• SPECIAL  ANNOUNCEMENT

    THE NEW FOLKWORKS

    January 1, 2020 will mark FolkWorks’ 20th anniversary! We started out as a hard copy newspaper with 15k distribution, and have morphed into an online resource with over 400k hits/month! Our website offers news about artists and the arts, CD reviews and other articles of interest. FolkWorks supports mature and new talent through concerts, dances and festivals that both entertain and educate. Our Calendar has become the “go to” source for folk/roots events in SoCal. Our columnists are a resource for artists and their audiences with topics ranging from commentary to history and folk tales. The popularity of this part of our work forms the basis of an exciting new phase of FolkWorks.

    In keeping with our rapidly changing world of broader access to information, and technology that enables wider communication, our focus will be to provide a pathway for geographic expansion, interactive programming and collaborative support and exchange. To attain these goals, our plan is to:

    • grow our audience by moving to a statewide, west coast or national platform
    • develop curated access to the FolkWorks’ calendar, which will provide event and venue producers, artists, agents, teachers, and educators the ability to directly enter events. Event details could contain detailed descriptions, photos, links, maps, and calendar exports
    • continue and expand our columns as blogs, with the ability to easily add new writers
    • partner with individuals, formal and informal groups, and organizations that share our vision of a centralized source for events, featuring a variety of traditionally based folk/roots music, dance and art to a large audience.

    We want to thank all of you in the community who have made FolkWorks possible. Please support our new adventure by becoming a FolkWorks member, or renewing your current membership. We will soon have a button on the website for one-time donations.

    We welcome your thoughts, ideas and contributions as we move toward a bold New FolkWorks.

    Read more: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    PASSINGS

    RIP: Laura Kass Remembered

    (June 6, 1947-January 22, 2020)

    Laura Kass Remembered

    By Deborah Layman

    Laura KassLaura Kass passed away January 22, 2020 at the age of 72 after a four-year battle with cancer.

    Laura and I became friends when we were seven years old. Our families were next-door neighbors at a bungalow colony in the Catskills. We spent summers there until we were teenagers. Between the summers, I lived in Queens and Laura lived in Brooklyn. We wrote letters to each other all year long. We stayed friends through all the years, with me in Provincetown, Richmond, and Birmingham, and Laura in New York, Kentucky, and LA. In December, when the cancer became untreatable, I moved to LA to care for Laura, and I stayed with her until she died, peacefully, on January 22. I tell her story here, through my own recollections and through Laura’s own words (in italics), as revealed in emails she sent to a long-time friend who shared excerpts with me to share with others.

    Read more: RIP: Laura Kass

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2020

    An Ode to the Coffeehouse

    By Chris Wilson

    CoffeeAccording to the National Coffee Association, USA, legend tells us that it was Kaldi, a goat herder in Ethiopia, who discovered coffee. No, he didn’t find a Starbucks in the forest and order a double soy latte – he didn’t even find it as a beverage. Apparently, as the story goes, he noticed that his goats were eating the berries of a particular tree and then not sleeping at night. While it would seem to me that there is nothing more distressing to a goat herder than insomniac goats, rather than attempting to solve this problem, the herder “Kaldi” told the local Abbot.

    Read more: AN ODE TO THE COFFEEHOUSE

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    2020 NAMM BAMM

    By Nowell & Annette Siegel (Living Tree Music)

    NAMM 2020As usual most of our time was spent in the acoustic section of the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is Hall E on the bottom level.

    We were impressed with Troublesome Creek out of Kentucky. They make guitars, mandolins, using walnut, maple (domestic) and other nice woods. They had a mandolin built with help from a “Loar era” specialist for a mere $9,600.

    Read more: 2020 NAMM BAMM

    Yes, Virginia, There Is an ERA

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    ERALeague of Women Voters Applauds Virginia for Ratification of ERA

    RALEIGH, NC, January 15, 2020 – The League of Women Voters of Wake County (LWV-Wake) applauds the state of Virginia upon its ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Virginia is now the 38th state to have ratified the ERA, which meets the threshold for adoption of an amendment under Article V of the US Constitution…

    Read more: YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS AN ERA

    NAMM 2020 - Adventure in Anaheim

    By Art Podell

    NAMMI was determined to approach my visit to the annual event methodically, so I decided to walk the perimeter of the huge lower chamber that housed the acoustic division of the exhibit and examine all the booths that lined the walls. Then, row by row, I would check each section to see what attracted my interest and jot it down. According to my plan, at the end of each row, I turn right, go to the next row, and walk the opposite direction to the end of that row.

