wolff. "Basic social change is underway. There is a new way forward if we stop denying capitalism's decline as the problem we must solve."

Professor of Economics Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wolff is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York.

Info, contact: 213-434-4643 • dick_and_sharon@laprogressive.com

TICKETS:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-wolff-trump-capitalisms-crisis-and-a-new-way-forward-tickets-44354613844

Monday night's event, 7 pm-9:30 pm, happens at:

Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd, Choi Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Weekend of FESTIVALS (the best one is FREE!) plus Benefit Shows & Earth Day News. April 21 & 22, 2018

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Let's jump right in. We include some benefit concerts, too. Some of the FESTIVALS are both days, some are Saturday OR Sunday only. As always, we try'n list things chronologically. But by the time you see Sunday listings, remember to go back to the beginning for the Sat AND Sun events.

Then we follow the listings with a special NEWS FEATURE for EARTH DAY:
"LAST OF THE ATLANTIC WHALES? Not a single whale calf seen this year -- Seismic Air Guns, Oil, and Greed may Un-Do Decades of Conservation Efforts"

You'll want to bookmark it before you venture forth, seeking fun.
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First, the Fests! Giddyup!

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Sat & Sun, Apr 21 & 22, FREE FESTIVAL:
25th annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL" is FREE Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22 at Wm. S. Hart Park in Newhall (Santa Clarita) CA
* The big news is, this year the festival's main events are FREE! Now, the full scope of the 25th annual festival includes ticketed evening concerts and off-site events that began Wednesday in multiple venues, and all that is at their website.
* This is one of the finest events in Southern Cal for lovers of traditional Americana music, everything from fiddles and mandolins and six-and-twelve strings to Native American flute, from 150-year-old cowboy ballads deriving from old Irish tunes to contemporary Western music -- which has nothing to do with today's so-called "country" music.
* That item just above? Well, as Don Edwards says, "Western music is still outdoor music. Country music has become indoor music." The Guide adds that Western music does NOT utilize "thet fahke ackk-scent" that is indigenous only to "a seeks-block stretcha Muuuuusic Row in Nashvul" -- and Western music is not about dogs, cheatin' and divorces, and pickup trucks. Western music is about life on the land, being out in the elements, the splendor of the sunrise, and celebrating just being alive.
* ALL THE DETAILS, PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES FOR BOTH DAYS (MULTIPLE STAGES!), & MORE ARE AT:
www.cowboyfestival.org
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Sat & Sun, Apr 21 & 22, FREE FESTIVAL:
"L.A. TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS" all day, both days, at USC University Park Campus, Los Angeles.
* This is so much more than books. There are 211 sessions with speakers, mostly authors, and a dozen featured music performances.
* Okay, last year we published "the most comprehensive Guide" we had ever published for this event, "Geared for the interests of our readers," making it "a lot easier to find what interests you than it is to use the event's official site and bring-up a separate page for each letter of the alphabet to see what's appealing." But nobody sent nice comments or appreciative words, so we decided to save ourselves the four hours it took to that last year. You can see that we're telling the truth without exaggeration. Go look at last year's edition: http://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2017/04/la-times-festival-of-books-guide-april.html
* Oh, it's still a wonderful event, filled with speakers and panels and arts and entertainment and opportunities for Q&A with writers and researchers, and chances to get bargains on the latest books. But you're on your own to learn more about it this time around.
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Sat, Apr 21, FREE FESTIVAL; not music, but cool:
10 am-2 pm 6th annual "MOJAVE EXPERIMENTAL FLY-IN AND PLANE CRAZY SATURDAY" is FREE at the Mojave Air and Spaceport, Mojave, CA
• Event is a fly-in and static display, with a rare chance to see unusual and one-of-a-kind aircraft, flying machines and space vehicles.
• Awards for Best Effort, Best Design, Best Test & Build, and Best Overall.
• There will be a talk by Bill Norton, an instructor at the National Test Pilot School at 11:00 am (note, you need to RSVP and a donation is requested for the talk, see the MTM website).
• The Voyager restaurant is on the field and opens at 7 am.
• There is a banquet Saturday evening with a talk by Zach Reeder, past fly-in award winner and Scaled Composites Project Engineer and Test Pilot. 5 pm Social Hour, 6 pm Dinner. Tickets available at reduced cost on the MEFI website (link below). Pre-Sale $25, Day of $30.
• Includes the North America Europa Fly In and Europa 25th Anniversary Celebration.
• New for 2018 — Indoor RC Flying at Stu Witt Center, noon-5 pm.
• Local newspaper feature at: http://www.desertnews.com/news/article_ec6b3822-3754-11e8-b961-bf172cb647f1.html
• Full info on one or the other of two sites:
http://mojavemuseum.org/events/
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http://mojavemuseum.org/mojave-experimental-fly-in/
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Sat, Apr 21, FESTIVAL:
11 am-4 pm 6th Annual "SIERRA PELONA VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL" is a charity benefit at Reyes Winery, 10262 Sierra Hwy, Sierra Hwy, Santa clarita, CA 91390.
* Live music from several local bands, including "Just Us."
* General public admitted at noon, VIP tix entrance at 11 am.
* Fiddle music and more, with local winemakers including Golden Star Vineyards, plus breweries and spirit producers from across Southern California.
* This area is among California's burgeoning newer winemaking regions.
* Festival goers are treated to gourmet food pairings from highly acclaimed Los Angeles area chefs and artisanal food makers.
* A featured art exhibit displays local artists and craftsmen.
* A raffle includes Wine-and-Dine gift certificates, wines, gift baskets, and a variety of other items.
* The Zonta club of Santa Clarita Valley will benefit from this year‘s wine festival.
* Complete details at the festival website: www.squareup.com/store/sierra-pelona-vintners-association
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FESTIVAL - Sat & Sun, Apr 21 & 22:
10 am The 2018 "CALIFORNIA POPPY FESTIVAL™" at the recently renamed Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, formerly Lancaster City Park, next to the 14 Fwy at Ave L, Lancaster, CA.
* Whether or not the state flower has yet bllomed, or is gonna bloom this year, or already has done its thing for spring, THIS festival purports to celebrate the image of oceands of poppies bursting forth in a sea of orange, blanketing the hillsides -- that is, the hills that haven't been covered in tract houses and pavement, or vast acreages of solar photovoltaic panels.
* This annual event brings two days of music, art, food and fun, especially for the kids, with the new sea mammal show -- yes, in the desert.
* The event's roots are colorful in another way. Years back, politicians in the ultra-conservative Antelope Valley couldn't stand the idea that local organizations were celebrating "Earth Day." But, being opportunistic capitalists, they weren't about to shut it down altogether. So they created this with a replacement focus, since the California Poppy State Park is 20 miles west of town.
* This festival kicks-off spring before the Antelope Valley gets brutally hot for the summer.
* It features an eclectic array of music, dance, magicians, and other performers and events, along with typical carnival food offerings.
** FOR FOLKIES, SUNDAY IS THE ONLY CHOICE. MUSIC INCLUDES:
Sun, 12:30 pm - KA OHANA O KEOLANANI HULA HALAU POLYNESIAN DANCE, Primrose Stage
Sun, 1:30 pm - HULA FROM THE HEART, Primrose Stage
Sun, 2:30 pm - SAVANNAH BURROWS, a songwriting acoustic musician fresh from playing as an evening featured act at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. She does a 45-min set on the Poppy Stage
Sun, 4 pm - CHRIS LANE, joined by TORI KELLY, play modern Nashville country on the Poppy Stage
Plus there's a Sunday-only CAR SHOW, promising over 100 "classic cars from the 1920s through the 1970s."
* All ages.
* Tix: Adults (ages 13-61) $10; Children (ages 6-12) $5; Children (age 5 & under) FREE; seniors (age 62+) $5; discounts for active/retired military; available at gate, cash or credit card, or in advance at: www.poppyfestival.com
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Sat, Apr 21, BENEFIT CONCERT:
2:30-5 pm HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS, that delightful all-women acoustic roots ensemble, plays a "special fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Unity Shoppe to support those affected by the recent disasters," hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4575 Auhay Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
* Suggested donation, $15. All-ages show.
* This is to "benefit long-term recovery efforts in Santa Barbara from the devastating fire and mudslide."
* Check out their music at: https://www.reverbnation.com/show/22748700
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FESTIVAL - (well, sort of)... THIS WEEKEND & NEXT... Thu, Apr 19 - Sun, Apr 29:
"THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)" runs 7-9 pm evenings, with 2-4 pm Sat & Sun matinees - it gives the Bard a comedic treatment at the Arbor Court Community Theatre, 858 W Jackman St, Lancaster, CA 93534.
* IF YOU JOURNEY TO THE "EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT FLY-IN" festival in Mojave, or the "POPPY FESTIVAL" in Lancaster, this is the perfect add-on event.
* For many years, the Palmdale Playhouse produced a highly reputable Shakespeare Festival. Sadly, that's long gone. But in its place (sort of) is this event in neighboring Lancaster.
* This is billed as a "hilarious presentation of everything Shakespeare ever wrote in 90 minutes. With such a monumental feat you can imagine that things are bound to go wrong... very wrong."
* Watch the three actors in each show "buffoon their way through The Complete Works of William Shakespeare... er... (Abridged)."
* Ask one of the cast members or creative team for a coupon to receive $5 off.
* Caution - The front row of the audience is a splash zone.
* There are quite a few innuendos, and non-kids friendly humor. Recommended for audiences 13 and up. Or really really mature 10 and up.
* Adults over 18 will enjoy if you are less mature. And fans of William Shakespeare will be rolling in hysteria.
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SCHEDULES...
Sat, Apr 21 - 2 pm: Rob O'Brien, Marco Aguilar, Joan Williamson
Sat, Apr 21 - 7 pm: Rob O'Brien, William J. Swartzbaugh, Joan Williamson
Sun, Apr 22 - 2 pm: Rob O'Brien, Marco Aguilar, Joan Williamson
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Thu, Apr 26 - 7 pm: Dan Swaney, William J. Swartzbaugh, Joan Williamson
Fri, Apr 27 - 7 pm: Dan Swaney, William J. Swartzbaugh, Joan Williamson
Sat, Apr 28 - 2 pm: Rob O'Brien, William J. Swartzbaugh, Joan Williamson
Sat, Apr 28 - 7 pm: Dan Swaney, Marco Aguilar, Joan Williamson
Sun, Apr 29 - 2 pm: Rob O'Brien, Marco Aguilar, Joan Williamson
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* Doors 30 minutes before show time.
* Tix: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3318880
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Sat, Apr 21:
8 pm (EDT) PACIFIC SYMPHONY, OC's resident wonderful orchestra, takes center stage at CARNEGIE HALL IN NYC for its much-anticipated debut there, capping Carnegie's year-long celebration of composer PHILIP GLASS' 80th birthday. The Guide adds our congratulations to the Irvine-based organization of musical excellence for earning the featured presence there.
* The video about it, by Pacific Symphony Music Director CARL ST.CLAIR, is on YouTube, titled. "We're going to Carnegie Hall!" at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WcCWww67j4&feature=youtu.be&utm
* Several hundred fans have traveled from Southern Cal to New York to partake of the musicality and cheer-on the orchestra musicians in person.
* If your device is infested with social media spyware, you can follow their journey using the hashtag #PSTourCarnegie, or better yet, escape the spies and check-out the Pacific Symphony Blog, where Writer-in-Residence Timothy Mangan is also reporting from New York, at: https://pacificsymphony.blog
* All the deets on their local season, concert tix in our necka th' woods, and more info, are at: www.PacificSymphony.org
* Tix for upcoming Southern Cal shows in their usual venues are available at their box office, 714-755-5799 or boxoffice@pacificsymphony.org
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SUNDAY-SUNDAY-SUNDAY!
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There are numerous EARTH DAY events throughout Southern California. Look for one in your area by using your favorite non-spying, non-tracking browser (we like StartPage, ixQuick, and DuckDuckGo).

