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Thursday, January 30, 2020

What's doin' Thursday... Quick edition for Jan 30 2020

The weekend approaches, the Trumpertarians are about to ban testimony from the witnesses (the ones who actually know what happened) so they can exonerate their crooked commissar d'l'orange, and most of us are ready to scream. 

Time for a trek to temporary Tuneful bliss... an odyssey to the arts... an immersion in authenticity... a pull of the ripcord to escape discord...

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THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"The power to command frequently causes failure to think."

-- Barbara Tuchman, author and historian (born Jan 30, 1912, died 1989).

Today, Jan 30th, the Spitzer Space Telescope mission ends, as NASA celebrates the accomplishments of one of its "Great Observatories." Launched in 2003, it studied the universe in infrared light for more than 16 years, far longer than its designed mission. We owe a lot to Spitzer, and the excellent use of taxpayer dollars that made it possible. NASA's forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope, expected to launch in 2021, will see things even more precisely.
Artist's rendering of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in space. The background is
depicted in infrared light. Our eyes don't see it, but it's the light that Spitzer sees.
Newborn stars peek from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this moment in the
Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud, seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers call it
"Rho Oph" and it's one of the closest star-forming regions to our solar system,
about 407 light-years from Earth. (Both images: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Here are today's events.

Thu, Jan 30:
7:30 pm - HANNAH KIM, soprano performing a wide range of musical styles including opera, art songs, and musical theater, plays the first of the 2020 concert season at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Av, Fullerton CA 92833
*  Selected as one of the singers to accompany ANDREA BOCELLI in his 2009 west coast tour, she had the privilege of performing in some of the largest and most prestigious performing venues in the USA, lyric soprano Hannah Kim embraces a wide variety of musical genres including opera, art songs, oratorios, masses, musical theater, and cross-overs. She performs regularly with Pacific Chorale and the LA Chamber Choir.
*  She has sung under the baton of JOHN WILLIAMS at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate his decades of contribution to film music.
*  A California-based American soprano, Hannah has studied under the tutelage of renowned teachers Patricia Prunty, Naomi Farr, and Julie Wright-Costa.
*  Hannah made her international debut with the title role in "La Belle Hélène" in Périgueux, France in 2009. Since then, she has performed as a featured soloist in concerts and in a recital in Seoul, Korea, to an enthusiastic reception.
*  Her operatic repertoire includes "Little Women," "L'incoronazione di Poppea," "Die Zauberflöte," "Candide," "Yeoman of the Guard," and scenes from "Madama Butterfly."
*  TIX at 714-738-6595 or

7:30 pm - "THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF EURYDICE (AND ORPHEUS) IN OPERA" is "A Visions and Voices Signature Event" at USC, presented with L.A. Opera in Bovard Auditorium, on the University Park (main) USC campus, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles CA 90089
*  In anticipation of the world premiere of LA Opera’s "Eurydice," Visions and Voices presents an extraordinary event featuring its MacArthur “genius” grant-winning creators MATTHEW AUCOIN  (composer/conductor) and SARAH RUHL  (playwright). Joined by professor KENNETH REINHARD and singers from L.A. Opera’s YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM, the evening of musical performance and conversation will explore the original and ongoing role of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the history of Western opera and beyond.
*  “If contemporary opera has a rising wunderkind, then Aucoin has to be it.”–New York Times.
*  “Through her characters and her stories, [Sarah Ruhl] tackles big ideas with a voice that entertains and sets her apart from others.”– NPR.
*  Book signing with SARAH RUHL follows.

Thu & Fri, Jan 30 & 31:
8 pm - BETTMAN & HALPIN return from their Colorado home base to do two nights in their favorite Southern California haunt, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena CA 91001

*  Stephanie Bettman on fiddle and vocals, Luke Halpin on mandolin and guitar and whatever else he brings, ALWAYS delight, and ALWAYS sell-out here.
*  TIX, $25; make reservations promptly, 10 am-10 pm 7 days, at 626-798-6236.

