Thursday, December 29, 2011

End o' Week Musings

Yeah, yeah, I'm spoiled... I'll be out of the office until Tuesday again. I work hard, I deserve it and my editor is savvy enough to recognize it.

I kept busy last weekend, beginning with Festivus Friday. I met my mom and stepdad for lunch and a chat. It was good to catch up. Then I went to Pomona to visit Atticus' best friend Indiana Bones. If you recall, Atti is my Jack Russell terrier who passed away in July. Indy is 50 pounds or more larger that my perky too-smart pup and has a heart just as big.

Indy enjoyed the treats I brought him and whined when it was time for me to leave. I didn't just visit Indy, though, I also took some peanuts for Boccio the cockatoo and a lot of good stories, plus a gift for their dad, John.

Saturday I met movie critic Vernor for a showing of "The Muppets." It was funny because as we were walking out, Vernor teased that he was sorry I didn't like the film and the girl working at the theater heard us. She seemed genuinely concerned when she asked me what was wrong with the movie. We laughed, as I loved it. I'm a huge Muppets fan and I thought it was worth every penny of the ticket price.

In the evening, Byron joined me for my Ad Hoc Consort party. We were supposed to jam, but not enough musicians showed up, so we talked and ate and then watched a Laurel and Hardy film with Bob playing his pipe organ for the soundtrack. It was pretty amazing. But the best part for me was Bob's theater-style popcorn with melted butter and salt, just like the movies-- yum!

Christmas was quiet. I worked on my sewing and goofed around on my computer while cooking Holiday Turkey in my crockpot. I sided my melt-in-your-mouth turkey (the recipe includes cranberry sauce and onion soup mix) with garlic cheesy mashed potatoes and brown sugared carrots and brussel sprouts. It was probably too many calories, but a little feast once in a while is nice.

John invited me to watch movies, so I went to his place. We ended up watching episodes of "Ugly Americans" (a weird humans and monsters cartoon from Comedy Central) and a Christmas "South Park" about forest animals who worshipped Satan. That's the spirit... not! But it was a good giggle.

The rest of my week has slow, but it's been kind of nice actually. I feel refreshed and ready for the new year. And I have a nice full slate already, starting with tomorrow, you'll just have to wait until next week for my adventures!

In rotation this week: I finished out my holiday music listening with a little bit of everything. I just placed some new CDs in my car today-- plenty of metal and blues to start the year rockin'.

Photos we got 'em: The usual cute animal pictures and one wonderful photo that was sent to me by Mark Indictor. Indictor is a staff software systems engineer at JPL on the Mars Science Laboratory mission and shared this shot of him by the project's launch pad. He's also the fiddle for Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band. Learn more about this cool cat under features at

Thought o' the week: Resolve to rock. As the years change hands many of us come to the party with a long list of resolutions that we'll never live up to. We tend to select to change habits that are hard to break, at least all at once. A few of us pick out little things or smaller steps to that bigger change, yet it may still be unattainable.

As you think over what fresh start you want to make, be realistic. My goal is to be happier and healthier. Yes, its sounds humungous, but it's not really. I'm going to tweak my attitude throughout out the year and push my positivity whenever I feel the tug of negativity. As far as health, I'm going to continue to chart my progress on my calendar: morning workout, check, evening walk, check, stair climbing, check, evening workout, check, measure and weigh-in Sunday, check... and so on... I'll also make an solid effort to keep on the better eating track, although I'm pretty good about things now. (Perhaps I should give the chocolate in my desk drawer to my co-workers??).

OK, you get the idea. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to resolve to rock at it. Here's toasting to a happy New Year's!

Keep on rockin'


Pasadena to alter traffic signals for Rose Parade

Traffic signals TO BE ALTERED for 2012 rose parade

As an annual prelude to the Tournament of Roses Parade, 15 traffic signals will be altered so that tall floats needing clearance can make their way safely through Pasadena intersections. Alterations will begin this week.

Each year at this time signal mast arms extending over travel lanes are removed or replaced with shorter signal mast arms or with poles that have no mast arms.

Signals with left turn arrows will be removed at

· Colorado Boulevard at Arroyo Parkway, eastbound and westbound approaches

· Colorado Boulevard at Marengo Avenue, eastbound and westbound

· Colorado Boulevard at Garfield Avenue, eastbound

· Colorado Boulevard at Euclid Avenue, westbound

· Colorado Boulevard at Lake Avenue, eastbound and westbound

· Colorado Boulevard at Hill Avenue, eastbound and westbound

· Colorado Boulevard at Sierra Madre Boulevard, eastbound

Long signal mast arms will be removed at

· Orange Grove Boulevard at Green Street, northbound and southbound

· Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, eastbound

· Sierra Madre Boulevard at Walnut Street, southbound

· Sierra Madre Boulevard at Orange Grove Boulevard, southbound

· Sierra Madre Boulevard at Pasadena High School student parking lot, westbound

· Sierra Madre Boulevard at Washington Boulevard, westbound and northbound

· Washington Boulevard at PHS, administration parking lot, northbound

· Orange Grove and Del Mar boulevards, northbound and southbound

The Pasadena Transportation Department urges motorists to drive safely during this period of traffic signal changes and increased pedestrian activity.

For more information call (626) 744-6900.

Paddy's Pig in Upand Dec. 31

Hi everybody! We want to finish this hectic year of 2011 right… with four hours of Paddy’s Pig, ringing in the “UK New Year’s”. That’s right, we’re back in Upland for the annual afternoon party at the Black Watch. Count down to the new year at the same time as they’re doing it in the UK… party hats, blowers, food and drink in a relaxed environment. And the last copies of the first printing of our 2011 cd “Do Your Worst” are still available, for those better-late-than-never holiday gifts.

Paddy's Pig

Saturday, December 31 - 1pm – 5pm

At: Black Watch Pub

497 N Central Ave #B

Upland, CA 91786

Thanks so much for all your support this year of Breech, Paddy's Pig and Nellie Bly. Apologies that the long-delayed Nellie Bly CD is further delayed.

Your support has meant a lot to us and if we don’t see you this weekend, we hope to see you again soon in 2012.

Paddy’s Pig, Nellie Bly, Breech

redwhite+bluezz offers New Year's Eve celebration in Pasadena

redwhite+bluezz, the city’s premiere destination for cutting edge Americana cuisine and jazz, continues to be the hot spot for New Years Eve festivities in Old Pasadena. For the sixth consecutive year, the restaurant is open for special holiday dinners featuring food and wine from its award-winning menu and wine list. In addition to an assortment of the restaurant’s acclaimed classic dishes, redwhite+bluezz is serving up a four course prix fixe menu.

The Jacques Lesure Trio will be performing live New Years Eve from 6:30pm to 12:30am. Though filling quickly, dinner reservations are still available during the early seatings beginning at 5:30pm, 6:00pm and 6:30pm. The later seatings continue through 9:00pm, 9:30pm and 10:00pm.

redwhite+bluezz New Years Eve Prix Fixe menu includes appetizer options of rwb acclaimed Crab Cakes, 1188A Filet Bites and Seared Foie Gras among others with second course options including Lobster Bisque, Roasted Tomato Soup and a classic Caesar or Roasted Beet Salad. Entrée choices are Australian Rack of Lamb with parmagiano reggiano mint pesto, Pan Roasted Halibut with forbidden rice, sautéed broccolini and resh tomato vinaigrette or Bone In Filet Mignon with pan roasted porcini mushrooms, purple Peruvian potatoes and lemon compote. A New Years Eve Dessert Trio rounds out the special holiday meal.

redwhite+bluezz also boasts a carefully crafted selection of New Year’s Eve Wine Flights including Pop A Cork, Countdown 2012 and A Very Good Year as well as some of 2012’s Best Bottles of wine and Celebration Cocktails.

“redwhite+bluezz has been a favorite holiday dinner and brunch destination for the past six years,” said rwb partner André Vener. “Customers join us for the finest quality wine and specialty dishes as well as live music which always make for a more fulfilling experience.”

redwhite+bluezz, which remains a popular location for everything from intimate dinners to large parties, is also the ideal spot for Holiday Parties,

redwhite+bluezz also boasts weekday Happy Hours and spectacular brunches on Saturday and Sunday. Live jazz is a staple at redwhite+bluezz seven nights a week with Pasadena Jazz Institute’s Paul Lines performing every Tuesday evening.

Winner of numerous media awards for food, wine and music, redwhite+bluezz is located in the heart of Old Pasadena at 70 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105.