We Feature some NEWS FOR EARTH DAY, but first, we recommend one Earth Day event that is kinetic and participatory:

Sun, Apr 22:
9 am-4 pm "CicLAvia - Heart of the Foothills" is a brand new route for 2018, as the massive FREE bicycling-and-human-powered-propulsion event rides again to celebrate Earth Day.
* This route connects the cities of San Dimas, La Verne, the Pomona, and Claremont.
* Streets are closed to cars and open to cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.
* This always features live music and entertainment at several rest stops, watering holes, and placves where participating communities want to provide a memorable experience.
* Getting there includes newly-established "Feeder rides" and walks on their website, and an invitation to add your own via email info@ciclavia.org.
* CicLAvia is not a race. There is no starting point or finish line - begin where you like and enjoy the day your way. CicLAvia is two-way traffic, just like regular traffic.
* General event info available at 213-355-8500 or info@ciclavia.org
* Complete info, routes, safety tips, etc, are on their site at: www.cicLAvia.org

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NEWS FOR EARTH DAY
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A Guide Earth Day Special NEWS FEATURE...


LAST OF THE ATLANTIC WHALES? Not a single whale calf seen this year

Seismic Air Guns, Oil, and Greed may Un-Do Decades of Conservation Efforts


The North Atlantic Right Whales are facing extinction. It's that simple. No exaggeration. No Chicken Little "sky-is-falling" hype. Just fact.

For the first time in decades, no new calves have been seen during the recent breeding season for the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population.

The numbers tell an alarming story: Only 100 females of breeding age remain. Only five calves were born in 2017. And at least 17 right whales died last year.

The "right whale" didn't get that name from swimming on one side -- they don't. They were named by whalers who hunted them two centuries ago, because they were the species that yielded the most whale oil, in a time when industrial expansion hadn't yet discovered that petroleum could be exploited instead.

North Atlantic Right Whales barely survived that era. They barely survive at all, now. And they need our help – they need YOU.

A well-respected organization, Oceana, is running an urgent campaign to protect these whales from the growing and new threats that include seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling. Indeed, the very survival of these critically endangered whales may hang on prompt and specific intervention to stop seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling.

We cannot expect any help from traditional allies in our federal government's regulatory agencies. For the first time in decades, there are no active campaigns to regulate anything that rich interests want to do, no matter how destructive to the planet and the animals and planets who share it with us. In fact, traditionally monitored and long-regulated generators of poisons, pollutants, and reckless land use for short-term greedy aims are getting free passes and get-out-of-jail-free cards.

We could tell you about dozens of issues that have become critical. National Monuments, under the aegis of the National park Service, that we all believed were protected forever. But that are being given-over to exploiters who will destroy habitats along with the scenery, digging for toxic uranium or leaving cyanide in the poisonous extraction of gold. And the fact that policy based on science is absent because it cuts into somebody's desire to extract profits.

But the crisis these whales face is as urgent as it gets: The Trump administration is moving quickly to green-light seismic airgun blasting and new offshore drilling. This could happen in a matter of days.

During the process to locate oil and gas deposits below the seafloor, seismic airguns shoot dynamite-like bursts -- loud blasts of compressed air -- in our ocean every 10 seconds. This goes on 24 hours a day, for days to weeks on end. Once blasting begins, there’s nowhere for these animals to hide.

Since long before humans appeared on Earth, whales have communicated with sounds -- we call them whalesongs -- that carried for hundreds of miles through the medium of their liquid world. We know from research on ship navigation sonar and military signals that artificial sounds are damaging and can even drive marine mammals to commit suicide by beaching themselves just to get away from the sound pressures that can drive them crazy.

Seismic airgun blasts are so loud that they could cause serious injury or death, outright, and disturb vital behaviors of critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whales in particular, including impacting their ability to communicate, locate their young or hunt for food.

Alex Gray, Director of Digital Engagement for Oceana, says, "We must all refuse to stand by while oil and gas exploration companies and the Trump Administration subject Right Whales to this attack."

As we prepared this story, it occurred to us that if you already belong to an environmental organization, you can ask what they are doing to protect the few remaining whales of this species. Or look into supporting Oceana (http://oceana.org/) which is leading this fight.

Despite the expansion of scientific understanding and unprecedented ability to monitor ocean currents, dissemination of pollutants, climate, weather, migrations, and everything from plastic junk to noise in the oceans, environmental organizations are up against more than at any time since the first Earth Day was observed in 1970. They are challenged in expensive nuisance suits and their work is ridiculed, despite solid science that drives most of their agendas. Grey tells us about the current gains by campaign organizers at Oceana. They have:

• Encouraged more than 15 state governors to state their opposition to offshore drilling activities along their coasts.
• Activated over 1,200 local, state and federal bipartisan officials to oppose the expansion of offshore drilling.
• Helped organize alliances on both the East and West Coasts representing over 40,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families.

In addition, we found news features about more.

A seven-year Oceana-led campaign built a groundswell of public support to keep Belize’s waters oil-free. Last December, Belize became the world’s first country to reject all offshore oil.

A recent NPR report cites the efforts of Oceana, in "Fishing Boats 'Going Dark' Raise Suspicion Of Illegal Catches."

The organization is claiming a major victory for another of its campaigns in the announcement by Chile of a dramatic expansion of protected areas in its seas. More than 25 percent of that nation's long coastal ocean zones is now protected, in waters that comprise more than half the entire west coast of South America and around the turbulent seas of the continent's southern tip.
Another of their global campaigns aims to prevent the extinction of the Orca, before its situation becomes as desperate as the Right Whale.

And Oceana is sounding the alarm over the Trump administration's plan for hugely expanded offshore drilling, with facts that show new drilling leases would threaten our nation’s vibrant coastal economies including more than 2.6 million jobs and nearly $180 billion in lost GDP.

All these are points of successful activism that are encouraging. But individually and collectively, they have not yet proven to be enough to save the once numerous Right Whale, now one of the rarest of cetacean species. Saving the species, like any effort, is severable from public sentiment and economic facts in the face of greed and the propaganda and fear campaigns it mounts to protect its insatiable quest for profits. And ultimately, any preservation campaign is only as strong as the support it can muster and sustain -- in the face of Big Oil and a Big Money corporatocracy that funds politicians' election campaigns and re-election war chests.

Washington, D.C.-based Oceana gets a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. You can sign-up for their news and alerts for free, by texting JOIN to 50555 (standard message and data rates may apply, as determined by your phone plan).

Of course, Oceana is not alone. We have more news, with late-breaking developments, about the activities of another effective organization, this one called Climate Hawks Vote.

Last September, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland sued the world’s biggest oil companies for damages related to global warming. Despite increasingly desperate attempts by the polluters to stop the case, it’s moving forward. See "Climate science on trial as high-profile US case takes on fossil fuel industry," in the Guardian. (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/21/climate-science-lawsuit-san-francisco-sues-chevron)

A month ago, on a Wednesday near the end of March, there came an action that could have game-changing repercussions. The judge in the case, William Alsup, convened a formal “tutorial” on climate science. It made the Columbia Law School's Law Review. (http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/climate-change-litigation/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/case-documents/2018/20180227_docket-317-cv-06011_notice.pdf)

On behalf of the two California cities, esteemed climate scientists Myles Allen and Don Wuebbles presented the science-based data of human-made climate change.

The lawyer for Chevron emphasized climate change “uncertainties.”

That's "a classic tactic from the denier playbook," asserts Brad Johnson, spokesman for Climate Hawks Vote. McClatchy News Service reported it in "Big Oil lawyer emphasizes climate change ‘uncertainties’ in wonky court tutorial." (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article206291454.html)

Lawyers for ExxonMobil, Shell and BP, and the other oil companies being sued, remained silent.

"It seems [those] companies could not find any scientists to make their case," says Johnson.

He continues, "In the age of the Kochs and Trump, we need local officials to be our climate champions. This lawsuit is a reminder of the potential power that every single elected official has. But too many are beholden to climate-polluter campaign dollars."

That’s why his organization is pushing politicians at all levels of government to sign the "No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge" — so that we can all know they will fight with us against the influence of big polluters in our political system. Or at least, not be beholden to fight against us and the health of the planet. That multi-organization campaign is detailed in "Tell Our Leaders: Take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge." (http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/)

You can check-out Climate Hawks Vote and their work at http://climatehawksvote.com/

Johnson says, "Chevron’s tactics are all too familiar. Calling the science 'unsettled' is the go-to defense of climate-denying politicians who are bought out by companies like Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP. And they’re not going to get away with subverting reality for their corporate donors anymore."

As to how to achieve that? "Our plan to confront fossil-fueled politics is simple: if the 200,000 members of Climate Hawks Vote get candidates at all levels across the country to take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge this year, we can build the fossil-free electoral might we need to fight Exxon and the Koch brothers," says Johnson.

We live in a world saturated with breathless hype. It's the fulfillment of the old song lyric, "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind, Do this, don't do that, Can't you read the sign?"

