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Friday, April 26, 2019

Your Guide to this FESTIVAL-CRAZY end of April! Last-of-April edition, Apr 27 through 30, 2019.

Even with two days to scramble, scurry, and wander every-which-direction, you'll have some mighty tough choices from an excess of abundance to get yourself and your peeps satiated with tunage and FUN.

Don't assume you're already squared-away. We've made bunches of additions since the last edition was published.

However... this time around, that previous edition of "events" isn't obsolete yet -- That's because it extends into selected events for May and June, and this one covers ONLY THIS WEEKEND and the final days of APRIL. So go there for May & June.

As for the here and now? You're here, now! So let's get started!


one of two quick bits o' news...


Acoustic Musicians of all walks and genres are invited to apply to play "Official" and "Guerilla" showcases at the 2019 FAR-West conference. The 2019 conference returns October 10 through 13 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, west of Los Angeles, CA. It's the second consecutive year at that location, and you can expect FAR-West to be far away in 2020.

Folk Alliance Region West, aka FAR-West, is a vital part of a vigorous international music and storytelling organization. In addition to the annual Folk Alliance international conference, FAR-West holds theirs each year, somewhere in the Western US or Western Canada.

You need not be based in the West to apply or be selected. Same goes for other Folk Alliance regional conferences.

We mentioned two kinds of showcases.

The "Guerilla" showcases are in hotel rooms, with listeners jammed-in. Deadlines for those second-tier opportunities are on down the road.

The "Official Showcases" are the ones you want, playing on the main stage with good lighting and sound and plenty of seats for the audience. To do THAT, you need to get moving. Those are the applications that close on May 1st.

There are only 12 Official Showcase Artists selected to play at # farwest2019, performing to an audience of all attendees. Get selected for that, and you play for peers, venue bookers, radio hosts and producers, and more. As FAR-West says, "all eyes on you ... no competing activities!"

Read the 2019 updated guidelines carefully:

There is an email address on the form, in case you have questions.

But no dawdling, or it'll pass you by!

Learn more about Folk Alliance with the links at:


the second o' two quick bits o' news...


The AVA Gallery will open soon in the developing "Courson Arts Colony" at 939 E Ave Q12, Palmdale CA 93550. It even has a bus stop right across the street, so L.A. folks can ride the Metrolink train up scenic Soledad Canyon and catch the bus from the Palmdale train station.

They tell us, "Most of the things we need might be extra pieces, like office supplies or tables, that you've been meaning to donate to charity for years. Isn't it time you did a little Spring cleaning?!"

This isn't a random call for help. Their "wish list of items that we hope the community might be able to donate" is categorized and clear. (And of ciurse they'll take money and gift cards to all the big home improvement places.)

 Their "wish list" is at:
The full name of the "AVA gallery" is Antelope Valley Artists Gallery. The driving forces behind the new gallery use phrases you are not accustomed to hearing in the traditionally ultraconservative, gun-toting, methamphetamine-infested High Desert.

On very short notice (Saturday morning) they told the Guide of their weekrnd plans. Saturday, April 27 (noon-4 pm) & Sunday, April 28 (4 pm-6 pm) they'll be at the abuilding gallery to accept donations of items on their extensive want-list. (Fulfilling the need extends past the weekend, so keep reading.)
This Nathaniel Ancheta project stylistically returns
the long-gone antelope to Antelope Valley
It's not quite there yet. Some things still need to be put in place.

Certainly, artists in these parts have always been apart from that stuff -- creating bold sculpture and painting glorious scenes of breathtaking desertscapes, wildflower blooms, and wildly creative expressions that have nothing to do with landscapes. These desert-based artists, both newly arrived and long indigenous, are all about statements on culture and society, or new perspectives in mindscapes. They talk about the new gallery in terms like "Sustainability via Creativity."

In addition to that breath of fresh air, there are many of encouraging signd. Aready, they're a resource for artist development, as in the example of their tutorial:

"How to Write an Artists Statement"

We looked, and that's something of immediate use to ALL INDIE ARTISTS, INCLUDING MUSICIANS. It's at:

And they're doing a nicely inclusive

"Antelope Valley Arts & Culture Events"

all-desert calendar, with not just events to attend, but with PLENTY of classes and instructional / technique sessions listed, too. It's at:

Contact them at


Now, the jam-packed 
lineup of EVENTS!


A Festival-CRAZY Weekend!

Festivals are listed FIRST. Then It's morning in America all over again, because even the morning concerts, plus events like the (late) EARTH DAY / EARTH WEEK celebrations -- and other events -- follow today's festival listings.

Fri-Sun, Apr 26-28, FESTIVAL:
Annual "STAGECOACH" MUSIC  FESTIVAL happens on multiple stages on the enormously sprawling site at the Empire Polo Field outside Indio, CA.
*  Take a gander at the Nashville pop-country lineup, then work your way through the schedules to get to the always stunning FOLK-AMERICANA / BLUEGRASS / WESTERN MUSIC lineup on the pair of remote "B" stages. We always say It's worth going if you can tolerate the apocalyptic loudness of the pop-Nashvullers on the two distant "mane" stages.
*  YOU CAN LISTEN LIVE to select performances and backstage interviews if you have SIRIUS-XM. That info is in the story at:
*  The GUIDE isn't in attendance at this one this go 'round, because we're neck-deep covering multiple other events.
*  ALL the info:

Sat & Sun, Apr 27 & 28, FREE FESTIVAL:
9 am-5 pm - Annual "STEAM RAILFEST" for 2019, co-hosted by the "Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society" and the Fillmore & Western Railway, centered in the park at 364 Main St, Fillmore, CA
Both operating and static steam locomotives join
an array of antique and "steampunk" machines

*  Live music includes the ORCHARD BLUEGRASS BAND.
*  Enjoy train rides behind an operating steam locomotive, and a "Caboose Ride Adventure" to the Fillmore Citrus Packing House. (The Fillmore & Western runs on former Southern Pacific RR tracks now publicly-owned and maintained with funding from the Ventura County Transportation Commission.)
*  "Steampunk fun" is how the Fillmore &
Western Railroad's marketing director describes
Riding the authentic antique carousel
the added emphasis at this year's event.*  In one of the few times we allow the word "unique" to make it to print, it applies here. With activities for visitors, performances by people and machine, demonstrations of early machines and transportation, and vintage wares. There are -- in today's world -- assorted oddities that, in many cases, were common in times lost to us. As anyone involved  with steam restoration or the colorful "steampunk" arts community will tell you, it's all part of a lost culture when responsive mechanical, not menacingly mysterious electronic, devices empowered civilization.
*  It's living history mixed with that "steampunk fun."
*  "Dr. Solar’s Gypsy Wagon Medicine Man Show" is also on hand, as are antique carousel rides, exhibits both temporary and permanent (including tours of adjacent historic buildings), model train displays in three locations, movie props, old west "Frontier Gunfighters," live entertainment, food, wine tasting in the adjacent winery, vendors, and more.
*  Described as a celebration of the “renaissance of railroading,” the family-friendly, kid-friendly festival showcases steam engines, antique tractors, vehicles, and stationary steam and early-day gas engines.

(Quick Primer: they're identified by their assigned "roster numbers" and by their wheel arrangement. The latter is three numbers separated by hyphens. You count the wheels on both sides. So an engine with one unpowered guiding axle -- 2 wheels -- up-front, followed by four powered driving axles-- 8 wheels -- and no trailing wheels under the firebox, is a "2-8-0" -- similarly, there's a 4-6-0 and an 0-4-0 in this festival. Go find 'em!)  
☆  The 105-year-old Baldwin-built 2-8-0 that's now Fillmore & Western RR # 14 spent its original working life hauling huge blocks of stone from a Kansas quarry. She's now a passenger-hauling star, powering hour-long train rides from the festival site through miles of orange groves of "Heritage Valley." (See photo above of this and the next locomotive.)
☆  The movie prop engine from "The Wild, Wild West" is a full-size unpowered 4-6-0, and actually too big for 19th century track clearances. It remains popular with movie fans.
The Buckeye, a narrow gauge gem that worked in Africa.
See photo above for other steam on the property.
Click any image to enlarge. 
☆  New is the beautifully restored "Buckeye," built in 1935 by the Orenstein & Koppel Locomotive Works in Germany. Peter Nott of Arroyo Grande bought the little 0-4-0, and this is its coming-out party. It's two-foot gauge, burns wood or coal, and spent its working life in Africa, where its sister engine, the "Popeye," still remains.
☆   Fans of vintage diesels will see a pair of F-Units of the type that pulled streamlined  passenger trains, like the famous "Super Chief."

