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Friday, November 9, 2018

EVENTS while Reeling from Tragedy, Amidst Fire & Smoke. Fri, Nov 9 2018.

LATE ADDITIONS: (most recent is up-top)

* TUESDAY update: cowboy star & National Yodeling Champion SOURDOUGH SLIM and his wife are fine, and their home survived in Paradise, CA. As you know from news reports, essentially that entire town is in ashes as a result of the "Camp" fire, the largest in the history of California.

* We feel ourselves exhaling in relief for Sourdough and his loved ones. Same as we were able to do for the gurus of the house concert movement, our friends Russ & Julie -- their home in Oak Park survived the fires that burned from Thousand Oaks to the ocean at Malibu. BUT, we remain cognizant of the needs of so many others who have lost so much. In the next day or so, we'll publish a Guide to giving for fire disaster relief -- but don't wait, if you feel the urge to contribute now, it won't be difficult to find a responsible relief organization. And if you learn of any more BENEFIT CONCERTS, please let us know so we can inform others!

* Two MONDAY notes for you:

One is the annual "VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION" that includes a Civil War re-enactment encampment, and unveiling of the new "Gold Star Families Memorial Monument," at the Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065. The keynote speaker is the sole-surviving Medal of Honor US Marine from WWII. See our events listing for more.

SECOND is the online on-demand  "DEMOCRACY NOW" Nov 12 program's feature with historic looks back at Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, "Honoring Antiwar Resisters on the 100th Anniv. of WWI’s End." Online at:

* We have an added Sunday event for you, "ARMISTICE DAY CENTENNIAL: THE SOLDIER-POETS OF WORLD WAR I" with folksinger ROSS ALTMAN and poets SHERMAN PEARL and MICHAEL C. FORD and more, at Beyond Baroque in Venice, 7 pm. See listing for full description.

• RUSS & JULIE, hosts of the longest-running house concert series anywhere, checked-in to report their home was saved from the Woolsey Fire inferno by the bravery of firefighters. A house down the block was lost, and a dozen more in their community. They did have to cancel their house concert -- first cancellation ever in their 22 years, hosting 237 shows. They were still waiting for the evacuation order to be lifted so they could go home, but choking smoke is still an issue.

• The historic PARAMOUNT RANCH WESTERN MOVIE TOWN has burned down in the Woolsey Fire. It appears that only the church from HBO's "Westworld" survived. The historic movie town and surrounding groves of old California Black Oak trees was the longtime home of the TOPANGA BANJO•FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL. The sad news was confirmed by multiple sources, including, in early afternoon on Saturday, by the National Park Service who administers the site. Video from KTLA Ch 5 shows the devastation, at:

• A Saturday, 7 pm "FIRE VICTIMS BENEFIT CONCERT" has been announced. See listings.

• A Sunday 4 pm CHAMBER ORCHESTRA concert is FREE and includes FREE dinner and reception with the musicians if you RSVP. See listings.


Full edition as originally published begins below...

This has been one helluva week. Many calls to action will come from each disparate part of tragedy, and some may be heeded this time. That's up to each of us. But no soapbox here. You're probably trying to get away from those just now.


If you were intending to head to Malibu or anywhere from the West San Fernando Valley to all points in Ventura County, check the traffic maps and phone ahead to the venue (or whatever other intended destination) before you go. Fire and smoke and the needs of firefighters to close some roads may dictate otherwise.


RUSS & JULIE, the ever-delightful gurus of the house concert movement, were forced to evacuate their lovely home last night as monstrously huge flames devoured structures in Oak Park. We know they are safe where they are, in evacuation. If you attempt to contact them -- or to be in touch with anyone else who is facing, or has already experienced, evacuation -- bear in mind that evacuees are in extremis. For one thing, that means they are more concerned with keeping cel phone batteries alive for emergency messages than with taking dozens of calls from well-wishers.

So an email is best. Not simply to tell them that you are thinking of them, but to include your phone number in case they are without, or can no longer access, their devices where all their contacts are kept. That way your friends and loved ones can ask you for the help you're offering to provide.


