So we got some snow this morning

Not much, but some.  When I got out to Basil this morning, there was a couple of inches of snow on everything, so I had to clean off the car a bit before I drove to work.  The roads weren’t that bad, all things considered.  Not much of a storm really.  The snow continued for a while, and was still coming down in heavy flakes after I had been at work for a few hours.

By the time I get home, I imagine much of it will be melted.  Hopefully shoveling will be minimal.  Ah, spring in New England.

-Geoff

And I almost put away all the winter stuff, too

The weather recently has been a lot warmer, for the most part.  It feels like spring is already here.  I have been able to wear shorts a few times.  Already we are seeing blooms all over.

Just this past weekend, I was thinking about how I should probably go ahead and put away all of my snow shovels, ice melter, windshield scrapers, and other winter paraphernalia.  I was also thinking about how I did not use the snowblower once this winter, after using it so much last winter.

Well.  I should have realized that the weather in New England always has the last laugh, especially when it comes to winter.

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Boston Accent: the Movie

Although Seth Myers is not from Boston, he did spend a big chunk of his childhood nearby in New Hampshire.  And as a result, he totally gets the whole “Hollywood can’t get the Boston accent right” thing.  Admittedly, there have been times that I am watching a movie or a TV show set in Boston and the bad attempts at local accents really get to me – not to mention the brutally mispronounced names of Massachusetts cities and towns – (I am looking at you, Falling Skies).

So seeing this “trailer” was a real treat.  He totally gets it.

And the cameo from Rachel Dratch is just… wicked awesome.

-Geoff

Dear universe – I want New England weather back

So tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and the temperature is going to be soaring up to a record-breaking 25 to 35 degrees above normal.

No.  Just no.  In fact, hell no.

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Newton, Brookline, Boston, and local businesses!

If you want to appeal to a local audience and support the arts, check this out.

Regular readers of this space know that I’m the General Manager for Cappella Clausura.  Aside from looking for volunteers for our group, running front of house, and doing all the other things I do, one of my other responsibilities is to find advertisers who’ll help defray the costs of keeping the doors open and the lights on.

That’s where you come in, dear readers.  Do you own a small business that would benefit from advertising in Cappella Clausura’s programs?  Would you benefit from buying linkspace on our website?  If the answer is yes, (or even maybe) then I have all of the details below to help you contribute the arts and drive customers to your door at the same time.

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New Hampshire People! Get some Jazz!

I’m bringing you greetings from the inimitable Dave Scott.  He’s got two gigs coming up in New Hampshire.  They both sound fantastic, especially the one in Portsmouth because 1) it’s in Portsmouth and 2) Beatles.

Go if you can, Dave and his friends make great music and great fun. From Dave:

FRIDAY, JUNE 19th, 8 p.m.  THE PURPLE PIT in Bristol, NH, $14

This is another Jonathan Lorentz “joint.”  You hopefully know Jon as the tireless (well, I have to assume he gets tired at some point, with all the teaching and playing and family-manning and gig curating he does) sax player and impresario of a number of performance situations throughout New Hampshire.  He’s put together a new performance situation at this nice coffee place and restaurant in Bristol.  There’s a whole summer and fall full of entertainment planned!  Check out one of the shows, if you’re in the area or are traveling there, so that the music endures at this location.

DYAD
(David Thorne Scott – voice, bass, trumpet, mandolin, melodica)
(Mark Shilansky – piano, voice, intent to play other instruments at some point)
http://www.thepurplepit.com

DYAD-CD-cover

Sunday, June 21st
6-9 PM at THE PRESS ROOM, 77 Daniel St, Portsmouth NH, $10 

THE META-BEAT!
We are the Meta-beat, and we were born out of numerous lunch-time conversations between Les Harris and Mark Shilansky. As such, we play the music of the Beatles, plus solo Beatle material, plus music by Beatle collaborators and contemporaries, often in medleys.  We recontextualize things as well, so though we are often doing straight-up covers, we also will play instrumental versions of tunes, swing some of them, latin-ize some of them, play an early Beatles tune in the style of the later Beatles, mash them up, reharmonize them.  It’s fun and I think fun to listen to as well, and this gig we have a very special guest because Sara Caswell is joining us.

M.S. – piano/voice, David Thorne Scott – voice, Les Harris Jr – drums/voice, Aubrey Harris – bass/voice, Eric Byers – guitars/voice, Special Guest: Sara Caswell – violin

I’m working tomorrow night, but if we can make it to the performance in Portsmouth, we will.  Go out, get some culture, tell your friends!

~Kelly

It’s time to end February School Vacation week, for good

I’m not writing this because I don’t think kids in school don’t work hard enough, because teachers have too much time off, or because I have some other ideas about school/teacher/union reform.  I’m writing this because 1) I grew up without a vacation in February and since moving to New England and finding out about it I’ve decided it’s an absurd practice, 2) I work with the public day in and day out and the very worst times of year to deal with people are school vacation weeks, and 3) Climate Change.

If I lost you on that last one, let me go into a little more detail.

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