Friday, March 30, 2012

End o' week musings

Wow! What a week! It was sooo busy, it flew by!

Saturday and Sunday I was braving the weather out at the Renaissance Faire workshops. They finished Sunday just as the first drops reached us and I was home warm and dry during the bulk of the storm.

Monday, Byron invited me and my friend Linda to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. We had a great time and went on quite a few of the rides. Linda had never been on Indiana Jones, as well as a few other things, so I know it was extra fun for her.

Tuesday morning found me at the Huntington in San Marino speaking with Peter Blogett, the curator of its upcoming railroad exhibition. I learned a little about the history of the transcontinental railways and got to go in the manuscript vault to peruse travel journals, maps, posters and other cool ephemera from the 1800s. I'm charged up about the show, which opens late April. I know my railroad friends (that means you Bobby Boy!) are already making a plans to go... all aboard!

I went back to the office and chatted with Merlin about the Renaissance Faire, as it opens next weekend. He is a wealth of knowledge and has tons of terrific stories... wish I could print them all.

Wednesday Melody at the Norton Simon Museum told me about the Cherry Blossom woodcut exhibit that's opening there in a few weeks. It's small, but mighty, with a nice array of art exploring the seasons, culture and landmarks and beautiful women. The images are exquisite!

In the afternoon I had a date with history. I went to Pasadena Playhouse to meet with Richard Chamberlain, who is starring in its upcoming production of "The Heiress." The star of "Dr. Kildare," "The Thornbirds" and lots more proved charming and pleasant. He's also still very handsome too! Richard, yes we're on a first name basis now, told me about his childhood in Los Angeles, his adventures in Hawaii and how much he likes Pasadena. When I finished my questioning, he turned things and began interviewing me! I have such a cool job! By the way, my story should publish at April 20.

This weekend I have the last bits of Faire workshops and adding my imput as one of the judges of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade queen hopefuls (see blog post below so you don't miss the fun).

In rotation this week: Lamb of God, Severin Browne, The Randies and Black Sabbath.

Photos we got 'em: A pick of my group Ad Hoc Consort performing at the Ren Faire last year and the usual pet photos that made me smile.

Thought o' the week: Turn it off. Do you ever feel overstimulated? It's easy with all the over-connectedness today and the stress of trying to keep up with everything.

I couldn't turn my brain off Wednesday night and was up past 3 a.m. I had too many things going on and thoughts were bouncing around my mind like bugs around a light. Pretty scary, huh? My answer was to turn off last night so I could get some good sleep. I turned off everything- television, radio, phone, lights - EVERYTHING, settled comfortably in my bed, closed my eyes and just breathed deeply and slowly, easing all the worry from my mind and let myself just be for a while. After a good 20 minutes of this, I got up, brushed my teeth, did the last few things I needed to do (with one very low light turned on) and went to bed.

And you know what?! I slept well and woke up refreshed. Life is much better today. Ooo and the trifecta of Friday, payday and huge lottery helps too.

When you're getting frazzled, listen to your body and try turning it off for a while. You'll be better for it.

Keep on rockin'


Pasadena Doo Dah Parade queen tryouts April 1

35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Queen Tryouts to be Held on April Fools Day

WHERE: Royal mayhem takes place at the American Legion Bar, 179 N. Vinedo St., Pasadena, Between Walnut and Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-9938

WHEN: Sunday, April Fools Day (April 1), 2012
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Doo Dah Queen Hopefuls Check-In
4:30 – 7:00 pm – Doo Dah Queen Tryouts
@ 7:30 pm – New Doo Dah Queen is Crowned

COST: $5 cover to Legion’s charity; 1st 20 queen hopefuls to arrive are free! Cash only Bar.

Trying out? please call us at 626-590-1134 and we will answer your questions and give you tips. Open to everyone and we mean it! All are encouraged to dress randomly even if you are coming to watch.

HOW? The first 20 Queen Hopefuls to arrive get in FREE (1 admission per Queen’s entourage). Each Queen Hopeful will have a few minutes to WOW the Judges. Microphone and boom box, even drumroll, provided. Be ready to show us and tell us why YOU should be Queen! Bring Loyal Followers and HUMOR! Tell them to buy the judges a beer to get a chance to vote! Hecklers encouraged!

Featuring: The Legendary, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf, Many former Queens, including Skittles, Mickie, Tequila, Sue the Ref, 2011 Queen Red Rosie, Goofball Judges, Andrew, Duke of Doo Dah, Prizes, Cheap drinks, Smoking Patio, Pool and Big Screen TV! and Lots of Dancing!

More about the Tryouts: Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions tested their fate to become queen. Contestants are usually outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, who include many former queens, and another hundred or so parade entrants, tryout supporters, Legion members, and the curious public. The town-hall setting with long tables in beer-fest style, crock pot chili, and legendary Doo Dah House Band, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies on stage, set the mood for the lively caucus. Among those who have perennially tried out are, Count Smokula, Santa’s Bad Elf, belly dancer, Narayana, a smoking Amy Winehouse, Queen Mother Teresa Kennedy, the Swami from El Monte, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Second-Hand Rose Queen, Crystal, Gopher Girl, Buffy the Dog, Ms. Laurel, Pinball Lizard, Mama “J”, and Miss Boy Frances. Queen Eric(a) Valentine, of Glendale was a show stopper in 2010 with his searing guitar licks. Last year, Judges selected Red Rosie, a 17-year old who transformed from school girl to Wonder Woman in seconds while singing a Kaye Star song. Other favorites have included Roobie Breastnut, former burlesque star, as Sarah Palin, Crystal Lightner, local diva of Altadena, and Jezzelynn on stilts.

Even More Info on Queen Tryouts: Organizers staged the first public tryouts in 1998 at a Gothic house on stilts. It then moved to the famed Zorthian Ranch, in Altadena. This and other parodies of Pasadena’s ‘Other Parade’ have fueled Doo Dah’s colorful and controversial life on Colorado Boulevard. The 35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will be held on Saturday, April 28th stepping off at 11:00am on the streets of East Pasadena. To enter the parade simply go to the website and fill out a form, or call for more information on Tryouts or Entries (626) 590-1134, or Public Information Number: (626)590-7596.

35th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!
Saturday, April 28, 11:00am

Entry Forms and information to be found on the website:

Twitter: pasadenadoodah

Shimmy Showcase Sunday April 1

April 1 – It’s Fool’s Day and Saviya is your hostess for Laugh Out Loud (LOL) with Erica, Erica (yes, it’s no joke--we really have 2 Ericas!), Nova Kachina, and Isis-Siren-Sekhmet performing. One other thing we’re not fooling about is that everyone is sure to have fun at this Shimmyshowcase!

Please read our upcoming schedule below for additional details and special Shimmyshowcase events--

Everyone is invited 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 in the entertainment area to enjoy some really great dancing at NO cover charge!

SUNDAY SHIMMY SHOWCASE begins on most Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at Viento y Agua Coffee House in Long Beach at 4007 East 4th Street; 562-434-1182. Occasionally we have Saturday showcases beginning a bit later. Please refer to the detailed schedule for more information.

Note—N405-W22 (7th St) transition is closed for construction, so for those coming from the south, the best way is to exit the 405 at Westminster as the detour indicates. Then take Westminster through the PCH intersection until it turns into 2nd street. Take the first right immediately after the bridge and an immediate left. That street will turn into 4th and Viento Y Aqua will be on the right.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time (earlier if you’re a performer!), so you can first stop at the refreshment counter to get a delicious beverage, snack or sandwich; then head for the show area and grab a seat so you don’t miss any of our great performers!

Below is our upcoming schedule for the next several weeks. If you are a dancer interested in performing at an upcoming showcase, please read on to see whether we have openings in any upcoming showcases and send an email with your preference to


April 8 - DARK – NO SHIMMYSHOWCASE (Easter Sunday)

April 15 - Amber returns to coordinate this Shimmyshowcase with the Gypsy Sisters, Aleksia, Bella and Ewanni as guest dancers.

April 22 - Draca welcomes guest dancers Sabrina, Lala, Dalilah, and Tehani and her student dance ensemble to dazzle you with some great bellydancing moves.

April 29 - Blues is in the House on this night as coordinator Ilana returns with this popular Shimmyshowcase theme and welcomes guest dancers Rosé, Carmella Fatale, Jayel, and Rima. If you’re a Blues or jazz loving bellydancer, this is the showcase for you! Please join us us and enjoy a wonderful evening of great dancing and music.

May 5 (Saturday) - Shimmyshowcase presents another special event Saturday evening program as Viento y Agua goes back to the Victorian era with Saviya presenting a Vaudvillian bellydancing program with guest dancers Anastasia, Rebecca, Bella, and Sonia. Plus author DeAnna Cameron will read from her latest Bellydance-themed novel set in the Victorian era and will be autographing copies of her new book at this special Shimmyshowcase, which will begin around 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 5.

May 13—Mothers’ Day—DARK

May 20 - Abraiha welcomes May, Rosé, and Janice, returning to Shimmyshowcase to perform their dazzling moves for you and introduces Kelsey in her Shimmyshowcase debut.

