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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Events Update: Concerts, Festivals, Film Events, & more. Feb 21 edition 2019

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With winter weather bringing snow levels down to 1500 feet in Southern California, freezing temps and icy roads in places that don't usually freeze, and rain for drivers that are notoriously awful at driving on wet -- not to mention ICY -- surfaces, Californians seem to forget that REAL winter is concurrently clobbering 200 million of their fellow Americans. Last week, it was colder in parts of the Midwest than in Antarctica!

And no matter where you are in the Untied States of America? Some perspective is just a click away:

DAILY WEATHER REPORT -- ON MARS

https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/weather/

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Contents... what's in this edition...

This is Guide edition number 1,801 since moving to Blogspot.

WE'VE ADDED TWO EXTRA SECTIONS since first publishing this edition.

Here's a list of all that's here, by section titles

●   Intro (above)

●  Ticket alerts

●  Film Events -- where to see the OSCAR Noms

●   This edition is different, and why

●   Other recent editions (finding them)

●  Calendar -- the Guide's updated, annotated events

    •  Ongoing events

    •   Day-by-Day events (by date)

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TICKET ALERTS...

Ticket links for all the shows in this section are at the following site:

http://www.nederlanderconcerts.com/

☆ GORDON LIGHTFOOT - "80 YEARS STRONG TOUR" is Mar 12 at City National Grove of Anaheim; tix now on sale.

☆ Steve Miller Band / Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives play August 21 at the The Greek Theatre
PRESALE: Thu, Feb 21, 10 am-10 pm, PASSWORD: EAGLE

☆ Willie Nelson & Family play May 12 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre. PRESALE: Thu, Feb 21, 10 am-10 pm, PASSWORD: ONTHEROAD

☆ Los Lonely Boys / Los Lobos / Ozomatli play Aug 9 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre. PRESALE: Thu, Feb 21, 10 am-10 pm, PASSWORD: LAFAMILIA

☆ Steve Miller Band / Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives play Aug 22 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre.
PRESALE: Thu, Feb 21, 10 am-10 pm, PASSWORD: EAGLE

☆ Brothers Osborne play Apr 2 at the Fox Theater; tix now on sale.

☆ Kansas plays
• Apr 4 at the Balboa Theatre;
• Apr 6 at the Orpheum Theatre;
• Apr 7 at the Arlington Theatre;
tix now on sale.
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SPECIAL SECTION...

FILM EVENTS -- where to see the OSCAR NOMS

Now in a limited run...
2019 OSCAR®-NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS
A special presentation of the five films nominated this year: "DETAINMENT," "FAUVE," "MARGUERITE," "MOTHER," and "SKIN," at the ArcLight Cinemas, 120 N Robertson Bl, Floor 3, Hollywood, CA 90048, AND ELSEWHERE.
*  Full schedules:
https://www.arclightcinemas.com/movie/2019-oscar-nominated-live-action-shorts
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Now in a limited run...
2019 OSCAR®-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS
A special presentation of the five films nominated this year: "ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR," "BAO," "LATE AFTERNOON," "ONE SMALL STEP," and "WEEKENDS," at the ArcLight Cinemas, 120 N Robertson Bl, Floor 3, Hollywood, CA 90048, AND ELSEWHERE.
*  Full schedules:
https://www.arclightcinemas.com/movie/2019-oscar-nominated-animated-shorts
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Now in a limited run...
OSCAR NOMINATED FILMS ON THE BIG SCREEN
Many return to theatres on Fri, Feb 22.
*  Find out where to see them and watch the trailers, at:
https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/news/2019-oscars-nominees
*  Here's what you can still go see.
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☆ "VICE" nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, is the story of how Dick Cheney quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
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☆ "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, is the inside story of musician Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen.
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☆ "A STAR IS BORN" nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Song, is the newest remake of the tale of a musician who helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
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☆ "BLACK k KLANSMAN" nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, tells the based-on-true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, and how he successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
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☆ "GREEN BOOK" nominated for - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, follows a white man hired by a famed black musician to drive him on a concert tour through the South during America's dangerously apartheid Jim Crow era.
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☆ "BLACK PANTHER," nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, is fiction about T'Challa, who after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
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☆ "COLD WAR" nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film.
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☆ "THE FAVOURITE" nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing.
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☆ "IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK" nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score.
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☆ "FREE SOLO" nominated for Best Documentary, is the heart-pounding account of the only person ever to scale -- without a rope -- the vertical 3,000 foot high wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.
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☆ "MARY POPPINS RETURNS" nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Production Design.
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☆ "SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE" nominated for Best Animated Feature.
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☆ "THE WIFE" nominated for Best Actress.
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Note that OSCAR and ACADEMY AWARDS are the registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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This Edition is Different, and why 

We're doing this one a little differently. We're publishing with only PART of what needs to be in here. (If we waited to get everything ready, you'd miss something happening soon.) So, we'll be ADDING TO THIS right along, until it's replaced by a later edition with the March of time. (Get it? The "March" of time? Ahem, well, somebody here thought it was clever.)

TO MONITOR FOR THINGS WE'RE ADDING, BOOKMARK THIS EDITION OR KEEP US HANDY.

WE DO WANT TO GET THIS ON YOUR RADAR before your world gets covered in snow. Or before all the news gets buried beneath an avalanche of speculative singularity over supposedly-imminent Mueller-time.

After all, we've already been Smolletted, and the Trumpcentric nature of mainstream corporate cable media never allows for more than one other story to detract from the narrative of their cult-of-personality driven, hour-at-a-time sequential rehashes of the same damn thing they've been telling you all day.

And that Smollettizatization? It's tough enough for sponsors of "Black History Month" events to get positive media attention (make that ANY media attention) after they work hard to plan and book talent for some fine special events. Now, anything they do is unjustifiably vying for time against the sensationalized coverage of the Smollett BS. Similarly, LGBTQ folks have worked hard to overcome idiotic prejudices and to be believed when then report real attacks, and a single self-promoting false report does incalculable harm to the campaign for equality and equal protection under the law. If there is ANY good in this, it's kudos to the Chicago Police Department for excellent detective work that kept this from sucking the oxygen out of the room any longer than it did.

ALL OF WHICH is why we all need music and the arts: for individual and societal sanity.

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Other recent editions:

"The 'Ramblin' Rose' Garden Show: theatre of the bizarre." Feb 15, 2019 edition, at:

https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-ramblin-rose-garden-show-theatre-of.html

"Valentine's day! Doin's, Tunality and 'Space-aficity'!" Feb 14, 2019 edition, at:

https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2019/02/valentines-day-doins-tunality-and-space.html

ALL previous editions are available in the archive. Use the search bar at top, or index by month and year in the sidebar at left (if on your mobile device, you may need to enable "Full Web Version.")
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That was then. This is now. Let's get started!

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CALENDAR -- THE GUIDE'S UPDATED, ANNOTATED, EVENTS 

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WHAT'S HAPP'NIN' OUT THAR...
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Up-top, a Thursday morning quickie...


Thu, Feb 21:
SPACE LAUNCHES LIVE ON THE WEB:
There are TWO on Thursday, both LIVE online:
*   1st, at 8:47 am PST, it's "EgyptSat-A," an Earth remote sensing satellite, launching aboard a Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle into a sun-synchronous orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  Watch it live at:
www.baikonur.russian.space
*   2nd, at 5:45 pm PST, it's a SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 launch with THREE missions: (1) launching the "Nusantaru Satu" communications satellite for an Indonesian company; (2) launching the "Beresheet" robotic Moon lander for Israel (it will launch into orbit, and later use its own engine to go to the Moon, make a soft landing and then a rocket-powered 50-meter hop); (3) launching the "AFRL S5," a small technology demonstration payload, for the US Air Force. It will deploy from the Nusantaru Satu. In addition to the actual mission and scheduled recovery of the first stage, SpaceX will attempt to catch the upper stage's payload fairing in a big net aboard the ship "Mr. Steven." Watch live at:
https://www.spacex.com/webcast
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Other THURSDAY EVENTS are below, following the ONGOING EVENTS.
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TODAY & ADDITIONAL DAYS FOR A WHILE: Ongoing Events...


