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Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Night's Music & Arts Scene. Oct 26 2018

Some fine acoustic alternatives to Game 3, since you don't have a ticket for Chavez Ravine, anyway. The tunefullness continues post-game, if you need your baseball fix before you try for a late entry to a show (the Arcadia Blues Club can probably accommodate that).

Here is Friday only. Come back later for the rest of the weekend and beyond.

Runs Oct 26 through Jan 6:

5:30 pm-10 pm - "Moonlight Forest - Lantern Art Festival" at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N Baldwin Av, Arcadia, CA 91007.

*  Moonlight Forest is an unforgettable evening experience of art, culture, and discovery. Masterfully crafted lanterns beckon you into the gardens. Some depict beautiful animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and intriguing figures from Chinese legends. An evening of dazzling color and magic begins.

*  This "will delight children, families, and the young-at-heart."

*  Runs Wed-Sun every week, following opening on Oct 6.

*  Tix, $23-$28, at:

*  More at:


Fri, Oct 26:

7:30 pm - CAS PUBLIC, Quebecois dance company, at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

*  This single performance welcomes an audience as young as 9 years old.

*  Be forewarned. This is not a primary-colored comic creation that only children would enjoy. Herein, choreographer Hélène Blackburn and five dancers explore the world of hearing disability and silence. Using both gestural and balletically based languages, the artists physicalize this aural limitation and reveal what is uncovered.

*  Inspired by one of the performer’s personal experience with deafness, the movers evoke an experience similar to the musical grandeur that’s part of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its “Ode to Joy” — created, but never heard, by its composer.

*  “9” is accompanied by an original score by Martin Tétreault, films by Kenneth Michiels and text by Johan De Smet.

*  Tix,


Fri, Oct 26:

8 pm - CHRIS BARRON of The Spin Doctors plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA.

*  The zeitgeist is a moving target, and Chris Barron has always been a crack shot. The New York songwriter is no longer the debutant who set out on the circuit’s sharp end in 1988 with $100, a battered acoustic, and a headful of the alt-rock anthems that would elevate Spin Doctors to global stardom. He’s a veteran approaching 50, living in a world changed beyond recognition, compelled to write the music that chronicles the here-and-now.

*  As far back as he can remember, he’s had a hunger driving him onward, towards something just out of reach.

*  In 2017, it propelled him to "Angels and One-Armed Jugglers," just out October 20 on Chrysanthemum Records. "It's the culmination of a lifetime’s craft and a record both contemporary and classic," says McCabe's Booker.

*  Tix at


Fri, Oct 26:

8 pm - "YORK SINGS DYLAN" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA; reservations by phone only, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236; more at:

*  John York, still famous as a member of THE BYRDS, gains a bigger audience each time he plays.

*  According to legendary producer and lyricist Kim Fowley, “John York is the last pure voice of the Silver Sixties to make it intact into the 21st Century.”

*  John, as Byrd and ex-Byrd, has always actively mined a deeply resonant connection to the music of Bob Dylan, beginning with all the Byrds maintained throughout their career.

*  This show is a unique solo evening concert of Bob Dylan songs sung by an artist with personal and deep historical connections to the music and muse of our recent and favorite Nobel Prize winner.

*  This'll sell out. Call for a reservation.

* Tix, $20.


Fri, Oct 26:

8 pm - DEB RYDER, plus the Bobby Bluehouse Band with various special guests, play the already underway "Winter Blues Series" Fridays & Saturdays at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.

*  Fun venue has good food with generous portions (two can share), plus a full bar with drink specials, and pool tables with friendly games. Plenty of seating and room to dance.

*  Two stages, one at each end of the roomy club, keep the music continuous when bands change.

*  Adv tickets at a substantial discount for all concerts at the venue, at:



8 pm-10 pm - "DRACULA: THE MUSICAL" presented by Palmdale Repertory Theatre at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St E, Palmdale, California 93550

*  And now for something completely different. The classic horror tale set to song and dance: It’s Mel Brooks meets Gilbert & Sullivan meets Monty Python.

*  Story line: Dracula is after Mina, and people don’t grasp that she’s in danger until Van Helsing arrives. Everyone must rescue Mina when she’s abducted by Dracula and whisked to his castle.

*  "This delightful classic horror tale spoof is an unparalleled romp from start to finish."

*  Book, music and lyrics by Rick Abbot.

*  Tix at:

*  Runs Fri-Sat-Sun, Oct 19-20-21, and Fri-Sat-Sun, 26-27-28. 8 pm Fri & Sat, 2 pm Sun.



That's all for this edition. Stay tuneful!



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