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Thursday, April 24, 2014

FESTIVALS! Ticket Alerts! and Arts & Music News & Events - April 24 edition, 2014


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TICKET ALERTS with passwords for pre-sale purchase on FRIDAY are here!
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News of all SEVEN music festivals happening this weekend in Southern California (including what’s ALREADY STARTED) awaits you within.

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In this edition…

♪  FESTIVALS & MUSIC CONFERENCES
there are SEVEN of ’em, happening now or this weekend in Southern California:
.  √  21st Annual ‘SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL,” Apr 24-27.
.  √  9th Annual ASCAP "I CREATE MUSIC" EXPO, Apr 24-26.
.  √  9th Annual "VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL," Apr 26.
.  √  “HILLGRASS BLUBILLY SOCAL COUNTRY & WESTERN MINIFEST,” Apr 26.
.  √  8th Annual “STAGECOACH MUSIC FESTIVAL,” Apr 25-27.
.  √  “ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED,” Apr 26 & 27.
.  √   “AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC FEST”

♪  FESTIVALS happening ELSEWHERE:
√  6th Annual “RENO UKULELE FESTIVAL” April 24-27, in Sparks, Nevada
.  √  Annual Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27, in NYC

♪  NEWS FEATURES:
.  √  Several of the latest features from the April 22 edition are STILL IN EFFECT; they are:
.  2)  LOCAL ACOUSTIC FOLK DUO HITS “PAGE-ONE” ON INDIEGOGO MUSIC
.  3)  ANNUAL SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL, THIS WEEKEND, IS NATION’S BEST
.  4)  ON-DEMAND RADIO TO GET YOU READY FOR THE COWBOY FESTIVAL (& BEYOND)
.  6)  D. WHITNEY QUINN ~ MUSICAL REMEMBRANCES PLANNED
. . . those News Features can be found and read in the April 22 edition, at a separate click.

♪  NEW CD RELEASES:
.  √  There’s one in the April 22 edition.

♪  THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
.  √  The first American newspaper…

♪  TICKET ALERTS:
.  √  KENNY LOGGINS, plus special guest BLUE SKY RANGERS (Just announced!); CHICAGO and REO SPEEDWAGON; LOS LONELY BOYS plus KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD; Annual FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT; Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle; "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor; Rodriguez; Los Lobos, plus guests Ozomatli, Mariachi El Bronx, and more; Under the Streetlamp, plus special guest Gentleman's Rule.

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♪  ONGOING MUSIC & ART EVENTS
 
 
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Thu-Sun, Apr 24-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Santa Clarita:
21st Annual ‘SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL” with most events at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios, in Old Newhall (Santa Clarita), and other events throughout the area, beginning Thursday.
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This is an excellent event. The Guide ran a Ticket Alert back in December, when tix first became available for all events. Some peripheral events are now sold-out. The Guide’s latest News Feature on the event, including how to get tickets, is reprinted in full, below.
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ANNUAL SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL, THIS WEEKEND, IS NATION’S BEST
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Hey, pard, when it comes to the hottest and best western musicians on the circuit, and ’purt near anything to do with the full spectrum of cowboy culture old, new, and on TV and on the silver screen then and now, nothing beats the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the 2014 event promises to be reprise festival fan favorites and a series of authentic on- and off-site events guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages. The Festival actually includes more than a week that is chockfull of events. (The Guide brought you a Ticket Alert months ago, before most of those peripheral events sold-out). The MAIN two-day Festival still has tickets available, and takes place this weekend, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio, and this year promises to bring the top traditional cowboy, contemporary western, and western swing bands and artists, plus the top cowboy poets in the nation. 
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Named the “Best Cowboy Music Gathering” by True West magazine, the 21st Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will also feature the best in authentic Western gear, lots of tasty food, activities for all ages (including an exceptionally good kids program), living history exhibits, and show-stopping live music, cowboy poetry, and western storytelling performances.
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Outstanding performers return, including Texas-based Don Edwards, and L.A.’s own Cow Bop. Playing the Main Stage are many festival favorites, including Sons of the San Joaquin, Dave Stamey, Jon Chandler, and Belinda Gail. This year, the Festival welcomes several outstanding acts to the Main Stage for the first time including, Mary Kaye, The Lucky Stars, Allegretto and Espinosa, Dave Bourne, and Southern Cal faves the Tom Corbett Band. Poets Waddie Mitchell and Paul Zarzyski will spin tales of the West and the Battalion Band of California returns with their authentic 19th century Civil War music.
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The California Music Hall stage and the Cowboy Corner Stage will feature many of the Main Stage acts for more intimate shows, and they’re continuing their established tradition with the Festival’s Heritage Stage featuring both traditional Western and Native American entertainment. Melody Ranch is an ENTIRE old west movie-set TOWN where trhe buildings have interiors that are occupied by Festival vendors. Just outside all the doors are wooden boardwalks and dirt streets. Main Street will feature performers like world champion gun spinner Joey Dillon, magician Pop Haydn, fiddler David Rainwater, and roper Dave Thornbury.
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If you’re in pursuit of even more nostalgia-steeped Western experiences, more events happen around Santa Clarita during the Festival weekend. Tickets are on sale now for:
.  √  “Western Film Tour – Part 1,” Thu, Apr 24.
.  √  “Walking Tour of Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars,” William S. Hart Park & Hart Mansion Museum, Fri, Apr 25.
.  √  “Californio Fiesta de Rancho Camulos” with Dave Stamey, Fri, Apr 25.
.  √  “Cowboy Cabaret with Cow Bop and The Lucky Stars” at the Repertory East Playhouse, Sat, Apr 26.
.  √  “An Evening with Jon Chandler and Belinda Gail” at Hart Mansion , Sat, Apr 26.
.  √  “Behind the Scenes Tour of Melody Ranch,” Sun, Apr 27.
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Ticket prices are thoughtfully established for different budgets. A one-day Festival pass is $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 12 and under (kids under age 3 are FREE). A two-day Festival pass is $30 for adults, $15 for kids age 12 and under (and kids under 3 are still FREE, both days). You can enjoy VIP perqs with a “Friends of the Festival” pass for $150.
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Avoid standing in line by getting your tix for the main festival online in advance. Those, and tix for all other events that are not sold-out, plus more info, are available at:
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www.cowboyfestival.org
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call 661-250-3735.

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Thu-Sat, Apr 24-26,
MUSIC CONFERENCE,
in L.A.:
9th Annual ASCAP "I CREATE MUSIC" EXPO at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood.
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The ASCAP EXPO calls itself "the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers in all genres of music." Music creators, publishers and executives can benefit from this creative event which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking.
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The event brings together “a diverse group of music creators and industry professionals to participate in a broad range of panels designed to support music creators at every stage of their career.”
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The ASCAP EXPO is open to anyone, not just ASCAP members. It is pricey. Info at: www.ascap.com/expo


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Sat, Apr 26,
FESTIVAL,
in VC (Moorpark):
10 am-7:30 pm  9th Annual "VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL" at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark 93021.
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New this year is a “Private VIP area” for those who want to spend more.
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Here’s the basic lineup with info you should find helpful about the artists.
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♪  Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars, 5:45-7:15 pm. Kim Wilson is an American blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman for The Fabulous Thunderbirds…
♪  Delta Groove All Star Blues Revue, featuring Sugaray Rayford with Kid Ramos & Friends, 4:15-5:25 pm.
♪  Sugaray Rayford; Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of 7 singing & playing drums in church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music.
♪  Kid Ramos; if David “Kid” Ramos had gone into the family business with his mother and step-father,he might be a professional opera singer today.
♪  Randy Chortkoff; CEO/Producer Randy Chortkoff’s passion for music began at a very young age –his father was a jazz fan who used to bring Louis Armstrong and members of his band home for dinner.
♪  Sista Monica Parker, 2:45-3:55 pm. She’s blues, she’s soul, she’s gospel, and she rocks. Sista Monica Parker, ‘the blues lioness,” is an award winning singer/songwriter and performer.
♪  Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, 1:15-2:25 pm. Whether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he’ll always unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent.
♪  Michael John & The Bottom Line, featuring Mikey Mo, Karen Lovely and very special guests, Noon-1 pm. Michael John, founder and President of the Ventura County Blues Society, is also the founder of the Ventura County Blues Festival, and he leads his band The Bottom Line.
♪  Lightnin’ Willie, winner of the VCBS Band Challenge, 11-11:45 am. Emerging from the clubs and bars of the U.S Blues scene, Lightnin’ Willie is an accomplished and hard-working guitarist, vocalist and songwriter…
♪  Celebrity emcee is Mickey Jones, current co-star on the hit TV series “Justified.” Born in Houston, Texas, Mickey began his career as a drummer working with such artists as Trini Lopez and Johnny Rivers.
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Tix, in advance, $20; $30 at gate. Kids age 12 and under are FREE with paid adult (excludes VIP Area). VIP Tickets are $100, all ages, available online only.
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Tickets at: http://venturacountyblues.com


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Sat, Apr 26,
Pseudo-FESTIVAL,
in Long Beach:
5 pm  “HILLGRASS BLUBILLY SOCAL COUNTRY & WESTERN MINIFEST” at Alex's Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St, Long Beach
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Vancouver, Canada’s hot band, THE SUMNER BROTHERS, plus SPINDRIFT, THE GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTFIT, RESTAVRANT, RT N THE 44s, SAM OUTLET, CAL KING: COUNTRY MUSIC BAND make for plenty of tunefulness, plus, food trucks, Sailor Jerry specials, beer and whiskey specials and more, TBA.
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THE SUMNER BROTHERS, Vancouver's critically acclaimed Alt-Country-Folk outfit, are on part of a tour with their old friends, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. The tour takes the boys all the way down to Arizona and will see them sharing the stage with Legendary Chris Hillman (The Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers) & Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show).
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The Sumner Brothers most recent release, 'I'll Be There Tomorrow,' has been one of the most critically acclaimed Alt-Country records in recent memory. It reached #17 on the Euro Americana Charts, and Americanrootsuk.com (former Maverick writer) wrote "in a class of its own," and "five stars" and "I wouldn't at all be surprised if this 5 star album ends up in my top 20 of all time." The Georgia Straight called it "a Triumph." After being invited to perform material from the record for a taped, live in studio session for KEXP, they are set for their first tour of Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Seaboard. They will be showcasing at NXNE and performing a live session for Daytrotter.com (Forbes magazine #1 most influential music site)
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More on the Sumner Brothers at:
www.thesumnerbrothers.com
www.facebook.com/thesumnerbrothers
www.thesumnerbrothers.bandcamp.com
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More on the other bands at:
www.thegoodluckthriftstoreoutfit.com
www.willyteataylor.com
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Tix, $10 adv. $12 at door. Doors at 5 pm, music starts at 6 pm.

