Author: Bliss Bowen

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll discusses ‘Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan’ at Vroman’s Tuesday

Humans who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat its mistakes: Nowhere has that dictum proved truer than in Afghanistan, where America is mired in its 17th year of conflict, where citizens have been dodging rockets and landmines since the 1979 Soviet invasion, and where the Trump administration seems hell-bent on replicating and magnifying blunders of the Bush and Obama administrations. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll tunnels into US involvement there in the timely “Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” with a clear-eyed perspective informed by exhaustive research, new reporting...

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Gwendolyn celebrates birthday with the Moore Brothers, Quazar and the Bamboozled, and friends at Buccaneer Lounge Saturday

Many musicians celebrate birthdays with shows, and Sierra Madre-raised songstress Gwendolyn Sanford is no exception. However, she’s less excited about performing than about reuniting with longtime friends like the Moore Brothers at the Buccaneer Saturday. The Moores, who are traveling down from Nevada City for the occasion, will perform after Sanford. It should be a memorable gathering for fans of smart, melodic pop and veterans of Old Town’s late, still-lamented E Bar. “I’ve got my two favorite bands in the world playing: Qazar and the Bamboozled and the Moore Brothers,” says Sanford, who’s probably best known by local audiences...

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TRAX – 02.08.18

RHYE, Blood (Loma Vista/Concord): 3½ STARS Rhye’s “Woman” was one of 2013’s most pleasing surprises, a seductive blend of soul, electronic grooves and understatement. Venturing forth solo without producer Robin Hannibal, Mike Milosh has retained his beautiful, Sade-meets-Tracey Thorn countertenor while bringing onboard cello, clarinet, guitar, flute, violins and trombone to expand beyond the sonic range of the synths grounding his moody sound. The midtempo R&B of “Count to Five” and “Phoenix” are reminiscent of vintage Soul II Soul, while Milosh continually intones themes of connection (“Taste,” “Sinful,” “Stay Safe”) like hypnotic mantras (“You wanna lay low/ You wanna...

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Pi Jacobs raises money for wildfire victims with new video

Singer-songwriter/guitarist Pi Jacobs feels personally motivated to help California wildfire victims. She and her husband and dog were evacuated from their home during last year’s La Tuna Canyon fire; and in December, firefighters again battled nearby flames while she was touring overseas. Two weeks ago, mudslides rumbled through their neighborhood. “I wasn’t evacuated but I was trapped in my house for 48 hours, because there was a slide below us and a slide above us,” she recalls. “It’s been a crazy, crazy year. I feel so fortunate we’ve escaped any real damage, and I’m fully aware of how terrifying...

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‘Words & Music’ series brings together author Jonathan Lethem and songwriters Ben Arthur and Cindy Lee Berryhill at Vroman’s Bookstore Sunday

“Words and music” is the fundamental list of ingredients and inspirations for songwriters and novelists alike. The myriad ways in which they can be combined and approached moved singer-songwriter and producer Ben Arthur to create his “Words & Music” series, which brings together literary writers and songwriters. Arthur’s brainchild brings him to Vroman’s Bookstore from New York this Sunday. Author Jonathan Lethem will read from his story “Men and Cartoons” (and not, as originally advertised, his new novel “A Gambler’s Anatomy”), and Arthur and “anti-folk” veteran Cindy Lee Berryhill will respond with “answer songs” they’ve composed for the occasion....

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all-day Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
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Award-winning Jazz and Blues Musical “I Wanna Be Loved,” the story of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, starring three-time Grammy-Nominee vocalist and two-time NAACP Theatre Award Winner Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington. With an[...]
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Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
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Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Co... @ Matt Denny's Ale House
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