Political protest and activism often proves transitory and ultimately unfulfilling because it leaves us with a sense that we've been exploited by those who say what we want to hear to elect them. And terms of office are short and suck money like a vampire needs blood. Resulting in a political system with no ability to meaningfully address any long-term problem that interferes with some fat cat's short-term profit-taking.

Meanwhile, saving the planet remains an incomprehensibly big task. But saving habitats for individual creatures and plants, and protecting them from destruction in their habitats, is the necessary first step in saving the ecosystems that give the Earth a complex, interdependent, web of life. While stopping pollutants from fouling "the commons" -- the air we all share, and the waterways and oceans that enable life on Earth -- are among the very few the things that require us to do something that isn't simply a nice feel-good thing, or "trending today," or
here until we click the next disposable item. Some things are not optional. Though they have been successful for many thousands or even millions of years, whether they survive human activity in our time is in question.

Thus, we can stay distracted and watch the latest outrage over the latest Trump scandal and allow the corporate interests to laugh all the way to the bank. Or we can act as citizens of planet Earth to save our fellow passengers, the North Atlantic Right Whale. And if we choose the former, the only thing we'll know about a species of whale is what we glean from pictures, read in books and websites, or see in a museum alongside displays of dead dinosaurs and extinct dodo birds.
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Boilerplate? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

What "boilerplate"? Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Today is "World Health Day." April 7 2018 edition

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We have an entertaining music video, selected because it's perfectly appropriate for this special edition — you may even want to learn the song and add it to your repertoire! It's here for you in commemoration of "World Health Day," along with a few words. They're brief words, and we even feature a celebrity spokesperson. They're words about what it means to all of us in the only developed nation where citizens routinely lose their homes and property because they get sick or injured, and their belongings are seized to pay their medical bills.

First, THE MUSIC VIDEO. It's called "Less," which is a strange name for a good song — but it's one you'll want to share. It's at —

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkzI_onSRo8&t=4s

Welcome back, now that you've enjoyed and been empowered with some great quotable facts from the video. (By the way, thank Clifford J. Tassner for the lyrics and music.)

We have more, from Moore — Michael Moore, the filmmaker. He'll be along in a second, so stay with us.

WHO - ?

Since its founding on April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) has worked to rid the world of deadly diseases and other threats to human health. WHO keeps data on international health trends and concerns. On each World Health Day, WHO identifies a theme that highlights a critical international health issue. This year’s theme is ”Universal Health Care.” How appropriate. Healthcare NOT Warfare.

Someone we know asked Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore — producer of "Roger and Me," "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine," and the film in which our correspondent was one of the subjects, "SiCKO" — to share his thoughts on "World Health Day."

That's especially appropriate, since (as you probably know) "SiCKO" is a documentary about the U.S. healthcare "system" (which really is not a system at all, unless you're referring to a financial system, rather than something intended to provide health care to those who need it).

Our friend says, "I knew Michael would have something inspiring and insightful to say. She continues, "If ever you begin to doubt that [working as part of a community] is making a difference, consider Michael’s comments."

Michael Moore says:

"The World Health Organization must be wondering what prevents the United States from accurately identifying the one of the three leading causes of death of our children — homicide/assault (including gun violence) — as a public health emergency."

He continues, "The WHO must also wonder why the U.S. continues to allow the people of Flint, MI, to be poisoned by their own public water supply months and months” after the crisis there, and its cause, were identified.

Michael concludes, "On this World Health Day, the United States cannot lay claim to any honest desire to address the climate emergency during the precious years when we might still be able to save our planet from our own excess and abuse."

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Good Music on TV Today (and Every Friday!) -- Friday, April 6, 2018

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While we cover Friday's whole musical TV broadcast scene, we need to pause to say this: If you don't know about RFD TV, you haven't read our periodic postings for Music-on-TV.

It's in your cable or satellite "basic-plus" package and available with any of those new apps like Sling TV.

Here's why you should care.

RFD, which has always proclaimed itself as "America's favorite rural network," keeps adding to its formidable lineup of Roots-Americana music programming. It's everything good, with performances by today's up-and-comers to legends performing on long-gone shows from way back when. And we are your "Guide" to take you through all of it.

And Fridays are when it's at its best.

We're also listing KLCS AND OTHER GOOD MUSIC PROGRAMMING that airs today. So whether or not you can get to a venue this weekend for some live music and immersive escape from your daily doldrums, we've gotcha covered with recommendations for the small screen, for today and EVERY FRIDAY.

Drum roll, maestro....

ALL LISTINGS ARE FOR FRIDAY.
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11-11:30 am - "HEART TO HEART CLASSICS" airs a 2018 edition. The focus is always bluegrass and trad country music. On RFD.
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11:30 am-noon - "NASHVILLE ON THE ROAD" airs a 1975 episode with a duo called DAVE AND SUGAR, performing country music and country in "different outdoor locations." On RFD.
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Noon-12:30 pm - "TRU COUNTRY" (2017) airs an episode with performances by YOUNG COUNTRY WITH LANDON DODD, AMBER DIGBY, and the TC BAND. On RFD.
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1-1:30 pm - "THE PORTER WAGONER SHOW" is one in a series of 2017 remixes of a vintage live-performance showcase of a multitude of Americana artists and songs by the host. This one features BARBARA GREEN. On RFD.
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1:30-2 pm - "POP GOES THE COUNTRY" airs a 1974 episode with performances by BILL ANDERSON and DOTTSY. On RFD.
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2-3 pm - "BIG JOE POLKA SHOW" brings a 2018 edition with a compilation of "classics" from past shows.
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3-4 pm - "WOODSONGS" airs a 2015 edition with bluegrass legends J.D. CROWE, DOYLE LAWSON, And PAUL WILLIAMS, in their all-star trio as CROWE, LAWSON & WILLIAMS. This is from "season 17" of a show that the rest of the nation has celebrated for years, but that we have only recently been allowed to discover on L.A. television, Tuesdays at 11 pm on KLCS, in addition to Friday afternoons on RFD. (We had the host and a cast member musician from "Woodsongs" on our long-gone L.A. broadcast radio show, way-back-when, helped build its web radio listener base, and have been fans ever since.) And, y'know, ever since "ACL" and that show that replaced "A Prairie Home Companion" on NPR both went into unpredictable explorations of annoying pop with only occasional Roots-Americana? Well pardner, "WOODSONGS" is all the more vital in our musical universe. On RFD.
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4-4:30 pm - "JIMMY STURR SHOW" airs a 2017 episode with performances by CHRIS CAFFERY and OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN from the Historic Paramount Theatre. On RFD.
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4:30-5 pm - "THE DUTTONS THROUGH THE YEARS" brings a new 2018 edition with "TINY VIOLINS AND HEAVY BANJOS." On RFD.
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5-6 pm - "COUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION" airs "HONKYTONK Pt. 1," a newly recut edition originally seen in 2015. Performing guests are country, alt-country, trad-country, and Americana "stars of the past, present, and future." On RFD.
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MUSIC HAPPENS ON OTHER CHANNELS FRIDAY EVENINGS. We list those, too!

RFD does other things for a few hours, and is back with music at 7:30 for an hour, and then gets tuneful again from 9-10 pm every Friday.
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7:30-8:30 pm - "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW" unearths a fine episode from 1965, with performances by EDDY ARNOLD, BUCK OWENS, CONNIE SMITH, and LINDA GAYLE. On RFD.
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8-8:30 pm - "SUN STUDIO SESSIONS" re-airs a 2012 edition with Memphis-based LUCERO. On KLCS.
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NOT MUSIC, BUT COOL...

8-8:30 pm - "REDACTED TONIGHT" brings a fresh weekly edition that is the week's only "can't-miss" show on TV for the Guide staff. Host Lee Camp and his talented crew bring the ONLY presentation of the world's sociopolitical antics that will make you laugh as well as cry, as they cover a lot of ground that corporate mainstream media won't touch. It re-airs again tonight, 11:29 pm-midnight. It's on RT AMERICA, via cable, Direct TV, or simulcast at RT.com, and all past eps are archived on YouTube.
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8:30-9 pm - "BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND" brings a 2015 (season 7) performance by MARTY STUART. On KLCS.
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9-10 pm - "COUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION" re-airs "HONKYTONK Pt. 1," a newly recut edition originally seen in 2015. Performing guests are country, alt-country, trad-country, and Americana "stars of the past, present, and future." On RFD.
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9-10 pm - "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS" brings a 2017 (season 42) performance with separate sets by BAND OF HORSES and PARKER MILLSAP. On KLCS.
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10-11 pm - "FRONT AND CENTER" Repeats an edition from their 2018 "SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME," this one with NILE RODGERS. On KLCS.
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11 pm-midnight - "LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN" re-airs a 2016 episode with MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS. On KLCS.
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FINALLY...

If you're getting in late? Most of the KLCS Friday evening music lineup repeats from 2 am-5 am.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Season's First Folk Fest, a Massive March, & an Unlearned Lesson

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This weekend brings one event we've talked about for months -- the season's first folk festival in Southern Cal -- plus a massive march we spoke of last week.

It's also the fifteen-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the start of the long chain of disastrous events and loss of global prestige that haunts our nation with ever-increasing consequences. So we include a piece that appeared in several newspapers way back in 2002, a full six months prior to that invasion. It was written by the Guide's editor, and it still resonates with its caution that could be expressed in the words of Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park, "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should."

There is plenty more happening around town on the concert scene. But this go 'round, you're on your own to check schedules for the Coffee Gallery Backstage (Altadena), McCabe's (Santa Monica), Boulevard Music (Culver City), The Grand Annex and Warner Grand (San Pedro), The Arcadia Blues Club (Arcadia), Hotel Cafe (Hollywood), The Fret House (Covina), The Folk Music Center (Claremont), Viva Cantina (Burbank), Joe's Great American Bar & Grill (Burbank), Alvas Showroom (San Pedro), and anyplace else you know offers good tunefulness.

WE'RE FOCUSING ON THE "FOLKWORKS 'FOLK ROOTS' FESTIVAL, THE "MARCH FOR OUR LIVES," AND A PURPOSEFUL REMINISCENCE OF THE START OF THE IRAQ WAR.

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In This Edition

1) Folkworks "Folk Roots" in L.A., & an Evening Irish Mini-Fest by the Beach

2) Saturday's "March for Our Lives" is Democracy in Action

3) Fifteen Years Ago this Week, We Invaded Iraq


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FOLKWORKS "FOLK ROOTS" IN L.A., & AN EVENING IRISH MINI-FEST BY THE BEACH


It's the first weekend of Spring, and the season's folk festivals arrive in stylish solid form.

