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Friday, April 12, 2019

April's Bigtime Festivals, Concerts, and... the strange case of Julian Assange. Apr 12 edition, 2019.

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Many UPDATES... latest additions of EVENTS: Tue, Apr 16, 12:23 am.
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NOTRE DAME FIRE: WHAT HAPPENED, AND THE ART TREASURES -- THE GUIDE'S 24 HOURS OF COVERAGE

We keep this in the sequence that we reported at the time.


Monday morning, 10:20 am... BREAKING NEWS...

 NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS IS ON FIRE

It is being gutted, the roofs are burning-through. The fire is massive and out of control. Nearly a thousand years old, one of the world's greatest art and architectural treasures is being consumed.

The pipe organ, restored in recent  years, among the largest and grandest ever, has likely been completely destroyed.

Within an hour, it was thought that none of the paintings, sculpture, tapestries, or stained glass had survived.

Three photos added 10:45-11am, PDT. Within minutes of these views, the upper portions were engulfed in yellow smoke, and the iconic sharp spire collapsed into the ruin. What looks like pink and white lighting on the spire is flame.

Notes below added as the fire was spreading...

400 firemen responded promptly, but they had no way to get water high-up into the soaring building. It was a windy evening, and that drove the flames across the sprawling roof. Within minutes, nearly the entire cathedral was in flames. A fire boat and more powerful water cannons arrived just in time to save the two rectangular bell towers.

One BBC editor called it "the loss of the most achingly beautiful monument in a city of achingly beautiful vistas." Another speaks of "the majesty that it had" as the focal point of all those vistas.

We note that Paris has maintained prohibitions against modern high-rise buildings because they wanted to protect those views, that sense of scale and singular importance, and the sense of majesty, of the dominance of the City of Light by the enduring massive achievement of the ancients on the Île de la Cité in the River Seine. Only the Eiffel Tower was allowed to compete. And that has always made Parisians better than the rest of us.

It does not matter if you are Catholic, or some other brand of Christian, or if you are Jewish or Buddhist, Hindu or Zoroastrian, or if you are agnostic or atheist.

Nobody worships Osiris anymore, yet if a massive earthquake were to bring down the Sphinx and the pyramids, it would be an immeasurable loss to all of humanity.

Nobody worships Zeus in our time, but if the Parthenon were to fall on Athens' Acropolis, it would be horror for human culture and civilization.

This is on that scale. The scale of the immeasurable, the incomprehensible, the irretrievable. It is the fall of the immortal, like the mountains falling into the sea.
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We wrote all of the above while the fire was spreading. By evening, you had your choice of news sources and commentary. We want to share one of those:

"When there's nothing you can do... you stand in solidarity and sing"

Dan Rather wrote on Twitter, "Why has the burning of Notre Dame moved so many? Because we believe in beauty, majesty, faith, art, history, and the human expressions thereof. We recognize in this cathedral our common humanity. A scar now emerges in our connections to our past, our future, and each other."

A group of Parisians sang hymns in French as they watched the 800-year-old Notre Dame cathedral burning in the distance, and, as "The Daily Good" notes, "it is tragically beautiful."

Watch that video in their article, at:

https://www.upworthy.com/a-tragically-beautiful-video-captures-parisians-singing-hymns-as-they-watch-notre-dame-burn

They conclude, "When there's nothing you can do but watch something beautiful burn, you stand in solidarity and sing. It's what humans do and have always done.

"Hearts all over the world are with you, Paris. Vive la Notre Dame.
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UPDATE... TWENTY-FOUR HOURS LATER...

The Guide was among the first to get on the phone and get info for reports yesterday as the flames were spreading. We updated our report several times, as you can see in the foregoing.

Today, just 24 hours later, the full story is far more encouraging than anyone had reason to hope at the time. Here's our update, on

HOW THE STRUCTURE AND MANY OF ITS ART TREASURES SURVIVED.
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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL in the arts, part one

With the faithful already lost in proclaiming an Easter Miracle, the real story of how most of the art treasures and some key religious relics of Notre Dame survived is fascinating, even as the flames rose high into the night.

First, a little necessary background. It took more than 12 hours to extinguish those towering flames. One firefighter was seriously injured, and two Paris policemen less seriously. Even though the massive structure was filled with hundreds of tourists when the alarm first sounded, no one was killed. And as we always learn when we take the time to look, the bravery of first responders is humbling.

Much of the story of the art's survival is easy to explain:

Cutaway diagram, before the fire. Construction
lasted from the year 1163 to the year 1345.
Click image to enlarge.
The cathedral is so tall and so massive -- 427 by 157 feet, its roof 115 feet off the ground --  that the rooftop flames drafted air through the building's lower reaches, bringing in fresh air that fed the flames from below. Everything near the floor -- including paintings and items in display cases -- were so far below that nearly all of it escaped the heat. Only where cave-ins dropped rubble from high above were framed paintings, sculptures, relics in display cases, and other treasures lost.

The soaring interior ceilings, so jaw-droppingly visible to visitors for eight centuries, shielded many the art treasures from water damage, acting like a linear arch of umbrellas.

The undamaged twin rectangular bell towers, at right in the diagram, stand 226 feet high, with 387 steps in each to ascend it. Housed in the South Tower is the largest of the Cathedral's bells -- it, alone, weighs 13 tons (28,000 pounds). Everything was designed to invoke awe, and it still does.

In the midst of the conflagration, firefighters went inside Notre Dame to save the art, extinguishing flames from falling debris, braving the kind of collapse that had crushed their American colleagues on 9-11.

No one watching on TV had any idea that anyone could be alive inside.

It turns out that what the world watched in live images was, almost entirely, just the upper structure as it was consumed, creating the appearance of apocalypse.

Below the exterior roof and above the stone and plaster vaulted ceilings, the structure was dependant on a very crowded attic -- a medieval maze of giant timbers -- many of them entire squared-off oak tree trunks. It was a total of 13,000 trees crafted into a brobdingnagian maze of bridge trusses to counteract the forces of gravity on thousands of tons of stone stacked to unprecedented heights.

The interior's vaulted ceilings mostly survived. The timbers hidden above them -- known for centuries as "the forest" -- are what fed the flames on the scale of a major forest fire in an exceedingly dry forest. Thus, the exterior roof burned-through from beneath, producing the impression for those outside that the cathedral was being gutted.

Inside, well above the floor, the vaulted ceilings even protected at least one of the enormous stained glass windows from the heat. The Great West Window -- one of the three Rose Windows -- survived with little or no damage. And the two other, larger,  Rose Windows appear to be in good shape. The North and South Rose windows  are 43 feet in diameter; the West Rose Window is 31 feet 10 inches across.

While those three are the building's only stained glass dating to the 13th century, they had to be re-installed after WW II. Minor damage from German artillery bombardments in the First World War prompted removal of the windows in WW II.

Other windows, high-up, did not fare as well. Their lead melted in the heat, dropping individual pieces of stained glass or entire windows from their openings. But each time that happened, it created a higher elevation for fresh air to be drafted inside, feeding the flames from below -- and keeping the conflagration high above the floor.

Rescue and evacuation of art treasures was underway even as the flames spread above them. In a dangerous and exhausting frenzy of relays, everything went across the street to the Hotel D'Ville for the night. The paintings will go to the Louvre. And there's still a rush to do more. A crane was used to remove a large exterior statue from a roof portico this morning.

Things like the revered but dubious "Crown of Thorns" supposedly jammed onto the head of Jesus in time for the crucifixition also survived, in its undamaged golden hoop case.

The big picture? Medieval architecture gave us the "flying buttresses" that are so visible as delicate half-arches, leaping out and down to Earth, perpendicular to the very high outside walls. They counteract the outward thrust of walls that are holding-up those gigantic ceilings, stratospheric roofs, heavy embellishments like statues of saints and menacing stone gargoyles -- and all the attic timbers that hold the walls apart and the roofs and ceilings up.

Now, with that forest of roof and ceiling support timbers gone, the danger is that the structurally unsupported walls could collapse inward. The load stresses, in addition to damage done by the heat, will create microfractures in the stones and mortar, and those can grow rapidly into threateningly large cracks. So the entire cathedral is unstable and an effective plan of action cannot wait.

Pledges of hundreds of millions of Euros were promptly made to restore Notre Dame. It will take at least a decade, and that's a very wishful estimate. There will be discoveries and unanticipated challenges and setbacks. Every one of them will require more money. It will, at some point, bring a debate about the wealth of the Catholic Church, and what share it should pay. Self-aggrandizing billionaires who must put their own name on everything will be useless, except as critics of others. Perhaps our grandchildren will see it completed. But, "as what" is an important question.

"In the Middle Ages you would've believed that God sent the fire because God wanted a better cathedral."
-- Art historian Stephen Murray

Whether the "restoration" would be allowed to consume another forest of 13,000 trees is doubtful. Whether changing sensibilities will "restore" it as a secular structure -- like the former religious icon across from the Kremlin -- bears watching.

Or even more likely, what hidden hands will bring what kind of pressures? Our world is not policed by an all-powerful Church with an Inquisition, torture dungeons, garrots, and the stake.  So there will be very different ideas about "restoring" Notre Dame.

Perhaps it will re-open for our grandchildren as something with holography re-creating lost architecture too expensive to replicate. Or reopen as an indoor amusement emporium of virtual experiences, a "Kings and Thrones" attraction where you can don VR contact lenses and slay a dragon on the spot where Napoleon was crowned emperor, or Joan of Arc was canonized as a Saint. (The English got the Church to burn her at the stake right outside, where the Church also slow-roasted Jacques DeMolay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar).

No disrespect to those who honestly want to re-create the inspiring art and architectural achievements of our forebears, and interpret them to retain the impact of their importance. But we are cynics when it comes to what rich people expect from their money. We hope they prove us wrong.
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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL in the arts, part two...

The iconic spire that fell in the fire was NOT ancient, but a 19th century addition, replacing one that had collapsed before the French Revolution. Why was it added? Why did the people of that time want to spend the money to do it?

Some important events, historic and cultural, surround the cathedral in the 19th century. Gothic architecture had come to be regarded as no big deal and was falling out of favor. One respected writer points to the 1831 publication of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and its key role in re-energizing preservation of the cathedral.
Hugo's classic originally
had a different title.

Colin Fleming titles his piece -- published just yesterday -- "Victor Hugo Wrote ‘Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ to Save the Great Cathedral" and adds the subtitle, "The author believed that it was the duty of the people of his age to preserve structures like Notre Dame — and so he wrote a 1,000-page novel to convince them to save the cathedral."

Read it at:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/notre-dame-cathedral-victor-hugo-wrote-hunchback-to-save-the-great-gothic-masterpiece

The London Independent ran a piece on the novel and all the films set at Notre Dame:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-victor-hugo-amazon-cathedral-fire-a8873131.html

Long before Disney's cartoonification with
its generic Disney tunage, Hollywood made
several horror-drama versions. The 1939
film version starred Charles Laughton,
Maureen O'Hara, &  Cedric Hardwicke. 
Vox.com also ran a feature about the novel's importance. They write that Victor Hugo's description "appears at the opening of Book Three of the novel, just after we meet Quasimodo the hunchback and Esmeralda the dancing girl, and it’s an evocation of what makes Notre Dame great."

That 1831 Victor Hugo passage is essential:

"Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries. Art often undergoes a transformation while they are pending, pendent opera interrupta; they proceed quietly in accordance with the transformed art. The new art takes the monument where it finds it, incrusts itself there, assimilates it to itself, develops it according to its fancy, and finishes it if it can. The thing is accomplished without trouble, without effort, without reaction,— following a natural and tranquil law. It is a graft which shoots up, a sap which circulates, a vegetation which starts forth anew. Certainly there is matter here for many large volumes, and often the universal history of humanity in the successive engrafting of many arts at many levels, upon the same monument. The man, the artist, the individual, is effaced in these great masses, which lack the name of their author; human intelligence is there summed up and totalized. Time is the architect, the nation is the builder. […]

"All these shades, all these differences, do not affect the surfaces of edifices only. It is art which has changed its skin. The very constitution of the Christian church is not attacked by it. There is always the same internal woodwork, the same logical arrangement of parts. [...] The service of religion once assured and provided for, architecture does what she pleases. Statues, stained glass, rose windows, arabesques, denticulations, capitals, bas-reliefs,—she combines all these imaginings according to the arrangement which best suits her. Hence, the prodigious exterior variety of these edifices, at whose foundation dwells so much order and unity. The trunk of a tree is immovable; the foliage is capricious."


The Vox piece is at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/4/15/18311758/notre-dame-fire-victor-hugo-hunchback
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We leave you with this thought:

Never underestimate the ability of art to influence society. The great cathedral awed the illiterate peasantry into pious obedience.  A horror novel inspired the literate French to save the great cathedral and make it iconic into our time. Every place is not the City of Light. But art can enlighten every place.

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Late addition... Sunday morning, 10 am... NEWS YOU CAN USE

"RECORD STORE DAY" 2019 has passed -- but that's NOT all, folks...

Of couse we had all the info for you, before hand. Maybe you were at one of the many weekend festivals, and thought you missed-out on this. But, hold th' phone. If you didn't get to your local record store for the event on Saturday? Well, some of the one-day-only special releases have a few leftovers.

THOSE SPECIAL EDITION LEFTOVERS can still be captured, by getting thee to the record shop, or going online

Obviously, where you go determines what you get. You can start here:

https://www.amoeba.com/music/cd-and-vinyl/#/feature-15/
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Want to read a recap of Saturday's global "Record Store Day" as experienced in one  store? Here ya go:

https://www.amoeba.com/blog/tags/record-store-day-2019/page1.htm

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See ya Sunday at the rootin' tootin' "Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival." Good seeing so many fine folks at Saturday's "Folk Roots"  Festival!

Now, here's the full edition as originally published, plus more events added late...
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News, events, and FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS! This weekend, April 12 through 14 is CRAZY with diverse and delightful festivals. If you're staying home, you're missing-out on what everybody else will spend the summer telling you about!

EVENTS EDITION, with a bit 'o news up-front... we will ADD MORE EVENTS TO THIS EDITION...

...until the whole shebang is replaced by a new one. So, we'll say again this go 'round: make friends with the path to get here, 'cause this one'll be veeeery useful waaay past this weekend.
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April 12 is the de facto "WORLD SPACE DAY." We have a couple pics for you in observance.

April is "ARTS, CULTURE, & CREATIVITY MONTH"-! We told you all about that in the last issue, so if you missed it, go there and have a look: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2019/03/live-events-concerts-more-update-last.html

And, added as we went to press: what's really at stake as Julian Assange is taken into custody in the UK, at the behest of the US, for extradition.

Along with other worthwhile news we planned to include all along.

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Titled "Black Hole Activity in Massive Galaxy M87," the image at right offers a contrast to the fuzzy red and yellow circle surrounding the void of a black hole that everyone saw this week*.

You can click the images to enlarge.

52 million light years away at the centre of the Virgo cluster, the core of giant elliptical galaxy M87 -- home to several trillion stars -- is viewed in X-rays by ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory. The black hole generates shock waves seen as the circular feature around the center of the image.

* - Apr 10, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes in international collaboration -- presented, at left, the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow when it imaged the black hole at the core of this same M87.  The black hole is 6.5 billion times more massive than our Sun. Or, even bigger than the black hole of Washington, D.C.