Usual F&W power when it's not "Steam Railfest"
is the 
bulldog-nosed F-unit diesel-electric.
F3's and F-7's 
pulled many "streamliners"
after WWII, and into the early 1970s.
☆  Early "hood unit" diesels are also there, though only hardcore railfans care, or can tell the difference between those, and today's, unesthetic ugly-box locomotives -- all assemblages of right angles with exterior railings and catwalks. Obviously, it's easy to appreciate why now-scarce streamlined diesels were the rage in their age, but face it -- steam is the star here as at any railway fest.
*  The festival is FREE, with options:
⊙  Operate a real handcar or ride its gasoline-powered descendent, the "Track Speeder."
⊙  Hour-long train ride tickets are $26 for adults, $15 for kids (ages 2-12), and free for kids under age 2, riding on a ticket holder's lap.
⊙  A special 3-hour steam dinner train is another option. It includes an authentic Mexican dinner during Railfest 2019. Ride behind the 105-year-old 2-8-0 #14 Baldwin steam locomotive. Travel through the beautiful Heritage Valley enjoying scenic views all around. Menu includes chips & salsa, rice, beans, cheese enchiladas and beef tamales. Get your tickets at the site below before they sell out.
*  Highball! (Ancient train speak, circa 1840, still used on today's railroads, it means "Go!")
*  Info & train tix:

Sat & Sun, Apr 27 & 28, FREE FESTIVAL:
9 am-5 pm - 2019 "SPRING STREET FAIR" presented by "Encinitas 101 MainStreet" and sponsored by Scripps Hospital; festival is
on S Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, CA
*  Four entertainment stages
*  Over 450 food, arts and crafts vendors
*  Children’s rides
*  Bike Valets
*  Beer Garden
*  Free family fun and entertainmen.
*  The Beer Garden returns with craft beer from 5 breweries, live music, and delicious food.
*  Info, music line up, breweries, etc:
*  IF YOU GO, add this (from the Guide's "Ongoing Events:"
Through Apr 30:
"PHOTOGRAPHS ON WOOD: VINCENT DARMOHUSODO," at E101 Gallery, 818 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas CA
*  Vincent Darmohusodo is a local photographer with a passion for the ocean and surfing. His photos feature familiar beaches as well as beautiful scenes from his travels. By transferring his images onto recycled wood by hand, each of his works are one of a kind and original.

10 am-6 pm - annual "HARAMOKNGNA YARMAR (SPRING) CELEBRATION" at Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, in Angeles Nat'l Forest at the junction of Angeles Crest Hwy & Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd, high above La Canada-Flintridge, with an Azusa address.
*  Spring festivities bring live music, native food and crafts, and hands-on demonstrations at this free event.
*  You can also register for the morning's Spring Hike, departing at 8:30 am (link below).
*  Info on this at other events at the center:

Sat & Sun, Apr 27 & 28, FREE FESTIVAL:
11 am-5 pm - "OUR L.A. VOICES – A POP-UP ARTS+CULTURE FEST" in Grand Park, presented by the L.A. Music Center, in Grand Park, the 12-acre public space that stairsteps between the iconic '30s City Hall and the Music Center, with an official address at 200 N Grand Av, Los Angeles CA 90012
*  This is "a regional arts gathering that focuses exclusively on the diverse and powerful artistic talent in Los Angeles County."
*  This free arts fest features short film, dance, music, spoken word and theatre performances, as well as visual art by L.A. artists.
*  During both days of the festival, you can visit "Jardin del Arte," the public marketplace at Our LA Voices. The marketplace features a range of art works for sale including paintings, photographs, collages, postcards, jewelry, and plants from L.A. artists, including Patrick Martinez, Ramiro Gomez, Chinwe Okona, and Noe Olivas. Jardin del Arte is presented in partnership with Residency Gallery, Molcajete Dominguero and more tba.
*  The festival’s 2019 theme, "Origin Stories," explores and showcases distinctly Los Angeles narratives and questions about where we are, how we got here, and where we are going.
*  Featured artists+partners include:
Brandon Coleman
Molcajete Dominguero
Department of Cultural Affairs presents The Big Read
FLASH THEATRE by Playwrights Arena
Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director
Fran de Leon, director
Mark Seldis, director
Ashley Steed, director
KPCC In Person presents “Unheard LA”
Jon Cohn, co-producer/director
Bruce Lemon
Stephanie Sajor
Eddy M. Gana Jr.
Cheryl Farrell
Irene Sanchez
Bryan Kett
Mike Sonksen
October B.L.U.
Matt Sedillo
Kristina Wong
Viver Brasil
Linda Yudin, artistic director
Natalie Marrero, executive director
Luiz Badaró, co-artistic director
No) One Arthouse
Christopher Bordenave, co-founder
Alyse Rockett
Brandon Mathis
Samantha Spense
Amaria Nicole
Kevin Zambrano
The Annenberg Center of Photography Presents PHOTOVILLE LA
Lluvia Higuera
Residency Gallery, curated by Ricky Brandon Garzon
Dance Film Showcase, curated by Sarah Elgart
Aidan Carberry
Benjamin Millipied
Jacob Jonas
Ryan Heffington
Katherine Helen Fisher
Lauren Machen
August Thurmer
Benjamin Shearn
Kitty McNamee
Mimi Cave
Carolyn DiLoreto
Megan Lawson
Children’s Film Showcase, curated by Elizabeth Shepard
Sahand Nikoukar
Jaehuen Chung
Lauren Hoekstra
Guy Pooles
Soyeon Kim
Yawen Kheng
Julie Bayer Salzman
Workshops: The Business of Making Art
Rachel Moore
Dan M. Forman
John L. Geiger
Jennifer Cuevas
Katrina Frye
Workshops: Creative Practice
Gina Young
Shamell Bell
and more still being announced.
*  Performance schedule to be posted on their website, but not there at our press time.
*  Parking downtown is expensive. Why not ride Metro? METRO RED or PURPLE LINE subway to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, or walk from GOLD LINE light rail's LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION.

Sat, Apr 27, FESTIVAL:
"NEW BLUES FESTIVAL" at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
*  Features live performances on two stages
MAIN STAGE features:
* Eric Sardinas
* New Blues Revolution
* Guitar Shorty
* James Harman
* Verdoros
* Rhythm Shakers
* The Broughams
* Whiskey & The Wolves
* Deb Taren Band
* The Michael Mills Band
* Union Hobos
Big Top Stage features:
* Papa J & Crosscut Deluxe
* Orange County Six String Showdown (Regional Winner)
* Jason Robert Band
* Beano/Mojohand
* The Sandy Haley Band
* Runson Willis III
*  The Motion
* Golden Butter Revue
* Up Jumped The Blues
* The Jim Fisk Jazztet
*  Volunteers sought. Deadline to apply is Apr 17. All volunteers receive food, drinks, and two FREE tickets to the show; info :

Brad Colerick
3 pm-10 pm - 11th annual "ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ARTS CRAWL" returns on multiple stages, performance venues, and exhibition spaces in South Pasadena CA
*  A fine and fun free event, featuring 50 bands, including headliners the Gin Blossoms, Incendio, Dustbowl Revival, and the Elliott Caine Quintet, plus Chauncey Bowers and The Drive, and more, on a mix of 12 outdoor stages and indoor venues. There are art exhibits, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, restaurants and a prominent Irish Pub with live music, and plenty more to find and enjoy.
*  Street parking is free, but expect to walk -- it's popular. Or ride the Gold Line light rail to South Pasadena (formerly Mission) Station.

*  Be sure you find the indoor stage at the Carnegie Library -- and get there a bit early for any act you want to see. It fills-up.
*  Local singer/songwriter Brad Colerick is back as the music director, and he deserves kudos and applause for his bookings, inclusive of lots of Folk-Americana bands and artists.
*  Story at:

CONCERTS, EARTH WEEK EVENTS, and everything else today that isn't a festival...

Sat, Apr 27, benefit:
8:30 am-11:30 am - 10th anniversary "MARCH FOR MARROW LOS ANGELES" Commerative 5K Walk & Run, with live music by ANDY & RENEE, leaders of the multiple award-winning band HARD RAIN, at Shoreline Village, 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach CA 90802
*  FULL INFO on the event and the organization, at:

Sat, Apr 27:
9:30 am-noon - "COWBOY SOCIAL CLUB" holds its twice monthly meet-up (2nd & 4th Saturdays) at Big Jim’s Restaurant, 8950 Laurel Cyn Bl (at Sheldon St), Sun Valley CA 91352
*  Live Western/Cowboy music is featured.
*  Free parking at the restaurant.
*  It's a welcome session for those who dropped by the organization's booth at the "SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL." The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
*  Questions, call Dave: 818-515-2336
*  For those devices are infested with Facebook spyware, their web presence is:

10 am - "CITY NATURE CHALLENGE" at the Autry Museum of the American West, across from the L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
*  Take part in the in the "City Nature Challenge." Visit the museum's "California Cont’d" exhibitions to learn more about California’s natural environment, then join educators and experts to be part of the international competition where people and cities compete to see who can make the most observations of nature.
*  Check-out for more info.
*  This weekend, the Autry expects increased traffic congestion due to events at the LA Zoo; alternate route & transit info:
*  TIX: included with regular museum admission, no advance reservations req'd.

3 pm-9 pm - Two piggybacked events...
*  With a vegan potluck, plenty of speakers, music, art, KPFK radio personalities.
*  Opportunities to meet other folks who are passionate sbout protecting the planet from toxic exploitation. All the info is in the poster.
* Click the poster to enlarge.


