Arts & Entertainment
The Cowboy Way
It’s been 20 years since the country-twinged alternative rock band Cowboy Junkies recorded—in just one day, in just one location, with just one microphone—their most famous album, The Trinity Session. The record earned the band a loyal cult following, and its cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” has turned up everywhere from television shows to the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. To mark the anniversary, the musicians returned to the same Toronto church where it was first produced—with friends like Ryan Adams and Natalie Merchant in tow—and recorded live versions of the songs that got them started. In addition to Trinity Revisited, the Cowboy Junkies also released an album of all-new material, At the End of Paths Taken, just this past April. You can hear songs form Trinity, Paths, and the 14 (yes, 14!) albums in-between when the band visits the Tarrytown Music Hall. The one-night-only concert takes place on November 23. For more information, see This Month.
The Age Of Antiquarius
Anyone can pick up holiday gifts at the mall—and, in many cases, that’s right where they end up again the day after Christmas. This season, why not try to seek out rare, one-of-a-kind gifts—the kind that no one in their right mind will want to return? The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich’s Antiquarius 2007 is a good place to start looking, and ogling their unusual antiques is way more fun than fighting through the crowds at The Westchester. You never know, you might come home with a 1905 two-handled cup made of silver and jade by Shreve, Crump and Low of Boston (pictured), or a set of Wedgwood Jasperware dipped flower vases. (We won’t tell if, at the last minute, you can’t bear to part with them and keep them for yourself.) Antiquarius kicks off November 29 with a gala preview party, and the
antiques show continues until December 2. Look for additional events, including a holiday boutique, house tour, and a designer forum where a panel of designers
discuss the latest trends.
[ Get Lit ]
Perhaps the only drawback to diving into a great book is that it’s usually a solitary endeavor. This month, your love of literature doesn’t have to condemn you to the life of a hermit—bookworms and social butterflies alike can get out to Spoken Interludes on November 6th. There, producer DeLaunÃ© Michel combines the best aspects of both author readings and cocktail parties: there’s good food, good drinks, and great books. On the menu this month? Readings from authors Michael Korda (Ike: An American Hero), Susan Cheever (American Bloomsbury), Jennifer Eagan (The Keep), and Michael Lally (Poor Moth Boy on the Moon). The party gets underway at Trinity Grill & Bar in Harrison. For more information, see This Month.
[Historic Holiday Homes]
If you think it’s hard to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for your family, try doing so without your six-burner Viking range, industrial-size oven, or various electronic trimmers, choppers, blenders, and openers. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, Van Cortlandt Manor and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside prepare for the holidays in period style—which means no help from Fresh Direct. Costumed guides give themed tours about the winter traditions of yore, while hand-on activities give children a sense of 19th-century holiday celebrations. Starting in December, look for nighttime tours given by candlelight—with some hot apple cider at the end. The festivities begin November 23.