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Fri-Sun, Apr 25-27,
FESTIVAL,
in Indio:
SOLD OUT – 8th Annual “STAGECOACH MUSIC FESTIVAL” happens on a big scale at the sprawling Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio 92201; 760-342-2762.
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AXS TV has broadcast rights and will do 20 hours from Stagecoach, beginning Friday.
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For Roots-Americana fans, the festival again brings wonderful lineups on the "B" and "C" stages that they call the "Mustang" and "Palomino" Stages, where music starts each day at 1 pm & 1:30 pm, respectively.
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The festival's "Mane" Stage features Nashville pop-country acts and apocalyptic sound.
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If you have tickets, plan to get to the parking entrances a couple hours early each day. It will take you that much time to get parked, get into the grounds, and set-up your bag chair at one of the roots music stages. (Yes, indeedy, the Guide DID bring you a "Ticket Alert" for this, many months ago.)
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There are lots of great acts, including, but not limited to: Asleep at the Wheel, Calico, Crystal Gayle, Don McLean, Earthworm Ensemble, Eric Church, John Prine, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jason Isbell, Michael Nesmith, Nacona, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Nicki Bluhm, Sarah Jarosz, Shelby Lynne, Shovels and Rope, The Howlin' Bros, The Wailin' Jennys, Trampled by Turtles, The Seldom Scene, Wanda Jackson, and I See Hawks in L.A. featuring guest appearances by Rick Shea, Victoria Jacobs, and Phoebe Bridgers. The Hawks & co play twice on Sunday, at 1 pm on the "Palomino Stage," and at 7 pm on the "Honky Tonk Stage."
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Among the “Mane Stage” headliners are ERIC CHURCH, JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN, LORETTA LYNN, HUNTER HAYES, BRANTLEY GILBERT, and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE. It’s likely that those are the ones you’ll see on AXS TV coverage. The Stagecoach website has the complete lineup for all stages (see below).
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Of course, Folk-Americana music fans could care less about the Nashville pop-country "stars," and instead look forward with strong enthusiasm to the top bluegrass, Americana, folk and western music acts booked on the "B" and "C" stages. Those "sideshows" at Stagecoach are often inclusive of the best bookings at top folk festivals –  despite the challenge of apocalyptic over-amplification from the Nashville "Mane" Stage, half a mile away. There’s also the “HONKYTONK DANCE HALL,” new this year, and with a good roots music lineup.
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Whichever stage(s) you intend to frequent, tickets / passes are for the entire event, and it sold-out well in advance. The Guide brought you a TICKET ALERT back in October, when tix went on sale.
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All the details are at:
www.stagecoachfestival.com


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Sat & Sun, Apr 26 & 27,
FREE FESTIVAL,
in San Diego:
11 am-10 pm “ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED” brings acoustic performances by Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Peter Case, Willie Watson, Jonny Fritz, Tom Brosseau, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, The Shaggy Manes, The Sumner Brothers, and many more, on the Unplugged Stage at the Adams Avenue Street Fesitval, on a lengthy stretch of Adams Avenue in San Diego 92116. The entire area is closed to vehicles for the festival, and there’s food, many information and vendor booths, restaurant specials, and plenty to make this an excellent FREE event.


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Sun, Apr 27,
FESTIVAL, in Calabasas:
11:30 am-6 pm  “AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC FEST” brings a fine lineup, with performances by MIKE STEIN & THE ROLLING STEINS, DUSTBOWL REVIVAL, THE SHOW PONIES, THE TRUE WILLIE BAND, SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND, THE POTCHEEN RAMBLERS, and the MODAL TEASE STRING BAND, is sponsored by Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, at Leonis Adobe, 23538 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas 91302.
 
 
 
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√  6th Annual “RENO UKULELE FESTIVAL” April 24-27, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Av, Sparks, Nevada 89431; 800-648-1177.

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√  Annual TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, April 16-27, in NYC. See the topmost “Ongoing Events” listing for one of the films you can see in L.A. – but it CLOSES TONIGHT.
 
 
 
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√  The latest that are STILL IN EFFECT are in the April 22 edition.
 
 
 
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♪  THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
a notable April 24th event
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√  On this day in 1704, the first American newspaper, the BOSTON NEWS-LETTER, was published by John Campbell, a postmaster.
 
 
 
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Just announced:
√  KENNY LOGGINS, plus special guest BLUE SKY RANGERS, at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, perform July 12. Presale tix available Fri, Apr 25, 10 am-10 pm using password: DANGERZONE
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To access presale tickets:
Go to the link at  www.nederlanderconcerts.com.
Click the "Get Tickets" button during the specified presale window and enter the password in the "special offer" box. To reserve VIP & Box Suite seating, click the green "VIP Seating" button. Or, call 323-644-5055.

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√  CHICAGO and REO SPEEDWAGON play a double bill on Fri, Aug 1, 2014, at the Greek Theatre. Presale tix available Fri, Apr 25, 10 am-10 pm using password: INSPIRATION
Public sale begins Sat, Apr 26 at 10 am.
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To access presale tickets:
Go to the link at  www.nederlanderconcerts.com.
Click the "Get Tickets" button during the specified presale window and enter the password in the "special offer" box. To reserve VIP & Box Suite seating, click the green "VIP Seating" button. Or, call 323-644-5055.

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√  LOS LONELY BOYS plus KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD perform Sat, Aug 2, 2014, at the Greek Theatre. Presale tix available Fri, Apr 25, 10 am-10 pm using password: LLBKWS
Public sale begins Sat, Apr 26 at 10 am.
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To access presale tickets:
Go to the link at  www.nederlanderconcerts.com.
Click the "Get Tickets" button during the specified presale window and enter the password in the "special offer" box. To reserve VIP & Box Suite seating, click the green "VIP Seating" button. Or, call 323-644-5055.

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√  Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26…

Sat, Apr 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm "FOLKWORKS ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT" at the Santa Monica Woman's Club, 1210 4th St (just S of Wilshire), Santa Monica 90401.
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We’ve brought you this Ticket Alert before, but it bears repeating. The lineup reflects FolkWorks' focus on world music as well as American folk music:
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SAUSAGE GRINDER - Los Angeles’ "all-natural hillbilly and country blues band" combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. This versatile acoustic group features fiddle, bank, guitar, mandolin, washboard, bagpipes and a few odds and ends.
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SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE - perform an irreverent gumbo of Gypsy & Creole Jazz, Klezmer & Romanian Horas, Parisian Musette & the occasional wild card thrown in for good measure. Six core members have played for decades in everything from Balkan dance bands to traditional Swing groups.
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NEVENKA - popular Los Angeles-based women’s chorus brings to life vocal folk/roots traditions from around the world. Their songs range from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Bosnia to Rom and Sephardic songs - as well as recently added American and Irish music. Their spellbinding harmonies are at the core of their eclectic repertoire. While mostly singing a cappella, they are occasionally accompanied by percussion, mandolin, guitar, citern or panduri.
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TUNACIOUS - a Celtic genre-bending band with songs and dance tunes for a blowout contra dance to wind-up the evening.
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Go early for the reception at 7 pm. More info at 818-785-3839.
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Advance tix, $20 general admission, $25 VIP reserved (limited), available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576923

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PLUS:
We’ve alerted you to presale ticket opportunities for all the following shows. Some remaining tix are still available:

√  Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle play the City National Grove of Anaheim on May 24.

√  "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor on Fri, Jun 6, at 7:30 pm, at the Greek Theatre.

√  Rodriguez plays Fri, May 30, at 7:30 pm, at the Greek Theatre.

√  Los Lobos, plus guests Ozomatli, Mariachi El Bronx, and more, on Sat, May 3, at 6:30 pm, at the Greek Theatre.

√  Under the Streetlamp, plus special guest Gentleman's Rule, on Fri, May 2, at 7:30 pm, at the Greek Theatre.
 
 
 
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Thu, Apr 24, in San Pedro:
Times vary  Annual “MARYMOUNT FILM & ANIMATION FEST” brings Media Studies Senior projects to screen at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

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Thu, Apr 24, in Long Beach:
5 pm  KEN O'MALLEY brings a solo show of his authentic and original Irish music to the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Thu, Apr 24, in South Pasadena:
5 pm  BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER plays his blues residency at the Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443.

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Thu, Apr 24, in VC (Camarillo):
5:30 pm  SONGMAKERS monthly “ROUND TABLE PIZZA SONG CIRCLE” at Round Table Pizza in Camarillo 93010; info and directions on Songmakers website, at www.songmakers.org

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Thu, Apr 24, in OC (Fountain Valley):
6-10 pm  Weekly “BLUEGRASS JAM” at Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley 92708.

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Thu, Apr 24, in SFV (Universal City):
6-9 pm  Piano man MARC BOSSERMAN plays the Hilton Universal in Universal City.
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Marc tells us, “It's a great space. Huge atrium. Kawai Grand piano. And I'm singing and playing – everything from Stephen Foster to Bruno Mars! The food is great. And it's at Universal Studios so you just never know who might be hanging out.”

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Thu, Apr 24, in San Diego Co (Santee):
6:30-9:30 pm  “WOOD 'N' LIPS OPEN MIC” at Kaffee Meister Coffeehouse, 9225 Carlton Hills Bl, #30, Santee.