CANCELLED: the duo's entire West-Coast tour is cancelled due to health issues.
Sat, Apr 27:
7:30 pm - ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS play the "San Diego Folk Heritage" concert series at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Av, Carlsbad, CA 92008
*  They also play Pasadena on Fri, Apr 26; see listing.
*  TIX for Carlsbad at:

Sat, Apr 27:
7:30 pm - NEVENKA plus the SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE play the concert series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm-10:30 pm - "AN EVENING WITH THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS" at the "Brogden Bay Presents" concert series at Four Friends Gallery, 1414 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks CA 91301
*  Want trad string roots music? Here ya go.
*  The Honeysuckle Possums are a high-energy, all-woman band, playing bluegrass, originals, and old-time mountain music.
*  They have been together since 2009 and have one album with a second in the works. Their music has taken them all over California and they continue to gain praise for their beautiful vocals, carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style. Their performances at various festivals and concerts continue to elicit rave reviews.
*  Series presenter Steve Brogden says, "In 2017, I was asked to provide some Americana musicians to play an outdoor concert at the Stagecoach Inn here in Thousand Oaks. Two bands came immediately to mind and the Honeysuckle Possums was one of them. Over 300 people attended that event and the Possums were a big hit that day. Their high-energy, harmonies, songwriting, and their sense of humor is what draws me – and others - to them."
*  The three lead singers, Susan Marie Reeves (guitar, strumstick, ukelele), Rebecca Troon (banjo, fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle) and Sierra Reeves (guitar, mandolin, standup bass) are all accomplished songwriters.
*  Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin while joining in on vocals and harmonies. Ruth Alpert is the band’s dancing percussionist… an Appalachian-style flat-footer, who seems to float as she makes it easy for the crowd to dance and clap along.
* The Possums’ intention is “to create and share bliss through music”. Their collective joy onstage is delightful, and their performances are carried on a strong current of love and friendship. “Possum” audience members often comment on how that energy is positively contagious.                                                                                   
*  All-ages show.
*  Parking: Find the address, turn in, then continue up the driveway a goodly distsnce to find plenty of parking spaces.  Four Friends Gallery on the left, with the "Brogden Bay Presents" banner.
*  BYOB ok, including alcohol.
*  ADV TIX: contact Steve Brogden by email at or by cell phone at 805.358.4970.  Feel free to leave a voice mail.
*  TIX: $25 pre-paid, $30 at the door.

Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm - "MUSIC OF QUEEN" performed by PACIFIC SYMPHONY for two nights (Fri & Sat) at Segerstrom Concert Hall, OC Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA.
 *  With the OSCAR-winning feature film "Bohemian Rhapsody," this concert was planned when that decision was prescient.
*  "We will, we will rock you!" became the memorably avant garde opening sequence to the 2001 medieval adventure-comedy film, "A Knight's Tale," and multiple generations have experienced the power and passion of Queen from the age of the 8-track to the digital download.
*  Now, experience it when a full symphony orchestra and rock band combine to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time.
*  Enjoy hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and many more.
*  TIX: Box Office, 714-755-5799;

Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm - ALBERT LEE plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497

Sat, Apr 27:
8 pm -  JOE HALL AND THE CANECUTTERS play the second of their two Southern Cal shows, bringing Cajun, Creole & zydeco in their CD release tour for "Aye Cher Catin," this one at Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro CA 90732; 310-833-7538.
*  “It’s gumbo time!" Join Joe and put some Louisiana spice in your life. Be transported to the Bayous and dance halls of southwest Louisiana with authentic "Old School" high energy “amped-up Creole La-La” – two-steps and waltzes inspired by Creole greats Canray Fontenot and Bois Sec Ardoin. He also honors his grandfather Clement “King” Ned, whos music was recorded by the Smithsonian.
*  While playing both traditional and original tunes, Joe sings in Creole French and weaves the stories of his childhood and his Creole heritage into the show, creating a warm, happy evening, and imparting memories to his audience.
*  Come dance with Joe and the band. The venue will open the dance floor for this special occasion.
*  While no formal dance lesson is scheduled, Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor KAREN REDDING will be on hand to give a few tips before the show, upon request. As part of the Louisiana tradition of "Lagniappe" (a little something extra), WYNONAH COUSIN of MARDI GRAS DOLL will bring some of her Mardi Gras inspired swag and Joe will be selling and signing his CDs.
*  Listen to a few of the tunes:
⊙  “Un Jour Venir Souffert” at:
⊙  “Madeline” at:
⊙  “Creole Medley” at:
*  Feel free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. The venue invites you to bring your own dinner and NON-alcoholic beverages; people bring multi-course dinners to shows here.
*  Buy your tickets promptly as this show will sell-out.
*  More info:
*  TIX: $25, at:
NOTE: If you try to purchase and it’s sold out, contact Karen Redding at 562-708-8946 BEFORE April 19 and she will try to get you into the show.
*  More at Joe’s website:

Sat, Apr 27:
9 pm - ALANIS MORISSETTE plays two nights at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV
*  TIX for Fri:
*  TIX for Sat:
*  She does an all-acoustic show in San Diego Jun 21 at 8 pm; see listing.


♡♤◇♧ - !  BUNCHES of FESTIVALS conclude today that started Saturday or earlier. 

We do NOT re-list them here, so scroll back to Saturday!

11 am-6 pm - 30th annual "FIESTA BROADWAY" is the largest "Cinco de Mayo" celebration in the world.
*  Hyped as "The Super Bowl of Festivals" and produced annually by All Access Entertainment, it's held in downtown Los Angeles along Broadway and in the streets around City Hall, N Broadway and W 1st St, downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
*  200,000+ festival attendees enjoy performances by well-known Latin American artists.
*  There is authentic Mexican food from local-area vendors.
*  Carnival-style games and rides fill out the fun for all ages.
*  Parking is impossible. Riding the Red/Purple subway to Civic Center/Grand Park Station will likely encounter long waits in line for space on the trains. Our advice? Walk from Union Station, and use transit to/from there.

Noon-4 pm - 19th annual "TASTE OF HUNTINGTON BEACH" is a today-only BENEFIT supporting The Friends of Children's Library, and held at the Sports Complex, 18000 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach CA
*  This is a one-ticket, ALL-INCLUSIVE event.
*  It features live entertainment by THE RAMSEY BROTHERS BAND.
*  The centerpiece is "delectable tastes from local restaurants and catering companies," plus "unlimited sips from favorite wineries and breweries," to make for "The perfect mix for a great day of food, fun, and friends."
*  TIX & info:

Sun, Apr 28, FREE w/ reservation:
Noon-3 pm - STUDENT VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION: "VISIONS OF EQUALITY OPENING RECEPTION" at the Autry Museum of the American West, across from the L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
*  Meet student artists, share your vision of equality, and participate in a hands-on silkscreen workshop with the Barrio Mobile Art Studio led by artists from Self Help Graphics & Art during the opening reception of the Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Equality. The Student Visual Arts Exhibition is an initiative that calls on middle and high school students to share their research, learning, and thinking through visual art. Presented by Autry Classroom Curators.
*  This weekend, the Autry expects increased traffic congestion due to events at the LA Zoo; alternate route & transit info:
*  EVENT info:
*  TIX: FREE w/ reservation (link above).

Sun, Apr 28, FILM EVENT:

1:30 pm - "WEIRD WEST FILM SERIES" presents "THE VALLEY OF GWANGI" (1969) at the Autry Museum of the American West, across from the L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
*  Introduced by ERIC YOUNG, executive producer of "RAY HARRYHAUSEN: THE EARLY YEARS COLLECTION" (2005) and professor of film production at Chapman University.
*  Included with museum admission, but YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR THEATRE SEAT IN ADVANCE, at:
*  This weekend, the Autry expects increased traffic congestion due to events at the LA Zoo; alternate route & transit info:

Sun, Apr 28:
3 pm - THE KINGSTON TRIO plays the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101; 619-570-1100

Sun, Apr 28:
7 pm - SILKROAD ENSEMBLE, that incredible all-star roots-music-and-beyond group with YO YO MA, presents "HEROES TAKE THEIR STANDS" at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330; 818-677-3000
*  They also play Apr 26, 8 pm in Santa Barbara and Apr 30, 8 pm in Costa Mesa; see listings.

Sun, Apr 28:
8 pm - GURF MORLIX plays the famous music hall in back of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310-828-4497


Mon, Apr 29:
8 pm - JOYCE WOODSON, KRISTINA OLSEN, & TERESA TUDURY present a show they've dubbed the "Three women song swap," at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena, CA 91001; reservations are a must, and do that promptly, 10 am-10 pm, 7 days, at 626-798-6236
*  This is a real "wow" of a show. If you Don't know all three of the artists in this show, you should.


Tue, Apr 30:
8 pm - SILKROAD ENSEMBLE, that incredible all-star roots-music-and-beyond group with YO YO MA, presents "HEROES TAKE THEIR STANDS" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts,  Samueli Theatre, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714-556-2787
*  They also play Apr 26, 8 pm in Santa Barbara, and Apr 28, 7 pm in the SFV; see listings.


After that, It's the month of MAY, and It's time to go scroll our previous (and GIANT) events edition to see the May & June events that we've reported so far. It's at:

The OTHER HALF of that same, 'uge, 2-volume edition, is NEWS, and you can find it at:

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.
'Til we catch ya on the flip side,
in our best Kathy Baker
"Hee Haw" voice: "That's all!"
Stay tuneful!


We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)



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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The cyber porch'll be here anytime you come back from the road.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Musicafied, Mollified, or Muellerfried? Your choice, with artsy options, within. April 19 2019 edition.

Note: MANY MORE photos and illustrations added to the stories since this was originally published on Friday, April 19th.

LATE ADDITION: understanding what happened in SRI LANKA in the Easter massacre, and not jumping to conclusions. (See the last item, added in the bottomost feature, "ODDS n' ENDS, STRAYS HERDED FROM THE HOLLAR, 'n UNMASKED REDACTIONS."

