June 23, 1989 |
Ten years ago, Elaine and Clark Weissman were two frustrated dulcimer fans in search of a festival. This week, Elaine is organizing the final details for the 9th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music and Dance Festival, an event that has grown from a one-day teaching workshop for dulcimer players to a three-day folk music and dance extravaganza that is 27 mini-festivals in one. "There was a huge need for a festival like this," Elaine said. "Most of the dulcimer players we knew 10 years ago were learning from books.
June 22, 1990
With events as airy as a dulcimer workshop and as earthy as a dirty-song sing-along, this weekend's folk festival at Cal State Northridge promises something for everyone. Called the Summer Solstice Folk Music and Dance Festival, the two-day, two-night show is in its 10th year and has attained a national reputation. The $20 daytime admission buys participation in a wide variety of workshops and browsing at crafts and food booths. There will be dozens of workshops Saturday and Sunday.
June 25, 1992 |
Step, step, step, step. Master that, and you can dance to the joyous rhythms of Cajun music. "This is truly folk music and folk dance--done by regular folks--and you don't have to be a trained dancer to do it," says Tina Duree-Bevan of Garden Grove, who will teach basic Cajun dance on Sunday at the 12th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music and Dance Festival in Calabasas. The festival, which starts Friday, is one of the region's top folk events; 4,000 visitors are expected.
June 9, 1991 |
If you are looking for storytelling in Spanish; tales from African, Jewish or American Indian traditions, or stories where it's OK to wear pajamas, there's quite a bit for Southland youngsters this summer. Among the offerings: * "The Coyote, the Spirit and the Moon," a free multicultural storytelling festival by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department's Folk Arts Program, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. Reservations suggested. Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles; (213) 221-2163.
May 20, 1993 |
Dan Auerbach is stuck between the future and the past. By day he works on fiber-optic laser-guidance systems, his Trekkie profession as an engineer at Litton Guidance and Control in Canoga Park. In his off hours, however, the Thousand Oaks resident goes retro by a few hundred years.
June 24, 1994 |
Fourth of July celebrations aren't the only summertime festivities. There are a handful of festivals planned for the coming months. Here's a sample. * The 14th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music, Storytelling and Dance Festival, sponsored by the California Traditional Music Society, takes place this weekend at Soka University, 26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. The event features performances, activities, more than 300 hands-on workshops, singing, dancing and storytelling.