Friday, May 31, 2013

End o' week musings

What a busy week!! But I digress.

The weekend was a much-needed change after weekends and weekends of Renaissance Faire. My friend Dean and I put the top down on my car and cruised Pacific Coast Highway down to Ventura for an afternoon of thrift store junkin'. We didn't buy too much stuff, but we did find a few "treasures."  I found two brand new patterns for my sewing. This time, normal stuff instead of costume and fairly simple.

We took a break at the Busy Bee Diner for lunch in downtown Ventura. The '50s theme was fun and there was a real soda fountain. The food was good too. I had chicken and dumplings and it was very satisfying.

The rest of my weekend was slow and quiet. I even found time to take a nap and get ahead on some of my writing.

Wednesday was a red letter day, as I came in to my office early to prepare for a phone interview with Bill Cosby and there was a message on my phone already. Cosby had called to ask me to phone him earlier than our scheduled time and ended his voicemail with "This message is approved by-- me!" Too cute.  We had a very nice chat. I felt as if I had spoken with my grandfather, yes, Cosby's that warm and friendly.  He'll be in Cerritos for a show later this month.

Continuing my Wednesday excitement was my interview with Stephan Jacobs, a producer and artist in the electronica dance music genre. He has his own style and is super professional, yet still very friendly and forthcoming. I really enjoyed hearing his thoughts on his music career. Jacobs will be on the new electronica stage on the Vans Warped Tour.

Yesterday I was sent on assignment to Knott's Berry Farm to cover the opening of its new Boardwalk rides. There are three now, all very typical of pleasure pier attractions, yet with their own takes. The log ride is also slated to open with its new decor, but it wasn't quite ready so I didn't get a peek.

Looking for something to do this week?  Check out my new online column:

And whether you are going to one of the Bjork concerts or just curious about her, here's my story

You can also check back at for my stories on Alice Cooper, Marina V and more, slated to be posted today.

I have lots of interviews and lots of fun coming up over the next week. But tomorrow is the big day for me with two gigs with my band SaberSong. We perform a range of music, from traditional Elizabethan tunes to Native American flute songs and bellydance rhythms, accompanied by my dancing with swords, veils and more! 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life/Make Music Pasadena
4 p.m. Saturday, June 1.
Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre, Pasadena


Colonnade Art Gallery and Studio exhibit opening reception
5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 1, SaberSong performs 7-8 p.m.
2421 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

In rotation this week:  Bjork, Hula Monsters, Patti Austin and Stephan Jacobs.

Photos we got 'em: I haven't had my peepers out for good pics this week, so I'm sharing one marvelous one-- a closeup of a cicada at Montecello taken by my friend and band mate Joanne Wilborn.

Thought o' the week: Don't stress.  As you can tell I'm almost overwhelmed by all the things I need to do and have been doing and so on. It's a tad crazy at work and I've been really exhausted as each day ends. What keeps me sane is being very organized and reminding myself to take time to goof off and relax.

Yesterday I was out on assignment all day, then rushed home to write my story so I could have it to my editor this morning. I had more in mind to do, including a sewing project for myself, but I decided I was too tired to do things well and needed to take a break. So instead, I relaxed and watched some television and then fell asleep before 10 p.m. I woke up feeling much better.

Yes, I still have lots to do, but I'm checking my calendar and my priorities (like laundry) and deciding what I can do without and what must be done (laundry) and by when. Getting worked up over everything is not going to make anything get done faster nor easier. Deep breath, what will matter five years from now?, relax...  Plan some fun time in your life to reward yourself for hard work well done. Don't stress and

Keep on rockin'

Robert Merrell Gage sculpting event in LA June 8

Robert Merrell Gage:  Sculpting Los Angeles and Lincoln
A California Art Club Educational Program

Lecture and Screening of the 1955 Academy Award for Best Short Focuses on Gage's Life and Work, 
Which Included Numerous Likenesses of Lincoln and Monumental Sculptures in Los Angeles 


Event:                         Robert Merrell Gage:  Sculpting Los Angeles and Lincoln

Robert Merrell Gage, a professor of sculpture at USC and the 13th President of the California 
                                      Art Club, sculpted the likeness of Lincoln in many stages of the president’s life, and this work 
                                      was spotlighted in "The Face of Lincoln", winner of the 1955 Academy Award for Best Short 
                                      Film. Following a screening of the documentary, Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum, 
                                      will discuss Gage’s life and works, with an emphasis on his monumental sculptures in the 
                                      Los Angeles area. 