The Huntington to celebrate Year of the Dragon Jan. 15

To mark the beginning of the lunar new year season and usher in the Year of the Dragon, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will host a Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration 歡樂春節: 中國江蘇文化日 on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

According to the Chinese calendar, the new year officially begins on Jan. 23, 2012. Festivities traditionally continue for two weeks. The event is a prelude to The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival 龍年迎春會, which will be held on Feb. 4–5.

During the day-long Cultural Arts Celebration, visitors will be able to experience authentic Chinese music, theater, and folk crafts. Artists and performers from Jiangsu Province 江蘇, China, will present traditional puppet opera and demonstrate crafts such as inner-painted glass, paper cutting, and sugar sculpture. Dragon dancers and musicians will add to the spirit of celebration. Many of the day’s activities will take place in and around The Huntington’s Chinese garden, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance.

Program Highlights:

Dragon Dancers
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Chinese Brush Painting Demonstrations
11 a.m.­–2 p.m.

Spring Thunder Chinese Music
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Jiangsu Artists Demonstrations
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Yangzhou Puppet Theater
Noon & 3 p.m.

Martial Arts Performance
12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

All presentations are included with general admission to The Huntington: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students (ages 12–18), $6 youth (ages 5–11), and free for children under 5. Members of The Huntington are admitted free. For additional information, call 626-405-2100 or visit

Corporate sponsorship provided by East West Bank.

The Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration is made possible in part by the Jiangsu Province and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Beauty Media Inc., and ICN TV Network.

Additional funding provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Education Programs in the Chinese Garden.

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at

Visitor Information

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10 students (ages 12–18 or with fulltime student I.D.), $6 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 6264052100 or

Lindy Groove dance Thursdays

Thursday December 29th 2011
LindyGroove $7 New Years Eve Eve Eve Party
2nd room added with blues music
Live Performance by the Bobby Sox (2011 US Open Team Champions)
In addition to our other lessons we will have a Blues Lesson from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Guest DJ Justin Zilman (OC)
Guest DJ Morgan Day (Riverside)
Guest DJ Cat Copper (AKA DJ Funsize) (SLO)
Guest DJ Chrissy Holt (OC)
Guest DJ Shawn Coyle (LA)
DJ Vicky Chan (Los Angeles)

Lindy Hop Lessons:
Beginning Lindy with Jason Vaughan & Erin Byrne 7:30 to 8:30
Intermediate Lindy with Debbie Gitt & JC 7:30 to 8:30

We have a number of visiting\returning dancers for the hoildays.
Welcome visiting dancers by including them in our Birthday/Visitor Jam (Email us names/cities or tell the DJ)

LindyGroove Details:
*Every Thursday dance to the best swingin Jazz and Blues DJ's from around the country.
*Grand Ballroom of the Historic Pasadena Masonic Lodge 200 S. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
*5,400 sq. ft. floating wooden dance floor
*Complimentary Beginning and Intermediate Lindy Lesson 7:30-8:15
*Dancing until Midnight.
*Complimentary Parking until 12:45 AM (Lot is locked at 12:45 AM)
*All Ages
*Cover $7.00 (Except for special events)

Other Stuff:

12/29/11 - 1/2/12 Dance Dance Resolution
Kick off party at LindyGroove in second room. 4 nights of blues dancing through New Years Eve

Every Monday at Caltech
Beginning Lindy Hop (8 weeks) with Doug Silton at 8:30 PM

Doug Silton Private lessons available daily in Pasadena
Group class and workshop schedule at

Private Lessons with Ben & Sheri
Private dance lessons, wedding dance lessons, and more. Contact Ben & Sheri at their website or call 323 459 2303.

Lindy and Balboa instructional DVDs available at

Living Corpse to release album

Italians Living Corpse, after a massive lineup change, have set "And Everything Slips Away" as the title of their new full-length album due in early 2012 via Coroner Records.

The album, which includes 11 tracks, was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Blood Stain Child, Rise To Fall, Slowmotion Apocalypse, etc...).

The cover artwork was created by Jon Barmby (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Your Demise).

Further details about official release date, tracklist, etc... will be revealed soon.

Kit Cat Clock float to feature dancers at Rose Parade

USA Dance ballroom dancers and DanceSport athletes will entertain millions of parade watchers worldwide this January when the Kit-Cat® Clock float rolls down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif. during the 2012 Tournament of Roses® Parade.

Kit-Cat Clocks, one of the best known household decorating items, is celebrating its 80th anniversary as a company with a nostalgic float remembering the eight decades since its founding with a float themed, “Timeless Fun for Everyone.” USA Dance DanceSport athletes -- both on the float and alongside -- will perform to 50’s Swing tunes during the parade and then showcase many styles of dancing at the Post Parade event.

On the float's dance stage, Aaron Altman, 12, and Rashell Khalfin, 11, will entertain a television audience of more than 50 million viewers worldwide and another three million spectators along the parade route. The young champion dancers have been dancing together for seven years, and will soon add the annual Rose Parade to their long list of appearances; including winning a junior competition on the hit show “Dancing With The Stars” in 2008.

"USA Dance and our local Los Angeles County Chapter, representing all ballroom and Latin dancers across America, are excited to be part of the Kit-Cat Clock float in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade. What better way to "swing in the new year" than "Dancing for America" in alliance with the California Clock Company, whose magnificent Kit-Cat float is a fun celebration and tribute to all that is American-made," stated Angela Prince, national spokesperson for USA Dance, the nonprofit ballroom dancing association, now with 174 active chapters throughout the U.S.

The Kit-Cat float will be an attention-getting entry alive with activity. At the center of the 55 ft. long parade entry will be a 24 ft. high black and white Kit-Cat, rolling its eyes, swinging its tail and wearing a contagious smile. In addition to the USA Dancers, dancing to tunes from a 50”s jukebox, eight skateboarders will zip on and off the float, and eight riders from eight to 80 years old, representing the children, parents, grandparents and great grandparents who have owned and loved a Kit-Cat Clock during the eight decades since the founding of the California Clock Company in 1932. Another eight USA Dancers will perform alongside the float.

“We are proud to be a part of American nostalgia, and we thought having dancers on the float would be a fun way to entertain spectators and show the 50’s, one of the most important decades Kit-Cat has been a part of,” said Woody Young, CEO, the California Clock Company, which manufactures Kit-Cat Clocks. “Classic tunes like ‘Rock around the Clock’ will bring the float to life and show what we are celebrating at Kit-Cat.”

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Moonday East readings series returns Jan. 15 to La Canada Flintridge

Coleman and Kearney Featured in January

Moonday East will be dark in the month of December, but will start the New Year with a burst of glory with Wanda Coleman & Douglas Kearney on

Jan 15, 2012.

Moonday is produced by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones. The East Side reading occurs on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 pm at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Canada. There will be a feature and open mic. Come early to sign up for the open. Find future features at:

Wanda Coleman work’s has appeared in Ploughshares, Zyzzyva, Obsidian and Best American Poetry. She has been featured in Writing Los Angeles (Library of America), Poets Market (2003), Quercus Review VI, The Los Angeles Review, the Burnside Review and online at MS. A seminal figure of L.A.s poetry underground, she has shared the stage with such cultural icons as Timothy Leary, Alice Coltrane, Allen Ginsberg, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and Richard (Louie Louie) Barry. Coleman has published 18 books of poetry and fiction which include Bathwater Wine, winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the first African-American woman to receive the award, and Mercurochrome (poems), bronze-medal finalist, National Book Awards 2001.

Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009.. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, miPoesias, Southampton Review, Washington Square and Tidal Basin Review. Born in Brooklyn, he currently teaches at CalArts.

Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge CA 91011, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Highway. Take the Angeles Crest exit off of the 210, and turn south toward Foothill Blvd. Parking is in the rear of the store. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

Esotouric offers Black Dahlia crime bus tour Jan. 7

Bus Tour Rolls On the 65rd Anniversary of the Black Dahlia's Disappearance

WHAT: 65rd Anniversary Edition of Esotouric's Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus
WHEN: Saturday January 7, 12pm-4pm
WHERE: Departing from The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 5th & Olive, L.A.
COST: $58/person
INFO: , 323-223-2767

On January 7, the eclectic bus adventure company Esotouric
offers a special anniversary edition of its most popular true crime tour,
THE REAL BLACK DAHLIA, on the 65rd Anniversary of the notorious kidnapping.
It was January 9, 1947 when Beth Short left the Biltmore Hotel for a nearby
bar and vanished, only to be found cut in two in a vacant Crenshaw District
lot six days later.

