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- Jazz party: Remember that North Berkeley birdhouse maker I told you about a few weeks back? Well, I happened to bike by his truck the other night and wound up buying three birdhouses. While there, I also got the scoop on his now-weekly jazz night, which runs 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Fridays, but not for long (he still plans to return to the Philippines soon). I'm curious to check out the scene (one recent act was visiting from New York, he said), but such an outing promises far too much adventure for me to keep it to myself. Anyone in? The house is across the street from the North Berkeley BART station on Sacramento.
- Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes (on which P.G. Wodehouse collaborated) starts a four-week run tonight. Any fellow musical/Porter fans out there? While I don't know CP's work exhaustively, some of the songs in the show are as good a testament as any to his lyrical prowess.
- Cody ChesnuTT plays the Independent Jan. 29. I really enjoyed the First Listen of his newest album -- especially "Under the Spell of the Handout." Anyone else want to hear him? $15/8 p.m. show.
- First listen: NPR's featuring another Charlie Peacock-produced album, this one the eponymous debut of The Lone Bellow.
- Video: Andrew Bird performs a song from his latest album, Hands of Glory. You can hear more from him at the upcoming Festival of Faith and Music in Grand Rapids, where he's one of the headlining musicians.
- 'How to be an aging rocker' - WSJ's Terry Teachout assesses the new(ish) album from former Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagan in this meditation on music that does and doesn't age well.
- New York's beloved, intimate LES music venue the Living Room needs help relocating. Score some cool stuff when you donate. I still can't quite believe I had such good fortune, but my most memorable show there was the undercover debut of the Little Willies,
during which Norah Jones sat on a phone book on the piano bench, and
they sang "Jackson" twice, since the first run-through was not quite to
- Perhaps we're far enough into the year that you're done reflecting and resolving, but in case not, I thought this piece provided a nice framework for thinking about the year, in terms of God's gifts (desires, growth, pain)
- I share this partly for the storytelling, partly for the story: restorative justice in a Tallahassee murder case. It's long, but if you can only read one thing from this artRecs, make it this story.
- This novel/novelist has been getting some nice buzz: George Saunders' Tenth of December, a collection of short stories.
- On my to-read list: LA PR guy seeks more Christian patrons of the arts.
- Josh has a nice interview with poet Christian Wiman in the latest issue of Christianity Today.
- Not quite a review of Tim Keller's new book on work, but this piece situates it in the larger context of political strife (then again, I think Keller once said the NYT always includes people's politics inasmuch as they see how you vote as one of life's chief matters).
- And -- in an item that should probably be cross-listed under film -- the Kellers (briefly) review Les Miserables.
- Paste's review is the first I've heard of this new film from Dustin Hoffman (yes, he directs!), but Quartet sounds great. Anyone want to go? It comes out Friday, and I suspect my movie-companion options are one or some of you or my 60something aunt -- a lovely woman, but not super close by. The New York Times has more on this and another film set in the world of classical music, the latter of which features Christopher Walken.
- National Geographic recently announced the winners of its annual photography contest.
- Politics aside, this slideshow of the White House photographer's favorite pictures from 2012 presents a more intimate portrait of the president and his family than you normally see — especially several fun interactions with children.
- A couple recommendations from The Grotto's J.D. Beltran:
- THE THIRD WAVE AT GARDEN GATE CREATIVITY CENTER, BERKELEY - Check out iPhone art at "The Third Wave" show, through Jan. 30 at the Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Ave. in Berkeley.
- "ABOUT FACE" AT PIER 24 - An exhibition of nearly 1,000 photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation's permanent collection. "About Face" encompasses wide-ranging approaches to portraiture from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day, from August Sander's "Face of Our Time" to Richard Avedon's "The Family," to Jim Goldberg's "Rich and Poor" and Larry Sultan's "SF Society." Through February. By advance appointment only.