* LATE ADDITION: a Supreme Court case to watch on Tuesday. (Added in the bottomost feature, "ODDS n' ENDS, STRAYS HERDED FROM THE HOLLAR, 'n UNMASKED REDACTIONS."


We're chockful of news of FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, FILM EVENTS, EARTH DAY - EARTH WEEK events, music news, news you won't find anywhere else, news of FREE WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS, other free fun stuff for everybody, and plenty to keep you busy with delightful sojourns into deep tuneage. We'll get serious (as serious as we get, anyway), but first, here's this:

It's Easter. Every bunny wants to get into the act.
(Our thanks to Murphy's Flaw Bluegrass band for the vintage image.)



☆  The Main News -- though you might find it no place but here...



4)   FREE ON-DEMAND SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING FOR ARTISTS,  FOR A LIMITED TIME; "How to Become a Social Media Ninja in Under an Hour" with Rick Ruskin, available now



7)   CAJUN-ZYDECO-BLUES: FREE ONLINE VIDEO COLLECTION; Because we all need the joy and energy of Lou'siana swamp music

  Earth Day - Earth Week Special Features...







  News that isn't getting covered, and Views on things...




We bring you a big "bulldog" edition.  (That's an old newspaper phrase. Really!)
But this IS too much for one basket.

Everything ABOVE is here, in the NEWS edition.

In the OTHER HALF, the companion, EVENTS, edition, you'll find...
  Music Features, FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, Special Screenings & EVENTS...
The companion, EVENTS, edition -- the OTHER HALF -- is a click away, at:

There, you'll find:

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

22) ONGOING EVENTS -- some ending soon, some impending


Stay here for the NEWS edition. Go there for the EVENTS edition.


Let's get started!


Opening section:

☆  The Main News -- though you might not find it anyplace but here...


# 1 feature... 


Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, tell us, "Mollify, pacify, appease, and placate all mean 'to ease the anger or disturbance of,' although each implies a slightly different way of pouring oil on troubled waters."

The oil on those waters is about to burn. Our advice is, everybody outta the pool. Go find some rejuvenating tuneage.

Besides, we're what, twenty hours since the Mueller Report was pre-spun and then released. (It got the spin cycle before it got the wash cycle.) And the talking head / cult of personality / singularity focusers / head distractors to protect the corporate agendas / aka "news anchor - show hosts" of cable...


So, we will summarize, for you, the Mueller Report's findings about the Commander-in-Tweet in just twelve words:

"He isn't guilty of obstructing justice only because nobody followed his orders."


Knock yerself out. Here it is, courtesy of the nonpartisan Common Cause:

The internet had a lot more fun with Attorney General Barr's pre-release press conference. Barr, who is supposed
to be the lawyer for the people of the United States, spun the report no one had yet seen, as if he were the
defense attorney for the occupant of the White House (and more often, the golf course). Most fun of all was had with Deputy AG Rosenstein's "hostage stare," and "the bearded guy who looked like a Confederate general."


# 2 feature... 


Today marks the 24th anniversary of the OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. On April 19, 1995, a former soldier deeply influenced by the literature and ideas of the radical right detonated a truck bomb on a delayed timer that allowed him to escape. (We avoid publishing the names of heinous criminals, so as not to memorialize them.)

The resulting explosion destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It killed 168 people, including babies in a day care center, and injured 675 others, some crippled for life.

On the footprint of the Murrah Building is a memorial operated by the
Nat'l Park Service. On its lawn are 168 empty chairs. Each stone
chair bears the name of one of the 168 people killed by the bombing.
Drawing upon a massive news archive of the events, including more than 60 hours of audio from jailhouse interviews with the bomber, the award-winning PBS "American Experience" documentary "Oklahoma City" traces the events that led the bomber to his murderous act on that day. It recounts the stories of survivors, first responders, U.S. Marshals, FBI investigators, and journalists who covered the attack.

Click either image to enlarge it.
"Oklahoma City" is available on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google Play, and those who have bought the "PBS Passport" already know how to watch it free.

But we can't stop there. Because this is a past that can happen again, and it is far more likely to revisit our shores than any act of foreign-based terrorism. Acts of intimidation, manifesting in far more open expressions of both anti-minority and anti-immigrant white nationalism, and (Jussie  Smollett aside) other manifestations of violent racism, are all on the rise over the past two years. That's throughout America, along with parts of Europe. And in Israel and America, the titular heads of state have fomented it. (Doubters can check FBI Crime Statistics and those of domestic and global human rights groups.)

For some inscrutable reason, corporate media and politicians collude in a conspiracy of denial that forbids labelling these acts as terrorism. Perhaps that's because the warconomy needs that word to justify ever-more replacement of diplomacy with military-backed regime change -- to export shockingly violent acts to other people's countries.  And to employ a standard response of "praying for the victims" instead of finding ways to end domestic terrorism -- especially when assault weapons are involved.

A common factor in the marked rise of violence -- along with America's adduction to owning military combat weapons and failing to treat what combat does to our veterans -- is another factor. It's one that's emphasized in a new documentary film, this one a short. It focuses on the literature and ideas of the radical right that motivated the Oklahoma City bomber, and continues to manifest in violent and murderous acts that never seem to be called terrorism.

Asking, "Could a single book inspire deadly terror?" the digital short, "The Turner Diaries," chronicles adherents to the book and the crimes -- including 200 murders -- they have committed. This new short film also interviews J.M. Berger, an expert and -- in odd academic speak -- "extremism fellow" at The Hague. It reveals rare footage of "The Turner Diaries" author William Pierce. You can watch it at:

And yes, Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. Mainstream media appears to be focused on that, but not on Oklahoma City. So we chose the latter.


# 3 feature... 


This is in the events calendar, but we didn't want you to miss it. Here's a copy with prominent placement.

Mon-Fri, Apr 22-26, FREE:
Noon-1:30 pm - "OUR L.A. VOICES" presents FREE "LUNCHTIME WORKSHOPS," Grand Park's prelude event for "Artists & Aspiring Artists" before the 2nd annual "OUR L.A. VOICES: A POP-UP ARTS+CULTURE FEST," happening Apr 27 & 28, 11 am-5 pm,  and also FREE.
REGISTER FREE, in advance, for any of these free weekday opportunities, using the individual link for each.
*  PARKING VALIDATIONS (for Lot 10, 145 N Broadway) are available for workshop attendees (and that's 'UGE, given what parking costs!)
*  You can also ride the Red/Purple line subways to Civic Center/Grand Park Station if that works better for you (during EARTH WEEK, hint-hint).
• Mon, Noon-1 pm, "The Artist's Compass with Rachel Moore: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and Living in the Performing Arts" at the L.A. Law Library - register at:
• Mon-Tue, "Feminist Acting Workshop with Gina Young" at the Music Center Annex - register at:
• Tue, noon-2 pm, "Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Copyrights and Trade Secrets" presented by the L.A. Law Library Business Series - register at:
• Wed, noon-1:30 pm - "Artists Thriving Into Retirement: Visioning and Tools to Get You on Track" presented by Jennifer Cuevas and Angie Sharma at the L.A. Law Library - register at:
• Wed-Fri, "Dance Movement Activism with Shamell Bell" on Grand Park Community Terrace - register at:
• Thu, noon-1:30 pm - "Basic Branding & Marketing for Artists" presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation, facilitated by Katrina Frye, at the L.A. Law Library - register at:
• Fri, noon-1:30 pm - "Funding Your Next Arts Project" presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation, facilitated by Katrina Frye, at the L.A. Law Library - register at:
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE and include validated (free) parking (see above) but don't dawdle -- get registered before they fill-up!


# 4 feature... 


"How to Become a Social Media Ninja in Under an Hour" with Rick Ruskin, available now.

The Indie Contact Newsletter / Indie Bible publishing folks up in Ottawa have an offer for musicians that comes with a kick in the pants.

They begin by asking, "Are you prepared to be put in your place (in an eye-opening, 'I needed to hear this' kind of way)?"

Of course, that question is purposeful. And part of the kick in the pants is, you must act PROMPTLY to get your access pass, good for only 48 hours from the moment you click the link.

That'll get you free access for 48 hours to the online session with RICK BARKER, the manager of artists who have included TAYLOR SWIFT.

So, here's your 48-hour-access ticket to "How to Become a Social Media Ninja in Under an Hour" FREE, on-demand training:

The Ottawa folks say, "EVERY Musician needs a 'Rick' in their back pocket...


"He's NOT afraid to call you out on what's holding you back from growing your career...

"And in his training, he gives you the fierce-but-friendly shove you need, so you can STOP telling yourself all the reasons why you 'can't.'

"Just a head's up... Your ticket allows you to watch this training for 2 days ONLY!

"So be sure to catch his training now!

"If he can help hundreds of indie artists around the world, he can help you too..."


# 5 feature... 


Coast-to-coast events to follow the kick-off; BLAKE SHELTON will join in celebration gala May 31st
The organization's volunteer musicians have performed for more than 700,000 individuals -- patients, families and caregivers -- at hospital besides and in healthcare facilities ranging from children's hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals, and hospices, nationwide.

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Major artists including Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba McEntire, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more have all supported Musicians On Call.

"Musicians on Call" (MOC) is an exemplary nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Looking forward as well as back, it's hosting a 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration in Nashville on Friday, May 31 at the CMA Theater.

The event will celebrate the organization's two decades of delivering the healing power of music NATIONWIDE and the event will feature a headlining performance by Warner Music Nashville star Blake Shelton, plus an opening set from label mate Cale Dodds.

