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THIS WEEK brings the annual NAMM SHOW in Anaheim, CA, and we'll be reporting from the scene. It's the WORLD'S LARGEST MUSIC INDUSTRY EVENT and we hope our global readership again turns to The Guide for peeks, previews, descriptions and test-drives of what's new from all the instrument, sound, lighting, microphone, production, stage & touring gear, and personal traveling rig outfit makers -- and of course news of who's performing at NAMM, and what the innovators, visionaries, luminaries, road veterans, and others with wise or memorable quips have to say, amidst the ever-expansive "more" that always characterizes the NAMM experience.
Meanwhile, as we move closer to an ezine, feature-story-based format that frees us all from the tyranny of chronology, we DO have all this information hanging around. And seeing that it IS all fully developed for you... and we certainly don't want you to miss anything...
Here ya go. A tango through the tuneage (and more) for the coming week...
seeing / hearing...
(UPDATES have been
ADDED to ONGOING EVENTS)
Jan 14-Feb 16:
"THE LAST SHIP," the acclaimed musical stage production written by STING, plays in the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown L.A., 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012
* "This unbelievable show has some of the best talent in the industry... The Last Ship consistently delivers the strongest stage performers around and has a track record of performing in front of sold out audiences..."
* WATCH A VID CLIP of the show on Broadway: https://youtu.be/XEfztIeQcfg
* TIX at: http://www.ahmansontheatre.net/events/
Ongoing PODCAST, on-demand:
"RECORDING ARTISTS: RADICAL WOMEN" is a new podcast series from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In it, art historian HELEN MOLESWORTH explores the lives and work of six artists — ALICE NEEL, LEE KRASNER, BETYE SAAR, HELEN FRANKENTHALER, YOKO ONO, and EVA HESSE.
* What was it like to be a woman making art during the feminist and civil rights movements? In this season of "Recording Artists," Molesworth delves into their lives and careers, spanning several generations. Hear them describe, in their own words, their work, relationships, and feelings about the ongoing march of feminism. Contemporary artists and art historians join the conversation, offering their own perspectives on the recordings and exploring what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist. Share this with one who'll appreciate it.
* HERE'S THE LINK. The whole series is here in individial episodes so you can pace yourself or binge it. You'll hear rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant — and still means — to be a woman making art:
Ongoing, through Feb 23; FREE:
11am-5 pm - "FALLEN FRUIT: SUPERSHOW!" at PDC Gallery, 8687 Melrose Av, West Hollywood CA
* Runs Sun, Nov 24 through Feb 23; free.
* Opening day Sunday features outdoor jamming, preceded by an artist talk with FALLEN FRUIT (aka DAVID BURNS and AUSTIN YOUNG), and Young will be taking his trademark portraits of whoever wants one inside the installation, plus music and apparently, cheerleaders.
* This is "A gorgeous mile of fruit and flower garland wallpaper in a gradient of saturated hues containing within its two story installation multiple scenarios and vignettes of photography and ceramic, faux Grecian luxury statues, gilded mirrors, chaises and sundry objects. All of this exists in the mode of a secular temple to beauty, as well as a sort of public living room where communities are formed through the universal language of shareable fruit."
* Might be the right thing for a memorable date.
Ongoing, through Mar 1:
“MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS 2019: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE” at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles CA 90049
* This intends to be the first of many annual exhibitions that highlight the Getty Museum’s acquisitions made throughout the year.
* Highlights key works of newly added art selected by the Museum's director. It includes ancient gems and sculpture; Renaissance and 19th-century paintings; Renaissance sculpture; medieval manuscripts; old-master drawings; and 20th-century and contemporary photography.
* "It’s a small but succinct show, just one gallery, but with a variety of work, including [an] early Crucifixion in which our Lord appears to have four arms, a sort of biplane Jesus." -- Easy Reader News.
* Open 10 am-5:30 pm Sun-Fri, Sat 10 am-9 pm, closed Mon.
Holiday closures: Dec 25, Jan 1; early closings Dec 24 & 31 at 4 pm; short hours Dec 23 & 30, 10 am-5:30 pm.
* Free admission, parking costs. Info, 310-440-7300 or www.getty.edu
Ongoing, through May 29:
“INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: BUGS” opened mid-Dec at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Bl, Palos Verdes Peninsula CA
* Gawd, we love experiential learning. Whichever journey Garden visitors decide to take, they are transformed into that bug – literally (via props).
