tUnE-yArDs at Celebrate Brooklyn

Last night was the end of the regular season at Celebrate Brooklyn. Willie Nelson and Old Crow Medicine Show will play next week for one of their benefit concerts, but I will be picnicking in the park outside the gates because the show is sold out. Fun, but not the same as being there, so I…

A Prairie Home Companion: America the Beautiful Tour

I have fond memories of being a child in the ’70s, lounging on pillows on the floor with my family in a darkened room. Don’t be alarmed! We were listening to A Prairie Home Companion — and somehow, listening in the dark made it easier to imagine what we were hearing. It’s a tradition I…

Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged

I hate arriving at events late, but every once in a while it just can’t be avoided. I arrived at Taylor Mac’s show last night at Celebrate Brooklyn several songs in, and I am sure I missed a delightful beginning. That said, what a performance! It was grand! It was touching! It was hilarious! It…

Punch Brothers & Sarah Jarosz at Celebrate Brooklyn

It was a dark and stormy night … but the show went on! I was so excited to see the Punch Brothers last night that I went to Celebrate Brooklyn after work, despite the threat of rain. All through Sarah Jarosz’s terrific set, the weather seemed to hold. Maybe a few sprinkles but nothing much…

Broadway Shows, The High Line & Fine Art!

Too much culture, too little time! Sometimes I simply cannot keep up. There is my day job, my community chorus, my art collective, my friends to see, my yoga class, my farm share, my food coop shift, my dishes to wash … you get the picture (and you probably juggle all that and more!) Anyhow,…

Lucinda Williams at Celebrate Brooklyn

Was it my imagination, or was Lucinda Williams at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park last night just a little bit “off”? A friend and I braved the on-and-off rain to be there, but it felt like Lucinda herself was not there — at least not at the beginning. Her speech — the few times she did speak…

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival

For over 15 years I have volunteered at this wonderful music and environmental festival. The staff and volunteers are like a second family. The mission of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater — the brainchild of Pete Seeger back in 1969 — is to preserve and protect the Hudson River and its communities, and to inspire, educate,…

Community and Culture

As the days get longer and spring flowers turn to the lush green of early summer, my various cultural communities explode with outpourings of music and art. First there are all the wonderful spring concerts presented by the community choruses here in Brooklyn: the Brooklyn Community Chorus, Brooklyn Women’s Chorus, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Contemporary…

Park Slope Singers

Yet another weekend of excellent choral music from one of Brooklyn’s community choruses. This time it is the Park Slope Singers, under the expert direction of Ira Spaulding. This is my chorus, so I admit my bias right off the bat. We are really, really good. Don’t believe me? Come hear us some time. We…

Brooklyn Community Chorus

It was freezing outside, but after spending this evening at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope listening to the Brooklyn Community Chorus, I left with a warm glow and a song in my heart. I love community choruses, and this one is so big, they threaten to fall off their risers! Co-Artistic Directors Steven Coburn…

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

If you have never made it to the Dyker Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn to see the holiday lights, you really must go. You have to experience it to believe it. Dress warm, bring your camera, then eat Italian pastries nearby after. What’s not to like?