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Help the Xylovan make it to the next level

9:00 am in Entertainment, Music by frazgo

What’s the Xylovan?  Its an amazing community music machine.  Its about a personal expression shared with all.  It first made its appearance at Burning Man a few years back.  Its since made appearrances at the decompressions at Joshua Tree and here in L.A.  Its fun.

It needs our help for the family that owns the Xylovan to make some much needed repairs and push it to the next level.  Whats that…a roving ball room repleat with LED lights and such.

To Help you can contribute to them HERE at Indiegogo where they have a crowd sourcing campain in place.  And its not all fun and games, there are prizes, tokens of appreciation for donors based on your level of donation.

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$10 LA Phil tickets available in celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall’s 10th Anniversary

12:00 pm in Downtown, Music by Blogging.LAnews

To celebrate Walt Disney Concert Hall’s 10th Anniversary, the LA Phil is making $10 tickets available for select concerts. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Box Office. (there is a per-ticket fee for all online sales). Two ticket limit per household.

The following performances will have a limited number of $10 seats made available to the public:

$10 Tickets available for the following concerts:

Gordon, Riley & Adams, Apr 11 2014

Gordon, Riley & Adams, Apr 12 2014

Gordon, Riley & Adams, Apr 13 2014

MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Glass’ the CIVIL warS, Apr 17 2014

MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: An Evening of Andriessen, Apr 18 2014

MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Glass’ the CIVIL warS, Apr 19 2014

Denève & Shaham, Apr 24 2014

Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era, Apr 26 2014

Buy tickets here

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626 Represented

10:21 am in Entertainment, Music, San Gabriel Valley by frazgo

Nicely done, it’s my ‘hood.  And it ‘s coming  time for 626 Night Market in about 6 months.

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American Sabor: Latin flavor in American Music and an LA focus

9:15 am in Art, East Side, Education, Entertainment, History, LA, Movies, Music, People, Social issues, Which Side? by frazgo

American Sabor opens on Saturday Nov 16th at Cal State  University LA with a huge open house.  Its an exhibit on loan to CSULA until February 6 2014.  The Exhibit is here are part of a grant from Ford Motor Company.  The exhibit left me speechless.  Yes, I knew some of the famous names, but I never knew until touring this exhibit the depth that Latin Music, its flavor or sabor has influenced all of American Music.

More importantly this exhibit has a  portion dedicated solely to the contributions of Angelenos, specifically East LA in the 1990s.  That will be part of the permanent collection at CSULA when the Smithsonian moves on loan to its next city.  Famous Angelenos starting with Desi Arnaz and flash forward to  Black Eyed Peas I was amazed, outright blown away with the influence Latin music has had on pop music, hip hop, jazz and other genres.  Other artists of note that are showcased in the exhibit are Alice Bag, Los Lobos, Los Illegals, and Quetzal. Read the rest of this entry →

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The French Concert in Sierra Madre Sunday 10/6

3:01 pm in Entertainment, Events, Music, San Gabriel Valley by frazgo

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Poster for The French Concert

Consistently voted one of the best community theaters in all of Los Angeles, the Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting “The French Concert”.   This is a joint effort with the Colbert School of Music in Los Angeles.

They will even have a liquor license for the event and you will be able to enjoy some great wine during intermission.

You can get your tickets online and I would suggest buying early as this small, intimate venue could well sell out.  You can order online HERE.

DEETS: Sunday October 6, 2013 7 PM.  Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA MAP HERE  Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors, and $10 for students(to age 21).

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Paint Nite at Monrovia’s Paint n Play Saturday 8/31

8:40 am in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music, People, San Gabriel Valley by frazgo

Paint Night Poster - click to embiggen

This promises to be a really fun event.  Its being taught by one of my favorite artists/sculptors Rick Kess. I love his work and this class he will teach you the basics of composition and painting while you enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music.  Should be a ton of fun.

Its not free, the cost s $45 and includes the materials and lesson.  Rick will make the class fun and educational at the same time.  The proceeds from this event sponsored by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will go to fund their numerous projects that bring art to the community.

Arrive early and you can also take in all the great art presented by local artists at the last Summer Art Walk that will take place on Myrtle Avenue that night.

Deets: Saturday 8/31 7:30PM.  Paint N Play Art Studio, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE  626-256-4848 for Reservations.

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Irish Fair and Music Festival at Fairplex this weekend.

7:40 am in Entertainment, Events, Music, Shopping by frazgo

With St Patty’s right around the corner its time for the annual Irish Fair and Music Festival at the Pomona Fairplex.  The event includes food, bands, storytellers, dancers, variety (whatever that is) and demonstrations.  The Irish Fair runs March 9 & 10th 2013, 10AM – 6PM.

This isn’t free and a complete breakdown of the admission for the event can be found on their web site HERE.  You can purchase tickets HERE.

All the details about the Festival that you could ever want are on their site HERE.  Just in case you don’t know how to make out to the nether regions of L.A for the event the MAP IS HERE.

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I love L.A. updated for the new century

7:54 am in Entertainment, Events, Music by frazgo

Hat tip to Anika aka faboomama who tweeted this link just a few minutes ago.  Its “I love LA” updated for the new century.  Worth the view while you wait for our Shuttle viewing as the Endeavor flies over L.A later this morning.

Speaking of the fly-over I’ve to a super secret spot near JPL that I will be watching it from.  Our own Will Campbell is working his way by bike and hike to the Hollywood sign for his viewing.  Where will you be viewing it from?

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Was this YouTube video worth being fired over? I think not.