Thu-Sun, Jan 30-Feb 2; LIVE THEATRE:
8 pm - “PICK OF THE VINE,” a collection of one-act plays chosen from over 670 submissions from around the world, brings choice offerings to the 2020 season at Little Fish Theatre, 777 S Centre St, San Pedro CA; 310-512-6030;
*  Thu, Fri, & Sat at 8 pm, plus Sunday at 2 pm features a talkback (Q&A with the casts, directors).
*  Closes Feb 2.
*  TIX, $28 general, $26 seniors, and $15 for those 25-and-under who can recite the word “Hipster.” All prices plus $1 ticket service fee.



Continuing Events


ONGOING, Jan 14-Feb 16:
"THE LAST SHIP," the acclaimed musical stage production written by STING, plays in the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown L.A., 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles, CA 90012
*  "This unbelievable show has some of the best talent in the industry... The Last Ship consistently delivers the strongest stage performers around and has a track record of performing in front of sold out audiences..."
*  Enjoy a thorough review of the show in the South Bay "Easy Reader News" at:
*  Photo of Sting as Jackie White. By Matthew Murphy, Easy Reader News.
*  WATCH A VID CLIP of the show on Broadway:
*  TIX at:

"MARGARITAVILLE," the new touring musical by JIMMY BUFFET, arrives in Southern California for a short run.

"DAY AFTER DAY (THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF DORIS DAY)" in its West Coast Premiere, produced by the P3 Theatre Company at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre (inside the Long Beach Scottish Rite Cultural Center), 855 Elm Av, Long Beach CA 90813
*  This is a brand new musical telling the dramatic personal life story of Doris Day through her music. Songs including "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Sentimental Journey," "Secret Love," "It’s Magic," "A Guy is a Guy," and "Que Sera, Sera," turned Doris Day into America’s Sweetheart.
*  Take a deep and personal look into this star’s dramatic personal life while appearing as the quintessential “girl-next-door” in Warner Bros. musicals.  Blending factual life events and her songs, this show is a love letter to this extraordinary icon.
*  Written by Tony Santamauro, starring Deborah Robin as Doris Day.
*  "(Deborah) Robin absolutely shines in her role, fully inhabiting Day’s perky demeanor and delicious voice from her early years as a big-band singer and top recording star– beginning with “Sentimental Journey” after World War II– through to her movie roles opposite leading men such as Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, and James Garner." -- Anita W. Harris, Signal Tribune.
*  TIX: 800-595-4849 or

"NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE," a series of productions filmed live on London's West End, screening at Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena CA 91106;
*  Boston Court, itself renowned for live theatre, brings these brilliantly filmed plays from across the pond; some have two dates, and the near-term one is sold-out; get tix early:
■  "ALL ABOUT EVE," starring GIllian Anderson:
Wed, Jan 29, 8 pm, get tix now.
■  "HAMLET" (encore), starring Benedict Cumberbatch:
Sun, Feb 2, 1:30 pm, get tix now.
  "FLEABAG," written & performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge; two dates:
Thu, Jan 30 - Sold out; Wed, May 20, 8 pm, get tix now.
  "PRESENT LAUGHTER," starring Andrew Scott; two dates:
Fri, Jan 31, Sold out; Wed, May 27, 7:30 pm, get tix now.
■  "ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS" (encore), starring James Corden; two dates:
Sat, Feb 1, 1:30 pm; Sat, May 16, 7:30 pm; get tix now, either date.
■  "THE AUDIENCE" (encore), starring Helen Mirren:
Sun, May 10, 1:30 pm, get tix now.
  "HANSARD," starring Alex Jennings and Lyndsey Duncan:
Tues, May 12, 8 pm, get tix now.
  "CYRANO DE BERGERAC" – New, starring James McAvoy; two dates:
Mon, May 18, 7:30 pm; Fri, May 22, 7:30 pm; get tix now, either date.
*  TIX, $20; Box Office, 626-683-6801, 11 am - 5 pm, Tue-Fri.