Sat, Mar 24, FESTIVAL:
10 am-10 pm Annual "FOLKROOTS FESTIVAL" at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 11000 National Bl, West LA, 90064
* This is a crossroads of Folk-Americana and world folk music, with so many options that everyone can find plenty of ways to be immersed in fun, listening, learning, and discovery for the full day, into the night.
* WORKSHOPS, FOLK FILMS, SONG CIRCLE, JAMMING all begin at 10 am, and include:
• 10 am block: BANJO (Beg/Int) with Steve Lewis; HARMONICA with Roger Goodman; SINGING - The Art of Unaccompanied Voice (All levels) with Susie Glaze; MANDOLIN with Tom Corbett.
• 11 am block: VERY BEGINNING FIDDLE with Jim & Amber Mueller; HOW TO PLAY ANYTHING with Roger Goodman; BALKAN 101 with Pat Mac Swyney; EGYPTIAN ORIENTAL DANCE AKA BELLY DANCE (All levels) with Gigi deMarrais.
• Noon block: MOUNTAIN DULCIMER For Absolute Beginners with Joellen Lapidus; MANDOLIN "Nail That Tune!" (All Levels) with Emil Olguin; PERCUSSION with Ava Nahas; GUITAR - Bottleneck, Slide, with Fred Sokolow.
• 1 pm block: SPOONS - "Playing with spoons" with Monika White; UKULELE Split-level class with Kate Friedricks; MIDDLE EAST FRAMED DRUM with Rowan Storm; BALKAN SINGING (All Levels) with Members of Nevenka; INSTRUMENT Care & Feeding with Kurt Gary; POWER OF SONGS with Sam Curtis, Ross Altman, Sunny War (followed by 2 pm panel discussion).
• 2 pm block: PANEL DISCUSSION - "SOCIAL JUSTICE AND FOLK MUSIC" with Ross Altman, Darryl Holter, Jonathan Ritter (follows 1 pm "Power of Song"); FIDDLE, Old Time (All Levels) with David Bragger; GUITAR with Chris Berry; FROM COLTRANE TO NUSRAT:THE MYSTERY OF MUSIC & SPIRITUALITY with Yuval Ron; FLAT FOOT DANCING with Rebecca Stout.
* DAYTIME CONCERTS begin at 11 am, with FRANK HOPPE and CHRISTINA ORTEGA as emcees, and performances (two stages of music all afternoon) by:
• NEVENKA ENSEMBLE
• LINDA ALVAREZ & FRIENDS
• HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND
• THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE
• BAKLAVA ENSEMBLE
• DOUBLE BATCH DADDY & THE ZEHNDER FAMILY
• COMPLICATED ANIMALS
• AMARO LUMIYA
• LA VICTORIA
• Chris Berry, Milena Reed, Art Podell
* Silent Auction opens at 1 pm.
* SQUARE DANCE begins at 3 pm.
* CONCERT BOX OFFICE OPENS at 5:30 pm for those without advance tickets (subject to tix remaining).
* EVENING CONCERTS begin at 6 pm, with YATRIKA SHAH-RAIS as emcee, and performances by:
• CHLOE POURMORADY ENSEMBLE
• SAUSAGE GRINDER
• YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
• CAMBALACHE
* Early bird tickets are available through the end of February, and are going fast; get them now at: https://fwfolkrootsfestival.brownpapertickets.com/
* FULL INFO, WORKSHOP SIGN-UPS, & TIX INFO, at: https://fwfolkrootsfestival.com/

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A SATURDAY NIGHT MINI-FEST...


If you didn't get your fill of all things Irish last weekend, shura begorahh, you'll be wantin' ta know 'bout this one...

Sat, Mar 24, FESTIVAL:
6-10 pm Annual "IRISH SPRING GALA" at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, 501 Indian Peak Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.
* Features band PADDY’S PIG.
* Reservations required. For tickets, email kathy-bradford@cox.net
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http://www.hoy-southbay.org/irish-spring-gala.html


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SATURDAY'S "MARCH FOR OUR LIVES" IS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION


The Guide is proud to support the grassroots efforts founded by young people who survived the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The fact that it isn't still "the latest school shooting" in America screams with urgency for getting involved.

We join many other community organizations in being thrilled and inspired to see young people across the country using their voices to call attention to our nation’s gun violence crisis -- and appalled that our elected leaders still dither, dawdle, blow smoke, and refusal to act.

It’s time for us to speak out. The Parkland, FL students have organized and spoken out about how the NRA and its political spending stands in the way of meaningful changes to our gun laws. They’ve said -- and we agree -- that progress on this issue means making sure lawmakers are accountable to their constituents -- not NRA lobbyists and the gun industry that pays them.

On SATURDAY, MARCH 24, there will be marches in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Ventura, San Diego, and a dozen other Southern California communities.

Here are three things you can do to get involved:

1. Find the closest march to you. On Saturday, led by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the March For Our Lives will take to the streets in more than 700 communities across the country. Those whose devices are afflicted with facebook can find a nearby event at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/marchforourlives/events/ -- or search "March For Our Lives" and the name of your city on ixQuick, DuckDuckGo, or Startpage.

2. Activate people in your community. Print off copies of this flyer to help connect our work for a better democracy with this fight -- and help put pressure on elected officials to stop taking money from gun lobby groups like the NRA. Download the PDF in color (https://takingonthenra.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2018/03/we-have-the-power-flyer.pdf) or black & white (https://takingonthenra.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2018/03/we-have-the-pwer-flyer-bw.pdf).

3. Read the new report by "Common Cause." Ending gun violence means building a representative, reflective, and active democracy. Read at www.takingontheNRA.org for info on how we, the people, have the power to confront the NRA and win -- then share it far and wide. The report provides important facts about the NRA’s political spending, its operations, and how it wields outsized influence in our democracy.

The March For Our Lives comes at an important moment where our children, students, families, and communities are focused on what can reasonably be called "the gun violence crisis" -- which kills or injures more than 100,000 people each year. We need to empower ordinary people to advocate for change in their communities. That’s what democracy is all about.

Karen Hobert Flynn, President of the respected bi-partisan / non-partisan organization "Common Cause" says, "The vast majority of Americans support common sense gun reform -- and elected officials’ inaction on the issue is one of the clearest examples of how our democracy is failing us. But together, we can take on the gun lobby, and show that We The People are the true power in our democracy. March with us on March 24th."
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*** IF YOU CAN’T GO TO THE MARCH, there are still a vitally important few things you can do to demand that elected officials hear our voices in the halls of OUR government. Whether you have five minutes, an hour, or even longer to spare, you can make sure our democracy represents us all. Check it out at: https://takingonthenra.org/toolkit/


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FIFTEEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, WE INVADED IRAQ


No one seems willing to talk about the fact that America's gun culture is fed by an intentional national image of being the biggest badass on the global block. Today, our foreign policy is based not on diplomacy, but on threats of military intervention. So there is a connection between the "March for Our Lives" and the road we took as a nation fifteen years ago this week when we invaded Iraq based on premises that have been solidly proven to be lies, knowingly told to us and to the world by the most senior officials of our government.

In the Guide's edition exactly five years ago, published Friday, March 22, 2013, on the tenth anniversary of the still-ongoing Iraq war, we ran the editor's newspaper piece from 2002. It's still significant, because it was one of the very few in the U.S. opposing the Iraq war before it was launched, AND examining WHY IT WAS A BAD IDEA to invade that country. That original 2002 piece was called, "An Endless Occupation of Iraq?"

The 2002 piece referenced what is now known as "The First Gulf War" under the elder Bush's presidency, and cautioned against a second U.S. invasion. Among the reasons? "Another Iraq war will bring decades of occupation and harsh, expensive realities. It will reshape national defense priorities for decades. It could define us as the British Empire of the 21st century."

When we reprinted it five years ago, those words appeared along with the entire original piece. You can find that 2013 edition in our archive, along with reader comments, where it was titled, "Ten-Year Anniversary of the Iraq War, and an Ignored Caution, Before it Happened..." It's at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2013/03/ten-year-anniversary-of-iraq-war-and.html

Or you can read the same piece below, following this new intro.

We decided to reprint it again, because all too sadly, given the proliferation of a foreign policy based on braggadocio, bluster, and who's-got-a-bigger-nuke-button; childish taunting tweets about "little rocket man"; threats the U.S. will unilaterally renege on the multinational Iran Nuclear Deal despite international certification that Iran remains in compliance; this week's appointment of chicken hawk John Bolton as National Security Advisor; and too damn many years of sabre-rattling that's extended and amplified under the third president in a row.

Avoiding additional disasters by pausing to consider consequences is more urgent today than it was five years ago. Because as bad as things were then, thousands of civilians had yet to be killed by drone wars, bombing raids, cruise missile attacks, and proxy wars. And the most massive arms sales since WW II had not yet been made by America's arms merchants to Saudi Arabia, the richest Arab nation -- the nation that is now actively exterminating the population of Yemen, the poorest Middle East nation.

Five years ago, our intro said, "With all the sabre-rattling in stark contrast to the message of Easter, we received a comment (March 30) from a reader calling himself 'Pete for Peace.' As he points-out, it's beginning to feel like deju vu all over again. You can read his comment and others, and we encourage you to do that ~ and to add your own ~ at the end. Thanks to Pete, and to all, for your reader comments to this reprinted piece from long ago, which seems eerily relevant once again."

Once again, we welcome your comments on a fifteen-and-a-half-year-old piece that still calls to us to consider the unintended consequences, painfully obvious repercussions, and financial and moral bankrupting of our future because we want to be the biggest badass on the global block.

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(Where it says "ten years," just note that it's now fifteen years.)

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Ten and half years ago, a full six months before that invasion, Larry Wines wrote a full-page piece that ran in several newspapers, opposing that war. At the time, precious few journalists were expressing caution. Indeed, many seemed happy to get in the Pentagon’s good graces in hopes of being given coveted “embed” positions with deploying troops.

Perhaps you recall Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s cryptic comment about known knowns and unknown knowns and unknowable knowns. It was weird at the time, and his delivery, with self-satisfied smugness, already smacked of the hubris that characterizes any examination of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld policy that led to the US becoming an invading aggressor in the name of finding weapons of mass destruction that were never there.

