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Friday, October 11, 2019

UPDATED events through Sunday, Oct 27; The world's largest STEAM LOCOMOTIVE is coming to town! Plus CONCERTS. Updated, orig. published Oct 11, 2019

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ADDED -- MORE MUSIC NEWS & EVENTS, CONCERTS, & FILM EVENTS, PLUS PHOTOS OF BIG BOY 4014's WEEKEND VISIT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
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LATE BREAKING MUSIC NEWS...

JAMES LEE STANLEY FIGHTING CANCER

Friday afternoon, October 18, James Lee Stanley, the well-traveled and celebrated singer-songwriter, sent us the following:

"For those of you who are unaware, I have been diagnosed with squamous carcinoma. The lesion is located at the base of my tongue and I have been scheduled for surgery on Wednesday November 5th. 

"The good news is that the survival rate is very high and I am otherwise extremely healthy. The downside is that I will be unable to sing for the rest of the year, which means no income til I heal.

"Let me first thank all of you for your wonderful social media support during this particular unheralded challenge.

"And secondly, to all of you who offered to help in anyway you can:  may I invite you to mosey on over to my website (www.jamesleestanley.com/shop/store) and check out my brand new CD, 'Without Susie,' which has already gotten rave reviews in several publications, such as 'Music Connection.'

"The music is available as a download or as a CD, and there is no shipping charge. If you happen to have the new cd, there are 33 other CDs available and they all make fine christmas stocking stuffers. I will also sign all physical cd orders. Who knows? Might be valuable some day…

"By supporting my music in this fashion, you will be helping me weather this particular storm while I am unable to work.

"Thanks again for all the well wishes and kind words and just 'being there' for me. I am humbled and grateful."

You can read the still-very-relevant 2014 Huffington Post Interview with James Lee, titled "The Apocaloptimist : Chatting With James Lee Stanley and Tony Ferrari, Plus Exclusives From Cracker and Year Of October," at:
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6294870?guccounter=1

Hear the latest solo cd and send him best wishes, at:
http://jamesleestanley.com/

Sample his acclaimed recordings at:
www.allwoodanddoors.com  and  www.allwoodandstones.com


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NEWS FEATURE...

Opportunity for activism

Save Syrian lives -- suspend all arms exports to Turkey

You can sign the global petition, which we endorse. It reads:

"To the US, the UE and all governments that sell weapons to Turkey:

"As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the assault in Northern Syria, we urge you to immediately halt ALL weapon exports to Turkey. We also ask you to do everything in your power to bring all parties to the table for peace talks and an immediate ceasefire."


More info, and sign it at:

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/stop_the_syria_bombs_81/?cbfCMab

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It's still our latest edition as published last Friday, but it has additional events and photos added...

Back then, there were important points to note, but they're mostly history now. So jump shead to the current dates, or if you wanna lament what ya missed, it's all still here for the archive...

☆  Friday is [was] ART NIGHT PASADENA, the twice-annual FREE music & art multi-venue extravaganza!

☆ FOLK ALLIANCE is [was] underway in Woodland Hills, West SFV!

☆  Saturday & Sunday [Last weekend] bring MORE FESTIVALS -- SEASIDE HIGHLAND, OLD TIME FIDDLERS, KALEIDOSCOPE FEST, and MORE -- plus a week of CONCERT LISTINGS, some FILM EVENTS, and more!

☆  A giant STEAM LOCOMOTIVE, the world's largest, is [was] briefly in Southern California; we tell you how to experience this portable earthquake in all its glory!

☆  All that and MORE [stuff that hasn't happened yet], in this edition!

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THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set."
-- Lin Yutang, writer and translator (born Oct 10, 1895, died 1976)


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We'll get to the FESTIVALS and day-by-day/ night-by-night CONCERTS and music and film events in a moment.

Before that, we bring you a scoop: the inside story on the massive steam locomotive you can go experience THIS WEEKEND. It's called BIG BOY.
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BREAKING NEWS on Friday, October 11...

For our readers beyond Southern California, a hundred thousand local residents have been evacuated here in the face of massive wildfires. Before the conflagrations began, over a million Northern Californians had their electricity cut-off in an effort to prevent fires if power lines fell in the continuing fierce wind storms. Gusts below canyons up and down the state have been over 50 mph. In Southern California, North of Los Angeles, sections of four freeways -- the 5, 14, 210, and 405 -- have been closed as flames reached them or smoke eliminated visibility. East of Los Angeles, over 70 homes had been lost by mid-afternoon Friday. Giant fire bombers, converted DC-10 jetliners, have been constantly active, flying to drop fire retardant chemicals despite the challenge of low-level flying in strong winds. Over 800 acres an hour were being consumed by mid-afternoon in just one of California's ten fires. Throughout the drought-ridden Southwest, residents are bracing for a fire season of record length and severity. That, even as the northern plains are digging-out from a record early snowstorm, and a powerful Nor'easter is hitting the New England coast. And record glacial melt from Greenland to Alaska accompanied the hottest September ever recorded.

If you see irony in following that with the next piece, celebrating a surviving giant of the industrial age, we did not plan things that way.  Breaking news is what it is. The following story was planned to run, and reports something you can do only this weekend.

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Return of the BIG BOY
the world's largest 
STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
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Saturday & Sunday
in Southern California

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And seeing it Tuesday, when it leaves

(We've added PHOTOS of the giant locomotive's weekend frolics, at the end of this feature...)

The steam locomotive in question is Union Pacific number 4014, the only running "Big Boy" type in the world. It brought a trainload of VIPs into Southern California Wednesday, with very little media coverage. It pulls a passenger excursion train out to Yermo, past Barstow, on Saturday, and brings it back Sunday. Then it leaves Tuesday, over Beaumont Pass, for bunches of display dates in Texas before journeying north across the Great Plains, home to Wyoming. And frankly, no one knows if it will pass this way again.

The abundance of music festivals this weekend are reliably among the best every year. But they happen during the same two days that the world's largest locomotive is pulling that excursion train over Cajon Pass.

4014 had its coming-out party in May, making the run from its resoration shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, out to Utah and back, over the route for which it was originally built. The trip in May was made to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike and completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

Big Boy number 4014 was restored in time -- barely -- for its role in Utah, celebrating the
150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. This is part of the crowd that greeted her in Ogden.

The rest of the Big Boy's story for 2019, including this visit to Southern California, is quietly billed as a continuing celebration of May 10th, 1869.

But plenty is different this trip. It's been tough to learn much, because it's almost stealth. Absolutely unlike Utah, press coverage for the local runs has been nearly non-existent. KNBC aired a very short package Wednesday about it stopping in Victorville (the locomotive had to do that, to oil and grease its giant reciprocating parts), but the TV piece didn't say a thing about where it was going, and almost nothing about why. Frankly, KNBC got half the facts wrong, but they were the only L.A. broadcast media there at all.

Moreover, it's glaringly evident that the Union Pacific, operator of the train, didn't arrange any big public display site in or around L.A. to welcome visitors and showcase their multimillion dollar investment in living history. That avoidance of opportunity is uniquely uncharacteristic.

Thousands flock anywhere the Big Boy is displayed. But seeing 4014 sitting still in Southern California wouldn't be all that different from what everyone experienced here during the decades of 4014's stuffed-and-mounted stationary display at the L.A. County Fairgrounds in Pomona.

That's the Big twist in the story. Those years of rusting in peace in Pomona are why 4014 is back now, alive and well. It's all happening because this Big Boy was displayed in the fairgrounds for decades. You probably saw it there, gathering rust, dominating the treasure trove of retired steam engines. The deal was, if the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, aka the "Rail Giants Museum," gave the engine back to Union Pacific to be restored for operation, the railroad would run it here at least once and let the museum group celebrate the restoration's outcome and do an excursion train.

And so, Saturday and Sunday, the seats on that excursion train are an expensive, nostalgia-steeped lark for those who can afford it. Out from West Colton to Yermo on Saturday, back on Sunday.

For our money, a dramatic spot in Cajon Pass is the place to experience 4014 and her gleaming yellow train of vintage restored passenger cars. Cajon is one of the nation's most famous rail photo locales. Yet the only one of the 25 Big Boys that ever ventured over it is the very same 4014. And until Wednesday, the Big Boy's previous trips over Cajon were dead-in-tow. The first was in the early '60s to deposit her at Pomona, and the second was five years ago, dragging her back to her old Wyoming home to bring her back to life.

As for yellow passenger cars on Cajon, it's been a long time since the UP's fleet of streamliners, including the premiere "City of Los Angeles," passed that way every day, with sections bound for Salt Lake, Denver, Omaha, St. Louis and Chicago. All that ended with the advent of Amtrak in 1971, when neither the route nor the colors were kept for the nation's surviving passenger trains.

A modern freight diesel is at top left, followed by a large school bus. Big Boy is 135 feet long.
An Amtrak Superliner passenger car (not shown) is 86 feet long.

Other than Cajon Pass, you can forget about many other places along the route of this weekend's special train. L.A. Basin locations once renowned for photographing trains are now hosed by development, from cookie-cutter tract houses and strip malls to ugly anti-trespasser fences.

Cajon Pass is above San Bernardino. You know the modern highway version of it as the route to Vegas. The passage over the mountains starts about where I-215 and I-15 merge. The tracks are accessible there, at Devore, and then things get challenging. The rail route twists and winds through the canyon far below the interstate. Part of the route of the tracks is visibly accessible across the canyon from the partially passable old Route 66. Exits from the interstate are Cleghorn and Kenwood. The route over the pass comes out the other side above Hesperia, via two-lane Hwy 138 and dirt roads, and the fwy and the railroad are very far apart there.

Big Boy number 4014 during her years on static display at
the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona.

What helps explain the missed opportunity to trumpet 4014's homecoming as a living, breathing locomotive is this: UP has had issues in Southern California running other steam locomotives that have been part of its steam program. AQMD raises hell because they can't do continual point-source monitoring. (Reality is, the emissions from the automobiles driven by all the people that come to see a scarce-as-a-hen's-tooth operating steam locomotive make more smog than the locomotive does.)

The regulatory bureaucracy seems to factor-in to why the "L.A. trip" is such a stealth affair, coming no closer to L.A. than the closed-to-the-public former SP rail facility at West Colton Yard -- in San Bernardino County -- and for whatever reason, nobody in big media is "on" any of that.

It doesn't mean there won't be thousands of railfans chasing and making photos and videos all weekend. When the engine had its coming out party -- after the mechanical restoration in Wyoming, enabling it to run to Utah for the Golden Spike 150th anniversary in May -- there were camera-bedecked people from every inhabited continent chasing it, and countless others pointing their cell phones at the living steel dinosaur.

So, whether you choose to brave the throngs in Cajon Pass, or out in the desert to Barstow, or go for a trackside experience in a less name-brand locale -- if you decide to point your phone's lens or bring your camera gear and try for the dramatic "run-by," you'll now know what you're getting into. And why it is sooo worth doing.

And remember to be safe: remember to stay at least 25 feet from the tracks at all times!

Big Boy is actually two engines under one enormous boiler, each with four pairs of 68"
diameter drive wheels powered by their own steam chest, cylinders, pistons and valve gear.
Here, during her restoration in Cheyenne, WY, the right-side half of the rear engine's

steam chest is visible halfway back, beneath the boiler. The front engine has been removed
for complete rebuilding. The bell at top right allows you to orient this image with the others.
Here's the schedule of all of Big Boy's upcoming runs in Southern California

Saturday, October 12
"RailGiants Passenger Excursion" EB
* Depart "Greater Los Angeles Area" (actually West Colton Yard); NO PUBLIC ACCESS
Depart 9:30 a.m. PT
Ticket Information:  www.4014journeys.org
* Victorville, Calif., Amtrak Platform, 16838 D St.
Arrive/Depart 12:15 p.m. PT/12:45 p.m. PT
* Barstow, Calif., Amtrak Station, 685 N 1st Ave.
Arrive/Depart 2:30 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. PT
* Yermo, Calif., NO PUBLIC ACCESS
Arrival 4:30 p.m. PT

Sunday, October 13
"RailGiants Passenger Excursion" WB
* Yermo, Calif., NO PUBLIC ACCESS
Depart 8:30 a.m. PT
* Barstow, Calif., Amtrak Station, 685 N 1st Ave.
Arrive/Depart 9:15 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. PT
Ticket Information:  www.4014journeys.org
* Arrive "Greater Los Angeles Area" (actually West Colton Yard); NO PUBLIC ACCESS
Arrival 4:00 p.m. PT

Monday, October 14
"Greater Los Angeles Area" actually West Colton Yard
NO PUBLIC ACCESS

Tuesday, October 15
* Depart "Greater Los Angeles Area" (actually West Colton Yard); NO PUBLIC ACCESS
Depart 8:00 a.m. PT Beaumont, Calif.
* Highland Springs Ave. Overpass Arrival
Arrive/Depart 9:30 a.m. PT/9:45 a.m. PT
* Indio, Calif., 50 Pacific St.
Arrive/Depart 11:15 a.m. PT-/1:45 a.m. PT
* Niland, Calif., 1st St. & Memphis St.
Arrive/Depart 1:15 p.m. PT/1:45 p.m. PT
* Yuma, Ariz., 10th & South Arizona Ave.
Arrival 3:45 p.m. MST

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EXTRA! Added photos from "Big Boy" 4014's run with the UP excursion train on Saturday, Oct 12

The world's largest operating locomotive, "Big Boy" number 4014, approaches Blue Cut,
climbing the uphill grade in the heart of Cajon Canyon. Despite mainstream media nearly
 ignoring the giant steam locomotive's brief return to Southern California -- the only time it has
ever been here "alive" under steam -- thousands flocked trackside, all the way from West Colton
to Barstow, for the brief thrill of the "run-by." A highway convoy chased the train the entire route.

