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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekend Music & Art Scene, Music on TV, Ticket Alerts, & more; Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21 2014

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Sun, Dec 21, in Culver City:
4 pm  "I LOVE A GOOD STORY!" brings the 9th year of music and storytelling to the Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Bl, Culver City; 310-622-2046.
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"Guaranteed to warm your chestnuts." Storytellers are Adam Bornstein, Annie Korzen, Marlene Nichols, Sy Rosen, and Rupert Hitzig. Music by gifted singer-songwriter Gary Stockdale. Host/emcees are Lauri Fraser and Chris Pina.
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Info on GARY STOCKDALE at http://artistdata.com/a/hriw
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Info on the event, www.iloveagoodstory.com
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Tix, $12.


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Take a deep breath, and remember to exhale. Now contemplate the tuneful times that await you within, and smile. As the stress of the holidays (hopefully) gives way to the joy of spending time with loved ones, some things remain the same. One of them? Artists always seem to have unique takes on things. Accordingly, here are a couple of thoughts for you this weekend:

“It's that elusive balance of extroverted free soul and introspective introvert that opens the portal to empathetic creativity.” ~ Our editor.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." ~ Plato.

Okay, Philosophy Corner visited. There are holiday party / music events, concerts, jams, chances to do Christmas Carol sing-alongs, and for those who need it, music that has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays. Let’s get started.

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Sat, Dec 20, in OC (Santa Ana):
7 pm  TINI GREY and his Hawai'ian ohana bring "A GREY FAMILY CHRISTMAS" to the Ebell Club, 625 French St, Santa Ana 92701.
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Tini brings his beautiful sisters, hula dancers, 2001's "Miss America" ANGELA P. BARAQUO, ukulele players, the GREY FAMILY ORCHESTRA, and more, including food vendors.
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Includes a "TOYS FOR TOTS" benefit. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child.
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Tix, $25, with doors at 6:30; $40 vip tix includes a wine reception at 5:30 pm.
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Tix at 714-726-2838 or
www.agreyfamilychristmas.com

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Sat, Dec 20, in SFV (Canoga Park):
11 am-through afternoon Annual “FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVENT” includes renowned storyteller TRUE THOMAS as “True Santa,” in FREE performances at the Canoga Park Farmer's Market, Sherman Way & Wyandotte St, Canoga Park.
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With background in storytelling and lore of the season, this Santa provides wonderful memories for your family.

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Sat, Dec 20, in OC (Costa Mesa):
Noon-5 pm Pianoman MARC BOSSERMAN plays holiday-themed sets at Season's 52 in Costa Mesa.
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Check-out his song, "Beautiful," at www.marcbosserman.bandcamp.com
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More at: www.marcbosserman.com

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Sat, Dec 20, in OC (Costa Mesa):
Noon-6 pm Monthly “KAREN TORRELL HOFFMAN’S BIG GARAGE JAM” at 249 Magnolia St, Costa Mesa 92627.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Altadena:
1:30 pm Annual "CHRISTMAS SHOW & POTLUCK with PERUVIAN BUFFET" at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena.
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This year's show stars two award-winning / festival headlining musical couples, CHAD WATSON & PAM LOE, plus LISA CARBE & JP DURAND of INCENDIO. Musical hosts are DUANE THORIN and THE LICATA BROTHERS.
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Expect a fun, talent-packed, all-ages family show with added holiday tunes. Before the music starts, chat with venue impresario Bob Stane and enjoy meeting other folks you always see at Coffee Gallery Backstage shows. (Absolutely no alcohol to be brought or consumed).
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Tix, $15, bring a dish if you can, and enjoy Mama Licata's deliciously memorable Peruvian dishes. Make your reservations for the show (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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There’s a different show here tonight at 7 pm. See listing.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Burbank:
Noon-2 pm The ABBY HOLLANDER BAND plays a “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 8 & 9 pm listings for additional shows on one of the venue’s two stages.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, in T.O.:
2 & 7 pm "THE NUTCRACKER BALLET" staged by PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET for four performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Thousand Oaks.
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Both days at 2 & 7 pm.
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All Ages. Bring your kids to this fully staged, beautifully produced production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" Featuring Tiler Peck, soloist with the New York City Ballet, and more than 150 dancers. It even SNOWS on stage.

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Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, in L.A.:
3 pm HERSHEY FELDER as IRVING BERLIN at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 LeConte Av, Los Angeles 90024; 310-208-2028, www.geffenplayhouse.com
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Final performances are 3 pm Sat, and 2 & 7 pm Sun. Use Promo Code: BERLINPARLOR at www.GeffenPlayhouse.com, or call box office at 310-208-5454 or go in person to the box office during business hours. Tix, $42 + $8 fee ($50 total).

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Sun, Dec 21, in Monrovia:
4 pm WILDFIRE plays a house concert in Monrovia. Reservations get directions at 626-422-4365.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Pasadena:
6 pm "HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY" with lots of participatory live music, at the Urban Homestead, 631 Cypress Av, Pasadena 91103.
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Jordanne and the Dervaes family tell us it's their last Hootenanny of 2014, and includes "Candlelight Caroling," hot food, drinks, and more. Spaces are limited so make a reservation at info@urbanhomestead.org or text or call 626-765-5704.
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Go early for the "Pop Up Shop," 4-6 pm to look for unique or last minute gifts.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Altadena:
6 pm THE BRITON ENSEMBLE performs their annual holiday show of Christmas and seasonal music at the Altadena Community Church, 943 E Altadena Dr, Altadena (up Lake Av, above the Coffee Gallery, right turn on Altadena Dr.)
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Free admission. Doors at 5:30 pm. Donations go to the Altadena Community Church in gratitude for the space.
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This is always a fine program of spirited singing and there is a great sense of community at this show. Hear a sample from a couple of years ago at:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXC8IRL3Lis and see
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More info about this year's show: http://folkmusic.caltech.edu/Briton%20ensemble%202.jpg

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Sat, Dec 20, in Rancho Palos Verdes:
6-10 pm ANDY HILL, RENEE SAFIER, MARTY RIFKIN, and KIRK MAKIN play a “HOLIDAY PARTY HOUSE CONCERT” hosted by Don & Jean Owen in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275. Reservations get directions by email to jeanowenbabycare@gmail.com
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Andy & Renee are the leaders of the award-winning HARD RAIN. MARTY RIFKIN performs as keyboardist for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and many others.
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Admission, $25. Includes dinner and a raffle ticket for great prizes. BYOB.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Santa Barbara:
6:30-9 pm J PETER BOLES plays his "Hand-Picked Acoustic Music" at Endless Summer, 113 Harbor Way #180, Santa Barbara.
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He also plays here next Saturday, Dec 27.
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Listen to his "Warm Winter's Eve in December" at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU9mm8zFOik
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You can download his "Christmas Sky" songs at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-sky-ep/id398745336

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Sat, Dec 20, in Lakewood:
6:30 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS CONCERT” brings a various bands each time to Me N Eds Pizza Parlor, 4115 Paramount Bl, Lakewood 90712; 562-421-8908.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Huntington Beach:
7-11:30 pm “THE JAMES INTVELD AND ROSIE FLORES CHRISTMAS PARTY” promises to be a rootin’ tootin’ honky-tonkin’ rockabilly rock around the Christmas tree at Don the Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; 562-592-1321.
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Tix, $20-$35, at: www.eventbrite.com/e/james-intveld-rosie-flores-christmas-ville-party-tickets-14338648283

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Sat, Dec 20, in Altadena:
7 pm JIM KWESKIN & JULI CROCKETT play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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Folk legend JIM KWESKIN of JUG BAND fame, back in the day, shared stages with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and The Doors, and stood toe to toe with them as a national star. He created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. In the early 60’s,Kweskin founded the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe. Maria Muldaur, formerly with the Even Dozen Jug Band, joined the band in 1963.
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JULI CROCKETT has starred with her band, THE EVANGENITALS around L.A. and at festivals. As a playwright / director, she is best known for her adaptations of classic works of literature and philosophy. Her work has been presented at the REDCAT and 24th Street Theatre (Los Angeles),TENT group (Portland, Maine), and Red Room (New York); festivals: Downtown Film Festival's Sustainable LA and Edge of the World Festival (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Venue 13,Scotland.) See more at: http://www.julicrockett.com/
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Both headliners will be joined by a backing band of jazz heavyweights, including bassist Edwin Livingston (Natalie Cole), violinist Benedikt Brydern (Hot Club Quartet), and pianist Michael Feldman (Evangenitals, Freddy and Francine). Don't miss it.
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Tix, $22.50. This will sell-out.

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Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, in T.O.:
7 pm "THE NUTCRACKER BALLET" staged by PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET for four performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Thousand Oaks.
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Both days at 2 & 7 pm.
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All Ages. Bring your kids to this fully staged, beautifully produced production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" Featuring Tiler Peck, soloist with the New York City Ballet, and more than 150 dancers. It even SNOWS on stage.

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Sat, Dec 20, in T.O.:
7 pm TARA SITSER (from JOHN ZIPPERER & FRIENDS) plays the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, in Thousand Oaks; www.reverbnation.com/q/5ez1a8

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Sat, Dec 20, in L.A.:
7 pm THE PRATIES bring their Irish music to the Wilde Thistle, 3454 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Palmdale:
7 pm Annual “HOLIDAY PARTY” with performances by headliners THE BROWNE SISTERS (of nationwide Celtic Festival fame), plus BRAD ROGERS, JIM BARILE, ELAYNA, WAYNE SLATER-LUNSFORD, RALPH ANGEL, and more, at Butlers Coffee, 40125 10th St West, Suite I, Palmdale (just N of Antelope Valley Mall, N of 14 Fwy.)
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This is quite a hefty lineup for the pleasant little neat n’ tidy coffeehouse in the desert. Get there a bit early to get a good seat and place an order for a hot beverage (which you are sure to want; iit gets cold after dark in the high desert, though it’s warm in the venue).
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Free show, one item purchase (food or drink) minimum.

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Sat, Dec 20, in L.A.:
7-ish pm AN AMERICANA / ALT-COUNTRY / OR HONKY-TONK BAND plays the FREE weekly show on the stage adjacent to EB's Wine Bar & Grill at the original L.A. Farmers Market complex, 6333 W 3rd St, Ste 408, in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles 90036.
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No cover.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Santa Monica:
7:30 pm: “CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND” with LUNASA and KARAN CASEY plays its final local show of its tour, tonight at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.
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This is exceptionally excellent, with one of Ireland's best known groups, LUNASA. Lúnasa has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Dublin's National Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and at the White House. Lúnasa's inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Its recordings are hailed internationally among the best and most important world music albums and its blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has Lúnasa at the forefront of Celtic music.
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They are joined by the incredible KARAN CASEY who has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music.
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Watch a video of their performance at: www.thebroadstage.com/en/Performances/World/Productions/lunasa/
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Tix at: 310-434-3200, or www.thebroadstage.com/portal/?to=loader.asp?target=hall.asp?event=1216&interface=2

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Sat, Dec 20, in Newhall (Santa Clarita):
7:30 pm GRATEFUL DUDES play their weekly bluegrass residency at Vincenzo's Pizza, 24500 Lyons Av (near the Lyons offramp off I-5), Newhall 91350.

