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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 →
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).
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.
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.
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?
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?
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:
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!
“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!
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.
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.
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
Do you remember the movie Airplane?
Remember the two gentlemen who spoke “Jive?” Remember the subtitles at the bottom that translated what they were saying? Remember whenever one of them would say a certain word, the subtitle always translated it as “Golly?”
It’s in this spirit I would like to remind you, one and all, that The Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ to Trifle With!
(And if you haven’t seen Airplane, get your golly together and watch the trifling thing.)
In Any Case, I’m giving away Tickets to see The Wu on Saturday, Jan 21st! Wanna Go?
Email your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal Driver’s Licence or State ID card to email@example.com
Winners will be notified and will show said ID at the Will Call booth the night of the show to claim tickets. Protect your neck.
Wu-Tang Featuring All Original Members: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa
Saturday January 21, 2012
Los Angeles, California
Show time: 9:00pm
Door time: 8:00pm
Age: All Ages+
Step to the Wu.