As for immediate impacts of the fires on the music scene...

1) We know that the concert with the HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS in Newbury Park has been cancelled, beca7se of the fires and the massacre in Thousand Oaks.

2) "Because of the fires, the Veteran’s Benefit Concert scheduled for Sat., November 10th in Topanga Canyon has been postponed. We will let you know when the new date is announced. We hope all of you are faring well...Be safe out there!" -- Andy & Renee, who were the scheduled performers there.

We expect to receive similar word about other events as the day goes on. But we do not expect to be able to stay on top of each incoming bit of such information, or being able to notify you of each event cancellation, as they come in. Also, bear in mind that evacuees are unlikely to update websites or social media until things stabilize. So phone the venue before you try to attend anything.

Even if where you plan to go is away from the fires? As smoke from these apocalyptic fires spreads, hatches will be battened-down to protect health downwind. So check to see if you can get to those places, too.


Some folks will be in a position to perform support functions for firefighters. But call ahead to your local fire station before you drop off anything anywhere, to be certain you won't cause trouble by creating clutter or getting in the way. (Though cops never refuse big boxes of donuts, and firefighters might enjoy some ready-to-eat energy eats or sports drinks.)

Yesterday's urgent call for blood donors in the wake of the massacre at a Thousand Oaks music venue still maintains the point that blood is always needed and almost always in dangerously short supply.

Specific charities may be asking for basic items to distribute to evacuees. Things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, sunscreen, and clean towels and washcloths. Calls for clothing and more may soon follow.

Your local community-based charity may already be plugged-in, and the national charities like the Red Cross and Salvation Army can also take your call with your offer to help. Most will want money, since that allows them to buy whatever is needed NOW, and to get it locally in the right quantity to fit the assessed need. And being skilled at assessing need is a big part of this, and part of why they exist.


WHEN IT'S TIME TO ORGANIZE BENEFIT CONCERTS, The Guide will be there. So make sure YOU NOTIFY US to help recruit what is needed, from artists to perform, to informing other music & arts publications so they can recruit their readership as supporters, donors, and patrons at benefit events.



EVENTS are below. We will return with the edition of MUSIC NEWS that we've been preparing since before all hell broke loose. Same goes for our next full edition of CONCERTS, FESTIVALS, FILM SCREENINGS, CLUB GIGS, and other EVENTS. But that may not be right away, with the exception of what we already have ready for this weekend, including VETERANS DAY EVENTS, we freely acknowledge that the larger world is swamping us just now.

VETERANS DAY and the other weekend events we have for you are right below. We will attempt to get back to add more as we become aware of more, if we can break away to include those additions. If we do, we'll mark each new item as a LATE ADDITION, and we'll add a new first line to this edition, saying we've done that.


So for, now, take care of one another. It bears remembering that in this whole, mixed-up crazy world, each of you is the only you the universe has.




Up-front, ahead of everything else, VETERANS DAY:

☆☆☆ VETERANS DAY 2018 IS THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW I, and marks the end of the four-year-long WW I CENTENNIAL ☆☆☆

"END OF WW I CENTENNIAL, & ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY" aboard the BATTLESHIP IOWA, docked as a museum in San Pedro, at 250 S Harbor Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90731.
* Veterans Appreciations 2018 events are an annual FESTIVAL aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum on Veterans Day Sun, Nov 11th at 10 am.
* Co-hosted by Black Knight Patrol and Bob Hope USO.
* This family-friendly event includes a variety of fun experiences for everyone to enjoy, including:
• SPECIAL EVENT: "Centennial Anniversary of the End of World War I" (on the original Nov 11 "Armistice Day") honoring San Pedro’s Veteran Heroes with a plaque and unveiling of a new memorial.
• Admission on board to the museum is Free for active, retired and reserve military.
• Live bands and DJ.
• Free food sponsored by Black Knight Patrol.
• Vintage vehicles.
• 5" gun salute at 11 am on 11-11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (Active battle ended at 11 am on November 11, 1918); that portion sponsored by the American Legion.
* Tix and more info:


2 pm - "KINDERTRANSPORT" stars Jane Kaszmerek at the Wallis Annenberg Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.
* It's the story of Jewish children being given-up by their parents to get them out of Nazi Germany after the infamous Kristallnacht, on the eve of the Holocaust.
* Benefit for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
* She first performed her role in this play in N.Y. in 1994. Subsequently, she did it for radio's "L.A. Theatreworks."
* This is a one-time opportunity to see her in this powerful play.




