Sunday, Dec. 3: Well into his ninth decade, the award-winning composer/conductor/multi-instrumentalist and author is receiving awards and honors worldwide, composing two new commissioned symphonic works, performing at major folk, jazz, classical, spoken-word and film festivals, working on his fourth book, and posing as the subject of a new feature film documentary by filmmaker Michael Patrick Kelly.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Numbered among Darlene Love’s most ardent advocates, supporters and superfans are a few names you might know: first, Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler, both of whom performed with Love at the singer’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; next, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb and Steven van Zandt, all of whom (along with the Boss) penned songs expressly for Love.
Thursday, Dec. 7: He’s a figure equally honored in the bluegrass and progressive newgrass traditions.
In my cancer circles, I frequently hear women lament a challenging treatment or “scanxiety,” which is nervousness or anxiety before a test about cancer progression. And they often end with the thought, “I do it all for my kids.” My “Why” comes from a different place: I do treatment for me.
Post-Thanksgiving activities to do with the kids.
Laurie Metcalf does an extraordinary job insinuating glimmers of forgivability into an eminently unsympathetic mother to Saoirse Ronan’s character in Lady Bird. It’s clear that Ronan’s Oscar-nominated 2015 performance in Brooklyn was no fluke.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24-26: This Poughkeepsie estate was once home to artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. The site’s museum exhibits on his dual accomplishments as a painter and inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code are well worth the visit. This carefully curated show of some 40 vendors offers a range of handmade goods for purchase.
St. Nicholas may have started out, historically, as a bishop in fourth-century Asia Minor with a reputation for strategic philanthropy, somehow making his way to the Netherlands to become Amsterdam’s patron saint; but it’s arguably New Yorkers – particularly residents of the Hudson Valley – who are largely to thank for the jolly fat man’s international ubiquity.
We may not know the words per se, but the sound transports. This season’s musical landscape features all genres, including two Messiahs and a holiday concert by the internationally fêted jazz phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant at Bard. Take it from Wynton Marsalis: “You get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” Hark the herald.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 24-26: From Acorn Hill Farm to Yankee Distillers and a hundred other vendors in between, alphabetically speaking, the fifth annual Farm & Flea Holiday Market will fill more than 9,000 square feet of floor space with handmade goods and farm-fresh food products.