Upper photo: https://m.esa.int/spaceinimages/
Lower photo: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.

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CONTENTS / in this edition...

Pictorial Preface - Black Holes discovered, interpreted, compared.

1) TIX ALERTS -- get 'em while you can; some have early-bird passwords!

2)  APRIL 12th IS "YURI'S DAY" -- WORLD SPACE DAY. BUT WHAT ABOUT APOLLO?

3)  NEW DOWNTOWN L.A. ACOUSTIC / ROOTS MUSIC VENUE

4)  CLIMATE CHANGE: HOW IMPORTANT, TO YOU, ARE RESPONSIVE POLITICIANS ?

5)  PERSPECTIVES: IT'S NOT ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE. IT'S ABOUT WHO CONTROLS THINGS. EVERYTHING.

6)  ONGOING EVENTS -- some ending soon, some just arriving

7)  DAY-BY-DAY EVENT LISTINGS
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Let's get started!

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# 1 feature...

TIX ALERTS

THE EAGLES in their only North American show of the year-long tour, two nights, SEP 26 & 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
TIX GO ON SALE Fri, Apr 12, 10 am PDT, @ Ticketmaster, and will sell-out in minutes.
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SARA BAREILLES plays Sun, Oct 27 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA; TIX go on sale Fri, Apr 12, 10 am, at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0900568401256114
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WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS play Sun, May 12 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA; GET TIX NOW at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0900564EACED2BB4
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: SYMPHONY FOR OUR WORLD only has Calif. dates in Nor Cal -- Apr 29 in San Francisco, and Mon, May 6, at the San Jose Center For The Performing Arts, San Jose, CA.
Info: http://www.nederlanderconcerts.com/events/detail/national-geographic-symphony-for-our-world
TIX:
SF: https://www.shnsf.com/online/default.asp
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SJ: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/1C00556112A4C6E5
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JUDY COLLINS, the legendary and award-winning singer-songwriter plays THREE shows at separate Southern California venues in NOVEMBER.
Get tix now, ahead of the herd, with the password “bothsides” for any of these:
*  Nov 8 at The Canyon Agoura Hills: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/judy-collins/event/0900566600D36585
*  Nov 9 at The Canyon Montclair: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/judy-collins/event/0900566600546566
*  Nov 10 at "The Canyon @ The Rose" in Pasadena: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/judy-collins/event/09005666FF236514
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BETTY BUCKLEY, plus opening set by TOM SCOTT. Concert is NOV 2 at "The Canyon at The Saban" in Beverly Hills.
Tony Award Winner BETTY BUCKLEY is one of the theater’s most respected leading ladies.
*  Get your tickets now, ahead of the herd, with the password “broadway” at:
https://www1.ticketmaster.com/betty-buckley-with-opening-set-by-tom-scott/event/0B005666F0377120
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 GET TIX NOW...
Wed, May 8:
7:30 pm - BRUCE FORMAN, leader of COW BOP, who jokes about being named "Poet Laureate of North Coast Brewery," plays his critically-acclaimed signature concert, "THE RED GUITAR" at Upstairs at Vitellos,  4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City CA 91604
*  He doesn't do this show often. It's a masterwork, based on the theme of "The Red Shoes," wherein a little girl wants to dance like a great ballerina, so she dons the magic red shoes and cannot stop -- until she dances herself to death. Forman's reimagining is a twist on Robert Johnson at the infamous crossroads -- here, the wanna-be-the-greatest character is Forman, who wants to play like all the great jazz guitarists. And when he picks up the red guitar, he does. Seriously, he DOES. The guy has the chops to do it, replicating all the moves, all the licks, of all the greats, nonstop -- which is why this show is a must-see. In addition to the dazzling guitar playing, there are his on-stage "interactions" with Faust and Freud during the can't-stop-playing performance.
*  BRUCE tells us it's "A performance of my updated one-man show at Vitello's... Please get your tickets early, they are really tough there and are liable to raise the ticket prices for walk-ins... This is a great venue for the show, and rumor has it that there will be some jazz intervention at the end..."
* THEN HE ADDS THIS: "I'll be just getting back from playing at JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER... so I'll be inna Broadway kinda mood..."
*  We told you he has the chops to do it! If you're reading far enough in advance, you can also catch him with COW BOP, his Western swing band, at an event for the "Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival" on Fri, Apr 12; see listing.
*  More at: www.bruceforman.com
*  TIX for "The Red Guitar" at Vitello's: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bruce-forman-red-guitar-tickets-59085915564
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GET TIX NOW...
Fri, Jun 21:
8 pm - "ALANIS MORISSETTE ACOUSTIC" at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, San Diego, CA
* GET TIX NOW at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/alanis-morissette-acoustic/event/0A0056791CD44B2B
*  She also performs Apr 26 & 27, 9 pm, in Las Vegas; see listings.
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# 2 feature...

APRIL 12th IS "YURI'S DAY" -- WORLD SPACE DAY. 
BUT WHAT ABOUT APOLLO?

On April 12, 1961 cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture to outer space. It was an incredible accomplishment for the Soviet Union, and ultimately inspired Americans to spend the next eight years Chasing the Moon.

GLOBAL EVENTS: there are 147 events in 43 countries on 7 continents to mark the 2019 anniversary of the first human in orbit. Unfortunately, L.A.'s events all happened early, on April 6th or 7th. Make a note for next year for the biggest one, at the same location, alongside Space Shuttle Endeavour. It's "Yuri’s Night L.A.," which happened the night of April 7 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA. It featured astronaut Nicole Stott (@astro_nicole), Bill Nye, and many more famous space ambassadors that attendees could meet, along with a ton of interactive events, demonstrations, and features that included a time-machine DeLorean, laser science demos, and live telescope streams.

If you're elsewhere in the U.S. or the world, there ARE upcoming events this year. Find all the details at:

https://yurisnight.net/

EVERYONE can enjoy the ONLINE EVENTS:
Fri, Apr 12 through Mon, Apr 15, 2019:
All Day -- "Burnal Equinox 2019: Yuri's Night - Eyes to the Skies (Burn2 - Burning Man in Second Life)" at:
https://yurisnight.net/events/burnal-equinox-2019-yuris-night-eyes-to-the-skies-burn2-burning-man-in-second-life/

Ongoing through Mon, Apr 15, 2019:
All Day -- "Space Racers Online Events" at:
https://yurisnight.net/events/space-racers-online-events/

Fri, Apr 12 through Sun, May 12, 2019:
All Day -- "'TGP NOMINAL' - YURI'S NIGHT 2019 PODCAST" at:
https://yurisnight.net/events/tgp-nominal-yuris-night-2019-podcast/

Sat, Apr 13, 2019:
8 pm-9:30 pm (Moscow time) "108 minutes with Gagarin" live stream
https://yurisnight.net/events/108-minutes-with-gagarin-stream/
Stream starting on YouTube channel "around 20 MSK (17 UTC)" at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA4ilCNMnD4vuEdv2JyIvTw

Ongoing through Fri, Apr 12, 2019:
"2018 Yuri's Night" Podcast, which took place as "Space Rocks" at the Indigo at the O2 Arena, London on Sunday April 22nd, 2018:
https://yurisnight.net/events/tgp-nominal-yuris-night-podcast/
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Find all the events, everywhere around the world, at:

https://yurisnight.net/events/

"Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!"
— Yuri Gagarin, 1st human in space.
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Y'know, every year, Russia celebrates space achievements on "Cosmonautics Day," which, this year, is April 12th. Yuri's Night.

"Yuri's Night" is THE World Space Party. It is a time to hope, dream, explore, and celebrate with millions of people at hundreds of "YN" events held around the world each April.

No American Holiday for Apollo or Space Exploration -- but a TV special is coming

The U.S. has no similar day to celebrate Apollo 11, or any of the six successful lunar landings and all the science and technology that we have inherited from Apollo, including the birth of the tech that led directly to the device on which you are reading this. The lack of a "Space Exploration Day" is a national disgrace, even more so when you learn the U.S. cannot add any more holidays for any reason because we're too cheap. The kingpin oligarchs of capitalism will not allow another holiday because it costs too much to give workers a day off to celebrate it.


That brings us to the edtn 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first landing of humans on the Moon. THE landmark achievement of human evolution in modern history -- setting foot on another celestial object -- which happened July 20th, 1969.

“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

There is fun info on the upcoming PBS film about the 50th anniversary of America's Apollo moon landings (back when we had a REAL space program). The show will debut July 8 on PBS. It's at:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/chasing-moon

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# 3 feature...

NEW DOWNTOWN L.A. ACOUSTIC / ROOTS MUSIC VENUE

There is a new music venue in town: The Bendix Fashion Rooftop Salonat 1206 Maple Av, in downtown L.A., CA, will present monthly rooftop shows in the Fashion District of Los Angeles on second Thursdays of the month.  Doors open at 5 pm and shows begin at 5:30.

These “unplugged” outdoor shows are held at the Heidi Duckler Dance Studio on the Roof of the Bendix Building with a view of the Los Angles skyline. Proceeds benefit Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD) and other arts/DTLA charities.  The schedule includes Trio Ellas, Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys, Grupo Falso Baiano, and the Miskey Mountain Boys.

The Bendix Building is the “Beaux-Arts princess of the downtown Fashion District skyline.” It was originally the headquarters of an aviation company.   At present it is home to seven public art spaces (most of which are nonprofit and/or artist-run) plus about 30 artist studios, in both single and shared rooms, and also a steady stream of cultural pop-ups.

Read more about it in this LA Weekly article.


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# 4 feature...

CLIMATE CHANGE: HOW IMPORTANT, TO YOU, ARE RESPONSIVE POLITICIANS?

Tell one of the leading pro-environment lobbying groups whether you think the pressure should be on House or Senate seats and waffling members, or on the presidential race. Take the "Climate Hawks Vote" online survey at:

https://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4706220/Climate-Hawks-Vote-Spring-2019-Survey

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# 5 feature...

PERSPECTIVES: IT'S NOT ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE. IT'S ABOUT WHO CONTROLS THINGS. EVERYTHING.

We think it necesssary to bring you several perspectives about this, and we hope you find the voices we chose helpful. While U.S. corporate mainstream media maintains its predictable infatuation -- it's Trumpian Singularity -- the rest of the world focuses on issues that scarcely get mention on our shores. From Brexit to Brazil, Venezuela to Sudan, Yemen to Saudi hegemony, to the alarming outcome of Israel's election, none are more than an adjunct story of the day in America, lest it interfere with breathless fixation of Orange Man Tweets, outrages from his offspring, or headless Chicken Little pandering by politicians to finance their desire to save us.

But suddenly, the First Amendment and the future of ANY media's ability to bring you news that the powerful want sidetracked or silenced must become the top cause for alarm of "we, the people."

Wikileaks founder JULIAN ASSANGE had his exile forcibly ended. He was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy after the ambassador invited London Police to come in and get him, which was the right of that nation. The 47-year-old Assange emerged looking like Howard Hughes in his latter years. 

Julian Assange is now incarcerated in Britain, and it appears it was enginered by three nations. The full reason why is alarming: it was to facilitate his extradition to the U.S. where he will put on trial -- perhaps in a secret FISA court -- and charged with several things that add-up to espionage and harming the interests of the American state.

We decided to bring you several different voices that make important points about this case. If we believed that mainstream media would properly do its job and give this the attention and thoughtful analysis it needs, we would not do it here. But given their track record of fixated Trumpcentric singularity, we don't believe they will. Of the several voices we present, only one has a weekly presence on cable news, where he is usually the only cast member not reading from the same script as all the rest.

And, since we share a phrase here, in each edition, that he likewise employs to begin each of his weekly shows, "let's get started," with him up first.
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We've called Fareed Zakaria the sharpest knife in the CNN drawer. Perhaps an odd thing to say about the host of a news TV show ("Fareed Zakaria GPS," the letters standing for "Global Public Square") but we chose the comment carefully.
      One must temper any devotion to a mainstream media source with sobering realizations: all three cable news giants allow Big Pharma sponsorship of all their programming to grant immunity from investigation of Big Pharma's heinously inhumane greed that kills the people it doesn't condemn to suffering.
      We see the same thing with the warconomy sponsorship of programs like "Meet the Press."
      Economically-driven willful selective blindness all but destroys the credibility of corporate mainstream media, and immeasurably increases the need for independent investigative sources. That said, we begin with Fareed Zakaria's take, without edits or omissions.

IN ASSANGE ARREST, AMERICAN RULE OF LAW IS ON TRIAL

by CNN's Fareed Zakaria

Julian Assange is the one under arrest, but in the court of public opinion, American rule of law is being judged.

Assange couldn’t get a fair trial in the US, by European standards, Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky argued recently—suggesting Britain leave it to European, not American, courts to decide if Assange should be treated as a journalist (not a spy) and shielded from prosecution; the ACLU writes that prosecuting him would mark an abuse against press freedom by the Trump administration. The Guardian, which published Assange’s leaks, makes the case more sharply: It would “neither be safe nor right for the UK to extradite Mr Assange to Mr Trump's America," the paper writes.

Then, there’s the case against Assange—and for trying him here. WikiLeaks didn’t carefully vet leaked information, but rather just dumped it on the Internet, writes David French of the National Review, arguing Assange works against, not for, US interests.
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EVEN AS JULIAN ASSANGE IS ARRESTED, THE U.S. RELEASES EVIDENCE OF ITS OWN MEDDLING

From the Pentagon, with our added commentary.

On Friday, April 12, the U.S. Department of the Defense released the results of its "Argentina Declassification Project." It was a release of "records to clarify the facts surrounding human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and political violence in Argentina from 1975-1985."

The Pentagon statement says, "This effort was in response to a personal request from Argentine President Mauricio Macri to confront the past with 'honesty and transparency'."

The statement continues, "Multiple DOD Component staffs searched thousands of documents and millions of pages for relevant records resulting in over 850 responsive records totaling close to 11,000 pages."

Overall, DoD declassified 3,360 pages in full, and partially declassified another 7,142 pages.

Note the Pentagon putting a smiley face on things: "More than 240 defense personnel spent over 13,000 hours working diligently to complete the task. This effort exemplifies the United States commitment to a brighter future for the next generation of Argentines and Americans — a future enhanced by transparent and respectful teamwork between our two democracies."

What few investigative journalists are left, after the megamergers of corporate media into ever fewer competing outlets, will be kept busy poring through this mountain of information. Then comes the question of what their editors and corporate masters will decide to publish.

So, why not randomly dip-in yourself? Like Forrest Gump and his box o' chocolates, you never know what you gonna get. Here's where you can read everything that was just released:

*  OSD, Joint Staff, Army, & SOUTHCOM released documents may be found at the following website: https://www.esd.whs.mil/FOID/Special-Collections-Library/

*  Navy released documents may be found at the following website: https://www.secnav.navy.mil/foia/Pages/default.aspx#

*  Air Force released documents may be found at the following website: https://www.secretsdeclassified.af.mil/

*  DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) released documents may be found at the following website: http://www.dia.mil/FOIA/FOIA-Electronic-Reading-Room/

Want a surprise? The release of these classified documents came at the "request" of the President of the United States.
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JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED

Lee Camp, host of "Redacted Tonight" on RT America and several web outlets, lost no time Thursday writing the following.

by Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight

Julian Assange has been arrested by British authorities after years in the Ecuadorian embassy. Keep in mind EVERY charge against him has been dropped except for evading arrest, and the UN put out a report calling his confinement "arbitrary and illegal."