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Sat, Dec 20, in San Diego Co (Carlsbad):
7:30 pm “KOFFEEHOUSE MUSIC” co-presents the “biggest holiday concert ever” at the venue, the Park Hyatt Aviara, with headliner KATIE OHH, plus TREVOR DAVIS, and the very rootsy OTTOPILOT, at the Park Hyatt Aviara, 7100 Aviara Resort Dr, Carlsbad; 760-448-1234.
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Set Times:
7:30 pm - Trevor Davis
8 pm - Ottopilot
8:30 pm - Katie Ohh
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KATIE OHH:
She’s the small town girl with a big voice who won $1 million last summer on NBC's “The Winner Is.” Katie delivered show stopping vocal performances for the 101 judges and live studio audience, as well as the millions of viewers across America. Meet Katie Ohh, whose powerhouse vocals, musical authenticity and spotlight-ready charisma signal the arrival of an ascending and essential new artist. On her self-titled EP, she introduces a captivating sound that is part country, part rock and all Katie Ohh. From Powhatan Point, Ohio, situated between Captina Creek and the Ohio River, Katie Ohh has made the giant career leap to Los Angeles. Now in her early twenties, she established herself back home with performances in clubs, concerts (including the famous “Jamboree in the Hills” festival) and with successive appearances on the legendary Wheeling Jamboree broadcast on WWVA - the second longest running radio show in the history of American radio. Obviously, a move to Nashville – where she had visited many times – would have been the more obvious career choice, but Katie knew that would come in time. When Katie journeyed to California she met musical friends, played great gigs and made the fateful decision to live in in Los Angeles. For her debut EP, she and producer Dan Weidlein crafted a distinctive framework to surround her evocative voice and sterling songs, including an epic string section worthy of a symphony orchestra. But while these sounds are dramatic, they never overshadow the artistry of Katie Ohh; the sincerity of her melodies and the revelations within her narratives. She says that the truth is in the telling. “When I sing, the best way to tell the story is to think about the words. The listener can tell when you mean it or you don’t.” Discreetly tattooed on the inside of Katie’s arm is the Latin phrase “Alis volat propriis” which translates as “she flies with her own wings.” It is a fitting declaration of the determination that transported her from a tiny town in Ohio to the entertainment crossroads of the world. “It makes me crazy not to be doing something,” she concludes “I’m not the type of person to sit back and wait for things to come to me. I want audiences to understand that I’m a country girl, but I have eclectic musical elements within my sound. And I want everyone to know that good things are coming in the very near future.”
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TREVOR DAVIS:
The passion and talent of singer-songwriter Trevor Davis seamlessly combines pop, rock, and soul to deliver well-constructed songs that are highly original. Using rich metaphors and clever play on words, he communicates to his listeners with music that is both thought provoking and meaningful. Trevor captivates his audience with a strong, soulful voice that can reach to a cutting falsetto with ease, while engaging them with witty banter and dance moves as entertaining as his music. Trevor loves abstract thoughts and double meanings. He doesn’t like to state the obvious. He loves music that makes you think but is also emotional. He says, “Honesty influences me the most." The seeds for Trevor's music were planted early. His life led him on an uneasy road. He didn't have a father and his single mother struggled to provide for his needs. His grandmother helped in raising him because his mother struggled with drugs. When he was young his mother and him attended a gospel church. This is where he would soak in the music that would come to influence him so much. He says, “Music has to have conviction. I need to believe that people actually experience what they are singing about.” Because of this, Trevor is thankful for his hard and hurtful past. He can mix his past with hope, which gives him a larger spectrum to work with in his songwriting. Since Trevor started playing the independent music scene ten years ago, his fan base has grown immensely. Less than two years from writing his first song, he routinely played packed out shows in San Diego. He has received radio airplay and has started touring the west coast as often as he can. All the time spent on the road and playing shows has allowed Trevor to craft his abilities and truly create his own sound.
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OTTOPILOT:
Launched in 2009, as a rock-based acoustic brother duo, Ottopilot is rapidly becoming a lucrative act to follow. Their Dynamic, acoustic, Pop-rock feel, sets them apart from the typical garage jam band. The Brothers are enjoying moderate success at the moment by sharing the stage with impressive acts such as Mat Kearney, Gavin Degraw, Michelle Branch, Sugar Ray and the list goes on. The name Ottopilot reflects their personal view on pure freedom. "The ability to believe and achieve full success while maintaining a clear and lucid, state of mind. In 2010, the brothers released a hit single "Streetlight". With the help of live shows, radio airplay, and word of mouth, the ripple effect began to take place. They were quoted that year by John Phillip Willie, writer/editor for San Diego Troubadour. "Of all the new artist leads that I have ever been given, Ottopilot by far, exudes the most talent.” Their new album is underway and with the help from their local support, Ottopilot is ready and eager to take off!
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Technically, tix are free, but they will try like crazy toi get you to bopok a room package.
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For details, call 760-448-1234 and use promo code "KATIE" for the Standard Guest Room + Concert Package or VIP Suite + Concert Package. Some tix may also remain at: http://koffeehouse.com/event.cfm?id=183382&ref=EA4E34FD808ECFDC5AF13B5BF343B625128A34DEA5A2E1767EA5775AD7EFB8E8&utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

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Sat, Dec 20, in San Diego Co (National City):
7:30 pm PETER ASHER performs “A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE ‘60S AND BEYOND” for the “AMSD Concerts” series, at the Laura R. Charles Theater, 2900 Highland Av, National City 91950; 619-201-0520.

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Sat, Dec 20, in SFV (Granada Hills):
7:30-11 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “ONION BAGEL OPEN STAGE & JAM” at Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St, Granada Hills 91344.

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Sat, Dec 20, in L.A.:
7:45 pm Monthly “ARC MUSIC NIGHT” is a jam ’til all hours with opportunities for short solo sets, at the ARC Center, 6456 Whitsett Av, North Hollywood 91606. Info, contact LSchallert@aol.com

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Sat, Dec 20, in San Pedro:
8 pm: “ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH: A CELTIC CHRISTMAS,” at Alvaʻs Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732.
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ERIC RIGLER (uilleann pipes & whistles) and DIRK FREYMUTH (guitar) team up once again to create a night of acoustic Celtic music. Drawing from the Christmas repertoire, as well as ancient and soulful Irish melodies, barn-burning jigs & reels, and themes from Eric’s film & television work, the duo combines with WANDA LAW on Irish fiddle to produce a moving musical experience.
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ERIC RIGLER's legendary 40-year career on the bagpipes is world-famous. From his haunting solos on the current Starz TV series, “Outlander,” to performing "Amazing Grace" at President Reagan's funeral, to hundreds of appearances, films and recordings such as “Braveheart,” “Titanic,” “Men In Black 3,” “Cinderella Man,” and “Austin Powers,” to CDs For Phil Collins, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, and Rod Stewart, to TV's “Black Sails,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Crossing Jordan,” “The Simpsons,” and “South Park,” Eric has been called "the most recorded piper in history".
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DIRK FREYMUTH’s gifted and diverse talent on the guitar spans genres from being a member of the Minneapolis power-pop trio, HINDU RODEO, to Dublin’s BAROQUE ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND. As a studio player he has recorded for the Kottonmouth Kings, The Proclaimers, John Gorka, and many others. Earning music degrees from the University of Southern California, Dirk has produced more than fifty albums in a wide variety of styles, most notably Classical and Celtic, where he first collaborated with Eric Rigler.
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More at: www.alvasshowroom.com/calendar.php
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Reservations 800-403-3447. Tix, $25.

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Sat, Dec 20; THEATRE, in Burbank:
8 pm CLOSING NIGHT for "A CHRISTMAS CAROL – AN ADAPTATION THAT USES ONLY DICKENS' ORIGINAL WORDS" at the Grove Theater Center, 1111-b, W Olive Av, Burbank; 800-838-3006; www.gtc.org
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Adapted by GTC's artistic director and co-founder Kevin Cochran who directs this production. The cast includes Jenna Augen, winner of the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Supporting Performance; Broadway veteran David Allen Jones; and Frank Simons; all appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. They guide the audience through the story – as storytellers; or as Dickens' beloved characters, including Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley's Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present & Future-but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic.
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Tix, $34.50 general; $29.50 Burbank residents; $24.50 seniors/students.

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Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, CONCERT, in Glendora:
8 pm Sat; 2 pm Sun; Annual “CITRUS COLLEGE CHRISTMAS SHOW” at the Haugh Performing Arts Center Theater, on the Citrus College campus in Glendora.
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The show completes its run this weekend, changing to the schedule indicated. The production’s first half is traditional Christmas music sung by the Citrus singing groups. The second half is an original Christmas play featuring Santa himself.
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Tix, $24 regular, $22 students and seniors, $15 for children age 16 and under. Fun for all ages. Citrus box office is 626-963-9411, open Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am-4 pm.

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Sat, Dec 20, in San Pedro:
8 pm GOLDEN STATE POPS ORCHESTRA present their annual “HOLIDAY POPS SPECTACULAR!” one performance only at the magnificent Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro 90731; 310-548-2494.
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Info and tix at: www.grandvision.org
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The presenting organization, Grand Vision Foundation, is the official Friends Group of the Warner Grand Theatre, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Hollywood:
8 pm "KPFK'S HOLIDAY CONCERT & BENEFIT SHOW" at the Catalina Bar & Grill / Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Bl, Hollywood 90028.
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Music greats turn out for KPFK’s Holiday Concert. Music director and program host Maggie LePique celebrates 20 years at Pacifica radio station KPFK 90.7 FM with a star-studded holiday concert at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. All proceeds benefit KPFK’s Studio A Project
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• Featured violinist, vocalist, and composer LILI HAYDN
• Music director for the night is OSCAR HERNANDEZ of the SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA • Other instrumental musicians include Colombian woodwind artist JUSTO ALMARIO, drummer CLAYTON CAMERON, Grammy-winning bassist STANLEY CLARKE, percussionist LUIS CONTE, guitarist GRANT GEISSMAN, pianist OSCAR HERNANDEZ, & trombonist PHIL RANELIN
• Vocalists include THE HADEN TRIPLETS, and jazz singer MICHELLE COLTRANE
• Singer-songwriter MIA DOI TODD
• Drumming and dance group SAMBA DA MUDANÇA
• Emcee is RICHARD MONTOYA of CULTURE CLASH
• Comedian JIMMY DORE, host of “THE JIMMY DORE SHOW,” heard on KPFK
• Featured KPFK DJs and personalities BILL GARDNER, MAGGIE LePIQUE, SERGIO MIELNICZENKO, TEDDY ROBINSON, YATRIKA SHAH-RAIS, & MARK TORRES
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VIP meet and greet begins at 6 pm.
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Info, 818-985-2711 or www.kpfk.org or specific details at: www.kpfk.org/index.php/eventcal/icalrepeat.detail/2014/12/20/1994/-/kpfk-s-holiday-concert
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Tix at the door, $55; VIP, $75 includes meet and greet reception with appetizers, an exclusive KPFK gift bag and preferred seating.
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Tix at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/975689

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Sat, Dec 20, in Culver City:
8 pm AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583.
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These guys are Austin music legends, with lots of crazy-funny songs and all-around first-rate songwriting and performing prowess. Request “Old Blevins.”
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Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Burbank:
8 pm PAPER RAIN plays Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See Noon & 9 pm listings for additional shows on one of the venue’s two stages.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Sat, Dec 20, in L.A.:
8 pm TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT, that wildly fun and raucous old-timey string band, plays the monthly “3rd SATURDAY SQUARE DANCE” at the American Legion Hall Post 206, 227 N Ave 55, Los Angeles 90042.
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It's the Annual Toy Drive, so bring an new unwrapped toy and get in free, or pay $10 without a toy.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Silverlake (L.A.):
8 pm “SONGWRITER'S SQUARE” at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Café, 2106 Hyperion Av, Silverlake.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Arcadia:
DARK THIS WEEKEND: Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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NOTE: The venue’s excellent NEW YEARS EVE PARTY has early bird tix on sale now; get the best seats and save money. 1st come,1st served.
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Substantial discount for advance tix (it’s always very reasonable here, anyway):
http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Sat, Dec 20, in L.A.:
8:30 pm ACOUSTIC GENERATION plus MARK HUFF play the Mid-City Music Lounge, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035; 323-954-9630.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Burbank:
9 pm Martini presents BEBO & THE GOOD TIME BOYS, SAVAGE BREED, DOWNBEATS, and HI FI SORHEIM, plus DJs and that always nebulous “more,” at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See Noon & 8 pm pm listings for additional shows on one of the venue’s two stages.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Sat, Dec 20, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm “8th DAY OF CHRISTMAS” at the venue brings JIMI NELSON to the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Go early for free dance lessons; long session lessons on Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30-9 pm.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, and always fun. No cover, full bar.