The Mojave River Narrows were carved by water long before humans arrived in North America.
The railroad arrived in the 1880s and widened the cut to accomodate tracks. A glimpse of
the blue water is visible through the trees. The train soon stopped to oil and grease the
giant engine's heavy reciprocating parts, and allow locals to behold the mechanical giant.

The Big Boy's passenger excursion train was twenty-three cars long, and featured
seven dome cars. These cars epitomized the era of the great "streamliners," allowing riders to
"look up, look down, look all around." Several railroads had domes. Only Union Pacific
had dome-dining cars. Today's Amtrak has only one dome-coach, used annually to view fall foliage.

Five of the special train's seven domes are visible here. The entire train was too long to see
in one photograph. This is Barstow, the passengers have been unloaded, and the train is backing-up
 to UP's facility in Yermo. In the background is "Casa Desierto," one of the last surviving Harvey House
depot/restaurant/hotels that characterized the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe for nearly a
hundred years. (You may recall the songs sung by Judy Garland in "The Harvey Girls.")

Two relentlessly ugly modern freight diesels were spliced into the train behind the
steam locomotive's extra water tender. Let's get something straight: Big Boy certainly did not 
need any help pulling the long train and the extra weight of the two big diesels. The two
growlers are there for their "dynamic brakes," which convert the electric traction motors 
on their axles into generators, functioning as brakes and saving the steam locomotive's
and passenger cars' brake shoes coming downhill off the pass.
AN IDEA OF BIG BOY'S SIZE is provided by the three-photo sequence as the giant beast backs the
train to Yermo. The white plume of vapor is steam exhaust from the turbogenerator powering
the electric headlight. That's the steam locomotive fireman in the cab window on the engine's left side.
In North American practice, the engineer is on the right side, opposite from railroads in Europe and Asia.
Big Boy's massive boiler generates steam for the two engines beneath it. Each has
eight drive wheels, propelled by its own set of machinery. The two huge squarish boxes
atop the boiler hold sand. Yep, sand, which can be trickled onto the rails in front of the
drivers to prevent the 58-inch steel wheels from slipping on the steel rails. (A low coefficient
of friction is why steel wheel/steel rail transportation is so energy efficient.)

Just visible beneath the bell are the words, "Big Boy" in chalk. Union Pacific had intended to
name these engines the "Wasatch" type for the place they would run in Wyoming and Utah. But...
an unknown worker in the builder's factory chalked those words on the front of the first one.
Knowing a good thing when it saw one, the UP named the type for the graffiti. And with that,
we say farewell to Big Boy number 4014 -- the only one of the 25 built that runs again, of the
eight that avoided becoming Maytags and Toyotas by surviving the scrapper's torch. 
"Highball, extra 4014 east. High greens. You've got the mainline."


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FESTIVALS, concerts, and OTHER MUSIC & FILM EVENTS for a whole week, day-by-day...

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Friday
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Happy birthday today to RAY BONNEVILLE and CARRIE ELKIN
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Fri, Oct 11. This day in history...

On this day in 1909, then-President William Howard Taft visited Los Angeles, arriving by his private rail car, the "Mayflower." It was a full thirty years before Union Station would open, and L.A. had four separate train stations -- one each for the Southern Pacific; San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake (Union Pacific); Santa Fe; and Pacific Electric.

President Taft “had a bully time” here and “didn’t have the air that some celebrities contrive to give of a ruler visiting his subjects,” The L.A. Times reported at the time, and recalled in their edition today. “When people cheered at him from the windows of the office buildings, he waved his hat back at them like an enthusiastic boy; yanked the shiny silk tie off and fairly whooped it round his head. Without losing his dignity, he was delightfully, lovably informal.”

On the day of Taft’s arrival, The Times ran, on the front page,  a poem titled "We'll Greet Him Smile for Smile," suggesting how Angelenos might greet him in a time that now seems impossibly innocent.

It got us thinking here at the Guide. It was once a big deal for a president to visit Southern California. That was before Nixon's millionaire friend Bebe Rebozo bought him a beach mansion that would become his place of exile, which pundits would dub "San Clemency." And before cowboy-hatted Reagan would try to evoke railsplitter Lincoln by chain-sawing brush at his Santa Barbara ranch, for news cameras too far away to permit reporters' questions about the fate of the world. And before politicians of both parties would use California as a campaign ATM with multi-thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraisers.

Everyone turning out to greet a Commander-in-Tweet, "smile for smile"-? Humbug.

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Fri, Oct 11, FREE FESTIVAL:
6 pm-10 pm - "ART NIGHT PASADENA" at galleries, museums, and performance venues throughout Pasadena, CA
* This is always fun, and the City of Pasadena provides free shuttles to each venue.
*  You get to choose among catching special performances and seeing current exhibitions (and permanent displays) in a bunch of museums that would, collectively, cost you quite a few bucks any other time.
* Full schedules, all venues, map of locations, routes/stops of free shuttles, where to park (or Gold Line light rail arrival), more, at:
www.artnightpasadena.org
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Fri, Oct 11; Wed-Sun, Oct 9-13, FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE:
Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, 21850 W Oxnard St, Woodland Hills CA 91367
*  Friday, 7 pm-10 pm, are the "Official Showcases" of performers who applied competitively.
* Saturday, 10:30 pm-2 am, are the privately-sponsored "Guerrilla Showcases", free to all conference participants/guests.
*  Sunday, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, is the "Storytelling Expo Showcase," and things conclude in Santa Monica, 8 pm-10 pm, with the SULTANS OF STRING concert at McCabe's.
*  Throughout the conference there are impromptu performances and jams, scheduled panels and workshops, mentoring sessions, and much more.
*  FAR West, the Folk Alliance Region - West, will take next year's conference to the Pacific Northwest. This is your opportunity to interact with the organization while the event is here.
* The Guide told you about this many months ago, and we've reported all the application dates, early bird discounts, and deadlines. You can still register late and attend, though hotel room availability is doubtful.
*  Full details, schedules of ticketed concerts, and more, at: https://www.far-west.org/schedule-2019.html
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Fri, Oct 11, pre-FESTIVAL kick-off events:
The annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" runs Sat & Sun in Seaside Park, at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura CA 93001
* Tonight has events to get you ready.
* TIX and full info: https://seaside-games.com/
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Fri, Oct 11:
7 pm - PETER HARPER plays SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Fri, Oct 11:
7:30 pm - TOM BROSSEAU sings the MUSIC OF THE CARTER FAMILY, presented by San Diego Folk Heritage, at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway CA 92064; 858-566-4040
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Fri, Oct 11:
7:30 pm - BLACK MARKET TRUST plays the first of its multiple-venue shows for the "Lord Of The Strings" Concert Series, this one at Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan St, Dana Point CA 92629; 949-244-6656
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Fri, Oct 11:
7:30 pm - THE HORSENECKS play the "Southern Pacific Sessions" at Kalabash School of Music, 5725 La Jolla Bl, La Jolla CA 92037
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Fri, Oct 11:
8 pm - NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Fri, Oct 11:
8 pm - AUTUMN RHODES & TIM HILL with BARRY FISHER play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reserve by phone, 626-798-6236
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Fri, Oct 11:
8 pm - ANDREA HAMMOND, singer-songwriter, violinist, and band leader, plays Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-519-1314
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Fri, Oct 11:
8 pm - TODALO SHAKERS play the Encino House Concert series in Encino CA; reservations get directions from barry.oneill@polisci.ucla.edu
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Saturday
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Sat-Sun, Oct 12-13, FESTIVAL:
9 am-5 pm - annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" in Seaside Park, at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura CA 93001
* Reliably delightful, with multiple stages of live traditional Celtic music and dance, Irish rock, marching bagpipe and drum band exhibitions and competition, dulcimer and fiddle tents, Scottish heavy athletics ("large people throwing things," including telephone poles), sheepdog demonstrations, cuisine of the British isles and Ireland, gathering of the clans, a children's glen, Celtic item vendors, and loads of fun.
* Stage concerts by COCKSWAIN, NEREA, SEVEN NATIONS, SLIGO RAGS, and more.
* TIX and full info: https://seaside-games.com/
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Sat, Oct 12, FREE FESTIVAL:
10 am - annual "KALEIDOSCOPE" ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL at Palmdale Amphitheaterm 2723 Rancho Vista Bl, Palmdale CA 93551
* Two stages of live music feature Folk-Americana and acoustic singer-songwriter as part of a reliably fun day of art, music and creative endeavors.
* Admission and parking are free.
• Live Muralists
• Artisan Marketplace
• Off the Canvas Living Masterpieces
• Ukelele Workshops
• Reel Art Films
• Brush Strokes Live Studio Classes
• ArtLight Expo
• Fresh Made Market
• Young at Art
• Lisa Haley & The Zydecats -- GRAMMY nominees!
• ReLoVe
• Louie Cruz Beltran
• Art of the Brew Craft Beer
• Art of the Vine Wines
• Favorite Food trucks
• Lots of Structured kids activities
*  Event website: allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200017650795748&fbclid=IwAR18vJ4m6DRI2NzeNVWwuRihbDpeddAeghJJSOlQEFXIFxVMDVL
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Sat, Oct 12, pre-FESTIVAL FREE CONCERT:
3 pm - annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLERS’ FESTIVAL" is Sunday, and today is their Free concert with the SLO COUNTY STUMBLERS trad acoustic ensemble, plus Art Rosenbaum, David Bragger & Susan Platz, and Skillet Licorice, at the festival venue, Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta CA 93117; 805-681-7216
* The SLO COUNTY STUMBLERS play red hot old time fiddle tunes along the Central Coast of California. Band members are Casy Meikle, fiddle; Daniel Bohlman, banjo; Stuart Mason, guitar; Jerry James, bass fiddle.
* Presented by Goleta Valley Historical Society: 805-681-7216
* SUNDAY FESTIVAL TIX and info: http://fiddlersfestival.org/pre-festival-events/
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Sat, Oct 12, benefit / pseudo FESTIVAL:
6:30 pm-12:30 am - 3rd annual "ROCK YOUR PINK MUSIC FEST" at The Standing Room, 1320 Hermosa Av, Hermosa Beach CA
* The Hermosa Beach venue partners with local musicians to host the 3rd annual music fest to raise money for the "Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach."
* Headlining is rock group CROW HILL BAND, a South Bay favorite. Their lead singer, LARYSSA DENSMORE, is a breast cancer survivor who founded the Rock Your Pink annual fundraising benefit in hopes of giving back to the local community through music. DEBORAH BAKKE, owner of The Standing Room, is also a breast cancer survivor – making this the perfect venue for sponsoring this event and helping to raise breast cancer awareness.
* TIX $10, available on Eventbrite/Rock Your Pink, or $15 at the door.
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Sat, Oct 12; Wed-Sun, Oct 9-13, FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE:
Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, 21850 W Oxnard St, Woodland Hills CA 91367
* See Friday listings for details.
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Sat, Oct 12:
5 pm - LENNY HANSELL, DON REED, & DENNIS ROGER REED play Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, 54301 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild CA 92549; 951-659-9000
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Sat, Oct 12:
7 pm - BLACK MARKET TRUST play the 2nd in their multiple-venue series for the "Lord Of The Strings" Concert Series, this one at Mission Viejo Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo CA 92691; 949-244-6656
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Sat, Oct 12:
7 pm - JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; make reservations by phone at 626-798-6236
* The charming and somewhat naughty music of the Roaring Twenties.
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Sat, Oct 12:
7:30 pm - WILLIE WATSON plays the Wooden Hall Concerts at Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara CA 93101
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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - "JAY WHITE, THE TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND CONCERT," presented by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation at James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA
* Jay White is the #1 Neil Diamond tribute performer in the world, and with the genuine article now retired, that's as good as it gets.
* South Bay "Easy Reader News" says, "It is without question the most authentic Neil Diamond concert experience on the planet."
* TIX, $40/$35/$30 at the venue box office, 310-781-7171
* More at www.jaywhitelive.com or www.TorranceArts.org
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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - MADISON VIOLET plus DARLING WEST play McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - ANDREA HAMMOND BAND play Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-519-1314
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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - JAMES LEE STANLEY plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Sat, Oct 12:
8 pm - TODALO SHAKERS play the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall, 2374 Alamo Pintado Av, Los Olivos CA 93441; 805-688-9894
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Sat, Oct 12:
9 pm - TINARIWEN plus LONNIE HOLLEY play the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Av, Solana Beach, San Diego CA 92075; 858-481-9022
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Sunday
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Happy birthday today to singer LACEY J. DALTON.
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On this day in the year 1307, Phillip the Fair, the King of France, arrested all the members of the Knights Templar that he could find. He had already neutralized the Pope, under whose authority the Knights Templar operated as the first international bankers. 
      The French king had run-up a huge tab of personal debt with the Knights (and everyone else in Europe) constantly borrowing and squandering money that he could not repay. His purpose in arresting the Knights was to ransom them for all their monetary resources to cancel his debt with them and to steal their depositors' money to pay his other creditors. 
      (Phillip was named "The Fair" because of his very pale complexion, and certainly not because of his behavior.)
      The Knights' fleet of ships, docked on the Mediterranean, had mysteriously sailed just before the imprisonment of the Knights -- and neither the fleet, nor the Treasury of the Knights, was ever heard from again. None of the captured Knights ever revealed the whereabouts of their escaped brethren or any of the missing treasure.
      After seven years of torture, Phillip the Fair ordered the executions of all the Templars still alive in his dungeons, including the Knights' last Grand Master, Jacques DeMolay. 
      (There's a European punk band calling themselves The Knights Templar, and their lead singer is, of course, called Jacques DeMolay.) 
      To this day, legends abound, feeding conspiracy theories, treasure hunts, movies and TV shows, and books. That includes the investigative books, "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," and "The Messianic Legacy," that were ripped-off for the fictional blockbuster, "The DaVinci Code." 
      Oh, and in 1307, October 13 was a Friday. Forever after making Friday the 13th a dreaded day throughout Western culture. The 13th may fall on a Sunday this year. But when any month brings a Friday the 13th, now you have a story to tell.
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Sun, Oct 13, FESTIVAL:
Annual "SANTA BARBARA OLD-TIME FIDDLERS’ FESTIVAL" is a one-day festival that brings dazzlingly talented contestants in multiple acoustic instrument contests, plus professional trad acoustic performers in scheduled stage shows, workshops, jams, tours of the lovely historic grounds and buildings, food, vendors, and more, at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta CA 93117; 805-681-7216
*  Main stage acts include  RAFE STEFANINI (PA), HOG-EYED MAN (GA), JIM & JAMIE FOX (MT), THE TODALO SHAKERS (WA & CA), ART ROSENBAUM (GA), THE HORSENECKS (OR), DAVID BRAGGER & SUSAN PLATZ, SLO COUNTY STUMBLERS (TN & CA), and SKILLET LICORICE (CA)
* TIX and info: http://fiddlersfestival.org/pre-festival-events/
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Sun; Sat-Sun, Oct 12-13, FESTIVAL:
9 am-5 pm - annual "SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES" concludes today in Seaside Park, at Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Bl, Ventura CA 93001
* See Saturday for details of this fine fun event.
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Sun, Oct 13, FILM FESTIVAL:
1 pm-10 pm - "REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL" at Laemmles NoHo Cinema, 5240 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood CA 91601
* In its 11th year in Los Angeles, this festival is dedicated to increasing awareness and reducing the stigma around addiction and mental illness.
* Included are three shorts from Brave New Films. Those are part of the NAMI SFV (National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Fernando Valley) showcase. The filmmakers tell us, "Although society has come a long way in accepting depression and anxiety as normative, stigma and misinformation remains. NAMI day specifically is dedicated to raising money for the NAMI Youth Program - which is aimed at getting help to our most vulnerable - children."
* Minimum age to attend is 14.
* TIX, $20, with 50% of the proceeds to NAMI (SFV) Youth Program.
*  Info, schedules, tix, at: https://m.bpt.me/event/4391380
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Sun, Oct 13; Wed-Sun, Oct 9-13, FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE:
Annual "FOLK ALLIANCE FAR-WEST CONFERENCE" wtaps-up today at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, 21850 W Oxnard St, Woodland Hills CA 91367
* See Friday listings for details (it goes to the Pac NW next year).
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Sun, Oct 13:
10:30 am - CHRIS McKHOOL plays the "Sunday Morning Kids Concert" at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Sun, Oct 13:
3 pm - THE WESTERN FLYERS play a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reservations by phone, 626-798-6236
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Sun, Oct 13:
4 pm - WILLIE WATSON plays the Deep End Sessions in Santa Paula CA 93060
* Reservations get directions from David Bunn, deependsessions@gmail.com
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Sun, Oct 13:
7 pm - IKES CREEK plays the evening show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reservations by phone, 626-798-6236
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Sun, Oct 13:
7 pm - JUDY COLLINS plays the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675; 949-496-8927
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Sun, Oct 13:
7 pm - LILA DOWNS plays the La Jolla Music Society concert series at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Av, San Diego CA 92101; 619-570-1100
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Sun, Oct 13:
7:30 pm - SCHMALTZ plays the Pacific Resident Theatre Music Space, 705 Venice Bl, Venice CA 90291; 310-822-8392
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Sun, Oct 13:
8 pm - SULTANS OF STRING play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497
* This concert also wraps-up the Folk Alliance FAR-West conference.
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Sun, Oct 13:
8 pm - TINARIWEN plus LONNIE HOLLEY play The Mayan, 1038 S Hill St, Los Angeles CA 90015; 213-746-4674
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Monday
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Mon, Oct 14:
7:30 pm - KEN EMERSON & JIM KIMO WEST play SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Mon, Oct 14:
8 pm - WORKSHOP: YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE, at the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order, 12418 Sarah St, Studio City CA 91604
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Mon, Oct 14:
8 pm - TODALO SHAKERS plus THE HORSENECKS play the "Down at the YARD" series at The Yard, 4319 Melrose Av, Los Angeles CA 90029
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Tuesday
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Tue, Oct 15:
7 pm - YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE brings their mystical music and dance of the Middle East to California Lutheran College, Samuelson Chapel, 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks CA 91360; 805-493-3151
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Tue, Oct 15:
8 pm - RISING APPALACHIA plays The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood CA 90069; 310-276-6168
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Tue, Oct 15:
8 pm - TODALO SHAKERS -- one last chance to see 'em -- in the wonderful music room at the David Naiditch House Concerts series in Altadena CA
*  Reservations get directions, at davidnaiditch@charter.net
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Tue, Oct 15:
8 pm - TYLER CHILDERS plays the Observatory in North Park, 2891 University Av, San Diego CA 92104; 619-239-8836
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Wednesday
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY, from someone born on this date:

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."


-- Oscar Wilde, writer (born Oct 16, 1854, died 1900)


(Hmmm. Songwriters, take note.)
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Wed, Oct 16:
7:30 pm - YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE plus SEEKER OF TRUTH, featuring Qawwali singer Sukhawat Ali Khan and Dervish Aziz,  play Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood CA 90046
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Wed, Oct 16:
8 pm - BÉLA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, & EDGAR MEYER, plus RAKESH CHAURASIA, play the La Jolla Music Society series in Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Av, San Diego CA 92101; 619-570-1100
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Wed, Oct 16:
8 pm - CRAIG EASTMAN & BILLY KEMP play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reservations by phone, 626-798-6236
*  Master musician CRAIG EASTMAN has performed and recorded with many big stars; here's your chance to see him playing at the front mic.
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Thursday
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Today is the 10th annual "WEAR PURPLE / SHOW SUPPORT DAY" to enable everyone to show support for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gender youth, worldwide. As advanced as we think our society is, there are still countless physical attacks against people who are "different." Show you want barbarity to end, and acceptance and equal rights to prevail, by sporting a bit of purple today/tonight.
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On this day in 1989, the second-most powerful earthquake ever recorded in California, the Loma Prieta Quake, struck the San Francisco Bay Area. Had it happened at the same time of day on any other day, it would have killed tens of thousands of people when double-deck freeways, bridges, and other structures crumbled into rubble. All that destruction did happen, but the death toll was small. That's because the two Bay Area baseball teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's, were playing each other in the World Series.The game was just about to start, and the roads were deserted. Everyone was safely ensconced in front of a TV in a pub, or at home, or feeling fortunate to have a ticket and at the ballpark. People simply were not bumper-to-bumper in places that collapsed, as they always were between 4 and 5 o'clock. If you've ever looked for something that qualifies as a miracle, that's our entry.
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Thu, Oct 17, FESTIVAL:
5:30 pm-8 pm - Annual "HERMOSA BEACH KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST" at 2515 Valley Dr, Hermosa Beach CA
* Traditional music, authentic german bites, games and more.
* Costume Contest so come dressed if you choose; RSVP for that by calling or sending text to Melissa at 614-809-2758.
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Thu, Oct 17, in Central CA:
5:30 pm-9 pm - "TRIPLE HEADER THURSDAY" at East Village Coffee Lounge, 498 Washington St, Monterey CA
* 7-9 pm -  JACKIE BRISTOW & MARK PUNCH on tour from Nashville, on one of two stages, $10 tix. They've opened for Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel, the Steve Miller Band, and Chris Isaak.
* On the other stage: 5:30-6 pm - LECHE MALO aka VINCENT RANDAZZO; then, 6-7 pm -  SON OF THE VELVET RAT on tour from Joshua Tree; see both these acts for $5 cover.
*  Produced by KIKI WOW. It's timed to see it all for fifteen bucks.
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Thu, Oct 17:
7 pm - MOJACAR FLAMENCO plays Brad Colerick's weekly "Wine and Song Series" at Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse, 1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena CA 91030; 323-255-1506
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Thu, Oct 17:
8 pm - TAIMANE & HER QUARTET play Smothers Theatre at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine Univ. Malibu, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu CA 90265; 310-506-4522
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Thu, Oct 17:
8 pm - TYLER CHILDERS plays the Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles CA 90010; 213-388-1400
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Thu, Oct 17:
7:30 pm - "OFF OF MY HEAD STORYTELLING," storyteller / producer TY FANCE's highly regarded series, brings performances by Sam Shaber, Megan Oberle, Christine Blackburn, Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen-Figueroa, Kevin McGeehan, and Marlene Nichols, to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reservations by phone, at 626-798-6236
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Friday
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Opens Fri, Oct 18, runs through Oct 24, FILM SCREENING:
1 pm, 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm daily - "FIDDLIN'" -- "a celebration of a place, its people and their music," screens at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills CA 90211
*  "Fiddlers and pickers pass their uplifting music from one generation to the next keeping Old-Time and Bluegrass alive in the Appalachian Mountains." - FolkWorks.
*  Watch the official trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOq1Kph85Q
*  TIX: https://www.laemmle.com/theater/music-hall
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Fri, Oct 18:
7 pm - LISA RICHARDS brings her singer-songwriter fare to Fiddler's Crossing, 206 East F Street, Tehachapi CA 93561; 661-823-9994
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Fri, Oct 18:
8 pm - GREG LOIACONO plus SCOTT HIRSCH & LAUREN BARTH play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Fri, Oct 18:
8 pm - LUIS MUNOZ plus LOIS MAHALIA & TEKA, play the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-963-0761
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Saturday
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Sat, Oct 19, benefit / pseudo-FESTIVAL:
11 am-4 pm - 1st annual "COWBOY BASH AT LAZY T RANCH," 4218 Elizabeth Lake Rd, Leona Valley CA; www.thelazytranch.com/index.php
(Leona Valley is a lush narrow rift valley in the hills West of Palmdale; take Palmdale Bl exit off the 14 Fwy and go west.)
*  The 1st Cowboy Bash benefitting "Wild at Heart Horse Rescue" invites everyone to enjoy live music, pony rides, line dancing, BBQ (food included w/ paid admission), silent auction, wine, beer, and more.
*  100% of proceeds benefit the Wild at Heart Horse Rescue, Palmdale, Ca.
501(c)3 Registered Non-Profit. They rescue all horses in need -- 87, so far -- not just "sound" horses like other rescue ranches.
*  Tix online: https://wildathearthorserescue.org/
*  TIX INCLUDE FOOD: adults $20 advance online, $25 at the door. Kids age 12 and under, $10 adv, $15 door. Food included.
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Sat, Oct 19:
1 pm - SHE-LON plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reserv by phone, 626-798-6236
*  A "full cast of women each with their own empowering voice to share." - Bob Stane.
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Through Oct 24, FILM SCREENING:
1 pm, 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm daily - "FIDDLIN'" -- "a celebration of a place, its people and their music," screens at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills CA 90211
*  "Fiddlers and pickers pass their uplifting music from one generation to the next keeping Old-Time and Bluegrass alive in the Appalachian Mountains." - FolkWorks.
*  Watch the official trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOq1Kph85Q
*  TIX: https://www.laemmle.com/theater/music-hall
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Sat & Sun, Oct 19 & 20, FILM EVENT:
4:30 pm (Sat) - "THE LIGHTHOUSE" screening with Q&A with director ROBERT EGGERS & actors WILLEM DAFOE and ROBERT PATTINSON in the series, "CONVERSATIONS AT THE ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD," in the Dome at Arclight Hollywood, 6360 W Sunset Bl, Hollywood CA 90028; 323-615-2550
*  It's the story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
*  Get tix immediately; the first of the 3 times, Fri at 8 pm, is sold-out.
*  Sat, Oct 19, after the 4:30 pm screening
*  Sun, Oct 20, after the 2:45 pm screening
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Sat, Oct 19:
6 pm - SARAH ROGO plays Hacienda de Vega, 5806 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad CA 92008; 760-738-9804
*  When we saw her, she was "LADY ROGO," and we were impressed and wrote about her. Use the "search" box for what we said at the time.
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Sat, Oct 19:
7 pm - PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK, fiddlecentric faves, play the San Diego Folk Heritage series at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad CA 92008
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Sat, Oct 19:
7 pm - FRU SKAGERRAK plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reserv by phone, 626-798-6236
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Sat, Oct 19:
7:30 pm - ALAN REID plays "The Living Tradition" monthly concert series at Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E Center St, Anaheim CA 92805;
714-955-3807; www.thelivingtradition.org
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Sat, Oct 19:
7:30 pm - TAIMANE & HER QUARTET play the California Center For The Arts, main Concert Hall, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido CA 92025; 800-988-4253
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Sat, Oct 19:
7:30 pm - DAN CRARY plus THE CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS bring a superb double-bill to the "Camarillo Cafe" concert series at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St, Camarillo CA 93010; 805-814-9366
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Sat, Oct 19:
7:30 pm - ROSCOE & ETTA play the Frogstop House Concert series in San Marcos / San Diego County CA 92078; www.frogstop.org; 760-295-0222
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Sat, Oct 19:
8 pm - "PERLA BATALLA: A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN" is the 2019-2020 "CaltechLive!" Series Season Opener in Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus in Pasadena CA
*  Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla consistently earns critical acclaim for her unique voice and culture-merging compositions.
*  Formerly a Leonard Cohen back-up singer, the Los Angeles–born vocalist launched her solo career with Cohen’s encouragement.
*  Before he died, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen told his old friend Perla Batalla that he was afraid his music would die with him. She says that’s not going to happen if she can help it. And she can. Hear Perla sing what is possibly THE most moving version of this song, simply accompanied by five string players and a pianist: Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," sung by Perla, here.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/uy1vaWwhzMY
*  Perla has recorded seven albums, been featured in films and television, and taken her unique sound on tour to some of the most prestigious venues around the world.
*  Perla was born in Los Angeles to a family immersed in music; her father, a Mexican singer and radio personality, and an Argentine mother who ran a bustling record store called Discoteca Batalla.
*  "She can reach the back row of the balcony without raising her heart beat and she can bring real tears with ballads so sweet they make your heart ache. The purity and power of Perla's pipes is rare and wonderful to behold." — L.A. Magazine.
 TIX for this show: by phone at 626-395-4652, or online: https://events.caltech.edu/series/pa/perla
*  COMBO DEALS available on season tix, multi-shows, more.
*  FULL SEASON BROCHURE -- pdf download -- for "Caltech Live!" is here.
https://caltech.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dfe30491f0d7858724bca5bb0&id=1bc1583256&e=2069a406cb
TIX NOW ON SALE for folk music, chamber music, theatre, and more through CaltechLive!, important partner Pasadena Folk Music Society, and others, offering "top-flight events" at multiple locations on campus. At press time, here are the next Pasadena Folk Music Society shows (tix by phone at 626-395-4652):
 •  ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS play Sat, Oct 26, 8 pm in Beckman Institute Auditorium.
*  In Caltech's "Signature Lecture" Series, speakers from the Caltech campus and JPL present cutting-edge research to the local community. These lectures are FREE and open to the public. Coming up:
  •  Watson Lecture (first of the new season) "Causality: From Aristotle to Zebrafish," Wed, Oct 16, 8 pm in Beckman Auditorium.
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Sat, Oct 19:
8 pm - LULA WILES plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Sat, Oct 19:
8 pm - LILA DOWNS plays the first of two nights at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood CA 90068; 323-461-3673
*  One of our favorite outdoor L.A. venues presents a great season-closer.
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Sat, Oct 19:
8 pm - BÉLA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, & EDGAR MEYER with RAKESH CHAURASIA play UCSB Campbell Hall, 574 Mesa Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93106; 805-893-3535
* They also play South OC Sunday at 3 pm; see listing.
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Sat, Oct 19:
8 pm - THE CHIKAS play the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro CA 90731; 310-833-6362
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Sat, Oct 19:
8 pm - WAKING KATE plays the Tam O’Shanter, 2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Angeles CA 90039; 323-664-0228
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Sunday
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Sun, Oct 20, FREE FESTIVAL in Central Cal:
11 am-5 pm - Annual "GREENFIELD HARVEST FESTIVAL" on El Camino Real, downtown Greenfield CA
* Parade at 11:15 am, Festival 11 am-5 pm
* FIELDS OF EDEN performs on the Main Stage from 1-2 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm (recommended by KIKI WOW).
* Free Admission, Car Show, Music, Art, Face-Painting, Food Booths.
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Through Oct 24, FILM SCREENING:
1 pm, 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm daily - "FIDDLIN'" -- "a celebration of a place, its people and their music," screens at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills CA 90211
*  "Fiddlers and pickers pass their uplifting music from one generation to the next keeping Old-Time and Bluegrass alive in the Appalachian Mountains." - FolkWorks.
*  Watch the official trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOq1Kph85Q
*  TIX: https://www.laemmle.com/theater/music-hall
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Sun, Oct 20, FILM EVENT:
2:45 pm - "THE LIGHTHOUSE" screening with Q&A with director ROBERT EGGERS & actors WILLEM DAFOE and ROBERT PATTINSON in the series, "CONVERSATIONS AT THE ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD," in the Dome at Arclight Hollywood, 6360 W Sunset Bl, Hollywood CA 90028; 323-615-2550
*  It's the story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
*  Get tix immediately; the first of the 3 times, Fri at 8 pm, is sold-out.
*  Sat, Oct 19, after the 4:30 pm screening
*   SAT TIX, $18, at: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/ticketing/purchase-options/?lid=1001&bid=510399
*  Sun, Oct 20, after the 2:45 pm screening
*  SUN TIX, $18, at: https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/ticketing/purchase-options/?lid=1001&bid=510397
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Sun, Oct 20, FREE CONCERT & PROGRAM:
3 pm - MARINA V at The Wende Museum of the Cold War,  10808 Culver Bl, Culver City CA 90230
*  "I'll be talking about growing up in the Soviet Union and singing, with Q&A with the museum's director afterwards. It's 3 pm and free. Just RSVP at the Museum's website," at: http://www.wendemuseum.org/programs/lecture-performance-marina-v
*  This is her first performance (aside from online shows) since giving birth in May. She says, "It's a big deal for this new mama and I am even a little anxious -- although Nick & I have played over 1,100 concerts around the world I feel like I'm starting all over again."
*  Marina V, long a Guide favorite, is an award-winning recording artist, singer, and songwriter with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice (L.A. Times). Born in Moscow, USSR, she won a cultural-ambassador scholarship and came to the US at age 15 to study at an American high school in Springfield, Illinois.
*  Based in Los Angeles, Marina V has released ten solo albums, written numerous songs for film and television, and performed over 1,100 concerts worldwide with her husband and co-writer, Nick Baker. The award-winning artist continues her work as a cultural ambassador by bridging Russian and American cultures through music.
*  You can also check-out her twice-a-week online concerts at:
www.twitch.tv/MarinaVmusic
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Sun, Oct 20:
3 pm - BÉLA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, & EDGAR MEYER with RAKESH CHAURASIA play Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo CA 92656; 949-480-4278
* They also play UCSB Saturday at 8 pm; see listing.
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Sun, Oct 20:
4 pm - TAIMANE & HER QUARTET play the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Dr, Orange CA 92866; 844-626-8726
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Sun, Oct 20:
7 pm - ELI COOK plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001; reserv by phone, 626-798-6236
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Sun, Oct 20:
7:30 pm - Fiddlemaster RHIANNON GIDDENS with FRANCESCO TURRISI play the Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St, Los Angeles CA 90015
*  Big and well-deserved writeup on Ms. Giddens in a recent L.A. Times Calendar section front-page feature.
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Sun, Oct 20:
7:30 pm - JONATHAN McEUEN & FRIENDS play SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Sun, Oct 20:
8 pm - CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS plus CRARY, EVANS, & BARNICK, play the famous concert hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497
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Sun, Oct 20:
8 pm - LILA DOWNS plays the second of two nights at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood CA 90068; 323-461-3673
*  One of our favorite outdoor L.A. venues presents a great season-closer.
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Sun, Oct 20:
8:30 pm - MARCHFOURTH, that ever-wacky acrobatic marching band that ably plays a bit of everything, takes the stage and the aisles at the Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Bl, Los Angeles CA 90057; 213-389-3856
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Wed, Oct 23, FREE FILM SCREENING:
7 pm - "THE RIVER AND THE WALL" free screening at Palos Verdes Peninsula Public Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates CA (entrance also on Deep Valley Dr)
* A vivid new film showing the environmental and human drama of the border wall, conservation filmmaker Ben Masters and four friends follow its path on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands. Presented by the Sierra Club.
* Snacks and refreshments served. Free.
* More info, call Joyce White, 310-383-5247.
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Wed, Oct 23, FREE event:
7 pm - "AN EVENING WITH DOUG AITKEN" is "A Visions and Voices" series event in Bovard Auditorium on the USC main campus in University Park, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
*  Admission is free, but reservations are required (beginning Wed, Sep 18, 9 am), at: http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=30282390978394
*  Doug Aitken defies definitions of genre and explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions. The Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker’s career-spanning, multimedia presentation will touch on architecture, art, public space, the environment, and more.
*  His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the 1997 and 2000 Whitney Biennials, and earned the "International Prize" at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for his installation, "Electric Earth." Aitken received the 2012 "Nam June Paik Art Center Prize," and the 2013 "Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award for Visual Arts." In 2016, he received the "Americans for the Arts National Arts Award" for "Outstanding Contributions to the Arts." In 2017, Aitken became the inaugural recipient of the "Frontier Art Prize," a new contemporary art award that supports an artist to pursue bold projects that challenge the boundaries of knowledge and experience to reimagine the future of humanity.
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Thursday
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Through Oct 24, FILM SCREENING:
1 pm, 3:15 pm, 7:30 pm daily - "FIDDLIN'" -- "a celebration of a place, its people and their music," screens at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills CA 90211
*  "Fiddlers and pickers pass their uplifting music from one generation to the next keeping Old-Time and Bluegrass alive in the Appalachian Mountains." - FolkWorks.
*  Watch the official trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOq1Kph85Q
*  TIX: https://www.laemmle.com/theater/music-hall
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Thu-Fri, Oct 24-25, then Thu, Oct 31-Sun, Nov 3, LIVE THEATRE:
7:30 pm - Shakespeare's “MACBETH” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro CA
*  Produced by "House of Bards," a new theater company.
*  Performances: Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sun, Nov 3, 2 pm.
*  TIX: $30 gen'l; $40 reserved; $60 VIP deck table seating with a signed production poster; $20 student using 3WITCHES code when presenting valid student ID at the door. Tix at 310-833-4813 or www.grandvision.org
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Friday
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Fri-Sun, Oct 25-Nov 3, FESTIVAL:
"L.A. FALL FAIR" at La Prada Event Plaza in Whittier Narrows  Regional Park, South El Monte CA
*  This one brings unlimited carnival rides for adults and kids, live music on weekends, circus shows, and free parking, all for a $15 admission; Children under 36" tall are FREE. Pony rides extra.
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Fri, Oct 25, FILM SCREENING:
6:30 pm - "BEETLEJUICE" screening, at The Roadium Open Air Market, 2500 W Redondo Beach Bl, Torrance CA
* The Roadium revives its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this fall.
* Once a month, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more.
* One ticket per car is required – no per person tickets necessary. The $20 per car fee includes $5 admission and $15 for parking and a charitable contribution to a local nonprofit.
* Gates open at 6:30 pm, movie starts at Sundown.
* TIX at the Roadium or Eventbrite/Drive In Movie Nights at the Roadium: Beetlejuice
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Fri, Oct 25; then Thu, Oct 31-Sun, Nov 3, LIVE THEATRE:
7:30 pm - Shakespeare's “MACBETH” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro CA
*  Produced by "House of Bards," a new theater company.
*  Performances: Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sun, Nov 3, 2 pm.
*  TIX: $30 gen'l; $40 reserved; $60 VIP deck table seating with a signed production poster; $20 student using 3WITCHES code when presenting valid student ID at the door. Tix at 310-833-4813 or www.grandvision.org
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Fri, Oct 25, & Fri, Nov 1; FILM EVENT:
7:30 pm - "MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND" with Q&As, in the "Conversations at ArcLight" series; a screening and Q&A with director Midge Costin, writer Bobette Buster, producer Karen Johnson, and special guests, at ArcLight Hollywood
*  Following the 7:30 pm show, 10/25 in Hollywood, 11/1 in Pasadena.
*  Both dates/both locations require special tix, so don't dawdle.
*  Film Synopsis: Examining how visionary directors work with sound designers to create the most exciting cinematic experiences. Also, featuring the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology to learn how sounds transform the cinematic experience.
*  Watch trailer at tix link, below.
*  TIX: for either Hollywood, 10/25, or Pasadena, 11/1, and list of participants at each location:
https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/news/making-waves-the-art-of-cinematic-sound-qa
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Fri, Oct 25:
7:30 pm - ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS play the San Diego Folk Heritage concert series at Templars Hall in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd, Poway CA 92064; 858-566-4040
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Fri, Oct 25:
7:30 pm - MALCOLM HOLCOMBE plays the Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W Ojai Av, Ojai CA 93023
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Fri, Oct 25:
8 pm  - THE EVANGENITALS play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, at: 626-798-6236.
*  The Guide has written positive reviews and encouraged you to see 'em live for years. That still applies.
*  The Avant-Americana 9 piece sound more like they hail from a rural Appalachian psychedelic dream than Los Angeles. That can be credited to in part to Juli Crockett’s vocals and Zappa-esque sensibility.
*  "What the hell kind of church service is this?” the LA Weekly once asked of an Evangenitals live performance.
*  Unburdened by genres, the band was founded in 2003 by playwright/director Crockett and opera, jazz and gospel singer Lisa Dee, originally as a joke, but they were too damn good to not take seriously.
*  “The female harmonies between Juli Crockett and Lisa Dee are like the Andrews Sisters re-imagined as tragic mermaids.” - L.A. Record.
*  Also comfortable being called Alt-Country, this band has recorded 4 albums, including "Moby Dick: or, The Album" (Fluff and Gravy 2014), which "No Depression" described as “manic, diverse, unusual and creative songwriting and delivery at its best.”
*  They’ve played all over the world, including the "Edinburgh Fringe Festival," "Lightning In A Bottle," and "The Melissa Ethridge Cruise."
*  Just because they're local doesn't mean they're easy to catch playing locally. Catch 'em while you can, here, tonight.
*  TIX, $20.
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Fri, Oct 25:
8 pm -  MATT THE ELECTRICIAN plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician. His music, however, remains rooted in his blue collar beginnings, with lyricism that embraces the day-to-day, the mundane, the beauty of the ordinary.
*  Before moving to Austin, TX and launching his career as a working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the West Coast listening to John Denver and Pete Seeger on the family record player. Matt spent his earliest years surrounded by the things that would later fill his own music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics celebrating the joys and heartaches of everyday life.
*  In the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin in search of new horizons and better opportunities, Matt spent his days wiring houses in the Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he'd grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. "Hi; I'm Matt the Electrician," he'd tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fan base at home, as well as abroad, allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.
*  TIX, $20, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2408
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Fri, Oct 25, FREE CONCERT:
8 pm - HOLLYWOOD PIANO TRIO presented by The South Bay Chamber Music Society in the Recital Hall of the Music Dept. at LA Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Pl, Wilmington CA
*  The trio -- pianist Inna Faliks, violinist Roberto Cani, and cellist Robert deMaine -- perform works by Beethoven, Arensky, and Haydn.
*  The concert is repeated at 3 pm Sunday at the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes CA.
*  Free, both locations; donations appreciated.
*  Details: www.sbcms.net
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Fri, Oct 25:
8 pm - QUARTETO NUEVO combines Western classical, Eastern European folk, Latin and jazz music, in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, Crenshaw & Redondo Beach Blvds, Torrance CA
*  TIX, $26 to $10, at 800-832-ARTS or www.centerforthearts.org
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Fri, Oct 25:
8 pm - THE FOLK COLLECTION plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Fri, Oct 25:
8 pm - BRENT COBB & THEM play the Lodge Room Highland Park, 104 N Ave 56, Highland Park/Los Angeles CA 90042; 323-509-2861
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Fri, Oct 25, LIVE THEATRE:
8 pm - “THE NEW ONE,” written and performed by MIKE BIRBIGLIA and directed by Seth Barrish, in the Ahmanson Theatre, downtown L.A. in the Music Center.
Opening tonight, runs through Nov 24.
*  It depicts the playwright delving back into his own life to tell a new story in a new way, with heart and humor.
*  TIX, $145 to $35, at 213-972-4400 or www.CenterTheatreGroup.org
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Fri, Oct 25, on TV:
9 pm-10 pm - "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS" does a full hour with STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, playing songs from his album tribute to the late GUY CLARK. On KLCS.
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Fri, Oct 25, on TV:
10 pm-11 pm - "SONGWRITING WITH SOLDIERS" is a new PBS special wherein professional artists work with veterans and their families to help them deal with and relate their military experiences through lyrics and song. On KOCE, aka PBS SoCal.
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Saturday
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Sat, Oct 26-Nov 3, FREE FESTIVAL:
7th annual "GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" is a nine-day commemoration with eight film screenings, a centerpiece concert, homemade altars, live music performances, and participatory and exhibited art, celebrating a uniquely Angeleno tradition at two sprawling adjacent venues -- Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall, and on the Music Center Plaza, both in downtown Los Angeles CA
*  This year, Día de los Muertos expands for the first time onto the newly reopened Music Center Plaza.
*  The celebration includes free, family-friendly activities, commencing with "Noche de Ofrenda" and culminating in a free "Selena For Sanctuary" concert.
*  Grand Park and The Music Center celebrate the traditions of  Día de los Muertos in partnership with Self Help Graphics & Art, and LORE Media & Arts, featuring altars and performances by local artists and community groups.
SCHEDULE...
◇  Altars & Art Installations, Oct 26-Nov 3, Grand Park and The Music Center Plaza. Through free guided lunchtime tours, guests can experience, discuss and learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos and stroll through 35 altars, curated by Self Help Graphics, which are located throughout Grand Park as well as on the newly renovated Music Center Plaza.