The U.S. will now try to get him extradited so they can lock him away in prison for the crime of journalism. If you value ANY kind of journalism or freedom of press - even independent reporting online - you should be standing up for Julian Assange. It doesn't matter whether he once said something you don't like. Journalism is on trial here and anyone in media telling you otherwise is a bought-off hack.

There will be a protest at the British embassy in Washington DC today at 5pm. I will try to livestream from that event. You can watch it at Facebook.com/LeeCampComedian (if they don't block it). Hopefully we'll then put it up on Redacted Tonight's youtube page.

If not now, when?
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BLOCK EXTRADITION OF JULIAN  ASSANGE FOR 1st AMENDMENT-PROTECTED JOURNALISM

by Robert Ruell Naiman, Just Foreign Policy
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London and threatened with extradition to the United States to stand trial on charges related to publishing U.S. government documents that exposed U.S. government war crimes.

In response to the arrest, the ACLU said:

“Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public's interest.

In response to the unsealed indictment, the ACLU said:

"Criminally prosecuting a publisher for the publication of truthful information would be a first in American history, and unconstitutional. The government did not cross that Rubicon with today’s indictment, but the worst case scenario cannot yet be ruled out. We have no assurance that these are the only charges the government plans to bring against Mr. Assange. Further, while there is no First Amendment right to crack a government password, this indictment characterizes as ‘part of’ a criminal conspiracy the routine and protected activities journalists often engage in as part of their daily jobs, such as encouraging a source to provide more information. Given President Trump’s and his administration’s well-documented attacks on the freedom of the press, such characterizations are especially worrisome.”

All American journalists, publishers and editors need the protections of the First Amendment to be strong in order to do their jobs. All Americans need the protections of the First Amendment to be strong, not only to protect our rights to speak and write, but to protect our right to know, particularly to know about actions of U.S. government officials that U.S. government officials might be hiding. Some secret U.S. government actions might be against the interests of the majority of Americans. Some secret U.S. government actions might be unconstitutional or otherwise illegal. This is especially important with respect to ending and preventing unconstitutional wars. There’s no wayAmericans can fulfill our responsibilities to hold U.S. government officials accountable for what they are doing in other people’s countriesif we can’t find out what the U.S. government is doing.

The Pentagon lied for years to Congress and the American people about its unconstitutional role in the Saudi war in Yemen. It took opponents of the war three years just to prove to the satisfaction of the majority of Congress that the Pentagon was lying about its participation in the war. If we could have exposed the U.S. role in the war sooner, we could have ended the war sooner.

This is why protecting the First Amendment is so important to opponents of unconstitutional war - and why the apologists for unconstitutional war have the First Amendment in their crosshairs. They want to chill national security reporting, because they don’t want the American people to know what they are doing.

This is why the Congress that just voted to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen should vote to prohibit the Department of Justice from spending any of our tax dollars to extradite or prosecute Julian Assange for alleged actions which would be protected by the First Amendment if Julian Assange had been a U.S. journalist standing on U.S. soil when he performed the alleged action.

For example, the Department of Justice authorization or appropriation could be amended thus:

"No money in this bill shall be used for the extradition of Julian Assange or any WikiLeaks employee or volunteer to the United States, nor for the prosecution of Julian Assange or any WikiLeaks employee or volunteer in the United States, for any alleged action which would be protected by the First Amendment if performed by a U.S. citizen journalist, publisher, or editor while standing on U.S. soil."

Urge Congress to block the Trump Administration’s attempts to leverage the Assange case to undermine First Amendment protections for journalists, publishers, editors, and the American people's right to know by signing our petition.

Urge Congress to block the extradition & prosecution of Julian Assange for actions protected in the U.S. by the First Amendment.

Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/block-extradition-prosecution-of-julian-assange-for-first-amendment-protected-journalism


"Just Foreign Policy" is a respected organization advocating that justice (hence, "just" foreign policy) and fair treatment for all nations should be the hallmarks of U.S. Foreign Policy, with diplomacy, and NOT military intervention, as the paradigm. - ed.


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ONGOING EVENTS

Some are concluding their time with us, others begin their runs this coming week.  

ONGOING, Wed, Apr 17, through May 19:
8 pm - “FALSETTOS” a musical from New York, opens tonight at the L.A. Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA.
* This is the Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by James Lapine, from the book by Lapine and William Finn with Finn’s music and lyrics.
*  It's “a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family.”
* TIX: $30 to $135, at 213-972-4400 or www.CenterTheatreGroup.org
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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, through April 21:
"LACKAWANNA BLUES" presented by Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
*  LIVE BLUES MUSIC by composer Bill Sims Jr., performed by Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist-composer-actor Chris Thomas Kin, brings the essential musical dimensionality to Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson's original work, as he returns to his roots in this tour de force performance.
*  A magical, musical, and deeply personal work written and performed by Santiago-Hudson, "Lackawanna Blues" is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie.
*  Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters — from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers — in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse where he grew up.
*  "STAGE TALKS" ARE AN ADDITIONAL EVENT for ticket holders, happening at the Apr 7 matinee, and the Apr 9 evening performance.
*  You can take the Metro Red or Purple Line subway to Civic Center/Grand Park Station and exit towards Temple Street.
*  DAYS & TIMES: Tue-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2:30 pm & 8 pm, Sun at 1 pm & 8 pm except closing day Sun, Apr 21, which has only one show at 6:30 pm.
*  TIX: Call Audience Services at 213-628-2772, or go to https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/mark-taper-forum/2018-19/lackawanna-blues/
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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 a 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, Apr 25 through May 26:
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL "AMALUNA" makes its L.A. run for a month in front of Battleship IOWA on the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro, CA.
*  DISCOUNT TIX: get 15% off individual tickets with promo code SANPEDRO* at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna
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Ongoing, through Apr 28, FREE:
"PROTECTING MOTHER EARTH" gallery exhibition at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833;  714-738-6595; www.TheMuck.org
*  SPECIAL GALLERY TOUR on Thu, Mar 28, 6:30 pm, Free Admission.
*  Presented from the perspective of Native Americans, who, as the original human inhabitants of the western hemisphere, continue to have a unique relationship with the land, and curated by artist Rowan Harrison, "Protecting Mother Earth" is an exhibition about the protection and conservation of our natural environment.
*  It brings together works by over a dozen artists from the Native American community, including Corey Stein, Corina Roberts, Maree Cheatham, Gail Werner, Terry Glad Flores, C. M. Scott, Valena Dismukes, Eric Tippeconnic, Rowan Harrison, Nadia Reed, Peggy Fontenot, Laurie Steelink, Nadia LittleWarrior, Zoë Marieh Urness, Randy Kemp, and Sheridan Macknight.
*  Open during GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 pm. Free Admission, donations welcomed.
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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 events 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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OPENING May 15...
MUSEUM OF DREAM SPACE (MODS) grand opening is May 15, 2019.
*  Advance tix at a 25% discount are available now.
* MODS is the first museum in the US that's focused on exhibiting digital art.
*  The design concept of MODS is illuminated by art design from Yayoi Kusama (famous for "infinite rooms") and the global development of digital art.
*  The aim of MODS is to provide an immersive, magical and unique art experience to visitors.
*  DISCOUNT TIX at: https://modsla.com/
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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


By date and start time; festivals are up-top, followed by concerts, club gigs, film screenings and other events. When reading Sunday listings, always scroll back to Friday and Saturday to check for festivals that are still underway.

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Friday, Apr 12
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On April 12, 1961 cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture to outer space. See our feature story.

On this day in 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate cannon opened the bombardment of Fort Sumpter, still held by Union forces as the key military installstion in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, -- a state that had seceded and joined the Confederacy. Now see the note for April 14th.

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Friday-only events follow the top section on multi-day events that begin Friday (or began Thursday).
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MULTI-DAY FESTIVALS & EVENTS...
FRIDAY through SATURDAY or SUNDAY, Apr 12 through  Apr 13 (or 14): 

Thu-Sun, Apr 11-14, MUSIC CAMP:
Annual "JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP" at Camp Cedar Glen, 743 Farmer Rd, Julian, CA 92036
*  The Guide lists this TODAY ONLY, since a music camp experience is generally a case of "in for a penny, in for a pound." If you're a fiddle player at any level, you should seriously think about escaping for four days to do this.
*  Registration and full info, 760-522-8458 or info@familyfiddlecamp.com
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Thu-Sun, Apr 11-14, FESTIVAL:
5 pm - Annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL" kicks-off Thursday on the downtown Newhall "WALK OF WESTERN STARS" with unveiling of the markers for the newest honorees.
*  This event begins on Main Street, Old Town Newhall, CA 91321
*  The action moves a short walk away for the 6 pm Induction Ceremony of honorees in Hart Hall, in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Av, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
*  Evening concerts happen nightly in several area theatres.
*  SEE SEPARATE LISTINGS FOR FRIDAY AND SAT & SUN for specific events at different venues.
*  THE SCENE, in general: the all-day Sat & Sun main festival in Hart Park is filled with performances, re-enactments, both trad and contemporary Western Music ("cowboy, not country"), Cowboy Poetry, visual art, sculpture, kids activities, historic building tours, exhibits, food, vendors, and more. Get the trail dust brushed offa yer hat, polish-up those boots, and get ready to yee-haw. Yes, this is a very different event than in the old days, when it was held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios, but don't let some city-slicker fool ya -- it's still a mighty fine good time.
*  SEE THE GUIDE'S DAILY LISTINGS for Cowboy Festival events, Thursday through Sunday.
*  Info, 661-250-3735, or cowboy@santa-clarita.com
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Thu-Sat, Apr 11-13:
8 pm - PACIFIC SYMPHONY's 40th anniversary season presents "A SPACE ODYSSEY" for three performances at Segerstrom Concert Hall, OC Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA.
 *  Made famous as part of the soundtrack to "2001: A Space Odyssey," STRAUSS’ "Also Sprach Zarathustra" still elicits wonder about our vast universe. That's just part of this program.
*  MICHAEL DAUGHERTY presents the World Premiere of his new work, "To the New World" (2019), celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
*  MOZART's "Piano Concerto No. 23," with Finnish pianist JUHO POHJONEN, is the sublime centerpiece.
*  Enjoy image magnification on the big screens during the concert for a closer look at the artists.
*  GO EARLY for the Preview Talk with ALAN CHAPMAN at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.
*  TIX: Box Office, 714-755-5799; https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/space_odyssey
*  Note that this is the first of two "space" themed programs by PACIFIC SYMPHONY. Also see "Intergalactic Adventures," Apr 13, 10 am & 11:30 am.
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Thu-Sun, Apr 11-14, FESTIVAL:
"BENDER JAMBOREE" in Las Vegas, Nv
*  Lineup features the phenomenal BILLY STRINGS Apr 11 & 12. He and his band were the 2018 fall season openers on "Bluegrass Underground." Their instrumental wizardry is phenomenal.
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Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14, & Apr 19-21, FESTIVAL:
The 2019 "COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL" returns to the sprawling grounds of Empire Polo Club in Indio CA.
*  Weekend 1 is April 12-14, and Weekend 2 is 19-21.
*  The Guide doesn't go or cover it because it's just waaay too much about hip-hop, rap, and pop-electronica with roboticized (and therefore, by definition, dehumanized) human voices engaged in a facsimile of singing. Most of it backed by waaay too much repetitively annoying atonal sh-thump-thud. At least it's too much of all that stuff for us, and we strongly 'spect -- since you're here reading this -- too much of that stuff for your tastes, as well.
*  BUT WE CAN OFFER YOU A TASTE FROM COACHELLA. It's the live stream webcast that lets you dip in and run away when you've had enough.
*  It's most likely to hover around the stages with the dubiously musical "most pop" acts, instead of seeking places with bonafide tuneage. So, fair warning.
LINK TO WATCH SELECT PERFORMANCES LIVE, THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL:
www.youtube.com/coachella
*  Coachella Fest website: https://www.coachella.com
*  Here's the L.A. Times "Complete Guide to Coachella":
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-coachella-survival-guide-lineup-ariana-grande-childish-gambino-20190409-story.html
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Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14, FESTIVAL:
2 pm-10 pm - Annual "TEMECULA VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" gets underway Friday at the TCR Ranch, 39560 E Benton Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
*  It's no longer a city-sponsored free event on the streets of Temecula. Now you need to pay, and in return you get a rustic setting, camping, plenty of featured bands into the night, and jamming under the trees.
*  TIX & info, 442-444-0068 or tim@temeculabluegrass.com
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Fri, Apr 12; Thu-Sun, Apr 11-14; FESTIVAL:
26th annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL" has events today in two places -- first at 11 am, then at 6:30 pm.
*  11 am is the "CALIFORNIO FIESTA DE RANCHO CAMULOS" with a concert by NEW WEST followed by a Tribute to the great DON EDWARDS, at Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E Telegraph Rd (Hw. 126), Piru CA 93040
*  6:30 pm is the "COWBOY DANCE" with COW BOP in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Av, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
*  SEE THE GUIDE'S DAILY LISTINGS for Cowboy Festival events, Thursday through Sunday.
*  Evening concerts happen nightly in several area theatres.
*  THE SCENE, in general: the all-day Sat & Sun main festival in Hart Park is filled with performances, re-enactments, both trad and contemporary Western Music ("cowboy, not country"), Cowboy Poetry, visual art, sculpture, kids activities, historic building tours, exhibits, food, vendors, and more. Get the trail dust brushed offa yer hat, polish-up those boots, and get ready to yee-haw. Yes, this is a very different event than in the old days, when it was held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios, but don't let some city-slicker fool ya -- it's still a mighty fine good time.
*  Info, 661-250-3735, or www.cowboyfestival.org
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FRIDAY-only events

CLOSING: FINAL DAY is 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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Fri, Apr 12, FESTIVAL:
6:30 pm - "COWBOY DANCE" is tonight's big event at the 26th annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL," running Thu-Sun, Apr 11-14. See festival write-up for Saturday for all the details of this delightful festival.
* Tonight's dance is a mere $10 at the door!
*  Info, 661-250-3735, or www.cowboyfestival.org