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Thu, Apr 24, in VC (Ojai):
7 pm  SOURDOUGH SLIM accompanied by ROBERT ARMSTRONG, plays the “Ojai Concert Series” at the Women's Club, downtown Ojai.
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SOURDOUGH SLIM  is just back from his 4th engagement at Lincoln Center. Mostly, he plays big festivals, plus Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Robert Armstrong, an instrumental virtuoso, joins him for a happy night.
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The Guide is a huge fan. How long has it been since we had a good saw player, accordion player, and yodeler on stage all at one time? Too long I think, so here comes Vaudeville cowboy Sourdough Slim, this time bringing along his good friend, Robert Armstrong.
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A marvel of musical ingenuity, yodeling cowboy Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, cowboy classics and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. A fast-paced performance of music and comedy that showcases their seasoned gift for connecting with audiences.
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Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage. Longtime fans will remember them as founding members of two of California's favorite acoustic combos, 8th Avenue String Band and R. Crumb s Cheap Suit Serenaders. Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments including: flat-top guitar, national steel, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.
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Well-traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The National Cowboy Gathering, Strawberry Music Festival and Prairie Home Companion, these modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans everywhere they perform.
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"First rate entertainment. A delightfully splendid show. . . full of good time music and laughs galore." - Diane Brinkman, Seattle Times
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"You won't find better authentic Country or Western music being played anywhere." - David Barnes, British Archive of Country Music.
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"Much more invigorating than 9/10ths of the stuff you hear from the current cadre of Western revivalists." - Ronald Lankford, Jr., Sing Out! Magazine.
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"Good stuff!" - Dallas Dobro, Master of Ceremonies, Strawberry Music Festival.
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Tix at the door if any remain; check www.ojaiconcertseries.com

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Thu, Apr 24, in San Diego:
7-11 pm  CAJUN ZYDECO LIVE MUSIC at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego 92101; 619-224-3577. Happy Hour is 5- 7pm, $5 cover after 7 pm.

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Thu, Apr 24, in in Burbank:
7:30 pm  TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, getting ready to head-up the annual “Los Angeles Old Time Social” next month, plays the Story Tavern, 150 S San Fernando Bl, Burbank 91502.

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Thu, Apr 24, at USC:
7:30 pm  “LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?” is a FREE program featuring the KRONOS QUARTET presented as part of the “Visions and Voices” series in Bovard Auditorium at USC. Reservations are required, and it will fill-up. The Guide brought you a Ticket Alert. Check for availability and details, at www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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For 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has continually reimagined the string-quartet experience. One of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, they have performed thousands of concerts and released more than 50 recordings. The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of the quartet’s work. Together, the Kronos Quartet and KPAA have set a striking example of arts leadership, creating extraordinary change in the field of classical music through their vision, innovation and commitment to a lifetime of growth and change. In so doing, they have redefined what is possible for hundreds of young musicians. Kronos exemplifies arts leadership at its most transformative. Join Kenneth Foster, director of the newly launched graduate Arts Leadership Program in the USC Thornton School of Music, for an interactive discussion/performance with these remarkable musicians about their history, what inspires them and how they sustain a creative vision of the future for themselves and for their field. Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music. Co-sponsored by Classical KUSC 91.5.

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Thu, Apr 24, in SFV (NoHo):
7:30 pm  CHAUNCEY BOWERS headlines, plus YORI SWART, and the DAVE MORRISON BAND, playing the monthly "RENT CLUB" show at and for Kulak's Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood 91607.
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Chauncey advises, “Getting there by 7 is recommended. Lisa Turner and I start playing around 9. DAVE MORRISON’s band, and YORI SWART, a talented woman from Amsterdam are also playing.”
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DAVE MORRISON explains, “Rent Club is a monthly show that we do to help with the rent on the two commercial properties that comprise our funky little listening room. This month we have Chauncey Bowers as our headliner. I met Chauncey when he drifted into Kulak's six or seven years ago. He got to be a favorite there pretty quick, and is now one of L.A.'s most popular singer-songwriter-guitarists. He is capable of great poignancy, wild hilarity, and an occasional song so dark that it feels almost perilous. And he plays the crap out his Martin guitar. This is no effete folk-singer. Watch the video posted for an example of a performance from 2008 - I think -when Chauncey was in the process of taking Kulak's by storm. He's even better now.”
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Dave continues, “Kulak's has always been the place to spot fine new talent dropping in from all over the country and the world. this month we proudly present, Yori Swart from The Netherlands. She is only 24, but already a seasoned and popular performer in her home country. She's been writing with Freebo on her visits here, and I've had the chance to see her perform twice. Please don't miss the opportunity to see her live. You will thank me for bringing her to you.”
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Dave adds, “On a sad note, another Kulak's favorite, D. Whitney Quinn, has passed away. You may have seen him playing piano in my band from 2008-2010. Like Chauncey, I met him right there at The Woodshed, and we carpooled every Monday for the longest time, Whitney always playing some lost gem on the stereo, and showing off his encyclopedic knowledge or American Music. These relationships form because we have places like Kulak's where we can all meet up, and run into each other. Help us keep the doors open.”
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He concludes, “The show starts at 7:30 with me doing a short set of songs solo, and then we'll let Yori take over. The Pizza will arrive around 8:30 (yes it is included with your $15 donation), and then we'll let Mr. Bowers have his way with us.”
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You can watch live online at www.kulakswoodshed.com and send a few bucks via Paypal.
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Here is Chauncey doing his classic about the perils of dating spiders.
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And here is Yori doing her 'Come On Over' live in Holland.
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Thu, Apr 24, in Burbank:
7:30 pm  WHITEY O’KANE BAND plays Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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No cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).

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Thu, Apr 24, in L.A. and online:
CLOSES TONIGHT, exclusive movie theatre and ONLINE screening,
through April 24:
(Check venue for times)  “GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/537914
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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Thu, Apr 24, at UCLA:
8 pm  CHICK COREA AND BELA FLECK play the “Center for the Art of Performance” (CAP) concert series in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood (L.A.)
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Thu, Apr 24, in Altadena:
8 pm  ANNALIVIA plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Annalivia is American 'roots and branches' at it's finest– drawing from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. Annalivia – Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen– are masterful players and singers, and have long histories with traditional music ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with their stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. Flynn and Liz are seasoned musicians and have toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy and Adrienne Young, among others.
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"Sweet harmonies... tight arrangements... divine."Fatea (UK)
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"An energy that can only be described as contagious. In a word: charming."The Noise (Boston)
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"Richly textured... Annalivia come across equally as slick as Alison Krauss and Union Station."Northern Sky Radio (UK)
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"Beautiful vocal tones and masterful stringwork..."Cover Lay Down
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Annalivia's latest release, “The Same Way Down,” captures the band's innate connection with American roots music. The album features traditional songs and fiddle tunes alongside stunning original pieces, presented with the Annalivia's unique style and inspired arranging sensibilities. This album debuted at #7 on the international folk DJ charts, with False Sir John reaching the #1 played song on folk radio worldwide, and the band #1 played artist in the Massachusetts RMR.
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Flynn Cohen: mandolin, guitar, vocals "A versatile string virtuoso." –Dirty Linen Magazine Acoustic Guitarist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. In addition to performing with Annalivia, he can be seen on concert and festival stages with legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, modern bluegrass band Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway, and his own group of acoustic string wizards, The Deadstring Ensemble. Flynn has also performed with Halali, The Sevens, Ruth Moody, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Farrell, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, Revels, Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others. He studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California and when he is not touring, he manages a large roster of students in his private studio in the Boston area.
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Liz Simmons: vocals, guitar "A honey-voiced singer. Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling." –Dirty Linen Magazine Liz grew up listening to her mother sing traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, as well as the New Orleans brass music her father plays. Since then, she has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that incorporates the sounds of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic and North American musical worlds. She is a graduate of Goddard College (2005), where she studied American vernacular music of the 1920s and 30s. She also performs with Long Time Courting and the John Whelan Band, and has guested with North Cregg, The Sevens, and Southeast Expressway. Her singing is featured in "Time and Charges", a film written and directed by Grammy and Emmy award winner Ernest Thompson.
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Tix, $15. All-ages. Reservations, 626-798-6236, 10 am-10 pm, seven days. There’s more on the venue’s website, at www.coffeegallery.com

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Thu, Apr 24, in Burbank:
8 pm  COW BOP works-out tonight for their performances at the big cowboy festival this weekend by playing long sets tonight at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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Thu, Apr 24, in L.A.:
SOLD OUT -- 8 pm  DAVE ALVIN and PHIL ALVIN do a performance-interview for “COMMON GROUND” in the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater, 800 W Olympic Bl (enter on Figueroa), Los Angeles 90015; 213-765-6800.

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Thu, Apr 24, in Santa Monica:
8 pm  The late D. WHITNEY QUINN was scheduled to perform tonight with BUNNYNOSE (country), JOHN SCHREFFLER, JR., and THE PICKERS, at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Bl, Santa Monica.
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We presume the rest of trhe lineup will go forward. We do not know if anyone will perform any of the late DWQ’s songs in his memory. Before he died, he was looking forward to tonight’s show. He told the Guide, “You can find D. WHITNEY QUINN’s music, lyrics, songs, and videos by the band,” at www.reverbnation.com/dwhitneyquinn
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Thu, Apr 24, in L.A.:
8 pm  “L.A. HOOTENANNY” happens at Villains Tavern, 1356 Palmetto St, near downtown Los Angeles 90013; 213-613-0766.
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Guil- Vocals, Guitar, Pugilist
Todd- Vocals, Guitar, Communications
Eric- Vocals, Guitar, Underwater Demolition
Cody- Vocals, Washtub Bass, Edged Weapons
Kevin- Drums, Engineer, Poisons
Nick aka Knuckles- Electric Bass, Tuhon
Gerard- Lead Guitar, Ballistics
Tim- Banjo, Jester, sniper
Mars- Lead Guitar, Pharmacology
Ben- Harmonica, Sax, Interpreter
Miranda- Fiddle, Demolitions
Dustin- Vocals, Hoofer
Jessica- Vocals, Diva
Sally- M.I.A

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Thu, Apr 24, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm  J.D. CRAWFORD plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Thu, Apr 24, in Murrieta:
8 pm  An UNDISCLOSED (AND PROBABLY IRISH) BAND plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Thu, Apr 24, in Valencia:
8:30 pm-12:30 am  HUMBLE HOOLIGANS, a big hit at the recent Irish Fest, play the Tilted Kilt in Valencia.
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Thu, Apr 24, in Silver Lake (L.A.):
9 pm "HONKY TONK HACIENDA" celebrates its six month anniversary with headliners BOB WOODRUFF and TREVOR McSPADDEN at El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, Los Angeles 90029; 323-668-0318.
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Trevor McSpadden is a handsome young crooner whose deep mellow voice sounds made for the old tunes. Trevor has shared stages across the country with The Derailers, Dale Watson, The Reverend Horton Heat, Webb Wilder, Robbie Fulks, the Hoyle Brothers, Two Tons of Steel, the Texas Tornadoes, Joel Paterson and The Modern Sounds, Commander Cody, and the Gin Palace Jesters. Trevor has enticed couples to the dance floor at venues nationwide, including Austin's Continental Club, Central Texas's Gruene Hall, and Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.
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Thu, Apr 24, in SFV (Sherman Oaks):
9 pm  Weekly “ACOUSTIC CORDIALE” showcase at Café Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks 91423; 818-789-1985.