◇  Film Screening: "¡Que Viva Mexico!" Oct 26, 6 pm-11 pm, Music Center Plaza. Lauded Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein spent an extended period of time in Mexico working on an ambitious project that was never realized until much later when this film, ¡Que Viva Mexico! was assembled from the largely abandoned footage. Moving from ancient Mayan times to the 1930s, the episodic movie features various dramatic segments, including scenes of a marriage ceremony and of bullfighting, as well as a Day of the Dead celebration and depictions of the Mexican Revolution.
◇  "Noche de Ofrenda" Oct 26, 7 pm-9 pm, Grand Park Performance Lawn. All are welcome to join Noche de Ofrenda to honor the dead, which will featuring a communal circle and blessing, led by the indigenous community.
◇  Film Screening: "Macario" Oct 27, 1 pm & 6 pm, Music Center Plaza. In this film's twist on the Dickens' characters, poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions: the Devil, God and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water that will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition.
◇  Film Screening: "Selena" Oct 30, 12:30 pm & 6 pm, Music Center Plaza. The film depicts the true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to perform at the Astrodome and ultimately having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts, before meeting tragedy.
◇  "Selena For Sanctuary" Concert, Nov 1, 7 pm & 10 pm, Grand Park Performance Lawn. Featuring an all-female line-up of Los Angeles-based Latina artists, it's "a free concert that raises awareness of social justice issues in Los Angeles."
◇  Film Screening: "Coco" Nov 3, 1 pm & 5 pm, Music Center Plaza. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and, together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
*  More info on this FREE nine-day event, including links to watch trailers for all the films, at: https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/downtown-dia-de-los-muertos/
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Sat, Oct 26:
All day -annual "PANDA PADDLE" in San Diego Bay, San Diego CA
*  This is a return to the site of last year's first annual participatory event.
*  It follows this year's August 24th global  and online virtual call to take to a body of water near you, and/or do it online virtually, for more than just fun.
*  Why? Because every year, eight million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans and rivers. Every day, there are forces destroying our forests, climate, and wildlife with reckless abandon.
*  Our planet deserves better. So...
*  Enter "PANDA PADDLE," a real-world and virtual event that organizers at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are calling, "The best standup paddle board (SUP) event on the planet -- because it protects the planet."
*  In-parallel, standup paddle boarders, on the water globally the same day, raised funds and awareness on August 24 to help fight against the biggest environmental threats of today.
*  Today, you can sign-up, then paddle in San Diego Bay, joining together with nature lovers from everywhere who are devoted to protecting our oceans, rivers, animals, and wild places. Yep, in San Diego, it's a mass organized affair.
*  REGISTER HERE to take part.
*  A paddle board maker gives you a primer about heading-out for ths year's event, at:
*  Read about last year's first-ever event:
*  Questions? Email: PandaPaddle@wwfus.org
*  Peruse the WWF site and be impressed by all they're doing: https://www.worldwildlife.org/
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Sat, Oct 26, FILM SCREENING:
2 pm - "FRANKENSTEIN,” the National Theater stage production from London (captured live in 2011), starring BENEDICT CUMBERBACH as the Doctor and JONNY LEE MILLER as the monster, screens in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA
*  TIX, $17.50, at 310-781-7171 or www.TorranceArts.org
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Sat, Oct 26:
3 pm - TERRY KLEIN & JORDI BAIZAN play a matinee at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, at: 626-798-6236.
*  Escape the fire smoke with an indoor afternoon of finely crafted folk and Americana with two award-winning Texas songwriters, Terry Klein & Jordi Baizan.
*  Terry Klein and Jordi Baizan's musical partnership has entertained crowds in storied venues in every corner of Texas and up through the Midwest. Two seasoned solo performers, they cherish every chance they get to combine forces as they will this October for a week-long run of shows in California. This will be an absorbing afternoon of music and friendship.
*  Terry Klein is a songwriter’s songwriter. His debut record, Great Northern, was produced by Walt Wilkins. Great Northern appeared on multiple 2017 Ten-Best lists and was praised by Rodney Crowell and Mary Gauthier. Klein and Wilkins teamed up again for Tex, which is out now. Tex covers a lot of physical and emotional ground: from West Texas to Central Asia, from anger and depression to hope and near-exultation. Tex has been the subject of international critical acclaim and reached the Top-20 of US Folk DJ Chart and the Top-15 of the EuroAmericana chart. Terry draws inspiration from his musical heroes like John Prine and Bruce Springsteen, but also from literature, film, and painting. He is a repentant lawyer and he lives with his family in Austin, Texas.
*  Jordi Baizan is a first generation American and native Texan songwriter. His songwriting has garnered him recognition from several prestigious songwriting competitions including the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, the Songwriter Serenade Competition, and the South Florida Folk Festival’s Singer/Songwriter Competition. Recently signed by Berkalin Records, label owner Brian J. Kalinec says "Jordi's songs convey authenticity perfectly intertwined with memorable melodies. His unique voice and his stories draw you in from the beginning, and you can't wait to hear the next page." Walt Wilkins, the producer of “Free and Fine”, Baizan’s new record, says "This is a beautiful record, full of grown-up but still joyous & hopeful songs by a true artist & deep soul."
*  TIX, $18.
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Sat, Oct 26:
4 pm-10 pm - Annual Halloween "THEATRICUM BOOTANICUM" at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, in the heart of Topanga Canyon, Topanga CA; 310-455-2322; www.theatricum.com
*  Halloween fun at Theatricum features Ghost stories, Game booths, festive food and libations, Creative Playground, Off the Grid Improv Comedy, and more, starring their (in)famous HAUNTED HOUSE.
*  Haunted house opens promptly at 7 pm; a line forms early, don’t be late — "people will be dying to get in."
*  General Admission (ages 13+) $22 advance, $24 at door; Kids ages 4-12, $10 advance, $12 door; Kids under age 4 free; Family 4 Pack (2 adults, 2 kids - includes 5 free raffle tickets) $50 advance only, not available day of event.
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Sat-Sun, Oct 26-27:
6 pm* - REDONDO BALLET COMPANY presents its annual “THROUGH THE PAGES” in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach CA
*  Sat at 6 pm, Sun at 3 pm.
*  It’s a series of fairy tales brought to life through ballet and music.
*  New this year: “Mulan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Also: “Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys,” “Three Little Pigs,” “The Pied Piper,” and more.
*  TIX, $45 reserved seating, $40 gen'l; $25 seniors / students under age 12. Tickets, info, at www.redondoballet.com
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Sat, Oct 26:
6 pm-9 pm - Annual "ROUSTAN'S HALLOWEEN BASH" at Resin, 618 Cypress Av, Hermosa Beach CA
*  It’s a body paint art show, with costume contest, installations and candy.
*  Paul Roustan is a renowned local body painter.
*  "Live beats" by THES ONE from PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (be warned).
Free, but RSVP required, at www.spooky.eventbrite.com
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Sat, Oct 26:
6:30 pm - 17th annual “SCARY STORIES” around the bonfire in the amphitheater (the old gun emplacement) at Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St, San Pedro CA
*  Directed by Melanie Jones, imaginative tales sliced just right for the Halloween season will be read: works by Shel Silverstein, Carol Gorman, Chris Priestly, and David Lubar, among others.
*  Dress warmly, bring cushions for the free folding chairs onsite.
*  TIX, $5 gen'l admission (children age 6 and under are free). No reservations required. Info, 310-519-0936 or www.angelsgateart.org
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Sat, Oct 26:
7 pm - JOHN YORK does his acoustic show, "THE 3BS OF ROCK AND ROLL -- THE BYRDS, THE BEATLES, & THE BAND," at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, at: 626-798-6236.
*  …..not Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but the 3Bs of our shared musical experience rooted in the '60s and early '70s: the Byrds, the Beatles and the Band.
*  Former-Byrd John York is a survivor of the perilous days of Rock & Roll, the last pure voice of the silver sixties to make it into the 21st century.
*  He always delivers a fine, fun show.
*  TIX, $20.
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Sat, Oct 26:
7 pm - HARDLY SISTERS with an opening set with JAYNEE THORNE, at the Stardust House Concert series in L.A.'s SFV.
*  HARDLY SISTERS is a Los Angeles based original acoustic folk band with Bluegrass, R & B, Country and Rock influences. ​ Throughout the years, HARDLY SISTERS has performed in several venues throughout California, bringing to their audiences a mix of folk-rock music and rich harmonies.
*  The "Sisters" story... It took just one phone call and the band was formed. That was back in 1995, when band organizer and vocalist/keyboard player Leslie Barker called her brother Tim (vocals/guitar), and lifetime friends Lisa Vig (vocalist/mandolin) and Moss Reynolds (vocalist/guitar). One hour later they showed up at an open mike at a Los Angeles coffee house and spontaneously played a song together for the first time. More at: https://www.hardlysisters.com
*  Doors at 6:15 pm.
*  Potluck drinks and sides included (bring something to share)
*  TIX, $20, all proceeds to the performing musicians.
*  Reservations get directions at: stardustconcerts@gmail.com
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Sat, Oct 26, FILM SCREENING:
7 pm - TIM BURTON'S "THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS" presented by the San Pedro Film Festival in the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro CA
*  TIX, $12 adults, $9 children; at the box office or www.SPIFFest.org/tickets
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Sat, Oct 26:
7 pm - HARDLY SISTERS with special guest Jaynee Thorne, at the "Stardust House Concerts" in North Hills CA (SFV); www.stardustconcerts.com
*  HARDLY SISTERS is a Los Angeles-based original acoustic folk band with Bluegrass, R & B, Country and Rock influences. ​
*  They've been together since 1995, when band organizer and vocalist/keyboard player Leslie Barker called her brother Tim (vocals/guitar), and lifetime friends Lisa Vig (vocalist/mandolin) and Moss Reynolds (vocalist/guitar). One hour later they showed up at an open mike at a Los Angeles coffee house and spontaneously played a song together for the first time. Seems they clicked.
*  Doors at 6:15 pm for potluck drinks and sides.
*  Reservations get directions at: stardustconcerts@gmail.com
*  $20 at the door, all receipts go the artists.
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Sat, Oct 26, FILM EVENT:
7:30 pm - "THE CURRENT WAR" screening and Q&A with director/co-writer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, at ArcLight Hollywood
*  Following the 7:30 pm show
*  Film Synopsis: The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
*  Watch trailer at tix link, below.
*  TIX: https://arclightcinemas.com/en/news/the-current-war-qa
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Sat, Oct 26:
8 pm - ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS play the Pasadena Folk Music Society concert series in Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech campus, Pasadena CA
*  Park free at night and ignore the reserved signs, in either lot at the end of Michigan Av, S off Del Mar.
 TIX for this show: by phone at 626-395-4652, business hrs, 5 days, through Fri, Oct 25, or take your chances at the door.
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Sat, Oct 26:
SOLD OUT - 8 pm - RICHARD SHINDELL plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York's Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be.
*  TIX for McCabe's other shows, before THEY sell-out, adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Oct 26:
8 pm - TOM BALL & KENNY SULTAN play their "40th Anniversary Celebration" (WOW!) in the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-963-0761
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Sat, Oct 26:
8 pm - BENISE performs "Fuego!" in the Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Av, San Diego CA 92101; 619-570-1100
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Sat, Oct 26:
8 pm - TERRY ROBB plays Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City CA 90230; 310-398-2583
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Sat, Oct 26:
8 pm - MALCOLM HOLCOMBE plays the Fret House, 309 N Citrus Av, Covina CA 91723; 626-339-7020
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Sunday
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Continuing today, through Nov 3, FREE FESTIVAL:
7th annual "GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" is a nine-day commemoration with eight film screenings, a centerpiece concert, homemade altars, live music performances, and participatory and exhibited art, celebrating a uniquely Angeleno tradition at two sprawling adjacent venues -- Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall, and on the Music Center Plaza, both in downtown Los Angeles CA
*  See the Guide's full feature in the Sat, Oct 26 listings.
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Sun, Oct 27, FREE FESTIVAL:
8th annual DIA DE LOS MUERTOS in downtown San Pedro CA
*  Film screening at 1:30 pm, music headliners at 3 pm.
*  At 3 pm, Two-time Grammy award winning MARIACHI DIVAS headline, plus, hear L.A. favorites TRIO ELLAS and CUÑAO, see the Xhanat dancers from Neiya Arts and Danza Azteca Xochipilli, plus community mariachi and folklorico dance groups: Folklorico de Mar and Folklorico Nadino, both of San Pedro, Folklorico Perlitas de Wilmington, and roaming performance by Mariachi Academy of Carson.
*  The festival is FREE, produced by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District, with live music and dance presented by Grand Vision Foundation, operators of the Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex.
*  The streets come alive with traditional arts, face painting, activities for kids, food and drink. As you figure your route, note thst Mesa St. between 5th St. and 6th St. will be closed to through traffic starting at 1 pm Sat, Oct 26th, lasting though Sun, Oct 28th, at 2 am.
*  Film screening: "Coco" (2017), presented by the San Pedro Arts District, screens free at 1:30 pm. This animated film screens in the classic movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre, to kick-off the event.
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Sun, Oct 27; CLOSING DAY:
11 am-5 pm - “REJOICE IN ART!” gallery exhibition concludes this weekend at the Riviera UMC, 375 Palos Verdes Bl, Redondo Beach CA
*  90 original paintings.
*  Details: http://rejoiceinart.com
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Sun, Oct 27:
3 pm & 7 pm - annual "SAMHAIN, A CELTIC HALLOWEEN," returns, this year at the Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Bl, Los Angeles CA