9:21 am in Entertainment, Music, People, San Gabriel Valley by frazgo

I’ve watched this story unfold for a few days now and finally got my hands on the video.  Short version is that the off duty lifegaurds at the public pool in El Monte thought it would be fun to make a parody video of “Gangnum Style”.  It was done pretty tastefully as you can see and it doesn’t include any indication it was shot in El Monte let alone at their public pool.

The city powers that be saw it and fired them for misuse of the pool for personal gain. The pool manager was even fired and he didn’t appear in the video.   All done without warning.

They have a facebook page up.  Change.org  is rumored to have a petition going (I can’t find it though) . Even one of the city council members thinks there should be an investigation and that the firings were done too fast.

What say you on the firings?  Should they get their jobs back?

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Back To The Future: The Turtles @ Grand Park

7:16 am in Downtown, Entertainment, Events, Music by Will Campbell

In retro-honor of Wednesday’s opening of the first segment of the long-awaited Grand Park, which will eventually span a 12-acre corridor between City Hall and the Music Center, let’s go back 47 years earlier to November 1965 with The Turtles singing “You Baby” at the west end then of what’s now this latest addition to downtown’s renaissance. Dick Clark, take it away:

(h/t LAObserved)

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Taking Back Happy Hour

7:12 am in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Music by Will Campbell

As someone who would like to make it illegal to call a bartender a “mixologist,” the genius crew who embedded “It’s Gettin’ Real In The Whole Foods Parking Lot” into my own personal lexicon, have turned their laser sights on and taken dead aim to marvelous effect at the increasingly pretentious side of the cocktail biz. Drink it up!

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Say Hello To Tickets To Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour At The Hollywood Bowl June 24

7:56 am in Entertainment, Events, Hollywood, Music by Will Campbell

“Are you related to Glen Campbell?” I got that question on a pretty regular basis from classmates first in elementary school and then again (to really date myself) for a second wave in junior high when “Rhinestone Cowboy” was all over the airwaves and atop the charts. I used to deny it, but when I got tired of fending off their disbelief at the truth I’d just shrug and tell ‘em “Yeah. He’s my dad.”

Growing up without a father, there was a part of me that wished he was.

“Really!? What’s he like?” And I’d tell ‘em that I don’t get to see him as much as I want — which as a fan of his music for as long as I could remember wasn’t a total lie.

Well, thanks to Filter magazine, a lucky Blogging.la reader and a guest will get to see Glen Campbell at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Sunday night in what will most certainly be a poignant night of both revelry and retrospect. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year, this stop of Campbell’s Goodbye Tour will be his final Los Angeles performance as he winds down his storied and award-winning career as a singer/songwriter who produced unforgettable hits such as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Southern Nights,” and many others. Scheduled to be on hand to tip their hats to this true icon of American music include Dawes, Jackson Brown, Kris Kristofferson, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor, and Lucinda Williams.

The first half of the concert will begin with California-based roots rock band Dawes, joined by those other special guests performing original songs as well as selections from Campbell’s repertoire that have been of special influence. The concert will close with Campbell performing his most memorable hits as well as selections from his newly released and highly acclaimed album “Ghost On The Canvas” (title track after the jump).

For your chance at a pair of tickets enter your name and email address in the comments. I’ll randomly pick a winner Wednesday at 2 p.m. and contact that entrant for their name and phone number that I’ll forward on to Filter who’ll then contact you with info on how to pick up the tickets. Good luck!

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Cinco de Mayo starts early in my corner of L.A.

8:42 am in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal by frazgo

Monrovia does things a little different.  In this case we turn Cinco de Mayo into a big street fair that is family friendly and hold it before the actual day.  We’ll be doing it Sunday April 29th to be precise.  The event is full of activities for kids, music and art featuring local artists.  It will even include a food drive for the Foothill Unity Center so bring a non perishable canned goods you can donate while you are there.

Details: Sunday April 29, Noon-9PM, Coloradao and Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA WEB SITE  MAP HERE

 

 

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Vox Femina LA Ticket Giveaway: St. Paddy’s Day Special

10:00 am in Entertainment, Holidays, LA, Music by Chris Corning

LA may not be the first city you think of when it comes to Irish-Catholic heritage, but that doesn’t mean there are no Angelenos interested in celebrating the man who single-handedly drove snakes from the Emerald Isle. Vox Femina LA, a women’s choral ensemble “dedicated to the performance of quality choral literature from a world perspective with an emphasis on music by women composers,” is celebrating St Pat’s day in style with music inspired by some old playwright from England. Here’s some info from the press release:

Vox Femina Los Angeles, the almost 40-member women’s choral ensemble, continues its 15th anniversary season with From Shakespeare to Shamrocks, a spring concert celebration that brings the English and Irish together in song on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2012 at the Zipper Concert Hall in the Colburn School of Music in Downtown LA.

In this bi-cultural evening, Vox Femina will unite classic Shakespeare sonnets with authentic Irish music sung in Gaelic. From classical works to folk songs, traditions new and old from England, Scotland and Ireland will be celebrated at the event.

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Video Of The Day: I’m On A Motherf—king Bike!

8:05 am in Entertainment, Music by Will Campbell

This foul-mouthed NSFW-ALNWH* video by Sons of Science was brought to my attention by SFist via the fine folks at LAist. The clip may be situated in San Francisco, but its message is universally hilarious — at least to those of us on bikes who can laugh at such all-too-recognizable stereotypes:

Check out this spot-on verse:

Sharing my aggression is what that I do
Every day I’m riding the ‘Tour de Fuck You’
Banging on hoods and kicking in fenders
a right-of-way-aholic on a permanent bender

*At Least Not Without Headphones

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