ONGOING, Stageplay, through Mar 24:
Time varies by day - "THE JUDAS KISS," David Hare's masterful work about Oscar Wilde, is now playing at Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N Mentor, Pasadena CA 91106; 626-683-6801.
*  This is one of three events in the L.A. area that celebrate OSCAR WILDE. Since we listed one before we knew of the other two, it only seemed right to list all three.
*  Venue's website has a video preview of the play, with director Michael Michetti and leading actors Rob Nagle, Colin Bates, and Darius De La Cruz.
*  NOTE SPECIAL EVENTS:
Sun, Feb 24: Pre-show discussion on theme
Fri, Mar 1: Post-show discussion on acting
Thu, Mar 7: Post-show discussion on design
Sat, Mar 9: Post-show discussion on directing
Thu, Mar 14: Post-show discussion on acting
Sun, Mar 17: Post-show discussion on theme
(Pre-show discussions begin 45 minutes prior to curtain; post-show discussions begin immediately after the performance.)
* TIX selling fast; available at: http://bostoncourtpasadena.org/events/the-judas-kiss/
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ONGOING, through Mar 31 :
Annual "WINTER MUSIC SERIES" at BOSTON COURT THEATRE, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, CA 91106.* The venue's Winter Music Series features 17 eclectic concerts, including two semi-staged operas in concert, a tribute to Scottish composer THEA MUSGRAVE, son jarocho band LOS CAMBALACHE, and jazz with LAO TIZER. * Whether you enjoy being the first to experience brand-new music or appreciate the classics, this 2019 music season has fine offerings.* Series info & tix: BOX OFFICE, 626-683-6801, 11 am-5 pm, Tue-Fri, or online at: www.bostoncourt.com 
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ONGOING, Feb 5-Apr 12, FREE:

10 am-5 pm - 27th annual "ART OF MOTION PICTURE COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION" (runs Tue-Sat weekly) at the Fashion Institute's FIDM Museum, 919 S Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90015
*  FIDM Museum’s annual costume design exhibition is a tradition for L.A. locals and movie lovers alike. It features a variety of film genres that represent outstanding achievement in costume design. 
*  There are fan favorites, along with Academy Award® nominees on display in celebration of the dedication and creativity of costume designers and their teams.
*  Modern technology has been applied to creating period costumes, with 3-D printed and laser-cut costumes, and all are explained and interpreted.
*  Admission is FREE.
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ONGOING, through March:

" WESTERN FRONTIERS: STORIES OF FACT AND FICTION," exhibition, plus, "MASTERS OF THE AMERICAN WEST" annual art exhibition and sale, at the Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA  90027; 323-667-2000; www.theautry.org
* We've told you about the annual Western art exhibition, now running, and let you know about the big event when it first opened.
* The new "Western Frontiers" exhibition has just opened. It, says the museum's website,  "illuminates the sweep of American Western history through its definitive artifact: the firearm."
* The museum's regular galleries make for an immersive day all by themselves.
*  IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN IN AWHILE... in the most significant renovation since its founding, the Autry Museum opened nearly 20,000 square feet of redesigned indoor and outdoor spaces in Oct, 2016. That brought new temporary and core galleries, an ethnobotanical teaching garden, and an immersive media projection room. The new "California Continued" space explores the ongoing and interdependent relationships between people and the California environment. Drawing on a combination of Native cultural materials, firsthand perspectives, and contemporary artwork, this project connects Native Californian history, traditional ecological knowledge, and cultural practice to address environmental issues facing Californians today.
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ONGOING,  through April 21:
10 am-5 pm - "POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION" at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA, 93065
* Go back in time with this spectacular exhibit to relive the lost world of Ancient Rome. Pompeii was a playground, the Las Vegas of its time. Until the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius encased all of it -- including its people -- in a deep layer of volcanic ash that fell from the sky like a deadly blizzard.
* When rediscovery of Pompeii came accidentally in the digging of a well, a period ensued of raiding the buried city for treasure. Then, in large measure because of the greedy raiding, much of what became modern archaeology developed to document, understand, and protect the integrity of the lost civilization.
*  This awe-inspiring exhibition features nearly 200 artifacts hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until rediscovered over 250 years ago. "Pompeii: The Exhibition" includes frescoes, mosaics, gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, plates, furniture, jewelry, statues, and more. 
*  Plaster casts of people who were buried alive in the ash are included -- the ash encased them, and their presence literally left a void that could be reclaimed by wet plaster.
* A 4-D eruption theater is key interpretive element, allowing visitors to experience the deathly impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.
*  Make plans to see this while it's here.
* The Reagan library offers over 125,000 square feet of exhibits, so allow a minimum of three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds; yes, they do have food.
* TIX to the library through Apr 21 INCLUDE "Pompeii." Save the box office waiting line by buying online -- but you must select the date and time you would like to visit.
General Admission $29; Seniors (age 62+) $26; Youth (age 11-17) $22; Child (age 3-10) $19; Children under age 2 are free; add-on audio tour rental $7; Active US Military service member free with valid Military ID, walk-ups get in without timed ticket.
* Adv Ticket purchase at: 
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/online-ticket-sales
* Free parking; NOTE: GPS / smartphone map users: entrance is off Madera Road, NOT off Tierra Rejada, which does not go through.
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ONGOING, through May 12:
"40 YEARS OF ALIEN: 40th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT AND FILM SCREENINGS" in the George Lucas Building Lobby, on the University Park Campus of USC, Los Angeles, CA
*  Multiple eveets in a series; Admission to each is free, but require free reservations. Check for schedule of events and reservation information (not yet posted at our press time), at:
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of 20th Century Fox’s Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host an exhibit of props, costumes, models, artwork, designs, merchandise, comics, and ephemera from the Alien franchise. In conjunction with the exhibition, Alien films will be screened throughout the Spring 2019 semester. 
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ONGOING, through Sat, Apr 20:
"CHEECH & CHONG: STILL ROLLIN' — CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF UP IN SMOKE" is a special exhibition at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl, Ste. A245 (entrance on Figueroa), L.A., CA; 213-765-6800.
* The exhibit looks at "what made the world fall in love with East L.A. native Richard "Cheech" Marin and Canadian Tommy Chong, while chronicling the development and success of their first feature-length film, 'Up In Smoke.' Items on display will include the original marked-up script from 'Up In Smoke,' the master tape for the soundtrack album, comedy sketches, and selections from Marin's 'Blazing Chicano Guitars' collection, among other items. The selections from Marin's guiar-art collection include Chaz Bojorquez' 'Lester William Polsfus'; Jaime 'GERMS' Zacarias' 'Germtar' and John Valadez' 'Sombrero Hormigas.'" - Do LA.
* Special exhibit included with regular museum admission ticket.
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ONGOING, in San Pedro:
"LOST AT SEA: THE EXPLORATIONS OF DR. ROBERT BALLARD" is an exhibition aboard the BATTLESHIP IOWA, docked as a museum in San Pedro, at 250 S Harbor Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90731
*  “Everyone is an explorer. How could you possibly live your life looking at a door and not open it?” – Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of RMS TITANIC.
*  The exhibit opened Oct 31, 2018 after previews during "Fleet Week."
*  It includes the "Lost at Sea" gallery, "Alpha Romeo Tango (ART)" art gallery, and ship tour expansion that now includes the USS Iowa's capability as a floating city, with a look at the ship's on-board laundry, barbershop, and brig.
*  Battleship IOWA Museum was chosen to launch “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard” before it goes elsewhere. Ballard is known the world over for his discovery of the final resting place of the Titanic; yet, he has quested for and found many more vessels whose origins date over the past 2,000 years. Their common fate was that they have been claimed by our oceans and seas. Many lie undisturbed as what Ballard calls “undersea museums,” and these are revealed to visitors aboard the historic USS IOWA.
*  This retrospective is a showcase for the Iowa to highlight many of the world’s most historically noted underwater wrecks, found by the explorer.
* “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard” was made possible by a generous grant from the Confidence Foundation and is jointly sponsored by Dr. Robert Ballard, the Port of Los Angeles, Ocean Exploration Trust, and AltaSea.
*  The "Lost at Sea" exhibit is included with General Admission to the Battleship IOWA. Museum ticket office opens daily at 10 am and the last tour ticket is sold at 4 pm. Ticket prices at the box office are $19.95 for ages 12–61. Youth tickets, age 5 – 11, are $11.95. Senior admission (age 62 and over) are $9.95. Children under age 5 are free. General admission for the military (active, retired and U.S. armed forces) on all days other than Nov. 11 are $14.95.
*  Tix and more info: https://pacificbattleship.com
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DAY-BY-DAY EVENT LISTINGS
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Thursday, Feb 21
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Thu, Feb 21, FREE:
6:30 pm-8:30 pm - "THE HEART OF BIDDY MASON" is a City of Los Angeles "BLACK HISTORY MONTH" celebration event, with Celebrity Stage Reading and Live Performance at L.A.'s historical monument, The Pico House (across the plaza from Olvera Street), 424 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
*  Red Carpet and Reception at 6:30 pm.
*  "Celebrity Reading and Live Performance" at 7:30 pm.
*  Blues singer BARBARA MORRISON and TED LANGE are co-hosts. Sponsors tell us, "Celebrities expected. Space Limited."
*  Bridget "Biddy" Mason (1818-1891) was an African-American Angeleno, a nurse, real estate entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.
*  Did you know that more than half the founding families of Los Angeles were black? Those early Angelenos of African descent had Spanish surnames and were called "Pobladores." All of us share a rich history anchored in the second largest city in our nation.
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Thu, Feb 21:
7:30 pm - "INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT" at the California Center For The Arts, in Center Theatre, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido, CA 92025; 800-988-4253.
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Thu, Feb 21:
8 pm - SIMON SPALDING, Shantyman fiddler, plus JAMES HENDRICKS, at the Whale & Ale Pub, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-832-0363.
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Thu, Feb 21:
8 pm - BROOKS ROBERTSON: "FINGERPICKING PRO" plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
*  Brooks Robertson doesn't need much more than two thumbs, eight fingers and six strings on a wooden box to carry his listeners away.
*  Brooks utilizes his superb technical abilities to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and surpass the borders of conventional genres.
*  He merges hauntingly beautiful compositions, country rhythms and jazzy harmonies with funky licks into his very own art form – sometimes delivered with a punch, sometimes with a smile.
*  Guitar royalty salutes Brooks Robertson:
• "All guitar players are like Frankensteins. Their music is made out of bits and pieces of other players. In Brooks' case, he's a son of a Frankenchops, the well known monster picker Buster B. Jones. Buster and Brooks are both so scary ... the legend continues.” -- Mason Williams.
• "The solo guitar's future is in good hands with players like Brooks out there!". John Jorgenson.
• "Brooks Robertson has one of the very best techniques in fingerstyle guitar. You can hear the influences of Buster B. Jones, Jerry Reed, and all the great fingerpickers past ... and he's writing some fabulous new material. An amazing guitar player who's showing the rest of us how it's done! Nobody whops Brooks Robertson!” -- Richard Smith.
• "He is slicker than a cat on a greased pole.” -- Nokie Edwards.
• "Brooks Robertson plays like the house is on fire.” -- Thom Bresh.
*  TIX $18.
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Friday, Feb 22
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Fri, Feb 22:
7 pm - SIMON SPALDING, Shantyman fiddler, plays a house concert at the home of Walter & Sheila Nelson, 19146 Strathern St., Reseda, CA 91335; reservations required at: laha@pacbell.net
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - "AN EVENING OF NEW AND CLASSIC MUSIC with DELIRIUM MUSICUM" from Ancient Aires to Modern Masterpieces, at Boston Court Pasadenra, 70 N Mentor, Pasadena CA 91106; 626-683-6801.
 *  This young, exciting conductor-less chamber ensemble features everything from baroque and classical music to new works by Composer-in-Residence Gianluca Bersanetti and the group's winners of "Call for Scores" from composers Charles Peck, Nicky Sohn, and Patrick O’Malley.
*  Delirium Musicum is a new generation of classical musician who brings a fresh approach to the old masters and enthusiasm for the new. The love and excitement they have playing together creates a bond on stage that allows for spontaneity. They enjoy the thrill of being on the "edge" -- it generates an energy that pulls the audience into their performances.
*  TIX at: www.bostoncourtpasadena.org
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - MARK HUMMELS' GOLDEN STATE LONE STAR REVUE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - ROSE'S PAWN SHOP plays the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731; 310-833-6362.
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - "INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT" at Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; 949-480-4278.
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - SUSANA BACA plus BANDA MAGDA and MICHAEL LEAGUE, play the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330; 818-677-3000.
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - SPECIAL CONSENSUS plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm-midnight -  🎸 THE RAYFORD BROS play the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563.
*  Vintage '60s-style rockabilly / rock n’ roll band from Los Angeles also performs '50s rock n’ roll, surf favorites, and originals that have a bopping sound and feel.
*  Make a table reservation (no cover) at: http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/reservations/ or call  951-696-5252 after 11 am.
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - ORLEANS plays LPAC, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 West Lancaster Bl, Lancaster, CA 93534; 661-723-5950.
*  Now entering their 41st year of live performances, Orleans’ numerous hits include “Still the One”, “Dance With Me” and “Love Takes Time.”
* This '70s pop-rock band has produced an impressive body of work, spanning 16 albums and nearly as many DVDs.
*  Co-founder Lance Hoppen, along with long-standing members Lane Hoppen, Fly Amero and Charlie Morgan were recently re-joined by co-founder John Hall, back from his time as a US Congressman. Now, together, they carry on the legacy they began 40 years ago.
*  TIX at www.lpac.org/event.php?id=2423
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - BLIND LEMON PEEL plus THE BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests, plays the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006.
*  TIX $5 advance, $10 at door.
*  Adv tix available for all shows at the venue at:
http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Fri, Feb 22:
8 pm - MICHAEL McGINNIS & FRIENDS play his "Annual Birthday Concert" to celebrate 77 -- at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
*  McGINNIS is a member of the Original New Christy Minstrels, and Captain Kangaroo even recorded two of his songs.
*  The "friends" are DAVID P. JACKSON, legendary player of most instruments, hilariously funny, and longtime member of New West; and, elite guitarist STEPHEN GEYER, who has penned a number of chart-breaking songs.
*  Folksinger McGinnis says, "This could be the last one of these for a while, so don’t miss it. Come and share in a joyous evening of music and frivolity."
*  TIX $20.
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Saturday, Feb 23
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Sat & Sun, Feb 23 & 24, FESTIVAL:
10 am-5 pm - "RIVERSIDE DICKENS FESTIVAL" with performances by BLACK ROSE, SWEETWATER CREEK BAND, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, TEA & STRUMPETS, BOB’S YER UNCLE, ENGLISH PEELERS, LES FOLIES ROUGE, LOONEY’S FORTUNE, SIMON SPALDING, SPORTIVE TRICKS, CHRISTOPHER YATES, DENNIS FOLEY, and MANNIS O’TOOL, on Main St (Between University Av & 11th St), Riverside, CA 92501.
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Sat, Feb 23; ☘️IRISH / CELTIC EVENT☘️:
2 pm - GREEN ASHES: "REVOLUTIONARY IRISH-CELTIC TUNES" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
* This MATINEE promises depth, range, and brazen musicianship, from a the band whose music is steeped in raw emotion and runs the gamut from fierce rebel songs to soulful ballads. One listener says they "revolutionize traditional Irish tunes, forging a unique Celtic style." The band's influences include The Pogues, Fairport Convention, The Waterboys and Flogging Molly.
*  TIX: $15.
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Sat, Feb 23; ☘️IRISH / CELTIC EVENT, FREE☘️:
2 pm-4 pm - READING, LECTURE, & DISCUSSION: SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE'S "RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER," and OSCAR WILDE'S "THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL," read by JOE PRAML at Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Av, Los Angeles 90024; 310-474-1739.
*  "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is the last great work of Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright. He wrote it while in exile in Paris, after his release from the bleak English prison in Reading where he witnessed the execution of another prisoner.
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is a moving tale of an old seaman on a long journey of contrition after a mindless act of violence as a younger man, when he kills the benevolent Albatross and suffers the wrath of the vengeful sea.
*  More at: www.joepraml.com
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Sat, Feb 23:
6:30 pm-8:30 pm - RYAN COLLAZO plays the Whale & Ale, 327 W 7th St, San Pedro CA 90731.
*  Ryan is a singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado. After falling in love with music at a young age, he decided to pick up the guitar and start playing. Ryan performs a wide variety of cover songs ranging from the Lumineers to Elton John, and also has an extensive catalogue of originals.
*  Free parking behind restaurant in labeled spaces.
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Sat, Feb 23:
7 pm - INCENDIO: "LATIN GUITAR WORLD FUSION" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
*  Incendio is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). For this evening, the group is joined by drummer Tim Curle.
*  TIX $20.
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Sat, Feb 23, MARDI GRAS event:
7 pm-11 pm - Annual MARDI GRAS at St. Jerome's with DAVE SOUSA & ZYDECO MUDBUGS with special guest CHAKA KHAN, at St. Jerome Parish Hall, 5560 Thornburg St, Los Angeles CA 90045
*  Tix:
• Early bird before Mon, Feb 11: $35 or two for $60.
• After Feb 11: $45 or two for $80.
• Available at 424-262-6015 or www.st-jeromeschool.org
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Sat, Feb 23:
7 pm -  DULCIE TAYLOR, singer-songwriter with GEORGE NAUFUL on guitar and TRACY MORGAN on percussion, at Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F St, Tehachapi, CA 93561; 661-823-9994.
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Sat, Feb 23:
7:30 pm - THE SUBDUDES play the AMSD Concerts series at Sweetwater Community Church, 5305 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita, CA 91902; 619-201-0520.
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Sat, Feb 23:
8 pm - "THEA MUSGRAVE: IN-PERSON" at Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N Mentor, Pasadena CA 91106; 626-683-6801.
*  Boston Court celebrates the 90th birthday of the internationally renowned Scottish Classical & Opera composer Thea Musgrave with a concert featuring THE ECLIPSE QUARTET, MARK ROBSON, and a host of luminous guests.
*  Go early for the pre-concert talk with the composer at 7:15 pm.
*  TIX at: www.bostoncourtpasadena.org
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Sat, Feb 23:
8 pm - ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS plus THE  BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND with various special guests, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006.
*  Adv tix available for all shows at the venue at:
http://arcadiabluesclub.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Feb 23:
8 pm - STEVE POLTZ plays the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach, San Diego, CA 92075; 858-481-9022.
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Sat, Feb 23:
8 pm - BOBBY RUSH does a solo performance in the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sat, Feb 23:
8 pm - ADAM MILLER plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, CA 90230; 310-398-2583.
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Sat, Feb 23; ☘️IRISH / CELTIC EVENT☘️:
8 pm - Ireland's great LUNASA plays the "PASADENA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY" concert series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, aka "Little Beckman," at Caltech in Pasadena.
*  A chance to see Lúnasa in a small hall is rare. Here, in this lecture-hall-turned-concert-hall, the seats stairstep up to the back, so all views are good.
*  Tix: $20 adults, $5 for children and Caltech students.  Buy by phone, 10 am-4:30 pm Mon-Fri, at 626-395-4652.  O4 buy any that remain at the door for cash or check (no credit cards at door).
*  TIX are available now for some of the upcoming shows; mark your calendars for:
• STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN on Mar 9.
• There's a FREE show at Pasadena Central Library on Mar 23.
• The series is back at Caltech with CAMBALACHE for Son Jarocho music from Veracruz.
• On Apr 6, it's JAYME STONE'S FOLKLIFE, including MOIRA SMILEY.
• Then the series brings a Friday show on Apr 26 with ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS.
*  TIX at Caltech ticket office; details to come.
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Sat, Feb 23:
8 pm-10:30 pm - "An Evening With ACOUSTIC ASYLUM" at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91301
*  Acoustic Asylum is some of L.A.’s best recording and touring musicians "in an organic setting. No electronic tricks, no stylistic limits… just having fun and making incredible music.   From Swamp Funk, to Jazz, to Klezmer and Tango, to Pastoral Heartfelt Moods and quirky original and covered songs, nothing is off limits!"
*  Led by award winning composer and producer Dan Radlauer on accordion; joined by acclaimed guitarist and band leader, Carl Verheyen (Supertramp); Mark Hollingsworth (one of L.A.'s top woodwinds players) on clarinet and baritone sax; Dave Marotta on bass; John Mader on drums (career spanning from Pat Benatar to the L.A. run of "Hamilton"); the multifaceted Luis Alberto bringing his internatinal sensibilities on violin.
*  TIX:  $30 pre-paid, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-acoustic-asylum-tickets-54204958490?aff=mcivte
* $35 at door, if any tix remain.
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Sat, Feb 23; ☘️IRISH / CELTIC EVENT, FREE☘️:
8 pm-midnight -  🎻  BRICK TOP BLAGGERS play the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563.
* It's the return of this Shamrock favorite band, with lead singer Steve and the boys and girl. Expect a rip-roaring night of Celtic shenanigans and great music. Fiddle, mandolin, and searing guitars make them one of the most exciting Celtic rock bands on the West Coast.
*  Make a table reservation (no cover) at: http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/reservations/ or call  951-696-5252 after 11 am.
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Sunday, Feb 24
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Sun, Feb 24:
*** FINAL DAY for discount tix to "DYLANFEST"
Sale extended on SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS, available for $25 through today, Feb 24. That's $10 off the door price.
*  The always outstanding annual "DYLANFEST" is 8 hours of the music of BOB DYLAN performed by 50 musicians, from award-winning bands and solo artists to award-winning hosts ANDY & RENEE and their band HARD RAIN.
*  This year's "DYLANFEST" (number 29) happens Sun, May 5, 2019.
*  Venue is the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torino Plaza, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503.
*  TIX at: http://www.andyandrenee.com/store.php
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Sun, Feb 24, FESTIVAL:
10 am-5 pm - "RIVERSIDE DICKENS FESTIVAL" concludes today with performances by BLACK ROSE, SWEETWATER CREEK BAND, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, TEA & STRUMPETS, BOB’S YER UNCLE, ENGLISH PEELERS, LES FOLIES ROUGE, LOONEY’S FORTUNE, SIMON SPALDING, SPORTIVE TRICKS, CHRISTOPHER YATES, DENNIS FOLEY, and MANNIS O’TOOL, on Main St (Between University Av & 11th St), Riverside, CA 92501.
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Sun, Feb 24:
10:30 am - MISTA COOKIE JAR plays a "Matinee Kids Show" in the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Feb 24:
2 pm - FORTUNATE SON: TRIBUTE TO CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
*  Venue impresario, in bringing this MATINEE, Calls this CCR tribute "The Best In The Nation. Returning by popular demand, their own desire, and a thirst for a good cup o’ joe."
*  TIX $20.
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Sun, Feb 24:
7 pm - MARC BERGER PERFORMS HIS CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ALBUM, “RIDE,” WITH STEVE POSTELL at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
*  Marc Berger has performed at Austin’s "SXSW" (South by Southwest) Music Festival, and at the "Kerrville" and "Falcon Ridge" Folk Festivals.
*  He has opened for Bob Dylan and other national acts.
