Friday, January 29, 2010

End o' week musings

No you can't make me! I need more week to finish everything I have on my list!!

OK, maybe I won't get my way, but I can dream...

Last Friday I went to the Pasadena Showcase House Empty House Party. The place they're spiffing up for charity this year is the Red Cross mansion in Pasadena. I had a mix of awe and anquish as I wandered the rooms, as there are many wonderful touches you don't see anymore (artifully decorated moldings, deep bathtubs with lion head taps- the water comes out their mouths!), but the place really needs a redo with its faded paint and stressed floors.

I think it will be very interesting to see what the designers will do, as this isn't their usual house, but an office as well... hmmmm....

I went to the Arcadia Blues Club to see Los Fabulocos and the Big Manny Band Saturday. I am still talking about Los Fabulocos' astounding accordion player. Now, I'm not big on accordions- Weird Al and a polka here and there is more than enough for me, but this guy was amazing. He played as if he wanted a guitar, but his parents gave him an accordion so he locked himself in his room and made the best of things. I think he could give the metal world a good shake for its songs.

"Extraordinary Measures" with movie critic Vernor Rodgers was on my calendar Sunday. The film was good, but could have easily been a television movie of the week. I liked the fact that it didn't go solely for emotion, but it really could have delved more into the science end of things (we're not dummies mr. director!). I definitely enjoyed Harrison Ford, as always too!

Last night I went to the David Weidman exhibit at Design Within Reach in Pasadena. I just can't get enough of his prints! So vibrant and perky!! My mother wanted to go too so I took her along and she really had a great time. She not only liked David's work, but the venue's furnishings displays. It's a really unique space and was perfect for the show.

This weekend's excitement remains to be seen, but I will get into my costume box to see what I can dig up for the Zombie Walk with Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, , on Feb. 6. The trek will groan and drag its way down the street to the gallery where there will be a big opening reception for "Zombies in Love."

As far as art, you still have time to see "Circa Something" at Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena. It will be open noon-5 p.m. tomorrow for the show, as well as the final day for its open call for artists for its March group show. For more info, visit

In rotation this week: Age of Evil, Mandy Patinkin and "Musicians for Minneapolis," a three disc compilation to aid those involved in the big bridge collapse several years ago.

Photos we got 'em: Ever wonder what happens to old bumper cars? My friend Bob Davis does and shared these cool photos with me. Also some cute pet pics from the Web and my friend Cindy's photo of elk near her house (that one elk sure looks like he's saying "Hey, I didn't sign a model release lady!")

Thought of the week: Deep cleansing breath. Oh yeah, I'm stressing. I hate the more-work-than-week weeks. And I know I'm not alone. To combat the pressure, I have a little list on my desk of what needs to be done and I'm checking it off as I go (including writing my blog- ha ha ha!).

I may end up having to put in a few extra hours at the office and I have some work waiting for me at home as well, but a nice lunch will help, plus being organized and not worrying about everything. But the most important thing to do will be pause a few times during the day and close my eyes and take several deep breaths. It clears your brain, slows your heart and pushes out all that icky stress stuff you have inside.

Have you paused to do something good for yourself today? Start by getting quiet and breathing deeply, drawing the feeling down to the base of your spine and slowly letting the air seep back out your nostrils or lips. Think good thoughts going in and bad thoughts going out. Six breaths are usually good. Remember to take your time - you deserve it.

Keep on rockin'

AMC and Autism Society to present sensory-friendly "Tooth Fairy" screenings

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. Sensory Friendly Films® premiered across the country in August 2008, and will continue this month with a showing of The Tooth Fairy on February 6.

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It often comes with sensory challenges, such as hypersensitivity to light or sound, and children or adults affected by autism may not understand the social boundaries of movie theatre etiquette, such as not talking during the film or sitting still through most of the show.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for children with autism or other special needs, AMC movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing - in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased on the day of the event.

The Tooth Fairy
Saturday, February 6
10 a.m.

AMC Promenade 16, 21801 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, Calif. 91367
AMC Covina 30, 1414 N. Azusa Ave., Covina, Calif. 91722
AMC Del Amo 18, 3525 Carson St., Torrance, Calif. 90503
AMC Block 30, 20 City Blvd. W., Ste. 1, Orange, Calif. 92868
AMC Ontario Mills 30, 4549 Mills Cir., Ontario, Calif. 91764

A list and map of participating theatres is available at

This nationwide event has 87 participating theatres in 46 markets.

An estimated 30 million people in the world have an autism spectrum disorder, 1.5 million in America alone. Every day in America, 67 families learn their child has autism. These families face challenges of care, support, education, financial hardship and medical and health care issues that make autism a national public health issue, costing the U.S. economy $60 billion a year. Though there is no cure, autism is treatable and individuals with autism have tremendous potential.

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit

Sia announces tour

Sia has been hard at work on the highly anticipated follow up to her smash breakthrough album, Some People Have Real Problems, which will be out later this year. In the meantime, she is bringing her inimitable live show back to the US with her “The We Meaning You Tour” including a performance at the 2010 Coachella festival! Sia’s soul-stirring voice and repertoire that goes from spellbinding ballads to dance floor bangers make this one of Spring’s most exciting tours.

Sia’s new song, “You’ve Changed,” is an addictive track that has already become a worldwide club staple. Greg Kurstin, who has been nominated for a Best Producer Grammy this year, produced the song. describes the track as one that “lights up the dance floor.”

Sia’s distinct sound and spirit have captured everyone’s imagination, including Christina Aguilera who recently asked her to work on her forthcoming album. Check out the MP3 of “You’ve Changed” here and the videogame themed video here.

“The We Meaning You Tour” Dates
04/10: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
04/12: Seattle, WA @ Market
04/13: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/14: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
04/17: Indio, CA @ Coachella
04/19: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
04/20: Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
04/22: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
04/24: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
04/25: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
04/26: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
04/28: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
04/30: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
05/01: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/02: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
05/04: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/05: Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head0
5/06: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

ASPCA helps Katrina community, shares tips for coping with pet loss and more

ASPCA Grants Additional $25,000 to Katrina-Ravaged Community

Devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Hancock County, MS, has pulled together to give its neediest animals the shelter they need. Learn more about the ASPCA's contributions to the community's efforts.

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Facing the death of a beloved animal is overwhelming. If you have questions about caring for your pet in his final days, coping with the loss or discussing it with your children, the ASPCA can help.

Give a Gift that Costs You Nothing Now (Or During Your Lifetime!)

Homeless animals need your help today...

Cello ensemble concert in Glendale Feb. 6

Alto Polis Music Management & Positive Motions Foundation in association with the Glendale Philharmonic Association and “Positive Motions” Concert Series will present

“Ruslan Biryukov & Friends – Cello Ensembles,”

A Chamber Concert Celebrating The Greatest Music Written For Cellists,
including World Premieres compositions written by composers Carol Worthey and Deon Nielson Price,
performed by critically acclaimed cello players: Ruslan Biryukov, Maksim Velichkin, Hope Easton, Garik Terzian, August Lee and Patricia Ryan accompanied by Pianist Mary Au.

WHAT: In this concert compositions written by some of the greatest composers/cellists for cello ensembles will be performed, demonstrating the development of the Art of Cello Performance over the last three centuries. Repertoire will include works by: Handel, Albrechtsberger, Mozart, Boccherini, Bach-Gounod, Piatti and Popper. The program will also feature the World Premiere performances of Composer/Painter, Carol Worthey’s “Russian Scenes,” and Composer Deon Nielson Price’s “If Life Were To Sing!”

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Glendale; 209 N. Louise Street (at Wilson Avenue); Glendale, CA 91206.

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

HOW: The concert will be performed in the First Baptist Church of Glendale, a recently restored architectural and acoustic jewel of Los Angeles, which is 104-years-old. Tickets are $15, $20, $25 and $50 for VIP Tickets.

Tickets and can be purchased by calling 323-663-3601 (English/Russian); 323-463-7224 (Russian/English) and 818-640-7047 (Armenian/English) or online at ; or

Parking is $5 in nearby parking lots on Louise Street and Wilson Avenue, or on the street.

For further information about the concert “Ruslan Biryukov & Friends – Cello Ensembles,” please visit the websites, ; or A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the First Baptist Church of Glendale.

Luanne Hunt's new CD debuts at No. 1

Hello Everyone!

