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Saturday, May 2

John Cooper Clarke

El Rey Theatre

Chico, CA 95928

8:00pm to 10:00pm


“Clarke is the godfather of British performance poetry, a star of alternative comedy before there was even a circuit on which to ply his trade.”

- Daily Telegraph

"His metier remains scabrous social commentary, poetic whimsy and surrealist asides delivered at teeth-rattling velocity."

- The Guardian

The iconic John Cooper Clarke, infamous for his combinations of custom crafted poetry, sharp satirical wit, melancholic language, and hilarious political puns is making his way back to North America with a 10 city tour in the U.S. and Canada. The tour kicks off on April 30 in Las Vegas and culminates in Toronto on May 16. Treasured and adored across Europe, John Cooper Clarke is known in the U.S.A. today for his dry Manchurian wit on the final moments of the HBO Series, The Sopranos.

This poet, movie star, rock star and comedian who collaborated and toured with The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello and Alan Ginsberg, is the godfather of punk poetry and is legendary for his rhythmical and comedic performances.

“Swaying on his Chelsea boots, rocking the microphone stand and flicking through his well-thumbed notebooks, Cooper Clarke gives each poem a witty introduction.” - Chronicle Live

His acerbic, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement of the 70s. John became a figurehead for that movement and all it encompassed; John Cooper Clarke’s late1970s/early 1980s major label recordings are still influential today. And now, 40 years later, his work remains just as relevant as it was then.

In recent years Cooper Clarke has been a part of two worldwide # 1 albums. John’s first book of poems “Ten Years In an Open Necked Shirt” is one of the world’s best-selling poetry books. He is currently negotiating a new book deal for an imminent release. At home in Britain, Cooper Clarke’s trademark skinny flamingo profile, with its jaunty cockscomb of hair, is more identifiable than ever. The much-loved cultural icon is the subject of a BBC documentary, “Evidently John Cooper Clarke.”

After performing on a few dates on the West Cost in the fall of 2014 John Cooper Clarke is back to grace North American stages with his timeless works of poetic and comedic relief.

John Cooper Clarke’s latest download, “Live in London", is the soundtrack from legendary show that showcases his best work - old and new. “Live In London” is released on Fulfill Records and is available on iTunes, priced at $7.92.

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Sunday, May 3

"A Faery Hunt" in beautiful Crestwood Hills Park

Crestwood Hills Park

1000 Hanley Avenue, Brentwood, 90049

10:30am to 11:30am

As children we believed in magic and knew in our hearts there was something enchanting out there, hidden, kind, beautiful, and filled with goodness. If you remember this, you too may have glimpsed Faeryland. Come and join Los Angeles's "Best Children's Theater" on a fun and gentle quest in Faeryland. As the audience makes their way through the forest, they actually become part of the story. The shows are for children, boys and girls, and the young-at-heart. Most of the children come in costume. There is something for the whole family in this interactive original show. Groups and birthdays are welcome. #afaeryhunt
At: Crestwood Hills Park, 1000 Hanley Avenue, Brentwood, CA 90049
Time:10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The cost: $12.50
Reservations suggested: 818-324-6802; www.afaeryhunt.com
Purchase tix: http://stores.afaeryhunt.com/store-catalog/
Ages 2-10

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The Colburn Youth Orchestra, Maxim Eshkenazy, Conductor


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Members of the Colburn Youth Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, op. 64 and other selections to be announced.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "charismatic and exciting," conductor Maxim Eshkenazy leads the Colburn Youth Orchestra. The 70-member Colburn Youth Orchestra consists of woodwinds, pairs of horns and trumpets, percussion, and strings. Comprising students age 13 and above, they perform classic symphonic literature as well as newly commissioned works.

Conductor Maxim Eshkenazy was recently promoted to associate conductor of the Pacific Symphony. He also holds posts as music director of the Bakersfield Youth Orchestra and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he leads both the Chamber and Youth Orchestras. Eshkenazy regularly guest conducts Bulgaria’s major orchestras, including the Sofia Philharmonic. Committed to the promotion of new music, Eshkenazy frequently programs and performs the music of contemporary composers.

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