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Thu, Apr 24, in Burbank:
10 pm  REVEREND MARTINI'S PSYCHO THURSDAY at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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CLOSES TONIGHT, exclusive movie theatre
and ONLINE screening,
through April 24:
“GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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See the complete feature story in the Guide’s Apr 11 edition’s “events” listings.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/537914
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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ONGOING, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS,” presented by Center Theatre Group, opens tonight, runs Apr 22-Jun 1, at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; www.musiccenter.org
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Winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for “Best Musical Revival,” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. This re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

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ONGOING, through May 25, in L.A.:
“THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST,” presented by Center Theatre Group, runs Apr 12-May 25 at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; www.musiccenter.org
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Obie Award-winner DANIEL BEATY chronicles PAUL ROBESON’s remarkable life in an extraordinary theatrical biography. Beaty fills the theatre with the dreams, words and songs – American classics like “Ol’ Man River” – of a man who sacrificed everything in the name of liberty. This play, with live music, is directed by Moisés Kaufman.

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ONGOING, through May 4, in L.A.:
8 pm  “ALMOST WHITE” a new solo series by Rick Najera, alternating with “SCARRED FOR LIFE” by David Valdez, are comedic stage play productions at Casa 0101 Theatre, 2102 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033.
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On opening night, both plays are presented; after that, the two shows alternate. Limited engagement runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, through May 4.
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Najera, one of Hollywood’s most prolific playwright-performers, sets the stage for his new play based on his latest memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” Runs April 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27.
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“Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.,” by David Valdez, runs April 11, 18, 19, 20 and May 2, 3 and 4.
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ONGOING at the Getty Villa, through Aug 25, in Malibu:
“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections” at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $15.
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Marked by glittering mosaics, luminous icons, and opulent churches, the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) flourished for more than one thousand years. Over 170 national treasures from Greece illustrate the development of a mighty empire, from its pagan origins to a deeply spiritual Christian society. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads” at the Getty Center.
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The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“JACKSON POLLOCK’S MURAL,” and “HATCHED! CREATING FORM WITH LINE,” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 8, in L.A.:
“A ROYAL PASSION: QUEEN VICTORIA & PHOTOGRAPHY” and “HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: PAST TENSE” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 22, in L.A.:
“HEAVEN AND EARTH: BYZANTINE ILLUMINATION AT THE CULTURAL CROSSROADS” is a new temporary exhibition at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Tuesday’s News, Reviews, Live Music & Art, April 22, 2014



In this edition…

♪ NEWS FEATURES:
. 1) HAPPY EARTH DAY! HERE’S WHAT’S UP…
. 2) LOCAL ACOUSTIC FOLK DUO HITS “PAGE-ONE” ON INDIEGOGO MUSIC
. 3) ANNUAL SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL, THIS WEEKEND, IS NATION’S BEST
. 4) ON-DEMAND RADIO TO GET YOU READY FOR THE COWBOY FESTIVAL (& BEYOND)
. 5) ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING CLOSES TODAY
. 6) D. WHITNEY QUINN ~ MUSICAL REMEMBRANCES PLANNED
♪ NEW RELEASES:
. √ THE SELDOM SCENE, AWARD-WINNING BLUEGRASSERS, RELEASE “LONG TIME”
♪ THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
. √ the first SLAVE REVOLT, President GEORGE WASHINGTON at America’s first circus, ROLLER SKATES are patented, the first US coin with “In God We Trust,” the Oklahoma Land Rush, and the NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR.
♪ TICKET ALERTS:
. √ Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26
♪ TUESDAY’s MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪ ONGOING MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪ FESTIVALS! COMING THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHERN CAL
. √ ANNUAL SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL, Apr 24-27
♪ FESTIVALS ELSEWHERE:
. √ Annual Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27, in NYC


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√ HAPPY EARTH DAY! HERE’S WHAT’S UP…

We bring you three ways to celebrate Mother Earth…

a) “EARTH DAY L.A.”

Is being celebrated on The Music Center Plaza and down the hill in Grand Park. You can go to the Music Center Plaza to drop-off your e-waste for recycling and take home one of the many FREE trees ready for planting, then head over to Grand Park to tour their sustainable landscaping, participate in gardening and composting demos, and check-out electric vehicles, solar displays and more. The L.A. Music Center is at 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; www.musiccenter.org


b) PBS CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH ON-DEMAND PROGRAMMING

In celebration of the 44th national "Earth Day," PBS has posted on-demand programming they call "The Environment collection" with links to the best films and resources from all over PBS. Watch any of the streaming films in the collection, including "Surviving the Dustbowl," "Grand Coulee Dam," and, with its own url, "Earth Days," at www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/earthdays

One portal with all the links is:

www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/collections/environment/

There are links for "Frontline," "Nature," "Nova," "Art21," "Independent Lens," features from the "PBS News Hour," "The World," "PBS Kids," and other programs with environmental topics.


c) ENVIRONMENT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS FOR HOME VIEWING

That delightful emporium of recorded music, Amoeba Records, currently has used DVDs / Blu-ray discs, including:

"Who Killed The Electric Car?," "Crude: The Real Price of Oil," "An Inconvenient Truth," and "Gasland: Part II." Some as cheap as $4.99 with free shipping. Drop by Amoeba Hollywood, or check 'em out at:

www.amoeba.com/movies/dvd-and-bluray


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√ LOCAL ACOUSTIC FOLK DUO HITS “PAGE-ONE” ON INDIEGOGO MUSIC

Indiegogo.com is a major crowd-funding website, and most of its content is there to promote projects of contemporary pop and other genres that folkies will cross the street to avoid. So, when acoustic folk duo SABRINA & CRAIG turned to Indiegogo to help fund their new album, “GREEN,” they were taking a shot in the dark, and hoping their fans, friends, family, and supporters would join their "GREEN team." Happily, plenty of music fans are doing just that. With nine days to go in their Indiegogo.com campaign, the folk duo has received Indiegogo pledges for over $9,500 toward the expected $15,000 cost of recording and production of “GREEN.”

What’s especially significant is this: the folks behind the scenes at the crowd-funding site have taken notice, promoting the duo's project link – "Sabrina & Craig – Late Bloomers Blossom" – to Page One of "What’s Trending in Music" on the site's homepage (www.Indiegogo.com). With something over 600 (and growing daily) active music projects on the site, the recognition of an acoustic folk / Americana act is rare, and good news for the acoustic folk music community.

"Our fans are like a musical family to us," says Sabrina Schneppat, the SABRINA of the duo, "and Indiegogo has made it possible for us to make ‘GREEN’ with them. We bring our team into the studio with us, via regular written, photo, and video updates on our progress."

CRAIG, aka her partner Craig Lincoln, adds, "We started off way-down the ranks of hundreds of music projects. Making it to their very-full site’s ‘Page One’ with all our fans' support shows that an album of heartfelt, acoustic, lyric-based songs can compete favorably with the hundreds of rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz, hip-hop, and rap album projects out there."

Sabrina & Craig tell the Guide they “are thrilled by the support for, and pleased by the recognition of, their project,” but realize they “still have a steep uphill climb.”

The funding period for their project ends May 1st, and due to the policies of Indiegogo, if they fall short of their stated goal they forfeit a significant amount of their funding to the website. "So far, we have been right on track," says Craig, adding "we are totally inspired by those who have joined our team. But with a week-and-a-half and over $5000 to go to make our goal, we are working day and night get more fans of acoustic music to connect with us and GREEN.”

Fans of SABRINA & CRAIG are already dialed in. Other supporters of independent, acoustic music can learn more about the duo’s “GREEN” album project, and lend a hand, at:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/669597/emal/6272507


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√ ANNUAL SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL, THIS WEEKEND, IS NATION’S BEST

Hey, pard, when it comes to the hottest and best western musicians on the circuit, and ’purt near anything to do with the full spectrum of cowboy culture old, new, and on TV and on the silver screen then and now, nothing beats the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the 2014 event promises to be reprise festival fan favorites and a series of authentic on- and off-site events guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages. The Festival actually includes more than a week that is chockfull of events. (The Guide brought you a Ticket Alert months ago, before most of those peripheral events sold-out). The MAIN two-day Festival still has tickets available, and takes place this weekend, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio, and this year promises to bring the top traditional cowboy, contemporary western, and western swing bands and artists, plus the top cowboy poets in the nation.

Named the “Best Cowboy Music Gathering” by True West magazine, the 21st Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will also feature the best in authentic Western gear, lots of tasty food, activities for all ages (including an exceptionally good kids program), living history exhibits, and show-stopping live music, cowboy poetry, and western storytelling performances.

Outstanding performers return, including Texas-based Don Edwards, and L.A.’s own Cow Bop. Playing the Main Stage are many festival favorites, including Sons of the San Joaquin, Dave Stamey, Jon Chandler, and Belinda Gail. This year, the Festival welcomes several outstanding acts to the Main Stage for the first time including, Mary Kaye, The Lucky Stars, Allegretto and Espinosa, Dave Bourne, and Southern Cal faves the Tom Corbett Band. Poets Waddie Mitchell and Paul Zarzyski will spin tales of the West and the Battalion Band of California returns with their authentic 19th century Civil War music.

The California Music Hall stage and the Cowboy Corner Stage will feature many of the Main Stage acts for more intimate shows, and they’re continuing their established tradition with the Festival’s Heritage Stage featuring both traditional Western and Native American entertainment. Melody Ranch is an ENTIRE old west movie-set TOWN where trhe buildings have interiors that are occupied by Festival vendors. Just outside all the doors are wooden boardwalks and dirt streets. Main Street will feature performers like world champion gun spinner Joey Dillon, magician Pop Haydn, fiddler David Rainwater, and roper Dave Thornbury.

