Festivals ’n Such

FAR West Annual Conference Nov 6-8
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Irvine CA. Conference to strengthen the folk and acoustic music community and facilitate networking. Program includes educational panels, workshops and master classes, a contra and other dance events, juried artist showcases, private showcases to experience live performances of a wide variety of artists. INFO: www.far-west.org/conference.html

West Coast Ragtime Festival Nov 20-22
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Listening & dancing to every kind of ragtime & ragtime related music. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, Ragtime Collectors Exchange. INFO 916-457-3324, www.westcoastragtime.com

Vancouver Folk Song Society Retreat Nov 20-22
Camp Alexandra, near White Rock, BC, Canada. Join us for a weekend of: Sharing songs from many lands & traditions, socializing & fine food, workshops, jamming, presentations, song circles, concert. Children welcome! Register by Nov. 11. INFO 604-522-6046, Henk Piket, www.folksongsociety.org

13th Annual BACDS Fall Ball November 21
San Mateo Masonic Temple, San Mateo, CA. An evening of elegance and English Country Dance. Program: David Newitt. Music: Katherine Carvajal, ErikLevins, Rebecca King, Michelle Levy. Practice workshop 2:30-5 p.m. (with Anne Goess and Charlie Hancock). Singing at 7:30 : rounds, catches, bawdy songs. Dancing 8-11 p.m.. Dances briefly talked through but usually not prompted. Bring a contribution for potluck buffet after Ball. INFO 510-653-7507, bacds.org/fallball

58th Annual Kolo Festival Nov 27-28
Croatian-American Center, 60 Onondaga Ave, SF - 3 blocks from Balboa Park BART. Weekend (Fri & Sat) of Balkan & Greek dance and music classes, jam sessions, sing-alongs, and specialty food. Dance teachers: Yves Moreau: Bulgarian dance; John Filcic: Kolos; Jerry Duke: Greek Macedonian & Thracian; Bob Gardner: Greek; Sani Rafiti: Romani dances of Kosovo. Singing teachers: Michele Simon & Dragi Spasovski. INFO Volunteer/work exchange: Jan Rains, 925-682-3727; Band/kafana: Bill Cope, general: Jerry Duke, 415-759-5136, balkantunes.org/kolofestival

Encuentro del Canto Popular Dec 4-5
Brava Theater, San Francisco. Many of the world's foremost composers and performers of el canto y musica popular. Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Blanca Sandoval, LoCura, BRWN BFLO, Bang Data w/Deuce Eclipse, Rico Pabon and Prophets of Rage INFO 415-648-1045, www.accionlatina.org/encuentro/

Annual BACDS No-Snow Ball Dec 5
7:30-11:30 p.m.. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Oakland. A great Contradance tradition. Callers: Santa Claus and "O Tinanbaum" Fields. Music: The Hillbillies from Mars (Ray Bierl, Kevin Carr, Paul Kotapish, Daniel Steinberg) plus Cathie Whitesides. Newcomers Welcome at 7:00 p.m.. Festive dress encouraged. INFO www.bacds.org/events

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Fest Dec 11-13
Monterey, CA. Performers include: Don Edwards, Mike Lopez, Gillette Brothers, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Hot Club of Cowtown, J. Parson, Dave Stamey and more! Poets include: Doris Dailey, Dennis Gaines, Jess Howard, Waddie Mitchell, and Pat Richardson. INFO 800-722-9652 www.montereycowboy.org

Listening Room Intl. Songwriters Retreat Jan 10-17
Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, CA. Intimate, intensive week of co-writing, networking and develop.m.ent of craft. Daily workshop sessions, assigned co-writing partnerships, and evening song sharing circles. Open to writers at all levels of develop.m.ent. Limited to 20 participants. INFO www.listeningroomretreats.com

Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival Jan 15-17
Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe CA. Featuring: The Larry Stephenson Band, High Plains Tradition, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Lonesome Otis, Midnight Flight, Whistle Stop, and more. Ideal weather, camping, crafts, Bluegrass Quilter's Quilt Show, and more. INFO 760-922-8166, www.blythebluegrass.com

Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Jan 15-18
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings. Performance opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. INFO 707-869-9642, www.womensheartsandhands.com

WinterSongs West 2010 Jan 15-18
Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA. A full weekend of songwriting, singing, performance, guitar and harmony classes with Teresa Tudury, Paul Zollo, Joyce Woodson, Kenny Edwards, Rebecca Troon, Dale Laduke, Severin Browne, and Penny Nichols. INFO 845-247-7049, www.summersongs.com