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Inara George and friends celebrate unsung heroEleni Mandell with a tribute concert onOct. 5

Special guests include Jackson Browne and Van Dyke Parks


Inara George and Friends present
Unsung Hero: A Tribute to Eleni Mandell Homegrown Topangan and acclaimed singer/songwriter,Inara Georgereturns to Will Geers Theatricum Botanicum for her annual tribute concert that benefits the theaters educational programs. This year, George and friendsPriscilla Ahn,Mike Andrews,Jackson Browne,FMLY,Benji Hughes,Alex Lilly,The Living Sisters,Van Dyke Parks,Gus Seyffert,Becky Stark,Mike ViolaandCharlie Wadhamscelebrate the songs and music of Living SisterEleni Mandell, one of the best kept secrets of Los Angeles, according to George.

Tickets:$20-$35

More Information:
(310) 455-3723orwww.theatricum.com

The concert will be held at:

Will Geers Theatricum Botanicsum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA 90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

The outdoor amphitheater at Will Geers Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. Audience members are advised to dress casually and warmly. and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.

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Station to Station A Nomadic Happening

Nine Events in September featuring Leading Figures from the Art, Music, Culinary, and Literary Worlds will Take Place in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota,New Mexico, Arizona, and California

Station to Station announced today that Suicide (New York), Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape (Pittsburgh, Chicago)and Evan Holm (Oaklandhave been added to the lineup of nomadic Happenings this September. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Connan Mockasin will no longer be performing.

Additionally, two of the nine locations are changing: the NYC Happening (on September 6th) will move to Brooklyn, NYs Riverfront Studios and the Santa Fe/ Lamy Happening (September 18th) will move to the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion in Santa Fe, NM.

Tickets are selling fast for Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, the newest project from artist Doug Aitken, a liquid platform for artistic experimentation that connects artists, musicians, and cultural icons with diverse communities for a series of interventions and site-specific happenings. Over the course of three weeks in September, a train will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, each time for a one-night only live event.


The $25 tickets are still available for Pittsburgh (September 8), Chicago (September 10), Minneapolis/St. Paul (September 12), Santa Fe (September 18), Barstow (September 24), and Oakland (September 28). New York, Winslow, and Los Angeles are sold out.

An artist-driven public art project made possible by the Levis brand, all funds from the sale of the tickets, as well as donations that can be made on the Station to Station website, go to support non-traditional programming at Station to Stations partner institutions: MoMA PS1, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Walker Art Center, SITE Santa Fe, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Sundance Institute, and Arcosanti Institute.

A moving platform for artistic experimentation, Station to Station invites artists and audiences alike to participate in a creative collision of contemporary art, experimental music, and film. Art works and musical performances will change at every stop. Across the entire journey, musical performances will include: Beck, Jackson Browne, Cat Power, Cold Cave, The Congos, Dan Deacon, Eleanor Friedberger, The Handsome Family, Lia Ices, Kansas City Marching Cobras, Lucky Dragons, Giorgio Moroder, Nite Jewel, No Age, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Savages, Suicide, Sun Araw, THEESatisfaction, Thurston Moore & John Moloney/Caught on Tape, Twin Shadow, YOSHIMIO (OOIOO / Boredoms) & Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms) & Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) TRIO, White Mystery, and others to be announced.

Works by the following artists will be featured throughout the journey: Doug Aitken, Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Als, Kathryn Andrews, Kenneth Anger, Taylor-Ruth Baldwin, Yto Barrada, Jonah Bokaer, Dara Birnbaum Olaf Breuning, Kate Casanova, Peter Coffin, Bruce Conner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Demand, Cheryl Donegan, Sam Durant, Olafur Eliasson, Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Oskar Fischinger, Fischli & Weiss, William Forsythe, Meschac Gaba, Theaster Gates, Liz Glynn, Fritz Haeg, Carsten Hller, Evan Holm, Christian Jankowski, Jim Jarmusch, Karen Kilimnik, Aaron Koblin, Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik, Ernesto Neto, Catherine Opie, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Raymond Pettibon, Nicolas Provost,Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Jack Pierson, Kelly Sears, Stephen Shore, Roman Signer, Josh Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ryan Trecartin, James Turrell, Lawrence Weiner, John Whitney, and John Whitney, Jr., among others.

Throughout the journey, the food experience is inspired by Station to Station curator, Alice Waters, supporting the Edible Schoolyard Project. Working with Ms. Waters and inspired by her legacy, chef and forager, Leif Hedendal, will create customized culinary interventions both on the train and at each stop to include Slow Food farmers markets and his famed Dinner Discussions.

Each happening will feature five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Hller, and Ernesto Neto. The artists were asked to envision a yurt (a portable tent-like dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). The Nomadic Sculptures range from Hllers yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw Frisbees through, to Glynns creation of the universe that will evolve at each stop.

Every happening will also include a procession organized by Meschac Gabatwelve participants wearing different African headdresses will walk among the public as they enter the venue. At each stop a different flag created by Lawrence Weiner will be raised. Kathryn Andrew envisioned a poster for each citythe poster will have an image of one randomly chosen person, and that poster will become the face of the happening at each stop.

Additionally, at each stop the Levis brand will create and curate yurts, designed as an intimate gallery-like setting where local artists will be designing and crafting new products in real time. A tribute to the Levis brands Makers program, the Levis yurts will celebrate local artisan products. Artists featured include Folk FibersCobra BootsChimayo, and Junkyard Jeans.


Details about each happening follows (*details and participants are subject to change*):

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Los Cenzontles launches Supporting Roots Capital Campaign

Jackson Browne headlines Richmond benefit with special guest David Hidalgo

SUNDAY, SEPT 29
CRANEWAY PAVILION
RICHMOND, CA
7:00 SHOW

Featuring:
Jackson Browne
David Hidalgo
Los Cenzontles

2013 News Poster Cenzontles

Singer songwriter Jackson Browne and David Hidalgo will kick off the campaign drive with a very special concert to benefit Los Cenzontles at the Richmond Craneway Pavilion on Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 PM.  Los Cenzontles touring group and students will also perform. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Saturday, August 24th:

Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) announces the launch of its “Supporting Roots” Campaign to raise funds to expand and renovate its facility and expand its renowned cultural arts programming. Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) is a factory of musical culture based in California. Deeply rooted in tradition, its professional musicians and mentors redefine Mexican American culture with a contemporary voice. Through a nationally acclaimed musical group, a media production company, and a youth Academy, Los Cenzontles focuses on the future by bringing our youth to the forefront of our mission and music.

The $2 million campaign will allow the nonprofit organization to renovate and expand its storefront providing 30 percent more space for additional classrooms that will include a new dance studio, art room, sound proofing, storage and kitchen for cooking classes. The campaign will also provide production equipment upgrades, staffing and reserves to ensure long-term organizational stability.

The “Supporting Roots” capital campaign, co-chaired by singer Linda Ronstadt, Dr. Sandra Hernandez and Steve Oliver, was recently bolstered by a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

Says Los Cenzontles Founder and Director Eugene Rodriguez “To receive major support from Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and the Ford Foundation is recognition that Los Cenzontles has come a long way since its grass roots origins. We now sit among the top California organizations and have statewide and national impact in the field of the cultural arts. Many communities are looking to us as a model for community arts programming. We want to fulfill this role. The Supporting Roots Campaign significantly enhances our ability to serve our mission.”

Eugene Rodriguez formed Los Cenzontles as an arts residency in 1989. He incorporated the nonprofit organization in 1994 and moved into the Dias Plaza storefront on San Pablo Avenue in 1998. “We have been bursting at the seams with our Academy classes, production projects, storage and office space needs.  Our goal is to have the project completed by Spring 2014, in time for Los Cenzontles’ 25th Anniversary.

LC Academy serves 650 students each year. It creates dozens of cultural videos and songs with over 1.4 million upload views online. The performing group performs for 25,000 people per year in partnership with numerous agencies nationwide and internationally. The organization promotes cultural investment and dialogue to strengthen youth, families and communities.

The Ford Foundation gift for the Supporting Roots Campaign joins gifts from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and others. Los Centzontles has raised  $1.1 million and strives to raise an additional $900,000 to complete its campaign

Linda Ronstadt says that Los Cenzontles uniquely high quality arts education for young people and families to build their voices and strength of character is especially important as young Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in the nation. “Their success is our success. I invite and encourage the public to join in support of this important organization by giving to the Supporting Roots Campaign and allowing it to continue to train and inspire new voices.”

Tickets for the Craneway Pavilion benefit with Jackson Browne, David Hidalgo and Los Cenzontles can be purchased beginning Saturday, August 24, 2013:

For more information about Los Cenzontles and the Supporting Roots Campaign visit www.loscenzontles.com 

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Benefit for a Pesticide-Free and GMO-Free Kauai

Just announced: An Evening with David Crosby and Graham Nash special guests, Jackson Browne, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mike Campbell

A benefit for a Pesticide-Free and GMO-Free Kauai

August 30

Proceeds to benefit GMO-Free Kauai, Ohana O’Kauai, Kauai Rising, Regeneration Botanical Gardens, and KKCR.

Tickets available through KKCR – 808 826-7774

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Review: Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center

2013 07 30 News Woody At 100

The new CD/DVD set is entitled Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center, but in fact, Woody never made it past 55. This document of an altogether lively concert program from a wide assortment of admirers proves, however, that his music has not only lasted ’til 100, but will likely survive us all. This is a celebration, yes, but a celebration with a conscience. A strong thread of morality and social awareness ran through all of Guthrie’s songs, as he believed music could make a difference in America. That same belief is shared by the performers who took the stage of Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center on October 14, 2012, including Jackson Browne, Joel Rafael, Rosanne Cash, Donovan, Judy Collins, Tom Morello, John Mellencamp and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. That evening, they showcased the spectrum of Guthrie’s work from protest songs to children’s sing-alongs.

“Woody at 100!” Available Now!

Another singer-songwriter to write a melody to a Guthrie lyric is Jackson Browne, who has never shied away from expressing his own political beliefs. He and bassist Rob Wasserman co-composed “You Know the Night” to a rare romantic lyric from Guthrie recounting the evening he met his wife. To Browne and Wasserman’s loping country-by-way-of-Laurel-Canyon melody and arrangement, Browne sings of a woman with “hopes and plans for the good of the people”: “You know, the night I met you, my eyes had been looking for you all over everywhere. Did you look at me and think, ‘here’s this guy that hopes like I hope and sees the same kind of dreams I see?'” In Browne and Wasserman’s hands, the song could be a lost hit of the 1970s.

Read entire review . . .

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