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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - SOURDOUGH SLIM, a star at this weekend's huge Cowboy Festival, plays an intimate concert tonight where you can enjoy his many subtleties as well as his blatant ironies, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA
*  The ultimate throwback to all the charm of the 1930s Western heroes, he is a "must-see" act.
*  Here is a YouTube video from last fall’s show at the "Ojai Concert Series":
https://youtu.be/u0F6E2GRy2M
*  Sourdough’s new CD “Old Time Cowboy Songs” is now available, featuring some great traditional classics accented by some cool original instrumental tunes. Check it out at: www.sourdoughslim.com
*  More, including phone number for reservations, at: www.coffeegallery.com
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Fri, Apr 12; runs through Apr 20:
7 pm - "FOOTLOOSE" opening night for the musical based on the 1980s film, in a revival by the Palos Verdes High School Drama Department, staged in their Multipurpose Room (MPR), 600 Cloyden Rd, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
*  It “sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion, and romance.”
*  Runs: Fri & Sat Apr 12-13, & Apr 19-20 at 7 pm; Sun Apr 14 at 2 pm; Thu Apr 18 at 3:30 pm; Sat Apr 20 at 2 pm (& 7 pm).
*  Tickets: $20 adults and $15 students.
TIX at: 310-378-8471 ext. 237, or online at: www.pvhsdrama.com Also at the door.
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Fri & Sat, Apr 12 & 13:
7:30 pm - "FLYING TO NEVERLAND" is “PETER PAN,” presented by the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network/MET2, in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA.
*  Sat & Sun at 7:30 pm, plus Sunday matinee, 2 pm.
*  TIX: call 310-781-7171 or online at: www.met2.org
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - "ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS" at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (aka LPAC), 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster, CA 93534
*  This really did happen: four of the biggest names in early rock and roll - ELVIS PRESLEY, CARL PERKINS, JERRY LEE LEWIS and JOHNNY CASH – gathered together for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis.
*  That night was December 4, 1956. Jump in your time machine.
*   This show re-creates that night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950s rock and roll, on that "One Night in Memphis."
*  TIX: www.lpac.org/event.php?id=2406
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - THE GLOAMING, presented by CAP-UCLA "off campus" at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213-623-3233
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - JANE SIBERRY plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
* Iconic and enigmatic, Jane Siberry is one of music’s most unique and gifted singer-songwriters.
*  She has released 14 studio albums, including her well-loved signature song "Calling All Angels."
*  Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, including k.d. lang's stunning renditions of "Love is Everything" and the 23rd Psalm-inspired "The Valley."
*  Jane is recognized as a forward-thinking artist, using her creativity both in song and in how she operates in the music business.
*  She was one of the first to set-up "self-determined transactions."
*  She continues to explore ways to live healthy as an artist, creating her online style-store, webinars, her "Janetakes" feedback for artists, and other passive income streams that allow her to "keep the joy up" and to remain aware that "it is a privilege to be a musician."
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - DON ROSS & DONOVAN RAITT play Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro, CA 90732; 310-833-3281
*  The venue doesn't have food, so they invite you to bring your food and beverage of your choice. Many bring a full-course indoor picnic dinner, so don't be bashful.
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - BERKLEY HART plus SELIS TWANG with EVE SELUS, at Java Joe's Coffee House, 3536 Adams Av, San Diego, CA 92116; 619-354-5637
*  BERKLEY HART has repeatedly been named the best acoustic performing songwriter duo in San Diego.
*  EVE SELIS, their fellow San Diegan, doesn't play L.A. near enough, so make the trek South to catch both acts.
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - SOURDOUGH SLIM, the incomparable 1930s style cowboy musician and full-spectrum entertainer, plays hookey from the big festival to present an entire evening at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations a must, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
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Fri, Apr 12:
8 pm - DON ROSS plus DONOVAN RAITT at Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  Each plays a set on acoustic guitar.
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
*  TIX & info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
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Fri, Apr 12:
9:30 pm - LAS CAFETERAS play the Music Box, 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
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SATURDAY
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Sat, Apr 13:
Annual "RECORD STORE DAY," when musicians and music fans join in celebrating the vital role of the brick-and-mortar record store, and the IN-STORE-ONLY deals on limited releases are, well, amazing. Many independent stores and some labels offer special releases only for this day. Plus, live performances happen in some shops, where  audiences will crowd-in around the racks of vinyl for performances and signings of special limited releases.
*  AMOEBA Hollywood will have hundreds of limited edition exclusive releases available 4/13 in-store only. Like other stores large and small, RSD product is limited to stock on hand and available on a first come, first served basis. No holds, no phone orders. Limit one copy per title per customer. At AMOEBA, remaining RSD titles will be posted for sale on Amoeba.com after 5 am on Apr 14.
*  Rhino Records has one-day special offerings at participating stores, and they tell us,  "Since you'll be wading in the deep end on April 13th, we thought we'd take this time to highlight a few 'Record Store Day' titles that are limited to just 3,000 copies or less. Don't miss out..."
*  Miss out on what? The Rhino label alone has 33 titles coming to your favorite record store as special one-day releases for "RECORD STORE DAY." Those offerings include:
⊙ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – 4-Way Street (Expanded Edition) – 3-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; Limited edition of 9,000 copies, $49.98
⊙ Aretha Franklin – The Atlantic Singles 1967 – 7-inch boxed set; Limited edition of 4,500 copies, $49.98
⊙ Fleetwood Mac– The Alternate Fleetwood Mac – 1-LP 180-gram black vinyl; Limited edition of 12,500 copies, $24.98
⊙ Todd Rundgren- The Complete U.S. Bearsville & Warner Bros. Singles – 4-LP boxed set on colored vinyl; Limited edition of 4,500 copies, $79.98
⊙ Van Morrison – Astral Weeks Alternate - 10-inch mini album; Limited edition of 9,000 copies, $14.98
⊙ Various Artists – Woodstock – Mono PA Version – 3-LP 180-gram vinyl; Limited edition of 8,500 copies, $59.98
⊙ THREE different Grateful Dead limited editions
⊙ and more!
*  You can "Make your (Rhino) hit list" to see which stores will have what. Use Rhino's online tools, at: 
https://www.rhino.com/article/record-store-day-2019
*  But first things first. Rhino isn't the only one coming to the party! Find a participating record store near you, and see what THEY'RE doing, at: www.RecordStoreDay.com
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Sat, Apr 13:
10 am & 11:30 am - "INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES" is a special space-themed, youth-oriented program by PACIFIC SYMPHONY, at Segerstrom Concert Hall, OC Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA.
*  Launch into the wonders of outer space as you tour the Moon, the planets and beyond with music from "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "2001: A Space Odyssey." Featuring NASA space footage, PACIFIC SYMPHONY is joined by special guests, the PACIFIC SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, on this exciting intergalactic adventure.
*  Enjoy this fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet and interact with musicians from Pacific Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, watch local ensembles perform, create special crafts that connect to each concert’s theme, and participate in learning activities that align with state and national educational standards. The Spotlight Instrument for this concert is the Brass family.
*  Activities begin at 9 am for 10 am concertgoers, and follow at 12:15 pm for 11:30 am concertgoers.
*  TIX: Box Office, 714-755-5799;  https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/intergalactic_adventures
*  Note that this is one of two "space" themed programs by PACIFIC SYMPHONY this weekend. Also see " A SPACE ODYSSEY, " Apr 11, 12, & 13, 8 pm.
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Sat, Apr 13, FESTIVAL:
10 am-10 pm - 2nd Annual "FOLKWORKS FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL" at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 11000 National Bl, Los Angeles CA 90064
*  TICKET options & purchase info at bottom.
*  More than SEVENTY artists perform on two stages (one Indoor,  one Outdoor Stage), plus five Workshop Rooms.
* Theme is a hybrid of Roots-Americana and "World" music, like the every-month content of FolkWorks itself; this year, the "world" half of the theme is Africa / African music and dance: "Exploring African Roots from Zimbabwe to Appalachia" (and Louisiana).
*  The event is in West Los Angeles, within walking distance of the Expo Line light rail's Westwood/Rancho Park Station.
*  Festival headliners also lead WORKSHOPS.
*  DOM FLEMONS, GRAMMY winner while a founding member of CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, leads the daytime workshop, "Discovering Early American Roots Music and Culture"; he performs in the separately-ticketed evening concert.
*  ADAAWE performs; members of ADAAWE lead "African Drumming Workshop."
*  WILLY SOULY and his group of musicians and dancers perform in the evening concert; choreographer, dancer, drummer, Taekwondo expert, UCLA instructor WILLY SOULY, originally from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in West Africa, leads a "West African Dance Workshop."
*  LISA HALEY & THE ZYDEKATS perform, and GRAMMY nom Lisa leads a "Fiddle Workshop."
*  Blues greats BERNIE PEARL and BARBARA MORRISON perform together; Bernie leads a "Blues Guitar Workshop."
*  The 5-member BANJO PROJECT, "celebrating the connection between African and American music" performs with Walter Spencer, Tom Sauber, Steve Shapiro, Chris Berry, & Monika White; Monika White and Tom Sauber also lead workshops.
*  MASANGA MARIMBA performs and leads workshop.
*  SAUSAGE GRINDER plays an "Appalachian running set" with James Hutson calling. All are welcome, experienced dancers or not.
*  SPENCER & RAINS play their twin fiddle harmony, based on influences of the midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child.
*  WORKSHOP LEADERS: Tom Sauber • Chris Berry • David Bragger • Monika White • Roger Goodman • Jim & Amber Mueller • Emil Olguin • Mary Pat Cooney • Nick Smith • Ruth Alpert • Lisa Haley  • Ric Alviso • Dom Flemons • Angel Luis Figueroa • Pat Mac Swyney • Suzy Thompson • Eric Thompson  •  Bernie Pearl • Emile Hassan Dyer • Barbara Morrison • Willy Souly • Gerald Rivers •  Members of ADAAWE.
** EVENING CONCERT (separate tix) at 7:30 pm, with:
•    DOM FLEMONS - GRAMMY winner while a founding member of CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, the D.C.-based "American Songster" brings his 100-year repertoire; expert player on Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones; also leads daytime workshop.
•    THOMPSONIA - "Southern roots music" from Suzy Thompson, Eric Thompson, Allegra Thompson (Folk-Americana icon Suzy, and Eric, also lead daytime workshops).
•    SOULY DANCE ARTS - Willy Souly, Aboulacar Kouyate, Gnenomen Soro, Adama Biloro Dembe, Malik Sow.
*  FULL LINEUP, with profiles, bios, etc: https://fwfolkrootsfestival.com/lineup
*  TIX -- three types:
(1)  Daytime Events tix (10 am-5 pm)
Includes admission to the WORKSHOPS, FOLK FILMS, and AFTERNOON CONCERTS.
(2)  Evening Concert tix (7 pm-10 pm) for entry to THAT concert only; option, +$10, for Limited Reserved seats, Rows 2-4 of seating.
(3)  "Everything" tix, all day and evening, 10 am-10 pm, with option of +$10 for Limited Reserved seats at Evening Concert, first three rows of seating.
*  Discount adv early-bird tix ended March 25th, and we told you about 'em with time to act, back when.
*  USING PUBLIC TRANSIT? From Union Station take Red/Purple subway to 7th/Fig Metro Center Station, then the Expo Line light rail to Sepulveda Station. Take Culver City bus 6 to Sepulveda and Sepulveda Court; walk 1 blk N on Sepulveda to National and 3 blks E on National to destination at Sepulveda and Military.
*  TIX: ("official" festival tix are a Brown Paper Tickets link): https://m.bpt.me/event/3918676
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Sat & Sun, Apr 13-14, FREE FESTIVAL:
10 am-7 pm (Sat) - 26th annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL" presents its main events all weekend at both indoor and outdoor venues in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Av, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
*  Evening concerts happen nightly in several area theatres and each of those requires a separate ticket; Saturday and Sunday daytime events at the main site -- on multiple stages -- are all FREE! 
SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT, separately ticket at 8 pm, is  "A Night with National Cash -- A Tribute to Johnny Cash" in Hart Hall.
*  SEE SEPARATE LISTINGS FOR THU through SUN for specific events at different venues.
*  THE SCENE, in general: the all-day Sat & Sun main festival in Hart Park is filled with performances, re-enactments, both trad and contemporary Western Music ("cowboy, not country"), Cowboy Poetry, visual art, sculpture, kids activities, historic building tours, exhibits, food, vendors, and more. Get the trail dust brushed offa yer hat, polish-up those boots, and get ready to yee-haw. Yes, this is a very different event than in the old days, when it was held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios, but don't let some city-slicker fool ya -- it's still a mighty fine good time.
*  Info, 661-250-3735,  or www.cowboyfestival.org
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Sat, Apr 13; Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14, FESTIVAL:
11 am-10 pm - (Sat) Annual "TEMECULA VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" continues at the TCR Ranch, 39560 E Benton Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
*  It's no longer a city-sponsored free event on the streets of Temecula. Now you need to pay, and in return you get a rustic setting, camping, plenty of featured bands into the night, and jamming under the trees.
*  TIX & info, 442-444-0068 or tim@temeculabluegrass.com
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Sat & Sun, Apr 13 & 14, FESTIVAL:
Annual "LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS," on the USC main campus in University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
*  This free-admission event is MASSIVE, with a website that takes a long time to load if you're out-and-about on your phone: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
*  The site allows you to plan your itinerary, which is an especially good idea; many events fill-up, both the FREE ones and the ones that require tickets you either need to reserve or PURCHASE. So get reservations for what interests you.
*  It's obvious to report this is a great way to connect with books, people, and ideas.
*  It's less obvious that it features plenty of LIVE MUSIC and STORYTELLING PERFORMANCES, along with panels and speakers in a vast array of performances spaces and venues.
*  We advise to plan your weekend with good time management, so you can get to the "FolkRoots Festival" on Saturday.
*  Beyond that... in past years we have published a Guide to the Festival of Books, navigating you from stage to stage to catch the Fok-Americana music and storytellers. Sorry, but we don't have the four hours available this year to do that.(Yep, it's that big, with that much going on.)
*  ONE MUSIC RECOMMENDATION: Sat, 4:20 pm, I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. plays the USC stage. *  FULL SCHEDULE, including live music, at: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/schedule/
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Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14, FREE FESTIVAL:
All day - "PRINTED MATTER'S ANNUAL L.A. ART BOOK FAIR" is "the other" book fair, this one in Little Tokyo, where the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA transforms into a giant, adult version of the book fairs you loved as a kid.
*  Location: MOCA is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, MOCA Pacific Design Center, and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Book fair is in the latter, at 152 N Central Av, downtown L.A., CA; 213-626-6222.
*  Explore books, zines, photography, and artwork from 390+ exhibitors hailing from more than 30 countries.
*  The LAABF has a full weekend of programming planned with artist-led workshops, discussions, and performances.
*  The fair runs Apr 11 to Apr 14, and except for the opening night event, admission is FREE.
*   Full list of LAABF 2019 exhibitors:
https://laabf2019.printedmatterartbookfairs.org/Exhibitors
*  Hours:
Fri, 1-7 pm; Sat, 11 am-7 pm; Sun, 11 am-6 pm.
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Sat & Sun, Apr 13 & 14, FREE FESTIVAL:
11 am - 15th annual "NEW PLAY READING FESTIVAL" at Boston Court Theatre, 70 Mentor Av, Pasadena CA 91106
*  TICKETS ARE FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for each day or each play (see below). Schedule:
*  Sat, 11 am: "TWO LAKES, TWO RIVERS" by Laura Jacqmin,directed by Lindsay Allbaugh. In a small Midwestern town, college boys are drinking ‘n’ drowning–despite whatever spells the Moms are casting at their 24/7 memorial. Then Peter disappears – without admitting guilt for the terrible thing his ex-girlfriend Bonnie is sure he’s done. Can Bonnie reconcile the version of Peter she knew with the Peter the town is mourning – without disappearing herself?
*  Sat, 2 pm: "ALMA" by Benjamin Benne, directed by Michelle Bossy. Working mom Alma has single handedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home, studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home — but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
*  Sun, 2 pm: "NORMALER THAN EVERYONE" by Brian Joseph, directed by Dani Bedau. This reading is currently SOLD OUT. If you're interested in joining the wait list, email: boxoffice@bostoncourtpasadena.org.
*  Sun, 4:30 pm: "THREE GIRLS NEVER LEARNT THE WAY HOME" by Matthew Paul Olmos, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. After being bused into a newly integrated school, three friends find themselves in the center of a mysterious encounter which ignites a panic throughout the area. With elements of magical realism and visceral theatricality, Three Girls explores what happens to children caught in the middle of complicated adult fears.
*  TIX ARE FREE, but adv. reservations are REQUIRED, at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/112/production/1008087 or call the box office,11 am- 5 pm, Tue-Fri, at at 626-683-6801
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Sat, Apr 13, FREE FESTIVAL:
1 pm-6 pm - 19th annual "CALTECH JAZZ FESTIVAL" on Gates Annex Patio, just west of Dabney Lounge
in the heart of the Caltech campus, south of Beckman Institute.
*  Open to the public and free.
*  Performers include Yamaha Performing Artist: The Jimmy Branly Trio featuring Andy Langham & Edwin Livingston; Amanda Hamilton Group, CSUN Award Winning Combo; The Caltech Jazz Band, directed by Barb Catlin.
*  Presented by the Caltech Jazz Band.
*  Food and beverages available for purchase.
*  The audience is welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and your own food and beverages.
*  Feature story: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/the-caltech-jazz-band-presents-its-free-19th-annual-caltech-jazz-festival/
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Sat, Apr 13:
1:30 pm-4:30 pm - "RON SQUARED" the duo of artists Ron Libbrecht and Ron Hurst, present a live painting demonstration outside of APC Fine Arts Gallery, 1621 Cabrillo Av, Old Torrance CA.
*  It’s also the closing reception for the gallery's “Breaking Traditions” exhibition.
*  Info: 310-328-0366 or www.apcfinearts.com
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Sat, Apr 13, ONLINE EVENT:
2 pm (Pacific) - "MARINA V's ONLINE BABY SHOWER" features live performances by Marina V and Nick, a prize raffle to guess the delivery day/time of their baby, and more.
*  MARINA says, "I feel VERY happy and my heart is full of love for our little girl (beyond words!) but I'm also VERY anxious about the upcoming birth (there are oh so many unknowns!). I thought we should do something fun to celebrate (and help relieve my anxiety too)!"
*  As for this event? She says, "We'll open the baby presents -- much needed items from our registry (Target & Amazon) that many of you have already sent us -- and thank each person who's gotten us a gift. And we'll perform your song requests in between!
*  Gift registry links at:  www.MarinaV.com
*  LIVE STREAM LINK:
www.twitch.tv/MarinaVmusic
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Sat, Apr 13:
4 pm-2 am - DANIEL BONTE & THE BONAFIED play the 1st ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION for the High Desert venue Buckle and Boots, 706 W Lancaster Bl suite 111, Lancaster CA 93534
 *  The night features "special giveaways, drink specials, line dancing and more."
*  Live music starts at 9:30 pm; age 21+ after 9 pm; no cover charge before 9 pm.
*  Table reservations at 661-522-5005 or online at: www.buckleandboots.com
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Sat, Apr 13:
5 pm-7 pm - FOLA, the Foundation of Local Arts, presents its tenth annual fundraiser, “Arts by the Sea,” at Lido di Manhattan Ristaurante and Bar in Manhattan Beach, CA.