New picture from our March 10 Anniversary party with Saf Mavi may be viewed on our Blog at

Moving Mountains exclusive color LP to be released

Topshelf Records has launched a pre-order for the re-issue of Moving Mountains 2008 Foreword LP. It is being released with an exclusive color in celebration of Record Store Day April 21 but the label has also made it available on two other colors that can pre ordered now. The release features new artwork by Sam Kaufman and comes in a Gatefold LP jacket.

Pre-order link:

Moving Mountains will be direct support on Coheed and Cambria’s spring tour, along with openers Pianos Become The Teeth.

Intermediate Victory Garden classes in Altadena

The topics we will be covering include seed harvesting, permaculture, fruit tree pruning, berry maintenance and California Natives.

Location: Altadena Community Garden
3330 N. Lincoln Ave. (corner of Palm and Lincoln adjacent to Alta Loma Park)

Dates: Saturdays - April 28, May 5, May 12 & May 19

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Contact: Jeri Huston
Telephone: (626) 584-0442

Dearly Departed Tours offers Hollywood Movie tours daily

Dearly Departed Tours ­ The Tragical History Tour ­ finds new home in

"A trip down bad memory lane." - New York Daily News

WHERE: 6603 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

WHEN: Open daily, 10am-4:30pm, first day of business Sunday, April 1

WHAT: The Dearly Departed tour runs 7 days a week at 9:30am and 1pm.
Reservations strongly recommended. The Hollywood Movie Tour runs on Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am. The Helter Skelter Tour runs every other
Saturday at 9am.

TICKET LINE: 1-800-979-3370

HOLLYWOOD, California ­ Filmmaker and celebrity death expert Scott Michaels
("The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter," "Dearly Departed Vol. 1") announces
after 8 years in business in Hollywood, his famous sightseeing tour will
begin operations at its permanent plot on the legendary Sunset Boulevard on
Sunday, April 1.

Dearly Departed tour guides Brian Donnelly, Richard Sebastian (also an actor
appearing in "Glee" and "J. Edgar") and Scott Michaels will be on hand for
an intimate "crime-tape cutting ceremony" at 6:30pm on Saturday, March 31,
with the store opening to the public at 10am Sunday, April 1.

Since 2005 Dearly Departed Tours has escorted over 21,000 passengers to the
"dark side of Hollywood." The tour was recently featured on Anthony
Bourdain's "The Layover," and has been seen on "AC360," "The Girls Next
Door," "E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders" and dozens more, and in
hundreds of publications.

Not bad for three guys and two small buses!

"Creepy, hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely Planet

The Dearly Departed storefront will be a place where Scott Michaels can
share his collection of weird and unique artifacts acquired over the years.
On view: bricks from the 1969 Manson murder scene and Sharon Tate's
fireplace, bricks from The Ambassador Hotel, Jayne Mansfield's very own pink
Samsonite suitcase (that was in the trunk of the car she was killed in), the
door from the hotel room where Divine (the famous "female" star of
"Hairspray") died, a piece of John Denver's plane, a pink pillar from
legendary Hollywood restaurant Perino's and dozens more.

In addition to new Dearly Departed and Death Hag swag, bits of some these
rare collectibles (Tate fireplace, Ambassador Hotel, John Denver plane) are
available for purchase.

Scott Michaels immersed himself in the celebrity death world when he took
over the helm of the legendary hearse-driven Grave Line Tours in the '90s.
In 1998 began the website ("Deliciously sordid!" ­ Los
Angeles Times) that documents celebrities' final moments. This solidified
his presence as a "Death Hag" -- a term that Michaels coined to describe the
"celebrity death" fascination.

Stay tuned for announcements of occasional special events and screenings in
the Dearly Departed storefront, which Scott Michaels promises will be a
social center, a veritable Death Hag Club House for the dead celebrity
obsessed. First up: an event honoring the actress Susan Cabot, star of the
1960 Roger Corman film "The Wasp Woman." Date and details will be announced

A proud member of 7 Days in L.A., the consortium of independent Southern
California tour guides, Scott Michaels has given a prominent spot in the
Dearly Departed storefront to displaying fliers of other member tour
providers, including Esotouric bus adventures, Architecture Tours L.A.,
Crimebo the Clown, The Dorothy Parker Society, The Felix in Hollywood Tour
Company, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour, L.A. Active Adventures, LA Double
Decker, L.A. Gang Tours, Melting Pot Food Tours, Out & About - Hollywood's
1st & Only Gay Bus Tour, Santa Monica Venice Tours... Now and Then, Take My
Mother*Please (*or any other VIP), Terry Bolo - The Hollywood Gal, TOURific
Escapes and Vintage Venice Reel to Real.

Of 7 Days in L.A., Scott Michaels says "I think people will welcome these
unique perspectives of Los Angeles ­ and each is truly unique. There¹s no
competition here. We are just people who love Los Angeles and are eager to
share what we¹ve learned from it."

For more info on Dearly Departed Tours, visit

For more on 7 Days in L.A., the independent tour consortium, visit

UCLA Dept. of Music offers concerts and more in spring

The UCLA Department of Music is offering a variety of public events this spring, including faculty and student recitals and performances of high artistic accomplishment in various genres, as well as visiting artists of national and international renown. Programs are subject to change. For updated information and confirmation of events, the public may call 310-825-4761 or visit

For ticketed events, contact the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 or Campus parking is available for $11 (all-day); short-term parking is also available (payable at pay stations). For events at Schoenberg Hall, park in Lot 2 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues), and for events at Royce Hall, park in Lot 4 (enter the campus at Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza).


Thursday, April 12
8 p.m.
UCLA Philharmonia — 'All-Star Concert'
Neal Stulberg, conductor
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

The seventh annual "All-Star" concert will feature the finest student soloists from the UCLA Philharmonia.

Monday, April 16
7 p.m.
Margulis Memorial Concert
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building

This concert commemorates professor Vitaly Margulis (1928–2011), a world-renowned pianist and pedagogue. He was a beloved teacher and colleague for 17 years in the UCLA Department of Music. The evening will celebrate his life with performances by his family and colleagues.

Monday, April 23
8 p.m.
UCLA Percussion Ensemble
Mitchell Peters, conductor
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building

The Percussion Ensemble concert will include a variety of works for percussion, including "Border Crossing" by David Vayo, "Sharpened Stick" by Brad Dietze, "Metric Lips" by Bela Fleck and "Celebration" by Tom Gauger.

Saturday, April 28
11 a.m.
UCLA Philharmonia at Broad Stage
Neal Stulberg, conductor
The Broad Stage, Santa Monica (map)

"Stars of the Symphony" will be UCLA Philharmonia's inaugural performance at the Broad Stage.

Tuesday, May 1
5:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Organ+ at the Organ Studio — Organ & Instruments
Christoph Bull, organist
Organ Studio (1655-A), Schoenberg Music Building

Organ professor Christoph Bull will lead a chamber music program that features the 1982 Noack tracker organ in combination with other instruments. The program will focus on compositions by UCLA music faculty members.

Thursday, May 10
8 p.m.
UCLA Philharmonia
Vladimir Chernov, baritone
Jorge Uzcátegui, conductor
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

This program includes excerpts from "Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Moussorgsky (orchestrated by Ravel).

Monday, May 14
8 p.m.
'Mozart à Deux: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Part III'
Guillaume Sutre, violin
Neal Stulberg, piano
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

This is the last of a three-part series of recitals in Schoenberg Hall.

Friday, May 18
7 p.m.
Camarades Chamber Music Marathon
Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Music Building

This concert features distinguished cellist Fred Sherry collaborating with UCLA string faculty and students in a program of music by Los Angeles composers, including works by Schoenberg, Toch, Lazarof, Stravinsky, Cage and others.

Tuesday, May 22
8 p.m.
The Camarades String Ensemble
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

This concert features the UCLA Camarades String Ensemble and UCLA string faculty Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre (violins), Richard O'Neill (viola), Antonio Lysy (cello) and Chris Hanulik (string bass), along with invited guests Diana Newman (soprano), Vladimir Chernov (baritone) and David Newman (conductor), in a program of music by Ian Krouse, Francesco Cilluffo and Arnold Schoenberg.

Wednesday, May 23
8 p.m.
UCLA Wind Ensemble — 'Extreme Make-over'
Patrick Sheridan, conductor
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

The ensemble closes its season with "Extreme Make-over," Johan De Meij's epic exploration of Tchaikovsky's melodies. Featured guest soloists, for the West Coast premiere of Sam Pilafian's "Bones of Contention," will be Bill Reichenbach and James Miller.

Wednesday, May 30
8 p.m.
UCLA Symphony
Leila Nassar-Freidel, violin
Hillary Smith, cello
Sanaz Resai, piano
Ryan Dudenbostel and Jorge Uzcátegui, conductors
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

This performance features Nielsen's "Helios" Overture and Beethoven's Concerto for violin, cello and piano in C major, Op. 56.