Larry’s piece, "An Endless Occupation of Iraq?" was published in September 2002, the week of the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack, and more than six months before the US invaded Iraq.

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Here is the piece, as it ran in September, 2002.

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(A “pull quote,” in larger, bold typeface, midway down piece, read, "Rebuilding Iraq will require a lengthy commitment from US taxpayers, without help from anyone else, and plenty of accommodations with people who hate us.")
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An Endless Occupation of Iraq?
By Larry Wines

This week's September 11 remembrances have run the gamut: poignant, exploitative, useful, and manipulative. The last should concern us most.

A Bush White House is spending millions preparing for war against Iraq. It looks like the family business. After the 9-11 attacks, Dubya wasted no time assessing public support for completing what his father left unfinished with Saddam Hussein. He inherited a decade of simmering frustration from a conflict left maddeningly unresolved despite overwhelming military domination.

Frustration in Southern California is acute, given the prominence of the military-industrial complex here. The sexiest aerial weapons platforms, the F-117A, B-1 and B-2, are local products. Builders are proud when their creations work.

Meanwhile, the national attention span is short. A year of Dubya's saber rattling, and Iraq hasn't been attacked. Now, polls show collapsing support for another Iraq war. Complex realities may have penetrated popular reckoning.

Senior Pentagon commanders doubt killing Saddam is a good idea. Our traditional allies in NATO will sit this one out. Our erstwhile Arab allies from the last go 'round won't fight alongside us, and some hint at unpleasant surprises if we attack their fellow Muslim nation. Even Russia joined the international chorus, with Moscow seeking to resolve tensions by returning UN weapons inspectors after their eviction four years ago.

But Iraq says that's a "non-starter," and White House spokesman Ari Fleischer agrees, saying, "Iraq changes positions on whether they'll let the inspectors in more often than Saddam Hussein changes bunkers."

It begs questions that aren't being asked. Is there a moral imperative here? Does our security, or the free world's safety from terrorist attacks, rest on Saddam's removal? Or, would going after him trigger more attacks? And if the moral thing to do is kill him, should fear influence us?

Evoking everybody from Teddy Roosevelt to Mahatma Gandhi can prove a moral argument one way or the other. So let's stick with some practical concerns.

History offers contradictory but useful examples. There is the deliberate decision to keep the Emperor of Japan alive during World War II. Bombing the Imperial Palace was prohibited. America's war propaganda made Prime Minister Tojo the symbol of evil, and scant mention was made of Emperor Hirohito. But, Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini had no fall guys, then or now. Neither does Saddam. His adversary, Iran's Ayatollah, got off America's list by dying, so it's unclear whether we're supposed to hate Iran anymore.

Saddam is, without question, a brutal and ruthless dictator. He has murdered his own people, including anyone with leadership ability who might build their own cult of personality. It's a means of control that Niccolò Machiavelli would have admired, and it creates a practical problem for Saddam's removal. Who is left to take over?

World War II offers additional insight. The Allies in conquered Germany employed unreconstructed Nazis, the only ones who understood infrastructure that enabled human settlements to operate.

It's a lesson in practicality versus moral imperative. West Germany combined the American, British and French sectors. Solutions involved all the participants, and accommodations allowed some nasty Nazis to escape justice at Nuremburg, as we later learned.

But the Russians went it alone in East Germany. They invoked the moral imperative, persecuting defeated Nazis, regardless of an individual's role in German society from 1933-1945.

While West Germany's famed industrial capacity was quickly rebuilt, economic prosperity came quickly, fueled by the generosity of America's Marshall Plan. East Germany remained largely in ruins and a drain on its Soviet sponsors until German reunification brought money from the west.

History's lessons? Iraq has a resource, oil, but has never been industrial. Rebuilding Iraq will require a lengthy commitment from US taxpayers, without help from anyone else, and plenty of accommodations with people who hate us. In the end, our own oil companies will exploit us. But that isn't the only point, or the most costly one.

American military forces occupy conquered nations. There are important variables, like how long it lasts, compliance by indigenous peoples, and what threats lurk at the borders. These determine the differences between the US in Japan or Germany or Vietnam.

Postwar duty in Japan was pleasant, with no hostile adversary lurking at a border. Germans accepted occupation without resistance, but pleasantries ended there. A half-century of US military presence and Pentagon war plans centered on expected ground invasion by the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. America's military was designed and deployed in response to that scenario. Hostile borders determine everything.

In the 1980's, Iraq fought a ten-year war with its hated neighbor, Iran. Saddam received US assistance during that war, as payback to Iran for the humiliating hostage siege. America was Saddam's friend. So were the Afghani Mujaheddin who fought the Soviets and later became the Taliban. So much for moral imperatives.

The legacy of the Iran-Iraq War is the trump card. Decapitating Iraq's leadership invites another Iranian invasion. Iran made dozens of "human wave" border attacks during the war. Armed with pointed sticks ahead of armed troops, Iranians died in mounds of carnage unseen since the Middle Ages. The horror of Cambodia's killing fields is the only modern parallel.

America chose not to stop that killing in Iran or Cambodia. We allowed the carnage in the former Yugoslavia to run its course before a controversial peacekeeping entry. None are proud moments, but none evoke the specter of Vietnam. Our modern "model," the first Iraq war, brought pride in a victory that was only symbolic.

Another Iraq war will bring decades of occupation and harsh, expensive realities. It will reshape national defense priorities for decades. It could define us as the British Empire of the 21st century. Should we use military power to pursue still nebulous moral imperatives and goals we abandoned a decade ago?
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

ST. PATRICK'S DAY Saturday, & MORE: News & Things to Do -- March 17 2018 edition

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Happy St. Paddy's Day! Today is one of those precious ones on the calendar when all of us, regardless of our own roots, are invited to celebrate the special day -- and food, and MUSIC -- of one of the many cultures that's become part of the American experience. (The other main ones are Cinco de Mayo for the whole first week of May, and Mardi Gras, which Californians do not limit to a few days before "Fat Tuesday," but celebrate all year with "Gator by the Bay" in San Diego, the "Cajun Blues Fest" in Simi Valley, the "Long Beach Bayou Festival" and the "Crawfish Festival," both in Long Beach, and more. So if the whole world is Mexican and Louisiana Cajun on those occasions, TODAY THE WHOLE WORLD IS IRISH!

You can probably find Corned Beef and Cabbage on the menu 'purt near everywhere today, including a lot of music venues that feature the signature sounds of the Emerald Isle. Now, to be sure, they really don't celebrate with corned beef & cabbage in Ireland. But they DO eat Irish Soda Bread, a delectable concoction in round loaf form that's only available in L.A. around this time of celebration of all-things Irish. Fortunately, all the big supermarket chains seem to have it, but don't dawdle. If there's any left, it'll be on the bargain cart by Monday, then it's off their shelves for a year.

If you're staying at home today, preparing a feast with the fresh carrots and fresh potatoes and celery and celery seed and pepper corns that makes YOUR corned beef an' cabbage really delicious -- then you'll be happy to know you can enjoy a FULL DAY of Hollywood's tributes to Ireland on TCM (Turner Classic Movies). Don't have that channel? Then tune to KCET from 4-6 pm for "JIMMY'S HALL," the fine 2014 motion picture with Barry Ward and Simone Kirby. It's a true story of "the other" Irish struggle -- the one against the repression of The Church -- and how political activist Jimmy Gralton took on a crotchety priest and built a community center that taught dance, music, culture, and awareness of the outside world, and what it cost him to do it. Really an exceptional "sleeper" film and one for anyone who feels they're up against powerful forces, and wantin' to bring a better outcome.

Of course, ST. PATRICK'S DAY is all about MUSIC! And we have you covered! You'll be paying your own tab at the pub, where the beverages of choice are, of course, Guinness and Bailey's. Just remember to find a sober driver to get your inebriated remains home.
THE GUIDE TO ST. PATRICK'S CONCERTS & EVENTS TODAY & TONIGHT IS THE LAST ITEM, SO YOU CAN SCROLL PAST EVERYTHING ELSE AND FIND IT EASILY.

We ALSO BRING YOU OTHER SELECTED (NON-IRISH) EVENTS THIS WEEKEND, as the Guide's other Top Picks for things that await your patronage and participation. Plus, the bits 'o MUSIC 'N ARTS NEWS is betwixt here and the events calendar. So put your track shoes on the starting blocks already!

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AN IMPORTANT STRAY TEE VEE NOTE:

This show is science-geek heaven, anyway. BUT, this week, when we lost STEPHEN HAWKING, one of the most remarkable humans of our time, and the most consequential scientist since Albert Einstein? It isn't enough that the Guide ran an obit this past week. Because TONIGHT (Saturday), from 11 pm-midnight, the LAST INTERVIEW WITH HAWKING -- done in segments for last week's edition of "STAR TALK" with host NEIL deGRASSE TYSON -- re-runs on the NatGeo channel. Dr. MICHIO KAKU is on hand to discuss the interview segments.

This show originally aired just before Hawking died, so it's exploratory-celebratory / mind-boggling rather than mournful.

And you do get to see why Hawking was such an in-demand guest on everything from "Star Trek" to "The Simpsons."

Example? Tyson: "Dr. Hawking, who is your favorite non-scientist?" Hawking: "A few years ago, I would have said Nelson Mandella. He brought a peaceful solution to a seemingly impossible situation. There is no one of this stature today. Certainly not Donald Trump." Thereupon the camera cut to Tyson's bouncing belly-laugh, and quickly back to Hawking doing something he wasn't supposed to be able to do -- smiling, broadly.

Tyson's final comment to his studio audience: "Here is this man who has only his mind, because he can't use his body. Yet he has shown us the power of thought in discovery and in changing our understanding of everything. Perhaps at the end of the day, it's all about your thoughts and your imagination and your dreams. Truly, THAT is cosmic perspective."

A final little "wow" added to the countless BIG "Wows" that STEPHEN HAWKING brought us all.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY (from a famous Jew, and appropriate for the Irish experience and for our times):

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." -- Albert Einstein, physicist and Nobel Laureate (born Mar 14, 1879, died 1955).

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In This Edition

x) Intro - On TV and notes on cuisine (ahead of this table of contents)

1) "Roots Music & Beyond" -- St. Patrick's, Plus Folkworks "Folk Roots" Artists

2) Folk Alley's Special "Irish Music Stream - Sláinte Mhaith"

3) Knott's Annual "Boysenberry Festival" now on, Runs March 16-April 8

4) Arcadia Blues Club Tonight has Mike Osborn, "Straight from Ireland by Way of San Francisco

5) “Night of 1000 Drawings” is March 22 in L.A.