*  Proceeds benefit local public schools arts programs.
*  This year there are 13 featured artists, together with musicians and dancers.
*  TIX: $40, at: www.FoundationOfLocalArts.net
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Sat, Apr 13:
6 pm - ERNEST TROOST plays the monthly "Live at the A-Frame" concert series in Kagel Canyon, above Sunland, CA; https://spark.adobe.com/page/kuXWxlrSYnqU5/
* It's an evening of songs & stories from L.A.'s resident Piedmont Blues master, winner of the Telluride Troubadour and music Emmys.
*  Includes potluck supper; bring a dish, drink or dessert to share.
*  SONG CIRCLE AFTER; bring an instrument, a story, or just your ears.
*  Reservations get directions at 818-486-8505 or by email to coddy.nuckols@gmail.com
*  $20 - ALL proceeds go to guest artists.
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Sat, Apr 13:
7 pm - CHAUNCEY BOWERS & JODI SIEGEL play a double-bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 . Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236
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Sat, Apr 13:
7 pm - SEAMUS EGAN PROJECT performs at the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad CA 92008; 760-438-5996
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Sat, Apr 13:
7 pm - DON ROSS & DONOVAN RAITT play the Canvas Church, 17332 Von Karman Ave, #115, Irvine CA
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Sat, Apr 13:
7:30 pm-9:30 pm - ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the multiple award-winning band HARD RAIN and producers and musical hosts of the annual "DYLANFEST," play Orlando's, 1000 Torrance Bl, Ste A, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
*  Get early bird discount tix now for the 2019 "DYLANFEST," happening May 5; TIX & info at: http://www.andyandrenee.com/store.php
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Sat, Apr 13:
7:30 pm - THE DALLAS BRASS, performing from their “American Portraits” repertoire, take the stage in the Redondo Union High School Auditorium, on the corner of PCH and Diamond, in Redondo Beach CA.
*  The group’s repertoire includes classical music, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood, and patriotic music.
*  TIX & info: Dale Korman at 310-373-2442, or: www.sbconcerts.org
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Sat, Apr 13; Fri & Sat, Apr 12 & 13:
7:30 pm - "FLYING TO NEVERLAND" is “PETER PAN,” presented by the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network/MET2, in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA.
*  Sat & Sun at 7:30 pm, plus Sunday matinee, 2 pm.
*  TIX: call 310-781-7171 or online at: www.met2.org
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Sat, Apr 13:
7:30 pm - EVENING CONCERT at the "FOLKWORKS FOLK/ROOTS FESTIVAL" is separately ticketed, and you can get a ticket even if you didn't attend the all-day festival.
*  Headliners are Dom Flemons, Thompsonia, and Souly Dance Arts.
*  At the same venue as the daytime festival: St John's Presbyterian Church, 11000 National Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90064
*  SEE FESTIVAL listing above for tix, etc.
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Sat, Apr 13:
7:30 pm - ENSEMBLE ADILEI plus THE CHAMGELIANI SISTERS present "TRADITIONAL GEORGIAN POLYPHONIC SINGING" presented by the "Center for World Music" at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 3025 Denver St, San Diego, CA 92117
*  They also perform Sun at 6 pm in L.A. -- see listing.
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Sat, Apr 13:
7:30 pm - JACK TEMPCHIN, songwriter for the EAGLES, plays the AMSD Concerts series  at Sweetwater Community Church, 5305 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita, CA 91902; 619-201-0520
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Sat, Apr 13:
7:30 pm - SCOTTISH FIDDLERS OF LOS ANGELES plus THE SYNCOPATHS play the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre, 710 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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Sat, Apr 13:
8 pm - CHELY WRIGHT, the performing songwriter who made it in the "Country" genre but whose talents and artistry exceed it, plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497
*  SOLD OUT. We gave ya plenty of warning!
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Sat, Apr 13:
8 pm - JOHN YORK, the legendary key member of the BIRDS, plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina, CA 91723; 626-339-7020
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Sat , Apr 13, FESTIVAL concert:
8 pm - SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT,  "A NIGHT WITH NATIONAL CASH -- A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH," presented by the annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL." Main daytime events are in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Av, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
*  Evening concerts, separately ticket at 8 pm, happen nightly in several area theatres, separately ticketed.
*  SEE The Guide's main Festival listing at the beginning of the day for tix, etc.
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Sat, Apr 13:
8 pm - RASPIN STUART and ARIELLE SILVER play the final concert of the winter-spring season for the "ACOUSTIC MUSIC SERIES" at Jeff Gold's West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St, West Hills, CA 91307
*  More info: www.westvalleymusicenter.com
TIX: $20, includes refreshments; available at 818-992-4142 or westvalleymusic@sbcglobal.net
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SUNDAY
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Check the huge buncha FESTIVALS that began Friday or Saturday in listings for those days. Here, we list only the ones that have unique events happening only today.
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April 14th: This day in history is loaded with tragedy.
      In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by an actor while watching a comedic stage play's closing night at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. Lincoln would pass the night in agony and die the next morning, April 15th. The Civil War wasn't quite ended but its outcome was no longer in doubt. Just days earlier, Lincoln visited the just-captured rebel capital, Richmond, Virginia, and sat in the chair of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. While there, he found a Confederate $20 bill and put it in his famous hat, where he often carried things. That currency was found in his pocket after he was shot.
      On this day in 1912, the largest moving object ever built by man to that time, the RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg on an unusually calm night with glass-smooth seas in the North Atlantic. She was on her maiden voyage, and still smelled of fresh paint. In accordance with British maritime law written for an earlier age, Titanic carried an insufficient number of lifeboats, and it was a foregone conclusion that most of her passengers and crew would perish when she sank.
      A recent investigation concluded something surprising: given the speed with which she sank, more lifeboats could not have been launched, even if they had been there. Titanic stayed afloat for just over three hours -- despite the ship's engineers all losing their lives to keep her afloat as long as possible.
      Estimates vary for the number on board, since "steerage" passengers boarded in three places before the trans-Atlantic voyage began. Estimates range from 2,224 passengers and crew aboard to almost 2,400. More than 1,500 people died, most of them from hypothermia in water so cold it felt like daggers. A list of victims with names and biographical information is at: https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victims/
      The total number of survivors varies by source from 701 to 713.
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Sun, Apr 14; Fri-Sun, Apr 12-14, FESTIVAL:
9:30 am-4 pm - (Sun) Annual "TEMECULA VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" concludes at the TCR Ranch, 39560 E Benton Rd, Temecula, CA 92592
*  It's no longer a city-sponsored free event on the streets of Temecula. Now you need to pay, and in return you get a rustic setting, camping, plenty of featured bands into the night, and jamming under the trees.
*  TIX & info, 442-444-0068 or tim@temeculabluegrass.com
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Sun, Apr 14, FREE FESTIVAL:
10 am-6 pm (Sun) - 26th annual "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL" wraps-up its main events Sunday at both indoor and outdoor venues in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Av, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
*  Evening concerts happen nightly in several area theatres and each requires a separate ticket; Saturday and Sunday daytime events at the main site -- on multiple stages -- are all FREE!
*  SEE SEPARATE DAILY LISTINGS for THU through SUN for specific events at different venues.
*  THE SCENE, in general: the FREE all-day Sat & Sun main festival in Hart Park is filled with performances, re-enactments, both trad and contemporary Western Music ("cowboy, not country"), Cowboy Poetry, visual art, sculpture, kids activities, historic building tours, exhibits, food, vendors, and more. Get the trail dust brushed offa yer hat, polish-up those boots, and get ready to yee-haw. Yes, this is a very different event than in the old days, when it was held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios, but don't let some city-slicker fool ya -- it's still a mighty fine good time.
*  Info, 661-250-3735,  or www.cowboyfestival.org
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Sun, Apr 14, FREE:
11 am-1 pm - "ART ACTIVATION: MAKE A PHOTOGRAPH WITHOUT A CAMERA" at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, 43201 35th St W (at Avenue K-8), Lancaster CA 93536
*  If you're going today to the High Desert TO SEE THE EARLY POPPY BLOOMS and other wildflowers at the California Poppy Preserve State Park, here's the perfect companion activity.
*  Part of "Dani Dodge's Art Activations at the Preserve." Los Angeles artist Dani Dodge is the 2019 artist in residence there.
*   What is this about? Since the mid-1800s, naturalists have used the photographic process of "cyanotype" to record plants they found throughout the world. Today, artists who know how use it to make beautiful images.
*  Make your own cyanotype using items found on the desert floor and take home a beautiful image of the desert.
*  FREE: All supplies are provided.
*  All ages and experience levels are welcome.
*  Full info: https://www.lancastermoah.org/interpretive-center
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Sun, Apr 14:
12:30 pm-5 pm - "DIXIELAND AND TRADITIONAL JAZZ" performed by featured band JAZZ AMERICA is the monthly "South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club" program at Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Ave I, Redondo Beach, CA.
*  TIX: $8 members; $12 non-members; $10 if you belong to another jazz club.
*  Info: 310-376-2591.
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Sun, Apr 14, FREE FESTIVAL:
2 pm - 15th annual "NEW PLAY READING FESTIVAL" at Boston Court Theatre, 70 Mentor Av, Pasadena CA 91106
*  TICKETS ARE FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for each day or each play (see below).
*  Began Sat, 11 am; see listing. Here are Sunday's concluding events:
*  Sun, 2 pm: "NORMALER THAN EVERYONE" by Brian Joseph, directed by Dani Bedau. This reading is currently SOLD OUT. If you're interested in joining the wait list, email: boxoffice@bostoncourtpasadena.org.
*  Sun, 4:30 pm: "THREE GIRLS NEVER LEARNT THE WAY HOME" by Matthew Paul Olmos, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. After being bused into a newly integrated school, three friends find themselves in the center of a mysterious encounter which ignites a panic throughout the area. With elements of magical realism and visceral theatricality, Three Girls explores what happens to children caught in the middle of complicated adult fears.
*  TIX ARE FREE, but adv. reservations are REQUIRED, at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/112/production/1008087 or call the box office,11 am- 5 pm, Tue-Fri, at at 626-683-6801
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Sun, Apr 14, FREE CONCERT:
2 pm - Master Harpist CRISTINA MONTES MATEO performs a concert at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Bl, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.
*  She’s played in first-class venues around the world.
*  Free; donations appreciated.
*  Info: 310-316-5574.
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Sun, Apr 14:
2 to 5 pm - ANDRE THIERRY plays The French Quarter Creole Bar & Grill, 16728 Bellflower Bl, Bellflower, CA 90706
* $15 at the door.
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Sun, Apr 14 ☘️:
5 pm - CILLIAN'S BRIDGE plays Irish music at the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd Ste 145, Murrieta, CA 92563
*  Reserve tables at: www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/reservations
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Sun, Apr 14:
6 pm - ENSEMBLE ADILEI plus THE CHAMGELIANI SISTERS present "TRADITIONAL GEORGIAN POLYPHONIC SINGING" presented by the "Georgian Cultural and Educational Center of Southern California" at 6468 Santa Monica Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90038
*  They also perform Sat, Apr 13, 7:30 pm in San Diego-- see listing.
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Sun, Apr 14:
7 pm - THE GLOAMING plays Campbell Hall at UCSB, 574 Mesa Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; 805-893-3535
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Sun, Apr 14:
7 pm - DON ROSS & DONOVAN RAITT play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236
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Sun, Apr 14:
8 pm - STEVE POLTZ plus TENDER MERCIES play the "Sings Like Hell" concert serirs at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-963-0761
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Sun, Apr 14:
8 pm - THE SEAMUS EGAN PROJECT featuring Seamus Egan, Owen Marshall, and Yann Falquet, plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
*  SOLAS is a seminal Irish band, and Seamus was a founding member.
*  Now he's touring for the first time as The Seamus Egan Project, bringing along friends and musical guests, and introducing fans to both the entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music and new music he’s never recorded or performed live.
*  In traditional Irish music, it’s hard to think of an artist more influential than Egan. He has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today.
*  An impressive multi-instrumentalist by the young age of 14, Egan was the winner of four "All-Ireland Championships" on four different instruments. He’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others. Few others can make so many instruments or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless.
*  Egan’s love of other music genres -- from jazz and classical to bluegrass and rock -- drive him to meld the breakneck speed and fun of late night celtic jams with a more sensitive feel for complex arrangements and composition.
*  Seamus Egan was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film "The Brothers McMullen." He co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s breakout hit, "I Will Remember You," based on his instrumental “Weep Not for the Memories,” and he collaborated with Rhiannon Giddens on Solas' 2013 album, "Shamrock City."
*  OWEN MARSHALL works in many styles. Whether it is an Irish slip jig, a Québécois brandy, an Appalachian tune or a Cape Breton strathspey, Marshall blends his own sound and approach with the sensibilities of each tradition.  Starting with guitar, he then expanded his talents to play other instruments including the tenor banjo, bouzouki, and harmonium.
*  YANN FALQUET is a creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He's developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). Yann has taught his guitar style at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as for Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp.
*  TIX still available, but act fast; $25 at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2211
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MONDAY
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April 15th:
• The day Lincoln died.
• The day the Titanic sank.
• The day you must pay more in taxes because of the new "tax cut" that only benefits the rich.
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Mon, Apr 15 & Wed, Apr 17, FILM SCREENING:
"BEN HUR" the multiple Academy Award winning film starring Charlton Heston, returns to theatres for two days.
*  TIX: www.fathomevents.com/tcmbigscreen
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Mon, Apr 15:
7:30 pm - "SPOTLIGHT: DOM FLEMONS" in conjunction with the "Americana Music Association," the GRAMMY Museum's live performance-interview series brings this acclaimed banjo master to the Clive Davis Theater at the GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Bl (entrance around the corner on Figueroa), Los Angeles, CA 90015
*  GRAMMY Award Winner and Two-Time Emmy Nominee DOM FLEMONS is known as "The American Songster," covering nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.
*  In 2018, Flemons released his solo album titled "Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys," which was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for "Best Folk Album" and for a "Blues Music Award" for "Best Acoustic Album." The album charted for 34 consecutive weeks on Billboard's "Bluegrass Albums" chart reaching the top five, and it charted on both Folk radio and Traditional Folk radio charts.
*  Flemons has performed with leading musicians, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, and Martin Simpson, and he has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues that include Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, and at the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
*  CATCH DOM’s APPEARANCE at the FolkWorks "Folk/Roots Festival" on April 13 at St. John's Presbyterian Church on National Bl. in West L.A. (See the Guide's write-up, or get info at: fwfolkrootsfestival.com ) AND SAVE MONEY ON THIS SHOW.
*  Bring your "Folk/Roots Festival" receipt to the GRAMMY Museum to receive a discount on your ticket to this April 15th program with Dom.
*  TIX will sell-out promptly, so don't dawdle: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spotlight-dom-flemons-tickets-58024540964
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TUESDAY
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Tue, Apr 16:
8 pm - KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND plus BETH HART BAND bring the bigtime blues to City National Grove of Anaheim.
*  TIX still available at: https://www.axs.com/events/366885/kenny-wayne-shepherd-band-and-beth-hart-band-tickets
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Tue, Apr 16, FILM SCREENING:
Late addition -- "HEALING TRAUMA." Click it to enlarge.
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WEDNESDAY
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Wed, Apr 17, FILM SCREENING:
"BEN HUR" the multiple Academy Award winning film starring Charlton Heston, returns to theatres for two days, Mon, Apr 15 & today.
*  TIX: www.fathomevents.com/tcmbigscreen
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Wed, Apr 17:
6:30 pm - "WESTERN MUSIC HOEDOWN" with artists still in town from last weekend's annual "Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival," at El Trocadero Steak House, 24274 Main St, Old Town Newhall CA
*  Performers include:
ALAMEDA BRADSHAW  here from Montana and fresh from the Cowboy Festival
MARILYN TUTTLE, at age 94, still singing nearly 70 years after her first performance on TV, and still very much the Grande Dame of Western Music!
•  John Bergstrom
•  Greg Khougaz
•  Buck Corbett
*  No cover. Venue has full dinner menu and a bar.
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Wed, Apr 17, through May 19:
8 pm - “FALSETTOS” a musical from New York, opens tonight at the L.A. Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Av, downtown Los Angeles, CA.
* This is the Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by James Lapine, from the book by Lapine and William Finn with Finn’s music and lyrics.
*  It's “a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family.”
* TIX: $30 to $135, at 213-972-4400 or www.CenterTheatreGroup.org
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THURSDAY
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Thu, Apr 18:
7:30 pm - "NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY & STORYTELLING" featuring award-winning storyteller Jacque TAHUKA NUNEZ, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org
*  In conjunction with their gallery exhibit, "PROTECTING MOTHER EARTH" (which closes Apr 28), the Muck presents an evening of performing arts created by and performed by "Journeys to the Past."
*  The audience will go on a journey into the lifestyle of the California Indian, in particular the Acjachemen Nation, which flourished in Southern California hundreds of years before the Spanish influx.
*  TIX: $30 non-member, $20 student/senior, $15 member
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Thu, Apr 18:
8 pm - BILL EVANS, author of "Banjo for Dummies," plays his show, “THE BANJO IN AMERICA,” for the fortunate who get tix in time, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236
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Thu, Apr 18:
8 pm - "DEFIANT REQUIEM: VERDI AT TEREZÍN" presented by PACIFIC SYMPHONY at Segerstrom Concert Hall, OC Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA.
 *  Experience the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi’s stunning "Requiem Mass."
*  Combining Verdi's magnificent music with historical footage and video testimony from survivors, this powerful and dramatic work will surely move you.
*  TIX: Box Office, 714-755-5799; https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/defiant_requiem
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FRIDAY
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Fri, Apr 19:
6 pm-10 pm - BENEFIT FOR "MUSIC AND KIDS" with acoustic duo CHUCK MURPHY & NAPYNAP performing at Gino's Italian Restaurant in Lancaster Marketplace, 44960 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, CA
*  No cover. Come eat and support "Music and Kids,: a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing free, one-on-one, after-school music lessons to kids in Southern California.
*  Info on the organization: www.musicandkids.org
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SATURDAY
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Sat, Apr 20, ON BROADCAST & WEB RADIO:
6 am-8 am -  Special Edition of "ROOTS MUSIC & BEYOND" as original New Christy Minstrel ART PODELL hosts "The Weed Day Show."
*  "It's the 50th anniversary of the "Great San Francisco Smoke Out," Art explained, when we caught up with him at the FolkWorks Folk Roots Festival on Saturday.
*  "Four-twenty is National Weed day and although theories abound, no one can remember the real reason. Is it any wonder?" he said.
*  Regardless, join him today, Saturday, April 20th -- er, 4-20 -- when "Roots Music and Beyond," under his ridiculously sober guidance, explores the iconic haze of music celebrating the occasion.
*  We got one preview from Art. You might notice the very "un-hip" Lawrence Welk is named in the shows poster. Well, it seems that the Champagne Music Makers backed two clean-cut, up-and-coming kid singers who were making a splash with Christian Music. Neither the kids nor Welk seemed to understand that the operative words in their song were not "sweet Jesus," but were words none of them knew, that went, "One toke over the line." Yep, he has the recording and you'll hear the song and their naively innocent banter.
*  In Southern California, it's broadcast at 90.7 FM from Los Angeles.
Globally, it streams live at http://www.kpfk.org
*  And, if 6 am is too much for you on a Saturday, the show will be available on demand on the KPFK archive page for fourteen days.
*  Art, ever the gig master, adds, "So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, turn on (the radio, that is), tune in, and... well you know the rest. A box of Oreos couldn't hurt."
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Sat, Apr 20:
7:30 pm - PHIL SALAZAR & THE KIN FOLK play "The Living Tradition" concert series at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim, CA 92805; 714-955-3807 or concerts@thelivingtradition.org
*  These VC faves give coasters down south a chance to see and hear why those farther north cancel plans to do other things when they learn THE KIN FOLK are playing.
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MONDAY
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Mon, Apr 22; not music, but cool:
10 am - "LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING WITH NORMAN MINETA" at the Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065
*  From the incarceration of Japanese Americans as a child in WW II to U.S. Secretary of Transportation, by way of being Congressman Norm Mineta, he has led an extraordinary life.
*  As a child during WWII, Mineta was incarcerated along with 120,000 citizens and non-citizens of Japanese descent.
*  A prominent Democratic congressman, he served as Secretary of Transportation under Republican icon George W. Bush.
*  Mineta will share his life experiences and how the lessons of the past must never be forgotten.
*  A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE TO the public, so act right away; the other seats are for students.
*  His talk is the follow-up program to the museum's education department teacher training workshop, co-presented by "Facing History and Ourselves" and the "Japanese American National Museum."
*  This lecture is free for school groups to attend, and one adult chaperone is invited per group of 15 students.
*  Following his talk, Mineta will sign copies of Andrea Warren’s biography, “Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II.”
*  TIX at: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events/events-calendar/lecture-and-book-signing-with-norman-mineta/
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Mon, Apr 22:
All day - "O'BRIEN'S IRISH PUB 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION" at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica, CA; 310-829-5303
*  Drink and Food Specials, Live Entertainment
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Mon, Apr 22:
8 pm - CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS play the "Down at the Yard Music Series" at the YARD Theatre, 4319 Melrose Av, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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THURSDAY
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Apr 25-May 2, FILM FESTIVAL:
20th anniversary "NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL" at numerous area venues, includes screenings, parties, galas, receptions, live music performances, more than 40 feature films, lots of shorts, and plenty of documentaries.
*  Features an "IRISH SPOTLIGHT" day, Apr 28, and spotlights on several foreign films throughout the event.
*  Full schedule (it's very impressive) and ticket links: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/events/
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Thu, Apr 25, on BROADCAST & WEB RADIO:
3 pm-7 pm - "THE RETURN OF MARK & BRIAN" for one radio shift to celebrate this year's 50th anniversary of KLOS, which went on-air in Los Angeles in 1969. Back then, it was cutting-edge FM rock radio. It competed with the legendary 94.7 FM KMET until the latter was murdered when the Fox empire bought Metromedia. KLOS continued for years without serious competition, employing some former KMET jocks, including Mary Turner and Jim Ladd. But their long-running morning show drive-time duo -- retired now for years -- was Mark & Brian.
*  MARK & BRIAN brought everything from an annual star-studded Christmas show for charity to an annual blood drive that broke all preexisting records, and plenty of community benefit projects, fun gatherings for listeners, and yeah, sometimes eye-rolling juvenile humor (like their "Black & Decker Vibrator Competition" -- use your imagination).
*  Nothing in L.A. radio has taken their place. (Considering that KMET's Paraquat Kelly was off the air before they got to town.)
*  Today, they'll resurrect antics, have name-drop-caliber guests who may play a few tunes live, and otherwise "play whatever you want." Though we strongly 'spect that'll include one that Mark really likes: the Marty Robbins cowboy classic, "El Paso."
*  Live ON AIR at 95.5 FM in Southern California.
*  ONLINE live everywhere at: http://www.955klos.com/
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Thu, Apr 25:
7:30 pm - "LINDA PURL: MY ROMANCE" at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org
*  Linda Purl, who you know from her days as a regular on "The Office," and before that, "True Blood," "Happy Days," and "Matlock," salutes the great singing stars of the ‘40s and ‘50s.
*  The L.A. Times called her, “a riveting gifted song stylist,” The London Times said, “She is mesmerizing,” N.Y.’s dean of reviews, Rex Reed, said “literally takes your breath away.”
*  Check out the lovely Linda performing "Come Rain or Come Shine" with Tom Wopat and an orchestra, at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=upBFnE8cgpk
*  TIX: $30 non-mbr, $20 student/senior, $15 Muck mbrs.
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FRIDAY
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Fri, Apr 26, FREE:
7 pm - "GREEN NEW DEAL TOUR & TOWN HALL: LOS ANGELES" massive rally at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, 400 W Washington Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90015; exact location on campus TBD.
*  The "Sunrise" speaking tour is stopping in nine locations across the U.S. to bring the fight for a "Green New Deal" to every corner of the country. Individual communities are hosting their own large-scale gatherings alongside the tour stops, sharing stories from within the community to bring the "Green New Deal" home.
*  Political opposition from entrenched office-holders (both parties) is already formidable, and their chief tactic is to ridicule and marginalize anyone concerned with actually doing something. This tour is being done to force pressure on the corporate political establishment to quit obfuscating, distracting, and making false claims to protect monied interests, and to instead PASS INTO LAW the GREEN NEW DEAL for the health of the planet and the ability of human societies to continue.
*  Attend this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community share how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for all of us.
*  RESERVATIONS (free) to attend, get you ongoing info in the meantime: https://actionnetwork.org/events/la-green-new-deal-town-hall
*  Sponsored by "Sunrise Los Angeles": https://actionnetwork.org/groups/sunrise-los-angeles
*  L.A. host contact: Timothy Hayes, timothy.hayes@groundgamela.org
*  MORE, FROM ELSEWHERE, THAT'S RELATED...
You can sign-up to get the FREE "Fossil Free News," at:
https://act.350.org/signup/fossil-free-newsletter
•  It's got stories and news on climate organizing that matter and inspire, delivered directly to you every 2 weeks.
•  Here at The Guide, we have signed-up for this new #FossilFree Newsletter.  It's "Digestible climate movement news, every fortnight, straight to your inbox."
*  Because you don't need to feel alone with barbarians at the gate.
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Fri, Apr 26:
8 pm - ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS play the "Pasadena Folk Music Society" concert series in Beckman Institute Auditorium, aka "Little Beckman," on the Caltech campus, 400 S Wilson Av, Pasadena, CA 91106
*  Park free in either lot at the S end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar, and ignore the "reserved" signs at night.
*  They also play Apr 27, 7:30 pm, in San Diego; see listing.
*  TIX for Caltech, 626-395-4652
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Fri, Apr 26:
8 pm - SILKROAD ENSEMBLE, that incredible all-star roots-music-and-beyond group with YO YO MA, presents "Heroes Take Their Stands" at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-899-2222
*  They also play Apr 28, 7 pm in the SFV, and Apr 30, 8 pm in Costa Mesa; see listings.
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Fri, Apr 26:
8 pm -  JOE HALL & THE CANECUTTERS play Cajun, Creole & zydeco at the first of their two Southern Cal shows in their CD release tour for "Aye Cher Catin," this one at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA
*  “It’s gumbo time!" Join Joe and put some Louisiana spice in your life. Be transported to the Bayous and dance halls of southwest Louisiana with authentic "Old School" high energy “amped-up Creole La-La” – two-steps and waltzes inspired by Creole greats Canray Fontenot and Bois Sec Ardoin. He also honors his grandfather Clement “King” Ned, whos music was recorded by the Smithsonian.
*  While playing both traditional and original tunes, Joe sings in Creole French and weaves the stories of his childhood and his Creole heritage into the show, creating a warm, happy evening, and imparting memories to his audience.
*  Joe will be selling and signing his CDs.
*  Listen to a few of the tunes:
⊙  “Un Jour Venir Souffert” at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bBzdBGidG_UGTcIVIrO3uOhvXx7uPlXr/view
⊙  “Madeline” at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nahu_HDk-pN7wG3ltR891q0bMa4WW5aW/view
⊙  “Creole Medley” at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CKlN8jcBhlh6tINrRDfETTxyQAWcB8eo/view
*  Buy your tickets promptly as this show will sell-out.
*  More at Joe’s website: https://www.joehallandthecanecutters.com
*  Call for reservations, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236; Reserve Early; this will sell out.
*  Great, intimate concert venue, but no dance floor here. It's the closest seat you'll get anywhere to enjoy them performing.
*  TIX, $25.
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Fri & Sat, Apr 26 & 27:
9 pm - ALANIS MORISSETTE plays two nights at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV
*  TIX for Fri: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/alanis-morissette/event/1700563E13D7A68A
*  TIX for Sat: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/alanis-morissette/event/1700563E13DBA68C
*  She does an all-acoustic show in San Diego Jun 21 at 8 pm; see listing.
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Fri, Apr 26:
9:30 pm - CHRISTINA LaROCCA, soulful singer-songwriter and international touring L.A.-based artist, brings a blend of Americana, alternative and soul to her international tour; this is her L.A. date, at The Study, 6356 Hollywood Bl 1st floor, Hollywood CA.
*  She is touring in anticipation of her upcoming new record, "Whiskey Dreams."
*  Adv tix: http://www.christinalaroccamusic.com/
*  TIX:  $10 adv, $15 door. Doors at 7 pm, set at 9:30 pm.
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FRIDAY & SATURDAY
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Fri & Sat, Apr 26 & 27:
8 pm - "MUSIC OF QUEEN" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY at Segerstrom Concert Hall, OC Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA.
 *  With the OSCAR-winning feature film "Bohemian Rhapsody," this concert was planned when that decision was prescient.
*  "We will, we will rock you!" became the memorably avant garde opening sequence to the 2001 medieval adventure-comedy film, "A Knight's Tale," and multiple generations have experienced the power and passion of Queen from the age of the 8-track to the digital download.
*  Now, experience it when a full symphony orchestra and rock band combine to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time.
*  Enjoy hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and many more.
*  TIX: Box Office, 714-755-5799; https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/music_of_queen
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SATURDAY
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Sat, Apr 27, FESTIVAL:
"NEW BLUES FESTIVAL" at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
*  Features live performances on two stages
MAIN STAGE features:
* Eric Sardinas
* New Blues Revolution
* Guitar Shorty
* James Harman
* Verdoros
* Rhythm Shakers
* The Broughams
* Whiskey & The Wolves
* Deb Taren Band
* The Michael Mills Band
* Union Hobos
Big Top Stage features:
* Papa J & Crosscut Deluxe
* Orange County Six String Showdown (Regional Winner)
* Jason Robert Band
* Beano/Mojohand
* The Sandy Haley Band
* Runson Willis III
*  The Motion
* Golden Butter Revue
* Up Jumped The Blues
* The Jim Fisk Jazztet
*  Volunteers sought. Deadline to apply is Apr 17. All volunteers receive food, drinks, and two FREE tickets to the show; info : https://www.newbluesfestival.com/volunteer
*  MORE INFO: 562-338-4805; https://www.newbluesfestival.cominfo@newbluesfestival.com
*  TIX (yes, you need the whole huge url): https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=43ade00ca0c15c4b31bb36b7c42af34e&t=tix&vqitq=aeac8378-9158-47c0-8e44-06e6117b679e&vqitp=99399ce9-9a9d-432e-89e2-3f9dbb9eab75&vqitts=1554564033&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt
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Sat, Apr 27:
7:30 pm - ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS play the "San Diego Folk Heritage" concert series at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008
*  They also play Pasadena on Fri, Apr 26; see listing.
*  TIX for Carlsbad at: http://sdfolkheritage.org/
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Sat, Apr 27:
7:30 pm - NEVENKA plus the SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE play the concert series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604
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Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm - JOE HALL & THE CANE CUTTERS play Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-519-1314
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Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm - ALBERT LEE plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm -  JOE HALL AND THE CANECUTTERS play the second of their two Southern Cal shows, bringing Cajun, Creole & zydeco in their CD release tour for "Aye Cher Catin," this one at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  “It’s gumbo time!" Join Joe and put some Louisiana spice in your life. Be transported to the Bayous and dance halls of southwest Louisiana with authentic "Old School" high energy “amped-up Creole La-La” – two-steps and waltzes inspired by Creole greats Canray Fontenot and Bois Sec Ardoin. He also honors his grandfather Clement “King” Ned, whos music was recorded by the Smithsonian.
*  While playing both traditional and original tunes, Joe sings in Creole French and weaves the stories of his childhood and his Creole heritage into the show, creating a warm, happy evening, and imparting memories to his audience.
*  Come dance with Joe and the band! The venue will open the dance floor for this special occasion.
*  While no formal dance lesson is scheduled, Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor KAREN REDDING will be on hand to give a few tips before the show, upon request. As part of the Louisiana tradition of "Lagniappe" (a little something extra), WYNONAH COUSIN of MARDI GRAS DOLL will bring some of her Mardi Gras inspired swag and Joe will be selling and signing his CDs.
*  Listen to a few of the tunes:
⊙  “Un Jour Venir Souffert” at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bBzdBGidG_UGTcIVIrO3uOhvXx7uPlXr/view
⊙  “Madeline” at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nahu_HDk-pN7wG3ltR891q0bMa4WW5aW/view
⊙  “Creole Medley” at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CKlN8jcBhlh6tINrRDfETTxyQAWcB8eo/view
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. The venue invites you to bring your own dinner and NON-alcoholic beverages; people bring multi-course dinners to shows here.
*  Buy your tickets promptly as this show will sell-out.
*  More info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
*  TIX: $25, at:  https://alvasshowroom.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1120310
NOTE: If you try to purchase and it’s sold out, contact Karen Redding at 562-708-8946 BEFORE April 19 and she will try to get you into the show.
*  More at Joe’s website: https://www.joehallandthecanecutters.com
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Sat, Apr 27:
9 pm - ALANIS MORISSETTE plays two nights at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV
*  TIX for Fri: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/alanis-morissette/event/1700563E13D7A68A
*  TIX for Sat: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/alanis-morissette/event/1700563E13DBA68C
*  She does an all-acoustic show in San Diego Jun 21 at 8 pm; see listing.
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SUNDAY
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Sun, Apr 28:
3 pm - THE KINGSTON TRIO plays the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-570-1100
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Sun, Apr 28:
7 pm - SILKROAD ENSEMBLE, that incredible all-star roots-music-and-beyond group with YO YO MA, presents "Heroes Take Their Stands" at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330; 818-677-3000
*  They also play Apr 26, 8 pm in Santa Barbara and Apr 30, 8 pm in Costa Mesa; see listings.
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Sun, Apr 28:
8 pm - GURF MORLIX plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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MONDAY
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Mon, Apr 29:
8 pm - JOYCE WOODSON, KRISTINA OLSEN, & TERESA TUDURY present a show they've dubbed the "Three women song swap," at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations are a must, and do that promptly, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236
*  This is a real "wow" of a show. If you Don't know all three of the artists in this show, you should.
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TUESDAY
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Tue, Apr 30:
8 pm - SILKROAD ENSEMBLE, that incredible all-star roots-music-and-beyond group with YO YO MA, presents "Heroes Take Their Stands" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts,  Samueli Theatre, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714-556-2787
*  They also play Apr 26, 8 pm in Santa Barbara, and Apr 28, 7 pm in the SFV; see listings.
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Heads-Up, John Denver fans
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Apr-May-Jun-Aug:
"THE JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE SHOW" is routinely selling-out coast to coast and beyond, including plenty of sold-out shows throughout Colorado. The days are 'purt near over that you can see JIM CURRY perform the music of the late John Denver in a small venue. Jim has performed with most of the members of Denver's band, and with symphony orchestras using the long-lost arrangements from Denver's giant concerts and studio sessions. Because his, the definitive tribute shows, routinely sell-out, here's a heads-up of dates and venues in Southern Cal where you can catch a show, if you stay on it before everything is gobbled-up:
*  Mon & Tue, May 6 & 7, SOLANA BEACH, CALIFORNIA - at The North Coast Repertory Theatre; tix: https://tickets.northcoastrep.org/TheatreManager/1/online?event=1111
*  Fri, May 17, ARROWHEAD LAKE, CALIFORNIA; Ticket Info TBA
*  Sat, Jun 15,  NEW - JUST ADDED, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA - at the Lewis Family Playhouse; Ticket Info TBA
*  Wed & Thu, Aug 28 & 29, CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA at the Candlelight Pavilion; Ticket Info TBA
*  He's also performing April 10 through 23 aboard the Holland America Cruise Ship Ms Volendam, with the Volendam Show Band; info, http://www.jimcurrymusic.com/events/jim-curry-presents-the-music-of-john-denver-on-holland-america-cruise-line/
*  Jim Curry's John Denver Tribute Show calendar with ticket links:
https://www.jimcurrymusic.com/future-concerts/
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A bit of May -- first look at
the CONCERTS & SHOWS
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(May's FESTIVALS are separate, in the next section.)