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Sat, Dec 20, in Murrieta:
9 pm BRICK TOP BLAGGERS play the Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Sat, Dec 20, in SFV (Van Nuys):
9:30 pm SLIGO RAGS bring their marvelously bluegrass-flavored Irish music to Ireland’s 32, 13721 Burbank Bl, Van Nuys 91401; 818-785-4031.



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Sun, Dec 21, in Hollywood:
9 am-1 pm The FAIR MARKET BAND plays bluegrass and old-timey stringband music, free at the weekly “Hollywood Farmers Market,” at Ivar Av & Selma Av, Hollywood 90028.

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Sun, Dec 21, in South Pasadena:
10 am-2 pm Weekly “ACOUSTIC BLUES BRUNCH” with BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena 91030; 626-441-2443.

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Sun, Dec 21, in San Diego:
10 am–2 pm Weekly “BLUEGRASS BRUNCH” at Urban Solace, 3823 30th St, San Diego; 619-295-6464, or online, with menus and more, at www.urbansolace.net

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Sun, Dec 21, in Altadena:
Noon THE ABBY HOLLANDER BAND brings bluegrass to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena; Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236.
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Bob Stane says, “This bluegrass band is chock-full of cute and super talented young people who are already professionals. They went to the best music schools and are original and super smooth. See both Abby's photo and page...”
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www.abbyhollander.com
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Bob continues, “Also note, the show is at noon on Sunday. I will let you guess why, other than The Coffee Gallery Backstage is humming that day (and night) from 9 am until 11 pm with world class musicians. More at www.coffeegallery.com”
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THE ABBY HOLLANDER BAND formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2013 “to perform Abby's original songs in a traditional yet unique bluegrass setting. The group focuses on arranging its material - originals and standards alike - to showcase the vocals and instrumentation simply and creatively,” says their promo.
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Abby Hollander is a singer, guitar player, and award-winning songwriter (Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival 2014 Songwriting Competition) originally from Woodstock, NY. Coming from a family of musicians, she was raised on bluegrass. After moving to Brooklyn in 2011, she quickly found herself surrounded by incredibly talented players from all over the country. Ellery Marshall, a Los Angeles native, provides the banjo sound that is one of the group's trademark features. Jeff Picker, from Portland, Oregon, lends his remarkable skills to the guitar and vocals, and Dave Speranza, another talented musician from Portland, plays bass.
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The band's debut album is set to release in the Spring of 2015, with a special pre-release at its December 2014 shows in Los Angeles. Recorded directly to tape at Seaside Lounge Studios in Brooklyn, NY, the self-titled album has 8 tracks, alternately driving and sweet, but always bluegrass."
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Tix, $18.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Griffith Park (L.A.):
1-3 pm Monthly “WESTERN MUSIC JAM” cosponsored by the “WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION’s CALIFORNIA CHAPTER,” at the Autry National Center / Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles 90027; 323-667-2000.
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Plenty of chairs set up to sit and listen; all western/cowboy/cowgirl musicians, storytellers, and cowboy poets are invited to take part. Performers and WMA members get free admission to the museum, so go early, have lunch, and tour the galleries. Audience members pay regular museum admission.

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Sun, Dec 21, in SFV (Van Nuys):
1-5 pm SONGMAKERS monthly “EAST VALLEY HOOT” in Van Nuys 91411. Location & info, www.songmakers.org

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Sun, Dec 21, in T.O.:
2 & 7 pm "THE NUTCRACKER BALLET" staged by PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET for four performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Thousand Oaks.
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Runs both Sat & Sun at 2 & 7 pm.
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All Ages. Bring your kids to this fully staged, beautifully produced production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" Featuring Tiler Peck, soloist with the New York City Ballet, and more than 150 dancers. It even SNOWS on stage.

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Sun, Dec 21, CONCERT, in Glendora:
2 pm CLOSING PERFORMANCE: Annual “CITRUS COLLEGE CHRISTMAS SHOW” at the Haugh Performing Arts Center Theater, on the Citrus College campus in Glendora.
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The show completes its run this weekend The production’s first half is traditional Christmas music sung by the Citrus singing groups. The second half is an original Christmas play featuring Santa himself.
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Tix, $24 regular, $22 students and seniors, $15 for children age 16 and under. Fun for all ages. Citrus box office is 626-963-9411, open Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am-4 pm.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Burbank:
2 pm BLUE MONDAY BAND plays early at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 6 pm listing for additional show on one or the other of the venue’s two stages.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Sun, Dec 21, in La Verne:
2-4 pm Monthly “IRISH, OLD-TIME, & BLUEGRASS SESSION” at Connolly's Kitchen, 1453 Foothill Bl, La Verne 91750; 909-593-6322.

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Sun, Dec 21, in T.O.:
2:30 & 7:30 pm “AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” arrives for two shows, both today, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks; 805-449-2787.
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In an enchanting presentation of Ireland’s culture, history, and holiday customs, “An Irish Christmas” mingles ancient traditions with the modern artistry of the country’s finest performers. It’s a family-friendly evening of merriment, filled with seasonal songs, Celtic music, lively story-telling, and superb Irish dance. A great Irish night.
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Tix, $44 adult; child, senior, and group discounts available. Tix & info at:
www.toaks.org/cap/tickets/events/event.asp?eventID=2172

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Sun, Dec 21, in Altadena:
3 pm P. F. SLOAN with CREED BRATTON plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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P. F. SLOAN wrote "Secret Agent Man" And he wrote “Eve of Destruction,” one of the most important songs in music history: it is credited by some musicologists as the song that awoke a generation and gave people all over the world a voice, and 18 year olds the vote. He wrote many famous songs for The Turtles, Johnny Rivers, The 5th Dimension, The Searchers, The Grass Roots, Herman's Hermits, and many others as well as his own folk standards.
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Just nominated to be inducted into The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame, P. F. SLOAN received two standing ovations last month at this venue. He delivers an evening stuffed with music, history and good times.
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CREED BRATTON opens this matinee show. He is one of the stars of “The Office” TV show, and of the original GRASS ROOTS.
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Tix, $20.

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Sun, Dec 21, in downtown L.A.:
3-5:30 pm Weekly “IRISH SESSION” is a structured jam at the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Av, Los Angeles; 310-730-6208; www.thewildethistle.com

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Sun, Dec 21, in Malibu:
4 pm NOCONA plays Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio, 18741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Long Beach:
4-7 pm Weekly “TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at the Auld Dubliner, 71 S Pine Av, Long Beach 90802; 562-437-8300.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Burbank:
6 pm The monthly “MESSAROUND” brings its “CHRISTMAS MELTDOWN” featuring sets by THE SOUTH BAY SURFERS, BRIAN HOGAN & GREG ERBA, THE LIVINGSTONS, and more, at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 2 pm listing for additional show on one or the other of the venue’s two stages.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Sun, Dec 21, in T.O.:
6-9 pm Weekly “FUN-DO-MENTAL MUSIC SONG CIRCLE” at Fun-do-mental Music, 1489 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Suite C, Thousand Oaks 91362; 805-778-1000.

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Sun, Dec 21, in T.O.:
7 pm "THE NUTCRACKER BALLET" staged by PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET for four performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Thousand Oaks.
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Runs both Sat & Sun at 2 & 7 pm.
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All Ages. Bring your kids to this fully staged, beautifully produced production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" Featuring Tiler Peck, soloist with the New York City Ballet, and more than 150 dancers. It even SNOWS on stage.

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Sun, Dec 21, in OC (Anaheim):
SOLD OUT: 7 pm "A CELTIC HOLIDAY" with CRAIC IN THE STONE plays the Chance Theater, 5552 E La Palma Av, Anaheim 92807.
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Music by CRAIC IN THE STONE
Book by Jocelyn A. Brown, Karen O’Hanlon, and Jennifer Ruckman
Directed by Karen O’Hanlon
Music direction by Jocelyn A. Brown
Executive producer Scott & Georgia Well
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Rediscover rich Celtic musical traditions throughout the night with a holiday concert of rousing pub songs, ethereal melodies, and familiar spiritual tunes, all woven together with traditional folktales. Bring the whole family and warm-up by the hearth with a cup of tea or a pint of plain with the Chance’s own Celtic band, CRAIC IN THE STONE.
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One show remains before closing:
Tue, Dec 23, 8 pm.
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Tix, $40, at: https://m.ovationtix.com/#/pr/928599

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Sun, Dec 21 & Mon, Dec 22, in Altadena:
SOLD OUT: 7 pm “BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW: JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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Dec 21 is SOLD-OUT. Get tix for Dec 22 promptly or be disappointed.
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Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Tribute artist Jim Curry's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other." Jim performs with his wife Anne who plays mandolin and guitar and sings harmony.
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Tix, $18.

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Sun, Dec 21, in Clairemont Mesa (San Diego):
7-9 pm Monthly “SAN DIEGO OLD TIME FIDDLERS JAM” at the Boll Weevil Restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Bl, San Diego; 858-571-6225.

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Sun, Dec 21, in T.O.:
7:30 pm “AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” arrives for two shows, both today, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Bl, Thousand Oaks; 805-449-2787.
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In an enchanting presentation of Ireland’s culture, history, and holiday customs, “An Irish Christmas” mingles ancient traditions with the modern artistry of the country’s finest performers. It’s a family-friendly evening of merriment, filled with seasonal songs, Celtic music, lively story-telling, and superb Irish dance. A great Irish night.
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Tix, $44 adult; child, senior, and group discounts available. Tix & info at:
www.toaks.org/cap/tickets/events/event.asp?eventID=2172

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Sun, Dec 21, in Santa Monica:
7:30-11 Weekly “AUTHENTIC OPEN IRISH MUSIC SESSION” is a structured jam at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2226 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica 90403; 310-829-5303; www.obriensla.com.
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Special tonight: it’s the “First Anniversary Celebration & Christmas Gathering” for the Authentic open Irish Session at O'Brien's. They tell us, “Maybe a few carols this Sunday. Drop in and join the Christmas Party!”

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Sun, Dec 21, in Culver City:
8 pm Monthly ‘VARIETY NIGHT” brings a featured artist and an OPEN MIC at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230; 310-398-2583.

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Sun, Dec 21, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm “9th DAY OF CHRISTMAS” at the venue brings music by J.D. CRAWFORD to the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Go early for free dance lessons; long session lessons on Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30-9 pm.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, and always fun. No cover, full bar.



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CLOSES Dec 21: HERSHEY FELDER as IRVING BERLIN at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. Final performances are 3 pm Sat, 2 & 7 pm Sun. Use Promo Code: BERLINPARLOR at www.GeffenPlayhouse.com, or call box office at 310-208-5454 or go in person to the box office during business hours. Tix, $42 + $8 fee ($50 total).

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Dec 16-Mar 15, in L.A.:
Opening of the new exhibition, “GIVE AND YE SHALL RECEIVE: GIFT GIVING IN THE MIDDLE AGES,” at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $20 daytime, $15 for evening programs.
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Gift giving has held an important function in society since the Middle Ages, helping people to define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to the church. This exhibition of intricate illuminated manuscripts examines models of gift giving found within their pages.
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Admission to the Getty Center is FREE. Parking is $15 daytime, $10 for evening programs after 5 pm. Hours: Tues–Fri and Sun: 10 am–5:30 pm; Sat 10 am–9 pm. Closed Mondays.