ONGOING, PODCAST, on-demand:
"RECORDING ARTISTS: RADICAL WOMEN" is a new podcast series from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In it, art historian HELEN MOLESWORTH explores the lives and work of six artists — ALICE NEEL, LEE KRASNER, BETYE SAAR, HELEN FRANKENTHALER, YOKO ONO, and EVA HESSE.
*  What was it like to be a woman making art during the feminist and civil rights movements? In this season of "Recording Artists," Molesworth delves into their lives and careers, spanning several generations. Hear them describe, in their own words, their work, relationships, and feelings about the ongoing march of feminism. Contemporary artists and art historians join the conversation, offering their own perspectives on the recordings and exploring what it meant—and still means—to be a woman and an artist. Share this with one who'll appreciate it.
*   HERE'S THE LINK. The whole series is here in individial episodes so you can pace yourself or binge it. You'll hear rare audiotaped interviews and fresh perspectives on what it meant — and still means — to be a woman making art:

ONGOING, through Feb 23; FREE:
11am-5 pm - "FALLEN FRUIT: SUPERSHOW!" at PDC Gallery, 8687 Melrose Av, West Hollywood CA
*  Runs Sun, Nov 24 through Feb 23; free.
*  Opening day Sunday features outdoor jamming, preceded by an artist talk with FALLEN FRUIT (aka DAVID BURNS and AUSTIN YOUNG), and Young will be taking his trademark portraits of whoever wants one inside the installation, plus music and apparently, cheerleaders.
*  This is "A gorgeous mile of fruit and flower garland wallpaper in a gradient of saturated hues containing within its two story installation multiple scenarios and vignettes of photography and ceramic, faux Grecian luxury statues, gilded mirrors, chaises and sundry objects. All of this exists in the mode of a secular temple to beauty, as well as a sort of public living room where communities are formed through the universal language of shareable fruit."
*  Might be the right thing for a memorable date.

ONGOING, through Mar 1:
“MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS 2019: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE” at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles CA 90049
*  This intends to be the first of many annual exhibitions that highlight the Getty Museum’s acquisitions made throughout the year.
*  Highlights key works of newly added art selected by the Museum's director. It includes ancient gems and sculpture; Renaissance and 19th-century paintings; Renaissance sculpture; medieval manuscripts; old-master drawings; and 20th-century and contemporary photography.
*  "It’s a small but succinct show, just one gallery, but with a variety of work, including [an] early Crucifixion in which our Lord appears to have four arms, a sort of biplane Jesus." -- Easy Reader News.
*  Open 10 am-5:30 pm Sun-Fri, Sat 10 am-9 pm, closed Mon.
Holiday closures: Dec 25, Jan 1; early closings Dec 24 & 31 at 4 pm; short hours Dec 23 & 30, 10 am-5:30 pm.
*  Free admission, parking costs. Info, 310-440-7300 or
"When the sea shall give up her dead."
The many displayed artifacts recovered
from the ocean floor include the
Stele of Thonis-Heracleion (SCA 277),
loaned by the National Museum of Alexandria –
IEASM excavations. Photo by Christoph
Gerigk ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

ONGOING, through May 29:
“INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: BUGS” opened mid-Dec at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Bl, Palos Verdes Peninsula CA
*  Gawd, we love experiential learning. Whichever journey Garden visitors decide to take, they are transformed into that bug – literally (via props).
*  This program interactively educates visitors about the butterflies, spiders, ants and bees that can be found in the Garden.
*  Full info, 310-544-1948 or

ONGOING, through April 12, daily:
10 am-5 pm - "EGYPT'S LOST CITIES" exhibition at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley CA 93065
*  Akin to your best fantasies of Atlantis, these are artifacts recovered from beneath the sea.
*  One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, two bustling cities of ancient Egypt slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.
*  These cities, before they sank beneath the waves, were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry.
*  Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization, but not the mystery -- or the breathtaking artifacts -- of what it was.
*  This exhibition runs Oct 5, 2019–Apr 12, 2020.
*  View the holiday tree exhibit (through Jan 5; see our listing) and the Air Force One Pavilion, along with this current special exhibition, all during one visit for the price of museum admission. But allow yourself PLENTY of time.
*  Open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
*  Facility features a nice cafeteria-style cafe.
*  TIX include the exhibition and the 125,000 square feet of all the permanent exhibits and displays, including Air Force One; you need to allow three to four hours to enjoy all of the galleries and grounds. Gen'l adm $29.95, discounts for youth, kids, seniors; active US military get in free. Free parking. Tix available in advance or at the door. It's worth adding the $7 "audio tour." Online adv. tix:

"THE FATHER" starring acclaimed actor ALFRED MOLINA in "a tour-de-force performance that will leave you breathless," at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Av, Pasadena CA 91101; 626-356-7529;
*  90 minutes, no intermission.
*  “Savagely honest … Hugely rewarding” -- The Guardian.
*  Directed by Boston Court Pasadena Artistic Director Jessica Kubzansky. Written by Florian Zeller, translated into English by Christopher Hampton.
*  About the play: André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
*  An Open Captioned performance is Sun, Feb 23 at 2 pm.
*  TIX: $25, less 20% off tickets with code MEMORY. Restrictions may apply.
*  TIX at




New, Jan 29th...

•  "THE BAND'S VISIT" STAGE MUSICAL at the Dolby Theatre, Jul 7-26.
*  PRIORITY PRESALE ends Jan 30, 11:59 pm. No special code needed.
*  The production features music and lyrics by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Itamar Moses, the Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by David Cromer, the Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award winner.
*  "One of my favorite musicals of all time!" - Rolling Stone.
*  Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at "THE BAND'S VISIT" — now a celebrated musical. "It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together."
*  Synopsis: In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.
*  TIX, during this special presale, at:

added Jan 28th...

•  CHEECH & CHONG, "The World’s Favorite Stoner-Hippie Comedy Duo,"
Pre-sale password TIX now available with passcode “smoke” (at either day's click links for Ticketmaster) for:
Jul 31 at The Canyon at The Saban in Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills CA 90211
Aug 1 at The Canyon at The Libbey Bowl, 210 S Signal St, Ojai CA 93023

•  EAGLES tribute by THE LONG RUN
TIX now available (click links for Ticketmaster) for:
Jul 3 at The Canyon Montclair, 5600 N Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair CA 91763
Jul 4 at The Canyon Agoura Hills, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills CA 91301

added Jan 21st...

•  Daryl Hall & John Oates
May 29: Hollywood Bowl
Password Pre-sale: Thursday, Jan 23, starting at 10 am
Password: MEMORIES
On sale to all, Friday, Jan 24 @ 10am

Tickets Here!

•  Steely Dan and Steve Windwood
June 8: Hollywood Bowl

Password Pre-sale: Thursday, Jan 23, starting at 10 am
Password: MEMORIES

On sale to all, Saturday, Jan 25 @ 10am 
Tickets Here!

•  KLOS & FHF’s St. Patty’s Day With Flogging Molly
Mar 17: The Hollywood Palladium

Tickets Here!



LINKS to recent editions
including NAMM news (so far)

(Much more NAMM news is forthcoming... give us time!)

☆  Wed, Jan 29: "Today is a fascinating date in history"

☆  Mon, Jan 27: "Monday: an international day of remembrance, a time to consider our world."

☆  Sun, Jan 26: "GRAMMY Day Sunday, with notes and live music alternatives"

☆  Sat, Jan 25: "Annual mega-multi-Museum FREE ADMISSION DAY"

☆  Jan 21: "January won't end when the calendar page turns."


☆  Jan 19: "Top honor for Joni Mitchell amidst 35th annual NAMM Tech Awards' comprehensive recognitions"

☆  Jan 17: "News from NAMM, day one"

☆  Jan 12: "A week of concerts and events, before the news from NAMM" (A very photo-heavy edition)

☆  Jan 8: "Special edition: We're Already Against the Next War."

☆  Jan 8: "2020: Ch-ch-ch-changes, and what's happening out there in the land of Musica Acoustica"

...a here are a few from our fully-archived December editions...

☆  Dec 25: "Merry Christmas. A few words. A few pictures."

☆  Dec 11: "Greta Thunberg named 'Person of the Year.' Special edition"

☆  " Impeachment: What it is, what it means, where we go from here. Dec 10 2019 special edition"

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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.

Find a comfortable spot by the 
wood stove, play a round or two 
of checkers, and we'll be along...

On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox?

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

Alright already, it's right down there...



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