Fri, May 3:
6:30 pm-10 pm - Annual "TASTE OF MEXICO" at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org
*  Start your CINCO DE MAYO weekend with the third iteration of this ultra popular event. Partnering with the Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana, the Muck brings the finest Mexican Chefs for "an evening of luxurious gluttony."
*  Whether you’re looking for a perfected version of the traditional burrito, or a grasshopper and salsa taco, this is a culinary adventure.
*  TIX ARE LIMITED, $45 - no discounts, & will sell-out early:
https://themuck.org/programing/2019/5/3/taste-of-mexico
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Wed, May 8:
7:30 pm - BRUCE FORMAN, leader of COW BOP, and Poet Laureate of North Coast Brewery, plays his critically-acclaimed signature concert, "The Red Guitar," at Upstairs at Vitellos,  4349 Tujunga Av, Studio City CA 91604
*  He doesn't do this show often. It's a masterwork, based on the theme of "The Red Shoes," wherein a little girl wants to dance like a great ballerina, and she dons the red shoes and cannot stop -- until she dances herself to death. In Forman's reimagining, he wants to play like all the great jazz guitarists, and when he picks up the red guitar, he does. Seriously, he DOES. The guy has the chops to do it, which is why this show is a must-see. In addition to his interactions with Faust and Freud during the can't-stop-playing performance.
*  BRUCE tells us it's "A performance of my updated one-man show at Vitello's... Please get your tickets early, they are really tough there and are liable to raise the ticket prices for walk-ins... This is a great venue for the show, and rumor has it that there will be some jazz intervention at the end..."
* THEN HE ADDS THIS: "I'll be just getting back from playing at JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER... so I'll be inna Broadway kinda mood..."
*  We told you he has the chops to do it! If you're reading this far enough in advance, you can also catch him with COW BOP, his Western swing band, at an event for the "Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival" on Fri, Apr 12; see listing.
*  More at: www.bruceforman.com
*  TIX for "The Red Guitar" at Vitello's: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bruce-forman-red-guitar-tickets-59085915564
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Thu, May 9:
DOC SEVERINSEN plays the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton, CA 92833; 714-738-6595; www.themuck.org
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Fri, May 10:
150th anniversary of the driving of the GOLDEN SPIKE, completing the first transcontinental railroad at remote Promontory Summit, Utah, will be re-enacted today at the exact time, and again on Sat & Sun, May 11 & 12, all on the exact same site.
*  With replica steam locomotives, actors portraying each person in the famous photos, and a festival with live music of the era, it's irresistible for some (including our editor).
*  In Ogden, Utah, on May 9th, a stylistically similar event will be held with two giants from the late age of steam. Union Pacific will have a ceremony and head-to-head meeting of 4-8-4 "Northern" number 844, and just-restored 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" number 4014.
*  The 4014 sat in the LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN POMONA, stuffed-and-mounted on display for decades. When the giant "Big Boy" emerges from rebuild in the Cheyenne roundhouse to run to Utah, it will be back on the very route for which its type was built, and it will again be the largest operating locomotive in the world.
*  Be sure to catch the news on May 9 & 10. Ain't sumpin' ya see everyday!
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Sat, May 11:
8 pm - DIRK HAMILTON plays Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  Dirk Hamilton on acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals, with "Singing, playing, and talking some."
*  “One of rock’s best kept secrets.”  - L.A. TIMES.
*  “Dirk’s music radiates from the crossroads of passion and smart.”  -- Derk Richardson, KPFA.
*  “One of the few true poets on the scene.” -- New York Press.
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
*  TIX & info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
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Sat, May 18, FILM & MUSIC EVENT on CATALINA ISLAND:
12:30 pm - 32nd annual "SILENT FILM BENEFIT" screens "WHY BE GOOD?" (1929) with live musical accompaniment by acclaimed composer and musician MICHAEL MORTILLA AND THE ACCOMPANISTS,  at the Avalon Casino Theatre, on Catalina Island.
*  Presented by the Catalina Island Museum.
*  2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the Avalon Casino as well as this film.
*  One of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film. Attendees will be treated to an authentic 1920s cinematic experience with the screening of the 1929 film, Why Be Good?starring the ultimate flapper Colleen Moore with live musical accompaniment by acclaimed composer and musician Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists. All of this takes place in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace.
*  "Why Be Good?" is the red hot depiction of a modern flapper surrounded by the partying youth of the era. Moore portrays the role of a poor shop girl in a big urban department store. In order to go out every evening and attend the dances she craves, she must appear to be more worldly wise than she actually is. As you an imagine, this brings about a number of hilarious situations and along the way she falls in love.
*  '20s period dress is encouraged.
*  Members of specified museums can arrive early for the Pre-Performance Program at noon.
*  Doors Open for Non-Members at 12:30 pm.
*  Silent Film screening (benefit) begins at 1 pm.
*  TIX: https://www.catalinamuseum.org/silent-film-benefit
• Before May 1: mbrs $20, non-mbrs $23, children (Age 3-15) $10.
• After May 1: mbrs $25, non-mbrs $28, children (Ages 3-15) $10.
*  MAKE IT A 1920s WEEKEND: Following the Silent Film Benefit, spend the evening dancing in the Avalon Casino Ballroom during the "Avalon Ball" put on by the "Art Deco Society of Los Angeles." This event exemplifies what the ballroom was built for: dancing! Link for tix and info on the Ball at above url.
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Sun, May 19:
4 pm - EAGLES RONSTADT EXPERIENCE – "A Tribute To Their Music," at Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  This is a tribute to the writing, performance, style, and sound of the California country, folk, and rock music superstars thoughtfully re-created. Most of these musicians grew up listening, learning, and passionately playing and singing along to what is now truly a phenomenon worth recreating.
*  Band members are:
Randy Woolford – Electric and Acoustic Guitars,
Vocals
Dan Hill – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bill McDowell – Drums, Vocals
Joe Mazzio – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Kim Woolford – Vocals and Percussion
Dan Haley – Keyboards, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
*  TIX & info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
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May 22:
Late addition -- "MAVIS & FRIENDS" -- see graphic at right. Click on it to enlarge.
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Fri, May 24; Fri-Sun, May 24-26, LIVE THEATRE:
8 pm - "DAMN YANKEES," the classic musical comedy, returns in a production by Cedar Street Theatre at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC), 750 W Lancaster Bl, Lancaster, CA 93534; www.lpac.org
The original Broadway cast album still sells on CD.
*  With a book by GEORGE ABBOTT and DOUGLASS WALLOP, music and lyrics by RICHARD ADLER and JERRY ROSS, "Damn Yankees" debuted on Broadway in 1955 with a '30s-'40s feel and STEPHEN DOUGLASS in the lead role.
*  Hollywood made a film version in 1958, giving top billing to TAB HUNTER with GWEN VERDON and RAY WALSTON reprising their Broadway roles.
retaining only two of the Broadway songs and filling in with its own replacements. Still, as imdb notes, "the concept of this musical was the preoccupation of the American public with the national pastime of baseball, and its singular domination (between 1947 and 1962) by the New York Yankees."
*  Yes, there is intentional double entendre with the the derisive singularity applied for a hundred years in the former Confederate states to anyone from any other part of the country, but it stops there.
*  So, what's it about? Musicians will ses something of a parallel to the tale of bluesman Robert Johnson.
*  Here, the lead character is middle-aged baseball fanatic "Joe Boyd," who trades his soul to the Devil to make his hapless favorite team suddenly unstoppable winners -- with himself as the team's new star player. Since, if you want something done right, you should do it yourself.
*  The team -- the  Washington Senators -- was, twice upon a time, the real American League major league baseball team in DC, long before today's National League Washington Nationals. The period not only determines the tunage, but adds a lot to the sense of compelling cultural phenomena when baseball truly was the national pastime.
*  The devil, also known as "Mr. Applegate," takes credit for getting the Senators in the pennant race against the perennial AL champs, the New York Yankees. (Make your own comparisons about the devil tempting senators in our own time.)
*  On the field, Joe, the young baseball sensation, transforms the cellar dwellers into a winning team -- only for Joe to realize the true worth of the life that he's left behind.
*  When Joe returns to his former life, Applegate demands his soul. Will Joe be able to resist the temptress, Lola, and outsmart the Devil at his own game?
Art for the new production.
*  Obviously, a diamond and outfield won't fit on the stage of a performing arts center, and it is here in the charmingly crafted story, the essential questions of ends vs. means, of "what would YOU do for something you want" -- and of course, in the musical performances -- that the show has remained an enduring hit.
*  Light, fast-paced, delightfully tune-filled and devilishly clever, "Damn Yankees" has been a homerun for decades, featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor.
*  The production runs three performances:
□ Fri, May 24, 8 pm.
□ Sat, May 25, 8 pm.
□ Sun, May 26, 2 pm matinee.
*  Tickets $25; Senior & Youth tix, $22.
TIX: 661-723-5950, or http://www.lpac.org/season.php?type=9
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Thu, May 30:
8 pm - SOFIA TALVIK plays acoustic folk at Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  Sofia mixes her Nordic melancholy with a twang of Americana, creating a special niche of folk music. Driven by a steady beat through foot percussion and rhythmic guitar picking, you can’t believe she is actually alone on stage. And in the centre are her invigorating vocals.
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
*  TIX & info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
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Fri, May 31:
8 pm - RICK RUSKIN plays Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  Rick Ruskin has earned the right to be called a “Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso.” His skills are legendary but the hyperbole distracts from the rest of the story.
*  He is a gifted singer, arranger, and composer whose work has been featured in film and on television around the world.
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
*  TIX & info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
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Sat, Jun 1:
8 pm - CHUCK ALVAREZ plus SATELLITE VOODOO at Alvas Showroom, 1413 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  A double CD Release show.
*  CHUCK ALVAREZ celebrates the release of his fifth CD, "No Longer Bound," a mix of Blues and Americana. He will perform with accompaniment on acoustic and electric guitar. 
*  SATELLITE VOODOO plays the second set. They are releasing their self titled debut album. 
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
*  TIX & info: https://alvasshowroom.com/
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Fri, Jun 21:
8 pm - "ALANIS MORISSETTE ACOUSTIC" at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, San Diego, CA
* GET TIX NOW at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/alanis-morissette-acoustic/event/0A0056791CD44B2B
*  She also performs Apr 26 & 27, 9 pm, in Las Vegas; see listings.
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A bit of May -- first look at
The FESTIVALS
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Sun, May 5, FESTIVAL:
"DYLANFEST" (number 29) happens at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torino Plaza, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503.
*  THIS IS A delightful day of Dylan classics performed by a vast variety of artists, including GRAMMY winners and nominees. Some bring their own fresh arrangements, others are classic Dylan from whatever period the original recording made the song immortal. Go once, and you'll return every year.
*  TIX at: http://www.andyandrenee.com/store.php
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Thu-Sun, May 9-12, FESTIVAL:
11 am-11 pm (Thu) Annual "PARKFIELD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL" returns for its traditional stretched Mother's Day Weekend, this year with headliners Special Consensus, The Cache Valley Drifters, The Slocan Ramblers, Rebekah Long, Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk, Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, Blue Summit, The Littlest Birds, Have More Fun Stringband, Amber Cross, North Country Blue, SLO County Stumblers, Robin Fischer, Gerry Higbies "Kids on Stage," and more, at V6 Ranch, 1st St & Oak St, Parkfield, CA 93451
*  TIX: https://parkfieldbluegrass.org/
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Thu-Sun, May 9-12, FESTIVAL:
6 pm-10:30 pm (Thu) Annual "GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL" presented by San Diego’s "Bon Temps Social Club" returns to Spanish Landing Park (across from the San Diego Airport), 2326 India St, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-234-8612; gator@gatorbythebay.com
*  Things get underway THURSDAY with a separately-ticketed concert, with:
MARCIA BALL, THE MAD HAT HUCKSTERS, and the UPTOWN RHYTHM MAKERS.
*  This is four big days of live music and dance.
*  It is NOT all Cajun-zydeco-blues. Just like the "Telluride Bluegrass Festival" is not all bluegrass. We decided to list the full lineup, as that's the only way you'll see what we mean.
*  FRIDAY through SUNDAY, things get into high gear with 100+ performances on 7 stages, a dazzling array of listening, serious Louisiana dancing to Cajun and Zydeco bands, blues artists and bands, AND an impressive stable of Americana artists from everywhere. Here's the lineup:
⊙ Grammy-nominated Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie
⊙ Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
⊙ Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys (“Best Cajun Album” in Offbeat 2019)
⊙ Swedish jazz musician, singer, and songwriter Gunhild Carling
⊙ Aki Kumar, aka “The Only Bombay Blues Man”
⊙ Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (Blues Music Awards 2018 Band of the Year)
⊙ Roy Rogers, blues slide guitar
⊙ John Németh, blues
⊙ "Johnny V" Vernazza (multiple Gold recording artist)
⊙ The Rhythm Shakers
⊙ The Farmers
⊙ Sons of Soul Revivers, Gospel
⊙ Lil ‘A’ & the Alnighters
⊙ BB & the Blues Shacks (from Germany)
⊙ Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets (Texas)
⊙ Alabama Mike, AKA Michael A Benjamin (Chicago blues)
⊙ Chase Walker, blues
⊙ Anthony Cullins, blues
⊙ Benji Davis, blues
⊙ Whitney Shay (she is “Artist of the Year,” 2019 San Diego Music Awards)
⊙ Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, Boogie Woogie
⊙ Mercedes Moore Band, blues
⊙ Casey Hensley (2019 San Diego Music Awards Best Blues Artist)
⊙ Three Chord Justice, country-Americana
⊙ PHT Patrick Howard Trampus Band
⊙ Whiskey Ridge
⊙ Sara Petite (2nd prize, 2012 Merlefest songwriting contest, 2016 finalist, Americana category, International Songwriting Contest)
⊙ The Chris Fast Band, blues
⊙ The Sleepwalkers, Americana & Roots Rock
⊙ Blue Largo, jump blues
⊙ Lenny Fuzzy Rankins, storyteller, jazz, blues
⊙ Michele Lundeen, blues
⊙ The 44s, blues
⊙ The Fremonts, Gulf Coast R&B
⊙ “Harmonica John” Frazer, blues
⊙ The Sea Monks, trad rock
⊙ Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, blues
⊙ Liz Grace & the Swing Thing, swing
⊙ The Tourmaliners, surf rock
⊙ Nathan & Jessie, jazzy folk duo
⊙ Sarah Rogo, Americana
⊙ Bobby Sanchez Combo, rockabilly, swing
⊙ Euphoria Brass Band, New Orleans brass
⊙ Tomcat Courtney, 90-yr-old Delta bluesman; California Blues Hall of Fame inductee; Best Blues Artist, San Diego Music Awards
⊙ Chickenbone Slim (aka Larry Teves), blues
⊙ Bill Magee Blues Band, named “Best Blues Band in San Diego,” by both San Diego Music Association and The Reader newspaper
⊙ Flipside Burners, rockabilly
⊙ Theo & the Zydeco Patrol
⊙ Bayou Brothers
⊙ Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters, Cajun, zydeco, Texas swing
⊙ San Diego Cajun Playboys
⊙ Abby Girl & The Real Deal, 50s rhythm & blues
⊙ The Stilettos, trad rock, swing
⊙ Fontenot, Pappion & Plauché, Creole
⊙ High Life Cajun Band
⊙ Gypsy Swing Cats
⊙ Blitz Brothers, electric blues
⊙ Manny Cepeda Orchestra, “caliente” Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, and Cuban
⊙ Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, Irish, folk, rock
⊙ Tim “Steelbone” Cook, trombone
⊙ David Sousa & the Zydeco Mudbugs
⊙ Crew D’Etat Brass Band, New Orleans funk
⊙ Crown Point Junior Music Academy
⊙ Clinton Davis Trio, old-time Americana banjo
⊙ Zzymzzy Quartet, jazz
⊙ Gregory Page, folksinger-songwriter
⊙ Robin Henkel, blues, jazz, Hawai'ian, swing
WORKSHOPS...
•  Judy Seid, rubboard player “Sista Judy” with the Bayou Brothers
•  Suzanne Chaillot Breaux, creator of Mardi Gras costumes
•  Ms J7, hula hooping, fire eating, stilts, tightrope walking
•  “Sleeveless” Steve Sloan, magician
•  "and many more to be announced."
*  Early Bird Discounted Single Day and Multi-day Passes On Sale Now (as of March 31).
*  TIX and full info: https://www.gatorbythebay.com/
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Sun, May 19; FESTIVAL:
Annual "TOPANGA BANJO FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL" will,  indeed, happen this year at Paramount Ranch, Santa Monica Mtns Nat'l Recreation Area, About a Hills, CA.
* The National Park Service has given the go-ahead for the use of the longtime venue, which suffered fire damage in the 2018 Woolsey Fire. Despite the loss of most of the buildings, the show will go on with some adaptive measures.
*  Musicians -- start polishing your act now, with a chance to win prize money and the opportunity to perform before a big crowd! And you prob'ly already know the jamming is amazing!
*  Info on registering at:
*  Children can compete too, and you will be amazed at the talent.
*  Non musicians make this a must-do to enjoy the contestants, the stage acts, and the whole scene.
*  Professional acoustic roots bands and individuals delight on the stages, though not yet announced after the delay from the gov't shut down.
*  For the presenters, there will be challenges, but all are committed to again bring an outstanding event! -- including the Guide's editor, who emcees a stage here every year.
*  "We hope to be able to witness some of nature's resilience. It could include some blooming lupine and other early fire followers. It may be a bit early, but recovery will be starting, even if subtle," says one nature-lover.
*  OFFICIAL website is adding more all the time, at:
http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/
ENTRIES NOW OPEN -- THROUGH APRIL 17 -- for all competitions, at: http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org/contestant_register_2018.html#faq
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More festivals are still being added -- May and June are FILLED with 'em, and they're most of the year's VERY BEST!