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Opened Dec 13, runs through May 10, 2015:
The GRAMMY Museum presents “THE TAYLOR SWIFT EXPERIENCE” as their newest special exhibition, opening Dec 13th on her 25th birthday. Includes never-before-seen photographs and home videos, interactive experiences, hand-written lyrics from her top-charting hits, and iconic costumes, to give visitors an in-depth look at seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift as a singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and style icon. She is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010's “Speak Now,” 2012's “RED” and 2014's “1989”). She is a global superstar and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for “Album of the Year.” She is the first artist since the BEATLES (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor Swift has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious “The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women)” list, and Time magazine has named her one the of the “100 Most Influential People in the world,” while she is Billboard's youngest-ever “Woman of the Year” and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. The Taylor Swift Experience is on display in the GRAMMY Museum's “Special Exhibits Gallery,” where temporary exhibits are showcased on a rotating basis. Info, www.grammymuseum.org/thetaylorswiftexperience

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Through December, in OC (NEWPORT BEACH):
Time tba Muldoon's annual "DICKEN'S CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE" starts Dec 12, runs through the holidays at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach; 949 640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com

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On an irregular sched., through Dec 23, in OC (Anaheim):
8 pm "A CELTIC HOLIDAY" with CRAIC IN THE STONE plays the Chance Theater, 5552 E La Palma Av, Anaheim 92807.
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Music by CRAIC IN THE STONE
Book by Jocelyn A. Brown, Karen O’Hanlon, and Jennifer Ruckman
Directed by Karen O’Hanlon
Music direction by Jocelyn A. Brown
Executive producer Scott & Georgia Well
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Rediscover rich Celtic musical traditions throughout the night with a holiday concert of rousing pub songs, ethereal melodies, and familiar spiritual tunes, all woven together with traditional folktales. Bring the whole family and warm-up by the hearth with a cup of tea or a pint of plain with the Chance’s own Celtic band, CRAIC IN THE STONE.
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Remaining shows through Dec 23, as follows:
Sun, Dec 21, 7 pm (Sold Out).
Tue, Dec 23, 8 pm.
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Tix, $40, at: https://m.ovationtix.com/#/pr/928599

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Fridays through Sundays, MUSICAL THEATRE, in Sierra Madre:
8 pm “A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS,” a play with songs, based on the “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE” stories by LAURA INGALLS WILDER, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre 91024.
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Adapted for the stage by JAMES DeVITA. Directed by EMILY CHASE. Presented by SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE. The cast (in alphabetical order): JOLIE ADAMSON, PAMELA DALY, JEFF DOBA, JIM HARNAGEL, ERIC CHARLES JORGENSEN, FLETCHER KAMAL, VALERIE ROSE LOHMAN, ANDREW STOCK, HANNAH VICTORIA STOCK and AMY TOLSKY
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Ample free parking behind theatre.

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Through Mar 9; PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, in San Marino:
Times tba “IRISH & BRITISH ROOTS & AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS” is an exhibition at the Mary Lou and George Boone Gallery in the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino 91108; 626-405-2100.
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This traveling exhibition pairs, for the first time, approximately 150 works by American photographers Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) and Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), enlightened observers of Britain and Ireland in the 1960s and ’70s. For Caponigro, Ireland and Britain became sites of creative energy to which he returned repeatedly. Davidson brought the same gritty street sensibility that had made his Brooklyn Gang series a sensation among photograph collectors. The exhibition examines the artistic, social, and historical forces informing two master photographers as they bring American eyes to enduring landscapes and changing cultural scenes.
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Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, on tv:
The weekend’s “NOT MUSIC BUT YOU SHOULD WATCH IT” offering is “MOYERS & COMPANY,” which compares America’s Gilded Age to “THE NEW ROBBER BARONS” with guest historian STEVE FRASER. Airs several times over the course of the weekend on various PBS stations.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
10:30-11 am “SEAN NOS” is a music doc featuring traditional Irish Sean Nos singers. This either re-airs, or another edition of the Irish TV series airs at the same time Sunday. On KLCS4.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
Noon-1 pm MUMFORD & SONS and JEFF LYNNE are among a bunch of musical guests on “LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND” from 2012. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
2-3:30 pm “ELVIS: HE TOUCHED ME” is a 1999 music doc that explores Elvis’ love of gospel music. On KCET.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
3:30-5 pm “CELTIC THUNDER CHRISTMAS” is the troupe’s 2010 special for PBS. On KCET.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
3:30-5 pm “STORYTELLERS” features TAYLOR SWIFT from 2012. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
6-7:30 pm “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” brings the 2014 awardees performing. Pretty hardcore Nashville. Re-airs 9-10:30 pm tonight, 10 am Sunday. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
6-8 pm “LAWRENCE WELK’S TV TREASURES” is a 2007 music doc about the famous “one-an-a-two-an-uh” bandleader. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
7:30-8 pm “THE LIVE ROOM” features BLAKE SHELTON in a 2013 performance. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
8-9:30 pm “ZOLTAN MAGA: FROM BUDAPEST” is a 2014 performance by the Hungarian violin virtuoso. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
8-11 pm “THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE” repeats the live broadcast from 2013. On NBC.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
8-9 pm “CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY FROM ST. OLAF’S” is a 2013 holiday special with the famous mixed voice ST. OLAF CHOIR and JENKETOR, an all-female choir. Re-airs 5-6 am Sunday. On PBS+.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
8-9 pm “KENNY CHESNEY LIVE: FLORA-BAMA” is a 2014 performance on the Florida-Alabama state line. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
9-10:30 pm “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” brings the 2014 awardees performing. Pretty hardcore Nashville. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
10:30-11 pm “THE LIVE ROOM” features SHERYL CROW in a 2014 performance. On Palladia.

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Sat, Dec 20, on tv:
11 pm-midnight “YOU+ME LIVE FROM SANTA MONICA” features the alt-folk duo in a 2014 performance. On Palladia.

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Late Sat / early Sun, Dec 20 / 21, on tv:
Midnight-1 am “STORYTELLERS” features JASON MRAZ in a 2012 performance. On Palladia.

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Late Sat / early Sun, Dec 20 / 21, on tv:
1-2 am “STAGE LEFT: THEATER IN SAN FRANCISCO” examines the history of the SF Actors Workshop from its founding in 1952 through 2010. On Link TV (KCET Link in L.A.)

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Late Sat / early Sun, Dec 20 / 21, on tv:
4-5 am “CONDUCTING HOPE” is a 2013 documentary about a choir in a prison. On Link TV (KCET Link in L.A.)

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Late Sat / early Sun, Dec 20 / 21, on tv:
5-6 am “CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY FROM ST. OLAF’S” is a 2013 holiday special with the famous mixed voice ST. OLAF CHOIR and JENKETOR, an all-female choir. On PBS+.


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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
9-10 am “LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE” features SHELBY LYNNE. On Palladia.

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
10:30-11 am “SEAN NOS” is a music doc featuring traditional Irish Sean Nos singers. This either re-airs, or another edition of the Irish TV series airs at the same time Saturday. On KLCS4.

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Sun, Dec 21, on AXS tv:
11 am-8 pm (Pacific) "BEST OF FESTIVALS" MARATHON for those lucky enough to get AXS TV, includes:
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“ROCKLAHOMA”
“BRITISH SUMMER TIME – HYDE PARK,” Best of 2013
“OUTNUMBER HUNGER”
“Best of STAGECOACH 2014” (Premiere)
“Best of New Orleans JAZZ FEST 2014” (Premiere)
“Best of FARM AID 2014” (Premiere)
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Plus, they’re showing their greatest hits from Dan Rather and Tom Green’s interview shows “to help you catch up on 2014 before it's too late.”
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Details, or find AXS TV in your area, at:
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http://www.axs.tv/greatesthits-bestoffests

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
11:30 am-noon “THE LIVE ROOM” features DWIGHT YOAKAM in a 2014 performance. On Palladia.

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
Noon-1 pm “FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC: NASHVILLE” (2013) chronicles the history of the self-styled “Music City.” On Palladia.

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
Noon-1 pm “RED ROCK SERENADE” is a dramatic tour of America’s iconic red rock country of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Grand Canyon National Parks, narrated by a classical music soundtrack. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
2:30-4 pm “A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE CONCERT” is a 2013 musical adaptation of the Dickens’ classic, featuring a choir and soloists. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
5-5:30 pm “STUDIO SoCAL” is a weekly arts series. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
6:30-7:30 pm “BACKSTAGE PASS CHRISTMAS, Volume 2” is a 2011 special with THOSE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS, THE MICKEYS, FROG & THE BEEFTONES, the MSU VOICE FACULTY QUARTET, THOM JAYNE & THE NOMADS, and more. On PBS+.

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
7-8 pm “VARIETY STUDIO” is a weekly arts series. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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7:30-8 pm “JAMMIN’ AT HIPPIE JACK’S” is a 2014 edition with ROD PICOTT. On PBS+.

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8-9 pm JOHN HIATT performs on a 2014 edition of “FRONT & CENTER”. On PBS+.

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9-10 pm “CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING FAMILY” is a 2009 compilation of their Christmas specials. On PBS+.

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9-10 pm “LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN” re-airs the 2014 season premiere with TIM McGRAW. On Link TV (KCET Link in L.A.)

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10-11 pm “ROD STEWART: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY” is a 2012 edition of “GREAT PERFORMANCES” that includes TROMBONE SHORTY. On PBS+.

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Sun, Dec 21, on tv:
10-11:30 pm “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” brings the 2014 awardees performing. Pretty hardcore Nashville. On Palladia.

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Midnight-1 am PAUL McCARTNEY, ELVIS COSTELLO and NEIL DIAMOND are among a bunch of musical guests on “LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND” from 2010. On Palladia.

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Midnight-1 am “CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT” brings Broadway-country star LAURA BELL BUNDY to host the annual yuletide concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, joined by the NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S CHOIR. From 2011. On PBS+.

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6-7 am “THE FIRST SILENT NIGHT” is a new 2014 music documentary that tells the story of the carol, “Silent Night.” This should be worth recording, because the true story of the song is fascinating. On PBS+.



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Mon, Dec 22 at 8 pm: “BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW: JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Tribute artist Jim Curry's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other." Jim performs with his wife Anne who plays mandolin and guitar and sings harmony.
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Mon, Dec 22, 8 pm: THE KLEZMATICS play the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. Tix, 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org

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Tue, Dec 23, 7:30 pm: BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA play the California Center for the Arts in Escondido (San Diego Co).

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Sun, Dec 28, 7 pm: MATT WITLER & BRONWYN KEITH-HYNES play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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MATT WITLER is a Boston based mandolin player who grew up in the Los Angeles area. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine,Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Matt has spent the last four years studying at the Berklee College of Music. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition,he has explored and been influenced by Jazz,classical,and pop music. In 2012 he won first place in both the mandolin,and flatpick guitar contests at the Rockygrass bluegrass festival. Matt is a founding member of the Lonely Heartstring Band,a progressive acoustic band that is quickly gaining acclaim in the bluegrass community.
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BRONWYN KEITH‐HYNES is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16,she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Her playing,improvising,and writing are informed by her past five years of intense immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. Bronwyn has performed with Peter Rowan,The Milk Carton Kids,Anais Mitchell,Joe Pug and Tony Trischka. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield,KS. Bronwyn was on staff this summer at Berklee College of Music Five Week Program,teaching private string lessons.
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Mon, Dec 29, 8 pm: STRAIGHT NO CHASER: "THE HAPPY HOUR TOUR, " plays the Fred Kavli Theatre-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, in Thousand Oaks.
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If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses ... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. They're performing on the heels of the release of Under The Influence, their fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more! Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense ... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Tix at: http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004CBBFC0EBCB0?artistid=1261643&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Dec 31: HERSHEY FELDER’S “THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SING-ALONG” at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. is a New Year’s Eve special event at Midnight, and a tradition the singer has taken to other cities to ring-in previous years. Info & tix, www.GeffenPlayhouse.com, or call box office at 310-208-5454 or go in person to the box office during business hours.