*  TIX $20.
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Sun, Feb 24:
7:30 pm & 9:30 pm - FRANK FAIRFIELD TEMPLE STREET QUARTET plays two shows tonight at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, 9341 Venice Bl, Culver City, CA 90232.
*  Quite a banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bass ensemble, with FRANK FAIRFIELD, ZAC SOKOLOW, JAKE FAULKNER, and DAVID EISENBROCH.
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Sun, Feb 24:
8 pm - BOBBY RUSH does a solo performance in the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Sun, Feb 24:
9:30 pm - FRANK FAIRFIELD TEMPLE STREET QUARTET plays the 2nd of two shows tonight at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, 9341 Venice Bl, Culver City, CA 90232.
*  See 7:30 listing.
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Sun, Feb 24:
10 pm - CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS play the Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, 515 W 7th St #200, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
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Monday, Feb 25
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Mon, Feb 25:
7 pm - "DE PROFUNDIS: READING & DISCUSSION"  at Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N Mentor, Pasadena CA 91106; 626-683-6801.
*  This is one of three events in the L.A. area that celebrate OSCAR WILDE. Since we listed one before we knew of the other two, it only seemed right to list all three.
*  While in prison in 1897, Oscar Wilde wrote a 50,000-word letter to his beloved Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, beginning with “Dear Bosie,” and ending with “Your affectionate friend.”
*  In between, Wilde’s sprawling and poignant letter recounts the relentless emotional injuries he suffered from Bosie, tells of the journey of self-discovery he underwent while incarcerated, and, in the end, becomes a plea for compassion.
*  Published after Wilde’s death under the title "De Profundis," the letter articulates Wilde’s thoughts and feelings between the events of Act I and Act II of "The Judas Kiss," and beautifully illuminates many details in the play.
*  An abridged version of "De Profundis" will be read by KASEY MAHAFFY (A Noise Within, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and numerous film and TV credits), and will be followed by a discussion about the letter, Oscar Wilde, and the points of connection between "De Profundis" and the venue's current production, "The Judas Kiss."
*  FREE with RSVP, at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/112/production/1005651?performanceId=10375692
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Tuesday, Feb 26
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Tue, Feb 26:
6 pm - STEVE POLTZ plays the Hotel Café Second Stage, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Bl (half blk S of Hollywood Bl), Hollywood, CA 90038; 323-461-2040.
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Tue, Feb 26, FILM EVENT:
7 pm - "THE ENGLISH PATIENT," presented by "USC VISIONS AND VOICES: The Arts and Humanities Initiative," in Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA), on the USC main campus in University Park, 900 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
*  In conjunction with the inaugural reading of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series featuring MICHAEL ONDAATJE, the series screens the 1996 adaptation of his novel, "The English Patient."
*  This critically-acclaimed film stars Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
*  It was nominated for twelve OSCARS and won nine, including "Best Picture" and "Best Director."
*  ADMISSION is FREE,  but reservations are required, at:
http://cinema.usc.edu/TheEnglishPatient
*  Related Event: "AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL ONDAATJE," in the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series, Tue, Mar 5, at 7 pm, in USC's Bovard Auditorium; FREE with a reservation; info / RSVP for that event: http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=1468394
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Wednesday, Feb 27
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Wed, Feb 27:
7 pm - JODI SIEGEL & NATALIE GELMAN headline, plus special guest MICHAEL McNEVIN, at the "Wine & Song" concert series hosted by BRAD COLERICK in the clubhouse at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena 91030.
*  The blues are deeply rooted in Chicago native JODI SIEGEL. In the late '80s she relocated to California and eventually landed in the art community of Laguna Beach. She is a wicked slide guitar player with a bluesy, soulful, and mellow vocal style. She has shared the stage with many venerable artists including Albert King, Robben Ford, Kris Kristofferson, and David Lindley.
*  NATALIE GELMAN was raised in a songwriter mecca  — New York’s West Village — where she grew-up amidst artists and true bohemians. At 16, she started writing songs and soon after began busking on subway platforms. Captivating tourists and straphangers alike, Natalie stopped even the most hurried commuters in their tracks with her powerful voice. Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless.
*  The Arroyo Seco Grill (a short step next door) has food and full bar. Or BYOB to the show for a $10 corkage fee.
*  TIX, $12 & $17, at https://blueguitar.club/
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Wed, Feb 27:
7 pm - CHRISTIANE CARGILL KINNEY, THE LAUREN ADAMS TRIO, CRAIG GREENBERG, & storyteller DYLAN BRODY play the monthly "DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS" showcase at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001.
*  No reservations taken for this series. Just get there in time to pay the admission and get a seat before showtime.
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Wed, Feb 27:
8 pm - PATRICK DANIEL KELLY, plus DAVID BAINE & HONK TONK, play the "DIG/SOW/REAP" concert series at Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
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Wed, Feb 27:
8 pm - DARLINGSIDE plus RIVER WHYLESS play the Music Box, 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
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Wed, Feb 27:
8 pm - THE SIDELINE BLUEGRASS BAND plays the "DAVID NAIDITCH HOUSE CONCERTS" series in Altadena, CA.
*  Reservations get directions at: davidnaiditch@charter.net
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Thursday, Feb 28
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Thu, Feb 28:
7 pm - NOAM PIKELNY and STUART DUNCAN team-up to play the Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St, Los Angeles CA 90015.
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Thu, Feb 28:
7:30 pm - THE SIDELINE BLUEGRASS BAND plays Shutts Fabricators, 1632 W 15th St, Long Beach, CA 90813; 562-432-4648
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Thu, Feb 28:
7:30 pm - "OFF MY HEAD STORYTELLING" with LAURA CATHCART ROBBINS, ROXANNE REESE, BRYAN KETT, KELLY SPILLMAN, REX McDANIEL, and MICHAEL LAMBERT, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations by phone only, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Thu, Feb 28:
8 pm - THE WOOD BROTHERS  plus CARSIE BLANTON play the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach (San Diego) CA 92075; 858-481-9022.
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Thu, Feb 28:
8:30 pm - DARLINGSIDE plus RIVER WHYLESS play the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323-936-6400.
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Friday, Mar 1
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Fri, Mar 1:
10 am - MUDBUG BRASS BAND plays the Skirball Cultural Center, atop Sepulveda Pass at 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90049; 310-440-4578.
*  Concert is free with paid admission.
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Fri, Mar 1:
7:30 pm - LAURENCE JUBER, the superb GRAMMY winning guitarist, plays the first of 3 nights in different venues for the "Lord Of The Strings" Concert Series, this one at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point, CA 92629.
*  TIX for all three shows: 949-244-6656.
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Fri, Mar 1:
7:30 pm - JORMA KAUKONEN plays the "AMSD Concerts" series at Sweetwater Community Church, 5305 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita, CA 91902; 619-201-0520.
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Fri, Mar 1:
8 pm - PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY, the surviving 2/3 of PETER, PAUL & MARY, play the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; 805-449-2787.
*  Yes, absolutely, they've still got it. Catch 'em before they retire!
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Fri, Mar 1:
8 pm & 10 pm - ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY plus FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN play two shows tonight in the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Fri, Mar 1:
8 pm - MUDBUG BRASS BAND plays the Edye Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica CA 90401; 310-434-3200.
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Fri, Mar 1:
8 pm - DIEGO EL CIGALA play the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92697; 949-854-4646.
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Fri, Mar 1:
8:30 pm - DARLINGSIDE plus RIVER WHYLESS play the SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-962-7776.
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Fri, Mar 1:
8 pm - THE LIMELITERS, longtime headlining Americana Folk Band, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations by phone only, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
*  THIS IS A STAR ACT, and they're delightfully entertaining. Jump on a reservation. It'll sell-out and the waiting list will fill-up in no time.
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Fri, Mar 1:
9 pm - THE WOOD BROTHERS plus CARSIE BLANTON play the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach (San Diego) CA 92075; 858-481-9022
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Fri, Mar 1:
10 pm - ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY / FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN play the 2nd of two shows tonight in the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497.
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Saturday, Mar 2
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Sat, Mar 2, live on WEB RADIO:
6 pm (PST) - "FOLKSTAGE" from WFMT Chicago, hosts a live performance by STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN.
*   WHAT IS "FOLKSTAGE"-? It's one of America's best. About 26 concerts per year are broadcast live from the WFMT studio in front of an audience. The remainder of their concerts are from the show's archives that stretch back 55 years. These include recent recordings made in the Chicago area, live broadcasts from the "Old Town School of Folk Music," or recorded portions of live studio concerts that were not previously broadcast. Note that they NEVER repeat a recorded live show, believing the audience "is entitled to a fresh show every week." Also note, the long-running and very famous Chicago radio show "THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL" immediately follows "FOLKSTAGE" every Saturday. (What a way to run a radio station... we're envious, Chicago.)
*  BETTMAN & HALPIN... with music that creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts, Bettman & Halpin play original Folk-Americana. They got their start as resident Southern California musicians. Since their move to Denver and their increasing tours, we don't see much of 'em here. So, live radio is a welcome treat.
*  Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass / acoustic roots-inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs. Interspersed between songs and instrumentals, they tell stories.
*  They're known for storytelling and playful banter as well as hooky songwriting, vocal harmonies, and instrumental wizardry. Touring as a duo since 2008, they've incorporated a trio and quartet since 2013. They perform at lots of arts centers in the US and abroad.
*  You'll hear up-tempo down home fiddlin', Stephanie's trademark. They'll deliver soulful sorrowful ballads and hook-laden folk/pop with catchy melodies.
*  Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various regional and national competitions.
*  LIVE BROADCAST LINK:
https://www.midnightspecial.org/folkstage.htm