If you’re in pursuit of even more nostalgia-steeped Western experiences, more events happen around Santa Clarita during the Festival weekend. Tickets are on sale now for:
. √ “Western Film Tour – Part 1,” Thu, Apr 24.
. √ “Walking Tour of Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars,” William S. Hart Park & Hart Mansion Museum, Fri, Apr 25.
. √ “Californio Fiesta de Rancho Camulos” with Dave Stamey, Fri, Apr 25.
. √ “Cowboy Cabaret with Cow Bop and The Lucky Stars” at the Repertory East Playhouse, Sat, Apr 26.
. √ “An Evening with Jon Chandler and Belinda Gail” at Hart Mansion , Sat, Apr 26.
. √ “Behind the Scenes Tour of Melody Ranch,” Sun, Apr 27.

Ticket prices are thoughtfully established for different budgets. A one-day Festival pass is $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 12 and under (kids under age 3 are FREE). A two-day Festival pass is $30 for adults, $15 for kids age 12 and under (and kids under 3 are still FREE, both days). You can enjoy VIP perqs with a “Friends of the Festival” pass for $150.

Avoid standing in line by getting your tix for the main festival online in advance. Those, and tix for all other events that are not sold-out, plus more info, are available at:

www.cowboyfestival.org
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call 661-250-3735.


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√ ON-DEMAND RADIO TO GET YOU READY FOR THE COWBOY FESTIVAL (& BEYOND)

Internet radio continues to make gains on terrestrial radio, especially in markets that provide very little diversity, like Los Angeles. Now, here’s jus’ what ol’ Doc Adams ordered (or would have, if Dodge City had web radio in the 1880s), and perfectly-timed as we prepare for the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival in Southern California, there’s “THE FLYING SL RANCH RADIO SHOW” with syndicated public radio host ''Chuckaroo The Buckaroo.''

The show promises “the very Best of the West, all day and all night--for FREE!” And well, this outfit has built the resource base to do this right. Featuring 15,000 tracks from the likes of Ian Tyson, Baxter Black, The Sons Of The Pioneers, Michael Martin Murphey, RW Hampton, Waddie Mitchell, Gene Autry, Riders In The Sky, Don Edwards, Brenn Hill, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Stephanie Davis, Wylie & the Wild West, Larry McWhorter, Roy Rogers, Tom Russell, Joni Harms, Frankie Laine, Asleep at the Wheel, Buck Ramsey, Tex Ritter, Gary McMahan, The Time Jumpers, Belinda Gail, Jimmy Wakely, Chris LeDoux, Andy Nelson, Red Stegall, Randy Rieman, Spade Cooley, Sourdough Slim, Charlie Daniels, Cowboy Celtic, The Marshall Tucker Band, Mary Ann Kennedy, Lyle Lovett, and, they claim, “a thousand more!”

Yep, ol’ pard, you can enjoy classic and contemporary cowboy songs, western swing and cowboy poetry any time you like on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Plus, for aficionadoes of the equine, you'll get great tips on training horses from some of the top clinicians in the country. What could be more Western than that?

Not only does this new web radio station feature “The Flying SL Ranch Radio Show” with Chuckaroo the Buckaroo, but it offers other programming like “The Best Of The Rick Lamb Show” with horse talk, “Boogie Back To Texas” with western swing, “Geezer Theatre” with old time western radio shows, and “Cowboy Camp Meetin'” with “inspirational” music they’d play in “cowboy church.”

So, saddle up and ride with Chuckaroo The Buckaroo, and any or all of the rest of the outfit, streaming 24 / 7 / 365 at radio station “NFLY” – aka “No Fly Radio,” on the Spalding Labs Radio Network. Listen now, or anytime, at:

www.spalding-labs.com/community/flying_sl_ranch_radio/default.aspx

Traditional cowboy, contemporary western, and western swing recording artists can contact the Flying SL Ranch Radio Show at or at 888-880-1579.


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√ ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING CLOSES TODAY

Discounted pre-registration for the 2014 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO in L.A. ends today, April 22. Early registration is still very pricey, but saves some money off the full registration pricing and gives you the option to submit your music for special opportunities to get your music heard.

Registration to the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO (April 24th-26th, 2014) includes:

. √ Admission to 3 full days of info-packed panels and workshops on a wide range of subjects
. √ Admission to evening performances
. √ Chance to connect with the best in the music business
. √ Opportunities to have your songs and lyrics heard by experts and peers
. √ Dozens of Exhibitor booths and Sponsor Sessions as well as an ASCAP Room for your questions
. √ “Networking 'til you drop: A Kick-Off Reception” (with the EXPO picking up the tab for the snacks, beer and wine)
. √ NEW THIS YEAR: All registrations include Video Access for free - stream video of all 60 hours of panels.

Pre-Registration Pricing ENDS APRIL 22nd
Full-Price Registration / Onsite Pricing STARTS APRIL 23rd
ASCAP Members $385 now; $400 after today
Partner Members* $410 now; $435 after today
Non-Members $440 now; $460 after today


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√ D. WHITNEY QUINN ~ MUSICAL REMEMBRANCES PLANNED

On Friday, April 18, 2014, the Guide brought you the tragic story of what happened to D. Whitney Quinn and his wife Elizabeth. (It’s still available in the archive, at:
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Several musical remembrances are taking shape, with more to come. Some will feature several of the late performing songwriter’s artist friends performing only a broad selection of his original music. Others will include Whitney’s music with whatever the performers choose to put on their playlists.

The Guide is working on a comprehensive list, and will bring it to you as soon as more has been solidified by the sponsors, hosts, and producers.



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√ THE SELDOM SCENE, AWARD-WINNING BLUEGRASSERS, RELEASE “LONG TIME”

Out today on the Smithsonian Folkways label, it’s “Long Time” by THE SELDOM SCENE. Check it out on the label’s website, at:



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√ On this day in 1526, the first SLAVE REVOLT occurred in South Carolina.

√ On this date in 1793, President GEORGE WASHINGTON attended the opening of Ricketts, the first circus in America.

√ Today in 1823, the first ROLLER SKATES were patented by RJ TYERS.

√ On this date in 1864, the US minted the first two-cent coin, the first to bear the motto, “In God We Trust.”

√ On this day in 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began.

√ In 1964, this day marked the opening of the NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR in Flushing Meadow. There is currently a debate whether to restore or scrap the Fair’s iconic “Unisphere.”



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√ Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26

Repeated again, because it should be…

Sat, Apr 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm "FOLKWORKS ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT" at the Santa Monica Woman's Club, 1210 4th St (just S of Wilshire), Santa Monica 90401.
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SAUSAGE GRINDER - Los Angeles’ "all-natural hillbilly and country blues band" combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. This versatile acoustic group features fiddle, bank, guitar, mandolin, washboard, bagpipes and a few odds and ends.
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SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE - perform an irreverent gumbo of Gypsy & Creole Jazz, Klezmer & Romanian Horas, Parisian Musette & the occasional wild card thrown in for good measure. Six core members have played for decades in everything from Balkan dance bands to traditional Swing groups.
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NEVENKA - popular Los Angeles-based women’s chorus brings to life vocal folk/roots traditions from around the world. Their songs range from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Bosnia to Rom and Sephardic songs - as well as recently added American and Irish music. Their spellbinding harmonies are at the core of their eclectic repertoire. While mostly singing a cappella, they are occasionally accompanied by percussion, mandolin, guitar, citern or panduri.
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TUNACIOUS - a Celtic genre-bending band with songs and dance tunes for a blowout contra dance to wind-up the evening.
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Go early for the reception at 7 pm. More info at 818-785-3839.
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Tue, Apr 22, in VC (Camarillo):
5:30 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “CAMARILLO SONG CIRCLE” somewhere in Camarillo 93010; location and info at www.songmakers.org

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Tue, Apr 22, in Downey:
6 pm Monthly “DOWNEY FOLK MUSIC JAM” welcomes players of all acoustic instruments and singers, at the Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center, 7810 Quill Dr, Downey 90242; 562-904-7223.

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Tue, Apr 22, in T.O.:
6-10 pm “THOUSAND OAKS SONG CIRCLE” at the Greenhouse Café, 652 Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91360.
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Tue, Apr 22, in Signal Hill:
6 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS SOUP JAM” at Convert-A-Tape, 2420 Gundry Av, Signal Hill 90755.

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Tue, Apr 22, in Ventura:
6-10 pm Monthly “VENTURA BLUEGRASS JAM” at Milano’s Italian Restaurant, in the Ventura Marina, 1559 Spinnaker Dr #100, Ventura; 805-658-8311.

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Tue, Apr 22, in Arcadia:
7 pm Weekly "SONGWRITERS SERENADE" tonight brings a lineup of recording artists and performing host JC HYKE, all playing fully acoustic, at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant, 145 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006.
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Tue, Apr 22, in SFV (Toluca Lake):
7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at Timmy Nolan's Tavern & Grill, 10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake 91602; 818-985-3359.

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Tue, Apr 22, in San Diego:
7-8:30 pm Monthly “SDBS BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM / LEARNING SESSION” sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society at Morse Academy, 4434 30th St, San Diego 92116; 619-200-7498.

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Tue, Apr 22, in San Diego:
7:30-11 pm BAYOU BROTHERS & SISTA play the weekly Lou’siana music session at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St, San Diego 92110.