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Dec 31: “NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE ARCADIA BLUES CLUB,” 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue’s excellent New Year’s Eve Party always features great blues bands and early bird tix are on sale now; get the best seats and save money, 1st come, 1st served. Venue has full bar and NYE includes dinner. Venue always has good food with generous portions. Great place, but bring earplugs. Seriously. Substantial discount for advance tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Dec 31: “NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH ANDY & RENEE AND HARD RAIN,” sells-out every year. $75 ticket gets you: dinner catered by Critic's Choice, wine and beer and soft drinks, Champagne toast, live music for listening / dancing. In O'Donnell Hall at Martyr's Church, 624 15th St, Manhattan Beach 90266. Doors at 8 pm, dinner at 8:30 pm, band at 9 pm. Cocktail Party attire. Renee told us on 12/16, “We are 75% full, so get your tickets ASAP.” Tix at: www.andyandrenee.com/store.php

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Dec 31: “THE SHAMROCK'S NEW YEAR'S EVE” is taking reservations now for TWO New Year’s Eve parties; In the afternoon they celebrate the arrival of 2015 in Ireland at 4 pm Pacific time, with music by THE DUBLIN ROGUES, who are flying-in directly from Dublin the day before; this one (2-6 pm) lets you celebrate the New Year WITH FAMILY AND CHILDREN. Their SECOND New Year's Eve Party brings music by THE BRICK TOP BLAGGERS to welcome in 2015 in the Pacific time zone; a $10 per person non-refundable cover charge is required to secure that reservation, with table guaranteed from 8 pm; Champagne at midnight & party favors included. At the Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; e-mail requests for NYE reservations to Paul@getshamrocked.com; more info, www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Jan 6, 8 pm: WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY play the City National Grove of Anaheim.
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Tix at: http://ticketmaster.com/event/09004D30A3D45AAF?artistid=732878&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Jan 7-Feb 1: “JACK LEMMON RETURNS” as performed by his son, Chris Lemmon in a musical story-telling style, plays the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica 90401; 310-434-3200.
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The son of the Hollywood legend who starred in “Some Like It Hot,” “The Odd Couple,” and ao much more, performs “an immensely personal, and ultimately heartwarming story” about his Academy Award-winning father and their enduring relationship. Written and directed by Hershey Felder and performed by Chris as his father, “Jack Lemmon Returns” is one-man show that captures the magic of a bygone era, when Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, and Shirley MacLaine were but a handful of the many stars who would pass through the Lemmon's Hollywood Hills home. The performance includes George and Ira Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay" and "'S Wonderful," “Jack Lemmon Returns” is a loving tribute to a world famous dad, told with respect and dignity. Tix now available at 310-434-3200; www.thebroadstage.com; www.events.smc.edu.

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Sat, Jan 10, at 2 & 7 pm: DAVE STAMEY, whose many awards most recently include “Male Performer of the Year” from the Western Music Association, and winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a winner and five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236. Don’t dawdle: he always sells-out here. Tix, either show, $25.

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Sat, Jan 10, 8 pm: THE JAYHAWKS, now on a West Coast Tour, play their L.A. show at the Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood. Tix, $30, now available at: http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/255970

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Tue, Jan 13, 8 pm: “THE DROP: RYAN BINGHAM” in the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum, L.A. General advance tix go on sale Thu, Dec 18, at noon. (American-Express-Card-only presale ended Wed, Dec 17, at 10:30 pm.)
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Ryan Bingham needed some peace and quiet. Free of the burdens that had saddled him during the writing and recording of his recent albums, he relocated to an old Airstream trailer tucked away in the mountains of California, camping out for several weeks and embracing the solitude to dig down deep and craft his most powerful album yet: “Fear and Saturday Night” is set for release on Jan 20, 2015.
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Wed, Jan 14, 8 pm: “AN EVENING WITH WALTER EGAN” in the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum, L.A. General advance tix go on sale Thu, Dec 18, at noon. (American-Express-Card-only presale ended Wed, Dec 17, at 10:30 pm.)
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Egan's composition "Hearts on Fire" was recorded by GRAM PARSONS and EMMYLOU HARRIS on the classic album “Grievous Angel.” More than just a writer and singer, Egan has played on many sessions and has worked with such luminaries as STEVIE NICKS, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, DON HENLEY, JACKSON BROWNE, LINDA RONDSTADT, and even played bass for the classic group, SPIRIT.
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He’s best known among more mainstream audiences for his chart-topper, "Magnet and Steel." Walter Egan is more than a one-hit wonder. With numerous covers of his songs around the world, Egan has released ten solo CDs as well as three with the Brooklyn Coyboys and six with the Malibooz. "Magnet and Steel" has been featured in commercials and major motion pictures that include “Deuce Bigelow,” “Boogie Nights,” “Overnight Delivery,” and “The Night We Never Met.”
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Wed, Jan 14, 7 pm: AKIRA KUROSAWA's “RED BEARD” 50th-anniversary screening is in USC’s “Visions & Voices” series, in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108, on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.) Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your seat online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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“Red Beard” is set in a public hospital serving the indigent in rural, feudal Japan. The 1965 film asks profound humanist and existential questions relating to social injustice. Is there a way out of the dispiriting cycle in which victims express their pain by hurting others? How can we break cycles of suffering and violence? “Red Beard” is the last black-and-white film by Kurosawa, and the last Kurosawa film starring legendary Japanese actor TOSHIRO MIFUNE.
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Fri, Jan 16, 2-5 pm: Renowned theatre troupe LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT (“LAPD”), presents the “LAPD PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP” in the Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Room 106, on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.) Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your space online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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John Malpede and Henriëtte Brouwers of “LAPD” theatre will lead a performance workshop that draws on their acting troupe’s revolutionary practices for creating community-based theatre. Malpede founded the “Los Angeles Poverty Department” in 1985. He has taught at UCLA, at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and at the Amsterdam School for Advanced Research in Theater and Dance (DasArts). Brouwers is a performer, director and teacher who has worked with “LAPD” since 2000. Born in the Netherlands, Brouwers was invited to present her work in the United States by the Theatre Project in Baltimore in 1993, and has since performed and taught at universities and theatres around the country.

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Jan 22: “ECLECTIC GUITARS” featuring ERIC JOHNSON & MIKE STERN at the City National Grove of Anaheim; tix now on sale. This one is NOT a dinner show. Tix at: http://ticketmaster.com/event/09004D43F109C986?artistid=735397&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Jan 23, 7 pm: “ECLECTIC GUITARS” featuring ERIC JOHNSON & MIKE STERN, at the Regent Theater, 448 S Main St, downtown Los Angeles. Show is 21+, and is partially seated; seating is first come, first serve. Presented by Spaceland & Nederlander. Tix, $35 - $45, at:
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Sat, Jan 24: “THE MET IN HD: LEHÁR'S ‘THE MERRY WIDOW’” is an HD Opera Broadcast (delayed broadcast), in the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre / Frank Sinatra Hall, on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.) It begins with a Pre-Opera Discussion at noon, followed by the HD broadcast at 1 pm. Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your space online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all of Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (“The Producers, ” “Oklahoma!, ” “Contact”). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (“Satyagraha, ” “The Enchanted Island”) and costume designer William Ivey Long (“Cinderella, ” “Grey Gardens, ” “Hairspray”) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s.

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Sun, Jan 25, 8 pm: JESSE COOK plays the City National Grove of Anaheim. This is a dinner-optional event. A three-course prix fixe dinner including salad, entree options, and dessert is available for purchase for $30. If you plan to dine, we recommend arriving at 6 pm. Dinner concludes at 7:30 pm. Go to www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com for menu details.
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Feb 14, 8 pm: SPARKS, accompanied by a 38-piece Orchestra, perform ‘Kimono My House’ and assorted songs from their 23 albums; presented by Goldenvoice, FYF, and Ace, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, L.A. Tix, $43.50-$132.50, on sale Dec 17 at 10 am.

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Feb 21 & 22: "THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC!" is a great documentary with Cajun, Zydeco, and Texas Blues, playing only on Feb 21st and 22nd at the Art Theatre, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814; 562-438-3723; arttheatrelongbeach.com. With a limited run, it will sell-out early.
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The film is the Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records., a feature-length documentary by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. “Smokin’ hot!” — Radio One, New Zealand. “One of the best music documentaries around...This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never have heard of.” — The Film Reel, Toronto.
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“Chris Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of the deep American music, music with roots that strike straight into the country’s heartland. He is the guiding force behind the legendary Arhoolie Records, producing albums that the Rolling Stones and many others played the grooves right off of. Since 1960, Strachwitz has been recording the authentic pulses of the great American music, throbbing away in the backwoods of the nation. His label offers an unparalleled catalogue of blues, Cajun, wild Hillbilly country, Tex-Mex and New Orleans R&B. These diverse musical strands seem to have grown right out of the ground they are played on. With tape-recorder in hand, Strachwitz traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints. He returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music. In This Ain't No Mouse Music!, their vivid portrait of an obsessive sonic sleuth, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia and right into very the DNA of rock’n’roll. In this beautifully shot film, we come face to face with the creators of indigenous music, from the great Clifton Chenier to fiddler Michael Doucet, from Flaco Jimenez to the Pine Leaf Boys, playing songs that are endemic to their place and circumstance, to dialect and class, to climate and landscape. Their music is now highly endangered by the merciless steamroller of pop culture, assimilation and commercialism, which makes Strachwitz's desperate pursuit to track down every last artist all the more urgent. But these songs aren’t meant to be locked away in a Smithsonian vault to be decoded by folklorists and musical anthropologists. This film is a living cultural history with a soundtrack that bites and kicks and screams. Even 50 years later, Arhoolie’s records remain alive, unruly and still so sharp that some songs can cut you right down to the soul. — Jeffrey St. Clair, Author ‘Born Under a Bad Sky.’”
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Feb 27: ALAN JACKSON with BRANDY CLARK & JON PARDI at Nokia Theatre, “L.A. LIVE, ” in downtown L.A. / Doors at 7 pm / tix, $25, $55.95, $79.95, $149.95 / went on sale Nov 7 at 10 am.

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May 15, 7:30 pm: THE PIANO GUYS play the Greek Theatre. Tix at: http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004D75DD8D6B4F?artistid=1836087&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=203&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Update: Music & Art, Live & on TV; Ticket Alerts, & More – Dec 19, 2014

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Here are FRIDAY’S events plus MUSIC ON TV, updated from the Wednesday-through-Friday midweek edition. We’ll be along with all the events happening on SATURDAY & SUNDAY, but not yet.

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The annual “HOLIDAY TOY & FOOD DRIVE” at Amoeba Records Hollywood lets you help those in need. So, when you go out to find that special gift for a musically-inclined friend, just bring a new unwrapped toy along, to benefit the children (ages 4-16) at Five Acres. This runs through this evening, Friday, December 19.

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Happy Hanukah to those who celebrate it. This edition covers Day 4 of the “Festival of Lights,” and the 6th Days of Christmas, if you figure “Day 12” is Dec 25th.
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MOST CREATIVE END-OF-THE-YEAR FUNDRAISER

The Theatre at Boston Court in Pasadena is TWO state-of-the-art performance spaces that produce and / or host a vigorous schedule of live theatre and some very significant live music evenings through the course of each year. One of Boston Court’s key stage companies is Unbound Productions. Here is Unbound’s end-of-the-year campaign to beg for some of your money:

“You are cordially NOT INVITED to Unbound Productions' 1st Annual Holiday Fundraiser, December 19, 2014

"’But how, specifically, can I not attend this fundraiser on December 19,’ - you may ask?

“Well... there are many ways!

- For only $50, you can NOT circle the block 8 times looking for a parking spot outside our parking-less party facility!

- For only $100, you can NOT suffer through tedious speeches that are orated by boring people you don't know!

- For only $200, you can NOT eat an over cooked (yet still miraculously undercooked...) "meal" from a second rate banquet kitchen!

- And for only $500, you can stay home, enjoy your loved ones, and do whatever you want to do with your time and energy. Your time is yours and we respect that. But we have bills to pay (and artists to hire and a nonprofit company to manage), so we deeply appreciate your generosity. If you are able, please donate here.

“You will of course receive a letter acknowledging your gift before taxtime. We won't even charge you for the stamp.

“Thank you for your support!

