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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Your Weekend FESTIVAL Companion, April 12 & 13, 2014

Here's your tote-along Guide, with SCHEDULES & RECOMMENDATIONS, for all of this weekend's Southern California Festivals.

A full feature has been added here for the "TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL" in Hollywood.

(Everything else that's happening Saturday & Sunday will be along in a separate edition.)


In this special edition…

♪  FeSTiVaLS in Southern Cal…
.  √  Annual “ROCKIN' COUNTRY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA” is Saturday in Simi Valley
.  √  Annual “L.A. TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS” with music & more, at USC, Sat & Sun


♪  FeSTiVaLS in Southern Cal...

Sat, Apr 12,
in VC (Simi Valley):
Annual “ROCKIN' COUNTRY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA” at Hummingbird Nest Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Dr, Simi Valley 93063; 805-807-5100.
Gates at 10 am, music starts at 11 am.
Main stage acts:
♪   JUST DAVE BAND - 11:15 am
♪   SALTY SUITES - 12:15 pm
♪   LARRY BAGBY - 1:30 pm
♪   ANNIE BOSKO - 2:30 pm
♪   TATE STEVENS -  4 pm
Canadian band EMMERSON DRIVE is the headliner. (More on them tomorrow.) SALTY SUITES is the most traditionally rootsy and acoustic band playing this Simi Valley Round Up.
It’s a full day of non-stop country music, exciting sideshow stage performances, line dancing, food and craft vendors with fun and games for all ages.
Tickets for ROUND-UP are $20 in advance / $25 at the gate. Kids age 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Tickets available at:
VIP "Terrace Exclusive" tickets also available, online only, include ROUND-UP admission, delicious catered cuisine served from Noon-6:30 pm, unlimited access to Field and Terrace, & two adult beverages: adults, $90, kids age 12 & under, $45.


Sat & Sun, Apr 12 & 13, at USC:
19th Annual “L.A. TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS” with music & more, on the USC campus in University Park, LA.
If you are a songwriter or storyteller, this is an incredible opportunity to gain techniques from a cornucopia of successful writers.
This is an enormous, complicated event. We'll do our best to simplify things for you.

√ There is live music (various genres).
√ There are panels, interviews, film screenings, poetry readings, and seminars.
√ MANY seminars are of great worth to songwriters, as they address the essence of storytelling.
√ Outdoor events are free.
√ Indoor events require tickets.
√ Many indoor events are also free (there's a $1 charge to reserve online), but "free" tix will run-out early.
√ There's a nighttime gala that requires a ticket purchase.


Following is what we think will interest most of our readers – especially the songwriters, storytellers, and writers among our readers, with separate listings for each day.


Saturday. April 12…

Artists' Row

10 am-6 pm Six artists, five invited and one selected through the “Inspire Us” contest, will be creating pieces live on-site over the weekend sparked by the Festival’s “Inspire Your Fire” theme.


USC Stage

10 am Festival Kickoff with LA Times CEO Eddy Hartenstein, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, the Trojan Marching Band and music by Catherine Rose Smith

11:40 am Saved by Grace Gospel Choir (Gospel)

12:50 pm Brett Fromson (Folk, Blues, Americana and Pop)

5:30 pm Asli Baat and Trojan Bhangra (South Asian A Cappella and South Asian Dance)


Pop & Hiss Stage Featuring DJ Darren Revell

11 am Adult Books Music Performance

1 pm The Blank Tapes Music Performance

3 pm Mexico68 Music Performance


Poetry Stage

5:30 pm Tony Barnstone, Ariana Hall & Connie Lim present The Poetry of Song: Live Music Performances


Hoy Stage

10.30 am Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi and Folklorico Children’s Musical Act

12:10 pm Hoy Birthday Celebration

12:50 pm Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi and Folklorico Children’s Musical Act


Children’s Stage presented by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

12:05 pm LeVar Burton, READING RAINBOW LIVE!

1:05 pm Dinosaur Encounters, Presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

3:50 pm Dinosaur Encounters, Presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles


Los Angeles Times Stage

12:10 pm Alicia Silverstone, THE KIND MAMA, Interviewed by Mary MacVean

4:50 pm Marlo Thomas, Author of IT AIN'T OVER, Interviewed by Patt Morrison


Seeley G. Mudd (SGM 123)

10:30 am Fiction: Deep Secrets, Dark Places (Conversation 1071) with Stephen Graham Jones, Attica Locke, Michael Farris Smith, and moderator Jim Ruland.

