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Divide and Conquer (and Hire a Caterer) To Get More Joy from Your Holiday Meals

This is it, folks, the year when you actually have a legitimate excuse to stay home for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays and cook whatever you want. There is no pressure this year to include all the main and side dishes that your sister and your mother and your Aunt Suzanne consider an irreplaceable part of the season.


Brandee Younger’s graceful, gentle harp enhances and entices listeners into an appreciation of modern jazz music. She and her trio perform with the Hudson Jazz Festival on Nov. 14. Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien​

The Harp as a Portal to Complex Jazz

On Nov. 4, the Hudson Jazz Festival decided to postpone its online concerts until the spring of 2021.

The harp isn’t an instrument you normally associate with improvisational jazz, free jazz, avant garde jazz, bebop or … well, you get the idea. 


Jim Laurino of Litchfield took his mask off only for a moment as he accepted  an “Award of Excellence” from Kent Art Association President Connie Horton (also only briefly unmasked) for his oil painting “Nonnewaug Barns.” Photo submitted​

The Show Goes on for KAA

One of the pleasures of the annual art calendar is the juried show of the Kent Art Association in Kent, Conn. Happily, the association was able to host its show this autumn, as always, with prizes awarded in October.

There are 36 artists in the show, from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and New Jersey. 


James Prosek has curated a show at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., that includes one of his own illustrations, at left, with silhouettes of native Connecticut and Long Island Sound animals. “The color bird and foliage in the center is the Connecticut state
bird (robin) and flower (mountain laurel),” Prosek said. 
Illustration by James Prosek

A ‘Nice Ramble’ Through Connecticut Industrial History

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford is the host of a wide-ranging exhibition, “Made in Connecticut,” that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Connecticut Art Trail.

The show opened Oct. 15 and runs through Feb. 7.


Edouard Manet’s “Oysters” from 1862 is one of the many
illustrations Maryann Tebben uses to explain the ways that French
cuisine is inextricably bound with that nation’s culture. 
Photo courtesy the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.​

Food for Thought in a New History of French Cuisine

Not everyone sees it as cuisine; some people just consider it food. But whether you’re devoted to the simple cooking of your childhood or the elevated gastronomy of kings and socialites, you understand that what we cook and what we eat shapes more than just our bodies; it also shapes our culture and our view of the world.


John Hoffman, Jennifer Dowley and John Carter will talk about Hoffman’s film, “The Antidote,” photo above,  and the need now for a little more kindness. Photo from ‘The Antidote’

On Oct. 29: Peace, Love and Understanding

Dutchess County resident/award-winning filmmaker John Hoffman will talk about his new film, “The Antidote,” in a virtual discussion that benefits the Moviehouse in Millerton, N.Y.

The Zoom talk is on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Access is linked to purchasing the film for $12, which needs to be completed before the talk begins. 

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