The nonprofit will present its first "Lifetime Achievement Award," together with "Leadership In Music Award" and "Music Heals Award" at special celebration event at the CMA Theater in Nashville.

The Honorees

SHANE TARLETON, longtime MOC supporter and SVP of Artist Development for Warner Music Nashville, will be recognized as the organization's first "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient at the event for his decade-long support of MOC as an Advisory Board Member. Shane is being recognized for his commitment to music and health causes throughout Nashville, including his volunteer service with Musicians On Call at Alive Hospice and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

CHARLIE COOK, VP/Country Formats, Cumulus Media, Operations Manager/Cumulus Media-Nashville, and Program Director/WSM-FM, will receive the "Leadership in Music Golden Ukulele" in gratitude for the support Cumulus and Nash FM has given to MOC.

LAUREN ALAINA, Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist, will receive the "Music Heals Award" thanks to her commitment to volunteering at Musicians On Call's "Bedside Performance Program."

Nationwide Celebration Events Kick-off in Nashville

The celebration will begin with an exclusive VIP reception at the CMA Theater, followed by performances by Dodds and a full-band set from Shelton.

A silent auction will be open to event attendees and the general public; check the MOC website for details:

If you can get there, a limited number of tickets will be available to the public starting on sale Fri, April 26 at 10 am (CT). Pre-sale begins Wed, April 24 for existing Musicians on Call volunteers and supporters. Tickets, and limited sponsorship opportunities, are available at

MOC's Record: Making a Difference

"Over the past 20 years we've brought the healing power of music to over 700,000 people in hospitals nationwide. A single song has the ability to lift a patient's spirit unlike anything else and science has proven that music does actually help patients heal," said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin.

He continued, "It's been an honor to bring this experience to facilities nationwide and we could not have done it without the support of our community, volunteers and artists who generously give their time and talents to brighten someone's day, especially champions like Shane Tarleton, Charlie Cook and Lauren Alaina. What better way to celebrate this milestone than with music icon, Blake Shelton!"

The Musicians on Call 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration is sponsored by City National Bank, Outback Presents, Warner Music Nashville, OnSite, HCA, RIAA, UMG Nashville, YouTube, Cumulus Media and John and Stephanie Roberts.

Events After Nashville

Musicians On Call will also host special celebratory events coast-to-coast, starting with the kick-off concert in Nashville.

This fall, MOC will honor its founders and many supporters from throughout its 20 years at a gala celebration in New York City.

Leading up to the gala celebration, MOC will host celebrity hospital visits, a 20th anniversary auction, social challenge and its first-ever 20-day fundraising challenge. Throughout the year, MOC will be posting its favorite "MOC Moments" using #MOC20 and encourages supporters to post their favorites as well.

MOC began with its first "Bedside Performance Program" in New York in 1999, co-founded by music industry entrepreneurs Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary, and has since expanded across the country with programs in 20 major markets.

Fans of the TV show, "Turning Point" will recall the episode devoted to Musicians on Call in New York City. You can find and watch it in the archive at

MOC's "Bedside Performance Program" first came to Nashville in 2007. Since then, it has performed for more than 155,000 individuals in local hospitals.

Through live, in-room performances for patients who are undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, MOC's volunteer artists add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility.

Info on the organization and HOW TO GET INVOLVED, at:


# 6 feature... 


Not long after our last edition
was published, we began to add late-breaking news that Notre Dame in Paris was on fire. We made several late additions and they included coverage that beat most corporate Big Media sources in both timeliness and content. We brought readers the perspective of structural engineers and fire investigators long before mainstream media's gasping and gawking gave way to asking meaningful questions. We continued to cover the story for the first twenty-four hours after the fire first broke out (until Big Media finally began to catch-up). All our coverage of that first 24 hours is still there, if you'd like to go back, have a look, and judge for yourself:

As the singing continued, instrumentalists joined the gathering.
Shocked Parisians and tourists found comfort and camaraderie.
Here, we want to reprint a tiny portion of that coverage. It's the part about the healing power of music -- and that makes it something for every time and circumstance. Here it is.

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

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

Watch that video in their article, at:

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

"Hearts all over the world are with you, Paris. Vive la Notre Dame."


# 7 feature... 


Because we all need the joy and energy of Lou'siana swamp music

ZYDECO BRAD, recently retired editor of the monthly Cajun-zydeco performance calendar and news, sent us links for his extensive YouTube Channel. It contains some of his favorite Cajun and Zydeco live music performance / dance videos.

Check them out! If you're into dancing, you'll find some new moves. If you're not a dancer, have fun exploring the tuneage. You'll see who does what with the fiddle, accordion, rubboard and whatever else, and enjoy the scenes of bunches of Louisiana-based bands in action.

The main link to Brad's YouTube channel is at the bottom, if you want to bookmark it to gradually work your way through the collection.

 Otherwise, each listing is a separate performance. Something of a grab bag of links without knowing the band until you get there, but that makes it more fun!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

(That's the Cajun French phrase literally translated from the English expression "Let the good times roll.")

Master link to Zydeco Brad's channel:


# 8 feature... 


The 28th annual "South Bay's Best" sponsored by the Daily Breeze newspaper lets you vote for places there and performers you know who are based there.

The competing "Best of the Beach," determined by readers of the Easy Reader News, has already published ITS choices for 2019. You can read THAT -- and get ideas for voting in the still "tbd" honors -- at:

Back to voting.

Voting in the Daily Breeze "South Bay's Best" runs NOW through Tuesday, April 30. Do prepare, because you must vote for a minimum of ten things for your vote to count. (We take you through some ideas and ways to approach it, below.)

Just sign up with your email (no password required) at

Voting is underway in the Daily Breeze recognitions.
After you verify your email address, you'll have your choice of several categories. Key among them, you can choose "Places" from the list of categories. On one track there, scroll down to "Night Spot/Live Entertainment." There, you might want to type-in "Grand Annex" or "Alvas Showroom" or one of the area's performing arts centers or a favorite haunt with fine tuneage.

Under the same category of "Places," you can also take another track and scroll down to "Performance Venues." There, think about places where you've enjoyed live music, musical theatre, stage plays, or whatever you're into. For example, you may want to type-in "Warner Grand Theatre," or "Torrance Performing Arts Center," or "Alvas Showroom," or any of many others you prefer.

Think broadly for both categories. "Night Spot/Live Entertainment" and "Performance Venues" can sometimes be played either way. Irish pubs with live music are easy to find in that region, so consider where you've enjoyed a pint and tuneage.

Eateries include places like Redondo Beach's Ragin Cajun, which presents live Cajun-zydeco and even an annual festival, and they do catering. (They won Easy Reader's "Best Cajun Restaurant" in "Best of the Beach.") And there's San Pedro's Whale & Ale restaurant, a longtime live music venue. Or maybe you'd rather vote for the latter in the "Night Spot/Live Entertainment" category.

Fans of Andy & Renee and their full band, Hard Rain (repeat winners of Easy Reader's "Best Local Band" in "Best of the Beach," and sponsors of the superb annual "Dylanfest" in Torrance, in the South Bay) may want to reward the places they perform with votes for "their" venues.

When voting for artists in these Daily Breeze honors, you'll need to click the "Write-in" tab, and vote in the "People" box. We just suggested one option, and you should remember that genuine blues legend Bernie Pearl lives in Long Beach, and blues/jazz vocalist and icon Barbara Morrison performs in her own theatre (and presents a spectrum of shows) in the South Bay.

The "Events" tab lets you type-in a festival in that part o' the whirled.

"Places" allowed us to type-in the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro, with its ever-better museum program and very dedicated volunteer crew. The Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, a museum that still puts to sea, also qualifies. So does the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse Park, or Ports O' Call Village. But you only get to name one.

Beyond that, you're on your own. But DO vote, and remember, you need to have the names on hand to type-in for at least ten items. The South Bay is rich in arts and music venues and artists, and good eats, and there are plenty that deserve new or continued recognition to keep on keepin' on!


Next section: 
☆  Earth Day - Earth Week Special Features...

We take an activism-oriented approach here. There are things YOU can do!  Of course there are MANY more things to do than the ones we present here with links to follow and petitions to sign -- plus places to meet like-minded folks, over in our EVENTS listings.

MONDAY IS EARTH DAY. (Every day needs to be Earth Day,  if we want planetary survival of the biodiversity necessary to assure OUR future!) See the history -- who started it -- in Monday's EVENTS.

Wednesday is the release of the "STATE OF THE AIR REPORT" from the American Lung Association. Any bets Big Media covers it?


# 9 feature... 


Okay, so it's a link, not a feature story. Unless you click the link. There, you'll find all kinds of practical tips for saving energy and avoiding making as a big a toxic trail as most people do.


The Monarch Butterfly population has suddenly surged by 144%. But years of decline mean they're still in trouble.


# 10 feature... 


On Saturday, April 20, "National Park Week 2019" kicks off with a fee-free day. ALL national parks will waive their entrance fees on that one day, so GO, already!

This year, April 20 through 28, national parks across the country celebrate "National Park Week 2019" with a variety of special events.

There’s no better time to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque or to learn about the incredible resources and histories preserved in these special places.

