12/10: Pink Martini @ Town Hall

Plus: Writers bash the holidays and an Irish Christmas rocks the pennywhistle

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009  |  Updated 12:54 PM EDT
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12/10: Pink Martini @ Town Hall

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Pink Martini takes the Town Hall tonight.

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SHAKEN, STIRRING: Possibly, you could once have classified Portland’s Pink Martini as “lounge music.” But the group’s insistence on hopping from musical genre to musical genre –some Latin rhythms here, some Django-spiced French crooning there, and look! A big band! – keeps them fresh and us fascinated. They’ll bring the lush, dreamy sounds from their latest album “Splendor in the Grass” (and more) to The Town Hall, 8PM.

NOG HAVING IT: We’re already a little holidayed out, so we’re thrilled at the chance to commiserate with other bah-humbug types at The Dreaded Feast at the Housing Works Bookstore & Café, an event subtitled “Writers on enduring the holidays reading and war-on-Christmas party”. “Urinetown” co-pen Greg Kotis will reenact “The Truth About Santa”, Taylor Plimpton will honor his dad with “The Complete Shopper: George Plimpton’s Guide to Gift Giving” and more. 7PM.

GREEN CHRISTMAS: For some people, the holidays aren’t the holidays until there’s pennywhistle – and if you’re one of them, know that tonight marks the kickoff performance of the third annual “Irish Christmas” extravaganza, featuring Irish music maestro/folkorist Mick Moloney and fiddle virtuoso Athena Tergis, among (many) others, ripping through a program of traditional foot-stomping favorites. Shows continue through December 20. Irish Arts Center, 8PM.

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