Just wanted to share the news that my CD "Breaking Through" debuted this week at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report Chart (RMR) in the Folk division. RMR is the No. 1 Independent Music Ezine Chart in the world and results are determined by the number of radio spins you receive from stations around the globe.

It's been a great week for my music!

Rainbow Wishes,

Shimmy Showcase Sunday

January 31 - Alexiis coordinates her first Shimmyshowcase of 2010 and will be joined by Maria, Amber and male dancer Siraj. This is sure to be an exciting, high energy program with performances by some amazing dancers, so be sure to come down before 7:00 so you can relax in a good seat and enjoy some great entertainment.

SEEKING DANCERS--We have openings February 14 (special “Un-Valentine’s Day” theme!) and 28th. Please see below for details on these showcases and latest addition to upcoming list and contact us at if you would like to perform.

Everyone is invited to this cozy haven for a relaxing evening among friends. Select your favorite beverage, hot or cold, from an assortment of coffees, teas, smoothies or juice; add to that a tasty sandwich or pastry; and then seat yourself alongside our magic carpet to enjoy some really great dancing at NO cover charge! If that isn’t incentive enough, there is even a 25% off coupon below good on any I-Candy food or beverage on Shimmyshowcase nights!

The SHIMMY SHOWCASE begins at 7 p.m. at the I-CANDY COFFEE in Long Beach (1708 E. Broadway -- 562-437-3785).

Below is our upcoming schedule for the next several Sundays at the I-Candy Coffee in Long Beach. If you are a dancer interested in performing at an upcoming showcase, please check out the schedule below for open dates and then email us at
with the dates on which you'd like to perform.


February 7th - Xandra welcomes Jamali Bellydance Trio, Delilah, and Yasmin back for another performance at this Shimmyshowcase and introduces Farhana Masri to I-Candy’s magic carpet. Come on down to I-Candy Coffee this evening for some guaranteed fabulous dancing in a friendly, relaxed environment while enjoying a flavored coffee and delectable desert or sandwich.

February 14 – Ever-creative coordinator Savia takes a different twist on the common Valentine’s Day images with “Love Stinks!” We already have IrinaXara and Airleah onboard for this intriguing theme and would love to have other dancers express their interpretation on this evening traditionally identified with love. If that would be you, please contact us at for a performance spot!

February 21 Alexiis celebrates her birthday with “Off the Beaten Path: An Evening of ATS Sisterhood.” For those of you who might be wondering, ATS is shorthand for American Tribal Style, and for this special night Alexiis has a tribal-packed evening planned with no less than four troupes—LA Tribal, Tribe of Astarte, Twisted Gypsy, and Azuluna plus Shanti performing! Be sure to mark your calendars and join us as I-Candy Coffee goes tribal.

February 28 – Saviya, coordinator for this showcase, welcomes Kamar to I-Candy Coffee’s magic carpet for her first performance of 2010. If you would like to join these exquisite dancers at this Shimmyshowcase, please reply to this email or contact us at if you’d like to dance for this showcase!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please allow time for parking to avoid missing any of the fun. Since street parking around I-Candy Coffee is scarce, we recommend you try the perimeter of Bixby park located two blocks west of I-Candy Coffee at Broadway and Cherry. Please try to arrive before 7:00 PM (earlier if you’re a performer!) as we try not to start the show until everyone has settled with a tasty beverage.

for additional information, please visit our website at:

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Sunday Shimmyshowcase!

Sherwood to headline tour

Sherwood, purveyors of feel good California rock, will be hitting the road launching a U.S. headlining tour in support of its most recent effort QU. The tour kicks off February 17 in Los Angeles at the famed Roxy Theater.

A Beach Boys-inspired power pop band hailing from San Luis Obispo, California, Sherwood came together in 2002 while the band members were still students at the local university. Now signed to Myspace Records, they’ve released their debut Summer EP followed by two full length releases (Sing, But Keep Going in 2005 and 2007’s A Different Light).

QU, released October 2009, is the band’s third full length and is arguably Sherwood’s most mature and accessible yet, as its undeniable pop sensibilities showcase a band coming into its own and fully realizing its potential. Fans have noticed, as Sherwood’s MySpace page has logged an astounding 18 million plays, making it the third largest MySpace profile in the world.

Teaming up with producer Brad Wood ( Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins and Sunny Day Real Estate) in a rented Oakland apartment for nine months, the band amassed 85 songs that were eventually whittled down to 12 unabashed power pop songs that made the final cut.

Sherwood’s brand new music video for the song "You Are" will world premiere on MySpace Music on February 12. The video was directed by Long Beach hipster Matt Wignall who also produced music and videos for Cold War Kids.

Catch Sherwood on tour:

Feb 21 - March 17: Hot Chelle Rae, Black Gold, Reece support*
March 18 - March 19: Reece supports*
March 20 - March 21: Seabird and Reece support*
March 23 - March 27: Seabird, Neon Trees, Reece support

Wed-Feb-17 Los Angeles, CAThe Roxy
Sun-Feb-21 San Diego, CA SOMA
Mon-Feb-22 Phoenix, AZ The Clubhouse
Tue-Feb-23 Amarillo, TX Common
Wed-Feb-24 Austin, TX The Mohawk
Thu-Feb-25 Houston, TX House of Blues Houston
Fri-Feb-26 Dallas, TX The Prophet Bar **NOTE NEW VENUE NAME
Sun-Feb-28 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
Tue-Mar-02 St Louis, MO The Firebird
Wed-Mar-03 Nashville, TN Exit In
Thu-Mar-04 Knoxville, TN Square Room
Fri-Mar-05 Atlanta, GA The Masquarade
Sat-Mar-06 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
Mon-Mar-08 Orlando, FL Backbooth
Tue-Mar-09 Tampa, FL Crow Bar
Thu-Mar-11 Greenville, SC The Handlebar
Sat-Mar-13 Elizabethtown, PA Folklore Coffee and Co.
Sun-Mar-14 Somerville, MA The Armory
Mon-Mar-15 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
Tue-Mar-16 South Hackensack, NJ School of Rock
Wed-Mar-17 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Thu-Mar-18 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
Fri-Mar-19 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
Sat-Mar-20 Akron, OH Musica
Sun-Mar-21 Columbus, OH Skullys
Tue-Mar-23 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
Wed-Mar-24 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Thu-Mar-25 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Fri-Mar-26 La Crosse, WI Warehouse
Sat-Mar-27 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club

Additional dates to be announced soon.

Opera Buffs showcase Feb. 27 in Los Angeles

“Brush Up Your Shakespeare”

Saturday, February 27; 2:30 p.m.;
Thayer Hall
200 South Grand,
downtown LA,
at the Colburn School of Performing Arts

Featured Soloists:
Soprano Jacquelynne Fontaine
Soprano Alexandra Loutsion
Countertenor Nick Zammit
Tenor Yuloong Kim
Baritone Julian Arsenault

Staged scenes from Shakespeare-inspired operas including Hamlet (Thomas), Romeo et Juliette (Gounod), Otello (Verdi), Macbeth (Verdi), The Tempest (Hoiby), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) and Das Liebesverbot (Wagner). Excerpts from popular musical theatre productions, including Kiss Me Kate (Porter) will be performed as well.

Tickets: Contributions of $25 non-members; $5 for students

To order: 818.348.3391 or email


Circa Survive announces new album and tour

A Message From Circa Survive:

greetings all,

over the past week or so we've been going through the mixing process for our new album and things are sounding amazing. (we'll talk more about that soon) in other news we've been rehearsing everyday and with that said are so excited to announce our first shows of 2010. in addition to what's already familiar we'll be playing a few new songs, so this should be a blast...can't wait to dance and sing with all of you, its been far too long.

join us.

3/11/10- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
3/12/10- Nashville, TN @ Exit/ In
3/13/10- Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
3/14/10- Little Rock, AR @ The Village
3/16/10- San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/17/10-3/21/10- Austin, TX (SXSW festival) @ TBD
3/22/10- St. Louis,MO @ The Firebird
3/23/10- Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater
3/24/10- Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
3/26/10- HOODWINK Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
3/27/10- THE BAMBOOZLE Anaheim, CA @ The Festival Grounds at Angels Stadium

Pasadena Rosebowl renovation meeting Feb. 3

Pasadena’s most popular exercise track is scheduled for a facelift.

