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Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday events, quickie edition. March 6 2020

Whoa up, thar', pard! While You'll find good stuff here, this is NO LONGER THE LATEST edition.

LATE BREAKING NEWS, Friday, March 6, 4 pm Pacific time: SXSW CANCELLED. Austin, Texas had cancelled the 2020 South By Southwest Festivals and Conference due to concerns over the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The related events draw over 400,000 people per year from throughout the world. Local officials and event producers believe the risk to area residents and visitors alike cannot be justified given the rapid rate of spread and absence of effective treatment drugs.
     The Guide ran a detailed feature story evaluating whether this year's music festivals would be cancelled. You can read it in our previous edition.


Much more is in the works. But this would be delayed if we made you wait for that. So here ya go, with everything you need to know about today.

Today is Friday, March 6, 2020.

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

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach."

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet (born March 6, 1806, died 1861)


On this day...

"Remember the Alamo..."
     The seige of the Alamo ended today in 1836 after a thirteen-day siege, when the third assault by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops finally overwhelmed the 187-or-so Texas volunteers. The exact number of defenders is uncertain, and sadly, some died there whose identities will never be known.
     We do know they included frontiersman Davy Crockett and his band of Tennesseeans. That group of buckskin-clad woodsmen had come to Texas as settlers and instead found a revolution.
     Legendary rounder Jim Bowie, credited with inventing a massive knife, had been made a colonel upon signing-up. Texas militia colonel William Barrett Travis had been sent to evacuate the garrison and its precious cannon from the Alamo. Instead the two decided to stay and defend it in a strategic delay. The co-commanders assembled an assortment of Mexican-born and American-born volunteers who chose to die to enable a delay of the "invading" Mexican army.
     The defenders' intention -- to give the Texas rebellion time to build its own rag-tag army -- was fulfilled, though none at the Alamo would live past today to know it.
     The highly-organized, well-trained Mexican army was commanded by their nation's self-declared dictator. He, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, had thrown-out the Mexican constitution and declared himself "El Supremo" and "President of Mexico for Life."
     A dimension usually written-out of American narratives is this: Santa Anna's government had declared slavery abolished in Mexico, and that included the northern province of Tejas. Many American expatriates who had settled as invited colonists -- renouncing their US citizenship and swearing allegiance as Mexican citizens, under the Mexican constitution -- owned slaves they had brought with them to Tejas. A certain modern revisionist element tries to recast the Texas rebellion strictly as resentment by slaveholders determined to keep their human "property." It is a factor, but it is not deterministic.
     Back to what happened on March 6th. The Alamo -- an old Spanish mission -- was a sprawling walled compound far too big to be defended by so few men at arms, even with the abundant ammunition, gunpowder, and cannon they had.
     Santa Ana had ordered his trumpeters to sound "The Deguelo," meaning that all the defenders be killed, and thus all were, including those wounded and captured during the battle. As a result, "Remember the Alamo" became the call across the land, enabling Texas rebel commander Sam Houston to organize his army. Houston would use it to lure the arrogantly overconfident Santa Anna to defeat in the 18-minute-long Battle of San Jacinto. The captured dictator was forced to sign a treaty granting Texas status as a new nation, forever independent from Mexico.

200 years ago today...
     The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe today in 1820. The act allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and takes the detached northern part of Massachusetts away from that state, bringing it into the Union as the new state of Maine, a free state, keeping the balance of free and slave states in the Senate. It also makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory, North of Missouri's southern border, slavery-free. That assured that a future time would become untenable to slave states who would see their equal numbers erased. Thus, 42 years and six weeks later, America would fight its Civil War.
Along the road to that war, today in 1857, the US Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case, and Dred Scott was returned to slavery, even though he had been taken to a free state.

The long run...
     The world's longest-running scientific journal, "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society," published its first issue today in 1665.

FDR's "Four Freedoms," illustrated...
     Artist/illustrator Norman Rockwell publishes "Freedom from Want" in "The Saturday Evening Post" with a matching essay by Carlos Bulosan as the first of President Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" series, today during in the midst of World War II, in 1943. FDR had sought, in a radio "Fireside Chat," to define for Americans why its young men had been sent off to war, and what would be won for all Americans. Alas, FDR would die in office two years later, and the "Four Freedoms" remain an unfulfilled promise to this day.

Assassination, illustrated, burned into the brain...
     For the first time, the Zapruder film of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience, today in 1975, by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.

Science milestone...
     The first Periodic Table of the Elements is presented today in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, who formally showed it to the Russian Chemical Society.

     The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers today in 1992.

Big Pharma...
      German drug maker Bayer registers "Aspirin" as a trademark today in 1899.

Big banksters...
     On his third day in office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "bank holiday", closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions as he begins to reverse the Great Depression.

     Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with France which recognizes Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union, today in 1946. Ten years before arrived to save the place.

Cold War...
     The trial of accused atomic spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins today in 1951.
     En-route to Kruschev, Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, today in 1953.
     The late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defected to the United States today in 1967.

Islamic revolutions...
     Today in 632 -- 1,388 years ago -- the Islamic prophet Muhammad delivered his Farewell Sermon "Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada."
     American Olympic boxing champion Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali today in 1964, as he receives the new name from Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad.
     A suicide bomber kills 68 people (including first responders) in Baghdad on the same day that a gunman kills eight students in Jerusalem, today in 2008.

Happy Birthday today to artists and influencers born March 6th...

Valentina Tereshkova, Russian general, pilot, and cosmonaut, first and youngest woman to have flown in space with a solo mission aboard Vostok 6 on June, 16, 1963.

Phil Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Blasters).

Mary Wilson, American singer.

David Gilmour, English singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Kiki Dee, English singer-songwriter, who, early in her career, had a hit duet record with Elton John.

Rob Reiner, American actor, director, producer, and activist.

Glenn Greenwald, American journalist and author, notable for breaking major stories and not selling-out to the Big Media corporatocracy.

Carolyn Porco, American astronomer and academic, frequently featured on tv space documentaries.

Stephen Schwartz, American composer and producer.

Shuler Hensley, American actor and singer.

Jaret Reddick, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor.

Trent Willmon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Chris Tomson, American drummer.

Lex Luger, American keyboard player and producer.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Canadian pianist and conductor.

Guy Garvey, English singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Peter Lindgren, Swedish guitarist and songwriter.

Agnes Carlsson, Swedish singer.

Aracely Arámbula, Mexican actress and singer.

Peter Brötzmann, German saxophonist and clarinet player.

Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand soprano and actress.

In memorium to departed musicians & influencers born this date...

Bob Wills (1905-1975), American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader who epitomized the genre.

Michelangelo (1475-1564), Italian painter and sculptor.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), French author and playwright.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), English-Italian poet and translator.

George du Maurier (1834-1896), French-English author and illustrator.

Philip Sheridan (1831-1888), Irish-American general, Union cavalry genius during the Civil War.

Gordon Cooper (1927-2004), American engineer, pilot, and astronaut, one of the original "Mercury Seven."

Red Simpson (1934-2016), American singer-songwriter.

Lorin Maazel (1930-2014), French-American violinist, composer, and conductor.

Ed McMahon (1923-2009), American comedian, game show host, and announcer for the Johnny Carson "Tonight Show."

Gina Cigna (1900-2001), French-Italian soprano and actress.

Howard McGhee (1918-1987), American trumpeter.

Furry Lewis (1893-1981), American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Nella Walker (1886-1971), American actress and vaudevillian.

Ella Logan (1910-1969), Scottish-American singer and actress.

Wes Montgomery (1923-1968), American guitarist and songwriter.

Lou Costello (1906-1959), American actor and comedian, half of the Abbott and Costello team that reached from Vaudeville to radio to movies to tv.

Guy Kibbee (1882-1956), American actor and singer.

Oscar Straus (1870-1954), Viennese composer and conductor.

Ben Harney (1872-1938), American pianist and composer.

Karol Kurpiński (1785-1857), Polish composer and conductor.

Here are today's events.


Fri-Sun, Mar 6-8; FESTIVAL:
50th Anniversary "LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL" at Clubhouse 2, 24112 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Woods CA 92637
*  Live dance music by 3 bands. One gives you an idea what to expect: SANS FRONTIÈRES (Without Borders) has Barbara Gershman on accordion, hammered dulcimer, & keyboard; Brian Cwik on saxophone; Lance Gucwa on bass; Lee Otterholt on vocals, violin, percussion, mandolin; Marcella Lawson on vocals, percussion; Mindy Belli on recorders, percussion; Sebastian Otterholt on violin; Terry Gucwa on guitar, fretted dulcimer, cello, trombone, vocals.
*  Questions and gate access: Terry Gucwa, 714-283-2052 or or Miriam Kahn, 949-770-7026
*  RUNS:
   • Fri, 7:15 pm-11:40 pm
    • Sat, 9 am-11:40 pm
    • Sun, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
*  Festival website:

Fri, Mar 6:
Noon - BLACK VIOLIN does the "Performance for Youth" series at California Center For The Arts in the Concert Hall, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido CA 92025; 800-988-4253

Fri, Mar 6:
12:15 pm - ROSA MARIA BARRATES & FILIPE PINTO-RIBEIRO, a piano duo from Lisbon, perform a matinee in the First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W Carson St, Torrance CA
*  The program, entitled “Souvenirs,” features excerpts from Samuel Barber’s composition of the same name, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and a selection of Fernando Lopes-Graça’s “Portuguese Rustic Melodies.”
*  FREE; donations appreciated, and a complimentary reception follows. Info, 310-316-5574.