6) Grammy Museum Launches Podcast

7) TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC VIDEOS

8) ST. PATRICK'S DAY MUSIC -- CONCERTS & EVENTS


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# 1 news feature...


"ROOTS MUSIC & BEYOND" -- ST. PATRICK'S, & "FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL" ARTISTS


One of L.A.'s few remaining folk music radio shows brought a tasty mixed bag of delights for its Saturday Morning, March 17th broadcast, and YOU CAN STILL HEAR IT ON-DEMAND.

Broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, it airs only on some Saturdays, and when it does, it's on reeeaaallly early.

This go 'round, they "lifted an audio pint to St. Pat whilst playing music familiar and not -- guaranteed to bring a fresh breeze from the distant isle all the way to L.A." That part was the show's first hour (broadcast before the sun began to rise, 6 to 7 am).

Then, for the second hour, host ART PODELL had in-studio guests -- STEVE & LEDA SHAPIRO, founding editors of L.A.-based "FolkWorks," a print publication back-when that changed to an e-zine more than a decade ago. (It lives online at www.Folkworks.org) In it, Art Podell writes a regular column; the Guide's editor was once a FolkWorks columnist, and still does feature stories there from time to time.

"FolkWorks" was in-studio to help Art play selections "from some of the... unique and varied featured artists appearing at the fantastic all-day and most-of-the-night annual 'Folk Roots Festival'" happening March 24th. (There's more on the festival in this edition.) Art even had a few free admission tickets to the festival for some lucky listeners.

Radio's "Roots Music and Beyond" with Art Podell is always refreshing on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, streaming live at www.kpfk.org -- on the Saturdays that it airs. But let's face it -- most folks aren't out of bed that early on the weekend.

Soooo, each edition of THE SHOW IS ARCHIVED for fourteen days. AND THIS ONE BEING EXTRA SPECIAL, AN' ALL, we suggest you go catch it on your schedule, at

www.archive.kpfk.org


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FOLK ALLEY'S SPECIAL "IRISH MUSIC STREAM - SLÁINTE MHAITH"


For your St. Patrick's Day soundtrack, Folk Alley, that delightful non-profit, listener-supported internet radio service, has assembled over TWELVE HOURS of uninterrupted music by many of their, and soon-to-be your, favorite Irish musicians.

You'll hear a great mix of familiar and new artists, including We Banjo 3, Usher's Island, Eileen Ivers, The Alt, Karan Casey, Cillian Vallely, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Altan, I Draw Slow, Beoga, Sharon Shannon, Dervish, Solas, The Henry Girls, Danu, The Chieftains (of course!) and so much more.

LISTEN 24/7 at:

http://www.folkalley.com/music/irish/

Or, take it on the road, and stream Folk Alley via a free iPhone mobile app that lets you purchase downloads of any song you want, at:

http://www.folkalley.com/mobile/iphone/

FolkAlley is the non-profit internet venture (since 2003) produced by WKSU-FM, an award-winning public radio station with nearly 60 years of broadcasting history. It's a service of Kent State University in Ohio. (Yes, "The" Kent State of Neil Young's song, "Ohio.") The station also presents the "Kent State Folk Festival" and broadcasts 13 dedicated hours each week of original folk music programming, with a signal reaching throughout Northeast Ohio over WKSU 89.7 FM, with four repeater stations and two translator signals extending the reach.

You can hear the main Folk Alley stream on WKSU HD-2 and other radio stations running HD across the United States. Except, alas, in L.A., where the multibillion-dollar soundalike crappiness of the sh-thump-thud mainstream entertainment biz based here is too terrified to let you hear anything they can't control.

Hmmm. That sounds sort of like what happened to cause a revolution by the... Irish, eh?

Sláinte mhaith!


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KNOTT'S ANNUAL "BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL" NOW ON, RUNS MARCH 16-APRIL 8


Given the absolute unaffordability of the Mouse's empire in Anaheim, and the fact that if you pay all that money, you are jammed and crammed into an overrated amusement with too damn many other people to move enough to get to to the overlong lines for the few rides you can reach? We are fortunate to have Knott's Berry Farm. Let's face it: a Knott's Season Pass, with 6 payments of $15.66, is less than a one-day ticket to Disneyland. Jeepers.

That's any time. But right now, it's the season for the annual "KNOTT'S BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL." That means extra portions of entertainment, and some of it is roots-Americana.

On the Wagon Camp Stage -- the circle of covered wagons that never goes anywhere, and where the SONS OF THE PIONEERS used to have a residency, the fetival has plenty of shows by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. They perform "their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show that has Knott’s audiences clamoring for more," according to the publicity. Which we deem a credible claim, since all the big amusement parks have their pick of the best.

Over on the Fireman's BBQ Stage, you'll find the Ghost Town Miners. This five-piece brings a "fun, audience interactive, musical performance," and the promo continues, "Saddle up for the sounds of classic instruments like guitars and fiddles played in brand new ways. Dance around the stage to the toe-tappin' tunes or grab a table and enjoy some delicious ribs covered in boysenberry BBQ sauce from Fireman's BBQ next door."

The Bird Cage Theatre, as a tribute to Knott’s past, is once again home for musical comedy melodrama. You can (and are expected to) "Cheer the Hero and Boo the Villain" in what they're dubbing as "a special presentation at Knott’s Legendary Bird Cage Theatre," where "America’s Longest Running Melodrama returns with an original, audience interactive comedy with a surprising Boysenberry twist!"

Get the lowdown on the hoedown at:

https://www.knotts.com/play/boysenberry-festival


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ARCADIA BLUES CLUB TONIGHT HAS MIKE OSBORN, "STRAIGHT FROM IRELAND BY WAY OF SAN FRANCISCO"


A true "Bay Area Sensation" and Irish bluesman, Mike Osborn arrives with his full band. The venue offers a "Free Shot at the bar" if you wear green and get there before 9 pm.

The show runs 7 pm-11:30 pm, and Arcadia Blues Club is at 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA; 626-447-9349; www.arcadiabluesclub.com

The venue's chef, Maria, is cooking-up some Irish Specials for their special Mike Osborn Concert. They tell us, "Mike is threatening to be wearin' a kilt and showing off his sexy legs while playing some hot blues and Irish guitar licks. Our lassies Maria and April will be ready to celebrate with you. It will be a do not miss show."

While this is a blues show by an Irish bluesman in a blues club, word is he is a guitar wizard who will spend some time doing tributes to notable Irish rock acts. So don't expect uilleann pipes at this one.

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ABC has a Saint Patrick's Day menu and bar specials:

Food Specials (including CA sales tax):
Corn beef and cabbage $14.00
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Irish Bangers, mashed potatoes, onion gravy $14.00

Special $7 Drinks are the "Irish Car Bomb," and "The Irish." Special $5 Shots are "Fumblin Dublin," "Shamrock," and "Leprechaun."

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Use the tix link and save $5. It's $10 advance, $15 at the door. Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mike-osborn-3-17-2018-arcadia-blues-club-tickets-43497417948



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“NIGHT OF 1000 DRAWINGS” IS MARCH 22 IN L.A.


This one-night-only arts event is different. Every attendee chooses a doodle or drawing to take home. You can participate in a silent auction.

There's entertainment by award-winning musicians while artists and creatives bring the results of their “doodling for a difference,” works they've been creating for months to donate to this unique event.

It's 5-8 pm, Thursday, March 22, at the Globe Theatre, 740 S Broadway St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

All proceeds fund a music program for Metro Charter Elementary, a downtown L.A. school, and it's sponsored by The Central City Association (CCA), Metro Charter Elementary and Miyamoto Relief.

Tickets are $30, at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/night-of-1000-drawings-tickets-38096092438


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GRAMMY MUSEUM LAUNCHES PODCAST


The L.A.-based GRAMMY MUSEUM, home to some wonderful exhibitions and delightfully intimate performance-interview sessions, has teamed with the Recording Academy™ and "HowStuffWorks" to bring you their latest venture, "Required Listening." It's a new podcast that "provides an all-access pass to stories and songs from some of the favorite artists who have participated in the GRAMMY Museum's public programs series in the museum's intimate Clive Davis Theater."

Their spokesman continues, "We have an incredible archive of public programs, and this podcast will enable us to share the personal and unscripted stories heard nightly in our theater with people everywhere. We'll feature some of our most memorable past programs, as well as new programs, highlighting emerging artists to legendary music industry figures. Please join us each week and subscribe, rate, like, and share the 'Required Listening' podcast through Apple Music, iTunes, or the Podcast app on your phone."

Now, here at the Guide, we have to tell you, the available podcasts don't yet include any of their memorably inspiring and sometimes amazing nights with the folkie and acoustic Americana artists and legends -- who we've gone to see perform -- in their Clive Davis Theatre. So we hope the producers of the podcast series become more inclusive, pronto, since they already HAVE these recordings -- both video and audio -- in their archive.

You can check it out, keep an eye on new inclusions, or become a regular on their notification list, at:

https://shows.howstuffworks.com/requiredlistening


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# 7 news feature...


TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC VIDEOS


This makes no pretense of being comprehensive. But we do want to serve-up some good trad Irish tuneage for today. So are a few we like. Enjoy!

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Traditional Irish Uilleann Piping

This is a wonderful video, a fine performance workshop with some of the top artists on the instrument.

Published on Dec 6, 2017 on the United Nations' website for "UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2017. URL: https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/01264)

Uilleann Piping is explained as "a musical practice in which a particular type of bagpipe (known as ‘uilleann’ ‘Irish’ or ‘union’ pipes) is used to play traditional music. Bearers and practitioners include participants of all ages, dispersed throughout the world. Uilleann Piping offers an important way of socializing, providing a sense of rootedness and connection to the past. Knowledge and skills are transmitted using both long-established and modern practices, and the practice is primarily safeguarded through the efforts of the group Na Piorabairi Uilleann. Country(ies): Ireland."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MxFsk4sYM4

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Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn -- Uilleann Pipes

A fine piper performing at Scoil Cheoil na Botha, the traditional music festival in Scotstown, County Monaghan, Ireland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8blbyNHgpO8

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In Scotland, not Ireland, and bagpipes, to let you see and hear the difference...