Both days...

Ends Sun, Nov 11; runs Oct 20-Nov 11:
"SATYAGRAHA: TRUTH FORCE," performed by L.A. OPERA at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Music Center, downtown L.A.
*  "Satyagraha" is inspired by Gandhi’s early years in South Africa.
*  Following their extraordinary artistic triumphs of "Einstein on the Beach" and "Akhnaten," L.A. Opera stages this production and completes the Philip Glass "portrait" trilogy.
*  Glass wrote the trilogy about powerful personalities who changed the world.
*  Runs Oct 20th with dates through Nov 11th. All tix now on sale.
*  Tix, schedule, and more info:


Nov 7-12, in Nor Cal, pseudo-FESTIVAL:
*  A series of roving shows and workshops featuring 2018 IBMA "Banjo Player of Year" Ned Luberecki, plus Toronto's old-time banjo master and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Chris Coole, and the All-Star Band with Bill Evans and other top players. Full schedule, dates, venues, tix, at:
*  Shows are in Chico, Winters (near Sacramento), Berkeley, Sebastopol, and the closest to Southern Cal, in the Los Gatos-Santa Cruz mountains.
*  WORKSHOP: If you play banjo in any style, check-out the "Banjo Mini-Camp" for all levels. It's on Sat afternoon, Nov 10 at Berkeley's famous Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Full info:



Fri, Nov 9:

7-9 pm — "An Evening with Ellen & Steve Stapenhorst" at Vendome Wine & Spirits, 103 E Santa Clara St, Arcadia CA; 626-461-5498.

*  Fine wine, beer and snacks while listening to original and classic folk music and tales with the Stapenhorsts.

*  John Denver once opened for him; she's the Colorado-based globetrotting professional folksinger.

*  More at:


Fri, Nov 9:

8 pm - GALA "IMPROMPTU CONCERT with five blues bands for five bucks," at the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.


•  Johnny Lynn and Golden State Ramblers

•  Hound Dawg Dave and the Meltones

•  Randy Volin and the Hard Ones -  Detroit Thang

•  Chef Denis

•  Bobby Bluehouse and his Allstars

* It's all because Chris Pitts & The Memphis Prime canceled last second... so, keep reading...

* "Anyone who bought a presale ticket for Chris will get refunded 100 percent and get into this concert free," says the venue.

* Advance tix are available for all their concerts at a substantial discount, at:




(Also see two events that run through this weekend, at the beginning of the weekend listings.)


Sat & Sun, Nov 10 & 11:
10 am-5 pm - annual "AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS MARKETPLACE" at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (across from the L.A. Zoo).
*  The largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, the event features 200 Native artists from more than 40 Native Nations.
*  See and buy sculpture, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, mixed-media works, and more from premier artists.
*  If you're tired of buying-in to mindless consumerism with shoddy, mass-produced crap, think about holiday gifts made by artists.
*  Info:



Sat, Nov 10:

7 pm - "FIRE VICTIMS BENEFIT CONCERT" by ANDY & RENEE of the award-winning Dylan tribute band HARD RAIN, hosted by Andy Hill as a House Concert, at 17411 Delia Av, Torrance, CA 90504.

* Andy & Renee were scheduled to perform this weekend in VC, at a place that is in the vast area consumed by fire.

* So they're doing this in Torrance as a Fires Victims Benefit.

* Doors at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm.

* BYOB, and bring a snack to share.

* Reservations required, and whether or not you can attend, you can make donations at their website:

* The Guide assures you, these are great folks and first-rate musicians, and your donation will get where It's supposed to go.