Thursday, May 31, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 1, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.
Opera UCLA and UCLA Theater Present:
Monteverdi — 'The Coronation of Poppea'
Stephen Stubbs, conductor
James Darrah, director
The Early Music Ensemble
The Little Theater, Macgowan Hall
Tickets: General admission — $20 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students (with ID)

The power-hungry Poppea pressures her lover, bloodthirsty Emperor Nero, into proclaiming her empress. Before them, all Rome trembles. Experience this visionary new production of one of the most powerful operas ever written. (All productions of Opera UCLA are made possible through the generous support of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.)

Sunday, June 3
6 p.m.
UCLA Camarades With Baritone Vladimir Chernov
Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (map)
Free, no reservations

This concert will feature Ian Krouse's "Nocturnes" for baritone and string quartet and Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht." (This event is sponsored by a generous grant from Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge.)

Wednesday, June 6
8 p.m.
UCLA Symphonic Band
Gordon Henderson, conductor
Matt Altmire, Kelly Flickinger, Mark Lee and Stephen Mason, student conductors
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

The UCLA Symphonic Band will perform music of famous film composers and classics of the wind band repertoire.

Thursday, June 7
8 p.m.
UCLA Philharmonia
Neal Stulberg, conductor
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

The performance features the winner of Atwater Kent Concerto Strings Competition.

Saturday, June 9
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
UCLA Chorale, Chamber Singers and University Chorus
Donald Neuen and Rebecca Lord, conductors
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Tickets: $12; $5 for UCLA faculty, staff and students (with ID)

The Chamber Singers, University Chorus and UCLA Chorale will perform a variety of choral music — a show for all ages.

Farmer Jason releases Nature Jams

It's nearly Earth Day, which is on April 22, and parents are looking for positive ways to engage kids with nature. For Farmer Jason, whose Nature Jams album was recently released on the new myKaZoo Music label with Universal Music Enterprises, music and song offer a pleasant way to point out the joys of being outside and experiencing animals, plants and fresh air. Nature Jams has won a Family Approved Seal from the Dove Foundation, a Parents’ Choice Award and kudos from parents and kids around the country. His music videos rotate heavily on the new music video channel for kids, www.myKaZootv.

A strong supporter of such organizations as the Nature Conservancy, Farmer Jason actually runs a real hobby farm near Nashville when he’s not on the road performing for families. His love of nature shines through on these new songs.

“As Earth Day approaches, I am thankful for the opportunity to share my love of nature with children,” explains Jason (also known as Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers). My hope is that kids will become inspired to get outside and appreciate the wonders of the great outdoors, even if you live in a big city.”

Nature Jams offers 16 original songs and 4 music videos, featuring such guest artists as Iris Dement, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, Suzy Bogguss, Alison Brown and Brandi Carlile. The song styles range from rock and roll anthems to sea shanties, jazz to folk. Farmer Jason talks with his musical guests about taking hikes, going canoeing, skating and even spelunking. The idea is to get kids excited about the big world around them, observing cool animals (“Meadowlark in Central Park,” “Manatee” and “Dison the Bison”), learning about cool places around the world and simply enjoying nature. Says Farmer Jason, “We tried to make these songs energetic, fun and exciting so kids would be inspired to get outside and be active with their environment. That’s the way they learn to love it.”

Since releasing the new CD/DVD Nature Jams package in February, the good farmer is raking in kudos from parents and critics alike. Check out Dadnabbit's recent interview with Jason, and the growing list of reviews. Jason will soon be featured on legendary critic Dave Marsh's Sirius-XM "Kick Out the Jams" radio show. Next week, he will be interviewed on NBC-TV, Nashville's legendary WSM radio and Great American Country television.

Meanwhile, kids can also enjoy Farmer Jason’s fun nature music videos on the new music video channel for kids, www.myKaZootv.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Inti-Illimani at Caltech April 21

Inti-Illimani performs a mix of contemporary, global, and traditional Latin American music on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.

The group of Chilean musicians performing on more than 30 Wind, string, and percussion instruments, united in musical and political spirit in 1967. Inti-Illimani is one of the leading proponents of the New Song movement, a blend of cultural and traditional Latin American folk music and contemporary musical idioms. Exiled in Chile in 1973, the group settled in Italy. Their music reflects the influences of their years in Europe.

Tickets to this performance are priced at $32.00, $27.00, and $22.00; youth (high school age and younger): $10.00. Senior rush tickets will go on sale for $10.00, beginning one-half hour before the performance (subject to availability). Tickets can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena.

Parking for Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena (south of Del Mar Boulevard). For further information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. seeking music & entertainment intern writers one of the leading online music publications is seeking intern writers to augment its staff. DaBelly, in existence for over 12 years, has immediate openings for 2 writers. This is a freelance, work-from-home position that would require the writer to submit 1-2 stories per issue. A passion for the music industry and previous journalism experience is highly desirable. Candidates must have a basic knowledge of AP Style journalism. This is an ideal gig for journalism students and freelancers.

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Arboretum to offer Fresh Cooking April 11

Hi Everyone…You won’t want to miss our final Fresh Cooking class of the spring! We have had many requests for a class on preserving fruit, so we have brought THE BEST chefs here to explain each and every step! Hope to see you, but do call soon as the class is limited. Peg Rahn & Jill Berry

***Add our next Fresh class to your calendar! It will be on Wednesday, September 12, and will feature Gale Kohl (of Gale’s Restaurant ) and Claud Beltran (of Noir Food & Wine and Claud & Co ) – Gale & Claud Together Again! It will be wonderful and great fun! J

Fresh: Celebrating The Table - Cooking at the Arboretum

$45 members / $50 non-members

Reservations Required - Please Call 626.821.4623

Preserves, Jams & Jellies

with Alexandra Poer Sheridan & Barbara Poer

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 3 - 5 pm

Here's the class you've been asking for, given by a terrific mother- daughter duo, Alexandra Poer Sheridan, caterer extraordinaire, and Barbara Poer. We have enjoyed Alexandra’s classes over the years, and now you will see how she came by her skills. Barbara is one of the best home cooks around. She shared this skill with her three children, and they still all cook together when they are home for the holidays. But tasting is believing! Alexandra is a well-known caterer with an outstanding reputation, who just opened her own restaurant/café called Alexandra’s Table at 413 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel 91775.

Barbara and Alexandra will bring both a Blood Orange/Rosewater Marmalade and a Mango Chutney to taste. They will also be making Strawberry/Grand Marnier Jam from start to finish so you can learn the entire process. This will enable you to be able to make any of the other jam, jelly and chutney recipes that will also be included! They will also bring a Limoncello liqueur that needs weeks of aging on the peel and then is best served over ice in the summer... the way the Sicilians do. We will sample one that is properly aged, made with 100 proof vodka – but be careful as it can sneak up on you! Seating is limited so call soon for a reservation!

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 North Baldwin Avenue

Arcadia, CA 91007-2697

Phone: 626.821.4624

Ignite Fire Flow Conference in Joshua Tree April 27-29

Event starts Friday, April 27 at noon and
Ends on Sunday, April 29 at 5pm

Joshua Tree Lake Campground
2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, Ca 92252

IgNight is a 3 day Fire Flow Community Celebration in Southern California, designed to provide a fun, educational and community environment for spinners from all over the world. At least 7 classes going on simultaneously at all times of the day and a nightly spin jam with awesome DJ's. Flow enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to attend this communal opportunity for growth and development as a fire artist. Hundreds of artists will gather to learn, teach, and advance together in the flow arts.

For more information please contact:

Rock opera 'The Fix' opening in Long Beach April 24

The Fix – The West Coast premiere of a hard-boiled, darkly comic rock musical about the American political machine. A popular presidential candidate is dead, and his widow thrusts their son into the political spotlight. Her maniacal scheming is matched by that of her crippled brother-in-law, who will stop at nothing to see the boy elected. Together, the three of them make up one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real life Washington politics. Nominated for London’s 1998 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Directed by Randy Brenner
Musical Direction by Darryl Archibald
Choreography by Heather Castillo
Starring Jay Donnell, Melanie Fernandez, Stephanie Hayslip, Alix Korey, David Michael Laffey, William T. Lewis, Sal Mistretta, Adam Simmons, Carrie St. Louis
Produced by caryn desai [sic]

Previews: April 24, 25, 26 at 8 pm
Performances: April 27 through May 20
Tuesday @ 8 pm: April 24 (preview)
Wednesday @ 8 pm: April 25 (preview)
Thursdays @ 8 pm: April 26 (preview), May 3, 10, 17
Fridays @ 8 pm: April 27 (Opening Night), May 4, 11, 18
Saturdays @ 8 pm: April 28; May 5, 12, 19
Sundays @ 2 pm: April 29; May 6, 13, 20

Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90802

(562) 436-4610 or

Opening Night: $55 (includes reception following the performance)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: $44
Thursday: $37
Previews: $29

Heyward Howkins to release album

"By the side of the sleepy canal . . ." and a beckoning bed of strings. So begins The Hale & Hearty, the debut release from Heyward Howkins. Produced by Chet Delcampo (an accomplished artist in his own right who has been linked with Smokey Robinson, Kid Congo Powers, David Lovering, and Fred Myrow). Like a patchwork suit, it’s equal parts British tweed (see Nick Drake, John Cale, The Smiths) and dusty American flannel (see Bon Iver, M. Ward, Damien Jurado). Heyward has crafted an album with diverse sounds and surprising arrangements that compliment, but never overwhelm, his evocative melodies and lyrics.