“Sincerely,

“Jonathan, Paul and Jeff

“P.S. - Thanks to the Theatre @ Boston Court for allowing us to unabashedly steal their fundraising idea.

“We didn't go to their fundraiser last year, and it was fantastic!”

The venue is Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena 91106. More info at: www.bostoncourt.org; 626-683-6883.



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Fri, Dec 19, in Burbank:
1-3 pm THE WOODY JAMES BIG BAND plays their late-lunch gig at Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 7:30 & 8 pm listings for additional shows here tonight on the venue’s two stages.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Monrovia:
6-10 pm Weekly “MONROVIA FAMILY FESTIVAL” is a street fair in old downtown Monrovia with plenty of live acoustic music, including the 8 pm “KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT & JAM” at Dollmakers Kattywompus, 412 S Myrtle Av, Monrovia 91016; 626-357-1091.

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Fri, Dec 19, in downtown L.A.:
6:30-8 pm Annual “MUSIC CENTER HOLIDAY SING-ALONG” on the plaza at the L.A. Music Center, 135 N Grand Av, L.A. (downtown) 90012; 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org.
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Beneath a beautifully lighted massive Christmas tree – L.A.’s answer to the tree at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza – Do you hear what we hear? It’s the sound of hundreds of Angelenos coming together to celebrate this festive time of year. Bundle-up and bring friends and family to the Music Center Plaza to belt-out holiday favorites under the wintry skies.
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Live instrumental accompaniment and lead singers from L.A. Opera. Lyric sheets are provided if you get there in time for a seat beneath the overhead heaters. No experience necessary, come prepared to sing. This is always a whole lot of fun, and it’s totally FREE.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Ventura:
6:30-9 pm J PETER BOLES plays his "Hand-Picked Acoustic Music" for the "HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE & OPEN HOUSE" at Studio 1317, 1317 Ventura Av, Ventura.
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Guide contributor Sally caught this show last week and gives it her enthusiastic endorsement.
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Wine, water & song provided. Do some holiday shopping for hand-made gifts. More at www.jpeterboles.com

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Fri, Dec 19, in San Diego:
6:30 pm “WALT RICHARDS SLOW JAM” at the San Carlos Recreation Center, 6445 Lake Badin Av, San Diego.

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Fri, Dec 19, in SFV (Northridge):
7-10 pm “FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SHOWCASE” 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.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Rolling Hills:
7-9 pm “OPEN MIC NITE” at “Amuse,” the Palos Verdes Music Center, 43C Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills; 310-377-7838.

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Fri, Dec 19, in South Pasadena:
7:30 pm DROPKICK MICKEYS play Griffins of Kinsale, 1001 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030; 626-799-0926

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Fri, Dec 19, in Burbank:
7:30 pm THE CODY BRYANT EXPERIENCE plays Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 8 pm listing for additional show here tonight on the venue’s other stage.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Altadena:
8 pm ROSIE FLORES, the enduring and ever-exciting honky-tonk-rockabilly Americana star with the high-wattage smile, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena. Phone for reservations, 626-798-6236.
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She has starred on “Austin City Limits” and performed recently on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.” Riveting Rosie in review. motion pictures and all.
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Rosie's reputation as a high octane rockabilly star is well established. Her music blends the best of surf, rock, country and blues with the traditional sounds of her Mexican-American heritage. Long an important figure in the Los Angeles, Austin, and Nashville music scenes, she routinely collects critical raves from prestigious publications, including The Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player Magazine.
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Rosie's solos recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and her tunes are featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances in honky-tonks from Boston to Bakersfield have won her legions of loyal fans. Star turns on broadcast television programs continue to assert her credibility as an enduring national player.
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Bob Stane says, “She found the switch that lights up rooms in every color of the rainbow. Rosie's musical personality will electrify the stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in a rare solo performance. A rockin’ show, dressed to impress and not to be missed! A rare flower in a perfectly arranged setting. Of course she, as do many others, is capping her career by ‘Going West’ to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. It works for us. Wear smart party clothes.”
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GREG LEISZ performs with Rosie tonight. The word "ubiquitous" is usually placed in front of pedal steel player and guitarist Greg Leisz's name. With good reason -- the man's resumé is daunting,boasting spots with Joni Mitchell,Sheryl Crow,Peter Case,Paul Westerberg,Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Victoria Williams,Joe Cocker,Dave Alvin,k.d. lang,Wilco,Lucinda Williams,Bruce Cockburn,Shawn Colvin,Paula Cole,and the Ventures...to name a few. Not to be pigeonholed in just roots music,Leisz (pronounced "Lees") has also played with the likes of Beck,Matthew Sweet,Bad Religion,the Smashing Pumpkins,and Brian Wilson.
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Tix, $20. Make your reservations pronto.

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Fri, Dec 19, in San Bernardino Co (Rancho Cucamonga):
8 pm BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA play their “CHRISTMAS SHOW” at the Lewis Family Playhouse in the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga 91739; 877-858-8422.
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They have another Southern Cal show, Tue, Dec 23, at 7:30 pm, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido (San Diego Co).

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Fri, Dec 19, in downtown L.A.:
8 pm “THE DAN BAND HOLIDAY SHOW” at Club Nokia (Nokia Theatre) at L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct, downtown L.A. 90015; info 213-763-6030; tix 213-763-6020; www.nokiatheatrelalive.com.
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Tix, $25 general admission, $35 VIP. Doors at 8 pm.

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Fri, Dec 19, in San Pedro:
8 pm “KIMOʻS ANNUAL HOLIDAY SLACK KEY SHOW” by champion slack key guitarist JIM “KIMO” WEST, with performing guests violinist TOM ATWATER, hula dancers AMANDA TAKETA and KEVIN TSUSUI, and vocalist DIANA TANAKA, at Alvaʻs Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732; Reservations, 310-519-1314 or 800-403-3447.
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Drawing on material from his two acclaimed holiday CDs, Kimoʻs slack key artistry brings the essence of the islands to holiday classics, traditional Hawaiian folk music and hapa haole standards.
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You are invited to bring your own food and beverages into the venue. They have complimentary bottled water.
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Tix, $20.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Burbank:
8 pm WORKING STIFFZ play Cody’s Viva Cantina, 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank; 818-845-2425; www.vivacantina.com
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See 7:30 pm listing for additional show here tonight on the venue’s other stage.
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No cover; one purchase minimum.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Arcadia:
DARK THIS WEEKEND: Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349.
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NOTE: The venue’s excellent New Years Eve Party has early bird tix on sale now; get the best seats and save money. 1st come,1st served.
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Substantial discount for advance tix (it’s always very reasonable here, anyway):
http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Fri, Dec 19, in L.A.:
8:30 pm ISAIAH GAGE plus JAMES LEDBETTER, POLTICKS, and the JONAH LEVINE COLLECTIVE, play the Mid-City Music Lounge, 6010 W Pico Bl, Los Angeles 90035; 323-954-9630.

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Fri, Dec 19, in San Pedro:
9 pm-midnight "DAVE WIDOW & FRIENDS BLUES CHRISTMAS PARTY" at Godmothers Saloon, 302 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731.
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Hosted by "Music Writer Dude" B Noel Barr, Dave Widow and his friends are bringing the holiday cheer to Godmothers Saloon. Join the fun with great friends, beverages and righteous rock'n'blues for this special Friday night show.

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Fri & Sat, Dec 19 & 20, in SFV (Chatsworth):
9 pm “7th and 8th DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” at the venue brings JIMI NELSON to the Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth; 818-341-0166.
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Go early for free dance lessons; long sessions on Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30-9 pm.
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This is L.A.’s last real honky-tonk, and always fun. Go early for the free dance lessons. No cover, full bar.

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Fri, Dec 19, in Murrieta:
9 pm MASTER SPLINTER & THE SHREDDERS or (or plus?) THE MIDNIGHT SATELLITES play the Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145, Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com



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Dec 16-Mar 15, in L.A.:
Opening of the new exhibition, “GIVE AND YE SHALL RECEIVE: GIFT GIVING IN THE MIDDLE AGES,” at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, L.A. 90049; 310-440-7300; parking is $20 daytime, $15 for evening programs.
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Gift giving has held an important function in society since the Middle Ages, helping people to define their relationships to family and friends, to acquaintances and strangers, to God and to the church. This exhibition of intricate illuminated manuscripts examines models of gift giving found within their pages.
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Admission to the Getty Center is FREE. Parking is $15 daytime, $10 for evening programs after 5 pm. Hours: Tues–Fri and Sun: 10 am–5:30 pm; Sat 10 am–9 pm. Closed Mondays.

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Opened Dec 13, runs through May 10, 2015:
The GRAMMY Museum presents “THE TAYLOR SWIFT EXPERIENCE” as their newest special exhibition, opening Dec 13th on her 25th birthday. Includes never-before-seen photographs and home videos, interactive experiences, hand-written lyrics from her top-charting hits, and iconic costumes, to give visitors an in-depth look at seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift as a singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and style icon. She is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010's “Speak Now,” 2012's “RED” and 2014's “1989”). She is a global superstar and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for “Album of the Year.” She is the first artist since the BEATLES (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor Swift has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious “The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women)” list, and Time magazine has named her one the of the “100 Most Influential People in the world,” while she is Billboard's youngest-ever “Woman of the Year” and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. The Taylor Swift Experience is on display in the GRAMMY Museum's “Special Exhibits Gallery,” where temporary exhibits are showcased on a rotating basis. Info, www.grammymuseum.org/thetaylorswiftexperience

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Through December, in OC (NEWPORT BEACH):
Time tba Muldoon's annual "DICKEN'S CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE" starts Dec 12, runs through the holidays at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach; 949 640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com

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On an irregular sched., through Dec 23, in OC (Anaheim):
8 pm "A CELTIC HOLIDAY" with CRAIC IN THE STONE plays the Chance Theater, 5552 E La Palma Av, Anaheim 92807.
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Book by Jocelyn A. Brown, Karen O’Hanlon, and Jennifer Ruckman
Directed by Karen O’Hanlon
Music direction by Jocelyn A. Brown
Executive producer Scott & Georgia Well
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Rediscover rich Celtic musical traditions throughout the night with a holiday concert of rousing pub songs, ethereal melodies, and familiar spiritual tunes, all woven together with traditional folktales. Bring the whole family and warm-up by the hearth with a cup of tea or a pint of plain with the Chance’s own Celtic band, CRAIC IN THE STONE.
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Remaining shows through Dec 23, as follows:
Sun, Dec 21, 7 pm (Sold Out).
Tue, Dec 23, 8 pm.
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Tix, $40, at: https://m.ovationtix.com/#/pr/928599

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Fridays & Saturdays through Dec 20; THEATRE, in Burbank:
8 pm "A CHRISTMAS CAROL – AN ADAPTATION THAT USES ONLY DICKENS' ORIGINAL WORDS" at the Grove Theater Center, 1111-b, W Olive Av, Burbank; 800-838-3006; www.gtc.org
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Adapted by GTC's artistic director and co-founder Kevin Cochran who directs this production. The cast includes Jenna Augen, winner of the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Supporting Performance; Broadway veteran David Allen Jones; and Frank Simons; all appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. They guide the audience through the story – as storytellers; or as Dickens' beloved characters, including Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley's Ghost, Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present & Future-but always using the actual words of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic.
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Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. (One additional performance Dec 18.)
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Tix, $34.50 general; $29.50 Burbank residents; $24.50 seniors/students.

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Sat & Sun, Dec 20 & 21, CONCERT, in Glendora:
8 pm Sat; 2 pm Sun; Annual “CITRUS COLLEGE CHRISTMAS SHOW” at the Haugh Performing Arts Center Theater, on the Citrus College campus in Glendora.
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The show completes its run this weekend, changing to the schedule indicated. The production’s first half is traditional Christmas music sung by the Citrus singing groups. The second half is an original Christmas play featuring Santa himself.
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Tix, $24 regular, $22 students and seniors, $15 for children age 16 and under. Fun for all ages. Citrus box office is 626-963-9411, open Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am-4 pm.