Since January 1947, this one iconic murder mystery has lingered unsolved at
the forefront of the American imagination, with dozens of books, films and
websites dedicated to solving the slaying of Beth Short, the Massachusetts
girl who came to Hollywood hoping to make it, and ended up cut in two in a
vacant lot. Suspects in the Black Dahlia murder have included L.A. Times
publisher Norman Chandler and Orson Welles, crazed lesbians, twisted
drifters and more than one writer's father, but still the mystery abides.

The Real Black Dahlia tour dedicates itself to revealing who victim
Elizabeth Short really was by exploring her life in Los Angeles from mid
1946 to her January 1947 murder through examination of the police
investigation and news coverage. The various theories are up for discussion
during the onboard Q&A sections, and the hosts share their idea of who the
killer might have been, but the focus is firmly on the 22-year-old woman
whose death continues to fascinate. Along the way, passengers will explore
the social history of postwar Los Angeles and its lively downtown scene and
learn the role the city played in Short's mysterious death.

The tour begins at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, where Beth
Short went after checking her bags at the Greyhound Terminal. Passengers
will tour the beautifully restored hotel before heading south, to the low
rent Olive Street bar where she met her murderer. The Downtown portion of
the tour includes the Examiner newspaper offices, where the crime became
myth as pioneering female City Editor Aggie Underwood spun the case for
weeks, and the Figueroa Hotel, where Short stayed in happier times.

The bus then heads west towards Leimert Park and the formerly vacant lot
where Short's bisected body was discovered on January 15, 1947. Also in this
neighborhood, passengers visit the site of another unsolved 1940s
kidnap-murder and the home of Dr. Walter Bayley, who has emerged in recent
years as the most compelling suspect, with his personal ties to Beth Short's
family and the crime scene, and the surgical skill needed to bisect the
body. The tour includes a cop-approved snack stop for coffee and donuts near
the body dump site.

The tour concludes at the Biltmore, where passengers may choose to linger
over a late afternoon tea to remember Beth Short.

Also featured: a special presentation from cosmetics historian Joan Renner
exploring Beth Short's unusual proto-goth make up, so different from the
popular girl next store look of 1947, and a key to understanding her

Passengers on this eye-opening and informative tour will leave with a new
understanding of the Black Dahlia case and what it was like to be a single
woman in 1940s Los Angeles. It is highly recommended for natives and
newcomers, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule
Sat Jan 7 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat Jan 21 - Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles
Sat Jan 28 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Mon Jan 23 - The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank featuring Dan Fante (info at
Sat Feb 4 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66
Sat Feb 25 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sat March 3 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat March 10 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat March 17 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour (weekend pass available)
Sun March 18 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour (weekend pass available)

Esotouric's Richard Schave, Kim Cooper and Joan Renner are proud members of
LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

For more info on Esotouric, visit

For more on the Dr. Walter Bayley theory, visit Larry Harnisch's "Heaven is
Here" website

Long Beach to offer family-friendly New Year's Eve event

Downtown Long Beach will host a massive celebration this New Year’s Eve with two incredible events featuring live performances by CPO & The SAPS, Them Novus, Love Fool and celebrated 70s cover band Wayward Sons, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2011.

Produced and co-sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), New Year’s Eve in Downtown will begin with a free, family-friendly event in the Waterfront amphitheatre at Rainbow Harbor followed by a ticketed high-energy street party at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Broadway in the heart of Downtown Long Beach.

“There is a great deal of buzz and excitement about these New Year’s Eve celebrations,” said DLBA President and Chief Executive Officer Kraig Kojian. “The community is building on the success of last year’s event and introducing some exciting new elements that will make for a spectacular evening in Downtown Long Beach, which features something for everyone.”

Family-Friendly Free Waterfront Celebration at Rainbow Harbor: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Downtown’s waterfront amphitheatre will come alive with a flurry of family-friendly activities and roaming performers, including magicians, face painters and balloon artists. DJs and local live bands will serve up music, and a trackless train will offer free rides along the esplanade between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village.

Beginning at 6 p.m., CPO & The Saps will take over the stage with a live performance of upbeat tunes that will keep the crowd going until 8 p.m. From there, Them Novus will play until 10 p.m., taking a brief break at 9 p.m. as the East Coast countdown to midnight culminates with a 10-minute fireworks display from Rainbow Harbor’s lighthouse peninsula.

Wayward Sons Headlines Pine Avenue Celebration: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

As the first of two incredible New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in Downtown wraps up, the massive outdoor party will just be ramping up on Pine Avenue, from First to Third Streets.

Love Fool will open the show at 7:30 p.m. with a rocking 90s set and in keeping with the countdown theme, they’ll be back for an 80s mix that will set the tone for event headliner, Wayward Sons, a celebrated 70s cover band. Wayward Sons’ high-energy performance will wow the crowd and will rock ‘n roll through the countdown to 2012. At midnight, fireworks will again light up the sky for the New Year. Six outdoor bar areas will serve a variety of spirits, allowing guests to enjoy food and beverages throughout the venue without missing a minute of live music.

Advance tickets are available for the Pine Avenue New Year’s Eve Celebration for $10 each, with a limited amount of discount packages including VIP parking and two event tickets available for $27. Advance tickets purchased online at, through Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5 p.m., will be mailed to attendees. Tickets purchased online after that date and time must be picked up in person (with valid ID) at the DLBA offices located at 100 West Broadway, Ste 120, Long Beach, CA 90802 on Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30, 2011 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or at George’s Greek Café located at 135 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 on Saturday, December 31, 2011 between noon and 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the event and will be sold for $15 each.

The DLBA has partnered with Long Beach Transit to sponsor free transportation from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Event sponsors include the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gladstone’s Restaurant, Long Beach Transit, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village.

To request photos on additional information, please call (562) 436-4259 or visit

Ansel Adams exhibit in LA Feb. 18-March 17

727 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90014

Ansel Adams Los Angeles
February 18 -March 17, 2012
Opening Reception Saturday, February 18, 2012 7-10pm

Ansel Adams Looking South on Hill Street, Los Angeles c.1939

drkrm is pleased to present Ansel Adams Los Angeles, rarely seen photographs that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles. These nostalgic images represent Ansel Adams as a photojournalist on assignment for Fortune Magazine in 1939. Ansel Adams Los Angeles will be on display from February 18 through March 17, 2012.

In 1939 Los Angeles had a population of 1.5 million. The cost of gas was 10 cents and a new car was $700. It was the year The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind were released. Francis Ford Coppola, Ralph Lauren and Lee Harvey Oswald were born. Amelia Earhart was officially pronounced dead and President Roosevelt initiated the Manhattan Project. The U.S. began rearming for World War II and the prestigious Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune Magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation industry in the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took over 200 black & white photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes and a variety of other subjects. But when the article, City of the Angels, appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included.

In the early 1960s Adams rediscovered the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library. He wrote in a letter: "The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good... I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value... At any event, I do not want them back." But as many critics will agree, sometimes an artist is not always the best judge of their own work.

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) created some of the most influential photographs ever made; he was one of this century's leading exponents of environmental values. It seems that every third family in America has an Adams’ poster on the wall, images that were difficult to make but easy to love. His images portray a romanticized and unspoiled Western American landscape, but Ansel Adams Los Angeles is a whole other body of work that is rarely discussed, let alone seen.

drkrm, in association with EVFA (Edgar Varela Fine Arts), and with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Public Library, will create and exhibit new silver-gelatin prints made from the original negatives. These dramatic black and white limited-edition photographs, on display to the public for the first time, will be offered for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the LAPL.

Ansel Adams Los Angeles is part of Pacific Standard Time. Pacific Standard Time is an unprece-dented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

drkrm is an exhibition space and B&W lab dedicated to the display and survey of popular cultural images, fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. drkrm is located at 727 S. Spring Street in the Gallery Row district of Downtown Los Angeles. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 and by appointment.

The Flying Karamazov Brother in Cerritors Feb. 3

They can tickle your brain while thrilling your
eyes,* said The Washington Post of the award-winning troupe The Flying
Karamazov Brothers. The internationally acclaimed quartet brings its
exciting vaudevillian comedy-and-juggling spectacle, 4 Play, to the
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM.
Tickets, which are $59-$39, can be purchased at the CCPA Ticket Office,
at or by calling (562) 467-8818.