The celebrations and information exchanges with the national park community (everyone from visitors to rangers) are ongoing in the Twitter chat at  #FindYourPark

There's an even BETTER way to make a plan where to visit and participate this summer, or this coming week.  Just get your


These 11 FREE DOWNLOADS (plus waay MORE clickable resources) are filled with travel tips and information on what not to miss. There are separate guides for everything from hiking to going green and riding the train to get to the park you want to visit.

You can download:

¤ National Park Owner's Guide (detailed maps, travel tips, inside info on all 400+ Nat'l Parks)

¤ Road Trippin' (15 different long getaway weekend ideas)

¤ Recharge in the Parks (tips on how to start replenishing and refreshing your mind, body, and spirit in a nat'l park)

¤ Urban Playgrounds (a list of parks within or close to 24 major U.S. metropolitan areas)

¤ I Heart Parks (favorite parks for romantic adventures)

¤ Gimme Shelter (remote island inns to secluded campsites)

¤ Happy Trails (25 unforgettable hikes w/ age-ability notes & general hiking tips)

¤ Parks for Play (showcases 35 national parks experiencex specifically for kids and families)

¤ The Places Nobody Knows ( hidden gems of the nat'l parks)

¤ National Parks by Rail (travel tips, maps, and more; and since Amtrak's new airline-shill boss won't print train timetables any more, this is really valuable!)

¤ Winter Wonderlands (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, stargazing, sledding, in 15 nat'l parks)

Plus bunches of topics in "TRAVEL IDEAS FROM THE BLOG."

You only need one link for this one-stop resource to discover your national parks with all those FREE guide downloads, courtesy of the non-profit "National Park Foundation." Get 'em at:


# 11 feature... 


Sadly, the Democratic Party Establishment pays lip service, but won't get serious.
Would you believe the Democratic National Committee does not want to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate focused on climate change?

They have absolutely no plan or intention of doing that, even though the Dem presidential candidates WANT it. So, once again, It's up to "we, the people" to force the Political Establishment to act.

The Guide's editor has sent letters to the leaders of the Democratic Party about their failure to support a meaningful "Green New Deal." We have called them out for their repeated failures to support the pro-environment, pro-species-survival efforts of individual office holders from their own party. Our message?

"You may be sincere in your advocacy for a plethora of actions across a spectrum of issues. But unless you take immediate and effective action to reverse climate change, everything else you do is re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic."

You can sign the new petition calling on the DNC to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate FOCUSED ON CLIMATE CHANGE. We have signed and support it. Will you join us?

(The petition sponsor, CREDO Action, is a global peace and environment organization with a good track record of effective political action.)


# 12 feature... 


The folks at "Do L.A." just published their choices for favorite trails, noting that wildflower blooms, Earth Day, and Earth Month, combine to make it the best time to explore the great outdoors. Since we've always headed for the high country of the Sierra or the high San Gabriels, we enjoyed seeing that their list has lots of places much closer to urban centers, including places we've yet to go.

We'll add that you need to watch for snakes, and if you're camping overnight, you need a bear barrel for your food and anything that smells sweet, like toothpaste, deodorant, and lip balm.

Here's their trail picks:


# 13 feature... 


by Chelsea Matthews

"Fact is, way more chocolate and candy is sold for Easter than for Halloween! And that means more rainforest and habitat is destroyed to make ‘em."

When I was a kid, my parents didn’t have to worry about palm oil from rainforest destruction.

We dyed eggs the night before Easter and woke up the next morning to baskets filled with fake grass, jelly beans, and the real prize, what my folks called “a little something” — some silly putty, superballs or crayons.

Wait, what? Why are you telling us this? Why am I scared? WHY AM I TALKING TO MYSELF? You’re gonna make me say it? Sigh. I just want to think of happy bunnies and pretty Easter eggs…


Candymakers Nestlé, Mars, Mondelēz and Hershey’s made a commitment to end rainforest destruction, but they aren’t doing a good job of monitoring deforestation to keep Conflict Palm Oil out of their treats.

And they must.

For years, RAN [Rainforest Action Network] and our partners have been monitoring candymakers’ supply chains in Indonesia’s endangered Leuser Ecosystem — a region so critical that we’ve been monitoring the implementation of palm oil commitments and using satellite imagery to track where forests are burned or bulldozed. But that should NOT be our job — it’s up to these international corporations, making billions in profits, to track where rainforest destruction is taking place so they can stop it and keep it out of our treats.

Fact is, way more chocolate and candy is sold for Easter than for Halloween! And that means more rainforest and habitat is destroyed to make ‘em.

Once again now: candymakers make billions and billions of dollars in profits. It’s their responsibility to know what’s happening to forests and to STOP the destruction for Conflict Palm Oil!

Chelsea Matthews, who signs, "In solidarity with rainforest-loving peeps everywhere," is a Forest Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco.

She invites you take action, and "Call out the Candymakers," at:

The Guide's editor adds:

Rain forest destruction is a key driver of climate change. Politicians and corporatists talk of taking bold action on a spectrum of problems, but... The fact is, unless climate change is REVERSED, anything else we do is re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.


# 14 feature... 


by Kate Melges, Greenpeace

Yesterday, I was outside Nestlé’s United States corporate headquarters with... a giant plastic monster! (See photo.)

Plastic monster, made entirely of trash floating in the ocean.
In 2018 alone, Nestlé was responsible for creating nearly 4 billion pounds of single-use plastic packaging that in many cases is not recyclable or reusable — instead it will end up as waste forever haunting our planet!

We need to strike while the iron is hot. Will you help us tell Nestlé how dire the plastic pollution crisis truly is? Call Nestlé right this moment at 1-888-918-6672 and tell them they must phase out their reliance on single-use plastic packaging, and move to refillable and reusable options.

I cannot bear to see another headline about communities overrun by the global waste trade – or another dead whale with a gut full of plastic. So my friends and I called out Nestlé at its office with a giant monster made with discarded Nestlé packaging. If you feel like I do, please join us by calling out Nestlé over the phones.

Calling is easy, takes less than two minutes, and is one of the best ways to make sure Nestlé is listening. Just follow these simple steps:

Dial 1-888-918-6672. Listen to a short message from Greenpeace. We’ll then patch you through to Nestlé’s customer service line.When you’re connected, be polite and say what you think about Nestlé’s plastic packaging. Here is a suggested script:

"Hi, my name is __________ and I’m calling from (your CITY &  STATE). I’m very concerned by the massive amount of single-use plastic pollution and Nestlé is one of the largest global corporations that relies heavily on such packaging. I would like Nestlé to be an industry leader and phase out single-use plastic, while innovating bold, new solutions like refillable and reusable packaging. Thank you!"

You can also send a message demanding an end to single-use plastic on Nestle's Facebook.

Not on Facebook? No problem, you can send a message on Instagram or Twitter.

Nestlé needs to hear from you right now. You’ve already joined millions signing petitions demanding an end to its single-use plastic and spreading the word on social media. They know they’ve created a problem, but they don’t want to be the ones to solve it. The solution, however, is in their hands, and the time is now. Nestlé must make the switch to systems of reuse.

For a plastic free future,

Kate Melges
Senior Plastics Campaigner, Greenpeace USA

Editor's note: of course, it's not just one company. 

EVERY MINUTE (of every hour,  every day), a monster-sized load of plastic — the equivalent of a truckload — enters the ocean. 

For a global map of plastic in the oceans, see the next feature.


# 15 feature... 


ESA -- the European Space Agency -- wants your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems.

Really and truly, they do.

Pause a second and think: who, among our blue planet's infestation of human presence, is more passionately creative than our artists?

See why they're asking You?

History provides plenty of examples of artists with bold ideas that revolutionize everything, and collaborations (intentional or not) that allow designers, engineers, and scientists to use ideas that were hatched in the minds of artists. Quick example: comedian Steve Allen developed the design concept for the first artificial heart.

Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson has said, "Science without art doesn't mean anything, and therefore cannot sustain the motivation to go on. The artist who cares about science is essential to everything."

Through the "Open Space Innovation Platform," a new challenge-based website, ESA is hunting-out bright ideas in two areas. You may be the creative innovator with the key idea to:

(1) monitor the flood of plastic waste polluting the oceans, or

(2) to improve the self-steering abilities of ships.

Topic 1:
Detecting and monitoring plastic marine litter

With about ten million metric tonnes of plastic entering the ocean each year. Wildlife and ecosystems are suffering. And the economic impact on coastal communities, tourism and fisheries, is huge. 

Monitoring this plastic is incredibly difficult from Earth’s surface, as it’s impossible to see a lot of the ocean at once. 

Space represents a more promising vantage point; but satellites cannot detect plastic marine litter - at least, not yet.

Plastic litter in global oceans. Click to enlarge.
“We want to be able to directly detect and track seaborne plastic using satellites,” explains ESA’s Paolo Corradi, who is overseeing the hunt for new ideas to monitor plastic litter. “Not only would this have a drastic impact from a scientific viewpoint, but such an overview would also contribute to preventing the increasing amounts of plastic marine litter worldwide, and even reducing the amount that is currently in our oceans.”

Solutions to plastic litter could include measuring plastic concentrations, identifying how the litter is transported around the world, and identifying sources and sinks of plastic marine litter. ESA welcomes innovative ideas that support the detection and monitoring of different types of plastic, both for the oceans and freshwater systems.

Topic 2:
Enabling harbor-to-harbor autonomous shipping

ESA is also seeking ideas that would contribute to enabling the increased adoption of autonomous shipping. This could significantly lower shipping costs, increase safety, solve anticipated crew shortages, and improve working conditions.