Pasadena city staff will outline steps for improving the 3.3-mile Rose Bowl recreation loop during a community meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Arroyo Room at Brookside Golf Club, 1133 Rosemont Ave. The meeting will be hosted by the Pasadena Transportation Department.

Proposed plans call for slurry seal of the entire loop, a new and wider section for walkers in both directions, a suitable lane for bicyclists and vehicles, and a narrower outside lane for vehicles. This combination was chosen for its adaptability to future changes, if needed.

“The roadways that encircle the Rose Bowl Stadium provide a unique and valuable resource to those who enjoy outdoor exercise,” said Bahman Janka, transportation administrator.

The innermost portion of the loop is a dedicated walkway currently outlined with a painted buffer zone separating foot traffic from the adjacent bicycle and vehicular traffic.

The final draft report describing the improvements is available at reference desks at all Pasadena public libraries and at For more information call 744-4610.
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Arboretum offers cooking classes

Fresh: Celebrating The Table
Cooking at The Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
$40 members / $45 non-members
Pre-registration required; please call 626.821.4623

Malbec Restaurant - New Argentinean Cuisine
1001 E. Green Street Pasadena 91106 626.683.0550
Wednesday, February 17 from 3 - 5 pm

Wait until you taste this fabulous Argentinean food which is full of influences from Italian, Spanish and French cuisines rather than the traditional Latin American flavors. Argentinean owners, Javier Pardini and chef/owner Pablo Alcorta, have brought these lively flavors to Pasadena with their fabulous Malbec Restaurant.

Malbec is also the name of Argentina’s signature grape that is quickly making a name for itself with red wine lovers worldwide. We will be enjoy this wine with the great menu they have chosen to demonstrate for you! Chef Pablo grew up in the Patagonia region of Argentina. He attended a premier culinary school and later worked in Buenos Aires before opening his own restaurant in Córdoba, Argentina.

He makes everything from scratch—pasta, soups and authentic sauces. Join us for a wonderful afternoon! The Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce is a signature dish as is the Milanesitas!!

Menu: Soup, Beef Empanadas, Milanesitas de Lomo a la Napolitana, Marinated Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Grilled Vegetables -

Save the date: March 10— Chef Claud Beltran of Noir Food & Wine

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007-2697
Phone: 626.821.4624

"The Graves" starring Lamb of God's D. Randall Blythe premieres Saturday

After Darks 4th Installment of 8 Films to Die For opens in theatres throughout the country Friday January 29th 2010. THE GRAVES, written & directed by Brian Pulido and Kevin Hamedani’s Horror Comedy ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction’s Red Carpet Premiere takes place on Saturday January 30th at the Beverly Center Cinemas in Hollywood, CA. The event is open to the public.

THE GRAVES is about two sisters whose visit to Skull City Mine turns into a mind bending fight for survival against menaces both human, and supernatural, starring Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Tony Todd (Candyman), D. Randall Blythe (Scream, LAMB OF GOD), Clare Grant (MTV’s $5 Cover), and Jillian Murray (Wild Things).

In attendance: Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Tony Todd (24), Clare Grant (Masters of Horror), Jillian Murray (Wild Things), Shane Stevens, Brian Pulido (Writer / Director), Brian and Dean Ronalds (Producers/Co-Stars), Francisca Pulido (Production Designer/Producer), Jim Casella (Composer), Barbara Glover (Mama).

Special Guests: Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers), Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall, News Radio”, Jason Mewes (Clerks), London May of Samhain, and Ken Colom (The Shield). More attendees to be announced.

ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION takes place in an idyllic island town that goes under attack by the most invasive of pests: zombies starring Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Ali Hamedani, Victoria Drake, Director of Photographer John Guleserian and Director Kevin Hamedani.

In attendance: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Ali Hamedani, Victoria Drake, Director of Photographer John Guleserian and Director Kevin Hamedani.

Special Guests: Matthew Lillard (Scream), Chris Wylde and Abraham Benrubi (ER), Director Mike Milion (Tenure) and Director Nicholas Jasenovec (Paper Heart).

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
Celebrity Arrivals: 6:30 p.m.
Film Screening: 7:30 p.m.
Film Screening: 10pm
ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

WHERE: Beverly Center
138500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-6201
(310) 854-0070


The Graves & ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction are part of After Dark Horrorfest 4. After Dark Films is a leader in independent film finance, production and acquisition of genre films for theatrical release.

NOTE: Both films are rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence and gore.


ZMD Trailer:

Check out and for more info.

For more information about After Dark Films visit

For all things LAMB OF GOD, please visit

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Carrie Underwood and Queen Latifah to perform at the Super Bowl

CARRIE UNDERWOOD will sing the National Anthem and QUEEN LATIFAH will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLIV pregame festivities at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, February 7, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS Sports prior to kickoff.

More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show and Super Bowl XLIV will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.

Underwood is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl including: Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and many more. (See below for a complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls.)

A four-time Grammy Award winner, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the 2009 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, and three-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist winner, Carrie Underwood has amassed more than 11 million in U.S. album sales since her debut CD in 2005, more than any other American Idol winner. Along the way, she has consistently broken new ground and became the first country artist in history to achieve eleven consecutive #1 singles. Underwood’s North American 2010 headline tour, “Play On Tour,” will launch in March.

A musician, actress, a label president, an author and entrepreneur, Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.

Queen Latifah joins VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE & MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX) and FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII) as the only artists to perform the song at the Super Bowl.

The NFL previously announced that THE WHO will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show.

The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

Gallery at the End of the World's last call for artists Saturday


we will be holding our last open call for artists to be in our march art bender weekend exhibit saturday january 30th 12-5pm
space is limited so make sure you come in early and book a space!

so come on in with a small sample of your work and book a space for our march art bender weekend

*And if you missed the opening, be sure to come in and check out our current exhibit friday the 29th until 10pm and closing reception saturday the 30th until 10pm

Circa Sometime*A Collaborative Exhibition of Assemblage and Collage
McGintys Gallery at the End of the World
2475 North Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001

Gallery hours Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, noon until 6pm

McGintys Gallery at the End of the World is pleased to present Circa Sometime, an exhibition of selected works by six artists working in assemblage and collage. Circa Sometime marks the first such show at the gallery and includes collaborative and individual installation works.

Featuring artists Carl Heinz, Jeffrey Kibbe, David Lovejoy, Kathy Carvellas, Johnny Fox and Ben McGinty, Circa Sometime consists of over 70 works created with re-purposed materials - objects and images not merely found but specifically selected to become part of a greater whole. This exhibition is a collaboration of art and artists, creating unique environments to showcase their works together.

We hope to see you there.

*and keep your calendar open for our february show "Characters" featuring some of the top talent in comics and animation february 19th-27th


Diamond Bar Chinese school seeks English and math teachers


Diamond Bar Chinese American Association (DBCAA) is a non profit organization; established in 1989 to help Chinese Americans to adjust into American culture. For the past 20 years, DBCAA has established a Chinese School for language and cultural programs benefiting thousands of students and residents in the community.

Diamond Bar Chinese School is looking for qualified English & Math teachers for its afternoon program.

Student Population: 35 students
Students Grade Levels: First Grade – 7th Grade
Teaching Hours: Monday - Friday, 5 days a week
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lower Level
3:30pm - 4:30 pm Mid level
4:30pm - 5:30pm Higher Level
(Each level may consist of students with different age. )

Qualification: College Degree with 2-3 years of teaching experiences. Teaching Credential a plus.

Compensation: DBCS is a non-profit organization operating by volunteers. Teacher salary is offered at $10.00/hour as a symbolic allowance. DBCS is also looking for community members who are willing to donate time to teach arts & crafts, music or science. With your generous help, we are able to provide a better education program to help many students.

If you are interested in helping the after school education, please send your information to, or call:

Mei Lien Chang 909-628-7500 x 111
Joseph Hsu 626-487-1925

LA Zoo offers "Sex and the City Zoo for Valentine's Day



A "SEX AND THE CITY ZOO" afternoon on Sunday, February 14 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. celebrating animal mating, dating and cohabitating includes a provocative "birds and bees" presentation, a chocolate and champagne reception and a walking tour of the Zoo highlighting its most famous (and infamous) animal couples.