Paying tribute to his family's long and storied history, Heyward takes his name from his five-times grandfather Thomas Heyward (dubbed “The Singing Signer”), founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Other members of the Heyward family are called out in the song Spanish Moss, featuring the lyrics, "Brimmed hats on babes in waiting / Magnolia is housing / Heywards on cotton couches." References to Savannah cotton magnate Jacob Guerard Heyward are contrasted with his middle-class Philadelphia existence, which Heyward sings about with love and empathy, "My city's cold and naked / Who'll wrap an arm around it?"

Heyward first garnered attention in the early 2000s as the lead guitarist for The Trouble With Sweeney, opening for My Morning Jacket and OK GO. The Trouble With Sweeney released three EPs and two LPs, including the widely praised I Know You Destroy and Fishtown Briefcase, and twice landed on's Editor's Top Picks of the Year before amicably disbanding in 2004.

Howkins is also a founding member of The Silver Ages, the critically acclaimed choral group featuring singers from a wide array of Philadelphia-based bands, including David Hartley (Nightlands, The War on Drugs, Buried Beds, BC Camplight), Charlie Hall (Jens Lekman, The War on Drugs, The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society), Gianmarco Cilli (National Eye), Shai Halperin (The Capitol Years, Sweet Lights), Todd Starlin (Like Moving Insects), Brandon Beaver (Buried Beds, Nightlands), Brian Christinzio (BC Camplight), Rick Flom (National Eye, Mitch Fiction), Dave Wayne Daniels (The Capitol Years), Josh Newman (Mitch Fiction), Zach Miller (Dr. Dog) and Dan Matz (Windsor for the Derby, Birdwatcher). Heyward often credits the group’s vocal workouts, hazy afternoon rehearsals, and rich catalog of traditional material as a catalyst for his own unique style of song writing and his distinctive voice.

The Hale & Hearty features songs grounded in local surroundings but also effortlessly ventures into more fanciful territory. "Young Bowerbird / He made an offer / Stacked high for a lady that's wandering by," Heyward sings in Plume and Orange, a mournful but ultimately hopeful tale of the last two birds on Earth. "She's through with talking / They're the last two with a body still walking." Even when faced with the apocalypse, the pair still find time to bicker about daily life.

The title song pulls together the album's recurring theme of feeling a deep connection to a time and place but simultaneously remaining on the outside. "Go on, have another bump 'til it all feels right," Heyward sings. "Look at your crowd / They are so hale and hearty."

Big Sleep to tour

Considering how quiet they’ve been over the past couple years, you’d think the Big Sleep decided to suddenly take their name seriously after the tireless tour cycle behind 2008’s Sleep Forever LP. The truth is much simpler…

“We took a little break, worked on stuff separately and just lived our lives,” explains bassist/vocalist Sonya Balchandani.

“It obviously took longer than we thought it would,” adds guitarist/vocalist Danny Barria, “but I wasn’t feeling rushed or pressured. I just wanted to write good songs.”

Which brings us to the hefty hooks and sugar-spun noise pop of Nature Experiments, the filler-free full-length Danny and Sonya have hinted at since 2000. That'd be the year the duo started cutting demos in the former's Brooklyn kitchen; demos that eventually shifted from a loose shoegaze sound (the You Today, Me Tomorrow EP) to the iridescent instrumentals and groove-locked guitar anthems of the Big Sleep's debut album, 2006's Son of the Tiger.

As promising as that LP was, it's nowhere near as focused and forceful as the tractor beam tracks the pair started recording at the beginning of 2011. Helped in part by Sonya's increased use of GarageBand as a songwriting tool and a more collaborative creative process, Nature Experiments is as robust as a Big Sleep record gets, bursting at the seams with restless rhythms and choppy power chords ("Ace"), venomous vocals and blown-out beats ("Meet Your Maker"), and effects pedals/synth pads that rub and ring out against some of the band's most climatic choruses yet ("Valentine," "Ghosts In Bodies," "Ladders"). And if you need a breather, there's always the psych-steeped balladry of "1001" and "Wood on the Water."

"There was definitely a tunnel vision thing going on with our last record," says Danny. "That pressure was cool and intense, but the guiding principle this time around was to take our time and do whatever we needed to. We’d work on things separately and then meet in each other’s living rooms with just an acoustic guitar and a keyboard, which is funny considering that’s exactly how the band started.”

"This band's always been about what comes out of the two of us working together," adds Sonya. "I think it's normal to write a little past the edge of your capabilities, so then you have to deliver, and the next time around, you end up pushing yourself again. We are always just looking for and editing ourselves towards what feels right, what we can both agree is putting across a feeling in a style that's truly 'us'."

US Tour Dates

4/13 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL #
4/15 - The Ballroom at the Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH #
4/17 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA #
4/18 - The Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD #
4/20 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ #
4/22 - Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA #

5/21 - The Studio - New York, NY *
5/23 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *
5/24 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC *
5/25 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
5/26 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL*
5/27 - The Plaza - Orlando, Fl*
5/29 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL*
5/31 - Sons of Herman Hall - Dallas, TX*
6/01 - The Parish - Austin, TX*
6/02 - Free Press Summer Fest, Houston, TX*
6/04 - Lowbro Palace - El Paso, TX*
6/06 - Casbah - San Diego, CA*
6/07 - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA*
6/08 - Troubadour - Lost Angeles, CA*
6/09 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA*
6/11 - Bunk Bar - Portland, OR*
6/12 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC*
6/13 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA*
6/15 - Neurolux - Boise, ID*
6/16 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT*
6/17 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO*
6/18 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE*
6/19 - Amsterdam Hall - St. Paul, MN*

* With Maps & Atlases
# With Fang Island

UK Tour Dates

5/12 - The Hope @ The Great Escape - Brighton, UK
5/14 - Music In Beta @ The Castle - Manchester, UK
5/15 - Nice N Sleazys - Glasgow, UK
5/16 - The Barfly - London, UK
5/17 - Art Academy @ LSC - Liverpool, UK
5/18 - Fleche D'Or w/ EMA - Paris, FR
5/19 - London Calling @ Paradiso - Amsterdam

Ronnie Montrose concert celebration April 27 in San Fransicso

The Bay Area music community is coming together to produce "A Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" for the legendary San Francisco guitarist, who passed away recently from complications of prostate cancer. It will be held at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Friday, April 27. Tickets go on sale on March 30 at 10:00 am.

"A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will feature the original Montrose lineup (Sammy Hagar, vocals; Bill Church, bass; and Denny Carmassi, drums), performing the landmark first Montrose album, with special guest Joe Satriani on lead guitar. The original Gamma lineup (Davey Pattison, vocals; Glenn Letsch, bass; Denny Carmassi, drums) will also be on hand, with special guest Marc Bonilla on lead guitar. There will also be an All-Star band, comprised of many of the great musicians that Ronnie played with over the years. Some of the confirmed artists include: Neal Schon from Journey, Steve Smith formerly from Journey, members of Tesla, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, Rickie Philips from Styx, Eric Singer from KISS, Tommy Thayer of KISS and Jimmy DeGrasso from Y & T and Alice Cooper.

Ronnie Montrose was born in San Francisco and moved with his family to Colorado when he was two, returning back to his native home when he was 19 years old. In 1969, he started a band with Bill Church called Sawbuck, but that project got sidetracked when Ronnie was hired to do studio work with Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey), Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Herbie Hancock, and others. In 1973, he formed his own band, Montrose, who recorded two albums together. The debut Montrose album went platinum and has been called the “first American heavy metal album.” In 1979, Ronnie formed Gamma, who recorded four albums. Ronnie continued to record through the 1980s and 1990s, and Gamma put out their fifth album in 2005.

This is from Leighsa Montrose, Ronnie’s beloved wife: “Ronnie was the kindest man I had ever met. I am honored that he was my husband and best friend as well. We slept together, we woke each morning together and we shared every meal together. We savored every moment that we had together. I am so proud of him for the man he was, which extended far beyond his musical abilities. I am full of joy to have been a part of his life, and I'm so happy that he was a part of mine. I dearly thank all of you for your friendship and love you shared with him. I know it meant everything to him.
All love,
Mrs. Leighsa Montrose”

Sammy Hagar stated, "One of my top priorities this year was a Montrose reunion. Ronnie and I planned to do it in Cabo in October. I am so sad it won't happen, but on April 27th, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and I are going to play the hell out of some Montrose!!!"

Tickets to "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will go on sale on March 30 at 10am. General admission tickets are $55.00 and VIP Reserved tickets are $175.00. and

A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Ronnie Montrose Fund for San Francisco Bay Area Musicians through

Guitar Player magazine will be providing a special limited edition, eight page program for the evening’s events. is a media sponsor for the "A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" benefit concert.

Here is a link to Sammy Hagar’s Rolling Stone remarks on Ronnie Montrose:

Silversun Pickups to release new album

Dangerbird Records is excited to announce the release of the new record by the Grammy-nominated Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods, on May 8. The record was produced by the Grammy Award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol), and the song "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" will be the first single. The album is now available for pre-order at . The band is confirmed to perform from the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage on release day, May 8.

Lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert told Spin magazine that the songs sound "like a horror movie." He continued, "[2009's] Swoon was more about what I was feeling at that particular time, whereas with this one, I wanted to see what built me. It was learning why I am the way I am." When discussing the sound of Neck of the Woods, Aubert told Spin that drummer Christopher Guanlao steals the show. "We really wanted to play with drums as textures. We played around with drums coming in here and there and building atmosphere, which guitars usually do." But he went on to joke, "I'm not going to let the others have all the fun. It's still a rock record. We wanted to have moments of explosions like we've done in the past, but we didn't want them to carry the whole song. There's something a little bit psychotic sounding that we really like and we didn't want to fill it entirely with big guitars."

Silversun Pickups (Aubert, Guanlao, bassist/vocals Nikki Monninger and keyboardist Joe Lester) have sold over 1 million records worldwide. Their first EP, Pikul, was released in 2005. While it hinted at great things to come, no one was quite prepared for the explosion of the band's debut LP, Carnavas. Released in 2006, the record peaked at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 Alternative and Independent record for four consecutive weeks. The fantastic single, "Lazy Eye," peaked at #4 at Modern Rock. In 2009, SSPU followed up with the equally powerful Swoon. That record debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and was in that chart for over 22 weeks on the strength of the #1 Modern Rock smash, "Panic Switch." On November 25, 2011, they released the limited edition Seasick 10" to support independent retail.

The band will be touring throughout 2012 and 2013.

The Dig to release album and tour

New York rock band The Dig will release their new album Midnight Flowers on May 29th via Buffalo Jump Records.

After releasing their acclaimed debut album Electric Toysin 2010, and having toured with artists such as Portugal. The Man, The Joy Formidable, Thrice, The Editors, The Antlers and The Walkmen, band members David Baldwin (Guitar/Vocals), Emile Mosseri (Bass/Vocals), Erick Eiser (Keyboards/Guitar), and Mark Demiglio (Drums) are ready to share their new music with the world.

The band will embark on a national tour supporting the release of Midnight Flowers alongside Ben Kweller and Sleeper Agent this March, April and May (Tour dates below).

The Dig Tour Dates:

3/30: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
3/31: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
4/01: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
4/02: Knoxville, TN @ Preservation Pub
4/05: Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
4/11: Houston, TX @ The Mink
4/12: San Antonio, TX @ SATX Music
4/13: Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
4/14: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
4/18: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
4/19: Bend, OR @ The Horned Hand
4/20: Eugene, OR @ Eugene
4/24: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House *
4/25: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
4/26: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
4/30: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue *
5/01: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
5/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands (CD RELEASE SHOW)
5/31: Chicago, IL @ Schubas (CD RELEASE SHOW)

* = On Tour with Ben Kweller and Sleeper Agent

The Dig – Midnight Flowers track listing:
01. Red Rose in the Cold Winter Ground
02. Black Water
03. Already Forgot Everything You Said
04. All Tied Up
05. Hole In My Heart
06. Animal Screams
07. Break The Silence
08. Police Car
09. Clouds and The White Noise
10. Glass Horse

Lindy Groove dance Thursdays in Pasadena - March 29

This Thursday March 29th 2012

Main Ballroom
Guest DJ Kristin Buxton (Los Angeles)
Guest DJ Morgan Day (Riverside)
DJ Vicky Chan (Los Angeles)

2nd Ballroom (The Lab)
Experiment with a variety of music & dance styles which change weekly. 10 pm to midnight.
This Week Balboa with Djs Lorenzo Rossi & Augie Freeman

Lindy Hop Lessons:
Beginning Lindy with Jason Vaughan & Heather Martelle 7:30 to 8:30
Intermediate Lindy with Ben Yau 7:30 to 8:30
Lindy Techniques with Neil Figuracion 7:30 to 8:30
Advanced Intensive (Audition required)

LindyGroove Birthdays:
Andrew Tong
Daphne Gates
Elijah Batemon
Joseph Rocamora
Megan Collaso
Roy Samson
Tiffany Wong

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 $8.00 (Except for special events)

Check Yo Ponytail 2 May 15 in LA

IHEARTCOMIX, Media Contender, The Echo and SPIN Present Check Yo Ponytail 2:

Tuesday, May 15 @ Echoplex:
Light Asylum, Chelsea Wolfe, Tearist, Violet Tremors and Slow Motion DJS

Upcoming Check Yo Ponytail Events:

4/10 – OH Land, BLOOD ORANGE, Special Guests @ LA, CA – Echoplex
4/24 – Hype Williams, Gatekeeper, James Ferraro, White Car @ LA, CA - Echoplex
5/3– Tiga, Damian Lazarus and Light Year @ LA, CA – Echoplex
5/15 – LIGHT ASYLUM, Chelsea Wolfe, Violet Tremors, Slow Motion DJS, Special Guests @ LA, CA - Echoplex









Doors 9pm 18+
1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Getty to offer Fred Zinnemann film series starting April 3



Tuesdays in April, screenings of the master director’s bold films will be followed by conversations with scholars and filmmakers, including Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann as well as actress Marsha Hunt, Gary Cooper's daughter Maria Cooper Janis, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, and Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch

Featuring a 60th anniversary screening of the classic High Noon

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES—Legendary director Fred Zinnemann (1907–1997) refused to conform to the studio system. Instead, this master director rethought traditional film genres and told stories about outsiders and nonconformists. More than any director of his generation, Zinnemann researched, sketched, and annotated his shots—revealing a meticulous and bold cinematic artist with a complex visual style.

For the month of April, the Getty Research Institute will present a series of his films followed by conversations with noted film scholars and filmmakers who worked with Zinnemann, including Academy Award–winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch and Academy Award–winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, as well as Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann, who is a director, producer and photographer. This series is curated by Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth, as part of the Getty Research Institute’s 2011–12 scholar year which is built around the theme of Artistic Practice.

The screenings are:

The Seventh Cross (1944)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Zinnemann’s first major feature film is an adaptation of Anna Seghers’s novel about a former German communist’s escape from a concentration camp in prewar Nazi Germany. Spencer Tracy stars, with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in supporting roles. (MGM; 35mm, 110 min. From the collection of the George Eastman House.)

A conversation with Zinnemann scholars Jan-Christopher Horak (University of California, Los Angeles) and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth (University of Warwick) follows the screening. Legendary actress Marsha Hunt will also attend

The Search (1948)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

One of the first filmmakers allowed inside postwar Germany, Zinnemann spent months interviewing child Holocaust survivors, many of whom appear in this film about one Czechoslovakian boy’s survival after the war. Ivan Jandl and Jarmila Novotna appear with Montgomery Clift in one of his earliest roles. (Praesens-Film, MGM; 35mm, 104 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.)

This screening is followed by a conversation with Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth.

High Noon (1952)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Zinnemann directed Gary Cooper in this classic and controversial western about a sheriff who faces the town’s former enemies alone. (Stanley Kramer Productions, United Artists; 35mm, 85 min.)

The Getty Center celebrates the 60th anniversary of High Noon with a conversation featuring the director's son, Tim Zinnemann, Gary Cooper's daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth.

Julia (1977)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

In his penultimate film, Zinnemann directed Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jason Robards in one of Hollywood’s most complex and important films about women, friendship, and political commitment. (20th Century Fox; 35mm, 117 min. Print courtesy of 20th Century Fox.)

A conversation with Academy Award–winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch, Academy Award–winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth follows the screening.

Admission to this event is free. To attend, the public may make reservations by visiting or calling (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.

The Hundred in the Hands to release new album

The Hundred In The Hands’ self-titled debut quickly established them as one of the most compelling new acts of the last few years. After touring that album across the globe, the duo consisting of Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman, returned to their dimly-lit New York studio to work on their mesmerizing follow-up, RED NIGHT, due out June 12th via Warp Records. RED NIGHT is a self-produced meditation on separation and reunion, love nearly lost and the long night back to it; a chronicle of late-hour pining awash in digital glow and urban buzzing.

Album opener “Empty Stations” begins with a haunting string arrangement that is overtaken by a propulsive rhythm and Eleanore’s spellbinding vocal turns. “Come With Me” guitar stabs, icy keyboard, and polyrhythm underscore the lyrical siren’s call. The heart broken vocal on “Faded” wraps itself around the spiraling bell and fragile arrangements to devastating effect. The goth RnB monster “Stay the Night” is a tale of yearning with a seductive slowed-down groove. The vast soundscapes of “Lead In The Light” start out sparse and build to an otherworldly climax and then back down again.

“From the start there was a darkness that was coming out both lyrically and sonically, the songs were all heartbreak and fear of losing something special, trying to find that better light.”