* This program interactively educates visitors about the butterflies, spiders, ants and bees that can be found in the Garden.
* Full info, 310-544-1948 or www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org
Ongoing, through April 12, 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.
* View the holiday tree exhibit (through Jan 5; see our listing) and the Air Force One Pavilion, along with this current special exhibition, all during one visit for the price of museum admission. But allow yourself PLENTY of time.
* 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:
& the proverbial "more"
(Plenty of updates since the last edition)
Again, We ARE taking the Guide away from a "calendar-centered" format, because organizing and presenting things the way you see here devours all the time we need to report NEWS. See the intro at the top of this edition. Enjoy the old ways while you can, because starting next go 'round, upcoming events will be reported as NEWS FEATURES along with all the other news as the Guide enters yet another new decade of serving you, our treasured readers. It'll also mean we can get back to including more pictorial content and video. Below is "old format," with the emphasis that you won't see after this week...
Sun, Jan 12, on TV:
12:30 pm-2 pm - BLUESMAN GARY CLARK, JR gets a solid performance-interview-bio treatment on today's "CBS SUNDAY MORNING," which aired too damn early at 6 am on L.A.'s network flagship. (Fortunately, you get another chance.)
* Featured are Clark's phenomenal playing from a young age to the present, accolades from longtime music icons, his supportive parents when he began at age 12, his road to success, and Clark at home with his Australian model wife and their young children. That, btw, is on their beautiful ranch in the Texas hill country near his Austin birthplace... and there the story includes the racism that touched his childhood and resurfaced recently in the form of a redneck ranch neighbor -- which is why the title track of his latest album is "This Is My Land."
* If you pay for the online "CBSN" package, you can catch it on demand. If you don't, and your cable or satellite package has it, watch on the POPHD channel.
* Today's show also has a splendid story on the super-intelligent octopus, and a closing segment with kangaroos on the beach in New South Wales, fleeing the apocalyptic Aussie fires.
Sun, Jan 12:
2 pm-4 pm - "DREAM 2020: PERSEVERE!" is an arts-culture-historical perspective event at Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 907 Knob Hill Av, Redondo Beach CA
* A free, interfaith event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King features a panel discussion with Derik Smith, Assoc. Prof. of African-American Literature & Culture at Claremont McKenna College; Rev. Dr. Eric Law, founder & Exec. Dir., Kaleidoscope Institute; and Rabbi Leah Lewis, Temple Menorah, Redondo Beach.
* The Echoes of Praise dancers perform.
* Sponsored by South Coast Interfaith Council, South Bay Baha’is, & the Center for Spiritual Living.
Sun, Jan 12:
3 pm - THE KINGSTON TRIO, THE LIMELITERS, & THE BROTHERS FOUR team-up for a formidable immersion in the '60s Folk Revival at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center's Lyric Theatre, 12700 Center Court Dr, Cerritos CA 90703; 562-916-8501 or 800-300-4345
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4 pm - Annual "WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL" at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro CA
* FULL PDF BROCHURE on all the films, downloads to your device HERE.
* Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presents the latest nationwide tour of this film fest, dedicated to raising awareness of issues facing the natural environment.
* The Festival started in 1983 and is now the largest film festival of its kind in the US. W&SFF partners internationally to present “On Tour” festivals by engaging hosts who jointly raise awareness of preservation issues in nature.
* The Conservancy proudly presents an exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature, promising, "With beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals, the passion is contagious. You will be moved, transfixed and energized to make a difference in our world."
* The entire festival repeats Jan 26, 4 pm, at the Performing Arts Center, West High School, 20401 Victor St, Torrance CA. But only the San Pedro event includes a free photo booth, raffle worth over $3,000, and beer from Brouwerij West.
* TIX $15 adv, $20 at door. Adv online at: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/PVPLC/WildScenicTickets.html
Sun, Jan 12:
4 pm - "LE SALON DE MUSIQUES - MASTERS REDISCOVERED" is 2020's return of the series in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fifth Floor, L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles CA 90012
* Celebrate the new year with three genius Russian Masters:
⊙ Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY - String Quartet No.3 in E Flat minor Op 30
⊙ Anton ARENSKY - Piano Quintet in D Major Op 51
⊙ Sergei RACHMANINOFF - Trio "Elegiaque" No.1 in G minor; "Two Pieces" Op 2 for Cello & Piano
* This exquisite program for Piano & Strings is introduced by Musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano.