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Sat, Mar 2; ☘️ST. PATRICK'S EVENT☘️:
8 pm - TRINITY IRISH DANCE COMPANY at the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Cal State in Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.
*  Forget what you think you know about Irish dancing. This is TRINITY; a thoroughly fresh and engaging vision that goes beyond traditional Irish dance without losing touch with its essence.
*  TIX: http://carpenterarts.org/2018-2019/trinity-irish-dance-company.html
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Sat, Mar 2:
8 pm - INCENDIO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732
*  Info on this show, the venue, and their calendar at:
www.alvasshowroom.com
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Wednesday, Mar 6
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Wed, Mar 6:
7 pm - GREGORY PAGE plus the KAREN TOBIN BAND play this week's "WINE & SONG" concert series hosted by BRAD COLERICK in the clubhouse at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena 91030.
*  Musician, poet, and filmmaker GREGORY PAGE has a fascinating background. Born in London, his Armenian and Irish parents met while they were on tour with their bands en route to the Middle East. His Irish mother was the lead singer in the all-girl group called the Beat-Chics, who opened multiple concerts for the Beatles in 1965. Gregory’s first concert in London was at the O2 Arena playing an opening set for his pal, Jason Mraz. He has also opened for Bob Dylan and John Prine.
*  Singer-songwriter KAREN TOBIN is a veteran of the Los Angeles country music scene. She was signed to a couple of major record labels and has been compared to such luminaries as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Karen writes from the heart about her life journey. She was recently recognized by "Music Connection" Magazine as one of the their "Top 20 Prospects For 2018." She’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalists GREG KREUGER  and TIM FLEMING.
*  The Arroyo Seco Grill (a short step next door) has food and full bar. Or BYOB to the show for a $10 corkage fee.
*  TIX, $12 & $17, at https://blueguitar.club/
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Thursday, Mar 7
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Thu, Mar 7:
7:30 pm–9:30 pm - "SILENT MOVIE NIGHT" at the Muckenthaler presents live musical accompaniment by award-winning composer MICHAEL MORTILLA for a screening of the 1926 movie, "MAN TRAP" starring “the It Girl,” CLARA BOW, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 West Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; https://themuck.org
*  COMING UP AT THE MUCK:
(All events are 7:30 pm-9:30 pm unless otherwise indicated):
• Thu, Mar 14 - SLIGO RAGS concert; tix at:
https://themuck.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=215
• Mar 22 - SEAN OLIU & THE COASTLINE COWBOYS.
• May 9 - DOC SEVERINSEN SHOW; some new news (just in Sun, Feb 17) -- not only will some of the original "Tonight Show Orchestra" members make a surprise appearance, but there will be a video tribute to Doc created especially for this event.
• Apr 4 - "SPEAKEASY: VOLSTEAD ACT 100th ANNIVERSARY," 7:30-9:30 pm.
• Apr 11 - "AN EVENING ABOARD THE TITANIC," 7:30-9:30 pm.
• Apr 18 - "NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY AND STORYTELLING," 7:30-9:30 pm.
• Oct 17 - "LACY J. DALTON BENEFIT CONCERT feat. DALE POUNET," 7:30-9:30 pm.
*  Box Office Tue-Fri, noon-4 pm, at 714-738-6595.
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Wednesday, Mar 13
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Wed, Mar 13:
7 pm - BLUEGRASS comes to this week's "Wine & Song" concert series with ROSE VALLEY THORNS, plus KYLIE ROTHFIELD, hosted by BRAD COLERICK in the clubhouse at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena 91030.
*  The ROSE VALLEY THORNS are Joshua Bergmann on mandolin, Jared Bergmann on guitar, and Corey Highberg on upright bass. They are a bluegrass and progressive folk band out of Ventura County. They combine their youthful energy and eclectic musical backgrounds into a modern take on the traditional bluegrass genre.
*  KYLIE ROTHFIELD was on NBC’s "The Voice" in 2016 where she was chosen by Alicia Keys, who coached her throughout the season. Kylie makes a long overdue return to Wine & Song. When one hears her voice, there is no denying the timeless, raw sense of emotion in her delivery. Crafting songs that combine elements of soul, blues and pop, Kylie’s music is honest and expressive. Although her vocal ability is undeniable, she is also an accomplished guitarist.
*  The Arroyo Seco Grill (a short step next door) has food and full bar. Or BYOB to the show for a $10 corkage fee.
*  TIX, $12 & $17, at https://blueguitar.club/
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Thursday, Mar 14
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Thu, Mar 14; ☘️ST. PATRICK'S EVENT☘️:
7 pm - "ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN IRELAND" with CONNOR REIDER and the KERRY TRADITIONAL BAND, plus the CELTIC IRISH DANCE ACADEMY led by "Riverdance" star MAEVE CROKE, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks, CA.
*  This is the only Southern Cal performance of the tour.
TIX: Box Office, 805-449-2787, or online, at: www.civicartsplaza.com/ show_detail.php?id=629
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Thu, Mar 14, ☘️ST. PATRICK'S EVENT☘️:
7:30 pm - SLIGO RAGS in concert at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 West Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; https://themuck.org
* Tix at: https://themuck.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=215
* Or Box Office Tue-Fri, noon-4 pm, at 714-738-6595.
*  COMING UP AT THE MUCK:
(All events are 7:30 pm-9:30 pm unless otherwise indicated):
• Mar 22 - SEAN OLIU & THE COASTLINE COWBOYS.
• May 9 - DOC SEVERINSEN SHOW; some new news (just in Sun, Feb 17) -- not only will some of the original "Tonight Show Orchestra" members make a surprise appearance, but there will be a video tribute to Doc created especially for this event.
• Apr 4 - "SPEAKEASY: VOLSTEAD ACT 100th ANNIVERSARY," 7:30-9:30 pm.
• Apr 11 - "AN EVENING ABOARD THE TITANIC," 7:30-9:30 pm.
• Apr 18 - "NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY AND STORYTELLING," 7:30-9:30 pm.
• Oct 17 - "LACY J. DALTON BENEFIT CONCERT feat. DALE POUNET," 7:30-9:30 pm.
*  Box Office Tue-Fri, noon-4 pm, at 714-738-6595.
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Saturday, Mar 16
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Sat, Mar 16; ☘️ST. PATRICK'S FESTIVAL, FREE☘️:
11 am - Annual "CANOGA PARK ST. PATRICK'S CELEBRATION" starts with a "Community March" (they used to call it a parade), and includes Live Irish Music & Comedy,  begins at the Madrid Theatre with stages set up at the Farmer's Market, Canoga Park, CA.
*  Event features entertainment by True Thomas, Owen Dara, and many more.
*  Includes Vendors, Free Food, Door Prizes and more, billed as "Great family fun for all ages."
*  FREE event presented by the Canoga Park Improvement Association.
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Sat, Mar 16:
7:30 pm - PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK play the "CAMARILLO CAFE CONCERT SERIES" at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010.
*  NEW MANAGEMENT: inland Ventura County, through Camarillo and across the pass to Thousand Oaks, has faced a lot of challenges and heartbreak with massive wildfires that followed yet another gun massacre in a nightclub. That isn't why Peter Krantz & Becky Glenn retired at the end of last year, but it's part of why, in handing the series to Bob Schetter and Marilyn Owen, things went a couple months without performances. Bob & Marilyn tell us, "We have been working hard ever since to learn the ropes and keep things going at the level you have become accustomed to. One of the changes is a brand new website, with a new URL."
*  Although never an actual dining establishment, the "Camarillo Café" is a long-running, delightful, intimate, smoke-free and alcohol-free coffeehouse-style concert series, monthly except July & Dec, sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Rec & Park District.
*  You'll find their ongoing info at:
https://camarillocafeconcerts.com
With schedules at:
https://camarillocafeconcerts.com/calendar-of-events
*  There's also their Facebook page (if your devices are infested with the FB spyware that comes with an FB account); that's at: https://www.facebook.com/CamCafe/
*   The series' first act of 2019 is Camarillo Café favorite and Southern Cal roots music institution, PHIL SALAZAR and the KINFOLK, in time for St. Patrick's Day.
*  In April, the monthly series presents award-winning San Diego folk duo BERKLEY HART, and in May, it's TOM BALL & KENNY SULTAN. Ahead are SLIGO RAGS, GARY STOCKDALE, SUZIE GLAZE & THE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE, and a night with DAN CRARY with the CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS. Finishing up the year, they have LISA RICHARDS, a brilliant new talent visiting the US from Australia.
*  TONIGHT'S SHOW: as the bookers say, "We hardly need to introduce them to this audience, but in case you are new to the community, Phil and his band have been performing and recording for over 30 years. Their signature style blends bluegrass, country, pop, rock, jazz, and blues in a way no one else can. Last year's show was sold out, with latecomers banging on the doors to get in! Yep, they are local superstars. You can't help but tap your toes, dance in your seat, and have a good time when Phil and the band are on stage." The Guide heartily concurs.
*  Doors at 7 pm for the best seats.
*  TIX $25 at the door, no advance sales. Be early to get in; it'll sell-out!
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Sat, Mar 16; ☘️ST. PATRICK'S EVENT☘️:
8 pm - DUBLIN'S IRISH TENORS & THE CELTIC LADIES play Beckman Auditorium (aka "Big  Beckman") at Caltech, 332 S Michigan Av (S of Del Mar Bl), Pasadena CA
*  Delighting critics and audiences around the world, it's two superb Irish groups in one magical concert, featuring wonderful harmonies and lilting melodies. These talented singers take you on a breathtaking musical journey covering Irish classics, opera, & pop.
* TIX: $39, $44, 49; youth (HS age & younger) $10. Senior rush tickets are $25, beginning 1/2 hr before performance (subject to availability). 
* Info: 626 395-4652; www.caltech.edu/content/dublins-irish-tenors-and-celtic-ladies
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Sunday, Mar 17
St. Patrick's Day
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Sun, Mar 17, ☘️ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENT ☘️:
2 pm-midnight - "ST. PATRICK'S DAY AT THE SHAMROCK" at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563.
*  IMPORTANT NOTE: on Feb 21, the venue announced, "Last chance for St Patrick's Day commemorative t-shirt & wristband package, with guaranteed entry on the big day, all for $25. Only a few left. Email paul@getshamrocked.com with your name, # of wristbands you want, and a contact cell phone. You will receive a reply that same day. Entrance on St Patrick's Day is a $15 cover charge at the door," NO RESERVATIONS, space available.
*  Check their website for full details, at:
http://theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/event/saint-patricks-day/
*  Performing are: KEY OF Whiskey, KICK-STOMP ENSEMBLE, THE GUINNESS MARQUEE, pipes and drums, plus a party DJ.
*  They'll have green beer, corned beef & cabbage "and other surprises." Sláinte!
*  This is strictly a 21+ event from 2 pm.
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Sun, Mar 17:
4 pm - JOHN YORK, alum of THE BIRDS, plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732
*  Info on this show, the venue, and their calendar at:
www.alvasshowroom.com
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Sun, Mar 17; ☘️ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENT☘️:
Time tba - "IRISH CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  SAINT PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION"
* The evening includes dinner and Live entertainment, and features a special drawing for two round-trip tickets to Ireland or the cash equivalent.
* Tix: donation is $25 per ticket, or $50 for three tickets.
* Info: 818-238-0445.
* Reservations: 818-956-5466.
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ADDITIONS TO THIS EDITION will be made regularly until, as we told you, the March of time replaces it with an altogether new edition.