Expect the unexpected with THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS IN 4 PLAY. The
self-proclaimed eccentric *lunatics* spice things up with a zany
showcase filled with the astonishing juggling feats, laugh-out-loud
comedy, and wild theatrics that have taken them to Broadway, television,
and the big screen.

What started as a street act in 1970s San Francisco has grown into a
phenomenon that has toured to mass appeal throughout America and Europe.
Members of The Flying Karamazov Brothers don*t actually fly in their
routines, but everything else does * in sweeping, gravity-defying
arcs: swords, apples, torches, fish, windy philosophies, theatrics, and
jokes. *Imagine a quartet of master jugglers, multi-instrument
musicians, circus clowns, improv comics, esoteric satirists, and playful
techno-wizards who tap dance,* said the Los Angeles Times, and it all
becomes *magically indescribable.*

The juggling is *infectious,* hails The New York Times. *The
flurry of pins that somehow never collide becomes more than a display of
hard-earned skill and teamwork. In portraying a communal effort as
sublime play, it evokes the utopian ideal of a group that has achieved a
perfect understanding.*

Known for consistently testing the laws of physics, The Flying
Karamazov Brothers often invites members of the audience to contribute
items for juggling. The group*s die-hard fans have been known to come
prepared with odd items, including a baby carrier, cold cuts, pepperoni
pizzas, and huge blocks of ice. Adept with a wide range of conventional
instruments, The Flying Karamazov Brothers amps up the excitement by
making its own music, using clubs that are adapted as percussion
strikers to allow the troupe to play drums and marimba phones without
breaking juggling patterns.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers* wild and physically demanding antics
won the ensemble a 1981 Obie Award for *Outstanding Achievement in the
Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway Theatre* and a 2004 *Award of
Excellence* from the International Jugglers* Association. The group
has appeared on the television sitcoms Seinfeld and Ellen and in the
film The Jewel of the Nile.

For tickets or more information on The Flying Karamazov Brothers* 4
Play performance at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 or go to

Arboretum to offer yoga beginning Jan. 5

Please join us for Yoga in the New Year!


January 5, 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 1, 8, 15, 22

April 5, 12, 19, 26

May 3, 10, 17, 24

June 7, 14, 21, 28


Meet at the bench outside of the Membership/Programs office

$30 Arboretum members/$35 non–members per month

Candyce Columbus, instructor

Improve flexibility, balance and strength in the open air surrounded by the beauty of nature in the Arboretum. Certified yoga instructor Candyce Columbus will take students on a 10-15 minute warm up stroll through the garden prior to an hour-long rejuvenating traditional Indian Hatha yoga class. Each session will include asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), vinaysa (yoga flow series), mudras (yoga in the hands), meditation (guided) and relaxation. Students should bring a substantial yoga mat and blanket or towel for extra-padding as needed. Yoga practice has been an integral part of Candyce’s life and well-being for more than 16 years. Since 2009 she has been sharing the knowledge passed on to her from many wonderful teachers. Regardless of fitness or flexibility she believes everyone can benefit from yoga. Her classes are well-balanced, varied, informative and enjoyable. She is dedicated to her students and to helping them lead active, healthy lives.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 North Baldwin Avenue

Arcadia, CA 91007-2697

Phone: 626.821.4624

Musica Angelica to present 'Stabat Mater" Jan. 28 and 29

Scarcely a month after the season celebrating the birth of Christ, Musica Angelica will take music lovers on a journey to the end of Christ’s life when it presents Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. at AT&T Center Theatre in Los Angeles and on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica.

Stabat Mater, which translates as “the Mother was standing,” is a musical depiction of the suffering of the Virgin Mary as she witnesses her son’s death on the cross. But, despite the sorrowful nature of the work – “Does it not cause tears to fall?” asked a reviewer in 1778 – Stabat Mater soon became the most popular piece of sacred music ever written, says Musica Angelica’s Music Director, Martin Haselböck.

“Pergolesi’s early death in his mid-20s did not stop the enormous success of this wonderful piece of vocal music,” continues Haselböck whose “affinity for early music and feeling for religious moments in music” were hailed by Krone Wien after he conducted a performance last month of Bach’s B-Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio by Wiener Akademie.

“Even Bach wanted to have it performed at his church in Leipzig,” Haselböck relates. “The text of the Latin original, however, would have been unacceptable for Bach’s Lutheran congregation, so Bach put the text of a German psalm under the original music, changed a few notes, and so brought Pergolesi's masterwork to his native Germany.”

Joining Musica Angelica for the performances of Bach’s version of the Stabat Mater are soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, one of the world’s most celebrated early music specialists, and countertenor Daniel Taylor. The program will also include songs and arias by J.S. Bach as well as arias and duets from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Solomon and Theodora.

“The extraordinary voices of Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor will shine in all their beauty," Haselböck promises.

Musica Angelica is especially grateful for the generous sponsorship received from Classical KUSC and Harold and Penny Ray in support of these concerts. Tickets for Stabat Mater are reasonably priced, ranging from $29 to $49/person, with seniors receiving a 10% discount ($26 to $44) and students a special price of only $15 with valid identification. In addition, members of KUSC and SCEMS receive $10 off single ticket prices. Subscription discounts are also available, with first time subscribers receiving 30% off their subscription. For more information, to purchase a subscription, or to order tickets, visit or call 310.458.4504.

AT&T Center Theatre is located at 1150 South Olive Street in Los Angeles, 90015.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 1220 2nd Street in Santa Monica, 90402.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Los Fabulocos in Arcadia Dec. 30

Count-Down Begins This Friday Nite!

We're celebrating the closing of 2011, which proved to be prosperous and positive year for Los FabuLocos.

Our 2nd CD "Dos" was released in Feb. and climbed up the "Roots Music" charts to #4 in March.
The CD was reviewed by 30 national and international music critics, all which praised the musics for its originality, variety and all around performances (oh yes and artwork).

Our first trip to Canada was such a success that we've been invited to return in 2012 to perform at their "Annual Folk Music Festival" in Edmonton.

We've been invited and are in negotiations for a Spring 2012 tour in Europe, as we start off the year with a trip to Texas in the middle February.

Also on the positive side, Los FabuLocos acquired the very talented guitarist Al Martinez (Moonlight Trio).

Al understands the "traditional" and "roots" side of our music, he is winning over fans with nothing but praise and applause at every performance, he is also a great guy with the right attitude.

So once again we're Celebrating Friday night December 30, 2011
7 PM -Midnite at the
Arcadia Blues Club (the A.B.C.)

16 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA.

(626) 447-9349.
Only $11 at the door & $7 in advance.

For advance ticket info click on link below.

For reviews on Los FabuLocos click on link below.

Frank Hartley exhibit in Altadena Jan. 3-31

Barry Big B Brenner performances this week

Barry Big B Brenner
Appearing this week at....
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DECEMBER 29th from 6-9pm

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Join us for the ‘Celebrations’!!!

Chef Paul has created an incredible “Face-Off Menu”

Seatings from 5:30pm

“Live Music” provided by:
Barry Big B Brenner (Guitars & Vocals)
with special guest...Jeff Dutch Masters (Harmonicas)

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JANUARY 1st from 11am-2pm

Firefly Bistro
1009 El Centro Street
(626) 441-2443

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For a Complete List of Big B’s Upcoming Shows,
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Afro Funke Thursdays in Santa Monica

Afro Funké
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia,
Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House,
Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted
Funk music from around the world

Thursday, December 29, 2011

(Dubtronic Science / SF)
San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J Boogie continues to challenge
the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his
20-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language he created integrating techniques and musical genres including downtempo, dub, hip–hop, soul, reggae, funk, African, Latin, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro, bass, tropical, dubstep
and house. Constantly revolutionizing the game, creating new sounds, and always keeping fans
on their feet, J-Boogie continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach
and one-of-a-kind style.



resident deejay:
(KCRW / TheLift / Musaics)

resident deejay:
(Afro Funke' / Eclectica)

host / co:founder:
*Current album "Hymns for the Rebel Soul" on ITunes!

afro funke' booking, photography & production

Afro Funke' Thursdays
1301 5th Street @ Arizona
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.451.2221 / 21+ (EVERYONE must have ID)
9pm - 2am / $10

Please bring cash or there is ATM in building)

*AFRO FUNKE' is now on Twitter! Please follow us!!