* "Le Salon de Musiques" is a chamber music series performed in an intimate space without any stage or separation between the audience and the artists. It allows you to feel the purity and essence of the music and the vibrations of each instrument and connection to each artist.
* A French Champagne reception with a high tea buffet catered by Patina follows the performance and the Q & A between the artists and the audience.
* Cosponsored by the French & German Consulates of Los Angeles.
* TIX include champagne & buffet: student, $45; regular, $95; at 310-498-0257, or online at: LeSalondeMusiques.com
Sun, Jan 12:
4:30 pm-7:30 pm - DWIGHT CARRIER brings Cajun-zydeco for listening and dancing to the French Quarter Creole Bar & Grill, 16728 Bellflower Bl, Bellflower CA 90706
* You can go and listen if you don't have happy feet. Sponsors tell us, "The start time of the dance might be slightly delayed if there is a Saints playoff game still in progress."
* Info: contact either Dempsey, at 562-396-1132, email@example.com, or David, at 909-527-0926, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Admission: $15 at the door.
Sun, Jan 12:
7 pm - RICK SHEA & JON LANGFORD team-up to play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
|Langford left, Shea right.|
* "Summarizing Jon Langford’s contributions to punk rock and all of its permutations, as well as his career-long obsession with American roots music, is liable to overwhelm anyone." ~ L.A. Times.
* RICK SHEA is a longtime Southern California singer-songwriter. Rick Shea got his early musical education in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino. With nine critically acclaimed albums, he’s performed all over Southern California, the West Coast, the US, and Europe. Shea's songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with. "Songs tell our stories and our history and songs were how those stories were shared in the past, I'd like to continue that tradition."
* (Shea is) "A hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail rich songwriter, do yourself a favor". ~ Sing Out magazine.
* TIX, $20; make reservations before this sells-out; 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
7:30 pm - DAR WILLIAMS and SETH GLIER play the AMSD Concerts series at Sweetwater Community Church, 5305 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita (San Diego Co) CA 91902; 619-201-0520
* With both shows sold-out early-on at McCabe's, here's your final chance.
* If you go, and you're driving down from L.A.-ish: go in the morning, and catch the FREE music at the international village in Balboa Park. Today is when the "IRELAND HOUSE" gets the main stage for presentation of the music and dance of the Emerald Isle, 10:30 am-noon, plus many of the nationally-themed cottages have free snacks representing favorite foods from their cultures. After that, all of Balboa Park with its museums, and the San Diego Maritime Museum at the waterfront, are MORE than enough to fill your day before the evening concert! (You're welcome.)
JOACHIM COODER plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
* Cooder played on the Grammy Award winning albums "A Meeting by the River" (1993) and "Buena Vista Social Club" (1997). In 2012, Joachim released his debut album "Love on a Real Train," collaborating with Petra Haden, Frank Lyon, Inara George, Robert Francis, Matt Costa, Juliette Commagere (Joachim's wife), and Jon Hassell. He's also known for collaborations with his father, Ry Cooder.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"To move freely you must be deeply rooted."
-- Bella Lewitzky, dancer (born Jan 13, 1916, died 2004)
(thanks to A.Word.A.Day)
Today is the last day to register for a Berklee Online course at Boston's famous Berklee College of Music for the 12-week winter term. It's one of many good ways to progress in your musical endeavors. Space available in online courses that include: Music Business 101, Berklee Keyboard Method, Guitar Scales 101, Arranging 1: Rhythm Section, Music Production 101, and more. They have advisors available; call or text 866-BERKLEE (+1-617-747-2146 if you’re outside the US) or email email@example.com
7 am-9 am - "FESTIVAL EXPRESS" (2003) is a fascinating music documentary assembled from film shot during the 1970 "Festival Express" train across Canada, and contemporary material.
* Many of the top music artists of the time were on board, and you see and hear performances, candid conversations, and more, from major acts including Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Rick Danko.
* Directed by Bob Smeaton and Frank Cvitanovich. The filmed account of this large, portable Canadian rock festival train combines the long-lost material -- "a momentous achievement in rock film archaeology" -- with contemporary interviews that add important context to the event nearly 35 years after originally being filmed.