Leading the search for ideas, ESA’s David Jimenez expands, “Autonomous shipping relies on accurate and continuously-available navigation support, as well as up-to-date information from Earth observation satellites. However, existing satellite navigation systems alone are not enough, especially for ships coming into highly-trafficked ports where precision is essential, as well as those in the Arctic.”

Autonomous shipping supported from space.
Navigation satellites are only visible at low inclinations in high polar regions, and their signals can be disrupted by interference from the ionosphere, the electrically active segment of the atmosphere – the same phenomenon that creates the Northern Lights.

A variety of options exist for improving current techniques, including combining satellite data with terrestrial data to ensure worldwide coverage, and developing new satellite networks that can provide more accurate and guaranteed positioning. Furthermore autonomous shipping could be revolutionised with new systems designed specifically to monitor harbours, and through combining different systems using artificial intelligence.

“Ships are becoming increasingly independent, but so far complete autonomy has not been attainable,” continues David. “Achieving this aim would lead to more efficient and competitive shipping, whilst reducing the industry’s environmental impact.”

Image: How to use Click to enlarge.

The Discovery & Preparation Program

OSIP -- the Open Space Innovation Platform -- is run through ESA's Discovery & Preparation program, which forms part of ESA’s Basic Activities. Working with and across all ESA programs, Discovery & Preparation lays the groundwork for ESA’s short- to medium-term future activities.

“Via OSIP, we are addressing the most relevant challenges in space, and enabling parnters to work with ESA on activities that seek the best solutions,” concludes Ian Carnelli, Manager of ESA’s Discovery & Preparation activities.

Carnelli continues, “These activities could include studies, early technology developments and research co-sponsorships addressing novel and innovative subjects. So share your ideas with us through OSIP and help shape the future of space research.”

Really, check it out. We know an artist who, as an 11-year-old, invented the Auto Train concept years before the business world thought it up and built it. He was doing it with his American Flyer.

And we know an artist who drew pictures as a kid of balloon-launched and aircraft-launched space vehicles, decades before the aerospace industry envisioned and built them. (They work to save fuel because launch vehicle weight is reduced if you can get started for space from a high altitude where the air is very thin.)

Leonardo DaVinci is remembered by history as a great innovator and inventor. In his time, he was regarded as an artist -- a great artist, but an artist -- not an inventor, and few of his inventions were built until hundreds of years after he was dead.

Do you want to be a DaVinci after you're gone, or now? Your ideas may change the world. Get started. What are you waiting for?

All the links are at:


# 16 feature... 


This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the Hubble Space Telescope’s 29th anniversary in space. 

Each year the telescope dedicates a small portion of its precious observing time to take a special anniversary image, focused on capturing particularly beautiful and meaningful objects.

Launched April 24, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery, the orbiting reflecting telescope was initially useless because of a minor, but crucial, flaw in its huge mirror. Another space shuttle mission had to do something that was never thought possible: partial disassembly of the telescope by spacewalking astronauts. They placed an array of tiny corrective mirrors inside Hubble that functioned like a person being fitted with vision-correcting glasses. And additional shuttle missions performed challenging and unprecedented tasks to extend its capabilities, as well.

Hubble has since revolutionized how astronomers and the general public see the Universe. The images Hubble provides are spectacular from both a scientific and a purely aesthetic point of view.

This new image adds a lot of science and changes our understanding of the nebula, even as it demonstrates the telescope’s continued capabilities.

This peculiar nebula is one of the many objects that Hubble has demystified throughout its productive life. This, the Southern Crab Nebula, is so named to distinguish it from the better-known Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant visible in the constellation of Taurus.

The image reveals active, dynamic processes. It shows nested, hourglass-shaped, structures created by the interaction between a pair of stars -- a binary star system -- at its center.

The pair of stars is unequal and constantly changing. They are a red giant and a white dwarf. The red giant is shedding its outer layers in the last phase of its life before it, too, lives out its final years as a white dwarf.

Some of the red giant's ejected material is attracted by the gravity of its companion. When enough of this cast-off material is pulled onto the white dwarf, it also ejects the material outwards in an eruption, creating the structures we see in the nebula. Eventually, the red giant will finish throwing-off its outer layers and stop feeding its white dwarf companion. Prior to this, there may also be more eruptions, creating even more intricate structures.

But... Astronomers did not always know this. The object was first written about in 1967, but was assumed to be an ordinary star. That was until 1989, when it was observed using telescopes at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory. An image taken then showed a roughly crab-shaped extended nebula, formed by symmetrical bubbles of gas and dust.

These observations only showed the outer hourglass emanating from a bright central region that could not be clearly resolved.

It was not until Hubble observed the Southern Crab in 1999 that the entire structure came into view. That image revealed the inner nested structures, suggesting that the phenomenon that created the outer bubbles had occurred twice in the (astronomically) recent past.

It is fitting that Hubble has returned to this object twenty years after its first observation. This new image adds to the story of an active and evolving object and contributes to the story of Hubble's role in our evolving understanding of the Universe.

We noted that several space shuttle missions were tasked to perform rebuilds and maintenance that have kept Hubble functioning far beyond its designed lifetime. Sadly, with no similar manned space capabilities since abandonment of the shuttle program, Hubble's days are numbered, since no further maintenance can be performed.

Want more? Check out THIS:


(Our thanks to Bethany Downer, ESA/Hubble Public Information Officer in Garching, Germany, for much of the information used here.)


Next section:

☆  News that isn't getting covered, and Views on things...

And we are sticking with activism-oriented news.


# 17 feature... 

"In a democracy, people need to know if their government is interfering and subverting democracies and committing war crimes overseas. In a democracy, our courts should be busy prosecuting crimes EXPOSED by WikiLeaks, instead of turning the act of revealing them into some sort of crime to persecute and incarcerate the whistle-blower."


Press freedom isn't just for the easy cases. Let's look at the largely unreported facts, then we hope you'll want to join us in telling the UK not to extradite Julian Assange.

"Personal likeability should not be allowed to cloud a matter of such importance in principle. The alleged offense is of such a trivial nature as to make absurd any claim for extradition." -- comment from a supporter.

The US intelligence establishment has had it out for Assange since
Wikileaks published the source code the CIA uses to find those who
followed US law as whistleblowers inside the government. The Obama
Administration infamously prosecuted and imprisoned whistleblowers,
and the current president has sworn a vendetta against "leakers."
The U.S. government will argue in a London court that the United Kingdom should extradite WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to the United States to stand trial.

The Guide stands against corporate celebrity talking heads who seem fine with that, and we join WITH every major press freedom organization, to urge the UK: DO NOT extradite Assange, but free him.

Renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg
Is Wikileaks protected as a journalistic institution? We say yes,
along with all the leading organizations founded to protect a
free press. Because the law cannot pick and choose when gov-
ernment is embarrassed by inconvenient truths of illegal wars,
coups, interfering in foreign elections, and "regime change."
told The Real News Network this week:

"This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher... And if it’s successful it will not be the last. This is clearly a part of President Trump’s war on the press, what he calls the enemy of the state."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation added:

"Several parts of the indictment describe very common journalistic behavior, like using cloud storage or knowingly receiving classified information or redacting identifying information about a source."

The Freedom of the Press Foundation agrees:

"For years, the Obama administration considered indicting WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, before rightly concluding it could not do so without encroaching on core press freedoms. Now almost nine years in, the Trump administration has used the same information to manufacture a flimsy and pretextual indictment involving a 'conspiracy' to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — based entirely on alleged conversations between a journalist and source."

But... many prominent figures in the U.S. media, cheering Assange's arrest, display more loyalty to the U.S. government than to journalism or publishing. We must step-up in their absence and defend their institution.

We ask that you, as someone who values REAL news and what it takes to research, verify, and present it in the face of powerful interests who want it silenced, to join with us and stand up for a free press as the unfettered, unbought, Fo
urth Estate.

Let's not forget that Assange is being persecuted for a public service -- for which he spent the past several years in a single building in London. Civil rights attorney Chase Madar explained the importance of the documents that Chelsea Manning leaked and WikiLeaks published:

"Thanks to Manning’s alleged disclosures, we have a sense of what transpired in Iraq and Afghanistan... Thanks to those revelations we now know just how our government leaned on the Vatican to quell opposition to the Iraq War. We now know how Washington pressured the German government to block the prosecution of CIA agents who kidnapped an innocent man, Khaled El-Masri, while he was on vacation. We know how our State Department lobbied hard to prevent a minimum wage increase in Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest nation."

That list of things we know because of Manning and Assange can multiply 100-fold. BOTH OF THEM are now behind bars -- Manning is back in jail for contempt of court for her refusal to testify against Assange about events in 2010.

In a democracy, people need to know if their government is interfering and subverting democracies and committing war crimes overseas. In a democracy, our courts should be busy prosecuting crimes EXPOSED by WikiLeaks, instead of turning the act of revealing them into some sort of crime to persecute and incarcerate the whistle-blower.

That's why we, at the Guide, join with Roots Action to take a stand for freedom of the press and transparent government.

Join us in asking the government of the United Kingdom NOT to extradite Assange.

The petition says (in full):

To the UK government:

"Do not extradite Julian Assange to the United States. Set him free. He is a publisher. He has informed us about human rights abuses and crimes committed by the U.S. government overseas -- abuses that the U.S. government has tried to keep secret from us."