Thursday, January 5 , 2012

(Body Marking & Photography)

Salzburg Chamber in Cerritos Feb. 2

Salzburg Chamber

Program: JANÁ*EK * Suite for Strings
Illuminations for Soprano and Strings with
Polverelli, soprano
MOZART * Adagio & Fuga,
KV 546
RAVEL * Quartet in
Arrangement for Strings

Theater: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $60/$48/$36

Ticket Information: Tickets are available only at the Cerritos
Center for the Performing Arts* Ticket
Office, at or by calling (562) 467-8818.

Iron Maidens in Tarzana New Year's Eve

Saturday, Dec 31, 2011
Spend New Years Eve with


6101 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91335
818-342-1563 21+ 10:00 PM

For more info please visit:

Frist Fridays returns to Natural History Museum of LA County Jan. 6

Live music, cutting edge authors, lively science discussion, and curatorial tours converge at First Fridays, the popular after-hours series that returns to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) on Friday, January 6, 2012 and runs through June 1. The new season, “This Time It’s Personal,” includes a slate of speakers that explore new side of science — the people behind it, and their passions. Speakers include Michael Shermer, Amy Parish, Michael Brown, Jared Diamond, Amy Stewart, and Jonah Lehrer. Tickets are available online at

Resuming his post to moderate discussions is Dr. Michael W. Quick, Department of Biological Sciences and Executive Vice Provost at USC. Quick says that what’s new this year is a focus on the visiting scientists as passionate people. “The act of discovery is an art, and in that way, any of us could be scientists,” he explained. “If we could explain that better, we’d have a world of scientists out there, because it’s really about just wondering, and trying to figure things out, solving puzzles, getting excited and wanting to know more. That’s science!”

Join us at First Fridays 2012 as we all become scientists for a night — discussing topics that range from bugs to beliefs and from primates to Pluto.

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez returns as resident in the DJ Lounge for the series, with special guest appearances by other DJs from the public radio station (heard on air at 89.9FM and online at each month. As in past seasons, music lovers will pack in to NHM’s North American Mammal Hall to watch some of the hottest indie bands of the year. Headlining the first three dates are Mariachi El Bronx (January 6), The Soft Moon (February 3), and Zola Jesus (March 2). Spaceland productions will once again be handling music talent.


January 6, 2012 – “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths” with Dr. Michael Shermer

February 3, 2012 – “The New Science of Darwinian Feminism Evolutionary Insights From Bonobo Social and Sexual Interactions” with Dr. Amy Parish

March 2, 2012 – “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” with Dr. Michael Brown

** March 30, 2012 – “Is It Good or Bad That the World Has so Many Languages” with Dr. Jared Diamond

May 4, 2012 – “Wicked Bugs — Fearsome and Ferocious Creatures in Your Backyard and Beyond” with Amy Stewart

June 1, 2012 – “The Imagination Is Made of Other People” with Jonah Lehrer
** This date replaces the first Friday of April, which is Good Friday

Visit for:

· Performance photos

· Past discussions available as downloadable podcasts via iTunes

· Online ticketing


Concert + Museum admission pass, available for $18, grants a guaranteed spot in the concert hall (no more waiting in line to enter!), Museum admission, and first come, first served access to the guided tour and discussion.

Museum Admission Only, available for our regular Museum rates of $2-$12, includes first come, first served access to the guided tour and discussion, as well as access to the DJ Lounge and the Museum’s many exciting galleries. This ticket does not, however, provide access to the concert hall.

Museum Annual Pass + Concert ($40-$60), available for 1 or 2 Adults, will provide a guaranteed spot in the First Fridays concert hall, unlimited general admission for one year, as well as first come, first served access to the rest of this season’s First Fridays guided tours and discussions.

Museum Annual Pass Only ($40-$70), available for 1 Adult, 2 Adults or Family, will provide unlimited general admission for one year, as well as first come, first served access to the rest of this season’s First Fridays guided tours, and discussions. This ticket does not guarantee access to the concert hall.

First Friday admission includes full access to open Museum galleries. Access to the concert hall is guaranteed only with the purchase of a "Concert + Museum Admission" or a "Concert + Annual Pass" ticket through this site. Guided tour and discussion are available on a first come, first served basis.

It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity for the evening is limited and often sells out early. There will be a limited number of tickets sold on-site the evening of the event; however, once on-site tickets are sold out, admission to the Museum and/or Concert will not be available. Annual Pass is non-transferrable.


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007. For more information, visit NHM’s website at or call (213) 763-DINO. Parking ($8) is available in the NHM Car Park, just north of the NHM building. Parking is also available in patrolled Exposition Park lots on Bill Robertson Lane, across from NHM (this lot is not owned by NHM, and though parking is usually $10, prices can vary at special events). Bill Robertson Lane is accessible from Exposition Blvd. Cash only at all lots.

Check Yo Ponytail at Echoplex LA Jan. 10

Check Yo Ponytail 2 Starts Off 2012 with Grand Line-Ups, Including:

Skrillex, Diplo, 12th Planet, Danny Brown, Com Truise, Club Cheval etc.

1/10: Club Cheval w/ Canblaster, Myd, Panteros666, Sam Tiba

1/24: Fool's Gold Take Over
w Danny Brown, Main Attrakionz, Party Supplies and Thee Mike B

1/25: Skrillex, Diplo, 12th Planet (SOLD OUT)

2/7: Com Truise, Teengirl Fantasy, Soft Metals
and Green Horse!

Check Yo Ponytail 2 just closed of a tremendous 2011 on December 6th with raving sets by Boys Noize, Switch for their 1st Anniversary Party, a year where the celebrated party saw their first ever national tour as well.

Franki Chan (IHEARTCOMIX), Danny Johnson (Media Contender) and Zane Landreth form CYP2 and always treat their audiences the best mix of new and established artists – from rock, dance, hip hop, and all that is in between. Check Yo’s first year back marked the party’s first national tour, which featured Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Pictureplane, The Death Set and Franki Chan, and sold out in many American cities. Previous LA events have featured buzz artists like Das Racist, Boys Noize, Yelawolf, Light Asylum, Wavves, and Holy Ghost!

Admire the full Check Yo Ponytail flyers collection and visit the brand new Franki Chan web site to explore and scavenger-hunt a world that combines art, music, with a passion for it all. You can read about how the idea for the site started 8 years ago and has been in the making ever since, it’s a tour-de-force! 

JAN 10 @checkyoponytail w @ClubCheval feat @RealCanblaster @MydSound @Panteros666 @ SamTiba! FLYER + TIX:


TUES JAN 24 @checkyoponytail @FoolsGoldRecs TAKEOVER w @XDannyXBrownX @MondreMAN MAIN ATTRAKIONZ @XpartysuppliesX @theemikeb

WED JAN 25 @checkyoponytail @Skrillex vs @12thplanet w/ @diplo @frankichan !!! TICKETS ON SALE 12/22!!!”


TUES FEB 7 @checkyoponytail @comtruise @teengirlfantasy @SoftMetals @Greenhorsemusic AT @TheEchoLA – FLYER + TIX:

Thursday, December 22, 2011

End o' Week Musings

This week is flowing smoothly and I'll be out of the office through Monday. You think "Aha! More R&R." But not really, as I plan to work on a new costume~ sewing away like mad!!

Saturday I went with my friend Byron to his sisters' home in Rancho Cucamonga. We decided to go out to look at lights. Susan wasn't feeling too well, so she opted out, but Stephanie valiantly offered to drive the SUV. We piled in and spent three hours enjoying all the different displays.

Unfortunately, three hours sitting in a SUV isn't good for my back, so when Sunday rolled around I had trouble rolling out of bed. I was due to go with my friend Louise to visit Carin and do a few odd jobs at her place. I managed to get us there, but I was still in a bit of pain. Carin said to let the work go for the day, as my time would be better spent in the hot tub. Of course, that suited me. It felt quite decadent to be in the final throes of fall crispness and soaking in a bubbling spa.

Back home, I babied myself with a soak in the tub that night and a some time with the heating pad. Plus I stretched a bit too. By morning I was doing much better, which was good, as I had to work.

It's been a pleasant week with holiday lunches, potluck and other treats. Still, there's been work to do. I interviewed Jimmy Pou, who plays George Harrison in the Beatles tribute band, 4 Lads from Liverpool ( ). They will be performing at the Grove Theatre in Upland for a special New Year's Eve event. I also spoke with comedienne Carin Webb, who will be performing with Bill Word & Friends ( ) at the Moose Lodge in Whittier Jan. 28.

In rotation: Tons o' holiday music by a range of artists and enjoying all of it! I'm trying to keep in the spirit of the season....