PLUS, we have lots of MUSIC NEWS features in the works!

'Til we catch ya on the flip side, stay tuneful!
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Friday, February 15, 2019

The "Ramblin' Rose" Garden Show: theatre of the bizarre. Feb 15 2019 edition

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MORE EVENTS are STILL being ADDED in the Guide's Feb 14 edition's latest annotated calendar of events (with descriptions and useful info), for even more concerts, festivals, and other things to do, UNTIL WE PUBLISH A NEW EVENTS EDITION. It's at:

https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2019/02/valentines-day-doins-tunality-and-space.html

THIS is a special edition about things that happened Friday morning, and what they mean, going forward.

THIS EDITION achieves a landmark, as edition number 1,800 since the Guide moved to Blogspot.

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The "Ramblin' Rose" Garden National Emergency Drumbeat Solo

by Lawrence Wines & Franz Romans Countrymen

Never having started any report the way this one does, it just seems necessary to do so, to convey what's really going on.

A journalism faux pas is called "burying the lead." Assuming you have your facts straight, you should -- right away -- provide your readers / listeners / viewers the essence of what things are about. If you ruminate, or explore the roadside weeds, you risk losing people and you diminish the impact of the main point.

Magazine style is different. There, you can lay things out in a sequential progression and arrive at what happened. It's more like the art of verbal storytelling, or a documentary movie, or a book that enables you to see how things got to where they ended-up. That might sound like wonky stuff. Unless it's done for a reason.

We have a convergence of reasons here. Not just a crossroads but a multilevel interchange of reasons. The Guide focuses on music, so let's start unscrewing the inscrutable there.

We'll spare you the analogies to PINK FLOYD and THE WALL. It's already been done, ad infinitum. We'll go with what is newly relevant today.


In 1962, the # 22 song in the charts was RAMBLIN' ROSE recorded by NAT KING COLE, written by NOEL & JOEL SHERMAN. (Music vid: https://playback.fm/charts/top-100-songs/video/1962/Nat-King-Cole-Ramblin-Rose

A different song with nearly the same title  -- RAMBLING ROSE -- charted 14 years earlier, reaching # 23 in 1948. It was sung by PERRY COMO, and written by JOSEPH McCARTHY JR. and JOSEPH BURKE. (Music vid: https://playback.fm/charts/top-100-songs/video/1948/Perry-Como-Ramblin-Rose

No, the lyric writer JOSEPH McCARTHY JR. 
was not the political demagogue Joe McCarthy who happened to have the same name -- though with THE Roy Cohn back in the picture of late, it is necessary to answer the question before it's asked.

The all-but-forgotten, double-entendre-laden song name, RAMBLIN' ROSE / RAMBLING ROSE -- two different hits with 'purt near the same title -- is suddenly back this morning. Back at least enough to invoke that title.

Because it's # 1 in another chart -- the one called "the past-repeats-itself / sociopolitical / sociopathological / pop-culture chart" -- as:

The "Ramblin' Rose Garden" speech by the Commander-in-Tweet.

The Atlantic promptly characterized things as, "Trump’s Bizarre, Rambling Announcement of a National Emergency -- The circus in the Rose Garden threatened to distract from what the president actually did on Friday." You can read their take at: https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/582904/

No doubt the full 50 minutes of the speech will be used in university classrooms. Not so much in public speaking or poli sci classes, but in those dealing with psychiatry. Seriously.

Seeing it wasn't exactly the flea-on-a-hot-griddle / dancing politician thing (like the Virginia governor who "wasn't sure it was him" in black face with the guy in the Klan costume).

Not like that at all. Because the self-assuredness of the Ramblin' Rose Garden performance is so blatant. All the more remarkable being dependent as it is on factual justification weaved on the spot, out of thin air. The emperor has no clothes, but he isn't scampering to tell us to pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. (The curtain can't be a curtain or a screen or a fence because it's going to be a big, beautiful wall. But that's a summation that could apply to previous performances. Let's get back to what makes today so remarkable.)

There is emphatic espousal in perfectly spaced crescendoes of assertions, spaced by anecdotal excursions into things that distract, obfuscate, and endear him to his low-information base. You've never seen this before -- because neither has anybody else. Certainly not the people who research or compile the facts that supposedly comprise the statistics he alludes to, and that he occasionally claims to specifically cite.

An infinite spectrum of analysts and journalists and assorted pundits all vie to convey what that means, but only to the extent that they (and we), and those they/we read, can understand it ourselves. (And you still need to factor-in the agenda of corporate media that routinely filters and contextualizes everything they present.)

You can, and should, watch the whole Ramblin' Rose Garden speech yourself. Do that at the CSPAN site, where there are no edits or commentary:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?457952-1/president-trump-sign-national-emergency-build-border-wall

Going in this morning, the press had been told that the president, speaking in the White House Rose Garden, would do two things:

One: sign the spending "CR" that was negotiated as a compromise deal by a tense and intense joint committee of Congress, and passed by the full Congress, which has all the spending authority; and,

Two: issue a Declaration of National Emergency as his premise to raid other funds appropriated for other purposes, and usurp that money to build his border wall.

Whatever questions, rancor, outrage, sectors of agreement, legions of opposition, and court filings to challenge Constitutionality all that will bring -- it seemed that plenty was about to happen, based solely on addressing just those two points.

Then Mr. Trump began speaking. About China trade talks. About North Korea. About his man-love with dictators being fabulous and the greatest and stupendous. He delivered one of his famously fact-free off-the-cuff dissertations about fentanyl, and that slid into an endorsement of China's beautiful death penalty for drugs. He went into getting sued, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Mitch McConnell. President Obama was deemed deficient for something-or-other.

It looked like he had the wrong script, that maybe he'd brought one for a chicken-and-peas Repubican fund-raiser.

He went on and on -- without mentioning, for a very long time, that he would sign the Congressional compromise legislation that would avert another government shutdown.

Moreover, if the purpose of his speech was to declare a National Emergency, he sure was spending an inordinate amount of time ... straining himself into contortions to pat himself on the back. We were subjected to his narcissism, for a contrived catalog of things he claimed to have accomplished that we all owe him for.

Remember the point about "burying the lead"-? This isn't an ordinary example. This media appearance in the frozen Rose Garden was called as THE event to declare a National Emergency. Eventually, that declaration did turn-up in there, someplace. Eventually. Way down the speechifying hierarchy. Hardly a single peck in the pecking order.

National Emergency? All that disrelated content established a crazy-quilt context of conditions that seemed to lack gravitas. Certainly, the gravitas one would expect for anything on par with billions in assistance for our fellow Americans after fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado swarm, plague, meteor shower, asteroid impact, release of chemical poisons, or, say -- climate catastrophe.

Before long, we began to think how some people like cashews. Some people like pistachios. Some like almonds, and some like macadamias. If you like all of them, it could be said that you like mixed nuts. And in his free-range pecking at everything that blew through the barnyard, the most charitable thing that could be said about Mr. Trump's soup-to-nuts remarks would be, well, to stick with the nuts analogy.

Was his performance designed to numb everyone into not really being able to listen, or was it as gestaltic as it seemed? Both, in effect, but the latter in intent, if one can discern conscious intent.