*  Producer Aedan MacDonnell always presents a hit with this, her acclaimed original creation that tells the tale of the original roots of Halloween. SAMHAIN, pronounced "sau-inn" (like sauerkraut) was a key time of observance in the calendar of the Celtic world, going back to very ancient times.
*  Joyful traditional Celtic/Irish music and dance and a sizeable cast propel the show throughout, with fiddle, bazouki, guitar, and song.
*  Catch it now or wait a year!
*  Buy the "Samhain" soundtrack album or singles at: www.Celtic-Rhythms.com/Music
*  TIX, $25 Gen'l (unassigned), $30 Preferred (1st 2 rows, assigned), at:
www.Celtic-Rhythms.com/Samhain-Tickets
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Sun, Oct 27, FREE CONCERT:
3 pm - HOLLYWOOD PIANO TRIO presented by The South Bay Chamber Music Society at the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes CA
*  The trio -- pianist Inna Faliks, violinist Roberto Cani, and cellist Robert deMaine -- perform works by Beethoven, Arensky, and Haydn.
*  Same concert Sat at 8 pm at LA Harbor College in Wilmington; see listing.
*  Free, both locations; donations appreciated.
*  Details: www.sbcms.net
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Sun, Oct 27:
3 pm - REDONDO BALLET COMPANY presents its annual “THROUGH THE PAGES” in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach CA
*  Sat at 6 pm, Sun at 3 pm.
*  It’s a series of fairy tales brought to life through ballet and music.
*  New this year: “Mulan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Also: “Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys,” “Three Little Pigs,” “The Pied Piper,” and more.
*  TIX, $45 reserved seating, $40 gen'l; $25 seniors / students under age 12. Tickets, info, at www.redondoballet.com
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Sun, Oct 27:
5 pm - LUIS MUNOZ plus LOIS MAHALIA & TEKA play the Moss Theater at The New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Bl, Santa Monica CA 90404; 310-275-8961
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Sun, Oct 27:
7 pm - THE BEATUNES: "THE ULTIMATE BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND" plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA; reservations by phone only, 7 days, 10 am-10 pm, at: 626-798-6236.
*  TIX, $20.
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Sun, Oct 27:
7 pm - "JUST DESSERTS: MUSIC FOR THE IMAGINATION" presented by LOS CANCIONEROS MASTER CHORALE and directed by ALLAN ROBERT PETKER, in the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA
*  The group kicks-off their 71st season, performing songs that include “Imagine,” “Just My Imagination,” “The Sound of Silence,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
*  Chorale members are featured in solos and small groups.
*  TIX, $25 gen'l, $15 students. Call Diana at 310-799-3072 or the box office at 310-781-7171, or online at www.LCMasterChorale.com
*  Free parking.
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Sun, Oct 27:
7 pm - "TAKE ME TO THE RIVER LIVE! Celebrating The Music of New Orleans" with THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, IVAN AND IAN NEVILLE, GEORGE PORTER Jr, BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX, LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS, and more, in the Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine Univ. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu CA 90265; 310-506-4522
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Sun, Oct 27:
3 pm & 7 pm - annual "SAMHAIN, A CELTIC HALLOWEEN," returns, this year at the Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Bl, Los Angeles CA
*  See today's 3 pm write-up.
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Sun, Oct 27:
7:30 pm - TEJA GERKEN & DOUG YOUNG play SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Sun, Oct 27:
7:30 pm - KEALI'I REICHEL plays Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego CA 92106; 619-523-1010
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Sun, Oct 27:
8 pm - "DAN NAVARRO PRESENTS: CANTINA NAVARRO," featuring ADRON, KATE COPELAND, & MASON SUMMIT, in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
DAN NAVARRO brings his infamous Folk Alliance International show out of the private showcase room and straight to the McCabe's stage. Dan himself hosts three local and up-and-coming artists, who are:
•   ADRON, a music-maker based recently in Atlanta, GA, and more recently in Los Angeles, CA. She plays guitar in a style influenced by Brazilians like Luiz Bonfá and Caetano Veloso, writes songs in a style influenced by Americans like Harry Nilsson and Margo Guryan, and sings in a style influenced by birds and decades she wasn't alive for. Her special tooth helps her whistle.
•  KATE COPELAND, an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of Los Angeles. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. Some recent production credits include General Mojo's "How Hollow A Heart" EP (2016), Mike O'Malley's "Growlers" EP (2016), and DOUGMORE's debut album "Outorboros" (2017). She released her first solo album, "recollection room," in June 2015, and her follow-up EP "Red and Blue" in May 2016. She has plans to record her next project in June 2019. ASCAP declared her 2016's winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award for songwriting.
•  MASON SUMMIT, born into a family of actors, musicians, & writers, and currently a McCabe's concert staffer, has been making music for as long as he can remember. As a young child, he cut his teeth performing Johnny Cash covers at local coffee shops, accompanied by his father, the late Christopher Allport, whose sudden death in 2008 led Summit to songwriting. Inspired by multifaceted artists such as Buddy Holly, Brian Wilson, Elliott Smith & Jon Brion, Summit began producing his own material early on.
*  TIX, $18, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2410
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End-of-October,