                                     Gage, who served on the 1936 sculpture commission for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, sculpted:

                                     • Los Angeles Times Building - First Street facade
                                     • Edison Building (now One Bunker Hill) - limestone bas relief panels
                                     • Electric Fountain in Beverly Hills (Wilshire at Santa Monica)
                                     • Bust of Lincoln - 110 Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

                                     This event is an educational program of the Club's 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried 
                                     Exhibition, on view from June 2 to 23 at the USC Fisher Museum of Art

Tickets:                      $10 for members and $15 for non-members. 
                                     Reservations are suggested, as space is limited. (626) 583-9009.

Location:                   USC Fisher Museum of Art
                                     Gin Wong Auditorium
                                     823 Exposition Blvd.
                                     Los Angeles, CA 90089

Date and Time:          Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Information:              (626) 583-9009 or
                                      More information on the program can be found at:

Upcoming Goldenvoice concerts week of May 31

The Echo & Goldenvoice present
Iggy Azalea
June 24th / The Echoplex / Doors: 8:30pm / GA $21 adv, GA $23 dos / on sale now
On Sale Friday!

Goldenvoice & KCRW present
Chico Mann
July 11th / Los Globos / Doors: 8pm / $15 / 21+ / on sale 5/31 @ 10am

DJ Quik & Suga Free
July 20th / Fox Theater Pomona / Doors: 8pm / GA $35 adv, GA $40 dos, LOGE $45 / on sale 5/31 @ 10am
The Naked and Famous
October 26th / Fox Theater Pomona / Doors: 8pm / GA $25 adv, GA $28 dos, LOGE $35 / on sale 5/31 @ 10am

On Sale Saturday!

Casey Veggies & Travi$ Scott
July 14th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / GA $23 adv, GA $26 dos / on sale 6/1 @ 10am
Hockey and Saint Motel with Swimm
July 26th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $19 / on sale 6/1 @ 10am
Best Coast with Bleached and The Lovely Bad Things
August 18th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25 / on sale 6/1 @ 10am
October 10th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $30 / on sale 6/1 @ 10am
Added Support
Fear with The Shrine
May 30th / El Rey Theatre / Doors: 8pm / GA $20 adv, GA $22 dos  / on sale now

Mindless Behavior with special guests OMG Girls, Coco Jones and Young Marqus
July 6th / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / Doors: 6:00pm / $39.50, $49.50 /on sale now

Caravan Palace with Red Light District 
July 17th / Fonda Theatre / Doors: 8pm / $25  / on sale now

Peter Hook & The Light with Slaves of Venus
September 21st / Fonda Theatre / $23.50 / Doors: 8pm / on sale now


An Evening with Tabatha Coffey 
June 8th / Club Nokia / refunds available at point of purchase 

Iron Maidens in Tarzana June 1

SaturdayJune 1, 2013
       6101 Reseda Blvd
       Tarzana, CA 91335
           818 342 1563            
For more info please visit:

Mumford & Sons camping and event info for June 2

  Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winners Mumford & Sons will return to the Southland this Sunday for a Gentlemen of the Road festival event, a special stop on their highly-anticipated Telluride to Calgary Summer Stampede tour. Michael Kiwanuka, Eels and Mystery Jets will join them as special guests.  Plus, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic host and musical director Jason Bentley will spin a post-show DJ set to cap off the day’s festivities.      

Given the large fan turnout anticipated, venue and county officials strongly urge fans to take note of the following information:

-       Since this is a General Admission show, arrive early for the best opportunity to get a great viewing spot!  Doors will open at 3pm.  Detailed set times are listed below.  

-       In light of the high attendance expected for this event, fans must plan on getting on the road and arriving at the venue earlyso as not to miss any of the show.

-       Fans should plan their route to the venue in advance and are encouraged to check traffic patterns before heading out to the show.  Go to:  

-       Please take note of directional signage and freeway message boards

Early arriving fans can also enjoy a wide variety of food trucks -- including The Tailgate Truck, Tornado Potato, Smuck Truck, Hang 10 Tacos, Green On Wheels, Spudrunners and many more --  as well as craft vendors selling goods, carnival game booths and other festival elements located throughout the amphitheater grounds.  Restrooms will be available at various locations immediately outside the venue prior to doors. 

