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Beauty from your backyard: The most amazing Evening Star ever

Beauty from your backyard: The most amazing Evening Star ever

We are all finding new ways to have fun at home. Naturally and predictably, I’m recommending you step into your backyard and simply look up around dinnertime, just as darkness falls. So happens, this is a most extraordinary time to gaze at the heavens. Halfway up the western sky you’ll see an unbelievably bright “star.” This is of course the planet Venus, also known as the Evening Star.

Mark Sherman: We’ll get through this

Mark Sherman: We’ll get through this

As FDR said in his first inaugural address in 1933, when the country was in the midst of a horrendous depression: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” More recently, Governor Cuomo said the current situation is not in itself so horrific. It is fear that can lead to hoarding of food and other socially harmful behaviors. 

SuperMoons are not a thing

SuperMoons are not a thing

Media outlets such as Earth and Sky are saying that we are entering a “SuperMoon season,” with three SuperMoons in a row, on March 9, April 8 and May 7. Yet there’s no mention of this in any of the world’s astronomical publications. Something strange seems to be afoot.

Kingston After Dark: Shana Falana’s two nights at Tubby’s

Kingston After Dark: Shana Falana’s two nights at Tubby’s

This week is going to be lucky for local dream pop and indie genre fans as Shana Falana road test their pending South By Southwest 2020 appearance with two local warm up shows at Tubby’s on Broadway. I caught up with Shana to find out the scoop on the dates at the boutique bar and performance space. “It’s the first time we’re ever playing SXSW, so we’re doing 2 warm up shows at Tubby’s. Thursday, March 5 with Top Nachos and Friday, March 6 with Gold Dime of Fire Talk Records,” she tells me. “We’re going to play a stripped-down set, no backing tracks, projections or lights and are working on something new for SX. It should be pretty raw, and Mike Amari will be singing!”

Mercurial personality

Mercurial personality

Mercury alters its brightness more than any other planet, varying by three hundredfold. Each year its light goes from fainter than the “Seven Sisters” to more than double the brilliance of the Dog Star Sirius, the brightest star. These nights it’s near its brightest, but it’s fading rapidly.

Mark Sherman: Generation gripes

Mark Sherman: Generation gripes

Generation gaps have always been important. I remember when I was in my 20s, there was a saying around that you shouldn’t trust anyone over 30. Of course, when we all got into our 30s we realized we shouldn’t trust anyone under 30.