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Melinda Rodriguez, a finalist in Season 17 of The Voice, performs a free concert of jazz standards on March 25.

Homage to Ella Fitzgerald in Free Concert

Melinda Rodriguez, the winner of the 2019 Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition, will perform a free livestream jazz concert that is an homage to Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.   

Her band includes Matt Wilson on drums, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, Albert Rivera on saxophones and pianist Will Evans.

The Apocalypse Is Good For You

Why are we drawn to post-apocalypse stories? One theory is that shows of social chaos and survival prepare us better for the fearful time we live in and that fans of such stories are better able to cope with anxiety.

So turn off the news, cut down on your meds and watch these two very different and exceptional shows.

“Untitled” by Kathy Moss is one of three works by the artist on display at Argazzi Art in Lakeville. Image courtesy Argazzi Art

Botanicals by Moss at Argazzi Art

Art gallery owners don’t always love every work they show, but Judith Singelis clearly has a passion for the work of Kathy Moss, on display now at her Argazzi Gallery in Lakeville, Conn.

“It’s the kind of work I love,” she said. “Spare. Bold. Simple. Iconic imagery.

“I find her work compelling and hypnotic.”

A special collection of canvases by Robert Cronin will be shown at his hometown library, the D.M. Hunt in Fall Village, Conn., beginning March 18. Included is Green Dress on Black. Image courtesy DM Hunt 

Cronin Sketches, Grown to Full Canvases

About four years ago, Robert Cronin, just before falling asleep at night in his home studio in Falls Village, Conn., found himself doing small line drawings in pencil on 8 x 6inch pads of Fabriano paper. They were like little prayers.

‘Salome’ at Bard

The Bard College Conservatory of Music in Anandale on Hudson, N.Y., presents “Salome,” an opera by Richard Strauss with libretto by Oscar Wilde on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m.

The performances will be in the Sosnoff Theater in the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center.

Fortnum & Mason is holding a contest to create a dessert to honor Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. The famous Coronation Chicken, in this photo, was created for the queen in 1953. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

What We Mean When We Talk About Pudding

Most Brits have at least heard of Coronation Chicken and have probably eaten it at least once. For those who haven’t, it’s kind of a curry-based cold chicken-with-sauce that was invented in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation luncheon.


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