into November
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NOW OPEN, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
*  One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
*  These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry.
*  Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was. 
*  This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
*  TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/online-ticket-sales/
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Tuesday
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October 29... now, and reaching back to the year 1740...

Anu Garg's daily "A.Word.A.Day" must be targeting these Trumpestuous times. Today, his word is

"grobian."

It's one that we did not know. And wait'll you see what it means. 

PRONUNCIATION: GROH-bee-uhn

MEANING: noun: A coarse, buffoonish person.

ETYMOLOGY: From German Grobian (boor, lout), a fictional patron saint of boorish and vulgar people, from German grob (coarse, vulgar). In Latin, Grobianus. Earliest documented use: 1621.

USAGE: “I’m basically a loudmouth grobian who’d rather guffaw than grimace.” -- Jim Macnie; Solid Sender; Down Beat (Chicago, Illinois); May 2000.

And the piece de resistance, from this day in history...

THOUGHT FOR TODAY, from someone born on this date:

"He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it."

-- James Boswell, biographer and lawyer (born Oct 29, 1740, died 1795)
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Continuing today, through Nov 3, FREE FESTIVAL:
7th annual "GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" is a nine-day commemoration with eight film screenings, a centerpiece concert, homemade altars, live music performances, and participatory and exhibited art, celebrating a uniquely Angeleno tradition at two sprawling adjacent venues -- Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall, and on the Music Center Plaza, both in downtown Los Angeles CA
*  See the Guide's full feature in the Sat, Oct 26 listings.
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Tue, Oct 29, FREE SURFING / HISTORIC FILM EVENT:
6 pm-7:30 pm - “GEORGE FREETH: SURFING'S FIRST LEGEND" in the 2nd floor meeting room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach CA
*  This is a presentation by ARTHUR C. VERGE, a professor of history at El Camino College. He covers Freeth’s time in Redondo Beach, and reveals that, among other things, Freeth was awarded the "Congressional Medal for Lifesaving" for rescuing 12 drowning Japanese fishermen in 1908.
*  Features screening of the short, rare silent film from 1913 made by film legend MACK SENNETT, starring Freeth and others, filmed on the Redondo Beach Pier.
*  Info, 310-318-0675, op. 5, or www.redondo.org/library
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Tue, Oct 29:
7 pm-9 pm - Annual Halloween "SONGWRITERS SERENADE" show at Matt Denny's Ale House, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia CA 91006
*  All performers will be in costume.
*  Producer J.C. Hyke tells us, "Some performer's identities will be hidden. Will you know who they are before they reveal themselves?"
*  Special edition of this weekly series.
*  Audience is invited to wear costumes, too.
*  No cover. Venue has full menu, full bar, and free parking in back.
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Tue, Oct 29, FREE FILM EVENT:
7 pm - "UNCOVERED" screening and live discussion is the BEST IN-DEPTH coverage, with the TOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, about health care in America, happening in the Pollock Theater, UC Santa Barbara, on Ocean Rd off the central bus loop, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA 93106
*  This is an improbable and important 60 minute film.
*  "I invited the top Democratic presidential candidates to come to my home and talk with me one-on-one about our broken health care system. They agreed to do it and 'Uncovered: Health Care Conversations with Ady Barkan' was born," says filmmaker ADY BARKAN.
*  Watch the trailer at: https://youtu.be/IGXJhTYt8dk
*  Ady continues, "There’s simply too much at stake to limit our health care discussion to a crowded debate stage and 30-second sound-bites. I’m excited to share these interviews together on the same stage, and to discuss how this project came to be, the challenges we faced along the way, and what we learned. I’m so proud to share these real, meaningful conversations about health care and to bring more attention to this dire issue."
*  Since his ALS diagnosis in 2016, activist ADY BARKAN and his family have struggled to keep up with insurance paperwork, doctors’ bills, and prescription drugs. Rather than diminish his voice, these experiences have emboldened Barkan to expand his initiatives in new directions. He co-founded the "Be A Hero" PAC, wrote an autobiography titled "Eyes to the Wind," and launched himself into ambitious media projects. He is an organizer and activist with the Center for Popular Democracy in Brooklyn, NY.
*  This event focuses on Barkan’s video short series "Uncovered: Health Care Conversations with Ady Barkan," which explores the complicated obstacles facing healthcare reform in the U.S. through short, personal conversations between Ady and his guests.
*  In addition to videos of Barkan interviewing Democratic political candidates, the series highlights ordinary Americans’ often fraught encounters with the U.S. healthcare system. The series is a collaboration between the "Be A Hero" PAC, "NowThis News," and "Crooked Media."
LIVE DISCUSSION: Ady adds, "After the screening, I’ll be joined by my friend and series creator Liz Jaff, and director Nick Bruckman, for a discussion moderated by my incredible wife Rachael King."
*  TIX: attending the event is FREE, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat. Reserve your seat now before they "sell-out," at: www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock-events/conversations-with-ady-barkan/
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Wednesday
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Continuing today, through Nov 3, FREE FESTIVAL:
7th annual "GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" is a nine-day commemoration with eight film screenings, a centerpiece concert, homemade altars, live music performances, and participatory and exhibited art, celebrating a uniquely Angeleno tradition at two sprawling adjacent venues -- Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall, and on the Music Center Plaza, both in downtown Los Angeles CA
*  See the Guide's full feature in the Sat, Oct 26 listings.
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Wed, Oct 30, FREE ONLINE FILM RELEASE:
New feature film "ARTIFISHAL" release day; see it free, online.
*  Subtitled, "The road to extinction is paved with good intentions," this new documentary covers a lot of ground.
*  "Artifishal" is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them.
*  It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our society's continued loss of faith in nature.
*  Eat Informed: Know where your seafood comes from. Ask questions, be informed and eat smart. Don't eat open-ocean, apex predator fish.
Swordfish, bluefin tuna, Chilean seabass and other large fish at the top of the food chain are vulnerable to overfishing and can accumulate high levels of toxic chemicals.
*  Get the Facts:
• What’s The Difference Between Wild, Hatchery And Farmed Fish?
• Don’t We Need Hatcheries To Make Up For Habitat Loss?
• How Can Putting More Fish In The River Result In Fewer Fish To Catch?
• Who Pays For And Manages Fish Hatcheries?
• What About Tribal Fishing Rights?
• If We’re Serious About Helping Wild Salmon And Orcas Survive In Puget Sound, What’s The Solution?
• But Wouldn’t More Hatchery Fish Provide Immediate Relief For Starving Orcas?
• How Can We Help Klamath River Wild Salmon Recover After The Dams Are Removed?
• Can I Eat Salmon Without Supporting Hatcheries And Net-Pen Fish Farms?
• How Quickly Can Wild Fish Recover When We Restore Habitat And Remove Hatcheries And Dams?
• Won’t Fewer Hatcheries Mean Fewer Fishing Opportunities?
*  Community Screenings available; contact: Film.Screenings@patagonia.com
*  WATCH THE FILM FREE ONLINE OCT 30th, and meantime, learn more, and view the trailer, at: https://www.patagonia.com/artifishal.html
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Wed, Oct 30:
7:30 pm - KINLOCH NELSON plays SOHo Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St, Santa Barbara CA 93101; 805-962-7776
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Wed, Oct 30:
8 pm - TAB BENOIT, Louisiana guitarist extraordinaire, brings his "WHISKEY BAYOU REVUE" tour to St. Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach CA
*  TIX, $35, at 310-372-0035 or www.saintrocke.com
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Thursday
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Today is October 31st, the traditional HALLOWEEN, a word condensed from "All Hallows Eve," dating from the usurpation of the ancient Celtic festival of "Samhain," (pronounced "sau-in," like sauerkraut). In ancient Ireland, ancestors and spirits were called upon in connection with the harvest, to invoke blessings and assure a bountiful year to come.

Along came the early church. It had a genius for retaining every "pagan" feast day encountered by reassigning it to one or another saint, thereby easily inducting the local populace. As in, why resist if you won't lose your times of glutonous feasting and drunken revelry?

Before the torture of the Inquisitions held sway, there was the pragmatism of an embracing usurpation.

The Church had already transformed somebody else's feast day on November 1st. That time, having exhausted the available cadre of saints, they invoked creativity, calling it "All Saint's Day." Thus, it was a natural to make the usurped October 31st into "All Hallows Eve." After all, only by being among the hallowed dead could one qualify to become a saint. And with the existing supply depleted, more saints were needed, in case more indigenous feast days were encountered.

The whole idea of necrophiliac-based religion played well. It let them promote the Lazurus thing, and offered a touchstone to the "our Founder" iconography of the bleeding man suffering excruciating death, nailed to every church wall. That led to exploitable severed body parts that could be prayed-to as "Holy relics," lucratively producing pilgrimages to whatever church held them. After the 3-G's transoceanic invasions, undertaken for "God, Gold, and Glory," it really took hold. The whole pantheon of skulls and bones and blood played especially well in the gold-rich part of the Americas -- where Mayan- and Aztec- derived cultures honored their ancestors by digging-up their bones (and scaring their enemies half to death by doing that) with what eventually became Dia de Los Muertos.

So, is today's Halloween more Celtic, or more Meso-american? Well, the ancient roots are there, but the answer is, neither. Does that mean the early Catholic church gets credit -- something that would be hilariously ironic, given all the fundamentalist churches that rail against Halloween. As enjoyable as that would be, early Catholicsm only gets credit for being complicit, back-when. 

You already know the answer. Today's Halloween is mostly corporacratic, being second in economic worth only to secular Christmas. 

Halloween retail spending in 2018 was $9 billion. That was a slight drop from its biggest-ever record of $9.1 billion in 2017. So was the number of people celebrating in 2017, at 179 million. "They spent $86.13 each, another record," reported the ecomomic site The Balance dot com.

Which tells all you need to know why there is a legislative movement throughout the 50 states and in Congress to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October, where even more economic worth can be extracted. So, unless you can invoke a horde of spirits to dissuade the movie-superhero-costume-clad celebrants -- whose purchase enriched the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune -- Halloween will continue to expand its opportunities for cultural exploitation through extractive enrichment, and do so exponentially, beyond the corporate candymakers and the dentists.

Damn. It used to be such a fun night for kids carrying paper sacks, draped in bedsheets with two eyeholes cut through.
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Continuing today, through Nov 3, FREE FESTIVAL:
7th annual "GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" is a nine-day commemoration with eight film screenings, a centerpiece concert, homemade altars, live music performances, and participatory and exhibited art, celebrating a uniquely Angeleno tradition at two sprawling adjacent venues -- Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall, and on the Music Center Plaza, both in downtown Los Angeles CA
*  See the Guide's full feature in the Sat, Oct 26 listings.
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Thu, Oct 31-Sun, Nov 3, LIVE THEATRE:
7:30 pm - Shakespeare's “MACBETH” at the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro CA
*  Produced by "House of Bards," a new theater company.
*  Performances: Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 7:30 pm; Sun, Nov 3, 2 pm.
*  TIX: $30 gen'l; $40 reserved; $60 VIP deck table seating with a signed production poster; $20 student using 3WITCHES code when presenting valid student ID at the door. Tix at 310-833-4813 or www.grandvision.org
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November
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Continuing through Nov 3, FREE FESTIVAL:
7th annual "GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" is a nine-day commemoration with eight film screenings, a centerpiece concert, homemade altars, live music performances, and participatory and exhibited art, celebrating a uniquely Angeleno tradition at two sprawling adjacent venues -- Grand Park, across from L.A. City Hall, and on the Music Center Plaza, both in downtown Los Angeles CA
*  See the Guide's full feature in the Sat, Oct 26 listings.
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Continuing through Nov 3, FESTIVAL:
"L.A. FALL FAIR" at La Prada Event Plaza in Whittier Narrows  Regional Park, South El Monte CA
*  This one brings unlimited carnival rides for adults and kids, live music on weekends, circus shows, and free parking, all for a $15 admission; Children under 36" tall are FREE. Pony rides extra.
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NOW OPEN, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
*  One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
*  These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry. 
*  Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was.  
*  This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
*  TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix: 
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/online-ticket-sales/
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Friday
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Fri, Nov 1; FILM EVENT:
7:30 pm - "MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND" with Q&As, in the "Conversations at ArcLight" series; a screening and Q&A with director Midge Costin, writer Bobette Buster, producer Karen Johnson, and special guests, at ArcLight Hollywood
*  Following the 7:30 pm show, 10/25 in Hollywood, 11/1 in Pasadena.
*  Both dates/both locations require special tix, so don't dawdle.
*  Film Synopsis: Examining how visionary directors work with sound designers to create the most exciting cinematic experiences. Also, featuring the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology to learn how sounds transform the cinematic experience.
*  Watch trailer at tix link, below.
*  TIX: for either Hollywood, 10/25, or Pasadena, 11/1, and list of participants at each location:
https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/news/making-waves-the-art-of-cinematic-sound-qa
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Fri, Nov 1:
8 pm - STEVE POLTZ plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  Tix selling fast for this one; don't dawdle!
*  TIX, $22.50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2356
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Sat, Nov 2, FREE FESTIVAL:
11 am- 4 pm - 5th annual "GRAND AVE ARTS: ALL ACCESS" on Grand Avenue plus the L.A. Music Center complex, and the Central Library, downtown Los Angeles CA 90012
*  There's music, dance, film, hands-on artmaking experinces, and more, as Downtown L.A.'s annual free event provides an all-access-pass to the rich arts and cultural experiences there.
*  All events are FREE and open to the public.
*  Explore L.A.'s playground for arts and culture. Be curious, pop in and choose your own adventure at the cultural organizations along Grand Avenue. You can stop by the new beer garden presented by Spaceland, and a pop-up food court presented by DCBID for a bite and a beverage, complemented by KCRW DJs and a live mural painter presented by Arts Share LA.
*  Be sure to interact with the centerpiece events on the Music Center Plaza and in Grand Park on your Grand Ave journey, and note the events a few blocks away in the Main Central Library.
☆  -- CATEGORIZED FOR YOU, HERE'S WHAT THIS FEATURES...
■  MUSIC EVENTS...
*  "Voice Lessons with the Master Chorale" run 11 am-4 pm. Take a voice lesson with the Master Chorale. Sign-up (on their website, in advance) for one of the 15-minute group sessions, held from noon-3 pm, where one of their choristers will put your pipes through their paces. They tell us, "It’ll be a fun way — we promise! — to learn what it’s like to be a professional singer."
*  "Colburn School: Conduct Us" noon-1:30 pm, 200 S Grand Av. Become the maestro for a small chamber orchestra — no music experience necessary(!); on the school's lovely South Plaza.
*  "Colburn School: Chamber Music Performance" noon-12:30 pm, 200 S Grand Av., Main Plaza. Take-in a short concert of chamber classics on the Main Plaza, performed by Community School and Jumpstart students.
*  "Colburn School: Interactive Performance" 11 am-noon. On the school's lovely South Plaza (across the street from the Music Center), join Conservatory of Music students for a collaborative and interactive performance experience.
*  "L.A. Opera Backstage Tours" 11 am-4 pm, 135 N Grand Av. L.A. Opera is opening the backstage doors, and everyone is invited. Walk through the rarely-open-to-the-public backstage areas of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and hear about the creative process directly from the experts. Ever wonder how glass breaks on stage? See for yourself that, and more, with interactive demonstrations.
*  "L.A. Phil: Toyota Symphonies for Youth Workshops" 11 am-3:30 pm, 135 N Grand Av. Experience the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s "Toyota Symphonies for Youth" activities at a Music Center Plaza pop-up. Immerse yourself in hands-on workshops, including art projects, an instrument petting zoo, and more. Recommended for children ages 5 to 11. First come, first served.
*  "Colburn School: Chamber Music Performance" 1:30 pm-2 pm, 200 S Grand Av, Main Plaza. Hear Conservatory chamber groups.
*  "Sing-along with Leeav Sofer" 2 pm-3 pm, at the Colburn School's Thayer Hall, 200 S Grand Av. Enjoy a family-friendly sing-along with choral instructor Leeav Sofer.
*  "Colburn School: Concert Band Open Rehearsal" 2 pm-3:30 pm, in Zipper Hall. Hear the Community School’s Concert Band in action.
*  "Colburn School: Open Choir Rehearsal" 2:45 pm-3:30 pm, 200 S Grand Av. In  Mayman Hall, drop in to hear the Community School’s talented Concert Choir.
*  "Colburn School: Music Academy Young Artist Performance" 4 pm-5 pm, in Thayer Hall, 200 S Grand Av. Listen to pre-professional Music Academy students perform a delightful mix of repertoire.
■  THEATRE & DANCE...
*  "Center Theatre Group Family Fun" runs 11 am-2 pm, in both the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles. Join the Center Theatre Group Family Fun with activities based on upcoming shows, including STING starring in "The Last Ship," AUGUST WILSON’s "Jitney," MIKE BIRBIGLIA’s "The New One," MATTHEW BOURNE’s "Swan Lake," and the world premiere production of "King James." Plus, you can spin Center Theatre Group's prize wheel to win Taper or Ahmanson tickets and other fun treats.
■  ARCHITURE & ART...
*  "Central Library Art & Architecture Tour" 11 am-noon, & 2 pm-3 pm, 630 W 5th St. Come join a free docent-led Art & Architecture Tour of the beautiful and historical Central Library. Tours meet at the Library Store.
■  MUSEUM & FILM...
*  "MOCA: Free Museum Admission and More" 11 am-4 pm, 250 S Grand Av. Free museum admission, activities for the whole family, food and drink, and a special screening to celebrate Merce Cunningham’s centennial.
*  "REDCAT -- Adelita Husni Bey: CHIRON Exhibit" noon-4 pm. The Gallery at REDCAT presents this exhibition that includes the West Coast premiere of Husni Bey’s most recent film and installation "Chiron" (2019), commissioned and premiered by the New Museum in January 2019. "Postcards from the Desert Island" (2011) and "2265" (2015), two of Husni Bey’s most important past works, are shown as well.
■  FILM EVENTS...
*  "Merce Cunningham Films" screen 11 am-4 pm in MOCA's Ahmanson Auditorium, 250 South Grand Av, presented by "Dance Camera West." It's a selection of short films made by The Merce Cunningham Company highlighting Cunningham’s legendary work as a choreographer and filmmaker, as part of a citywide event taking place at USC, UCLA, and CalArts.
*  "Family Films" run 11 am- 4 pm in Redcat, 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA. REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents a selection from the annual "REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival." Audiences of all ages can enjoy short animated films highlighting the most innovative and magical techniques, as well as mesmerizing live-action films from around the world.
■  ARTS POTPOURRI...
*  "The Broad: Family Weekend Workshops" 11 am-4 pm, 221 S Grand Av. Make your own art-inspired souvenirs and participate in a cooking demonstration with acclaimed restaurant Otium at The Broad’s event. Walk-up entries available on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops are for families with children ages 3 and up.
*  There are FIVE "Día de los Muertos Art Workshops" on the Music Center Plaza and in Grand Park, running all day. Join in the family-friendly celebration of Día de los Muertos with art making. Explore three art workshops on The Music Center Plaza guided by professional artists: guests can make a mini piñata, decorate a sugar skull mask, or create a portable sound maker. Hop over to Grand Park for two more art workshop stations: The Sugar Skull station for drawing and painting sugar skull artwork with salt and watercolors, and the Papel Picado station for creating traditional decorative crafts made by cutting elaborate design into sheets of tissue paper.
*  "MOCA: Art Workshops & Activities" noon-4 pm. Join the MOCA Education team for a workshop that plays with concepts of color, design, mood, form, and texture in response to the current exhibition on view. Using various materials, participants will construct a large, communal artwork, as well as individual pieces to take home.
*  "Baile Folklorico" in Grand Park, with multiple performances between
1 pm and 3 pm. Enjoy a Mexican Baile/Folklorico dance performance by Grupo Folklórico Huitzillin. Formed in 2019 and based in the San Fernando Valley, Grupo Folklórico Huitzillin showcases Mexican folk culture through colorful traditional costumes along with highly choreographed and exaggerated dance movements. Multiple short performances.
*  "Altars of Día de los Muertos" on display in Grand Park, all day. Visit Grand Park's Downtown Día de los Muertos to celebrate the annual commemoration. In partnership with Self Help Graphics and Art and LORE Media and Arts, the park presents more than 35 altars created by local artists and community groups.
*  "Central Library: Sugar Skull Workshop" 2 pm-4 pm, 630 W 5th St. Join an all-ages workshop to decorate your very own sugar skull in the 2nd Floor Rotunda; first come, first served.
FULL INFO & SCHEDULES (without our handy categorization) at: www.grandavearts.org
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Saturday's concerts, etc...