    Read more: NAMM 2020 - ADVENTURE IN ANAHEIM

    CONCERT REVIEW

    STEEP CANYON RANGERS AT PEPPERDINE

    LISA SMITH WENGLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS - SMOTHERS THEATRE - FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

    SWEET DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES…

    Ross Altman, PhD

    Steep Canyon Rangers“The streets of Rome are filled with rubble...” were the first words out of Steep Canyon Rangers mouths. Considering how the evening ended it was more ominous than I could have known.

    Read more: STEEP CANYON RANGERS AT PEPPERDINE

    GRAMMY NOMINEES

    FILM AND THEATER REVIEWS

    “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL” by LANIE ROBERTSON

    AT THE NATE HOLDEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020 3 PM

    “THE BEST SONG OF THE 20TH CENTURY”

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Lady Day at EmersonFour months before she died at the age of 44, Billie Holiday gave one of her last performances at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in Philadelphia, the city where she was born. Her birth name was Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) although she was known as Lady Day, the name given to her by saxophonist Lester Young. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is the name of the show currently playing at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in South Los Angeles. The musical drama is inspired by and explores the life of the legendary singer and stars Karole Foreman as Lady Day.

    Read more: “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL” BY LANIE ROBERTSON

    STING AT AHMANSON IN THE LAST SHIP

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

    Gideon’s Trumpet

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    The last shipSting brought the Royal Family to the Ahmanson Theatre last night—Opening Night—while the Queen nonchalantly dismissed Harry and Meghan from her “royal family.” The last words of his Royal Family were “We build ships!” a slightly unauthorized curtain call by Gideon Fletcher—he of “Gideon’s Trumpet,” from my title—the prodigal son who returns home after 17 years at sea to find his old flame Meg has all but died out.

    Read more: STING AT AHMANSON IN THE LAST SHIP

     

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 2/28/20


    MUSIC


    7:30pm LEDWARD KAAPANA

    Dana Point Community House

    24642 San Juan St., Dana Point, CA 92629

    949-244-6656

    Presented by Lord Of The Strings Concert Series


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    7:30pm DAN LEVENSON AND THE CAT MOUNTAIN ROUNDERS

    Templars Hall - Old Poway Park

    14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064

    858-566-4040

    Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage


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    8:00pm OMAR SOSA & YILIAN CAÑIZARES

    CAP UCLA

    UCLA Campus, Royce Hall, Westwood, CA 90095

    310-825-4401


    8:00pm JOHN YORK

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm COLIN HAY

    The Canyon at the Saban Theatre

    8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    323-655-0111


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    8:00pm MARIA MULDAUR

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    7:00pm - 10:00pm VENTURA BELL ARTS HOOT (SONGMAKERS)

    fourth Friday

    Bell Arts Factory

    432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001

    TJ Zeiler 805-910-7565 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:15pm STORYTELLERS

    fourth Friday

    Bon Vivant Market & Cafe

    3155 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    323-284-8013


    8:00pm - 10:00pm KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM

    every Friday

    Dollmakers Kattywompus

    412 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

    626-357-1091

    Jennifer Ranger 626-357-1091


    DANCE


    9:30am - 12:00pm KAYSO FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Casa del Prado, Rm. 206, Balboa Park

    1800 El Prado, San Diego, CA

    Jerry Waddell 619-479-8015 `


    7:15pm - 10:00pm WEST VALLEY FOLK DANCERS

    every Friday

    Canoga Park Senior Center

    7326 Jordan Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Jay Michtom 818-368-1957 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 11:00pm PASADENA FOLK DANCE CO-OP

    every Friday

    Altadena Community Church

    943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena, CA

    Jan Rayman 818-790-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm L.I.F.E.BALKAN DANCE

    every Friday

    LA DanceFit Studio

    10936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    Sherry Cochran 626-293-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:30pm - 11:30pm KYPSELI GREEK DANCE CENTER

    every Friday

    The Tango Room

    4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA

    Anne Sirota 310-508-9676 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.