12 pm Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel (Conversation 1072) with Vanessa Davis, Ben Katchor, Anders Nilsen, Mimi Pond, and moderator Deborah Vankin.

1:30 pm Fiction: Lives in Transition (Conversation 1073) with Natalie Baszile, Gina Frangello, Michelle Huneven, and moderator Aimee Liu.

3 pm Richard Blanco, Author of FOR ALL OF US, ONE TODAY, in Conversation with Leigh Haber (Conversation 1074), with Richard Blanco and moderator Leigh Haber.

4:30 pm Fiction: Lives on the Brink (Conversation 1075) with Dan Fante, Jillian Lauren, Rob Roberge, Seth Greenland, and moderator Joseph Lapin.


Seeley G. Mudd (SGM 124)

10:30 am Nonfiction: The Art of the Personal Story (Conversation 1081) with Leo Braudy, Pico Iyer, Leslie Jamison, Dinah Lenney, and moderator Meghan Daum.

12 pm Crime Fiction: A Question of Character (Conversation 1082) with Steph Cha, Michael Koryta, Ivy Pochoda, Ferdinand von Schirach, and moderator Donna Rifkind.

1:30 pm Crime Fiction: Blood & Betrayal (Conversation 1083), with Peter James, Michael Krikorian, Stuart Woods, Ken Goldstein, and moderator Stephen Jay Schwartz.

3 pm Fiction: L.A. Stories (Conversation 1084), with Alex Espinoza, Janet Fitch, Matthew Specktor, Antoine Wilson, and moderator David Francis.

4:30 pm History: Untold Stories of the Holocaust (Conversation 1085) with Jonathan Kirsch, Wendy Lower, Martin Goldsmith, and moderator Steven J. Ross.


Andrus Gerontology Center

11 am Epic History: Writing Our Past (Conversation 1031) with Richard Breitman, Christopher Clark, Allan J. Lichtman, Alan Taylor, and moderator Henry Weinstein.

12:30 pm Mind Over Matter: Writing Science (Conversation 1032) with Matthew D. Lieberman, Virginia Morell, Annalee Newitz, Sally Satel, and moderator Dr. Michael Shermer.

2 pm Publishing: Inside the Literary Magazine (Conversation 1033) with Jon Christensen, Tom Lutz, Robert Scheer, Oscar Villalon, and moderator Bruce Bauman.

3:30 pm Memoir: The Places that Make Us (Conversation 1034) with Krista Bremer, Reyna Grande, Anchee Min, and moderator Jane Ganahl.


Annenberg Auditorium

11 am Poetry: Forms of Consolation: Traditional and Experimental Poetics (Conversation 1111) with Kate Gale, Jessica Piazza, Elizabeth Robinson, Lynn Xu, and moderator Carol Muske-Dukes.

12:30 pm Fiction: A Love Story (Conversation 1112) with Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long, Susan Squires, and moderator Beth Yarnall.

2 pm Poetry: Imagination's Sisters: Poetic Invention and Personal Narrative (Conversation 1113) with Joshua Beckman, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Douglas Kearney, Carol Muske-Dukes, and moderator Eleni Sikelianos.

3:30 pm Publishing: The Editors Voice (Conversation 1114) with Deena Drewis, Peter Ginna, Ethan Nosowsky, Bart Schneider, and moderator Dan Smetanka.


Davidson Continuing Education Center

11 am Current Events: Places in Crisis (Conversation 1141) with Sheri Fink, Charlie LeDuff, Amy Wilentz, and moderator Diane Smith.

12:30 pm Chip Kidd, Author of GO, in Conversation with Hunter Drohojowska-Philp (Conversation 1142) with Chip Kidd and interviewer Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.

2 pm Susan Straight and Lisa See in Conversation with Patt Morrison (Conversation 1143) with Lisa See, Susan Straight, and interviewer Patt Morrison.

3:30 pm Nonfiction: What Shapes Us (Conversation 1144) with Erika Hayasaki, Geoff Nicholson, Ms. Louise Steinman, and moderator Ms. Dinah Lenney.


Bovard Auditorium

10:30 am Cesar Chavez - The Man, the Myths, and the Legacy (Conversation 1051) with Eliseo Medina, Miriam Pawel, and interviewer Steve Lopez.

12:30 pm John Green, Author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, in Conversation with David L. Ulin (Conversation 1052) with John Green, and interviewer David L. Ulin.


Taper Hall (THH 101)

11 am Current Events: The Realities of War (Conversation 1121) with Janet Burroway, David Finkel, David J. Morris, and interviewer Christopher Goffard.

12:30 pm Nonfiction: The Evolution of Feminism (Conversation 1122) with M.G. Lord, Myra MacPherson, Nancy L. Cohen, and moderator Robin Abcarian.

2 pm The Truth Will Out: Getting the Story (Conversation 1123) with Annie Jacobsen, Scott C. Johnson, Walter Kirn, Deanne Stillman, and interviewer Thomas Curwen.

3:30 pm The Facts of Fiction; The Fiction of Facts (Conversation 1124) with Geoff Dyer, Ruth Ozeki, and interviewer David L. Ulin.


Taper Hall (THH 201)

10:30 am Fiction: Stories from Around the Globe (Conversation 1131) with Rabih Alameddine, NoViolet Bulawayo, Nicole Mones, and moderator Amy Wallen.

12 pm Fiction: Pushing the Boundaries (Conversation 1132) with Jeff Jackson, Fiona McFarlane, Kevin Moffet, and moderator Tod Goldberg.

1:30 pm Fiction In Brief: The Art of the Story (Conversation 1133) with Jamie Quatro, Ethan Rutherford, Susan Steinberg, and moderator Chris Daley.

3 pm Fiction: With a Wink & a Smirk (Conversation 1134) with Jim Magnuson, Mark Haskell Smith, Jerry Stahl, Diana Wagman, and moderator David Kipen.

4:30 pm Fiction: Outside the Margins (Conversation 1135) with Aimee Bender, Karen Joy Fowler, Jeff Vandermeer, and moderator Joy Press.


Hancock Foundation

11 am Biography: The Artist's Life (Conversation 1011) with Robert Hilburn, Deborah Solomon, Sam Wasson, and moderator Tom Nolan.

12:30 pm Biography: Founders and Fighters of the Americas (Conversation 1012) with Marie Arana, Steven Hackel, Miriam Pawel, and moderator Hector Tobar.

2 pm History: The Golden State (Conversation 1013) with Jared Farmer, Stephen Gee, Gregory Orfalea, and moderator William Deverell.

3:30 pm Current Events: Exercising Your Voices (Conversation 1014) with Mario T. Garcia, Tom Hayden, Astra Taylor, and moderator Carla Hall.


Hoffman Hall, Presented by USC

12 pm  Degrees of Fictionality: Representing "Truth" Across Genres (Conversation 1022) with Leo Braudy, Mark Jonathan Harris, Dana Johnson, and moderator Janet Fitch.

1:30 pm Let’s Get Together and Feel All Right: Music, Spirit, Community and Politics (Conversation 1023) with Josh Kun, Ron McCurdy, Shana L. Redmond, and moderator Varun Soni.

4:30 pm Make Me Laugh!: Humor Writing Across Genres (Conversation 1025) with Mary Lou Belli, Sandra Tsing Loh, Michael Price, and moderator M.G. Lord.


Sunday, April 13…

All day: Lots of poetry, on the Poetry Stage, and in many other places.


Artists' Row

10 am-5 pm Six artists, five invited and one selected through the “Inspire Us” contest, will be creating pieces live on-site over the weekend sparked by the Festival’s “Inspire Your Fire” theme.


Children’s Stage, presented by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

10:20 am Jon Klassen, Author of THIS IS NOT MY HAT

10:50 am Sing Out Loud: The Adventures of Figaro! Presented by LA Opera

11:20 am DC SUPER FRIENDS: SKYSCRAPER SHOWDOWN, presented by Warner Bros. Consumer Products

11:55 am Diego Luna, Reading CÉSAR CHÁVEZ Y LA MÁQUINA DEL TIEMPO by Juan Carlos Quezadas and Bef

12:25 pm Dinosaur Encounters, presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

12:55 pm Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band, ¡FANTASTICO! Music Performance

1:25 pm Kadir Nelson, Author of BABY BEAR

1:55 pm Jarrett Krosoczka, Author of PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD

2:25 pm Tomie dePaola & Lin Oliver, Author & Illustrator of LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS

2:55 pm Jose-Luis Orozco, CARAMBA KIDS Musical Performance

3:25 pm Scooby-Doo and the Carnival Creep, Presented by Warner Bros. Consumer Products

4 pm Dinosaur Encounters, Presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles


USC Stage

10 am The Trojan Marching Band

11:40 am SoCal VoCals Musical Performance

12:50 pm Fight on Figaro! Presented by LA Opera Musical Performance

2 pm Exploding Flowers (Pop/Rock)

3:10 pm Aaron Childs (R&B/Soul, Funk & Dance)

4:20 pm Carlton (Pop/Rock)


Pop & Hiss Stage

Featuring DJ Darren Revell

11 am "Inspire Us" Featured Musicians

1 pm Mexico68 Music Performance

3 pm Salt Petal Music Performance


Hoy Stage

10:30 am Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi and Folklorico Children’s Musical Act

12:50 pm Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi and Folklorico Children’s Musical Act


School for Cinematic Arts: Broccoli Theater

11:30 am Labor Day (Paramount Pictures) Q & A to follow with author Joyce Maynard, interviewed by John Horn (Screening 2151)

2:30 pm Twenty Feet From Stardom (Screening 2152)


Seeley G. Mudd (SGM 124)

12:30 pm Historical Fiction: Stories from the Past (Conversation 2082) with Jon Boorstin, Deborah Harkness, Maria Hummel, April Smith, and moderator.Melissa Chadburn.


Davidson Continuing Education Center

10:30 am Craft: Changing the Way We Eat (Conversation 2141) with Alex Brown, Evan George, Steve Hindy, Forrest Pritchard, and moderator Noelle Carter.

12 pm  Gaming the System: Finance in America (Conversation 2142) with Helaine Olen, Nomi Prins, Anat Admati, and moderator Michael Hiltzik.

1:30 pm Current Events: World in Crisis (Conversation 2143) with Joe Cirincione, Jerrold D. Green, Greg Treverton, and moderator Scott Kraft.

3 pm Jared Diamond, Author of THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY Interviewed by Patt Morrison (Conversation 2144) with Jared Diamond, and interviewer Patt Morrison.


Taper Hall (THH 101)

11 am Publishing: Reaching Readers, Reaching Writers (Conversation 2121) with Patrick Brown, David Kipen, Michelle Meyering, and moderator Chris Daley.

12:30 pm Memoir: Trials of Life (Conversation 2122) with Eileen Cronin, Elizabeth Scarboro, Ron Suskind, Mary Williams, and moderator Samantha Dunn.

2 pm Nonfiction: Exploring a Singular Pursuit (Conversation 2123) with Tom Bissell, Dana Goodyear, Edward Humes, Greg Sestero, and moderator Elizabeth Taylor.


Taper Hall (THH 201)

10:30 am It Takes Two: Co-Writing Fiction (Conversation 2131) with Meg Howrey, Jennifer Kaufman, Christina Lynch, Karen Mack, and moderator Mary Otis.

12 pm Fiction: California Visions (Conversation 2132) with Steve Erickson, David Grand, Edan Lepucki, and moderator Carolyn Kellogg.

1:30 pm Hiding in Plain Sight: Novels of Place (Conversation 2133) with Bernardine Evaristo, Allan Gurganus, Cathie Pelletier, and moderator Margaret Wappler.

3 pm Dark Fantasy: Things That Go Bump in the Night (Conversation 2134) with C. Robert Cargill, Nancy Holder, Lisa Morton, and moderator Leslie S. Klinger.


Ronald Tutor Campus Center

10:30 am Current Events: Cracks in the System (Conversation 2061) with Lisa Bloom, Barry Siegel, Tom Zoellner, and moderator James Rainey.

12 pm  Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of LIVING WITH A WILD GOD in Conversation with David L. Ulin (Conversation 2062) with Barbara Ehrenreich, and interviewer David L. Ulin.

1:30 pm Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Conversation with Cathleen Decker (Conversation 2063) with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and interviewer Cathleen Decker.

3 pm TC Boyle, Author of STORIES II, with an Introduction from Thomas Curwen (Conversation 2064) with T.C. Boyle and “introducer” Thomas Curwen.


Hancock Foundation

11 am A. Scott Berg, Author of WILSON, in Conversation with Richard Reeves (Conversation 2011) with A. Scott Berg, and interviewer Richard Reeves.

12:30 pm Biography: Hollywood Legends (Conversation 2012) with Scott Eyman, Karina Longworth, Richard Schickel, and moderator Elizabeth Taylor.