* The vintage concert footage alone makes "Festival Express" a memorable and worthwhile endeavor, offering scintillating and sometim4s ensemble performances. As in, Janis Joplin and the Band doing a rollicking version of "Slippin' and Slidin'", various artists interacting with the Grateful Dead, and with Buddy Guy, and others (remember Mashmakhan?).
* The train carried all the stage and tech crew and everything needed to set up an arena stage wherever it stopped.
* The film has concert footage and scenes of artists who, in many cases, had not previously met. As they get to know one another aboard the train during lengthy rides between concert stops, there's clowning and jamming, learning each other's songs, curling-up with new friends for naps, and hints of intimate interactions.
* Granted, you CAN watch it on YouTube, at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YKXialDa0aU
* ALL airings are on AXS-TV:
• 7-9 am Mon, Jan 13
• 6-8 pm Thu, Jan 16
• 9-11 pm Thu, Jan 16
Mon, Jan 13:
8 pm - ANDREW MOLINA plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
"When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favour."
-- Jane Welsh Carlyle, letter writer in a time that was a literary art (born Jan 14, 1801, died 1866)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY to musicians
Denver-based Stephanie and her partner Luke Halpin are in L.A. Jan 30 & 31 to play two nights at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."
-- Moliere, actor and playwright (born Jan 15, 1622, died 1673; thanks to A.Word.A.Day)
Molière also said, "All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."
On this day in 1929, a baby was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and named for his father, a preacher. He would likewise grow-up to become a preacher -- and an author, orator, and America's greatest Civil Rights leader -- the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His birthday is always celebrated on the Monday of a proximate three-day weekend; thus, this coming Mon, Jan 20, is "Martin Luther King Day," a Federal and California state holiday.
"The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy."
|Samantha Fish, on her guitar box ax.|
|Robert W. Service|
I haled me a woman from the street,
Shameless, but, oh, so fair!
I bade her sit in the model's seat
And I painted her sitting there.
I hid all trace of her heart unclean;
I painted a babe at her breast;
I painted her as she might have been
If the Worst had been the Best.
She laughed at my picture and went away.
Then came, with a knowing nod,
A connoisseur, and I heard him say;
"'Tis Mary, the Mother of God."
So I painted a halo round her hair,
And I sold her and took my fee,
And she hangs in the church of Saint Hillaire,
Where you and all may see.
-- Robert W. Service, British-Canadian poet and writer, often called "the Bard of the Yukon" (born Jan 16, 1874, died 1958).
His poem, "The Cremation of Sam McGee," is a frontier classic.
We also recommend his poem, "The Men That Don't Fit In."
|Want views from inside? They're coming in our reports this week from the massive show.|
Thu, Jan 16, on TV:
Thu, Jan 16:
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous."
-- Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, politician, key figure in the American Revolution; 6th President of Pennsylvania (born Jan 17, 1706, died 1790).
January 17th is QUITE the day for birthdays. Also born on this date:
Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (born Jan 17, 1867, died 1939)
Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer of classic silent film comedies (born Jan 17, 1880, died 1960)
Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (born Jan 17, 1905, died 2007, age 102)
Betty White, American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist (born Jan 17, 1922, 98 years ago)
Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (born Jan 17, 1927, died 2008)
James Earl Jones, American actor (born Jan 17, 1931)
Shari Lewis, American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host (born Jan 17,1933, died 1998)
Muhammad Ali, American boxer and activist (born Jan 17, 1942, died 2016)
Mick Taylor, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (born Jan 17,1949)
Carlos Johnson, American singer and guitarist (born Jan 17,1953)
Jeff Berlin, American bass player and educator (born Jan 17,1953)
Steve Earle, American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, author and actor (born Jan 17, 1955)
Susanna Hoffs, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (born Jan 17, 1959) ___
Sat-Mon, Jan 18-20; MUSIC CAMP:
"FREIGHT & SALVAGE BLUEGRASS BAND CAMP" with BILL EVANS, KATHY KALLICK, JACK TUTTLE, AVRAM SIEGEL, DIX BRUCE, & BRIAN WALKER, at the famous Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA
* This first-ever camp event at "The Freight" for all bluegrass instrumentalists is just about full, but Bill Evans tells us, "We are in need of more bass players."
* Camp info: https://www.thefreight.org/e/bluegrass-band-camp-w-bill-evans-kathy-kallick-avram-siegel-jack-tuttle-83293413843/
* These days, Bill Evans -- author of the best-selling "Banjo for Dummies" -- hails from Alto, New Mexico. He says, "Where's Alto, you might ask? Well, it's just below Soprano but above Tenor. If you stand on the ridge, you can even see Bass from here, too. But in all seriousness, we're outside of Ruidoso at 6500' elevation, tucked in between the Capitan and the Sierra Blanca mountains. It's not unusual to see deer or elk roaming through the neighborhood and we've spotted mountain lion tracks on our trails. I feel blessed to be here."
* VIDEO: check-out a fast, fun 34-sec preview for a recent new lesson on the Bluegrass Banjo course, where Bill Evans teaches the Bill Monroe jam favorite "Roanoke": https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BtbW426TA48
Sat, Jan 18:
10 am-4 pm - "WOMEN'S MARCH LOS ANGELES 2020" sponsored by Womens March L.A. Foundation invites all to "Join us as we hold our politicians accountable. 'Women Rising' is our call to action. The Women's March Los Angeles Foundation, a women-led 501(c)(3), brings together people of all ages, genders, races, cultures, political affiliations for a day of civic engagement at Pershing Square - Downtown Los Angeles" at 532 S Olive, Los Angeles CA
|Yep, That's real. It really is that enormous an event. Photo by anythingla.|
* Event programming, on stage, runs 11 am-2 pm.
* More: https://www.womensmarchla.org/
Sat, Jan 18:
7 pm - THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
* Winners of the National Vocal Championship, The Honey Whiskey Trio has built a solid show full of highly skilled musical numbers and appropriate wit. This is real quality. Many times at the venue, and they always sell-out. Call now.
* That's the trio, pictured at right.
* TIX, $20; make reservations and don't dawdle; 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
* The 1920s roared because the Doughboys were back from WW I in France, and suddenly, women had the vote. So, as the song asked, "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Par-ree?" (Answer: Uuuhh, ya didn't.)
Sat, Jan 18:
SOLD OUT - DAVE ALVIN & FRIENDS: "A Tribute to Chris Gaffney" at the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
* Well, yes, Ryder Green is a baseball phenom, drafted by the New York Yankees. But there are two Ryder Greens rapidly gaining fame for their skill in their respective chosen fields of endeavor. THIS one is the blues man Ryder Green, and here's his picture, so you can tell 'em apart.
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9 pm - "RIGHT TO CABARET" showcase presented by HILLARY ROLLINS, this month featuring Grammy nominated songwriter HARRIET SCHOCK, GARY INHOFF, who starred in the West Coast Premier of STEPHEN SONDHEIM’s "Assassins," and singing storyteller ROWIN OMAR KHAN from Newark, New Jersey, at the Gardenia Supper Club, 7066 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood CA 90038.
* HARRIET SCHOCK tells us, "I hear the food is really good with the new chef." Dinner reservations available starting at 7 pm.
* $15 cover, reservations at 323-467-7444.
NACHYN CHOREVE at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
* Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and Tuvan instruments with Hartyga.
* Soloist in the Tuvan State Philharmonic and frontman of Tuvan psychedelic rock band Hartyga, Nachyn Choreve began touring as a professional musician at just 16, and as a member of Hartyga has collaborated with musicians around the world.
* This introductory masterclass shows you the main styles of throat singing and the traditional instruments igil and doshpoulour.
* All ages and skill levels are welcome.
* By the way... the first place in North America to get into Tuvan culture, attempt throat singing, and see a yurt built in the back yard was Pasadena, CA. Seems that the late Caltech genius physics prof. RICHARD FEYNMAN fell in love with collecting stamps from Tuva, and one thing kept leading to another, and...
* FEE: $60, 1 session. Register at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2489
Sun, Jan 19:
2 pm - "SHAKEY: AN EVENING WITH NEIL YOUNG" is actually an afternoon MATINEE with New Jersey Americana performer BRIZ, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
* BRIZ has crafted a career doing remarkable voice impersonations, and none so convincing or amazingly real as his Neil Young impersonation.
* TIX, $18; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
Sun, Jan 19; WORKSHOP:
3 pm-5 pm - "KHOMUS (SAKHA JAW HARP) MASTERCLASS" with YULIYANA KRIVOSHAPKINA at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
* Yuliyana’s skill allows her to play sounds across about three octaves.
* She was the winner of the "Ethnic Sound" category in the "Discovery International Music Pop Festival" in Varna, Bulgaria.
* Yuliyana has performed in Korea, France, Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, China, Thailand, Holland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and Turkmenistan.
* Her music draws on the powers of Nature and the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe.
* The workshop will cover exercises to improve stamina and introduce people to the different sounds possible on the khomus. By the end of the lesson, students will know the techniques they need to create a short composition for the khomus.* FEE: $60, 1 session. Register at: https://www.store.mccabes.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=2488
7 pm - BEN WOODS, creator of the genre of "FLAMETAL" (Flamenco-Metal), plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001
* Ben Woods is an international recording artist and touring musician known the world over for his originality and excellence in Flamenco guitar artistry.
* He is proudly endorsed by Ortega Guitars and has FOUR signature guitar models, plus an endorsement from Fishman amplifiers, and he currently makes and sells his own guitar brand, the NYLOCASTER, a nylon-stringed S-type electric guitar.
* You can thank the NAMM Show that he's in town and available to play an intimate venue with great sound, where you can watch his fingers work.
* TIX, $20; make reservations 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.
Sun, Jan 19:
WESLEY STACE: "A Tribute to John Wesley Harding" featuring ROBERT LLOYD, at the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; www.mccabes.com
* Wesley Stace kicks off his "Tribute To John Wesley Harding" tour featuring Robert Lloyd and special guests, starting Jan 14th at "3TEN Austin City Limits Live." The album is just out on Yep Rock Records.
* Click here for the full list of dates, places, and ticket info.
* He ALSO PLAYS Jan 18 at a Laguna Beach house concert; see the link.
Today is January 20th. On this day 75 years ago, the Red Army found and liberated the starving and abused survivors of the Nazi atrocity named Auschwitz. With anti-Semitism specifically, and intolerance generally, both on the rise in America, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and industrial-scale murder complex stands to remind us all of what is at the inevitable end of that kind of toxic thinking.
IN AMERICA every four years, as determined by the US constitution, January 20th is Inauguration Day. That's when the four-year term begins for an American president supposedly elected by the people the previous November, but actually elected in December by the tiny number of partisan political elite who comprise that election cycle's Electoral College.
Today in 2020 happens to be the Monday of the three-day weekend when the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated as a national holiday for federal employees and state, county and municipal employees in some jurisdictions. Now, since Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays were dropped as separate holidays and amalgamated into the nebulousity of "Presidents Day," there is no valid argument that they "can't afford another holiday." Adding MLK Day and mashing the great presidents into a day with Millard Fillmore, George W. Bush, and the other bozos, means that refusing to give you the day off today, or holiday pay for working, isn't a capitalistic thing. It's a racial thing, and we're calling them out on it.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"The true axis of evil in America is the brilliance of our marketing combined with the stupidity of our people."
"[F]reedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that "Oh, I don't get involved in politics," as if that makes you somehow cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable."
-- Bill Maher, comedian, actor, and writer (born Jan 20, 1956)
Events: POST-NAMM, everyone is exhausted, but there are these recurring events:
Mon, Jan 20:
8 pm-11 pm - monthly "BASC BLUEGRASS NIGHT" presented by the Bluegrass Association of Southern California every 3rd Monday at Viva Rancho Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank CA 91506; 818-845-2425
* Venue is a full restaurant with a full bar. Specialty is Mexican cuisine.
* Cover is a one-time purchase.
Mon, Jan 20:
8:30 pm-11 pm - weekly "CELTIC ARTS CENTER IRISH MUSIC SESSION & SLOW SESSION" every Monday, two separate sessions, presented by the Celtic Arts Center at The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Bl, North Hollywood CA; 818-760-8322; www.celticartscenter.com
* Friendly crowd, no cover.
* Venue has full bar. Sometimes participants bring snacks.
Tue & Wed, Jan 21 & 22:
Pianist JOLYNN J. CHIN, here from Malaysia thanks to last week's NAMM Show, plays gigs at a pair of L.A. venues. She's marvelous. Catch her while you can. Details below.
* Jan 21st, she plays TR!P in Santa Monica CA
* Jan 22nd, she's at the Silverlake Lounge in Silver Lake (Los Angeles) CA
Tue, Jan 21:
9:15 pm-10:15 pm - Pianist JOLYNN J. CHIN plays TR!P Santa Monica, 2101 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; https://www.tripsantamonica.com/
* We discovered her performing for Steinway piano at the 2020 NAMM Show. From a distance, we were hearing an adaptation of Bach’s famous "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" with a hint of her signature jazz rhythms and modern bold sounds. Moving toward the source, we encountered a large, transfixed crowd. Turns out it was Jolynn performing, live, her 2018 debut single, “Toccata.”