Sat, Nov 10:

7 pm - House Concert with Ellen & Steve Stapenhorst in Claremont, hosted by Dot Hess, Tim Brayton and Deborah Waas at the Brayton/Waas home, 544 W 10th St, Claremont. 

* 6 pm Meet and Greet, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, 7 pm concert. 

* RSVP required, to  

* Suggested donation $10.


Sat, Nov 10:

8 pm - Janice Freeman and her band play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA.

* TV's "The Voice" finalist, 2017 season.

* Advance tix are available for all their concerts at a substantial discount, at:


Sat, Nov 10:
8 pm - GRAEME JAMES plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731;
*  Multi-instrumentalist and New Zealand Music Awards 2017 Folk Album finalist, he brings a 21st century one-man band. Starting as a street busker, with folk-style arrangements of pop songs, James is now topping the charts in his home country.
*  Plus, opener: Joselyn Wilkinson & Don Barrozo. Joselyn Wilkinson is Grand Vision's Director of Education. Tonight she trades her music education hat for her singer-songwriter chapeau to share a set of original, soul-infused modern folk, accompanied by her husband Don Barrozo.



(Also see two events that run through this weekend, at the beginning of the weekend listings.)


Sun, Nov 11; Sat & Sun, Nov 10 & 11:
10 am-5 pm - annual "AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS MARKETPLACE" at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027
* See full description in Sat listing.



Sun, Nov 11; FREE Concert & BBQ:

4 pm - "SILICON BEACH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA" plays its "Santa Monica Second Sunday Concert" at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 958 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

*  Online public tix are $30, at:

* OR, GO FREE by texting your full name and email to Alistair Joobeen of, at: 310-999-3626

*  That RSVP gets you the concert FREE at 4 pm + dinner & drinks with artists FREE at 6 pm at the reception in Marina del Rey -- all FREE.



Sun, Nov 11:

7 pm - "ARMISTICE DAY CENTENNIAL: THE SOLDIER-POETS OF WORLD WAR I" with folksinger ROSS ALTMAN and poets SHERMAN PEARL and MICHAEL C. FORD and more, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, Venice, CA 90294; 310-822-3006;

* Celebrate the life and poetry of Wilfred Owen and experience readings from the works of a number of British and American poets who fought and died in the “war to end all wars,” including Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas, Alan Seeger (Pete Seeger’s uncle), Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, John McCrae.

* Memorably mark today's centennial of Armistice Day, 1918, the end of World War I.

* Ross tells us, " One week before [the end of the war], British poet soldier Wilfred Owen was killed in action. We celebrate the life and poetry of Owen, who wrote, 'My subject is war, and the pity of war.' Along with Owen we celebrate and read from the works of a number of British and American poets who fought and died in the 'war to end all wars.'"

* Of the readings scheduled, Ross adds, "It is uniformly agreed that their poems constitute an achievement in the art of poetry second to none—and the most moving antiwar poetry ever written. We remember their poetry with everlasting affection on the Centennial of the end of the war—Armistice Day."

* This is a celebration of “Poetry In a Time of War,” the title of a book by special guest reader Sherman Pearl, who joins Ross Altman to pay tribute to the 20th Century’s witness-bearing poets to “war and the pity of war.”

* Poet Michael C. Ford and Beyond Baroque Executive Director Richard Modiano take part in this 100th anniversary event during the 50th anniversary of "Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 1968-2018." 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 822-3006;

* No word on whether American poet Joyce Kilmer will be included; he, who penned, :I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree" also died as a US soldier in WW I.

* Ross Altman, who holds the "Music Legend" Award, has a PhD in Modern Literature from SUNY-Binghamton; he belongs to Musicians Union Local 47 (AFM); Ross may be reached at

* Tix $10; BB members free.

Sun, Nov 11:

7 pm - Ellen & Steve Stapenhorst play the Coffee Gallery Backstage,  2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA

* The brother-sister duo plays their favorite showroom for an evening of great music, good stories and the kind of humor only siblings can get away with.

