We’ll take a bit of a detour this week and feature the holiday music stylings of singer Andy Williams.
Andy Williams used his weekly variety show for an annual Christmas special on TV each year throughout most of the 60’s and early 70’s. Often the Osmonds would show up. It was a bit like a hipper Lawrence Welk Show, and is was fun for the entire family to watch.
This video is a collection of Andy William’s favorite clips from those specials.
This week we feature Tuba Skinny, a band from New Orleans. I don’t know much about them, other than my dad played me a bit of them from his iPhone this week.
This seems to be recorded in Australia for a live radio program.
GRAFTON, VT—The critically acclaimed Russian Duo will play at the White Church in Grafton on Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m.
Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, the Duo will perform Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies, and interpretations of favorites from around the world. Oleg Kruglyakov is a balalaika virtuoso originally from Siberia; Terry Boyarsky is an American concert pianist. The balalaika, with its three strings and a triangular body, is the instrument of choice for traditional Russian folk melodies.
Here’s a show from Montreal in 1964. One of the YouTube comments say that it is “a Radio-Canada video of the first night of Ellington's appearance in the Le Hot Jazz room in Montreal's Casa Loma, taped Apr. 20 1964.”
So this is what people were doing a few months before I was born.
Sandglass Theater’s New Visions series presents, Leila Ghaznavi with Pantea Productions: Beyond the Light. This new work, a theatrical exploration of dance, aerial acrobatics, light effects, and puppetry, was conceived by Leila Ghaznavi, a 2012 recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant and the 2012 Puffin Grant. Beyond the Light is an elegant hybridization of dance, puppetry, shadow work, aerial acrobatics, lighting effects, all set to the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus. Creator Leila Ghaznavi blends these media to create an epic journey of a soul that is torn in two, seeking to reunite itself.
Let’s visit the Estival Jazz Lugano on July 6, 2012 for a show by David Murray’s Big Band, with guest vocalist Macy Gray.
David Murray has been one of my favorite sax players since his days with the World Saxophone Quartet. He always keeps moving and experimenting, releasing albums with out-jazz trios, quartets, octets, and big bands. he works with great musicians, dabbles in musical styles he’s new to such as music of the Grateful Dead, and has embraced a unique approach to world music through his own style. He reminds me Dolphy and Coltrane, but for this era.
Next up in Sandglass Theater’s New Visions Puppetry Series is Adelka Polak and her company Sova Theater with the world premiere of their new piece Branches. Presented at Sandglass Theater on November 15 & 16 at 7:30pm, tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors. To make reservations please call Sandglass Theater at 387-4051.
This weekend we have good tickets for an interesting show. It’s the summer of 1985, in Union City, New Jersey, and someone classified as punk, new wave, classical, and performance artist. It’s the future wife of Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson,
She made this film much the way the Talking Heads released Stop Making Sense. Her music didn’t translate completely to album format, and the visual elements are captured here for listeners and viewers.
As everyone knows, December is when UFAUX's tend to float over the skies of Brattleboro.
Is it because of some planetary alignment?
Is it because the occupants of the UFAUX's are interested in the celebrations that happen near Christmas ?
Do they come here near the darkest time of the year so as to avoid all that solar glare on their windshield, when they buzz the cows in stealthy fly bys?
Or, could it be that that this is when we launch the lightships that my wife Cynthia Houghton created, and the best time for lights in the sky is in the time of the year when it gets dark early?
Let’s set the musical time machine for the end of September in 1986 and head to London’s Town& Country Club for a funky few songs with Trouble Funk.
Yes, it is another Trouble Funk show. Our previous look was in a bigger space, whereas this show takes to a hot and sweaty nightclub, which is more their home turf. Big Tony and his bass lead the band through a handful of their most popular songs at the time for this British TV show.
THE MET: LIVE IN HD: PUCCINI'S CLASSIC DRAMA TOSCA STARS PATRICIA RACETTE AND ROBERTO ALAGNA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 12:55 p.m.* at The Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street
THE MET: LIVE IN HD, TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini
Host: Renée Fleming
Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, will be simulcast LIVE from the Met on Saturday, November 9 at 12:55 p.m. ET. Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars in one of opera's greatest roles as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy's production.
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October 2013 Artist ala Mode presents:
The music of Bada Raga
The Green Mountain Mummers, Windham County’s men’s sword dance troupe, will be performing on Halloween weekend for the 39th consecutive year! On Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, the group will present its symbolic death-and-resurrection “street theater” rain or shine in seven locations in Windham County, Vermont (see full schedule below).
The group of 12 men (mostly Windham County residents) is the oldest continuing sword dance and mumming troupe in the United States. Founded in 1975 and with only one of the original members still performing, the group has added many younger members over the last several years. However, it still operates in the manner of the traditional English morris and sword dancers from which the dances were originally collected: they meet to practice and perform only once a year. A favorite every year at election season is the group’s mummers play which has been characterized as a “live political cartoon,” drawing on current events and providing social commentary through humor.
Lenelle Moïse in Womb-Words, Thirsting
November 2-3, 7:30pm
$16 General, $13 students and seniors
For reservations email email@example.com or call (802)387-4051
Sandglass Theater’s Voices of Community Series kicks off on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd, with poet/theater artist Lenelle Moïse and her one-woman show Womb-Words, Thirsting at Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT.