Since the ’60s, gifted and intuitive multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg has blurred stylistic lines, effortlessly blending rock, folk, blues and country. Learning guitar from blues titan Reverend Gary Davis, Bromberg hopped on the tail end of the Greenwich Village folk boom, became the “go to” session ace for Doug Sahm, Dylan and others, and launched a solo career characterized by his matter-of-fact baritone, class clown humor and otherworldly incandescence on guitar, fiddle, dobro and mandolin. A musician’s musician on the cusp of fame, Bromberg walked away from the business in 1980, devoting himself to violin-making. After a decades-long sabbatical, the former George Harrison and Grateful Dead collaborator returned with his incendiary flat-picking and warm sense of humor intact. Nowadays touring with a “fuzzy math” quartet that frequently spills over into six or seven members, Bromberg has released the new LP Only Slightly Mad, which channels the laid back eclecticism of his best ’70s efforts. Critics charge that he hasn’t changed his act since those halcyon days, but why should he? Bromberg’s been so ahead of the genre-bending curve that the rest of the world is still trying to catch up. (Pat Moran)
An evening of Jazz Age fun at the Mint with 1920's tunes inspired by the streamlined forms and bold designs of the Art Deco period in Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs 1851-1939. Free
Treat Yo Self! Holiday Treats & Desserts Hands-On Cooking Class from Chef Alyssa's Kitchen. Menu Sweet Potato Gingerbread Candied Pecans Pear Crisp with Caramel Sauce Chocolate-Peppermint Bark $55http://holidaytreats1211.eventzilla.net
We know what happens to Scrooge, but what about his old business partner Marley? Is he truly past redemption, or does every person deserve a chance to change, to do better? In this funny and touching holiday play, see Jacob Marley’s heroic efforts to save Scrooge’s soul – and in the process, save his own. $16-$18
Graduating art education students present their own work alongside of work by the K-12 students they have been teaching. Opening reception on Dec. 7, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held in Rowe Galleries.
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should create. This is a lesson well-learned in flicks like Frankenstein and The Terminator. In both films, disaster strikes — a mad scientist stitches together a lumbering monster and artificially intelligent machines attempt to destroy the human race — all due to man’s longing to create. Luckily, the latest mechanical pieces assembled by folks at Davidson College are far less threatening. Even better, the works are a parody of Norman White’s “Helpless Robot,” which was incapable of movement. Parodic Machines will feature works by artists Nick Bontrager, David Bowen, Matt Kenyon, Hye Yeon Nam and Fernando Orellana, while Desiring Machines will feature works by Paula Gaetano Adi, curator for Parodic Machines and longtime creator of robotic artwork. Reception on Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parodic Machines is held in Van Every Gallery. Desiring Machines is held in Smith Gallery.
The exhibit features works by Paula Gaetano Adi. Opening reception on Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Held in the Smith Gallery.