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Famous for Five Minutes

The Club Scene

Before there was YouTube there were open mics, hootenannies, story circles and poetry slams. Happily many of these venues for amateur performers are still alive and well in the Tri-State region. For anywhere from three to fifteen minutes, artists, dancers, comedians, writers and musicians get a chance to strut their stuff in front of a live audience. While Likes on Facebook are nice, nothing can beat applause and smiles from real people.

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For a Party — Your Own Or Someone Else’s

Holiday Food

A couple of years ago, I wrote about my mother’s deviled ham spread, a really disgusting recipe, I now realize, based on canned deviled ham, dry onion soup mix and other foul ingredients.
Nostalgia defeats good taste now and then.
But, please, don’t blame my sainted mother: She was a good cook misled by the recipe fad of one holiday season.

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Last-Minute Gifts For Riders, Anglophiles And Others Who Take Tea

Holiday Shopping

One recent Saturday morning I wandered in to Johnnycake Books in Salisbury, CT, with horses on my mind. I was seeking a present for an English foxhunting friend. I wanted it to be an unusual, one-of-a-kind gift, and it seemed that a rare and collectible book might be the right sort of item.
The proprietor, Dan Dwyer, said he had just the thing. He had recently acquired 12 volumes of a 15-volume set of “British Sports and Sportsmen.” It is a limited edition encyclopedia, only 250 were published, and the one he has is number 230.

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Think Mason Jars, Alpaca Sweaters, Ukuleles

You’ve seen them around town (probably at a farmers market). They’re scruffy but beautiful, bearded yet somehow clean-cut, pale of skin but pink of cheek. They are the New Bohemians and lately they seem to be everywhere.
Of course many of them are women, and of course the women are not bearded. But you get what I mean.
Even though part of their creed seems to be a rejection of material goods, there are still excellent opportunities for holiday shopping for the New Bohemian you love.

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Thanks, Chef

Food: Goodbye Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter, chef, restaurateur and teacher, the man credited with changing the way Chicago restaurants fed and treated guests, died last week. He was 54 years old.
Not lovable like Julia Child or buoyant like Emeril or Mario Batali, he was, nonetheless, a riveting instructor on public television in the late 1990s, and one of his cookbooks, “The Kitchen Sessions,” certainly inspired home cooks to tread where they had never gone before.

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A City Weekend With Doctor Octopus, William Shatner And Spidey

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New York Comic Con is a terrific perk for a self-proclaimed nerd who lives quite a way from the Big Apple.

This is an incredibly large pop culture event that features much more than just comic books.

About Temperatures, Meteor Showers And Planting Vegetables

Bernard A. Drew checks out the Farmer’s Almanac

There’s nothing certain in this world, and, as we know, weather is the least certain thing of all, particularly when you’re thinking about signing a contract for winter fuel oil or sending for vegetable seeds for the summer garden.

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Come to the Faire, the Renaissance One

Excursions

The temperature is dropping, Halloween decorations are already in stores and school buses have filled the streets, but it’s still technically summer. And that means there’s still time to enjoy the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY.
I’ve been attending it for years. Faithful Compass readers may remember that I dressed as a peasant gnome last summer. I didn’t rent a costume during my latest visit, but that didn’t stop me from taking part in all that 16th-century Elizabethan England has to offer.

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When Art And Fashion Collide

Excursions

Punk: Chaos to Couture, the current exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum, transported me back to CBGB. Pulsating images of dancers and blaring music recreate the atmosphere of the club where punk ruled. In the mid -’70s, when punk was born in New York and London, this fashion statement prevailed. Of course it was really an anti-fashion statement.

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Trade Secrets, It’s Back!

Gardening

Garden and design enthusiasts descend on the Northwest Corner every year for the Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale, a fundraiser for an important local nonprofit, Women’s Support Services. This group aids victims of domestic abuse and helps them rebuild their lives.

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