Fans can bring blankets, picnic baskets, soft sided coolers and factory-sealed non-alcoholic beverages (no glass, please – 20 oz or less) into the venue.  Carrying in alcohol, however, will not be permitted.

For fans looking to get fully in the festival spirit and have a more immersive experience, camping passes are available for this event!  Beat the rush and get a better spot!  Camp check-in opens Saturday, June 1st at 3pm and campers are welcome to stay until Monday, June 3rd at 12 noon. 
Campers can relax with friends before, during and after the show, enjoying the adjacent waterslide, aquatic center, fishing in the park, nature walks, nearby golf course and beautiful surrounding parkland.  Saturday night we will be screening Mumford & Sons' Big Easy Express film and more!  Campers will also have special access to the venue.  The camp will also feature a general store where fans can purchase a wide variety of soft drinks, snacks and ice, as well as some little festival necessities such as sunscreen and basic toiletries.

For more information about the camping experience call 909.880.6500.  Purchase camping passes now from  Come out early for a weekend of fun at Glen Helen Regional Park!

Camping FAQ:

-       A ticket to the concert (or your receipt if you are picking up from will call) is required to enter camp
-       Two kinds of camping opportunities are available:  Car camping and RV camping.
-       Car camping spots are 30’x15’ and have room enough for your car and one tent.
-       RV spots can accommodate up to 42’ RVs.  Hookups are not available.
-       Two-day camping pass: $100 (car/truck) and $175 (RV)
-       One-day camping pass:  $65 (car/truck) and $125 (RV)
-       Quiet time will be enforced from 2am-8am each night.
-       Underage use or possession of alcohol will not be tolerated.
-       No illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
-       No firearms or weapons of any kind.
-       No fireworks, open fires, or charcoal grills. Propane grills are allowed.
-       No large parties, kegs or binge drinking devices.
-       Unauthorized vending of food or merchandise, including alcohol, is prohibited.
-       Please obey all posted "No Trespassing" signs.
-       Violation of any campground rule or policy may also lead to fines.
-       A fishing license is required to fish – they are available on site for purchase or you can get them in advance.
-       Restrooms and showers for men and women will be available in the campground
-       For more information, please call 909.880.6500

Camping Suggestions - What should I bring with me?
-       A tent (you'd be surprised!)
-       Clothing for all temperatures - the nights can be chilly.
-       Sunscreen/sunblock.
-       Fans can bring their own food and drink for the campground, although we do have some great food trucks and beverage stations
-       Non-amplified (acoustic) musical instruments
-       Your happy smiley face ready to have some fun.
Directions to San Manuel Amphitheater: The venue is located just north of Ontario Airport, easily accessible by both the 215 and 15 freeways --

From Los Angeles: Take the 10 Fwy or 210 Fwy East.  Take the 15 Fwy North. Go ten miles, then follow signs to San Manuel Amphitheater. 

From Orange County: 
Take the 91 Fwy East to the 15 North. After you pass the 10 Fwy, go ten miles, then follow signs to the San Manuel Amphitheater. 
From Riverside: 
Take the 15 North. After you pass the 10 Fwy, you will go about ten miles, then follow the exit signs to San Manuel Amphitheater. 

From San Bernardino: 
Take the 215 North. Follow the exit signs to San Manuel Amphitheater in the City of Devore.




Arrive Early: Parking lots open at 10am.  Box office will open at 10am.  Doors open at3pm.

Set Times:
            Mystery Jets  5:00pm
Eels - 5:45pm
Michael Kiwanuka - 6:45pm
Mumford & Sons- 8:00pm
Jason Bentley (DJ Set) – 10:00pm

Parking: General parking & Preferred parking available from all entrances.  Follow signs for directions. 

Carpool (minimum 4 per car suggested)  Fewer cars on the road = less congestion and pollution.  Making a better experience for everyone.

Camping passes available!  For more information call 909.880.6500

Blankets, picnic baskets, soft sided coolers & factory-sealed non-alcoholic beverages permitted (no glass, please – 20 oz or less)

ADA-Accessible Viewing Areas Available

Venue Map  For a map of San Manuel Amphitheater and surrounding roads, go to:

For More Event Details go to