Add your name to the petition, at:

RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background links:

*  The Real News Network: "Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom"

*  Electronic Frontier Foundation: "Statement on Assange Indictment and Arrest"

*  Freedom of the Press Foundation: "The Trump administration’s indictment of Julian Assange threatens core press freedom rights"

*  David Swanson: "What Bradley Manning Means to Us"

*  Juan Cole: "Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World"

*  Roots Action:


# 18 feature... 


Each year, Time magazine publishes its choice for the "100 Most Influential People." We want to share a look at one of them.

On Wednesday, April 17, Time 100 named AOC -- New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez -- to their Time 100. And they gave Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, MA) the honor of writing the blurb about AOC.

In response, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez Tweeted, "Couldn't be more honored and humbled to read these words from a woman I admire so deeply. Thank you, Senator Warren, for your tireless fight for working families."

We agree with Time's pick. We could tell you why, but we think Senator Warren did just fine in that department, so we're reprinting this from the Time 100, as made into a nifty poster by the Bold Progressives organization:

Click image to enlarge.
Recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, "The majority of Americans are with us on the policies. Americans support Medicare for All, expanding Social Security benefits, gun reform, debt-free college, and a $15 minimum wage. Bold progressive values are popular EVERYWHERE. Together, we have the people. Together, with your help, we’ll have the votes."

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has made some tactical errors -- that's to be expected given her comp,ete lack of prior political experience. But she has been on the right side of many issues that matter. She reminds us of a real-life version of Jimmy Stewart's character in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," the Frank Capra classic. In that and all her genuine roots in achievement through hard work, she gives us faith that good people do still enter politics, and it need not be a game of thrones played by oligarchs, with the rest of us their pawns.

It's less than ten months to the California Primary -- moved-up from June to March of 2020, so Californians will have a key voice in picking the next president. (AOC isn't running -- she's too young. The Constitution says you must be 35 or older to be president.)


# 19 feature... 


Yes, the 2020 election seems a long way off -- though, for some, it can't get here soon enough.

There's s a very old political adage that originated with the labor union movement. It goes like this: "Organize, organize, organize."

The Bernie Sanders campaign isn't wasting any time. On April 27, they are holding overba thousand organizing sessions in communities large and small, nationwide.

Last go 'round, Bernie Sanders drew record crowds and mobilized young voters in greater numbers than any political candidate, ever, in American history. Yet the Democratic Party Establishment had preordained that Hillary Clinton would be their party's nominee, and they were willing to perform whatever internal string-pulling, deck-stacking, and acts of outright disenfranchisement of Sanders voters that they thought necessary to assure their candidate got the nomination.

Thus, when Sanders tells supporters, "This campaign is up against some of the most powerful political and economic institutions in this country," he isn't just taking about Republicans. He is addressing the clout of the comfortable corporatists who buy candidates, office holders, and party agendas to get what they want, across party lines.

Sanders continues, "They may have the money, but we have the people – and April 27 is our chance to show what we are capable of when millions of us come together."

The gaggle of Democrats vying for the party nomination is unprecedented. A major factor is the assumption that anybody who can wear the mantle of nominee will automatically beat Trump. While that is not a safe bet, at all, no candidate is better equipped than Bernie Sanders to understand just what his opponents are capable of doing. ALL of his opponents.

Thus, he's not just running. He's organizing, early.

His campaign's message of "Not me, us," is expanding to its potential supporters to say, "By joining an Organizing Kickoff event near you, you’ll be part of the work required to win this election. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other Bernie supporters in your area."

The contact with like-minded-folks card is in play. And a whole lot more that speaks directly to millenials, who now comprise the biggest voting block in the American electorate.

The political establishment just might not know what hit 'em.

Here's a simplified map of the Sanders organizing sessions on April 27.


# 20 feature... 


We'll make this a regular feature, starting in this edition. The idea is to keep important issues in the dialog, when the Big Media Singularity dismisses them.

Consumers around the world are spending less on almost everything. Even booze.

Shoppers in more than half of 64 countries surveyed said they expect economic conditions to worsen in the coming year.

Commander-in-Tweet vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war

The president called the measure “an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

Interesting, because the constitution gives warmarking powers solely to the congress.

The measure to end one of our endless wars/endless proxy wars had passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 247-to-175 and was approved by the Senate with the support of seven Republicans. But the latter is not sufficient to override the veto. So expect the record sales of both sophisticated weapons systems and dumb deadly ordnance to continue from the merchants of death of America's warconomy to the brutal regime in Saudi Arabia.


The Arbitrary Administration is making a beeline back to “fire and fury” with North Korea — and John “Bomb ‘em” Bolton is egging him on.

But there's a chance. South Korean president Moon Jae-in had meetings in D.C. last week, and he brought with him the Korean people’s mandate for peace.

Add your name to tell President Moon: We stand with you, we stand with the Korean people, and we stand for peace:

Win Without War is a program of the Center for International Policy.

"Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and the Need for a New Approach to Managing Wildlife"


Absolutely one of the best pieces you can read and share on how humans fail in our attitudes and interactions with wildlife and "managed" wild lands. A late addition here, published Sat, Apr 20 in "CounterPunch."



While US mainstream media is reporting this, we expect it will be shaded with the usual American pro-Christian spin. So here are a few facts:

•  No terror or political agenda group had yet taken "credit" as of 11 am PDT.

•  In the US, corporate Big Media is crazy with speculation assuming Muslims did it, and claiming the whole place is rampant with "anti-Christian discrimination and violence," though THAT should be challenged.

•  Christian churches holding Easter services, and hotels catering to foreign tourists, were the targets.

•  Sri Lanka's population makes no such assumption obvious. The nation is:
     70%   Buddhist
     12%   Hindu
     9.7%  Muslim
     7.4%  Christian

•  It does not appear related to the anniversary of the brutal Sri Lankan civil war that ended in a peace settlement ten years ago today. That conflict had seen usually peace-advocating Buddhists fighting with Hindus for control of the country.

•  British rule of India included Ceylon -- what is now the independent island nation of Sri Lanka. The British colonization of Ceylon ended over 2300 years of Sinhalese monarchy rule on the island. British rule ended in 1948 when the country gained independence, along with the division of mainland India into the separate nations of India and Pakistan. (The latter would later split into Pakistan and Bengla Desh.)

•  Sri Lanka is a poor nation known for its natural beauty, its colorfully vibrant multiethnic culture and its fusion of exciting cuisines. Those things are celebrated in Los Angeles at an annual "Sri Lanka Festival," due in 2019 on Saturday, July 20, in the plaza in front of Pasadena City Hall.

•  Sri Lankan expatriots remain proud of their heritage, retaining the moniker of "Lions" of "The Lion Nation." Though that animal is not indigenous to the island, it is their identity, and appears on the national flag.

•  At home, Sri Lanka became a leader in chosing to promote tourism over destructive exploitation of its forest's exotic varieties of woods.

•  Tourism is hugely important to its economy. In April, Sri Lanka's government announced free visas for Americans on arrival in the country. Obviously, the terrorist acts that happened today are an existential threat to a tourist economy.

Sri Lanka's  national banner, the Lion flag.
UPDATE, April 22:
Two Americans killed in the Sri Lanka bombings have been identified. They are Dieter Kowalski, a 40-year-old technician from Denver, and Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a fifth-grader at the highly selective Sidwell Friends school in Washington, D.C. CBS News reports that at least four Americans were killed in the bombings.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria wrote Monday:

"After the horrific Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, The Soufan Group links them to a global spread in Salafi-jihadist extremism, noting that both ISIS and al-Qaeda 'have long viewed South Asia as fertile ground to gain new territory and recruits, and militant propaganda has highlighted injustices against Muslims in Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, and Sri Lanka.'

"The bombings may remind some of Sri Lanka’s history of conflict—its civil war ended in 2009—but in a New York Times op-ed, Randy Boyagoda points out that Sri Lanka’s divisions have been ethnic, not religious, and that the island has a long tradition of religious pluralism. With Sunday’s attacks, Sri Lanka has gained 'membership in a global conflict that is at once fresh and familiar,' he writes."

LATE ADDITION, Monday, April 22nd:


On Tuesday, April 23, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case that will determine whether an unprecedented question about citizenship will appear on the 2020 Census. The Court will examine whether the Commerce Department’s decision to add a "citizenship question" was arbitrary and capricious, and whether it violates the Constitution’s requirement of a once-a-decade count of ALL people in the United States.

The case can only argue whether the citizenship question is arbitrary. In fact, it is a deliberate addition, aimed at intimidating iminorities who may not want their home addresses known in areas that are prone to intimidation, and it is chiefly aimed at immigrants -- even those with green cards -- who are, of late, afraid of being deported.

Thing is, the constitution requires a census that counts ALL people living anywhere in the US, regardless of their citizenship, and congressional and legislative districts are based on that.

How do we know? Because when America had "non-citizen" slaves, even they were counted for the purpose of getting more members of congress representing slave states. Slaves were infamously counted as "three-fifths" of their actual numbers -- oft cited as "three-fifths of a human being" -- but the lasting message is clear: even non-citizens are counted to determine representation. Another proof? Convicted felons who have lost voting rights and are barred from public office are still counted for purposes of representation.

But there are are certain interests who want to exclusively emphasize only certain races and religions, and intimidate others.

The high court's decision won't come for a while. But the lawyers' arguments and the questions the justices ask in Tuesday's session will tell us a lot.


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