As I write this review, the temperature hovers around 50 and not a snowflake in sight. No, I am not complaining. But, many a snowflake fell on the Tryon Festival Theatre last week during the run of Peter Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker."
We asked Terry Hawkins, owner of Skins 'n' Tins, for his take on Monday's Beach Boys concert in Champaign:
This week, Paul Wood chats serially with members of Champaign-Urbana’s Acker. Members include Michael Kramer, guitar; Constantin Roman, guitar; Jeremy Marsan, percussion; and Daniel Walton, cello. They describe their genre as “adorable baby quail.” Their Kickstarter campaign enabled them to record their first full-length record. They play Friday evening at Mike N Molly’s, 105 N.
CHAMPAIGN — The popular band Captain Rat And The Blind Rivets will play a Christmas-themed concert from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign.
Mark Rubel, who plays bass, will be with the band. He now lives in Nashville, where he works at Blackbird Academy, a new school that teaches studio recording techniques.
Mysteries — I love them! If that genre ranks as high with your readers, this month brings you a wonderful treat: Kate Milford's "Greenglass House."
Milford uses a real setting for her multilayered tale. Greenglass House really is a bed and breakfast perched on a summit close to the smugglers' town of Nagspeake. (Read more about it at nagspeake.com).