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STILL FARTHER AHEAD...
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Sat, Sep 7:
8 pm - "TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR (with fireworks)" with CARL ST. CLAIR, conductor; BENJAMIN BEILMAN, violin; & PACIFIC SYMPHONY, at Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa CA
* Southern Californians are incredibly fortunate to have the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, the Ford Amphitheatre, and the OC Amphitheatre all available as splendid outdoor concert venues. Be sure to catch a symphonic treasure beneath the OC skies.
*  PROGRAM:
• KHACHATURIAN: “Sabre Dance”
• TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto
• RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: “Capriccio Espagnol”
• TCHAIKOVSKY: “1812” Overture
*  Complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks, no SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture.
*  The evening features this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits, including his memorable Violin Concerto, performed by the first-prize winner of the 2010 "Montréal International Musical Competition," Benjamin Beilman. “The Times” has praised Beilman’s “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence,” and “The Strad” described his playing as “pure poetry.”
 *  TIX and full info at: 714-755-5799 or www.PacificSymphony.org
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TICKET OFFER, 
IF YOU BUY EARLY 
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Runs Sun, Oct 6, 2019, through Sun, Jun 6, 2020.
"LE SALON DE MUSIQUES: MASTERS REDISCOVERED" is the series' just-announced 10th anniversary season of nine concerts, all at the Los Angeles Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fifth Floor, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Self parking at the Music Center Garage on Grand Avenue.
*  EARLY BIRD OFFER FOR "A SUBLIME NEW SEASON"
*  "Le Salon de Musiques" is a chamber music series performed in an intimate space without any stage or separation between the audience and the artists. It allows you to feel the purity and quintessence of the music associated with the vibrations of each instrument and the connection to each artist.
*  A "Tresor de France Champagne" reception with a high tea buffet catered by Patina follows the performance and the Q & A between the artists and the audience.
*  TENTH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM, 2019-2020, introduced by musicologists Dr. Kristi BROWN-MONTESANO & Julius REDER CARLSON.
*  Season "GRAND OPENING" - CONCERT ONE: Sun, Oct 6, 4 pm:
- W. MOZART: "Divertimento" in D Major for String Quartet
- G. HAENDEL: Sonata in G minor Op 2 for two violins & piano - J. HAYDN: String Quartet No.5 Op 64 in D Major "The Lark"
 - L. BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op 37 (Arranged for String Quintet)
- Featured artists: Jessica GUIDERI & Aubree OLIVERSON, Violins; Rob BROPHY, Viola, Yoshika MASUDA, Cello; Peter LLOYD, Bass; Vijay VENKATESH, Piano.
*  TIX for individual dates are available following season tix sales. The nine-concert season runs through Sunday, June 7, sponsored by Steinway & Sons, The French & German Consulates of Los Angeles, Champagne "Tresor de France," Performing Arts Live, and Eufloria. Buy the season now at the early bird price, saving 20%: $684 for all nine concerrs, instead of the regular full-season price of $855. Season tix get other perqs. Info and tix purchase at: 310-498 0257.
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As always, we have lots of MUSIC NEWS features in the works, and they'll be along as we get them dressed, shoes tied, cowlicks combed down, bowties cranked straight, and strings tuned.
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'Til we catch ya on the flip side,
in our best Kathy Baker
"Hee Haw" voice: "That's all!"

Stay tuneful!
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