Photos we got 'em: A "California Christmas" image of lights taken with my cell phone, my friend Shahira's kitty and pup (Tink) decked out for the holidays and a couple of cute pet pics from the web.

Thought o' the week: Peace. There's a card on my desk showing a photo of a baby polar bear and his mother in the middle of a landscape of snow and it simply says "peace" on the front. There's something about this that hits home with me.

Peace can both be an inside and an outside thing. You can emit an aura of peace, as in having a calming effect on other because of your demeanor. You can also receive peace from the outside world by listening to relaxing music, taking a walking in nature and other things. You can create your own inner peace by just sitting quietly for a few minutes and letting go of all your worries. And so on.

There's a time to be revved up and energetic, but there's also a time for reflection and serenity. Take a few minutes somewhere each day during this hectic season to find your peace and pass it on to someone else who needs a little too. Elvis Costello's song asked "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?" Only the little smile it brings to the weary world.

Whatever way you celebrate the season, enjoy and

Keep on rockin'


Pasadena Digital History Collaboration seeks your windstorm photos and videos

The Pasadena Digital History Collaboration invites the community to share photos and/or videos from the hurricane-force windstorm that swept through Pasadena Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Digital images can be submitted via The website is free to join. Upload images to your own Flickr account and include as much information as possible, such as locations, dates, times, names, etc. Once photos are published to your own account, share that image under Discussion Topic: Pasadena Windstorm 2011. Detailed instructions are available at

If you don’t have a Flickr account, e-mail your photos to Include your name and the date, location and description of each image submitted.

By submitting your photos on the website or via e-mail, you agree to allow PDHC to publish them online.

The Pasadena Digital History Collaboration is a consortium of institutions including Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Museum of History, Shatford Library at Pasadena City College and The Huntington Library. The website brings local history to life by providing access to the largest collection of digitized photo archives in Pasadena.

For more information contact Martha Camacho, Pasadena Public Library research librarian, at (626) 744-4279 or

Dance with Lindy Groove Thursdays in Pasadena

LindyGroove is Happening Every Thursday through the Holidays**

This Thursday December 22nd 2011
Guest DJ Reuben Brown (Los Angeles)
Weaving all manner of tastes and styles, with just a sprinkle of holiday flare.
DJ Vicky Chan (Los Angeles)

Lindy Hop Lessons:
Beginning Lindy with Allen Reyes & Vicky Chan 7:30 to 8:30
Intermediate Lindy with Jasmine Cheung & Roy Samson7:30 to 8:30
Advanced Intensive (Audition required) with Debbie Gitt and Patrick Fredrickson
Lindy Techniques with Neil Figuracion

LindyGroove Holiday Party Birthdays:
Deanna Adriana
Jason Vaughan
Justin Kinney
Molly Siskin
Shawna Klein

We have a number of visiting\returning dancers for the hoildays.
Welcome visiting dancers by including them in our Birthday/Visitor Jam (Email us names/cities or tell the DJ)

LindyGroove Details:
*Every Thursday dance to the best swingin Jazz and Blues DJ's from around the country.
*Grand Ballroom of the Historic Pasadena Masonic Lodge 200 S. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
*5,400 sq. ft. floating wooden dance floor
*Complimentary Beginning and Intermediate Lindy Lesson 7:30-8:15
*Dancing until Midnight.
*Complimentary Parking until 12:45 AM (Lot is locked at 12:45 AM)
*All Ages
*Cover $7.00 (Except for special events)
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Lance, Doug, Debbie, Patrick, JC, Vicky, Neil...

Other Stuff:
12/29/11 - 1/2/12 Dance Dance Resolution
Kick off party at LindyGroove in second room. 4 nights of blues dancing through New Years Eve

12/30/11-12/31/11 San
ta Swing: New Years Eve in Santa Barbara
9 classes, 2 dances, competitions, performances and great music in at the Carrillo Ballroom.

Every Monday at Caltech
Beginning Lindy Hop (8 weeks) with Doug Silton at 8:30 PM

Doug Silton Private lessons available daily in Pasadena
Group class and workshop schedule at

Private Lessons with Ben & Sheri
Private dance lessons, wedding dance lessons, and more. Contact Ben & Sheri at their website or call 323 459 2303.

Lindy and Balboa instructional DVDs available at www.SwingDanceStuff

Arboretum to offer gourmet cooking class Jan. 11

Fresh Cooking at the Arboretum

The Market on Holly

A Modern Food Market & Café - Located in Old Town Pasadena

Featuring gourmet specialties and scrumptious classics

With Mary Pat Brandmeyer

Wednesday, January 11


$45 Arboretum members / $50 non-members

Reservations Required: Please call 626.821.4623

There's a lot of culinary buzz about The Market on Holly--one stop for eat-in, take-out tasty gourmet foods as well as hand-picked specialty items. Chef and co-owner Mary Pat Brandmeyer says she likes to make food that people love to eat. “I strive to make beautiful, very simply presented delicious food.” From the delightful menu designed by Brandmeyer, and hand-picked retail items from around the globe, chosen by owner Marty Davich, The Market on Holly is THE place to explore new and exclusive culinary frontiers.

Please join us for a presentation by Mary Pat where she will demonstrate several of her favorite dishes from the inviting menu of this new and wonderful café and market. The offerings will range from breakfast goodies to luscious sandwich and salad fare, with a special entrée from her catering menu.

57 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103; (626) 844-8811

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 North Baldwin Avenue

Arcadia, CA 91007-2697

Phone: 626.821.4624

Upcoming concerts at the Glass House in Pomona

12/23 Destruction of A King with Goliath
01/05 Wednesday 13, Aiden with Modern Day Escape, Vale of Avalon
01/08 Starfucker with Painted Palms
01/14 Falling in Reverse with Oh, Sleeper, Skip the Foreplay, Vale of Avalon
01/21 Tijuana Panthers with The Lovely Bad Things, Cosmonauts, Death Hymn Number 9, The Ugly Kids, Business Cats
01/22 Dashboard Confessional (solo acoustic)
01/31 ??? (Crosses) with Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, Secret Empire
02/03 Emilie Autumn
02/10 Attack Attack with The Ghost Inside, Sleeping with Sirens, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Dream On, Dreamer
02/11 Anthony Green with The Dear Hunter
02/16 The Expendables
02/25 Cursive with Ume, VIRGIN ISLANDS
03/23 Cults
03/24 fun.

The Glass House
200 W. Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766

'My Fair Lady' in Cerritor Jan. 27-29

My Fair Lady

Theater: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos

Date: Friday, January 27, 2012, 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 28,
2012, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2:00

Ticket Prices: $55/$45/$30 Friday
$65/$55/$45 Saturday Matinee & Sunday
$60/$50/$40 Saturday Evening

Ticket Information: Tickets are available only at the Cerritos
Center for the Performing Arts* Ticket
Office, at , or by calling (562) 467-8818.

Work by Carol Powell and Allison Krumwiede to be shown in Pomona

Textural Play: The Works of Carol Powell &
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know: The Works of Allison Krumwiede
January 14 through January 28, 2012.
Opening Reception: January 14, 2012, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The dA Center for the Arts is proud to present Textural Play: The Works of Carol Powell and Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know: The Works of Allison Krumwiede on display January 14th through January 28th, 2012. Featuring the works of two up-and-coming Southern Californian artists, together these exhibitions utilize familiar imagery to produce both playful and self-reflective pieces. The dA will be hosting an opening reception on January 14th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

On display in the main gallery, Textural Play: The Works of Carol Powell is an exploration of life’s humorous and tragic circumstances. Powell creates nostalgic story-book style imagery in
her mixed media pieces that combine fabric, paint, marker and vintage collage ephemera. Powell received both a MA in Printmaking and a MFA in Drawing and Painting from California
State University, Fullerton. Her art has been shown and held in various collections including the Santa Barbara Museum, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

On display in the Joan Weldon Gallery, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know features newcomer Allison Krumwiede. A recent graduate from the Art Center College of Design, Krumwiede’s
pop culture inspired illustrations bridge the gap between Pop Art and DIY culture. Pieces selected for this exhibition range from zines about River Phoenix to an over-sized Beatles album

About The dA Center for the Arts: The dA Center for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization operating in the Pomona Arts Colony since 1984. Dedicated to the community, the center serves to provide opportunities to experience, appreciate, and support the art through community art classes, events and exhibits.

For more information, call 909-397-9716 or e-mail:

The dA Center for the Arts
252-D S. Main Street, Pomona, CA. 91767

The dA Center for the Arts is open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; open from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm. on Second Saturdays.