2 pm Science & Humanity: Past & Present (Conversation 2013) with Sean B. Carroll, Thomas Goetz, Jennifer Ouellette, and moderator K.C. Cole.

3:30 pm Hollywood: Past & Present (Conversation 2014) with Mark Harris, Steven J. Ross, Anne Thompson, and moderator Richard Rayner.


Hoffman Hall, Presented by USC

10:30 am Living with Mental Illness: Support and Survival (Conversation 2021) with Shannon Mayeda, David Baron, Elyn Saks, and moderator Tory Cox.

12 pm Are We What We Eat?: The Culture of Food (Conversation 2022) with Gustavo Arellano, Jonathan Gold, Dana Goodyear, and moderator Michael Quick.

1:30 pm L.A. Lives: Making, Mapping, and Imagining Southern California (Conversation 2023) with Ken LaZebnik, George Sanchez, David Sloane, and moderator Alison Trope.

3 pm Sitcoms, Dramas and Blockbusters: Creating for the Screen (Conversation 2024) with Gene Del Vecchio, Pamela Douglas, David Isaacs, Michael E. Napoliello, and moderator Georgia Jeffries.


More info on the entire festival, and all scheduled events and stage times, at:


Sat & Sun, Apr 12 & 13,
in Hollywood:
Annual “TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL” in Hollywood, brings plenty of stars of yesteryear, TCM program hosts, screenings, panels, and more. The Guide has recommendations, below.
The central theme of the 2014 "TCM Classic Film Festival" is "Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind." In celebration of the network’s 20th birthday and the fifth anniversary of the TCM Classic Film Festival, it's a cinematic celebration of the ties that bind us together, showcasing on-screen clans of all types – big and small, happy and imperfect, musical and dramatic.
This year's Festival spotlights the first families of Hollywood and the filmmaking dynasties that have entertained generations. It explores the kinship that connects close-knit groups of professionals behind the camera, such as the stock companies of classic Hollywood.


SATURDAY recommendations:

At the Chinese Theatre, Saturday...

√  10 am  "HANDPRINT" in cement ceremony with JERRY LEWIS, in the courtyard.
√  2 pm  "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY" screens, with its classic music by Ennio Morricone. In the Chinese Imax.
√  6:30 pm  "A HARD DAY’S NIGHT," the Beatles classic screens, preceded by a panel discussion. In the Chinese Imax.
√  9:45 pm "THIS IS SPINAL TAP," the original music "mocumentary," in the Chinese Multiplex 1.


At "Club TCM" at the Hollywood Roosevelt, Saturday...

√  8 pm  "THE MUPPET MOVIE" screens at Poolside.


At the El Capitan Theatre, Saturday...

√  9 am  "THE JUNGLE BOOK"
√  11:30 am  "MARY POPPINS," screening, followed by a panel discussion.
√  3 pm  "HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY," screening, preceded by a panel discussion.
√  6:15 pm  "THE NUTTY PROFESSOR," screening, preceded by a panel discussion.
√  9:30 pm  "THE WOMEN," preceded by a panel discussion.


SUNDAY recommendations:

At the Chinese Theatre, Sunday...

√  9 am  "A TRIBUTE TO MICKEY ROONEY: NATIONAL VELVET" includes a screening and panel discussion / tribute. In the Chinese Multiplex 4.
√  9:15 am  "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" followed by a panel discussion. In the Chinese Imax.
√  12:45 pm  "MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS" screening, preceded by a panel discussion; in the Chinese Multiplex 1.
√  1:30 pm  "GONE WITH THE WIND" in the Chinese Imax.
√  4:15 pm  "EASTER PARADE" in the Chinese Multiplex 6.
√  4:30 pm  "THE QUIET MAN" in the Chinese Multiplex 1.
√  7:15 pm  "HOBSON’S CHOICE" in the Chinese Multiplex 6.
√  7:30 pm  "THE WIZARD OF OZ" in the Chinese Imax.


At the Egyptian Theatre, Sunday...

√  9:15 am  "ACADEMY CONVERSATIONS: THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD" panel discussion followed by screening of the 1938 film.


At the Montalbán Theatre, Sunday...



At "Club TCM" at the Hollywood Roosevelt, Sunday...

√  3-4 pm  "20 YEARS OF TCM ON-AIR"


Complete TCM Festival info and tix at:

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