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Christophe Landon, one of the world’s premier luthiers, will talk about and demonstrate the magic of stringed instruments in a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 7, for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Photo courtesy Bardavon

What Makes the Strings Sing, Weep and Laugh

Christophe Landon, one of the world’s leading luthiers, will give a talk on “Mysteries of the Great Instruments” at Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., hosted by the Bardavon, on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m.

How To Choose a Streaming Service

Ed Ferman writes the streaming column for our Compass arts and entertainment supplement (see this week’s column on Page B1). He and I generally agree on which streaming services we like; and as the holiday season lumbers slowly toward us, keep in mind that streaming subscriptions can be expensive, especially if you have a lot of them.


Emmy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon is part of a lively and joyful show of jazz, classical and more on Nov. 21 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Photo by christylez.com

And Now for Something Completely Happy

The 2020s haven’t been a super joyful time, so the Sunday, Nov. 21, concert called Cafe Jazz, presented by Close Encounters With Music, sounds like just the right mood brightener.


Works by Alex Katz are on display now in “The Flowers and Portraits” show at Craven Contemporary in Kent, Conn. Alex Katz ‘Christy’, 2013. © 2021 Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Portraits, Flowers by Alex Katz at Craven Gallery

The third part in a three-part series of shows of the work of painter Alex Katz opened at Craven Contemporary in Kent, Conn., on Oct. 9. It remains on display in Kent and online through the middle of November.


Most modern chimney care companies won’t give you a song and a dance, as Dick Van Dyke did in the classic film version of “Mary Poppins.”

Winter Is Coming, Time to Get Your Chimney Checked

It’s getting chilly and Tristate homeowners are starting to think about “firing up” their woodstoves and fireplaces. In addition to getting a supply of wood or pellets, it’s also important to call a reputable company to check over the chimney lining and exterior to be sure they’re in good shape for winter use.

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