He Is We to tour

SKIP TO THE GOOD PART, the digital EP by Tacoma, Washington dream pop duo, HE IS WE, raced up the charts, reaching #8 on iTunes Pop Albums and #42 on the Overall Album chart. It was released yesterday (December 20, 2011) via Universal Republic.

Powered by the undeniable spark of the first single "All About Us" [Featuring OWL CITY], the EP boasts one "good part" after another. On "All About Us", gorgeous harmonies slide across shimmering acoustic guitar and ethereal piano. It's no surprise that the song's video is quickly approaching two million YouTube/VEVO views.

HE IS WE—Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly—melt hearts with warm melodies and even warmer hooks. SKIP TO THE GOOD PART is a fitting follow-up to the group's acclaimed 2010 debut, MY FOREVER, which hit #6 on the Billboard Heat seekers chart.

Fans will be able to experience HE IS WE live when they hit the road with The Cab on January 10, 2012. What's the best way to kick off the New Year? Well, why not SKIP TO THE GOOD PART with HE IS WE.

1. "All About Us" [Featuring Owl City]
2. "Our July in the Rain"
3. "Tell Me"
4. "Skip to the Good Part"
5."Our July in the Rain"
6. "Prove You Wrong"

HE IS WE on tour
1/10 San Francisco, CA Slim's
1/11 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
1/12 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
1/13 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock
1/14 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse
1/15 Tucson, AZ The Rock
1/17 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
1/19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
1/20 Orlando, FL The Social
1/21 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
1/22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
1/23 Nashville, TN Rocketown
1/25 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose

1/26 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
1/27 Ames, IA M-Shop
1/28 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
1/30 St. Louis, MO Freebird
1/31 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theater
2/1 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
2/3 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
2/4 Toronto, ONT Mod Club
2/6 Buffalo, NY Xtreme Wheels
2/8 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
2/9 Boston, MA Showcase Live
2/10 Allentown, PA Croc Rock
2/11 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
2/12 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage

About Universal Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists such as 3 Doors Down, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Hinder, Owl City, SuperHeavy, The Rolling Stones, The Voice(Javier Colon, Dia Frampton), among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures. It is comprised of Republic Nashville Records(The Band Perry), and is in partnerships with Aware Records(Mat Kearney), Big Machine(Taylor Swift), Brushfire(Jack Johnson, G Love), Cash Money(Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) Lava Records(Jesse J, Black Veil Brides), SRC(Akon, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle), Tuff Gong(Damien Marley, Stephen Marley) among others.

Silverstein to tour and release new album

While the rest of the industry settles down for the holiday, Toronto-based post-hardcore veterans SILVERSTEIN are not only preparing for the release of SHORT SONGS on February 7, 2012, they're also getting their tour shoes laced up and ready to run. Preparing for a national tour supporting August Burns Red (additional support from Texas In July with Letlive and I The Breather on assorted dates), the eight week US and Canadian trek kicks off on January 13th at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and circles around North America, wrapping up in Philadelphia at the TLA on March 3rd.

Short Songs is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed fifth studio album Rescue, which debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. Produced by John Valeriote, who produced both Rescue and the Transitions EP, the two-sided release consists of 22 tracks comprised of brand new originals and seminal punk covers - all of which are under 90 seconds. Some of the covers include "Coffee Mug" (originally by Descendents), "Destination: Blood!" (Orchid), "Scenes From Parisian Life" (The Promise Ring), and "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" (Green Day). Responding to a thread on, the band had some fun and re-recorded NOFX's "It's My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite" and changing the lyrics to reflect their reply to some of the comments on the post. The result was a tongue-in-cheek non-album track exclusively streamed at titled "It's Your Job To Keep Punk News Elite."

Silverstein is Shane Told (Vocals / Guitar), Neil Boshart (Guitar), Josh Bradford (Guitar), Billy Hamilton (Bass), and Paul Koehler (Drums). Silverstein will be releasing Short Songs via Hopeless Records on February 7, 2012 and touring extensively throughout North America and Europe in 2012.

SILVERSTEIN on tour with August Burns Red
w/ August Burns Red, Letlive, Texas In July
Jan 13 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Jan 14 Sonar Baltimore, MD
Jan 15 Amos’ Southend Charlotte, NC
Jan 17 The Music Farm Charleston, SC
Jan 18 Rocketown Nashville, TN
Jan 19 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Jan 20 House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Jan 21 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jan 22 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
Jan 23 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
Jan 25 House Of Blues Houston, TX
Jan 26 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 27 House Of Blues Dallas, TX
Jan 28 Emo’s East Austin, TX
Jan 29 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX

w/ August Burns Red, Texas In July, I The Breather
Jan 31 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Feb 01 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Feb 02 House Of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Feb 03 House Of Blues San Diego, CA
Feb 04 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA

Feb 05 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Feb 07 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Feb 08 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 09 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Feb 10 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Feb 11 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Feb 13 MacEwan Hall Calgary, AB
Feb 14 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
Feb 15 Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SAS
Feb 16 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
Feb 17 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Feb 18 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
Feb 21 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
Feb 22 House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
Feb 23 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
Feb 24 University of Guelph Guelph, ON
Feb 25 The Sound Academy Toronto, ON
Feb 26 Metropolis Montreal, QC
Feb 27 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
Feb 29 House Of Blues Boston, MA
Mar 01 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Mar 03 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA!/silversteinmusic

Preston Smith shows in December and January

The Preston Smith Show
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town "

Holiday CD !! " Christmas Blues and Other Standards" available at shows or

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town "
Friday DEC 23rd at 9:00pm till close
At The Sugarmill
at 18389 Ventura Blvd in Tarzana
great food to order full bar some dancing just east of Reseda in the Tarzana Square

Sat Dec 31st
Antler Inn
Twin Peaks Ca 9 till 12:30
JAN 4th
Pershing Sqaure
Downtown Los Angeles..........
Outdoor Concert DAYTIME!! 12 noon to 2pm
Sat Jan 7th at 9:30pm
Ireland's 32 Pub
13721 Burbank Blvd
No Ho VAlley Glen VAn Nuys Area!

Singing Souladelicbluesrockfunkjazz, Soul JAzz Blues Funky Folk British Invation Hillbilly Rockabilly Calypso Tunes
and tons of new original songs!

Upcoming concerts from Goldenvoice

On Sale Now!

Ben Kweller

April 25th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $22 / on sale now

Bear Grylls

May 5th / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors: 7pm / $35, $55, $75 / on sale now

On Sale Thursday!

Skrillex with Benga, Nadastrom and very special guest Dada Life

Experience Skrillex on a 360 degree rotating stage for the first time ever!

January 29th / L.A. LIVE’s Event Deck / Doors: 6:30pm / $55 / 18+ / on sale 12/22 @ 10am

Saul Williams

March 8th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $18 / on sale 12/22 @ 10am

Added Support

M83 with Big Black Delta

January 12th & 13th / Club Nokia / Doors: 8pm / sold out

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with very special guest Gladys Knight

January 14th/ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors: 7pm / $50, $77.50, $115 / on sale now

Wallpaper. with Capital Cities, Tha Boogie

January 20th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $15 / on sale now

Ra Ra Riot with The Submarines, Papa

February 22nd / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 7pm / $20 / on sale now

Fishbone documentary to premiere on TV Jan. 22

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone will have its national broadcast premiere on Monday, January 22nd, 2012 as part of public television's AfroPoP documentary series. The series, produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT), kicks off it's new season with Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which documents the history of legendary Los Angeles band Fishbone.

The film is being distributed via digital and home video by Cinema Guild, which will present the film exclusively via ITunes starting February 1st, 2012 as part of the celebration of Black History Month and then via home video starting February 22nd, 2012.

When Fishbone first emerged from California, no other band sounded or looked like them, and the weight of their innovative and iconic presence is still being felt decades later. Coinciding with the group’s 25th anniversary, filmmakers Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler have directed a compelling new documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is both a fascinating and brutally honest look at the band’s history for longtime fans, as well as a perfect entry point for newcomers.

Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980's, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it."

Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, and an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America. Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, Everyday Sunshine explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California's legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

At the heart of Fishbone's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

The documentary includes interviews with: Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ice-T (rapper), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Questlove (The Roots), and more.


Official Documentary Website:

Official Band Website:

2010 USA In English 107 min Not Rated

New EP, Crazy Glue, Available in Stores Now!