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Tue, Apr 22, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER” with ALICE COOPER taking part, screens in the “Reel to Reel” film series at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre, 800 W Olympic Bl, L.A. 90015; 213-765-6803; www.grammymuseum.org.
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This film is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the ’60s, to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s, to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Still touring the world, with over 100 concerts scheduled in 2014, and hosting his internationally syndicated Nights With Alice Cooper radio show five nights a week for over a decade, Alice shows no sign of slowing down.
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Premiering at the 2014 “Tribeca Film Festival” April 16-27, “Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” (2010 GRAMMY-nominated and “Tribeca Audience Choice Winner”), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the “TIFF Special Jury Prize” for his film “Monkey Warfare.”
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Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider. After screening the film, Alice will take the stage for a panel discussion. Doors open at 7 pm.
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Tue, Apr 22, in Echo Park (L.A.):
6:30 pm “THE WRITE READ” presents a night of poetry with CECILIA WOLLOCH, JAMES RAGAN, & TERA VALE RAGAN at Stories Books & Café, 1716 Sunset Bl, Echo Park 90026; www.storiesla.com; 213-413-3733.
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TERA VALE RAGAN is the author of Reading the Ground (The Word Works 2014) and the recipient of the 2008 Virginia Middleton Award and the Mark Linenthal Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in journals including Rattle, Transfer, Eclipse, Hot Metal Bridge, Barely South Review, 16th & Mission Review, Ekleksographia. etc.
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JAMES RAGAN is an internationally recognized poet who has authored 8 books of poetry including Too Long a Solitude and The World Shouldering I. Translated into 12 languages, he has read for six heads of state and in 1985, was one of 3 American poets including Bob Dylan and Robert Bly, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow. He is currently the subject of a documentary, "Flowers and Roots," based on his life in the arts (Arinafilms, 2014).
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Tue, Apr 22, in WeHo:
Time tba THE ICY HOT CLUB plays “Jazz Tuesdays” at the Moonrise Club in West Hollywood.
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Tue, Apr 22, PREMIERE, in downtown L.A:
8 pm “THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS,” presented by Center Theatre Group, opens tonight, runs Apr 22-Jun 1, at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; www.musiccenter.org
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Winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for “Best Musical Revival,” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. This re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

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Tue, Apr 22, in Hollywood:
8 pm HAUSCHKA plays the concert series in the in old Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood.
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Quickly, about Hauschka…
• Hauschka is performance name for Volker Bertelmann.
• Dusseldorf-based, from the hometown of Kreuztal Nordrheinwestfalen, Germany.
• Recording artist for Fat Cat Records and Karoake Kalk.
• Classical piano lessons at the public music school begun at age 9; composed first film music for the German Crime Series “Ein Fall für Zwei" at age 18.
• Studied Medicine from 1988-1990 and Ökonomics (economics) from 1990-1992;
• In 1994, began study of pop music at the Kontaktstudiengang Popularmusik in Hamburg.
• Founded and curated the annual "Approximation Piano Festival" in Dusseldorf in 2005, featuring an international program of renowned experimental artists and collaborations; now, Hauschka curates the program each year. Info: www.approximation-festival.de.
• Acted in lead role in the short movie "Bloksky," directed by Jeff Desom, won the "Akira Kurosawa Short Film Award."
• Shortlisted for the "Deutsche Filmpreis," best film music for the Glueck, directed by Doris Dörrie.

Tix, $25, at:
http://hollywoodforever.ticketfly.com/event/472409?utm_source=MEL&utm_medium=59945

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Tue, Apr 22, in Burbank:
8 pm “JOHN PISANO’S GUITAR NIGHT” welcomes talented pre-booked guests to a series that always brings quite a lineup of virtuosic players, every time they do this, at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com.
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Tue, Apr 22, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8:30 pm-midnight WHISKEY HAYRIDE, that new band of seasoned festival veterans, plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Tue, Apr 22, in Santa Monica:
8:30 pm-midnight STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE plays the Charleston Supper Club, 2460 Wilshire, Santa Monica.
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Tix, $10 per person or $15 per couple, at 310-828-2115 or www.charlestonia.com



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ONGOING, exclusive movie theatre
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“GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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See the complete feature story in the Guide’s Apr 11 edition’s “events” listings.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/537914
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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ONGOING, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS,” presented by Center Theatre Group, opens tonight, runs Apr 22-Jun 1, at the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; www.musiccenter.org
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Winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for “Best Musical Revival,” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. This re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

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ONGOING, through May 25, in L.A.:
“THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST,” presented by Center Theatre Group, runs Apr 12-May 25 at the Mark Taper Forum at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, Los Angeles 90012; www.musiccenter.org
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Obie Award-winner DANIEL BEATY chronicles PAUL ROBESON’s remarkable life in an extraordinary theatrical biography. Beaty fills the theatre with the dreams, words and songs – American classics like “Ol’ Man River” – of a man who sacrificed everything in the name of liberty. This play, with live music, is directed by Moisés Kaufman.

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ONGOING, through May 4, in L.A.:
8 pm “ALMOST WHITE” a new solo series by Rick Najera, alternating with “SCARRED FOR LIFE” by David Valdez, are comedic stage play productions at Casa 0101 Theatre, 2102 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033.
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On opening night, both plays are presented; after that, the two shows alternate. Limited engagement runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, through May 4.
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Najera, one of Hollywood’s most prolific playwright-performers, sets the stage for his new play based on his latest memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” Runs April 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27.
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“Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.,” by David Valdez, runs April 11, 18, 19, 20 and May 2, 3 and 4.
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Tix, $15-$30, at www.casa0101.org. More info at www.ricknajera.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlmostWhite.

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ONGOING at the Getty Villa, through Aug 25, in Malibu:
“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections” at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $15.
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Marked by glittering mosaics, luminous icons, and opulent churches, the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) flourished for more than one thousand years. Over 170 national treasures from Greece illustrate the development of a mighty empire, from its pagan origins to a deeply spiritual Christian society. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads” at the Getty Center.
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The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“JACKSON POLLOCK’S MURAL,” and “HATCHED! CREATING FORM WITH LINE,” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 8, in L.A.:
“A ROYAL PASSION: QUEEN VICTORIA & PHOTOGRAPHY” and “HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: PAST TENSE” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 22, in L.A.:
“HEAVEN AND EARTH: BYZANTINE ILLUMINATION AT THE CULTURAL CROSSROADS” is a new temporary exhibition at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.



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√ ANNUAL SANTA CLARITA COWBOY FESTIVAL, Apr 24-27

See the #3 News Feature in this edition for all the details. Yip-ee-tay-yi-yay!



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√ Annual TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, April 16-27, in NYC. See “Ticket Alerts” for one of the films you can see in L.A., on April 22.



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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, both traditional and innovative. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues, and schedules of performances in Southern California venues large and small. We cover workshops and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kids 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 pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to proto blues.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday’s art & music news and events, April 18, 2014


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What happened to D. Whitney Quinn? The Guide brings you some answers.

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In this edition…

♪ NEWS FEATURES:
. 1) THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF D.WHITNEY QUINN: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
♪ TICKET ALERTS
. √ Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26
♪ FRIDAY’s MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪ ONGOING MUSIC & ART EVENTS
♪ FESTIVALS ELSEWHERE
. √ Annual Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27, in NYC


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√ THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF D.WHITNEY QUINN: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

D. Whitney Quinn – the “D” stood for Douglas, and he had abandoned that name years ago – was a talented and always welcome presence on the Southern California music scene. A singer-songwriter who was comfortable with Folk-Americana and more innovative contemporary acoustic forms and audiences, and with his keyboard as often set as a Hammond organ, his lyrical skills were broadly respected.

But like many creative people, Whitney fought inner uncertainties. For him, these were serious. His childhood had been somewhere between rough and awful. He suffered from bouts of severe depression and bipolar disorder.

Everyone who knew him knew some aspect of that. For some, it strained creative relationships and collaborative relationships. Others knew him only as a bringer of joy, perhaps with a mischievous touch, that always fueled their own creativity.

He was dubbed “The Mighty Quinn,” and while it always came with a smile from whoever said it, the term was not a taunt or anything satirical. It was a badge of honor and respect bestowed on him by all who said it. Your own smile appeared when you called him that because you knew someone – him – who deserved being dubbed with classic Bob Dylan lyrics.

Over the past two decades, Whit played everything from one-song open mics to showcases – where he soon stood out – to eventual shared billings and some headliner slots in the top acoustic venues in L.A.

Anytime a new listener discovered him, they inevitably turned to the person seated beside them and asked, “Who is this guy? Why isn’t he famous!?”

Sometimes his inner struggles kept him away from performing. Not unlike the late L.A. blues master ARTWORK JAMAL, Whit’s mental uncertainties and doubts held him back. But Whitney was a gentle, sensitive, often overly-sensitive soul, and there were not the examples of outbursts that, for some venues, made Artwork Jamal too volatile to book. The point is, mental illness is a challenge for the person afflicted with it, and for those around them in personal relationships and professional associations. Many with mental illness see society’s default mode as too quick to paint with a broad brush, too ready to label them all as pariahs. And that, of course, feeds their own uncertainties.

Whitney and his wife Elizabeth had a nicely kept older home in a peaceful Pasadena suburb. Many musicians recall time spent there, sitting on the hardwood floor and petting the dogs, or enjoying jams or even the rare, more-formal house concert.

In recent months, Whitney and Elizabeth began to experience tough times. There were his health challenges and medical expenses, pre-Obamacare. There were bills that began to go unpaid because they just didn’t have the money. Both in their sixties, dreams of retirement faded away.

Their friends in the music community had only small fragments of the picture. And, well, everyone had become accustomed to Whit’s depressions. It was sort of the price you paid to enjoy his delightful friendship. For the most fortunate of those who knew him, that came with his inspiration and encouragement for your own musical endeavors.

The couple had lost two of their three dogs, animals that they dearly loved. It was said by some that lack of money for vet bills was the reason the second dog had died. They loved that dog as a family member. It was rough. Whit grieved openly on social media. Most of his friends sent expressions of sorrow and comfort.

Last week, Whit suddenly posted to Facebook that he “Was going away from Facebook forever,” adding that he “had spent too much time” there. Several of us jumped on the comments page and encouraged him to take a break and then come back when he was ready.

But things were far worse than Whit's attributing "lost time" on Facebook seemed a qualifying line to a specific kind of "Leaving Forever." But "forever" proved far more universal than his friends had imagined. It wasn't just his inner torment. Worldly factors were far worse for Whit this time than most any who knew him had discerned.

Whit and Elizabeth were losing their house. They were being evicted. The utilities were already shut-off. The third dog was not in good shape.

So Whit and his wife were both distraught, and over many things, including the most basic aspects of life. In their 60s, and about to become homeless, they were in debt, and broke, with no resources to start over or land on their feet.

The three of them – Whitney, Elizabeth, and their dog – went into the garage and started the car with the door down. Carbon monoxide.

They were discovered April 16 after family members in another state, concerned they could not reach them, called authorities to go check their home.

Both Whit and Elizabeth left notes. The L.A. County Coroner ruled suicide with no foul play by others.

It’s almost hard to call what they did an irrational act. Facing homelessness at their ages. It’s understandable. And it wasn't only Whit that suffered from depression.

Shocked and grieving, their artist friends are doing as artists always do: finding ways to honor their friend while trying to bring more universal meaning from something horrible. Thus, there are several performance showcases in the works, and each will raise money for mental health care organizations. Two dates are already organized. Each will honor both Whitney and Elizabeth.