Sat, Nov 2:
8 pm - SUZZY ROCHE & LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  Tickets: at press time, venue website shows "not currently available," so check with them directly.
*  TIX, $26.50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at:
https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2365
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Sunday
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Sun, Nov 3:
8 pm - BIG DADDY plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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NOW OPEN, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
*  One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
*  These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry.
*  Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was.
*  This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
*  TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:
https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/online-ticket-sales/
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Fri, Nov 8:
8 pm - THE LIVING SISTERS concert, + Wine Tasting, 7 pm-7:45 pm, at the Grand Annex, in San Pedro CA; 310-833-4813
*  In perfect harmony but rarely seen together, L.A. based artists INARA GEORGE (The Bird and the Bee), BECKY STARK (Lavender Diamond), ELENI MANDELL, and ALEX LILLY join forces "weaving together '40s pop, '50s doo-wop, folk and country elements in a seamless mélange. It's lightweight, [like] a perfect soufflé." - L.A. Times.
*  Spotlight on Alex Lilly: she has played keys and sung back-up on tour with Beck, Lorde and the bird and the bee. Her debut album "2% Milk" was released earlier this year on the newly-founded Release Me Records. The New York Times says, “Lilly’s songs are full of musicianly gamesmanship, with hopscotching melody lines and unconventional synthesizer tones." The L.A. Record describes her music as “light, but not slight, with a punchy beat and engaging twisty-turny melodies.”
*  TIX, $27-$53, at: https://grandvision.secure.force.com/ticket/
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Fri, Nov 8:
8 pm - SUSAN WERNER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Nov 9:
8 pm - THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $20, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun, Nov 10:
8 pm - CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO plus MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $30, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Mon, Nov 11, benefit:
6:30 pm - "MOVEMBER" gets our attention because artists we knew died of prostate cancer, and besides, this event has BEER, and it's the "Opening Charity Event" for The Brews Hall, 21770 Del Amo Circle, Torrance CA
* During their lifetime, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s also one of the most detectable and treatable forms of cancer.
* November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and kicks off with Torrance Memorial’s “Pints for Prostate” -- the pints being beer.
* In conjunction with the National Movember Foundation, the event encourages men to get regular tests and exams.
* It also draws on the “universal language of beer” and to come try the first beers from BUZZROCK & George Lopez Brewing Co. and hear from Lawrence Flechner, MD and Keith Chumley, MD on the importance of early detection and men’s health. Speakers include Dr. Keith Chumley and Dr. Lawrence Flechner.
*  TIX, $20 donation; reservations recommended at 310-517-4704
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Mon, Nov 11, FREE event:
7:30 pm - "BLACK GRACE," a "Visions and Voices Signature Event" in Bovard Auditorium on the USC main campus in University Park, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
*  Admission is free, but reservations are required (beginning Mon, Oct 7, 9 am), at: http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=30282565866038
*  New Zealand–based contemporary dance company BLACK GRACE draws from Samoan and Pacific Islander roots to create stunning and innovative performances that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers.
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Fri, Nov 15:
8 pm - CHUCK PROPHET plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Nov 16:
8 pm - ALEX de GRASSE plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun, Nov 17:
10:30 am - KIDS CONCERT with HEIDI SWEDBERG & THE SUKEY JUMP BAND plus a "UKULELE PETTING ZOO" in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $10, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun, Nov 17, FESTIVAL:
All-day/evening - "McUKE FEST 2019" All-Day Festival with workshops, strum-a-longs, an open mic, and all star performances, in the famous concert hall, upstairs facilities, and in general, taking-over, at McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  All-event passes available until they sell-out; otherwise, separate ticket for the 8 pm "ALL-STAR UKULELE CONCERT" featuring CRAIG CHEE & SARAH MAISEL, ALEX DE GRASSI, CRAIG McCLELLAND, DANIEL WARD and special guest SUPERBROKE.
*  Schedule:
◇ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: HEIDI SWEDBERG & THE SUKEY JUMP BAND plus UKULELE PETTING ZOO
◇ 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM: INTRO TO FINGERPICKING FOR UKULELE with Craig McClelland
◇ 1 PM - 2:15 PM: FLAMENCO SEVILLANAS FOR UKULELE with Daniel Ward
◇ 3 PM - 4:15 PM: BEGINNING CHORD MELODIES FOR UKULELE with Sarah Maisel
◇ 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM: INTRO TO SOLOING/THEORY FOR UKULELE with Craig Chee
◇ 8 PM - 10:30 PM: McUKE FEST 2019 ALL-STAR CONCERT (CRAIG CHEE & SARAH MAISEL /ALEX DE GRASSI /CRAIG McCLELLAND /DANIEL WARD /SUPERBROKE)
*  EVENING CONCERT TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
*  FULL EVENT PASS (INCLUDES ALL CLASSES & CONCERTS) $160; scroll-down at: https://www.mccabes.com/group-lessons/
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Wed, Nov 20:
8 pm - BRUCE COCKBURN plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Fri, Nov 22:
8 pm - JANIVA MAGNESS plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $26.50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Nov 23:
7 pm - AMANDA ABIZAID performs "Pure Imagination" with the METROPOLITAN MASTER CHORALE at L.A. Valley College Recital Hall, 5800 Fulton Av, Van Nuys CA 91401; 818-947-2600
*  AMANDA ABIZAID is highly-respected and thoroughly delightful multi-instrumental singer-songwriter who is as apt to play flute as guitar or piano. You can't put her in a box. Her repertoire includes Middle Eastern blues that she's brought, with critical acclaim, to a top L.A. jazz club.
STEPHEN STILLS is featured in Amanda's “Walking In Twos” music video, which won its SEVENTH prestigious honor with the win at the "Global Film Festival Awards." The latest? It's been selected as a feature at the "Karnavati International Film Festival." In addition to Stephen Stills and Amanda, her vid creatively features a global cast, the Aeta indigenous children of Haduan Village in the Philippines, and a stunning couple of seconds of Amanda parasailing over a massive waterfall.
*  VIEW her seven-time award-winning music vid at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qz4MPEtkwJg
*  After that fully-produced, award-winning version grabs you, check-out the intimate version, wherein Amanda treks through jungles to do hands-on music education with children in remote villages (one of her ongoing passions). It's at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=582XaWMk7f0
*  Yep, we've written glowingly of her before, going waaay back, so hopefully you know her by now. Check-out her latest album and more at:
 https://amandaabizaid.com/music/
TIX, https://amandaabizaid.com/music/tour-amanda-abizaid-2/
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Sat, Nov 23:
8 pm - KELLY WILLIS & BRUCE ROBISON play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX NEARLY SOLD-OUT at presstime; don't dawdle!
*  TIX, $28.50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun, Nov 24:
8 pm - TONGUE-IN-CREEK with special guest TRACY NEWMAN playing the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $20, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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December
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Mon, Dec 2, FREE event:
7 pm - "TURNING LIMITATIONS INTO OPPORTUNITIES: AN EVENING WITH ALI STROKER" is a "Visions and Voices Signature Event" in the Bing Theatre (BIT) on the USC main campus in University Park, 3500 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
*  Admission is free, but reservations are required (beginning Mon, Nov 4, 9 am), at: http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=30636231473158
*  Ali Stroker is the Tony Award–winning actor and first wheelchair user to star in a Broadway production. She will discuss her life, career, and the importance of inclusion, representation, and ending a culture that assumes "ableism" as an unspoken qualification.
*  A co-chair of "Women Who Care," which supports United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, and founding member of "Be More Heroic," an anti-bullying campaign that tours the country, Stroker works to improve the lives of others—whether disabled or not—through advocacy as well as the arts.
*  She became the first wheelchair user to star in a Broadway production when she originated the role of Anna in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of "Spring Awakening." In 2019, she made history again by winning a Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of Ado Annie in the smash Broadway revival of "Oklahoma!"
*  On television, Stroker starred in 12 episodes of Oxygen’s "The Glee Project." She placed second in the competition and won a guest role on Fox’s "Glee." She also starred in the Kyra Sedgwick ABC series, "Ten Days in the Valley."
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Fri, Dec 6:
8 pm - "WORDS & MUSIC BY DAN WILSON" in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Dec 7:
8 pm - THE STEEL WHEELS play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun, Dec 8:
8 pm - ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $20, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Fri, Dec 13:
8 pm - TRACE BUNDY plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $25, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sat, Dec 14:
8 pm - CHARLIE HUNTER & LUCY WOODWARD play the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $26.50, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Sun & Mon, Dec 15 & 16:
8 pm - "JACKSH*T HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR MMXIX" gets two nights in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $40, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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Fri, Dec 20:
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA plays their only Southern Cal date for the 16th Annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour" on Fri, Dec 20 at the lovely McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA.
*  TIX, EARLIEST SALE: Wed, Jul 24 at 10 am (local time, in all US markets) through Thu, Jul 25 at 10 pm (local time). Or wait for regular sales to arrive Fri, Jul 26 at 10 am (local time), after the good seats are gone. (It was in the Guide's "Ticket Alerts" in July.)
*  Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece ORCHESTRA will tour the country on their 16th annual "Christmas Rocks! Tour," presented for the fifth consecutive year by SiriusXM.
*  Featuring music from their three best-selling holiday albums and Brian's numerous hits.
*  The over 20-city annual, critically-acclaimed, holiday extravaganza launches Nov 15 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and wraps-up at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA on Dec 20.
*  TIX (starting at time above) and more info at:  www.briansetzer.com
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January
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Fri & Sat, Jan 10 & 11:
8 pm - DAR WILLIAMS plus special guest SETH GLIER gets two nights in the famous concert hall in back of McCabes Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405
*  TIX, $40, + $4.50 per ticket online or by phone. Adv. online at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php
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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...
as Buford the Wonder Dog looks on 
and in our best Kathy Baker
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
Stay tuneful!
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Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff...

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