GLAZA's original gift idea for Valentine's Day spotlights its "ADOPT" AN ANIMAL program which provides the opportunity to become an "adoptive" parent to one of the Zoo's treasured animals while helping to protect and preserve endangered species. (ADOPT is an acronym for Animals Depend on People, Too.)

In celebration of the Number One ADOPTed species, GLAZA presents a special Valentine's Day ADOPT package for $65 (tax deductible!), including an adorable plush baby koala with its very own passport tag (while supplies last), a Koala fact sheet and photo; an official personalized ADOPT certificate, and an animal ADOPT car decal. Other species are available to ADOPT for gifts in prices starting at $35.

MORE ABOUT "SEX AND THE CITY ZOO""SEX AND THE CITY ZOO" begins at 2:30 p.m. with walking tours followed by the chocolate and champagne reception, after which Los Angeles Zoo former curator Mike Dee leads the "birds and bees" presentation. Sparkling wines for "Sex and the City Zoo" are generously provided by Ballatore. Proceeds from this event support the Zoo's mission of wildlife preservation and conservation.

Tickets are $25 per person for GLAZA members, and $35 per person for non members. (Adults only.) Seating is limited, and reservations are required by February 10. Call 323 644-6042 or visit for online reservations.

By choosing a favorite animal at the Zoo, gift recipients are designated a guardian of that species at the Los Angeles Zoo for one year. Benefits for all donation levels, ranging from $35 to $1,000, include a personalized adoption certificate and animal fact sheet with a photo of the animal "ambassador." One-of-a-kind benefits are available at other levels.

Donors of $500 or more are entitled to a special, private docent-guided walking tour of the Zoo, and donors of $1,000 or more are invited to a private, customized, docent-led cart tour to visit some of the Zoo's animal couples.

As a bonus, the gift-giver joins the growing family of wildlife defenders who contribute to the Los Angeles Zoo's Endangered Species Fund and who advance the cause of wildlife preservation and conservation at the Zoo and around the world. What's more, the donation is tax-deductible.

For more information, call 323 644-6035 or visit

These programs are among the many offerings presented by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, founded in 1963.

This year marks more than four decades of GLAZA's success in supporting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden's work as an educational resource for the citizens of Los Angeles, and as an international center for the conservation of endangered wildlife. GLAZA provides funds and other services for Los Angeles Zoo exhibits, conservation, capital projects, education programs, community outreach, research, and more through fund-raising and an endowment, membership, special events and more.

GLAZA currently has 65,000 member households, the second largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles. Many of its nearly 300,000 individual members have sustained their GLAZA support for more than 20 years.

The Los Angeles Zoo is an international leader in the conservation of endangered species and one of the city's major cultural and entertainment resources.The Los Angeles Zoo, which is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Upcoming concerts around California from Live Nation

On Sale Saturday, January 30th At 1 PM At
With Special Guest
Gibson Amphitheatre
March 12, 2010

On Sale Friday, January 29th At 10 AM
With Special Guest
The Wiltern
March 24, 2010

On Sale Friday, January 29th At 10 AM
"The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles' Community Service Variety Show"
The Wiltern
February 25, 2010

More Bamboozle Bands Just Announced!
Two-Day Passes & Single Day Tickets on Sale Now:
Festival Grounds at Angel Stadium

Saturday – March 27: Sunday – March 28:
DISCO CURTIS— Just Added! COLETTE CARR – Just Added!
ENVY ON THE COAST— Just Added! DIRT NASTY – Just Added!
JON LAJOIE (Pass The Mic Comedy Café) THE BANGZ
THE CATARACS-- Just Added!
BO BURNHAM (Pass The Mic Comedy Café)
MOSHE KASHER (Pass The Mic Comedy Café)

Plus, Hoodwink Lineup Revealed!
Hoodwink Tickets On Sale Saturday January 30 at 12 Noon:
HOODWINK Festival 2010
THE MAINE— Performing the music of Everclear
SAY ANYTHING— Performing the music of The Misfits
CIRCA SURVIVE— Performing the music of Nirvana
ALL THE DAY HOLIDAY— Performing the music of The Beach Boys
The Grove of Anaheim
Friday – March 26

Mariah Carey to release duet album and tour

International superstar Mariah Carey has completed her 13th studio album, ANGELS ADVOCATE, a brand new collection of newly remixed duets with some of her favorite artists, performing Mariah’s favorite songs from her #1 R&B album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (released September 2009). ANGELS ADVOCATE will be released on March 30th.

In advance of the ANGELS ADVOCATE album release, two new Mariah Carey singles are on the way this week - “Angels Cry” featuring fellow Island Def Jam artist Ne-Yo is impacting at Urban A/C radio, and “Up Out My Face” featuring Nicki Minaj is impacting at Urban and Rhythm radio formats. New videos for both tracks were co-directed by Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey. Both videos will premiere at #1 search site on Thursday, January 28th, followed by Friday debuts on MTV and BET. The videos will be available at all platforms starting Monday, February 1st.

Mariah is in the second week of her six week “Angels Advocate” Tour across North America - her first major tour since The “Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour” of August-October 2006. The opening act on the “Angels Cry” Tour is RydazNrtist, a new R&B group signed to Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment. (Since mid-January, the tour has played through MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT; Fox Theatre in Atlanta; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, FL; and Fox Theatre in Detroit. Please see remaining tour dates below.)

ANGELS ADVOCATE (and Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel) follow up Mariah’s multi-platinum E=MC² (2008), and worldwide 10 million selling The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005). The Emancipation Of Mimi generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), two #1 singles, and countless more honors during its 18-month chart stay. Soundscan’s biggest-selling album of 2005, Mimi featured “We Belong Together” (Grammy winner for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song) and “Don’t Forget About Us,” Mariah’s 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley’s 17 #1’s.

Three years later, Mariah surpassed Elvis when “Touch My Body” (from E=MC²) became her 18th #1 Hot 100 hit. “Touch My Body” spent two weeks at the top, Mariah’s 78th and 79th cumulative career weeks at #1, which tied Elvis’ long-standing all-time high of 79 weeks at #1, as calculated by Billboard. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles’ all-time high of 20 #1 hits. The success of E=MC² brought total sales of Mariah’s albums, singles and videos to more than 175 million worldwide, distancing her even further from the pack as the top-selling female recording artist in history.


27 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
30 Boston, MA Wang Theatre

Feb. 1 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
4 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre
6 Ottawa, Ont. Scotiabank Place
9 Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre
10 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
13-14 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
18 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
20 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
23-24 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
26 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
27 Las Vegas, NV The Caesars Palace

"Book of Eli" composer remixes track for MP3 download

Atticus Ross, the musician and producer who composed the original score to the Hughes Brothers-directed feature film Book of Eli, has remixed one of its tracks, “The Passenger,” which will be made available as an MP3 download to those who pre-order the vinyl edition of The Book of Eli Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at beginning today, January 28th. The vinyl version will be released on February 16th.

In addition, British commercial and short film director Rupert Sanders, best known for his trailer for the video game Halo 3: ODST as well as ads for Halo 3 Believe, and the Wolverine game, has created visuals to accompany Ross’s remix of “The Passenger.” The result can be viewed at

The Book of Eli Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is Ross’s third collaboration with the Hughes Brothers and his first feature film score. Ross’ music is a unique hybrid score of electronic and organic elements; writing with his wife (Claudia Sarne) and brother (Leopold Ross), the basic tracks were recorded first at his home studio before departing to London where it was finished in Abbey Road Studios with a full 80-piece orchestra.

Ross’ other film credits include co-writing and producing “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight),” the Perry Ferrell single for the hit film Twilight, the score for the Allen Hughes’ vignette for the film New York, I Love You, as well as the music to the Hughes Brothers TV show 'Touching Evil." Ross has also incorporated his musical style into collaborations and productions of such major artists as Nine Inch Nails (the albums With Teeth, Year Zero, The Slip, and the Grammy-nominated Ghosts), Jane's Addiction, and Korn.

The Book of Eli, written by Gary Whitta, stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman in a post-apocalyptic tale in which a lone man, Eli (Washington), fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. The film opened in theaters on January 15th, 2010. /

Mars Volta artist Sonny Kay exhibiting in L.A.