You can still find Whitney’s Facebook page. When we first went there, looking for answers on the morning of the 17th, it still showed that Whitney was attending a songwriter workshop that night. That’s the way we will always hope to remember him: smiling and happy as he went somewhere to be with fellow artists and pursue and grow in his craft.

There's also a new Facebook page, a memorial page, for those who knew Whit or Elizabeth. There, you’ll see that a fairly big-deal event is being kicked-around.

One, on May 20th, hosted by David Harvey at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, will feature a variety of artists perform Whit's original music. The other musical tribute, just arranged, will be held at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood at 7 pm on May 8th.

Suicide elicits such a stigma, deriving from from age-old religious tomes to every modern culture's ingrained aversions and horrors. Yet, Shakespeare, in Hamlet, wrote his greatest soliloquy as the speech in which the mentally distraught young Prince of Denmark contemplates “taking arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them,” or by taking his own life immediately with “a bare bodkin.” As he bared his tortured soul, Hamlet found that “Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” Not for all, fair prince, not for all.

We will spare you detailed reference to how Hamlet’s Ophelia, who loved him, also died. Hamlet went crazy with scheming and pugilism to seek righteous retribution for betrayal. Whit was the gentle soul whose uncertainties from within finally prevailed when fueled by insurmountable factors from without.

Many articulate people in the music community have shared heartfelt, poetic expressions in their shock over what happened. Bestselling author Paul Zollo, a good friend of Whit’s, said he couldn’t get something out of his head – a line from the Don McLean song, “Vincent” ~ “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”

Once you’ve read this, go to YouTube and Vimeo. Hit search and type-in "D Whitney Quinn" and bring-up the marvelous music videos with Whitney performing his originals. (We give you some web addresses, just below.) Some of these were superbly shot by Ron Sarfety. Some feature marvelous backing musicians. Some include Whitney’s signature bit of taking a cell phone call in the middle of a song – hilarious and daring, with brilliant comedic timing, and in which he celebrated his own inner awkwardness.

We will cherish the image of D. Whitney Quinn as a gentle but riveting presence on the stage, someone who could always make you smile when he was up there, someone who could seduce you into your comfort zone, then shock you with a sudden burst of profanity, and grin back at you because he got you.

Watch the first performance of the short song (1:46), “This Is Why We Love the Crazy Ones,” a co-write and duo performance by D. Whitney Quinn and Kevin Fisher, composed in just 17 minutes and then performed unrehearsed on the “Top Tune” songwriter “game show” in August, 2013. Remarkable for an effort as quick as a microwave pot pie. It’s at: .

Check-out Whit’s brilliantly arranged and accompanied original, “When I Get to Heaven,” on YouTube, at . It was filmed in 2009, nearly five years to the day before he and Elizabeth left us.

May you both be at peace, Whitney and Elizabeth. Unless you've put together a kickin' new band, and are smiling at our naïvete.



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Repeated again, because it should be…

√ Annual “FOLKWORKS BENEFIT CONCERT” is April 26…

Sat, Apr 26, in Santa Monica:
8 pm "FOLKWORKS ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT" at the Santa Monica Woman's Club, 1210 4th St (just S of Wilshire), Santa Monica 90401.
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We’ve brought you this Ticket Alert before, but it bears repeating. The lineup reflects FolkWorks' focus on world music as well as American folk music:
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SAUSAGE GRINDER - Los Angeles’ "all-natural hillbilly and country blues band" combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. This versatile acoustic group features fiddle, bank, guitar, mandolin, washboard, bagpipes and a few odds and ends.
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SWING RIOTS QUIRKTETTE - perform an irreverent gumbo of Gypsy & Creole Jazz, Klezmer & Romanian Horas, Parisian Musette & the occasional wild card thrown in for good measure. Six core members have played for decades in everything from Balkan dance bands to traditional Swing groups.
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NEVENKA - popular Los Angeles-based women’s chorus brings to life vocal folk/roots traditions from around the world. Their songs range from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Bosnia to Rom and Sephardic songs - as well as recently added American and Irish music. Their spellbinding harmonies are at the core of their eclectic repertoire. While mostly singing a cappella, they are occasionally accompanied by percussion, mandolin, guitar, citern or panduri.
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TUNACIOUS - a Celtic genre-bending band with songs and dance tunes for a blowout contra dance to wind-up the evening.
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Go early for the reception at 7 pm. More info at 818-785-3839.
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Advance tix, $20 general admission, $25 VIP reserved (limited), available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576923



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Fri, Apr 18, in Burbank:
1-3 pm THE WOODYJAMES 15-piece BIG BAND plays one of the two stages at Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com
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More shows here, on one or the other of the venue’s two stages, at 5 pm, 8 pm, & 9:30 pm; see listings.
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All shows on both stages are no cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).

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Fri, Apr 18, in Burbank:
5-8 pm CODY& THE CODYDEPENDENTS play Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr (next to L.A. Equestrian Center), Burbank; 818-845-2425 or 818-515-4444; www.vivacantina.com
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No cover. Venue is known for its Mexican food and full bar. Okay to park free across the street at Pickwick Bowl (free, nearly unlimited parking for Viva patrons).

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Fri, Apr 18, in Monrovia:
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a year-’round street fair with live music in venues and on street corners, plenty of it acoustic, in picturesque old downtown Monrovia.
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It includes the trad-roots-dulcimer-friendly “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & JAM” at 7 pm at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; info, 626-357-1091.
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For those too far away to take part, Kattywompus presents “Year 'Round Live Folk Music Webcast Concert;” info at www.SoKattywompus.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in Palmdale:
6 pm Monthly OPEN MIC at Butlers Coffee, 40125 10th St, West, Suite I, Palmdale 93551.
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Signups begin at 5:30 pm, for 15 slots. Each slot is 10 minutes. The show opens at 6 sharp, and runs until 9 pm. Standby signups taken, but will not play unless the show runs short. Reserve your slot in advance at waynesl@waynesl.com
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Free, with a one drink or food item purchase minimum. More at: http://desertsong.net

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Fri, Apr 18, in Redondo Beach:
6:30-9:30 pm ANDY & RENEE play On The Rocks, 239 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach 90277; 310-379-7438.

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Fri, Apr 18, in San Diego:
6:30 pm “WALT RICHARDS SLO JAM” is an all-acoustic-instruments affair at the San Carlos Recreation Center, 6445 Lake Badin Av, San Diego. Bring your strings.

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Fri, Apr 18, in SFV (Northridge):
7-10 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SHOWCASE” brings a lineup of various musicians, all playing acoustic, at Pho-King Delicious, 9350 Corbin Av, Northridge 91324.
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No cover. Venue has a variety of noodle dishes, salads, spring rolls, soups, sandwiches, and Vietnamese pho. (The editor likes the food here.)

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Fri, Apr 18, in Santa Monica:
7:30 pm STRING MADNESS plays the concerts series at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405; 310-399-1631.

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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
7:30 pm “SECRET SONGS” FREE concert series brings acoustic performances in front of a backdrop of sculptural masterpieces at the Mor York Gallery, 4959 York Bl, in the Highland Park / Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles 90042; 323-663-3426.
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The show is FREE, all ages. “Secret Songs” returns with its third season with tonight’s show. It’s a free monthly concert series (monthly, in season, on the 4th Fridays) featuring an eclectic mix of acoustic performances in front of a backdrop of sculptural masterpieces.
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Doors open at 7 pm. The first band is on at 7:30 pm, 2nd band at 8:15 pm, and 3rd band at 9 pm, and they “usually pretty prompt about times.”
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They have the vendor “Plant Food for People,” who is “serving up vegan jackfruit tacos in the back alley,” and they encourage you to “Come hungry and don't forget to bring a little cash for food, donations, and band merchandise.”
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More on the series at: www.facebook.com/SecretSongs

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Fri, Apr 18, in T.O.:
8 pm ELLIS PAUL plays the “LIVE AT THE LIBRARY” concert series at the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks 91362; 818-621-8309.
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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
8 pm TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, that marvelous old-tyme string trio, plays their CD RELEASE show, with musical guests STEVE WERNER, and McDOUGALL, at Landmark 1642, 1642 Temple Av, downtown Los Angeles 90026; 213-989-6836.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Santa Monica:
8 pm MIKE PETERS of the band THE ALARM (“The Spirit of ’76”) plays McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Bl (Pico at 31st), Santa Monica 90405; www.mccabes.com; 310-828-4403; tix, 310-828-4497.
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Tix, $22.50.

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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
8 pm Monthly “FREEBO & FRIENDS” at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, Los Angeles 90046; 323-653-0640.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Malibu:
8 pm Grammy Award winner ALBERT LEE, plays a benefit for “Safety Harbor Kids” at Duke’s of Malibu.
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ALBERT LEE, dubbed "The greatest guitarist in the world" by Eric Clapton, will bring his otherwise sold-out “70th Birthday Celebration Tour” to an intimate ocean setting in the Moana Room at Duke's Restaurant in Malibu. An evening of music, dining and dancing with surprise guests, the event will benefit Safety Harbor Kids, a non-profit organization supporting orphans, foster and homeless children.
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Also performing are Abandon Jalopy and Jamey Geston. Brad Smith, principal songwriter, bass player of Blind Melon, unleashes a torrent of hot, high energy songs under the code name Abandon Jalopy.
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15-year-old Jamey Geston is an upcoming singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music has an indie,folksy beat with a pinch of acoustic pop. Jamey has opened for the legendary Judy Collins and shared the stage with Jeff Bridges, Kenny Loggins and others.
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Past and present supporters of Safety Harbor Kids include numerous Grammy and Hall of Fame musicians such as Bonnie Raitt,Vince Gill,Jimmy Webb,and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Safety Harbor Kids Board Member,Jackson Browne. These amazing artists have donated,attended or performed at Safety Harbor Kids to lend their support in raising awareness for the cause and solution.
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Join these artists in supporting children in need, at: www.safetyharborkids.org or call 800-277-0497.
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Tix at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/604519

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Fri, Apr 18, in Hollywood:
8 pm BILL MANZIK plays the Piano Bar, 6429 Selma Av, Hollywood 90028; www.pianobarhollywood.com; 323-466-2750.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Pasadena:
8 pm KATHY KOSINS’ “Ladies of Cool: A Love Letter to the Feminine in Jazz,” plays the “Music at Boston Court” series at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106; www.bostoncourt.org; 626-683-6883.
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Celebrating the artistry of 1950s female jazz icons, Anita O'Day, June Christy, Julie London and Chris Connor, contemporary chanteuse Kathy Kosins brings her own personal interpretation and vocal style to Boston Court with her take on the “Ladies of Cool”. This marvelous concert explores the music and relationships that each of these extraordinary singers had with their composers and arrangers of the day. The style eventually became known as West Coast Jazz, defining the very essence of what we now know as “cool” jazz. Lay back, listen, and chill with this Lady of Cool.
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Tix, $25, ($20 for seniors), at: https://m.ovationtix.com/#/pr/930331