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Fridays through Sundays, MUSICAL THEATRE, in Sierra Madre:
8 pm “A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS,” a play with songs, based on the “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE” stories by LAURA INGALLS WILDER, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Bl, Sierra Madre 91024.
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Adapted for the stage by JAMES DeVITA. Directed by EMILY CHASE. Presented by SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE. The cast (in alphabetical order): JOLIE ADAMSON, PAMELA DALY, JEFF DOBA, JIM HARNAGEL, ERIC CHARLES JORGENSEN, FLETCHER KAMAL, VALERIE ROSE LOHMAN, ANDREW STOCK, HANNAH VICTORIA STOCK and AMY TOLSKY
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Through Mar 9; PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, in San Marino:
Times tba “IRISH & BRITISH ROOTS & AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS” is an exhibition at the Mary Lou and George Boone Gallery in the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino 91108; 626-405-2100.
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This traveling exhibition pairs, for the first time, approximately 150 works by American pho-tographers Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) and Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), enlightened observers of Britain and Ireland in the 1960s and ’70s. For Caponigro, Ireland and Britain became sites of creative energy to which he returned repeatedly. Davidson brought the same gritty street sensibility that had made his Brooklyn Gang series a sensation among photograph collectors. The exhibition examines the artistic, social, and historical forces informing two master pho-tographers as they bring American eyes to enduring landscapes and changing cultural scenes.
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Runs Nov 8, 2014, through Mar 9, 2015.



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Sat, Dec 20, 8 pm: AUSTIN LOUNGE LIZARDS play Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City; www.boulevardmusic.com; 310-398-2583. Venue’s web site has a helpful local dining guide.

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Sat, Dec 20, 7:30 pm: “CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND” with LUNASA and KARAN CASEY has one more local show, at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.
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This one will be exceptionally excellent with one of Ireland's best known groups, LUNASA. Lúnasa has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Dublin's National Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and at the White House. Lúnasa's inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Its recordings are hailed internationally among the best and most important world music albums and its blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has Lúnasa at the forefront of Celtic music.
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They are joined by the incredible KARAN CASEY who has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music.
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Watch a video of their performance at: www.thebroadstage.com/en/Performances/World/Productions/lunasa/
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Tix at: 310-434-3200, or www.thebroadstage.com/portal/?to=loader.asp?target=hall.asp?event=1216&interface=2

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Sat, Dec 20, 8 pm: “ERIC RIGLER & DIRK FREYMUTH: A CELTIC CHRISTMAS,” at Alvaʻs Showroom, 1417 W 8th St, San Pedro 90732.
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ERIC RIGLER (uilleann pipes & whistles) and DIRK FREYMUTH (guitar) team up once again to create a night of acoustic Celtic music. Drawing from the Christmas repertoire, as well as ancient and soulful Irish melodies, barn-burning jigs & reels, and themes from Eric’s film & television work, the duo combines with WANDA LAW on Irish fiddle to produce a moving musical experience.
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ERIC RIGLER's legendary 40-year career on the bagpipes is world-famous. From his haunting solos on the current Starz TV series, “Outlander,” to performing "Amazing Grace" at President Reagan's funeral, to hundreds of appearances, films and recordings such as “Braveheart,” “Titanic,” “Men In Black 3,” “Cinderella Man,” and “Austin Powers,” to CDs For Phil Collins, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, and Rod Stewart, to TV's “Black Sails,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Crossing Jordan,” “The Simpsons,” and “South Park,” Eric has been called "the most recorded piper in history".
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DIRK FREYMUTH’s gifted and diverse talent on the guitar spans genres from being a member of the Minneapolis power-pop trio, HINDU RODEO, to Dublin’s BAROQUE ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND. As a studio player he has recorded for the Kottonmouth Kings, The Proclaimers, John Gorka, and many others. Earning music degrees from the University of Southern California, Dirk has produced more than fifty albums in a wide variety of styles, most notably Classical and Celtic, where he first collaborated with Eric Rigler.
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Reservations 800-403-3447. Tix, $25.

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Sat, Dec 20, 7 pm: JIM KWESKIN & JULI CROCKETT play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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Folk legend JIM KWESKIN of JUG BAND fame, back in the day, shared stages with Bob Dylan,Janis Joplin and The Doors,and stood toe to toe with them as a national star. He created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival,adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Boy Fuller to the more complexchords of pop and jazz. In the early 60’s,Kweskin founded the Jim Kweskin Jug Band,with Fritz Richmond,Geoff Muldaur,Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe. Maria Muldaur,formerly with the Even Dozen Jug Band,joined the band in 1963.
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JULI CROCKETT has starred with her band,THE EVANGENITALS around L.A. and at festivals. As a playwright / director, she is best known for her adaptations of classic works of literature and philosophy. Her work has been presented at the REDCAT and 24th Street Theatre (Los Angeles),TENT group (Portland,Maine), and Red Room (New York); festivals: Downtown Film Festival's Sustainable LA and Edge of the World Festival (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Venue 13,Scotland.) See more at: http://www.julicrockett.com/
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Both headliners will be joined by a backing band of jazz heavyweights,including bassist Edwin Livingston (Natalie Cole),violinist Benedikt Brydern (Hot Club Quartet),and pianist Michael Feldman (Evangenitals,Freddy and Francine). Don't miss it.
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Sun, Dec 21, 3 pm: P. F. SLOAN with CREED BRATTON plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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He wrote "Secret Agent Man," and “Eve Of Destruction,” one of the most important songs in music history: it is credited by some musicologists as the song that awoke a generation and gave people all over the world a voice, and 18 year olds the vote. He wrote many famous songs for The Turtles, Johnny Rivers,The 5th Dimension,The Searchers,The Grass Roots,Herman's Hermits and many others as well as his own folk standards
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Just nominated to be inducted into The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame, P. F. SLOAN received two standing ovations here last month. He delivers an evening stuffed with music, history and good times.
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CREED BRATTON opens this matinee show. He is one of the stars of “The Office” TV show, and of the original GRASS ROOTS.
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Sun, Dec 21 at 7 pm, & Mon, Dec 22 at 8 pm: “BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW: JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER” at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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Dec 21 is SOLD-OUT. Get tix for Dec 22 promptly or be disappointed.
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Husband and wife team Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Tribute artist Jim Curry's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story.” He has performed Denver's music in sold-out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other." Jim performs with his wife Anne who plays mandolin and guitar and sings harmony.
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Mon, Dec 22, 8 pm: THE KLEZMATICS play the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. Tix, 213-972-7211; www.musiccenter.org

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Tue, Dec 23, 7:30 pm: BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA play the California Center for the Arts in Escondido (San Diego Co).

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Sun, Dec 28, 7 pm: MATT WITLER & BRONWYN KEITH-HYNES play the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236.
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MATT WITLER is a Boston based mandolin player who grew up in the Los Angeles area. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine,Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Matt has spent the last four years studying at the Berklee College of Music. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition,he has explored and been influenced by Jazz,classical,and pop music. In 2012 he won first place in both the mandolin,and flatpick guitar contests at the Rockygrass bluegrass festival. Matt is a founding member of the Lonely Heartstring Band,a progressive acoustic band that is quickly gaining acclaim in the bluegrass community.
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BRONWYN KEITH‐HYNES is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16,she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Her playing,improvising,and writing are informed by her past five years of intense immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. Bronwyn has performed with Peter Rowan,The Milk Carton Kids,Anais Mitchell,Joe Pug and Tony Trischka. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield,KS. Bronwyn was on staff this summer at Berklee College of Music Five Week Program,teaching private string lessons.
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Matt and Bronwyn play original instrumental tunes as well as their favorite bluegrass numbers, folk songs, and fiddle tunes.
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Tix, $15. This will sell-out early, with the much-anticipated homecoming by Matt.

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Mon, Dec 29, 8 pm: STRAIGHT NO CHASER: "THE HAPPY HOUR TOUR, " plays the Fred Kavli Theatre-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, in Thousand Oaks.
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If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses ... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. They're performing on the heels of the release of Under The Influence, their fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more! Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense ... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Tix at: http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/0B004CBBFC0EBCB0?artistid=1261643&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Dec 31: “NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE ARCADIA BLUES CLUB,” 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia 91006; www.arcadiabluesclub.com; 626-447-9349. The venue’s excellent New Year’s Eve Party always features great blues bands and early bird tix are on sale now; get the best seats and save money, 1st come, 1st served. Venue has full bar and NYE includes dinner. Venue always has good food with generous portions. Great place, but bring earplugs. Seriously. Substantial discount for advance tix: http://arcadiabluesclub.ticketleap.com/

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Dec 31: “NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH ANDY & RENEE AND HARD RAIN,” sells-out every year. $75 ticket gets you: dinner catered by Critic's Choice, wine and beer and soft drinks, Champagne toast, live music for listening / dancing. In O'Donnell Hall at Martyr's Church, 624 15th St, Manhattan Beach 90266. Doors at 8 pm, dinner at 8:30 pm, band at 9 pm. Cocktail Party attire. Renee told us on 12/16, “We are 75% full, so get your tickets ASAP.” Tix at: www.andyandrenee.com/store.php

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Dec 31: “THE SHAMROCK'S NEW YEAR'S EVE” is taking reservations now for TWO New Year’s Eve parties; In the afternoon they celebrate the arrival of 2015 in Ireland at 4 pm Pacific time, with music by THE DUBLIN ROGUES, who are flying-in directly from Dublin the day before; this one (2-6 pm) lets you celebrate the New Year WITH FAMILY AND CHILDREN. Their SECOND New Year's Eve Party brings music by THE BRICK TOP BLAGGERS to welcome in 2015 in the Pacific time zone; a $10 per person non-refundable cover charge is required to secure that reservation, with table guaranteed from 8 pm; Champagne at midnight & party favors included. At the Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, 39252 Winchester Rd, Ste 145 Murrieta 92592; 951-696-5252; e-mail requests for NYE reservations to Paul@getshamrocked.com; more info, www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com

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Jan 6, 8 pm: WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY play the City National Grove of Anaheim.
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This is a dinner-optional event. A three course prix fixe dinner including salad, entree options, and dessert is available for purchase for $30. If you plan to dine, we recommend arriving at 6 pm. Dinner concludes at 7:30 pm. Go to www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com for menu details.
Tix at: http://ticketmaster.com/event/09004D30A3D45AAF?artistid=732878&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Jan 7-Feb 1: “JACK LEMMON RETURNS” as performed by his son, Chris Lemmon in a musical story-telling style, plays the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The son of the Hollywood legend who starred in “Some Like It Hot,” “The Odd Couple,” and ao much more, performs “an immensely personal, and ultimately heartwarming story” about his Academy Award-winning father and their enduring relationship. Written and directed by Hershey Felder and performed by Chris as his father, “Jack Lemmon Returns” is one-man show that captures the magic of a bygone era, when Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, and Shirley MacLaine were but a handful of the many stars who would pass through the Lemmon's Hollywood Hills home. The performance includes George and Ira Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay" and "'S Wonderful," “Jack Lemmon Returns” is a loving tribute to a world famous dad, told with respect and dignity. Tix now available at 310-434-3200; www.thebroadstage.com; www.events.smc.edu.

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Sat, Jan 10, at 2 & 7 pm: DAVE STAMEY, whose many awards most recently include “Male Performer of the Year” from the Western Music Association, and winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a winner and five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Av, Altadena 92675. Reservations (by phone only) at 626-798-6236. Don’t dawdle: he always sells-out here. Tix, either show, $25.