Young piper stealing the show at Canmore Highland Games 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHQ6AfD2_t8

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Irish Dance with Live Music

UCWDC Worlds 2016, performance by The Willis Clan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROynama9rxc

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Davy Spillane - Caoineadh Cu Chulainn Uilleann Pipes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwxga8udIio

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Michael Flatley - Lord Of The Dance (his final live TV performance on "Britain's Got Talent")

More contemporary than traditional, but wildly fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoUr7dlvI7g

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For "Riverdance" fans, ones you've likely never seen...

...Irish Step Dancing (Best show in 2007) Riverdance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B718RsboGEI

... their 1995 show (1 hr, 10 mins) -- yes, they were an incredible troupe back then:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9KkbU4yStM

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Titanic and Braveheart themes on Uilleann Pipes

This is Ugi Mueller, who says, "I play the opening theme from the Titanic soundtrack and the main theme from Braveheart. I don't have sheets for them, I learned them by ear, they're easy!
The uilleann chanter I use is a Neil O'Grady chanter with 4 keys. Reed is by Howard Music and adjusted to the chanter by the Swiss flute and pipemaker Tom Aebi."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2YBw_6bpDU

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY MUSIC -- CONCERTS & EVENTS


Hold onto your little green derby, 'cause here we go! Plus, we include some major stuff that happens after this weekend. It's all chronological, by date and time, so you won't get lost. Even if people keep telling you to.
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Fri-Sun, Mar 16-17-18, FESTIVAL, in Laughlin, NV:
"SHAMROCKS & SHENANIGANS FEST" runs Friday & Saturday 2 pm-10 pm, Sunday Noon-7 pm, at Colorado Belle Hotel, Casino, Resort, 2100 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, Nevada 89029; 702-298-4000; Toll Free Reservations 866-352-3553.
* Southern Cal Irish band PADDY’S PIG brings their quintet to Laughlin for the first time to play the festival's "Loading Dock stage."
* Fest info, lineup and schedules, http://www.coloradobelle.com/loading-dock-stage.html
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Sat, Mar 17:
Noon-10 pm "BACKYARD ST. PATRICK'S DAY" at Station 1640, 1640 N Cahuenga Bl & Cosmo Lot, Hollywood, CA.
* Enjoy 10 hours of music, a beer garden, food trucks, vendors and more.
* Six outdoor bands, none of them overtly Irish.
* The party is free with RSVP before 4 PM, and $10 after that, so don’t sleep on this one.
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Sat, Mar 17:
1-10 pm "7th ANNUAL ROCK & REILLY'S ST. PADDY'S DAY BLOCK PARTY" at Rock & Reilly's Sunset Strip,
* The venue presents this one to benefit MVP: "Merging Vets & Players." Join in for a good cause with DH’s food, games and 100 kegs of green beer.
* Unfortunately, it's a DJ.
* 21+ only, and entry is not guaranteed after 3 pm and is subject to capacity.
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Sat, Mar 17:
1 pm-'til-late-night "ST. PATTY'S BEER FEST" at the Pig 'n Whistle on Hollywood Bl.
* It's just not a St. Patty's celebration without the ceremonial raising of a pint, so this venue wants you to get your green on, then head down to the glamorous old Hollywood hotspot for an Irish-themed party.
* Unfortunately, it's a DJ for dancing, but plenty of drink specials on Jamison and Guinness.
* One of the most historic bars in all of L.A., The Pig 'n Whistle opened next door to the Egyptian Theatre in 1927, and has since hosted celebs like Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Clark Gable and many more.
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Sat, Mar 17 -- PLACES TO HANG-OUT before going to one of the concerts listed after this...
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*** Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA; 949-640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com
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*** O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant "The Sports Pub With The Irish Heart," 2226 Wilshire, Santa Monica, CA; 310-829-5303; www.obriensla.com
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*** The Red Leprechaun, 4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804; www.redleprechaun.com
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*** King's Head British Pub & Restaurant, 116 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, CA; 310-451-1402; www.yeoldekingshead.com
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*** The Harp Inn Irish Pub, Costa Mesa, CA; www.harpinn.com
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*** The Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, Murrieta, CA; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com
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Sat, Mar 17:
3 pm SLIGO RAGS plays Brendan’s Irish Pub, 495 Ventu Park, Newbury Park, CA 91320; 805-498-5050.
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Sat, Mar 17:
4 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play the Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Sat, Mar 17:
4-9:30 pm FLOGGING MOLLY PARTY outside the Hollywood Palladium. The FLOGGING MOLLY concert inside the venue is sold out. BUT you can still join in on the fun and PARTY, right outside the venue. Come early. They'll have drinks, food, and a live DJ from 4 pm–9:30 pm.
* No ticket needed. 21+ only.
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Sat, Mar 17:
6 pm WILD ROSE, with Melanie Nolley, Andrew Shuman & Steve Shapiro, play Brendan’s Irish Pub, 30315 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 818-874-9400.
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Sat, Mar 17:
6 pm OXALIS plays The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
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Sat. Mar 17:
7 pm ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH WITH KIRA OTT play the Black Box Theater at Hi-Desert Cultural Center, 61231 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.
* Eric is the one who played the trad music in the spoundtrack of "Titanic," and in many more films.
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Sat, Mar 17:
7 pm DROPKICK MICKEYS play Brendan’s Irish Pub, 495 Ventu Park, Newbury Park, CA 91320; 805-498-5050.
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Sat, Mar 17:
7 pm WHISKEY SUNDAY plays the Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323-664-0228.
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Sat, Mar 17:
7-10 pm CHAUNCEY BOWERS, with LISA TURNER and KEVIN ROGERS, plays the "CITY ROOTS CONCERT SERIES" evening of music-and-DINNER, at Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Av, Hollywood 90038.
* Concert series organized by Alexia Salvatierra, and she will give you a permit for street parking when you arrive.
* Chauncey Bowers notes, "That's sort of amazing for Hollywood. You should come just for the permit."
* Music starts at 7PM. There is good food at intermission. Chauncey notes, "The chili is particularly tasty. The whole affair ends around 10."
* Chauncey just won't shut-up about this. He says, "I've played this venue before and it is wonderful. Nice room with good sound system and acoustics. It's a church for god's sake. Great place for music."
* Chauncey plays about an hour, and Lisa Turner will sing with him. "She will take your breath away. She does that to me, and yet I am still able to sing with her. Some form of magic, I'm guessing," he says. (The Guide says she is a wonderful talent, too.)
* Kevin Rogers also plays a set. He brings younger energy to the table. His voice has been likened to a "soulful Sting."
* Tix and parking passes at the door.
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Sat, Mar 17:
7 pm CON GIOIA EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE plays the final concert of the "Winter Music Series" at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.
* Southern California’s premier baroque ensemble celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of one of France’s most venerable composers, Francois Couperin, with a sumptuous survey of his popular and lesser-known repertoire.
* Limited seats remaining. Tix and info, www.bostoncourt.com
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Sat, Mar 17:
7 pm KEN O'MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS play the annual "IRISH CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER & DANCE" at the Glendale Hilton, 100 W Glenoaks Bl, Glendale, CA 91202; http://irishcenter.org
* The Twilight Lords are the logical connection of ancient modalities to electric instruments. Their treatment of classic songs -- such as "The Foggy Foggy Dew," "The Water is Wide," and "Carrick Fergus" -- are amazing and real crowd pleasers.
* Join the fun and support the Irish Center of Southern California, Inc. which promotes Irish culture and supports our local Irish and Irish-American community.
* The evening begins with cocktails at 5 pm; dinner is served at 6 pm followed by Irish dancers and music by Ken O'Malley and the Twilight Lords.
* For tickets ($75) call Mary Dempsey at 626-337-0075 or check the above website.
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Sat, Mar 17:
7-9 pm AVC SYMPHONIC BAND: ASCENSION, at Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theater, 3041 W Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93534; www.itsmyseat.com/events/442419.html
* Dedicated to one of Europe’s many great pieces of art: Dante Alighieri’s "Divine Comedy," this multimedia presentation features the ANTELOPE VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and the AVC Symphonic Band performing Robert W. Smith’s complete first band symphony, "The Divine Comedy."
* Tix: http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/442419.html
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Sat, Mar 17:
7:30 pm "OLD-TIMEY LEPRECHAUN-PALOOZA" with EVIE LADIN & KEITH TERRY, SAUSAGE GRINDER, and ECHO MOUNTAIN, is a mini-festival with concerts and a workshop, at American Legion Hall Post 206, 255 N Ave. 55, Highland Park, 90041
* With "Fiddles, Banjos, Guitars, Mandolins, Square Dancin', and a Bar!" the Old-Time Tiki Parlour and the "3rd Saturday Square Dance" series" team-up for this "St. Paddy's Day 'Old-Timey' Leprechaun-Palooza.
* Preceded, 5:30 pm-7 pm by EVIE LADIN teaching an "Old-Time Harmony Singing Workshop" before the concert. Seats are limited.
* Concert, 7:30 pm, with EVIE LADIN & KEITH TERRY performing.
* Square Dance and Jamming, 9 pm-11 pm; tunes played by a mashup of Sausage Grinder and Echo Mountain. Dance calls by EVIE LADIN and "L.A.'s Rookie Callers Club."
* EVIE LADIN & KEITH TERRY are Oakland, California-based innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul. They perform throw-down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. "It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestras worth of rhythm." -- Music City Roots, Nashville.
* SAUSAGE GRINDER, Los Angeles' classic old-time and country blues string band, combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends.
* ECHO MOUNTAIN is an old-time string band based out of Los Angeles.Together they play square dances and farmers markets in the L.A. area and have been featured performers at "The Watkins Family Hour," hosted by the brother-sister team from NICKEL CREEK. The collective vision of Echo Mountain is to build a repertoire that reflects the whole spectrum of the old-time tradition, playing each fiddle tune and mountain ballad with new energy while remaining true to traditional style and form.
* Ticket options: $20 gen'l adm. for the Concert and Square Dance Jam Party; $30 for the "Harmony Singing Workshop w/Evie Ladin" at 5:30 pm.
* Tix at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3233753
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Sat, Mar 17:
(SOLD OUT) 8 pm THE FENIANS play The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; 949-496-8927.
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Sat, Mar 17:
8 pm CELTIC SPIRIT WITH EILEEN IVERS, the nine-time ALL IRELEND FIDDLE CHAMP and star of "RIVERDANCE," performs with the LONG BEACH SYMPHONY at the Long Beach Arena, Pacific Ballroom, 300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach, CA 90802.
* Fiddler Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. She’s been hailed as “a sensation” by Billboard magazine, “a virtuoso” by The Irish Times, “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times.
* Conductor WILLIAM WALDROP is a Broadway Music Director, Pianist and Conductor, who currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Broadway revival of "Cats" at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.
* Tix via Symphony box office, 562-436-3203 ext. 1
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Sat, Mar 17, FREE concert:
8-10:30 pm ARIELLE DEEM in her "PLAY IT FORWARD TOUR 2018" performs at Baracoa Cuban Restaurant, 853 Auto Center Dr Ste F, Palmdale, CA 93551; www.baracoacubanrestaurant.com
* Featuring EVAN MONTGOMERY on guitar.
* Arielle Deem is a Los Angeles based vocalist, composer and visual artist, advocating for social change through original music and art.
* Her warm presence and transformative voice invite communities to actively listen and recognize the similarities in all of us, as her music blends progressive jazz, soul, vocal looping/fx and spoken word.
* Arielle has released two albums and has plans to do a new collection of songs in 2018.
* She has toured independently throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe, and is presently endorsed by the Vocal Looping/FX gear company, TC-Helicon, in association with Behringer.
* In addition to pursuing her passion for performing, Arielle teaches part-time on Faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and offers private voice lessons.
* More at: www.arielledeem.com
* FREE show.
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Sat, Mar 17, STAGEPLAY:
8 pm THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "BINGO HALL" nears the end of its run as the feature presentation of the prestigious "NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY" series, at The Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way (in Griffith Park, across from the L.A. Zoo), Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323-495-4354; www.TheAutry.org/NativeVoices
* Guide contributor and actress Debbie Berry called to be certain we had this show listed. She raved about, all the way around, and called it a "Must-see!"
* Debbie is hardly alone in her assessment. Check outb these reviews:
- “RECOMMENDED . . . a delight, a deft and witty comedy that recalls vintage Neil Simon.”—Stage Raw
- “A charming, at times funny, well-acted play about retaining cultural traditions.”—Guardian Liberty Voice
- “Explores themes of tradition and identity . . . with plenty of jokes and unexpected occurrences.”—Hollywood Soapbox
- “Family friendly, and the ticket price includes admission to the Autry Museum of the American West. Add a picnic and you’ve got a day of entertainment.”—Los Angeles Times (they do note: The play includes some profanity)
* Synopsis: Edward Anaya makes all the calls in the pueblo—well, he calls the numbers at the senior center's bimonthly bingo. But college acceptance letters kick-start an identity crisis: Who will Edward be if he leaves home and bingo behind? Like Ferris Bueller if he lived in a pueblo, Edward knows just what to say until romantic rejection, family antics, and community pressures leave him tongue-tied. New playwright Dillon Chitto brings the pueblo to the American theatre in this hilarious new play about tradition in a fast-changing world.
* SPECIAL EVENT, tonight only: Bingo! on Saturday, March 17. As a special treat, the Autry will host a round of bingo in the cafe before doors open for the 8:00 p.m. performance.
* FINAL PERFORMANCES: Sun, Mar 18, 2 pm; Thu-Fri-Sat, Mar 22-24, 8 pm; Sat & Sun, Mar 24 & 25, 2 pm.
* Tix are $8–$25, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-voices-at-the-autry-presents-the-world-premiere-of-bingo-hall-tickets-42012936825
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Sat, Mar 17:
8:30-11:30 pm ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER (aka ANDY & RENEE of the award-wining band HARD RAIN) play a St. Pat's gig at Avenue A Bar & Grill, 800 S PCH, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310-316-2832.
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Sat, Mar 17:
9 pm THE PLOUGHBOYS play Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank, CA 91505; 818-729-0805.