Visual artist Sonny Kay presents L.A. gallery opening

POV Evolving Gallery and Sargent House announce the Los Angeles gallery opening of recent work by renown visual artist Sonny Kay. The installation titled Tamper Proof: Recent Works by Sonny Kay opens with a gala reception on Thursday, February 11, 2010. The event also features acoustic performances by Lisa Papineau, Matthew Embree (RX Bandits) and Liquid Indian, plus special guest DJs (DJ) Nobody and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta). The artist's installation runs through March 9th, 2010.

Sonny Kay’s work will certainly be familiar to devotees of The Mars Volta, and in particular the vast solo output of Volta head-honcho, Omar Rodriguez Lopez. As creative director for Rodriguez Lopez’s L.A.-based eponymous record/film imprint, Rodriguez Lopez Productions, Kay’s meticulous collage and graphic design work has become synonymous with a seemingly endless stream of heady, inspired psychedelic albums that began appearing en masse in 2006.

POV Evolving presents Tamper Proof, a show of Kay’s most recent album-related works and some as-yet-unseen creations intent on wriggling out of the confines of the 12” LP sleeve.

Kay’s music-world pedigree predates the coming of The Mars Volta by more than 10 years. During his college years in Boulder, Colorado, Kay became a central figure on the underground music scene, first as a promoter (culminating in his management of the U of C’s notorious Club 156 venue between 1993 and 1995), and then as a performer. As vocalist for the cult punk bands Angel Hair and The VSS, Kay traversed the United States repeatedly, following in the footsteps of groups like Black Flag and Fugazi, anticipating those of The Faint and At the Drive-In.

Launching the celebrated Gold Standard Laboratories (GSL) label with student loan money in 1993, Kay went on to release seminal material from then-unknown groups such as The Locust, The Rapture, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Chromatics, and eventually, The Mars Volta. By the time he designed the packaging for that band’s 2002 debut, Tremulant, Kay had partnered with Rodriguez Lopez and GSL became, effectively, the band’s own label.

Kay’s design work was soon finding its was onto stage backdrops, t-shirts, laminates skateboards and myriad other tour-related ephemera, but GSL’s days were numbered. The label’s enthusiasm for releasing the work of like-minded avant-punks didn’t typically translate into record sales, and the top-heavy label closed its doors in 2007. Switching gears to full-time artist/designer, Kay seized the opportunity to carve out a recognizable niche for his idiosyncratic work. Falling mostly within the realm of digital collage, his rapidly evolving style has consistently striven to avoid the typical trappings and technical shortcomings many expect from a colloquial medium juxtaposing the old and new for comic or ironic effect.

Comprised of web-sourced snapshots and thrift-shop reference book illustrations, Kay’s painstakingly assembled composites themselves often resemble photographs, or even paintings - alternately poignant, opinionated, illustrative, occasionally funny, or simply unexplained. Fantastic, and yet eerily realistic, Kay’s images point to his convergent interests in perception, human and primate anthropology, entheogens, consciousness, evolution and anarchism. Buffeted by the virtually free-reign platform afforded by modern rock music’s arguably most prolific recording artist, Kay’s pace has quickened and his output diversified considerably thanks to Rodriguez Lopez’s literally nonstop flow of albums.

Which isn’t to say that Kay doesn’t enjoy some good old-fashioned stream-of-consciousness-derived haphazardry, nor trying his skill at designing for other artists. Tamper Proof presents examples of a variety of Kay’s work, much of which was produced since his last exhibition, Colliding on Purpose (January 2009), at Han Cholo Gallery. 2009-10 has seen his imagery adorn the sleeves of groups as varied as RX Bandits, Shooter Jennings, Red Sparowes, and NoCanDo, to name only some. However, with Rodriguez Lopez sticking to his promise to release “an album a month”, the effect that level of productivity has on Kay's other endeavors remains to be seen.

Event Details:
Sargent House and POV Evolving present
Recent Works by Sonny Kay
At POV Evolving Gallery
939 Chung King Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Opening Reception: Thursday February 11, 2010 from 7-11 PM.

On the Web:

Frank Cano at Steamer's Saturday

Steamer's, Fullerton
THIS SAT, JAN 30, 8:30pm - 12:30 PM
call for reservations 714-871 8800

Frank Cano - Trumpet ,
Benn Clatworthy - Sax
Martin Sullivan - Trombone ,
Ernie Valenzuela - Congas
John Pintoff - Bass ,
Jeff Goodkind - Piano ,
Jorge Carbonell - Timbales

Trumpeter, composer, and arranger Frank Cano a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico received his music studies at California State University Long Beach and has gone on to perform with many diverse artist in The United Stated, Canada, Mexico and Asia.Frank performed for 3 years with legendary conguero Francisco Aguabella with Roberto Torres, Ralfi Pagan, Tony Orlando, Jose Feliciano, Marisela.

For three years Frank was the musical director for the Nosotros/Golden Eagle Awards Show. Frank's debut CD "A Beautiful Day/Un Lindo Dia" has been very well received in the U.S., Latin America and Europe

Dengue Fever family show at the Echo Feb. 14

Dengue Fever will be performing at The Echo for Kidrockers on Sunday February 14.

What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your family!

All adults must be accompanied by a music-loving kid.

Ziggy Marley and Tuff Gong Worldwide release album

Multiple Grammy winning artist Ziggy Marley, and Tuff Gong Worldwide present “Dancehall Originators Vol 1,” the first in a new series of dancehall reggae albums designed to pay homage to the groundbreaking original artists that paved the way for dancehall artists today. The album, which will be released on February 2nd, features tracks by Chaka Demus, Yellow Man and Buju Banton, among others (track list below).

In 1992, producer/songwriter Phillip Smart, founder of Long Island’s HC&F Studios, created the scorching “Hot This Year” riddim, whose bouncy keyboard riffs and resounding bass were considered groundbreaking at the time.

From its initial release, “Hot This Year” inspired numerous other artists, including Shaggy, Yellow Man, Buju Banton, and Chaka Demus, to use it as a basis for their own songs. It also inspired the durable and popular song “Hot This Year” by the late DJ Dirtsman, which crossed over into other radio formats.

“There weren’t that many reggae records that crossed over to R&B radio at the time, and Dirtsman’s song went from reggae radio shows to getting airplay in regular rotation on New York stations,” recalls Phillip Smart. “So that put it in a different format and the song became a favorite in clubs that didn’t play a lot of reggae.”

Because it so deftly illustrates such an important era of dancehall reggae history, Dancehall Originators is a must-have for any knowledgeable dancehall devotee, as well as more recent reggae converts.

The Tuff Gong label was founded in 1965 by Bob Marley, with the vision of producing, distributing and promoting his music free from the constraints of corporate label politics. In a time decades before artist-owned record labels were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley’s vision was characteristically well ahead of its time. Now, nearly a half-century later, his dream is being realized.

Track list:

Volbeat signs with Primary Wave Talent Management

Danish metal quartet Volbeat has entered in to a formal agreement with Primary Wave Talent Management. The company will serve as representation for the band in North America.

Since the Danish metal quartet’s formation in October, 2001, VOLBEAT has steadily risen to become one of the major attractions in the European scene. In an age of retreads, the band has been offering a unique blend of metallic hard rock alongside inspired Elvis-tinged melodies, and the world has taken notice. They recently entered in to a licensing agreement with Universal Germany, following significant success with Netherlands-based independent label Mascot Records.

The working title for their fourth studio album is Beyond Hell – Above Heaven, with a planned release scheduled for September 6, 2010. All three of the band’s prior releases from Mascot Records have been certified gold in Denmark, while Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood (2008) and The Strength / The Sound / The Songs (2005) achieved platinum sales.

Most recently the band toured North America as support for Metallica, adding a sold-out headline Los Angeles show to the itinerary at the Troubadour.

Volbeat is Michael Poulsen (Vocals / Guitar), Anders Kjølholm (Bass), Jon Larsen (Drums) and Thomas Bredahl (Guitar).

Primary Wave Talent Management’s Rick Smith shared,”Volbeat makes me wonder if Glen Danzig grew up in the 50's or if Chet Atkins was in Megadeth, would it hold a candle to the repertoire this band has delivered. It is fresh and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of their career.”

His partner Scott Frazier added, “All bands draw influences from other artists, but few can capture those influences and deliver a sound that is fresh and truly their own like Volbeat. I was drawn to the band's music first and foremost, but after seeing what these guys do live, that sealed it for me personally. We look forward to sharing with North America what the rest of the world has already discovered.”