Tom Maxwell releases holiday single

The former lead vocalist and frontman for the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tom Maxwell has just released the single “Jacob Marley.” With a theme to warm with hearts of Occupiers everywhere, it’s a holiday song of our times.

Recorded live with his band The Minor Drag on November 26, 2011 at The Murphey School in Durham NC, the track is the first holiday release from Maxwell since the release of 1998’s Christmas Caravan by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

“I wrote ‘Jacob Marley’ after the economy tanked and the banks got bailed out,” Tom commented. “It was a disaster - and rip off - of almost mythic proportions. In the song, cultural icons like Brother Rabbit (a nod to Br'er Rabbit from the Uncle Remus stories) and Jacob Marley (Scrooge's dead business parter and spiritual benefactor in A Christmas Carol) appear but can't change the situation.”

“Extraordinary problems require extraordinary solutions, and I believe the Occupy movement and the social and political consciousness it represents is our last and best hope. Jacob Marley may not come back again, but we can handle this one on our own.”

Link to download the track from iTunes:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Noise Within to present two plays in March


Saturday, March 3, to Sunday, May 13, 2012
(previews begin Saturday, February 25)

Saturday, March 17, to Saturday, May 19, 2012
(previews begin March 10)

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues its inaugural season in its permanent new home in Pasadena, with two productions in rotation in March.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, opening Saturday, March 3 and closing Sunday, May 13, 2012 (previews begin Saturday, February 25), remains a towering tragedy of larger-than-life figures caught up in an empire-shattering dance of lust, love, politics and war. Long on the ANW wish list, it was an early choice for the inaugural Pasadena season, according to Geoff Elliott, who co-directs with Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. “Until now, we just didn’t have the physical capability to give this play, with its many battle scenes and great surround, the grandness it deserves,” he notes. “The depth of our new space has opened up tremendous artistic possibilities for us.” Both history play and sweeping love story, Antony and Cleopatra is undeniably one of the most challenging works in the Shakespeare canon to bring to the stage. Indeed, the last Broadway revival of the classic was in 1952, with a cast headed by real-life star-crossed lovers Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.

What is reality and what is not? In THE ILLUSION by PIERRE CORNEILLE, adapted by TONY KUSHNER and directed by Casey Stangl, opening Saturday, March 17 and closing Saturday, May 19, 2012 (previews begin Saturday, March 10), a father seeks to reunite with his estranged son. When he enlists the services of a powerful sorcerer to conjure up scenes from the young man’s life, however, the provocative images that the sorcerer shows the anxious father may or may not be quite what they seem. Tony Kushner (Angels in America) triumphantly revitalizes this 17th century theatrical fairy tale, first told by French classical dramatist Pierre Corneille in 1639, and the intoxicating result is poetic and profound, timely and transcendent, comic and moving, and a luminous paean to live theatre and the celebratory theme of this ANW season.

Single tickets are $46 (Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees); and $42 (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees). Groups (10 or more) are $27 (weekdays and Saturday matinees), and $32 (Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees); School Groups (10 or more) are $16 (weekdays and matinees), or $20 (Saturday evenings).

A NOISE WITHIN is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Free self parking is located in the Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure, with entrances on northbound Sierra Madre Villa Avenue or North Halstead Street. Valet parking is also available. To purchase tickets, call (626) 356-3100 or visit

Grammy Special Merit Awards recipients announced

The Recording Academy® ( ) announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year's selections are: Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder as Trustees Award honorees; and Celemony and Roger Nichols as Technical GRAMMY Award® honorees. The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY® Week on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at , a Facebook fan at , and a YouTube channel subscriber at

"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture," said President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow. "It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

About the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:

As pioneers of Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band created a unique sound blending elements of blues, country, jazz and rock. Known for their outstanding improvisational and jam-style shows, the band's breakthrough album, 1971's At Fillmore East, is a definitive live concert recording. The band has achieved artistic and commercial success with hits such as "Whipping Post," "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," the latter having earned them a 1995 GRAMMY for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In 1995 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

During his 50-plus years in show business, five-time GRAMMY winner Glen Campbell has released more than 70 albums. In 1967 he won GRAMMYs in both country and pop categories for his hits "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," respectively. Campbell has three recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame and has also been inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the famed Wrecking Crew, Los Angeles' group of top studio musicians in the '60s. In 2011 he released his farewell album, Ghost On The Canvas, which featured collaborations with Jakob Dylan, Chris Isaak and Billy Corgan, among others.

Widely known as the composer of the GRAMMY-winning "The Girl From Ipanema," arranger, singer and pianist/guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim* was influential in the creation of the Brazilian bossa nova style and its international popularity. His songs and arrangements have been performed by numerous artists around the world. In 1995 he won a posthumous Best Latin Jazz Performance GRAMMY for his album Antonio Brasileiro.

Trumpeter Wayne Jackson and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love comprise one of the greatest and most recorded horn sections, the Memphis Horns. Early in their career, the duo appeared on nearly every Stax Records recording, helping the label define its sound. Known for their unique funk/soul style, the Musicians Hall of Fame inductees have appeared on recordings for artists such as Al Green, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, and U2.

As one of the most prolific country artists in history, George Jones has had more than 150 hits over his half-century career. From honky tonk to country ballads, he has remained at the top of the charts with hits such as "White Lightning," "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Still Doin' Time." Jones is a two-time GRAMMY winner, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. At 80 years old, he continues to tour, playing more than 60 shows each year.

In the 1960s Diana Ross led Motown act the Supremes, one of America's most successful vocal groups. In the 1970s, Ross began her solo career and had continued success with hits such as "Love Hangover," "Upside Down" and "Missing You." In her nearly 50 years in the entertainment business, she has sold more than 100 million albums and has received a number of accolades for her work, including a Golden Globe and Tony Award and has been a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. Ross recently toured the country with her More Today Than Yesterday tour and will continue touring into 2012.

With his unique fusion of jazz, blues and spoken word, Gil Scott-Heron*'s music influenced the creation of the rap genre. The first artist signed to Arista Records, his recordings such as "Johannesburg" and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" were known for their sharp lyrics that commented on social and political issues. His songs also helped tell stories of African-Americans in the United States. Scott-Heron continued to record up until his death in 2011, releasing his most recent album, I'm New Here, in 2010.

About the Trustees Award Honorees:

Musician, bandleader, composer, and arranger Dave Bartholomew has had an illustrious career in music spanning genres such as big band, swing and rock and roll. Together with Fats Domino, he wrote more than 40 hits in the 1950s, including Billboard chart toppers "Goin' Home" and "Ain't That A Shame." He produced, wrote and arranged for a number of artists, including Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson and Chuck Berry — each of whom topped the charts with Bartholomew's songs. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though semiretired, he continues to occasionally perform with the Dave Bartholomew Big Band at music festivals.

As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs* helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books. A creative visionary, Jobs' innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased. In 2002 Apple Computer Inc. was a recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad.

As one of music's greatest recording engineers, Rudy Van Gelder has recorded several thousand jazz sessions with artists including John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk among many others. His signature techniques give recordings a rich, natural tone and capture the sonic textures of each instrument. Van Gelder continues his more than half- century-long career freelancing on projects, including remastering the analog Blue Note label recordings he worked on decades ago.

About the Technical GRAMMY Recipients:

The German-based company Celemony was founded in 2000 by Peter Neubäcker, Dr. Hildegard Sourgens and Casrsten Gehle. The company specializes in the digital audio pitch-correction software known as Melodyne. The tool is used in studios to tune and manipulate audio signals, including a singer's vocals, or as an aid to the creation of backing vocals from an existing lead vocal. In 2008 Celemony debuted Direct Note Access, which allows independent manipulation of individual notes with chords and polyphonic recordings. The following year, Melodyne Editor won a Musikmesse International Press Award for Most Innovative Product.

Audio engineer Roger Nichols* worked with artists such as Plácido Domingo, Diana Ross, James Taylor, and Stevie Wonder. In the 1970s he began a decades-long relationship with Steely Dan, which earned him six GRAMMY Awards including an Album Of The Year award for his engineering work on 2000's Two Against Nature. He also earned a Best Musical Album For Children GRAMMY in 1997 for producing the John Denver album All Aboard! In addition to his work as an engineer, he was an innovator in creating new technology for audio tape preservation, mastering and digital synchronization. A pioneer in the technique of digital drum replacement, his Wendel sampling computer is a technology still common in music production today.

*Denotes posthumous.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.