* Some new songs, as well as old favorites.

*  Reservations are a good idea, by calling 10 am-10 pm, 7 days: 626-798-6236.

* Ellen says, "But if you decide at the last minute, c'mon down!  You can usually get in." (We add, be careful. Call. These two may sell-out.)

*  $18 at the door, for "live music with no lip-sync-ing, no sweetening in post and no re-takes if it isn't perfect."


Sun, Nov 11:
8 pm - THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405;


8 pm - 12th annual "DRUID UNDERGROUND FILM FEST" at HM157, 3110 N Broadway, Lincoln Heights (L.A.), CA 90031.
*  With selections picked by independent horror film director William Burgess ("Hipster Holocaust"), this yearly film fest is a cult favorite among indie filmmakers and their fans.
*  Event promises "a comedic edge guaranteed to tickle your funny bone."
*   Arrives here "after a dozen tours covering 13 states across the US," with "an eclectic mix of wildly creative indie short films including animation, documentary, experimental and beyond. These ground-breaking shorts were carefully chosen by Burgess himself from this year's nearly 1,000 submissions. October's SOLD OUT Brooklyn, NY."
*   $10 cover. Tix at:


MONDAY, Nov 12:
Veterans Day


Mon, Nov 12:

10 am-3 pm - Annual "VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION" includes a Civil War re-enactment encampment, and unveiling of the new "Gold Star Families Memorial Monument," at the Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065.

* 11 am program includes an honor guard, live music, and remarks.

* Keynote speaker is Hershel “Woody” Williams. He enlisted in  the  United  States  Marine  Corps and served in the WWII Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division.

* Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII to wear the Medal of Honor.

* Outdoor events and the program are FREE to attend; reservations recommended for the program, as space is limited.

* Regular Museum admission rates apply for all indoor exhibits, including current special exhibits, "Pompeii," and the annual return of this year's rendition of "An American Christmas."

* On Nov 11 & 12, Veterans with valid ID receive FREE admission to the Museum.

* Active military members with valid ID are always FREE.

* Museum hours are 10 am- 5 pm, seven days a week except certain holidays.

* Full info on Monday's special events at:



Mon, Nov 12, online on-demand:

 "DEMOCRACY NOW" Nov 12 program feature with historic looks back at Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, "Honoring Antiwar Resisters on the 100th Anniv. of WWI’s End."

* Online at:



One quickie heads-up...

Fri, Nov 16:

8 pm - "CASUAL FRIDAYS WITH THE L.A. PHIL" brings "Cameron Carpenter Plays Saint-Saƫns" at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012


*  Tonight, iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter takes on the famed composer’s "crushing power chords."

*  Come early beginning at 6:30 pm to enjoy complimentary drinks, spectacular views and more, then head over to the "Upbeat Live" pre-concert talk in BP Hall (select nights only).

*  "Upbeat Live" is FREE to ticket holders, one hour before the concert. It's an informative and engaging way to learn about the music before the concert. Renowed musicologists take you through music theory, guided listening and the program's historical and cultural context. Plus, interviews with guests and members of the LA Phil, and you can participate in Q & A.

*  Can't attend, or running late? Dial 605-475-4333 and enter access code 184648 to listen on your way to the Hall. (No charge except what your phone plan charges you; area code 605 is South Dakota).

* Post-concert after-party included with your ticket: hang out with orchestra members.

*  Enjoy complimentary tastings of the "LA Phil 100 Brut IPA," a special beer brewed by Los Angeles Ale Works to celebrate the LA Phil’s Centennial.

*  After tonight, series takes a hiatus for the holidays, and resumes Jan 11.

*  Listen FREE to past "Upbeat Live" programs; scroll down:

*  Tix start at $20, at



For MORE events, happening AFTER this weekend

They're in a previous edition and appear chronologically by date and start time. That's the last time we published a "look ahead" with events into December and next year. It's at the bottom of the edition, at:

We also published some TICKET ALERTS for 2019 shows. They're at the bottom of the edition at:


That's all for this edition. Stay tuneful!



We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)



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