Volbeat singer Michael Poulsen offers, “We couldn’t be happier about the signing with Primary Wave Talent Management! From early on we realized that this was the management we wanted to partner with. We felt like they understood our vision and on top they’re cool dudes. We’re very excited about the collaboration with our new North American management, and are indeed looking forward to take Northern America by storm!”

Future plans for the band’s return to the U.S. will be announced once formalized.

Sleepy Son to tour

Whether droning madly, spiralling into cascades of infinitely echoing vocals or kicking back with their blissed-out take on classic Americana rock, Sleepy Sun are a band that demand your attention. Formed in Santa Cruz and now based in San Francisco, this intense sextet are set to release their latest single, Sleepy Son (sic), taken from their breathtaking debut album, Embrace, in August.

Comprising Brian Tice (drums), Jack Allen (bass), Rachael Williams (vocals, haberdashery & interpretive dancing) Bret Constantino (vocals & harmonica), Evan Reiss (guitars) and Matt Holliman (guitars) – all 22 and 23, the band met in the counter-cultural hub city of Santa Cruz, California, citing “pizza, horticulture, Neil Percival Young,” as common interests.

“With the forest and ocean as our back drop, we were drawn to each other as fellow musicians, friends, and lovers” they say. Drawing musical inspiration from Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Can and Creation Records, they forged their sound in intense jams, “free flowing, heady, ‘where am I?’ type jamming.”

Though they’re in the one-time home of psychedelia, it’s not San Francisco per se that influences their sound.

“It comes more from Northern California itself more than any scene or city,” they say. “There truly is nowhere on Earth like our little corner of the country where the redwoods smother the ocean.”

What are you waiting for? Let’s Get Weird!

North American Tour Dates

2/7 - East End Club - Portland, OR
2/8 - Neumos - Seattle (FREE)** with Mudhoney
2/26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
3/9 - Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
3/12 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
3/13 - Bar Pink - San Diego, CA
3/14 - JDee’s Landing - Palm Springs, CA
3/17 - Emo’s Annex (IODA SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/18 - Beauty Bar (Bay Bridged SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/20 - Peckerheads ( / Rhapsody SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/21 - Double Wide (Bro Fest) - Dallas, TX
3/23 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
3/24 - Corazon - Sante Fe, NM
3/25 - Mia’s Lounge - Flagstaff, AZ
3/26 - Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
3/27 - The Cellar Door - Visalia, CA

Baroness confirmed for Coachella

BARONESS will perform at the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA on April 16th. This year’s headliners will include THEM CROOKED VULTURES, PAVEMENT, JAY-Z, MUSE, FAITH NO MORE, GORILLAZ, and many more. Complete festival details, including the full line-up and ticket information, can be found at

BARONESS are currently finishing their Blue Record European headlining tour. In February, the band will head to Australia for the first time to take part in the traveling Soundwave Festival.

BARONESS and ISIS will also join forces for a three-city tour of Japan in early March.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pasadena Doo Dah queen tryouts set for Feb. 13

Hey, Are You Ready????
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Queen Tryouts!
Are coming to YOUR neighborhood

The American Legion Bar
Saturday, February 13
179 N. Vinedo St. in Pasadena
Cross street is Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-9938

2:00 pm – Doors Open to All
($5 cover to Legion’s charity; 1st 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free)
3:00 pm – Queen Tryouts!

Trying out? please call us at 626-590-1134 we will answer your questions and give you tips.
Open to everyone and we mean it!
All invited and all are encouraged to dress randomly.
Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges.
Microphone and boom box provided.
Be ready to show us and tell us why
YOU should be Queen!

The first 20 Queen Hopefuls to arrive get in FREE!

Featuring: Horses on Astroturf before and during tryouts, The Legendary, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies post Queen Crowning! 2009 Queen Skittles, Former Queens, Mickie, Tequila, Kavita, Sabrina Diva, Mercy, Saphira and Saphrona, Queen Sue, also the Ref, Peculiar Judges, Andrew Duke of Doo Dah, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Affordable Hot Food, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV!

33rd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!
May 1, 2010 (MayDay)

Entry Forms and information to be found on the website:


Esotouric to offer a tour of L.A.'s secret history

Esotouric Reveals The Downtown L.A. Secrets Most Natives Don't Know

WHAT: Esotouric presents "The Lowdown on Downtown: The Secret History of Los Angeles" urban history bus and walking tour, part of the four-tour February Reyner Banham Loves LA architecture and urbanism series

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 11am-3:00pm

COST: $58, or save $47 on all four February architecture tours with a Banham Bundle

WHERE: Departs from Philippe the Original, 1001 N. Alameda Street

INFO: or call 323-223-2767

"Dorothy Parker once described Los Angeles as 72 suburbs in search of a city. Thanks to [Esotouric's Richard] Schave and his friends that mayfinally be changing." ­ Michael Benedict, Toronto Star

It seems like the whole world is interested in Downtown L.A. the Germans have commissioned a neighborhood travel guide, Eli Broad is weighing parking lots to put museums in, and folks from the Westside have even been spotted sipping cocktails at the Edison. But many natives still have trouble understanding how Downtown works and how it got that way. That's why Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours revea lthe secret history of L.A. through crime, culture and literature, is offering Richard Schave's THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN: THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES, a provocative tour in the "Reyner Banham Loves L.A." architecture and urbanism series.

The tour exists to put the old ghosts and memories that cling to the historic core into context, and provide natives and visitors with the tools to understand this most fascinating neighborhood.

Esotouric is uniquely suited to explain Downtown. The husband-and-wife team of Richard Schave and Kim Cooper were named purveyors of the Best Downtown Tours by the Downtown News and are the creators of three "time travel blogs"exploring lost L.A. lore (On Bunker Hill, In SRO Land and 1947project).

Richard Schave's most recent TV appearance was as the Downtown expert on the History Channel's "Cities of the Underworld," guiding host Don Wildman through the prohibition-era tunnels beneath the old King Edward Saloon, and he recently lectured on urban L.A. at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN is a guided social history of the mysterious, complex and rapidly evolving center of L.A., a thriving neighborhood that was intentionally depopulated in the 1950s and is currently experiencing an extraordinary rebirth. Everyone complains L.A. lacks a center this tour explains why. Passengers will visit exquisite architectural gems, including some seldom seen by the general public, but they'll also enjoy a sophisticated analysis of the economic and social tools used to rebuild downtown, learn how gentrification sprung up on the city's meanest streets with all the conflicts that go along with a community's socio-economic shift, meet creative residents and explore unique destinations.

Featured locations include the intentionally depopulated Bunker Hill and its Angels Flight funicular railway, Grand Central Market, the concrete design disaster Pershing Square (with its tribute to novelist John Fante), European-style dining alley St. Vincent's Court, the lyrical glass-topped Mercantile Arcade Building (an exact replica of a London landmark). Then there's guest host Terry Ellsworth's insider's tour of the Arts District, including a visit to featured artist David L. Caldwell's astonishing live/work space, a multimedia environment that will amaze and inspire.

Promoter TERRY ELLSWORTH has been a seminal Arts District figure for decades, curating the underground Bedlam space, hosting exhibitions at Bloom's General Store and presenting original film programs.

For a sneak peak of sculptor and installation artist DAVID L. CALDWELL's remarkable loft environment and his artwork, visit him online at

So climb aboard THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN tour and explore one of America's most fascinating neighborhoods with the tour company Lonely Planet calls "hip, offbeat, insightful and entertaining."

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule
Sat January 30 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour
Sun Feb 7 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA
Sat Feb 13 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66
Thurs Feb 18 ­ Jeremy Kasten presents "Spider Baby" with director Jack Hill
Sat Feb 20 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The New Chinatowns
Sun Feb 21 - Joan Renner lecture "How the 'Bob' Changed History"
Sat Feb 27 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown-The Secret History of LA
Sat March 6 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat March 13 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat March 20 - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release (debut)
Sat March 27 - Raymond Chandler's Bay City
Sat April 3 ­ Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A.
Sat April 10 ­ John Buntin's L.A. Noir
Sat April 24 ­ Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's L.A.
Sat May 1 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour with Crimebo the Clown
Sat May 8 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 15 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat May 22 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's So. Cal Nightmare

For more info on Esotouric, please visit

For a review of a previous edition of this tour, see Michael Benedict's Toronto Star article:

For more on Reyner Banham, see

And the BBC documentary "Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles"

Dia in second round of Rude Dog's Battle of the Bands Thursday

Hi guys and gals, we made through the first round and really need your support for the final round. Come down and show your support we need your votes

It's this Thursday so come shake a leg down at The Rude Dog in Covina with us! Get there before 8:30 pm for free entry. After 9pm it's $5 to get in, so come on down early if you can make it out.

