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OK, having gotten no complaints, I post the first update to the PFMS since I abruptly jumped over from LJ. Comments, suggestions, feel free - this is pretty much a quote of their mailing with excess formatting deleted. These presentations are usually at Cal Tech in Pasadena, CA; as you can see they've got interests in other stuff too. Usually well worth it if you can make it to a performance. (Also Broceliande will be down June 3..)
Here's an early heads-up about our next show, which will feature Ben Miller, master of the Scottish border pipes, and Anita MacDonald, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada) on Saturday, May 13 in Beckman Institute Auditorium at 8:00 PM. Ben and Anita joined forces in the last couple of years, and their debut recording, A Day at the Lake, is getting lots of attention. They are tremendous instrumentalists and they do a bit of singing too. They will be joined in this show by Zakk Cormier on guitar and maybe a bit of foot percussion as well. Anita just might do a little dancing. You can get a good introduction to them in this 4 and one half minute introductory video, where you will get a very good idea of who they are and what they do. We highly recommend watching!
Radio Station 101.5 in Nova Scotia (known as "The Hawk") described them this way: "Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That's the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy." We think you will like them a lot, and we're excited about presenting them in our series.
Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spaulding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance. And you can buy stamps or do Postal business while you are there!
In case you missed the announcement about the postponement of the Alan Reid and Rob van Sante concert, originally scheduled for April 29, be aware that we are trying to arrange to have them in 2018. Both were formerly associated with the Battlefield Band and we hope to have them back. Upcoming shows are Brocelïande on Saturday, June 3, and then we will be having Jim Kweskin on Saturday, June 17, probably with one or more accompanying musicians. We're still working on updating our web page, but you also can look forward to The Collective on July 8, Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk on August 12, Low Lilly on October 7, Susan McKeown on October 28, The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble on November 11, and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands on December 9. There's lots more being worked out in 2018, beginning with Jim Malcolm on January 27 and including Bryan Bowers on May 12 and much, much more. Our web site is www.pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org
Those who remember Roz Larman of FolkScene on KPFK radio (90.7 FM) are invited to a birthday celebration and memorial for her (she passed away October 10, 2016) this coming Monday, April 17 (Roz's birthday!) between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM at the South Pasadena Public Library's Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street in South Pasadena. The public is invited, though seating is limited. Join us in reflecting on the great effect Roz and her husband, Howard, had in introducing so many of us to the rich variety of folk music and her support of live venues such as our our own. Roz and her late husband had a great effect on inspiring this series and introducing us to so many fine performers over the years. It would probably be a good idea to arrive a bit early, and parking is mostly on the surrounding streets. Contact Allen Larman if you have any questions- (323) 204-7072.
Incidentally, FolkScene continues on Sunday nights, 6-8 PM on Sunday nights with Roz's son, Allen, his wife, Kat Griffin, along with Peter Cutler and Deborah Hand-Cutler. You can hear Kat's interview with Rose Cousins, along with some good recordings from last Sunday's show in the KPFK Archives, April 10, 6-8 PM. The concert/interview begins about 45 minutes into the show. Especially don't miss the segment where she switches to piano.
The music festival season is about to begin, and we'll be telling you about some of them soon. The Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita is coming right up next weekend, April 19-23, and features an impressive line-up of Western musicians and poets.
Also next weekend is the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, TC Boyle, Thomas McGuane, Steve Lopez, and many others. There is always a wide range of topics and discussion about writing, and, of course, plenty of books to look at and buy. The Festival is a great summit meeting on ideas and the art of writing. The event is free, has lots to offer for children, and is easy to get to on the the trains and the Union Station shuttle.
The Conscientious Projector series offers a number of short films tonight, Thursday, April 13 about some underlying issues of the new Trump presidency. The program will be 7:00 PM at Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave in Pasadena. The subjects include Steve Bannon and the alt-right, support from Christian Right, the rise of son-in-law Jared Kushner within the Trump inner circle, budget priorities, the Putin/Russia connection, the climate crisis, immigration, and the Muslim ban. As always, the program is free, and a discussion will be held after the screenings.
A couple of weeks ago, we heard Caltech professor of chemistry, Nate Lewis speak eloquently about the the enormous challenge of climate change and some of his own efforts to solve the problems of developing and storing clean energy. You can hear a similar talk that he gave earlier this year here.
April promises to be an active month for political and social expression in Los Angeles. The Tax March (11AM-2PM) beginning at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles will be held this Saturday, April 15. The Los Angeles March for Science (9AM-4PM) will be next weekend on Earth Day, April 22, beginning at Pershing Square. There will also be the Los Angeles People's Climate Movement (11AM-4PM) at Banning Park in Wilmington, near the Tesoro refinery on Saturday, April 29.