Dear Patrons of the Arts,
The folks at the Los Angeles Times have inexplicably invited Murphy's Flaw to appear on the Festival of Books Etc. Stage for a fourth year.
We'll be on from 3 to 4 p.m. and at least 45 minutes of that will be spent tuning the banjo. But it's a solid entertainment value nonetheless, considering that it's free.
We jumped at this chance because 1) we don't get to hang with people who read books that often, being a Marvel Comics kind of band, and 2) it allows us to use one of the great chestnuts of showbiz hucksterism: "shared the stage with."
As in: "Murphy's Flaw recently appeared at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books where they shared the stage with the L.A. Opera."
And we will, you snobbish non-believers. L.A. Opera will be on at noon; we'll be on at 3 p.m. Same stage, though -- take that!
And it gets better:
Murphy's Flaw is proud to be sharing the festival with Folk and Country Music Legends Peter Yarrow (Target Children's Stage, noon) and Trisha Yearwood (Cooking stage, 2 p.m.) We actually reached out to both, trying to get them to join the Flaw on the Etc. stage. No response. Curious....maybe the emails are slow.
But the real outrage is this: Over at the Health and Wellness Stage is the Sun Protection Zone's Sun Safety Styles Fashion Show. They could have used some background music; all fashion shows need background music.
The Flaw, after all, was willing to share the stage.
• Sunday, April 25, 3-4 p.m.: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Etc. Stage
• Sunday, May 2, 8 p.m., Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena ($15, reservations at (626) 794-2424)
• Monday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.: Viva Fresh Mexican Restaurant, 900 West Riverside Drive, Burbank.
• Sunday, May 16: 50th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest, Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills.