El Javi releases new album – A Gypsy Journey Pt. 1

El Javi, guitarist, has been keeping busy. 2015 has seen him release a new album, A GYPSY JOURNEY Pt. 1 and take his music on tour – and not for the first time. cover

You can check out the music from the new release at his website.

Touring now in a duo format with a percussionist in Colorado, you can see from his calendar that El Javi is on the move!

An artist with Antelope Valley roots, El Javi is someone to keeps tabs on. His music has a sonically delicious depth, which comes across quickly in a style that is both intricate and immediate. I guess that’s flamenco guitar — good flamenco guitar.

Here is some background from El Javi’s bio page on his website.

Los Angeles based flamenco guitarist El Javi combines the sounds of his acoustic flamenco guitar with the minimalist drumset of percussionist Jordi Marin, building a bridge of his own between flamenco and progressive rock. Flamenco Fusion.

Currently the instrumental duo tour while promoting their EP, A Gypsy Journey:Pt1 Trip, recorded live in the studio.

The 2012 release of Self-Portrait in L.A., launched El Javi onto an independent tour throughout the US west coast, Colorado, New York, Germany, Holland and Mexico City.

The duo has played the Festival of the Arts in Coahuila Mexico (2013), The Jazz and Blues festival in Santa Clarita, CA (2014) the International Music Festival in San Jose del Cabo, Mex (2014). and opened for todays biggest voice of flamenco, Diego el Cigala, during his Noche Tacumana world tour in San Miguel de Allende, Mex (2013).

The best representation of El Javi lives in his live performances and capturing that essence in the studio acts as a key element in the recent release of A Gypsy Journey.

While traveling, El Javi and Jordi Marin use their gypsy lifestyle to shape their music either by collaborating with other artists or simply sharing their raw intimate sound as a duo.


Special Offer of Free Tickets for AS YOU LIKE IT at the Palmdale Playhouse

THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 1st at the Palmdale Playhouse, 7:30 PM
Don’t miss the
of Theatricum Botanicum’s new production of
by William Shakespeare

As You Like It

*** SPECIAL OFFER: Tickets for this show when it debuts on the Theatricum stage will be $37. 
Email avtpreserve@gmail.com, or call Frank Weidner at 920-918-1706 to reserve your tickets to the Palmdale Playhouse performance for FREE instead of the normal price! ***

As You Like It tells the story of best friends Rosalind and Celia, who travel to the Forest of Arden in disguise to escape banishment, find love, and discover family. Accompanied by the clown Touchstone, As You Like It is one of Shakespeare most beloved comedies and is appropriate for all

ages! Theatricum’s production sets the tale in post Civil War America, and enhances the story with classic American folk music and dance.
This show will have you laughing from the very start, and received an enthusiastic standing ovation at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.
This Saturday, Nov. 1st at 7:30 is the only chance for you and your family to see this hilarious, joyous show at the Palmdale Playhouse!
​Thank you for supporting the arts in the Antelope Valley!
Don’t forget, reply to Frank Weidner at avtpreserve@gmail.com or call 920-918-1706 to reserve your tickets for FREE! Pass this special offer on to anyone you know who loves theatre!




Professional Performances * Classes * Community Festival

In the Antelope Valley October and November 2014


Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is returning to the Antelope Valley with a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy As You Like It and classes for all ages from its award-winning theatre education program, all offered exclusively in the Antelope Valley.


Theatricum Botanicum is a critically acclaimed, professional theatre company located in the mountains of Topanga Canyon. Theatricum has brought high-quality performances and classes to Southern California for over 40 years. The 2014 season alone has garnered four L.A. Times Critics’ Picks and prompted Stage Scene LA to write “Perfect… Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this.” Now, they are proud to announce the second year of Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Program – a three part venture, featuring PerformancesClasses, and a Community Festival all available in the AV this October and November.


Performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It

·         Sunday, October 12 at 3:00p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center

o   call 661-723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org for tickets

·         Saturday, November 1 at 7:30p.m. at the Palmdale Playhouse

o   call 661-267-5685 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/playhouse for tickets

·         Friday, November 21 at 7:30p.m. at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre

o   call 661-722-6580 or email ticket@avc.edu for tickets

All tickets are only $5, and are free for both those 15 and under and 65 and older!


As You Like It tells the story of best friends Rosalind and Celia, who travel to the Forest of Arden in disguise to escape banishment, find love, and discover family. Accompanied by the clown Touchstone, As You Like It is one of Shakespeare most beloved comedies and is appropriate for all ages! Theatricum’s production sets the tale in post Civil War America, and enhances the story with classic American folk music and dance.



A chance to enjoy acting, writing, dance, or fencing/stage combat. Theatricum’sClasses are taught by theatre and education professionals.

·         Adult Acting Residency, Mondays October 13 – November 17, 7:00-9:00p.m

o   offered at the Lowtree Wellness Home and open to community members 18 and up.

·         Writing and Performing Residency, Thursdays October 16 – November 20, 9:30-11:00a.m

o   offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors and open to community members 55 and older.

·         Elizabethan Dance Workshop, Thursdays October 30- November 20, 12:30-2:00p.m. 

o   offered at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors and open to community members 55 and older.

·         Fencing and Stage Combat Workshop, Wednesdays October 22 – November 19, 3:30-5:30p.m. 

o   offered at Palmdale Oasis Community Center and open to community members 15 and older.

·         Family Acting Class, Saturdays October 11 – November 15, 3:00-5:00p.m

o   offered at Arbor Court Community Theatre and open to families of all ages (must be at least one adult and one youth enrolled together)

All classes have a one-time enrollment fee of only $10, and include the opportunity to perform your work at the Community Festival on November 22! Contact Frank Weidner at avtpreserve@gmail.com, call 920-918-1706, or visitwww.facebook.com/avtheatreprogram to sign up or for more information.


Community Festival

Students of all AVTP classes will perform in the culminating Community Festival which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE!!

·         Saturday November 22, 2:00 pm at Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre

o   call 661-722-6580 or email ticket@avc.edu for tickets

For more information or to arrange interviews regarding Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s Antelope Valley Theatre Program, please contact Frank Weidnger, Community Outreach Coordinator at 920-918-1706 or at avtpreserve@gmail.com

The UFO SHO is gearing up. Have you sent in your story or your art yet?

Blast off October 11th at Sagebrush Cafe! Do you have a paranormal experience in the Antelope Valley that you’d like to share? Email THEUFOSHO at gmail dot com.

The Antelope Valley is rich with unexplained phenomenon and the goal of this show is to compile these experiences and and have an open discussion about the who/what/when/where/and whys.

We’ll be attempting to achieve this goal (at 6-9pm on October 11th) with:

– Live Space Music
– UFO Stories, Art and Videos
– Alien Autopsy
– Experimentations
– Power Point Presentations
– Alternative Theories
– Ancient Sculptures
– Tribute to Science Fiction Artwork
– Much More!

If you have a local UFO (or any unexplained phenomena) story to share, please send an email to theufosho at gmail dot com and we’ll print it in our UFO SHO ZINE. Thank you!

Desert Opera Theatre to hold auditions for “Jekyll & Hyde”

D.O.T. Audition Information

Jekyll & Hyde

Desert Opera Theatre will be holding auditions for the musical, “Jekyll and Hyde”, on the following dates and times:

Friday, July 9 – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 10 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 11 (call backs only) – 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Auditions will be held at:

Donna “O” Studio

1122 W. Ave L-12, suite 104

Lancaster, CA 93536

Everyone auditioning must bring sheet music or a CD with no vocal track and be prepared to sing. Please dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes or dance shoes as you may be asked to dance.

This show will be on stage from Oct. 1 – 3 and Oct. 8 – 10, 2010. Please be sure you will be available for rehearsals and show dates before auditioning.

For audition forms and additional information please visit our website:  http://avdot.org

Crime & Punishment & AVT

   Quartz Hill’s one and only theater group is presenting “Crime and Punishment” this month. Offering six shows in their Quartz Hill location, the Antelope Valley Thespians are kicking off their 2010 season in serious style with a play based on the classic novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
   Crime and Punishment, long considered a masterpiece of western literature, tells the story of the young scholar Roskolnikov who carries out a planned murder before he realizes what the moral and psychological consequences of his actions might be.
   With a diverse cast of characters and intense moments of suspense, the story explores Roskolnikov’s many ups and downs as he walks a tightrope of doubt and guilt. Will he be caught, arrested, punished?
   In this story, the crime is certain and it is the uncertainty of punishment that creates an atmosphere of tension and suspense pre-dating Hitchcock by a half-century.
   The Quartz Hill theater group has selected a theatrical adaption of the famous Russian novel as the first of three plays on the calendar for the Antelope Valley Thespians’ 2010 season. The season also includes “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” and “The Interrogation of Nathan Hale”.

Read more here.  Visit AVT’s website.