BILL MUMY:
ACTOR, MUSICIAN, SONGWRITER
- AN ARTIST IN HIS PRIME

By Terry Roland

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Photo by Karl F Anderson II

Bill Mumy is all about the music. He is a prolific musician, singer-songwriter, and a knowledgeable folk music enthusiast who hosts a themed radio hour twice weekly, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 pm on www.ksav.org. Many of us will associate him with his days as a child actor, particularly that space-trapped kid who had the pet robot that uttered the famous phrase, Danger Will Robinson. And he has the right to be quite proud of a film and television career which included the series Lost In Space, two classic episodes of the Twilight Zone, co-starring with James Stewart in Dear Bridget and the underrated film from the 1970s, Bless The Beasts and the Children.

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Vagabond Opera
Reckons as the Zeitgeist Beckons

By Joel Okida

Vagabond Opera plays the Edison on Tuesday, February 23, 8pm. Dress appropriately!

Vagabond_Opera.jpgAs the traveling ensemble, Vagabond Opera, makes its way up and down the west coast, they will soon park here and bring an entertainment to our fine, but fickle and financially-strapped city; an evening which promises to be filled with tongue-in-cheekiness, cheery chicanery, and perhaps a skosh of the scoundrel. Performing selections from the their last recording, The Zeitgeist Beckons, as well as offerings from two previous CDs, the staunchly acoustic Vagabond Opera brings thrills and chills in their "opera in four acts, maybe even five." A tantalizing tango, a tarantella tarriance, a wandering waltz, and who knows, maybe even a triple-measured mazurka will be performed with full operatic interpretation and expert instrumental-attended accompaniment.

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Jean Ritchie:

Damsel With a Dulcimer

By Ross Altman

Jean_Ritchie_1.jpgHer Kentucky mountain ballad voice stilled by a major stroke last December 4, Jean Ritchie is no longer able to communicate. But her inestimable recorded legacy of traditional and original songs will continue to sing and speak for her for as long as time will allow.

When the soundtrack album for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? became a hit the movie's music producer T. Bone Burnett seized the moment to record a follow-up studio album with the same musicians. It was entitled, Down From the Mountain and became a hit as well. But despite Ralph Stanley's welcome presence I kept looking at its roster of contemporary musical talent, and despite their earnest efforts to sound traditional, I kept asking myself the same question: Where is Jean Ritchie?

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Sam Hinton: The Road Not Taken

An Appreciation

By Ross Altman

Sixty years ago San Diego folk singer and marine biologist Sam Hinton had something quite astonishing for a traveling medicine show performer (Major Bowes Vaudeville Show)-a certified hit song. It was written by LA newspaperman (and co-founder of the Newspaper Guild in Southern California) Vern Partlow, in the wake of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Talking Ol' Man Atom, or The Talking Atomic Blues. It was that song in which Partlow came up with a closing couplet worthy of Alexander Pope:

Listen, folks; here is my thesis:

Peace in the world, or the world in pieces.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana:
Land of festivals

Getting out of town for a real
Mardi Gras celebration!

By Joel Okida

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We used to drive

Thru Lafayette and Baton Rouge

In a yellow Camino

Listening to Howling Wolf

He liked to stop in Lake Charles

Cause that's the place that he loved

Did you run about as far as you could go

Down the Louisiana highway

Across Lake Ponchartrain

Now your soul is in Lake Charles

No matter what they say...

~Lucinda Williams

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