RED NIGHT is an opportunity to enter the winding tunnels of The Hundred in the Hands’ nocturnal city where time stretches, tempos drop, and guitars plunge rumbling and throbbing out against denser and denser vocals as the story unfolds. The band’s boundary-pushing sound is unafraid to marry minimalism and abstraction with big melodies. They have recently been playing some of the new material to rapturous audiences at big events including a Vice party in LA at the end of February with Odd Future and Kid Cudi as well as the most recent Creators Project event in San Francisco with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Murphy, and Squarepusher. On RED NIGHT The Hundred in the Hands have created an inimitable world that is sure to be one of this year’s standouts.

01. Empty Stations
02. Recognise
03. Come With Me
04. Red Night
05. Keep It Low
06. SF Summer
07. Faded
08. Tunnels
09. Stay The Night
10. Lead In The Light

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Amanda Beckmann exhibit at Bermudez Projects in LA April 7

Amanda Beckmann Follows Sold-Out Bermudez Projects Show with New Exhibit: "Hasten Slowly"

She wakes up at 5 every morning, climbs the stairs to her mother's attic, puts on Martin Denny's "Exotica" album, and gets out the sharp scissors. No, it's not the first scene of a new Tim Burton movie; it's the start of every day for artist Amanda Beckmann, who opens her new collection, "Hasten Slowly," at Bermudez Projects April 7.

Beckmann was born in 1965 in Bayshore, Long Island, to a fisherman and his wife who would crank "Dark Side of the Moon," light up a joint, and set their kids free with crayons and paper. Grandpa worked at Grumman Aerospace and brought home scrap paper from the office, so, Beckmann says, "We were probably drawing on the back of spaceship designs."

Beckmann's father is her favorite philosopher, she says. "He preferred talk with 5 year olds because, he'd say, they haven't been f'd up by adults yet." When her dad wasn't clamming, he worked the eel pots and lobster traps he built, and Amanda and her sister and brothers had free rein in the fully equipped workshop with its wood bender, table saw, and nail guns. Beckmann still has all her fingers, but she also has a strong memory of the things her sister Danielle taught her to make ... Plywood squares layered with cut-outs from the magazines their folks brought home. "Those collages were the corniest things ever," she says, but they lodged in the back of her mind, to emerge about ten years ago when Beckmann returned to art while running a design firm in Portland, Oregon. Then, bugs and flowers were her focus, and the impetus for her signature tear-shaped petal, which now dance through her pieces.

In the new show's title piece, "Hasten Slowly," petals sprout energetically across the plywood like Terry Gilliam's "Monty Python" animations. The petals morph into bisected ovals in "The Long and Short of It," arrayed along three vertical lines like some sort of geological core sample ... if the drill were sunk into a pile of fashion magazines. The petals reappear in the lovely "Paris," which somehow manages to conjure Turn of the (20th) Century decorative arts and "Samurai Jack," Genndy Tartakovsky's pop art animé series.

Beckmann's previous show at Bermudez Projects sold out in a few days; ironic considering its title, "Failure is an Option," which referred to Beckmann's realization that she had to ignore her anal instincts and take a few risks. "Hasten Slowly" is about Beckmann becoming more comfortable with the artistic process. "I can do a spreadsheet better and faster than anybody. But with art I've learned I have to just let it happen. I'm learning to be patient."

Bermudez Projects is at 117 W. 9th Street, Space 810, Los Angeles, California 90015. By appointment only. For more information visit

The mission of Julian Bermudez is to discover and cultivate emerging artists, inspire creativity and imagination, and promote the appreciation of art by presenting art outside museums and galleries.

Upcoming concerts from Live Nation week of March 28


On Sale Saturday March 31 at 10 AM:

The Global Warming Tour


With Special Guest: Cheap Trick

Hollywood Bowl

August 6

6th Area Performance Added By Demand!

On Sale Monday April 2 at 10 AM:


Honda Center

August 21

On Sale Saturday March 31 at 10 AM:

Unity Tour 2012


With Special Guest: Soja

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Friday -- August 24

2nd Night Added By Demand!

2nd Show On Sale Friday March 30 at 10 AM:
Maiden England World Tour


With Special Guest: Coheed & Cambria

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

August 9

Friday August 10 – Just Added!

On Sale Friday March 30 at 10 AM:




Gibson Amphitheatre

June 28

On Sale Saturday March 31 at 10 AM:


Gibson Amphitheatre

August 14

On Sale Friday March 30 at 1 PM:


Gibson Amphitheatre

June 24

On Sale Friday March 30 at 1 PM:


Gibson Amphitheatre

Saturday - May 12

On Sale Friday March 30 at 1 PM:


Gibson Amphitheatre

November 14

On Sale Friday March 30 at 10 AM:


Featuring: The Shadowboxers

The Wiltern

Saturday -- June 16

On Sale Friday March 30 at 10 AM:

89.9 KCRW Presents –


With Special Guests: Mystery Jets

The Orpheum Theatre

Friday - June 29

GO TO www.LIVENATION.COM for tickets, show information and more

Yahoo! Music launches Madonna VIP ticket contest

Only on Yahoo! Music, fans can enter to win exclusive VIP tickets to experience Madonna live and up close during her highly anticipated global tour. These “in the pit” tickets are for fans only and cannot be purchased; they can only be won on Yahoo! Music. Just upload a photo of yourself with the album cover from MDNA to the Flickr group below. Winners will be selected at random from all photos uploaded.

Additionally, now on Yahoo! Music is the much buzzed about, never before seen, exclusive video of Madonna singing Happy Birthday to Nicki Minaj, including a special moment between them during the “Gimme All Your Luvin” video shoot. You can view it here:

Return to Yahoo! Music for more exclusive content from Madonna as she prepares for her global tour. Madonna’s new album “MDNA” is scheduled to be released today, March 26th on Interscope Records.


WHAT: Enter on Flickr here:

Join this flickr group and after agreeing to the rules post a picture of yourself posed with Madonna’s new album cover from MDNA – which you can find on iTunes. Winners will be selected at random from all the photos uploaded. Winner may select a Madonna 2012 World Tour concert date/location from a pre-determined list of concerts. Click on the link to the official rules for more details.

WHEN: Contest begins Monday, March 26th and runs through April 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHERE: Only on Yahoo! Music
Upload your sweepstakes photos to:

'The Sun Came Out' DVD to be released

In 2001, New Zealand singer/ songwriter Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House), put together a multi-artist concert called 7 Worlds Collide. The live concert turned into an album collaboration with Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse), Phil Selway (Radiohead), Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House) & Lisa Germano. In 2009, Finn invited his friends back to New Zealand for three weeks to record a second album and perform in three concerts, with proceeds going to the international charity Oxfam, an aid organization that supports ending world poverty and injustice. On April 10, 2012, Cinema Libre Studio will release, on DVD and digital download, the inspiring, behind-the-scenes film, THE SUN CAME OUT, which documents the creative process 20 artist went through to produce 10 songs in just three weeks. The film also includes an exclusive release of the live 2001 7 World's Collide, The Sun Came Out concert featuring Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

THE SUN CAME OUT, directed by Simon Mark-Brown, is an amazing glimpse into the musical collaboration process between Neil Finn and the great musicians he assembled together for a special cause. Finn invited the 7 World’s Collide alumni, as well as, some more of music’s biggest names including; Don McGlashan, Bic Runga, Glenn Richards, KT Tunstall and Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche & Pat Sansone, and their families to his personal studio in Auckland, New Zealand for a three week recording session of original material contributed by everyone involved.

Some of the songs that were cultivated and performed during this three week journey are; “Reptile" by Lisa Germano, “Too Blue" by Johnny Marr & Jeff Tweedy, "Little by Little" by Sharon Finn & Neil Finn, "Girl, Make Your Own Mind Up" by Don McGlashan, "Black Silk Ribbon" by KT Tunstall & Bic Runga and many, many more.


In 2001 Neil Finn, lead singer and member of the popular band Crowded House, gathered together some of music’s most prolific artists for a charity concert. Included were, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead, Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coffin and Lisa Germano. They staged three amazing concerts under the moniker 7 Worlds Collide and it was a huge success.

Now seven years later, in New Zealand on the west coast of Auckland, Neil has done it again and this time he invited, KT Tunstall and Wilco to the line-up. In addition to the three concerts, they recorded an album of new songs -- in just three weeks. Go behind the scenes and watch as these amazing artists conceive, write, tweak, record and perform these songs. Experience their creative process and their camaraderie as they work together for a bigger purpose, to raise money for Oxfam.

THE SUN CAME OUT is an inspiring, very intimate look at some of the best musicians in the world gathering in a place of spectacular beauty to record all new songs with a strict time limit, no real plan but enough goodwill to do it all for charity.

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SRP: $19.95 TRT: 90 Minutes

Street Date: 4/10/12

UPC: 881394115125 Catalog: CLS 1151

Genre: Documentary/ Music


The 2001 7 Worlds Collide concert featuring Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Phil Selway, Ed O’Brien, Tim Finn & Lisa Germano

Wreck N Sow in Altadena March 31

Wreck N Sow, featuring Altadena natives Pierre and Andre Dupuy will play a special concert Saturday, March 31st at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena at 7:00 p.m. Wreck N Sow, a string quartet, has been presenting their version of country/western/bluegrass music to audiences throughout Southern California for over six years including shows at The Colorado Street Bridge Party, The Grand Ole Echo, The Sheriff Support Group’s Summer Concert Series and the inaugural Stagecoach Festival in 2007. Saturday will see them in a rare intimate setting, singing original songs and telling good stories and bad jokes. Tickets for the two hour show are $15 and are available through the Coffee Gallery and its website.

