shopping 12.18.13

Gift Guide: Music

The Hot Sardines
At Joe's Pub, 1/10, 2/28, 3/21 and 4/17, $15
The Hot Sardines is a jazz band that may evoke another era, but the feel-good is all here and now.

World Music Institute Gift Membership

The Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash
The Bell House annual event takes place over two nights this year, February 28 and March 1.

Adult Piano Course

Jennifer Laura Thompson
January 7 and 11
Among Ms. Thompson's many accomplishments, making a funny, complex and moving Jenny in the 2011 production of Company.

Company DVD
Ms. Thompson (see above) had some incredible company at Avery Fisher, including Neil Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone, Stephen Colbert, Martha Plimpton and the NY Phil.

Accordion Lessons
$80 per session
Taught by Walter Kuhr of the Main Squeeze

Other Music's Best of 2013

Here and Now Winter Festival

Lawrence Brownlee: Spiritual Sketches
The opera star sings traditional spirituals, accompanied by jazz pianist Damien Sneed, at the Allen Room, part of the American Songbook series. January 29

The Passenger
Tickets start at $45, but don't go on sale until 2014; the NY premiere is at the Park Avenue Armory in July.

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Holocaust opera is the story of two women who meet on an ocean liner, one a former Auschwitz guard, the other a former inmate.

Master Class: Pamela Frank, violin
$25, January 26 at 92Y

The digital music service, ad-free, is $9.99 a month.

Tinsel and Lights
Tracey Thorn, one-half of Everything But the Girl, released a Christmas CD last year, which is as melancholy as any Christmas album we know, and all the better for it. Watch the video 'Joy' from the album:

Book lover on your list? Check out our Books Gift Guide

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