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June is here and this is a last reminder about our next show in just 2 days, featuring Brocelïande, Saturday, June 3 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.)   Brocelïande has performed throughout the West Coast since 1999, at festivals, concert series, and a cameo in the movie Bedtime Stories. Their delight is, through evocative and sometimes obscure historical means, to uplift the audience and provide a sonic sanctuary for all. They specialize in seasonal fare and the music of J.R.R. Tolkien, honoring the elements of Nature and celebrating the human experience. They have recorded 7 CDs, most recently Make We Merry, their second Winter album. Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine says of them “These people are good. Each is a master of the various instruments they play, and their arrangements are intricate, exciting, exceptional music … their vocal harmonies are exquisite.”  Listen to Rossignolet du Bois and Galadriel's Lament to get a good idea of what to expect.  You won’t want to miss this all-too-rare Southern California appearance by Brocelïande.  [Second the motion - I'm going! KS!]

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 until the end of today, Thursday June 1.  There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office in person 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 Spalding 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.

Everything is now set up for buying tickets to our next show, Jim Kweskin and Friends (Benny Brydern on fiddle and Marquis Howell on upright bass) on Saturday, June 17 at 8PM in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.)  We'll tell you more about him next time, but in a nutshell, this concert will feature some great old songs, tasty guitar and vocals by a master, and it will be a lot of fun for all.  Sample him doing Blues in the Bottle along with an expanded band on a Prairie Home Companion show a few years ago.  Again, tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children.   If you order tickets on the phone for both shows at the same time, you pay only one service charge.  You can buy online tickets for this show here until June 15. 

After meeting a lot of folks at the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest, we have a lot of people new to our mailing list, and we want to just mention that along with the great music at our shows, you have the opportunity to enjoy the great baking of Marguerite, and sometimes Nancy, along with Rex's brownies, coffee, a host of hot teas, hot cider in cool weather, and water!  We ask for a donation to help pay the various costs for ingredients, plus postage and other various costs for putting on the shows.  All we ask is that you not bring the food or drinks (except bottles with caps and cups with lids) into the auditorium.  Come check this out before the show and at intermission! 

A few events are happening locally this weekend.  The Monrovia Music Fest (free) is Sunday, June 4 from noon to 7PM in Library Park at 321 South Myrtle in Monrovia.  We mentioned last week the free show from the Briton Ensemble  in Altadena at 6PM in Altadena, and the Open Studios Altadena/Pasadena on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 & 4.  See below:

We've been telling you the last few years about the free Christmas concerts that the Briton Ensemble does in Altadena each December.  They also do a spring concert, and that will be Sunday, June 4 with the doors opening at 5:30PM.  There will be piano music until 6PM, then  this fine ensemble will perform.  They are a fine and colorful group of 18 or so singing men and women who perform at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire every year.  Sample Springtime Mantleth and Tomorrow is the Marriage Day.  The show is at the Altadena Community Church, at 943 East Altadena Drive, just east of Lake Avenue.  The concert is free, though you can make a donation, which goes to the church for use of the hall.  

Also in Altadena, as well as northern Pasadena, next weekend, the Open Studios Altadena-Pasadena, will feature 69 local artists showing their work  in 31 locations in a self-guided tour on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 11AM to 5PM.  Sites include the fabled Zorthian Ranch, at the top of Fair Oaks Avenue, as well as McGinty's Gallery and many interesting home studios, including the home and art of Sonali Kolhatkar of KPFK.  Meet the artists and view their work in their creative work spaces.  There will also be a reception for the artists at the Altadena Library on Friday night, June 2 from 6-9 PM.  You can pick up a map with descriptions beforehand at the sites listed at the bottom of their web site.
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