Fri, Mar 6, FILM EVENT:
5:30 pm - "GOING ATTRACTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE MOVIE PALACE” screens at 7 pm following the 5:30 pm reception, in the Hermosa Beach Museum, 710 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach CA
*  It's in tandem with the new exhibition "Going to the Movies: The Story of the Bijou Theater."
*  "The documentary takes us back to when theaters had thousands of seats, giant screens, ornate interiors and more." ~ Easy Reader News.
*  The film documents not only downtown Hermosa’s former movie palace, but its days when it opened as the Metropolitan and later when it was The Cove.
*  TIX, $10, at the door or online at:

Fri & Sat, Mar 6 & 7:
7:30 pm - Vocalist / guitarist BROTHER YUSEF calls his multifaceted “fatback blues” that draw from Delta, Chicago, and Texas blues, and Louisiana stomp, to the George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance CA
*  Fingerpicking and slide guitar with a touch of urban blues, rock, and funk.
*  TIX, 310-781-7171 or; two options: $50 if you want to include dinner (Southwest salad, chicken enchiladas, and chava rice); $33 without the chow.

Fri, Mar 6:
7:30 pm - BLACK VIOLIN plays a concert at California Center For The Arts in the Concert Hall, 340 N Escondido Bl, Escondido CA 92025; 800-988-4253

Fri, Mar 6:
8 pm - ROSANNE CASH with JOHN LEVENTHAL play the Smothers Theatre at Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, on the campus of Pepperdine Univ. Malibu, 24255 P.C.H., Malibu CA 90265; 310-506-4522

Fri, Mar 6:
8 pm - THE WOOD BROTHERS play Campbell Hall at UC Santa Barbara, 574 Mesa Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93106; 805-893-3535

Fri, Mar 6:
8 pm - JOE ROBINSON plays the famous concert hall in back of McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica CA 90405; 310-828-4497

Fri, Mar 6, live theatre, OPENING NIGHT:
8 pm - "RUMORS" a Neil Simon play, presented by Surf City Theatre through the weekend at Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Av, Hermosa Beach CA
*  Runs Fri & Sat at 8 pm, plus Sat & Sun matinees at 2 pm.
*  Directed by Katie Kirkpatrick.
*  TIX, $28, at 424-241-8040 or

Fri, Mar 6, on tv:
8 pm-8:30 pm - "BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND" on KLCS brings a 2019 edition with LUCERO showcasing "their streamlined sound, honoring their Southern and rock influences."
*  On KLCS. Re-airs tonight at 2 am.

Fri, Mar 6, on tv:
8:30 pm-9 pm - "SUN STUDIO SESSIONS" airs a 2020 edition (s11, ep4) with THE TRISHAS from Austin, TX, an Americana band that blends country and soul.
*  On KLCS. Re-airs tonight at 2:30 am.

Fri, Mar 6, on tv:
9 pm-10 pm - "AUSTIN CITY LIMITS" airs a 2017 episode (s43, ep4) with NORAH JONES and ANGEL OLSEN, each performing tracks from their 2016 albums.
*  On KLCS. Re-airs tonight at 3 am.

Fri, Mar 6, on tv:
10 pm-11 pm - "FRONT & CENTER" airs a 2019 edition (s9, ep2) with two-time ACM award nom CARLY PEARCE.
*  On KLCS. Re-airs tonight at 4 am.



Sat, Mar 7, on tv:
5 am-6 am - "THE KATE" airs a 2019 edition (s4, ep3) with Irish brothers & singers OWEN & MICHEAL "MOLEY" O SUILLEABHAIN.
*  On KLCS.

Sat, Mar 7:
Noon-7 pm - Annual "HIGHLAND PARK FOLK FESTIVAL" with performances by Severin Browne, Ryan Pollie, Quinn Deveaux, Eva B. Ross, Grave Flowers Bongo Band, Wil Fox, Teddy Grossman, Sharon Silva, Steven Van Betten, Gracie Gray, Cardillo, Rob Dobson, and others, Plus an outdoor flea market with food, coffee, clothes, pinball, books, & more, in Tierra de la Culebra Park, 240 S Ave 57, Highland Park / Los Angeles CA 90042

Sat, Mar 7; Fri-Sun, Mar 6-8; FESTIVAL:
50th Anniversary "LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL" at Clubhouse 2, 24112 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Woods CA 92637
*  See Friday listing for full info.

Complete events listings for Saturday and Sunday will be along in another edition. Maybe with some music news. Maybe the news will wait for the coming week. Depends on how many people want a piece of our editor today.

See ya soon. Stay Tuneful!


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Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff? ...obviously some dumbass...

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