* “Toccata” was a hit that garnered many positive reviews in magazines and media outlets including "Applause to the Musician" (USA), "One Song Magazine" (INDIA), "Asian Journeys" (SINGAPORE), and tvSarawak.com (MALAYSIA). Here's a quote from one of those reviews: “The best word to describe her personality on the ivory keys is PASSIONATELY BOLD. You will be taken away each time she hits a key on the piano” – New Sarawak Tribune.
* The GUIDE, experiencing her live, is similarly impressed.
* She is a wonderfully talented classical-crossover pianist known for her classical virtuosic arrangements, amazing piano dexterity, and eclectic blends of classical cross-over styles inclusive of pop and jazz elements.
* Jolynn’s latest album, "Beyond Classical," an EP, was recently considered for the 62nd Grammy Awards, in the category of "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album."
* “It is rarely where we can get the best from both worlds and this album is a gift for the sophisticated classical music listeners with a flair for entertainment.” -- Dimitar Kovachev, writer, composer and arranger.
* Jolynn worked with many renowned musicians including music producer Roger Montejano, a member of the Grammy Recording Academy in NYC, and involved also the work of mastering engineers Mike Couzzi and Howie Weinberg, who have previously worked with Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Metallica, among many other acclaimed international acts.
* “She hit those piano notes with perfection. Her mesmerizing piano tunes were so infectious it caught the crowd in awe.” – Kuching Borneo Blog.
* Born in Sarawak, Malaysia, Jolynn started her music education at the early age of 5. Classically trained on the piano for many years, she has been under the tutelage of Dr. Nicholas Ong, DMA graduate from The Juilliard School.
* Jolynn has also studied under acclaimed concert pianists including Andrew Brownell, champion of the 2005 J.N. Hummel Competition, and Li Ming Qiang, winner of the 4th Chopin International Competition in 1960.
* She has won several prizes in competitions internationally, and was awarded the Gold Prize at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival Competition. She has performed at a vast array of prominent venues and events, including the 2020 NAMM Show for Steinway piano.
* Her classy style and aura of performance resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Her music is also reminiscent of personal artist influences including Maksim, Havasi, and Peter Bence, among others.
* Catch her while you can. She has only two L.A. performances in different venues, Jan 21 & 22.
* Free show/no cover, but 1 drink minimum.
Wed, Jan 22:
8 pm - Pianist JOLYNN J. CHIN plays the Silverlake Lounge, 2906 W Sunset Bl, Silver Lake / Los Angeles CA 90026
* TIX $10, at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/silverlake-lounge-18378723769
* See the Guide's extensive write-up in our Jan 21st listing.
Wed-Sun, Jan 22-26; CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL (in New Orleans):
"FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL" holds its sprawling annual conference, this year in New Orleans, featuring 180 showcases and tons more.
* It's a global gathering of folk musicians that spotlights artists from all over the world.
* This year's theme is “The Story of People and Place,” which seeks to “celebrate places of collaboration and the shaping of new shared identities, art, and forms of expression,” says FAI.
* Read more about it and it'll give you a hankerin' to go next year.
* Feature story in New Orleans-based "Offbeat" magazine: http://www.offbeat.com/news/folk-alliance-internationals-conference-to-showcase-many-louisiana-musicians/
* FULL INFO and a PRE-LOADED PLAYER OF FESTIVAL ARTISTS' MUSIC, at: https://www.folk.org/default.aspx
Fri-Sun, Jan 24-26, LIVE MUSICAL THEATRE:
7:30 pm - "COWBOY ELEKTRA" written by award-winning playwright Meghan Brown, directed by Sean Cawelti, with songs by Z. Lupetin, with four chances to see it at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades CA 90272; 310-440-7300
* This is both a Getty Villa Theater Lab Production and produced (staged) by Rogue Artists Ensemble.
□ Fri, Jan 24, 7:30 pm
□ Sat, Jan 25, 3 pm
□ Sat, Jan 25, 7:30 pm
□ Sun, Jan 26, 3 pm
* TIX, any show, $7, at: https://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/cowboy_elektra.html
7's, "tah-dah" horns,
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.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove, play a round or two
of checkers, and we'll be there...
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"