Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday TAG

Wilbo Wright is holding a TAG Night at Joe's Mill Hill Saloon, Broad and Market streets, Trenton, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. The theme of the night is holiday music and he's invited a whole host of experimental musicians.

"We've all gotten into that stuff [holiday music] at some point," Wilbo said on the phone with me recently. "We've all had ideas we've written down, you know, 'wouldn't it be great to do that.' We've got sheafs of those ideas laying around."

So Wednesday will be a chance to bust out a few of those. The performers will be a crowd in themselves in the small pub and each performer will be doing something short, only a few songs. So socially and musically, it should be a gas.


Friday, December 4, 2009

New Operas in Brooklyn

Get the most bang for your night at the opera at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St. at Water Street in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, on Saturday, Dec. 12. American Opera Projects with Opera on Tap are presenting three new works, including a staged workshop of the chamber opera Semmelweis by Raymond Lustig, winner of the 2009 Chariles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Also on the program are Marymere, a chamber opera in one act by Matt Schickele and scenes from Sucker, a work in progress by composer James Barry.

As if those weren't enough names and titles, the entire trio of operas is billed as part of the series "Opera Grows in Brooklyn." Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors, and are available at