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Sat, Mar 24, FESTIVAL:
10 am-10 pm Annual "FOLKROOTS FESTIVAL" at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 11000 National Bl, West LA, 90064
* This is a crossroads of Folk-Americana and world folk music, with so many options that everyone can find plenty of ways to be immersed in fun, listening, learning, and discovery for the full day, into the night.
* WORKSHOPS, FOLK FILMS, SONG CIRCLE, JAMMING all begin at 10 am, and include:
• 10 am block: BANJO (Beg/Int) with Steve Lewis; HARMONICA with Roger Goodman; SINGING - The Art of Unaccompanied Voice (All levels) with Susie Glaze; MANDOLIN with Tom Corbett.
• 11 am block: VERY BEGINNING FIDDLE with Jim & Amber Mueller; HOW TO PLAY ANYTHING with Roger Goodman; BALKAN 101 with Pat Mac Swyney; EGYPTIAN ORIENTAL DANCE AKA BELLY DANCE (All levels) with Gigi deMarrais.
• Noon block: MOUNTAIN DULCIMER For Absolute Beginners with Joellen Lapidus; MANDOLIN "Nail That Tune!" (All Levels) with Emil Olguin; PERCUSSION with Ava Nahas; GUITAR - Bottleneck, Slide, with Fred Sokolow.
• 1 pm block: SPOONS - "Playing with spoons" with Monika White; UKULELE Split-level class with Kate Friedricks; MIDDLE EAST FRAMED DRUM with Rowan Storm; BALKAN SINGING (All Levels) with Members of Nevenka; INSTRUMENT Care & Feeding with Kurt Gary; POWER OF SONGS with Sam Curtis, Ross Altman, Sunny War (followed by 2 pm panel discussion).
• 2 pm block: PANEL DISCUSSION - "SOCIAL JUSTICE AND FOLK MUSIC" with Ross Altman, Darryl Holter, Jonathan Ritter with Larry Wines as Moderator (follows 1 pm "Power of Song"); FIDDLE, Old Time (All Levels) with David Bragger; GUITAR with Chris Berry; FROM COLTRANE TO NUSRAT:THE MYSTERY OF MUSIC & SPIRITUALITY with Yuval Ron; FLAT FOOT DANCING with Rebecca Stout.
* DAYTIME CONCERTS begin at 11 am, with FRANK HOPPE and CHRISTINA ORTEGA as emcees, and performances (two stages of music all afternoon) by:
• NEVENKA ENSEMBLE
• LINDA ALVAREZ & FRIENDS
• HIGH LIFE CAJUN BAND
• THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE
• BAKLAVA ENSEMBLE
• DOUBLE BATCH DADDY & THE ZEHNDER FAMILY
• COMPLICATED ANIMALS
• AMARO LUMIYA
• LA VICTORIA
• Chris Berry, Milena Reed, Art Podell
* Silent Auction opens at 1 pm.
* SQUARE DANCE begins at 3 pm.
* CONCERT BOX OFFICE OPENS at 5:30 pm for those without advance tickets (subject to tix remaining).
* EVENING CONCERTS begin at 6 pm, with YATRIKA SHAH-RAIS as emcee, and performances by:
• CHLOE POURMORADY ENSEMBLE
• SAUSAGE GRINDER
• YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
• CAMBALACHE
* Early bird tickets are available through the end of February, and are going fast; get them now at: https://fwfolkrootsfestival.brownpapertickets.com/
* FULL INFO, WORKSHOP SIGN-UPS, & ADVANCE TIX, at: https://fwfolkrootsfestival.com/
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Sat, Mar 24, FESTIVAL:
6-10 pm Annual "IRISH SPRING GALA" at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, 501 Indian Peak Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.
* Features band PADDY’S PIG.
* Reservations required. For tickets, email kathy-bradford@cox.net
or go to
http://www.hoy-southbay.org/irish-spring-gala.html
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Thu-Sat, May 17-19th, FESTIVAL:
"13th-Ever 'LOS ANGELES OLD TIME SOCIAL'" returns with concerts, workshops, square dancing and more, at multiple L.A. venues.
* Featured performers include RICHIE STEARNS & ROSIE NEWTON, OZARK HIGHBALLERS, CLINTON DAVIS, YO PITZY JUG BAND, ECHO MOUNTAIN, DAVID BRAGGER & SUSAN PLATZ, HAVE MORE FUN STRINGBAND, and dance caller extraordinaire SUSAN MICHAELS.
* Though not affiliated with the annual "Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival" which happens on Sunday, May 20, the two festivals, both excellent, are designed to interlock into a four-day tuneful run that's the best musical start to your roots-music summer.
* "Kick Off Party" for the Old Time Social is Thu, May 17, 8 pm, at Tropico De Nopal Gallery, 1665 Beverly Bl, L.A. CA 90026; tix $10, ages 21+.
* CONCERT is Fri, May 18, 8 pm, at The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W 24th St, L.A. CA 90007; advance tix below. Features Echo Mountain (Los Angeles); Richie & Rosie (NY); Ozark Highballers (AR); House Band with David Bragger & Susan Platz; Yo Pitzy Jugband (Los Angeles); Clinton Davis (San Diego); Have More Fun Stringband (Los Angeles).
* WORKSHOPS, FAMILY DANCE, CAKEWALK & SQUARE DANCE, are Sat, May 19, Noon–11 pm, at American Legion Post 206, 227 N Avenue 55, Highland Park (L.A.) CA 90042:
• Saturday ticket options: $20 for the day (workshops included) or $10 for the evening dances only.
• Family Dance 6 pm
• Cakewalk 7:30 pm
• Square Dance 8 pm
• Callers are Susan Michaels (Seattle) and Rookie Callers (L.A.)
• Bands are Hollywood Boll Weevils (Family Dance – L.A.); Ozark Highballers; Rosie Newton & Richie Stearns.
• WORKSHOPS are Noon–6 pm saturday, and include:
"Upstairs" Saturday Workshops:
- Noon-2 pm - Sacred Harp Shape-Note Singing
- 2-4 pm - Square Dance Calling—Susan Michaels
- 4-5 - Cajun Dancing with Ira Bernstein
- 5-6 - Flatfooting with Ira Bernstein and Ruth Alpert
"Downstairs" Saturday Workshops:
- Noon-1 pm - Italian & New Mexican Music with Paul Rangell & Emily Abbink
- 1-2 pm - Cajun Guitar with Eric Thompson
- 2-3 pm - Cajun Fiddle with Suzy Thompson
- 3-4 - Old-Time Fiddle & Bowing of African American Fiddler Will Adam with David Bragger
- 4-5 - Old-Time Fiddle with Bob Willoughby
- 5-6 - Old-Time Banjo with Rafe Stefanini
(Contact David Bragger for sign-ups and more info, at: davidbragger (at) gmail.com)
* FULL INFO, SIGN-UPS, & TIX (find the bar at the top of their page, or you'll miss everything); tix at: http://losangelesoldtimesocial.com/
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