Béla Fleck, considered by many to be the world’s premier banjo player, is bringing his Flecktones to the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, Connecticut, on December 12. Since he first started performing in the ’70s, Fleck has brought his eclectic, jazzy, bluegrass sound into the mainstream, sharing the stage with the likes of the Dave Mathews Band, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, and others. This time, he’s bringing along the Alash Ensemble, a group who performs Tuvan “throat singing,” in which performers produce up to four pitches simultaneously with their voices. Ever tried it? Believe us—you have to be a pro. We attempted for hours.
Photo by Jim Wright
For an alternative/indie rocker, musician Mike Doughty has seen a lot of success: his last two albums, Golden Delicious and Haughty Melodic (that title is an anagram of his name, which we find amazing), both hit the Billboard charts. You can hear his mega-catchy hit “27 Jennifers” often on The Peak. He’s even been written up in the Huffington Post. But, lucky for us, he hasn’t let his fame go to his head, and he’s as approachable now as he was in his teenage years (which, by the way, took place in nearby West Point). Doughty gives out his (real) e-mail address to fans, and says he loves receiving photos of his gigs, some of which end up on his blog. So, go on and feel free to snap away at his show at the Watercolor Café on December 11. And, if you catch him after the show, tell him we love the shout-out to Nyack in his song “Busting Up a Starbucks.”
The best holiday presents are the ones you can’t find in any old store, which is why we suggest crossing names off your shopping list at the 51st Greenwich Antiques Show. Oh, who are we kidding? Forget the list and just go there and buy something for yourself! The show, which benefits the Historical Society of the town of Greenwich, will have 40 exhibitors displaying their estate jewelry, folk art, furnishings, and other American, European, and Asian antiques from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The event takes place December 5, 6, and 7, with a gala preview party on December 4 at the Greenwich Civic Center.
Two of a Kind
For the Duttons of Bronxville, performing classical music is a family affair. The husband-and-wife duo, composed of violist Lawrence Dutton and violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, are the featured soloists at the Westchester Chamber Orchestra’s concert at Iona College on December 13. (You previously may have spotted Lawrence at one of his concerts with the Emerson String Quartet, or heard Elizabeth on one of many TV, radio, and movie soundtracks.) Together, they’ll be performing Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, in E Flat Major,” as well as some works by Handel.
Photo by Richard Termine
Sure, you could see the Aquila Theatre Company’s production of Catch-22 in the City, where it’s having an acclaimed Off-Broadway run. But would you be able to schmooze with some of the actors and the director? You can at the Insights and Revelations one-night “inside look,” which takes place at the Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville on December 7. After watching excerpted scenes from the production, director Peter Meineck, a Katonah resident, will lead a discussion about bringing the play to New York. Afterward, everyone’s invited to a Champagne-and-dessert reception, which is something Joseph Heller didn’t include in the novel but totally should have.