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Sat, Jan 10, 8 pm: THE JAYHAWKS, now on a West Coast Tour, play their L.A. show at the Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood. Tix, $30, now available at: http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/255970

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Tue, Jan 13, 8 pm: “THE DROP: RYAN BINGHAM” in the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum, L.A. General advance tix go on sale Thu, Dec 18, at noon. (American-Express-Card-only presale ended Wed, Dec 17, at 10:30 pm.)
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Ryan Bingham needed some peace and quiet. Free of the burdens that had saddled him during the writing and recording of his recent albums, he relocated to an old Airstream trailer tucked away in the mountains of California, camping out for several weeks and embracing the solitude to dig down deep and craft his most powerful album yet: “Fear and Saturday Night” is set for release on Jan 20, 2015.
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Bingham faces down his past with a poetic grace throughout the album. Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band and under the guidance of producer-engineer Jim Scott, “Fear and Saturday Night” opens with "Nobody Knows My Trouble," an autobiographical ballad about trying to outrun a painful past and finding redemption both in the strings of a guitar and in hitting the road with the love of your life. The lead single, "Radio," is about coping with a darkness that doesn't want to let go, while "Hands of Time" deals with accepting what's behind you and moving forward with grit and determination. It's the hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, that helped make Bingham the man he is today, as a GRAMMY and Academy Award winner.
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In an interview will discuss his new album and the journey he took to create it. Following that interview, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, Bingham will perform. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tix, $20, in-person at the Museum Box Office, by phone at 213-765-6803 or online at www.grammymuseum.org

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Wed, Jan 14, 8 pm: “AN EVENING WITH WALTER EGAN” in the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum, L.A. General advance tix go on sale Thu, Dec 18, at noon. (American-Express-Card-only presale ended Wed, Dec 17, at 10:30 pm.)
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Egan's composition "Hearts on Fire" was recorded by GRAM PARSONS and EMMYLOU HARRIS on the classic album “Grievous Angel.” More than just a writer and singer, Egan has played on many sessions and has worked with such luminaries as STEVIE NICKS, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, DON HENLEY, JACKSON BROWNE, LINDA RONDSTADT, and even played bass for the classic group, SPIRIT.
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He’s best known among more mainstream audiences for his chart-topper, "Magnet and Steel." Walter Egan is more than a one-hit wonder. With numerous covers of his songs around the world, Egan has released ten solo CDs as well as three with the Brooklyn Coyboys and six with the Malibooz. "Magnet and Steel" has been featured in commercials and major motion pictures that include “Deuce Bigelow,” “Boogie Nights,” “Overnight Delivery,” and “The Night We Never Met.”
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Today, Egan continues to play with his WALTERNATIVE Band and with his surf band, the MALIBOOZ. In February 2014, his tenth solo album, “Myth America,” was released on the Classic Music Vault label. His exhibit of paintings, "The Martyrs of Rock" was shown in Washington DC and will open at the Mister Musichead gallery in Los Angeles in January 2015.
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Following an interview with Museum executive director, Bob Santelli, Egan will perform. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tix, $20, in-person at the Museum Box Office, by phone at 213-765-6803 or online at www.grammymuseum.org

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Wed, Jan 14, 7 pm: AKIRA KUROSAWA's “RED BEARD” 50th-anniversary screening is in USC’s “Visions & Voices” series, in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108, on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.) Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your seat online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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“Red Beard” is set in a public hospital serving the indigent in rural, feudal Japan. The 1965 film asks profound humanist and existential questions relating to social injustice. Is there a way out of the dispiriting cycle in which victims express their pain by hurting others? How can we break cycles of suffering and violence? “Red Beard” is the last black-and-white film by Kurosawa, and the last Kurosawa film starring legendary Japanese actor TOSHIRO MIFUNE.
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The screening is presented in conjunction with a live stage performance the FOLLOWING NIGHT by LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT (“LAPD”), the renowned theatre troupe made up of homeless and formerly homeless artists, with the theatre company celebrating its own 30th anniversary. The actors present their acclaimed work “RED BEARD, ” also free, but requiring a reservation. This is quite special, with a classic film and live theatre together over two nights.
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The other half of USC’s “RED BEARD / RED BEARD” presentation:
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Thu, Jan 15, 7 pm: The “RED BEARD” theatrical performance by the LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT acting troupe, directed by John Malpede (without the film), is in the McClintock Theatre on the USC Campus in University Park (Los Angeles). Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but, like the above event, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your seat online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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Renowned theatre troupe LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT (“LAPD”), celebrating the 30th anniversary of their founding, is the first theatre company in the United States composed of homeless and formerly homeless artists. “LAPD” connects the experiences of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives. “Red Beard/Red Beard” is a poetic and powerful work that challenges viewers to reflect on possibilities for breaking cycles of poverty.

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Fri, Jan 16, 2-5 pm: Renowned theatre troupe LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT (“LAPD”), presents the “LAPD PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP” in the Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Room 106, on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.) Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your space online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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John Malpede and Henriëtte Brouwers of “LAPD” theatre will lead a performance workshop that draws on their acting troupe’s revolutionary practices for creating community-based theatre. Malpede founded the “Los Angeles Poverty Department” in 1985. He has taught at UCLA, at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and at the Amsterdam School for Advanced Research in Theater and Dance (DasArts). Brouwers is a performer, director and teacher who has worked with “LAPD” since 2000. Born in the Netherlands, Brouwers was invited to present her work in the United States by the Theatre Project in Baltimore in 1993, and has since performed and taught at universities and theatres around the country.

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Jan 22: “ECLECTIC GUITARS” featuring ERIC JOHNSON & MIKE STERN at the City National Grove of Anaheim; tix now on sale. This one is NOT a dinner show. Tix at: http://ticketmaster.com/event/09004D43F109C986?artistid=735397&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Jan 23, 7 pm: “ECLECTIC GUITARS” featuring ERIC JOHNSON & MIKE STERN, at the Regent Theater, 448 S Main St, downtown Los Angeles. Show is 21+, and is partially seated; seating is first come, first serve. Presented by Spaceland & Nederlander. Tix, $35 - $45, at:
www.ticketfly.com/purchase/mobile/index/707157?utm_medium=bks_Dec3

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Sat, Jan 24: “THE MET IN HD: LEHÁR'S ‘THE MERRY WIDOW’” is an HD Opera Broadcast (delayed broadcast), in the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre / Frank Sinatra Hall, on the USC Campus in University Park (L.A.) It begins with a Pre-Opera Discussion at noon, followed by the HD broadcast at 1 pm. Admission is FREE and open to everyone, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and it will fill-up. Reserve your space online beginning Tue, Dec 9, at 9 am, at www. visionsandvoices.usc.edu
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The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all of Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (“The Producers, ” “Oklahoma!, ” “Contact”). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (“Satyagraha, ” “The Enchanted Island”) and costume designer William Ivey Long (“Cinderella, ” “Grey Gardens, ” “Hairspray”) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s.

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Sun, Jan 25, 8 pm: JESSE COOK plays the City National Grove of Anaheim. This is a dinner-optional event. A three-course prix fixe dinner including salad, entree options, and dessert is available for purchase for $30. If you plan to dine, we recommend arriving at 6 pm. Dinner concludes at 7:30 pm. Go to www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com for menu details.
Tix at: http://ticketmaster.com/event/09004D22F74E37FC&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3

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Feb 14, 8 pm: SPARKS, accompanied by a 38-piece Orchestra, perform ‘Kimono My House’ and assorted songs from their 23 albums; presented by Goldenvoice, FYF, and Ace, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, L.A. Tix, $43.50-$132.50, on sale Dec 17 at 10 am.

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Feb 21 & 22: "THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC!" is a great documentary with Cajun, Zydeco, and Texas Blues, playing only on Feb 21st and 22nd at the Art Theatre, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814; 562-438-3723; arttheatrelongbeach.com. With a limited run, it will sell-out early.
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The film is the Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records., a feature-length documentary by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. “Smokin’ hot!” — Radio One, New Zealand. “One of the best music documentaries around...This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never have heard of.” — The Film Reel, Toronto.
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“Chris Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of the deep American music, music with roots that strike straight into the country’s heartland. He is the guiding force behind the legendary Arhoolie Records, producing albums that the Rolling Stones and many others played the grooves right off of. Since 1960, Strachwitz has been recording the authentic pulses of the great American music, throbbing away in the backwoods of the nation. His label offers an unparalleled catalogue of blues, Cajun, wild Hillbilly country, Tex-Mex and New Orleans R&B. These diverse musical strands seem to have grown right out of the ground they are played on. With tape-recorder in hand, Strachwitz traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints. He returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music. In This Ain't No Mouse Music!, their vivid portrait of an obsessive sonic sleuth, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia and right into very the DNA of rock’n’roll. In this beautifully shot film, we come face to face with the creators of indigenous music, from the great Clifton Chenier to fiddler Michael Doucet, from Flaco Jimenez to the Pine Leaf Boys, playing songs that are endemic to their place and circumstance, to dialect and class, to climate and landscape. Their music is now highly endangered by the merciless steamroller of pop culture, assimilation and commercialism, which makes Strachwitz's desperate pursuit to track down every last artist all the more urgent. But these songs aren’t meant to be locked away in a Smithsonian vault to be decoded by folklorists and musical anthropologists. This film is a living cultural history with a soundtrack that bites and kicks and screams. Even 50 years later, Arhoolie’s records remain alive, unruly and still so sharp that some songs can cut you right down to the soul. — Jeffrey St. Clair, Author ‘Born Under a Bad Sky.’”
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Feb 27: ALAN JACKSON with BRANDY CLARK & JON PARDI at Nokia Theatre, “L.A. LIVE, ” in downtown L.A. / Doors at 7 pm / tix, $25, $55.95, $79.95, $149.95 / went on sale Nov 7 at 10 am.

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Apr 2, 8 pm: PUNCH BROTHERS with GABRIEL KAHANE play the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Tix, $41.50, on sale now.

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May 15, 7:30 pm: THE PIANO GUYS play the Greek Theatre. Tix at: http://m.ticketmaster.com/event/09004D75DD8D6B4F?artistid=1836087&majorcatid=10002&minorcatid=203&brand=nederlanderla&camefrom=cfc_ndrcon_ned_Dec3



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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
7-7:30 pm “STUDIO SoCAL” is a weekly arts series. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
8-8:30 pm JIMBO MATHUS guests on a 2014 edition of “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS.” Repeats 3-3:30 am. On KLCS.

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
8:30-9 pm “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND” brings a 2014 concert with DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS from 330 feet underground in a cavern beneath Tennessee. Repeats 3:30-4 am. On KLCS.

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
8:30-9 pm “LAaRT” is a weekly arts series. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
9-10 pm RODRIGO Y GABRIELA guest on a 2013 edition of “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.” Repeats 4-5 am. On KLCS.

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
9-10 pm “CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR” is a new 2014 holiday special. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
10-11 pm JOHN HIATT performs on a 2014 edition of “FRONT & CENTER”. On KLCS.

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
10-11 pm “CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY FROM ST. OLAF’S” is a 2013 holiday special with the famous mixed voice European choir and the JENKETOR, an all-female choir. On PBS SoCal (aka KOCE).

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
10-10:30 pm “STUDIO A” profiles a different Southern Cal musician or band each week. On KCET.

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Fri, Dec 19, on TV:
11 pm-12:30 am “CELTIC THUNDER CHRISTMAS” is the troupe’s 2010 special for PBS. On KCET.

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Late Fri / early Sat, Dec 19 / 20, on TV:
12:30-2 am “LIBERACE LIVE WITH THE LONDON ORCHESTRA” is a 2014 repackaging of the pianist’s 1985 concert at Wembley Centre. On KCET.

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Late Fri / early Sat, Dec 19 / 20, on TV:
3-3:30 am JIMBO MATHUS guests on a 2014 edition of “SUN STUDIO SESSIONS.” On KLCS.

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Late Fri / early Sat, Dec 19 / 20, on TV:
3:30-4 am “BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND” brings a 2014 concert with DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS from 330 feet underground in a cavern beneath Tennessee. On KLCS.

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Late Fri / early Sat, Dec 19 / 20, on TV:
4-5 am RODRIGO Y GABRIELA guest on a 2013 edition of “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.” On KLCS.

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Early Sat, Dec 20, on TV:
5-6 am TOM ODELL performs on a 2014 edition of “FRONT & CENTER”. On KLCS.



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