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Celebrate the holidays at the PMA!

Philadelphia’s Museum of Art is ringing in the holidays with a series of special programs , and this next week is jam-packed with a whole slew of different events. For those looking for a traditionally academic experience, the museum will be hosting “The Christmas Story” which will be a guided tour of the paintings that tell the story of Christmas. Given that the museum’s collection spans thousands of years, no …more…

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Mayor Menino Gives Boston the Gift of Music

The holiday season can be an expensive time, because let’s face it, when it comes to spending time with family and friends, it’s easy to have that spare-no-expense attitude. But, with time and money devoted to buying gifts and preparing feasts, how will you actually enjoy the company and festivities? ...more...

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Art in the Windows

The ritual viewing of department store windows is part of the official “Christmas in New York” experience, right along with visiting the gargantuan Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and body-checking your fellow holiday shoppers at the Manhattan Mall.  Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s are among the stores most noted for their holiday window displays.  Personally, though, my vote for Best in Show this year goes to Bergdorf Goodman, which has elevated the window display from whimsical entertainment to enchanting art installation. ...more...

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The Best Holiday Jazz Recordings – Part II

Staring at Christmas from this side of Thanksgiving feels somehow more daunting. To combat your Winter Wonderland Woes (fingers crossed that the Snow Gods treat us kindly here in New York this year), I bring you the second and final installment of my favorite holiday jazz classics. ...more...

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Urban Craft Uprising Occupies Seattle Center Dec. 3-4

Searching for distinctive gifts to please the art lovers on your Christmas list? Look no further than this year’s annual Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show on Dec. 3 and 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The Pacific Northwest’s premier independent craft fair will feature over 150 artists, designers and crafters, who stitch, knit, emboss, weld, sculpt, paint and print an astonishing array of artwork and hand-crafted …more…

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Record-breaking Holidays with the Boston Pops

On a crisp, cool morning in December of 2010, a group of festive Bostonians gathered outside the Prudential Plaza along Boylston St. singing tunes and spreading cheer. It was your average holiday caroling group, right? Well, almost—in this case the “group” was comprised of several thousand and was lead by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they tried to set the Guinness World Record for the most carolers in …more…

Bay Area Holiday Music, Part I

With retailers putting up ornaments, it is already time to think about the holidays. The best Christmas concerts sell out, so avoiding the rush involves planning ahead and buying tickets early. Most ensembles present lighter fare around the holidays, yet there there are still many offering inventive yet festive programming without relaxing standards. Here is my selection of the Bay Area’s most promising holiday concerts:

Magnificat Baroque: Schütz’s Christmas Story
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