Voting ballots will be given out at 9:30 pm and collected at 11:30pm for the final count.

There will be 3 bands, all winners from previous weeks.
DIA - 9pm
Bad Connection 10pm
Crosskeys - 11pm

Bluegrass at Viva Fresh in Burbank tonight

Hi all,

A reminder: BLUEGRASS at the Viva Fresh restaurant Wednesday, January 27th; Tom and Patrick Sauber teaming up with local legends Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson. You'd be hard pressed to find better singing and picking this side of the Ryman Auditorium. Plus, we'll throw in some oldtime fiddling at no extra charge. Wait a sec' - there isn't any charge anyway. Yes, there is no cover charge.

The Viva Fresh is located at 900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506,

right next to the entrance for the L.A. Equestrian Center and across the street from the Pickwick Center (where there's free, extra parking).

Music is from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Come by and say, "Hi."

Thomas Sauber

Arboretum to offer Permaculture Workshop Saturday

Permaculture Workshop:
Lasagna Mulching & Seedballing
Saturday, January 30
$22 members / $25 non-members
Please call 626.821.4623 to reserve a place.

Whether you’re smiling at the title or find yourself intrigued, be sure to clear your schedule for this workshop! You’ll be glad you did as you come away with two incredibly productive and versatile techniques to use everywhere imaginable. From creating natural raised beds just outside your door to covering the back forty, sheet mulch and seed balls are all you need to bring to life extremely beautiful, low-maintenance, low-cost gardens. Using what you have on hand or can source locally is true sustainable gardening.

Cover crop seeds will be supplied. Bring others to create one-of-a-kind seed balls, with an emphasis on edibles and medicinals. Bring gloves and water. Instructor Caitlin Bergman is both a certified permaculture designer and a garden curator at The Arboretum. Meet in The Arboretum main entrance. Workshop will be held outside the Education & Propagation Nursery.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007-2697
Phone: 626.821.4624

The Huntington to add Charles Dickens' letters to collection

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today it will add to its Library holdings an extraordinary group of 35 letters written by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). The set of letters is one of four new acquisitions selected by the Library Collectors’ Council at its 13th annual meeting on Jan. 16.

Also selected were A Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, a spectacularly illustrated, hand-colored ornithological book published in 1873; an important group of photographs of Santa Barbara, Calif., by the firm Hayward and Muzzall produced in the late 1800s; and an elaborately illuminated English manuscript made in the 1590s to commemorate the victorious Siege of Calais in 1347.

“The Huntington’s Library Collectors’ Council consists of some of the most devoted and erudite philanthropists and collectors in the region. We’re thrilled that once again they have expanded the Huntington’s holdings both dramatically and wisely,” said Steve Koblik, president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington, added, “The Council was formed to augment the collections at the high end, meaning members are asked to purchase materials we otherwise couldn’t afford. A rare group of letters by a canonized English literary figure like Dickens is exactly in that vein; and the other three acquisitions greatly enhance our usefulness as a research library in some of our strongest collection areas.”

Letters by Charles Dickens
The letters by Charles Dickens that will join The Huntington’s holdings were written from about 1838 to 1869 and are addressed to a variety of individuals, including Hablot Knight Browne (Dickens’ best-known illustrator, affectionately called “Phiz”), John Leech (another of Dickens’ illustrators), Robert Lytton (a poet, and son of novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton), Charles Ollier (a publisher of earlier writers, including the poets Keats and Shelley) and Mary Nichols (an American author who was published by Dickens in his weekly periodical, All the Year Round).

The collection was built by a New York rare book and manuscript dealer for his personal collection over a period of 40 years and has not been for sale until now. Only eight of the 35 in the group have been published.

Sara S. “Sue” Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts at The Huntington, explains, “It is nearly unprecedented to see such an extensive group of Dickens letters available together from a private source. In 30 years as a curator, I have never before seen a collection like this offered.”

The Huntington already holds about a thousand letters by Dickens, as well as other manuscripts relating to his work and 49 original drawings by “Phiz” for Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby. Highlights of letters include instructions to “Phiz” regarding the illustrations for that book. Dickens’ writes, “The room is lighted by a skylight (if you show any window at all); of course it is not the show-room described in No. 3, though there may be a cap on a block and a dress on a stand if it would improve the sketch. N.B. Please to take care that Miss Knag is not like Miss La Creevy.”

Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise
Also acquired was the large and spectacularly illustrated Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, published by the author, Daniel Giraud Elliot, in 1873. Only 49 copies of the work were produced and sold by subscription during the second half of the 19th century. The book is a large, heavy volume, known as an elephant folio, measuring about 24 inches in height. It consists of 36 hand-colored lithographs of bird species from the family known as the Paradiseidae, found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia. The volume joins The Huntington’s iconic Birds of America, the four-volume set of double-elephant folios by John James Audubon that stand as one of the Library’s most treasured rare books, on exhibit in its main exhibition hall.

Hayward and Muzzall Photographs of Santa Barbara
This rare group of 172 photographs represents the most comprehensive visual record of Santa Barbara’s early years, captured by photographer E. J. Hayward. The collection contains unique and unpublished views of the region, rounding out a relatively sparse early portrait of the region. Interspersed with streetscapes, adobe buildings, early dwellings, Chinese workers, and gardens are scenes of family members, their social gatherings, and the Hayward and Muzzall Studio on State Street. (Hayward joined forces with photographer Henry W. Muzzall in 1875 and established a firm that would become synonymous with early Santa Barbara photography.)

Elizabethan Manuscript Commemorating the Siege of Calais
The “First Calais Roll of Arms” commemorates the Siege of Calais in 1347, considered among the greatest English military victories of the Hundred Years’ War with France. While other copies exist, this particular one is a 16th-century manuscript copy that was one of the most elaborate and carefully planned and likely a luxury item because of its sophisticated design, elegant layout, and beautiful calligraphy. The title page displays a full color painting of the royal arms of Edward III, who was present at the siege. The work consists of 35 pages documenting knights, esquires, mounted archers, and others, and provides a summary of the number of ships and mariners, arranged by home port. In the 19th century, the “Roll” belonged to the Duke of Newcastle, whose arms are embossed in gold on the covers. The volume joins The Huntington’s extensive collection of material on Elizabethan England.

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Death Before Dishonor on tour

Death Before Dishonor is pleased to announce a Southwestern run supporting Evergreen Terrace, from mid-March until the beginning of April. The band spent virtually all of last year touring around the globe and 2010 will prove to be no different. An unstoppable touring machine, Death Before Dishonor is currently venturing throughout Central America before heading to Europe, and will return to the states with only one day off before hitting the road with Evergreen Terrace. Find tour dates and venue information below.

Released this past July, Better Ways To Die showcases Death Before Dishonor reaching outside of the safe hardcore formulas both in songs and content while still retaining their roots in the South Boston upbringing. Better Ways To Die lies somewhere between the harder punk edge of Rancid, the working class anthems of fellow Bostonians Dropkick Murphys, the hardcore attack of Hatebreed and the precision and riffage of Slayer – this is the sound of a true Boston Hardcore band.

Better Ways To Die has been garnering rave reviews, with hailing it "one of the best hardcore albums I've heard this year," and " an effective bid for a place in the upper echelons of modern hardcore and the group's strongest effort to date" as stated by Exclaim!.

Death Before Dishonor On Tour Now:
2/4 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
2/5 Riverside, CA @ Pharaoh's Den
2/6 Albuquerque, NM @ Compound
2/7 Abilene, TX @ Rose Park Activity Building
2/9 Atlanta, GA @ TBA

Death Before Dishonor On Tour W/ Evergreen Terrace:
3/16 Houston, TX @ The Junction
3/17 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/18 TBA
3/19 TBA
3/20 Little Rock, AR @ Juanitas Cantina Ballroom
3/21 Claremore, OK @ The Tree
3/22 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
3/23 Kansas City, MO @ TBA
3/24 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
3/25 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
3/26 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
3/27 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
3/28 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
3/29 Charleroi, PA @ Club Octane
3/30 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter Club
3/31 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
4/1 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
4/2 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
4/3 East Ridge, TN @ The Warehouse
4/4 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddys

Jewlicious Festival Feb. 19-21 in Long Beach

JConnect and Jewlicious Festival in collaboration with Beach Hillel and Jewish Student Services are delighted to announce further details regarding the sixth annual world-famous Jewlicious Music Arts and Culture Festival. The three-day festival, which will be held February 19-21, 2010 on the grounds of the massive Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach, California will feature an impressive roster of the most talented musicians, comedians and other artists producing contemporary Jewish culture.