Rusko to tour in support of new album

Rusko’s new album, SONGS (Mad Decent/Downtown Records), which was released just yesterday, has already planted itself firmly at #1 on the iTunes Electronic chart in the USA, UK, Canada, France, Ireland and Holland! The eagerly anticipated follow up to his debut has been getting rave reviews across the globe from Rolling Stone US to the Guardian. At the center of the adventurous and exciting sound of SONGS is Rusko’s virtuosic ability to tackle and re-imagine a variety of genres. Lead single, “Somebody to Love”, has all the makings of an anthem with its instantly memorable chorus and a shape-shifting rhythm that is more infectious by the second. “Skanker” rockets you from Kingston to outer space with its 21st century take on dub and roots. “Dirty Sexy” is a sultry R&B track sure to make speakers pop worldwide. “Thunder” propels Hi-NRG to the future with an exhilarating melody that will leave you rapturous.

His debut, O.M.G.!, replete with his signature bone-rattling bass and anthemic melodies, was a critical and commercial hit that cemented him as one of the most exciting artists in modern dance music. His stream of massive singles includes “Woo Boost”, “Everyday”, “Hold On” which featured Amber from The Dirty Projectors, “Got Da Groove” which features Gucci Mane and “ Da Cali Anthem” which was the first dubstep track played on US radio. His live shows have been drawing rapturous crowds of thousands across the globe.

SONGSis a collection of masterful pop songs that will reach far beyond the dance floors. Rusko has created a body of work that encapsulates all the best elements of bass heavy music and infuses them with sublime melodies and a euphoric spirit.


Rusko Spring 2012 Tour

April 20 - 1st Bank Center (Denver, CO) #
April 21 - The Complex (Salt Lake City, UT) #
April 22 - The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV) #
April 24 - The Warfield (San Francisco, CA) #
April 26 - Roseland Theater (Portland, OR) #
April 27 - WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA) #
April 28 - PNE Forum (Vancouver, BC) #
April 29 - Edmonton Event Centre (Edmonton, AB) #
April 30 - Flames Central (Calgary, AB) #
May 3 - Myth (St. Paul, MN) #
May 4 - The Rave (Milwaukee, WI) #
May 5 - Congress Theater (Chicago, IL) #
May 6 - Royal Oak Music Hall (Royal Oak, MI) #
May 8 - Sound Academy (Toronto, ON) #
May 9 - Metropolis (Montreal, PQ) #
May 10 - House of Blues (Boston, MA) #
May 11 - Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ) #
May 12 - Festival Pier (Philadelphia, PA)
May 13 - Terminal 5 (NY, NY) *
May 14 - Ram’s Head Live (Baltimore, MD) *
May 16 - The Tabernacle (Atlanta, GA) *
May 17 - Hawaiian Village (Tampa, FL) *
May 18 - House of Blues (Orlando, FL) *
May 19 - The Fillmore (Miami, FL) *
May 21 - Sugar Mill (New Orleans, LA) *
May 22 - Stereo Live (Houston, TX) *
May 23 - Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX) *
May 25 - Austin Music Hall (Austin, TX) *
May 26 - Buchanans (El Paso, TX) *
May 27 - Sunshine Theater (Albuquerque, NM) *
May 28 - Marquee Theatre (Tempe, AZ) *
May 31 - 4th and B (San Diego, CA) *
June 1 - Palladium (LA, CA) *

# = with SIGMA as support
* = with REDLIGHT as support

Help Aidan's dad walk for Autism Speaks

Hello Friends,

A little over 8 years ago we received the news that we were going to have another child. Aydee and I were every excited with the news. It was about 6 years ago that we were told that our child Aidan had Autism-- and our lives have not been the same since. He is one of the greatest blessings in my life. He is truly a gift from God, sent to enliven our world, teach us patience, show us amazing affection, and most importantly-- teach us the meaning of unconditional love. I wouldn't trade a minute of it. Please consider helping us raise funds for Autism Speaks. They are really making a difference, both in making the public aware of this epidemic, and conducting research to help reduce and ultimately end this condition. I appreciate all you can do.

I thank you very much for the consideration.

Aidan's Dad

Support local music at Mr. T's Bowl Highland Park week of April 5

Thursday, April 5

"56" Presents

M. Geddes Gengras, Matthew David, Sun Araw and the Stones Throw DJs

Friday, April 6

Wicklow Atwater and the Fallen Flame and Friends!/waatff

Saturday, April 7

CENTRAL MUSIC with a Night of Jazz/Hip Hop...

Mr. T's Bowl - CALENDAR

The Tumbling Tumbleweeds in Culver City April 21

WMA Winning Group, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds of Sierra Madre, CA will be playing at Boulevard Music on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

The Tumbling Tumbleweeds, winners of the WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION 2011 TRADITIONAL WESTERN ALBUM BY A DUO OR GROUP AWARD for their album, Blaze Across the West will present an evening of Western Music at Boulevard Music in Culver City on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Band members, TUMBLEWEED ROB WOLFSKILL, BIG CADE PARENTI and CHRIS ACUFF will also be presenting their new member, Guitarist, DAVID ELSENBROICH the evening of April 21st in his debut performance at Boulevard Music along with regularly featured member, Bass player, SMOKIN’ DAN DUNGAN.

David Elsenbroich was hand selected by Tumbleweed Rob Wolfskill and made his debut with The Tumbling Tumbleweeds last month at the Coffee Gallery Backstage where he received a very warm welcome from the fans of The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. Among those in attendance were Marilyn Tuttle, Grande Dame of Western Music and Widow of Western Music Legend Wesley Tuttle, who had this to say of David, “David’s guitar is fantastic and he is a great addition to the group!”

The Tumbling Tumbleweeds live at the Boulevard Music, Saturday, April 21, 2012. 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Show Time is 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15.00. Call (310) 398-2583 for reservations. For more information go to or

Susan James in Pasadena April 21

Susan James
9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21
T. Boyle's Tavern
Out now! the new CD "Highways, Ghosts, Hearts & Home"

Chilly Gonzales to tour in support of upcoming album

The one & only Chilly Gonzales, everyone’s favorite musical genius, is about embark on a short US tour which sees him playing in several of his now-infamous Piano Talk Shows on the West Coast. He’s also promised a new album in 2012, Solo Piano II, so folks who catch one of these shows will get a preview of the new material.

Chilly Gonzales has had quite a decade as an accomplished pianist, producer, MC, entertainer and more. He holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest live piano performance (27 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds), and has produced influential albums from Feist to Peaches, on top of countless collaborations, with folks as diverse as Andrew W.K., A-Trak, Jamie Lidell, La Roux and Drake.

In 2010, Gonzales co-wrote, starred in, and scored the hilarious feature film Ivory Tower, which co-starred Peaches, Feist and Tiga and with a soundtrack by Boys Noize. The film will be getting an official VOD release through iTunes in April to coincide with his North America tour. Chilly will also be releasing his first live DVD, “The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales live with Orchestra” in April. More details on that coming soon!

Upcoming North American Tour Dates

4/06 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
4/07 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah (2 shows)
4/09 - Portland, OR - Alberta Rose Theater
4/10 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
4/11 - Vancouver BC – Rio Theatre
4/16 – Montreal – Rialto Theater
4/17 – Toronto - Glenn Gould Studio
4/18 - Cambridge, MA - Regatta Bar at Charles Hotel
4/20 - Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
4/21 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge &

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Brad Colerick's Wine & Song series lineup March 28-July

Brad Colerick's Wine & Song concert series

Fierfly Bistro
South Pasadena


Wednesday, Mar 28, 7pm – Mitch Grainger and Rosa Pullman w/ spcl ghosts
David Serby & Ed Tree

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm – Bill & Kate Isles and Melody Walker/Jacob Groopman

Wednesday, April 11, 7pm – I See Hawks In LA plus spc guest Rebecca Sullivan

Wednesday, April 18, 7pm – Marc Black and John Zipperer w/ spcl gst
Aireene Espiritu

Wednesday, April 25, 7pm – Kara Grainger and Carlos Guitarlos

Wednesday, May 2, 7pm – Julie Mintz and Karoline Hausted

Wednesday, May 9, 7pm – Smithfield Bargain

Wednesday, May 16, 7pm – Shane Alexander and Justine Bennett

Wednesday, May 23, 7pm - The Sweet Potatoes


Wednesday, June 13, 7pm – Amelia White

Wednesday, August 15, 7pm – Susie Glaze & Hilonesome

Dukes of September to tour

Following the fervent reception of their previous tour in summer/fall of 2010, GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are hitting the road again this summer as “The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.” To the delight of fans, the three hit-making artists will appear on stage, together as one band, to perform a show consisting of their signature mix of blue-eyed soul, rock, jazz and R&B. Rolling Stone has described the show as “a loose blast through the stars’ hits (‘Reelin’ in the Years,’ ‘Lowdown,’ ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’) and revved-up covers that had the crowd twisting in the aisles.”