It appeared to us as stream-of-consciousness stuff from somebody accustomed to using bloviation to stay in the conversation where a lack of knowledge and preparation do not enable meaningful participation in a true dialog.

And yeah, that run-on sentence helps convey the essence, just as the wandering through ancient music charts does.

Perhaps you could already see what we're doing here: characterizing by engaging you in a participatory example.

When we do it, it's hopefully educational, fun, an outlet for angst, and ultimately harmless.

But when the most powerful man in the world does it, as he did with today's "Ramblin' Rose Garden" spectacle? Then it requires any tool that can be wielded to call it to universal attention. Calling it out on social media; memes; placards; cartoonists; the bullhorn; and centrally, in more newspapers and web columns and reports than you've ever needed to read before. It certainly requires the pen. Hopefully not the sword.

Our editor, while employed by other publications, has had White House press credentials issued by a previous administration. He's been present when a president has given important remarks and made extemporaneous remarks, when answers to questions have subtly laid groundwork for major actions to come -- and when a Chief Executive wished he could take back some quip or some factual inaccuracy that his staff would scramble to correct or re-invent.

His take on this is clear.

Let's allow others who witnessed the "Ramblin' Rose Garden" remarks to jump in.

Former Republican congressman Charlie Dent said, "The president is incapable of articulating a plan to demonstrate operational control."

Copy that quote for future use.

Dent quickly enumerated the military budgets that Mr. Trump indicated he would raid to get his wall funds. They include $3.6 billion diverted from approved military construction projects that now will lose their funding. Dent said the military's missions would be compromised without that money, as things like hangars for brand-new F-35 fighters won't be built.

On CNN, host Kate Bolduan remarked, "This is a crisis in search of an emergency."

Dent corrected her, calling it a created, but now real, emergency because of the way Mr. Trump is mishandling it.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D, NY) said, "No National Emergency over prescription drug prices? No National Emergency that we have bridges that are falling apart and there's no money for infrastructure?"

Curiously, Republican rabid hound Ann Coulter proclaimed this is "100% on Trump!" as she expressed her criticism, "The only National Emergency is that our president is an idiot."

California's recently elected Governor Gavin Newsom called the wall "Unnecessary," and "A vanity project," in the course of saying California will go to court to stop the illegal diversion of funds that would build it.

David Gergen, former senior staffer to presidents of both parties, had lengthy observations.

He said, "This president presented a phoney crisis and he backed it up with phoney facts."

Gergen, who is an historian, continued, "When the founders put together the Constitution, it was largely with a view to constrain presidential power." He referenced the Revolution and said, "We didn't want a George the Third."

Gergen continued, "In our politics... you do not make your case with Congress, fail, then... exercise presidential authority to do it anyway, and use phoney facts to back it up."

Congressional Democratic Party leaders quickly vowed to contest this Declaration of National Emergency at all levels, including the courts.

Notably, those Dems made their case, stuck to facts, then left the stage. Not that they aren't quite capable of contorting both feet into their mouths, but today, all the craziness was in the Rose Garden.

The Dems did show they understand what all good songwriters know: when it's really important, say only what needs to be said, then git -- plumb off the stage.

Supreme Court, here we come. Hopefully for no more Bush v. Gore disgraces.

One line deserves adding late, on President's Day Monday. Jeremy Bash, one of 40 former top US intelligence officials to sign a statement calling the Declaration of National Emergency a misuse of authority, said:

"Humpty-Trumpty fell off his wall... and all the king's horses and all the king's men..."

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SO, JUST WHAT IS A "NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION"-?


"National Emergencies" aren't what you think, and mainstream media isn't doing much of a job to explain what they are supposed to be under the law that allows them to be declared.

For example, they are not at all related to Disaster Declarations.

And NOT ONE OF THEM, before today, involved any serious money being spent from the federal treasury -- diverted or otherwise.

For example, when Mr. Trump declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency in 2017, he did not invoke the section of the law that would have given it actual status as a NATIONAL EMERGENCY.

"National Emergency Declarations" are specified in 50 U.S. Code § 1621.

The full legal text is actually quite brief. Here's the whole thing:

"U.S. Code Title 50. WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE Chapter 34. NATIONAL EMERGENCIES Subchapter II. DECLARATIONS OF FUTURE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES Section 1621. Declaration of national emergency by President; publication in Federal Register; effect on other laws; superseding legislation

"(a)  With respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency. Such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.

"(b)  Any provisions of law conferring powers and authorities to be exercised during a national emergency shall be effective and remain in effect (1) only when the President (in accordance with subsection (a) of this section), specifically declares a national emergency, and (2) only in accordance with this chapter. No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.

"(Pub. L. 94–412, title II, § 201, Sept. 14, 1976, 90 Stat. 1255.)"

At: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/1621

According to the Federal Register, a total of 58 National Emergencies have been declared since the "National Emergency Act of 1976" was signed into law by President Gerald Ford.

As of January 10th this year, 31 of them -- having been annually renewed -- are still in effect, as listed in the Federal Register. Most have held that status for years or even decades.

ABC News compiled the most recent list (2019) of all 31 declarations,  with short descriptions, in effect before today. Their list includes the presidents who declared these still ongoing national emergencies:

 https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-31-national-emergencies-effect-years/story?id=60294693


Not exactly any legal authority in there for autocratic usurpation of government funds, or any precedent, either -- for ANY of what the world saw today.

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WHAT DOES THE CONSTITUTION SAY?

ARTICLE I defines the powers and responsibilities of the Congress. Article I is much lengthier than Article II, which establishes the power of the President, or Article III, which establishes the powers of the Supreme Court.

Four sections of Article I work together to clearly require passage by the Congress before any measure can enable funding of anything not already approved by Congress:

Article I, Section 1 (entire section):

"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

(Thus, the President has no powers to dictate law.)

Article I, Section 7, 1st clause:

"All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills."

(The Congress, not the President, determines how -- and if -- federal money is spent, on anything.)

Article I, Section 8, 1st clause:

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"

(The Congress, not the President, has the authority to pay debts, and much more.)

Article I, Section 8, final clause:

"To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."

(The Congress, and no other part of government, has sole responsibility for executing its powers, including the power of the purse.)

Article I, Section 9 (entire section):

"No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time."

(This is the absolute reiteration and confirmation: NO ONE can take federal money for ANY purpose without a legal act of Congress to authorize it, specifying the expenditure. And CONGRESS is responsible for enforcing that.)

Read all of Article I at: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/articles/article-i
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ARTICLE II defines the powers and responsibilities of the PRESIDENT and EXECUTIVE BRANCH. It is very specific,  quite brief, and it gives NO authority for deciding to divert any expenditure of public monies. Read the complete section at: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/articles/article-ii
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ARTICLE III defines the powers of the Judicial Branch and Supreme Court. It is very specific,  quite brief, and it gives NO authority for allowing diversion or authorization of any expenditure of public monies not specifically approved by Congress. Read the complete section at: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/articles/article-iii
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It's appropriate to quote President GERALD FORD, in his first address to the nation after becoming president upon the resignation of RICHARD NIXON.

President Ford said: "Our Constitution works. Ours is a government of laws, and not of men."

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*** On Sunday, Feb 17, we added a single-item as a LATE ADDITION, up-top, where it stayed until late in the day on Mon, Feb 18. It's obsolete now, so we moved it here in its entirety to preserve the full content of this edition. Here's that late-added item:

Mon, Feb 18, PRESIDENTS DAY Holiday:
"PROTEST THE WALL & THE FAKE EMERGENCY POWER GRAB" in a protest near you.
*  The respected non-partisan nonprofit organization "PUBLIC CITIZEN" is teaming-up with dozens of allies to sponsor protests on "PRESIDENTS DAY" Monday.
*  Rallies will take place in more than 200 cities across the country from Homer, Alaska, to Naples, Florida.
*  You can join a demonstration near you, Mon, Feb 18, to protest the Trumpertantrum power grab.
*  FIND A MONDAY EVENT NEAR YOU, at:
*  Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, says, "Trump's power grab is a full-fledged attack on our democracy. If his actions go unchallenged, it will open the door to almost limitless abuses of presidential and military power, including far-reaching clampdowns on civil liberties and civil rights."
*  Public Citizen has filed a lawsuit to stop the illegal wall.
*  Weissman continues, "...if enough people show their outrage, no matter what the courts and Congress do, Trump will know that he can't simply get away with crying 'emergency' to grab power."
*  Well, Mr. Weissman, here at the Guide, we doubt that much of anything could impart the idea to the individual in question that there's anything he can't get away with. But this isn't about him. It's about the CONSTITUTION.

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That's all for this edition.
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