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Friday, November 6, 2009

Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 4:46 PM

We’ll have full coverage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 14th annual American Music Master series, Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin, in next Wednesday’s edition. It culminates at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 14, with the gala tribute concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre, with Ray Benson, Guy Clark, Roky Erickson, Nona Hendryx, Bettye Lavette, Country Joe McDonald, Bob Neuwirth, Gregg Rolie, Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams and Carolyn Wonderland. Tickets are $30-$50. Call 216.241.6000.

But the weeklong event actual kicks off on Monday. At 7 p.m. at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve (11130 Bellflower Rd., Rm. 309), the Rock Hall’s education directors Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley give a “Rock and Roll Night School” multimedia presentation on Joplin’s career, a good grounding for the rest of the week for those who have only passing knowledge of her music or think Bette Midler’s “based on” role in the 1979 film The Rose is what she was about.

Teachers and educators can learn about helping girls — and boys — discover their own voices, much as Joplin blazed her own trail as someone who didn’t quite fit in with her surroundings, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Hall’s Foster Theatre. Scenes from the documentary Girls Rock!, about a rock ’n’roll camp for girls, will be shown, and Nancy Boutilier, a local educator who is in the film, will talk about her experiences at the camp. (Video below.)

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Foster Theatre will host a screening of Festival Express, a documentary about a 1970 Canadian train tour which features Joplin, as well as the Grateful Dead, the Band and Buddy Guy.

Then, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, also in the Foster Theatre, former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, who recorded with Joplin during her first stay in San Francisco in 1965, will share stories about her and his insights into her musical beginnings and her interaction with the San Francisco music and counterculture scene, interspersing interview segments with performances.

All these events are free with a reservation. E-mail or call 216.515.8426.

Also on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., the Rock Hall will hold an interactive video class called Ball of Confusion: Rock Music and Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on Joplin’s impact on popular culture. It will take place simultaneously at the Solon and Brooklyn branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. — Anastasia Pantsios

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