Rise Again Concert

. What a way to end a work week! Three friends and I attended a concert at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn which is home to First Acoustics, a terrific music series that is now in its 8th season. This concert (co-sponsored by First Acoustics and People’s Voice Cafe), was in celebration of the new songbook…

Refuse the Hour

I just got home from the fabulous experimental chamber opera Refuse The Hour by artist William Kentridge. It was part of BAM’s  Next Wave Festival. It was hard to describe, but try to imagine this: a mad steampunk scientific traveling circus lab that is exploring the concept of time — with a dash of Robert Wilson…

Tape

I attended the first performance in my BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival subscription last Thursday evening. It was a dance performance by Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström’s dance company —  K. Kvarnström & Co — which is based out of Kulturhuset City Theatre in Stockholm. I chose it because it involved duct tape (really!) and live…

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…

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…

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,…

The Feinberg Brothers

If you ever have a chance to stop by the Old Stone House in Washington Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn, it is worth the visit. This reconstructed house dates from 1699 and played a key role in the American Revolution and the Battle of Brooklyn. If you are lucky enough to be there when The Good Coffee House…

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…

Ecstatic Music Festival

Mantra Percussion & Wet Ink & Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective! What a great evening of music and dance, as artsBrookfield hosted a free performance in the fabulous Winter Garden on night two of the Ecstatic Music Festival. I was first introduced to Mantra Percussion through their incredible performance of  Michael Gordon’s “Timber”…