Each year for the past five years, Jewlicious has been described as "unlike any other weekend in Jewish history," and Jewlicious 2010 promises to be the best event on record. The festival’s eclectic and diverse program gathers in one place—and for three unforgettable days—the leading Jewish musicians, artists, teachers, change-makers, and writers from across the United States and around the world.

“The Jewlicious Music Arts and Culture Festival has been widely described as a perfect blend of Jewish summer camp, Coachella, Burning Man and Sundance,” explains festival founder and director Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

On Saturday night, February 20, on the festival’s Main Stage from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Electro Morocco of New York (, Moshav (, and the Kosha Dillz Band of New York ( will perform.

SoulSpeak ( and Diwon ( will host the after-party from midnight to 4:00 a.m. in the DJ Lounge.

On Sunday, February 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Basya Schecter Duo (, Rav Shmuel (, and Yael Meyer ( will take to the Acoustic Stage.

The Comedy Stage will come alive Saturday, February 20, beginning at 8:00 p.m., with appearances by Smooth E (, Robin Reiser (, Simcha Levenberg (, Lizzy Cooperman ( and Kira Soltanovich (, the star of “Girls Behaving Badly.”

The festival’s exciting list of presenters includes Noah Alpert, founder of Noah’s Bagels; Talya Lev, an Israeli human rights activist; Sasha Perry, a Jewish environmental activist; David Abitbol, an internet genius and the founder of; Chaim Davids, chef of The Kitchen Table; Lee Weisman, the former Librarian of the Dalai Lama; Lisa Klug, author of Cool Jew; David Aaron, Jerusalem based author of Living a Joyous Life: The True Spirit of Jewish Practice; Marcus J. Freed, London born Jewish Yogi and Actor; and many more.

“Jewlicious has grown tenfold in scope and diversity since it was founded in 2005 and has become a veritable rite of passage for an increasing number young Jews,” says Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

David Abitbol, founder of adds, “What started as an underdog is now a national phenomena. The sixth iteration of The Jewlicious Festival continues to advance in its groundbreaking approach to grassroots marketing and student submitted programming in what is arguably its most open source version yet.”

In 2009, Jewlicious attracted more than 1,000 Jewish students & young adults from more than 60 colleges and universities, 20 states, and six countries, and festival organizers are seeking to top that record with their impressive line-up of talent.

Vendors, organizations, and companies interested in participating in the Jewlicious Festival are encouraged to contact or call the festival office at (310) 277-5544.

Jewlicious Festival is produced by JConnect in collaboration with Long Beach Hillel, Jewish Student Services, and For ticket information and more details—new performers and presenters are being announced all the time—visit

Free Energy on tour

Free Energy will take their undeniable party anthems on the road for a national tour with Foreign Born. The Philadelphia rockers recent hometown and NYC shows have turned rock clubs into bacchanalian blowouts! Don’t miss the chance to see one of 2010’s most exciting new bands.

Produced by DFA’s James Murphy, Free Energy’s forthcoming debut album, Stuck On Nothing, will be released digitally Mach 6, 2010 and physically May 4, 2010 on Astralwerks/DFA Records.

"I loved making that record. It was so good to record guitars again. I kind of forgot that I used to be really good at that -- recording guitars." explains Murphy.

Free Energy Tour Dates* = with Foreign Born

02/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
02/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
02/24: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop *
02/25: San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
02/26: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
02/28: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
03/03: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
03/04: Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
03/05: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
03/06: Bloomington, IN @ Video Saloon *
03/08: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern *
03/09: Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo *
03/10: Buffalo, NY @ Big Orbit’s Soundlab *
03/11: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
03/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
03/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Marathon Lounge *
03/14: Washington, DC @ DC9 *

The Devil Makes Three on tour

The Devil Makes Three

Jan 29 - Manzanita Place - Chico, CA

Pete Bernhard
Feb 18 - Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA
Feb 20 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 21 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
Feb 23 - Jambalaya - Arcata, CA
Feb 24 - Oak St Speak Easy - Eugene, OR
Feb 25 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
Feb 26 - Doug Fir - Portland, OR
Feb 27 - Stillwater - Ashland, OR
Feb 28 - Cafe Coda - Chico, CA

The Devil Makes Three
Marc 19 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Mar 20 - The Troubadour - LA, CA
Mar 21 - Soho - Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 23 - The Phoenix Theatre - Petaluma, CA
Mar 24 - The Historic Ashland Armory - Ashland, CA
Mar 25 - WOW Hall - Eugene, Or
Mar 27 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Mar 28 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Mar 30 - The Railway Club - Vancouver, BC
Apr 1 - The Marquee Room - Calgary, AB
Apr 2 - The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
Apr 3 - Lydia's Pub - Saskatoon, SK
Apr 5 - The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
Apr 8 - The Double Door - Chicago, IL
Apr 9 - First Ave - Minneapolis, MN
Apr 11 - High Noon - Madison, WI
Apr 25 - Pozo Saloon - Pozo, CA - supporting Merle Haggard!

With more dates to come throughout 2010!

Band From TV slated for Loehmann's Costa Mesa opening March 13

Loehmann's, the IT store for designer fashions, announced today that it will celebrate the opening of its new Costa Mesa, California, store by hosting a special concert featuring ‘Band From TV’ at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 13th, in front of the new store in Metro Pointe Center.

Scheduled to open on March 12, 2010, the new Costa Mesa Loehmann’s, located at 901 South Coast Drive, will offer the best deals in designer fashions, where stylish, savvy shoppers can find IT, love IT and buy IT at prices that are 30% - 65% less than department and specialty stores.

The ‘Band From TV’ is a powerhouse band consisting of well-known TV actors from hit network programs who play rock and roll music to benefit a wide range of charitable causes. ‘Band From TV’ members will include Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar from NBC’s “Heroes”, Jesse Spencer from FOX’s “House”, Bob Guiney from ABC’s “The Bachelor” and Scott Grimes from NBC’s “ER”, along with a dozen other musicians and vocalists.

Beginning today, general admission tickets to attend the Loehmann’s ‘Band From TV’ concert can be purchased for $35 per ticket, online at ( ) or in person at any one of the following Los Angeles-area Loehmann’s stores (Beverly Hills, Beverly Connection, Laguna Niguel, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Tustin and Tustin Men’s). Concert tickets will be sold on a first come/first serve basis and supplies are limited. Additionally, the ‘Band From TV’ CD entitled, “Hoggin’ All The Covers” will be sold at Loehmann’s stores for $14.99.

Jerry Politzer, Chief Executive Officer of Loehmann’s Inc., stated, “Loehmann’s loves California and we’re very excited to be opening our 21st California store in Costa Mesa. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by inviting our current and future customers to hear ‘Band From TV’.”

“’Band From TV’ is thrilled to be a part of this grand opening celebration of the new Loehmann’s in Costa Mesa,” said Greg Grunberg, founder and band leader. “I have enjoyed working with the amazing folks at Loehmann’s to offer deals and discounts to customers via my mobile couponing app. Yowza!! Now, to collaborate for charity is a great thing -- raising awareness and money for very worthwhile causes and organizations.”

Proceeds from ‘Band From TV’ concerts and CD sales benefit the many charities supported by band members, including National Epilepsy Foundation,, Lupus LA, Rush University Medical Center Epilepsy Foundation, The Art of Elysium, and The Indiana University – Kenya Partnership. For more information, please visit ‘Band From TV’ can also be found on Twitter @bandfromtv and on My Space

Loehmann’s, a national, upscale off-price apparel retailer, has offered name brand designer fashions at prices 30% - 65% below department stores prices for more than 90 years. Headquartered in Bronx, New York, and privately held, Loehmann’s operates more than 60 stores in 16 states across the country. For more information, visit