The Dukes will launch their nationwide “Rhythm Revue” on June 20th in St. Louis, and will criss-cross the country throughout the summer, before wrapping on August 24th in Indianapolis. The tour will visit Los Angeles on June 28th with a Gibson Amphitheatre concert. Tickets for the L.A. show go on sale to the public on Friday, March 30th at 10 AM. They will be available at and, as well as at select Live Nation and Ticketmaster retail outlets, plus via Charge-By-Phone (800.745.3000).

With the revamped 2012 “The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue,” Fagen, McDonald and Scaggs are giving fans an unprecedented opportunity to hear them delve deep into their individual classic catalogs of music, along with selected hits and tributes to their influences. Back in 2010, The Las Vegas Review Journal raved, “When it came to the playlist, no guys are going to come up with a hipper mix tape for you than Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald,” while the Boston Herald described how “the Dukes raided the past, coming up with chestnuts from soul legends, rock ’n’ roll architects and hippie icons…It was great to see them embrace a set no one imagined they’d do in 1977.”

The Dukes have once again assembled a stellar band for the occasion, and will be accompanied by Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Shannon Forest (drums); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf and Jay Collins (horns); Jim Beard (organ); plus background singers Carolyn Leonhart and Catherine Russell.

“The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue” 2012 Tour

St. Louis, MO
Fox Theater

Aspen, CO
Benedict Music Tent

Las Vegas, NV
The Joint

San Diego, CA

Santa Rosa, CA
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Los Angeles, CA
The Gibson Amphitheater

San Jose, CA
Civic Auditorium

Oakland, CA

Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Bowl

Jacksonville, OR
Britt Pavilion

Woodenville, WA
Chateau Ste-Michele

Vancouver, BC

Denver, CO

Beaver Creek, CO
Vilar Performing Arts Venter

Tulsa, OK
Brady Theater

Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theater

Austin, TX
ACL Live at Moody Theater

Woodlands, TX
Woodlands Pavilion

San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theater

Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Orange Beach, AL
Amphitheater at The Wharf

Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckherd Hall

Hollywood, FL
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine Amphitheater

Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

New York, NY
Beacon Theater

New York, NY
Beacon Theater

Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theater

Atlantic City, NJ
Borgata Theater

Vienna, VA

Bethlehem, PA

Boston, MA
Wang Theatre

Canandaigua, NY

Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Cleveland, OH
Jacob's Pavilion

Toledo, OH

Detroit, MI
Pine Knob

Interlochen, MI
Kresge Auditorium

Milwaukee, WI
Riverside Theater

Highland Park, IL
Ravinia/ Ravinia Fest

Kettering, OH
Fraze Pavilion

Indianapolis, IN
Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

Grateful Dead on a movie screen near you April 19

This spring, Grateful Dead Second Annual Meet-Up At The Movies 2012 will take audiences on a flashback trip to the summer of ‘89 for a one-night in-theater concert event on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Recorded July 18, 1989, at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, this never-before-seen concert is directly from the Grateful Dead vault. This iconic concert, featuring Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Brent Mydland, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, was recorded the night after the Dead’s legendary Downhill from Here performance in East Troy, Wis. Dead Heads in attendance will experience the two-and-a-half hour concert in its entirety, including fan favorites, as well as a rare split of “Sugar Magnolia,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” and “Hey Jude Medley.” Before the start of the concert, movie theater audiences will also be treated to a slideshow of rare photos of the band by Jim Anderson and John Cantamessa, along with a previously unreleased live track recorded in Hartford, Conn. in July of 1974. Additionally, before the show time, Fathom will feature a handful of the top submissions from the recent Dead Covers Project, which encouraged fans to upload videos of their covers of Dead tracks to This is the second annual Grateful Dead fan meet-up following last year’s successful event, which sold out in several locations across the U.S.

Tickets for Grateful Dead Second Annual Meet-Up At The Movies 2012 are available at participating theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Presented by NCM Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment, Grateful Dead Second Annual Meet-Up At The Movies 2012 will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. NCM Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment also teamed up for the highly successful cinema presentation of The Grateful Dead Movie Event in April 2011.

“During this second annual Dead Head meet-up, fans can re-experience this never-before-released live performance recorded at one of the band’s favorite tour stops,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “This unique concert event in movie theaters will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Grateful Dead fans.”

1947project and Esotouric rediscover the Black Dahlia April 14

1947project rediscovers 1946 film of Beth Short's last walk in Downtown L.A.

WHAT: Time travel blog 1947project rediscovers the color b-roll footage shot
in downtown Los Angeles in 1946 for Rita Hayworth's "Down To Earth" and
newly posted by the Internet Archive. The route is identical to the steps
taken by Black Dahlia murder victim Beth Short from the Biltmore Hotel to
the last place she was seen alive.


RELATED TOUR: Esotouric's Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour rolls again on
Saturday, April 14, 12pm-4pm, and repeats on July 28. Tour departs from The
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 5th & Olive, L.A., tickets $58/person Info from , 323-223-2767

The history of downtown Los Angeles just got an injection of
energy with the discovery of a previous unknown eleven-minute, full-color
night b-roll clip, filmed from a moving car equipped with a spotlight,
created in May 1946 for the 1947 Rita Hayworth musical DOWN TO EARTH. The
clip was digitized and uploaded by the Internet Archive, the non-profit
public domain repository of cultural artifacts.

And 1947project, the time travel blog that spawned Esotouric's popular crime
bus tours through historic Los Angeles, is on the case, with a blog post
announcing the existence of the film clip, and putting it in context as an
artifact increasing the understanding of Beth Short, the notorious Black
Dahlia murder victim. Her killing remains unsolved, and is the subject of a
new, James Ellroy-presented exhibition at the Los Angeles Police Museum
( ). See the blog post at

Several times in the rediscovered film clip, the driver follows the exact
path that Beth Short took on January 9, 1947, when she left the Biltmore
Hotel (the second-to-last place she was seen alive, time-stamp 2:22), walked
south on Olive Street passing United Airlines and Western Airlines offices
(time-stamp 2:33-2:36), Clifton's Pacific Seas Cafeteria (demolished 1960,
time-stamp 4:57), The Oviatt Building (time-stamp 6:59) and the Los Angeles
Athletic Club (Pelta Furs shop, time-stamp 5:08), then turning east on
Eighth Street, where she entered the Crown Grill bar on the corner
(time-stamp 5:26 and 5:34), and vanished. Six days later, her bisected
corpse would be discovered in a vacant lot in Leimert Park.

FUN FACT #1: The driver takes a route that is now impossible to replicate,
due to Olive becoming a one way street during 1960s redevelopment.

FUN FACT #2: Eerily, the long-closed Crown Grill's stylized logo, prominent
above the door on both sides of the building, more like a human skull than a
crown (see screen grab below):

FUN FACT #3: Journalists won't want to miss the stunning image of the
fully-stocked newsstand (time-stamp 3:47) advertising TRUE STORY and LIBERTY

The film clip, which goes on to provide a stunning view of the Broadway
theater district-- including marquees announcing Rita Hayworth in GILDA,
Howard Hughes' production of THE OUTLAW and Nat "King" Cole live--reveals
the vibrant, neon-drenched and populated post-war downtown scene that was
the backdrop for Beth Short's disappearance. Anyone with a passion for
vintage cars, classic fashion, historic signage, architectural, true crime
and film history will be captivated by this lost piece of Los Angeles found.

Someone has posted the complete 1947 film DOWN TO EARTH to YouTube,
revealing how this b-roll footage was used. At the time-stamped link below,
Rita Hayworth's cab is passing the Crown Grill, the last place Beth Short
was seen alive. Over Hayworth's shoulder, very briefly, are seen signs for
two surviving businesses, the Bristol Hotel and Golden Gopher bar.

To learn more about 1946 Los Angeles, climb aboard Esotouric's crime bus for
their most popular tour, THE REAL BLACK DAHLIA on April 14 (repeating July
28). The 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 of who-done-it 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.

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 April 7 - Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles (weekend pass available)
Sun April 8 ­ John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend pass available)
Sat April 14 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat April 21 - Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A.
Sun April 22 - FREE! Open House at the historic Stendahl Galleries (info at
Sat April 28 - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release
Mon April 30- The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank featuring John Buntin (info at
Sat May 19 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sun May 20 ­ Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat June 2 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sun June 3 - Crime lab seminar: The Killer Behind the Camera (info at
Sat June 9 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
Sat June 16 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat June 23 - Weird West Adams
Sat July 14 - Pasadena Confidential (weekend pass available)
Sun July 15 - Eastside Babylon (weekend pass available)
Sat July 28 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat August 4 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66 (weekend pass
Sun August 5 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA (weekend pass
Sat August 11 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat August 18 - Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles
Sat August 25 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Boyle Heights & The San
Gabriel Valley

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