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Fri, Apr 18, in Altadena:
8 pm PHIL SALAZAR & THE KIN FOLK play the at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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Easily one of the top acts Ventura County folk-roots acts on the past twenty years. Highly musical fun.
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For tix, call reservations, 626-798-6236, 10 am-10 pm, seven days. There’s more on the venue’s website, at www.coffeegallery.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in Arcadia:
8 pm-1 am A TOURING BLUES HEADLINE ACT, plus the excellent house band, the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE BAND, play the Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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Good food with generous portions is available from 7 pm until midnight. Free parking is available on the street and in the city lot across the street behind Denny’s. Fun place. But bring earplugs. Seriously.
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Advance tix (and even reservations) are discounted, at http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com

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Fri, Apr 18; Wed-Fri, Apr 16-18, in OC (Costa Mesa):
8 pm PACIFIC SYMPHONY presents “ROMEO & JULIET” at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; www.ocpac.org
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Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Prokofiev: Selections from “Romeo and Juliet”
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Relive the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful, memorable music! Here, actors and dancers reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.
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♪ Carl St.Clair, conductor
♪ Ramond Kobler, violin
♪ Paul Manaster, violin
♪ Jeanne Skrocki, violin
♪ Bridget Dolkas, violin
♪ Timothy Landauer, cello
♪ Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser
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Tix at 714-755-5799 or www.PacificSymphony.org

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Fri, Apr 18, in San Pedro:
8 pm DICK WELLER TRIO plays Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St, San Pedro 90732; 310-833-3281.
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Fri, Apr 18, in SFV (Chatsworth):
8 pm An UNSPECIFIED AMERICANA / ALT COUNTRY / TRAD COUNTRY / or HONKY TONK BAND plays the Cowboy Palace, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Fri, Apr 18, in Glendale:
8-11 pm Piano man MARC BOSSERMAN plays the Left Coast Wine Bar and Art Gallery, 117 E Harvard, Glendale 91205; 818-507-7011; www.leftcoastwinebar.com
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Fri, Apr 18, in San Diego Co (Fallbrook):
8 pm-midnight HUMBLE HOOLIGANS, a big hit at the recent Irish Fest, play McGee’s in Fallbrook.
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Fri, Apr 18, in L.A.:
8 pm “MUSIC ON FRIDAY NIGHTS” acoustic series continues at MUSE on 8th, 759 S La Brea Av (at 8th St, just S of Wilshire, Mid-City Los Angeles; www.MUSEon8th.com
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Come at 7:30 pm to network, socialize, catch up, and grab some coffee & a snack.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Echo Park:
8 pm “MUSIC ON THE PATIO” acoustic series continues at Stories, 1716 W Sunset Bl, Echo Park (Los Angeles); 213-413-3733.

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Fri, Apr 18, in Burbank:
9 pm WHISKEY HAYRIDE plays Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, 4311 W Magnolia Bl, Burbank 91505; 818-729-0805.
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Fri, Apr 18, in Ventura:
9 pm-midnight SALTY SUITES play a full evening at Amigo’s Surf Cantina, 546 E Main St, Ventura 93001; 805-874-2232.
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Fri, Apr 18, in Murrieta:
9 pm An UNDISCLOSED IRISH BAND plays the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd #145, Murrieta 92563; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in SFV (Van Nuys):
9:30 pm KEN O’MALLEY & THE TWILIGHT LORDS play Ireland's 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401; www.irelands32.com

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Fri, Apr 18, in Culver City:
9:30 pm An UNDISCLOSED AMERICANA / HONKY TONK / OR COUNTRY ROCK band plays the Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City.
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Ongoing, through Apr 19, in Sierra Madre:
(Times vary, by night) “CIVIL WAR MUSIC-THEMED LIVE THEATRE,” in three period-music-related productions, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre; 626-355-4318; www.sierramadreplayhouse.com. Free street parking.

Nick Smith, veteran storyteller and co-producer of the Pasadena Folk Music Series (formerly the Caltech Folk Music Series), says, “I’m historical advisor for their current productions. The main one, "Battledrum," (Mar 7-Apr 19) is a short musical drama about drummer boys during the Civil War.”
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The theatre’s lobby has a wonderful display of Civil War photographs and descriptive placards, along with a Union uniform and lady’s dress of the time.
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Each performance of "Battledrum" opens with an opening talk by a historian, leading into the play. Nick tells us, “I will be doing [the historian’s opening] for some of the performances. I’m also helping select the readings and music for the other production. It’s been busy.”
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The Guide was there for ""THE PLAYER KING," a one-night-only show in the series on March 28. It’s about the theatrical Booth family, including John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Written and performed by DARIN DAHMS, it is an inspired performance. If it’s indicative of this series, and we believe it is, then catch as much of it as you can.
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ONGOING, theatre and ONLINE screening, through April 24:
“GO WITH LE FLO,” the new feature film by the BRIGHT BLUE GORILLA band members MICHAEL GLOVER and ROBYN ROSENKRANTZ who won the Mumbai Film Festival with a previous film, opens at the Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S Main St, Los Angeles 90012.
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See the complete feature story in the Guide’s Apr 11 edition’s “events” listings.
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Advance tix, $10 ($11.34 w/service fee) at:
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For the shut-ins or those not in L.A., the film is accessible on your computer:
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ONLINE: watch “Go with Le Flo” (the full movie) in the USA at: www.eurocinema.com
If you're outside of the USA, you can watch “Go with Le Flo” on Vimeo On Demand - available ONLY from April 11 thru 24.

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ONGOING, through May 4, in L.A.:
8 pm “ALMOST WHITE” a new solo series by Rick Najera, alternating with “SCARRED FOR LIFE” by David Valdez, are comedic stage play productions at Casa 0101 Theatre, 2102 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033.
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There is a full feature write-up in the Apr 11 edition’s “events” listing.
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On opening night, both plays are presented; after that, the two shows alternate. Limited engagement runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm, through May 4.
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Najera, one of Hollywood’s most prolific playwright-performers, sets the stage for his new play based on his latest memoir, “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” Runs April 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27.
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“Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.,” by David Valdez, runs April 11, 18, 19, 20 and May 2, 3 and 4.
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Tix, $15-$30, at www.casa0101.org. More info at www.ricknajera.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlmostWhite.

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ONGOING through Apr 19, at UCLA:
8 pm “THE SUIT,” from theater Icon Peter Brook, presented by the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) series for eight performances at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, in MacGowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Dr East, on the UCLA campus in Westwood (L.A.) 90095.
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“The Suit” is a simmering tale of betrayal and resentment set in the politically charged sphere of apartheid-era South Africa, performed by Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, with direction, adaptation and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk. The story centers on Philomen, a middle-class lawyer and his wife, Matilda. The suit of the title belongs to Matilda’s lover and is left behind when Philomen catches the illicit couple together. As punishment, Philomen makes Matilda treat the suit as an honored guest as a constant reminder of her adultery. The setting of Sophiatown, a teeming township that was erased shortly after Can Themba wrote his novel, is as much a character in the play as the unfortunate couple, and this production lends it life and energy with a minimal cast.
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Themba was a South African writer during apartheid. His short novel, “The Suit” was supposed to change the writer’s life, but the cruel restrictions in his native country led him to exile, his works banned in his home country. He died an alcoholic before his most famous work was adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in the newly liberated South Africa of the 1990s.
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Renowned director Peter Brook previously adapted that stage version and took it on tour in a French-language production. He returned to the source language of English working with his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne and composer Franck Krawczyk. They have adapted the play and have set it to music from sources as diverse as Franz Schubert and Miriam Makeba.
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The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines —dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well the emerging digital, collaborative and cross-art platforms inspired by today's leading artists and creators. CAP supports the creation, presentation and critical dialogues vital to the ongoing innovation and expressive potential of artists whose work, whether vibrantly emerging or internationally acclaimed, forms the dynamic and evolving heritage of contemporary performance. Based in UCLA's iconic Royce Hall, CAP UCLA is the university's public center for the presentation of the performing arts and contributes to the cultural life of the campus and greater Los Angeles, promoting civic dialogue and creative inquiry. Through an annual season of performing arts programs and extensive community-engagement events — including artist fellows and residency programs, K–12 arts education (Design for Sharing), student mentorship (Student Committee for the Arts), and art-making and experiential activities (Art in Action) — CAP UCLA advances the importance of art in society by celebrating and deepening the connection between artist and audience.
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The show runs as follows: Wed, Apr 9 through Fri, Apr 11, at 8 pm; Sat, Apr 12, at 2 & 8 pm; Sun, Apr 13, at 2 pm; Thu, Apr 17 through Sat, Apr 19, at 8 pm. The only alternative to the hefty cost of campus parking is the MTA or Culver or Big Blue Bus.
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Tix, $30-$65, available online at www.cap.ucla.edu, or from the UCLA Central Ticket Office, at 310-825-2101, or with the usual hefty processing fee at Ticketmaster. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are offered at $15 one hour before show time to all students with valid ID.

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ONGOING at the Getty Villa, through Aug 25, in Malibu:
“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections” at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310-440-7300; parking, $15.
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Marked by glittering mosaics, luminous icons, and opulent churches, the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330–1453) flourished for more than one thousand years. Over 170 national treasures from Greece illustrate the development of a mighty empire, from its pagan origins to a deeply spiritual Christian society. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads” at the Getty Center.
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The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 1, in L.A.:
“JACKSON POLLOCK’S MURAL,” and “HATCHED! CREATING FORM WITH LINE,” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 8, in L.A.:
“A ROYAL PASSION: QUEEN VICTORIA & PHOTOGRAPHY” and “HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: PAST TENSE” are two concurrent temporary exhibitions at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.

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ONGOING at the Getty, through Jun 22, in L.A.:
“HEAVEN AND EARTH: BYZANTINE ILLUMINATION AT THE CULTURAL CROSSROADS” is a new temporary exhibition at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $15.



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